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Faulty air-bags cause 303 deaths in GM cars: watchdog group says

More than three hundred drivers and front-seat passengers died in accidents due to faulty air bags system in two models of General Motors (GM) that the auto giant recalled around a month back, a watchdog group said.

The Friedman Research Corp. reviewed the air bag failures in GM cars from model years 2003-2012, and found that a total of 303 people died after the air bags in their cars failed to deploy. Friedman Research Corp. was commissioned by consumer group Center for Auto Safety.

Active library users are more social: study

People who go to libraries are more social than those who don't, according to a new study released by Pew Research Center on Thursday.

Researchers questioned a total of 6,000 Americans, aged 16 and above, and found that those who were actively using libraries were more social than those who do not go to a library.

Amazon equips first-gen Kindle Paperwhite with Goodreads & FreeTime

Amazon has just announced the release of a software update for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite, equipping the first-generation devices with a number of new features.

The most notable new features that have been integrated into the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite are online reading community Goodreads and FreeTime

Users of the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite had been demanding the new features for their devices since November last year, when these features were released for the company's newer devices.

Experian data theft exposes 200M customers’ personal information

A Vietnamese personal data theft ring sold an Experian-owned database containing information on as many as 200 million consumers to more than one thousand criminals.

Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty to running the ring from Vietnam-based home. He admitted that his ring provided nearly 1,300 criminals with access to American consumers' personally identifiable information (PII). He pleaded guilty during a March 3 federal court hearing.

Supply worries push U.S. gasoline prices up

The average U. S. price of gasoline has increased by nearly 10 cents over the last two weeks amid worries about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, according to latest Lundberg survey.

The latest Lundberg Survey, released on Sunday, said the price of regular gasoline jumped to $3.51 per gallon, up 0.0987 and 0.2154 from the last two and four weeks, respectively.

Midgrade gasoline now costs an average of $3.69 per gallon, while premium variant of the fuel costs $3.84.

Panasonic launches new P31 phablet

Panasonic has announced the launch of P31 phablet with a large screen and host of improvements including a quad core processor.

The P31 has a 5-inch screen powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core smartphone and will run on Android Jelly Bean. The device will have an 8MP Full HD capable Autofocus camera while the 2000 mAh battery allows the phone to run for long time. The device will be the first to feature Panasonic's "Play Life" bouquet of features offering customers a customizable user experience.

Ford shifts medium duty trucks’ production from Mexico to Avon Lake plant

American automobile giant Ford Motor Co. on Friday announced its new line of F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks that will roll out from the company's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.

Ford is shifting production of its medium duty trucks from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant as a result of its collective bargaining agreement made in 2011 with officials of Ohio Assembly Plant and United Auto Workers Union.

The auto giant is investing $168 million to shift production of the medium duty trucks from Mexico to the Avon Lake plant.

Google barge departs San Francisco bay area

Complying with a regulatory order, Internet search giant Google Inc's mysterious barge has left the San Francisco bay area.

The multi-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers left the Treasure Island to adhere to a regulatory order passed on 31st of January that declared that the Internet search firm did not have the proper permit to build the vessel there.

Stockton, which is nearly 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, is going to be odd-looking vessel's new home.

U.S. Court rejects Apple’s repeat bid for Samsung smartphone sales ban

A U. S. Court has one again rejected Apple Inc's request to ban more than twenty Samsung devices, giving a tough blow to the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant's chances of winning the patent legal battle against Samsung Electronics Co.

U. S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose rejected the request saying that Apple had not met a more fundamental requirement that its patented touchscreen software boosts demand for the handsets in question.

Oscar Mayer’s new device can turn iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock

American meat & cold cut production firm Oscar Mayer has come up with an innovative small device that can transform an iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock.

When plugged into an iPhone's headphone jack, the device emits the sound as well as smell of sizzling bacon. Users can use Oscar Meyer-created mobile app to set an alarm to wake up to the smell of bacon in the morning.

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