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New York Attorney General Challenges Apple and Others About Mobile Theft

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iPhones and other smartphones are highly desirable and expensive objects that prove to be a very easy target for muggers and pick pockets. It seems a shame that anyone should be nervous about using their iPhone on the street or in a café, but the reality is that theft of such devices is at an all-time high, so caution is always advised when using your expensive piece of kit in public. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman clearly believes that the situation has now got so bad that more action is needed from the smartphone manufacturers themselves, and so he has today written to Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to ask directly what they are doing about helping to prevent smartphone theft in New York, Bloomberg reports. [/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]“I seek to understand why companies that can develop sophisticated handheld electronics, such as the products manufactured by Apple, cannot also create technology to render stolen devices inoperable and thereby eliminate the expanding black market on which they are sold,” wrote Schneiderman in his open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. [/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]The figures speak for themselves, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple products were stolen in 11,447 incidents from January to September 2012, marking a rise of 40% on the previous year. Some of the examples that Schneiderman gives are particularly violent, including the stabbing of a chef in April 2012. So far only Google has responded to the letter, with spokeswoman Gina Scigliano issuing an email statement to the effect that Google encourages smartphone owners to lock the phones with a PIN or pattern, and keep it set to automatically lock. No word as yet from Samsung, Apple, or Microsoft. [/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Source:[/FONT] Apple, Google Pressed by N.Y. Over Handheld Device Thefts - Bloomberg
 

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