Apple Launches Investigation After Florida Man’s Left AirPod Explodes

Calling it “the craziest thing I ever went through,” a Tampa, Florida man claims that one of his two AirPods mysteriously “blew apart” and was burnt to charred crisp — though not before quickly removing them from his ears during a routine workout, local NBC News affiliate, Channel 8, reports.

Identified only by his first name, Colton, the Tampa, Fla. resident was allegedly working out at an LA Fitness franchise in nearby St. Petersburg. When listening to a song through his AirPods, he noticed what appeared to be smoke emanating from one of them.

“And then I saw white smoke start billowing out,” he said, noting that he instantly pulled the AirPods from his ears, rested them on a piece of gym equipment and proceeded to get help from a gym employee.

But when he returned, the report continues, Colton was shocked to learn that his left AirPod had completely burnt to a crisp — though the right AirPod remained in-tact.

“It was already like this,” he said. “It was already popped. I didn’t see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried!  You can see flame damage.”

Though rattled from the whole experience, Colton insisted he’s glad to have trusted his intuition and acted so quickly to remove the AirPods from his ears, admitting that “I don’t know what would’ve happened to my ear, but I’m sure since it hangs down, it could’ve been [my] ear lobe. Ear lobe could’ve been burnt.”

An Apple spokesperson, in response to question for comment from Channel 8 News, said the company has launched an investigation into the incident and will reach out to Colton, accordingly.

Worth pointing out is that while the inherent incident is likely to raise serious questions about AirPod safety, it’s only the first of such incidents to affect AirPods — and we currently have no reason to believe there’s a broader, software, hardware or technical-related issue afoot.

Still, Colton’s otherwise harrowing experience is merely the latest in a seemingly endless string of product-related fires, and follows multiple previous reports of iPhone battery explosions in various parts of the world, including Valencia, Spain, Zurich Switzerland, Hong Kong, and even another, iPhone 7-related burning incident in nearby Orlando, Florida.

Though troubling, to be sure, it’s also worth pointing out that Apple’s apparent onslaught of battery fire woes pale in comparison to its chief rival, Samsung’s.

To read more on this story, be sure to check out the full NBC News report here.

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Why, Exactly, Is Elon Musk Selling Flamethrowers? (or: An Investigation In Hot Theories)

It started out as a joke, or at least something in the neighborhood of a joke, but quickly turned into yet another scheme to make a very rich person even richer. The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s business venture (ostensibly) created to dig tunnels for future modes of transportation, now sells flamethrowers.

Yes: Flamethrowers. Just weapons so destructive that the only military to ever drop a nuclear bomb on another nation voluntarily banned itself from using them in 1978.

A lot of people are asking, quite reasonably: Why’s Elon Musk hawking flamethrowers anyway? Doesn’t he have anything better to do?

A few theories:

  • To make a lot of money quickly, or at least show that he can. In the span of four days, pre-orders of the $ 500 flamethrower were completely sold out. That’s $ 10 million right off the bat. Most of that will go right into the company’s pocket — the gadgets probably don’t cost much to make (they are “quite literally roof torches strapped to Airsoft rifles,” according to The Verge) and the only marketing to speak of was a few Tweets and Instagram posts. And if you suspect that you might not be the safest flamethrower user out there, The Boring Company sells fire extinguishers separately, of course. Much of the skepticism around Musk is that Tesla is a company with a lot of ideas and not nearly enough product to show for it. With the flamethrower, Musk is demonstrating to the world that he can sell something barely seen, that nobody in the public has ever actually used, and do it in style. Loudly.
  • Because he can. Musk has spent years building up his reputation as a madman-cum-genius, taking on audacious projects others have attempted and failed, from self-driving electric vehicles to sending humans to Mars. And he knows how to get some good press, like the time he used Tesla batteries to restore power to hospitals in hurricane-struck Puerto Rico. While the flamethrower project isn’t quite so altruistic, Musk again shows he knows how to get people going.
  • To prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Or some kind of doomsday. “When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower,” Musk tweeted shortly before The Boring Company opened up pre-orders. That’s one of several comments he’s made about the item’s capacity to destroy zombies. Even if your bunker isn’t exactly ready for the uprising of the flesh-eating undead, you can admit that Musk is tapping into a sense of wish fulfillment (or paranoia) for those of us raised on films like Aliens and The Thing. Some of us have whiled away our free moments fantasizing about how cool it would be to own a flamethrower of our own. In his replies to the earlier tweet, Musk responded to suggestions that The Boring Company might also offer a jetpack or a portal gun. No word yet on whether those kind-of jokes will also turn into real products (or real sales pitches for products-to-maybe-be).
  • Musk isn’t like your usual billionaire — he’s FUN. You know how you know Elon Musk is fun? He told you so. On Twitter, Musk warned potential customers not to buy the product unless they “like fun” (turns out, not everyone does). By emphasizing FUN, Musk is attempting to distance himself from other risk-taking entrepreneur-geniuses — it’s difficult to imagine Jeff Bezos posting an Instagram video of himself wielding a flamethrower, for example. It’s worth noting, however, that when Musk does something “fun,” he ends up tens of millions of dollars richer as a result.

Which, let’s be real, probably makes it pretty fun to be Elon Musk.

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DOJ and SEC launch an investigation into Apple’s controversial iPhone CPU throttling

Apple’s controversial practice of slowing down iPhones with worn-out batteries to prevent unexpected shutdowns apparently didn’t sit well with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)…. Read the rest of this post here

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Apple under investigation by DOJ, SEC for disclosures of its iPhone slow-down update

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Apple’s battery fiasco continues to grow as the US government gets involved. According to a Bloomberg report, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating if Apple violated securities laws with its disclosures surrounding a software update that intentionally slowed down the performance of older iPhones. The DOJ and SEC have requested more information from Apple on the subject.

No other details have been reported since the investigation is still new. It’s possible that the government is looking into Apple violating the securities laws that require publicly traded companies to disclose accurate financial information, including risk factors associated with investing in the company. The DOJ and SEC may consider the update that included the slow-down practices a risk factor that could affect the company’s stock and one that wasn’t properly disclosed to investors. As of writing this article, Apple’s stock fell 1.02 percent to $ 166.21 per share.

But this new investigation doesn’t signal definite wrongdoing by Apple—just an investigation by the government to see whether or not wrongdoing occurred. It’s also unclear which securities laws the DOJ and SEC are referencing—and since the probe is private, it’s hard to anticipate when more information about the investigation will be made public.

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 The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are jointly investigating Apple’s communications about the software update that slowed down older models of the iPhone, Bloomberg is reporting. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the government has reportedly requested details on the company’s communications about the software update. The Bloomberg… Read More
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