TETRAPHOBIA! (Or: The Galaxy S7's Mysterious Octacore CPUs): TM 51
THIS WEEK ON TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss whether it matters that the UK, amongst other countries, has potentially got a less powerful octa-core CPU in its Galaxy S7 phones while other regions get a more robust quad-core version. Plus what does a "fear of the number four" -- tetraphobia -- possibly got in common with this situation, and the consumer technology world in general? Could it explain why Samsung has released phones with eight processing cores rather than four in some regions? Probably not. But it was almost certainly why Nokia jumped from the 3xxx series to the 5xxx series, and from the N93 to the N95, and from the C3 to the C5; and why Psion released the Series 3 and Series 5 palmtops in the 1990s but never the Series 4; and why Canon, over in Japan, released the G1, G2, G3 and G5 cameras, but never a G4; and... You get the picture. Plus, a look at the week's UK tech news that doesn't involve superstitious conspiracy theories.
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