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iOS diagnostic services, their uses and protections, outline by Apple in response to 'backdoor' allegations

Earlier this week Apple reaffirmed to iMore that it had never worked with any government agency to create a backdoor in any product or service. That was in answer to questions raised by Jonathan Zdziarski concerning iOS privacy and security. Apple has now published a new support page titled iOS: About diagnostic capabilities which elaborates on the services Zdziarski called out as data leaks. It does not, however, address vulnerabilities in passcode, pairing keys, or trusted device, though Apple typically does not address those types of things until they've pushed out patches. Here's Apple's full support article on the services:

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Apple facing new class-action lawsuit from hourly employees

Apple is going to have to defend against another class-action suit from hourly workers, as 20,000 employees claim they weren't offered breaks for lunch, obligatory rest-breaks, or never received their last paychecks — all three of which are in violation of the state of California's labor laws.

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$40 iPad 3G settlement checks from Apple, AT&T begin arriving

Checks, as a result of a settlement from Apple and AT&T from the original iPad WiFi + 3G model, in the amount of $40 are beginning to arrive for U.S. customers. The settlement is from a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of iPad 3G owners who bought Apple's original first generation slate on the promise that it would allow users to stop and start a $30 unlimited monthly data plan at any time, a plan that AT&T had terminated about a month after the iPad was announced.

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Mac sales keep booming as Windows PC buyers stay away in droves

Good news for the Mac from Apple's third quarter 2014 earnings: Mac sales were up 18 percent year over year, a new June quarter record: 4.4 million units sold. As a market, Windows PC sales are on the decline, which makes booming Mac sales even more remarkable.

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Apple announces Q3 2014 earnings: 35.3m iPhones, 13.3m iPads, 4.4m Macs sold, $7.7 billion in profit!

Apple announced their Q3 2014 financial results today and the big numbers included 35.2m iPhones, 13.3m iPads, 4.4m Macs sold, $7.7 billion in in profit made. With no new product launches and no big holiday sales driving earnings, Apple still managed to improve year over year in almost all of their results. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, had this to say:

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Kobe Bryant went to Apple and talked about product design and basketball with Jony Ive

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant went to Apple to have a chat with designer Jony Ive. They talked product design. And process. And basketball. But that was a month ago, when it was reported that the iWatch was being tested by professional athletes like Bryant.

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Reminder: Apple Q3 2014 earnings call today, 5PM ET

Apple will be releasing their Q3 2014 financial results later today. Following the release of the results, expected around 4:30 PM ET, there will be a conference call, where we expect to hear from CEO Tim Cook and newly-appointed CFO Luca Maestri. The call will take place at 5:00 PM ET/ 2:00 PM PT, and will be broadcast on the web for from Apple's investor website.

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Samsung still obsessed with Apple, screen quantity over quality

Samsung is continuing to use their expensive commercial time to promote Apple products, this time focusing on the difference in screen size between the 5.1-inch display of the Galaxy S5 versus the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5s and, what's more, the 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays rumored to be coming with the iPhone 6 this fall.

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Garmin Pilot lets aviators wirelessly tap into avionics with mobile devices

Garmin today announced an update for its GTN touchscreen avionics to further empower pilots with easy access to important data. The company will be adding wireless connectivity between select Garmin avionics and its Pilot app on iOS and Android hardware. When everything is set up and ready to go, its solutions will be able to share weather, traffic, GPS information, SiriusXM Aviation weather and SiriusXM satellite radio with mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot. Garmin is essentially transforming mobile devices into cockpit data hubs.

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Verizon's second quarter profits soar, highest recorded revenue in six quarters

Verizon has posted its second quarter earnings, which saw the carrier accruing a double-digit percentage increase in operating income and earnings per share. Over the course of the quarter, Verizon has managed to add 1.4 million new postpaid wireless subscribers, up from 941,000 over the same period last year.

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