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Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

We've heard of connected speakers, connected bulbs, and, of course, connected cars. But a connected gas pedal? Before you cock an eyebrow at the idea, perhaps you should first hear what Bosch's connected gas pedal promises to bring: 7 percent savings in fuel and potential savings in life. All of that thanks to the simple but almost ingenious idea of adding haptic feedback to a gas pedal and connecting that otherwise mundane part of the car to the rest of the car's smart system and, of course, to the Internet.

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New Takata airbag recall affects Audi, VW, Saab and Mercedes

New Takata airbag recall affects Audi, VW, Saab and Mercedes

Another recall concerning faulty Takata airbags will take place in the United States, it has been announced, with this recall tacking another 5 million cars onto the list of potentially affected vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the planned recall today, saying that with it the new total of affected US vehicles grows to 24 million.

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Report: many U.S. cities could have lead-contaminated water

Report: many U.S. cities could have lead-contaminated water

The scandal surrounding Flint, Michigan's contaminated drinking water has fully caught the public's attention, but it might turn out to be merely the worst of many cities when it comes to contamination. According to a source who has cropped up, “every major US city east of the Mississippi” is distorting the levels of lead and copper in their drinking water, meaning more places than just Flint could be putting their residents at risk.

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Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Yesterday, Microsoft was reportedly going to issue free recalls for some of its power cords, citing potential fire hazard problems for a certain range of the Surface Pro cables. Now Microsoft has made that official. Redmond is starting a voluntary replacement program for Surface Pro AC power cords that were sold before March 15, 2015 in the US and Canada or before July 15, 2015 in other markets. But, given that the Surface Pro power line comes in two pieces, which is exactly the power cord and which ones are eligible for the free replacement? Microsoft has pictures to clarify.

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Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

The so-called “hoverboards” were pretty popular for a while last year, though their sales have sharply declined over the last couple of months. The reason for the decline is partially because the devices have been found to catch fire and even burn down houses while recharging. The other reason it that most retailers have simply stopped selling them. But one retailer is going a step further, and voluntarily offering refunds.

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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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