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Family Blames Apple for Deadly iPad Fire

The family of a New Jersey man who died from severe burns in a fire allegedly caused by an iPad is suing Apple, alleging the device was “unreasonably dangerous and unsafe” due to defects in its design or manufacture or both. Bradley Ireland, 64, of Parsippany, New Jersey, was severely burned on Feb. 22, 2017, when the lithium-ion battery pack in his Apple iPad exploded in the kitchen of his apartment, triggering a fire that ultimately led to his severe burn injuries and his death later the same day. In their lawsuit, Mr. Ireland’s daughter Julia Ireland Meo and son ... Read More

iPhone Factories using Benzene in China

Factories in China that are producing Apple iPhones as well as other products are using benzene and other poisonous chemicals in their manufacturing, and it’s allegedly making the workers sick. In a new documentary titled “Complicit,” Yi Yeting is featured. He traveled from his home in rural China to to Shenzhen, a city close to the Hong Kong border, where he was hired as a worker in a large state-owned manufacturing company. Two years later, at the age of 24, Yi was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors confirmed the disease was due to his daily extended exposure to benzene at his job. Yi ... Read More

Samsung’s Thin Note 7 Design Compromised Batteries, Researchers Find

A defective design is allegedly what caused so many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire and explode, not the lithium batteries as the Korean electronics giant once indicated, an independent team of engineers and developers who solve technical problems for a living has concluded. Samsung started recalling its Note 7 devices in September as reports of fires and explosions mounted. The company remanufactured the phones using different batteries, but the problem persisted. In October, Samsung made the unprecedented move to stop production and kill the entire Note 7 product line. But the South Korean manufacturer hasn’t said much ... Read More

Apple Removes Benzene from Assembly Process

Apple was the focus of concern due to its use of specific chemicals in its manufacturing process, particularly benzene and n-hexane. Benzene is a clear, colorless liquid with an odor similar to gasoline. Workers in oil refineries, chemical plants, and foundries can be exposed to high levels of the chemical. It is highly flammable, and is a chemical to which we’re exposed on a daily basis through gasoline and car exhaust. Although it evaporates easily, it can still be inhaled through vapors and can be absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposure to benzene even in low concentrations is linked to serious blood disorders, anemia, leukemia and other ... Read More

Apple announces AC adapter recall due after 12 reports of shock hazard

Apple, the multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., has announced an AC adapter recall that may not affect the U.S. directly, but could affect Americans traveling overseas. According to Apple’s recall notice, “in very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.” The Apple AC adapter recall singles out the adapters shipped with Macs, iPads and various iOS devices from 2003 until 2015. The recalled AC wall plug was also included in Apple’s world travel adapter kit. However, the plugs were only sold in Continental Europe, South Korea, ... Read More

KeyRaider malware infects jailbroken Apple devices and steals user data

More than 225,000 Apple accounts were discovered to be stolen by new iOS malware known as “KeyRaider.” According to Palo Alto Networks, KeyRaider is now responsible for the largest known Apple account theft ever caused by malware. The KeyRaider malware targeted “jailbroken” iOS devices and was distributed through Cydia, a third-party repositories company located in China. The following 18 countries were affected by the Keyraider malware:  United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, France, China, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore and South Korea. Basically, jailbreaking means freeing the device from the restrictions imposed on it by its creator. Users install ... Read More

Beats Pill XL recall issued by Apple after reports of overheating

Apple, the popular technology company headquartered in California, has opted to voluntarily recall about 222,000 Beats Pill XL wireless speakers in the U.S. The recall notice claims that the speaker’s battery may overheat while in use, leaving consumers vulnerable to a fire and burn hazard. Another 11,000 Beats Pill XL speakers are under recall in Canada. The Beats Pill XL recall encompasses plastic, capsule-shaped speakers with a plastic mesh grille on the front and a built-in handle on the back. Measuring about four inches tall by 13 inches wide by four inches deep, the recalled speaker will have a small ... Read More

New iPad app helps identify best antidepressant for patients

A new iPad app can help doctors determine the best antidepressant to treat patients. The new Clinaptica Depression Consultant app was developed by Scaled Psychiatric Systems, Inc. It costs $4.95 at the App Store, and is designed to go beyond any previous system for people with depressive disorders to recommend antidepressant therapies specific to different patient characteristics. Arizona Physician Dr. Rakesh Patel has used an online version of the program since 2006 and says the treatment recommendations have been “spot on almost every time.” A multi-study presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in 2009 showed that a sample ... Read More

FDA approves two new drugs to treat neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, stepped down as CEO last week stating that he could no longer perform the duties of his job due to health reasons. The mastermind of the iPhone and iPad first acknowledged in 2004 that he had pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery to remove the mass. Pancreatic cancer has a bleak diagnosis primarily because it is often has no symptoms until after the cancer has metastasized. However, Jobs had a rare type of pancreatic cancer, known as a neuroendocrine, which is generally more treatable. In 2009, Jobs had another health setback when he received a ... Read More

Apple co-founder Wozniak and others find trouble with Prius

Many Toyota Prius owners continue to experience sporadic episodes of sudden, unintended acceleration while driving their cars, even without floor mats jamming the throttle wide open or the gas pedal sticking. Toyota included all 2004-2009 Prius models in the floor mat entrapment recall it announced last fall, but did not include the Prius in its subsequent recall of Toyotas for sticking accelerator pedals. Jim Lentz, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales USA, says that the acceleration problems are completely fixed by the two recalls and that he is confident that electronics aren’t to blame. What Lentz says, however, contradicts ... Read More