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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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To give back to investors, Apple goes for massive bond deal

In an effort to return cash to investors, Apple is reaching out to the debt market and offering $17 billion in bonds, the biggest non-bank bond offering in history, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Apple confident about iPad Mini despite low margins

Six months after its launch, the iPad mini is a drain on Apple's profits, but the company is willing to endure the financial strain as long as it can sell more iPads, analysts said.

Apple teases 'new product categories'

Invoking the success of Apple's game-changing iPhone and iPad, CEO Tim Cook has hinted that Apple will introduce "exciting new product categories" starting this fall and through the end of 2014.

Intel invokes Apple's Knowledge Navigator to envision future smartphones

More than 25 years after Apple introduced "Knowledge Navigator" as a concept that envisioned the future of computers, Intel has reintroduced the concept as the future of smartphones.

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Products with faster USB speeds to reach market in 2014

Products based on a USB specification that will double the data transfer rates between host devices and peripherals will reach the market in late 2014, the standards-setting organization said on Thursday.

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Intel doubles speed of Thunderbolt interconnect

Intel has doubled the speed of the Thunderbolt data transfer technology, which will soon shuttle data between host computers like Macs and peripherals at a rate of 20 gbps (bits per second).

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Wello brings the gym home through live training service

Wello is planning to bring one-on-one and group workouts to tablets, with the goal of offering an app for gaming consoles and TVs.

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Intel to take on Apple, Roku with own TV box

Intel later this year will start offering a TV set-top box and service as the company tries to cash in on the fast-growing TV and home entertainment business.

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Apple TV emerges from the shadows

Apple TV was until now considered a "hobby," by Apple's own admission, but the product has taken on more importance for CEO Tim Cook.

Apple's lead in Lightning accessories for iPhone 5, iPad faces challenges

A flurry of Lightning connector accessories for the iPhone 5, iPad Mini and iPad are hitting the market from JBL, Belkin, Schosche and iLuv, among others, giving users more choices beyond what Apple offers.

Facebook expands Gifts service with more products

If wishing a Facebook friend on his birthday isn't enough, users can now attach real gifts to their greeting with an expanded gift service that the social networking Web site announced on Thursday.

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Design, supply component issues may be hurting iPhone 5 production

Foxconn may be having supply issues tied to new iPhone 5 components and Apple's stringent production specifications.

Intel boosts performance on SSDs and drops prices

Intel on Monday announced SSD DC S3700 solid-state drives with up to 800GB of capacity, designed to deliver improved performance and power efficiency.

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Report: Samsung Display terminates LCD contract with Apple

Samsung Display has terminated a contract to make LCD panels for Apple due to supply chain issues and financial strain, according to a news report published in The Korea Times on Monday.

Ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus overturned by U.S. appeals court

A ban on imports of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus into the U.S. was reversed by a U.S. appeals court Tuesday.