CES 2021: Acer launches Spin 514 Chromebook with new AMD Ryzen 3000 mobile processor options

Acer Chromebook Spin 514

Acer rolled out the 514 Chromebook back in 2018 as an upscale alternative to the budget systems to which the Chromebook name is often tied. With its $349 price tag and touches like a metal chassis, 1080p display, and Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad, it was looking to split the difference between the $149 and $199 Chromebooks and luxury versions like the Google Pixelbook. As CES 2021 begins, the company is back with an upgraded version that not only adds popular 2-in-1 functionality, but also marks a new direction for Chromebook processors. 

The Chromebook Spin 514 is the latest in Acer’s Spin family of convertible laptops, such as the Spin 13 and the Spin 512, equipped with a 14-inch full HD touchscreen that’s sheathed in Gorilla Glass to withstand scratches. But what’s inside is probably more notable, as it’s the company’s first Chromebook to use AMD’s

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Why Parler’s revival on public cloud is complicated and unlikely

Now that Amazon Web Services has shut down Parler, will the social network rebuild elsewhere? Parler CEO John Matze says Parler will be back with “many competing for our business.”

Don’t bet on it. There appears to be no major public cloud or hosting company willing to give Parler a home. But, even if there were, Parler would find it almost impossible to return anytime soon. Parler will need to build its own infrastructure.

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Indeed, Matze afterward admitted on Fox News that no one wants to work with Parler after Amazon dropped the company. Bringing Parler back up is “basically impossible,” Matze concluded. 

Even if they did, as Corey Quinn, Chief Cloud Economist at the Duckbill Group and who covers AWS like paint, explained in a series of tweets that it can’t be done: 

Getting booted

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Bahrain hopes 5G roll-out will attract more tech firms to its shores

Bahrain has completed the roll-out of 5G as part of its strategy to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on oil and gas.

Two of three mobile operators in the country have now achieved full 5G coverage to its population.

The tiny Middle Eastern island state, with a population of just 1.5 million, wants to attract more tech companies to its shores with the promise of the optimum IT infrastructure and a gateway to the Middle East region.

Bahrain’s telecoms sector attracted more than $2bn investment between 2009 and 2019 as part of its economic diversification and its ICT sector now accounts for nearly 3% of its national gross domestic product.

One of the advantages of Bahrain is its favourable business environment. It offers a tried-and-tested legal and regulatory environment and has minimal restrictions on foreign ownership.

Bahrain also has a respected financial services sector with more than four

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Memo: following its Trump ban, Facebook has told employees to avoid wearing company-branded apparel in public as it might put staff at risk (Alex Heath/The Information)


Alex Heath / The Information:

Memo: following its Trump ban, Facebook has told employees to avoid wearing company-branded apparel in public as it might put staff at risk  —  Facebook on Monday told employees to avoid wearing or carrying company-branded clothing and other items in public following the company’s suspension … … Read More