Perhaps the gravity field generated by his massive head sucked the screen out.
A Texas man says he had to get four stitches in his ear after a spanking new Droid 2 smartphone exploded while he was in mid conversation. A bandaged Aron Embry told a local Fox News affiliate he heard a popping noise but didn't think much of it until he realized he sustained minor injuries. “I felt something dripping,” he …
"Perhaps the topper is the 2002 tale of a scientist who burned his penis after placing his notebook on his lap for an hour."
......If he did not notice it burning for an hour then then he did not have much use for it in the first place.
Excuse me, must go, my eyes are watering.
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It had appeared, until this report, that Apple had the corner on exploding batteries in telephones. At least the Japanese got lucky, there was a mass recall of Apple batteries there recently.
I'll have to check PatentlyApple.com to see if Jobs has a patent on the battery feature.
Why is it an Apple problem?
It looks more like a Sony problem to me. All the big brands issued recalls:
2006 Sony notebook computer batteries recall:
* August 2006: Dell recalls over four million notebook computer batteries, after a number of instances where the batteries, made by Sony, overheated or caught fire. Most of the defective notebooks were sold in the US, however some one million faulty batteries could be found elsewhere in the world.
* August 2006: Following Dell's battery recall Apple Computer also recalls 1.8 million Sony notebook computer batteries. Similar to Dell, most of the notebooks were sold in the United States. However some 700,000 units could be found overseas.
* September 2006: Matsushita (Panasonic) recalls 6,000 batteries.
* September 2006: Toshiba recalls 340,000 batteries.
* September 2006: IBM/Lenovo recalls 500,000 batteries.
* October 2006: Hitachi recalls 16,000 batteries.
* October 2006: Fujitsu recalls 338,000 batteries.
* October 2006: Sharp recalls 28,000 batteries.
* February 2007: Lenovo and Sanyo recalls 200,000 batteries.
A youth in Belgium had an iPhone blow up (a model before the Lemon version) and before Apple would do anything he was asked to sign one of Apples non-disclosure agreements.
Similar thing happened in France.
Apple claims to design and have manufactured batteries conforming to it's design. Obviously the whole bunch have problems if everyone is walking around with an IUD in their pocket.
Apple was forced to recall batteries in Japan when their government demanded it. Unfortunately most governments either have minimal customer protection or don't give a damn.
P.S. Apple products exposed to cigarette smoke will be refused warranty or other repairs.
Well, that or he dropped the phone and cracked the screen and kept using it (note: even after the "explosion", the phone still works) and managed to slice open his ear on the broken glass.
No health insurance, filing frivolous lawsuits... $5 says he's a Teabagger Republican.
Android would likely never kill anyone, except iOS - but it is not living, so you have to look further to the hardware manufacturer and it's subcontractors.
As for health insurance, you must have been on another planet with the U.S. discussed new health insurance for a year which was reported worldwide as other countries populations were amazed people had no free health coverage as most civilised nations do.
There is over 10% unemployment in the U.S. and the first thing to go is usually the health insurance followed by mortgage payments.
No.. if he's faking all this to set up for a lawsuit then that would make him a "I want my govt. check democrat".
Why do you have to make this a republican vs democrat thing?
He dropped his phone and cracked the screen.. then he cut his ear on the glass. I believe this because if the force of the explosion was enough to crack the glass then the phone itself would not be functioning either.
No health insurance, but money enough to buy a smartphone? At the risk of being called a socialist, but I think there's something wrong with his priorities.
Speaking of priorities. Spending four hours in the Emergency Room to get a couple of stitches? I don't know how these things work in the US, but down here spending time in the ER is an inverse measure of how badly hurt you are. It just means he was triaged to the bottom of the list, and spend his time in the waiting room reading magazines.
1. I don't know how much a new Droid costs ($300? $400? plus service contract?), but it's entirely possible that whatever Mr. Embry paid for it would only have gotten him one month of insurance coverage. Your "priorities" point is well taken (if I had that much money burning a hole in my pocket a new shiny shiny would not be on my short list) but insurance and health care costs are insane enough in Amurka to require their own separate logic.
2. I'm surprised he only got away with four (4) hours in the emergency room, actually; I've heard of folks waiting many hours longer for far worse injuries. Here in Amurka, as I understand it, ER has to care for anyone who walks in, regardless of ability to pay or lack/ degree of insurance coverage, so consequently they cover people too poor to afford insurance or to pay for medical care out of pocket for even minor dings. Many of the injuries seen in ER could probably be more quickly (and cheaply!) tended at an "urgent" or "better have a doctor look at that" care unit, but I don't think these facilities are required to take anyone so the poor and/or uninsured do not go there and are parked at an ER waiting room instead. Yes, it's a horriffic fustercluck, but as long as the insurance, pharmaceutical/ medical "stuff", and health-care industries own huge chunks of the political process, no sane, rational approach to meeting Amurka's healthcare needs will be able to take effect. In the meantime, we taxpayers get to pay emergency room prices to provide Mr. Embry with four non- emergency stitches, yee-hah.
Yes ER departments must accept anybody irrespective of ability to pay. In some cities its led to hospitals closing ER departments to save money.
However, from the horses mouth (where horse = ER nurse) it's medical liability that makes hospitals treat everybody who comes in. Triage will never send anybody home. Besides, you can't tell people to go and see their doctor if they don't have one.
Last time I knew, around here it was a minimum $500 to go to the ER and see two nurses and a doctor and be surrounding by expensive equipment while they tell you it's nothing serious and send you home. Treatment costs extra.
And I agree, one month health insurance would pay for a smartphone. In fact if I forwent my health insurance I could pay for all our (unsmart) cellphone coverage, our cable and internet and still have money left over to pay for all of my treatments in the year I've had the insurance (a "free" H1N1 vaccination).
If you check out : http://www.texashealthinsurance360.com/Texas_Health_Insurance_FAQ/Texas_Health_Insurance_FAQ.php
It says the average cost of health insurance in texas is about $300-$400 a month or $4000-$5000 a year for a family. That means $2000-$2500 a year each for him and his wife. She appears to work at a school, so I can imagine that she has some form of health care and could probably tack him on for not too much more. So, let's figure it would cost an extra $100-$150 a month to get him health insurance.
At BestBuy.com the phone he has appears to be $99 + $40 a month (no data included, so let's assume he adds $20 for data and other services) so $60 a month. On top of that, he's driving a "truck" so let's imagine that his "Vee-HICK-all" as he describes it is not quite making that 30mpg mark and is closer to 15mpg. That would mean he's probably paying an extra $200 a month for gas.
Shouldn't there be some sort of rule that protects people like this from themselves? There must be an institution he can be put in to keep him safe. Or more specifically, to keep us safe from him and his fellow mental ameba's. If he sues Motorola over this, the best thing Motorola can do is to offer a settlement where instead of paying cash, they set aside a trust to pay for his "special care needs".
That will indeed be the USA, not helped by the fact that each time the sitting president tries to do something about, various lobbyists, political parties etc etc, actively do everything they can to stop a health insurance/service for all being implemented. The private health insurance business is frankly shocking with many clauses to policies. I have read more than one story about US families with a good income (100000USD plus a year) go bankrupt because one person gets badly ill and there insurance does not cover everything.
Those that knock NHS have no idea, I for one am more than aware of its true value, for all of its perceived faults.
IF the US Government could run anything efficiently and UNDER budget, I would support a national healthcare system - but it cannot no matter which party is in control, they all talk out their ass.
IF Obamacare was the greatest thing since sliced bread, why did Congress exempt itself from it? The 'Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander' rule applies here.
IF I got elected (they would bury me long before that), my family would be set for life. Take note of you favorite flavor of politician, if they were not a millionaire or better BEFORE they became a 'public servant', they damn sure are AFTER they were elected. (Anyone mentions Chris Dodd to me gets it virtually in the nads - his money is in his wife's name - check it)
The scariest sentence known to man is: "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help".
I can say from my own recent personal experience that it's hard, very hard to keep a family covered with health care, we have zero right now. I have a thumb that needs a stitch or two but I dealt with it with bandaids and liquid bandage (burns like hell but works) because I decided food was more important. Yeah, it sucks.
I said recently I own a very small smb and have for the last five years. I took a position with an EMS company four years ago to glom on to their group insurance. Nice gig, was able to conduct my business as long as their stuff was first. That continued until February this year when previous changes in Medicare the year before, cut reimbursements to EMS by 50% and forced the company into bankruptcy. The company was purchased in a fire sale at that time by a VC management company and I was promoted to CTO for the EMS company. Epic. Fail.
-> Always get it in writing and always document everything. I have email going back to 93 ;) <-
Given a nice raise with promises of more to come, company car, actual IT budget, etc. All for selling my soul - which was not expressed to me at the time. Looked like The Opportunity from my POV. I worked my ass off for that company, my own business went to idle and dropping clients (was a 'suggestion' by CEO), put my marriage in danger for that Big Push, and screwed up my own health (dropping 60 pounds in six months). I built their website to their designer's specifications, launched it for the push, and had the cleaner polished 2.0 version on the ready rack. Right after the push, I was laid off September 30th. Ha HA.
COBRA is a mandated by the Feds supplementary health insurance for covering the gap between your previous insurance and getting new health insurance. This coverage requires $1294 a month from somebody who just got laid off. My business was in a shambles and barely making payroll. Oops. Fail. I went into the hospital for fours days and no fault found. Morphine pump was nice, I got some rest lol. But now I owe $41k to the hospital and other various bills from the specialists. And they want their money. Meanwhile I find out that the 'help from da govmint' concerning COBRA expired back in May 2009.
Nobody said life was fair.
Thing of it is, The Man ain't going to keep me down. Turns out that I can get coverage from Cigna (private healthcare insurance) for $456 a month. Interesting, no? Why the disparity in price for the same coverage? I'll leave that to the non-fat intellectuals to decipher.
I'll get everybody paid off, always have.
I don't disagree with your opinions about gubmint's abilities to run things efficiently and on- budget, but consider that private corporations, if publically- held, have to return profits to stockholders first and foremost: if this means cutting corners on care, so be it. For all the concern (justified or not) about hypothetical government "death panels", does anyone for one minute think that such panels do not exist at HMOs or insurance companies? "Sorry, that's not covered." "OK, we'll cover it this time, but you get nothing else this year." "Regret to inform that we will not be renewing your policy, and now that you have a 'pre-existing condition', good luck finding another" Et cetera. Nothing personal, it's just business.
The big mistake, IM!HO, with Obamacare was not going with Medicare for all and cutting out the insurance industry entirely (what value do they add, exactly? If they do serve a real and useful purpose, please educate me). Yes, there would be the usual government budget leakage, but even so I think more cents per dollar would go to actual CARE and not to a pointless layer of functionaries (everyone's covered and everyone's paid so that eliminates a large amount of gatekeeper and billing overhead), plus the volume discounts a national care system (or several regional ones) could command should realize some cost savings. What emerged as the final "Obamacare" product may have some good points but I am not optimistic about what the long- term performace record will look like.
Think about it. We (we = several world countries) already have socialized:
2) Fire figthers
3) Armed forces
Why not public health too? It is not too expensive. Well, not when You compare it to another bills. Not when You factor in the social costs of all this mess. Not when You count, too, the business costs - not just the employee's costs, but the costs of the country too, as thousands of citizens get maimed yearly.
Yes, maimed. What happens if You don't have the money to pay for the reattachment surgery of one finger? "Oh, sorry sir. We can close the wound and treat it, but reattachment is cosmectic surgery, and this isn't covered by your policy!".
Not pretty. Wouldn't it be cheaper (I will not even ask You to consider the human side of this) just to mend the worker, and keep him working for 15 more years? How much revenue would be lost?
There's the human side too - and I think it's more important than the revenue side - but the politicians would no care about it.
By the way, I'm brazilian. We DO (well, theoretically) have a free health care. The system is in shambles, and is barely working. But it exists. It covers everything - from broken finger to cardiac surgery. It's hell to be admitted, most (public) hospitals aren't worth shit, and I am ashamed to look to it. BUT:
1) This problems are easily solved - by fighting corruption and injecting 4 or 5 R$ (Reais, brazilian currency) billions on it. Today one american dollar costs about 1,8 Real. Cheap, huh?
2) I pay for a particular insurance. It takes me to good hospitals, good doctors, and covers almost everything. Yes, cosmectic surgery is off. But not the serious (and expensive) ones - such cardiac, neuro, ortho, and so on. Did I mention that I pay for a private room and helicopter transport (iff deemed necessary)? It costs me R$ 170,00/month. Do the math. So, even if the public system is not good here, it already have lowered the private system costs to the citizen. Per se it's a win, don't You think?
Final thought: I don't know today, but circa 1979 the british health care system was amazing. My father was treated there, and it's (still) alive and well. Some friends of him got treated here or in the USA. Most of them are dead. By the same disease.
Luck? Chance? I don't know. But one thing I DO know: my father IS alive, thanks to the british socialized health care system.
"IF the US Government could run anything efficiently and UNDER budget, I would support a national healthcare system - but it cannot no matter which party is in control, they all talk out their ass."
I may be missing the point, but it strikes me that in inneficiently run, overbudget national healthcare system is better than none at all? You surely have to start somewhere. To argue that "the government will not deliver a perfect system" is a bit daft, given that the system you currently have is VERY far from perfect. To give up trying for such a system just because the healthcare corps interfere to block its proper implementation seem like a tragically defeatist attitude from a country that once prided itself on its inventiveness, entrepeneurship and aspirational qualities.
Maybe if the electorate actually all got behind the idea of improving national healthcare and providing a robust national healthcare system, then you'd get started on the road to creating one? Just putting your hands up and declaring defeat at the first hurdle is so utterly, hopelessy sad, that it strikes me as another syptom of the disease that will ultimately destroy US cultural and financial dominance.
WTF? Being an Australian, I'm covered by Medicare (much like UK's NHS) but out of curiosity I just checked what it would cost me for private cover. Looks like full private coverage for a family of four will cost $160 to $200 per month, Australian dollars that is.
Wow. The insurance industry in America really is nothing more than a racket.
So it 'popped' and exploded something into his ear. Well, ok, maybe something got a bit warm and popped, and in a remarkable twist of unluckiness maybe it pushed out a little grille bit covering the earpiece, and maybe that scratched/cut the poor bloke's ear. Certainly somewhat unfortunate, but *the phone still works* so it's clearly not a battery dying, or anything major.
Hate to say it, but if the phone exploded, I'd be kinda worried about my intellect if I didn't notice anything but a popping sound.
What they never report in these incidents is whether the user was at fault more than the phone - for all we know, the lump in the photo may have left the phone on a heater, or the dashboard of the car in the sun, or dropped it into his hot 'n spicy chicken bucket prior to said phone call.
He probably wasn't holding the phone properly either. Everyone knows your supposed to hold them horizontal to your palm, with the loudpspeaker on, just like they do in the apprentice, or like your grandma does.
Having said this, call me paranoid, but I always keep my phone in my bag, never in my pocket - it's all very well having your ear blown off, but I'd prefer that to having my gonads incinerated.
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Anything to get into the Media...
The only think I can think of that would cause a phone like that to fragment would be if the screen was under physical pressure and eventually had structural failure leading to fragments of glass getting ejected into his ear.
There just aren't large enough capacitors in a phone to cause an 'explosion'. So I suggest the screen was inserted into the case incorrectly or it was put into a vice or dropped?
Moto will have a field day examining that phone...
I'm trying to play the scene over in my head. Bloke's talking on his mobile (while getting into a car, no less). Said mobile (supposedly) goes "pop." He doesn't think much of it. He then feels something dripping that "might be blood." He looks in a mirror, realises "oh shit, I'm bleeding" and then finally notices that his phone is both bloody and damaged.
The one thing I just can't wrap my head around is the part where the chap "thinks nothing" of his phone (supposedly) going "pop." I'm gonna go with Anonymous Coward's assessment - the fool probably just (very) awkwardly banged his head while getting into his car. After being slugged with an undoubtedly ridiculous hospital bill as a result of his clumsiness, he decides he's going to have a crack at getting Motorola to pay up, and possibly get a replacement phone to boot.
The popping sound was almost certainly the Lithium Ion battery.
Electronics enthusiasts consider that when a torch or any other project with Li-ion battery cell starts popping it's a strong indication that the battery cell is in thermal runaway and has just become a "terrorist cell". The suggestion is to dispose of the device like a hand grenade, because it's likely to go off with the force of one if the hydrogen can't escape fast enough and reaches pressure high enough that the hydrogen ignites. The size of explosion can be calculated by the area that the hydrogen has to be compressed in.
You also get a lovely toxic cloud of hydrofloric acid from the battery if it really goes bang, which is pretty harmful to people. Personally, being aware of the dangers I think people should be forced to read the battery safety sheets and learn the signs of a battery in thermal runaway for safety reasons before using Li-ion powered devices.
hydrofloric acid is PRETTY harmful?
Fucking scary I'd say, forgive me if I'm wrong but aren't hydrofloric acids the ones that absorb energy from the cells they are destroying? IIRC getting some on your finger = amputation
That's not pretty harmful, that's the acid burn of your life (especially if the device was in your trouser pocket!!)
Yes, that's the same Hydrofloric acid. I'm an IT bod, not a chemist so I don't really know THAT much about hydrofloric acid. The extent of my knowledge is that It's released in small quantities but potentially dangerous quantities if a Li-Ion battery goes bang.
I'm mainly going from the result one of the members on Candle Power Forums who ended up with shrapnel covered with hydrofluoric acid embedded in his foot (IIRC) after a multi secondary cell battery suffered a complete and total failure and blew inside a sealed container. Although it did require medical attention he didn't need his foot amputating. At least, I'm pretty confident he'd have mentioned that.
Obviously as a chemist you would know a little more than me. Care to share what you know?
I'm not a chemist, just an IT Grunt.
My knowledge of Hydrofloric acid is pretty much limited to a combination of what I read in the user manual for my car (of all places) and a deep aversion to any more acid burns!
I remember being told something about it when I was young. IIRC there's no way to neutralise them, hence the amputation.
The difference between these and other acids (lets use sulphuric) is that ordinary acids expend their own energy to destroy cells, hydrofloric acid robs energy from the cells it is destroying.
Truly nasty stuff, it's the reason you should never touch a burnt out car (rubber/plastic burnt at the right temperature can become a hydrofloric acid).
All of the above could be wrong, it's based on memory (which I felt was more accurate than Wikipedia ;-) )
I'm well aware of thermal runaway, I'm just skeptical as to whether this is what happened in this instance. Either this bloke is extremely lucky that his battery didn't fail in a more catastrophic fashion, or he really is just a klutz who couldn't afford a visit to the Emergency Room. Until we hear more on this story, my money's on the latter rather than the former.
Furthermore, HF isn't just "pretty harmful," it's downright deadly, even in small quantities if treatment isn't sought willy-nilly. As a chemist, it is one of the few chemicals that genuinely frightens me.
The CAT Scan did more longterm damage to him than a bit of glass in his ear.
why didnt they just give him a quick X-ray to check for glass fragments instead of 10-20 years dose of radiation in one go with the CAT.
oh yeah it was the $3500+ bill to his medicare provider that was the reason (burn both suckers and pocket the profit)
and if he should get brain cancer later, woopeee more instant profits (with no comeback if it fails to work)...
dont you love medicare and the private US medical system where even a utter fail is a WIN!!!
The medical decision actually process works like this:
Determine appropriate care. Calculate profit A.
Determine best care. Calculate profit B.
Estimate probability (P) that best care is better than appropriate care. Estimate associated legal costs L.
Calculate sum(A-PL)+ sum(B) over all cases.
If result is less than zero (which it always is) implement policy to choose best care in all cases.
A $3500 CAT scan isn't $3500 profit.
There are any others?
Do you think the gov-sponsored hospital down the road is _not_ going to shove you into the scanner then send the bill to the tax collector to keep the cellar nurses busy (when they don't give you aspirin to help you recover after the left side of your body suddenly signs off, that is)?
ITT: Bizarre opinions of how "public healthcare" actually works.
Lets see, and exploding object next to the head and you don't see a reason to a cat scan ?
"oh yeah it was the $3500+ bill to his medicare provider that was the reason (burn both suckers and pocket the profit)"
Um he has no insurance which means he is going to pat out of pocket. That means they are less likely to get paid.
Oh and show proof that one cat scan is equal to 10-20 years of x-ray radiation and were some has gotten brain cancer from a CAT scan.
Just to point out that universal healthcare in the US could help lower overall government spending on health. The US already spends over 50% more on average per head on healthcare than the countries with universal healthcare.
The reason for this, at least in my mind, is the amount that the US does pay for (old people), is massively inflated due to the fact that everyone else has to pay insurance companies. So the US ends up spending far more, whilst providing far less. It's a very similar situation as that in the UK with rent and housing costs. Housing benefit has allowed for rents to become artificially inflated. Where government and private companies/individuals end up in competition as such, prices go up needlessly.
"Perhaps the topper is the 2002 tale of a scientist who burned his penis after placing his notebook on his lap for an hour."
Toasted sausage sandwich anyone?
And in reference to the guy who hurt his ear, he should try ordering his pizzas over his home phone next time as his Droid has clearly had enough.
His 'phone "explodes", so the first thing he does is rush to his wife's work so she can take pictures. Once they have been taken someone calls 911 to report the emergency incident that is a cut on his ear. If it was so important the he needed an ambulance (why else 'phone 911?) why didn't he drive himself to the ER instead of his wife's school.
The cynic in me feels that the word 'compensation' was involved in the thought process long before the word 'ow'.