Give old PC or Mac new life as high-end cloud computer

Emmanuel Freund, founder of Blade company
Emmanuel Freund of Blade shows the tiny Shadow desktop box that links to the cloud

A French start-up claims to have invented the “computer of the future” which will turn any low-powered PC, old Mac or smartphone into a high-end machine

The seemingly impossible is possible thanks to cloud computing, meaning key elements of the device, called Shadow, are online, says the Paris-based firm Blade.

Blade’s marketing director Yannis Weinbach said: “Instead of having all the elements of a computer under your desk, they are stored in a secure data centre. It gives you the equivalent of a computer worth €1,500.”

Shadow users access the service via the internet and cloud with an app (or using a small desktop box) on any smartphone, tablet or screen ...

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