The Buzz Report
How to get a $149 HP TouchPadThe HP TouchPad is back from the dead (again) with a hot new price ... and a catch. Plus, Facebook is crawling with children, and the Internet is changing the world (again).
Hey, 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, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s children and revolutionaries on Facebook, plus a few kitties here and there. Plus, the HP TouchPad is back from the dead again! Again! But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is actually a Gadget of the Week UPDATE. A few weeks ago, we reported on the awesome sounding new Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but I was nervous that at the time of the announcement, there wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t any release date or pricing information. Danger Ã¯Â¿Â½ WELL, sure enough, there were reports this week that the Galaxy Nexus release might be delayed in the U.S. until after Thanksgiving. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s supposedly coming out November 17th in Europe, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s now totally unclear whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s happening stateside. Uh huh. See? Android is always late! IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not waiting on that guy anymore. That is IT. Droid RAZR all the way! And now for the news. A recent survey found that there are millions of underage children on Facebook, and that many parents are helping their kids lie to get on the site! The ChildrenÃ¯Â¿Â½s Online Privacy Protection Act says Websites canÃ¯Â¿Â½t collect personal information on kids under 13 without Ã¯Â¿Â½verifiable parental consent.Ã¯Â¿Â½ But studies show that a huge majority parents are willing to help get their kids on Facebook to help stay in touch with them Ã¯Â¿Â½ and because, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s be honest. Invading kidsÃ¯Â¿Â½ privacy is pretty much exactly what parents want to do Ã¯Â¿Â½ and Facebook has that down to a science. Google released a Gmail app for iPhone this week, which got everyone all excited -- except that when it first appeared, it was a total buggy bomb that was so bad Google had to yank it from the App Store. And even once it was working properly, it still seems pretty limited -- like, you can only have ONE Gmail account on it at a time. And everyone was shocked that Google would put out such a crappy app for iPhone. Because apparently everyone forgot that Google has ANDROID. That app Ã¯Â¿Â½ is a trap. Speaking of iPhone, reports about iPhone 4SÃ¯Â¿Â½s TERRIBLE battery life have been rolling in since its release, and as usual, when something was horribly wrong with a new iPhone, Apple wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t saying a word. Actually, a genius at the Apple Store in New York City told CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s own David Carnoy that he needed to turn off his iPhone 4S more often, because the battery was stressed. Uh huh. It turns out that the battery does not need a spa trip after all. Apple issued a statement this week saying iOS 5 bugs are the problem, and that it will issue a software fix quote Ã¯Â¿Â½ in a few weeks. The company didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t offer any other tips for extending battery life in the meantime, but hey, maybe thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s something to that stress thing. You never know. And now itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for a little segment I like to call Back from the Dead. After the extremely popular 99 dollar fire sale for the HP Touchpad, Best Buy has decided to revive the lust for the HP Zombiepad by offering it for just 149 dollars this holiday season! Great! Right? Oh, but thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a string attached. You have to buy an HP or Compaq computer to get the deal. Yeah, A new computer is a Ã¯Â¿Â½stringÃ¯Â¿Â½? ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s actually not not a string attached to that new Touchpad. ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s a NEW COMPUTER Ã¯Â¿Â½ attached to it Ã¯Â¿Â½ yeah, no thanks. And now letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes. The Occupy movement is now officially clogging the tubes. For one thing, every single person I know is posting about it constantly on Facebook. But also, it seems like now, Facebook and Twitter and YouTube seem to exist half for cute kitty pictures, and half for organizing global protests. Get this -- protesters in EGYPT staged a rally last week to support Occupy protesters in Oakland, California, after police there cracked down violently on their makeshift camp. That NEVER would have happened without the Internet. Also, if Egypt is saying your crackdown is messed up Ã¯Â¿Â½ thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s bad. Just sayin. Oakland. EgyptÃ¯Â¿Â½s all, damn, they got some hardcore cops in Oakland. PLUS, the protests seem to be working. As of this week, several US senators seeking to overturn CitizenÃ¯Â¿Â½s United, the Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations the power to contribute as much as they want to elections. From Arab Spring to American Spring, brought to you by the power of Internet. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.