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, the English language takes a nose dive, Google gets
Motorola Mobility, and radio reception in a can.
But first, the gadget of the week.
The Gadget of the Week is the Samsung Galaxy Note.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a phablet.
i AM NOT MAKING THIS UP
PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY CALLING THIS THING A PHABLET
LIKE ITÃ¯Â¿Â½S A NEW CATEGORY OF DEVICE KILL ME NOW.
The Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch screen, so itÃ¯Â¿Â½s just
about as big as a tablet, and it comes with a stylus so you can
take notes and draw and stuff.
But mainly, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a phone.
really, really gigante phone.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s LTE capable, it has an 8
megapixel camera, and like every new Android phone that
should be running Ice Cream Sandwich but isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s expected to
get an upgrade sometime around someday.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty good as a
phone, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty much only for people who carry purses or
And can say phablet with a straight face.
What has this world come to?
And now for the news.
Back to the good old days when tablets were tablets and phones
were phones Ã¯Â¿Â½ the world is awash with iPad 3 rumors, and
those rumors say itÃ¯Â¿Â½s coming SOON!
The latest batch of
unnamed sources say the newest iPad could debut March 7,
which would be right on time, considering the iPad 2 came out
just about exactly a year ago.
iPad 2 prices are down to 429
bucks, by the way.
Rumors suggest the new iPad could have a Retina Display, a
faster, maybe even quad core processor, and support for 4G
And some reports say Apple has been testing a new,
smaller version of the iPad, closer to about 8 inches.
Which, if it
also came with 4G LTE networking built in, heck, why not use it
as a phone, too, and then it could be the worldÃ¯Â¿Â½s first iPhablet!
Ok, last time, I promise.
and the European Union have approved GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s bid
to buy Motorola Mobility, which means the deal is VERY close to
The purchase gives Google access to its own phone
hardware and a treasure trove of crucial phone-related patents,
PLUS MotorolaÃ¯Â¿Â½s entire TV set-top box business and its
relationships with cable companies who license those boxes.
The EU and DOJ approved the deal with no strings attached,
saying, hey, yeah, sure, Google COULD combine its search,
services, and operating system business with hardware to create
a technological juggernaut that would control and distribute most
of the worldÃ¯Â¿Â½s information, music, TV, video, and books on its
own branded platforms, crushing all other competition existing
and nascent Ã¯Â¿Â½ but letÃ¯Â¿Â½s be honest.
This is GOOGLE weÃ¯Â¿Â½re
TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½re not really that organized.
Anyway, weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll all soon forget ALL our troubles, because the two
great opiates of the masses, Ã¯Â¿Â½Angry BirdsÃ¯Â¿Â½ and Facebook, have
just joined forces Ã¯Â¿Â½ itÃ¯Â¿Â½s Ã¯Â¿Â½Angry Birds for Facebook.Ã¯Â¿Â½ The wildly
popular physics and puzzle game now gets new features, new
powers, like a Ã¯Â¿Â½birdquake,Ã¯Â¿Â½ and social gamification features, like
the ability to compare scores, daily rewards for playing all the
time, you know.
That kind of crack-type stuff.
In order to save society, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s make a new rule, ok?
Angry Birds at work.
Just Ã¯Â¿Â½ NO.
No whiskey at lunch, no Angry
Birds at work.
The fate of the world is at stake, here.
Google recently held a conference called Ã¯Â¿Â½Solve for XÃ¯Â¿Â½ -- itÃ¯Â¿Â½s part
of a new project to encourage people to come up with crazy tech
solutions to huge problems.
And the big hit at the first conference
Startup Chamtech says you can
spray the antenna-in-a-can on almost any surface and improve
your various radio receptions, including cell phone reception.
They showed it off by spraying it on a tree.
Maybe if you mixed this with the spray-on hair stuff, then pretty
soon all the tall, balding guys in the world could be like, walking
I love Solve for X.
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s it for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thank
you for watching.