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  1. Gaming as an industry is one of the fastest growing markets and it seems like big tech giants like Apple are also part of the phenomenon. Gaming companies like Sony and Microsoft have generally been known as the two giants in gaming, thanks to their consoles and exclusive games. However, Apple is also now amongst the top five publicly traded gaming entities. © Epic Games According to a report by Newzoo, Apple is amongst the top five companies that contribute to the gaming industry. Apple may not cater to hardcore gamers like Sony and Microsoft, however, the company has amassed a firm position thanks to casual gamers on iPhones. Apple is just behind Tencent, Sony, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The report adds that the top 35 public gaming companies have generated almost $114 billion in 2018 as the top five have generated 43% of the collective revenue. © YouTube Apple has managed to rake in $2.09 billion just from gaming in the first quarter of 2018 and the number is expected to rise this year thanks to its upcoming Apple Arcade service. Newzoo estimates Apple earned $9.453 billion from games during 2018. Previously, Apple has relied on microtransactions from games to generate a high income; however the company is now moving forward with a subscription service that will offer exclusive games in order to depend less on the microtransactions business model. © Pexels The report also said that mobile gaming is the largest segment in the mobile industry and expects more PC gamers to switch in 2019. Source: Newzoo
  2. iTunes is regarded as one of the most iconic music applications, that has been a part of Apple's ecosystem for 18 years. It was initially used to manage music for Apple's iPod and iPhone products and later became a comprehensive store for selling music, movies and TV shows, that was later expanded to devices such as the iPad and Apple TV. However, reports are now suggesting that the Cupertino giant is now going to bid goodbye to the iconic application and replace it with existing applications that support subscription services. © Apple Bloomberg reports that Apple is expected to announce three separate apps for music, TV and podcasts that will basically replace the iTunes store. The move is said to come to streamline content on separate platforms. Apple has already announced a new Apple TV+ service and it seems like it may be the reason for the shutting down of iTunes. The move is expected to be announced tonight at Apple's annual WWDC event. Currently, the iTunes application is only available on MacBooks and iMacs as iPhones and iPads already offer separate applications for TV, Music and Podcast. By streamlining these apps, Apple will become a multifaceted service provider as well. © Apple Due to this report, Apple users have already responded with concerns on Twitter. However, Apple has assured that music, movies and TV shows that have already been purchased by users from iTunes will still be available on the Music app with an Apple Music subscription. Users who have redeemed iTunes gift cards will also be credited to the Apple ID balance. This balance can be later used on the App Store, upgrade iCloud storage or for buying one of the subscription services from Apple. Source: Bloomberg
  3. In probably the weirdest way, a teenager tried to land a job at Apple in the most unconventional manner as if it worked as it does in movies. Normally, if you want to work at a tech giant like Apple, you would first educate yourself, get the required degree and apply for a job. However, this teenager from Australia had something else in mind. © Unsplash A teenager pleaded guilty to hacking Apple and admitted that he had hoped to land a job at Apple. The Cupertino Giant had heard that the company hired somebody from Europe who had done something similar and assumed that a job would be offered when he was discovered. Instead, he got arrested for his actions. © Reuters The teenager won't be going to prison for his action instead he is on a $500 AUD bond for nine months. The culprit was 13 when he started the hacks and hopes to study criminology and digital security at university. “He is clearly someone who is a gifted individual when it comes to information technology,” the judge said, according to ABC, “that being said, those who have this advantage of being gifted doesn't give them the right to abuse that gift.” © Flickr/TwitterBrian Klug Apple has not commented on the incident as of now and instead stressed that its staff should "vigilantly protect” internal networks and content the hacks. Luckily, no personal data was stolen or exposed due to this hack and it seems like the teenager will now have to work hard and earn a job just like everybody else. Source: ABC
  4. It has been a harrowing week for Chinese company Huawei since it was included in the entity list by the US Government. This basically means that American companies cannot do business with the Chinese tech giant without prior approval from the Government. In the wake of this decision, companies like Qualcomm, Intel, ARM, Google have all revoked access for licenses and acquiring of components. Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone company in the world and with losing access from American companies for key components and licenses, it is essentially a death sentence for the company. Here's a list of companies that won't be doing any business with Huawei at least until things are resolved: ARM © ARM ARM is by far the biggest blow to the Chinese company as the company severed ties as of yesterday. Huawei can build its own operating system and acquire other components from non-American companies; however, without a license from ARM, Huawei cannot manufacture their own chipsets. ARM basically design the chips and then license them out to companies for manufacturing. Their designs are used on Laptops, Smartphones, IoT products and wearables. These designs are used by companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and previously Huawei. HiSilicon, Huawei's SoC subsidiary has been using ARM-based chipsets for a while and losing access to the license essentially means that Huawei cannot make processors. Since the company has also lost access to Qualcomm, Huawei will not be able to deliver a smartphone. Having said that, there are other alternatives such as sourcing chipsets from non-American companies such as MediaTek and Samsung. Qualcomm and Intel © BCCL Qualcomm and Intel both provide components to Huawei that essentially powered various products such as laptops and mobile phones. Intel provides server chips and processor for Huawei's laptop line which essentially renders future Huawei laptops useless. Qualcomm, on the other hand, provides modems and other processors that power other products. Since Huawei makes its own chipsets, Qualcomm's impact was less prominent yet still crucial. Even though Huawei has been stockpiling chipsets for future use, sooner or later the company will run out unless the conflict is resolved by then. Broadcom and Xilinx have also announced they are suspending sales of products to Huawei as well. Western Digital and Micron Technology Like any other smartphone, it needs memory to store data and Huawei smartphones used Western Digital and Micron Technology as their suppliers. Micron Technology makes memory chips that are used in smartphones. As of now, the company has also revoked access to the Chinese company. Huawei will not be able to source storage chips from American companies as of now; however, it can source similar components from Samsung. Android © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Google has also revoked Huawei's Android license as a move to be compliant with the US Government's ban. The company will be able to provide updates for current Huawei smartphones for the next three months but it doesn't help the situation. Huawei is already working on its own operating system based on Google's AOSP (Android Open Source Project), platform. How it will work depends on the final build and whether it will be rolled out globally. Huawei has said that the new operating system will be compatible with Android apps and is scheduled for release later this fall. SD Association © SD Association The latest organisation to boot Huawei is the SD association which means Huawei is no longer allowed to make any products with SD or microSD slots. This will affect Huawei's smartphone and laptop lines as the SD Association develops and authorises the use of standards for SD storage. The list on the organisation's website silently removed Huawei's name from the list. Suspensions of Orders Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator has suspended the sale of Huawei's Mate 20X (5G) on its website for the time. The smartphone was listed on Vodafone's UK website and the suspension could possibly extend to other regions as well. Even the Microsoft store pulled Huawei's MateBook X Pro's listing from its website. In fact, a basic search for any Huawei product on Microsoft's digital store comes up with no results.
  5. Huawei was cut access to do business with American companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel and other companies that collaborate with the Chinese company. The ban comes as a part of U.S. President's executive order amidst trade battles between the two countries. Having said that, according to Huawei, the company already has contingency plans in place to deal with the ban and the company's founder Ren Zhengfei has downplayed the impact it will have on the Chinese company. Supporting #Huawei does not necessarily mean you should buy a #Huawei smartphone. My family members use #Apple for a very long long time: Ren Zhengfei, founder of China's Huawei Technologies (Photo: Chen Qingqing/GT) pic.twitter.com/5rcrHJx3KR — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) May 21, 2019 Speaking to Chinese newspaper, the Global Times, Ren said that “In such a critical moment, I'm grateful to US companies, as they've contributed a lot to Huawei's development and showed their conscientiousness on the matter,” Ren says. “As far as I know, US companies have been making efforts to persuade the US government to let them cooperate with Huawei ... We always need US-developed chipsets, and we can't exclude American products with a narrow mind.” © Reuters On Saturday, Huawei tweeted “Lose-lose, Washington's decision to force U.S. companies to stop doing business with tech giant Huawei creates losers on both sides.” Ren also went on to say that trade restriction would not affect Huawei's 5G rollout and in fact, it would be detrimental for the US as other companies would not be able to catch up with Huawei's technology. "The current practice of US politicians underestimates our strength," Ren Zhengfei said, according to the transcripts from the interview. It seems like Huawei will remain unaffected for the time being even though the ban has been lifted temporarily for three months. The US Commerce Department temporarily lifted the ban on American businesses collaborating with Huawei so that software updates can continue on Huawei phones. The three-month lifting of the ban should give Huawei time to at least fight the ban and put forward its case to be removed from the Entity List. The US government currently deems the brand to be a threat to national security due to the government's claim of spying and stealing valuable information from American companies. Google blocked Huawei's access to its Android license on Sunday in compliance with President Trump's Executive order. Other companies like Qualcomm and Intel have also temporarily stopped business with the Chinese company until the ban has been lifted. The loss to Google's Android License means that future Huawei phones will not be able to sell devices running Google's proprietary services such as the Play Store, Youtube and other Google apps. However, Huawei says that the company has already built an alternative OS and is stockpiling hardware to tackle the current issue at hand. Source: Global Times
  6. Starting up a business in a field that is already dominated by big shots is not an easy task. You need to have a unique strategy and products in order to stand out from the crowd. Big companies generally tend to be the number one barrier for new entrants but a wristwatch company from India is giving competition to big shots like Titan, Citizen and even international brands like Casio. © Tsar Watches Ever since e-commerce websites emerged in India, it has opened up doors for other small companies like Tsar Watches to get noticed. You could have a unique product but you still need to compete, especially since everything is now online. You sometimes have to resort to tactics that your competition may not be using, and that's exactly what Tsar Watches had in mind. © Tsar Watches Abdul Kadir Bhandari and friends Haider Ali Lashkar and Abbas Akbari founded Tsar Watches in September 2015. Being ardent watch collectors, they came up with the idea and concept of wooden watches, which nobody else was doing at the time in India. Your first thought would be that wooden watches are detrimental to the environment, however, the founders wanted to serve fashion and luxury with a sustainable and an eco-friendly product. Since the watches are made out of wood, the founders already made a conscious effort to contribute towards the environment. For each watch the company sells, the founders plant a tree. So far, the company has been responsible for planting 1500 trees and plan to keep contributing. If you want to know more about their initiative, you can read more about it here. So What's The Secret to Tsar Watches' Success? In order to stand out from the crowd, Tsar Watches had to implement a strategy that would get the company the eyeballs it needed. Being an online-only company, Tsar Watches had to break through the crowded space with smart online marketing strategy. Tsar Watches today sell their products to a worldwide audience, which did not happen by accident. Speaking to Abdul about it he said, “We extensively used Google Primer to get noticed by customers in India and all over the world and create the demand we needed” © Google Google Primer is a tool by the search engine giant that enables businesses to digitise and grow without being location agnostic. The company was also able to expose their online ads for the intended target audience. Being a Google tool, the tool used by Tsar Watches didn't only work exclusively on Google platforms, the exposure of the brand extended to social media platforms and e-commerce websites as well. Abdul spends at least an hour every day to learn something new and enhance his marketing approach to get the desired outcome. The beauty of Google Primer is that it is absolutely free. You can find it on Google Play Store and it even works offline. The app offers lessons on business planning, sales, digital advertising, social media marketing, SEO tactics, branding and analytics. The app also enables its users to learn and apply strategies for online businesses in under five minutes, but one can always spend more time to learn new tactics. Google Primer is available in Hindi, Telugu, English, Bahasa and other languages. It's probably one of the most essential apps any new business owner needs to create brand awareness and learn new strategies to make a mark in a crowded market.
  7. The Battle of Winterfell was brutal, however, the main characters came out unharmed (oh, well mostly). The trailer for the upcoming episode 4 shows Daenerys Targaryen addressing the crowd for a battle that matters: A war against Cersei Lannister, who could possibly be the real villain of 'Game of Thrones'. But from the new photos of Season 8 Episode 4, that released yesterday, Queen Cersei has quite a bit of manpower awaiting the dragon queen. Take a look: © HBO Besides Euron's Iron fleet and a handful of the Lannister Army, Qyburn's shady science experiments including the dragon killer army, there is now the Golden Company sans elephants, of course, and there are ships full of men waiting to wage a war. In 'A Song Of Ice and Fire' novels, the Golden Company is a mercenary army from Essos and is made up of 20,000 men, horses, and potentially elephants. (The elephants couldn't make it, sadly. Nonetheless, the army is a major force to be reckoned with.) Now, with the already exhausted and steadily depleting army of the Dragon Queen, Cersei's army will be... ahem quite a heavy wrecking ball to deal with. © HBO The Golden Company has been mentioned a couple of times on 'GoT'. In Season 4, Ser Davos suggests Stannis hire the Golden Army. In season 7, Euron went off to hire "the most powerful army in Essos" to help Cersei keep the Iron Throne and it appears they've finally arrived. So, who do you think is going to win the war that matters?
  8. Apple created waves around the internet last year by becoming the world's first trillion dollar tech company. Then Amazon joined Apple's new-found trillionaire's club in just a month, becoming the second US-based company to cross the mark. Now, Microsoft has become the third US company to pass the market cap of $1 trillion after a jump in stock price following strong fiscal Q3 earnings. Yes, the tech company led by Satya Nadella briefly topped $1 trillion in value for the first time after executives predicted continued growth for its cloud computing business. © Google Stock Microsoft's stock price opened at $130 per share yesterday, which was up around 4-per cent from the closing price the day before. It swooped past Apple Inc's $980 billion market capitalization. The credit for Microsoft's immense stock growth goes to its cloud business. Azure, Microsoft's flagship cloud product competes with Amazon Web Services (AWS), who is a market leader. Azure is currently second behind Amazon, but it's ahead of Google's offering. © Microsoft Microsoft was once heavily reliant on the Windows operating system but things started changing once Satya Nadella took over as the Chief Executive. The company has seen significant growth in selling cloud-based services. It is, however, worth pointing out that Microsoft's market cap has dipped below the $1 Trillion mark. At the time of writing this, the market cap is currently standing at $990.87B. However, it's more than that of Apple, which currently sits at $967.95B.
  9. The Lazareth LMV 496, at first, looks essentially like a motorcycle. Okay, maybe an over-the-top 'mean-machine with four wheels' kind of motorcycle. But when it's pulled up on side of the road and starts soaring, that's when you realize that it's an unusual motorised creation. The Lazareth LMV 496, dubbed La Moto Volante, is a brainchild of designer & French custom automotive builder Ludovic Lazareth and his team. Before we dive into the details, let's take a moment to appreciate it - © Lazareth The Moto Volante rides much like a regular motorcycle on the road. However, it can be transformed into a jet-powered quadricopter with just a push of a button. It takes just about a minute for the jet mounts in the wheels to warm up and tilt 90-degrees. The bike will then take off, hovering off the ground. Each wheel of the bike is also mounted with a parachute for emergency purpose. The bike is apparently built around a beastly 470bhp engine, and it uses jet turbines to propel itself into the air. “It's a crazy commitment with the whole team,” said the company in a statement, and we totally get it. This thing is freaking awesome. The Moto Volante is said to appear at Gitex electronics trade show in Dubai later this year, and that's where the interested buyers can pre-order it for an expected price of around £424,000.
  10. Why do some companies make really hideous clothes and then try to sell them at a really high price? Because they know that no would actually buy it and they'll get free publicity out of it? Well, that honestly seems like the only reason for a monstrosity like this to exist. View this post on Instagram Two words: Denim panties. The SSENSE editors show you five ways to take your Canadian tuxedo to the next level, featuring @yproject_official, @muglerofficial, @junyawatanabeofficial, and more ð Link in bio. A post shared by SSENSE (@ssense) on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:07am PDT Why? Just, why? I would like to believe that no one ever thought this was a good idea and it was just put up on the website, that too for Rs 21,873 freaking bucks, to get people talking. Yes, I know we're giving them exactly what they want by writing about it right now but I can't help it. They're so unsettling to look at and people are confused, and just disgusted with them. The biggest question, though, is what kind of occasion would actually require these. I also want to know the purpose of denim panties, like are they supposed to be worn on their own or are you supposed to wear pants on top of them? Safiya, the weird clothing queen has spoken. HOW do i feel about $300 denim panties, you ask? well i'll tell you how i feel. utterly and thoroughly chafed pic.twitter.com/YYQ9v5dZ6b — Safiya Nygaard (@safiyajn) March 29, 2019 An occasion requiring proper formal attire. To what occasion can you actually wear denim panties??? pic.twitter.com/Qb0u0Bn7ai — lil power move (@DopeLifeOfTot) March 26, 2019 Good joke. [arriving in hell] me: i didn't know i'd have to wear what i died in forever satan: where did you even find denim underwear — shen the bird (@Shen_the_Bird) March 30, 2019 Same. pic.twitter.com/crNxV2wuql — Ole, Back In My Day...Headassð¬ (@RevengeOfTheCoo) March 27, 2019 Oh no, they're called janties, they got even worse. can we just call them denim panties? janties just sounds like a coolie person mispronouncing something. https://t.co/zbK8JP4N0t — natz (@egyalitarian) March 27, 2019 Yep. Cut offs are dead, denim panties all summer 2019 ðð pic.twitter.com/djEQVrSXC8 — Jordan Plant (@Coltonlard) March 30, 2019
  11. If you're a Marvel fan, the second you read this headline you probably thought, "hey. I'd do it for free"! But jokes apart, an American company called Cable TV is willing to pay $1000 to a die-hard Marvel nerd to basically binge watch 20 MCU movies. © Marvel It's not just hard cash that's going to come their way. The winner will also get lots of Marvel goodies like a Thanos mug encrusted with Infinity Stones, a Captain America popcorn popper amongst other super cool things. This is a promotional event for the upcoming movie 'Avengers: Endgame' and hence, they want someone with a high level of patience and will love to binge-watch this truckload of action more than anything else. The company is looking for a Marvel nerd who can over-enthusiastically live-tweet their entire experience and also have an outgoing personality. As a submission to participate in this contest, one needs to sum up in 200 words so as to why they are the ideal choice. Sadly, this is only valid for people living in America and over the age of 18, so well, there's a lot of FOMO attached here. Maybe you can help a friend living in the US to apply for it.
  12. MWC saw quite a few interesting and weird smartphones, however, the show was stolen by all the foldable smartphones that were announced. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event, followed by a more practical foldable smartphone by Huawei called the 'Mate X'. As of now, foldable smartphones have been teased by various companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, LG, Motorola and others. Apple has considered making a foldable smartphone in the past and has also filed a patent that covers “Flexible Display Devices”, however, we have not seen anything from the Cupertino giant as of now. Even though Apple may just be the only manufacturer that has not flirted with a foldable prototype, it didn't stop Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak from wanting one. © LetsGoDigital Speaking to Bloomberg, Wozniak said that he really wants to get his hands on a foldable iPhone and wants Apple to be a leader in this segment of smartphones. “Apple has been a leader for quite a long time in a few areas such as Touch ID, (Face ID) and easy payment with the phone,” Wozniak said during the Bloomberg interview. “They're not the leader in areas like the folding phone, and that worries me because I really want a folding phone.” Apple is known to have surprises up its sleeve and we cannot be sure whether the company is already working on a foldable smartphone. Even though the Mate X and Galaxy Fold have been announced, the two smartphones are not yet ready for consumers. It's still quite expensive and is in the initial stage of development. Apple, on the other hand, is known to launch devices that just work and it may be too soon for the company to unveil its own foldable device. © LetsGoDigital Even if Apple does make a foldable iPhone, there's a good chance it may look like the image above. It's a render based on the patent filed by Apple and developed by LetsGoDigital. Do you want a foldable iPhone in the near future? Let us know in the comments. Source: Bloomberg
  13. Samsung and Huawei kicked-off MWC 2019 with their foldable phones and we're still trying to wrap our heads around the groundbreaking technology. Social media and forums are filled with optimists as well as pessimists, and this has become the hottest topic for enthusiasts right now. Companies are ready to mass produce bendable displays, but one question still remains. How are we going to use these foldable phones in real life? How will the software compliment the hardware? It's going to take time to slowly understand different use case scenarios, and develop a finished product. © Nubia But, Nubia is taking this a level further with the launch of Nubia Alpha (styled as α). It's a combination of a watch and a phone, sporting a foldable display and the brand calls this a "wearable phone with a flexible display". To be honest, it's a fancy watch that offers more slightly more features than your regular wearable, but do we really need it right now? It sports a 4-inch 960x192 OLED screen that roughly covers half your wrist. Even though the brand claims it to be a phone, the specs say a different story. It comes with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, and 500mAh battery. There's also a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Nubia suggests the device will last 1-2 days of regular use, or a week on standby. © Nubia Just like the Apple Watch, it has a built-in eSIM which you can use for calls, texts, and all that other stuff SIM cards can do. It is water resistant, has activity and sleep-tracking along with a heart-rate sensor. Well, you can see movies on the watch if you don't mind standing with your arm lifted at the right angle all the time. And, the OS is custom built. Meaning, don't expect kick-ass app support anytime soon. The OS gets voice controls, air gestures, and other intuitive controls, but we're yet to see how smooth they really are. © Nubia On paper, the watch sounds exciting but lacks any practical usage. Yes, it is technically a "phone", but then the same can be said about the Apple Watch LTE as well. The watch costs a whopping €549 (Rs 44,000) in Europe and expected to ship from the third quarter of this year. Brands need to stop blindly following trends and think about delivering a usable product. You may manage to house a foldable display, but will it offer anything substantially better to the user in day-to-day life?
  14. Winter is here. And no, we don't mean that Game of Thrones' final season is on the horizon (although we cannot wait for that as well), we are talking about the season of winter being upon us. And with this winter season comes an over-dependence on hot chocolate, cosy blankets, and parka jackets. But the one thing that most Indian men actually need to be depending and stocking up on the most, especially since the dropping temperatures tend to have a direct impact on your skin and facial scruff, are grooming essentials. Thankfully for all men out there, Bombay Shaving Company perfectly understands the importance of curating grooming essentials for men that will help them get by the winter season. And so to help you (and more importantly, your beard and your skin) get by these chilly winters, here is a list of the ten best winter care essentials for Indian men, all of which will make for a worthy addition to your grooming regimen. 1) 6-Part Shaving System © Bombay Shaving Company As the name suggests itself, this 6-part shaving system is pretty much equipped with everything you need to take care of your facial hair. It comes equipped with a scrub, a razor, a shaving cream, a shaving brush, some extra blades and even a post-shave balm, all of which will help you get that perfect shave you've always desired. Simply put, investing in this 6-Part Shaving System is just what you need to get by the winter season looking absolutely dapper. Pro tip: If you were looking for premium grooming essentials but didn't want to splurge a fortune, then today's your lucky day! Bombay Shaving Company's special Deal of the Day will get you a whopping 50% off on their 6-Part Shaving System if you order on 24th December! MRP: Rs. 2,995 Buy it here 2) Exfoliating Bath Soaps © Bombay Shaving Company Not only are these Exfoliating Bath Soaps from Bombay Shaving Company 100% natural, but they are also entirely handmade. Considering just how harsh winters can be to your skin, investing in these organic and handmade soaps is advisable, especially since they will help repair and soften your skin, while also providing it with the nutrition that it needs. MRP: Rs. 745 Buy it here 3) Precision Safety Razor © Bombay Shaving Company Finally, there is this badass Precision Safety Razor from Bombay Shaving Company. Made using premium metal and implementing a chrome finish, this razor is sharp, durable and just what you wanted to get that perfect shave this winter season. That isn't all that surprising since this razor comes equipped with 10 feather blades that are engineered using Japanese technology. MRP: Rs. 1,845 Buy it here 4) Beard Growth Oil © Bombay Shaving Company Have you been facing some trouble growing the type of beard you've always desired? Well then we have some good news for you! This Beard Growth Oil is a great tool to rely on to grow and maintain a luscious mane. After all, it comes infused with the richness of jojoba seed oil, amla oil, and coconut oil, making it a great addition to any Indian man's grooming kit. It also infuses aromatic notes of musk, amber and vetiver, ensuring your beard smells as good as it feels. MRP: Rs. 345 Buy it here 5) Beard Care Starter Kit © Bombay Shaving Company If growing and maintaining a luscious mane is all you care about this winter season, then look no further than this Beard Care Starter Kit. It's pretty much got everything you need to sport a mane that will help you impress all the ladies, while also making all other men go green with envy. It comes equipped with a beard growth oil, a beard shampoo and conditioner, a stubble oil, a beard butter, a moustache wax and even a beard serum. And the best part? These products are available in two different scents - mint and wood - for you to choose from. MRP: Rs. 995 Buy it here 6) Face Moisturiser © Bombay Shaving Company Winters can be incredibly harsh on your skin, especially if you don't take the necessary precautions. As such, investing in this face moisturiser from Bombay Shaving Company makes a lot of sense, especially since it is infused with a unique blend of five essential oils (including jojoba oil, argan oil, and avocado oil), as well as the richness of aloe vera and shea butter. MRP: Rs. 295 Buy it here 7) Face Cleanser © Bombay Shaving Company If you harbour oily or acne prone skin, then you absolutely need to add this Face Cleanser from Bombay Shaving Company to your grooming kit. After all, not only is it infused with a deep cleansing formula that is rich in anti-bacterial properties, but it will also help remove any dust and dirt particles, as well as harmful pollutants that may have accumulated on your skin. It also happens to be a paraben and sulphate free product and is further infused with the rich properties of Vitamin C, and wheat protein. MRP: Rs. 295 Buy it here 8) U-Shaped Beard Comb © Bombay Shaving Company Most men often end up making the amateur mistake of not combing their beard and mooch, not realizing that, just like the hair on their scalp, their facial scruff too requires help to be kept in shape. So why not opt for this Sheesham beard comb from Bombay Shaving Company? Fine-toothed for immaculate beard styling, this comb will help you keep your beard and mooch in shape, while also helping you remove any dirt and dust particles that might have accumulated there. MRP: Rs. 295 Buy it here 9) Complete Beard Care Kit © Bombay Shaving Company They say a dog is a man's best friend. Well, whoever coined that term clearly didn't experience this amazing Complete Beard Care Kit from Bombay Shaving Company. Equipped with everything you would want in your grooming regimen, this beard care kit should pretty much be in the possession of every Indian man who wants to grow and maintain a badass beard. After all, it has a beard growth oil, a beard shampoo and conditioner (wood scented), stubble oil (infused with cedarwood), beard butter (wood scented), moustache wax (wood scented), beard serum and even a U-shaped beard comb made out of Sheesham wood. MRP: Rs. 2,995 Buy it here 10) Shaving Brush © Bombay Shaving Company A shaving brush usually tends to be the unsung hero of a shaving kit. While you can't get that perfect shave without using a premium shaving brush, it doesn't necessarily get the credit that it deserves. Well, Bombay Shaving Company understands the importance of using an A-grade shaving brush, and so they have come out with this imitation badger hair variant that implements soft bristles that generate excellent lather. It's also available in three different colours (satin grey, Indian rosewood and polished black), so that you could opt for the colour of your choice. MRP: Rs. 795 Buy it here Pro tip: If you order from Bombay Shaving Company on the 25th of December, you are going to get a 30% discount store-wide.
  15. Microsoft has overtaken Apple to become the most valuable company in the world and the two companies are still battling it out for the top spot. This has come after a gruelling week for tech companies, where the stock for major tech companies has been recovering. Microsoft reached a valuation of $814 billion as of Tuesday, while Apple's cap was slightly less at $805 billion. © Reuters The two companies are still battling it out and Microsoft's rise could be credited to its continued traction with cloud computing. The last time Microsoft secured a lead over Apple was back in 2010 whereas Apple became the first company in the world to achieve a $1 trillion market cap earlier this year. Amazon shortly followed while Microsoft is yet to achieve that milestone. © Microsoft Microsoft mainly caters to business which has attributed to the company's rising stock price, whereas investors have punished consumer-centric companies. Both Apple and Amazon are down 23 percent since the start of October. In the past, Microsoft fell behind Apple as computing needs moved from desktop computers to mobile devices such as the iPhone. This made Microsoft's dominance in the PC market null and resulted in a decline in stock price. Having said that, Microsoft now caters to businesses and even governments with its Azure cloud computing platform. According to Bloomberg “the rise of cloud computing changed Microsoft's fortunes about five years ago. Under Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, the company invested heavily in data centres and other infrastructure to run applications and store data for corporate customers.” Microsoft is now second behind Amazon Web Services in the cloud computing business, which has resulted in making the company one of the most valuable companies in the world. Source: Bloomberg
  16. Self-love is the only love that matters anymore, and a UK company totally gets it. This is Ariana Grande and her song Thank You, Next's impact. Just kidding. But, for real, a UK company named LELO UK is giving its employees extra four days holidays for an interesting reason. People need extra time to masturbate and the company is literally giving them offs to do that. Yep. Also, did you catch the name of the company? The entire thing is just a little too hilarious for Hindi-speaking people I'm sure. A company called LELO is telling to lelo, this is not something you see every day. Turns out the company is a *** toy brand and now I'm convinced a desi person started LELO and you can't change my mind. These 'self-love days' are allotted with the belief that it can help boost productivity and happiness in the office. This announcement came after the company carried out a survey of over 2,000 workers across the UK on what makes them feel fulfilled. As expected, the result showed that 78% of participants believe orgasms make them happier. I have one question, what makes the other 22% people happy? Moreover, 66% of the people surveyed claimed they are more productive after having an orgasm and 40% believed that productivity can last up to 5 days after the orgasm. Rachael Nsofor, a spokesperson for the company, said, “Being sexually fulfilled and satisfied is something that we at LELO UK feel is a basic human right and it's completely free!” “As a result of this research, we're delighted to introduce a new initiative where we are offering our UK employees the opportunity to take up to four days a year as a 'self-love day'.” There are a few reactions about the name of the company and the news – by Indians, of course. Company ka naam bhi Lelo hai ð¹ð¹ pic.twitter.com/dyFJGegJG8 — SwatKat- The dancing humanð (@swatic12) November 19, 2018 A very valid question. What if employee takes masturbation leave, and gets laid somehow...... Will that be cheating or over performance ???? They should rename the company to "khud hii ki lelo". ðððð — arey bhai (@side_ho_jaa) November 19, 2018 Everyone should. I support such companies https://t.co/5IirBK4sLj — à¤à¥à¤¶à¤² मà¥à¤¹à¤°à¤¾ (@kushal_mehra) November 19, 2018
  17. Apple is on a roll when it comes to earnings and revenue figures as the company recorded a 29 percent increase in its fourth fiscal quarter. The company earned its overall target of $62.9 billion and exceeded expectations for the quarter. © Apple Even though there has been no change when it comes to unit sales year on year, the company managed to increase its revenue thanks to higher prices for its products. The company introduced its first $1,000 iPhone last year and the price hike seems to be working when it comes to earnings. The company doubled down on its highly priced product strategy this year with the launch of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Apple also expanded its portfolio earlier this week with a brand new iPad Pro and MacBook devices. Apple has increased the price of the MacBook Air to $1,199 ($999 previously) and the same can be said about accessories like the 'Apple Pencil 2' and the Smart Keyboard. © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The record revenue from higher priced products proves that Apple's customers don't care about the price hike and are still shopping Apple's offerings. According to Apple chief financial officer Luca Maestri, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus had a combined 98 percent satisfaction rate among customers. This resulted in the iPhone raking in 59 percent of Apple's total revenue last quarter. Apple saw revenue increase not only in the products segment but also services. Services such as Apple Care, Apple Music, cloud services and the App Store also raked in $10 million in revenue last quarter. "Services are important not only because they are growing faster than some of Apple's traditional device categories, but also because services revenues grow based on usage, not new product sales," said Avi Greengart, research director at GlobalData. "As smartphones mature and consumers hold onto them longer, Apple can still improve the user experience — and make money — by making what you already have more useful.” According to a report by our sister website Economic Times, Apple's net profit in India jumped to Rs 896.3 crore for the fiscal ended March 2018. “The company saw its total income (including other income) rising about 12 per cent to Rs 13,097.6 crore in FY2018 from Rs 11,704.3 crore” the report said.
  18. 'Mass-bunks' were a huge rage in our college days. Missing classes to go for movies or just hang out with friends in Hauz Khas village was a huge deal back in the day, and something that we majorly miss in this competitive corporate life. But, clearly, some desi engineers don't miss 'mass-bunks' even at work. While most of us are busy getting our Diwali leaves approved, 236 desi engineers once went on a 6-week (or 47 days approx.) mass-bunk and were recently fired for the same. © Pexels This incident happened in Pune, where the company ZF Steering & Gears India, a German-based auto parts manufacturing firm fired as many as 236 engineers for not showing up to work without any prior notice. The employees were absent from December 2, 2017 to January, 19 2018. According to a report in Business Today, the company stated in a release that the concerned employees were found guilty of 'misconduct'. "The Company finally decided to terminate the employment of these 236 employees with effect from 26/27th October, 2018. All the concerned employees have been paid their due amount under the provisions of law." © Pexels ZF Steering & Gears India manufactures and supplies ball and nut integral hydraulic power and roller mechanical steering systems, and some of their major clients are Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Volvo Group to name a few. Obviously this decision didn't go down too well with the terminated employees. Reportedly, the workers strongly protested against the decision and claim that they were fired not because of the 'mass-bunk', but, for forming a workers' union. Having said that, let's get back to begging our managers to approve our long-pending leaves because 'mass-bunk' is not an idea we should take example from.
  19. Last week, Apple crossed the US$ 1 trillion mark in terms of market capitalization, becoming the first publicly traded American company to reach this milestone. While oil and natural minerals have always been the most-sought commodity since mankind's inception, none of these industries have ever recorded a trade this huge. Apple is immensely popular today, its mobile operating system, iOS, has a market share of almost 19 per cent worldwide. Unlike Google's Android, iOS only runs on iPhones, and Apple releases just a couple of them every year. While it may not be dominating the personal computer and laptop segment in terms of market share, it sure has a majority chunk of the premium sales. MacBooks have been the go-to choice for users around the globe, and just like iOS, officially, only MacBooks runs on MacOS. © Apple Post Apple recently has also taken over the smartwatch market by storm, making a huge dent in the sales of well-established brands like Fitbit and Jawbone. This company has a history of releasing very few products but selling an unimaginable quantity of it. But, did you know Apple was near bankruptcy in 1997? Its computers just weren't selling and had to take an investment from Microsoft to survive. © Reuters In 1997, Steve Jobs was brought back to Apple after the acquisition of Next Computers. Back then, the company had just 90 days of operational funds left and had cut a third of its workforce. Jobs immediately secured a US$ 150 million investment from Microsoft and got an assurance from Bill Gates that Microsoft would support its Office products for the Mac for five years. © Apple / Wikipedia In return, Apple dropped a major lawsuit against Microsoft alleging copy of user interface and experience of the MacOS for Windows. A year later in 1998, Apple launched the iMac G3, which was an all-in-one desktop computer that was designed for domestic consumption. It was a staggering hit, and Apple was back in business. The iMac was a hit because competing products from IBM, HP and others were too bulky and complicated to use. The iMac was just a single unit product, looked well designed and had a first of its kind OS. In the coming few years, Apple invested heavily in the mobile audio industry. The iPod was released in 2001, back then mobile audio players were very bulky, required a cassette or CD and the Walkman was still trending. Apple completely digitized the record industry by launching iTunes in 2003. Since the first generation iPod, the company continued releasing newer and improved variants like the Mini, Nano, Shuffle, and Touch. In 2007, Apple announced it had sold its one-hundred millionth iPod. In the same year, Apple announced the iPhone. Just like the iPod, the iPhone was revolutionary and made for the young audience. While competitors were making the chunky BlackBerry and Nokia, Apple was selling a sleek touch-enabled phone. © Apple Since 2007, iPhone sales have steadily increased worldwide and while competitors like BlackBerry, Nokia, and Motorola are nowhere to be seen today, Apple rules the premium smartphone industry. One thing that has always remained constant in all Apple products is compatibility. User experience and the ease of sync between every product line, has been the core reason why people have bought more and more Apple products. While many consider this to be a drawback, Apple's bubble ultimately provides more value to the user in the longer run. © Apple While Apple has majorly built its empire on B2C (business to consumer) selling, it has made sure that its offering is unmatchable by competition in terms of end value, quality, and experience.
  20. WhatsApp has announced the launch of its first revenue-generating channel and it's not as simple as just serving ads. The instant messenger was acquired by Facebook, and since then it was always expected that ads will be coming to the app sometime in future. For now, a WhatsApp spokesperson has confirmed TechCrunch that the chat app is planning to run ads inside the Status tab of the app. The ads will be powered by Facebook's native advertising system and will "help familiarise users with business" on WhatsApp. Starting from 2019, WhatsApp will start showing ads in the Status tab. © Reuters Currently, Facebook is also using the same technique on Instagram to push ads. While they are natively shown in the feed as well as stories, when it comes to WhatsApp, there are concerns surrounding the use of chat history for ad targeting. Thankfully, WhatsApp has firmly always said that all chat content is encrypted and cannot be viewed by the company itself. On the other hand, the company is also launching new Business APIs that will let businesses respond to messages from users for free for up to 24 hours. After the 24 hour period, companies will be charged for sending messages to the users. © WhatsApp What this means is, you can soon expect companies to start contacting you via WhatsApp Messenger instead of normal text SMS. BookMyShow has been running a pilot for quite a few months in India wherein it sends the booked ticket details over WhatsApp. In the same way, even Myntra has been trying to send out order confirmations and updates via the instant messenger. According to the company, there is a fixed rate per country for messages delivered via WhatsApp and that price vary significantly per country: “In general, the range for these messages is roughly half of $0.01 to $0.09 per message delivered.” © Reuters WhatsApp has been free to use since its inception, while the company did charge a nominal fee in the early stage, it soon stopped the subscription model and has been completely free to use since then. The app has 2.23 billion active users worldwide and is the top instant messaging choice for everyone. Source: TechCrunch
  21. Apple has officially become the world's first trillion-dollar company as a rise in its share price made it all possible. Apple was able to beat its closest rival i.e. Amazon as Apple's share price reached $207.05. (c) Reuters The company sells everything - from the iPhone to services that was co-founded by the late Steve Jobs in 1976. The feat was accomplished a day after Apple published the company's financial results. Apple's share price has grown by 2,000% since Tim Cook replaced Jobs as the chief executive seven years ago. The company has been able to hit $1 trillion in total value 42 years after it was founded. The company managed to rake in profits of $11.5 billion in three months with a record sales of $53.3 billion in revenue. To put things into perspective, Apple generated less than $20 billion in sales before the first iPhone launched in 2006. (c) MensXP Apple could, however, lose its top position to other tech companies like Alphabet (Google) or Amazon if the company is unable to introduce a groundbreaking product or service this year. Companies don't necessarily have the same number of shares over time as they frequently buy back some of its own shares to boost up the stock price. This, in turn, reduces the number of outstanding shares which generally increases the value of each share. For now, Apple is the world's first publicly traded trillion dollar company and we can only wait to see if the company can maintain this momentum or get overtaken by one of its competitors.
  22. A few days back, Amazon kicked off its annual sale across the globe, Prime Day. The sale surpassed all prior sales records in the e-commerce giant's history, including every Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Prime users worldwide ordered more than 100 million products during the sale in a span of just 36 hours. To top it off, the most sold products were Amazon's own Echo Dot speaker and Fire TV Stick. © Reuters Amazon's stock has climbed steadily and reached a record high of US$1,858.88. The company's market cap has now exceeded US$ 900 billion, trailing behind Apple. Apple is currently the largest company in Wall Street with a market cap of almost US$ 950 billion. The calculations for Apple and Amazon's market capitalizations are based on the number of shares outstanding in their March-quarter reports. The increase in stock price has also made its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos the richest man on the planet in modern history. His net worth is now valued at a whopping US$ 150 billion. Jeff Bezos is followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is a distant second with a net worth of US$ 93.5 billion, followed by Warren Buffet at US$ 83 billion. © Reuters Bezos currently has a 16 percent stake in the company and also heads another company, Blue Origin. Amazon's business isn't just about online shopping now, the company has rapidly expanded into streaming via its Prime subscription model and is slowly rolling out hardware products as well. Alexa is a smart assistant powering the Echo speakers and is available on smartphones as well. AWS (Amazon Web Services) is another business that has been booming since the last few years. The division provides large scale servers for enterprise level requirements and is likely to grow 45 percent a year through 2020. © BCCL Amazon has also been undertaking large-scale acquisitions including Whole Foods for US$ 13.7 billion, Twitch, Goodreads, IMDB, and Zappos. Bezos too has a wide portfolio of investments in other companies like Twitter, Airbnb and Stack Overflow. Amazon, video streaming service Netflix and a handful of heavyweight technology companies have been rallying their stocks in the last few years. In May, information technology stocks contributed 76.5 percent of the S&P 500 return, according to S&P Global. Source: Reuters
  23. Smartphone companies have always been battling amongst each other to innovate or create a product that may sway customers towards them. Some companies rely on offering competitive prices while others try to innovate. Innovation as a word is thrown around by presenters and company representatives, however, only a few are able to achieve that. Apple innovated with the introduction of Face ID while other companies simply copied the concept. © BCCL Having said that, there's a new player in town that is making waves more than any other smartphone company in the world. It could be argued whether this company is innovative or not, however, there is one thing for certain — creative. BBK electronics, the holding company behind companies like Oppo, VIVO, and OnePlus have been selling smartphones like hot cakes in India and China. The company shipped 39 million devices in 2016 alone, and is now looking to disrupt the smartphone market with clever features and creativity. How the in-display sensor works on the #vivox21. Been playing with the phone for a week and I'm surprised to see this new technology already in mass production. The phone is the first of its kind and will be available to buy from 29th May #vivox21 #smartphones #gadgets A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 29, 2018 at 1:39am PDT BBK electronics has managed to launch an under the display fingerprint sensor on its VIVO branded smartphones while being creative to solve common smartphone problems. In the age of full view displays, smartphones companies have found it very difficult to launch a product that is truly bezel-less. Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch while others simply copied the concept. © BCCL Oppo and Vivo managed to creatively tackle this issue with a creative idea. Smartphones were unable to achieve a truly bezel-less display, simply because companies could not figure out where to stick the selfie camera. Some tried to place it at the bottom while others just adopted the notch. Both Oppo and Vivo managed to hide the selfie camera in a very creative manner. The concept isn't new, but BBK electronics managed to hide the selfie camera by using mechanical moving parts. © YouTube Both companies i.e. VIVO and OPPO have showcased the 'NEX' and 'Find X' where both smartphones were able to achieve a full view display without any bezels. This was possible because of the selfie camera that would pop-out whenever needed. The Vivo NEX and Oppo 'Find X' both have Full View displays, no visible selfie camera, no notch and a near-non-existent top bezel. That's more than what Samsung and Apple can say about their products. What's impressive is that BBK electronics has managed to mass produce these concepts in no time and is already making its way to the Indian smartphone market. Sure it can be argued that Apple's Face ID is nearly perfect and doesn't require a feature like this on iPhones, however, we can confidently say that the competition is being damn creative.
  24. Islam has served as the chairman of the Saaf Pani Company, and is accused of having awarded contracts for 84 water treatment plants at a higher price-Photo: FileLAHORE: An accountability court on Monday extended the remand by 14 days of Pakistan...
  25. If you thought dual-lens and triple-lens cameras being offered by today's flagship phones are the pinnacles of phone-camera technology, think again. A few years back, Light launched its L16 camera, a "multi-aperture computational camera" that features 16 lenses. Those separate images could be fused into a single 52-megapixel photo as well. The company had shown off various concept phones and prototypes that had between five and nine lenses incorporated onto their backs. © Light The Silicon Valley-based company recently showed the Washington Post a bunch of concept and working prototype handsets with between five and nine lenses built into the back. It hopes to unveil the device by the end of this year. One of the prototype models has nine lenses with five of them having 28mm focal length and the remaining four having a focal length of 56mm. The company claims that the multi-lens solution can capture 64-megapixel shots along with improved low-light and depth effects. Its L16 camera also lets you adjust the focal plane and depth of field after the image has been snapped. © Light Currently, the Huawei P20 Pro has three lenses on the rear and is the industry best. There are also reports of Samsung adopting the triple lens setup with the Galaxy S10 next year, while Apple is said to follow with the launch of its new iPhone next year. German optical manufacturer Zeiss has a patent for a multi-lens solution which could use five lenses that rotate around an image sensor to capture images with depth effect and zoom. © Light The other important thing to keep in mind is that the device won't be cheap, with the L16 camera priced at US$ 1,950. Dropping the lens count to something like nine might help reduce costs, but not by much. Although they'll sport fewer lenses than the L16, incorporating multiple lenses into a phone camera and backing it up with an adequate processor will certainly come with heavy costs. There's no word on whether Light is collaborating with an existing smartphone maker to build the phone, or whether it's going alone. Source: Washington Post
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