Why You Shouldn't Trust Gadget Rumors

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No matter how much you want to believe the pictures on the Internet of the leaked whatever phone or tablet or computer, don't. They are just too fakeable, as Ti Kawamoto writes on Gizmodo. He would know because he did just that with his very own fake Sony Nexus X (pictured above), getting a lot of the Internet, including sites like the Verge and Gizmodo, to talk about it as a possible real thing. Though these bloggers proceeded with caution—Gizmodo's headline for example: "Is This a New Sony Nexus Phone?"—Kawamoto demonstrates how easily the tech rumor world will latch onto things that have zero basis in fact. 

Making a leaked gadget image mock-up isn't something that sounds too-too easy. The process, as Kawamoto explains involves some 3D graphics modeling. But if Kawamoto can do it with the Nexus X, we imagine someone else can do it with the iPad Mini or the iPhone 6, etc. If you're the type who thinks they might want to get pseudo Internet famous with a maybe, possibly, could-be Facebook phone, or something, head on over to Gizmodo to learn how Kawamoto pulled it off. The rest of us, however, have learned a lesson that can't be overstated: Rumors are rumors.  

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