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Is ‘Deltacron’ real? What is known about the possible new variant?

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After a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus on Saturday released what he called a “deltacron”, a possible convergence of the genetic signature of the omicron variant of the coronavirus within genomes of the delta variant, the international scientific community finds perplexed and, at the same time, cautious. Could we be facing a new variant of the virus, or is it all just a processing error in the laboratory?

THE Bloomberg reported on Saturday (8) that a Cypriot professor named Leondios Kostrikis claimed to have discovered 25 cases of coronavirus mutation. In an interview with Sigma TV the day before, the researcher revealed that “Currently there are omicron and delta co-infections, and we found this strain that is a combination of these two”. On the same day, the samples were sent to Gisaid, a database that tracks mutations of the coronavirus.

The release of the report started a small commotion on social networks, with the term “deltacron” reaching the trending topics. What people fear is that a possible genetic recombination of the highly transmissible omicron with the deadly delta could cause an unprecedented tragedy in the pandemic scenario. But soon experts arrived on the scene, claiming that perhaps the picture is not exactly what was broadcast.

What do the experts say?

One of the best-known coronavirus researchers, Imperial College London virologist Tom Peacock, took to his Twitter account to state that “Cypriot ‘deltacron’ sequences reported by several major media outlets appear to be clearly contamination.” About an alleged recombination, he explained: “Many of us have looked at the sequences and come to the same conclusion that it doesn’t look like a real recombinant.”

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) top COVID-19 authority, Krutika Kuppalli, also took to Twitter to clarify that, in the case of deltracron, there was likely “laboratory contamination of omicron fragments in a delta specimen.” In another tweet, the doctor even mocks the matter, stating: “Let’s not mix up infectious disease names, and leave it to celebrity couples.”

What can be seen is that, although Kostrikis assures that his findings do not constitute a “technical error”, many renowned experts doubt the published results. That is, until analysis proves otherwise, there is no cause for concern.

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Samsung is preparing a smartphone that will be weaker than its predecessor two years ago. Galaxy M54 will receive SoC Exynos 1380

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Smartphone Samsung Galaxy M54 lit up in the Geekbench database. Unfortunately, as previously reported, he will not receive any SoC Snapdragon 888, although this is expected.

Samsung is preparing a smartphone that will be weaker than its predecessor two years ago.  Galaxy M54 will receive SoC Exynos 1380

Samsung’s mid-budget novelty will receive the same platform as the Galaxy A54. Probably, the Galaxy A34 will also receive it.

We are talking about the not yet presented Exynos 1380, which will replace the Exynos 1280. In the benchmark, the new SoC scores 750 and almost 2700 points in single-threaded and multi-threaded modes, respectively. And this is almost the level of Snapdragon 778G, that is, this is an excellent result for a mid-budget smartphone. True, we are only talking about processor performance, and we do not yet know which GPU the new SoC will receive.

Samsung is preparing a smartphone that will be weaker than its predecessor two years ago.  Galaxy M54 will receive SoC Exynos 1380

It is also worth noting that the Galaxy M52 was also based on the Snapdragon 778G, and the Galaxy M53 received a slightly less productive Dimensity 900. Thus, the Galaxy M54 model, at least in terms of the processor part, will be slightly inferior even not to its predecessor, but to the device two years ago.

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Bullitt Group and MediaTek want to launch a satellite-enabled smartphone

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Bullitt Group and MediaTek want to launch a satellite enabled smartphone

The British manufacturer Bullitt Group, which produces devices under the brands CAT and Motorola, intends to release a smartphone with satellite communications. They want to implement this project together with the Chinese chipmaker MediaTek.

Bullitt Group and MediaTek want to launch a satellite-enabled smartphone

It is assumed that the new smartphone will provide calls and text data via satellite, although it is not yet clear how this will work. The device itself will be released in the first quarter of 2023.

The novelty has been developed for two years, so the project is nearing completion. According to Bullitt Group co-founder Richard Wharton, previously the seamless integration of satellite communications into a smartphone was accompanied by problems, but now they are solved.

The new phone will be the first to use MediaTek’s 3GPP NTN chipset. The software will keep track of what type of connection is currently being used – Wi-Fi or cellular network. The connection to the satellite will be carried out only in the absence of both of these options.

It is claimed that the time to connect to the satellite and send a message is about 10 seconds. This is longer than a regular connection, but still pretty fast.

Note that Apple already has this and Samsung will soon have it.

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The GeForce RTX 4080 can also be overclocked to incredible frequencies. Galax RTX 4080 SG took the frequency over 3.6 GHz on the core

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The GeForce RTX 4080 can also be overclocked to incredible

Galax continues to prove that they are one of the best when it comes to overclocking graphics cards. After the departure of EVGA, Galax as a whole is probably the only company that places a strong emphasis on this direction.

The GeForce RTX 4080 can also be overclocked to incredible frequencies.  Galax RTX 4080 SG took the frequency over 3.6 GHz on the core

The GeForce RTX 4080 SG model was able to overclock to a frequency of over 3.6 GHz on the core. More precisely, we are talking about a frequency of 3615 MHz. This is slightly less than the RTX 4090 HOF at 3.8 GHz, but it’s still an incredible figure. Especially if you keep in mind that the GeForce RTX 4080 SG is no match for the HOF versions. At the same time, it is not yet known whether Galax will release the RTX 4080 HOF.

The GeForce RTX 4080 can also be overclocked to incredible frequencies.  Galax RTX 4080 SG took the frequency over 3.6 GHz on the core

Galax, unfortunately, does not disclose overclocking details, but it can be assumed that we are talking about the use of liquid nitrogen, as in the case of extreme overclocking RTX 4090 HOF.

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