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Android Malware Infected 2 Million Devices

This is not good news for Android users that can't figure out how to play games. Apparently there are at least 2 million people that needed to download "Game Guides" from the Play Store and 45 specific game guides were infected with Malware. This is a pretty serious malware that can take total control of your Android device and display bogus content and couldn't be deleted. Of course if a user read the permissions before they installed the apps, they'd see that they needed "Admin" permissions. No guide - or app for that matter, should need administrator-level access. Google has pulled the apps from the store and hopefully Tony and Sal will find the developer and take him for a drive.

The app enables hackers to take ‘remote control’ of devices, and can’t be deleted – and has been used to display bogus, illegal adverts in user’s devices, security researchers Check Point say. But the FalseGuide malware could be used to control infected phones as a ‘botnet’ – using them to perform hack attacks against websites and networks.

Source: Metro

AMDs $73 Million Loss is a "Good Quarter"

For AMD, losing money has been a trend for the past few years and with their new graphics hardware that can actually compete with NVIDIA - as well as their Ryzen CPU platform, they had a much better Q1 that they have had for a while. This means that the $73 million loss is actually quite exciting for them and they are hoping to do even better this next quarter. I think they will do pretty good - and hopefully it's enough to put them back in the black.

The AMD boss may not be completely delusional, say analysts. Patrick Moorhead from Moor Insights & Strategy said that Ryzen and the Microsoft win could indeed be the boost AMD needs, albeit not in the immediate future. "Considering Ryzen was only in the market a month in Q1 and with Ryzen 5 ramping hard, I'm expecting an even bigger desktop ASP [average selling price] and revenue improvement in Q2," Moorhead said.

Source: TheRegister

Universal Gearing up For 'Gears of War' Movie

Whether or not you like movies based on video games, there are some pretty solid rumors that a Gears of War movie is coming. They are getting writers all lined up and if the script is any good, there may be a movie coming in the next couple of years. As much as I enjoy the Gears of War saga, I really hope they don't try and do a movie. Gears of War 4 was heavy on the story, and it wasn't as great as the other games with less story.

Universal and Microsoft announced their collaboration on the game in late 2016. At the time, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears Of War content and the franchise co-creator, said the film would not be based on any particular game but instead be a new story set in the universe.

Source: Deadline

Global PC Gaming Growth Expected for Years

According to Dell, PC Gaming growth is expected for at least another 5 years. They base this hope on several factors including VR adoption as well as eSPORTS. I believe that eSPORTS holds more weight, but then again I'm not a big fan of VR. Either way, we'll likely be seeing more XPS and Alienware systems over the next few years. When we met with Dell at CES this January, they were excited on their gaming products that ranged from quite affordable to very lavish. This outlook is good news for PC makers.

Electronic sports (e-sports) and VR (virtual reality) are main growth drivers for gaming PCs, Wah said, adding gaming is becoming e-sports and this is a global trend. Continual gaming content updates push hardware developers to upgrade the specifications of gaming PCs, Wah indicated. The number of e-sports fans will increases to 145 million in 2017.

Source: Digitimes

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front

 

The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.

 

The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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