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Flipping the “Kill Switch” on Smartphone Theft

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Back in February, we reported that California [wanted] to Kill Your Smartphone…if it got stolen. California lawmakers were considering legislation that would require every cellphone sold in the state to have a so-called “kill switch” technology. As we explained, this software allows the phone to be shut down remotely (or, as the legislation put it,…
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Land of the Free, Unless You’re Parking

If you want a graphic illustration of how society is changing, you need look no further than the San Francisco Chronicle, where these two stories appeared within pages of each other the other day. The first story is about how retirees who live there, mostly elderly, regularly head down to the piers for the sole…
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Doubling Down on the American Obesity Epidemic

Salubrious hardly is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), but a recent television commercial advertising one of the chain’s seasonal sandwiches reminded me just how unhealthy the company aspires to be. The 30 second spot shows two skinny “everymen” taking a Snapchat-esque selfie video and lionizing the…
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Reality and the American Way

What will it take for Americans to accept reality? The reality is that climate change is happening. Recently, the United States government released its National Climate Assessment (NCA) report that blames human activity for climate change. The United Nations released a similar report in April that came to the same conclusion. In essence, the world’s…
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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Those Cute Car Insurance Commercials

First it was just Santa Claus and the NSA. But now the Geico gecko, Flo from Progressive, and a bunch of strangers are turning into snoops too. While The Most Interesting Man In The World may sell beer, the most interested people are the ones pushing auto insurance. The more they know about you, the…
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