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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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AOC has created a new Agon Pro gaming monitor tier among its growing display lineup and its first model, the Agon Pro AG254FG, comes flying out of the gate with a breakneck 360Hz refresh rate for fast-action gameplay. In doing so, the AG254FG earns the distinction of the fastest gaming monitor AOC has released to... Read more...
Intel claims its newly minted Core i9-12900KS Special Edition processor is the world's fastest desktop CPU, though it's not necessarily talking about benchmark performance—the Core i9-12900KS can hit up to a 5.5GHz turbo frequency on one or two cores. That's at stock settings, and of course it didn't take long for... Read more...
If you use Cash App, some of your personal details may have been exposed. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cash App developer Block (formerly Square) revealed it suffered a data breach last December in which a former employee downloaded financial reports for millions of US... Read more...
We all know Anker for its extensive product line of phone charges, cables, power banks, and other accessories, but its next offering is a delightful surprise. Anker is crowdfunding a 3D printer on Kickstarter, and it comes with some big promises. Chief among them is a five-fold increase in print speeds compared to... Read more...
Making fast SSDs for consumers is a good way to build street cred with enthusiasts, but the real money lies in the enterprise sector. This is not lost on Seagate and Phison. Having already worked together on the FireCuda 530 series, which is one of the fastest SSDs on the market, Seagate and Phison announced a long... Read more...
It was recently discovered that the AMD Software (formerly Radeon Software) driver utility is secretly changing CPU parameters in the BIOS on some PCs. This isn't some sinister play on AMD's part, but an apparent driver bug. AMD confirmed as much in a statement, saying it is "aware of an issue in the AMD software... Read more...
Maybe you splurged on NVIDIA's monstrous GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and want to stretch its legs, or perhaps you own a reasonably powerful GPU with better bang-for-buck proposition. Either way, like a fine wine it's all about the pairing, and it's the monitor you'll be staring at for hours on end, not the graphics card. If... Read more...
Word around the web is that AMD is getting ready to refresh its Radeon RX 6000 series with a few new models, and specifically the Radeon RX 6950 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT, and Radeon RX 6650 XT. Originally rumored to launch this month, the cards have apparently been delayed, though just by a few weeks. According to the... Read more...
Piecing together a custom liquid cooling setup can be intimidating. Throw hardline tubing into the mix and it can be downright scary for first-time builders. While it's not going to become mainstream any time soon, Corsair is attempting to make the process easier for new and experienced users alike with a couple of... Read more...
Valve is making all kinds of strides with its Steam Deck handheld, from crushing bugs and improving the overall experience, to ramping up shipments and validating more games from its Steam catalog. This is turning into a lesson on how to successfully launch a hardware product, and during a lingering shortage of... Read more...
The latest OnePlus flagship is hardly in need of a sales pitch—see our OnePlus 10 Pro review for our full thoughts, extensive benchmarks, and evaluation. Short and to the point, though, it's a solid Android phone with a lot going for it. If you're thinking about buying it, there's a unique preorder bonus currently... Read more...
Intel might be readying a Next Unit of Computing (NUC) codenamed Wall Street Canyon that's built around Alder Lake-P, but what's really interesting is the potential marketing angle. If the latest leak is to be believed, Intel will bestow its mini PC the retail moniker NUC Studio Pro 12. That's either taking a clear... Read more...
You can take some remarkable videos and photos with a drone because of their ability to capture unique aerial views that even the longest selfie sticks wouldn't be able to achieve, but one of the coolest drone videos we've ever seen actually takes place inside a Tesla factory. It's a rare and spectacular tease of how... Read more...
It's been over three decades since The Secret of Monkey Island graced the PC with a lovable would-be pirate, clever puzzles, and the distinct humor that was a staple of Lucasfilm (and later LucasArts) adventure games. Several sequels later, we're still left wondering what the real secret is. It may or may not ever be... Read more...
I really like my Apple Watch Series 7, and for a variety of reasons. If I were able to take a mulligan on purchasing it a little over a month ago, however, I might bite though not because I'm unhappy with it for any reason. Instead, I'd place an order today instead of when I did, because it's currently on sale for a... Read more...
When we evaluated how many CPU cores you need for a great gaming experience, our benchmark data showed that a 6-core/12-thread processor was the sweet spot. That was nearly a year ago, and generally speaking our conclusion probably still stands (Intel's hybrid Alder Lake architecture throws an interesting wrench into... Read more...
Intel is obviously best known to consumers for its x86 processors, but it's far from a one trick pony in the silicon space. Edge-centric FPGAs, networking solutions, and a host of other hardware and services all fall squarely into Intel's manufacturing and development purview. You can include blockchain technology... Read more...
Intel designs and manufacturers a whole host of semiconductors, including x86 and FPGA silicon, discrete GPUs, Wi-Fi products, and so forth. But did you know Intel is also a game developer and publisher? Technically it is, and it's latest entry in the burgeoning games industry is Pixel Pat, a delightful 8-bit retro... Read more...
Having been writing about technology since before my goatee sprouted gray hairs, I can say the most challenging time of the year is always April 1st. Wading through April Fools' Day gags to report on actual news is not always as easy as it may sound. Except when the products are so outlandish, there's no way they... Read more...
Solid state drives stopped being exclusive to PCs, servers, and workstations when the latest generation game consoles arrived, and if you own a PlayStation 5, it's pretty easy to expand the built-in storage with a fast SSD. Choosing the right one is key, though. To that in, MSI says in no uncertain terms that its... Read more...
Valve is very close to officially supporting Windows 11 on its Steam Deck handheld game console. Future SteamOS and BIOS updates will enable installing Microsoft's latest operating system on Steam Deck, if that's the direction you want to go, though you don't have to wait for a stable release. They're actually... Read more...
You're totally right to be skeptical of everything you hear and read today. It's April 1st, otherwise known as April Fools' Day, the annual day of pranks. But believe it or not, Total War: Warhammer is completely free right now and will remain so until 11:00am ET on April 7, 2021. As long as you claim it before then... Read more...
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