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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The reversible USB Type-C connector is turning heads at CES

The next-gen USB connector is slim, sturdy and will deliver up to 100 watts of power

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Samsung draws rosy picture of IoT in lackluster CES keynote

There was little in the way of new ideas to keep the evening moving along

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MEMS sensors are the quiet heroes of CES

Tiny accelerometers and gyroscopes are enabling many of the gadgets at International CES

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Why Nvidia ignored mobile and bet the farm on auto tech at CES

One pundit complained Nvidia's press conference was 'a teraflop'

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Oracle asks US Supreme Court to reject Android copyright case

The outcome could affect how programmers can use software APIs

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Power company plugs data center directly into high-voltage grid

Locating it directly on a 230-kilovolt transmission line provides abundant, high-quality power

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IO splits in two, solving an identity crisis

The company expects to grow faster and attract more investors as two separate businesses

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Breaking up is hard to do, but HP won't look back

The split will be 'the biggest separation that's ever been done,' HP's CEO said

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Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

The final amount still depends on whether Apple loses an appeal on another ruling.

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Intel will merge PC and mobile CPU groups, just as the devices themselves are converging

The company hopes that the united groups will succeed better together. Given the mobile group's huge losses recently, it couldn't hurt.

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Report: The U.S. is putting fake cell towers in planes to spy on people

The so-called "dirtboxes" are used to locate criminals, but they can pick up a lot of other people's phones along the way.

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Facebook gives its server racks a Tesla touch

It's using lithium-ion batteries, like those in electric cars, to replace lead-acid batteries for backup power

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Virtual reality goes 3D with Samsung's Project Beyond camera

It looks like a UFO, but Samsung says it's real. Project Beyond's array of cameras can deliver 3D livestreams to Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality headset.

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Dell looks to wow clients with a new type of converged system

The PowerEdge FX has a modular design that can be configured for different workloads

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Michael Dell gets his payback, slams 'turmoil' at HP and IBM

Dell's CEO enjoyed a moment of schadenfreude at Dell World on Tuesday