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!
The future is
here and probably fatal.
And this is the end, friends.
Of the Buzz
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
WhatÃ¯Â¿Â½s amazing, actually, is the stuff these guys have managed
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?
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.
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
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.
Actually, producer Sarah points out that a lot of people are
going to get hit by cars in the early days of these glasses.
kind of donÃ¯Â¿Â½t care.
And finally, a flying car made its debut at the New York Auto
Show this week.
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
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!?
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
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.
tuned for my new project, Always On.
HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a preview!
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone!
Wood, and thanks for watching.
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