The top 40 Android issues that users want Google to fix now

Android Image - GoogleAccording to Android users, these are the issues that they most want Google to fix with the wildly popular mobile operating system.

Notebook PC explosion: battery manufacturer dropped safety tests

laptop battery bursts and catches fireThe manufacturer of a notebook PC battery that was seen exploding in dramatic TV footage apparently skipped safety tests when it tested newer battery models.

Video of the notebook PC exploding in flames shocked viewers and drove down the share prices of its manufacturer, LG Electronics, and battery maker, LG Chem.

Eidos kills journalist firing discussions

kane and lynch concept art from eidos and io interactive Games publisher Eidos has deleted hundreds of user complaints from its forums following claims that a journalist was fired for his negative review of its new game, Kane and Lynch. “There will be no further discussion”, an Eidos forum administrator bluntly warned visitors, describing the complaints, some of which were abusive, as “ugly spam”.

Microsoft SideShow 'PDA' will cost only $80

Handheld Windows SideShow prototype menu screen.Prices for PDA-style Windows SideShow devices will start from about $80, according to a developer that demonstrated prototypes to today. The touchscreen handheld gadgets share many of the features of PDAs, smartphones, and media players like Apple's iPod, but they connect wirelessly to a PC to send or receive data.

Apple invents iPod hearing protection technology

Apple iPod hearing impactApple acknowledges that portable media players, a class of products which includes the iPod, can cause hearing damage, according to a newly published patent application filed by the company. The application describes a method of reducing the risk of hearing loss. The document, which does not mention the iPod by name, was originally filed one month before a class action lawsuit which alleges the iPod series' design may exacerbate hearing loss.

$350 open Linux mobile phone on target for September launch

The world's first open source mobile phone will be available this September priced at $350, its developers have confirmed. The FIC Neo1973's final printed circuit board design is complete, said OpenMoko staff at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, today.