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Apple’s Siri can help you diagnose Coronavirus symptoms

Using technology to fight the greatest crisis of all times

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Engineers across the globe are brainstorming and finding new ways to unleash technology against Coronavirus. Now, Apple’s Siri is helping users understand the symptoms of the fatal disease as well as advising precautions.

Apple has updated its virtual assistant in the last few days to offer more in-depth help for anyone worried they may have contracted the virus. Siri will also answer the one question we have all been most tensed about “Do I have the coronavirus?”

It’ll lead the user through a series of questions to help them determine what they need to do. Siri will ask users questions based on information available from the U.S. Public Health Service. The assistant will ask users if they are showing symptoms of the disease.

These symptoms include dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Those who show signs of the life-threatening symptoms will be recommended to contact 911 for emergency help.

If your answers indicate no signs of contracting Coronavirus, Siri will recommend you to remain indoors, avoid social gatherings, and take basic precautions like wearing a mask in public and sanitizing your hands frequently.

CEO Tim Cook has pledged to donate millions of masks to healthcare workers in the U.S. and Europe. Earlier this month, the company also donated $15 million to help affected victims and communities. For now, the feature is limited to the U.S only.

Technology is being extensively used to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus. The WHO and Indian government have launched chatbots in association with WhatsApp to counter spread of misinformation and directly educate people.

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Realme Watch launches with a touchscreen display and HR tracker

High on features, light on the pocket

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This is the first watch from Realme and we’ve been waiting for it for a long time. The company teased its existence multiple times and considering the brand’s reputation, we knew it’ll have a very competitive price. Thankfully, the watch is now official, and here’s everything you need to know.

It comes with a 1.4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, a maximum brightness of 380 nits, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Currently, it comes pre-loaded with 12 watch faces and the company has confirmed more than a hundred will be available via an OTA update soon.

The smartwatch offers real-time heart rate monitoring using the built-in PPG sensor and records results every five minutes. Furthermore, it also has a SpO2 monitoring system to track the blood oxygen level.

On the fitness front, it has 14 different sports modes such as Badminton, Cricket, Indoor Run, Outdoor Run, Walk, and Yoga, among others. Health-based features also include sleep monitoring, sedentary reminders, hydration reminder, and meditation relaxing.

Just like all other smartwatches or bands, it can receive notifications from your phone via Bluetooth, control music playback, and unlock the phone via Android’s smart unlock system. Unlike the Apple Watch, you can’t pick-up voice calls but it’ll let you reject the call or mute the notification.

Realme Watch runs on a proprietary OS and can be linked to your phone via the Realme Link app. It supports 20mm removable wrist straps and has an IP68-certified body that can resist dust and water.

The Realme Watch is priced at INR 3,999 (US$ 53) and will be available via Flipkart and Realme.com from June 5. The additional color straps will cost INR 499 (US$ 7) later.

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Realme TV is a very affordable option with Android TV and HDR 10

Realme is going after Xiaomi, again!

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Realme is a fairly young brand when compared to established players like Xiaomi, Samsung, and OnePlus. But that isn’t stopping it from making bold moves like taking digs at Xiaomi and aggressively expanding its product lineup.

Today the brand unveiled the Realme TV in India. In comes in two sizes, 32-inch with 1366 x 768 resolution and 42-inch with 1920 x 1080. The brand says the TV has a premium look with a bezel-less design. The smart TV segment is turning out to be a very lucrative segment in developing markets and Xiaomi’s TV lineup currently dominates it.

Coming back to the Realme TV, it has Chroma Boost Picture Engine that optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for top-notch viewing experience. The same technology is used in its smartphones as well and can the panel can deliver up to 400 nits of brightness.

It runs on Android TV out-of-the-box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps. Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available. In fact, the remote has a dedicated button for YouTube, Netflix, and Prime Video.

Powering it is a MediaTek quad-core processor with in-built support for HDR 10, and 8GB internal storage. For audio, it features four 24W stereo speakers with Dolby audio support. Port options include a couple of USB ports, three HDMI ports, one AV port, and one digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The Realme TV 32-inch is priced at INR 12,999 (US$ 170) and the 43-inch model is priced at INR 21,999 (US$ 290). It shall go on sale starting June 2 via Flipkart and Realme.com.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ leak completely reveals design

Bigger than ever!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ shall be the South Korean brand’s second flagship of 2020 and is months away from launching. But in-line with the industry trend, leaks are all over the place. The Note series is known for its huge display and Samsung is going to make it slightly bigger.

A new leak from OnLeaks in collaboration with Pigtou, shows the complete design of Note 20+. While the design language looks familiar, it has some drastic changes. On the rear are three cameras within a thick module alongside a ToF sensor. It looks similar to the S20 Ultra camera module setup. Though, a recent report has negated the claim about a ToF sensor, stating that Samsung could ditch it.

Unlike the Note 10, the successor has curved edges instead of a flat display. There’s barely any bezels and the chins are trimmed drastically. Going by the render, the phone feels like a slab of display in one’s hand. However, the company has retained a tiny cut-out in the display to house the front camera.

It will have a slightly larger 6.9-inch display compared to the Note 10+’s 6.8-inch display. The power and volume buttons are housed on the right side while the USB-C port, speaker grille, and the S-Pen slot reside at the bottom. However, a 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.

The phone is expected to launch in August. It’ll be powered by a flagship processor like the Snapdragon 865. We also expect to see a display with 120Hz refresh rate. There’s no doubt the phone will be a true flagship and continue Samsung’s mobility legacy.

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