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Proudly Africa: MARA Smartphone

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  Its no surprise how everything is being digitized and turning “mobile” these days as they help ease our day to day activities…Adding to the existing “mobile” list is MARA smartphones, first from Africa. Two smartphones, MARA X and MARA Z were recently launched by Rwanda’s MARA Group, describing them as the first “Made in Africa” models with the vision of giving a boost to the country’s ambitions to become a regional technology hub. Speaking in an interview, the Groups CEO, Ashish Thakkar said it was targeting customers willing to pay more as the phone is built for quality. Both phones run on Google’s Android OS (8.1) and will cost about RWF 120,250 ($130) and RWF 175,750 ($190) respectively. He also stated that the Group is actually the first into manufacturing. “We are making the motherboards, and also the sub-boards during the entire process”. Phones key features includes:
  • Finger print sensor (rear mounted),
  • Facial recognition,
  • Dual SIM card option and expandable mem. via TF Card,
  • 5.5 OR 5.7 inches IPS Incell LCD, 16M colors, 720×1440 pixel resolution
  • HD display,
  • 13MP AF/13MP FF Camera (With various effects),
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Oleophobic Coating,
  • LTE Band,
  • 64 bit architecture Mediatek MT6739, Quad-core ARM Cortex A53 1.5GHz Processor OR Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435, Octa-core ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz Processor,
  • FM Radio,
  • 3500mAh Li-Po Battery (Removable) OR 3075mAh Li-Po Battery (non-removable) and more.
The Group says, it hopes to profit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which is due to begin in July next year, aiming to unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc a pact aimed at forming a 55-nation trade bloc, to boost sales across Africa.  

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Google Stadia soon to launch

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Google’s new streaming platform, goes live in about a month, you’ll be able to sign in starting November 19 and start buying games. Then seconds later you’ll be playing those games because of the way Stadia works, there’s no download necessary.

This upcoming cloud gaming service operated by Google and is integrated with YouTube. Its “state share” feature allows viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. It is said to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high dynamic range, to players via the company’s numerous data centers across the globe, provided they are using a sufficiently high speed Internet connection.

You’ll recieve an email when your Founder’s Edition package is shipped. Some may have gotten the Premiere Edition instead but shipping will happen in the order that pre-orders were received. With both editions you get three months of Stadia Pro and Destiny 2: The Collection, just to try out the Stadia gaming experience before paying for any games.

Pro subscribers will also have access to lots of free games. The Founder’s and Premiere Editions come with the Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra, allowing you to play on your TV. Some keyboards and mouse will be supported too for those seeking a PC gaming experience.

And for those who would love to play on the go, the first phones that support Stadia are the Pixel 3, 3a and 4. Some tablets too (Pixel Slate and Acer Chromebook Tab 10), plus the HP Chromebook X2 laptop. If you have several compatible devices, you’ll be able to switch between them seamlessly in the middle of a game. For more information you can checkout Stadia webpage.

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Google Reveals New Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL Phones

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL

Google Reveals New Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL Phones With Impressive Features

At its Made By Google Press Event, Google officially announced the Pixel 4 alongside its larger sibling, the Pixel 4XL.

The phone comes in two sizes, featuring bright 5.7-inch or 6.3-inch OLED displays depending on the model. Both feature 6GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage and run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor.

They also have a Google-built “Pixel Neural Core” processor that allows the phones to run complex AI software, such as the new audio recorder which automatically transcribes speech and tags sounds so you can search your recordings for a specific part later on.

Another new software feature was live caption, which provides closed captioning for video podcasts and audio messages across any app. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are available for $799 and $899 respectively and come in Just Black, Clearly White and Oh-So-Orange, with an October 24 shipping date.

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