CES 2021: Asus Fanless Chromebox is a tiny $399 desktop for commercial and industrial applications

Asus Fanless Chromebox

While its Chromebook announcements at CES 2021 received more fanfare, Asus continues to support the Chromebox platform for desktop PCs built to run the Chrome OS. Its new Fanless Chromebox is designed to support commercial and industrial applications with a tiny, rugged form factor that packs Intel processors inside along with updated connectivity options.

As its name suggests, the Fanless Chromebox was built to withstand the heat from its internal components without a noisy fan, building passive cooling into the design of its extruded-aluminum chassis, which measures just 1.3×8.1×5.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.6 pounds. With a lockable VESA mount, this small system can be tucked into out-of-the-way spots — such as behind an LCD monitor or under a desk.

The Fanless Chromebox punches above its weight (and size) class, however, supporting either 10th-generation Intel Core processors (Core i3-10110U or Core i7-10510U, specifically) or Celeron 5205U CPU.

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Anker PowerLine III Flow: Super-soft, super-strong iPhone charging cable

I’m hard on my charging cables, so I tend to gravitate towards tough cables. Problem is, tough cables tend to be hard, inflexible, and a pain to pack away.

The new Anker PowerLine III Flow cables change all that.

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  • The silica gel finish gives this cable a remarkably soft yet durable finish
  • The PowerLine III Flow has a 25,000-bend lifespan, and can withstand a  220lbs (100kg) load
  • Remains tangle-free even when stuffed into a bag or pocket, or wrapped around a portable charger
  • MFi certified 

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Manufactured from silica gel with a graphene lining, the cable feels soft to the touch, and actually sort of flows through the hand. This isn’t just about aesthetics, but it allows it to be curled up tight, and fold and flow around things on your desk.

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Airband to supply full-fibre broadband across rural Cheshire

It may be home to the fabulously wealthy satellite towns south of Manchester and have the world-famous Roman city of Chester as its capital, but the county of Cheshire is essentially non-urban, and to improve communications in-hard-to-reach areas in the county, Airband is to supply more than 4,000 homes and properties in the region with full-fibre broadband.

The rural connectivity specialist won a £4.5m contract from Cheshire County Council to provide ultrafast gigabit-capable broadband in a project designed to see the county benefit from improved connectivity.

Funded by the UK government’s Connecting Cheshire initiative, which includes Warrington Borough Council, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Borough Council, the project will start in early 2021 and is expected to last until March 2023. Airband said it will use “innovative methods” to connect the hard-to-reach areas with gigabit-capable connectivity.

“The fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deal with Airband comes at a key

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