safety
The Waterpik ‘Flossing Toothbrush’ Is Being Recalled Because It Might Set Your Bathroom on Fire

A freshly debuted $200 (£152) toothbrush that promises to both brush and floss your teeth is heating up bathrooms for all the wrong reasons. This month, the electric toothbrush and water flosser company Water Pik announced a voluntary recall of all units of its Sonic-Fusion toothbrushes over claims that some of the products have shot off sparks and partially melted while being charged. In at least one case, the toothbrush caused a fire. Read More >>

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Uber Now Runs Real-Time Background Checks on Drivers

Uber has begun running constant background checks on its drivers so that the company can know immediately if a driver is charged with a crime. Read More >>

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Tarantulas on the Loose in Derbyshire

Some weird person abandoned a batch of massive imported spiders in a car park in Derbyshire, with onlookers saying the babies remained in the pots to be captured -- but warning that the adult pair "scuttled away." Read More >>

ridesharing
Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman’s Murder 

China’s ride-sharing behemoth Didi is trying to make its platform safer for users after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers. Read More >>

travel
Study: That Airbnb You’re Staying in Might Be a Fiery Death Trap

Before you book your next stay in an Airbnb, check to make sure it doesn’t run the risk of becoming a blazing hot inferno that will lead to your untimely demise—especially if you're taking a jaunt across the Atlantic. A study published in the journal Injury Prevention found an alarming number of Airbnb venues in the US lack basic safety protections that are required of hotels and other lodging options. Read More >>

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Fire-Detecting Wallpaper Turns Entire Rooms Into a Better Smoke Detector

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and that’s how most alarm systems are able to detect and warn of trouble. But Chinese researchers have developed a new kind of wallpaper, using ingredients found in bones and teeth, that sounds the alarm when heat and flames are detected, turning every wall in a room into a potential early warning system. Read More >>

safety
Scare Away Intruders With This Home Security Concept That’s Literally Just a Shadow

Taking a page from Kevin McCallister’s playbook in Home Alone, a landlord in Tokyo has developed a novel way for residents who live alone to feel safer. A tiny projector makes it appear as if there’s another person in the flat from the outside by faking a moving, shadowed silhouette on a window curtain. Read More >>

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Crashing Into Boiling Water and Other Ways Hoverboards Send Thousands of Kids to Hospital Each Year

When it comes to hoverboard injuries, it’s tempting to think a good portion of them are severe burns caused by those overheating battery packs. New research shows this is very much not the case, and that each year around 13,500 kids are treated in US hospital emergency rooms after falling from their hoverboards. That amounts to about 40 A&E visits each day. Read More >>

cars
Mercedes’ Futuristic Headlights Shine Warning Symbols on the Road, and They’re No Longer Just a Concept

Heads-up displays that use a car’s windscreen as a sort of media screen are a good way to keep drivers informed while their eyes stay on the road ahead. But Daimler thinks it has an even better solution, and on its high-end vehicles it says it will soon introduce programmable, “million-pixel” headlights that project warning symbols and driving tips on the actual road itself. Read More >>

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Why Is Facebook Surveying Users About Child Predators?

Facebook would very much like to know what you think about child grooming, according to screenshots of a survey posted by the Guardian’s Jonathan Haynes. It is illegal for an adult to request a sexually explicit photo from a minor, but that didn’t stop Facebook from asking at least one user how they felt about the social network policing such behaviour. Read More >>

cars
France Could Fine Smartphone Use While Driving, Even if You’re Parked Up

Apparently France is having an issue with car accidents at the moment, so it's taken to blaming everyone's favourite scapegoats. No, not millennials, the smartphone. A French court has declared it's illegal use a smartphone while you're sitting in the drivers's seat of a car, even if you've pulled over somewhere safe. Read More >>

travel
London City Airport is Getting an Upgraded Air Traffic Control Tower — 80 Miles Away From All the Planes

London’s cramped City Airport, located in the heart of the city, is undergoing a massive upgrade, including the addition of a fancy new air traffic control tower. But to maximise the airport’s limited space, that tower is actually being built 80 miles away, and will rely on 14 high-def cameras to give remote ATC crews a virtual view of the far-off airport. Read More >>

safety
MPs Attack Whirlpool Over Fire Risk Tumble Dryers

The thing about Whirlpool tumble dryers that might and can catch on fire is still rumbling on, with MPs operating within the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee saying Whirlpool's response to the mass safety issue has been "woeful." Read More >>

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CES 2018’s Hottest Tech Trend Might Be Gadgets for Old People

Before the show floor opens to throngs of tech enthusiasts, and before big companies like Sony, Samsung, and LG reveal their latest and greatest to the world, we get a sneak peek at the trends shaping CES 2018 at an event called CES: Unveiled. And millennials be damned, because this year, the best gadgets could be the ones designed for seniors. Read More >>

safety
CES 2018: First Alert Has Its Own Wi-Fi Mesh Router That Hijacks Every Connected Device With Smoke Alarm Warnings

An American company, First Alert, is worried that kids are so addicted to their devices that they’ll completely tune out and ignore even the shrill alarm of a smoke detector. As a result, the company is branching out with a whole home mesh wi-fi system that guarantees everyone in the house will know when there’s an emergency. Read More >>