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  1. The 90s and early 2000s in India was an era apart. New things were coming our way and the world was opening up, to us Indians. Influence of western culture was becoming a bit more obvious and we could see it trickle through popular culture every now and then. Our most favourable pastime though was music and since English music was pouring in immensely, India decided to dive into absolute music diversity and produce some excellent music. That's when the entire era of popular Indian music arose and we couldn't get enough of it! Remember Luky Ali's 'O Sanam'? © Sony Well, looking back at that time is just another way to welcome nostalgia back into our lives. The songs were superb and catchy, the videos spoke about heartache, young people in love, daring women or happy times and the people in the video were memorable to say the least. Both men and women alike pursuing a career in acting or modelling would be a part of these videos, and of course we would all crush on them mighty hard! Some of them stayed on to become popular actors, actresses or models while the rest remained a one-hit wonder. Here's reminiscing back in time when life was simpler, and just watching that one woman in that one video made our day! Here are six women from popular videos back in the 90s and early 2000s we wish we had amidst us, even today! (1) Nauheed Cyrusi © Sony Music Entertainment Recently I was going through my Instagram account and suddenly I saw this profile that looked so familiar. When I opened it, there was a sunken feeling of nostalgia within! It was the 'piya basanti' girl. Remember her? Well, I am sure the kids from the 90s will definitely remember her. Also, looks like, she was stuck in a time capsule because she hasn't aged a bit! © Instagram (2) Shyla Lopez © Vevo The surreal beauty, Shyla Lopez was a rage in the 90s when we first saw her in Shaan's song 'Meri Soni, Meri Tamanna'. After that, she went onto feature in many more videos, the most popular one being 'Baho mein chalein aayo', where she played a Rajasthani tribal woman. She was seriously the one and only fantasy for the 90s boys! We found her on the internet again and she looks as hot as ever. © Facebook (3) Sushma Reddy © Femina She was mostly made popular in Sonu Nigam videos back in the 90s. Girl with the beautiful smile, Sushma is Sameera and Meghna Reddy's sister, who first appeared in TV commercials before getting a gig in the pop video world. She also went on to become a VJ with Channel V when it was launched and also hosted a show on Discovery Travel and Living. She's done a bunch of movies and now she produces her own projects. © Facebook (4) Michelle Innes © Spny Music Ent This marvellous striking Anglo-Indian beauty from Allahabad was breathtaking when we first saw her in Sonu Nigam's 'Is Kadar Pyaar hai' and then again in Euphoria's 'Dhoom Picchuk Dhoom'. She appeared on the Vogue India's cover in 2007 when her modelling career was at its peak but apart from that, our only memory of her was from 'Dhoom Picchuk Dhoom' and we absolutely fell in love with her then! © BCCL (5) Meghna Naidu © Sony Actress Meghna Naidu became an overnight sensation in her hit video 'Kaliyon Ka Chaman', where she was seen in a backless almost see through sequential top, most women wouldn't dare to wear in the early 2000s! A game changing baller, she made the 2000s more daring for women and we love her for that. Currently she acts, travels and also teaches dance! © Instagram (6) Shefali Jariwala © YouTube If you don't know her then your early 2000's were an absolute waste! The 90s hangover lasted till about mid 2000s where pop culture was becoming more radical and thought-provoking with the changing narratives. Shefali was definitely one of the main protagonists for this change with her 'Kanta Laga' video which became so popular, people almost forgot the original song! Her outfit was her showing off her thong, while wearing a pair of denims but in reality, the thongs were a part of the denim! She became popular as the 'thong girl' right after she was featured in the video. © Instagram So, there you go. Six charming beautiful girls from the 90s and early 2000s we can never forget even though they're a one-hit wonders and here's hoping these songs remain on a loop in our head, for the rest of our lives!
  2. It's true when they say “words once spoken never die”, and that becomes all the more relevant today because of how active and eternal the WWW is. In this age of fast internet and ever-buzzing social media, every spoken and written word gets documented for posterity whether we like it or not. © SLB Films Bollywood khiladi Akshay Kumar recently got a taste of this phenomenon when a single comment from a 7-year-old interview was dug up and circulated on social media platforms to publicly shame the actor for his 'misogynistic' comment. Now, actress Sonakshi Sinha has come forward to defend Akshay, who had made the said comment as a retort to her being body-shamed right from the beginning of her career. But before we go any further, let's take a look at what exactly had Akshay said. © SLB Films Defending Sonakshi against comments about her weight, Akshay had said, “Sonakshi is a wonderful actress who has her own style of acting. She has an absolutely different figure – a typical, Indian figure and not size zero. Khaate peete gharane ki lagti hai. I am a pure Punjabi. I like heroines who are hari bhari. Chusa hua aam na lage..” © SLB Films Now, the last part of that comment did sit well with a lot of people who are calling Akshay out on his misogyny. And while Sonakshi told HT the trolls have nothing better to do in life, she also added that she has no qualms about what was said and how, because “he was being a gentleman and defending me with no intention of 'objectifying' anyone.” © SLB Films Now, now Sonakshi, more power to every gentleman and friend out there who consider it their prerogative to 'defend' their female friends but not when the defence is put up for one woman at the cost of demeaning another. By trying to normalise a “hari bhari” figure and disregarding the “chusa hua aam” is pretty much siding with the lesser of the two evils, because Akshay still ended up body-shaming all those women who are 'too thin', 'machis ki tilli' or 'anorexic' for a judgemental and short-sighted society like ours.
  3. South Korean giant, Samsung has said that a flaw in the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner allows anyone to unlock the Galaxy S10. The company is already working on a hotfix for the flaw as the issue could be the result of cheap screen protectors. © YouTube Samsung told Reuters that the company will now fix this problem via a software update that will roll out to phones sometime soon. Screen protectors can be inconsistent in terms of quality and it can confuse the in-display fingerprint sensor for misreads. This issue is not exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones as we have personally experienced this on other smartphones with a screen protector installed. Installing screen protectors can also result in air gaps that can interfere with in-display fingerprint scanners. Samsung has warned in the past that using screen protectors can interfere with the fingerprint scanner, but the fact that an inexpensive phone accessory could let anyone unlock the smartphone using the fingerprint sensor poses a major security concern. Samsung has admitted on its support site that “unofficial, scratched or dirty screen protectors may cause the fingerprint sensor to malfunction.” © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Until the software patch rolls out, we advise Galaxy S10 users to use other unlocking methods such as the traditional pin code method or facial recognition. Additionally, we recommend you use Samsung's official screen protectors that do not interfere with the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner or test out alternatives with different fingers.
  4. Google officially launched the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event in New York today however the smartphone is not going to be launched in India. At the launch event today, the company announced the two smartphones and all the new features that will be available exclusively on them. © YouTube The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the first smartphones by the company that come with multiple cameras at the back in a square module. It comes with a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor and an additional 16-megapixel telephoto sensor. Google has also added the ability to unlock the smartphone with facial recognition and will use the front camera and the Soli chip for scanning a face. The Soli chip can detect when you reach out for your phone and prepare it beforehand for faster face unlocks. © YouTube The Pixel 4 also comes with a dedicated Soli chip that can motion sense gestures. These gestures can be used to control certain application by simply waving in front of the screen. Other camera features also include previous features such as Top Shot, Night Sight, Super Res and HDR+. The HDR+ has now been improved upon and is now called 'Live HDR10+'. This feature uses machine learning to appromiximate HDR+ images and adjusts the exposure of your frame in real-time. The Pixel 4 comes with dual exposure controll which means you can lower the brightness of the capture, the shadow slider can be used to adjust the tone mapping. Google has also improved its marquee camera feature i.e. "Night Sight" where Google has added the “astrophotography” feature that enables the phone to take pictures of celestial objects in the night sky. Other specifications of the two smartphones include a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display for the Pixel 4 while the larger XL variant comes with a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display. The refresh rate on the Pixel 4 adjusts itself to conserve battery life and kick in the higher refresh rate when needed. Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and come with 6GB of RAM. © YouTube Like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 also comes with an 18W PD fast charger and wireless charging and has a battery capacity of 2,800mAh (Pixel 4) and 3,700mAh (Pixel 4 XL) respectively. The Pixel 4 comes in various colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The Pixel 4 starts at $799 and will be available from 24th October. While the Pixel 4 will be available in select markets, the smartphone will not be making it to India as the Soli Chip uses the 60Hz mmWave frequencey that is not available for general use for the public. The 60Hz mmWaave frequency is used by the Soli chip for recognising gestures. As this is one of the main feautres on the Pixel 4; the smartphone will not be launching in India at the moment. "Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
  5. 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.
  6. Since Sunday, there are primarily two things that Indians are talking about - first, how India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, and second, Ranveer Singh. From giving major fashion goals, trying his hands at commentary to clicking pictures with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Ranveer made sure that he makes the most out of his England trip. View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT But, apart from encouraging and cheering for the team, Ranveer also displayed great sportsmanship when he consoled an upset Pakistani fan. While both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans were busy trolling the Pakistan Cricket team for their disappointing performance in England, there was one fan who was left disheartened by this loss. Ranveer consoled him and that video is now going viral on social media. Ranveer, in the video, hugs the fan and tells him, "There is always a next time. Don't be disheartened, they played well, they are committed, dedicated professionals and they will be back." View this post on Instagram #ranveersingh with a Pakistani fan. He is so sweet ð⤠A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT On the work front, Ranveer is currently busy with '83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev and Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi in the film. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie is expected to release in 2020.
  7. In what sadly turned out to be a one-sided affair, the Pakistani cricket team failed to negate Team India's challenge in the much-anticipated clash at Old Trafford at the ongoing ICC World Cup. Overshadowed in almost all facets of the game, Sarfaraz Ahmed's men extended their dismal run against India at the ICC event, following their 89-run loss (D/L) on 16th June. From being wayward in their bowling to paying dearly for their batting collapse, the Pakistani cricket team attracted a lot of criticism from their fans for failing to put up a fight against Virat Kohli's men. While some used Sarfaraz's infamous picture from the game - where he was seen yawning behind the stumps - to highlight their batting woes, others slammed the Pakistani cricketers for their poor fitness. The way he said "criticise the team but within the boundaries of respect" has won my respect. The guy has a true spirit and sportsmanship♥ï¸@mominsaqib pic.twitter.com/1Wc9PTI1Uz — Shumiið­ (@oye_shumii) June 17, 2019 After the match, a Pakistani journalist even asked Rohit Sharma at the press conference if he has any advice for Pakistani batsmen to get better. While India's vice-captain left everyone in splits with his cheeky response, boxing star Amir Khan has offered a helping hand to the Pakistani cricketers. Would love to help Pakistan cricket team with some advise on how to stay fit and strong. How to be disciplined on food, diet and training. The team has talent but need to improve on Strength & conditioning and focus @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/GEUplrqdpP — Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) June 17, 2019 Troubled by his team's loss, Amir took to Twitter and offered to help Pakistani cricketers get fitter. "Would love to help Pakistan cricket team with some advise on how to stay fit and strong. How to be disciplined on food, diet and training. The team has talent but need to improve on Strength & conditioning and focus @TheRealPCB," he tweeted. Nailed it pic.twitter.com/hpb0w0QdRi — GAZALI (@heavenrose45) June 16, 2019 While it was undoubtedly a great gesture on Amir's part to come to the aid of the Pakistani stars, cricket fans felt that it was not going to work. After the first session... pic.twitter.com/qpgIIOMnZw — Jack (@J_C_8_7) June 17, 2019 They cant stay fit. They cant eat healthy. They'll have cheat day everyday. You cant change their attitude, body language. Shambles. — Raza Rizwan (@Rsquare26) June 17, 2019 They never giving up roti salan so i wouldn't even go there stay in your own lane ð — HU55819 (@MUIIDDY) June 17, 2019 It's cricket mate not boxing ð — Holmezy (@allancooper007) June 17, 2019 Most definitely they should just leave from world cup match and start from scratch .Desperately needed . — faiza Buttð (@buttproudmother) June 17, 2019
  8. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  9. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  10. Salman Khan doesn't follow the set patterns of Bollywood's rulebook and you might agree with us on this. He doesn't care if his movies are not given great ratings by the film critics because according to him, it's the box office numbers that validate any film. Salman Khan's latest release 'Bharat', which is an official remake of the South Korean film 'Ode to My Father', has turned out to be a lucky project for the actor. The movie is doing pretty well at the domestic market and is inching close to earning Rs 200 crores. The movie opened to mixed reviews from critics as some called it 'bland' and some termed it the perfect Eid blockbuster. But, none of these ratings affect our superstar, Salman Khan, in fact, he feels “scared” when critics praise his movies. In one of the group interviews, while promoting the movie, Salman said, “My validation comes from the box office collections... that the people have liked or not liked a film. It doesn't make a difference if someone (a critic) has given it so many stars (ratings) or ridiculed the film. It's their bread and butter. God bless them, give them two more (slices of) bread,” Salman said in a group interview. Asked how he feels when the critics give glorious reviews to his films, the actor said he is unable to wrap his head around it. To all the journalists who have interviewed me during #Bharat ... a big thank u to all... — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 12, 2019 He added that he wants the audience to go to the theatres and forget about their life in general when they are watching his movies. Apart from Salman, 'Bharat' also stars Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Nora Fatehi, Sunil Grover and Tabu. The movie chronicles important events that have taken place in the country after Independence. Have you seen 'Bharat'? Let us know in the comments below.
  11. It was an important day yesterday. Well, to be precise, the best Chris in Hollywood's birthday. Captain America is an integral part of Avengers and Chris Evans is an integral part of his MCU costars' life. Birthday wishes were pouring in from everywhere - even from us - and it was great to see everyone come together to celebrate this human golden retriever. Mark Ruffalo being cute like always. Happiest of birthdays to the fantastic @ChrisEvans ð¥³ð Love you, Bro. Always there when you need him. Wishing you all the best today! pic.twitter.com/WJT2kbudN5 — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 13, 2019 Even Chris is happy and cute while replying. Awwww, buddy. You're a gem ð — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 13, 2019 And, Mark wasn't done. Glad you are here, man. — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 13, 2019 Okay, that sounds a little serious, I hope everything's fine. Then comes another Chris wishing him, actually singing 'happy birthday' for him on air with Tessa Thompson. Since both Evans and Hemsworth are like BFFs, the school kids who had to be separated during interviews, I'm disappointed Hemsworth didn't post a goofy BTS picture for him. But now let's look at the birthday wish we were waiting for. Yes, Robert Downey Jr HAD to top every birthday wish Chris got yesterday. One of the best parts of 'Avengers: Endgame' was the whole Cap vs Cap scene, but do you remember how it ended? Yes, with Cap admiring his own ass. Well, even RDJ remembers and wished 'America's ass' a happy birthday. Happy birthday to America's ass. The world's a better place, and I owe you a kiss on the cheek! @ChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/iCFRSu0DIH — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 13, 2019 Take the kiss, Chris! ðð — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 13, 2019 Like that. AHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/mKAhKUTrbm — rebekah (@stevetonyx) June 13, 2019 Same. Rdj is me looking at this post pic.twitter.com/A2U5eYLdn9 — Our Love: Robert Downey Jr (@our_rdj) June 13, 2019 That gif tho. Some things really should be celebrated! ð¨ #HappyBirthdayChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/Gpsl1HBWrS — Chris Evans USA FanSource (@ChrisEvans_USA) June 13, 2019 That emoji is reserved for Chris Evans and Chris Evans only. ð pic.twitter.com/Jf7pQiS6Qg — Christopher (@stevngrntrogers) June 13, 2019 We won't get to see this again. They are so cute together I'm really gonna miss them so muchð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/2yQMNH2QIb — Team Downey (@TeamDowney1965) June 13, 2019
  12. Earlier this month, a heinous crime jolted the entire nation when a three-year-toddler was brutally murdered in Aligarh over a matter of a loan. Soon, a cry rose from across the country demanding justice for the little girl, and Bollywood joined the chorus. From Sonam K Ahuja to Rajkummar Rao, celebs took to Twitter to express their anger. However, some of the Twitter users pointed out the absence of Swara Bhasker, whose tweet was visibly missing the whole time. Swara, at the time the news was setting social media on fire, was on a break in Russia and her tweet on the matter came a little later, but it only ended up becoming fodder for trolls. "Just back From #Russia after a break. Including social media break! Aligarh news truly horrifying- the brutal murder of 2yr old #TwinkleSharma, devastating! Killers must be punished, a precedent set so that such a crime NEVER repeated. My solidarity, sympathy & support to the family,” read her tweet. Soon enough, trolls descended on her for not tweeting about it on time, as she has always been pretty vocal about such issues. Some users even attacked her for not using a placard this time, as she had done for the Kathua rape victim. One of the users tweeted, “Having trouble in specifying the religion of rapist like in Kathua case where u were very proud mentioning words "devi-sthaan" "Hindu" "ashamed". Aren't you ashamed now, where is your placard Mention rape happened during" Ramzan.” Check out some of the reactions: How social media break?? You kept on uploading pictures changed your dpð¤ Btw where is the Placard?? Written- I am Hindustan , I am ashamed?? Does the placard comes out when the victime is a Muslim and rapists is a Hindu?? — Riya ð¥ (@Red__Wine1) June 10, 2019 What a liar. I saw you post so many pics from your vacay. Here u r lying to us that u were on a break. Lol. Anyway..go get those.placards woman, u got some work to do now. Let me know if there is a candle light March? I would be happy to join u along with my.frnds @RamKumar6569 — Karthik Jannu (@KarthikJannu) June 11, 2019 Yeh wala bhi karlo ab bahan ji ð¬, natak mat karo pic.twitter.com/TIVv9rkNyr — Nils Patel ð®ð³ (@NilsPatel_) June 10, 2019 Having trouble in specifying the religion of rapist like in Kathua case where u were very proud mentioning words "devi-sthaan" "hindu" "ashamed" Aren't you ashamed now where is your playcard Mention rape happend during" ramzan"#Hypocrite — Abhishek (@iAbHiSh3Ki) June 11, 2019 Here it is killers..no mention of name, religion, no shame on their religion, no placard..only suara will wait for Hindu story..fake or fact n then will start abusing Hindus, Hinduism..so let muslim do whatever in this country as #bollywood is permitting..they stand for criminals — Anu Tyagi (@AnuParashar) June 11, 2019 Placard is missing @ReallySwara. I think no movie of yours is coming. — James Bond (@007BondOffice) June 11, 2019 Yes. Swara did use a placard when she was demanding justice for the Kathua Rape victim, but one must keep in mind that at the time, she was also promoting 'Veere Di Wedding', a movie about feminism and women openly voicing the issues they had with society. Not just Swara, a majority of the main cast also posted messages with placards. While it is another matter altogether if Swara should have used a placard while addressing the Aligarh murder case or not, one thing is for certain: no one has to right to tell her in what manner she should or should not express her views, especially a bunch of nameless and faceless trolls. First of all, it is completely her choice if she wants to speak out over a matter or not. She is a celebrity, not a politician, and it is not her sole responsibility to bring about change. Instead of coming down on her, maybe the trolls should direct their time and energy towards questioning the concerned authorities over the safety of women and children in the country. What do you have to say about this? Let us know in the comments below.
  13. The words adventure and adrenaline rush mean different things for different people. For some, it could equal climbing the Everest, for others, it could mean drinking the night away before an important exam. However, the ultimate adventure, travelling to space, a dream filled with fear and inhibition for everyone might become a reality soon, only for the super-rich of course. Starting next year, NASA plans on beginning space tourism which will allow private astronauts, i.e guests to travel to outer space. Today starts a new day in low-Earth orbit as we unlock the @Space_Station's potential as a platform for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities and we welcome private astronauts to visit on U.S. vehicles. Get more details: https://t.co/lJnIlxaii7 pic.twitter.com/8sbi1lEzIn — NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019 To begin with, this travel is not going to take one to the Moon, but to NASA's international space station.NASA will tie up with private companies which will operate this orbit tour of 30 days. The guests will have to shell out close to 24 lakhs INR per night for this luxury. But no, that's not it folks. It has also tied up with Elon Musk's SpaceX, which will use its Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is currently building a spacecraft called the Starliner. The taxi fare for this will be close to $ 60 million per flight! Crazy right? Well, the price is as crazy as the idea of vacationing in outer space.
  14. Yeah, you read that right. But of course, there are conditions attached, my friend! So calm your horses down. Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world which originally has over 1 million residents but hosts over 19 million tourists every year. In a new initiative to allow tourists to have a more authentic taste of the city and boost tourist economy, 'Untourist Guide to Amsterdam', a website that was launched recently has launched a campaign called 'Marry an Amsterdammer for a day'. View this post on Instagram Who's up for a boat tour? ๠Tag your friends! | â¡ Stay tuned @freecityguide ð¸: @chiukiamsterdam A post shared by Amsterdam City Guide (@freecityguide) on Jun 6, 2019 at 6:00am PDT Under this campaign, tourists will now be able to sign up for marrying a local listed as a resident for a day. The fake wedding will be a ceremony of 35 minutes and post that, you can enjoy a full day celebrating your honeymoon where your fake bride/groom will help you escape monotony and explore the gorgeous city. Well, the wedding is fake, so obviously the 'honeymoon' is also an umbrella term for the experience, so please don't run your imagination. The bid for the 'spouse' will begin from around 100 Euros and the tourist will be allowed to have family and friends at the wedding. View this post on Instagram “You are my love story, and I write you into everything I do, everything I see, everything I touch, and everything I dream, you are the words that fill my pages.” - a. r. asher A post shared by Alex Wysocki Photography (@alexwysockiphotography) on Jun 5, 2019 at 1:06am PDT The whole idea behind this fun concept is that people should feel connected with the city and not just visit the city for the sake of it. Seems like a crazy idea which will obviously drive so many 'desi' tourists there but damn, we're broke right now bro.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced his proposal on making bus and metro services free for women in Delhi. This plan, if implemented, will cost the government around Rs 700-800 crore in a year. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: On all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains women will be allowed to travel free of cost so that they have a safe travel experience and can access modes of transport which they were not able to, due to high prices. pic.twitter.com/KVqEWDIJAS — ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2019 The AAP chief further explained that this scheme is being put in place but not being imposed on anyone and that women are free to pay for the ticket if they want. The reactions to his announcement have been splashing all over the internet and, of course, the men of this city have a lot of thoughts. Arvind Kejriwal announces free travel for only WOMEN on all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains. Meanwhile Delhi men : pic.twitter.com/4bKqM05O0Z — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) June 3, 2019 Have you heard this? Is imposition of #FreeRideForWomen in Delhi a gettable task? His handle says "सब à¤à¤¨à¥à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤ बराबर हà¥à¥¤" But in reality this insane showcases Gender Inequality while PM Modi schemes Nari Shakti for making women equally skilled like men. Shame!#DelhiMetro pic.twitter.com/ywUHz985Vn — Santh Kumar (@santhgogikar) June 3, 2019 Delhi Men - All set for Metro ride. #DelhiMetro pic.twitter.com/l36Mqm2JxP — Kamlesh Dixit ð®ð³ (@kash2312) June 3, 2019 The most obvious question that arises from this proposal is the lack of equality, a feeling that resonates with everyone right now wondering why a gender bias has been put in place here. And Equality goes for the toss... A girl carrying an iPhone, Gucchi bag, posh clothes will travel for free and a handicap will make his efforts to buy tickets and stand in a metro while the girl is chilling and sitting on the chair #DelhiMetro — Sidharth Dash (@Sidharth_dash) June 3, 2019 According to Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal: "Safety of Women is inversely proportional to Travel Cost in #DelhiMetro and Buses" ðððð — Vivek Jaiswal (@vivekjaiswal_93) June 3, 2019 If you feel everyone are equal, so why are you divide humanity in gender. Why every decision is based on gender/caste @ArvindKejriwal #DelhiMetro pic.twitter.com/6zHV9x5zw7 — Manoj kumar (@maankumararena) June 3, 2019 Talking about the strong women of this city, they feel that they can pay for their own ticket and the government should focus on providing them a safer environment instead. #Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal thinks the INDEPENDENT WOMEN of Delhi can't pay their fare. Instead of this they should do something for the safety, of the women, which is in danger in the capital. Best example of vote bank politics.ðð #DelhiMetro — Shraddha singh (@shraddha_singh7) June 3, 2019 @AAP will crush #DelhiMetro eventually....just for votes.#Freebies hinders development. Metro needs money to function to maintain itself. I'm perfectly capable to pay for it and I'll. https://t.co/I0CnFF1Hke — Ankita Singh (@DelhiteAnkita) June 2, 2019 With all due respect, women in Delhi didn't ask for a free pass to ride when they voted for Kejriwal ji, they had voted for the safe environment promised to them. https://t.co/5AtSuFKFzt — Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) June 3, 2019 Stop being so regressive @arvindkejriwal. While Women can afford their tickets, what they require is safety. Only exemption made should be for the economically weaker sections without the gender discrimination. #DelhiMetro — Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) June 3, 2019 the AAP government feels that this move is a step and an investment towards women safety, but the majority of the population in Delhi, including the women, refuse to agree. While his intentions might be well, one cannot help but also agree with the people that the women of this city need safety first, not free metro rides.
  18. The Champions League final between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur was a rather uneventful one. An extremely gutsy 'handball' call by the referees in the first minute of the game, gave the 2019 Premier League Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah the opportunity to score from the penalty spot in the first two minutes of kick-off, and probably made the entire Spurs roster a bit hesitant for the rest of the final, which was evident as the ball barely made it past the Liverpool defence. Credit: Reuters To add insult to injury, substitute Divock Origi sent a brilliant ripper to the bottom right corner of the Hotspur goal that went past keeper Hugo Lloris and into the net in the 87th minute to help the Reds win the 2019 Champions League Trophy. But guess who was the real winner as the two teams went head on to win one of the greatest leagues in the football world? This pitch invader, who leapt across the on-field security and onto the ground, and was finally caught hold of right at the heart of the stadium with thousands of fans cheering for her. This courageous lady, Kinsey Wolanski, jumped over the lines, went past Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker, towards the centre, cheering with both hands up before being pinned down by the stadium security right next to Harry Winks, who looked visibly uncomfortable. View this post on Instagram Did I distract #8 a little too much? A post shared by Kinsey Wolanski (@kinsey_sue) on Jun 1, 2019 at 4:51pm PDT She was obviously escorted out of the field with two security guards by her side, stopping her from celebrating and greeting the audience and was eventually escorted out of the stadium with her hands tied behind her back. She certainly did not mind. View this post on Instagram STREAKING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Life is for living, do crazy things that you will remember forever ð A post shared by Kinsey Wolanski (@kinsey_sue) on Jun 1, 2019 at 4:43pm PDT “STREAKING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Life is for living, do crazy things that you will remember forever,” she wrote in her caption. What is crazier is the fact that before Wolanski made the life-altering decision of invading the Champions League final, her following on Instagram was somewhere in the 2,00,000s but in less than a few hours of the incident, her following skyrocketed to 1.4 million and continues to grow. Also, Twitter seems to like her: Yes, Salah has scored but the real star in this UCL final has been that pitch invader ððpic.twitter.com/ebBT07iTHc — Anthony (@_Ambitiousguy) June 1, 2019 The best pitch invader ever ðð#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/Ss36dOzIdP — UCL FINAL ð(@TheSporTalk) June 1, 2019 A pitch invader worthy of a UCL final ð#UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/8bySrj6zQl — Obote (@obote_jonathan) June 1, 2019 Best part of the game was the pitch invader #UCLfinal #UCL #UCLFinal19 #TOTLIV #ChampionsLeagueFinal pic.twitter.com/98C5N3B1nu — Michael Toal (@MPT_Enzo) June 1, 2019
  19. It was an eventful evening yesterday as millions of households across India switched on their TV sets to watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony which every news channel was carrying for its viewers. India met its new set of cabinet ministers under Modi government 2.0, as they were called onto the stage to take their oaths. However, there was a sudden shift in energies when this frail-looking old man with a flowing beard and wind swept hair made his way to the stage, wearing a pair of plain white kurta pajama and greeted the President before taking his place behind the podium. © Twitter Many people in the audience, and even the ones watching the old man on their TV sets were unaware of his identity. Interest piqued and within a span of few minutes Pratap Chandra Sarangi began trending on social media. But the entire episode didn't come as a shock to the people of Odisha, especially those who live in and around Balasore when they saw 'Nana' Sarangi taking his oath as Minister of State in the Modi government last evening. © Twitter The newly elected MP from Odisha's Balasore, 64-year-old Pratap Chandra Sarangi isn't a regular politician. Sarangi lives in a hut, rides a bicycle and his combined assets amount to just 5.5 lakhs. Sarangi thinks of himself a social worker, and supports himself through his pension and agricultural income. In his affidavit Sarangi declared that he does not own a vehicle, jewelry, and has no liabilities. Sarangi has always led a simple life, living on little income, caring for his ailing mother, as he worked out of a small hut and bridged distances and differences riding on a bicycle. © Twitter However, this exactly how Sarangi had planned his 36 years ago. As a 28-year-old he had wanted to become a monk at the Ramakrishna Math, but the head Swamiji at Ramakrishna Mission didn't accept his request, because that would have left his mother alone with no one to care for her. It was at that point that Sarangi decided to join the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and became a sevak, to work as a social worker. It was only later that he got associated with Bharatiya Janata Party. A two-time MLA from the Nilgiri assembly, Sarangi won the seat in 2004 and 2009. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Election, Sarangi defeated two popular rivals, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Rabindra Jena and Navajyoti Patnaik of Congress by a great margin. © Twitter As for why Sarangi is so popular with people, it's because he has been actively working for the people in the area. Sarangi opened many Ekal Vidyalayas (village schools with single school teacher) in the interiors of Odisha. He has had an active involvement in local protests, such as anti-liquor movements and the likes. He also opened Samrkara Kendras in tribal villages in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. This time as a Minister of State, Sarangi wants to turn Balasore into a tourist destination as well. © Twitter Sarangi has come a long way. From being a simple man who has been invested in people's welfare, to becoming a Minister of State in Modi's government by winning Lok Sabha elections from his constituency by campaigning through a hired auto rickshaw.
  20. 'Jo lakhon ke dil mein dhadhak raha tha, woh kuch ke aankhon mein khatak rakh tha' - That's how we are given the introduction of Narendra Damodardas Modi in Omung Kumar's biopic. Well, Bollywood is minting cash on the popular trend of biopics, and the latest one to join the bandwagon is Vivek Oberoi's 'PM Narendra Modi'. From the very beginning, the movie sets the tone that India's most powerful leader, Modi is honest and has no flaws. From 1950 to the day he took the oath as India's Prime Minister, the movie has captured all the events wherein you see the heroic side of the man who started his journey from being a 'chaiwala' to India's biggest 'chowkidar'. For Modi followers, the movie is a celebration of the man who rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in the world, from humble beginnings. © Legend Global Studio From his personal to professional life, Modi has been glorified to the fullest in this biopic. There will be moments in the movie where your heart will burst with immense pride, but this saintly tale comes off somewhat as an account told by a fanboy or in colloquial yet controversial terms, a 'Modi Bhakt'. Narendra Modi is shown as a prophet of humanity and now, we totally get why the Election Commission banned the film before the polls, as it would have garnered the PM nothing but more fan following before the results. But, we must say that the timing of the movie is still apt, as the NDA government is set to come to power again, along with Modi retaining his chair as Prime Minister. © Reuters However, the movie has whitewashed all the controversies associated with Modi, particularly the Gujarat riots. But, I am not saying the movie won't evoke a sliver of patriotism in you. Although, as a movie buff or critic, you might find it as a manipulative attempt to make Modi look like a Messiah of sorts. The first half is sort of a snoozefest as Vivek delivers a very mediocre performance. It's the second half where Vivek sinks his teeth into the character of Modi and channels the mannerisms of the Prime Minister perfectly and here's when you see the true actor in Vivek emerge. The movie falls flat, considering the dialogues which are just on your face. It seems like a pro-Modi college student has written the dialogues. For example, "mera Gujarat jal raha hai", and "akhand Bharat ki neev khadi karni hai". It's jingoistic in some ways and clearly obvious, that the idea was to just show Modi as the only hope to provide salvation to an India that is doomed. Overall, the movie can surely be an enjoyable watch for his fans, but to the critical eye, it just lacks soul.
  21. Ever since Google first announced its AR glass as an 'experimental' product, there's been a lot of hype surrounding it. But Google Glass didn't quite catch up with the public due to some obvious reasons. Well, after a few iterations, Google has now released the third-gen Google Glass with a slightly new design and improved internals. Yes, a new version of Google Glass is out now, and here's everything you need to know about it - © YouTube The new version of Google Glass is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR1, which is a chip that's specifically designed for AR and VR. These new pair of glasses also have a USB-C port for faster charging. The new glasses now run on Android and comes with support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management. As you can see, the new Google Glasses also look a little different, thanks to the new frames. Additionally, it also comes with a better camera, because why not? However, all the advancements come at a price and this one costs $999. It's still less than the original one which Google had originally shipped out, but honestly, as an average consumer, it doesn't really matter. Why? Well, that's because it's not meant to be a widespread consumer product. Google is calling it the 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2', and selling it only to business users. That being said, we really hope Google makes a version for consumers too. Like, seriously. We already have a ton of VR and AR headsets and eyewear out there in the market, with a few more slated to arrive soon. In fact, Microsoft's HoloLens 2 and Vuzix' glasses are really popular. Google's current customers and partners include AGCO, DHL Group, HB Fuller, and Sutter Health. So, a lot of people are actively using this product, and so we think it's high time we get a consumer version of this product.
  22. We love Mahendra Singh Dhoni and if you have been a regular reader of our stories, you would have an idea about how much we love him. A lot. We love him a lot. However, in this new video that surfaced online, Mahi takes some time off his busy cricketing schedule to share his plans after taking retirement from the cricketing world, which a lot of us are speculating to be immediately after the ICC World Cup 2019. “I wanted to share a secret with all of you,” the former Indian captain said in the video footage. “Right from when I was a kid, I always wanted to become an artist.” “I decided I have played a lot of cricket and it is time for me to take up what I really wanted to become so I started getting into painting,” he added. As fans of whatever 'Captain Cool' says or does on the field, we are one hundred per cent behind Dhoni and wish all the success to his desire to turn painting into a career. Having said that, it is the next part of the video which makes us feel as if 'Thala' was trolling us. I like Dhoni's helicopter shot most. But his paintings are good too.#WhyDhoniWhy pic.twitter.com/SGyWBA4sYo — Tanya Mishra (@TanyaMisti) May 20, 2019 While Dhoni shows a couple of his paintings which include sketches of a landscape, the kind we used to make in kindergarten, another one with a “futuristic aeroplane” from the year 2050 and finally a stick-figure self-portrait in his Chennai Super Kings jersey. With the excitement of a 12-year-old, Dhoni continues to show one painting after another and it is the man's simplicity that wins our hearts every single time. If the Indian wicket-keeper is serious about whatever he said in the video, then we are expecting a brilliant art exhibition sometime in the future which would consist of every idea or emotion the cricketer wanted to express through colours and surely, it will be a sight for sore eyes. Dhoni also invites the “art community” to have a look at whatever he has created till date and is open to suggestions and advice with regards to helping him better his craft. Did we mention how much we love MS Dhoni?
  23. Spoiler ahead. “You are my queen”. You can literally make a 'Game of Thrones' drinking game based on this one line because that was basically the extent of Jon Snow's dialogues this season. Jon Snow was always one of my favourite characters throughout all the seasons, and not just because he's 'pretty', but seeing him reduced to basically a 'yes, ma'am' person towards the end was disappointing to watch, to say the least. After thinking of himself as a bastard child, he found out he was the rightful heir to the iron throne and the one true king. He literally died and came back to life. But, it seemed like everything was for nothing. He has always proved how honourable he is, he's always looked out for everyone, he literally killed the person he loved because people would be better off without her. His duty became the death of his love. And, even after so much, he doesn't become the king? I know he doesn't want, he never wanted that but he was born for it and everyone whon knew about his true identity knew that and wanted him to come to power. What was the point of so much build-up regarding his identity - which even got Varys killed - when it was all forgotten immediately. Ever since Tyrion found out about Jon being a Targaryen, he wanted him to be King and own the Iron Throne and not Daenerys. But, what happened towards the end when Tyrion suggested Bran as the new king? Did he just forget that Jon exists or what? It honestly didn't make sense. I want to know why his true identity was hyped up so much for it to not even come up in the end. Only a handful people knew he was a Targaryen before he killed Dany and then the secret was just kept with the same people? No one thought of actually calling upon the true heir to take up his rightful place? Not even Sam? Then, there was the whole season cliffhanger with his death, and then him coming back to life because of the Lord of Light. We kind of saw why Beric came back to life, to save Arya so she could kill the Night King. But, what was Jon's purpose of coming back? It couldn't be to kill Dany since she probably wouldn't have become 'Mad Queen' if she never even knew who Jon was because him having a better claim to the throne than her was one of the major factors that led her to burn down King's Landing. So, his resurrection was for nothing? I can think of a couple of alternating endings for him. He could've become king after killing Dany and then just became ruthless and started killing people like her in a few years. Becoming what he once saved everyone from. It would've been such a twisted ending, but trust me, it would've been better, to be honest. Or, Drogon could've tried to kill him instead of burning down the iron throne and he could've come out of the fire unburnt since he is a Targaryen as well. Or something interesting other than just him going back to where he started - the Night's Watch, which technically shouldn't exist since the Night King is dead. It was a proper full circle for his character but I wish the writers had broken the wheel. The entire ending was a letdown after a ten-year and eight-season build-up and Jon's ending was the most disappointing for me since he deserved so much more. #JusticeForJon
  24. The way things went on with the eighth and final season of 'Game of Thrones', a show that had the potential to become the greatest television series of all time, I don't think there is a need for this, but nonetheless… ** SPOILERS AHEAD ** The final episode of the final season of Game of Thrones came out a couple of hours ago and a lot of us got up to watch the series finale at 6:30 on a Monday morning, just for the sake of finishing the series we had invested nine years of our lives in. Honestly, with the rate at which every episode of season 8 was dropping our expectations with the show, I am glad that they were able to just end it, regardless of who won the “game of thrones” and how. But because it is our duty to make the best out of waste, I shall rather focus on something that used to be good about the show and one of the very rare moments of the finale that could be compared to the better times of the past. ** AGAIN, SPOILERS AHEAD ** After Daenerys Targaryen decided to burn the entire King's Landing to a crisp, and told her lover/nephew about her plans to “liberate the entire world”, the perpetually confused Jon Snow finally decided to take a stand against the 'Mad Queen' and his aunt. “You will always be my queen,” he said as he drove a dagger into her heart, ending her short lived yet impactful reign of terror as the “Queen of the Seven Kingdoms” and ironically the “Protector of the Realm” laid motionless with streams of blood coming out of her mouth and nose. Congrats Jon, you shall now be known as 'The Queenslayer'. When the series had begun, Jaime Lannister, who used to look like Prince Charming from 'Shrek' back then, was infamous for doing the same. Stabbing the “Mad King” Aerys II Targaryen in the back, at the steps of the Iron Throne, Jaime 'Kingslayer' Lannister had saved the royal capital from Aerys' outrageous wish to be destroyed by wildfire. © HBO Now, Aerys II Targaryen looked like he was a hundred years old and we did not like him. On the other hand, we watched Dany truly evolve from a helpless little girl who “couldn't count beyond 20” to the “Mother of Dragons” and boy, did we like her. But essentially, they both wanted to do the same. If anything, Dany was worse than the Mad King because she actually succeeded in barbequing the city with Drogon's breath. So, why is it that while Jaime got to become Robert Baratheon's Kingsuard but Snow got exiled to the Night's Watch, where he's not allowed to marry or mate with anyone? Is this not the first failure of the new “King of the Six Kingdoms and the Protector of the Realm”, Brandon the Broken? The fact that a drunken ruler like Robert Baratheon had a lot more control over his army than the 'Three Eyed Raven' has to feel like a gut punch. So much for destiny.
  25. 1More is one of the pioneers when it comes to audio equipment, and they've made some stunning pairs of headphones and earphones over the years. Now, the company has launched its first pair of truly wireless earbuds called 1More 'Stylish True Wireless Earbuds'. These new pair of earbuds have a sleek water-drop design, and they come in four different colours. Much like their other headphones, even the Stylish True Wireless Earbuds are tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi. So, you can expect the audio quality to be on par with other 1More earphones, if not better. © 1More The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds comes with a charging case, just like every other truly wireless earbuds on the market. This particular charging case can also keep your earbuds charged, thanks to the built-in 410 mAh battery. According to 1More, the earbuds can last for up to 6 hours on a single charge, which is not bad at all. As for the earbuds themselves, they're packed with a 7mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm that balances powerful bass with exquisite detail. The result is crisp audio in an ultra-compact form factor. Additionally, the earbuds also cancel out environmental noise, which is always a good thing. The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds supports Bluetooth v 5.0 technology featuring aptX and AAC transmission compatible with Android and iOS. © 1More The new 1More True Wireless Earbuds are priced at Rs. 5,499 in India and you can pre-order them from 1More's official website or from a bunch of other online stores starting next month. On the other hand, if you're not particularly looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds, then be sure to check out 1More's other offerings such as the 1More Quad Driver Earphones or the 1More Stylish Dual Dynamic Driver BT.
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