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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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Amazon's most affordable Android tablet just got upgraded. The retooled Fire 7 (and Fire 7 Kids Edition) is also a little bit pricier than before (more on that in a moment), though it still falls into budget territory, coming in far cheaper than something like Apple's iPad Mini and is about half the price as Samsung's... Read more...
If you find scars to be sexy, wait until you catch a glimpse of the one ASUS is brandishing. As a followup to the version it trotted out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few months ago, ASUS has unveiled the ROG Strix Scar 17 Special Edition (SE) with upgraded specifications, including Intel's top mobile... Read more...
Most people probably don't associate 2-in-1 convertibles with gaming, at least for the most part, because they're typically built for productivity tasks and general purpose computing. That's not always the case, though. Proving otherwise, ASUS today announced the ROG Flow X16, a thin and light convertible brimming... Read more...
Whether you're looking to cut the cord or supplement your cable or satellite service with streaming content, now is a good time to consider a Fire TV device. Amazon is having a...Fire (TV) sale, if you will, with big savings on its streaming dongles, its flagship Fire TV cube, and several different smart TVs with Fire... Read more...
It never takes long for system builders and OEMs to launch new desktop and laptop designs when there is a fresh batch of CPUs at their disposal. So it goes with Intel recently introducing its Alder Lake-HX mobile processor lineup. We expect to see several laptop launches in the coming weeks and months, like Lenovo's... Read more...
I've said it before and I'll say it again—mini LED is the real deal in display technology. It's also finally starting to emerge in consumer displays, from a handful of TV models (like Samsung's Neo QLED lineup) to a spattering of gaming monitors. Falling into the latter category, AOC today announced a new Agon Pro... Read more...
The need for fast wireless connectivity has never been greater than it is right now, and there are efforts at play to ensure the speed and features for a modern workforce are there for the taking. One of those efforts is a collaboration between AMD and Qualcomm to optimize the latter’s FastConnect connectivity system... Read more...
Every so option, a leak or rumor pops up claiming NVIDIA's next flagship graphics is going to be an absolute beast. Given what we know about the current generation flagships, the GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, that's like saying water is wet and fire is hot. It's the more specific claims that can be... Read more...
Sony is making a more spirited run at subscription gaming with a retooled PlayStation Plus service that is now just weeks away from launching with new tiers, and the big question on everyone's minds is the the launch games lineup will look like. Well, now we know. In a blog post today, Sony shared what PlayStation 5... Read more...
It's a technical marvel that mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) don't give up the ghost way more often than they do. Some models are more prone to premature failure than others, of course, but overall these storage devices with their moving parts and platters have proven surprisingly resilient. One model in particular... Read more...
Here's a tip when it comes to buying audio gear—never pay the full list price. Ever. Why is that? I don't care if its speakers, headphones, earbuds, or whatever, there's a good chance the audio product you're after will be on sale at some point sooner than later. It's not just audio products that follow this trend... Read more...
You may not have heard of Display Week, but it's a thing and of particular interest at this year's event are some new high speed displays coming from AU Optronics. The one pictured above is a curved WQHD (3440x1440) monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 certification and a speedy 200Hz refresh rate, and that's great. But AU... Read more...
Micron is developing 232-layer NAND flash memory and expects to ramp up production by the end of the calendar year. Announced this week at its Micron Investor Day 2022 event, Micron is pitching its 232-layer technology as the "world's most advanced" NAND flash memory solution to power what it says will be industry... Read more...
We've said before that AMD really hit its stride with Zen 3. The Zen architecture as a whole put AMD back in the enthusiast discussion in a big way, and it has continued to make improvements at the silicon level. That is set to continue with Zen 4 due out later this year, and rumor has it the next-gen architecture... Read more...
It turns out Intel wasn't finished fleshing out its Alder Lake family. Introduced during the Intel Vision event earlier this weak, the 12th Gen Core Alder Lake-HX lineup brings more desktop goodness to a handful of high-performance mobile SKUs, such as support for up to 128GB of DDR5 memory and PCI Express 5.0. It's... Read more...
Maybe you missed out on Prey when it first came out all the way back in 2006, and then again when Bethesda released a reboot developed by Arkane Studios (which it acquired in 2010) in 2017. Five years later, the Prey reboot still holds up. Even better, you don't have to take our word for it, you can experience the... Read more...
The desktop PC market took it on the chin in the first quarter of 2022, as excess inventory and normal seasonal downturns jointly contributed to a steep drop in x86 CPU shipments. The steepest, in fact, from one quarter to the next—desktop CPU shipments plummeted more than 30 percent, marking the "worst quarterly... Read more...
Unlike driver updates, BIOS releases typically arrive far less often—usually when vendors add support for new CPUs, but also occasionally to improve stability and performance, or to address security vulnerabilities. Regarding the latter, HP is pushing out firmware updates for over 200 laptops and desktops to patch a... Read more...
Woe is the investor who put all their investment funds into cryptocurrency, because chances are their portfolio isn't looking so hot right now. The cryptocurrency market is experiencing a huge decline the likes of which we can't remember seeing before. And as this is happening, Coinbase, the largest crypto exchange... Read more...
HP today announced it has updated its ZBook mobile workstations with up to the latest desktop-class mobile Alder Lake silicon from Intel, its newly unveiled Alder Lake-HX processors. The new chips offer up to 16 cores and 32 threads—a first for laptops—as well as some enhanced features that are not available with the... Read more...
A premium set of earbuds can set you back hundreds of dollars. Whether they ultimately live up to the price tag is debatable, and obviously depends on the specific model. On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, OnePlus is shooting lower (much lower) in price while claiming to still deliver a premium audio... Read more...
It's hard to believe that in the year 2022, Google still has not released a wearable of its own. That's about to to change, and we're not basing that on rumors or speculation. Announced at its Google I/O 2022 event today, Google finally threw its hat into the wearables ring with its upcoming Pixel Watch, the first... Read more...
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