HP recalls Australian AC power cords (5.6 million already recalled in the US)


AUSTRALIAN users of some HP and Compaq computers are being urged to return their AC power cords, following a massive recall of 5.6 million cords in the US.Another 446,700 of the Hewlett-Packard LS-15 cords have been recalled in Canada.The recalls are due to concern about overheating, which can pose a fire and burns risk.“Australia is one of the markets impacted by this product recall,” an HP Australia spokesman confirmed to The Australian today.

via HP recalls Australian AC power cords with 5.6 million already recalled in the US | The Australian.

More info:

http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1062625

Product description

AC Power Cord set with IEC 60320-1 C5 type Appliance connector. Supplied with HP & Compaq Notebook and Mini notebooks PCs and accessories such as docking stations.

Identifying features

Model “LS-15” moulded marking on Appliance connector

What are the defects?

In some instances the ‘LS-15’ connector’s electrical insulation may degrade over time with the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard.

What are the hazards?

The AC power cord Appliance connectors have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard

Dates available for sale

1st September 2010 – 30th June 2012

Supplier’s web site:

http://www8.hp.com/au/en/home.html

World data transfer record back in Danish hands – Technical University of Denmark


… proving that it is possible to transfer fully 43 terabits per second with just a single laser in the transmitter. This is an appreciable improvement on the German team’s previous record of 26 terabits per second.

via World data transfer record back in Danish hands – Technical University of Denmark.

IBM Research: Neurosynaptic chips


IBM Research: Neurosynaptic chips.

IBM built a new chip with a brain-inspired computer architecture powered by an unprecedented 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses. It is the largest chip IBM has ever built at 5.4 billion transistors, and has an on-chip network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores. Yet, it only consumes 70mW during real-time operation — orders of magnitude less energy than traditional chips.

Product Safety Recall: Officeworks Ltd—Insystem Power Pack USB Wall Charger


Product description: A USB charger that plugs into a wall socket.

Identifying features: Packaging Code: BR094780Model No.: MS10071223

What are the defects? In some instances the USB charger can overheat which can cause the casing to melt allowing access to live circuits.

What are the hazards? The defect could result in electrical shock, fire or serious injury.

via Officeworks Ltd—Insystem Power Pack USB Wall Charger.

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