The Buzz Report
Putting the "face" in FacebookFacebook creeps out the world (again) with facial recognition tagging, Nintendo wins E3, and Apple gets into the cloud ... kind of.
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 speed-read version of all the WWDC news, who won E3 this year, and embarrassing Facebook photo tagging in one easy step! But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Nintendo Wii U. Which, maybe itÃ¯Â¿Â½s just me, made me think of sirens. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s NintendoÃ¯Â¿Â½s next-generation console, and even though we donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know a lot about the actual console, the controller is where itÃ¯Â¿Â½s really at. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a 6.2 inch tablet like dealie that has a touch screen AND joystick and button controls, a front-facing camera, a mic, and motion control just like the original Wii-motes. It can act like a secondary display, an actual controller, a Web browser, a mini version of the game youÃ¯Â¿Â½re playing Ã¯Â¿Â½ it looks, basically, pretty freaking awesome. Except that minus ANY other details or a real time frame for release other than, generally speaking, 2012 Ã¯Â¿Â½ it kind of smells like vaporware up in here. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll see. Stinky. And now for the news. LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s get it over with: Apple held its WWDC keynote, which we covered to DEATH here at CNET TV. If you missed any single second of the two-hour announcement of new OS X features, new iOS 5 features, and the iCloud push and sync service, please visit CNET News or CNET TV for all the details. In a nutshell, on our end: iOS 5 will be just about exactly as awesome as Android when it finally gets around to arriving this fall, OS X Lion will look a lot more like iOS, but for just 30 bucks as an App Store download, and AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s iCloud will be just about exactly as awesome as Google Docs but slightly less awesome than Spotify or Lala and way less awesome than, say, Flickr. Good? Good. Moving on, there was more than just Nintendo at E3 in L.A. this week Ã¯Â¿Â½ well, I mean. Kind of. Sony announced the Vita, which is not tasty water, but is a successor to the PSP, and was kind of pedestrian but great if you like the PSP. Also, Sony apologized for its big data breach Ã¯Â¿Â½ kind of. They really just apologized for your inability to play its amazing game console, but not for letting your credit card data get into the wild or storing your passwords in clear text on Websites around the world. Kind of like, Ã¯Â¿Â½other than that, Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?Ã¯Â¿Â½ And Microsoft announced some new cool-looking Kinect games, Bing search using your voice and Kinect, and some kind of live TV thing involving some partners they didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t name at a date yet to be determined. ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s that vaporware smell again. Basically, Nintendo won E3. Again. Speaking of Nintendo, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for this weekÃ¯Â¿Â½s Hacker News Blue Plate Special. Those go-getter LulzSec boys apparently broke into NintendoÃ¯Â¿Â½s servers, but didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t steal any data. Ok, really, LulzSec? First PBS and now Nintendo? Yeah, youÃ¯Â¿Â½re really fighting the good fight, there. Whaddya gonna do next, pull a kittenÃ¯Â¿Â½s tail? Catch a dolphin in a fishing net? Push a nun down a stairwell? Club a baby seal? Nice. Real nice. And finally, Facebook this week silently rolled out facial recognition tagging to all its users. Yes. By default. The feature scans photos you upload and then suggests tags based on who it thinks are in the pictures. Like, an easier way to tag pictures. Except itÃ¯Â¿Â½s also an easier way to be identified in potentially embarrassing photos, and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not totally clear what happens with public photos -- like what if youÃ¯Â¿Â½re in Egypt or Libya or Syria, maybe you go to a protest, you get photographed, you get identified, and suddenly you get arrested. And not only did Facebook opt us all in, OF COURSE, , they didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t even ANNOUNCE they were rolling it out or exactly how it works. At this point, I canÃ¯Â¿Â½t tell if Facebook will never learn, if Facebook refuses to learn, or if Facebook is trying to learn us not to use Facebook. Anyway. As always, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a simple 39-step process in your Privacy settings to turn it all off or control who sees your photos. Anybody else interested in a Friendster reunion tour? And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.