BONKERS! 9 MORE PEOPLE RESCUED AT SEA – AND NOT A SINGLE LIFEJACKET BETWEEN THEM

first_imgCOAST Guard officials say they have been left flabbergasted yet again – at people taking to the open sea in boats without lifejackets.Killybegs Coast Guard staff and volunteers were carrying out weekend exercises when they had a report of three small boats heading outside the harbour and into the open Atlantic.Crews were tasked with checking the craft. And they found three people on each boat – that’s nine people in all – and not a single lifejacket on board.It’s the law that anyone on board a vessel of less than 7 metres must wear a lifejacket at sea.“We were on a training exercise when we received a report of the small boats outside Killybegs Harbour,” said Coast Guard spokesman Brian Smith.“Our Coast Guard boat escorted all boats safely back to shore. “We want to remind people once again that all persons on board any craft of less than seven metres in length must wear a personal flotation (PFD) or a lifejacket while on board an open craft or while on the deck of a decked craft, other that when the craft is made fast to the shore.”The incident comes on top of previous rescues by the same Killybegs crews of people going out in supermarket dinghies – and floating out to sea. BONKERS! 9 MORE PEOPLE RESCUED AT SEA – AND NOT A SINGLE LIFEJACKET BETWEEN THEM was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coast guardKillybegslifejacketsmissingWarninglast_img read more

‘Nothing excuses putting children’s lives in danger’ – Road safety warning

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group is reminding motorists, cyclists and children to take extra care on our roads around the County as schools return once again after the summer holidays.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said “As schools reopen across the county, it is important to remember that traffic will increase, buses will be picking up and leaving off children, children will be walking and cycling to and from school, and parents will be driving their children to school before heading to work.“There will also be large numbers of little children attending school for the first time so let’s ensure this is a positive experience for them by slowing down and taking extra care whenever you are travelling near or past a school. It is never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when children are on our roads. “School traffic wardens, who are employed by local authorities, are tasked with ensuring that schoolchildren are safely able to cross public roads when coming to and from school.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer also stated “School wardens have a vital role to play and many drivers ignore a warden’s Stop sign despite a legal obligation to stop their vehicle. We are very thankful to the majority of drivers who do stop when requested, but there are still large numbers of drivers who seem to think they have a right to speed up when approaching a crossing.”No Excuses“Nothing excuses or justifies putting the lives of children in danger or the safety of other road users, especially if they are negotiating their journey at a pace that suits, and is safe for them. We cannot tolerate any incidents of aggression and intimidation on the roads, especially towards school wardens, when the warden is simply trying to do their job.”Parking problemsDangerous parking around schools is also contributing to the problem so we are appealing to motorists to help schools by driving with proper care and attention and parking well away from no parking areas around schools. Motorists should first and foremost take responsibility for their own actions. Parents and teachers can also help prepare children for the journey to and from school by discussing the importance of being safe on the roads.Lead by exampleParents and guardians are being asked to make a real effort to demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as your child learns from your example. So if your child walks or cycles to school, you are advised to take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going. If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to keep their seatbelt on at all times and remain seated until the vehicle is parked safely at their drop off point.For MotoristsReduce distractions in your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.Remember to be especially careful in around schools and other areas where children are being picked up and dropped off.Slow down when passing a stationary school bus when it is dropping off or picking up children. Be a good role model. Set a good example by always wearing your seatbelt, also ensuring that all passengers are as well and always putting your phone, headphones and devices down when driving.For ChildrenNot only are children at risk in vehicles or on bicycles, they are highly vulnerable as pedestrians.Teach children at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the road. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.Teach children to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the road. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers. It’s always best to walk on footpaths and cross at a safe location, using pedestrian crossings when available.Children under 10 need to cross the road with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until they are at least aged 10.Make Road Safety a PriorityWe would once again ask schools and teachers to help make road safety a priority this year by making road safety a key part of their lesson plans and consider including a road safety lesson from the RSA’s road safety resources in their classes, copies of the resources can be obtained by contacting Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer or the Road Safety Authority directly.The RSA’s Nationwide Road Safety Education Service is available to visit schools to give a comprehensive road safety presentation to students which can be tailored to suit all class sizes, groups and ages.They address a range of topics on road safety including road safety at school, pedestrian and cycle safety, urban and rural transport issues, learning to drive and killer behaviours. This service is free of charge.‘Nothing excuses putting children’s lives in danger’ – Road safety warning was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ohioan among national 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future leaders. A National Pork Board committee judged the pool of 70 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and the applicants’ plans for a career in pork production.“The 2018 scholarship winners are an important part of the pork industry’s future,” said National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Nebraska. “These young people are critical to helping us develop the next generation of pig farmers and industry leaders who will be ready to produce safe, wholesome food in a socially responsible way.”The 21 student recipients hail from 15 states and 14 universities and represent six different majors in swine-related fields. The 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients included Piper Hopple from Clyde, Ohio who will be attending Ohio State in Animal Science.last_img read more

Burned by Twitter’s API Restrictions, Developers Launch Distributed Microblogging Service

first_imgrStat.us is an OStatus-based microblogging service built by Steve Klabnik and others using Ruby, Sinatra and MongoDB. Because it uses OStatus, it’s compatible with Identi.ca and StatusNet microblogs. In order to follow someone from Identi.ca, just paste the ATOM feed from their profile into rStat.us. Theoretically this should work both ways, but I was unable to subscribe to my own rStat.us account from Identi.ca account.Klabnik and some friends started it after Twitter changed its terms of service and began discouraging developers to start new Twitter clients.Writing at The Changelog, Klabnik explained the origin of the project.If you didn’t hear, a week ago Friday Twitter changed their terms of service. This got a lot of people upset, including me. My friends and I started thinking about it, and the real problem is this: any software that’s owned by one entity, corporate or not, is open to the possibility of being abused.So we decided to fix it. Ten days later, here we are: http://rstat.us/ is born. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market rStat.us is an extremely simple microblog. You can post a status, read replies, follow people and read their updates. That’s about it. “We pride ourselves on saying ‘no’ to lots of features,” the site says.The code is available on  Github, so you can start your own rStat.us server if you want to.This project is very similar to StatusNet, the microblogging engine that powers Identi.ca. But rStat.us is written in Ruby instead of PHP, which might attract more developers.It’s one of many projects addressing the problem of centralization and data portability on the Web. Others include Diaspora, Couchappspora,  Apache CouchDB and Unhosted. For more information on this movement, check out our interviews with some of the developers of these projects:Interview with J. Chris Anderson of the CouchDB sponsor company Couchbase.Interview with Michiel de Jong of Unhosted.Interview with Max Ogden of Couchappspora.Klabnik also maintains the cross-platform Ruby GUI toolkit Shoes and HacketyHack, the interactive Ruby tutorial we covered here. Both of these projects were created by why the lucky stiff. klint finleylast_img read more

3 Stages of Editing a Corporate Video

first_imgThe corporate video editing process can be broken down into these three distinct stages of post-production.Top image via ShutterstockIn theory, editing corporate video shouldn’t be very hard or time consuming. If you’ve done your planning right, your production should have been tightly scripted and post should come down to laying your footage in to match your carefully constructed storyboard. There may be a few deviations to work through, but overall it’s usually a quicker turnaround than documentary or narrative film editing.In my experience, the most difficult aspect of editing corporate video is dealing with the clients. (Bless their hearts.) If your point of contact is not familiar with the video editing process, it can result in some ridiculous requests and alterations. Hopefully you’re working by the hour and not by the project, but in either case, it’s important to be upfront and limit your work to what is practical to finish a project in a professional and timely manner.Story StageThe Story Stage includes all your pre-production — organizing assets, compiling and reviewing footage, syncing audio and multiple cameras, and laying everything out to edit. In this stage, you simply place the raw story pieces together as an outline of what you’ll work together later. While this layout isn’t sexy to share with clients (and while it may include some blemishes, out-of-focus and awkward shots), it will save both you and your client time later by showing it to them early.While this might be unnatural (or seem unreasonable to show such raw footage) to some, it will help you down the line. It’s not nearly as big of a deal to change the messaging or move around some soundbites early in the process than trying to make the adjustments after you’ve added all your filler and sound/color work.Share your Story Edit to get sign-off on the elements before adding in B-roll, transitions and other tricks and flares. Once you go back and forth and get a lock, only then do you go onto the next stage.Rough StageIn the Rough Stage you’ll tinker to cover your cuts and awkward shots in order to give your video that professional shine. This is where your editing skills and expertise are put into work. You may even be at a level where you can have an assistant or intern do the story edit to the script and you can build it out from the laid-out elements.This is where you make your decisions on takes to use (or which ones to stitch together). You can also begin your process of cutting out blank spaces and awkward pauses as you edit the story down into a tight video set to your music or underscore.Ideally you can lock in every moving part needed (that doesn’t require minor tweaks) to share again with the client. Your goal again is to get picture and sound lock without maxing out render times with heavily corrected footage and audio. This includes rough lower thirds, transitions and full use of editing tricks (J and L cuts, audio replacement, etc…).Final StageThe Final Stage should be the easiest to complete because your video will now be fully signed off for all practical purposes, leaving you free to finally add in color correction and grading, stabilization, lens flares or whatever else is in your arsenal to turn a 7.5 video into a solid 10.You’ll also now be able to do a full export rather than a quick-review cut. You can max out those render qualities and not worry about cluttered hard-drives with too many large-size video versions.To save a little on editing time, be sure to drop down your footage all to the same layer (when in Premiere Pro). You can also do your final audio sweep to de-hum and de-ess as best as possible and add animations to any text, lower thirds or infographics.While we tend to make exceptions for clients here and there to change major story points or soundbites due to unforeseen circumstances, if you’re upfront and push for reviews at these stages, you can drastically improve your workflow — and ultimately your clients will thank you for a more seamless post-production process.What do you view as the stages of post-production? Have any other thoughts to add? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Rookie Lycha Ebon shows killer instinct this time in FEU win over UE

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem So when the opportunity presented itself again, the 19-year-old was now better prepared than the last time.FEU led, 13-9, when Ebon rose to the occasion and scored on two similar plays for the victory to clinch the Lady Tamaraws’ third win in five outings.“I was telling myself that I won’t be afraid because the more I feel scared the more that my performance will dip,” said Ebon, who finished with 21 points. “I was just thinking that I had to play out what I trained for in FEU.”“I never doubted myself and I trusted my older teammates that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ebon admitted that there was always the fear factor in their game against the Lady Warriors but she knew that she can’t let her emotions consume her and that she has to know better than let their opponents once again get the upper hand.“My mindset was to end it then and there,” said Ebon in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We worked hard for us so I knew I had to end it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Of course, I was a bit scared during the match but I knew it should not let it affect me.”Ebon had already experienced losing in five sets when the Lady Tamaraws squandered their two-set lead over Ateneo en route to a tough 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 12-15 setback late last month. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon is showing that she’s more than just a rookie.The Lady Tamaraws’ prized youngster showed utmost composure in just her second time playing in a pressure-packed five-setter in the UAAP women’s tournament when she led FEU over University of the East, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Columbian boosts playoff bid, beats Rain or Shine again Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policylast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Yuvraj Singh regrets not finishing the game against Pakistan

first_imgHis small knock of 24 against Pakistan was worth its weight in gold and Yuvraj Singh said that his “focus was on right things” like batting according to the demands of the situation rather than get overwhelmed by the vociferous capacity crowd at the Eden Gardens. “I wanted to bat according to the situation no matter how big the occasion was. It was important to focus on right things. I just wanted to watch the ball and rotate the strike and I was able to do that. Unfortunately, I could not finish the game. Virat is in sublime form and Dhoni came and finished the game,” Yuvraj told bcci.tv on team’s six-wicket win over arch-rivals in group league match of World T20. (Also read: India will be tough to beat in favourable conditions, says R Ashwin)  Once a flamboyant batsman, the elder statesman of the team now has a different role of playing second fiddle to younger batsmen in the side. He had a match-winning partnership against Pakistan in the Asia Cup and now a 61-run stand that sealed it at the Eden gardens, the other night. (Also read: MS Dhoni cautions Team India against complacency) “My job is to play a few balls and then play my attacking game. We were under a bit of pressure after losing the first game (against New Zealand). “(In that match) we did not bat the way we wanted to. Here we lost three quick wickets which put us under pressure. We needed to get a partnership and the 50 plus stand with Virat took the pressure off us,” said the 35-year-old veteran left-hander. (Virat Kohli’s hunger for runs sets him apart: MS Dhoni ) Yuvraj is happy that the team has got its confidence back which it will carry into the next match against Bangladesh. “I am happy that team won as it was important to get the confidence back. The next match is against Bangladesh and hope that we continue in good form.”advertisementThe hallmark of the Indian team’s batting in recent times has been their running between the wickets and even the senior player acknowledged the fact. “We understand our batting. The running between the wickets and especially the calling (for singles and twos) was good.”He also praised the bowlers for restricting the opposition to 118 in 18 overs. “We restricted them well. They could never score more than six and half runs per overs. The best part was that they could not score a lot of runs in the final overs.”last_img read more

Serena Williams pulls out of Madrid Open

first_imgWorld No.1 and former champion Serena Williams on Friday withdrew from this year’s Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament.Williams was suffering from flu, ruling her out from returning to the tournament she won in 2012 and 2013, tournament organisers said.”Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I’ve been battling the flu and I’m not at 100%. I look forward to returning soon,” Williams said in a statement.Williams, who is the defending French Open champion, is now scheduled to open her clay court season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in May.last_img

Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet launched in India, prices begin at Rs 1.82 crore

first_imgPorsche today launched the all-new eighth-generation 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in India. While Porsche 911 Carrera S has been priced at Rs 1.82 crore (ex-showroom), Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will cost Rs 1.99 crore (ex-showroom). The company is claiming that the fresh rear-engine model range is faster as well as more powerful and efficient than its predecessors.Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet get a turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 450 hp, which is 30 hp more than the previous generation. The engine is mated to a newly developed 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission. The 911 Carrera S can make 0-100 kmph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 308 kmph. The Carrera S Cabriolet does 0-100 kmph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 306 kmph.The eighth-generation 911 gets 45 mm wider body at the front. The rear end, which is significantly wider now, is of the same width across all models. Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet come with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The bonnet showcases a pronounced recess. The rear spoiler and light strip give it a sporty look. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer shell is now made from aluminium.Inside the cabin, there is the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which has a 10.9-inch centre screen. Below the PCM, there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. The seats have also been fundamentally modified. The new design reduces vehicle weight by around three kgs.advertisement”Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional and more efficient than its predecessors. It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and to prove that point we have brought the range to the Buddh International Circuit for a performance showcase,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty said.”The eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver’s car that also offers everyday usability and unique design. As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet are now available in India for booking,” Shetty added.The eighth-generation 911 gets optional LED matrix headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS) Plus. A total of 84 LEDs make up the energy centre of the PDLS matrix headlights. PDLS Plus can detect and selectively dim highly reflective traffic signs.ALSO READ | Tata Harrier vs Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass: Prices, technical specifications comparedALSO READ | BMW 620d Gran Turismo launched in India, price starts at Rs 63.90 lakhALSO READ | Tata Altroz spotted in near production-ready form, to be launched in mid-2019last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi K20 review: A sweet deal at Rs 21,999

first_imgIs the Redmi K20 overpriced? This question has generated a lot of buzz of late. So much so that over here at India Today Tech even we weighed on this issue. So, let me repeat what we said earlier: No, the Redmi K20 series, and that includes the Redmi K20, is not overpriced. Both phones are good value for money. In other words, the Redmi K20 at price of Rs 21,999 is perfect. As for why let me explore that in this review of the Redmi K20.We at India Today Tech have already reviewed the Redmi K20 Pro and feel you should definitely “Believe the hype”. “After spending a good one week with the Redmi K20 Pro, I can say that you should believe the hype” – this is what I said in the full review of the Redmi K20 Pro. In this review, we are going to talk about the Redmi K20, which is more or less similar to the Pro variant but comes with just a couple of minor differences.The Redmi K20 looks stunning, feels premium in the hands (thanks to the glass body), is powerful despite its Snapdragon 730 processor, captures decent pictures, and offers outstanding battery life. I have spent around 10 days with the Redmi K20 and I believe the phone is absolutely worth the price of Rs 21,999.Looks identical to the ProDespite being cheaper than the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 comes with the exact same design that the more expensive phone sports. The Redmi K20 — similar to the Redmi K20 Pro — comes in three colours in India: Glacier Blue, Carbon Fiber Black and Flame Red. I’m using the Glacier Blue colour variant of the phone and must say that the phone looks stunning from all angles – front, back and sides. I personally prefer the Carbon Fiber Black, though.advertisementDespite the glass and metal body the Redmi K20 weighs just 191grams and doesn’t feel heavy or bulky in the hands, which is great. The Redmi K20 uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back, which makes the phone feel premium, as well as I believe, makes it sturdy. The Aura Prism Design adds up to the overall design. This is also due to the Aura design that the phone looks different compared to its peers in the market. Another good bit is that the Redmi K20 is a polished phone. The edges of the Redmi K20 Pro are nicely curved and that makes it easy to hold and use the phone with one hand. It helps that the size is just right. It doesn’t feel too big or small in the hand. Overall the Redmi K20 offers a pretty neat design and solid build quality. No complaints here.Bright display in all scenariosAs I said in the review of the Redmi K20 Pro, I’m happy to see Xiaomi FINALLY using AMOLED display in its smartphones. The Redmi K20 – like the Redmi K20 Pro – comes with an AMOLED display. The screen of the phone measures 6.39 inches and offers a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. In 10 days of usage, the screen of the Redmi K20 never seemed dull to me.In both indoor and outdoor situation the screen of the phone turns out to be extremely bright. Indoors, keeping the brightness between 40 to 50 per cent is adequate, while outdoors I usually increase the brightness level to 80 – 90. This allowed me to watch videos even under the blazing sun. The Redmi K20 comes with different screen modes — automatic brightness and reading mode – that users can adjust. The Redmi K20, given that it is using OLED panel, also comes with an always-on display that Xiaomi calls Ambient display.The Redmi K20 has slim bezels, something that results in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.9 per cent, which is great for a Rs 21,999 phone. I used the Redmi K20 as my primary phone which means I used the phone to watch videos on YouTube, movies on Netflix, browse social media apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and play Asphalt 9 and PUBG, among other things. With the Redmi K20 OLED screen the experience is good in all apps. Beneath the screen of the K20, there is the 7th generation in-display fingerprint sensor. I primarily used it to unlock the phone as it is quick and efficient, unlike the face unlock that is slow. The pop-up camera of the phone includes the face unlock technology as well but it isn’t very reliable. This is mostly because the face unlock takes a lot of time to unlock the phone (thanks to the slow pop-up mechanism) and doesn’t work in the dark.advertisementPerforms well, handles gaming smoothlyThis is one of the key areas where the Redmi K20 differs from its Pro version. Unlike the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chipset. The Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730 processor that theoretically offers 25 per cent better performance when compared to Snapdragon 710 SoC. But the Snapdragon 855 in the K20 Pro is a top-end processor.However, the Snapdragon 730 seems to be a very capable chip. While using the K20, I never ran into performance issues or lags.The Redmi K20 handles everything you are likely to do smoothly and without any stutters. The phone loads apps in a jiffy even when several apps are running in the background. Scrolling through social media apps like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram is smooth. I’m also impressed with the gaming performance of the K20. A 30-minute session of PUBG and Asphalt on high graphics run smooth, with no noticeable drop in frame rate. Xiaomi has optimized the software of the Redmi K20 series pretty well. The K20 runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top and comes with Poco Launcher pre-installed out-of-the-box and that makes the difference. The Poco Launcher brings several useful features to the K20 like Dark Mode and App drawer. MIUI offers option between navigation keys and gestures. The MIUI 10 also brings features like anti-flicker mode, reading mode, second space, dual apps, among other things.One important question here: Are there MIUI ads in the Redmi K20? They are there. But there aren’t too many of them like other Redmi phones. So it’s an improvement. It should be noted that the users go to the Settings to turn off the ads. Here’s how you can turn off ads on MIUI.Camera is a mixed bagThe Redmi K20 comes with three cameras on the back, and single sensor on the front that pops out when the selfie camera mode is turned on in the camera app. The Redmi K20 Xiaomi uses 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor for its primary camera unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that uses Sony IMX586 sensor. The differences between two sensors are minor, and only when you are recording 4K videos.The K20 includes an 8MP telephoto shooter on the back along with a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera. On the front the Redmi K20 – similar to the Redmi K20 Pro – uses a 20MP sensor for clicking selfies.IMAGE SAMPLESSo, how is the camera performance of the Redmi K20? The performance is as good as what you get with the K20 Pro, even though the main 48MP sensor is different. And for its price, this camera performance is great but it is not as good as what a few other flagship phones, which cost more, can offer.A few words about the IMX586 and IMX582: The main difference between the two sensors is in the video. The IMX 582 supports up to 4K 30fps video recording, but the IMX 586 supports 4K 60fps. So basically, the difference is in FPS rate in extremely high-resolution videos, likely because Snapdragon 730 may not be able to handle the bandwidth required for 60FPS 4K video capture while the Snapdragon 855 in the K20 Pro can.advertisementOverall, the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 main camera look crisp, vibrant, and details are captured well, especially in daylight. In daylight the pictures clicked with Redmi K20 turn out to be full of details, although the camera often has a tendency to over-sharpen the pictures. Colours — of the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 — are mostly boosted that makes most of the photos clicked with the phone over-saturated.For pictures, the Redmi K20 is neat but I believe Xiaomi can tone-down on oversaturated and sharpened details through a software update. I crave the natural look and life-like colours. Similar to the Redmi K20, the portrait mode of the Redmi K20 works pretty well as it captures pictures with lots of details and the background nicely blurred out. The edges of the portrait shots clicked with the K20 turn out to be pretty sharp. The Redmi K20 comes with sky replacement camera feature that uses AI to replace the sky and in turn change the mood of the picture. This feature comes with several options like – cloudy, glow, dusk, sunset, among others. It’s fun to use.As noted, the Redmi K20 also includes an ultra-wide sensor and 2x telephoto lens. I used both these camera modes and found that both produce good end-results. The pictures shot in the ultra-wide mode of the Redmi K20 appears with punchy colours as well as good details. The same can be said for the 2x telephoto lens as well.In low light, the Redmi K20 clicks decent photos, but the details are often mushy and colours have some noise. There’s Night Mode. It helps users click better (with better details and colours) low light photos. The Redmi K20 Pro also comes with AI scene recognition that automatically detects the scene and adjusts the settings accordingly.While I particularly feel the pop-up mechanism of the Redmi K20 could have been slightly faster, I love the LED lights that cover the pop-up camera of the phone and add to the overall design of the phone. As for the performance, I believe the selfies clicked with the Redmi K20 could have been slightly sharper, detailed and better at capturing colours. In portrait selfie mode the camera blurs out the background pretty well, with pretty sharp edges.Outstanding battery lifeOutstanding: There’s no better way to sum-up the battery performance of the Redmi K20. I used the Redmi K20 as my primary phone, which means I used the phone to send emails, play games, listen to music, WhatsApp, browse social media apps, watch videos, among other this. Despite using the Redmi K20 so rigorously, I found the phone easily lasting one full day on a single charge. Similar to the Pro the Redmi K20 Pro comes packed with a massive 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. This is great, but what’s even better is that the 18W fast charger comes in the box. For me, the 18W charger took around 1.5 hours to charge the Redmi K20 from 0 per cent to 100 per cent, which is pretty good for a phone under Rs 25,000.Should you buy the Redmi K20? Is it overpriced?Yes. You should. And no, it’s not overpriced. The Redmi K20 offers great value at its price. For the Redmi K20, Xiaomi hasn’t compromised in any departments, whether it is design, display, performance, software, or battery. The only area I believe the Redmi K20 could have been slightly better is the camera performance, particularly selfie camera performance.Overall the Redmi K20 is a sweet deal. The Redmi K20 sells at a starting price of Rs 21,999 in India.Redmi K20 review8.5/10ProsStunning designBright displayIncredible battery lifeFastConsSelfie cameraSlow pop-up camera mechanismlast_img read more