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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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.

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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.

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Samsung is developing a new OS for the Internet of Things

Samsung is developing a new open-source OS for IoT devices, and hopes it will find a place in the millions of smart devices, home appliances, wearables and industrial equipment coming online.

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Want a Chrome tablet? CTL's new $250 Chromebook features a flip screen

CTL's new J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebook can be a laptop or a tablet, and it starts at just $249.

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Will Apple ever release a Mac hybrid?

As more applications are likely to use touchscreens, Apple may need to develop products that merge features like touch with advanced computing capabilities.

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PC rivalry extends to servers: Lenovo aims to topple HPE, Dell

A few years ago, Lenovo toppled rivals HP and Dell to become the world's top PC maker. It now wants to do the same in servers.

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5 reasons why the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can't be a PC replacement

Apple is taking a shot at Windows PCs with its new 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablet, calling it the "ultimate PC replacement."

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Apple’s Liam is a robot that takes apart your iPhone for recycling

Apple shared some details on what it does with the iPhone after it is returned.