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SIM Card Swap: The $1 Million Cell Phone Theft

If you haven't lost your cell phone before, consider yourself lucky or at least not forgetful.

If someone has stolen your phone before, join the club. Millions of cell phones are stolen every year. At hundreds of dollars a pop, it's big business.

For one unlucky executive, however, it was a million dollar loss. Some kid hacked the man's phone and cleaned out his accounts.

While robocalls may have cooled down a bit, robotexts are being sent in record numbers. Fortunately, the FCC recognizes that these are mostly an annoyance to the recipients, especially when they don't recall ever consenting to receive the texts.

However, the most recent FCC proposal might end up blocking some of those robotexts consumers want, that are perfectly legal. While the official announcement seems to downplay one critical fact, the big proposal Chairman Pai is making would reclassify text messages from telecommunications services (like phone calls) to information services (like internet service). Basically allowing the service providers more latitude and less regulation when it comes to blocking robotexts.

An Ohio man suspected of possessing child pornography was compelled to put his face in front of his iPhone X in order to unlock it for law enforcement.

This is being reported as the first ever use, worldwide, of Apple's Face ID in a criminal investigation. And while a warrant was secured, as a result of Apple's latest security patch, investigators were only able to access chat logs, photos, and more for a brief period of time.

Recent headlines are turning up the pressure on Allegheny County in Pennsylvania due to law enforcement's over-reliance on charging arrestees with possession of an "instrument of crime" just for having a cell phone.

The big controversy centers around sex workers, and how law enforcement in Allegheny County routinely arrest and charge sex workers with both prostitution and possession of an instrument of crime, if the arrestee has a cell phone. And if you're wondering what the big deal is, before sex workers had to worry about a cell phone earning them an extra serious criminal charge, condoms were being considered instruments of crime.

New Call Screening From Google Fights Robo Calls

Google will take your call.

That's basically what Google Call Screening does. It's a smart phone version of voicemail with an AI twist.

But there's a buzz about the new service, which Google recently announced as part of its AI-driven features and products. It fights robo calls with robo answers.

It's usually pretty darn obvious that the significant other did it in most murder mystery television dramas. Sometimes, real life resembles TV drama, like when data from a Fitbit ends up being the critical piece of evidence in proving the spouse did in fact do it.

The narrative isn't exactly a selling point for Fitbit, but it's not not. Apparently, a murder victim's Fitbit shows time of death being an hour earlier than reported by the victim's spouse to authorities. Naturally, as we've all learned from TV legal dramas, this sort of conflicting narrative is rather damning for the spouse, but rather telling of how wearable tech is actually changing the legal landscape. Cue the Law and Order sound effect.

New Apple Watch May Call the Cops on You

The new Apple Watch has an auto-dial feature to call 911 if it senses you fall down.

That would be good for elderly people or others who have fallen and can't get up. But if the cops show up and see you have a meth lab, you'll be doing some real time.

New Amazon Echo Products: Time to Update Your Office Gadgets?

In "Castaway," Tom Hanks pointed at a clock and called it a "pulsating, accursed, relentless taskmaster."

And we know what happened after that -- five years on a deserted island. Losing time was the real curse.

Lawyers know that curse all too well -- the billable hour hanging over their heads. Well, Amazon thinks it's new smart devices can help with that.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 2:18 p.m. EST, the national Emergency Alert System established by the W.A.R.N. Act of 2006, will test the "Presidential Alert System" by sending a test warning to most cellular phones in the country. The test was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 20, however, the test has been delayed amid massive public backlash.

One of the big reasons for the backlash involves the fact that, unlike other types of emergency alerts, there is no option to opt-out of these Presidential Alerts (at least for now). The system is designed to alert the public of natural disasters, manmade disasters, acts of terrorism, or other major threats to public safety. This new system is designed to target individuals who may not be plugged into the live-broadcast media on radio and TV due to the decreasing popularity of these traditional broadcast medias.

Stingray Can Find Bad Guys, but It Can't Avoid Warrants

No thanks to technology, this time the bad guy got away.

Quinton Redell Sylvestre allegedly robbed a Boca Raton restaurant, where he and two companions shot and killed a victim. Investigators found him later using a Stingray -- a device that intercepts cell phone signals to locate people.

With the guns, mask, and ammunition, it looked like they had their man. But then there was a legal problem with the Stingray.