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The new Android: Oreo

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Google recently announced that its it has collaborated with OREO on its next smartphone operating system to bring, offering innovative experiences for both OREO and Android fans.

Google revealed that the next version of its mobile operating system, Android, is named after the world’s favourite cookie – Android OREO. Historically, Google has named each successive Android release after sweet treats like Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich and most recently, Nougat. The Android OREO release marks a global collaboration between the OREO brand and Google, which kicked off with the debut of the Android OREO superhero — a new character who personifies the powers of this iconic duo and the features of the new operating system.

Poised to be a pop-culture icon, Android OREO channels the playfulness of OREO and intelligence of Android to spread joy throughout the world. And, like all iconic superheroes, Android OREO originated from a wondrous, and unique, moment in time: the 2017 total solar eclipse that touched the United States. To see Android OREO’s story, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6nhmJ-o01Y&feature=youtu.be

“It’s not every day that iconic brands like OREO and Android join forces in a way that is truly reflective of both brands’ personalities,” said Jaritha Narsey, Category Brand Manager for Biscuits & Groceries. “The OREO brand is on a mission to bring people together through fun, playful moments, so infusing the playfulness of OREO with the openness of Android is the perfect match. And with the Android OREO superhero, we’re continuing on our path to engage our fans across the world in innovative ways.”

Also unveiled with the release was the Android OREO superhero kinetic statue—a first of its kind for Android. Building on Google’s tradition of creating giant lawn statues for every Android release, which are housed at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, this new version of the Android OREO statue adds a layer of playful interactivity the OREO brand is known for, together with Android’s rich history with robotics.

The Android OREO partnership will entail a variety of global initiatives designed to create innovative, playful experiences for both OREO and Android fans, enabling OREO to continue to engage with its fans across the world in new ways. It builds on a successful collaboration on the OREO Dunk Challenge campaign earlier this year, which led to the creation of a mobile site allowing users to virtually dunk an OREO cookie.

 

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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