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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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Depending on who you ask, Moore's Law is either dead and obsolete (NVIDIA) or the decades-old observation laid out by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is alive and well (Intel), and will continue to thrive into the future. The latter opinion is that of Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. It's also not a new one, but in a post on... Read more...
The wait for Sony to release its much-anticipated PlayStation VR2 headset to retail is winding down, though it will still be a few months before it lands on store shelves. In a blog post, Sony announced the PSVR 2 will launch on February 22, 2023, as will the optional PlayStation VR2 Sense controller charging station... Read more...
Security researchers at Malwarebytes Labs have discovered a small handful of malicious Android apps loitering in Google Play, which collectively have racked up over 1 million installations. According to the researchers, each of the four malicious apps is contaminated with a Trojan that serves up adware and directs... Read more...
Back in late January, G.Skill and ASUS celebrated setting a world frequency record with a Trident Z5 memory kit running at 8,888 MT/s. At the time, the memory kit needed to be drenched in liquid nitrogen (LN2) to achieve the high-speed result. Now just over nine months later, G.Skill and ASUS have teamed up to break... Read more...
AMD didn't quite meet its revenue target for its fiscal third quarter of 2022, though it did still manage to post a 29 percent year-over-year gain to $5.6 billion. Half of that ($2.3 billion) was recorded as a profit, which is a gain of 13 percent from the same quarter a year ago. In a statement, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su... Read more...
Micron on Tuesday announced it has begun shipping qualification samples of its 1-beta DRAM technology to smartphone makers and chipset partners. In the process (pun intended), Micron is calling out the laws of physics for a showdown with its sophisticated lithography and nano-manufacturing, which have enabled the... Read more...
Gigabyte is rolling out the red carpet for ultra high-speed DDR5 memory kits by infusing select Z790 motherboards with supercharged XMP profiles. Sitting at the top, Gigabyte's not-yet-released (to the public) Z790 Aorus Tachyon "pushes the envelope of memory performance to XMP DDR5-8333 and DDR5-9300 O.C. with air... Read more...
I don't know who needs to hear this, but mixing table salt with your thermal paste to cool your PC processor (or any component) is a bad idea. Most people wouldn't even consider it (I hope, anyway), but lest there be any doubt, cooling company Noctua explained why the combination is an ill-advised one after a TikTok... Read more...
AMD has issued an advisory regarding reported Windows 11 versus Windows 10 performance deltas in certain games with its newly minted Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors. While the company has not observed any usual performance characteristics so far (and neither have we, for that matter), it is looking claims by... Read more...
Logitech G502 X Plus: MSRP $159 (Currently $139) The new Logitech G502 X Plus is a versatile, customizable, lightweight, high-performance mouse, that's loaded with features and offers both wired and wireless operation. Excellent sensor (Hero 25K) Comfortable design Easy to customize via software Satisfying... Read more...
If you're among the more than 2 billion who use Google's Chrome browser on your desktop PC, take a moment to apply the latest patch. Google has issued an emergency update that contains a single security fix and nothing more, but it's an important one—its plugs up a gaping security hole that hackers are known to be... Read more...
A lot of companies would be pleased as punch to generate $13.5 billion in any given three-month period. But there's only one Intel, and that figure represents a 20 percent year-over-year decline in third-quarter revenue, which the company attributed to a challenging economy and weakening PC demand as the world... Read more...
NVIDIA announced a temporary price cut to its GeForce NOW cloud gaming service today when signing up for six months of Priority-level access. Normally a six-month Priority membership would run $49.99 (versus $9.99 per month, which works out $59.94 for six months). But for a limited time, you can score a six-month... Read more...
Technically, we still have a few weeks to go before Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be here, but the bargains are arriving extra early this year. We highlighted some of them earlier this week—there are banging deals to be had on gaming laptops, desktops, 4K TVs, and more—but what's really caught our attention is... Read more...
Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet and we reckon there's a fair number of people surfing the web with it inside Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Well, bad news for them—barring a last-minute reprieve, Google plans to sunset its Chrome browser on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 with its version 110... Read more...
Gigabyte is grinning from ear-to-ear after its Z790 Aorus Tachyon motherboard played a role in setting a benchmark record. There are plenty of accolades to go around, however, and the real crown jewel is Intel's flagship Core i9-13900K processor. Based on Raptor Lake, the 13th Gen chip has been busy setting... Read more...
Minisforum is adding a couple of new AMD-powered models to its Venus series mini PC lineup. They include the EliteMini UM590 with a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor underneath the hood, and the burlier EliteMini UM690 powered by a Ryzen 9 6900HX, both with integrated Radeon graphics. The latter config is arguably the more... Read more...
There's still almost a week to go before we get to Halloween and Thanksgiving is still a month out. Nevertheless, retailers are already starting to post Black Friday bargains. Best Buy is one of the first out of the gate, with big discounts currently applied to gaming laptops and desktops, 4K televisions, and a whole... Read more...
While you've been stocking up on candy to hand out to trick-or-treat visitors and decking out your home with Halloween decorations, LEGO has been busy assembling an absolutely delightful and spooky-looking gaming PC with tens of thousands of bricks. It's a one-off design so you can't actually buy it for yourself... Read more...
Following the launch of its Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors for consumers, AMD will soon unveil its first EPYC server chips based on the same underlying Zen 4 architecture. How soon? Less than three weeks from now—AMD announced it will livestream its next-generation EPYC server CPU launch on November 10... Read more...
Records are meant to be broken and ASUS is all too happy to play its part with its ROG Maximus Z790 Apex motherboard for Intel's Raptor Lake CPUs. The latest record-setting achievement set on the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex is an 8.8GHz clock speed, obtained from Intel's flagship Core i9-13900K processor—the highest-ever... Read more...
IBM is showing off its first complete system-on-chip (SoC) designed to run and train deep learning models at a faster and more efficient clip than what general-purpose CPUs can achieve. Big Blue is calling it an Artificial Intelligence Unit (AIU) and one of the notable features is that clients can install it just as... Read more...
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