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Remote working and e-learning drove a surge in demand for Chromebooks

"Devices running Google's Chrome OS proved more popular than Apple Macs for the first time last year, new figures suggest.

According to data from analyst house IDC, the pair were neck and neck in Q1, but Chromebooks began to pull away from Q2 onwards and ultimately captured 10.8% of PC sales in 2020, as compared with the 7.5% achieved by Apple.

As the pandemic began to take hold in March, shipment data suggests buyer sentiment was skewed in favor of affordable Chromebook ranges, available from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo..."

The system combines a series of machines with a software layer designed to lower the barrier of entry for use

"ExOne this week announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has granted it $1.6 million. It's one of the Pennsylvania-based metal 3D printing company's largest government contracts, in service of building a portable 3D printing factory for the front line - essentially a method for troops to fabricate broken and missing parts where they need them the most..."

Resources For Making Sense Of Quantum Computing
TechRepublic, February 16th, 2021
Whether you consider quantum computing a pipe dream or a future reality, it's important to understand what this new technology is--and is capable of doing

"Since the dawn of the information age, the computers we've built have become more powerful than ever. Modern machines are capable of feats considered the realm of fiction even a few short decades ago: Solving complex problems, learning, and behaving in an intelligent manner are just some of the things today's supercomputers can do, but there's a catch..."

Quantum computing is transitioning from scientific curiosity to technical reality. There's so much hype around it because it comes with a promise to solve problems that were previously unsolvable

"It may take years before we will be able to take advantage of a quantum computer. Nonetheless, it's not too early to get in and start seeing what the roadmap looks like, MIT professor William Oliver said during the MIT Tech Review conference Future Compute.

'We have the first small-scale quantum computers available in the cloud to be used by people worldwide. And also Google's recent demonstration of quantum advantage. Quantum computing is transitioning from scientific curiosity to technical reality. That's happening around us right now,' he said..."

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