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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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Google has begun rolling out another update to its Chrome browser on all the major desktop platforms (Windows, Linux, and Mac) and there are at least 32 reasons why you should apply it sooner rather than later. That's the number of security fixes the latest update includes. If you're looking for just one very good... Read more...
Microsoft's Build 2022 event is underway, and while there have not been any surprise consumer hardware launches (not yet, anyway) like a tri-folding Surface or anything of that nature, the company did announce something special for developers.  Called Project Volterra, it's a mini PC and development platform designed... Read more...
Anyone who says storage is getting too darn fast is a blasphemer. Sure, not everyone can fully utilize the transfer speeds that today's top solid state drives (SSDs) deliver, but some can and more will as time goes on. Drive makers seem to agree because they're already looking ahead to next-gen models, two of which... Read more...
ASUS and NVIDIA have jointly announced the fastest gaming monitor on the planet, the ROG Swift 500Hz. As revealed in the model name, the display rocks a wicked fast 500Hz refresh rate, so if you lose an intense esports competition, it won't be because the display was holding you back. It refreshes nearly 39 percent... Read more...
We tend to think of NVIDIA as a gaming GPU company because of its robust and constantly evolving GeForce lineup, but it's data center business is nearly as big, in terms of revenue. So it should come as no surprise that at Computex 2022, NVIDIA was eager to talk about its Grace CPU Superchip and Grace Hopper Superchip... Read more...
In response to customer demand for high-performance, green data centers, NVIDIA is releasing a liquid cooled version of its A100 Tensor Core PCIe accelerator based on its Ampere GPU architecture. This will be the first in a growing line of GPUs with direct-chip cooling for mainstream servers, which has the potential... Read more...
Samsung caught our attention at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year when it introduced the Odyssey Neo G8, a 32-inch gaming monitor with a 4K resolution. Not only that, it had the distinction of being the world's first 4K monitor to have a 240Hz refresh rate, and if you've been patiently waiting for... Read more...
ASUS wasted zero time teasing a handful of socket AM5 motherboards for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 7000 series processors, following AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su's keynote at Computex 2022. She took to the stage to reveal more details about Zen 4 and also formally introduced a trio of next-generation chipsets, which in turn paves the... Read more...
Valve deserves a lot of credit for how it went about designing and launching the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console that's essentially a portable PC. It may resemble a Switch in form, but its DNA is entirely PC, and with it comes a refreshingly high level of DIY repair options. Leaving little to the imagination... Read more...
One of the few areas Corsair has not dabbled in so far is laptops. It has now rectified that with the launch of its Voyager a1600, the company's very first branded laptop design with a host of features for gamers, streamers, and creators alike. It's also notable for going all-in with AMD hardware, and for sporting an... Read more...
I've become a big fan of mini PC systems over the past few years, as it's pretty remarkable at how much power can be crammed into a such a compact package. It seems the bulk of them tend to adopt Intel hardware, which is fine, but what about AMD powered mini PCs? They exist, and Minisforum is releasing what it says is... Read more...
A lot of care and attention goes into crafting a pristine PC with cables and wiring deftly routed where they're barely visible, or not even seen at all. Quite frankly, it's a laborious process. Could there be an easier way, though? There is, and Project Stealth by Maingear and Gigabyte proves it with an ingenious... Read more...
We've been getting some air time with DJI's recently announced Mini 3 Pro drone, an ultra lightweight flyer that dodges the need to register with the FAA by checking in at under 249 grams with the standard battery. The regulation-friendly drone, while small, boasts some big features that had us chomping (technically, champing) at the bit to Read more...
LG is rolling out a new flagship ultra short throw (UST) projector, the CineBeam HU915QE. It's a tri-channel laser projector capable of beaming images up to massive 120 inches from just 7.2 inches (18.3 centimeters) away from the wall, or if you want to scooch it even closer, it can throw a 90-inch picture from a mere... Read more...
Qualcomm is updating its mobile platforms with a couple of enhanced SoCs, including the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 for flagship Android phones, and the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for premium handsets that fall just a step below. As it happens, we had the opportunity to preview the performance of the former and spoiler alert, it's... Read more...
We've all heard that a carpenter is only as good as their tools, and that certainly applies to more than just whittling wood and building tables. In the realm of tech, and specifically extended reality (XR) experiences, Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2 5G platform is a powerful tool for device makers and developers. Everyone... Read more...
Microsoft is thinking about adding "lightweight interactive content" the desktop in Windows 11, starting with a search bar that's been plopped towards the top and aligned in the center. Otherwise known as a widget, Microsoft apparently has several different ones in mind, some or all of which may or may not progress... Read more...
Two years ago, SK hynix made a splash in in the storage scene with its Gold P31 SSD family, which at the time was the first to incorporate 128-layer NAND flash memory. Fast forward to today and SK hynix is looking to cannonball into the super high-speed storage sector with its Platinum P41 line delivering sequential... Read more...
Now's your chance to get a $60 game for free on PC. Again—just a few weeks ago, the Epic Games Store served up Total War: Warhammer for no cost. Now it's Borderlands 3 that is up for grabs, to kick off the Epic Mega Sale for May, with discounts of up to 90 percent off and a chunky coupon that replenishes each time you... Read more...
GeIL is laying claim to launching the world's first DDR5 memory kit with active cooling. Its new Evo V DDR5 memory kits come with a sort of industrial looking heatsink with a pair of minuscule RGB fans positioned in the top left and right corners. According to GeIL, this dual-fan cooing system "drastically" increases... Read more...
HP is refreshing its Omen and Victus gaming laptops with better cooling and upgraded hardware options from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA. The best part is, they're perhaps more affordable than some people may have anticipated—pricing starts at $799.99 for the Victus 15 and $1,199.99 for the Omen 16. The Victus is... Read more...
Acer is refreshing its Predator laptop line and one of the more surprising additions is the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. Through special hardware and software, this laptop attempts to bring glasses-free, stereoscopic 3D gaming into the forefront, and it boasts dozens of supported modern and classic titles... Read more...
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