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  1. AirDrop lets users transfer files amongst two iPhone users or iPhone and MacBook users. It is an exclusive feature of iOS and at the moment and no Android smartphone has been able to effectively replicate it. But that may change soon as Samsung is making a similar feature for their smartphones. According to XDA Developersâ source, a new feature called âQuick Shareâ was spotted and will debut alongside the upcoming Galaxy S20 smartphones. It will work similarly to AirDrop i.e. it will not use cellular or Bluetooth to transfer files. Instead, it will use Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between connected devices. XDA was able to access the interface of the application and it says that within the app, users can locate nearby Galaxy devices to transfer files. This also suggests that the feature may be exclusive to Galaxy smartphones. © XDA Developers Quick Share will also have other options for users such as choosing whom you can receive files from i.e. from everyone or from your contacts. The app will also be able to let users save files to the cloud, from where it can later be downloaded locally or streamed to Samsung SmartThings devices. There will be a limit of 1GB per file and a daily limit of 2GB of total cloud storage. © Samsung It is currently not clear whether this feature will be available for older Samsung Galaxy devices, however XDA revealed that its source was using the app on a Galaxy S20 Plus 5G. It could be possible that the new Quick Share feature will roll out for devices that will get the OneUI 2.1 update. © Google Samsung is not the only company working on an AirDrop like feature as Google is also rumoured to be working on a similar service called âNearby Sharing.â Googleâs service is rumoured to be released via Google Play Store and may work with almost every Android smartphone. We will get to know more about Quick Share at Samsungâs âUnpackedâ event that is set to take place on February 11. View the full article
  2. Whether you look at the latest flagship phones by Apple, Samsung, Huawei or even Xiaomi, there is one thing common amongst these devices - wireless charging. OnePlus has been avoiding this feature up until now but it looks like the company may just bring that feature for the OnePlus 8 Pro variant. Charge like a pro. pic.twitter.com/Fqnkpsa0mT â Max J. (@Samsung_News_) January 21, 2020 A tweet by tipster Max J. Suggests that the upcoming âProâ variant of the OnePlus 8 may come with the new feature. While the tweet didnât really clearly say that the smartphone will come with the feature, it does drop a huge hint that point towards the same. He tweeted a second image of a smartphone being charged by a wireless charging pad that looks somewhat similar to a OnePlus smartphone. Of course, he clears the air in a second tweet by saying that the image is just a concept image for illustration purposes. There have been previous rumours that suggested OnePlus would bring wireless charging to one of the models but nothing concrete has confirmed the information yet. © BCCL If the feature does make its way to a OnePlus smartphone this year, it would truly be the complete flagship smartphone OnePlus has been striving for. OnePlus has avoided wireless charging as it prefers the faster wired charging that comes in the form of warp charge which charges the OnePlus 7 and 7T series at 30W. Having said that, there is nothing preventing OnePlus from implementing both features apart from the obvious rise in cost. This also means that if wireless charging is a major feature on the next OnePlus phone, you can expect the price to be higher than 2019âs OnePlus Pro smartphones. © YouTube/Techdroider Of course, it is obvious that none of this is confirmed information and is purely based on speculation. We advise you to take this with a pinch of salt until OnePlus makes it official closer to launch of the next smartphone. View the full article
  3. After Uri's release in 2019, Vicky Kaushal had taken a brief break in 2019. But, now that he's back in the game, filming for Karan Johar's Takht wherein he'll be acting alongside Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor, we'll be seeing more of his public appearances. For example, recently Vicky Kaushal wore waffle sneakers that had people wondering if the silhouette design was inspired by real waffles. © Instagram/Manav Manglani Vicky Kaushal's signature style however, can be defined as accessible and something that most of us can recreate in our everyday lives. This is courtesy of his stylist Amandeep Kaur. Recently, while hanging out with Katrina Kaif, he was spotted wearing a black sweatshirt with orange neon stripes, but to complete the outfit, he added bright orange sneakers. Take a look here: © Instagram/Manav Manglani Vicky is wearing Adidas Ozweego in a vibrant orange colour. Shades of Adidas Ozweego line are chosen in a way so that the final silhouette looks rather compelling. These sneakers have a bright tangerine mesh base and suede overlays. There are small creamsicle coloured strips on the woven. © Instagram/Manav Manglani These re-worked Adidas originals are available in India now for Rs 10,999, which, if you think about, isn't a bad price for an Adidas silhouette. This, however, isn't the first time Vicky has worn this sneaker. But, clearly, this outfit does look like it's right out of a candy store. View the full article
  4. Imagine thinking that people just don't like you because no one has reached out to you in months, but then finding out it's because everyone thinks you're actually dead. Yeah, this is a weird situation but, it also happened for real for 75-year-old Alan Hattel. The poor guy got so concerned that no one had called him in three-four months, only to discover his own grave. Yes, it's getting weirder. Talk about being buried alive. © Paul Reid The retired welder from Forfar, Tayside in Scotland said, "My phone hasnât rung for three or four months. Iâve been confused by it all but now I know why nobody has been calling. I donât even want to be buried â I plan to be cremated." Well, what's the perfect way to announce that you're actually alive? Posing dramatically alongside your grave, of course. © Paul Reid I'm a little upset he didn't use this rare chance to just mess with people by claiming how he died but came back to life. That would be hilarious. But, the main question is why would there be a gravestone with his name on it when he's clearly not in the grave. Well, according to him, it seems like the doing of his ex-wife. © Paul Reid He said, "Iâve never, ever said I wanted to be buried alongside my ex-wife. Weâve been separated 26 years and thereâs no animosity but Iâm struggling to take it all in. To find out you have a gravestone in a cemetery while you are still alive isnât something that happens every day." There's only one explanation- When your ex really really doesn't like you ....https://t.co/AJEyB5Iy3S â Brad Pridgeon (@bpridgeo) January 23, 2020 Well, at least he already has a headstone and everything when his time actually comes if he changes his mind about getting cremated. View the full article
  5. India is the land of affordable internet. In fact, it has the cheapest data plans in the world. However, India being a developing nation, it still isnât accessible to everyone which means there is room for even more affordable prices. Thatâs exactly what Bengaluru based startup Wi-Fi Dabba is offering for users in the city. The startup wants to offer âreliable and affordable servicesâ via network points called supernodes. These supernodes are being installed across high-rise buildings and towers to increase their coverage area for everyone. © WifiDabba The company is now offering its users 1GB of data for Re 1 which is almost 360% cheaper than Jioâs most affordable plan. It is worthy to note this is a Wi-Fi only service and not a mobile data plan users can avail on their phones. The Wi-Fi points, however, are present everywhere as the company has installed it at shops and other inaccessible areas. Users can simply connect to the network and start using the internet for Rs 1. If users are not registered, they can do so by connecting to the network and registering an account. Additionally, users can also purchase tokens locally if they do not prefer digital payments. Wi-Fi Dabba uses a different technology instead of traditional wired connections as it transmits data via a grid of supernodes. These are essentially eye-safe lasers that basically form a mesh system and transmit data to users. Due to the supernode technology, Wi-Fi Dabba has been able to keep its costs low as no fibre wiring is involved. © WifiDabba The service is currently only available in Bengaluru and if you are interested in using their service, you can sign up on their website here. View the full article
  6. In 2019, the Kerala government had announced that it'll make the entire state, especially its tourist destinations, disabled-friendly by 2021. A program started by Kerala's tourism's Barrier-Free Tourism Project has now received global recognition as the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) made a special mention about Kerala for the Emerging Global Destination in the Accessible Destination Awards 2019. © Twitter Well, the special mention was in place for Kerala being the first to work as per the UNWTO guidelines for making tourist destinations disabled-friendly and we surely do need these places in numbers, across the country. The recognition though was for the implementation of the project in Thrissur, which is India's first disabled-friendly destination to win the honour. The award is given by the World Tourism Organization and ONCE Foundation that works for people with disabilities. The awards at the Spanish capital were given away as part of FITUR Trade Fair, which is a meeting point for tourism professionals the world over and is the second-biggest global gathering of travel and tourism professionals. In March last year, Kerala introduced the barrier-free project in order to make at least 120 destinations within the state disabled-friendly. In October, Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran had said that 98 destinations out of the 120 tourist spots across the state which were identified for the first phase have already been made completely disabled-friendly. Thrissur was amongst the first only because it's the cultural capital of Kerala, one of the first few destinations in the state, to create the complete infrastructure in all its destinations like Azhikode and Snehatheeram, the hill destination of Vilangankunnu and the scenic dams in Poomala and Vazhani. © Twitter The upcoming project include Chavakkad Beach, Peechi and Thumboormuzhi. The facilities include ramps, accessible toilets, lactation rooms, Braille pamphlets, signage, touch-screen kiosks, audio and sign aids, wheelchairs and walking aids. They have been made available in major tourist destinations in the district. Hailing the achievement, Kerala Tourism Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran said, âWe deserve this honour. It will enhance Keralaâs reputation as a global tourist destination.â While Kerala tourism is working towards making all its tourist destinations travel friendly for disabled people, we only hope more states in India come forward and implement progressive and infrastructural and viable structures for the differently-abled. This is a great project initiated by Kerala and we hope by 2021 the entire state caters to disabled people through its tourism. View the full article
  7. We all know the ABC that rules the zeitgeist of Indiaâs pop-culture wherein A stands for Astrology, B for Bollywood and C for cricket. Just take a look at any entertainment daily and their page 3 and youâll get an idea of how ardently we look at celebrities from the film fraternity and their personal lives. © Instagram/virat.kohli Even with cricketers, most of us have a keen interest in their shenanigans (or lack thereof) off the field, over their stellar performances on it. Be it their lavish lifestyle, who theyâre dating and what their opinion is on serious political matters, we as a society look up to or towards them in one way or the other. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Speaking about the lavish lifestyles that some of our cricketers lead, we couldnât help but notice how like most men, they too love to splurge their hard-earned cash on some common toys that men and boys envy - cars, watches and bikes, primarily. © MensXP Here are some of the most ridiculously expensive watches that we have seen some of our cricketers wear, when they were out and about in the public. 1. Krunal Pandya © Instagram/krunalpandya_official As much as a fashion icon his younger brother Hardik is, Krunal does not actually lag behind when it comes to style. Agreed that it isnât as egregiously good as Hardikâs, Krunal still has managed to turn our heads on more than one occasion. He has often been spotted donning a rather dope Rolex, particularly the Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold Oyster. The price? Well, it reportedly retails for Rs. 89.90 lakh. 2. MS Dhoni © Twitter/panerai Being the brand ambassador of a major luxury watchmaker, is it a surprise that âCaptain Coolâ is on the list? A de facto horologist, even before he broke on to the cricketing scene, he has often been spotted wearing a rather suave Panerai Radiomir California worth Rs. 9.25 lakh. And just like the man himself, we have to say, the watch itself is rather cool. 3. Umesh Yadav © Instagram/umeshyaadav The right-arm fast bowler may not be a fashion icon as such, but he clearly knows his watches. Umesh Yadav is a fan of chunky big machined watches and is also known for his love of big chunky chronographs. Even while playing on the field, he has often been spotted wearing the Graham Silverstone Stowe 500 Blue Flyback, which retails for just over Rs. 11.00 lakh. 4. KL Rahul © Instagram/rahulkl Another fashion icon that is currently a part of the Indian cricketing pantheon, KL Rahul actually has a zany sense of style. Just take a look at our cover story with him, and youâll get an idea of what weâre on about. From some really dapper sneakers to a zany, Pokemon inspired Fendi fanny pack, he has done it all. From the rather impressive collection of watches that he has, we particularly are in awe of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37 that we have seen him wear time and again. The retail price for the watch? Just under Rs. 13.25 lakh. 5. Jasprit Bumrah © Instagram/jaspritb1 One of those cricketers who arenât exactly known for his sartorial choices, Jasprit Bumrah actually has a sick collection of watches, one that would definitely pique the interest of your average horologist and watch enthusiasts. Here, he is seen wearing an all-time classic, and a rather coveted piece from Rolex, the Daytona Chrono, worth over Rs. 25.70 lakh. 6. Harbhajan Singh © Instagram/harbhajan3 Ever since his retirement from all forms of cricket, it seems Harbhajan is becoming a full-blown, bona fide fashion icon, all thanks to the countless gigs he has signed up for as a commentator. Just like the suave and understated manner in which he dresses himself, his watches too have a suave appeal. Here, he is wearing a rather sick Hublot, particularly, the Classic Fusion Orlinski Green which retails for Rs. 16.00 lakh. 7. Hardik Pandya © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Well, you saw this coming. There was no way that we would leave Hardik out of this list. Say what you will about Hardik, he surely knows how to pick his timepieces and boy, does he have an impressive collection. Of course, he has all the usual suspects that a horologist with a bucket ton of money would have - Rolexes, Hublots, Panerais, Rados, Omegas et al. But what has caught everyoneâs fancy is the rather simplistic, yet zany Patek Phillipe Nautilus 5980/1R that he wore when he was admitted in a hospital. Now, some people estimate that the watch is worth Rs. 80.00 lakh, but there have been instances, where they have actually been sold for as high as Rs. 1.25 crore. Now thatâs something, right? View the full article
  8. 2019 marked a fantastic boom in Indian publishing, especially for non-fiction titles - several publishers reported great renewed interest as the Indian readerâs curiosity kept bringing them back to bookshelves time and time again. Several gifted authors also produced works of merit that received widespread national and international acclaim - here are some of the very best we saw across 2019. The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India - Amit Mukherjee © Oxford University Press/Brookings Institution Informed by more than a hundred and fifty interviews and recently available archival material, The Absent Dialogue sheds new light on India's military and will reshape our understanding of both the history and contemporary dynamics of civil-military relations and recurring problems therein. A must-read for anyone curious about the state of our military bureaucracy today, and how it came to be. How to Win an Indian Election: What Political Parties Don't Want You to Know - Shivam Shankar Singh © Twitter/Penguin India Singh was a campaign strategist for the BJP in 2014. After he resigned, he publicly spoke about how they deal in fake news and censorship, creating quite the uproar in 2018. His book reveals an inside view of just how political parties use data analytics, political consultants and what goes on in the forbidden election war-rooms of Indiaâs political heavyweights. The book is invaluable for its extensively researched content, personal anecdotes and exclusive interviews. Wasted: The Messy Story of Sanitation in India, A Manifesto for Change - Ankur Bisen © Pan MacMillian India/Twitter Urban India generates close to 3 million trucks of untreated garbage every day. If these were laid end-to-end, one could reach half way to the moon - but just how did we get so dirty? Questions such as these, and a deep exploration of Indiaâs most obvious everyday problem present themselves in Wasted. Bisen aims to help people understand the complex, cast-driven dynamics behind sanitation and the invisible socio-political pressures that keep us from being a true âSwacch Bharatâ. A must read for those interested in policy, civil planning and the environment. The Patient Assassin - Anita Anand © Simon & Schuster/Sukhi Dhanda The dramatic true story of Udham Singh, a young orphan survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, and his ferocious 20-year campaign of revenge that made him a hero to hundreds of millions. Anandâs book is voraciously researched and reads much like a dramatic thriller - taking us through a long journey from the blood-soaked earth of Amritsar to Africa, the United States and finally to London, where Singh finally finds his target. ISRO's Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines - Minnie Vaid ©Twitter/Speaking Tiger Through a combination of Bollywood and the recent public interest upsurge in ISRO, many of us came to know that a huge part of Indiaâs space programme is frontlined by women. Vaidâs book helps draw light towards the challenges and triumphs experienced by ISROâs female scientists. Itâs also been recently updated to include a bit about the 2019 Chandrayaan-2 mission, and a bit of speculation about the future of ISRO and careers in science for Indiaâs women. Straight to Normal - Sharif D. Rangnekar © Twitter/Rupa Publications One of the most honest, gritty and upfront autobiographies written by an Indian in recent years, Rangnekarâs story takes us through the 1970s to the modern LGBT revolution in India, charting a course through years of confusion, fear, depression and ultimately self-discovery and acceptance. Itâs a work written in deep retrospection and has been described in the authorâs own words as the story of âgaining an identity but losing a near lifetime, looking for love and companionship.â Behind Bars In Byculla: My Days In Prison - Jigna Vora © Twitter/Penguin India One of the most fascinating premises for any true story, Behind Bars In Byculla charts crime reporter Jigna Voraâs journey as a jailed suspect in connection to the underworld elites of Bombay. Covering seven years of jail time, courtroom sessions and her final days before acquittal, Voraâs story is incredibly fascinating. Particularly interesting are the interviews and conversations she had as a crime reporter behind bars, crossing paths with fallen socialites, gambling donnas and even Pragya Thakur. View the full article
  9. For someone who has not been seen in Team India colours in over six months, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to grab headlines and remains a topic of great discussion amongst cricket fans in the country. The Jharkhand born cricketer hasn't featured for India ever since their ouster from the 2019 World Cup at the hands of New Zealand in the semifinals. With the Indian selectors already looking beyond Dhoni and, therefore, grooming young Rishabh Pant as his potential successor, speculations have been rife over Dhoni's fall from grace with the national team. More recently, the 38-year-old's illustrious career was dealt with a major blow after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) omitted him from their list of central contracts for 2019-20 season. © Reuters While many slammed the Indian cricket board for their noticeable omission, others lamented it as the final nail in the coffin of Dhoni's international career. But, as everyone continues to wonder if they'll ever see the 'Captain Cool' donning the iconic blue jersey again, Dhoni remains unperturbed by the speculations and social media chatter. Making the most of his time away from the field, Dhoni was recently in attendance at the inaugural of new facilities at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium in Ranchi. The Indian wicket-keeper was invited by Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren as the two inaugurated the solar power system, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, 'C3 Fitness Club', and 'The Uptown Cafe' at the JSCA stadium. Apart from carrying on the chores as the special guest, Dhoni, during his time at the event, was seen in his usual jolly mood and even went on to try his hands at whistling by using spring onion leaves. His attempt left the Jharkhand CM in splits and cricket fans lauding his unique talent on social media. "I hope the glory of the state spreads not only in the country but also to the entire world under his able leadership. I would like to tell the players to practise properly. Play Ranji matches and also represent India," Dhoni said at the event. Jharkhand: Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Mahendra Singh Dhoni at an event at JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. pic.twitter.com/fHO0qAirnk â ANI (@ANI) January 22, 2020 "I am happy today to get the opportunity to inaugurate the facilities as chief minister. The foundation of the stadium was laid by Guruji (father Shibu Soren). This stadium is an example of the result of the work started by Guruji. On this occasion, I promise you to develop the state in the same way," Jharkhand CM Soren said. On the cricketing front, while Virat Kohli & co are busy preparing for the 1st T20I against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland on 24th January, Dhoni has been seen training with the Ranchi Ranji Trophy team lately. Despite missing out on a central contract, Dhoni can secure his Team India spot for the T20 World Cup this October on the back of consistent performances in domestic cricket and the upcoming IPL 2020. View the full article
  10. Ever since winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, the Pakistan cricket team has struggled to make their presence felt at major tournaments. The fact that they are currently ranked sixth in ODIs and seventh in Tests highlights a difficult phase Pakistan cricket is going through at the moment. Their frailties were also in full display during the ICC World Cup in 2019. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led brigade paid a heavy price for a slow start to their World Cup campaign, winning just one of their first five matches. They eventually ended up on the fifth spot in the standings, not good enough to march into the semifinals stage. Following their dismal World Cup outing, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been busy forcing a major overhaul in the national team. From axing Mickey Arthur as coach to changing the captaincy, the PCB appears to be doing whatever it takes to help the team prepare better for future assignments. © Reuters While the past couple of years might have been troublesome for Pakistan and equally disappointing for their fans, the rise of Babar Azam has undeniably been one much-needed silver lining as they continue to rebuild the side. While the majority of the players have been in and out of the team, young Azam remains a key and consistent ingredient in Pakistan's line-up. A top-order batsman, known for his discipline and level-headed attitude, Azam has been busy raking in runs across all three formats of the game in recent times. Even at the World Cup last year, while his fellow teammates struggled to aid their side, Azam was not only at his prolific best but ended up breaking Javed Miandad's 27-year-old record to become Pakistan's highest run-scorer in a single edition of the tournament. It was his artistry with the willow and temperament of a champion cricketer over the past couple of years that recently earned him Pakistan's captaincy in the shortest format. But, just like other cricketers, Azam's journey to becoming Pakistan's best modern-day batsman was full of struggles. © Reuters In an interview with the PCB's official website, Azam spoke about his rise on the international circuit and revealed the struggles he overcame early in his career. âIt seems like yesterday when I walked every day for almost three miles to get to the Gaddafi Stadium and work as a ball-boy for the 2007 second Test between Pakistan and South Africa,â Azam said. The 25-year-old also named several stalwarts of the game who helped him in reaching the pinnacle of the sport. âIt was the love for the game and the attraction of some of the stalwarts like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn that pulled me to the home of Pakistan cricket without caring for anything else," he added. Highlighting the influence of Test cricket in his career, Azam said, "For me, it was the incentive of being closer to Test cricket and legends of the game. Pats on the back and smiles from the Test players during the match were my ultimate rewards. For any youngster, it is certainly a once in a lifetime experience". © Reuters Just like Virat Kohli, Azam, too, owes his success to the passion he has towards the gentleman's game. âI think it was that passion, combined with a bid of cricket madness and stroke of luck that has helped me to become who I am today. I have been very fortunate that in this journey, people have held my hand, coached and mentored me, and always stood beside me in my good and bad days. I owe all my success to all those unsung heroes and now it is my responsibility to continue to strive for excellence so that I can match the expectations, both as a player and captain," he claimed. Making his debut in 2016, Azam has surely come a long way in becoming the no. 1 batsman in T20I and occupy the third spot in ICC rankings for ODIs. Also, on January 24, the right-hander will lead Pakistan in the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh at the Gaddafi stadium, a venue where he served as a ball boy thirteen years ago. View the full article
  11. Our soldiers put our safety first before their lives, brave the toughest of weather conditions and fight battles (which sometimes turn fatal) to protect us from not only external threats but also those on the inside and make sure that we are safe. No amount of words can ever be enough to express our gratitude towards them. But, what about those brave souls who sacrificed their lives for the country's freedom? A freedom, which we often take for granted. A freedom that costs countless lives that are slowly getting erased from everyone's memories now? © Prime Video To give a glimpse into the history and struggles of Indians back in 1942 and the courage with which they fought for our freedom, Prime Video is coming out with The Forgotten Army . Directed by Kabir Khan, The Forgotten Army chronicles the brave fight put up by the Azad Hind Fauj, also known as the Indian National Army led by Subhash Chandra Bose. The trailer has already struck a chord with people on social media, who can't seem to get enough of Sunny Kaushal who plays a pivotal role in the series. © Prime Video Ahead of its release on January 24, Sunny Kaushal and his brother Vicky Kaushal, who is probably till date answering his fans' question 'How's the Josh?'; came together for a special video where both of them are paying tribute to the 'remembered and forgotten' army. While Vicky pays tribute to the jawans of the Indian Army, Sunny Kaushal talks about the bravery and courage of the Indian National Army, who fought during World War II to free their country from the British. No matter how many times you watch the video, but every time Sunny Kaushal says, "Ek Din Hindustan Humari Is Qurbani Ko Yaad Karega, Shayad Samajh Nahi Payega Par Yaad Zaroor Karega", it sends chills down our spine. We can't wait to catch the series on Prime Video on January 24, what about you? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  12. It's a popular misconception that dogs of exotic breeds are more useful for army and police training than desi dogs can ever be. That's why you'll see maximum labradors, German shepherds and dobermans recruited in the army or police services. But let's not forget, Indie dogs are known for their endurance and strength too, since they live on the streets. Slowly and steadily, both the army and the police are beginning to realise this and are being more inclusive where street dogs are concerned. These desi stray dogs have an incredible protective instinct, good sight and smell abilities and they adapt well in any given environment, since they've been doing so for years on the streets. © Twitter That is why the Bengaluru Police has decided to 'recruit' street dogs and train them to be watchdogs, thatâll protect the people and society, by accompanying the police during night patrols! The South division of Bengaluru Police has taken over this initiative since they have 17 police stations under them. The street dogs outside the police stations are taken care of and fed, so that they're in good shape for their training sessions, which will start soon. âThere are at least about 50-60 dogs in total who are mostly outside the police stations wandering around. Many residents come and feed them and take care of them. Now, we want to do our bit by doing the same,â said the Deputy Commissioner of Police in an interview with New Indian Express. The training will be given by professionals who'll first teach the dogs to obey simple commands like 'sit', 'stay' and 'jump'. They will be given further intensive training on how to recognise and be around people at police stations or in general and also to recognise criminals or miscreants. âThe police go on night patrols. They can take these dogs with them, which will drive in a sense of fear among miscreants,â the DC further added. © Twitter The dogs are doing well so far. There are two veterinarians who're vaccinating the dogs, while people from local animal welfare groups are coming and taking care of them. There are also kennels that are being made for these street dogs. While most of them will be trained for night patrols, some will also be recruited into dog squads later. âWhen the public sees that police are taking care of stray dogs, they too will come forward to adopt strays,â said Priya Chetty Rajagopal, a local animal lover, in an interview with a popular publication. © Twitter Apart from giving them a better life and recognising their impeccable skills, this process will also curb the population of street dogs, which is constantly at stake. While some localities poison street dogs, others neuter or spay them so they don't breed further. But they're often referred to as 'nuisance', as they're always territorial in groups, especially if the group is big. If police starts recruiting these dogs, the population will be controlled and they won't be terrorised out of their spaces. We think this is a brilliant initiative by the Bengaluru police and while âchowkidarsâ in other cities use street dogs to keep them company at night, we need them to be more active, used to their best potential, in every other city as well! View the full article
  13. Normcore as a trend has been around for a long time. Actually, it has been around way longer than most people realise. However, only recently did we, as a society, actually started noticing it as a trend. A quirky but simplistic t-shirt, regular jeans and sneakers, coming to the forefront as mainstream fashion, is essentially what normcore means. © Viral Bhayani It seems that Saif Ali Khan is the latest B-Towner that has cracked the code on acing dad-fashion and normcore, and we have to say, thatâs one zany way to go about this. © Viral Bhayani Recently, while promoting his upcoming film, Jawaani Jaaneman, Saif was spotted in a seemingly-mundane and basic, laidback outfits. However, we think that the ensemble was a quirky example of dad-style at its zaniest best. © Viral Bhayani First, thereâs the t-shirt itself. The black t-shirt that Saif is wearing is rather simplistic and primarily stands out because of the logo of the Ramones, a punk rock band from the United States. With Saif himself being a massive bass head and rock fanatic, we wonder if this is a sly way of paying homage to a rock band from the â70s. Such a cool-dad thing to do. © Ramones Then there are the tattered denim jeans, with their dirty spots, and heavy wash. The folded, and seemingly shredded cuffs are actually unusual, just like the relaxed fit of the jeans. With that being said, they do look cool and dope. © Viral Bhayani Finally, there are the sneakers themselves that Saifâs wearing. Saif is wearing a pair of extremely dirty and soiled pair of Nike Air Force 1s, in their âHyper Jadeâ shade. The sneakers brand new look dope and cool, but in this jaded condition that Saif has them in, they are way cooler. © Viral Bhayani And we seriously cannot miss those quirky yellow glasses and the Mumbaiya tapori styled manner in which he has tied a red handkerchief. Really, a zany AF way to accessorise with panache. © Viral Bhayani With a quintessentially dad-style ensemble as cool as this one, we have to say, Taimur has a lot to live up to when he grows up. View the full article
  14. Before you all bring up the story of the infamous Tata Nano explosion, take a step back. Especially along the last few years, Indian carmakers have made massive progress in developing cars that stand up to stringent international safety standards such as the British NCAP crash tests - a much needed safety regulation when Indiaâs roads see a staggering 400 accidents happen every single day, according to the Road Transport Ministry. Letâs take a look at some of the sturdiest, well-built and safest machines to roll out of our local factories. Mahindra XUV300 © Mahindra Group NCAP Rating: 5 Stars Currently the highest-scoring Indian vehicle on NCAP, the Mahindra XUV300 also became the first Indian car to hit 4 stars for children's safety on the test. It comes with a massive bevy of safety features, such as seven airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, front parking sensors and heated ORVMs, on the top-spec variants. Tata Nexon © Reviewstories/Tata Motors NCAP Rating: 5 Stars Not only did the Tata Nexon score 4 stars on its debut test - the engineers behind it went back to the drawing board, improved their designs and returned to win Indiaâs first-ever 5-star rating from NCAP. The Nexon comes with a fortified steel frame for the cabin, ABS with EDB, dual front airbags, ISOFIX seat mounts and adjustable seatbelts. Tata Altroz © Drivetribe/Tata Motors NCAP Rating: 5 Stars Engineered on Tataâs new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture, the Altroz is Indiaâs first hatchback to win 5 NCAP stars - featuring dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and CSC, reverse parking sensors, ISOFIX, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, high-speed alert system and impact-sensing auto door unlock. Mahindra Marazzo © Drivetribe/Tata Motors NCAP Rating: 4 Stars Noted for its good performance during crash tests, the Marazzo performed quite decently with a score of 4 stars at the Munich NCAP tests and was noted for having particularly strong A-pillars up front. It comes standard with dual front airbags, ISOFIX anchors, ABS, front seatbelt pretensioners and a seatbelt reminder for the driver. Maruti Vitara Brezza © India.com/Maruti-Suzuki NCAP Rating: 4 Stars Finally, the Brezza. While Maruti isnât particularly known for exceptionally safe cars, this model performed surprisingly well at the NCAP tests, scoring an impressive 4 star rating - higher than any other offering from the brand. It comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX anchorages, front seat belts with pretensioners and a driver seatbelt reminder. View the full article
  15. While the entire nation is focussed right now on the brewing turmoil regarding CAA and NRC, there are other positive things taking shape in the country, at this very moment. With the protests and the current political scenario engulfing us in negative or positive news stories, other stories from around the country, progressive or otherwise, are bound to get overshadowed. And that's why, amidst everything you're reading online, we thought we can share something a lot more positive and happier! A proposal for an airport in Jharkhand has been pushed back, with concerns over disturbing an elephant corridor and we're both amazed and quite happy with this news. Amazed because the government has been on a development overdrive and quite rarely are environmental or wildlife concerns taken into consideration when something needs to be built. But because the elephants are an endangered species and India's heritage animal, the plan to build an airport by taking over their habitat is on its way towards being shelved! © Twitter The Dhalbhumgarh airport sought nearly 100 hectares of land, from forests in Jharkhand, that are actually corridors for migrating elephants, who travel between Jharkhand and West Bengal. Now, if this corridor is overtaken to build an airport, hundreds of elephants would be displaced from their original territory. An expert panel from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), has deferred the project stating that if the project is carried forth, it could lead to an inevitable human-elephant conflict in the area. The proposal is currently under severe reconsideration and in all probability will be canned. The Dhalbhumgarh airport site is actually an abandoned World War II airfield, situated at least 60 kilometre from the industrial city of Jamshedpur. The airport has been abandoned since a while as the surface of the runway isn't suitable for any airplane to land or take-off on it and there isn't any facility available there as such. âNew runway dimensions suitable for ATR 72 type of aircraft will be constructed along with the provision of turning pad at both the ends. Terminal building to handle 75 arrival and 75 departure passengers at any point of time will be constructed,â were the minutes from the meeting held by the MoEFCC expert appraisal committee (EAC). © Twitter However, according to a report by PTI, the airport project is awaiting Centre clearance still. The project will be completely shelved if that comes through. While the committee thought about how pivotal an airport near Jamshedpur is, they also took note of the large forest reserve surrounding the city, which will be interfered with, if an airport is in the offing. âJamshedpur is home to the first private iron and steel company of India. The areas surrounding Jamshedpur are rich in minerals, including iron ore, coal, manganese, bauxite and lime. Ranchi (capital of Jharkhand) airport is located 130 kilometres from Jamshedpur. In view of population and industrial activities at Jamshedpur, there is a need for an airport for Jamshedpur city and region,â the committee noted. âAll around the proposed site the only land available is reserved forest.â âAny kind of ancillary development which is bound to come and further phase-2 development will also require land which will be only for forest land. The roads from national highway-33 to the airport will be built by the state government, which again will have to be built by acquiring forest land,â the panel said while discussing the matter. © Twitter Apart from disturbing the flora and fauna nearby and the natural elephant corridor the forest provides, a probable increase in human-elephant conflict is a big issue as well. âDalma Wildlife sanctuary is very near to the site. Elephants travel from Dalma to West Bengal through this forest. Every year there are a number of man-elephant conflict cases in these areas. The compensation paid to the people of these areas is authentic evidence of the presence of a large scale elephant population in this area. The disturbance to the elephant habitat by way of building an airport on their habitat and also by the sound of aeroplanes in the area and traffic movements will result in disturbance in the behaviour of elephants resulting in increased human-elephant conflict,â the committee further stated. © Twitter An estimated 100 elephants and 400 people die every year due to man-elephant conflicts when they have to compromise on their space. Currently, India has 29,964 elephants remaining only and we do not want to lose India's most precious animal time and again. This decision taken by the ministry is the first good step towards environmental resolution and we really hope it isn't the last good decision, concerning the environment and wildlife in India. View the full article
  16. Remember Sophia, the creepy looking humanoid robot who wanted to kill humans? Well, it looks like she has a new friend as ISRO has unveiled a prototype humanoid named âVyommitraâ which will go as a trial before the Gaganyaan goes with astronauts. Well, at least this new one hasn't made any threats to humans. Yet. Yes, I know this is some scientific breakthrough and stuff, but, just like Sophia, this one also looks quite creepy, just see for yourself. Humanoid for Gaganyaan unveiled. This is the prototype humanoid which will go as trial before #gaganyaan goes with astronauts. This humanoid speaks too and is named Vyom Mitra . pic.twitter.com/TKX6pbLyrb â Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) January 22, 2020 Robots, in general, are quite unsettling, I can't help it. Okay, coming back to ISRO, while talking to TOI last year, Chairman K Sivan said, "The humanoid is almost ready. We want to make sure that this mission serves a purpose displaying our ability to send humans and bring them back safely." He added, "Our robot will be like a human, and be able to do whatever a man can do, although not as extensively as humans. We want to show that even the first flight will not go empty and also ensure that we utilise the opportunity in a maximum way. We have our own humanoid model that will be used." Well, now here it is! © Twitter And, it's obviously getting trolled already, because it's Twitter and that's just how things work. pic.twitter.com/Z2AyJP4I6I â Rajiv Singh (@RajivSinhg) January 22, 2020 Definitely. Severely malnourished... â Prattush (@ekl4vya) January 22, 2020 Apparently. So this humanoid is Bengali, Mitra . https://t.co/7dpv4tte4P â Arunudoy ভà¦à§à¦à¦¾à¦à¦¾à¦°à§à¦¯ (@ArunudoyB) January 22, 2020 Hmm. So the 1st "official" humanoid in space will b a female that too from India. https://t.co/wfnv6FOXbR â I.N.A. 99th Brigade (@INA99thBrigade) January 22, 2020 Way to go! First glimpse of 'Vyommitra', the humanoid for #Gaganyaan unveiled.@isro's half humanoid 'Vyommitra' to be placed in the first unmanned mission under #Gaganyaan to simulate most of the human body functions Way to go @isro !pic.twitter.com/VT2KKYuEKv â Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) January 22, 2020 Explanation. Vyom (वà¥à¤¯à¥à¤®) derived from Sanskrit vyoman (वà¥à¤¯à¥à¤®à¤¨), meaning atmosphere (sky, wind or air), welfare, preservation, etc. It is also another name of Lord Ganesha. https://t.co/X0jsHqnm0f â Pallavi Kamat (@Pallavisms) January 22, 2020 View the full article
  17. Well, you might be thinking that month after month you read about a small Italian town selling and listing houses in tiny villages for the price of peanuts. Trust me, I feel the same when I read and then write about it, but turns out not all things in life are complicated. At least not for the Italians, who have given us wonderful cuisine and picturesque holiday destinations. So in case you have always fancied about buying a âsapno ka gharâ for yourself, maybe this is your time to do some research and homework. Bisaccia, a small town in the Campania region, near the beautiful Naples has a cluster of houses waiting to be taken and given some major TLC. However for Rs. 78, they are not giving you Italian furniture and marbles but hereâs what the real deal is. The tightly-knit architecture of the villages there are apt for a big group of friends or families to move in together and buy land jointly. Mayor Francesco Tartaglia elaborated the situation and explained how it could work ideally. "We face a very particular situation here. The abandoned [area] spreads throughout the most ancient part of the village. Forsaken houses are clustered together, one next to the other along the same roads. Some even share a common entrance. That's why we welcome families, groups of friends, relatives, people who know each other or investors to join forces. We encourage them to buy more than just one house to actually have an impact and breathe new lifeâ, he said. Many towns in Italy have been happily disposing off unused, vacant village houses for sale and luring people with insane prices because the population there is next to nil. The good part is that you get to buy land from the government and no third party brokers are involved. View this post on Instagramð¸ Foto di @borgoreporter â Buongiorno a tutti voi amanti dei piccoli centri dâItalia! Iniziamo la giornata in Campania a Bisaccia! Siete mai stati qui? ð --- Foto selezionata da ð¨âð» @acareddu â Segui ð @borghi.italiani e scopri con noi i Borghi più belli d'Italia ð®ð¹ --- Tag ð #yallersitalia #borghiitaliani --- #bisaccia #avellino #campania #ilikeitaly #whatitalyisA post shared by (@borghi.italiani) The mayor also explained what awaits new residents in this beautiful town. âOur folklore and traditions are the product of a picturesque contamination between regions, we celebrate Carnival with local masks and have a variety of fairs and foods that embrace all regional traits. It's like getting the best of three regions in one single place,â he said. âBisaccia is dubbed the 'genteel town' because, despite the hardship, its people have always been respectable, welcoming, hard-working and resilient. Newcomers here are pampered and taken care of. We want this place to shine again," he added. If you ask me, Iâd love to move in right away if only I had a group of friends whoâd be willing to leave. Anyway, a human being can dream right? View the full article
  18. In a move that left most Malayalis incandescent with rage, the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) replaced some Kerala dishes on the menu with North Indian ones. A decision that did not go down well with a lot of people, irrespective of where they hailed from. The Kerala menu which consisted of Puttu, Kadala curry, egg curry, Appam and Pazham Pori was replaced with Rajma Chawal, Chole Bhature, Pav Bhaji, Khichdi, Samosa and a few other classic North Indian dishes. Soon enough, online outrage followed, mostly led by Keralites, after which the IRCTC issued a clarification saying that all the earlier items on the Kerala menu will be restored. This is the perfect example of why one needs to speak up for what they love, especially when it comes to food. And one thing is for sure...you can't come between a Malayali and his/her love for food. I welcome @IRCTCofficial decision to withdraw earlier decision to exclude Kerala delicacies from railway menu. It was the sentiments of Kerala I echoed to Chairman Mr. MP Mall. IRCTC officials visited me today & handed over the reinstated menu. We got fish curry meals as a bonus! pic.twitter.com/3KRgmqtw2G â Hibi Eden (@HibiEden) January 22, 2020 Nevertheless, a lot of people gave the IRCTC a piece of their mind over their decision to replace the menu in the first place. Malayalis dont eat Rajma chawal, Chhole bhature, Pav bhaji & Khichdi. Even South Indians dont eat it. First they came for our Language, now they're coming for our Food. Cultural Fascism at your door steps. â Advaid (@Advaidism) January 20, 2020 As someone who grew up in Bombay and Ahmedabad till age 18, i have seen no Malayali even wanting to eat Rajma chawal and Khichdi. As the article says, There are complaints that north Indian food items are being imposed. â Advaid (@Advaidism) January 20, 2020 Piyush it's not fair man, you can't make it as you want it.. Don't waste your time and energy and ours too.. Your poor punch won't break the rock instead it would break your phalanges.. Error! Filename not specified.ð½ â Refugee Rameez Raja (@RajaRefugee) January 21, 2020 Even as a north Indian, I would not want to eat rajma chawal or chhole bhature at south Indian railway stations. There's a charm in getting down at stations to have the local dish of that region. The govt. will destroy that! â Abhishek Saxena (@asaxena87) January 21, 2020 I got sick by eating Rajma Chawal everyday in my hostel in Noida. As a Malayali, this is a big no no. Chanakam ithina kaati nallatha aayirkum 𤢠â Afsal Rehman (@TheBManipulator) January 20, 2020 Let's send @PiyushGoyal some of our Kerala dishes ... Parcel after parcel of pazhampori... He will be convert then... Oh sorry fan ... â hamara desh (@agkallingal) January 20, 2020According to Indiatimes, the changes were made in November 2019 itself but were revealed to the public a few days ago and it didnât go down well with either the local politicians or the railway passengers of Kerala. As a clarification, IRCTC took to Twitter and wrote, âIn view of the demand from passengers and representations received, IRCTC has fully authorised its local offices in zones and regions to bring more items as per the local taste and regional preferences within one week as snack meals.â In view of the demand from passengers and representations received, IRCTC has fully authorised it's local offices in zones and regions to bring more items as per the local taste and regional preferences within one week as snack meals. â IRCTC (@IRCTCofficial) January 21, 2020 We're sure our Malayali chettan and chechis will be pleased as punch, now that their fav snacks are back on the menu! View the full article
  19. Recently, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah talked at length about the ongoing nationwide protests against CAA, NRC and NPR in an interview with The Wire. Expressing his opinion, the actor spoke about the current state of the country, rising communalism, and the dead silence of B-town celebrities over this issue. Besides, the 69-year-old actor also particularly mentioned actor Anupam Kher and his views on social media and called him a âclownâ. He also said he doesnât think âKher needs to be taken seriously.â In the interview, he said, "I am not on Twitter. These people, the Twitterati, and I really wish they would make up their minds in what they believe in. Someone like Anupam Kher has been very vocal. I don't think, he needs to be taken seriously, he is a clown, any number of his contemporaries from NSD, NFTII can test to his psychopathic nature, it is in his blood, he can't help it.â âThe others who are opposing it should really decide about what they want to say and don't remind us of our responsibilities, we have known our responsibilities,â he added. After the clip of the interview was made available online, it went viral on Twitter and the social media users started to bash Naseeruddin left, right and centre. Check out the reactions here: Mr Naseeruddin shah even if @AnupamPKher is vocal about his leanings, your choice of words for your colleague is just Shameful. @sandeep_author @vivekagnihotri @ShefVaidya @UnSubtleDesi @amitmalviya @priyankadeo @iMac_too @SureshNakhua @MrsGandhi @RatanSharda55 @Ra_Bies pic.twitter.com/oTWgFyg9Ri â Neetu (@NeetalSengar) January 22, 2020 This man Naseeruddin who's heart bleeds for #Yakub and not for #Kashmiri #Hindus is a clown and not #AnupamKher ji. He is eating in #India and all the time keep cursing the #culture of this very country. We never saw him appreciating the native people of #India. Hopeless! â Amol A Girhe (@amolagirhe) January 22, 2020 #NaseeruddinShah This joker Naseeruddin Shah dares to call Anupam Kher puppet, but Mr. Shah you are an anti national puppet.... I repeat anti national clown.#AnupamKher â BIREN BHATT (@birenbhatt) January 22, 2020 #naseeruddinshah is abusing @AnupamPKher because he speek for Kashmiri pandits. Now this so called liberals r complitly exposed as they shown there hatred for Hindu community â Dark Truth (@chetansonone3) January 22, 2020 #NaseeruddinShah calls co actor & contemporary #AnupamKher a clown Says sycophancy runs in his blood Jiske apne khoon mein âJihaadâ daudta hai woh Anupam Kher ko Nationalism pe lecture de raha hai pic.twitter.com/BuATWPPwI5 â Archie (@archu243) January 22, 2020 Now they are coming open with original enemity and hatred. It proves they were pretending to be your friends till now. When you stood united they cant tolerate..#naseeruddinshah https://t.co/HNoUGuGP2b â J W Masade (@aab54a558ad2459) January 22, 2020 The ongoing issue of CAA, NPR and NRC has surely got unrest across several parts of the country and Naseeruddin thinks itâs actually a cause of worry. In addition to that, he also appreciated actor Deepika Padukoneâs visit to JNU as many celebrities like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan among others chose to keep mum on the entire issue. âItâs understandable why the established figures of the industry donât speak up. However, one wonders how much do they have to lose? Will it kill you? You have to laud the courage of a girl like Deepika (Padukone), who is at the top and yet takes a step like this,â said the actor. View the full article
  20. Game streaming is being touted as the future for the industry and companies like Google and Microsoft have already invested heavily in game streaming infrastructure. Microsoft extended the preview of Project xCloud for Indian users and other regions, however it is currently still in the beta stage. While Google Stadia is officially available to use in the US and UK, the platform has suffered a rocky launch due to some missing features and lack of third-party games. Microsoft, on the other hand, is going all-in by adding even more games to the service at no extra cost and already boasts a larger library than Google Stadia. © Microsoft and Google Project xCloudâs recent addition of Destiny 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sid Meier's Civilization VI amongst 12 other new games, brings the total number of games in the library to 80+. Whatâs impressive is that Microsoftâs streaming service has not even officially launched yet, while Google Stadia is currently available to purchase in the US and UK. © Microsoft However, while streaming services are the future of gaming, Google Stadia currently lacks a comprehensive library that can make people switch from traditional consoles. Game streaming will be an important service in countries like India and other Asian regions. If you want to know why, you can read our detailed feature here. © Youtube_Gaming Zone As of now, Google Stadia is currently not available in India or in any other region for that matter, apart from the aforementioned countries. Microsoft, on the other hand, has already opened up its services for preview in every region that has Xbox Live support. It is disappointing to see that Google Stadia still lacks a comprehensive library after launch and things are going to get even harder when the new consoles will launch in Holiday 2020. Having said that, Google has already announced that the service will be adding more than a hundred games in 2020. By the time Google Stadia users get more games to play on the service, we would already have the next generation of consoles by Xbox and PlayStation. Regardless of which streaming services people use, it all boils down to the library of games available and which will offer more value. Currently, as it stands, Microsoftâs Project xCloud offers more value due to the number of playable games for the service. With the Xbox Series X launch scheduled for later this year, we can expect Microsoft to expand the service even more for their users to gain an upper hand over their competitors. View the full article
  21. HP has been making some of the most incredible laptops lately and their new Spectre x360 is one of those notebooks that was designed to impress. The Spectre line up, for those of you who don't know, has a lot of premium notebooks and they're known for their performance and sleek design. HP recently updated its Spectre x360 for 2019 and it's arguably one of the best two-in-one notebooks we've used so far. Well, I've been using the new 2019 HP Spectre x360 for quite some time now, and here's my full review. 1. Design and Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design of the Spectre x360, there's hardly anything to complain about. It's by far the most beautiful laptop I've ever used and I am coming from the Alienware m15 R2, which I touted to be amongst the most beautiful gaming laptops. It has a top-notch build quality and it screams premium from any and all angles you look at it from. I specifically like how the top left and right corners of the notebook are diagonal. There's a power button on the side whereas there's an additional USB Type-C port on the other, which I mostly use for charging. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Since this is a two-in-one notebook, it's furnished with a 360-degree hinge. You can rotate the screen and transform it into a tablet-like device or set it up in tent mode, which is great for watching media. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting to use the X360 in the tablet mode, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't. In fact, using the x360 in the tablet mode is what I found myself doing the most. The touchscreen experience was great, at least better than forcing myself to touch the screen while using it in the normal mode. And since it's so lightweight (under 1.5Kg), it was super easy for me to carry it around. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If you are looking for a premium laptop with the exceptional build quality, then I'd say look no further. The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops out there and the fact that it's so portable, makes it an easy sell. It simply looks astounding. 2. Display The variant which I got to review came with a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED panel. All the HP Spectre x360 panels measure 13.3-inch and they all support multi-touch in order to be used in the tablet mode. Though the touch screen works without any issues with fingers, HP is giving a stylus at no extra cost with every purchase of the Spectre x360. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP That's great because it comes in handy at times and buying one can usually be quite expensive. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla glass, so you don't have to worry about any scratches or damages even while using it in the tablet mode. Regardless of the mode that I was using it in, the display was fantastic. And it's an AMOLED panel, it had deep blacks and punchy colours, which is how I like the displays. Watching Netflix, or simply browsing through different web pages looked great on this notebook. And it's a 4k panel, so everything was nice and crispy too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also on-point when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy. The 4k model isn't available in all the market, but if it's available where you live and if your budget allows for it, then I'd say just go for this one. It's so worth the extra money. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The HP Spectre has a chiclet-style keyboard with well-spaced keys and decent travel. As a writer, I completely enjoyed using the keyboard to churn out articles. I can always appreciate hefty clicks and satisfying responses, and that's exactly what I got from the Spectre. It's an attractive keyboard with a large and easy-to-read font. The keys also have two levels of backlighting, so you won't have any issues using it at night. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, well, I'd say it's pretty decent. I would've preferred a slightly larger trackpad, but given the fact that the Spectre x360 itself has a pretty small form factor, there's not much room to complain. But other than that, I think the trackpad is pretty solid. It has Windows Precision Drivers and it had absolutely no trouble keeping up with my rapid movements. Also, since the Spectre x360 has a touch panel, I found myself using it more often than using the trackpad itself for things like selecting an item, copy and paste, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck to let you get in using Windows Hello. 4. Ports © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The HP Spectre x360 won't satisfy your hunger for ports, but I promise that it won't leave you hanging in search of a dongle. On the left side, you get a drop-down USB A port along with a headphone jack. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card slot and a switch to kill the webcam. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yeah, it doesn't have too many ports, but I think it's just enough to keep you going. I just wish one of the thunderbolt 3 ports was on the other side of the laptop, so I could charge it from either side. But that's just me and it's nothing to worry about. 5. Audio © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Spectre x360's speakers are below the chassis, which is probably the worst place to put a speaker. There are no two ways about it. I mean, they're still good enough to fill a medium-sized room but imagine but there's still something missing. The speakers are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, but that doesn't really make up for the poor placement. It sounds nice and crispy, but don't expect anything that would make you want to get and dance. 6. Performance The variant which I reviewed was equipped with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. During my usage, I'd say the laptop managed to hold up pretty well for my everyday use. I didn't encounter any snags while using it, which is always a good sign. This isn't a gaming laptop, so I obviously didn't use it to check off a couple of Fortnite matches. But it managed to handle a stress test by loading about 15 odd Google Chrome tabs, out of which many of them were playing videos. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The new 10nm chipset gives the Spectre x360 upgraded Iris Plus graphics. It managed to score well over 18,000 on Geekbench test surpassing some other competing laptops in this space. Honestly, I won't be surprised if you managed to load Fortnite and get a couple of "Victory Royale" as long as you're not cranking up the graphics. Overall, I'd say the HP Spectre x360 is a powerful machine that can take care of all your day-to-day tasks without any issues. The added versatility of having a touch panel and stylus makes it very useful in many scenarios. This is the kind of laptop that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a portable and powerful notebook for college or work. 7. Battery Life I am usually very sceptical about the battery life when it comes to super portable machines like this, but the HP Spectre x360 was beyond surprising. I was constantly getting around 10 to 11 hours of battery life with my workload on a daily basis and that's quite impressive. In fact, I never bothered carrying the charger to work with me knowing that I have enough juice to push through a regular day. It's that good. Obviously, it'll depend on the kind of work you're doing too, but I'd say it'll still give impressive battery performance. 8. The Final Say © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, the HP Spectre x360 starts at Rs. 1,24,990 in India. The variant which I got to review will cost you Rs. 1,74,990, which is a lot of money. However, I think the HP Spectre x360 is definitely worth it. Yes, there are a lot of other 2-in-1's in the market, but I doubt if any of them are nearly as premium as the Spectre x360. And the fact that it's fitted with the latest and the greatest hardware, makes it a really compelling option. A beautiful design, compact form factor, slim bezels around the display, and stellar battery life. Honestly, if it wasn't for the poorly placed speakers on this laptop, I would've given it a perfect score. If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop for your day-to-day work with great build quality and impressive performance, then I'd say just get the HP Spectre x360. You won't be disappointed with your purchase. View the full article
  22. 1917, is one of the best war-films released in 2019 across the globe and on 17 Jan, 2020 in India, that is sweeping the award season this year. But the reason why 1917 is so unique is that the film design makes the viewer believe that everything was shot in one single cut. Set in April 1917, the film takes place during the first World War. Germans have retreated back from the French territory mysteriously and without warning, later, it's found out that it's a trap set by the Germans. The British Battalion of 1600 men set to attack the Germans on the Hindenburg Line the next morning could potentially lose their lives in this trap. The film follows the mission of two soldiers Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Blake and George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield who are asked to deliver the message to the battalion and further asking them to stand down. The pair has to cross the vast "no man's land" filled with the debris of dead soldiers and scavengers feasting on these bodies. © DreamWorks Pictures This anti-war film doesn't follow the generic format of the war-genre with a redemptive arc for the protagonist. Instead, the film focuses on making this mission an experiential one. You'll feel like following the two soldiers. Directed and co-written by Sam Mendes, the film features Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch among others in pivotal roles. With stunning visuals and exceptional narrative, the film has historical roots but is certainly not based on a true story. Here are seven real-life historical connections with the film that make the narrative even more compelling. © DreamWorks Pictures 1. Sam Mendes's grandfather, Alfred H. Mendes served as a soldier in World War 1 for the British army on the Western Front and was sent on a mission in which he had to traverse across the âno man's landâ. However, the plotline in this film is largely inspired by his experience and the characters are fictional. The mission was written by the scriptwriters and most events are fabricated versions of the real-life event. The narrative to save a soldier's brother and his entire battalion is an incredible tale but it's important to note that the story is necessarily not a true one. © DreamWorks Pictures 2. It's true that the Germans obliterated everything in their wake, that could potentially be used by the Allies while retreating, creating a vast âno man's landâ. Roads, bridges, and water pipes were all destroyed in case the Allies moved forwards. Instead, booby-traps and barbed wire were set up which is represented in the extremely authentic set design in 1917. Itâs partly based on real-life events. © DreamWorks Pictures 3. In real life, Mendes's grandfather was given the Military Medal after volunteering to locate soldiers during the Battle of Passchendaele. This instance inspired the discussion between the two soldiers in the film about the honour of a military medal. McKay's character had received one and claimed it as a "piece of tin" that he traded for wine when he was thirsty. While Chapman's character held it as a symbol of pride and was rather excited to receive one. © DreamWorks Pictures 4. During the war, these trenches went on for miles of complicated twists and turns. The trenches on the Western Front were a pivotal feature of WWI and were created with as much accuracy as possible in the film. They hired a British Army veteran, Paul Biddiss, to act as a technical adviser to make these trenches in the film look as authentic as possible. The crew had dug about 2,500 feet of trenches by the end of it. © DreamWorks Pictures 5. In the timeline that this movie is set up, in real time, the First Battle of Passchendaele (or the Third Battle of Ypres) was underway. The battle that occurs in the film is heavily modeled on the Battle of Poelcappelle, which took place during the previously mentioned battles. This battle too was based on misleading information, much like it was in the movie. During this battle, the Allies thought they had an advance, but in reality, they did not. © DreamWorks Pictures 6. The background characters in the film are seen passing time by performing certain actions that were actually done by soldiers as they 'waited' for the battle to take place. Army Veteran, Paul Biddiss lent his expertise in assigning them tasks or leisure activities possible at the front. These included using candles to kill lice, filling sandbags, or even playing chess with buttons. © DreamWorks Pictures 7. 6 April, 1917, the date the film is set is based on the events that took place on 5 April. During the war, the Germans moved their troops to the Hindenburg Line along the Aisne River. The dispute between the Allies seeing it as a 'retreat' and the Germans seeking resources and a better location was actually based on real events. Besides, 6 April was the date that the Americans entered the war. Source: SCREENRANT View the full article
  23. Sometimes in order to look for some real-life inspiration and motivation to do big in life, one needs to look away from the Bollywood crowd of star kids or big names in the world who are an heir to an ocean of wealth awaiting their reign. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon and therefore, there is a strong magnetic force in the stories of some real life self-made people who fight all odds to make it big in life. Here are 7 self-made Indian billionaires under the age of 40 who are a source of inspiration to every millennial out there: 1. Ritesh AgarwalRitesh is only 25 years of age but is already a prime example of a successful, self-made millennial. Oyo Hotels is worldâs third largest growing chain of hotels and is showing no sign of stopping. His net worth is around Rs 7,500 crore. © Twitter 2. Nikhil & Nitin KamathThese two brothers aged 33 and 39, respectively are the brains behind Zerodha, an Indian financial service company which offers trading and financial services. Thein combined net worth is over Rs 11,000 crore. © Twitter © Twitter 3. Bhavish Agarwal34-year-old Bhavish is someone the country can thank for introducing Ola in India, a direct competition to Uber. The brilliant idea of Ola cabs came to the founder on a journey from Bangalore to Bandipur when he rented a taxi and had the terrible experience at the hand of the driver. He eventually decided to make use of this problem and find a feasible solution for it. His net worth is around Rs 3,100 crore. © BCCL 4. Sachin And Binny BansalWhen the country was still trying to understand the nuances of internet, these two geniuses decided to launch Flipkart and change the way people shopped in the country. With a combined net worth of over Rs 17,100 crore, these guys are a major source of inspiration. © Twitter 5. Riju RavindranHe is the brain behind Byjuâs, a learning app for students, which is already a big hit in the country. He is valued at over Rs 3,600 crore. © yourstory The figures of their net worth are in tow with the IIFL WEALTH/HURUN rich list. So in case you feel like the job you are stuck with is not enough for you or your dreams are bigger than the salary you draw, then let these people inspire you to think of a few ideas today. View the full article
  24. More than five crore people of Bihar came out together on Sunday to form a human chain of around 18000 kilometers in support of environmental conservation and eradication of social evils. The âmaanav shrinkhlaâ or the human chain was formed in response to the call of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as part of the âJal-Jeevan-Haryaliâ campaign that focuses on protecting the flora and fauna with its main emphasis on preservation of natural resources and forests. According to Indiatimes, the efforts surpassed the previous records of 2017, wherein people came together to impose a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol. And also in 2018 when the human chain for formed and the exercise was repeated to support the campaign against dowry and child marriage. Chief Secretary, Deepak Kumar told PTI, "Altogether 5.17 crore people took part in the human chain which was 18,034 kilometers long. The length this year was much longer than 14,000 kilometers of 2018 and 11,000 kilometers of the year before when Bihar first entered record books beating Bangladesh.â "A total of seven helicopters had been pressed into service for capturing aerial images of the event that was bound to go down in the annals of history as a record. Besides, more than 100 drone cameras have clicked photographs which showed the enthusiasm of the state's people, for which we are thankful,â he added. The exercise began at 11:30 am and the people stood around thirty minutes holding hands and CM himself was seen leading the chain at the Gandhi Maidan, Bihar. Hereâs how the event looked- A glimpse of Manav Shrinkhla inside the Main Secretariat campus, Patna. https://t.co/04veD5ks3K pic.twitter.com/B7Ibt4yTG3 â Uday Bhan Singh (@usudaybhan) January 19, 2020 Manav shrinkhla special 𥰠pic.twitter.com/nfnXBySAto â Aniket Kumar (@AniketK31285111) January 19, 2020 #ManavShrinkhala2020 I have also participated in Manav Shrinkhla. Well done Nitish Kumar. Well done Bihar. Once again you created a world record. Very nice campaign by Bihar government. Such programs should be promoted. pic.twitter.com/eeyZZtyEnC â SATYAM SAURABH (@MSDhoni_Club) January 19, 2020 Manav shrinkhla 2020 on jal jeevan hariyali.thanks for support jeevika didi and all participants in manav shrinkhla. pic.twitter.com/mvQDMDvY3G â Shashi ranjan (@Shashir72539978) January 19, 2020 This is one of the biggest examples of public participation. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  25. If you have planned on shelling out on some extra money on grooming products, you might as well get the right one that suits your skin type. When it comes to buying these products, men usually skip this bit and end up getting random drugstore products that can do long-term damage to the skin. The manufacturers of various brands promise some astounding results. Now, when the product doesn't work, it can be downright infuriating. If this is an issue that you have been facing for the longest time, here's you can invest in the right one and compare your options for better-looking skin. 1. Beware Of Artificial Scents © istock The very first thing that you might want to consider before buying a product is to take a good look at its ingredients. The main issue is that a lot of items have scents or fillers in them that can irritate your skin. Many of them can also end up causing allergic reactions. So opt for products that have organic ingredients like essential oils as they are best suited for any skin type, 2. Harsh Detergents © istock The best of face washes can also end up ruining your skin's texture and strip you away of all the natural oil. One of the top reasons for the same is harsh detergents that are infused in these products. Stick to mild cleansers instead that are made with olive oil, activated charcoal or have a coconut oil base. Also, opt for products that have zero sulfates and are paraben-free. 3. Say No To Products With Alcohol © istock Alcohol and menthol are two evil skin irritating ingredients that you do not want in your routine. The aftershave you use is a common example of the same. Instead of using that, you can use a moisturiser to soothe your skin. Better yet, use aloe vera gel. It is handy as well as anti-septic that works well on sensitive skin. 4. Be Consistent © istock A skincare routine is like a test and you need to follow it regularly to understand if it's working or not. Some products like a face wash or sunscreen have to be used every day while exfoliants can be used twice a week. Besides a regular routine, you also need to know the right order in which you have to use all your grooming products. Once you have mastered the art, these skin problems will hardly exist. View the full article
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