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  1. Samsung has launched a wide range of phones this year thanks to increasing competition from Xiaomi and Realme in the budget segment. The brand has been experimenting with different feature offerings and has actually filled every possible price segment with a new phone. Long gone are the days of buddy TouchWiz, and the new One UI software has received a positive response so far. Today, the brand announced the launch of Galaxy M40 in India. It incorporates high-end features like a triple rear camera setup, a punch-hole front camera, and a powerful Snapdragon processor. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla To start with, it features the same design language we've seen on other M-series branded phones. It's a basic design with a focus on utility. The back houses a fingerprint scanner and other authentication methods include face unlock. The front has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340 × 1080 resolution) display that the company likes to call Infinity-O. The punch-hole is located on the top-left corner of the screen and houses a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. We've previously seen this setup on flagship phones like the S10 and S10+. It includes Screen Sound technology that enables the display panel to generate audio vibrations natively - without using a conventional earpiece. © Samsung On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 32-megapixel primary lens, 5-megapixel secondary sensor, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The camera UI consists of smart HDR, auto colour saturation, stickers, as well as beauty enhancements. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor with four cores clocked at 2.0Ghz and four cores clocked at 1.75Ghz. This is coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory, that is expandable via a microSD card. Lastly, these internals are backed by a 3500mAh battery with support for fast charging. The phone has been priced at Rs 19,990 and shall go on sale starting xx June via Amazon in India. The phone shall be competing against Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, Nokia 7.1, and POCO F1.
  2. If you look in to store windows, you'll always see perfectly carved mannequins looking at you, dressed in the latest fashion. You'd never see an 'out of shape' or a voluptuous body type that defies beauty standards on a mannequin. This certainly has created certain myths about how the world should actually perceive size and it's almost close to perfection, which shouldn't be the case to begin with. (c)Nike A Nike store on Oxford Street in London recognised that and has now installed 'plus size' mannequins to maintain regular standards of a particular body type and the mannequins cater to all women with beautiful curves. Nike has updated its women's floor in London. Includes new offerings for plus-size women and includes curvier mannequins to represent a diverse range of body types that shop the brand. pic.twitter.com/aKVDG4hIhV — Jess Golden (@JGolden5) 7 June 2019 Nike's sole aim is to promote inclusivity in sports because it's not exclusively for people who're fit or slim or have the best bodies but somehow that hasn't been a transparent aspect of any sport company and a 'perfect' body type is always projected through their adverts. Nike went a step ahead to show grassroots athletes in all body types, comfortable in their skin. “To celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of sport, the space will not just celebrate local elite and grassroot athletes through visual content, but also show Nike plus size and para-sport mannequins for the first time on a retail space.” - a poplar publication reports the ideaology behind Nike's mannequin campaign. People all over are rather impressed with what the brand is trying to promote, especially real women, who come in all shapes and sizes and work hard to keep fit and love their bodies. Nike has introduced plus-size mannequins in its London flagship store https://t.co/a58jbIy1f0 pic.twitter.com/TYHzwrLjPC — CNN (@CNN) 7 June 2019 It's more important to be healthy than it is to be skinny. Anything that promotes a healthy lifestyle is a plus in my book. Positive body image is important to mental health. Big is beautiful too. — Ian Lee Rockwell (@IanLeeRockwell) 7 June 2019 Really digging this plus size mannequin at @Nike reenforcing that big girls can be badass athletes too ð #effyourbeautystandards pic.twitter.com/ei8Vss6CIX — Femestella (@femestella) 7 June 2019 This is great. Plus size people want and need comfortable stuff to workout in. — mercedes. (@KissMyLocs) 7 June 2019 If you have a body, you are an athlete. AND: REPRESENTATION MATTERS.@Nike introduces plus-size mannequins to London store https://t.co/GtlBmuXmfn via @CNNStyle — The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) 6 June 2019 We're living in times where people are looking for inclusivity everywhere because they don't want to fall prey to standard notions about how one should look or feel or even think. And with this campaign, Nike is setting a fine example of a future that's more malleable and inclusive than judgemental and biased.
  3. The Uncharted movie adaptation has had a very rocky journey so far; however, we can finally calm down as a release date for the movie has been set. Sony has given a release date of December 18, 2020, for the movie which means we aren't that far away from seeing Nathan Drake on the big screen. © YouTube For what we know, Tom Holland will be playing Drake and the movie will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The action-adventure movie does not have a plot summary yet and it is not confirmed whether the movie will follow the plot from the video game series. Uncharted is more like a modern spin to the Indiana Jones genre where Drake and his friends go off to mysterious locations to hunt treasures. The game is known to have massive action set pieces, a lot of parkour-ing and of course some witty lines. © Sony So far there have been four main games in the Uncharted video game series starring Nathan Drake and one spin-off featuring his friends. There have been speculations that the movie will be about Drake becoming a treasure hunter. However, this is just based on speculation right now. © YouTube Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was the last instalment in the series that wrapped up Nathan Drake's story and is probably the last Uncharted game to be made by Naughty Dog. The studio has hinted that Uncharted 5 could be a possibility and may be made by a different studio. Naughty Dog is the highly acclaimed studio that made the Uncharted games and 'The Last of Us.' There is also a big screen adaptation of 'The Last of Us' in the works.
  4. Almost a week down, and yet the only thing that the tech community is talking about are the new releases by OnePlus - the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus7 Pro. While both the flagship smartphones stand as tall winners in the ultra premium segment, can we take a moment here to appreciate how the brand has set a mark in its own way, when it comes to mega launches and clever marketing strategies. Think about it - from creating curiosity and conversation on social media around the new launches to organising pop-ups around the world, this brand really knows how to make a loyal customer base for itself. This time around, the Chinese smartphone maker went all out with their global launch, and may we say what a stupendous success it really was. This was their biggest product launch that managed to create global hype that we haven't seen in the longest time. Here are 5 things from the launch you need to know about: 1. What A Turnout! Over 3,500 people attended the mega launch of the OnePlus 7 Series that happened on May 14 in Bengaluru. This was, by far, their biggest launch ever, and look what an awesome buzz they created! The OnePlus 7 Series launch took place in Bengaluru, on the 14th of May where we unveiled the new OnePlus lineup to an audience of over 3500 people. Our biggest launch ever. Here's a look into all the action.#OnePlus7SeriesLaunch pic.twitter.com/HgRag7xSD4 — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) May 19, 2019 2. Now That's Some Fan Base! The main launch event of the OnePlus 7 series took place simultaneously in New York, London, and Bengaluru. And guess what? The event was live-streamed by almost four million OnePlus fans across the globe. Now that's an overwhelming response! 3. A Complete Flagship This is the first time the brand has launched two flagship smartphones (OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus7 Pro) at the same time. In fact, we feel the OnePlus7 Pro is the most complete flagship till date. The smartphone just checks all the boxes. From opting for the immersive 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display to including the pop-up selfie camera and setting the trend of fast charging with Warp Charge technology, OnePlus7 Pro has it all. Besides, did we mention that this killer flagship comes in three unique colours including Mirror Grey, Almond, and Nebula Blue? 4. Marketing Game On Point If there is anything we should learn from OnePlus is that they have one of the smartest marketing strategies in the tech industry. They know how to get back to the basics to market their product through word-of-mouth and social media buzz. They were the first-ones to enter the market with invite-only smartphones and currently they continue to maintain that hype through their Experience Pop-Ups. We're taking things to the next level with the OnePlus Experience Pop-up. Here, you can experience the OnePlus 7 Series, just the way we want you to. For more news about exclusive offers for the day, head here ð https://t.co/vwTCgSj3Dn pic.twitter.com/Etmwby8OkE — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) May 17, 2019 5. Already A Winner! As per Amazon.in, Croma and Reliance Digital, OnePlus7 Pro is already the best-seller in the less-than-45K ultra premium segment. With the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, we became the Best Selling Ultra Premium Smartphone across @amazonIN, @cromaretail & @RelianceDigital stores. Huge shoutout to the OnePlus Community for making this happen, time and time again 𥳠Spread the word ð https://t.co/dx2AbKfsm3 pic.twitter.com/IeqL5ugFau — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) May 23, 2019 So be a part of this ever-growing community and get your hands on the OnePlus7 series here.
  5. We all have dreaded exams throughout our lives. Alright, at least most of us have dreaded examinations of any sort for a good part of our lives. But matters only got worse when we were in class 10th and 12th. The kind of accumulative pressure (but mostly expectations) from peers, family, relatives, neighbours, to even the house help, milkman and sometimes, the school caretaker, amongst many others is something that most children at that 'tender' age are not able to handle. © Getty Images As if preparing and sitting for the examinations were not enough, we even had to deal with the nasty results that haunted us even in our dreams. (Don't tell us you haven't ever had one of those). However, while students (and parents) can deal with most kinds of mess related to our report cards, the one thing that was a plain red flag was getting an 'F', that is, failing. Well, as you have already guessed from the headline of this article, this nightmare came true for hundreds of 10th class students in Gujarat yesterday. © Getty Images Out of the 8,22,823 students who appeared for the class 10th board examinations conducted by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) earlier in March, only 5,51,023 students have managed to clear the exams. If reports are to be believed, results show that not even a single student from close to 63 schools in the state have been able to clear the Secondary School Certificate examinations. The overall pass percentage came to 66.97 per cent, which was slightly lower than 67.5 per cent of last year. © Getty Images We can't even imagine what the students and their parents must be going through right now, but this also throws light on the harsh reality of the sad state of our education system in many parts of the country, which requires better and deeper intervention at the earliest.
  6. 'Mortal Kombat' is often considered to be the fighting genre game that came with a lot of controversy in its first days but also garnered a cult-like following. 'Mortal Kombat 11' redefines the genre yet again with a gripping narrative and addictive gameplay. It's got polish, loads of characters and lore that can give any single player a run for its money. Developer NetherRealm is known for making beautiful and polished fighting games which were prevalent even in the making of 'Injustice 2'. 'Mortal Kombat 11' is yet another product from the same developer but does it deliver a quality experience like 'Injustice 2'? Let's find out how the game fared during the course of our review: Simplicity Is Key A fighting game like Mortal Kombat attracts two types of players: pros and enthusiasts. In order to keep a common ground, MK11 has relatively easy controls and good mechanics that make the game enjoyable. There are four attack buttons (two for punch/kick each front/back) and is combined with some special attacks that are easy to remember if you go through the moves list. © WB Games You no longer can run during a fight which basically changes the way you now fight. You now have to time your attacks and defence with a clear basic strategy. You are better off by chaining short combos with your specials. Even the offence and defence meters have now been separated so that you concentrate on both aspects when fighting. The offence meter charges fairly quick and can be used for your specials whereas the defence meter lets you block or counter your opponent's attacks more effectively. The overall gameplay is a bit slower than previous MK games but we prefer this change. Having said that, there is a bit of complexity to the fighting technique as well if you want to pull off the more hardcore moves. You need to keep everything in mind i.e. special moves, combos, weakness and strengths in order to be the best at this game. We played the game in normal mode as we aren't the best at fighting games especially when playing higher difficulty. You can enjoy the game by just throwing kicks and special moves, but the real fun is in the challenge. Getting fatalities are probably the most exciting bit in this game as it results in some of the most gruesome gore-filled scenes we've ever seen in Mortal Kombat. The Story Mode As soon as we got done with one of the most comprehensive tutorials, we got straight into the story mode. You will embark on a journey that's filled with drama, cheesy interactions and some time travel craziness. You will meet the younger counterparts of your favourite characters along the way, as time has been manipulated by Kronika. She has decided to basically reboot time with the sole purpose of removing Raiden out of existence. © WB Games The time-travel trope is a smart way to give a tribute to Mortal Kombat's history. Liu Kang is finally an important character now and every other character gets some important moment during the course of the story. In fact, the story mode has some of the best cut-scenes we've ever seen in a game and never got bored for even a second. The game itself looks spectacular with detailed character models and some of the smoothest transitions ever. The story mode would transition into a fight without any loading screens or any sort of hiccups. The facial animations are on point and breathe life into characters. Voice acting is also on point apart from Sonya Blade who has been brought to life by Ronda Rousey. Her line deliveries and facial expressions were just weird and not at the same level as the other characters in MK11. What We Didn't Like In the “Kustomization” mode, you can gear up your character with cosmetic skins and functional gear. You cannot customise your skins according to your preference which was a bit disappointing, There are 24 characters you can customise in total and 25 if you've pre-ordered the game. You get Shao Kahn as a playable character which should have been part of the main game in the first place. You can add other things like weapons, helmets and shields but it doesn't really make a huge difference in gameplay. © WB Games Having said that, not all is peachy in this game as the grind is quite real. You will need to earn in-game stuff or currency by either beating arcade-style towers or hit up the Krypt. In the Krypt, you will have to solve a puzzle and open many “chests” by using the in-game currency. These are essentially loot boxes that will upset almost anyone who doesn't want to spend extra money. We've been playing the game for over 18 hours and still haven't managed to unlock anything meaningful. You don't have to pay any real money to open any of these chests but NetherReal is already trying to fix the long grind issue to make it faster for players to unlock items. However, it is entirely optional to go this route as you can unlock character endings from the story mode and “Klassic Towers”. The Final Say Mortal Kombat is probably the best fighting game ever made with addictive gameplay and an entertaining story mode. The mechanics in the game are crisp and easy to learn without even having played any of the previous games. The game looks absolutely beautiful and has one of the most impressive cut-scenes in a game ever. However, the microtransactions and loot box systems were a big turn off as it makes the game very grindy. To be honest, a blockbuster game like 'Mortal Kombat 11' with a massive budget needs to offset those costs somehow. It's still not the best way to go about it but I guess we will have to live with it for now.
  7. Huawei launched a new smartphone that defies everything we've known so far about smartphone cameras. At first, we didn't believe in the hype ourselves until we got to use the smartphone for ourselves. The P30 Pro can take pictures in almost every environment and can even take detailed images of the moon. The P30 pro is not only about offering great cameras, but it also features great design, awesome performance and impressive battery life. The P30 Pro may just be the perfect smartphone every company has been trying to make in the past decade. So, let's find out why the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the only smartphone you want to look at this year: Design & Display When it comes to the design of the smartphone the first thing you will notice is the gradient colours. We have seen the Chinese company breathe new life to smartphones with their Honor branded smartphones and the Mate 20 Pro, and it seems like the company is looking to continue that tradition. We got to use both the Aurora Blue and Breathing Crystal variants and they both looked absolutely stunning. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When you look beyond the colours, the Huawei P30 Pro is not particularly a small device. It has a 6.47-inch display and has curved edges similar to the Mate 20 Pro. The edges on the back of the smartphone also have a curved profile giving it a much ergonomic feel that its predecessor. Overall, the design is impressive, however, the P30 Pro is quite prone to scratches on both sides. We would recommend you use the supplied cover to protect the phone from any damages you may incur overtime. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro as it does not have the same sensors for facial recognition. Face unlock does work on the P30 Pro but it isn't as reliable as the Mate 20 Pro or the iPhone XS. The display is also used as a loudspeaker instead of having a traditional grille for audio output. You may find it weird at first, however, we got used to it in a matter of days. The AMOLED display quality is excellent where the colours are vibrant and have balanced contrasts. The sharpness is also quite impressive if you like to watch movies and play games. Having said that, we did find the hue on the display on the cooler side which could be annoying for some users. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset that is particularly fast and works in tandem with Huawei's EMUI. Having said that, EMUI is a quite bloaty skin that is particularly not clean. Even though we've not been fond of EMUI in the past, the P30 Pro comes with some cool AI features such as an AI video editor (similar to Google Photos), scene detection features for the camera app. It even comes with digital well-being features such as a downtime feature for applications. When you reach your limit for a particular app, the screen turns grey preventing you from doing what you were meant to stop. The P30 Pro also comes with another nifty feature i.e. a Digital Car Key. Basically, you can use the P30 Pro to use as a key for select Audi cars. You can even start the engine with your smartphone. Alas, we did not get to test this feature, however, you can read up more literature about this on Audi and Huawei's website Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The star attraction of the Huawei P30 Pro is its impressive camera setup. It's touted to have incredible digital photography capabilities and for good reason. The array on the back has a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens. The zoom lens on the P30 Pro is one of the most impressive sensors we've seen as it can do image stabilisation even when zoomed in well over 10x. The P30 Pro uses OIS + EIS at the same time to achieve this feat. Of course, the quality does drop down a bit when you exceed the zooming parameters, however, it is still the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. We could even capture some very accurate and detailed shots of the moon with 50x zoom. You can see the clarity in the photo samples below. Huawei has partnered with Leica to make some of the most impressive we've ever seen. The new sensors are called SuperSpectrum sensors that use RYYB instead of the traditional RGB. Yellow has been used in place of green as it can take in both red and green lights. The sensor is capable of capturing more information and clearer images. Having said that, not everything is peachy here as when you take images of flora, there is considerable saturation which is entirely accurate when it comes to real colours. The Huawei P30 Pro is also incredible at taking low-light images, especially in the night. The light sensitivity ISO goes up to 400,000 which is completely unheard of on a smartphone. You can take some incredible night shots using the Night Mode, which works similar to what you find on Google Pixel 3. It basically takes multiple frames at different levels of exposure and then combines them into a single image. The ToF sensor basically comes in handy when you want to capture the depth or take portrait images from your smartphone. It can read objects and gets a better idea of the subject in front of the camera. The ToF sensor records how long it takes for the light to hit the object in front of the smartphone. This resulted in some awesome portrait images, however, did not work as advertised in dark environments. P30 Pro Camera Samples Performance The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset which is also the Chinese company's flagship processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for gaming. We encountered no issues when it came to the smartphone's performance and gaming was a breeze as there were no noticeable frame rate drops. We managed to play PUBG in high settings but we enjoyed playing Fortnite more due to the smooth graphics. The P30 Pro also comes with a proprietary file transfer system which basically is faster in reading/write speeds than anything we've seen so far. In terms of benchmark tests, our review unit was able to achieve a score a respectable 3292 in the single-core test while it scored 9657 in the multi-core test. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery and we managed to get 8-9 hours of screen-on time. The smartphone supports 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Much like the Mate 20 Pro, you can even turn on the reverse wireless charging feature to charge other devices such as the new AirPods or the Galaxy Buds. The battery life on the P30 Pro is probably one of the best we've seen on an Android smartphone. The P30 Pro easily lasted more than 17 hours on a single charge and our usage included heavy gaming, GPS navigation, texting, internet browsing and even reverse wireless charging at times. The Final Say As smartphones get increasingly saturated, there are only a few fields left where it can be improved upon. Companies keep trying to improve mobile photography or performance or battery life but often sacrifice at least one of these key features. Having said that, the P30 Pro offers all of these features and do them well. The Huawei P30 Pro does offer the best camera on a smartphone right now and is genuinely a jack of all trades. In some cases, it's even a master of one such as low-light photography. When it comes to competition, only the Pixel 3 comes into mind that can stand up to the P30 Pro when it comes it mobile photography. For Rs 71,9990; you get the latest tech with awesome performance and extraordinary cameras.
  8. One of the world's most advanced metropolises, and one that enjoys a special soft spot with lakhs of Indians, Abu Dhabi is a hot travel destination with people from all around the world. However, with close to 33 lakh Indians calling Abu Dhabi their home, Indians do bear a special connection with the city. © Twitter So it was only a matter of time before the city also reciprocated the love Indians showered on it. True to the ideals of Pluralism that Abu Dhabi claims to uphold, the city recently left lakhs of Indians in Abu Dhabi overjoyed with the stone laying ceremony of the first-ever Hindu temple in the city. © Twitter The initial architectural layout for the temple which is being constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), looks like an architectural marvel of modern times. Much like the Akshardham Temples in India, even this one boasts of a grandeur that is capable of invoking all the Indianness one can muster, even while being miles away from one's homeland. A beautiful glimpse of the upcoming #BAPSAbuDhabi #temple via @navdeepsuri pic.twitter.com/ldV2Rsuavd — حس٠سجÙاÙÙ ð¦ðª Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) April 20, 2019 The temple is said to be symbolic of the shared friendship between Indian and UAE, and upholds the Vedic edict of 'Vasudeva Kutumbakam'. Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri was quoted as saying at the event, “When complete, this temple will symbolise the universal human values and spiritual ethos that form a shared heritage of both India and the UAE.” © Twitter As per initial reports, the temple will also serve as a cultural hub for the visitors, which will be equipped with an art gallery, halls, a library as well as a gymnasium! With its seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE, the temple will be spread across 14-acre of land and serve as a spiritual oasis set amidst the expansive desert.
  9. Wise people say "when one door closes, another opens. Success will come to you if you are brave enough to open the door and see what opportunities are waiting for you." This phrase may sure work in real life, but in the 'Conjuring' universe, if a door is closed...it's for a reason and you should really NOT OPEN the door and see what's inside. The recently released trailer of 'Annabelle Comes Home' is a haunting case study of the same. © Warner Bros. Looks like the Hollywood directors have no intention of letting us sleep in peace. If Jordan Peele's 'Us' starring Lupita N'yongo wasn't enough to haunt us and stop us from looking at the mirror, Warner Bros. made sure that you now look under your bed and inside your blanket as well before sleeping. The world's scariest doll is back in action and it only took her 2 and a half minutes to scare the sh*t out of us. © Warner Bros. The trailer begins with the Warrens bringing the Annabelle doll home, and storing her inside a protected glass in a room filled with haunted and possessed artefacts. Imagine living in a house where you have a room filled with objects that are cursed. While most of us would not want to even enter such a house, one girl was very excited to see what was inside the room and her curiosity made the whole family pay the price. Seriously, when someone asks you not to go into that room, do not go to that room! The girl not only lets Annabelle out but awakens other evil spirits locked inside as well. Annabelle targets the Warrens' daughter Judy and soon, turns her life and that of the Warrens into a living nightmare. People are clearly spooked out by the trailer, but I want to salute those brave people who are waiting for the movie to release already. Me excited to watch Annabelle Comes Home at cinema: Also me getting scared by watching the trailer (: pic.twitter.com/7AeqI3CYG8 — syaâ¤ï¸ (@creamy16_) April 1, 2019 New "Annabelle Comes Homes" Trailer Shows Why You Shouldn't Play With (Haunted) Dolls https://t.co/uYPqiBIv91 pic.twitter.com/TlmW5KX06l — elFührerRojo (@FuhrerRojo) March 31, 2019 I wish Annabelle looked more innocuous like her real-life Raggedy Ann form, but I must admit that this trailer has more than it's share of chills…. Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Official Trailer#IMDb https://t.co/rrzoAh1Lv9 — The Halloween Haunt podcast (@HalloweenHaunt) April 1, 2019 Annabelle Comes Home trailer was fucking scary ð — Nate (@iamjonhrndz) April 1, 2019 Annabelle Comes Home trailer was fucking scary ð — Nate (@iamjonhrndz) April 1, 2019 So I saw the trailer for Annabelle Comes Homes and the only thing I hope for is that it's good — Dawson Stoff (@dawson_stoff44) April 1, 2019 omg, im sooo excited for this! ANNABELLE COMES HOME - Official Trailer https://t.co/uAaJU6Vx1k — ããã (@rgtonggal) April 1, 2019 Directed by Gary Dauberman, 'Annabelle Comes Home' stars McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring). The movie is releasing on June 28 and will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
  10. Apple's 'Show Time' event last night was packed with a lot of surprises. The company launched a Netflix-killer, Oprah Winfrey was there, and Tim Cook burst into tears. But you know what else was exciting? Apple has now become a bank, and it has launched its own credit card too. That's right. Apple has introduced a new service called 'Apple Card', which is essentially a credit card that will live both virtually in Apple's Wallet app and in the physical world as this slick-looking card made out of titanium. Here, check it out - © Apple Apple says it wanted to eliminate the things that people don't like about credit cards. So with Apple Card, there's no late fees, no annual fees and no international fees. It's like the perfect credit card that's made to kill the actual credit cards. Additionally, Apple says it will also offer cashback rewards on a daily basis to Apple Card users. I mean, who would have thought that Apple, out of all the companies, will offer cashback rewards? Like, seriously. The customers using the Apple Card will be able to get 3-per cent cashback for purchases made directly with Apple. You'll also get 2-per cent via the virtual card and 1-per cent when usingthe physical card. The transactions are also a lot safer as it uses Apple's FaceID or TouchID for authorizing the payments. The laser-etched titanium credit has no credit card number, CVV, expiration date or signature. All the information is stored directly in the Apple Wallet app. The company is partnering with Goldman Sachs for the card, and Mastercard will handle the payment processing. Apple's credit card will only be available if you're an iPhone owner. iPhone users can sign up for a card in the Wallet app, and the qualified users will be approved for an Apple Card. Sadly, the Apple Card is currently limited to the US, but the company is expected to bring it to other countries where Apple Pay is available. Sadly, India isn't a part of those countries right now, but let's hope that changes soon.
  11. Recently, we shared the story of Savi Sidhu, a brilliant actor who is now working as a security guard. Savi Sidhu is known for his performance in movies like 'Patiala House', Gulaal', and 'Black Friday' to name a few. Due to his health problems and financial crisis, he had to leave Bollywood and now the man does not even have the money to buy a movie ticket. © YouTube Ever since the video featuring his life story was shared on social media, many people from the Bollywood fraternity have come out in his support. One such person is actor Rajkummar Rao, who said that he will ask his casting friends to reach out to him. © Instagram Rajkummar said that he has always admired Sidhu's work in all his films and was left inspired after reading his story. He wrote, "Very inspired by ur story #SaviSidhu sir. Have always admired ur work in all ur films. Love ur positivity. Will def ask all my casting friends to reach out to u. Thank u @FilmCompanion for sharing his story. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles." Very inspired by ur story #SaviSidhu sir. Have always admired ur work in all ur films. Love ur positivity. Will def ask all my casting friends to reach out to u. Thank u @FilmCompanion for sharing his story. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles. https://t.co/mITl3DsmzF — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 19, 2019 Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, with whom Savi Sidhu started his career in Bollywood, said "There are so many actors out there who don't have work. I respect Savi Siddhu as an actor and have cast him thrice when he earned the role. I respect him that he chose to live his life with dignity and picked a job unlike so many entitled out of work actors who have either." There are so many actors out there who don't have work. I respect Savi Siddhu as an actor and have cast him thrice when he earned the role. I respect him that he chose to live his life with dignity and picked a job unlike so many entitled out of work actors who have either — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 He even took instances of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and others, "Nawaz used to be a watchman. I used to be a waiter, I met one actor who sells bhelpuri on the streets, I know an actor from 'Black Friday' who drives a rickshaw. I have seen the great Uday Chandra who did 'Hum Paanch' and 'Khel Khiladi Ka' in my early days walking the street. This is also true for many people in all walks of life. To give an actor a role out of sympathy is insulting.” 3. I have seen the great Uday Chandra who did “Hum Paanch” and “Khel Khiladi Ka” in my early days walking the street. This is also true for many people in all walks of life. This could also be me or anyone else in the future. To give an actor a role out of sympathy is insulting . — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 The art and the artist. Savi will have to help himself. Only thing one can do is get the casting directors to audition him for him to earn the role and for that he will have to walk to that casting directors office like million others. He has made a conscious choice and .. — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 To be a watchman is a job, I don't see it as a small job or big. At least he is not begging . And I genuinely believe that charity does not make art or an artist. There are millions of stories like Savi Siddhu's. — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) March 19, 2019 Well, we hope Savi Sidhu comes back into Bollywood with a bang and continue to impress us with his work.
  12. The fourth match of the five-ODI-series between India and the visiting Australia was nothing short of a nightmare for the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who missed a couple of stumping opportunities and dropped a few catches at crucial moments of the game as the man responsible behind the wicket. The blame for the loss can't be completely shifted to Pant's head, as a series of issues occurred during the game, including misjudgement about dew at the time of the toss and Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropping back to back catches in the final overs. But because of the fact that former captain and main wicketkeeper of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not a member of the playing XI, the 21-year-old Pant became the magnet to attract all the hate for the loss. Rishabh Pant's Instagram right now. Come on Dhoni fans, He doesn't deserve this ð£pic.twitter.com/wUheEEmsEk — Abhishek (@ImAbhishek7_) March 10, 2019 This is how Pant's Instagram handle looks like ever since India's second loss of the series which tied the score at 2-2. Realising the toxicity in the air towards his ward, Pant's childhood coach, Tarak Sinha decided to speak out about the issue and call the Indian audience out on the unfair comparisons between his former student and a seasoned veteran like MS Dhoni. “Such comparisons are cropping up because, like Dhoni, he (Pant) is also a wicketkeeper-batsman. But it's unfair on him because it puts undue pressure for him to perform in a particular way, and be like Dhoni. He performs the best when his mind is free,” the seasoned coach said. Reminding one about the early days of wicketkeeping at the hands of the former skipper, Sinha said: “There's a difference between the Pant of today and Dhoni 14-years-ago when he was making his way into the Indian team. Back then, he did not come with the kind of baggage like Pant has. There wasn't any legendary wicketkeeper whom he was replacing.” “The guys back then were either Dinesh Karthik or Parthiv Patel, players younger to him. So, he (Dhoni) was free from the pressure and expectations that Pant is facing today.” What is worth commending right now is Pant's mature mentality, for he has shown zero signs of revolt or frustration towards everyone who supported him a couple of months ago during his brilliant run in Australia and turned on him instantly after a game of bad wicket keeping. Obviously, Pant is nowhere near the skill set of someone like Dhoni, but that doesn't mean that he is no good.
  13. Will the real Melania Trump please stand up? No actually, for real. Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory and this one involving the US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is a little too weird. In short, people online are convinced that Donald Trump brought along a body-double for his wife Melania and the woman in the picture is not actually FLOTUS. Yep, instead of people tweeting about #FakeNews and Donald Trump, the new big thing is #FakeMelania. While all these wild conspiracy theories are almost always bullshit, the proof for this one is right here and it's honestly a little convincing. Both of them recently visited communities in Eastern Alabama to pay their condolences after recent tornadoes hit the area claiming the lives of 23 people. This picture of them basically restarted the entire theory which first surfaced two years ago. President Trump viewing the 23 crosses representing the 23 tornado victims. pic.twitter.com/TgqkWOXLu9 — Sally Pitts (@SallyPitts_WSFA) March 8, 2019 Is it the hand-holding that's giving it away? Because, we all know how much affection they show in public. People are really doubting if it's the real Melania Trump and the hashtag #FakeMelania has started trending on Twitter again. I previously thought the #fakeMelania thing was bullshit but I actually don't think that's her. lol https://t.co/KQNekZy0pi — Danny//B ð (@OGBotterz) March 8, 2019 It's not acceptable at all. A body double for public appearances? How is this an acceptable practice? Seriously. There's a whole different level of bizarre with this family. #fakeMelania — WatchingWoman (@FerryPerson) March 9, 2019 People started investigating. Ok People! Let's list all the ways #FakeMelania is different than #RealMelania. What the hell—it's the weekend, we all deserve some downtime. I'll go first: •Chin Shape pic.twitter.com/vl3hDpMx3k — MellyMedð¦ (@mel_med_larson) March 9, 2019 It's all adding up. How about height difference? #FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/QkQqnDkN7L — Afshin Afghan (@Afshin222) March 9, 2019 The only proof we need, refer to the gif above. Proof. #FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/4vYFl0IcKx — trevor beattie (@trevorbmbagency) March 9, 2019 Wait, did someone solve it? WELL, damn...#FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/VeakxeAnKP — Liza Sabater ðµð·ð¸ð¾ð¹ (@blogdiva) March 9, 2019 What is happening? Too weird for words. Are Melania and #FakeMelania even wearing the same ring? Do secret service agents generally wear such elaborate rings on the job? pic.twitter.com/Hm784nsBNn — Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) March 9, 2019 Oh, wow. #FakeMelania The body doubles skin looks like a old saddle that been out in the elements for the past 20 years! Lol pic.twitter.com/HQzPcdSK7Z — Sandy C (@s_cala) March 9, 2019 People are being so mean to the fake Melania. The recasting of Melania is the worst I've seen since they recast Aunt Viv in Fresh Prince #fakemelania pic.twitter.com/HDIMi7FDAh — James Corscaddenð®ðªðªð¸ (@jamescorscadden) March 9, 2019
  14. When legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly said, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that” he really meant it. So, it's quite often that we see a game as small as a Sunday League one, turn into an emotionally charged affair. With tackles flying in, passionate running and heart wrenching moments, a footballer is always fighting for something more than three points. This turns to be true for every football fan as well. Frequently considered as the '12th man' of a team, football without fans would be just eleven men kicking the ball around. However, being a fan comes at a cost. Despite the sheer agony and pleasure that one feels at the special Champions League nights and at the weekends, the dark side of the game does rear its ugly head sometimes. After witnessing the historic comeback of his beloved Manchester United in Paris, a Red Devils' fan was stabbed in the chest by a taxi driver and is undergoing emergency surgery. The 44-year old fan was travelling back to the city centre with three other supporters. Angered by their celebrations, the taxi driver threatened a female passenger with a 'large blade' before turning on a male passenger and stabbing him, leaving him to fight for his life. A man was arrested by local police in connection with the incident, but no weapon has been recovered. We understand football is not 'just a game' but this guy went way too far. Actions like these are appalling and a disgrace to mankind. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and hope UEFA & FIFA will make joint efforts in order to ensure the safety of travelling fans in future.
  15. If you're a football fanatic, you know it's that time of the year. Champions League? Of course. Premier League? Totally. Domestic cup competitions? Hell yeah! But what all of this brings in is frustrating, controversial and game-changing decisions from the referees. © Manchester Evening News Agreed, they're only human so they can make mistakes but if various footballing theories are to be believed, sometimes the bogus decisions are given just to influence the overall look of the season or worse, a referee hunting for the limelight. Whether it's Chelsea getting robbed of second straight Champions League final (2009) because of atrocious refereeing or Bayern Munich being denied clear penalties against Real Madrid, we've seen it all. Quite often UEFA has been branded 'UEFALona' and 'UEFAMadrid' just to showcase the organization's sudden 'soft corner' for the Spanish clubs. And it was hard to disagree with. Chelsea vs Barcelona semi-final was said to be doctored by UEFA itself, in order to avoid an 'all English finale' (Manchester United other finalists) for two years in a row, thinking it'll affect the popularity as well as TV ratings of the competition. With the introduction of VAR) (Video Assistant Referee) in Champions League, it was a different ball game (pun intended) last night. VAR is just like DRS in cricket but for football. © Reuters In one of the most anticipated ties of the round of 16, Atletico Madrid faced Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano. It was merely 27 minutes on the clock when Atletico was awarded a penalty for De Sciglio's alleged foul on Diego Costa. The decision was correctly overturned by VAR since the foul happened outside of the box. That was not the only contribution of Video Assistant Referee as it again came to Juventus' rescue, this time Alvaro Morata's thumping header gave Atletico the lead before VAR intervened and decided against it. © Manchester Evening News VAR's influence was felt 1800 kms North of Madrid in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) as well. Schalke were the clear underdogs coming into this match, thanks to their plummeting domestic form under manager Domenico Tedesco. After conceding an early goal due to defensive chaos, the German side came back in the contest when VAR awarded Schalke a penalty, after Nicolas Otamendi handled the ball, which was earlier denied by the on-field referee. However, a decision like this couldn't help Schalke deal with City's immense quality as the English club cruised to victory even with down to 10 men. After a successful World Cup, VAR has proven time and again that it is what 'the beautiful game' needs in order to keep it fair. The only concern is that it is a machine and chances of a machine failing are very high. On average it takes only about a minute or so for VAR to arrive at a decision but last night it took about three, which is a lot considering the quick nature of football and how you only need a second to change the game. Although UEFA clarified that the delay was caused because of the faulty pitch side monitor, but delays like these cannot be ignored. All in all, VAR has its pros and cons but one thing that it can guarantee is extinction of infamous moments like Hand Of God, Neuer's Ghost Save Vs England, Thiago Motta's Red Card Vs Barcelona and many more. Here are the best Twitter reactions on VAR from last night. This match is the best advertise for VAR. Great stuff. — hash (@hashim0307) February 20, 2019 I've no problem with the decisions VAR made but Jesus Christ it cannot take that long, like many have said, if it takes over 2 and half minutes to figure out it definitely isn't clear and obvious — Camobabo (@CamoBabo) February 21, 2019 #VAR is just like giving a kid a gun !!!! — khalid alkhattaf (@AlkhattafKhalid) February 21, 2019 What a phenomenal game #ATLJUV was. But I'm still and never will be a fan of #VAR — Michael Constantinou (@theGroupMikeC) February 21, 2019 The hand ball rule is stupid. Judging whether or not something is deliberate when the ball is travelling that fast is impossible. With VAR I'd expect them to have a better understanding but obviously not. — Calum (@CalArsenal) February 21, 2019
  16. Ali Fazal has been a known face for quite a while now. But after the roaring success of Amazon Prime's web series 'Mirzapur' for his role as Guddu Pandit along Vikrant Massey, Ali Fazal is here to stay. Having appeared in Bollywood movies like '3 Idiots' and movie franchise 'Fukrey' to his role in the popular International movie franchise 'Fast and Furious 7', Ali has sure come a long way. As excelling in the acting department appears to be his top priority, his style game isn't too far on the list. Ali Fazal has been serving looks that are high-rated on the fashion radar lately. Here are 10 times Ali Fazal proved he's not a 'Fukra' when it comes to fashion: 1. That psychedelic jacket is so dope! View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Nov 19, 2018 at 8:54am PST 2. Channelling your inner Colombian drug lord style can never be a bad thing. Loving them retro vibes! View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Nov 14, 2018 at 7:56am PST 3. One can never go wrong with an all-white Lucknowi outfit! View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Nov 2, 2018 at 9:35pm PDT 4. Nothing like an outfit with many shades of blue to beat them Monday blues, right? Ali agrees! View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Oct 26, 2018 at 9:51pm PDT 5. Let Ali Fazal teach you how to rock a hoodie with a blazer. Best of both worlds, for sure! View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Oct 23, 2018 at 1:44am PDT 6. Not everyone can pull off those sunnies like a goddamn star! View this post on Instagram A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Jan 29, 2019 at 9:07am PST 7. The chain detail on the vest and the pink tinted sunnies add a whole new level of class. Now that's how you carry a three-piece suit like a boss! View this post on Instagram A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Dec 2, 2018 at 9:25am PST 8. Need tips on how to ace the denim on denim look? Ali's your man. View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Oct 8, 2018 at 3:43am PDT 9. Stripes with a side of grunge is all one can ask for! View this post on Instagram A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:26am PDT 10. While choosing Indianwear, don't shy away and opt for bold, solid colour options. This looks red hot! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anisha Gandhi (@anishagandhi3) on Feb 13, 2019 at 10:57pm PST
  17. Yesterday, on February 14, the nation was painted red with blood as more than 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were martyred in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The death toll is on a constant rise as the injured soldiers continue battling for life. © AP From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood celebrities to commoners; the nation is mourning the death of these bravehearts. The families of martyrs have sunk in deep shock and no amount of words can ever console those hearts that are weeping for their loved ones, who were killed in Pulwama. Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019 However, no matter how tough the times have been, people from across the country have always stood in solidarity with each other and this time too, they are paying their tributes to the martyrs by coming forward to provide financial help to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives. In 2017, actor Akshay Kumar along with the Central Government launched 'Bharat Ke Veer', an initiative to pay homage to the bravehearts who lost their lives in the line of duty. In this initiative, one can help the families financially, by donating either using the app or the website bharatkeveer.gov.in. © YouTube Apart from 'Bharat Ke Veer', the organisation 'Milaap' has also started a fundraiser to help the families affected by the terror attack. Actor Kunal Kapoor too posted on social media about his campaign 'Ketto', urging people to come forward and support the martyrs' kin. My heartfelt appeal to people, to come forward & support @ketto for their campaign to rehabilitate the families of @crpfindia martyrs. India, lets stand up for those who gave their lives for our safety. Jai Hind ð®ð³ — kunal kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) February 15, 2019 You too can contribute to these fundraisers and prove that nothing can break the nation's spirit in these dark times.
  18. Whenever it comes to styling outfits be it formal or casual wear, every little detail matters. Your outfit can be one to remember or a hit-and-miss, all because it wasn't accessorized well. Accessories like your belt, socks, jewellery, shoes play a vital role in taking an outfit from basic to next level. Accessories are often taken as an optional thing when it comes to putting an outfit together. Often we don't realize the errors that we make while matching one's accessories. Such a minimal step can transform your whole look and be the difference between a plain old meeting and a kickass first impression. Here are 4 guidelines one must consider sacred when it comes to matching accessories: 1. Match Your Belt To Your Shoes © Instagram @kartikaaryan Let's start with accessory basics, shall we? Most men know this rule already but do they actively consider it while dressing up? Here's why this is a crucial step in accessories. You need to match your belt to your shoes. Like a black belt, shoes should be worn with black shoes, a brown belt should be worn with brown footwear. Making the look uniform in colour keeps the aesthetic on point and makes you look professional. 2. Select The Right Tie © Instagram @ishabhansali Matching one's tie to their outfit is an essential step. Any old tie thrown on a shirt wouldn't compliment your outfit unless it goes with the colour scheme of the look. The right tie should stand out but have some elements of the theme of the outfit. Be careful while choosing a printed tie and remember to go for darker colours as they are more versatile. Also, your pocket squares should match your tie in some way or the other. Be it the same colour, print or pattern. 3. Matching Metals Is A Thing Too © Instagram @alifazal9 Yes. You read that right. Be it the frame of your glasses, watch, cufflinks or belt buckle, metals play an important part in making your outfit look as coherent as possible. Make sure it's all from the same metal family as shiny objects draw attention and are easily noticeable. This step would add finesse and symmetry to your outfit. Mind your metals, lads! 4. Choose The Right Sunnies © Instagram @vickykaushal09 Sunglasses are not just for the sun, they contribute an extra layer of style to your outfit. Choose your sunnies according to the setting you're planning to wear them in. The tint of your sunglasses should compliment the colour scheme of your outfit and make you stand out. Choose a rectangle or an aviator in a light tint for formal occasions and reflective sunglasses in a round or wayfarer style for more casual outings. See? It's the little details that separate boys from men.
  19. As 2018 nears the end, we're quickly scrambling through the remains and making our way to a brand new succulent year. Not that 2018 wasn't good enough. Of course, it was. It gave us an absolute semblance of resolutions, we may have sought years before, but couldn't get ourselves to. Yes, I am outrightly talking about the very capable and famous #MeToo movement and the repercussions it had on 2018. © Twitter For me, #MeToo is not a 'movement' so to speak. It's an emotion. You may wonder why I am putting such a heavy tag on it. I call it an emotion only because it comes and it goes, as any other emotion would. A movement has a timeline, it stays in flux and goes away when the time is over for it. However, #MeToo is different. It's expressing your deepest intent whenever an emotional upheaval leaves you grappling for a resolve. It makes you establish contact and caresses your fear and lets it leave you be. That's what the women, who stood their ground and spoke about their experiences on a public forum believe, and it makes complete sense this year. © Twitter Although the movement started in the USA, India has also been a flag bearer, bearing all the powerful yet intense narrations that became an intrinsic part of our everyday survival. So, to format everything in lieu of the year we all just went through, here's a gushing reminder that no matter what, the #MeToo phenomenon is here to stay and it'll never break its tangibility. Here are 12 utmost pioneers of the #MeToo movement in India, who gave their stories life: (1) Tanushree Dutta, Actress She was the first to come forward this year and start traction about the movement, while naming and shaming one of the well established veteran actors Nana Patekar. This is what gave light to many other women who wanted a similar platform to narrate their stories. © Indiatime (2) Vinta Nanda, Writer-Producer A veteran writer-producer of the Avante-Garde 90's show Tara, has accused Alok Nath of sexually violating her almost two decades ago. It was a phenomenal stance she took but her story was heartbreaking, to say the least. © Twitter (3) Pallavi Gogoi, Priya Ramani & Ghazala Wahab, Journalists The three and of course many others came out with detailed accounts of alleged sexual misconduct carried out by MJ Akbar when he was at a senior editorial position at many media houses. Akbar though in denial of the charges filed a case of defamation against Priya Ramani, while the Editors Guild Of India has asked him to withdraw his defamation against the journalist. © Twitter (4) Nisha Bora, Journalist Jatin Das the artist/painter has been accused of sexual harassment by four women, out of which Nisha Bora happens to be the first, who assisted him around 1999-2000. Jatin Das denied the allegations stating he has nothing to do with these and that he's never met these women. © Twitter (5) Saloni Chopra & Simran Suri, Actresses The two actresses came out with their story stating Sajid Khan the famous director who sexually harassed them. Sajid has not accepted any of the accusations and has stated that he's waiting for the 'truth' to come out. Well, little does he know, the truth is already out! © Twitter (6) Payal Rohtagi, Actress Another actress accused Dibakar Banerjee, the director, of sexual misconduct in lieu of a film he wanted to cast her in, in 2011. He'd asked her to 'lift her shirt and show her stomach to him'. Payal was treated as an outcast in the industry when she made a noise about this back then and she didn't get a chance to audition for anything, again. © Twitter (7) Kangana Ranaut, Actress She came out speaking up against director Vikas Bahl and how he used to 'bury his face in her neck' and 'hold her really tight'. Even earlier he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2015 in Goa by a former employee of the film collective Phantom Films. © Twitter (8) Shweta Pandit, Singer Singer Shweta Pandit accused music director Anu Malik of sexually harassing her when she was 15! Alisha Chinai came forward to support the singer too and stated that every word written about Anu Malik is true. © Twitter (9) Sona Mohapatra, Singer The singer spoke up about Kailash Kher's misconduct towards her, claiming he once placed his hands on her thighs, without her permission. Apart from her, a female journalist came forward too and stated Kailash had misbehaved with her as well. He has obviously denied every accusation. © Twitter (10) Natasha Rathore, Filmmaker The filmmaker was sexually harassed by ad-man Suhel Seth. Seth is yet to issue a statement to clear the matter. © Twitter (11) Nishtha Jain, Film Maker The filmmaker came out with her story and accused journalist Vinod Dua of making lewd jokes, demeaning her during a job interview and trying to grab her against her will. © Twitter (12) Kaneez Surka The comedian accused a fellow comedian of forcibly kissing her on stage without her consent, using her tongue. Even though it was done by a woman, it still falls under misconduct because it was done sans consent. © Twitter India has been mighty brave in calling out some of the predators. While some women went all rogue with calling out the names of the men who've abused them, most of them were anonymous while they called the accused out. Whatever the case is, India is soon realising the importance of such a movement and believes it's not just to give them a judicial recourse but to name and shame them publicly so they're not acknowledged as respected citizens anymore. We're hoping more women come out and speak openly and boldly about men who've tried to tarnish their image and their soul. Here's to a more progressive nation and it's ideologies!
  20. As we near the end of the year, we're beginning to analyse how 2018 was for relationships. While some of them lasted longer than they should have, some saw a sad demise while the others made it to the apparent end goal- marriage. I would say 2018 was a mixed bag for relationships, where couple goals made an entry into the graph as non-reluctantly as possible. Although I'd also like to believe 2018 was the year for single people, who merely put themselves out there and probably faced the onslaught of a singleton as and when they had to. Maybe 'onslaught' is too harsh a word since single people have really lived up to their vices this year. © Thinkstock Interestingly, a popular online dating portal called OkCupid released some statistics and data on relationship movement and behaviour in 2018 and some of it was quite accurate from what I know. They definitely dismiss the theory of '2018 is the year for single people' and use data that are relevant for couples who love to spend time together. For those couples who met on the dating app, it was a thrilling year, to say the least. There were recounts of what they love doing together, where they like holidaying or have been throughout the year and what they individually like about each other. © Pintrest One thing that really caught our attention though, was something really specific the millennials like to indulge in, as a romantic gesture. The findings narrate that couples today like to indulge in an immense amount of PDA (public display of affection) and aren't shy or ashamed to proclaim their love for one another, in front of an audience. Of course, they don't want to see someone indulging in PDA, but when it comes to them, they're really big on PDA nowadays. According to the given data, 31% of men and women alike are big on PDA and aren't afraid or shy at showing off their physical affection in public one for each other. Another major indulgence we found through their data was men and women who like to pamper their respective GFs and BFs are more successful in their relationships. I guess PDA is a prominent part of that. According to OkCupid, 79% of men and women love to pamper their SOs silly. Which leads to healthier relationships with adequate attention given to both the individuals in the relationship. © Pintrest The new millennial dating structure is trying to ape the quintessential old-school methods of being around a partner and making relationships last. Earlier on, when dating techniques were relatively new, everything was a swipe away and fastidious. Millennials, this year, are learning to slow down with their respective relationships and care for the smaller things in life like pampering each other or showing an immense amount of physical love, publicly. Another aspect that came about on dating in 2018 was the couple's therapeutic release-travelling together. According to the given data, a lot of couples take travelling together as an undisputed way to spend time with each other. Goa happens to be the chosen destination of the year by most couples and a lot of them prefer stay-cations, where they can spend quality time together, just staying put in one place-like the couch and having a good time. © Pintrest Real-time relationships did see a bit of dynamic change in 2018, wherein men and women both mustered the will to do things a little more old-school than what we've been seeing as relationship trends. So, if you ever want to indulge in a long-term relationship and keep your partner happy, maybe spend a lot more time vacationing with them or travelling as a whole, pampering them and, of course, not limiting your sense of PDA, every once a while, whenever you get a chance to!
  21. DC vs. Marvel is the battle that will never end. We have equally enthusiastic fans on both sides that have their valid points to prove who is better. But there is one superhero that no one hates. The one who is admired by all! We can safely say that he's the Rahul Dravid of the superhero franchise. Yes, we're talking about the one and only, 'Batman'! Let's try to decode why he is loved by all: 1. The Relatable Humanity In the super-heroic world full of demigods and super-humans, we have a human being who is doing everything he can to save his city – Batman. We like him because he's fully human. He's the superhero who doesn't have any superpowers and still rose above all. He neither comes from an alien planet nor does he have a magic ring to give him superpowers. He is just a man who fought his weaknesses to be compared to the mighty superheroes. Not just compared, but he did beat the God himself! Remember 'Batman vs. Superman'? 2. The Self-Made Man Kal-El was gifted with the strength of steel which made him Superman. Peter Parker got lucky and became Spiderman. But Bruce Wayne became a superhero on his own. He overcame his fears, fought his demons, left his lavish home, learned martial arts and came back to save his city as Batman! Bruce saw his parents getting killed. He was raised by his butler. He had more money than anyone could think of. Yet he chose a different lifestyle. Remember how Nolan's Bruce maintained a playboy image to avoid suspicion of him being the Batman? That was because people expected him to be a millionaire playboy! And no one would have blamed him had he been one. But he chose a different path and served his city. 3. The Never Say Die Attitude It is easier to fight when you're a demigod or a superhuman as you know it is next to impossible to kill you. But fighting, getting defeated and getting up again to fight when you're human, is commendable. Bane almost broke Batman. Not just his spine, but his spirit too. Yet, Batman came back, stronger than ever. “I do fear death. I fear dying here while my city burns and there's no one to save it.” 4. Being The Dark Knight Batman has his own shades of life. He has his flaws and limitations. His darkness is quite alluring. The 'man' has comrades who can fly, run faster than light, read minds and yet he is the one who intimidates them when he walks into the room. Such is his persona! Batman could have been a vengeance-seeking hero who kills people. But he controlled his inner darkness and didn't let his human side go. That's what we love about him. He didn't leave his roots, he didn't forget what his father taught him. He still remained a human, despite being a superhero! As we grow up, we realise that there's no magic in this world which can make our problems go away. And there's no sky out of which a man in blue will come to save us. It is us who have to get up, take a stand, and fight our battles. Just the way Batman did. Maybe that's why we can relate to Batman more than any other superhero. Maybe that's why we love Batman more than any other superhero!
  22. When it comes to smartphones, you can never find the right blend that does almost everything perfectly. Either a smartphone has a great camera and lacks in performance or it does not have adequate battery life. There are only a few smartphones out there that deliver an all-around experience and Huawei's Mate 20 Pro is amongst them. We've been using the smartphone for a few weeks and can only describe the smartphone as 'near perfect'. The Mate 20 Pro is a marvel that brings new features that makes a smartphone exciting. It looks beautiful and performs like a beast when it needs to. Let's find out why the Mate 20 Pro is the almost perfect smartphone of 2018: Design Language and Display MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to design, the Mate 20 Pro has a similar vibe like other Huawei smartphones that have launched this year; however, it does resemble the Galaxy S9+ in terms of look and feel. It as curved edges and an all screen design with a rather small notch. It's striking in terms of looks and is narrower than other smartphones we've used this year. It fits snug in your arms and can easily fit your pockets thanks to the 6.39-inch display that isn't too overbearing. The smartphone also has atlas back with “hyper-optical pattern” that makes it easier to hold and prevent fingerprint smudges. This pattern at the back makes it less slippery than other all-glass smartphones; however we still recommend you use the supplied case for better protection. MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Huawei has removed the headphone jack and instead uses the USB-C port for transmitting Digital audio. The phone also does not have any visible speakers as it channels the sound through the same USB-C port. At first, you will feel weird listening to music or making a loudspeaker call however in time you get used to the sound. The Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39-inch OLED display that has Quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is by far one of the prettiest screens we've used. It has a resolution of 1,400 x 3,120 resolution with a very sharp 539 PPI. Naturally, anything we viewed on the smartphone looked extra lush and vivid. The contrast on this panel is perfectly marked when watching HDR content and the colour reproduction was accurate as one would expect from a high-grade OLED panel. Performance The Mate 20 Pro is also a beast when it comes to performance. It has Huawei's proprietary 7nm Kirin 980 processor. The new SoC has some drastic improvements in performance that is well reflected in the Mate 20 Pro. In terms of performance, it is one of the fast Android smartphones we've used this year and sometimes beats the OnePlus 6T as well. The chipset has been crippled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We experienced no lag while launching apps and multi-tasking. Gaming on the smartphone was a delight and gave us the extra as we did not experience any frame rate drops or even battery life issues. MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Speaking of battery, the Mate 30 Pro is outfitted with a 4,200 mAh battery that lasted at least 19 hours on a single charge. We used the smartphone for gaming, internet voice calls, Youtube Videos, Navigation, Social Media and hours of listening to music over Bluetooth. Huawei has also included a 40W fast charger in the box that essentially charged the phone to 70% in 37 minutes. In about an hour, the smartphone gets fully charged and is ready to go again. You can even use the smartphone to wirelessly other smartphones. A near feature we used during our travels to the U.S. We used the Mate 20 Pro to wirelessly charge our iPhone XS Max and still had enough juice left to use the phone for another 4 hours. Biometrics The Mate 20 Pro comes with two ways to unlock the device i.e. with face recognition and the in-display fingerprint sensor. The 3D IR face-scanning system works exactly as it does on the iPhone X/XS. It basically projects IR dots onto your face to recognise every single facial feature. The facial recognition feature works as advertised and works even in low-light environments. In fact, it is so fast that you don't even realise the device has already scanned your face. It doesn't even give you an opportunity to use the in-display fingerprint sensor. MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The in-display fingering sensor is embedded underneath the screen just like on the OnePlus 6T and Vivo Nex. It lights up the area where one needs to place their thumb in order to unlock the smartphone with this method. We used this unlocking method in a completely dark environment when the 3D IR face-scanning system could not recognise our face or while driving. It's a neat feature to use when you are distracted and don't want to look at your phone when unlocking. You will also end up using this feature for authentication on certain apps like PayTM. You need to be a little more precise when placing your thumb; however, it still works as fast as the OnePlus 6T. Camera MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This is the marquee feature of the Mate 20 Pro that made us fall in love with the smartphone. It has a triple camera setup that has arranged in a 4x4 matrix along with the LED flashlight. The main camera is 40 megapixels, the ultra-wide is 20-megapixels and a third eight-megapixel telephoto camera. The cameras support 0.6 to 5x optical zoom and can go up to 10X with digital zoom. In terms of camera quality, the camera is capable of taking pictures with copious amounts of detail and has impeccable colour accuracy. Low-light performance is out of this world especially when we used the dedicated night mode. The camera can also identify objects using Huawei's AI mode called HiVision. We used it to identify a Christmas tree and it worked like a charm. It does, however, identify a few things incorrectly which will probably be fixed in the next update. Having said that, the Mate 20 Pro can sometimes take over saturated pictures when it uses Master Ai to tweak pictures. You can always disable this mode if you prefer taking natural looking shots. Here are some of our camera samples that will give you a better idea: The #HuaweiMate20pro is a beast when it comes to night photography. Shot this at 4 am outside my hotel. pic.twitter.com/2CuxkMwVrU — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 28, 2018 Damn I'm loving the camera on the #HuaweiMate20pro pic.twitter.com/ndKIoQrmIu — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 28, 2018 Some more images I shot using the #huaweimate20pro pic.twitter.com/CHHR6iwGKv — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) December 2, 2018 The Final Say The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is by the only smartphone we've used this year that delivers everything it advertises. The only thing we did not like about the smartphone was it's UI and gestures. Having said that, it's subjective according to one's taste and one can even use other launchers on top to give it a more refined experience. Having said that, the Mate 20 Pro is everything you expect from a flagship smartphone; it delivers amazing photos, performs like a beast and has amazing battery life. It has a very accurate 3D face recognition system and a powerful processor. The display on the smartphone is a delight to use and consume content and it can even charge other phones wirelessly. The Mate 20 Pro is the smartphone we wanted all year and Huawei has finally delivered a device that is near perfect. It retails in India for Rs 69,990 and is certainly not cheap but it is packed with features that justify the high price. If you are an Android lover and want the ultimate phone of 2018/2019, the Mate 20 Pro should be your next purchase.
  23. Periods. Menstruation. Menses. Catamenia. Masika. No matter which term you choose to pick in order to communicate anything related to this basic biological process in women, you'll be met with a lot of wagging tongues and disapproving looks from men and women alike. The rebuke, disapproval and judgement take on a whole different look when you are a woman openly engaging in a discourse pertaining to a matter that's as real a part of your world, as is breathing. Something that affects a woman's life from puberty till menopause. On the other hand, men who encourage open discussions around menstruation are met with traumatised expressions, suggestive taunts and even resistance to a great extent. However, before we move any further, there are a few facts that the naysayers and sceptics need to consider before disregarding this story as yet another feminist piece of writing. © Thinkstock For something as significant as a period to a woman, it is appalling to see that 71% of girls in India have no knowledge about menstruation before their first period (Menstrual Health Report-FSG). Another UKAID survey found that 10% of the Indian girls thought menstruation was a disease, while 87% of the girls in the rural and semi-rural sector have no knowledge about the purpose of menstruation as a biological process (UnicefMHM). The underlying reason behind it all is that mothers and other women around these girls, shy away from discussing periods with them. With such a drastic breach in awareness amongst girls and women who are directly affected by periods, one can only wonder about the depth of ignorance the men in our society might be subjected to regarding this issue. Period being a taboo in our country is no news to us. The term and anything to do with it is supposed to be kept under wraps at all times. It is often also treated as an excuse to label bleeding women as impure and inept by the ones with little (or no) mental prowess or awareness. © Thinkstock Take the uproar against the Sabarimala Temple verdict for instance. Smriti Irani's stunted comment on the issue only underlines the larger reality of how disengaged and misinformed we are as a society. When educated grown-ups come across as disappointments who seemed to have missed out on civilisation, the future seems pretty bleak. But, hold up, there exist numerous men scattered around the country, who are breaking away from the taboos, one digression at a time. From a class of young 13-year-olds to grown-up men who are consciously making an effort to bring about a change, we have come a long way. In her recent column in The Indian Express, journalist and deputy-editor Shalini Langer shared an account involving her daughter and her classmates(consisting of both girls and boys) at Shri Ram School, Moulsari, who decided to keep a period box in their classroom for the ease of the young girls. A 'period box' in classroom. Could we ask for more? Shout out to my daughter Medini, her friend Nairah, their Class 8 E, their teacher Janani Iyer, and Shri Ram School, Moulsari. Minister @smritiirani, meet some leaders https://t.co/sb3rGRKVmq — shalini langer (@shalinilanger) October 25, 2018 After a lengthy discussion around menstruation and what it means to the young girls, the boys raised their own queries, which were addressed by the girls and teacher present in the class. Post the dialogue, the boys decided that keeping a period box in the class was indeed in the best interest of their female classmates. Another instance of men trying to bring about a change in people's mindset and cast away the blinds of societal taboo is the story of this Mumbaikar, who believes ours is the generation which can break the stereotypes around periods and create a new normal. Read his fresh perspective and active thinking, which is also reflective of how we are maturing and evolving as a generation. View this post on Instagram “I come from a simple middle class family. My mom got married when she was 18 and had me by 19. She's always been a very shy person.. So when she needed pads, she'd send me to bring them. The 1st time, I was 8 years old when she wrote it down on a piece of paper and sent me to the medical store. I had no idea what pads were & when I gave the note to the pharmacist, he looked shocked! He packed the pads under a layer of newspapers and told me to hide it under my shirt and rush home. But I got curious and threw the newspapers on the way… everyone stared at me weirdly, my mother was surprised to see me bring her pads so openly, but it didn't affect me. In fact, from then on - I went to buy her pads whenever she couldn't go. A few years later, she explained to me what menstruation was and why pads were taboo. By then, it was very normalised in my house but I suppose it wasn't for others. In school, a girl stained her skirt. She had to face a class full of students pointing and laughing at her while she was stuck to her bench, too scared to move. I held her hand and went with her to get help, worrying about what the teacher might say but, she just patted my back and told me she was proud of me. My life has been shaped by incidents like these, and each time I'm taken aback by the reactions people have about something as natural as periods… In my family, I wasn't told that menstruating is 'weird' or 'dirty.' It's a normal, body function. Why make it into something more? The way I see it, this generation is about breaking stereotypes, no matter how long it takes. If we start being open about it, eventually it's going to be normalised. I was constantly asked, 'Why are you doing a girl's work?' or 'why are you touching pads?' It doesn't bother me. Women have it tough enough as it is, keeping a straight face while going through so much pain. They have to suffer the pressures at school, work, home -- Why add to that? We need to not worry about what people might say. Menstruation is normal, and sanitary pads are a necessity. Isn't it sad that it's easier for a man to buy condoms than it is for a woman to buy pads?” A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Sep 28, 2018 at 5:34am PDT The co-founder and president of Muse, Nishant Bangera, is also the mastermind behind the initiative 'Maasika Mahotsav' which aims to normalise menstruation, initiate a discussion around it, and thus help to banish the taboos and “shame” that is attached to it. Speaking about the kind of progress Indian men have made when it comes to their understanding of menstruation, Nishant told MensXP that, “there has been a considerable amount of change(in outlook) in the urban areas. Whereas in the rural and semi-urban areas the taboos are still very prevalent.” He also pointed out that the said taboos are stronger in these areas because of the men. For instance, “the men in these areas tell their mother that you're not supposed to touch me,” he said. On the other hand, he points out that, “the urban, tech-savvy crowd is changing and they are more open to having a discussion and actually listening to the other side of the story”. © Pixabay However, he also adds that the older generation of women in the urban areas are gradually opening up to the changes that surround the issue. They open to discussing periods at home, however, “they are still concerned about things such as not entering the temple, not touching certain things or participating in certain activities, which is in a way prohibiting their younger generation from shedding the stereotypes.” Nishant also believes that our generation is playing a pivotal part in this shift. “On one hand, we have the older generation that is gradually opening up, and on the other, we have the upcoming generation which is more vocal and accepting.” We agree to what Nishant said, and believe that we have come a long way given the circumstances religion and customs have established for us, but there's still a long way to go.
  24. Just like India and Pakistan, Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi share a rivalry like no other in international cricket. No one can possibly forget their explosive on-field exchange which had set the tempers soaring during the 3rd ODI between India and Pakistan at Kanpur in 2007. While Gambhir is potentially out of contention of making the Team India cut, Afridi has already called time on his career. But, despite being away from international cricket, their rivalry transcended off the field after the former Pakistani cricketer publicly claimed that he will never be seen hanging out with the Delhi opener. The present-day scenario is no different and there is no love lost between the two cricketers. On 3 April, when Afridi was battling serious backlash from the Indians following his insensitive comments on the ongoing dispute in Kashmir, the Delhi Daredevils (DD) captain wasted no time in taking a pot shot at his old nemesis. Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What's there to say? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!! — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 3, 2018 Taking to Twitter, Gambhir wrote: "Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What's there to say? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!". Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed? — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 3, 2018 Earlier in the day, Afridi became the subject of immense criticism for his insensitive tweet about Kashmir where he labelled Indian army as an "oppressive regime". "Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?," he tweeted. Afridi's tweet was in reference to the series of counter-insurgency operations in three different areas of South Kashmir on Sunday. Indian armed forces handed a major setback to the terror groups in the Valley. A total of 12 terrorists were gunned down in what turned out to be one of the biggest counter-offensives against terrorist outfits in recent times in Kashmir. The operations rendered a severe blow to terror groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, but it sadly came at a cost of five lives. Two civilians and three Army jawans lost their lives during the gruelling operations. While the details on how or why the two civilians were killed isn't revealed, the demise of the three Army soldiers once again highlighted the never-ending sacrifices they make to keep us safe.