Fire

  • Man's trebuchet launches 16-pound fireballs through the air with the greatest of ease

    I don’t have the time, patience, carpentry skills, open space, or wherewithal to build my own trebuchet but after seeing Mark Winkler’s “Mongo the Trebuchet” launch a flaming ball of fire across an open field under the cover of darkness, I suddenly have the urge to go to Home Depot with a quick stop at the local Fireball Emporium (or wherever they sell fireballs). Read More

  • Lighter doubles as an 8GB flash drive

    Here’s the perfect complement to the USB flash drive with built-in bottle opener we told you about a few weeks ago. It’s a Zippo-style lighter with 8GB of storage and a USB connection — because you can never have lighter fluid too close to your computer. It costs $60, which might seem a bit steep, but if you’re still smoking in this day and age, you’ve no… Read More

  • iPod Nano batteries suspected of overheating, setting tatami mats on fire

    Japanese media are reporting today the government is investigating a possible battery defect in the iPod Nano, sold by Apple Japan. Apparently, one iPod Nano (model MA005) scorched a Japanese traditional “tatami” mat (made of woven soft rush straw) in January. Another model, the MA099, singed nearby paper in August.  Both incidents took place in Tokyo but even though the devices… Read More

  • Three-alarm fire at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters

    The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that a three-alarm fire started at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters last night. The fire apparently may have somehow started under one of the building’s air conditioning units located on the second floor. Luckily, the fire was able to be contained in about an hour and nobody was hurt. It was called in at about 10:00 last night… Read More

  • Wheelchair throws flames, scares everyone

    I have a friend who uses a wheelchair every day. He’s quite nimble with it and in fact races wheelchairs and is a known athlete, despite the lack of legs. He’s also got a pretty good sense of humor, that’s why I’m going to show him this all-terrain powered flame-throwing wheelchair. It’s a prototype, though we’re not sure who would ever put this into… Read More

  • Xbox 360 causes house fire; Are you and your family safe?

    You’ll forgive the pandering headline, I hope. It would be easy to make jokes about how everone knows the Xbox 360 is prone to overheating, but that would be gauche. Instead, just the facts: an Xbox 360 in Arkansas caught fire and nearly burned down a house. The kicker is the owners weren’t home, it wasn’t being played when the fire started. Microsoft did recall power cords… Read More

  • Higher battery prices caused by fire at LG plant

    A fire at LG Chem in South Korea on March 3rd has contributed to a worldwide notebook battery shortage, according to Reuters. Asustek is expected to be hardest hit, as the shortage “could affect up to 40 percent of second-quarter shipments” from Taiwan’s second-largest PC maker. A Dell spokesperson acknowledged the shortage today and has blamed it for recent replacement… Read More

  • iPod Nano sets man's pants on fire in airport

    This sounds kind of dubious but apparently an Atlanta man named Danny Williams was walking in an airport and his iPod Nano started to flame up. A “glossy piece of paper” protected him from life-threatening burns. Apple is being good sports about it and is offering him a new iPod after Willams went to the local news station with the story. The reporter got no quote from Apple… Read More

  • Sony Laptop Batteries Catching Fire, Again

    “Woe is me.” That has to be Sony’s motto of late because they’ve been attempting to put one fire out after another, literally. This time around it isn’t Dell that got burned, but Toshiba. In late May a Toshiba notebook caught fire and the culprit was a Sony battery, again. After an investigation it was found that the battery had a short circuit resulting in a… Read More

  • Oh Boy, Another Sony Battery Catches Fire in a Laptop

    Who’s ready for another round of exploding laptop batteries? I’m sure everyone remembers that whole scandal last year where Sony laptop batteries were exploding left and right, leading to recalls and plenty of awkward moments for Sony. Well reports out of Japan suggest that one of the Sony batteries part of the Toshiba’s recall program caught fire back in April. Allegedly… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Cookout Edition

    Take The Grill on the Road
    My Lap! My Lap! My Lap Is On Fire!
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    Samsung and US Army Team Up For Mobile WiMAX Tomfoolery Read More

  • The Safest Thing You'll Read All Day

    I don’t know about you, but the last time I actually bothered to check a smoke alarm in my home, the battery had died long ago. Usually I just blow it off or go out and buy another battery, but what if a fire struck during the grace period between batteries? A lot of us tend to ignore fire safety and DuPont knows this, so they’ve created a smoke alarm that never needs batteries… Read More

  • The KRZR, The KRZR, The KRZR's On Fire!

    Ouch! I almost burned my hand typing up this post. You see, the KRZR is so hot, that Motorola just had to introduce a new color that could capture the heat. So behold the creatively titled KRZR Fire. This guy comes with a delicious red paint job that reminds me of a fire engine mixed with some holiday cheer. Not only is it bright red on the outside, but also the color drips into the cracks on… Read More

  • Killer Flashlight Will Burn Your House Down

    OK, so this thing is pretty ridiculous. One industrious geek used Maglite parts with an Osram Sylvania bulb at 80 times its regular luminosity powered by twelve 1200mV NiMH batteries to achieve total paper combustion. It’s too bad those unfortunate boys in Lord of the Flies didn’t have one of these. Piggy (that’s what we call Vince)! Custom Flashlight Starts Fires, Blinds… Read More

  • So You Think Your IBM Will Explode…

    Head on over to Lenovo’s handy idenfication page to figure out if your shiz is going to fizzle all over your pants or not. IBM and Lenovo sold these Sony batteries in systems listed below between February 2005 and September 2006. Customers who bought one of the following systems may have a battery subject to this recall: * ThinkPad R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e)
    * ThinkPad T… Read More

  • Man Saves HP Laptop From Battery Fire

    Thanks, no doubt, to all the warnings about burning laptop batteries on the internet, a man knew exactly what to do with his HP notebook decided to catch a little fuego. We wouldn’t recommend following what he did, but as soon as he saw smoke he pulled out the battery and threw it outside into the parking lot. His quick thinking saved his laptop from total destruction, but still left… Read More

  • Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves

    Here’s a product that makes sense. This corduroy sleeve from Wrappers not only protects your laptop from injury, it protects you from being injured by your laptop. The sleeve, you see, is fire retardant, which sadly isn’t the same thing as fire proof, but it’s a start. So if your laptop decides to burst into flames while bouncing along in your backpack, it just might prevent… Read More

  • Man Blames Dell Laptop For House Fire

    A Florida man says his wife’s laptop was sitting on some papers on a couch when the couch caught fire – spreading, and then eventually destroying his house. The article says the Dell was one of the models that were recalled this week because of potential fire hazards. This man was pretty unlucky that the laptop was sitting on papers and a couch, instead of on a desk like in… Read More