Rumor Has It
Next Xbox don't need no stinkin' InternetRecent Google-related rumors freak Karyne out, Amazon just loves a good gimmick, and the Xbox might not need an always-on Internet connection after all. Oh, and we say hi to an old friend.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy. It's been so long! Hiiii! EMILY: And I'm Emily Dreyfuss. Surprise! KARYNE: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. EMILY: 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. EMILY: First up, Google I/O begins this week, and we've seen a swell of rumors about what will be unveiled at the show. The one I�m personally most excited about is also the most predictable: KARYNE: Nerds wearing Google Glass will live narrating the experience of waiting in the Google I/O line? EMILY: OK, maybe the second most predictable. It�s rumored we�ll see the next generation of the popular Nexus 7 tablet. A KGI Securities analyst says the tablet will have all upgraded specs and components, but the same $199 price tag. KARYNE: People love the Nexus 7, and if they manage to make it faster, lighter, and more powerful while keeping the price the same, they�ll have another hit. KARYNE: Another rumor swirling around Google's I/O conference is that Google will revamp its Maps interface. According to the site Google Operating System, the Web giant will roll out an update that takes away sidebars and navigational buttons and concentrates more on one big interactive map. EMILY: How are we supposed to navigate without buttons? KARYNE: The whole Map will be one big button. EMILY: Okkkkkkk, so what what is now displayed in the Google Maps sidebar would be overlayed on the top of a full-screen map, and there would be new colors and icons. The worst part of this rumor is about my least favorite thing on earth, Google+. Supposedly you�d be able to filter Maps search results based on recommendations from your Google+ friends. KARYNE: Oh great, that's all I need. I just want to buy a huge bag of coffee at Costco. I don't need my opinionated Google+ San Franciscan friends telling me I have to get the hand-crafted, small-batch, shade-grown, organic nonsense from whatever hipster panda poop local coffee place is popular right now with the fixie bike crowd. EMILY: Whoa. EMILY: The next big rumor is that Amazon is going to release two smartphones. Sounds familiar right? We�ve been hearing about a possible Amazon phone for a year, but this Wall Street Journal report adds a new twist: it says one of the rumored devices would supposedly sport 3D hologram images and have a cutting edge navigation system that you use with your eyes. KARYNE: We saw a computer navigation program like that at CES, but it was so rudimentary all you could do was play Fruit Ninja. EMILY: Hey, that�s not nothing. Of course, this rumor is sourced from anonymous �people familiar with the matter,� so take it with a grain of salt. I for one think it makes sense for Amazon to make a phone -- they�re already in the hardware game with the Kindle and more and more our phones are our readers/computers/TVs, so Amazon won�t want to be left behind. KARYNE: But why would it get all 3D gimmicky? EMILY: Maybe bc Amazon is trying to be a content creator-- with their new TV shows and publishing-- and this way they could make and sell 3D games.-- - KARYNE: Microsoft is holding an event on May 21, where it's presumed to announce the next-generation Xbox, which we've been calling the 720, but others are calling the Infinity. Gamers feared that the next console would require you to always be online. This fear was ramped up after a Microsoft exec tweeted that having to be online wasn't that big of a deal, and people should hash tag "deal with it." EMILY: However, that same exec then left the company as a result of those tweets, so we can�t draw much of a conclusion from that. Now Ars Technica is reporting that a new internal e-mail to the Xbox team suggests the opposite, that the console won't always need to be plugged into the Web. KARYNE: According to the report, there are a number of scenarios, including playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and playing a single-player game in which the console should "just work," regardless of its connection to the Internet. EMILY: So not only do you not need to be connected to the Internet, but the next-gen console will also play Blu-ray and will let you watch live TV? Sweeeeeet. KARYNE: What do you guys think? Will the next-gen Xbox force you to be connected to the Internet at all times? Don't forget to vote and leave a comment, and we'll check in with the CNET Council. EMILY: And the Council's verdict is... NO. Four editors said that the nextgen Xbox will not need to be connected to the Internet all the time. One editor said "sure!" KARYNE: That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.