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  1. It's 2019, and gaming on a budget is actually not that hard in today's day and age. Pick your parts wisely, know exactly where to cut corners, and you'll end up with a budget gaming PC build that will do justice to many of the latest games. If you still think it's easier said than done, then continue reading to find out how you can build a great gaming PC under Rs 50,000: 1. Processor: Ryzen 5 2600 - Rs. 12,999 © YouTube For this particular build, we'll be using the Ryzen 2600 to give us the necessary computing power. There's no specific reason behind choosing AMD's Ryzen over Intel's Core processor. It's just that the Ryzen 2600 CPU is a very capable CPU, and it's also a really good option for people who are willing to overclock. The Ryzen 2600 is an ideal mid-range gaming CPU that offers six-cores that can operate at a peak clock speed of 3.9GHz. You can learn more about the CPU here, but in short, it's a great option for gamers and creators alike. BTW, it also comes with a CPU cooler, so you don't have to shell out more money on it. 2. GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 - Rs. 12,499 © Nvidia If it wasn't for Nvidia's great timing, then we'd have probably suggested fitting a GTX 1050Ti in this build. But luckily, the company just launched the new GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, and it's simply great for gamers on a budget. The GPU is capable of running almost all modern titles like 'Apex Legends', 'Fortnite', 'PUBG', etc. at 100 fps, which is really not that bad for a budget build. 3. Motherboard: ASRock B450 PRO4 - Rs. 8,450 © ASRock Picking the right motherboard is very crucial for the build. You need to make sure that the board is compatible and can handle the components that you're planning using. We went with the Asrock B450 PRO4 mainly because we're using a CPU for our build. The board has an AMD A4 socket, which is exactly what we need. The board also has 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1, and an of SATA3, M.2, and USB ports. It's a very capable board and perfect for our build. In case you're interested, you can learn more about it here. 4. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz - Rs. 3,750 © Corsair The ASRock board, which we are using for this particular build, has 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots. The maximum capacity of system memory supported by this board 64GB, and that's plenty for a build like this. 5. HDD: Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB Internal Hard Drive - Rs. 2,975 © WD It's really hard to push an SSD for this build under the budget we're working with, so we just went with a WD Blue 1TB HDD. It's the go-to drive of choice that should get you started. You can always add an SSD in the future when you see fit. 6. Cabinet - Corsair Carbide Series 100R CC-9011075 - Rs. 3,099 © Corsair For case, the Corsair Carbide series 100R CC ATX should do the trick. As you can see, it looks simple and elegant, and it comes with all the bells and whistles that you'd need to keep your components up and running. It comes with five fan mounts to keep your PC cool, plus a 120mm fan is included inside the case itself. The case is fitted with Thumbscrew side panels, so you won't need any tools to handle it too. Also, the case has a flush-mounted side panel window, through which you can showcase all your PC components. Yes, we're not using any RGB lighting, but the case will certainly look pretty should you decide to upgrade the lighting later. 7. Power Supply: Corsair CX450 - Rs. 3,440 © Corsair Last, but not the least, we recommend the CX450 450W 80 Plus Power Supply. It can handle up to 450 watts, which is plenty of power for our configuration. Don't worry, we've also made sure that all our components are compatible with each other, so you won't end up blowing up something. Well, if you're keeping tabs on the cost, this PC with the aforementioned components will cost you just above Rs. 47,000. Of course, we haven't included other peripherals for the PC, but you can use that money to splurge on, say, a mouse or a nice pair of earphones. Lastly, we'd like to point out that the prices of these components keep fluctuating. So it's best to keep tabs on Amazon India or your local offline retailers to get the best prices.
  2. Every year it's the same old chant – I need to stay fit. I need to hit the gym. But just a few weeks into this 'healthy state of mind', I land up giving up on the weight routines and the circuit trainings, because 'humse na ho paayega'! I don't last more than a month in the gym and that's something I have been consistently trying to change and failing miserably. This year, instead of spending my hard earned money into a kidney's worth of year-long gym memberships, I did quite the opposite. I invested in my workout gear, precisely my running shoes. After months of goading myself into staying fit, I decided to take myself seriously and turn everyday into a run towards a healthy lifestyle. Too much 'gyaan', right? Let me get to the point – I kicked off my new resolve at breakneck speed and hit the park the very next day. As a novice runner, I started a 2 mile run with my gym sneakers, but just a few days into this routine I began to notice the discomfort I was ignoring as a beginner's stride. It's only when a runner friend of mine pointed out my shoes did I realize my biggest running mistake – not investing in the right gear. That's when I bought the recently launched Reebok Forever Floatride Energy running shoes that offer pro-level performance technology. Now, I wasn't expecting to turn into a pro-runner just because I bought some pro-level shoes, but there are a number of small things that helped me grow as a runner and stay fit. For instance, my broad feet (elephant feet, whatever you want to call them) have never felt more comfortable in a pair of sneakers. The Floatride Energy foam also ensured soft cushioning on the sole which led to quick energy returns and a boost in my stride. Of course, besides the comfort of the cool new Reebok kicks, daily practice worked in my favour and helped me move from my daily 2 mile mark to the eventful 5 mile run. I even landed up joining a local running group to keep the morale up and get myself some running buddies to ensure that I stick to it. I'm a month into this routine and I can't believe I never thought of this earlier. Running is fun and the right gear, only makes it so much more easier. The best part about the Reebok Floatride is the durability and the lightweight upper mesh that gives maximum flexibility and comfort. Another bonus, the new Reebok Floatride Energy cost way less than any gym membership and are available for â¹ 9,999 in stores, on shop4reebok.com and on Flipkart, Myntra and jabong. Convinced to join my runners club yet?
  3. The past year for the Real Madrid F.C. has been a real struggle. Starting with Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the roster for Juventus back in July 2018 for a massive €100 million contract, Los Blancos found themselves in one of the biggest slumps of their entire history as they lost rather badly to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) in the Round of 16 matchup of the Champions League in a 1-4 (3-5 on aggregate) goals defeat. After the massive upset, the team's management has decided to start afresh after firing Santiago Solari, the pride of Argentine football under whose interim reign, Real Madrid saw very little to no improvement. Bringing back Zinedine Zidane to head the city to the glory it had seen during the three seasons he was the manager there, team president Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is now aiming to upgrade Los Blancos' home-ground. For days now, Real Madrid F.C. have been boasting about their plans to give Santiago Bernabéu, a giant and high-tech facelift. ðð Take a look at the plans for the new Santiago Bernabéu! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/ntXWHidlaa — Real Madrid C.F. ð¬ð§ðºð¸ (@realmadriden) April 2, 2019 According to TOI, the ameliorating will take about four years to complete with the stadium being fully functional by 2023. The new features will include a retractable roof, a titanium outside wall, along with a 360-degree scoreboard. In order to increase revenue generation out of the new customisations, the pedestrian areas will be installed with a huge megastore, multiple restaurants and bars, and also a museum dedicated to the stars and moments of the club. "We want this to be a great digital stadium of the future, and it will be paid for by the income its renovation will provide," said Perez. "And it will make Real Madrid more competitive at a time when the footballing landscape is becoming ever less certain." What is rather odd about the plans, however, is that the project which is going to set Perez's bank account back by € 525 million approximately, does not include any ideas of increasing the seating capacity of Bernabéu by a single chair. Real's rivals, Barcelona F.C., on the other hand, are amidst an upgradation of Camp Nou's capacity from 99,000 to 105,000 and will be good to go by 2023 as well.
  4. Why do some companies make really hideous clothes and then try to sell them at a really high price? Because they know that no would actually buy it and they'll get free publicity out of it? Well, that honestly seems like the only reason for a monstrosity like this to exist. View this post on Instagram Two words: Denim panties. The SSENSE editors show you five ways to take your Canadian tuxedo to the next level, featuring @yproject_official, @muglerofficial, @junyawatanabeofficial, and more ð Link in bio. A post shared by SSENSE (@ssense) on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:07am PDT Why? Just, why? I would like to believe that no one ever thought this was a good idea and it was just put up on the website, that too for Rs 21,873 freaking bucks, to get people talking. Yes, I know we're giving them exactly what they want by writing about it right now but I can't help it. They're so unsettling to look at and people are confused, and just disgusted with them. The biggest question, though, is what kind of occasion would actually require these. I also want to know the purpose of denim panties, like are they supposed to be worn on their own or are you supposed to wear pants on top of them? Safiya, the weird clothing queen has spoken. HOW do i feel about $300 denim panties, you ask? well i'll tell you how i feel. utterly and thoroughly chafed pic.twitter.com/YYQ9v5dZ6b — Safiya Nygaard (@safiyajn) March 29, 2019 An occasion requiring proper formal attire. To what occasion can you actually wear denim panties??? pic.twitter.com/Qb0u0Bn7ai — lil power move (@DopeLifeOfTot) March 26, 2019 Good joke. [arriving in hell] me: i didn't know i'd have to wear what i died in forever satan: where did you even find denim underwear — shen the bird (@Shen_the_Bird) March 30, 2019 Same. pic.twitter.com/crNxV2wuql — Ole, Back In My Day...Headassð¬ (@RevengeOfTheCoo) March 27, 2019 Oh no, they're called janties, they got even worse. can we just call them denim panties? janties just sounds like a coolie person mispronouncing something. https://t.co/zbK8JP4N0t — natz (@egyalitarian) March 27, 2019 Yep. Cut offs are dead, denim panties all summer 2019 ðð pic.twitter.com/djEQVrSXC8 — Jordan Plant (@Coltonlard) March 30, 2019
  5. Christopher Henry Gayle, probably the best T20 batsman in the world, has once again proven why he owns that title. Opening his Indian Premier League campaign against Rajasthan Royals(RR) on Monday, Gayle of Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) bagged the man of the match award for playing a glorious knock of 79 runs in 47 balls, consisting of 4 sixes and 8 boundaries. Starting off slow and settling himself first was something new that we fans got to witness. Though many would say that he had a particular reason to do that, which was him needing a mere seven more runs to become the fastest person to reach 4000 IPL runs. But even after reaching that peak, he made sure that he played very carefully and didn't start firing straight-away. He took his time and once he was settled, he blasted in all directions of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. View this post on Instagram When friends reunite, expect ð¥ @sarfarazkhan97's #VIVOIPL best 46* and @chrisgayle333's 79 help @kxipofficial set @rajasthanroyals a target of 185. @stokesy picked up 2! #RRvKXIP A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 25, 2019 at 9:23am PDT Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal shared a 56-run stand but soon after Agarwal departed, the Universe Boss switched to beast mode and was supported by young Sarfraz Khan on the other end. Despite Gayle getting caught by Rahul Tripathi on the ball of Ben Stokes, Sarfraz took the responsibility of his side and took them to a good total of 184 in their share of 20 overs. View this post on Instagram 25th Fifty in #VIVOIPL cricket for @chrisgayle333 ð¥ A 7th 1â£0â£0⣠may not be too far away ð #RRvKXIP A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 25, 2019 at 8:31am PDT Irrespective of the controversial moments the game had, Chris Gayle became the second leading scorer in the IPL so far. And if he continues with the same form, there is no doubt that David Warner or anyone could stand in his path of grabbing the Orange Cap and becoming the leading scorer of the season.
  6. If you're a Marvel fan, the second you read this headline you probably thought, "hey. I'd do it for free"! But jokes apart, an American company called Cable TV is willing to pay $1000 to a die-hard Marvel nerd to basically binge watch 20 MCU movies. © Marvel It's not just hard cash that's going to come their way. The winner will also get lots of Marvel goodies like a Thanos mug encrusted with Infinity Stones, a Captain America popcorn popper amongst other super cool things. This is a promotional event for the upcoming movie 'Avengers: Endgame' and hence, they want someone with a high level of patience and will love to binge-watch this truckload of action more than anything else. The company is looking for a Marvel nerd who can over-enthusiastically live-tweet their entire experience and also have an outgoing personality. As a submission to participate in this contest, one needs to sum up in 200 words so as to why they are the ideal choice. Sadly, this is only valid for people living in America and over the age of 18, so well, there's a lot of FOMO attached here. Maybe you can help a friend living in the US to apply for it.
  7. The biggest charitable initiative just took place in the country and we couldn't be more pleased with the mighty philanthropist. India's second richest man, Azim Premji, has given away 34 percent of his shares in a philanthropic commitment, which is Rs 52,750 crore ($7.5 billion), to support charitable causes across India, making this the most generous donation in Indian history. This definitely takes Premji's overall commitment towards his funding to a phenomenal Rs 145,000 crore ($21 billion), which includes 67% of economic ownership of Wipro Ltd. The Wipro chairman just made his foundation one of the biggest in the world with this generous initiative . © Twitter "He has done this (contribution) by additionally earmarking all economic benefits for philanthropic purposes, in approximately 34 per cent of the shares in Wipro Limited (current market value Rs 52,750 crore), held by certain entities controlled by him," - a statement made by the Azim Premji foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation have investment assets for charities and development in India for about $40 billion and & 12 billion, respectively. Premji's generosity comes at a time when the 'super-rich' folks in India are giving less for charitable causes than they did five years ago, according to a recent philanthropy report conducted by Bain & Co. in 2019. Seeing the philanthropic activities of Bill Gates, Azim Premji... they are like Corporate Robin Hoods — George Philip (@sacredjobshr) 14 March 2019 Hats off to Mr Azim Premji for his unprecedented philanthropic activities & charitable contribution to the Society; his latest contribution of 7.5 billion US $ brings total to 21 billion US $; he still flies economy class, avoids costly cars & ostentatious displays of wealth.. — Vikas Pahwa Sr Adv (@vikaspahwasradv) 14 March 2019 The Azim Premji Foundation works to strengthen the education system in the country and also helps other not-for-profit organisations, working in the same sector through multi-year financial grants. The foundation works closely with a lot of state governments to improve the quality of education at a grassroots level. They are currently prevalent in Karnataka, Telengana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh and the North-East. © Twitter The foundation helps building and scaling a network of institutions at district and state levels to help improve the overall condition of education in rural areas and small towns in a sustained manner. The next few years are scheduled and are going to be busy for the foundation, as they will focus on increasing the level of activity and work centred around education and they also may set up a foundation in the northern part of India, soon.
  8. Tencent is probably not happy about the state of PUBG Mobile in India, as the game has found itself in the news for all the wrong reasons. The negative stories around the game have been pilling up and it doesn't seem to be getting better as a new story has showed up online. © PUBG According to a new report, a 15-year-old boy in Jalandhar has apparently stolen Rs 50,000 from his father's account to spend on PUBG Mobile. The teenager, who's a student of class 10th, used the money to buy himself a gamepad to play the title. As for the rest of the money, he is said to have spent it on the game's cosmetic items like skins, weapons, etc. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The matter was brought to light when the father filed a complaint with the local police. As it turns out, the boy used his father's account to transfer money to his friend's Paytm account, which was later used to buy the items online. The boy has since confessed on the matter and even revealed that he had deleted all the OTPs and transaction texts to keep his father in the dark. The cyber cell ended up launching an investigation, but the father dropped all the charges after discovering that his son was behind the whole fiasco. No wonder PUBG Mobile has been receiving a lot of flak lately. It's incidents like these that puts the game in a weird spot. In case you don't know, the game was recently banned by the Rajkot Police, and the authorities might take the necessary actions against the players found playing it in the banned region. Source: Hindustantimes
  9. Samsung's new Galaxy S series flagship phones, as we all know, carry a hefty price tag. In India, you'll be shelling out as much as INR 1,17,900 for a top of the line variant of the Galaxy S10 Plus. The base variant of the Galaxy S10 Plus, on the other hand, is priced at INR 73,900. But just how much does it cost Samsung to make a unit of this phone? Turns out, not much. © YouTube The folks over at Tech Insights investigated a Korean Exynos-powered base variant of the Galaxy S10 Plus and estimated that it would cost Samsung only $420 (~INR 30,000) to manufacture a unit. The $420 price tag, in case you are wondering, is around 42-per cent of the phone's retail price tag of $999. If you take a closer look at the material cost break-up, the phone's 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel is the most expensive component of the phone, costing as much as $86.50. Samsung is spending around $80 for the chipset and modems, whereas the S10 Plus' camera and memory come in at around $50 each. You can find the detailed component breakdown below - © Tech Insights The $420 price tag represents an increase of around $40 over last year's Galaxy S9 Plus (64GB). The display cost of the Galaxy S10 Plus is up by just $9 over the last year's variant despite having a punch-hole. Interestingly, the new Exynos 9820 processor actually costs $9 less to produce than the Exynos 9810 that powered the Galaxy S9 Plus. It would be interesting to see how much the Snapdragon 855 SoC variant of the Galaxy S10 Plus would cost though. It is, however, worth pointing out that the component prices mentioned above are only estimates, and there could be a lot of other factors that would affect the retail price. There are a ton of other things like marketing cost, R&D, shipping, and more that needs to be considered as well. But overall, it is safe to say that the manufacturing cost of the Galaxy S10 Plus is on par with other Samsung flagships. Source: Tech Insights
  10. 2018 was a tough year for West Indies batsman and former skipper Chris Gayle, especially when it came to becoming a part of his national team to represent his country in international matches and tournaments. Bad form, injuries and controversies infested the cricketer's career to the point that he wanted to say goodbye to the sport for good back then. What made him stay in touch with the athlete in himself were the league-level tournaments that are now being hosted by most of the top cricketing nations after the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, you name it and Gayle was there. However, 2019 brought the hitter some good fortune as the selectors decided to give him one more chance with the ODI series against the visiting England cricket team and another opportunity was all the self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was looking for. Playing on a superhuman level Gayle has scored 135, 50 and 162 runs in the first, second and fourth ODI matches against the Englishmen, not only becoming the first person in the history of international cricket to hit more than 500 sixes but also only the second West Indies cricketer to have more than 10,000 runs. What a record! ð³300 sixes and 10,000 ODI runs for the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle! ð´ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿#MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame #ChrisGayle #GayleForce pic.twitter.com/aM3nDeduSa — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 27, 2019 Even though Eoin Morgan's side is turning out to be way too much of a competition for the Windies, Gayle on his own, is reaching for the stars with his new-found form. Having publicly announced his decision to seek retirement after the ICC World Cup 2019, Gayle is now having second thoughts about his farewell. Overruling their own decision to part ways with the game they love isn't something new as players like Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi (obviously) have also done so in the past. And clearly, for somebody with Gayle's need to stay in the limelight, the thought of retirement has to be short-lived. "I just have to work on the body, and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly,” Gayle said after losing a nail-biting fourth ODI against England. “Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What's the matter with the body? I'm nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We'll see. We'll take it slowly." Never change, Universe Boss.
  11. Have you ever wanted a smartphone that has battery backup for days? We've seen plenty of foldable smartphones launched at MWC this year but Energizer's 18,000 mAh smartphone is unlike anything we've ever seen. It's being touted as the smartphone “with the most powerful battery in the market” and is called the Power Max P18K Pop. Energizer says that the phone will let you users watch videos for two days straight on a single charge and can last for 90-hour calls. It can last for 100 hours of music streaming and can last up to 50 days on standby mode. The Power Max P18K Pop can also double up as a power bank in case you want to charge any of your other devices on the go. Everyone: We don't care about thinness, just give us a bigger battery! Energizer: Hold my beer https://t.co/yLkOduSedI pic.twitter.com/X5MVeIAtIH — Enrique V (@rickyvtech) February 25, 2019 Naturally, anything with a battery of that size is going to be thicc (read “thick”) which is probably not going to sit comfortably in your pocket. It's so thick that you can use it as a weapon or throw it as a brick that can break things. It's 1cm across which is probably the thickest you've ever seen on a smartphone. Apart from the massive battery, the Power Max P18K Pop has a 6.2-inch FHD+ display and has an aspect ratio on 18:9. It's powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. In the camera department, it has a dual pop-up selfie camera with 6- and 2-megapixel sensors respectively. At the rear, it has a triple camera setup with 12, 5 and 2 megapixel sensors. It runs Android 9 Pie out of the box; however, the company has not revealed how much the smartphone will cost or when it will be available to buy.
  12. The average selling price of smartphones in India is Rs 12,000 according to IDC's Q4 2018 report. A majority of the smartphone sales are in this segment, and this is the core reason why companies have flooded this bracket with as many phones as possible. For the end user, more options are better since you can get exactly what you want. Xiaomi has multiple devices like the Mi A2 and Redmi Note 6 / 5 Pro, Realme has the U1 and 2 Pro, and Samsung's just getting started with the M-series. Here are our top picks for the best phone you can get in this price range: 1. Samsung Galaxy M20 (Rs 12,990): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Samsung is adopting a competitive stance against online sales to take on Xiaomi, and the M20 is supposed to be a forerunner for the M-series. The brand wants to bring a high-end experience to the budget segment via software, and it has been kind of successful in doing so. It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor. The top variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, with an option for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup (secondary being the wide angle), while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery. 2. Nokia 5.1 Plus (Rs 14,499): © TelecomTalk Nokia branded phones are known for their solid build quality, and this device feels extremely premium and sturdy for its price. It has a unique ergonomic feel in hand and thanks to Android One, you'll never have to worry about software updates as well. It has a 5.86-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P60 chipset. The top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a decent 3060mAh battery, that charges via USB-C. 3. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs 13,999): © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The Mi A2 was one of the most sought smartphones of 2018 thanks to the legacy of Mi A1. The phone is a part of Google's Android One initiative and comes with a Stock Android interface. It has a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 77 per cent. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. On the rear is a 12+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. The rear camera is capable of clicking amazing pictures in daylight and even the low-light output is decent. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery. On the flip side, it lacks a microSD card slot as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. 4. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Rs 14,999): © Android Authority This is another phone that ships with a near stock Android UI, but isn't a part of Android One. The design is shiny thanks to a glossy back panel and the front has a wide notch. ASUS has marketed the phone towards performance and it definitely scores well in this department. It has a 6.26-inch display and powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset. The top variant currently gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while a 6GB RAM variant is awaited. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. It is backed by a huge 5000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. 5. Realme U1 (Rs 12,999): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Realme has been consistently launching new phones, and this one is targeted towards performance. The U1 has a shiny back panel and a tiny water drop notch on the front. The back has a slight colour gradient, giving it some premium aesthetics. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P70 processor. You get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant, along with expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, and the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that charges via 10W.
  13. The price slab of Rs 15,000 to 20,000 is among the most competitive right now, and thanks to rapid advancements in technology, a lot of high-end features are now available at a cheaper price. This range also gives you a high value since it isn't very costly, but will give you an edge for at least a year. Thanks to increasing focus on software, these phones can even get you through two years of smooth usage in most cases. Here are our top recommendations in the sub-20,000 price segment! 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro (Rs 15,999) © YouTube The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country and the Redmi Note 7 is just around the corner. This doesn't mean the phone has lost its charm though. It has a perfect balance in all segments and is pretty much a winner. Sporting a 6.26-inch display, it is powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. For multitasking, the top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage along with expandable option. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. It runs on MIUI and has tonnes of added features and customization options. 2. Nokia 7.1 (Rs 18,990) © YouTube The recently launched Nokia 7.1 is a solid offering if you're looking for stock Android experience. All Nokia branded phones are a part of Google's Android One initiative, ensuring software and security updates on time. The stock experience also ensures smooth performance over an extended period of time. The phone has a 5.84-inch display and is powered by a slightly underwhelming Snapdragon 636 processor. But, thanks to near-perfect optimization, you'll barely see any lags or stuttering. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant and is backed by a modest 3060mAh battery. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. 3. Honor 10 Lite (Rs 17,999) © Twitter / Sandeep Sharma This was the first phone to be launched in India this year and Honor is back with its premium glass design in the budget segment. The glass build also adds a slight colour gradient, which is unmatchable in this segment. The phone also has a smaller water-drop style notch for a better screen-to-body ratio. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant and has support for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. These internals are backed by a 3400mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. 4. Vivo V9 Pro (Rs 16,990) © YouTube The Vivo V9 Pro is a close sibling of the V11 series and in fact has a similar design. The front has a wide notch and the back sports a fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. Just like all other Vivo phones, it ships with Funtouch OS out of the box. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor. The base variant gets 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage and expandable storage option. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera with support for portrait shots and AI beauty enhancements. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the phone is backed by a 3260mAh battery. 5. Honor Play (Rs 16,999) © YouTube The Honor Play is technically India's first gaming phone and is among the cheapest. It is powered by Huawei's high-end Kirin 970 processor, along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. The phone also gets Honor's GPU Turbo technology, that systematically overclocks the processor and optimizes performance for the best output. The design is basic and the brand has put in more efforts on the inside. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery that supports 18W quick charging.
  14. We just celebrated India's 70th Republic Day and while both patriotism and our pride seem to run equally high on that day, there's something to be said about the dormancy of this patriotism and pride throughout the rest of the year. As a nation, we are a bunch of highly passionate people tightly strung together by our sense of freedom, entitlement and notions of nationalism, that springs to life every time anything to do with the Armed Forces is mentioned, even in passing. © Indian Defence Review It's true that we don't get to see these superheroes live in action very often, but the few times that we got to witness their daredevilry and astute desire to serve the country, we felt nothing but awe mixed with respect, and an immense sense of pride for our warriors. But while such moments are few and far in between, we have the opportunity to witness the bedazzling spirit of our Siachen warriors before heading out for a rescue operation, as the entire unit comes together during the induction, responding to the war cry of 'how's the josh', which will give you major goosebumps! Vicky Kaushal's 'Uri' is touching newer heights literally. Won't you say? We feel strongly and almost fanatically about these men and women who dare to face death in their line of duty, and rightly so. After all, we owe so much of the life we're living to them. It is their sacrifice and selfless passion to serve the country and its people, that allows us to enjoy the kind of safe and fun life we lead, day after day. Salute to these warriors and their josh!
  15. For most of us, Republic Day has become just another holiday where we spend time with our friends and family members or just make good use of a national holiday. But, for our brave soldiers, it's an emotion that is far greater than anything else in the world. Today, a perfect example of this was showcased by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans in Ladakh. Twitter/ ITBP The jawans, who not only put their lives on the line to protect us, also fight some of the worst weather conditions on a daily basis. Yet, nothing deters them from coming forward, and in this case, show how much they love their country. #ITBP personnel celebrating #RepublicDay2019 at 18K Ft and minus 30 degree Celsius somewhere in Laddakh.#Himveers#Himalayas#HappyRepublicDay2019 pic.twitter.com/JOOBobu5ZU — ITBP (@ITBP_official) January 26, 2019 At a height of 18,000 feet and not at 0 or minus 10, but minus 30 degrees; a group of 14 ITBP jawans hoisted the Indian flag high to celebrate the Republic Day. #लदà¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤ मà¥à¤ 18 हà¤à¤¾à¤° फà¥à¤ à¤à¥ à¤à¤à¤à¤¾à¤ पर हिमवà¥à¤°à¥à¤ नॠ-30 डिà¤à¥à¤°à¥ तापमान मà¥à¤ मनाया #à¤à¤£à¤¤à¤à¤¤à¥à¤°à¤¦à¤¿à¤µà¤¸ । #RepublicDayIndia #RDayWithAIR Video: @ITBP_official pic.twitter.com/l7DIEBhDdD — à¤à¤à¤¾à¤¶à¤µà¤¾à¤£à¥ समाà¤à¤¾à¤° (@AIRNewsHindi) January 26, 2019 While one jawan held the flag high with the clear sky in the backdrop, others stood behind him in a perfect line, in the backdrop of snow-clad mountains in Ladakh. People say, "A picture is worth more than a thousand words", but this beautiful picture is an epitome of patriotism and courage. We salute their spirit.
  16. Back in 2013, Shikhar Dhawan stunned all the spectators and commentators when he stroked his way to the fastest Test hundred by a debutant. Prior to that, the Delhi cricketer had spent eight years in the first-class cricket, patiently waiting for an opportunity to make his mark. For a man who was written off by almost everyone to get a national call-up, Dhawan has surely come a long way to become one of India's preferred openers across formats. Today, in partnership with Rohit Sharma, Dhawan has earned the tag of one of the most feared opening pair in limited-overs cricket. © Twitter From flaying those exquisite cover drives to effortlessly pulling the bowlers for a six, Dhawan has established himself as a pivotal member of the new-age Indian line-up. His batting prowess was in full display during the T20I series in Australia where his consistent performances also earned him the 'Man of the Series' honour. Carrying his blistering form to New Zealand, the 33-year-old was seen playing his shots with relative ease during India's chase of 157 runs at the McLean Park in Napier. The Indian opener continued his fine run, bringing up his 26th ODI fifty in the 23rd over. And, en route his half-century, Dhawan also added another feather to his cap as he reached 5,000 runs in the 50-over format. © Twitter In the process, Dhawan became the second fastest Indian to achieve the milestone. The Indian batsman took 118 innings to bring up his 5,000 ODI runs, beating Sourav Ganguly who took 126 innings to get there. Dhawan is also levelled with West Indian legend Brian Lara who also reached his 5,000 ODI runs in 118 innings. ð¨ MILESTONE ALERT ð¨ Shikhar Dhawan becomes the second fastest Indian to 5,000 ODI runs in the first ODI against New Zealand.#NZvIND LIVE ð https://t.co/Wslkq5ocbd pic.twitter.com/p7nNkSsNoz — ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019 While Virat Kohli continues to be the fastest Indian to the 5000-run mark as he achieved the feat in 114 innings, Hashim Amla leads the overall list as he took just 101 innings to reach the milestone. At the time of writing this article, India were cruising in their run-chase at 123/1 in 26 overs with Dhawan (60) and Kohli (41) forging a partnership out in the middle.
  17. The festival Uttarayan in Gujarat welcomes many people to celebrate it amidst the quaintness of the city. Along with a myriad people celebrating the festival, the custom of kite flying is an added addition. Thousands of kites lurk around the sky and unfortunately become death traps for birds who're flying along the same plane as the kites. The 'manjha' is the abrasive string that's used to fly kites and in more ways than one it serves as an entrapment for birds, who get caught within the string and either get injured or die while struggling to get out of the holds of entanglement, in numbers. Kites that are coated with powdered glass are extremely dangerous for birds, and every year we find mutilated pictures of different birds due to the manjha. In 2017, 3,000 birds were left injured and 500 dead due to this and the numbers keep increasing every year. © Twitter The festival-frenzied population show very little concern or empathy towards this grave problem but we have a few NGOs working in rescue and relief operations for these birds but it falls short each time. But this year things are going to go a little differently and Gujarat has made it possible to drive the point home by launching 'Karuna Abhiyan', a state-wide campaign that will help protect birds during the kite festival. If compassion has a state of mind, it's definitely amidst the people who've thought of such a generous deed to save the bird species from injuries and death. The district administration of Ahmadabad is heavily involved in the safe-keeping of all the bird species and its collector Dr Vikrant Pandey is personally overseeing the campaign is successful, in the city. © Twitter Because the NGOs collectively couldn't find a final resolve about this grave issue, 2,023 volunteers from different NGOs have signed up with Karuna Abhiyan to find a solution to this problem and they've managed to save 4,506 injured birds so far, in the past two days, post the festival! “Karuna Abhiyan has been a very successful campaign. The birds, which got injured during Uttarayan are being treated so that they can fly again. They will be kept in the shelter for few days till they fully recover,” the IAS officer told the local news media. During the festival about 11 rescue and rehabilitation centres were set up, along with about ten ambulance services, around the city to aid birds who were hurt and injured. © Twitter The fact remains that people came forward and helped rescuing close to 5,000 birds who fell from the sky, absolutely injured and in a helpless state and NGOs and rehabilitation centres were put forth around town to make a difference to their lives and give them a new one, after they were looked after by trained professionals. “Several of our vans went around the city, holding awareness programmes in schools and societies about the damage that kite strings can cause to birds. We also taught them how to attend injured birds and call for help,” said Mukesh Bhati, founder of a local NGO who was helping with the rescue missions. © Twitter We're really proud and honoured to even write about such big-hearted beautiful people, who selflessly went out of their way to form a community for compassion and love and help rescue birds who otherwise would have fallen to their death instead.
  18. Salman Khan's love for a good workout is as new a piece of news, as it is to say that Bhai is a virgin. Well, whatever but you get the point right? We are all aware of the fact that regardless of how jam-packed his day might be, the man never shies away from sweating it out at the gym. Salman is currently shooting in Mumbai for the last leg of his upcoming film 'Bharat', starring Katrina Kaif as the female lead. Such is the power of this 'Sultan', that according to reports, producers Atul Agnihotri and Nikhil Namit built a makeshift gym for Bhaijaan inside the movie set. View this post on Instagram @bharat_thefilm @aliabbaszafar @katrinakaif @dishapatani @whosunilgrover @atulreellife A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Nov 14, 2018 at 8:13pm PST If reports are to be believed, the makeshift gym spreads across 10,000 square feet and has been put together to ensure that Salman doesn't have to miss out on his workout sessions during the shoots. Reportedly, the gym was put together within a week's time and also comes equipped with all top-of-the-line fitness gears one can think of. It's being said that Salman works out twice a day at the gym to maintain his lean look for this part of the shooting, where his character's younger days are being shot. View this post on Instagram âªSwachh Bharat toh hum fit... hum fit toh India fit.... then u can do whatever u want to do man.. but don't trouble your motherland . A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Aug 12, 2018 at 10:31pm PDT 'Bharat' happens to be Bhai's most anticipated movie of the year. It is a drama directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan. The film also stars Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani and Varun Dhawan, who will reportedly make a guest appearance in the film. It is set to hit the screens on 5th June 2019.
  19. It's Mahendra Singh Dhoni's turn to shine brightly on the field once again and we're glad he added another feather to his cap in today's match. The former Indian captain became the fifth Indian to score 10,000 ODI runs for India at the 1st ODI of India vs Australia, joining the elite list of Indian cricketers who have already done so before. (c)Twitter The right-handed batsman crossed the 10,000-run mark in the format in 2017 while touring in England by scoring a total of 174 runs for Asia XI in three matches. Dhoni now has a total of 10,174 runs in a one-day international when he scored in the current ODI in the 50-overs format. Dhoni now stands in the same league as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli, who've also scored over 10,000 runs in One-Day International matches. (c)Twitter In about 330 ODIs for India, the batsman has managed to score over 10,000 runs with an average of 49.75, which include 9 hundreds and 67 fifties. Dhoni is the 12th player in the world to join the 10,000 runs club in ODIs. Dhoni has been criticised recently for his deteriorating form in limited over's cricket but now with this well-received title, he's back in full form and shape and we're super proud of him!
  20. We don't know about your travel plans, but three Indians are currently making headlines for their week-long trip that is worth a whopping 10,000 crores. via GIPHY We're not talking about a sequel of 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara'. We're talking about ISRO's most ambitious project, Gaganyaan, whose budget just got a nod of approval by the government today. The three astronauts will be sent into space by 2022. Twitter (For Representation) Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the same at a press conference today, "The Union Cabinet has approved the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days." Cabinet approves indigenous human spaceflight programme; Gaganyaan programme to carry 3 member crew for minimum 7 days in space at a total cost of Rs 10k crores. — ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2018 This is said to be India's first manned mission to space and the Rs. 10,000 crore budget includes the cost of technology development, flight hardware and essential infrastructure elements. The announcement of launching a manned mission to space by 2022, was announced on August 15, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech. He also mentioned that with this project, India will become the fourth nation in the league after Russia, the United States and China.
  21. PUBG's (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) recent 0.10.0 update brought several new security features other than the popular Vikendi map. The Anti-Cheat & Reporting feature that was introduced, flagged players who used cheats and hacks to gain undue advantage in the game over other players. A software called BattlEye was deployed that acts as an anti-cheat protection system and detects users exploiting Radar Hacking to win games. Radar hacks allow players to get information on other players' positioning during a match. The hack is quite difficult to detect as it makes use of VPN services while sending and receiving data from the server. © PUBG Corp. The latest incident of the software's usage has resulted in the ban of 30,000 players in PUBG, including some of the well-known players of the game on the global platform. The ban wave also hit fifteen other professional PUBG players including Sezk0, Cageman, PlayerJones, Papaya, Hoffmann88, Houlow, and Kraqen. These players won't be competing anytime soon unless they prove that the new anti-cheat algorithm got it all wrong. Can Ozdemir, also known as TEXQS, is among the most popular PUBG players to be banned as part of this initiative. © Github The Radar Hack allows players to see the positions of other players through a second monitor or a smartphone application. In a normal scenario, you need to be close to an opposing player to hear their footsteps and track them down. With the hack, an undue advantage is being scored by the player. PUBG Corp. found more than 30,000 accounts accused of employing cheat codes during the game. PUBG has imposed a ban wave which has forced such accounts to shut down. The website further reports that these hacks were mostly used by users participating in PUBG Mobile's e-sport competitions in Europe and North America. © PUBG Corp. For now, the wave of suspended accounts has only affected players on PC, XBOX, and PS4. Though, it is often seen that sometimes regular players are also banned by accident and we may see some players being unbanned in the coming days. This isn't the first time the company has been on a suspension spree. In June, they had a similar drive to ban players using unfair means to gain an advantage. Source: Newsweek
  22. The hoodie is back! The once forgotten Winter essential is making headlines again. Ranveer Singh loves the hoodie (with his recent White Gucci venture), so does Arjun Kapoor! With some really cool hoodies out there, team MensXP has corroborated a definite list of affordable hoodies that look breezy, are comfy and look great with almost anything. A great Avengers white hoodie to lounge in if you absolutely love Marvel. © ZARA Price: 2,890 Buy it here This hoodie is a great tumblr aesthetic for the E.T fans out there. © H&M Price: 1,999 Buy it here A cool graphic hoodie that is so warm, you wouldn't feel the need of a blanket even when you're at home. © H&M Price: 2,299 Buy it here This H&M White/Joy Division hoodie indulges in Freudian slips with its graphics. © H&M Price: 2,299 Buy it here Just a regular hoodie with a huge chest pocket, incase you pack heavy every time you travel. © Facebook Price: 2,299 Buy it here A perfect hooded jumper to play basketball in. Pair this with shorts and you won't feel the cold, trust us. © Facebook Price: 1,999 Buy it here © Mango Hoodies in offbeat colours are the new thing. If want to experiment with different colours, this one's for you. Price: 2,990 Buy it here A statement piece when you feel the need to go extra for a party. This Orange hoodie is sure to get you compliments. © shein Price: 1,236 Buy it here This colour blocked hoodie also experiments with a cool font. It's great for a regular day to college/ work. © Ajio Price: 1,999 Buy it here A nike sweatshirt for the no-pain-no-gain days. Wear it to the gym to instantly find the motivation to work out. © Ajio Price: 2,895 Buy it here A crew-neck minimalist jumper for people who don't prefer making a loud statement. © Ajio Price:1,899 Buy it here This blue hoodie with striped panels is known to a be staple of the dancing crews around the world. © Ajio Price: 1,250 Buy it here For men, who won't deviate from black. This one's for you so that you can express your love for the colour even more eloquently. © Ajio Price: 1,999 Buy it here For the post-modernist nerds out there, a hoodie that gets your dilemma like no one around you. © Ajio Price: 2,299 Buy it here We all owned a GAP hoodie as kids. So here's a GAP hoodie to bring back childhood nostalgia. © NNOW Price: 1,799 Buy it here For the closeted vigilantes out there, this Batman sweatshirt will give you the symbolic expression that you were looking for. © NNOW Price: 2,799 Buy it here A black sweatshirt with stripes on the side for a groovy vibe. © Koovs Price: 1,699 Buy it here
  23. As technology takes over more and more aspects of our life, it comes as no surprise that wearables are no longer limited to just smartwatches or smart wallets, but also include smart clothing that looks trendy and is a part of our day to day life. The Levi's Commuter jacket is a part of Google's Project Jacquard and is one of the first pieces of smart clothing available for consumers. The iconic bomber jacket combines Google's engineering efforts to bring wearables to the masses. © Levi's The Levi's Commuter jacket has Google's smart fabric woven in and has a bunch of smart features that can be triggered by gestures. The cuffs are touch sensitive, and with a simple brush or a swipe, you can control your music playback, turn on navigation and even respond to calls or texts without needing to touch your phone. All of this is achieved by a Snap Tag built inside the jacket, which connects to your phone with Bluetooth Low Energy and can be set up by using an app. Another feature called Always Together will ensure that you do not leave your phone or your jacket behind and will ring and flash if you happen to leave one of them behind. Considering how expensive phones have gotten, this could offer some peace of mind. © Levi's "You can use Always Together to make sure you do not leave behind your Jacquard Jacket or phone behind. When your phone and your jacket are separated, you will receive an alert on your phone. Your Snap Tag will also light up and vibrate" Google says. Talking about the jacket itself, it is a denim finish made of 100 percent cotton. The left sleeve has a pocket for easy access to the Snap Tag. It is not meant for extreme rough use as it can withstand only about 10 washes, of course, with the Snap Tag removed. The jacket costs US$ 350 which is about INR 25,000. A little pricey for something that you can do with a simple smartwatch or a fitness tracker. Though this is just among the first generation smart clothing and we expect to see more fashion labels get on board in the coming years.
  24. From the cliché saas-bahu dramas to really funny and practical shows, Indian TV series have come a long way! Gone are the days when female vamps with huge bindi were the only way to get TRPs. Now the audience wants something light, funny, and relatable. Thanks to the internet & the web series concept, we now have some really amazing shows which our generation can watch. Let's see how they're doing at IMDB as compared to other world-famous TV shows. Following are the top 5 Hindi TV series of IMDB with at least 10000 votes: 5. Sacred Games With 9.1 IMDB rating, it is standing at No. 5 among Indian TV series. This show really got us hooked, thanks to a gripping storyline and great direction. We got to see a fresh TV series concept which was wade in India. The series had some good thriller & nail-biting moments. The way it ended its first season & with the popularity it got, the show definitely deserves a second season. However, its fate is hanging due to the allegation against one of its writers. 4. TVF Pitchers With an IMDB rating of 9.2, this show came as a revolution in the Indian TV series industry. After 'Permanent Roommates' & 'Pitchers', we were blessed to have many other great series that were youth-centric. This is highly recommended if you just want to sit at home after office & have a couple of beers. 3. Yeh Meri Family With an IMDB rating of 9.7, more than 'GoT', this series is a gem! If you are a 90s kid who grew up in a middle-class family, this would be a trip back to your childhood. This series is about little struggles that we faced while growing up and how as a family we stuck together. Watch it to have a nostalgic time. 2. Flames A typical teenage romance! The burden of studies, tuitions, and that one cute girl in tuition – this series IS our past! With an IMDB rating of 9.8, this one is the second highest rated Indian series. You'll have to watch it to know why. 1. College Romance And the winner here is a typical college romance (as the name suggests). With an IMDB rating of 9.8, this one won many hearts. This is a story of friendship, love, fairy tales and reality. You can watch it to see the emotional adventures of three friends. Which one will you be finishing this weekend?
  25. There was a time when the top smartphone brands in India included Micromax, Karbonn and Intex. Those days are long gone, new entrants in the market have completely changed the dynamics in the last few years and homegrown brands are nowhere to be seen. The top four smartphone brands in India include Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo, OPPO, and Huawei. Out of these, only Samsung is from South Korea, and all others are based out of China. According to a report in The Economic Times, consumers have spent more than Rs 50,000 crore in the financial year of 2018, buying smartphones made by the top four Chinese brands. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia The figure has nearly doubled than the last financial year and the the current trend suggests it will further increase. The top four here includes Xiaomi, currently India's top smartphone maker in terms of sales volume, followed by Vivo with a market share of 10 percent and OPPO at 8 percent. Other markers like Lenovo (includes Moto lineup), OnePlus, and Infinix make up more than half of the total Indian smartphone market by sales. These Chinese brands have completely saturated the market and placed their products in every possible price segment to lure the buyer. With global operations, these companies have managed to focus on India and the latest products have been coming in at a much faster pace now. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia While these brands are based out of China, they have heavily invested themselves in the country. In accordance with the government's Make in India initiative, all the major manufacturers have local assembly lines in the country. Local sourcing of phones ensures that employment is generated in the region and the companies are able to avoid high import duties. Xiaomi has already announced a plan to invest Rs 15,000 crore in setting up assembly lines while OPPO already has two facilities in Uttar Pradesh. Vivo employs more than 5,000 people in its plant and even Samsung (South Korean brand) has opened it's largest facility in the world at Noida. © Xiaomi The combined sales of these four smartphone makers doubled to Rs 51,722 crore from Rs 26,262 crore in FY17. The Indian smartphone market is valued at a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh crore in FY18. In Q3 2018 itself, more than 44 million smartphone units were shipped.
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