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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
KARYNE: That?s our show everyone, share your rumors at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET.
EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.