Technology Amazon recalls power banks due to fire, chemical burn hazards

23:51  13 march  2018
23:51  13 march  2018 Source:   Reuters

Workers injured in liquid chemical plant explosion in Texas

  Workers injured in liquid chemical plant explosion in Texas Authorities say one person was missing and another was badly injured in the blast .At least four ambulances responded to the scene. Authorities are advising the public to go to the hospital if they came into contact with smoke from the explosion. The incident occurred in the city of Cresson on State Highway 171. No evacuations have been reported in the area. Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett said the liquid chemical plant manufactures products like soap and acid. He said there has been a massive fire department response to the explosion.  The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

a close up of a sign: The Amazon logo is seen at the Young Entrepreneurs fair in Paris © REUTERS/Charles Platiau The Amazon logo is seen at the Young Entrepreneurs fair in Paris Inc has recalled some of its portable chargers in the United States following reports of overheating and fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday.

The watchdog for safety and quality of consumer products in the United States said about 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks - manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon's 'Basics' lineup - were part of the recall.

Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

The CPSC statement added that Amazon is in contact with users who have purchased these items.

Amazon was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

Amazon adds follow-up mode for Alexa to let you make back-to-back requests .
Amazon has added a new feature for its Alexa voice assistant that you will let you make successive requests without needing to repeat your Echo speaker’s wake word, as noted today by CNET. Amazon is calling the new setting “follow-up mode,” and while it won’t let you nest one request into another, it will let you ask make multiple requests back to back. For instance, you won’t be able to ask Alexa to turn off the lights and change the temperature in the same breath, but you can make one request and follow it up with the other without needing to say “Alexa” again.


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