June 20, 2014: Smartphone Kill Switch
2014 – Microsoft and Google agree to the Kill switch technology. In a California bill SB-967, Smartphones built after July 1, 2015 will consist of a hardware or software option to “kill” the phone. Further, a $500 to $2,500 fine will be issued to anyone selling a stolen phone.
Once switched, the device will not be able to turn on, even during a hard reset.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 20
- 1926 – First wireless phone is demonstrated
- 1989 – Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.0 is released
- 2000 – IBM 1GB Microdrive
- 2003 – Wikimedia Foundation is founded
- 2009 – Nokia purchases Nortel