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Rumor Has It
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy.
Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show that rounds up the
week's biggest tech rumors.
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This week, Asus hints at a 5-inch something, Amazon might
be working on a game console, and get the last of your
iPhone rumors polished, because there might be an Apple
event next month.
KARYNE: First up, a quickie. Asus recently presented its
smartphone strategy, and Engadget obtained a leaked slide
from that presentation that talked about something called
the MemoFone HD 5.
And that was it. There were no other details on the slide, like
a release date or what the thing is.
Asus is the company behind the FonePad, which is a tablet
that can be used as a smartphone, and the PadFone, which
is a smartphone that docks to become a tablet.
So maybe the MemoFone is just a single-device, run-of-the-
mill smartphone that turns into something people actually
KARYNE: Next, according to Game Informer, Amazon might
be working on an Android-based game console that could
be released by Black Friday.
The console would come with its own dedicated controller,
and would serve as a platform for the Android games
already offered by Amazon that are often played on, say, its
There are other rumors that support this: Kotaku tweeted
recently that Amazon has been hiring gaming developers,
and a job recruiting event hosted by Amazon in May teased
a revolutionary new product.
Of course, these observations don't necessarily lead to a
game console. It could be related to the long-rumored
Kindle phone, or even a set-top box. Who knows!
But either way, Amazon would have a leg up on the
competition, such as Ouya, seeing as how it already has a
huge consumer base.
KARYNE: And finally, oh. my. god. Citing "sources," our
friends at All Things D are reporting that Apple will hold its
iPhone event on September 10.
September 10 is a Tuesday, which is when Apple has held
events in the past. And going on tradition, it'll probably be at
Moscone Center in San Francisco.
I think they're going to announce the 5S, possibly a cheaper
colorful version of the iPhone, and more details on iOS 7.
I definitely don't think there'll be a gold iPhone with
sapphire buttons, but who knows? Stranger things have
KARYNE: What do you guys think? If September 10 is really
the day, what do you think Apple will unveil? Don't forget to
vote and leave a comment, and I'll ask the CNET Council
what it thinks.
KARYNE: And the CNET Council's verdict is... YES, all five
editors think that September 10 will be the big reveal of the
I also asked them what they think will be unveiled at the
event; most of them think that both a 5S and 5C will be
revealed. But one lonely editor also thinks they'll announce
the long-rumored iWatch, too. Whoa.
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