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Sony battery recall total climbs to 7.7 million

The Sony battery recalls continue as Sharp is joining the fray by recalling 28,000 batteries while Fujitsu has recalled an additional 51,000 batteries. Fujitsu had already announced last week that it would recall 287,000 units.

These latest recalls bring the total tally to 7.7 million units. Sony recently instituted the Global Replacement Program for its batteries. The program is designed to help manufacturers with logistics in receiving faulty batteries from customers and delivering new replacements.

Replacements for lithium-ion battery technology are in development, but it may be quite some time before see it replaced in the notebook market. Fuel cell technology is showing some promise and Toshiba has been showing off fuel cell prototypes in its notebooks. Toshiba has been able to see runtimes of about 10 hours with its current fuel cell stacks, but there are still issues with size, pricing and logistics in delivering fuel cells to customers.

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RE: Bleak future?
By podknocker on 10/15/2006 2:18:26 PM , Rating: 3
Let's hope Sony have enough pies then.

Another DRM debacle or still-born format like Minidisc may be the thin end of the wedge.

I'm not a Sony basher, at all, but Sony needs to reclaim and maintain its high prestige image it had a few years ago which few other companies could rival.

I just don't think they have the respect they used to.

They are still fairly innovative, but are making lots of mistakes.

I had high hopes for the PS3, for example and was holding out to buy one here in the UK.

I'll probably buy an XBOX before Christmas as I'm sick of waiting.

They look like they are struggling in the sectors they used to dominate.

It's not the company you first turn to when you think of consumer product: PCs, CD and DVD players, music players etc.

They once had stunning products in nearly all markets but simply do not have the dominance these days. I doubt they will go under as they can fall back on the divisions you outlined, but they could become the laughing stock of the consumer electronics market, if they are not careful.

RE: Bleak future?
By doctor sam adams on 10/15/2006 4:27:35 PM , Rating: 1
Let's hope Sony have enough pies then.


Sony needs to reclaim and maintain its high prestige image it had a few years ago

So does Sony have, or do Sony needs?

RE: Bleak future?
By podknocker on 10/15/2006 4:44:47 PM , Rating: 3
Your question lacks content, is pedantic and ill-conceived.

I do not need to rescript this thread at all.

RE: Bleak future?
By doctor sam adams on 10/18/2006 11:17:57 AM , Rating: 2
I thinks it was quite clever, thoughtful, and well-informed.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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