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Smartphones Must Include ‘Kill Switch’ Under Bill

Legislation requiring manufacturers to install shut-off functions in smartphones as a way to deter thefts is on the verge of passing the Legislature.


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California Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Advances

On a second attempt, California lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would require electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones as a way to deter what one senator called a crime wave of thefts.


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Call Failed: Push For Smartphone Kill Switch In California Falls 2 Votes Short Of Majority

A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones has failed in the state Senate but will likely be revived later this spring.



How To Never Lose Your Luggage Again

While fewer bags are being lost by the airlines these days, people are still stealing them! Which is why Air France and KLM have spent the last year developing two gadgets that help prevent luggage from being lifted.


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Don’t Trade In Your Smartphone Before Wiping Your Data

With new smartphones coming on the market nearly every month, some become obsolete fairly quickly. But before ditching that old model, there are things to do that can prevent identity fraud.


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Doctors Hope Condom App Combats Rising Sacramento STD Rates

Casual encounters are easy to find nowadays with smartphone applications that find possible partners based on GPS location in addition to the usual websites. But that easy fun is helping to spread STDs.


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2 Arrested In Sacramento For Multimillion-Dollar Smartphone Scheme

Two people have been arrested in Sacramento for leading a nationwide scheme that involved purchasing a large number of smart phones that were under contract and reselling them in Hong Kong.


Free iPhone and iPad apps from Apple’s App Store pose a larger privacy risk than free apps from Google. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Study: Free Smartphone Apps More Prone To Leak Personal Information

Free iPhone and iPad apps from Apple’s App Store pose a larger privacy risk than free apps from Google.



Call Kurtis: T-Mobile Keeps Sending Me Broken Phones

Maddie Kessler doesn’t mince words. She’s tired of her HTC Amaze smartphone suddenly turning off.


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The Very Best of Everything in 2012

As the end of year nears it is time to take a moment to look back to see what made the top of the best of lists for 2012. Other than the presidential election there have been many other battles this year to score a number one spot in the United States. Companies, writers, public relation experts and cities have all been vying for the golden top spot.


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Best Ways To Save During The Holiday Sales Rush

The race is on to be first in line for this year’s best deals on holiday gifts: Black Friday is almost here. Every year, the stores open earlier in the wee hours of the morning, some even open at midnight after Thanksgiving Day, while other stores start the Black Friday sales on Turkey Day itself. If you’re going to get up that early (on a day off, no less), it is important to be prepared.


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Smartphone Apps Can Help You Manage Your Health

If you want to lose weight, monitor blood glucose levels or find out more about a mole on your arm, just grab your phone. There’s an app for that.