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Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

16
Apr
2014

The five largest U.S. wireless carriers and many smartphone makers including Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others on Tuesday announced they have agreed to include “kill-switch” technology in all smartphone models released after July 2015, Re/code reports, in a move that should help decrease smartphone thefts and further protect customer data. The companies have agreed to include software features in upcoming models that will allow users to remotely wipe their data and render the devices inoperable once they’re lost or stolen. Apple already has such features in place in iOS 7, allowing iPhone users to better protect their devices against theft – the “Activation Lock” feature in iOS 7 prevents devices from being reactivated even after being

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