SF, NY prosecutors launching Save our Smartphones antitheft initiative today

The Attorney General of New York and District Attorney of San Francisco are teaming up with police and government groups to cut down on smartphone-related muggings. George Gascón (SF) and Eric Schneiderman (NY) will announce "Save our Smartphones" at a summit in New York later today, after meeting with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. The scheme aims to introduce a universal "kill switch," similar to iOS 7's Activation Lock, that'll render stolen phones worthless across all makes and models -- preventing this sort of thing from becoming a hazard of modern living.