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The Buzz Report
The Buzz Report
Putting the "face" in Facebook
Hi, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report Ã¯Â¿Â½ the show about the tech news
that everyone is talking about.
This week, the speed-read version of all the WWDC
news, who won E3 this year, and embarrassing Facebook photo tagging in one easy
But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week.
The Gadget of the Week is the Nintendo Wii U.
Which, maybe itÃ¯Â¿Â½s just me, made me
think of sirens.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s NintendoÃ¯Â¿Â½s next-generation console, and even though we donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know
a lot about the actual console, the controller is where itÃ¯Â¿Â½s really at.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a 6.2 inch tablet
like dealie that has a touch screen AND joystick and button controls, a front-facing
camera, a mic, and motion control just like the original Wii-motes.
It can act like a
secondary display, an actual controller, a Web browser, a mini version of the game
youÃ¯Â¿Â½re playing Ã¯Â¿Â½ it looks, basically, pretty freaking awesome.
Except that minus ANY
other details or a real time frame for release other than, generally speaking, 2012 Ã¯Â¿Â½ it
kind of smells like vaporware up in here.
And now for the news.
LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s get it over with: Apple held its WWDC keynote, which we covered to DEATH here
at CNET TV.
If you missed any single second of the two-hour announcement of new OS
X features, new iOS 5 features, and the iCloud push and sync service, please visit
CNET News or CNET TV for all the details.
In a nutshell, on our end: iOS 5 will be just
about exactly as awesome as Android when it finally gets around to arriving this fall, OS
X Lion will look a lot more like iOS, but for just 30 bucks as an App Store download, and
AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s iCloud will be just about exactly as awesome as Google Docs but slightly less
awesome than Spotify or Lala and way less awesome than, say, Flickr.
Moving on, there was more than just Nintendo at E3 in L.A.
this week Ã¯Â¿Â½ well, I mean.
Sony announced the Vita, which is not tasty water, but is a successor to the
PSP, and was kind of pedestrian but great if you like the PSP.
Also, Sony apologized for
its big data breach Ã¯Â¿Â½ kind of.
They really just apologized for your inability to play its
amazing game console, but not for letting your credit card data get into the wild or
storing your passwords in clear text on Websites around the world.
Kind of like, Ã¯Â¿Â½other
than that, Mrs.
Lincoln how was the play?Ã¯Â¿Â½
And Microsoft announced some new cool-looking Kinect games, Bing search using your
voice and Kinect, and some kind of live TV thing involving some partners they didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t
name at a date yet to be determined.
ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s that vaporware smell again.
Nintendo won E3.
Speaking of Nintendo, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for this weekÃ¯Â¿Â½s Hacker News Blue Plate Special.
go-getter LulzSec boys apparently broke into NintendoÃ¯Â¿Â½s servers, but didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t steal any
Ok, really, LulzSec?
First PBS and now Nintendo?
Yeah, youÃ¯Â¿Â½re really fighting the
good fight, there.
Whaddya gonna do next, pull a kittenÃ¯Â¿Â½s tail?
Catch a dolphin in a
Push a nun down a stairwell?
Club a baby seal?
And finally, Facebook this week silently rolled out facial recognition tagging to all its
The feature scans photos you upload and then suggests tags
based on who it thinks are in the pictures.
Like, an easier way to tag pictures.
also an easier way to be identified in potentially embarrassing photos, and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not totally
clear what happens with public photos -- like what if youÃ¯Â¿Â½re in Egypt or Libya or Syria,
maybe you go to a protest, you get photographed, you get identified, and suddenly you
And not only did Facebook opt us all in, OF COURSE, , they didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t even
ANNOUNCE they were rolling it out or exactly how it works.
At this point, I canÃ¯Â¿Â½t tell if Facebook will never learn, if Facebook refuses to learn, or if
Facebook is trying to learn us not to use Facebook.
As always, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a simple
39-step process in your Privacy settings to turn it all off or control who sees your photos.
Anybody else interested in a Friendster reunion tour?
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thank you for