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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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It has been a long time since the monitor market was a stale one. These days, it is one of the most frequently updated categories, with new models arriving all the time sporting faster speeds and a barrage of fancy features. So it is not surprising that among the products Acer announced today, there are half a dozen... Read more...
In exactly one week from now, AMD will unveil its Radeon RX 6000 series lineup, whatever that might ultimately consist of, finally putting to rest the bulk of related rumors and leaks. All we can say for 100 percent certainty right now is that the new cards will be based on AMD's RDNA 2 graphics architecture. That... Read more...
The current pandemic will almost definitely put a damper on trick-or-treating this year, but there are other ways of getting into the Halloween spirit, all while remaining safely isolated in your home. I'm talking about themed events in popular games. As I wrote about yesterday, Rocket League is enjoying a... Read more...
Anyone who has ever tried to touch up a professional photograph knows that it can be a slow, painstaking process, depending on the image and what exactly needs manipulated. To help with that, NVIDIA is introducing GPU-accelerated neural filters to Adobe Photoshop, which leverage artificial intelligence and its GeForce... Read more...
We know Slimer can make a gooey mess and is generally harmless, but can the sticky spirit from beyond make you a better player in Rocket League? Probably not, but you can deck out your ride with a Slimer Topper, just as soon as you complete the requisite challenge as part of the timely Haunted Hallows event that is... Read more...
Halloween is right around the corner, but even closer is the official launch of AMD's highly anticipated Radeon RX 6000 series, based on the company's second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture. Our questions will finally be answered. For example, will it have a 320W TBP (total/typical board power)... Read more...
November will be here before we know it, and with it comes the retail availability of AMD's latest generation Ryzen 5000 series, based on Zen 3. Then we will have a clear picture of whether the new chips truly deliver upon AMD's claimed 19 percent IPC (instructions per clock) uplift over Zen 2. As we wait, more... Read more...
As many suspected would eventually happen, the folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have taken its Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and are now offering it as a more compact Compute Module. The new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, as it is called, retains many of the same features and hardware as its bigger brother, but in... Read more...
The rather large-and-in-charge cooling fan inside the PlayStation 5 has been a hot topic ever since Sony's official teardown video gave us a view of the bulky part, which partially accounts for the PS5 being the biggest iteration to date. We also continue to learn new things about the fan, and the PS5's internal... Read more...
We are all adapting to life amid a pandemic, with many people working from home as COVID-19 continues to spread. But it is not just newfound telecommuters who are adapting. So are malware authors, who are changing their lures in attempts to hook victims through phishing emails. New data suggests that Microsoft is now... Read more...
One of the major selling points of Apple's new iPhone 12 models is support for 5G connectivity, which is offered on its entire lineup (iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max). But apparently it might come with a pretty big caveat for some people. A supposed internal sales document suggests 5G... Read more...
You have questions, I have questions, we all have questions about AMD's recently announced Ryzen 5000 series, and specifically regarding how actual performance stacks up with the company's claim of a 19 percent IPC (instructions per clock) uplift over the Ryzen 3000 series. Reliable answers will have to wait until the... Read more...
At the risk of dating myself, I remember discussing with my older brother whether we should buy a TurboGrafx 16 or Sega Genesis game console. We unwisely chose the former (I would make a similar mistake when, years later, I bought an HD-DVD player instead of Blu-ray). But while the Genesis proved way more popular, I... Read more...
A security firm warns that an "unskilled attacker" could leverage a security flaw in SonicWall VPN (virtual private network) appliances to run arbitrary code remotely, causing a persistent denial of service (DoS) condition. Or put more plainly, the SonicWall VPN has a serious security hole that makes it easy for even... Read more...
Remember when glass-free 3D felt like the endgame scenario for consumer displays and electronics? Efforts were made to go in that direction, like the legendary Nintendo 3DS, but it never quite took hold. It did not completely die, either. Proof that it did not resides in Sony's new Spatial Reality Display aimed at... Read more...
One of the last places you would expect to see a Ryzen 5000 series desktop processor is inside a Mac system. Apple is even shifting away from x86 processors altogether, having announced plans to phase out its use of Intel CPUs in favor of its own custom processors based on ARM. So what is this business about a an... Read more...
There is plenty of incentive to considering building a PC around one of AMD's newly announced Ryzen 5000 series processors, assuming the performance claims prove accurate. But lest anyone needs a nudge, AMD is sweetening the pot with a game bundle, where certain CPU purchases are eligible to receive Far Cry 6... Read more...
For many, many years, scientists and researchers have been trying to find a compound capable of conducting electricity at room temperature, without any flaws. And now at long last, a team of researchers have accomplished the feat, using a combination of hydrogen, carbon, and sulfur, along with expensive diamonds and... Read more...
Even though we have had our first glimpse of Intel's Xe graphics architecture courtesy of a reference laptop with Tiger Lake inside, there are still many questions yet to be answered. Like what specific Xe products will ultimately manifest? As it relates to that, there is another question—will there be a dual Xe GPU... Read more...
Microsoft is quadrupling the warranty period for its luxury Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless game controllers, from 90 days to a full year from the date of purchase. The decision comes after the Elite Series 2 was added to an existing class-action lawsuit over an alleged defect in some Xbox One controllers that can cause... Read more...
Buying a solid state drive right now is not a bad idea, with all of the Prime Day deals happening (at Amazon and other retailers as well). But if you decide to wait a bit, you might be rewarded with even lower prices. Same goes for RAM. A continued oversupply of memory chips is the reason, with average selling prices... Read more...
This is the second and last day of Amazon's Prime Day 2020, an annual sales bonanza that sees discounts on practically every type of item imaginable. And while this is Amazon's creation, other retailers have been marking down items as well. To help you make sense of it all, we have collected some of the better deals... Read more...
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