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Rumor Has It: Google's secret plan: A $99 tablet?

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Rumor Has It: Google's secret plan: A $99 tablet?

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This week we explore whether Google plans to offer a cheap tablet with one big trade-off, your next TV may be your phone, and Apple is about to release an OS fix.

EMILY: Hey, I�m Emily Dreyfuss KARYNE: And Karyne Levy EMILY: This is Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. KARYNE: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like it'll never ever happen. EMILY: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors! Keep your eye out for the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. KARYNE: Wait wait, before we start, we should probably mention why you're wearing the panda hat. It's not just because we're huge SF Giants fans, but also because you lost a bet big time this week: Apple unveiled the iPad Mini, and it did not come in different colors. EMILY: This is just the beginning of humiliation, right? I was partially right, because my argument against the Mini was that Apple wouldn't ever make a budget device, and at $329, they still didn�t. KARYNE: It's still an iPad Mini. KARYNE: Our first rumor comes from Boy Genius Report, who says that iOS 6.0.1 is currently undergoing testing with a number of carrier partners, with a planned release in the "coming weeks." The fixes include: improved Wi-Fi support, an issue with Passbook security via the lock screen, and horizontal lines appearing on the keyboard... EMILY: Which I can personally attest to. That's happened to me several times and I thought my phone was broken. KARYNE: Not surprisingly, there's no mention of iOS 6.0.1 bringing back Google Maps. I think that iOS 6.0.1 will be ready in time for the Mini iPad going on sale. Apple released iOS 5.0.1 about a month after iOS 5, and it included bug fixes, plus multitasking gestures to the iPad. MILY: Next up, are you always looking at your tiny smartphone screen and thinking, ugh, this is so blurry? Exactly, no one else is either. But Samsung wants to make your phone a true �HD� device, according to Korean Web site MK News, who reports that both LG and Samsung are planning 1080p phones for next year. Apparently, both companies are expected to pack in more than 400 pixels per inch for future displays. That would be higher than the 326 pixels per inch in the iPhone 5's Retina Display. KARYNE: Great! Bring it! Then you don't need a TV or a tablet or anything. Watch Honey Boo Boo on your phone. With headphones. That way you can't bother anyone. EMILY: I seriously don�t understand the need for this. As a commenter wrote, great, now I can read my email in HD. Samsung, can I talk to you for a minute? Please stop encouraging people to watch full movies on the bus. It's sad and creepy and annoying. KARYNE: Honey Boo Boo on the bus 4 eva. KARYNE: And now for some Google rumors. Google is holding an event next week to debut the latest update to its operating system, a new phone, and possibly a new 10-inch version of the Nexus tablet, as well as an LG version of the Nexus phone. EMILY: In another Google-related rumor, according to DigiTimes, which cites "sources," a $99 Nexus tablet could also be on the horizon, coming by the end of the year, but not necessarily announced next week. KARYNE: Google is allegedly working with Taiwan-based Quanta Computer instead of Asus, which developed the Nexus 7. One shocking tidbit is that the $99 tablet will have a single-core processor. Um, no thank you. But then again, $99? Still, I don't think this will happen. EMILY: That certainly beats the $329 price of the iPad Mini. But who is going to use the slowest tablet on earth? I also say no, this won't happen. KARYNE: So what do you guys think? Does Google have a $99 single-core tablet up its sleeve? Don't forget to vote! We're going to go ask the people of San Francisco what they think... EMILY: And the CNET verdict is... 3 to 2 of the editors agreed with us that this rumor is not likely to happen. KARYNE: Since the rest of the humiliation will likely involve singing, Emily, please give our viewers a little taste of what's in store for them. EMILY: Ok, I warn you, I'm in a country phase: SING LORETTA LYNN. Ahem, see, be careful what you wish for. KARYNE: Wow. That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at rumorhasit@cnet.com or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.
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