Virginia wins first NCAA basketball title, defeating Texas Tech | U.Va. Basketball |

One. More. Time.
Virginia had showed resolve to hold off Oregon in the Sweet 16, withstood Purdue’s best in the Elite Eight and survived Auburn’s resilience in the national semifinal. Yet, there the Cavaliers were Monday night, facing overtime in the national championship game after a late rally by Texas Tech.
One. More. Time.
Again, U.Va. had what it took down the stretch and wouldn’t be denied in its quest to make a 180-degree turn in the NCAA tournament.
An 85-77 overtime win against Texas Tech ensured U.Va.’s ultimate comeback after becoming the first No. 1 seed tournament history last season to lose to a No. 16 seed when the Cavaliers fell to Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round.
This was the sweetest redemption of all.
With the win, U.Va. (35-3) claimed its first men’s basketball championship. De’Andre Hunter, who scored 22 of his game-high 27 points after halftime, made a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in overtime to put the Cavaliers ahead 75-73 — a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Trailing 59-51 with under five minutes left after U.Va.’s De’Andre Hunter followed a Kyle Guy miss with a stickback, Texas Tech looked to be on the verge of fading out with a whimper.
Not quite.
Similar to Saturday night’s national semifinal when U.Va. led Auburn 57-47 with 5:22 left before the Tigers went on a 14-0 run and U.Va. had to rally for a dramatic 63-62 win, the Cavaliers had trouble holding on to a late cushion against the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech’s 8-0 run tied the game 59-59. The teams went back and forth in the closing minutes of regulation, before the Red Raiders took a 68-65 lead with 22 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Norense Odiase.
Hunter came up huge with a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to tie the game 68-68 and send it to OT.
Typically glacial in terms of tempo in the early going, both teams got off to a less-than-scintillating start on the offensive end, but Texas Tech struggled to find any open shots against U.Va.’s pack-line defense. U.Va. forced Texas Tech to work the ball around in the half-court to try to get an open look in the first 10 minutes, resulting in the shot clock routinely dipping under three seconds for the Red Raiders.
Despite Texas Tech opening the game by missing its first nine shots from the floor, U.Va.’s lead was just 9-3 with 12:40 left in the first half. Three minutes later, after a 3-pointer by Kyle Guy and a trio of free throws by Hunter, U.Va.’s advantage had ballooned to 17-7 – its largest of the half.
Though both Hunter and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver were 3 of 4 shooting from the free throw line in the first half, neither of the coveted NBA prospects was able to find his shooting touch early on.
Both players are projected by many draft analysts to be possible top-10 selections in the June draft if they leave their respective schools early, but Hunter made just 1 of 8 shots from the floor in the first half, while Culver missed all six of his shots. They spent most of the first half guarding each other, negating each other’s offensive skills.
While Culver struggled to get rolling, Texas Tech discovered a massive spark from its perimeter shooting to get back in the game.
Scoring on five consecutive possessions, including four 3-pointers, Texas Tech knotted the game 21-21 with under 5½ minutes to go in the half. Brandone Francis had a pair of the 3-pointers for the Red Raiders.
The 3-point shooting barrage fueled a 12-2 run to put the Red Raiders up 25-21 with less than 4½ minutes remaining, but the four-point cushion would represent their largest lead of the half.

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NCAA championship 2019 score, recap: Virginia beats Texas Tech tonight 85-77 in NCAA basketball tournament final — live updates – CBS News

The NCAA men’s basketball season came to an end Monday night after the  Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders , 85-77, in overtime at the Championship Game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It was a historic evening for both teams at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis: Virginia hasn’t reached the NCAA Final Four since 1984 and never played in the championship game; Texas Tech has never made it to the Final Four, let alone a championship game. SEE MORE: Complete coverage of the NCAA Tournament from CBS Sports
The team and its fans celebrated as they soaked in their victory:
“It goes from stunned in Charlotte to redeemed in Minneapolis.”
Virginia’s coach Tony Bennett did the honors of cutting down the net following his team’s win:
Coach Bennett finishes cutting down the net in Minneapolis!! 🏆 🔶⚔️🔷 #GoHoos #NationalChampions — Virginia Men’s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) April 9, 2019
Virginia is the  top ranked  defensive team in the country, as opponents only scored 55.5 point per game against them during the regular season. Texas Tech is the third ranked defensive team nationwide, with opponents averaging a mere 58.8 points per game. Virginia’s  De’Andre Hunter  and Texas Tech’s  Jarrett Culver  were sources of ample star power, as  both players  are projected to be top picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!! @UVAMensHoops IS THE 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ NATIONAL CHAMPS!!! #GOHOOS #NationalChampionship 🔶🔷 — Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) April 9, 2019
Virginia, the No. 1 seed in the South region, made it to the championship game after defeating Auburn in controversial fashion Saturday night during their Final Four semifinal. Guard Ty Jerome was not called for an apparent double dribble as time wound down, and then guard Kyle Guy earned a foul call while shooting a desperation three pointer with 0.6 seconds left, where he proceeded to sink all three free-throws to give Virginia a  63-62 win . Tariq Owens #11 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders dunks the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2019 NCAA men’s Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Mon., April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Getty
Texas Tech has taken a bit more of a methodical route to the title game. The No. 3 seed Red Raiders have been suffocating teams in the West region all tournament with their defense, including holding Michigan to 44 points in the Sweet 16. In Saturday’s Final Four semifinal game, Texas Tech dispatched No. 2 seed Michigan State in a  61-51 victory  that included 22 points from guard Matt Mooney. 
This is a breaking story. Please check back for latest updates. Brian Pascus and Peter Martinez contributed to this report.

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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. 
Related Stories Hoos laughing now: Virginia finds ultimate March Madness redemption Sports Columns Guy writes perfect ending in Virginia’s title-clinching win NCAA Basketball Va. Athletics to host NCAA championship celebration NCAA Basketball Virginia got a tough test from 12-seed Oregon in the Sweet 16, trailing by three points with less than five-and-a-half minutes to play before finishing on an 11-4 run to win 53-49. Then, they needed a miraculous buzzer-beater to force overtime against Purdue, withstanding a 42-point onslaught from Carsen Edwards and holding on for an 80-75 win in what was perhaps the game of the tournament.
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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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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RIP Shocker Luke Perry: ‘90210,’ ‘Riverdale’ actor dies at 52 after massive stroke | Movie TV Tech Geeks News

Luke Perry was a huge heartthrob back in the ’90s starring on the hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and fans were shocked on Monday to find out he had died after suffering a massive stroke on Wednesday at the age of 52.

Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52.

Perry was surrounded by
family and friends when he died, publicist Arnold Robinson said. The actor had
been hospitalized since last Wednesday, after a 911 call summoned medical help
to his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Robinson said in a statement. At Perry’s bedside were his children, Jake and Sophie; fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer and his former wife, Minnie Sharp. “No further details will be released at this time.”

Perry had played construction
construction-company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie
Andrews, for three seasons on “Riverdale,” the CW series that gives a dark take
on “Archie” comics. A fourth season has been slated.

Born in
Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting.
His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap
operas like ABC’s “Loving” and “Another World” on NBC, and doing voice work for
animated series such as “The Incredible Hulk” and “Biker Mice From Mars.”

However, in 1990 Perry became a household name for playing the brooding loner Dylan McKay on the smash hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status. He appeared on a racy Vanity Fair cover in July 1992.

Perry had two runs on “90210,” one from 1990 to 1995 and another from 1998 to the show’s end in 2000, during which time his character struggled with alcohol abuse and drug addiction, and went through a series of tumultuous relationships with several other main characters including Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (played by Jennie Garth).

“I’m going to be linked
with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay.
He’s mine,” the actor once said about the career-defining role.

Coincidentally, Perry was hospitalized the same day Fox announced a six-episode revival of the show, featuring returning cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. Perry had not been announced to return.

Ziering posted a photo of
himself and Perry on Instagram on Monday with the caption, “Dearest
Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last
thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who
have passed before you, just like you have done here for those you leave
behind. God please give him a seat close to to you, he deserves it.”

Perry’s 90210 co-stars,
including Ian Ziering and Shannen Doherty, had taken to social media to share
their public support after news of his hospitalization last week. Over the
weekend, Doherty, who played his on-screen girlfriend Brenda Walsh early on in
the Fox drama, said she had been in touch with the actor since his stroke.
“I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I
love him and he knows I love him. It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan,” she told ET over the

While starring in “90210,” Perry made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in Luc Besson’s whacky sci-fi pic “The Fifth Element” in 1997. He co-starred in the quirky 2007 HBO series “John from Cincinnati” and had recurring roles on series including “Jeremiah,” “Oz,” and “What I Like About You.”

More recently, Perry made a successful return to the TV drama genre with a regular role on the CW show “Riverdale.” He played Fred Andrews, the conservative, old-fashioned yet soft father of the show’s lead Archie Andrews (KJ Apa). The show has shut down production for the day once they found out about Perry’s death.

Of his “Riverdale” role, Perry told media outlets in January 2017, “I like playing the dad because I like being a dad, and I think it’s a great character in the milieu of this show that I’m the grounded one, and I’m the guy who really cares about K.J., who cares about doing a good job and being a good construction worker. I love that.”

“We are deeply saddened to
learn today about the passing of Luke
Perry. A beloved member of the ‘Riverdale,’ Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you
would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a
giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show’s
young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and
kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”

He will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show “Lancer.”

Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and his son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy.

The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.

— Joss Whedon (@joss)

Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale

— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter)

The news of Luke Perry’s death is absolutely devastating. He was a friend to our organization and to the LGBTQ community. Our hearts go out to his loved ones. ❤️

— GLAAD (@glaad)

From Buffy to 90210 to Riverdale, thanks for entertaining us with your humor and charm. RIP Luke Perry.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and Riverdale co-workers during this difficult time.

— New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con)

Hollywood has reacted in surprise and shock. His “Riverdale” co-star Molly Ringwald wrote, “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.” The official Twitter account of the “Riverdale” writers’ room posted, “Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend.”

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Sterlite Tech Becomes O-RAN Alliance Contributor – Telecom Drive

Sterlite Tech, a global data network solutions company, will be contributing to the O-RAN Alliance, a global carrier-led consortium that promotes software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (RAN).

Building on a foundation of virtualised network elements and standardised interfaces that fully embrace higher levels of embedded intelligence and openness, Sterlite Tech will contribute to and leverage reference designs developed by the O-RAN Alliance, such as their open-source code to build a near real-time controller and distributed units, with white box hardware.

“As a contributor to the O-RAN Alliance, Sterlite Tech is committed to evolve RANs. With our Programmable, Open, Disaggregated Solution (PODS), we are contributing our capabilities and expertise to build future RANs on the foundation of virtualised network elements, white-box hardware, open and standardised interfaces. Once developed, our near-real time controller will help the Alliance operators accelerate the development and commercialisation of 5G networks globally,” said Dr Badri Gomatam, Group CTO, Sterlite Tech.

“Our PODS enable programmability at the hardware and software level of RANs. By enabling programmability right at the core of the network, our PODS ensures that operators have greater visibility and control – empowering them to affordably upgrade, monitor and scale their networks, while enhancing their customers’ experience,” explained Ayush Sharma, Head of Programmable Networking and Intelligence, Sterlite Tech.

As networks evolve to become open and smarter, Sterlite Tech is playing a significant role in the ecosystem by providing operators the capabilities to automate operational network functions.

Sterlite Tech will work with the community to develop curated and hardened O-RAN based solutions. They will also contribute code and results from field trials for 5G technology.

The Company’s plans include testing these solutions at Sterlite Networks, a fully operational carrier-neutral telecommunications network, to establish field readiness in a carrier-grade environment. This unique approach will help Sterlite Tech’s carrier customers ascertain certification and conformance to the O-RAN Alliance specifications and accelerate their time to market.

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