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CNET Update: Could Google be next with a game console?

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CNET Update: Could Google be next with a game console?

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With the surge of Android-based game consoles like the GamePop, reports suggest Google is looking to make its own console. Also, Netflix gets silly with suggestions from Max.

-It's time to play Android games on your home TV. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. GamePop is one of several Android-based game consoles and it just announced it'll be offering a new free mini version of the GamePop with a $7 monthly game subscription. That subscription is said to give you access to more than 500 paid Android games. There is a larger more powerful cube that is free with preorders before June thirtieth, but as of Monday, that cost a $130. They both can play the same games. There's also a report from the Wall Street Journal that Google wants a piece of this Android game action and it's working on its own game console. It could be a remake of the failed Nexus Q sphere. If you subscribe to Netflix and if you have a PlayStation 3, then say hello to Max. It's a new Netflix interface available on the PS3 that recommends movies and television shows for you to watch, but he does it with a goofy game show host personality. -The rating game. Ready, set, go! -Max gives suggestions in different ways. You can rate a few titles and he gives a suggestion and a pitch about the show. -It's man versus machine time and the machines look like us. Even worse-- -You can also pick a show between 2 celebrities or 2 comically different categories. There's also Max's mystery call. It'll just randomly pick something based on what he knows about you. Depending on how this trial goes on the PS3, Netflix may expand this to devices like the iPad. Google's next version of Android has been spotted in the wild. The blog Sam Mobile published leaked screenshots of Android 4.3 running on the Google Play edition of the Galaxy S4. Looks like the next version will still be called Jelly Bean if these images are accurate. The latest rumor say this upgrade could lunch in July. Time Warner Cable subscribers will be able to watch live TV channels using the Xbox 360 instead of their cable box. Later this summer, a Time Warner Cable app will launch on Xbox Live. So if you have another TV in the house and you don't wanna pay for another cable box, you can just hook up the Xbox to watch up to 300 channels of live TV. And, and I thought it was already dead news, Blackberry announced it will no longer upgrade the Playbook tablet to the Blackberry 10 operating system and the company will rather focus on smartphones for now. Today's app to watch is We Heart It. It's a social network for sharing photos of cool things similar to Pinterest. This app says it has more than 20 million monthly users. What makes it different from Pinterest is that it's more about sharing inspirational or creative photos rather than a place to collect recipes and wedding wish lists. That's your tech news update, you can find more details at CNET.com/update. From our studious in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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