Lenovo on Friday said it will replace batteries on several of its ThinkPad laptops that show error messages.
Some users are reporting batteries are displaying error messages that read "Irreparable damage" or "Battery cannot be charged," and others are reporting their battery runs only for a very short time or experiences a sudden drop in its fuel gauge. It's known to occur on these ThinkPad models: T60, T61, R60, R61, X60, and X61.
Though it does not pose a safety risk, and it is not a product recall, Lenovo said, it will give those affected … Read more
Settling its debts and boosting its capital will allow Think to start producing its electric city car by the end of year. If all goes as planned, the company hopes to start shipping the Think City, a highway-capable electric car with a 100-mile range, to European customers by the end the year, company spokesperson James Andrews said Tuesday. Already, 2,500 people have ordered cars.
The company is also looking at a … Read more
In the last couple of days, I've been introduced to a couple new online sites, both calling themselves "radio," that encapsulate very different approaches toward distributing music over the Web.
Goom Radio, which entered public alpha testing yesterday, claims to be trying to change the landscape of online radio. One big difference between Goom and other radio services is a radio widget that users will be able to embed in social-networking sites and other Web pages. Goom also makes a big deal about its audio technology, which starts with uncompressed WAV files instead of digitally compressed MP3 … Read more
Electric carmaker Think Global and auto battery company EnerDel said Monday they will supply the electric drive components for a trial to convert gasoline trucks in Japan.
Think's electric power train and EnerDel's lithium ion batteries will power delivery trucks for the Japan Postal Service. As part of a government-led effort, the Japan Postal Service plans to convert 25 percent of its 22,000-truck fleet from gasoline to all-electric.
Testing alternative power trains with fleets is typically a good way to try out new technologies because vehicles can be refueled in controlled settings, such as corporate or government … Read more
I both envy and worry about young people who are growing up in the age of the Internet.
I envy them for their lifelong access to a media that's diversified enough to bring them news, information, and opinion from an enormous number of sources.
There's something to be said for having access to thousands of media outlets. Unlike those of us who grew up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, young people who smartly use the Internet to consume news today don't have to worry about everything being filtered by a small, elite, and typically white male … Read more