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, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s NokiaÃ¯Â¿Â½s hail Mary phone, Steve
JobsÃ¯Â¿Â½s secrets at last, and political suicide on YouTube.
But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week.
The Gadget of the Week is the Nest Learning Thermostat.
calling it the Ã¯Â¿Â½iPod of thermostats.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Partly because Nest Labs was founded by Tony
Fadell, who led the design team that designed the iPod.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s programmable, obviously.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s also networkable over WiFi, and you can
control it remotely with a mobile app.
You can network several thermostats together and
control them all at once.
And it has a motion sensor built in so it can Ã¯Â¿Â½seeÃ¯Â¿Â½ when people
are in the room -- then, it supposedly learns your habits and can auto-adjust to suit your
heating and cooling needs.
Nest says the thermostat could knock 20 to 30 percent off
the average utility bill -- which is good, since it costs 250 bucks.
Best part of all!?
how easy it is to install!?
ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s amazing, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s watch that again, in slow-mo.
Have your electrician on
OTHER than that, pretty Ã¯Â¿Â½ awesome, um, thermostat.
Now, the other big gadget news of the week is Nokia showing off its firstborn child with
The Lumia 800 is NokiaÃ¯Â¿Â½s bet-the-farm smartphone, Microsoft and Nokia are
calling it the first REAL Windows Phone.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a tricked up N9 with gorgeous hardware,
although the specs are just ok -- single core processor and whatnot.
The camera will be
pretty amazing, 8 megapixels, with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and on-phone editing
features, plus HD video capture.
And since Nokia never, ever learns, it will debut in
Europe for about 420 Euros, with no word whatsoever on a U.S. release.
And THAT, my
friends, is why the THERMOSTAT is the gadget of the week.
In other news this week, the official Steve Jobs biography came out Monday, and it was
full of fascinating stories -- not all of them flattering.
On the one hand, Walter IsaacsonÃ¯Â¿Â½s
biography portrays a cool, counter-culture genius who left an incredible string of
achievements and inventions behind him.
On the other hand, abusive manager, bad
temper, family issues, calculating and more than willing to screw his partners out of
money and stock, brittle personality.
Stuff like that.
But the WORST thing he did, by far, even worse than abandoning his daughter or worse
even than the Newton Ã¯Â¿Â½ was that he hurt the feelings of that cute, cute Jonathan Ives,
the vice president of design at Apple.
In the book, Ives says it really upset him that Steve Jobs would often take credit for his
fabulous designs, and GET all the credit for being the only innovator at Apple.
Jonny, donÃ¯Â¿Â½t worry sweetie, we always knew you were the smart one, and WE here at
Buzz totally appreciate you.
Moving on, Netflix.
The companyÃ¯Â¿Â½s quarterly report said that after it hiked prices 60
percent, WAY more customers actually canceled their subscriptions than Netflix
Like 800,000 of them.
NetflixÃ¯Â¿Â½s stock fell 37 percent on the news, and limped
along down there all week.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not in the stock advice business, and IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not allowed to buy Netflix
But Netflix ALSO reported record revenues, theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re expanding into the UK, and
theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re not splitting up their business after all.
Calm DOWN, investors.
And as for the
rest of you?
That streaming catalog still sucks, though.
SPEAKING of panicky investors, even Amazon was down this week after the company
reported a dip in profits because it spent a lot of money making Kindle Fires and the rest
of the new Kindle lineup.
But they ALSO said theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re rushing to produce way more
Kindle Fires than they expected, because everyone wants one.
And then when they
have them, Amazon may take a loss on the hardware, but theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ll sell bajillions of 15-
dollar eBooks and also movies and TV shows and magazines with their little one-click
genius, and theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be printing their own Kindle-branded dollars.
But what do I know.
Street has done a great job with America so far.
And now itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes, this weekÃ¯Â¿Â½s itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Herman Cain Crazy
The Internet went crazy for his most recent campaign video, which features his
campaign manager Ã¯Â¿Â½ aka the smoking man from X-Files.
So, that was baffling.
THEN, we all realized that heÃ¯Â¿Â½s been doing this for MONTHS!
Go to his YouTube page!
Check out the Yellow Flowers video!
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s like a 4-minute video with some guy claiming to
be a famous actor and talking about how Herman Cain is great.
Except the unknown
actor is a total a-hole who canÃ¯Â¿Â½t drink a margarita without a straw and is rude to everyone
around him and isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t good at his job.
so, like Ã¯Â¿Â½ what?
How is this HELPING
OHHHH, I get it.
HeÃ¯Â¿Â½s trolling America.
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for