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GM CEO to Appear Before Congress over Chevy Volt Fires

General Motors(WASHINGTON) -- The head of General Motors will appear before a Congressional Committee on Wednesday to answer questions regarding the safety of the new Chevy Volt following a recent investigation into its batteries catching fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began conducting tests on the all-electric car last June after fires broke out three weeks after the agency ran crash tests on the vehicle. On Nov. 25, the NHTSA opened an investigation to examine the post-crash fire risk.

Last Friday, the agency wrapped up its investigation and claimed that despite the disturbing incidents, "no discernible [safety] defect trend exists and that the vehicle modifications recently developed by General Motors reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts."

The NHTSA further concluded that it, "does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles."

However, Republican critics in Congress question the agency's judgment. They suspect a conflict of interest may be in play, considering the government still owns part of GM, and the Obama Administration is heavily invested -- literally and figuratively -- to show the Volt as a success, despite dismal sales and safety concerns.

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Apple: Yes, We Have a Battery Problem

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple concedes there is a battery problem with the new iPhone 4S.

"A small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said in a statement. "We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks."

Apple didn't say what the bugs were or go into other specifics. The problem may not be exclusive to the new iPhone; instead, it may be in the operating system, iOS 5, which the phone shares with other Apple devices.

People who crowded around to buy the phone since last month's release have been reporting that the battery runs down remarkably quickly, sometimes in mid-conversation.

Technology analyst Rob Enderle said any new product is likely to have bugs.

"The 4S is a new phone under the skin," he said in an email, "and virtually every time you make a major change in a device like this the biggest initial risk is that battery life will crater."

In the meantime, various bloggers suggest turning off Location Services apps you don't need.

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Apple Experiencing iPhone 4S Battery Problem

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Battery problems are reportedly plaguing the new iPhone 4S.

It appears that a flaw in the phone's location software is causing the battery to drain rapidly.

Several tech blogs suggest that users shut off the "Setting Time Zone" feature when not traveling to help conserve the battery life.

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