Chicago Sun Times Swaps iPhone Training For Staff Photographers
Eye-Fi is one manufacturer of the type of SD card the grandparent is talking about. Their cards in particular have a small amount of storage, a Wi-Fi radio, and a tiny client which automatically uploads pictures written to the storage via the SD interface to a designated server via a proprietary protocol apparently based on HTTP.
Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won't Work With Linux
Maybe it's intentional, maybe it's not, but it does seem to be a trend.
Paralyzed Woman Uses Mind-Controlled Robot Arm
"The work was partly funded by DARPA, with the hope of creating more advanced prosthetics for wounded war veterans."
Yeah, sure, that's what it's for, Mr. Sarin.
Magnetic Wobbles Cause Hard Drive Failure
It seems possible that this magnetic affectation could be a cause of spontaneous damage the hard drive servo information.
This would cause one of the clicking-type malfunctions which you described, as that "clicking" you hear is the noise the head assembly makes when the drive is rapidly moving it back and forth across the platter attempting to get a fix.