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Realme GT review: Premium Android specs at a bargain price, so what’s the catch?

With so many Android devices filling stores shelves, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. However, that’s exactly what brand Realme has managed to do with the launch of its new GT smartphone. How has Realme managed this feat? Well, the Shenzhen-based firm has stuffed some serious specs into their latest Android handset at a price that’s genuinely hard to believe. At time of writing, you can pop one of these smartphones into your online shopping basket for as little as £332, making this one serious bargain.

So, is the Realme GT worth considering, or has the Chinese firm cut some corners to hit that ludicrously good price tag? Express.co.uk has been putting this phone to the test and here’s our full review.

There’s no denying that the Realme GT is incredible value for money. For less than half the price of a Samsung Galaxy S21, you’ll be treated to a device that includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor – the fastest chipset you’ll find inside any Android smartphone right now. While it’s true that Qualcomm is launching its new 888+ chip soon, no devices are currently using that slightly upgraded chip, so the budget Realme GT can still gloat about packing one of the best processors available.

Most handsets with the flagship Snapdragon series cost in excess of £700 and it’s incredible that Realme has managed to squeeze the 888 into a smartphone that’s so ludicrously cheap.

And it’s not only that pricey processor that makes the smartphone feel fast and insanely underpriced. The Realme GT also includes a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display, which is not only sharp and bright but also silky smooth thanks to its fabulous 120Hz refresh rate. Not even the £999 iPhone 12 Pro can top that as Apple is still shipping phones with a measly 60Hz refresh rate.

You’ll also find a reliable fingerprint scanner tucked under that slick display, which can unlock the device in a flash. Hiding the fingerprint scanner under the glass screen means Realme can push the screen to the very edge of the case, meaning there are minimal bezels.

Elsewhere, there’s a 4,500mAh battery which just about lasts a day, but users can refill it to 100% in around 30 minutes, thanks to the nifty 65W SuperDart charging. Realme includes the fast charger you need, while other brands, including Apple, don’t even include any mains charger.

Realme GT can take advantage of the latest and greatest 5G data speeds enabling downloads to be blasted onto the device at speeds in excess of 300Mbps. That’s almost five times faster than the average home broadband speeds across the UK right now.

Flip over the Realme GT, there’s a triple rear camera system that features lens technology from Sony. This set-up includes a 64MP main lens along with an 8MP Ultra-Wide camera and Macro option for close up shots.

Overall the photography experience is pretty good with pictures looking bright and full detail. There’s also a bunch of fun effects, filters and all the usual settings such as manual mode and AI Scene Enhancement.

Videos can be shot in 4K quality and image stabilisation keeps your home movies looking shake and wobble-free. It’s a solid camera, but it’s by no means the best and it can struggle at times, especially when the lights get low. In fact, during our tests, we found the Night Mode is pretty much useless especially when compared to more expensive rivals, which can make gloomy night shots look as bright as day without the flash blinding everyone in the photo.

The camera is one area where the Realme GT’s bargain price tag starts to show as it’s definitely not one of its strongest points. And it’s not the only niggle we have with this phone.

From head-to-toe, the overall case design does pretty plasticky and, unless you opt for the bright yellow model, it all looks pretty bland too.

Realme also bundles way too much bloatware on the GT, which means you’ll have to spend quite a lot of time deleting the endless selection of pointless apps pre-loaded on your new phone during the set-up process.

While the high refresh-rate screen might be stunning to look at, it’s marred by a weird auto-brightness setting that has a weird habit of being way too dim. Not only that, but there’s no wireless charging, which isn’t a surprise considering the price, which some may find annoying.

If none of that bothers you, then you’re going to be seriously impressed with your new purchase …although buying the GT is a bit of an odd experience.

Right now, the only place to grab one right now is from a site called AliExpress, which is an online retail service based in China. It’s been around since 2009 and is clearly an official store, but it’s simply not as easy as popping one in your Amazon basket, which is where most other Realme phones.

Realme GT review: Final Verdict

FOR: Ultimate power from Snapdragon 888 • Cheap price • Great screen • Fast charging
AGAINST: Hard to buy one • Camera could be better • Some models are a little bland

There’s no doubt that the Realme GT is a seriously impressive phone at a ridiculously low price. The fact it lands with a Snapdragon 888 processor, fast-charging, a high refresh-rate display, and a 4,500mAh battery …for less than £350 still boggles our mind.

However, as you might expect given the price, there are some minor niggles, including the bucketloads of bloatware preinstalled, the lack of charging, and lacklustre camera – especially at night.

We can forgive Realme for most of these issues as the GT is an incredible phone for its £330 price. And if you’re looking to upgrade to a new Android handset and don’t want to break the bank, the Realme GT is a great choice.

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You now tell Google to forget everything you’ve searched for …but there’s a catch

You will now be able to delete the last 15 minutes of search history from Google on mobile devices, the Californian company confirmed late this week. The new privacy feature, which was first unveiled during Google’s IO Developer Conference, is now rolling out to users worldwide.

The option to remove the last 15 minutes of your search activity will arrive on the iPhone version of the Google app to start, with Android users supposedly getting their hands on the feature later this year. And of course, regardless of whether you’re on Android or iOS, if you’ve waited longer than 16 minutes to enable the feature – some details will be missed. Once your searches are outside of that 15-minute window, you’ll need to wait for the auto-delete setting on your account to kick in.

On a Windows or Mac, there’s no capability to delete the last 15 minutes of searches from Google.co.uk. Instead, you’ll also have to rely on the option to auto-delete searches every three, 18, or 36 months. By default, Google Accounts auto-remove search data after 18 months.

Of course, on any device, you can delete individual websites from your internet history. However, searching on Google.co.uk in the future would continue to surface a helpful (or, in this case – unhelpful) reminder of your previous searches regardless of what has been stripped out of your web history.

For example, while it has long been possible to remove EngagementRings.com from your history in Chrome, the next person who used the family could start typing ‘engage’ only to be prompted that you’d previously used Google to hunt for ‘engagement rings’.

The latest feature means that, if you suddenly realise that you’re hunting for birthday presents without Incognito Mode enabled, you can head to the main Google.co.uk page, click your profile icon in the top right-hand corner, select Manage Your Google Account, and then click “Delete History” from the menu.

Google says it has put this new feature front-and-centre because it believes it will be hugely popular with fans. That suggests this might’ve been something that forgetful Google users have been asking the company to implement for some time now.

Either way, it’s nice that you don’t need to be so precious about jumping into Incognito Mode every time you find yourself shopping for a gift, looking up a career move on a work computer, or, erm, well, come to think of it, we’re pretty sure those are the only two things that Incognito Mode is ever used for.

For those who don’t know, Incognito Mode is the in-built privacy-focused browsing mode in Chrome. While it doesn’t hide your activity from your internet supplier (or the websites you’re visiting) it does stop your activity showing up in the web history or predictive search on Google.

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Tech

Tents catch fire near US 183 in northwest Austin, firefighters say it may have been intentionally set

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are searching for a possible suspect after tents and “makeshift living structures” caught fire off U.S. 183 and Pecan Park Boulevard in northwest Austin Friday evening.

The call came in around 6:30 p.m. The Austin Fire Department reported the fire took place in a wooded area, and no injuries were reported.

First responders are clearing the scene now. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly, AFD said.

While AFD said witnesses told firefighters the fire was deliberately set, an official cause hasn’t been determined yet.

The fire is still being investigated, according to AFD.

AFD said the Austin Police Department is searching for a possible suspect. KXAN has reached out to APD for more details.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

You can catch Covid after being vaccinated – four symptoms to spot post vaccination

Coronavirus symptoms after having the vaccine may be different from the usual symptoms. A new study by Covid monitoring scientists at King’s College London shed light one the most frequently-seen symptoms of this uncommon occurrence. The team looked at data from around 1.1 million people who had been vaccinated between last December and mid-May.

The researchers found it was 24 percent more common in people under 60 who had COVID-19 after having the jab.

The study found those who had been vaccinated were less likely to report any of the original symptoms of coronavirus if they were infected than those who had the virus pre-vaccination.

The original symptom of coronavirus are noted as:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Shortness of breath

A number of health conditions can trigger shortness of breath – coronavirus is one of them.

If you feel out of breath after a jab it could be worth getting a Covid test.

The study said vaccinated people with COVID-19 reported similar levels of shortness of breath.

But the researchers noted vaccinated adults who contract Covid experience less severe illness than those who haven’t had the jab, so they’re less likely to be hospitalised with serious illness.

Swollen glands

A less common side effect of the Covid vaccine is swollen glands in the armpit or neck.

These usually go away within a few days, but they could also be a sign of a Covid infection.

For those who have had the vaccine, one in four people experience side effects, including sweating, chills, fatigue and aches.

Side effects usually peak in the first 24 hours and may last one or two days.

The NHS advises: “You may get a high temperature or feel hot or shivery one or two days after having your vaccination.

“But if you have a high temperature that lasts longer than 2 days, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste you may have COVID-19. Stay at home and get a test.

“If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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School days to be made LONGER to help children catch up with lesson learning

A leaked presentation showed plans to extend the school week by an extra two-and-a-half hours in a bid to help students catch up with their studies. The proposal was put together by education czar Sir Kevan Collins, who will be leading the education recovery efforts.
The presentation, seen by the Times, estimates that each pupil will need to spend an extra 100 hours in the classroom a year from 2022 to make up for the time lost to the pandemic.

It also showed that five million of the most affected pupils in England will receive additional tutoring.

Some 500,000 teachers will receive more training in order to deliver the expected results.

It follows warnings from leading health expert suggesting the UK is in the early stages of a third Covid wave.

Professor Ravi Gupta from Cambridge University called on the Government to delay ending Covid restrictions in England on June 21.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Of course the numbers of cases are relatively low at the moment – all waves start with low numbers of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive.

“So the key here is that what we are seeing here is the signs of an early wave.”

Christina Pagel, a professor at University College London, made similar remarks and warned the UK should extend the lockdown measures for a further two months instead of reopening on June 21.

She said the UK “should wait a few more months to unlock fully” to ensure enough people have been fully vaccinated.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

Indian variant: Under-21s 'more likely' to catch strain says Neil Ferguson

Professor Neil Ferguson, British epidemiologist at Imperial College London and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), discussed the threat the Covid mutation poses to the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Telling the reporters it is a “matter of degree” whether the variant derails an end to Covid restrictions, the SAGE member said there is data suggesting it could effect younger people more than previous strains.

He said: “There’s a hint in the data that under-21s are slightly more likely to be infected with this variant compared with other variants in recent weeks in the UK.

“Whether that reflects a change in the biology or reflects what’s called founder effects and the context – the people who came into the country with the virus and then seeding of infection in certain schools and colleges – that’s impossible to resolve at the moment.”

The SAGE member also said “we hope to be in a position to be more definitive about these answers in the next two to three weeks”.

READ MORE: Covid revolt: Boris faces humiliating climbdown on guidance

Currently, Covid vaccines are only available to those over 30 years old, which could explain the rise in cases in younger people.

Professor Ravi Gupta, microbiologist at Cambridge University, also told the press conference: “I do think we should take these reports [of it spreading more quickly in the young] seriously because that’s the first sign that you have a problem.

“Often if you wait too long for the right data it’s too late.

“Hopefully the countries where they’re seeing this will be studying it in a kind of rigorous way so that we can get that information.”

Public Health England (PHE) reported yesterday cases of the Indian variant have been found in 151 local authorities as of the week ending May 15.

Latest data from PHE also revealed that 3,424 cases in total had been confirmed in the UK until May 19, with a majority detected only in the week prior.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said on May 14 the variant is expected to “overtake and come to dominate in the UK in the way that B.1.1.7 (Kent variant) took over and other variants have taken over prior to that”.

SAGE has estimated the variant is up to 50 percent more transmissible than the Kent variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK still needed to be “cautious” in unlocking the UK from restrictions, but added he saw nothing in the data that would suggest “deviating” from the plan.


Another 186,147 first doses and 387,987 second doses of Covid vaccine were administered yesterday.

The UK has administered 38,378,564 first doses and 23,616,498 second doses in total, equalling 72.9 percent and 44.8 percent of the population respectively.

Yesterday also saw another 3,180 cases and nine deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

In total, the UK has seen 4,470,297 cases and 127,748 deaths.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

The 5 Brexit rules that could catch you out on your next holiday

5 Brexit rules that could catch you

With the introduction of green list countries, out of European summer holiday destinations, only Portugal has made the top spot so far. But as Spain is due to be added to the list, what Brexit travel changes do I need to know before I jet off on holiday to Europe?

Passport expiry date

Prior to Brexit, Brits could visit any EU country providing they still had six months left on their passport.

But now, you need at least six months left on your passport to travel to any EU member state.

However, the matter can be even more complicated, some people whose passports do not expire until the end of 2021 or even the beginning of 2022 may also be turned away when entering the EU.

Some UK passports have up to 10 years and nine months of validity, but the EU will now ignore the additional nine months.

This means some travellers will be refused entry to the EU, even if they have a whole 15 months left on their passport.

Proof of accommodation

France and Spain, two of the most popular designations for British holidaymakers, are likely to start asking UK travellers to provide proof of accommodation when arriving.

Both countries have similar protocols in place, which affect those staying with family and friends, where hosts need to inform local officials if they are having UK nationals stay with them.

Those staying in hotels or second home owners will also need to provide proof at the border of where they are staying, such as booking information or proof they own property.


The 5 Brexit rules that could catch you out on your next holiday (Image: GETTY)

Health insurance

If you still have your EHIC card for travelling in Europe, it’s not yet defunct, but it has been replaced.

The Government will continue to cover the cost of necessary and emergency healthcare with a new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), replacing the EHIC card.

However, if you have an EHIC card issued before the end of 2020, it will still be valid until it expires.

Length of your stay

Freedom of movement is no longer a luxury afforded to Britons.

You can only stay in EU member states for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

This includes if you own property in an EU country – if you want to stay longer, you may need to apply for settled status.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

These Ex-Journalists Are Using AI to Catch Online Defamation

The insight driving CaliberAI is that this universe is a bounded infinity. While AI moderation is nowhere close to being able to decisively rule on truth and falsity, it should be able to identify the subset of statements that could even potentially be defamatory.

Carl Vogel, a professor of computational linguistics at Trinity College Dublin, has helped CaliberAI build its model. He has a working formula for statements highly likely to be defamatory: They must implicitly or explicitly name an individual or group; present a claim as fact; and use some sort of taboo language or idea—like suggestions of theft, drunkenness, or other kinds of impropriety. If you feed a machine-learning algorithm a large enough sample of text, it will detect patterns and associations among negative words based on the company they keep. That will allow it to make intelligent guesses about which terms, if used about a specific group or person, place a piece of content into the defamation danger zone.

Logically enough, there was no data set of defamatory material sitting out there for CaliberAI to use, because publishers work very hard to avoid putting that stuff into the world. So the company built its own. Conor Brady started by drawing on his long experience in journalism to generate a list of defamatory statements. “We thought about all the nasty things that could be said about any person and we chopped, diced, and mixed them until we’d kind of run the whole gamut of human frailty,” he says. Then a group of annotators, overseen by Alan Reid and Abby Reynolds, a computational linguist and data linguist on the team, used the original list to build up a larger one. They use this made-up data set to train the AI to assign probability scores to sentences, from 0 (definitely not defamatory) to 100 (call your lawyer).

The result, so far, is something like spell-check for defamation. You can play with a demo version on the company’s website, which cautions that “you may notice false positives/negatives as we refine our predictive models.” I typed in “I believe John is a liar,” and the program spit out a probability of 40, below the defamation threshold. Then I tried “Everyone knows John is a liar,” and the program spit out a probability of 80 percent, flagging “Everyone knows” (statement of fact), “John” (specific person), and “liar” (negative language). Of course, that doesn’t quite settle the matter. In real life, my legal risk would depend on whether I can prove that John really is a liar.

“We are classifying on a linguistic level and returning that advisory to our customers,” says Paul Watson, the company’s chief technology officer. “Then our customers have to use their many years of experience to say, ‘Do I agree with this advisory?’ I think that’s a very important fact of what we’re building and trying to do. We’re not trying to build a ground-truth engine for the universe.”

It’s fair to wonder whether professional journalists really need an algorithm to warn that they might be defaming someone. “Any good editor or producer, any experienced journalist, ought to know it when he or she sees it,” says Sam Terilli, a professor at the University of Miami’s School of Communication and the former general counsel of the Miami Herald. “They ought to be able to at least identify those statements or passages that are potentially risky and worthy of a deeper look.”

That ideal might not always be in reach, however, especially during a period of thin budgets and heavy pressure to publish as quickly as possible.

“I think there’s a really interesting use case with news organizations,” says Amy Kristin Sanders, a media lawyer and journalism professor at the University of Texas. She points out the particular risks involved with reporting on breaking news, when a story might not go through a thorough editorial process. “For small- to medium-size newsrooms—who don’t have a general counsel present with them on a daily basis, who may rely on lots of freelancers, and who may be short staffed, so content is getting less of an editorial review than it has in the past—I do think there could be value in these kinds of tools.”

Author: Gilad Edelman
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks—but there’s a catch

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It’s news that many Americans have long been waiting for: The CDC announced today that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19—that’s two weeks after either the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot or the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shots—no longer need to wear masks in most situations. 

“The science demonstrates that if you are fully vaccinated you are protected,” Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director told reporters in a news conference. 

Does that mean we can all take a giant garbage bag and rid the house of every last face covering we own for once and for all? Probably not. And that’s for a few reasons. For one, there are a number of exceptions to the new recommendations. The CDC still recommends Americans wear masks in a number of locations including doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Mask recommendations also stay in place for public transportation including buses, planes, and trains—both while in transit and in the station. And, of course, Americans will still need to follow state and local guidelines on mask wearing, which may require folks to wear face coverings at work and in other private businesses.

This new shift in guidelines comes just 16 days after the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks in most outdoor settings. According to Walensky, among the reasons for this somewhat drastic change was a one-third drop in case rates over the past two weeks, increased vaccine availability (especially for adolescents who are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine), and the emergence of new scientific developments.

Particularly important has been proof of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in general in real world populations, against variants, and in preventing transmissibility

“While this may serve as an incentive for some people to get vaccinated, that is not the purpose,” Walensky said. “Our purpose here is, as a public health agency, to follow the science and follow where we are with regard to the science and what is safe for individuals to do.”

[Read more: How long will we keep wearing masks?]

Even so, this change will be a welcoming one for many Americans. At least one third of people in the US (and counting) are fully vaccinated, and many have been frustrated at the continued restrictions still in place, despite how effective the vaccines have been shown to be. “We’ve got to liberalize the restrictions so people can feel like they’re getting back to some normalcy,” Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s senior adviser on the pandemic, told The New York Times. “Pulling back restrictions on indoor masks is an important step in the right direction.” 
But if you are still wary of leaving your mask behind, that’s okay. If anything, this past year has shown that masks are an effective public health measure. And it’s unlikely they’ll disappear even once the risks posed by COVID-19 continue to decrease. After a full year of masking up and other public health measures like strict social distancing and hand washing, this year’s flu season essentially disappeared, and many Americans have anecdotally found that they haven’t  had a single cold throughout the pandemic. So while it might be okay and safe to unmask now, staying masked up more often, such as in crowded areas and especially when you are feeling ill, will always be a safe decision.  

Claire Maldarelli

Author: Claire Maldarelli
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science