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Energizer Xbox One 2X Charger recalled, burn hazard cited

Energizer Xbox One 2X Charger recalled, burn hazard cited

Product recalls aren’t exactly new, but those especially related to fire hazards caused by batteries have recently become more publicized. This time, however, the culprit isn’t a smartphone but almost an unlikely one. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC has announced a recall of PDP’s Energizer Xbox One 2X controller chargers, citing reports of overheating that could potentially lead to fires.

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California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California is easily the central hub for the developing autonomous car market in the US, and the state's DMV has just announced some proposed rules that will keep tech and car giants happy. The suggested regulations would allow companies to test self-driving cars without the requirement that a human be present to take over. This is a reversal of rules put forth last year that required autonomous vehicles, such as Google's, have a steering wheel in place and a human passenger at all times.

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Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Until now, the only way one car could communicate with another was if the driver leaned on the horn or made imaginative hand-signals to their fellow motorists. With the arrival of the 2017 Cadillac CTS, though, all of a sudden the vehicle itself gets chatty. Making V2V, or Vehicle-to-Vehicle, communication a standard feature, it promises not only an increase in on-road safety but to pave the way to new semi-autonomous and self-driving features. The big question is, with Vehicle-to... well, anything still in its infancy, why is Cadillac making the jump now?

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Cadillac V2V goes live: What you should know about “talking cars”

Cadillac V2V goes live: What you should know about “talking cars”

Cars that talk among themselves are the future of road safety, and Cadillac is rolling out its first Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications system today. The 2017 Cadillac CTS will be the first of the automaker's models to get the so-called V2V technology, a special radio which allows cars to communicate when they're within around 1,000 feet of another so-equipped car. While the possibilities of V2V have been tipped as instrumental in autonomous driving one day breaking into the mainstream, for now Cadillac's implementation focuses on safety.

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Forget Millennials, Toyota’s funky 2018 C-HR is really all about safety

Forget Millennials, Toyota’s funky 2018 C-HR is really all about safety

You'd be forgiven for thinking the 2018 Toyota C-HR was the Japanese automaker's play for car-eschewing Millennials, but really the crossover curiosity is the first major push in its safety tech offensive. Originally revealed as a Scion concept back in late 2015, and then promptly rescued by the mother-brand after the Scion nameplate ended up in the dumpster, the C-HR certainly fits a gap in Toyota's line-up. After all, while other automakers have plenty of compact crossover options, Toyota's ever-enlarging RAV4 may have grown itself out of the segment.

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Mercedes-Benz recall covers a million cars following fires

Mercedes-Benz recall covers a million cars following fires

A possibly faulty fuse has led to the upcoming recall of a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Daimler has announced. The issue has resulted in 51 known fires, 30 of which happened in the United States. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in these fires. The recall will start this upcoming July when the automaker anticipates having replacement parts available.

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The Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crashes

The Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crashes

Volvo is dropping teasers aplenty for the upcoming Volvo XC60, and as you might expect from the Swedish automaker, safety ranks high on the agenda. Like its bigger range-mates, the XC90, S90 and upcoming V90 Cross Country, the XC60 will pack a suite of active safety technology that will be able to physically steer drivers out of danger if the situation demands it. While it may sound like a tiny stepping stone toward the fully autonomous vehicles Volvo - and, of course, others - are working on, the company says it can actually make a big difference on the road.

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Facebook Safety Check adds Community Help to make it easier to give aid

Facebook Safety Check adds Community Help to make it easier to give aid

Like it or not, and some definitely do not, social media has become a potent tool for ill or for good. It can be used to spread lies but it can also be used to connect with friends and family in times of crisis as well as to give help to those in need. Facebook has long been harnessing that power with its sometimes fallible Safety Check feature. Now it is expanding that feature’s capabilities to help Facebook users find help during those times or, alternatively, give aid to others.

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Samsung’s Note 7 recall prompts tough new battery regulations

Samsung’s Note 7 recall prompts tough new battery regulations

Eagle-eyed inspectors will be watching over Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and other upcoming smartphones to ensure there's no battery explosion repeat, South Korean regulators confirmed today. In the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 recall - which saw Samsung forced to refund every buyer of the phablet worldwide, as well as hear its flawed flagship declared unsafe at the start of every flight - battery pack safety testing has suddenly become a high-profile commitment. Now, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in Samsung's home country is weighing in too.

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B&N Nook 7 charger officially recalled: here’s how to get a replacement

B&N Nook 7 charger officially recalled: here’s how to get a replacement

Last month, reports surfaced from alleged Barnes & Noble employees who claimed they had been instructed to pull the new 7-inch Nook ereader off shelves. The issue was said to involve faulty chargers included with the tablets, but employees weren't instructed to inform customers, and there wasn't any public recall at the time. That has changed, with Barnes & Noble officially announcing a recall program to get users new chargers.

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Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla's 2017 Model S has failed to score top marks in auto safety crash testing, with the electric sedan falling short of IIHS' 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's trials sit alongside - and in some cases are more stringent than - the US government's own NHTSA crash testing. It's one of the organizations most notorious challenges that the Model S struggled in, though the automaker says a fix is in the works.

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Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter tries to make sense of the Type-C mess

Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter tries to make sense of the Type-C mess

USB Type-C may have promised to solve our cable confusion forever, but uncertainty about charging voltages and safe power delivery have left even fans of the reversible connection scratching their heads. The connector - which is used both for USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3, lending its own uncertainty to the mix - is notable because it can be used to deliver sufficient power to recharge a laptop, while simultaneously carrying data and even video at the same time. Unfortunately that flexibility has turned shopping for USB-C accessories into something of a minefield.

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