James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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A Batmobile, two drones and other sights from CES Day One

It's time for the electronics industry to make its annual pilgrimage to the Nevada desert for the CES show. Thousands of great products, and some questionable ones, debut at the show. Here's the pick from Monday.

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All 2016 Samsung smart TVs will be ready to talk to your appliances

Any smart TV you buy from Samsung in 2016 will be 'IoT' ready, meaning it will be able to talk to compatible appliances around the home, Samsung said Wednesday.

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Six sneak peeks that give you a taste of what CES will be all about

With CES only a few weeks away, gadget makers are sending the usual flood of invites and meeting requests to try to drum up interest in their products. It's clear the big themes this year will be smart appliances for the home, drones, robotics, and all kinds of car tech, along with the usual monster TVs and gaming rigs.

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Facebook releases design for souped-up artificial intelligence server, 'Big Sur'

Facebook is releasing the hardware design for a server it uses to train artificial intelligence software, allowing other companies exploring AI to build similar systems.

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Google's Life Sciences division is now called Verily

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has renamed its life sciences division Verily and given it the modest goal to "understand disease at the individual level."

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Google accused of tracking school kids after it promised not to

Google has been collecting information about schoolchildren's browsing habits despite signing a pledge saying it was committed to their privacy, the EFF said Tuesday.

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HPE's Synergy is a new type of 'composable' infrastructure

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has developed a new type of "composable' hardware that it claims will cut data center costs and slash the time it takes to spin up new applications.

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Its public cloud soon gone, HP aligns with Microsoft Azure

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is partnering with Microsoft to offer its Azure public cloud services to customers, filling a gap after HPE decided to scrap its own cloud services early next year.

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HP bows out with a 9 percent drop in sales

It was an inglorious ending but not a surprising one: The former Hewlett-Packard Co. logged an 9 percent drop in sales for its last quarter before the split, perhaps a sign that it's better off in two pieces.

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Intel's first processor with performance-boosting FPGA to ship early next year

Intel will ship its first Xeon server chip with a programmable FPGA from Altera in the first quarter next year, some 18 months after announcing work on the product.

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Intel exec pushes geotagging to address Euro privacy laws

An Intel executive has proposed geotagging as a way to ensure compliance with European data privacy laws.

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IBM teams with Xilinx to take on Intel with Power chips

IBM has partnered with chip maker Xilinx to expand the use of IBM Power processors in servers, taking on Intel for a bigger slice of the data center market.

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Morgan Stanley kicks tires on ARM servers, wants a rival for Intel

Morgan Stanley is testing ARM-based servers, the latest sign of competition for Intel in the data center

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ARM has a new 64-bit chip for the next billion smartphones

ARM released a new chip design this week that should bring a burst of performance to low-cost smartphones aimed at fast-growing markets like China, India and Brazil.

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ARM is bringing some much needed security to the Internet of Things

ARM is bringing its TrustZone security technology, long used in smartphones, to a family of chips for the Internet of Things