Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers machine learning, virtual reality, PCs, servers and chips for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

HP Z2 Mini workstation

HP's power-packed Z2 Mini takes on the aging Mac Mini

HP's luring Apple Mac users to switch over to its PCs with sleek and powerful hardware, and hopes the new Z2 Mini will attract Mac Mini users.

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Microsoft, Nvidia work to speed up AI platform powering Cortana

Thanks to artificial intelligence, we have autonomous cars, chat bots and speech recognition. Microsoft's CNTK (Cognitive Toolkit) is one among many platforms that trains computers to learn, and it's getting an upgrade.

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As AMD mulls GPU for 32-core Zen chip, it develops software tools

AMD has a clear-cut business plan: Its upcoming 32-core Zen chip will bring it back into high performance servers, and the company has expressed a desire to make high-performing GPUs for such systems.

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The fastest computer in the world pushes 125 petaflops of data

Cray's new XC50 supercomputer will support the latest coprocessors from Intel and Nvidia for scientific computing.

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As Watson matures, IBM plans more AI hardware and software

Just over five years ago, IBM's Watson supercomputer crushed opponents in the televised quiz show Jeopardy. It was a preview of how artificially intelligent computers would storm into our daily lives.

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Intel's build-from-scratch Aero Ready to Fly Drone Kit will take off next month

It's fun to buy a drone from a store, but perhaps more fun to build one from scratch. Intel in December will start shipping a fully loaded drone kit to do just that, with all the parts including the rotors, software, 3D camera and flight controller.

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Nvidia's Pascal GPUs reach the cloud via IBM and Nimbix

Nimbix's cloud service is now live with Nvidia's Pascal GPUs and IBM Power8 servers.

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After protest, Lenovo adds Linux compatibility to Yoga 900 and 900S laptops

Lenovo created a stir in late September when it said the Yoga 900 and 900S hybrids would work only with Windows, not Linux. The company has now changed its stance, bringing Linux support to those PCs.

IBM's quantum computing system

Diamonds could be building blocks for quantum computers

Diamonds are among the most expensive gems in the world, but nanodiamonds could also serve as a building block for quantum computers.

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AMD supports 5K video with new Radeon WX GPUs

AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards will drive content creation for games and VR.

Orange Pi Zero

The Orange Pi Zero single-board computer ships for $6.99

At US $6.99, a new Raspberry Pi competitor called Orange Pi Zero costs less than some sandwiches in New York City.

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Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols

Apple says it took "courage" to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. But there's another way to look at it: The advanced technology loaded in the $159 Airpod wireless headset may have made Apple's decision easier.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 fiasco hits Qualcomm's revenue

Samsung's cancellation of the Galaxy Note7 hurt Qualcomm's chip sales, but the company expects other smartphones to fill that void.

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US government warns China to play fair in the chip market

A battle between the U.S. government and China is now brewing in semiconductors, which is the foundation of electronics.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000

What can you get in a $99 laptop this holiday season?

If the high prices of the new Macbook Pros were disappointing, don't worry, dirt-cheap Windows 10 laptops will be available this holiday season for under $100.