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Prosecutors team up to combat smartphone thefts

Prosecutors team up to combat smartphone thefts

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Prosecutors in New York and San Francisco will announce a program dubbed Save Our Smartphones on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

The new intiative would bring together law enforcement officials, politicians, and consumer advocates across the country to fight the growing wave of smartphone thefts. The group wants to exert pressure on smartphone companies and their stockholders to reduce the market for stolen phones. One goal would be to set up a “kill switch” that would render all such phones inoperative.

Later on Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will be hosting a “smartphone summit” with representatives from Apple, Google/Motorola, Samsung and Microsoft.

Mobile phone thefts are involved in almost one in three robberies across the nation, the Federal Communications Commission reported last year.

“The epidemic of violent street crime involving the theft and resale of mobile devices is a very real and growing threat in communities all across America,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “According to reports, roughly 113 smartphones are stolen or lost each minute in the United states, with too many of those thefts turning violent.”

On Monday, Apple unveiled a new security feature set to debut with iOS 7. The current Find My iPhone app allows people to remotely wipe all data on a lost or stolen phone. The new Activation Lock would take that a step further by requiring the original owner’s Apple ID and password in order to access a wiped phone.

[source:cnet]

5 comments

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    i’m rebuilding a classic go-kart, and i’m purchasing a kill switch…where will i turn it on to? the motor is really a briggs and stratton 6.5 Hewlett packard..pull start

    thanks much

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    hey men and so i got a gas scooter and that i rode it around while it is raining a little and also the kill switch eliminate, would rain damage it? and just how can one repair it?

    anyways the only method to stop my gas scooter from running is as simple as turning the choke on, i seem like that ruins the scooter, will it? i hear some strange popping seem after i do, maybe that seem is common? i have no idea much, help!

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    I lately bought this switch: http://world wide web.google.com/m/search?site=images&gl=us&source=mog&q=toggle+switch&spell=1&ei=93zATfitN7SyiAKmw9r7Ag&ved=0CBYQvwUoAA#i=44 like a kill switch in my all downhill mrp m500. I’m confused regarding how to properly wire the remote wire towards the switch. I’ve attempted every possible wire configuration. Help!

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    Has anybody ever traveled across country? What mode of transport have you use? I am planning for a trip From Or to Florida by bike. Never tried it before, so wanting some tales.

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    Johnathan Macaulay

    I want atleast two allegory quotes in the book known as Across Five Aprils. Compiled By Irene Search!

    Help? With Chapter and Page number pleaseee..

    Ohh and yess to a task.

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