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.

Intel aims for faster Thunderbolt with PCI-Express 3.0

Intel is working to boost data transfer speeds with a faster pipe on Thunderbolt, a high-speed connector technology that link computers with peripherals.

Apple's new A5X chip may be for iPad only, analysts say

Apple delivered a performance breakthrough Wednesday with its new A5X processor for the iPad, but it's possible that this chip won't make its way into the next iPhone.

Intel hopes for SSD boost in memory asset sale to Micron

Micron Technology has bought out Intel's stake in two wafer factories that are part of a NAND joint venture between the two companies.

Quad-core smartphones could have price, battery issues

Smartphones with quad-core processors that are able to deliver PC-like performance have finally been announced, but high prices and battery issues could potentially stymie adoption.

Apple's iPad trademark battle comes to US from China

Proview Electronics has brought its legal battle against Apple to the U.S., accusing the company of using deceptive practices to acquire the iPad trademark.

Apple to open data center in Oregon

Apple has bought a vast sprawl of land in Prineville, Oregon, where it will open a data center, the company said on Wednesday.

Price of DRAM plunges to all-time low of around $1

Prices of DDR3 DRAM memory used in laptops and desktops have dipped to an all-time low of around $1, and will continue to fall, which could help PC makers pack more memory into computers, according to analysts.

HP to release server management apps for iOS, Android

HP's server management apps will help system administrators check on the health of servers.

Apple customers reaction mixed to reports of poor working conditions

Amid renewed reports of poor working conditions at factories making Apple products in China, it's unclear whether customers will demand change.

Lenovo gets a jump on Apple in smart TVs

Lenovo on Sunday announced its first smart TV that will recognize voice commands and run Android 4.0 applications, getting a jump over Apple's rumored pursuit of TVs with advanced features.

Western Digital warns of slow recovery in Thailand

Hard-drive maker Western Digital has resumed the partial production of hard drives in Thailand, but also warned that some of its operations were still under water from the severe floods that hit the country starting late July.

Thailand floods will hurt overall PC shipments

Widespread flooding in Thailand will directly impact PC markets in the first half of next year, with worldwide shipments dropping by up to 20 percent

HP Touchpad on sale again, this time for developers

Hewlett-Packard has put its TouchPad tablet on sale again, this time to WebOS developers with qualifying coupons for purchase of the discounted tablet.

HP will keep its PC division

Hewlett-Packard has decided to keep its PC division after the company talked in recent weeks about spinning it off.


Former Apple exec Papermaster joins AMD

Advanced Micro Devices has appointed former Apple iPhone development chief Mark Papermaster as chief technology officer, where he will take charge of developing AMD's future microprocessors and hardware.