The Buzz Report
Self-driving cars will save us all(Or maybe kill us.) Also in Buzz, Facebook and Bing team up to bring you only the Internet you and your friends like, and Sesame Street goes shirtless.
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone's talking about. This week, self-driving cars are almost here, the perils of a glass-encased cell phone, and the monster your monster could smell like. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is Windows Phone 7. I know, the Gadget of the Week is usually a gadget, but in this case, Microsoft announced NINE phones that will come with Windows Phone 7, from Dell, HTC, and Samsung. The first phones will arrive in stores November 8th, and from the early looks at Windows Phone 7, um, it seems pretty cool. They slice, they dice, they come with ZunePass and integrated Facebook! They have a cool animated interface that's slightly reminiscent of WebOS! And they will ... get copy and paste sometime in 2011. I ... don't know. Copy paste. Who knew it was just SO HARD. And now for the news. Remember how two weeks ago I said self-driving cars were what we needed to save us from ourselves? Well, Google to the rescue. Apparently, the company has been secretly working to develop self-driving vehicles. Don't worry -- the police know all about it, and there's always a person at the wheel, so to speak. Google says it's working on the technology in hopes of reducing accidents, improve traffic, and ultimately create automated highway trains that will be more energy efficient and give us all time back in our commute. Yeah. And you know what? Don't think I don't hear you sitting there RIGHT NOW, going, "I don't need no damn self- driving car, I am a great driver, self-driving cars are from the devil, and Google is just trying to take over the world." Well, knock it off. You're not as good a driver as you think you are, you're probably texting RIGHT NOW, and yes, PLEASE, Google, save us from our texting, our traffic, our road rage and our tailgating. PLEASE. Not me, though, I'm a great driver. Make mine a manual. In other news, a new study shows that, four months out of the gate, the iPhone 4 has 82 percent more glass breaks than the iPhone 3GS had in the same time frame. Now GRANTED, though, the scratching and glass-breaking rate for the iPhone 4 is still VERY low -- lower than most consumer electronics, in fact. But between the fragility of glass on both sides and Antenna-gate ... I'm betting the next iPhone will look a lot more like THIS than like this. Also this week, Microsoft and Facebook announced that Bing will now show you results based on things your friends have "liked" on Facebook. Bing will also pull in your friends' Facebook profiles. Oh, and in case you're wondering ... yes, you've been opted in to having your profile and your "likes" show up in Bing. But I'm told that Facebook will at least warn you that it's happening, and give you the chance to turn it off early on, if you want to. As for whether this partnership will actually help Bing overtake Google ... I mean. No. But it's a long race and I do enjoy saying FaceBing. You go, FaceBing. And finally, let's have a look at what's Clogging the Tubes. This week, a bona fide Internet hit from those HIPSTERS at Sesame Street ... check it out. The best thing about this video is how it causes my son to act the same way me and my girlfriends acted over shirtless Isaiah Mustafa in the original Old Spice ad ... we all just shout "AGAIN" at the computer and click the replay button over and over. AGAIN! And that's the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.