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Report: Google collects 20x more data via Android than Apple’s iOS

Data is collected every 4.5 minutes, on average

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Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple does from iOS, according to a research report. Your phones are continuously sending critical metadata like location, interests, and contacts to Google or Apple. But the difference in the amount of information the two giants collect is astounding.

According to researcher Douglas Leith from Trinity College in Ireland, both iOS and Android, send a lot of information to the company’s server even when a user isn’t logged in or has clearly toggled the phone’s settings to opt-out of collection. Simple events like removal of the SIM card or change in settings are noted, and the information is sent to the respective companies.

When a Pixel phone made by Google was pitted against an iPhone made by Apple, it was found that the phones sent data every 4.5 minutes, on average. This includes IMEI number, serial number, SIM or phone number, as well as telemetry data.

While iOS automatically collects data from native apps like Siri, Safari, and iCloud, Android gets data from Chrome, YouTube, Google Docs, Safetyhub, Google Messenger, Clock, and Search, even when the user is not logged into a Google account.

Apple was found collecting user’s location even when not logged in, as well as the local IP address whereas Google did not. Though, Google did collect Wi-Fi MAC addresses.

Within 10 minutes of startup, Google collects around 1MB of data, while Apple collects 42KB. When left idle, Google collects about 1MB of data every 12 hours while Apple collects about 52KB.

The report adds that you cannot opt-out of telemetry collection, even though it’s assumed you can. Google considers this data crucial for the Android device to operate normally and that telemetry data is not covered under Android Usage and Diagnostics.

In response, a spokesperson said:

We identified flaws in the researcher’s methodology for measuring data volume and disagree with the paper’s claims that an Android device shares 20 times more data than an iPhone. According to our research, these findings are off by an order of magnitude, and we shared our methodology concerns with the researcher before publication.

This research largely outlines how smartphones work. Modern cars regularly send basic data about vehicle components, their safety status and service schedules to car manufacturers, and mobile phones work in very similar ways. This report details those communications, which help ensure that iOS or Android software is up to date, services are working as intended, and that the phone is secure and running efficiently.

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Nokia G20 now official, promises 3-day battery life

In the budget segment

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Nokia G20

Nokia has been focused on releasing budget line phones that offer good value. After announcing the Nokia G10, the company has now unveiled the Nokia G20.

The Nokia G20 features a 6.5-inch teardrop display — plenty of real estate for all sorts of things that you do with your smartphone like watching videos, browsing social, and playing games.

Running Vanilla Android, it comes with Android 11 straight out of the box and promises three years of early and consistent security updates and two years of software upgrades. The three-day battery life promise comes from both having vanilla Android as well as a 5,050mAh battery.

For unlocking, it has both a side fingerprint sensor and face unlock options. It also has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Heading over to the cameras. The Nokia G20 sports a 48MP main shooter flanked by 2MP macro and 2MP depth shooters. For selfies, there’s an 8MP front facing camera.

Price and availability

The Nokia G20 retails for US$ 199. It will be available starting June 28 on nokia.com/phones, in the 4GB+128GB dual SIM variant. Storage is expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot. It also comes in two colors: Shimmering Night and Cool Glacier.

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Lenovo Go accessories are specially made for remote workplaces

Adjusting to the new normal

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Remote working has become a routine now, and companies are increasingly adopting a hybrid work culture. Work-from-home is just one of them, and many are opting for a nomadic life that’s not too far away from the city but far enough from the usual. Lenovo Go-branded accessories are specially designed to fit this hybrid culture.

The broad portfolio of purpose-built PC accessories is conceived to address common productivity pain points such as multitasking on several devices, low battery anxiety, or bad audio quality during calls.

Lenovo Go

The Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse lets you pair up to three devices and connect them effortlessly with a single button. If you’re looking for something different, the Wireless Vertical Mouse offers an optimized angle and curvature that mimicks a natural handshake position. Its accuracy is up to 2400 dots per inch (DPI) and includes six programmable buttons.

There’s also a USB-C Wireless Charging Kit that can charge any 13 to 14-inch laptop. All you need to do is lay the 65W mat and connect the receiver to one of the USB-C ports. The moment you place your laptop on the desk, it’s ready to charge. The Wireless Mobile Power Bank has a capacity of 10,000mAh and can simultaneously charge up to 30W of devices, one via wireless Qi and two via USB-C.

There’s also a Wired Speakerphone that eliminates headset pressure and delivers top-notch sound. It contains two microphones for beamforming and far-field pickup to improve voice clarity.  In case you’re looking for something that’s audio-focused, the Wired ANC Headset and Wireless ANC Headset offer maximum options in terms of connectivity. The latter also supports USB-C connections and dual pairing. Lastly, an In-ear option is also available, which also supports ANC (Active Noise Cancellation).

Tech Accessories Organizer is also available with compression-molded compartments and splash-proof zippers to keep care of all your accessories.

Price and Availability

Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse July 2021 €49 (US$ 58)
Lenovo Go USB-C Wireless Mouse July 2021 €36 (US$ 43)
Lenovo Go Wireless Vertical Mouse Aug 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go Wireless Split Keyboard Oct 2021 €89 (US$ 106)
Lenovo Go Wireless Numeric Keypad Oct 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank (20,000 mAh) July 2021 €80 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wireless Mobile Power Bank (10,000 mAh) Jan 2022 €69 (US$ 82)
Lenovo Go Wireless Charging Kit Oct 2021 €139 (US$ 154)
Lenovo Go Wired ANC Headset Nov 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Wireless ANC Headset Nov 2021 €159 (US$ 190)
Lenovo Go ANC In-ear Headphones Nov 2021 €79 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wired Speakerphone Oct 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Tech Accessories Organizer Sep 2021 €45 (US$ 54)
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DITO rebranded Globe At Home modem seller arrested

The scammer was caught via a sting operation

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Some time last week, there were reports of Globe At Home modems being sold as rebranded DITO modems. Globe then issued a warning and worked with the Philippine National Police to pin down the suspect.

On June 23, 2021, Globe announced that the suspect has been captured. According to the police report, the suspect named Marlou de Paz was captured in a sting operation in Pala-Pala, Brgy. Sampaloc Dasmarinas Cavite. The 33-year old De Paz is under investigation for violating RA 8484, or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.

De Paz was caught illegally selling “openline DITO modems” on various Facebook community groups for Cavite-based residents. In his post, he stated that any telco operator’s SIM may be used for the unit to function. The post also openly claimed that the modems are the Tozed “S10g Home Prepaid WiFi device.”

Globe is currently the only authorized distributor of these Tozed S10G modems in the Philippines. The telco is taking the necessary steps in ensuring that its customers are well-protected from illegal activities concerning its products and devices.

 

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