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NVIDIA GeForce NOW review: Is PC streaming service a force to be reckoned with?

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW

NVIDIA GeForce NOW (Image: NVIDIA)

If you’re new to PC gaming like me, then you might not be aware of NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW streaming service, which lets subscribers access and play their PC libraries on a wide selection of devices. This includes phones, tablets and browsers, as well as PC, Mac and Shield TV.

Not only does this make your PC library more portable, but the ability to play high-end games on underpowered PCs could potentially save you lots of cash.

The paid membership – which costs £8.99 a month or £89.99 a year – includes priority access to game servers, as well as extended play sessions and RTX support. This means ray-traced visuals, graphical upscaling and VSync frame-rate boosts. This is the same for Founders members who subscribed before the new Premium tier was introduced.

There’s also a free membership option, which caps play sessions at one-hour. However, you can log back in and carry on playing after the time expires. 

As a Founders member (thanks to my recent acquisition of a 3060Ti), and after the introduction of the new, more expensive Premium tier, I thought now would be a good time to put GeForce NOW through its paces, and see if it’s a subscription service worth paying for.

I tested the GeForce NOW technology on a 2015 iPad with a PS4 DualShock controller, a Samsung Galaxy S8 (with a Razer Kishi attachment) and an NVIDIA Shield TV with an Xbox One game pad. Here’s what I found.

Compared to something like Stadia where you buy games directly from the Google Store, or Xbox Cloud Gaming and PlayStation Now where you pay to access hundreds of random titles, GeForce NOW’s subscription model is a little different.

On paper, it’s actually a pretty hard sell. Other than free-to-play games like Fortnite, subscribers can only access titles they already own. 

The plus side, of course, is that because you already own the games, they’re presumably titles you actually want to play.

GeForce NOW’s big selling point, however, is that you can play fully optimised and upgraded versions of these titles wherever you like and on whatever device comes to hand. 

If you recently picked up the PC version of Outriders, for example, then GeForce NOW lets you play the same full fat version on your mobile phone.

When launching a game that you own on Steam, GOG or Epic Games Store, you’ll need to enter your login details for that particular platform, but only for that initial session.

Because GeForce NOW works with multiple launchers, there are a few quirks here and there, but nothing that will cause you to tear your hair out in frustration.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 with ray tracing on (Image: CD PROJEKT)

Once your library is synced and you’ve paired a controller, the hugely impressive GeForce NOW streaming technology really starts to come into its own.

Smoother than a slab of butter wrapped in silk, the games I tested mostly performed brilliantly, and without any noticeable frame drops or input lag. 

The only times I noticed any real dips in quality were during the initial few minutes of a game – grainy visuals in Art of Rally, for example –  but these minor blips tended to right themselves within seconds.

Not only do games perform smoothly, but they look absolutely fantastic on every device, even on an older smartphone and tablet.

Indeed, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole thing is that games like Cyberpunk 2077 feature the same ray traced visuals on devices that have no right to run the game in the first place.

With ray tracing playing such a big role in the marketing of next-gen consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X, the fact that you can enjoy this complex technology on devices that you can pick up for next to nothing is pretty incredible.

Couple this with the rock-solid frame-rates – something that consoles can’t always guarantee – and it’s easy to see why GeForce NOW is so appealing.

My biggest gripe with GeForce NOW – especially compared to console alternatives like Stadia or Xbox Cloud Gaming – is that not all PC games are designed to be played on anything other than a traditional desktop.

While GeForce Now does a pretty decent job of optimising games from device to device, you might struggle to read text on smaller devices – this is a problem I had with Outriders.

Then there are games like Loop Hero, which don’t support regular game pads, relying instead on mouse and keyboard controls. This particular set-up doesn’t really lend itself to playing on devices other than a PC, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Other games like Black Mesa feature “partial” controller support, but are designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. After a few web searches followed by some clumsy tinkering outside of the in-game option menu, I was finally able to play the game with a controller, but it wasn’t exactly straightforward.

Needless to say, performance and visual fidelity is also reliant on a stable (and ideally speedy) internet connection, which is something you will need to consider if you’re interested in subscribing.

Fortunately, the free membership option means you can try before you buy, so you won’t be out of pocket if your connection isn’t up to the task.

Black Mesa

Black Mesa is supported by GeForce NOW (Image: VALVE)

Despite a few rough edges, I think GeForce NOW is a pretty appealing subscription service.

While menu screens can be tweaked and new games added (which they are every Thursday), NVIDIA gets it right where it matters most.

Performance is outstanding and games look fantastic, whether you’re playing on a shoddy old phone, or streaming to your TV.

If you’re looking to make a move into PC gaming, then GeForce NOW is a viable alternative to investing in a high-end rig.

It’s also a great way to enjoy the games you already own, especially if a housemate or family member is always hogging the PC!

Thunder Force on Netflix cast: Who plays young Lydia?

Viewers witness the two as they first bond after Emily moves into Lydia’s neighbourhood following the deaths of her parents.

A mean boy at school bullies young Emily, but Lydia stands up for her in a way reminiscent of Melissa McCarthy.

She shouts: “Get in that dumpster, cus that’s where the garbage goes.”

The young Lydia is played by Vivian Falcone, and she’s the daughter fo the film’s director, Ben Falcone, and his wife Melissa McCarthy, in 2007.

Ben spoke of his daughter performing in the film, despite Melissa and Ben attempting to ‘keep her out’ of showbusiness.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Microsoft will force Windows 10 fans to change the way they access the web this week

Windows 10 fans will be forced to have their web browser updated this week whether they like it or not. Microsoft has confirmed that it is pushing out a major upgrade tomorrow, April 13, which will see the older version of its Edge software removed from PCs and replaced with the firm’s all-new web browsing application which, rather confusingly, is also called Edge.
Microsoft first revealed this news late last year with the Redmond company saying that support and security upgrades for its legacy version of Edge would be ending on March 9.

With this ageing browser not getting the vital updates it needs to keep users safe online it seems Microsoft now wants to make sure everyone is moved over to its latest and greatest browsing experience.

In a post on its support page, Microsoft said: “To replace this out of support application, we are announcing that the new Microsoft Edge will be available as part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update—otherwise referred to as the Update Tuesday (or “B”) release—on April 13, 2021.

“When you apply this update to your devices, the out of support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application will be removed and the new Microsoft Edge will be installed. The new Microsoft Edge offers built-in security and our best interoperability with the Microsoft security ecosystem, all while being more secure than Chrome for businesses on Windows 10.”

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That means you not only get some of Chrome’s most-loved features but also full access to many of its plug-ins and popular extensions. It’s also regarded as being much better for battery life meaning more time online without needing to plug in your laptop.

The new Edge has grown rapidly in popularity since it was launched in January 2020 with recent stats suggesting that it’s now the second most used browser on the planet.

With Microsoft now forcing it on more users, that user base could grow to even bigger numbers although it still has a lot of catching up to do before it gets close to beating Chrome which still accounts for almost 65 percent of all desktop web traffic.

LAPD Sgt. Says Chauvin Used ‘Deadly Force’ on Floyd

A use-of-force expert with the Los Angeles Police Department testified on Wednesday that Derek Chauvin had used “deadly force” on George Floyd at a time when it was not appropriate to use any force.

Sgt. Jody Stiger, who works with the L.A.P.D. Inspector General’s Office to investigate wrongdoing in the department, reviewed evidence in the Chauvin case for prosecutors and said Mr. Chauvin had put Mr. Floyd at risk of positional asphyxia, a key point for prosecutors who have argued that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxia, meaning a loss of oxygen.

Sergeant Stiger said that even being handcuffed and in a prone position can make it harder to breathe.

“When you add body weight to that, it just increases the possibility of death,” he said.

The testimony from Sergeant Stiger came on the eighth day of the trial of Mr. Chauvin, who has been charged with murdering Mr. Floyd. The sergeant has said that the officers who arrested Mr. Floyd were initially justified in using force to try to put him in the back of a police car and put him in the prone position, but “should have slowed down or stopped their force” once Mr. Floyd was on the ground.

Sergeant Stiger said on Wednesday that while Mr. Chauvin knelt on Mr. Floyd, he had appeared to use a “pain compliance” technique on one of Mr. Floyd’s hands. Sergeant Stiger said Mr. Chauvin could be seen, in body camera video, either pushing Mr. Floyd’s knuckles together or pulling his wrist against his handcuffs to hurt him. The sergeant said he could hear the handcuffs ratcheting tighter in one of the videos.

Those techniques may be appropriate to get a person to comply with police commands, Sergeant Stiger said, but he indicated that there was no opportunity for Mr. Floyd to comply.

“At that point, it’s just pain,” Sergeant Stiger said.

In response to a prosecutor’s question about the bystanders who filmed Mr. Floyd’s arrest and shouted at the officers who were there, Sergeant Stiger said he did not find them to be a threat, rebutting one of the defense’s arguments that the bystanders may have diverted Mr. Chauvin’s attention from Mr. Floyd’s condition.

But in the cross-examination of Sergeant Stiger, the lawyer for Mr. Chauvin, Eric J. Nelson, played a short video of Mr. Floyd handcuffed on the ground and asked the sergeant if it sounded like Mr. Floyd was saying, “I ate too many drugs.” Sergeant Stiger said he could not make out what Mr. Floyd had said, at which point Mr. Nelson asked him if things can be “missed” in a chaotic scene. The sergeant agreed that they could.

Sergeant Stiger also agreed, in response to Mr. Nelson’s questioning, that it would have been appropriate for Mr. Chauvin to use a Taser on Mr. Floyd when he first arrived on scene, given that Mr. Floyd appeared to be resisting officers’ efforts to get him into a police car. Still, the jury has heard from many experts — including Sergeant Stiger — who said that the appropriate level of force changed once Mr. Floyd was on the ground and no longer resisting.

Mr. Nelson also emphasized that the sergeant was an outside expert who worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, which he joined in 1993, and might not be as familiar with Minneapolis police policies.

Mr. Nelson also highlighted that the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies on using force give discretion to officers. He read from one portion of the department’s policy that says that the reasonableness of an officer’s use-of-force has to be judged “from the perspective of the reasonable officer on the scene rather than with the 20-20 vision of hindsight.”

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Marie Fazio

Texas Attorney General sues in effort to force Biden administration

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday sued[2] the Biden administration over its new procedures for deporting undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of crimes and asked a federal judge to compel the Department of Homeland Security to take them into custody before they are released by local or state law enforcement.

At issue in the suit filed jointly with the state of Louisiana are detainer requests that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sends to state and local law enforcement agencies. The requests inform the agencies that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement intends to take custody of an undocumented person upon completion of their sentence. The detainer asks local law enforcement personnel to hold the person for up to 48 hours so they can be transferred to ICE’s custody and begin the deportation process.

Law enforcement agencies are not required by the federal government to comply with a detainer, though a 2017 Texas law[3] mandates state and local authorities to honor such requests. Advocates have questioned the constitutionality[4] of detainers, which ask authorities to hold people after they’ve completed their sentences. ICE has also erroneously issued detainers[5] for U.S. citizens.

President Joe Biden’s acting homeland security secretary in January ordered a review[6] of the agency’s immigration enforcement policies and released interim guidance that prioritized the deportation of people who posed a threat to national security, border security and public safety.

A memo released by ICE[7] in February further clarified that guidance. It states that immigration officials should prioritize the deportation of people who have engaged in terrorism, unlawfully entered the U.S. after Nov. 1 or were convicted of an aggravated felony.

The interim guidance “does not require or prohibit the arrest, detention or removal of any noncitizen,” wrote Acting ICE Director Tae D. Johnson. But detainers for people who fall outside priority areas are subject to “advance review.”

That’s a shift from the Trump administration, when anyone in the country illegally was a priority target[8] for deportation. ICE officials said the new guidance is necessary to allocate the agency’s limited resources to the most important cases.

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the Biden administration[9] to end the detainer requests altogether, saying they insert local authorities into immigration enforcement processes, eroding trust between the police and immigrant communities.

In the suit, Paxton alleged that the Biden administration is “refusing to take custody” of immigrants with criminal records and allowing them to “roam free.” In February, the AP reported[10] that ICE had dropped 26 detainer requests in Texas since the new directive took effect. Most people were convicted of drunk driving or drug charges, though ICE had reportedly misapplied the policy when it prepared to drop three requests for people who committed crimes that should’ve been prioritized. None of the three were ultimately released.

Paxton argues in the lawsuit that ICE has “rescinded dozens of detainer requests” that had been issued to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and is failing to issue new ones for some people subject to deportation. He contends that the Biden administration’s guidance narrowly focuses on people convicted of aggravated felonies, such as murder, while neglecting people with drug offenses and those who committed crimes of “moral turpitude.” And he alleges that the changes to immigration enforcement would come at an enormous cost to Texas due to the services the state provides to undocumented immigrants. That argument is rebutted by a 2006 study[11] by then-Texas Comptroller Susan Combs found that undocumented immigrants have a net positive financial impact to the state.

Paxton asks the court to declare the federal government’s guidance unlawful, prevent ICE from implementing the policy, and award Texas and Louisiana “costs of this action and reasonable attorney’s fees.”

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.

The suit is the latest in a series of legal challenges Paxton has brought against the Biden administration since January. Paxton previously sued Biden[12] over a 100-day deportation moratorium, alleging the moratorium is unconstitutional and violates an agreement between DSH and Texas. A federal judge in February effectively blocked the ban on deportations from taking effect.

Paxton has also sued over Biden’s decision to cancel permits for the Keystone XL pipeline[13] and over new restrictions placed on drilling on public lands.

References

  1. ^ Sign up here. (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ sued (www.texasattorneygeneral.gov)
  3. ^ a 2017 Texas law (www.texastribune.org)
  4. ^ questioned the constitutionality (thehill.com)
  5. ^ erroneously issued detainers (www.npr.org)
  6. ^ ordered a review (www.dhs.gov)
  7. ^ memo released by ICE (www.ice.gov)
  8. ^ was a priority target (www.tampabay.com)
  9. ^ urged the Biden administration (thehill.com)
  10. ^ the AP reported (apnews.com)
  11. ^ 2006 study (www.texastribune.org)
  12. ^ sued Biden (www.texastribune.org)
  13. ^ Keystone XL pipeline (www.texastribune.org)

Shawn Mulcahy

Amid Awakening, Asian-Americans Are Still Taking Shape as a Political Force

When Mike Park first heard about the recent shootings in Atlanta, he felt angry and afraid. But almost immediately, he had another thought.

“We can’t just sit back,” he said. “We can’t sit in our little enclave anymore.”

Born in South Carolina to Korean immigrants, Mr. Park grew up wanting to escape his Asian identity. He resented having to be the one student to speak at Asian-Pacific day and felt embarrassed when his friends did not want to eat dinner at his house because of the unfamiliar pickled radishes and cabbage in his refrigerator.

Now 42, Mr. Park embraces both his Korean heritage and an Asian-American identity he shares with others of his generation. The Atlanta shootings that left eight dead, six of them women of Asian descent, made him feel an even stronger sense of solidarity, especially after a surge in bias incidents against Asians nationwide.

“I do think this horrible crime has brought people together,” said Mr. Park, who works as an insurance agent in Duluth, Ga., an Atlanta suburb that is a quarter Asian. “It really is an awakening.”

For years, Asian-Americans were among the least likely of any racial or ethnic group to vote or to join community or advocacy groups. Today they are surging into public life, running for office in record numbers, and turning out to vote unlike ever before. They are now the fastest-growing group in the American electorate[1].

But as a political force, Asian-Americans are still taking shape. With a relatively short history of voting, they differ from demographic groups whose families have built party loyalties and voting tendencies over generations. Most of their families arrived after 1965, when the United States opened its doors more widely to people in Asia. There are vast class divisions, too; the income gap[2] between the rich and the poor is greatest among Asian-Americans.

“These are your classic swing voters,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, president of AAPI Data. “These immigrants did not grow up in a Democratic household or Republican household. You have a lot more persuadability.”

Historical data on Asian-American voting patterns is spotty. Analyses of exit polls show that a majority voted for George Bush in 1992[3], Mr. Ramakrishnan said. Today, a majority of Asians vote for Democrats, but that masks deep differences by subgroup. Vietnamese-Americans, for example, lean more toward Republicans, and Indian-Americans lean strongly toward Democrats.

It is too early for final breakdowns of the Asian-American vote in 2020, along either party or ethnic lines. But one thing seems clear — turnout for Asian-Americans appears to have been higher than it has ever been. Mr. Ramakrishnan analyzed preliminary estimates[4] from the voter data firm Catalist that were based on available returns from 33 states representing two-third of eligible Asian-American voters. The estimates found that adult Asian-American citizens had the highest recorded increase in voter turnout among any racial or ethnic group.

As relatively new voters, many Asian-Americans find themselves uniquely interested in both major parties, drawn to Democrats for their stances on guns and health care, and to Republicans for their support for small business and emphasis on self-reliance. But they do not fit into neat categories. The Democratic position on immigration attracts some and repels others. The Republican anti-Communist language is compelling to some. Others are indifferent.

Former President Donald J. Trump’s repeated reference to the “China virus” repelled many Chinese-American voters, and the Democrats’ support for affirmative action policies in schools has drawn strong opposition from some Asian groups. Even the violence and slurs against Asians, which began spiking after the coronavirus began to spread last spring, have pushed people in different directions politically. Some blame Mr. Trump and his followers. Others see Republicans as supporters of the police and law and order.

Yeun Jae Kim, 32, voted for the first time last year. His parents had moved from Seoul to a Florida suburb when he was a child and started a truck parts salvage business. Mr. Kim went on to graduate from Georgia Tech and then to a job at Coca-Cola in Atlanta, but, like his parents, he was so focused on making it that he did not vote, or think about politics much at all.

Last year changed his mind. But how to vote and whom to choose? He and his wife spent hours watching videos on YouTube and talking at church to a politically experienced friend, also a Korean-American.

“For me it was pretty hard,” said Mr. Kim, who described himself as “in the middle” politically. “There are certain things I really like about what the Democratic Party is doing. And there are certain things I really like about what the Republicans are doing.”

He wanted to keep his vote private. But he said that casting a ballot made him feel good.

“It made me feel really proud of the country,” he said. “Like everybody is in this together. It helped me feel connected with other people who were voting too.”

Part of the new energy in Asian-American politics comes from second-generation immigrants, who are now in their 30s and 40s and are forming families that are far more racially mixed and civically engaged than those of their parents. A new Asian-American identity is being forged from dozens of languages, cultures and histories.

“Right now, it is this coming of age,” said Marc Ang, 39, a conservative political activist and business owner in Orange County, Calif. His father, an immigrant from the Philippines of Chinese descent, came to California in the 1980s as a white-collar worker in the steel industry. The state is now home to about a third of the country’s Asian-American population.

“Suddenly we are top doctors, top lawyers, top business people,” said Mr. Ang, who pointed out that the approximately 6 million Asians in California are equivalent to the size of Singapore. “It is just inevitable that we become a voting bloc.”

Mr. Ang, a Republican, worked to defeat an affirmative action proposition in California[5] last year. But he praised Democrats and their efforts to draw attention to the storm of slurs and physical attacks over the past year, which he said have been a galvanizing force, unifying even the least politically involved people from countries as different as China, Vietnam, the Philippines and South Korea.

More Asian-Americans are running for office than ever before. They include Andrew Yang[6], among the early leaders in the race for New York mayor, and Michelle Wu[7], the city councilor who is running for mayor of Boston. A Filipino-American, Robert Bonta[8], just became attorney general of California.

At least 158 Asian-Americans ran for state legislatures in 2020, according to AAPI Data, up by 15 percent from 2018.

Marvin Lim, a Georgia state representative, calls himself a 1.5-generation immigrant: He came to the United States from the Philippines when he was 7.

Mr. Lim spent a number of years on public assistance, and said his family “did not see the bootstraps working for us.” He became a civil rights lawyer and began to vote for Democrats because their values, he said, aligned more with his. Now 36, he won a House seat in Georgia in November, and last month met with President Biden during his visit to Atlanta after the shootings.

“I have never felt more like I mattered,” he said.

Asian-Americans lean toward Democrats. All the more so among the American-born[9]. But there are things pushing Asians away from the Democrats as well.

Anthony Lam, a Vietnamese immigrant who fled as a refugee in the 1970s and grew up working class in Los Angeles, had usually voted for Democrats. But as the owner of a hair salon in San Diego, he became increasingly frustrated with directives for coronavirus lockdowns and turned off by the unrest during Black Lives Matter protests. When he criticized the looting, he said some white Democrats chastised him.

“They said, ‘You don’t understand racism,’” he said. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. You get racism just now? I’ve been living with this for 40 years.’”

Mr. Lam voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. He supported Mr. Yang in the Democratic primary last year. But he said he eventually voted for Mr. Trump, mostly out of frustration with Democrats.

Despite recent increases in political representation, some Asian-American communities still feel invisible, and some members argue that could lead to a rightward turn.

Rob Yang, a Hmong-American who owns shoe and apparel stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul, grew up poor as a refugee. He has watched the turmoil in the wake of the George Floyd killing in his traditional, largely working-class Hmong community. His own stores were stripped of their merchandise during the Black Lives Matter protests.

Mr. Yang voted for Mr. Biden. He said that he supported the Black Lives Matter movement but that some in his community did not. Years of feeling invisible had frustrated and demoralized them.

The way he sees it, Asians still do not have enough of a voice, and he worries that the pressure of holding everything in for years is reaching dangerous levels. He said he worried that a populist Asian leader, “an Asian Trump,” could have a huge following by tapping into this frustration. “We’ve been holding it all in for so long, it will just take the right circumstances for us to blow,” he said.

For Mr. Park, the insurance agent in suburban Atlanta, the attacks in his city and others across America were a searing reminder that economic success does not ensure protection from the racial animus that is part of American life. It is now up to Asian-Americans, he said, to stand up and claim their space in American politics.

“It’s moving away from the idea that ‘the nail that sticks out gets hammered in,’” he said. “We are realizing it’s OK to stick out.”

References

  1. ^ the fastest-growing group in the American electorate (www.pewresearch.org)
  2. ^ the income gap (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ a majority voted for George Bush in 1992 (prospect.org)
  4. ^ analyzed preliminary estimates (aapidata.com)
  5. ^ defeat an affirmative action proposition in California (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ Andrew Yang (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ Michelle Wu (www.nytimes.com)
  8. ^ Robert Bonta (www.nytimes.com)
  9. ^ more so among the American-born (aapidata.com)

Sabrina Tavernise

Pound euro exchange rate ‘just shy of 1.17 mark’ but BoE ‘fireworks’ may force change

The pound to euro exchange rate hasn’t moved much over the weekend, still nearing the 1.17 mark. One financial expert has warned sterling has little “fresh impetus” to push further this week.
However, the Bank of England (BoE) is set to announce its March policy on Thursday, which could cause “fireworks”.

The pound is currently trading at a rate of 1.1664 against the euro according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX shared his insight into the current exchange rate.

He said: “Sterling begins the week practically unchanged from where it ended the last, just shy of the €1.17 mark, and lacking fresh impetus to push on a break that barrier.

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One way this may happen is with the introduction of vaccine passports or, as the EU has suggested, a “digital green pass” storing a traveller’s vaccination information.

So far, this has not been confirmed, yet many Britons have already booked up their holidays for later in the year.

It may be tempting to exchange travel money while rates are particularly favourable.

However, one travel money expert has warned this might not actually be a wise decision.

James Lynn, co-CEO and co-founder of travel card Currensea, explained: “It may be tempting to take out foreign currency in anticipation of a future holiday, while the exchange rate is favourable.

“However, I would advise against this. Market movements are often more marginal in reality than they appear.

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“Once we are allowed to travel again, this will signify the end of the COVID bump and I anticipate this will mean the Pound has improved even more significantly than the level it is at today.”

Despite this warning, according to research from money.co.uk, website traffic searching for pound euro exchange rates have increased by 143 percent.

James Andrews, personal finance expert at money.co.uk said: “With Greece announcing it will open its borders to tourists from mid-May and exchange rates rising over the last few days, it’s very tempting to grab the first deal you see that looks decent.

“However, no matter how good one particular deal looks, you always need to compare offers to make sure you’re not wasting your money – the best deals will have a good exchange rate with the lowest additional charges like delivery fees.

“Take your time, and compare a wide range of providers before you make your purchase”

The Post Office Travel money is one high street brand which offers travel money exchanges.

The Post Office is currently offering a rate of €1.1215 for amounts of £400 or more, and €1.1436 for amounts of £1,000 or more.