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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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In a recent post to Twitter, President Donald Trump offered up harsh criticism on Apple's policy of refusing to "unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers, and other violent criminals," which boils down to a fundamental argument over privacy and encryption, and the iPhone maker's resistance to building a backdoor... Read more...
Starting next month, Google will tighten the controls on its Chrome browser by limiting cross-site tracking, and within the next two years, it plans on eliminating third-party cookies from the equation. These and other steps are part of a larger initiative Google is calling "Privacy Sandbox," which entails open... Read more...
Digital assistants are everywhere these days, even on your face, should you purchase a pair of Amazon's new Echo Frames. For the time being, they are only available to purchase by way of an invitation. Make no mistake, though, Amazon would be thrilled if millions of people ultimately decided to don a set of Echo... Read more...
Little by little, we are learning new things about Samsung's Galaxy S20 handset, which figures to be a beastly smartphone. One of the standout features will be its 120Hz display. That puts it squarely into 'gaming phone' territory (it won't be marketed as gaming phone, though), but there might be a pretty big... Read more...
If you are in the habit of putting off those monthly security patches Microsoft doles out on the second Tuesday of every month (known as Patch Tuesday), you may want to reconsider your approach today. A security researcher says one of the patches in today's cumulative roundup will address a serious vulnerability in a... Read more...
Admit it, at some point in your life (past or present), you have fantasized about jumping into a video game and interacting with whatever virtual world tickled your imaginative fancy. Many gamers who grew up playing on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) may have wished they could hop into the console and join... Read more...
It appears Intel is getting ready to introduce a new processor for the high-end desktop (HEDT) space, one that would sit at the top of the stack above the Core i9-10980XE. While that is a beastly CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads to throw at workloads, a new Core i9-109980XE with 22 threads and 44 cores has made a... Read more...
In the words of Willie Nelson, "Turn out the lights, the party's over, they say that all good things must end." Well, the party's almost over, anyway—after more than a decade of dutiful service to the PC faithful, Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows 7 on Tuesday, January 14. For the most part, that... Read more...
AMD might soon be expanding its 500 series chipset beyond its sole offering, the X570. Over in China, there are rumblings about two additional 500 series chipsets making a debut soon, including the B550 and A520, both of which will represent more affordable options in the motherboard space for new and upgraded... Read more...
You have to hand it to OnePlus, the spunky smartphone maker is finding ways to innovate in a field that has begun to feel a bit stagnant in recent years. As such, it will be interesting to see what the OnePlus 8 series brings to the table when it releases. In the meantime, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed the... Read more...
This is going to be a fun year in the graphics space. AMD is said to be working on a higher end version of its Navi GPU, which will offer hardware-level support for real-time ray tracing and maybe (mayyyybe) outperform NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Meanwhile, NVIDIA is readying its next generation Ampere GPU, perhaps... Read more...
What would a smartphone launch be without the usual round of pre-launch leaks and rumors? We may never find out the answer to that question, because frequent leaks are simply part of the game these days (whether they're real or controlled leaks is another matter). And so it goes over at Geekbench, where where a bit of... Read more...
So you slept through the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, and now wish you could travel back in time? Forget the DeLorean—the price of plutonium is off the charts these days—because there are still bargains out there. Over at Dell, you can score discounts on several different gaming PCs, including Alienware-brand... Read more...
We have a winner, winner, duck dinner! Google announced the winners of its Android screen auction ballot, which determines the three other default browser choices (in addition to Google's own) users in Europe will see when setting up an Android device. In all applicable territories but one (United Kingdom), DuckDuckGo... Read more...
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