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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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Proving once again that there is no such thing as true future-proofing, your power supply is about to become obsolete! Okay, that might be overstating things. However, there really is a new power connector standard on the horizon, designed for the shift to PCI Express 5.0, and with it comes the ability to draw up to... Read more...
As expected, Apple is attempting to appeal a judge's recent ruling that could allow developers to effectively bypass the company's App Store fees, by permitting them to include in-app buttons linking to outside payment systems. Apple's appeal asks for a delay on the injunction that would allow this, potentially... Read more...
Windows 11 is out, and part of the tuning that went into the OS was for it to do a better job utilizing hybrid architectures, like the one Intel is about to release with Alder Lake, and which AMD might eventually follow suit (don't rule out a hybrid future for Zen). Will it really make all that much of a difference... Read more...
HP seems to have tipped AMD's hand, in regards to a new processor launch that is perhaps coming sooner than later. That would be the Ryzen 7000 series, assuming a new listing on HP's website is accurate. The listing is for a pair of all-in-one desktops: 24-inch and 27-inch models in Starry White and Starry Forest, but... Read more...
Certain events can make you feel old, like your kids growing up and getting married, or seeing a formerly young and sprightly actor appear gray and weathered in their newest flick. Life just relentlessly marches on. I bring this up because today brought on of those moments for me today—a reminder that the original... Read more...
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (probably too late), another leaked benchmark run serves to crank the hype dial on Alder Lake to 11 (or should that be 12, as in 12th Gen?). We've seen purportedly early Alder Lake CPU samples light up the pre-release benchmark charts before, and this latest one over at... Read more...
It took a minute, as well as a handful of leaks and rumors, but Rockstar Games has confirmed plans to release remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. All three will be packaged up into Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (try... Read more...
The only things guaranteed in life are death, taxes, and that cryptocurrency miners will figure out a way to bypass restrictions that limit their efforts in the blockchain. To the latter point, even NVIDIA's Lite Hash Rate (LHR) technology is proving no match for resourceful miners. Following up on a previous... Read more...
Next-generation DDR5 memory is not even out in earnest yet for consumers, but that has not stopped Adata from pursuing overclocking records...with its own RAM, of course. Adata has taken one of its 16GB DDR5 memory kits that is rated to run at 4,800 MT/s, and overclocked it to 8,118 MT/s. Not too shabby, eh? The... Read more...
Forces are at play to vastly reduce latency while gaming over Wi-Fi, and quite frankly, that is something that is long overdue. The secret sauce to make this possible is comprised of two main ingredients—Qualcomm's FastConnect hardware and the Wi-Fi Dual Station technology that is baked into Windows 11, developed in... Read more...
Do you value your life? Then don't open up the Steam Deck. Do you care about the structural integrity of your shiny new handheld console? Then don't open up the Steam Deck. Do you want to keep your handheld's warranty intact? Then don't open up the Steam Deck (opening it doesn't void the warranty, but if you damage... Read more...
Will Alder Lake really be all that and a bag of silicon chips? That's what many benchmark leaks have suggested. If you want to add yet another one to the growing pile, a screenshot of a CPU-Z benchmark run highlights some impressively strong single-threaded performance obtained from a Core i7-12700K, and decent... Read more...
The latest version of Dell's XPS 15 (9510) is not a drastic departure from last year's model (9500). In terms of the physical design it is actually no different at all, which is not a bad thing. Last year saw Dell tweak the XPS 15's composition with a handful of subtle refinements, like slimming down the bezels on the... Read more...
Do you remember what it was like to build a gaming PC from the ground up...with a discrete graphics card, no less? Yeah, neither do I, quite frankly. But we can all be reminded of the satisfaction that comes from constructing a rig with the immersive PC Building Simulator, an addictive sim that has you repairing and... Read more...
It may seem hard to believe, but NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3090 is already over a year old. The GPU shortage has definitely messed with our sense of time, as it relates to how long certain products have been on the market. Be that as it may, the top card on the Ampere totem pole is nowhere close to being long in... Read more...
We have seen photos of Alder Lake and its accompanying LGA 1700 socket before this point, but never one that wasn't part of a leak. That changes today. In anticipation of Alder Lake's imminent arrival, Intel vice president Gregory Bryant shared a picture of a pair of Alder Lake CPUs, held up by an engineer in one of... Read more...
Back in May, Samsung unveiled a high-tech gadget for data centers called the CXL Memory Expander, essentially a memory expansion device that utilizes the newer Compute Express Link interconnect standard. As with most hardware, however, the clever device is only as good as the software. To address that fact, Samsung... Read more...
We're not quite at the point where Alder Lake leaks are irrelevant, because if past rumors are true, we still have a couple weeks to go before Intel formally introduces its first 12th Gen Core processor lineup. Then after that, retail availability (and perhaps embargoes on performance data) is purportedly scheduled... Read more...
Could it be true that even Microsoft is not a fan of its strict requirements for installing Windows 11? Namely its insistence that eligible PCs support Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, and have a processor that falls within its list of compatible chips from AMD and Intel? It's probably (definitely) not true, but... Read more...
There are many factors that play into the chip shortage that continues to affect the market for all kinds of various electronics, from graphics cards and game consoles, to certain smart automobile features and everything in between. Some of the reasons include rabid demand for cutting edge hardware, manufacturing... Read more...
We all know Intel is getting ready to release Alder Lake, a hybrid architecture that will evolve into future designs, including Raptor Lake and Meteor Lake. And of course there are new chipsets on the horizon, like Z690. But hardware is only part of the equation. Software is an important revenue stream as well. And as... Read more...
When Intel brought back its former CTO Pat Gelsinger to helm the ship, the company knew it was bringing aboard a supremely confident and capable leader—Gelsinger's resume is nothing short of impressive. Since replacing Bob Swan in the role as CEO, Gelsinger has said all the right things, and put into motion an... Read more...
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