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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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AT&T managed to ruffle a few feathers when they announced the end of their unlimited data plan. For most customers -- up to 98 percent, according to the wireless carrier -- the new 250MB and 2GB monthly data plans will actually save users money in the long run, but for those who ordered an iPad 3G in hopes of not... Read more...
AT&T over the weekend began offering the Palm Pixi Plus for sale to its customers, and at a pretty attractive price point too. Though the smartphone spotlight today is shining squarely on Apple's iPhone 4G, which Steve Jobs is expected to announced during his WWDC 2010 keynote, AT&T's $50 price tag for the webOS-based Palm Pixi Plus... Read more...
Australian airline Jetstar's in-flight entertainment is about to get a whole lot more, well, entertaining. No, they're not hiring dancing girls to boogie down the isles, but the airline from down under will start renting out iPads on some of its domestic flights. It will cost $10 to rent an iPad, which will provide some additional in-flight... Read more...
The spinsters on Nokia's marketing team are billing the company's new E73 Mode smartphone as the premier device to "balance the need to stay connected with one's work and personal life at home or on the go." In other words, it's suitable for both work and play, much like RIM's BlackBerry phones, which is what the N73 looks strikingly similar... Read more...
It's only been four days since Skype launched a new version of their Web app for the iPhone platform, and already it has been downloaded nearly 5 million times. The latest release allows iPhone owners to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls over their 3G data connection, as well as call mobile and landlines at low rates. According to Reuters,... Read more...
Shipping to stores in plenty of time for Father's Day (which falls on June 20th this year), Amazon's Kindle ebook reader will be available in all Target locations starting this Sunday, June 6th, the retail chain announced this week. Target will become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry the Kindle. "Our guest’s response to Kindle... Read more...
The race for higher wattage power supplies has finally reached a tipping point where it's no longer feasible to keep cranking out higher rated units. Instead, PSU makers have shifted their focus to other areas in the PSU design process, most notably in efficiency. With that in mind, Antec becomes the latest to release... Read more...
Foxconn thinks they have a solution to the mounting suicides that have rocked the company's China operations: pay the workers more money. According to reports, Foxconn plans to raise wages by 30 percent, which still isn't all that much, but it's a start. One report has the basic salary at Foxconn's China plants at about 900 yuan a month, or... Read more...
Did you think trackballs were dead? Think again, because not only are they still around, but companies like Adesso are still churning out new models. The latest of these is the iMouse T1, an optical rodent with a 1.8-inch trackball ergonomically jammed front and center. According to Adesso, the iMouse T1 is contoured for comfort. The big red... Read more...
The Computex convention in Taipei officially kicked off this morning, and that means you can expect a spate of product announcements at every turn. One of those comes from MSI, who has just announced their R5870 Lightning graphics card. Built around the same 40nm manufacturing process as other HD 5870 parts and sporting the same 2GB of RAM,... Read more...
We'll wait for the dust on this latest report to settle for offering up a virtual high-five to the Apple workers. The subsidies will reportedly amount to 1 percent to 2 percent of the profits from Apple products. Apple's sudden profit sharing generosity stems from the company's own investigation into the numerous suicides that have taken place... Read more...
The folks over at ARMDevices have posted an exclusive look (via YouTube video - see below) at the Realease Shogo tablet. Sporting a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen, the Shogo comes built with a Freescale i.MX37 (ARM11) or i.MX51 (ARM Cortex A8) processor inside and is completely open with Linux as the OS. Realease's has all the makings of... Read more...
At what point does a smartphone really become a digital camera with call-making abilities? Up until now, we've never really had to put much thought into such a scenario, because quite frankly, the integrated cameras on most smartphones leave a lot to be desired. That might change when Altek releases its Leo device, which is technically a smartphone... Read more...
Why settle for an ordinary looking rodent when you can "express your inner self" with "new dreamy colors and fanciful designs?" That's Logitech's pitch for their new Fantasy Collection, a range of products purportedly inspired by trends in fashion and pop culture, with a dash of storybook fancy and dark mystery thrown in (their words folks,... Read more...
Hewlett Packard is giving it up for Mother Nature by releasing four new displays that promise not to put the hurt the environment, in case you care about that sort of thing. Each of the four monitors use only two-lamp panels instead of four to reduce both power consumption and toxic chemicals, and as a result are Energy Star 5.0 compliant... Read more...
We'd like to say that Foxconn has been under fire for a rash of employee suicides that have occurred this year, but up until now, the company hasn't really been under fire at all, not by those who have the power to make a difference, anyway. It was less than a week ago that we reported another Foxconn worker had fallen from a building to his... Read more...
Invest in one of Magellan's new 2010 RoadMate navigators and you'll never have to worry about being caught off guard by a traffic jam again. That's because, for the first time, Magellan is throwing in Free Lifetime Live Traffic, a service that keeps the RoadMate up to date with the latest traffic conditions so you can... Read more...
Don't go writing the obituary for Windows Mobile 6.5 just yet, not with the LG Fathom hitting Verizon Wireless business sales channels this Thursday. Verizon said it would begin selling the LG Fathom  online and in Communications Stores beginning June 3 for $150 after a $100 mail-in-rebate (in the form of a debit card) and with a new... Read more...
You don't have to be a die-hard computer nerd to use ZyXEL's new X150N router, you just need $40 and the ability to plug things in without electrocuting yourself. Aimed at the entry-level audience, ZyXEL is billing their latest router as a cinch to setup with little to maintenance or support once it's all up and... Read more...
We're not surprised that someone managed to root HTC's EVO 4G smartphone, we're just taken aback by how quickly it was done. After all, you can't even walk into a Sprint store and pick up an EVO 4G just yet. But hey, that's the sort of risk your run when you hand out pre-release phones to developers ahead of launch, which is what Google did... Read more...
For years, us PC folks have pointed and laughed our Mac brethren who, for the most part, have been gimped when it comes to gaming. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but c'mon, if you're a gamer, your choices have traditionally come down to a Windows-based PC or a dedicated console. Valve set out to change this dichotomy between gaming... Read more...
Not ready to drop $529 on a Nexus One? We don't blame you, and nor do you have to in you're in the market for a new Android-based phone through T-Mobile. The wireless carrier said its myTouch 3G Slide smartphone will go on sale June 2 for $180 after rebate with a two-year service agreement. Like Microsoft's KIN phones, the myTouch 3G Slide... Read more...
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