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Minnesota jumps ahead of California by signing 'kill switch' into law

05/15, 4:24pm

Law effective July 1, 2015 set to deter violent thieves, resale record keeping

Minnesota's Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill yesterday that would require all cell phones sold within the state to have a "kill switch" starting July 1, 2015. By signing SF1740 legislation into law, the state beats California to the punch in mandating the theft countermeasure. California's bill was only recently passed by its Senate, but still requires approval by Governor Jerry Brown before becoming law.

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Briefly: HP offers PC tech support, Undercover 5.5 offers Debriefings

10/03, 9:01am

HP SmartFriend offers monthly and one-time services

HP has launched its 24/7 technical support service, HP SmartFriend. Providing one-on-one assistance with one's PC or tablet (not exclusive to HP products), users can receive instruction on a variety of troubleshooting needs, be provided with a walk-through of an installation, and more.

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Teen killed during attempted iPad theft; two men arrested

05/20, 8:40am

15-year-old wouldn't let go, was run over in robbery attempt

Two men have been arrested and charged with open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas in Las Vegas last week. Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were charged Saturday over the incident. According to police, the two attempted to steal an iPad away from the youth but he refused to let go of it, resulting in his being dragged and run over by the two men.

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Burglar who stole Jobs' computers sentenced

01/20, 10:42pm

Raided Apple founders' home during renovations

A burglar who raided the home of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs while it was undergoing renovations and helped himself to Jobs' wallet, computers, iOS devices and other valuables has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Kariem McFarlin, 35, was found to have burglarized a number of homes and may have been caught through the "Find My iPhone" iOS tracking feature, as well as a bizarre incident in which one of the stolen iPads turned up in the possession of a children's party entertainer. Though he pled guilty, McFarlin claimed he was driven to the thefts by "desperation."

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