Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller today urged three leading smartphone manufacturers to more aggressively employ electronic safeguards to thwart smartphone thefts. In a letter to Google Inc./Motorola Mobility, Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Telecommunications America, Miller joined a bipartisan group of 31 state and territorial attorney generals in urging the companies to provide a "more robust" response to help protect smartphone owners from theft, often called "Apple picking." According to Consumer Reports, smartphone thieves victimized an estimated 1.6 million Americans last year. In the United States, one in three thefts involves a mobile communications device.