6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Rumor Has It: Is the Kindle Fire 2 really dropping next month?

About Video Transcript

Rumor Has It: Is the Kindle Fire 2 really dropping next month?

5:36 /

This week in rumor land, we wonder if Amazon is feeling the heat from Google's Nexus 7. Also, is Kinect coming to the car? Could BlackBerry out-pixel the iPhone's Retina Display?

EMILY: Hey, I?m Emily Dreyfuss. KARYNE: and I'm KARYNE Levy. EMILY: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's hottest tech rumors. KARYNE: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like total bunk. EMILY: The best part is that you guys can vote too, so don?t go anywhere EMILY (To my camera): Let's jump in. Our first rumor is exciting for two reasons: first, I believe it, and second, it?s being reported by our very own David Carnoy, who has a ?credible source? saying that a new Kindle Fire is coming out on July 31st. KARYNE: Recently rumors from Digitimes said new Kindle Fires were on their way with higher resolutions screens. EMILY: Right, but Carnoy?s source doesn?t mention the new screen res, or different sizes. The big change, according to Carnoy?s source, is that the Kindle Fire 2 is getting physical volume buttons and a camera. Karyne: Unfortunately, the source is silent on what the new processors will be, and no word on Bluetooth or memory. EMILY: Here?s why I say yea. I think google?s new tablet put a fire under Amazon to rush this update in time for the school season. Plus, Carnoy trusts this source and I trust Carnoy. KARYNE: I say nay on the July 31st release, because I think a year turn-around is more likely. Maybe it?ll be announced next month, but it won?t come out. EMILY: OK, do you guys think the Kindle Fire 2 will come in July? KARYNE: If you?re watching on CNET, cast your vote now using the thumbs up, thumbs down right next to Emily?s head in the CNET Interactive player. EMILY: See 'em? Right there! You have the next 30 seconds to vote. In the meantime, let?s go ask the streets of San Francisco. In a few minutes you?ll see if your vote matches our CNET Council of experts. KARYNE (To KARYNE?s camera): Our second rumor comes from 9to5Mac, which says it took a second pass at the supposed iPhone prototype code and found evidence for NFC technology baked in, which basically means you can pay for stuff by swiping your phone. EMILY: Whether the code 9to5mac keeps referencing is real, NFC in the next iPhone makes sense. It?s an emerging, convenient technology that some Android phones already have, and even if very few people are using it right now, they will, so I think it?s a must-have feature. KARYNE: Right, otherwise Apple will be behind again. And that?s not a position they are usually comfortable in...for long. EMILY (To my camera): Our third rumor is that Kinect technology may soon be coming to Microsoft?s Connected Car platform. A job listing spotted on Microsoft?s site describes ?leveraging Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Bing, Azure and Tellme,? for the car. KARYNE: Uh, so that is basically every piece of Windows software under the sun, except for Office. EMILY: Yeah, which makes me skeptical. I think an HR person just listed all the new ?sexy? Windows stuff they could think of and this means nothing for Kinect and the car. KARYNE: Not so fast, Microsoft already demoed Kinect in the car with a Ford Mustang prototype that shows how Kinect could keep track of you in the car for safety and so you can change the radio. EMILY: This means play NPR, this means JAY-Z. KARYNE: Our final rumor is adorable, and suggests that the new BlackBerry 10 devices will out-pixel the iPhone Retina Display. Site N4BB claims it has a leaked internal spec sheet. EMILY: They don?t say at all where they got the ?leaked doc,? but it does list the resolution of the BlackBerry10 N- series at 1080 by 7-60 pixels. KARYNE: That is the worst report I?ve ever seen. They don?t know how to string words together. EMILY: OK, so let?s get back to our first rumor. Let?s see what the CNET Council thinks about the Kindle Fire 2 release date. KARYNE: And the CNET verdict is YEA, they think the Kindle Fire 2 will likely come out on July 31st. EMILY: Bazing! The council was 4 to one in agreement with me. Smarty pants. KARYNE: Ugh, did you guys do better than me? Check out your results in the player. EMILY: Our comment of the week last week goes to mgwatson, who writes about the xbox 720 coming out next year: "i just want it to launch at the same time as the ps4 so the flamewars comparing total units sold won't be so confusing." KARYNE: That?s our show everyone, share your rumors at rumorhasit@cnet.com or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Inside Scoop: Apple says Watch will ship in April, reports record iPhone sales
2:27 January 27, 2015
Apple's bigger phones give the company its best sales quarter ever: 74.5 million iPhones sold. CEO Tim Cook also makes news with the...
Play video
The CraveCast learns what Mark Zuckerberg is really made of
44:45 January 27, 2015
The Crave crew takes on the twisted side of the arts and sciences and science fiction, including Shakespeare, Star Wars, gravity failing...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 119: Robot bats, real-life ad-blocking headset, a futuristic piano and more
24:47 January 27, 2015
On today's show, we shudder at a robot bat that can easily switch between flying and moving on the ground, check out a headset that...
Play video
Google's looking to become its own wireless carrier
4:08 January 27, 2015
Google plans to shake up the U.S wireless market, Project Ara could partner with BLOCKS modular smartwatch, and photos leak for the...
Play video
Black & Decker's stick vac can't rise above the pack
2:24 January 27, 2015
It looks like an upright while maneuvering like a stick, but middling performance and tedious maintenance keep this vac grounded.
Play video
Turn Amazon Echo into a better music player
2:22 January 27, 2015
If the Echo does one thing really well, it's play music. Find out how to do more than just play a single song.
Play video
Hide photos on Facebook with Wickr's cat decoys
2:53 January 27, 2015
Wickr disguises photos shared on Facebook, Twitter adds video and private group messaging, and police speak out against the Waze app's...
Play video
Dayton Audio B452 speaker cheap not nasty
1:13 January 27, 2015
Dayton Audio's entry-level B452 bookshelf speaker's sound is remarkably satisfying for a speaker under $30.
Play video