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LG Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted the video that accompanied our CES 2016 coverage from the LG booth. Check out the full article here - but you can simply enjoy the video below.

Star Wars Magic - Video of the Day

This is pretty cool and maybe a little disheartening how much CGI there is in Star Wars. Regardless, the way it comes together is pretty awesome.

 

Lian Li at CES 2017

Lian Li came back to CES 2017 with a few updates for their exciting products including USB 3.1 support via a module designed to be mounted to the rear of many of their tower cases. They also showed off some USB-C cables that work with current motherboards and bring this to your favorite last-generation Lian Li box.

One of their big debuts was the update to the  DK-04 adjustable table that also is able to house a pair of systems. The DK-04 could hold one system, but this standing desk is large enough to hold two systems and two employees could easily work at the same time. It's a monstrous beauty that I think everyone that stopped by asked if they were sending out review samples. The price to entry is a little steep at around $1800, but you have to keep in mind that in addition to being a unique and gorgeous Lian Li case, it's also an electric height-adjustable standing desk.

Lian Li

 

They've done a bit of work redesigning some of their cases to look a bit more modern and have added metal mesh accents to cases such as the upcoming PC-V3000, but one of the nicest cases overall that they have is the PC-09WX.  It's almost a cube case and has tempered glass, all aluminum build and tons of room, along with incredible looks. It's one of my favorites, but the image below doesn't do it justice.

PC-09WX

 

For the DIY and hardware tester, they are working on a new test-bench that looks incredible. It answers pretty much all the questions, needs and desires of a hardware reviewer including a cover so temperature testing is now relevant. Previous test platforms have been open-air and while that makes it easy to swap hardware, temperature testing and load performance weren't comparable when put in a closed case. This new platform fills that need - and does it with a magnetic Plexiglas cover. It's super simple to use and configure however you need.

Test Bench

 

Lian Li has some great products already and there are some absolute gems in the works right now. Many of these products will be available here in the next month or two and we are excited to work with them more as they have absolute top-notch products.

For more images from our Lian Li visit, please check the gallery here. Also, you can view all of our CES coverage over here.

AOL Instant Messenger pulls the plug

After 20 years it was announced this week that AOL Instant Messenger will be shutting down. Chances are good most people hadn't given much thought to AOL Instant Messenger or didn't realize it was still a thing, but chances are good if you're old enough to have been an active internet user in the late 90's or early 2000's you probably at some point had a AOL Messenger account. The number of users have obviously sunk to all time lows, but you have to give credit to any internet service that can last 20 years. TechCrunch has the story.

The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement.

PUBG Closes in on 2 Million Players

Player Unknown Battle Grounds has come a long, long way in a relatively short time. DOTA 2 had an incredible 1 million concurrent users on Steam, but PUBG has somehow managed to approach and destroy that previous record. Over the weekend, there were over 16 million people logged into Steam at one point and 12% of them were playing PUBG. While this game is all the rage right now, for me, it means that I should stay away as there are likely 2 million people much better than me playing - right now.

Only available now on PC, PUBG is scheduled to launch for Xbox One later this year. Microsoft is publishing the game, and the company might be interested in extending its exclusivity deal with Bluehole, though this is not confirmed. PUBG could come to PlayStation 4 later, though no announcements have been made. Additionally, Bluehole has caught the attention of Epic Games, which has threatened the studio about the game over claims of its similarities to Fornite: Battle Royale.

Source: GameSpot

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