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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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Rakghouls are the closest thing Star Wars gets to a "Zombie." These beasts are born from an infected creature, human, or humanoid being and can be a great danger to those in it's path. Increased strength and senses make it a huge obstacle in battle. Most gamers remember Rakghouls from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as they were annoying, hard to defeat and could attack in numbers like a pack of wolves.

Set for release Tuesday, January 17, update 1.1 will introduce new, higher level group content, game feature additions and "continued balancing and bug fixes," says BioWare.

New material includes level 50 bracketing for PvP WarZones, the addition of anti-aliasing and changes to Open World PvP on Ilum.
Rise of the Rakghouls also introduces a new Flashpoint and Operation mission. Level 50-only Flashpoint, Kaon Under Siege, is a completely new group combat mission located on Kaon, a neutral planet in the Tion Hegemony.

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"Groups of up to four Republic or Imperial players must race to Kaon to eliminate the Rakghouls outbreak, securing the allegiance of the Tion Hegemony for their respective sides," BioWare explains.

Meanwhile Operation: Karagga's Palace is a continuation of the game's second launch Operation, and sees teams of 8 or 16 players face off against Karagga and the Hutt Cartel after the Hutts abandon their famous neutrality and breach agreements with both the Republic and Empire.

"Concerned by the threat of another combatant in the war for galactic control, both factions send teams of their most powerful heroes to confront Karagga and determine his intentions. This Operation will feature Normal, Heroic and Nightmare difficulty modes." 

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"A month ago when we launched the Early Game Access program for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we promised our fans that this would just be the beginning of our journey together," said Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare.

"Rise of the Rakghouls adds a lot of the things our community has been asking for - additional higher level group content, features like anti-aliasing, PvP bracketing and more. In the future, game updates will be even more substantial, as we promise to continue to not only add to The Old Republic, but to also improve and refine the experience with the full Legacy System and new Guild features."


 
 
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Piracy is a big problem with the internet as useful and as easy as it is today but here is a list of the most stolen IPs from 2011.

Top 5 Pirated PC Games
1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000) (March 2011)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3(3,650,000) (Nov. 2011)
3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000) (Oct. 2011)
4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000) (Sept. 2011)
5. Portal 2 (3,240,000) (April 2011)

Top 5 Pirated Wii Games
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000) (May 2010)
2. Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000) (Feb. 2011)
3. Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000) (Aug. 2011 EU)
4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000) (May 2011)
5. FIFA 12 (860,000) (Sept. 2011)

Top 5 Pirated Xbox 360 Games
1. Gears of War 3 (890,000) (Sept. 2011)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000) (Nov. 2011)
3. Battlefield 3 (760,000) (Oct. 2011)
4. Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000) (Oct. 2011)
5. Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000) (Oct. 2011)