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  1. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, as we all know, is one of the very few games that uses real places as the settings for its stories. Say what you will about the games and their story lines, but there's no denying that the developers go all in when it comes to recreations of the real world locations. The 'Assassin's Creed: Unity', on the same lines, features a replica of Notre Dame cathedral, that's currently under the spotlight due to the deadly fire accident. Guess what? The 3D replica of Notre Dame shown featured in the game is so incredibly detailed that it could potentially help the architects rebuild the cathedral to its original glory. © Ubisoft Notre Dame was one of the most important landmarks in the game. As a protagonist, you could literally climb and parkour all over it. Heck, the game also lets you go inside the cathedral and explore it as much as you want. If you've played the game, then you know for a fact that Ubisoft did an amazing job. It is, however, worth pointing out the 3D replica of Notre Dame shown in the game is not entirely accurate. The spires in real-life, for instance, were added after the events of the game. Even a majority of the artwork hanging from the walls of the church are protected by copyright, which means the ones shown in the game are slightly different. Nonetheless, the ability to get up-close and explore a detailed version of both inside and outside of the cathedral could prove very useful to architects during the restoration work.
  2. 'Game Of Thrones' has a cult following for a lot of reasons. One of which is the fact that the show has stellar costumes that look authentic to the timeline they shoot in. However, wearing such context-heavy costumes comes at a heavy price. Sometimes, the fabric or the design was so uncomfortable that the actors could do nothing but sit through long and tiresome shooting hours. Maisie Williams, in a recent interview with a leading publication revealed that the prep for 'Game Of Thrones', aside from the strenuous shooting in extremely cold locations, also had to deal with uncomfortable straps and bellies. For Maisie Williams, as Arya Stark in the initial few seasons, had to wear a strap across her chest to hide her breasts. At 15, while normal teenage girls had crushes and an awkward teenage life, Maisie Williams had to wear a strap and hide her breasts for long shoot hours as her character Arya, was pretending to be a boy in the series. And after the strap stopped working, Maisie Williams had to wear a "chubby belly" to "even out the playing field" so no one( other characters) would suspect her a girl on the show. © HBO It was only in the sixth season that the costume designers decided to let Arya grow on the show so they gave a bra to Maisie Williams as a part of the costume. This made the costume in general so much more comfortable for Maisie Williams.
  3. So far in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), regardless of which team is leading the tournament according to the Points Table, we have to agree that the highlight of the entire league are the West Indies cricketers who have been playing the game of cricket on a level a lot higher than anyone else. Be it the ability to chase down huge totals or their performance with the ball, the Caribbeans look to be miles ahead that the rest of the players on the field in this month and a half long contest. For instance, Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell has been on a tear ever since the franchise's first game of the season against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing an above average total of 181 runs, Russell took to the crease on the fifth spot and led the team to victory playing a 49 off 19 balls innings. Playing with a scary strike rate of 212.39, the 'Baahubali' of IPL is a player to look out for in the biggest tournament in the game come May. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 If there is someone who's a bit scarier than Russell, it has to be the 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle who opens the batting order for Kings XI Punjab along with KL Rahul. At 39 years of age, Gayle, has opened up about his thoughts of retiring from the game after the World Cup. However, his beyond-amazing performance in the ODI series against England and recently found IPL mojo, Gayle is one of those batsmen who can change the game in his team's favour in the blink of an eye. Kieron Pollard is another veteran who seems to have found his game during the 2019 IPL. Having struggled for a couple of seasons in the past, Pollard has returned to his original destructive-self and how. While struggling to connect with the ball in the first few games, Pollard showed to the world and the selectors of the Windies side that he's still skilled enough to make it to the World Cup roster, keeping in mind that this could be his final chance to lift the trophy. Hardik: Kieron Pollard is a legend. Only one man could've done this.#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/YcUKauYTWv — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019 Although Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Bravo isn't having the best IPL season of his career, the fact that he continues to be a top-10 bowler of the league has to be appreciated. The one capable enough to catch fire with the bat quickly, Bravo's inclusion to the team could be crucial for the Windies' success. A blend of such veterans with young and raw talents like Alzarri Joseph can make for a scary West Indies squad, maybe even capable enough to bring back the glory days to the Caribbean. Alternatively, the Windies also have a tendency to fall apart when it comes to playing together as a team. Series like the one against England a couple of months ago is a perfect example of how individual talents like Gayle, Jason Holder and Darren Bravo fail to perform well as a team and the team ends up crashing and burning.
  4. You may have heard that scientists finally unveiled the first picture of a black hole yesterday, unless you were inside a black hole yourself. The image is groundbreaking news for mankind but of course, we came across some hilarious memes that stole the thunder. A team of astronomers revealed the image yesterday in a press conference and the image was captured using radio telescoped called the “Event Horizon Telescope.” The black hole measures 40 billion km across and is three million times the size of our planet. Having said that, anything that breaks the internet has to be fodder to memes and hilarious tweets that's now become a norm. If you want to know more about the black hole image, you can read about it in detail here. As for now, it's time to glance over some of the funniest memes and jokes we could find on the internet: Me: mum take a nice picture of us Mum: how does it work Me: just press the button fgs Mum: pic.twitter.com/iEePmsxv5N — Rosie Percy (@rosiepercy) April 10, 2019 All my relationships ... in one picture.#BlackHole pic.twitter.com/twH1AvQxTc — Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) April 10, 2019 I am sure the spatial resolution of the #blackhole images will get better in future. pic.twitter.com/uN9lmN9fGe — Fakhar Khalid (@FakharKhalid) April 10, 2019 Oh look a photo of a black hole.....wait a damn minute....middle earth ?!?! #BlackHole pic.twitter.com/TOXZlPrxJc — Rick (@KickAssTakeNaps) April 10, 2019 © Twitter © Twitter The third eye ðï¸ looks so similar to Black Hole discovered today ð pic.twitter.com/ITVDN2EcLt — Navroop Singh (@NavroopSingh_) April 10, 2019 Profile picture vs tagged #EHTBlackHole https://t.co/YK5gGqX694 pic.twitter.com/GyX6CSV8nd — Evening Standard (@EveningStandard) April 10, 2019 The photo of the black hole is blurry, but if you zoom and enhance then you can see its full destructive power pic.twitter.com/c1wPV0vmrC — Mark Doherty (@dohertymark) April 10, 2019 The internet is busy transforming the first picture of a black hole into jokes and memes. This one is the best I've seen so far. pic.twitter.com/YvD4kANtPr — Mathieu Bernier (@mathbernier) April 10, 2019 Do you expect the internet not to meme the first picture of a black hole? pic.twitter.com/50F6CWkzlo — Faris (@palacetinebaba) April 10, 2019
  5. Way back in early 1953, when racism was what was 'trending' and brown and black kids had to go that extra mile to earn an average living which the whites enjoyed as a 'birthright', the younger of two sons to a Sikh carpenter who went by the name of Amar Singh Virdee, was born in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The boy was named Rajinder Singh Virdee. After fleeing to the United Kingdom following the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in 1960, Rajinder developed a great level of affection for the game of football in the Queen's land. It was his name, however, that made him feel out of place in the first instance. Hence the seven-year-old boy decided to go ahead with Roger Jones before changing it to Roger Jones Verdi and finally being satisfied with Roger Verdi. "Times were hard for me to fulfil my dreams, and I had to make some adjustments from my culture to fit in the English environment to try and achieve my goals," Verdi told BBC. Growing up, he became thick-skinned, unshaken by the racial slurs thrown at him by the kids of his age, playing around the block. "I had people call me names when I played, especially London boys. But I just laughed and shook their hand after the game. A Sikh is never sensitive to adversity. To beat racism one has to ignore it and I did because I accepted it, but I was bigger than it." Having played for the Wolves at the age of 14 every Friday, Verdi used to earn £5 but that came as a bonus to him for his main income came in the form of the ability to play the game he loved so dearly. However, not being able to receive better training in England, Verdi moved to Canada to follow his dream to play football on a professional level and the advice of his friend who offered him a spot with the Vancouver Spartans. "I needed to get out of England and, even though I didn't know much about Canada, with one bag and my boots, I was at Heathrow airport that evening to fly out there," he said. According to Verdi, the highlight of his career came in 1977 when St. Louis Stars played against an all-star New York Cosmos during which he was asked to defend the best player of football back then, Pele. Even at 34, football came naturally to the legend but Verdi stuck to the man like white on rice which made Pele a bit agitated and led him to ask out loud: 'Are we married?'. Chuckling, Verdi replied, “Yes, but we're getting divorced at full-time!” © Roger Verdi The Sikh athlete was so good that former Bayern Munich coach Dettmar Cramer told him that he would have been a Bundesliga-level player had he been playing in Germany. He was also recommended to play for Tottenham Hotspur by his former teammate, Graeme Souness, back in the day. However, our hero did not get the opportunity to make it big in England. "I made it as far as I did with no guidance because I had the hunger, the drive and work ethic. Yes, it was not what I wanted, but I made a good life out of it and it's been a great journey." h/t: BBC
  6. Rajasthan Royals (RR), one of the most balanced sides in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), managed to get there first win of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday. After losing in the first three matches against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, RR made sure they win this one. Shreyas Gopal and Jos Buttler being the star performers of the game, helped their team cross the finishing line. While Buttler led the batting department from the front, Gopal bamboozled the RCB batsmen with his perfect line and length. View this post on Instagram Outclassed some world class batsmen but still shows humility! ð stuff from @shreyasg0519 ð¥ð #RRvRCB A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Apr 2, 2019 at 8:27am PDT Bagging all the crucial wickets, which included the stunning bowled of Virat Kohli, caught and bowled of Ab De Villiers and a flawless catch of Buttler's to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer, the all-rounder gave away just 12 runs in his spell of four overs. Adding these three wickets against RCB, Gopal took his overall wicket count to six, taking him up to the third position in the race of the 'Purple Cap'. With this classic performance, we hope Gopal is able to earn a permanent spot in the opening XI for the upcoming matches.
  7. “Streaming is going to change the future of gaming, and it'll kill the consoles” - I am sure you've heard a lot of phrases like this during the past few months. Honestly, I didn't give into the whole game-streaming hype until last night, when Google unveiled Stadia, its ambitious gaming platform. As much as I like my consoles, I really think Stadia has the potential to pose a serious threat to them. In case you haven't seen it till now, Stadia's website boldly claims that “the future of gaming is not a box.” In all fairness, I think Google's presentation last night at GDC was convincing enough to support this claim. I say that because the idea of streaming a game online makes a lot of sense to me. Instead of throwing in all your money to buy dedicated gaming hardware, you can simply sign up for Stadia and play it on the device of your choice. © YouTube This means you could literally be playing Red Dead Redemption 2 (great game), on your TV, or heck, even a smartphone. So in this case, the TV or the smartphone and a controller is all you need to play such a demanding title. No downloads, no installations, and no “box”, as Google likes to call it. Google's data centre would do all the heavy work, and the internet will take care of the rest for you. All that sounds impressive, but how much will Stadia cost? Well, Google didn't have a lot to say about the pricing, but I am sure the service is not going to be free. In fact, I think it's going to be more expensive than any kind of streaming service that you use currently. I mean, c'mon, we're talking about a service that's going to help you play even the most demanding titles without the expensive hardware. That being said, I still think it'll be less expensive than, say, a gaming console from the likes of Sony and Microsoft. Look, I don't know how the upcoming PS5 or the rumoured Xbox Two is going to cost. But considering the fact the current-gen consoles were around $400 - $500 at launch, I am assuming the next ones will be pricier. And that's just for the console, and there are a lot of expenses like the PSN subscription, Xbox Game pass, and more. © Google So if Google Stadia is priced right, which I think it will, we are looking at a serious competition here. And then there's the whole ecosystem to consider as well. Imagine a situation where you're, say, watching a streamer on YouTube gaming or Twitch. With Stadia, you'd literally be able to tap a button and start playing that exact game without having to do much work. It's exactly the kind of seamless experience that I've always wanted. Also, there's seamless accessibility, Google Assistant integration, co-op gameplay, Stadia's State Play features, etc. Look, I can keep going with all these features and make some educated guesses here. But being able to experience all the games on a smartphone or a tablet from the comfort of my couch is convincing enough for me. Of course, all of this is going to take time, but streaming, particularly, Google's streaming service, has the potential to upend gaming consoles. If not, I can at least say that it has the potential to become one of the preferred ways of playing games for a lot of people.
  8. Remember the foldable phone which Xiaomi teased earlier this year? Yes, the “double folding smartphone” which the company's president Lin Bin showcased in a video? Well, it looks like it'll be the first foldable phone to arrive in India. According to the investors in Xiaomi's supply chain who spoke to iGyaan, Xiaomi's foldable phone is said to make it to the Indian market as early as April or early June this year. Not just that, the phone is said to be priced at Rs. 74,999, which makes this report all the more interesting. Yes, Rs. 74,999 does sound like an expensive affair for a Xiaomi phone, but it's worth pointing out that we're talking about a foldable phone. Other players competing in this space like Samsung & Huawei are selling their phones for as high as $2,000, which roughly translates to about Rs. 1.40 Lakh. If Xiaomi manages to launch its foldable phone at such a price, then it'll be undercutting the price of its competition by half. In fact, Rs. 74,999 is less than what you would pay for something like an iPhone XR in the country. © YouTube One of the main differences between Xiaomi's and other foldable phone is said to be the display. Both Samsung and Huawei are using high-quality OLED panels for their devices, whereas Xiaomi is said to be using Visionox Technology OLED, which hasn't really been tested so far. It's also worth pointing out that Xiaomi's foldable phone, unlike the Galaxy Fold, only has one screen with two foldable hinges on the left and right. Instead of switching back-n-forth between two screens, Xiaomi's phone will just fold backwards to become a smaller phone. With all that being said, there's no way to tell if these changes will compromise on quality. In case you don't know, Samsung has also confirmed that it's launching the Galaxy Fold in India, so it looks like we're about to see a lot of buzz surrounding the foldable phones in the country this year.
  9. Tencent Games recently pushed an update for PUBG Mobile, which introduced zombies in the game as a part of their limited time event. It's a result of a collaboration between 'Resident Evil 2' and Tencent, and it's quite intense. You might want to check out some tips and tricks to survive the zombie attack. If the YouTube creator MrGhost Gaming is to be believed, then it looks like we'll be getting a new zombie mode where the players themselves might get to become zombies. © PUBG Corporation Yes, you read that right. PUBG Mobile could soon be getting an update following which you'll be able to play as a zombie and hunt down other normal players. There's no official word from PUBG Corp. or Tencent as of now, but the mode is being speculated to arrive with the next update. © PUBG Corporation In one of his recent video, MrGhost Gaming claims that PUBG Mobile published a Facebook post last month collecting feedback and new ideas for the zombie mode. The post seems to have been deleted now as we couldn't find it on PUBG Mobile's official page, but the video does suggest that the developers were onto something similar. © PUBG mobile/MrGhostGaming As a zombie, you won't be able to pick up any weapons or other items, and you'll be dealing with the human opponents using only melee attacks. It's also being speculated that this new mode might be made available in custom rooms, so you can play with your friends. It is said to arrive with the version 0.13 or the 0.14 of the game, so keep your eyes peeled for the same.
  10. Microsoft Courier was a concept that combined two screens to fold over like a book, with a stylus for taking notes. We've already seen foldable phones that sport multiple displays, and Microsoft wants to bring a similar form factor to laptops. The most important element of a new form factor has to be its user interface. What's the use of integrating new specs, but the same old OS that adds nothing new to the end experience? To counter this, Microsoft could be working on a new "Windows Lite" OS that brings in support for dual displays. © PC World According to The Verge, Windows Lite's "interface will be similar to Windows as it exists today," but incorporate aspects of Microsoft's giant Surface Hub display and its Windows Phone Continuum interface. This means the company will focus on keeping touch as a primary mode of input. If the new software turns out to be a success, Microsoft could use it in single screen devices as well. Essentially, this would make it a direct competitor of Google's Chrome OS. The upcoming OS version is said to be the stripped-out version of the original OS instead of a completely new OS. © Microsoft Chrome OS may have a very tiny market share, but it has taken over the budget and low-end segment massively. For a normal user who needs a machine to access the browser, check emails, and complete basic tasks, Windows 10 is turning out to be very bulky. According to Windows Central, Microsoft is using the codename “Santorini” to refer to the shell work it is doing to make Windows Lite look and feel different than the Windows 10. Further reports from ZDNet add that Microsoft could also ship a dual-display laptop. © Microsoft This isn't the first time Microsoft has tried to create a lighter version of Windows. The new S-mode supports just Microsoft Store apps, but the OS carries along a lot of baggage from the legacy OS. Even before the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft had a brief stint with Windows RT, and it turned out to be a huge failure. This time around, the company is hoping to create a niche segment that offers a new form factor and bring in the much-needed portability features.
  11. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Apple's second-generation AirPods as they're expected to be significantly better than the original AirPods that debuted back in 2016. The new ones are said to have improved sound, always-on Siri support, and wireless charging, among other features. © YouTube/Airpods Yes, there's quite a lot of buzz around the wireless charging support, but a new leak suggests that the new AirPods could also support rapid charging which will allow you fully charge them in just 15 minutes. A tweet sent out by XDA member Max Weinbach claims that the battery level of AirPods 2, both the carrying case and the AirPods themselves, can go from 0-per cent to 100-per cent in just 15 minutes. It's way better than the current generation AirPods, which take hours to get charged. © Reuters The charging case is said to use Qi charging, although that can't be confirmed just yet. In his tweet, Max also noted that the case will be both bigger and heavier than the current one. As is the case with any other leak, there's no way to confirm this, so we suggest you take this information with a pinch of salt. Apple's first press event of the year is scheduled to be held on March 25 at Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus. Additionally, the company is also expected to make a few more interesting announcements like a video streaming service to compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and more. Source: Twitter
  12. With the iPhone X, Apple completely ditched the home button in favour of gestures. The gesture navigation system was soon rolled out by multiple Android OEMs, even though Android doesn't natively support it. Currently, Android OS relies on three core navigation buttons: back button, home button and a recents tab. Google combined the home and recents buttons in Android 9 but kept the back button untouched. Though, this could change in the upcoming Android Q update. © YouTube According to a report by XDA Developers, Google is now planning to completely ditch the conventional Back button to opt for a gesture-based navigation system. And this is a good thing for all of us. Gestures are for sure the future of smartphone navigation, and with core support, the user experience will be drastically better. Google last year launched Android Pie with a new one-touch button and lots of gesture features. Though, the update let users switch back to the older method of navigation. © YouTube Even though a lot of Android phones have gesture navigation available as an option, it works due to the external skin or UI that the OEM has made. This isn't always as smooth and intuitive as native support. In comparison, Apple's navigation is extremely fluid due to deeper software integration. Swiping left on the screen will enable users to go back and swiping right will take users from their current app to the previous app in a card-like transition. Swifter animations are another major revamp that Google could bring with the update. © Google Google shall be announcing the next major update to Android at Google I/O developer conference, that is scheduled for 7 May. Google is also expected to launch a redesigned app info screen with “Material Theme”. There are also rumours that Google could finally bring a system-wide dark mode and even more detailed privacy controls. Google intends to make it easier for users to understand and determine the permissions they are giving to an app. Please keep in mind, these reports are based on early builds of Android Q, an official feature announcements is pending.
  13. The hunt for the new 'Batman' has almost begun! Yes, you read that right as Ben Affleck has announced that he is stepping down from the iconic role. And today, Warner Bros. has dropped major deets about 'The Batman', which will hit theatres in the summer of 2021. The film will be directed by Matt Reeves and now Warner Brothers' major task is to find a fit protagonist. We have listed down the five most favourable actors who could be considered a perfect fit for the role: 1. Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal has quickly risen in the eyes of critics to become one of the frontrunners who could play 'Batman'. It would not be wrong to say that Gyllenhaal is a chameleon. He can easily slip into any role and deliver a top-notch performance. Remember 'Nightcrawler' and 'Nocturnal Animals'? What would be these films without Jake playing the lead? In 2005, Gyllenhaal delivered the performance of a lifetime in his film 'Brokeback Mountain' and earned his first Oscar nomination. We believe the actor has got a stronghold on transforming himself and would turn out to be a good looking Dark Knight! The actor has already shown interest in playing Bruce Wayne. 2. Michael Fassbender We know him from his iconic role as 'Magneto' in the 'X-Men' series. It wouldn't be much of a worry if he is chosen to play 'Batman'. Fassbender is strong, he is tall, a white and would turn out to be a spitting image of Bruce Wayne. He has got the charm to play the man who is soft without his mask and a superhero with his alter ego on. Over the years Michael Fassbender has done contrasting roles; where on one hand he depicted a costumed vigilante in 'Assassin's Creed', he also played an emotional man in 'The Light Between Oceans'. His contract with Marvel could turn out to be a problem, as 'Batman' is a Warner Bros. commodity. 3. James McAvoy We now have an idea of James McAvoy's unmatched talent! He has got this supreme ability to play many characters (personalities), the glimpse of which we saw in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split' and 'Glass'. James McAvoy is prominently seen as Professor Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' franchise and has got many important award nominations to his name. Though his chances of becoming the 'Batman' are not that strong, since he is already playing a mutant in the Marvel run franchise, we still know somewhere that he could be a perfect fit for this role. 4. Keanu Reeves Let us tell you that Keanu Reeves was earlier in consideration to play the iconic character in 'Batman Forever', however, it was later played by Val Kilmer. During the time of 'Batman vs Superman', he mentioned about playing the caped crusader. Looks like luck didn'tfavourr him! However, now speculations are rife that Keanu Reeves could again be considered for this role. The actor has given many remarkable performances including those in 'The Matrix', 'Constantine' and the recent one in 'John Wick'. Moreover, he has got training in Martial Arts and who knows he is the next 'Batman' saving the world! 5. Michael B. Jordan Michael B. Jordan has been offered several path-breaking roles in all these years. His inclusion in 'Black Panther' and the film's latest nomination at the Oscars may turn things in his favor. The actor has already been nominated for a few awards this year and has even won some of them. Having done films like 'Creed', 'Creed II' and 'Fantastic Four', Jordan could be one surprising pick by the Warner Bros. We would love to see a man of color playing our beloved 'Batman'.
  14. Apple has already flirted with the idea of providing a gaming experience on your TV via Apple TV. However, a new report suggests that the Cupertino giant is now looking to make a new product that will work on a subscription model. It will work similar to Xbox' Game Pass and plans are still in the early stages, the report said. Another idea was suggested that Apple may also play the role of a publisher with a few development studios. In the gaming world, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all offer a subscription service for their respective consoles. It provides gamers access to a large catalogue of games for a monthly subscription fee. Xbox Game pass already offers access to Xbox 360, Xbox Exclusives and other games for $9.99. The Microsoft-owned gaming company also plans to launch a streaming service called xCloud next year. Sony also provides gamers with the ability to stream games via PlayStation Now which includes titles from platforms like PS4, PS3 and PS2. Even though Apple is not known for providing hardware gaming titles on iOS devices, the App Store is home to millions of casual games and players alike. In fact, mobile gaming revenue is expected to reach $106 billion in two years because of titles like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Pokemon GO and others. © Youtube Apple has also co-designed a gaming controller with SteelSeries that works with Apple TV. Apple as already patented other input methods and is planning increase in graphical capabilities. For example, the latest iPad Pro is capable of delivering similar graphics performance as the Xbox One S. That's because The A-series CPUs and GPUs found in iPads and iPhones can rival the current generation of gaming consoles. © Youtube/CultofMac Services are a big source of revenue for Apple and since hardware sales have plateaued, a gaming subscription could potentially ad a new source of revenue for Apple. In fact, if Apple provides AAA games with more serious titles rather than casual games, it may just turn the tide in the gaming industry. With the rise of games like Fortnite, PUBG and Clash of Clans, gaming is about to become bigger than ever before and Apple's new subscription could be the game changer for the industry. However, it remains to be seen whether Apple will host AAA games or continue to provide casual games on their platform.
  15. While we're happy for Ranbir Kapoor when he gave us 'Sanju', the biggest hit of 2018, there are some movies he perhaps inadvertently didn't give his all too, which plummeted at the box office. Why're we telling you this? Well, because when he was giving us back-to-back flops films like 'Besharam' (2014), 'Roy' (2015), 'Tamasha' (2015) and 'Jagga Jasoos' (2017), he was actually trolled by a cop and asked to stop doing so! © Fox Star Studios Well, not literally trolled but recently the actor attended the Umang Police Show 2019 and narrated an incident when a cop asked him to stop one night and upon recognising him, gave him a lecture about his career and how he shouldn't give any more flops and instead, suggested he does a film where he plays a policeman! © Eros International Ranbir went onto stage and narrated the incident to Shah Rukh Khan who was also on stage with him and other prominent guests who were amidst the audience. The cop first stopped his car and upon recognising him, he took a picture with Ranbir, only to sit and give him some detailed career advice on how his next film should be a one where he plays a cop. © Viral Bhayani I mean I wish it was so easy to stop most Bollywood actors and and give them some unsolicited advice on some things they probably shouldn't have done! But I guess the Mumbai policeman was lucky enough to encounter one of the biggest stars in Bollywood and sit him down over some serious talk. © Instagram Watch the video of Ranbir narrating this during the Umang Police Show 2019! Video: Ranbir Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan and Manish Paul on stage. #Umang2019 #umangpoliceshow2019 #RanbirKapoor #Ranbir #ShahRukhKhan #ManishPaul #Bollywood A post shared by Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@ranbirkapooruniverse) on Jan 27, 2019 at 10:00am PST But on an endearing note, I believe it was quite sweet of the cop to suggest something like that to Ranbir, since the policeman would actually want a fine actor to emulate the role of a policeman in a film. If directors do have any good scripts or ideas for a cop-based film, they should definitely get in touch with Ranbir, as he's told the cop he'd be open to doing it, but hasn't had a chance yet. Well, here's hoping Ranbir!
  16. Residents of many parts of India are aware of the hazardous smog we live in. Delhi and Mumbai have repeatedly crossed extremely hazardous levels of air pollution and we've done nothing to curb this. In fact, a majority of the people don't realise how unhealthy the air around us is. When was the last time you looked up and got awed by a crystal clear blue sky? © Reuters In the last decade, mobile phones have evolved from machines that can make a call to portable swiss knives that can do everything. One smartphone today is capable of replacing a camera, MP3 player, television, radio, and even a PC. We've slowly managed to add complex measuring instruments like a gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, and proximity sensor in them as well. Now, according to a patent filing by Apple, they are considering adding a poison sensor that would be capable of detecting carbon monoxide (CO) and other harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, breathing unhealthy air has become an inevitable part of daily life for many of us. Microscopic particles too small for the eye to see are released into the air from cars, trains, power plants, factories and other sources. © Via Patently Apple CO is a poisonous gas that kills many people every year. Being colourless and odourless, it is impossible to detect by humans. If Apple can actually materialize such a sensor, it'll be a vital life-saving tool. Having a miniature gas sensor built into an iPhone or Apple Watch will be able to notify a user that they could possibly be in a dangerous environment at home, at work or in the public. The process of making this feasible includes producing robust miniature gas sensors with features like improved stability, enhanced poisoning resistance, and reduced signal interference. © Via Patently Apple In terms of a long-term solution, the sensors can become part of a larger system that monitors environmental and health hazards and will be a core part of IoT (Internet of Things). Apple Watch has already saved numerous lives thanks to improper heart rate detection, thus predicting diseases and long term health issues. Even the new "trip" function onboard the Series 4 has saved many who couldn't communicate due to an accident. Source: Patently Apple
  17. Apple's AirPod wireless headphones have been one of the firm's most successful products - and a much anticipated new version is in the works and expected to be launched in the first half of 2019. Patent filings suggest the company is pretty much ready with the design and mass production is just around the corner. Reports by DigiTimes and 9To5Mac indicate the new AirPods 2 are just on the way. Up till now, we've barely heard about the second generation earbuds and many expected Apple to launch them last year. According to 9To5Mac, a "Hey Siri" configuration tool found in Apple's latest iOS 12.2 beta suggests the new AirPods are coming soon. © 9To5Mac If Siri setup has AirPods inclusion, it means the second generation AirPods could bring in "Hey Siri" functionality. In this case, the audio processing shall be done by the AirPods itself, and not the connected iPhone. The new AirPods are expected to have a heart rate sensor, enabling tracking of fitness activities. Since the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has increased its focus on health tracking and slowly started integrating everything in the Health SDK. © Apple "If you zoom out into the future and you look back and you ask the question: 'What was Apple's greatest contribution to mankind?' It will be about health," Tim Cook said in a recent interview to CNBC. According to a fairly old report from Bloomberg, the new pair of earbuds are also going to be waterproof and house better Bluetooth connectivity than their predecessors, thanks to the inclusion of the W2 chip. The same chipset has also been used onboard the Apple Watch Series 3. © Apple Lastly, the AirPods 2 are expected to have wireless charging capabilities. Since the launch of the iPhone 8, Apple has committed itself to going completely wireless. Though, the company still hasn't been able to launch the AirPower mat that can charge multiple devices at once. Rumours suggest the brand could finally launch the AirPower mat along with the AirPods 2. Keep in mind, much of this is speculation and based on informal reports. There has been no official confirmation from Apple about the AirPods 2 development.
  18. The iPhone XI is expected to launch later this year, however, rumours are shaping it up to be one of the biggest phone launches by Apple. Rumours are hinting at a few features that may just be game-changing and others that have been long awaited for the iPhone. © Twitter A new patent application with the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) was filed yesterday and it reveals what Apple has in store for the next iPhone. There will be a feature where the camera app will launch the moment you pick up the device making it instantly available to users. It was first spotted by Apple Insider where the patent describes it as “automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in a locked mode based on detecting that the user of the mobile device intends to capture a photograph.” Adding to this rumour, a post from C Technology or better known as “iCTech," lists five more features that are rumoured to be in the works. For instance, a previous rumour suggested that the iPhone XI will have a triple rear camera setup, however, C Technology adds that there will be a 3x telephoto lens. Other new features include a 4,000 mAh battery, 15W wireless charging, reduced TrueDepth camera notch and a 90 to 120Hz screen refresh rate. © YouTube ICTech has been known for some accurate and some dodgy leaks which means you should take this rumour with a pinch of salt. iCTech does not specify any sources, however, the account has previously leaked Apple's iPhone 5c Quick Start guide accurately. In terms of battery size claims, the iPhone XS and XS Max are currently powered by 2,658mAh and 3,174mAh batteries, respectively. Bumping it up to 4,000 mAh would be a massive overhaul for Apple and it would be hard for the company to fit this battery in the existing form factor. © Twitter Other recent rumours have suggested a smaller TrueDepth notch and the same was echoed by iCTech. The TrueDepth notch is expected to have a 10-megapixel selfie camera which will be an upgrade from the current 7MP found in the iPhone XS and XR. Finally, the 90 to 120 Z display is expected to be identical to what we have already seen on the 2019 iPad Pro. A higher refresh rate results in better animation and smoother experience which works best when playing games. Apple already uses something called ProMotion which basically means it has a variable display rate. The display automatically pushes the refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz depending on the activity you are doing on your phone. Source: Apple Insider
  19. Sharing Netflix account details has become a fairly common sight since the service comes with an exorbitant price tag in India. Indian economy isn't mature enough on a scale to pay at least Rs 500 per month for a streaming service. Thanks to sharing of passwords, multiple users can use the same account to stream their favourite shows. The maximum users allowed to be logged in at once is currently capped at four, and technically, it's four screens, and not separate "users". To counter the misuse of a single account by multiple users, this company is using Artifical Intelligence. © Reuters UK-based Synamedia unveiled the artificial intelligence software at the CES 2019 technology trade show in Las Vegas, claiming it could save the streaming industry billions of dollars over the next few years. The streaming service companies would hire Synamedia, which in turn uses AI, behavioural analytics and machine learning to monitor and analyse password sharing activity across user accounts. The AI would then identify the rule breakers. In other words, if you pay for your premium service, you'll probably be fine. If not, you could be the star of the next Netflix true crime docu-series. © AP "For example, the solution can determine whether users are viewing at their main home and a holiday home, or whether they have shared credentials with friends or grown-up children who live away from home. If the latter, then subscribers are offered a premium shared account service that includes a pre-authorized level of password sharing and a higher number of concurrent users," Synamedia explained. The firm notes recent research which found 26 percent of millennials give out their credentials for video streaming services to other people. An estimated US$ 1.2 billion of revenue is lost annually by subscription-based streaming services such as Netflix. © Time Magazine "Casual credentials sharing is becoming too expensive to ignore," said Jean-Marc Racine, CPO of Synamedia. Synamedia confirmed it is now conducting trials with a number of pay-TV operators but refused to reveal whether Netflix is among them. However, the 'casual sharing' practise is so common Netflix CEO Reed Hastings once described it as a 'positive thing' because he believes people who did it were likely to become paying subscribers later down the line.
  20. iMessage is Apple's proprietary instant messaging service that comes embedded in the "Messages" app. If you are sending an SMS to someone, and the recipient has an iPhone, you can send the same message over Apple's iMessage service instead of carrier-based SMS. This way, you do not incur carrier charges and the overall capabilities increase widely. To use iMessage, you need to have the recipients Apple ID -- it can be your mobile number or email. iMessage is for Apple devices only and a core part of the ecosystem. While the service isn't widely used in countries like India, it has been a massive success in the U.S.A because of the high availability of iPhone users. © Mashable On the other hand, Google is also working on a similar solution called Rich Communication Services, or RCS. It is a new protocol that lets you send a lot more than just 160 characters of text. We've already explained the new protocol in depth here. Basically, RCS is capable of being a full-fledged WhatsApp like IM, that can universally send across messages to other phones and app clients. In other words, if you have an RCS supported handset, you can get WhatsApp and iMessage-like features without having to install any app or going through any sort of setup. The new protocol is being backed by a number of carriers globally, Microsoft, and Google. © Skype This protocol is being governed by GSMA, an industry trade association that represents mobile-network operators around the world. It's also the body that would help to get RCS off the ground and make the new standard a more powerful force in messaging. According to a new leaked slide on Reddit, Apple has shown interest in RCS. The slide alleges the company wants to improve the experience of sending text messages to non-Apple devices. It also wants to stay updated to meet network operator requirements in countries like U.S.A and Canada. © Reddit / Flicter22 Again, it's unclear whether or not Apple's discussions with the GSMA have led to anything of magnitude. While the event took place on October 24th, the contents of the slide haven't been widely reported on thus far. Honestly, I'd love to see iMessage support RCS. We have a number of universally adopted protocols for day-to-day usage on the internet, a similar set of process for instant messaging is a need of the hour. Especially when even giants like Google are so confused about their chat apps. Source: Reddit
  21. In September, Apple launched the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR. The three phones were in-line with Apple's iPhone X design language and featured major internal changes only. Though, the smartphone industry underwent some vital changes in terms of design with companies trying their luck with everything. Huawei's P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro have definitively taken over the mobile photography department and Google's Pixel still kicks ass with a single lens. In this polarised environment, we sure expect Apple to bring in radical changes to the iPhone. Last week, Apple stock dipped massively due to poor iPhone sales owing to their battery replacement program. © BCCL Users just aren't upgrading to a new iPhone thanks to easy and cheap battery replacements. In such a scenario, Apple needs more than just a design change. It needs to be prepared to take on aggressive competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Google. OnLeaks has shared a render that gives us our very first look at Apple's next smartphone – the iPhone XI 2019. The image shows only the rear of the device but it is a big reveal nonetheless. The rumour reveals that Apple will go out of its way to make the upcoming iPhones much special and better than ever before. © Digit x OnLeaks The leaked picture of the iPhone XI reveals that the new iPhone will come with triple rear cameras paired with LED flash. The three camera lenses are located in a squircle manner in the top left corner and the LED flash on the right corner, in an awkward, asymmetric location. At the moment, the exact details of each sensor remain unclear. If we're to guess, one of them shall be the primary lens accompanied by a telephoto sensor. The right lens could be a Time of Flight lens that is more accurate over long distance and can be used for 3D modelling. © Digit x OnLeaks It's being said that the 2019 iPhone models are currently in the Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, meaning it's still in early design and how the end product will look isn't finalised yet. The current design we see is very "un-Apple" because the company is known for its attention to detail, and we really hope such an asymmetric design doesn't make it to the finals. Source: Digit
  22. Kartik Aaryan has come a long way. From the super emphatic rant that was low-key an ode to the insufferable struggles of all the boyfriends in the nation in 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' to the role that put him on a pedestal as the ultimate jealous and possessive bestie as Sonu, the guy has proved that acting comes to him as naturally as dancing comes to Tiger Shroff. He is a force to be reckoned with in terms of acting prowess, good looks, and well as being fashionable. He proved it in 2018, and here are 10 pictures which establish our claim. 1. Blue and black make for a great combination and he knows it all too well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 28, 2018 at 12:32am PST 2. This Mastermind jacket in velvet costs Rs 4 Lakhs but just look at him rock the Koffee couch in it! View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 24, 2018 at 10:00pm PST 3. How to win accolades in style 101 View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 19, 2018 at 11:40am PST 4. Layering lessons in denim and cotton served right. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 19, 2018 at 8:02am PST 5. We don't know a lot of people who can pull off a blue snakeskin jacket. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 13, 2018 at 11:05pm PST 6. We desperately WANT that duck DJ tee. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Nov 15, 2018 at 2:46am PST 7. Diwali Couture done right. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:59am PST 8. Leatherette patchwork? Why not? View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Sep 22, 2018 at 6:47am PDT 9. We can't get enough of this statement suit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shaleena Nathani (@shaleenanathani) on Dec 21, 2018 at 4:01am PST 10. Talk about having all the right moves in the Chessboard of style. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Priyanka & Kazim (@the.vainglorious) on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:52am PST
  23. It feels like one of those days when things end on a happy note. Despite rain delaying the commencements on Day 5 of the 3rd Test, Team India wrapped up early to register the second win of the 4-game series and took a 2-1 lead against the Aussies at their home-turf behind the Man of the Match, Jasprit Bumrah, who took 9 wickets in the match and Ravindra Jadeja, with five wickets under his belt. Nobody said that the Indians' trip Down Under would be a cakewalk both on or off the pitch. While the Men in Blue struggled to make runs in the second innings, some of the rather notorious “fans” of Australian cricket made their lives a tad more difficult by barking racially motivated taunts at them. The authorities at the Melbourne Cricket Ground issued formal warnings after chants of 'Show us your visa' roared within the stadium. “Victoria Police and stadium security are monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in that section of the stadium,” announced a Cricket Australia spokesperson post the incident, “and have had several discussions with those fans in that bay to remind them about appropriate crowd behaviour, as per venue entry terms and conditions.” This came later on during the same day when Indian skipper Virat Kohli was being called “a wanker” as he fielded at the boundary during the first innings. Kohli - who has been infamous for getting in trouble for showing 'the finger' to the Australian crowd in the early days of his international career - held his own with utmost grace and replied with a brilliant sense of humour as he took off his cap and bowed before the hostile audience. India captain @imVkohli was greeted with the chant of "#Kohli is a wanker" by the MCG crowd. His response... pic.twitter.com/YUTUh3woIy — Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 28, 2018 India defeated the Aussies by 137 runs to gain a 2-1 lead in the series. The 4th Test begins on 3rd January, 2019. Will Kohli's boys be able to take the series 3-1 or will Paine and team make them settle for a tie?
  24. Bollywood's 'Dabangg' Salman Khan, who turned 53 today, threw a kickass birthday party last night to celebrate the moment with his close friends and family members. But, it was our former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, who stole the show with her fun dance-off with the birthday boy. The first thing that comes to our minds (or maybe some of us) when we think of Salman and Sushmita dancing together, is 'Chunari Chunari' from 'Biwi No. 1' or 'Just Chill' from 'Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya'. Yes, that's how old it is and only a 90s kid will vividly remember those movies. © Instagram Sushmita even posted the video on social media, of them dancing together like nobody's watching. She wrote, "Whenever life gives us a choice to sit it out or dance...WE DANCE” The journey from falling in love with #Prem on screen in Maine Pyar kiya #1989 to sharing the screen with him in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya #2005 what a destined journey indeed!!!Happy Birthday to a man who never stopped celebrating 'Being Human' Have a blessed year @beingsalmankhan Know that I will ALWAYS love you!!" View this post on Instagram “Whenever life gives us a chance to sit it out or dance...WE DANCE” ððµðThe journey from falling in love with #Prem on screen in Maine Pyar kiya #1989 to sharing the screen with him in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya #2005 ðâ¤ï¸ðwhat a destined journey indeed!!! ððð»Happy Birthday to a man who never stopped celebrating 'Being Human' ðð𥰠Have a blessed year @beingsalmankhanâ¤ï¸Know that I will ALWAYS love you!!! #friendforlife #happybirthday #duggadugga ðâ¤ï¸ðð»mmuuuaaah!!! A post shared by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Dec 26, 2018 at 7:17pm PST Honestly, this is the kind of reunion we all live for. In fact, if you play the video on mute you will actually feel that they are dancing on 'Chunari Chunari'. From Katrina Kaif, Mouni Roy, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandes, to Sohail Khan, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol; Bollywood's who's who was seen attending the party.
  25. According to a report by Kaspersky Labs, your personal data could be up for sale on the Dark Web for as low as Rs 3,500 (US$ 50). This includes everything you do online, right from your bank details to the games you play and the porn you watch. © Reuters Kaspersky Labs has been investigating markets on the Dark Web and discovered that the user's personal data often sells for a very cheap price. These sensitive credentials are a core part of everyone's life and with increasing online identity thefts and frauds, you may anytime be a victim. "This can include data from stolen social media accounts, banking details, remote access to servers or desktops, and even data from popular services like Uber, Netflix, and Spotify, as well as gaming websites, dating apps, and porn websites which might store credit card information" the report states. A single vulnerable account costs just US$ 1 and hackers sell them in bulk, which costs even lesser. These accounts could be your email, third party services, or even your own devices. © Reuters We come across major vulnerabilities in products every now and then and while companies strive to keep their systems secure, the internet has a history of compromised accounts. This is the primary reason why it's always recommended to have a different password for all your online activities. With two-factor authentication gaining wider support, it's always a healthy practice to keep it switched on. Hacked accounts may not only lead to financial loss but also contribute to identify theft. The perpetrator can use your identity for illegal actions, indirectly putting you in the line of fire. Another way to stay safe is never giving your credentials to untrusted websites or apps. One way to verify authenticity is to check the SSL certificate by clicking the green lock icon beside the URL. An encrypted transfer has become a basic norm for services and majority of the mainstream, sites have identity verification as well in the certificate. The Dark Web is a partitioned part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines. Many reside on encrypted networks like TOR and use proxy servers to hide their location and IP address. Hence, it becomes near to impossible for law enforcement agencies to track cybercrime. Source: The Economic Times
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