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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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Apple sent a bit of a shock wave through the tech world when it announced plans to phase out the use of Intel processors inside its entire Mac lineup, in favor of its own custom silicon based on ARM. Barring any hiccups, the transition phase will stretch out over the next two years. One of the questions this raised... Read more...
We may finally have some clarity on how AMD intends to price its upcoming Ryzen Pro 4000 series of desktop APUs. Nothing is yet official, though a global supply chain that is based in Irvine, California has apparently posted distributor pricing for the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G, and Ryzen 3 Pro... Read more...
It will probably be another month (hopefully) or two (hopefully sooner) before NVIDIA officially lifts the curtain on its next round of GeForce RTX graphics cards, based on its newest Ampere GPU architecture. In the meantime, the leak and rumor scene continues to buzz. The latest supposed leak claims to detail the... Read more...
Sometimes you just need to drown out the world around you and groove to your favorite tunes, whether your preference falls on the heavy metal side of the spectrum or lands in classical territory (or somewhere in between). Apple's AirPods Pro earbuds help you do that with noise cancelling technology that works well... Read more...
Microsoft continues to take a cautious approach to rolling out the May 2020 Update to Windows 10, with a staggered release schedule to avoid the kind of messy situation it had to deal with way back when the October 2018 Update arrived. That is a wise decision on Microsoft's part. However, where Microsoft could do a... Read more...
Over the weekend, around 30 minutes of gameplay footage from Assassin's Creed Valhalla leaked online, and as you might imagine, developer/publisher Ubisoft is not the least bit pleased with the situation. Just the opposite, Ubisoft is trying to get the unauthorized footage removed from the web, and has been successful... Read more...
Up to this point, everything AMD has said indicates the company is still on track to launch its upcoming Zen 3 processors this year, despite the recent Ryzen 3000 "XT" refresh that led to rumors of a delayed release. In case further proof is needed, an apparent Zen 3 engineering sample has shown up in the wild, as... Read more...
Stop us if you heard this one already—over at Geekbench, performance results purporting to be from an unreleased Tiger Lake processor with Xe graphics have emerged and show...what's that, you have heard this before? Fair enough, but what makes this latest leak a little different (and interesting) is potentially seeing... Read more...
Earlier this week, TikTok found itself in hot water for snooping clipboard data on iPhone handsets, which it tried to justify as a fraud detection feature. Following the backlash, TikTok said it would patch out the behavior. Fantastic, but are there other mobile apps that do the same sort of thing? There is at least... Read more...
Every since 2015 when Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary, the online retailer has been hosting an annual Prime Day sales event in July. It looks like that tradition is about to be slightly altered, however, because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of having a Prime Day event this month, Amazon is said to be... Read more...
There has been a flood of Tiger Lake leaks over the past several weeks (and months, really), and it does not look like they are slowing down. Case in point, a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop sporting an Intel 11th generation Core i7-1165G7 processor with Xe graphics in tow has made another cameo in the Geekbench... Read more...
Captain America is the latest in a growing line of comic book superheros to burst into Fortnite, the hugely popular free-to-play game that has made developer/publisher Epic Games a boat load of money through similar tie-ins to pop culture. Cap arrives with his iconic shield, not Thor's Hammer this time, and you can... Read more...
AMD maintains a whole bunch of different Ryzen processor lines, spread out across both mobile and desktop. As it applies to the latter, we are still waiting for AMD to officially launch its Ryzen 4000 Pro series combining Zen 2 CPU cores with enhanced Vega graphics. They are basically APUs, a term AMD does not use... Read more...
2K Games today revealed pricing for its upcoming NBA 2K21 game, which will launch first on current-generations game systems (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PCs, and Google Stadia), then later on Microsoft's and Sony's respective next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. However... Read more...
Remember when Coca-Cola reformulated its popular soft drink in the mid 1980s? The so-called New Coke formula barely lasted a few months before it failed and the original was brought back. The company already had a good thing on its hands and it was a valuable real-world lesson in not trying to reinvent the wheel when the one you have spins... Read more...
Ever find yourself wondering how many times Facebook will drop the ball when it comes to data privacy? The answer is at least one more time, apparently. In a blog post, Facebook admitted it uncovered a flaw that allowed thousands of third-party app developers to access data that they should not have been able... Read more...
If there was any question about what Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 5G smartphone will end up looking like, a set of leaked renders should put the matter to rest—the phone will look identical to the regular Galaxy Z Flip, just in at least one different color option. Notably, it looks like the 5G variant will come in... Read more...
It is confirmed, folks, go ahead and bet the farm on NVIDIA releasing a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card in the near future, it is definitely, without a doubt, for sure going to happen. Yep. Probably so. Well, it is certainly likely. Okay, maybe it will happen? Hmm, perhaps you should hold on to the deed to the farm... Read more...
Microsoft has made available a pair of out-of-band security patches for Windows 10, one of which is labeled as "critical" and the other as "important." Under normal circumstances, security patches get doled out on the second Tuesday of every month, otherwise known as Patch Tuesday. But in this case, Microsoft decided... Read more...
When the Nintendo Switch arrived, some wondered if the hybrid game console would fall flat because of its comparatively under-powered hardware (to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4). Instead, it sold like gangbusters, and continues to pull in consumers, because it's an excellent game system. Well, except for an annoying... Read more...
The latest driver releases from AMD and NVIDIA both add official support for a new 'hardware accelerated GPU scheduling' feature found in Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update). This is not something AMD or NVIDIA have highlighted in depth, so you might be wondering what exactly it does, and why you should care. We... Read more...
For a few extra bucks per month, Spotify is offering a new Premium Duo streaming music tier aimed at couples who live under the same roof, and who may not necessarily share the same tastes in music. It is a welcome addition, particularly if you find yourself wondering why your carefully curated playlist keeps getting... Read more...
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