CPSC Releases Tips on Notebook Computer Use

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

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Fujitsu to Recall 287,000 Sony Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 09:42
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TOKYO (XFN-ASIA) – Computer maker Fujitsu will recall 287,000 battery packs for laptop computers made by Sony Corp, Fujitsu said.’The company is recalling all the batteries that were named by Sony in its voluntary replacement program,’ a Fujitsu spokeswoman said.Sony offered last week to replace all potentially hazardous batteries it has made.On Friday, Fujitsu announced that it would exchange battery packs used in its FMV notebook computers, although no malfunctions had been reported with them. At the time it did not say how many batteries it expected to recall.

Japan’s Fujitsu to recall 287,000 Sony batteries – Forbes.com

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Apple’s New Dual Processor Game Console

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Date: Monday, September 18th, 2006, 06:00
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This week, Apple unveiled a new dual processor, handheld gaming platform with stereo surround sound and a bright, 30 frames per second color display. The company also announced that it created an instant installed base of players by secretly distributing millions of the new devices over the last year.
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Showtime Stream Now Available

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 14:22
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PosterApple Special EventIt’s ShowtimeWatch Apple CEO Steve Jobs deliver a special announcement from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4. Voiceover users click here to listen to keynote address.

Apple – QuickTime – Special Event – It’s Showtime

Russian PayPal/eBay Scam nets MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:36
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This innocent eBayer got totally ripped off by a russian bidder, and
PayPal didn’t even bother to help. It’ll definitely make me think twice
about selling things on eBay.

Digg.com >> Russian eBayer steals MacBook, paypal refuses to help

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iPhone Clues Buried in Latest iPod Software

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:57
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An AppleInsider member by the name of VL-Tone recently dissected the latest iPod firmware update and made some interesting discoveries.

While Apple has been relatively mum on any plans for iPod-branded cell phone, the latest iPod software includes references to an “t_feature_app_PHONE_APP” application and variables such as “kPhoneSignalStrength,” “clPhoneCallHistoryModel,” prPhoneSettingsMenu,” “prPhoneSettingsMenuView,” prPhoneEnableSetting” and “prPhoneMenuItem.”

AppleInsider | iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod software

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Keyboard Unresponsive on Some Apple Notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 09:08
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We continue to report on an issue where the keyboard and trackpad suddenly become unresponsive on various Apple portables (MacBook Pros, MacBooks and PowerBooks included) forcing the user to reboot (after first shutting down by holding the power key) in order to regain control.

We previously noted a number of potential fixes, including removal of keyboard shortcuts, checking for problematic remnants from system migrations and more.

MacFixIt – Keyboard becomes unresponsive on various Apple portables (#4): Additional fix

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Microsoft’s “Argo” to Challenge iPod

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 00:42
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We’ve had to sit on this one for a while, but it’s about time we showed you guys at least one possible form Microsoft’s Argo / Xbox-branded wireless portable media player could take. Sent to us from an insider working on the project, we’re told the device pictured above is indeed a part of “Project Argo.”

Microsoft’s “Argo” / Xbox wireless portable media player – Engadget

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Are Apple’s Customers Rebelling?

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 23:44
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There’s been rash of press recently suggesting Apple is weathering a growing consumer recoil following claims about poor quality control, anti-iTunes legislation and allegations about Chinese sweatshops.

“Are we falling out of love with iPod?” asks the Daily Telegraph. The BBC queries, “Is Apple Feeling The Heat?” And The Scotsman reports, “Apple faces the music as public discord with iPod grows.”

“… two years after Britain fell in love with the iPod there are signs that the pocket-sized box that transformed the way millions listen to music is beginning to lose its shine,” claims The Scotsman.

But, in fact, there’s no consumer backlash at all. Apple’s firing on all cylinders, and is selling more Macs and iPods than ever.

Wired News: Are Apple’s Customers Rebelling?

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Run Windows Apps Sans Windows

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 10:51
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CodeWeavers has announced plans to release CrossOver Mac this summer. The $60 software will allow Intel Mac users to run Windows applications — including some games — without having to buy or install Windows itself.

Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop both provide this capability for Intel Mac owners already… CrossOver Mac will take this one step further — it eschews what CodeWeavers Chief Operating Officer Jon Parshall calls the “box within a box approach.”

Macworld: News: CrossOver lets Windows apps run on OS X, sans Windows

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