Stories by Agam Shah

AMD steers clear of low-cost tablet market

Advanced Micro Devices doesn't want its chips in low-priced tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under US$100.

By Agam Shah | 19 April, 2014 06:35

Tags: Advanced Micro Devices, Components, processors

Plastic computers taking shape, but won't replace silicon

Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality.

By Agam Shah | 19 April, 2014 05:10

Tags: University of Iowa, hardware systems, Components, New York University, processors

Samsung teams with GlobalFoundries on 3D chips

Samsung is partnering with chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to increase the supply of low-power, high-speed chips for smartphones and tablets.

By Agam Shah | 18 April, 2014 08:04

Tags: consumer electronics, Samsung Electronics, smartphones, globalfoundries, Components, processors

AMD's profitability streak ends at two quarters

Advanced Micro Devices' bottom line changed from black to red on Thursday when the company posted a loss after two straight quarters of profits.

By Agam Shah | 18 April, 2014 07:30

Tags: business issues, Advanced Micro Devices, financial results

AT&T wearables to hit the smartwatch runway soon

Smartwatches for use on AT&T's network will be out this year, a company executive said Wednesday.

By Agam Shah | 17 April, 2014 07:15

Tags: consumer electronics, telecommunication, at&t

See ya, Microsoft: Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets

In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at.

By Agam Shah | 16 April, 2014 10:42

Tags: Android OS, hardware systems, tablets, intel, Android tablets

Intel sells more tablet chips but profits fall

Intel shipped 5 million processors for tablets in the first quarter, but profits fell as PC sales remained weak.

By Agam Shah | 16 April, 2014 07:40

Tags: business issues, financial results, intel

USB 3.0 jumps to light speed with new 10-meter optical cable

The ubiquitous USB 3.0 connector is advancing to light-speed and longer-distance data transfers thanks to optical cables from Corning that started shipping on Tuesday.

By Agam Shah | 16 April, 2014 07:17

Tags: peripherals, USB Implementers Forum, Components, Corning

Toshiba's 4K laptop to ship next week for $1,499.99

One of the first laptops with a 4K screen will go on sale from Toshiba for US$1,499.99 next week.

By Agam Shah | 16 April, 2014 02:29

Tags: hardware systems, toshiba, laptops

Server makers rushing out Heartbleed patches

Enterprise IT vendors are rushing to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, which has been found in some servers and networking gear and could allow attackers to steal critical data -- including passwords and encryption keys -- from the memories of exposed systems.

By Agam Shah | 15 April, 2014 06:09

Tags: Dell, servers, IBM, hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

Allwinner bringing 4K video to smartphones and tablets

Allwinner, one of the biggest providers of chips for low-cost smartphones and tablets, is stepping up its efforts to bring 4K video to handheld devices.

By Agam Shah | 12 April, 2014 08:22

Tags: Components, processors, Allwinner

Intel brings Windows 8.1 to schools with new education hybrid

Intel this week showed off a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also fighting for position.

By Agam Shah | 12 April, 2014 05:05

Tags: hardware systems, laptops, tablets, intel

BlackBerry plans to renew enterprise focus to lure back customers

BlackBerry is not going to bail out of the handset business, but needs to return to its enterprise roots to reverse its slide, according to CEO John Chen.

By Agam Shah | 11 April, 2014 04:42

Tags: Blackberry, consumer electronics, smartphones, mobile

Windows XP expiration couldn't save PC market in Q1

The looming threat of running an unsupported OS wasn't enough to save PC shipments from continuing their slide in the first quarter.

By Agam Shah | 10 April, 2014 08:25

Tags: IDC, hardware systems, Windows, Lenovo, software, acer, Asustek Computer, operating systems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell

Motorola Mobility names Osterloh COO as Lenovo acquisition looms

Rick Osterloh has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Motorola Mobility, the Google business unit that is being acquired by Lenovo.

By Agam Shah | 10 April, 2014 05:21

Tags: business issues, personnel, Motorola Mobility

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