Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Best Buy is recalling 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro due to a fire risk. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that there have been 13 reports that the battery caught fire. One consumer suffered a serious burn on the leg. Best Buy Co. is voluntarily recalling both black and white ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the notebook computers. The batteries were sold online or shipped to customers through its Geek Squad services from September of 2008 through June of 2012 for about $50. Consumers should stop using the battery and contact Best Buy for a replacement or refund. The model number "MC-MBOOK13B" is on the label of the black battery and "MC-BOOK13W" is on the label of the white battery. The ATG logo is on both.
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. says its new deal to provide original TV shows to Netflix will help it double the revenue it gets from TV shows to $200 million by 2015. DreamWorks expects $100 million in TV revenue this year. The Glendale, Calif., company released the figures in a call with analysts Tuesday. The deal to supply Netflix Inc. with 300 hours of new TV shows over several years was announced Monday. It allows Netflix to debut the shows in the 40 markets where the video company operates. DreamWorks also announced Tuesday that it will supply new TV shows to German broadcaster Super RTL, where Netflix doesn't operate. DreamWorks shares are up 44 cents to $24.75 in aftermarket trading. The stock has gained 6.6 percent this week.
Cell phone addicts, your prayers have been answered. 25 solar-powered charging stations are now up and running around New York. Each one can accommodate up to six mobile devices or tablets at a time and work regardless of your wireless carrier. There are dedicated ports for Androids, BlackBerrys, iPhones and standard USB cables. The charging stations are part of a pilot program between AT&T and New York City. It could expand to other cities if it's successful.
Another down month for the video game industry here in the U.S. Market researcher NPD group reports retail sales of video games, hardware and accessories fell by 25 percent last month — compared to May of last year. NPD says the drop is because aging game consoles remain on the market while consumers are waiting for the release of new gaming units. Once the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One hit the market later this year, sales in that category are expected to bounce back. Meanwhile, the downward trend is expected to continue for the next couple of months. At the same time, sales for gaming accessories fell 6 percent, compared to the same month last year.