Buzz Report: Android is falling apart Video
Buzz Report: Android is falling apart Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report. This week, a mini-computer, seven billion bot-murders, and Android falls apart. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the CherryPal Desktop. It's a computer, although you'd hardly know it -- it's super tiny, it costs $249, there's no operating system, and it's got only 4GB of on-board storage. It's a terminal computer, my friends. It's just a super cute one. Its "operating system" is the Firefox browser, and the idea is that you buy one of these little jobbies, get on the Internet, and you store all your information in "the cloud" -- like Facebook or MySpace or Amazon S3 or Gmail. Well, except not Facebook. They can't be trusted. But anywhere else! I love this! According to ohgizmo.com, the official body count for Halo 3 has surpassed the population of the Earth. Almost seven billion "enemies" have been killed in the Halo- verse, while the world population is hanging in there at 6,705,066,871. The milestone was apparently reached sometime last month. And they say the videogame world is too violent. What's a little virtual annihilation of the human race ... it's just for FUN. Analysts are starting to wonder whether Android, the big open-source mobile software platform headed by Google, is falling apart. Word has it that Google is spending so much time getting T-Mobile's Android device done by the fourth quarter that Sprint won't get a phone out this year. Plus, developers are starting to revolt over what they see as poor communication and a lack of openness in the super-open-standards project. Trouble in Android-land? Um. Yes! Why? Because Google is like a five-year-old with a billion-dollar allowance. "I want a video sharing site! I want to do an office suite! I want to do VOIP! I want to go to Mars! I want to build a cell phone! Wait, ooh, now I want to go to Mars on a robot teletubby." And the cell phone industry is like mean parents with lots of rules, because they'd secretly rather die than allow totally open devices on their networks that run any old application or service that they don't get to charge for. And meanwhile the developers are like out-of-control monkeys who are thinking, "I can build ANY app I want that does ANYTHING on a cell phone!? Ok, this one is going to remote-control satellites up in space while videoconferencing with the Norwegian lion babies, and it's also going to write term papers using an advanced algorithm that sounds like a kid wrote it. Oh, yeah, the interface will be super simple, though." Recipe. For. Disaster. Am I the only one who saw this coming? Really? And finally, let's have a look at what's Clogging the Tubes. This week, it's the culmination of the "Where the hell is Matt" adventure. This guy's been traveling around to different places, doing a little dance, since like 2006, with corporate sponsorship, and last year, his sponsor sent him around the world to do the dance with OTHER people. The final video went up on YouTube about this time last month, and I dare you to watch it and not ... maybe tear up a little bit. It's just ... the song, and all those people look so happy ... oh, shut up. Watch the whole thing. You'll see. I'm Molly Wood, and this has been the Buzz Report. Thanks for watching.
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