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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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Xiaomi Confirms First Smartphones Under its New CC Series

While, Mi CC9e is expected to sport a smaller 5.97-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has officially confirmed first smartphones under its new CC series — CC9 and CC9e — that would be launched on July 2.

According to a report in tech portal GSM Arena on Monday, the new CC series would be limited to China as the company is geared up to launch Redmi K20 and the K20 Pro in India.

Online leaks have already revealed a lot about Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. Mi CC9 would run on Android Pie-based MIUI 10 software and feature a 6.39-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display. It is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 730 SoC and pack a 4,000mAh battery.

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Xiaomi also refreshes ‘Mi TV’ series in India. (Wikimedia Commons)

The device would pack a triple rear-camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16MP secondary lens and a 12MP third sensor, along with a 32MP selfie sensor.

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While, Mi CC9e is expected to sport a smaller 5.97-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display.

It should be powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, and pack 3,500mAh battery. The device is expected to include a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor, 8MP secondary sensor and 5MP sensor camera setup along with 32MP front camera. (IANS)