Law requires security software to come enabled by default, but other than that, not much will change for most smartphone users.
On the heels of proposed California legislation, federal lawmakers also get on board with a bill requiring security features on all cell phones.
State regulators unveiled the proposed piece of legislation, hoping to suppress theft of mobile devices. But will resistance from the wireless industry halt the effort?
Sen. Mark Leno wants to make the security feature -- aimed at bricking stolen smartphones -- the law.
The California Senate bill is designed to deter smartphone and tablet theft.
Almost 2 billion people around the world use smartphones -- typically worth hundreds of dollars a pop on the black market. A former smartphone thief explains their allure to street criminals.
Google's lead security engineer on Android thinks you shouldn't have to be a tech whiz to keep your phone secure.
The Web's biggest streaming-music service delivers an increase in profit, sales and its expectations for both to come. But active-listener growth kept up its slow slide, distracting investors.
Apple's payment system rolls out at some retailers and promises more protection from hackers. But Zwipe and Plastc have other ideas for changing the way we pay.
The security feature, designed to prevent use of lost or stolen devices, must be turned off before you buy a used iPhone.