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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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Good news if you're an AT&T subscriber planning on picking up a BlackBerry Torch for the holidays. The wireless carrier has gone and cut the price of Research In Motion's Torch device by 50 percent, presumably to make room for three new phones built around Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Platform, according to reports. "It's a promotion for... Read more...
Mac Davis once sang about the difficulties of being humble, but Davis never shipped out 1.5 BILLION hard drives. Seagate has, reaching the milestone on October 20, 2010, and somehow managed to keep mum about it for nearly an entire month. But what's most impressive about the feat is Seagate skyrocketed to the 1.5 billion threshold just 2 and... Read more...
Marvell this week announced a new quad-core ARM processor intended for servers as part of its ARMADA XP platform. It's the fastest ARM chip on the planet for enterprise class applications and could be just the thing ARM needs to steal some market share away from AMD in the server sector. The ARMADA XP processor comes clocked at 1.6GHz per... Read more...
You don't find many people clamoring for satellite broadband service, which is typically reserved for those living in the boonies or any other locale where cable and/or DSL aren't options. That's because broadband satellite service pretty much sucks. The cheapest tier HughesNet offers runs $60/month, and all that gets you is 1Mbps downstream... Read more...
Overclocked videocards are nothing new, but when you're the fastest on the block, you've earned the right to brag a little bit. And though HIS Digital isn't thumping its chest or making any "world's fastest" claims, the company's new 6870 TURBO graphics card is the fastest clocked HD 6870 we've spotted yet. The TURBO edition comes clocked... Read more...
Last week Kingston announced its new SSDNow V+100 Series SSDs for the enterprise market, and it didn't take long for the memory maker to release a version for everyone else. Taking aim at mainstream consumers, Kingston today unveiled its SSDNow V100, the latest addition to the company's existing V Series. Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB... Read more...
Fast and sexy. Those two adjectives describe how we like our PCs, which might explain why this hobby is often compared to cars. After all, a finely tuned rig that runs laps around the competition could just as easily describe our overclocked six-core machine with multiple GPUs as it could our hotrod sitting out in the garage. Chevy seems to... Read more...
Need more proof that the 3D revolution has officially begun? You got it. Planar just announced a 23-inch 3D Vision Ready monitor for mass consumption, the SA2311W. Keep in mind that Planar doesn't often put a lot of focus on the general consumer side, though the company felt compelled enough by the current 3D landscape to try and cash in on... Read more...
Buying into the 3D hype yet? MSI hopes so, which just announced its CX620 3D laptop with a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit screen. As with just about every current 3D device, you'll need to don a pair of special glasses to see all those effects Avatar made popular. And if you've ever wondered what all your 2D photos would look like with a third dimension... Read more...
Most of you probably have no desire to turn back the clock and get your Web surfing groove on with IE6, but consider all those enterprise users who developed apps to work with Microsoft's non-standard browser. The sad reality is Microsoft essentially broke the Web, leaving scores of business users with the unenviable... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you can remember paying $200, $300, and even $400 for high-end DDR1 kits back in the day? We get a little green under the gills just thinking about it, and those of you new to the game should thank your lucky stars that you entered this hobby at a time when the DRAM has hit rock bottom. Or has it? Look around online... Read more...
Oh my, is that Hitachi's new G-Drive with G-Technology in your pocket, the slimmest external hard drive on the planet, or are you just really unhappy to see us? Oh it is Hitachi's G-Drive! That would explain the ultra-slim footprint. The G-Drive is a 2.5-inch external unit measuring just 128.6mm (L) x 82mm (W) x 9.9mm (H), so you can fill... Read more...
Go ahead and call the iPad nothing more than a glorified iPod touch, assuming you want to rub salt in the wound. Of course, that isn't exactly true, but most of the criticisms are, one of the big ones being the lack of multitasking support. The iPhone has it and so does the iPod touch, but the iPad doesn't, not yet... Read more...
The freight train known as Android continues to barrel down the smartphone tracks at full speed and was installed in 44 percent of all mobile phones purchased in Q3, according to the latest figures from NPD Group. That's an increase of 11 percentage points since Q2 and nearly twice as high as Apple's iOS, which increased its own share one... Read more...
Pat yourself on the back if you've been eyeballing Motorola's Droid 2 and managed to wait this long without upgrading your crusty old Razr (a respectable cell phone for its time). Your reward? Verizon has gone and snipped the price of the Droid 2, which now runs $150 with a 2-year contract (and after a $100 mail-in-rebate in the form of a... Read more...
The music industry dealt what appeared to be a fatal blow to LimeWire by winning a court injunction against the peer-to-peer file sharing service. Desperate to keep the ship afloat, however, LimeWire CEO George Searle confirmed that the company recently laid off 29 of it's 100-person workforce, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.... Read more...
Kingston just sent us word that it's launching its next generation SSDNow V+ solid state drives (SSDs), the SSDNow V+100 series. These next generation drives sport a garbage collection scheme that's not OS dependent, as well as an improved controller offering up to 25 percent better performance than the original... Read more...
NEC has been on a roll in the desktop monitor sector as of late. We recently reviewed the company's new MultiSync PA271W display and gave it high marks for its excellent color reproduction and boatload of useful features, and now NEC is bringing to market two more MultiSync displays, the EA192M and E201W. Both of these sport LED backlighting,... Read more...
It's official folks, Acer has gone and formally announced its Liquid Metal, the real sequel to the Liquid E but with a much cooler name and more stylish body. The new smartphone comes built around Google's Android 2.2 platform and sports the same 800MHz Snapdragon processor as the T-Mobile G2. Acer is putting a big emphasis on speed with the... Read more...
Well this is getting interesting. According to reports, Oracle continues to cry foul over Google's business practices, most recently claiming that the search juggernaut "directly copied" its Java code. The allegation comes as part of an updated lawsuit that was first filed back in August of this year. The original lawsuit, which seemingly... Read more...
With plenty of time to spare for the upcoming holiday shopping season, Sony said it has gone and answered the cries of its gamers who apparently wanted nothing more than to be able to buy a 320GB PlayStation console in standalone form. Now you can, so long as you have the requisite funds ($350). "The digital... Read more...
NEC just sent us word that its MultiSync PA Series 23-inch monitor with an IPS panel is headed for North American shores in November. This is the smallest version of the company's MultiSync PA Series, the largest being the PA271W we recently reviewed. The PA231W, which was unveiled in Europe last month, is a professional grade display featuring... Read more...
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