"Could the new Xbox hit in 2013 after all?"
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Could the new Xbox hit in 2013 after all?
EMILY: Hey, I�m Emily Dreyfuss
DONALD: and I'm Donald Bell in for Karyne Levy.
EMILY: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up
the week's hottest tech rumors.
DONALD: And vote on what we think will come true, and what�s
EMILY: The best part is that you guys can vote too, so don�t go
EMILY (To my camera): Let's jump right into the biggest
rumor of the week. A 56-page PowerPoint presentation got
posted in a forum thread, allegedly from Microsoft. In it,
their Microsoft�s supposed product plans until 2015 are laid
out. The juiciest bit? That the Xbox 720 will drop in time for
DONALD: This excites me waaay more than the idea of an
Apple Television. The interesting part for me is that this also
points to a new Kinect and some augmented reality glasses
hitting by 2015.
EMILY: Though this could very well be a fake, it�s in line with the
timeframe we�ve been expecting for ages. So whether the line
drawings of jughead and veronica dancing to a new Xbox Kinect
are real or not, the question is when will we see the console?
DONALD (To Donald�s camera): This is the question every
gamer wants to know. Will the new Xbox come out this year,
next year, or the year after?
EMILY: I�m a pessimist so I say 2014. That�s what we�d been
hearing all year, and I don�t believe this product road map is real.
DONALD: Well, I think this year would be too soon after the
refresh they just had, and 2014 is too late. Next year sounds
DONALD: 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. Go! In the meantime, we take the rumor to the streets of
San Francisco. Stick around, because in a few minutes you�ll see
if your vote was the same as CNET�s experts.
EMILY: Let�s go run down a few more tech rumors from the
week, and then reveal what our poll of CNET Council of
experts thinks. Don�t go anywhere. Stick around to see if
your vote matches up with the experts.
DONALD (To Donald�s camera): Our second rumor comes
from our good friends over at Digitimes, and a bunch of you who
emailed us. The rumor is that Amazon may be planning to
introduce several versions of the Kindle Fire in three sizes.
EMILY: All I know is I don�t care about bigger versions--I just
want a faster Kindle Fire.
DONALD: Yeah, three options are a bit much, but people have
wanted a 10-inch version ever since the original came out.
EMILY (To my camera): Our third rumor comes from an
anonymous developer speaking to Tech Crunch, so take it
with a grain or 100 of salt. This dev thinks that the new Auto
Layout feature in iOS 6 is the smoking gun that proves that
the next iPhone will be bigger.
DONALD: It looks like Auto Layout helps developers to size
their apps across a wide range of screen sizes. I like this
rumor, but I think it�s probably more about an Apple TV than
an iPhone. They�ve already solved the resolution issues
between different iPhones pretty well.
EMILY: Yeah, and between iPhones and iPad. But this could
mean that we�re going to see a wide-screen iPhone with a
different aspect ratio.
DONALD (To Donald�s camera): And finally, the Wall Street
Journal says that Samsung�s new CEO wants to strengthen their
software capabilities. CNET�s Roger Cheng wonders if Samsung
may finally abandon Android in their smartphones and make
their own OS.
EMILY: Since Google is in the hardware business now with
Motorola, Samsung could feel threatened. It did buy an OS
called Bada a while ago.
DONALD: Yeah, but Android really is the best thing to happen
to Samsung�s phones. He�s probably just talking about more
customizations of Android.
EMILY: Don�t do it, Samsung, you waited too long. Google and
Apple have a patent on everything. Can�t you just imagine the
lawyers drooling all over themselves, ready to file new lawsuits?
DONALD: OK, back to our first rumor. Let�s see what the CNET
Council thinks about the Xbox.
EMILY: And the CNET verdict is YEA, the next Xbox will
come out in 2013.
DONALD: The CNET Council was split 3 in favor, and 2
EMILY: Blerg, the council shot me down. Check out how you
guys did. See your results right there?
DONALD: OK, that�s our show everyone. Tune in next week
for more rumors.
EMILY: In the meantime, if you�ve got a comment, a rumor,
or just want to gossip e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call us at 1-800-750-CNET. Our comment of the week comes
from Tonyx42 who said Android is like driving a stick shift.
You have waaaaay more control but it takes a little work.
iOS is like an automatic, easier, but you�re limited.
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Emily: See you next time on Rumor Has It!