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February 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's Valentine's Day, and I'm not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up. It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book. I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I'm finding out - as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks - that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible. Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Citing skyrocketing thefts of smartphones and tablets, officials proposed Thursday that California become the first state to require the devices to be sold with "kill switches" that render them inoperable when stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and other lawmakers said they plan to introduce such legislation with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. L.A. had a 12% increase in mobile-device thefts in 2012, the most recent figures available.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
BlackBerry's 2013 ended on a rough note, as the struggling phone maker accounted for less than 0.5% of U.S. smartphone sales during the fourth quarter, according to a report. The dismal sales figures came despite the introduction of the Blackberry 10 smartphone a year ago. The smartphone, running the company's latest version of its operating system, was supposed to help the Canadian company bounce back in the U.S. However, it appears that the company ended up taking a step backward.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the first time, more than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in a single year, according to a report this week. A total of 1.004 billion smartphones were shipped to vendors in 2013, meaning phone makers sold those devices to wireless carriers, retailers or directly to their customers, according to a report by International Data Corporation. The 2013 figure is up 38.4% from the 725.3 million smartphones that phone makers shipped in 2012. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all the mobile phones shipped last year, the report said.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn, Andrea Chang and Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's deal to sell its Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo for $2.9 billion delivered a double-barreled shocker to the tech industry as the sale promised to scramble the playing field for mobile devices. The transaction marks an abrupt U-turn for Google, which bought the troubled smartphone maker less than two years ago for $12.5 billion. Beijing-based Lenovo, by moving deeper into mobile markets, demonstrated that it has ambitions far beyond becoming the world's largest PC maker.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Given the number of people you see on the street, head down, eyes focused on their phones, it's no surprise that more than half of American adults have a smartphone. We love to call, we love to text, we love to post to Facebook. But what we don't love, if we are traveling abroad, is an enormous post-vacation bill or, worse, being disconnected. Andy Abramson, whose role as chief executive of Comunicano, a marketing agency, keeps him on the road about two-thirds of the year, and Sebastian Harrison, president of Cellular Abroad, offer these 14 tips for staying tethered while you're away.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iPhone is owned by more than 40% of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals, according to a report Thursday. Apple's U.S. iPhone ownership grew from 35% during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 42% during the same period in 2013, according to a study by NPD Group. The study found that Samsung came in second place, with 26% of smartphone users reporting they own a device by the South Korean tech giant -- up from 22% during the fourth quarter of 2012.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California regulators decided Thursday not to consider the need for tougher privacy protection for smartphone users. In a 3-2 vote, the Public Utilities Commission denied a petition from consumer groups asking it to investigate the need for stronger privacy standards. It would have been the PUC's first attempt to update 2-decade-old phone privacy protections in effect since the dawn of the hand-held cellphone era. Siding with phone companies, Commissioner Mark J. Ferron opposed new privacy regulations and said there was "a lack of documented examples of actual breaches of customer privacy.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Privacy-minded users may want to keep an eye on Blackphone, a device that promises to deliver privacy like no smartphone before it. Blackphone is a device that claims it will be able to keep users' phone calls, text messages, video chats and Web browsing private using a modified version of Android called PrivatOS. "There has never been a time in the world where privacy has become such a commodity, and none of the other devices in the world have been built around giving privacy back to the user," said Mike Janke, Silent Circle chief executive, in a video introducing Blackphone.
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