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The Buzz Report
PS3 price cut on the way?An analyst says the PlayStation 3 is getting a $100 price cut any minute now. Plus, the Internet will kill you and eat your children's brains. Zombie Internet!
[ Music ] ^M00:00:10 >> Molly: Hi, I'm Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report the show about the tech news that everybody's talking about; this week our brains are in big trouble My Kindle 2 is here and there's a new browser in town, but first it's the gadget of the week. The gadget of the week is My Amazon Kindle 2 like pretty much everybody else who pre-ordered a Kindle this week I stocked the mailroom until it came in its weird little Kindle cooler here, yeah. You probably already know that the new Kindle is a lot thinner than the old one and it has these nice little buttons here kind of a better interface overall, but what you might not know is that the Kindle knows you right out of the box it's like, hello Molly, Molly's Kindle. And I know that should creep me out a little bit but it kind of just makes me love it more, Molly's Kindle, I'm its mommy. And now for the news; this week Apple delivered a Beta of Safari 4 or as I like to call it Chrome 2. Actually CNET UK ran benchmarks on the public Beta and at least for now Safari appears to be the fastest browser on earth on both a PC and a MAC. It nudged out Google Chrome, it tromped Firefox and Opera and here's the real story it clocked in at 42 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 that is not a verbal typo, 42 times faster. It was only 6 times faster than IE 8 though, which in case you've forgotten you should still not use. In other Apple news the company issued a patch for the Apple TV that appears to do nothing except break Boxy. Boxy is a software application that makes it easy to collect Internet video all in one place and then navigate through it with a remote and watch it. Late last week though Boxy also announced that it would no longer be able to stream Hulu videos which was a big part of what made Boxy so awesome. Boxy is having a bad week, sorry Boxy. [music] An investment analyst has suggested that Sony might be getting ready to cut the price of the Playstation 3 by as much as $100.00. Mike Hickey [assumed spelling] of Janco Partners says, "Sony needs to cut the price very soon or else the PS3 will continue to languish on the shelves." Really, yeah, welcome to the world Hickey. Maybe I should be an investment analyst I bet they make more than I do, yeah. A British neuro scientist is warning that social networks, instant messaging, and video games could harm children's' brains forever. [sound effect] Lady Susan Greenfield says, "Children today have a harder time paying attention and relating to real people than they used to," and she worries that the Internet and technology will eventually rewire our brains. Boy, wait 'til she hears about the singularity in the plans to literally rewire our brains with robot parts she's gonna be pissed. This study comes on the heels of reports late last week that suggested social networking removes you from human interaction in a way that poses a literal threat to your health. The study in the Journal of the British Institute of Biology says children and adults are becoming more isolated and research shows that social isolation can lead to depression, diabetes, heart disease and cancer plus you're getting dumber and you're unable to have an intelligent conversation. [sound effect] So instead of all that time on the Internet researchers recommend more hugging. [music] Okay what do you want me to do I could tell you that this is a serious problem that needs to be confronted by our increasingly textcentric society and we need to find a way to create a healthy balance between the virtual world and the real world but hello, my show's on the Internet I kind of need you to stick around you know what I'm saying? In other awesome news CNET's Brian Tong got an exclusive interview with this year's geekiest Dancing With the Stars contestant Steve Wozniak on location at his dance rehearsal studio, let's take a look. ^M00:03:58 [ Background noise ] ^M00:04:07 >> Molly: Okay, now the Woz also did some dancing with Brian Tong but for all those moves you're gonna have to watch Applebyte at CNETTV.com, enjoy. [sound effect] And finally let's have a look at what's clogging the tubes; this week it's Perez Hilton. Perez's gossip blog did 14 million page views in a single day on Tuesday according to Quantcast that's about twice the daily page views of the Huffington Post and by contrast the best day the NewYorkTimes.com ever had was 50 million page views, and that's with their entire staff and everything. Perez Hilton is one guy with a terrible blog design and like lots of exclamation points and he calls people fug face and stuff and he is killing it, which makes me think maybe next week on the Buzz Report introducing an all new segment Celebrity Gossip with Molly Wood, see you then. I'm Molly Wood and this has been the Buzz Report, thanks for watching. ^M00:05:04 [ Background noise ]