The Buzz Report
Higgs iBoson, now with universe-expanding displayThe news this week was dominated by news of the new iPad, even as the origins of the universe might finally be revealed. Plus: TV from Amazon?
Hi, everyone, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, But first, the gadget of AND the big news of the week. The gadget of the week is the new iPad, obviously. And actually, it appears that Ã¯Â¿Â½the new iPadÃ¯Â¿Â½ is the only name itÃ¯Â¿Â½s going to get, which should embarrass all of us who actually speculated about what the product would be NAMED. Yes, Apple stirred up a media frenzy once again. Shocker. As to the iPad, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m sure you know the specs by now, but letÃ¯Â¿Â½s recap: itÃ¯Â¿Â½s got a super high resolution Retina Display, which is probably its biggest selling point. I mean. Stunning. ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s also a dual-core A5X processor with a quad-core GPU. The new iPad DOES get 4G LTE, on Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., beating the iPhone to the 4G punch. It also gets a 5 megapixel camera on the back thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s very similar in sound to the one on the iPhone 4, so itÃ¯Â¿Â½s very good. 1080p HD video recording. Although the weight goes back up to 1.5 pounds, so donÃ¯Â¿Â½t be thinking youÃ¯Â¿Â½re going to record a whole parade or something. ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s voice dictation built in on the keyboard, but strangely, the iPad doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t get the full Siri product found on the iPhone. And Apple says battery life will STILL be 10 hours, and 9 hours on 4G. Which is insane. More insane? The fact that the 16 gig model will still cost 499 bucks, just like the old 16 gig model. Pricing is the same across the board, in fact. What!? How?? I canÃ¯Â¿Â½t wait to see the teardown on that sucker. Meanwhile the iPad 2 will remain on sale, but for 100 dollars less, at 399. Apple also introduced a new version of iPhoto for iPad that looks very cool, and we know, because we saw every single feature of it in the worldÃ¯Â¿Â½s longest demo. But I admit, it does look Ã¯Â¿Â½ amazing. Everything was amazing, in fact, just ask Apple! All the details about the new iPad and its software are available at cnet dot com and on every single news outlet on the Internet. In other news, Apple also announced a new 1080p Apple TV for 99 bucks. Yeah, I know, I didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t really care, either. LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s do some other news real quick before the next round of iRumors starts up! The FBI this week arrested five alleged LulzSec hackers, who they found after arresting and turning the original leader of the LulzSec group. Yeah. Ouch. Apparently, the hacker known as Sabu was arrested last summer, and had been acting as an FBI informant for months, mainly because the feds had threatened to take away his two young sons if he didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t. Yeah. NothinÃ¯Â¿Â½ Lulz about that. But have you been watching Mob Wives on VH1? Because I have. And that sh*t would not happen in the mob. Amazon might be making its own original content, according to a very brief moment in time on LinkedIn. Amazon exec Joe Lewis briefly listed his title as Ã¯Â¿Â½Vice President of Original Television at Amazon,Ã¯Â¿Â½ and changed it to Ã¯Â¿Â½Vice-President of Production at Amazon StudiosÃ¯Â¿Â½ when Fortune asked for more details. Amazon would join Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube in producing content that could be seen on-demand on connected TVs, the Web, and mobile devices, and possibly replace all those shows the big three networks wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t allow to be seen on connected TVs, the Web, and mobile devices. And in news thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s far more important than iPads or TV, scientists say they are closing in fast on the elusive Higgs boson particle. So far, all researchers have is some strong hints that the particle is out there, but U.S. physicists presented research in Italy this week that closely matches some of the findings CERN scientists have recorded at the Large Hadron Collider. And since more tests are coming at the LHC at thd end of the year, scientists are feeling confident a discovery could come in 2012. And if that happens, weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll know massively more about the fundamental workings of the universe, like maybe even how the universe was BORN. But really Ã¯Â¿Â½ unless we call it the iBoson Ã¯Â¿Â½ will anyone care? And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone! IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thanks for watching.