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OnePlus issues statement as some buyers complain of credit card fraud

OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 5T

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A significant number of OnePlus customers have reported suspicious activity on the credit cards they’d used to purchase a OnePlus phone. 

According to this post on the company’s official forums, 73 customers who had purchased something from OnePlus using their credit card in the last two months have had fraudulent charges on their card. 

“I purchased two phones with two different credit cards (…) Yesterday I was notified on one of the credit cards of suspected fraudulent activity, I logged onto credit card site and verified that there were several transactions that I did not make. I went through the process and switched accounts… no big deal. Today same thing with the other credit card,” wrote one customer. 

“Same thing happened to me. Placed two orders with OnePlus on the 9th and 10th January 2018. I’ve used two different business credit cards, that I have not used for any other transaction in over a year.  This morning (…) I received a call from my bank, asking me about a fraudulent charge of 50 £ on one of the cards,” wrote another. 

On Monday, OnePlus posted an official update regarding the situation. The company is looking into the issue, which appears to be connected with direct credit card payments only and not PayPal purchases. 

OnePlus claims it does not store credit card info on its website, and the payments are processed by their partner “over an encrypted connection, and processed on their secure servers.​” Even if the customer had used the “save this card for future transactions” feature, complete card info still wasn’t stored on OnePlus’s website. Finally, the company also claims its website is not affected by the Magento bug. 

OnePlus’ statement, while timely, does not really help its customers much, as it in no way identifies any actual issue that might have caused customers’ credit card info to be stolen. The company says it’s conducting a “complete audit” and will update the customers on its findings. 6d62 ce77%2fthumb%2f00001

HTC U11 EYEs has a big battery and a dual front camera

After U11 and U11+, HTC has a new phone in its flagship line, the U11 EYEs. 

This one, however, is more of a mid-ranger with a focus on selfie photography. With a 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 camera on the back and dual 5-megapixel cameras on the front, it should be a great companion for anyone who takes lots of photos. 

The dual front cameras allow for portrait mode-style selfies with a bokeh effect that can be adjusted after the photo is captured. The camera on the back comes with electronic and optical image stabilization and UltraSpeed autofocus. 

Image: HTC

Just like the HTC U11+, the HTC U11 EYEs also has a 3,930mAh battery, a similar glossy design and IP67 certified water and dust resistance. HTC’s Edge Sense tech, which lets you launch certain features by squeezing your phone, is also on board. 

The rest of the specs, however, are weaker than those of the flagship. The HTC U11 EYEs is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Its LCD screen sports a lower, 2,160×1,080 pixel resolution, and the speaker is mono instead of stereo. And forget about connecting your old wired headphones to it; there’s no headphone jack on this one. 

Image: HTC

On the software side, the HTC U11 EYEs is running on Android 7.1 and HTC Sense UI. 

The HTC U11 EYEs will go on sale in China for roughly $465; there’s no word on availability in the western markets. 

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Attention photographers: This wireless charging pad looks like a DSLR lens

So detailed, you might mistake it for an actual lens.
So detailed, you might mistake it for an actual lens.

Image: lightpix labs

New year, new phone? Congratulations! Speaking of the new year, wire-powered charging is so 2017. Now that the new era of smartphones is here, it’s only right that you free yourself from the nuisances of cords and cables and embrace the wireless life. No more tripping over wires, no more untangling wires, and no more dealing with flimsy cables — wireless charging is what you deserve.

Most phone manufacturers require you drop extra dough to experience the magic that is wireless charging but don’t fret: The Power Lens Qi Charging Pad is here to save the day. An innovative Qi-enabled charger designed in the shape of a camera lens, this pad will be your new favorite charging solution. With its 10W charging capabilities, it will juice up your phone at up to 1.5 times faster than standard chargers. And it’s only $29.99.

Unlike the irksome chargers you got used to in the past, the Power Lens Pad will make your charging experience much cooler and more manageable. You just have to set your phone down on top of the lens, and voila, it will start powering up! It even gives off a shutter click sound when the phone is charging. It works with all Qi-compatible devices, such as the iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Note 8, and more.

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Make the Power Lens Qi Charging Pad your new nightstand accessory. It usually goes for $39.99, but you can get one right now at the Mashable Shop for just $29.99.

Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker

A wild Google Pixel appears at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco Google Showcase
A wild Google Pixel appears at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco Google Showcase

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

In the first few days of the new year, Google has its eyes on the future. 

The company, a division of parent company Alphabet Inc., has acquired Redux, a U.K.-based startup. 

The startup “creates products and bespoke systems that enable high-resolution haptic feedback and speakerless surround sound audio,” according to Crunchbase. In other words, its technology eliminates the need for speakers and buttons in smartphones. 

Crunchbase claimed the acquisition took place this past August. Regulatory filings confirmed the deal in December, Bloomberg reports. 

Last April, Redux announced it had developed “panel audio technology,” to replace smartphone speakers with sound coming directly from the screen. It also launched haptics effects to give users the feeling of buttons under their touchscreens. 

“The ‘convergence’ of smartphone designs is largely down to a number of fundamental physical restrictions — from the size of the micro-speakers and other components, to the need to cut the front glass for the earpiece speakers, and the practical limitations of where to put buttons,” Redux stated in its announcement. “Redux…overcomes these limitations and opens up new design possibilities — from the exterior design to the user interface.” 

Just over a week before, Redux had raised $5 million, led by Arie Capital, to bring its products to market. 

Alphabet declined to comment. 

Redux’s technology could be big news for Alphabet’s Google Pixel phones. Stereo sound coming directly from the screens could make the phone look and sound slicker, and customers nostalgic for buttons and physical keyboards will spring for the improved haptic feedback. Plus, Redux’s tech, which eliminates the need for speakers and other physical components, could free up space for a larger battery or other new functionality. It also removes the gaps that speakers and buttons create, paving the way for fully waterproof devices, and could even enable the coveted bezel-less screen. 

Smartphones aren’t the only market in which Google is hunting for screen-shaped dominance. At CES on Tuesday the company announced four new Google Assistant-empowered “smart displays” as the newest weapon in its long-winded war with Amazon. After Google Home lost the top holiday sale spot to — you guessed it — the Amazon Echo, it’s clear that when it comes to hardware, Google could use any edge it can get. 

But after the first CES, where the company had a prominent booth of its own, things are looking up. LG’s Google Assistant-enabled 4K TVs were a sight to behold. And since the collapse of Blackberry’s operating system, BBOS, it’s been clear that Android is the software to rule them all. 

With Redux’s impressive hardware, and software that’s hot on the heels of Apple and Amazon, this may just be Google’s year. 

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