The Buzz Report
Buzz Report: When it rains, it StormsThe BlackBerry Storm takes the world by...you know...and the EU gets all up in Apple's business, again.
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report. This week, removable batteries, teenage drivers, and the big, green Army. But first?it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the new BlackBerry Storm. Duh! Officially announced this week, the 3G Storm will be a Verizon phone in the U.S., featuring a big touch-screen with click-response typing, a very nice 3.2-megapixel camera that takes video and it has a flash, the BlackBerry OS and all its business support, plenty of multimedia awesomeness, and copy and paste. It appears to square off quite nicely against the iPhone, except for the fact that we still don't know when it will be released or how much it costs. You know what, RIM? Release all the details you want. Until it's in my hot little hands, it's still in the same league as the tooth fairy. But thanks for the news conference. The European Union is considering a new rule that requires all consumer electronics devices to have removable batteries. Many believe the rule would affect Apple the most, considering that the iPhone, every single iPod model, and the MacBook Air all have locked-in batteries. According to the EU, removable batteries are consumer-friendly and make the batteries easier to recycle. But see?Apple already has a recycling plan for iPods. It's called, release a new one every six months. You don't have to throw away the battery, just recycle the whole thing! Just?throw it away. There ya go. This week, Ford said it would release programmable car keys designed for parents to give to their teenage drivers. The keys will limit a car's top speed to 80 miles per hour, set the stereo volume at 44 percent of maximum, permanently enable traction control, and introduce a nagging seat belt chime. That's terrible, but I'll probably totally get one for my son when he's old enough to?hey! Can we also get this key for the old people? But with a minimum speed setting, too? Like 60? That's all I ask. Just 60. The Army is installing a massive solar array in the Mojave Desert, reportedly to help bring down its $3 billion a year energy bill. Uh huh. Now, the Army can tell me that a solar array that's 35 times larger than the current largest solar thermal installation is all about going green. But don't think I don't know that they're actually working on an infinitely hot, directed giant laser beam designed to vaporize hostile aliens upon arrival. I'm not saying I object. I'm just saying I know. And finally, let's have a look at what's clogging the tubes. Dude. Do I even need to tell you what's clogging the tubes? The whole Internet is only watching one thing. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. OK, two things. First, I would totally vote for Tina Fey, and second, I have a very important election prediction to make. Sarah Palin will be the No. 1 Halloween costume at every party this year. Boom. Who's gonna bet me? No one? Yeah, thought so. Winner! I'm Molly Wood and this has been the Buzz Report. Thanks for watching.