California Rejects ‘Kill Switch’ Bill for Smartphones

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California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would mandate “kill switches” on smartphones sold in the state.
‘Under the proposal, all smartphones in California were to be sold with software that could render a phone unusable in the event of theft. However, California’s state senate shot down the bill with a 19-17 vote. It required 21 votes to pass.

‘Those who backed the bill wanted the new legislature to protect the users from rapidly rising smartphone theft; the rejection, they claim, favors big industry…’

The Ultimate Cybersnobbery
Can you afford apps for avoiding people?
Apps Promise Luxury By Eliminating Talking to People
‘…Services like Silvercar, Uber, and pay-to-play airline VIP programs help keep the new aristocracy away from the rabble
DFW’s design may have made unspoken assumptions about a small jet set elite, but at least it was aspiring for populism rather than its dismantling. Like its techno-automotive cousins Tesla and Uber, services like Silvercar represent a shift from designing products and services to support a general population to focusing on an elite capable of wrangling, negotiating, or paying their way out of the drudgery of ordinary life. If you have the sense that Silvercar sounds great but might also be good to be true, you might be onto something…’

We Must Have a Cyberlaw About Data Jurisdiction
You might not own your data in other countries!
U.S. judge rules search warrants extend to overseas email accounts
‘Internet service providers must turn over customer emails and other digital content sought by U.S. government search warrants even when the information is stored overseas, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

‘In what appears to be the first court decision addressing the issue, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis in New York said Internet service providers such as Microsoft Corp or Google Inc cannot refuse to turn over customer information and emails stored in other countries when issued a valid search warrant from U.S. law enforcement agencies.

‘If U.S. agencies were required to coordinate efforts with foreign governments to secure such information, Francis said, “the burden on the government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded.”…’

15 Best Keyboard Shortcuts You’re Not Using
‘Every time you lift your hand off the keyboard and reach for your mouse or touchpad, you’re wasting precious seconds. That’s why I use keyboard shortcuts for everything on my PC. Not only are key combos faster to hit, but they’re also more accurate than even the best mouse when it comes to precise actions like highlighting text or selecting cells in a spreadsheet.

‘When I talk to friends — even my most tech-savvy colleagues — I find that most use basic keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL+X to cut and CTRL+V to paste, but they don’t know some of the most helpful hotkeys that their PCs have to offer. These are the 15 best PC keyboard shortcuts you’re probably not using, but should be…’


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