Fingers burned by flaming laptop

Apple and Sony will settle a lawsuit stemming from the whole exploding laptop battery incident a few years back. But given the bargain basement settlement figure, Downtime feels we could have provided better legal counsel. The electronic giants are together paying a Japanese couple a total of about 1.3 million yen (that’s £5,000) for damages to their home and for burns the man sustained while trying to remove his flaming Apple computer from the house. The couple argued this fire was caused by a defective Sony lithium-ion battery.

Despite agreeing to pay its share of the settlement, Sony still maintains there was no link between the fire and the battery but has to date has recalled 9.6 million of these “occasionally unstable” batteries.