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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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Google was in position to deal a mighty blow to Mozilla and its Firefox browser. With the search agreement between Google and Mozilla expired, all Google had to do was turn its back on Mozilla, and just like that, the browser maker would have lost a ginormous portion of its revenue. In the end, however, money talks, and both sides figured... Read more...
The benefits of joining up with Gamefly just got a whole lot groovier. Gamefly's Unlimited PC Play service, previously available to a limited audience as a closed beta, is now live for all Gamefly subscribers. If you have a Gamefly account, just download the PC client to get access to hundreds of playable games via a... Read more...
How do you make a splash in an Android tablet market that's suddenly fleshed out with a high-end Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet (or soon will be, courtesy of the Eee Prime Transformer 2 by Asus) and low-cost 7-inch slates built by Amazon and Barnes & Noble? By being the first to release a Honeycomb tablet for less than 200 bones,... Read more...
As 2011 rapidly comes to a close, one of the things we're most looking forward to in the new year is Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, which is currently scheduled for the second quarter of 2012. Faster, cooler running, and all-around better performing hardware is always a winning combination, but missing from that equation is price. Will these... Read more...
Nobody likes getting a lump of coal for Christmas, even though being naughty can have its perks. But almost everyone we know likes getting free things, and if you collect enough coal, you can trade it in for free gifts, or use it as a lottery piece to potentially win every single game on Steam. Wait, what? That's right, Steam is awarding one... Read more...
Heading out for the holiday season? Good luck with your travel plans, as getting from point A to point B can an exercise in frustration this time of year (might we suggest watching Planes, Trains & Automobiles), but if you're a Skype user, one thing you won't have to worry about is finding free Wi-Fi access in the... Read more...
The Xbox 360 is six years old, granted, and in the realm of technology, that's pretty ancient. Be that as it may, we can't help but get a little excited about a Star Wars themed 360 console decked out in R2D2 trim and accompanied by a C3PO inspired controller. Throw in a white Kinect bar and our geek senses start to go into overload. We've... Read more...
Microsoft didn't waste any time swooping in and snatching up the domain name SkypeSexFinder.com after it became available, according to Whois records online. Fusible was first to discover the domain name registration and noted that it was redirecting visitors to its Bing search engine, though not Bing's homepage... Read more...
Word around the Web is that some hard drive makers are cutting down their warranty terms, the timing of which couldn't be any worse (we'll get to that in a minute). Western Digital is dropping the distribution warranty period for Caviar Blue, Caviar Green, and Scorpio Blue drives from 3 years to 2 years (Caviar Black... Read more...
The braggadocios Energy bunny likes to beat his drum and tell everyone he can keep going and going and going, but would you have guessed Hewlett-Packard would emerge as the real battery life master? HP just announced a couple of new wireless mice that, amazingly, are supposed to last two years or longer on a single... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is six years old. The Nintendo Wii is five years old, and so is the Sony PlayStation 3. All three are due for an overhaul (can you imagine gaming on a PC that's half a decade old, or more?), and while they're still popular gaming platforms, consoles are really starting to shine as streaming media centers. According... Read more...
Dell was hoping to slip quietly out the door of the netbook business, much the way former Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein tried to duck out of Fenway Park in 2005 donning a gorilla suit. Epstein would stick around six more years and provide Red Sox Nation with another World Series. Dell, on the other hand, appears genuinely finished... Read more...
You know a computer case means business when it warrants naming an entire PC line after it, and that's what you have with Maingear's SHIFT chassis. Designed in conjunction with Silverstone, the SHIFT computer case is the centerpiece of not one, but two full blown system configurations featured at Maingear, including... Read more...
Attention AMD fans, if you're running one of those newfangled Bulldozer processors in your system, how would you like a free performance boost? You can have one, so long as you're rocking a copy of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft this week rolled out a hotfix that's supposed to make things run better automagically. "Currently,... Read more...
Feel like getting drunk with DRAM? Want to have the ultimate memory bragging rights? If you look up the definition of "overkill" in the dictionary, do you want to see a picture of your motherboard in there? Answer 'yes' to all three questions and you're a prime candidate for MSI's X79A-GD45 (8D) motherboard, a slice... Read more...
Tis the season to go shopping, for someone else or on yourself, and when it comes to swank hardware electronics, it seems everyone wants a Kindle. According to Amazon, customers are purchasing Kindle devices at a rate of more than 1 million per week, and not just for the past 7 days, but for the third week in a row!... Read more...
We're slowly starting to the see the Ultrabook market flesh out as more manufactures scoot new models out the door. One of the latest to do so is Lenovo, who has begun accepting pre-orders for its top-flight U300s. The one that's available is fully loaded (comparatively speaking, of course) and sells for a wallet-busting $1,500, but you can... Read more...
Launching just in time for the holiday season is an affordable gaming system powered by AMD's FX 4100 processor clocked at 3.6GHz and available exclusively at Tiger Direct. It's called the Gamer Power 595D3 and it's a $700 rig with respectable specs that's ready for action right out of the box, iBuyPower says. "Were always excited to partner... Read more...
Shares of Netflix rose by more than 6 percent on Monday after a trade publication reported Verizon was kicking around the idea of acquiring the streaming service. The publication -- Deal Reporter -- didn't reveal its sources, but was very clear about Verizon wanting to get into the streaming sector, and that buying... Read more...
We all have our favorite smartphone apps, a go-to collection that we use more often than any others, and for Android users 18 years and older living in the U.S., they consist of Facebook and apps from Google like Gmail and the Android Market, according to data released by market research firm Nielsen. In fact... Read more...
Multiple crooks wedged their way beneath the security gate at a Best Buy brick-and-mortar store in San Carlos, California, and made off with at least 125 iPad tablet devices. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene in quick fashion at 11:50 PM on Thursday night, but in the minute it took them to get there, the suspects... Read more...
It's taken Apple fans less than a year to download over 100 million apps from the Mac App Store, according to Apple. The Mac App Store is now home to half a million free and paid apps and is where customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps at a clip of greater than 1 billion apps per month, the Cupertino outfit bragged on its website... Read more...
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