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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Samsung upgrades Notebook 9 laptops with Kaby Lake chips

Samsung has upgraded its Notebook 9 laptops with Intel's latest Kaby Lake chips, jumping ahead of rivals expected to announce new PCs at CES.

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Imagination plans new MIPS CPU, PowerVR GPU as it looks to bounce back

It's been a rough year for Imagination Technologies. The CEO resigned in February, layoffs followed in the next month, and the cloud of a takeover hung over the company with rumored negotiations to purchase the company.

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Samsung tricks out Gear S3 smartwatch with a 64-bit chip

If Apple was the first to bring 64-bit to the iPhone, Samsung is among the first to bring it to smartwatches.

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ARM tackles server compatibility issues with Allinea acquisition

ARM has a big problem -- it rules in smartphones and tablets but hasn't broken into servers and supercomputers. ARM servers are devalued partly because many applications don't run work with the chips.

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The top 10 PC technologies and trends to watch in 2017

In an era of sexy gadgets, its easy to knock PCs of being dinosaurs from a bygone era. But For every blue screen of death, there are many technological enhancements driving PCs into the era of virtual reality, 4K video and 5G connectivity.

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Imagination's new GPU could power Apple iPhone 8 graphics

Apple's powerful iPhone 7 GPU is based on Imagination Technologies' PowerVR GT7600 architecture, and a possible successor could come next year.

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Sleeping giant Qualcomm awakens with aim to crush Intel at its own game

Last Wednesday was historic for Qualcomm. In one day, the company jumped beyond its comfort zone of mobile chips and entered the PC and server markets.

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Sony's PlayStation VR tops HTC Vive in headset shipment battle

Virtual reality is emerging as a computing category just like PCs and mobile devices, and headset shipments are booming.

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Now you can try Microsoft's gigantic Surface Hub before buying it

Microsoft's Surface Hub large-screen PC isn't your regular computer, it takes a bit of practice to fully exploit it. With that in mind, Microsoft is starting a program in which users try the Surface Hub for 30 days before buying it.

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Moore's Law lives on with speedy 7nm mobile chips coming in 2018

How do mobile devices keep get faster, thinner, and more power efficient? It's thanks to the quick advances in chip manufacturing, which help churn out smaller chips packed with new features.

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AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements

Windows is the indisputable platform of choice for gaming and VR, but Linux is catching up fast as graphics companies ramp driver up and hardware support for the OS.

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Qualcomm's new chip may be too late as ARM server market fades

After more than half a decade in the making, ARM server chips should have struck gold by now, but they haven't. ARM servers were projected to be approaching a double digit server market share, but they still are virtually non-existent.

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WD will make a record-breaking 14TB hard drive available next year

Western Digital has developed a monstrous 14TB hard drive that is now shipping for testing to customers.

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HP shutting down default FTP, Telnet access to network printers

The aging FTP and Telnet protocols are considered unsafe, and HP has decided to clamp down on access to network printers via those protocols.

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Intel's silence on Optane SSDs raises questions about launch and focus

There's a lot of excitement about Intel's superfast Optane SSDs, but products won't be on shelves this year as the chipmaker had earlier promised.