The hand-held Nintendo 3DS system gets super-sezed with the new Nintendo 3DS XL model, which will go on sale in North America, available in Red or Blue on August 19th for $199.99.

Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to use cell phones and other electronics behind the wheel, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study used in-car video footage to capture various driver distractions

An early spring for much of North America means many of us can get a jump on outdoor spring projects, and giving your car a quick going over inside and out is a great place to start. In addition to improving its looks, a spring cleaning can help protect the finish, prevent rust, and add to resale value, in addition to making the inside a more pleasant place to be.

More than one million HP fax machines in North America are being recalled by the Hewlett-Packard company, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today. The machines—the HP Fax 1040 and the HP Fax 1050—have faulty internal electric components that can fail, causing the machines to overheat and possibly catch fire.

Shipments of ultrabooks—the lightweight cousins to laptops, and one of the hottest new product categories in electronics— are expected to grow three times faster than shipments of tablet computers, according to a new report from U.K.

Tips for heating your home safely this winter


A frigid air mass is sweeping across the U.S. Temperatures in the North and Northeast parts of the nation will dip below zero degrees. And even areas in southern Florida may drop to the chilly 20s

If you’ve held out getting a new HDTV because you thought prices could go even lower, your procrastination should be paying off big time.

In response to a June fire that consumed a crash-tested Chevrolet Volt , General Motors is publicizing its plans to propagate new standards for handling damaged electric cars. Following a decade’s effort by GM, Toyota, and others to train first-responders to safely pry open and move hybrids at accident scenes, GM is now beginning to train the second line of cleanup workers–tow truck drivers, body shops, and salvage yards–in hybrid safety. While first-responders mainly need to ensure the car’s high-voltage electrical system is disconnected, this second group of workers needs to safely “de-energize” the car–that is, removing all the fuel from the gas tank and draining any remaining charge in the battery

Hoffman/Pentair Technical Products supplied critical components to OneSource Distributors, Orange, CA and their integrator partner Custom Process Solutions, Lake Forest, CA for the development of an ETL listed combiner box assembly that satisfies the new UL 1741 standard at 1,000 VDC. The combiner box is the first 1,000 VDC box inNorth Americato meet the new photovoltaic standard certification

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