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.


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.

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Intel fills need for laptop speed with new Skylake, Xeon chips

Intel has just started shipping some of its fastest laptop chips to date, meaning new, powerful laptops should soon be on the market.

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DARPA funds a program so computers can read thoughts

In the future, computers may be able to read your thoughts through a connection with the brain. DARPA wants to create a device that could make that happen.

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Cheap PCs are disappearing as phones, tablets become basic computers

Intel and AMD this month said they expect PC prices to go up this year, as they did in 2015. Why? Because mobile devices are replacing low-cost laptops.

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Chromebooks are siphoning market share from Windows PCs

Shipment of PCs with Google's Chrome OS are growing at the expense of Windows laptops and desktops, despite the PC market being in its biggest slump since 2008.

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Another glimmer of hope for Windows Phone: It can work on phones with Intel x86 chips

The Windows 10 Mobile OS—popularly known as Windows Phone—is now compatible with smartphones based on x86 chips, according to Microsoft.

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China is the new battleground for Intel server dominance

Intel has to keep a close watch on China, where an architectural battle is brewing that could break its dominance in servers.

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HP will bring virtual reality to Chromebooks through the power of the Web

Virtual reality on Chromebooks? HP thinks it's possible.


Memory that learns could help tomorrow's intelligent computers

Two new memristors now available from Knowm are available as prototype test kits for researchers and academics to play with.