The biggest Dance: Virginia beats Texas Tech in OT to win 1st national basketball title | WTOP

There was only one way for Virginia to truly atone for its stunning, unprecedented first round loss in last year’s NCAA Tournament: Come back and win the whole thing.
That’s exactly what the Cavaliers did Monday night, 388 days later, toppling Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77 in the national title game in Minneapolis to capture the school’s first-ever basketball championship.
De’Andre Hunter scored a game-high 27 points, and Kyle Guy won Most Outstanding Player, adding 24 points.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, right, celebrates with his team after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime.(AP Photo/Matt York)
After a shaky start in their opening game against Gardner-Webb , in which they trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Cavaliers got only one reprieve from tight games throughout the tournament. They put the clamps on an Oklahoma team that had scored 95 points in the first round, holding the Sooners to just 51 in a 12-point, second round win. 
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The Hoos advanced to the title game with a controversial win over Auburn in which Virginia guard Kyle Guy was fouled while attempting the potential game-winning three, inside the final second, down two points. Guy sunk all three free throws , giving Virginia a 63-62 win.
Virginia finishes the season with a school record 35 wins. The Cavaliers did not have to beat any team higher than a 3-seed to win the title, the first time that has happened since UNLV won the title in 1990.
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Snapdragon 660 vs Helio P70: Which one is better? – Tech Centurion

A few days back, one of our readers shared a link of a comparison between the Helio P70 and Snapdragon 660. It felt really bad seeing a comparison done solely on the basis of synthetic benchmarks.

So, I decided to do a comparison that would do justice to these 2 amazing processors.

Today, I’ll be comparing different features of these two SOCs not just on the basis of theoretical knowledge but backed up with real-world testing over the last few months.

This should give you a better idea of how well does the specification directly translates into real-world performance. My aim here is to help consumers make the right decision based on how they use their smartphone.

But before we get started, here’s a reminder that there also exists an underclocked Snapdragon 660 with a clock speed of 1.95 GHz that can be found in devices like Realme 2 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2.

But in this review, we will be comparing the actual Snapdragon 660 (2.2 GHz) that is present in smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Mi A2, and Nokia 7 Plus.

Or you can say that we are directly comparing the performance of Redmi Note 7 against the Realme 3.

First, let’s have a look at the specification.

Name Snapdragon 660 Helio P70
Brand Qualcomm MediaTek
Fabrication Node Samsung’s 14nm LPP FinFET TSMC’s 12nm FinFET
Core Configuration 4x Kryo 260 (Cortex-A73) + 4x Kryo 260 (Cortex-A53) 4x Cortex-A73 + 4x Cortex-A53
Max Clock Speed 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G72 MP3
AI Support Yes, via Qualcomm AI Engine Multi-Core AI Engine + NeuroPilot
Memory Dual-Channel LPDDR4x Dual-Channel LPDDR4x
Max. Download Speed 600 Mbps 300 Mbps
VoLTE Support Yes, Dual VoLTE Yes, Dual VoLTE
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Fast Charging Quick Charge 4 Pump Express 4.0

When going through the specification, both the SOCs seem quite similar. One of the major differences is that Snapdragon 660 is fabricated by Samsung’s 14nm Process while MediaTek’s Helio P70 is fabricated using TSMC’s 12nm Process.

We will get back to the difference between these fabrication technologies in the next section.

The CPU Core Configuration on both the chips is pretty similar except for the fact that the CPU Cores of Snapdragon 660 are enhanced variants of the existing Cortex-A73 & Cortex-A53 architectures. You can also call them semi-custom cores.

But in case of Helio P70, they have directly implemented the ARM’s designs without any customizations.

The maximum frequency of the 660 can reach up to 2.2 GHz while it is limited to 2.1 GHz in case of P70. The MediaTek Helio P70 also has a better AI Engine.

In the GPU department, we have the Adreno 512 and Mali-G72 MP3 GPUs. Both of them are quite good when it comes to 1080p Gaming and can run most Android games without any hiccups.

Both have a similar Memory Configuration, support Fast Charging and support Dual 4G VoLTE.

Snapdragon 660 has a faster Modem and it also supports the latest Bluetooth v5.

I’ve divided the comparison into 7 different sections and I’ll be giving a score to each of them in every section. In the end, we will combine the scores and see which SOC comes out to be the winner.

    Fabrication Technology

Most of you that know the basics about Processors will probably guess that 12nm is more Power efficient than 14nm because lower nanometer number is better, right?

Wrong! Well, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

Once there was a time when these nanometer values actually used to mean something and had a physical significance. But due to the slowdown of Moore’s Law and to mislead their consumers, most companies have started naming these fabrication nodes as per their marketing strategy.

In fact, I have written a whole article where I’ve explained all this. You can check it out here.

Yes, 12nm sounds so much better than 14nm, but it is one of those strategies that brands do to mislead their consumers.

TSMC’s 12nm Process is just a marketing gimmick and an enhanced version of their 16nm Node. After they enhanced their 16nm Node, it became somewhat equivalent to Samsung’s 14nm Node. However, they decided to name it 12nm to gain an edge during marketing.

Even some of the biggest Tech Youtubers & Bloggers become a victim of this false marketing and end up telling their audience than 12nm is much better than 14nm.

In fact, Samsung’s 14nm isn’t a true 14nm either. The only brand that has the highest transistor density and power efficiency at 14nm is none other than Intel.

Here’s a graph showing different fabrication nodes of brands like Intel, Samsung, and TSMC alongside their Transistor Densities.

You can clearly see that at each Fabrication Node, every brand has a different transistor density. What Intel calls as 10nm is similar to what Samsung or TSMC call as 7nm.

The transistor density of TSMC’s 12nm is still slightly higher than Samsung’s 14nm Node, but the Power efficiency of Samsung’s 14nm still has a slight edge. This can be confirmed using a long-term Battery Test.

Let’s look at GSMArena’s Battery Endurance Tests, of Realme U1 (Helio P70), Realme 2 Pro (Underclocked SD660), and Redmi Note 7 (SD660). Here are the results.

Device Battery Endurance Ratings Endurance/Battery Capacity*1000
Realme 2 Pro 3,500 mAh 93 27.7
Redmi Note 7 4,000 mAh 108 27.0
Realme U1 3,500 mAh 97 26.5

In the last column, I have divided the Endurance Rating with Battery Capacity and multiplied with 1000 to obtain how many hours does 1000 mAh battery in each phone lasts. You can clearly see that the results of all three phones in Battery tests are pretty similar.

The battery of underclocked SD660 lasts the longest due to a slower clock speed while Helio P70 has the lowest power efficiency due to the reasons I have explained above.

Hence, we can conclude that the power efficiency of Samsung’s 14nm Process is on par or slightly better than TSMC’s 12nm Node.

But I won’t go too harsh on Helio P70 here and will give it the same score as Snapdragon 660 because the difference in results isn’t that significant.

Here are the scores in this section.

Both the SOCs have a pretty good CPU Performance, thanks to the Cortex-A73 Cores in their high-performance cluster.

While Helio P70 directly implements the ARM’s Cortex-A73 & Cortex-A53 CPU designs, Snapdragon 660 uses the same architecture with some optimizations of its own. Qualcomm calls this new architecture as a Semi-Custom Kryo 260 Core.

Well, the performance gains due to the optimizations in Kryo 260 aren’t that significant, but that does improve the overall stability and user experience of the device.

What makes a difference here is the clock speeds. The maximum CPU frequency of Snapdragon 660 & Helio P70 is 2.2 GHz & 2.1 GHz respectively. This is why SD660 devices score higher in Geekbench Tests.

Hence, the Snapdragon 660 gives 5-10% higher performance during heavy usage. But remember, this only applies during heavy usages such as gaming and other intensive workloads.

The difference in real-world performance or while performing daily-life tasks is negligible.

The gaming performance of both the processors is incredible as well. But once again, the Adreno 512 GPU has a slight edge over Mali-G72 MP3.

I know there are many people that usually assume every Mali GPU to be bad. But this is not always the case. You can refer to our Mobile GPU Rankings to understand which GPU is better than the other.

Both the Adreno 512 and Mali-G72 MP3 can run games like PUBG Mobile at high settings without any lags. I can highly recommend you both these SOCs if gaming performance is your priority.

Due to slightly better FPS and consistent performance of Adreno 512, Snapdragon 660 is once again is the winner by a narrow margin.

The latest LPDDR4x RAM is supported by both these SOCs. Also, Dual-Channel Memory is supported in both the products.

Additionally, Snapdragon 660 also supports the older LPDDR4 RAM while P70 supports both LPDDR4 & LPDDR3 RAM.

It’s a choice of your smartphone manufacturer to decide which Memory module they want to pair up with that smartphone. Hence, make sure to go through the phone’s specification to find out which RAM module is used.

In Snapdragon 660, the Memory frequency is 1,866 MHz while it is 1,800 MHz in case of Helio P70. I guess it is fair to give them equal points in this case.

Helio P70 has a dedicated AI Processing Engine coupled with MediaTek NeuroPilot that delivers superior AI Performance. Though, Snapdragon 660 doesn’t have a dedicated AI Processor,  it uses its existing CPU and GPU paired up with Hexagon Vector Processor to drive AI related tasks.

Nevertheless, its an easy win for Helio P70 in this section. Even the AI related benchmarks confirm the same theory.

But how much does AI Performance actually impact our smartphone usage?

Well, some of the most common tasks that benefit from the AI Performance are: Face Unlocking, Capturing Portrait shots, and AI Scene Detection.

It totally depends on the users whether they use these features on a regular basis or not.


Snapdragon 660 comes with a superior X12 Modem that delivers download speeds up to 600 Mbps and Upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. The maximum downlink speed in Helio P70 is limited to 300 Mbps.

Dual 4G VoLTE technology is supported by both the SOCs.

There are some other factors as well that might not affect every user but I can’t skip them either.

Let’s start with the Bluetooth version. Many of you probably use Bluetooth Headphones and Fitness Bands that are connected with phones for hours.

The Snapdragon 660 uses the latest Bluetooth v5.0 which consumes less power and delivers higher bandwidth than the Bluetooth v4.2 in Helio P70.  Furthermore, the range of Bluetooth v5.0 is higher.

Though this should not affect every user, if you use a Bluetooth device regularly, this point may apply to you.

Another factor is Custom ROMs and development on XDA Developers.

If you’re a power user who likes to root his/her phone and flash Custom ROMs, then a device with Snapdragon 660 will be a better choice due to the availability of Kernel Sources. Some MediaTek devices also get good support at XDA Developers but it is generally not as great as compared to popular Snapdragon devices.

So, which SOC is the winner?

After summing up the scores, here’s what we obtain.

That’s pretty close, right?

Yes, some of you can consider it a draw but that fact that Snapdragon 660 has better CPU & GPU performance is already good enough to declare it the winner. If you already checked our Smartphone Processor Rankings, you probably knew that this was coming.

Nevertheless, both these SOCs are great for midrange devices and I’ll highly recommend them if performance is what you need the most.

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They’re Spouting Drivel Again Over British Food After Brexit | The Continental Telegraph

One more part of Project Fear is this insistence that our current trade arrangements are the only arrangements possible. Even, that without Nanny EU to hold our hand we’ll be unable to import things. Which is really rather odd as the European Union limits what we may import and from where. It doesn’t allow it, doesn’t encourage it, it prevents it. So quite how not being limited by the EU will mean less food for us is, well, it’s difficult to understand, isn’t it? Unless they’re all just deliberately lying to us.

Here’s What British People Would Eat in a Worst-Case Brexit
If trade routes really were to shut down, a hypothetical U.K. diet would leave a lot to be desired.

It’s not true that there’s even a connection between those two lines. By worst case here they mean no deal. OK, fine, that means that we’ve not got deals with other countries as to the terms under which they’ll allow our exports to become imports into their countries. Well, no terms other than WTO ones, the way some vast amount of international trade is already carried on.


What’s that got to do with the rules we apply to things we want to import? Those rules are – once we leave for the EU currently claims sole competence here – whatever we want them to be. We can indeed have the no rules stuff we did in 1846 when we abolished the Corn Laws. Given that the abolition made us all very much richer we should too. But it does need to be said yet again that this is up to us. We get to decide this, not them:

No more avocado toast or banana smoothies, and forget about shaving fresh Parmesan on your pasta. Instead, get used to milk at every meal, bread for days, lamb chops, and peas. Lots and lots of peas. Home-grown meals more akin to an industrial-age diet are what Britons could be eating if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a deal that sets up basic trading relations with other countries. The U.K. relies heavily on imports and has been such a hotbed of agricultural trade for centuries that it’s easy to forget what the British palate would look like in a world where food trade grinds to a halt.

But there’s no reason why a no deal exit should mean we can’t import whatever food we want. As above, in fact, given that we’ll be free of the EU restrictions on what we may import from where and whom we’ll be even more open to the tasty glories of the world’s farms.

There’d be fewer greens, and what remains will be more vulnerable to seasonal harvests. Fresh produce would be among the most affected, as the U.K. imports most of its fruit and about half its vegetables. We’d each get about four pounds of strawberries and half a pound of raspberries a year from British farms, with nary a banana. Avocado toast is off the menu, too. The country produces plenty of peas (its best-selling veggie), and carrots and beets are available most months. Broccoli would be on the shelves for just half the year. Save the tomatoes for special occasions: U.K. farmers produce only a fifth of the tomatoes sold in the country throughout the year, and up to a half in the summer, according to the British Tomato Grower’s Association.

Still, there is one advantage to this screed. Think on what the Greens keep telling us. We should eat only local food. All this international trade in the stuff is very bad indeed.

That’s what the British diet would look like if they got their way, isn’t it?

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Tesla Model Y SUV will be unveiled March 14th – Tech News, Tips, Reviews and More

Tesla will unveil its Model Y crossover SUV on March 14th during an event at the company’s design studio in Los Angeles, CEO Elon Musk  announced Sunday . The new electric car will be Tesla’s fifth since the company was founded in 2003.
The Model Y will share about 75 percent of its parts with the Model 3, which is currently Tesla’s most affordable car. Musk said the Model Y will be about 10 percent bigger, cost about 10 percent more, and will have  slightly less range than the Model 3 . The Model Y  won’t have  the “Falcon Wing” doors that are found on Tesla’s bigger SUV, the Model X. (Musk had  previously hinted that it might .)THE MODEL Y SUV WILL HAVE A LOT IN COMMON WITH THE MODEL 3, BUT WILL COST A LITTLE MORE
More details on specs and pricing will be revealed at the event, according to Musk, and Tesla will offer test rides, meaning the company likely has a few pre-production prototypes already finished. Musk also said on Sunday that Tesla will unveil its electric pickup truck “ later this year .”
Tesla will build the Model Y at the company’s Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, and the vehicle is supposed to enter volume production in 2020. Tesla also eventually plans to  make Model Ys at the Gigafactory it’s building in Shanghai , China.
Musk’s announcement comes just three days after Tesla finally made the long-promised $35,000 Model 3  available to purchase .

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Teratonics terahertz inspection tech receives investment from Socomore Ventures | Imaging and Machine Vision Europe

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Teratonics terahertz inspection tech receives investment from Socomore Ventures

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Teratonics, a Paris-Saclay based Deep Tech startup with a proprietary technology for contactless non-destructive testing (NDT) and imaging received a seed investment from Socomore Ventures.

Researchers from the chemical-physical laboratory (LCP) at Paris-Sud University / CNRS founded Teratonics in 2017. They successfully developed a breakthrough pulsed terahertz technology that allows them to perform dimensional measurement and detect defects inside electrical insulating materials. These materials include plastics, composites, welded or glued assemblies, and coatings. Teratonics system solutions are suitable for 100 percent in-line testing to ensure and control production quality.

Teratonics is a rising star in the real-time NDT market. The founding team graduated from IncubAlliance in 2015. It was selected by the accelerator Wilco in 2017. In 2018, the company earned the DeepTech4Good prize in the Industry 4.0 category as a high-potential European Deep Tech startup.

The start-up partnered with Trexel to distribute its integrated NDT solution in the mold injection market. It will use the funds provided by Socomore Ventures to further accelerate its growth and to address an even larger panel of applications.

Uli Schmidhammer, founder and CEO of Teratonics said, “We are enthusiastic about Socomore Ventures’ investment in our company, which for us is much more than just capital. It gives us the opportunity to develop exciting synergies, especially with their Non-Destructive Testing Business Unit. We are deeply convinced that their industrial background and the quality and breadth of their network in the defense and aerospace markets will significantly boost our growth.”

Daniel Javed of Socomore Ventures added, “We are excited about our investment in Teratonics and firmly believe that the company’s technology will be a key component in the automated factory of the future. As a CVC with roots in aerospace materials, we have industrial DNA. When we believe in a start-up’s potential to disrupt our industry, we provide it with not only funds but also with the full backing of our organization. We are convinced that Teratonics is an industry disrupter and we are glad to have the opportunity to support Uli and his ambitious team in bringing this great technology to market.”


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