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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HP's low-cost $189 Chromebook 11 G5 will let you use Android apps

If you're looking for a Windows alternative laptop, there's a new incentive to pick up a Chromebook: it may be able to run Android apps.

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The Surface 3 is dead, as experts debate the future of low-end Windows tablets

Microsoft will stop manufacturing Surface 3 by the end of the year, which raises a big question: Will there be a Surface 4? Experts have mixed opinions.

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This Raspberry Pi 3 rival will boast an SSD storage slot

You can't put SSDs on Raspberry Pi 3, but a competitive board coming soon will have that option.

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Seagate targets storage for drones and robots

Seagate is targeting drones and robots as it looks to add its storage technologies to new devices.

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Battle lines are drawn: IBM prepares Power9 to take on Intel and ARM

IBM has many goals with its upcoming Power9 chip, and one is to challenge the dominance of Intel's x86 chips in the data center.

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With a smiley, Circle makes it easier to pay friends in other countries

By exploiting the power of social media, Circle wants make moving bitcoins and money across borders a pleasant and cost-saving affair in more countries.

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IBM wants to sell Power servers based on OpenCompute designs

IBM is warming up to the idea of adding servers using its Power processors and the OpenCompute open design to its product portfolio.

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This external Seagate drive can add 8TB of storage to Raspberry Pi and Chromebooks

Seagate's packing an 8TB hard drive in its new external Backup Plus Hub, which can be hooked up to a Raspberry Pi 3 or Chromebooks for expanded storage.

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Intel's megachips will take on Nvidia's GPUs and Google's TPUs

In 2018, Intel will likely release a faster and more power-efficient Xeon Phi, a supercomputing chip that is already in some of the world's fastest computers. Intel is also looking beyond CPUs to FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), which can be faster in key tasks.


Fujitsu drops SPARC, turns to ARM for Post-K supercomputer

Alternative chip architectures are taking some thunder away from Intel's x86 at this week's International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt. The ARM architecture, which dominates mobile-device chips, will appear in Fujitsu's next flagship supercomputer.

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Intel pits monster 72-core Xeon Phi chip against GPUs

When introducing its new monster 72-core Xeon Phi chip, Intel couldn't help but take a swipe at graphics processors being sluggish for some tasks.

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China's secretive mega chip powers the world's fastest computer

Fifteen years ago, China decided to build homegrown processors for PCs, servers, and supercomputers. Now the country's latest chip is powering the world's fastest computer.

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Nvidia monstrous Pascal GPU-powered Tesla P100 is getting a PCI-E version, too

Some of the world's fastest computers employ Nvidia's graphics processor for computer vision and complex calculations, and a new GPU will supercharge these applications.


HPE looks to move data between computers at the speed of light

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is turning to lights and lasers in thin fiber optics as a way to move data at blazing speeds between computers, replacing thicker and slower copper wires.


HP Enterprise shows off a computer designed to emulate the human brain

Intelligent computers that can make decisions like humans are on the roadmap for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.