Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Asus Chairman Jonney Shih explains the Zenbo robot

One of the surprise products of last week's Computex IT show in Taiwan was the Zenbo robot from Asus. IDG News Service spoke with Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus and the power behind much of the company's product planning and design, to find out more about Zenbo.

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How I went from zero to overclocking in 30 minutes

If you think overclocking is something that only hardcore PC enthusiasts can get into, think again. At Computex in Taipei last week I got the chance to try overclocking Intel's latest processor, the 10-core Broadwell-E chip, and it was a lot of fun.

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These devices add Windows Hello biometric authentication to any Windows 10 PC

Windows Hello is Microsoft’s biometric security system for Windows 10 PCs, but it requires special hardware. Japan's Mouse Computer will soon launch add-on sensors for any PC.

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Watch MSI's Backpack PC portable VR gaming rig help me fight an alien horde

When the combined armies of Zorg are firing photon weapons at you, 5 kilograms doesn't seem like much.

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Toyota said to be in talks to acquire two Google robotics companies

Toyota is close to acquiring two robotics companies from Google, according to a report in Wednesday's Nikkei newspaper.

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Watch overclockers push Intel's crazy 10-core Broadwell-E chip to 5.7GHz

Intel's new 10-core Broadwell-E gaming chip is only a few hours old, but already overclockers have pushed a 3GHz version of the chip to 5.7GHz and they say they're only just getting started.

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Apple is said to be extending iPhone refreshes to once every three years

Apple is looking to make evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes to its iPhone this year as it extends the major refresh cycle to once every three years, according to a report in Tuesday's Nikkei newspaper.

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Arduino targets the Internet of Things with Primo board

Arduino, the Italian company that has powered the "maker" movement with a series of small computing boards that can be programmed and configured for different tasks, is introducing a board targeted at the so-called Internet of Things.

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Facebook's plan to disrupt cellular gets big-name support

Several of the world's largest cellular carriers, representing almost 1.3 billion subscribers, have pledged support to a Facebook project that aims to dramatically reduce the cost of building and expanding wireless data networks.

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Consumers are more nervous than excited about self-driving cars

Google, Uber and Tesla may be giddy about the prospect of self-driving cars, but U.S. consumers aren't convinced that the technology is safe or that they need it.

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Move over, Google: Uber will test self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

Uber will begin real-world tests of self-driving car technology in the coming weeks, putting a custom Ford Fusion onto the streets of Pittsburgh.

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The US Defense Department is expanding its efforts with tech startups

The Department of Defense is expanding its effort to work with tech startups, bringing on executives from top technology companies to work at its Silicon Valley lab and planning a new office to tap into the research taking place in the Boston area.

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US sounds alarm after SAP bug found affecting multinationals

The U.S. government is warning major corporations to check the configuration of their SAP software systems after a computer security company discovered at least 36 global enterprises were still vulnerably to a significant bug that had been patched by SAP over five years ago.

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

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A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.