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.

Intel

Intel's top PC, IoT executives set to leave after a management shakeup

The writing was on the wall for some Intel executives after a former Qualcomm executive was hired in November to oversee the company's PC, Internet of Things, and software businesses. Two of them will be leaving.

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What's in HPE's persistent memory?

Memory and storage have been separated in computers for decades, but that's changing.

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Microsoft is putting Windows 10 and Cortana at the center of smart homes

Are you too lazy to open the door or switch on a light? Let Windows 10 and its Cortana voice-activated digital assistant do the job for you.

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IBM's brain-mimicking computers are getting bigger brains

IBM says it wants to make intelligent computers that can make decisions like humans. This week, it shipped the NS16e, its largest brain-inspired computer yet, and has big goals ahead.

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Intel's fastest 22-core Broadwell chip comes to new servers

Every time Intel announces new Xeon chips, server makers waste no time in announcing new products.

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Intel's face-meltingly fast new SSDs are its first with cutting-edge 3D NAND

Intel promised super fast and high-capacity SSDs with 3D NAND chips last year, and the company announces the first of those drives Thursday.

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Intel's 22-core Broadwell chips will speed up cloud services

Intel continues to jack up the number of CPU cores in its chips, on Thursday releasing a new line of Xeon E5-2600 v4 which have up to 22 cores.

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Dell powers up 22-core Precision desktops for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Virtual reality is poised to change desktops, and Dell is packing serious horsepower in its new Precision desktops to view and create VR content.

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AMD's monstrous new FirePro S9300 X2 pro graphics card packs a pair of Fiji GPUs

AMD is releasing one monster graphics card after another as the GPU speed battle with Nvidia heats up.

Apple

Apple should set a better example with its supplier report, Greenpeace says

Apple says conditions at factories where its iPhones and iPads are made have improved, but Greenpeace said the company could set a better example in reporting on its suppliers.

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Apple developing new batteries to improve energy capacity in devices

Apple can't yet boast of significantly longer battery life in devices, but the company is looking to change that.

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How Apple stomped on Intel's plans to make RealSense cameras detect emotions

Intel has grand plans for computers that will recognize human emotion using its RealSense 3D camera, but Apple appears to have dealt it a setback.

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Energy Star 3.0 server spec to look at coprocessors for more accurate power-efficiency ratings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Energy Star specification for servers to take into account significant system design changes and help buyers make effective purchasing decisions.

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Google's Project Ara smartphone project shows signs of life

Google redesigns Project Ara website, possibly a prelude to announcements.