Agam Shah

U.S. Correspondent

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

Dell strengthens data center stack with shiny new assets

Dell strengthens data center stack with shiny new assets

Just a few years back, Dell said it didn't want to mimic sloppy behemoths like IBM or HP, and wanted to be lean and focus on the mid-market. But the 14th Generation PowerEdge servers can take advantage of the new assets.

Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4 is coming in phones midyear

Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4 is coming in phones midyear

If you hate waiting for your smartphone to charge up, relief is coming soon. After some hiccups, Qualcomm's superfast charging technology, called Quick Charge 4, will be in smartphones around the middle of this year.

Chromebook shipments surge by 38 percent, cutting into Windows 10 PCs

Chromebook shipments surge by 38 percent, cutting into Windows 10 PCs

In a slowing PC market, Chromebooks siphoned market share away from Windows PCs in 2016 as its popularity grew outside the education market.

PC makers will ship Windows 10 mixed reality headsets in Q4

PC makers will ship Windows 10 mixed reality headsets in Q4

Microsoft's hardware partners will flood the market with Windows Mixed Reality headsets by holiday season, bringing a new way to enjoy Windows 10.

Intel Xeon chips rebranded to sound like credit cards

Intel Xeon chips rebranded to sound like credit cards

After around half a decade, Intel is wiping the confusing E5 and E7 monikers off the Xeon chips, and rebranding them to bring more clarity on the performance and features that come with the processors.

China adds a quantum computer to high-performance computing arsenal

China adds a quantum computer to high-performance computing arsenal

China already has the world's fastest supercomputer and has now built a crude quantum computer that could outpace today's PCs and servers.

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

Open-source chip mimics Linux's path to take on closed x86, 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.

Intel's new data center chief, a former PC exec, will be hands-on

Intel's new data center chief, a former PC exec, will be hands-on

A top executive responsible for shaping Intel's PC roadmap will now run the company's data center business.

Apple's next iPhones may cut corners on memory due to price squeeze

Apple's next iPhones may cut corners on memory due to price squeeze

Apple could cut the capacity of DRAM in its upcoming anniversary iPhones with the rising prices of storage and memory components hitting its profit margins.

Micron's SolidScale system pushes SSDs out to shared storage

Micron's SolidScale system pushes SSDs out to shared storage

SSDs operate the fastest when inside a computer. Micron's new SolidScale storage system uproots SSDs from servers and pushes them into discrete boxes while reducing latency.

Google's surging Chromebooks will test Microsoft's new Windows 10 S PCs

Google's surging Chromebooks will test Microsoft's new Windows 10 S PCs

Microsoft for years has been trying to tackle the growing threat of Google's Chrome OS, which is siphoning PC market share away from Windows.

These new super fast Intel SSDs provide a bridge to Optane

These new super fast Intel SSDs provide a bridge to Optane

If you can't afford Intel's superfast Optane SSDs but need a massive speed boost, the company's latest SSD DC P4600 and SSD DC P4500 SSDs may fill the need.

Microsoft adds a Surface Laptop to its growing stable of devices

Microsoft adds a Surface Laptop to its growing stable of devices

Microsoft's added a new laptop to its growing stable of Surface devices, and its amazingly thin and fast.

Microsoft's new Windows 10 S will take on Chrome OS

Microsoft's new Windows 10 S will take on Chrome OS

Microsoft hopes a new Windows 10 operating system called Windows 10 S will not only knock Chromebook's domination in education, but also provide a better way for students to learn.

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

AMD shares 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.

Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue projections

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.

Intel projects decline in chip prices, and AMD's Ryzen is one reason

Intel projects decline in chip prices, and AMD's Ryzen is one reason

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.

Hands on with the unusual Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop

Hands on with the unusual Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop

To prove it's going big in PCs, Acer held a product launch event at world's largest IMAX screen in New York. It made a big statement with the Predator Triton 700, a super-thin laptop with some unusual features.

Hands on Acer's Switch 5, a competitor to Microsoft's Surface Pro

Hands on Acer's Switch 5, a competitor to Microsoft's Surface Pro

Microsoft has set the gold standard for tablet-style 2-in-1s with its Surface Pro, and other PC vendors have followed suit with their own designs. Acer's latest Surface-style device is the Switch 5, which offers a couple of...

Acer's new Holo 360 is a 360-degree camera in a smartphone

Acer's new Holo 360 is a 360-degree camera in a smartphone

The effort to grow in the virtual reality market has Acer chasing weird, but rather interesting, devices.

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