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Initiative takes aim at smartphone theft
by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) June 13, 2013

Poll: Tech-heads buy new gadgets but keep the old stuff, too
New York (UPI) Jun 13, 2013 - Those who adopt new technology apparently still want to hang on to the gear the new equipment is suppose to replace, a Harris Poll released Thursday indicated.

The poll indicated Android and iPhone ownership is up, but smartphones' replacing digital cameras remains in question.

Ownership of both Android-powered smartphones at 26 percent and iPhones, at 22 percent, rose considerably since May 2012 when ownership was 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

While there has been debate about whether smartphones have reached the point that they can replace digital cameras, the Harris Poll indicated smartphone owners were at least as likely as the national average to currently own a point-and-shoot digital camera.

For now tablet owners appear reluctant to let go of their tech goodies as they add to their collection, Harris said. In fact, tablet owners are more likely than non-owners to also own all kinds of technological gadgetry, including items that could be replaced by tablets, results indicated.

The Harris Poll surveyed online 2,345 adults April 10-15 as part of a quarterly "Tech Tracker." No margin of error was given.

Law enforcement officials from New York and San Francisco launched a nationwide campaign Thursday to curb smartphone theft with the help of the companies that make the coveted devices.

A Secure Our Smartphones Initiative led by New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco district attorney George Gascon calls for thwarting theft with technology that renders stolen mobile phones useless.

"The epidemic of violent street crime involving the theft and resale of mobile devices is a very real and growing threat in communities all across America," Schneiderman said in a release.

"This nationwide coalition of leaders is committed to doing everything in our power to encourage industry to be good corporate citizens and take responsible steps to ensure the safety of our consumers."

He cited reports indicating that smartphones are stolen or lost at a rate of about 113 per minute in the United States, with thieves sometimes using violence.

The initiative was announced here at a Smart Phone Summit being attended by technology titans Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft.

On Monday, Apple unveiled the next-generation of software that powers iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices.

It will include an "Activation Lock" feature that renders devices inoperable if someone without the owner's Apple ID tries to wipe devices or turn off a gadget-finding tool.

"We think this is going to be a really powerful theft deterrent," Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said during a presentation that kicked off the company's annual developers conference.


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