Friday, February 5, 2016

Recalls from Carrier, Macy's, Pier 1, Walmart and Disney Parks

Today's product recall list has pressure cookers, air conditioners, Martha Stewart, Pier 1 chairs, Walmart griddles and Disney Parks infant jumpsuits.

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Breville Recalls Pressure Cookers Due to Risk of Burns

The sealing gasket can be incorrectly inserted upside down on the lid which can allow the unexpected release of built-up pressure.

contact Breville for a replacement sealing gasket and updated instructions.

Consumer Contact: Breville USA Inc. at 800-983-3165 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.brevilleusa.com and click on the “BPR600XL Recall” link.

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Carrier Recalls to Repair Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps Including Previously Recalled Units Due to Fire Hazard

The power cord plug can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Contact:  Carrier at 800-761-8492 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.carrier.com and click on Important Product Safety Recall for more information.

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Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Stainless Steel Cookware; Injury Hazard with Frying Pans

The metal discs that cover the frying pan’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard. (Oh great, kitchen wars!)

Contact: Macy’s toll-free at 888-257-5949 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Sunday through Saturday or online at www.macys.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

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Pier 1 Imports Recalls Swingasan Chairs and Stands Due to Fall Hazard

The suspension hardware on the chair and stand can break, or the stand can become unstable during use, posing a fall hazard.

Contact: Pier 1 Imports toll-free at 855-513-5140 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Sunday or online at www.pier1.com and click on “Product Notes & Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Walmart Recalls Rival Griddles Due to Shock Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart

The heating element can crack and water can get inside, posing a shock hazard when the griddle is plugged into an electrical outlet.

Contact: Walmart at 800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT on Saturday and between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT Sunday, online at www.walmart.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Recalls Infant Bodysuits Due to Choking Hazard  
The Darth Vader and Disneyland 60th infant bodysuit snaps on the bodysuits can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Contact: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts toll-free at 844-722-1444 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.disneyparks.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

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As always, these and other recalls can be found on the CPSC website.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

New Facebook Emoji Are Coming

 New Emoji from Facebook

It's been confirmed with little detail (but what's new in the "informing the public" mode?), but Facebook will be releasing new emoji fairly soon to the USA.

Facebook has been testing the new emoji in other countries first and apparently they are a hit. So here they come.

It makes sense, because after all these years of just a "like" button,  it was plainly inappropriate to hit "Like" when you are trying to acknowledge someone's loss of a pet or family member. I mean, seriously, Hey dude, I "Like" that your entire family tumbled over a cliff in the car, screaming and suffering for hours before perishing.

Um, yea, no. But damn, it did take a long time for this to take place.

According to one Sydney Australia paper, if you hold down the thumbs-up "Like" symbol, the other five additional emoji will appear. They are Angry, Sad, Wow, Haha and Love.

Took ya long enough FB!

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Recalls: Bean Bags (deaths involved), Ceiling Fans, Craftsman, Crib Mobiles, LED Lamps

Ace Bayou Reannounces Recall of 'Bean Bag Chairs' Due to Low Rate of Consumer Response; Two Child Deaths Previously Reported; Consumers Urged to Install Repair.

The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads.

Contact: Ace Bayou toll-free at 855-571-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.acebayou.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

"The two deaths involved a 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas died and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky. who suffocated from lack of air and inhaling the chair’s foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs. "

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Casablanca Recalls Ceiling Fans Due to Injury Hazard because the fan motor and attached blades can separate from the adapter when operating in reverse updraft mode, causing the fan motor and blades to fall, posing an injury hazard.

Contact: Casablanca toll-free at 855-800-3789 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.casablancafanco.com and click on the “Safety & Recall” tab at the bottom of the page for more information.  

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The Craftsman Brand Recalls Blower/Vacs Due to Fire and Burn Hazards because the blower/vac’s motor can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.

Contact the Craftsman brand hotline for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: The Craftsman brand hotline toll-free at 888-266-7096 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday, or online at www.craftsman.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.

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Dollar Tree Recalls ' Assured Burn Relief Gel' Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Closure Requirement because the packaging is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The burn relief gel contains lidocaine, posing a poisoning risk if swallowed.

Contact: Dollar Tree at 800-876-8697 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.dollartree.com, then on the bottom of the page, under “Customer Service,” click “Contact Us,” then “Company Questions & Answers,” and click on “Product Recalls” in the left column.

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Skip Hop Recalls Crib Mobiles Due to Injury Hazard because the strap attaching the product to the crib rail can break, posing an injury hazard if the product falls on the infant in the crib.

Contact: Skip Hop toll-free at 877-475-4746 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at customerservice@skiphop.com or online at www.skiphop.com and click on “Safety Notices” at the bottom of the page under “Customer Care” for more information.

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Technical Consumer Products Recalls 'Great Value LED lamps' Due to Electrical Shock Hazard.

Water can enter the lamp in wet location applications, posing an electric shock hazard to the user.

Consumer Contact: TCP at 800-324-1496 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at recall@tcpi.com or online at www.tcpi.com and click on “Recall” for more information. 

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As always, you can visit the www.CPSC.gov site for more details or contact the vendors directly.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Recalls: Home Depot, PetSmart, REI and More

Here are a few recalls to be aware of... pay particular attention to the Home Depot note. There are a lot of products in it.


Bostitch Electric Pencil Sharpeners Recalled by Amax Due to Shock Hazard 

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Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Cordless Drills Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The "Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drills" can become stuck in the powered on mode, causing it to overheat, posing burn and fire hazard concerns.

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Home Depot seemed to have sold a bunch of products after they were recalled.

They included CE Tech 1,000 Ft. Riser Cables, Cordelia Two-Lamp Fluorescent Shop Lights, Easy Reach by Gorilla 3-Step Pro Series Step Stools, Fiskars Bypass Lopper Shears, Genie Garage Door Openers, Harris Products Group Welding Torch Handles, HeathCo Motion-Activated Outdoor Lights, Homelite Electric Blower Vacuums, Kidde Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers, Kidde Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms, Legrand Under-Cabinet Power Strips, LG Electric Ranges, LG Top-Loading Washing Machines, Lithonia Quantum® Two-Light Emergency Lighting Fixtures, MAT Industries HDX Two-Gallon Air Compressors, Mohawk Altitude Gold Shag Rugs, Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarms, Nourison I-CANDI Rugs, Pramac America Powermate Sx 5500 Portable Generators, RSI Glacier Bay® Medicine Cabinets, Soleil Portable Fan Heaters, SoleusAir Dehumidifiers by Gree Electric Appliances, Vornado Air Electric Space Heaters, Waterloo Industries Husky® Securelock Vertical Bike Hooks, Westinghouse Lighting Glass Shade Holders, Wing Enterprises Switch-It Stepladder/Stepstools

Hazard: Hazards include fire, burn, shock, falls, lacerations or other injuries depending on the product.

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MVP Group Recalls Glass Jar Candles Due to Laceration Hazard

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PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Betta Bowl or 'Glass fish bowl' Kits Due to Laceration Hazard because the glass bowl can crack, shatter or break during normal handling, posing a laceration hazard.

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REI Recalls  evrgrn Campfire Rocker Chairs Due to Fall Hazard. It can apparently tip over backwards if you're not careful.

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As always for more details on these recalls, see http://www.cpsc.gov/ and search for these product noticess!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Facebooks "Most Used Words" And Other Apps Are Privacy Nightmares

Facebook Apps Are Privacy Nightmares

When you see a cool, new feature, function of toy on Facebook pop up, do you head right on over and try it? Have you given it any thought as to why they make apps for you on FB? Or why they want access to your account?  Have you wondered what happens when you give those apps permissions to access your account, what really happens?

Maybe you should.

Every time you give an app permission to access your account, you are also giving permission for that app to not only peruse your account, but they also ping off your account into your friends accounts, regardless of their own set of permissions.

And now there's news on the street that the "Most used Words" Facebook app is causing what is called a "privacy nightmare."

17 million users have started the app and and folks are realizing as they take these dumb ass tests that they are so inclined to enjoy, that they are giving up a ton of personal information to an unknown third party, like their name, sex, friends list, and everything you have ever liked on Facebook. And don't forget, with you having given them permission, they can also access your photos.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Turning Off "Your Memories on Facebook"

Turning Off "Your Memories on Facebook"

See updates below:

In this post I tackle the issue of "turning off" my Facebook Memory reminders that we keep getting shoved in our faces. Whether we want them to or not. It's not so much a 'turn off' as it is a filter the hell out of my feed mode. You'll see. If you want to read my total experience, keep reading, so see how I got to turning off Facebook Memories fix. If you don't have a ton of time, skip past the page break to the headline in mid-secion....

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A while ago I started getting these bullshit messages that "We care about you" from Facebook showing me images from the past. At first, since they were showing up every few days at best, I didn't care.

But I made the fatal mistake of clicking in the upper right corner of one of them and chose "Show me fewer of these posts." Now I'm getting them every day.

Other reports say when you click the 'X' a new one replaces it.

WTF Facebook?

Then I went in and turned off "On This Day," and by all reviews of my account, it is off. But my reminders keep coming.

To be honest Facebook, if you CARED, you would actually turn this shit off instead of showing us outdated crap we already forgot about. My favorite is having my memorial to my dead dog getting shoved in my face.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Recalls From "Family Dollar,' GE, PNY, 'Shark Ninja' and more

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Family Dollar Recalls Wax Warmers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The wax warmers can produce high flames, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Contact: Family Dollar stores at 800-547-0359 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.familydollar.com, then click on Product Recalls in the Help section at the bottom of the page.

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Fireworks Over America Recalls Space Monkey Multi-effect Fireworks Due to Burn, Fire, Impact Hazards

Contact: Fireworks Over America at 800-345-3957 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT or online at www.fireworksoveramerica.com and click on Important Safety Recall for more information.

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GE Recalls 'GE Zoneline® Air Conditioners and Heating Units' Due to Risk of Fire

Contact:  GE toll free at 866-723-2697 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, online at www.geappliances.com/products/recall or www.geappliances.com and click the Recall Information tab for more information.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Samsung GALAXY S6: I Figured Out How To Turn Off Select Blinking LED Indicators

SAMSUNG Galazy S6 - figured out the LEDs

I have had my Samsung Galaxy S6 for a few weeks now, after having divested myself of a huge POS Motorola phone. But as I became acclimated with my Galaxy S6, I started wanting to customize it to my own liking. In this case, I wanted to kill the flashing LED lights. I don't need them.

But as I cruised the web it seemed that everyone was saying that you can either turn all the LED lights off or none, and that there was no selective service to pick and choose which LED notification to smite on the S6.

But I think I figured out how to block certain LEDs from winking at me.



I went to

'Settings,' then

'Sound and notification.'

Under there, I opened up 'App notifications.'


Monday, November 16, 2015

15 Things I Hate About My 'Ford F-150'


Last year, after driving the same truck for 20 years, I bought a new Ford F-150. Boy have things changed over the years. And some of those are fairly frustrating.

DISCLAIMER: I love my Ford F-150. Always will. But here are some constructive observations to be aware of if you're going to find yourself buying a new vehicle, for whatever reason.

SO remember, these observations are from a base-package truck.
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#1: When going to buy a vehicle from a dealership be prepared ahead of time in knowing exactly what you want and what you don't need or want. It's too easy to get talked into wanting more stuff on the list of things you're getting. But one thing leads to another and another... etc. 

#2: When you buy the minimum package, it almost feels like some of the products in the truck, radio, dash, other functions, HAD to have cost more to dumb down than to leave them with all the bells and whistles. Sheesh. 

#3: The '911 Assist' annoyance: When I first had my truck, I'd turn it on and then the radio. About 15 to 30 seconds later whatever was playing on the radio would get interrupted with my truck telling me I have not set up the '911 assist' yet. Would you like to do it now? Apparently it can't read my middle finger.

But then I figured out how to disable this alert. But my definition of disable is VERY different from Ford's.


Using GOOGLE MAPS To Check Tomorrow's Traffic Conditions

I don't know if you knew this but you can check on Google Maps (on the desktop) to predict the traffic of where ever you are going for the next day and what time on that day.

TO be honest, I don't use this feature that often, but here's what I do if I happen to need to know what the traffic might be like on a Monday morning, at 7am, from where I live to a destination:

Google Maps directions for Next Day

-Bring up Google Maps (On the desktop);

-Type in your destination in the standard search window;

-Click on 'Directions;'

-Put in your starting location in the ensuing search window;

-Hit enter and you'll see the present driving time.