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Ford warns 1.3m drivers: Your steering wheel could fall off

Ford warns 1.3m drivers: Your steering wheel could fall off

Ford is recalling a whopping 1.3 million cars in the US, after discovering that their steering wheels could come loose and detach completely while on the road. The American automaker has warned owners of select Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars that, over time, the bolts that hold their steering wheels to the steering column could come loose.

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AmazonBasics power banks recalled over chemical burn and fire risk

AmazonBasics power banks recalled over chemical burn and fire risk

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand. These items are usually presented as an inexpensive alternative to items from other known brands, and it covers a variety of products: cables, adapters, bags, and more. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks.

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Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls

Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls

When people use metaphors about glass houses, they probably never imagined someone would take the structure literally. Apple, however, may be on the verge of creating a new metaphor thanks to its Apple Park campus. Famous for its striking design, the “spaceship” building is now becoming infamous for incidents of employees walking into the building’s glass panes and injuring themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle got hold of 911 transcripts for three reported incidents, revealing some minor details about the risks of working at Apple’s glass house.

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Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows. The facility, colloquially known as "the spaceship" for its unusual ring-like shape, has only just begun accommodating staff, having seen its opening delayed after construction took longer than expected.

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Apple AirPods explosion now under investigation

Apple AirPods explosion now under investigation

Consumer electronics catching fire is definitely not new, but ever since Samsung's catastrophic Galaxy Note 8, consumers and media, and even governments, have their ears pricked up for even the slightest hint of a fire waiting to happen. Or in this case, had happened. It wasn't a phone this time, or even a now forgotten and poorly-named hoverboard. It was, surprisingly, Apple's AirPods, the company's answer to removing the headphone jack from its iPhones. Fortunately for Jason Colon of Tampa, Florida, the bud didn't explode while he was still wearing it.

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DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI is making it difficult for drone owners to fly their UAVs during the 2018 Winter Olympics Games. Such drone use is forbidden during the Games, but that's not likely to stop everyone from trying to sneak a couple aerial shots or videos. Though Olympics security officials have their own plans in place to deal with unwanted consumer drones, DJI is planning to release a software update that will put the brakes on usage near the facilities.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th-gen recalled over fire risk: a screw is to blame

Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th-gen recalled over fire risk: a screw is to blame

Lenovo is recalling its excellent X1 Carbon laptop, the reason being a screw that could potentially result in a fire. The recall announcement was made by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which posted details on the issue today. According to the CPSC, an "unfastened screw" may cause battery damage that results in it overheating, which could then trigger a fire.

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Hawaii missile alert was intentional due to misunderstanding says FCC

Hawaii missile alert was intentional due to misunderstanding says FCC

The missile alert that sent Hawaii residents into a panic earlier this month was triggered intentionally, according to the FCC. The Commission has published the preliminary results of its study, stating that a misunderstanding of an emergency drill given without notice resulted in one official sending the live warning. This was because, based on the FCC's report, the phrase "this is not a drill" was used during the drill.

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Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Facebook introduced a kid-friendly version of its chat app called Messenger Kids last month, offering young children access to all of its best features without the potential safety issues. The app aims to protect kids by tethering the app to a parent's account, requiring parental authorization to chat with new people, and more. However, an advocacy group is arguing that none of those features matter because, they say, Messenger Kids is inherently dangerous to kids.

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Elon Musk Boring Company sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 8 hours

Elon Musk Boring Company sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 8 hours

It sounds like an April Fools’ prank but this is no joke. This is serious business, literally and figuratively. Elon Musk earlier just announced that it will do as it promised and will be selling its new novelty item after is Boring Hats: the Boring Flamethrower. Despite the ridiculousness of the idea, not to mention the risks, the Boring Company was able to receive 10,000 orders in just 8 hours. Amazing as that might sound, not everyone is impressed.

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Fujifilm camera adapters recalled over shock risk: free replacements offered

Fujifilm camera adapters recalled over shock risk: free replacements offered

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall involving some adapters included with Fujifilm cameras. The recall announcement has been made in conjunction with Canadian authorities to warn consumers about the potential shock risk that comes with these wall chargers. Most of the wall charging adapters were shipped to customers in the US, however.

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This car safety tech saves Level 4 autonomy for drowsy drivers

This car safety tech saves Level 4 autonomy for drowsy drivers

Fully driverless vehicles that can shuttle you from A to B may still be a few years out, but a car that can briefly switch into Level 4 autonomy when the driver is incapacitated might step in to save lives much sooner. That's what Hyundai Mobis is aiming for, anyway, with its new drowsy driver safety technology. Making its debut at CES 2018, the Departed Driver Rescue & Exit Maneuver - or DDREM - system promises minimal extra hardware for automakers, and a much smaller headache for regulators.

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