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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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Have you updated to the latest version of Google's popular Chrome browser yet? You should, because as far Google is concerned, this month's update delivers the biggest performance gain in years, the result of several tweaks and improvements it made underneath the hood of the Chromium-based browser. Google is also... Read more...
As far as smartphone displays go, it gets no better than Apple's flagship iPhone 12 Pro Max, according to recent test results by an independent display testing lab. A series of varied display tests reveal that the 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display (an OLED screen with a 2778x1284 resolution and 458 pixel per inch... Read more...
Apple is apparently getting into the holiday spirit by gifting smaller developers a reduced App Store commission rate. As part of its newly announced App Store Small Business Program, developers who earned less than $1 million in the last calendar year qualify for a 15 percent royalty rate, which represents a 50... Read more...
The folks at Nintendo are getting ready to serve up a free 'Winter Update' for its highly popular Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, and it can not get here quick enough. Fortunately, it is right around the corner. As in, Nintendo plans to push the update out on Thursday, November 19, which is now just a couple of... Read more...
Yesterday I wrote about some leaked benchmark results at the Ashes of the Singularity (AOTS) database, purporting to be obtained from a Radeon RX 6800 XT. Now a day later, there are more RDNA 2 benchmarks to absorb, this time from the model that is one step below—the Radeon RX 6800 (non-XT), from the same AOTS... Read more...
Most people would probably agree that Intel is in need of a win in the CPU sector, now that AMD's Ryzen 5000 series is kicking tail and taking names (for those who can find one in stock, anyway). Ice Lake might provide that win, in the server space. How so? According to Intel, a 32-core Xeon processor based on Ice... Read more...
AMD is cooking up a fancy "Hangar 21" tech demonstration designed to show off the advanced graphics capabilities of its RDNA 2 architecture, and namely things like real-time ray tracing with realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections. The full demo, whatever it might entail, will drop in a couple of days. For now... Read more...
How fast exactly is AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card, and how does it ultimately compare to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series? Official benchmark results and accompanying analysis will have to wait. In the meantime, we have a Radeon RX 6000 series unboxing you can check out, and some leaked benchmark results to... Read more...
Another batch of leaked benchmarks purporting to show a next-generation EPYC "Milan" server CPU based on Zen 3 has materialized, and if the data is to be believed, it offers a decent jump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance over the current generation "Rome" stack, based on Zen 2. Not that this should surprise... Read more...
Everything is going 'smart' these days—watches, glasses, speakers, refrigerators, security cameras, and the list goes on. Now you can add PC monitors to the mix. Tapping one of the few untouched categories left, Samsung has introduced two smart monitors, the 32-inch M7 and 27-inch M5, which it is billing as the... Read more...
NVIDIA's A100 based on Ampere was already considered the go-to GPU for high performance computing (HPC), but lest any challengers seek to knock the part off its perch, they will now have to contend with a version that has twice as much high bandwidth memory as before, with a massive 80GB HBM2e memory buffer. Yeah... Read more...
The deals are starting to pour in even though Black Friday is still 12 days in the distance. But as we have seen over the last few years, retailers are pushing out bargains increasingly earlier to get a jump on what has become a sales season, and no longer just a weekend spanning Black Friday through Cyber Monday... Read more...
Black Friday might technically be a couple of weeks away, but you can start saving on various purchases right now. We have been highlighting different tantalizing deals that have appeared early, like 70-inch TVs priced as low as $399, and a free Google Stadia bundle for YouTube Premium subscribers. And the deals keep... Read more...
The next-gen GPU wars have begun, and the battle will intensify when AMD's recently announced Radeon RX 6000 series lands at retail, alongside NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series. Which will prove the victor? That remains to be seen. One thing that could possibly work in AMD's advantage is a feature called Smart Access... Read more...
It took ASRock all of a nanosecond to implement AMD's newly minted Ryzen Embedded V2000 series chips into a couple of fanless mini PC, those being its "versatile" iBox-V2000M and iBox-V2000V. These tiny PCs measure just 171.8mm (L) x 109.45mm (W) x 50.05mm (H) and come with either a 6-core/12-thread or... Read more...
NVIDIA will no doubt flesh out its GeForce RTX 30 series with more SKUs, though when and exactly what is coming are questions that have yet to be answered. Officially, anyway. Unofficially, there have been numerous leaks and rumors pointing to a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti launching soon, and it looks like MSI is ready with a... Read more...
Imagine a company that has the audacity to revive a handheld game system from 40 years ago, and do it at a time when there is a glut of new and powerful gaming hardware on the market, including the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, and a bunch of new graphics cards for PCs. That company could only be Nintendo, and... Read more...
AMD is the process of assembling a star-studded cast of Zen 3 CPUs, starting with its initial batch of Ryzen 5000 series for the desktop. Give it some time and Zen 3 will spill over to other product lines. One of those will be AMD's EYPC lineup for servers, and ahead of an official launch, an EPYC 7763 has been... Read more...
Samsung on Thursday officially the lifted the curtain to unveil a new mid-range mobile processor, the Exynos 1080. Billed as a "5G processor that will make your phone fly," the new chip combines 5G and artificial intelligence capabilities into a slice of silicon built on Samsung's 5-nanometer extreme ultraviolet (EUV)... Read more...
NVIDIA fired the first shot in the next-gen GPU wars with its Ampere cards, and namely the GeForce RTX 30 series for consumer desktops. Then AMD responded with Big Navi, or its Radeon RX 6000 series, with its own internal benchmarks showing highly competitive performance. So, what's next? NVIDIA might fire a second... Read more...
A handful of viral videos might have you believing that some early Xbox Series X adopters caught on video their shiny new consoles going up in smoke, an apparent result of overheating. Indeed, that would be a major fire hazard, if true. But it's not true. Instead, some dingbats figured out they could blow vape smoke... Read more...
Sony makes some...curious decisions from time to time, doesn't it? The company has been known to rile up gamers on occasion, like dragging its feet with cross-play support. However, it is Sony's decision to not offer native 1440p support on the PlayStation 5 that is the most recent example, which could potentially... Read more...
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