find my iphone Stories January 7, 2015

Bloomberg reports that a Manhattan District Attorney is challenging recent moves by Apple, Google and other tech companies by suggesting government pass laws that prevent mobile devices from being “sealed off from law enforcement.” In an interview this week, the government official called it “an issue of public safety.”

expand full story

find my iphone Stories May 8, 2014

Bloomberg reports California’s Senate has passed a bill that will force smartphone makers like Samsung to implement “technology that would let customers remotely wipe data from their devices and render them inoperable when stolen.” Officials have been attempting to pass similar bills with no luck but have since made tweaks to the legislation removing tablets and other terms.

Under the new bill, smartphones sold in California must include the technology starting in July 2015. While the bill was passing 25-8, the margin in the Democratic-controlled Senate can change as absent members continue to enter votes. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, will consider the legislation next.

Last year Apple and Google introduced new theft deterrent features just as government officials in San Francisco were increasing pressure on smartphone makers to implement such features. While Apple’s new “Activation Lock” feature requires an Apple ID and password to reactivate a stolen phone after being remotely erased/wiped by the owner, it fell short of a full-on kill switch feature that officials were hoping for and required the user to enable it. Google has since introduced similar features for Android devices.

Samsung and Google have yet to respond to comment on the bill, but an Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg the following: expand full story

Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

find my iphone Stories August 7, 2013

Android Device Manager now rolling out, allows you to track lost devices

Last week, Google finally announced something many people have been waiting for in its new Android Device Manager feature. Similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone, the service allows you remotely track a device, play a sound on it, and even lock and delete all the data. The service is now live on many Android devices, as well as the web. In order to use the service, your device has to have received the backend update that gives the site permission to access your device. To check for this update, head into Settings > Security > Device Administrators and look for a new “Android Device Manager” field. 

If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even it’s been silenced. And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time

Powered by WordPress.com VIP