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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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Kids who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s may have pined over a Red Ryder BB Gun, just as Ralphie did in the movie A Christmas Story. But kids in the 1980s had something much different on their wish list—a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It's only fitting, then, that there be a holiday movie based on the rush to... Read more...
Gigabyte is facing some harsh criticism from Roman "der8auer" Harting, an extreme overclocker and the CEO of HWBot, over the company's recent chest-thumping at its Z690 Aorus Tachyon motherboard being used to push an Intel 12th Gen Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor all the way to 8GHz. According to der8auer, it's a... Read more...
Qualcomm is expected to rebrand its entire Snapdragon stack in the very near future, so it's next-gen flagship probably won't be called Snapdragon 898. While we don't know yet what it will be called, we may have a hint about its performance based on a supposed benchmark leak. If the numbers hold up, it's going to be... Read more...
Alder Lake is here, and in a sense it represents Intel's own 'Zen' moment, like the one rival AMD had several years ago (see our Alder Lake review for our full analysis). That's great news for consumers (we need Intel and AMD to keep pushing and leapfrogging one another). What's not so great is that as good as Alder... Read more...
The biggest and burliest version of Apple's iPad family is the latest generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, released earlier this year. It wields Apple's M1 processor and a big Liquid Retina XDR display, and you can save up to $150 off the list price right now. The biggest discount to the 2021 model 12.9-inch iPad Pro... Read more...
AMD is rolling out a new graphics product based on its second-generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture, though it's not for home PCs and consumers. Instead, the Radeon Pro V620 is a multi-purpose GPU accelerator for cloud workloads. That includes doling out "immersive AAA game experiences" through cloud... Read more...
Most records are destined to be broken, and make no mistake, that's going to happen at a breakneck pace in DDR5 land once things really get going. It's already happening, to some extent, with G.Skill leading the way. Earlier this week, for example, G.Skill showboated hitting DDR5-7000 on its Trident Z5 memory, the... Read more...
Even Santa Claus and his merry band of elves won't be able to save Christmas if holiday cheer ultimately depends on procuring a Nintendo Switch game console. We already knew it was in short supply, but in a sobering update, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa essentially said the situation has gotten more "severe,"... Read more...
AMD is pushing out an updated Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver package (version 21.11.1), and if you're planning to play Forza Horizon 5 when it comes out next week, you'll want to grab this one. That is, if you're rocking a Radeon graphics card, of course. If so, this driver update brings with it some... Read more...
Has anybody seen Dominic Toretto lately? We ask because EVGA has confirmed that a shipment of GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards was recent stolen from a truck en route from San Francisco to its Southern California distribution center, and we can't help but conjure up images from the Fast and Furious... Read more...
Adidas and Microsoft are at it again in the footwear department, having collaborated on another pair of sneakers. Meet the Xbox 360 Forum Mid. Designed as a "love letter to one of the most iconic consoles in gaming history," these kicks aim to up your game in real life, and ranks as the first-ever Xbox-themed sneaker... Read more...
Gigabyte is all grins and giggles today after partnering with HiCookie, an extreme overclocker, to take Intel's not-yet-released Core i9-12900K to new heights. Set to cement its status as the flagship chip in Intel's Alder Lake stack when it lands at retail, HiCookie revved the Core i9-12900K all the way to 8GHz... Read more...
If you've been wanting to build a new PC this year but managed to put it off up to this point, your patience is about to be rewarded. How so depends on what you're after. Intel's 12th Gen Core 'Alder Lake' CPUs release to retail on Thursday (and some are up for preorder now), if you're wanting to build around the... Read more...
As more revamped MacBook Pro models end up in the hands of consumers and a wider swath of reviewers, we're getting a broader view of performance. Namely, of how Apple's M1 Max and M1 Pro perform in different types of workloads an benchmarks. To that end, both chips have now left and impressive mark on PassMark. A... Read more...
Nope, the depressing graphics card shortage is not yet over, and that could be the case throughout 2022 as well. Be that as it may, gamers are actually getting their hands on NVIDIA's latest generation GPUs, as evidenced by latest Steam Hardware and Software survey data. Looking at the numbers, it even appears that PC... Read more...
It took a few days following Intel's Alder Lake announcement, but there are now a handful of places where you can preorder a 12th Gen Core processor, if that's what you want to do. We always recommend waiting for reviews, but hey, if you want to get a jump and/or take a leap of faith that Alder Lake will bring the... Read more...
Heads up we're going to have a special guest from Intel join us on Wednesday for a lively discussion on the chip maker's latest processor launch, Alder Lake. Marcus Kennedy, General Manager for Gaming and the Client Computing Group, will hop on our livestream to discuss the architecture and answer our questions, and... Read more...
This past Summer, LG created a new product category with its UltraGear Gaming Speaker (GP9), though not entirely from scratch. The GP9 combines aspects of a soundbar with a portable Bluetooth speaker, and also serves as an external USB soundcard with a built-in Hi-Fi Quad DAC (ESS9038 Pro) to bring your headphones to... Read more...
Remember when having an online presence meant coming up with a clever nickname? It's been that way since the AOL days (these days it's better known as a 'gamertag', depending on the platform), but as companies push the idea of a so-called metaverse, you better think about what kind of avatar you want to represent you... Read more...
Slowly but surely, memory makers have begun announcing DDR5 memory kits for Intel's Alder Lake platform. Most of them have been relatively modest in speed, at or around DDR5-4800. Meanwhile, G.Skill is doing what it does—focusing on enthusiast kits and seeing how far it can push its own memory products. The best... Read more...
Each Shiba Inu token in the land of cryptocurrency is only worth a tiny fraction of a penny, but collectively, it is the ninth most valuable crypto by market cap. Just as notable, Shiba Inu has raced ahead of Dogecoin, fetching a larger overall valuation. It's lost some ground since leapfrogging the other doggie coin... Read more...
The United Nations is challenging the world's richest individuals—billionaires like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk—to allocate a portion of their vast wealth to make a sizable dent in world hunger. By the UN's math, around $6 billion would have a huge impact. In response, Musk issued a challenge... Read more...
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