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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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John Henry was a steel driving railroad man who, according to legend, bested a steam-powered rock drilling machine in a competition many, many years ago. I'm reminded of this because it's one of my favorite songs performed by my late grandfather and great uncle, and now decades later, man versus machine is still a... Read more...
We still have some waiting to do until we find out if the hype surrounding Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake stack—and particularly its accompanying Xe graphics—is justified. Until then, we are left to the usual sources, which entail rumors and leaked benchmarks. Falling into the latter category, a new 3DMark benchmark... Read more...
Every week brings with it a fresh set of leaks, not because it is customary, but due to interesting new products being right around the corner. On the CPU side, AMD is rumored to be refreshing its Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors. Well, some of them, anyway. One of those processors—the Ryzen 7 3800XT—has poked its... Read more...
Photographs purporting to show what NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card looks like recently emerged, and whether they are real or not, or perhaps indicative of an early prototype rather than what will be the finished product, we do not know. Either way, a user ran with the images and created some nifty... Read more...
We have some good news for Intel Optane Memory owners who have run into issues after applying the May 2020 Update for Windows 10. There is a fix for the error messages affected users have been seeing. There are several steps involved, as the fix does not come in the form of a subsequent software update, but nothing... Read more...
It is surprisingly easy to amass a sprawling catalog of photos on Facebook, you just need to use the social media service for any length of time—all those lunch pictures, vacation photos, and everything else you upload from your phone, tablet, and/or PC quickly add up. Now you can copy them over to Google Photos, if... Read more...
Motorola is aiming to give Apple's iPhone SE some competition in the affordable smartphone space. The handset maker unveiled two phones today, the Moto E (pictured above) starting at just $149, and the Moto G Fast starting at $199.99. Both will begin shipping next week and will give budget buyers some more options to... Read more...
If you're looking for a monitor that will make your 20-something-inch display look puny by comparison, stop searching, we found one. LG's new 38WN95C-W is a sprawling 38-inch ultrawide monitor with copious bells and whistles. It is actually not the biggest ultrawide on the market—that distinction belongs to the crop... Read more...
Some interesting information detailing a couple of Samsung's upcoming smartphones have emerged, courtesy of a new China Compulsory Certification (CCC, or 3C) listing. The listing highlights a couple of model numbers—Samsung SM-F7070 and Samsung SM-N9810—that are believed to be in reference to the Galaxy Note 20 and... Read more...
Nobody likes a cheater, but for players who participated in Valorant's closed beta and succumbed to the temptation to gain an unfair advantage, developer Riot Games had said "bans will be removed for most player" once the game launched. Now that Valorant has launched, some cheaters are finding out they are not getting... Read more...
Microsoft is staggering the roll out of its May 2020 Update for Windows 10, and for good reason—there are both known and unknown issues that could create more problems than they solve. Users are not able to install the update just yet can try to force the issue if they really want to, but should probably hold off for... Read more...
It would not be a Thursday without another Tiger Lake benchmark leak (or a Wednesday or a Tuesday, or any day that ends in "Y"). We have seen a lot of leaked Tiger Lake data over the past several weeks, and this latest one pits an upcoming Core i7-1165G7 processor with Gen12 graphics against AMD's already-launched... Read more...
The GPU we have been waiting for from AMD is coming sometime later this year. Our collective hope is that AMD's so-called Big Navi GPU based on its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture will at least bring parity at the top end with the best NVIDIA has to offer, but we will have to wait and see. As for... Read more...
Intel's diminutive Next Unit of Computing (NUC) platform has evolved from an interesting miniature PC concept to a potentially transformative PC form factor, because the company has found ways to punch up the performance meter. The best is yet to come. Looking ahead, a leaked roadmap reveals Intel might launch a... Read more...
Microsoft has started pushing out its May 2020 Update for Windows 10, though not everyone is receiving it at once. For those who are able to install the update, one of the highlights is support for Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) version 2.7, which brings with it a hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling option. This... Read more...
You know what they say about beauty—it is in the eye of the beholder. And depending on your eye, the Cyberpunk 2077 themed Xbox One X console either looks delightfully tough and tumble, or is a weathered mess. There is probably not a whole lot of middle ground, but either way, you can form your own opinion by spying a... Read more...
Google faces a proposed class action lawsuit seeking at least $5 billion in damages over its data collection policies tied with its Chrome browser, and specifically the browser's Incognito mode. According to the lawsuit, Google engages in "surreptitious tracking" by collecting browser histories and other web activity... Read more...
Epic Games has scored itself another exclusive. Publisher Sega and developer The Creative Assembly announced that A Total War Saga: Troy will be headed to the Epic Games Store on August 13, 2020, and nowhere else for a full year. While that may rile up some people, it will be free to claim for the first 24 hours... Read more...
Had the Coronavirus pandemic never occurred, Google would be getting ready to release its Android 11 Beta 1 release tomorrow, as originally planned. That's not going to happen—the launch event has been postponed without a followup date, so for the time being, the Android 11 Preview 4 build is the latest one. Well, for... Read more...
AMD chief executive officer Dr. Lisa Su hauled in $58.5 million in compensation last year, making her the highest paid CEO in the S&P 500. Her massive pay package reflects AMD's stock performance, which in turn is tied to the success of the company's turnaround around effort with Zen and RDNA, and especially Zen... Read more...
All eyes are on AMD to see what its next-generation GPU will bring to the table when it arrives later this year, both in consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) and on PCs. Perhaps as a sign that a release on the latter is getting close, AMD pushed out more than 200 Linux patches to support a new GPU codenamed... Read more...
As far as we know, Intel is still planning to launch 10th generation 10-nanometer Ice Lake-SP Xeon processors for the server market this year, and perhaps even sometime this month, if it sticks with a previously rumored 1H20 time frame. Ahead of the launch, we have another set of Ice Lake-SP leaks to digest. This... Read more...
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