Topping tech headlines on Wednesday, Apple revealed in its fourth-quarter earnings report that it sold a record 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads during the quarter.
During a conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company had an “extrordinary” quarter, with “new records” for iPhone and iPad sales. “No technology company has ever reported these kind of results,” Cook said. He also downplayed reports that Cupertino had slimmed down orders for iPhone components amidst sluggish demand and argued that 4 inches is the perfect size for the iPhone.
Facebook, meanwhile, also topped tech headlines yesterday when it overtook Google Maps to become the No. 1 mobile app in the U.S. in terms of unique visitors.
New data from comScore reveals that the social network app passed Google Maps in October, just after Apple removed the popular mapping app from iOS 6. Facebook held its lead through the end of the year, garnering 85.5 million unique visitors in December, while second-place Google Maps captured 74.6 million. Facebook’s app has also consistently been ranked No. 1 in engagement — it currently accounts for 23 percent of time spent on smartphone apps. Google apps collectively make up 10 percent of users’ time.
In other news, many AT&T U-verse customers haven’t been able to access Facebook online since the beginning of the week. The company experienced outages since Monday, pinning the issues on a U-verse server problem. While AT&T has been “working hard to fix” it, customers have been without TV, Internet, and phone service across multiple southern states, including Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas.
Finally, Google released an update to its Transparency Report, which included, for the first time, details about how U.S. government officials request data from Google about its users. According to the report, most demands are made via subpoena, search warrants, or court orders. Overall, user data requests have increased more than 70 percent since 2009; Google received a total 21,389 requests for information about 33,634 users in the last six months of 2012.
Also making headlines Wednesday:
- Apple Pulls 500px App From Store Over Nudity Concerns: Photography app 500px has been removed from the Apple App Store thanks to the nude photographs found within the app.
- RIM Releases BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10: Just one week before the big launch of BlackBerry 10, Research In Motion announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is now available for download.
- Bizarre Facebook Graph Search Results Get the Tumblr Treatment: Blogger Tom Scott took to Tumblr to expose the seedy underbelly of Facebook’s new Graph Search with the Actual Facebook Graph Searches blog.
- Feds Charge Three Over ‘Gozi’ Banking Virus: Federal officials charged three individuals for their role in the creation and proliferation of the Gozi virus, which stole personal banking information from victims and even infected NASA computers.
- China Source of Most Cyber-Attacks, Says Akamai: China remains the biggest source of cyber-attacks, accounting for a third of all the cyber-attacks in the third quarter of 2012, according to Akamai’s latest report.
- Quora Introduces Web, Mobile Blogging Functions: Quora will now offer a blogging service, as well as an updated iPhone app with a rich text editor, expected to launch in a few weeks.
- Netflix Gets Boost With 2 Million New Subscribers: Netflix added more than 2 million streaming subscribers during the fourth quarter for a total of 27 million users in the U.S.
- Researchers Turn DNA Into Digital Storage Medium: EMBL-EBI scientists Nick Goldman and Ewan Birney claim their breakthrough makes it possible to “store at least 100 million hours of high-definition video in a cup of DNA.”
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag