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  1. ASUS already made a convincing case for dual-screen laptops with the ScreenPad on the ZenBook Pro last year. A cool idea indeed, but it didn't excite me in a way the new ZenBook Pro Duo did when I saw it for the time. Like, do you ever see a piece of technology that's so thoughtful and innovative that it literally makes everything look old? Yeah, it belongs to that breed. Although I was wowed by and drooling over the ZenBook Pro Duo's retina-searing 4K OLED panels and its futuristic looks, I wasn't completely sure if it's actually a good laptop. I mean, yes, it makes the Apple MacBook Pro's Touchbar look silly and all, but I wanted to know if and how it really affects the rest of the laptop experience. And that's exactly what this review is all about. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer ASUS let us use the top-of-the-line variant of the ZenBook Pro Duo for a couple of weeks to see if we like it. Well, here's everything that you need to know about this laptop before dropping your money on it. Let's Talk About The Screens It's best if I start talking about the displays first because that's what's running the show here. Both the screens, I must say, have crazy specs. The main 15.6-inch touchscreen OLED panel will serve you 4K resolution worth of pixels that's aplenty for anything you can possibly imagine. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer ASUS is pushing this laptop as a creative tool, so as expected, the display has good brightness, great contrast ratio and produces vibrant and sharp images. It's just perfect for all kinds of creative work and then some. The secondary display, i.e. the ScreenPad Plus is where the real magic is happening. It's a 14-inch IPS Touchscreen that uses a 32:9 aspect ratio. It's not quite the 4K resolution, but it's super sharp and looks great as a display for the top half of the keyboard base. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer However, I must point out that there's a difference in quality between the main and the secondary screen. In comparison to the main screen which handles sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts with equal skill, the secondary screen is dimmer and has a slightly poor contrast ratio. The difference isn't obvious when you first look at it, but you'll definitely notice it once you use it for an extended period of time. By the way, you also get a stylus with the ZenBook Pro Duo and it works just as advertised. Fast and responsive, it's super handy to edit videos and move things around. ScreenXpert Software I was more interested in seeing how this second screen would benefit someone who's not necessarily in the field of creative work. You know, someone who just wants a good laptop for multitasking and maybe for casual gaming. So I started carrying this to work for my every day needs. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer ASUS' ScreenXpert Software that manages the second screen was surprisingly useful for me. I was able to set up clusters of apps and browser windows which I could open with just a tap. For instance, I had set up one of the shortcuts to open the Google Chrome window on the main screen and a window of Chrome on the second screen along with the notes app and Spotify. So all I had to do was tap the shortcut whenever I reach the office. Just one tap and everything is ready for you. The ZenBook Pro Duo also lets you do other things like extending the window on the main screen to the second screen or swap the windows and more. I wasn't a huge fan of the software on the normal ZenBook Pro laptops with the ScreenPad, but I must say that ASUS had done a kickass job here with the ScreenPad Plus. Design © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Enough about the screens, what about the design? Has ASUS made any compromises? Well, yes, there are a few. For starters, this isn't a slim and light notebook like some other ASUS notebooks that we've seen in recent times. You'll feel the weight in your backpack, so I won't recommend carrying this around if you're not used to carrying heavy laptops. That said, the ZenBook Pro Duo is a well-built machine. It feels super premium, thanks to the brushed aluminum and dark panels. The visible cooling vents on the sides also give it a nice personality. And although this notebook has a webcam, unlike the ROG Scar 3, I have to say that ASUS has indeed taken a step back when it comes to I/O. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It has one Thunderbolt 3 USE port that supports USB-C, an HDMI port, a single headphone jack, and two full-size USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. That's about it. There's no card reader, which I think is a must for creators, no Gigabit Ethernet, etc. And speaking of disappointments, I think it's a good segway to the keyboard layout and the trackpad. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Keyboard and Trackpad Since the ScreenPad Plus takes most of the space on the deck, both the keyboard and the trackpad have been pushed towards the bottom of the deck It's very similar to ASUS' Zephyrus S, except here, space is being used for a screen instead of cooling. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The keyboard itself is solid, though. The buttons have a decent amount of travel and it feels good to type on. It's the kind of premium keyboard that you'd expect from a laptop like this. It's just I don't like how the keyboard is pushed towards the bottom. To make things easier, ASUS is giving wrist-rest with the laptop for free inside the box. It helps a lot when you're using the laptop on, say, a table. But it's hardly of any use when you're using the laptop on, you know, your lap. Similarly, the trackpad is not bad per se. It has a smooth surface and it's very responsive. In fact, I really like the buttons on it. It's the trackpad's position that irks me. It doubles as the number pad, so that's cool, I guess. Performance & Thermals © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Remember how I mentioned this laptop is a bit chunky and how difficult it is to carry it around? Well, that's because of the internals. My unit here is packed with an Intel Core i9-9980HK, which happens to be one of the most powerful mobile chipsets out there. It's coupled with 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, an RTX 2060 GPU, and other components for things like Wi-Fi 6. I don't know about you, but if I see those numbers on a specs sheet, I dare not to question the capabilities of the laptop. I did use some resource-intensive photo and video editing apps to put it to test, and I wasn't surprised by the performance at all. It can handle pretty much everything with ease, including gaming. © MensXP Geekbench scores returned some crazy numbers like 5,421 on single-core and 26,262 on multi-core. It's about as high as it gets. Believe it or not, I also played and reviewed Borderlands 3 on this laptop. I was comfortably running it at 1080p resolution with graphics settings set to high. And besides all the powerful components, ASUS has done a commendable job of handling the thermals. Yes, the fans do kick in every time you start the laptop and use it for, say, an hour, but it never bothered me. The fans aren't loud, so I wasn't getting distracted. It does get warm to touch at times, but overall I'd say the thermals are well under control. Battery Life Two high-resolution screens, powerful internals to drive, like Core i9 and RTX 2060 - what do you think the battery life is going to be like? Well, if you are like me who are running both the displays at peak brightness at times, then you'll probably be looking at around 3 hours of battery life. Even if you disable the ScreenPad Plus and use just the primary display, you'll still be looking at around 5-6 hours. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer And if you're running some heavy application and making the cores kick in, then take out some more numbers off of that. Look, the point that I am trying to make is that the ZenBook Pro Duo doesn't have the best battery life and you'll definitely be needing a power source almost all the time. The Final Say The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, as I mentioned, is a thoughtful piece of technology that rethinks what a laptop can be. With those beautiful displays, powerful internals and a well-built chassis, the ZenBook Pro Duo is nothing short of a complete package. But there's a price for everything, and in this case, we're looking at a starting price of Rs 2,09,990. Is the ZenBook Pro Duo worth buying at that price? Well, that depends on the kind of use that you're looking to get out of it and how much you're going to be using those screens. If not, then you'd be better off buying something like a MacBook Pro which makes up for the lack of ScreenPad Plus with a Touchbar and a slimmer and lighter body. But with all that being said, I am glad that the ZenBook Pro Duo exists and I have nothing but respect for ASUS for pushing the boundaries and coming up with innovative products like this. Like it or not, you have to admit that the ZenBook Pro Duo is one of the coolest pieces of technology that you may have ever seen. If this is what the future of laptops look like, then I just can't wait to get there
  2. Here's some mid-week news that'll probably kill that dullness you all have been spiralling down into, voluntarily. Especially for those humans who can thrive on mainstream cinema like their life depends on it, because this news is like cold drinking water in the middle of a vast desert for them. The fourth instalment of Matrix is officially happening, with some old and new actors in the loop and we can't keep our cool any longer. We've all grown up watching the trilogy and if there is something to take away from the series, it's the thought-provoking pieces of sci-fi it has given us, over the last decade. © shortlist So, let's list down everything we know so far, everything we've recently found out and everything else that's left in the realms of speculation, about Matrix 4: (1) Who Is Coming Back Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as the hacker Neo, in the fourth instalment, alongside another cast member, Carrie-Ann Moss, and we can't wait to watch what they have in store for us in the fourth edition. The movie will be directed by co-creator Lana Wachowski who will also write and produce the film. Given Trinity and Neo's fates at the end of the original Matrix trilogy, the sequel will need to find an intelligent way to incorporate their roles into the new story. But I guess that shouldn't be too difficult for a series that's all about virtual reality, mysticism and, of course, some massive plot twists! © Warner Bros Apart from Keanu and Carrie, we have someone else amidst us who was announced to be part of the franchise this month. TBH, he's quite legen...wait for it...dary! Yup, How I Met Your Mother and Gone Girl actor, Neil Patrick Harris has also joined the cast in an unidentified role. We're not sure what role he's been offered but it's definitely Harris's first big film. © Movieweb Apart from Harris, the film also stars Aquaman's Black Manta, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, in a significant lead role. We believe he plays the younger version of Morpheus, the role that was originally played by Lawrence Fishburne in the Matrix series. We also recently found out that Jada Pinkett Smith is in current negotiations to return to the franchise. She played the role of Niobe in parts 2 and 3, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions and from what we've heard, she's not done with the role. For now, we're still waiting for confirmation on this but it'll be a happy little reunion to have her back in the cast. © deadlien (2) Who Isn't Coming Back Sadly enough the OG Morpheus, aka Lawrence Fishburne, has decided he does not need more Matrix in his life and wants to sit this one out. Which also means the pivotal role of Morpheus will be recast. Wanna take any wild guesses on who, in all probability, will take up the character? Also, the original producer, Joel Silver will not be working on the new Matrix movie. We're really bummed about Fishburne's absence though. © Warner Bros (3) What's The Plot? “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Lana Wachowski said in the official announcement at a press conference. © Warner Bros Well, to make the theme more relevant for Matrix 4, whatever has happened in the past twenty years is under consideration or at least there is a slight flashback mention of the events that occurred in the earlier series. So far, we know that the main Matrix theme is definitely back and in some way, it paraphrases the other revolutionary franchise, John Wick, with changing political landscapes and digital existences. Also, Reddit has come with a rather interesting theory and you should give it a read. (4) When Is It Releasing? The release date hasn't been announced for the next Matrix instalment but it's definitely not too far off since the production of the film will begin somewhere early 2020. So far, we're not sure if the other Wachowski sibling be involved in Matrix 4, although Warner Brothers seem to think the franchise is safe in Lana's hands. © NBCNews “We could not be more excited to be reentering The Matrix with Lana. She is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing, and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.” - said Warner Bros Picture Group Chairman, Toby Emmerich in an interview. © Warner Bros While we thought the curtains had closed on the entire Matrix franchise, we're so glad we get to see a lot more from the same universe, something every virtual geek will be really looking forward to! Here's waiting with bated breath for one of the best sci-fi movies out there.
  3. Most of us grew up listening to a set list of musicians whose music we still follow. While not every guy would have listened to artists like Katy Perry, they were exposed to her music either through their girlfriends or sisters before she became someone they all had a crush on. And who would miss a chance to go see their childhood crush perform her chart-topping music? After multiple successful launch events and pop-up shows in India, OnePlus decided to further show their appreciation for their biggest audience by organising a music festival unlike any other. OnePlus Music Festival has one of the most prominent line-ups amongst any concert India has seen, after Justin Beiber and Coldplay. View this post on Instagram Tickets live now! A mix of prime international and Indian artists in a music setting never seen before in India. This is an immersive music experience curated and designed by OnePlus. Watch @katyperry, @dualipa, @ameet_trivedi, @vizdumb, @thelocaltrain and @aswekeepsearching live at #OnePlusMusicFestival. Get your tickets now using the link in our bio! #opmf ð¸ð©‍ð¤ð§ A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:35pm PDT The festival which will take place at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai on November 16, 2019, is being headlined by pop-star Katy Perry. But that is not all, as the event will see the perfect mix between Hindi and English music catering to all music lovers. Along with Katy Perry, another big star that will be up on the stage is New Rules singer Dua Lipa. She is a new yet big name in the pop music industry which makes this a huge attraction for millennials. The line-up also includes names like Amit Trivedi, Ritviz, The Local Train and Aswekeep Searching which makes this event bigger than anything else in the country. While there is no news on who will be hosting the festival or in what order these artists will perform, but with the festival just a month away, people are really excited. The tickets are on sale and range from Rs 3500 for the bronze section, all the way up to Rs 7500 for the gold. There are also separate areas for Super Fans and VIPs but those tickets are not available on Insider. A lot of the sections are already sold out and the rest are running out fast. So, as the OnePlus Music Festival approaches, are you ready to see Katy Perry roar on stage?
  4. Rains have been playing spoilsport in a wide majority of matches played in this year's edition of the ICC World Cup 2019. With 4 of the matches to be played in the World Cup already washed out, fans are increasingly concerned about what the rules are regarding rain and washouts. As per ICC guidelines, all matches are expected to wrap up within an 8 hour-long period and match officials are expected to follow due process regarding abandoning of a match. If conditions improve within this 8 hour period, a pitch inspection determines whether a game can start or resume and if so, then within how much time. If conditions do not improve or if the pitch is not worthy of a game of cricket, the match is abandoned. Reserve days for matches in the group stages have not been implemented this year and this resulted in World Cup chief David Richardson to weigh in on the issue. "Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver." Statement from David Richardson â¬ï¸ https://t.co/OEOXAJ4h8h — ICC (@ICC) June 11, 2019 Richardson claimed that the resulting longevity of the tournament and external factors like pitch preparation, venue availability, staffing, etc. make reserve days very difficult to incorporate. There is also no guarantee whether the rain will not interfere with matches in reserve days as well. “Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” he said. © Reuters This year's World Cup is also the first to feature a Super Over in cases of rain delays and match abandonments in the semi-final and final stage. In case of extreme weather conditions, it is once again at the discretion of the match officials whether to hold the Super Over at the official time which is 10 minutes after the game, or at a later time. Also weighing in on the debate of whether this was the wrong time to host a huge international competition in England, Richardson said in his statement, “this is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK.” Whether or not the rules, scheduling and guidelines are appropriate is up for debate, but no cricket fan wants to see highly anticipated and exciting matches being abandoned due to rain.
  5. E3 is just a day away and we have already seen some major announcements from Google, and blockbuster games like 'Watch Dogs 3: Legion' have been confirmed. However, there's more to the biggest gaming event in the world, as we can expect new hardware, new games and everything else related to gaming to be announced. So, here are some of our predictions for E3 2019: 1. Next-Gen Xbox Console © Microsoft Microsoft is the only console manufacturers to be attending E3 this year and we can expect the company to capitalise on this opportunity. Microsoft has already shared some information about the next console dubbed “Project Scarlett” and we can expect some big news. Although it is quite possible that Microsoft will not show us the console but the company may detail specifications and some of its features. Microsoft will also announce a new Xbox game pass for PC gamers and we expect to hear from Microsoft about the subscription service's pricing and game collection details. 2. Halo Infinite, Gears 5 & A New Forza Title © 343 Industries Microsoft is looking to showcase some of its first-party games and we can expect to see a demo of 'Halo Infinite', 'Gears of War 5' and a new 'Forza' title. We can also expect these game to come as a package as a part of the Xbox game pass for PC. Microsoft acquired several new game studios last year including 'The Initiative', 'Undead Labs', 'Playground Games', 'Ninja Theory' and 'Compulsion Games'. We can expect some sort of revelation of games these studios have been working on in the past year. 3. Marvel's Avengers Game & Final Fantasy Remake VII Remake © Sqaure Enix Square Enix is attending E3 this year and thanks to a tweet posted by the company, we know that Marvel's 'Avengers' will be shown off at the conference this year. We can also expect to see more of 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' as it was showcased in Sony's latest State of Play Event. The game is being developed by Crystal Dynamic 4. Watch Dogs 3: Legion & Beyond Good And Evil 2 © Ubisoft Ubisoft has been cracking-out some great games in the past year and we can expect to see some never before seen games. The company already announced a new Ghost Recon game via a teaser trailer, however, there are other games that will be showcased. Ubisoft has now confirmed that it will be showing 'Watch Dogs 3: Legion' that takes place in London, United Kingdom. We can also expect to see some gameplay for 'Beyond Good' and 'Evil 2' as the company has been teasing that game for a while. As of now, there is no word whether Ubisoft will show a new Splinter Cell game as it looks highly unlikely. Beyond the two new games, Ubisoft is rumoured to showcase three to four AAA titles but we can't be entirely sure about that for now. 5. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Dragon Age 4 And FIFA 20 © Respawn Entertainment EA kicks off the E3 conference with their EA Play tomorrow at 9:45 PM IST and we can expect to see some gameplay footage for the new Star Wars game. The game was revealed at 'Star Wars Celebration' earlier this year and we are bound to see more than just a trailer. EA will also announce FIFA 20 and what all it brings to the table in terms of new features and gameplay. We can also expect to see more about Madden, NHL and NBA Live franchises. EA also debuted a teaser trailer for 'Dragon Age 4' at last years The Game Awards and even though it seems unlikely, we can expect some more information about the game that is currently in development.
  6. We've been playing 'Call Of Duty: Mobile' beta for a few days and the multiplayer game has some classic CoD feel to it with an added twist of Battle Royale. The game supports both multiplayer formats and there are some features and key differences in the game. 'Call Of Duty' is by far one of the biggest first-person shooter franchises and the mobile version borrows many key maps and features from its AAA counterparts. Many weapons, game modes and maps from previous CoD games are featured in the mobile version. Here are all the features, modes and things you need to know about CoD mobile: Game Modes: © Activision In classic fashion, 'Call of Duty Mobile' has multiplayer modes such as team deathmatch and domination, however, the biggest addition this week was its Battle Royale mode. The mode can be played in either third person or first person POV and has single, duos and squad (up to 4 teammates) playlists. The Battle Royale map has been stitched together using many popular CoD maps such as Firing Range, Nuketown and others. CoD Mobile also has different classes for this mode where each character has a set of unique abilities. When the game officially launches, other game modes such as Dominations, Hardpoint, and frontline are also expected to be available. Each multiplayer mode will let you play with 8 to 10 players. Firing Modes: © Activision There are two types of firing modes in Call Of Duty: Mobile i.e. simple and advanced. In simple mode, the gun fires automatically the moment you set aim on an enemy. This mode is perfect for casuals, however, we do not advise using this mode in the long run. Due to the automatic firing nature of this mode, you will often be inaccurate and miss your targets as you do not have control over your firing actions. You may not have to worry about tapping the screen to fire the gun but you will easily give away your position if you miss. In advanced mode, there is a dedicated fire mode similar to what you have seen PUBG mobile. The heads up display (HUD) has all the necessary control buttons within the reach of your thumb. If you are already used to playing PUBG mobile, this is the mode you want to use during your gameplay. This mode can also be expanded later when Activision adds support for Bluetooth gamepads. Battle Royale: © Activision There are a few key differences in the Battle Royale mode when compared to PUBG mobile. For example, you can revive your teammates even if they have died. It works similar to how it does on Apex Legends, where you can pick up your teammates' dog tag for a revival. You can also use various vehicles in the mode such has helicopters, ATVs and others for tactical advantage. Apart from vehicles, players will also need to choose a specific class before they jump out. These classes come with unique skills and abilities that players can take advantage of for better movement or even kills. It works very similar to how it does on Call of Duty's Blackout mode for Black Ops 4. What Are These Abilities? © MensXP There are plenty of abilities that are assigned to specific classes where some give you passive advantages. For example, the Ghost class lets players hide their character on the mini-map from UAVs. There are other perks such as Fast Recover, where your health regenerates faster than others. How You Can Play: 'Call of Duty: Mobile' is scheduled to launch for iOS and Android in the coming months and you can pre-register for the game on the Play Store right now (Not available for App Store). The beta is currently being tested in India and you can install the game by following these easy steps.
  7. The buzz around the ICC World Cup 2019 has already started with the first day of warm-up games taking place yesterday, during which South Africa won their match against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan were able to defeat Pakistan in an action-packed run chase. Sure, these games are really exciting but when it comes to the cricket World Cup, the rivalry between India and Pakistan through the years and decades, always comes to mind. And even though the cricketers from both sides have been giving the same politically correct answers throughout history, people still can't get enough of it. In the pre-World Cup, Captains' Press Conference at the Film Shed in London, a reporter asked Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Ahmed a question about the kind of pressure the 'India-Pakistan' rivalry puts them under. Kohli replied with a very diplomatic answer. He said “India versus Pakistan is always a very anticipated match… but if you ask the players, it is very different from how the fans look at the game compared to how the players play it. Yes, you feel the anticipation and the excitement of the fans when you enter the stadium but when you enter the field, it is professional.” “For us, it is just another game that you need to win as a team. I am sure all the cricketers from both sides feel that as soon as you start playing the game, it eventually is a game of bat and ball, and that's all you need to focus on.” Sounds like a good answer to us. Top marks. Now it was time for the Pakistan captain to answer the same question as the reporters and the camera turned to Sarfaraz Ahmed, expecting him to say something. And like a cunning student who used to wait for the rest of the students to say the answer, Ahmed said: “My answer is also the same. Nothing different. No difference.” Now, we are not making fun of the Pakistan captain and his response, that has all the potential in the world to become a great meme, by the way. via GIPHY No, speaking English is secondary of being able to play a great game of cricket and being of use to your side that is in pursuit of a win against a rival team and the Pak skipper has done his fair share of work to bring his side to the stage they are on today. Full credit to him. The anticipated World Cup clash between India and Pakistan is scheduled to take place on 16th June 2019.
  8. According to a finding by 9to5Mac, Apple devices have now shown up in the Eurasian Economic Commission regulatory database. The new iPhone models have shown up ahead of their release later this year and we finally know what the model numbers are. © YouTube The 2019 iPhones have appeared in the database with model numbers A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223. The database compiles a list of devices that depend on encryption technologies and most of Apple's devices both past and present are on that list. Similarly, earlier this year the iPad Air and iPad mini 5 were registered on the database five months ahead of its launch. According to the 9to5Mac's report, “The A2111, A2161, A2215 identifiers probably represent the new iPhone XR successor. The other model identifiers will be for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max.” The other model numbers are also expected to be different versions of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone R successor as different regions offer different cellular band compatibility. In the case of China, the iPhone comes with a physical dual SIM phone that is exclusive to the region. © Twitter 2019 iPhones are expected to look largely the same as the previous generation while previous leaks have suggested a triple-camera setup at the back. In terms of the feel of the phone, there are rumours that suggest that Apple is opting for a more matte finish instead of the glass back. Other new features include reverse wireless charging for the new AirPods and Apple new more A13 chipset. © Twitter Apple will be adding an extra sensor to both the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11/11Max as a form of upgrades. The iPhone XR is now rumoured to have a dual-camera setup similar to the iPhone XS whereas the iPhone 11 is expected to have a triple camera setup. The iPhone 11 is expected to have a larger camera bump and in the shape of a square. The additional third sensor is said to be an ultra-wide lens and will also be used for more detailed images at a standard zoom level. The new iPhones are expected to be announced at Apple's annual press event that is scheduled to take place sometime in September. Source: 9to5Mac
  9. In case you have not watched today's finale, then here's a spoiler warning for you. For everyone who had watched and reacted and commented and lamented , you are not alone! Today's episode has left most fans with a cocktail of thoughts and before anything else, can I please take a moment of how brilliantly Bran orchestrated it all? Like Ekta Kapoor needs to sign him up for her next show. Bran can see anything right? So he knew the Iron Fleet was in Dragonstone and could kill Rheagal? He told Sansa Jon's heritage knowing it would turn Dany nuts. He knew Dany would go mad and wipe out King's Landing. Bran orchestrated a terrorist attack to take power in a crisis. — AlternateHistoryHub (@AltHistoryHub) May 20, 2019 When you don't contribute the group project and still get an A #GameofThronesFinale #GameofThrones #GOT #GOTFinale #DemThrones #TheFinalEpisode pic.twitter.com/tZDmThF5gn — Game of Thrones Memes (@IronThroneMemes) May 20, 2019 Bran watching Dany burn innocent people in King's Landing but knowing his time has arrived pic.twitter.com/YwXKl89UfG — Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) May 20, 2019 Now with Bran out of our system, Dany's fall was sure a shocker for a second with how swiftly it ended for her at the hands of her lover. The way Drogon cried after he saw Daenerys was dead... you could hear his pain and heartbreak. His mother was dead. One of the hardest scenes I've ever had to watch the whole series. #GameOfThonesFinale #GOTFinale pic.twitter.com/Gy3WFNxSjH — felipe (@espinosasguey) May 20, 2019 Also, if you think about this, you've got to give it to Drogon. Drogon burnt the Iron throne because he knew Bran wouldn't need it #GOTFinale pic.twitter.com/qENifcn3JS — S H A D R A C H ð³ð¬ (@ShedrackSheriff) May 20, 2019 People were happy for Sansa as she probably truly deserved this. I'm so fucki' disappointed, the only good thing in this season is Sansa Straks is a queen... #GameOfThrones #GOTFinale pic.twitter.com/kxuM9Yzn2w — ANES. ð©ð¿ (@AnesGali) May 20, 2019 Also, maybe this would sure have been a better way to choose a king? #GOTFinale This wat they should have done in choosing a ruler ð ð #GameOfThronesFinale #TheFinalEpisode pic.twitter.com/uqpbY6ahis — Emenike What@rush (@emmyrushyy) May 20, 2019 This was surely one closure we all wanted and got. The only closure I needed. #GOTFinale pic.twitter.com/4HKcNvhxiD — SUPERNOVA11 (@NoamDar) May 20, 2019 Et, tu Starks? If they all were told who Jon Snow really was, they would have chosen him as the king. But the Starks remained silent and continued to hold on to power. Classic reality tho! It was Jon who liberated everyone, after all, but how they all betrayed him. #GameOfThrones #GOTFinale — Gaurav Pandhi à¤à¥à¤°à¤µ पाà¤à¤§à¥ (@GauravPandhi) May 20, 2019 With a disappointing ending for many characters, I guess most of us are like this poor guy right now. me after final episode #GameOfThrones #GameOfThronesFinale #GoTFinale pic.twitter.com/nSdFeNzjU8 — oÄuzhan (@theoguzhan1) May 20, 2019 Well this marks an end of an era, my friends. With GOT down the road, what next for us? There's still time for a show to take over, until then let's drink to some disappointment and a flaming thought of how Bran was the real player of this game.
  10. Ajay Barot from Himmatnagar in Gujarat grew up dreaming of an elaborate wedding for himself, that would be the most memorable celebration that people around him would ever be a part of. So, when his cousin got married recently, the 27-year-old's desire to get hitched only got stronger. (c) ANI Ajay's parents took it upon themselves to fulfil their son's dream and organised a lavish wedding which was attended by 200 guests, complete with all the traditional Gujarati rituals and ceremonies for the groom. But the only twist in this tale is that there was no bride for our groom, Ajay. (c) ANI If you are wondering how that is possible and why anyone would spend lakhs on such a wedding, read what Ajay's father Vishnu Barot had to say. Talking to ANI, Vishnu said, "My son was diagnosed with a learning disability and lost his mother at an early age. He used to enjoy the wedding procession of other people and asked us about his marriage. We were unable to answer his question as it was not possible to find a match for him. Thus, after talking to all my family members, I decided to arrange a wedding procession for him so he feels like his wedding is being held and his dream is getting accomplished. I am very happy that I fulfilled my son's dream without thinking about what society would say." (c) ANI Thus, dressed in a shiny sherwani, and pink headgear, Ajay rode on a decked-up 'ghodi' and made merry as the wedding procession danced to Gujarati music and dhol. The family had invited close to 800 people for the celebrations, and even a priest was called to officiate the wedding as per traditional Gujarati customs. Ajay's entire family was more than happy to fulfil his dream, and behold the unadulterated joy the celebration brought to his face.
  11. While we've been waiting for winter in 'Game of Thrones', summer has pretty much reached a melting point at home. It's at a stage where we only step out in the sweltering heat for emergencies. And unfortunately, one of those emergencies includes going to work and being able to pay our bills. Stepping out in the sun, especially in your formal attire, is not an easy task. You don't want sweat patches on your shirt before you reach work or the cheap material of your shirt to create a stench no amount of deodorant would be able to help. That's where you need to play smart and create a new summer wardrobe of breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. To help you do just that, we've picked the must-haves from this year's Summer Collection at Arvind Stores. Add These Ready To Wear Light-Weight Shirts To Your Closet Made of cotton-viscose, these shirts are essential to your summer survival kit. Not only are the fabrics breathable, they also give you the confidence you need to make an impression at work. Available in radiant hues and textures, there are plenty of options to choose from. Arvind Stores Ditch The Denim For Chinos Don't even think about stepping out in your denim. Trust me, you'd want to go for the light-weight and super comfortable chinos instead. Not only are these dapper pants perfect for a brunch setting, but they also look good as formal wear. If you want to take it a notch higher, you can add their structured blazer (meant for the summer) to the look. Suit Up Without A Sweat If you want to make a solid impression this appraisal season or have to attend a wedding, there are plenty of summer suit options to choose from. You can either go for the Urban Solace suit that features a range of suits created from a blend of cotton and Tencel or opt for their Suit with Stretch options. Arvind's Suit with Stretch allows maximum motion and flexibility with breathable fabrics and minimal discomfort. Another option is their Dobby Suit collection. Made up of summer pastel shades and geometric patterns and texture, the Dobby Suit is something that can never go wrong. The Arvind Stores SS 19' collection is as versatile as it is comfortable. For those you who haven't checked it out yet, let me warn you that you'll never go back to your basics. They not only have summer ready-to-wear looks in every print and pattern, but also offer made-to-measure outfits. With their soft and skin-friendly fabrics, you can finally #LiveFree this summer.
  12. The Realme X is now confirmed to launch in China on May 15th, according to the company's Weibo account. OPPO's spin-off brand is also rumoured to launch a smartphone that will compete with Xiaomi's POCO F1 and will have specifications similar to the OnePlus 7. It's rumoured to be called the Realme X Pro and the company is expected to launch two smartphones i.e. the Realme X Pro, Realme X, and Realme X Youth Edition, which is essentially India's Realme 3 Pro. © Weibo/Realme In terms of specifications, the Realme X Pro is said to be powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset i.e. Snapdragon 855. It would be the company's first smartphone with the said chipset and is likely to compete with the Poco F1 and even the OnePlus 7. In terms of cameras, the Realme X Pro and probably Realme X are both said to have pop-up selfie cameras which were leaked earlier in a Weibo post. At the back, the Realme X is said to have a dual-camera setup and currently the Realme X Pro's camera specification is not known but could be similar. According to early render leaks, the Realme X and Realme X Pro both don't have a fingerprint sensor so we can assume it may be embedded underneath the front display. © Weibo The Realme X, on the other hand, comes with Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 730 chipset which was last month. The new chipset is said to improve the gaming experience, photography, and artificial intelligence (AI). Realme is expected to pair the mobile platform on its upcoming offering with three configurations: 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. © MensXP The Realme X is rumoured to have a 3,680 mAh battery and will have support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. VOOC 3.0 is said to have an output of 20W of power and will work similarly to OnePlus' Warp charge. Battery specifications for the Realme X Pro are not known yet however it would be similar to the Realme X. © TENAA In terms of display, apart from the in-display sensor, the Realme X is expected to feature a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel and will have a full-HD+ resolution. Both smartphones are expected to be announced at the launch event on May 15th in China and reports suggest that the Realme X Pro variant will be available to buy at a later date and will just be a simple announcement. The Realme X is expected to launch in China for RMB 1,599 (Rs 16,476) and RMB 1,999 (Rs 20,000) for the high-storage variant. Whether these smartphones will be launched in India remains to be seen and it would be interesting to see how the company would price the smartphone.
  13. Nearly 50 games into the tournament, the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a big success. For one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world, the ongoing season did suffer a minor hiccup with the general elections raising security concerns. But, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council have done well to segregate the tournament in phases to avoid problems. Keeping that in mind and of course the dew factor, the Indian cricket board has announced the revised timings for this season's Playoffs and the all-important final. Like last year, the BCCI has now decided to advance the 8:00 pm (IST) start to 7:00 pm (IST) for the knockout stages of this year's edition. NEWS: Change of Timings for #VIVOIPL Playoffs and Women's T20 Challenge Full details here https://t.co/KsukeSIpCA ðð pic.twitter.com/bJIP8Rq8ov — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019 Meanwhile, the BCCI also confirmed that the Qualifier 1 will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 7th May. It will be followed by the Eliminator on 8th May at the ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. Further, the Qualifier 2 will also take place in the Visakhapatnam stadium on 10th May, while Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will host the IPL 2019 final on 12th May. On the other hand, the timings and dates for the Women's T20 Challenge have also been revealed. Comprised of some of the biggest names in women's cricket, three teams - Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity - will be seen competing against each other. The games will be held from May 6 to May 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, in Jaipur. While the matches scheduled on 6th, 9th and 11th May will start at 7:30 pm (IST), the second game, scheduled on 8th May will commence at 3:30 pm (IST). Schedule for IPL Playoffs & Final 7th May – Qualifier 1, Team 1 vs Team 2 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 8th May – Eliminator Team 3 vs Team 4 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 10th May – Qualifier 2, Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam May 12 – Final at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Timings – All Matches Will Start At 19:30 IST Schedule for Women's T20 Challenge 6th May – Supernovas vs Trailblazers 8th May – Trailblazers vs Velocity (3:30 pm IST start) 9th May – Supernovas vs Velocity May 11 – Final
  14. Samsung has flooded the market with some great mid-range and budget smartphones that give everything you could ask for in each segment. The Galaxy A70 is one of those smartphones that does everything you want from a smartphone. It has a bright screen, good cameras, respectable performance and a massive battery. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We've been using the smartphone for a while to test out all the bells and whistles and it's got some unique features. It's got a beautiful tall screen for people who love to watch videos, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a good camera system for Rs 28,990. Sure, the competition is hard in this price segment but the Galaxy A70 stands out for some reasons. Here are our findings of Samsung's new smartphone: Design & Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The first obvious thing you notice about the Galaxy A70 is its tall 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display. It's got Samsung's Infinity-U display i.e. it has a tiny water-drop notch design. The aspect ratio of the smartphone is also unique i.e. 21:9 and almost bezel-less. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with 331ppi density and is one of the most beautiful displays we've seen on a smartphone that costs less than Rs 30,000. You can tweak the contrast levels and the colour accuracy according to your own liking. We switched the settings especially when we were watching something on Netflix or when gaming. The sheer size of the display is the real winner here. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The larger screen also means that the smartphone is considerably larger and even though it took us a while to get used to the phone, we never found it to be overwhelming. If you have small hands, you may face a slight issue but overall the ergonomics are on point. The design of the phone ensures that it fits perfectly in your palm. The back of the smartphone also has a prism-like effect when it catches light from different angles. It adds that unique bit to the design but still isn't as eye-catching as some Honor phones in the same price range. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy A70 is outfitted with a triple camera setup where the primary setup is a 32-mp sensor and has an aperture of f/1.7. The secondary camera is a wide-angle 8MP sensor whereas the third sensor is the 5MP depth sensor. At the front, it comes with a 32-MP selfie shooter which would appeal to people who love to take selfies on a daily basis. The camera UI is quite similar to what we've seen on other One UI Samsung smartphones. You can switch between the wide-angle and the normal sensor with a single tap. It also comes with a portrait mode where you can adjust the level of blur before and after taking a picture. We found the portrait mode to be a bit of hit and miss feature as the blur effect was not quite accurate to other smartphones. The wide-angle lens works as advertised and takes in more information thanks to a field of view of 123-degree. Macro shots are also good in good light conditions but don't manage to do a good job in low-lit environments. In terms of videos, the unique feature here is the phone's capability of taking super slow motion video at 1080p@30/240fps. It can also take 4K videos at 30 frames per second but it does not have support for OIS. This could be disadvantageous for people who like to capture videos on the move as your hands need to be very stable. Here are our camera samples for your reference: Performance In order to be one of the top mid-range smartphones, it needs to perform like one as well. It comes with Qualcomm's 675 octa-core chipset running at 2GHz (two Kyro 460 cores) whereas the other cores are clocked at 1.7 GHz. It comes with an Adreno 612 GPU which is perfect for smartphone gamers. In fact, during our testing, we did not notice any frame drops while playing PUBG and could even run it smoothly on high settings. The smartphone also didn't overheat as much we expected to keep it nice and cool for extended gaming sessions. The chipset has been coupled with 6GB of RAM and which is more than enough for daily tasks and usage. Having said that, the smartphone would glitch out on us each time we would reboot the smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of benchmark scores, the Galaxy A70 scored a respectable 2374 in the single-core test and a 6573 in the multi-core test. The smartphone in general performed as expected apart from a few hangups here and there. Overall, the performance was up to the mark and didn't cause major app crashes. Battery Life The 4,500 mAh battery is another marquee feature on the Galaxy A70 that makes it one the longest last smartphones of 2019. We used the device for watching shows on our private Plex server and even on Netflix. We gamed and used it for daily navigation on Google Maps. We got an average of 6 hours screen on time and overall the smartphone lasted 13.5 hours on a single charge. When you do drain your battery, the A70 comes with a 25W fast charger which can charge the smartphone from 7 to 100 per cent in a little over 2 hours. The Final Say The Galaxy A70 is an all-rounder smartphone that delivers almost everything you expect from a mid-range smartphone. It performs well and takes good pictures which are the primary reason for buying a smartphone. Having said that, the known issues can be ironed out with a future update such as better portrait mode and the unexpected lagging. The battery life and display quality is a perfect combination for people who love to watch videos on their smartphones. If you are looking to spend less than Rs 30,000; the Galaxy A70 is a strong contender.
  15. OnePlus has officially confirmed the launch date of its next smartphone and in all likelihood, it will be called the OnePlus 7. There's a good chance that the company will launch multiple devices; one rumoured being the OnePlus 7 Pro. The new smartphones will be unveiled on 14th May in three different countries at the same time — including India. © Weibo The events are going to be held in three cities i.e. New York, London and Bangalore and will start at 8:15 PM IST. OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro has leaked in the past and here's what we know so far. © Twitter Just a few days ago Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus said that the next smartphone will have a huge focus on the the display of the device. This probably means that the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7 Pro will have a high quality screen on their devices. According to rumours, the OnePlus 7 Pro is going to have a QHD+ 90 Hz AMOLED display and will be as expensive as flagship devices. Pete Lau spoke to our sister website, the Economic Times and said: “To provide consumers more choice and meet the needs of a broader audience, we've changed our launch strategy, but our commitment to premium products and experiences remains the same.” In terms of other specifications, the OnePlus 7 will have a significant upgrade over the OnePlus 6 as it will ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and will be paired with 8 to 10 GB of RAM. © Twitter The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected to have 12GB of RAM which may be a bit of an overkill. There's also a good chance that the Pro variant will have a pop-up selfie camera and a full-view display as the company decides to ditch the notch design from the OnePlus 6T.
  16. We keep reviewing smartphones almost every week but sometimes, a new tablet comes along that gets us excited. The iPad Pro is one of our favourite gadgets of 2018 and in fact, we typed this very review on it. Having said that, not everyone needs such a powerful and big screened tablet; especially in India where more than half the urban population is on the move. Apple recently launched the new iPad Mini 5 and we got our hands on the small tablet to see what all it can do. We've used Android tablets in the past but none of them even come to close Apple's offering when it comes to performance. Our experience has largely been “meh.” Android tablets are often powered by less powerful chipsets or do not offer a great screen for content viewing. Some of them lack proper software updates or outright don't work as intended. Having said that, there are a few Samsung tablets we love but Apple's iPad series is where the buck stops. So, here's our review of the new iPad Mini and what we think about the new tablet. Design & Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The New iPad Mini 5 doesn't look too different from its predecessor as it looks nearly identical from the iPad 4 from 2015. It's got the same massive bezels, a 7.9-inch Retina screen and a new back design similar to the iPad Pro from 2017. We would have loved to see an almost all-screen design like on the iPad Pro from last year and give it the modern aesthetic we all expected. The display, on the other hand, has slight upgrades as it now supports True Tone technology, has a 25 per cent higher colour gamut and is 25 per cent brighter. The iPad Mini has a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels but does not have ProMotion features like the iPad Pro where it can adjust the refresh rate automatically depending on what you are doing. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPad Mini comes with stereo speakers at the bottom which are loud enough for watching movies or TV shows. Having said that, if you want more privacy or don't want to disturb the people around you, the iPad Mini 5 comes with a 3.55 mm headphone jack. You can even pair the new iPad Mini with AirPods seamlessly which is a first for the iPad Mini. The smaller iPad design is probably the star attraction here as it fits in the palm of your hand perfectly. The iPad Mini's size is probably the one feature that makes it the most versatile gadget from Apple's entire portfolio. The screen is large enough to enjoy video content, gaming and is perfect to even use it as an e-book reader. The small sizes iPad Mini is a favourite amongst users for these various reasons. However, with new services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus on the horizon, you really want to invest in an iPad that can handle everything you throw at it. We shall talk about it more in the performance section in detail and what a powerful chipset can imply for the future of iPads. Performance The iPad Mini 5 is powered by an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine that amps up the performance with faster computing power and graphics processing over the A8 chip. This means that the iPad Mini 5 also supports augmented reality features which come in handy when you want to do something educational or measure objects. You can even play AR games such as Angry Birds with other iOS devices that support AR. The iPad Mini comes in two models with 64GB or 256 GB of internal storage. Depending on your needs, you can get the appropriate storage variant. The battery life on the iPad Mini 5 also works as advertised. During our testing, the iPad Mini 5 managed to last over 10 hours with constant use. We used the iPad mini to watch TV shows, play games like Fortnite and a lot of internet browsing. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPad Mini 5 comes with iOS 12 out of the box and some new features that were missing in the previous generation. For starters, you can now run two apps at once in either the Slide Over or Split View. IOS 12 also works in tandem with the A12 Bionic processor to offer optimum performance which was quite evident when we were gaming. The iPad Mini 5 also now supports the first generation Apple Pencil which is a great new addition for people who like to take notes, sign documents or draw the go. The iPad Mini 5 is now officially a full-fledged tablet that has a place of its own in Apple's portfolio. The A12 Bionic Processor is already a powerful processor that also powers the iPhone XS and XS Max. The A12 is the fastest processor in the market right now and has some major advantages when it comes to the device's future. The A12 Bionic processor is also very powerful when it comes to running games and the iPad Mini 5 will be vital for Apple Arcade when it launches. For example, the A12 Bionic chip can give consoles like the Nintendo Switch a run for its money. Being a highly portable device, the iPad Mini is essential for capturing those markets. The A12 can already run some console level games; at least the ones you see on Nintendo Switch. The sheer size on the iPad Mini will offer a better gaming experience than any smartphone or even the Nintendo Switch. The display quality, a powerful chipset and a massive library of games all work in favour of the iPad Mini. Cameras The iPad Mini does come with cameras on both the front and the back but we wouldn't use them for taking proper images. We would recommend you use the smartphone in your pocket as it would be able to deliver a better image. Having said that, the iPad Mini does have an 8-megapixel, f/2.4 camera at the back that can take good enough pictures. You can use the iPad Mini 5 to scan documents, take pictures of daily objects etc. The iPad Mini 5 has a 7-megapixel selfie camera but does not have support for portrait selfies, unlike the iPad Pro. However, the front camera is awesome for making video FaceTime calls and take general selfies. The Final Say © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPad Mini 5 is probably the only tablet that caters for people who are looking for performance and portability. The small tablet market right now is not up to the mark as Android-based tablets are often outfitted with weak processors and mediocre screens. The iPad Mini 5 easily fills that gap and offers the full iOS experience you've come to expect from Apple devices. The iPad Mini 5 has a great display and offers new augmented reality features never seen on an iPad Mini before. With services like Apple Arcade on the horizon, the iPad Mini 5 is the right investment right now. It's Apple's most versatile device that offers everything from productivity to entertainment. The iPad Mini 5 retails in India for Rs 34,900 (Cellular) and Rs 45,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) which could be considered expensive for India but the advantages it offers offsets the cost entirely.
  17. Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' premiered today and boy, oh boy, has it given new light to a particular theory that we've been speculating for so long. Cersei Lannister was introduced to us as a cruel, conniving Queen who was willing to cross any lines when it came to protecting her kids and lover/ twin brother Jaime. We've hated her initially and then we grew to admire her for her unpredictable moves that would challenge the whole sequence of events (remember the burning of the Sept?) all orchestrated seamlessly. A major motivation and central to her arc is the Prophecy that Cersei was made acquainted to as a little girl. © HBO While going deep into the woods around Casterly Rock, Cersei stumbled upon an old woman called Maggy the Frog, who turned out to be a powerful fortune teller. Cersei asked Maggy three questions about her future, however, the answers weren't hopeful. The first said that she wouldn't marry a Prince, but a King. The second said that she would be cast down by a younger and a more beautiful queen who would take all that she held dear. Further, Maggy told Cersei that the king would have 20 children, but that Cersei would only have three, and “gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds.” Now, of all the three predictions, Margaery Tyrell did manage to take away most of what Cersei held dear to her including her son, Tommen but besides these three predictions, in 'A Feast for Crows', the fourth book in the series, Maggy reveals to Cersei one final part of the prophecy: “The valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale throat and choke the life from you.” Now, here the valonqar translates to a younger brother. For Cersei, this has always been Tyrion as someone who could possibly try to kill her. © HBO However, if you notice, there is this other 'younger brother' in Cersei's life. Yes, we're talking about Jaime Lannister. © HBO After watching the first episode, this prediction could come to life, because Cersei has commissioned Bron to assassin Jamie. If this fails, Jamie could possibly come after Cersei because he's clearly repulsed by Cersei's rule, which is like the Mad King in more ways than one. To begin with, Cersei made Tyrion believe at the end of the seventh season that she would send the Iron Fleet to help fight The Army Of the Undead. This obviously, was a lie which Tyrion failed to see through for a change. She couldn't care less about the White Walkers or the impending doom as long as she could save herself from it. In the fifth episode of season 7, Cersei told Jaime that she was pregnant. Now, in the premiere of season 8, she consummated her alliance with Euron Greyjoy because the only way she could keep the Iron Fleet and have her way around with it was if she would sleep with Euron which, to her seemed a small price to pay. © HBO Now, Euron telling Cersei “I'm going to put a prince into your belly” is practically impossible — if, indeed, Cersei is still pregnant. It's unclear, however, if that's the case. If you recall, Cersei nixed drinking last season when she realized that she was pregnant. But in today's episode, she was seen sipping a glass of wine after sleeping with Euron. While the Westerosi doctors probably aren't warning Cersei against fetal alcohol syndrome, the change could signal a change in Cersei's status. Regardless of whether Cersei is pregnant or not, she's likely to lose her baby at some point to that effect taking into account how things are moving. But the question is if a majority of the theory has come to pass, as we are still waiting to see who will be the vanquisher of Cersei. It could still be Tyrion, if Jaime ends up getting executed or killed before or during the battle of Winterfell. It could also be Euron Greyjoy. Technically he is the younger brother of Balon Greyjoy and passes the criterion of a valonqar if he realizes that his relationship with Cersei is not based on trust and she could betray him any time.
  18. 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
  19. MacKenzie Bezos, the woman who became the world's third richest woman overnight. Well, not quite. MacKenzie had been married to Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos for the last 26 years, which made them the richest couple in the world. So, the woman had been rich, as well as a billionaire even before Jeff and MacKenzie parted ways and headed for what would turn out to be the 'world's most expensive divorce'. (c) Twitter Earlier today, MacKensie announced that post her divorce, she now owns company shares that are worth over 35 billion dollars, or over Rs 24 lakh crore, which sure made her a whole lot richer overnight. While Jeff Bezos has been always making news every other day, MacKenzie had stayed out of the spotlight for most part, until today. Here is everything we know about her. She's A Celebrated Novelist (c) Twitter MacKenzie is a noted American novelist, who won an American Book Award for her debut novel 'The Testing of Luther Albright' (2005). MacKenzie started writing at an early age and had even written a 142-page book as a 6-year-old. She studied Creative Writing at Princeton University and has authored two novels till date, 'The Testing of Luther Albright' and 'Traps'. Nobel Prize Winning Author Toni Morrison Called Her “One Of The Best Students” (c) Twitter In 1992, Nobel Prize winner author Toni Morrison took MacKenzie as a research assistant for her novel 'Jazz', while the latter was studying at Princeton. In an interview with Vogue, Morrison said that Bezos was "one of the best students I've ever had in my creative-writing classes ... really one of the best." She reportedly also found a literary agent for MacKenzie. Jeff Bezos & MacKenzie's Love Story Jeff and Mackenzie first met when Jeff was interviewing for the position of administrative assistant at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co. in New York. MacKenzie happened to be the first interviewee for the role, which she had taken up to pay the bills while she worked on her novels. At the time, MacKenzie was 23, and Jeff 30. (c) Twitter In an interview with Vogue in 2013, she told the magazine, “My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh. How could you not fall in love with that laugh?” Within months of their first date, the couple got engaged and eventually married in 1993. She Played A Pivotal Role In Amazon's Launch (c) Twitter It is said that when Jeff and MacKenzie first moved to Seattle to launch Amazon in 1994, MacKenzie worked as one of the company's first accountants. She even used to ship early order, besides handling many other aspects of the company. Once the brand found its footing, she stepped back and began focusing on her writing. The Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos Family (c) Twitter Jeff and MacKenzie have three sons and a daughter who were adopted by the couple from China. To this day, Jeff and MacKensie are very private about this aspect of their life. MacKenzie once told Vogue magazine that she and Jeff are hands-on parents and experiment with various parenting and education techniques. “We tried all sorts of things, including off-season travel, kitchen-science experiments, chicken incubation, Mandarin lessons, the Singapore math program, and lots of clubs and sports with other neighborhood kids,” she was quoted as saying by the magazine. pic.twitter.com/OJWn3OOLS6 — MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019 However, today MacKenzie has officially parted ways with her ex-husband. While the announcement stated that they would “continue our shared lives as friends,” the final divorce settlement, which was finalised earlier today, hasn't come at a marginal cost. As per Forbes, with $35 billion in her bank account, MacKenzie Bezos is now world's third-richest woman after divorce. All in all, MacKenzie Bezos would be the world's 26th richest person after her expensive divorce from Jeff Bezos.
  20. PUBG Mobile is currently one of the most popular games in the country, with millions of active players, and a fair share of controversies. They all go hard when it comes to all the customization and in-game rewards, so Tencent has decided to launch new subscription packages with better rewards. With the latest PUBG Mobile update 0.11.5, the new Prime and Prime Plus subscription are now live in India. These new subscription packages will allow players to purchase Unknown Cash (UC), discounts, and also the option to buy items with Battle Points (BP). The option to buy these subscription packages should show up as soon as you start the game. Here are all the details - © PUBG Corp. Both PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription will get you particulars like UC and the option to buy items with BP. Of course, the rewards are going to be greater with the Prime Plus subscription over the regular Prime subscription. So, with Prime Plus subscription, you'll get the option to keep the items purchased with BP permanently, more UC, RP, etc. What's not included in the Prime subscription are daily free RP points, and other miscellaneous items like one-day advance room card, premium crate coupon, and more. So you'll essentially be shelling out more on the Prime Plus subscription for additional rewards. © PUBG Corp. The PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription package price for Android-based devices starts from Rs 85 per day. For Prime Plus, you'll have to pay Rs 400 per month and the amount goes up to Rs 850 after the first month. For iOS users, the monthly subscription is for Rs 79 and Rs 419 for Prime and Prime Plus respectively. The amount for Prime Plus goes up to Rs 799 after a month.
  21. If you have been lifting for around three months, chances are that you have some knowledge when it comes to sports performance supplements. It could be due to your own curiosity or your trainer or coach trying to sell you questionable stuff for muscle building through a discount code or a dealer they know. via GIPHY Usually, a lot of these muscle building supplements are questionable as they are either useless or over-priced. If you are aware of supplements, you would have heard of a supplement called Creatine. Luckily, it does not fall in the useless or the over-priced categories. Creatine is the most studied supplements in terms of its safety and efficiency with over 600+ studies done on humans. What Is Creatine? Creatine is a molecule that is produced by your body. It is also found in food items such as raw meat and fish. The reason supplementation is preferable is it is present in very low quantities in food and on cooking, it gets denatured. How Does Creatine Work? Your body has energy systems to produce ATP. ATP is known as the energy currency of your body. The phosphagen energy system produces ATP the quickest from creatine phosphate and produces rapid and extremely short bursts of energy. By supplementing with creatine, you can saturate your body's creatine levels and thus have more ATP produced when doing short and intense work like a heavy set of bench press, a heavy set of squat, or a sprint. How Does Creatine Help Build Muscle? via GIPHY With over 300 studies done looking at the effects of creatine on strength and performance, it has been constantly observed that supplementing with creatine increased maximal strength and power ranging from 5-15%. It has also been shown that these increases have not been just observed in beginners, it has been the same with subjects over 6 years of training. This means, when your strength and power increases, you lift more weights and more volume with time. This increases in strength and volume translate to more muscle built over time. Which Creatine To Take? The supplement industry has been trying to push Creatine HCl and Creatine Ethyl Ester as superior products, but none of the studies done so far have shown them to be superior to Creatine Monohydrate. Fun fact: Creatine Monohydrate costs less than a third of the prices of HCl and the Ethyl Ester variants. How Much Creatine To Take? via GIPHY You could either just start with a standard dose of 5 grams per day or do a loading phase of 20 to 25 grams per day for a week followed by a 5 grams dosage. The loading phase leads to a quicker saturation of Creatine stores in the body and in the long term, it does not make a significant difference. Studies have also shown that athletes taking Creatine continuously for over 21 months did not face any ill health effects. These findings suggest that there is no reason to cycle creatine off. So go ahead and supplement with Creatine Monohydrate if your goal is to build more muscle and strength. References: 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28615996 2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14636102 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21424716 4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10798700_Long-term_creatine_supplementation_does_not_significantly_affect_clinical_markers_of_health_in_athletes 5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9216554 Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  22. Apple announced a range of services this week that covers finance, gaming and video content for their customers. Apple TV+ will be the company's premier video streaming platform that will host original TV Shows and Movies with A-list actors, directors and producers. The subscription service will be available via a new app which is slated to launch this fall. We were at the launch event hosted by Apple and here's everything we know so far about the streaming platform: Original Content © Apple Apple TV+ currently has over 30 titles in the works with shows or movies from directors like Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams and Oprah. Apple wants it to be the home of the "world's most creative storytellers,” with "inspiriting and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters." How Much Will It Cost © Apple Apple has not announced the pricing details of its video streaming service however we can expect it to cost the same other streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. We aren't sure if Apple will have a different pricing plan for India, however, rumours suggest that Apple plans to make its original content available for free. Rumours may suggest free content for Apple users however it seems highly unlikely. When Will It Launch Apple has not set a concrete date yet, however, the service is scheduled to launch this fall in over 100 countries simultaneously. Can The Service Be Shared? © Apple Yes, the service can be shared with friends and family as long as they are a part of your iCloud Family Sharing plan. This will also be valid for Apple TV channels. Where Will Apple TV+ Be Available © Apple Apple TV+ will be available on a range of devices. Apart from the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, users will also be able to use the service on Samsung smart TVs beginning this spring and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future. You will also be able to use Apple devices to effortlessly play videos and other content from an iPhone or iPad directly to eligible smart TVs with AirPlay 2 support.
  23. The internet, as we all know, can be a very funny place at times. I mean, seriously. Some people have so much time on their hands, that they end up filing a petition on Change.org for no good reason. Someone filed a petition on Change.org asking Respawn Entertainment to ban the world's most popular YouTuber, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg from Apex Legends. In case you don't know what Apex Legends is, let me tell you that it's currently enjoying its space as one of the most popular battle royale title. Yes, the game reached 50 million players in a month, so clearly it's destroying all the competition. © Respawn Entertainment Now coming back to the petition, the petition dubbed "Ban PewDiePie from Apex Legends," was filed with Change.org because he apparently ruins everything he touches. So some people thought he must be kept away from a great game like Apex Legends. Anyway, we are happy to report that the petition has now been taken down from Change.org where it was originally being hosted. Why? Well, it was removed because there's no reason for such a strange petition in the first place. The petition didn't even manage to break 300 before it was taken down citing policy violation. That being said, We are pretty positive that EA or Respawn Entertainment would never ban a prominent figure like PewDiePie from playing the game. It would be free publicity for them if someone like PewDiePie plays the game on his channel which currently has over 91 million subscribers. After all, we're talking about Respawn here who paid Ninja $1 million to play for a few hours on launch day.
  24. Make up a diet that promises overnight results without the person needing to do some work themselves or exercise, you will have a queue of people lining outside your door to get their hands on the magical solution. This was something similar that happened in 1976 when someone known as Dr Roger Linn introduced a magic weight loss solution and a book titled 'The Last Chance Diet' promising a quick-fix to the overweight people. The premise of the diet was that people had to consume a very low-calorie liquid protein concoction and they would start dropping weight immediately. What made it all the more lucrative was that you were not expected to exercise if you followed this. To no surprise, people jumped onto the plan. It was again no surprise that people started losing weight as they started consuming nothing but a serving of the 'Prolinn drink' every day. Then came the big shocker. There were reports of people dropping around 10 to 30% of their body weight in no time and then suddenly dropping dead. Yes, you read it right. People were dying on this diet/weight loss protocol. How did that happen? The 'Prolinn drink' or the magic weight loss protein liquid concoction was found to be lesser than 400 calories. That means, people were consuming less than 400 calories per day for extended periods which often counts as starvation in itself. © Workout Trends In today's world, when we think of a low-calorie protein drink, a protein shake with high-quality protein from dairy comes to our mind and drinking those is pretty normal and safe as well. The problem with the 'Prolinn drink' was that apart from being very low in calories considering it was for the entire day, it was a poor-quality collagen drink which was low in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and the protein itself. This drink was made from slaughterhouse leftover products like crushed animal horns, hooves, tendons, hives, and bones. Flavours and colouring were added to it to make it look more appealing but overall it was still a very poor quality drink in itself with many nutritional deficiencies. It was estimated that approximately somewhere between 2 million to 4 million people jumped on this plan or routine as soon as it was introduced as it promised to make a person lose weight without even doing anything. From these people, approximately 60 deaths were reported due to following the routine. These deaths were attributed to the subjects having abnormal heart rhythms which would have resulted from the shrinkage of the heart due to the diet/drink being low in vitamins and calories. Such similar protocols are popular even today and as we see, they may hold a very huge risk with the guarantee of making a person lose weight real quick without any exercise or intrusion into their routine by providing a magic concoction or drink that replaces the food that you eat completely. So, be very careful before jumping on to any such routines just in a bid to lose some weight quickly. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
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