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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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Time and again, we're reminded that even when installing Android apps directly from Google's Play Store, contracting a malware infection is still possible. It's still the safest route (versus venturing off elsewhere and/or sideloading), but still not foolproof. Case in point, a security researcher has sounded the... Read more...
In yet another sign that next-generation graphics cards will be arriving on the scene relatively soon, Samsung has now formally launched the memory chips that will go into high-end offerings in the next round of GPUs. These are the same lightning-fast 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM chips that Samsung announced last December, which... Read more...
About a month and a half ago, Sega announced it was launching the Genesis Mini 2, a miniaturized throwback console to the original Genesis, but it wasn't initially clear if was bound for the United States or only releasing in Japan. Shortly after, Sega's Yosuke Okunari clarified that the Genesis Mini 2 would in fact... Read more...
Apple only recently unveiled an upgraded iPad Air with an fancy M1 processor inside, and it's already fallen in price. So it goes with Amazon's Prime Day deals event—there are actually quite a few Apple products that are on sale right now, including the aforementioned tablet as well as the Apple TV 4K, several Apple... Read more...
Installing a speedy SSD in your struggling PC can be the difference between a system that feels generally sluggish and one that flies by the seat of its pants. It's not a cure-all for slow performance, but the difference is dramatic if you're coming from an HDD. Whatever your situation, if you're in need of an SSD... Read more...
One of the best features of the PlayStation 5 is the ability to upgrade the internal storage with an off-the-shelf solid state drive (SSD). There are certain size and speed requirements, but there are a whole lot of SSDs that are compatible with Sony's latest generation game console. In case you needed added peace of... Read more...
NVIDIA is enticing gamers to upgrade their setups to a high-end GPU by offering a bundle of "4 games with select GeForce RTX 30 series" graphics cards. It's actually more like two games with a couple of DLC expansions, but regardless of the game count designation, you're looking at around $130 worth (MSRP) of free... Read more...
Stop what you're doing if you're about to purchase a Meta Quest 2 VR headset. Why is that? You can score yourself a bonus if you visit the proper listing on Amazon—the online retailer is giving buyers a $25 store gift card as part of its Prime Day deals event, but you have to make sure you head to the right listing... Read more...
Shopping for a graphics card is far less frustrating than it was just a short while ago, back before the cryptocurrency market crashed and when GPUs sold for outrageously high prices. There are multiple factors playing into today's more reasonable prices. We won't get into them here, but to suffice to say, you can... Read more...
If you've been dreaming about owning a massively wide gaming monitor, now is a good time to consider taking the plunge. Lots of gaming monitors are on sale today as part of Amazon's Prime Day deals bonanza, one of which is its 49-inch Odyssey G9 with all kinds of bells and whistles. While not quite listed for an... Read more...
At long last, Amazon's Prime Day deal deals event is in full swing, and that means bargains on just about every kind of item imaginable. We'll be posting some of the niftier deals in various product categories as the two-day sales bonanza goes on, but in this article, we're focused on dozens of free games that are up... Read more...
MSI is the latest motherboard maker to start rolling out BIOS updates to support Intel's next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs on existing 600-series hardware. All told, there are now over 100 motherboard models from at least three manufacturers that already support Intel's 13th Gen Core processors ahead of their official launch... Read more...
We highly doubt that Intel will slap a picture of a carnivorous Velociraptor on its 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs, but if newly listed single-core and especially multi-core scores on Geekbench turn out to be accurate, the chip maker might want to consider it. Both scores, purportedly obtained from a soon-to-be flagship... Read more...
Like many people, we're big fans of the various Raspberry Pi single-board computers (SBCs) and the many projects they have enabled. Just today, for example, we wrote about a nifty 'Dice Bomb' dice roller that could be particularly handy for DnD sessions. If you need a bit more processing power and/or a x86 foundation... Read more...
Sometime later this year, AMD will release a new round EPYC server CPUs based on its Zen 4 architecture, codenamed Genoa (EPYC 9000 series). While we stand by and wait for the next-gen chips to manifest, photos of engineering samples and AMD's accompanying massive SP5 socket have found their way to the web, giving us... Read more...
An annoying Outlook bug has seemingly crawled out of the woodwork again, after having pestered users around this same time last year. In a recently posted support document, Microsoft said it is investigating an issue that is preventing Outlook Desktop on Windows 11 from displaying recent emails in search results. The... Read more...
We love to watch a good dogfight, especially when the two opponents can be considered rivals. You know, Celtics versus Lakers (go Celtics!), Red Sox versus Yankees (go Red Sox!), and so forth. In the realm of tech, there's Windows versus Linux on the software side, and a new set of benchmarks pit the two against each... Read more...
There are several good reasons why some people still prefer physical media over the convenience of digital downloads and streaming content. Highlighting one of those reasons, Sony is getting ready to pull hundreds of purchased movies from people's PlayStation Store libraries, without any refund that we're aware... Read more...
What can be viewed as another sign that Intel's 13th Gen Core processors based on Raptor Lake are not too far around the bend, ASUS has announced BIOS updates for nearly two dozen of its 600-series models to support the next-gen CPUs. They're all based on Intel's Z690 chipset, though we imagine other 600-series models... Read more...
It's been a long and frustrating road back to widespread GPU availability at prices anywhere close to MSRP, and at this point, we're all clamoring for AMD and NVIDIA to release their next-gen graphics cards. Those are coming, though exactly when still remains to be seen. Related, there are rumors that NVIDIA may end... Read more...
Here's a deal that some of you will quite literally find to be music to your ears. Straight to the point, Apple is gifting eligible students who sign up for a discounted Apple Music student subscription with a free pair or Beats Flex earphones. Technically these are wireless earbuds, as they don't plug into your... Read more...
Game streaming services are gaining steam as viable alternatives to spending big money on decked out PCs and dedicated gaming consoles, and they've come a long way in a relatively short time. One of the benefits is they're mostly platform agnostic. Or they should be—there are multiple reports that Microsoft's Xbox... Read more...
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