Security woes as backdoor in OnePlus devices is discovered, allows for easy gain of root access

A potentially dangerous backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device.
Dubbed “EngineedMode”, the app has been created by Qualcomm to most certainly test out hardware, but OnePlus has taken it to itself to tamper with the app, customize it, and preload it on a plethora of devices, including but not limited to the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T. The app gives unprecedented access to a host of security-sensitive …


Specs for BlackBerry KEYone sequel (BBF100-1) discovered on manufacturer's documents?

The BlackBerry KEYone appears to be the most successful new BlackBerry model in some time. It certainly has everything that a BlackBerry user would hope for in a phone, including a well designed physical QWERTY keyboard featuring a fingerprint scanner embedded in the space bar. Thanks to a power sipping Snapdragon 625 chipset and a 3505mAh battery, the KEYone offers long-lasting battery life that will keep the phone running without requiring that mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

So how do you follow up on a handset that has caught the imagination of the public like the BlackBerry KEYone has? Simple. …

Minecraft skins on the Play Store discovered as malware

At this point it’s become quite clear that Google isn’t really the best at keeping malicious apps out of the Play Store, although it’s doing a spectacularly flashy job of trying to convince us otherwise. So it’s no surprise today has brought us another piece of news about malware infiltrating Google’s online storefront. The culprit this time? Minecraft.

Okay, not exactly — the old Microsoft/Google rivalry has yet to devolve into cyber warfare tactics. However, as security researchers working for Symantec recently found out, the game’s mobile version has been used as a vector …

Another swollen Apple iPhone 8 Plus battery discovered in China

At the end of last month, there were a few reports on social media about batteries swelling on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. The swelling of the cell inside affected handsets creates enough pressure to cause the screen to pop out. Apple said that it would investigate the situation. Today, state run media in China reported that a consumer in the country with the surname Liu, received his iPhone 8 Plus with the device cracked open in the box. There were no signs of a fire or an explosion.

Liu returned the unit to the seller, as it was purchased using JD.com’s online marketplace. He says that he …

The Internet discovered you can swipe to backspace on the iPhone's calculator, and promptly went nuts

How many times have you entered a number in your iPhone’s calculator app, only to enter it wrong, erase it in frustration, and begin the exercise all over again? Hopefully not many, because the ability to swipe left or right on the screen to erase the last digit you entered has been around since at least iOS 4. And iOS 4 is 2010 material! One would have thought people have figured out everything there is about the iPhone calculator by now, but things aren’t always what they seem.

Two days ago, Twitter user @censoredialogue casually posted about the feature, discovering it for himself this …

HTC U 11 discovered on Geekbench

Exactly one month ago, we told you that the HTC U 11 appeared on benchmark site AnTuTu. Now, the manufacturer’s next flagship phone has made the trek to Geekbench. The listing for the HTC CBP, which is exactly what the phone was called on AnTuTu, confirms the specs found on the latter’s website. That includes the use of Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 chipset. For the test, the octa-core CPUs were running at a throttled clock speed of 1.9GHz.

The Geekbench listing also showed that the handset will carry 4GB of RAM and has Android 7.1.1 pre-installed. The phone scored 1912 on …