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March 7, 2012

iPad 3 Announcement: Live From the Apple Keynote Event

Whether it'll be called the iPad 3, the iPad HD, or something else altogether, Apple is set to debut its third-generation tablet today. Since Apple almost never provides video broadcasts of its keynote addresses, PCMag, one of our content partners, is live at at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to bring you minute-to-minute coverage of the event as it unfolds.

As has become commonplace with any Apple product launch, the rumor mill is churning overtime leading up to the announcement. Of the less-outlandish guesses on prominent new iPad features, an insanely sharp 2,048-by-1,536 Retina Display seems to lead the pack in popularity. And, of course, to push all of those additional pixels, the new iPad would need a processor upgrade to quad core. A version with a 4G LTE radio, a better camera, a revamped iOS, and Siri integration are also big bets. Personally, we'd like to see a lower price.

Speaking of what we want, here are the top 10 iPad features we're hoping for, along with what we expect to be announced at the keynote. What do you want to see in a new tablet? What else do you think will be unveiled San Francisco? A smaller-screen iPad? A new Apple TV? An Apple-branded rocket ship?



December 8, 2011

Xbox Terms Update Bans Class-Action Lawsuits

Microsoft is the latest game console maker to include in its terms of service a ban on class-action suits. All disputes must be settled solo and via arbitration—except, of course, if you violate Redmond's intellectual property rights.

As a result, if you agree to the Xbox terms of service, you are giving up your right to band together with your fellow gamers and file a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft for whatever reason. There is the option to reject this provision, but that must be done in writing within 30 days of the change. Microsoft rolled out a major overhaul to the Xbox interface last night.

Sony implemented a similar policy for its PlayStation Network in September.

According to Microsoft's terms, if you have a problem with the company or the Xbox platform, disputes will be handled "exclusively by binding arbitration."

"You understand and acknowledge that by agreeing to binding arbitration, you are giving up the right to litigate (or participate in as a party or class member) all disputes in court before a judge or jury," according to the policy. "Instead, you understand and agree that all disputes will be resolved before a neutral arbitrator, whose award (decision) will be binding and final, except for a limited right of appear under the Federal Arbitration Act. Any court with jurisdiction over the parties may enforce the arbitrator's award."