Thursday, 25 December 2008

Top 10 Biggest Bogus Tech Rumors of 2008 (1/2)

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I happened to bump into this awesome post on PCWorld Blogs about Top 10 Tech Rumours of 2008. For many of us, 2008 held many memories - good & bad both. For me, personally, 2008 was one of the dirtiest years (because of terror attacks on Mumbai). While for the businesses worldwide, 2008 may not have been a good year. However, it was a banner year for unfounded tech rumors. Face it, everyone loves a juicy rumor...

10. Diggsoft or DigGoogle?
Digg was the rumor golden boy in 2008, with either Microsoft or Google rumored to buy the social-bookmarking site. The Internet blogged, Twittered, and Dugg up a storm theorizing on whom Digg founder, Kevin Rose, would end up in bed with. In the end, it was no one.

9. Google Phone Delayed Until 2009
Tales of the GPhone delay started out modest. At first there weren't enough Android developers out there, according to sources. People theorized that Microsoft, Apple, Research In Motion, and Nokia had absorbed all the developers, and so none could be bothered to make Android apps. But the rumor bomb dropped when the Wall Street Journal announced that the first Android device would not come until the second half of 2009.

8. Zune Phone
The more Microsoft insisted it had no Zune phone in development, the louder the rumors about the device's imminent release became. Microsoft never gave people any good reason to expect a Zune phone, but from July through December 2008, you could find various reports from The Inquirer and mock-ups from Wired of imagined Zune-phone hybrids. Closer to reality, perhaps, were rumors that the Zune might soon sport a touch screen.

7. The iPhone Nano
First, we expected to see a miniature iPhone, dubbed the iPhone Nano, at Macworld in January 2008. That never happened. Then people hoped that 25 million iPhone Nanos would arrive in time for Christmas. That never happened. But maybe the third time will be the charm for the iPhone Nano? The rumor du jour is that Apple will release a smaller, cheaper iPhone at Macworld in January 2009.

6. Xbox in a Blu-ray Player
Some Microsoft Xbox 360 users really wanted to play Blu-ray discs on their favorite game console. And just like that, someone came along with the wacky idea of having an Xbox 360 in a Blu-ray player. The suggestion was to have hardware that could run Xbox 360 game discs created by a party other than Microsoft--something like the Panasonic Q, which launched in 2001 in Japan and could play both regular DVDs and GameCube games.

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