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  1. Blame it on the media, but abdominal muscles are one of the most desired muscle groups. So much so that instead of chasing strength, young men are willing to look like holocaust survivors and sport a six pack. First of all, what you need to understand is the fact that starving or doing a thousand crunches will never get you well developed abs. You have to work out a very intelligent nutrition plan and couple it with dedicated training to drop body fat as whole. Only then, will you be able to see your abdominal muscle. Also, direct core training is very important for all round core musculature development along with the compound lifts. Here are MensXP Health team's top 10 picks to work the abdominals. 5) Medicine Ball Russian Twists © YouTube Sit in a position of a sit-up. Hold a ball in your hands and extend your hands in front of you. Now keep your hips fixed and pull the knees up a bit. Now start twisting. 4) Plank © YouTube The classic plank stresses the core out pretty good. Just make sure your back stays in-line throughout the time you hold the plank. 3) Seated Knee Tucks © YouTube Sit on a usual bench or at the corner of a stool. Now bring your legs out in front and rock yourself back and forth, tensing you core as much as possible. Now please, this isn't a CrossFit workout, so go slow and squeeze as much as possible. 2) Mountain Climbers © YouTube Set yourself up in a sprint start position. Keeping your palms fixed on the floor and start driving your knees to your chest one at a time. Keep the core tight. Do it in intervals. 1) Ab Wheel Roll Outs © YouTube Probably one the best all over core developers, roll outs are not for everybody. This move not only engages your core but also brings into play the back and chest. But before getting into this, work on the exercises mentioned above.
  2. John Cena is the last man on the planet anybody would want to mess with. The man weighs 114 kilograms with less than 10% body fat and has herculean levels of strength. We all are witness to how he breaks wrestlers in the ring! © YouTube Just like every legend has a beginning, something that pushes them, Cena also had a past that propelled him to hit the weights. At a recent event called 'Come As You Are' Cena came out about the fact the he was bullied while in middle school and how it pushed him into lifting weights. While talking to the media, he said “I remember the walk to the school bus. At the very least, five times shoved down, toppled down. I asked my dad, 'Is it ok if I start working out? By the time I was showing up at high school, I was big. The guys who were pushing me down were kind of like, We cool?” © YouTube Being the nice dude that he is, he never really went back and demolished any of the guys who once bullied him. He himself said “Never once did I ever get back at any of those guys.” © YouTube He further added, “As horrible as a time that it was for me, it was a catalyst for me to find a passion in my life. Everybody goes through those moments of self-doubt and whether they're a moment or whether they're a wall that you can't climb over. Means don't be afraid to be who you are. I'm very emotional, as cold as I seem sometimes, I'm a sucker, I'm like stupid in love and if that doesn't make me cool then whatever - I don't want to be cool." There's a very strong message that you need to decipher here. Never back down in front of the things, goals or people who want to take you down. Stand up to them and equip yourself to fight against odd times. In short, stop being a wuss and man up.
  3. Angela Merkel ? German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party ? arrives at the CDU's headquarters for further exploratory talks with members of potential coalition parties to form a new government, Berlin. Germany, November 17, 2017. AFP/dpa/Kay Nietfeld1 BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads back into tense coalition talks Saturday in a last-ditch effort to forge a coalition government and avert a political crisis in Europe's biggest economy. The veteran leader won a September 24 vote without a clear majority for her conservative CDU/CSU bloc, largely due to the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), and must now build an unlikely alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens. Their deep policy differences, however, especially on immigration and the environment, have hobbled the month-long negotiating marathon, leading the players to miss a Thursday deadline and declare they will push on until Sunday evening. Until and unless the motley crew of four parties, which spans the mainstream political spectrum, strikes a deal, Germany's government remains in an effective limbo with Merkel serving as caretaker chancellor. If they fail, Germany is headed for likely snap elections, which would leave Merkel increasingly exposed to a rising band of critics within her own ranks and could further boost the anti-Islam AfD. Merkel, no longer deemed invincible after delivering a historically poor election result, "now faces the most difficult task of her leadership so far," judged the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily. Political scientist Albrecht von Lucke told news channel NTV that already "the loser is Angela Merkel" because, rather than be seen to battle for ideas, she had "fought strategically to maintain power". 'Hanging by a thread' Hours after a 15-hour red-eye meeting ended around 4:00 am Friday, Merkel, the veteran of countless all-night EU summits, stressed that "the task of forming a government for Germany is so important that the effort is worthwhile". Horst Seehofer, the embattled leader of her Bavarian sister party the CSU, said that "we have the goal of finishing by Sunday" because the German people had the right to know whether a new government would emerge or not. His party colleague Alexander Dobrindt, known for his acerbic snipes at the Greens, declared darkly that the talks "are hanging by a thread". Looming over the political drama is the prickly issue of immigration, a hot-button topic since Merkel in 2015 threw open German borders to a mass influx of over one million asylum seekers. While the CSU has been sharply critical and wants to cap future arrivals at 200,000 a year, the Greens argue that more refugees should be allowed to bring their families. Deep differences also remain on climate policy, where the Greens want to phase out dirty coal and combustion-engine cars, while the conservatives and FDP stress the need to protect industry and jobs. The Greens face a party congress in a week's time, where their rank-and-file members will give the thumbs up or down on the concessions their leaders may have wrested from the other parties. 'Merkel's fading star' Martin Schulz of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) ? Merkel's former junior coalition partner that went into opposition after a stinging election loss ? reemerged to criticise the painful process. He charged that the four parties were searching for the "lowest common denominator" in an atmosphere of "maximum mutual distrust", led by Merkel, whom he labelled the "world champion in vagueness". Schulz also charged that the odd alliance would diminish Germany's role in the EU and contribute to the "paralysis of Europe". The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily commented that, despite the hurdles, "Merkel can't afford to fail, because the SPD... won't come to her rescue again". The smaller parties, it said, "are already fighting at the expense of the chancellor, who won't necessarily get the credit if the talks succeed, but who will certainly be blamed if this experiment fails". Fresh elections would heap pressure on all parties, the broadsheet added, but especially on the chancellor "because then Merkel's star will fade even more quickly, maybe even for good."
  4. China will build an aluminium factory worth $1.6 billion in ex-Soviet Tajikistan. Photo: AFP file DUSHANBE: China will build an aluminium factory worth $1.6 billion in ex-Soviet Tajikistan, the Central Asian country?s leading smelter said Friday, in a sign of Beijing?s increasing influence over the economy of its resource-poor neighbour. China ? which already owns over half of Tajikistan?s external debt ? has long sought to boost ties in the ex-Soviet Central Asia region which Russia has traditionally viewed as its backyard. Igor Sattarov, a spokesman for Tajikistan?s state-owned aluminium company Talco said Chinese construction giant Yunnan Construction Engineering Group will build a ?joint Tajik-Chinese? factory in the western town of Tursunzoda with an annual production capacity of 500,000 tonnes. The factory is expected to be completed in the next one-and-a-half years using ?the most advanced technology to date? and will provide jobs for 1,200 people, Sattarov said at a press briefing Friday. Aluminium is one of Tajikistan?s key exports but production has suffered as a result of electricity shortages in the country and low global prices for the commodity. The new plant is expected to be more energy efficient than Talco?s existing aluminium plant that also has a 500,000-tonne production capacity but produced just 76,000 tonnes in the first nine months of 2017. Hopes for developing the strategic sector of the economy depend largely whether a mega-dam called Rogun is completed to provide sufficient electricity. Construction of the dam began in 2016 but it is not clear how the government will find the $4 billion required to complete the project. Strategically located on the border of China?s restive Xinjiang province and conflict-wracked Afghanistan, Tajikistan is home to 8.5 million people.
  5. We all know what a pain spam can be. We deal with it daily in our inboxes often relying on clever software to filter it out for us. Even worse, some spam is so well disguised that it can fool you into thinking it is a genuine message. You've put in the hard work with your community. You've used the built in social promotion tools and SEO features to get it noticed. Now that it's indexing well with Google, you've become a target. Invision Community has several tools in its arsenal to deal with spam leaving you free to concentrate on your members and content. We'll take a look at these tools in more detail. First, it's important to know that there are two main types of spam. Computer generated and human generated. Computer generated spam is malicious software that throws millions of messages out and hopes some sticks to high profile communities. Human generated spam is more pernicious as it can often bypass automated measures. Human spammers often register accounts and post as members on your community. This leaves you free to concentrate on your content and less time deleting posts and members! The first line of defense Invision Community comes equipped with Spam Defense. This is free with all cloud and licensed plans. Spam Defense harnesses the combined knowledge of thousands of Invision Communities. It will assess the potential threat of each new user and stop them before they can cause any problems. To date, Spam Defense has blocked over 3,000,000 spam accounts. Spam Defense works by evaluating the registering member against its database. It will score the account from 1 (not a spammer) to 4 (a known spammer) allowing you to decide what to do with each level. If a spammer gets past the Spam Defense, flag them as a spammer using the built in tools. This will clear up all their posts in a single action and report back to Spam Defense that this account has spammed your site. These community led reports allow Spam Defense to learn and adapt. Preventing spammers from registering The CAPTCHA ("Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart") is a well tested and robust method to defeat computerised spammers. It is usually a small widget on a sign up form that asks you to re-enter words shown in an image. Invision Community supports Recaptcha2 by Google, meaning that in most cases your users don't even have to type in random letters. Instead, Google algorithms determine if the user is human or otherwise. Invision Community supports KeyCaptcha. This requires guests to solve a simple problem before they can contribute. The Question and Answer challenge works on its own or in conjunction with a CAPTCHA. This system allows you to create simple question and answer challenges unique to your community. As these answers are unique, computerized spammers cannot solve them. Also, human spammers not knowledable with your niche are often unable to solve them too. While the above are great for reducing the number of computerized spammers, we need to be especially clever to weed out human spammers. Dealing with human spammers Smart configuration of your community will also help in defeating spammers. Invision Community supports posting without registering. This feature allows for fast engagement but use it with caution. It works best if you only allow it for specific forums. Invision Community's membership promotion system also has tools which you can leverage. To make your site less appealing to human spammers, you can configure two membership groups. Let us look at an example which uses "New Members" and "Members". "New Members" is the default group for new registrations. In this group you can remove the ability to add a signature to each post. Often spammers use signatures to earn referrals on links. You can also define a limit for posts per day. This will throttle the number of spam posts a member can make. Now that you have your "New Members" group set up to build trust, you can promote them using Group Promotions. A good strategy is to promote them to "Members" when they have reached a certain level of reputation. This shows that they have become a trusted member of the community. You may wish to promote them a week after joining knowing that spammers usually leave after a day or so. There are many different criteria you can use allowing you to tailor it for your own needs. Summary Dealing with spam is a reality for every successful community. Invision Community has several features to mitigate its impact. Through leveraging its built in tools to smart configuration, you can make your community a fortress against spam. In addition, our exclusive Spam Defense system grows and learns every day stopping spammers from registering. To learn how to configure Invision Community's spam prevention tools, please see our help guide. Not using Invision Community? We can convert you from other platforms preserving your data. Our migration page has more information on the platforms we can convert you from.
  6. Nothing screams strength quite like a wide and thick back. Sadly though, most gym bros don't do more than lat pull-downs and some conventional form of rowing for their back. Remember, exercise variation is equally important as progressive overload. Add these movements in your training regimen and stimulate new growth in your back muscles. 1) Weighted Chin-Ups © YouTube Everyone does chin-ups but rarely do they add any extra weight to it. This exercise alone is capable of hitting your entire back, from your lats, rhomboids, to your middle traps. Not to forget the strong stimulus your biceps and forearms get. The greatest advantage is that it allows you to progressively overload and the strength to carry you over will you help you lift more in other pulling movements. Sets: 3-4 Reps:4-8 2) Cable Lat Pull Ins © YouTube The added advantage of this movement over regular lat pull downs is that it allows you to efficiently apply force aligned with the orientation of the lat muscles. If you look at the anatomy of your back musculature, you will find the majority of lat muscles run diagonally. Thus, this exercise perfectly simulates the lats, leaving it sore. Make sure to perform it one side at a time and concentrate on developing the mind and muscle connection with a controlled tempo. Don't apply the 'go hard or go home principle' here. Sets: 3 Reps: 12-20 3) Single Arm Cable Rows with Elbows at 45 degrees © YouTube Cable rows are an absolutely must do movement for building a thick back. However, applying these tweaks will make it way more effective. First, perform it unilaterally as this allows you to equally stimulate muscles on both sides of your back, avoiding muscle imbalances. This also increases the range of motion slightly and enhances lat involvement. The second thing is to keep your elbows slightly flared out at an angle of 45 degrees. This creates a much safer position for your shoulder joints, allowing you to pull more weight without the risks of injuries. Sets: 3-4 Reps: 12-20 4) Single Arm Rope Pull Overs with Lateral Flexion © YouTube One muscle group which is often overlooked in back training is the teres major, which rests just above your lat muscles. The cable-pull over does this job pretty well. It fires up your lats and teres major. Perform it with one hand at a time and as you pull the rope down, bend slightly sideways (spinal lateral flexion). The lat muscles also contribute to spinal lateral flexion, and doing this enhances the engagement of your lats. Focus on quality and controlled reps. Sets: 3 Reps: 15-20 5) Meadows Rows © YouTube Popularized by strength coach John Meadows, this unconventional variation of rowing helps you target and stretch the lower lats (normally a difficult area to target). Make sure to wear a lifting belt while performing this exercise and using a little momentum is alright here. Sets: 3-4 Reps: 6-10 Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  7. A traditional sailing dhow carries coral bricks for construction near the island of Lamu, Kenya, November 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters LAMU: The beaches of Kenya?s idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. When a resident organized a beach clean-up that collected 33 tons of rubbish in a single summer, British-Ethiopian safari organizer Ben Morrison decided he couldn?t stand by while his beloved island was ruined. So the tall, bearded 42-year-old decided to try to design a traditional dhow, or sailing boat, from recycled plastic, offering a market to recyclers and persuading locals to conserve shrinking woodland. ?It is getting harder and harder for boat builders to find wood. I hope that this project will allow the ancient skills of boat building to live on, by shifting from ever-scarce wood to plastic,? Morrison told Reuters. Plastic pollution is a growing global problem, with patches of sea larger than some countries covered in plastic soup that strangles or poisons wildlife. The U.N. says by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish unless drastic action is taken. In August, Kenya introduced one of the world?s toughest bans on plastic bags mandating four years in prison or a fine of $40,000 for even using one. The East African country is now contemplating measures to control plastic bottles, said John Konchellah, chairman of the National Environment Management Authority. ?We want to see plastic bottles out of circulation,? he told Reuters. ?We want to borrow some technology from the region like PETCO in South Africa, where major manufacturers came together with a body that recycles plastic bottles.? Petco is a company formed by the South African plastics industry to recycle some types of plastic. Morrison, working with eight expert Kenyan boat builders, is using plastic planks from the fledgeling local recycling industry to build his boat, which he hopes to sail to Cape Town in South Africa. ?We struggle to produce a consistent material out of the recycled plastic,? he said. ?It?s not easy. Sometimes we receive plastic planks from the factory that are full of air bubbles. We can?t build with them and so we have to start from the beginning again.? Ali Skanda, a 44-year-old master boat builder, said in his childhood there was no litter on Lamu?s sandy golden beaches - just fishermen, dhows and donkeys. Now many donkeys are dying from eating plastic, he said - and so are turtles, cows and other animals. ?At the beginning, I thought it was a crazy idea. How could I build a boat out of plastic?? he asked. ?Some people have been asking what we can do about this problem. There is so much plastic scattered. This is something we can do.?
  8. ABU DHABI: Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, the country?s atomic energy commission chairperson said. Pakistan has five small reactors in operation with combined capacity of just over 1300 MW. The last one in the four-reactor Chashma plant in Punjab province, built by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), went into operation in September this year. It is also building two Chinese Hualong One reactors with a capacity of 1100 MW each near the port city of Karachi. Muhammad Naeem, chairperson of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, told Reuters these two new reactors are now 60 per cent and 40 per cent complete respectively and should become operational in 2020 and 2021. Pakistan is now also in the final stages of awarding contracts for an eighth nuclear reactor with 1100 MW capacity which would take the country?s total nuclear capacity to about 5,000 MW when it is finished. ?We could award the contracts before year-end,? Naeem told Reuters on the sidelines of a nuclear conference in Abu Dhabi. He declined to say how many contenders are in the race and whether non-Chinese bidders may be in the running. Pakistan?s five operating reactors ? including a tiny 125 MW Canadian-built reactor in Karachi in operation since 1972 ? generate just five per cent of the country?s electricity, with the rest coming from oil, gas and some hydropower. With about one quarter of Pakistan?s population having no access to electricity, the government said late last year that it wants to boost nuclear capacity to 8,800 MW, or about 20 per cent of power generation capacity, by 2030. Naeem said Pakistan is looking at building at least three to four more big nuclear reactors before 2030 in order to reach that target. ?We have the plans in place, we are watching for proven technologies,? he said, adding that funding would come from the state budget and loans. Pakistan, which has a nuclear weapons programme, has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which means Western reactor vendors such as EDF cannot sell reactors there. China has defied nuclear trading bans on Pakistan and delivered equipment as well as fuel. Rosatom, state corporation in Russia, has built nuclear reactors in India, but a Rosatom official said earlier this year the firm has not worked with Pakistan.
  9. Most of you have seen TRX suspension equipment at your gyms. For those who train at local gyms, this equipment may not really have found its place, but the TRX suspension has made its mark. What exactly is a TRX suspension and how does it work? Is it better than traditional weight training? And is it good for hypertrophy? And most of all is it what people call functional training? This Is What It Is © Thinkstock Started in the US, by the navy SEALs, TRX bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user's body weight to complete tons of exercises. This equipment was initially made out of convenience as traditional weights were heavy and shifting equipment during logistics was an inconvenience. You have to use your core stabilizers to work out with TRX, so you build your core, strength, balance, agility and power. It's Not The Best To Build Muscle © Thinkstock Resistance training provides an incredible boost to your metabolism from workout to workout, plus it will help to lower your total body-fat percentage by increasing lean muscle mass. Adding resistance training to your routine with the TRX Suspension Trainer can really help accelerate your fat loss provided you follow a diet which will promote fat loss as well. TRX training may not be the best tool if you are looking for traditional bodybuilding as progressive overload plays an important role in muscle growth. The TRX has different levels of progression and regression which can challenge the muscles the same way adding a progressive load but the draw back about this is that it if you are looking at pure strength and muscle building, there are better methods. Using an advanced technique to increase resistance requires a lot of skill and practice which is a little time consuming and takes your focus and attention out of your main goal that is strength and muscle building. © Thinkstock The TRX suspension form of training is mostly based on endurance, unlike traditional strength training where people like for 8 rep maxes or even lesser, the TRX can be used in different style of endurance workout such as AMRAP (As many rounds as possible) EMOM (Every minute on the minute, which is time based) or even TABATA style of training where you perform a set with maximum reps for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Hence TRX training is open to a lot of creativity when it comes to training. It is very convenient to use and also one of the best equipment when it comes to home workouts. However there are different rules and guidelines when it comes to using a TRX, which will be a topic of discussing in my next article. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  10. Apple announced three smartphones last week but everyone has their eyes set on the iPhone X and it's astronomical price. The iPhone X pays homage to the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and it comes packed with some of the latest hardware we've ever seen on any Apple device. © Apple Apple has priced the iPhone X at INR 89,000 to INR 1,02,000 which will defnintely burn a hole in many pockets. In order to understand the high pricing, Chinese industry insiders have estimated the total cost of the components going into the iPhone X and also details that Apple has a high enough margin for profits. According to the report, Samsung supplied Apple the Super Retina display which costs somewhere around $80. Apple's new A11 Bionic chipset is also costing the company a bit more when compared to the A10 processor. Insiders say that the chip set Apple back $26 a piece plus $18 for the Qualcomm modem. The 3D-facing sensor costs Apple $25 while the NAND memory supplied by Toshiba costs $45. © Apple If we add up all the cost of the components, the iPhone X costs Apple at least $412 (INR 26,445) to make which is nowhere close to the retail price of INR 89,000. Having said that, there are other costs involved that attribute towards the high selling price. Apple invested heavily in AR and R&D which needs to be added to the iPhone X's cost. A lot of the revenue will also contribute towards marketing and advertising, retail overheads, rent and salaries Apple has to pay for all their employees. Once we take everything into account, it is safe to assume that the profit margin is far less than the actual figure portray. It is worth noting that these numbers are just an estimate and could have cost Apple even more, which would drive the price of the iPhone X up, even higher. This suggests that the iPhone X may have been even more expensive if Apple had wanted to keep its profit margins unharmed. © Apple The iPhone X was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook on September 12, 2017, and is packed with a ton of new features that are missing from the iPhone 8/8Plus. The device has 3D facial recognition, an edge-to-edge OLED display and a brand new design. The iPhone X also features wireless and fast charging, which has been one of the most requested features on the iPhone. The iPhone X will launch in India on November 3rd via select retailers and authorised re-sellers. Source: Trusted Reviews
  11. The plight of hard gainers is real. They think their fate is sealed and they just can't build muscle. They think that they train hard and eat enough but in most cases, they fall short. Things get harder for them when dudes around them start putting on muscle and the game becomes more mental than physical. If you are a hard gainer, let me tell you that you can absolutely build muscle. How? Wrap your mind around these 5 commandments. 1) Stop Blaming Your Genetics. This Thought Process Will Never Let You Grow. Even if it's about muscle, it's still all in the mind. You become what you think and your thoughts guide your actions. While genetics do play a role, don't get it in your head that your genetics are poor, even before giving all you have to the right training and nutrition. You can't decide how your genetics are unless you spend a considerable time pushing iron and experimenting with food. You are not a bodybuilder who will be out-muscled on the stage, so stop thinking like one. 2) Eat Your Damn Food. Buy, Calculate, Cook And EAT! Oh, I eat a lot but still don't put on weight. Well, that's because you don't eat enough. Most skinny dudes either come up severely short on their calorie intake or just stuff their mouth with junk food and end up with a skinny fat belly. Listen, it's all about calories in versus calories out. Calculate how many calorie surpluses you need daily and make it a point to hit the target. Now, that doesn't' mean you will start hogging on junk food. Choose foods that will take you towards your goal, not away. 3) Compound First, Isolation Then Every exercise has certain benefits. Evaluating which ones take you towards your goals is your job. Your goal is to build mass and nothing but multi-joint compound exercises will work. Squats, deadlifts, shoulder pressing, load carries, lunges should be your priority. Don't avoid isolation exercises completely either. Include them after prioritizing your compound lifts in your training program. You need to build overall size and that's done by working hard on compound lifts. 4) Lift Progressively Heavy But Pay Attention To Your Form First I see a lot of skinny guys trying to pound away at the heavy-weights in the gym. Lifting heavy is of prime importance but doing that with poor form and technique is just stupid. You will not stimulate the target muscle but rather injure it. Note the weights you start with on every exercise and try lifting more every week. Progress with weights is made slowly and steadily. 5) Prioritize Rest And Recovery After your calorie intake and training program is in place, start paying attention to your rest and recovery. Muscles are damaged (microtraumas) in the gym and repaired in the bed. This is a fact and you must rest enough to recover properly. Training heavy calls for resting heavy. Don't compromise on your sleep and naps. Reduce any unwanted and avoidable exhaustion as well.
  12. Note: The article doesn't support nor condemn the use of performance enhancing drugs. It's completely a personal choice. The world of fitness is a jungle. A dense, misleading jungle where lies sell and the truth remains underrated. It's a place where natural lifters get lost, more often than not. Building muscle naturally is an excruciatingly slow process and the pain is worsened by the consistent exposure to chemically enhanced lifters. A drugged up average gym-bro is not uncommon nor is a drugged up fitness celebrity who claims to be ‘natty'. What this exposure breeds is a sort of impatience in the mind of a natural lifter. He is always thinking in a spiral. Questions such as- why I am I not getting big, I am not eating right, and maybe I lack training intensity? - will often plague them. I am not going to rant about who is a ‘fake natty' and who isn't. Being a natural lifter, what I'll tell you will change your perception about getting big, naturally. 1) No Matter How Solid Your Training And Nutrition Is, You Will Never Build Muscle As Fast A Lifter On Roids © Thinkstock/Getty Images Drugs are magic pills. If somebody tells you otherwise, they are lying. Drugs can completely change how your body reacts to food and muscle recovery. Right from your metabolism, nutrition partitioning, right to your body's hormonal activities, everything is impacted. While a drugged lifter can build over 10 pounds of muscle in 4-6 weeks, a natural lifter can't. It's just impossible, even if you are on point with you training and diet. Why? I'll explain that in the next point. 2) You Need More Time Resting And Recovering Than Lifting © Musculardevelopment Resting makes your muscles grow. Micro-tears inflicted while training need rest to repair (and get bigger). For natural lifters, recovery is of prime importance. For enhanced lifters, it isn't an issue. The reason why a lot of natural lifters fail to grow is that they spend too much time lifting and don't prioritize rest. Pounding heavy weights without resting adequately will not take you far in the race of building muscle. 3) You Can Never Get Away With Bad Nutrition, While A Drugged Lifter Can © YouTube As I said, one of the biggest advantages of drug use is that your body partitions nutrition way much better. Since protein synthesis is always elevated, drugged lifters can build muscle on even insufficient consumption of protein. Whatever protein they consume is simply targeted by the body to build muscle. They can still build muscle on a poor diet. Being a natural, you have to be on point with your diet, not only for months but for years in a row, with high protein intake being priority. You have very little room for nutritional error. While wrong bulking will get you fat, under eating will get you smaller. 4) You Will Fail For Years Before Learning What Works Best For Your Body © YouTube Putting on muscle naturally requires intelligent work with training and nutrition. And that, my friend, doesn't come in just weeks or months. Trial and error takes time, a lot of time. While a drugged lifter can pop a pill or stick a needle in his butt and get away with bad nutrition and poor training, you will have to learn from your errors. All of this takes time. 5) Your Mental Peace Will Be Ruined If You Keep Comparing Yourself With Fitness Models, Most Of Whom Claim To Be Natural But Aren't © Thinkstock/Getty Images Fitness is subjective and so is building muscle. Fake natty celebrities are not uncommon and are bad examples of natural fitness. They are very influential in the industry and since they will not shut shop, it's you who has to be intelligent and stop comparing yourself to them. On social media, filters do the talking, not lifting. Your favorite IG model will claim to be natural when it's painfully obvious that he isn't. But that's how the world is. Be answerable to yourself and chase a better version of YOU instead of chasing a body that is unachievable without roids.
  13. Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda and Mazda Motor President Masamichi Kogai shake hands at a joint news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 4, 2017. Photo: Reuters TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp plan to build a $1.6 billion US assembly plant, the two said on Friday, as part of an alliance that will also see the Japanese automakers jointly develop electric vehicle technologies. The two will take small stakes in each other as part of the tie-up: Toyota, the world's second-largest automaker by vehicle sales last year, will take a five per cent share of Mazda, extending its dominance in Japan's auto sector. Mazda will take a 0.25 per cent share of its larger rival. The plant, something of a surprise at a time of overcapacity in the US market, will be a boost to US President Donald Trump, who campaigned on promises to increase manufacturing and expand employment for American autoworkers. The plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year, with production divided between the two automakers, and employ about 4,000 people. It will start operating in 2021. Trump welcomed the move in a tweet, terming it a 'great investment': The electric vehicles cooperation, meanwhile, comes as the tightening of global emissions regulations prompts more automakers to develop battery powered cars, as the industry struggles with hefty research costs and intense competition from technology companies over technology like self-driving cars. As part of the agreement, Toyota and Mazda will also work together to develop in-car information technologies and automated driving functions. Toyota, Japan's biggest auto company, has been forging alliances with smaller Japanese rivals for several years, effectively engineering a loose consolidation of the Japanese auto sector. It already owns a 16.5 per cent stake in Subaru Corp, Japan's No. 6 automaker, with which it also has a development partnership. Toyota is also courting compact car maker Suzuki Motor Corp to cooperate on R&D and parts supply as Toyota seeks to tap its smaller rival's expertise in emerging Asian markets. A stake in Mazda may also prevent future incursions by tech companies, one analyst said. "For a technology company which lacks the expertise in making cars, Mazda could look like a very interesting acquisition. They're very good, they're not too expensive. Maybe Toyota realises this," CLSA managing director Chris Richter said. "By buying a five per cent stake, Toyota takes Mazda off the table rather than having it sit out there like a free agent which could someday be used against them." Mazda car mechanic works at a garage affiliated with its dealership in Tokyo, Japan, February 16, 2017. Photo: Reuters Corolla production shift Mazda stands to gain from a deal that gives the small automaker a production foothold in the United States. At the moment, Mazda ships all vehicles sold in the country, its biggest market, from its plants in Japan and Mexico. It also gets a boost in electric cars. With an R&D budget of around 140 billion yen ($1.27 billion) this year, a fraction of Toyota's 1 trillion yen, Mazda has said that it lacks the funds to develop electric cars on its own, a view shared by Subaru and Suzuki. "Mazda needs electrification technology. In the past they've pooh-poohed EVs, they've felt that they can make internal combustion engines more efficient, but the bottom line is that globally you need to have this technology," said Janet Lewis, head of Asia transportation research at Macquarie Securities. Mazda, whose annual global vehicle sales are one-eighth that of Toyota, caters to a specific audience largely in North America with its design-conscious sedans and SUVs, and has been focusing on developing more fuel-efficient gasoline engines. The automakers plan to produce Toyota Corollas and a new Mazda SUV crossover at the new plant. Toyota initially had been planning to produce Corollas at its new $1 billion plant currently under construction in Mexico, but this will shift to the United States, and the automaker will instead produce its Tacoma truck model in Mexico. Toyota has set a goal for all of its vehicles to be zero emission by 2050. Last year it established a division to develop full-sized EVs, shifting gears after long favouring EVs only for short-distance commuting given their limited driving range and lengthy charging time.
  14. Have you been using the wrong style of gripping while working out? Or perhaps, ever experienced a dumbbell slowly slip off your fingers while you are performing a rep. What do you think could be the solution to this? Are you not gripping strong enough or are you totally using a wrong grip altogether? Let's find out. Wait A Minute, So Why Is Gripping The Weight So Important? Gripping the weight makes you one with the weight. It helps enhance the kinetic chain of the human body that eventually translates into explosiveness while performing a rep. The more explosive your rep is, the more muscle fibre recruitment will happen. As the load gets heavier, it's even more crucial to have a strong grip over the weight. The term ‘crushing the bar' needs to be taken to a whole new level. Apart from the benefits of better quality repetitions, forearm strength and size are added advantages of using a proper strong grip while working out. Do All Workouts Require The Same Type Of Grip? Here's where we talk about the different types of grip. What type of grip best suits which work out. A grip meant for endurance may be very different from a grip meant for strength training. Let's dig in further to learn more. 1) Traditional Lifting Traditional lifting generally involves a push and pull routine. Both of which requires a very strong grip. Based on the type of workouts, one can decide between- a) Neutral grip b) Prone grip c) Supine grip Pushing movements usually, use neutral or prone grips while pulling movements generally use supine grips. A traditional grip used for grabbing a dumbbell to do a row or an overhead press would involve wrapping your fingers extremely tight around the bar or the barbell or dumbbell. You will know how good your grip is by the amount of pump you feel in your forearms while gripping. 2) Dead Lifting And The Dead Grip Deadlifts usually involve very heavy weights. Sometimes twice to thrice your body weight! The purpose of the deadlift is to build overall body strength and get better and more functional at lifting heavy objects from the floor. However there arises a problem when lifting weights that heavy. The overall strength of the body may be strong enough to lift the weight from the floor, but the forearms muscle being relatively small may not have the strength to hold on to such extreme loads, unless of course, lifting straps are used. So what can be done in such cases? Learn the Dead grip. The Dead grip is a style of gripping the bar, where one side of the bar is gripped in a supine manner and the other is gripped in a pronated way. This style of gripping ensures greater strength on the grip, and also helps keep your body as tight as possible without dropping your shoulders. 3) Kettlebell Lifting And The Hook Grip Kettlebell lifting is very different from other strength sports. Kettlebells being a game of muscular endurance, would fall to a disadvantage if the grip is held extremely tight. The sport involves performing a lift continuously for 10 minutes, and crushing the handle of the Kettlebell for so long will be impossible and your forearm and palms will fail really soon. So how do you exactly hold on to a Kettlebell? Let's try the hook grip. The hook grip on a Kettlebell is very different from the hook grip used in Olympic lifting. To use a hook grip on the Kettlebell is simple. Hold on to the handle of the Kettlebell but don't crush it. Allow a generous space between the handle and your palm to have a free flow movement so that your palms don't fatigue over time during the lift. This will look like you are forming the shape of a hook with your palms. 4) Olympic Lifting The type of grip used during the Olympic lifting is very different from traditional lifting grips or dead lifting grip. Here once again a hook grip is used, which is slightly different from the Kettlebell hook grip. The hook grip held here is again meant to be held tight, but then the nature of this grip is such that it lets you have free movement of the bar and your palms while performing a clean or a snatch. People also use the traditional grip while Olympic lifting but this is a big mistake and can limit the performance of the lift. Lifting Glove And Chalk Using lifting gloves will shield your palms from any pinches or pains while holding the bar and hence help you focus on the grip. However, it is not advisable to use gloves while Kettlebell lifting as this will restrict free movement. Moreover, prolonged use of gloves can make you habitual and you will not be able to lift without gloves. Lifting chalk too is a great idea and is used by many professional athletes. It's always better to use the chalk rather than the grip. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  15. The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in Paris, France, January 5, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/file Apple Inc will build its second data centre in southern Denmark, to be powered entirely by renewable energy, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday. The data centre, which is due to begin operations in 2019, will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. Apple will invest around 6 billion Danish crowns ($920 million) in the project, Danish media reported. The first data center in Denmark with a price tag of around 850 million euros will begin operations this year.
  16. ‘Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and repaired in bed (while sleeping)'. If you lift, you know this phrase. There's a legit reason as to why it's thrown around so often- resting makes the muscle get bigger and stronger, simple. Decoding the phrase further, understand the fact that when we train (weight training), we get micro-tears in our muscle fibres. The level of tearing depends on the workout intensity and the muscle group trained. The bigger the targeted muscle, the larger the damaged area. The amino acids derived from the protein ingested initiates the repairing function for the damaged muscle fibres. At last, while you fall asleep at night, your muscles grow (hypertrophy). The whole idea behind explaining this muscle hypertrophy cycle was to make you understand the importance of the last meal you consume before hitting the sack. Why? It is because your body needs good nutrition for the repair and recovery process while you sleep. Therefore, what you eat before bed, affects your muscle growth significantly. With this piece, I shall be listing the best bed time foods you must consume in some or the other form. Note: Before incorporating any of the below-mentioned meal plans, just cross check your macros and daily calorie count. 1) Paneer Paneer is categorised under casein protein. Casein protein breaks down slowly and provides a sustainable supply of amino acids for 7-8 hours. 100g of paneer gives you around 16-18g of protein, 22g of fat and almost no carbs. 2) Chicken breast with salad While chicken digests comparatively faster than paneer, consuming it with salad or fat (butter/ghee) will slow down its breakdown in the body. As a result, the muscles will get a constant supply of essential amino acid while you sleep. 100g of chickens gives you a good 23-25g of protein, 4-5g of fats and negligible carbohydrates. 3) Casein Protein Shake (with peanut butter) A casein protein supplement is the best choice for night time fuelling. It breaks down slowly and provides a sustainable supply of all essential amino acids. Adding one serving (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter along with your casein shake will make it even more of a solid fuel for the night. Just like fibre, even fats take some time to digest in the body. One serving of casein protein along with one serving of natural peanut butter will give you around 32g of protein, 19 grams of healthy fats and 12grams of carbohydrates. 4) Almond whey smoothie Don't have casein protein? No need to worry! Here is how you can use your regular whey and make it work like casein. All you need to do is, just take 200ml of whole milk, one ounce of almonds, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and one scoop of whey protein supplement. Put everything in a blender and blend it for about 30 seconds. There you go, enjoy your super healthy almond whey smoothie. Almonds are rich in magnesium which is a natural muscle relaxant. Moreover, the added coconut oil has several anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. In one serving of almond whey smoothie, you will get around 38g of protein, 31g of healthy fats and around 21g of carbohydrates.
  17. Architectural rendering of Facebook?s proposed Willow Campus is seen in Menlo Park, California, US, in this undated photo obtained by Reuters July 7, 2017. Facebook/Handout via REUTERS SAN FRANCISCO: The shortage of housing in California's Silicon Valley has gotten so severe that Facebook Inc on Friday proposed taking homebuilding into its own hands for the first time with a plan to construct 1,500 units near its headquarters. The growth of Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies has strained neighbourhoods in the San Francisco Bay area that were not prepared for an influx of tens of thousands of workers during the past decade. Home prices and commute times have risen. Tech companies have responded with measures such as internet-equipped buses for employees with long commutes. Facebook has offered at least $10,000 in incentives to workers who move closer to its offices. Those steps, though, have not reduced complaints that tech companies are making communities unaffordable, and they have mostly failed to address the area's housing shortage. "The problem with Silicon Valley is you don't have enough supply to keep up with the demand," said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at real estate research firm CoreLogic. With Facebook's construction plan, the company said it wanted to invest in Menlo Park, the city some 72 kilometres south of San Francisco where it moved in 2011. The company said it wants to build a "village" that will also have 1.75 million square feet of office space and 125,000 square feet of retail space. "Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services," John Tenanes, Facebook's vice president for global facilities, said in a statement. The 1,500 Facebook housing units would be open to anyone, not just employees, and 15 percent of them would be offered at below market rates, the company said. Facebook said it expects the review process to take two years. Alphabet has taken a smaller step, buying 300 modular apartment units for short-term employee housing, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith said in an interview that there were concerns about whether the Facebook plan would increase traffic, a subject the city's planning department would study. She said, though, that Facebook's plan fits with the city's own long-term plan for development, and that the city was excited about the additional housing. Facebook's Tenanes said the density of the proposed development could also entice spending on transit projects. "The region's failure to continue to invest in our transportation infrastructure alongside growth has led to congestion and delay," he said.
  18. Photo:File Pakistan has entered into an agreement with a Chinese firm to construct an oil refinery near Kohat, Radio Pakistan reported on Friday. The state news agency, quoting sources in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company Limited, said that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the country. The oil refinery is to be built over land of two hundred acres land and will cost $300 million over four years, added Radio Pakistan. The refinery will produce 15,000 barrels of oil per day when completed. Pakistan, China sign agreements for Gwadar port The two countries signed a series of agreements on Saturday In May, Pakistan and China signed a series of agreements in Beijing for cooperation in different sectors. Three agreements pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth 3.4 billion Yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway were signed, according to media reports. MoU signed between Pakistan and Alibaba group During his visit to Alibaba headquarters, PM Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has immense potential for investors Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative, upgrading the main railway line track ML-I, and the establishment of Havelian Dry Port were also signed. Pakistan also signed a MoU with China?s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on May 16. Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir inked the MoU from Pakistan?s side, while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a witness to the ceremony.
  19. Tesla has built the world´s current largest battery, which came online in California in December, Musk said. Photo: AFP/file SYDNEY: Elon Musk´s Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world´s largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia´s energy woes. Billionaire Musk tweeted an offer to help build a battery farm in March after South Australia was hit with a total blackout when an "unprecedented" storm wrecked power transmission towers in 2016. "This system will be three times more powerful than any system on Earth," Musk told reporters in the state capital Adelaide. Tesla has built the world´s current largest battery, which came online in California in December, Musk said, adding that the South Australian battery would be 100 megawatts -- enough to power 30,000 homes. "This is not a minor foray into the frontier... I´m pretty darn impressed with South Australia willing to do a project of this magnitude that is beyond anything else in the world," Musk said. "That takes a lot of gumption... I do see this as something that the world will look at as an example." The battery will be built in Jamestown, 230 kilometres (143 miles) north of Adelaide and will be paired with a nearby wind farm run by Neoen, a French renewable energy company, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said. Experts said the battery could help transform the renewable energy landscape by addressing the intermittent nature of sources such as wind and solar by pairing them with a large-scale electricity storage system. "Variability is one of the key challenges in integrating large amounts of renewables into power systems as we try and get towards 100 percent renewables," Ariel Liebman of Monash University´s MEMSI energy institute told AFP. "So we need a balancing mechanism that helps take some excess production when these things are producing a lot and then distribute it into the system when it´s needed and there´s not so much production." Battery ´common sense´ Musk said it was "common sense that if you have solar you must have battery because otherwise your power is going to be proportionate to how sunny it is". "I specifically think that the consistently lowering cost of batteries, coupled with renewables, is going to fundamentally reshape the energy landscape much faster than anyone thinks it will," Cal Lankton, Tesla´s vice president of global infrastructure operations, added. Musk acknowledged his company had to overcome the technical risks associated with building a project at such a large scale, but said Tesla was confident of its success. The high-flying firm, known for producing electric cars, has agreed to deliver the battery "within 100 days or it is free", Weatherill added. No figures were given for the cost of the contract. Neoen, which has built major projects around the world since being set set up in 2008, operates Europe´s biggest solar energy park in southwest France, which can produce the equivalent annual electricity to supply a town of 300,000 people. South Africa-born Musk has envisaged Tesla as a company that can help reduce emissions by not only selling people electric cars, but also generating and storing the renewable energy that powers them. Australia is one of the world´s worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters due to heavy use of coal-fired power.
  20. LE BOURGET: Lockheed Martin has agreed with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd to jointly build F-16 fighter planes equipped with new-generation electronics in India, both companies said on Monday. The fighters are of the Block 70 type, "the newest and most technologically advanced F-16 ever", they said. "The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force´s single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched US-Indian industry partnership directly supports India´s initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India," said the statement, released on the Paris air show´s opening day. The Indian air force does not currently use F-16s, but industry experts say that local production would be a strong argument in favour of the US plane against its rivals, including French company Dassault´s Rafale, in future procurement decisions. India in 2016 agreed to buy 36 Rafale combat planes for around eight billion euros. Accompanying that deal was a partnership agreement between Dassault and India´s Reliance Group and a promise by Dassault to invest about half of the value of the contract in India. The French company recently said it was in talks for India to buy at least 50 more. India, the world´s top defence importer, is conducting a $100-billion upgrade of its Soviet-era military hardware, facing border disputes with its northern and western neighbours, China and Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved to reduce India´s reliance on expensive imports and called for the manufacturing of defence equipment locally. Modi´s government has raised the limit on foreign investment in the defence sector and encouraged tie-ups between foreign and local companies. The announcement comes a week before Modi visits Washington for talks with President Donald Trump, who has been putting pressure on American companies to keep production at home. The multi-role F-16 has been in production since 1978, with Lockheed so far producing a total of 4,500 units of the aircraft of which 3,200 are currently in service. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Sons, already runs manufacturing partnerships with several global players, including Boeing, Airbus and Sikorsky.
  21. Building a gaming PC can be a confusing and tedious task that can deter people from PC gaming. We published our guide to building the ultimate gaming PC earlier and today we decided to build a PC for gamers who are willing to spend some money but not a lot to have a good gaming rig. (c) Youtube We did the research for you so that you don’t have to and we’ve managed to build a PC that is tailored to deliver a high-end experience that won't burn a hole in your character. This rig will run most games at 1440p and that’s all you need to run the current generation of games. CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 (INR 15,000) (c) Intel This CPU is great when it comes to reliability and performance and is currently available for INR 15,000. The 14nm Kaby Lake has 4 cores and has 6MB cache. It also carries a 3.4GHz base frequency and a 3.8GHz Turbo frequency--plenty fast for games Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (INR 40,800) (c) Nvidia The graphics card is an essential component of a gaming PC and we recommend Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1070. It has 1920 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 video memory that clocks at 8Ghz. The GTX 1070 may not be cheap if you simply look at the price tag, but for what it can do it is actually a beast when it comes to delivering high-fidelity graphics. This is a steal. Motherboard: Asus Prime H270-Pro (INR 11,250) (c) Asus The CPU requires a good motherboard that compliments it effectively and we feel that the Asus Prime H270-Pro fits the bill. It supports USB Type-C, USB 3.1 and has two PCle slots. It also has Intel’s new H270 chipset on board. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (INR 3,335) (c) Youtube You can get a CPU that comes with a mediocre air cooler for free but if you are serious about having your PC last for a longer time, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is essential for your rig. It keeps your components cool and does not make much noise. SSD: WD Blue 250GB Internal Solid State Drive (WDS250G1B0A) [INR 6,700] (c) WD Digital In order to have a fast PC, you will require an SSD that will keep the OS going and not interrupt your favourite games/applications. We chose the WD Blue 250GB Internal Solid State Drive that can read speeds up to 545MB/s and write speeds up to 525MB/s for blazing fast performance. With a 1.75M hour mean time to failure (MTTF) and an endurance rating of up to 400 terabytes. The WD Blue SSD will last you for years to come. Memory: Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 8GB X 2 clocked at 2133MHz (INR 11,000) (c) Kingston Make sure you never overlook one of the most essential parts of any gaming system. The RAM is the bread and butter of any gaming PC and bears the brunt of the processing when it comes to any component. The faster your memory, the better performance you will get from your system. We recommend the Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 8GB X 2 clocked at 2133MHz which is stable and reliable enough for your gaming experience. HDD: Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB (INR 6,400) (c) Youtube For storing all your other files such as documents, images and music we recommend the 2TB Seagate Desktop HDD. It does not break the bank and has enough space to store your games and movies. It is also faster than its counterparts which is essential for having a fast performing and long lasting computer. EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 (INR 14,000) (c) EVGA The SuperNOVA 550 G2 is a 550-watt power supply unit that will power this beast of a rig. This will keep your PC safe and if you live in India, it will protect you from electricity cuts. The entire unit is modular and does not require many cables to power it. Peripherals (c) MensXP (c) MensXP Choosing the peripherals for your PC all depends on your personal preference and what kind of games you like. We included some options in our previous article which you can use for your rig. However, if you need to buy a good mechanical keyboard that does not cost a lot, we recommend the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn. You can also use the G90 mouse, if you prefer playing RPG games.
  22. Photo: File Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country in the next twenty-four hours. However, rain and thunderstorm with gusty winds are expected at a few places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, D.I. Khan divisions, Islamabad, FATA, and Kashmir. A weak seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan. However, a shallow westerly wave is still affecting Kashmir and its adjoining areas. Past weather The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, dust thunderstorm and rain with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Hazara divisions and Kashmir. Rainfall (mm) Punjab: Murree 09, Bahawalnagar 05, Gujrat 04, Mangla 03, Jhelum 02, Sialkot 01, Kashmir: Kotli 12, Rawalakot 03, KP: Balakot 03. Today's highest maximum temperatures Sibbi, Nokkundi, Dalbandin 48°C, Larkana, Dadu, Moenjodaro 47°C, R.Y.Khan, Sh. Benazirabad 46°C. Data Courtesy: Pakistan Meteorological Department
  23. Google has hired Apple’s chief chip architect and will now be building custom SoC chips for Google’s flagship device, the Pixel. Manu Gulati is a veteran when it comes to being a chip architect and has now joined Google in the last few weeks. Gulati publicly listed his move to Google on this Linkedin profile and is now the Lead SoC architect at Google. Gulati was responsible for spearheading Apple’s own chip development and worked at the Cupertino giant for almost 8 years. Apart from Gulati, Google is now expanding their team of chip experts so that Google can build their own chipsets for future Pixel smartphones. Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s bid to build custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In the past, Gulati has been responsible for the A4 and A9 chips which powered the 2010 iPad. © Apple Much like most smartphone manufacturers, Google was dependant on Qualcomm for their debut smartphone and many of these chips are being used on various other Android smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, LG, Lenovo and Asus smartphones. Qualcomm is the leader in the smartphone industry when it comes to chip development and manufacturing and has left companies with very little choice to implement other SoCs in their devices. © Youtube Google’s decision to hire Gulati means only one thing, the company wants a competitive edge over other smartphone companies and if successful, a custom Google processor will reduce performance gaps between the iPhone and the Pixel. © Youtube Apple has already been experimenting with the chip design, the latest being a W1 wireless chip that is used wireless audio products like the AirPods. The other new chip is integrated into the touch bar of the MacBook Pro and is now working on chips that support AR and are based on ARM processors.
  24. What’s the last video you watched on YouTube? Probably some YouTuber reviewing something, right? A trailer for a movie maybe? What did you get out of it? A brief moment of enjoyment? Great. That’s what YouTube is all about. Here’s the Daily Show where Trevor Noah talks about James Comey taking the stand in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee: But then, there are people like Paen Long, a car mechanic by profession, who is obsessed with aeroplanes. The Cambodian man has never even set foot in an aircraft in his life. This just goes to show that when you’re properly motivated, anything is possible. He chose an aeroplane over a helicopter because he believed it would be easier to build. He would to work at night since he was worried about everyone in his village of Prey Chhor making fun of him. It wasn’t a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination. BBC Here’s a little information about the plane he built: - It’s modelled after Japanese warplanes from WWII. - It has a wing span of 5.5 m. - It is made mostly from recycled materials. - It cost over $10,000 to build. - It weighs 500 kgs. BBC Although his maiden flight wasn’t what you could term a success, he managed to get the plane 50 m above the ground before crashing, Mr Long hasn’t lost hope. He is now working on a seaplane which he believes will be light enough to fly. He has already spent more than $3,000 on the seaplane and even though he will have to journey almost 200 km before he can find a water body big enough for him to make this attempt, there’s nothing that’s going to stand in the way of him making the impossible, possible. BBC We hope Mr Long follows in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers and is able to give wings to his dreams, literally. The BBC did a story on Mr Long and you can read it here.
  25. A Pentagon report released on Tuesday singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, as it forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. The prediction came in a 97-page annual report to Congress that saw advances throughout the Chinese military in 2016, funded by robust defence spending that the Pentagon estimated exceeded $180 billion. That is higher than China's official defence budget figure of 954.35 billion yuan ($140.4 billion). Chinese leaders, the US report said, appeared committed to defence spending hikes for the "foreseeable future," even as economic growth slows. The report repeatedly cited China's construction of its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, which is already home to a key US military base and is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal. "China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan," the report said. Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worries in India that it would become another of China's 'string of pearls' of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The report did not address India's potential reaction to a Chinese base in Pakistan. But Pakistan, the US report noted, was already the primary market in the Asian-Pacific region for Chinese arms exports. That region accounted for $9 billion of the more than $20 billion in Chinese arms exports from 2011 to 2015. Last year, China signed an agreement with Pakistan for the sale of eight submarines. Quantum Satellite, Cyber Hacks The Pentagon report flagged Chinese military advances, including in space and at sea. It cited China's 2016 launch of the first experimental quantum communications satellite, acknowledging that it represented a "notable advance in cryptography research." As in past years, the Pentagon renewed its concerns about cyber spying, saying US government-owned computers were again targeted by China-based intrusions through 2016. "These and past intrusions focused on accessing networks and extracting information," the report said. "China uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against US diplomatic, economic, and defence industrial base sectors." In a section discussing China's Navy, the report predicted that China's first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier would likely reach initial operating capability in 2020.