Stories by Agam Shah

Modular cellphone kit can be used for IoT and wearables

You can assemble a rudimentary 2G cell-phone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices.

Make a $40 Linux or Android PC with new Raspberry Pi 2 rival

If you want to build a powerful $40 Linux or Android PC with 4K video support, consider Hardkernel's Odroid-C2 computer.

7 smartphone trends to watch this year

Smartphones this year are poised to become more interactive, more fun and maybe a little bit smarter than you’d like them to be.

By Agam Shah | 05 February, 2016 10:43

Tags: smartphones, virtual reality

Dell is stepping in to protect the boot layer of PCs, tablets

Dell's business laptops and tablets will get an extra layer of protection from hackers with a new security tool being loaded into the company's portable computers.

MIT's 168-core chip could make mobile devices, robots smarter

Unlike Facebook, a smartphone can't recognize and tag you in a selfie. A new brain-like chip developed by researchers at MIT could change that.

VR headset shipments are about to skyrocket

This will be the year millions of gearheads put on VR/AR headsets to explore their alter-egos, play games or watch 3D content.

By Agam Shah | 03 February, 2016 10:42

Tags: emerging technology, virtual reality

Dell to ship XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux laptop with Skylake

Super-thin "Project Sputnik" XPS 13 laptops from Dell with Ubuntu Linux and Intel Skylake chips are around the corner.

Fire, shock hazard prompts Microsoft to recall AC power adapters for Surface Pro tablets

The potential for the power cords on some Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to cause fire and electric shock has led to a recall.

Turn a barebones PC into a graphics powerhouse with AMD's new FirePro server GPUs

A barebones PC could turn into a multimedia or virtual reality powerhouse with new FirePro server graphics processors introduced by AMD.

By Agam Shah | 02 February, 2016 08:11

Tags: graphics, AMD, virtual desktop, FirePro, server, graphics processor

Bluetooth wireless range, speed to continue improving

Bluetooth speeds will continue to grow in the coming years

Quick start to meetings saves money, improves efficiency for Intel

Starting meetings faster and more efficiently could contribute to cost savings and productivity gains, as Intel highlighted in its annual IT performance report on Monday.

Monster gaming laptop from CybertronPC packs latest desktop hardware

Plugging high-end gaming desktop hardware into a laptop may be a crazy idea, but CybertronPC has pulled it off.

By Agam Shah | 30 January, 2016 05:51

Tags: Cybertronic, PC, gaming, games, Components, gamers

Get set for a choice of flagship smartphones with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip

Smartphones will get 4K video playback and unprecedented LTE and wireless speeds with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820. Many flagship handsets with that chip will be announced soon.

Apple is in a position to overtake Samsung as world's top chip buyer

Apple was the world's second largest chip buyer last year, spending over $29 billion, up by 7.1 percent compared to 2014, according to a study released by Gartner on Wednesday.

Like Chromebooks, thumb-size PCs will bloom

Thumb-size PCs like Intel's Compute Stick are still a novelty, but adoption will grow as TVs and displays increasingly become the center of entertainment and computing.

By Agam Shah | 28 January, 2016 08:12

Tags: Android OS, Windows OS 10, PC, ABI research, Project Ophelia, Compute StTick, intel

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