Are the photos on your phone private? ProClip Roundup Recap

July 6, 2018 •

ProClip Roundup: Season 2 Episode 3

Welcome back to another week of the ProClip Roundup! We’re bringing you the latest stories in mobile and car tech news. Check out the top stories we found on the internet:

Digital Smartphone Car Keys

Several car manufacturers have joined to develop a digital car key that could work across many devices and car models. Stakeholders and rollout participants include Apple, LG, and Samsung, as well as Volkswagen, Audi, and GM. Most notably, Tesla models already have the digital car key functionality. The digital key would lock, unlock, start the engine and share access to the car.

Apple Maps Updating

Apple Maps Vans and Drones will be used to fix Apple Maps accuracy and detail. Additionally, Apple will be generating map data using the iPhone in your pocket. Passive maps can vector data from every iPhone to provide representations of both road and pedestrian traffic. Apple pinky promises that these methods of data collection will not affect your privacy.

Digital License Plates

Custom license plates have been the nominal DMV upgrade for a few decades, a company called Reviver is offering a new luxurious option. The Rplate is a $700 digital license plate now available in California that has been approved by the state DMV. You can also add a pre-approved custom message like: “I Love My ProClip.”

Gmail Reading Your Emails

Privacy is king in 2018 and Gmail users may need to read up on their privacy settings. App developers are the suspected readers of your emails but can we trust them to make functionality a priority over snooping? No evidence suggests yet that any data has been misused.

Samsung Sending Your Photos

How about you ask permission before sending our photos to random contacts, Samsung? Android internet news giants are reporting that Samsung users are complaining about photos being randomly sent to phone contacts and in some cases all photos are being sent without user permission. Samsung is aware of the reports and encouraging those affected by the issue to contact customer service at 1-800-SAMSUNG.

That’s all the time we have for this week’s edition of the ProClip Roundup! We’ll see you next week with more news in the world of mobile and car tech.