James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Next-gen drones, talking sunglasses, and other Day Two sights from CES

Intel and Sony headlined press-conference day, showing off gadgets from collision-avoidance drones to turntables, which are making a resurgence at CES. Here's some of the things that caught our eye.

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All 2016 Samsung smart TVs will be ready to talk to your appliances

Any smart TV you buy from Samsung in 2016 will be 'IoT' ready, meaning it will be able to talk to compatible appliances around the home, Samsung said Wednesday.

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Taylor Swift slams Apple for not paying artists during Apple Music trial

'We don't ask you for free iPhones,' the singer said this weekend, so Apple shouldn't demand free music

Behind the curtain: How Netflix streams movies to your TV

The company operates its content delivery network with 1,000 homegrown, high-density storage systems

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iPhone graphics chip designer adds more oomph to GPUs

Imagination says its new line of PowerVR CPUs are 50 percent faster than their predecessors.

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Facebook designing network fabric to meet massive performance needs

With more than a billion monthly active users, it's easy to imagine that most of the data travelling over Facebook's networks is delivering photos, status updates and "likes" to its end users, but that's far from the case.

Qualcomm aims Snapdragon 800 chips at 'premium' phones and tablets

Qualcomm's keynote at the International CES was packed with big names and even a Big Bird, but CEO Paul Jacobs' focus was on something much smaller -- a new family of processors aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets.

Ballmer, Big Bird and Desmond Tutu enliven Qualcomm's big night at CES

Qualcomm called on some big names Monday to ensure its opening-night keynote at the International CES wasn't a dud. Steve Ballmer, Big Bird, the pop group Maroon5, and even former Archbishop Desmond Tutu all made appearances to keep things rolling along.

Gorilla Glass 3 promises 40 percent fewer scratches (video)

Corning has developed a new version of its Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets that it says will result in 40 percent fewer scratches and appear in devices later this year.

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Microsoft-Motorola trial ends first phase, with judge to set fair royalty rate

The presiding judge will now try to calculate what he thinks is a fair royalty rate for Motorola's patents