Airlines Testing New Software To Avoid Extreme Turbulence, Cut Down On Costs And Injuries

Airlines Testing New Software To Avoid Extreme Turbulence, Cut Down On Costs And Injuries

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a terrible flyer — the slightest hint of a bumpy patch and I’ve got a death-grip on the arm rest. While pilots do everything they can to avoid hitting any kind of rough air, they’ll be getting a bit more help via new software designed for the sole purpose of allowing them to sidestep turbulence. [More]

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BMW Recalls 91,000 Mini Coopers For Passenger Airbag Issues

Airbags only help to protect a person from injury in the event of a crash if they actually deploy. That seems to be a problem for more than 91,000 Mini Coopers being recalled because the vehicle’s detection system might not realize a passenger is present. [More]

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NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Nissan Airbag Sensor Recalls

Recalls are more or less a pain for everyone involved. As the owner, you’re inconvenienced because your car should be safe and when a recall occurs you have to take it to a dealer for repairs. Once those repairs – which can take months to occur depending on the availability of parts – are finished, drivers have a reasonable expectation that their car is fixed. But that apparently wasn’t the case for nearly a million Nissan and Infiniti vehicles now under investigation by federal regulators. [More]

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NHTSA To Suggest (But Not Require) Sensor-Enabled Brakes For All New Vehicles

Consumers could soon have a longer list of recommended safety features to look for when setting out to buy a new car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced plans Thursday to change its vehicle safety rating program to include two sensor-based automatic emergency braking systems, but the agency won’t go so far as to mandate automakers’ use of the systems. [More]

Protect Your Home From Water Leaks With A Sensor

Unless you’re in the habit of strolling through your basement hourly, you probably wouldn’t be able to catch a water leak until it’s already significantly damaged your flooring. A way to stay on top of any problems is to install a water sensor. [More]

Is The iPhone 3G Liquid Sensor A Filthy Liar?

Is The iPhone 3G Liquid Sensor A Filthy Liar?

Here’s the $199 question. What does it take to set off the moisture sensor on an iPhone 3G? Immersion in water? Sweat from a vigorous workout? Using the phone on a humid day? The truth is somewhere on that continuum, and many iPhone users claim that their warranties have been unfairly voided when normal use set off the sensors.