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
Introduction, Design and Ergonomics
The tablet market is starting to heat up. After a long period of dominance by the iPad and its long line of Android imitators, we have new competitors looking to spoil the tablet world order. On the high-end we have the incoming volley of buff Tegra 3 based products, and on the low end with have the Kindle Fire, a simple $199 tablet that seems to prefer that its users don’t think for a second about the hardware inside.
That’s actually a bit odd, because the hardware inside is at least competitive. Though priced $300 less than the cheapest iPad 2, the Fire offers a dual core processor at the same clock speed of 1 GHz. It also provides 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage, neither of which will blow away competitors, but all of which is competitive. While the 7” size of the Fire means there is simply less tablet to build, it’s impressive that Amazon has managed to cram reasonably impressive hardware into one of the cheapest Android tablets on the market today.
Hardware is only a small part of equation, however. Amazon really intends the Fire to be a portal to its world of services, which includes ebooks, streaming video, apps and much more. This is very much a walled garden, even more so than Apple’s iPad, and for it to work the spoils of the garden need to be damn good. Let’s see if $200 is really a good value given that users must buy into Amazon’s services as well.