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.



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.

Pirate Bay "Borrows" CPU to Mine Virtual Currency

Although Bitcoin fell a bit (almost half-price) last week, that's not stopping the Pirate Bay from getting into it on a bit of a shady side of things. There is a nice malicious piece of code floating around over at the site that hijacks your CPU to crunch cryptocurrency for the Bay. I guess they probably just need it for their legal defense now that they are under heavy attack. This is not good that browsers and systems can be exploited through ads and such. Be careful where you search - and remember - nothing, absolutely nothing is free. There's always a price to pay.

The site tells TorrentFreak that it was testing the feature for about 24 hours as a new way of generating revenue, and that it could eventually be enough to replace ads. In short, don't be surprised if this becomes a mainstay of the site going forward. Users have found that they can block the miner through their browser settings or add-ons like ad blockers, so it's not inescapable.

Source: Engadget

Customers are Making Phones More Expensive

I can't help but feel that the article linked below is a propaganda piece from phone manufacturers, but there is a lot of truth to it as well. Back in the day when we went from a 4-inch to a 4.7-inch display, the cost of the upgrade was essentially free. It didn't cost $80 more for each new generation of device. Now that we are pretty much topped out on hardware, the screen and some materials are the basic differences between devices and if you want premium, you have to pay a premium price. As consumers keep forking out for the $800 phone, you can bet companies will add a few new materials or some other tweaks that justify the hiked price. If no one bought a $900 phone, there would never be a $1000 phone. Even though the screen is the biggest expense of a phone, do I really need an iPhone X crushing screen of 2960x1440 on my S8? I don't, but I do love the quality and was happy to get it. It's my fault basically. Sorry.

As consumers, we still have a wide breadth of options that can keep us satisfied without being at the absolute pinnacle of new technology. The Moto Z2 Play, the iPhone SE, the Honor 9, and a smattering of well designed ZTE phones can fulfill most people’s mobile needs (it’s not like Snapchat demands an especially awesome camera, right?) while costing a third of the price of an iPhone X. But the premium market is definitely drifting up, and we’re going to see more stratification than we used to have, even while things like dual-camera systems become table stakes for most devices. It’s going to be an uneven path forward, though the likelihood is high that we will continue to enthusiastically support phone makers as they make that shift.

Source: TheVerge

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