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.

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Acer's new Predator gaming systems are powerful beasts that will also run your VR headset

Acer is firing on all cylinders with its powerful new Predator gaming PCs, which can also provide the processing power for virtual reality headsets.

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Acer puts liquid cooling in its Switch Alpha 12 tablet

One wouldn't typically imagine liquid cooling in a tablet, but Acer has pulled it off with its latest Switch Alpha 12.

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Here's what the new Intel will look like

The PC market has been in trouble for ages, but last year took the biscuit. Shipments dropped below 300 million for the first time since 2008, and IDC declared it the worst year in history. That explains a lot about what happened at Intel this week.

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Intel's tablet adventure is looking more like its netbook disaster

Intel's rise and fall in tablets are starting to resemble the company's misadventures in netbooks less than a decade ago.

Intel axes 12,000 jobs as it looks to break away from PCs

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Intel is cutting 12,000 jobs worldwide as the company restructures operations to diversify from PCs into growth areas of IoT and servers.

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Meet a handheld server with a 13-terabyte SSD

Fixstars' Olive is like the Raspberry Pi of servers, but with a twist -- it packs 13TB of solid-state drive storage in a system that could be held in one hand.

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Akitio's blazing-fast external SSD combines two blistering storage technologies

If you have US$1,299 to spend, Akitio's external Thunder3 PCIe SSD storage system will deliver blazing speed and more.

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Sony cranks up optical disc storage to 3.3TB

Optical discs like Blu-ray are losing favor, but Sony and Panasonic don't seem to care. The companies have cranked up the storage capacity on optical media to a stunning 3.3TB.

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The nightmare of rogue USB-C cables and adapters will end soon

The wave of rogue USB-C products that could pose a risk to PCs and mobile devices hasn't gone unnoticed, and the USB Implementers Forum has taken steps to eradicate the issue.

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HP wants to turn your Mac into a 44-core Windows PC

If your Mac isn't fast enough to edit 3D video, HP is providing a workaround to make it possible.

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Colfax Ninja desktops roar with Intel's 72-core Knights Landing supercomputing chip

Colfax's new Ninja desktops are anything but invisible; the workstations can roar with the unprecedented computing power of Intel's latest 72-core supercomputing chips.

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Secretive Intel quietly woos makers in China

Intel's launched new robotics and drone developer kits at the low-key IDF trade show in Shenzhen.

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Surprise! Next-gen Intel Pentium and Celeron chips are coming soon

Intel's Core chips are dominating PCs, but the company isn't giving up on its Pentium and Celeron brands.

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Microsoft is boosting security through hardware in Windows 10 PCs, phones

The burden of Microsoft's efforts to secure Windows 10 is now falling on PC, tablet and smartphone makers.

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Intel starts baking speedy FPGAs into chips

If Nvidia and AMD have graphics processors, Intel is now deploying screaming co-processors of its own answer in the form of FPGAs.