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What if you could kill your stolen phone?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59

 Thieves want your smartphone. They really, really want it. Consumer Reports estimates 1.6 million smart phones were stolen in 2012.

"In some cities, a majority of the reported thefts are for smart phones and other mobile computing devices," said Rob D'Ovidio, a criminal justice professor at Drexel University.  

He thinks a kill switch, which would allow you to disable your phone remotely, could make a lot of sense. A stolen phone that doesn't work isn't worth much. But the ability to kill a phone could be worth a lot to its owner.

"People who formerly had their phones stolen, they won't have that happen anymore so they won't have to go out and buy a new phone," said William Duckworth, a statistician at Creighton University.

And if there's a lot less theft, he said, insurance for phones wouldn't cost as much. All together, he estimated, kill switches could save consumers $2.6 billion a year. That doesn't include the time that police officers spend on smart phone thefts.

"When you look at the rate of thefts of smartphones in major metropolitian areas in the United States," D'Ovidio said, "it's just taxing law enforcement resources.

He thinks it's just a matter of time before all phones come with kill switches. Apple's newest operating system allows users to shut down a phone remotely. And according to Duckworth's research, that's something 99 percent of smart phone owners want.

Cyclone Ita barrels into Queensland

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59
Cyclone Ita, a powerful storm with winds of up to 170km/h, has hit the northern coast of Australia's Queensland state.

Rodgers to 'unleash crowd' on Man City

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59
Brendan Rodgers plans to use the Anfield crowd to help his Liverpool side beat title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Pope asks Church abuse forgiveness

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:55
Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for the "evil" damage by priests who sexually abuse children, in what is seen as his strongest statement yet.

President moved by UK reception

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:52
Irish President Michael D Higgins says he was moved by the reception he received as his four-day state visit to the UK ends.

Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:47

Revered by other musicians, Winchester began recording in 1970. He had a hit of his own with "Say What." Artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello covered his songs. He was 69.

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Police to recoup 'palace' tax cash

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:38
Police aim to recoup money from a tax fraudster who was building a £2.3m mansion in Pakistan which was as big as Buckingham Palace.

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 20 - in 60 secs

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:25
Oscar Pistorius faced another day of intense cross-examination at his trial on Friday - and said he "was in a panic" in the moments before he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Casting the vote in India and Afghanistan

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:23
William Dalrymple on elections in India and Afghanistan

News of the World 'a force for good'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:21
Rebekah Brooks is "a really sweet girl" and the News of the World was "a force for good", the mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne tells the Old Bailey.

I considered suicide, says Bradley

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:10
Timothy Bradley says he "considered suicide" after receiving death threats following his points win over Manny Pacquiao.

'No' campaign 'is in deep trouble'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:09
Scotland's deputy first minister attacks the campaign to keep the Union, saying it is in "deep trouble", ahead of the independence referendum.

Gay man jailed for murdering wife

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:08
A bank worker is jailed for life for strangling his wife and burning her body in a garden incinerator to stop her revealing his homosexuality.

Live radio - through Google Glass

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:05
Can streaming live radio give you a seasick feeling?

Germany's green dreams meet harsh reality

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:01
As the UN's climate panel meets in Berlin, Germany's fossil fuel industry is as busy as ever, reports David Shukman.

PODCAST: What's so bad about low inflation?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:57
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:46

Why are investors suddenly fleeing from stocks?

Right now our inflation rate is around 1 percent. But some at the Fed say that's way too low. The hope is to see inflation go up. But why on earth would we want to increase inflation?  

When it comes to wellbeing, Costa Rica tops the list of countries in Latin America. That’s according to new data from the Social Progress Imperative, an organization which aims to understand how countries are performing on a variety of measures including health, education, technology, and opportunity.

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Cameron attacks Welsh Labour on NHS

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:55
Prime Minister David Cameron tells the Conservative Party conference in Wales that Offa's Dyke is becoming "the line between life and death".

Obama nominates new health secretary

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:54
US President Barack Obama nominates budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to succeed Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Five people compared to Adrian Mole

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:49
The fictional diarist Adrian Mole has permeated culture and led to unlikely comparisons with real life figures.

DNA tests identify Norway amnesiac

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:49
DNA tests confirm that a man found in a snowdrift in Norway suffering from amnesia is from the Czech Republic, police say.
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