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General Motors recalls about 814,000 vehicles over manufacturing errors

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General Motors recalls about 814,000 vehicles over manufacturing errors

Due to issues with the brake system as well as battery, General Motors has recalled about 814,000 vehicles on Friday. The recall has been initiated for pick-up trucks with software issues as well as the trucks with issues in the battery. Moreover, according to reports, the list of recalled vehicles includes few pick-up trucks having both the issues.

The 2019 models of GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Cadillac CT6 have a software error. The error could cause the antilock brake system along with the electronic stability control to disable. Further, there are no warning signals to notify that the brake system is not functioning. Therefore, the stability control and the antilock brake system could be completely off without any indication before or after the disabling. 

The motor company discovered the issue last month with the help of the Electronic Control Unit, the device which regulates a car’s antilock brake system. However, according to the statement of the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software will be updated from 27th January at the dealerships.

Furthermore, over 35,000 Sierra 1500 and Silverado trucks are involved in the recall for the issues related to the battery. The cable that connects the alternator to the main battery may have extra glue on the positive terminal.

Moreover, this could lead to a fluctuating electrical connection that could further cause warning signals on the service battery panel. The connection may, therefore, lead to the build-up of heat and unthreading or detachment of the bolt that attaches the terminal. Besides, this could even lead to the initiation of fire due to the melting of parts.

The inspections around the excessive glue and fixing will begin late in January 2020.

These defects have led to many injuries and accidents. However, as the dates of the recalls associated with both the issues are overlapping, speculations are that many trucks might have both the errors.

Catherina has joined the team as an intern, and she has been working hard to learn things quickly. Now, she handles the Technology and Business columns of the website along with Vicky. She writes the latest US Technology and Business news regularly on the website with accuracy. Since she is the youngest member of the team, she never hesitates to ask for help from other senior team members. That is the reason, she has been learning things quickly, and now she is becoming proficient. Apart from her work, she loves to read books and watch Business and Tech news. She is a fun-loving woman with a graceful personality.

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Countries Made Takedown Request to Netflix for Removal of Certain Films & TV shows. Here’s Why

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Countries Made Takedown Request to Netflix for Removal of Certain Films & TV shows

Netflix has removed different content on the demand of the foreign government. According to a report, from 2015 to 2020, Netflix has removed overall nine titles from its streaming history.

But thanks to the efforts of Netflix, now their viewers know exactly what has been removed.

These Government takedowns requests are mostly received by social media platforms. The straight reason for these takedown requests is the ban on publishing certain kinds of content.

Here is the list of the removed content and the country that has issued the breakdown request:

The Bridge: In 2015, New Zealand Film & Video Labeling Body has demanded the removal of the streaming service of this TV series from the country.

As the series relates to the increasing suicidal rates. And this was the first time when Netflix complied with the government takedown requests.

Night of the Living Dead: In 2017, Netflix complied with the written takedown demand from the German Commission for Youth Protection.

The show was George Romero’s Zombie Classic.

Full Metal Jacket: In 2017, another request was made from the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI).

According to the request, the movie should be removed because it is based on the Vietnam war.

Cooking on High, The Legend of 420, and Disjointed: The Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has made a takedown request in 2018, to remove these 3 titles from the country’s Netflix streaming services.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: This one is removed from the streaming service of Sauda in 2019.

The takedown request was made as the episode was highly critical of the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

The Last Temptation of Christ: Again in 2019, Singapore has made a written takedown request for the removal of this title from the country’s streaming service.

According to the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority, the movie is based on the depiction of Jesus Christ’s relationship with Mary Magdalene.

The Last Hangover: In 2020, Singapore has again made a demand to remove the streaming service of this title from the country. As the film offends the sentiments of racial or religious groups in Singapore.

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Dunkaroos to grace the stores in the US; comes back after nearly 8 years

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Dunkaroos to grace the stores in the US

The popular snacks from the late 90s, Dunkaroos are to make a comeback to the market after shutting down in 2012. Giving a source of joy and nostalgia to the kids from the 1990s, General Mills is to re-enter the market with the famous flavors soon.

According to the announcement on Monday, General Mills will be introducing the snacks in the US. The cookies with dips that come along with differing flavors for frosting, had not been coming to the US market for long. Moreover, the cookie was available in Canada.

The Dunkaroos have been enhancing people’s taste in their childhood. Furthermore, the effect has been quite cherishing as people have been asking about the loved cookie. Besides, the cookie seeks to mobilize the feeling of nostalgia amongst the people who did not get to eat the cookies after it shut down.

The cookies have been in high demand from fans from all over the globe. The frosting and cookie combo has been a favorite snack for many people and it is likeable. Moreover, General Mills expressed excitement about the firm and going forward and also ten-thirty more thirty.

The cookie company also added to existing excitement through the creation of Twitter and Instagram. With an overwhelming response from people, while some said that it has been amongst the best comebacks, some even took to call people. Furthermore, another person expressed his\her favorite snack and stated that the snack reminded them of the old days.

The Dunkaroos had to shut down in the US. However, the neighbouring country has been selling all the snacks over the years. With good marketing strategies, General Mills propagated the idea on a website with the name Smuglaroos. The idea was basically that the people in Canada are trying to help to send it. Moreover, people desiring to go to Dunkaroos.

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FDA sends warning to Purell for claiming it can prevent Flu and Ebola

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FDA Warns Purell

The FDA has issued a warning to Purell over the hand sanitizer brand’s claims on the prevention of diseases. The parent company, Gojo Industries has stated that it will comply with the issued warning.

Calling out to the marketing claims of Purell, the FDA, in its warning letter, has asked the company for the sanitizer’s intended use.

According to the letter, the statements in the FAQ section on Purell’s website indicate the reduction and prevention of Flu, Ebola, etc. The message leads to a clear indication of the purpose of the use of the sanitizer.

Moreover, Purell also took to mention that the FDA does not allow the sanitizer companies to get ideas viral. However, later the brand explained that the use of alcohol inactivates or kills the enveloped viruses. Besides, the influenza virus is enveloped in nature.

A study conducted in 2018 did state that ethanol was active against 21 types of viruses. And, Purell’s sanitizer consists of eighty percent of ethanol.

However, according to a study in 2019, the effectiveness of alcohol-based sanitizers has reduced over time. Moreover, the sanitizers almost took four long minutes for the elimination of the flu virus. While an antiseptic cleanser took around thirty seconds to show its effectiveness against the flu viruses.

A specialist with infectious diseases, Peter Gulick from Michigan State University took to express the most effective method. The specialist from the College of Osteopathic Medicine said that sanitizers are effective only in the absence of soap and water. However, soap and water are the most effective means to prevent diseases.

The letter has given 15 days to Purell to make corrections in the statements. Furthermore, the violation of the warning could even lead to legal action in the absence of further notices. 

The company has been making changes following the letter.

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