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Electronics

Nintendo ready to flip the Switch

Jan. 13, 2017—In October 2016, Nintendo announced that its long-anticipated new game system would be called the Nintendo Switch but said little else. Now, we know the rest of the story.

Automotive

Side air bag might fail in certain BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles

Jan. 10, 2017—BMW recalled the following models:

* 2016 BMW 528i, 528i xDrive, 535i, 535i xDrive, 535d, 550i, 550i xDrive and M5 vehicles;

* 2017 BMW 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, 535i, 535i xDrive, 640i, 640i xDrive, 650i, 650i xDrive, X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, i3, i8, M4, M6;

* 2017 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, Hardtop 4 Door, Clubman (all trim levels of each); and

* 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn vehicles.

Automotive

Kia takes wraps off Stinger

Jan. 9, 2017—Kia Motors showed off what it calls the highest performance production vehicle in the company’s history at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At the least, the 2018 Stinger looks fast.

Money

CFPB hits at credit bureaus over misleading scores

Jan. 5, 2017—We’ve been aware that credit scores that you might find online aren’t necessarily the same as the ones that lenders use to gauge your creditworthiness when you apply for a loan. Now, two of the three primary credit bureaus are on the hook for saying that they were.

Electronics

Toshiba expands recall of certain notebook computer battery packs that pose burn and fire hazards

Jan. 5, 2017—Toshiba expanded its previous recall of Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs in March 30, 2016, to include battery packs that were sold from June 2011 through November 2016. The battery packs were installed in 41 models of Toshiba Satellite notebooks that include the 39 models of Portege, Satellite and Tecra models that were involved in the March 2016 recall. The affected battery packs can overheat, which poses burn and fire hazards.

Marketplace

Digital passport, please

In 2015, Australia became the first country to test digital passports on smartphones. However, you shouldn’t expect digital passports to come to the United States anytime soon.