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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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Is your motherboard's NVMe slot pining for a partner? Now is a good time to play storage matchmaker, because there are some tantalizing Cyber Monday deals on high-speed solid state drives out there. As in, savings of up to 50% off MSRP. While the discounts over actual street pricing are not quite as deep, there are... Read more...
The deals season is shifting to Cyber Monday, which will bring with it a mix of fresh new bargains and carryovers from Black Friday. Know what else it will bring? Console restocks—Walmart confirmed it will sell a limited number of PS5 systems on November 29 starting at 12pm ET (9am PT), and not to be outdone, it... Read more...
Having a tough time scoring a PlayStation 5 console? You're not alone—like the Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch OLED, the PS5 is a highly elusive console that is incredibly difficult to buy. Well, unless you're willing to pay through the nose on eBay or from a marketplace seller. Good news, though. Another PS5... Read more...
Paying full price for a video game is okay if that is the only option, but c'mon, this is Black Friday season and there are tons of discounts out there. Even games for the Nintendo Switch, which don't seem to be on sale quite as frequently as other platforms, are marked down. We've rounded up a whole bunch of... Read more...
Black Friday discounts bring deals for just about every product imaginable, from bargains on SSDs and SD memory cards, to gaming desktops and more. Go ahead and add instant cameras to the pile. Everyone is a potential photographer these days with smartphones emphasizing camera performance, but if you pine for the days... Read more...
It's incredibly difficult to find a standalone graphics card in stock (at least from a first-party seller at anything resembling MSRP), but it you're willing to snag one that's wrapped in a complete PC, your options suddenly open up. Not only that, but there are several gaming desktops on sale for Black Friday, such... Read more...
Game installs are not exactly shrinking, and even game updates can sometimes require an enormous amount of storage space. There's good news, though—Black Friday is here and it brought with it some delightful discounts on solid state drives. We're talking about savings of up to 60% off the MSRP, with some drives... Read more...
Black Friday is officially (and finally) here and if you're lucky, you might be able to score a new game console. Chances are you'll strike out, though, as restocks come and go in the blink of an eye. If you're having a tough time finding one in stock, all might not be lost—check your email inbox to see if Microsoft... Read more...
Did you manage to score a Nintendo Switch OLED before the bots and scalpers claimed them all? In addition to the improved display, it also features twice as much storage as the regular Switch console, but you can never have too much. Not to worry, though—storage is expandable by way of an SD memory card slot, and... Read more...
There are ultra-wide monitors, and then there's the class of super-wide 49-inch displays that take expansive screen real estate to a whole new level. Samsung has been the primary driver of 49-inch monitors, though ASUS and others have dabbled as well. One more contender just entered the ring—Monoprice. Yes, the... Read more...
Every so often NVIDIA will push out a hotfix driver to address certain issues before its next regular driver release. Now is one of those times. Call it a Thanksgiving treat if you will, but NVIDIA's GeForce 496.98 hotfix driver squashes a handful of bugs, and notably some that could otherwise result in your PC... Read more...
Buying a graphics card at a fair price might have to wait until next year, but that's not the case for other gaming gear. Black Friday and Cyber Monday typically bring a whole bunch of discounts on PC gaming items, and this year is no exception. While Black Friday has not technically arrived, the deals have, including... Read more...
Amazon is quite literally beginning to Ring in the savings, as in discounts on its Ring Video Doorbell and other products as the real Black Friday comes into view. As we have seen the past couple of weeks, the bargains are coming in fast and furious—we've highlighted deals on Apple AirPods, gaming laptops, and more... Read more...
Halo Infinite is set to release next month, though in the meantime, 343 Industries surprised eager fans by launching the free-to-player multiplayer component early. While it is classified as a beta build, it includes all maps and core modes in Season 1. It also comes with what's supposed to be an unskippable loading... Read more...
It was always a given that DDR5 memory would command a premium over DDR4 kits at the outset, but $2,399.99 for a 32GB package? That's just plain ridiculous. It's also what a recent kit of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-5200 recently sold for on eBay as scalpers continue to make bank on tech items that are in hot... Read more...
If you read our OnePlus Buds Pro review, then you know these wireless earbuds have the potential to sound really good with a bit of tuning. Whether they're truly worth their $149.99 MSRP, that's questionable (more on that in a moment). It's also moot if you take advantage of a huge early Black Friday discount, which... Read more...
Samsung announced plans to build an advanced chip manufacturing plant in Taylor, Texas, which will create thousands of new jobs and expand its investment in the US. In fact, this will be Samsung's largest-ever investment in the US, with the total bill expected to be around $17 billion, including buildings, property... Read more...
Harmonix is arguably best known for its iconic Rock Band franchise, which let us live out our dreams of standing on stage and dazzling enthusiastic crowds with our guitar riffs, drum beats, and awesome vocals (or getting booed). The studio's resume has some other notable titles, including Dance Central and more... Read more...
Black Friday is technically three days away, but as we see every year retailers have jumped the gun with a bunch of early discounts. We're not talking about piddly savings, either. Not all around, anyway. Even Apple's Air Pods Pro earbuds, which are perpetually discounted, have fallen to their lowest price ever. And... Read more...
We have only now entered into the era of DDR5 memory with the introduction of Intel's Alder Lake platform pushing us through the door, and it will take some time for the latest memory standard to gain significant traction. That's to say, DDR4 isn't going to disappear from the market in the near future. Nevertheless... Read more...
There is a lot to digest in the latest GPU shipment report from Jon Peddie Research, which really highlights the fact that we are in a unique time period. Silicon shortages abound and it is next to impossible to find a graphics card in stock. Yet shipments of discrete GPUs continue to climb, while overall GPU... Read more...
This is the time of year for giving thanks, munching on fried turkey (you are frying it, right?) and delicious side dishes, and shopping bargains on gaming laptops, TVs, and everything else. It's also when ransomware and other digital crooks ramp up their efforts to ruin the holidays. As such, the Federal Bureau of... Read more...
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