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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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Is that a Logitech webcam in your pocket or are you... oh, it is a webcam. In that case, 'nice package,' which we can say after catching a glimpse of Logitech's new C615 HD webcam with a fold-and-go design for easy transport. Logitech's C615 offers single-click uploads to Facebook and HD 720p video calls via Skype, FaceTime for Mac, Logitech... Read more...
MSI continues to crank out new notebooks at a breakneck pace, the latest entries being a pair of laptops aimed at gamers. The GT780R and GX780 are both now shipping in North America and, unlike other gaming laptops, sport a full color backlit keyboard designed in collaboration with SteelSeries, a popular gaming peripherals manufacturer. "Serious... Read more...
As more and more devices come with Netflix streaming baked in -- would you really be surprised if your next toaster oven had a Netflix label on the side of the box? -- Roku is doing everything it can to keep its low-cost dedicated set-top box relevant. Towards that end, Roku managed to get Walmart to start selling its Roku XD player. "We know... Read more...
In just two short days (June 15, 2011), Acer and Samsung will launch the long awaited Chromebook based on Google's Chrome OS software, which potential buyers will be able to purchase from Amazon.com and Best Buy. Or at least that's how the script is supposed to go. Trying to throw a cog in the wheel is ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3... Read more...
If you follow the rechargeable battery scene at all, then you're undoubtedly familiar with Sanyo's Eneloop brand, the go-to option for batteries that come fully charged from the get-go and don't lose their juice nearly as fast as your average rechargeable. But if there's a downside to Eneloop batteries, it's that they... Read more...
New York City has grand aspirations of being the nation's leading digital city, and it's a getting a big boost from AT&T towards that goal. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson today announced a five-year initiative that will have AT&T providing free Wi-Fi service at 26 locations spread across... Read more...
Brian Burke, Nvidia's rockstar PR manager who once held the same position at 3dfx (moment of silence...) and is not to be confused with the Toronto Maple Leafs' GM, is calling attention to someone who he believes is an under-appreciated gaming great who deserves to be mentioned in same breath as John Carmack... Read more...
If you're a fan of Razer's peripherals and EA's catalog of games (and in particular Battlefield 3, Dragon Age II, and Mass Effect 3), this just might be the happiest day of your life, other than that one wild night at college when...never mind about that. So what makes today the second best day of your life? Razer and EA are joining forces... Read more...
With the belief that two is better than one, Razer today introduced its all new 4G Dual Sensor System. Sounds high tech, doesn't it? Razer's dual sensor technology takes advantage of both an optical and laser sensor to improve tracking accuracy, which the company jammed into its latest edition Mamba and Imperator mice. "The 4G Dual Sensor... Read more...
Your mother may have raised you to always keep your cool, but little did she know that heat-generating laptops would render her instructions hard to follow. That's one of the areas Logitech's new Lapdesk N600 was designed to help out with, providing a barrier between your notebook's toasty underside and those precious parts in and around your... Read more...
We know solid state drives are fast. We know they don't use any moving parts. And did we mention that they're fast? But the one unknown this early in the SSD game is how reliable they truly are. Conventional wisdom says that without any moving parts, and with garbage collecting schemes that limit the number of writes... Read more...
Well that was fast! Apple just barely had enough time to take a breath after announcing iOS 5, the next major version of its mobile operating system that won't ship for several more months, and already it's been jailbroken by MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team! This is an early jailbreak that's a little rough around the edges and has to be... Read more...
Apple today announced that the next major version of its operating system -- Mac OS X Lion -- will ship in July for $29 and will only be available as a download (4GB) in the Mac App Store. That's substantially less than the normal selling price of $129, though it won't be offered as a boxed retail package. What Lion will bring to the table... Read more...
Information Week on late Friday afternoon posted about a deal between Microsoft and Nvidia that would give the Redmond software maker first dibs on acquiring Nvidia if a third party offers to buy the graphics chip maker for 30 percent or more of its outstanding shares. The deal, which Information Week quoted in a recent SEC filing dated May... Read more...
Speaking at the D9 conference earlier this week, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega confirmed that the wireless carrier is "working on" a shared data plan. There aren't any plans in place just yet, nor did the CEO say what kind of price points AT&T is looking at, but the idea of having a single data plan for homes with multiple devices is one... Read more...
If it weren't for Intel's Atom platform, who knows how popular the netbook category would have become. Atom processors and netbooks are pretty much synonymous with each other (not without a small handful of exceptions, of course), and because of that, Intel has been able to ship 100 million Atom chips to date. The announcement from Intel comes... Read more...
Performing certain actions will get you sent to the 'Big House' no matter where you live. Taking another person's life, for example. Robbing a bank. Stampeding across town in a drunken stupor without your clothes on at three o'clock in the afternoon (trust us on this one). But in Tennessee, you could be locked up for... Read more...
In what's likely a hint of things to come, limited quantities of Samsung's Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS went on sale yesterday a full two weeks ahead of the official launch and quickly sold out. The Chrome Team sent out emails to select users with a link to the Gilt Groupe, an online retailer that offers instant access to top designer... Read more...
We expected AMD to talk about its upcoming Llano platform at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, and the chip maker didn't disappoint. AMD also talked about its Bulldozer platform that has enthusiasts chomping at the bit, saying the first Bulldozer products will ship in the third quarter of this year. But then... Read more...
You're used to playing Angry Birds on your smartphone, tablet and even your PC and Mac, but have you ever imagined what it would be like to fling these creatures across your swank living room HDTV? You won't have to wonder much longer. Roku, makers of the self-titled set-top box, and Rovio, creator of the uber popular cash cow known as Angry... Read more...
Looking for a new power supply? If so, chances are Corsair has a high end PSU with the exactly the right amount of wattage for your system. Just in case there was any doubt, Corsair today announced a couple of additions to its Professional Series and Professional Series Gold power supply lines. First up is the... Read more...
The fight against illegal file sharing sites took a trip to France to this week as the alleged men in charge of one of France's most popular file sharing links forums have all been arrested. The three men accused of copyright shenanigans ran a site known as Liberty Land, which has been in operation since 2009 and was... Read more...
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