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  1. Happy Father's Day! It's that time of the year again where everyone is just openly showing so much love for their fathers and it's honestly so wholesome and great too. It's just a good day to be on social media and see people show so much appreciation. Side note: not trying to be salty or anything, but I haven't seen any sarcastic posts about how kids are sharing pictures with their fathers on Instagram or Twitter when their fathers aren't even on that website. Coming back to all the Father's Day wishes, Bollywood hasn't shied away from sharing all the love and most of the celebrities are posting heartfelt messages while a few have some funny stuff. Starting off, Karan Johar with such an emotional caption. View this post on Instagram Papa! We have a daughter named after mom and a son named after you ..... you would have pinched their cheeks like you always pinched mine! They call me dada! And I want to be the father to them that you were to me....#happyfathersday A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT Sonam Kapoor with a throwback picture. View this post on Instagram One day definitely isn't enough to celebrate how much you mean to me. Dad, you have always been my superhero. Happy Father's Day!! Love you so much @anilskapoor â¤ï¸ð #HappyFathersDay A post shared by Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamkapoor) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:16pm PDT Match picture or father's day picture? View this post on Instagram Ready for the match with the spirit of #FathersDay. Go India Go!! A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Jun 15, 2019 at 9:29pm PDT Ranveer Singh being the funny one always. View this post on Instagram well, now you Know .... ð¨‍ð #og #hypebeast #happyfathersday #iloveyoupapa A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 15, 2019 at 4:48pm PDT Salman Khan, the simple man. View this post on Instagram Happy Father's Day daddy . A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:51am PDT Alia Bhatt wishing her 'magic man'. View this post on Instagram Papa kehte hain — Dont be perfect. Perfect is the enemy of very good 𤡠Happy Fathers Day my Magic Man ⨠A post shared by Alia ð¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:20am PDT Asli Sona is also here. View this post on Instagram Happy Fathers day to my handsome papa and all the other papas, dads, abbus, dadas, babas, bapus out there â¤ï¸ @shatrughansinhaofficial A post shared by Sonakshi Sinha (@aslisona) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:41am PDT Young Boney Kapoor or Arjun Kapoor? View this post on Instagram To the strongest, wisest, kindest man I know- Happy Fathers Day. I love you more than I can put into words. I promise to always try my hardest to make you as proud as you've always made me. â¤ï¸ A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Jun 15, 2019 at 11:30pm PDT Nice caption, Sara. View this post on Instagram Happy Fathers' Day Abba â¤ï¸ð§¸ð¤ð¨‍ð§ð¥ð£ð¥ Thank you for always being here for me, for being my partner on nerdy holidays, for teaching me how to read, for showing me my first rain and snow, for teaching me how to eat spaghetti and all the while remaining patient, loving and compassionate! #likefatherlikedaughter #daddysgirl #mymainman #handsomestman #partnerincrime A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:36pm PDT I'm guessing it's from Kareena Kapoor as well, but she's not on Insta. View this post on Instagram Happy Father's Day to our darling papa ! We love you always and forever â¤ï¸ #fathersday #missingyou A post shared by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:51am PDT What a video! View this post on Instagram There's nobody like you pa. Love you. Happy Father's Day. ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT I just realized Jackie Shroff's Insta handle is 'Apna Bhidu'. View this post on Instagram Happy fathers day dad ⤠@apnabhidu A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jun 15, 2019 at 9:12pm PDT
  2. Advertisements have become a common sight on the internet. After all, they contribute a majority of the Internet's revenue. Every website, app, or service relies on them to make money. Though, many have observed companies getting too greedy about earning and bombarding the users with intrusive or disturbing ads. We've all come across auto-playing video ads that not only suck bandwidth in the background but are also annoying since they pop-up instantaneously. When users get irritated about ads on their browser, it's fair to assume they'll be furious if ads start creeping out in the mobile UI as well. © MensXP A large number of Huawei users have reported seeing advertisements (especially about Booking.com) on their phone's lock screen. So far, users with the P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro, and Honor 10 have confirmed visibility of ads. They're appearing for device owners who are using the preinstalled landscape background wallpapers. Huawei's sister-brand Honor was quick to confirm on Twitter that the company isn't serving these ads. Huawei says the ads are being delivered by third-party services or apps. What's fishy is, the ads are visible on Huawei's factory installed Magazine cycle of wallpapers. We assume the company relies on a third-party to serve these wallpapers, and they've pushed forward a promotional wallpaper without Huawei's consent. © Twitter According to a Reddit thread, four images about Booking.com were added in the wallpaper rotation. You can delete the particular wallpaper, but there's a possibility the service can push more promotional content in the future, and you'll have to manually remove it each time. Obviously, the best and safest way to avoid these ads is by not relying on Huawei's wallpaper app. There are a lot of options available on the Play Store. Last year, a similar issue had been found on Samsung phones as well. © MensXP Xiaomi's MIUI is infamous for pushing ads in the UI. It does so officially and the users are aware of what they're buying into. Even then, users have been complaining about rising ads within the phone's skin and some reports have also pointed towards "vulgar" ads being served. For Huawei, the timing couldn't get any worse. The company has been blacklisted from doing business in/with American markets and this means future phones will not be able to use Google's Play Service. On a more micro level, even basic resources like ARM's chipset architecture is now out of reach. Via DigitalTrends
  3. In an effort "to make aviation more sustainable", KLM Airlines has revealed a new design for an aerodynamic 'Flying-V' plane. It's a radical new aeroplane design that puts passenger seats inside the plane's wings, and it could decrease the amount of fuel needed for flights by a substantial 20 percent. Electric planes too have been in the works with multiple prototypes making round-the-globe trips. But, the technology hasn't been very promising for aeroplanes because of multiple challenges. © KLM The V-Shaped design, on the other hand, was conceived by designer Justus Benad and is being further realised by a team of researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology. It's claimed the plane will use 20 percent less fuel than the Airbus A350-900 while carrying a similar number of passengers -- the Flying-V will seat 314, while the Airbus A350 seats between 300 and 350 depending on the configuration. One of the features the Flying-V will share with the A350 is an identical wingspan of 65 meters. © Reuters / Airbus A350 "Aviation is contributing about 2.5 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the industry is still growing, so we really need to look at more sustainable aeroplanes," Pieter Elbers, CEO and president of KLM, said in a statement to CNN. The plane's increased fuel efficiency is largely a result of its aerodynamic design, Vos explained, although its reduced weight also contributes. He also further added electric planes are too heavy and can't fly with hundreds of passengers over the Atlantic. The design and technology to operate an electric plane is rather inferior at the moment, and decades away. © KLM The plane also uses the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that exist, according to KLM. While the current model still uses kerosene, it can be adapted to use electric turbofans in the future. Although we'll have to wait a while to see the Flying-V in its full glory, KLM announced that a "flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October.
  4. Microsoft finally showed us some more detailed about the upcoming Halo game last night at E3 and its back in action with Master Chief. Halo Infinite is apparently an open-world game and we also got to see Cortana back in his helmet after a very long time. The game is set to launch next year on Holiday 2020 alongside Xbox Scarlett as a launch title. © Microsoft The sixth instalment in the franchise was teased last year at E3 and the new trailer gives us a closer look at Master Chief. The trailer showed a UNSC soldier being stranded in space and gets contacted by a ship nearby. In the process of locating the ship, the soldier discovers Master Chief floating in space in survival mode. Master Chief is brought back to life from Survival Mode and the ship is soon attacked by enemies. Master Chief then gets ready to face the enemies that later transitions into the title screen. Master Chief is then seen slotting Cortana into his helmet while her voice can be heard saying, "I chose you because you were special. I knew we would be perfect together. And I was right.” © Microsoft Microsoft shared a vague description of the game that says it finds "Master Chief on an all-new adventure as he uncovers the mysteries surrounding the appearance of The Pilot and the desolate remains of a Halo ring.” Halo Infinite will be also coming to Xbox One and PC, and will also be included in Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pass subscription service. This will be the first time a Halo Game will be coming to PC at the same time as its console launch. Are you excited for Halo Infinite? Have you seen the trailer yet? If not, you can watch it below to know more details about the upcoming game.
  5. EA decided to kick start the E3 2019 this year by showcasing the games that they're cooking for us this year. From the new Star Wars game to the Sims 4's new pack, EA made a ton of announcements at EA Play. The star of the show, at least for us, was the new FIFA 20. Yes, this year's FIFA is going to be bigger and better than ever and EA is bringing back FIFA Street with FIFA 20. Called 'Volta Football', it's essentially FIFA Street that used to be an old standalone title back in the days. Now EA is bringing it back as a game mode instead of releasing a new game altogether. Makes sense. Volta Football is a part single-player, part multiplayer, a story-driven mode with a branch for team play. It's got everything you can expect from a standalone FIFA Street game. It also has Volta Kick-Off with which you can play with your favorite sides and stars if you want. (c) Electronic Arts In Volta, you can play 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5, each with different modes like Rush Football (no goalkeepers), and more. The Pitches and courts, as you can see, can be of varying sizes and in different locations around the world. From the rooftops of Tokyo to Amsterdam's underpass, you can choose to engage anywhere you want. It's also the first time men and women will be able to share a pitch in FIFA, and that by itself is a huge deal. As a player, you'll also get a ton of customization options with which you'll be able to change a lot of things like shirts, boots, shorts, sweaters, and other vanity items. (c) Electronic Arts EA made it a point to focus primarily on the new Volta mode, but it's worth pointing out that the game will also have the normal game modes that we've come to expect and love from the previous titles. So think of the Volta mode like an addition to the existing stuff you could do in the game. Well, the arrival of a Street mode was kind of inevitable since fans have been asking EA to bring back FIFA Street for a long time. By the way, 'Volta' is Portuguese for "return", which basically means EA is listening to player feedback. We're glad to have FIFA Street back and we hope EA has done justice to it. FIFA 20 launches September 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
  6. E3 kicks off today with EA Play but the company has already made the release date of FIFA 20 official. The game is all set to launch on September 27 but the publisher did not divulge any other more information about the upcoming game. Tonight's EA Play will be the platform where the company will reveal more details about the game; however, we do know some details that will make the game a bit better. 8.6.19 https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFA20?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFA20 https://twitter.com/hashtag/EAPLAY?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EAPLAY https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6">https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6 https://t.co/TEKuEU7ACW">pic.twitter.com/TEKuEU7ACW — EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) https://twitter.com/EASPORTSFIFA/status/1136648999073529856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2019 EA did, however, confirm some gameplay changes that will make the game better than FIFA 19 this year. The most crucial change comes is in the AI defending mechanics as the company wants to put more emphasis on manual defending rather than letting the computer do it for you. EA plans to increase the likelihood of the ball going to your teammate after a manual tackle on your opponent. Automatic defending will also be affected as the efficient and reaction time will be reduced. This will let players hone their defending skills and depend less on the computer for defending. (c) Electronic Arts In terms of shooting, EA wants to improve accuracy during one on one or easy attacking scenarios. Goalkeeper's reaction times will also be reduced in these type of situations in order to give it a more realistic approach to defending and attacking. FIFA 19 players have complained in the past about keepers having “Superhuman" reaction times. Even when shooting, the green timed shots are also being reduced to two frames for all shots. The green timed shots are also becoming less accurate to increase the challenge of scoring a goal. EA did, however, reassure players that green timed shots will "still be more accurate than non-timed shots.” (c) Electronic Arts EA is also working hard on making the shooting and passing more realistic were volleys will be more variable, and less accurate. In terms of passing, if you pass a ball while doing a 180° turn, it will be a weaker pass than normal and also be less accurate. New passing options are also being introduced i.e. a new dinked pass where it won't be automatic anymore. It will be more contextual rather than be user-controlled. The other new passing option will be a driven pass-and-go feature which will replace the manual pass button combo.
  7. Communities are bound by a code of conduct that govern user behavior. Sometimes these rules are explicitly written, such as terms, guidelines, or my personal favorite: “Must Read Before Posting Or Banned!!!” topics. (That’s a joke. Please don’t ever write a topic like that!) Sometimes the rules are unwritten, based on evolving behaviors and user-to-user interaction. No matter the method of conduct or scale of communication, all communities contain these community guideposts that govern user behavior. Being able to influence, and being influenced by, these rules of conduct is our second element of Sense of Community. Community Managers. The original influencers. The privilege to persuade is a powerful feeling. It fills users with a sense of control, knowing that they can impact others. It gives purpose to users, who will tap into their inner helpfulness by assisting others. And it imparts a sense of satisfaction, which is one of the highest transcendent values a user can feel. It also leads to a better community. Over time, the mutual interaction between members builds trust, forming a community of authenticity where users can expect repeatable and expected behaviors. It also leads to good governance, where members embrace the codes of conduct by the group, inculcate the code into their own behaviors, and repeat the code to newer members – reinforcing the very codes they learned themselves. Members conform to community rules and standards, sacrificing a little bit of their own individuality but gaining acceptance by the community. Clearly, influence and persuasion is a powerful element. Let’s take a look at some ways in which you can build a better community by unlocking the power of influence. 1. Show New Members How to Influence If your community is anything like mine, you have a welcome topic or message: Do this, read, that, follow this. It’s usually filled with stuff to influence the member. But have you thought about giving the new member an opportunity to influence? And not just in a superficial manner like posting an Introduction topic, but one that’s filled with meaning and purpose. In addition to linking to the best guides and expert content in your community, ask your users to help other members, answer challenging topics, or identify any skills that can help others. 2. Influence through explanations Have you seen communities where the moderators take heavy-handed actions and do things without prior notice? Or they assume you know everything? It feels rude, unwelcoming, and very cliquish. On the other hand, I’ve also seen communities where the moderators and community managers take the time to explain every response. When you take the time to explain the response, you share your reasoning with others. That’s influence. Over time, users will turn around to repeat the reasoning to others, which builds good governance. (It also means less work for you!). Communities are built on transparency and trust, and the more you can openly establish your community norms, the more clearly other users can repeat and reinforce your governance. 3. Be influenced by asking for help One of the most powerful and uplifting things you can do is to ask your members for genuine help. Be candid. Be vulnerable. Explain the challenge. And ask for help. You will find members who will rise to the occasion. Humans are naturally compassionate. We will always help others if we can and communities are one of the best platforms to ask and receive help. If you ever make a mistake, take on a big project, or if you’re ever in over your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help and allow others to influence you. 4. Influence as a privilege One of the stellar reasons for choosing Invision Community are the multiple ways to publish content. You can offer user albums, polls, blogs, articles, discussions, files, clubs, the list goes on. This allows you to offer increasing channels of influence for your superusers. Unfortunately, most communities throw all the choices at a new user, hoping one will stick. That’s like asking a new member who steps into a room of strangers if he wants a microphone, a loudspeaker, and a spotlight! That can be scary. Influence is something to be gained over time, in small bits of comfort and trust. 5. Appreciate the influence. One of the most inspiring actions you can do as a community manager is to acknowledge and appreciate the influence of others. When you do, you affirm the influence of others. It's one of the simplest things you can do too. Pick three random post by members on your site and reply: “I appreciate this contribution because …”. You’ll be surprised by how well members respond to your note of appreciation. CONCLUSION The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. The power to influence is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your members. By allowing them to influence other members, the codes of conduct, and even the direction of your community, they feel a deeper sense of community because they can make an impact on others. The most influential members in a community are surprisingly not the ones who post the most or who act the most dominant. The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. Share in the comments below one of your success stories on how you influenced – or were influenced by – another member. As always, I appreciate your contribution to join me in helping Invision Communities of all sizes build more rewarding and successful communities.
  8. Apple finally announced the new iOS 13 for iPhones and iPod Touch during the WWDC 2019 keynote yesterday. Yes, iOS is no longer available for iPad and that's because the company announced a new OS for iPads called iPadOS. iOS 13, in case you don't know, comes with a bunch of new features like Dark Mode, a couple of redesigned apps, faster app loading times, faster FaceID and more. © Apple According to Apple, the first public beta of iOS 13 will launch in July. But if the curiosity to try out the new OS is killing you, then you can actually install and check out the iOS 13 beta right now. Yes, it's possible and here's how you can do it. How To Install iOS 13 Right Now In order to install iOS 13 on your iPhone right now, you'll need a paid Apple developer account. That's because this isn't a public iOS 13 beta rollout. The beta software is only available for the developer to play with the OS and make compatible apps. If you're not a developer and don't have a developer account, then you can enroll for one right here. Do make a note that not all users are eligible to have a developer account, so you might not be able to create one right away. If you have a paid developer account, then you visit this page of the Apple Developer site to download the beta software right now. Again, do make a note that this won't be an OTA update, so you'll have to manually install the update. Wait For The Public Beta While the developer beta is out right now, we suggest you wait for the public rollout next month. For one, it'll be free to download and can be loaded via an OTA update. It'll also be slightly more polished than the developer beta that's out right now. Also, before you proceed, it's worth pointing out that it's best to create a back up before installing the beta software. Failing to do so will force you to be stuck with the beta version of iOS 13, which may or may not be very stable for daily use. Supported iPhones & iPods © Apple According to Apple, these are devices that can take part in the iOS 13 beta - iPhone XS, XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8, 8 Plus iPhone 7, 7 Plus iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhone SE iPod Touch 7th Generation Well, now that you know everything about iOS 13 beta, go ahead and check out all the new features that are available.
  9. Last night, Apple announced a bunch of new features for the upcoming iOS 13 update and it will be available for users by this fall. Some features bring stability and performance improvements. While there are general improvements, Apple has also added new features and a brand new dark mode. If you've been wondering what all Apple announced last night, here's our comprehensive list for the smartphone. A Faster FaceID Apple announced that the facial recognition process from the TrueDepth camera will be 30% faster than what we are used to right now. The faster unlocking will help users get into their smartphones without having to wait for FaceID to recognise your face. The process is already fast enough but with the 30% improvement, it could really change the way we would unlock iPhones. Dark Mode © Apple A dark mode for iPhone is one the most sought after features and Apple finally made it a reality last night. The iPhone's interface will change into darker tones and will also translate to system-wide apps and third-party apps who enable the feature. The new dark mode comes with added benefits such as better battery life and the fact that it would put less strain on your eyes. Sign In With Apple © Apple Apple has made it easier for customers to now protect themselves with a new “Sign in with Apple” feature. You will no longer have to use Facebook or Google sign in which can be later used to track your activity. Apple wants to protect users by providing a developer with a random unique ID. Users will also have the option to keep their identities a secret and share relevant information with the application. Apple has also integrated FaceID and Touch ID for this feature as an additional layer of security. More Photo Editing Tools © Apple Apple is now going to make it easier to manage and edit images on iOS 13 thanks to machine learning. The Photos app will be able to highlight the best images, automatically remove duplicate images or screenshots and will intelligently organise your library. It will be even easier to discover and browse your images. Photo editing tools have now been expanded with more Portrait Lighting adjustments, more editing tools, new effects and a better interface. Apple has also introduced a new High-Key Mono effect that creates a monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos. Additional Features - Messages can automatically share a user's name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji -With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit™-enabled messaging app - Two AirPods can listen to content from a single iPhone as Apple introduced a new audio sharing feature. - Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. - Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives. - Reminders app has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders.
  10. Apple has finally turned to the dark side as the Cupertino giant made the new feature official for iOS 13. The announcement came at Apple's annual WWDC event and the company showed off some applications running in dark mode. Some of these apps include Music, Calendar, Notes, Maps and Messages. (c) Apple The new dark mode will finally be available for iOS devices later this year when iOS 13 rolls out. Google announced its own dark mode feature at I/O last month and is already available to use in the beta version of Android Q. Dark Mode takes inspiration from macOS's Mojave operating system where there isn't a huge difference on the Home screen. Things, however, change after unlocking the iPhone where apps like Music, Maps and other applications that have a darker interface. There are also differences in the interface in other Apple applications like messages, emojis, keyboard and photos. (c) Apple The dark mode is not only easy on your eyes, but it can also help in saving battery life by a margin. If you own an iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, there will be less power consumption, thanks to the OLED display. Dark Mode has been a very popular requested feature as it not only conserves battery life and puts less strain on your eyes, but also looks better to look at. The new dark mode feature also extends to widgets and notifications. The dark mode is not exclusive to system-wide apps as third-party applications will also be to take advantage of this feature, apps like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Medium, Reddit, Wikipedia, Instapaper, IMDb and many more.
  11. Those who have seen the trailer of 'Kabir Singh' featuring Shahid Kapoor would have an idea that something great is in store for them. As soon as the teaser of 'Kabir Singh' was unveiled, Twitter users began comparing it to the Vijay-starrer 'Arjun Reddy'. Fans are excited to see Shahid on the big screen and nail this character to its fullest. But guess what? Shahid wasn't the first choice for the role. It was Arjun Kapoor. Yes, you heard it right. Director Sandeep Vanga, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, confirmed that he had approached Arjun for the role initially. When the director was asked if the makers approached Arjun Kapoor, he said, “Yeah, but before that Shahid and I were already in talks, so I couldn't just jump to another actor It's not about whose acting caliber is greater but it's about the commitment.” Well, we wonder what would it have been to see Arjun play this character. Coming back to Shahid, he has left no stone unturned to get into this character and the trailer has created the right noise for the film. Watch the trailer here: The film's story revolves around a surgeon whose life changes completely after a bad breakup. He uses drugs and alcohol to get over the pain that break-up has caused him. The film also features Kiara Advani in lead role and is set to release on June 21. It will be interesting to see how the movie shapes up. Are you excited for this one? Do let us know in the comments section below.
  12. We were invited by Realme to check out how their smartphones are made in the OPPO facility in Shenzhen, China. Realme, a sub-brand of OPPO, is manufactured with utmost scrutiny and standards just like their own branded smartphones. In fact, OPPO is amongst the top five manufacturers in the world and runs world-class facilities where they manufacture and test smartphones before it hits the market for customers. We got to see everything in the production line and how smartphones are made from the ground up. Right from how PCBs (Printed Circuit Board) are made to the final device that gets drop tested for durability. So here's how Realme smartphones are made in OPPO's facility in Shenzhen: Realme Manufacturing © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Be it any smartphone, you first build a PCB which is later built into the motherboard of a smartphone. The PCB is probably the most important component of a smartphone which houses all the essential components such as processor, storage modules, RAM and everything else you can think. Once the PCB is manufactured, it is inspected and surveyed up to OPPO and Realme's standards. This entire process is called SMT manufacturing or surface-mount technology. The entire production line is automated with robots but it is closely monitored by humans. Each line is capable of churning out 10,000 of PCBs in a single day. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There are around 71 lines and takes about 1 hour for the entire process to be completed. The process involves various steps such as having the operating system installed on the ROM to having each and every single component attached to the PCB before it moves on for the testing and quality control phase. Testing and Quality Assurance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Once the assembly of the smartphone is done, devices need to be tested to make sure it is ready to hit the streets. Much like every other manufacturer, smartphones are selected at random for testing and quality assurance. Roughly 10 percent of the total output (each batch) is tested to make sure the smartphone does not have any problems. If the smartphone has issues in the PCB or a physical defect, the company then inspects the entire batch to look for similar issues and find the root of the problem. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Once the smartphone is cleared from this phase, it then has to go through rigorous physical tests such as drop tests, tests in different environments and other durability tests. One such test was the test of the smartphone being rubbed off against a swatch of denim. The smartphone is rubbed off to simulate daily usage patterns of users when they slide a smartphone in their pockets. This test basically tries to determine the scratch resistance of the smartphone. Similarly, many sample devices are repeatedly dropped from different heights and at different angles. For example, we witnessed the Realme 3 Pro was being tested for durability when dropped on the edges, back and front of the smartphone. Even the buttons are tested at a force of 1KG. Others tests included the durability of the USB port where it was suspended on a pendulum type device and was subjected to repeated twists and turns. These tests are carried out for one simple reason, to simulate real-life usage of customers and see the after effects. Every single piece of data and results are stored that are later analysed to improve the device. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to near real-life drop tests, the smartphone is dropped from waist height and it isn't one drop either. The smartphone is dropped approximately 2800 times and each drop is inspected by a worker. These drops are again subjected to utmost scrutiny as these drops are to simulate daily customer usage. A tumbler machine is also used where each test device is tumbled for about 150 times to see the after effects for scuffs and physical damage. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Since Realme phones are sold in different regions, the smartphone has to be tested for environmental resilience. OPPO has numerous temperature controlled cabinets that simulate different conditions such as humidity levels and temperature levels. Each smartphone is tested in environments of 55 degree Celsius to -15 degrees Celsius. It is important to test devices in different environments as the temperate of your environment changes, so does the temperature of your smartphone. Realme and OPPO have to make sure that their devices don't get too warm as it can lead to dangerous situations. One Final Check © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Once the entire inspection and testing procedures are completed, each phone is checked by workers before it can be shipped to stores These tests include checking the phone for various components such as display functionality and quality, software checks, camera tests and other basic tests. This is the final crucial phase of testing and quality assurance that makes sure that the end user does not get a faulty device. Final Thoughts Manufacturing smartphones is not an easy task and it is hard to imagine the amount of work that goes into making a phone. It was quite exciting to see the complicated process of manufacturing and the testing phase. It was an up close and personal experience where we got to know what goes into making a smartphone before they are shipped to your home, or even to a store.
  13. From 'Twilight' to 'Batman', from Forks to Gotham, Robert Pattinson has come a long long way. Yep, he is officially the new Batman, and obviously, a lot of people aren't excited about that. But, for people who hate him just because he was in 'Twilight', I would just like to remind you that he hated the movies more than anyone could ever do. No actor will ever hate their own movie as passionately as Robert Pattinson hated Twilight pic.twitter.com/gEcWJFQ8vz — Professor Snape (@_Snape_) May 31, 2019 He was very smart, to be honest. He did this huge franchise, earned a lot of money and then went and did all the Indie movies he wanted. That deserves respect. Now that this is out of the way, let's come back to the huge news. 'The Batman' is all set to start shooting this summer and will be released about two years from now, in June 2021. That's quite a long wait but since they just finalised the main lead, we'll have to wait a long time to see how RPattz (does anyone even call him that anymore?) does as the caped crusader. While we know that he's a good actor, a lot of people don't agree with him being the new Batman and are not holding back in showing their disapproval. But, it's okay, a lot of people are in favour of it as well. Im still not ok with Robert Pattinson being #Batman - approved or nothttps://t.co/4GHM7tInXq — Chi Chi Izundu (@blondeafro) May 31, 2019 Two very different opinions. Pattinson is a remarkable actor and an outstanding choice for the new Batman. — N O S â Æ I á´ á´ Æ á¡ ⊥ ⊥ O Æ S (@scottderrickson) May 31, 2019 Exactly, it'll be so much fun. I'm so into this now, not so much for the movie, but bc Robert Pattinson is going to be SO WEIRD & low-key troll people during the promotional tour. ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£https://t.co/A0ocE8yqwo — Cher (@thecherness) May 31, 2019 Happy crying I hope, Jaden. I'm Crying https://t.co/HXXBQyYJv5 — Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) May 31, 2019 So great. It's official. Robert Pattinson is THE BATMAN. 2021. pic.twitter.com/TztGfQZM7X — Legacyfilm (@Iegacyfilm) May 31, 2019 Remember Cedric diggory? Robert Pattinson is a Hufflepuff. https://t.co/OzgA3FoERG — Professor Snape (@_Snape_) May 31, 2019 I know, right? You know what? Robert Pattinson is very handsome and broody and I think he'll make a great Batman. Eat ass, kids. — Thomas 'TomSka' Ridgewell (@thetomska) May 31, 2019 What a jawline. Ok but Robert Pattinson's jaw is gonna look amazing in that cowl. — Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) May 31, 2019 No one can top that, ever. I look forward to Robert Pattinson playing Bruce Wayne but I don't think anything will top Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker. pic.twitter.com/i7xm4apMVD — Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) May 31, 2019 Yep. Robert Pattinson to his agent: I'm looking for either very transformative roles in indie movies or very mainstream roles specifically themed around bats. And nowhere in between. — Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) May 31, 2019 Nope. Nope. Nope. Now with #RobertPattinson as the new #Batman we have a new Justice League ð pic.twitter.com/MjmFbmABTR — Román saw Endgame x2 (@rolo143) May 31, 2019 Wait, this guy doesn't like Heath Ledger as The Joker? This is the most unpopularest unpopular opinion ever. It's official, Robert Pattinson is officially your new Batman, this is the worst casting choice for a superhero film since they cast that pretty boy Heath Ledger as the Joker, the Nolan films never quite recovered from that terrible decision. pic.twitter.com/Lrh4UUtfQ3 — Jonathan Burdett (@jburd22) May 31, 2019
  14. On May 24th, people working in and around sector 18 of Cyber City got the shock of their lives, when they saw a woman standing on the edge of a five-storey building's terrace. According to reports and the videos and pictures people clicked, the woman was threatening to jump off the building. © for representation Turns out, it was the woman's office building, and she took this extreme step because she was upset that she was fired. Reportedly, she works at a private consultancy firm and was upset and sad that she wasn't confirmed after her probation period got over. When her colleagues heard about it, they rushed to the terrace and tried persuading her to come down. She threatened that she will jump off if the office management didn't hire her back as a permanent employee. In some pictures and video, there's a man who carefully approaches her and convinces her to come off the edge. © Twitter Inspector Vivek Kundu, SHO of Sector 18 police station told The Times Of India, "On May 24, when she got to know that the company was not hiring her as a permanent employee, following the end of her probation period, she threatened to kill herself." The woman came down only after the company assured to hire her back. According to the company manager, she wasn't hired after her probation because her performance wasn't satisfactory. However, according to the woman she was being punished for standing up against the management since "they did not have the proper environment for women empowerment." To all those people reading this story, threatening to kill oneself is not a solution to any problem. If someone is unhappy with your performance, prove them wrong with your hard work, instead of taking such extreme measures to get your job back. Please do not try to recreate what this woman did, this is not cool at all.
  15. Computex 2019 is currently underway, which means it's time for us to check out some cool new hardware products. After AMD's new chipset announcement, now ASUS has decided to turn up the heat with some kickass products. The company launched a ton of products today, however, it's new “Edition 30” ZenBook laptop is what caught our attention. So, ASUS is celebrating its 30-year-anniversary with this new special edition laptop called the ASUS ZenBook Edition 30. Before we talk a bit more about the product itself, let's just take a moment to appreciate how awesome the laptop looks - © YouTube ASUS The new ASUS ZenBook Edition 30, as you can see, sports a white leather lid cover and an 18-karat rose gold logo, which resembles Star Trek's Starfleet insignia, no? According to ASUS, every piece of leather used to make these laptops have been hand selected, and each panel cover is meticulously sewed by a master tailor. Yes, it sounds like overkill, but hey, it's a limited edition product. Internally, the ZenBook Edition 30 is powered by Intel's 8th Gen Core i7 processor coupled with up to 16GB of RAM and PCIe SSD storage. For graphics, the laptop uses Nvidia's GeForce MX250 discrete GPU. It sports a 13-inch display on the front with minimal bezels. With a 95-per cent screen-to-body ratio, ASUS says this is the world's smallest 13-inch laptop. ASUS is also making special accessories for this laptop. There's a pearl white mouse and a leather sleeve, both of which look equally good. Sadly, ASUS won't tell us when the laptop will go on sale and for how much, so you can't really buy it just yet. Even once it's up for grabs, we're sure it's not going to be cheap.
  16. Back in time, taking a plunge into the cold water only meant complaining. But, in 2019, we are in favour of icy, cold water showers. So, why would anyone even consider getting into this dreadful process? It sounds crazy to put yourself through so much when you are only hoping to gently ease out of the bed in the morning. Well, the icy blast of cold showers will earn you benefits that you never knew before. Take a look! 1. Breathe easy Getty Images Sometimes when you get into the shower, you certainly feel breathless. But, cold showers let you relax and take long breaths, instead of the faster breathing technique you were used to. This gives a massive boost to your body to function the whole day. 2. Muscle Recovery Getty Images Taking cold showers is quite a famous technique in athletes. Blood circulation in the body improves, giving your muscles an opportunity to recover from the night soreness. 3. Improved metabolism Getty Images Another amazing benefit of taking cold showers is that it boosts your metabolism and ultimately helps you lose weight. The healthy fat inside your body works a great deal when given a chance to enter into cold showers, Now, who doesn't wish to have a hot, steamy body? 4. Staying alert Getty Images The shock of cold water instantly revives your body from the sleepy state. Cold water, alongside energising your body, also helps in higher state of alertness. This benefit is literally what we need in our daily lives. 5. Improved hair and skin condition Getty Images Research says that taking cold showers help control loss of natural oils. Cold showers are an anti-ageing process that don't make the natural oils disappear. In fact, they grant us with smoother skin and shinier hair! 6. Prevent Varicose Veins Getty Images Majorly noticed in elder citizens, Varicose Veins take place in our legs and they are quite a common sign of ageing. Cold water can reverse the whole process and stimulate the muscles. 7. Boost testosterone Getty Images Heat can damage the testosterone production, but switching to cold showers can alleviate stress and make sure that your body recovers from the damage caused. Taking cold showers leads to producing the right amount of testosterone. No more 'oops' situations for you!
  17. Sony's upcoming next-generation console is not launching anytime soon. However, we already know a lot about it already, with more information pouring in every day. On the same lines, Sony's Vice President John Kodera has now confirmed that the new PlayStation 5, when it launches, will support backwards compatibility allowing you to play with PS4 players. According to Kodera, cross-generational play is very important to the company. He also noted that it's extremely important to keep the PlayStation community happy as it starts to migrate from PS4 to PS5. He didn't share a lot of details, but we're just happy to hear about the backwards compatibility support. It's great news for those who just bought a PS4 and were worried if Sony would just pull the plug. © Pexels Speaking of pulling the plug, it's also worth mentioning that Sony is also committed to supporting the PS4 for at least the next three years. Well, that makes a lot of sense considering the fact that there are millions of PS4 users in the world, and not all of them will be upgrading to the new console. It also goes to show how Sony isn't expecting a huge player to migrate to the new console in the first place. That being said, we already know enough about the upcoming console to tell you that it would be worth the upgrade. The next-generation PlayStation console is said to bring new things like a faster SSD, Ray-tracing support and more. The faster SSD, in particular, is what's said to make the most difference in terms of loading times, render times, etc. Obviously, there's still a lot that we don't necessarily know about Sony's next-generation console, but we do know that we have exciting times ahead. The new PlayStation 5 will definitely be worth the wait.
  18. According to a finding by 9to5Mac, Apple devices have now shown up in the Eurasian Economic Commission regulatory database. The new iPhone models have shown up ahead of their release later this year and we finally know what the model numbers are. © YouTube The 2019 iPhones have appeared in the database with model numbers A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223. The database compiles a list of devices that depend on encryption technologies and most of Apple's devices both past and present are on that list. Similarly, earlier this year the iPad Air and iPad mini 5 were registered on the database five months ahead of its launch. According to the 9to5Mac's report, “The A2111, A2161, A2215 identifiers probably represent the new iPhone XR successor. The other model identifiers will be for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max.” The other model numbers are also expected to be different versions of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone R successor as different regions offer different cellular band compatibility. In the case of China, the iPhone comes with a physical dual SIM phone that is exclusive to the region. © Twitter 2019 iPhones are expected to look largely the same as the previous generation while previous leaks have suggested a triple-camera setup at the back. In terms of the feel of the phone, there are rumours that suggest that Apple is opting for a more matte finish instead of the glass back. Other new features include reverse wireless charging for the new AirPods and Apple new more A13 chipset. © Twitter Apple will be adding an extra sensor to both the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11/11Max as a form of upgrades. The iPhone XR is now rumoured to have a dual-camera setup similar to the iPhone XS whereas the iPhone 11 is expected to have a triple camera setup. The iPhone 11 is expected to have a larger camera bump and in the shape of a square. The additional third sensor is said to be an ultra-wide lens and will also be used for more detailed images at a standard zoom level. The new iPhones are expected to be announced at Apple's annual press event that is scheduled to take place sometime in September. Source: 9to5Mac
  19. It has been a harrowing week for Chinese company Huawei since it was included in the entity list by the US Government. This basically means that American companies cannot do business with the Chinese tech giant without prior approval from the Government. In the wake of this decision, companies like Qualcomm, Intel, ARM, Google have all revoked access for licenses and acquiring of components. Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone company in the world and with losing access from American companies for key components and licenses, it is essentially a death sentence for the company. Here's a list of companies that won't be doing any business with Huawei at least until things are resolved: ARM © ARM ARM is by far the biggest blow to the Chinese company as the company severed ties as of yesterday. Huawei can build its own operating system and acquire other components from non-American companies; however, without a license from ARM, Huawei cannot manufacture their own chipsets. ARM basically design the chips and then license them out to companies for manufacturing. Their designs are used on Laptops, Smartphones, IoT products and wearables. These designs are used by companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and previously Huawei. HiSilicon, Huawei's SoC subsidiary has been using ARM-based chipsets for a while and losing access to the license essentially means that Huawei cannot make processors. Since the company has also lost access to Qualcomm, Huawei will not be able to deliver a smartphone. Having said that, there are other alternatives such as sourcing chipsets from non-American companies such as MediaTek and Samsung. Qualcomm and Intel © BCCL Qualcomm and Intel both provide components to Huawei that essentially powered various products such as laptops and mobile phones. Intel provides server chips and processor for Huawei's laptop line which essentially renders future Huawei laptops useless. Qualcomm, on the other hand, provides modems and other processors that power other products. Since Huawei makes its own chipsets, Qualcomm's impact was less prominent yet still crucial. Even though Huawei has been stockpiling chipsets for future use, sooner or later the company will run out unless the conflict is resolved by then. Broadcom and Xilinx have also announced they are suspending sales of products to Huawei as well. Western Digital and Micron Technology Like any other smartphone, it needs memory to store data and Huawei smartphones used Western Digital and Micron Technology as their suppliers. Micron Technology makes memory chips that are used in smartphones. As of now, the company has also revoked access to the Chinese company. Huawei will not be able to source storage chips from American companies as of now; however, it can source similar components from Samsung. Android © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Google has also revoked Huawei's Android license as a move to be compliant with the US Government's ban. The company will be able to provide updates for current Huawei smartphones for the next three months but it doesn't help the situation. Huawei is already working on its own operating system based on Google's AOSP (Android Open Source Project), platform. How it will work depends on the final build and whether it will be rolled out globally. Huawei has said that the new operating system will be compatible with Android apps and is scheduled for release later this fall. SD Association © SD Association The latest organisation to boot Huawei is the SD association which means Huawei is no longer allowed to make any products with SD or microSD slots. This will affect Huawei's smartphone and laptop lines as the SD Association develops and authorises the use of standards for SD storage. The list on the organisation's website silently removed Huawei's name from the list. Suspensions of Orders Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator has suspended the sale of Huawei's Mate 20X (5G) on its website for the time. The smartphone was listed on Vodafone's UK website and the suspension could possibly extend to other regions as well. Even the Microsoft store pulled Huawei's MateBook X Pro's listing from its website. In fact, a basic search for any Huawei product on Microsoft's digital store comes up with no results.
  20. Yes, it's finally happening! Sony and Microsoft have joined hands announcing an unusual partnership, under which the rivals will work together on cloud-based gaming services. “The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services”, Microsoft said in an official statement. But wait, before you start speculating about the end of console wars, or prepare yourself for a joint Microsoft/ Sony streaming service that'll let you play, say, Halo and Uncharted on a single platform, let me burst your bubble and tell you that it's not happening. © Microsoft As a part of the agreement, Sony will use Microsoft's Azure servers and data centers for its own game and content-streaming services. That, in case you don't know, includes Sony's PlayStation Now and PlayStation Vue. Additionally, the companies also agreed to “explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and AI”. It's not entirely clear what that means just yet, but that sounds more Microsoft's mixed reality and AR stuff to me. Let's leave that for some other day. The Console War Is Still On Considering the arrival of Google's Stadia service and reports about Amazon's cloud gaming service, it's easy to expect the two to join hands. I mean, who wouldn't want to see the rivals join hands to make a powerful next-gen console or come up with some sort of streaming standard? © Google Stadia That, however, isn't happening because both Sony and Microsoft are making their own powerful next-gen consoles and they've made some big promises like impeccable CPU and GPU, faster SSDs, and what not. If they want to make money, then these new consoles, I am sure, are going to need exclusive titles to convince gamers like me. Now, for instance, the only reason I'd recommend the PS4 over the Xbox One is the exclusives. God of War, Last of Us, etc. It's a long list of awesome games, but you get the point, right? Sony and Microsoft teaming up for a streaming standard to put the rivals out of business looks good on paper, but not so much in reality. I doubt Sony, or even Microsoft, will give up the software exclusivity. © Naughty Dog Why bother building a new console when you're simply going to make your next big exclusive fully accessible to people buying a competing console or subscription-based service? Why Microsoft? Now that's out of the way, you might be wondering why Microsoft, and not Amazon's AWS or Google? Well, if you have a service that caters to gamers across the globe, then it only makes sense to opt for a cloud-computing service like Azure. Its wider distribution of data centers across the globe will make sure Sony's streaming services are not facing any latency-issues. It's as simple as that. Competitors like Amazon and Google missed out on hosting Sony. Final Thoughts Though the idea of having a standard subscription platform to play all games in one place sound drool-worthy, let me tell you that we're not going to see that happening anytime soon. If that's what you made out of the picture of Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shaking hands before reading, then I am here to tell you that you're living in a delusional world. I doubt if that's even something which Microsoft or Sony have thought about at this point in time. © Microsoft Today's announcement of Sony and Microsoft's partnership is purely strategic and it has nothing to do with the console wars. Yes, the partnership could be great for the future of gaming with implications such as crossplay, especially for multiplayer titles like FIFA. Yes, an interesting possibility, but for now, both companies are readying their flagship consoles. The console war is here to stay!
  21. After the epic conclusion of the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League, all eyes are on the ICC World Cup 2019 which will begin from 30th May 2019 with the first match between England and South Africa at the Oval, London, England. The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of ODI Cricket World Cup, scheduled to take place in England and Wales between 30 May 2019 to 14 July 2019. The tournament will consist of a single group of 10 teams, with every team getting the opportunity to play against each of the other nine teams at least once. The top four at the end of the group stage will go on to compete against each other in the semi-finals. ICC World Cup 2019: Team India Schedule: DateVersusLocation 5/6/2019 South Africa Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Hampshire, England 9/6/2019 Australia The Oval, London, England 13/06/2019 New Zealand Trent Bridge, West Bridgford, England 16/06/2019 Pakistan Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Stretford, England 22/06/2019 Afghanistan Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Hampshire, England 27/06/2019 West Indies Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Stretford, England 30/06/2019 England Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 2/7/2019 Bangladesh Edgbaston, Birmingham, England 6/7/2019 Sri Lanka Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, England All the league matches will start at 3:00 pm IST. India's History At ICC World Cups: India got to lift the World Cup trophy for the very first time under the captaincy of the great Kapil Dev in 1983. The victory was not only a great achievement for the 14-man-squad of the time but also for the countless generations to come as it added immensely to the popularity of the game in the country with more and more people not only wanting to watch cricket but also trying to get selected in the national team. 2011 was the year when Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the Men in Blue to winning the ICC World Cup for the second time, this one being in our own home-ground. With Sachin Tendulkar nearing his retirement, Dhoni in his prime and Virat Kohli just beginning to show his talents as a batsman, the 2011 Indian roster consisted of three of the most successful cricketers to ever play in the country's jersey. Now, with Dhoni taking Tendulkar's place as the team veteran and Virat Kohli in his top form and the leader of the squad, Team India will once again try to bring home the greatest glory there is in the world of cricket. 15-Man-Squad, Team India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik (reserve wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, K. L. Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal How can I watch Team India's World Cup matches? Star Sports Network have the rights to officially broadcast every match of the 2019 ICC World Cup. You can also catch the games like on the Hotstar website or mobile application.
  22. Warning: if you haven't seen 'The Bells', that is Season 8 Episode 5 of 'Game of Thrones', you probably shouldn't read ahead. But if you have, you might share the same feelings about the episode that I do. The episode was so underwhelming when it came to the defining deaths of the significant characters of the show. I mean, one of the reasons we got hooked onto 'Game of Thrones' in the first place were the surprising deaths and the sheer brutality with which they take place. Remember, the execution of Ned Stark that started it all for us? One of the most awaited deaths this season without a doubt was Cersei Lannister's. That woman was brutal, her conniving secret plots that were carried out ruthlessly throughout the series had us invested in her death to avenge what she's done to the Starks among other families. And look, it's not like GoT is not capable of brutal deaths. We loved the way Geoffery was killed and the burning of Sept was surprisingly satisfying despite Tommen's death. But for their swan song, GoT has been pulling off some very un-GoT like things, it seems. Cersei's death, with a roof falling on her with her lover/brother in her arms is definitely a two at best on a scale of 0 to 100. And I might sound like a sadist when I say this but I was relieved to find out that folks on Twitter share the sentiment with me. Here are the best reactions to underwhelming deaths of lover twins Cersei and Jaime. 1. Who knew rocks would hold the beer. Arya: “Im going to kill the Queen, she on my list, Cersei is mine! 𤔠Random rocks: pic.twitter.com/cRcSuaJGXu — Kevi ð (@KeviSkillz) May 13, 2019 2. YES! What was that about? Cersei getting past the Hound and the Mountain #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/wSf0CCj7vL — Chiara Alvisi (@chiara_alvisi_) May 13, 2019 3. SAME Cersei went out the same way as extra #317 bruh I'M MAD — Kofie (@KofieYeboah) May 13, 2019 4. Wishful thinking. me having breakfast this morning actually thinking jamie would kill cersei #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/xMtaSQ6Vgx — c (@cmicheIIe) May 13, 2019 5. Vanilla is overrated AF. YEARS of waiting just to see Cersei die in the most vanilla way possible #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/IiAP2IZZSG — Stark(s) fan account (@Frank_Profound) May 13, 2019 6. So are we. Hold tf up, Catelyn Stark got her throat sliced and all that happened to Cersei was rocks falling on her?? IM LIVID #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/KyopXeCA6R — Danielle Svenson (@DSvenson3) May 13, 2019 7. Disappointing, I tell you. Everybody watching how Cersei went out: pic.twitter.com/Nkd5t70gKH — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 13, 2019 8. *nodding head in agreement* so they destroyed daenerys' character, led jaime back to cersei, and tried to make cersei seem like the victim in all of this. i want a refund on all the time and energy i invested into this show #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/fbsD9xlN7e — dominique (@exhaIecabello) May 13, 2019 9. A big one, it seems. NOT THEM PLAYING THIS BULLSHIT SOFT MUSIC FOR JAIME AND CERSEI. THEY WANT US TO FUCKING FEEL BAD FOR CERSEI LANNISTER DYING JUST SO THEY CAN VILIFY DAENERYS TARGARYEN? IS THIS A JOKE? #Gameofthrones — bri (@lceandfire) May 13, 2019 10. This is messed up. I love how Cersei sent bronn to kill Jaime and probably assumed he was dead this whole time but when he showed up she was SO CONCERNED to see him wounded — ginmo (@rmkgm) May 13, 2019
  23. Developing games is not an easy task, especially for Apple where everything published on the App Store needs to follow set guidelines and respect a user's privacy. In fact, publishing an app on Apple's platform involves a lot of hard work, paperwork and quality control. In order to help budding app developers, Apple has a dedicated “App Accelerator” that helps people in developing applications that don't only meet Apple's standards but also help in the development cycle. © SmartHunch Meet Namit Nangia, founder at Smarthunch who developed a very unique game that was launched on Apple's App Store in March earlier this year. The game is called “What the Fish!” That is essentially an auto-running game with a very unique feature. Players are able to control their character by simply blinking. In order to jump over obstacles, players have to blink so that the little fish is able to keep going forward. The game is able to easily identify and differentiate between regular blinks from forced ones as it follows a custom physics engine. The character in the game would only jump when a user blinks longer than 180ms. Alternatively, if you don't want to blink, you can always use the touch mechanics to play the game. The game is currently available for iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR & X and iPad Pro 2018 (at 120 frames per second) and uses the TrueDepth camera system to track your blinking patterns. 'What The Fish!' Currently sells on Apple App Store for Rs 160 but the biggest challenge remains is the game's growth in India. India heavily relies on free mobile gaming however with Apple's new Apple Arcade service right around the corner, there is a chance we might see games like "What The Fish!” as a part of the service. This will enable gamers to play undiscovered games like “What The Fish!” and countless others for a single fee. So How Does Apple Help Developers? © SmartHunch When speaking to Mr Nangia, he said: “It isn't hard to incorporate the TrueDepth's API in a game, however, it is hard to get it approved by Apple.” This is where Apple's App Accelerator comes in as it helps developers to understand and learn new advances in Apple ecosystem from Apple experts directly. The Cupertino giant has one in Bengaluru, India that enables developers like Mr Nangia to better understand the iOS platform and take advantage to create new games and applications. It helps developers understand platform-optimised frameworks or advise in creating a great user experience. Apple hosts presentations for developers and it's free to attend. Following guidelines that involve developing apps that use Apple's ARkit or the TrueDepth camera is even harder. “Since it is harder to follow these guidelines, Apple helped me with feedback and understanding the guidelines better” Are you a developer looking to publish your own app or game on Apple's App Store? You can also take advantage of Apple's App Accelerator for free to get feedback, mentorship and guidance.
  24. Styling your hair in the summer can be a tricky thing. You do not just have to keep it cool around the nape of your neck but also make sure you're not getting a nerdy look while you're at it. Besides, humidity is also a major concern in summers. So here's a guide to great summer hairstyles that you could use to show to your stylist next time you visit the salon. 1. The Fading Buzz Cut © Instagram The fading buzz cut is characterized by tapered sides with a short crop on top. This army-inspired buzz cut goes well with all kinds of face structures and especially works great with a well-groomed beard. 2. Low-Fade Spikes © Instagram A low-fade with a cropped (but slightly spiked) fringe is honestly great for the summer, since fades have been up and running for a long time. Plus, this hairstyle suits every hair type! 3. The Crop Top © Instagram Think Thomas Shelby from 'Peaky Blinders'; that's exactly what we're talking about. The crop top is a refined look and is understated yet contemporary. It involves a gradual fade on the side with focused short hair on the top-front. It is versatile and can achieve both clean and messy looks with wax. 4. A Faded Mess © Instagram For men with considerable volume on top, Kartik Aaryan can be your inspiration for getting a faded mess. The key is to play with texture on top and keep the sides short by opting for a fade, to make the cut look a lot more dramatic. 5. The Slick-Back Look © Instagram This look requires mid-length hair to give it a tamed mold. Wax or gel is a necessary tool to create this look: you can either direct it to the back or flip it to one side to give it a structured look. This hairstyle blends well with an au naturel beard, a moustache or even a fresh clean-shaven look. 6. The Disconnected Crop © Instagram A hairstyle with a longer length at the top and a fade on the sides. The good thing about this hairstyle is that you can style it whichever way you fancy. You could go all neat for an office meeting or choose a dishevelled look for the after party. You cannot go wrong with this versatile hairstyle. 7. The Casual Dishevelled Look © Instagram This look is for the low-maintenance guys who only prefer the rolled-out-of-bed look. Just keep a high-quality hairbrush and hairdryer handy. Before the big party, swipe the brush through your hair for a good look. 8. The Mad Men Look © Instagram A hairstyle inspired by the 'Mad Men', this elegant, clean look is a great choice for working professionals. This style is suitable for straight, fine hair but needs a little help of styling products. 9. The Bon Chic Look © Getty Images Inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio's legendary haircut in Titanic, the bon chic look is a classic style of the 90s that is back in force this year. We love this messy-tousled style for its casual yet playful look.
  25. Google announced a bunch of new hardware and new software updates for products last night at its annual I/OI event in San Francisco. The search engine giant announced the Pixel 3a, The Nest Hub and upcoming Android Q features. Having said that, hardware products are refreshed each year and Google announced something more important than any average person would expect. Google researched are working to train its already competent speech recognition system to understand people with speech impairments. It's a very basic thing nobody would have thought to explore via technology but Google is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve this feat. It's called Project Euphoria and we got to see a preview of what it can possibly do to help people with speech impairments. © Google Having a family member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, Project Euphoria evoked an emotion that not many people can comprehend. Google is currently working with people who have neurological conditions including ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis so that AI can better understand speech patterns. Even though it's in very early stages, we got to see how Project Euphoria can transcribe speech better to help people with speak impairment communicate. © Google There are various ways for people to communicate, for example, transcribing is just one of the ways for someone to communicate. People can even use a keyboard to type out a response or even send commands via Google Assistant without ever speaking. This can be fired up with just a button that connects to Google Assistant. © Google In order to improve speech recognition and prediction, Google is asking everyone from around the world to submit voice samples. This data will be used to improve algorithms that are used by the speech recognition software. “Fundamental AI research which enables new products for people with disabilities is an important way we drive our mission forward,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai onstage. “This will ultimately result in products that work better for all of us. It's the perfect example of what we mean by building a more helpful Google for everyone.” Why Is Project Euphoria Important? © Google Well for the simple reason that it will make the world a more inclusive place. The ability for people suffering from speech impairment to communicate with family members, friends and other people with similar diseases has far more social implications than you can imagine. Disabled people will be able to communicate emotions like laughter, despair, happiness, and even anger that was not possible earlier. It will also benefit people with hearing impairments as they can simply read the transcribed text for communication. This in turn not only makes the lives of disabled people easier, making it more inclusive. It makes people with speech and hearing impairments get more familiar with emotions, feel less conscious about communicating in public and above all else, express feelings that disabled people couldn't do effectively before. To know more about Google's efforts and Project Euphoria, you can watch a short video below that will give you a better idea.
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