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Report: One PC shooter will drive $800 million in hardware purchases

While the overall PC market may be in decline, a report this week contends that the PC gaming market will continue to rise -- in a big, big way. Can you believe a single game was responsible for more than $800 million in hardware purchases?

Intel's 'Bay Trail' Atom chip could blur the line between PCs, tablets

Aggressive pricing plus support for Android and Windows 8 could pave the way for versatile new machines.

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IBM to license Power chips to keep them relevant

IBM has decided to license the Power chip architecture to customers, who can then build chips based on the design. A collection of companies, including Nvidia and Google, will also join IBM in creating the OpenPower consortium to advance cloud computing.

Samsung starts producing fast, super-durable 3D vertical NAND chips

Samsung has started making flash storage chips that it claims will be twice as fast and up to 10 times more durable than the current flash storage used in mobile devices.

Crossbar takes on DRAM and flash storage with super fast, super long-lasting RRAM tech

Startup Crossbar emerged from stealth mode Monday to announce its version of RRAM (resistive random-access memory), a new type of memory that could be a successor to flash storage and DRAM.

Tech shares close the week up, with Internet stocks rising

Tech stocks had an upbeat week as industry watchers appear to be looking at the positive side of earnings from Internet, consumer electronics and networking companies.

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Eyeing faster chips, scientists measure super-fast electrical switching

Researchers in Silicon Valley have managed to observe electrical switching that is thousands of times faster than transistors used in today's computer chips. Their work could lead to a better understanding of how transistors work at the atomic level and in turn help to enable more powerful computers.

Flash breakthrough promises faster storage, terabytes of memory

In the ongoing quest for faster access to data, Diablo Technologies has taken what could be a significant next step.

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Samsung claims fastest mobile chips for phones, tablets

Samsung is now mass producing 16GB, 32GB and 64GB embedded memory cards that have 400MB/sec interface speeds, almost triple the performance of its current embedded mobile memory.

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The sounds of a sick PC: Listen to the noises that could mean bad news

Is that beeping good or bad? Sharpen your ears with our audio examples.

The future is 'ultramobile:' Intel makes the PC persona non grata

"You're dead to me." Intel's new chief executive, Brian Krzanich, didn't use that phrase when describing Intel's relationship with the PC—but he may as well have.

Intel misses estimates as it shifts toward ultra-mobiles

Intel reports second-quarter revenue that slightly increased over last year, while profits dip slightly. The culprit, as it has been, was the declining PC market.

How to stretch the life of your SSD storage

No one likes a bricked SSD. You can reduce wear and tear and wring out every last write cycle—just don't treat it like a traditional hard drive.