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GOOGLE PIXEL 2 & 2 XL RELEASED: HOW WILL GOOGLE FARE WITH ITS NEW PLAYERS


Are you tired of hearing about Apple’s new iPhone X, well Google surely was and has finally revealed their flagships for 2017- the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Here’s everything you need to know.


The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are Google’s battle cruisers for 2017 ready to take on the likes of the LG V30, Note 8 and the iPhone X.

The Pixel 2 is the smaller sibling with a 5-inch 1080p Full-HD display coming in at 441 ppi (pixels per inch). Inside the Pixel 2 is a Snapdragon 835 chip coupled with 4 GB of  RAM and a 2700 mAh battery to keep it going. Google has offered the Pixel 2 in 64 and 128 GB variants with free unlimited backup for all your photos and videos. The Pixel 2 will run +Android Oreo out of the box is will be available in three colors- Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue. Sassy !

The Pixel 2 XL on the other hand is a beefier sibling with a 6-inch 1440p QHD OLED display at 538 ppi and a larger 18:9 aspect ratio. Inside is the same Snapdragon 835 paired with 4 GB of RAM but the 2 XL has bigger 3520 mAh battery to keep it going all day. Pretty much like the Pixel 2 the 2 XL will run Android Oreo out of the box, be available in 64 and 128 GB variants however, only in two pretty boring sounding colors- Just Black and Clearly White.

Both the Pixels have the same camera hardware with 12 MP rear shooters with Optical and Electronic Image Stabilization, Laser auto-focus and will shoot upto 4K @ 30 fps. The front cameras are 8 MP sensors with f 2.4 aperture with fixed focus and will shoot upto 1080p HD @ 30 fps.How will the Pixel 2 fare against the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 released this year.

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Google coding champion is from a Cameroon town which is cut off from the internet

A true champion is one who braces through all adversities and hurdles coming in his or her way. And this 17-year-old African boy is no different!

Nji Collins Gbah, who resides in a small, rural town far outside the capital of Cameroon, is Africa’s first Google Code-in champion. Google Code-in is a contest open to students around the world, aged 13 to 17.

What makes this champion different is that Collins used the knowledge he gained from two years of learning how to code by reading books along with online resource to beat his 1,299 other young adult competitors from around the world who have regular access to wireless networks in order to win the competition.

Collins is from the city of Bamenda in Cameroon’s predominantly Anglophone North-West region that recently fell victim to alleged discriminatory practices from the national government due to political unrest. There has been mounting tension in Cameroon between the country’s Anglophone population—who make up 20 percent of the population—and its French-speaking majority, as English-speakers feel that they are being discriminated against due to partial government practices in favor of the Francophone population.

In response to the protests spearheaded by locals, the government cut off the internet in towns across the area, including Collins’s as a punishment and a blunt tool for holding back dissent. The internet was disconnected just a day after Collins sent in his final submission for the competition, which was uncomfortably close to prevent his success. His hometown has been without internet for nearly a month.

Luckily, by the time entries closed, Collins had completed 20 tasks, covering all five categories set by Google and that too without internet and with no place to study. Due to the on-going protests against English language speakers in the predominantly French speaking nation, his school had shut down. Also, there was no wireless connection at home.

Later, Collins received some unexpected news of him being chosen as one of Google’s 34 grand prize winners.

“I was really, really amazed,” he told the BBC. “It meant my hard work writing a lot of code had really paid off.”

In order to stay on top of the game to win the big prize, Collins chose to travel almost eight hours to the capital, Yaounde.

“I wanted to get a connection so I could continue studying and keep in touch with Google,” he says.

As part of his prize from Google, the young winner received a four day trip to Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, where he will be meeting its top engineers and gaining insight into one of the world’s most successful enterprises.

“Hopefully I would like to work there one day, if that is possible,” he says.

In the future, Collins hopes to finish school back in Bamenda, and then study computer science in college.

Currently, Collins says he is working hard to develop his knowledge of artificial intelligence, neural networks and deep learning.

“I’m trying to develop my own model for data compression, using deep learning and machine learning,” he says.

His ultimate goal is a “huge step” forward in capabilities for data transfer and storage.

Source: BBC

Fix My Internet service, Vodafone

​So for three weeks now my fixed broadband has not been working, I have called Vodafone helpline well over 6 times to complain about this one problem, apparently my problem is very insignificant to them. To add more salt to my wound, Vodafone helpline and one technician told me a malicious lie they were doing a service upgrade in my area and that was the reason for the problem. I found today all the internet café’s in my area have not had any such problem. So tell me, Vodafone, is the service upgrade only being done on my broadband?????

All of this comes after Vodafone VBS blocked my line for 2 full weeks because I paid my bill into an account stated on their bill instead of paying at their office. For Heaven’s sake, if you are no longer using the acc, why put it on the bill?????????

You’d think, Vodafone would get awakened by my first message, apparently their customer service is a sleeping giant. Well whatever the case, you guys got to wake up now, I need my Internet working Pronto!!!
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