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Lian Li just announced that it will be previewing two new mobile PC cases at the Computex exhibition in Taipei next week — and by mobile, we mean actually moving. The company will be showing off both the aforementioned steam engine, complete with smoke, and an SUV-look-alike dubbed the PC-Q15. Both will be doing laps around the Lian Li booth.

According to the press release, the PC-Q15 is being “specially designed for Computex,” but the engine-like PC-CK101 should be available later this year. In addition to choo-chooing around a track and blowing real smoke, the PC-CK101 case sports USB 3.0 ports, an optical disc drive and support for both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs, although Lian Li’s kept mum about further technical details.

Other Lian Li cases will also be on display, including a vent-less case for silent builds and the newest chassis made completely out of steel, rather than aluminum. (Don’t worry, plenty of more traditional cases will be there too, plenty of which still rock the brushed aluminum so many system builders know and love.)

Thoughts? There’s no questioning the cool factor, but is a choo-choo chassis a nifty niche offering or a big bundle o’ useless?

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Reapers have it in for planet Earth, and if that’s not enough of a challenge, there are plenty of bugs in Mass Effect 3 to go around. Hey, no one claimed saving the planet would be easy. It does, however, get a little easier after applying the 1.03 patch BioWare released to PC on Tuesday (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers will have to wait until to Thursday to get theirs).

The patch fixes a ton of issues, though just four are specific to the PC platform. They include:

  • Fixed an issue where the Online Pass Activation screen would appear for users despite PC not having a need for an online pass
  • Fixed the Galaxy Map search and rescue asset GUI not appearing when using eyefinity
  • Fixed an issue where users could not scan on galaxy map when right-click is rebound
  • Fixed an issue where having the PC hud (heads up display) (left shift) up when a player dies in multiplayer and revived would cause player unable to move and the hud to remain active

There are two fixes specific to the PS3 and one for the Xbox 360, and three and a half dozen that apply to all three platforms, including one that does a better job syncing facial movement with an in-game character voices when a hitch occurs.

A full list of changes can be found here.

Image Credit: BioWare

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Microsoft wasn’t quite ready to tip its hand with a Windows 8 Release Preview until sometime next week, but ready or not, someone leaked the Chinese version to the Web. With the cat out of the bag, the Windows 8 Release Preview has been making the rounds, giving us more than just a glimpse at what the next build has in store, including an updated boot screen.

There was some initial question as to whether the build was the real deal, but after giving the 3.34GB download a test drive, Canouna from WinUnleaked delcared on his Twitter account that the build is “100% legit.”

You can find a whole bunch of pictures of the build over on PCBeta’s forum, which reveals the new boot screen, wallpapers, multi-monitor support, new Metro apps, and other tidbits. Based on the screenshots, it also appears that you’ll be able to enable Aero Glass, if you want to.

Image Credit: PCBeta

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Just like Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall did in the late 1980s, HTC’s One X and Evo 4G LTE smartphones are ‘Coming to America‘, just not necessarily in search of a wife. The arrival of these two devices on U.S. shores was anything but a foregone conclusion, after facing a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ban and nearly month-long review process with U.S. Customs officials.

That’s now all in the past, HTC says.

“HTC devices have been released by U.S. Customs as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling,” HTC said in a statement on its website. ” “Future shipments should continue to enter the U.S. and we confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.”

The HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE were the first devices to be held up at U.S. Customs due to patent infringement claims made by Apple. According to a report in Wired, the patent in question deals with a method to automatically convert phone numbers and URLs in emails and text messages into live links that can open in other apps.

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With smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices generating increased online traffic, the Internet is growing at a frenzied pace. Cisco attempted to quantify the state of the Internet, and as part of the company’s Visual Networking Index (VNI), which is Cisco’s ongoing effort to forecast and analyze the growth and use of IP networks worldwide, it was suggested the Internet will be four times as large in four years as it is today.

Cisco expects worldwide devices and connections to grow to almost 19 billion in that time frame, nearly doubling from 2011 to 2016. All those connections will increase global IP traffic to 1.3 zettabytes, which is equivalent to 1.3 trillion gigabytes.

“The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011 (369 exabytes),” Cisco said.

Cisco identified a number of factors contributing to such staggering IP traffic growth, chief among them an increasing number of devices, especially tablets and mobile phones. Other factors include more Internet users, faster broadband speeds, more video (Cisco expects that by 2016, 1.2 million video minutes will travel the Internet every second), and Wi-Fi growth.

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