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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.

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It’s official. Lionsgate has acquired Summit Entertainment for a combination of cash and stock valued at 
$412.5 million. This acquisition effectively turns Lionsgate into a teen super studio, as they now hold the rights to the insanely successful Twilight franchise as well as The Hunger Games

While The Hunger Games has yet to be released in theaters, the book series’ rabid fanbase all but ensures that the futuristic adventure pic will be a hit (a screenwriter is already hard at work on the sequel adaptation). 


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Stieg Larsson’s Millinium Trilogy has proven to be a wrecking ball of entertainment with the novels hitting major bookshelves selling out in stores, having Noomi Rapace lead the TV movies in Sweden (My Personal Favorites), and the new blockbuster american remake from David Fincher this previous December.

Now, DC Entertainment’s Vertigo will be cashing in on the success of the trilogy. “We’re thrilled to be adapting this incredible story into a series of graphic novels. Denise, Lee, Leonardo and Andrea have such great passion for the material and stylistically they’re a perfect match to bring it to comics life. Their beautifully dark and visceral work will certainly blow us all away,”stated Karen Berger, executive editor, Vertigo. 

The first issue will be out this November. 








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Last year we saw Microsoft announce a big reveal at E3 of a TV service coming to the Xbox 360...now they're pulling the plug on it.
A report on Reuters today reveals that Microsoft was at one point very serious about the service, but backed down and shelved it when it found out how much TV networks were going to charge for live feeds of their programming.

Interestingly, while the initial reports only mention the Xbox 360, the Reuters report simply mentions Microsoft, implying the company had grander plans for its TV service than just its home console.

I for one was looking forward to the UFC channel, betting on bouts, live-chatting with Xbox Live friends, rewinding knockouts, and recording interviews with fighters and the Octagon girls.

Rumored TV Partnerships ThePauseMenu reported on previously.

 
 
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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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This is Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins himself in the upcoming film Dark Shadows.

The image appeared in Entertainment Weekly's 2012 preview, which is hitting stands this week.  Depp and Pfeiffer co-star with Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz and Gulliver McGrath.  The film opens May 11. 

Directed by Tim Burton, Dark Shadows is a gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts that's based on the cult TV series. 











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