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  1. It has been long rumoured that Apple will be bringing one of its most beloved features on iPhones, but it will be different from what we are used to. There have been previous rumours suggesting that Apple will include an on-screen fingerprint scanner on the next iPhone and the company's latest patent confirms the plans. It may not come as soon as this year's iPhone, however, it is expected to come sooner or later. (c) Pexels According to the latest patent spotted by Patently Apple, the company wants to embed a pinhole camera being the display of the smartphone. This camera will be able to create a 3D map of your fingerprint regardless of where you place your finger. The new feature will be an additional form of biometric unlocking and the company will not be replacing FaceID anytime soon. The two methods will make the iPhone even more secure as current iPhones only supports FaceID. (c) Pexels The more exciting bit about this patent is that Apple has shown pictures of a prototype, which means that the company is already done with the development process. The new unlocking method is expected to go into mass production by 2020 and will be a feature on 2020 iPhones. The new unlocking method is not the first time we're something like this as Xiaomi has also developed a version which works similar to Apple's patent. Source: Patently Apple
  2. Even though Google had revoked Huawei's access to an Android license, Chinese smartphone users are firmly rallying behind Huawei and some are even switching from their iPhones. The US Government added Huawei to its Entity List which basically forbids American companies to do business with blacklisted Chinese companies. Many US-based companies like Qualcomm, Intel, amongst many other key suppliers, have suspended business with the Chinese tech giant. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo , Chinese customers are posting videos/images in support of Huawei by either keep continuing to use their Huawei devices or purchase their next device from the Chinese company. Key hashtags such as “Huawei Doesn't Need to Rely on America for its Microchips” (#å为è¯çå¯ä»¥ä¸ä¾èµç¾å½ä¾åºé¾#) and “Huawei's Self-Developed Operating System Hong Meng” (#å为èªç æä½ç³»ç»é¸¿è#) were trending on Chinese social website Weibo. Many of these social media users are often very patriotic about Chinese tech companies and some of these hashtags have garnered over 50 million views. Please note, some of these translations may be inaccurate as it has been translated using Google Translate. © MensXP “I've also decided to buy a Huawei Phone, and I will change my plan from buying an Apple Watch into a Huawei product, taking action to support Huawei,” one Weibo user said in a Mandarin post. “It had been bullied by the U.S. so poorly recently.” © MensXP “Even though my stock investment account is facing a loss continuously, I'm still preparing to switch my other phone into Huawei, to show support with action,” another user said. Huawei does rely on components from American companies, however, the Chinese company has already been stockpiling key components in order to sustain itself for the time being. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo, “Both on Weibo and Douyin, people express that Huawei is more than a brand to them, saying it is “national pride.” The slogan “Go China! Go Huawei!” (“å æ²¹ä¸­å½ å æ²¹å为”) is ubiquitous on social media.” For now, Huawei will get access to the Android license for a period of 90 days in order to support existing devices. These devices will still get updates provided by Google, however, the future for Huawei remains uncertain for now. Source: What's On Weibo , CNBC
  3. As the ICC World Cup 2019 approaches, the Justin Langer-coached Australian cricket team has had quite the journey. With the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal in South Africa leading to the suspension of two of their greatest assets in Steve Smith and David Warner, and then the struggling stint in Test cricket under the leadership of Tim Paine, the team with the most World Cup titles under their belt are surely the underdogs this year. Thanks to a couple of series between their ban being lifted and the upcoming tournament, and some added help with the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League, Warner and Smith have provided a small boost to the squad, but the Aussies' bowling lineup could become their Achilles heel, especially with Josh Hazlewood missing from the roster. © Reuters Starting out their World Cup campaign against Rashid Khan's Team Afghanistan at the Country Ground in Bristol on 1st June 2019, skipper Aaron Finch's strategy must include taking big wickers in a hurry. The loss of Jhye Richarson to injury along with the off-form of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins with the bat, Team Australia cannot afford to let the opposition score big totals in the 50-over format of the game. Keeping in mind the bad performances put up by the fast bowlers in the 5-game ODI series between Pakistan and World Cup hosts, Team England, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile might not be the best bowlers for the five-time champions. Under such circumstances, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa might be the key players for the team. Spinners with the ability to hit big shots, the duo might turn out to be crucial for a team short on firepower. Maxwell's strike rate during the previous World Cup was a scary 182 and went on to make a name for himself as one of the most terrifying batters from Down Under. © Reuters Finally, the chances of Langer's boys winning the championship look to be extremely slim. While players like Smith, Warner, Starc and Maxwell would have made for an All-Star team, they are being haunted by something or the other, be it bad form, serious injuries or simply the lack of will to win. Hopefully, under the guidance of Langer and a divergence from the 'win at all costs' mentality inside Cricket Australia, the mood inside the dressing room has brightened up a little, especially with the display of consistency by the team of lately. Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner and Adam Zampa.
  4. With less than 48 hours left for the finale of probably one of the most-watched TV shows in history, 'Game Of Thrones', a lot of fans are waiting with bated breath to see how it all comes to an end, however, the drama revolving around the gloomy dullness throughout this season seems to be like a looming threat for the final episode, and people are genuinely concerned. Multiple theories, many deaths and even a petition to remake the final season has been the mood throughout this month. But it seems like we are not alone in grieving over this disappointment, as the writer of the original book series himself, George RR Martin, also expressed that he wasn't too happy with how the show is ending. Twitter “The series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons. You know, it's complex. I'm a little sad, actually. I wish we had a few more seasons. It can also be… traumatic. Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don't match, and you get the famous creative differences thing — that leads to a lot of conflict. You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with the story, but relates to 'well, this character has a very high Q Rating so let's give him a lot more stuff to do”, Martin said in an interview. The cast and crew were also a tad bit upset over some characters being killed off. The actor who plays Varys, Conleth Hill, expressed his dismay on how his character met his end. “I took it very personally. I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in the same position a lot more than I did at the time. You can't help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven't lived up to some expectation that you didn't know about,” he said. HBO Well, love it or hate it, the ending is sealed and we shall witness the action the coming Monday morning.
  5. Apple's iPhones, as we all know, are some of the most expensive smartphones you can buy. Even the 'affordable' iPhone i.e. the iPhone XR costs over Rs. 60,000 in India after all the discounts. Do you think that's expensive? Well, think again, because the new iPhones that are launching later this year are going to be even more expensive. That's right! If you're waiting to buy the new iPhones, presumably the iPhone XI, then you might want to start saving some money because they're about to get a little pricier, and you can thank the ongoing trade war between the US and China for that. More like thank Trump for that. US President Donald Trump decided to piss off China by hiking tariffs on products manufactured there. Well, we don't blame him because his idea was to force US companies to relocate manufacturing back home to enforce employment, among other benefits. While that didn't happen as per the plan, it has caused Apple's iPhone production costs to rise. And obviously, to recoup profits, Apple would need to increase the iPhone price by a similar amount. And since there are no direct supply chain units from Apple's manufacturing plants in China to India, they have to go through the US for processing, which means Apple will have to pay the tariffs. © YouTube It's expected that Apple will choose to absorb the costs, at least for the time being, but we doubt if they'll do it for long. Apple will eventually have to slap a higher price tag on their already expensive iPhones. This, however, can be avoided if Apple starts manufacturing its flagship iPhones, in addition to the cheaper models, in India too. Well, let's just hope for the best. Source: Business Standard
  6. I'm 23 and I literally didn't get anything for my birthday. But 12-year-old these days are just going and buying themselves luxury cars as birthday gifts. © Twitter Natthanan Sanunrat, a beauty YouTuber from Thailand, turned 12 last month and decided to treat herself to something she can't even use for the next few years. I don't remember what I did on my 12th birthday but spending Rs 1.3 crore on a BMW surely wasn't it. Natthanan received internet fame at such a young age after she took her mother's makeup and started making tutorials online. And now, she's become famous and rich enough to splurge on expensive stuff even while being just 12 years old. © Twitter Honestly, every time I see stories like these, I'm angry at my past self for not starting a Youtube channel as a kid and being a millionaire by now. Also, I'm again reminded about how much Youtubers actually earn, it's insane. It's not me being salty, I'm just amazed. Apparently, this BMW won't actually be the first car she'll drive herself in few years, it'll be a Porche. Yep. © Twitter Her mother, Natcha said, “We encourage and support Natthanan with her work, but we don't push her at all. We don't need to, because she loves doing makeup so much and she's very mature and organised. We're very proud of her and we will drive the car for now, to take her to makeup events and fashion shows. I'm sure that the first car she drives herself will be a Porsche.” Wow, this kid is already so much cooler than I will ever be.
  7. So, Game of Thrones season 8's episode 4 aired earlier this week, and it quickly went viral because of the Starbucks goof-up. In case you've been living under a rock, this week's GoT episode had a coffee cup in one of the scenes. Yes, there was a coffee cup in front of Daenerys Targaryen during the post-battle celebrations. It's hilarious. While the HBO folks updated the episode by removing the coffee cup, it looks like the coffee chain made $2.3 billion worth of free advertising. © Reuters According to CNBC, Starbucks received an estimated $2.3 billion in free advertising in the days before it was updated. That's a lot of money for a production goof-up, isn't it? Stacy Jones, CEO of marketing company Hollywood Branded, told CNBC that Starbucks got 10,627 mentions online, on TV and on the radio. But do you know what's the most hilarious part? Well, it wasn't even a Starbucks coffee cup. Yes, it's not the brand's iconic green siren on the cup. It was a coffee cup from the production's craft services. What? This coffee cup goof-up, by the way, isn't the only mistake we've spotted on the GoT episode over the years. You can check out the list of all the mistakes on GoT episodes here.
  8. Netflix has been at the forefront of streaming video content for consumers and is actively looking to make the experience even better. At first, the company rolled out 4K and HDR support for many of their originals and now, the company is investing in another experiential feature. © Unsplash Netflix has announced that the company is bringing "studio quality” sound for content on its platform that will enhance the overall experience of a viewer. The company is increasing the audio bitrate up to 640 kbps on devices that support 5.1 surround sound and up to 768 kbps for Dolby Atmos. The audio quality will be adaptive similar to how video quality adjusts according to your internet speed. There is a catch though, the high-quality audio will only be available for Premium Subscribers. © Unsplash According to Netflix, “Our high-quality sound feature is not lossless, but it is perceptually transparent. That means that while the audio is compressed, it is indistinguishable from the original source. Based on internal listening tests, listening test results provided by Dolby, and scientific studies, we determined that for Dolby Digital Plus at and above 640 kbps, the audio coding quality is perceptually transparent. Beyond that, we would be sending you files that have a higher bitrate (and take up more bandwidth) without bringing any additional value to the listening experience.” These changes were inspired by a viewing session with the Duffer Brothers, where they were left unimpressed during a screening of 'Stranger Things' Season 2. Since then, Netflix has improved the bitrate for the show to meet expectations of audiences and the Duffer Brothers.
  9. Spoilers ahead. If I ask any Marvel fan which quote started the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, they would tell me one thing - He's fucking Iron Man and he wants the world to know that! This was such a huge defining moment for the MCU. What a line, so simple yet so powerful, and it made the first 'Iron Man' movie so much better. Side note, Happy Birthday to the first Iron Man movie! 'I am Iron Man', the last line spoken in the first 'Iron Man' movie made a comeback in 'Avengers: Endgame' as well, of course. 'Iron Man' was RDJ's first appearance as the iconic character that changed the world of Marvel forever and 'Endgame' marked the last time, sadly. So, it's kind of symbolic to see everything come full circle, just like his character arc did. But, it came as such a surprise to me that the iconic line almost didn't make it to the movie. In the last moment, during the final battle in 'Endgame', Thanos finally has the gauntlet with all the Infinity Stones and says “I am inevitable”. At that moment, all hope was lost for a second and we thought everyone would disintegrate again when Thanos snaps his fingers again. But, Tony Stark comes to the rescue and prevents the repeat of the final 'Infinity War' scene. He steals - very sneakily, I might add - all the stones from Thanos and delivers the one line, the best line at that moment - 'I am Iron Man' - right before snapping his fingers and making Thanos and his entire army disintegrate. Turns out, that line was actually a last minute addition. He originally wasn't supposed to say anything, but the Russo Brothers talked about how difficult it was to nail the final line. They said, “We were in the editing room going, 'He has to say something. This a character who has lived and died by quips.' And we just couldn't, we tried a million different last lines.” Then, Jeff Ford, the Russo Brothers' right-hand man and editor on 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', 'Civil War', 'Avengers: Infinity War', and 'Endgame' gave the best suggestion - “Why don't we just go full circle with it and say 'I am Iron Man'?” They loved it so much that they immediately went, “Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.” And, the rest is history. I would personally like to thank Jeff because without that final line in 'Endgame', the movie wouldn't have been the same.
  10. We're almost at the finish line. 'Avengers: Endgame' is so close and yet so far. The movie will be the final movie, the culmination of 11 years and 22 movies, and I don't even need to tell anyone how emotional it is to possibly saying goodbye to a lot of characters. The actors themselves have come a long way and have actually made what Marvel Cinematic Universe is today. So, as a way of remembering all the movies and showing some more appreciation for Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner, here are all the OG Avengers through the years, from their first Marvel premiere to probably their last. From RDJ kissing Iron Man in 2008. © Reuters To RDJ kissing Bradley Cooper in 2019. Yes, he loves kissing everyone. © Reuters And, to RDJ being just overall the coolest. © Reuters Then comes the God of Thunder himself. Look at him so innocent and adorable in 2011. © Reuters Just the same precious person now as well. Also, did his wife Elsa age at all? © Reuters Were you channelling RDJ back in 2011, Evans? © Reuters He looks so young! © Reuters It's 2019 and Chris is still a gentleman with his costars. © Reuters And, goofy with the fans. © Reuters Scarlett Johansson looking beautiful at 'Iron Man 2' premiere in 2010. © Reuters Scarlett Johansson looking beautiful at 'Avengers: Endgame' premiere in 2019. © Reuters Don't forget the infinity gauntlet, of course. © Reuters Mark Ruffalo looking surprised in 2012. © Reuters To looking great right now. © Reuters Very simple back in the day. © Reuters But, Jeremy Renner is fully enjoying this year. © Reuters And lastly, here's a group shot of all the OGs. © Reuters
  11. Huawei launched a new smartphone that defies everything we've known so far about smartphone cameras. At first, we didn't believe in the hype ourselves until we got to use the smartphone for ourselves. The P30 Pro can take pictures in almost every environment and can even take detailed images of the moon. The P30 pro is not only about offering great cameras, but it also features great design, awesome performance and impressive battery life. The P30 Pro may just be the perfect smartphone every company has been trying to make in the past decade. So, let's find out why the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the only smartphone you want to look at this year: Design & Display When it comes to the design of the smartphone the first thing you will notice is the gradient colours. We have seen the Chinese company breathe new life to smartphones with their Honor branded smartphones and the Mate 20 Pro, and it seems like the company is looking to continue that tradition. We got to use both the Aurora Blue and Breathing Crystal variants and they both looked absolutely stunning. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When you look beyond the colours, the Huawei P30 Pro is not particularly a small device. It has a 6.47-inch display and has curved edges similar to the Mate 20 Pro. The edges on the back of the smartphone also have a curved profile giving it a much ergonomic feel that its predecessor. Overall, the design is impressive, however, the P30 Pro is quite prone to scratches on both sides. We would recommend you use the supplied cover to protect the phone from any damages you may incur overtime. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro as it does not have the same sensors for facial recognition. Face unlock does work on the P30 Pro but it isn't as reliable as the Mate 20 Pro or the iPhone XS. The display is also used as a loudspeaker instead of having a traditional grille for audio output. You may find it weird at first, however, we got used to it in a matter of days. The AMOLED display quality is excellent where the colours are vibrant and have balanced contrasts. The sharpness is also quite impressive if you like to watch movies and play games. Having said that, we did find the hue on the display on the cooler side which could be annoying for some users. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset that is particularly fast and works in tandem with Huawei's EMUI. Having said that, EMUI is a quite bloaty skin that is particularly not clean. Even though we've not been fond of EMUI in the past, the P30 Pro comes with some cool AI features such as an AI video editor (similar to Google Photos), scene detection features for the camera app. It even comes with digital well-being features such as a downtime feature for applications. When you reach your limit for a particular app, the screen turns grey preventing you from doing what you were meant to stop. The P30 Pro also comes with another nifty feature i.e. a Digital Car Key. Basically, you can use the P30 Pro to use as a key for select Audi cars. You can even start the engine with your smartphone. Alas, we did not get to test this feature, however, you can read up more literature about this on Audi and Huawei's website Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The star attraction of the Huawei P30 Pro is its impressive camera setup. It's touted to have incredible digital photography capabilities and for good reason. The array on the back has a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens. The zoom lens on the P30 Pro is one of the most impressive sensors we've seen as it can do image stabilisation even when zoomed in well over 10x. The P30 Pro uses OIS + EIS at the same time to achieve this feat. Of course, the quality does drop down a bit when you exceed the zooming parameters, however, it is still the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. We could even capture some very accurate and detailed shots of the moon with 50x zoom. You can see the clarity in the photo samples below. Huawei has partnered with Leica to make some of the most impressive we've ever seen. The new sensors are called SuperSpectrum sensors that use RYYB instead of the traditional RGB. Yellow has been used in place of green as it can take in both red and green lights. The sensor is capable of capturing more information and clearer images. Having said that, not everything is peachy here as when you take images of flora, there is considerable saturation which is entirely accurate when it comes to real colours. The Huawei P30 Pro is also incredible at taking low-light images, especially in the night. The light sensitivity ISO goes up to 400,000 which is completely unheard of on a smartphone. You can take some incredible night shots using the Night Mode, which works similar to what you find on Google Pixel 3. It basically takes multiple frames at different levels of exposure and then combines them into a single image. The ToF sensor basically comes in handy when you want to capture the depth or take portrait images from your smartphone. It can read objects and gets a better idea of the subject in front of the camera. The ToF sensor records how long it takes for the light to hit the object in front of the smartphone. This resulted in some awesome portrait images, however, did not work as advertised in dark environments. P30 Pro Camera Samples Performance The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset which is also the Chinese company's flagship processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for gaming. We encountered no issues when it came to the smartphone's performance and gaming was a breeze as there were no noticeable frame rate drops. We managed to play PUBG in high settings but we enjoyed playing Fortnite more due to the smooth graphics. The P30 Pro also comes with a proprietary file transfer system which basically is faster in reading/write speeds than anything we've seen so far. In terms of benchmark tests, our review unit was able to achieve a score a respectable 3292 in the single-core test while it scored 9657 in the multi-core test. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery and we managed to get 8-9 hours of screen-on time. The smartphone supports 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Much like the Mate 20 Pro, you can even turn on the reverse wireless charging feature to charge other devices such as the new AirPods or the Galaxy Buds. The battery life on the P30 Pro is probably one of the best we've seen on an Android smartphone. The P30 Pro easily lasted more than 17 hours on a single charge and our usage included heavy gaming, GPS navigation, texting, internet browsing and even reverse wireless charging at times. The Final Say As smartphones get increasingly saturated, there are only a few fields left where it can be improved upon. Companies keep trying to improve mobile photography or performance or battery life but often sacrifice at least one of these key features. Having said that, the P30 Pro offers all of these features and do them well. The Huawei P30 Pro does offer the best camera on a smartphone right now and is genuinely a jack of all trades. In some cases, it's even a master of one such as low-light photography. When it comes to competition, only the Pixel 3 comes into mind that can stand up to the P30 Pro when it comes it mobile photography. For Rs 71,9990; you get the latest tech with awesome performance and extraordinary cameras.
  12. Russian President Vladimir Putin is known to be the most powerful man in the world. So, naturally, you'd expect the world's most powerful man to earn more than pretty much every other political leader in the world, right? Well, if you go by the numbers posted on the Kremlin's official website, it's not really the case. According to the website, Vladimir Putin earned 8.7 million Rubles last year as the President of Russia, which roughly translates to about $135,000. Yes, that's apparently how much he made from his official salary, a military pension, interest on savings, and other investment gains. © Reuters That number, in case you are wondering, comes down to about $11,200 a month as Putin's average monthly income. Funnily enough, Putin's real property did not change from last year. According to the tax returns, he owns an apartment with an area of 77 square meters and a garage of 18 square meters. And among his official assets are two vintage Volga GAZ M21 sedans as well as a Niva SUV and a Skif tent trailer. Of course, no one's questioning Putin's net worth here. But as noted by the folks over at Quartz, something doesn't quite add up. Take his luxury watch collection, for instance. The collection alone is said to be valued at 22 million rubles i.e. roughly $3.5 million. His watch collections reportedly include pieces like a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar, a Blancpain Leman Aqua Lung Grande Date, and a platinum A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph, which are some of the finest timepieces in the world. © Reuters Looks like it's true what they say about Putin. He may never appear on Forbes' rich list, but his personal wealth is bigger than that of Bill Gates. There's no way to tell if the reports are true, so we'll let you read Putin's financial disclosure here.
  13. Following the whole PUBG fiasco in India, Nepal has now banned the popular Battle Royale title. God, is this ever going to end? The move comes after the Nepal Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation with the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday. Just a day after the filing, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority has called for all ISPs and mobile service providers to block its users from playing the game. © PUBG Corp. While speaking to the Kathmandu Post, the Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, “We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children. What's more interesting is that Singh said the ban was inspired by the advice from psychiatrists, who apparently said the violence in the game was making people aggressive. “We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game,” Singh said. Officially, the ban comes into effect from Thursday, following which the people will not be allowed to play the game anymore. Nepal, however, isn't the only nation concerned with PUBG addiction. We all know how fierce the authorities were in India, right? People were literally getting arrested for playing the game in public. On the same lines, even China wanted to limit PUBG's play time. So, it's very clear that there's a lot of bad press around PUBG.
  14. Shah Rukh Khan is surely one of the most tech-savvy stars in Bollywood, and he really loves his gadgets. He has previously expressed his love for mac instead of PCs, and he's also been spotted using Amazon's Kindle. Now, Shah Rukh Khan's current favorite gadget appears to be Apple's newly launched AirPods. Yes, he took it to Instagram and made a post about how the new AirPods are amazing. Khan posted a selfie with AirPods in his ears and wrote, “@apple ups it's game with every new product. Don't use earphones much but these new #Airpods are amazing. Thanks for adding to my collection Apple,” he wrote as he posted a photo of himself with the Airpods. Here, take a look at the picture yourself - View this post on Instagram @apple ups it's game with every new product. Don't use earphones much but these new #Airpods are amazing. Thanks for adding to my collection Apple. A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:50am PDT Well, we don't blame our Bollywood superstar for falling in love with the AirPods. The new ones are really good, and they bring a lot of improvement to the table over the older ones. The new AirPods are powered by Apple's new H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones. The company claims that they deliver power-efficient performance, more talk time and hands-free Siri support. And of course, you can also charge the new AirPods wirelessly, provided that you get the new wireless charging case. The new AirPods, in case you are wondering, comes with a starting price of Rs 14,900. You can get your hands on the variant with the wireless charging case for Rs 18,900. © YouTube If AirPods are not your thing, though, then you can also check out Apple's new Powerbeats Pro. They're also supposed to be good, and recently even Lebron James was spotted wearing them.
  15. If you are a fan of some long shots that give the ball-collectors present in the stands a literal run for their money, then you have to appreciate the knock played by the West Indies cricketer and interim Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Kieron Pollard in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Ravichandran Ashwin's Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). His thunderous innings which included a 83-run-barrage in just 31 balls with 10 humongous sixes and three fours successfully delivered on the expectations of all of 33,000 MI fans present at the Wankhede Stadium and millions watching at home. 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 When the 6'5'' tall beast of an athlete had stepped in, MI's chances of winning seemed to be extremely slim as they had to score 142 runs in just 70 balls. However, when the captain got dismissed by getting caught out by David Miller off of an Ankit Rajpoot delivery in the final over, MI had to make only 4 runs off 4 balls. Such was the impact of Pollard's bat. Ashwin and the rest of the bowlers of Kings XI tried every single trick from their book but could not shake the batsman's concentration. Hardus Viljoen tried to get under Pollard's skin by walking up to him and checking for a ball's print on his shoulder but couldn't. Rajpoot himself tried to irk the veteran ahead of the final over when he took a long run-up down the ground only to stop in the middle with a smile on his face followed by a wink directed across the pitch to the man. In return, Pollard sent his delivery (which turned out to be a 'no-ball') for a six and a four in the following free-hit delivery. Things became so frustrating for the losing skipper that he even tried a different bowling action after Pollard swung for another maximum in the previous ball. Now, despite having a decent IPL season, Ashwin has been in the news for his odd behaviour on the field. Earlier being thrashed for 'mankading' Rajasthan Royals' batter Jos Buttler and getting a photo of his face shredded by Buttler's English teammate James Anderson for the same, later on. So when the Chennai-born all-rounder changed the way he bowls, the cricketing world wanted to know what's up: What is wrong with Ashwin! He has 3 actions to bowl now. — Miraj. (@MirajMUFC) April 10, 2019 Pollard's reaction changed Ashwin's action #IPL2019 #MIvsKXIP — Vivek (@say2vivekkk) April 10, 2019 What type of action was this by Ashwin to Pollard?ð#MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/aIA4x9YvPK — Yash (@imyash19) April 10, 2019 Ravi Ashwin trying different type of actions (including round arm) and deliveries in order to bring variations. Good thought but I think he is trying to hard. #IPL2019 #MIvKXIP — Arpit Rastogi (@arptrastogi) April 11, 2019 What kind of an action was that from Ashwin? #MIvKXIP — Satish Pandey (@SatishKTM) April 10, 2019 Ravi Ashwin does it again can't keep him out of action#MIvKXIP #MIvsKXIP — SAMRAAT (@DynamiteXI) April 10, 2019 More action variations than bowl variations for Ashwin tonight. #MIvKXIP — Zen Master (@Wee_shal) April 10, 2019 #Ashwin just did a Shoaib Akhtar action. Possible chuck action?#MIvKXIP — Rohit S.K. (@skrohit) April 10, 2019
  16. The Captain America-Iron Man reunion was one of the biggest things every Marvel fan was waiting for in 'Avengers: Infinity War' but as we know, it never happened. Then, this particular meeting became the main focus of one of the 'special videos' from 'Avengers: Endgame' and everyone is still very emotional about it. This is all because of the events of 'Captain America: Civil War', of course. They both love each other but a disagreement over the Sokovia accords and obviously a brainwashed Bucky killing Tony's parents years ago tore them apart. In that last fight scene from the movie, the last time they both actually saw each other, Tony basically took away Cap's shield because “he didn't deserve it”. Well, even after so many years and Cap even calling Tony earth's best defender, Tony is not yet ready to give back the shield. The entire cast is doing the press tour for 'Endgame' right now and it's hilarious because it's just all of them having fun together, probably for the last time. RDJ has been very active on Instagram, sharing videos with all his Marvel BFFs and it's so pure. But, since it's RDJ and he has the best bromance with Chris Evans, he of course had to throw some shade. View this post on Instagram #flashback #day1 @avengers #press #tour #2019 Sorry Cap! Not today... #hair @davynewkirk #style @jeanneyangstyle (ð¥ @jimmy_rich ) #TeamStark #sameasiteverwas A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:32pm PDT Sorry, Cap. But, let's not forget that even Chris threw some shade at RDJ about this shield debate a few weeks ago. When RDJ tweeted this- BFFs let you share their umbrellas, right @ChrisEvans ? pic.twitter.com/1nJoJrFkZr — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 13, 2019 The best Chris had the best reply. Technically it's YOUR umbrella. But I'm happy to hold it. https://t.co/tFqWFqCSv3 — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 13, 2019 The shade! Yaas Cap! Well, this banter is great and all but I seriously can't wait for this.
  17. Just days before the eighth and final season of 'Game of Thrones' premieres on HBO, a BTS video from the sets of the beloved fantasy epic has taken social media by storm. Titled 'The Cast Remembers', the 10-minute long video shows the cast talk about their journey over the years until the very end. The stars can be seen reminiscing about their most memorable moments on set, the actors they most admire and much more. © HBO The video comes at a time when every 'GOT' fan is waiting for the final season to hit the screens with bated breath. Anticipation is running high, excitement even higher. Yet, no one can ignore the nagging feeling of imminent sadness that the final episodes of the season are going to bring to us - each a reminder to the end. However, seeing some of the main actors from the show talk about the splendid experiences in the video, and their expectation v/s reality anecdotes come as a welcome distraction from the impending end. © HBO From Daenerys to Tyrion to Cersei, every character that we have come to love over the years share some of their best memories, and through it, all of us also get to relive the times of GOT from the very beginning. Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hampstead-Wright have literally grown up on the show and all the talking about it will surely leave you guys feeling terribly nostalgic, and appreciate the journey we have made with them all. © HBO From their most shocking scenes, to the most difficult and who gets to be their most favourite co-star, the 'The Cast Remembers' is the best(and worst) sort of goodbye video the makers of 'GOT' could have sent our way at this moment. Adios, amigos. But maybe, not yet.
  18. The biggest movie of month/year/decade is just a few days away and all the fans are so excited and hyped up for it, and so are the actors who are a part of Avengers and MCU. Everyone's gearing up for the movie in different ways, from coming up with different theories for 'Avengers: Endgame' to basically having meltdowns about the possible deaths. And some, very important fans are making parodies and making everyone laugh, maybe because this movie will for sure kill us. Jaze Phua turned the second trailer, the one that showed Tony back on earth and joining all the surviving Avengers in that hideous new white suit. Turning it into a 'Client Expectation vs Client Budget' meme, the low-budget video is actually very hilarious. It also reminds me of a low budget version of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer from last year. There are so many great funny moments, I mean, look at the recreation of the plane! Literally everything going on in this gif. How they can - and should - rebuild Asgard. What is he even doing here? The chicken and obviously another creative moment. This is the moment that killed me, the fucking Nokia phone! They're doing Nebula dirty with that blue bag. This parody was so brilliant even Mark Ruffalo had to appreciate this, and yes, I agree, so much like the original, isn't it? Struggling to see the difference between these two #AvengersEndgame trailers ð¤ Brilliant work, @jazephua! pic.twitter.com/8d22vDdf4a — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 8, 2019 Wholesome. THANK YOU @MarkRuffalo !!! â¤ï¸ Looking forward to see Professor Hulk! I mean Hulk in #AvengersEndgame https://t.co/HgpOXZ25Zs — Jazephua (@jazephua) April 8, 2019 That gif tho. pic.twitter.com/PEfmTYP9Oi — Zulkifli Zaid (@ZulkifliZaid) April 8, 2019 Oh wow. I apologize for trolling, Mr. Ruffalo, but I couldn't resist... pic.twitter.com/7P06ojokkz — ð±ï¸eagle: ð + ð¦ = ð¶ (@FlyLikeAB_Eagle) April 8, 2019 For sure. Guarantee you that Nokia axe is stronger than Stormbreaker pic.twitter.com/ewNGmGxsH3 — kevðâï¸ðð­ (@trillkevooo) April 8, 2019 What a meme! pic.twitter.com/obgFLgz1ic — Adasiah Marie ð±ð± (@Curious_Cat97) April 8, 2019 My exact thought process. This should be the trailer before the movie. Because we need to laugh before crying... Perfectly balanced. — Maríaâ¡ (@Caryl_83) April 8, 2019
  19. A processor is a smartphone's heart and soul, and without it, a smartphone is left crippled. Apple's A-series processors are considered to be the best of the lot and it's all thanks to TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). The company has been Apple's only supplier of processors and the A12 Bionic chip is considered to be the most powerful chipset out there. © TSMC Not many processors have managed to deliver a performance similar to the A12. Huawei's Kirin 780 has managed to come close and Qualcomm has closed the gap with its new 7nm processors. However, none of them has actually managed to beat the A12 in terms of performance and reliability. TSMC has now announced a 5nm process technology that we will see soon on Apple devices. The new 5nm process has even more improved speeds and this is what the company had to say, “Compared with TSMC's 7nm process, its innovative scaling features deliver 1.8X logic density and 15% speed gain on an ARM Cortex-A72 core, along with superior SRAM and analog area reduction enabled by the process architecture.” Early numbers on an Arm Cortex-Are 72 core suggests that TSMC's new process will be able to deliver 1.8 times the density and 15 percent hike in clock speeds when compared to 7n. TSMC also says that the second generation of EUV will simplify the manufacturing process and “present excellent yield learning”. © Apple Now that the new process is ready, Apple can now move forward with producing a 5nm chipset that can power future iPhones and iPads. We could see it as early as 2020 which is not that far if we think about it. We won't be seeing the new processor on 2019 iPhones as these devices are expected to be powered with the 7nm+ process. © Qualcomm For Android devices, Qualcomm has managed to bring the 7nm process to its chipsets but has not been able to replicate the same performance as the A12. Now that the 5nm process is made available, we could see new Snapdragon chips debut shortly after Apple's new processor. TSMC is now considered the leader in chip manufacturing and dethroned the once market leader, Intel. Companies are gradually losing faith in Intel as TSMC's new process are now the preferred process.
  20. If you ever wished for Monday to be eliminated from the calendar altogether, trust me you're not alone. There's some air around this day that makes everyone hate it. I mean, there has to be something seriously wrong with this day if people look for motivation to survive through the day. So much so that they make '#MondayMotivation' trend every week, every month and every year. Talking about the hashtag 'Monday Motivation', one honorary contribution was made today by Abhishek Bachchan. The actor took to social media to share this inspiring quote with Floyd Mayweather's picture in the background. The quote read, "To be the best you have to work overtime." #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/omFsCjfGfY — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 8, 2019 If only reading these inspiring quotes made us half as productive as our bosses expect us to be, things will be so much more convenient and better for us. And looks like we are not alone in thinking this way. Bollywood's King Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan too feels the same way, at least his tweet does. Shah Rukh Khan was quick to reply to Bachchan's tweet and wrote, "Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!!" We feel you SRK, the struggle is way too real. Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!! https://t.co/9qejCH9tIx — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 8, 2019 Everytime we find something interesting on the internet, the first thing you do is tag our work BFF and then wait for them to comment and react to it. Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan's twitter interaction too looks like what we have with our work BFFs everyday.
  21. Microsoft, in case you don't know, is working on developing the highly anticipated 'Halo Infinite' title. The game won't be out until the end of 2019, but we've learnt something very exciting about the development. According to reports, the budget set by Microsoft and 343 Industries for 'Halo Infinite', is reportedly more than a whopping $500 million. Yup, it looks like Microsoft handed over a blank cheque to 343 Industries for the title, making it the most expensive video game project ever. © 343industries The report comes from a German outlet called Xbox Dynasty , which says that Halo Infinite's development costs currently dwarfs even the likes of 'Red Dead Redemption 2' and 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2', which are known to be some expensive titles. With that budget, Halo Infinite will cost more than even Marvel's upcoming 'Avengers: Endgame' movie, with an estimated budget between $300 - $400 million. Even the Infinity War was estimated to have a similar budget. It is, however, worth pointing out that this is just a rumour and Xbox Dynasty didn't provide proof to back up its claim. So, it's best if you take the report with a pinch of salt. That being said, Microsoft investing significantly into the development of Halo Infinite makes sense. Microsoft is betting big on this title for the future of gaming and its consoles. So, it's not really a surprise that they're going all in to exceed all expectations.
  22. On Friday, Sanju Samson was on a roll during the intense match between RR (Rajasthan Royals) and SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad). After smashing an unbeaten century and becoming the first player to do so in IPL 2019, Samson turned out to be a danger for the bowlers and became the sole-warrior of his team. Twitter But, while the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers failed to stop his rampage, a pizza delivery guy actually managed to halt him for a brief moment, without even making any extra efforts. I have never heard of such incidents before, so this definitely shook me as I kept on laughing and watching the video on repeat. via GIPHY During a crucial moment in the match when the score was 101/1, right when Vijay Shankar ran to bowl, Samson got distracted by the pizza delivery guy walking right in front of the sightscreen. Samson smiled at the guy and signalled at him to move away. When pizza delivery boy halted play https://t.co/UbCj2gWNad via @ipl — Yogesh Gajjar (@imyogesh_07) March 30, 2019 Once he was out of the sight, Samson got back into his lethal form and build a score of 198/2 against SRH. Although Rajasthan Royals couldn't win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Samson was the uncontested star of the match. Also, let's be honest, we can't blame Samson here, can we? After all, who doesn't like pizzas? (let's keep the pineapple pizza lovers out of this discussion.)
  23. I feel Lilly Singh is one of the OG YouTubers and while a lot of them have become very irrelevant now, iiSuperwomanii is still giving everyone original content and that too on top of getting her own 'Late Night' show. Yes, I know she's Canadian and not Indian but she's still desi - and fully embraces that - and it's a win for us also okay, thanks. Coming back to her videos, she just released a video that could end Bollywood. Not really, but it's pretty great. So, she reimagined a few Bollywood songs as raps and changed the lyrics up to make them so relatable, it's uncanny. Starting off with 'Choli Ke Peeche', she raps about body positivity and self-love. And, that dig at Fair and Lovely just made my day. Next comes 'All Is Well' and a rap about mental health and a lot of desi problems. Obviously, this had to be there. Last song was 'Aankh Maarey' and she turned it into a Bi-Anthem and it's so beautiful to see that. And, yes she did make the 'one more remix' joke. Here's the video: As soon as it released, people coudn't stop raving about it, obviously, because it's just so great. For sure. this is insane oh my god. besides all the amazing acting, rapping, production and editing, THE MESSAGE. the underlying messages!! you're a genius @IISuperwomanII one of your best videos for sure. https://t.co/lTiu2WkVMQ — ð¼ðªð½ð¿ð²ð´ðª â¡ (@singhxstark) March 28, 2019 So original. Always reinventing. Always brilliant. So much soul. @IISuperwomanII https://t.co/UTSQY7G2O8 pic.twitter.com/81GGkGGVkx — Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) March 28, 2019 That part in particular is great. Bollywood rap by @IISuperwomanII is best video you will see today. "Your daughter wore a dress, what will people say, hopefully they're impressed... she don't skip leg day...." ððð #LillyRemixesBollywoodhttps://t.co/WzI60MwGFK — Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) March 28, 2019 Yes. @IISuperwomanII THIS CURED ME. Lilly is ONE whole icon. Go watch her latest YT video: If Bollywood Songs Were Rap. YA GIRL HAS SET FIRE. pic.twitter.com/8qgjkjdNw3 — Meghalee Mitra (@meghalee_mitra) March 28, 2019 That lungi tho. I fucking can't get over how good this is. And you in a lungi just made my entire year. I'm going to replay this video until my death thank you very much. — Samyuktha/21st Apr.⤠(@TeamSuperPipoca) March 28, 2019 The best of both worlds. @IISuperwomanII's new video is not only full of bops, but also promotes great messages, we have to stan — Nida loves Lilly (@Flowerstar_5) March 28, 2019 Yep. Ok, but same girl#PanProblems (Also catch me using this entire video for reaction gifs. It was too damn good and too damn relatable. @IISuperwomanII you dun damn good sis ð) pic.twitter.com/eBd3WQnPk8 — Fiona ð (@GypsyNightowl7) March 28, 2019
  24. The Indian gaming industry is seeing a rapid growth, thanks to behemoths like Tencent, who're actively making an active investment. If everything goes well, digital gaming in India is expected to grow into a billion-dollar market. But it's not all roses here when it comes to gaming. According to a report by a US-based cloud services provider Limelight Networks, it looks like Indian gamers are seriously addicted to gaming. An alarming rate of Indians are even compromising on basic things like meals, sleep, and even work for playing online games. © Pexels Apparently, close to 50-per cent gamers in the country are considering quitting their jobs to take up gaming as a profession. I mean, I like the enthusiasm, but I am not sure if they all realize the risks involved. The report highlights that Indian gamers are spending nearly seven hours each week playing online games. Close to 24 per cent of players are admitting to playing for more than seven hours a week, whereas over 11 per cent of them say they indulge for more than 12 hours in a given week. To shed some more light on the matter, the report further notes that 45 per cent of Indian gamers accepted that they have missed sleep to play games. It doesn't stop there, as 35 per cent of gamers say they've missed out on spending time with their friends or going out on a date. And surprisingly, the report says that close to 24 per cent of gamers have skipped work just to play games. If not, it looks like nearly 20 per cent of gamers play at work on a daily basis. © Unsplash As I said, I like the optimism, but it's important that they need to understand the risks involved too. Professional gamers, spend more 10-15 hours a day grinding to perfect their gameplay. Twitch streamers & professional gamers like Shroud, DrDisrespect, etc., spend way too much time playing games. Some of them have even talked about the mental and physical health issues which they have to go through to put so much work. As much as I am excited about Indian gamers coming out of the closet, I am equally concerned about the addiction and other factors that are involved. Well, let's just hope that people understand what they're getting into, and it's not just because of the on-going 'PUBG' fad. I say that because a lot of Indian gamers and streamers are doing extremely well playing these new titles. Naturally, the people enjoying their streams and gameplay are bound to get attracted. However, it's important to see the full picture and balance everything before being able to support oneself as a professional gamer. If not, then this needs to stop before it's too late.
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