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New Xbox this time next year?

Microsoft could be readying the next Xbox for this time next year, 3D printing comes to Staples, and we say goodbye to Nintendo Power.

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Microsoft might have a new Xbox for the 2013 holiday season.

New Xbox this time next year?
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A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Microsoft might be readying the successor to the Xbox 360 for the 2013 holiday season. We here at CNET have been speculating the company might do the big unveiling at E3 2013 next summer and then set up a release shortly after. Some of the rumored features of the next Xbox -- aside from an obvious bump in performance -- are a Blu-ray drive and a more precise version of Kinect.

Industry site Telecoms.com

has discovered some information about the iPhone 5's LTE functionality. Apparently, Apple will not permit LTE to work in the phone until the carrier it resides on is properly vetted. Meaning Apple could essentially prevent the phone from using LTE if the company isn't satisfied with a specific network's performance.

3D printing is coming to a Staples store near you -- if you live in Europe. Beginning next year, select stores in the Netherlands and Belgium will offer customers access to the Iris 3D printer, which uses tightly stacked paper and glue to generate high-resolution 3D color models. Orders can be placed at home and be picked up in store or shipped out. No word yet on pricing or whether or not this will be coming stateside.

Video game publisher THQ may have just debuted the most impressive PC game bundle ever. Best of all, you name the price and some of the money will go to charity. That's right, the THQ Humble Bundle packs in seven games including Saints Row: The Third, Darksiders, Metro 2033, and three Company of Heroes titles. Gamers can direct their donation to either Child's Play or the American Red Cross. It's one thing to get a great bundle of games, but to help out people in need is an incentive everyone can get behind.

Redbox Instant, which is Verizon's attempt to compete with Netflix, might be launching as early as December. Membership costs may go as low as $6 a month with the option to upgrade so that customers can receive DVD rental credits. CNET is waiting for confirmation on this leaked information, but it looks like the service is almost ready to go.

Finally, we're saying goodbye to Nintendo Power this week, which will publish its final issue after an impressive 25-year run. The final cover nearly matches the first-ever cover, featuring a Claymation-style Mario, free poster ad, and similar coloring and styling. People who grew up with an NES has a special place in their hearts for Nintendo Power, it's sad to see you go!

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