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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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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...
At long last, the Ryzen 5000 series has arrived, and as expected, it "sets a new performance bar," as Marco notes in his review of the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X. Check it out for all of the delightful details, complete with a bevy of actual (read: not leaked!) benchmark results. As for overclocking, we saw some... Read more...
Fixing automobiles has become a more complex art over the years, because of the increased reliance on computers and electronics. And that trend will only continue as more self-driving cars and smarter vehicles in general hit the pavement. So kudos to Massachusetts residents who voted to pass a crucial expansion to the... Read more...
Emulation is not always easy. Just look at all of the brands trying to emulate the success Nintendo has enjoyed in the retro console space with its NES Classic and SNES Classic launches. But that is not the only kind of emulation we are talking about. As it relates to Nintendo, Yuzu is a popular Switch emulator, and... Read more...
Google does not want you worrying about a little gap that might exist between the display and the casing of your Pixel 5 smartphone. It's fine, everything is fine. No, really (not like the meme, where everything is clearly not fine). According to Google, the gap is a "normal part of the design" and does not compromise... Read more...
Today is a day that calls for patience. Obviously that relates to the US presidential election results, which are still being tallied. But we also have another day to go before AMD's Ryzen 5000 series lands on retail shelves, with reviews and benchmarks in tow. Unless your name is Lawrence Timme, in which case you... Read more...
As consumers and gamers, we are very much interested in how AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series performs, and particularly how it compares to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series. Fun times in the PC gaming space await. But PC gaming is not the only battle ground. In the data center space, a new leak suggests AMD is getting ready... Read more...
Developers are making a big deal about "next-gen gaming," in large part because the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 are about to hit. Likewise, on PC we have new graphics card launches from AMD (Radeon RX 6000 series) and NVIDIA (GeForce RTX 30 series). One of the upcoming games that will attempt to make use of... Read more...
It has been over a year since Shenzhen Xunlong Software announced its enticingly priced Orange Pi Zero2 mini PC, which as you might imagine is intended to compete against the Raspberry Pi Zero. If you have been waiting around for it to arrive, you patience has finally paid off—it is available to order starting at... Read more...
Today is not just any ordinary Tuesday. Nope, no siree, it sure is not. It is very different from almost every other Tuesday in the past several years, and do you know why? Simple—we have not one, but two upcoming Intel CPU cameos that have appeared on the web! I know, I know, today is special for another reason—it's... Read more...
All of these early (read: leaked) Zen 3 benchmarks invite hyperbolic statements, because simply put, the numbers indicate AMD has hit a home run with its Ryzen 5000 series. We will know for sure soon enough, when the new chips land at retail in a few days. In the run up to the retail launch, however, another early... Read more...
In about a week and a half, the PlayStation 5 will launch to retail, and it will not take long for the market to be flooded with third-party accessories, as is always the case. Ahead of the launch, however, Sony threatened legal action against a company that was selling custom PS5 faceplates, and it worked—refunds... Read more...
First of all, let's address the obvious—isn't the image above the most convincing Photoshop job you have ever seen? No? Well, I would agree with you hurtful assessment. But since NVIDIA has not yet announced a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card (or even a regular GeForce RTX 3060), I have to work with what is... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi Foundation made a splash in the mini PC scene with the Raspberry Pi, a tiny and affordable board that lends itself to all kinds of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Perhaps in a bid to get more people invested in the mini PC scene, the company has now launched the Raspberry Pi 400, which is basically a... Read more...
Someone is turning five years old this week. Okay, something is having a birthday, and that thing is Alexa, the artificially intelligent digital assistant raised by Amazon. Normally the five-year mark would entail a quick trip to Toys R Us for a gift, but, you know (R.I.P.). In celebration of Alexa's birthday... Read more...
November 5 will here in a jiffy, and so will a bevy of post-embargo benchmark scores and reviews. While we sit back and wait, the folks at SiSoftware have put together a Ryzen 9 5950X 'review' of sorts, based on scores uploaded to its SANDRA benchmarking database, and like everything else we have seen up to this... Read more...
Following a brief delay to work out some kinks with its autopilot feature, the fifth update for Microsoft Flight Simulator has pulled in the hanger. Among the list of changes, it offers improved autopilot behavior for pitch management, along with better altitude capture and stability for the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan... Read more...
We are only weeks away from Black Friday, but why wait if you do not have to? Best Buy is dropping some Black Friday-level savings early, one of which is this powerful ASUS TUF Gaming laptop (model FA506IV-BR7N12) for $799.99. That is $200 below its regular selling price, and a really nice bargain for the hardware... Read more...
Intel is making some bold claims about its upcoming Rocket Lake-S launch, which will lift off next year. Though it will be another iteration of Intel's 14-nanometer manufacturing node, the chip maker has put it out into the stratosphere that Rocket Lake-S will deliver a double-digit jump in IPC (instructions per... Read more...
AMD this week unveiled its Radeon RX 6000 series, culminating in the Radeon RX 6900 XT, a beastly card that is supposed to give NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 a run for the money. We shall see. What also remains to be seen is if AMD opens up custom designs from its add-in board (AIB) partners for its flagship Big Navi... Read more...
AMD is tired of playing second fiddle to the competition and is making a spirited run for the performance crown, both in CPUs (Ryzen 5000 series, or Zen 3) and GPUs (Radeon RX 6000 series, or RDNA 2). At the very least, things are about to get very interesting. Coming along for the ride is EKWB, a stalwart in the... Read more...
There is still a month to go before Black Friday officially arrives, but as retailers are apt to do in recent years, the bargains keep coming earlier and earlier. In that vein, Best Buy is promoting a "Back Friday Ad Deals" event going on right now, with "100s of great deals today," like the Hisense 65-inch 4K smart... Read more...
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