Study shows that most knockoff Apple chargers are unsafe

What you doing? You now VP of Twitter products!

For a company that seems like it’s always on the brink of going out of business, its comes as some surprise that Twitter just bought a business. But that’s what just happened as team Twitter has scooped up app maker YES, Inc., maker of the social media and planning apps Frenzy and WYD, or “what you doing.” It wasn’t really the apps that Twitter was after, it was CEO Keith Coleman, who will now serve as Twitter’s VP of Products.

Coleman previously worked as VP of Product for another tech company called “Google,” whatever that is, so hopefully he can bring some new ideas to Twitter, which despite being an icon of the social media world, is seemingly always on the brink of oblivion. Yes was a seven-person outfit and no terms of the deal were disclosed, but here’s hoping some interesting new Twitter things take flight soon.

Cheap chargers, very expensive fires

Powering and charging our gadgets is an ongoing struggle most of us deal with every day, and as we all know, chargers and cords wear out, burn up or get lost with maddening regularity. What to do? Buy more of them of course, but a new study by a British consumer safety group has found that pretty much all the cut-rate charger and cords sold online are basically fire hazards waiting to happen. Only 3 percent of the many units tested met British safety standards.

Apple has recently filed a lawsuit against a U.S. vendor selling knock-off charging bits on Amazon, and the online retail giant has also launched a crackdown of their own. Hey, we get it, 20 bucks is a lot to fork over to a company for an OEM charging cable, especially when you can get one that looks just like it elsewhere for, what, 79 cents? Great deal, but what’s your peace of mind worth? Especially during the holidays?

Fly and be free, and we’ll even let you fly for free

Hey it’s Friday and time for the video of the week, which is brought to you by JetPack Aviation! People have been dreaming about flying around with jetpacks since, well, jet engines were dreamed up, but it looks like the dream is getting closer to reality thanks to David Mayman and his team. Look at him go! No special effect here, folks, this real-deal jet pack flyin’. The JB-10 jetpack features two small turbines with ducted steering for control.

Since it runs on jet fuel and not electricity, you can add more range just by adding more gas. Best off all, Mayman says it’s easy to fly thanks to modern stability tech and their simplified control system. It’s so simple in fact, we’ve partnered with JetPack Aviation to give YOU a chance to pilot the pack, and you’ll be the first civilian jetpack pilot if we draw your name. Hit this link to enter and start dreaming about soaring like a jet-powered bird.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Computing

Here's our guide to how to charge your laptop using a USB-C cable

Charging via USB-C is a great way to power up your laptop. It only takes one cable and you can use the same one for data as well as power -- perfect for new devices with limited port options.
Cars

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Cars

Road Rave: Taking the guesswork out of public EV charging stations

Public EV charging stations are in their wild west phase: there are many different companies, variable charging speeds, and different formats. Chargeway wants to make it all easy, and put every charging station on a free app. It just might…
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Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.
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Digital Trends Live: Facebook, flying taxis, and Tesla police car

On episode 54 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison discussed Facebook's plan to integrate Instagram, Boeing's experimental flying taxi, and more.
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DT Live: Super Bowl hangover, crypto disaster, and an electric plane

On episode 58 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle examined the tech news of the day, including the 2019 Super Bowl commercials, Chip Yates' incredible electric plane, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook Messenger change, GoNation, and more

From new Facebook Messenger features to 5Ge coming to select smartphones, we discussed the latest in tech news on this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also welcomed Chaz Tanase of GoNation and Dan Ferguson of Groove Jones to the show.
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Digital Trends Live: Apple versus news industry, Alexa Skills, and the OGarden

On Episode 65 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen broke down the biggest new stories from the world of tech, including Apple's feud with news publishers, the OGarden, and more.
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Digital Trends Live: Amazon HQ, Guy Kawasaki, and when to buy a streaming stick

On Thursday's episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines like the latest news surrounding Amazon's new HQ plans to the Mars rover Opportunity. We also sat down with author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki to talk about his…
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Digital Trends Live: Oscar visual effects, digital distractions, and more

On episode 72 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed news including the discovery that Google's Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and welcomed author Brian Solis to the show to talk about his latest book.
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Digital Trends Live: MWC 2019, ezCater, and an Apple streaming service

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we sat down with John Hall of Calendar.com and Briscoe Rodgers of EzCater. We were also joined by DT's Caleb Denison to discuss how Apple is looking to revolutionize TV streaming.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Twitter features, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more

On episode 77 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including the new Star Wars attraction, Twitter's experimental moderation tools, and more.