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New apps let parents control kids’ access to smart phones, tablets from their own phones

Parents struggling to get their children away from smartphones and tablets for meals, homework, exercise, and other activities can arm themselves with new apps to remotely block access to the devices. Usage of smartphones and tablets among children has tripled since 2011, according to Common Sense Media, a San Francisco…

Cops turning to third-party companies to hack suspects’ phones

Police Utilizing Private Companies, Exploits To Access Data From Suspects’ Smartphones (via Techdirt) Law enforcement agencies really want to see your phone’s contents. I mean, they really want to. Martin Kaste at NPR has a story on law enforcement and smartphones which contains the following quote from a Rolf Norton,…

California lawmakers consider ‘kill switch’ for stolen smartphones

CA lawmakers mull smartphone kill switch (via SFBay) Smartphone makers may be forced to put a ‘kill switch’ into production by January 2015 or face fines up to $2,500 for each phone sold and shipped in California without the technology thanks to a new bill introduced last week by California…

PayPal lets shops take payments on smartphones

Online financial transactions titan PayPal has started to allow merchants across the world to take payments using smartphones in a direct challenge to startup Square. The PayPal Here system uses a triangle-shaped “dongle” card reader that plugs into mobile devices to let people make purchases. PayPal Here software also lets…

Lost smartphones mined by finders: Symantec

SAN FRANCISCO — Lost smartphones are likely to be mined for valuable information by strangers who find them, according to the results of a sting operation conducted by computer security firm Symantec. Symantec intentionally “lost” 50 smartphones at shopping centers, bus stops and other public places in cities in the…

Smartphone meets tablet as makers look at big picture

BARCELONA — Mobile phone makers used to sell the ‘small is beautiful’ concept but at this year’s world mobile fair, some are inching towards tablet sizes amid a shift towards a new hybrid category. South Korean maker LG’s new Optimus Vu for example, has a five inch display, much larger…

Consumer Electronics Show foretells electronic ‘war of ecosystems’

LAS VEGAS — The annual Consumer Electronics Show ended Friday, leaving gadget lovers with visions of a “Matrix” like world in which the Internet surrounds them no matter where they go. Makers of everything from cars and refrigerators to televisions, smartphones and software pitched innovations heralding the arrival of connected…

Smartphone addicts starting to feel the pain

Users of smartphones and tablet computers are starting to get high-tech blues, as increasing numbers of the tech savvy are coming down with ailments from “text neck” to “text thumb injury”. Health experts in Britain have warned that strain injuries stemming from long periods spent staring at small screens and…

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