Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2016 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: toshiba, recall, fire
Forget the concerns about fertility when using a laptop placed directly on your lap, having your lap catch fire is a bit more of a concern. If you are using a Toshiba laptop right now, quickly flip it over and check if it is on fire, or if the serial number resembles G71Cxxxxxxxx. If either of those conditions are true, please contact Toshiba customer support on this page, which also has a software utility you can run to see if you are affected by this recall. According to The Register, some of these batteries may have been sold individually or as repair kit for Satellite, Portégé and Tecra models so you should check; better safe than on fire.
"Toshiba is recalling the battery packs in 39 notebook models over fears they could be prone to catching fire."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal @ The Register
- Google's Project Zero names and shames 'ridiculous' Trend Micro bug @ The Inquirer
- SideStepper: iOS 9 exploit targets enterprise iPhones and iPads @ The Inquirer
- Google launches Cardboard SDK for iOS and VR View tool @ The Inquirer
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2016 - 05:11 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: water cooling, recall, Predator 360, predator 240, liquid CPU cooler, EKWB, ek, AIO
EKWB has issued a recall for all first-generation Predator 240 and 360 liquid CPU coolers due to risk of leakage. A new version (v1.1) of both self-contained coolers has been introduced to address the issue, and EK will provide one of the new units for those seeking a replacement.
Visual differences between Revision 1.0 (left) and Revision 1.1 (right) (via EKWB)
EKWB is also taking responsibility for any component damage that may have resulted from any leaks, offering refunds for defective units (if a replacement is not desired) and affected components.
"All Revision 1.0 units produced from October 2015 until end of December 2015 are potentially affected by the risk of leakage and in order to prevent any computer component damage, the units need to be replaced. The leakage may occur between copper cold plate and bracket on the water block after it is heated up and pressure rises. Current statistics show that 1 out of 10 units leaks.
We are warning all customers of EK XLC-Predator units to discontinue use of cooling device and contact EKWB for replacement unit or refund. EKWB is taking full responsibility for this issue and will be:
- Replacing or refunding all returned units to the customers
- Refunding the customer any computer component damage created by a leakage
EKWB has redesigned and released a new version of EK-XLC Predator (Revision 1.1) on the 4th of January 2016 that prevents any leakage under normal working modes. All customers with Revision 1.0 units will be offered a replacement R1.1 unit or a full refund. Revision 1.0 backplate is not compatible with Revision 1.1 backplate!"
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2015 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, shield tablet, recall
NVIDIA SHIELD tablets which were sold over the past 12 months are being recalled by NVIDIA as there is a risk that the battery could overheat, possibly posing a fire hazard and of course proving they should never be used on a re-entry vehicle. You will need to ensure that your SHIELD is running the newest OS, if not you will need to run the tablet long enough to update as older OS versions do not report the serial number, which you need to enter if you want a free replacement from NVIDIA. Visiting www.nvidia.com/support/tabletrecall will give you the steps to request a replacement if you want one. So far there do not seem to be any reports of flaming NVIDIA users but you should probably not risk it.
"NVIDIA today announced a voluntary recall of its SHIELD 8-inch tablets that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015, which the company will replace. NVIDIA has determined that the battery in these tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The recall does not affect any other NVIDIA products."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa @ The Register
- Microsoft Windows 10 is already running on 14 million machines @ The Inquirer
- Why Micron/Intel's New Cross Point Memory Could Virtually Last Forever @ Slashdot
- ARM swallows Sansa to bolster IoT device security @ The Inquirer
- World's worst exploit kit now targeting point-of-sale systems @ The Register
- One Way to Recharge Alkaline Batteries @ Hack a Day
- Hacker Creates Thermal Probes by Welding with a PC Power Supply @ Hack a Day
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2012 - 10:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: recall, nvidia, kepler, graphics cards, gpu
Editor's Note: We are getting a lot of flak for posting this story today, telling us that we are "giving the site credibility", referring to the Pnosker site that first started the recall rumor, simply by posting about it on our site. Even though our post by Tim states to "take the leak with a grain of salt" and that "these GPUS go through rigorous testing and certification", some people think we were in the wrong to post about this.
So let me be perfectly clear - the recall referenced in the story below is almost assuredly complete and utter BULLSHIT.
According to Pnosker, NVIDIA is allegedly looking into recalling all Kepler based, 600-series graphics cards. Such a recall would affect users that have purchased GTX 670, GTX 680, and GTX 690 GPUs. The website has stated that their source has indicated that the graphics cards will possibly be recalled because the chips suffer from performance degradation after prolonged periods of heavy usage.
While their source has reportedly been correct in the past, the author cautions readers to take the leak with a grain of salt. Other websites that have picked up on this have mentioned that these GPUs go through rigorous testing and certification processes before getting to the market, so this rumor does not have much ground to stand on. Another reason to take this report with a shaker-full of salt is that if there was such a defect in the Kepler GPU, it would be more likely to completely fail rather than continue working with degraded performance.
This rumor is likely just that: a rumor. Why such a rumor was started is unknown but your Kepler graphics card purchases are probably safe from performance degradation, though they may not get as high of a boost clock as other users’ cards.
UPDATE @ 7:30pm ET: To quote from NVIDIA PR - "There is no truth to this rumor."