"new iPhones running iOS7 can be secured with Activation Lock"
Actually, any iPhone running the free iOS 7 update can run Activation Lock. That includes rather old devices dating back to 2010.
The newest Android phones do not bundle any similar Activation Lock-like feature, only basic remote wipe that can be easily erased by a thief and resold. iPhones with a set passcode lock automatically set up to be worthless to a thief after being stolen because they can’t be resold.
This is a new feature announced this summer by Apple and released in September. The feature Samsung "developed" is actually a third party software tool that only works on a few compatible, high end models, not the majority of Samsung’s phones. It is not free; it costs $29 per year as a subscription. Carriers don’t want to be forced to let Samsung install their own locking system because they offer their own plans.
Rather than forcing carriers to bundle a specific hardware maker’s security product, California should just require clear, easy to understand labeling of the features offered by each phone, just like food is labeled. Consumers, with this information, can make decisions based on their needs rather than being forced to pay extra for a specific product sold by one vendor that hasn’t even been proven to work.
Google makes a big deal on its website about how green and energy efficient its server installations are, then commissions two diesel barges to float around with a luxury show off bar constructed from shipping crates, designed to do nothing but sell its new toy to rich people.
Imagine if Apple had done something like this! We’d be hearing media reports 24/7 contemplating the environmental impact of a barge that burns tons of fossil fuel, pollutes the air and water, and isn’t being used to transport anything.
The San Francisco Examiner
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