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Tech: Another iPhone Electrocution Investigated, and David Cameron's Warning to Search Giants About Porn

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Plus,Google's big new investment in Glass, and Mozilla's Firefox OS will be have a new version every three months.

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Another iPhone Electrocution

On Thursday, July 18, Beijing Wan Bao reported that a 30-year-old was in an ICU 10 days after being shocked while connecting his Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4 to a charger. The man, Wu Jiantong, arrived at the hospital in poor condition and was not breathing. Three days later, doctors were able to stabilize his condition, but he has remained in a coma since the electrocution, due to lack of oxygen supply to his brain. The charger was apparently either a counterfeit or a third-party device.

This follows the news that broke last week about a Chinese woman who died from an electrocution while talking on her plugged-in iPhone 5. As in the latest case, reports have suggested that the woman was not using a genuine Apple charger.

The UK's New Plan to Block All Porn by Default

British Prime Minster David Cameron has announced a sweeping initiative to block all online pornography by default, meaning that consumers will have to specify with their Internet providers if they want to have new "family-friendly filters" disabled. The Cameron plan is aimed mostly at eliminating violent and illegal child pornography, as well as rape pornography, which is already outlawed in Scotland but before this plan, remained legal in England. Cameron's plan will not only establish filters that must be opted out of for new customers, but will also make "extreme pornography" illegal.

The initiative will begin with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre creating a list of search terms that will be blocked. Additionally, a UK-US partnered task force will be established with the purpose of taking down websites that contain "extreme pornography."

Said Cameron, "I have a very clear message for Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Bing (NASDAQ:MSFT), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), and the rest. You have a duty to act on this -- and it is a moral duty. If there are technical obstacles to acting on [search engines], don't just stand by and say nothing can be done; use your great brain to help overcome them." He added, "[I]f the progress is slow or non-existent, then I can tell you we are already looking at the legislative options we have to force action."

Google Invests in Display Company, Preparing for Glass

Google is acquiring a 6.3% stake in Himax Display Inc, a subsidiary of Taiwanese chip maker Himax Technologies (NASDAQ:HIMX), which manufacturers components used in Google Glass' display. In the press release following the announcement, Himax said that investment will "expand capacity and further enhance production capabilities." Ergo, Google is most likely increasing its Glass production. And despite the lack of information on the release, it has been reported that Google plans to manufacture Glass itself at a Santa Clara, California, Foxconn (TPE:2354) plant. The company's Nexus Q media streamer is also manufactured in the US, though Google has not unveiled the device's manufacturer.

Though a solid timeframe for wide release of the new wearable device has not been released, in April of this year, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the consumer version of Glass is "probably a year-ish away."

The deal with Himax is expected to close in the the third quarter of 2013.

Mozilla Announced It Will Update OS Every Three Months

Mozilla announced today that the company's Linux-based, open-source operating system Firefox OS will have a new feature release every three months. This is actually slower than its release cycle for its Firefox browser, which gets a new version every six weeks in what Mozilla calls its "heartbeat." The previous two mobile operating systems will receive regular updates every six weeks until they are outdated by the newest OS iteration.

The first commercial phone to run Firefox OS, the ZTE (SHE:000063) Open, launched in Spain on July 2.

Said Alex Keybl, the manager of release management at Mozilla, "As far as I know, that's the most aggressive mobile OS release strategy out there (and may still require some tweaking)."

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