The Buzz Report
Farewell, Buzz Report. Fare thee well, Lumia 900!It's the last regular episode of the Buzz Report, after almost seven years. That's gotta be a record. In the news, the Lumia 900, Yahoo layoffs, and an amazing augmented reality future.
Hi, everyone, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, Nokia and Microsoft are saved! Maybe! The future is here and probably fatal. And this is the end, friends. Of the Buzz Report. But not quite yet! First, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the gadget of the week. The Gadget of the Week is the Nokia Lumia 900 Ã¯Â¿Â½ Nokia and MicrosoftÃ¯Â¿Â½s LAST STAND when it comes to saving NokiaÃ¯Â¿Â½s hide and pushing Windows Phone into the mainstream. And mainstream it is, this phone! Maybe not the electric blue one, but it also comes in black and white, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s 99 bucks, and our editors say itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the best Windows Phone on the market. Plus, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s LTE on AT&T, so Ã¯Â¿Â½ faster data than an iPhone! If the iPhone is too expensive, or too Appley, and youÃ¯Â¿Â½re hoping for something a little prettier or easier to use than Android, the Lumia 900 is for you. Now, is that the kind of recommendation that can save two companiesÃ¯Â¿Â½ bacon? ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s another story, sadly. And now for the news. Speaking of sadly, Yahoo announced today itÃ¯Â¿Â½s laying off two thousand people and re-focusing on three areas: content, media, and communications, one; core platforms, two; and third, leveraging data sets. You know, make more money off our personal information, Facebook-style. And that is BASICALLY all the details the new CEO, Scott Thompson, had to offer. Sounds like kind of the same strategy of the past few years, just, um Ã¯Â¿Â½ minus two thousand people. At least he didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t say theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re gonna Ã¯Â¿Â½pivot.Ã¯Â¿Â½ As for Yahoo using Ã¯Â¿Â½suing FacebookÃ¯Â¿Â½ as a strategy, that could get a bit rougher -- Facebook counter-sued Yahoo this week, saying Yahoo actually violated 10 of FacebookÃ¯Â¿Â½s patents. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s all standard operating procedure in these kinds of lawsuits, and experts say itÃ¯Â¿Â½s really just setting up for a settlement...a settlement that might be roughly equivalent to 2,000 Yahoo job salaries. WhatÃ¯Â¿Â½s amazing, actually, is the stuff these guys have managed to patent. Like, "Method for Enabling a User to Fetch a Specific Information Item from a Set of Information Items and a System for Carrying Out Such a Method.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Seriously? Patent office? Really? And now, Ã¯Â¿Â½ the future is here. Google announced this week it has started testing its augmented reality glasses, but only, apparently, on REALLY attractive and happy people. They put up a video showing a day as viewed through the glasses, where you see heads-up weather, maps, you can take pictures, chat with your friends, find out that the subway is closed, that kind of thing. But judging from this video, I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t think I want the glasses until they can also HEAR my thoughts so I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have to talk to myself all the time. Oh, who am I kidding. GIMME THOSE. NOW! Actually, producer Sarah points out that a lot of people are going to get hit by cars in the early days of these glasses. But I kind of donÃ¯Â¿Â½t care. And finally, a flying car made its debut at the New York Auto Show this week. YES. FINALLY. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s kind of more like a hybrid of plane and car? Like you can drive it to the airport, then fly for about four hours, then land and fold up the wings and drive away. And there were a bunch of nerdy types out there claiming that, in fact, this is not a TRUE flying car, and therefore only barely cool at all. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING!? GIVE IT! NOW! And speaking of the future Ã¯Â¿Â½ weÃ¯Â¿Â½re getting on to it, to. This is the last regular episode of the Buzz Report, which I believe, but canÃ¯Â¿Â½t be bothered to prove, is the longest-running Web video series ever. But all good things must come to an end, and I have a new project in the works that IÃ¯Â¿Â½m thrilled about. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll do a special clip episode next week with some of the funnest things weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve done over the past, yes, almost seven years. SEVEN. Meanwhile, stay tuned for my new project, Always On. HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a preview! And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone! IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thanks for watching.