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Google Pixel 4a could reportedly launch on August 3

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Just one of those top mysteries in the world of tech, you know it’s imminent and will definitely happen but just don’t know when.

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So far, Google has succeeded in staying mum about the launch date of the Pixel 4a but the rumour mill is relentless and now, in an attempt to put an end to the speculations, a tipster named Jon Prosser, claims to know the final launch date of the Pixel 4a.

Prosser took to Twitter to divulge the information on when Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL can be expected. Based on the Pixel 4a embargo letters and review units Google has sent to the local media; Prosser is dead sure the launch date is August 3.

However, Google who has not said anything on the matter so far did briefly list the Pixel 4a on its online store in Canada without any concrete details, which led to people believing the launch is finally nigh.

If the August 3 launch of the Pixel 4a is anything you go by, it will be the third postponed date.

Previously, Google was expected to launch the Pixel 4a series at the Android 11 launch event on June 3. It did not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement rife in the US and got delayed.

Later, Prosser said the Pixel 4a will debut on July 13 but that did not happen too. Meanwhile, Google’s rival Apple outed its long-awaited iPhone SE 2020 as the affordable iPhone model for this year and maybe beyond.

However, Presser will be hoping it is third time lucky/accurate and we finally get to see the affordable version of the Google pixel 4; the Pixel 4a and 4XL in the US. It’s imminent and there is every certainty it will happen.

Google Pixel 4a Specifications, Features and Price

It is more or less an open secret anyway but, the Google Pixel 4a is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

There will likely be a 5.8-inch LCD display with a punch-hole for the first time on a Pixel phone. Obviously, the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL will run on Android 10 and they should soon be receiving the Android 11 update.

For camera optics, the Google Pixel 4a will have a single rear camera in the same squarish module at the back. Thougg the battery capacity is yet to be confirmed at this stage, the Pixel 4a is no doubt also expected to come with 18W fast charging.

For pricing, Google usually gives it flagship gadgets pocket pumping price tags but the Pixel 4a and 4L is expected to ship with relatively mid-range specs as well as pricing The leaks have suggested the Pixel 4a price in the US. The 64GB version is said to cost $299 (roughly NGN116,500) while the 128GB version will reportedly be priced at $349 (roughly NGN135,800).

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Mediatek unveils Helio G95 gaming Processor for budget smartphones, could debut on Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7

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Adding to its ever-growing portfolio and stern competition to it’s Qualcomm counterpart, Taiwanese chipmaker, Mediatek has announced a new gaming Chipset for the Helio G90 series. The Helio G95 SoC offers a 5% boost in GPU performance over the G90T though the rest of the feature set is identical to the latter.

With the G95, MediaTek aims at closing the huge gap existing between the mid-range and flagship gaming smartphone segment and the first phone to use this processor could be the Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7 with both due for official releases on September 3.

The G90T ended up on phones like the Redmi Note 8 and Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 , so the odds are on we likely get to see more phones with the G95 chip launch in the final lap of the third quarter of the year.

Here’s everything the Mediatek Helio G95 has on offer

Mediatek Helio G95 Features

Essentially, it would be best to understand that the Helio G95 SoC is an overclocked G90T processor, in that it comes with an upgraded Mali-G76 GPU running at 900MHz. The G90T, on the other hand, is equipped with a Mali-G57 GPU that’s running at 800MHz.

Features like HyperEngine game technology, multi-camera support of upto 4 sensors and an APU (AI processing unit) are also very much welcome. The chip also supports upto HDR10+ enhancement quality in real-time.

The G95 processor is manufactured using the 12nm fabrication process and has two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05GHz while the six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores can run upto 2.0GHz.

MediaTek’s famed HyperEngine game technology is responsible for optimizing the gaming experience to provide the best connection speed, picture quality and ensures a smooth gameplay experience on budget devices. There are several customisation options that users can fine-tune further.

Furthermore, Helio G95 chipset supports upto 10GB LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, upto Full HD+ displays with 90Hz refresh rate and dual 4G SIM cards.

Additionally, the chip can be paired with upto 64MP cameras with upto 4K UHD rerecording.

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The MediaTek Helio G95 will power many phones set to launch in September. The first of such as confirmed by Naijatechguy could be the Tecno Camon 16 set to launch on September 3 in India.

The smartphone has been teased with stunning bezeles display, a 64MP camera unit with Samsung’s GM1 or Sony’s IMX686 sensor here which could all play into the hands of the new Helio G95 processor.

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“Fitbit of tiny wires in your skull” – Elon Musk set to define future of Neurotechnology with landmark Neuralink chip unveiling

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In case you missed it probably you’ve been living under a rock or something incredibly heavy, a major global announcement was passed on couple hours ago which could well determine what value our lives still hold here on Earth

Naahh, definitely not another wave of Coronavirus but

Research nerd and Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday unveiled a coin-sized computer chip that could provide the age-old solution to treating brain and neuro-ailments.

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The move is regarded as another giant stride though early step taken toward the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.

Co-founded by Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc and SpaceX CEO Musk in 2016, San Francisco Bay Area-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-machine interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia and spinal cord injuries and ultimately fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.

Though the mighty risks of artificial intelligence can’t be understated, Neuralink implant’s most important achievement beyond medical applications would be “some kind of AI symbiosis where you have an AI extension of yourself.”

This practically would mean having small-smart devices that electronically stimulate nerves and brain areas to treat hearing loss and Parkinson’s disease have been implanted in humans for decades.

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Brain implant trials have also been conducted with a small number of people who have lost control of bodily functions due to spiral cord injuries or neurological conditions like strokes.

“An implantable device can actually solve these problems,” Musk said on a webcast Friday, mentioning ailments such as memory loss, hearing loss, depression and insomnia.

Musk did not provide a timeline for those treatments, appearing to retreat from earlier statements that human trials would begin by the end of this year. Neuralink’s first clinical trials with a small number of human patients would be aimed at treating paralysis or paraplegia, the company’s head surgeon Dr. Matthew MacDougall said.

For the Friday Neuralink webcast, Musk presented what he described as the “three little pigs demo.”

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Gertrude, the pig with a Neuralink implant in the part of its brain that controls the snout, required some coaxing by Musk to appear on camera, but eventually began eating off of a stool and sniffing straw, triggering spikes on a graph tracking the animal’s neural activity.

Musk said the company had three pigs each implanted with the chip for the past couple months, and also revealed a pig that previously had an implant. They were “healthy, happy and indistinguishable from a normal pig,” Musk said. Musk said the company predicted a pig’s limb movement during a treadmill run at “high accuracy” using implant data.

Furthermore, the Neuralink’s chip, is roughly 23 millimeters (0.9 inch) in diameter which Musk described as “a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires” making it relatively minute in size.

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“I could have a Neuralink right now and you wouldn’t know,” Musk said. “… Maybe I do.”

We hope you don’t for now though Mr Musk!

Stanford University neuroscientist Sergey Stavisky said the company had made substantial and impressive progress since an initial demonstration of an earlier chip in July 2019.

“Going from that to the fully implanted system in several pigs they showed is impressive and, I think, really highlights the strengths of having a large multidisciplinary team focused on this problem,” Stavisky said.

Neuralink’s chip could also improve the understanding of neurological diseases by reading brain waves, one of the company’s scientists said during the presentation.

Though some researchers however opined longer studies would be required to determine the longevity and lifespan of the device.

Also, Startups such as Kernel, Paradromics and NeuroPace are trying to exploit advancements in material, wireless and signaling technology to create devices similar to Neuralink making it really a race in time to create an actual feasible device.

Though another question which albeit could be on the lips of users will be about personalization of data. We are not envisaging a Google Ad kind of scenario here, but with the extent user data is been mined and misused, you can only prepare for the worst nowadays.

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