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The Buzz Report
A 3D laptop without glasses!Toshiba's new laptop does glasses-free 3D, but can't promise no headaches! Plus, fun with cyber warfare and a whale with rhythm.
Hi, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report Ã¯Â¿Â½ the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, the age of the cyber Cold War is upon us, some new BlackBerry phones fail to make a splash, and Hulu is just going to make its own TV, dammit! But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Toshiba Qosmio F755 glasses-free 3D laptop. It won our Best of CES award when it was just a little prototype baby, and IÃ¯Â¿Â½m kind of surprised to see it all grown up and headed to market! ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a high-end Core i7 machine to start with, but then itÃ¯Â¿Â½s got stereoscopic 3D -- you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t need glasses to watch 3D movies, play video games, or whatever. ALSO, it has built-in eye tracking technology, so it uses the Webcam on the laptop to track your eye movements so itÃ¯Â¿Â½s delivering a 3D picture everywhere you look. Just like the entertainment industry is hoping! ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty impressive tech, but I have to admit that using it in real life sounds like a headache waiting to happen. They should give out bottles of Excedrin with every purchase. Is that sending the wrong message? Look for our full review when it comes out in about two weeks. And now for the news. Vanity Fair broke a huge story this week about a high-level hacking operation called Shady RAT. It details five YEARS of cyber-attacks hitting 72 networks in 14 countries, stealing everything from secret UN data to private companies' intellectual property to government secrets to athlete doping records. A security researcher at McAfee has been tracking the attacks since 2009, and says it seems clear that a Ã¯Â¿Â½nation-stateÃ¯Â¿Â½ is behind it. That, of course, leads other experts to the only obvious conclusion Ã¯Â¿Â½ must be China. And U.S. government officials say Shady RAT is just more evidence that we need a strong cyber-defense policy and network here in America to fend off these kinds of attacks. I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know, IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve kind of missed the cold war, havenÃ¯Â¿Â½t you? Do you think the Millennials will have to do nuke drills where they hide under their desks? Or just learn how to unplug Ethernet cables real fast? Good times. In other, slightly hacker-related news, you know that study youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been seeing everywhere about IE users having lower IQ users than other browser users? The one you promptly fired off to all your IE-using buddies? Because you use Opera and youÃ¯Â¿Â½re at the top of the heap? HOAX. Sad, but true. The report supposedly came from Canadian research firm ApTiquant, but as it turns out, there is no such company. Many, many members of the media, however, including myself, fell for the story and reported the Ã¯Â¿Â½researchÃ¯Â¿Â½ with, I admit, a slight bit of glee. Ok, OK. I mean, if theyÃ¯Â¿Â½d said it was AOL users, it wouldÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been OBVIOUSLY fake. But Internet Explorer Ã¯Â¿Â½ I mean, it just sounded SO TRUE! So now I feel bad for mocking them so thoroughly. And for that, IE users, I apologize. A-POL-O-GIZE. It means Ã¯Â¿Â½sorry.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Also this week, Research in Motion announced two new incrementally improved BlackBerry Torch models and real release dates for its very incrementally upgraded OS, BlackBerry 7! And no one seems to care! I mean like, not at ALL! Aww. I care, RIM. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be your friend when no one else will. Oh, god, no, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not going to BUY a BlackBerry! I mean, IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll come to your birthday party and eat a cupcake, but IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not a frigginÃ¯Â¿Â½ idiot. And it looks like Hulu has also been wondering, Ã¯Â¿Â½huh, TV, wonder how hard it is to do that right?Ã¯Â¿Â½ It announced its first its first full-length original show, Morgan SpurlockÃ¯Â¿Â½s Ã¯Â¿Â½A Day in the Life.Ã¯Â¿Â½ The six-part documentary from the Ã¯Â¿Â½Super-Size MeÃ¯Â¿Â½ auteur will follow various notable people through the course of a day. The first episode will feature Richard Branson, and others will feature Will.i.am, comedian Russell Peters, and other relatively well known people who are also fans of the Internet. Ahem. Spurlock. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m RIGHT HERE. And finally Ã¯Â¿Â½ itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time to get happy, with whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes this week. A mariachi band serenades a beluga whale at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut. And itÃ¯Â¿Â½s awesome on so, so many levels. Still having a bad day? Yeah, I didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t think so. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.