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Qualcomm ends Q1 2013 with net profit of $1.91 billion

Bust out the champagne, Qualcomm shareholders, because the company delivered the financial results for its fiscal Q1 2013 today, and things are looking pretty good across the board. GAAP revenue came in at $6.09 billion, which is up 29% year-over-year and 24% over the previous quarter. Of that $6.09 billion, Qualcomm got to keep $1.91 billion, with net profits up 36% year-over-year and a whopping 50% sequentially.

New Vertu Android phone reportedly on the way

It's been a while since we last heard from the Vertu line of super expensive phones, but today rumors of a new release are making the rounds. According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, a new Vertu phone is on the way, though this one will be at least a little different from phones of the past. For starters, this new Vertu phone will be running Android instead of Symbian.

Carbon hands-on: Android’s missing backup solution

Carbon has finally arrived in the Google Play Store, ending beta testing and offering up two versions for Android users to download. Carbon is an app that can back up your data to an SD card, your PC, or the cloud, and it's a release that Android users have been waiting quite some time for. Users will have their pick from free and premium versions, with the free version obviously coming with some restricted functionality.

The Best of Foursquare ranks users’ favorite check-ins

Many of us use Foursquare, and if you've been hoping for a way to use the app to find the best of the best, then today's your lucky day. The developers behind the app have looked through a whopping 3 billion check-ins to bring us a series of Best of Foursquare lists. These lists rank the highest-rated locations in major cities around the US, so if you've been looking for a new restaurant or bar to visit, starting with these Best of Foursquare lists wouldn't be a bad idea.

Samsung’s infringement of Apple patents declared not willful

In its high-profile patent case against Apple, Samsung has taken quite a few hits. This week, however, Samsung is catching a rather large break, as Judge Lucy Koh has decided to accept the company's claims that it wasn't infringing willfully. This means the amount Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple probably won't increase much moving forward, which is likely something making Samsung's attorneys exhale a sigh of a relief today.

T-Mobile 4G LTE speeds spotted in Kansas City

We've been hearing that T-Mobile is dangerously close to launching its 4G LTE network, and today, some users in Kansas City are reporting that the company has at least partially flipped the switch. One T-Mobile user is claiming on the XDA Developers Forum that he now has access to the company's 4G LTE network, putting it through Speed Test and showing the outcome to the world. The results will probably be underwhelming to those who are used to blazing fast 4G LTE, but there's a pretty good reason for that.

WhatsApp hit with allegations of privacy law violations

It isn't a good day for the makers of the highly popular WhatsApp, as the Canadian and Dutch governments have accused the app of violating privacy laws. WhatsApp allows users to send text messages to others for free over the Internet, and with that kind of functionality on offer, it's become of the most popular apps in the world. Therefore, these alleged violations may just put a lot of users on alert.

Acer tips quad-core low-cost tablets for 2013

Acer has already received some positive attention for its Iconia B1 tablet, which is a 7-incher that's aimed at the budget crowd. Looking to take a slice of Google's Nexus 7 pie isn't easy, but it seems that Acer wants to push forward by offering new budget-friendly tablets in 2013. Specifically, it appears that Acer CEO Linxian Lang told the China Times that it will have low-cost 8 and 10-inch tablets coming up later this year.

OUYA game jam results in 166 prototypes in 10 days

OUYA will be launching shortly, and one of the biggest challenges the Android console faces in 2013 is support. The idea is great, but if developers don't support it, the console may not take off. OUYA, along with Kill Screen, hosted a game jam event called CREATE a few weeks back, inviting developers to make all sorts of game prototypes over the course of 10 days. At the end of it all, the OUYA team had 166 prototypes on their hands.
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