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  1. CM Sindh extends his government's full cooperation to the Pakistan Cricket Board in holding PSL 2020 matches
  2. What can you do, it’s the age of rap and remix. Most people pick sunglasses purely for aesthetic reasons. Now, no one is denying the contribution of a perfect pair to your style and confidence but are you sure, you’re investing in the right one? An ideal pair of sunglasses should accentuate the good and camouflage the not-so-perfect details of the face. It should shield your eyes and the skin around it completely. And its lens colour should be aligned with the weather and your lifestyle. So let’s find out which pair is designed for you. __ECOMLOOKS__1906__ __ECOMLOOKS__1907__ __ECOMLOOKS__1908__ __ECOMLOOKS__1909__ __ECOMLOOKS__1910__ The BottomlineAs long as you keep these basic factors in mind while investing in sunglasses, you will get the most bang for your buck. Let us know if you finally found that trendy pair you were looking for. Explore More View the full article
  3. It seems that Pakistani batting great Mohammad Yousuf holds the record for best ODI bowling average ? purely due to a fluke, of course
  4. We've seen plenty of good options on the Windows laptop side of the fence in 2020, yet there's hardly any laptop that comes close to Apple's MacBook line up. Only a handful of them get a respectable nod from enthusiasts and the Dell XPS 15 is one of them. Dell's XPS series laptops are often the ones that are looked upon as equals to MacBooks, so we wanted to see if it stands true for the new one that came out in 2020 or tells a different story. Well, we've been using the Dell XPS 15 9500 for the better part of a month now and we can't wait to tell you more about it. Let's begin - Design & Build Quality © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Dell's XPS laptops have been ranking high up on the list of best-looking Windows laptops for years now. That said, we were worried about the design this year because they were beginning to look a bit dated. A bit of a facelift was in order and Dell delivered it with the XPS 15 this year. Taking a closer look at the laptop, you'll see the laptop is now more compact than ever before, particularly in its width. It's not the lightest laptop in the world but the dimensions are well under the acceptable limits. The lid and the chassis are made out of aluminum and the keyboard deck comes fitted with soft-touch carbon fiber. You'll also notice that the speakers are next to the keyboard on both sides, facing forward. This placement helps push the sound directly towards the user and the result is simply great when compared with the laptops that have down-facing speakers. This is another quality of change that we welcome and the speakers sound excellent, in case you're wondering. They get plenty loud without having to crank all the way up. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Overall, we think the Dell XPS 15 9500 screams quality in a way most Windows laptops fail to do. We love that Dell has still managed to keep it classy here without making any compromises. If you were to buy a Windows laptop purely for the looks, then this is the one. DisplayYou'd be spending most of the time staring at the display and we're glad that the Dell XPS 15 has probably the best display we've seen on a laptop this year. In fact, the display is one of our favorite things about this laptop. We've been using the variant that has the optional 4K resolution (3,840-by-2,400-pixel) touch panel and boy, has it been a fantastic experience. It's a 15.6-inch panel with super slim bezels around it. The 92-percent screen-to-body ratio will make you instantly fall in love with it. If that's not enough for you then how about the fact that you get to stare at more vertical pixels, thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio? It makes it look more modern and aesthetically more pleasing to look at. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The panel is incredibly sharp and vibrant to look at. It's rated for HDR 400, and it maxes out at 500 nits of brightness. It also covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB spectrum and 94 percent of DCI-P3. It's a stunning panel to use and we think it's just perfect for content creators. You can also choose to opt for the full HD non-touchscreen too. Keyboard & TrackpadThe Dell XPS 15 9500 also has one of the keyboards on a laptop. If you are a writer who appreciates a good keyboard on a laptop, then this will definitely put a smile on your face. The keys have great tactile feedback and the layout is perfect with no odd key placements. It's just a great experience to type on this laptop. The keys are also backlit so you don't have to worry about that either. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The trackpad is also a huge upgrade over any other Windows laptop you've probably used. The sheer size of the trackpad may surprise you at first, but it's definitely one of those things that you can't go back from. It's gigantic, to say the least, but we're not complaining about the space we're getting for smooth scrolls and pans. It uses Windows precision drivers, so they're very reliable too. Overall, a great keyboard and a trackpad. That, along with the beautiful display will definitely make you happy every time you open the lid and start using it. It just never gets old. PortsWe're not too happy about the ports situation though. Besides an SD card slot and a headphone jack, you only get USB-C ports on this laptop, which is a bit of a bummer. Yes, the future is moving towards USB-Cm, but that future isn't here yet and we still find ourselves bamboozled looking for a USB-A port quite often. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The two on the right side of the laptop include Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort support, whereas the one on the right only offers DisplayPort support. Thankfully, all three of them can be used to charge the laptop. Dell also includes both USB-C to USB-A and USB-C to HDMI adapters in the box, so that a relief. PerformanceThe variant of the laptop we used for review was armed to the teeth with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1650Ti GPU. You can choose between a few RAM and storage options to see which one suits your budget the best. Day-to-day tasks were no big deal for this beast and it handled everything we threw at it like a champ. Windows laptops have gotten better now thanks to the software advancements too, so no complaints there either. We ran benchmarks on this laptop to see the kind of numbers we could get. Well, the XSP 15 didn't disappoint. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer It scored a respectable score of over 5,000 in PCMark 10, which is higher or on-par with most other similarly-specced Windows laptops on the market. We got a score of around 1,500 in Cinebench 15 which is higher than what we got on the MacBook (around 1,300). We were also able to run all popular photo and video editing tools on this machine without any hiccups. The Dell XPS 15 9500, though it has great internals, is not a gaming laptop, so we don't recommend pushing it to the limits with resource-intensive AAA titles. It can run all the popular titles like Apex Legends, Valorant, Fall Guys, etc., with ease. But again, it's not a gaming laptop so you need to keep an eye on thermals as they're nowhere close to the sophisticated ones found on gaming laptops. Battery LifeThe Dell XPS 15 9500 comes packed with an 86WHr, which was surprisingly good. Though it doesn't measure up to the competitors, it was respectable for a device with a 4K panel running constantly at 75-percent brightness at any given point. The laptop should comfortably get you through a full day provided that you're not pushing the envelope. Of course, things like video/photo editing, gaming, or pretty much anything that gets the core kick-in will consume more battery power, but we don't think you should be doing any resource-intensive work without holding hands with the charger. The Final SayDell's XPS line up has given us some of the best Windows laptops in the past and we're glad that the XPS 15 9500 will carry that torch hereon. Simply put, the Dell XPS 15 9500 is the best version of a laptop that was already amongst the best in the market. You get what we think is one of the most beautiful laptops on the market with some powerful internals. The display is just oh-so-good to look at and it gets a solid recommendation from us for that alone. Honestly, there are no major downsides here except for maybe the price. Coming in at over Rs 2 Lakh, the Dell XPS 15 9500 is surely going to put a deep hole in your pocket. But the XPS 15 9500 will fill that by delivering a great experience and by putting a smile on your face every time you open that lid. It's one of the best laptops we've used this year. View the full article
  5. Whether your parents, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife likes it or not, video games have proven to be good for mental health according to numerous studies around the world. In fact, in India alone, there was a rise of 200% in console sales during the lockdown period as more people started to play games. A recent study by the UK's National Literacy Trust found that “video games can be a genuine route for gamers in reading, creative writing, improving literacy skills and most importantly, emotional wellbeing.” © unsplash In the case of the UK’s National Literacy Trust study it was found that 60% of the 4,600 respondents admitted that gaming has the ability to keep their kids in contact with friends and family during the lockdown. Keeping in touch with your friends on a regular basis is important for the mental wellbeing of children. In fact, if you want to know how video games personally helped me stay sane during the lockdown, read about my experience with Animal Crossing here. Games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant and other competitive online multiplayer games enable gamers to strategize and implement their strategies that require precision and skill which no other form of entertainment can even evoke. These games also play an important role in the life of millennials. There’s a reason why the WHO encouraged everyone to sit at home and play games during the pandemic. Not only was it used as a measure to reduce the spread of the virus, but video games are also now more social than ever. It also helped gamers interact with their friends on a daily basis. View the full article
  6. It doesn’t matter what platform you play games on. What matters at the end of the day are games. The Nintendo Switch has proven that a console doesn’t need to be powerful to play games as the content matters more than the platform that it is being played on. That’s exactly the same strategy Microsoft is using for promoting the next-generation of gaming. Whether you want to play games on a PC, a console or on your phone; Microsoft has you covered with its Games Pass service. © Microsoft If you always wanted to play console games and never could afford to get every game you wanted to play, Microsoft has just made it easier for you. With the Games Pass, Microsoft gives you access to hundreds of AAA and indie titles for the price of one. Think of it as Netflix for games as it includes blockbuster titles like Gears of War, Halo, Streets of Rage 4, Ori and Will of the Wisps and the entire Yakuza series. No matter what type of game you want to play, the Xbox Games Pass service has it. Microsoft also recently purchased the entire Zenimax Media catalogue and you will be seeing games like Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Doom and other franchises also making it to the service too. There’s no denying that you get more value than any other service out there and Microsoft is at the forefront of it. Now the most essential part of any service has to be the fact that it is accessible to everyone and Games Pass can be accessed on phones via streaming (yet to be launched in India), on PC and the Xbox consoles. The Xbox Series X and S are all set to launch next month all over the world and to everyone’s surprise in India as well. If you’ve always been wanting to get into console gaming, any of these consoles or the PC is a great starting point. © Microsoft The Indian gaming scene has long suffered from high prices for consoles and games because of import duties and publishers refusing to implement regional pricing. What publishers don’t understand is that India’s purchasing power is far lower than the rest of the world. A middle-class salaried Indian has to work 9-14 times or more to afford consoles and games as, in India, games are generally sold for $60 (a direct conversion) or sometimes even higher. Microsoft understands that and offers its Games Pass service, keeping regional pricing in mind. Xbox Game Pass starts at Rs 489 per month and in exchange, you get access to games that can cost up to $4000 or more if bought individually. You can even use the service on PC if you don’t own an Xbox or don’t plan on getting one. I’ve always been in support of making games more accessible to potential gamers and Microsoft is achieving my decade-old notion in India. © YouTube/Austin Evans Xbox Games Pass is not only giving one access to hundreds of games, it’s also about getting access to newly launched first-party titles on launch day without having to pay extra. It has a stable catalogue of games where some games leave the service each month but are replaced by new ones. So it’s not only that you will be stuck with one set of games, with the service, you will also get access to new and different games that you won’t have to purchase separately. And lastly, Microsoft has understood that gaming is all about being inclusive which is why the company has also started to implement cross-platform features. Not only will the games purchased from the Microsoft Store be available to play on your PC, you can also access them on an Xbox without having to pay extra. Similarly, multiplayer games like Forza Horizon 4, Halo Master Chief Collection also let players from different platforms play games with each other. It’s probably the most inclusive feature any game publisher or console maker has ever promoted. I firmly believe that next-gen gaming would be best on the Xbox Series X and PC simply because of how powerful these machines can be and the fact that it promotes affordability. The Games Pass is probably the best gift Indian gamers could receive this generation and if it weren’t for Microsoft, we would still be paying way more to play latest games. View the full article
  7. It hasn't even been full six months since the OnePlus 8 launched in India and the company has already come out with a new phone today. The OnePlus 8T was announced moments ago and we've been using the phone for about 10 days to see whether this new phone was even required to launch in such short notice. While OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are still available to purchase as we speak, there isn't an 8T Pro model this year. This means the OnePlus 8T comes with some incremental upgrades, a familiar design and many features missing which you can find on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Usually, the “T” nomenclature of OnePlus phones come with the latest Qualcomm flagship chipset, however this is not the case with the 8T. The phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 865 chipset and not the plus variant of the SoC like the company did with the 7T last year. While it may not seem a big upgrade from the previous phones, the 8T is meant for users who've been using older phones like the OnePlus 7 or even older Android phones. Here's what we think about the OnePlus 8T at launch. Design and Display The OnePlus 8T resembles the OP8 quite a bit apart from one noticeable difference. At the back, the camera module has now been moved to the top left corner similar to Samsung Galaxy phones. However, it does not have a massive bump here. There is a very slight overhang, however it does not offset the phone when kept on a flat surface. The camera module houses four camera sensors which we will talk about in detail in the camera section of the review. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Additionally, the phone has a set of two logos at the back of the phone which we still don't understand why. There's the official OnePlus logo at the centre and another one at the bottom centre which spells the brand name on bold letters. We didn't like these logos on the previous phones and the case remains the same here with the OnePlus 8T. From the front, you will not notice much difference compared to the OP8 and OP8 Pro phones as it features the same punch-holder display. However, it does have a flatter design rather than being curved which we prefer more over the OnePlus 8 series smartphones. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The display is also the same size as the OnePlus 8, measuring at 6.5-inches and has a refresh rate of 120Hz. The phone does push the frames for better scrolling and gaming experiences however we would like to have seen OnePlus make some improvements in this department. While the 120Hz refresh rate display feels great to use, it affects the battery life. OnePlus should have by now implemented some form of dynamic refresh rates like the iPad Pro and the new Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphones. Not only does it help in saving battery life, but also puts less pressure on the GPU which results in longer life for the SoC. Having said that, we do have to talk about a problem we faced during our review period. Our review unit has a slight green tint problem which is quite common in AMOLED displays. The green tint was viewable in every menu, app, and video applications which meant it hindered our experience quite a bit. We can't talk much about the display since our review unit's display is faulty, however, we did reach out to OnePlus and here's what they had to say: “Under certain low-light settings, users may notice a slight discolouration around the edges of the display. This is likely a result of the circuit design and light-emitting characteristics of the AMOLED display and will not affect the daily use and durability of the screen. OnePlus has calibrated the display extensively and is committed to always provide a better user experience. Using software we did our best to address the issue.” © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla At the time of this review, no OTA update hasn't been rolled out yet that fixes the display issue at launch. We can expect OnePlus to calibrate the display before it goes on sale. However, for some reason, we suspect this has more to do with the hardware than software calibration. We could be wrong though as one can only be sure once an update is issued by OnePlus and we get to test it for ourselves. As for other assessments about the display, we can't give an opinion at the moment and will update this review if a fix is rolled out soon. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 8T comes with a quad-lens setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 wide main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro lens and a 2MP monochrome sensor. Speaking from experience with the OnePlus 8, since it has the same setup, you will probably only use the main and ultra-wide sensor more. The macro lens doesn't work at all times and when it does, it doesn't capture all the right details. The monochrome sensor is just another filter lens you can use for your images, however nothing is stopping you from doing that in post with third-party applications either. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As far as the picture quality is concerned, it still has the same old problem as every OnePlus device that has launched prior. Some images have a blur effect going on and some images tend to be very dull. The camera also ignores a lot of the bright colours and the saturation levels don't match up with the asking price of the phone. There are times the camera algorithm boosts the saturation to levels that aren't worthy of being shared on social media. There's something seriously wrong with the way the camera works on the OnePlus 8T as you will always have hits or misses. If you just like to point and shoot like 90% of smartphone users out there, you will be disappointed. Portrait images look sub-par with very little accuracy around the edges and it doesn't work with objects. While there have been some improvements in OnePlus' night mode, it's still not at par with phones that cost less. You will be able to capture better night mode images with budget phones by Xiaomi or Realme than what the OnePlus 8T is capable of. If you are interested in looking at some of the camera samples, check out our gallery below: Performance and Battery Much like every other OnePlus phone, the OP 8T is impressive in the performance department. While it is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, it still delivers a flagship-level performance in games. Our review unit came with 12GB of Ram and 256GB internal storage. The 12GB RAM certainly played a crucial role in delivering a smooth and stable experience. It ran games and did everything at the highest setting possible with no frame rate drops whatsoever. In our Geekbench 5 test, the OnePlus 8T scored 883 in the Single-Core test and 3167 in the multi-core test. Oddly enough, the OnePlus 8T's benchmark scores are lower than the OnePlus 8 for the time being and that's probably because the phone runs on Android 11 and lacks the optimisations at launch. Nevertheless, the benchmark scores are still quite impressive and are at par with the iPhone 11 series. In our GPU test, the OnePlus 8T scored 1228 in the GFX Bench Aztec Ruins Vulkan test which is also less than the OnePlus 8. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Having said that, in real-world usage, the phone is capable of handling some of the most graphic-intensive games with ease. We played quite a bit of Genshin Impact, an RPG that has very high draw distances and highly detailed character models. We played the game in the highest settings for mobile platforms possible and it ran consistently on 60 frames per second apart from when we faced huge bosses. There was a slight dip in the frame rates when there were too many enemies and elements on the screen which was expected as it also happens on Apple's iPad Pro. When it comes to the battery, the second significant upgrade is probably the new 65W Warp Charge speeds. The phone's 4,500 mAh battery can be fully charged in about 40 minutes, however it only works with the new charger in the box. Previous chargers will not be able to deliver the same charging speed and instead charge at 30W. The supplied charger in the box is also a 'Power Delivery' charger which can be used to charge compatible devices like laptops, other PD phones, the Nintendo Switch and various other devices up to 45W. This means if you are looking for a capable PD charger, OnePlus' charger can be used with multiple devices making it easier to travel with less charging bricks. If you plan to use your PD charger with the OnePlus 8T, it will charge at 27W as well. Software Probably our favourite part of every OnePlus device is its Android skin. The OnePlus 8T comes with Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11 out of the box. It has taken a lot of design cues from Samsung's OneUI which may not be your cup of tea. However, the core OnePlus experience stays intact here while also bringing more intuitive design changes. There are also new animations and a new Always-on display feature that fans have been asking for a while. You can personalise the content in the AOD settings to your liking by picking your preferred clock faces, battery status, screensavers and personal messages. You can even use your Bitmoji avatar in the AOD settings, however this feature is exclusive to OxygenOS 11 right now. There's also now more emphasis on one-hand touch controls similar to what you may have previously seen on Samsung OneUI devices. If you have to do a lot of paperwork and need to send scans of your documents, you can now capture an image of the document from the camera app and straighten the image from the Gallery. Besides, it sharpens the text, automatically detects the edges and makes it worthy of being sent as a scanned document. Other new additions include a new speech-to-text feature where it captions everything you are recording within the application. If you are a blogger, journalist, or a video content creator, this is a very handy feature to have for transcribing the text or creating captions for your video. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Zen mode has also been expanded where you can use the digital wellbeing feature with other users. The new mode is called the “group Zen Mode” where you and your friends can use the feature together on individual devices and focus more on your conversation at hand. There are five themes in the new mode, namely Ocean, Space, Grassland, Sunrise, and Meditation. The Final Say The OnePlus 8T retails in India for Rs 42,999 (8GB+ 128GB) and Rs 45,999 (12GB+ 256GB) which is not a bad price when considering the hardware inside. However, it does make it hard to recommend this phone especially since the OnePlus 8 will be cheaper and is almost identical to this phone. OnePlus 8 has already received the Oxygen OS 11 update and from our experience, even performs better than the OnePlus 8T. Having said that, if you are using a smartphone from 2018 or earlier, the OnePus 8T is a great upgrade to consider, thanks to the 120Hz display and the new battery charging tech. If you are slightly strapped for cash, you can always consider OnePlus 8 as it too is a great phone even right now. View the full article
  8. It's that of the year again when we get our annual dose of handsome discounts on Amazon's Great Indian Festival sale. We'll be going through a lot of deals in the future but there's one particular deal we want to highlight for now. Yes, the iPhone 11 deal. The iPhone 11 that came out last year around the same time, was originally retailing for Rs 68,300 until yesterday. It did get a price cut this morning which brought the price down to Rs 54,900. But if you're interested to buy this particular phone, then we suggest you wait till the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale that kicks off on October 16. © Amazon The iPhone 11 will be available for just Rs 47,999, which is the lowest it has ever been in India. It's a kickass deal and this is probably the best time to upgrade to this new phone. The Apple Online Store's deal with free pair of AirPods is also a great deal, but the Amazon offering is just better for people who don't want the AirPods and want to straight-up save some money while upgrading to a great phone. The iPhone 11, in case you're wondering, is a great phone. We absolutely loved using it and we think it still holds its value in front of the new iPhone 12 that was launched yesterday. It's powered by the A13 Bionic chipset which is still more powerful than most Android phones out there. It also comes with a great set of cameras and has impressive features like IP68 rating, wireless charging, and more. © YouTube/Marques Brownlee You can read our full review of the iPhone 11 right here before buying the phone to get a better understanding of what you're getting into. It's a great phone and this deal simply makes it the best time to buy it. View the full article
  9. Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 12 series at the 'Hi, Speed' event last night. We got four new iPhones this year with the most affordable model being the iPhone 12 mini starting at Rs 69,990 in India. Along with the new iPhones, Apple has also slashed the prices of some of the older iPhones in the country. So if you're not interested in splurging on the new iPhones, then we suggest you check those to save some money and still get really good devices for the price. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Here's a quick look at all the new prices for the iPhones in India - iPhone SE (2020) 64GB storage: Rs 39,900 iPhone SE (2020) 128GB storage: Rs 44,900 iPhone SE (2020) 256GB storage: Rs 54,900 iPhone XR 64GB storage: Rs 47,900 iPhone XR 128GB storage: Rs 52,900 iPhone 11 64GB storage: Rs 54,900 iPhone 11 128GB storage: Rs 59,900 iPhone 11 256GB storage: Rs 69,900 As you can see, the most affordable iPhone in India is now the iPhone SE which starts at Rs 39,900. The iPhone XR has also received a price cut and now starts at Rs 47,900. In fact, if you're not willing to spend and get the latest iPhone 12, then we think the iPhone 11 makes the most sense now at Rs 54,900. © YouTube/Mark Linsangan To sweeten the deal, Apple has also announced a Diwali sale. The customers buying the iPhone 11 will get free AirPods starting October 17 at the Apple Online Store. This is by far the best official iPhone sale we've seen and we think it's absolutely worth checking out. In addition to that, both Flipkart and Amazon will have their own sale during Diwali. We suggest you wait for that in case you're looking to save some money. View the full article
  10. If you’ve ever used a MacBook before, you would remember how the magnetic connector kept the laptop recharged at all times. It also made sure the power cable never detach itself from the laptop to prevent it from getting damaged if someone tugged the wire. Yes, we’re talking about the MagSafe charger and even though it died back in 2016, we could see it return in a very different form tomorrow, when Apple launches the new iPhones. © unsplash A new leak claims that the feature could be resurrected as a new method of wireless charging for the iPhone 12 and Apple is expected to use the MagSafe nomenclature. The leak comes from ‘Kang’ on Weibo and according to the leaker, the feature is all set to return tomorrow. However, the technology won’t be used the same way it was used on laptops. There have been previous leaks with pictures that show how wireless charging on the iPhone 12 will work. We saw a strange ring of magnets around the coil of the iPhone 12 which suggests that the next iPhone will be able to attach itself to wireless chargers magnetically for a more secure connection. © Apple It has been speculated that the magnets will help users “snap-on” the iPhone 12 on a compatible wireless charging pad. This will prevent the phone from being accidentally knocked over and also be held in place perfectly while using the wireless charger. This will let users put the phone on the correct part of the wireless charger. Putting any wireless charging smartphone incorrectly on a wires charger results in the phone not being charged. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Kang also said that Apple might launch a number of MagSafe accessories as well, including a charger and a “MagSafe Duo charger,” both being wireless chargers. The dual charger is expected to charge two products at the same time such as the iPhones and accessories like the AirPods Pro. We will know more about the upcoming wireless charging feature tomorrow when Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone and several accessories for 2020. View the full article
  11. Confirmed. Shipped. Delivered! These notifications have kept me sane through the pandemic. Between working from home, doing the dishes and dying to step out – the kind delivery bhaiyas were always the reason behind the much-needed excitement during these stay-at-home days. Now that we’ve all gotten used to (read: totally hooked to) online shopping, how can we not exploit the biggest, most-awaited and coolest Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale to the fullest! This sale is set to make a comeback on October 16 and here’s what we’re adding to our gadget haul: 1) Some Goodies For Your Grooming Basket iStock With a lot of our focus shifting towards self-care (and also how we look on video calls) – it’s only wise to upgrade your grooming stash. We’re talking about a quality trimmer. Thanks to Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale, there’s a sea of trimmers to pick from. Our tops picks include – Beardo Trimmer Kit (originally Rs 2,240 – now, Rs 1,499) and Mi beard trimmer (originally Rs 1,199 – now, Rs 999). What’s more? Early access to the Big Billion Days Sale for Flipkart Plus customers starts on 15th October, at 12 in the noon! That’s a bonus day of availing through these offers. 2) Who Doesn’t Like A Smartphone Upgrade! Flipkart With the mind-blowing price drops this Big Billions Day sale, it’s hard to resist a smartphone upgrade. However, the offer on one brand stands out and grabs undivided attention – Samsung! Flipkart has launched an industry-first Smart Upgrade Plan, in partnership with Samsung, where a customer has to pay 70% of the special sale price while buying the phone, and can exchange this phone for a higher model after a 12 month period. For gen-next consumers who are always looking for upgrades and fancier phones, this plan works like magic. Samsung Galaxy F41 (special sale price: Rs 15,499 – smart upgrade plan price: Rs 10,860), Samsung Galaxy S20+ (special sale price: Rs 49,999 - smart upgrade plan price: Rs 35,198) and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (special sale price: Rs 54,999 - smart upgrade plan price: Rs 38,998) are a part of the Smart Upgrade Plan. 3) It’s All About That Bass… iStock Whether you’re working, cooking or running – everything’s better with good music. And what’s good music without quality headphones, right? We highly recommend boAT 255F Pro for your music lovers. This power-packed pair, originally priced at Rs 3,499 is for sale at just Rs 1,499. I just love the sale season! For those of you who are more into speakers, our top recommendation has to be boAT Stone 1500 40W Bluetooth Speaker – what a high-energy performer it is. This must-have speaker worth Rs 12,900 is now available for just Rs 6,990. 4) Gamers, We’ve Got News! Flipkart Gaming laptops are a different league altogether – an untiring processor, hefty RAM, seamless speed, massive storage, and what not. Quite naturally, their price tags are not so pocket-friendly. But worry no more, Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale is offering whopping discounts on gaming laptops – our top pick being Lenovo i7 Gaming 1650 which was originally priced at Rs 98,390 – but the sale slashed it down to Rs 65,990. Somebody pinch me! Other routine laptops like Dell i5 Thin & Light (originally Rs 53,850 – now, Rs 49,990) and LG Gram Core i5 10th Gen (minimum 20% off) are lucrative options too. 5) Don’t We All Secretly Want A Smartwatch? Flipkart Stylish, functional, and practical – smartwatches are a total rage! If there’s one thing you should gift yourself this year-end bumper sale – it is a smartwatch. Our no.1 recommendation will be Huami Amazfit Verge Lite Smartwatch (originally Rs 8,999 – now, Rs 4,499). Mi Smart Band 4 (originally Rs 2,499 – now, Rs 2,299) is another good option. While these were our top five recommendations, there’s a wide range of other electronics on sale too – TVs, tablets, fridge, hairdryers, oximeters, and what not! The Flipkart Big Billion Days sale will last from October 16 to October 21 this year. What are you planning to add to cart first? Check out the Flipkart Store now! View the full article
  12. When it comes to smart speakers, there are plenty of options available in India right now. However, when it comes to the best budget smart speaker, many often sacrifice either good sound or features. Now that we have a new contender in the smart speaker space, all of those sacrifices are no longer something you will have to settle for. The Mi Smart Speaker launched last week in India and since then we’ve been using the device to control our smart lights, TV, Air Purifiers, Vacuum cleaners and any other device that is compatible with Google Assistant. Here’s what we think about the Mi Smart Speaker after using it for an entire week: Design © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When you first look at the Mi Smart Speaker, you may think the design works well with your home decor. While that is certainly true, the design has been lifted from Sonos One smart speakers. The design is almost identical to the Sonos One with slight differences. Even though the design isn’t original, it works well simply because it is the best design fir for smart speakers. The cylindrical design helps in delivering 360-degree sound however, that is not the case for the Mi Smart Speaker due to the single audio driver. It is wider than the Amazon Echo Dot devices and thanks to its larger size, it delivers decent sound quality as well. The bigger size also means the speaker has a larger 63.5mm audio driver. The larger driver definitely helps in better sound tuning but we will talk about the sound quality later on in the review. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the top of the speaker, you will find four buttons that can be used for audio playback, muting the microphone and volume control. The speaker’s microphone sensitivity can also be adjusted during the setup so that you don’t accidentally awake the speaker whenever you say “Google.” There are no ports on the speaker apart from an AC-In port for power. The speaker does not run on batteries so it needs to be permanently placed on the table and connected to a power outlet. We would have loved to see a 3.5mm line-in port in the speaker as it would be ideal for playing music via a wired connection simply because the music sounds better via an analog connection. Sound Quality © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Mi Smart Speaker has a Texas Instruments’ TAS5805M Hi-Fi audio processing chip which helps in tuning the sound of the smart speaker. The overall loudness is enough to fill up a room but do not expect it to be a great speaker to use during house parties. The sound is good enough for solo listening sessions, however with more people in the room, the sound does get overpowered. You can pair two Mi Smart Speakers to get over this problem and even set them up in stereo. The Mi Smart Speaker is meant to be used in small spaces so don’t go on using it in a living room as it won’t sound up to your expectations. For playing music, you can either use the standard Bluetooth connection or Chromecast to stream content from your Android device. You can also stream directly off the smart speaker using services like Spotify. Chromecast can also be used to stream audio content from Smart TVs which works well with Mi Smart TVs. We would recommend getting a pair of these speakers if you are not a big fan of soundbars. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of sound quality, the Mi Smart Speaker does well in delivering sounds from the high and mid frequencies but lacks depth when it comes to the lower frequencies (bass). If you like extra bass in your speakers, then the Mi Smart Speaker may not be for you. However, considering the price, the sound quality on the Mi Smart Speaker is far better than the Echo Dot devices and even costs less. If you’ve been looking for a smart speaker that does everything you expect from it and even sounds decent, the Mi Smart Speaker fits that bill well. If you are expecting it to perform anywhere close to what the Sonos One sounds like, we don’t want to get your hopes high. The smart speaker costs Rs 3,599 and for that price, the Mi Smart Speaker is incredible. If you prefer to tune the sound yourself; you can mess around with EQ settings in the Google Home App. We boosted the mid frequencies and the lower frequencies a bit, for a more balanced sound than the default tuning. Smart Features The Mi Smart speaker works exactly like any Google Assistant smart speaker where you can speak into the two far-field microphones on the speaker. However, we found the microphones to be a bit inconsistent whenever we tried to carry out tasks. Sometimes the speaker wouldn’t hear us entirely or sometimes it would take too long to switch on/off a bunch of smart lights. We recommend turning up the sensitivity if you face this problem, however 90% of the times, you should be able to use the entire gamut of Google Assistant features. You can do everything you can while using Google Assistant such as setting reminders, alarms, control smart devices, and even play music directly off the speaker without connecting a smartphone. You can use the smart speaker in both English and Hindi since Google Assistant supports both languages. The Final Say If you’ve been wanting to purchase a smart speaker that sounds decent and does not cost a lot, the Mi Smart Speaker for Rs 3,599 is a great product to consider. The speaker isn’t at par with audio products from other brands in terms of audio quality, but for the price, it is a great speaker you can get for your home. The speaker's sound quality is not on the same level as some of the more expensive smart speakers but it gets the job done with decent sound quality meant for small to medium-sized rooms. View the full article
  13. What a world it would be if people online were just positive and supportive all the time, instead of a cesspool of trolling and unwarranted hate it is right now? We did get to see the power of social media and basic empathy recently when a struggling roadside eatery became the hottest new place to eat in just a matter of hours. By now, we've all seen the elderly owner going from crying about not being able to sell food to smiling so much because of how many people turned up to support them during such tough times. This video completely broke my heart. Dilli waalon please please go eat at बाबा का ढाबा in Malviya Nagar if you get a chance #SupportLocal pic.twitter.com/5B6yEh3k2H — Vasundhara Tankha Sharma (@VasundharaTankh) October 7, 2020 It's honestly one of the most beautiful viral stories of all time because I can guarantee that the old couple will never struggle to sell their food again, people will keep coming back. Funny how just 24 hours can change someone's life so drastically and for the better. Literally, every single person on Twitter came together to spread the word that Baba Ka Dhaba has some delicious matar paneer and anyone who can go to Maliviya Nagar should try it. From regular people to celebrities, it was so wholesome how everyone worked together to make a struggling couple's day and life. The beautiful side of social media. May you never shed a tear again, ever. #babakadhabha#SupportLocal #MalviyaNagar#VocalForLocal pic.twitter.com/K1lwaCwBaS — Tavleen Singh Aroor (@Tavysingh) October 8, 2020 All of India is actually with them. #WATCH: "It feels like whole India is with us. Everyone is helping us", says Kanta Prasad, owner of #BabaKaDhabha. The stall in Delhi's Malviya Nagar saw heavy footfall of customers after a video of the owner couple went viral. pic.twitter.com/nNpne6Arqs — ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2020 This is what happens when you support small businesses. Glad to see the smiling baba from #BabaKaDhabha. This proves social media can be a boon too, kudos to all those who shared this story & to those who went out of their way to support this small eatery. We must continue to support small businesses & spread many more smiles :) pic.twitter.com/6ZF9CXsg7E — Zeeshan Siddique (@zeeshan_iyc) October 8, 2020 Pure. I'm so happy about #BabaKaDhabha, firstly about the fact how the public reacted, and secondly, and very importantly, as to how it was supported by both my left and right leaning friends. Come together more often, make this space a better place ️ — Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep) October 8, 2020 Oh definitely. People are going to #BabaKaDhabha pic.twitter.com/PZC7OWlQn6 — being.skt (@being_skt) October 8, 2020 And, they were sold out! The current status of ‘Bhabha da dhaba’. All thanks to beautiful people. There are always such small shops near you. Help them. Let them serve you. Go local go small. pic.twitter.com/iiN6DfDwTx — Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) October 8, 2020 Wow. #बाबा_का_ढाबा Let's unite together to alleviate more people like #BabaKaDhabha #SupportLocal #VocalForLocal our @SKCHILDRENFOUN1 interacted with baba and attempted to put a smile on his face @themovingshipp pic.twitter.com/NbAhN90wxR — SK CHILDREN FOUNDATION (@SKCHILDRENFOUN1) October 8, 2020 Yes, exactly! Yeeeaaaaaaaahhhhh! #BabaKaDhabha . There are many more out there who need our help and support. Let’s help our local vendors in our own neighbourhood aswell! https://t.co/2U4I5FhhT5 — Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) October 8, 2020 Look at the line. Our volunteer Mr @Sheel_Cheerzz went to #BabaKaDhabha to assess the need and found this. However, @humanaidint will still extend some support as desired by our ambassador Mr @ManMundra. @seriousfunnyguy is organising that. pic.twitter.com/iGTAdulIys — Sudhanshu S Singh🇮🇳 (@sssingh21) October 8, 2020 Emotional stuff. Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai! Your small step towards #VocalForLocal is a lifetime happiness for someone. Used wisely, social media can actually change lives. "#बाबा_का_ढाबा ".#BabaKaDhabha pic.twitter.com/kkJ0PxzoI6 — Satyadeepsinh Parmar (@satyadipsinhbjp) October 8, 2020 Adorable. The Smile Says it all #BabaKaDhabha pic.twitter.com/n0y7u90aEz — Ne_hu (@nehu1428) October 9, 2020 View the full article
  14. Back in 2016, Tesla had announced that it's bringing its autonomous vehicles to India. The company had even asked interested customers to reserve their chance to buy the car when it's official. Well, there hasn't been any info whatsoever from either Tesla or from Elon Musk himself. Is Tesla even coming to India? We didn't have an answer to that until yesterday, but it looks like it's finally happening. Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla is indeed coming to India. In response to a tweet asking about the arrival of Tesla in India, Elon Musk replied with a confirmation. The tweet had an image of a T-shirt with the message: "India wants Tesla", to which Elon replied and said, "Next year for sure". Here, check it out - Next year for sure — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2020 In another reply, Musk replied saying, "Thanks for waiting". Well, it's been a long wait so far and we're glad that there's finally some activity here in this space. With all that being said, we don't think we'll be getting Tesla as early as next year or even the year after that. But we're hoping for some positive news from Elon and the Tesla team about the expected date. It'll be interesting to see which car Tesla decides to bring to India. Hopefully, they won't be super expensive too. View the full article
  15. Nora Fatehi had replaced Malaika Arora as a special judge for India?s Best Dancer
  16. Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark will go down in history as one of the most iconic characters we have seen in the superhero genre. How the film brought about a revolutionary change not only in the actor’s life but also in the way audiences watched movies based on comic books continues to be marvelled upon (no pun intended). After the first Iron Man movie came out in 2008, a sequel and a triquel were released in 2010 and 2013, respectively. However, the two, although entertaining, failed to garner the fans as much as the first one. Here are four reasons why Iron Man 1 remains the best movie of the trilogy: 1. The Independence There is something liberating about being a standalone film. When Iron Man came out, the so-called “Marvel Cinematic Universe” was a distant dream and Jon Favreau simply wanted to make an entertaining superhero film, without thinking about what the future held for him. Sure the movie teased the audience with subtle references to other heroes from the franchise throughout the film, and there was a post-credit scene too, but holistically speaking, the movie was independent of what was to come next. Iron Man 2 & Iron Man 3 fell prey to being a conduit between what the fans had already seen and what they were about to see in the future films and spent too much time talking about those things rather than focusing on the story of the movie itself. 2. Repetitive Villain Idea “We create our own demons,” that’s what Tony said in the beginning of the third instalment of the series and that is quite literally when it came to the Iron Man trilogy. In the first film, it was evident that Stark unknowingly helped Obadiah Stane get the tools of destruction when he got his hands on the Mark 1 suit in the middle of the desert. It was fresh, the villain had a great motive to be bad and Jeff Bridges absolutely nailed the role. However, a similar pattern could be seen in the following films. First in Iron Man 2, Tony tells Whiplash that the “cycles per second were a little low” and advises him that he “could’ve doubled up your rotations” in order to make a more powerful weapon and surely that's what Ivan Vanko did. In Iron Man 3, Tony ditches Aldrich Killian on the rooftop and gives him the idea of anonymity, albeit unknowingly, this time. 3. Closer To Realism Looking at the trajectory of the MCU movies, it ironically becomes unbelievable how simply and closer to realism the first Iron Man movie was. It showed the initial struggles of making the suit, the reasons for a conflict between good vs evil was as simple as value of life vs value of money and the villain was a simple human being wrapped around in a massive armour. Compare that with the fire breathing super soldiers and an army of non-piloted drones controlled by a Russian guy who thinks the best way to kill a man is with electric whips and it kind of takes away the natural badassery of the first film. 4. Character Building The transition from an arrogant billionaire and the “Merchant of Death” to a more sympathetic man who decided to dedicate his life to make the world a better place, Iron Man captured it perfectly. However the two films that followed had zero motivation for character development. Tony Stark was already shown to be the Mr. Nice Guy who continued to protect the world with increasing unrealistic suits of his. Honestly, the next movie in which we could see RDJ’s character build a little more is Avengers: Endgame, when he decides to help his team undo their mistakes at the cost of losing the family he had already created and ends up sacrificing himself in the process. It is understandable that character building can get hard in the sequels but it was something Christopher Nolan did perfectly in his Batman trilogy. The transition from a careless billionaire into a warrior in Batman Begins, the willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater cause in The Dark Knight and the desperation to fight his old age and save the city one last time in The Dark Knight Rises, every part of the franchise has something significant to offer for Bruce Wayne’s role. View the full article
  17. Ever since Prakash Jha’s OTT debut Aashram starring Bobby Deol was released, there has been a lot of buzz around it and people are mighty impressed by the actor’s performance. This 9-episodic MX Original Series exposes the dark reality of the world of self-made godmen. Aashram has been trending as it has become the most-watched show amid the lockdown and has brought in more than 250 million streams in the first 18 days of its release. View this post on Instagram#Aashram ke dwaar ab khul chuke hain. All episodes are streaming free on @mxplayer. Link in the bio. @prakashjproductions @aaditipohankar @iamroysanyal @darshankumaar @goenkaanupriya @adhyayansuman @tridhac @vikramkochhar @tushar.pandey @sachinshroff1 @anurittakjha rajeevsiddhartha @parinitaaseth @tanmaay @preetithemountaingirl #JahangirKhan @kanuu7 @navdeeptomargujjar_A post shared by (@iambobbydeol) In an interview with Indian Express, Bobby said: “The most attractive thing about Aashram was that it gave me a chance to work with Prakash Ji (director Prakash Jha). All these years, I had been watching his movies, waiting to work with him one day. I was so excited the day he called me to his office, and when he narrated the idea to me, I was like ‘wow’. I was amazed because as an actor, I am always trying to look for different kinds of characters to play, and it is not easy to catch hold of good parts. The last project that I did for an OTT platform, I was not the first choice. But for this project, I was happy to hear that I was Prakash Ji's first choice.” Bobby’s performance as Kashipur Waale Baba Nirala is gripping to the core and here are 5 reasons why we think it’s his best performance, by far. 1. Risk-Taking Ability © MX Player It’s not an easy task to keep people hooked to your show as OTT platforms have a buffet of options available to cater to the needs of the audience. Bobby, through his hyper-realistic acting, made sure that people binge-watch the show. His ability to convince people that he is deceptively dangerous, cunning and truly evil is what took this show to the next level. 4. Evoking Hatred From Viewers View the full article
  18. Sunblocks or sunscreens are a godsend. If you have an active lifestyle and love to spend time in the open, under the sun, then obviously, you need a good sunblock, with a good SPF rating. But believe it or not, even when you’re indoors, during the day, you should put on some sunscreen. © Instagram/mrkhanna Sunblocks don’t just stop you from getting a tan, it works against a lot of other harmful light rays, that can cause issues like melanoma or other diseases of the skin. Even if things don’t get that bad, it definitely speeds up your skin’s ageing process. These are the best budget-friendly sunblocks and sunscreens that you ought to be trying. 1. O3+ Whitening SPF30 Skin Brightening Cream Price: Rs 490 for 50gms © O3+ If you have oily skin, this is the one for you. O3+’s Whitening Skin Brightening cream works just as sunblocks are supposed to. It sits light on the skin, when compared to most other budget-oriented sunblocks, but does not get completely absorbed by the skin, so do keep that in mind. The SPF rating is adequate and works just fine. 2. Mamaearth Ultra Light India Sunscreen SPF50 Price: Rs 499 for 80gms © Mamaearth If you’re looking for something stronger, then Mamaearth’s Ultra Light India Sunscreen is what you should be going for. It has a pretty good SPF rating, and, gets completely absorbed by the skin. It does not feel heavy on the skin, and neither does it feel cakey. 3. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel SPF50 Price: Rs 315 for 50gms © Lotus Lotus’ offering here, is non-oily and is meant for dry skin. It has a gel-based formula which gets absorbed into the skin easily. This one is light as well and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It also gives the skin a nice matte texture, as opposed to the oily or whitish finish that most sunscreens do. 4. Himalaya Herbals Protective Sunscreen Lotion SPF15 Price: Rs 120 for 50gms © Himalaya If you’re looking for a budget option, and want something that just works as a sunblock, then this one is for you. The SPF15 is just adequate enough if you spend sometime in the sun. If you spend anywhere more than an hour or so, we recommend you try something else. Other than that, it is fairly light on the skin and gets absorbed well. 5. NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture Lotion SPF 50+ Price: Rs 360 for 75ml © Nivea As far as sunscreens go, Nivea knows what works and what doesn’t. Their Sun Protect & Moisture comes with an SPF rating of 50+, which is more than adequate for your activities out in the sun, as long as you top of your sunblock every now and then. It gets absorbed into the skin fairly well and is light on the skin. View the full article
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