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Apple Reports Record Quarterly Results
Apple reported record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and a record net profit of $13.1 billion for the first quarter ending Dec. 29, 2012, up from $46.3 billion in revenue and a $13.1 billion profit from the year-ago quarter. The revenue results were slightly below analysts' expectations of $54.8 billion, while net profit exceeded analysts' estimated $12.8 billion. Sales of iPhones reached a record 47.8 million, up from 37 million in the year-ago quarter, and iPad sales reached a record 22.9 million, compared to 15.4 million in the previous year. The company also sold 12.7 million iPods, down from 15.4 million in the prior-year quarter, and had record iTunes revenue of $2.1 billion, up from $1.7 billion, though that total includes books, movies, TV shows, and apps.
Harry Potter Goes Metal?
What has five letters and begins with M? Magic and metal, and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is proving how both can go hand in hand. In an interview with The Sun, Radcliffe revealed he's been preparing for a role in the dark fantasy film Horns with his horns up. "I'm listening to a lot of metal and allowing that slightly demonic rock 'n' roll spirit out," he said. "There's nothing else like it." The film casts Radcliffe as Ignatius "Ig" Perrish, a 26-year-old who discovers he has sprouted a pair of horns that give him the power to reveal others' dark secrets. If pop music can save teenagers, it's possible metal can make magic.