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Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

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Owners of Amazon's own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them.A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday.A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned the packs could "overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards".The BBC understands UK and other European countries are also affected.Amazon had received more than 50 complaints of overheated power banks in North America ahead of the move. These included one report of a user suffering chemical burns after coming into contact with battery acid.According to the CPSC, the devices had been manufactured by the Guoguang Electric Company. The watchdog added that about 260,000 units had been sold in ...
Google bans crypto-currency adverts

Google bans crypto-currency adverts

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Google has moved to ban crypto-currency advertising from its platforms.The move will affect promotional campaigns for initial coin offerings, Bitcoin exchanges, digital wallets to store the assets and trading advice.A notice said the policy would be introduced in June but did not give an explanation why.The BBC understands that Google decided to act because it felt there was a lack of appropriate consumer protections for highly speculative and complex trades.It follows a similar move by Facebook in January, which said many firms in the sector were acting in bad faith.Google's decision will affect ads displayed both in its search results and YouTube, as well as those placed on third-party sites via its ad platforms.The value of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple all dipped after the news emerged ...
Design error may have caused SpaceX rocket explosion in 2015: NASA

Design error may have caused SpaceX rocket explosion in 2015: NASA

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A design error may have caused a SpaceX rocket to explode mid-air in June of 2015, according to a NASA report that was released Monday. The unmanned rocket was headed to the International Space Station to deliver 4,000 pounds of supplies. It burst into flames above Cape Canaveral in Florida just 139 seconds after its launch, and SpaceX concluded that the explosion was most likely due to a faulty steel part called a strut. "SpaceX chose to use an industrial grade (as opposed to aerospace grade) 17-4 PH SS (precipitation-hardening stainless steel) cast part (the 'Rod End') in a critical load path under cryogenic conditions and strenuous flight environments," NASA said in its report. NASA also concluded the steel strut was implemented without sufficient testing. "The implementation was d...
Gwent Police investigated for hiding potential hack

Gwent Police investigated for hiding potential hack

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Gwent Police is being investigated after failing to inform hundreds of people that hackers may have accessed their confidential reports to the force.Sky News has learned that up to 450 people who filed reports through an online tool over a two-year period could have been put at risk by hackers due to security flaws.Although the tool was decommissioned after an internal security review discovered that confidential information was being exposed, the force did not inform the individuals who were affected.In what may amount to a breach of its responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, the force also failed to notify the Information Commissioner's Office until it was contacted by Sky News.This week, a spokesman for the force said: "Gwent Police has recently contacted the Information Commis...
Is Apple planning to sell crumb-proof keyboards?

Is Apple planning to sell crumb-proof keyboards?

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Crumb-proof keyboards may be on the horizon after Apple filed a patent for new designs.Digging out remnants of your lunch - or a cheeky mid-morning biscuit - from your keyboard could become a thing of the past, with the patent describing different keyboard designs which will "prevent contaminant ingress".Skirts or flaps could be used to protect the edges of keys - similar to the spraydeck of a kayak. Other designs show brushes or wipers used to keep keys clean.Another design shows a keyboard which contains "bellows that blast contaminants with forced gas".Image:Flaps could be used to protect the edges of keys - like the blue spraydeck on this kayakCoffee enthusiasts may also benefit from the patent, as the proposed designs include spill-proof versions intended to help clumsier users who ar...