Q&A: CNET met with San Francisco D.A. George Gascon to talk about his push for a smartphone anti-theft bill, which is likely headed to a Thursday vote in California's state senate.
Starting July 1, smartphones sold in the state must come with software that lets users lock a stolen phone so it can't be used, making it harder to resell. Crime statistics show the tech is already working.
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.
Law requires security software to come enabled by default, but other than that, not much will change for most smartphone users.
A bill requiring smartphone makers to include antitheft software on devices sold in California is one step away from becoming law.
The mobile security firm thinks a phone's front-facing camera can help retrieve a stolen device.
Law requires all connected devices sold in the state to be equipped with antitheft software.
After failing in the state Senate two weeks ago, a bill requiring that device makers include antitheft software on phones sold in the state passes muster.
With smartphone theft on the rise, a new study finds most people are willing to take matters into their own hands.
Senators who nixed mandatory antitheft software on phones sold in state say it’s bad business. But many won’t say why.