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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 seems these days that security researchers are sounding the alarm on malicious Androids apps in Google Play at an alarming rate. So it goes again with a fresh reporting highlighting over two dozen Android apps packaged with malware, and which have collectively been downloaded and installed 10 million times. Suffice... Read more...
Just as everyone knew would happen, faster DDR5 memory kits are emerging as times go on, following an initial entry into the marketplace around the time Alder Lake launched last year. Now as AMD gets ready to the join the fray with its Zen 4 processors and Intel prepping Raptor Lake, the memory market is fleshing out... Read more...
Fans of low profile keyboards will be happy to learn that Razer has revived its DeathStalker lineup, adding a fresh new look and modern amenities, not the least of which is a leap to optical key switches. There are three models on tap for the modern makeover, including the DeathStalker V2, DeathStalker V2 Pro, and... Read more...
Following its latest earnings report, shares of Microsoft stock jumped by as much as 5 percent in pre-market trading leading up to today's opening bell. This despite Microsoft attributing a negative impact on Windows OEM revenue, which fell 2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, to what it deemed a... Read more...
If you were considering the purchase of a Meta Quest 2 VR headset, you better act fast because it's about to go way up in price. Announced on Twitter and in a blog post, the Quest 2 will increase $100 to $399.99 for the cheaper 128GB model, and $499.99 for the 256GB model. Those prices go into effect in on August 1... Read more...
Micron delivered some pretty big news today, saying it has begun volume production of the industry's first 232-layer triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory chips with huge gains in area density, capacity, energy efficiency, and performance. In short, it's an improvement over 176-layer NAND in practically every... Read more...
TeamGroup has launched what it claims is the world's first M.2 form factor solid state drive (SSD) equipped with an industrial grade vapor chamber cooling solution, the N74V-M80. The pitch is that porting vapor chamber cooling over to M.2 SSDs is an effective way to prevent performance-robbing heat buildup. Because as... Read more...
If you have a need for speed in the data center, Kioxia hopes to satiate your hunger for blazing fast storage with its new CM7 series, which is now shipping to customers. Designed around the PCI Express 5.0 bus and offered in Enterprise and Datacenter Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E3.S and 2.5-inch form factors, these... Read more...
An historic piece of computing history is up for auction and could end up fetching $500,000 or more when it ends in a little over three weeks from now. What's up for grabs is an original Apple-1 computer prototype, the exact one Steve Jobs demonstrated to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View... Read more...
If the directive is to go big or go home, LG need not worry about going stir crazy—it opted for the former option with the launch of a new 49-inch Ultrawide monitor (model 49WQ95C-W). Calling these displays "ultrawide" actually sells them short, as a 49-inch monitor serves up expansive real estate, provided you have... Read more...
Intel would obviously love it if your next PC paired one of its Core processors with an Arc-powered graphics card, like the Arc A750 or A770 (neither of which is actually available yet, but should be soon). That doesn't mean it's going to shun support for AMD's platforms with its GPUs, though. That would be ludicrous... Read more...
A Russian robot trained to play chess fractured a seven-year-old opponent's finger during the Moscow Chess Open tournament. This immediately conjures up concerns that the robot uprising has begun and this was a declaration of war against their flesh and blood creators, but rest assured, the reason for the unfortunate... Read more...
ASRock makes a fair number of products, including motherboards and graphics cards, but unlike some of its rivals it has yet to release any gaming monitors (or even non-gaming displays). It's an area that ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI all compete in, but not ASRock. It looks like that's going to change very soon, though... Read more...
Intel and MediaTek are taking their business relationship to the next level by forming a strategic chip making partnership. In an effort to diversify things on the manufacturing side, MediaTek is tapping Intel Foundry Services (IFS) to produce multiple chips for a range of smart edge devices using advanced process... Read more...
In a blog post, Coinbase offered a strong rebuttal to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing the first-ever cryptocurrency insider trading charges against one of its former employees. As part of that lawsuit, US prosecutors allege that Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at Coinbase, illegally shared... Read more...
It's not likely a coincidence that we're seeing a bevy of 13th Gen Raptor Lake benchmark leaks all of a sudden. This typically happens when a launch is imminent. Officially, we still don't know when Intel will formally introduce Raptor Lake or when the next-gen chips will release to retail. But unofficially, they... Read more...
Heat is the enemy of most electronics, and performance throttling is one of the most effective safeguards against potential damage that might otherwise occur. For the most part, throttling is unavoidable outside of extreme (and generally impractical) cooling solutions like liquid nitrogen. That doesn't mean there's... Read more...
One of the highlights of Intel's upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs is that they are drop in compatible with existing Alder Lake platforms. This has the added benefit of facilitating some interesting performance leaks that look beyond the CPU. Case in point, a purported Core i5-13600K has been spotted on Geekbench in... Read more...
When it comes to GPU upgrades, there are two frames of mind right now. One is to wait for next-generation models to manifest, as both AMD and NVIDIA are on track to release new GPUs this year. The other is to choose not to participate in the waiting game and take advantage of recent price drops on a current-generation... Read more...
Samsung has shared a massive spending proposal with the Texas Controller's office that could see the South Korean electronics giant invest $200 billion over the next couple of decades on a dozen new chip manufacturing plants. Interestingly enough, the proposal comes shortly ahead of a key vote on the US CHIPS Act... Read more...
Video games sometime get a bad rap. Politicians like to link them to real world violence, despite studies suggesting otherwise, and you have heard growing up that too much gaming will rot your brain. Will it really, though? A new study claims playing video games has the exact opposite effect, leading to enhanced... Read more...
A hacker is attempting to sell what they claim is stolen source code and a database of more than 69 million user accounts from Neopets, a popular virtual pets website that launched all the way back in 1999. The official Neopets account on Twitter has posted a message saying it is investigating the data breach and... Read more...
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