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.

An Intel drone

Intel's build-from-scratch Aero Ready to Fly Drone Kit will take off next month

It's fun to buy a drone from a store, but perhaps more fun to build one from scratch. Intel in December will start shipping a fully loaded drone kit to do just that, with all the parts including the rotors, software, 3D camera and flight controller.

IBM Power S822LC server

Nvidia's Pascal GPUs reach the cloud via IBM and Nimbix

Nimbix's cloud service is now live with Nvidia's Pascal GPUs and IBM Power8 servers.

yoga 900

After protest, Lenovo adds Linux compatibility to Yoga 900 and 900S laptops

Lenovo created a stir in late September when it said the Yoga 900 and 900S hybrids would work only with Windows, not Linux. The company has now changed its stance, bringing Linux support to those PCs.

IBM's quantum computing system

Diamonds could be building blocks for quantum computers

Diamonds are among the most expensive gems in the world, but nanodiamonds could also serve as a building block for quantum computers.

AMD's Radeon WX 7100

AMD supports 5K video with new Radeon WX GPUs

AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards will drive content creation for games and VR.

Orange Pi Zero

The Orange Pi Zero single-board computer ships for $6.99

At US $6.99, a new Raspberry Pi competitor called Orange Pi Zero costs less than some sandwiches in New York City.

airpods

Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols

Apple says it took "courage" to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. But there's another way to look at it: The advanced technology loaded in the $159 Airpod wireless headset may have made Apple's decision easier.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 fiasco hits Qualcomm's revenue

Samsung's cancellation of the Galaxy Note7 hurt Qualcomm's chip sales, but the company expects other smartphones to fill that void.

Tianhe 2

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.

google daydream view headset

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.

exynos 8

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.