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Apple USB Power Adapter Takeback Program settles safety snag with $10 swap

Apple USB Power Adapter Takeback Program settles safety snag with $10 swap

Apple has kicked off a power adapter exchange program, aiming to settle safety concerns about counterfeit or poorly-made third-party adapters by offering to switch them out for a $10 fee. The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program will run between August 16 and October 18, and allow anybody with "concerns" about the safety of an adapter they're using to exchange it for an official one in an Apple Store. The program follows recent claims that an iPhone user was killed after trying to use her handset while it was recharging.

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mu Folding USB Plug hands-on

mu Folding USB Plug hands-on

The Folding Plug concept of 2009 was a design we always hoped would reach production, and while it took a few years, the first freshly-renamed mu plugs are landing with owners, SlashGear included. The handiwork of designer Min Kyo Choi, the premise is straightforward: do away with the majority of the bulk of a UK three-pin plug, creating something both readily portable and flexible. Check out our hands-on video after the cut.

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Apple settles MagSafe class-action lawsuit, details cash payment to customers

Apple settles MagSafe class-action lawsuit, details cash payment to customers

Apple notified customers today that it has reached a settlement on the class-action lawsuit pertaining to faulty T-shaped MagSafe adapters on the MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks. The lawsuit was filed back in 2009 following several instances of the adapter becoming frayed and becoming a fire hazard. In a separate case, the strained MagSafe adapter was said to have caused a major fire at a home in Connecticut.

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PlugBug piggybacks iPad power on your MacBook brick

PlugBug piggybacks iPad power on your MacBook brick

It's a #FirstWorldProblem to be sure: too many gadgets and not enough plug sockets to recharge them all. If you're an Apple user, however, trying to juggle AC between your MacBook, iPad and iPhone, Twelve South's PlugBug could be the solution, a 10W USB charger that snaps onto a MacBook/MacBook Pro power brick and allows you to charge both your laptop and your iOS device simultaneously.

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Pivot Power Strip by Quirky Makes Charging Easier

Pivot Power Strip by Quirky Makes Charging Easier

We have all been there, 30 outlets, but only able to use 6. Nothing is more frustrating than buying a monster power strip with 30 or more outlets only to find most of them are un-useable. Not because there is something wrong with the outlets, but the shape of the power adapter you are plugging in ends up covering 2 or 3 additional outlets. Then there are those fat power adapters that can only be plugged in from one angle and naturally that angle makes almost half the power strip useless. Pivot Power, from Quirky has a solution. Pivot Power is a flexible power strip that can help reduce some of that frustration.

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Ring Socket concept makes timed charging easy

Ring Socket concept makes timed charging easy

Timed AC outlets aren't new, but they're generally tricky to program ad-hoc and so only get used for security lighting, heating or other regular tasks. Designers Cheng-Hsiu Du and Chyun-Chau Lin want to change all that; their Ring Socket concept would replace the confusing digital display or dozens of clicky pegs with a simple illuminated loop, rotated clockwise according to how many hours you want the appliance to be active.

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England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, you might very well be aware of the pizza chain "Pizza Express." What you might not know is that they'll soon have iPod docks behind the seats, starting first with their Richmond location. This installation is part of a ground-up redesign of their chain, an experiment they're calling "The Living Lab." Reminds me of something we had (and they still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Classrooms of the Future. Plugs and switches and controllers all over the place. Plug in and power up.

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