Pixel 4A 5G review: If you want affordable 5G, you’ll want this phone

Back in August, Google unveiled the Pixel 4A, an affordable $349 (£349, AU$599) phone with an excellent camera. Fast-forward to October and the company launched its main flagship, the Pixel 5, and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, aptly called the Pixel 4A 5G. This phone not only connects to the next-gen mobile network; it also has a second, ultrawide camera, a bigger display and battery and a slightly more powerful processor than the 4A. Naturally, the extra hardware goodies mean the phone costs more, at $499 (£499, AU$799).

But the price bump is worth it, especially

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Gionee M12 With Quad Rear Cameras, 5,100mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

Gionee M12 has launched as the latest smartphone offering by the company. The phone, currently available in Nigeria, comes with a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megaixel primary sensor. It has a large 5,100mAh battery and offers up to 128GB of storage. The phone comes in two processor options — MediaTek Helio A25 and MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. Gionee M12 has a 6.55-inch HD+ display with a hole-punch cut out on the top left corner of the display. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone.

Gionee M12 price, sale

The new Gionee M12 with 6GB

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Brain hacks to boost productivity with music. Should you be listening to more ABBA?

We spoke with a neuroscientist and other academics to understand the principles and neurochemistry to help craft a personal productivity playlist.

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The manipulated audible sheets of airwaves we call music can have profound impacts on human behavior. Studies have shown that the tempo of the music played in stores can affect the amount of time shoppers spend inside. Similarly, additional work suggests that certain modes could also boost retail sales. Other studies have shown that music can increase cognitive function including memory.

To understand whether it was possible to use this premise to craft a playlist for productivity

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Linux and open source: The biggest issue in 2020

This year was rough for all involved–even Linux and open source didn’t come through unscathed. See what Jack Wallen considers to be the biggest issue for Linux in 2020.

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For the most part, 2020 was actually pretty good for open source. Enterprise-level companies embraced open source software even further, containers and the cloud became even more crucial to both businesses and consumers, the Linux community found a larger piece of the support pie from large manufacturers like Microsoft, and distributions continued to wow.

That doesn’t mean the year was full of celebrations, as there were some rather cringe-worthy

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