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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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Thousands of homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean will soon have access to satellite-based broadband thanks to the successful launch of Eutelsat's Ka-Sat from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Yahoo News reports. This is the third broadband satellite launched in six weeks and is based on the same technology used in... Read more...
We're still waiting on peace in the Middle East, but in the meantime, D-Link is coming through with perhaps the next best thing -- the awesome Boxee Box. Starting in January, the Boxee Box will expand its reach into both the Middle East and Africa, letting parts of the rest world know what all the fuss is about. The funky looking Boxee Box... Read more...
It's time to officially retire the notion that Apple's magical iPad is capable of casting a death spell on Amazon's Kindle. We're not saying the iPad isn't popular -- because it is -- but any fears that it would spell doom for the eBook reader market, and Amazon's Kindle in particular, can now be put to rest, and here's why. According to reports,... Read more...
It was once said that loose lips might sink ships, but in today's day and age, loose lips, leaked slides, and a bevy of rumors have drummed up nothing but excitement for the upcoming PlayStation smartphone that's almost destined to be a hit. So what's the latest being heard around the water cooler? For starters, it looks like the phone could... Read more...
Intel, the largest chip maker on this or any other known planet, cleared at least one major hurdle in its attempt to acquire security firm McAfee. That hurdle? The Federal Trade Commission, which has given the proposed $7.68 billion deal its stamp of approval. "The Federal Trade Commission has concluded its review of the proposed McAfee transaction... Read more...
Ruh roh, Shaggy. It appears a recent update for Outlook 2007 wasn't quite ready for prime time, causing all sorts of connection and performance problems for those who tried to install it. It was issued as part of the monthly Patch Tuesday collection, and has now been pulled following several user complaints. "On... Read more...
Cricket apparently has a fetish for firsts. The wireless carrier claims it was the first one to introduce an unlimited wireless rate plan, and now the company is announcing the first wireless rate plan with unlimited music included. It's part of an "innovative new digital music service called Muve Music," and was designed specifically with... Read more...
Coming out just in time for the holidays, Google's Nexus S smartphone is now available for purchase at Best Buy. In case you're wondering what the big deal here is, the Nexus S is the first smartphone to ship with Android 2.3, otherwise known as Gingerbread. And as a Google-branded phone, there isn't any funky custom UI marring the Android... Read more...
In a recent blog post, Sony said that it plans to launch the official PlayStation App "very soon." The upcoming app will work with iPhone and iPod touch devices running OS 4 and above, as well as most Android devices with OS 1.6 and above. Sony didn't go into a whole lot of detail, but did say you'd be able to track your PlayStation Network... Read more...
Apple practically wrote the book on the app store business model, and come January 6, 2011, the Mac App Store will be open for business, the Cupertino company announced today. The new app portal will launch in 90 countries on Day 1 and include both paid and free apps. "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.... Read more...
Sandy Bridge is coming! Sandy Bridge is coming! Given all the hoopla surrounding Intel's next-generation processors with built-in graphics that promise to decimate today's integrated chipsets, discrete videocard makers should be trembling in their knickerbockers, right? Not so fast, Johhny Come Lately, maybe Sandy Bridge will prove to be all... Read more...
Belkin dabbles in a little bit of everything these days, including a fairly robust lineup of KVM products. Poke around Belkin's website and you'll find everything from 16-port KVM switches to 17-inch LCD rack mount consoles, and a whole lot more. Now the company has gone and announced its new KVM multi-platform solutions, which include a trio... Read more...
Yahoo isn't the only one handing out pink slips in place of holiday bonus checks. According to a Bloomberg report, Nokia plans to cut as many as 800 jobs in Finland after completing talks with unions. Those getting axed will have the option of voluntarily resigning in exchange for a severance package equivalent to 5 to 15 months worth of salary,... Read more...
People always say how you can't have your cake and eat it too, but what good is a slice of delicious cake if you can't cram down your throat? Not any good at all if you ask us, and though we don't recommend feasting on sticks of RAM (not in the literal sense, anyway), Corsair's latest memory kit is a prime example of... Read more...
We can't help but wonder if someone at Panasonic has some dirt on one of the higher ups working for Twentieth Century Fox. Either that, or Panasonic should really consider giving a raise to the sweet talking, silver tongued rep who managed to talk the film studio into giving it exclusive rights to distribute the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar... Read more...
We're getting close to the end of the year, and that means the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner. This is the time when companies gather to show off their new and upcoming products, and you can bet we'll be in attendance. So will MSI, which today announced it plans to unveil a bunch of new notebooks at the show, including... Read more...
Electronics Arts confirmed what most of us had already heard through the grapevine: Mass Effect 3, "one of the most anticipated games of 2011," will launch simultaneously on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in holiday 2011. "At BioWare, we are always driving ourselves to improve and I firmly believe our best work is still ahead of us,"... Read more...
If you owned a deal-of-the-day website, how hard would it be to turn down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google? Probably really difficult, but Groupon didn't bat an eye when it told Google to take a hike. That's hard to fathom. According to reports, each board member would have received millions, if not hundreds of millions by signing on... Read more...
It's official ladies and gentlemen, Google's Android platform is stupid popular. We can say that because, according to an engineering VP for the sultan of search, the Android army grows stronger by more than 300,000 smartphone activations every 24 hours. That comes out to 2.1 million activations a week, or more than 109 million a year, assuming... Read more...
Steve Jobs and the entire Cupertino gang can officially stick out their tongues and waggle their tail ends in the direction of Adobe. Why? Even without Flash support, Apple's magical tablet will account for three times as much Internet traffic in December, 2011, as it does today, according to Chitika Research, the market research arm of Chitika,... Read more...
In some ways, Samsung is a silicon ninja in the solid state drive (SSD) space. How so you ask?  While most of the competition is all too happy to blitz the SSD market amid much fanfare and ballyhooing, Samsung just quietly does its thing and usually flies under the radar a bit. Whether you realize it or not, Samsung has been churning... Read more...
Don't go taking that Red Ryder BB Gun off of your Christmas wish list and replacing it with a Google Chrome notebook, the latter won't be out in time for the holidays. But don't go pouting, either -- according to reports, notebooks infused with Google's Chrome operating system will start trickling out next year. "For us, it is a long journey... Read more...
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