Electronics

Samsung's Battery Woes Could Delay New Products
January 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

After the messy situation surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (which we still get notifications about when we're boarding airplanes), Samsung announced yesterday that its latest smartphone, the Galaxy…

Boosted Recalls Battery-Powered Skateboards
January 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Lithium ion batteries aren't just a problem for electronic devices like smartphones and computers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Boosted, Mountain View, Calif., is recalling its electric-powered skateboards because the lithium ion battery pack can overheat and smoke, causing a fire hazard. Boosted is recalling this battery-powered skateboard…

Swedish Ad Agency Accidentally Prints 'White Power' on Item
January 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm

A Swedish advertising company is dealing with an embarrassing "lost in translation" situation after it sold a power bank that said "white power" as part of a promotion for a handball team. The item, for…

More Companies Adopting USB-C Technology
December 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm

We've been following the growing prevalence of USB-C technology for a while now. For the most part, it wasn't too commonly seen (except for on Apple laptops), but now competitors, like Lenovo and Asus…

CPSC Announces Hoverboard Recall
December 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that World Trading, Valencia, Calif., is recalling its Orbit self-balancing scooters, otherwise known as hoverboards, due to a risk of overheating and catching fire. This comes after the CPSC recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards in July, following the commission's ruling that all available hoverboard products as unsafe. [caption…

A Look Into Costs Related to U.S. Manufacturing
December 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Manufacturing has been a hot topic of debate during the 2016 presidential campaign, and that surely won't slow down in the coming months, as President-elect Donald Trump has made domestic manufacturing…

Panasonic Debuts Flexible Lithium-ion Battery
November 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

There's been a lot of news surrounding lithium-ion batteries lately: between Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 debacle and the CPSC's ruling that all hoverboards were unsafe due to the battery's volatile nature, we heard a lot of scary stuff. But now, we have some good news (or at least intriguing news) surrounding lithium-ion batteries: Panasonic came…

How the iPhone 7 Could Affect the Promo Industry
September 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Yesterday, Apple introduced the newest version of its iPhone, and though it isn't a huge step from the previous 6S model, it does have a few new design features that stand out. And though these features are relatively minor, they could have a lasting effect in the promotional products industry. So, for those who might have…

Is Apple Launching 'AirPod' Wireless Headphones?
August 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

According to Digital Trends, Apple might be launching wireless headphones with the iPhone 7. We've reported previously on Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack. But, could "AirPod" headphones be the next Apple frontier? MacRumors uncovered a certificate referencing the "AirPods," but the documentation is lacking in any major details. However, Apple Inc. is listed as…