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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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Star Wars: The Old Republic is such a seller that Razer has made brand new tech for the intergalactic MMO.

 The mouse is a modified version of the Razer Naga Epic MMO gaming mouse, a device that retails for $130, or $10 less than the Star Wars version. This mouse is a dual wired / wireless mouse. Plug in the wire, and it's wired. Unhook it, and its wireless. The glowing charge base looks especially pretty on your desk, and the twelve programmable buttons on the left side of the mouse keep your MMO hotbar at the tip of your thumb. It's got three interchangeable right side panels for maximum comfort, and it's illumination can be set to random or any of 16 million colors. 

The Headset is a bit more hard to define as it is a new model and filled with new tech although its 7.1 surround ready. Like the gaming mouse, the Star Wars headset features a pair of interchangeable faction symbols, along with customizable glowing LED lighting. The headset retails at $130.

Purchase either the mouse or the headset and you receive a special bonus in-game item: the exclusive black and green weapon crystal. This modification allows players to change the color of their blaster fire or lightsaber to black with a sickly green outline 

The soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Old Republicgaming keyboard integrates the same LCD touch panel technology as Razer's Blade laptop and retails for $250