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Acer's new Chromebooks for education include spill-proof keyboards and antimicrobial coatings

Acer's new Chromebooks for education include spill-proof keyboards and antimicrobial coatings

Schools will be spoiled for choice from Acer as they consider upgrading their Chromebook fleets this year. Five new models are coming into play with all of them certified to take a beating from kids and a splatter of bacteria. Plus, one of them being a Qualcomm LTE-connectable device.

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Leak depicts a seemingly much cheaper Galaxy Chromebook successor

Leak depicts a seemingly much cheaper Galaxy Chromebook successor

If, for whatever reason, you wanted a hotrod of a Chromebook, Samsung had it for you this year with the Galaxy Chromebook. With 10th-gen Intel silicon, a 4K display, and $1,000 price tag, it had everyone one could ever need for such a machine. But it looks like we could be getting a sequel as early as February. Says who? Says some stranger with a swiped presentation slide on Twitter.

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Apple wants to ditch Qualcomm completely, begins testing its own cellular modems

Apple wants to ditch Qualcomm completely, begins testing its own cellular modems

Apple has been making strides with its in-house System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designs lately, especially with the company's new M1 desktop chipset. However, Apple is still using modems designed by other firms, which has sometimes become a point of contention with iPhones. According to comments by Apple's top chip executive, the company could soon use its own modem designs, bringing Apple even closer to designing every component of its mobile devices.

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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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USB4 is official and it's basically just Thunderbolt 3

USB4 is official and it's basically just Thunderbolt 3

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Intel sells its modem business to Apple for $1 billion

Intel sells its modem business to Apple for $1 billion

Apple develops its own processors for its mobile devices, but it relies on modems from Intel and Qualcomm for network connectivity. While Apple fought with Qualcomm over patents and royalties, Intel became the company's top choice for modems. After the dispute was settled, Intel gave up trying to make a 5G modem, and now Apple is buying its entire modem division.

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RIP: The Celeron Google Pixel Slate is officially dead

RIP: The Celeron Google Pixel Slate is officially dead

The writing has been on the wall for months, so it must not be a surprise for anyone that the Celeron Pixel Slates, the lower-end $599 and $699 models that were very briefly available and didn't impress much, are now completely gone from the Google Store. All mentions of both variants have been wiped off, as if they never existed in the first place.

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Intel, Qualcomm, and other suppliers blacklist Huawei, putting businesses in imminent danger

Intel, Qualcomm, and other suppliers blacklist Huawei, putting businesses in imminent danger

Since the Department of Commerce added Chinese manufacturer Huawei to its 'Entity List,' thus limiting its ability to import U.S.-made products, we've seen some of the company's most important supplier relationships take a hit. Alphabet may have been the vendor with the highest profile as many of Huawei's Android products rely on software services from Google. But chip producers, including one in Germany, have also had to limit their ties to the telecommunications company.

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'ZombieLoad' CPU attack becomes public, most Google devices not affected

'ZombieLoad' CPU attack becomes public, most Google devices not affected

Yesterday, Intel disclosed a new attack on its processor dubbed "ZombieLoad," following in the footsteps of last year's "Spectre" and "Meltdown" security snafu. The CPU producer has informed other companies of the problems before the public, and thus many devices and OS manufacturers have already patched their software. Among the now-secured products is Google’s ChromeOS, but not Android running on Intel silicon.

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Intel gives up on 5G modems because Qualcomm ate its Apple pie

Intel gives up on 5G modems because Qualcomm ate its Apple pie

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent and royalty disputes, paving the way for the latter's 5G modems to be installed on the former's smartphones in the year 2020 and beyond. Intel, which staked its hopes on swooping up a meaty iPhone modem contract, has folded upon itself, announcing that it is ending development of its 5G modems for smartphones.

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