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Qualcomm may consider asking U.S. to ban iPhone imports

Qualcomm, in a smartphone chip licensing spat with Apple, will reportedly ask a U.S. government agency to ban the import of iPhones into the country.

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Open-source chip mimics Linux's path to take on closed x86 and ARM CPUs

Tired of the domination of x86, ARM, and other closed chip architectures, researchers created the open-source RISC-V architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010.

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AMD shares 2017 release timing for Ryzen 3, mobile chips and Vega GPUs

AMD's Ryzen chips are off to a strong start in desktops, and more chips are coming in the second half of this year.

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Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue projections

The legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm on licensing modem technology is turning uglier every day.

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Intel expects CPU prices to fall now that AMD's Ryzen is here

Intel is forecasting a "slight decline" in its premium chip prices for the remainder of the year, and AMD's Ryzen chips could have played a part in that.

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AMD updates Ryzen drivers with a new power profile and the promise of better performance

AMD's Balanced Power Plan is packaged with driver 17.10 WHQL for PC users rocking Ryzen on Windows 10 64-bit.

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This is the closest thing Intel has built to a discrete GPU

Intel doesn't make its own discrete GPU but has built something that specializes in processing 4K graphics. But that product isn't powerful enough to run Crysis, if you were wondering.

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Cars will get superior digital vision with ARM's camera chip

ARM's Mali-C71 image signal processor will analyze every pixel from cameras on-board a car, and much like a human eye, read the image, and help make driving decisions.

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Researchers build a microprocessor from flexible materials

Researchers have built a primitive microprocessor out of a two-dimensional material similar to graphene, the flexible conductive wonder material that some believe will revolutionize the design and manufacture of batteries, sensors and chips.

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Qualcomm: First Windows 10 ARM PC coming in the fourth quarter

If you want a Windows 10 PC that doesn't have an x86 chip from Intel or AMD, your wish will be granted in the fourth quarter.

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User-created patch lets Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs receive Windows 7 updates

A new user-created patch lets Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs get updates on Windows 7 or 8—but it may be more trouble than it's worth.

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Samsung ready to make chips faster than the ones in the Galaxy S8

Samsung is now ready to produce faster and even more power-efficient chips than the ones used in the latest Galaxy S8 smartphones.

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Amazon has knocked $30 off the sticker price of AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X processor

Anyone building a new PC should take a look at this deal on the Ryzen 7 1800X.

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How to overclock your PC's CPU

We'll show you how to tweak your PC's settings in order to wring extra performance from your CPU, and avoid a costly upgrade.

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Microsoft blocks Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs from Windows 7, 8 updates

If you have a PC running Windows 7 or 8.1 and the latest silicon from AMD or Intel, your updates are soon to be blocked.