CPSC Releases Tips on Notebook Computer Use

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:42
Category: Uncategorized

Notebook computers are now a part of modern life. They can be found in offices, schools and homes across the country. There are tens of millions of portable computers in use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of at least 47 incidents involving smoke or fire associated with notebook computers, from January 2001 through August 2006. To promote safe use of notebook computers, batteries and chargers, CPSC offers the following tips:

  • Do
    not use incompatible computer batteries and chargers. If unsure about
    whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the
    product manufacturer.
  • Computer batteries can get hot during normal use. Do not use your computer on your lap.
  • Do not use your computer on soft surfaces, such as a sofa, bed or carpet, because it can restrict airflow and cause overheating.
  • Do not permit a loose battery to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry.
  • Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure
    on the battery as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting
    in overheating.
  • Avoid dropping or bumping the computer. Dropping it,
    especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the
    computer and battery. If you suspect damage contact the manufacturer.
  • Do not place the computer in areas that may get very hot.
  • Do not get your computer or battery wet. Even though
    they will dry and appear to operate normally, the circuitry could
    slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.
  • Follow battery usage, storage and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.

CPSC :: Tips on Notebook Computer Use


Hitachi Recalls 16,000 Sony Batteries

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:36
Category: battery

Hitachi said on Friday it will recall 16,000 batteries made by Sony for laptop computers, joining a growing list of PC makers recalling Sony batteries.

Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.

The batteries were used mostly in laptops shipped to businesses, most of which are in Japan, he said.

Hitachi to recall 16,000 Sony-made batteries | Tech News on ZDNet


Apple iTV Promises Alternative Content

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 00:56
Category: Opinion

Apple’s iTV promises the delivery of shared content created by individuals: independent, amateur, and academic. Alternative content is huge, even if, like personal content, there’s not usually a direct business model to support it. What’s next for TV and podcasting:
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM


Apple Admits Backdating; CFO Fred Anderson Resigns

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 13:01
Category: Legal

Apple (AAPL) said late Thursday that stock options granted on 15 dates between 1997 and 2002 were apparently backdated, and though CEO Steve Jobs was aware of favorable grants, he didn’t benefit personally and “was unaware of the accounting implications.

“In addition, the company announced that Fred Anderson, who served as Apple’s CFO from 1996 to 2004, resigned from the company’s board, believing it is in “Apple’s best interests” that he go.

The Street.com :: Apple Owns Up to Backdating


PowerPage Podcast Episode 21 Available for Download

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:35
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 21 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store. On this episode my co-hosts Rob Parker and Youngmoo Kim discuss:
1. iTV, What does it all mean?
2. GPS receivers, two new car and one bike (!) receiver previewed
3. New dot-Mac webmail
4. The remotes that we love to hate
You can subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (AAC) or you can add the PowerPage Podcast RSS feed in a newsreader of your choice. You can also download the file directly (1:00:30, 28.13 MB, AAC).
A special thank you to The Tragically Hip for letting us use their music in the PowerPage podcast. Check out their first DVD/CD Box Set Hipeponymous.


Greek Apple Users Protest

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:00
Category: News

As a huge fan of Greece I thought that the plight of the Greek Mac users deserved to be heard. This is a note I received from Dimitris Karakatsanis:

We live at Athens, Greece and we are Mac users.
We have an honestly dramatic situation in our country about the Apple products availability and paranoid behavior of the after sales service from the local Apple IMS.
I’m writing to you for the announcement of a protest site.
The WeWantAppleGreece.com has been created by Greek Macintosh users as an ultimate attempt to stimulate the interest of those who are responsible for the comic situation in our country.
We try to describe this situation in an easy-going though sarcastic manner, hoping that things might change and Apple takes the decisive step to create in our country the much desired Apple Greece or, even better, Apple Hellas! A company that will comply with the rules and standards that each Apple company worldwide complies with.


iOne Concept

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Mock-Up

Say Hello to iOne (link 1, link 2)
Contributed by: Richard


Five Ways Apple Will Change TV: #2 Personal Content

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Opinion

The previous article considered how Apple is pioneering delivery of on-demand commercial content, in particular music, movies and television programming. Apple also has investments in the production of that content, with pro software tools such as Final Cut Pro and Logic, as well as hardware engineered for audio and video production work, from the Mac Pro to the Xserve RAID.
Apple also builds production tools for a wider audience: the rest of us. Apple’s digital hub may have started with iTunes, but now it’s a suite that includes iMovie, GarageBand and iPhoto. Each is designed to catalog and polish personal content.
Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM


The Apple Core: Sony recalls notebook batteries

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:25
Category: The Apple Core

apple-battery-250.jpgCNet News.com’s Candace Lombardi reports that Sony is planning to announce a massive battery recall. Sony manufactures the rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries cells found in almost every major notebook computer sold today.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
The recall will encompass all possibly defective batteries, including those previously announced by manufacturers for specific notebook computers.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


The Apple Core: MacBook RAM grease

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 11:54
Category: The Apple Core

This picture cropped up from a MacBook user claiming that it’s thermal grease that leaked onto his RAM strips.

…the thermal grease applied to the internal components has leached into the RAM slots on my motherboard and have ‘soiled’ the DIMM’s with thermal grease.

Apple notebook users get anxious over pictures like this because of the whole thermal grease over-application fiasco that plagued the MacBook Pro back in May 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.