TechWatch: Dell recalls 4.1 million batteries

Dell Israel expects local franchisers will have full details regarding the recall process by Wednesday and that customers will be able to receive information directly from them.

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Computer maker Dell has recalled some 4.1 million of its lithium-ion batteries used in a range of its notebook computers due to the possibility that the batteries could overheat and cause a risk of fire. The batteries, with cells manufactured by Sony, were sold with the following Dell notebook computers: * Dell Latitude - D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810 * Inspiron - 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705 * Dell Precision - M20, M60, M70 and M90 mobile workstations * XPS - XPS Gen2, XPS M170 and XPS M1710. Dell Israel expects local franchisers will have full details regarding the recall process by Wednesday and that customers will be able to receive information directly from them. Billing software company Amdocs has completed its acquisition of Cramer Systems Group Ltd. for $375 million in cash. The purchase will decrease its non-GAAP earnings for the current fiscal year 2007 by $0.04 per share, according to Ra'anana-based Amdocs, which said the effect on earnings thereafter would be accretive. The company may, however, incur a one-time acquisition-related charge in this quarter to account for certain costs related to the purchase. Cramer will form a new division known as Cramer, Amdocs OSS (operations support systems) Division. The Israeli Navy has awarded HP Israel a multi-million shekel contract to manage the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure. HP won the tender in which Ness Technologies, EDS, Bynet Data Communications and Yael Software and Systems also participated. HP will be responsible for the computer and communications centers, information security and full end user support at a number of navy bases. The contract, the first of its kind in the IDF, includes the establishment of the infrastructure management for outsourcing projects, setting up maintenance centers to offer its support, and the implementation of its management procedures and systems. Israel Aircraft Industries has selected Network Appliance Israel to deploy the NetApp storage systems for its Lahav, military aircraft and design support divisions. The systems will address the growth in IAI quantity of data through Network Appliance's solutions for data availability and accessibility. The company said it also will provide IAI with greater research and development flexibility for future growth while reducing data center complexity. Electronic monitoring technologies provider Dmatek Ltd. has won a third consecutive tender from the Swedish Prison and Probation Administration to use its remote offender monitoring systems. The three-year contract was won through Dmatek's corrections and law enforcements subsidiary Elmo-Tech and includes two biannual extension options for renewal at the end of the initial contract term. Tel Aviv-based Dmatek said it also won two three-year lease contracts in France, which together with the Swedish tender, bring the combined value of contracts won by Dmatek this week to $4m. On Track Innovations Ltd., a provider of smart card solutions, will supply electronic passport inlays to the Polish Public Printing Works as the Polish government upgrades its passports in accordance with requirements for joining the European Union. Based in Rosh Pina, OTI will carry out the contract through its subsidiary ASEC S.A. and supply contactless inlays that will be adhered to the passport cover. There are about 1.5 million passports issued in Poland annually and the government intends to roll out the first electronic passports starting this quarter, the company said. The first commercial order will be supplied this year. In a similar deal, Kadima-based SuperCom Ltd., which provides smart-card and electronic identification solutions, has signed a $1.5 million agreement with an unnamed European government to supply its Magna end-to-end solution for the production, management and personalization of electronic passports. The 16-month pilot program will produce a personalized passport that includes personal details, photo identification, digital signature and biometric data which will be compliant with European and International Civil Aviation Authority standards. Internet company Yahoo and security software provider Symantec Corporation have teamed up to launch Norton Internet Security provided by Yahoo designed to give consumers added protection from viruses, hackers, spyware and spam while surfing the Internet. The new security suite, featuring Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall, automatically protects consumers online by detecting and blocking spyware, viruses and unwanted adware, blocking intruders and identity thieves, filtering spam and scanning e-mail and instant-message attachments to remove viruses, Trojan horses and worms.