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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7 exciting smartphone trends to watch in 2016: VR, super-fast LTE, and more

Smartphones this year are poised to become more interactive, more fun and maybe a little bit smarter than you’d like them to be.

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Dell's stepping in to protect the boot layer of PCs, tablets

Dell's business laptops and tablets will get an extra layer of protection from hackers with a new security tool being loaded into the company's portable computers.

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MIT's 168-core chip could give big brains to mobile devices and robots

Unlike Facebook, a smartphone can't recognize and tag you in a selfie. A new brain-like chip developed by researchers at MIT could change that.

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VR headset shipments are about to skyrocket

This will be the year millions of gearheads put on VR/AR headsets to explore their alter-egos, play games or watch 3D content.

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Dell will ship XPS 13 Developer Edition "Project Sputnik" Linux laptops with Skylake chips

Super-thin "Project Sputnik" XPS 13 laptops from Dell with Ubuntu Linux and Intel Skylake chips are around the corner.

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Microsoft recalls Surface Pro AC power adapters over fire, shock hazard

The potential for the power cords on some Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to cause fire and electric shock has led to a recall.

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Turn a barebones PC into a graphics powerhouse with AMD's new FirePro server GPUs

A barebones PC could turn into a multimedia or virtual reality powerhouse with new FirePro server graphics processors introduced by AMD.

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Bluetooth wireless range, speed to continue improving

Bluetooth speeds will continue to grow in the coming years.

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Quick start to meetings saves money, improves efficiency for Intel

Starting meetings faster and more efficiently could contribute to cost savings and productivity gains, as Intel highlighted in its annual IT performance report on Monday.

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Monster gaming laptop from CybertronPC packs the latest desktop hardware

Plugging high-end gaming desktop hardware into a laptop may be a crazy idea, but CybertronPC has pulled it off.

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Get set for a choice of flagship smartphones with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip

Smartphones will get 4K video playback and unprecedented LTE and wireless speeds with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820. Many flagship handsets with that chip will be announced soon.

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Apple is in a position to overtake Samsung as world's top chip buyer

Apple was the world's second largest chip buyer last year, spending over $29 billion, up by 7.1 percent compared to 2014, according to a study released by Gartner on Wednesday.

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Like Chromebooks, thumb-size PCs will bloom

Thumb-size PCs like Intel's Compute Stick are still a novelty, but adoption will grow as TVs and displays increasingly become the center of entertainment and computing.

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Linaro provides go-to Linux-based software stack for ARM servers

Linaro is pushing a new open-source Software Reference Platform that will provide easy access to firmware and common software tools for easy integration of ARM servers in data centers.

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Seeing OLED as the future for displays, LG bets big on new factory

Vivid OLED screens could replace LCD in TVs, PCs and mobile devices, and LG wants to be ready for that.