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Takata airbag fight escalates as feds set ultimatum

Takata airbag fight escalates as feds set ultimatum

The fall-out from the Takata airbag recall continues to intensify, with US federal safety regulators giving the Japanese company a deadline to take responsibility for the flawed safety tech and agree to a national replacement program. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had told Takata earlier this month that it wanted all cars in the US fitted with the potentially dangerous airbags to be recalled, but the parts firm has held off from complying, likely because of the associated cost and legal liabilities for the millions of vehicles that would impact. Now, the NHTSA is putting its foot down.

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Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda has recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles over potential issues with the tire pressure sensor, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In affected vehicles, the car may fail to alert when tire pressure has dropped below a certain range under specific conditions, something that could potentially lead to crashes caused by under-inflated tires. The recalled vehicles will be serviced at a related dealership once notices are sent out; the solution involves reprogramming the software that controls the pressure monitoring system.

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Cyclists now have their own glow in the dark road

Cyclists now have their own glow in the dark road

The Netherlands seems to have a fascination with things that glow in the dark. Just after completing the "smart highway", a.k.a. highway N329 in Oss with glow in the dark road paint, designer Daan Roosegaarde is at it again, this time in Nuenen, to shed some light on a bike path during the night. It uses the same technology but applied on a smaller scale and with more styling this time around. The effect is both enchanting and slightly disturbing, which perhaps presents a predicament to cyclists in the area.

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XPUZMAG is the rubik’s cube of door locks

XPUZMAG is the rubik’s cube of door locks

The nature of home security is evolving, and door locks with it. We've seen all varieties of alternative ways to secure your home -- some that drop the "key" component entirely, others that promise better security by rising from the ground. A company is Taiwan has come up with its own design, and it is the Rubik's cube of door locks: the XPUZMAG looks like a shower drain and promises to be incredibly hard to pick, unlike traditional key locks commonly in use in homes and businesses.

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Google Barges scuttled over fire safety concerns

Google Barges scuttled over fire safety concerns

When the Google barges started to catch the attention of geeks around the world over last year, we all wondered what the plan for the floating buildings was. We learned eventually that Google planned to use them as floating show rooms to show off technology. Just as construction appeared to be nearing completion Google pulled the plug and sent all of the barges to the scrap heap.

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Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

There's almost a smartphone for everyone, whether they be kids, teens, older users, or industrial workers. Those that work to ensure our safety and security now also have a smartphone that caters to their needs. Motorola Solutions has unveiled the LEX L10, the latest of its LTE enabled devices designed for first responders. Powered by Android, this smartphone isn't like your run of the mill rugged smartphone that usually sport mediocre specs. The LEX L10 is hardy both inside and outside and also has the power to show for it.

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BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

It's a common tactic: if you're going to be away from home overnight, you leave a lamp on. This will hopefully make opportunistic thieves think twice before breaking in, leaving doubt about whether someone is home. This is an old trick, though, one that has since been augmented with light timers to simulate something a bit more real. That is the basis upon which BeON, a new smart light bulb system, is designed -- and, unlike lamps and timers, BeON bulbs include a few extra features that'll cover all the bases.

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Cocoon smart monitor listens for shock waves to detect intruders

Cocoon smart monitor listens for shock waves to detect intruders

Another connected home security device has surfaced, this one designed to be both simplistic and highly sensitive to when a problem arrives. It achieves this sensitivity using what the makers call SUBSOUND technology, which is said to allow the device to detect motion in a different room, no other sensors needed. This is joined, as you'd expect, by a smartphone app that lets you peek through the Cocoon's integrated camera. If someone is poking around who isn't welcomed, there's an alarm that can be triggered, as well.

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FCC considering backup system to prevent 911 service outages

FCC considering backup system to prevent 911 service outages

The U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has said it is looking into options for ways to power backup phone systems that would allow people to call 911 emergency services even in the event of a disaster or other causes of power outage. This comes after the FCC says it has observed a rise in 911 service outages, not necessarily caused by storms, but by software and database failures.

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Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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