The Buzz Report
Flying cars drop the stupid bomb on us allAmazon wins the e-book war by default, stupidity rains from the skies, and at least someone is giddily happy with AT&T Wireless.
OPEN Hello, I�m B.C. in for Molly Wood, with the Buzz Report. This week: Why Amazon�s holding its sides, stupidity from the skies, and giddily happy with AT&T Wireless � clearly Molly�s out this week. But first, the Gadget of the Week. They say there�s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Or as weak as an idea whose time will never come. Like movies on SD cards. Disney and Panasonic announced they�ll be doing just that in Japan � selling Disney studio films on microSD cards, the format you never wished for. And to get one of these movies on a card you�ll have to buy it bundled with a DVD version of the same title, equipping you with both a waning and a pointless format of the same film. Great for that next Luddite�s conference you attend. Luckily, Disney and Panasonic only have plans to inflict this on the Japanese market. Now the news. Some tech companies still provide free soda in the workplace, Apple: Free LSD. During the company�s earnings call this week, COO Tim Cook said of their AT&T exclusive partnership from hell: �I think it�s an excellent relationship and we�re very happy with it.� Really, Tim? Very happy with it? Well, since you are clearly a Verizon or Sprint customer, I suggest you borrow Steve�s iPhone for a day. Then come along for the commute of one of many iphone users. Enjoy their drop zones. Figure out why they have a 3G icon and 5 bars but NO PAGES LOADING. But pre-heat an explanation for when Steve asks why it looks like someone ground their heel into this iPhone when you bring it back. Oh, and good and somewhat related news for Amazon: Plastic Logic, the company making an soon to be released supposed Kindle Killer that will boast greater connectivity than a Kindle, to really embrace online information � just announced they�ll power their devices via the 3G network of � AT&T. Somewhere, Amazon COO Jeff Bezos is opening up a really expensive bottle of champagne, pumping his fist and finally writing the last chapter of his autobiography �How I Won the eBook War Without Even Really Trying.� I�ve been covering cars for a long time. And the most enduring goofy idea is cars that fly, because God knows turning us into a nation of half-assed drivers in the sky is an elegant and measured reaction to the problem of traffic congestion. So I got all red and chafed this week when the Parajet SkyCar was in the news. It combines all the horrors of the general populace taking to the sky with a good dose of DIY dorkiness. I mean, look at this thing. Crocodile Dundee would roll his eyes. I like this picture. There�s a sleek catamaran ferry creasing the sea while a SkyCar buzzes above looking like a piece of space junk that got caught up in some parachutist�s rigging. Then there�s this one. �Hell no, my (bleep)�s not short. I just like dirt. And noise. And stupidity.� And I love the copy on this one: �Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward -- Yeah, nervous as hell that some other dork with a SkyCar is going to land on your head!!! And the SkyCar is biofuelled, so add greenwashing to its list of intellectual insults. They�ll start inflicting these things on the public late in 2010 for a price of around 82 grand. Now you know I don�t really get space, but widespread adoption of these things would be just about enough to get me excited about a move to Mars. That�s the Buzz Report, I�m B.C. Don�t worry Molly�s back next week.