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Tech journalist by day, badass biker by night, and a 24/7 Boston sports fan, Paul Lilly epitomizes the archetype of the modern day geek. You won’t ever catch Paul wearing a pocket protector or suspenders, but you might find him cruising down the highway on two-wheels wearing an Oregon Trail t-shirt, or sticking his head in a home brewed PC while donning a do-rag or Celtics jersey. Like so many from his generation, the Commodore 64 seduced him into the titillating world of computers, and through the years, he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to Windows 8. Paul covers the news beat and reviews, and is a general wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also a seasoned freelance writer whose work has appeared in Maximum PC, PC World, Computer Shopper, and a number of other online and print publications.

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Two weeks ago, AMD addressed a slew of complaints on Reddit related to intermittent connection issues some people reported having with USB devices connected to their Ryzen PCs powered by a 500-series chipset (X570 and B550). AMD said it was "analyzing the root cause," and said it would be contacting impacted users for... Read more...
Do you know what is better than paying for a fun game? Getting it for free, of course! And no, we are not talking about theft of any sort. Say what you will about the Epic Games Store, one thing we like is it frequently serves up free games, some better than others. The one that is being gifted right now is Wargame:... Read more...
NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3090 is already boss, and that was before Galax kicked things up a notch by slapping an LCD display and crown on top of the thing. But hey, why stop there? For spits and giggles, someone thought to flash the card with a 1,000W BIOS, without swapping the custom three-fan air cooler for a... Read more...
If you have a juicy secret you're just dying to tell someone, you better not whisper it ASUS, not if you want it to remain a secret. For example, let's say your name is "NVIDIA" and you are readying a new addition to your GeForce RTX 30 series, like a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. Then let's say you gave ASUS a heads up, which... Read more...
Google already maintains a fairly rapid release schedule for its Chrome browser, but not fast enough, apparently. Instead of doling out new milestone updates every six weeks, Google plans to shorten the gap in between new browser version updates, to every four weeks. Buckle up folks and keep your arms and legs inside... Read more...
As we stated in our OnePlus Nord review, the handset is an excellent mid-range 5G Android phone with a beautiful screen, versatile cameras, and strong performance for the money. Will the eventual Nord 2 follow in its predecessor's footsteps and offer the same kind of value proposition? We'll find out very soon—it's... Read more...
Microsoft may not be releasing numerical upgrades to its Windows operating system these days (which is to say we will never see a Windows 11), but it is constantly tweaking and, at times, even overhauling Windows 10 as time goes on. One of the biggest changes on the roadmap is the eventual wholesale alteration of the... Read more...
You can never have too many backups of important data, including photos, videos, secret recipes, spy documents, and whatever else you deem valuable. Apple may not be able to help much with the latter two, but when it comes to all those photos and videos sitting in iCloud, the company has quietly released a new tool... Read more...
My main PC typically hums along without issue (*knock on wood*), though one weird quirk I've not been able to solve is the occasional display flickering. This typically happens when I get up out of my computer chair and walk away. A loose connection, perhaps? I've tried unplugging and re-plugging the DisplayPort cable... Read more...
At this year's Ignite conference, Microsoft unveiled a new mixed reality platform powered by Azure that brings holographic teleportation (or "holoportation") into the forefront of today's digital landscape. It is called Microsoft Mesh, and it uses 3D capture technology to beam images of people into a virtual scene... Read more...
Microsoft says a state-sponsored group of hackers operating out of China have been exploiting several zero-day vulnerabilities in Exchange Server, ultimately granting the entity unauthorized access to email accounts and address books. These intrusions also allowed the group to install "additional malware to facilitate... Read more...
It appears Dell is readying a new gaming laptop with a bit of an Alienware edge to it (at least in the external design language), but will not actually be part of the Alienware family. Instead, it will occupy a spot in Dell's ever-growing laptop family as the G15 5510, and a handful of leaked images give us a glimpse... Read more...
AMD is going to officially add a new member to its Radeon RX 6000 series today, and you can watch the birthing of a new SKU live during a scheduled event, if you so desire. It kicks off at 11:00 am Eastern (8:00 am Pacific). We fully expect this will be a Radeon RX 6700 XT unveiling, as has been the subject of... Read more...
Passwords as a form of computer security have been around for more than half a century, dating all the way back to the early 1960s. Yet we still use them, but should we? Not according to Microsoft. Too many flaws make traditional passwords too risky in today's era, and as far as Microsoft is concerned, password-free... Read more...
Are you frustrated by the silicon shortage that is contributing to the near-constant out-of-stock status of the latest hardware, from standalone CPUs and GPUs, to the newest game consoles? We feel your pain. Good news, though—Taiwain Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is rumored to be opening up half a dozen... Read more...
AMD will be refreshing its family of Ryzen Pro processors for laptops, with a new generation lineup based on its Zen 3 CPU architecture. There is still no official release date, and likewise, AMD has not announced what specific SKUs will launch. However, two eventual Ryzen Pro 5000 series processors have been leaked... Read more...
We have probably said a thousand times (slight exaggeration) that Intel is expected to launch its 11th Gen Core desktop processors at the end of March, and now we can finally confirm that to be the case. Or rather, Intel has confirmed it. The official launch date is set for March 30, exactly four weeks from now, and... Read more...
It was a good day for a collector of digital art, who managed to score an insanely rich payday for what amounts to a short 10-second multimedia clip. The digital clip sold for $6.6 million at auction. That works out to $660,000 per second of video and audio, and here is the kicker—the clip is available to anyone with... Read more...
It seems Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is right on schedule to begin mass producing silicon based on its 3-nanometer process next year, which will pack 1.7 times the logic density of its 5nm node. Barring any snags, TSMC expects to churn out 30,000 wafers in the latter half of this year, as 3nm... Read more...
No matter what kind of pricing proposition AMD brought to the server sector or how many cores and threads it offered up, Intel could always play the AVX-512 card, touting superior performance in very specific workloads that leverage that instruction set. Perhaps not for long, though. Rumor has it AMD's EPYC 7004... Read more...
AMD is going to unveil at least one new graphics card this week, which is almost certainly going to be the Radeon RX 6700 XT. Rumor has it the non-XT model will not make an appearance, though we will have to wait and see (and not very long—the unveiling is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 3). Ahead of the official... Read more...
If you are looking for a tiny bit of good news this weekend, here you go—Microsoft has apparently figured out a way to prevent a weird and potentially destructive Windows 10 bug from scrambling your hard drive with relative ease. There is a catch, though, and it is not an insignificant one. The fix is only available... Read more...
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