The Chrysler Group is recalling around 469,000 units of their Jeep SUVs worldwide because a glitch in the circuit boards causes the gear to shift to neutral, which happens without any warning during start-up.
The massive recall affects 2005-2010 Grand Cherokee models and 2006 – 2010 Commander models. 295,000 of these affected models were sold in the US, 28,500 in Canada, 4,200 were sold in Mexico while around 141,000 are spread outside of North America. This will be Chrysler’s biggest recall to date since they had 900,000 or more Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs recalled due to a defect that caused airbags to suddenly deploy.
According to U.S. safety regulation documents, hairline cracks in the circuit board can cause the vehicle to send an erroneous signal while the vehicle is being started and shift the gear to neutral. This might cause the vehicle to roll away and cause an accident. As a matter of fact, the defect has already caused 26 crashes which resulted in 2 injuries, incidences that Chrysler is aware of.
Chrysler will send notifications to owners and company dealers informing them that a simple software update will solve the problem. The company will be shouldering the cost of repairs so owners have nothing to worry about aside from getting their Grand Cherokee in for the upgrade.
Ferrari revealed its super beast of a car, the LaFerrari, during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. A few months later, another super beast has been sighted, only this time it’s a wristwatch that’s been designed as an accompaniment to the LaFerrari.
The MP-05 timepiece from Hublot is an elegant companion to the $ 1.3 million LaFerrari. The watch is inspired by the flagship car’s commanding design and was developed side by side with Ferrari’s design team. It has a sapphire crystal face, a black PVD titanium body, an open case back and a rubber strap with a PVD titanium buckle. The MP-05 actually looks more like a gadget than a watch, especially with its cutaway design and the amazing number of components squeezed inside. The MP-05 has the distinction of having more components than any Hublot watch. It boasts of 637 pieces, including anodized aluminum cylinders that marks off the hours and minutes, 11 barrels down the central spine that makes up the power reserve gauges and reinforcing bars that are a tribute to Ferrari’s renowned red symbol. The barrels are designed like a spinal column and are all interconnected so that each one supports the other.
The luxury watch maker’s tribute to LaFerrari is hand wounded and boasts of a record-breaking 50 day power reserve. This means that you only need to wind the watch once every seven weeks. The time on the MP-05 can be seen to the barrels’ right and the power reserve can be seen on the left. Hublot also used white SuperLuminova markings to optimize readability. The MP-05 LaFerrari watch comes in a carbon fiber and leather presentation case. Special tools for winding the watch are also included.
Hublot is only making 50 of these special edition time pieces, which is significantly lesser than the 499 LaFerrari cars being manufactured. There’s no official price listed for Hublot’s MP-05, but several analysts have pegged it to be somewhere in the $ 300,000 range. Of course, if you need to ask the price, then it probably means you can’t afford the MP-05 and should just rely on ordinary watches or your smart phone to know the time.
Several months ago, Google asked people to share their plans if they had the Google Glass. From those answers, the company chose several thousand “Explorers” who’ll get to try on the Glass. Now that Google Glass is several months away from hitting the market, these Explorers have had their time to check out the product and hands-on reviews have already started to come in. But for those who weren’t lucky enough to be an Explorer, Google has come up with a short how-to video on how the Glass works.
In a nutshell, the Google Glass is comprised of a miniature computer, a camera, a wireless link and a battery. The device looks like a skewed eyeglass that doesn’t have glasses. It has a tiny display screen that can be activated via voice or finger gestures. The display screen can be adjusted manually just like a rear-view mirror and the Glass’ touchpad is the piece that runs from the temple to the ear. Activating it just requires a touch and once the wearer sees the display screen, he or she can swipe the touch pad to access different cards like one that shows the time, the weather, your personal calendar and so on. To get more information, one simply taps the touch pad. For those who don’t feel like tapping the touch-sensitive temple piece, they can tilt their head up to activate the screen and speak aloud the commands or instructions on the glass.
People wearing the Google Glass can take photos or shoot videos which they can immediately broadcast. However, the fact still remains that the Glass gives no indication whether or not the camera is active and recording so the security concerns remain.
Konami has finally revealed the release date for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’s upcoming DLC pack ‘Blade Wolf’. This add-on content will hit PS3 ($ 6.99) and Xbox 360 (560 Microsoft Points) on may 14th. [Gematsu]