July 15, 2013 |
A key supplier on Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner passenger jet has confirmed it has joined the ongoing investigation into a fire that broke out last week on an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft parked at London's Heathrow Airport. Honeywell International Inc. makes the plane's emergency locater transmitter, which is a device installed on all commercial airplanes. Known as an ELT, it transmits signals in an emergency. So if a plane is involved in a crash, the transmitter will alert search parties to its location.
July 15, 2013 |
Wall Street seems unfazed by the latest incident to hit Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner. The company's stock has been trading up all day. Boeing's shares were trading up $3.57, or 3.5% to $105.44, recovering much of its loss of nearly 5%, or $5.01, on Friday. That same day, a 787 that had been sitting at a remote parking stand for more than eight hours at London's Heathrow Airport caught fire. No one was onboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane and no one was injured, the airline and an airport spokeswoman said.
July 13, 2013 |
Investigators have no found evidence that the internal fire that sent smoke billowing through a parked and empty Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner in London on Friday was linked to problematic aircraft batteries, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Saturday. In a statement, the agency said that "it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and, at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship.
July 12, 2013 |
Just as Boeing Co. and its 787 Dreamliner looked to be taking off again, another fire onboard the signature new passenger jet has brought the resurgence to a halt. A 787 - one of 68 delivered so far by Boeing - that had been sitting at a remote parking stand for more than eight hours at London's Heathrow Airport caught fire Friday. No one was onboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane and no one was injured, the airline and an airport spokeswoman said. Boeing shares swerved on the news, falling as much as 7% before rebounding slightly to close down 5%, or $5.01, at $101.87 as analysts said the incident didn't appear related to the battery troubles that grounded 787s worldwide earlier this year.
July 6, 2013 |
Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine-laced, vaporized liquid instead of burning tobacco fumes. Indeed, some users - "vapers" - prefer the term "personal vaporizer" to distance their devices from smoky, stinky cigarettes. The basic personal vaporizer consists of a cartridge, atomizer and battery. The cartridge holds the nicotine-laced "juice" and a mouthpiece. The atomizer contains a small heating coil. With the push of a button, the battery powers the atomizer to heat the juice, turning it to a vapor.
June 21, 2013 |
Tesla Motors, Inc., unveiled plans Thursday night to offer a service that would swap out depleted batteries in its luxury electric cars for fully charged packs. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took the stage inside the carmaker's design studio in Hawthorne to show off Tesla's latest effort to make the brand's Model S sedan a little more consumer-friendly. A cheeky video displayed behind Musk featured a split-screen. On the left, a man went through the motions of a typical gas fill-up.
June 21, 2013 |
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk threw a cocktail party in honor of a car battery Thursday night. A debut for the new 90-second automated battery-swapping system for the automaker's Model S electric sports sedan, the gathering provided a window into the sleek PR machine that's helped turn Tesla into a darling of the media and Wall Street. Inside a revamped hangar at the automaker's design studio in Hawthorne -- next to Musk's SpaceX rocket factory -- the electric-car guru seemed to channel Tony Stark, the fictional industrial tycoon of "Ironman" fame.
June 21, 2013 |
Nissan Leaf drivers throughout the U.S. will be able to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion batteries through a program costing $100 a month, the automaker announced Thursday. Nissan's current policy guarantees it will fix or replace Leaf EV battery packs which fail to meet performance standards during the first five years of ownership or before 60,000 miles. Under the new program, starting early next year, drivers of the 2011, 2012 or 2013 models will be able to get a new battery installed in their vehicles.
June 19, 2013 |
HTC has unveiled a large smartphone, the Butterfly S , that features the most powerful battery the company has ever packed into a mobile device. The Butterfly S is an upgrade of the Verizon Wireless-exclusive Droid DNA and will come with many of the same news, photo-shooting and video-capture features as the HTC One, which launched in the U.S. a couple of months ago. But at 5 inches, the Butterfly S towers over the 4.7-inch One or the 4.8-inch iPhone. It also has a faster processor than the One. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Among the hardware specifications: 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600, 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, with a microSD expansion slot available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 |
A Vernon battery recycler shuttered by the state as a health risk in April will be allowed to reopen pending a court hearing next month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled Monday. Judge Luis A. Lavin said the public interest would not suffer if the plant were to operate in the meantime. The Department of Toxic Substances Control ordered Exide Technologies, one of the world's largest makers and recyclers of lead acid batteries, to suspend operations April 24, saying the facility's arsenic emissions posed “an unacceptable risk to public health.” The state also said the plant had been continuously leaking hazardous waste into the ground through bad pipes.