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DT Daily: New iPad 3 and Xbox 720 rumors swirl, Google gets greenlight on Motorola purchase

iPad rumors

The next iPad is coming and the rumor mill is starting to spin. The Wall Street Journal reports that a smaller version of the iPad is being tested by Apple. The new tablet has an 8-inch screen, which is much smaller than the 9.7-inch screen on the standard iPad, but no set release window is known.

The Journal also asserts that one model of the iPad 3 will have 4G LTE connectivity on Verizon and AT&T. Apple has always released a 3G version of the iPad, but with both AT&T and Verizon pushing their high-speed 4G LTE networks, a 4G iPad makes a fair amount of sense.

An exact release date for the iPad 3 is not yet known, but the latest rumors suggest Apple will reveal its next tablet, or tablets, on March 7.

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Back to the Future hover boards

Mattel is preparing to capitalize on the recent nostalgia around the Back to the Future trilogy. Much like Nike, which recently made some limited edition Back to the Future shoes, Mattel plans to create a replica of the pink hover board used by Marty McFly in the second film. The board will make “whooshing” hover sounds, but unfortunately, will merely glide over most surfaces. To get a real hover board, you’ll still need a time machine.

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US and Europe approve Motorola purchase

After months of investigating, both the US Department of Justice and the European Union have approved Google’s plan to purchase Motorola Mobility for 12 and a half billion dollars. Once it gains approval from China, Israel, and Taiwan, the search giant will officially own Motorola. The purchase will also give Google about 17,000 mobile patents, which should help it fight against Microsoft and Apple, which have been suing or demanding fees from Android manufacturers for some years now.

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Xbox 720 touchscreen controllers

The Nintendo Wii U may not be the only next-generation game console with a touchscreen controller. Xbox World Magazine claims that the next Xbox will have a tablet-like controller with “an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks.” The new controller will work in conjunction with an enhanced Kinect camera that will be precise enough to track four players at once and detect finger movements. These rumors make sense, as both Microsoft and Sony scrambled to mimic the Wii’s motion functionality after it launched. The rumored features also come with an expensive rumored price of about 400 British pounds, or 630 dollars.