Electronics News

Hulu to switch off free service

Aug. 8, 2016—Hulu, which began as a free, ad-supported streaming-video service, soon will move entirely behind the pay wall.

Apple updates software, expands functionality

June 13, 2016—Apple announced updates to all of its operating systems, all of which will be available for free in fall 2016 to consumers who use Apple devices. However, it announced no major changes.

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Related Department Briefs

VR headsets still for techies

With at least 10 virtual-reality (VR) headsets that are available to buy, no one could be blamed to want to explore this brave new world.

New-age apps

In the 2013 Oscar-nominated movie “Her,” main character Theodore Twombly develops a relationship with an intelligent computer-operating system that speaks through a female voice.

VR headsets still for techies

With at least 10 virtual-reality (VR) headsets that are available to buy, no one could be blamed to want to explore this brave new world.

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Electronics Recalls

Apple cites shock hazard in wall-plug adapters

Feb. 18, 2016—Apple recalled its travel adapter kits and plugs, because the two-prong wall-plug adapters can break and expose the metal portion of the adapter, which poses an electrical shock hazard.

Microsoft cites fire and shock hazards in AC power cord

Feb. 2, 2016—Microsoft recalled AC power cords that were sold with Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablet computers, because the power cords can overheat, which poses a fire and shock hazard to consumers. The recalled power cords don’t have a 1/8-inch power sleeve on the end that connects to the power supply.

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