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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 feels like cruel irony that around the time PC gaming began to experience a resurgence, the availability of graphics cards fell by the wayside. The pandemic combined with new product launches (including new generation consoles that essentially run on PC hardware) and a global shortage came in like a perfectly... Read more...
The upcoming Steam Deck is one of the most anticipated handheld systems in a long time, in part because it has the backing of Valve and its Steam digital distribution platform. But will it arrive on time? No,  because it was originally scheduled to start shipping in December. However, after delaying shipments to... Read more...
Every passing day seems to bring with it a new graphics card rumor, and given that NVIDIA recently added an upgraded GeForce RTX 3080 with more memory and CUDA cores to the mix, it's worth paying attention to the leaks. And what do those leaks tell us now? That NVIDIA is likely to upgrade its GeForce RTX 3070 Ti as... Read more...
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S22 launch is shaping up to be quite the reveal, and not just because a new flagship smartphone is on the horizon. Related to that, there's an interesting side story taking place—will or will not the Galaxy S22 come packing Samsung's own Exynos 2200 system-on-chip with an infusion of AMD's... Read more...
We find ourselves in strange times from a consumer standpoint, whereby it's not just whatever is this generation's 'Tickle Me Elmo' that is in short supply, but a plethora of items. Electronics, mostly—game consoles and PC graphics cards, chips for automobiles, components that comprise DDR5 memory modules, and the... Read more...
Fortnite is finally coming back to iPhone and iPad devices, though not because Epic Games and Apple ended their legal dispute and came to a mutual resolution. We're still waiting to see how that situation ultimately plays out (and we be waiting quite a while). However, Fortnite is getting ready to land on iOS and... Read more...
Sony took its sweet time bringing its compact and flagship Xperia 5 III smartphone to the United States, but it's finally here and commanding a premium price to boot. It also faces some stiff competition, both now and in the coming weeks and months as newer smartphone models emerge (Samsung is readying its Galaxy S22... Read more...
Towards the end of last year, GameStop came through with a few PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X restocks, including one on Christmas Eve. Those were all in-store events. Now that we are in a brand new year, GameStop is keeping the good times rolling with yet another restock that will potentially delight buyers who are... Read more...
A gigantic space rock with a diameter exceeding 1 kilometer will zoom past Earth next week at a breakneck speed of 70,415 kilometers per hour (43,754 miles per hour). It will be its closest to our home planet on January 18 at precisely 4:41pm ET, though don't worry, 'close' by NASA and astronomy standards is very... Read more...
We don't expect a whole lot from a sub-$50 processor, and we most certainly would not anticipate it hanging with a CPU that costs $400 more, let alone beating it. But that's precisely what a leaked benchmark run shows in regards to Intel's least expensive desktop processor based on Alder Lake, the Celeron G6900. With... Read more...
It wasn't even a full two weeks ago when Samsung declared on Twitter, "The gaming marketplace is about to get serious." The tweet was in reference to its upcoming reveal of its "next Exynos with the new GPU born from RDNA 2," and we were told to "Stay tuned" for a January 11 unveiling. Well, January has come and gone... Read more...
You might own a 2TB solid state drive (SSD) with an NVMe interface, but not one as tiny as Micron's new 2400 model in the 22x30mm (M.2 2230) form factor. It is the smallest 2TB NVMe SSD ever made, and it is the direct result of Micron having begun volume shipments of the industry's first 176-layer quad-level cell... Read more...
When it comes to the march of technology, the advancements never stop coming. Hence why even though the first consumer platforms supporting PCI Express 5.0 only recently launched, there's already talk of the next iteration, PCI Express 6.0. More than just talk, actually. PCI-SIG, the consortium responsible for... Read more...
Imagine being 254 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station and minding your own business when, all of a sudden, a gorilla emerges from a soft storage container and gives chase in zero gravity. Okay, there is some gravity inside the ISS, but let's not overlook the fact that a NASA astronaut hilariously... Read more...
Sometimes the leaks and rumors are right on the money. We bring that up because as previously tipped in unofficial circles, NVIDIA today introduced an upgraded version of its GeForce RTX 3080 with more GDDR6X memory on board and a few other goodies. It doesn't appear the card will replace the existing model, but sit... Read more...
It's been a long wait, but the God of War franchise is finally headed to PC after being exclusive to PlayStation consoles for so many years. The much-anticipated release is now just a few days away. When it arrives, you'll want to install the latest GeForce drivers from NVIDIA to get the most out of the game, provided... Read more...
Alder Lake is an exciting launch for Intel and one the company is heavily pushing to gamers, with good reason—it's a stout architecture and great for gaming (see our Alder Lake performance review for our full analysis and benchmarks). That said, the hybrid makeup of Intel's 12th Gen Core CPUs tripped up some DRM... Read more...
It has been quite the long run at Intel for Gregory Bryant, who is leaving the company at the end of this month after 30 years of service. Bryant joined Intel back in 1992 taking on engineering, operations, and director roles in the company's Information Technology Group. Then in 2017, he became vice president and... Read more...
Keep pulling your hair our trying to find a desktop graphics card in stock and selling anywhere remotely close to MSRP and you'll like have a Vin Diesel hairdo in no time. Here's hoping that changes in 2022. Until then, the situation is much better in the laptop space, where systems equipped with powerful mobile... Read more...
Looking back at CES week, a whole bunch of companies came ready with wide-ranging product announcements and concepts, including all the big players—AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA among them. But it also appears as though they all left some products unannounced. Like Intel's Core i5-12490F (probably limited to China) and, if... Read more...
Intel had a busy CES week with a bevy of announcements, including new additions to its desktop Alder Lake family. However, one SKU that was not announced at the event was the 12th Gen Core i5-12490F. Despite its no-show, this appears to be a legitimate chip, as indicated by a retail listing with several shots of the... Read more...
Cats have become the stars of the internet, having dominated a wealth of cute and funny videos on social media, and adorned countless memes and adorable photos that get passed around. But guess what? Cats can also take down the internet. That's what some Starlink customers are finding out as the weather turns cold and... Read more...
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