Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips, and semiconductors for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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Tech supergroups formed to push PC data transfers to blazing-fast speeds

The OpenCAPI Consortium and Gen-Z are announcing new ports and protocols that will give computers faster memory, storage, and processors.

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Mobileye's upcoming self-driving car chip will pack a new MIPS CPU

Mobileye is designing a next-generation chip called EyeQ5, which will be the brains for fully autonomous cars by 2020. It has a new MIPS CPU.

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How Alienware's 20-year history with PC gaming can help drive the future of VR

Co-founder Frank Azor has fond memories of Alienware's early days. It was a wild time of building kick-ass PCs, gaming, lots of sci-fi shows and generally, having a good time.

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Hardware makers unite to challenge Intel with Gen-Z spec

A new consortium called Gen-Z is out to ease the transition to this new class of storage and memory in computers. It is creating a new specification and architecture that also will make it easier to add other new forms of non-volatile memory to computers.

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Apple Mac shipments take a beating in the third quarter as PC shipments decline

Sales of Windows PCs fared better than Apple Macs during the third quarter this year.

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Why Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds prefers x86 chips over ARM processors

At last week's Linaro Connect conference, Linus Torvalds preferred x86 because of the supporting ecosystem and infrastructure, something ARM lacks.

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Adapteva's 1,024-core Epiphany V mega-chip packs a serious wallop

The 1,024-core mega-chip called Epiphany V from small chipmaker Adapteva can outperform the latest gaming and server processors with its new chip

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Intel looks beyond x86, puts 64-bit ARM processor in new FPGA chip

It seems the chip war between Intel and ARM is slowly winding down, at least for the time being.

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Intel ships RealSense-powered kits to build your own robots and drones

Want to build a drone at home? Intel's now shipping its Aero Compute Board so you can get your unmanned aerial vehicle in the sky.

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Microsoft points to a transition of Windows 10 Mobile to 64-bit

There's a lot to like in Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones, but there's one glaring weakness: it still is a 32-bit OS.

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AMD provides upgrade path to Zen with new Bristol Ridge Pro processors for businesses

AMD wants to make it easier for PC users to upgrade to upcoming Zen chips.


You can now use an iPhone to log into a Windows 10 PC, Microsoft says

Apple's iPhone isn't always a good pairing for Microsoft's Windows 10 PCs, but you'll be able to use the phone's biometric authentication features to log into PCs.

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Researchers make progress toward computer video recognition

Researchers are trying to make video recognition a reality, and using some image recognition techniques to make that happen.

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AMD has its eyes on Las Vegas with Polaris GPUs

The internet of things market is becoming too big to ignore for AMD and Qualcomm. The companies this week announced CPUs and GPUs adapted from PCs and mobile devices for use in IoT devices.

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Nvidia teases Volta GPU in next-gen Xavier self-driving car computer

Nvidia's current Pascal GPUs are generating a lot of enthusiasm, but its successor, the Volta GPU architecture, is on its way next year, and there's a lot to be excited about.