AWS today opened its re:Invent conference with a surprise announcement: the company is bringing the Mac mini to its cloud. The target audience here -- and the only one AWS is targeting for now -- is developers who want cloud-based build and testing environments for their Mac and iOS apps. Given the recent launch of the M1 Mac minis, it's worth pointing out that the hardware AWS is using -- at least for the time being -- are i7 machines with six physical and 12 logical cores and 32 GB of memory.
With the release of watchOS 7, Apple at last turned the Apple Watch into the GPS-based kid tracker parents have wanted, albeit at a price point that requires careful consideration. As someone in the target demographic for such a device -- a parent of a "tween" who's allowed to freely roam the neighborhood (but not without some sort of communication device) -- I put the new Family Setup system for the Apple Watch through its paces over the past couple of months. To be frank, I'm conflicted as to whether I'd recommend the Apple Watch to a fellow parent, as opposed to just suggesting that it's time to get the child a phone.
The Dow was up about 0.93% at 2 p.m. EST. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was leading the Dow higher on Tuesday, surging more than 3% despite only minor news related to cloud access to its Mac computers for developers. Meanwhile, shares of Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) were lower a few hours before the software company was scheduled to report quarterly results and potentially announce the acquisition of Slack (NYSE: WORK).