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  1. The annual Consumer Electronics Show attracts some of the weirdest and coolest technology that anyone has ever seen. From self-driving cars to suitcases that follow you, everything was up for display at the annual conference. This was my first time at the show and I saw a few things that were more than memorable, but one thing that really stuck with me was the Table Tennis playing robot. I never got the chance to play with the thing but I saw a lot of people getting their asses handed to them by the robotic arm. Its called the Forpheus and was developed by Japanese company, Omron. It was displayed on the showroom floor where it showed a highly experienced Table Tennis player competing with the robot. The robot is massive in size and could easily fit in your Table Tennis room and is a perfect replacement for a human partner, if you like to practice alone. The robot uses an array of cameras and sensors that work in tandem with artificial intelligence to track the ball and the eyes of an opponent to predict where to hit the ball next. All of this is calculated and responded in a matter of milliseconds, which is quite an impressive feat. © Reuters In the event of a ball flying off the table, the robot is able to grab another one and serve on its own to get the game going again. The robot is capable of evaluating and predicting the opponents movements and the artificial intelligence can judge whether the opponent is experienced or not. Based on its evaluation, the Forpheus will automatically adjust the difficulty level, based on the opponent's skills. The Table Tennis ball can be a decptive piece of equipment as the speed of the ball and the spin can be rather tricky to replicate. The robot has the ability to take everything into account in order to keep the rally going. According to the company, “The ball's location is detected up to 80 times per second and can teach the movements of its opponent to predict when a smash is coming.” © YouTube It may not be practical to have a robot that plays Table Tennis in your home, however, this is a positive outlook for robotics and artificial intelligence. There can be many industrial applications of this technology, such as in transportation and many more. Eye tracking can be used for many purposes and the future looks incredibly bright if robots can work so well in different situations. If you want to see how responsive and fast this Table Tennis playing robot functions, have a look at this video below:
  2. Nissan unveiled their self-driving electric concept car at CES 2018 and we got a glimpse at what the future might look like for the company. The car is technically a crossover and has aggressive styling when it comes to visual appearance. The car is designed in a way where it can learn a user's driving style and preference and has a huge screen at the centre of the console that shows a bunch of infographics about what it has learned. © Nissan The car's design has apparently taken influence from Japanese swords, more popularly known as Katanas, that represent durability and finesse. The car definitely looks attractive to the eye with a full glass roof and an interior that has been trimmed with wood. The car also has the mob styled suicide doors to give the it the feel of having extra usable space. © Nissan In terms of features, the Nissan IMx is nothing short of a smart car as it has Nissan's brand new ProPilot system that enables self-driving technology on the vehicle. Other features include a retracting steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedal. This was done to provide additional room for riders so that they can relax comfortably while the car drives itself. © Nissan Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, said, "Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond.” The car is powered by two high-output electric motors which are present at both the front and the rear. The IMx also comes with all-wheel-drive capability. The full output of the motor is 429 bhp and it also has a torque of 700 Nm. All of this is possible due to a high-capacity battery developed by Nissan that has been re-engineered from the ground up. The Nissan IMx has a driving range of more than 600 kilometres on a single charge, which is quite impressive considering many electric vehicles are not capable of the same feat, at the moment. Nissan says that the IMx is just a concept, for now, and will “reflect the actual direction of their efforts around 'Intelligent Mobility' and its productization.
  3. Saif Ali Khan may be the first name that pops into your head when you hear the words 'Royal' and 'Bollywood', but things are about to change, courtesy Ranbir Kapoor. Giving brother-in-law Saif some tough competition, the crown jewel of the Kapoor clan just cemented his own right to be called 'royalty' with his latest outfit. Ranbir recently attended Umang, the annual Mumbai Police celebration event, and he wore an outfit that spells 'royal' like no other we have seen this year, yet. © Viral Bhayani Ranbir wore a wine coloured Bandhgala by Raghavendra Rathore. The classy jacket, lined with a bold black stripe over the button-line, looked extremely well-tailored. Paired with milk-white trousers and a black and white pocket square, it looked straight out of the pages of a royal picture album. It was fancy and vintage looking, but not in an archaic way. The lines and cuts were extremely modern and edgy, making our favourite Mr Kapoor look like a demi-god, even in the dim lighting. Impeccable taste, we must say, Ranbir! © Viral Bhayani We like how he has kept it light by not fastening the buttons all the way up to the neck. Even though the stitch and cut of a Bandhgala can be justified only when it's completely buttoned up, Ranbir has made it work like a charm. Moving over the jacket, can we now focus on his shoes? Those Black Leather Jimmy Choo Double Monkstraps should be a staple on every fashionable man's 'Must buy when I can afford them' list. The unapologetic sheen along with the statement silver buckles make for a pair that can steal the limelight off of any outfit (lucky for Ranbir, Raghavendra Rathore knows how to make his clothes hold their own under such circumstances). © Viral Bhayani We have spotted Ranbir donning pieces by RR multiple times in the past, and we must say that it does look like a match made in Heaven. Ranbir has a proven penchant for sticking to the classics on the red carpet, and he has clearly mastered the art. One thing we could not help but notice: his thumb ring. Can we take a moment here to applaud that for standing out as the sole accessory? Proof that if you know how to make it work, even the tiniest thing can make a strong statement. Bravo, Your Highness!
  4. Nawaz Sharif (R) with Shehbaz Sharif (L)/File photo The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is headed for another five-year term after the general elections in mid-2018, predicts a report published in The Economist. In its annual report titled ?The World in 2018?, the leading weekly magazine predicts that the PML-N would win the next elections, ?buoyed by infrastructure investments and a fairly smooth economic trajectory, as well as the advantages of incumbency?. The Economist report 'The World in 2018' The report observes that the ?business environment will remain difficult and reform will progress slowly, but the economy will respond to relative stability and maintain healthy growth?. According to the report, the rupee is due a depreciation, but it would be delayed until after the election. Pakistan?s GDP growth stands at 5.5 percent, GDP per head at $1,661, inflation at 3.8 percent, budget balance at -4.6 percent of GDP and population at 200.8 million.
  5. The third day of the Karachi Eat Festival 2018 was as popular as in the years bygone. At Geo.tv, we have a compilation of stalls which caught our attention and for all the right reasons. Just like other years, some of the dishes stole all the attention and became all what people kept salivating over. The stalls stood out because of the long queues around them. Here are the dishes which became instantly famous among the public 2 Guys 1 Grll Donut Burger by 2 Guys 1 Grll was undeniably the most talked about dish of the event with almost everyone raving about the delicious burger. Caffe Praha Caffe Praha brought the refreshing taste of Prague to Karachi with its signature dish Trdelniks (chimney cake). The dessert which was served after waiting in line for 40 mins was definitely worth the wait and as scrumptious as we had hoped. Tacocat Tacocat repeated the popularity of the Nom Nom Tacos from last year proving that Karachiites sure have a flare for the classic Mexican dish. Both chicken and beef tacos were equally popular among the foodies. Fry Guys Fry Guys' Fried Chicken in a cone. Be it their Grilled Australian or Fried Chicken in a cone, the Fry Guys stole the attention of the foodies with their unique yet tasty menu. What caught our eye? Of course, there were some dishes which we couldn?t stop talking about (because they were just that good). Cheesecake by Wild Fries For true fans of cheesecakes, this dessert was an utter delight. We couldn?t stop obsessing over the portable yet delicious cake. Candyfloss ice cream by Delina Photo: file The ?Saturn? candy floss ice cream is a dream cum true for all the people with a sweet tooth. Banging Brownie by Heyday Heyday?s Banging Brownie oozes moistness and is must try for all the chocolate lovers. Khaosay by Khao Sey 2.0 Photo: Asimistan/Instagram The signature dish of Khaosey 2.0 was a returning favourite from last year and still retained its taste and charm. Awesamosas The typical South Asian delicacy with a little of improvisation attracted a lot of visitors. We tried the pizza samosas and they matched what we had in mind. Eclectic mix of different cultures Aside from regular favourites of people in Karachi, fast food and desi food, cuisines from all across the world allowed visitors to widen their platter. Sushi Yaki offered a different variety of sushi to people seeking something different. Sri Lankan food Rice Platter Chicken of Sri Lankan Cuisine by Ana?s Fabcakes sure had us salivating over the dish. Parsi food ?Parsi Cuisine and Others? sought to offer people a taste of authentic Parsi food. Patra Ni Macchi which comprises steam fish topped with spicy coriander, lemon and coconut chutney wrapped in a banana leaf sure had people tilting their heads. So, here's our idea of the best of the best at the festival this year. Let us know about yours in comments. Photos by Yasal Munim
  6. There's an undercurrent of change currently running through Indian politics. With the Congress party at its lowest as compared to the last two decades, there's a huge political vacuum in the country that needs to be filled, even if one needs to qualify as a principal opposition party to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 general elections. Here, we list out five Indian politicians who have risen in the recent past and can disrupt political conventions in 2018. Jignesh Mevani © BCCL Gujarat was destined to provide prime time thrills being the Prime Minter's home state in the 2017 elections but nobody could have imaged the kind of impact Jignesh Mevani had amongst the poor and the lower castes during the elections. The Dalit firebrand leader came into the limelight after he led a protest march in August, 2016 called Dalit Asmita Yatra after attacks on Dalit men in Una village in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Recently, Mevani was in the news again for giving provocative speeches in Pune which allegedly led to Bhima Koregaon violence. Mevani contested and won the election from Vadgam constituency and is definitely one of the new political stars with massive following ready to make an impact in this election season. Hardik Patel © BCCL One of the stalwarts of the elections in Gujarat, Hardik Patel's popularity amongst the Patidar community in Gujarat is unparalleled. Patel is the leader of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) which aims to secure quota for Patidar's in education and government jobs under the OBC category. Hardik Patel along with Jignesh Mevani was instrumental in halting BJP's march towards a thumping majority in the Gujarat Elections. While BJP might have just scraped through this time, Patel could well emerge as one of the prime chief ministerial candidates in years to come. Yogi Adityanath © BCCL The right-wing Hindu leader and the Chief Minister of the biggest state in India, Yogi Adityanath's rise to a star campaigner for the BJP has been incredible. Recently, Yogi was in news for his twitter jibe against Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah as he raised the issue of farmer deaths and communal crimes against Hindus in the state. Yogi has been a five time MP from the Gorakhpur constituency and he is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini which has been associated with many communal incidents in the state. While all those associations have been brushed under the carpet, Yogi Adityanath continues to enjoy a rockstar status within the BJP and his stocks will continue to rise in the near future. Rajinikanth © BCCL With the AIADMK without its supreme leader and DMK without Karunanidhi, Rajinikanth's foray into Tamil politics will turn out to be the most defining moment of the decade in Indian politics. There is incredible support for an alternative in Tamil politics especially when it's led by Rajinikanth. The superstar has had a troubled relationship with politicians in his time. During the 1991-1996 Jayalalithaa government, he was forced to get out from his car and walk to his residence which was housed in the same neighbourhood as Jayalalithaa. But his entry into politics will definitely change the entire dynamics of Tamil politics and he could turn out to be a big factor even before the assembly election in 2021 if he chooses to campaign against the current Modi-government in the 2019 general elections. Sachin Pilot © BCCL One of Congress' mainstay, Sachin Pilot will in all eventuality be the Chief Ministerial candidate for Rajasthan this year. The current BJP government headed by Vasundhra Raje has been charged time and again for not being able to rein in communal elements and that has had a major impact on the public perception. Under Pilot's leadership, Congress won four zila parishad seats, 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six nagar palika seats for which the bypolls were held in 2017. With a strong support base and a vision of the state, Sachin Pilot could deliver a stunning victory for congress in Rajasthan in 2018.
  7. Each year, companies from around the world descend to Sin City and showcase their latest innovations and products for the world. CES is the biggest gadget show in the world and some of the product showcased left us speechless. Attending the show gives you glance into the future and what we can expect in terms of technological advancement. CES 2018 was all about autonomous vehicles, smart home appliances and gadgets and of course some brand new laptops and smartphones. We've compiled a list for you so that you don't have to worry about having FOMO. So without further ado, here are seven of the coolest gadgets we saw at CES 2018. Honda's Robots © HONDA They do look cute but you shouldn't be fooled by their looks. These robots are useful in many ways and Honda showcased many robots that are automated for different types of jobs. The cutest one of them all is called Robot 3E-A18 which in Honda's words is a 'social empathy robot'. The company says that robot can provide a sense of compassion and understanding. Other robots include Honda's 3E-B18 — a robotic chair concept and many more. Dell 15” 2-in-1 Laptop © Dell Dell introduced a thinner and more powerful version of the XPS 15-inch 2-in-1 that has a sleek new design and features one of the thinnest 15.6-inch displays. The laptop has Intel's new 8th Gen Intel Core processor combining a high-performance Intel CPU and a Radeon RX Vega M graphics in a single CPU. The laptop also features the InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display and is also compatible with a stylus that can be used by creators for image editing and creation. Lenovo Smart Display © Lenovo The Lenovo Smart Display can be used to gather useful information such as weather updates, live traffic tracking and even make video calls with Google Duo. You can even watch your favourite YouTube videos or play music via connected devices. All these actions can be undertaken by simply using your voice and nothing else. The Smart Display can also be used like Google Home where any question will be answered via text, image and voice. You can use it to ask for directions, turn on/off lights, play videos and set reminders/alarms. LG's Rollable TV © MensXP LG unveiled a brand new concept TV that basically rolls up like a newspaper. LG's new rollable OLED TV is the successor to the 18-inch display panel we saw last year. However, the new display has been blown up in size and supports 4K resolution. Samsung's “The Wall” © Samsung Samsung unveiled a TV that is bigger than any display we have ever seen and it basically looks as big as a wall. It is a 4K TV that is 146-inches in size and is also modular in nature. It uses a brand new display technology called “MicroLED” to produce a high-quality 4K video for such a large screen. According to Samsung, "users can add or remove modules to make their TV bigger or smaller, in any configuration, removing previous limitations on screen size, with zero impact on the performance of the display.” My Special Aflac Duck © MensXP Yes, this is a duck, a robotic toy that may look goofy at first glance but it performs a very important job. The My Special Aflac Duck is an interactive toy that was created to provide comfort to children diagnosed with cancer. Children can use a web-based app and manage the duck straight from their phone. The smart social robot duck will mirror a patient's mood and will dance, nudge and quack to help comfort children. The social robot has sensors that will react to touch and has light sensors that let it adapt to different environments. The duck has life-like movements when you hold it in your hands and is incredibly cuddly. The Byton Concept Car © Byton Byton literally stole the show with a concept car that makes you feel right at home. The concept car looks ultra luxurious for a car and wants you to feel as if you are sitting in your own living room. The concept vehicle's most striking characteristic is its screen, which stretches across the entire dashboard. The car will also include facial recognition so that it can identify the driver and load his or her settings as he or she enters the vehicle. Drivers and passengers will no longer reach for their smartphone or other smart devices while on the road. Instead, the vehicle will take care of all of their needs with a simple hand gesture or voice command. The car is expected to go on sale by 2020 and will be first sold in China followed by a worldwide launch.
  8. Photo shows a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane arriving at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad, on December 2, 2015.?REUTERS photo ISLAMABAD: The federal government will try to privatise the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) before general elections due this year, privatisation minister Daniyal Aziz said, as the ruling Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seeks to restart sales of state-run businesses. Haemorrhaging money and losing market share to Gulf-based rivals such as Etihad and Emirates, PIA has been hit by management turmoil in recent years and a 2016 plane crash that led to 47 deaths. The privatisation of loss-making entities that were draining the exchequer was a key priority for the PML-N when it swept to power in 2013. PIA was among 68 state-owned companies earmaked for privatisation in return for a $6.7 billion International Monetary Fund package that helped the government stave off a default in 2013. Despite some initial success, the process stalled in 2016 after staff protests caused havoc with PIA operations and the government passed a law that effectively made it impossible to privatise the airline. But Daniyal Aziz, chairman of the Privatisation Commission, told new agency Reuters that new plans have been drawn up to sell off PIA and he would take the proposals to the cabinet committee on privatisation, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. "Next step would be going to the cabinet committee?and that's imminent, maybe even next week," Aziz said in his Islamabad office this week. The new plans focus on splitting up the carrier, with the core airline business being separated from vast peripheral operations such as catering, hotels and maintenance, Aziz said. The core airline would then be sold. Heavy losses But to complete the transaction, Aziz said, the government would have to pass laws in parliament to reverse the 2016 legislation that converted PIA into a limited company and effectively barred the government from giving up management control. The impetus to sell PIA has grown as the airline has piled up huge losses estimated by its former CEO in March at about $30 million a month. Total debt stood at 186 billion rupees ($1.8 billion) at the end of 2016. When asked how soon a buyer could acquire PIA, Aziz said: "Tomorrow morning. If you have the money, come and buy it." Aziz gave no indication of an expected valuation. Both Emirates and Etihad had shown interest in buying PIA before the government backed down from privatisation in 2016, an English-language newspaper reported citing an unnamed official. Analysts have been sceptical about the government's ability, or willingness, to take on powerful unions and embark on a privatisation process so close to general elections likely in July or August. Aziz said that, owing to time restraints ahead of the elections, the privatisation commission will focus on one state company per sector, including a bank and an energy company. He added that there has been "huge interest" in buying Pakistan Steel Mills, once the pride of Pakistan's industrial output but now shut and bleeding cash. "We will get runs on the board, but the real challenge is to bring to fruition the two big animals: one is PIA and the other one is Steel Mills," Aziz said.
  9. For over 50 years, CES has been the birthing ground for many of the innovations we take for granted. However, it has also been the place of baffling concepts that we never thought would be practical. From medical equipment to enormous TV screens, tablets to talking tables, autonomous pizza delivery vehicles and cameras, there is something for everyone at CES. Here are ten gadgets that will have you saying “…wait, what?” 1. Kuri: © Kuri Kuri was actually unveiled at CES 2017, but it's on show at CES 2018 and has just started shipping to its first preorder customers – so that instantly puts it ahead of many of the other droids listed here. Like many similar bots, it's designed to help around the home: answering questions, snapping photos, playing games, and generally biding its time until the robot uprising arrives. The creepy part is, it's partially smart. Meaning it can do a lot of things that we'd love to see in an assistant, but the same intelligence feels like a massive breach of privacy. It can see everything and is programmed to be as subtle as possible to easily get along in a home. Thanks to its built-in smarts, Kuri can recognize faces and voices and navigate its way around objects in the home. If you want to have a Kuri to call your own, you can order it from their website for $799, shipping starts in a few months. 2. Toyota e-Palette: © Toyota Toyota announced an ambitious plan to tackle mobility and delivery services in the age of autonomous cars. Apparently, it involves weird, see-through self-driving boxes roaming through cities, delivering people, packages, and pizza. Toyota is calling them “e-Palettes”. “Just think how good e-Palette would be at Burning Man,” quipped Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Company's president. Toyota says it will work with Amazon, Didi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber. The Japanese auto giant says it hopes to debut its e-Palette project at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 3. Sony Aibo: © Reuters One thing likely to catch peoples' attention from Sony's press conference on Monday was the appearance of Aibo, the recently-resurrected robotic dog, which Sony famously launched over a decade ago. While the looks are largely the same, these mechanical pups are a lot smarter on the inside, able to recognize faces and respond to commands, as well as perform the usual canine tricks, such as picking up a bone from the floor. Thanks to the camera in its nose, it can even keep an eye on your home while you're away. For now, all we know is the Japanese price of 198,000 JPY (roughly $1,755), and there's a subscription fee on top of that. 4. Kohler Numi: © Kohler Kohler's Numi is an intelligent toilet equipped with coloured lighting, music functionality, a heated seat, and a foot warmer. You can control each of these settings to your specifications through KOHLER Konnect, voice command, or motion. Kohler's pure warmth toilet seat will heat your behind as you do your business. With the company's Touchless Flush technology, you can flush via motion sensor or voice-command, so you'll no longer have to touch any handles or buttons. The 'intelligent toilet' is expected to go on sale by the end of the year but it won't come cheap, attracting a price of between $5,625 to $7,825 according to reports in USA Today. 5. FoldiMate: © FoldiMate As the name suggests, this robot is capable of folding your clothes for you. However, you'll need to be lazy and rich if you want to acquire the services of FoldiMate: It'll cost you $980, and sadly won't ship until late 2019. The company says it takes around 10 seconds to fold each item and can hold between 15 and 20 pieces of clothing at a time. 6. Philips Sleep Headband: © Philips Philips just came out with a new headband that plays white noise to help your brain get to sleep. It has built-in sensors that detect brain activity. Then it shares that data with a connected mobile app. When deep sleep is detected, the headband's speakers will start playing white noise in a slowly repeating pattern, which Philips claims will reinforce a good night's sleep. The Philips SmartSleep headband will be available this spring in the US, and it will cost $399.99. 7. Short Edition Short Story Dispenser: © Short Edition French publisher Short Edition created the Short Story Dispenser as a way for customers waiting in lines at places like airports and train stations to fill their time with something a little more meaningful. The top of the dispenser is adorned with three shiny metallic buttons labelled "1 min.," "3 min." and "5 min." You press the button for the length of story you want and within moments an original short story is printed on a piece of thick paper about the size of a long receipt. Best of all, the story is free. The publisher Short Edition envisioned the machine as a way to share the work of its authors to a wider audience. It has been in use in France since 2016 where it can be found in train stations, airports and hospitals. 8. Hip'Air: © Helite The Hip'Air looks like a fanny pack but is filled with sensors, a battery, airbags and an air cartridge. When a sensor detects a fall, the airbags deploy to break a person's fall. The system uses different types of sensors, such as gyroscope and accelerometer, to calculate motion in context and determine if the person is walking normally or falling. The protection is ready before ground impact: The algorithm will detect the fall in 200 milliseconds, and the airbags will inflate in 80 milliseconds. The Hip'Air will be available in Europe this spring for €600 / $720. 9. Spartan Ati-Radiation Boxers: © Spartan Spartan's boxer briefs claim to block 99 percent of cellphone and Wi-Fi radiation with pure silver fibres woven into the cotton fabric. As the company puts it, the boxer briefs are a Faraday Cage for your private parts. That Spartan is focused on protecting your balls is significant. Though brain cancer tends to dominate the debate over whether wireless signals are safe, other studies have suggested that cell phones decrease male fertility. You'll just have to pay $50 per brief for the ease-of-mind. 10. L'Oreal UV Sense: © L'Oreal A team of engineers at Northwestern University have teamed up with cosmetics company L'Oreal to create a fingernail wearable that lets users know when they've had too much Sun. UV Sense is small enough to stick on your nail, simple enough to work without batteries, and sophisticated enough to record cumulative UV exposure to help wearers avoid skin cancer. Users are instructed to place it on their thumbnail, as this is an area of the body that L'Oréal says receives "optimal sunlight". Once attached, sensors deliver information about the wearer's UV exposure to an app using Near Field Communication (NFC). The app then provides the user with information, from facts about sun safety, to warnings when they need to take shade.
  10. Pak Army team defeated the Indian side by 15 to 3.5 goals in the most-awaited match of the event. ? ISPR RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army defeated Indian Army in a thrilling match during Armed Forces International Polo Tournament 2018 in Nigeria on Friday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Pak Army team defeated the Indian side by 15 to 3.5 goals in the most-awaited match of the event, the ISPR said in a statement. Apart from Pakistan, five other teams are participating in the tournament, namely Egypt, India, Nigeria, Morocco and US, it added.
  11. WWE superstar Hulk Hogan once said, "I'm real critical of myself and if I take the bandana off my head I'm completely bald-headed and go from being 58 to looking 68 instantly." The bandana used to be a rage once upon a time but we have no clue how it evaporated off the face of the Earth! It used to be THE accessory back in the day if you wanted to call yourself 'cool'. And, well, we don't disagree. Those colourful things had a strong sartorial appeal that was hard to overlook. They were functional, too, mind you. No forehead and temple sweat. And, when you needed it, a handkerchief right at your service. Naturally, when our homeboy Varun Dhawan started wearing one, we had to take notice. © Viral Bhayani Varun was spotted wearing a super cool white and grey paisley print bandana. The fact that he has chosen to make it a part of his gym outfit earns him brownie points because the gym is that one place where we all could use a little more style. Honestly, when was the last time you spotted a dude heading off to the gym sporting a bandana? (90s music videos don't count.) © Viral Bhayani This particular bandana seems to be Varun's favourite new accessory because he was spotted wearing it not once, but twice - both times as a part of his gym outfit. The first time, he wore it with his super-fitted half-sleeve raglan gym T-shirt and Nike gym shorts. He wore Peach Nike trainers to give the outfit the much-needed dash of colour. The bold statement black wayfarers made the perfect eyewear for that look. © Viral Bhayani For the second look, he kept it absolutely casual with a classic Nike CR7 T-Shirt and the same Nike gym shorts he had worn earlier. Perhaps the bandana was an afterthought to counter the dullness of the overall look? Whatever it was, we are not complaining. © Viral Bhayani Moral of the story? The paisley bandana in black is an extremely cool accessory with a crazy potential to transform drab outfits into lady killer-approved looks!
  12. And so begins another hopeful year at the movies, brimming with infinite possibility, potential and promise. As we try and shake off the ghost of 2017 past, we look ahead to all the upcoming titles that look to entice and enthrall us with offbeat stories, unlikely casting and memorable characters. This is in many ways the most exciting time of year for cinephiles, as we haven't yet been jaded by jarring commercial vehicles, disillusioned by duds or bombarded with unnecessary hash tags and marketing blitzkriegs. All we really have to go on at this point is just the very idea of films on lists like this one, and the hope and excitement of what they could be and there's a distinct joy in that. Looking at the more pressing concerns and key questions for 2018, chief among them being: will Bollywood bounce back? Will the mainstream deliver and redeem itself from the lousy year that was? Will the notion of content being king be something we see on screen rather than just the oft-repeated buzzword and popular talking point that it's become? Will we see yet another regional gem dominate the national consciousness and emerge victorious as the definitive pan India hit? Will Priyanka Chopra finally make her long-awaited Bollywood comeback film? Will what looks to be a Khan-studded year get audiences back to cinemas in large numbers? Only time will tell. Till then, in no specific order, here's our list of the Bollywood films from 2018 that we're looking forward to the most: 1. 'Kaalakaandi' Like many, I for one to this day suffer from severe 'Delhi Belly' withdrawal symptoms. The path-breaking comedy was in every way a landmark within the mainstream with its distinct balls to the wall, no holds barred brand of hilarity. 'Delhi Belly' came out of nowhere, blew minds, and then disappeared without a trace with no film since coming even close to its legacy. It's a good thing then that the film's writer Akshat Verma is making his directorial debut with 'Kaalakaandi', a Bombay-based black comedy. The trailer certainly doesn't disappoint promising the same flavour of colourful crazy with an exciting cast including Saif Ali Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Akshay Oberoi and the man himself - Vijay Raaz. Suffice to say, high hopes from this one! 2. 'Padmaavat' So much has been said, alleged and insinuated about this one that there's little I can add. Despite so much controversy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus is finally seeing the light of a release day and at last we'll get to see what all the fuss is about. All I can say is beneath all the death threats, shameful politics, media circuses and straight up bullying – there is a film which clearly has had many a heart and soul poured into it. What can be said with confidence is regardless of its outcome 'Padmaavat' is a film born out of pure, unwavering passion, the kind that's rare to see in our industry and you know you're in for something truly special. At a time when creative freedom is being so devastatingly trampled on, it almost feels like something of a responsibility to prove to the powers that despite all they've done to subjugate it, the film could still prove to be a success and is simply a must see. 3. 'Sanju' © twitter One of the most talked about releases headed our way this year which boasts of a wonderfully fascinating mix of elements. Not only is it the next from the heart-stealing mainstream maestro himself Rajkumar Hirani, it's also one of the few Bollywood biopics based on the life of a star who's still very much alive and kicking. With leading man Ranbir Kapoor essaying the title role of Sanjay Dutt, to see what the two talent powerhouses of Kapoor and Hirani pull off together is the stuff of movie dreams. Add to that the fact that it's the first time Hirani will be seen helming a biopic, a stark departure from his usual brand of social message-infused heart warmers. Above all, the ultimate test of Sanju will undoubtedly be whether it chooses to portray an honest picture of the controversial life of Sanjay Dutt or instead fall into the typical trap of needing to glorify and pander. Either way, the fact is it's simply one of the most anticipated films of the year. 4. 'Veere Di Wedding' © twitter Touted as one of Bollywood's first bonafide female buddy film and led by a power-packed all-female cast of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and the infinitely talented Swara Bhaskar, this movie is about a group of friends who attend a wedding. While Sonam Kapoor hasn't traditionally been associated with quality cinema or strong performances, 'Neerja' was in every way her breakout performance and a potential turning point for the young star. We haven't seen her onscreen since so it'll be interesting to see what post-'Neerja' Sonam brings to the table. In an industry which typically churns out the same male-centered stories over and over again, everything about 'Veere Di Wedding' screams fun, new, refreshing, and long overdue. 5. 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' © instagram The idea of Kangana Ranaut playing a sword-wielding firebrand warrior feels so damn right that it's a wonder no one's done it before. Ranaut is already a one-woman army just waiting for the right role to match and the hope is 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' will be just that. From Telugu director Krish, who's known for helming epic period war drama 'Gautamiputra Satakarni', making him well-placed to lead a project of this scope. The film is based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and the war she led against the British during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Let's hope 'Manikarnika' proves to be the definitive fiery feminist battle cry of 2018, the kind we sorely need more of. 6. 'Zero' 'Zero' is one of the most intriguing experiments of 2018 which sees SRK essaying the role of a vertically challenged man, teaming up with Aanand L Rai, a man who's become an industry unto himself. You have to applaud Aanand's ambition and SRK's courage. Unlike most superstars, you certainly can't accuse him of playing it safe. He is simply one of the most exciting actors today in that you just don't know what he's going to do next. 'Zero' is slated for a December release and also sees Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in key roles. 7. 'Pari' © twitter Speaking of a talented one, Anushka Sharma will open 2018 with her 'Pari'. Barring that first striking visual, very little is known about the film which makes it all the more exciting. But given it stars Anushka Sharma and marks her third outing as producer, consider us on board, signed up and waiting. The film is due for a release in March. 8. 'Gold' © bollywood life While on face value, Akshay Kumar leading a film based on true events about a historic Indian sporting victory doesn't seem that surprising or different from the kinds of films he's currently taking on. But what really makes 'Gold' particularly interesting is that it's helmed by director Reema Kagti. The director, known for 'Talaash' and 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd' and co-writer of all things Zoya Akhtar, makes her much-awaited directorial comeback with this true story of how India won its first hockey gold medal as a free nation at the 1948 London Olympics. Keeping in line with its subject matter, 'Gold' will hit screens on 15th August. 9. 'October' © ht The dynamic duo and filmmaking force of nature that is director Shoojit Sircar, and writer Juhi Chaturvedi ('Vicky Donor', 'Madras Café') team up once again for the Varun Dhawan-starrer 'October'. While it's rumored to be a love story of sorts, very little is known about the film at present. The fact is Sircar is one of the best filmmakers in the country with a track record which is above reproach, so his name alone is enough to have us eager with anticipation. What's more, to see Varun Dhawan team up with him is certainly a welcome sight. Lord knows it's high time we see the young star in something less flashy and more substantial so he can once again blow us away a la 'Badlapur'. Shrouded in mystery, October is one of the most interesting releases of the year. 10. 'Raazi' © IE After making one of the best films of the last decade in 'Talvar', Meghna Gulzar is finally back with a much-awaited return to the director's chair with period spy drama 'Raazi' starring Alia Bhatt, and 'Masaan's Vicky Kaushal. The Bhatt-Gulzar colab is easily among the year's most exciting and we can't wait to see what it holds. 'Raazi' tells the story of a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani Army officer played by Kaushal, during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The movie is expected to release in May. 11. 'Love Per Square Foot' © cinestaan This is perhaps the most curious little addition on this list as it is Bollywood's first straight to Netflix release. In a recent interview, the inimitable and outspoken Ratna Pathak Shah said this is one of her most eagerly awaited films. From talented actor and web series helmer Anand Tiwari, here making his directorial debut, 'Love Per Square Foot' is a quirky romantic comedy that chronicles a guy and girl who enter a marriage of convenience to buy a flat in Mumbai. The film stars Vicky Kaushal and 'Bang Baja Baarat's Angira Dhar making her big screen debut with supporting turns from the likes of Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak and Raghubir Yadav. If that doesn't get the cinephile in you going I don't know what will. Above all, 'Love Per Square Foot' is an interesting experiment to see how a mainstream Bollywood release fairs on the global platform and could quite well prove to be something of a game-changer 12. 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar' © IE What do you do when one of the country's best filmmakers teams up with two of its least interesting and arguably most forgettable actors? Be curious as hell for one. To see what someone, as accomplished as Dibakar Bannerjee, saw in the casting choice of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra is worth the ticket price alone. And Lord knows both Kapoor and Chopra need something worthwhile going for them with nothing but hollow commercial outings to their name of late. Touted to be a romantic thriller, the YRF film is scheduled for release in August. 13. 'Karwan' © koimi Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan finally making his Bollywood debut in a road movie across Irrfan Khan and web series sensation Mithila Palkar?! Take. My. Money. Is there such a thing as too much talent in one film? Let's wait and watch because man I just can't wait. 14. 'Shoot The Piano Player' © twimg Not only is it thriller god Sriram Raghavan's next, but it also sees Ayushmann Khuranna taking a far darker tune in a much-needed exploration of his range outside of his quintessential boy-next-door-redefining-masculinity avatar. 'Shoot The Piano Player' is also rumored to star the unendingly talented Tabu and Radhika Apte in key roles. 15. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' © mtwiki Aamir Khan's next. Sold yet? No? Aamir Khan starring alongside Amitabh Bachchan. How about now? The upcoming epic period action film from Vijay Krishna Acharya ('Dhoom3') also features 'Dangal's Fatima Sana Shaikh and centers on a gang of thugs who posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India in the early 19th century. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' is rumoured to be YRF's most expensive film to date. Suffice to say, expect scale and spectacle. The film is due for a November release, and damn can it not get here fast enough. Special Mentions: Sharat Katriya's 'Sui Dhaaga', R Balki's 'Pad Man', Anurag Kashyap's 'Mukkabaaz', Abhishek Sharma's 'Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran', Siddharth Malhotra's 'Hichki' ,Neeraj Pandey's 'Aiyaary', Shankar's '2.0', Rohit Shetty's 'Simmba', 'Bombay Talkies 2', Vikramaditya Motwane's 'Bhavesh Joshi', Abhinay Deo's 'Raita' and whatever the hell even thinks about doing S S Rajamouli does next.
  13. Chinese manufacturer Vivo teamed up with Synaptics to launch the first ever device to have an in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018. If you remember, last year was filled with rumours about in-display fingerprint scanners, especially about Apple, coming up with an in-display fingerprint scanner in special anniversary edition iPhone. The 6-inch bezel-less smartphone, which doesn't appear to have a name yet, make use of the Clear ID FS9500 sensor within an OLED display. Vivo, which says the phone will enter a full consumer production run, has positioned the sensor in the most logical place, where Home buttons once resided. Synaptics has said the sensor takes just 0.7 seconds to authenticate the fingerprint, and that seems to have played out in various hands-on tests at CES. © Vivo This latest fingerprint scanning technology enables users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display while solving the industry's challenge of providing high screen-to-device display ratio and positioning of the fingerprint scanner. Last year Samsung was forced to move the fingerprint scanner to the back in a very uncomfortable position because the front had to accommodate the huge glass display. We saw the same problem arise in the iPhone X, though Apple ultimately decided to skip Touch ID. Users can press the fingerprint graphic on the screen to perform unlocking, payment and other operations. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the UI will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience. © AndroidHeadlines Synaptics told Digital Trends the sensor is equal to, if not more secure than a sensor not set in the display. Vivo hasn't tested it with mobile payment systems yet, though, so we can't say whether it will support any at launch. Android Pay is not available in China, Vivo's main market - hence it not being an immediate high priority. "With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones," said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. The company said that it will announce the availability of its first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner in early 2018, though a date was not specified.
  14. Image courtesy: CKO KARACHI: The 1st Karachi Eat festival was the result of a dream to bring together people from all walks of life in one place. The passionate organisers wanted to create an atmosphere of hope and positivity for just a few days. Speaking to Geo.tv Omar Omari one of the organisers said, "Food is a common denominator and we used the love of food which is common to all as a uniting force." "Like every year we hope this year will be even better. People judge most food festivals by the number of stalls they have, but that is not what we do. We select the newest and most passionate eateries to be part of the festival, because they share our dream." The fifth edition of the food festival that has become a signature event for the port city will be at a new location, with 125 stalls and a star studded lineup KE2018 is set to satiate your appetite and entertain like never before. The new location for Karachi Eat is the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park on Khayaban-e-Saadi. The entertainment lineup will include star performers including Atif Aslam, Fuzon, Aaroh, Asim Azhar and more. Geo.tv has learned from a reliable source that there will be some grand prizes to be won as well. Many of the competitions have international air tickets up for grabs - which ones? That we cannot tell. The Geo.tv Guide While KE2018 will have something for everyone, from authentic Parsi cuisine, to Arabic shawarmas and the veterans we have grown to love at Karachi Eat; we scoured through the list, did our homework and narrowed down our list to 10 stalls - comprising first timers - that we are looking forward to visiting. Fry Guys geo_embedgallery The trio that makes up the Fry Guys (Stall No. 30) include an insurance salesman, a lawyer and restaurateur who manages one of the biggest names in the food industry inside and outside Pakistan. All three are equally passionate about cooking and as they put it "our chilling almost always just revolves around food." What we're really looking forward to, is everything on their menu: 'Deep Fried Chicken in a Waffle Cone with smoked Sriracha Mayo', 'Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll', 'Grilled Australian Long Fed Pastrami and Cheese Sandwich' and a 'Deep Fried Mars Bar' on offer. Taco Cat geo_embedgallery Not just a labour of love, but born out of love as well. Taco Cat (Stall No. 26) is the brainchild of Ali and Zara who started making tacos for dinner at home. "We eventually hosted some friends who planted the whole 'you should do this professionally' thought in our heads. After spending a few months perfecting their recipe, the couple say they have zeroed-in on what they want to offer. Ali told Geo.tv they make everything from scratch. "The tortilla all the way up to the Guacamole & sour cream - something we take great pride in." What we're looking out for on their menu: "Messy, greasy, spicy, inexpensive" authentic street-style tacos. 2guys1grill Donut Burger Just as the name suggests. Shahan a doctor and Asim who works in the finance department at a private firm, will be enthralling your tastebuds using their grill at Stall No 77. They started off cooking for friends which elevated to catering at parties, GTs and even dholkis. Asim told Geo.tv the duo "wanted to introduce something different to the burger scene of Karachi and the idea of the donut burger was born - the perfect juxtaposition of sweet and savory, coupled with our Mediterranean inspired sauces." What we're looking forward to? The donut burger, and seeing Asim and Shahan dance around the grill. Babamoo geo_embedgallery Babamoo (Stall No 66) is a result of the coming together of Myra (the visionary), Ibad and Nabil (the taste perfectionists) and Asher (giving the dream, life). Babamoo will be offering loaded jacket potatoes and candy apple sandwiches which both scream out comfort food in all its glory. With an aim to shine the spotlight on the jacket potato - which has for long been considered nothing more than a side dish, Babamoo will be topping it up with wild toppings and will give you chance to BYOP (that's P for potato). Smokehouse Karachi geo_embedgallery It was the quest to develop renewable energy that brought Aariz to Pakistan from California; it wasn't long before he was nostalgic for the flavours of the old west. "BBQ is comfort food and good BBQ is a patient man's game, since it can take up to 17 hours to smoke a brisket" Aariz told Geo.tv This weekend Aariz and his crew will be bringing their patience and the smoker out at Smokehouse Karachi (Stall No 50) where they will be serving Pastrami on Rye, Brisket Cheese Melt, BBQ Smoked Brisket, Smoked Chicken Corndogs and Smoked Glazed Drumsticks. What we're looking out for? Pastrami on Rye and the BBQ smoked Brisket. Caffè Praha geo_embedgallery Hashair Ahmedani studied business but his heart was elsewhere. By way of UK he ended up in Prague where he fell in love with the Trdelniks (chimney cake). At KE2018 Caffè Praha (Stall No 2) will be serving Trdelniks with 6 different spreads, 5 coatings and a choice of 3 dips. If that isn't enough there will be Trdelniks with soft serve ice cream all the way to the savoury options with nachos, cheese and olives with 3 different dips. What we're definitely having? The Dark Night - that's an Oreo Trdelnik with homemade nutty Nutella spread topped with brownie infused soft serve ice cream. Delina geo_embedgallery Bankers by profession, mad about desserts and with a serious sweet tooth, Bilal and Alina make up Delina. Besides re-introducing the classics with a few twists and transformations, Delina (Stall No 12) will be offering Belgian hot chocolate, key lime pies with zest and their signature 'Saturn' candy floss ice cream. What we're definitely having? The 'Saturn' candy floss ice cream. It is a waffle cone wrapped around with cotton candy with yummy toppings - now you know why it is on our must-try list. Raseela geo_embedgallery Don't let the name fool you. They say they offer juices, but Raseela (Stall No 120) also offers fries!!! Not just the regular kind, rice flour coated, double fried for extra crunchiness type of fries. Frankly it is a smart idea to reel us in with the idea of healthy juices and then hook, line and sinker us with those fries. What are we looking out for? The Fries (obviously) and yes fresh juices to wash it all down with. Teazuro geo_embedgallery Frustrated with not being able to find fresh, quality flavoured teas in Pakistan, Mariam an architect by profession put her career on pause and pursued her love for tea. When Geo.tv reached out Mariam told us, "Teazuro isn't chai, or doodh-patti. It is entirely a different product and we want people to Tea differently with us." Offering teas from all over the world, there will be 13 different types at Teazuro (Stall No 82) with Pina Colada, Divine Lychee, Hint of Mint, Zen, Winter Wonderland, Moroccan Mint, Turmeric Healing, Skinny Morning and Skinny Night to name just a few. What are we looking out for? They all sound so interesting, but I hear Pina Colada Tea calling. Poffertjes geo_embedgallery Look after the family plastic film manufacturing business by day, Habib is a foodie at heart with a passion to create a local chain but for now he's debuting at KE2018. Poffertjes (Stall No 96) will be serving up Wafgers (that's a waffle burger). Also on offer will be mini dutch pancakes that will transport you back to the streets of Amsterdam. What are we looking out for? Wafgers and yes the pancakes as well, but definitely the wafgers.
  15. If you are looking forward to making some important decisions in life, then isn't it a better idea to learn the basics from people who have been there and done that? It could be something as serious as starting a new business, taking on your dream job, tackling tough financial times or even making better investments. We've compiled a list of 7 books that look at the lives of the world's most influential business tycoons and we hope you take a few lessons from these wise men. You will learn about the mind of Elon Musk and how he started building apps at the age of 12, about Satya Nadella's leadership style and Steve Jobs thirst for innovation. Jack Ma's rags to riches story and Warren Buffett's smart investment strategy should change your perception of the impossible. So, here is a list of such life-changing stories which everyone should read at least once. 1. My Life and Work: Autobiography of Henry Ford © Bol This is the inspiring autobiography of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, originally published in 1922. If you are keen to find out how Henry Ford started out, how he got into the business, the strategies he used to become a successful and immensely wealthy businessman, and how he built a company that is functional to this day, then this is the book you should read. It is a book on the life of a founder who built one of America's most successful car manufacturing companies. 2. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance © Gandhi With all that we've talked about Elon Musk, you should all know who the billionaire is by now. If you still want a deeper look into the life of Elon Musk and how he started, this is just the right book for you. You can trace his wildest dreams of space exploration to building the fastest ever electric cars and look at how he got to where he is now. While reading his life's story you will see him as the real-life Tony Stark and side by side, and as the spirit of American invention and its new “makers.” 3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson © Amazon If you want a sneak peek into the life of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc, you shall not skip watching the movie Jobs(2013) and Steve Jobs(2015). While reading this book, you wil experience his initial days at college and his genius at visualizing the future of computers. His rivalry with Bill Gates and how he was eliminated from the company he built himself and how he returned to the top. If you are looking for some inspiration and leadership tips then is a great book! 4. Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella © Karthik Chidambaram Satya Nadella is the current Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014. It is one of the latest autobiographies in the list, so if you are looking for a more current leadership style lesson from the industry then this will be your perfect read. Leadership, transformation, and positive company culture, this book covers it all. 5. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight © YouTube/Daniel Karan In his biography, Phil Knight, the founder of Nike shares the inside story of Nike's early days. If you are a budding entrepreneur who is looking for some basic business lessons to go through the early days of running a startup, then this book is for you. 6. Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built © AudiobookStore This is the story of a man who was rejected several times by many universities and failed as many times as possible but still managed to build one of the biggest internet companies in China. The company's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the world's largest, valuing the company more than Facebook or Coca-Cola. If you want to change your perception of the impossible then this is a must read. 7. Buffett: The Biography by Roger Lowenstein © Amazon UK Warren Buffett started from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, and very smartly amassed an astonishing fortune. Want to know how much? According to latest reports, he is the world's 3rd richest man with a total net worth of $85.5bn. Read 'Buffett' to understand the minuscule details of investments and a story of a billionaire with a modest lifestyle.
  16. There have been a lot of rumours about a foldable Samsung smartphone but nothing concrete has really come out of the Korean tech giant. Even though companies like ZTE have already brought this concept to life, Samsung is yet to launch its first foldable smartphone. But, if a new report is to be believed, the foldable Samsung smartphone may not be released until the end of this year. Sources speaking to Korean news outlet ET News have said that Samsung plans to start mass-production of the displays by September and assemble the final phones in November, before a December or early-2019 launch. It seems that the smartphone will have a huge 7.3-inch OLED Display that will essentially fold like a book. Samsung has been experimenting with a displays for a long time now and has managed to mass produce curved as well as near edge-to-edge displays. © ZTE Axon M, Picture by ZTE The company's mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin also confirmed in September last year that Samsung is going to launch a foldable smartphone in the first half of 2018. No further information was provided about the device at that time but it did reveal that the company was developing this product in the pipeline and that it would launch eventually. Koh claimed that there are some technological hurdles in creating such a device, but once that's overcome, they will be making such a device a part of their roadmap. “We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap. We will launch a foldable device when we are fully ready, and we are aiming to do so next year.” © Samsung Galaxy Round with a curved display, Picture by SamsungSamsung Galaxy Round with a curved display, Picture by Samsung Currently, Samsung's engineers are tasked with ensuring that the display leave no trace of having been folded once it is opened into a flat position. The price of the devices is expected to be “ultra-premium.” "It is understood that Samsung Electronics even established a detailed schedule for production of foldable Smartphones. It is going to develop foldable displays by March and manufacture panels in September. It is planning to manufacture final products in November. It is assumed that Samsung Electronics will release actual foldable Smartphones in December or early next year." - The ET News article stated. Samsung may even be showing off display prototypes for industry partners behind closed doors at CES 2018. Source: ET News
  17. Let's get a few things straight, no robot can ever replace our furry friends no matter how intelligent they are. Having said that, Sony showed off their awesome robot pet at CES 2018 again with the robotic dog “Aibo”. © Reuters According to Sony, “It forms an emotional bond with members of your household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.” —umm, maybe?The robot itself moves along 22 axes and has actuators that are tiny in size to help make it move smoothly. The robotic dog's eyes are made up of two OLED panels which can display “emotions”. The robotic doing itself cannot last that long on a single charge and according to Sony, it can prance around for almost two full hours. The annoying bit about the robot is that it requires at least three hours to be fully charged. © Reuters According to Sony, Aibo can learn about its owners and what makes them happy; adjusting its behaviour in accordance with the data it gathers. The dog is also capable of seeking out owners on its own if it feels lonely. The digital dog uses deep learning technology and can also interact/analyse sounds/images. Aibo also uses cloud computing to learn about experiences from other Aibo dogs and owners. © Reuters Aibo works in sync with an app that can be used to download new tricks, access images taken from its eyes and also adjust settings. Sony will charge a subscription fee i.e. $26 per month for a minimum of three years. The subscription will give owners Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, cloud backup, and access to the app's features. The robotic dog costs about $1700 and will only be sold in Japan as of now as there aren't any plans yet to release it outside of Sony's homeland. If you want to see how the robot dog functions, we recommend you check out the video below:
  18. God bless your body. An entity of unadulterated skin and hair, that you unfortunately left for the dogs in 2017. But as the #BePositive slogan of life goes, don't stress, there's still a ray of hope this year. A streak of fresh sunlight, that promises to keep the gunk and grime at bay, keeping your body kryptonite-free and ensuring all-round 'wellness' for 2018. But that's the easy part; how do you catch this glorious sunshine, you'd ask? Well, we may have an answer for you. Scroll down below for ten rules for Twenty Eighteen, to re-define your Grooming Graph this year. 1. Move Past The Fade. Enough of the fade. And enough of experts calling it the 'do of the decade. While it may be a groundbreaking (cc: the most flattering) find for every man out there, it has run its course. In 2018, the fade can't be your 'style to sport'—use it as an additional grooming move to define your face better (it can slim your face). This year, grow your hair out instead. Let it run wild. Run your hands through the strands and feel the breeze. It's time to embrace your natural texture! And if formal settings are your worry, slick them back with a drug store pomade when required. Or best: stick to an evergreen buzz cut (versatile AF). © Just Jared 2. Ace The Hand (Job). Globally, handshakes happen at a rate of a billion per second. However, what separates a good one from the bad (of course, besides the firmness involved), is the presence of well-moisturised cuticles, trimmed nails and hydrated (read: oxygenated) palms. As a daily ritual, use a pump of moisturiser on your palm, time and again and if you haven't yet, invest in an all-exclusive cream for your cuticles (there are plenty out there). Plus, every time you decide to exfoliate your face, utilise the extra, left-over product to exfoliate your palms. Simple. 3. Sheet Masks Aren't Feminine. All those 'clowns' peeping out of their detoxifying sheets on social media, aren't a part of the circus for an Instagram story. Sheet masks work. And work wonders for improving the health of your skin. How? Each of them are drenched in a kind of magical serum, that fixes a certain problem area of your skin. And no matter what the problem is, the usage of a sheet mask will provide noticeable results. Bottom line: throw a few sheet masks into your shopping cart right away (they won't challenge your sexuality). Pro-tip: Vitamin D masks are the safest bets! © Innisfree 4. Attend The Serum's Call. Sounds alien, does it? Knock knock, face serums are a thing. And are only going to get bigger in 2018. Why? Because your skin regime needs them, and in every nook and corner of your body. And while they may be a tad bit different from your moisturiser, since serums are made of much smaller molecules, they get absorbed by the skin much faster. Result: quicker (obviously), more effective and long term effects. Just look for serums for specific concerns like fighting acne, enhancing brightness etc (as per your preference). © Amazon India 5. Check Your Facts! Your favourite hobby: shutting your eyes. And of course, sleeping. But if your eye balls are snoring while picking grooming products, wake up before your skin makes you pay for the sin (or, take help from caffeine). In the New Year, buy products with the right ingredients for you, instead of 'popular products' or advertorial content suggestions. For example, look out for indications like 'Paraban-free', 'Sulphate-free', 'Phthalate-free' that confirm an absence of artificial ingredients. 6. Give Your Scalp A Damn Breather. Your scalp is tired. Tired of you using it as a breeding ground for experiments. Give it a breather and head downhill; towards the beard. Most bearded men require major resuscitation on the mug, so remember to shower it with some attention in 2018. Much like your hairstyles, invest some time in it, treat it like your primary appearance tool (it can really do wonders). Buy beard-based products and condition it adequately, besides indulging in a lot other spa-like activities of course. Note: your beard's your baby; gotta keep it sane. © Just Jared 7. Chug Beers With Your Dermatologist. ...and intoxicate yourself with frequent visits. Because really, there's only so much you can do with your half-read knowledge, you see. A frequent pimple problem? Run to a dermatologist and then to the drug store (not the other way around). A certain 'pimple-clearing' face wash won't solve your problem for good. You may be the sole owner of your glorious skin, but only the dermatologist can help you keep the sanctity of your ownership intact. 8. Detoxify! ...every now and then. You know, no matter how natural/vegan your product application is, even without any, your skin puts up with a lot anyway. Much like your frequent pizza binge, invest in a quick getaway (cc: detox) for your skin frequently. Go for natural detox water recipes online or opt for active ingredients like charcoal products for a detoxifying holiday. © Clinique 9. Oils...Really? Instead of running in the opposite direction, use this runny liquid to your advantage. Because come Summer' 18, you might need this product the most. To balance the moisture content of your skin, it's various elements and fight against a few key odds of life. Plus, as you grow older, a great face/body oil will help you keep wrinkles at bay, for as long as possible (or at least minimise its action). 10. Trim All Over. Because if Gorillas had a choice, they'd do it too. Plus, there's nothing attractive about neck beards and pesky strands on the feet. So, Investment 101: a body trimmer (not a multi-blade razor).
  19. President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Raphael W. Bostic is seen in this handout photo obtained by Reuters, October 6, 2017. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta/Handout via REUTERS ATLANTA: The Federal Reserve may only need to raise interest rates two times in 2018 given weak price pressures and possible loss of public confidence in the central bank?s ability to hit a 2 percent inflation target, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said on Monday. Bostic, a voter on interest rate policy this year, also added his voice to a group of Fed officials concerned that central bank action may ?invert? the yield curve and make long-term rates lower than short-term ones, historically a signal of future recession. The Fed?s recent increases in short-term rates have not been matched by similar increases in 10-year Treasury note yields. ?Long-term rates have been much stickier...I am going to do all I can to make sure our policy does not invert the yield curve,? Bostic said. ?If we got close to it I would argue strongly that we should be extremely cautious.? Bostic said his base case for 2018 was for two or three rate increases, slightly below the median of three rate increases expected by his colleagues. The central bank raised rates three times in 2017. Bostic is the second Fed official in recent days to say the central bank may only raise two times this year, a sign that continued low inflation may reshape the Fed?s actions in 2018. ?The chorus seems to be growing more vocal about the need to raise rates more slowly... No inflation, not many more rate hikes. Bet on it,? said Chris Rupkey, the chief financial economist at MUFG. Though unemployment is low and growth may hit 2.5 percent in 2018, Bostic said weak wage growth and inflation are two reasons to be guarded. In addition, he said he is concerned the public may be losing confidence in the Fed?s commitment or ability to reach its inflation target, ?anchoring? expectations below that level. Public and market expectations are considered an important component in inflation outcomes, and Bostic said recent survey evidence ?indicates that individuals may not be completely convinced...This possibility is one factor that might argue for being somewhat more patient.? Bostic added that the estimated ?neutral? rate of interest that would keep inflation at target and economic growth at trend may have slipped to ?close to? 2 percent. If true, it means the Fed could only raise rates two or three more times, from the current range of between 1.25 percent to 1.50 percent, before monetary policy is no longer ?loose? and encouraging economic activity. Even as it raises rates the Fed wants to remain ?accommodative,? with a federal funds target below neutral.
  20. When it comes to changing appearances being a sartorial chameleon, one celebrity that can give everyone else a run for their money is Ranveer Singh. Right from when he began his journey in Bollywood, he has been nothing short of a style star — especially in terms of changing his avatars. And we have liked all of them. One notable thing about these changes is their extreme nature. Be it the small town charm of his character in 'Band Baaja Baarat', or the grandeur of his character in 'Bajirao Mastani', or the unkempt fierceness of his character in the yet to be released 'Padmavat'. Ranveer aka Baba (suits him, doesn't it?) embraces the look every character demands with unparalleled gusto. At this point, we have trained ourselves to not be surprised anymore everytime he changes, but he still manages to surprise us. Case in point: His brand new, very bro-y avatar with a clean-shaven look. © Viral Bhayani Ranveer has got rid of his iconic beard once again but has managed to retain every bit of the charm that it was associated with. In his latest clean-shaven avatar, he is the perfect guy-next-door who is super nice and is friends with everyone. And definitely going to propose his on-again-off-again girlfriend. © Viral Bhayani What really impresses us is the innate 'devil may care' vibe he embodies. What he is wearing is a solid testament to that. The cool black T-shirt and the dark faded jeans are something which every guy can relate to, and they don't in any way scream 'celebrity'. The fact that he is wearing a super regular T-shirt that costs INR 599 and gleefully posing for the paparazzi says a lot about the person he is. © Viral Bhayani The playful graphic lettering on the T-shirt and the lightly distressed detail on the jeans inject the cool factor in his outfit. The slicked back hair and the angular, edgy wayfarers enhance that. We love how he has cheekily matched his sunshine yellow shoelaces to the graphic lettering on his T-shirt! He not only looks like a warm and jovial friendly neighborhood bro, he plays the part too! We are all about how he actually goes ahead and greets a little girl by shaking her hand before hopping into his car. © Viral Bhayani Never let this side of you fade away, bro. High five!
  21. Dell unveiled a range of new laptops, products and services at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, where the company paid more emphasis on elegance, appearance and functionality. The company has made a major shift towards innovating and presenting products that are in line with the competition. Speaking at the keynote Sam Burd, President, Client Solutions Group, Dell said “At Dell, innovation never sleeps. We're passionate about creating technology that expands the boundaries of what's possible, With Dell, the incredible product design you see on the outside makes for gorgeous machines, but one of our most striking advantages comes from the innovation within. Beauty and brawn lurk beneath those beautiful exteriors, revolutionizing and redefining personal computing, and giving people experiences they want – and some they've never dreamed possible.” The Brand New XPS 13 (C) BCCL Dell already announced the brand new XPS 13 a few days ago where the laptop is faster, smarter, thinner and lighter than ever before. We got a hands-on demonstration with the laptop and will be posting our conclusions soon. The XPS 13 features the InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display and comes in Rose Gold and Alpine white colours. It also features Dell's Power manger that enables the device to last longer than previous models — up to 80% more. The XPS 13 is the world's first laptop built with GORE Thermal Insulation, the same silica aerogels that have been used in the high tech science and extreme engineering environments to diffuse and dissipate heat, such as insulation on the Mars Rover and Hyper Velocity Particle capture in the Stardust Probe. The Dell XPS15-inch 2-in-1 (c) Dell Dell also introduced a thinner and more powerful version of the XPS 15-inch 2-in-1 that has a sleek new design and features one of the thinnest 15.6-inch displays. The laptop has Intel's new 8th Gen Intel Core processor combining a high-performance Intel CPU and a Radeon RX Vega M graphics in a single CPU. The laptop also features the same InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display as the XPS 13 however, it is only 16mm in thickness. The laptop is also compatible with a stylus that can be used by creators for image editing and creation. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in the U.S. on Dell.com in April starting at $1,299.99 whereas India pricing details and availability will follow. Smartphone integration (c) Dell Dell also introduced a new feature that will be available on the two laptops that will let users connect their smartphones for better multi-tasking. The new software will enable complete wireless integration between Dell PCs and smartphones (iOS and Android) and will come pre-installed on all new Dell consumer PCs. The software will let users make calls, send texts, get notifications and even fully mirror their phones to interact with all their favourite mobile apps (Android Only). Dell Mobile Connect will be available for download starting Jan. 1 and come pre-installed on all Dell consumer systems starting Jan. 27 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Alienware is collaborating with NVIDIA and Oculus to create a Virtual Reality device that can be used by the masses for competitive gaming. Dell also announced a new VR-ready Inspiron Gaming Desktop that retails for only $799 and is more accessible by gamers. (c) Dell The desktop will feature the 8th Gen Intel Core processors with up to six cores and graphics, SSD options for faster boot-up times and better thermal design for longer gaming sessions. Dell will also be the first company to sell the consumer version of HTC Vive VR headsets and is working in partnership with Meta to offer the company's first AR headset. Alienware Command Center (c) Dell Redesigning its software from the ground up, Dell debuted the new Alienware Command Center that merges system settings, content and other functions into a single interface. The command centre will enable gamers to fine-tune PCs and peripherals according to their preferences. The command centre will enable gamers to access their game library from all sources on a PC and easily create custom profiles for each game for optimum performance. Pricing and Availability Details Dell XPS 13 is available on Dell.com, Microsoft.com and your local Microsoft store starting at $999 with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor Dell Latitude 7490 Notebook is available on Dell.com starting at $1,049 Dell Latitude 5490 Notebook is available on Dell.com starting at $779 Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 is available on Dell.com starting at $1,149 Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is available on Dell.com starting at $899 Coming soon Dell Mobile Connect will be available for download starting Jan. 1 and come pre-installed on all Dell consumer systems starting Jan. 27 Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor (S2719DM) will be available globally Jan. 30 on Dell.com starting at $499.99 Dell 24 Ultrathin Monitor (S2419HM) will be available globally Jan. 30 on Dell.com starting at $299.99 Dell Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD in 500GB ($439) and 1TB ($799) will be available globally Feb. 28 on Dell.com Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in the U.S. on Dell.com in April starting at $1,299.99 Alienware Command Center will be available starting on the new Area 51 in February
  22. We agree on the fact that you shouldn't pay attention to how you are looking inside the gym to look good outside it. However, that is not an advice we will give you if you want to reap the maximum benefit from your workouts. Just like encouraged and appreciated workers turn out to be the most productive at work, your body will be more invested in your workouts if it looks good during the workout session. Moreover, there is nothing wrong with looking fab while you lift. It's a win-win, really! However, most of us, irrespective of whether we are new at the gym or regular with our workouts, seem to have some difficulty while choosing our workout clothes. Also, we end up buying the same items in bulk, to a point where our gym wear becomes our costume. Working out is supposed to be fun and energetic, why should your workout clothes be otherwise? Here, we are giving you five cardinal rules to follow in order to choose the right workout clothes and make your gym outfits super fun and functional in 2018: 1. Comfort You need to make sure whatever it is you are wearing should be comfortable. By that, we don't only mean that it should feel good. It should fit you in a way that is activity appropriate. You cannot be wearing baggy or ill-fitting shorts/trousers on days you will be working out legs. Similarly, avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes on days that involve doing a lot of stretching or Yoga. Stretch, squat, jog, and jump in the trial room before you purchase the clothes to make sure your body feels comfortable in them. © Instagram 2. Fabric This is one of the most crucial things you should be paying attention to. As a rule, make sure you always go for fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin. Lycra, nylon, and polyester work best. Try not getting gravitated towards the quintessential 'loose cotton T-shirt' that many people believe is an ideal gym wear - because it's not. Cotton absorbs moisture but it has a tendency to get stuck to your sweaty skin, thereby impacting your workout. © Instagram 3. Fit Make sure your gymwear fits you perfectly and accentuates your gains and losses. When your body starts looking good in those mirrors, you will be motivated to work out regularly and will not feel like skipping the gym. The satisfaction of knowing that your workouts are paying off will only come through when you can see it - and that is not going to happen if you hide your body under layers of baggy clothes. © Instagram 4. Quality You are going to torture your gym wear. You will be pushing your body to such an extent that it is forced to change its shape - with these clothes on. Obviously, they need to be durable for that, unless you want to spend a tonne of money on gymwear every couple of months. Stick to stretchable fabrics that will not shrink post-wash, and always make sure you double check the stitching, patches, and zippers before you purchase your gymwear. © Instagram 5. Colour Yes, we know that you want to pick up the blacks, blues, charcoals, and greys. Understandable, because they are the safest colours. But you know what? Once in a while, don't hesitate to pick up that lime green, fluoro pink or candy orange that your eye got stuck on. Do you think you will look good in it while you smash the weights? If the answer is yes, just pick it up. It's 2018 and nobody's got time for 'what should be an ideal colour for men's gymwear'. © Instagram Keep training hard and then some more, till anything you put on looks fly AF on you.
  23. PM said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of an LNG project here, which will provide gas to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa SADIQABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday challenged his political opponents to an electoral contest in the 2018 elections, and said the polls will make it clear as to what party emerges victorious. He said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of an LNG project here, which will provide gas to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The prime minister also said that the power crisis in the country has been largely contained, and every household has access to gas now. He criticised previous governments for failing to carry out development work, and said that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has been the one active in the development. ?PML-N constructed a 100-km motorway in four years, something which even developed nations are incapable of doing,? the prime minister said.
  24. If one thing that's not constant in Bollywood, then that is actors. Many come to make it big but only some manage to stay. Impressing audience and making a place in their heart isn't that easy. It takes a lot from an actor to make or break in B-town. 2017 wasn't a great year for the film industry and we hope 2018 begins on a good note. This year won't just see some promising movies hitting the screen but also some new faces making their debut in the movies. Some of them are known B-town kids while some will be seen taking a route from Television to films and another making his entry from Malayalam cinema to Hindi. We all know that Bollywood can definitely use some fresh talent and it would be interesting to see these new talents giving their best to rock the silver screen with their performances. Here's a list of eight promising debutants of 2018: Sara Ali Khan Father A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@officialsaraalikhan) on Jan 2, 2018 at 12:16am PST Well, she is drop-dead gorgeous, thanks to her genes. Daughter of famous celebrities Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, Sara Ali Khan is all set to make her debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in 'Kedarnath'. The girl has got a massive fan following even before she stepped into the industry and one can see that she is here to stay! Dulquer Salmaan Thank you Behindwoods for my Best Actor Critics award ! Feels epic to win a Gold Medal ! Was a lovely event and I had a blast. Always great catching up with friends from both Malayalam and Tamil industries. A big thanks to my buddy @osmanabdulrazak for my perfectly tailored suit and of course @kalyanidesai for styling me ! #behindwoods #awards #suited #walkingtheramp #feltspiffy #smance #worepinkforprincess #babyboo #suddenloveforpink #daddycool A post shared by Dulquer Salmaan (@dqsalmaan) on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:28am PDT He is a darling of Malayalam films and a total heartthrob. Dulquer Salmaan is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Irrfan Khan in 'Karwaan'. Believe it or not, this is one hell of a pairing to see. If you want to see Dulquer's smashing performance check out 'Kanmani'. Yes, that's the OG that inspired 'Ok Jaanu', but Sharadha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur were nothing in front of Dulquer and Nithya Menen. Watch it and have your heart stolen by his impeccable performance. Janhvi Kapoor #Dhadak A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Nov 15, 2017 at 7:44pm PST Sridevi's daughter Janhvi is already a social butterfly. She is loved by her fans and they just can't stop obsessing over her. All set to make her debut, she is being launched by none other than Nepotism daddy Karan Johar, who is known for launching star kids in the industry. The first look of her film 'Dhadak' which is a remake of Marathi superhit film 'Sairat' has already created quite a stir in the industry and many await to see her on the big screen. Ishaan Khatter @bibizeebamiraie has me all dressed up for tonight in a supercool outfit by @antar_agni_ujjawaldubey assisted by @shreyavaid09.. A few hours to go before we share this labour of love for the first time on our own soil. In the name of god. #BEYONDTHECLOUDS The world is one family. A post shared by Ishaan Khatter (@ishaan95) on Nov 20, 2017 at 2:08am PST Unlike others, Ishaan has already garnered praise for his excellent work in Majid Majidi's 'Beyond the Clouds'. And now he is all set to win Bollywood with 'Dhadak'. Yes, KJo is launching both Janhvi and Ishaan this year. Mithila Palkar ð£ Props @varshaharlalka Also, big shout out to @veromodaindia for sending in the holiday cheer! ð¸ @pratikvatkar #Australia2017 A post shared by Mithila Palkar (@mipalkarofficial) on Dec 24, 2017 at 12:33am PST Known for her role in the web series, Mithila Palkar already rules the web. And now the beautiful actress is all set to conquer B-town as well. Wonder with whom is she making her debut? It's none other than Dulquer as well. We just can't wait to see the two in 'Karwaan' together. Banita Sandhu A post shared by Banita Sandhu (@banita.sandhu) on Dec 6, 2017 at 2:41am PST All the way from the UK, Banita is all set to kickstart her career in B-town and she couldn't have asked for better. Shoojit Sircar has signed her opposite Varun Dhawan for film 'October'. Lucky girl! Mouni Roy Hopelessly flawed .. A post shared by mon (@imouniroy) on Dec 29, 2017 at 5:29am PST From being every guy's heartthrob to having a huge fan following, Mouni Roy needs no introduction. The girl has already made her name on the small screen and now is gearing up for her Bollywood debut. And boy, the film in her kitty ain't a small one. She will be seen starring opposite Akshay Kumar in 'Gold'. She will also be seen in 'Brahmastra' which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Looks like the girl is already hell-bent on getting some good work. Aayush Sharma Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it - BL #candid #bnw #potraitmode #applewatchseries3 A post shared by Aayush Sharma (@aaysharma) on Dec 6, 2017 at 6:47am PST For a while now we have been hearing that Salman Khan will be launching his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. Well, it's finally happening as he will be seen making his debut with Bhai's own production film Loveraatri. That's quite a number, we must say. It would be interesting to see who dazzles the audience and who disappoints them. Let us know who do you think will make it big.
  25. Disclaimer: This article has been issued in public interest for the new year fitness resolutioners, old and new. The points made here are scientifically backed and valid in the real world. The author claims full responsibility for representing facts. A lot of people have started with the motto, 'New year, new me' and have taken a fitness resolution this year, yet again. According to a 'statistic brain' website, a combined 27% of people have taken a resolution to lose weight or work out more often, beating 'life/self-improvement' by a massive margin which came second at 12%. Life/self-improvement could also be related to fitness but let's leave that out for now. For every resolutioner who is desperate to get fit, there will be five people/marketers out there waiting to rip you off and laugh their way to the bank. People will fall and then hop on the same train again next year by giving their hard earned money to the same people. The fact is that you expect miracles every year, get ripped off, and believe in the same fairytale. Does not sound very pleasing when put across this way, right? Even though it is the 'new you' this year, a few things will always stay the same and these are the ONLY things that will help you get in better shape, not only in 2018 but for the rest of your life. 1. Calories still count To lose weight, you will have to eat fewer calories than what your body burns on a regular basis. Side note, you will have to do this longer than you expect. The weight/fat you have gained over the years is not going to disappear overnight. But eating less does not mean you have to kill your tastebuds or suffer. You can enjoy the things you like if you do it smartly. 2. There is no 'BEST' diet for fat loss Awkward... But then what about that guru who says that eating carbs is bad for your health? It will give you diabetes, cancer, and put you into depression while everything bad in the world will find a way to you. Eat no carbs! Really now? Just like a small sized t-shirt does not fit a person who wears XXXL, there isn't just ONE nutrition strategy that is right for everyone. Set your calories, then protein, then eat fat and carbs as you please. 3. Intermittent Fasting = Fat Loss, Umm Not Really... One of my resolutions was to lose my sh*t less often this year. Failed there! But guess what happens when you do not eat for 16 hours every day? There is a good chance you eat lesser calories. Reinstating point one again. 4. Adding Butter To Coffee Will NOT Make You Lose Weight If you have been following what I have been trying to say, you already know what this pointer is going to be all about. If you are someone who thinks this article is ultra bs, sorry to say, nobody can help you out. What happens when you add butter to coffee? You drink calories. The same thing that happens when you drink a lot of colas. Colas still are bad but buttered coffee is good? Heck no! A smarter alternative to adding butter to coffee? Do not add butter to coffee. 5. Supplements Will Not Get You Jacked, Ripped Or Whatever They Claim This is the best one. I am glad I saved it for last. The supplement industry is HUGE and I am not exaggerating when I say you will need to take a loan if you were to buy every supplement in the market that promises you a lean physique, rock-hard abs, and bulging biceps. The supplement store owner will make you believe in magic whereas the gym trainer will ask you to sell your kidney to buy the magic formula. The flavoured water called BCAA is a bunch of cr*p (one of the top selling supplements out there). You do not need a lot of supplements. The basics, if your nutrition and training are on point, will definitely help. There you go, I have done my bit here to help you out and to do my part in helping you not fall off the resolution wagon in a couple of weeks. Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness.