World Briefs: Report says Chevron blamed in southern coast’s oil spill
BRASILIA — A huge oil spill off Brazil’s southern coast was the result of excessive pressure used by oil giant Chevron in drilling the sea floor, according to a report by police and prosecutors published by local media Tuesday.
The O Globo newspaper quoted Fabio Scliar, head of the environment unit of Brazil’s federal police department, as saying that the deep-water well “could not and should not have been drilled under the conditions presented in the area,” adding that an “absurd” amount of pressure was used at the site situated off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.
Consumer watchdog warns new iPads are hot to handle
SAN FRANCISCO — A vaunted consumer watchdog organization on Tuesday warned that Apple’s new iPad is a bit hot to handle.
U.S. nonprofit product testing group Consumer Reports reported that the new-generation iPad with its more powerful processor hit temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit, particularly when running video games.
“People need to exercise caution,” he continued. “We are not saying it is a dangerous product, but 116 degrees can be a little uncomfortable.”
Consumer reports said the new iPad got about 12 degrees warmer than the iPad 2 tablet while performing the same intensive tasks, such as video games or downloading large files.
One rear corner of the new iPad appeared to be a hot spot.
Apple did not respond to Agence France-Presse requests for comment, but prior to the release of the Consumer Reports thermal analysis issued a public statement saying that the new iPad operates “well within our thermal specifications.”
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