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Google Wants to Give You a Ring

The Internet giant is seeking to replace your memorized passwords with jewelry; the tobacco and soda industries share more in common than you think; and is there such a thing as an ethical smartphone? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Obama’s E-Mail Dilemma

The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry—and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Paging Ralph Nader

With the news that Nokia is recalling millions of batteries, on top of the ongoing exploding laptop problem, and Chinese-made products ranging from toothpaste to Barbies sounding alarm bells, we can’t help but feel the absence of America’s greatest consumer advocate.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE

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Be Careful What You Type On

The largest recall in consumer electronics history just got bigger, with both Toshiba and Lenovo (ThinkPad) announcing the recall of products containing a potentially explosive Sony-made battery.  With Dell, Apple and Sony recalls already underway, this latest announcement brings the total number of affected laptops to 7 million.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE

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Watch Where You Point That Laptop

In the mad rush to make our gadgets go, a battery manufacturer’s slight oversight could lead to disastrous consequences, as in the recent recall of 6 million Sony laptop batteries prone to explosion and fire.  Lithium-ion batteries, the kind used in many electronic devices because of their power efficiency, are especially vulnerable to this kind of problem.

Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE

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