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  1. The unfortunate news of Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2019 due to a fractured left thumb has left a huge hole at the top of the Indian batting lineup. Although, in the match against Pakistan, we did see KL Rahul step up to the occasion and form a great 100-run plus opening partnership, the void of the veteran lefty batsman is definitely going to be the most difficult to fill. Dhawan went down with the injury like a warrior. Having the base of his left thumb cracked, thanks to a deadly bouncer by Pat Cummins early on in the match between India and Australia at The Oval in London, the left-handed batsman went on to play a massive innings worth 117 runs, that not only made him the 'Man of the Match' but also led Team India to win one of the more challenging games of the ongoing tournament. View this post on Instagram ð¸ð¸ð®ð³ #TeamIndia A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Jun 9, 2019 at 5:04am PDT The exit of the southpaw from the world championship got the team selectors in a bit of a fix, as they had to choose between an experienced and sturdy batsman in Ambati Rayudu and zealous and explosive Rishabh Pant. The management decided to go with the latter with the hopes of providing a fresh boost to the middle order. It is well documented that the only problem with Team India, is the weak and struggling middle order. Before the World Cup began, it was still being managed by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but even the Ranchi-born seems to have lost his form off-late. Whenever India have tasted success while batting in either of the innings, it only comes if the batting partnership in the initial stages of the match is formed. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan have been doing it for years and on Sunday, Sharma and Rahul did it as well. View this post on Instagram HITMAN ðð #TeamIndia A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Jun 16, 2019 at 4:40am PDT However with some good games against teams with brilliant bowlers like England and West Indies still ahead of them, we can't be certain of a solid opening partnership, especially due to the lack of experience of Sharma and Rahul playing together at number one and two spots, which, by the way, was also evident during their previous fleet against Sarfaraz Ahmed's men. Under such conditions, Rishabh Pant, who would most probably take the crease as the fourth batsman after Virat Kohli, will be expected to take the lead and put up big numbers on the scoreboard for his side. An extremely skilled and talented batsman who is a natural hitter, Pant played his last ODI match against Australia on 13th March during which he found himself to be cheaply dismissed (16 runs) at the hands of Nathan Lyon in a losing effort. The 21-year-old has been put under the microscope and criticised for his inability to stick to the crease for long and play a 50-over innings. So, when Pant is being brought in to play on the biggest platform there is in international cricket with such little experience, the amount of pressure on his young shoulders has to be immense. View this post on Instagram Donning the blue for the nation is a feeling nothing else can even come close to ðð» Wishing Team India a killer run to the ð Bring it home boys !! Good luck ðªð» ð®ð³ @indiancricketteam #jaihind A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) on May 28, 2019 at 4:50am PDT But this is the situation that makes or breaks a player and whenever it is that the Roorkee-born will play for India, be it against Afghanistan on 22nd June or the Windies on 27th June, it will only be his determination and the sheer will to be great, that will guide his performance on the ground. Here's hoping all the success that Pant deserves and should get this World Cup.
  2. Apple has been known for adding tools that benefit a user's health ever since the company launched the Health App with iOS 8. The company has doubled down on the same ethos with the introduction of the Apple Watch. The smartwatch has some nifty features that have been responsible for saving countless lives in the past. Now with iOS 13, Apple is introducing a new feature in the health app that lets users track the headphone volume. It works with Bluetooth headsets (MFi) and the health app will let users know if the volume of the music is too high. © Pexels This feature was not showcased at WWDC 2019 however we got a small preview of the upcoming feature. The health app on iOS devices will now be able to track volume levels and suggest users if the volume is too high and might damage their ears. Apple will use the prescribed WHO levels to determine if the volume levels are loud or not. According to WHO, sounds above the level of 85db is harmful to the ear which is also the same parameter set by Apple in the 'Health' app. Any volume levels lower than 85db is usually ok however previous research has suggested that prolonged exposure to sound levels below 85db can also be harmful to the human ear. What Can Be Improved? © MensXP From what we saw from the demo, the new feature doesn't entirely work as expected. Even though you can track your volume levels from a previous listening session in the Health app, there is no provision for listeners when they are actually listening to audio at high volume levels. The 'Health' app as of now does not notify users about potential ear damage when they are listening to loud music. You will have to manually check levels each time by going into the 'Health' app which can be a bit tedious if you really care about protecting your ears. © Apple It would have been useful if the 'Health' app would notify you if you are listening to music louder than the recommenced volume level when you're actually doing it rather than later. For example, if a user is listening to music louder than 85db for more than 30 minutes, the Health app could simply notify users with a warning. Of course, many audiophiles would find this notification annoying if it keeps coming up every 15 or 30 minutes, which is why Apple should also provide the option of turning this specific notification off or give the ability to mute it for an hour. Personally, I would like to get a warning while I'm listening to loud music, not after the damage is already done.
  3. If you would ask me what I would like to do for the rest of my life, I would always answer with one word: Eat! via GIPHY If there is anything in the world that I love unconditionally, it is food. Is there anything better than eating your favourite food? Digging into that freshly prepared chicken curry, finished with some chopped coriander, or having your fingers turn yellow after eating that delightful fish curry? via GIPHY Or having a heavenly helping of dal with steamed rice? Or biting into the piece of that decadently gorgeous chocolate cake? via GIPHY Or a spoonful of that Biryani? via GIPHY Who can resist the smell of freshly fried garlic or not get enchanted by the sound of sizzling onions? (The answer is always a resounding “NO”) I mean, can there be any love more sincere than the love for food? If there has to be a unanimous entity for bringing people together, I don't think that can be accomplished by anything other than food. Food has an intrinsic quality, an all-pervasive nature: it serves as a mirror to culture, a part of the tradition, a bond for communities, an allegory for desires, an expression of love. I have hardly come across another entity as ubiquitous as food, its inherent diversity; how its excess can cause you discomfort and so can its dearth. How it trickles down to the most downtrodden parts of society but is also adulated in haute living. How it can be sensual, ignite passions, add spice to your life, and in turn, can also be a proponent of disgust or the start of a grotesque fiasco. Another facet which accompanies food and is crucial is its presentation, its ocular appeal. And as humans, who are visual by nature, our gastronomical desires are magnified tenfold when we see food on the big screen. via GIPHY Remember that Chocolate Cake from the movie “Matilda”? via GIPHY Film and food share a relationship of yore; movies celebrating food are shot gorgeously, are aesthetically pleasing while they tell stories of people like us, and how food influences us all. In these films, food drives the story forward, changes the protagonist's life. Movies also incorporate sound, which is an important aspect of food: be it cutting into it or its preparation, the clanging of utensils, the sizzle of a pan. Essentially, these movies provide the union of two of the senses: visual and aural, which is always an amazing combination. So, here are 16 delectably scrumptious movies that quite literally serve a piece of life (and make you raid your fridge in the middle of the night): 1. Julie and Julia (2009): Stuck in the rut of her bureaucratic dead-end job (Hello there!), Julie Powell decides (Amy Adams) to take on a project to relieve herself from the boredom of her uneventful life. The project: Cooking her way through Julia Child's enormous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days and blogging about it. Little does she know that this little venture of hers will change her life forever. Two stories, two women, bound by their mutual love for food. © Columbia Pictures Starring Amy Adams as Julie Powell and Meryl Streep as the famous, celebrated cook, Julia Child, the movie explores the lives of the two women parallelly in two different eras: Julie, in 2002, as she starts her blog and cooks up all the 524 recipes, and Julia, in 1949, as she moves to Paris and finds her calling as a chef and collaborates on the now-famous cookbook which made her into a culinary icon. © Columbia Pictures Julie and Julia, directed by Nora Ephron, is one of the most heartwarming movies which celebrate food and its importance in life. It drives home the fact that inspiration can come in any form, you just need to believe in yourself. (If you wish, you can read my review on the movie here: USP: The food! The gorgeous, divine, decadent food! Especially the “Butter Monologue” and the “Boeuf Bourguignon”. via GIPHY via GIPHY Meryl Streep as Julia Child is a phenomenon; not only is the resemblance uncanny, she impersonates Julia Child's idiosyncrasies to the T, be it the trademark, out-of-breath, slightly tipsy voice or the quirky mannerisms. via GIPHY via GIPHY “Bon Appetit!” via GIPHY 2. Chef (2014): When Carl (Jon Favreau), a renowned chef of a famous restaurant in California decides to be more creative with his recipes, he is met with resistance from the restaurant owner, Riva (Dustin Hoffman). To make matters worse, he gets into a public altercation with a prestigious food critic, Ramsey Michel, after the latter writes a distasteful review of his food. © Aldamisa Entertainment Heartbroken, he quits the job and embarks on a journey of self-discovery through food; food that he actually loves and that fulfils his creative aspirations. Eventually, he opens a food truck while trying to mend his frail relationship with his estranged son, Percy (Emjay Anthony). Will he be successful? USP: The food scenes are aesthetically attractive, kudos to cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau. via GIPHY Jon Favreau's directorial prowess and love for food is apparent in the movie. via GIPHY 3. The Lunchbox (2012): In an attempt to add some zing into her unromantic marriage, Ila (Nimrit Kaur) turns to the most trusted entity of all: food. And in her quest to quite literally spice up her love life, she decides to send her inattentive husband, Rajiv, a lunch every day with the help of ever-dependable dabbawallas in Mumbai. But by a curious twist of fate, the dabba prepared for her husband lands on the table of Saajan Fernandes (Irfan Khan), an aged, lonely widower who works as an accountant. © UTV Motion Pictures Upon realizing her mistake, she sends in a letter with her next lunchbox elaborating on the predicament, which starts a correspondence that soon turns into a beautiful friendship, guided by letters and an erroneously delivered lunchbox containing delicious food. © UTV Motion Pictures USP: The movie encapsulates the beauty of human relations: how we can forge connections with people we have never met yet can completely relate to and understand. And it helps even more when food is involved in the equation! via GIPHY Again, the food! Especially, the Paneer Kofta which Ila makes as a thank you gesture. :D via GIPHY The superb performances by Irfan and Nimrit tug at your heart. And not to forget, Deshpande Auntie (who is not seen but only heard)! 4. Chocolat (2000): When free-spirited, single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) arrives in a quaint, quiet village in France with her daughter Anouk, her unconventional ways earn her the ire of the village folk, especially the staunchly conservative mayor, Comte de Reynaud. © Miramax Films Vianne, an expert chocolatier, opens up a small chocolate shop in the village, much to the displeasure of Reynaud who vehemently opposes her, publicly accusing her of bringing temptation into the lives of the people, especially during Lent. via GIPHY As the story progresses, Vianne's eponymous temptation, the aforementioned chocolate, brings about a change in the village and its inhabitants in varied ways. The plot thickens when Vianne's own desire comes in the form of Roux, a gypsy who wants more than her chocolate. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate! Duh! :P via GIPHY 5. Like Water for Chocolate (1992): A passionate Mexican movie, directed by Alfonso Arau and based on Laura Esquivel's novel, showcasing how food affects life, and how our emotions influence not only the food we cook but also the people we serve it to. With themes of magic realism, the movie focuses on the illicit relationship between Tita (Lumi Cavazos) and Pedro (Marco Leonardi). © Miramax Why illicit? Because as per family tradition, Tita, being the youngest of three daughters cannot marry and needs to live her life as a help to the other members, especially her mother, Mama Elena (Regina Torné). Resigned to her fate, Tita learns cooking under the tutelage of the chef, Nacha (Ada Carrasco), who teaches her the relationship between food and life. © Miramax Heartbreakingly, when Pedro comes to express his love for Tita, he is betrothed to her sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), in exchange as the tradition still stands. As her affair with Pedro intensifies, her feelings start to seep into the food she cooks, eventually becoming an outlet for her emotions, but also inadvertently manifesting itself the behaviour of the people around her. via GIPHY USP: There are two scenes: As she prepares the cake for Pedro's wedding, Tita weeps, and her tears fall into the batter which leads to an eventful dinner reception. When she uses roses gifted by Pedro to make a quail dinner with rose petal sauce, it leads to her family feeling inexorable carnal desire. via GIPHY 6. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989): Michael Gambon (Yes, Dumbledore!) stars in this vogueish black comedy/ crime drama as Alberta Spica (The Thief), an uncouth and repulsive gangster who, along with his band of thugs, has taken over the French restaurant “Le Hollandais” but calls himself an urbane gourmet. © Palace Pictures He terrorizes everyone in the restaurant, but the brunt of the terror is unleashed most on his sophisticated wife, Georgina (Helen Mirren/The Wife) and the head chef, Richard Borst (Richard Bohringer/The Cook) who despises Alberta but is unable to do anything about it. Drama ensues when Georgina finds herself lusting for a regular customer, Michael (The Lover/Alan Howard), who is a bookshop owner and reads while he eats. As her affair progresses, Alberta finds out and then makes life hell for the staff which helps Georgina with her lover. USP: The performances by the lead cast. The film uses food as an allegory for the voyeuristic attitude of Alberta and his pretentiousness. His supposed gourmet personality is a far cry from his real one, which he tries to hide like spices are used to mask uncooked food. Warning: You need a strong stomach for this! :P 7. I Am Love (2009): In this Italian film, Tilda Swinton stars as Emma, the Russian-born daughter-in-law of a wealthy, Milanese family, the Recchi's, who is trying to find herself, away from the glittery, Haute living her family expects her to lead. © Mikado Film As she ruminates over her predicament during a lavish family dinner, help comes in the form of young Antonio Bisceglia (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a celebrated chef who incites her dormant passion with the aid of food. Matters worsen when her son Edoardo Jr. clashes with the family regarding the set path for him as Emma finds herself drawn to Antonio. © Mikado Film USP: Tilda Swinton and the prawns. via GIPHY 8. Ratatouille (2007): What can I say about this delightful movie? Not only is it one of the best animated movies to have ever been made, but it also features delicious food! The wonderful comedy revolves around a rat, with a highly developed sense of smell and taste named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who aspires to become a chef. As luck would have it, he ends up in the kitchen of the restaurant of his recently deceased idol, chef Auguste Gusteau's (Brad Garett). © Walt Disney Pictures Once there, he manages to strike up a friendship with the garbage boy, Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), helping him and guiding him in creating dishes and earn the appreciation of the new owner, Chef Skinner (Ian Holm). via GIPHY But soon, a secret is revealed that changes the course of the movie. Friendship, love, and food in one neat package! USP: The entire Anton Ego (the irascible food critic portrayed by Brad Bird) sequence and the ratatouille dish, confit byaldi! via GIPHY Never have I seen such a beautiful rendition of food in mainstream animated movies! (Not counting the stunning food shown in Anime :P) via GIPHY 9. Burnt (2015): Starring Bradley Cooper as a drug-addled former executive chef Adam Jones, the story revolves around his quest to put his life back on track and earn a third Michelin Star. © Shiny Penny Productions Adam is a brilliant but mercurial chef whose creativity is marred by his drug habit and unstable temper, which destroys his mentor's restaurant in Paris along with Adam's credibility. Adam realizes his self-destructive streak and goes on a self-imposed exile to New Orleans to gain perspective. He travels to London to pursue his dream of the Michelin Star, under the banner of his restaurateur friend, who grudgingly allows him to become a chef in his hotel. © Shiny Penny Productions His luck seemingly changes until ghosts from his past and his own mental stability conspire to take him down. USP: The food porn! via GIPHY 10. Big Night (1996): In this dramedy, two Italian brothers, Primo and Secondo, put out all strings for the 'Big Night' that will catapult their sinking authentic Italian restaurant, Paradise, to dizzying heights. © Timpano Production Primo, the perfectionist of the two, is annoyed and frustrated by the Americanized version of authentic Italian dishes, which he refuses to serve to customers, insisting on cooking only the true version, leading to him losing customers by the score. Secondo, the businessman of the duo, is more concerned with the running of the place and keeping it afloat than to retain cultural heritage. © Timpano Production With nowhere else to go, they try to strike out a deal with their nemesis, Pascal who owns a successful restaurant, who refuses to give them a loan. But, in an unlikely liberal gesture offers them to treat Louis Prima, a renowned American-Italian singer, to a meal at their restaurant who can change their fortune. Will they be successful? USP: The crowning glory has to be the timpano! via GIPHY Tony Shalhoub as Primo and Stanley Tucci as Secondo are delightful in their roles; the best part of the movie is any scene they are together! 11. 'The Trip' Trilogy (2010/2014/2017-): This BBC series which was made into a feature film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves on a gastronomical journey through Northern England (in the first movie/series) commissioned by the Observer; their job is to visit different restaurants, try their food and review it. © BBC Worldwide When Steve's girlfriend refuses to go with him on the trip, he invites his frenemy, fellow actor/comedian Rob Brydon to accompany him on the journey. As they travel through England, locking horns with each other on everything. Guided by their egos, trying to outwit each other, while being clueless about fine dining, their animosity dissolves into a camaraderie which is fun to watch. © BBC Worldwide Be it their fight over who can do a better Michael Caine impression or which syllable should be pronounced first in kumquat, Rob and Steve meander across beautiful locales, eating decadent, delicious food. via GIPHY And it isn't over in England! They return to wander across Italy in the sequel with renewed vows to upstage each other. And if that wasn't enough, they are back to eat more and traipse around in broken Spanish in the next sequel, The Trip to Spain! © BBC Worldwide One of the best road trip movies ever! via GIPHY USP: The nearly pornographic shots of the food: The buttery scallops frying in the pan! Absolute bliss! The cheesy pasta in “The Trip to Italy”; divine! Not to forget, the Michael Caine impersonation by Rob Brydon is spot on! Rob and Steve' bromance, their will-they won't-they chemistry, their asinine fights, has to be one of the most hilarious parts of the movie, cementing them into iconic duo status. 12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): One of the most adored children's books of all time, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', was adapted to screen in 1973 in a movie written by Roald Dahl (who later disowned it), with Gene Wilder playing Willy Wonka in a now-iconic role. © Paramount Pictures © Paramount Pictures And who can forget the Oompa Loompas? via GIPHY The story focuses on Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who finds himself the winner of a Golden Ticket giving him access to Willy Wonka's bizarre and unconventional Chocolate Factory along with four other children (and his whiner of a grandfather). via GIPHY The children, each with their unique personalities, are promised a lifetime supply of chocolate at the end of the trip. via GIPHY But will it be as easy as it looks? via GIPHY USP: Willy Wonka's legendary forward roll! via GIPHY The Chocolate Room: All you can eat candy! :D via GIPHY via GIPHY Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is perfect, and no one has come close to his sweetly comical yet maniacal (and terrifying) portrayal of one of Roald Dahl's most notorious characters. © Paramount Pictures 13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): While both iterations of this children's book capture the quirky Willy Wonka and Charlie's adventures inside the Chocolate factory superbly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is truer to the novel than its predecessor. © Warner Bros. Pictures Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, this movie has superior special/visual effects and a more whimsical setting, typical of Tim Burton's movies. © Warner Bros. Pictures The movie stands out in terms of character development, giving a backstory to Willy Wonka which serves a reason for his eccentric personality, something which wasn't quite clear in the 1971 movie. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate river! It truly looks edible (also because it is faux melted chocolate) and is much better than the 1971's dull version. It is visually more appealing. via GIPHY The squirrels breaking the nuts always cracks me up! Johnny Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka is superb; wacky and quirky (but still not close to Gene Wilder), with just a touch of authenticity. via GIPHY 14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): Eccentric wannabe scientist Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is always working on a new project: spray-on shoes, hair un-balding serum, a monkey thought translator. But unfortunately for him, all his endeavours result in failure. via GIPHY When his new project, a machine that converts water into food, the FLDSMDFR, fails and inadvertently gets launched into space while wreaking havoc on the town, Flint decides to hang up his shoes. © Sony Pictures Animation As he miserably walks around as the social pariah, his machine makes a comeback in style: it starts raining cheeseburgers all over town. via GIPHY Flint then uses a communicator to let the machine cater to the epicurean needs of the residents of Chewandswallow. Overjoyed, the town people keep making requests until their greed and gluttony sets in. via GIPHY As a catastrophe seems to be imminent, Clint sets off with his new friends, Sam Sparks (Anna Farris), Officer Devereaux (Mr. T), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), and his BFF Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris), to end it. USP: The food storm! All the spaghetti and the meatballs, and the ICECREAM! Flint's father, Tim (James Caan), is the absolute best! via GIPHY 15. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994): In this Taiwanese comedy-drama, Mr Chu (Sihung Lung) is a widowed Chinese master chef with three unmarried daughters, who cooks up a dinner feast every Sunday for his daughters as a tradition. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company His independent daughters, with their ideas of the modern world and diverse dispositions, clash with their traditionalist father over the dinner table. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company As the struggle over the superiority of values continues, with generation gap running rampant, the daughters and Mr Chu realize that perhaps traditions and new ideas can mix well, just like food with unconventional ingredients. via GIPHY Directed by Ang Lee, the movie has a quiet grace about itself, its wisdom percolating in the viewer's mind through the brilliant story. USP: The food throughout the movie, especially the opening sequence. Mr Chu's passion for food and his dexterity in his craft is apparent in the scenes. via GIPHY The beautiful, intricate dumplings! via GIPHY 16. Waitress (2007): Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a down-on-her-luck waitress who creates ingenious pies with uncommon names. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Jenna's world is further complicated when she finds out that she is pregnant with her abusive husband's child. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As Jenna struggles with the new revelation, her only comfort being the therapeutic pie making she indulges in, respite comes in the form of a pie baking contest with a $25,000 prize which can be the key to her happiness and freedom. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As she gears up for the competition, luck seems to have a different plan for her. via GIPHY USP: The pies and their creative names: The Strawberry Chocolate Oasis Pie, Baby Screaming Its Head Off In The Middle Of The Night And Ruining My Life Pie, Kick In The Pants Pie. via GIPHY As decadent as they sound! :P via GIPHY So, what are you waiting for? Watch these now! Let the foodie in you reign supreme! via GIPHY P.S.: Don't watch these on an empty stomach. :P
  4. Humans have found a lot of weird objects on the surface of Mars. It's often too much fun to speculate what's out there. Not to mention the curiosity generated by the online speculation. Just a weird rock formation? Nah, it's probably an alien crab monster! We all love a good story, don't we? Well, here's one. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted an unusual, yet very familiar symbol on the surface of Mars. Yes, it's the iconic “Star Trek” Starfleet logo. It was spotted by MRO in the southeast Hellas Planitia region. Alright Trekkies, we see you jumping out of excitement! Well, let's just calm down for a moment. Before you start conspiring, let's be very clear that the formation of the logo is mere coincidence. According to the MRO HiRISE camera team, the shape on the red planet was created by wind, lava, and dunes. The shapes are created by large, crescent-shaped dunes, surrounded by lava solidifies after eruptions. The wind blows over the dunes, displacing much of the sand and leaves behind these 'footprints' called 'dune casts'. The MRO has been capturing and sending images from Mars since 2006 and is often said to come across such unusual findings. This particular image of the dune formation shaped like the 'Star Trek' Starfleet logo was captured by MRO on April 22, 2019. © NASA Though it was merely a coincidence, die-hard 'Star Trek' fans across the globe couldn't contain their excitement and decided to enjoy the magical moment. Even Captain Kirk himself (actor William Shatner) joined the fun poking fun at 'Star Wars'. Hey @starwars! Will you hurry up your Rebel Scums? ð We beat you! ðððð» https://t.co/b53KxKlAlj — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 13, 2019 Other geeks decided to join in on the fun as well. The explanation is simple. @WilliamShatner has already been there and #martians built a great carved sand dune in his honor. #StarTrek #Mars pic.twitter.com/glYOnKb09z — Mark Carpenter (@format_c) June 12, 2019 “We're far far away!” We're 'far far away' from that tiny red planet. pic.twitter.com/pdZlJehflS — Star Wars (@starwars) June 13, 2019 What if?? What if; Aliens only have access to our TV waves and somehow only ended up with Star Trek..and this is their way of saying hello? XD — Rose MoonFeather (@RoseVanWylich) June 12, 2019 You heard him! pic.twitter.com/OSvt8YDEza — Stephen Bennett (@komputerhead) June 12, 2019 Well, what can we say? It's a great time to be 'Star Trek' nerd!
  5. You don't have to be an expert and crunch some numbers to realise that digital cameras are slowly becoming a thing of the past. All you have to do is go out and look around. You'll quickly realise that smartphones have taken over and not a lot of people are carrying around a digital camera to take pictures. Well, if that's not enough, here's a chart that was put together by Statista with the help of the information obtained from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). The offices of CIPA, in case you're wondering, include Olympus, Casio, Canon, Kodak, Sony, and Nikon, and we wonder what do they have to say about the numbers. Just look at those falling numbers. © Statista As you can see, things haven't been looking all that good for digital camera makers since the numbers have significantly gone down after a little spike in 2010. That number, by the way, was the all-time high in camera sales of 121 million units. Putting in simple terms, digital camera shipments have dropped a whopping 84-percent since 2010. Last year, the sales were recorded at 19.4 million shipments, which is the lowest number since 2001. And we're not talking about just the portable digital cameras. The shipments of high-end interchangeable lens camera have also gone down. So, why is this happening? © YouTube Smartphones! Yes, it's a very simple answer. An increasing number of people have now started using smartphones to take pictures. They're more convenient and have gotten a lot better over the years, thanks to all the advancements in the field of smartphone photography. In fact, you don't necessarily have to splurge big bucks to get a good smartphone with a potent camera. Smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, etc. have proved time and again that you don't have to own a flagship phone to shoot great pictures. Of course, things will only get better as you drop more money, and flagship phones like the Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 are some great examples of that. We don't have a fresh chart with new numbers to show, but this one from 2017 does a great job of explaining why the digital camera shipments have gone down since 2010. Just take a look at the number of people using smartphones for photography. © Statista Around 85 percent of pictures were taken from, well, a smartphone. Astounding imagery offered in a compact form factor. And by the way, a smartphone can do a lot more than just make phone calls and take good pictures, so what's there to complain about?
  6. 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
  7. Fans finally got to see the video game adaptation of 'Avengers' when Square Enix revealed the trailer of the upcoming game. While the majority of fans were excited, we got to see a trailer with characters that did not resemble any of the stars from the movies. The game was revealed at E3 this week and the game is set to release on May 15th 2020. © Square Enix While we are quite excited about the game, fans of the franchise weren't too pleased to see their characters having a very generic look. Fans on Twitter reacted with a very disappointed tone and noted that the characters neither sounded or looked like some of their favourite characters. None of the characters in the game share a likeness or even a similar voice to the superheroes we are used to in the big screen. The trailer was met with instant mockery and here are some of the memes that got us cracking up: live look at me watching Square Enix's AVENGERS game trailer at the precise moment where I realized they didn't get likeness rights for any of the actors pic.twitter.com/FMAGpV7c9p — Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) June 11, 2019 MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game. AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48 MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019 Well, they finally announced the avengers games, oh boy, that announcement was something else, haha#SquareEnixE3 #Avengers pic.twitter.com/JdCw44Bidw — Eriksson (@MedinaEriksson) June 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/2GS6kW5gxr — Brian (@Protodude) June 11, 2019 the Avengers i ordered vs. the Avengers i got at #e3 pic.twitter.com/V9eY4XRM21 — cait petrakovitz ð (@misscp) June 11, 2019 Marvel's Avengers (Dev. Crystal Dynamics.) pic.twitter.com/VrbnlM4zE1 — Matt Kim (@LawofTD) June 11, 2019 MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game. AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48 MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019 Fixed the new Avengers game #SquareEnixE3 pic.twitter.com/xvmMQbJ7A2 — Superfight (@superfight10) June 11, 2019 The good news is that the game is a live service game that is expected to receive content for years. The other good news is that the game will not have any loot boxes and most of the new characters will be free. New locations to play the game will also come as a part of a free update. Sure, the game does not have the actors we love, however, the game does have voice actors such as Nolan North, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker. The game is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC.
  8. By now, every single person knows that Keanu Reeves is the best person in Hollywood. I have literally never heard anything negative about the guy and since he's immortal, he's been alive for like centuries, so it's a good track record. The only time he's in news is when he does a movie or when he does a nice thing and shows everyone again how humble and down to earth he is. Well, this time, since 'John Wick 3 Parabellum' just released, we're talking about how nice he is, yet again. Recently, someone noticed something Keanu does whenever he gets a picture clicked with a woman. He always extends his hand so as to not exactly touch the other person. While it might seem over the top, it's better than people making up stories based on one innocent picture. Or maybe, he's just anxious and it's not that deep. Whatever the case may be, everyone is loving this seemingly small thing, just like people basically love everything Keanu ever does. Lol Keanu ain't taking no chances. ððpic.twitter.com/nnfIOZKbT1 — Kemoy Lindsay (@KemziLinzi) June 9, 2019 Exactly. cAnnot believe this bunch of morons thinks keanu being respectful is bc he "doesn't wanna get hit with a lawsuit". **** off. he just ain't a fucking creep like you. https://t.co/IUDa2tY0PG — lolly ð(@f_ingspacequeen) June 10, 2019 Good explanation. I don't think embracing someone asking to take a picture with you is disrespectful, in theory. But choosing to still respect their personal space is smart because it is thoughtful. — Jacquis Neal (@jacquisneal) June 9, 2019 The great tweet and pun. John Grip — Maximus Desimus (@redcurrymonster) June 9, 2019 What a gif. pic.twitter.com/1THTLcpbGl — Chagres (@ChagresPTY) June 9, 2019 Yep. Honestly the only hero we have left — Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) June 9, 2019 Hmm. Just a thought... perhaps Keanu recognized that not one of these women gave him their consent to touch him and I don't know, he respected their bodily autonomy. Keanu showing everyone how to be respectful might be a potential takeaway as well. This is just a thought though. — Dave- kindness costs nothing (@strikeoutss) June 10, 2019 Well, he has good manners. It's called “manner hands” And is used by many men around the world (mainly Asian countries). — KARD Thots // #JIWOOSBOOBMOLE (@dayona_devasia) June 9, 2019 We sure do! We stan a respectful king — ð¿ELLE ð¿(@ellektrikk) June 10, 2019
  9. The World Cup fever has gripped the entire planet at the moment, but ahead of the much-awaited India vs Pakistan match scheduled for 16th June, the fervour and craziness in the air is at its peak, because like always, this is a highly-anticipated match, which will be watched by everyone, irrespective of their loyalties. So, ahead of this match, a Pakistani TV commercial has been going viral for all the wrong reasons. The advertisement shows a look-alike of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was in Pakistani captivity , wearing the colors of the Indian team jersey. This is the our hero's personality, no one can remain untouched. But next time plz use some good actors. Btw #ShikharDhawan exclusion must be a relief for many competitors #CWC19 #abhinandan pic.twitter.com/mrBFLFLh2d — Megha Jainð®ð³ (@i_meghajain) June 11, 2019 While Indians have mocked fans across the border with the 'Mauka Mauka' ad, a lot of angry Indian fans feel this was below the belt and not in good taste at all. This is shameful. Please just let this be a cricket match. This is beyond just simple banter. #CWC19#INDvPAK https://t.co/shsUrYpCHl — Ritayan Basu | à¦à¦¤à¦¾à§à¦¨ বসৠ(@ritayanbasu) June 11, 2019 Abhinandan's Capture Mocked in Racist #Pakistani Ad For World Cup Clash Against #India. This is how #racism, #nationalism and #sports combines to produce toxic outcomes. Entirely unnecessary. #CWC2019 #crickethttps://t.co/7gcMx2CxjI — Swati Parashar (@swatipash) June 11, 2019 Some people from Pakistan are actually quite in support of this advertisement, and feel there is obviously nothing wrong with it. Abhinandan again ð¤£âï¸ That's an interesting idea about Pakistan-India match in @cricketworldcup being played on 16th June ð #PakvsIndia #Abhinandan #CWC19 #IndiavsPak pic.twitter.com/W3EzxJfYdn — Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) June 11, 2019 However, someone was quick enough to state some facts to stomp all over this uncalled celebration of this mockery. The advertisement is an epic fail because Pak hasn't won a single match against us in the World Cup and the whole #Abhinandan incident was a win for us as well, seeing how he was returned to us safely. Think thoroughly before you try to start a banter, Pak. #EpicFail #CWC19 https://t.co/CHgsJOOFLz — Rahul Mishra (@RahulDKMishra) June 11, 2019 The main question is, how far can you go when it comes to national pride? Is dragging a national and a sensitive issue really important when it comes to making a point? These guys have their hearts filled with hate. #Pakistan stooping to a new low#abhinandan https://t.co/X1KpCfKeFO — SnehalRajani (@Snehal_Rajani) June 11, 2019 Our soldiers are way above a mere, crass advertisement and mockery of this kind not only belittles an individual, but is also a joke on the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers of a country.
  10. Xbox kicked off E3 last night and showcased what the Xbox Game Studios has been cooking for us. Yes, let's just say that there are a ton of games coming your way till 2020. In case you missed Xbox's E3 briefing where Keanu Reeves showed up to blow everyone's mind, well don't worry. That's why this post exists. We're here to help you catch up. So, here are some of the best game announcements from Xbox E3 that are worth checking out. Halo Infinite Although the new Halo was the last game to be showcased at the briefing, we're starting our list with it, because that's how it was. The Master Chief is back and like every year, it will yet again stand as a testament to the new era of Xbox hardware. Gears 5 Microsoft also made it a point to showcase the upcoming Gears 5 title with a bang. Along with a release date for the game, the studio also announced a new game mode called 'Escape' that looks classy and gorier than ever. Cyberpunk 2077 Oh yes! Cyberpunk 2077 was also showcased. And to our surprise, CD Projekt Red revealed that Keanu Reeves is going to be in the game, which is driving all the fans crazy. Here, watch the extended trailer yourself - Minecraft Dungeons We're already getting a new Minecraft game for Android and iOS called Minecraft Earth. But at E3, Microsoft revealed the highly anticipated four-player co-op game 'Minecraft Dungeons' for the first time. It looks awesome and we can't wait. Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions Last year, we got to see Forza's collaboration with 'Hot Wheels' for Forza Horizon 3. And this year for the Forza Horizon 4, a new Lego expansion is coming. Seriously, how cool is that? Yes, you can now take the fun and blocky Lego cars for a spin alongside the realistic ones in Forza Horizon 4. Elden Ring Last, but not least, we have the new 'Elden Ring'. This is the new title that we all have been waiting for. 'Elden Ring' is a brand new game created by the same people who made Dark Souls games, Bloodborne, and the new Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Not just that, they've teamed up with 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and 'Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin, so we can only imagine how this game will turn out to be. In addition to the ones mentioned above, we also got to see games like 'Flight Simulator', 'Lego Star Wars - The Skywalker Saga', Blair Witch', etc. for the first time. You can quickly head over to Xbox's official YouTube channel or social media handles to check out the other games. And by the way, the new Xbox is also coming. Microsoft didn't really reveal any specs or tell us what it'll look like, but we do know that they're calling it the 'Project Scarlett'. Here, check it out - The new Xbox console is coming next year and it looks like it's going to be a powerhouse.
  11. June 16th 2019 is the day when we will all lose our peace and voice box collectively, cheering on India and Pakistan, who're playing against each other in the ICC World Cup 2019. Although, an India-Pakistan match fervour isn't old news, it's still celebrated and watched by everyone due to the history we've shared with Pakistan all along. During the 2015 ICC World Cup, Star Sports came up with a campaign or theme for the promo of the Indo-Pak match and although it flew well with us Indians, the Pakistanis weren't too pleased with it. The 'Mauka Mauka' ads gained immense popularity amongst the masses and the theme caught on like common cold, all over the country. (c)Star Sports This year, Mauka Mauka is back with a bang, and this time it's promoting the Indo-Pak match on the 16th of June 2019, the same day Father's day is celebrated all across the world and the advertisement has a 'slight' mention of that. As expected, the ad is humouring Pakistan's dismissal record against India in ICC events and it seems it's making the Pakistanis a tad angry, but really, no one cares because it's all in light humour. (c)Star Sports Here, take a look at some savagery! The video shows actor Vikas Malhotra who plays the Pakistan son remembering his father's words on how one should keep trying and never give up, and the Indian fan in the ad shows some savagery by taking the 'baap' dig on the Pakistani player. Obviously the Pakistanis showed a bit of resentment over the ad and aren't happy with the Mauka Mauka campaign, promoting the match between the two countries. This #FathersDay, watch an ICC #CWC19 match jo dekh ke bas bol sakte hain, “baap re baap!” ð Catch #INDvPAK in the race for the #CricketKaCrown, LIVE on June 16th, only on Star Sports! pic.twitter.com/Apo3R8QrbO — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) 9 June 2019 I think you guy's have forgotten last father's day your father beated you in Champions trophy Final. #CWC19 #INDvAUS — Fareed Ahmad ðµð° (@fareed_official) 9 June 2019 BC, itni ð Kuttay wali hone k baad bhi ð pic.twitter.com/ZliJP8VEGx — Ø¢Ù¾Û ÚÙÛØ¯Ø±Û ð (@ChaudhriUmar) 9 June 2019 Star Sports and all those liking this add really need to work on their humor. This add is terrible, unfunny and in a very poor taste. — N.J. (@ndotyot) 9 June 2019 This is not creativity, this is badtameezi .. Yehi badtameezi inko lay bethi thi CT17 final main .. Ooper waalay ko gharoor pasand nahi .. Take it as a sport .. NAFRAT KA FAIDA KISI KO NAHI HOTA#CWC19 — Yasir Ali Hashmi (@YasirAliHashmi1) 9 June 2019 Father's Day 2017 pic.twitter.com/aZSnuBWeVZ — ðð¥ðªð­ ð¥ (@punjabified) 9 June 2019 This is so low from Star Sports, even lower than Kohli, Dhawan and Sharma's total score combined in 2017 CT final. — Muhammad Usman (@usmankhatana_) 9 June 2019 We just hope the match is as interesting as the tweets here!
  12. If you look in to store windows, you'll always see perfectly carved mannequins looking at you, dressed in the latest fashion. You'd never see an 'out of shape' or a voluptuous body type that defies beauty standards on a mannequin. This certainly has created certain myths about how the world should actually perceive size and it's almost close to perfection, which shouldn't be the case to begin with. (c)Nike A Nike store on Oxford Street in London recognised that and has now installed 'plus size' mannequins to maintain regular standards of a particular body type and the mannequins cater to all women with beautiful curves. Nike has updated its women's floor in London. Includes new offerings for plus-size women and includes curvier mannequins to represent a diverse range of body types that shop the brand. pic.twitter.com/aKVDG4hIhV — Jess Golden (@JGolden5) 7 June 2019 Nike's sole aim is to promote inclusivity in sports because it's not exclusively for people who're fit or slim or have the best bodies but somehow that hasn't been a transparent aspect of any sport company and a 'perfect' body type is always projected through their adverts. Nike went a step ahead to show grassroots athletes in all body types, comfortable in their skin. “To celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of sport, the space will not just celebrate local elite and grassroot athletes through visual content, but also show Nike plus size and para-sport mannequins for the first time on a retail space.” - a poplar publication reports the ideaology behind Nike's mannequin campaign. People all over are rather impressed with what the brand is trying to promote, especially real women, who come in all shapes and sizes and work hard to keep fit and love their bodies. Nike has introduced plus-size mannequins in its London flagship store https://t.co/a58jbIy1f0 pic.twitter.com/TYHzwrLjPC — CNN (@CNN) 7 June 2019 It's more important to be healthy than it is to be skinny. Anything that promotes a healthy lifestyle is a plus in my book. Positive body image is important to mental health. Big is beautiful too. — Ian Lee Rockwell (@IanLeeRockwell) 7 June 2019 Really digging this plus size mannequin at @Nike reenforcing that big girls can be badass athletes too ð #effyourbeautystandards pic.twitter.com/ei8Vss6CIX — Femestella (@femestella) 7 June 2019 This is great. Plus size people want and need comfortable stuff to workout in. — mercedes. (@KissMyLocs) 7 June 2019 If you have a body, you are an athlete. AND: REPRESENTATION MATTERS.@Nike introduces plus-size mannequins to London store https://t.co/GtlBmuXmfn via @CNNStyle — The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) 6 June 2019 We're living in times where people are looking for inclusivity everywhere because they don't want to fall prey to standard notions about how one should look or feel or even think. And with this campaign, Nike is setting a fine example of a future that's more malleable and inclusive than judgemental and biased.
  13. Whether for summer vacations or weekend getaways, it's easy to pack your whole world and then ultimately unpack because your bag was overstuffed. In the midst of all this hassle, chances are you will miss out on packing your grooming essentials. Following a daily regimen can be hard and hence, to keep it simple and time-saving for you, here are all the basic things to add to your travel bag when you are on to go: 1. Face Wipes © Getty Images While on a vacay, chances are your skin could start looking dull, dry and dehydrated. Carrying a pack of face wipes can cleanse your face in seconds, without making you feel the need to rush to the washroom. These are quite useful and can steer clear of the grime accumulated on your face. 2. Mouthwash © Getty Images A mouthwash comes handy during long journeys. No, we are not saying you don't add a toothbrush but carrying a mouthwash helps when you are short on time. All you need to do is swish it in your mouth and feel fresh instantly. 3. Lip Balm © Getty Images Chugging water can fight dehydration but keeping a lip balm will help your lips revive if they are chapped during the journey. Most lip balms come in small packaging and hence it's important to stow it in your kit. 4. Moisturiser © Getty Images A small and sturdy bottle of moisturiser for your face is a travel must-have. It reduces the glaring signs of fatigue and the lightweight formula will instantly energise your face. It's a great deal to bank on! 5. Battery Operated Razor © Getty Images An electric, battery-operated razor will prove beneficial, not just in your travel kit, but also in your grooming arsenal. It's definitely a hassle-free choice and an ideal swap for shaving creams that you can rely on while travelling. 6. Face Wash And Scrub © Getty Images We don't want you to follow a long regime while you wish to enjoy the trip. So, get your hands on a two in one product that helps fight dead skin cells and keeps your skin smooth and clean with its goodness. Thank us later! 7. Carry An Antiperspirant Deodorant © Getty Images Adding a deodorant to your travel kit is obvious but instead of carrying a gigantic bottle, opt for a mini size, anti-perspirant deodorant that fits in your small travel bag. There are a plethora of pocket deodorants available and trust us, they are the best suitable alternative to own!
  14. United States President Donald Trump is known to have a way with words. And, of course, that isn't anything to do with great use of the English vocabulary or enlightening his audience to insightful remarks. Instead, Trump often ends up making headlines and courting controversy by expressing his beliefs and opinions under the public glare. And this aspect of his personality isn't coming to light just now, it's been around since time immemorial. Remember, new "environment friendly" lightbulbs can cause cancer. Be careful-- the idiots who came up with this stuff don't care. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012 Even his latest diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom was met with protests and sloganeering, as thousands took to the streets of London to voice their dissent against Trump's visit to the country. (FYI, Trump denied that Londoners were protesting against his visit and called the demonstrations “fake news” though as many as 75,000 people participated in the protests.) (c) Twitter However, the latest reason why Trump is yet again trending on social media is because of his most recent tweet. For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019 Yes, you read that right. Hours ago, Trump hit out at NASA and said that it shouldn't consider going to the moon as an achievement since the feat was already ticked off 50 years ago. Instead, the space agency should focus on “bigger things”. The tweet only confused people further, because the Trump government had earlier announced their plans to restart moon landings by 2024. As @POTUS said, @NASA is using the Moon to send humans to Mars! Right now, @MarsCuriosity and @NASAInSight are on Mars and will soon be joined by the Mars 2020 rover and the Mars helicopter. pic.twitter.com/Br1sTYfNzd — Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) June 7, 2019 But that's not all. While talking about the need for NASA to shift its focus on bigger things such as Mars, Trump ended up suggesting that the moon is a part of Mars. This major goof-up didn't go unnoticed, and people on social media cannot seem to stop themselves from sharing a great laugh at the expense of the US President and his choice of words. You are not fit to lead this country (or explain the solar system to children). — Trump's Ties (@TrumpsTies) June 7, 2019 "Science" I know reading isn't really your thing so here are some pictures! That red circley thing— That is Mars. That smaller white circley thing— That is the Moon. Mars ∩ Moon = Ø pic.twitter.com/6nTioXYBKj — Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) June 7, 2019 This dude went all out. President no speak good. Double SAD (h/t @Trumps_Editors) pic.twitter.com/hliH8l1S8L — Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) June 7, 2019 LOL Yeah sorry I just straight up stole Earth's moon. I got kinda jealous — Mars (@4thFromOurStar) June 8, 2019 Touche. The Moon is as much a part of Mars As honesty is part of Sarah Sanders As reality is part of Giuliani As sanity is part of Hannity As Christianity is part of the Coultergeist As compassion is part of Republicans As piracy is part of Space As genius is part of Trump — Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) June 8, 2019 On-Point pic.twitter.com/BJzjmmlM3b — My Haircut Has a Fanclub (@Yax_Attack) June 8, 2019
  15. Virat Kohli - he may be one of the most influential personalities in the world, but the Indian cricket captain is much more than the aggressive and headstrong persona that dominates the field. For one, Forbes declared him as one of the highest paid athletes in the world in 2018, and that only goes on to show that Kohli owns both money and matter when it comes to living life king size. View this post on Instagram Black on black swag with #one8 ð Comfort levels. ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Oct 26, 2018 at 2:46am PDT He earned close to rupees 170 crores in 2018 alone, through a number of channels which range from his cricketing career to endorsements and business ventures. We feel that given all the wealth stacked away in his locker, it surely calls for a rundown of all ridiculously expensive things Kohli possesses, and here's what we found: 1. Range Of Luxury Cars Starting Rs 80 Lakh (c) Twitter Virat Kohli has a special liking for sleek luxury cars and he owns some of the top of the range cars to prove it. Virat owns a Range Rover worth Rs. 80 lakh, an Audi Q7 priced at Rs. 83 lakh, a BMW X6 that costs Rs. 1.2 crore, as well as two more hi-tech Audi cars, A8 W12 Quattro and R8 V10 LMX which are priced at Rs. 2 crore and Rs. 3 crore respectively. 2. Designer Watches View this post on Instagram My tissot helps me keep a check on time and oozes style at the same time ðð. Love it totally. Get one for yourself people ðð. It's worth it. ðð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:06am PST Not just cars, but Kohli also has a strong obsession with luxury watches as well. The Indian skipper owns a Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT 3 Days Automatic Acciaio worth Rs. 6.5 lakh. Kohli is also a proud owner of a Tissot T-Touch Limited Edition worth Rs. 1 lakh. 3. Expensive And Expansive Homes View this post on Instagram A very happy and prosperous Diwali to everyone from our home. Wishing everyone peace, happiness and good health. God bless. ðð⤠@anushkasharma A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:26am PST Virat Kohli already owned a sea-facing apartment in Worli, Mumbai that is worth Rs 34 crore, but after he got married to Anushka Sharma, he invested in a bungalow in DLF Phase-1, Gurugram worth Rs 80 crore! 4. A Restaurant In New Delhi's Most Expensive Neighbourhood View this post on Instagram About last night with my valentine â¤ï¸ð«. #greatmeal #nueva #loveit @anushkasharma @nueva.world A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 14, 2019 at 1:02am PST We are all aware of all the buzz that surrounded Virat's launch of his own South American cuisine-serving restaurant, Nueva in South Delhi, which enjoys constant pouring of an elite clientele. 5. Owns A Fashion Label View this post on Instagram Anticipation. #Forever A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 18, 2017 at 8:08am PST Though this wouldn't come as news to any Kohli fan, we all know Virat owns his own fashion label that boasts of trendy youth fashion and fans swear by it!
  16. While the Indian cricket team are currently in England, putting in their blood and sweat in the attempts of winning the third World Cup trophy in their cricketing history, it seems as if their passion for the game is not enough for the young kids of Gopalganj, Bihar. A couple of days ago, two minor kids in Dhodhwaliyan village of Kuchaikot police station area of Gopalganj, got into a bit of a scuffle during a gully cricket match. However, unlike a typical sporting spat, one of the kids shot his friend in the chest and his neck, leaving him in an extremely critical condition. The kid with the gun then ran away and successfully escaped while firing the pistol, while the injured minor was rushed to the Sadar Hospital nearby, wherein he is fighting the battle of life and death. The Police were, however, successful in getting a statement out of the victim and are actively looking for the shooter. According to a Jagran report, the victim, Pradyuman Singh, was walking down the streets of his village late in the evening when the accused, Priyanshu Pandey's father beat him up for the spat that took place earlier in the field. Meanwhile, Priyanshu arrived with a pistol in his hand and shot his friend once in the chest and once in the neck, as revenge. That's how crazy people are about the game of cricket in India. The passion and zeal to win even a small irrelevant game can make the competitors do absolutely abysmal and horrible things to each other. Make no mistake, we are, in no way, promoting such violent behaviour. We hope the young lad has a speedy recovery and gets back on the field quickly while the wrongdoers are caught and appropriate action is taken.
  17. The Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd wired in-ear earphones showed up for review at a time when the 3.5mm headphone jack is becoming obsolete. Seriously, I didn't think I'd be reviewing wired in-ear earphones in 2019. But you know what? It's earphones like these that make me want to use smartphones and other audio equipment that have an audio jack. Trust me, I've been using the Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd earphones for the last couple of weeks to listen to all my music, both when I am just chilling at home and on the go, and I've been loving it. Let me tell you all about it - Design & Build Quality In terms of the looks, these look like very basic. You see, Beyerdynamic has been making audio equipment for a long time now. Their products are best known for audio quality, not much for the design aesthetics. It's one of those brands that focus on performance over looks. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer So when you look at the Beat Byrd and give it a listen, you'll quickly realize that the company's objective was to make a piece of hardware that's more functional. The earpiece housing is made out of plastic and you get silicon ear tips. There are no fancy rugged braided cables to be seen here and all you get is a cable made out of rubber. These also happen to be one of the most affordable products from the company, which explains why it doesn't look all that fancy. They're certainly not going to grab any attention like, say, the AirPods do, but the audiophiles around you will definitely appreciate your choice. Also, they're supremely comfortable. I literally had them on for multiple hours the other day without experiencing fatigue. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer And since we're talking about the build quality, I think it's a good time to point out that these earphones lack a remote or mic. So yes, you won't be able to take calls or switch/ play/ pause music. It'll obviously come as a surprise for most people, but that shouldn't really bother you if you're picking these earphones strictly for listening to music. Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd Audio Quality Before I talk about the audio quality, I'd like to point out that it's extremely important to pick the right size of ear tips for a snug fit. That's how you'll be able to enjoy the music and get the most out of this pair of earphones. In fact, that holds true for all the earphones, because if they don't fit well enough, then you're not going to experience bass. The Beat Byrd comes with a couple of ear tips inside the box, so be sure you play around with the fit before jumping into music. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer That's the first thing I did before listening to any music and boy was I surprised by the audio quality. Alright, I am not going to say that these are best sounding earphones or headphones that I've ever used. The 1More Quad Driver earphones and the Sennheiser HE 1 still take the cake for that, but the Beat Byrd is certainly one of the best wired in-ear earphones I've used in my recent memory. I started listening to my usual Spotify playlist to get an idea of how good they are. But as soon as I connected it to my Pixel 3a XL and popped them in, I was quite surprised by the audio quality. And that's when I started exploring more music, going back to my old playlist to find some classic funk and hip-hop music. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd is a pair of bass heavy earphones. If you're not into them, then these aren't for you. But one of the things that I really liked is that the bass had more depth than I had expected. The way they're tuned is extremely warm and friendly, and the bass is clearly given more supremacy. If you primarily listen to hip-hop music Tupac's 'Until the End of Time' Album. Or try listening to something like Fat Larry's 'Band - Act Like You Know', you'll love it. The Final Say You can pick up the Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd for just Rs. 2,199, which, as mentioned earlier, makes it the company's one of the most affordable products. At that price, it's really hard to criticize it. Yes, the design could have been a little better, but it's important to understand that it's not always about the design. If you like bass-heavy earphones, then you find it an absolute pleasure to use these earphones. The audio quality is simply addictive. Overall, I'll say that Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd's bass-heavy sound is something that you'll absolutely fall in love with. Even without any discounts, these are simply awesome for the price. So, just go ahead and pick one up.
  18. Brad Pitt is on a roll! One of his upcoming movies has already got everyone so excited- I'm talking about 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' just FYI - and now, his next movie has also got everyone talking. We cannot get enough of space movies and everyone in Hollywood also apparently knows that. This is why we get a great movie after another and this new one seems very exciting, and not just because it has Brad Pitt. The first trailer for 'Ad Astra' came out yesterday and it's getting a lot of positive reactions. While the trailer does give out a little too much than it probably should have, it's still great to get an idea of what is basically happening in the movie before watching it. So, it's not that big of a deal. Basically, Brad Pitt plays astronaut Roy McBride who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. So, pretty basic right? No high stakes? Yep. Even the trailer looks so cool. Our first poster for #AdAstra, starring Brad Pitt, in theaters September pic.twitter.com/dBjr9CJPcN — Asad Ayaz (@asadayaz) June 5, 2019 I'm in as well. Brad Pitt in a juicy role. Space. Extra-terrestrial life. Fathers and sons. A last mission. I'm in. #AdAstra https://t.co/rQHzsge4wL — Dan Buffa (@buffa82) June 5, 2019 I know, right? So finally we get a date for this film. There can never be enough space movies to satisfy me... https://t.co/4goR7P25pG — Ren Zelen (@RenZelen) June 5, 2019 Yep. A James Gray sci-fi movie! And damn does it look pretty. https://t.co/I2xK5gf28D — Dean Lines (@deanlines) June 5, 2019 Good takes. It's Apocalypse Now with Tommy Lee Jones.ð¤ ...and space ships! — Hannibal (@Uncaged2Day) June 5, 2019 The more you know. Looking forward to it! From the Apollo 1 site plaque from space historian Rick Boos. "Ad Astra Per Aspera" translates to "A rough road leads to the stars". You picked a great title. pic.twitter.com/gR1r9dRW3b — Angela Marx | ð #AllInForWarren (@AngieinWAState) June 5, 2019 He made it to space! ð¢BRAD PITT'S FINALLY IN SPACE!!! THANK YOUUUUU!!!ð¢ðð¤£ðð𥠗 HEY! CAN I ORDER A MONOCHROME BURRITO 2GO!?ðð¯ð (@mythos1014) June 5, 2019 I agree. Love a space movie & that Liv Tyler is in Armageddon mode - but stopped two thirds into the trailer as it seemed to be giving too much plot away (a pet trailer hate... and I LOVE watching trailers...) #AdAstra https://t.co/TGm8mtdeNW — Natalie Jamieson (@Nat_Jamieson) June 5, 2019 It does. I went into this trailer with 0 expectations and finished it feeling ecstatic....this looks spectacular. Best science fiction film of the year incoming... https://t.co/vByJJXJkac — ron (@danieldayslewis) June 5, 2019
  19. Robert Downey Jr. announced his plans to clean the Earth with the help of Nanotechnology during Amazon's Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. But that's not the only exciting announcement we heard during the keynote. The folks over at Amazon also unveiled the latest Prime Air drone design, which the company says it wants to launch in the coming months. Before we talk about the drone itself, check out this video showing the new drone in action - As you can see, the new Prime Air drone is essentially a hybrid aircraft that can do vertical as well as forward flights. The takeoff and landing look particularly smooth too. The video itself does a good job of showing us the drone's flying capability and it seems to be pretty good as far as flying is concerned. As for the safety features, well Amazon's consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke took a good amount of time to emphasise the same during the keynote. According to him, the new drone will take advantage of a combination of hardware components and machine learning models to safely deliver the packages. © Amazon The drone that was showcased during the event is apparently fitted with thermal cameras, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards. It also has onboard computers that use machine learning to automatically detect obstacles and navigate around them. “We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if the system is incredibly safe. From paragliders, power lines, to the corgi in your backyard, this drone has safety covered,” said Wilke during the presentation. © Reuters The rotors of the drone, as you can see, are also covered for safety and the packages for delivery are carried safely inside the fuselage in the middle. Prime Air delivery drones have six degrees of freedom as opposed to four in the normal quadcopters. It will allow for more dynamic and nimble flight. Amazon says the goal is to take advantage of drone delivery tech to fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes. As mentioned earlier, we still don't exactly know when the Prime Air drone deliveries will begin since Amazon is waiting for FAA's approval. But that's just Federal Aviation Administration, which is a government body of the United States. For its use in India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation will have to approve it. And if history is something to go by, it may take a long time. So let's just rely on the delivery guys for our packages now.
  20. If there's anything that Bollywood is known for, apart from acting, controversies and gym pictures, it's the larger-than-life weddings of our beloved celebrities. 'Sonam Ki Shadi' (Sonam-Anand), 'Nickyanka' or 'Prick' (Nick-Priyanka) wedding, 'DeepVeer ki Shadi' (Deepika-Ranveer) or Virushka (Virat-Anushka) wedding; are a few prominent examples we've seen recently. Instagram From their glittering wedding ceremonies and honeymoon destinations, their wedding date, designer outfits to even their wedding cakes; their fans want to know every little detail and the celebrities happily oblige by sharing them. However, there are some celebrities who chose to go low-key and got secretly married to their respective partners, away from media glare and glamour: 1. Neha Dhupia - Angad Bedi When everyone was busy talking about Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding, Neha Dhupia secretly got married to her best friend and actor Angad Bedi. The couple got married according to Sikh traditions at a gurudwara in New Delhi. People found out only after she posted pictures from her wedding on social media. Instagram 2. Himesh Reshammiya - Sonia Kapoor Taking the legacy of secret weddings ahead, singer Himesh Reshammiya got married to his long-time girlfriend Sonia Kapoor. Reshammiya shared the news and the first images from the wedding, with his fans on Instagram, with the caption “Togetherness is bliss!” Instagram Reportedly the wedding took place at his home, in a traditional Hindu ceremony and was attended by his friends and family. 3. Rochelle Rao - Keith Sequeira 'Bigg Boss 9' sweethearts Rochelle and Keith, surprised their fans when they secretly got married in a hush-hush beach-style wedding in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. Keith and Rochelle are proof that emotions, feelings and love can never be scripted, even if it's a reality show. Instagram 4. Ishita Dutta - Vatsal Seth The moment Ishita and Vatsal's wedding pictures started surfacing, most of their fans thought they are shooting for a new TV show. Honestly, if you too thought the same, trust me you're not alone. The couple got married at ISKON Temple in Juhu, Mumbai. While Vatsal is best known as Ajay Devgn's son in 'Tarzan', Ishita, who is Tanushree Dutta's younger sister, made her Bollywood debut with 'Drishyam'. Instagram 5. Lisa Haydon - Dino Lalwani Lisa Haydon broke millions of hearts when she secretly got married to her boyfriend Dino Lalvani. They got married in 2016 in a beach-style wedding, that was attended only by close family and friends. Instagram
  21. Shah Rukh Khan is called the 'Badshah' of Bollywood for numerous reasons. Besides being a great actor, the man is known to be a doting father, a responsible citizen and a well-aware, well-read human in general. Recently, a throwback video of King Khan from the '90s has gone viral and it is amazing to witness the relevance of it today. He was interviewed by Farida Jalal on his views around the political scenario of the country at the time, nationalism and his generic views on being a citizen of India. The video might have been in oblivion somewhere, but it's come back to prove what a brilliant mind he has. #ShahRukhKhan talking about freedom of speech, freedom of press, not falling for speculations and anti-national elements to Farida Jalal way back in the 90s is incredibly relevant even now. "We are the citizens of this country, we don't own it." Via- Justin Rao @IndoIslamicPage pic.twitter.com/r0kTTFxHB5 — Bollywoodirect (@Bollywoodirect) June 2, 2019 His thoughts on how there is no ownership for a country but only gratitude for being a citizen, how he values the freedom that we enjoy which is a result of the blood and sweat of the martyrs who fought for it, the clarity required for freedom of speech, and basically everything you saw in the snippet, is eerily very relevant in 2019. It is wonderful to know that he was way ahead of his time in terms of beliefs and obviously, his fans love him for it.
  22. They say free goodies always taste better than the stuff we have to pay for. That isn't always true, though. When life gives us lemons, no matter how costless they might be, the lemonade still tastes like shit. So, earlier today when the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that women in the national capital will be 'entitled' to free rides on Delhi Metro, DTC and cluster buses, the announcement left a sour taste in our mouth (pun intended). A large number of female commuters who use public transportation on a regular basis are thrilled by this news, while others are also concerned about the chaos this would unleash, with problems stemming from overcrowding and people management on buses and metros. © Twitter However, that being said, at first glance, it does seem like a great move to encourage more women to use public transportation, but we fail to fathom how this is going to better the pressing issues related to women's safety in the state? Giving every woman free access to metro and buses in no way helps ensure that women will really be safe from abuse, molestation or rape. In fact, it only makes them more vulnerable to other kinds of inconvenience such as theft and difficulties that arise from overcrowding. Women might still get stalked, cat-called and assaulted once they get off the metro and buses, so, sorry, but Kejriwal's reasoning behind this 'free ride' move does nothing to endure women's safety. © Twitter Yet, the major question still remains: Are 'special' privileges the only way of ensuring women's safety? “I remember when the women's compartment was introduced on metros, men seem to hate the special treatment women received, and have often lashed out at women who travel in the general compartments 'despite having an entire compartment to themselves'. Thanks, but we can pay for our rides, spare us the chaos,” says 28-year-old Dutee. The overarching sentiment shared by women who can afford to pay for the tickets is that this step is unnecessary for a number of reasons. However, for those who may not be as privileged, this surely comes as a great relief and there is no denying that fact. Regardless of the money in their pockets, women will now be able to get from one place to another without being bothered by the monetary aspects (especially in times of dire need). Now women can travel free of cost in Delhi metro and DTC bus...there was already reserved seats everywhere for women....I don't understand what kind of equality is this between men and women?..Then why everyone said that लडà¤à¤¾ लडà¤à¥ à¤à¤ समान?? — pranav sangal (@pranavsangal4) June 3, 2019 34-year-old Neetu, who works as a house help in South Delhi, wasn't even aware that something of the sort is in the pipeline for Delhi women. But once she was informed, she was beyond relieved and said, “I avoid taking the metro unless I really have to, and the same goes for AC buses. But if this new rule really comes to pass, I won't have to think twice before taking them when I am travelling long distances within the city. It would make life so easy. I hope they can make it happen.” These are two diverse sets of female commuters who hit the roads every day and have different standpoints on Kejriwal's proposal, which will reportedly take another three months to get implemented. While there are genuine pros and cons to this proposal presented by the AAP government, there is no denying that another segment of women are still questioning why women 'always' have to be given special benefits for their “safety”, which again takes away from the larger movement towards equality. © Twitter “This will set back womenfolk and the feminist movement in the country yet again. We need better and stronger ways of safeguarding women's security. Special incentives do nothing more than make men loathe women for “all the things they get easily” and “get away with” simply because they belong to a particular gender,” observes Snigdha, a college student who regularly uses public transport. On certain levels, this somehow also reeks of vote-bank politics by the AAP government. After failing to bag even a single Lok Sabha seat in the recently concluded elections, this almost seems like a desperate move by the Kejriwal government to get into the good books of the female population in Delhi. What for? Are we Delhi Women not considered capable enough to pay for tickets? Is this empowerment in your understanding??! Delhi Metro, bus rides likely to be free of cost for women - India News https://t.co/cdAX2YVXlu — Pragya Rathore (@pragsrats) June 2, 2019 We certainly wish the Kejriwal government could come out with more concrete ways to deal with the vital issue of women's safety in the city. While this might help to a certain extent, the impending chaos is almost palpable. We wonder if this move to warm up to women in the region will help AAP in salvaging its sorry state of affairs, ahead of the State Assembly Elections in 2020.
  23. Battle Royale games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, as we all know, hit mobile gamers hard. With over millions of active players, these titles are still going strong even after all these years. Well, if you're tired of playing the same old battle royale titles, or if you're planning to get aboard the battle royale hype train, then we've got some amazing options. Let's check them out - 1) Crossfire Legends If you like PUBG Mobile, then you'll most likely enjoy Crossfire Legends too. It's a fantastic game and it's developed by Tencent, the guys who made PUBG Mobile. Just like PUBG Mobile, Crossfire Legends' BR mode also lets you dive into a solo, duo or a squad game. Crossfire Legends got great weapons and amazing visuals, so it's definitely worth checking out. In addition to the BR mode, this particular game also offers a few different modes such as Team Deathmatch, Mutant mode, and more. Availability: Android & iOS 2) Call Of Duty: Mobile This one's a fairly new game. Heck, it's not even available for all users, but it's still worth adding to the list. Call of Duty: Mobile, though it's only available for select registered users, has gained a lot of traction. It's got a Battle Royale mode, Team Deathmatch, etc. Call of Duty: Mobile differentiates itself as a tactical shooter, making it one of the very titles out there offering a tactical shooting experience. We've already put up a detailed write up explaining about the key differences from PUBG Mobile and you can check it out right here. In case you haven't tried the game yet, here's how you sideload the game and play it right now. Availability: Android & iOS 3) Fortnite Fortnite is in-part responsible for creating the battle royale hype, so we had to add this to the mix. Unlike PUBG Mobile, this one's a super stable game and a lot of fun to play. Although Fortnite is a battle royale title, the gameplay is slightly different. The only downside to the game is that it's not available on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to get it from the Epic Launcher. It's available directly from the App Store though. Availability: Android & iOS 4) PUBG Mobile Well, lastly we have PUBG Mobile. Yes, the game that popularised the Battle Royale genre. The game lets you jump off to an island with 99 other players and get into an epic battle to get the 'Chicken Dinner'. The game has a bunch of different weapons, looks great, and even works on phones with not-so-powerful specs. One of the best things about this game is that it's constantly updated with new skins, items, etc., so there's always something to look forward to. Give it a try if you haven't already, but keep your play time in check. Availability: Android & iOS
  24. 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.
  25. India won the World Cup for the first time in 1983. It was a big moment for us and till date, Kapil Dev reminds us of the glorious days. Ranveer Singh's film '83 is based on the events surrounding the winning of the World Cup in 1983 and we couldn't be more excited. The unexpected victory in 1983 World Cup against West Indies was a major win for us back then. India hadn't hoped to bring the World Cup home this soon. Ranveer Singh with the '83 team are off to London for the film's shoot which is tentatively scheduled for three months. Ranveer takes special effort to get in the character for each film and for '83, he spent a couple of days at Kapil Dev's place to familiarise himself with the actual ongoings of 1983 World Cup. Directed by Kabir Khan, '83 will soon begin shooting. Keeping the team spirit alive, the cast reached the Mumbai airport on a team bus. Instagram is flooded with the reel team photos that makes us reminiscent of 1983 team. Take a look at the striking resemblance here. © Instagram 1. Look at the enthusiasm here. It's game time. ð #83SquadOnTheMove The journey begins. ð¥@RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/4iulvt9AEx — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 2. Look at Ranveer Singh looking like Kapil Dev here. View this post on Instagram About to embark on a remarkable cinematic journey ð #proud #blessed ðð½ @kabirkhankk @83thefilm A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 27, 2019 at 10:28pm PDT 3. The excitement is in the air. When you are playing the Lord of Lord's, you are always on your toes! Here's @adinathkothare's message before he embarks on this exciting journey. #83SquadOnTheMove @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/xyU3e3IYrv — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 4. We honestly can't wait for '83. London chale hai, itihaas dohrane! â @Saqibsaleem aka Jimmy is all set with his red handkerchief! Watch this space for more updates. #83SquadOnTheMove @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/jkNBzlYnTK — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 The film '83 is scheduled to hit the screens in April next year.
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