Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers machine learning, virtual reality, PCs, servers and chips for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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Hands on: AT&T's DirecTV Now service provides a reason to cut cable TV

I cut cable TV earlier this year and switched over to online streaming services. I've tried Dish's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue, but will switch to AT&T's new DirecTV Now service after it starts streaming on Nov. 30.

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AT&T launches new DirecTV Now streaming service to compete with PlayStation Vue, Sling

If you're looking to cut cable TV, AT&T will start its DirecTV streaming service this week

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10 smartphone trends to watch in 2017

Smartphone buyers have a lot to look forward to in 2017. Devices will be thinner, faster, and perhaps a bit more intelligent than you'd like.

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5 burning questions about AMD's next-gen Zen processors

AMD's Zen chip is just around the corner; it'll first come to gaming systems any day now. There's a lot of excitement about Zen, which AMD believes is its most important chip this decade.

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Open-source hardware makers unite to start certifying products

In recent weeks, OSHWA also met one of its initial goals: to start certifying open-source hardware. The goal behind certification is to clearly identify open-source hardware from the mish-mash of other hardware products, which could benefits buyers and makers.

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HP's EliteBook 705 laptops pack AMD's new Pro APUs

AMD's been dodgy about the release of Zen chips for laptops, and HP is providing a bridge with new laptops based on chips code-named Bristol Ridge.

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Microsoft 'doubles down' on futuristic quantum computers

Microsoft is accelerating its efforts to make a quantum computer as it looks to a future of computing beyond today's PCs and servers.

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This Ubuntu Linux laptop packs a 4K display and Nvidia's beastly GeForce GTX 1070

System76's Ubuntu-based Oryx Pro is a beastly Linux laptop loaded with features also found in some of the fastest Windows laptops.

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'Neuromorphic' chip modeled after the human brain aims to bring smarts to computers

The dream of creating intelligent computers has inspired the development of exotic chips based on the structure of the brain, which operates in mysterious ways.

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Intel chases AI with new chips, but still lacks a potent graphics processor

Intel is taking a new direction in chip development as it looks to the future of artificial intelligence, with the company betting the technology will pervade applications and web services.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 embraces cutting-edge 10nm tech to rev up future phones

If you plan to buy a premium smartphone next year, here's an important detail: the handset could be equipped with Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon 835 chip.

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Intel's drones will draw Disney animations in the sky

Drone shows can be fun to watch, much like fireworks displays. Intel's been flying an army of hundreds of drones that move in a coordinated fashion, creating an effect that looks like a mid-air ballet.

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Intel's new Skylake-based Xeon chips land next year

Intel's has reached Kaby Lake with its PC chips but isn't done with the previous generation Skylake architecture quite yet.

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Intel jams more horsepower in its monster 22-core processor

CPU performance increases were ignored for years, but AMD put them back on the map with its upcoming Zen chip. This has rubbed off on Intel in a good way.

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HP's power-packed Z2 Mini takes on the aging Mac Mini

HP's luring Apple Mac users to switch over to its PCs with sleek and powerful hardware, and hopes the new Z2 Mini will attract Mac Mini users.