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Recent reports have indicated that the actors behind Dridex, originally a banking Trojan distributor, have switched tactics, and are now heavily pushing out a new ransomware called Locky. The current method of distribution is via a spam email, which contains a Word document. Additional reports have stated that it is being distributed via the Neutrino […]
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Fujitsu has issued a recall for battery packs used with their notebook computers due to fire hazards.
Lenovo Expands Recall Over Battery Dangers PC makers Lenovo has announced an expansion of a laptop recall that began in 2014 – due to dangers related to issues of overheating. Lenovo received four reports of incidents where battery packs overheated, damaging computers and property. In one incident, a consumer’s skin was “reddened,” and burn marks […]
Nature Communications has published a lengthy study on li-ion battery volatility including a fascinating look inside an exploding battery.
Recently, several reports have emerged of Li-Ion battery related issues on board planes and growing concern among airlines.
HP has announced a recall of 6 million power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops.
Teen’s cell phone catches fire. PC Pitstop/D2 Worldwide Research cited in the national media for the 2nd time this month.
Risk of burn and fire hazards has prompted Sony to recall more VAIO laptop PCs.
A Pennsylvania woman was injured when her Dell laptop exploded.
PC Pitstop Sponsored Research was recently featured on Good Morning America.
Freedom of Information request by KTVU in Oakland, California uncovers previously unseen video of li ion battery testing done by government agencies.
Last month, 100 Pennsylvania firefighters from 10 different fire departments were required to battle a blaze caused by a laptop battery explosion.
Sony has announced that as many at 26,000 VAIO laptops are at risk of fire – posed by defective Li Ion batteries.
Lenovo has issued a recall for thousands of Thinkpad batteries due to fire risk.
Detailed comments from D2 Worldwide CEO Tony Olson regarding recent Li Ion laptop battery volatility research.
Once again we turned to our friends at D2 Worldwide to investigate and address the question: Are Lithium Ion laptop batteries any safer in 2013?
7 years ago, PC Pitstop helped expose the dangers of Li-Ion batteries. News that Best Buy has been forced to recall more batteries — suggests nothing has changed.
Nationally syndicated show America Now recently featured footage from PC Pitstop’s Exploding Laptop research video.
Researchers at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have uncovered a vunerability that leaves tens of millions of common office printers open to devasting malware infections – including attacks that could cause the printers to catch on fire.
HP has announced the recall of 70,000 lithium ion notebook batteries. Is your model on this list?
According to yesterday’s release from the Consumer Product Safety Commision, the recall was driven by “two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire”
Check out our world famous video of what happens when a laptop catches fire.
I was shocked when Dell announced their first battery recall in August 2006, quickly followed by Apple. Being cynical by nature, the only reason that these companies would proactively do an expensive battery recall was to limit liability on a potentially explosive (pun intended) issue. I talked to numerous industry vets and learned that the potential exists for many more battery explosions and recalls. At PC Pitstop, I made it our mission to inform the public of the danger of battery fires, and practical tips to avoid them.
We intentionally created conditions in which the Li-ON battery pack would explode inside a generic portable. The results are dramatic. There are numerous conditions where these fires can occur in real life. Faulty battery packs (driving the recalls), faulty protection circuits inside the PC, exposure to excessive heat, and blunt force are some of the major ways that this could happen to you.
CEO D2 Worldwide
Rob: Hi, this is Rob Cheng. It’s October 13th, 2006. I’m here with Tony Olson who is an old friend of mine that I worked with at Gateway. He was the Vice President of Engineering. Tony started a brand new company called D2 Worldwide and he has a lot of insight into the portables and what’s going on there. Tony, first tell me a little bit about D2 Worldwide and how you learned so much about the portables.
Last month, Dell announced they would be replacing over 4 million batteries from notebook computers shipped worldwide during the last 2 years. Shortly, after that Apple announced a similar recall on a smaller scale. Doing a recall on this magnitude is an extremely expensive and complex task, and PC Pitstop applauds these companies for leading the way. The reality is that all portables running LiON batteries have some probability of exploding. Apple and Dell owners should be pleased, not dismayed, that their manufacturers chose to be the leaders in alerting their users to the risks of portable computing.