Elon Musk has just unveiled the device that he and the team at Neuralink want to bring to market. Musk demonstrated the device—which is an implantable brain machine interface (BMI)—using three pigs. With the pigs, the CEO aimed to show the necessary implantation procedure for the device is harmless. Musk also showed that the implantable BMI, named Neuralink itself, was capable of reading brain signals in real time.
Toward the beginning of the presentation, Musk noted that solving neurological issues is an electrical problem. Therefore, he said, people need an electrical solution. It’s like “a FitBit in your skull with tiny wires,” Musk described the Neuralink. The device itself, which is 23 millimeters in diameter and 8 millimeters thick, looks like a tiny, clear yo-yo. It’s roughly the size of a coin, and also has 1,000 tiny wires that connect to neurons in the brain.
Users of the device would have it implanted in their skull via a robot, which Musk also unveiled. The procedure works by removing a coin-sized piece of skull from a person, then inserting the device in the gap. According to Musk, the average skull is about 10 millimeters thick, which means Neuralink would sit flush with the edge of the skull. “If it’s under your hair, you wouldn’t be able to see it at all,” Musk said.
For the live demonstration, musk brought out three little pigs. One of the pigs had no Neuralink implanted; one currently had a Neuralink implanted; and the third had had a Neuralink implanted at one point, but had since had it removed. All three pigs seemed healthy and normal, although there was a delay in getting the linked pig to cooperate.
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— Neuralink (@neuralink) August 28, 2020
Musk showed that the Neuralink device works by having it give a real-time readout of the neural activity in the pig with the implant. The device is so precise, it’s even able to “predict the position of all of the limbs in [a] pig’s body with high accuracy.”
In terms of the tech specs, the device will have a battery life that lasts “all day” and have bluetooth. The device will connect with a user’s phone via bluetooth, and the battery will charge at night. The bluetooth range will be roughly 15 to 30 feet.
Looking forward, the Neuralink team wants to streamline production of the device so that it can be deployed to people with neurological issues like brain damage, hearing loss, and paralysis. Musk also wants the robot to eventually perform the entire procedure on its own. The team is also aiming for a one-hour-long outpatient implantation procedure performed without anesthesia .
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MWC Barcelona 2021 rescheduled for June – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
The Mobile World Conference in Barcelona is traditionally taking place in the last week of February or the first week of March. Due to COVID-19, MWC 2020 was cancelled, and now the GSM Association announced next-year’s version is scheduled to take place between June 28 and July 1, 2021.
It is a bit sad that journalists, mobile company employees, partners and guests won’t visit the Spanish city in its off-season period, but MWC is keeping the announcement schedule on point – the last week of February will see the MWC Shanghai 2021 take place – the official dates are February 23-25.
The conference in the Chinese city is aimed at Asia Pacific markets and brands that usually don’t make it to Barcelona.
John Hoffman, CEO of GSM Association said in a press release that partners and clients remained dedicated to ensuring MWC21 Barcelona is a success. According to him, the conference is “an experience that brings the whole industry together.”
Switching the dates between Shanghai and Barcelona is a way to keep the annual cycle of events going on, since the MWC Los Angeles 2021 will remain as planned – at the end of October.
Galaxy S20 FE isn't a revolution in mobile tech, but it's what 2020 calls for – CNET
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra might be packed to the hilt with the latest, greatest tech, but they also come with sky-high prices to match. That makes them a tricky sell at a time when purse strings are tightening and rivals like OnePlus are making great phones at more affordable prices. The Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “fan edition”) aims to offer much of what you’ll find in the company’s top-end phones but with a few tweaks here and there in order to keep the price down.
That price is $700 — the same as the 5G. (Only the 5G version will be offered in the US.) That’s a significant price drop, given that the 5G Galaxy Note 20 Ultra retails for $1,300 (£1,179, AU$1,999). It also undercuts the , which has a similar set of specs but costs $899 (£799). So much for OnePlus’ famous affordability.. In the UK and Australia, it’s £599 or AU$999 for a 4G version, and £699 or AU$1,149 for
The price might be more affordable, but the key specs don’t seem to have suffered all that much. There’s a 6.5-inch, 2,400×1,080-pixel super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 processor (for the 5G models; there’s an Exynos 990 chip in the 4G models — the same one found in the Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra).
There’s a triple camera setup on the back, although the resolutions are lower and it lacks high-end features like the 100x space zoom (30x zoom is offered, but it relies heavily on digital zoom) or 8K video recording, neither of which I think you’ll miss. It still offers things like 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, night mode photos and the “single take” feature which captures multiple versions of the same shot when you hit the shutter button (zoomed in, zoomed out, a video, a GIF, different filters) allowing you to decide which to share afterwards.
Physically, it looks much the same as the rest of the S20 series. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 display (rather than Gorilla Glass 6 on the Note 20), and the back is made from a toughened, matte plastic rather than shiny glass. It still has IP68 waterproofing though, along with an in-screen fingerprint scanner and it’s available in a wider range of snazzy colors, including a vibrant red, a lavender purple, navy blue, mint green and orange — all of which look much nicer than the sinfully dull gray on Samsung’s most expensive S20 Ultra.
The phone is available for preorder globally from Wednesday, with in-store sales starting on Oct 2.
No, this phone isn’t a revolution in mobile technology, but that’s not what Samsung needs to do right now. What it should be doing is offering a solid all-round experience at a more attractive price, which on paper at least is exactly what the S20 FE provides. We’ll find out how it stacks up against similarly priced competitors like the OnePlus 8 Pro in the full review, but for now you can see how its specs compare in the chart below.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs comparison chart
|Samsung Galaxy S20 FE||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||OnePlus 8 Pro||Apple iPhone SE (2020)|
|Display size, resolution||6.5-inch super AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels||6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels||4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels|
|Dimensions (inches)||TBA||2.99 by 6.57 by 0.35 in.||6.51 by 2.93 by 0.35 in.||5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 in.|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||159.8 by 75.5 by 8.4mm||76.0 by 166.9 by 8.8mm||165 by 74.4 by 8.5mm||138.4 by 67.3 by 7.3 mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||190g||7.76 oz.; 220g||199g||5.22 oz.; 148g|
|Mobile software||Android 10||Android 10||Android 10||iOS 13|
|Camera||12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)||108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), time-of-flight camera||48-megapixel main, 8-megapixel telephoto, 48-megapixel ultrawide, 5-megapixel “color filter”||12-megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)||64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Storage||128GB||128GB, 512GB||128GB, 256B||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|RAM||6GB||12GB, 16GB||8GB, 12GB||Not disclosed|
|Expandable storage||1TB||Up to 1TB||None||No|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||5,000 mAh||4,300 mAh||Not disclosed, but Apple claims it has the same battery life as iPhone 8|
|Fingerprint sensor||In-screen||In-screen||In-screen||Home button|
|Special features||120Hz screen refresh rate, support for 30W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging||5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; 100X zoom; water resistant (IP68)||5G enabled, Fast-charging, fast wireless charging, 120Hz display||Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$699||$1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)||$899||$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£599 (4G), £699 (5G)||£1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)||£799||£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$999 (4G), AU$1,149 (5G)||AU$1,999 (128GB), AU$2,249 (512GB)||AU$1,435 converted||AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)|
Samsung's less expensive Galaxy S20 FE is 'very much a response' to the pandemic – CNET
Samsung’s got another Galaxy S20 in store for its fans, and the device has been tailored for our unusual times. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, also known as the , packs some high-end features found in the rest of the S20 lineup — like low-band 5G connectivity — but at a starting price of $700 (£699, AU$999). That’s $300 less than the regular Galaxy S20. Adding super-fast millimeter wave 5G connectivity for the Verizon model brings the price up to $750 (though the carrier is currently offering a promotional $50 discount).
The 6.5-inch S20 FE has the same Snapdragon 865 processor as the rest of the lineup and includes IP68 water resistance. It sports three rear camera lenses, including a 30x Space Zoom like what’s featured in the S20 and S20 Plus. It’s available in six bright colors. One of the device’s biggest differences from the rest of the lineup: The back is made of plastic instead of glass.
Samsung, which unveiled the FE on Wednesday during cheaper but lower featured Galaxy A devices. During the novel coronavirus pandemic, that could turn out to be a lot of potential buyers., hopes to attract people who shy away from a $1,000 phone but still want flashier features of the company’s Galaxy S lineup. And it’s those people who want that Galaxy S brand instead of the
“It’s very much a response [to the pandemic],” Drew Blackard, vice president of product management for Samsung Electronics America, said in an interview ahead of the news. “We’ve seen the need for a really more value segmented offer that focuses on those core features that we know our users love the most and prioritize the most.”
The company had considered introducing a device that fell between the A Series — which ranges from $110 to $650 in the US — and the bottom end of the S Series, which starts at $999, Blackard said. It’s done something similar in the past, like .
But thecaused Samsung to speed up the FE’s development and release, something it could do because it controls many parts of its supply chain. The FE, which goes on sale in the US on Oct. 2, arrives about seven months after the other S20 phones hit the market, whereas the S10 Lite became available in the US .
“One of Samsung’s core advantages and competitive advantages in the market is speed,” Blackard said. “We can very quickly design new products and get to market.”
Samsung, which lost its crown as the world’s biggest phone maker to Huawei in the second quarter, has been introducing its new devices in a difficult environment. Instead of facing a strong market for phones, with 5G and foldable screens getting people to upgrade their devices, most handset makers are seeing lower demand amid the raging novel coronavirus pandemic. Nearly a million people have died, over 31 million have been infected and millions more are out of work, unsure when they’ll next earn a steady paycheck.
While tech overall has seen a spike in demand during the pandemic, the phone market has struggled. Consumers are opting for less expensive devices, saving their money altogether or spending their cash on PCs and other work-from-home and entertainment supplies. This year, smartphone sales are expected to hit a 10-year low because of the pandemic, according to CCS Insight.
Samsung, despite launching its new Galaxy S20 lineup in March and its less expensive Galaxy A phones over the following months, saw the biggest year-over-year drop of the world’s top five phone makers in the second quarter, Canalys said. Samsung’s 30% decline allowed Huawei to leapfrog it to become the world’s biggest smartphone vendor for the first time, the firm noted. It was the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple shipped the most phones.
Samsung now hopes the S20 FE helps turn things around.
“The new Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is ideal [for the current environment],” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Techsponential. “It gives people differentiated features … all at a price people are looking to pay.”
Samsung was counting on this year’s Galaxy S20 lineup — its first crop of phones that all feature 5G connectivity in the US — to woo buyers who’d been waiting to upgrade their devices. Then COVID-19 swept across the globe. The US went into lockdown about a week after Samsung’s Galaxy S20 lineup hit stores. Because consumers were worried about money — and couldn’t see the new devices in person — demand fell. In July, Samsung said its mobile business revenue tumbled 18% from the previous year.
In the US, Samsung sold about 44% fewer Galaxy S20 models in the first four months of sales than the Galaxy S10 last year, according to M Science, a data analytics provider that tracks stats like mobile adoption.
What Samsung has found is that its less expensive S20 model has attracted the most buyers in recent weeks. In a normal year, it’s the priciest Galaxy S or Note phone that sells in the highest numbers, at least at first, Blackard said. About six to eight weeks later, after the mega fans have made their purchases, the lower end models sell better.
That happened this year but in a more pronounced way, Blackard said. The Galaxy S20 Ultra was the top-selling device of the lineup at launch, he said, just as the Note 20 Ultra surpassed sales of the cheaper Note 20. But then the less expensive models became more popular.
“Within the first six to eight weeks [after] launch, you start to see that transition happen,” Blackard said. “And in this case, it just happened more sharply than it did the year before.”
Cheaper is king
Phone makers have responded differently to the pandemic. In the case of Apple, it likely developed the iPhone SE well before the coronavirus spread widely, but its launch timing proved to be fortuitous. At $399, the SE is the cheapest new phone in Apple’s lineup, and it includes a feature that’s perfect for the times: a Touch ID fingerprint reader. That makes it easier to unlock the device while wearing a mask, versus the Face ID technology in Apple’s pricier phones.
That device helped Apple report strong financial results, even as the company delayed its high-end iPhone 12 lineup, in part because of pandemic-related production issues. Instead of arriving in September, as iPhones normally do, the devices will likely launch in October.
Samsung’s answer to the iPhone SE was its Galaxy A lineup, a batch of devices available overseas for years but arriving in the US for the first time. The four new 4G LTE models ranged from $110 for the Galaxy A10 to $400 for the Galaxy A51. Samsung even introduced two 5G devices, the $500 Galaxy A51 5G and the $600 to $650 Galaxy A71 5G, giving the South Korean company two of the cheapest 5G phones in the US.
The Galaxy S20 FE falls more in line with Apple’s iPhone 11. It’s part of the premium range but lower priced. The iPhone 11 has been one of Apple’s top sellers over the past year.
Samsung hopes the FE performs the same way.
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