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Kill Switch: An effective tool to prevent smartphone thefts

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New York: Have you equipped your costly smartphone with a ‘kill switch’? If not, then do so immediately as this may save you several thousand rupees and a lot of embarrassment due to lost data.

The “kill switch” option allows the owners to remotely disable, or “kill”, their phone if it is stolen. The process is also known as “bricking” – transforming the phone from a valuable piece of electronic equipment into a mere plastic brick.

A study published by Consumer Reports suggests that kill-switch technology is already having an effect: in 2013, 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen, but in 2014 that number dropped to 2.1 million, a consumer affairs website reported.

The rationale behind kill switches is to discourage smartphone thefts: thieves would not bother stealing phones if they know the phones’ legitimate owners will immediately be able to brick them and render them worthless.

Samsung developed the app as early as 2013, yet companies including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, United States Cellular Corporation, and Sprint responded by preventing Samsung from pre-loading the app.

This in turn inspired New York’s attorney general in December 2013 to ask those wireless carriers why they would not allow it, and urged carriers to embrace the technology “as a simple yet effective way to protect” smartphone owners from theft.

Now, California has become the second US state after Minnesota where the law mandates that all smartphones sold in the state come equipped with a ‘kill switch’. (IANS)

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Report: 300 Million Notch Display Smartphones to Be Sold in 2018

300mn smartphones with 'notch display' to be sold in 2018: Report

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Around 300 million smartphones — which equates to 19 per cent of the total devices to be sold in 2018 globally — will have a “notch display”, a new report said on Thursday.

Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi smartphones with “notch displays” (a little black cut-out on top of the smartphone screen) are likely to exceed 100 million units in sales in 2018, said market research firm Counterpoint.

“Android smartphones will contribute to 55 per cent of such devices and most of the tier-one Android Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will embrace ‘notch displays’ in their flagships first,” Counterpoint added.

The adoption of “notch displays” in sub-$200 price segments from tier-one brands will depend on competitive pressure and consumer feedback.

Also Read: Samsung Maintains Lead in Global Smartphone Market

Cupertino-headquartered Apple will lead the segment by capturing 45 per cent of devices with “notch displays”.

Apple is also expected to adopt “notch display” in its next series of iPhones.

Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was first to embrace the “notch display”.

iPhone X users decided to embrace the notch and the trend has recently shifted to Android camp with tier-one brands launching their flagships with notch displays.

Smartphones such as Asus Zenfone 5 was launched during Mbile World Congress (MWC), followed by OPPO F7, Vivo V9, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are some devices that feature notch screen design.  (IANS)

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