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Polytron - transparent phone

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.

Semiconductor industry to recover this year

Increased sales of electronics and new forms of computing devices will drive the worldwide semiconductor market to growth this year after a slowdown in 2012, the nonprofit organization World Semiconductor Trade Statistics said Monday.

The Gizmo board is a tiny AMD-powered x86 microcontroller

AMD teams up with GizmoSphere to develop its first x86 microcontroller board that's powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.


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Intel exits the desktop motherboard business to focus on new form factors

Intel will stop selling Intel branded desktop motherboards after Haswell. So what are the implications for traditional desktop PCs?

5 PC industry omens hidden in Intel's financial statements

Intel's yearly earnings statement slips glimpses of the PC industry's future between boring talk about non-GAAP comparisons and the amortization of intangible assets.

Intel sales, profits slide for 2012, but data center business growing

Intel saw sales and profits drop in 2012, as the company was hit by a slide in demand for personal computers and its continued inability to make it big in the smartphone and tablet markets, but its data center business continued to grow.

DARPA, SRC pony up $194 million to fund chip research

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a consortium of top semiconductor companies will hand out $194 million to universities for research that addresses the physical limitations of semiconductors and chips.

The biggest, baddest, most utterly ridonkulous PC coolers of all time

Behold! A visual smorgasbord celebrating CPU and GPU coolers designed for people who have more case space than common sense. We hope you're ready for a lot of copper.

10 weird and wonderful Raspberry Pi hacks

In the time since the credit card-size Raspberry Pi computer went on sale, hardware hackers have customized the PC to be everything from a game console to a mini Linux laptop to a supercomputer. We give you the best of the Pi community's hacks.

Gigabyte wants you to build your own all-in-one

Gigabyte and Intel try to prove that DIY is not dead in the PC world, offering components that let users build their own AIO PCs.

Xi3 Project Piston - CES 2013

Xi3 Project Piston - CES 2013

Broadcom says chip integration will drive NFC adoption

Broadcom thinks it can make NFC a common smartphone feature by offering it in a chip with other wireless technologies, even if making payments with the technology doesn't catch on for years.


10 killer PC upgrades for less than $250

Sometimes a single component upgrade can push your PC over the edge. Allow us to make some timely holiday suggestions.