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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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Patience might be a virtue, but if you are having a difficult time waiting for Amazon's Prime Day 2021 sales bonanza to kick off, fear not, there are bargains to be had ahead of the big event. Of course, at this point we are only a day away from the annual sales extravaganza. Be that as it may, for those of you are in... Read more...
At this point, it is no longer a secret that Windows 10's days are numbered (it will stop being supported in 2025), and that a new version of Windows is right around the bend. And courtesy of a leaked Windows 11 ISO that has been making the rounds, we have been able to learn a little bit about the "next generation of... Read more...
For about the past eight years, Snapchat users had access to a filter that would overlay their speed of travel, measured in miles per hour. Not surprisingly, videos and photos shared to social media depicted some dangerously fast speeds recorded by the speed filter, prompting Snapchat to later cap the top speed, and... Read more...
The big news from Microsoft is that it is getting ready to introduce the "next generation of Windows," which will almost definitely be called Windows 11—it's put out several hints indicating as much, including an 11-minute droning video of slowed down Windows startup sounds from over the years. Another clue is a... Read more...
One of the reasons why Apple's recently introduced AirTag trackers have the potentially to be wildly successful is because they leverage a crowdsourced network of devices to work their mojo. Affordability is another reason, though the network is key. What about Google, though? Apparently the company is cooking up a... Read more...
All eyes are on Intel as it gets closer to launching its first discrete graphics card for gaming. And the big question is, how will it perform relative to the competition? Obviously we will not know for sure until an actual product launch occurs. Leaks and rumors abound in the meantime, and the latest one suggests... Read more...
Online games store GOG is in the midst of a summer sale, and with it comes a bunch of discounted items, including triple-A games like Cyberpunk 2077, available now for a hefty 33% savings. Some markdowns are as high as 85 percent. Of course, it does not get any lower than 'free', and as such, GOG is giving away... Read more...
In a move that might not sit well with some people, Facebook has begun testing in-game ads when using the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Dubbed an "experiment," Facebook is kicking things off in Blaston from Resolution Games, as well as a couple of other unspecified developers who will be beaming targeted ads at players... Read more...
Have you looked up the prices of graphics cards lately? Don't do it, not unless you want to be depressed. We're not talking about MSRPs, mind you, but jacked up pricing on the part of marketplace sellers and scalpers on eBay. Part of the reason is because of cryptocurrency mining, but following a crackdown in China... Read more...
While the topic comes up on occasion, one thing iOS users will never be able to do is sideload applications on iPhone and iPad devices, at least not without official support from Apple. Jailbreaking is another story, of course. But as far as native support goes, Apple has taken a very different approach to sideloading... Read more...
The dirty little secret in tech that is not really much of a secret at all is that the GPU shortage is partially a result of cryptocurrency mining. This depressing reality can be lost or overlooked when AMD and NVIDIA downplay how much crypto-mining plays into their bottom line, but there is a bigger picture to... Read more...
Just a few months ago, we reviewed the Alienware m15 R4, a seriously powerful 15.6-inch form factor laptop that, at the time, posted the best gaming performance benchmark results we had ever seen from a notebook. Not that we were particularly surprised—armed with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU based on Ampere and a 10th Generation Intel... Read more...
Worried about those secret recipes, sultry photos, or other confidential messages you have been sending on your Android phone? Well, good news. Google feels it has sufficiently tested its end-to-end encryption feature that arrived in beta last year, and is now rolling it out to the masses. However, there are some... Read more...
The second half of this year and especially 2022 are going to be exciting times, with all kinds of product launches on tap. Intel will be releasing its first discrete graphics card for gaming (Xe-HPG DG2), and both AMD and Intel are readying new platforms, with eventual support for next-gen technologies like DDR5... Read more...
Microsoft has more surprises up its sleeve than just a new version of Windows (a Windows 11 ISO is making the rounds). On the console side, Microsoft announced at E3 that is bringing its Xbox Cloud Gaming service (previously known as Project xCloud) over to its previous generation Xbox One game consoles. This is a... Read more...
The game console previously known as Project Ataribox and later rebranded as the Atari Video Computer Systems (or Atari VCS for short) is finally available at retail, four years after it was first revealed. Its arrival comes after Microsoft and Sony launched their Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 consoles, which is... Read more...
The older I get, the poorer my eyesight becomes (or at least that is the justification I use when shopping for a giant screen TV). However, if you are in the same boat, do not mistake blurriness in the Windows 10 taskbar for a degradation in your vision. While that is one possibility, the more likely one is a recent... Read more...
AMD is looking to make a splash in the mobile gaming market with its recently introduced Radeon RX 6000M lineup for laptops. Based on the same second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture as its desktops Radeon RX 6000 series, the mobile GPUs look promising on paper. How do they perform in the real world... Read more...
Your next smartphone purchase might come with a new type of memory, depending on the model and when you buy it. That is because Samsung has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's first-ever LPDDR5 UFS-based multichip package (uMCP) memory package, which could enable faster and thinner devices. What... Read more...
NVIDIA has some good news for a portion of the more than 70 million gamers who play Rainbox Six Siege, the popular competitive first person shooter. There is a new update available that adds support for NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, and with it comes a performance gain of up to 50 percent... Read more...
Google just took a potentially big step in pushing its various services to a lot more people. How so? It opened up Google Workspace to anyone and everyone with a free Google account. There is also a paid tier that is coming, which will bring with it some additional premium features, but the core functionality is now... Read more...
There is a seemingly simple way of ending the graphics card shortage: just make more units, enough so that supply catches up with demand. The only problem is, cranking up production is not actually all that simple. There is a global shortage of silicon, and combined with rabid demand for GPUs, there are just not... Read more...
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