Angry Birds and Roku: together at last
Angry Birds and Roku: together at last
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Angry Birds and Roku: together at last

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Hi, I�m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report � the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, Anonymous targets Facebook and I�m not havin� it, BlackBerry just wants to be left alone, and the coolest smuggling ring ever. But first, it�s the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Roku 2 XS, which we�re calling the best streaming media device for under 100 bucks. Actually, that�s what we called the last one, too. But NOW you can buy a version that includes a video gaming remote, and it has Angry Birds on it. ANGRY BIRDS! Roku and Angry Birds � my two favorite things together! Plus, more content, smaller size, blah blah blah. Go get one. You�ll love it. And now for the news. The hacktivists at Anonymous have announced their next target: Facebook. They say they�re going to DESTROY Facebook, in fact, on November 5, 2011, Guy Fawkes Day. Now, Anonymous says Facebook needs to be destroyed because it�s turning over personal information to the government and spying on us � which, I know, I guess that�s bad. But what about MY spying!? I NEED Facebook to find out if that one chick went to that one party and flirted with that one guy I like. And I need to know who got fat from high school. And what about my Scrabble games, Anonymous!? And where am I going to post pictures of my food!!?? Molly, you think that�s bad? November 5th is my birthday! How is anyone going to know??? That�s my birthday too! Happy Birthday Ohhh, yeah, that�s REALLY bad. Anonymous? Can�t you stick to like, banks and evil governments? We already know Facebook was evil when we signed up. Moving on, whenever there are riots, as there were in London all week, there has to also be a story about how social media helped organize the riots. But in this case, police found that London�s rioters were using Blackberry Messenger to coordinate their looting. Partly because the service is private rather than public, like Twitter, but also because something like 37% of the youth in England use Blackberry. Who KNEW!? Research in Motion then issued a statement saying it was helping the police find the looters, but then hackers defaced the BlackBerry Blog with a VERY threatening letter talking about seeking revenge even on RIM employees over the police cooperation. Meanwhile you KNOW those poor execs over at RIM are sitting there going, �come ON, man, can�t you just leave us OUT of this? We got enough problems right now. Have you SEEN iOS 5!? MANGO, even!?� Score one for Apple in the great Apple-Samsung Pissing Contest of 2011: a judge in Germany says Samsung can�t keep selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 anywhere in Europe. Well, except the Netherlands. For some reason. And Apple got so excited by that ridiculous ruling in a ridiculous patent lawsuit, that they�re also suing Motorola over the design of the Xoom tablet. The DESIGN, people. Bite me, Apple. And in other Apple related news, it�s time for my favorite segment, The Balls on China. Chinese police shut down a smuggling operation that was sneaking iPads and iPhones across the border from Hong Kong. HOW? This is the balls part. Allow me to demonstrate. The smugglers SHOT A CROSSBOW from Hong Kong into the Shenzen province. Then they They then ziplined the bags across the border so they wouldn�t have to pay import taxes. Authorities caught the smugglers after a sting operation and say they don�t know how long the zipline scheme was active. No matter how long it was? It was awesome. And finally, the return of another favorite segment: Death from Above. Take a break from worrying about the stock market and the global economy and the erosion of every safety net America ever promised anyone, won�t you? The SUN is coming to kill all our tech, sometime between now and 2013. A solar flare Tuesday was the strongest one since 2006, but it was luckily facing away from Earth, so we didn�t see much impact. But scientists say solar activity is increasing and will peak around 2013. If the flares get strong enough? They could mess with GPS and cell towers, make electricity go haywire, or, if they�re as strong as the Carrington Super Flare in 1859, they could lead to magnetic storms that do who knows WHAT to our tech, but probably brick most of it and leave us in the technological dark ages. See!? You feel better about the economy already, right? Or � something � And that�s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I�m Molly Wood and thanks for watching. hed: Angry Birds and Roku: together at last dek: The Roku 2 XS gets Angry Birds, more content, and way more awesome. Plus, Anonymous wants to kill Facebook. No, Anonymous! Leave Facebook alone! http://cnettv.cnet.com/roku-2-xs/9742-1_53-50109316.html http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-media-receivers/roku-2-xs/4505-6739_7- 34850104.html?tag=contentBody;similarProds Facebook will be destroyed on Nov. 5 (jeff�s birthday) http://news.yahoo.com/anonymous-agenda-operation-facebook-195007778.html Blackberry helping police in London: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/09/london-riots-2011-blackberry-messenger- david-lammy_n_921997.html?ir=Technology and subsequently getting hacked and threatened: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237606/blackberry_blog_hacked_for_helping_police_que ll_london_riots.html Apple vs. Samsung: Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked from being sold in Europe http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/08/apple-vs-samsung-suit-galaxy-tab- 101-blocked-from-being-sold-in-europe.html Apple is also suing over the Xoom�s design, in Europe, where apparently people think that kind of crap is ok. http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/08/apple-is-also-suing-motorola-in-europe.html The Balls on China: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237510/chinese_smugglers_use_zip_line_to_get_apple_ goods_into_their_country_zippity_do_dah.html Death from Above! http://www.space.com/12586-solar-storms-intensity-2013-peak-nasa.html Hi, I�m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report � the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, Anonymous targets Facebook and I�m not havin� it, BlackBerry just wants to be left alone, and the coolest smuggling ring ever. But first, it�s the Gadget of the Week. TURN RIGHT FROM LEFT The Gadget of the Week is the Roku 2 XS, which we�re calling the best streaming media device for under 100 bucks. Actually, that�s what we called the last one, too. But NOW you can buy a version that includes a video gaming remote, and it has Angry Birds on it. ANGRY BIRDS! Roku and Angry Birds � my two favorite things together! Plus, more content, smaller size, blah blah blah. Go get one. You�ll love it. And now for the news. The hacktivists at Anonymous have announced their next target: Facebook. They say they�re going to DESTROY Facebook, in fact, on November 5, 2011, Guy Fawkes Day. Now, Anonymous says Facebook needs to be destroyed because it�s turning over personal information to the government and spying on us � which, I know, I guess that�s bad. But what about MY spying!? I NEED Facebook to find out if that one chick went to that one party and flirted with that one guy I like. And I need to know who got fat from high school. And what about my Scrabble games, Anonymous!? And where am I going to post pictures of my food!!?? [QUENTIN]: Girl, you think that�s bad? November 5th is my birthday! How is anyone going to know??? Ohhh, yeah, that�s REALLY bad. Anonymous? Can�t you stick to like, banks and evil governments? We already know Facebook was evil when we signed up. Moving on, whenever there are riots, as there were in London all week, there has to also be a story about how social media helped organize the riots. But in this case, police found that London�s rioters were using Blackberry Messenger to coordinate their looting. Partly because the service is private rather than public, like Twitter, but also because something like 37% of the youth in England use Blackberry. Who KNEW!? Research in Motion then issued a statement saying it was helping the police find the looters, but then hackers defaced the BlackBerry Blog with a VERY threatening letter talking about seeking revenge even on RIM employees over the police cooperation. Meanwhile you KNOW those poor execs over at RIM are sitting there going, �come ON, man, can�t you just leave us OUT of this? We got enough problems right now. Have you SEEN iOS 5!? MANGO, even!?� Score one for Apple in the great Apple-Samsung Pissing Contest of 2011: a judge in Germany says Samsung can�t keep selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 anywhere in Europe. Well, except the Netherlands. For some reason. And Apple got so excited by that ridiculous ruling in a ridiculous patent lawsuit, that they�re also suing Motorola over the design of the Xoom tablet. The DESIGN, people. Bite me, Apple. And in other Apple related news, it�s time for my favorite segment, The Balls on China. Chinese police shut down a smuggling operation that was sneaking iPads and iPhones across the border from Hong Kong. HOW? This is the balls part. Allow me to demonstrate. The smugglers SHOT A CROSSBOW from Hong Kong into the Shenzen province. Then they They then ziplined the bags across the border so they wouldn�t have to pay import taxes. Authorities caught the smugglers after a sting operation and say they don�t know how long the zipline scheme was active. No matter how long it was? It was awesome. And finally, the return of another favorite segment: Death from Above. Take a break from worrying about the stock market and the global economy and the erosion of every safety net America ever promised anyone, won�t you? The SUN is coming to kill all our tech, sometime between now and 2013. A solar flare Tuesday was the strongest one since 2006, but it was luckily facing away from Earth, so we didn�t see much impact. But scientists say solar activity is increasing and will peak around 2013. If the flares get strong enough? They could mess with GPS and cell towers, make electricity go haywire, or, if they�re as strong as the Carrington Super Flare in 1859, they could lead to magnetic storms that do who knows WHAT to our tech, but probably brick most of it and leave us in the technological dark ages. See!? You feel better about the economy already, right? Or � something � And that�s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I�m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.

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