Evidence has been making the rounds Asus is working on a new tablet with a 7 inch screen and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. It apparently has the model number “K009,” and featurs a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 5MP camera, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Folks who like to speculate on these things think that it’s the second-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet. While Asus and Google haven’t said a thing yet, a member of the xda-developers forum asked an Asus customer service rep about the K009 tablet and got a surprisingly straight-forward response with detailed specs.
Or maybe a member of the xda-developers forum got bored one day and posted some fake screenshots of a conversation that never took place. Or maybe a customer service rep decided to portray a rumor as the truth. It’s hard to tell for certain.
Here’s a roundup of tech news stories from around the web.
- Asus customer rep “leaks” next Nexus 7 specs (maybe)
Asked about the upcoming next-gen Google Nexus 7, an Asus customer service rep was pretty generous with unannounced, unconfirmed details. But take this with a grain of salt. It could be fake, or just parroted rumors, although the rep says it’s “internal” data. [xda-developers]
- Looks like iOS 7 beta has been jailbroken
Apple hasn’t officially released iOS 7 yet, but it looks like at least one developer has jailbroken a beta version of the upcoming mobile operating system. It’s unlikely we’ll see an exploit released publicly until Apple officially launches iOS 7 — there’s no reason to alert Apple to a security flaw just to watch them fix it before most people can use it to open up the operating system to modifications and officially unsupported apps. [SlashGear (and Ryan Petrich)]
- OneNote for iOS, Android updated
Microsoft OneNote was sort of Evernote before Evernote existed. It’s one of the parts of Microsoft Office that doesn’t get talked about very often, but it’s a great way to take, sort, and search notes and synchronize them across devices. The new iOS and Android apps look much more like the versions of OneNote for Windows and Windows Phone, making the user experience more consistent across devices. [Microsoft OneNote Blog]
- After 15 years, Microsoft to end its Technet software subscription service
TechNet is Microsoft’s subscription service basically lets you pay a few hundred bucks a year and download pretty much any Microsoft software including desktop and server operating systems, Office, and more. Subscribers also get multiple product keys, which means they can install the software on more than one device. It’s supposed to be for evaluation purposes, but folks have been taking advantage for years… now Microsoft is shutting down TechNet. [ZDNet]
- HP will make another smartphone… some day
HP’s last foray into the smartphone space may have ended in webOS tears. But a company exec says HP will re-enter the phone space at some point. Just not today. [Engadget (and Indian Express)]
- Now you can use gReader as an Android client for The Old Reader
Google Reader shuts down tomorrow, and a lot of folks seem to like The Old Reader as a replacement. It’s a web-based RSS reader that looks a lot like… the old Google Reader. Now you can use a popular Android news reader to sync with The Old Reader. [Android Police]
- Windows RT tablet prototype with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
We already knew that Qualcomm and Microsoft were working to make sure Windows RT would run well on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. Now you can see what a prototype Windows RT tablet with a Snapdragon 800 processor looks like. Not surprisingly, it looks a lot like other Windows RT tablets… but faster. [Neowin]