Too Bad: Your Incinerated Belongings Are Not Zipcar's Problem (Updated!)

Too Bad: Your Incinerated Belongings Are Not Zipcar's Problem (Updated!)

We have an update to this story, with a happy ending for everyone except for the ill-fated Mini Cooper.

Is John asking too much from Zipcar? He writes that he and his wife rented a Mini Cooper for a weekend trip. On their way home, their car first overheated, then burst into flames just minutes after they pulled over. The couple survived uninjured, but didn’t have time to get all of their belongings out of the car. Zipcar sent roadside assistance, reimbursed John and his wife for their car ride home, and gave them a credit good for another daylong car rental. However, the company will not cover any of their personal items destroyed in the fire.

iPods Still Exploding; Apple Just Doesn't Want You To Know

iPods Still Exploding; Apple Just Doesn't Want You To Know

We thought that maybe exploding iPods were a 2008 phenomenon, but evidently not. An 11-year-old girl’s iPod exploded in England, and Apple reportedly tried to get the entire family to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to get a refund.

Apple Battery Recalls Encourage Prolonging Immolation Risk

My wife just (six weeks later) got her new battery from Apple for her Powerbook G4. The instructions on the printed materials that came with the new battery stated that the old battery had to be drained prior returning. Suggested ways to do this: play a dvd, play a CD or play the Chess game computer vs. computer.

Sony Recalls Gateway, Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu Batteries

Monday, Sony launched a voluntary recall of laptop batteries for the manufacturer’s listed in the headline of this post. If you own a notepad made by one of these people, check this chart to see if you computer is affected.