Is it an iPod Touch, or an iBomb? Apple is now facing a lawsuit regarding a boy’s iPod Touch exploding in his pants. Is he sure that was Apple’s device?

It’s probably only natural that a caption reading ‘ipod Touch explodes in boy’s pants’ generates a whole slew of jokes, and a few will probably even pop up here in the comments section below. And while initially they’ll be funny, there’s nothing really funny about a 15-year-old teenage boy receiving second-degree burns because of a faulty Apple product. Yet that’s what happened: a 16 GB Apple iPod Touch supposedly exploded and caught fire while in the boy’s pocket, thus burning his leg. It certainly gives the slogan ‘burning a hole in your pocket’ a whole new meaning.

According to the lawsuit () filed Thursday in the Southern District of Ohio, the teen was attending school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and sitting at his desk; the iPod Touch was tucked away deep down in his pants pocket, turned off. The teen heard a loud pop and immediately began to feel a burning sensation on his leg. He quickly jumped up out of his seat to find that the iPod Touch has exploded and caught on fire. He then darted to the nearest bathroom and took off his pants ‘with the assistance of a friend.’ Apparently, the device had not only burned through his pants pocket, but melted through his Nylon/Spandex underwear, burning his leg. His mother was called in immediately to rush him directly to the doctor.

According to the lawsuit, the doctor declared the boy’s wounds as second-degree burns. ‘He continues to suffer from both physical and mental conditions which will cause him to suffer pain, mental distress, emotional distress, and otherwise for the rest of his life,’ the lawsuit adds. The mother adds more turmoil to the pot, claiming that the sales clerks in the local Apple store didn’t warn her of the potential danger, that the device could cause some serious bodily harm. The employees, more than likely unaware of any harmful side effects of using an Apple iPod Touch, now face gross recklessness and negligence charges due to malicious and fraudulent salesmanship. Oh, and the entire Apple company faces the same charges as well. That claim makes just about as much sense as saying that every McDonald’s employee is guilty for gross recklessness and negligence because a customer burned their tongue on a hot apple pie.

Currently the Plaintiff’s mother is suing Apple and the ten unnamed retail employees at a local Apple store for $225,000 in damages comprised of $75,000 for compensatory damages, $75,000 for punitive damages, and $75,000 for legal fees and ‘special damages.’ Naturally, Apple declined to comment on the situation, only saying that it does not comment on pending litigation. But as pointed out by, mobile device explosions are nothing new, however most of the time, they’re caused by cheap batteries inserted by the user. It’s certainly possible the teen’s iPod Touch suffered the same fate if he modded the device with a different battery. Still, until more information comes to the surface, the device’s flamboyant malfunction can only be speculated.

According to Apple, the iPod Touch is the ‘funnest iPod ever.’ It’s probably safe to assume that the burned teen disagrees. Ultimately, this probably won’t be the last we hear on this ‘Hot iPod Incident,’ as investigators probe into the actual device to determine what caused the fire. The plaintiff better hope that he didn’t ‘jailbreak’ his iPod Touch, as that would spell trouble for his defense and possibly terminate the lawsuit.

Note to self: do not put the iPod Touch in pocket.

9to5Mac isthat Apple is currently working on an in-house radio application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This application will supposedly run in the background and offer the same features as the FM radio seen on the new iPod Nano. There’s even mention that the app will feature Live Pause functionality.

Both the iPhone 3GS and the iPod 3G have an FM transmitter and receiver installed, however currently there are no apps to activate the latent hardware. The same holds true with the iPhone and iPod Touch 2G, however these models have FM radio receivers only. Apple previously performed the same stunt with the dormant Bluetooth hardware, activating the tech long after the devices hit the market.

9to5Mac added that Apple is currently attempting to integrate the Mobile iTunes Store purchase functionality into the radio app using Song Tagging, thus delaying its release. The site provides an example on how the tagging will work: users will hear a song on the radio and can then push a button to pull up and purchase the tune in the iTunes Store. Of course, this will only work if the station supports Song Tagging.

As seen, the iPod Touch 2G features Broadcom’sWi-Fi and Bluetooth chip. The company’s overview clearly reveals that the chip has a built-in FM receiver in addition to the integrated IEEE 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

A while back Target started selling gift cards that double as low-end digital cameras. With 1.2 megapixels and no flash, they’re not so spectacular as cameras, but it does come with 40 free prints at target. It’s a pretty cool idea and it seems to be one that’s catching on.

According to Gizmodo, Best Buy will this year sell gift cards that double as a mini-speaker. Each gift card comes with a 3.5mm jack to plug into whatever audio player you happen to have lying around the house. We don’t have much details yet so we’re not sure about how loud these things actually are. We’d imagine not very, making them pretty much useless for anything you might use a portable speaker like driving, jogging or cooking.

from anywhere between $50-$1,000. They’re already appearing on eBay so if you want one, you should probably get one before word really gets out.

We first heard about the PlayBook well over a year ago and the device was first shown off in September of last year. It’s been a long and winding road since then, but the device is finally available for purchase in U.S. and Canadian stores as of today.

The run-up to the availability of this RIM tablet has been peppered with unveiling of many similar (and some quite impressive) devices from competing companies. Of course, the iPad 2 has been out for a while, but customers in the market for a tablet will also be considering the Motorola Xoom, the not-yet-released Asus’ EeePad Transformer, the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10, the LG Optimus Pad, Acer’s new line of tablets, and a whole ream of other slates and tabs either already available or promised for the very near future. To say it’s up against some stiff competition would be a huge understatement.

The PlayBook has come under fire for the fact that it won’t be shipping with a native email, contacts or calendar applications. These features are available for users pairing their RIM device with their BlackBerry phone, but those without a BlackBerry will have to wait until RIM release native apps for these missing PIM functions.

Despite this, the Wall Street Journal cites retailers that say the device is seeing ‘steady’ sales. Sears in Toronto told the newspaper that though it didn’t compare to iPad frenzy, there were a handful of people waiting to buy the PlayBook at 7am this morning. Similarly a Best Buy in Boston also said people were waiting outside for the store to open. In the Stapes on Broadway in New York City, all 10 PlayBooks in stock were sold out within a couple of hours. A salesperson told the Wall Street Journal they were placing customer orders online. However, in Akron, Ohio, sales had yet to even start by late morning. Just before noon, a Best Buy situated there told WSJ that despite advance orders, they hadn’t sold a single unit.

Did you buy a BlackBerry PlayBook? Are you also a BlackBerry owner? Let us know in the comments below!

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While many digital cameras these days can shoot 4K-resolution video, it’s a feature that often takes a back seat to still-photo features. But if you’re the type of photographer or filmmaker who tends to focus on video, you can spend thousands of dollars for a high-end professional, full-size camcorder, which will provide you with a lot of quality — but you may not have the budget for it. Aside from that, most stand-alone, camcorder-like models offer consumer-grade video that’s more low-end.

It’s one of the reasons Blackmagic introduced the, which is actually the successor to the company’s first ‘pocket’-type camera, which debuted in 2014. The new model targets those who want a very portable, relatively rugged, versatile camera (or device) that primarily shoots video.

To give you a sense of how the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K stands apart from other digital-imaging devices (or falls short of that goal), here’s what you need to know:

Is the Blackmagic a digital camera camcorder or some other type of device?

It’s a device that doesn’t easily fit into any one category. For many years, nearly all consumer-targeted camcorders and action cams have had fixed lenses, meaning that you couldn’t swap out lenses the way you can with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The Blackmagic is an exception, since it can accept various mirrorless lenses.

But it’s not the first of its kind: Several years ago, Sony introduced the NEX-VG20, an interchangeable-lens Handycam camcorder, which accepted Sony mirrorless zoom and prime lenses (A-mount and E-mount lenses).

How portable is it, and who is this product for?

Blackmagic’s camera looks to be about the size of a large DSLR, which means it’s probably not what most consumers have in mind when they think of something that’s ‘portable.’ It definitely won’t fit in a pocket.  

However, enthusiast and prosumer filmmakers will probably put up with a little inconvenience, bulk and weight, if the camera captures high-quality video and has powerful, versatile features. They’re also the group who will pay extra for a pricey step-up camera like this. Blackmagic is targeting independent filmmakers, documentary photographers, fashion shooters, travel vloggers, and wedding and corporate videographers, as well as sports and event shooters.

What type of sensor does it have?

Blackmagic says it uses a full-size Four Thirds HDR sensor, which has a native 4096 x 2160 (4K) resolution-size sensor.

What type (or types) of lenses does it accept?

Here’s one way Blackmagic’s camera stands out from most interchangeable-lens cameras, although it’s questionable how valid the claim is. When you buy a Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic or Pentax camera, you are committed to that company’s lens mount. So, if you buy a Canon camera, you can only use lenses that fit a Canon mount. Likewise for Nikon, Sony and Pentax. Olympus and Panasonic use the same Micro 4/3rds mount, so they’re compatible with each other, but not the others.

According to Blackmagic, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is compatible with MFT-mount lenses, which is ‘extremely flexible and allows for different lens adapters so customers can also use PL, C, EF and other types of lenses from manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and even Panavision.’ In most other cases, a manufacturer introducing a new camera doesn’t say that it’s compatible with other manufacturers’ lenses via an adapter. That’s because such adapters generally come with compromises, such as fewer autofocus options. It will be interesting to see how well this camera works when users are swapping out different lens brands.

Will MFT lenses have a crop factor?

What will be intriguing to see is how the MFT lenses from Panasonic and Olympus perform using a full-frame 4/3rds sensor. Most often, MFT lenses used on Panasonic and Olympus cameras have a 2x crop factor: That means that a 42mm lens is cropped so that it actually appears to function like an 84mm lens. That’s nice if you’re looking to use a telephoto lens, but if you want to shoot wide angle, your 24mm lens will be cropped and have a view of 48mm, which isn’t wide-angle at all.

However, on this Blackmagic model, a 14mm or 42mm will have no crop factor, in the same way a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera lack a crop factor.

What video resolutions and frame rates are supported by the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K?

The camera has three video shooting resolutions: two 4K settings; 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI) and 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD); and one full HD, at 1920 x 1080.


It can also capture 4K at a top frame rate of 60 fps, which should yield smooth video. It can also capture HD video at 120 fps, which allows for slow-motion video (although it won’t be at 4K resolution).

Can the Blackmagic camera shoot still photos?

Yes, since it has a still-photo button control. However, technical specs were not yet available. It will probably be 4096 x 2160, or around an 8-MP photo.

How sensitive is the Blackmagic’s sensor?

The top ISO for the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is 25,600, which is quite high, and decent for a 4/3rds sensor. However, cameras such as the, a mirrorless camera that has very similar specs to the Blackmagic camera, can go up to ISO 51,200, and can be expanded up to ISO 204,800.

What kind of memory card does it accept?

The Blackmagic camera can record to SD memory cards as well as UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards. (The latter two cards allow for more professional-level video capture.) However, what many filmmakers are excited about is the fact that you can hook up an external drive, like a solid-state drive (or SSD), and record your footage directly to those drives via a USB-C port. Blackmagic is also claiming that photographers can use the same drive they captured video footage on to do their video editing and post-production work.

Additionally, Blackmagic is claiming that there are no proprietary files, so it will work with all types of software. (In contrast, in still photography, all RAW files are proprietary — to use a Canon RAW file, you need to makes sure your software packages have the proper plug-in.)

How does it record audio?

Audio, one of the most underappreciated aspects in filmmaking, looks quite promising on the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. First of all, it includes four built-in microphones. But perhaps even more important is that it has a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power. That means you can connect very good-quality, professional-grade mics, which will undoubtedly allow for compelling audio, from interviews to shooting street or on-location footage.

What’s the camera body made of, and what’s the LCD like?

According to the company, the body of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is made of a new, lightweight but-sturdy material: carbon fiber polycarbonate composite. The LCD is a very large, 5-inch touch-screen LCD.

Does it come with software?

Blackmagic is offering a full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio video editor (normally $299), for editing footage, adjusting color, adding visual effects and working with audio.

How much will the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K cost?

In its press release, Blackmagic priced this camera at $1,295.  

When will the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K be available?

Blackmagic hopes to make the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K available in September 2018.

Stay tuned for our full review later this year, when the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K becomes available, and we can put it through our battery of tests.

Credit: Blackmagic Design

, a streaming media player that will bring FaceBook, YouTube, Netflix and over 130 channels and apps to any HDTV or analog TV. It has both 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, making it an ideal gadget for the den, living room or bedroom. It even transforms the TV into a digital photo album with Picasa.

‘Whether you are looking to stream the latest flicks from VUDU, catch up on your favorite TV shows available on Netflix, or just want to listen to some music from Pandora, our new MovieNite Plus offers a simple to use solution that delivers the biggest names in entertainment straight to your TV,’ said Ken Loyd, director, consumer products, D-Link. ‘D-Link continues to deliver user-friendly entertainment solutions offering an unlimited amount of content at the best HD resolution for a great value.’


The manufacturer will be shipping with a technology called ‘Duralock’, which guarantees power storage for at least 10 years.

To achieve the increase in storage duration, Duracell said that it uses 24 karat gold as ‘fuel’ for creating chemical power, protects the anode and cathode with a unique separator that limits power transfer when not in use, and applies ‘triple corrosion protection’ that surrounds the contents in an acid resistant. There is also a battery anti-corrosive exterior.

‘We know that consumers typically don’t spend a large amount of time thinking about batteries,” said Volker Kuhn, general manager for Duracell North America, in a prepared statement. “But with the demand for more battery power on the rise due to the large amount of battery-operated devices on the market, it’s important that Duracell is recognized as a power solution they can trust.’ Duracell said that the average household has about 20 devices that rely on batteries.

The company said that it will launch the new technology with the support of its ‘largest marketing campaign in [the company’s] history’. The new batteries are scheduled to be available in U.S. retail by late summer.

Come midnight, Kinect will be available in retail outlets across the country. Provided the system doesn’t sell out, you should be able to stroll down to your local electronics store and pick up Kinect whenever you have the time. Still, there’s something to be said for being among the first to get a newly released product and Microsoft is providing a little extra incentive for those close to NYC to get off their butts and head down to the official launch at Toys R Us in Times Square.

Toys R Us is opening its doors at midnight so it can sell Kinect as soon as calendars tick over to November 4, and Microsoft is giving the first 3,000 people to purchase Kinect a free copy of Kinect Sports, a copy of Kinect Joy Ride and a one year Xbox Live Gold subscription. That’s $150 of swag right there, but that’s not all; Microsoft is also giving the first 400 people (over the age of 18) an invitation to the launch after-party where it’s promising ‘surprise appearances.’

So who’s in line already? A lot of people, that’s who. This is Peter (right) and K (left). Peter has been sitting outside the store since 7pm on Monday, while K arrived Tuesday morning at 9am. Peter says he wants to be among the first to get Kinect, while K said he’s there to be in that first 400 going to the after party. When asked if that was the only reason he was there so far in advance, he responded, ‘That’s it. I wanna go to the after-party.’ Peter said he was buying the peripheral for himself, while K said his wife would probably play it a lot.

Given how early these guys showed up (and their lack of gear), I’m assuming they’re from New York. However, one family made a trip from eastern Pennsylvania to make sure they get Kinect first and they were well prepared for the long wait with plenty of blankets and snacks to keep them going. Arriving at 7 a.m. this morning, they they seemed extremely excited about the prospect of Kinect and admitted they’d be taking it out of the box ‘as soon as they got home.’ That said, they also admitted that they arrived so early because they wanted to secure after-party tickets.

‘We got the train in the middle of the night to be here this morning at 7am,’ said mom, cheerfully. ‘We were going to come in last night but we checked the Facebook page and they said there were only about 20 people so far so we waited until today.

‘We were about 40th in line when we arrived but people have been showing up and joining their friends up ahead so I think we’re probably about 60th now. We’ll still be in the top 400, though, I think.’

We counted about 80 people in the queue, but there were also plenty of empty chairs where people had left their posts, we assume in search of refreshments or a bathroom.

Things don’t officially kick off until 6 p.m. but Microsoft reps were on hand all day to give passersby a chance to try out Kinect and folks in line were encouraging people to try out the system and then join the queue. We’ll head back to Times Square later on this evening to see what’s going down so be sure to check back for more!

As of tomorrow (May 22),, and it will also cost 20 percent more, moving to $11.99 per month from $9.99 per month. But you don’t have to pay that higher price to get the perks that Premium will offer, if you act fast.

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Existing subscribers, as well as those who subscribe today (May 21), before the change, will get to keep the current $9.99 per month pricing. Of course, that’s always subject to change, as month-to-month billing means that YouTube can change its mind at some point in the future.

, the price is more than worth it for me. Not only does the service give you an ad-free YouTube — getting rid of car insurance ads alone is incredible — but it also allows you to save videos for watching offline, which I take advantage of during my commute and on trips.


Another major perk of YouTube Red is listening to clips in the background on mobile devices, so you can multitask and not lose the thread. You also get access to YouTube Originals, such as Cobra Kai (the Karate Kid reboot) and the upcoming animated series Dallas & Robo, which tells the story of a boozy space trucker and her robot partner, voiced, respectively, by Kat Dennings and John Cena.

Also, if you subscribe to YouTube Red before the switchover, you also get Google Play Music, a streaming music service.

The transition from YouTube Red to YouTube Premium is a part of the launch of YouTube Music, the service’s new competitor, which is is launching in both free and paid ($9.99 per month to get rid of ads) tiers. YouTube Premium will cost more, in part, because it includes YouTube Music Premium.

For those watching to keep their mobile data budgets trim, well, auto-playing videos are nothing but a a hindrance, not a convenience. You can still find a way around Facebook’s Auto-play feature, but Instagram sadly removed that ability from its current setting. This doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do to constrain your mobile data consumption.

Rather than merely auto-play videos, Instagram actually preloads videos so they’re ready to star instantly as you move through your Feed. While you can’t control the auto-playback option, you can control when the videos download.

Follow these steps to keep mobile data usage in check.

1. Enter your profile by tapping on the icon of a person at the bottom far right of Instagram’s home screen.

2. Tap the button with the three square bullets stacked on top of one another in Android to access options and settings. On iPhone, look for the gear button.

3. Look under settings for “Videos” in the Options screen and tap the button.

4. Choose preload on Wi-Fi only to keep your mobile broadband use to a minimum. As a bonus, adjust the slider at the top of the page to disable the automatic playback of sound. If you’re sneaking a look at Instagram while in a meeting, even if a video does auto-play, at least this way your covert activities won’t be given away.