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India asks Twitter to remove tweets critical of its COVID-19 response

Why is the government censoring the flow of information?

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Twitter has withheld from public view around 50 tweets in India. Many of them criticized how the government handled the Coronavirus pandemic.

The tweets, which are no longer accessible in India, include those posted by Member of Parliament Revanth Reddy, West Bengal minister Moloy Ghatak, actor Vineet Kumar Singh and filmmakers Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das.

India recorded 352,991 new infections on April 26 and 2,812 deaths – the highest single-day spike so far. The country’s healthcare infrastructure is massively underdeveloped and cannot handle the load anymore. It faces a massive surge in cases, with many of its hospitals facing an oxygen shortage.

According to Twitter’s filings with the Lumen database — a transparency initiative run by Harvard University, the affected tweets have been taken down in response to a request by the Indian government. Lumen Database is an organization that receives and publishes disclosures of legal takedown notices from private entities, including social media companies.

The removed tweets are very critical of the government, and opposition leaders allege the incumbents are trying to hamper free information flow. Amid a raging pandemic, the government’s move is extremely disheartening because it’s now focused on covering up its tracks.

Although the government says it took down the tweets to discourage the flow of misleading information, most aren’t convinced. It isn’t clear which clause the government used to enforce the takedown, but it’s usually done under the guise of protecting India’s integrity and sovereignty.

Due to the systemic failure of India’s healthcare infrastructure, users took to social media platforms like Twitter to help others. The microblogging platform is now being used to help victims get hospitalized, procure medicines, and even manage the oxygen or ventilator shortage.

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

Hope they have enough stocks…

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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Intel launches 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-H chips, can beat Ryzen 5000

Promises up to 25 percent performance improvement

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Intel released its 11th-Gen Core H-series processors for laptops. Codenamed Tiger Lake-H, it’s an essential launch for the American chipmaker because it can take on AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

The company’s portfolio is divided across two segments — 10th-Gen Core H-series (Comet Lake-H) chips for hardcore performance and 11th-Gen Core Tiger Lake chips for on-the-go computing. The new Tiger Lake-H sits in the middle, capturing a wider chunk of the market by creating a balance.

Tiger Lake-H processors leverage Intel’s Willow Cove Core microarchitecture that’s based on a 10nm SuperFin production process. Its unique selling point is a turbo boost up to 5.0Ghz, and a few iterations support manual overclocking controls.

Intel says that the Core i9-11980HK beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX by anywhere from 11 to 26 percent. It has eight cores (16 threads) and runs at a 2.6 GHz base clock speed at 45W. It can go up to 3.3 GHz at 65W. Across all other processors, Tiger Lake-H promises a 19 percent higher performance per clock than the previous Comet Lake-H.

The company also claimed improved performance across apps, such as 18 percent better “video creation workflow” in Adobe After Effects. Five chips were announced — three 8-core, 16-thread chips, and a pair of 6-core, 12-thread Core i5s. All these chips use Intel’s UHD graphics.

Intel is also claiming it has the world’s fastest single-threaded mobile processor. However, these are just claims at the moment, and real-life performance will be reviewable only after laptop availability.

Following the usual trend, all major OEMs like Lenovo, ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, MSI, and more shall soon refresh their product lineup to incorporate the new-gen chips.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

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The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

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Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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