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Despite industry troubles, chip firms had a good 2014

Market research firm IHS (formerly iSuppli) has issued its state of the semiconductor market for 2014, and it was a good year for the chip business. IHS projects that semiconductor revenue will reach $353.2 billion in 2014, up...

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Samsung promises better smartphone performance with new memory modules

The company has started mass producing its fast and frugal LPDDR4 mobile DRAM.

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Why Nest could be your next best investment

Confession: I gave in and ordered the Google Nest a few days ago. It's too early yet to say how soon (or whether) Nest will pay for itself, but I do have some setup tips for you.

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Tech face-off: Apple's Mac Pro vs the 5K Retina iMac

Apple now effectively has two top-end contenders for users who need power and speed.

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ITworld cartoons 2014: The year in geek humor (so far)

Each week, ITworld's Phil Johnson pokes fun at the tech world's top news and newsmakers

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Sony's latest answer to Google Glass, the Single-Lens Display Module links to smartphones

Tokyo court hears lawsuit against Apple over laptop charger pins

Supplier Shimano Manufacturing wants a sales injunction and US$8.4 million for patent infringement

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Review: Apple's new 5K iMac -- powerful, pixel-ful and pricey

Apple's latest 27-in. desktop comes with a remarkable Retina display, great performance, a sleek design -- and an impressive price tag.

Six technologies that will change PCs next year

Laptops and desktops will be interactive, get 3D depth-sensing cameras and be free of wires

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Intel Extreme Masters 2014: One place where PCs still rule

The Intel Extreme Masters 2014 isn't just a gaming tournament. It's also a chance to see people and PCs pushed to their limits by relentless and brutal competition. Take a look for yourself.

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First 3D printer buyer's guide gathers input from thousands of users

An online 3D printer users group has been tapped to create a buyer’s guide that reviews dozens of machines offering a simple 1-10 rating system for consumers and businesses.

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IT security whiz sets sights on commercial drone management

A new company called PixiePath from Ping Identity's co-founder seeks to address the software shortage in commercial drones by delivering SaaS-based tools for controlling fleets of them.

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The future is now: The 10 biggest tech innovations of 2014

A hoverboard. A virtual reality headset. A PC with a drawing board and 3D imaging capabilities. Believe it or not, all these things are real today. See them for yourself right here.

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'An incredible experience' says owner who sold his antique Apple-1 for $365K today

A vintage Apple-1 personal computer that was sold 38 years ago to a buyer out of Steve Jobs' garage went for $365,000 at Christie's in New York City, thousands under the auction house's lowest estimate.

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The best PC laptops of the year

We've tested too many laptops to count, and now we're ready to name the ones we'd spend our own money on.

VCs bet $33M you’ll want to use Avi Networks’ white box hardware for app delivery

Ex-Cisco execs who co-founded Avi hope to do for ADC what SDN has done for the network.

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Lenovo recalls more than 500K power cords

Lenovo is recalling 500,000 power cords in the U.S. and 44,000 in Canada because they have the potential to overheat and catch fire. The company recommends that users stop using the power cord.

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Review: 6 business-class Chromebooks test their mettle

Is a Chromebook for you? Which one? We put top models from Acer, Dell, Google, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba to the test

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Orion's lesson for IT: Test your systems, then test again (and again)

When NASA's new spacecraft, Orion, made its maiden voyage last week it relied on systems that NASA "tested it in all directions."

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