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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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Call the whole 3D craze nothing more than a hyped up gimmick if you will (and maybe you're right), but if that's the case, this is shaping up to be one of the most lucrative gimmicks in recent times. According to the number crunchers over at NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service, Americans have spent over $55 million on 3D-capable televisions... Read more...
Apple apparently has its legal panties in a bunch over four patents the Cupertino company is accusing HTC of violating. As outlined in court documents, the patents deal with software and technologies found in Apple's smarphones and other mobile devices, one of those being a patent for "slide to unlock" start-screen technology, The Wall Street... Read more...
The hottest mobile chip in town is Qualcomm's blazing fast Snapdragon processor, which LG has managed to catch and stuff inside its latest Android-powered smartphone, the Optimus Q. While the Chocolate had long begun showing its age, the Optimus Q brings to the table several modern amenities, including an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, touch-sensitive... Read more...
Even a used Lamborghini is going to set you back six figures, and unless you have plenty left over in the bank, could also result in a divorce. Why risk such personal turmoil when you can spend a mere $800 on a new 2010 model Lamborghini? If that sounds too good be to be true, it's because it is. The Lamborghini we're referring too doesn't... Read more...
Last we checked, boutique system builder iBuyPower had no less than 627 million gaming machines to choose from and configure, or somewhere thereabouts. Alright, so our math might be slightly off, but the point is, the company can afford to toss a bone to Newegg, largely regarded as the go-to online vendor for computer... Read more...
With all the hoopla surrounding 3D displays, we wondered if anyone would bother releasing a traditional LCD monitor anymore. ViewSonic answered that question today by lifting the curtain on their new VG28 series, the latest in a line of ergonomic widescreen LCD displays with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications. The new models come in... Read more...
Few things in life are more trying than to be locked into a T-Mobile contract and watch as your buddies over at Verizon, AT&T, and even Sprint gain access to swank new phones with spiffy features. That isn't to say it's all bad over on T-Mobile, and there have even been a few gems, but after the G1, there hasn't... Read more...
You hear that noise? That's the sound of the 3D bandwagon headed in your direction, and everyone's jumping on. That includes Toshiba, which has made available its first 3D laptop, the Satellite A665-3DV. Sure, the name is a little boring, especially since Toshiba is blazing a new trail for themselves, but the hardware inside is bit more exciting,... Read more...
Steve Jobs and company may want no part of Adobe's Flash platform, but plenty of other mobile entities do, including Google. Answering the call, Adobe today announced the release of its Flash Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. According to Adobe, this release was redesigned from the ground up for performance and mobile specific features,... Read more...
If you subscribe to the 'Core i7 or bust' philosophy, you no longer have to rule out Sony's Vaio Z series laptops. Intel's Core i7 620M processor (2.66GHz) is now an upgrade option, which adds $150 to the price of the standard configuration that comes with a Core i5 540M chip (2.35GHz). That's not a terrible way to... Read more...
Sure, you can spend several grand on a swank home theater setup that kicks out enough volume and bass to knock the dishes out of your neighbor's kitchen cabinet, but hey, times are tough and disposable income isn't as disposable as it once was. So for most of us, we're simply looking for a modest speaker set that (A)... Read more...
Word to the wise - if plan on picking up Microsoft's new slimmed down (and sleek looking) Xbox 360 console, be sure not to move the console while playing, loading, or otherwise spinning a game disc. If you do, it could very well be the last time that game disc will load. Of course, you don't need to take our word for... Read more...
If you want an iPhone, AT&T is the only wireless game in town. And if you think Apple is shooting itself in the foot by limiting the iPhone to a single network, the numbers suggest otherwise. The Cupertino company on Wednesday said there have been more than 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, the largest number of pre-orders Apple... Read more...
The media coverage surrounding Apple iPhone 4 pre-order inventory levels has been almost as crazed as, well, the whole pre-order frenzy. Not unpredictable for a new Apple product release -- and particularly a new iPhone design -- it didn't take long for the Cupertino company to exhaust its supply of devices for day-of-release shipments. So... Read more...
All aboard! It's time to jump on the 3D bandwagon, at least that's what Toshiba wants you to do, which is co-conducting the three-dimensional ride in the mobile market with its new Satellite A665 3D-ready laptop. And the the other co-pilot? That would be Nvidia, whose 3D Vision Technology provides the engine for this 3D ride. Your ticket costs... Read more...
Slim is definitely in, just ask Samsung, who has gone and introduced one of the skinniest external optical drives you're ever likely to see before the technology is supplanted by whatever storage medium the future holds. Called the SE-S084D (we would have gone with AN0R3X1A), the new drive brings sexy back to a... Read more...
When Samsung first introduced its F1 series of hard drives several years ago, the company was pushing its way through the terabyte barrier, joining a then elite club of high-capacity drive makers. Now in its fourth generation, Samsung is kicking off its new SpinPoint F4 series with a 320GB hard drive designed for... Read more...
Given the current landscape, it would seem inevitable that it's only a matter of time before Nokia falls to the competition and concedes the No. 1 spot in the smartphone market. After all, there's a new iPhone on the horizon, HTC continues to bombard the market with wicked fast Android devices (and those built around other platforms), and... Read more...
LG Display and iRiver today announced a $5 million joint venture to develop an ebook reader. Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will establish a new company tasked with OEM development, production, and sales of the new device, which will then be sold to electronics customers who are free to slap on their own label. "The joint... Read more...
In a blog post this week, Microsoft made sure to remind everyone that XP's deadline date is fast approaching, making specific mention of netbooks. Come October 22, 2010, "OEMs will no longer be able to pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs," no matter how much consumers may want it. So is another stay of execution coming? Don't bank... Read more...
Undeterred by Apple's stubborn refusal to support Flash, Adobe this week peered into their crystal ball and evidently saw a future in which their Flash Player came installed on more than 250 million smartphones. Adobe isn't talking about some far off future, either, and instead sees itself going from zero to hero in... Read more...
We don't know if the emerging 3D craze will end up a mere blip in the history of home entertainment or, if like netbooks, this will become the newest must-have technology, but if the 3D market does fall flat on its face, it won't be for a lack of effort from Sony. On the contrary, the electronics maker this week... Read more...
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