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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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If you were concerned that Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture would ultimately be found wanting in the overclocking department, go ahead and put your mind at ease. Granted not all Sandy Bridge parts will have the moxie to kick it up several gears, but it's a good sign than an overclocker on Chinese-language Coolaler.com's forum managed to push... Read more...
Word on the Web is that starting November 3, 2010, T-Mobile will roll out a tether and Wi-Fi sharing option to its subscribers for $15 per month. For those who pony up the cash, they'll be able to use their smartphones as a tethering device or Wi-Fi hotspot, something that just about anyone with a rooted smartphone can already do for free.... Read more...
We'd all love to deck out our desktops and notebooks with high-speed, capacious solid state drives (SSD), but let's face, as good as the technology is, SSDs are still too frakking expensive for mainstream consumption. We're not talking about those puny 64GB SSDs that can be had for comparatively cheap. Sure they're affordable, but once you... Read more...
So you consider yourself a power user, and as such, you wouldn't be caught dead and rotting with integrated graphics, right? Fair enough, but remember you're part of an elite bunch. For every PC user like yourself, there are scores of others who are content to surf the Web, fire off emails, and even load a casual game or two without dropping... Read more...
Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia's Optimus technology. At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking... Read more...
If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Barnes and Noble should be blushing all kinds of red. That's because Amazon has made the decision to let Kindle users lend books to other Kindle device and Kindle app users, a feature Barnes and Noble's Nook had since Day 1. "Later this year, we will... Read more...
Security firm F-Secure is warning that a malicious program spoofing Microsoft's free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program is being distributed via drive-by download as either hotfix.exe or mstsc.exe. "Not only does this fake took steal Microsoft's brand, it also features a bizarre matrix display of 32... Read more...
The dudes at Dell are 100 percent throwing their hat into the tablet ring, which figures to get awfully crowded in a battle royal sort of way within the next 3 to 6 months. Apple's already there, with other players to include Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, and, well, just about every company you can think of. And unlike Samsung with it's... Read more...
Not all of the early reviews of Sony's PlayStation Move motion sensing controllers have been glowing, but that hasn't stopped gamers from flocking to the new hardware. According to Sony, more than a million Move devices in North and Latin America have sold in the first 30 days since launch . "Retail demand is incredibly strong and we're working... Read more...
MSI has gone and announced another 15.6 gaming laptop, this latest one built around Intel's Core i5 platform and featuring an Nvidia GeForce GT 425M graphics chip inside. It's not going to suddenly render your $2,000 gaming desktop obsolete, but it is a potent combo that brings serviceable DirectX 11 gaming in an attractive looking notebook.... Read more...
Nvidia's really into this whole 3D thing, and understandably so considering how vested Team Green is in seeing the technology succeed. To help nudge things along, Nvidia today announced its 3DTV Play software. What exactly is it? Using the 3DTV Play software, users can connect their Nvidia 3D Vision-enabled notebooks and desktops to their... Read more...
Keeping the nettop segment going, Zotac today unveiled its new ZBOX HD-ID40 series, a new mini-PC built around Intel's Atom platform and sporting Nvidia Ion graphics.There are two versions available, including a barebones setup for anyone who likes to roll their own rig. Both the HD-ID40 and HD-ID40 Plus come with an Intel Atom D525 processor... Read more...
Sprint today is all smiles over being the first U.S. wireless carrier in America to offer both a dual-mode 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook, and you should be too if your favorite dance is the Subsidized Shuffle. Starting October 31, Sprint's business customers will be able to snag a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) for free, provided you factor... Read more...
Perhaps we're dating ourselves here, but 'back in the day' your choice of memory had a direct impact on your system's overclockability. Save for extreme overclockers with fancy LN2 setups and aspirations of setting world records, RAM isn't nearly as important anymore, but until you can punch the power button on a RAM-less PC and still have... Read more...
Windows XP provided us with some great memories, didn't it? Perhaps more importantly, it helped us through the Vista era, which really wasn't as bad as some make it out to be, but did get off to a rocky start, regardless of whether you want to blame Microsoft or those who write drivers for hardware. Wonky network performance, slow file transfers,... Read more...
For those of you who like to shake that money maker (and other parts of your body), the countdown begins now. On November 4, 2010, Microsoft will launch its motion-controlled Kinect platform for the Xbox 360 game console, along with 17 controller-free games on or around launch day to get you started. The Kinect is poised to be an uber popular... Read more...
We hate to fan the flames of political mudslinging over government spending and other topics that tend to attract Internet tough guys, but even we were surprised by this one. MeriTalk, the government IT network, just published the findings of its "Uncle Sam's Lost and Found: $15.4 Billion" study that examines the Federal government's ability... Read more...
Moboclix, which makes it their business to know everything there is to know about mobile applications, claims Apple's App Store now has over 300,000 apps. That number includes both free and paid apps, and is still an impressive number when you weed out all the fart apps, particularly when you consider the ambiguous approval process new software... Read more...
To say that Steam is doing well would be like saying Bill Gates has a little bit of money saved up. You think? Steam isn't just doing well, it's growing at a phenomenal rate. According to Valve, there are now over 30 million active accounts on Steam, and growing. "Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," said... Read more...
For all but the most budget conscious buyers, piecing together a home brewed rig often entails forking over a premium for certain components, depending on what you're trying to accomplish. If you're a gamer, you probably bought a high-end graphics card (or at least that's what you should have done). Do you spend more time ripping videos than... Read more...
The latest fad in mobile PC design is to slap on a high-gloss finish, which admittedly looks terrific but also serves as a magnet for smudges and fingerprints. MSI claims its new FX700 and FR700 won't tolerate such nonsense with their anti-smudge and anti-scratch raised totem seal coating technology. Sounds fancy, and should we get one in... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) and the USB 3.0 "SuperSpeed" specification seem meant for each other, and that hasn't been lost on Iomega. The digital storage firm today unveiled new host-powered external USB 3.0 SSD flash drives available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. "When time is money and you need the latest technology in portable storage,... Read more...
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