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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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We are still waiting for AMD to unveil its next generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors for enthusiasts, which raises the question, has the company given up on the high end desktop (HEDT) segment? There is no indication that it has, so no worries there. As for when Threadripper CPUs based on Zen 3 will arrive... Read more...
Intel has vowed to aggressively expand its chip manufacturing business, and a huge part of that effort could apparently include buying GlobalFoundries, which was spun off of AMD over a decade ago. It's said Intel is willing to pay around $30 billion if a deal can be hammered out. That would rank as Intel's biggest... Read more...
Over the past few years, biometric security solutions have been on the rise, replacing the use of traditional passwords on both mobile devices and the PC. Windows Hello is one such implementation. It allows users to near-instantaneously log onto their machines with their face or fingerprint (or a PIN), and is in wide... Read more...
Surprising as it may seem, Intel is the first company to release a stable (read: not beta) graphics driver tuned for Windows 11, beating both AMD and NVIDIA to the punch. This kind of aggressive push bodes well for Intel's efforts to infiltrate the modern discrete GPU market, and as far as gamers are concerned... Read more...
There have been lots of leaks pertaining to Alder Lake, the hybrid CPU architecture Intel will launch later this year. As we get closer to launch, the leaks presumably become more reliable, and so we might already know some finalized details about three upcoming SKUs, including what is poised to be the flagship CPU of... Read more...
Don't look now (er, do look, actually), but Netflix apparently has aspirations of being the Netflix of games! That is to say, it is reported the company wants to expand into video games (as previously rumored) and has brought on some key talent to help lead the effort. Should Netflix pull this off, it could be a major... Read more...
If there is a knock to be had against the Nintendo Switch, it is that reports of drift issues affecting the Joy-Con controllers have been a persistent problem. We have even experienced this ourselves, prompting us to send them off for replacement. The web is home to multiple remedies you can try if you are having... Read more...
Given how much a top-tier smartphone can cost, it can be pretty stressful if a problem crops up, especially one that affects the display. To that unfortunate end, some Galaxy S20 owners have complained about an odd white and green screen issue. Those affected claim the issue starts off mild then becomes worse over... Read more...
AMD has been somewhat aggressive in pushing more cores and threads into the consumer segment. As it stands, the technically 'mainstream' Ryzen 9 5950X serves up a generous 16 cores and 32 threads, which not too long ago was the exclusive domain of high end desktop (HEDT) silicon like Threadripper and server silicon... Read more...
Like many enthusiasts, we are excited to see what kind of performance EVGA can squeeze out of AMD's latest generation Zen 3 processors when its X570 Dark motherboard arrives. There is still no official announcement or release date, just a couple of teasers. It is coming, though, and some early benchmarks have even... Read more...
Windows 11 is still a work in progress, even as it nears a wholesale release sometime this holiday season (perhaps as early as October). That means there could be new features in the final build that have not been disclosed yet. In the meantime, the Windows Insider program is our, erm, window into Windows 11, and the... Read more...
There are plenty of gadgets you can play games on—PCs, dedicated game consoles, tablets, smartphones, and so forth. Will wearables represent the next gaming frontier? We'll have to wait and see, but Tag Heuer has taken a step in that general direction with its Connected Super Mario Limited Edition smartwatch. A... Read more...
Imagine paying a premium for a blazing fast PCI Express 4.0 solid state drive only to discover that it coughs up a hairball on your specific PC platform. Sour grapes, right? Well, that is the situation some owners of X570 motherboards found themselves in when slapping a WD Black SN850 SSD into their PC, but... Read more...
Within a matter of months, Intel will introduce its first Alder Lake processors, effectively marking a near wholesale transition to hybrid computing, and kicking off the DDR5 memory era. From an official standpoint, SKUs and specifications are still a mystery. Unofficially, however, leaks and rumors paint an... Read more...
Coping and pasting content from the web is about to become a whole lot more flexible, courtesy of some new APIs (application programming interfaces) Microsoft and Google are working on for their respective browsers. Once in place, Edge and Chrome users will be able to copy content from a wider range of sources... Read more...
Microsoft is taking a trip down memory lane and it is inviting you along for the stroll, with some nifty new background options for its Teams software. One of the background options is of Clippy, the "true OG virtual assistant" that predates today's fancy-pants AI assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and the... Read more...
There is some stiff competition in the wireless earbuds space, and if you strike at the right time, you can snag yourself a premium set at a hefty discount. Now is one of those times. As Samsung gets ready to unveil a new set of Galaxy Buds with active noise cancellation, the Galaxy Buds Pro (also with ANC) introduced... Read more...
When an extremely copy of The Legend of Zelda fetched a whopping $870,000 at auction last week, it set a record for the highest price every paid for a video game. This led us to wonder what would eventually dethrone it, and we did not have to wait long for an answer—a near-immaculate copy of Super Mario 64 just sold... Read more...
Many people have dreamed of going to space, and relatively few among the overall population ever get the opportunity. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, is getting his chance today,and you can watch the livestream of his trip right here. Weather conditions prompted about a 90-minute delay from the scheduled... Read more...
In just under three months from now, the upgraded Nintendo Switch OLED will release to retail for $349, and though some people have been disappointed that it is not a bigger hardware refresh, we have little doubt it will be one of the hottest tech items around when it arrives. Your best chance at grabbing one is to... Read more...
The winning bid for what is believed to be the earliest sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) checked in at $870,000. Not too shabby for a cartridge that sold for $39.99 back in 1987. Even if accounting for inflation ($39.99 in 1987 is equivalent to around $95 today), that's a... Read more...
Without a doubt, this has been one of the worst years for gamers, in terms of being able to buy hardware. It doesn't matter if you're a PC gamer or a console gamer, the hardware for your platform of choice has been affected by a silicon shortage, scalpers, and other factors. As it pertains to the console side, the... Read more...
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