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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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Without a whole lot of fanfare, Dell has gone and updated its Inspiron notebook line with several new 'R' branded models, including the Inspiron 13R, 14R, 15R, 17R, and M501R. These are slightly upgraded models over their R-less counterparts, all of which sport a wider variety of hardware and OS options to choose from. In addition to tapping... Read more...
Short and to the point, Valve this week announced it would be porting its Steam platform over to the Mac next month. And when we say short and to the point, we really mean it. All the developer had to say was "Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stayed tuned for more information." No "Hi, how ya... Read more...
In the beginning, there was Core i7, but the platform was without form and void. And the hardware Gods said, "Let there be SuperSpeed 3.0," and there was USB 3.0. The hardware Gods saw that USB 3.0 was good and said, "Let there be SATA 6Gb/s," and this too was good. But then the scientists at MSI argued the case for the Big Bang theory, not... Read more...
SuperBiiz, the online vendor of computer parts and components previously known as eWiz, announced today that they will being carrying SuperTalent's USB 3.0 Express line. If you're not familiar with these drives, these are essentially USB thumb drives that work on the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for much faster transfer speeds than what you'll... Read more...
So Apple has already sold over 600,000 iPads in less than a month, and a spate of other tablets will soon begin flooding the marketplace. All of these threaten to shake things up in the ebook reader market, but don't go counting Amazon's Kindle out of the game. Further blurring the line between standalone ebook readers and multifunctional... Read more...
Former rapper Will Smith had it completely wrong when he waxed poetic about how parents just don't understand. It's the principal who has it all backwards, or at least that's what you'll hear if you talk to the students of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. So what is it that has students in an... Read more...
In an official blog post today, Nokia unveiled the X2, a musically inclined smartphone the company says will be out before the end of June. Where exactly it will debut remains to be seen, but for what it's worth, the announcement was made in India, so we'd be surprised if this one ships in the States, at least initially. The candybar shaped... Read more...
As recent as a week ago, Palm chairman and CEO Jon Rubinstein held firm that things weren't as bad as they seem, that Palm wasn't in dire need of a lifeline, and he and his company had a plan to return the struggling smartphone maker to profitability. It looks like we'll never know if that was true or not, as HP today announced it has entered... Read more...
Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between two heavyweights in each one's respective field, today announced the Garmin-Asus A10, the second Android-powered smartphone the two companies have collaborated on. This latest one sports a bright, 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display the duo claims is optimized for "pedestrian... Read more...
If you're going to spend upwards of $700 or so on a videocard, you might as well make sure it's the fastest graphics card in the known universe, right? Better look into Sapphire's product line up then, and specifically, the company's new HD 5970 4G TOXIC Edition. With 4GB of GDDR5 memory, Sapphire's newest videocard boasts twice the amount... Read more...
You've heard all the arguments before: violent video games are corroding our youth, Grand Theft Auto makes kids want to beat up pedestrians, Doom and other first person shooters corrupt young minds into going on shooting sprees, and so forth and so on. The Supreme Court will hear these same arguments and decide whether a California ban on... Read more...
It's been almost 45 years since The Rolling Stones began belting out "I can't get no satisfaction," the lyrics to a song we can only assume had absolutely nothing to do with solid state drives. After all, SSDs as we know them today didn't even exist in 1965, but maybe this is what the band has been waiting for all along. We're talking about... Read more...
For whatever reason, Nokia doesn't often dip its toes into the high-end smartphone waters, instead letting other manufactures -- like Apple, HTC, Motoroloa, etc. -- duke it out. But that isn't always the case, as evidenced by Nokia's new N8 handset, the company's first Symbian^3 device. So what's the verdict? We haven't played with one ourselves,... Read more...
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, you better keep your iPad out of the bedroom if you need to get up early in the morning. The reason? Light emitted from the bright touchscreen display stimulates your brain telling it to stay alert rather than drift off into unconsciousness. It isn't just the iPad that has this effect, but all... Read more...
With a little help from DisplayLinke, Diamond Multimedia has come out with a new display adapter the company promises will make easy-work out of attaching additional displays to laptops and desktops. Diamond's BVUMD3 USB HD Display Adapter Plus, as it's called, supports DVI or VGA interfaces and features high quality... Read more...
If a proprietor approaches you about funding his brick and mortar movie rental venture, turn around and run in the other direction just as fast as you can go. Accuse us of overreacting if you will. but we're calling it folks: the in-store movie rental business is dead. Deceased. Six feet under. Pushing up daisies. However you want to put it,... Read more...
If you want to make a boisterous entrance at the next LAN party, then you owe it to yourself to look into the new Psyko 5.1 PC gaming headset. You won't have a say a word as you walk through the door, these funky looking headphones will do all the talking; after that, you're on your own. Well, not entirely. The Psyko... Read more...
A little chest thumping never hurt anyone before, and that's what Origin PC is doing today. Why? They're the first boutique system vendor to bring Asus' Rampage III Extreme motherboard to market and, well, they're pretty darn happy about it. The Rampage III Extreme comes as part of an optional upgrade to the system... Read more...
The fat cats at Apple have reason to celebrate, and we're not talking about the successful launch of the iPad. Not directly, anyway. The Cupertino gang turned in record financial results for Apple's fiscal 2010 second quarter ended March 27, 2010, at least for a non-holiday quarter. Apple posted revenue of $13.60 billion and net quarterly... Read more...
Don't try telling little Grayson Peterka that the sky isn't capable of falling. He may only be 10-years-old, but he knows first hand that the sky can come tumbling down at any moment. And by 'sky,' we really mean laptop, as in the kind that falls out of a medical helicopter and comes barreling towards the earth. We're not making this up, folks.... Read more...
Not that any of you bother to RTFM (Google it) anyway, but for what it's worth, Ubisoft is doing away with paper-based manuals and replacing them with in-game digital copies instead. The new initiative applies to games for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, starting with Shaun White Skateboarding this holiday 2010, Ubisoft said. "It's pretty... Read more...
This won't come as much of a revelation, but teens love to text. A lot. So much so, in fact, that texting is fast becoming the preferred method of communication, suggests a new study by Pew Internet. According to the study, American teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are more apt to text message their friends than they are to call, email,... Read more...
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