Elgato Recalls Some Smart Power Battery Packs Due to Overheating [iOS Blog]

Elgato recently announced that it is recalling some of its Smart Power 6000 mAh battery packs, as they can overheat while recharging. The company sent out notices to app users today, letting them know about the recall.

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For those unfamiliar, the $99 Elgato Smart Power battery pack is a compact 6000 mAh external battery that integrated with an iOS app, a neat feature that allowed users to wireless monitor the charge level of the device and receive notifications when the battery was low or needed recharging. MacRumors went hands-on with the Smart Power back in December and found it’s app integration to be highly useful.

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According to the company, affected Smart Power battery packs were sold between September 2014 and January 2015 and “fall within a limited serial number range.” Affected customers can check if their product is affected by entering their serial number on Elgato’s website.

Elgato has ceased selling the Smart Power until it can release an updated version, and all current owners of affected products will receive a full refund. The company recommends that users cease using their battery packs until they’re able to check whether they have a product with overheating issues, and Elgato also encourages all customers to return affected products “as soon as possible.”



Fugitive treasure hunter caught in Florida

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday after two years on the run.

The U.S. Marshals Service captured former fugitive Tommy Thompson at a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton on Tuesday. The capture was announced Wednesday by Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency’s office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing. A criminal contempt warrant was unsealed Wednesday.

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Join the MashableReads Meetup for ‘The Girl on the Train’ on Feb. 3

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As the winter weather takes a turn for the worse, cuddling up inside and devouring a good book is one of the best things you can do. Two weeks ago, we announced our next MashableReads book club selection The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a page-turning thriller a lá the popular best-seller Gone Girl. In fact, it is the first debut novel to become an instant New York Times bestseller in a decade — the last book was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Additionally, the film rights have already been acquired by DreamWorks

For those who missed the announcement, Hawkins will be attending the MashableReads Meetup at Mashable HQ to discuss her book with the community Read more…

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Social Shopping App Depop Raises $8M, Hires Ex-Reddit GM To Break Into US Market

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 19.26.10 While eBay tries to get more social and local, and Pinterest deepens is position in e-commerce, a new mobile app out of London is building out a platform that combines all of those experiences together natively. Depop, a mobile app for iOS and Android that is part Instagram-style social network and part eBay marketplace, has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital… Read More

13 travel gadgets for the tech-savvy jetsetter

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There’s quite a range of travel tech on the market today. For big spenders, a real-life, to-scale Delorean car conversion kit or an underwater RV will certainly impress your friends — but they may not be the most practical purchases.

There are countless gizmos and gadgets specifically for travelers that aren’t quite as ostentatious. From tech to keep an eye on your home or pets while you’re out of town to handy gadgets for translation or keeping your smartphone powered up, we’ve rounded up a few useful technologies for frequent jetsetters below. Read more…

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Twitter cofounders stand behind CEO despite criticism from investors, analysts

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Twitter’s CEO is doing just fine — at least that’s the message from the company’s board of directors

One by one, Twitter’s cofounders and board members have come out to publicly support Dick Costolo following a series of criticisms of his performance from pundits, investors and analysts, including one who recently predicted the CEO would likely step down in the next year

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s cofounder and current CEO of Square, issued a lengthy tweetstorm on Thursday in which he praised the progress of the social network and offered a firm endorsement of Costolo’s leadership. (His tweets were later promoted by Twitter, suggesting the company endorsed his endorsement.) Read more…

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