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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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Spotify officially has its game face on. The spunky streaming service that seemingly took forever to land on U.S. shores is not only here (that's old news now), but it now has apps! The new Spotify Platform gives third party developers the chance to build creative and awesome music-based apps, propelling Spotify up a level in the process.... Read more...
Apple is spreading some holiday cheer to iDevice fans by offering free shipping on all products ordered online through its Apple store or via the Cupertino company's Apple Store iOS app. There's no minimum amount you have to spend; if it's available for purchase, it ships free to your door until December 22nd. Somewhat tying into the promotion... Read more...
Listen up fellas, this one applies to you. According to a report in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, your laptop's wireless signal could be killing your sperm. That's right, downloading music or firing off an email might be wiping out millions of potential offspring every time you sit down with your notebook. Reuters read the report... Read more...
Have you ever tried talking your Apple-loving buddy into getting an Android smartphone or a Windows Phone 7 device? You'd have a better chance of selling ice to an Eskimo, a point that's underscored in a new international survey conducted by the GfK Group. According to the survey, nearly one in five consumers who own both an iPad and an iPhone... Read more...
While Windows PC makers are making a push into thin and light territory with Intel's Ultrabook concept, Apple is reportedly prepping a refreshed MacBook Air line that, for the first time, will include a 15.6-inch model. This will be in addition to existing 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors that already exist in the... Read more...
For those who celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, this is the time of year to reflect and give thanks for your good fortune, whether it be friends and family, or actual fortune like pirate gold and a winning lottery ticket. In a blog post this week, Spotify said it had 2.5 million reasons to be thankful (and wisely chose not to list each one... Read more...
Amazon is hoping people will once again discover fire -- the Kindle Fire, that is. Perhaps you've heard of it? Of course you have, because the Kindle Fire is Amazon's comparatively low cost ($199) 7-inch slate that, prior to its launch, was garnering all kinds of pre-release hype. Well, now it's here and while initial... Read more...
Intel has long said it envisions its Ultrabook concept manifesting in models the general public can pick up for less $1,000, and so far it's been a hit or miss goal. Count Toshiba's recently introduced Portege Ultrabook as one of those that's able to hit Intel's pricing target. Starting at $879, Toshiba's Portege Z835-ST8305 is now available... Read more...
Apple is planning to get in on the Black Friday shopping frenzy by discounting several of its products on November 25th, 2011. We're not talking about huge savings that would classify anything as a steal, but you could pocket as much as $101 over the normal price, depending on which Apple product you're shopping for. A tipster sent in an Apple... Read more...
All hail the TouchPad, the second most popular tablet in the universe! Wait, what? Believe it or not (and we wouldn't blame you if you didn't), Hewlett-Packard has sold more tablets so far in 2011 than any other company, save for Apple, according to market research firm The NPD Group. Of course, HP unintentionally... Read more...
If you weren't already excited about the upcoming release of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) platform or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet from Asus, you will be after watching a video of the two working together with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor. This is the kind of technology threesome that... Read more...
When it comes to Macs versus PCs, Apple versus Microsoft, and iOS versus Windows, haters gonna hate no matter which side you choose, if in fact you're not completely platform agnostic. There's nothing we can do about that. All we can do is observe and report the facts, and in this case, a market research firm is... Read more...
With so many new tablets coming out and Intel making a push to promote its Ultrabook concept, there's another portable device that's been lost in the shuffle. We're talking about Chromebooks, those little netbook--like PCs built around Google's Chrome OS that were supposed to revolutionize how we think about computing... Read more...
AVADirect should include a bumper sticker with its Clevo P180HM notebook that says, "My desktop replacement beat up your Ultrabook and defiled your MacBook Air." Don't get transfixed on the notion that someone would be silly enough to own both of those ultraslim systems rather than choose one over the other. The point we're trying to make... Read more...
Toppling the iPad has proved more difficult than some manufacturers might have anticipated. Is it because the iPad is a superior tablet to everything else that's available? Some would argue that's precisely why Apple's magical slate is able to conjure up so many sales, but as far as Nvidia is concerned, there are... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to wrangle a handful of guinea pigs adventurous users to help test the next version of its 'Microsoft Security Essentials' (MSE) antivirus software. Beta registration for the next-generation build of MSE is currently open, and Microsoft said it will be selecting a "limited" number of people who... Read more...
Wondering what to get your little ones for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or just because)? Well then, pay no attention to market research firm Nielsen if you're currently torn between a skateboard or a bicycle. Either of those will get your kids out of the house and moving around, which is a good thing for this... Read more...
If you've been on the fence about whether or not to spring for a Nintendo 3DS console, this might make you jump off. At least one retailer, and possibly two or more, are going to carry a special edition themed 3DS console commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The Zelda bundle will include a themed... Read more...
The man who once stared at goats, George Clooney, is now looking at a possible role depicting the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biographical film chronicling the Apple co-founder's life up until his untimely death at the age of 56. As you can probably imagine, this is a coveted role, and Clooney isn't the only one in... Read more...
Metrico Wireless set out to discover which iPhone 4S wireless carrier is tops, and they did it by performing over 21,000 Web downloads, running more than 8,000 data download/upload tests while mobile and while stationary, and by making around 6,000 voice calls. Or, you know, a typical day in the life of a teenager. So which carrier stood head... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Apple came within inches of revamping its MacBook Air line with AMD's Llano platform. In fact, it was all set to go into production, but was abruptly cancelled last spring mainly because Apple lacked confidence in AMD's ability to supply enough parts. Intel, as it turns out, was Plan... Read more...
If a monstrous fire-breathing beast adorned on the side of an overclocked X79 system isn't the very definition of awesome, then we'll punch Merriam-Webster right in the suck hole until it is. It's also part of iBuyPower's Chimera 4, the fourth generation of the boutique system builder's signature gaming line. Each... Read more...
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