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The Buzz Report
Buzz Report: The sky is falling!When the sky is falling and apocalypse is nigh, there's only one thing to do: throw caution to the wind and go gadget-crazy!
Ok! Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report. Ladies and gentlemen ... I come before you today as the United States teeters on the brink of disaster. Our financial markets are in a tailspin ... our politicians caught in a shame spiral of partisan monkey hooting. it just wouldn't be appropriate at this time for me to engage in irresponsible and meaningless talk of the "gadget of the week" and the trivial technologies stories that caught my fancy like so many shiny river stones. But a sense of appropriateness has never stopped me before. And that's why ... I'm Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report WHO CARES EDITION!! Mindless escapism and crass consumerism at its best ... the most expensive gadgets, the most scurrilous rumors, and guilt-free geek enjoyment. Join me, won't you, for the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Pioneer Elite Kuro Pro-111FD, the best flat-panel HDTV EVER! We gave it a 10 in picture quality. A PERFECT 10. It's got the best black levels we have EVER SEEN on a TV! And it costs five grand. That's right. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. That's like ... three weeks worth of gas or at least a couple of mortgage payments, but the HELL with it! Get the TV! Perfect 10, baby! Now for the news, and it's expensive gadget central! According to the Boy Genius Report, Best Buy may have leaked the release date for the BlackBerry Bold ... and if the report is true, it's coming soon! October 26th in fact, with a rumored price tag of six hundred dollars! Ahh, what do you care. Pony up, it's the BOLD! In other phone news, Apple is now selling an official, unlocked version of the iPhone in Hong Kong. The 16-gigabyte version is almost eight hundred dollars ... probably a lot more if you tried to buy one there and import it. But ... it's unlocked! It's so much better! You can run the unlocked iPhone 3G on T-Mobile ... I think they've got 3G in like .. three cities now! But who cares if it's not fast. It's unlocked! Do it! Do it! New in CNET reviews this week, the gas-guzzling, terrain-chewing 2009 Range Rover Sport! Sixty grand ... BASE. Six miles to the gallon. Who CARES? HOT! Also this week, a victory for private industry ... SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies successfully launched the first privately developed liquid-fueled rocket into orbit. I wonder how much they'll cost for a ride in it ... I don't care, I'll pay it. Get me off this rock. And finally, in other news of desperate money-grubbing, Hollywood studios filed a lawsuit against RealNetworks over Real's $30 software that lets you make a digital copy of a DVD. Yeah, no, they really did. And it happened after Real sued the studios because they knew the studios were going to sue them, because this ground-breaking piece of software that lets you make ONE copy of a DVD is going to SHATTER the industry forever, even though there are DOZENS of free programs that let you do the exact same thing and honestly, at this point, does anyone even CARE that it's breaking the law to rip a DVD? Would anyone even BUY this software? I mean ... who CARES? I'm Molly Wood and this has been the Buzz Report. Thanks for watching.