OnePlus caught collecting identifiable user data without permission

You might think true privacy is becoming increasingly hard to come by in this ever-more connected world, but most companies at least ask or warn that they’ll be collecting data.

However, OnePlus though has been found collecting device and user data, and has been accused of doing so without asking permission.

Software engineer Chris Moore discovered as much, posting on his blog that the domain open.oneplus.net has been collecting data and sending it to an AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud account.

The data collected includes both device information, such as wireless network IDs, his cellular number, serial number and MAC address, and user data, which includes the likes of timestamps showing when specific applications were opened and closed, as well information about when the screen was on and when the phone was charging.

Moore claims that not only did OnePlus not get permission to collect this data, but some of it, such as serial numbers, can potentially be tied back to the user, so it’s not anonymous.

Here’s how Google sees you using ARCore


There’s a big battle brewing in the tech world, and no, it’s not iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2. At least, not directly.

Rather, augmented reality (AR) is shaping up to be a major area of contention for tech’s top rivals, as Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore are poised to go head-to-head very soon.

On the eve of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 launch and impending release of iOS 11, Google is giving regular folks a closer look at what its AR framework can do.

The search giant today published six experiments cooked up by Daydream Labs, showcasing how AR in mobile Android devices will give users a whole new way to interact with the world around them.

LG V30 camera gets glowing review from Game of Thrones director of photography


With smartphone owners shooting more video than ever before, video recording capabilities in phones are becoming ever more important. They’re a key feature of the LG V30 – and its camera just got a huge endorsement from a pro film maker.

David Franco, director of photography for high-profile shows including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, talked about the smartphone on stage at IFA 2017, and he couldn’t speak highly enough about it.

“When I don’t have a camcorder or DSLR I use my smartphone to film, but they often don’t have the quality,” said Franco, who appeared at the smartphone’s launch event in Berlin.

“I was intrigued by the V30 having cinematic capabilities, and was able to use it to shoot my daily life – my kids, my family – with the V30 before anyone else.

“I’ve got to say its video capability is top-notch. It definitely impressed me.”

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 renders give us a closer look at the flagships


We seem to be experiencing something of a flurry of news about the upcoming flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 phones from Google. Yesterday we had news about its speed, today we have more news about its looks.

We may now have a better idea of what the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will look like thanks to digital renders based on leaked CAD designs. The designs were apparently given out to accessory makers so we’re fairly confident that they will be accurate.

What adds further credence is that these leaks are provided by Steve Hemmerstoffer (who goes by the handle @OnLeaks), a trusted source for leaks.