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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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Perhaps by now you've heard that Nvidia has officially launched a little thing it likes to call Fermi  which is only the company's next-gen graphics architecture and currently the fastest single-GPU 3D accelerator on the planet. Fermi parts won't actually ship until early April, but already we're seeing a deluge of product announcements,... Read more...
If we were to ask you what percentage of Americans do you think own a cell phone, what would you say? 35 percent? 50 percent? 75 percent!? If you said 75 percent, pat yourself on the back for picking the most obvious answer, but you're still wrong. The answer is D, 91 percent of Americans carry a cell phone.That's according to the CTIA, which... Read more...
As 2010 rolls on, it might be easier to take inventory of which companies aren't planning on entering the ebook reader market rather than which ones are. Count Kobo among the latter, who this week announced a $149 e-reader during the CTIA show.The price sounds about right, but does Kobo have a real shot at competing in what's fast becoming... Read more...
Shame on you, Sony. Why? Well, the company's PlayStation Portable turned 5 years old this week, and did so with little fanfare, or even a few balloons. That's okay, PSP, because HotHardware has your back, though we're not going to sing the birthday jingle. Aw, what the heck.Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you,Happy birthday dear PlayStation... Read more...
Move over dedicated media players. Samsung today announced that its upcoming Bada-powered Wave will be the world's first mobile phone to be DivX Certified for HD video playback at 720p resolution. In addition, Samsung said it is working with DivX on HD Certification for its upcoming Android-powered Galaxy S... Read more...
Corsair says that "big things do come in small packages," and while we know nothing about undersized packages, we can see why Corsair is prone to brag. After all, they've just crammed 32GB of capacity into a flash drive hardly bigger than a quarter.The 32GB Flash Voyager Mini USB flash drive is Corsair's largest capacity yet in that particularly... Read more...
Couch potatoes who suffer from Internet addiction may want to steer clear of this one, lest they overdose with awesomeness. We're talking about Toshiba's new UX600 series LED TVs, which the company says combines high picture quality with Internet capability.LED is the latest buzz in TV tech and helps these new sets deliver a 3,000,000:1 contrast... Read more...
MSI today announced the launch of its R5870 and R5850 videocards in Twin Frozr II trim. What does that mean? Superior cooling performance, according to MSI, who claims that its specially cooled cards run up to 12C lower than ATI's reference cooling assembly.In order to lower temps by double digits, the Twin Frozr II cooler comes constructed... Read more...
According to the latest stats from web tracking firm Statcounter, Internet Explorer has been losing ground in Europe, including big markets like France, Britain, and Italy. Hardly surprising given the sanctions imposed on Redmond by the European Union to include a so-called browser ballot with Windows.So far in March, IE's web surfing share... Read more...
If the latest reports turn out to be true, then Hewlett Packard might be doing a huge favor for Apple. According to Spanish paper Clipset, worst case scenario is that HP won't be shipping its Slate tablet until September, by which time Apple's iPad would have about a 5 month head start.We probably won't have to wait quite that long, but whether... Read more...
As it turns out, Google apparently wasn't bluffing when the company claimed it would close shop in China following complaints of censorship and a string of cyber-attacks. According to a report in a Beijing-based newspaper, the search giant will do exactly that."I have received information saying that Google will leave... Read more...
How often do you feel compelled to log into Facebook or Twitter and see what your friends are up to? An even bigger question is, would you ever shove your partner away during an intimate moment to see what's happening in your online world? If so, you're not only addicted to social networking, your priorities are also way out of whack.According... Read more...
Some blunders are entirely understandable, like forgetting to put your pants on before walking out in public (we've all been there, right? Right?). Others have you scratching your head wondering 'what the frack were they thinking?' Google's latest move falls into the latter category, but we're getting ahead of ourselves. In a blog post this... Read more...
Show of hands - who out there is drinking the Apple flavored Kool-Aid? If everyone's being honest, then look around and you'll likely see a lot of limbs flailing about, and certainly a good number more than if we would have asked this question one year ago. Why is that? According to market research firm NPD, retail... Read more...
We imagine the suits over at the FCC must be big fans of the movie Top Gun, because a major new Internet policy that's about to be unveiled proves someone in Washington feels the need for speed. We're talking about a policy that would task ISPs with putting 100Mbps speeds in place at 100 million American homes within the next decade.That's... Read more...
One of the biggest complaints surrounding Apple's iPhone OS is the lack of multitasking support, and it's a valid one. But if the latest rumor proves to be true, critics will soon be silenced, or at least redirect their disgust squarely on the lack of Flash integration.Citing "people with a proven track record in... Read more...
The latest quarterly smartphone results are in from market research firm comScore, and surprise-surprise, Google's Android platform continues to rock the marketplace while everyone else looks on.According to comScore, smartphone usage is up 18 percent in the latest quarter, sitting just shy of 43 million users. And while Google's Android OS... Read more...
Never has the phrase "you have to pay to play" been more applicable than it is to the SSD market. Solid state drives trump their mechanical brethren in just about every way, including speed, power consumption, and durability, but one area where HDDs still hold an advantage is in price.It should come as great news, then, that OCZ has broken... Read more...
Including room and board, it now costs over $50,000 per year to attend Stanford University. That's a lot of cash to cough up to send your son or daughter to the second ranked university in the world (according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities), but money well spent when you consider your offspring will be tackling the tough issues,... Read more...
In just a few weeks, Apple will finally release its much hyped iPad to the public, and if Apple has its way, the iPad will do for the tablet space what the iPod did for media player market and iPhone did for the smartphone sector. In other words, it will set the bar by which all competitor products are measured, no matter how loud the anti-Apple... Read more...
What could you do with 8 physical cores of CPU processing power? Probably not a whole lot on the desktop front (save for you Folding@Home fanatics), but in the server sector, Intel's upcoming 8-core Nehalem-EX chip is pretty big news, and it's launching later this month, according to Intel Xeon Platform Director... Read more...
If it looks like Windows and acts like Windows, then it must be...Linux! Or at least that's the case with the North Korean government's "Red Star" operating system, as Russian college student and LiveJournal blogger "ashen_rus" (real name Mikhail) tells it.Mikhail posted a review of the Red Star OS on his blog, and... Read more...
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