Facebook's Buffy: The Smartphone Slayer Video
Facebook's Buffy: The Smartphone Slayer Video Transcript
-It's Tuesday, November 22, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com, an it's time to get loaded. Rumors of a Facebook phone have persisted for quite some time, but according to report from All Things D, Facebook has tapped smartphone maker HTC to build an actual phone that has the social network integrated into its core experience. It's code named Buffy after the television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Supposedly the phone will run a version of the android a version of the android operating system, but with heavy tweaks that integrate Facebook services and will support HTML 5 as a platform for applications. Speaking of mobile apps, CTIA, the trade organization for the wireless industry has said it will be taking the raps of this new mobile app rating system. By ratings mean content, not quality. The system was designed with the help of the video game organizations, ESRB. They review and then assign age appropriate ratings to games. The system is said to be unveiled on November 29th, and the hope is that it will consolidate the multiple rating systems for Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft app stores. Companies are trying hard to find ways to keep and recruit talented employees and Microsoft may extract gold. The company has decided the best way to hire engineers for it connect for windows team is not stock options or big bonuses, but free bacon. The company is trying to double the size of its engineering team and has setup a bacon wagon to serve free slices of that delicious meat. Adobe wanted its customers to subscribe rather than buy their software. It helps the company maintain consistent revenues with many [unk] think that the features of CS3 are still good enough. So, the company has decided that it will make operating to new software more unpalatable. When the company unveiled its creative cloud next year, it will cost 49.99 a month and include access to apps like Illustrator and Design Premier Pro, Flash Pro, After Effects, Dream Weaver, and new Adobe apps edge and use. Meanwhile, only uses with CS5 or CS5.5 can have upgrade pricing. If you're still on older versions, you will only get 20% of the regular price until the end of the year. Now, here's a company that knows the value of a good deal, Amazon. The online store has announced that through cyber Monday, customers can buy any non-iPhone smartphone for just 1 penny. Phones include the Motorola Droid Razr, which Verizon sells for $300, but also includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, The Epic 4G Touch, Blackberry torch 4G and more, which all go for significantly more than 1 cent. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you just been loaded..
A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds! Bonus Features on the DVD include: an introduction by Joss Whedon, over 20 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes, Re-Lighting The Firefly (the story of how a television show gained enough of a cult following to become a major feature film), Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon, and much more!
Joss Whedon IS Comic-Con. We talk one-on-one with the director of "The Avengers" about the movie, the new direction for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and how music can help you find a happy place.
Fox delays streaming TV shows on the Web, Mad Men hits Netflix streaming, and Microsoft releases the first major update to Windows Phone codenamed Mango.
This week on the CNET Tech Review: Comic-Con mainstay Joss Whedon talks "The Avengers" and the future of Buffy; how to get more out of OS X Lion; and the best--and perhaps only--smartphone for Nextel that's worth buying.
Watch helicopter video showing the preparations underway today at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook employees will gather at their office compound after work tonight for an all-night hackathon.
Crude spam spreads on Facebook, the fight over an online piracy bill heats up, and Sony is working to distribute television channels through Net-connected TV sets as an alternative to cable.
Facebook launches single sign-on for mobile, Microsoft expects to sell 5 million Kinect units before the year is out, and MySpace gets a firm warning from the big chief, Rupert Murdoch.
Jeff's back with a full E3 report! Taking the good with the bad, Jeff runs through the ups and downs of the show and why he won't likely return to the City of Angels anytime soon. We'll also talk about Microsoft using the Kinect camera to target ads based on your emotions, the future species, and TV ratings coming to streaming sites like Hulu and CBS.com.
While the price of this 30-inch LCD TV is enticing, its performance just doesn't measure up.
MetroPCS is launching 4G networks across the country, Facebook is ready to tag your photos automatically, and the porn industry is showing what else Microsoft's Kinect can do.