Apple Recalls Certain Models of Wall Plug Adapters

Are you an Apple iPhone or Mac device user? Check this out.

Apple has issued a recall on wall plug adapters designed for use in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, continental Europe and South Korea.

The company said in rare cases such adapters may break and possibly cause electric shock when touched.

Twelve incidents worldwide have been documented.

An affected two-prong plug adaptor had either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attached to the main Apple power adaptor. These adapters were shipped with Mac and some iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple world travel adaptor kit.

Customers are advised to discontinue use of affected devices. The recall did not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.

Affected Adapter Prong Types

European Adapter Korean Adapter Australian/Argentinian Adapter Brazilian Adapter
Round thin pins,
slightly slanted inward
Round thick pins Flat angled blades Round thin pins
Continental Europe Korea Australia
New Zealand
Argentina
Brazil

Note: The countries and regions listed are some examples of supported locations for that adapter. Adapters may be used in additional countries.

Apple Exchange Process
Please choose one of the following options below.

  1. Exchange your adapter(s) at your local Apple Store (Genius Bar reservation recommended) or an Authorized Apple Service Provider.
  2. Contact Apple Support.

We will need to verify your Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod serial number as part of the exchange process so please find your serial number in advance.

Depending on the product, you can find your serial number:

  • On the surface of your product.
  • In iTunes, if your product syncs with iTunes.
  • On a Mac, by choosing About This Mac from the Apple menu.
  • On an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iPod, in Settings > General > About.

If you don’t have your product or it won’t turn on

  • You can find your serial number on the surface of your product.
  • If you have your product’s original packaging, you can check the barcode to find the serial number.
  • If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iPod, you can find the serial number from the Devices tab in iTunes preferences.
  • You can also find your product’s serial number on the original product receipt or invoice.

Online at My Support Profile

Although Apple doesn’t have a process to track or flag lost or stolen product, you can use My Support Profile to find a list of serial numbers that have been purchased or registered with your Apple ID.

  1. Go to My Support Profile (available in the United States and Canada).
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. View your purchases in My Products.

Customers who purchased a World Travel Adapter Kit should use one of the options above to exchange their affected parts.

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Best of Home Technology at CES 2016

Technology has added so much glitter to our lives. From intelligent homes to robot vacuums, nowadays, all that you need to do is sit back and instruct because with everything turning smart, it has become supremely easy to manage the house chores.

Here are some of the best home technologies that were displayed at CES, Las Vegas 2016.

  1. Samsung:
  • Family Hub Refrigerator: Samsung products occupied a large share of the CES floor the best of which was the connected fridge. Known as the Family Hub Refrigerator, this special fridge comes with features like
    • A 21inch display on the door to tell you what’s going on inside and to find recipes, control home audio and order groceries online.
    • A camera on the inside so you can see what your fridge has from anywhere and at anytime. All you need is a Samsung mobile.
    • Whenever some food is about to go off, an alert will be sent on your phone.

      Samsung-Family-Hub-Refrigerator

The fridge has not been released yet but when it is, you can own it at a price of $5,000.

  • PowerBot: This is Samsung’s robot vacuum which comes with a camera on top of it.
    • The camera will be used to scan the room for dirt and pick it up wherever it is.
    • You can control the PowerBot through your smart phone and tell it which room you want should be cleaned next.

      samsung_powerbot

  • AddWash: This new feature that has been added to the Samsung washing machines allows anyone who has forgotten to put an item of clothing in the wash to simply open a small window on the door and pop it in, thus eliminating the need to put on a whole new cycle.
  1. LG:
  • Smart Fridge: LG adorned the CES with its smart fridge
    • The fridge has a door-in-door feature that allows the owners to steal a glance. All you have to do is knock on the glass, no opening of the doors needed.
    • It has a hands-free door opening system where you need to place your foot over a projected beam on the floor and the door will open automatically.

      lg_smart-refrigerator

  • LG Styler: The LG Styler iron is a wardrobe-sized unit in which you can hang clothes.
    • The styler uses steam and a shaking mechanism to give your clothes a dry clean.
    • It also sanitizes, deodorizes, and de-creases clothes during the cleaning process.

      lg_styler

  1. Netatmo:
  • Netatmo Presence Camera: This intelligent outdoor security camera will let you know the difference between a car, an animal or a person whenever anyone of it steps in on your property.
    • It works on Smart-Sight deep learning algorithm to detect what it is that it sees.
    • If it concludes that the owners are in danger an alert is sent to them.
    • It has a full HD camera, night vision and security floodlight that will illuminate when it detects any presence on the property.
      nenatmo_presence

 

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Say Goodbye to Whatsapp Subscriptions

Good news to those who use Whatsapp to communicate with friends and family: the Facebook-owned company no longer plans to charge the $0.99 fee.

The announcement made on its blog read “.. we’re happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well. Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”

It was also quick to point that the loss in subscription revenue does not mean Whatsapp will introduce third-party ads.

Whatsapp is popular because unlike some applications like Skype and Facebook Messenger, it automatically builds contacts saved in your mobile device. This cross-platform utility also requires low data bandwidth to operate properly, and can be used to send voice, video and image media to an individual or several members in a chat group.

Instead of keeping the subscription model or introducing ads, Whatsapp is looking at partnerships with businesses to deliver messages and notifications to users using the app. For example, if a credit card company informs a user of a recent transaction or bill due date, Whatsapp may wish to take over as an efficient medium of communication.

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How an iPad Pro Makes Job Easier for Architects

Architects can look forward to a highly revolutionized way of working using the new iPad Pro. Launched by Apple, it is one of the largest ever tablet device with a 12.9” screen. With excellent specifications the iPad Pro has been the highlight in the technology front for the sheer value for price that it is offering.

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A History of Windows Startup and Shutdown Sounds

From Windows 3.1 to Windows 8, let’s take a trip down the memory lane as we listen to the sounds we often hear for a period of time our personal computers and laptops adopted the ever-changing version Windows operating systems.

Many of us may have associated such sounds to an era — college dorm days to late-night overtime at work. From the time we boot up our PCs to shutting them down, each of them remind us of memories worth remembering or maybe not at all.

Enjoy this brief history of Windows startup and shutdown sounds.

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Easy Hacks to Speed Up Your Android Phone

We’ve all been there. It’s frustrating to spend several hundred dollars on a high end smart phone to only find smooth and speedy performance remains a distant dream. iPhone faces this issue seldom since iPhone iOS is developed keeping in mind specific hardware configuration, while Android is developed for many devices that do not share standard hardware specification. Though these performance issues are largely due to hardware device configuration, there are few simple hacks that you can do on the software front that will minimize the pressure on the device making your hardware considerably faster.

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