Feeds

My Droid EXPLODED mid phone call, says Texan

An incendiary conversation

Security for virtualized datacentres

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 told the news outlet. “I realized that it was probably blood. I went into the house, and as I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward.”

Embry said his Droid 2 still works perfectly, although the model he displayed for the camera had multiple cracks in the touch screen and smears of what appeared to be dried blood.

A spokeswoman for Droid manufacturer Motorola said the company is investigating the claim.

It's the latest claim of a must-have electronic device turning against its owner. Last year, a 15-year-old boy filed a $250,000 lawsuit after claiming his iPod Touch exploded and torched his trousers. MacBooks and laptops from a variety of other manufacturers have also suffered similar claims, usually, it's said, as a result of faulty batteries. Perhaps the topper is the 2002 tale of a scientist who burned his penis after placing his notebook on his lap for an hour.

Embry, who doesn't have health insurance, said he plans to hire an attorney. We have no doubt he'll find plenty of takers. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.