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TechSpot is a leading computer and technology publication established in 1998. Read daily by thousands of power users, tech enthusiasts, IT decision makers and gamers, TechSpot is home to over eight million readers every month.
TechSpot delivers breaking tech news and analysis to an audience of professionals and enthusiasts who crave for technical depth and want to learn about the latest digital trends. TechSpot's news coverage is complemented by comprehensive product reviews, guides and longform features, software recommendations, and a massive product database. TechSpot is also a tech enthusiast community at heart, with hundreds of active discussions posted daily by our readers.
Editorial Team and Staff
Julio Franco, Executive Editor
Julio Franco is the Executive Editor and founder of TechSpot. He started TechSpot in 1998 out of his interest in computer hardware and 3d graphics. Julio taught himself the basics of computers and software development at an early age. That curiosity led him to write online, this was before the explosion of blogs and social media. That personal project evolved into TechSpot, which is now a daily stop for hundreds of thousands of tech enthusiasts. Julio holds a Master's degree in Information Systems. Outside of tech, Julio enjoys playing a variety of sports including tennis, football and crossfit. He's also an avid follower of global politics and architectural design.
Rob Thubron, Senior Editor
Rob Thubron is a Senior Editor for TechSpot. Rob has had a love of computers and technology since receiving a ZX Spectrum 48K as a birthday present in the mid-80s - a machine that also ignited his life-long passion for all things related to video games. After completing courses in IT and English, he went on to complete his Business Computing degree. Rob enjoys exploring all areas of technology with a primary focus on PC hardware and gaming. When not sitting at his computer, Rob enjoys working out and watching horror movies, graphic novels, heavy metal, and consuming a worrying amount of energy drinks.
Steven Walton, Features Editor
Steven Walton is a Features Editor and Reviewer for TechSpot. Steve is also a YouTube personality, well known in the PC hardware scene for his work on the Hardware Unboxed channel. Steve discovered gaming on computers during his late school years which made it clear his future would lay within the industry. Steve is a hands-on technical person, and his interest for the hardware that makes it all work has gained him a reputation as the most serious benchmarker in the business. When Steve is out and about, he enjoys fishing, driving, and playing sports.
Shawn Knight, Senior Editor
Shawn Knight is a Senior Editor for TechSpot. Shawn has been covering consumer technology online for nearly two decades. Before joining TechSpot, Shawn operated his own publication and managed a small staff of writers reviewing dozens of tech gadgets over the years. Shawn has been interested in computers and technology since an early age, he soon got into case modding and overclocking in the late 90s. Shawn has a keen interest in writing, photography, and enjoys drag racing, hockey, and MMA.
Erik Orejuela, Software & Downloads
Erik Orejuela oversees the TechSpot Downloads section, running point on the latest software updates and coordinating the team that runs security before we distribute software on the site. As a Business major, Erik doesn't go as deep into computer hardware as his fellow editors, but he does love the thrill of a good multiplayer match and the latest in consumer gadgets. Erik is a certified scuba diver, he also enjoys fishing, boarding and everything a beach activity has to offer.
Nick Evanson, Contributing Editor
Nick Evanson is a Contributing Editor for TechSpot. He began his journey in the world of computing in 1981, with a Sinclair ZX81 and a book on ZX Basic, and has never looked back. Nick began writing articles on PC technology, especially graphics cards, when Microsoft released Windows XP. He worked at Futuremark (now UL Benchmarks) writing help files for 3DMark and fronting their gaming and hardware section, called YouGamers. These days, Nick lectures in Mechanical Engineering during the day, and writing about 3D graphics, technology and science by night on TechSpot.
Ivan Franco, Software and Product Finder Editor
Ivan Franco is a Products Editor for TechSpot. Ivan oversees the Product Finder section and is part of the software distribution security team. Early adoption is a tradition in Ivan's family, so his interest in the latest tech trends and gadgets go back to his infancy, whether it's computers, audio systems, graphic design or car tech. Ivan is always being consulted on what to buy by friends and family, something he developed into a trade. Outside of tech, Ivan is a gearhead and black belt jiu jitsu practitioner.
Tim Schiesser, Features Editor
Tim Schiesser is a Features Editor and Reviewer for TechSpot. Always fascinated by technology, that led Tim to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree and start reviewing tech products, something he's been doing for almost a decade. He started building and tinkering with PCs, but by the time Android hit the scene he was found reviewing them by the dozen. Most recently you can find Tim testing everything about computer displays and other related technologies, both on TechSpot and Hardware Unboxed.
Cal Jeffrey, Contributing Writer
Cal Jeffrey is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Cal has a degree in Information Technology and 20 years of experience working in the field. He enjoys writing about current technology and ran a blog for several years covering everything from networking to video games. Cal also enjoys writing fiction. In 2013, he wrote a novel based on the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution titled, “Adam Jensen’s Journal.” Cal’s hobbies include electronics repair, martial arts, rally racing, and model building.
William Gayde, Feature Writer
William Gayde is a Feature Writer and occasional News Contributor for TechSpot. He's a currently a Computer Engineering graduate student at the University of Illinois, with a focus on hardware design. William is passionate about building and testing the latest generation of technology both from an application and architectural perspective. He's always loved tinkering with things to figure out how they work and how they can be improved. Outside of technology, William enjoys playing percussion.
Adonis Figueroa, Developer
Adonis Figueroa is a computer engineer and web developer for TechSpot. Adonis specializes in IT project management, having studied computer science at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Espol) and later receiving his Master's degree at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Adonis is the lead designer of TechSpot's backend infrastructure with the collaboration of specialized engineers over the past decade. Most recently Adonis has a newfound passion for craft brewery to which he dedicates part of his time.
Per Hansson, IT Consultant
Per Hansson is an IT Consultant and server guru for TechSpot. Per works as a technician for the Swedish company Edströms, performing maintaince & installations of Adige tube laser systems
in Europe ("laser beams"). Per has been part of the TechSpot community for over a decade. His interest in computing and security meant the team always relies on him when making changes to TechSpot's server infrastructure and security layer.
Cohen Coberly, Contributing Writer
Cohen Coberly is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. His main passions are PC gaming (mostly RPG and strategy titles), GPUs, and 3D graphics. He's been overclocking, optimizing, and fiddling with his hardware since his dad taught him to put together his first rig. When Cohen isn't obsessing over the latest RPG from CD Projekt Red or experimenting with ZBrush, he can be found here at TechSpot, covering the latest tech trends. Some of Cohen's other hobbies include reading, cooking, and taking care of his many pets.
Isaiah Mayersen, Contributing Writer
Isaiah Mayersen is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. After becoming fascinated with his friends' custom-built gaming PCs until he eventually constructed one himself, only to discover an extraordinary inadequacy of gaming ability. He's never met anyone who managed to accidently die as quickly as he did in his first run through of The Witcher 3. Despite this Isaiah has developed a fierce passion for gaming hardware that's shaped his career ever since. In his spare time, he loves to explore the Australian outback by bushwalking, rock climbing, bike riding, camping, fishing, and emu training.
Adrian Potoroaca, Contributing Writer
Adrian Potoroaca is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Adrian turns enthusiasm and coffee into code, and he's fascinated by the way things work, and how they can be hacked. Adrian also likes to reflect on how technology, culture, and art intersect and impact society. Games are what got him into technology, and grew up with Doom and Wolfenstein. When Adrian is not working or playing, he loves to hit the gym or going for a swim, as well as taking friends to a new escape room.
David Matthews, Contributing Writer
David Matthews is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. He's been interested in technology ever since his dad taught him basic DOS commands as a kid. After receiving a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science, he entered the IT world and specialized in networking. IT professional by day, by night David is an avid PC and console gamer -- particularly of Action/FPS games -- and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter (who is somehow better than him at mouse and keyboard).
Humza Aamir, Contributing Writer
Humza Aamir is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. After graduating in Computer Software Engineering, Humza has spent the past few years working on the UX design of learning management systems for the education sector. He's particularly fond of racing games and remembers Test Drive (DOS), Top Gear 2 (Sega 16-bit) and falling in love with Porsche after playing NFS: Porsche Unleashed. His hobbies include gaming, traveling, collecting & learning about gadgets, playing table tennis or going for a swim.
Eric Hamilton, Contributing Writer
Eric Hamilton is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. He's been an ardent PC gamer and PC enthusiast since commandeering his family's first home PC in the late 90s -- a now ancient Compaq Presario 5510. It was there that he cut his teeth with games such as Doom, Duke Nukem, Diablo and Tomb Raider, to name a few. Unsurprisingly, this would serve as a catalyst to obsess about all things PC hardware and technology related. Many years and PC builds later, Eric writes for various tech and gmaing publications including TechSpot.
TechSpot Contributing Members
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