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Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.

Yahoo Adds More Security to Thwart Surveillance

April 3, 2014 11:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo announced measure Wednesday that include the completion of a system that encrypts all information being transmitted from one Yahoo data center to another. The technology is designed to make the emails and other digital information flowing through data centers indecipherable to outsiders.

Report: Kill Switch Could Save Americans $2.6B Annually

April 1, 2014 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Whether you're for or against mandatory kill switch technology in smartphones, at least one study says such a feature could saved consumers bundles. According to a study conducted by Creighton University Professor Dr. William Duckworth, kill switch technology could save Americans up to $2.6 billion per year...

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Obama to Propose Ending NSA's Phone Call Sweep

March 25, 2014 10:52 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program...

Turkey Blocks Twitter over Graft Recordings

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption. Turkey in the past blocked access to YouTube, but it is the first ban on Twitter...

Video: WDD Highlights Creepy IOT with Surveillance Sphere

March 17, 2014 3:35 pm | Videos | Comments

A floating sphere comprised of a balloon, helium, and electronics has been created to determine how sonic objects mediate between people, technology, and places. The sphere responds sonically to people and its surroundings by means of a battery-powered Arduino...

SXSW: Assange talks NSA, Hints at More Leaks

March 10, 2014 10:59 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison — with a more lenient visitor policy. He also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks, though he gave no specifics on what these might be.

Hasty ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Has Flaws

March 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The "Smartphone Theft Deterrent Act", a bill that would require OEMs to build 'kill switch' technology into tablets and smartphones, seems like an over-reach to me. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "help put consumers in control of their cell phone data" through a kill switch’...

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New York Gets Behind 'Kill Switch' Bill

March 3, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York officials are set Monday to support a bill that would require smartphone and tablet OEMs to include technology in their products that would let owners delete data from stolen devices and render them useless to thieves. New York Representative Jose Serrano is set Monday...

Smartphone Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 8:56 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. 

Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. 

Technology Firms Urge Changes to US Spying

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

Friday Flick: Texting Behind the Wheel Really Is That Dangerous!

February 7, 2014 10:56 am | Videos | Comments

You make thing you're keeping it between the lines when you're tapping out a quick message while behind the wheel, but this video with CTIA's Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls demonstrates otherwise. Take a quick test of the "It Can Wait" campaign's texting and driving simulator and find out just how dangerous texting behind the wheel really is. 

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W.Va. Police: 3 Die when Cell Towers Collapse

February 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 300-foot cellphone tower collapsed Saturday and minutes later a smaller tower fell, killing two contractors and a firefighter, authorities said. The contractors were tethered to the larger tower when it collapsed in Clarksburg, State Police Cpl. Mark Waggamon said.

Feds to Decide on Car-to-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 10:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

Government Panel Urges End to Phone Data Spying

January 23, 2014 9:21 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

AT&T on FCC Plan: 'Would Turn Disaster Recovery into a Contest"

January 20, 2014 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T says an FCC "yardstick" for measuring how well individual wireless networks maintain service during disasters is unnecessary and misleading. As a way of providing an impetus for carriers to improve network resiliency during events like Superstorm Sandy, or the Boston Marathon bombing, the FCC opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

Tech Industry: Obama's NSA Reforms 'Insufficient'

January 20, 2014 9:24 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing more dramatic reforms to protect people's privacy and the economic interests of American companies that generate most of their revenue overseas.

NSA Phone Data Control to Come to End

January 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance powers, President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and require intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records, a senior administration official said.

Woman to Testify Against Google Glass Citation

January 16, 2014 8:57 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law. The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream.

Officials: Obama Likely to OK Phone Record Changes

January 15, 2014 9:05 am | by Julie Pace, Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

FCC Begins Process to Review Rules for In-Flight Wireless Services

January 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Angela E. Giancarlo and Howard W. Waltzman | Articles | Comments

On December 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) officially launched its proceeding to consider a proposal that would permit airlines to install equipment on aircraft that could expand the availability of in-flight wireless services to passengers.

US Spy Court: NSA to Keep Collecting Phone Records

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Kimberly Dozier, Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

Snapchat Says to Make App More Secure

January 3, 2014 8:43 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday...

Texting, Dialing While Driving Raises Crash Risk

January 2, 2014 9:05 am | by Marilynne Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

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