The Buzz Report
Hot cars, hot camerasThis week, Molly goes to Vegas and gets a new favorite camera and a new favorite car. Plus, Facebook is coming after Twitter!
[ music ] ^M00:00:09 >> Hi, I'm Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report; this show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week I got to go to Vegas and drink Martini's and pour Bill Gates' kids didn't get to have any iPods. Let's begin in the Vegas with the gadget of the week. The gadget of the week is what is most likely my new camera, the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX1, which unfortunately they have tethered to this desk here. It was unveiled at PMA 2009 here in Las Vegas. And I have to say it caused quite a sensation. The deal with this camera is that it has super fast, high quality burst mode, so that I could take a bunch of pictures of my child as he's running across the room. It has mega zoom, so that I could zoom in really close on my child. It does this amazing panorama, so that I can get every single moment of my child's baseball swing. And it takes high def video for when I want to take high def video of my child. Possibly I need more things to take pictures of, but it's a really great camera. ^M00:01:01 [ music ] ^M00:01:06 >> So I'm coming to you from PMA 2009, which is the Photo Marketing Association annual trade show. It's a digital camera show. I can understand why you might have a hard time telling that it's a digital camera show, since I'm sitting in an Aston Martin. But I have a rule that if there's an Aston Martin around I sit in it. Anyway, this car is part of the digital experience party, which is part of PMA 2009. It's James Bond themed. But I have to say, I've been surprised at how many non-camera related things I've run into at this show. Now least you think that this camera show is only for cameras, there are tons of accessories here, including some camera bags designed especially for girls. ^M00:01:45 [ music ] ^M00:01:53 >> That is pink. Really pink! But here's the thing, there aren't actually any girls here, and everybody only wants to see this bag, the Crumpler, [phonetic] which has this cool new feature, where you can cover up the Velcro, so that you don't make any noise. And then you don't piss people off in every press conference like Charlie does. Charlie! And this is the My Studio from Prosyc. [phonetic] It's basically for taking really high quality pictures of your really small valuable items. I totally saw this thing in Sky Mall on the plane on the way out here, but they tell me this one's way better. Way better! But obviously PMA is about a lot more than Aston Martin's and funny little bags. There are plenty of actual cameras too. And pretty much I did video on almost all of them. You can see all our PMA coverage at CNETTV.com. Now back to the news. Yes indeed, the news. Facebook announced that it's making some welcome changes to it's home page, profile page, and status updates. For one thing they're getting rid of the 5,000 follower limit on public profile pages, which, thank goodness! Because people are beating down my door! Oh, no. Sorry! It's so that real celebrities and like Dell, and Coca Cola, and BMW can have as many Friends as they want. For Branding, their Friends. Also though, Facebook will post status updates to news feeds in real time. They'll make it easier to separate groups of friends. And then you can more easily put links, videos, photos, and much more in your updates. Now these are all features that users have been asking for, and some of them are starting to look a lot like Twitter. [phonetic] Yeah! Watch your back Twitter! Facebook is a stone killer! Moving onto Kindle news, Amazon release a free Kindle application for the iPhone this week. It downloads your Kindle books onto your iPhone, let's you read them, and then it uses the WhisperSync network to make sure you're always on the same page on either device. Will it save you $350 on a Kindle? Maybe. You can't get subscription content delivered to your iPhone, and you can't buy books directly from the app. So it's really meant to be like a little supplement for times when you're on the go and you don't have your Kindle handy. Or a way to save $350 on a Kindle if you only want books and you don't mind, you know, buying your books on the computer. Having to go all the way to Safari to get them on your iPhone. The horror! In quick tidbits this week, Palm confirmed a March 15th release date for The Trio Pro. Yeah! Sorry about that! No Palm, there's only one release date we care about right now, Preemie! Preemie! Now! Now last week I promised you some celebrity gossip. That was mostly a lie! But here's a little bit, Melinda Gates apparently told Vogue Magazine this week that Bill won't let his kids have iPods or iPhones at all. Yeah! They would probably hate him a lot if it weren't for his will. But hey kids, you're probably not in there. Go get yourself some iPhones. Get them. He won't know. ^M00:04:49 [ music ] ^M00:04:53 >> And finally, let's get a look at what's clogging the tube, shall we? This week it's Biscuit, the sleep-walking dog. ^M00:04:59 [ noises ] ^M00:05:14 >> You know, this is how they get away with it. The man can like take my money, hand out huge corporate bailouts, be all corrupted, take private jets everywhere, whatever! They can seriously nuke the world as long as I could just watch funny dogs run into walls on YouTube. Thank goodness for funny dogs. And that's the Buzz Report for this week everyone, I'm Molly Wood, and thank you for watching. ^E00:05:35