Hey, 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, iPhones on the loose, a high five and a what what for the Department of Justice, and when there's no more room in tech hell, the dead will walk the earth.
But letÃ¯Â¿Â½s begin with the Gadget of the Week.
TURN RIGHT FROM LEFT The Gadget of the Week is the Samsung Galaxy S TWO Epic 4G Touch.
It was announced this week for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, where it will be known simply as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch.
Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy II Epic 4G Touch Ã¯Â¿Â½ Pod Pad has a 4G support, 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera that takes HD video, a 10 percent bigger battery, and a super AMOLED touchscreen.
Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Two Epic 4G Touch Ã¯Â¿Â½ 3D Hurricane Ã¯Â¿Â½ will run the latest version of Gingerbread, with SamsungÃ¯Â¿Â½s custom Touchwhiz interface on it, and will include a bunch of new enterprise features, the ability to connect to your computer and other devices over WiFi for wireless transferring and texting, more voice command support, and you can even take screen shots on the phone!
The Samsung Galaxy Two Epic 4G Touch Hypnotize Fire Dancer Flying Squirrel Honey Badger has almost as many features as it has words in its name!
And now for the news.
Top story of the week Ã¯Â¿Â½ the U.S. Justice Department ALSO hates AT&T!
Or at least it hates the idea of the AT&T T-Mobile merger.
The DOJ filed a lawsuit this week to block to proposed 39 billion dollar AT&T T-Mobile merger.
The agency said the merger would substantially damage wireless competition and lead to higher prices, worse service, and less innovation -- especially in rural areas and for low-income customers.
And the DOJ gave a nice little present to T-Mobile, saying theyÃ¯Â¿Â½d been totally good for competition because theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re innovative and spunky and had the first Android phone and the first high-speed data network.
Wow, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s almost like the DOJ has been listening in on our conversations about the merger and reading our tweets and emails and stuff.
And just this one time?
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m totally cool with that.
But donÃ¯Â¿Â½t call this story over, not by a long shot.
DonÃ¯Â¿Â½t forget, if the merger doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t go through, AT&T has to pay T-Mobile 3 billion dollars, PLUS spectrum and airwaves deals that add up to a total breakup package of about 7 billion bucks.
So Ã¯Â¿Â½ donÃ¯Â¿Â½t look for AT&T to go away quietly.
When do they ever.
In other top news this week, APPARENTLY, another iPhone prototype was left in a bar, this time in San Francisco.
No, no, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not joking.
We have no idea if it was an iPhone 5 prototype or some OTHER iPhone, what version of iOS it was running, or any other specs.
We only know that it was taken from a Mexican restaurant and bar, it might have been sold on Craigslist for 200 bucks, and when the police tried the Find my iPhone feature on it, they tracked it to a house, searched the place, and couldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t find it.
And the guy who lived there said he didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t know anything about it, even when Apple employees reportedly offered him cash on the spot for the phone back, no questions asked.
You know, it just goes to show that Apple employees are human, too.
They get wasted and lose their phones in bars just like the rest of us.
Anyone got an advil?
Or my phone?
ALSO this week Ã¯Â¿Â½ the HP TouchPad Ã¯Â¿Â½ tablet Ã¯Â¿Â½ or ZOMBIE?
After selling thousands in a 99 dollar fire sale earlier this month, HP announced that it will manufacture just a few more TouchPads and sell them for the same price.
Except at retail stores, where theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ll price it whatever they want.
And THEN, after THAT, WebOS and the tablets are dead for real.
EXCEPT that thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a software update coming for WebOS for all you new TouchPad owners.
And then of course there were the rumors that Samsung might buy WebOS, and THEN you have the executive vice president of HPÃ¯Â¿Â½s PC group, which may or may not get spun off, telling the press that sure, HP might totally get back into the tablet game.
All I know is, this time, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m getting one of those 99 dollar TouchPads, and I really hope it doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t eat MY brain the way it ate Leo ApothekerÃ¯Â¿Â½s brain.
AND finally, and speaking of doom, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes.
The Cornell Creative Machines Lab posted this video on YouTube that THEY say is what happened when they hooked an artificial intelligence chat-bot up to itself and let it have a conversation with itself.
Prepare to panic.
You should go watch the whole video at YouTube, but I think the first commenter there summed it up best: Ã¯Â¿Â½So when you let robots talk to eachother, they instantly identify their own kind, start discussing God, and their wish to have physical bodies.
Yeah let's not do this again...Ã¯Â¿Â½ And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.