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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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Apple today announced it has revamped its entire MacBook Pro line with faster processors, beefier Nvidia graphics, and longer battery life, a tech triple play that will be welcome news to Apple fans who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the new models to roll out.Starting with the entry-level units, Apple... Read more...
Call it a gimmick if you will, but as far as hardware manufacturers are concerned, the 3D craze is better described as a cash cow. Enter Sharp, who announced plans to milk the market starting with Japan when the company begins selling 3D-capable LCD TVs later this summer."We are now one step closer to such things as 3D displays with the world's... Read more...
As sincere as Sony can apparently be, the console maker has an issued an apology to gamers worldwide who might be upset at the removal of the "Install Other OS" option from their PlayStation 3. For a select few, the touted ability to install an alternative OS was a huge selling point in the PS3's favor, so we can... Read more...
Unless you're willing to invest in a full-blown desktop replacement, computing on the go has often meant sacrificing performance and capacity, all in the name of mobility. While that's still the case, Samsung has narrowed the divide by introducing their new Spinpoint MP4 2.5-inch internal hard drive.The MP4 delivers 640GB of storage spread... Read more...
If we could, we'd all be rocking multiple high-end SSDs in a killer RAID 0 configuration with transfer rates that are off the charts. So why aren't we? Take your pick - kids' college fund, mortgage, car payment, food, and everything else that takes a chunk out of our paycheck. For most, investing several hundred, or... Read more...
We've pretty much come to accept that every once in awhile, some analyst or game maker will predict the demise of the PC as a viable gaming platform, citing higher profits and a larger install base as reasons for focusing entirely on the console. They're wrong, of course - PC gaming isn't going anywhere, but are... Read more...
Just when you thought your 6-core chip was the baddest processor on the planet, Intel goes and announces plans to ship PCs equipped with an experimental 48-core CPU to a handful of lucky researchers sometime by the end of the second quarter.That doesn't mean that you just wasted $1,100 and that your Core i7 980X is... Read more...
Sure, web searching can be fun, especially when you're hitting up, ahem, seedier sides of the web (that other 'Tube - don't act like you don't know it). But can surfing the web be fun on the Wii, so much so that it warrants a video game?Google and Nintendo seem to think so, and the two have teamed up to develop a game called "Ando Kensaku,"... Read more...
During the netbook boom, Nokia sat on the sidelines for most of the time and watched as everyone else raked in the profits, however slim those profit margins might have been. This time around, the Finnish corporation appears to paying closer attention to the market. As such, expect Nokia to introduce a tablet to compete against Apple's iPad,... Read more...
The iPad frenzy is still going strong 3 days after Apple's "magical" tablet launched, and it's quickly becoming clear that this is just the beginning. Coming just around the corner is HP's Slate, a Windows 7-based tablet that will duke it out with the iPad, and so will every other upcoming tablet device currently in the pipeline.Something... Read more...
We've seen a handful of NAS box announcements lately, including one from QNAP, who today introduced its 5-drive TS-559 Pro. Aimed at the desktop and SMB crowds, the TS-559 Pro boasts up to 10TB of storage, provided you shove a quintuplet of 2TB hard drives into the unit as a single drive, JPOD configuration, and has been certified to work... Read more...
Goodbye Itanium - it's been nice knowing you, but we've grown apart, and quite frankly, I'm moving on to bigger and better things. Thanks for the memories. - Microsoft.The Redmond software giant didn't quite put it that way, but did announce plans to stop supporting Intel's Itanium architecture. According to a Microsoft blog posting on Friday,... Read more...
Think about all the cables protruding from the back of your home theater setup. Now imagine if you could replace some of them with a single cable, one that offers enough bandwidth to transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie from your HTPC to your desktop in half a minute. This scenario is exactly what Intel is working on with its Light Peak fiber-optic... Read more...
You didn't really think the iPad was going to flop, did you? If early reviews are any indication, Apple is getting off to a great start, a notion echoed by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. According to Munster, Apple will likely sell between 200,000 and 300,000 iPads this weekend, which is roughly on par with the original iPhone, which... Read more...
Want to know what happens when you dump a box of Crayolas into a mixing bowl with NAND Flash memory chips? You end up with a recipe for Transcend's new JetFlash 500 retractable USB Flash drives (take our word for it and don't try this at home, or at least post some pics if you do).Available in five different colors --... Read more...
In case you haven't noticed by now, it's April Fool's Day. Of course, it's hard not to notice with all of the outlandish news blurbs that litter the Web every April 1st, but if we had to pick one we wish was true, F-Secure's new browser protection module would at least be in the discussion.F-Secure Labs is launching a new feature in Browsing... Read more...
Word on the Web is that the next iPhone OS update -- version 4.0 -- will finally deliver multitasking support via an Expose-like interface. That means users will be able to launch multiple apps, including third party ones, in the background and switch between them, a feature Android and Windows Mobile users take for granted."Those familiar... Read more...
In somewhat of a surprise move, Google this week announced it has begun collaborating with Adobe to improve the Flash Player experience in Google Chrome, and as such, has bundled the plug-in with the latest version of Chrome in the developer channel.The implications here are potentially huge. Let's not forget that Google owns YouTube, so the... Read more...
Apple is all about updating its software this week. Not long after issuing a fairly massive upgrade to OS X that included 69 security patches, the Cupertino company has updated its iTunes software to version 9.1.According to Apple, iTunes 9.1 comes with several new features and improvements, including:Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite... Read more...
Tech savvy students living in the UK have an opportunity to pull in a pretty respectable part-time income and move up from dining on Ramen Noodles to fast food joints. All they have to do is snitch on their fellow classmates as part of Warner Bros.'s anti-piracy efforts.It's actually a little more involved in that and the qualifying candidate... Read more...
Out of the 365 days that make up our calendar year, Sony has chosen to release its next system software update for the PlayStation platform on April 1, otherwise known as April Fool's Day. Install it, however, and the joke's on you, at least if you're planning to roll with an alternate OS. That's because the optional update will disable the... Read more...
How do you improve what's already the fastest GPU on the planet? By slapping the "world's best waterblock" on it and tossing the whole thing into your water cooling loop, of course! That's exactly what EVGA has done with their GTX 480 & 470 Hydro Copper FTW videocards.Swiftech gets an assist for designing the... Read more...
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