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Rare earth metals might be a little less rare thanks to Japanese sea mud

“Rare earth” refers to the scarcity of easily-mined ores of the elements. Last month, we discussed a breakthrough in large-scale electrolysis that could make refining these ores and oxides much easier; now, Japan’s announcement of the discovery of a huge deposit of rare-earth minerals could make the market that much more competitive.


Intel debuts Haswell-related tools at 2013 Game Developers conference

New rendering extensions are designed for the graphics core in Intel's next-generation CPU, code-named Haswell.

Mobile batteries: Everything you need to know

Ever wonder how batteries work? Find out more about how batteries keep your devices powered.


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Samsung appoints co-CEOs

Samsung Electronics has promoted the heads of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses to share leadership along with the existing boss who oversees components, as the company looks to strengthen the independence of its massive internal divisions.


AMD announces availability of its Elite A-Series APUs for notebook PCs

AMD today announced the availability of its AMD Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), codenamed “Richland.”

Prices of DRAM expected to stabilize, NAND to fall

After multiple years of double-digit drops, prices for DRAM could stabilize as demand exceeds supply and the number of memory makers dwindles, a research analyst for IC Insights said this week.

Foxconn still in talks for Sharp stake, despite Samsung deal

Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group said it was still negotiating a deal for greater cooperation with Sharp, despite the Japanese display maker securing a $110 million investment to supply LCD panels to rival Samsung Electronics.

Why Moore's Law, not mobility, is killing the PC

Forget tablets and economic woes. "Good enough" computer performance might be the real reason for lackluster PC sales. And it might also be the catalyst for an ambitious new era of computing.

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Canon develops CMOS sensor that captures video in low light

Camera manufacturer Canon has developed a large sensor chip for shooting full-frame video in extremely dim conditions.


SD cards for SeeQVault DRM standard coming from Toshiba

Toshiba, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic intend SeeQVault to control the use and copying of HD content stored on flash memory.

AMD promises to squash confusion and quickly clarify 2013 Radeon plans

We're not sure when AMD's Radeon HD 8000 series will launch, but the company says new products are definitely coming in 2013.

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Glass smartphones will arrive this year, Taiwanese firm says

A Polytron Technologies executive is confident that consumers this year will see the arrival of partially transparent glass smartphones.


Dell goes private: Bought by Michael Dell and $2 billion from Microsoft (video)

Michael Dell has teamed up with investment firm Silver Lake to buy computer maker Dell, the company he founded as a 19-year-old in 1984, in a deal valued at about $24.4 billion.