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.


An open-source alternative to Android Wear OS for smartwatches emerges

Could the Android Wear and Tizen operating systems on smartwatches be replaced? French computer science student Florent Revest believes so.

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Supercharged Raspberry Pi 3 adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more speed, but still costs $35

Raspberry Pi has an in-store treat on its fourth anniversary.


Future electric cars could refill batteries from roads infused with wireless charging

Charging an electric car while driving may sound like a wild idea, but Qualcomm wants to bring that capability to automobiles.

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Cutting-edge GPU memory standards like GDDR5X and HBM will supercharge graphics

The growth of virtual reality and life-like games has made one thing clear: PCs and mobile devices will always need better graphics.

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Lightning fast SD cards for 4K and 8K video are coming soon

A new class of SD cards will be available later this year for devices like cameras, smartphones and VR headsets to quickly record and access 4K and 8K video.

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Try your hand at developing basic VR apps with ARM's SDK

Virtual reality headsets are red-hot, but programs and content are tough to find. You can now test your skill at writing VR apps with a software development kit released by ARM.

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Samsung's Artik 5, a Raspberry Pi look-alike, now shipping for $99

Samsung's first Artik developer board, which looks like Raspberry Pi 2, has now started shipping, and robots, drones, wearables and a range of connected devices can be made from it.

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Dell's profile as a white-box PC maker grows with new industrial desktops

You may get a Dell and not even know it.


How super-sized SD cards will eliminate smartphone storage headaches

The dearth of storage in smartphones will soon be an issue of the past.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, HP Elite X3 target business users in dramatically different ways

Smartphones with Android and Windows 10 Mobile vastly differ when it comes to business features, as highlighted by new smartphones introduced at MWC.

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Casinos and arcades: AMD's latest chip gamble

The bright lights of Las Vegas await AMD, which wants to change the face of gambling with its new graphics-focused G-series chips.

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ARM's new Cortex-A32 chip should boost battery life in Android Wear gadgets

Like laptops, the battery life and responsiveness of wearables will improve over years as the components get smaller and more power efficient.

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These three future-looking technologies are missing from Samsung's Galaxy S7s

Samsung had an opportunity to be an innovator by including future-looking technologies in its new Galaxy S7 and and S7 Edge smartphones. But the company played it safe with incremental upgrades like a microSD slot and better camera.

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Beyond Centrino: Intel drives device changes for a 5G world

Intel sparked a wireless revolution in 2003 with its Centrino program to connect laptops over Wi-Fi, and now the emerging 5G standard could bring another big change in the way devices communicate.


Acer turns its attention towards car tech

Acer is venturing outside PCs with new products to make sure car software can be updated in an effort to prevent accidents can be prevented.