Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers machine learning, virtual reality, PCs, servers and chips for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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Battle lines are drawn: IBM prepares Power9 to take on Intel and ARM

IBM has many goals with its upcoming Power9 chip, and one is to challenge the dominance of Intel's x86 chips in the data center.

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With a smiley, Circle makes it easier to pay friends in other countries

By exploiting the power of social media, Circle wants make moving bitcoins and money across borders a pleasant and cost-saving affair in more countries.

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IBM wants to sell Power servers based on OpenCompute designs

IBM is warming up to the idea of adding servers using its Power processors and the OpenCompute open design to its product portfolio.

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This external Seagate drive can add 8TB of storage to Raspberry Pi and Chromebooks

Seagate's packing an 8TB hard drive in its new external Backup Plus Hub, which can be hooked up to a Raspberry Pi 3 or Chromebooks for expanded storage.

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Intel's megachips will take on Nvidia's GPUs and Google's TPUs

In 2018, Intel will likely release a faster and more power-efficient Xeon Phi, a supercomputing chip that is already in some of the world's fastest computers. Intel is also looking beyond CPUs to FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), which can be faster in key tasks.

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Fujitsu drops SPARC, turns to ARM for Post-K supercomputer

Alternative chip architectures are taking some thunder away from Intel's x86 at this week's International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt. The ARM architecture, which dominates mobile-device chips, will appear in Fujitsu's next flagship supercomputer.

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Intel pits monster 72-core Xeon Phi chip against GPUs

When introducing its new monster 72-core Xeon Phi chip, Intel couldn't help but take a swipe at graphics processors being sluggish for some tasks.

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China's secretive mega chip powers the world's fastest computer

Fifteen years ago, China decided to build homegrown processors for PCs, servers, and supercomputers. Now the country's latest chip is powering the world's fastest computer.

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Nvidia monstrous Pascal GPU-powered Tesla P100 is getting a PCI-E version, too

Some of the world's fastest computers employ Nvidia's graphics processor for computer vision and complex calculations, and a new GPU will supercharge these applications.

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HPE looks to move data between computers at the speed of light

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is turning to lights and lasers in thin fiber optics as a way to move data at blazing speeds between computers, replacing thicker and slower copper wires.

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HP Enterprise shows off a computer designed to emulate the human brain

Intelligent computers that can make decisions like humans are on the roadmap for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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Asus challenges Apple's iPad Mini with the less-pricey ZenPad Z8

At $249.99, Asus' new ZenPad Z8 tablet with Android could make one ponder why they should buy Apple's iPad Mini 4, which starts at $399.

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Disposable robots can sprint, fly, and potentially save lives

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing sophisticated robots that are up to 10 centimeters long, and can run, climb, fly, and communicate with emergency personnel.

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The momentum for OLED laptops and tablet PCs has faded

In January, innovative laptops and hybrids with snazzy OLED screens took CES by storm. Five months on, that train seems to have come to a screeching halt.

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BeagleBone board gets long-overdue Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities

Before Raspberry Pi rocked the world, a board called BeagleBone was the development computer board of choice among makers looking to create cool gadgets.