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California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch

The law is likely to affect smartphones sold around the world

on pcworld.com

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

on pcworld.com

Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a $3 billion dollar deal.

Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call

Apple's doing great in China, not so well in tablets, and R&D spending is increasing

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Apple gets patent for 3-year-old smartwatch design labeled 'iTime'

The patent is for a wrist-worn gadget that has a touchscreen and can communicate with a smartphone

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Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

Times have changed since Apple's '1984' commercial bashing IBM.

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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

on pcworld.com

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Unicode update adds emoji for spiders, chili pepper, 'live long and prosper,' and more

A new version of Unicode supports emoji, currency symbols and historic languages

on pcworld.com

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

on pcworld.com

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Groups ask Apple to end toxic chemical use

Used in electronics factories, benzene can cause cancer and n-hexane can cause nerve damage.

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Sanho's iStick bridges iOS/OS X gap to ease file transfer

The storage device features both USB and Lightning connectors

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Sanho's iStick bridges iOS/OS X gap to ease file transfer

The storage device features both USB and Lightning connectors

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Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

The deal will see the two work toward patent reform, they said

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FCC, CTIA push against stolen phones went nowhere

A draft plan might have made it harder to resell stolen phones, if it had gone into place.

on techhive.com

Jury finds Samsung infringed some Apple patents, must pay $120M in damages

Number of patents, jury award both less than Apple was seeking.