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There’s still no answer to hoverboard safety investigations

There’s still no answer to hoverboard safety investigations

It has been nearly two months since the US started to take a deeper look into the fad that has exploded, both literally and figuratively, with both young and young at heart alike: hoverboards. From exploding units to falling off functioning ones, hoverboards have become a big question mark for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and other government agencies investigating the matter. And sadly, no one still seems to have a definite answer, much less a firm action, to resolve these issues so that hoverboards can start rolling again.

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TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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FDA guides makers on securing connected medical devices

FDA guides makers on securing connected medical devices

The FDA has released a draft guidance for companies that make connected medical devices, advising them of steps that should be taken to deal with cybersecurity risks. The guidance concerns medical devices that connect to a facility’s network, and comes at a time when an increasing number of companies — medical and otherwise — have been hit with massive data breaches.

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Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber has announced plans to give some drivers who initially failed its background check a second chance to become a driver. This is good news for those who have moved beyond their past and are trying to earn a living, but has raised some concerns among some...mostly those who already worry about the company's driver vetting. Uber, however, isn't giving everyone a second chance.

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Mumbai institutes ‘no selfie’ zones following death

Mumbai institutes ‘no selfie’ zones following death

Growing weary of the ever-present selfie? Mumbai, India now has several regions where taking selfies is no longer permitted, an action spurred by the unnecessary death of one woman. These fifteen no-selfie zones are places in the city of Mumbai that officials have determined are dangerous for snapping a picture of one’s self. Places include the Girgaum Chowpatty beach.

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New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

Small drones are just powerful enough to get an operator in trouble. Whether the operator is intentionally doing something forbidden like using a drone to snoop or something accidental like veering into protected air space, a new tool has been designed to snatch that drone out of the sky while keeping innocent bystanders safe. Simply referred to as the “Drone Catcher,” this new tool takes down drones by shooting a net at them.

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Google’s self-driving cars can’t replace humans yet

Google’s self-driving cars can’t replace humans yet

While most car maker's autonomous car features are limited to certain scenarios, some companies, especially Google, envision a future where the driver can confidently say, "Look Ma, no hands!" That future, however, might still be a long time coming, despite how much Google and others brag about their safety records. California's Department of Motor Vehicles just released reports of seven companies that have been permitted to test self-driving cars. And while negative incidents are relatively low, they are still not low enough to match the promise of human-free safety that these cars make.

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D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

Smart appliances are all the fad these days, and smart smoke and CO detectors have been one of the earliest to claim the IoT space. But not everyone has the budget, time, or skill to replace their perfectly working smoke and CO alarms. At the same time, homeowners might indeed want to be part of the smart home revolution. Is there a middle ground? D-Link is saying yes with its new mydlink Smart Alarm Detector, which gives those UL-certified alarms the ability to notify you of the situation on your smartphone, even if they themselves can't connect to the Internet.

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Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Texting while crossing the road might be a shortcut to getting run down, but if Microsoft has its way your mobile device will act as a guardian angel. The company has teamed up with automated driving specialist IAV on a system whereby connected devices - like a smartphone, wearable, or something else commonly carried - can communicate the user's location to nearby vehicles, helping avoid collisions even when traditional cameras might not be able to see a potential accident.

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DJI opens beta of GEO no-fly flexible geofencing

DJI opens beta of GEO no-fly flexible geofencing

DJI has opened up its GEO flexible geofencing system to a public beta, air traffic control for drones that keeps them out of sensitive or dangerous areas. GEO, or Geospatial Environment Online, is set to replace DJI's existing, fixed database of no-fly areas with one that can be updated in real-time.

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Hoverboards may be legal in NYC soon due to new legislation

Hoverboards may be legal in NYC soon due to new legislation

Not too long after law enforcement publicly declared hoverboards to be illegal in New York City, a trio of politicians want to change that status. New legislation has been submitted that, if it passes, will reclassify hoverboards as something other than a motor vehicle, stripping away their banned status and instead opening them up for proper regulation. One of the senators behind the legislation made the sensible statement “they’re like skateboards.”

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Hoverboards still catching fire, despite warnings

Hoverboards still catching fire, despite warnings

Since 1989, we've known that this would be the year of the hoverboard. After all, if Robert Zemeckis says something about the future, we all know it's true. Unfortunately the hoverboards we got were nothing like the ones in Back to the Future. And we've got reports of yet another such device catching fire while charging.

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