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Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save $2.6B A Year

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A Creighton University study suggests a smartphone kill switch could save consumers $2.5 billion each year. Video provided by Newsy


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California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

TheStreet (Aug. 12, 2014) — A California law which will require smartphones to have a switch allowing users to render the device inoperable when stolen is in the final approval stage. The California Senate passed the so-called kill switch measure on Monday. The bill is now being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. According to the bill's author, theft of smartphones had been growing along its popularity, and two-third of the robberies in the Bay Area involved smartphones. He said, 'Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes.' If the governor signs the bill, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung will need to notify the users when the technology becomes available. It would also require wireless carriers to check user name and passwords associated with phones that were once deactivated before the phones can be used again. Minnesota passed a similar bill earlier this year and lawmakers in New York, Illinois and Rhode Island are considering similar legislation. TheStreet's Julia Sun reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Google to Boost the Search Result Rankings of Encrypted Web Sites

Google to Boost the Search Result Rankings of Encrypted Web Sites

TheStreet (Aug. 7, 2014) — Google says it's starting to use HTTPS encryption as a ranking signal as part of its effort to make the Internet safer. Google said for now, it's a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global queries and carrying less weight than other signals like high-quality content. The company said it's giving webmasters time to switch to HTTPS because in the future, it may decide to strengthen the ranking signal. Websites using HTTP may start to slip down in Google's search results if they don't switch over to more secure encryption. Google said it encourages all Web sites to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep Web users more secure. Video provided by TheStreet
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Review: Google Nexus 5 Android 4.4 Kit Kat Smartphone

Review: Google Nexus 5 Android 4.4 Kit Kat Smartphone

TheStreet (Dec. 19, 2013) — Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone runs the latest version of Android, Kit Kat 4.4. The Nexus 5 features a 5-inch HD screen, 2 gigabytes of memory, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and weighs only 4.6 ounces. The smartphone also comes without bloatware, allowing for fast performance. TheStreet's Gary Krakow loves the new Nexus 5 smartphone but has some questions about the design, including an awkwardly-placed volume control and power button and sub-par speakers.
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Microsoft, Synaptics and Samsung Will Be Telling for Smartphone Market

Microsoft, Synaptics and Samsung Will Be Telling for Smartphone Market

TheStreet (Jan. 21, 2014) — A report out from market research firm Trendforce calls for a 5.4% dip in March quarter smartphone shipments compared to the recently completed December quarter. RealMoney Pro contributor Chris Versace details what a sequential drop in shipments would mean for the smartphone market and what earnings reports investors should zero in on this week. With Microsoft, Synaptics and Samsung reporting, Versace explains how investors can play the potential dip in smartphone shipments.
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