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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5 burning questions about AMD's Bristol Ridge chips

Laptops and tablet hybrids with AMD's new 7th generation chips -- code-named Bristol Ridge -- will soon become available. The chip is being positioned as a worthy Intel Skylake alternative.

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Nvidia unifies a big list of developer tools in one package

Nvidia's varied list of developer tools were messily organized in different kits, but that's not the case anymore.

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Samsung breakthrough could lead to laptops, tablets crammed with more RAM

Samsung wants to cram faster and more power-efficient DDR4 DRAM in laptops and hybrids with new memory chips it introduced on Monday.

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HP laptop-tablet hybrid is the first with AMD's 'Bristol Ridge' chip

A new family of laptop processors from AMD could be coming very soon if a new PC announced by HP is any indication.

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HP's $4,363 Z Workstation is designed to create virtual-reality content

The VR-oriented Z Workstations will feature 22-core Intel chips and Nvidia's Quadro GPUs.

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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.

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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.