Hey, everyone, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz
Report, the show about the tech news that everyone is talking
This week, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s no cell phones in cars and this time we
mean it, iPads in cockpits, because, why not, and the drunkest
airplane flight of all time.
But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week.
The Gadget of the Week is the Kindle Fire all over again.
Kindle Fire is taking a BEATING this week over usability issues,
software bugs, and lack of parental controls that let any kid -- or
anyone, really -- just come along and buy whatever they want
with its all-too-easy one-click purchase capability.
forget the hardware--there are tons of complaints about the
annoying power button on the bottom of the thing.
It was even
compared, recently, the the Edsel.
Quick tip: Power button bothering you?
Turn it upside
The screen rotates.
Now, sit the hell down and wait for
your software update.
Then, take the 300 bucks you saved by
NOT buying an iPad, go to Hawaii, sit on the beach, and read a
good book on your Kindle Fire.
With a Mai Tai.
See what IÃ¯Â¿Â½m
And now for the news.
This week, the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB
recommended a COMPLETE national ban on cell phone use by
drivers in cars.
The ban would cover all 50 states, it would
include hands-free devices--but not Bluetooth systems already
installed in cars--and would be accompanied by a huge
awareness campaign that highlights the dangers of distracted
And while I think this is a complicated issue with far-reaching
ramifications, and thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no doubt in my mind that texting while
driving in particular is an epidemic and dangerous problem, I
have to admit, my response to this idea can be summed up in
these two simple responses:
1. You wish.
MEANWHILE, as weÃ¯Â¿Â½re trying to get drivers to be less distracted,
the FAA just approved the use of iPads in airplane cockpits Ã¯Â¿Â½ at
ALL PHASES OF FLIGHT.
During takeoff and landing, the whole
way to and from the places, all of it.
Each pilotÃ¯Â¿Â½s iPad will replace
about 35 pounds of paper, which will apparently save more than
a million dollars worth of fuel every year.
American Airlines will
start rolling out the iPads in cockpits this week.
will still have to turn off your Kindle during takeoff and landing.
Just Ã¯Â¿Â½ donÃ¯Â¿Â½t get me started.
Scientists say they are closing in on evidence of the elusive
Higgs boson particle, sometimes called the God particle.
Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research
say theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re Ã¯Â¿Â½tantalizingly closeÃ¯Â¿Â½ to discovering the particle, and
they should be able to close the book on this puzzle sometime
If the Higgs boson is found, it could theoretically help explain
why other particles have mass -- AND lead to all kinds of other
discoveries, like super particles and dark matter.
open the field of physics, in fact.
And lead to flying cars and
No flying cars and teleportation?
Why are they doing this, then?
In other unlikely events in the universe, hereÃ¯Â¿Â½s an update on the
AT&T T-Mobile merger!
[rimshot] A federal judge will allow AT&T
to temporarily withdraw its petition to buy T-Mobile and delay an
antitrust hearing that was scheduled for February.
has until January 12th to either present a new plan for buying T-
Mobile somehow some way, or decide to cut bait, because they
Considering that the FCC, multiple states, every
other wireless carrier in America, and most consumers OPPOSE
the deal Ã¯Â¿Â½ IÃ¯Â¿Â½m leaning toward cut bait.
But who knows, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s
New details emerged this week about what happened when two
now former RIM executives got so drunk on an airplane that the
flight had to be diverted and they had to be dragged off the plane
It turns out, these poor guys were drunk
before they even got on the plane, they were screaming at each
other, one laid down on the floor and kicked the ground, they
assaulted and yelled at flight attendants, and they were so rabid
with rage at their lot in life that when they were put into plastic
handcuffs, they CHEWED THROUGH THEIR RESTRAINTS.
Those poor guys.
On the plus side, though, any out of work executives Ã¯Â¿Â½ job
openings at RIM!
And finally, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes.
Higher forms of life.
My favorite animal video in recent times, and
thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s saying a lot Ã¯Â¿Â½ this bearded lizard, DELIBERATELY
playing a video game.
OH, and donÃ¯Â¿Â½t miss the baby seal that sneaked into someoneÃ¯Â¿Â½s
house and cuddled up on the couch.
Because, I MEAN.
I feel better about life now.
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
Wood, thanks for watching.