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Twitter wants to be the popular kid
Hey, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m 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, too, in
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This week, Samsung is looking to the future rather quickly,
the color "gold" seems to be making the rounds, and Twitter
is all about shaking things up.
Let's get started.
First up, at IFA a couple weeks ago, much to
nobody's surprise, Samsung announced its contender in the
smartwatch ring, the Galaxy Gear.
According to Korean news site Media, a Galaxy Gear 2 is
already in production.
The next version of Samsung's smartwatch will offer GPS,
improved battery life, and support for a greater array of
The Galaxy Gear currently can pair with
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
The Gear 2 could be unveiled at next year's CES in January
or Mobile World Congress in February.
It's obvious that there will eventually be a Gear 2, but why
would there be one so close to the announcement of the
According to the sources, the first one is just
there to test the waters of the market before Samsung
releases a more finely tuned device.
If this is true, there are going to be a lot of
Galaxy Gear-wearing suckers out there who wished they
would've waited a few months.
Here at Rumor Has It, we love to speculate on
We did it with the iPhone 5C, we did it with the
iPhone 5S, and now, it looks like it's HTC's turn.
A China-based Sina Weibo user published photos of what
the person says is a new HTC One featuring a gold finish,
much like the iPhone's gold finish.
It'd make sense to write this off as just a prototype or some
fancy photoshop work, but according to Engadget, that
same person once showed a picture of a blue HTC One,
which was subsequently announced by the company.
maybe he or she has some credibility after all?
Either way, it appears that gold is the new "Orange is the
New Black." Would you be into a gold phone?
Let me know
in the comments.
And finally, Twitter shook up the social media
world last week when it tweeted that it's filing for an IPO.
And according to a report from AllThingsD, it's looking to
shake things up a little more.
According to sources, Twitter will totally redo its iOS app.
The new design will swap the current tab structure for a
variety of media-rich feeds that users can swipe through.
It would include the standard stream of tweets in reverse
chronological order, a feed that highlights interactions and
conversations, a photos-only feed, and a stream dedicated
to TV-related tweets.
So no more "Breaking Bad" spoilers in your feed, unless
you switch to the appropriate tab.
I use Tweetbot for all my Twitter needs, but this change
might be interesting enough that I could switch to the native
What do you guys think?
Will this help hook first-time
Do you use Twitter?
Would you if these
changes came about?
Don't forget to vote and leave a
comment, and I'll ask the CNET Council what it thinks.
And the CNET Council's verdict is...
think that Twitter will revamp its iOS apps to hook more
users and make it easier to use.
One editor I asked said that
they should, since the current iOS app kind of sucks.
ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s our show everyone, share your rumors at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET.
And tune in next week for more tech rumors.
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