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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Take a look at the cool 2-in-1s and laptops from IFA

There was a lot to like in the sleek laptops and 2-in-1s shown at IFA show this week. Some wowed, some were ridiculous, while some could be on your holiday shopping list. Here are some of the coolest devices shown at the show.

AMD's Zen chip

AMD thinks beyond Zen chips as it prepares for the future

AMD has set high hopes for its upcoming Zen PC chips, but the company also has offered some clarity on how it will manufacture successor chips.

HP Elite Slice

HP's Elite Slice mini-PC stacks up features with snap-on modules

Building a tricked-out PC from scratch can be a satisfying experience. But it's not for everyone, which is why we have modular desktops like HP's new Elite Slice.

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Lenovo readies VR-ready Google Daydream devices

Lenovo is joining Google's fledgling effort to bring virtual reality to the masses with new devices planned for the Daydream hardware and software platform.

Yoga Book virtual keyboard

Lenovo will ditch hard keyboards in planned Chromebook and 2-in-1s

Lenovo's first Yoga Book will be the first in the line of 2-in-1s with a virtual keyboard panel replacing a hard keyboard.

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Asus may be planning Microsoft HoloLens competitor in its VR push

Move on, laptops and desktops; Asus believes virtual reality headsets will be the new PC, and will release its own head-mounted computers in the future.

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Acer's convertible Chromebook R 13 is designed to welcome Android apps

Acer's versatile Chromebook R 13 is one good device to run Android apps because it can be a laptop or tablet.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in a smartphone.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 will power Google's VR-capable Daydream phones

The first smartphones to use Google's Daydream virtual reality platform are coming later this year, and many could have Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 821.

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DARPA sees IoT and AI as weapons to dominate wars

DARPA wants to exploit the power of the internet of things to help the U.S. dominate battlefields.

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Intel's new Kaby Lake chips for PC: Here's the company's vision

New chips can be a reason to upgrade PCs. But does Intel's latest 7th Generation Core chip, code-named Kaby Lake, have enough bite to trigger replacements of old PCs?

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Microsoft's new Catapult v2 server design is targeted at AI

For years, Microsoft has been delivering speedy and accurate Bing results with experimental servers called Project Catapult, which have now received an architectural upgrade.

Intel SSD P3520

Intel spreads 3D NAND to inexpensive consumer and enterprise SSDs

Intel's 3D NAND chips -- which increase the density and durability of flash drives -- are coming to more consumer and enterprise SSDs.

Samsung GDDR5 memory

New GDDR6 memory could hit GPUs in 2018

Virtual reality and gaming are changing the way PCs are built and driving the development of new types of memory for GPUs.

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Inside Zen: How AMD designed its powerful new processor

When AMD chip designers sat down four years ago to etch out the Zen design, they had two things in mind: to drive up CPU performance as much as possible and to keep power efficiency stable.

Piton processor

Open source 25-core processor can be stringed into a 200,000-core computer

Researchers want to give a 25-core open-source processor called Piton some serious bite.