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Agam Shah is a reporter for the IDG News Service in New York. He covers hardware including PCs, servers, tablets, chips, semiconductors, consumer electronics and peripherals.

Intel bides time on faster Thunderbolt connector

Intel can release cables based on silicon photonics to succeed Thunderbolt, but faster throughput is not needed, the company says

New Intel optical cable transfers data at a blistering 800Gbps per second

U.S. Conec has started shipping MXC cables to distributors

Qualcomm names licensing chief as new president

Derek Aberle helped cut technology licensing deals and crafted Qualcomm's legal strategy

PCWorld News

Samsung's Milk music streaming service is free, has no ads

Samsung's Milk streaming service initially will work in U.S. and on Galaxy devices, but will be extended to other countries and devices

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TI targets enthusiasts with $19.99 mini-computer

Components can be added to Texas Instruments' Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad through expansion cards.

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Tablet slowdown seen after years of breakthrough growth

Tablet shipments will grow 19.3 percent in 2014 compared to last year, a signal that the rate of uptake of the devices is slowing.

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US funding for key IT research programs could be slashed

U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing a DARPA budget of $2.9 billion for 2015, but less money is going to ICT and electronics research.

PCWorld News

Seagate preps large-capacity storage drives for tablets

Seagate CFO Pat O'Malley says high-capacity storage will make it to some tablets this year

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Toshiba's OCZ cranks up speed on new 3.2TB solid state drives

The Toshiba subsidiary's Z-Drive 4500 SSDs have software tools for caching

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AMD's budget-friendly Sempron line lives on with new desktop chips

AMD's new Sempron chips could go into systems starting as low as $60.

Linux group could hasten 64-bit Android for ARM mobile devices

The Linaro consortium is making contributions to the development of the Chrome browser for 64-bit Android

Custom server makers find a niche in volatile market

Server market revenue declines in the fourth quarter, but white-box server makers thrive.

Intel expects Bay Trail successor in tablets by year end

Intel's next Atom chip, code-named Cherry Trail, will be in devices by the year-end holiday shopping season

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64-bit smartphones are coming, but Apple's iPhone 5s still stands alone

No 64-bit smartphones were announced at MWC, though new chips there will pave the way for handsets in coming months

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Sisters bet robotics in schools will plant seeds for STEM careers

Two sisters have developed a robot-building kit that they want to sell to schools.