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Google being investigated for stealing user data from Android phones

Harvesting even when your data is off

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Following massive investigations, Facebook was caught red-handed with its hands all over the cookie jar of user data. However, with privacy issues at an all-time high, several other fingerprints were found peppered throughout our entire social lives.

This time, cybersecurity pundits have set their sights on Google. The tech giant is reportedly harvesting data illegally from Android devices.

Recently, the software company Oracle has sent reports on Google’s activities to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The organization focuses on investigating large corporations of any anomalies.

According to the reports, Google’s data-collecting focuses on location tracking — where you go and where you are. More surprisingly, Oracle claims that Google’s tracking works even if users turn off their location services. Google can analyze location based on which hotspots you connect to or where you turn your data on.

Regardless, Google has always practiced location tracking even prior to the report. The company has used GPS information to improve both its advertisements and the quality of its software, as stated in Android’s terms and conditions. Google even argues that users can opt out of this at any time. The report asks whether Google obtained this data legally.

While Oracle’s report remains believable for the most part, a more outlandish claim states that removing your SIM card or turning your phone off won’t abate Google’s tracking. The report also claims that Google sends in 1GB per month of information back to its headquarters, at the user’s data expense.

Regardless of its overall integrity, the report has successfully piqued the ACCC’s interest. Despite being an Australian organization, the ACCC’s reach extends across the globe. Most notably, a previous investigation caused gaming platform Steam to issue a worldwide refund policy.

Despite their interest, the ACCC is still thoroughly investigating the issue. Of note, Oracle has tried to discredit Google before. The commission is ensuring that both sides are getting their fair share of justice.

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Upcoming Galaxy M41 will have a 6800mAh battery

Battery officially certified

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Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy M31, a capable midrange phone sporting a huge 6000mAh. Naturally, the only thing to do with a sizable battery is to test it to the breaking point. In our hands, the smartphone lasts an impressive 28 hours with some change to spare. With such a fierce device, what else can Samsung do in the battery department?

Apparently, quite a bit. Spotted recently on a battery certification site by Rootmygalaxy, Samsung is already working on a sequel to this device, what is presumably the Galaxy M41. If the filing comes to fruition, the next device will come with an even larger 6800mAh battery.

The filing was issued on June 28, only a few days ago. It also comes with a photo of the Li-ion battery. Though bigger in power, the battery doesn’t seem to cause the phone itself to bloat in size. Of course, a photo of the battery is nothing without the actual device. No one but Samsung knows how the device will ultimately look at this point.

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Another thing to note is the naming of the next device. Previous rumors have speculated that the company has ditched the M41, heading straight to the M51 instead. Either way, the device almost certainly belongs to the battery-centered series.

Though it is already in the works, the sequel might take a while before it comes out to the public.

The current generation, the Galaxy M31, is already available today in Black and Blue. It’s an online exclusive, retailing for PhP 13,990 (US$ 283).

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rumor roundup: Snapdragon 865+, 120Hz, new S Pen

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 coming on August 5, leak says

Earlier than last year

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Recently, we compiled all the leaks, rumors, and confirmed details of the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series. Without a doubt, Samsung plans to go big with the latest release after a sour patch from the pandemic era. However, despite all the glitz that we already know, we don’t know when the next series is exactly launching.

Based on a previous report, the company is set to launch three new devices between August and October, with a different device launching each month. The same reports claims that the Galaxy Note 20 will launch in August, just as it does every year. However, without an official confirmation or invitation from the company, it’s all guesswork based on a rough timeline.

Thankfully, one of the most reliable sources for the upcoming series has just come in with a new update. According to a new tweet from renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe, the next Galaxy series is coming on August 5, just a tad bit earlier than last year’s Galaxy Note 10 series.

Now, the leaker doesn’t explicitly state the Galaxy Note 20 series by name. However, given the amount of details that are out already, it’s almost definitely the Galaxy Note 20.

Without a doubt, Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 20 series hard and fast. The premium smartphone series is expected to launch with two variants: a regular Note 20 and a Note 20 Ultra (or Note 20+, depending on who you ask).

The countdown is on. One more month, ladies and gentlemen!

SEE ALSO: Samsung accidentally leaked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra images

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Leaked Galaxy Watch 3 gestures include very offensive hand movements

It’s what you do if you love yourself very much

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Today’s gesture controls have appropriated our everyday movements for other purposes. With wearable technology, a finger twirl can answer a call or silence your phone. However, unless everyone else knows what you’re doing, gesture controls can mean that you’re doing a lot of weird motions in public. It’s part of a tech designer’s job to come up with gestures that don’t look too weird.

Unfortunately, Samsung might have misplaced their smartwatch designer. According to a Gizmodo report, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a couple of ill-advised gestures.

Starting with the upcoming device, Samsung is introducing gesture controls to Bixby, allowing users to control their watch (and subsequently, their phones) with a flick of the wrist. As the report has indicated, the more general commands are safe enough: raising your arm to speak, for example. Further, the device also comes with fall detection, which can alert authorities if ever you stumble and become unresponsive.

Another leaked gesture, however, is odd. A single fist pump is the “confirm gesture,” which presumably responds to yes/no/okay prompts. Though inoffensive on its own, the gesture can raise a few eyebrows when done in public.

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If that’s not awkward enough, the third leaked gesture is ten times worse. To mute the device, you have to shake your fist a few times. In a way, it’s a different type of fist pump. Further, if you’re in London, the gesture — known as the wanker hand sign — is as offensive as a middle finger. Now, we don’t think we need to explain what “wank” means. Certainly, it’s not a gesture you’d want to display in public.

Of course, Samsung has not officially launched or announced the watch yet. Currently, we know only rumors at this point.

SEE ALSO: Samsung debuts the Galaxy Watch Active 2

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