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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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All the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed in Hewlett Packard's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, which was finalized on Thursday, HP announced. That means HP can officially begin putting into motion whatever plans it has for Palm's technology, and most notably the newly acquired webOS platform. "With webOS, HP will deliver its customers... Read more...
Mobile advertising firm AdMob this week released its latest Mobile Metric report. In it, AdMob indicates Apple's iPhone still holds a numbers advantage over Android devices, even through Android handsets have been popping up left and right. The numbers aren't necessarily indicative of the state of the mobile market, as they only take into... Read more...
Fan controllers, while functional, don't exactly come to mind as the first item to spruce up a rather drab looking PC, but maybe they would be if they all looked like NZXT's Sentry line. Released today is NZXT's Sentry LXE, the fourth external fan controller in NZXT's Sentry family and arguably the sexiest of the bunch. Like the Sentry LX,... Read more...
For those who take their audio seriously -- as in, serious enough to drop a couple of grand, or more, on a home theater receiver -- Onkyo today announced the release of two new high-end network A/V receivers, the TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008. Not for the faint of wallet, the cheapest of the two (TX-NR3008) runs a cool $2,100, while the the TX-NR5008... Read more...
Good news for text messaging teens enamored with Microsoft's Kin phones. Verizon has gone and slashed the prices on both the Kin One and Kin Two, making it easier for social networking addicts to save some of their allowance for the real important things, like Justin Bieber concert tickets. As it turns out, Verizon has had trouble moving the... Read more...
It's getting difficult to discern one netbook release from another, which is our way of saying if you've seen one, you've seen them all. Until now. While the internal hardware is standard fare for a modern day netbook, MSI's latest entrant -- the Wind U135DX -- adds a bit of style to the genre by coating its latest netbook with its own "Color... Read more...
At some point, someone is going to rise up and challenge Apple's iPad in the tablet market, the only questions are who and when? We still don't know, but Chinese company Red Flag Software will take a stab at it by tossing its name into a hat brimming with other companies who plan on releasing a tablet. Called the NPad, Red Flag's tablet is... Read more...
Now that the dust has started to settle on the iPhone 4 frenzy, Apple has had a chance to crunch the numbers and see exactly how popular their latest smartphone really is. As it turns out, it's pretty damn popular. According to Apple, the Cupertino company has already sold more than 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 through... Read more...
Call the whole 3D craze nothing more than a hyped up gimmick if you will (and maybe you're right), but if that's the case, this is shaping up to be one of the most lucrative gimmicks in recent times. According to the number crunchers over at NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service, Americans have spent over $55 million on 3D-capable televisions... Read more...
Apple apparently has its legal panties in a bunch over four patents the Cupertino company is accusing HTC of violating. As outlined in court documents, the patents deal with software and technologies found in Apple's smarphones and other mobile devices, one of those being a patent for "slide to unlock" start-screen technology, The Wall Street... Read more...
The hottest mobile chip in town is Qualcomm's blazing fast Snapdragon processor, which LG has managed to catch and stuff inside its latest Android-powered smartphone, the Optimus Q. While the Chocolate had long begun showing its age, the Optimus Q brings to the table several modern amenities, including an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, touch-sensitive... Read more...
Even a used Lamborghini is going to set you back six figures, and unless you have plenty left over in the bank, could also result in a divorce. Why risk such personal turmoil when you can spend a mere $800 on a new 2010 model Lamborghini? If that sounds too good be to be true, it's because it is. The Lamborghini we're referring too doesn't... Read more...
Last we checked, boutique system builder iBuyPower had no less than 627 million gaming machines to choose from and configure, or somewhere thereabouts. Alright, so our math might be slightly off, but the point is, the company can afford to toss a bone to Newegg, largely regarded as the go-to online vendor for computer... Read more...
With all the hoopla surrounding 3D displays, we wondered if anyone would bother releasing a traditional LCD monitor anymore. ViewSonic answered that question today by lifting the curtain on their new VG28 series, the latest in a line of ergonomic widescreen LCD displays with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications. The new models come in... Read more...
Few things in life are more trying than to be locked into a T-Mobile contract and watch as your buddies over at Verizon, AT&T, and even Sprint gain access to swank new phones with spiffy features. That isn't to say it's all bad over on T-Mobile, and there have even been a few gems, but after the G1, there hasn't... Read more...
You hear that noise? That's the sound of the 3D bandwagon headed in your direction, and everyone's jumping on. That includes Toshiba, which has made available its first 3D laptop, the Satellite A665-3DV. Sure, the name is a little boring, especially since Toshiba is blazing a new trail for themselves, but the hardware inside is bit more exciting,... Read more...
Steve Jobs and company may want no part of Adobe's Flash platform, but plenty of other mobile entities do, including Google. Answering the call, Adobe today announced the release of its Flash Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. According to Adobe, this release was redesigned from the ground up for performance and mobile specific features,... Read more...
If you subscribe to the 'Core i7 or bust' philosophy, you no longer have to rule out Sony's Vaio Z series laptops. Intel's Core i7 620M processor (2.66GHz) is now an upgrade option, which adds $150 to the price of the standard configuration that comes with a Core i5 540M chip (2.35GHz). That's not a terrible way to... Read more...
Sure, you can spend several grand on a swank home theater setup that kicks out enough volume and bass to knock the dishes out of your neighbor's kitchen cabinet, but hey, times are tough and disposable income isn't as disposable as it once was. So for most of us, we're simply looking for a modest speaker set that (A)... Read more...
Word to the wise - if plan on picking up Microsoft's new slimmed down (and sleek looking) Xbox 360 console, be sure not to move the console while playing, loading, or otherwise spinning a game disc. If you do, it could very well be the last time that game disc will load. Of course, you don't need to take our word for... Read more...
If you want an iPhone, AT&T is the only wireless game in town. And if you think Apple is shooting itself in the foot by limiting the iPhone to a single network, the numbers suggest otherwise. The Cupertino company on Wednesday said there have been more than 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, the largest number of pre-orders Apple... Read more...
The media coverage surrounding Apple iPhone 4 pre-order inventory levels has been almost as crazed as, well, the whole pre-order frenzy. Not unpredictable for a new Apple product release -- and particularly a new iPhone design -- it didn't take long for the Cupertino company to exhaust its supply of devices for day-of-release shipments. So... Read more...
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