6000 Matches Go Up In Flames

Video: Man lights 6,000 matches and the result is mesmerizing

By on March 27, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

Video: Man lights 6,000 matches and the result is mesmerizing

Lining up and then knocking down upwards of 6,000 dominos is certainly interesting, but we’ll do you one better. Recently, the HTD YouTube channel thought it’d be a good idea to line up 6,000 matches in close proximity, light a lone match, and then record what happens next.

Suffice it to say, the end result is rather mesmerizing. All told, the entire arrangement of matches takes about 30 seconds before the entire match-holding contraption is engulfed in flames. After about 14 minutes, the fire dies out on its own.

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Japan Livestream Fire

Crazy video: Livestreamer in Japan accidentally burns down his house

By on October 5, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

Crazy video: Livestreamer in Japan accidentally burns down his house

I’m not sure if the Darwin Awards is a global contest or not, but if so, this poor guy from Japan definitely needs some consideration. In a video that instantly went viral over the weekend, we see a man accidentally light his house on fire.

Things begin innocently enough as the man unsuccessfully tries to light a match. Eventually, he winds up lighting up an entire matchbook instead. Still, at this point, things didn’t seem all that grave. Until, of course, he opts to throw the entire lit matchbook into… wait for it… a bag filled with paper. That portion of the video starts at about 4 minutes and 52 seconds in.

What follows next is a sad comedy of errors.

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Amazon New Fire TV Fire Tablets

All of the new devices Amazon announced this morning (don’t worry, there’s no Fire Phone 2)

By on September 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM.

All of the new devices Amazon announced this morning (don’t worry, there’s no Fire Phone 2)

Apple had its big event last week and Microsoft is preparing one of its own for next month, but Amazon wasn’t going to be left out of the hardware extravaganza this fall. On Thursday, the online marketplace unveiled six new devices that will begin shipping in the coming weeks, including a fascinating Apple TV competitor. More →

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California Wildfire First Person Video

Terrifying video shows what it would be like to drive through a wildfire

By on September 15, 2015 at 4:56 PM.

Terrifying video shows what it would be like to drive through a wildfire

Unless you live in California, it can be difficult to imagine just how dramatic the effects of the drought have been. Recent reports are calling this the worst drought in 500 years, and the implications reach much further than simply forcing Californians to limit the amount of water they use to keep their lawns green. More →

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Apple iPhone spontaneously combusts aboard flight in Australia

By on November 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM.

Apple iPhone spontaneously combusts aboard flight in Australia

An Apple iPhone spontaneously began smoking and emitting a red glow while aboard an airplane in Australia. Passengers aboard Regional Express flight ZL319 were welcomed to their destination in Sydney, Australia on Friday by a frightening ordeal. According to the airline, a passenger’s iPhone began “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke” shortly after the flight landed, and the smoke was accompanied by a red glow. A flight attendant extinguished the device and no passengers or airline staff were injured according to the airline. The phone in question appears to be an iPhone 4 (pictured above) as opposed to the new iPhone 4S model, and it has been collected by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as part of its investigation. Regional Express’ full press release follows below. More →

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Fire extinguished at Foxconn factory; production unaffected [video]

By on September 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

Fire extinguished at Foxconn factory; production unaffected [video]

A Foxconn factory in Shadong, China caught fire on Tuesday but the blaze was quickly extinguished, Reuters reported. Foxconn said there will not be an impact on production and there were no worker casualties. An explosion caused damage at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China in May, and resulted in three Foxconn worker deaths, 15 injuries and a slowdown in Apple iPad production. That tragedy also caused a 2.14% monthly revenue dip, or about US$6.95 billion in lost revenue. A Foxconn spokesperson told Reuters that Tuesday’s fire was caused by electrical cables on the factory roof and noted that the damages will be covered by insurance. A video of the fire follows after the break. More →

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Amazon to reveal ‘Kindle Fire’ Android tablet on Wednesday

By on September 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM.

Amazon to reveal ‘Kindle Fire’ Android tablet on Wednesday

Amazon will unveil its Android-powered “Kindle Fire” tablet on Wednesday during a press event in New York City. The Kindle Fire will begin to ship during the second week of November and, with a similar-sized 7-inch screen, the device looks very much like the BlackBerry PlayBook according to reports. GDGT explained that the device was built by Quanta, the same manufacturer that built the PlayBook, and the firm played a big role in designing each of the slates. While recent leaks have created a lot of buzz about the potential tablet, GDGT suggested the tablet might not be that exciting. Reportedly the Kindle Fire is “pretty poor” and was rushed out the door so that Amazon had a product on store shelves for the holiday season. TechCrunch argued the Kindle Fire is better than the PlayBook, however, thanks to Amazon’s content and a “custom version of Android.” The Kindle Fire is powered by a TI dual-core OMAP chip but the processor speed is still unclear. Amazon is expected to price the device between $250 and $300. BGR will covering Amazon’s press conference live on Wednesday, so be sure to tune in for more details. More →

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Carol Bartz surrenders spot on Yahoo board

By on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM.

Carol Bartz surrenders spot on Yahoo board

“I want to make sure that the employees don’t believe that I’ve abandoned them. I would never abandon them.” Those are the words of former Yahoo chief executive officer Carol Bartz who was fired from the firm over the phone last week but who said she would remain on the company’s board. Bartz no longer has a position on the board as of Monday, however, and it is possible that is a result of a recent interview with Fortune during which Bartz said Yahoo “f***ed me over” and called the rest of the company’s board “doofuses.” “On September 9, 2011, Carol Bartz resigned from the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc., effective immediately,” Charles Sipkins, a spokesperson for the board said in an email obtained by Reuters on Sunday. Bartz’s words could have cost her $10 million, according to Fortune which noted the exec had a non-disparagement clause in her contract with Yahoo. More →

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RIM to lay off 2,000 employees, reorganize management

By on July 25, 2011 at 8:41 AM.

RIM to lay off 2,000 employees, reorganize management

Research In Motion will lay off 2,000 of its employees, or about 10% of its total workforce, as part of a cost optimization program. “The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company and it follows an extended period of rapid growth within the company whereby the workforce had nearly quadrupled in the last five years alone,” the company said in a statement. The BlackBerry maker is also reorganizing several of its top management positions. RIM’s company statement does not mention any changes to the Co-CEO and Co-Chairman roles held by Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. RIM recently lost several executives, including the Vice President of digital marketing and media and the BlackBerry PlayBook senior product manager, to competitors including Samsung. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Cisco to cut 6,500 jobs to boost profits

By on July 20, 2011 at 3:14 AM.

Cisco to cut 6,500 jobs to boost profits

Cisco announced on Tuesday that it will layoff 9% of its workforce, or 6,500 jobs, in an effort to boost profits. That figure is lower than original speculation that the company would cut 10,000 employees. Cisco made the move as part of an effort to cut $1 billion in annual costs while spurring profit growth, Bloomberg reported. 2,100 of the 6,500 employees have agreed to an early-retirement program. Additionally, Cisco plans to sell a Juarez, Mexico-based manufacturing facility to Foxconn. The move will transfer 5,000 workers elsewhere but will not result in job cuts. Earlier this year, the company laid-off 550 additional employees when it announced that it was killing off its Flip camera arm in an effort to restructure its consumer business. More →

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Skype said to be firing execs to reduce payouts

By on June 20, 2011 at 6:46 PM.

Skype said to be firing execs to reduce payouts

Skype has started to fire several of its executives in an effort to reduce payouts from its Microsoft purchase, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Among the execs being let go are vice presidents Christopher Dean, David Gurle, don Albert, and Russ Shaw, as well as chief marketing officer Doug Bewsher, and the head of human resources, Anne Gillespi. Two other execs from Skype’s Qik acquisition earlier this year — Ramu Sunkara and Allyson Campa — were also fired according to the report. This could possibly mean that the executives will lose any stock options that were not yet vested. Microsoft announced on May 10th that it was acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion, and the deal is still pending FCC approval. More →

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Man’s Samsung Focus gets hot and bothered as it burns charger port, melts cable

By on March 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM.

Man’s Samsung Focus gets hot and bothered as it burns charger port, melts cable

A sad Samsung Focus owner recently took to AT&T’s online forum with a tale of woe that could spell trouble for AT&T and Samsung. With pictures as evidence, the man alleges that his Samsung smartphone overheated while charging and burned both the charger port and the cable connector. He claims that his handset began repeatedly sounding a charging chime, even when it was not plugged into the charger. The man plugged his phone in to see if it might stop the chimes and within 30 seconds he says he smelled the delightful aroma of burning electronics. A power surge could have been a possible explanation, but the plot then thickened; several other Focus owners have since reported symptoms similar to those that lead up to the meltdown, though none have reported fiery finales at this point. The story doesn’t quite have the same flare as news of an iPhone 4 owner whose device recently exploded and burned his hand, but we’re sure this former Focus fan didn’t mind escaping unscathed. What he did mind, however, is AT&T store reps’ less-than-helpful response to the man’s predicament. Rather than swapping the phone out on the spot, they’re making him jump through warranty claim hoops in order to replace his fricasseed phone. Hit the break for two more images of the damaged Focus. More →

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iPhone 4 explodes, burns man’s hand [video]

By on February 17, 2011 at 7:55 AM.

iPhone 4 explodes, burns man’s hand [video]

Competing smartphone platforms might be catching up to iOS when it comes to apps and UI styling — but can your Google phone do this? An iPhone 4 belonging to Omar Huartas allegedly blew up while his wife was holding it. According to Huertas’ video recount of the incident, the Apple smartphone became extremely hot while his wife held the device. The battery apparently swelled, dislodging the rear battery cover and catching fire. Huertas’ wife dropped the device on a table where it left visible burn marks. At some point during the fray, it also allegedly burned Huertas’ hand and expelled enough smoke that it set off his fire alarm. In a tweet to @ceoSteveJobs, a parody account on Twitter that Mr. Huertas may have thought to be real, Huertas writes, “my name omar huertas your iphone 4 blew up in my wife hand battery i spoke with apple i need something done loss data kids pic.” Huertas says he went to the Apple store to get a replacement phone, and it is unclear whether or not the affected handset is still in his possession. Hit the break for a bizarre video reenactment of the alleged incident. More →

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