35 best battery life laptops Pavilion x360 circa May 2016. Josh Miller/CNET The US Product and Safety Commission on Tuesday announced a “battery safety” recall of about 78,500 HP laptops for what the UPSC calls “fire and burn hazards.” HP requested we emphasize that it’s recalling the batteries, not the laptops. Given that most batteries are nonremovable by end users, it amounts to the same thing on your end — you still have to ship your laptop off somewhere. However, it does mean that the company replaces the battery, not the entire laptop, so the distinction matters a lot to them. (Like cars getting recalled for faulty airbags.)HP initiated the recall in January 2018, and expanded it in January 2019, but the news hadn’t widely circulated because of the US government shutdown. The UPSC finally posted the news to its site on Tuesday with the explanation, “NOTE: This recall expansion was previously announced independently on Jan. 17, 2019 by the firm due to US government furlough.” (We spotted it via Tom’s Hardware.)This is part of a continuing series of battery recalls from HP. The Jan. 17 recall was for about 51,000 models, but 41,000 were recalled in June 2016 and 100,000 in January 2017, bringing the total for the past two-and-a-half years to almost a quarter of a million.The recall applies to laptops sold between April 2015 and December 2018. Per HP: Batteries affected by this program may have been shipped with specific HP Probook 64x (G2 and G3), HP ProBook 65x (G2 and G3), HP ProBook 4xx G4 (430, 440, 450, 455, and 470), HP x360 310 G2, HP ENVY M6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11 notebook computers and HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) mobile workstations sold worldwide from December 2015 through April 2018. They were also sold as accessories or provided as replacements from December 2015 through December 2018 for the above products, as well as additional products through HP or an authorized HP Service Provider, including certain HP Mobile Thin Client products. HP also warns, “It is essential to recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected. However if you have already received a replacement battery, you are not affected by this expansion.” If you suspect your laptop qualifies — it doesn’t apply to every model sold within that period — you can download the validation utility from the recall page to check. Updated 1:30 p.m. ET: Added clarification from HP. See all the best laptops of CES 2019 17:56 Laptops HP Tags 2 Comments 37 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice
Julian Assange WikiLeaks In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/pZsDsYNI0B— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019 Sci-Tech Video footage obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Pais shows Assange in a skimpy singlet doing his best to thrash on a skateboard, but mainly just falling all over himself. Ecuador grew tired of Assange’s antics and his continued work with WikiLeaks from inside the embassy, opting to bounce him last Thursday. Share your voice Comment British police were allowed to enter the embassy and drag Assange out to be arrested on charges of jumping his bail years ago. The rape charge in Sweden has been dropped, but charges in the UK remain and charges against him in the US have also been unsealed. No word yet on whether extradition to skate school is an option. Originally published 4:43 p.m PT. 1 Julian Assange works on a new hobby while holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. El Pais video screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET What does a wanted man do when he’s stuck inside the Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years? If you’re Julian Assange, apparently you strip down to your singlet and shred on your skateboard for anyone willing to watch — and for security cameras. Seems he’s been passing the years by causing a bit of trouble and sometimes just trying to shred like Tony Hawk … if Tony Hawk were confined to a really small room and never learned to skateboard well at all. On Thursday, the infamous WikiLeaks founder was kicked out of the embassy in London that has been his home for several years. In 2012, Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, which led him to flee to the embassy where he spent six years and 10 months living in a small room. Tags
Actor Tom Cruise poses while promoting his latest film “The Mummy” at Plaza Carso in Mexico City, Mexico, June 5, 2017.ReutersKatie Holmes is in an alleged relationship with Jamie Foxx. These two have been photographed together on several occasions but what we don’t get to see is Tom Cruise with his girlfriend.Ever since Tom Cruise’s divorce with Katie Holmes, the most celebrated Hollywood star has focused solely on his work. He has given us several high-octane action thrillers and in the years to come, he is going to follow the same trend. However, fans are curious as to whom he is currently dating and if he is not dating anyone then what’s the reason behind it?There was a time when Tom Cruise was considered the hottest actor in Hollywood. Over the years, he was involved with several actresses like Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. After his divorce from Holmes, Tom does casual dating only and he is not seriously involved with anyone, revealed an insider to HollywoodLife.The alleged insider revealed that since his divorce from Katie Holmes, Tom has reportedly been hesitant to fall in love again. The Top Gun movie star even feels that he would be all right if he will stay single throughout his life.”Tom does casually date women, but never in public. He is always very private and he does not have a steady girlfriend,” the alleged source added. “Tom prefers to romance women who share similar spiritual interests, which narrows his field when choosing a romantic partner.”As Tom Cruise fans know that the Vanilla Sky movie star has three failed marriages and there are chances that he may never get married again. Picture taken 07 November 1999 shows actors Tom Cruise (L) and his then Australian wife, Nicole Kidman arriving at the official opening of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney.TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images”He values his privacy and his religion comes before relationships or anything else, which is fine by him,” contends the source further.Tom Cruise has always been a busy man and his dedication towards movies shows that he is very sincere when it comes to his career. It won’t be wrong to say that his career is his top priority. He will soon be seen in Top Gun Maverick and there are at least two more Mission Impossible movies lined up for the years to come.It should be noted that the above claims are not verified by Tom Cruise’s rep. As far as the media is aware of, Tom is currently not involved with anyone.
Starting with Brexit, the future course of world events will only add more glitter to gold as the safest asset to hoard, reported PTI. Geo political tensions, the U.S. elections and the volatility in the currency markets will all drive the yellow metal price up, it added.Gnanasekar Thiagarajan, research director at Commtrendz, told PTI that by December end gold is expected to touch $1475 an ounce in the international market and Rs. 33,500 per ten gram in India.On June 24, as Brexit (Britain leaving the European Union) became a reality, gold soared by 8.2 percent to touch $1,319 an ounce, and in India it touched Rs. 30,875 per 10 gm, more than Rs. 1000 up from the previous day close. On Monday, it was $1325 an ounce internationally, and Rs. 31,590 per 10 gm in India.In reaction to Brexit, many central banks led by Britain’s Bank of England unleashed liquidity measures. Thiagarajan points out that this would actually put more money into peoples’ hands and again prompt them to look at gold as safety asset against the current global volatilities. As banks bring down their interest rates to keep their economies upbeat, the money will flow towards unproductive dead but safe assets like gold, reported the Business Standard.The daily, citing a World Gold Council report, noted that such monetary easing has already capped the gain in other safe haven assets, thereby increasing the attractiveness of gold.As Britain’s actual exit is expected to be a two year long eventuality, other near-term global actualities like the U.S. presidential election and China’s growing debt are bound to make gold bullish.”Weaker US dollar, which is negatively co-related with gold, is likely to make it an attractive asset class. In the short term, gold may hold at Rs. 31,500-32,500 levels, and in the international markets it is likely to be at $1,400 levels,” Naveen Mathur, associate director of Angel Broking, told PTI.Citing the Shanghai Gold Exchange data, the Business Standard highlighted that the growing appetite for gold in China was evident in the spike in volumes in spot gold trade. It noted that on the Brexit day it increased to 346 tonnes as against the usual 100 tonnes a day in volume.Vandhana Bharti, commodity researcher at SMC Global Securities, while trying to predict a range for gold prices said the upper and lower side for gold in the international market would remain $1440 to $1220 by the year end. “In rupee terms, we are expecting gold to be at Rs. 34,000-35,000 on the upper range and it will not fall below Rs. 28,000,” she added.India, with a strong economy, good monsoonal rains promising a positive consumer benefit and sentiments boosted by festive season, will have reasons aligned to keep its craving for gold jewellery going, and thereby the gold prices.
Tembusu Terminals’ Andras Kristof gestures as he speaks to the media after launching the first Bitcoin vending machine at a pub in Singapore.ReutersCryptocurrency exchanges such as Bitcoin.de and Coinbase are the safest in terms of password security while Bitstamp and Livecoin are most prone to financial theft due to unsafe security practices, according to a latest study.Password manager Dashlane examined password and account security on 35 of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency exchanges before drawing rankings.The study, which was conducted between March 12 to 19, tested exchanges that allow users to create accounts with browsers while those requiring a software or mobile app download were excluded.The findings showed that over 70 percent leave their users’ accounts perilously exposed to financial theft due to unsafe password practices.”With your bank account, credit cards, bitcoin, and other digital assets potentially stored on the exchange, it’s critical that your account is locked down on the security front,” Emmanuel Schalit, CEO at Dashlane said in a statement.”The fact that most exchanges allow their users to create incredibly weak passwords should serve as a wake-up call to the entire industry.” Source: DashlaneThe study revealed that a staggering 43 percent of exchanges let users create accounts using passwords with seven or fewer characters, and 34 percent do not require alphanumeric passwords.Dashlane’s testers were repeatedly able to create accounts with weak passwords, such as “12345” and “password,” and in one case, using just the letter “a”.Additionally, Dashlane found that less than 50 percent of exchanges provided users with password strength assessment tools during the account creation process.When compared to results of Dashlane’s 2017 rankings of leading consumer websites, the cryptocurrency exchanges performed poorly.In the consumer rankings, which examined sites such as Apple, Facebook, and PayPal, only 36 percent received a failing score whereas 71 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges failed in Dashlane 2018’s examination.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), are using the political atmosphere of Washington D.C., combined with the upcoming elections, to not only enable media professionals to enhance their skills in print, broadcast and digital news coverage, but also to strengthen the Black and Brown vote, according to a convention executive.Media professionals line up at registration booths at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Northwest D.C. to network with colleagues and receive information at the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ convention. The convention will run until Aug. 7. (Photo by LaTrina Antoine)The joint convention, themed “One Mission, Driving Innovation,” began on Aug. 3 and will run to Aug. 7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Highlights of the convention include a discussion on race on Aug. 4, an address by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Aug. 5, a Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on Aug. 6 as well as workshops that will teach participants how to expand their skill sets. The awards gala will honor professional and collegiate journalism that best covered the Black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide Black community during 2015.“We hope [the convention] will be a great spirit of networking [and] opportunity of training for our membership,” Drew Berry, NABJ executive consultant told the AFRO on Aug. 2.In addition to the workshops, luncheons and galas offered at the convention, a career fair consisting of more than 105 companies, organizations and academic institutions, including all the major media companies will also be offered.Berry said more than 3,000 participants have already registered to attend the convention.Registration is still available onsite for media professionals who which to attend the convention. Membership in NABJ or NAHJ is not required.To see a full list of scheduled events visit nabjnahj.com.