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Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from production

Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from production

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.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

Tougher crash testing has exposed the worrying deficiencies in some of the most popular small cars on the market, with safety regulators warning that the shortcomings could lead to head and leg injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put twelve small cars currently available in the US through the small overlap front crash test, which examines how a vehicle holds up to an offset impact such as when hitting a tree or utility pole, and as you can see in the video after the cut, the results aren't good.

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Nissan invented something every car needs

Nissan invented something every car needs

What with airbags, electronic stability control, and crumple zones galore, you could be forgiven for thinking there was no safety feature left untouched on the modern car, but Nissan would prove you wrong. The humble rear-view mirror is next in line for a smart update, and as Nissan showed me with its prototype system, the way we look around our car is well overdue a high-tech update.

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TSA checkpoints overseas ban gadgets that won’t turn on

TSA checkpoints overseas ban gadgets that won’t turn on

The TSA's long-reaching arm has gotten longer and just a tad more inconvenient. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed its already unpopular TSA force to perform additional security checks on electronic devices, requiring owners to power on their gadgets and disallow the devices from the flight if they are not functional. And, of course, TSA agents can then take the passenger aside for further investigation.

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