Putting the "face" in Facebook Video
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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 step! 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. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll see. Stinky. 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. Good? Good. Moving on, there was more than just Nintendo at E3 in L.A. this week Ã¯Â¿Â½ well, I mean. Kind of. 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. Basically, Nintendo won E3. Again. Speaking of Nintendo, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for this weekÃ¯Â¿Â½s Hacker News Blue Plate Special. Those go-getter LulzSec boys apparently broke into NintendoÃ¯Â¿Â½s servers, but didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t steal any data. 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 fishing net? Push a nun down a stairwell? Club a baby seal? Nice. Real nice. And finally, Facebook this week silently rolled out facial recognition tagging to all its users. Yes. By default. 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. Except itÃ¯Â¿Â½s 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 get arrested. 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. Anyway. 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 watching.
Facebook launches automatic facial recognition for photo tagging, Google releases Chrome 12 to the masses, and Nintendo announces its next-generation console, now called the Wii U.
With new facial-recognition technology, you're no longer just an anonymous face in the crowd.
Apple updates its popular production suite that aims to corral your video, photo, music, and Web needs inside one big fence. Facebook compatibility, facial recognition algorithms, advanced editing features, and music lessons from the stars are just some of the improvements.
Google gets into the social gaming biz, because it turns out that social gaming addiction is the key to all social media success. Well, and a 5% cut of the profits compared to Facebook's 30%. Nice move, Google. Scotland Yard is using Britain's huge network of spy cams plus facial recognition software to track down looters, DARPA just ditched millions of our dollars somewhere over the Pacific (again), and Computer Love plays it safe.
So Apple bought LaLa and Ars Technica thinks they have a source who knows what they're going to do with it. They're going to make a website that sells music and stores it in the cloud. Kind of like what LaLa already is. But it's going to be all iTunes-ified. And that has Rafe worrying about cloud failure again. We also kvetch about Facebook, a Mozilla employee complains about Google and the New Moon taper is set free.
Google's photo management app Picasa gets a number of new features in version 3.5, including facial recognition.
We answer your questions about note-taking apps, facial recognition software and more.
Today's show is more than a little off the rails, thanks to talk of the Sean Connery "Jeopardy" bot, a giant pancake maze visible from space, moochie friends, and air-groping. But there's news here, too: Facebook adds facial recognition to photo tagging, the Mac App Store is coming, and the dangerous success of the Stuxnet virus. Also, don't drink Donald's beer. --Molly
We're thinking about replacing Jeff with Joey Kaminski on a permanent basis. This is the third and final show with our guest host, and we're wrapping up the week with the final word on Weinergate, Facebook's new facial recognition and Happening Now tools, a drug that erases bad memories, and Will.I.Am.Forgetting.Lyrics.
Blockbuster brings movies to TiVo, Samsung announces an e-book reader, and a face recognition application provides a new way to find untagged drunken photos of yourself on Facebook.