Remains of the Day: Negative charge

One customer finds himself on the receiving end of a pack of Lions, the masses are still eagerly awaiting the next iPhone, and the expression “crazy like a Fox” takes on a whole new meaning. The remainders for Wednesday, July 27, 2011 are coming soon to a browser near you.

Apple Charges Customer 122 Times for Lion (MacRumors)

Poor John Christman just wanted to buy a copy of Lion from the Mac App Store, but he got more than he bargained for. Roughly 122 times more. Somehow, Christman ended up being charged for 122 copies of the latest release of Mac OS X. Apple told MacRumors that it would help Christman get his issued resolved, but in the meantime, reports say Christman has decided to try installing his extra copies of Lion on everything from his refrigerator to his thermostat.

White “iPhone 4” Air Cooler (M.I.C. Gadget)

We’ve spent a long time trying to figure out who might be the iPhone’s biggest fan, only to have it turn out that it’s not a who but a what. This might just look like a super-thick iPhone 4, but in fact it’s a personal cooling device. Slip off the back cover, dampen the sponge inside, pop the cover back on, and enjoy a cool refreshing breeze on those hot summer days. Perhaps this will tide you over until Apple builds an air conditioner into the next model of iPhone.

Thirty-five percent of consumers will purchase iPhone® 5 following its release, according to PriceGrabber® survey (PriceGrabber.com)

While we’re on the subject of the next iPhone, demand for the as-yet-unannounced device has reached a ridiculous pitch. According to a PriceGrabber.com survey, 35 percent of consumers say they will buy the new iPhone when it comes out. The survey also asked which features were most important in making a purchasing decision: 59 percent said better battery life, 55 percent wanted a cheaper price, and an astounding 47 percent said they wanted an air conditioner. Go figure.

Fox demands 8-day delay on Hulu shows (Electronista)

The best part of content availability windows? When the providers slam them on viewers’ fingers. Fox has announced it plans to delay online access to its TV shows by eight days—unless viewers are paid subscribers to Hulu Plus or a cable or satellite service. Counter-offer for you, Fox: I’ll hand you my hard-earned money when you stop canceling all the damn shows I like.

Market for solar-powered consumer products needs more development, says Taiwan-based solar firms (DigiTimes)

The sun, as we all know, is a mass of incandescent gas—a gigantic nuclear furnace, if you will. Now Samung and Apple are rumored to be harnessing that power source for their consumer products. However, the technology is likely a long way off—currently it requires that each device come with its own tiny sun.

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