Rumor Roundup: Android Ice Cream? Free iPhone?

By Jeff Somogyi, dealnews Media Editor

Rumors travel fast ... but not as fast as a cheetah.

  • Android OS "Ice Cream Sandwich" coming in October?
    GSMArena says it's supposed to be a combination of the best things about Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Where I come from, combining honey and ginger yields a pleasant herbal remedy for sore throats. (But I come from a strange and magical land ... called Staten Island.)
  • Next-gen Kindle called "Kindle Air"?
    According to engadget, this speculation is based on Amazon registering the domain name. Heck, we own for similar reasons. (Or, you know, just in case CATS turns out to be a horribly prophetic look at our future and not just a bad play. *shudder*)
  • Apple will announce a free "iCloud iPhone"?
    "Free" as in "after cell carrier subsidies, if you sign up for a 2-year contract," not "free" as in "beer." Of course, I've never found anyone giving away free beer. Stallman!!! (Shakes fist in Kirk-like anger.) (Via CNN Money)
  • Facebook says your phone numbers are still private?
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is trying to spread the word that they did not steal any contact information, nor make it public through their service. To correct the situation faster, they could have just called us all using the phone numbers they stole, but I guess that defeats the point.
  • Windows Phone 7 update "Mango" coming on September 1?
    TechCrunch says this is the latest date rumored for Microsoft's new phone OS. A handy way to remember the date: It's only six days before the iPhone 5 is rumored to come out! (And after that, you won't care about Mango anymore, anyway.)
  • iPhone 5 will have a built-in projector?
    WebProNews reports that the phone will even be able to hook up to your laptop to project what you're working on. Great! Now when you're pretending to write the next great American novel while sipping your $10 latte in Starbucks, you can be even more annoying by also shining. Congratulations, we didn't think it could be possible.

Jeff Somogyi is the dealnews Media Editor. He still can't believe he gets to sit in a coffee shop all day for merely the price of a cup of coffee. Some business model! See more of his being-cheap-while-taking-up-space-ness on Twitter or his blog.
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Dan de Grandpre (DealNews)
Surely the WSJ could find out if these rumors are true by cross-referencing Facebook's stolen phone numbers with their own list of hacked cell phones.
"To correct the situation faster, they could have just called us all using the phone numbers they stole, but I guess that defeats the point."

hahaha. that was a good one!