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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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First there were three, then another, then another, and so forth until there were eight. We're talking about the Radeon RX 6000 series of desktop graphics cards, which spans the Radeon RX 6400 on up to the Radeon RX 6900 XT. Or at least that was the case yesterday. Today there's a new top SKU, the Radeon RX 6950 XT... Read more...
We're not sure what prompted it, but a bunch of Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch are on sale right now, with discounts going as deep as half off the list price. Included are some of the best selling games on the Switch platform too. The markdowns are big enough that we doubt you'll see better deals on these... Read more...
Like cars and motorcycles, certain smartphone models tend to hold their value better than others, potentially getting you a bigger return if you flip it when upgrading to a newer handset. But is there truly a sizable difference between two of the biggest players, Apple and Samsung? There very well might be, according... Read more...
Western Digital is rolling out some new high speed storage options for PC and console gamers. One of them is the Black SN580X shown above, an internal solid state drive with an NVMe interface, and other other is the Black P40 Game Drive, a fast and portable storage solution with a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface and RGB... Read more...
ASUS has its hands in a lot of cookie jars, including everything from smartphones and laptops, to motherboards, power supplies, graphics cards, a sea of gaming peripherals, and more. What you won't find among its extensive catalog of products, though, are any solid state drive (SSD) solutions. That's about to... Read more...
The most resilient of all the cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, is having a very bad year so far after peaking last November at around $67,000. Now instead of talking about whether it can reach $100,000, Bitcoin investors and observers are left wondering how much further it can tumble after losing more than half its value... Read more...
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accepted a $5.5 million settlement offer from NVIDIA over findings that it "failed to disclose" in its filings that "cryptomining was a significant factor in year-over-year growth" from its GPU sales. Though NVIDIA submitted the offer, which the SEC... Read more...
You may have heard, Intel is releasing desktop graphics cards soon. Assuming you haven't just returned from living off the grid for a spell, you already know this. But when exactly are these cards finally going to manifest, and how much will they cost? If the latest rumors pan out, Intel's first Arc Alchemist graphics... Read more...
Samsung is rolling out a new version of its Pro Endurance microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards that are rated to deliver more than triple the amount of continuous recording time as the previous version—up to 140,160 hours, which works out to 16 years. Slap one of these cards in your dash cam and might very well... Read more...
The top selling graphics card on Amazon is Gigabyte's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC with a factory overclock and custom 3X Windforce cooling solution. After that, MSI's GeForce RTX 3080 (LHR) is the next best-selling GPU, followed by Zotac's GeForce RTX 3060 Twin Edge OC. And so it goes for the top 10 best sellers—all... Read more...
Microsoft is teaming up with Epic Games to make Fortnite available to play for free through its Xbox Cloud Gaming service. In doing so, Fortnite essentially makes an epic return to iOS and Android devices after being banished from Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store due to a philosophical dispute over each one's... Read more...
Admit it, you use the same password for multiple sites. Even if you don't, a lot of people do because it's just too darn difficult to juggle separate login credentials for a multitude of services and websites that you use or visit on a regular basis. Maybe you employ a password manager to keep track of everything, or... Read more...
Almost two months after it first showed up in Apple's online store, the divisive 3-meter long Thunderbolt 4 cable is now in stock and available to buy. That's provided you're willing to pay the requisite $159 asking price, plus another $8 if you want to cut down the estimated delivery time from May 16-23 (free... Read more...
AMD has been attacking the CPU market on all fronts, and that even includes Chromebooks. Or more specifically, premium Chromebooks with its newly unveiled Ryzen 5000 C-series processors based on Zen 3. That's the same potent architecture that powers AMD's latest generation desktop, laptop, and server processors, built... Read more...
Acer is rolling out an updated version of its Chromebook Spin 514 that's now even faster and more capable. It's still a Ryzen-fueled Chromebook like last year's model, but new for the 2022 SKU is an upgrade to AMD's Ryzen 5000 C-series based on its latest generation Zen 3 architecture, the same as what powers its... Read more...
It looks like G.Skill has cracked the code to one of the biggest complaints with DDR5 memory, that being propensity for high CAS latencies. There have been efforts to release lower latency kits, some better than others. Now for the first time there are a handful of DDR5 memory kits that bring the CAS latency to below... Read more...
It's been a long time since the wireless market felt stagnant. There's been some rapid fire advances in wireless technologies, and while you may not be on Wi-Fi 6E or even Wi-Fi 6 yet, work is already under way to bring Wi-Fi 7 solutions to market. To that end, Qualcomm today announced its Wi-Fi 7 capable Networking... Read more...
AMD is coming off a huge quarter in which it generated $5.9 billion in revenue, a massive increase of 71 percent over the same period a year ago. It's also the first time AMD's quarterly revenue has topped the $5 billion mark. Even without the benefit of its recent Xilinix acquisition, AMD's revenue saw a significant... Read more...
Do you remember what you were doing towards the tail end of 2004? One thing you might have been doing was navigating the web with Firefox version 1.0, which emerged in November of that year and would later become a hugely popular alternative to Internet Explorer. Now almost 17 and a half years later, Mozilla is... Read more...
When it comes to smartphone storage, it's the capacity that typically hogs the limelight. The type of storage matters too, though, and Samsung is ready to facilitate a new breed of 5G handsets and other devices with the industry's first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 storage solution operating at twice the speed of... Read more...
For a long time, it seemed like Ron Gilbert would never have a chance to make another Monkey Island game. The series continued past the first two installments he developed after he departed Lucasfilm what feels like a century ago, but there remained a tiny glimmer of hope from the rabid fan base that somehow, someday... Read more...
Rather than having to choose between a laptop display with a incredibly fast refresh rate for buttery smooth gaming or a premium OLED panel with inky blacks and vivid colors, buyer's of Razer's latest Blade 15 configuration can have both. That's because a new model has been added to the lineup, and it's rocking the... Read more...
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