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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're a gamer, move along, there's nothing to see here. For everyone else -- particularly those of you who scoff at the high price tags enthusiast grade mice command -- Dell's new WM311 Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver might be just what you're looking for. At the very least, it should be within your budget, checking in at only $30 before... Read more...
Come Sunday May 16th, AT&T will begin offering the Palm Pre Plus, fleshing out the wireless carrier's stable of high-end smartphones that currently include HTC's Pure, several BlackBerry devices, a little known smartphone from Apple called the iPhone, and a spattering of other models. The Palm Pre Plus will run $150 after mail-in-rebate... Read more...
Intel has a message for consumers, and that message is this: Thin is in. No, the Santa Clara chip maker isn't taking a dig at your recent weight gain, but is instead referring to its plans to introduce four new processors, all of which are intended to more heavily promote ultrathin laptops in the mainstream market. "With an ultrathin laptop... Read more...
Beginning May 28, Apple will begin offering its iPad to nine more countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. And effective immediately, anxious would-be iPad customers residing in each of those countries can put their pre-order in through Apple's website, the company from Cupertino... Read more...
At least until iPhone OS 4 ships, probably the single biggest complaint with Apple's smartphone is its inability to multitask. That will change in the coming months, and so too will several other shortcomings be addressed (like managing apps with Folders), but if you just can't shake that Android-envy on your new iPhone 3G, you're not completely... Read more...
Burn us at the stake (please don't) or take away our PC geek cred membership card (never mind, we'd rather be burned at the stake), but we have no problem admitting we like Apple's iPad. It's fun, it's functional, and it makes an awesome bedside or couch companion, lack of Flash support be damned. But one thing we're not so keen on is typing... Read more...
It doesn't seem like cell phone owners ever have anything positive to say about customer service when it comes to mobile carriers, but if there's a worst offender of the bunch, it would be AT&T, a new survey suggests. Looking at trends in customer satisfaction and loyalty, market research firm ChangeWave found that only 23 percent of the... Read more...
Razer has taken a bucket of bling and poured it all over the company's Abyssus gaming mouse for a brand new rodent, the Abyssus Mirror Special Edition. As the name suggests, the new mouse sports a black chrome mirror finish on the outside, while the inside retains all the features of the original Abyssus, including a... Read more...
Score a point for SanDisk, the flash memory card maker who managed to convince Microsoft to let them be the ones to provide the official Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive. Microsoft added USB storage device support to its gaming console less than a month ago, and with SanDisk's USB stick, gamers need not worry about formatting or downloading an initial... Read more...
Some believe (and many are hoping) that solid state drives (SSDs) will spell the end for mechanical hard drives, and at some point, that very well may be the case. But it isn't going to happen this year, the next, or even the year after that, provided IDC's data proves correct. In a study titled Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2010-2014 Forecast,... Read more...
Like a caped avenger, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week swooped in and scooped up Palm, saving the day for the struggling smartphone maker who, up to that point, was faced with an uncertain future. In the wake of the acquisition, Verizon has gone and slashed the price of Palm's HP's two webOS smartphones, the Palm Pre and Pixi. These aren't minor... Read more...
Apple's iPad 3G went on sale over the weekend, quickly selling out in many Apple stores across the nation. According to initial data, Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3G models in the past couple of days, including over a month of presales. In case you're wondering, Apple also sold about 300,000 of the less expensive... Read more...
Without a whole lot of fanfare, Dell has gone and updated its Inspiron notebook line with several new 'R' branded models, including the Inspiron 13R, 14R, 15R, 17R, and M501R. These are slightly upgraded models over their R-less counterparts, all of which sport a wider variety of hardware and OS options to choose from. In addition to tapping... Read more...
Short and to the point, Valve this week announced it would be porting its Steam platform over to the Mac next month. And when we say short and to the point, we really mean it. All the developer had to say was "Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stayed tuned for more information." No "Hi, how ya... Read more...
In the beginning, there was Core i7, but the platform was without form and void. And the hardware Gods said, "Let there be SuperSpeed 3.0," and there was USB 3.0. The hardware Gods saw that USB 3.0 was good and said, "Let there be SATA 6Gb/s," and this too was good. But then the scientists at MSI argued the case for the Big Bang theory, not... Read more...
SuperBiiz, the online vendor of computer parts and components previously known as eWiz, announced today that they will being carrying SuperTalent's USB 3.0 Express line. If you're not familiar with these drives, these are essentially USB thumb drives that work on the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for much faster transfer speeds than what you'll... Read more...
So Apple has already sold over 600,000 iPads in less than a month, and a spate of other tablets will soon begin flooding the marketplace. All of these threaten to shake things up in the ebook reader market, but don't go counting Amazon's Kindle out of the game. Further blurring the line between standalone ebook readers and multifunctional... Read more...
Former rapper Will Smith had it completely wrong when he waxed poetic about how parents just don't understand. It's the principal who has it all backwards, or at least that's what you'll hear if you talk to the students of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. So what is it that has students in an... Read more...
In an official blog post today, Nokia unveiled the X2, a musically inclined smartphone the company says will be out before the end of June. Where exactly it will debut remains to be seen, but for what it's worth, the announcement was made in India, so we'd be surprised if this one ships in the States, at least initially. The candybar shaped... Read more...
As recent as a week ago, Palm chairman and CEO Jon Rubinstein held firm that things weren't as bad as they seem, that Palm wasn't in dire need of a lifeline, and he and his company had a plan to return the struggling smartphone maker to profitability. It looks like we'll never know if that was true or not, as HP today announced it has entered... Read more...
Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between two heavyweights in each one's respective field, today announced the Garmin-Asus A10, the second Android-powered smartphone the two companies have collaborated on. This latest one sports a bright, 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display the duo claims is optimized for "pedestrian... Read more...
If you're going to spend upwards of $700 or so on a videocard, you might as well make sure it's the fastest graphics card in the known universe, right? Better look into Sapphire's product line up then, and specifically, the company's new HD 5970 4G TOXIC Edition. With 4GB of GDDR5 memory, Sapphire's newest videocard boasts twice the amount... Read more...
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