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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