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'Kill switch' reduces smartphone thefts: Study
The rationale behind kill switches is to discourage smartphone thefts: thieves would not bother stealing phones if they know the phones' legitimate owners will immediately be able to brick them and render them worthless
 
Have you equipped your costly smartphone with a 'kill switch'? If not, then do so immediately as this may save you several thousand rupees and a lot of embarrassment due to lost data.
 
The "kill switch" option allows the owners to remotely disable, or "kill", their phone if it is stolen. The process is also known as "bricking" - transforming the phone from a valuable piece of electronic equipment into a mere plastic brick.
 
A study published by Consumer Reports suggests that kill-switch technology is already having an effect: in 2013, 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen, but in 2014 that number dropped to 2.1 million, consumeraffairs.com reported.
 
The rationale behind kill switches is to discourage smartphone thefts: thieves would not bother stealing phones if they know the phones' legitimate owners will immediately be able to brick them and render them worthless.
 
Samsung developed the app as early as 2013, yet companies including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, United States Cellular Corporation, and Sprint responded by preventing Samsung from pre-loading the app.
 
This in turn inspired New York's attorney general in December 2013 to ask those wireless carriers why they would not allow it, and urged carriers to embrace the technology "as a simple yet effective way to protect" smartphone owners from theft.
 
Now, California has become the second US state after Minnesota where the law mandates that all smartphones sold in the state come equipped with a 'kill switch'.
 

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More than 20 percent rural households own motorised transportation: Data

The data revealed that four-wheeler ownership penetration stood at 2.46% or 4,415,308 households

 

More than 20% of all the rural households in India own some form of motorised transportation machinery, government data showed on Friday.
 
According to the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, out of 179,164,759 rural households, some 37,077,942 own motorised transportation including two, three, four wheelers or fishing boats.
 
Out of all the rural households, more than 17% or 31,230,695 own a two-wheeler. While, only 0.56% or 1,002,573 households have a three-wheeler.
 
The data revealed that four-wheeler ownership penetration stood at 2.46% or 4,415,308 households.
 
Whereas, motorboat ownership stood at 0.24% or 429,366 households. 
 

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FTII stir: Students protest Gajendra Chauhan's appointment

Besides students from FTII, others from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Delhi Technological University also joined in the protest

 

Over 200 students protesting the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) were on Friday detained by the Delhi Police.
 
Besides students from FTII, others from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Delhi Technological University also joined in the protest.
 
They held a demonstration outside the ministry of information and broadcasting at Shastri Bhavan here.
 
"FTII is being saffronised and people close to the BJP are being appointed as heads of cultural and art institutions," Kisley, a FTII student, told IANS.
 
Police said the detained were taken to the Parliament Street police station.
 
"This is to ensure that the protest does not go out of hand," an official said.
 
The students also demanded that the FTII governing council should be reconstituted.
 
The students of the institute earlier went on an indefinite strike, saying that Chauhan's appointment was politically motivated.
 

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