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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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Dropbox faces boycott threat over Condoleezza Rice

Dropbox faces boycott threat over Condoleezza Rice

Storm clouds are circling over Dropbox, after its decision to add former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board prompted a wave of negative reactions from users who disagree both with her politics and her history with wiretaps. Dropbox announced Dr. Rice's new role yesterday, alongside new apps Mailbox for Android and Carousel, leaving some cloud storage subscribers outraged at her proximity to decisions around how their data is handled, and proposing a boycott.

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EU lawmakers approve plan to kill roaming charges and impose new net neutrality rules

EU lawmakers approve plan to kill roaming charges and impose new net neutrality rules

Lawmakers in the European Union have approved some tough new laws for the Union that have to do with eliminating roaming charges and putting new rules in place for net neutrality. Once the final ruling is in, the new rules will go into effect across the entire 28-member European union. While the lawmakers have approved the rules, the proposals still need to be approved by the next European Parliament to be elected next month.

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Apple “is great, but they don’t own everything” Samsung says as trial begins

Apple “is great, but they don’t own everything” Samsung says as trial begins

Apple and Samsung have begun their opening statements at the latest patent infringement case in San Jose, with Samsung already insisting that, while it respects its rival, it can't allow it to take responsibility for every innovation in mobile. The case, a return to the courtroom for the two behemoths after attempts at mediating a settlement failed earlier this year, sees Apple demanding $2bn from Samsung, or the equivalent of around $40 per handset.

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HP WebOS class action settlement reached

HP WebOS class action settlement reached

The saga of WebOS has been running for years now. Palm was the first to roll out the OS as an attempt to compete with Apple and Google in the smartphone wars. Eventually Palm failed and HP bought the OS and Palm as a whole. That purchase of Palm and WebOS turned out to be very bad for HP with the company losing money in major fashion when its aspirations failed and it too sold off WebOS to another firm.

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Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras will be a standard-fit feature on cars in the US from mid-2018, with the NHTSA deciding that the potential safety benefits from an eye in the bumper warrants the demand. Cameras piping a live feed from the back of the car to the dashboard are common on luxury models and SUVs, but new rear visibility requirement will mean that all models built from May 1st, 2018, will have to sport them, no matter how small or how cheap.

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