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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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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...
When you make as much money as Google does (its parent company, Alphabet, raked in more than $46 billion in the last quarter alone), you can afford to gift hardware to consumers, especially if it is tied to a subscription service. And that is precisely the deal here—if you are a YouTube Premium subscriber, you might... Read more...
I'm still amazed at how far prices have fallen for big screen TVs, especially during the deals season that we know find ourselves in. And by "big," I don't mean a mere 55 inches, which is actually a decent size. No, I'm talking about 65-inch and even larger TVs. If that is what you are in the market for, you have... Read more...
AMD provided some tantalizing benchmark results for its Radeon RX 6000 series during its launch event, though we have been around long enough to know that internal testing does not always tell the whole story. So, how do AMD's next-gen graphics card actually perform? The reviews will tell the final story. As a... Read more...
AMD has rolled out a new generation of Ryzen Embedded processors, its V2000 series, which are based on the company's 7-nanometer Zen 2 CPU architecture. Yes, Zen 2 was recently usurped in the architectural hierarchy by Zen 3 on the desktop and soon in the server sector as well, but it is not unusual for the embedded... Read more...
A week from tomorrow (November 8), two of AMD's latest-generation RDNA 2 graphics cards will make their retail debut, those being the Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 (the Radeon RX 6900 XT will come out on December 8). And in the lead up to the retail launch, AMD's hardware partners are ready with custom designs... Read more...
Is there anything sexier than an acrylic water block for a high end graphics card? Well, sure, but in the realm of PC hardware, full-length liquid cooling water blocks for cutting edge graphics cards rank right up there, in terms of aesthetic appeal. And ahead of the retail availability of AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT and... Read more...
Following a couple of launch events over the past two months, Apple still has one more thing to share before calling it a wrap for 2020. Whatever that might be, it will go down today during Apple's appropriately titled "One More Thing" event. And golly gee, whatever could that one additional thing be? We are... Read more...
I have yet to see a solid state drive come with a whiplash warning, but maybe one is finally warranted. Faster SSDs are coming, and at least some of them will be driven by Phison's brand-spanking-new PS5018-E18 controller chip, which leverages the PCI Express 4.0 bus to push incredibly high read and write speeds on... Read more...
Aya had originally hoped to launch its handheld Neo game console based on an AMD Ryzen "Renoir" APU last month, but after a short delay, the company is now accepting pre-orders, albeit only in China with what appears to be limited quantities at the outset. Nevertheless, it is here in Founder form, which is basically a... Read more...
You knew that sooner or later, someone would perform surgery on a Ryzen 5000 series CPU, peeling away the integrated heatspreader (IHS) to give us a look at the actual die. This is a process that is not for the faint of heart (or faint of wallet/purse, either). And now just days after Zen 3 made its retail launch... Read more...
To quote Jack Nicholson as The Joker, "Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?" Well put on your dancing shoes, because PowerColor is getting raise to raise hell (again), with the Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil. No release date has been set, but it is possible the card will arrive later this month... Read more...
Strap yourself in and get ready for a whirlwind of sales, folks, because we are more than a week into November and barreling towards Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That is when things will get especially frenzied. However, the closer we get to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the more we are seeing early bargains, like... Read more...
Typically, the two best times to shop for a new TV are Black Friday and the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The latter will have to wait. Black Friday, however, is now right around the bend, and as usual, retailers are getting an increasingly early jump on the sales bonanza. Enter Amazon and Target, both of which... Read more...
AMD is sitting on top of the world right now. The company is making a spirited run at NVIDIA with its Radeon RX 6000 series, and its newly launched Ryzen 5000 series powered by Zen 3 is giving Intel a wedgie. One of the questions AMD's good fortunes raises is, will Intel retake the performance crown? If so, when?... Read more...
Ah nuts, Kerbal Space Program 2 will stay grounded this year, and instead will launch sometime in 2022. This adds to a string of delays for various reasons, one of which was attributed to the Coronavirus pandemic. But hey, at least it has not been cancelled (and 2022 is not far away, though it's not clear when exactly... Read more...
The color blue is thought to have a calming effect on people, and it is widely reported that Microsoft purposely chose it for that reason, for crashing errors in Windows. Except at this point, running into a blue screen of death (BSOD) error is anything but calming. And it still happens. In fact, a couple of recent... Read more...
Listen up, Zen 3 is the real deal on the desktop, as we have seen in our review of the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X. It pretty much performed like we expected and hoped it would—wonderfully, in other words. But the desktop is just a single destination for Zen 3. It is also headed to servers in EPYC fashion, and a... Read more...
Look, we all make bad decisions from time to time, like slathering ketchup on scrambled eggs or ordering a pizza with ham and pineapple. And maybe you think those specific examples are controversial. Fine (you're wrong, but fine). What some people may not find to be fine, however, is if Sony ends up shunning native... Read more...
It does not appear as though Epic Games and Apple are close to kissing and making up, which means Fortnite remains a no-show in the App Store. However, that does not necessarily mean there is no way to play it on an iPhone or iPad device. Fortnite could be making a semi-triumphant return to iOS devices, and without... Read more...
Will NVIDIA end up adding a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti to its Ampere series? We are unable to say for sure, but the leaks are starting to pile up. One of the more potentially telling indications that a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is in the cards—and maybe very soon—is the fact that ASUS appears to have registered a whole bunch of... Read more...
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