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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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Vin Diesel's characters have found themselves in quite a few precarious positions, some of which take place in the future. Now he can add to his resume "T-Rex Tamer" because in a newly dropped trailer for ARK 2, we see the rendered actor riding atop a Tyrannosarus rex. We don't know if his prehistoric ride goes very... Read more...
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies took another hit after Celsius, one of the leading crypto lending firms, announced it is pausing all withdrawals and transfers "due to extreme market conditions." After the announcement, Bitcoin slid to below $25,000, dipping more than 12 percent on Monday to below $24,000. That's... Read more...
Gamers in need of a GPU upgrade face an interesting quandary—buy a graphics card now, with prices having finally started to approach MSRP levels, or wait for next-generation models, including NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 40 series based on Ada Lovelace. Those who decide to go the latter route may have to wait a little bit... Read more...
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers say they have discovered an unpatchable vulnerability affecting Apple's custom Arm-based M1 silicon at the chip's last level of defense. Since it is not possible to patch out the flaw, are owners of M1 devices sitting ducks? Not... Read more...
If you thought AMD would only talk about dollars and cents at its Financial Analyst Day event, think again. Sure, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su shared plenty of data on TAM growth opportunities and ongoing investments, but it’s all predicated on a wide-ranging portfolio of compute and graphics products for both consumer and... Read more...
As I'm sure is the case with many people who are my age, I can trace my fear of (and fascination with) sharks to the movie Jaws and its ominous "da-dum, da-dum" theme music. Scary as it was at the time, looking back, the great white shark that terrorized beach goes may have just been misunderstood. How so? Well... Read more...
Back in October of last year, SK hynix announced it was developing fourth generation high bandwidth memory DRAM dubbed HBM3, and now just seven months later it has entered the mass production phase. NVIDIA will be the first to deploy HBM3 after having completed its performance evaluation, though don't expect to see... Read more...
Dell is retooling one of our favorite productivity laptops, the XPS 13, with more powerful hardware packed into a thinner and lighter profile than any previous iteration. That's saying something because one of the things we like so much about the XPS 13 is that it's a svelte laptop. The latest version is even more so... Read more...
If your TV is so danged smart, why can't it play triple-A games without additional hardware, like a PC or a dedicated console attached? Well, it soon will be able to, depending on the model you own. Microsoft announced it is extending support for its Xbox Cloud Gaming service to smart TVs starting with Samsung's 2022... Read more...
We didn’t raise a whole lot of complaints in our OnePlus 10 Pro review, a phone we consider to be a solid Android flagship with innovative cameras and blazing fast performance. However, OnePlus apparently fielded feedback from its community asking for a SKU with more RAM and storage, and the company is answering that... Read more...
Remember when floppy disk drives (FDDs) ruled the day before USB flash drives rendered them obsolete? Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) have proven more resilient in the wake of solid state drives (SSDs) making a speedy splash in the storage market, but if Microsoft has its way, OEM system builders will forget all... Read more...
Razer has introduced a new and improved version of its Kishi mobile controller with a sleeker design and some key upgrades. For the time being, the Kishi V2 is only available for Android phones, though Razer says it plans to launch a version for iPhone devices sometime this fall (an exact date has not yet been... Read more...
The big unveil at Apple's WWDC 2022 event earlier this week was its next-generation M2 processor. Apple introduced a base variant, not a flagship slice of silicon, though speedier versions will inevitably come at some point. The first of those, a presumed M2 Pro model, could arrive relatively soon if the latest... Read more...
For a time, my main PC rocked a pair of 480GB Intel SSD 730 series drives in RAID 0 and I thought that was the bee's knees. It seemed like storage nirvana back in the day. My, how times have changed in the past eight years. Fast forward to today and I find myself drooling over the prospect of running a pair of... Read more...
AMD is still on track to launch its next-generation Ryzen 7000 processors this fall, which means there are engineering samples out in the wild. It seems an overclocker has taken one of those ES chips (or perhaps even a qualification sample, though that's less likely) and ripped the integrated heat spreader (IHS) off... Read more...
Blizzard made a lot gamers happy when it released Diablo Immortal on mobile (Android and iOS) a day early. Not that it would have been a huge deal to wait one more day, but little moves like that can build up goodwill with a fan base. Unfortunately for Blizzard, it's erasing some of that goodwill with backlash over... Read more...
It was at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that Samsung caught our attention with its Odyssey Neo G8, the world's first 4K curved gaming monitor with a screaming fast 240Hz refresh rate and mini LED technology to make scenes pop. Then a couple of weeks ago, Samsung began accepting reservations for the monitor... Read more...
The global games market is already bigger than movies and music combined, and some estimates have it skyrocketing to a $257 billion business by 2025. It's no wonder Apple wants a bigger piece of the gaming pie. Lest there was any doubt, Apple announced a couple of gaming technologies for the Mac at its WWDC 2022 event... Read more...
HP has begun accepting orders for its Dev One, a laptop developed in collaboration with System76 that comes with Pop!_OS Linux preinstalled instead of Windows. It's a fairly powerful machine, based on its list of specifications, and is intended for developers. The system also sports a keyboard that's been tuned for... Read more...
As times goes on, we're getting a better look at Intel's first foray into discrete graphics in decades, as more Arc-powered laptops get released into the wild. It's been a staggered roll out with Intel starting the Arc party at the entry-level segment. However, higher end configurations have begun popping up overseas... Read more...
Apple made a handful of announcements at its WWDC 2022 keynote today, not the least of which is a next-generation addition to its custom Arm-based silicon. As was expected, Apple announced its M2 system-on-chip (SoC). It's a refined slice of silicon that packs 25 percent more transistors than its base M1 silicon... Read more...
Apple kicked off its WWDC 2022 event today with a prolonged preview of iOS 16, which promises the "biggest update ever to the Lock Screen" and a bevy of other changes. Some of the updates are rather minor, like editing the font on the Lock Screen text. But others are more impactful, such as being able to edit an... Read more...
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