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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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Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook has announced an excellent new security feature for those who are particularly concerned about their online privacy. Per a new announcement from Facebook Security, the social network now supports Security Key logins, allowing users to register Security Keys that connect to a device’s USB port. The hardware security option offers certain protections above what you get with two-factor authentication.

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Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple finds itself the subject of a road safety lawsuit, facing demands to lock down the iPhone to prevent drivers from texting or other distractions while on the road. The case, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc., was filed this week in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and accuses the Cupertino firm of putting "profit before consumer safety" by continuing to allow the potentially dangerous practice. If it won't change iOS, the lawyers say, Apple should be made to cease sales of the iPhone in California altogether.

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NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

Barnes and Noble can’t win, it seems. The company’s troubled ereader devices received a needed and surprising refresh with the NOOK Tablet 7, a 7-inch tablet with a $50 price tag unveiled just a few months ago. Unfortunately, news surfaced shortly after launch that the tablets had a malware issue. Now the company is pulling the product off shelves entirely, but for a different reason: it seems there’s an issue with the device chargers.

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Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Following recent news that an indictment and fine were nearly finalized, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a $1 billion fine against Takata, the company behind faulty air bags. In addition to the fine, the Justice Department has indicted three company executives. Takata as a company will plead guilty to fraud. Though the news has just been publicized, the decision was made on December 7.

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Boosted Boards (2nd-gen) recalled over battery pack water vulnerability

Boosted Boards (2nd-gen) recalled over battery pack water vulnerability

The electronic longboards called Boosted Boards are now into their second generation, and have proven popular with those who want something akin to a hoverboard, but faster and with a more traditional style. Unfortunately, the second generation version of the Boosted Board is the subject of a new recall being initiated “out of an abundance of caution.” According to the company, a couple customers have experienced issues with their boards’ battery packs smoking, something traced back to ‘quality control issues.'

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Riddell Precision-Fit tech uses 3D scanning for custom football helmets

Riddell Precision-Fit tech uses 3D scanning for custom football helmets

The folks at Riddell have introduced Precision-Fit, a new technology that uses 3D scanning to create a custom-fit helmet liner tailored to an individual’s head shape and size. The personalized fit, obviously, results in personalized safety, helping maximize head protection while also enabling the wearer to choose a fit that maximizes visibility around the athlete.

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GE ovens, Nest Protect work together to protect your nest

GE ovens, Nest Protect work together to protect your nest

Getting a notification on your smartphone when there’s a potential fire hazard is great and convenient, but not if you’re physically unable to immediately jump into action. In most cases, simply turning off a wayward appliance, stove, or oven is more than enough to prevent the accident. But what if you’re away or even just in a far room? That’s why Haier-owned GE Appliances is taking the smart home protection to its logical next step, by integrating with Nest Protect smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector to automatically turn off connected ovens when needed.

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It’s time this car safety tech was standard

It’s time this car safety tech was standard

Some car technology is frivolous or pure luxury; other added-extras are a matter of personal taste. If you want leather seats, or a 1,300W audio system, or autonomous parking, you probably should pay extra for it. Even some safety technology, like adaptive cruise control or active lane-keeping assistance, falls into the convenience category more than a must-have essential.

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Sorry folks, science says hands-free calls are still a big driving distraction

Sorry folks, science says hands-free calls are still a big driving distraction

Hands-free technology is largely viewed as the solution to phone-addicted drivers, but another study has surfaced that disagrees. According to QUT’s study, which utilized the CARRS-Q Advanced Driving Simulator as part of its research, hands-free phone use while driving is still quite a distraction, delaying reaction time significantly compared to those who weren’t using any phones, hands-free or otherwise.

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