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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Samsung Galaxy S7 phones get graphics charge for gaming, virtual reality

Samsung has given gaming and graphics performance a big boost in the new S7 and S7 Edge phones as it attempts to build on its partnership with Oculus and make virtual reality a key application for smartphones.

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Lenovo aims at global Internet connectivity without SIMs

Lenovo has launched a new mobile broadband service so its smartphone, tablet and PC users can get quick access to the Internet worldwide.

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Lenovo gets creative with new Yoga hybrids, for a price

Lenovo packs interesting features into its new Yoga hybrids.

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What chip will your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge have?

Samsung is releasing the S7 and S7 Edge smartphones with its homegrown Exynos and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. What chip will your Galaxy model have?

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Inside HP's plan to turn smartphones into wire-free laptops

HP's decision to return to the smartphone market with the Elite X3 wasn’t an easy one, especially given the company's history of failure in the market for handsets.

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ARM will skip modems for now, despite being a huge force in mobile

ARM has been adding a wealth of wireless technologies to its arsenal, but has no immediate plans to design a modem that could be put in mobile devices.

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Dell to bring new hyperscale rack architecture to mid-range customers

Taking a page from offerings to its large data center customers, Dell is bringing new server infrastructure products to its mid-range hyperscale customers.

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Gaming on Linux, Steam machines set to soar with DirectX competitor Vulkan

The look of games on Linux-based Steam machines and mobile devices will improve with the upcoming Vulkan API.

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New Chromebook won't break with 365-pound person standing on it

CTL's NL6x Extra-Rugged Chromebook for Education can withstand drops and bumps.

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Super-fast 10TB Intel SSDs could be on the horizon thanks to new Micron chips

Intel's solid-state drives could be poised for a big jump in capacity and speed with new 3D flash chips coming from Micron.

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Qualcomm hopes a gradual approach to server market will pay dividends

The ARM server market is a dangerous place to be: it's still about promise and there's virtually no money to be made. Some ARM server chip makers have quit or shut down, while others hold on to the hope that it will some day be viable.

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Qualcomm's bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with new Wear platform

Wearables today are overwhelmingly tethered to smartphones. Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with its new Snapdragon Wear platform.

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Qualcomm's new chips target low-cost smartphones with premium features, including 21Mpixel camera support

Low-cost smartphones could be packed with premium features thanks to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625 mobile chips.

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A new IoT gateway design could be Bluetooth's ticket to the cloud

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group wants to raise Bluetooth's profile in the Internet of Things with a toolkit for building gateways between the short-range wireless network and the Internet.

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Coming soon to HP's consumer laptops: Smoother video with AMD's FreeSync

Video on HP's laptops will be smoother with the PC maker putting AMD's FreeSync technology in more consumer laptops this year.