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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Apple announced a bunch of services for its customers this past week and in our opinion, the two services that stole the show was Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Primarily because both these services will be making its way to India sometime later this year. Apple Arcade will be the company's new service that will work similar to the Xbox Game Pass and give users access to console-level games for a fraction of every game's total worth. It will revolutionise gaming as we know it as every game includes access to the full experience, including all game features, content and future updates, no additional purchases will be required. Apple will be offering over 100+ games with more coming to its service that will be bundled with the service and give access to users who would normally have to purchase games individually. Currently, the App Store is the biggest gaming platform in the world that attracts casual and hardcore mobile gamers. The App Store has more than 1 billion gaming customers and Apple Arcade will offer high-quality games that previously would have to compete with free-to-play games. The concept was a no-brainer for Apple and here are all the details and features we love about the new gaming subscription service It Will Be Available On All Apple Devices © Apple The new gaming service will be available on every Apple device that you probably already own. The service will come to Mac, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV which enables users to play games on their preferred platform. What's cool is that the service has been integrated for users to play games seamlessly when you switch devices. For example, if you are playing a game on your iPhone and want to continue your progress on a different device, the game will play right from where you left off seamlessly. Over 100+ Games © Apple Similar to the Xbox Game Pass, Apple will be offering over 100+ games at launch from developers such as Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more. Some of the more popular titles include 'Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm', an RPG game that plays almost identical to the new 'Zelda' series. Other games like 'Yaga', is an upcoming title currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A sci-fi first-person shooter called 'Enter The Construct' is also under development for the platform. Apple Is Helping Developers © Apple Apart from handpicking games for the service, the Cupertino giant is also contributing towards the development of some games that will be exclusive to the platform. Apple may not be making first-party games in the traditional sense, but these games will be fine-tuned for Apple devices and take advantage of Apple's hardware just like you would expect from traditional gaming consoles. Many of these games will have compelling narratives and have unique features such as privacy, no in-game advertisements and no additional in-game purchases. Every Game Is Playable Offline © Apple The most crucial feature of the Apple Arcade service is that every game will be playable offline. In fact, it's one of its core features. Every game on the service does not require an internet connection to play games which means you can play Arcade games in flights or low-network areas. Even multiplayer games are expected to have some sort of local-multiplayer attribute that will let you play games when your device is not connected to the internet. Apple Devices Are More Powerful Than a Nintendo Switch © YouTube Gaming-on-the-go has been primarily been dominated by Nintendo that offers console-level games. Having said that, devices like the iPad Pro are more powerful than Nintendo's offering because of the new A12x Bionic chip under the hood. The new iPad Pro is capable of rendering 4K video and run graphics-intensive games like NBA 2K with better performance than the Nintendo Switch. In fact, Apple claims that the performance is similar to the Xbox One S which makes it leagues ahead of Nintendo's offering. The iPad Pro and future models make us excited about the future of gaming on the platform, especially since Apple Arcade is expected to offer a range of console level games for cheaper. Controller Support © Youtube/Apple Insider Apple currently supports third-party controllers like Steelseries Nimbus and Stratus that can let users play games just like you would with a PlayStation and Xbox. These controllers are compatible with the iPad Pro, iPhones, and Apple TV. There are a few other controllers that Apple supports for its devices however we can expect Apple to add support for more controllers in the near future. Apple did not comment on whether we can expect the company to support new and existing controllers soon, however it seems like a logical step towards this direction to make Apple Arcade even more attractive for gamers. Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS. Will you be subscribing to Apple's gaming service? Let us know in the comments what you think about Apple Arcade.
  10. Vidyut Jammwal, who is known for pulling off crazy action stunts, will soon be seen in his upcoming release 'Junglee' which has the audience impressed. An action adventure, which deals with the issue of human-animal relationship, as well as animal poaching, will see Vidyut in the role of a protector who will go to any lengths to save the animals. © Junglee Pictures Here is everything else you need to know about 'Junglee' ahead of its release. The Maker 'Junglee' has been directed by 'The Mask' and 'The Scorpion King' maker Chuck Russell. He has numerous other well known films to his credit such as Johnny Depp's 'A Nightmare on Elm's Street' and 'Eraser' besides others. What To Expect 'Junglee' will see some high octane action as it stars the handsome and extremely talented Vidyut Jammwal in the lead. 'Junglee' will feature a lot of heart pumping action sequences from the martial art pro. View this post on Instagram It's #Junglee week!!! 4 days until Bhola and the Junglee gang meet you a theatre near you on 29th March @jungleepictures @jungleemovie #ChuckRussell @iampoojasawant @asha.bhat A post shared by Vidyut Jammwal (@mevidyutjammwal) on Mar 24, 2019 at 10:04pm PDT The new poster shows Vidyut as an elephant protector with packed abs and chiselled body, and we are sure the action adventure has a lot more to offer in terms of a story that shows the bond between humans and animals, especially elephants. Story Overview 'Junglee' is an action adventure wherein Vidyut plays a vet who grows up with elephants in his father's reserve. He befriends one particular elephant named Bhola, and the two grow up together. View this post on Instagram Happy being #JUNGLEE...TRAILER ON 28th feb 19 A post shared by Vidyut Jammwal (@mevidyutjammwal) on Feb 16, 2019 at 6:28am PST Vidyut's character soon leaves the reserve to become a vet, and upon his return he realises that poachers were trying to harm the elephants. Thus begins his quest to keep Bhola and the others away from harm's way. What Makes 'Junglee' Special Vidyut underwent major physical transformation for the film and befriended an elephant for real. What's more, he also learnt the art of Kalaripayattu for the film. Vidyut's insane stunts in the film have been directed by action director Parvez Shaikh and Vidyut himself. © Junglee Pictures Marathi actresses Pooja Sawant and Asha Bhat will also be seen in the film, and have solid screen presence in 'Junglee'. Their camaraderie with Vidyut as well as their character is pivotal to the story. © Instagram Sameer Uddin has created the background score for the film, and it is adrenaline infusing and captivating, to say the least. 'Junglee' will hit the screens this weekend on Friday, 29th March.
  11. The sudden demise of Goa's CM Manohar Parrikar shook the nation in grief and horror. The man was known for his nobility and great brains in running a state with his brilliance. Pramod Sawant has now been sworn as the 11th CM of Goa and while you might have heard the name somewhere, not many people know about him. © Twitter Pramod Sawant has never served as a cabinet minister in the state before, just like Manohar Parrikar. The 45-year-old minister holds a degree in Ayurvedic medicine from the Ganga Ayurvedic Medical College in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district. He is also a practicing Ayurvedic doctor in Goa. His political career began when he was elected to the State assembly in 2012 and 2017 from Sanquelim. He is one of the youngest leaders in the BJP and was reportedly a close ally of Manohar Parrikar and shared his vision. He owes his success and his journey to his mentor Manohar Parrikar only. “Whatever I am today is all due to Manohar Parrikar. It was he who brought me to politics. I became the Speaker and the CM today, due to him,” he said in his oath ceremony. © Twitter His wife is also in politics and his daughter is a school student. Let's hope Goa continues to thrive under the newfound leadership of Pramod Sawant and he continues to follow the legacy that Mr. Parrikar left behind.
  12. Okay, it's like an excitement bomb dropped at us. It's dinner time and most of us are either on our way back home or planning what to eat for dinner on a mundane Tuesday night . However, everything changed a few minutes ago because guys, please drop everything as the much awaited trailer for the final season in now here! The final war of Winter is embarking upon us. Arya Stark is obviously not scared of death and wants to stare right back at it, everyone's anxious about what the Night King's army is getting towards them. Khaleesi and Jon Snow make a tiny appearance in the trailer, Cersei is obviously not the one who gives up so easily so its good to see her conniving smile again. Well, a man is going to rewatch that insane trailer which leads us to so many questions! Winter is FINALLY coming and we actually cannot wait now. Well the trailer sure leaves us on a cliffhanger and obviously it's the only thing people are talking about on social media. “the trailer is here. #GameOfThrones “ everyone: pic.twitter.com/TJnA0mgHMW — katy (@kxty11) March 5, 2019 «I know death, he's got many faces, I look forward to seeing this one...»#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/YP24VwRon6 — â Víctor M. â (@Victorhml) March 5, 2019 Everyone is thinking the same thing, right? This Missandei-Greyworm love story is gonna end in tragedy isn't it #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/u3Yb5rm5jk — Sham Easu (@Psychedelicorn) March 5, 2019 While we are shook already, lets continue to keep our calm because the actions begins on 14th April.
  13. Touted to be one of Bollywood's most aspirational projects in recent times, Ayan Mukerji's directorial trilogy 'Brahmastra' has been raking up a lot of speculations surrounding the plot and key highlights of the film. A fantasy-adventure drama, the makers of 'Brahmastra' launched the movie's logo yesterday at Kumbh using 150 drones, that lit up the sky to form what looked like Lord Brahma's weapon described in ancient Hindu scriptures. View this post on Instagram the one with all the joy ðð¥ A post shared by Alia ð¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Sep 16, 2018 at 12:55am PDT What's more, we also know a few details about the film that the makers have worked really hard to keep under wraps. The film is being produced under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions, and he has also been taking a lot of personal interest in the making of the trilogy. From the names of characters to BTS shots, here is everything we know about Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer: 1. 'Brahmastra' will be a Sci-Fi film situated in the realm of the fantastic. Ranbir once called the film a “supernatural romantic fairytale at heart”. View this post on Instagram BrahmÄstra Everywhere ! (check link in bio) Also... Day 2 on Instagram : Losing the Plot ! #thisissotough#shouldgetbacktoshoot #brahmastra #guesswho'sonscreen @aliaabhatt @karanjohar A post shared by Ayan Mukerji (@boy_dreaming) on Mar 5, 2019 at 2:30am PST 2. The film will be director Ayan Mukerji's first collaboration with Alia Bhatt, though he has worked on two projects with Ranbir previously, namely 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and 'Wake Up Sid'. 3. Reportedly, Ranbir's character is the film has special powers and will be called Shiva. On the other hand, Alia's character will be called Isha. 4. Director Ayan Mukerji made his Instagram debut with a post that shows an anime version of what looks like Ranbir and Alia from the film. By the looks of it, it seems like Ranbir is trying to protect Alia from a powerful force. View this post on Instagram Part 1: Love #brahmastra (P.S.: going to take some getting used to this new Instagram life) A post shared by Ayan Mukerji (@boy_dreaming) on Mar 4, 2019 at 4:30am PST 5. Brahmastra literally means Lord Brahma's weapon. According to ancient scriptures, the Brahmastra is supposed to be lethal and powerful enough to destroy everything that comes in its way. 6. If you're wondering how much of all that will we actually get to see in the movie, then here is what director Ayan Mukherji said about the film in 2018, “It's a modern-day film set in India as it exists today. But the reason it's called Brahmastra is because the energies, wisdom, powers in the film come from ancient India. That's all I would say. There are some costumes, maybe not the way you'd expect them to be.” View this post on Instagram BrahmÄstra Everywhere ! (check link in bio) Also... Day 2 on Instagram : Losing the Plot ! #thisissotough#shouldgetbacktoshoot #brahmastra #guesswho'sonscreen @aliaabhatt @karanjohar A post shared by Ayan Mukerji (@boy_dreaming) on Mar 5, 2019 at 2:30am PST 7. Last year during a media interaction, Ranbir also shared some insight on the trilogy and it's pretty interesting as to what he has to say. "Apart from being my best friend and my favourite director, Ayan has worked on this film for six years. He is going to spend the next 10 years of his life on this trilogy. So when the first part is complete, the audience will know it's not the end. That is something really exciting for me as an actor." View this post on Instagram Oh captain my captain! Prep with the legend @amitabhbachchan â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #brahmastra #ranbirkapoor A post shared by Alia ð¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Jun 1, 2018 at 2:14am PDT 8. WWE wrestler Saurav Gurjar will also be a part of the film, and the former 'Mahabharat' actor will be seen in a negative role. The film will feature a lot of action scenes, and Saurav will reportedly go head-to-head with Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the film. 9. Reportedly, the fantasy drama has a budget of a whopping 250 crores! 10. Apparently, the makers had initially decided on 'Dragon' as the working title of the film, which was later changed to 'Brahmastra'. View this post on Instagram prep vibes ð A post shared by Alia ð¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Jan 2, 2018 at 9:59am PST 11. The loaded star cast of the film includes biggies like Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy. 12. 'Brahmastra' will mark Nagarjuna's Bollywood comeback after a gap of 15 long years! Brahmastra is all set to hit the theatres on Christmas 2019. View this post on Instagram It means no worries, for the rest of your dayssss...hakuna matata ðð A post shared by Alia ð¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Sep 10, 2018 at 12:12am PDT
  14. Rana Daggubati perhaps is the only 'villain', who has a bigger fan following than most 'heroes'. The strapping lad has a gift of getting fans weak in the knees, and his weapon of choice is his massive, monster beard. Though the beard has taken over and we hardly get to see anyone steer clear of it anymore, the beard that Rana sports seems to have a character of its own, and it arguably is the best beard in the industry. © Viral Bhayani His latest appearance at the airport was a testament to the fact that if you can manage to grow a massive beard, you really don't need much else to make a statement. © Viral Bhayani His khaki-olive shirt with a white T-shirt underneath, paired with a pair of blue jeans is what you call the standard, comfortable, super functional and smartly layered guy next door ensemble, but he managed to make it look super edgy, thanks to that beard. © Viral Bhayani The fact that he has chosen not to get his hair highlighted or tinted, and kept it jet black, just like the beard underneath, is helping him frame his face in a way that's worth envy. Just look at that density and volume! © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani All we can say is, Rana definitely qualifies to be our 'beardspiration' for the month, and for good reason!
  15. The Indian government made its stance on cross-border terrorism very clear yesterday, as the Indian Air Force (IAF) took on the propagators of terror and destruction left to thrive under Pakistan's aid and protection, in the early hours of 26th February 2019. The Indian Air Force carried out an air-borne, non-military strike on three prime terror locations in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to eliminate terrorists and training camps in the area. The air-strike was carried out using hi-tech fighter jets Mirage 2000s which successfully destroyed the camps of three major terror-outfits - Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba - functioning out of three pivotal centres in the area, namely Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi. #WATCH: Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi https://t.co/Th0TjwO99o — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 While very little details about these camps were known earlier, recent reports suggest that JeM's Syed Ahmad Shaheed's centre in Balakot, which also served as a prime location for terror outfits as a 'jihad launchpad', was no less than a 5-star resort situated atop lush green hills in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Here are all the inside details on the architecture and hi-tech facilities in the Balakot terror camp, as reported by an exclusive TOI report: · Started in 2003-2004, the Balakot facility spread over six acres of forest area and boasted of large halls and dormitories, which could house more than 600 people at a time. · The training ground spread across a whopping two-acre clearing where the terrorists would reportedly light bonfires and train. Intel Sources: Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot,Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators pic.twitter.com/b7ENbKgYaH — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · The ammunition dump in the camp was loaded with as many as 200 AK rifles with “uncountable rounds”, hand grenades, explosives and detonators as well. · The entry pathway of the Balakot terror camp bore a gruesome and spooky look, while the staircases bore the painted-on flags of countries like USA, UK and Israel to motivate the terrorists' hatred. Intel Sources: Flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on staircases seen in Jaish e Mohammed facility destroyed by Indian Air Force jets in Balakot pic.twitter.com/266CEI0hGR — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · A parking lot was reserved for the SUVs of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brothers. · The Main hall had false ceilings covered with LED bulbs and JeM flags gracing the columns. · A minimum of 26 recent recruits were from Rawalpindi and Attock in Pakistan. The youngest one being 1997-born Abdul Hafeez. Intel Sources: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan pic.twitter.com/th1JWbVrHw — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · Men from 10 different Pakistan districts were being trained at Balakot, namely Gujrat, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Muzaffarnagar, Rajanpur, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi and Attock. · Every year, the centre carried out an annual parade of terrorists after the completion of training in April.
  16. Before the funeral pyres and graves of the CRPF soldiers martyred in the Pulwama attack on 14th February 2019 could go cold, India showed Pakistan how terrorism must truly be dealt with when push comes to shove. Earlier this morning, India carried out an air-borne strike on three locations in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to eliminate terrorists and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camps in the area. The air-strike was carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) using hi-tech fighter jets, which successfully destroyed the camps of the terror-outfits functioning out of three pivotal centres in the area. Here are all the details you need to know about the who, when, where and how of the air-strike carried out by the Indian Air Force during the wee hours of 26th February 2019, that made India's stand on terrorism very clear: The Timeline The Indian Air Force dropped 1000 kg bombs on three sensitive terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi in PoK and Pakistan. Here is how the series of air-strikes were carried out. Intel Sources: Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot,Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators pic.twitter.com/b7ENbKgYaH — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 3:45 am - 3:53 am - The first strike was carried out at Balakot, 24-km north-west of Muzaffarabad. Joint training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba were located in the area. These are launch pads that were jointly operated by the three terror outfits. 3:48 am - 3:55 am - The IAF struck the terror camps in Muzaffarabad next. 3:55 am - 4:04 am - Chakothi, which is over 50 kilometres from Muzaffarabad, was the last and final target of the strike. Source The Official Statement By The Indian Government On The Airstrike An official statement from the government on the airstrike on the terror bases in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi by the Indian Air Force, was made by the Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in a detailed statement, earlier this morning. Here is the full statement: · On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades and is led by Masood Azhar with its headquarters in Bahawalpur. · This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible for a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016. · Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, denies their existence. The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jihadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities. · India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil. #WATCH: Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi https://t.co/Th0TjwO99o — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary. · In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis, who were being trained for fidayeen action, were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghouri, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM. · The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism. Hence this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in a thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details. JeM's Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim alias Ustaad Gohri who was targeted today by IAF #airstrike in Balakot across LOC was on the Interpol list and among the most wanted in India. pic.twitter.com/1eTj8FhFMJ — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions. 7 Vital Tactical Moves Used By IAF During The Strike 1. Mirage 2000- The multirole fighter jet acquired in the 1980s and Rafale's predecessor. 2. GBU-12 paveway laser-guided bomb, an American-built precision guidance bomb kit. 3. Matra magic close combat missile, loaded as a defence tool for a possible counter-attack by Pakistan. Intel Sources: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan pic.twitter.com/th1JWbVrHw — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 4. Litening pod, a laser designator and targeting pod to acquire targets and guide precision bomb. 5. Bhatinda-based Netra airborne early warning jet. 6. Ilyushin flight refuelling aircraft to refuel jets. 7. Heron drone from a secret airfield conducted real-time surveillance along the Line of Control. Source More About India's Weapon Of Choice Even though India holds many other advanced fighter jets in its artillery, Mirage 2000 was brought out once again after the 1999 Kargil War, for the airstrike. · The French fighter jet was made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. · The Indian Air Force first took on a 36 single-seater Mirage 2000 and four twin seater Mirage-2000 in 1982, when Pakistan bought F-16 from the US. © Twitter · Mirage 2000 played a pivotal part in the Kargil war in 1999. Later the Indian government took on ten more Mirage-2000 planes in 2004. Other Things To Know About The Airstrike · According to reports, the entire operation lasted around 20 minutes, which includes take off till return time. · 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation and dropped bombs weighing 1000 kg. · Reports also suggest that close to 300 militants, trainers and commanders were killed in the strike. Intel Sources: Flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on staircases seen in Jaish e Mohammed facility destroyed by Indian Air Force jets in Balakot pic.twitter.com/266CEI0hGR — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · A Business Today report states that government sources have said that six laser-guided bombs were dropped by IAF's Mirage 2000s during the surgical air strike on terror camps located within Pakistan. · The National Security Committee of Pakistan stated that "India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing,” after a meeting with PM Imran Khan. · Main targets of the air strikes were Ibrahim Azhar and Mufti Azhar Khan Kashmiri. Source Here is what the top officials are saying on the airstrike: A Owaisi: Was expecting this sort of response within 2-3 days after Pulwama blast. Welcome this. We stand with govt. Though Foreign Secy called it non-military action,it's a step I was expecting govt will take long time back. I hope govt will now go after Masood Azhar&Hafiz Saeed pic.twitter.com/eYgHAfrt7c — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 Subramanian Swamy: Even if it was their territory, we have under the United Nation charter the right of self-defence. They have been attacking us & they say we want to give a thousand cuts to India, so our government did the right thing by giving them 1000 bombs. https://t.co/t1N22SzLHS — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019 They say they want India to bleed with a 1000 cuts. We say that each time you attack us, be certain we will get back at you, harder and stronger. Salute the brave pilots of the @IAF_MCC that carried out the strikes. #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/3dLvr5oX0B — Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) February 26, 2019 IAF also means India's Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 26, 2019 पà¥à¤à¤® नॠपà¥à¤²à¤µà¤¾à¤®à¤¾ à¤à¥ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨à¥à¤ à¤à¥ शहादत à¤à¥ बदलॠमà¥à¤ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ लियॠà¤à¤¬ à¤à¥ फà¥à¤°à¥ हà¥à¤£à¥à¤¡ सà¥à¤¨à¤¾ à¤à¥ दिया हॠà¤à¤à¤° यह फà¥à¤¸à¤²à¤¾ मà¥à¤¦à¥ सरà¤à¤¾à¤° दà¥à¤µà¤¾à¤°à¤¾ पहलॠलॠलिया à¤à¤¯à¤¾ हà¥à¤¤à¤¾ तॠपठानà¤à¥à¤, à¤à¤°à¥ व पà¥à¤²à¤µà¤¾à¤®à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤¸à¥ à¤à¤¤à¤¿-दà¥à¤à¤à¤¦ व à¤à¤¤à¤¿-à¤à¤¿à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ वालॠà¤à¤à¤¨à¤¾à¤¯à¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤¤à¥ à¤à¤° न हॠà¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ शहà¥à¤¦ हà¥à¤¤à¥à¥¤ — Mayawati (@Mayawati) February 26, 2019 Lt Gen DS Hooda (Retired), the Northern Army Commander during the 'Surgical Strike' in 2016: My compliment goes to the government for taking this action & also to the Air Force for the way they have carried out this strike (in Balakot) in an absolutely professional manner. pic.twitter.com/zdDVqZvhOU — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 Today's strong action shows the will and resolve of a New India. Our New India will not spare any acts of terror and their perpetrators and patrons. — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 26, 2019
  17. The smartwatch and wearables industry is growing at a fast pace and there was bound to be an affordable smartwatch that can do everything that an Apple Watch can do. However, not all smartwatches are as fluid as the Apple Watch or deliver an experience that keeps users loyal. However, if you are looking for an affordable smartwatch, the Amazfit Verge is the closest bet that offers GPS navigation, fitness tracking and notification management for Rs 12,000. The smartwatch category is flooded with numerous options, but does the Amazfit Verge perform better than the rest of them? Let's find out. Design Being a budget smartwatch, the Verge does not offer the same build quality as a premium smartwatch. It's got an all plastic body with one plastic button on the upper right corner. It's light and does not offer that feel good factor you would want from a watch. The red button is used for navigating apps and selecting options. However, the button is not accurate as we would have to often click the button multiple times to get the OS to respond. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The smartwatch comes with a proprietary charger which we feel was not the best design option to go with. When done charging, sometimes we would have to yank out the smartwatch hard, fearing we may just break the strap or the charger. We would also have to place the smartwatch in the current orientation as it does not have charging pins on both sides of the charger. The circular dial on the Amazfit Verge houses an AMOLED display which is bright enough to be clear and visible in bright sunlight. The display is good enough to read notifications and text which is a plus to have on a smartwatch. There are 10 watch faces you can choose from which can be changed from the watch itself or from the app. Having said that, the watch-faces are quite rudimentary and does not offer many customisations. Features The one thing I love about the Apple Watch is the ability to view notifications and take appropriate action. For example, I can reply to WhatsApp messages, text messages and send voice notes without ever opening my smartphone. On the Amazfit Verge, you do get notifications, but you cannot reply to text messages or even read emails. There's no support for third-party apps which makes it quite disappointing, The only apps you can use are the ones that come pre-installed i.e. heart rate reader, timer, stopwatch and that's about it. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Amazfit Verge has an integrated mic and speaker. This can be used for making and receiving calls straight on the smartwatch. In order for this feature to work, you need to have your smartphone near you. You can even use the stereo speaker to listen to music as it has 4GB of onboard memory (2GB more storing music). In our experience, the feature worked well especially when making calls. Callers did notice that I sounded like I was using an earpiece. However, we would have loved to see the Amazfit Verge would ring at the same time as the smartphone. Call notifications were sometimes delayed and in that time we could just pick up the call on the smartphone. It kind of defeats the purpose of having a call feature on the smartphone if we don't get notified on time. Performance Being a smartwatch, it is able to track your activity and exercises just like any other smartwatch however not all is rosy in this category either. We found the footstep tracking to be inaccurate when calculating steps taken manually and comparing it with the readings. In fact, we tried to test the accuracy by wearing the smartwatch for the first time on our drive to work. The Amazfit Verge tracked 200 steps while we were driving indicating that it isn't as reliable as budget fitness bands. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to GPS tracking, the smartwatch was accurate at most occasions; however, we found it to be off by 200 meters sometimes in select areas and sometimes off by a kilometre. This may not bother a casual runner. However, it can be quite disadvantageous for hikers and outdoor runners. The other problem with the GPS feature is its inability to start up quickly. We were ready to go for a walk and had to wait for the GPS to start working. The Amazfit Verge takes particularly long to catch the GPS signal which can be frustrating if you want to just get going with your workout. The heart rate monitor is accurate on the Amzfit Verge as the results were almost identical with the Apple Watch Series 4 and Omron Pulse Oximeter. The Amazfit Verge has the ability to track different types of workouts and can automatically detect your activity. This is a nifty feature that works on the Amazfit Verge as advertised. However, you cannot track multiple workouts at the same time as you will need to end each activity tracking mode before starting another. This basically does not allow a user to track different activities in a single workout which can be a bit frustrating when exercising. You don't want to keep looking at your smartwatch before you start a new exercise as we're already in the flow and don't want to stop. The Final Say The Amazfit Verge offers every feature you want to see on a specs sheet. However, it simply doesn't cut it. Just because it has all the features doesn't mean it's a great smartwatch. It needs to be executed properly for cohesive user experience. From delayed notifications to a less than an appealing design choice, the Amazit Verge is not something we expected. The operating system needs to be more refined and needs to be able to handle more than one app at a time. Activity tracking also needs improvement which is one of the salient features of a smartwatch. Priced at Rs 12,000, it's suitable for people who are looking for a smartwatch packed with features and can sacrifice the overall user experience.
  18. We've already seen a ton of leaks in the last few weeks about the Galaxy S10 and the wait is finally coming to an end. Samsung has announced the launch of S10 today at its Unpacked event in San Francisco. This year's launch is extremely important for the company since the S-series was launched exactly 10 years ago. In the last decade, the S-lineup has played a pivotal role in making Samsung one of the largest smartphone makers in the world. The series has successfully defeated LG, HTC, Sony, and even Google's offerings in the past. To make things even more interesting, Samsung has launched three variants of the phone instead of the usual duo. The S10 is available in three options: the S10e, S10, and S10+. The S10e is being targeted as a slightly cheaper variant of the flagship and it incorporates a majority of the elder sibling's offerings. The S10 is the main flagbearer and lastly, the S10+ has a few more power features along with a larger display. The flagship smartphone Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole front camera that Samsung calls Infinity-O. The proximity and ambient light sensor are now located behind the display. Instead of Samsung Experience UI, the new S10 ships with a new skin called One UI. It is built around focus blocks and has segregated viewing to provide more productivity options and use maximum area of the display. Under the hood is an Exynos 9820 (Snapdragon 855 in the US) processor, coupled along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. At the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 12-megapixel dual aperture sensor with optical image stabilization, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. On the front is a single "dual-pixel" sensor that is located inside the display punch-hole. The software is capable of recognising 30 scenes and adjusts the capturing settings accordingly. For authentication, Samsung is now relying on an in-display fingerprint scanner as well as face unlock. Backing these internals is a 3400mAh battery and the company has added a host of new charging features. This includes wireless PowerShare that can reverse charge another device. In simpler words, the phone can be used as a portable power bank to wirelessly charge compatible accessories like Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. It'll be available in Prism White and Prism Black. Coming to the S10e, it houses the same processor as the S10 along with 6GB RAM and a slightly smaller 5.8-inch AMOLED display. Even the battery has been reduced down to 3100mAh and it doesn't get the 12-megapixel telephoto lens on the rear. The S10e will be available in Prism White colour only. The S10+, on the other hand, gets a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and has a dual camera set up on the front in a wider punch-hole. Even the battery has been boosted to 4100mAh and will be available in an additional Prism Green colour. It shares the same processor, but gets two variants in memory: 8GB+128GB and 12GB+1TB (yes, 1 T!). The 1TB storage variant is available in Ceramic Black colour option. Samsung has also announced the availability of Galaxy Ecosystem, and it consists of Galaxy Buds, Wireless Combo Charge power bank, and Wireless Charger Duo (charger). The brand is also partnering with Marvel and selling "Galaxy Friends" covers that have a design of Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America, and the Avengers. Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue and Flamingo Pink. Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. Preorders for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e begin tomorrow, February 21, 2019. Pricing starts at $899.99 for Galaxy S10, $999.00 for Galaxy S10+ and $749.99 for Galaxy S10e. India pricing and availability will be known soon.
  19. We've already seen a ton of leaks in the last few weeks about the Galaxy S10 and the wait is finally coming to an end. Samsung has announced the launch of S10 today at its Unpacked event in San Francisco. This year's launch is extremely important for the company since the S-series was launched exactly 10 years ago. In the last decade, the S-lineup has played a pivotal role in making Samsung one of the largest smartphone makers in the world. The series has successfully defeated LG, HTC, Sony, and even Google's offerings in the past. To make things even more interesting, Samsung has launched three variants of the phone instead of the usual duo. The S10 is available in three options: the S10e, S10, and S10+. The S10e is being targeted as a slightly cheaper variant of the flagship and it incorporates a majority of the elder sibling's offerings. The S10 is the main flagbearer and lastly, the S10+ has a few more power features along with a larger display. The flagship smartphone Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole front camera that Samsung calls Infinity-O. The proximity and ambient light sensor are now located behind the display. Instead of Samsung Experience UI, the new S10 ships with a new skin called One UI. It is built around focus blocks and has segregated viewing to provide more productivity options and use maximum area of the display. Under the hood is an Exynos 9820 (Snapdragon 855 in the US) processor, coupled along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. At the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 12-megapixel dual aperture sensor with optical image stabilization, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. On the front is a single "dual-pixel" sensor that is located inside the display punch-hole. The software is capable of recognising 30 scenes and adjusts the capturing settings accordingly. For authentication, Samsung is now relying on an in-display fingerprint scanner as well as face unlock. Backing these internals is a 3400mAh battery and the company has added a host of new charging features. This includes wireless PowerShare that can reverse charge another device. In simpler words, the phone can be used as a portable power bank to wirelessly charge compatible accessories like Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. It'll be available in Prism White and Prism Black. Coming to the S10e, it houses the same processor as the S10 along with 6GB RAM and a slightly smaller 5.8-inch AMOLED display. Even the battery has been reduced down to 3100mAh and it doesn't get the 12-megapixel telephoto lens on the rear. The S10e will be available in Prism White colour only. The S10+, on the other hand, gets a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and has a dual camera set up on the front in a wider punch-hole. Even the battery has been boosted to 4100mAh and will be available in an additional Prism Green colour. It shares the same processor, but gets two variants in memory: 8GB+128GB and 12GB+1TB (yes, 1 T!). The 1TB storage variant is available in Ceramic Black colour option. Samsung has also announced the availability of Galaxy Ecosystem, and it consists of Galaxy Buds, Wireless Combo Charge power bank, and Wireless Charger Duo (charger). The brand is also partnering with Marvel and selling "Galaxy Friends" covers that have a design of Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America, and the Avengers. Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue and Flamingo Pink. Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. Preorders for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e begin tomorrow, February 21, 2019. Pricing starts at $899.99 for Galaxy S10, $999.00 for Galaxy S10+ and $749.99 for Galaxy S10e. India pricing and availability will be known soon.
  20. Video games may change as we know it, thanks to a new space that is going to be occupied by Google and even Apple. Companies like Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony need to be on the fence, as Google is about to enter the highly profitable video game business with Project Stream. Game Developer's Conference is about to take place next month and Google is said to unveil its gaming streaming service. The invitations were sent out for the March 19 keynote, however, did not mention the topic of discussion. © Gooogle The gaming unit is going to be building on the success of Project Stream where games will be running on the cloud and streamed directly to a PC, Tablet, TV or anything that has a display. The experience, however, still remains to be seen as the games will be streamed, and different types of internet connections may affect the overall experience. Laggy connections are a major concern when streaming games which could be a huge factor when considering a streaming service. The new streaming service is said to compete directly with Steam, the Epic Games Store and even consoles. Google is not the only tech giant that is looking into the video games industry, rumours suggest that even Apple is also looking at announcing its own version of a gaming console or a subscription service. © Gooogle Currently, Sony's streaming service called PlayStation Now offers 650 games on the PlayStation 4 which includes classic and catalogue titles. Microsoft is also looking into the game streaming, as the company has started public trials for Project xCloud which will let gamers stream Xbox One games to computer, phones and tablets. Would you stream games on your Tablet, PC or Smartphone? Let us know in the comments if Google's new project excites you. Source: Fortune
  21. The iPhone is the most selling product every year and the small line-up of phones has a huge market share in the developed markets. Hence, it's no surprise that rumours mills are always churning out something new. The 2019 iPhones are expected to launch in September, but we're already hearing a lot about them. Analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo are known to be highly reliable and have a track record of revealing accurate reports over the past few years. Now, Kuo has released an analyst note that contains his predictions about the upcoming iPhones. The predictions have corroborating reports stating that Apple could announce three new iPhones this year. © Apple According to him, the new iPhones shall have the same screen sizes and the notch isn't going anywhere as well. The iPhone XR successor is expected to get an OLED display, instead of the current LCD. The phones shall also have an upgraded Face ID array, bigger batteries, and a frosted glass casing. Another major update will be a triple rear camera setup on one of the phones. Previous Bloomberg reports have also said that Apple is testing the new camera array, and given the current trends of the market, it makes more sense. Huawei's flagships have been a killer in the segment, and even Samsung has been trying to catch-up. © Imgur The upcoming iPhones are also expected to get an ultra-wideband radio for indoor navigation and bilateral wireless charging. The latter lets you charge other smaller devices wirelessly via your iPhone. This shall come in extremely handy to quickly charge AirPods on the go. In fact, even the AirPods are going to get a successor this year and the AirPods 2 are reported to sport better health tracking, finely tuned audio output, as well as better battery life. Even the much-awaited AirPower charging mat shall be finally coming this year. © Apple Lastly, the new iPhones will continue using the Lightning connector, instead of opting for USB-C. This may be good news for many, but those who already use the new MacBook or iPad Pro know how annoying it can get to carry separate charging wires everywhere. What do you think about the new iPhones? Let us know in the comments section below! Source: 9to5Mac
  22. After the infamous bout between the Russian MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and the 'Notorious' Conor McGregor, which got out of hand within two minutes of McGregor tapping out as Nurmagomedov leapt over the octagon and attacked two of McGregor's men. The incident led to the two rivals getting into a lot of trouble, as Khabib was banned for nine months with a hefty fine of $500,000 while McGregor was suspended for six months with a $50,000 fine off his match fee by the NAC for their roles in the UFC 229 post-fight melee. However, it seems that while Nurmagomedov is spending his days of asylum in quiet, McGregor is out already searching for his next prey. The name of McGregor's potential next target is Kelvin Gastelum, the new UFC middleweight champion who won the title by forfeit after his opponent and former champion Robert Whittaker was ruled out of the main event of UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia after being diagnosed with a hernia and had to undergo immediate surgery. McGregor did not approve of the fact that Gastelum was practically gifted the title without even throwing a single punch and showed his disapproval on Twitter in the most 'Conor McGregor' way he could: Why is that worm holding the 185lb belt? There are worms crawling on his skin! It was absolutely ludicrous to even consider allowing him to compete. Let alone now walk around the arena shaking our fans hands. Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilize that belt. Immediately. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 10, 2019 Calling Gastelum a 'worm', McGregor took a jab at the champion after he was trolled online for having some dermatologic issues. Formerly working as a bounty hunter, the current UFC middleweight champion, Kelvin Gastelum fought his first professional battle in Mexico in 2010 against Jose Sanchez, who submitted to Gastelum after a barrage of punches destroyed his face. He made his UFC debut in January 2013 during the Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen and went on to win the Ultimate Fighter contest to become the youngest ever to do while having a brand new UFC contract under his belt. Ever since his debut, Gastelum has entered the ring a total of 19 times out of which he's won 16 and lost the remaining three. After the McGregor tweet, the fighter in Gastelum confidently replied to the notorious one: Come take it off.... Little prick! https://t.co/823ptmymr8 — #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) February 10, 2019 Is this the comeback fight we are looking forward to as Conor's return is due in March? McGregor's provocative tweet for the champ comes after he commended Anderson Silva's losing efforts in the battle against Israel Adesanya which replaced the Gastelum-Whittaker bout Down Under. A couple of weeks ago, McGregor also tickled the thought of fighting 'The Cowboy' Donald Cerrone after his impressive knockout victory over Alexander Hernandez in January.
  23. Tonight's episode of 'Koffee With Karan' will witness a very hot and good looking duo on the couch stir some freshly brewed coffee for our hearts. Kriti Sanon and Kartik Aaryan will talk about their newfound success, relationships and everything they have in common with none other that Karan Johar himself. Three Ks in the house next week on #KoffeeWithKaran. @TheAaryanKartik @KritiSanon pic.twitter.com/nTBxrUe5Bm — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) February 3, 2019 Here are some juicy excerpts from what to expect tonight: 1. Kartik's Struggle With Breaking The Stereotype Attached With Him Now when you think of Kartik Aaryan, you instantly relate him to relatable movies like 'Pyaar Ka Punchnaama' and of course, 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety'. Kartik is aware and proud of the image that has catapulted him to fame but he will talk about how consciously he now wants to focus on different genres which don't categorise him in one category. View this post on Instagram Miliye Lucknow ke Chintu Tyagi Ji se #Samarpit #AashiqMizaaj #Pati #PatiPatniAurWoh ð @bhumipednekar @ananyapanday @mudassar_as_is @junochopra @abhayrchopra_ @tseries.official A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Feb 4, 2019 at 7:21pm PST 2. Kriti Talks About The Anxiety Of Being In The Big League Kriti Sanon will address the issue of what actually makes her insecure and the drive that keeps her running in the league of Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone. “There is so much more that I want to do but haven't gotten the opportunity. The deepest insecure moment is when you don't have the opportunity but have the drive”, she said. View this post on Instagram Life is all about knowing when to hold on and when to let go. Hold on tight to make sure you have no regrets. And after a point, Just LET GO. To see whether it was actually worth holding on to in the first place! #RandomThoughts #RandomMe ð¦ @graziaindia Feb issue!! ðð» Shot by @rohanshrestha A post shared by Kriti (@kritisanon) on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:45pm PST 3. Kriti Speaks About Life Post 'Bareily Ki Barfi' KJo will ask her about the success she tasted after the movie won her major fame and many accolades. Kriti will talk about how she was widely accepted and perceived to be a good actor after her movie became a hit and turned the tables for her. Well, for more dope on how they deal with nepotism and what Kartik actually feels for Sara Ali Khan, you need to stay tuned till 9 pm we guess.
  24. Following the first leak of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 a few weeks ago, more images have surfaced of the flagship and details about the phone are slowly getting clearer. We're just a month away from the launch but now high-quality photos of the device have popped up online, thanks to the German blog AllAboutSamsung. We've seen numerous render leaks and the prototypes come very close to them. The bezels have been snipped even further and there are radical changes on the back as well as the front. Samsung was the only mainstream brand to not embrace the notch last year and it intends to continue the same for its flagship. © AllAboutSamsung Instead of a notch, Samsung is embedding a punch-hole camera on the front. The “Infinity-O” hole-punch display, as they're officially called, first showed up in Samsung's A8 phones, which were only released in China. What we are looking at here are the prototypes for the 6.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S10 and 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+ having a different punch-hole cut-out. The S10+ has a dual front-facing camera setup, while the S10 has a singular module. The back of the phone has a huge camera arrangement, with three lenses and LED flash and Samsung's typical PPG heart rate sensor. It's surprising that even the smaller S10 has three cameras, given that the S9+ has two cameras compared to the S9's single camera. It's possible Samsung could go with a dual camera setup on the S10 Lite variant. © AllAboutSamsung Lastly, the bottom of the phone has a USB-C charging port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. This'll make Samsung among the few who still find space to house the ancient port and many users out there are going to be extremely happy about it. For now, we've seen the ceramic black and ceramic white colour options and rumours suggest we'll be seeing more options at launch. A few reports earlier in the week also mentioned the new phones will come with a Samsung Blockchain Keystore app. Ethereum has been listed as a supported cryptocurrency and it will have support for Bitcoin, Ethereum-derived token ERC20 and Bitcoin Cash as well at launch. © Twitter / VenyaGeskin1 The Galaxy S10 line will be unveiled in San Francisco on February 20th, which is less than a month away. There have also been leaks suggesting the price of the phones and Samsung is trying its level best to keep them consistent with last year's offerings. What are your thoughts on the initial design of the phone?
  25. The much-awaited sequel and the final instalment in the 'Don' series is finally coming to life thanks to Farhan Akhtar, who made an official announcement and put all fans in a frenzy. © Instagram Here's all that we know about the grand finale of the series: 1. The Title - Unlike the first two instalments, this one won't merely be called 'Don 3'. As per numerous reports, this movie will be called 'Don: The Final Chapter' which means, there will be no more speculation of any more sequels and the story and fate of the 'Don' will be locked in this one. 2. No PC in it - Sadly, our favourite 'junglee billi' and Roma, the character which was wonderfully essayed by Priyanka Chopra will not be there, or at least will not be played by her because she is not a part of this final project. 3. Farhan will be a part of the cast - In the second instalment, we saw Hrithik Roshan having a guest appearance and in this one, the director himself will play the role of a cop. 4. SRK's rumoured exit from another project to take this one - While there has been no confirmation on this information, but many reports are observing that SRK apparently walked out of the Rakesh Sharma biopic to take up this sequel. A crypted tweet from the producer also further fuelled these rumours of the King Khan backing out. Most times the difference between Success and Failure is not a better Idea or ability but the courage to BET on the idea, PRE PLAN to perfection, take the calculated RISK and then STICK WITH IT. — Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) January 19, 2019 It is believed that the project will go on the floors in mid-2019 and will be one action-packed treat for all SRK and 'Don' fans.
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