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State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Alameda County Leaders Pressure Lawmakers To Make Kill Switch Mandatory On Cell Phones

Alameda County leaders are pushing state lawmakers to pass a smartphone kill-switch bill — with the intention of passing their own at a local level should it fail.

06/19/2014

Starbucks (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Starbucks To Offer Wireless Smartphone Charging Pads In San Francisco Locations

Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks. Starbucks and Duracell say they are rolling out Powermat wireless charging devices in stores in San Francisco.

06/11/2014

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2 Out Of 5 In Bay Area Ditch Landlines, 70% Want More Wireless Towers

With a majority of Bay Area residents relying on smartphones, a new poll found widespread support for upgraded communications networks. The survey also found a majority in favor of improving the area’s aging energy infrastructure.

05/29/2014

Apple yanks Weed Firm from App Store.

Apple Kills Weed Growing Game After It Climbs App Download Charts

Apple removed the iOS game Weed Firm from the App Store after it soared to the top of download charts while other similar games remain available.

05/22/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Legislation Requiring Kill Switch On Mobile Devices

This comes as according to state Senator Mark Leno, Apple has switched from being opposed to a kill switch measure, to being neutral on the issue.

05/07/2014

A Samsung phone (R) and an iPhone 4. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

Jury Says Samsung, Apple Infringed On Each Other’s Smartphone Patents

A California jury awarded Apple $119.46 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents.

05/02/2014

Apple's iPhone 5C model (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

State Senators Explain Why Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Failed, KPIX 5 Reporter Robbed Of Device

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said money may have been one reason his fellow State Senators may have refused to go along with a bill that would require mandatory kill switches that would make stolen phones useless.

04/25/2014

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List: California State Senators Who Voted ‘No’ On Smartphone Kill Switch Bill

A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday.

04/25/2014

A man displays an Apple's iPhone 5 smartphone on February 25, 2014 in the French northern city of Lille. Apple said on February 24, 2014 it was developing a security fix for its Mac OS X computer operating system after a patch released for its iPhones and iPads to thwart hacker attacks.AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

California Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Fails In State Senate

A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday but could be revived later this spring.

04/24/2014

Samsung Presents New Products

San Francisco DA Gascon Welcomes Wireless Industry’s Commitment To Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation’s biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

04/15/2014

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