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Cool features for not much cash? Try the Wileyfox Swift 2

With its latest phone, the Swift 2, British company Wileyfox hopes to tempt your wallet with a cheap Android phone that doesn’t cut corners with its slick metal body.

While its previous phone, the Spark, was all about the budget — it was only £80 — the Swift 2 puts some superior hardware in the mix and starts at £159.

For that money you get a 13-megapixel camera on the back (up from 8-megapixels on the Spark) and an 8-megapixel camera on the front, all of which is wrapped up in an all-metal body. Throw in the latest USB-C charging, a fingerprint scanner and NFC to work with Android Pay and you’ve got a decent bit of kit for the cash. Android Marshmallow — not the latest version, Nougat — runs the show.

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It’s clear where the savings have been made though — the 5-inch screen has a resolution of only 720p. Up close you can easily see some fuzziness around text. I’d definitely like to see a full HD screen at this price.

The phone actually comes in two forms; the Swift 2 and the Swift 2 Plus. Both phones are physically identical with the same core specs. The Plus boasts a beefier 16-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage, up from 16GB, and 3GB rather than 2GB of RAM. It’ll set you back thirty smackers more at £189, putting it squarely in competition with the excellent Motorola Moto G4.

Both Swift 2 phones are available for preorder now, with shipping starting next week. Wileyfox hasn’t partnered with any UK networks, so you won’t be able to buy the Swift 2 on contract, or even try before you buy. Instead, you have to go directly to its website to pick up the phone.

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AMC Theatres will require guests to wear face masks at locations nationwide

The movie theater chain says it decided to reverse course after an outcry from customers.

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A view outside an AMC theater in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.Noam Galai/Getty Images

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AMC Theatres said Friday that it’s reversing course and will require all guests to wear masks when it reopens locations in the US starting in July. The move comes a day after AMC CEO Adam Aron said in an interview with Variety that the company wouldn’t be implementing mandatory face mask rules in its theaters because it didn’t “want to be drawn into a political controversy.” 

AMC, the largest movie theater chain in the world, on Thursday laid out plans to reopen 450 cinemas by July 15 and be fully operational in time for the release of blockbuster titles Mulan and Tenet, which are scheduled to debut July 24 and July 31, respectively. In addition to reducing capacity and enforcing social distancing to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, AMC said guests would be encouraged to wear masks, but that it wouldn’t be mandatory in areas not required by local laws. 

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“This announcement prompted an intense and immediate outcry from our customers, and it is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks,” Aron said in a release Friday. “Accordingly, and with the full support of our scientific advisors, we are reversing course and are changing our guest mask policy.”

People will be required to wear masks at all AMC locations in the US when theaters reopen following closures due to COVID-19. Those who don’t wear a mask won’t be admitted, the company said. AMC said it will consider the scientific findings and look at local health conditions when making any needed changes to its face mask policy going forward.

Cinemark and Regal this week also announced their plans for reopening movie theaters in the US. Cinemark, which expects to have all locations open by July 17, said that at all locations guests will be encouraged to wear a face mask, and that where applicable, the company will “adhere to local policies that require residents to wear face masks in public.”

Regal, which plans to start opening theaters on July 10, says on its website that all employees and guests will be required to wear face masks.

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