The long wait for the terribly long-in-the-tooth Xbox 360’s successor is set to end on May 21, when Microsoft says it will finally lift the curtain on its eighth-generation console at a special event. Despite Microsoft’s formal announcement of the Xbox 720 curtain-raiser event, the rumor mill hasn’t stopped buzzing. With Xbox 720 rumors thus far running the gamut from the unlikely to the unreasonable, no one can blame you for thinking that you have heard it all. But have you?
Look for a new batch of games in AMD's next Never Settle bundle.
As if gamers with aging GPUs need another reason to upgrade their graphics card, game bundles from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have been providing extra incentive, and more importantly (for AMD), tempting users away from Nvidia. The next "Never Settle" bundle from AMD may include Battlefield 4, which would make perfect sense after the Sunnyvale chip designer demoed the title running on a new Malta Radeon HD 7990 graphics card.
Another rumor points to an Amazon smartphone on the horizon.
Amazon should do the Internet a favor and either launch a smartphone of its own or come out and say, in no uncertain terms, that it has no intentions of offering a handset. It would save us the trouble of sifting through rumors, which have been permeating the web for about year now. The latest bit of news suggests Amazon is not only still interested in releasing a smartphone, but will go with a 4.7-inch display.
Xbox 720 will reportedly pack an eight-core 1.6GHz processor
The first reports about the Xbox 720 (or whatever Microsoft’s next-gen console ends up being called) began appearing as early as 2006, even prompting Microsoft EMEA (European, Middle East, and Africa) vice president Chris Lewis to plead for “a chance to catch a breath” when asked about the Xbox 360’s predecessor during an interview in October that year. Now that Microsoft has had more than enough time to do so, people are growing restless. And when that happens, the rumor mill experiences heightened activity.
Nokia's long-rumored Windows RT tablet is now rumored to be coming in early 2013
We began the year wondering if a Nokia tablet could finally be in the offing and in March heard rumors that the struggling Finnish company was prepping a 10-inch Windows tablet for launch in the final quarter of 2012. The year is almost out and, while the rumors have continued unabated right throughout, there is still no sign of such a tablet. Now, according to a new report, the mythical device could finally see the light of day at next year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
An even lower cost Nexus 7 tablet could be on the horizon.
Google seems to understand that the best way of promoting Android is through low-cost hardware that doesn't suck. Such is the case with the Nexus 4 smartphone (that seems to never be in stock) and the Nexus 7 tablet, the world's first official Jelly Bean device and arguably the only true competitor to the iPad (Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet owners might scoff at that notion). The Nexus 7 is already affordable, but might we see a $99 tablet from Google?
Could this be the actual lineup for Haswell desktop parts?
Tech rumor site VR-Zone claims to have an authentic list of Intel’s first wave of “Haswell” desktop processors, and while we can’t confirm it outright, the parts listed seem highly plausible. Of the 14 CPU’s detailed, 6 fall under the category “standard power” with TDP’s of 84W, and 8 are referred to as “low power”, with TDP’s ranging between 65W - 35W.
Microsoft recently dumped the name Metro, insisting that it was merely a code name. While the company says that it’s now ready to move to a more “commercial” name for Windows 8’s typography-based design language, it has yet to announce one. But just because nothing has been announced does not necessarily mean that no decision has been made yet.
Whether or not Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablets go on to disrupt the tablet market, one thing’s for sure: their release will change the company’s relationship with PC manufacturers forever. PC vendors have already started voicing their discomfort with Microsoft’s decision to enter the tablet market with its own devices, which it says are “built to be the ultimate stage for Windows.” This is despite the fact that at this point nobody really knows whether Surface is simply meant to jumpstart the whole Windows 8 tablet category or if it’s an ambitious pilot project that could lead to more devices in the future. Going by a dozen or so job postings that were recently posted on the Microsoft Careers site, it looks unlikely that the Redmond-based company will stop making tablets anytime soon.