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Fan Remake of Tomb Raider 2 Using Unreal Engine 4

If you enjoyed the puzzle-platformer style of the old Tomb Raider games, but want better visuals, a fan is working on a remake of Tomb Raider 2 - using the Unreal Engine 4. He's been working on it for a while now, and there is a long way to go. That being said, there is a playable demo of some of the work he's got done. If you're a fan on the series, you should really check it out. It looks pretty solid for a fan-made remake.

Source: Kotaku

Lenovo Pays $3.5 Million for Installing Adware

Lenovo overall is a pretty solid company that has done a lot of things right. They have also done a few major things wrong. One of these that they had to pay for lately is when they installed adware as part of the software package on new laptops. The software at fault was called VisualDiscovery and it popped up ads and blocked browsers from blocking malicious sites.

“Lenovo compromised consumers’ privacy when it preloaded software that could access consumers’ sensitive information without adequate notice or consent to its use,” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a statement. “This conduct is even more serious because the software compromised online security protections that consumers rely on.”

Source: Reuters

Social Media As a News Source

If you are one of the humans that get their news from social media, you're not alone - although you probably should be. Social media is perhaps the most unreliable, slanted, agenda-oriented source out there, and yet more than half of Americans over the age of 50 get at least some of their news from social networks. The number is climbing and shows that more people are thinking less. That's not good at all, but it is the way of the future. While LG says the future is friendly, I say that the future is slanted and scary that people are trusting Mark to deliver unbiased news.

Because of the vastly different audience sizes across major social media sites, there are two different ways to think about measuring change in news use on these platforms. One is to compare the share of each site’s users that get news on the site, while the second is to measure the total percentage of Americans that report seeing news on the site.

Source: Journalism

YouTube HDR is Available for More New Phones

HDR content has been available on a few of the flagship devices while YouTube has been a bit slower on the uptake. Now, there are more phones added to the YouTube HDR list - including the Pixel, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Galaxy (and Note) S8 have the feature as well. This is good news if you want to watch HDR content at 1440p on your device and drain the battery even faster. To be honest, it's pretty awesome that a phone can rock HDR video so well.

Reddit users have had access to the update since yesterday at resolutions up to 1140p60, while SamMobile reports that the publication can only access 1080p60. On our office S8, we've seen 1440p60. Google tells us that the Pixel, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium have gotten the update as well. More than that, the search juggernaut is working to bring it to even more devices.

Source: Engadget

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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