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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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NordVPN, widely regarded as one of the best virtual private network (VPN) services, confirmed one of its datacenters was hacked. The security breach occurred over a year ago, in March 2018, though is just now being disclosed to users. Apparently NordVPN used the time between then and now to audit its infrastructure and make sure its operations Read more...
Is Apple on the cusp of a hardware renaissance? The answer depends, in part, on how much stock you put into various leaks and rumors. One of the persistent rumors we have been hearing for quite some time is Apple making a transition to its own custom processors for its Mac products, rather than continuing to lean on... Read more...
Intel is assumed to be close to releasing its next-generation Comet Lake-S desktop processors, and while we wait for that day, an interesting entry has been spotted in SiSoftware's SANDRA database. The entry points to a 10th generation processor with 6 cores and 12 threads, and is very like bound for a "Core i5"... Read more...
Smart speaker owners beware—attackers have found a clever way of exploiting devices offered by Amazon and Google to both listen in on your conversations and dupe you into forking over private information, such as your account password, credit card details, and other details that should be kept close to the... Read more...
Well, look what we have here—a teaser image of a mysterious motherboard from Gigabyte. It's assumed this one will carry the Aorus branding, and if we direct our attention to the socket, we can further speculate this is a board intended for AMD's upcoming third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors due out next... Read more...
Technically speaking, AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X is not a high-end desktop (HEDT) processor—it's a mainstream desktop chip, even though it wields 16 cores and 32 threads of computing muscle. In contrast, Intel's upcoming Core i9-10980XE is classified as an HEDT part, with 18-cores and 36 threads. Despite the... Read more...
Plenty of discounts are right around the corner as part of the annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales bonanza that most retailers participate in, but you do not necessarily have to wait to score a good deal. In fact, it's hard to imagine bigger discounts on the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 that are available... Read more...
Following up on the launch of the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro, we can now turn our attention to what comes next from OnePlus. That would be the OnePlus 8 family. More renders have come to light, and they show the OnePlus 8 Pro sporting a full-front display with a punch-hole design for the front camera. Looking... Read more...
In just a matter of weeks, AMD will unveil its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper series, starting with a 24-core/48-thread CPU based on its Zen 2 architecture. That's about all we know from an official standpoint. Unofficially, we have some Threadripper model names and specific release dates to share. Starting... Read more...
An Intel display driver update being pushed out to Windows 10 PCs via Windows Update is causing a handful of visual anomalies, including Chrome being blacked out, crossed out images and links in Edge, and some weird pixelation issues, according to spattering of complaints. It's not clear how widespread the problem is... Read more...
It looks as though AMD is not quite finished fleshing out its third-generation Ryzen processor family. We're not talking about the delayed launch of the Ryzen 9 3950X, but the discovery of an unannounced Ryzen 7 3750X CPU plopped within a Product Master list that was briefly viewable by the public. AMD has since taken the Product Master Read more...
Somewhere within the Ashes of the Singularity (AOTS) benchmark database is a reference to an unreleased third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processor, the 3960X. Assuming the database entry is accurate, the Threadripper 3960X will hit the ground running with 24 physical cores and 48 threads of computing muscle, though... Read more...
Using a screen protector is a common way to help prevent smartphone displays from getting scratched, scuffed, or even shattered. On the Galaxy S10 series, however, it's been discovered that a screen protector can inadvertently prevent the in-display fingerprint sensor from working correctly. The issue was brought... Read more...
In most instances, if someone gains unauthorized access to your bank account, it is not a good thing. The best case scenario is your bank flags and blocks suspicious transactions and transfers. Or is that the best possible outcome? For Tim Cameron, a 30-year-old UK resident who lost his wallet, having his bank account... Read more...
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