Electronics News

Competitors seek an edge against Apple

Sept. 2, 2015—With Apple’s expected announcement of updated iPhone models next week, two manufacturers sought to steal a little thunder from the company.

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Related Department Briefs

Distraction-blocking apps

In March 2014, we reported on mobile applications that purport to keep people from texting while driving, but two experts whom we consulted believed that the apps weren’t ready for primetime.

Near field commuication standards secure data

Users of near field communication (NFC)-enabled electronic devices soon will be able to send encrypted data between devices via NFC when four technical specifications take effect.

New computer energy standards

Proposed energy-efficiency standards for computers and monitors in California could increase the price of the devices.

Headphones compensate for hearing loss

Headphones manufacturer Sennheiser claims that its new RS 195 line of headphones “compensates for hearing limitations while also delivering high audio quality.”

The new breed of wireless charger

A new type of wireless charger is expected to hit store shelves at the end of 2015, but one industry expert says you shouldn’t rush out to snap up the new technology.

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Electronics Recalls

Goal Zero cites fire hazard in battery-pack recall

Dec. 2, 2014—Goal Zero recalled its Sherpa 50 and Sherpa 120 rechargeable battery packs, because the product can overcharge, overheat, bulge and melt the battery pack’s enclosure, which poses a fire hazard and risk of property damage.

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