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WAMC News
3:47 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

NY AG Schneiderman: Google And Microsoft Phones Will Ship With Kill Switch Technology

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Apple added what’s known as a "kill switch" to iPhones last September. Authorities say that has sharply reduced robberies and thefts of the popular smartphone. Now, Microsoft and Google will a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Study: Smartphones Disrupt Caregiver-Child Interaction

A new study looks at how the caregiver-child dynamic is affected when the caregiver uses a mobile device during a fast food meal. The study is the latest to question how technology can influence childhood development.

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WAMC News
6:37 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Schumer & Schneiderman Tackle Smartphone Crime

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Major cities across the Northeast are experiencing a spike in robberies, driven by crimes involving smartphones. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer are taking steps to discourage thieves from targeting the devices.

Every minute, 113 smartphones are stolen or lost nationwide, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who co-founded a partnership with the wireless industry called Secure Our Smartphones. The initiative has picked up support from 30 other state attorneys general.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cuomo Announces Crackdown On Drivers Who Text

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting tougher on drivers who text or chat on their phones while at the wheel.  Cuomo, the father of three teen-agers, said Friday that a change will go into effect starting Saturday. The revised penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.  Drivers will see the penalty for texting while driving increase from three points off their driver’s licenses  to five points. Cuomo told CBS New York he spends a lot of time in a car and he sees people texting while driving every day.

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New York News
7:26 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

NY AG Wants Industry's Help in Cracking Down On Smartphone Thefts

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New York’s attorney general is calling on the four major makers of smartphones and the systems that run on the phones to do more to protect consumers from cell-phone thefts. He says in too many cases, the thefts are violent.

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