Apple’s virtual-only WWDC happening on June 22

Swift Student Challenge also announced



Confirmed a couple of months ago to be an online-only event, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC now has an official date — June 22.

The WWDC20 will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers. This year’s WWDC will be an opportunity for creatives and developers around the world to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Apple also announced its Swift Student Challenge — an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground.

Swift Playgrounds is an app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. Now through 11:59PM PDT on May 17, student developers from all over the world can submit to the Swift Student Challenge by creating an interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set.

Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC20 program information — including keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session and lab schedules, and more — will be shared in June. Information will also be made available on the Apple Developer website and by email.

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CES 2022 will be returning to Las Vegas as an in-person event

The world is finally healing



After more than a year’s wait, it seems like things are finally returning to the old normal. CES 2022 is making a comeback as an in-person event and will take place in Las Vegas as usual.

The CTA (Consumer Technology Association), which organizes CES (Consumer Electronics Show), said that the event would be held from January 5 to 8, with the media days on January 3 and 4. The Coronavirus pandemic prompted all tradeshows to go fully digital, including MWC Barcelona, Google I/O, and Apple’s WWDC.

For technology enthusiasts, an online-only event can never match the grand scale of a physical event. In-person meets have a personal touch, there are thousands of cutting-edge gadgets to play with, and the coverage becomes unique.

Vaccination progress helped

The US is quickly vaccinating its citizens, and many other countries are following a similar strategy. We can expect the old normal to return gradually in the next few months, but that’s considering everything goes as planned. Obviously, the decision can change if there’s a shift in the course of the pandemic.

Though, CTA boasted that close to 1,000 companies are already lined up for the event. This includes giants like Amazon, AMD, Dell, Google, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, and many more.

“We are thrilled to return to Las Vegas – home to CES for more than 40 years – and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces,” Gary Shapiro, president, and CEO of the CTA, said in an announcement.

The CTA said that CES 2022 would be held as per the CDC’s safety guidelines, along with state and local guidelines for Nevada and the city of Las Vegas to ensure a safe event for attendees.

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Computex 2021

Acer, AMD, Intel, Qualcomm confirm participation in Computex 2021 Hybrid

Happening from May 31 to June 30.



Computex is one of the many technology conventions bouncing back after taking a blow from the Coronavirus pandemic. Participating in the 2021 Hybrid edition are Acer, AMD, Arm, Intel, Micron, NXP, Qualcomm and Supermicro.

Computex 2021 Hybrid will combine onsite events at Taipei, Taiwan along with #COMPUTEXVirtual for a more accessible experience. Participants will have access to the latest industry trends through the platform, no matter where they are.

The aformentioned tech companies joining the convention hope to usher in a better future through the OMO model. Startup companies from Taiwan Accelerator Plus (TAcc+), the Netherlands and other International Pavilions will also inject innovative momentums into the industry through #InnoVEXVirtual.

#COMPUTEXVirtual and #InnoVEXVirtual are now open for exhibitor and visitor registration.

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CES 2021

Acer launches the AMD-powered Chromebook Spin 514

An enterprise-focused model is also coming soon



Chromebooks are increasingly becoming a major player in the laptop segment. Unlike in the past, Chromebooks of today are much more capable with manufacturers opting for more powerful processors and graphic cards. One of those Chromebooks that have capable internals inside is the AMD-powered Acer Chromebook Spin 514, which saw its debut at CES 2021.

AMD Ryzen inside

The headlining feature of Acer’s new Chromebook is the processor that powers it. Inside is a full-fledged AMD Ryzen processor which is rare for a Chromebook. The choice of processors includes the Ryzen 7 3700C for the top-end variant, a Ryzen 5 3500C variant, and an unspecified Ryzen 3 processor for the base variant. Both the Ryzen 7 and 5 variants get a graphics boost thanks to the inclusion of Radeon Vega. All variants max out at 16GB of DDR4 RAM memory and 256GB of SSD.

Acer claims that the Chromebook Spin 514 delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. The new AMD processor inside allows for a thinner and lighter profile than before, making it a good choice for students and professionals alike.

Design and display that is up to date

Speaking of design, the Chromebook comes in a sleek chassis made of anodized, sandblasted aluminum. Apparently, Acer went out of the way to make it more durable. That is, military-grade durability with Acer claiming MIL-STD 810H1 compliance. The design also incorporates a reinforced metal chassis resistant to dents and corrosion.

Those who are into the convertible form factor has a lot to love with the Chromebook Spin 514. It opens at a full 360 degrees and comes with a touchscreen display too. The display is a 14-inch full HD IPS display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Acer states that it reinforced the display with a Corning Gorilla Glass and slimmed the bezels for a 78% screen-to-body ratio.

Plentiful ports to power peripherals and devices

Thankfully, a plethora of ports exists on the Chromebook for connecting multiple devices. It comes with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C for transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. That USB port also comes with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery for charging and hooking into supported monitors. Traditional ports include two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and a MicroSD card reader.

Select models of the new Chromebook come with an HDMI port so select that if you’re dependent on monitors that use this port.

Other connectivity features include a dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5. For staying in touch, the Chromebook has dual integrated stereo speakers and dual microphones for clearer audio and video calls. These dual microphones and stereo speakers also allow for a better experience when using Google Assistant.

Chromebooks for the enterprise

Acer is also launching an enterprise-focused model of the new Chromebook — the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514. This model shares the same design, configuration, and ports as the regular one. The main difference lies in the software inside. It still touts Google’s ChromeOS but has added features geared solely for the enterprise sector.

Among those features are comprehensive security features integrated right into the OS. IT administrators can also take advantage of Google’s web-based management interface to control updates, configure apps, utilize extensions, and update policies. Finally, it has a zero-touch enrollment that lets employees connect to the enterprise network simply by connecting to the Internet.

Like its regular counterpart, businesses can configure this enterprise-focused Chromebook at 16GB of DDR4 memory and 256GB of NVMe SSD storage.

Price and availability

Acer hasn’t announced any dates for the availability of the new Chromebooks. However, a Google store listing is already active for pre-orders. Exact pricing for the regular and enterprise-focused model is not available at the moment, though the base variant is pegged at US$ 599.

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