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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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Not everyone was on board with AMD's decision to scoop up ATI for some $5.4 billion back in 2006. There were some who thought it was a brilliant acquisition, and many who questioned whether or not AMD had fallen off its rocker, perhaps for good with such a hefty investment. We now know that those in the former camp... Read more...
We'll give you a moment to get over our thumbnail picture of some dude's eyeballs seemingly popping out of his skull. Like you, we're a little grossed out by it, and for some reason, can't stop staring at it. Thankfully, LG's upcoming DX2000 display with eye-tracking technology doesn't require your eyeballs to bulge out of your eye sockets... Read more...
It was only a year ago that Globalfoundries announced plans for a major global capacity expansion. And now? Globalfoundries today said it's ready to start moving 300mm semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment into its newly constructed cleanrooms in New York and Dresden. The technical term for this milestone is... Read more...
It's the end of an era for Sony's MiniDisc Walkman player, an era you may not have realized was underway. It doesn't matter now anyway, because Sony is reportedly stopping shipments of its soon-to-be-defunct music player that was never very popular in the U.S. to begin with. Turns out that you crazy kids were more... Read more...
Yes Verizon, we can hear you now. And so can AT&T. Loud and clear, as a matter of fact, which is what happens when one wireless company steals market share from another in convincing fashion. And that's what Verizon did which, according to market research firmLocalytics, now accounts for a third of all iPhone 4 devices in the U.S., despite... Read more...
Whether you think of Apple as makers of the trendiest and best performing mobile products on the planet or view Steve Jobs' 'Evil Empire' with the same contempt that Boston Red Sox fans have for the New York Yankees, Apple's doing well either way. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. Despite a growing army of Android users, Apple today... Read more...
Find yourself enamored by the prospect of having a CPU and GPU integrated into the same slice of silicon? You have options, friend, one of those being AMD's newfangled Fusion-powered Accelerated Processing Units. These APUs require a new socket -- FM1 -- which won't be a big deal if you're starting from scratch anyway. For those of you not... Read more...
Call it vanity or simply getting with the times, either way Gateway scores some major style points for revamping its ID Series and NV Series of laptops. Both strut their stuff with attractive new chassis designs on the outside, and come powered by the latest in mobile technology in and around the hood. First up is the... Read more...
If you've dreamed of a day when you could jailbreak your iPad 2 tablet and reap all the benefits that come from shaking off the shackles Apple put in place (for your own good, of course), today is the day you've been waiting for. The popular browser-based jailbreak service -- JailbreakMe.com -- is back, and it now supports any iOS 4.3.3 device!... Read more...
MSI today launched its Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard for Intel's snazzy new Z68 chipset, but that in and of itself isn't MSI's claim to fame. With the release of the Z68A-GD80, MSI is touting its newest slice of silicon as the planet's first and only motherboard to support PCI Express Gen 3, which provides a data transfer rate 200 percent faster... Read more...
Toshiba's latest addition to its Qosmio laptop line -- Qosmio F750 -- jumps on the 3D bandwagon, but without those dorky looking (and sometimes uncomfortable) 3D glasses. Instead, the F750 laptop comes armed with a 15.6-inch screen (1920x1080) that uses a "state-of-the-art lenticular screen" that beams images at slightly different perspectives... Read more...
Today is the Fourth of July, and you know what that means, right? Of course you do, which is why the burgers are prepped (Protip: make a small indentation with your thumb in the middle and they won't balloon up on the grill, tempting you to flatten the flavor out with your spatula), Ladder Ball is setup in the... Read more...
Zynga, the online gaming company responsible for Farmville and other Facebook games that once littered your social networking wall with dorky updates, is the latest tech company to file for a ridiculously large IPO. How large, you ask? Just in case you thought that's a typo in the title, it's not; Zynga really and truly expects to raise $1... Read more...
We're well into summer now, and that means lounging in the backyard in your hammock, catching a tan (and some eye candy) at the beach, bar-b-ques, and all that other stuff that's fun to do in nice weather. And then reality hits -- you live in the midwest or some other locale that constantly interrupts your summer plans with rain and other... Read more...
If there's one thing Google knows how to do, it's drum up excitement (actually, Google's pretty adept at search and email too, but that's another story). Just look at Google+, the sultan of search's latest attempt at breaking into the social networking game and taking on the likes of Facebook (a monumental task) and MySpace (shouldn't be hard).... Read more...
Does your old and slow notebook have you suffering a serious case of the summertime blues? If so, MSI thinks it has the answer with its new generation CX480 laptop line in your choice of black, white. or "summery blue," each one with a fresh flat brush finish for "an all-new youthfully chic exterior." Sounds eye-catching, but what about the... Read more...
In the Bible it says, "And on the eighth day, God said, 'Let there be Twitter so man can post what he had for lunch.' So God made Twitter and celebrities flocked to the social networking site in a race to gain the most fans." Er, wait a minute, that doesn't sound right. So maybe God had nothing to do with Twitter, that hasn't stopped the microblogging... Read more...
Watch out team iOS, because the Android army is getting stronger by the day. We're not talking just a few hundred devices either, or even a few thousand. Try 500,000 new Android activations every 24 hours. What's more, Google says that number is climbing. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at... Read more...
In what can be taken as yet another sign that Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with a much needed makeover of modern parts, Best Buy's online listings for current generation models show that they're "Not Available for Shipping." You can still walk down to your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar... Read more...
Domain registrar GoDaddy.com has been on the auction block since September of last year, and it appears the site has finally found a buyer willing to pay a high enough asking price. Actually, three buyers, including private equity-firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, and private equity and venture capital... Read more...
Whoa there fella, is that a Transformer you have there in your pocket, or are you sporting a raging...oh, it is a Transformers USB stick! Lucky guess, except that we cheated and read Mimobot's press release introducing its new USB drives featuring retro Transfomers styling. "We are stoked to welcome the iconic Transformers characters Optimus... Read more...
According to Internet market research company comScore, Google websites welcomed more than a billion unique visitors around the globe in the month of May 2011, becoming the first Web property in the history of the Internet to reach such a milestone. "In the past year, Google Sites has seen its audience grow 8 percent to eclipse the 1 billion... Read more...
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