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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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Look, JEDEC might be fine and dandy with DDR5-4800 memory kits, but that's not the kind of speed that excites enthusiasts, not when memory makers had been talking up a big game prior to the launch of Alder Lake (the only consumer desktop platform at the moment that supports DDR5). But a DDR5-6400 memory kit? Now... Read more...
Intel ended its fiscal year with a bang by raking in $20.5 billion in the fourth quarter, the most quarterly revenue ever in the more than 50 years the company has existed. The strong finish pushed Intel's full-year revenue to $79 billion, which is also the company's most ever. Talk about a good start for Pat... Read more...
Remember when everyone was playing Pokemon Go? A lot of people still do, though the current craze in casual gaming belongs to Wordle, a fun and easy-to-play word guessing game created by Josh Wardle, who initially programmed the web-based game for his partner, an avid fan of crosswords. He made it public in October of... Read more...
US President Joe Biden is doubling down on his administration's support in favor of consumers having a right to repair their electronics. Going a step further, his remarks also seem to suggest he is taking credit for Apple and Microsoft recently adopting policies that are more friendly towards the growing... Read more...
TeamGroup is putting the finishing touches on a screaming-fast solid state drive (SSD) that leverages the PCI Express 5.0 bus to deliver incredibly high bandwidth metrics. While not out yet, TeamGroup says its upcoming T-Force Cardea Gen 5 SSD will be the highest performing PCIe 5 drive when it does actually arrive to... Read more...
Wondering what all the fuss is about VR? The best way to find out is to just dive right in, and the arguably the best value in the world (in terms bang for your buck) is the Oculus Quest 2, or Meta Quest 2 if you prefer to call it that. It doesn't go on sale that often, though if you're willing to pick one up that's... Read more...
Intel recently expanded its lineup of Alder Lake processors with several new additions, among them the Pentium Gold G7400T, one of the least expensive chips in the lineup. Priced at $64 (in trays of 1,000 units), it's very much a budget chip. Apparently it's also capable of big overclocks even though it has a locked... Read more...
The General Court of the European Union has overturned a massive antitrust fine levied by the EU against Intel back in 2009. At the time, the EU determined Intel had abused its dominant position in the market for x86 processors by offering conditional rebates to companies like Dell and Lenovo, and slapped the chip... Read more...
Finding a graphics card in stock from a first-party retailer could soon be a little bit easier than it has been in a very long time. That's not to say the shortage is about to end. However, those within the supply chain apparently feel confident that an uptick in ABF (Ajinomoto Build-up Film) substrate shipments will... Read more...
Crytek has confirmed it is actively developing the fourth major installment in the Crysis series, which raises the obvious question, can your PC run it? You'll eventually find out, though probably not this year—Crytek says Crysis 4 is in the early stages of development and that it will be a while yet before it... Read more...
Samsung is getting ready to host this year's Unpacked event, which the company has now confirmed will take place on February 9, 2022. The date is pretty much in line with previous rumors and speculation, though we know for sure. During the event, Samsung will undoubtedly unveil some new products, including a new... Read more...
G.Skill continues to claim overclocking records with its Trident memory products, and that has continued in the emerging DDR5 era. The company's latest bragging right, made possible with the help of ASUS, applies to its Trident Z5 DDR5 memory—it set a world frequency record at DDR5-8888 while nestled in an ASUS ROG... Read more...
Elgato, a division of Corsair Gaming, has rolled out a new peripheral you might not have realized you needed but could help level up your stream game. Called the Stream Deck Pedal, it's a glorified foot pedal like the ones used in the transcription field (it looks very much like the one I used when I dabbled in... Read more...
After more than a year of testing, Google is abandoning plans to replace support for third-party tracking cookies with the "Federated Learning of Cohorts," otherwise known as FLoC, basically an algorithm that sorts people into groups with others who have similar browsing habits. Google isn't embracing third-party... Read more...
There's been a blurring of the lines between what constitutes a gaming phone versus a premium flagship. One thing most people would agree on, though, is that gaming phone needs a top-notch processor and a high-end display with a fast refresh rate. It looks like Lenovo's upcoming Halo handset under its Legion banner... Read more...
For those of you who find joy in larger gaming laptop form factors, the recently unveiled Alienware x17 R2 is proof that your mobile battle station size preference has not been left behind. Better still, Dell has a found a way to maintain its larger display and keyboard form factor while making this the thinnest... Read more...
It was always a possibility that NVIDIA's proposed deal to acquire Arm from Softbank for $40 billion would not pass regulatory scrutiny and ultimately fall through, and that now seems increasingly likely, according to what Bloomberg is hearing from people who are supposedly familiar with the matter. If that's the... Read more...
Goose had a need, a need for speed. So did Maverick. If you do as well, AT&T will happily supply you with up to 5Gbps of delightfully fast fiber broadband internet service, though obviously there are some caveats. The fastest speed tier in AT&T's home internet stable doesn't come cheap, and you have to live in a... Read more...
Scanning a QR (Quick Response) code sure is an easy and convenient way to access information, like a restaurant's menu, but be careful of scanning codes willy-nilly. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) felt compelled to issue a warning about cyber-criminals tampering with QR codes to ultimately steal your... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and the gang over at Meta, the parent company to Facebook, have a new and powerful toy to play with courtesy of a collaboration with NVIDIA. Meta designed and NVIDIA built what is called the AI Research SuperCluster (RSC), a massive supercomputer that once fully deployed will rank as the largest... Read more...
Apple's iMac Pro all-in-one desktop is long overdue for a refresh (or a comeback, if you prefer), and assuming one does come along, the expectation up to this point was that it would feature an existing M1 Pro or M1 Max processor. Perhaps not. A leaker with a decent track record tipping Apple products claims the iMac... Read more...
I have no personal frame of reference for this opinion, but I imagine being a drug runner for the Mexican cartel (or any cartel) is loads more fun in a video game setting than in real life. The latter pays more I'm sure, but the stress, risk to life and limb, and persistent threat of jail time have me convinced to... Read more...
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