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Microsoft wants space on your faceMicrosoft is getting into the "four eyes" game, LG has some Chrome plans, and I round up everything we got (and didn't get) in the new iPads.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy. Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show that rounds up the week's biggest tech rumors. You can vote on what you think about the rumors, in the interactive player if you're watching on CNET. This week, I'll definitely round up what we did and didn't get in the new iPads, but first, another Google Glass competitor might be on its way, and LG might be gunning for its own piece of the Chrome OS pie. Let's get started! STORY 1: First up, can't go a single week without someone wanting to put something on your face. Sorry, that sounded supergross. A couple weeks ago it was a rumor that Samsung was working on Gear Glass, which is supposedly its version of Google Glass, which came out earlier this year. And now, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft could be working on a Glass contender as well. The report doesn't say anything about how the glasses would work, but I could imagine a strong tie-in with the Xbox. And Microsoft has already been pushing its second- screen feature integration with Xbox Smartglass. Maybe this would be Xbox Smartglasses. I'm not going to lie, I'd buy a pair if they would work really well with my normal glasses and if they would allow me to play Assassin's Creed 4 at all times without anyone knowing. STORY 2: Up next, LG recently filed for trademarks on three names that contain the word Chrome -- ChromeOne, ChromeDesk, and ChromeStation. Remember that LG already manufacturers the Nexus 4 smartphone and will create the upcoming Nexus 5, soooo� what do you guys think? Is an LG-branded Chromebook heading our way? Let me know in the comments. STORY 3: And finally, lets round up what we did and didn't get from the Apple event earlier this week, but that's kept the rumor mill churning: we did not see new iPods, new gaming accessories, an HDTV, which we've been talking about for 100 years. And nope, sorry, no iWatch. Maybe next time, everyone! The bad news is that we can't put those rumors to rest just yet. The good news is JOB SECURITY. *wink* We did get new MacBooks, as expected, and also no surprise, we got new iPads. The new full-size iPad isn't called the iPad 5 as everyone in the world thought it'd be called. It's called the iPad Air which is, let's face it, WAY better than "new iPad," which is what they called the iPad 4. The iPad Air is still 9.7 inches, but is now thinner than the iPad 4 and weighs less, at just a pound. It comes with the same 64-bit A7 and M7 chips as in the iPhone 5S, but unlike the iPhone 5S, it doesn't have Touch ID! Remember that 4 out of 5 CNET Council members said it would have Touch ID, so congrats to the one editor who went against the grain! You win. As for the second-gen iPad Mini, it finally has a Retina Display we all knew it would. Other than that, and the new A7 chip, it's basically the same as the first-gen Mini. And that's a good thing, since that device is pretty awesome. Neither tablet comes in candy colors, or even gold, but the black of yesteryear has been replaced by that space gray we first saw on the iPhone 5S. What do you guys think? Did Apple fulfill your iPad wish list? Are you going to get one? I'm still rocking a first-gen iPad and think it's time for an upgrade. Which one do you think I should get? Don't forget to vote in our poll, and leave a comment. That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! And tune in next week for more tech rumors.