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New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference introducing new legislation that would require smartphone manufacturers to create a "kill switch" for people to deactivate their phones if they are stolen, on March 3, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Getty Images)

Disconnect Seen Between Smartphone Industry, Schneiderman Over Anti-Theft Agreement

The companies have agreed to provide a free preloaded or downloadable anti-theft tool on smartphones sold in the U.S. after July 2015.

04/16/2014

Gregory Rocco, of Brooklyn, NY, looks at an iPhone 5C on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on September 20, 2013.   (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

‘Kill Switch’ Technology Could Deal Death Blow To Smartphone Thefts

A hidden battle is being waged over smartphones. Last year, more than 1.5-million Americans had their devices stolen but some companies are against a simple solution.

11/19/2013

Rep. Steve Israel (left) holds cell phone used in hacking demonstration at his Hauppauge, NY office on Monday, June 4, 2012 (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Rep. Israel Wants FCC To Require Cell Carriers To Have Password Protected Voicemail

Rep. Steve Israel demonstrated how hackers can go to a “spoofing” site, enter a cell phone number and gain access to that number’s voice messeges.

06/04/2012

A man reads a text message on his cell phone. (file/credit: Franko Lee/AFP/Getty Images)

NYC Sending Test Emergency Text Alerts Today

A notification will be displayed on the screen of your mobile device with a text that reads: “Severe alert” or “Extreme alert.”

12/15/2011

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NYC Office of Emergency Management To Test New Text Message Alert System

On Thursday, officials will send six test messages between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers who have mobile devices that are enabled to receive emergency alerts.

12/14/2011

Passengers are seen on the 1/2/3 platform at 14th Street and 7th Avenue - New York, NY - Sep 23, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Report: Cell Phone Service Coming To Some Subway Platforms Next Week

The long-delayed project to wire New York City subway stations for cell phone service is finally bearing fruit.

09/23/2011

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Next-Gen Cell Phones: Behold The Power Of 4G

Cell phones certainly have come a long way and they’re still evolving. If you think the phone you’re currently using has a bunch of bells and whistles, wait until you see what 4G can do.

01/05/2011