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.
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.
The chipmaker says its Snapdragon processors are an important element to creating secure methods of rendering mobile devices bricks if stolen.
An ISP industry body has offered in-principle support of site blocking to stop piracy, but says it is a "blunt instrument" and that rights holders should foot the bill.
The government's wizard wheeze to install Internet-connected meters in UK houses has hit a roadblock.