The Buzz Report
Buzz Report: Nvidia chip scandal exposed!This week, the Buzz Report dives into some investigative reporting. Luckily, the "Inquirer" did all the investigating. Plus: "Mario Kart" in real life!
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report! This week, bad bumps, bad rumors, and awesome video game re-enactments. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. We are all going to die at the many hands of th hovering multiple kill vehicle, brought to us courtesy of the evil minds of the Missile Defense Agency. You see, it hovers, and then it launches single interceptor missiles OR multiple warheads until total annihilation and multiple kills are accomplished. It HOVERS. Ooh, wait, I just noticed something. Does it have to take off and land on a trampoline? Because that?s not that scary. I can handle that. And now for the news. This week, the Inquirer reported, in very scientific fashion, that Apple's new, 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops may contain the bad Nvidia graphics chips that have been scandalizing the gadget world for the past six months. The defective Nvidia chips have been a huge problem -- shareholders sued Nvidia in September for covering up the extent of the problem, it's costing them $200 million dollars in warranty costs, and Nvidia has been changing the way it engineers the chips to try to solve the problem. So, these chips showed up in Dell laptops, Toshiba, Apple, HP ... BUT, Nvidia SWEARS that the chips aren't in the new Apple MacBook Pros. But the Inquirer says it's got proof. See, they went and bought a new MacBook Pro, hacked it up, cut the graphics chip in half, and then used an electron microscope to examine the "bumps" on the chip. Bumps are basically balls of solder that hold the chip onto its circuit board. The Inquirer needed to determine whether the bumps in the chip were high-lead (bad) or eutectic (good). It turned out that one of the chips was eutectic (good), but one of them was HIGH LEAD! It was so obvious from this chart that shows a high concentration of pb compared to SN! I KNOW! IT IS SHOCKING! See, and that's how people get away with massive, multi-billion dollar coverups. They just make them really, really hard to understand. Anyway, don't buy those laptops or whatever. In other news, the Internet has been abuzz with rumors that Walmart was going to start selling a $99 four-gigabyte iPhone. Let me break it down for you. No, they're not. Also, a French newspaper reported that Apple was going to remove all DRM from every song in the iTunes Music Store THIS WEEK. Once again? No, they're not. They don't like you like that. And finally, let's have a look at what's Clogging the Tubes. This week, it's Remi Gaillard and his amazing Mario Kart re-enactment. He is THROWING BANANAS AT PEOPLE! Outstanding. Really outstanding. And that'll do it for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood and thanks for watching.