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Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly

The bill is intended to reduce smartphone theft in the state

on pcworld.com

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Report: Sprint gives up on pursuit of T-Mobile USA

Sprint abandoned the takeover because it thought it would have a hard time getting regulatory approval, according to newspaper reports.

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Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials

The hackers collected data on a massive scale, 'so it affects absolutely everybody,' security firm says.

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Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

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Apple gets patent for 3-year-old smartwatch design labeled 'iTime'

The patent is for a wrist-worn gadget that has a touchscreen and can communicate with a smartphone

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10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch

The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about?

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Amazon names initial apps, lights 'fire' under developers

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Yelp are among the apps being developed for Fire, according to Amazon.

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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

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Unicode update adds emoji for spiders, chili pepper, 'live long and prosper,' and more

A new version of Unicode supports emoji, currency symbols and historic languages

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

on pcworld.com

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Samsung dominates nascent smartwatch market, way ahead of Pebble

More than 400,000 smartwatches were sold in the six months around the end of the year, according to NPD.

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Sanho's iStick bridges iOS/OS X gap to ease file transfer

The storage device features both USB and Lightning connectors

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We snuck an unauthorized hands-on with Asus' super-thin Transformer Book T300 Chi

Initial specs suggest that the hybrid device is slimmer than the Macbook Air

on pcworld.com

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Microsoft: Sub-$200 Windows Phone handsets on the way

New partners could have handsets out by the end of the year, according to Nick Parker, who handles Microsoft's partnerships with device makers.

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There's plenty of wearable competition at Computex, but not much innovation

Plenty of device makers at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week are hoping to stake a claim in the growing market for wearable devices. But the products on display looked like more of the same.