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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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Comcast hasn't exactly been one to avoid bad PR. We need only think back to the whole BitTorrent throttling fiasco, or more recently, Level 3's accusation that Comcast is essentially putting an extortion charge on whisking Netflix traffic down to its subscribers. But here's one bit of good news coming from the Comcast camp -- the ISP reportedly... Read more...
It doesn't appear Santa's elves (or Apple's engineering team) will come up with an iPad 2 in time for the holidays, but according to the latest rumor mill chatter, the Cupertino outfit is planning to release its second generation tablet perhaps by the end of February in 2011. That's according to DigiTimes, which managed to extract quite a... Read more...
In case you missed it, we spent plenty of hands-on time with OCZ's new RevoDrive X2 Solid State Drive device and posted our evaluation last month (you can check it out here). Short and to the point, we walked away "completely and thoroughly impressed," and it looks like we weren't the only ones. Falcon Northwest, makers of high end gaming... Read more...
Watch your back, Apple, the iPad is no longer the only game in town. Enter Samsung's Galaxy Tab -- you can read our evaluation of it here -- which might not qualify as a self-proclaimed "magical tablet," but has managed to entice over 1 million buyers all the same. That's an impressive number for such a short period, made even more so by that... Read more...
Limewire users are going to have to find another way to pirate music and movies download and share legal copies of software, such as Linux distributions and game demos, as well as freely available indie music, because the peer-to-peer service is going belly up by the end of the year. "As a result of our current legal situation, we have no... Read more...
Out with the old and in with the old, but with new clockspeeds and a new name. That pretty sums up Nvidia's newly unveiled GeForce GT 540M notebook GPU, which kicks off Nvidia's GeForce 500M family of mobile graphics. The new part comes built on a 40nm manufacturing process and boasts 96 CUDA cores, up to 1.5GB of memory, a 128-bit memory... Read more...
Dell this week announced the launch of its new Venue Pro, the only Windows Phone 7 device with a vertical QWERTY keyboard, at least thus far. It's also equipped with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.1-inch multi-touch AMOLED display, 5MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 8GB or 16GB of storage, and 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooh connectivity options.... Read more...
If you're an AVG user having trouble booting into Windows 7, you have our condolences. Perhaps it might come as a small consolation that you're not alone, and chances are you did nothing wrong. The culprit, AVG says, is that the latest virus database -- 271.1.1/3292 (432/3292) -- released earlier this week is bricking systems with a STOP code.... Read more...
We've said it before and we'll say it again -- the netbook market isn't going anywhere, tablet PCs be damned. In fact, the netbook sector grew by two models today, courtesy of Toshiba, which just released the Mini NB500 and NB520. The more exciting of the bunch is the NB520, which features "the world's smallest Harman/Kardon speakers on a... Read more...
You can blame James Cameron's Avatar for all the 3D ballyhooing that's taking place, an awesome flick admittedly well served by the extra dimension, which is more than we can say for the spate of 3D movies that have come out since then. Given that Avatar kicked off the whole 3D revolution, it's a little ironic that the flick is taking its... Read more...
Microsoft on Monday announced it had sold 2.5 million Kinect motion controlled cameras in just 25 days and is on track to reach its goal of selling 5 million by the end of the year. Not to be outdone, Sony a day later issued a press release claiming it had sold 4.1 million of its Move motion controllers since it was... Read more...
One of the big unknowns surrounding the emerging tablet market is whether or not slates would supplant dedicated eBook readers. Following the release of Apple's iPad, it didn't take long for eBook readers to drop in price, which made the proposition of buying a $500+ tablet to read electronic books seem far less appealing, color screen be... Read more...
A week ago today we posted an article examining the so-called "Apple Tax" and whether or not it exists. While the nomenclature isn't actually accurate, as it turns out, Apple does charge a premium for its parts, though it can be argued the Cupertino company provides a little extra as well, whether it be an IPS panel or "eye-catching designs."... Read more...
Mougg is the latest cloud-based streaming music service that helps you get your music from Point A to Point B without the need for an MP3 player, USB thumb stick, external hard drive, or anything else on your part. That's because Mougg stores your music on its own servers, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection. It... Read more...
Will you shed a tear for the DVD format when it's dead and gone? What about for Blu-ray? Don't worry, neither one of those formats is on the verge of going belly-up, but that comes as little consolation to film studios and retailers who can do nothing but sit and watch as sales for these formats continue to slump. According to The Digital... Read more...
Ready for the good news? Sharp has gone and announced plans to launch its line of Galapagos tablets on December 10, 2010, which means buyers will have almost 2 weeks to pick one up and put one under the Christmas tree. The bad? It's only launching over in Japan, at least initially. Sharp is launching both a 10.8-inch model (in black) with... Read more...
It might seem a little premature to discuss Apple's second generation iPad when the first-run tablet is one of only a very small handful of slates in existence, but if the Cupertino outfit sticks to its normal product refresh cycle, it will only be another five months before the iPad 2 hits store shelves. So what does Steve Jobs and Co. have... Read more...
Social networking: It's all fun and games until some scuzzball infects your system with malware, but that's not a concern on Facebook, right? Wrong, says security firm BitDefender, which claims that malware is mucking around in news feeds of some 20 percent of Facebook users. When you're talking about a userbase of more than 500 million members,... Read more...
It's not hard to believe that mobile phone users prefer unlimited data plans, nor do we really need a survey to tell us that. But to all you telecoms out there, listen up -- a new report by financial research firm Sanford Bernstein discovered that not only do mobile phone users like unlimited data, but they ranked it as the most important... Read more...
Think back to when you were 6 years old waking up on Christmas morning. If you were lucky, your big ticket item was a BMX bike. Race car sets, Matchbox cars, and a new Michael Jackson album were all winning bets too. These days? Kids ages 6-12 want nothing more than to find an iPad sitting under the tree on December 25th. According to market... Read more...
Black Friday is just days away, and if you're planning to fight through crowds of rapid shoppers, you better be prepared. That means making a list and checking it twice, though not to see who's been naughty or nice. You need a list of where the hottest deals are so you can come up with a game plan to get in, get out, and scurry back home with... Read more...
Verizon this week issued a strong challenge to the U.S. Congress to update the nation's antiquated and anti-competitive telecom rules (Verizon's words, not ours), saying that Congress must act now to address telecommunications policies that are broken. "The grinding you hear are the gears churning as policymakers try to fit fast-changing technologies... Read more...
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