Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips, and semiconductors for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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White-box tablets gaining share as iPad alternatives

Market research firm DisplaySearch says shipments of inexpensive tablets from little-known vendors are growing as customers avoid the price of premium tablets such as Apple's iPad.

Apple plans new 'spaceship'-like campus

Apple plans to build a new campus near its existing headquarters with a circular building that looks a spaceship, big enough to house 12,000 employees.

Seagate, Western Digital merger deals face EC probe

Moves by Seagate and Western Digital to acquire hard-drive companies are being probed by European regulators because of competition concerns.

HP picks USB 3.0 over Intel's Thunderbolt for desktops

Hewlett-Packard considered using Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect in new desktop PCs announced Monday, but say it's sticking with USB 3.0 because of wider support.

New Intel tablets could slow iPad enterprise appeal

Tablets based on Intel's first dedicated tablet processor may not be a monster hit among consumers like Apple's iPad, but analysts say they could find adoption in the enterprise.

Analysts: ARM not ready for Apple's MacBooks

Apple's possible move from Intel x86 chips to ARM processors for its MacBooks is feasible, but not practical over the next few years because of technical and performance issues, according to analysts.

Consumer SSD sales to break out in 2012

Consumer solid-state drives will have a break-out year in 2012 due to falling prices, which will make SSDs a primary storage option for mainstream users, Gartner...

Watchdog group cites continued Foxconn abuses

A group based in Hong Kong this week issued a report alleging continued Foxconn worker abuse, and questioned some of the promises made by the contract manufacturer to live up to its code of conduct.

Samsung infuses AT&T with 4G smartphone

AT&T Wireless and Samsung Mobile announced the thin and light Infuse 4G smartphone during a press event Thursday in New York.

Intel to bring 3D transistors to next-generation chips

Intel has advanced its chip manufacturing technology with three-dimensional transistors that could make PCs, smartphones and tablets faster and more...

Canalys: With iPad's help, Apple is No. 4 PC maker in Q1

Research firm Canalys on Thursday said Apple was the world's fourth-largest PC maker during the first quarter, after adding the computer maker's iPad in worldwide PC shipments.

Flip camera alternatives come into focus

Although Cisco is discontinuing its Flip pocket camcorder products, there are still other handheld digital video cameras from Kodak, Creative, Sanyo and Sony to choose from.

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Intel smartphone ambitions stunted by Nokia withdrawal

Nokia's move to the Windows Phone OS took the "wind" out of possible volume sales of Intel smartphone chips this year, but the chip maker has moved on, Intel CEO Paul Otellini says.

Hitachi GST expands portable storage drives to cloud

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies on Tuesday introduced new Touro storage offerings that package local and online storage.

Android tablets undercutting iPad prices

In an effort to attract buyers away from Apple's iPad, device makers are setting starting prices of Android tablets to undercut iPad's $499 entry-level price.