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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 believed the pre-release hype, Motorola's Xoom was supposed to dash into the market and slay the iPad, ending Apple's tablet reign and ushering in a new era ruled by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. It all sounded like a solid plan, with Honeycomb being the first version of Android built from the ground up for tablets, but... Read more...
One thing you learn in Boy Scouts is that where there's smoke, there's usually fire. We bring this up because there's been a lot of smoke lately about Nintendo's second generation Wii console, and as we suspected, it wasn't unfounded. Nintendo today confirmed that, yes, it's working on a successor to the Wii, and yes, it will launch in 2012.... Read more...
Sony over the weekend ensured gamers that it's working frantically to rebuild its PlayStation Network and bring everything back online. PSN was taken offline last week when an "external intrustion" to Sony's system wreaked havoc with both PSN and Qriocity services. "We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been... Read more...
You almost get the feeling that Origin might be a little bored simply putting together high-end systems with parts from the top shelf. The solution? Overclock, and do it in a big way. Starting today, Origin is offering overclocked processors in its EON17-S laptops, up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost, making it the highest... Read more...
Many enthusiasts generally prefer to roll their own rigs, but when it comes to notebooks, the notion of building a system from scratch becomes less practical and appealing. Things tend to get expensive, your build options aren't as robust as they are with desktops, and working in tight quarters will test your patience. That's where system... Read more...
Citing manufacturing issues at Apple that led to a shortfall of iPad shipments, market research firm IHS iSuppli reduced its shipment forecast for 2011 to 39.7 million units. That figure includes all iPad models and is down from iSuppli's February's forecast of 43.7 million units, a reduction of more than 9 percent... Read more...
Maingear knows a thing or three about building high-end gaming systems, but it's not all fun and games. The boutique system builder also constructs heavy-duty workstations like the Quantum Shift, which Maingear has just updated with Intel's new Xeon Processor E3-1200 family. "The pairing of the new Intel Xeon E3 1200... Read more...
Sony this week announced that it's putting to rest its PSP Go handheld game console and will no longer produce or ship additional units once inventory runs out. To anyone who follows the portable gaming scene, this shouldn't come as any surprise, unless you're simply shocked it took Sony this long to throw in the white towel. Despite Sony's... Read more...
Underscoring why Verizon Wireless made such an aggressive push to secure rights to sell Apple's iPhone, the wireless carrier today announced activation figures for the coveted smartphone, saying it turned on service for 2.2 million iPhone devices in the first quarter alone. What's more, Verizon said the iPhone 4 produced the most successful... Read more...
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...
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