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  1. Alongside the new Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has also announced the new Galaxy Z Fold 2, the successor to the original Galaxy Fold. The new Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks like a really good upgrade, so let's check it out. This time around, Samsung has offered a bigger display upfront instead of the smaller one seen on the predecessor. It's a 6.2-inch display that looks super clean, making it look like a proper phone even when it's closed, allowing you to do more without unfolding the device. © Samsung But you might want to open up and check out the display inside because it's an impressive panel. We're looking at a 7.6-inch panel inside which supports up to 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a tiny punch-hole on the top instead of an ugly notch like the last phone. Internally, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 865+ processor and comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It packs a 4,500 mAh battery, but we'll have to see how long it'll last, given the fact that there are multiple displays to power. As for the optics, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 sports a triple-camera setup at the back which includes a 12MP sensor, a 64MP telephoto camera, and another 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. On the front, that punch-hole includes a 10MP selfie camera and there's another 10MP selfie sensor on the cover display. © Samsung Pricing & AvailabilitySadly, Samsung didn't tell us how much it plans to charge for the Galaxy Z Folds 2 and when it'll be made available. So think of this just as an announcement. We expect Samsung to give us more details about the pricing and availability next month, which is also when we'll know if or when it'll come to the Indian market. View the full article
  2. It's that time of the year when we get a new Galaxy Note flagship from Samsung. This year, it's said to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, the successor to last year's Galaxy Note 10. Thanks to all the leaks and rumours, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect, and here's everything you need to know about the phone a week before its official announcement: Design & FeaturesThis year, it looks like we'll be getting two new devices - the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We're expecting to see a 6.42-inch display on the regular Note 20 whereas the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expected to have a 6.87-inch panel. Both are expected to be AMOLED panels as always. The Galaxy Note 20 is expected to have a flat-screen whereas the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expected to sport a curved display. Both phones are also said to come with Gorilla Glass 7 this year. As for the design itself, here's what the phone looks like in leaked renders - © Twitter Ishan Agarwal A Galaxy Note flagship is incomplete without an S Pen, so, obviously, the Note 20 will have the S Pen too. Sadly, there's not a lot we know about this year's S Pen, but we think Samsung will definitely bring some new software features to make it better than last year's S Pen. SpecificationAs for the specs, both the Galaxy Note 20 as well as the Galaxy Note 20 Plus are expected to come with Snapdragon 865 processor. It could also be the new Snapdragon 865+ processor, although we'll have to wait a bit more to know exactly which processor it has. While the Galaxy Note 20 is expected to have up to 8GB RAM, the Galaxy Note 20 Plus is expected to sport up to 12GB RAM. As for storage, you can expect to see up to 512GB. Note flagships always have good battery life and this year we're expecting to see a 4,300 mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 20 whereas the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expected to have a 4,500 mAh battery. © Twitter Evan Blass CameraThe Galaxy Note 20 is expected to have a quad-camera setup at the back which includes a 12-megapixel main sensor, a 64-megapixel telephoto zoom lens, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and Time-of-Flight sensor on top. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, however, is expected to have the same setup seen on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. If that's true, then we'll see a 108-megapixel main sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto zoom lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and laser focus sensor. The Note 20 Ultra might not have the 100x Space Zoom feature though. We'll have to wait for confirmation. Pricing & AvailabilityExclusive for MSP: Here are the prices of upcoming Samsung Galaxy products in Europe. Note20 4G: €999 Note20 5G: €1,099 Note20 Ultra 5G starts at €1,349 256GB Base Storage. Buds Live: ~€189 Note: May differ a bit due to VAT Link for full info: https://t.co/ndWIMBVVU6 pic.twitter.com/MmDcGqshsK — Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) July 27, 2020 We have to wait for an official confirmation from Samsung for the pricing and availability details but rumour has it that the Galaxy Note 20 will start at €999 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will start at €1,349. View the full article
  3. Many people watch Prime Time news as they expect it to give them the relevant information that one needs. But, time and again Prime Time news shows have become a joke! News channels have been over-exaggerating and dramatically covering a topic without giving any valid information to the viewers. And this isn’t anything new. Everyday viewers come across instances that leave them disappointed and now some of us only watch prime time news shows for entertainment and eerie graphics. But, we still depend on news channels and didn’t expect them to make things up. However, it seems like logic and facts have been thrown out of the window years ago. Me making different profiles for free Netflix pic.twitter.com/5LXX69q9iB — Manish (@Man_isssh) July 30, 2020 Recently, viewers figured out that an expert K. Siddhartha, a guest who has been seen on multiple TV channels as an expert has been giving his opinions on multiple things. A Twitter user pointed out saying, that this man has been giving his opinions as an expert as an environmentalist, an expert on India-Vietnam relations, a geologist, and an educationist among others. Now, that’s very shocking and new! Checkout the post here- Ye Waali Education Policy Chahiye pic.twitter.com/AzgrwsAgyM — Tempest (@ColdCigar) July 30, 2020 According to his website, he is actually an author and consultant. His website states as a 'strategic thinker, geostrategist, knowledge and perception management consultant, thought leadership trainer.’ Soon this picture went viral on Twitter and here’s what people have to say about this- A TV debate panelist in 2020: pic.twitter.com/1Wz2PxIWfn — PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) July 30, 2020Johnny sins of journalism — Pratik Hingankar (@Pratik_hi) July 31, 2020 pic.twitter.com/ZK8HRZViZ7 — Sir-Kesham (@SarKesam) July 30, 2020News channel be like @AnonEagleFlight bhai dekh isse pic.twitter.com/gsIeWltZRi — meetbrar (@meetbrar1) July 31, 2020 pic.twitter.com/r3ImXSXCIi — Rahul Dua (@Rahul_Dua84) July 30, 2020Ye TV ka dhruv rathee hai🤣 — Pooja Sangwan ❁ (@ThePerilousGirl) July 30, 2020K Siddhartha be like .... pic.twitter.com/tTDIn1A5ZQ — ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ (@theesmaarkhan) July 31, 2020Arnad- educationalist, environmentalist , geographical expert needed in my panel K siddhartha pic.twitter.com/z1uz98tDHG — राज (@memeskaraj) July 31, 2020K Siddhartha in a nutshell... pic.twitter.com/B6biqeyyZn — WTF_Memez (@MemezWtf) July 31, 2020These memes are hilarious and have entertained us beyond everyone’s expectation. View the full article
  4. OnePlus has already created a lot of hype for its launch event tomorrow where the company is expected to showcase a new phone called OnePlus Nord. Along with the new phone, we're also expecting to see OnePlus' first pair of truly wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds. In case you missed it, we already got a glimpse of the OnePlus Buds a few days back when OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei had an interaction with YouTube creator Marques Brownlee. You can check out the OnePlus Buds below - © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee But besides that, the folks over at 9to5Google have now showcased us some leaked renders. These renders give us our best look at the OnePlus Buds. So, the first thing to note is that the OnePlus Buds will be available in three colourways - While, Black, and Teal. Carl Pei is seen wearing the Teal variant in the video, but we'll have to see how it looks in person. As for the design, we can see a rounded case here that looks more or less similar to the Pixel Buds. The case seems to have a matte finish, although that could just be the rendered image. We also see an LED indicator for the battery on the front along with a physical button for pairing and switching button. The earbuds, well, they just look like any other TWS earbuds on the market. There's nothing unusually different here, so there's nothing much to talk about. © 9to5Google We are expecting OnePlus to launch these tomorrow alongside the OnePlus Nord. We'll have more to talk about its features once it becomes official tomorrow. OnePlus has officially confirmed that the earphones will weigh 4.6 grams each whereas the charging case weighs 36 grams. The company also noted that we can expect around 30 hours of life in total, so that's interesting. Let's just wait for more info about these tomorrow. Source: 9to5Google View the full article
  5. As everything is falling apart due to the pandemic, Bigg Boss fans must have assumed that there wonât be a season 14 this year. But thatâs not true! The show is most likely to air by the end of October this time and we are already excited. Last season, it was reported that Salman Khan was charging a whopping amount of Rs.13 crores per week to host the show. Also, due to the extension, he was getting an extra 2 crore per episode which made him take home around Rs. 200 crores for the entire season. We wonder how much will Sallu Bhai charge this season as he will be shooting amid a pandemic. So, hereâs all we know about Bigg Boss 14 and what all changes can we expect from the show - The Host Of The Show © Viacom 18 Salman Khan will be returning to host Bigg Boss 14 as well. But, he will be charging an even bigger remuneration this year. According to reports he will charge around Rs 16 crores this year per week. After all, who can be a better host than Sallu Bhai for Bigg Boss? No one! Safety Norms Amid Pandemic © Viacom 18 Now, there has been chatter whether or not it will be safe to keep so many contestants in the house together. But, it is being said that all the contestants will undergo a COVID-19 test before entering the house. Not only this, all the contestants will also have to follow the social distancing norms in the BB house. Contestants © Viacom 18 According to a report by Mid-Day, the makers of the show have already shortlisted 30 contestants for the show through the online audition process. This time there will be around thirteen celebrities and three commoners. Expected Celebrities In The House © Viacom 18 We might get to see Karan Kundra, TV star Alisha Panwar, Paras Chhabraâs ex-girlfriend Akanksha Puri, MTV Roadies 8 winner Anchal Khurana, MTV Spiltsvillaâs contestant Aarushi Dutta, Naagin 4 actress Jasmin Bhasin and Mansi Srivastava. However, Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain star Shubhangi Atre was also approached for the show but she denied it due to her prior commitments for the existing shows that she is doing. House Theme © Viacom 18 It is also said that this yearâs theme for the house is âjungleâ. And weâll only get to see it once the show is aired on national television. The show will take place in the film city and Salman Khan will commute from his Bandra house to shoot for the weekend episodes. We are already excited about the upcoming season, are you? Let us know in the comments section below. Enjoy 10+ premium subscriptions with Times Prime! Become a member today to get complimentary subscriptions of Zee5, Mubi, Storytel, Gaana +, ET Prime, TOI +, and more. Use code TIMES to get a 25% off on membership. View the full article
  6. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in more ways than one. Even after months of lockdown, the virus is still lurking around in the various parts of the world, making it hard for us to get back to our day-to-day lives. But it looks like we finally have some good news. According to a new report, it looks like India's first indigenous COVID-19 could be ready for public use by August 15. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked medical institutions and hospitals to expedite clinical trials for the vaccine. © Reuters If everything goes to the plan, then it looks like the vaccine will be made available to the public by August 15 2020. Here's everything that you need to know: Joining Hands With BBIL ICMR has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) for the clinical trials of this indigenous vaccine 'Covaxin' for the coronavirus disease. A total of 12 institutes have been selected for the clinical trial. Trial Locations © Reuters These institutes are located in Visakhapatnam, Rohtak, New Delhi, Patna, Belgaum (Karnataka), Nagpur, Gorakhpur, Kattankulathur (Tamil Nadu), Hyderabad, Arya Nagar, Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Goa, and Bhubaneswar-based Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital. Top Priority Right Now ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava noted that this is one of the "top priority projects which is being monitored at the top-most level of the government". The vaccine was developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech's facility located in Genome Valley in Hyderabad. Another Vaccine In Development © Reuters Meanwhile, another candidate is also being developed Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila Healthcare. It's also considered to be a potential vaccine candidate, however, we don't have much about it just yet. The First Vaccine To Receive Approval The 'Covaxin' has become the first candidate developed in India to receive the Drug Controller General of India's approval to enter human trials. Source: The Hindu View the full article
  7. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro leaks have been making rounds on the internet and prominent leaker Jon Prosser posted a video detailing everything about the upcoming phones. The video reveals the specs, pricing, and other details for Appleâs new phones expected to launch this fall. © Unsplash_Daniel Romero According to Prosser and his sources, Apple will be launching two models i.e, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro where both models will be getting a âMaxâ model. The lineup will include a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch model where the Pro models will come with OLED displays with 10-bit colour depth made by Samsung. The iPhone 12 will also have OLED displays but will be manufactured by BOE instead. The leaks also say Pro models will come with 6GB of RAM and a triple camera setup that will include a LiDAR sensor. The non-Pro models will feature 4GB RAM and a dual-camera setup instead. The Pro model is expected to have a stainless steel body while the non-Pro model will be made of an aluminium body. © Unsplash_Daniel Romero When it comes to the pricing, Prosser believes the iPhone 12 will cost somewhere around $649 (~ Rs 49,229) for the 128GB model and will go up to $749 (~Rs 56,800) for the 256GB variant. The Max version fo the iPhone 12 will be a bit more expensive and will start at $749 (~Rs 56,800) for the 128GB model and cost $849 for the 256GB (~Rs 64,400) variant. For the Pro models, there are expected to be three variants for each size where it will start at $999, $1,099, and $1,299 for the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions respectively. The Max models of the 12 Pro are expected to be priced at $1,099, $1,199, and $1,399 for the same storage versions respectively. © Unsplash_Daniel Romero Yesterday, it was rumoured that the iPhone 12 Pro would come with a 120Hz ProMotions display however Prosser says there is an internal conflict at Apple. The phones might ship with the features but will not be enabled depending on the battery performance of the two devices. It is worthy to note that Prosser is quite new to the Apple leaks scene, however, he has accurately predicted the launch of Apple products in the recent past. His track record has been on point so far which adds more weight to these leaks. Having said that, the information above is still based on leaks and it is still quite early to determine Appleâs plans. Features could change before the launch of the iPhone 12 series later this year or these leaks could just be untrue. We can only know for sure when Apple launches the new iPhone later this fall. Source: Front Page Tech View the full article
  8. Itâs always a sight to see whenever a new teardown video by JerryRigEverything shows up on Youtube, but this time, it is special. The OnePlus 8 Pro launched recently and in case youâre not aware, the smartphone comes with new hardware and features like wireless charging. While the smartphone is yet to launch in India, it is still exciting to see what the phone is actually made of. The OnePlus 8 Pro also comes with an IP 68 rating which means the innards of the phone have to be tightly packed as well. © JerryRigEverything The smartphoneâs teardown shows the OnePlus 8 Pro has a very neat and almost artistic design even from the inside. It shows that OnePlus designed the inside of the smartphone keeping everything in mind and with good planning. The smartphone was not easy to open because the back panel was helped by a strong adhesive, something OnePlus may have decided to use for the IP 68 rating. The phone is rated for water resistance which means the design of the smartphone cannot let any water seep in that can potentially damage the motherboard and other hardware components. There are even rubber caps on the SIM card tray to prevent water from getting in. © JerryRigEverything Once the panel is opened, the first thing you notice is the massive golden copper coils. These coils are used for wireless charging support which was a long-demanded feature by fans. The OnePlus 8 Pro supports 30W wireless charging via their proprietary charging stand. You can also see the massive camera sensors being used in the OnePlus 8 Pro which includes a 48MP main camera sensor in the middle, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and an additional macro sensor. The OnePlus 8 Pro also did well in JerryRigEverythingâs durability test where the smartphone was not easy to bend and did not crack in the process. The smartphoneâs display was also exposed to flame for 30 seconds that left permanent damage but was still usable after the test. If you are interested in seeing the full test for yourself, check out the video below: View the full article
  9. Apple has been long rumoured to be launching a new affordable pair of AirPods this year and according to Jon Prosser, the YouTuber who accurately predicted the launch date of the iPhone SE claims that the cheaper AirPods are ready to launch. According to Prosser, Apple is planning to announce the new AirPods alongside new products next month which were scheduled to be announced in late March 2020 but got delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. New AirPods (which were supposed to be at the March Event) are now ready to go. Probably alongside the MacBook Pro next month. â Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 19, 2020 The new AirPods are expected to have a similar design as the AirPods Pro, but will lack certain features like noise cancellation. A refresh to the design of the classic AirPods is long overdue and this could be the iteration Apple has been planning for a while. The new AirPods may also not come with a wireless charging case in order to curb costs and price of the upcoming accessory. © MENSXP/Akshay Bhalla Apple is also expected to announce other products such as a new MacBook Pro, wireless charging pads and AirTags. Of course, we advise you take this information with a grain of salt as plans of releasing new products may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we could face delays that werenât expected before. Apple is also expected to announce new over-ear headphones at Appleâs virtual WWDC conference later this year. View the full article
  10. Quarantine Blues â thatâs a real emotion weâve all been feeling. While some of you are dealing with it by engrossing yourself in reading and cooking, weâve resorted to binge-watching. After spending the good part of the month catching up on the latest shows, we decided to take a break from cliché trends and beat the quarantine blues with a gripping underworld saga Ek Thi Begum on MX Player. Another MX Original to capture our attention, EK Thi Begum is a scorned womanâs tale of revenge and betrayal. And oh boy, this begum doesnât disappoint. The show stars actress Anuja Sathe as Begum Ashraf Bhatkar aka Sapna, while her husband Zaheer is played by Ankit Mohan. The most sought-after underworld kingpin, Maqsood, is played by actor Ajay Gehi. MX Player The Bombay You Never KnewMost of us millennials will never relate to the old stories of crime and fear that gripped Mumbai (Bombay then) during the 1980s. Underworld gangs, smugglers and gang wars â it was a time when organised crime was at its peak. The underground city of crime boasted of names that were feared even by the most powerful of men. Ek Thi Begum takes off with this narrative and gives us an insight into the Bombay we never knew. It gives us the grimmest antagonist Maqsood. MX Player Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman ScornedAt a time when the underground city of crime was largely dominated by men, Begum Ashraf Bhatkar aka Sapna foils a plan of death and disruption to avenge her husbandâs death. The man responsible, Maqsood, is not an easy target, but Begum Ashraf is a woman on a mission. She rises above her sorrows and her struggles to become the Mafia Queen of her time. Begum Ashraf is ruthless, she is gutsy and she will not stop until she has reached the top. Actress Anuja Sathe has captured the wide range of emotions in this show with finesse. This gripping revenge saga is inspired by true events and if that doesn't get you intrigued nothing else will. A Bilingual Ensemble Cast Like No OtherEk Thi Begum is available for streaming in Hindi as well as Marathi. And the robust ensemble cast includes names like Ankit Mohan, Chinmay Mandlekar, Rajendra Shisatkar, Resham, Abhijeet Chavan, Pradip Doiphode, Vithal Kale, Nazarr Khan, Vijay Nikam, Anil Nagarkar, Suchit Jadhav, Raju Aathavale and Santosh Juvekaramongst others in pivotal roles. This 14-episodic series is created, written and directed by Sachin Darekar. A Free IndulgenceThe best thing about binging yet another show on MX Player is that it doesnât cost you a penny. With no subscription fees, you can start binging Ek Thi Begum and several other shows for free here. After finishing Ek Thi Begum in one long binge-marathon, we are now looking for more quarantine binge-watches. Do leave us your quarantine-approved recommendations in the comments section below. View the full article
  11. There are rare occasions where we come across certain inspiring stories that really move us in more ways than one. True leaders lead by example and Irelandâs Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, is a perfect example of that. Whatâs really inspiring about PM Varadkar is that he is a former doctor, who has now decided to go back to being a part-time medic to help his country fight against the deadly novel coronavirus. Isn't that amazing? © Reuters At present, people all over the world are reeling under the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has affected over 1.4 million people globally, and scientists are working day in and day out to come up with a cure for it. And meanwhile, news pieces like these keep the hope in humanity alive at the time of crisis. Who is Leo Varadkar? He is an Irish Fine Gael politician and a physician who has been the Prime Minister of Ireland since 2017. The former GP was born to an Irish nurse Miriam, from Waterford and Ashok Varadkar, a doctor from Mumbai. © Reuters Varadkar created history after he was formally elected as the countryâs first PM of Indian descent. He is also Irelandâs youngest and first openly gay Prime Minister. After working as a doctor for seven years, Varadkar quit the medical field in 2013 to pursue a full-fledged career in politics. His Future Plan? The Taoiseach, as the Prime Minister is referred to in Ireland, has now returned to the medical field and plans to work one shift a week to help out during the pandemic. This decision was taken by him to reduce the burden on frontline doctors. Ireland has been in a state of complete lockdown for over two weeks now. People on social media were full of praises for the inspiring leader that he is. Check out some of the reactions here: Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar returns to practising medicine to help during crisis. Now that's what you call, leading by example https://t.co/rwa6Dz21N3 â Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) April 6, 2020 No matter your politics, this is some move by Leo Varadkar. ð»âï¸https://t.co/zgqwFrSG3P â Shane (@ItsGillen) April 5, 2020 Meanwhile Irish PM @LeoVaradkar is going back to his old job as medical Dr for a shift each week. â Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) April 5, 2020 No fan of Leo Varadkar but fair play to him to give a dig out to #Covid19 fightback by taking a shift a week. If it gives only 1 doctor on the front line a break it's a gesture worth making. â Réada Cronin TD (@ReadaCronin) April 5, 2020 It is a great example set by someone of that stature and is really commendable. The world truly needs such visionary leaders, especially at a time like this. In Ireland, there are 5,709 confirmed cases at present and the death toll stands at 210. There have been only around 25 recoveries so far. View the full article
  12. âSix weeks ago, Dr. Erin Bruce, an anesthesiologist, and her husband, Dr. Michael Szava-Kovats, had their first child, a daughter. He agonizes over the thought of exposing his young daughter and wife to infection. He accepts that he may get coronavirus. The risks to his family are outside his comfort zone, he says.â This is the story, Dr. Szava-Kovats shared with The Guardian in a recent interview - words that must have echoed in the young ER specialistâs head as he shifted into an empty apartment owned by some friends. After five days of risky, back-to-back work at his resident hospital in Calgary, Canada, the loneliness begins to set in - worry about the future, the thought of not being able to hold his newborn child and support his wife during one of the most difficult medical crises the entire world has faced. He finds some comfort in routine - calling Dr. Bruce at the same time each day, meditating to calm himself before work and bolstering himself with the camaraderie of his team... but sometimes, things are just too much. âItâs hard because I want to be with my family. I am not doing this because I want to,â he says. Dr. Szava-Kovatsâ story is nothing short of heartbreaking - but it represents the daily reality for thousands of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals across the world, from New York City to rural clinics in sub-Saharan Africa. Here are a few stories from the lives of these selfless heroes, detailing the sacrifices theyâve had to make for us - sometimes paying with their very lives. Dr. Li Wenliang, Wuhan Dr. Wenliang was an ophthalmologist from Wuhan Central Hospital. He posted his story on Chinese social network Weibo from a hospital bed a month after sending out his initial warning. The 34-year-old had noticed seven cases of a virus that he thought looked like Sars - the virus that led to a global epidemic in 2003 - which turned out to be an early discovery of the now infamous Coronavirus strain. Despite his desperate pleas for caution, the Chinese government accused him of âspreading rumoursâ and âseverely disturbing social orderâ - a month later while in hospital, he shared the above video that went viral, and tragically passed away in early February. Several Chinese citizens stormed social media in fury - âThe truth will always be treated as a rumour,â read one comment on Weibo. âHow long are you going to lie? Are you still lying? What else do you have to hide?â Nurse Naser Ali Al-Shahrani, Riyadh#Watch: Saudi doctor weeps as he follows #socialdistancing advice as #COVID19 crisis continues and refuses to hug his child as he returns home from the hospital pic.twitter.com/KZvQtrOqAy â Arab News (@arabnews) March 25, 2020 In a heartbreaking video coming in from Saudi Arabia where the number of coronavirus cases have soared past 1,500, Naser Ali Al-Shahrani, a nurse practicing at King Salman Hospital, came home from a day of duty to find his young son Mohamed ecstatic to see him. Heartbreakingly, the medical professional was moved to tears when he realised that touching his son would put him at risk to contract the virus, and the confused boy is seen backing away from his emotionally distressed father. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Dhoteja, Punjab Doctors all over the country have been pleading with the general population to stay at home, while simultaneously working round the clock to care for patients suffering from the virus - and Punjabâs medical professionals are no exception. In a video shared by BBC News Punjab, Dr. Dhoteja along with his colleagues appealed to the public in an emotional outburst. âI havenât gone home for the last one month,â he said. âI got to go home for a couple days, 15 days ago⦠but I have a two month old baby at home.â Breaking down into tears, the doctor continued, âplease, stay at home, donât come outside. Please prevent this sickness from spreading. A very big problem has come into the country⦠you arenât able to see it, but we are.â Dr. Chen, Wuhan Remember, every single doctor out there on the front lines is someoneâs son or daughter - and watching them take on a disease with no discovered cure can be downright harrowing. In Dr. Chenâs case, the young medical professional from Wuhan had to quarantine himself after developing possible symptoms. Despite requesting his family to maintain a 2-metre distance at all times, his mother would show up each day at his apartment - carrying supplies and food to feed her son while breaking down emotionally. Dr. Chenâs sister who shot the viral video, says, âWe were so sad to see her crying like this. I cried too. Itâs a difficult time for doctors and for medical workerâs families - I hope all frontline medical workers can protect themselves.â She now collects supplies for hospitals in need. Fortunately, her prayers were answered when her brother eventually emerged from his quarantine without any symptoms. Nurse Kious Kelly, New York City When news of Kellyâs status reached his only sibling Marya Patrice Sherron, it was already too late - the 48-year old nurse was already being intubated in the ICU at New York City's Mount Sinai West hospital. Kelly, who had asthma, told them it was mild and that he was doing fine. "Heâs always been protective of me [and] my parents. I knew he didnât want them to worry," Sherron said. "I asked him a couple more questions, and he said he canât talk. 'I choke if I try. Canât breathe. I love you,'" Sherron recalled him saying. "And he said he was tired and he would lay down and wanted to go to sleep." Six days later, on Tuesday evening, the hospital informed her family that Kelly had tragically succumbed to the virus. Amidst a massive pouring in of support, condolences and financial assistance with Kellyâs funeral, his sister also received a scathing, hateful comment that targeted the heroic nurse for his sexuality - âsuggesting that [Kelly's death] didnât matter because he was a gay maleâ. Despite these disgusting displays of inhumane behaviour, Sherron has been overwhelmed by the massive amount of positive support her family has received during this tough ordeal. "Itâs humbling. Itâs unreal, really,â she said to Buzzfeed News. âYou feel like youâre not alone going through this." If you know any medical workers caught up in the forefront of this pandemic - do reach out to them today with a kind word or two - every little bit helps. View the full article
  13. From corporate work-from-home mandates to shutting down of malls to a self-imposed quarantine that does not have a definite ending date, the coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world up and taken over our lives in real ways. We're still trying to figure out how to deal with our everyday lives whilst sitting inside the four walls of our houses. For instance, while malls are shutting down, most retailers are open online. But the question is, and we're sure you've thought of too, is it okay to shop online? More importantly, are the delivery guys at risk while they do their job in delivering your boxes? The answer is yes. A study found that coronavirus can be found for up to 24 hours on cardboard, and even, up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. Itâs not exactly clear how long it can survive on paper though. © iStock While corporates like Cure.Fit have placed strict instructions for their employees to wear masks and exercise caution while delivering packages. It's not standard practice across other services. This is something that needs to be taken seriously with all corporate giants to ensure the safety of people who deliver packages. Can packages carry coronavirus? A study by the Harvard Medical School reveals that the risk of getting infected from a package is low, even if an infected person has touched it. The same is true for the items inside. © iStock How can you support small businesses that are struggling? The fashion industry has taken a major hit because of the global pandemic with many small businesses facing a crisis situation at present with little to no revenue in their pockets. This is also true for the local stores in your locality who will be facing major footfall. © iStock Instead of ordering through subscription services, or Amazon Prime that is anyway choked with orders at present, try ordering daily essentials by calling up your local Kirana store. Most Kirana stores have delivery arrangements and will be happy to deliver. View the full article
  14. Sony recently announced new hardware features that give us a better picture of the PlayStation 5. Mark Cerny, the chief architect of the console explained the hardware in a deep dive presentation earlier this week. We decided to compile every official information we know about the upcoming console including specifications and other features that you may have missed previously: 1. Specifications © YouTube/Sony Computer Entertainment The PlayStation 5 is already sounding closer to a gaming PC with impressive specifications that will power the console. From super-fast Solid State Drives (SSD), to new CPU and GPUs by AMD and interesting audio features - the console has a lot going for it. We also know that the console will be able to support up to 8K resolution and higher refresh rates, thanks to the upgraded hardware. If you are wondering what specifications we know of so far, you can have a look at the table below: PlayStation 5 CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) Die Size N/A Process N/A Memory 16GB GDDR6/256-bit Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed) Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot External Storage USB HDD Support Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 2. Nomenclature and Design © Youtube/Sony Computer Entertainment Sony confirmed that the next console will be called the PlayStation 5 and revealed the official logo at CES earlier this year. It doesnât look any different than the PlayStation 4 logo but it made the nomenclature of the console official. As far as the design of the console is concerned, Sony has not revealed the official design and is waiting for the right moment to unveil it to the world. Sony may show off the design sometime in June but there is no telling as the Japanese company has been very secretive. We do however, know what the development kit looks like as it has been leaked from various sources: © Twitter/Alocoholikaust It certainly is a very odd design but we can expect the final PlayStation 5 design to take inspiration from the development kit. We predict the consoleâs design will be a bit bulkier as the new hardware needs better heat dissipation. We will only know for sure when Sony unveils the final design in the coming months. 3. It Supports Backwards Compatibility © YouTube/Sony PlayStation The PlayStation 5 is confirmed to support some PS4 and PS4 Pro games at launch as indicated by Mark Cerny during the presentation earlier this week. âWe recently took a look at the 100 top PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5,â said Cerny. However, it is worth pointing out that the console may not support every PS4 game at launch as Sony âexpectsâ them to be supported. It could mean that it is entirely up to the developers to support their older games on the PlayStation 5 and will not be playable by default. Users will be able to bring over their PS4 library to the PlayStation 5 and can even play the games using a USB 3.2 HDD or via the SSD. 4. Launch Date and Pricing We currently donât know the exact launch date of the console but Sony has confirmed it will launch sometime this Holiday season. Having said that, there is a good chance that the console might get delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. If the console is not delayed, we can expect a gradual rollout specific to regions and in limited quantities. © YouTube/Sony PlayStation As far as the pricing is concerned, rumours have been all over the place, but a recent report suggested that the PlayStation 5 could cost $450 to make and it translates to little over Rs 32,000 when converted. This means that Sony will probably have to sell the console at a loss and recover revenue from other sources. Sony could take a similar route as the PlayStation 4 and launch the PlayStation 5 for $470 dollars to keep the price of the console lower than expected. For the Indian pricing of the PlayStation 5, assuming the console has a retail price of $470 dollars, it comes to around Rs 43,000. This price includes 28% import duty that the Indian government imposes on game consoles imports. View the full article
  15. This season of Bigg Boss was one of the toughest and the longest in the history of TV in terms of content and controversies. This also meant that fans found their hits and misses in their favourite contestants. The winner Sidharth Shukla who crossed various hurdles to emerge as the winner is currently riding high on the winner tide. When the TV actor is not being papped on the streets of Mumbai, heâs being pinned as the true love of fellow contestant Shehnaaz Gill, who was very vocal about her love for him. On occasion of International Womenâs day, Sidharth spoke to the lovely people running The Official Humans Of Bombay and shared a candid confession about his mother. The actor spoke about how the hardest part of enduring the time period inside the reality show set was not the struggles but the fact that he had to stay away from his mother for such a long spell of time. He opened up about how his mother single-handedly ran the house with limited finances after the demise of his father and never stopped being his biggest cheerleader ever, something that doesnât surprise us because mommies are basically magical beings filled with love. View this post on InstagramâPeople know me as a man with a rough exterior. But Iâll always melt for my mom. Right from the time I was born, sheâs been the most important person in my life. I was the youngest of 3 kids & too small to play with my sisters, so I was always around mom. Back when I was a toddler, Iâd cry if I had to go a second without herâso even while making rotis, sheâd hold me in one hand & the roller in another! As I grew older, she became my best friend! Every time I came back home after playing, weâd talk about everything under the sunâwhile other kids were hiding things from their parents, I wanted to tell her all about my life! Sheâs taught me so much tooâI was a naughty kid whoâd get away with trouble. But when mom told me to always be honest, I immediately owned up to my mistakes. When dad passed away 15 years ago, it felt like the umbrella over us had been taken away. But my mom was our rockâshe never showed any signs of vulnerability. Despite our poor finances, she ran the house, looked after 3 kids & fulfilled all our demands! I know now that she mustâve had to sacrifice so much to give us what we wanted. She even played a pivotal role in helping me find my passion. I used to act like the âcool guyââso to âteach me a lessonâ, she sent me for a modeling contest thinking Iâd be put in my place! Funnily enough, I actually won! So, even on a subconscious level, sheâs been a guiding force in my life. Recently, I was on Big Boss & for the first time, I didnât speak to her for months. I know it doesnât sound too cool to say it at 39âbut being away from her was the toughest part of the show. So, when I received a letter from her on set, I sat & read it in her voiceâit felt like she was right next to me & that letter was a piece of her. Every time she tells me sheâs proud of me, I feel like the happiest man on earth, because I was able to put a smile on her face; a woman who means everything to me. Even today, sheâs my anchor & never fails to give me her daily dose of adviceâwhen I finally saw her on set after 3 long months, the first thing she told me was to stop wearing shorts all the time & to put on a pair of jeans!â #HappyWomensDayA post shared by (@officialhumansofbombay) He, in fact, owes it to his mom for being a successful TV actor today. He mentioned that since he was always a naughty kid putting up an act, his mother forced him to participate in a modelling contest which he surprisingly won and eventually found his calling in life. Mothers are angels who make us believe in love and besides being his biggest cheerleader, she is also a typical âmummyâ who scolded her son when she saw him after three months on the show and asked him to stop wearing shorts. I guess his fans are now a bigger fan of his mother than Sidharth himself now! View the full article
  16. It's one thing to be a fan of someone's work and a completely different thing to cross the limits and become the "creepy guy" in the news. Well, Rakesh Sharma chose to be the latter. He's now being asked to stay at least 200 yards away from the Apple's CEO Tim Cook. Who Is This Rakesh Sharma? Rakesh Sharma, who likes to go by the name "Rocky" is a San Francisco resident. Honestly, the details about this 41-year-old man are quite scarce at the moment, but we do know a lot about the things he has done. View the full article
  17. If issues like sudden breakouts, dark circles or puffiness have been a part of your regular routine, it's time to add new grooming products to your arsenal. Just like your body needs caffeine to function, so does your skin. While a few grooming products are self-explanatory, there are others that you should definitely invest in. Here's a list of four grooming essentials to look perfectly turned out, all the time. 1. Exfoliation © Istock When you exfoliate your skin, the microbeads help you get rid of dead skin cells that bother your skin and ultimately burst into huge pimples. One of the easiest ways to get rid of this issue is by using a scrub once a week. For best results, lay your hands on brands like Nivea or The Body Shop that are made with natural ingredients and let your skin feel nourished instantly. 2. Lip Balm © Istock For all the TLC that you do for your skin, you cannot afford to miss out on your lips. Since your lips do not have oil glands, it constantly needs nourishment. It's wise to have a lip balm handy and one of the great products that you can try is Neutrogena's Norweigan Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15. It smoothens your lips, takes off all the dryness and adds protection from harsh UV rays. 3. Eye-Cream © Istock Nothing is more awkward than you showing up at work and someone telling you that you look tired. It's probably the dark circles beneath your eyes. A stellar eye cream provides hydration and nourishes the sensitive under-eye area. This product is a must-have to refresh and rejuvenate your tired skin. 4. Sunscreen © Istock Our skin is vulnerable to sun exposure and the effects of UVA and UVB rays can be quite harsh. So, what do you do? You get your hands on a sunscreen. Before stepping out, apply a dab of this cream. It is sweat-proof and shields you against skin-ageing issues. After all, no one wants to look double their age, right? View the full article
  18. Itâs official - India has begun to move swiftly to manage the recent nCoV2019 Coronavirus outbreak from China, as a medical student from Wuhan university has been placed under quarantine in Kerala. Meanwhile, Indians in Wuhan breathe a sigh of relief through their facemasks as Air India has sent a special pair of flights to help evacuate Indians from the city. China's National Health Commission, in its daily report, said that out of 7,711 people infected with the virus, 1,370 patients were critical and 12,167 under observation for suspected infection. But around 89,000 people have been in close contact with patients, so far - while the city itself houses some 11 million-odd people. © Reuters But what exactly is the Coronavirus, and how does it manifest itself in human patients? Letâs take a closer look. Under The Microscope © Wikimedia Coronaviradae, as theyâre medically called, refers to a family of viruses that affects mammals and birds - previous outbreaks such as SARS and MERS are also members of this group. âCoronaâ, which means âcrownâ in Latin, was chosen in their nomenclature due to the petal-like projections on their surface - these, when viewed on an electron microscope cause a visual effect that resembles the âsolar coronaâ - a halo of light that can be seen during solar eclipses. The way a coronavirus attacks a cell is pretty dependent on these projections as well. Depending on the genetic code of the virus, these projections act as a sort of âkeyâ - being able to break into a target cell. Once inside, they hijack the cell's functional parts, using it to create more coronaviruses - usually killing the cell in the process and infecting the organism it belonged to. Fortunately, our immune system IS pretty vigilant, and as it detects cell death due to the virus, it will begin to mount an immune response - these will show up as pretty common flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, coughs, sore throats, fevers and body aches. The fevers raise your body temperature to make the virusâ environment more inhospitable, while phlegm and runny noses help flush out dead cells and make the virus less likely to keep infecting you. While your body is usually capable of handling the Coronavirus through a combination of your own immune system and basic medical attention, what if your immune system isnât doing so good? © ASAPScience As the graph above shows, the virus has been far more lethal towards the elderly. As we grow older, our immune systems become compromised. The body slows down and loses some of its speed and efficacy at fighting off invaders. In the case of those with weaker immune systems, the body might go into overdrive after detecting the virus too late. In severe cases, this leads to an excess of white blood cells, which in turn results in a variety of chemical responses in the body, which can finally lead to fluid leaking into the lungs - a condition known as pulmonary oedema. Caption: An X-Ray showing a case of pulmonary oedema - notice how the left lung is suffocated. Once the lungs are choked, oxygen levels in blood drop, and this can lead to organ failure. This can also cascade into further infections and complications, and if not resolved, possibly death. While this all might sound scary, doctors and medical professionals assure us that while the elderly are at risk, the death toll of this virus is relatively low, and it can be effectively managed. As the virus currently has no vaccine, itâs important to keep conscious about personal hygiene, and rely on useful measures such as hand sanitisers and regular checkups to keep ahead of the epidemic. View the full article
  19. Due to the ongoing protest in Delhi against the CAA and NRC, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has recently given a thumbs up to Delhi Police Commissioner to have the power to detain people under the NSA (National Security Act, 1980) from January 19, 2020 to April 18, 2020. The Delhi Police claims it is a routine order that is regulated every quarter in order to maintain law and order in the country. However, keeping the current scenario of the country in mind, the police can detain any individual under this act who is seen as a threat to the national security or tries to harm the law and order in any way without any charges. The detained individual under this act is not charged by the police. © BCCL What Is The National Security Act? The NSA was brought in by the Indian parliament as an act in the year 1980. The act is focused on maintaining law and order in the country and is used for detention for individuals who try to hamper the law and order of the state or country. The act applies to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. The Act gives power to state and central government to detain people in order to prevent them from acting against the national security of the country or if they hamper relations of India with any foreign country or break the law and order in any way or if they disturb public order as well. NSA lets the official detain an individual without any charge sheet in the court and can detain the individual for up to twelve months. © BCCL Now, you must be wondering how is this any different from regular detention. Here you go! Usually, when a person is detained, he or she is informed the basis on which the detention took place or on what grounds they have been taken into custody but it is not the same with NSA. NSA gives unambiguous power to the government to keep the person in jail for days without informing them about the grounds of their charges and their right to bail is taken away. Moreover, they aren't allowed to talk to their lawyers. The detained cannot take their lawyer's help and can be detained for up to 12 months. A similar order was also issued on January 14 in Andhra Pradesh. View the full article
  20. Realme has been on a roll in 2019 and the Chinese company is going to close the year with yet another smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000. Even though there are other alternatives that cost less than Rs 20,000, few can be classified as a good choice as many compromise on features or specifications. The Realme X2 is not one of those phones and comes packed with features which will soon become the norm in the price segment. We've been using the smartphone for a while as a daily driver and here's our full review of the smartphone and the features we feel are great for an everyday user: Design and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It is quite apparent that the Realme X2 draws inspiration from the Realme XT and X2 Pro in terms of design. The back of the smartphone is probably the first thing you will notice when looking at the phone. The smartphone comes in three colours i.e. Pearl Green, Pearl Blue, and Pearl White. The Pearl Green variant is probably our favourite out of the three colour variants. Much like other smartphones from 2019, the back of the phone has a gradient pattern that refracts light at different angles. The back of the smartphone has a glossy finish which also comes with its own caveat of being a fingerprint magnet. At the back, you will also notice the quad-camera system and the logo branding at the bottom left corner. The camera module protrudes from the body which means it would be better to use the in-box case to offset the camera protrusion. At the front, a 6.4-inch notched display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and slightly thin bezels. It looks like any other smartphone that launched in 2018/2019 from the front and doesn't really have any significant identifying features. Overall, the smartphone looks great from the back, being the marquee feature of the smartphone in the design category. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display quality of the smartphone, you will not be disappointed by using it to watch videos on OTT platforms and YouTube. The water-drop notch can be a bit of a hindrance in the viewing experience, but overall, it was fun to watch content on this phone. Having said that, the colours on the display are not entirely accurate and this is expected from a smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000. The brightness levels peak at 417 nits which is good enough for indoor use. The display itself in a Super AMOLED panel and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. Performance The Realme X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G, a chipset targeted for mid-range smartphones that can also handle a bit of gaming. The performance of the smartphone during the course of our review was good enough for an everyday user. The chipset performs as expected and we did not see the smartphone falter in any situation. In terms of gaming, the Realme X2 managed to run popular battle Royale games at 60 FPS at high graphics which is more than what an average user needs. The software itself is also stable enough and there wasn't any lag, forced app crashes and general bugs. The smartphone does heat up a bit while gaming but that is normal for any smartphone today. There is no throttling present or faster battery drain due to heavy usage. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of benchmark results, the Realme X2 scored a single-core score of 546 and a multi-core score of 1737 during our tests. To put things into perspective, the Realme X2 scores were a bit better than Redmi Note 8 Pro's 495 and 1533 Geekbench 5 scores. For gaming purposes, we ran a simple 3D mark test and the phone scored a respectable 2405 points. Battery and Charging The Realme X2 comes with a 4,000mAh battery that can last easily a day with heavy usage with uses like navigation, web browsing, gaming and content viewing. If you are a moderate user, expect the smartphone to easily last 1.5 days. Realme smartphones also boast quick charging speed than any other smartphone as it uses OPPO's VOOC 4.0 protocol. The Realme X2 supports 30W fast charging and operates at 5 V/5 A. It is capable of charging the Realme X2 to 100% in a little over 70 minutes. Having a fast charger that can fully charge the smartphone in a little over an hour that costs less than Rs 20,000 is always going to be an advantage. Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Realme has been including multiple camera sensors for their smartphones and the X2 is no exception. It comes with a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64MP primary f/1.8, 8MP ultrawide f/2.2, 2MP macro f/2.4 and, 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4. We used the smartphone's camera in numerous settings for our camera test. From the primary sensor, we were able to capture some good shots with accurate colours that were later sharpened by the software for a cleaner look. Details were captured well and in comparison, did a better job than the OnePlus 7T Pro. Using the night mode was a delight when we used it to capture some images at a local bar in the after hours. The ultra-wide sensor has a field of view of 119-degrees, however the quality of the image falls when using the mode. The dynamic range falls considerably and in low-light, you will notice a lot of noise that interferes with the details of the image captured. The macro lens is also good enough to capture details when close to the subject. It isn't the best, but does a fairly good job for a smartphone in this segment. Similarly, we were quite happy to use the portrait mode that uses the main sensor in tandem with the depth sensor. The Realme X2 generally can take great images apart from some obvious issues in the ultra-wide mode. The camera app is easy to use with all the different modes can be accessed easily. The highlight of the Realme X2's camera is the night mode and the 64MP primary camera that will handle all your photography needs easily. Have a look at some of the images we shot with the smartphone below: The Final Say When considering everything about the Realme X2 and in comparison to even some budget flagship smartphones, it is hard not to recommend this phone. It does a great job at delivering good gaming performance, amazing battery life and can be fast charged to full capacity in a little over an hour. For photography enthusiasts, the Realme X2 has everything you need to take quality images, thanks to the different modes available. Shooting in low-light has always been a struggle with smartphones but the Realme X2 tackles that problem well with the dedicated Night Mode. The Realme X2, in our opinion, is an all-rounder device that does not break your bank. View the full article
  21. Australia has been on a roll against a visiting Pakistani side for a three-game T20I series followed by a two-match Test series which is currently underway at the Adelaide Oval. The Australian batsmen are showing no intent of slowing it down with the gigantic totals for their opponents in the first innings and their bowlers, led by a scary Mitchell Starc, are making it absolutely suffocating for Azhar Ali's men to survive at the pitch. "The higher you go, the body starts going back."@glennmcgrath11 explains why Mitchell Starc's 'small change' makes a 'massive difference'.#AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/H65s8tRShz — #7Cricket (@7Cricket) November 30, 2019 Essentially, Tim Paine's men are looking like the Justice League with every member of the team looking like a superhero against an under-talented Pakistani side. They are destined to win the second and final Test to hand their opponents a wash-out defeat in every game that they played on Australian soil during their current trip. But Paine got in the way of history being made when he made his best batsman, David Warner to return to the dressing room in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime batting performance. With 39 boundaries and a solitary maximum, Warner broke Don Bradman and Mark Taylor's record by scoring 335 runs. This achievement made him the owner of the tenth spot in the list of the highest individual scores in Test cricket. David Warner becomes the 7th Australian to score a triple century in Tests ðª pic.twitter.com/3tup9XUnIX — ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2019 However, based on the way Warner didn't lose his focus despite facing 418 deliveries, he looked well on his way to reaching for the 400-mark and maybe even defeat Brian Lara's all-time record. After Paine declared the match at the twilight of day two of the match, Warner was asked about his skipper's decision to not allow him to reach for the stars and he did a decent job at protecting him. “... I said 'when are we declaring', and they said '5.40pm' and I said 'ok'. I kept on asking when we were out there, we got to five, then ten past five, and I was making sure that was still the message and it was. Until I think that last over before, it just ticked over [5.40pm] and Painey wanted me to try and get past that 334 mark," Warner said after the match in favour of Paine's decision to declare the first innings. Basically it was predetermined, even before Warner was at the crease, that Australia will declare at 5:40 regardless of how many runs a batsman would have made by then and they stuck to it. They wanted enough time to dismiss the Pakistani batting order twice to win the second match as well. And this is where Tim Paine should have realised that what David Warner did was special and so rare that only nine players in the entire history of the game had been able to score more runs than him. Hey Babysitterð¶ Australian temporary captain @tdpaine36 (Tim Paine) we were waiting for our champion Mr.David Warner's 4th century (400) but you did poor captaincy and declared 1st inning on 589/3. He was on 335* & still 42 overs were left to stump day 2.#AUSvsPAK pic.twitter.com/ILcezy8eAs — Ravindra Varak (@VarakRavindra) November 30, 2019 Sure, a win at this point in the ICC World Test Championships was important for the Australians but that would have come anyway. All Warner needed were a few more overs and some support from his captain to do the unthinkable, but none of those two things happened for the 33-year-old southpaw. This is where captaincy becomes completely different for Team India's leader, Virat Kohli. Even though winning is the top priority for Kohli and they have been doing a brilliant job in doing so (undefeated in the ICC World Test Championships till date), he is willing to stay flexible and motivate his players to do great things at the pitch. The greatest example of Kohli's spirit was seen during India's first Test match against Bangladesh. Even though it was almost certain that India will go on to win the Indore clash, Kohli encouraged his opener, Mayank Agarwal to score as many runs as he can. Coach Virat Kohli Explains Why He Pushed Mayank Agarwal For The Double-Century Vs Bangladesh https://t.co/tVxrGb9ygV via @MensXP — à¤à¤¶à¥à¤¤à¥à¤· (@aka_saurabh) November 18, 2019 When Agarwal celebrated reaching the 150-run mark, Kohli demanded him to score 200 runs. When he reached 200, the skipper raised three fingers and motivated him to make 300. Although Kohli was all smiles after Agarwal was dismissed at 243, he later made sure that the world knew why he pushed his man to give his best for the team. View this post on Instagram "Don't want others to make the mistakes I made as a youngster" - @virat.kohli on pushing @mayankagarawal to score double tonð A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 16, 2019 at 5:11am PST “I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds,” said the Captain. “I know the importance of getting big runs and when the guy is in the moment, it is important as a senior batter to let them know that 'you need to focus, you need to keep going," he added. “Once you put down a marker, the guy sets guard again and it just helps the team overall,” Kohli explained his target-based challenges for Agarwal. “I want the guys to not make the mistakes that I made as a youngster and learn from them quickly so that they can be world-class players very soon," he said. Vision and the ability to think about the future of his fellow teammates has not only made Kohli an excellent leader of the team in the longest and the most demanding format of the game, but has also made him the leader of the team with the best record in the world right now. Pre-planned or not, Tim Paine should have shown similar flexibility in his approach towards Warner's heroic display with the bat because the win against Pakistan was almost certain. View the full article
  22. A lot of designers and other manufacturers have toyed with the idea of creating an invisibility cloak. You know, the one from Harry Potter ? Well, a Canadian camouflage manufacturer Hyperstealth Biotechnology is very close to making it happen. The manufacturer has filed a patent for a new material called "Quantum Stealth", which is capable of disguising soldiers and even their artillery like tanks, helicopters, ships and more. How awesome is that! © Hyperstealth According to the patent, the material in question doesn't require a power source and is both paper-thin. It's also inexpensive, making it a really good product altogether. The material apparently works by blending the light around the target to make it disappear. Hyperstealth says their material can block infrared, thermal and ultraviolet signals, thereby making it appear as though the target is invisible. Well, if you don't care about the technicality, then you can head over to this page here to watch the invisibility cloak in action. There's about 100-minutes worth of footage. © Hyperstealth As you can see from the footage, the cloak appears to be doing its job very well. In fact, in some cases, it's almost too good to be true, while in others it seems to have some trouble. But either way, there's no denying that there's a lot of potentials and we could truly be looking at something revolutionary here. With all that being said, it's worth pointing out that what we're looking at is still in patent form and we're far from seeing an actual invisibility cloak in action. That could take a while and even if they start making them, it'll be limited to military use. Source: Futurism
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