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.

Oryx Pro

This Ubuntu Linux laptop packs a 4K display and Nvidia's beastly GeForce GTX 1070

System76's Ubuntu-based Oryx Pro is a beastly Linux laptop loaded with features also found in some of the fastest Windows laptops.

Brain circuitry

'Neuromorphic' chip modeled after the human brain aims to bring smarts to computers

The dream of creating intelligent computers has inspired the development of exotic chips based on the structure of the brain, which operates in mysterious ways.

Intel Xeon Phi

Intel chases AI with new chips, but still lacks a potent graphics processor

Intel is taking a new direction in chip development as it looks to the future of artificial intelligence, with the company betting the technology will pervade applications and web services.

Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 embraces cutting-edge 10nm tech to rev up future phones

If you plan to buy a premium smartphone next year, here's an important detail: the handset could be equipped with Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon 835 chip.

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Intel's drones will draw Disney animations in the sky

Drone shows can be fun to watch, much like fireworks displays. Intel's been flying an army of hundreds of drones that move in a coordinated fashion, creating an effect that looks like a mid-air ballet.

Intel's Xeon chip logo

Intel's new Skylake-based Xeon chips land next year

Intel's has reached Kaby Lake with its PC chips but isn't done with the previous generation Skylake architecture quite yet.

Xeon E5 v4 chip

Intel jams more horsepower in its monster 22-core processor

CPU performance increases were ignored for years, but AMD put them back on the map with its upcoming Zen chip. This has rubbed off on Intel in a good way.

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.

DGX1

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.

AMD Radeon WX 5100

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.

Piz Daint supercomputer

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.

An Intel drone

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.

IBM Power S822LC server

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.