smartphone theft

Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

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SF District Attorney puts iOS 7 Activation Lock to the test, shares thoughts

Last week San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced they would be putting Apple's recently announced Activation Lock feature to test. Details of the tests remain private, but for now Gascón is saying that "clear improvements" have been made.

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A look inside the murky world of smartphone trafficking

It's a sad truth, but smartphones get stolen all the time, many never to be seen by their loving owners again. But, especially in the age of tracking apps like Find My iPhone, how come so many disappear? Where do they all go? Besides the opportunistic thief, there's organized gangs that actually ship large quantities of them out of the U.S. Jerry Deaven of Homeland Security told The Huffington Post that these organizations are shipping millions of dollars worth of phones out of the country every month:

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Shared database will allow AT&T and T-Mobile to curb smartphone theft

AT&T and T-Mobile are joining forces in order to try and curb the rising rate of stolen smartphones by way of a shared database project backed by both the CTIA and FCC. The system will allow either carrier to flag an IMEI number as stolen which will render the device useless on either network.

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