Apple, Google and more commit to smartphone kill switch

Apple, Google and more commit to smartphone kill switch

Apple, Google, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and the main US carriers have committed to implementing a cellphone "kill switch" on every new device made after July 2015, allowing owners to remotely wipe, lock, or brick their smartphone if lost or stolen. The agreement, dubbed the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment", will mean every participating vendor and carrier will offer an app for managing remote device security, and is intended to challenge the market for stolen phones.

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Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang, and it's doing it by cutting up the car into chunks and carrying it all the way up to the top of the Empire State Building. The stunt actually harkens back five decades, when Ford put an original Mustang convertible on the open-air deck 1,000 feet up. Meanwhile, if you prefer celebrations you can actually drive, there's a 50 Year Limited Edition version that doesn't come in pieces.

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Google Q1 Earnings tap Motorola as “discontinued operations”

Google Q1 Earnings tap Motorola as “discontinued operations”

As it has been for the past several years, Google has reported a quarter in which they’re growing substantially. One of the more interesting things to have happened to the company in the first quarter of 2014 - also Google’s financial first quarter - is the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group Limited. As such, the company began their presentation this week with a note on how they’ll be handling Motorola’s profits and losses from here until the final sale of the group.

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Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Over the past several days it’s become apparent that Google’s next big release - Project Ara - is one aimed for a $50 price point. The idea that you’d be able to buy a $50 smartphone is pretty exciting - but it’s not that simple. In fact, not only is the $50 price point not set for consumers, but the device that’ll come with a point anywhere near that amount of cash will be so extremely basic, you’ll consider it a Feature Phone.

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HP Z1 G2 Workstation Review

HP Z1 G2 Workstation Review

With the Z1 G2 workstation, HP is hitting a lot of high notes. Highly customizable, intensely powerful, and endlessly useful, the newset HP workstation is a substantial upgrade versus last year’s model. With everything tucked neatly behind the screen, this is a low-profile all-in-one workstation that gets the job done, should you need a lot of power backing your operation.

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Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

While Microsoft isn’t quite ready to release Cortana to the desktop world, they’re letting it be known that they’re more than happy to spread the personalization love. With Cortana you get a collection of features aimed directly at you, grown from your recorded interests, contacts, and so forth. With Bing’s new homepage, you’re getting a series of cards with similar information being tapped.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

While we’re not attempting to suggest that the Android version of Chrome Remote Desktop is perfect right off the bat, it is pretty excellent that we’re already able to launch Titanfall. This app is very similar to what we’ve seen with the Chrome version of the app, allowing you to connect your computers with an internet window. Here we’re allowed to control our computers from anywhere with a mobile device as well.

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Google’s Glass designer talks less-is-more in wearables

Google’s Glass designer talks less-is-more in wearables

Google designer Isabelle Olsson has a challenge on her hands: making Glass appealing enough to wear every day. Olsson is the subject of a new Google Design Minutes video, discussing her horror coming face to face with some of Glass' early prototypes - one less than ergonomic example of which you can see here - and how she's particularly proud of the way the frame and the Glass hardware itself look separate.

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This is Apple CarPlay hands-on in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata

This is Apple CarPlay hands-on in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata

Hyundai has brought along its new 2015 Sonata to the New York Auto Show, and it already has one passenger in the shape of Apple's CarPlay to put your iPhone 5s in the dashboard. The new car - now in its seventh generation - introduces more distinctive look than before, tightened up for what Hyundai hopes will be more appealing to younger drivers, but it's CarPlay and how it will take over the 8-inch touchscreen later in the year that got us really intrigued. Read on to see how it works.

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