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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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Fancy yourself a riddle? Great, answer this one for us: If Apple's apparently having trouble releasing a white iPhone 4, which it doesn't seem in any rush to do, why then should we expect a white version of the iPad 2? Because we've seen pictures, of course. Actually, it's more than just photos. Apple news and fan site 9to5Mac.com claims to... Read more...
Can you feel the love, AT&T subscribers? You should, because HTC just kicked out an update that upgrades the Aria to Android 2.2, otherwise known as Froyo. This marks the first time AT&T has updated Android software on more than one device in a month, and who knows, maybe it's a trend that will continue now that Apple's once monogamous... Read more...
Swirling around inside MSI's newest Wind U270 notebook is AMD's "Zacate" E-350 dual-core processor. Zacate is the codename, of course, the E-350 being AMD's first fully integrated CPU-GPU combination, otherwise known as an APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit. And if you're stockpiling buzzwords, go ahead and add "Fusion" to the mix, which... Read more...
Are the type that would overclock your toaster if it came with a utility that made it easy to do? If so, MSI's looking at you, along with everyone else who has an interest in no-fuss overclocking. MSI just released version 2.1.0 of its Afterburner overclocking software, and while it won't help you toast your bread in... Read more...
Like you, Google is fed up with useless sites that consist of little more than keywords to attract visitors to increase ad revenue, but unlike you, Google has the power to do something about it. And so it is. Google's making a bunch of changes to its search algorithm, most of them subtle, but one of them is big and will impact nearly 12 percent... Read more...
Making official one of the worst kept secrets in tech, Apple today lifted the nearly see-through curtain from its retooled MacBook Pro line with so many upgrades we don't know where to start. Let's begin with a little thing called Thunderbolt, which is a high-speed I/O technology better known as Light Peak that was developed by Intel in collaboration... Read more...
Talk about a gut punch. Some users who took a leap of faith into Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform are reporting the first WP7 update has turned their groovy new smartphone into a shiny brick. Making the situation even tougher to swallow, this wasn't even a major software update, but a minor patch intended to... Read more...
If you would have told us yesterday that Apple's iPad 2 tablet was being delayed, possibly by up to 2 months, we'd conclude you're a tech savvy individual who follows the news. But if you tell people that today, well, you could be accused of being bat crap crazy. Short and to the point, Reuters says yesterday's rumor simply is a bunch of hogwash.... Read more...
Gaming peripheral maker Razer continues to make a play for console gamers, this time with the release of a pair of new wireless cans, the Razer Chimaera 5.1 Surround Sound and Razer Chimaera Stereo Gaming headsets. Both of these are intended for use with the Xbox 360 console, and both give you the freedom to jump... Read more...
Someone needs to tell Apple, "You better check yourself before you wreck yourself." Here's the deal. Steve Jobs and his merry Cupertino gang are in excellent shape in the emerging tablet market. The original (and current) iPad, even with all its quirks (like no Flash support, limited I/O ports, etc) set the bar by which all other tablets are... Read more...
You didn't go and believe all the doomsayers who said that tablets would kill off the netbook market, did you? Good, because if you did, you'd miss out on MSI's new U160XM, the company's newest addition to its Wind netbook line, which MSI describes as "gorgeous, slender, and light." It's also well equipped (for a netbook), boasting an Intel... Read more...
Fancy a Windows Phone 7 device? Unless you're jonesing for a new smartphone right this minute, you may want to hang tight for a few. Nokia's chief executive, Stephen Elop, made some comments recently that suggest WP7 devices are going to come down in price, and soon. In negotiating a deal with Microsoft to carry WP7... Read more...
The DRAM market isn't exactly raining down riches on memory makers at the moment, but apparently there's still money to be made, and not always on the home consumer side. Kingston, which plays both sides of the field (desktops and servers), just announced that its ValueRAM Server Premier series of DDR3 has been... Read more...
Do you own a PlayStation 3 console? If so, shut up, sit down, and do what you're told! Before you fire off an angry email, understand that directive's not coming from us -- we're just the messenger here, so please don't shoot -- but Sony, who admittedly didn't word things that way. What the company did do, however, was threaten PS3 hackers... Read more...
There's no shortage of hype surrounding Motorola's upcoming Xoom tablet, which will debut as the world's first slate sporting Google's spiffy Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. Unfortunately, the Xoom has also been accompanied by tons of pricing rumors. Will it cost $700 or $800 as some leaked slides have suggested, or (hold your breath) a... Read more...
Sorry humans, but it's time to welcome your new robot overlords. After last night's airing of Jeopardy, it's only a matter of time before our gadgets turn against us, perhaps led by Watson or some other equally intelligent creation. You see, Watson is the name given to IBM's supercomputer, which proved both faster and... Read more...
The long anticipated Verizon iPhone 4 launch took place less than a week ago, but already the Web is littered with iPhone 5 rumors. Good thing too, that is if you happen to agree with Consumer Reports that the current model is now a "middle-aged" device. Let's break down what you can expect. One of the rumors floating around is that the iPhone... Read more...
Following the recent release of News Corp.'s "The Daily" app, Apple today made official a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store. This includes magazines, newspapers, video, music, and more. Apple says subscriptions will be sold using the same App Store billing system already in place, providing... Read more...
Actor Rick Moranis must be moonlighting at Intel, because honey, somebody in Santa Clara shrunk the solid state drives. And it's not as if SSDs are big to begin with. The typical mechanical hard drive built around the 3.5-inch form factor measures about 4 inches x 1 inch x 5.8 inches (W x H x D, and yes, we rounded) and are absolutely... Read more...
Apple last Thursday made official its desire to see other people, ending a long-standing exclusivity agreement with AT&T to sell the iPhone 4, which is now also available through Verizon. It's an open relationship of sorts, one that Apple wanted and AT&T didn't. Call it a rebound if you will, but according to a report in The Wall Street... Read more...
Obtaining wired broadband-like performance in a mobile form factor is considered by some the Holy Grail of mobile computing. It's also entirely possible, says Netgear, which just introduced four new 3G / LTE mobile broadband routers at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). According to Netgear, these latest additions to... Read more...
You don't have to have any rhythm to do the Google Two-Step, which isn't a dance, but a much more secure log-in process. It was previously only available to Google Apps customers, but in a blog post on Thursday, the sultan of search announced it was extending the functionality to all users. So what exactly is this new-fangled two-step verification... Read more...
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