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Mobile Minutes: Smartphone kill switch, tablet ban, SMS, unplugging

A bill requiring smartphone makers to include antitheft software on devices sold in California is one step away from becoming law.

Manchester United have banned supporters from bringing iPads and tablet devices into Old Trafford this season.
There has been a growing trend in the digital age for supporters to use iPads to capture the action, sometimes blocking the view for supporters sitting behind.

Farmers in the remote border district of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India have been interconnected by a special SMS service that will give them weather information, market rates of farm products, agriculture advisories, and general news. Pithoragarh district borders Nepal and China, and lies on the route to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, both within the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Some rituals of the broken-hearted and life-crisic are well-known: You get a dramatic haircut, buy a flashy car, eat ice cream in isolation, have an age-incongruous fling, impulsively quit a job. And increasingly, ?unplugging? from the internet is part of the rebooting process ? sometimes to provide the solitude necessary to process the crisis, but just as frequently as an imperfect method for articulating unhappiness and assigning blame.