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  1. As the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ draws closer, there's a whole bunch of new information coming forward, presenting something very different that not a lot of people are expecting. At this point, a lot is known about the two phones, ranging from the hardware changes and what has remained the same from a design perspective. Not surprisingly, a new benchmark has surfaced and it reveals the performance of the Exynos 9810 and to add a little spice to the entire result, it has been pitted against the Snapdragon 845. The Galaxy S9 is expected to be one of the first phones in 2018 to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. The chipset is the phone's brain. The 845 performed at least 25 percent faster than the best score on all but four tests out of the dozen. © Geekbench The U.S.A variant of the S9 will be powered by the Qualcomm chipset, while the all other markets will get the Exynos variant. This has been the trend with Samsung's flagships for years now, and it did not have any practical difference, up till now. Journalists were able to get a hands-on session with the 845 and according to CNET, the S9 will score around 2,400 and 8,100 in single- and multi-core Geekbench tests. The Exynos 9810 chip that Samsung created for the Galaxy S9 series scores much better in single-core Geekbench tests, as this recently leaked benchmark shows. The Exynos chipset scored 3648 and 8894 in single- and multi-core Geekbench tests. © Samsung Even previous-generation flagships branded under the Galaxy and powered by Exynos chipsets have performed better and have better battery life than their Snapdragon counterparts. What this benchmark reveals is that Samsung took things to a new level in the speed department. The S9 is reported to come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with a reinforced aluminium frame holding a 5.8" Super AMOLED display, and a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels (~568 ppi density). The battery capacity may increase from 3,000 mAh to 3,500 mAh as well. Samsung's next flagship is a few days away from becoming official and will see a launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25th. Source: Geekbench
  2. WASHINGTON: Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200: Just steal it. A new version of the decades-old board game Monopoly encourages players to cheat, but plastic handcuffs will leave them "locked up" if they are caught. The aim of the game remains as it has been since its creation in 1935: to become the richest player through buying properties and collecting rent. But a recent study "revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, Hasbro decided it was time to give fans what they´ve been craving all along," a statement from Monopoly´s manufacturer said. The "Cheaters Edition" will be available this autumn. It adds 15 cheat cards covering the most common types of traditionally unsportsmanlike play such as moving tokens more spaces than allowed by the dice, avoiding rent, or stealing money from the bank. If they can get away with it before the next players´ turn, the "cheaters" will be rewarded with Monopoly money, a hotel, or $200 from the bank. "But get caught and you´ll pay the consequences! Pretend handcuffs will leave offenders "chained" to the board until they are released," Hasbro says. In another change, there is no longer a designated banker. Each player controls the central money pool during his or her turn -- making it easier to pull off a heist. While Hasbro says it "has finally decided to embrace our less-than-honest fans by encouraging them to partake in those iconic (yet sometimes unspoken) Monopoly moments," the new version has its detractors. "Monopoly is a horrible game," and a cheaters´ monopoly would be even more so, Edward Castronova, a specialist in media and games at the University of Indiana, told AFP on Friday. More broadly, the game is "is a completely inaccurate simulation of real economies. If Monopoly´s model were accurate, there would only be one company in the world, instead of billions and billions." More than 275 million copies of Monopoly, in various versions, have been distributed in 114 countries.
  3. Authors of self-help books are still struggling to find the most generic statement that instantly guarantees success but all of them agree that performing an action consecutively for 21 days makes it a habit. As it turns out, they made this claim by doing as much research as a five-year old who decides that his dream is to operate elevators professionally. What Does Science Have To Say About The Myth of 21 Days? © Thinkstock In his book "Making Habits, Breaking Habits", Jeremy Dean, a certified psychologist, cited research carried out at University College London and summarised the results, "There are all sorts of stories explaining its origins (the 21 day rule), most of them standing on science-free ground. On average, across the participants who provided enough data, it took 66 days until a habit was formed. And, contrary to what was commonly believed, missing a day or two didn't much affect habit formation.” The time it takes to form a habit depends on the person and the nature of the habit. If your aim is to have a glass of water before breakfast then the 21-day rule works fine. If you aim higher, don't be surprised if you find yourself naked on the street on the 22nd day of being sober. Why Bother With Understanding Habits Think of your brain as a computer. Either way, each habit is a little autopilot program that you can load into your brain and then perform automatically in the given context. Most people use the autopilot software created randomly by the events and environment of their lives. If you ordered a large pizza the first three times you binge-watched a TV series, odds are that you will order one for the fourth series you watch as well. © Thinkstock Habits have three important characteristics. Firstly, habits come under the purview of our subconscious mind. We raise our hand to turn on the light when we enter a room even during a power cut, out of habit. Secondly, it happens automatically in response to a context (that of entering the room). Habits are strongly rooted in context and environmental stimulus. Lastly, because of their repetitive nature, they provoke little emotional response by themselves. Which means, if you start listening to your favourite song every day on your way to work then soon enough, it won't be your favorite. Pro tip: Want to get over an annoyingly catchy Honey Singh song? Make it your alarm tone! The Trick To Forming Good Habits Habit formation requires patience, determination and other qualities that no one has by default. It's a struggle but the catch is that it gets easier with repetition because it provokes no emotional response. Here are 6 things to keep in mind before starting your journey: 1. Make sure the ultimate goal is achievable The first thing is to truly believe that the ultimate goal is worth achieving. To determine whether a goal is worthy of effort, force yourself to think about the negative aspects of your goal and the obstacles you will face. Proceed further only when you're sure that the probability of success is high. 2. Don't visualize the end result Visualising the end result fools the mind into believing that it has already reached its goals. Instead, visualise the process of working towards the goal. Imagine yourself sweating profusely in the gym and women covering their faces or taking wildly roundabout routes to avoid your treadmill. This is a much more realistic and practical image of how the habit formation process is going to feel like. © Pexels 3. Don't break the chain Jerry Seinfeld, a famous American comedian, came up with a simple way of keeping track of one's progress. He wanted to inculcate the habit of writing jokes every day. He bought a huge wall calendar and he would strike off the date on the calendar by making a big cross if he wrote a page of jokes that day. Then, his only aim was to simply not break the chain of crosses. 4. It's fine if you skip a day, don't be so hard on yourself Another aspect of habit formation that the self-help authors miscommunicated is that skipping a day or two doesn't have a major impact on the process. As long as you keep bouncing back for progressively longer stretches of time, you are on the right track. So, if leg day was too rough then don't strain yourself the next day. That's your deceitful brain trying to get you injured so that you don't have to go to gym altogether. 5. Layering Don't bite off more than you can chew. It's easier to approach tiny specific goals. Returning to the example of exercising daily, start with doing cardio once a week, then twice, then thrice and so on and so forth. Similarly, add strength training gradually to your exercise routine. Breaking down habits and layering them is the only way to achieve automaticity for a complicated and physically gruelling task like exercise. This process is for creating a strong habit and not designed for building six packs in one month. For that, you need a genie in a bottle. © Pexels 6. Implementation intentions It helps to use the if-then format to create specific goals, also called implementation intentions. For example, suppose your aim is to be healthier, your implementation intention can be, 'if I'm about to get in the car for a short trip, then I should walk.' Implementation intentions can be used to shield your weak habit from adverse thoughts. For example, 'if I feel too tired to practise the piano after work, then I will first listen to some inspirational music to help motivate me.' or 'if I'm about to troll celebrities on the internet, then I will get a life first.' How To Break A Bad Habit Breaking bad habits is simpler in theory but much harder in practice. It is recommended to consult a psychologist or counsellor and the support of a family member is often necessary to phase out bad habits. As an overview, here are the three main points that one should remember: 1. Practise mindfulness. Recognising when, where and how the bad habit is triggered is the first step to breaking it. 2. Willpower is a limited resource, use it but don't rely on it. Instead, try to use the pre-commitment strategy. If you're tired of pulling down your Twitter timeline every 5 seconds, add a browser plugin like StayFocusd that irreversibly blocks social media sites after a certain period of time. Since habits are rooted in context, if you get rid of the trigger, your willpower will have an easier time. © Pexels 3. Focussing on suppressing bad habits leads to constantly thinking about the bad habit. This is counterproductive. Research suggests that the solution is to replace the bad habit with an alternate habit. If you are visiting adult websites too often, start playing blitz chess online. Have you ever seen Viswanathan Anand act inappropriately? No because it's impossible to be aroused while playing chess. Try it! Conclusion The fact that we can rewire our neural pathways to live better lives is impressive and inspirational. As the old saying goes, “The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” So, get out there, upgrade your brain and build that six pack! With inputs from: “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean
  4. Bollywood simply loves remakes, and so do we, but only when it's not a senseless rip-off. Since the time we got a glimpse of 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' trailer, we can't help but get all excited about the movie which is set to hit the screens soon. The reboot is one of the most anticipated films of 2017 and having Dwayne Johnson in it just adds more to the thrill of witnessing the twisted world of Jumanji once again. (c) Sony Pictures Bollywood often comes up with remakes and we are seriously hoping this is on their list as well. Wouldn't it be interesting to see who will say the epic dialogues in Hindi, “Did someone roll a five or an eight?” and “WHAT YEAR IS IT?” Thinking about the Bollywood version, we already have some fabulous 'desi' actors in mind that would absolutely fit the bill. 1. Dwayne Johnson - Prabhas (c) Sony Pictures Dwayne Johnson 'The Rock', doesn't need an introduction and nor does our very own mighty 'Baahubali' aka Prabhas. With their identical muscular physique and amazing sense of humor, Prabhas is cent percent the right pick for this role. Known for giving his best, we can bet that Prabas will definitely justify the role of Dr. Smolder Bravestone, an archaeologist, and explorer. 2. Kevin Hart - Varun Dhawan (c) Sony Pictures Who better than Varun Dhawan to play Kevin Hart role of Franklin "Moose" Finbar, a zoologist and weapons specialist? Varun fits perfectly into the funny shoes of Kevin since he himself is a big fan of the WWE star and nurtures the dream of working with him someday. 3. Jack Black - Arshad Warsi (c) Sony Pictures There is no one like Arshad Warsi when it comes to comedy and wit. The man can literally leave you in splits in seconds with just a straight face. So who other than Arshad to don Jack Black's role of Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon, a cartographer, cryptographer, archaeologist, and palaeontologist? We can already imagine Arshad taking it to another level. 4. Karen Gillan - Katrina Kaif (c) Sony Pictures After having played an explorer-cum-spy-cum-writer in 'Jagga Jasoos', Katrina is one hell of an actress who is even known for doing her own stunts. She is one who can easily transform herself into the chic jungle fighter flawlessly. Karen plays Ruby Roundhouse, a killer of men and dance fighter and this role needs someone who can do it all effortlessly and Kat is the one and only for it! 5. Director - Jake Kasdan - Rohit Shetty (c) Sony Pictures Making a Bollywood version of Jumanji needs an actor who can totally pull it off with style and who better than Rohit Shetty to deal with a subject like that? Maybe Rohit should take our suggestion seriously and work on this project. Now doesn't that sound like a full proof plan for a blockbuster Bollywood film? The film 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is all set to hit the screens on 29th December and we bet this reboot will be one hell of a watch.
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  6. Uber has just launched a light web-based version of Uber - m.uber.com - in India that will help people book their rides from computers or tablets. What this means is, you no longer have the compulsion to book via the app. The web version does exactly the same thing that the App can but isn't resource intensive. The web-based version of Uber has already launched in India, and the feature is targeting riders who do not have high-end smartphones that can support mobile apps, due to limited storage issues. (c) Pexels "As part of our efforts to enable global access to Uber, we're focusing on two key areas for riders -- building solutions for those who don't have access to the Uber app and enabling our existing rider app to work better in emerging markets," Daniel Graf, Vice President and Head of Product at Uber, said in a statement. Keeping the low connectivity network conditions of India in mind, Uber also announced the pilot of three additional features – offline search, call to ride and request a guest. Uber is also testing a new “call-to-ride” functionality, and the first pilot is being run in Pune. The cab-aggregating service has identified popular zones in the city setup pickup points. Riders can simply call on the given number and enter the provided four-digit code to wait for a cab at the pickup point. Users will get information about their ride via SMS. (c) BCCL Offline search is essentially for the riders using the app in limited network areas. With this feature, Uber is enabling offline search by caching the top points of interest in the city so that riders can enter their destinations in the app without having to wait for the connection, the company said. Finally, Uber riders will be able to request a ride for a guest, a feature that will be introduced in the next few weeks. The rider or guest for whom the ride has been booked will get an SMS with driver, car, ETA information, etc. The ride will be charged to the person who has requested it. (c) Pexels "We have a strong team and product champions in Bengaluru and at the newly inaugurated Hyderabad engineering facility working on innovations around the world. As a part of our efforts, we are focusing on two key areas for the market - build solutions for those who don't have access to the Uber app and enable our existing app to work better in emerging markets," said Graf. Uber is now working hard on localizing their business strategy in India amid stiff competition from local player Ola. Earlier in the year, Ola launched it's lighter web version which eliminated the need for a smartphone in the booking process. Uber says they have an engineering team of 150 in India who are constantly working on improving the localized user experience in India.
  7. Kevin Koththigoda. Photo: File Sri Lanka's 18-year-old spinner, Kevin Koththigoda, has left cricket fans with his unorthodox bowling action in utter bewilderment. In the ongoing edition of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in Malaysia, Team Sri lanka introduced Koththigoda, who holds a bowling action reminiscent of South Africa's chinaman exponent Paul Adams. The spinner is the latest entrant to this list of bowlers trying to challenge batsmen with their mysterious action. Kevin Koththigoda bowling action - YouTube Unorthodox bowling action of SL U19 cricketer Koththigoda made his instant impression during Sri Lanka's Group B clash against Afghanistan. In the game at Bayuemas Oval, Koththigoda sent down eight tidy overs and picked up a wicket to help his team defend a paltry total of 196 on a surface conducive for spin. Koththigoda hails from a place called Unawatuna in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The town is reportedly a few miles away from the iconic Galle Cricket Stadium. Apart from being a leg-spinner, the bowler is also a useful lower-order batsman and a live-wire on the field. Coached by former Sri Lanka 'A' batsman Dhammika Sudarshana, the teenager first came into limelight by representing Richmond College. However, Richmond College already boasted of a quality leg-spinner in the form of Wanindu Hasaranga who made his senior debut in the ODI series against Zimbabwe. Hence, Koththigoda switched to arch-rival Mahinda College. Speaking to press, Sudarshana quipped, "He has a very unusual action. It's like that of Paul Adams. The action wasn't coached or anything, it came naturally to him. Initially, he was struggling with the length as he couldn't see the pitch. But he has (now) improved tremendously."
  8. Video games being turned into movies have almost never gone as planned, and even with all parts seemingly in the right place, something always goes wrong. One of the earliest and biggest examples of this would be the 1993 'Super Mario Bros.' movie, which turned out to be such a huge disaster. Even though the movie was based on Nintendo's most iconic franchise till date, the movie was not at all well received, and the company felt such a big hit that not a single movie adaptation of any video game has been made since then. But, seems like after more than two decades, Nintendo has tried to give it one more go. Although, this time Mario and Luigi will get their own animated movie. According to The Wall Street Journal, in one of the highest-profile licensing deals by a Hollywood studio in years, Nintendo will be teaming up with Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind well-loved movies like the 'Despicable Me' movies, 'Sing', 'Minions' and 'The Secret Life of Pets', to bring Mario to the big screen. Reportedly, the companies had been in negotiations for about a year, and currently there is a deal for one movie, but there's potential for more. Apparently, Nintendo is giving up the film rights to the characters in order to get involved in the creative process. After the train wreck that was the 1993 live action movie, Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary creator of 'Super Mario Bros.', 'Donkey Kong', 'Star Fox' and 'The Legend of Zelda', was involved in the talks and will be a producer on the animated movie, this time around. The movie is currently in the 'early development' stage, and since it's an animated film – and this is quite an important one – we'll probably have to wait a few years, but hopefully it will be worth it. If this movie is not as disastrous as its previous predecessor, then hopefully it will pave the way for even more Nintendo film adaptations. Meanwhile, the next big video game adaptation is 'Tomb Raider' starring Alicia Vikander, which will be out in March next year.
  9. MOSCOW: Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in next year?s presidential election, offering liberal voters unhappy with President Vladimir Putin?s rule someone to back, though she has little prospect of winning. Opinion polls show Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for nearly two decades, will comfortably win re-election if, as most observers expect, he decides to seek what would be his fourth term in March. However, a significant minority of voters accuse the Kremlin chief of overseeing a corrupt system that has isolated Russia from the outside world, and many of them have taken part in mass protests organised by Putin critic Alexei Navalny. Russian officials say Navalny is ineligible to run for president due to a criminal conviction he says was fabricated. Sobchak, who has been described by Vogue magazine as the Russian version of US socialite Paris Hilton and is the daughter of Putin?s former mentor, said she had decided to run because she was tired of the same politicians, including Putin, running year after year. In a video clip posted online on Wednesday evening, Sobchak, 35, said she had the right to run for Russia?s top political job under the country?s constitution, which stipulates that all candidates must be 35 or older. ?I decided to exercise that right because I am against all of those (candidates) who usually exercise that right,? she said. ?When I was 18 and was studying in university, Vladimir Putin became president of Russia. Children who were born that year will go and vote themselves this year. Just think about that.? But some Russian liberals fear Sobchak?s participation will play into the Kremlin?s hands by splitting the opposition vote. ?LIBERAL LAUGHING-STOCK? Last month, commenting on rumours that Sobchak would run, Navalny complained that she was being used by the Kremlin as a safe lightning conductor for voters? dissatisfaction. She was being drawn into ?this fairly loathsome Kremlin game that goes by the title of: ?Let?s put a liberal laughing-stock up for the elections in order to distract attention,'? said Navalny. Sobchak told the opposition-leaning TV broadcaster Rain she had told Putin in advance of her intention to run, adding it had seemed to her that he had not liked her decision. The Kremlin has said she is eligible to run in the election. Sobchak is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the reformist former mayor of St Petersburg who hired Putin as an official in City Hall in the 1990s. Sobchak, who died in 2000, became a mentor to Putin. Sobchak?s mother, Lyudmila Narusova, sits in the upper house of the Russian parliament. Ksenia Sobchak?s Instagram account, often featuring photographs of her dressed in designer outfits and appearing at glitzy society events, has 5.2 million followers. After graduating from the prestigious MGIMO University in Moscow, she became a nationwide celebrity when she hosted a Russian reality TV show called Dom 2. She became active in opposition politics around the time that Putin, in 2012, was re-elected to the presidency after stepping down for four years to comply with constitutional term limits. She appeared at opposition rallies, spoke out against the Kremlin on social media, and recast herself as a news anchor for the Rain broadcaster.
  10. A US federal judge on Tuesday barred the White House from implementing yet another version of President Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was due to go into full effect. The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii -- which the White House signaled it would appeal -- marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States.signaled it would appeal -- marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States. Watson said the third rendition of the travel ban -- covering people from six mainly Muslim countries, as well as North Korea and some officials from Venezuela -- could not be justified under law. In his decision, Watson wrote the ban "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specific countries would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States.'" The ruling means the Trump administration could again ask the Supreme Court to decide whether his immigration orders are legal. Legal saga The newest order was announced last month to replace an expiring 90-day temporary ban on travellers from the Muslim-majority nations of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The September decree removed Sudan from the list, but added Chad and North Korea for full bans and Venezuela for a ban limited to certain classes of officials. The White House justified the measure as needed to protect US national security -- but critics said it appeared virtually the same as the original order of January 27. Courts shot that version down saying it targeted Muslims, violating the US constitutional protections for religious freedom. A second version was only slightly adjusted and was quickly tied up in similar legal wrangling. In June, the Supreme Court accepted to review the case but let the 90-day ban go mostly into effect in the meantime. When the ban expired, the court said there was nothing to rule on. Trump went forward with a new version with no expiry date, tacking on North Korea and Venezuela to the list of targeted countries and implying the updated measure did not simply target Muslim countries. But Watson -- who also issued freezes on the first two attempts -- said the order does not improve US security, since individuals who pose risks can already be denied entry under existing law. The order "plainly discriminates based on nationality" in a manner antithetical to US laws "and the founding principles of this nation," he wrote. Watson placed a freeze on the ban on travelers from the six countries, but allowed it to be implemented on North Korea -- which sent only a handful of people to the United States last year -- and Venezuela, where US sanctions have also already made travel to the United States difficult for many officials. 'Dangerously flawed' The White House quickly rejected his argument, calling it "dangerously flawed" and promising to fight the action. "The entry restrictions in the proclamation apply to countries based on their inability or unwillingness to share critical information necessary to safely vet applications, as well as a threat assessment related to terrorism, instability and other grave national security concerns," it said. "We are therefore confident that the judiciary will ultimately uphold the president's lawful and necessary action and swiftly restore its vital protections for the safety of the American people." One of the most controversial changes in the latest version of the White House order was the addition of Chad, whose forces are working with US troops in the battle against Boko Haram extremists. But the administration appeared to be preparing to back away from this widely-criticized position. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that in recent weeks the Chad government had shown a "clear willingness to work closely with us on these issues." She did not give any timeline, but said the US "is committed to working with Chad to address the deficiencies, toward the goal of improving vetting capabilities and lifting visa restrictions."
  11. Reprising and recreating of old chartbusters is the latest trend in B-town. From ‘Kala Chashma' to ‘Tamma Tamma', many 90s hit tracks have been rehashed lately but not every experiment is successful. Remember those famous lyrics, “Neend churayi meri kisne o sanam....Tu ne”? Well, every kid born in the 90s has grooved to ‘Neend Churai Meri' from the cult film ‘Ishq'. Anu Malik's music, Kumar Sanu, and Udit Narayan's voice were all that was needed to create a Bollywood hit number during those days. The song not only ruled the music charts for weeks but also become everyone's favourite song. And finally, Rohit Shetty has released the reprised version of 90's hit song in his upcoming flick ‘Golmaal Again'. This is the first time that the same actor is seen in the recreated version of his own song. 20 years ago, this song debuted in the Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla starrer ‘Ishq' and now the same track has been reprised in ‘Golmaal Again' as ‘Maine Tujko Dekha'. Though, after listening to the new track we wish what happened 20 years ago was left untouched. Sadly, Rohit and Ajay had a different plan. What Anu Malik created once, has now been crushed by the same hands. Nor do you get Kajol's and Ajay's peppy chemistry and neither does the song leaves a real impact. This new track is an utter disappointment and makes you wonder why the track was even remade in the first place. The song focuses on Parineeti Chopra as Ajay tries to woo her, and I so wish I could say this song didn't destroy those memories, but I just can't. Growing up listening to this epic song is one thing that will stay with many kids who were born in 90's. Even today, when the song comes on, one can't refrain from grooving to its beats and sing along, exhausting our vocal cords. That was the magic of that cult song! © Ajay Devgn FFilms There is nothing new that this song offers. You are presented with Ajay's trademark steps and a train to sequence from ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya'. It seems like producers these days are hell-bent on ruining every old song. Ajay and Rohit, congratulations on royally messing up yet another 90's song.
  12. It is believed that everybody has a unique talent. It is not just mere luck that lands some people on a bed of roses and some on the streets. Now, there could be some genuine reason for you not being able to do what you dearly wished to at some point in your life but if that is the case with your entire life, you are surely doing something wrong. There will always be someone better than you in every aspect of life so try and figure out what exactly is your special talent. It could sound like a stupid talent to many because for them that talent has not yet evolved or seen in many people. So you see, if no human is the same, then we are all unique. So, how can one's talents be the same? Similarly, do more than half of the graduates in India really wants to become engineers, doctors or lawyers? Clearly they don't, but they are still struggling in a field they are not naturally meant to be in. This casues a lot of problems and leads to various insecurities. You want to know the path? Just ‘Be yourself'. That is the path. Do not fake. Be Yourself. That's it. 1. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” â Oscar Wilde © New York Post 2. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” â Bernard M. Baruch © Wikipedia 3. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” â Ralph Waldo Emerson © Wikipedia 4. “If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.” â Frank Zappa © Ultimate Classic Rock 5. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.” â Harvey Fierstein © IMDb 6. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” â Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching © The Book of Life 7. “Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.” â Ralph Waldo Emerson © Wikipedia 8. “Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.” â Brian Tracy © You Be Relentless 9. “You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don't have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don't have to do what everyone else is doing and have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.” â Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart © TweetIz 10. “Sometimes you have to lose all you have to find out who you truly are.” â Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart © TweetIz 11. “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.” â Leo Buscaglia © Living Through Death 12. “The more you try to crush your true nature, the more it will control you. Be what you are. No one who really loves you will stop.” â Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels © Urban Fantasy Wiki - Fandom 13. “You can't be yourself within jealousy.” â Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity © daily quoted 14. “Nothing can be more hurtful to your heart than betraying yourself.” â Roy T. Bennett © TweetIz 15. “Decide what you want to be.... Pay the Price ... And be what you want to be.” â John A. Widtsoe, In a Sunlit Land © Temple Study
  13. Subtitles, voiceovers, translations or dubbing are an integral part of a movie, however things go haywire when people take things way more literally than they actually should. And when this happens, ‘Cheap Thrills' becomes Sasti Masti, Harry Potter becomes Hari Puttar, Tyrion Lannister becomes Chotu Mama, and Jon Snow becomes Jagannath, ‘Hangover' becomes ‘Oh Raat Sasuri' and ‘Avatar' becomes ‘Kasam Pandora Maiyya Ki'. Well, for those who still didn't get the gist, we are talking about hilarious Bhojpuri titles, and other regional translations. We all have seen Bihari parody of ‘Game of Thrones' and Punjabi version of ‘Spider Man', this time around it is another classic show that got a desi tadka and we just don't have words for it. The show is none other than our beloved ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S'. © Warner Bros. No matter how many times you watch ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S', this is one show that you can never get bored of. We just can't get enough of the struggles of Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Ross and Phoebe and the hilarious solutions they came up with up with to solve the problems. Things only turn bizarre when they discuss those problems and crack jokes in Punjabi. This video is hilarious and I all honesty, you just cannot afford to give this a miss. Check out the video here. While you enjoy watching this video, here's a recap of some the epic parodies made in regional language. How, can we forget our beloved Spider Man and his love interest Mary Jane Watson's conversation after he save her life. And the mother of all videos is this, the Bihari parody of ‘Game Of Thrones'. This video is any given day better than the original one if the dialogues were the only thing taken into consideration.
  14. Stephen King is obviously not a stranger to getting his work adapted, in fact, almost each and every one if his novels and short stories has made its way to the big or small screen, some way or another. © Syfy One of his most famous novels ‘It', which was released in 1986, was adapted in a miniseries in 1990 and proved to be a big hit, with Tim Curry's portrayal of ‘Pennywise the Clown' receiving a lot of praise. And now, ‘It' is being revived again, but for a full feature film this time, which is set to release in a couple of days. If you haven't checked it out before, you can watch the trailer right here, it's quite interesting and terrifying. But, the most interesting adaptation of that particular novel has to be the one that aired on Zee TV back in 1998. Isn't it kind of weird to think about how there was a Hindi version of an American television miniseries, that too back in the 1990s? Including the literal translation of the name, the Indian show, called ‘Woh', was quite similar to the original miniseries it was based on. The show follows a group of seven teenagers who once beat the titular character, a red-balloon toting, child-murdering monster disguised as a clown, and then vow to return should ‘Woh' ever rears its ugly head. Then, about thirty years later, the balloons start to appear again, forcing the original group of friends to reunite once again, this time to destroy ‘Woh' once and for all. © Zee TV Like the American version, several members of the group fall victim to ‘Woh's' shape-shifting and mind tricks, but by the end, the remaining survivors defeat the evil force. But, that is where all the similarities end, though. The Indian series took quite a few creative liberties, including giving ‘Who' a mother. But with the addition of the character of ‘Woh's' mother, it also gave the series a way to give ‘Woh's' backstory and motivations. © Zee TV So, basically, he was a short man who wasn't able to fit in and get along in society, so he ended up committing suicide, but became an evil spirit in the process. Another big difference is how the group finally defeats ‘Woh'; they work together with him to help him attain “salvation” so that he'll stop being such a scary creepy clown. © Zee TV With Indian audiences being not that familiar with the original American series, it's not that surprising that ‘Woh' never caught on back then. If you want to check it out, all 52 episodes are available on YouTube now. Honestly, it's definitely worth a binge watch before you go watch the new ‘It' movie. Here's the first episode:
  15. Okay, the ‘Judwaa 2' trailer is not so bad and while we did find few inches of nostalgia in it and we kinda really missed watching Salman groove in it but nevertheless, Varun seems to have done a decent job. © Youtube However, the next litmus test happens when you start comparing songs between two versions of the same movie, right? Now everyone has danced to the building song and of course the ‘9 se 12' was the jam back in the late 90s, so obviously, the expectations from this new movie were big. Firstly, before I dive into what I feel after watching Varun and Jacqueline tweak this song into something absurd, let's just re-watch the original, please? So now, coming to the problem of Bollywood rehashing every goddamn good song that ever existed. You wanted another version of ‘9 se 12', cool I get it. Why did you have to tweak it so much to make it taste like 2017? It's an old song, so please let the appeal stay intact! You can't help but compare the two videos and end up missing the natural, fun chemistry between Salman and Karisma. The movie is all set to hit the screens next month and only time will tell what fate lies in store for it. I like the new version and it's one of those songs which we would dance to, when we are attending some Bollywood night at a club, late night, post 4 drinks. But if you ask me that will this version replace the old one in my memory, the answer is NO.
  16. As Coldplay kicked off the North American leg of their tour this Tuesday, Chris Martin decided to close the show by honouring the late Chester Bennington. Performing at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in front a packed crowd, which also included Mike Shinoda, Martin paused the show to pay tribute to Bennington who recently committed suicide. © Twitter Martin dedicated the song to “anyone who's missing someone” and after a false start, Martin stopped and told the crowd: "I know this is probably going to end up on YouTube so I want to do it right." Then he proceeded to play a soulful, stripped-down version of Linkin Park's Grammy award-winning ‘Crawling', which obviously struck a chord with the fans in the stadium as everyone was still mourning the loss. Shinoda later confirmed through his Twitter that he was indeed there, and called the performance and the choice of song ‘beautiful'. Thank you @coldplay ðð½ It sounded beautiful. A post shared by Mike Shinoda (@m_shinoda) on Aug 1, 2017 at 8:09pm PDT After his death, the band wrote a heart-breaking tribute to him. "Dear Chester," it read. "Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through out family as we come to grips with what has happened. "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realised. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world." RIP Chester Bennington.
  17. The tipsy ‘Kaavaan Kaavan' has made a comeback and colour us shocked if it isn't one of the grooviest tunes of the year. If you loved the original song in ‘Monsoon Wedding' by Sukhwinder Singh, it goes without saying that you are bound to love this one as well. The slick tune is sung by Divya Kumar and starts with Farhan Akhtar day dreaming about everyone chanting his name. The song plays as the background as Akhtar and Deepak Dobriyal discuss their plan to breakout of jail. When we heard this song in Mira Nair's film 16 years ago, little did we know that it would become an iconic generational tune. There was not a party or a wedding that was complete without playing this song. And now, Farhan Akhtar has given this beautiful number a new meaning altogether, making us all super nostalgic. This song acts more like an inspiring tune for people who want to break the mould and breathe in free. Well, Frahan looks fab (as always) but it is Gippy Grewal who grabs your attention. The famous singer is finally making his acting debut with this film and his desi swag adds real flavour to this wonderful song. Just like Sukhwinder, Divya has infused his infectious energy into the song, making it every bit as addictive as the original version. Check out the foot-tapping tune yourself and get ready to groove to its peppy beats: The film is slated to be released on September 15.
  18. FRANKFURT: BMW on Tuesday said its plant in Oxford, England has been chosen as the location to produce an electric Mini in 2019. "The electric MINI?s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group?s e-mobility center at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model," BMW said in a statement on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that BMW's Oxford factory in England was the favoured location for building an electric version of the Mini with the vehicle's powertrain being delivered from factories in Bavaria.?
  19. There's nothing better than a good old retro number remixed well. One of the most loved classics ‘Badan Pe Sitare' by the legendary Mohammad Rafi is an all-time favourite. The Hindi rock band SaaR has come up with a groovy version of the song and we are already tapping our feet. Though we still like the original version better that had Shammi Kapoor serenading Mumtaz in style, the new one ain't too bad either. Of course, this is not the first time the song has been remixed. Harry Anand made one a few years back. Which one's your favourite?!
  20. LG introduced their latest flagship earlier this year (read review) and the company may be interested in introducing a smaller version of the G6 as a sales driven move. The current 5.7-inch device has an 18:9 aspect ratio and the company hopes to bring the same aspect ratio to the mini version. It is supposed to have a 5.4-inch screen which is not that much smaller than the G6. © MensXP The document that was leaked does not have any specs mentioned and it could also denote that the company may have planned to drop the smaller version altogether. The document is dated from last year which might signify the company's plan to abandon the plan. However, TechnoBuffalo believes that the mini version could still be a possibility and the size difference between the two is not that much. However, if I were LG, I would definitely try to launch a smaller version as it would fare well amongst female users since the size of a smartphone is one of the biggest criteria while purchasing a smartphone. You never know, LG may just make a version that might boost their sales. © MensXP However, NDTV believes that the upcoming Q6 smartphone may just be the smaller version we are talking about. LG will be unveiling the smartphone in Poland next week and there is no word whether there will be a global launch for the smartphone. According to previous reports, the LG Q6 should come with a 5.4” screen, but the Full Vision panel with the 18:9 ratio is only a rumour at this point. A geek bench listing also detailed that the smartphone has the Snapdragon 430 chipset under the hood and is clocked at 1.4 GHz. It is supposed to have 3GB RAM and will run on Android Nougat 7.1.1.
  21. Spider Man fans are looking forward to know the fate of the next ‘Homecoming' movie. Tom Holland is the lead and the reason why it is trending in India is because Tiger Shroff is the voice of Spider Man in the Hindi version. Probably one of the most challenging things i've done talking at a different pitch and pace! But so much fun living the character! #halfdreamcometrue . (watch the full trailer on my fb page) #spidermanhomecoming #july7 #aapkaapnahero @sonypicturesin A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jul 2, 2017 at 1:03am PDT While Tiger was extremely excited to lend his voice for his childhood superhero, it was interesting to know what Tom felt about Tiger dubbing for him. So in an interview with Rajeev Masand, Tom was shown a video clip of Tiger and was told that he was his voice in Hindi. Thank you so much @rajeevmasand sir for sharing! Saw #SpiderManHomecoming and @tomholland2013 was phenomenal. The film is epic! A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jul 3, 2017 at 7:53am PDT Tom was pretty happy to have Tiger do it for him. Needless to say this whole episode left Tiger grinning big time. The movie is all set to hit the screens this Friday.
  22. There is a pretty good chance that you have ‘Despacito' on your play list and if you don't, then you have danced to it at a bar for sure. if humming it all day long wasn't enough, there is a new classical version for this dancing number. Song covers are in vogue and while ‘Despacito' has a lot of covers, this classical version is pretty soothing. The credit goes to Praveen Prathapan and Janan Sathiendran. I came across this soothing piece on Mahesh Raghavan's Youtube channel . It is something that you can play all day long as you continue working or driving in traffic.
  23. Just hearing the theme music of Super Mario Bros can send us into an instant state of nostalgia. Now imagine that game, but bigger, much bigger. Abhishek Singh, a developer from New York, used Microsoft's HoloLens headset to literally bring Super Mario Bros to life in New York's Central Park. It's actually really cool. © YouTube/Abhishek Singh Recreating the first level with this huge, life-sized version, Singh managed to get all the iconic features – from green pipes sticking out of the ground to hordes of angry-looking Goombas. The whole video is shot through the HoloLens only, and allows the player to stomp on goombas, jump to punch bricks and leap over obstacles. © YouTube/Abhishek Singh Since Singh was the only one able to see the Mario world, onlookers had no clue as to why this man is jumping over seemingly imaginary objects. That must have got him a lot of strange stares. Just like the original 2D version, the game begins by asking the player to choose between a ‘1 Player Game,' and a ‘2 Player Game.' After he made his selection, the objects seem to just pop right in front of him, including pixelated bushes, question mark blocks, and the famous green pipes. © YouTube/Abhishek Singh “I recreated the iconic first level, dressed up as Mario and then played it in Central Park (NYC),” Singh explains on YouTube. “This video was recorded entirely through the Hololens with no post production.” © YouTube/Abhishek Singh Unfortunately for all of us, he has no plans of making the game public due to copyright issues, but he might just release the code for others to try out. Check out the whole video here :
  24. NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday test-fired advanced version of its 'Brahmos' cruise missile, according to Indian media outlets. The surface-to-surface cruise missile was launched from a mobile autonomous launcher (MAL) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian media claimed that Wednesday's test was successful as the "test flight met all parameters." They said the missile hit its target accurately.
  25. Everyone loved ‘3 Idiots’. It taught the parents of this country a lesson in understanding that was pending since generations. Relatable story line, great direction, stellar star cast. The movie had to be a hit, right? © Twitter Who could guess that years down the line, the craze for this iconic movie would still be strong! There is now a Mexican version of the movie but the whole nostalgic feel is missing. Alfonso Dosal, Christian Vazquez and German Valdez took over the character roles of Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi. © Twitter Also, there is a version of Kareena Kapoor also which is played by Martha Higareda. © Facebook The movie looks like a comic caper but is nowhere close to the original.