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
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
ERIC: Wait, that's the first rumor? And haven't we heard this
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
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-
KARYNE: Oooh, like BioShock Infinite!
ERIC: Yeah, that. Or Watchmen Or Skies of Arcadia or the
Adventures of Baron Munchausen or Batman the Animated
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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: 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
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
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ERIC: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.