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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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It doesn't matter that Apple's iPad can't do Flash, doesn't come with USB ports, won't accept SD cards, has no built-in camera, and puts up a pitiful effort at multitasking (at least until iPhone OS 4). None of these shortcomings were enough to dissuade Diane Campbell, who lives on a fixed income and had been saving... Read more...
Brace yourself folks, because Twitter has taken the microblogging service "to a whole new level of awesomeness" (their words, not ours). Put another way, Twitter has put its acquisition of Tweetie just over a month ago to good use by tweaking the software and releasing its own version of the app in the iTunes App Store (our words, not theirs).... Read more...
Having trouble getting cell phone reception in your area? Perhaps you just need a stronger signal, and if that's the case, Wilson Electronics' new cell phone signal booster may be just the remedy. Called the Sleek, Wilson claims its device will extend the calling range and signal strength of any phone on any wireless provider in the U.S. (execpt... Read more...
You know Sennheiser as the German maker of high end audio devices, perhaps most notable for the company's line of top notch earphones and headsets. It's the name that inevitably comes up whenever someone asks for recommendations for headphones, which is largely the result of Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser's audio... Read more...
Hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Sounds like such basic advice, doesn't it? Be that as it may, the advent of cell phones has disrupted this most fundamental building block to becoming a good driver and you can't drive down to your local grocery story without seeing someone yapping on their iPhone, Nexus One, or other mobile device.... Read more...
Credit an increasing amount of cell phone towers, the explosion of high-end Android smartphones, or just all around improvements to customer service, but whatever the reason(s), consumers are more happy than ever with their cell phone service, suggests a new study. The American Customer Satisfaction Index for "Wireless Telephone Service" now... Read more...
There are two main types of road warriors in this world. First, there are the ones who value portability over all else. These users are more concerned with battery life and ease of transportation than they are with raw performance, and it's because of them that netbooks -- the very epitome of portability -- have become such a popular... Read more...
Following months of speculation, leaked photos, and even a hands-on preview from several months back, Dell has finally gone and announced its Streak mini-tablet, though not by way of a press release. Instead, Micheal Dell surprised attendees at the Citrix Synergy conference when he went on onstage for his keynote speech, shoved his hand in... Read more...
Nobody seems to know what's going on at Foxconn's China operations, only that something isn't right. According to a Reuters report, yet another Foxconn worker has fallen off a building and died, prompting speculation as to the real cause. Depending on who you listen to, this is either the seventh (Reuters) or ninth (DigiTimes) time an employee... Read more...
It took longer than most power users would have liked for Nvidia's GF100 architecture to show up on retail shelves, and part of the reason for that can be traced back to manufacturing issues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the chip maker producing Fermi parts for Nvidia. This isn't something Nvidia has wanted to talk... Read more...
The public dispute between Apple and Adobe over whether or not Flash should be ported over to the iPhone OS has took a turn for the silly, and we couldn't be more happy about it. In case you're not up to speed, the situation is this: Steve Jobs had some harsh things to say about Adobe's Flash, including the platform's poor performance and... Read more...
Cherrypal, maker of the $99 (Linux) and $118 (Windows CE) "Cherrypal Africa" laptop line, has gone and released another low-priced notebook, this time built around Google's Android platform. It's called the "Cherrypal Asia" and comes in either a basic version with a 7-inch screen, or a 10-1-inch widescreen version. "Android is the ideal operating... Read more...
Gigabyte Technology has just released their tenth X58-based motherboard, the GA-X58A-UD9. So what makes this one different from all the rest? The answer lies in the combination of high end technologies, not the least of which is a "revolutionary" 24-phase Unlocked Power design. As Gigabyte explains it, when CPU loading requires more than 12... Read more...
How many times did your mother tell you growing up that you'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on? As it turns out, she was feeding you a line of bull, but what she should have said instead is that if you're not more careful, you'll end up misplacing your pricey smartphone. It happens to all of us, whether it falls out of our pants pocket... Read more...
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