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  • Murthy Renduchintala is expected to help Intel as the giant chip maker looks to gain traction in the mobile and IoT markets.

  • The Dell CEO is pushing back at recent comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook that, with smartphones and tablets, there no longer is a reason to buy a PC.

  • Acer's founder and Asus' CEO respond to an IDC analyst's prediction that two PC vendors among the top 10 will drop out.

  • After watching its tablet sales plummet over the past several quarters, Apple is trying to turn things around with the introduction of its new iPad Pro. The tablet, which features a 12.9-inch screen, is designed for enterprise customers first, but may also prove an appealing option for consumers who want the best iPad experience money can buy. Although it's possible that the iPad Pro will boost Apple's lagging tablet sales, analysts warn that the device might also cut into sales of the company's 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an attempt to promote its new tablet, argued recently that computer buyers' money might be better spent on a big-screen tablet rather than on a notebook. That logic may hold up for some customers, but for others, the notebook is the way to go. We look at both mobile computers to help folks determine whether iPad Pro or MacBook Pro best suits their needs. Read on to check out this comparison of Apple's newest tablet and its lightweight, but high-powered, notebook.

  • Samsung's ATIV Book 9 laptop line has been expanded with the addition of two new premium models—a high-performance ATIV Book 9 Pro, which sports a new 4K display, and an ATIV Book 9 Spin version, which has a rotating rear hinge so it can be used as a tablet or laptop or in other unique positions. Both machines run on Microsoft Windows 10 Home and will be available later in November through and Best Buy. The Book 9 Pro and the Book 9 Spin have lightweight and durable aluminum outer shells for protection and style, Intel sixth-generation Core i7 processors, solid-state storage drives up to 256GB and brilliant touch-screen displays. Both machines also include Samsung's real-time HDR display enhancements that optimize screen brightness and contrast for users, as well as Samsung's Outdoor Mode, which makes it easier to see the device screens in direct sunlight. The ATIV Book 9 Pro is priced at $1,599, while the ATIV Book 9 Spin is priced at $1,399. Read on for more details and specifications on the new ATIV Book 9 machines.

  • The chip foundry says it has hit 14nm validation, which is an important step for both Globalfoundries and AMD's future processors plans.

  • According to Cisco Systems, by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices making up the Internet of things (IoT), and Intel wants its silicon in as many of those devices as possible, and in the systems that make up the infrastructures behind the devices. After having famously missed on the rise of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has said the chip maker will lead in new growth areas, such as the IoT and wearable devices. Over the past couple of years, Intel has created a business unit dedicated to the Internet of things, has bought companies whose technologies will help it in its IoT efforts and has partnered with other vendors on IoT initiatives. In July, research firm IoT Analytics listed Intel as third on the list of the world's largest investors in IoT technologies and programs, behind IBM and Google. Intel this week continued the IoT drumbeat with a new platform reference architecture, a new Quark chip, and support software and services. Most of the new offerings will be available later this year or in early 2016.

  • With the latest round of funding, Intel Capital has now invested more than $500 million this year in startups around the world.

  • According to Reuters, Dell may sell such businesses as Quest, SonicWall and AppAssure to raise $10 billion as it prepares to buy EMC for $67 billion.

  • The decision comes after the company had already spent $6 million sprucing up a location in Manhattan's SoHo district.

  • A Google executives says the company will continue to support the cloud operating system, strongly denying published reports that it will fold Chrome OS into Android


  • The software giant's founder tells analysts that he "shed more than a couple of tears" after hearing about the acquisition.

  • The vendor continues to restructure its graphics efforts by launching Radeon Software Crimson to replace its Catalyst Control Center software unit.

  • As the holiday season approaches, it's time to think about stocking stuffers and more substantial gifts for friends, colleagues and loved ones, especially the tech geeks in your life. This week's "Halloween Spectacular" produced by Pepcom is an annual event designed to let tech journalists view and get their hands on the latest electronic doodads, apps, peripherals and accessories that may be worthy additions to your shopping list or just something you'd like to have yourself. One interesting trend is that some of these are not usually considered typical digital or techie gifts, such as like Masterlock's digital padlock that you can unlock with your smartphone and the Speedforce accessory that turns any bike into a "smart bike." There are also several devices that let you do things you never thought of doing, like the Petzi Treat Cam that lets you share video of your pet remotely and more. Probably the most unique of the bunch is the Muse "brain-sensing headband," while TripIt Pro mobile travel app is the most practical, especially for business road warriors. Here are 10 potential gifts from the Oct. 28 event in San Francisco that caught our eye.

  • The chip maker says Saffron's technology will be an asset not only in data center servers but also in IoT and wearable computing devices.

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