Report: iOS 8 will be ‘Made for iHome,’ offer universal remote functionality for smart devices

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For many of us, our iPhones are already the most-used remote controls in our entire house. But come June’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple’s ready to make that official. A new report says the company is planning a platform that would turn its iOS devices, including the iPhone, into universal remotes for the internet of things inside your house. Think of it as Made for iHome.

Verizon Adds Record 2.1 Million Subscribers In Q4 2012, But Still Sees A Loss

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Verizon has today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, which has been its best yet in terms of subscriber growth. The company added 2.1 million new customers during the three-month period, bringing its total number of subscribers up to 98.2 million, with 58% of those customers using a smartphone.

Sprint Announces 1.5 Million iPhone Sold During Second Quarter 2012

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Despite strong iPhone sales, Sprint reported a net loss of $1.2 billion last quarter.
Despite strong iPhone sales, Sprint reported a net loss of $1.2 billion last quarter.

Sprint announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2012 today, which includes “strong” iPhone sales of 1.5 million units. 40% of these devices went to new customers, but they couldn’t help the carrier get out of the red. It reported a net loss of $1.2 billion over the three-month period, compared to a net loss of $847 million for the same quarter last year.

iPhone Is Best Mobile Advertising Platform, Says Opera Software [Report]

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The iPhone is the top performer in the mobile ad monetization performance space, according to a new report from Opera Software. It is followed by Android devices, of course, and then a large gap in which the rest of the mobile devices are being left behind.

“The iPhone leads the smartphone OS pack with an average eCPM of $2.85,” writes the company in their first State of Mobile Advertising report. “Though it is closely followed by Android devices (at $2.10). The rest of the mobile phone field is significantly behind.”