This week in Crave: The Shamu edition

Too busy trying to figure out the new iPad's name to keep up with Crave this week? No worries. Here are our top stories in one handy place.

Hey there, Crave readers. What's shaking? It's been a pretty quiet week here in tech land, so not a lot to report on our end. Ha! Yeah, right. There was, of course, a little announcement from Apple on Wednesday, but the new iPad wasn't the only thing to turn our heads over the past few days. Catch up on all the latest and greatest in our weekly roundup here.

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• To Donald Bell's disappointment, the new iPad isn't made out of unicorn tears, but the Retina Display sure is a knockout. Here's our in-depth, hands-on preview .

• Apple crowned a new tablet king this week, but it sure looks a lot like the old king.

• Now, wait just a minute there, iPad. You think you're a home game console now?

• Are pigs flying? Has hell frozen over? Because I'm finally thinking of getting a tablet.

• Channel your inner Shamu with a ride in this Killer Whale Submarine .

• Move over Minecraft! SimCity plans a big return in 2013 .

• Speaking of building things, how's this for a multigenerational DIY effort?

• Are there any smartphones not made in China? Crave's Eric Mack investigates.

• Does Mass Effect 3 deliver ? CNET's Jeff Bakalar and Dan Ackerman step into the shoes of Commander Shepard to find out.

• Fake Science : Where Nobel laureates go for an online laugh.

• If DARPA's cheetah robot is going to chase us to our death, we at least want some sweets from Sprinkle's cupcake ATM machine before we go. Yes, these are the important issues we talk about on our Crave podcast .

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About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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