With 26 for and 8 against, the State Senate of California went beyond the required 21 votes to get the "kill switch" bill cleared. Now the final word rests upon California Governor Jerry Brown to make it into a law.
In a rather strange turn of events, lawmakers across the country are now trying to put their weight behind the almost aborted kill switch solution to smartphone theft. This new push came after California lawmakers proposed making it mandatory for smartphones sold in the state of California only.
While the proposed kill switch feature has practically failed to be widely implemented, the state of California might be making a rather bold move that would, in effect, make it mandatory. If approved, the proposed law will require phone makers to include a software kill switch in any smartphone sold within the state starting January 1, 2015 or be fined $2,500 for each device sold.
There is no doubt that mobile data usage is growing at a rapid pace, but users who are still adjusting to the trend my not be fully aware of the literal cost of their new adopted lifestyle. Carriers are coming to the rescue with a new Know My App website that tries to give users an idea of just how much data is being used by some of the most popular mobile apps on the market.
After more than a year, the CTIA, working together with the FCC and law enforcers, is ready to put a close on the last stage of its four-step plan. The group has announced that the common database for 4G/LTE smartphones have been completed ahead of the November 30 deadline.
Late last year, we were embroiled in debate considering what ownership of a mobile device was. By blocking us from unlocking a device without permission from our carriers, the Library of Congress opened up a can of worms. While an important step in understanding our relationship with the carrier, it infuriated many consumers.
This week NVIDIA has its Tegra 4i processor delivering mobile data speeds as the company has never been able before, complete with an integrated i500 LTE modem first delivered here, on the Tegra 4 platform. With the NVIDIA i500 LTE modem integrated in to the Tegra 4i, NVIDIA has demonstrated speeds of up to 150Mbps with an emulation of an LTE Cat 4 network.
We're here in Vegas for CTIA 2013, where the latest and greatest in mobile devices and accessories are shown off to the masses. Things officially get kicked off tomorrow but here at ShowStoppers tonight we ran into Otterbox and quickly got a glance at their new cases for the GALAXY S 4. With it being the hottest new phone, and everyone loving Otterbox we figured a few pictures were in order.
Today the folks from Verizon Wireless have piqued our interest a bit with a quick invitation for a "special announcement" in late May. For those that are unaware, the annual CTIA Wireless Tech event is taking place in Viva Las Vegas this year, and during the event on May 22nd Verizon looks to make some big announcements. We have a few ideas on what too.