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  1. Sony Mobile, the smartphone division of the Japanese company is now going to be pulling out from India and other regions. The move comes when Sony experienced fewer smartphone sales than the previous year and will be stopping its mobile business in India, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. Sony has been trying to cut its losses and the company will now concentrate its mobile business in countries like Japan, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Xperia mobile division has also been dismantled and formed into a new division called “Electronics, Products and Solutions” and has been merged with TV, Audio and camera divisions. © Sony The company is also cutting its operational cost by 50% by pulling out of markets that are not deemed profitable for the company. The company has suffered low smartphone sales in key markets due to stiff competition from Chinese companies that offer better smartphones at a considerably low price. According to Counterpoint Research, Sony's smartphone market share was reduced to less than 1% and was probably due to making outdated smartphones. Sony was not able to adopt new technologies, features and even hardware in order to compete with its Chinese counterparts. © Slashhleaks Sony recently announced the Xperia 1, the world's first 4K smartphone at MWC earlier this year. No release date has been confirmed by the company and it is likely that the smartphone will not launch in India and other markets the company has decided to pull out from. Source: GSMArena
  2. The fitness industry is booming and along with it, there are a number of fitness expos held across the country. With these tens of expos, there are at least twenty different bodybuilding shows that happen every year. Every passing year, the number of federations or competitions is increasing as a lot of youngsters want to become bodybuilders. Competing in a bodybuilding show is not wrong, but it is important for you to know a few things before you consider stepping on that stage: 1. It Will Take A Lot More Than Just Having Abs These days, anyone who has abs thinks they are meant for the bodybuilding stage. The fact is, 90 per cent of them are not. Having abs or being lean vs. being shredded are two different things. Bodybuilding means having great overall muscularity, having a balanced physique, being presentable, and being shredded. Just because you have abs does not mean you have to be on stage. If you want to compete, ensure that you have all of the above things to stand a chance. 2. The Prep Sucks Bodybuilding prep is not easy. There will be times you are angry, frustrated, hungry, and exhausted. There will be days where you will not even feel like moving from your bed too. There will be cravings. But these are the times you will have to suck it up and do what needs to be done. It is mentally stressful and can even affect your relationships. So, if you are not in a place to handle all these other pressures, doing a show may end up being one of the worst decisions of your life. © Unsplash 3. There Will Be A Lot Of Fake Natties 'Natural bodybuilding' has either become an elite thing or a joke. I honestly cannot decide. I leave it up to you. The reason I say this is because there are shows that claim to be 'natural' for aspiring natural bodybuilders, however, they are anything but natural. Just having the tag 'natural' after the show's name does not mean jack! Natural federations check their athletes thoroughly and randomly throughout the year. The shows held here in India do not do anything of the sort and are often seen firing the promoters the next year as the 'promoter' tested positive for drugs. 4. You Will Be Forgotten Most of the bodybuilding shows in India are just businesses. Every year, three to five new bodybuilding shows are introduced. They make new promises and take higher entry fees every passing year. You pay it, you get done, and that is that. Hardly are there good prizes in most shows and competitors are rising by the 100s every year. Even if you win a show, there is a great chance that nobody will remember you the next year, unless you are competing at a very high level. The entry level or novice shows are hardly remembered or even cared about. © Pixabay 5. Politics Exists In bodybuilding shows, you will fight politics at every level between federations, between promoters, between judges! I have personally seen competitors winning shows where they outright ignored judging calls and should have been disqualified within a minute of stepping on stage. I have seen the best guy not placing even in the top 5. Now, this would be a personal bias but you could check it out when you go and watch a show. The politics is real and even if you end up being the best athlete, there is a good chance you are going home empty handed. So ask yourself the question, is all of this worth competing in a show? If your answer is still yes, you should totally do a show. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  3. There is a common fallacy surrounding bodybuilding that short men and bodybuilding are not well-matched. However, it has been proven wrong by many great men and successful bodybuilders like James “Flex” Lewis, Lee Priest and Franco Columbu. But in this article, we are not talking about an average short-heighted guy. We are talking about Flavio Baccianini who is the shortest Pro Bodybuilder on record to ever make it to the Mr. Olympia Stage. © Facebook He stands tall at 4 Foot and 10 inches and his on stage weight was in between 66 to 72 kilograms. It is not easy to become a Pro Bodybuilder with average height but it becomes exceptionally challenging when you are just 4'10”. © Facebook,muscletime Flavio has seen many ups and downs in his bodybuilding career and, at one point, he even said that bodybuilding is a waste of time in an interview. The odds were not in his favor and there was nothing that he can do about his height. But beating all the challenges and overcoming all the obstacles, Flavio made his debut in the European Championships WABBA and stood 3rd in the competition. In 1983, he won the world championships of WABBA and then shifted to IFBB in 1988. He participated in many events in the IFBB but his best achievement was coming second in Olympia – Masters IFBB in 1999. © Facebook Even though he was not able to get a podium finish, he got the attention of the entire bodybuilding community when he posed with Lou Ferrigno. © Facebook Lou was 6 ft and 5 inches and was considered one of the tallest bodybuilders at the time. His on stage weight was 137 kilogram which is more than twice of Flavio. Lou and Flavio were great friends which is evident from the photos of the 1999 Masters Olympia where Lou was captured choking Flavio with his giant biceps. Flavio placed 13th in this competition beating 10 guys. But unfortunately, Flavio could never win a single Pro show during his entire IFBB career. © Facebook Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  4. It's a sad day for gamers. In fact, a sad day for young gaming professionals who would compete with each other to test their skills. Two gamers and perhaps multiple others were killed and injured at a mass shooting in Florida, United States. The tournament was for a Madden 19 tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. © Twitch Madden is a popular game developed by Electronic Arts, the same company that makes the extremely popular Fifa series. Like the Fifa games, Madden also garners a highly competitive community that likes to test their skill against other players. The incident took place in the middle of the qualifying round and reportedly has left at least four dead, one of which was the shooter who appears to have shot himself. Witnesses claim there were at least two shooters. The motive for the shooting has not been confirmed yet; however, a fellow competitor claimed that the shooter was a fellow player who had been knocked out of the tournament and sought revenge. © Twitch The entire gaming community such as developers, companies and fellow gamers in general have expressed their solidarity for the victims of this incident: OFFICIAL NFL STATEMENT: We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to all those affected. (1/2) — NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2018 We're shocked and saddened by the senseless violence in Jacksonville, FL. Our deepest sympathies are with those affected. — DICE (@EA_DICE) August 26, 2018 We share our deepest sympathies to the victims and the Jacksonville community. Gaming brings us all together & we will support efforts from the @EA family however we can. — Bethesda (@bethesda) August 26, 2018 We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Jacksonville today. Twitch and all its staff send our deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones, and everyone in our community who's grieving today. — Twitch (@Twitch) August 26, 2018 The Jacksonville shooting hits extremely close to home. Our condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. Our hearts are with you. — HyperX (@HyperX) August 26, 2018 Electronic Arts tweeted a short statement in two parts: “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.” © YouTube It's great to see the gaming community coming together to express their condolences for the victims. The incident is undoubtedly a sad day for the gaming community and we will know more about the incident and exactly what happened soon. Disclaimer: Main Image for representation purposes only.
  5. Remember 'Djarum Black'? The black-coloured clove cigarettes that initially looked cool to smoke and made you stand out, until you realised your folks could smell its strong stench from a mile away. Often labelled as a rich man's Gudang Garam, they are almost available at every roadside shop in India today. But, have you wondered where it came from? I was almost under the impression that it was being manufactured at some shady factory in Andhra Pradesh. However, it's not. 'Djarum Black' - also known as 'kreteks' - are imported from Indonesia - one of the biggest exporters of clove cigarettes, cigars and hand-rolled bidis in the world. It is manufactured by Indonesia's famous Djarum Group which was founded by an ethnic Chinese businessman in Kudus (Central Java) in 1951. Oei Wie Gwan bought a nearly defunct cigarette company known as NV Murup and gave birth to the brand Djarum we all know today. But, the company also went extinct in 1963 when a huge fire destroyed its factory which was followed by Gwan's death. © Twitter The death of Djarum Group's owner paved way for his children Robert Budi Hartono and Michael Bambang Hartono who took over the reins and re-established their brand. Today, Djarum Group has around 50 blends of clove cigarettes internationally and is the world's third-largest manufacturer of clove cigarettes. The company has an estimated net worth of over $11 billion, while Hartono family's net worth is estimated to be around $16.7 billion (according to Forbes). But, the Hartono family isn't in news for their commercial interests in tobacco, banking and communications amongst others, rather it is Gwan's son Michael whose much-anticipated participation in the 2018 Asian Games, slated to begin from 18th August in Jakarta & co-hosted in Palembang, that has got the media attention. Michael, the 78-year-old billionaire tobacco tycoon and the richest man in Indonesia, is set to represent his country on its bridge team at the world's second-biggest multi-sport event. Classified as a 'mind game', contract bridge is a card game that is played with a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. © Twitter The game consists of several deals - each progressing through four phases. The cards are dealt to the players, and then the players auction or bid to take the contract, specifying how many tricks the partnership receiving the contract (the declaring side) needs to take to receive points for the deal. During the auction, partners communicate information about their hand, including its overall strength and the length of its suits, although conventions for use during play also exist. The cards are then played, the declaring side trying to fulfil the contract, and the defenders trying to stop the declaring side from achieving its goal. The deal is scored based on the number of tricks taken, the contract, and various other factors which depend to some extent on the variation of the game being played. Well, it's more of a mystery to me who has never been able to get a hold of any card game (including childish Uno). But, what's interesting here is the fact that contract bridge has been included to the Games by Indonesia as hosts. And, it appears that Michael Hartono played a crucial role in convincing a sceptical Olympic Council of Asia to gove the card game its maiden run at the Asian Games. I guess, when you are the richest man in the country, it doesn't really take much convincing, does it. © Twitter Hartono's association to bridge reportedly dates back to the tender age of six. He has also competed several times in the World Bridge Championships and now aims to strike gold for his country at the Asian Games. But, the tobacco king, claims he isn't doing it for money, but for the passion he has for bridge. In fact, Hartono has announced that he'll forego the 1.5 billion rupiah ($102,000) cash prize that the Indonesian government has promised to award to its top medallists at the Games. "If I managed to win gold, I would donate the government's cash prize to the athletes training program," he was quoted as saying by domestic news agency Antara. Apart from his rich background and passion for bridge, Hartono narrowly missed out on being the oldest player to compete at this year's Asian Games. Malaysia's Lee Hung Fong - the 81-year-old who'll compete against Hartono in contract bridge - has claimed the unique feat with his participation. Fong is seven decades older than the youngest athlete - nine-year-old Indonesian skateboarder Aliqqa Novvery Kayyisa - at this year's edition of the Games.
  6. According to a report by our sister website ET, HTC is allegedly leaving the Indian smartphone market due to the stiff competition from its Chinese counterparts. According to the report, the top management of the company, including the country head Faisal Siddiqui, has resigned. © BCCL According to ET's sources, the company has asked the 70-80 member team to quit, apart from a few exceptions such as the Chief Financial Officer Rajeev Tayal. The company is also cancelling all distribution agreements in the country, as the company has stopped producing smartphones in India for over a year. One of the executives told ET, that HTC “plans to sell virtual reality devices online with Taiwan completely controlling Indian operation. This will be like an extremely small business.” © YouTube Other inside sources have said, that HTC may plan to re-enter the Indian market in the future as an online-only brand. HTC has been struggling as a brand globally, and it looks like the company won't make a return unless global revenues increase. A spokesperson from the company detailed that the company will continue to sell smartphones in India, and will invest in the country in the right segments at the right time. HTC has been unable to sway users to buy its products, as the company's sales have fallen by nearly 68% year-on-year. Reuters recently reported that the company plans to lay off 1,500 workers. © HTC According to Counterpoint Research, HTC has less than a 1% share in India and shares the same segment, which is currently being dominated by Apple, Samsung and OnePlus. HTC had seen success in the mid-segment in the Indian market, however, it wasn't able to compete with companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO and Vivo. Did you ever own an HTC device or do you currently own one? How do you feel about HTC's exit?
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