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Rumor Roundup: A $50 Amazon Tablet? A NickToons Movie?

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When the Internet runs out of news, it starts making things up. We think this is funny, so we round up all the lies and speculation and put them here. We call it the "Rumor Roundup" and we do it all for you! This week:

  • Is Amazon Going to Sell a $50 Tablet This Holiday Season?
    At half the cost of their next-cheapest model, it's going to be half as good, have half as much power, and cut twice as many corners spec-wise. Though at the very least, it'll make their $100 tablet seem like a luxury upgrade. [Android Police]

  • Is Amazon Getting Into the Takeout Food Delivery Industry?
    For Prime customers only, your meal will have all the shipping benefits that members get: Real-time tracking, push notifications on your phone, delivery people who just don't care and either leave it on the porch next door or just mark you as "not home," even though you were definitely home. What's that? No, I don't have a very personal axe to grind, why do you ask? [TechTimes]

Half-Life 3 Dog
NeuroGadget
  • Is This an Image From Half-Life 3? (above)
    Yup, certainly looks like some hard work's being put into it. It'll be along any day now... just keep waiting. [NeuroGadget]

  • Did Apple Just Buy a Real-Time Motion Capture Company?
    It's their attempt to "disrupt" the Andy Serkis industry that has stagnated for so long. How precious. [Apple Insider]

Nick Toons Movie
ComicBook.com
  • Is a Nicktoons Movie in the Works?
    The film will combine the old 90s series of Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy, and more into one full-length feature that will have kids asking, "Who are these characters?" and leaving parents feeling like, "Those used to be funnier when I was a kid!" It's a heartwarming, nostalgic cash-grab! [ComicBook.com]

  • Is Microsoft Working on Two New Surface Tablets That Can Take on the Apple iPad Pro?
    Actually, let me explain how my current Surface Pro 3 is already better than the— whoops, it's crashed and refuses to reboot. Hang on.... Yes, another personal axe to grind! [Ecumenical News]


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