During a year rife with recalls (mostly of the automotive sort), HP has been forced to recall more than six million laptop power cords following multiple reports of them overheating and more. The recall is for both the United States and Canada, and covers cords sold from September 2010 up through the summer of 2012.
The US Department of Defense has accused China of reckless and potentially deadly flying, after a Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of a US Navy plane over the Pacific Ocean. The close-quarters flight took place on August 19th, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, with the Chinese jet making a point of flaunting its weapons to the American surveillance plane.
Google's self-driving car prototypes may have been designed with the most basic of controls, but California is throwing a wrench in the works by demanding the 100 pod cars have some way for users to take over from the robot brain. While Google had intended to give the road-going prototypes nothing but a start button and a stop button, the California DMV has given the search giant an ultimatum on safety.
If you've been following the car industry recently, you'll know that the number of recalls have increased to the point where you'd be forgiven for assuming more cars are headed back into dealerships than driving off them. Now, there's a new NHTSA tool to pinpoint whether drivers are affected by a recall, or if a used car they're considering buying has gone without the necessary repair, as well as some new regulations to force manufacturers into being up-to-date with their data.
Russia is a land filled with dash cams, and thanks to those cameras we've been able to witness several incredible things, including the relatively recent meteor that made a crash landing. The latest to surface is of a different sort, but no less fascinating. [Update: This actually happened in Belarus, not Russia]
The US government plans to mandate cars that can talk with each other, proposing wireless intercommunication between moving vehicles that will warn drivers of potential crashes and other perils that they might not ordinarily have spotted. Dubbed V2V or "vehicle to vehicle", the system could lead to more than a thousand road deaths from intersection collisions a year, the NHTSA says, in addition to making blind spots safer, flagging up times when it's dangerous to overtake, and pre-warn drivers of upcoming stop signs and lights.
Apple announced today that it is banning the use of n-hexane and benzene from iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and other production lines. It is extending this ban to include a requirement for its factories to test the substances it uses regardless of whether either chemical is included in the list of ingredients, ensuring neither substance ends up in production.
Skully, the smart motorcycle helmet we first told you about last Fall, is now available for pre-order. Via IndieGoGo, the Android-powered helmet brings riders features like heads-up navigation and a rear-view camera. Originally aiming for roughly $250,000, it’s already lapped that benchmark nearly threefold.
The Federal Communications Commission voted earlier today in favor of requiring all carriers in the US to support 911 texting. The support will have to be in place by the end of 2014, according to the Washington Post, but it won't necessarily be available in your region any time soon -- approximately 2-percent of emergency dispatchers can accepts texts.