iPhone 5 goes night-clubbing? Video
iPhone 5 goes night-clubbing? Video Transcript
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, iPhones on the loose, a high five and a what what for the Department of Justice, and when there's no more room in tech hell, the dead will walk the earth. But letÃ¯Â¿Â½s begin with the Gadget of the Week. TURN RIGHT FROM LEFT The Gadget of the Week is the Samsung Galaxy S TWO Epic 4G Touch. It was announced this week for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, where it will be known simply as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy II Epic 4G Touch Ã¯Â¿Â½ Pod Pad has a 4G support, 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera that takes HD video, a 10 percent bigger battery, and a super AMOLED touchscreen. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Two Epic 4G Touch Ã¯Â¿Â½ 3D Hurricane Ã¯Â¿Â½ will run the latest version of Gingerbread, with SamsungÃ¯Â¿Â½s custom Touchwhiz interface on it, and will include a bunch of new enterprise features, the ability to connect to your computer and other devices over WiFi for wireless transferring and texting, more voice command support, and you can even take screen shots on the phone! Awesome! The Samsung Galaxy Two Epic 4G Touch Hypnotize Fire Dancer Flying Squirrel Honey Badger has almost as many features as it has words in its name! And now for the news. Top story of the week Ã¯Â¿Â½ the U.S. Justice Department ALSO hates AT&T! Or at least it hates the idea of the AT&T T-Mobile merger. The DOJ filed a lawsuit this week to block to proposed 39 billion dollar AT&T T-Mobile merger. The agency said the merger would substantially damage wireless competition and lead to higher prices, worse service, and less innovation -- especially in rural areas and for low-income customers. And the DOJ gave a nice little present to T-Mobile, saying theyÃ¯Â¿Â½d been totally good for competition because theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re innovative and spunky and had the first Android phone and the first high-speed data network. Wow, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s almost like the DOJ has been listening in on our conversations about the merger and reading our tweets and emails and stuff. And just this one time? IÃ¯Â¿Â½m totally cool with that. But donÃ¯Â¿Â½t call this story over, not by a long shot. DonÃ¯Â¿Â½t forget, if the merger doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t go through, AT&T has to pay T-Mobile 3 billion dollars, PLUS spectrum and airwaves deals that add up to a total breakup package of about 7 billion bucks. So Ã¯Â¿Â½ donÃ¯Â¿Â½t look for AT&T to go away quietly. I mean. When do they ever. In other top news this week, APPARENTLY, another iPhone prototype was left in a bar, this time in San Francisco. No, no, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not joking. We have no idea if it was an iPhone 5 prototype or some OTHER iPhone, what version of iOS it was running, or any other specs. We only know that it was taken from a Mexican restaurant and bar, it might have been sold on Craigslist for 200 bucks, and when the police tried the Find my iPhone feature on it, they tracked it to a house, searched the place, and couldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t find it. And the guy who lived there said he didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t know anything about it, even when Apple employees reportedly offered him cash on the spot for the phone back, no questions asked. Man. You know, it just goes to show that Apple employees are human, too. They get wasted and lose their phones in bars just like the rest of us. Anyone got an advil? Or my phone? ALSO this week Ã¯Â¿Â½ the HP TouchPad Ã¯Â¿Â½ tablet Ã¯Â¿Â½ or ZOMBIE? After selling thousands in a 99 dollar fire sale earlier this month, HP announced that it will manufacture just a few more TouchPads and sell them for the same price. Except at retail stores, where theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ll price it whatever they want. And THEN, after THAT, WebOS and the tablets are dead for real. EXCEPT that thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a software update coming for WebOS for all you new TouchPad owners. And then of course there were the rumors that Samsung might buy WebOS, and THEN you have the executive vice president of HPÃ¯Â¿Â½s PC group, which may or may not get spun off, telling the press that sure, HP might totally get back into the tablet game. All I know is, this time, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m getting one of those 99 dollar TouchPads, and I really hope it doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t eat MY brain the way it ate Leo ApothekerÃ¯Â¿Â½s brain. AND finally, and speaking of doom, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes. The Cornell Creative Machines Lab posted this video on YouTube that THEY say is what happened when they hooked an artificial intelligence chat-bot up to itself and let it have a conversation with itself. Prepare to panic. You should go watch the whole video at YouTube, but I think the first commenter there summed it up best: Ã¯Â¿Â½So when you let robots talk to eachother, they instantly identify their own kind, start discussing God, and their wish to have physical bodies. Yeah let's not do this again...Ã¯Â¿Â½ And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.
Full WikiLeaks database of diplomatic cables appears online; HP to bring back TouchPad for a last production run; and an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar!
Apple, evidently, has a lot of employees with drinking problems, and it keeps letting those employees take iPhone prototypes out of the building. Really? Wow, dudes. Also, T-Mobile tries to pump up its employees over the merger situation, you can finally legally play Doom in Germany, tablet makers try everything but the easy solution, and China is going to kill us all. Or give us $99 tablets, hard to say. And Buzz Out Loud is getting out of the daily deals business.
Hewlett-Packard permanently cuts the price of the TouchPad to just $399, Google is reportedly rushing to finish the Ice Cream Sandwich update to its Android operating system, and the San Mateo, Calif., district attorney has filed charges in the theft of an iPhone 4 prototype but not against Gizmodo.
The iPhone 5, Lumia 920, and Kindle Fire HD all get torture tested in our first-ever reindeer games. Molly Wood drops gadgets from a ski lift, jumps on them with a snowboard, and drives over them with a snowmobile -- all in the name of product testing.
Turns out the iPhone grip of death is simply a "fact of life" with all wireless phones. If holding your phone makes your iPhone 4 signal drop dramatically, Apple would like you to know you should either hold it a different way or buy a case. From them. That sounds logical, right? Right. No, thanks. Also, introducing Rafe's new side project, oneleggedgoat.xxx. Enjoy.
This week on the CNET Tech Review: Verizon's iPhone launch gets a chilly reception; HP debuts TouchPad tablet running WebOS; and Sprint's Kyocera Echo doubles down on touch screens.
At a nightclub in San Francisco, the two companies launch a pair of smart phones aimed at the generation that lives on Facebook and Twitter.
Tim Cook becomes CEO of Apple as Steve Jobs steps down; cute-animal-song wunderkind Parry Gripp joins us to talk about his new Baby Monkey iPhone game; and The Internetorati clamor to buy discounted TouchPads, while HP's stock plummets 20 percent to a six-year low.
HP touts over 50 new features in WebOS 2.1 and unveils its TouchPad tablet, Pre 3 smartphone, and diminutive Veer smartphone. Meanwhile, freezing cold in NYC makes for an unusually timid iPhone launch for Verizon.
Apple's latest Touch has a brand-new design, a new camera, and that same fancy four-inch Retina Display that's on the iPhone 5. Is it the best iPod Touch ever? Scott Stein looks at it compared to the iPhone 5, and iPods of the past.