350,000 Amazon Ring doorbells recalled after some units catch fire

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Specific Ring doorbells have ignited 23 times, causing property damage and, in a few instances, minor burns to people. Amazon has announced a massive recall of a version of its Ring doorbell, according to a notice posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website. The recall involves the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) with the model number 5UM5E5. The reason for the recall is because the “video doorbell’s battery can overheat when the incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards,” according to the CPSC. Read Full Story

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Do you know how to treat a burn from sparklers or a grill this July 4th? Most Americans don’t

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Most Americans don’t understand how likely they are to get burned, nor how to treat the ensuing burns, according to a new survey. Most Americans don’t understand how likely they are to get burned, nor how to treat the ensuing burns, according to a new survey commissioned by the Arizona Burn Center. And Americans are cocky about their fire-safety know-how: 53% of Americans believe they know some or a lot about burns and treatment. Read Full Story

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Ring’s new end-to-end encryption is a big step toward better privacy

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The Amazon-owned maker of smart doorbells and other security devices is adding a much-needed feature that ensures that even it can’t spy on your video. Amazon subsidiary Ring has announced that it is beginning to roll out end-to-end encryption to many of the products in its lineup of smart home security devices. It’s a welcome move for the company, which previously has been called out for its cozy partnerships with police as well as other privacy and security concerns. And it’s a first among the big brand names in connected security cameras and related gear. Read Full Story

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How Solo Stove’s smokeless fire pits became a must-have pandemic item

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This winter, when entertaining is supposed to be strictly outdoors, fire is both comforting and practical—and Solo Stove’s products fit the bill. The question of how to responsibly see close friends in a pandemic on a chilly night is a vexing one, especially when you’re living in Brooklyn, one of the most densely packed spots in the United States. The answer, I’ve discovered, is a stainless steel ring of fire. Read Full Story

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California is on fire, and the smoke is visible from space

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In San Francisco, wildfires are currently making the air quality among the worst in the world. There are now 367 wildfires burning in California. In the Bay Area, where fires are burning in every direction from San Francisco, the air quality is currently among the worst in the world. There’s an eerie orange glow in my apartment in Oakland, and ash is falling outside. The smoke is so thick it’s visible from space. Read Full Story

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