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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's official—Tekken 8 is in production for the PlayStation 5 and is looking like a strong contender for brawler of the year, based on the first trailer that dropped during Sony's State of Play event. Whether it's ultimately anointed that designation will depend on when exactly it comes out, how it actually fares, and... Read more...
The old adage that cheaters never prosper clearly didn't take online PC gaming into account, because things like aimbots and other sketchy tools continue to be a big problem. Fortunately, game developers and publishers take the issue seriously and are constantly coming up with anti-cheat mechanisms. As such... Read more...
Samsung's big and bold Odyssey Ark gaming monitor is now available to buy, though it's ultra-premium pricing relegates this release to niche territory. As in, the MSRP is set at $3,499.99. Part of that is because of its immense size—this is a 55-inch monitor—but it also boasts a quantum matrix mini LED panel with an... Read more...
Amazon is serving up some dynamite discounts on AMD's current generation processors, and if you're looking to build a new PC or upgrade an existing one, there are several tantalizing deals worth checking out. They're not for everyone—Zen 4 is releasing to retail later this month, and you'll have to consider your goals... Read more...
It's taken a few months but Project Stealth, the joint collaboration between Maingear and Gigabyte to turn cable management on its head, is now available to configure and purchase. Pricing on the innovative prebuilt gaming desktop starts at $1,999, though before we get to the stock and customizable part selections... Read more...
It's widely expected that NVIDIA will unveil its next-generation GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards based on Ada Lovelace at GTC next week, so the wait for concrete details is likely coming to an end very soon. In the meantime, various leaks and rumors may be cluing us into some details ahead of NVIDIA's launch. One... Read more...
Everything about the new Apple Watch Ultra screams 'big and bold'—it has a big display (49mm), a big battery rated for up to 36 hours during normal use and 60 hours when enabling a low power mode, a big starting price ($799), and if you manage to break it, you're looking at a big repair fee if you didn't opt for a $99... Read more...
Intel's journey into modern discrete GPU territory with its Arc graphics effort has been interesting, to say the least. It's also been a bit more staggered than most people hoped. Though to be fair, it's not easy designing a brand-new architecture from the ground up and then optimizing it for public consumption... Read more...
An adventurous overclocker has apparently taken a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900K processor and dipped it in liquid nitrogen, en route to achieving a staggering 8GHz clock speed across all eight Performance cores (P-cores). While obviously impractical, it's a noteworthy achievement, given that it's been more than decade... Read more...
AMD is on track to release its Ryzen 7000 series CPUs to retail less than three weeks from now (September 27, to be exact). So begins the Zen 4 era. Of course, processors are only part of the platform equation—the other half belongs to the chipsets and related motherboards. To that end, MSI has gone and posted MSRPs... Read more...
As many of you know, not all budget gaming headsets are created equal. One of the more popular offerings has been HyperX's Cloud Stinger due to its balance of price, performance, and comfort. HyperX is hoping to offer the same combination with a follow-up model, the Cloud Stinger 2, which maintains a relatively low... Read more...
Lexar is not a newcomer to the land of SSDs, though its offerings have never stolen the limelight from players like Samsung, Kingston, Western Digital, and others. All the same, it's making a noticeable splash in the storage pool with its new Professional NM800 Pro series. Behind the redundant nomenclature is, on... Read more...
It's been several days since Google began rolling out an important security update for its Chrome browser, but even so, there's no guarantee that it's been applied on your system yet. Given the acknowledgement that the patched flaw is one that is actively being exploited in the wild, you'd be well served to manually... Read more...
Windows 11 is gaining steam among gamers, or more specifically, is adding more Steam gamers to its ranks. That's according to Valve's latest Steam survey data, which contains a wealth of statistics for the digital distribution platform. The recently updated figures show that Windows 11 adoption on the platform grew by... Read more...
We're a bit late on this one (apologies!), but in case you missed it, the original Mafia game is free to claim on Steam right now. That's the kind of offer that is too good to refuse, but the caveat is that time is running out—you only have until 1:00pm ET (10:00am PT) to add the classic game to your Steam library... Read more...
Pricing on DDR5 memory has been a bit of a pain point for anyone assembling or buying a cutting edge PC based on Alder Lake, and soon Zen 4. Call it an early adoption tax, if you want. There's good news, though—while initially high, DDR5 prices have come down significantly since Alder Lake debuted, and will apparently... Read more...
Rockstar Games can't release Grand Theft Auto VI fast enough, though as we eagerly (and impatiently) await for the next installment in the long-running GTA franchise, fan made trailers have us drooling at what the actual product could look like. The latest one comes from TeaserPlay, which used Unreal Engine 5 to... Read more...
Apple's efforts to develop and eventually release a self-driving car have been in headlines in for years, and it doesn't appear as though those plans have stalled out. To the contrary, it's reported that Apple has hired Luigi Taraborrelli, a former high-level manager at Lamborghini with 20 years of experience at the... Read more...
One of the best bits of advice is to be comfortable in your own skin. That can be difficult in this day and age of social media and so-called influencers, but it remains a key to happiness. Its oddly fitting, then, that Instagram finds itself in a bit of an identity crisis of its own as it attempts to emulate Tiktok... Read more...
Aside from death and taxes, one thing we could typically count on is that come hell or high water, Intel would post gains in each and every one of its earnings reports. That's been the case for decades...until now. Amid a challenging economic environment (for a number of reasons), Intel reported a 22 percent... Read more...
EVGA has begun accepting orders for its E1 open air chassis with unique cable suspension design, and you can order it with or without some hardware components thrown into the mix. You'll need to bring a fat stack of Benjamins, though—pricing starts at $1,599.99 and that's just for the frame with a vertical VGA kit... Read more...
This year's Flash Memory Summit event is right around the corner, but storage makers aren't necessarily waiting to unveil their latest bleeding edge offerings. Silicon Motion sure isn't—it has announced its MonTitan (SM8366) solid state drive (SSD) controller to power blazing fast PCI Express 5.0 storage solutions in... Read more...
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