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Ipad 3 Mockup
Last month, Gamespot posted a report out of Taiwan suggesting that Apple's iPad 3 would arrive in stores in three to four months. That account was backed up today by Bloomberg, which cited a trio of "people familiar with the project" with word that the electronics giant is expecting to roll out its next tablet in March.

Production on the touch-screen piece of tech in China is ramping up, according to Bloomberg, with factories already running 24 hours a day and the operation set to hit its full volume next month. Among the new features included in the hardware will be a high-definition screen, quad-core processor, and support for LTE networks that carry data faster than the iPad 2's 3G speeds.

Apple typically announces new products at its own press events. It has one scheduled for next week at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, but the company has only said that would be an "education announcement," with an expected focus on the iTunes University program.


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Project Fiona Prototype
Razer has unveiled a new device concept called Project Fiona, which combines elements of a PC and a tablet into a single, unique gaming platform. 

Unveiled at CES, the device features an Intel Core i7 processor and is designed to run higher-end PC games. A teaser trailer from Razer shows Project Fiona running games like Firefall and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. According to the company, the tablet runs "many" PC games natively, eliminating the need for developers to port games. 

To make up for the lack of a mouse and keyboard, Project Fiona features a built-in controller-like interface. Dual handles on either side of the tablet are equipped with both buttons and analog sticks, as well force feedback. Other control options include built-in accelerometers and a touch-screen interface for its 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display. Audio-wise, the tablet supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound.  It'll be powered by a Core-i7 Ivy Bridge CPU and support Windows 8.

"The user interface we have designed for Project Fiona allows all existing PC games to be played right out of the box and also provides game developers new opportunities as they develop next-gen games on a highly intuitive platform," CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a statement. 

Hardware is estimated at around $1000. No release date or final price has been announced.

[Wired.uk]
[PCworld]

 
 
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GameStop's iOS device trade-in program has been "successful," according to the company. The program, which began in September, allows customers to trade iDevices for hundreds in company credit. GameStop claims customers can receive up to $180 for an iPod Touch, up to $300 for an iPhone and up to $400 for an iPad.

"The velocity of this trade program has exceeded our expectations," said GameStop president Tony Bartel.

The company was unwilling to provide specific sales numbers or details on the program, but informed us it will have more to share with its holiday sales release, which regularlyarrives during the first week of the new year. The company also expects to see more iDevice trade-ins as consumers upgrade their Apple products over the holiday.

GameStop is moving ahead and expanding the availability of "refurbished devices" in more stores and online in the coming year.