Saturday, August 29, 2009

Overheating iPhone reports 'exploding' all over France, Apple responds

Reports of iPhones exploding, starting fires and killing people in cold blood have been around since the inception of the handset. They've also been relatively sporadic, seemingly short on evidence, and Apple hasn't given complaints much credence or response. So when we heard a story from France the other day about a security guard's iPhone "exploding" and sending a shard of glass into his eye (though apparently not serious enough to warrant a hospital visit), it was a little hard to believe, but with a few other stories of cracking screens due to overheating cropping up in Europe over the past couple weeks, French authorities have taken an interest in the story. Anecdotally, a teen says his phone "imploded" in Belgium and gave him a headache, a woman's phone cracked without warning, and ten or so victims in France have come forward to complain of similar problems, picking up the interest of a French consumer watchdog group. Apple is naturally not new to the concept of overheating in its battery-powered devices -- in fact, it's just entered into its first full-on iPod nano recall in Korea of the 1st-gen players after numerous reports of battery faultiness worldwide -- but with 26 million iPhones out and about, and the iPhone 3GS tending to run a bit hotter than its siblings, a systemic problem with one or all models of the handsets isn't something consumers or Apple would take lightly.

Herve Novelli, France's top trade official, met with Apple France's Michel Coulomb today to discuss the problem, and so far Apple is sticking to its guns: it claims that reported incidents are in the single digits, and that all cases it's investigated fully so far have turned out to be blamed on "external force" to the screen. Herve and Michel seem to have parted on friendly terms, promising to keep in touch over the issue, and the EU's alert system for dangerous consumer products (inexplicably dubbed RAPEX) is staying in the loop as well, asking the 27 member nations to keep tabs on the situation. Novelli says it's "too early to blame anyone," and we'd have to agree, but we hope Apple keeps up the (freshly) open communication about this issue going forward.

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by Robin Wauters on August 28, 2009

A 15-year old Belgian by the name of Salvatore is the latest victim in a series of mysterious iPhone explosions that have captured the attention of France’s and the European Commissions’ consumer affair watchdogs. Details are scarce for the moment, but according to local news reports the teenager was holding his iPhone in his hand, about to make a call, when the device suddenly ‘imploded’. The incident didn’t cause any serious injuries but reportedly gave Salvatore a headache for a couple of days. He has been promised a free replacement unit by Apple but hasn’t yet received a new phone.

There have earlier been numerous reports of exploding iPhone devices in the United States, United Kingdom and France, with most recently about ten cases having emerged in France where the official competition, consumer affairs and fraud watchdog DGCCRF has now launched an investigation to find out whether the popular Apple smartphone could pose a threat to consumers. Apple, which has sold 26 million iPhones and 200 million iPods to date, said it had been informed of the French cases, but would not comment until it had closely examined the damaged phones.

Update: Apple has now said iPhones turned in by customers in France and elsewhere in Europe with shattered screens showed external pressure that would have caused the cracking. More on Bloomberg and Techmeme.

In one instance, a French teenager claimed he was hit in the eye with a glass shard when the screen of his iPhone cracked up. He said he would seek a full refund and file suit for damages. In another case, Apple came under fire for allegedly asking a young British girl’s family to sign a confidentiality agreement (aka a gagging order) before it would agree to refund her.

Earlier this month, Apple reportedly informed the European Commission that it regards all reported iPhone explosion cases as isolated incidents and have no evidence of a general problem. The European Commission, which has stated that the U.S. technology giant has been very cooperative, has asked all 27 EU nations to keep it informed of any problems under the community’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products, known as RAPEX.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Selamat Menjalani Ibadah Puasa

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

شَہۡرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانُ هُدً۬ى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَـٰتٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَٱلۡفُرۡقَانِ‌ۚ فَمَن شَہِدَ مِنكُمُ ٱلشَّہۡرَ فَلۡيَصُمۡهُ‌ۖ وَمَن ڪَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوۡ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ۬ فَعِدَّةٌ۬ مِّنۡ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ‌ۗ يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ بِڪُمُ ٱلۡيُسۡرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِڪُمُ ٱلۡعُسۡرَ وَلِتُڪۡمِلُواْ ٱلۡعِدَّةَ وَلِتُڪَبِّرُواْ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَٮٰكُمۡ وَلَعَلَّڪُمۡ تَشۡكُرُونَ

Bulan Ramadan yang padanya Al-Qur'an diturunkan untuk menjadi satu petunjuk bagi manusia, dan sebagai bukti-bukti yang jelas daripada Petunjuk itu, dan Pembeza. Maka hendaklah orang-orang antara kamu yang menyaksikan (hadir) pada bulan itu, berpuasa; dan sesiapa yang sakit, atau dalam perjalanan, maka sebilangan daripada hari-hari yang lain. Allah menghendaki kemudahan bagi kamu, dan tidak menghendaki kesukaran bagi kamu; dan agar kamu mencukupkan bilangan, dan mengagungkan Allah, bahawa Dia telah memberi petunjuk kepada kamu supaya kamu berterima kasih - 2:185

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sipitang as 'nenas' nucleus

3rd August, 2009

SIPITANG: The Sabah Land Development Board [SLDB] has suggested that Sipitang be made the nucleus for the fledgling pineapple industry in Sabah because of the suitable soils found there as well as in the surrounding districts.

And with assistance from the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board forthcoming soon, SLDB is hopeful that Sabah can become a net exporter of the succulent fruit, with Japan, Korea and the Middle East as its target markets.

SLDB General Manager Jhuvarri Majid said Sunday that trials would be carried out at its Agro Park in Ulu Bongawan to source the best variety and to produce sufficient hybrid seeds to enable smallholders to get sufficient plants.

He told this to reporters after Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman visited the SLDB expo booth here yesterday in conjunction with the Sipitang Gasing & Tamu Besar Festival (GATA) 2009 closing ceremony.

The pilot pineapple project in Sipitang will involve 50 acres of land in Banting, said Jhuvarri. SLDB eventually hopes to develop at least a 2,000-acre pineapple farm in the district with people from the district engaged to work in this venture.

Recently, the MPIB disclosed that it wanted to develop some 15,000 hectares of land to plant pineapples in Sabah and have pledged financial assistance, technical know-how and marketing expertise to the SLDB to help Sabahans seriously venture into this sector.

All the MPIB needs now is to extend the Pineapple Industry Act to Sabah so that it can spread its wings to East Malaysia to carry out its various programmes, which includes planting and fertiliser subsidies.

While the overseas markets opt for fresh fruits, the MPIB has come up with 10 products which include juices, canned cubes, pineapple-flavoured tea and coffee, jam and fritters as downstream products for odd-sized fruits.

Smallholders and cooperatives reap rewards in pineapple cultivation as a 10-acre farm can earn the farmer a monthly RM5,000 income after the first crop is harvested.

Pineapples should be planted where the temperature remains warmest. The best soil for the pineapple is a friable, well-drained sandy loam with high organic content. The pH should be within a range of 4.5 to 6.5.

Soils that are not sufficiently acidic can be treated with sulphur to achieve the desired level. The plant cannot stand waterlogging but is surprisingly drought tolerant.

Meanwhile, Jhuvarri said SLDB had major plans for agriculture development in Sipitang with the focus on paddy with some 1750 acres of land available in Tunggul Tinggi Kawang-Kawang Sindumin and Long Pa Sia.

The highlands, especially in and around Long Pasia have also been found to be suitable for planting temperate vegetables and some 500 acres would be earmarked for such activity.

Long Pasia would also have a 100-acre coffee project with the Catimore variety being planted. Another 50 acres would be allocated for planting spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

SLDB, added Jhuvarri, would open up a palm oil mill at Sindumin on a joint-venture basis with the District Council as well as a commercial estate of 650 acres at Katipoh, Mesapol complete with a 50-acre oil palm nursery for high quality seed production.

Another 5,000-acre plotted project for settlers is earmarked for Mandulung.

And Long Miau will have an Agro Park which is part of the Agro Tourism project that SLDB has planned.

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1,000 top spinners coming for the Sipitang Gasing fest

Published on: Friday, July 17, 2009

Kota Kinabalu: The 2009 Sipitang Gasing and Tamu Besar Festival (Gata Sipitang 2009) for the first time will attract the participation of 1,000 gasing (top) spinners from Sipitang, the largest number yet for the festival.
Sipitang Member of Parliament Datuk Sapawi Ahmad said they were currently negotiating with the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) to see if the feat could be entered into the book as it had never been attempted before.

"We were informed that we may need more than 1,000 participants (to qualify) but as a trial, we will bring in Sipitang folk, including students and youths, to participate. We hope the feat can make it into the MBR," he told a media conference here, Thursday.

He said Sipitang was known as a district with many top-spinning courts and had won several national-level competitions. It also made into the MBR in 2003 after building the biggest top in Malaysia, which is now showcased at the State Museum.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek is expected to launch the festival on July 31 at the Sipitang town field. The festival will go on until Aug 2.

Sapawi, who is also the State information executive councillor, said thousands were targeted to attend the festival, as in previous years.

He said the biennial festival, which started in 2003, attracted almost 30,000 visitors at the end of 2007 from within and out of Sabah, especially from Sarawak and Brunei.

This year's theme, "Daie Sipitang Kuan Biskita" (From Sipitang For You), is a combination - of the languages of the Kedayan, Murut, Lundayeh and Brunei people, who make up the majority of the Sipitang people.

Gata Sipitang 2009, organised by the Sipitang District Office and the Government and corporate agencies in the districts, will showcase traditional top-spinning with participation of teams from Brunei, Sarawak, Labuan and Singapore, besides Sabah.

Other programmes are 'Tamu Besar' (bazaar) Sipitang, traditional food carnival where 22 traditional "kuih" will be displayed, "silat" performances and other traditional games.

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