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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Gaming on Linux, Steam machines set to soar with DirectX competitor Vulkan

The look of games on Linux-based Steam machines and mobile devices will improve with the upcoming Vulkan API.

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New Chromebook won't break with 365-pound person standing on it

CTL's NL6x Extra-Rugged Chromebook for Education can withstand drops and bumps.

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Super-fast 10TB Intel SSDs could be on the horizon thanks to new Micron chips

Intel's solid-state drives could be poised for a big jump in capacity and speed with new 3D flash chips coming from Micron.

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Qualcomm hopes a gradual approach to server market will pay dividends

The ARM server market is a dangerous place to be: it's still about promise and there's virtually no money to be made. Some ARM server chip makers have quit or shut down, while others hold on to the hope that it will some day be viable.

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Qualcomm's bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with new Wear platform

Wearables today are overwhelmingly tethered to smartphones. Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with its new Snapdragon Wear platform.

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Qualcomm's new chips target low-cost smartphones with premium features, including 21Mpixel camera support

Low-cost smartphones could be packed with premium features thanks to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625 mobile chips.

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A new IoT gateway design could be Bluetooth's ticket to the cloud

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group wants to raise Bluetooth's profile in the Internet of Things with a toolkit for building gateways between the short-range wireless network and the Internet.

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Coming soon to HP's consumer laptops: Smoother video with AMD's FreeSync

Video on HP's laptops will be smoother with the PC maker putting AMD's FreeSync technology in more consumer laptops this year.

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Samsung ports Tizen to Raspberry Pi to spur adoption

Samsung sees the popular Raspberry Pi board as a way for masses to develop products with Tizen OS.

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Intel's Itanium to live on as HPE commits to new servers with the chip

Intel's Itanium processor lineup has an uncertain future, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise is committed to an upcoming chip code-named Kittson.

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HPE servers get new names to help users figure out what they can be used for

If you're looking at buying servers from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, don't let a new naming convention throw you off balance.

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Modular cellphone kit can be used for IoT and wearables

You can assemble a rudimentary 2G cell-phone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices.

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Make a $40 Linux or Android PC with this tiny new Raspberry Pi 2 rival

If you want to build a powerful $40 Linux or Android PC with 4K video support, consider Hardkernel's Odroid-C2 computer.

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7 exciting smartphone trends to watch in 2016: VR, super-fast LTE, and more

Smartphones this year are poised to become more interactive, more fun and maybe a little bit smarter than you’d like them to be.

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Dell's stepping in to protect the boot layer of PCs, tablets

Dell's business laptops and tablets will get an extra layer of protection from hackers with a new security tool being loaded into the company's portable computers.