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Who wants to play used games on the Xbox One? Everybody!Microsoft's response to the saga of playing used games is more confusing than helpful, the next iPhone might taste the rainbow, whatever that means, iOS 7 may be flat and boring, and our dreams of a steampunk world may be closer than we think.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy. ERIC: And I'm Eric Franklin. KARYNE: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. ERIC: And vote on what sounds likely and what's probably not true. KARYNE: 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: First up, according to Macotakara, Apple's iPhone 5S and rumored low-cost iPhone could come in a rainbow of colors. ERIC: Wait, that's the first rumor? And haven't we heard this before??! KARYNE: Yes, but let me finish. These possible colors include pink, green, blue, yellow-orange and -- ERIC: But there are already tons of cases in every color and pattern and... KARYNE: YELLOW-ORANGE! ERIC: In real-life steampunk rumors, Google could soon use blimps and balloons to bring Wi-Fi to remote parts of Africa and Asia, according to Wired. Dubbed "high-altitude platforms," or HAPs, I guess. These flying machines will reportedly connect roughly a billion additional people to the Internet, will transmit to hundreds of square kilometers, and will also bring us closer to some kind of cool, steampunk- inspired future. KARYNE: Oooh, like BioShock Infinite! ERIC: Yeah, that. Or Watchmen Or Skies of Arcadia or the Adventures of Baron Munchausen or Batman the Animated Series. <5 mins later> ERIC: Or the new Three Musketeers Movie. You know, the Paul W.S. Anderson one. And... KARYNE: Hey! I get it dude. You're an enormous nerd who knows his airship lore. ERIC: You're JUST now getting this? KARYNE: In other iPhone news, 9to5Mac is reporting that iOS 7 will have a more-simplified look. Anonymous sources report that Jonathan Ive, Apple's design chief, has decided to drop the textures, the shiny icons, and the lifelike design features in favor of a simpler interface, because he doesn't believe that software designs that mimic their real-life counterparts will hold up over time. ERIC: I don't buy it and until I see Mr. Ive sitting down with the white background and grey t-shirt, actually saying this, I won't believe it! KARYNE: I know. What a waste of resources. How about fixing autocorrect. Or adding some quick-access toggles. Or including some proper multitasking features. ERIC: Preach on! KARYNE: Well, that's pretty much all I have for now. ERIC: Oh. --- ERIC: Moving on, with the reveal of Microsoft�s new Xbox One console last week, gamers (especially the hardcore) are up in arms about how the big MS plans to handle used games on the new system. After plenty of cryptic responses from Microsoft execs, Xbox Live�s Major Nelson finally responded to clear things up: �The ability to trade-in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox�, he says. �Xbox One is designed to support the trade-in and resale of games. Reports about our policies for trade-in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future.� KARYNE: So, if we were in a relationship with Microsoft, this would be like us asking �where do you see us in 6 months?� And it responding with �I love you, baby. Your needs are important to me. I�m thinking about them and have a plan for us. Look for more news at E3." ERIC: Yeah, pretty much. If they�d have just come out and said that from the get-go though, instead of giving us mixed messages, then maybe we would be so upset. KARYNE: Are we still talking about Microsoft. ERIC: I don�t know anymore. KARYNE: What do you guys think? Will the next Xbox play used games? Is that going to be a deal breaker? Is Eric going to be OK? Don't forget to vote and leave a comment, and we'll check in with the CNET Council. ERIC: And the Council's verdict is yes, four out of five editors said you will be able to play used games on the Xbox One. One editor said that it will exact a fee that will make us miserable. KARYNE: That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at email@example.com or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! ERIC: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.