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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The nightmare of rogue USB-C cables and adapters will end soon

The wave of rogue USB-C products that could pose a risk to PCs and mobile devices hasn't gone unnoticed, and the USB Implementers Forum has taken steps to eradicate the issue.

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HP wants to turn your Mac into a 44-core Windows PC

If your Mac isn't fast enough to edit 3D video, HP is providing a workaround to make it possible.

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Apple should set a better example with its supplier report, Greenpeace says

Apple says conditions at factories where its iPhones and iPads are made have improved, but Greenpeace said the company could set a better example in reporting on its suppliers.

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Apple developing new batteries to improve energy capacity in devices

Apple can't yet boast of significantly longer battery life in devices, but the company is looking to change that.

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Apple’s Liam is a robot that takes apart your iPhone for recycling

Apple shared some details on what it does with the iPhone after it is returned.

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Intel's blisteringly fast Optane SSD tech will be compatible with MacBooks

Intel's been quiet about its super-fast Optane memory and SSD products, but few emerging details may provide insight into how they could be used in products like Apple's MacBooks.

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HP-powered Titan Juxt smartwatches blend analog style with digital smarts

Is the wearables market just a hobby for HP, as the company claims? As new smartwatches -- like Titan's Juxt -- keep rolling out, that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Beyond Centrino: Intel drives device changes for a 5G world

Intel sparked a wireless revolution in 2003 with its Centrino program to connect laptops over Wi-Fi, and now the emerging 5G standard could bring another big change in the way devices communicate.

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Skip the waiter and order with this Bluetooth mat

Bluetooth wireless range, speed to continue improving

Bluetooth speeds will continue to grow in the coming years.

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Integrated CPU graphics are catching up with discrete graphics cards, says Intel

If you're a casual or mainstream gamer, you don't need a discrete graphics card, Intel says.

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Samsung's latest portable SSD banks on USB-C connections

The pocket-size T3 isn't just for PCs.

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Intel to reveal 'next-generation' Thunderbolt connector at Computex

Intel could put to rest doubts about Thunderbolt's future after Apple did not include the technology in the 12-inch MacBook

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Apple's 12-inch MacBook can use third-party USB Type-C cables

Owners of new MacBook will have other options in addition to Apple's cables.

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USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up

After Apple's introduction of USB Type C in the new MacBook, companies have announced peripherals and cables for the connector.

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6 things to know about the USB-C port in the new MacBook

The new USB 3.1 port in the 12-inch MacBook is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.