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Store closure marks the end of an era in Tokyo's Akihabara

Tokyo's world-famous Akihabara district lost one of its signature stores on Saturday, and with it a piece of the area's rich electronics history faded away.

DDR4 memory won't show up in PCs, tablets until 2015

Another memory vendor expects to ship DDR4 this year, but Intel and AMD don't expect to support the new memory boards with their processors until late 2014 or early 2015.

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SC13: Elevation plays a role in memory error rates

A study by AMD and the Department of Energy showed a higher supercomputer had more memory problems.

Crazy ASRock motherboards support 6 graphics cards for hardcore Bitcoin mining

Bitcoin's street price is surging, and even mainstream PC makers are scrambling to make money off the gold rush.

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Researchers boost wireless range in smartphones

Researchers have found a new way to tune the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that promises to reduce costs and improve performance of semiconductors used in defense, satellite, and commercial communications.

Of punchcards, platters, and wooden mice: The PC's origin story

As the computing world splinters into diverse niches and form factors, let's remember that all these devices share the same background.

Chinese professor builds Li-Fi system with retail parts

The equipment is big and expensive, with the research costs at almost US$500,000. But by just using retail components, Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to send and receive Internet data.

Considering a new video card? Check your monitor first

GPUs get faster and faster with each generation. Now they are at the point where they no longer give a benefit to certain monitors.

Intel's Bay Trail chips to hit 10 tablets, hybrids next month

The first Bay Trail tablets that have already been announced run on Windows 8.1 and start at $299. New tablets running Android will be in stores by Thanksgiving weekend, said Intel's CEO.

MediaTek wants to crash Qualcomm's party by powering LTE, 64-bit smartphones

MediaTek is promising smartphone buyers they will get more bang for their buck now that it plans to introduce its LTE chipsets and use ARM's upcoming 64-bit processor designs.

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DRAM prices jump after Hynix manufacturing facility fire

DRAM prices are already up 35 percent since the recent fire at Hynix's plant in Wuxi, China, and supply is not expected to be restored until the first half of 2014.

Intel's Galileo board with Quark chip

Intel outfits open-source Galileo DIY computer with new Quark chip

With its first computer based on the extremely low-power Quark processor, Intel is tapping into the 'maker' community to figure out ways the new chip could be best used.

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Hefty price premium awaits early DDR4 memory adopters

With new DDR4 memory, computers will be faster next year but users will likely pay a premium on the price of the technology.

New proof-of-concept tool detects stealthy malware hiding in graphics cards

Which is scarier: The fact that malware can get cozy in your hardware, or the fact that it was completely undetectable until now?

Stanford researchers develop first computer using only carbon nanotube transistors

Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated the first functional computer built using only carbon nanotube transistors, according to an article published Wednesday on the cover of scientific journal Nature.