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.

Tianhe 2 supercomputer

US government warns China to play fair in the chip market

A battle between the U.S. government and China is now brewing in semiconductors, which is the foundation of electronics.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000

What can you get in a $99 laptop this holiday season?

If the high prices of the new Macbook Pros were disappointing, don't worry, dirt-cheap Windows 10 laptops will be available this holiday season for under $100.

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Google's Daydream View VR headset to ship on Nov. 10 for $79

Google's Daydream View virtual reality headset will start shipping on Nov. 10 for $79.

Intel's teraflop chip

Worried about China, the US pushes for homegrown chip development

The world's fastest computer runs a Chinese chip, and that fact hasn't escaped notice by the U.S. government.

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Samsung to invest $1 billion in Austin plant to make mobile chips

Samsung is ramping up mobile chip manufacturing by investing $1 billion in an Austin, Texas, factory.

Lemur laptop from System76

System76 brings Ubuntu to $699 laptop with Kaby Lake chips

If Windows 10 isn't your cup of tea, there's a new Ubuntu laptop from System76 with Intel's new Kaby Lake chip that won't burn your wallet.

ARM demonstrating Ice Cave app on Gear VR

New ARM GPU could bring VR to low-cost smartphones by 2018

It's the early days for mobile virtual reality, and a robust VR-capable smartphone could cost you more than $500. But a new GPU from ARM could make VR a default feature in low-cost handsets by 2018.

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Tech supergroups formed to push PC data transfers to blazing-fast speeds

The OpenCAPI Consortium and Gen-Z are announcing new ports and protocols that will give computers faster memory, storage, and processors.

An autonomous car

Mobileye's upcoming self-driving car chip will pack a new MIPS CPU

Mobileye is designing a next-generation chip called EyeQ5, which will be the brains for fully autonomous cars by 2020. It has a new MIPS CPU.

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How Alienware's 20-year history with PC gaming can help drive the future of VR

Co-founder Frank Azor has fond memories of Alienware's early days. It was a wild time of building kick-ass PCs, gaming, lots of sci-fi shows and generally, having a good time.

Micron 3D Xpoint die

Hardware makers unite to challenge Intel with Gen-Z spec

A new consortium called Gen-Z is out to ease the transition to this new class of storage and memory in computers. It is creating a new specification and architecture that also will make it easier to add other new forms of non-volatile memory to computers.

Apple Mac

Apple Mac shipments take a beating in the third quarter as PC shipments decline

Sales of Windows PCs fared better than Apple Macs during the third quarter this year.

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Why Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds prefers x86 chips over ARM processors

At last week's Linaro Connect conference, Linus Torvalds preferred x86 because of the supporting ecosystem and infrastructure, something ARM lacks.

Epiphany chip

Adapteva's 1,024-core Epiphany V mega-chip packs a serious wallop

The 1,024-core mega-chip called Epiphany V from small chipmaker Adapteva can outperform the latest gaming and server processors with its new chip

Brian Krzanich showing FPGA

Intel looks beyond x86, puts 64-bit ARM processor in new FPGA chip

It seems the chip war between Intel and ARM is slowly winding down, at least for the time being.