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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 didn't take boutique system iBuyPower long to pounce on AMD's recently released Radeon HD 6450, HD 6570, and HD 6670 graphics cards (see our evaluation of the latter two here) . These are entry-level graphics cards intended for OEMs, and iBuyPower is putting them to good use by building a trio of affordable gaming... Read more...
The NBA playoffs are underway, and if you're a basketball fan, there's been plenty to keep you entertained. Last night, for example, the Boston Celtics again edged out the New York Knicks for a 2-0 series lead on their way to an 18th championship (that's right, we just predicted the Celtics will go all the way), the... Read more...
Tablets and eBook readers and smartphones, oh my! Is there any room left for netbooks, the forgotten hero of yesteryear? Of course there is, and to prove it, Acer is coming out with a new netbook that wanders off the beaten path in more ways than one. For starters, you won't find an Intel Atom processor inside Acer's upcoming Aspire One 722.... Read more...
iTunes has been updated to version 10.2.2 and includes a few minor bug fixes, one of which is an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad. It wouldn't have been so bad except that Apple insists on maintaining tight integration between its mobile products and iTunes software. Version 10.2.2 also addresses a few other... Read more...
Well that was fast. A day after an anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal that Samsung was shopping its hard drive business in hopes of raising $1.5 billion, the electronics maker found a buyer. Seagate today announced a "broad strategic alignment" with Samsung that, among other things, will give Seagate... Read more...
MSI claims it was inspired by top-of-the-line luxury sedans when redesigning the newest additions to its C-Series of notebooks, the silver CX640-071US and black CR640-035US. Both are 15.6-inch notebooks built around Intel's Core i3 2310M processor, with the former boasting Nvidia's GeForce GT 520M graphics with Optimus technology and the latter... Read more...
The rumor mill is buzzing with chatter about Nintendo's Wii console and whether a second generation device is on the horizon. It all started last month when Nintendo America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, made it pretty clear that the successor to the Wii would not adopt 3D, leading some to wonder if Nintendo was working on a new console. Things... Read more...
The suits over at Samsung have an important decision to make. Should the company hang onto its hard disk drive (HDD) business even though it's losing money and hope for greener pastures on the horizon, or cut its losses by selling off the unit and using the cash to invest in other areas? Citing "a person familiar with the matter," this is... Read more...
Good news if you've been annoyed with your mobile Apple device for one reason or another related to the software. Apple this week released its iOS 4.3.2 software update for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (third and fourth generation), and iPad 1 and 2. There are a number of fixes in the update, including one that addresses a FaceTime... Read more...
MSI sure does seem infatuated with its Twin Frozr III cooling solution, which has been appearing on a number of the board maker's graphics cards. That's not a bad thing, considering MSI claims big temp reductions due in part to the cooler's propeller blade technology. The newest card to get the Twin Frozr III makeover... Read more...
Every overclocker knows the number one enemy to their way of life is heat. High temps are the bane of every overclocking enthusiast, and unless you can keep your components cool, you won't have much luck pushing the pedal to the metal. It's true of every component, including videocards, which is why we're excited to... Read more...
You've heard of Apple TV, the $99 set-top box that allows you to rent movies and TV shows, watch Netflix titles, and stream photos and music from your home network to your living room television set. But what would you think about an Internet-connected HDTV built and branded by Apple? According to online chatter, this is exactly what Apple... Read more...
Getting tired of staring at the same benchmarks every time you build a new PC or upgrade your gear? We have good news for you. Futuremark today announced that it will be releasing its PCMark 7 benchmark suite on May 3, 2011, which is less than three weeks away. As with most of Futuremark's software, there will be multiple versions to choose... Read more...
With the dust having settled on Intel's staggered Sandy Bridge launch and the early chipset issues having been ironed out, we're finally starting to see PC makers come out with builds based on the Santa Clara chip maker's second generation Core architecture. And if there's a platform ideally suited to showcase what Sandy Bridge is capable... Read more...
Toshiba today announced a new self-encrypting disk technology that promises to nuke your sensitive data should it fall into the wrong hands. It's called "Wipe Technology," a proprietary suite of security functions that add a new layer of protection to data storage and IT equipment. Using Toshiba's Wipe technology, users can determine a range... Read more...
You may have noticed a larger electronics section in your local Wally World. That's because over the past couple of years, Walmart devoted about 20 percent more floor space to push home entertainment items, and in particular television sets. But with consumers showing little interest in 3D TVs, and with popular... Read more...
Psst, you over there. Come closer. How would you like a brand new, never opened Kindle for $114? Yes, this is the third-generation Kindle, the letters are all in English, and no, it didn't fall off of a truck. What's that, you're still skeptical? Alright, there is a catch. In order to receive the $25 price break, you have to put up with special... Read more...
MSI is one of those companies that has little interest in simply slapping its brand on a reference videocard and calling it a day, and instead often opts to crank up clockspeeds and use custom cooling solutions. This design philosophy is underscored by MSI's new N560GTX-Ti Hawk edition videocard. The N560GTX-Ti Hawk comes equipped with the... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft has officially atoned for the debacle that was known as Vista. Don't get us wrong, Vista actually became a serviceable OS once the kinks were ironed out with its first Service Pack, but up until then, driver issues, poor file transfer performance, and networking headaches left XP users feeling vindicated in sticking... Read more...
When we heard Asus was coming out with a P-IPS display, we were a bit taken aback at the thought of Asus getting into the high end monitor game. But as the old cliche goes, there's a first time for everything, and the PA246Q ProArt 24-inch LCD monitor is Asus' first foray into the professional display market. Every other monitor Asus... Read more...
Around this time last year, all we could do was talk about all the upcoming tablets that manufacturers kept teasing us about with press releases and leaked photos. What a difference a year makes. It's still slim pickings out there, but unlike last year, there's more than just Apple's iPad to choose from. If you're looking for something smaller... Read more...
Apple's second generation slate might be the belle of the tablet ball, but for some, it continues to be a headache inducing slate. Adding to the list of problems that plague the iPad 2, we're now hearing complaints that Verizon's 3G iPad 2 sometimes needs to be rebooted in order to connect to 3G after previously switching it off. The problem... Read more...
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