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  1. While the Civil Services are the most honorary posts to hold in the country, a lot of people miss their chance to be a part of the services because the examinations held by the UPSC aren't easy at all. And even though we have 4 attempts to pass these exams, sometimes, making it through those 4 times is improbable. Lakhs of people apply every year for the civil service examination and only about 1% of them get through. But for some people, cracking these exams and becoming an IPS officer at the age of 20 was a piece of cake. How, you ask? One would imagine he's a child prodigy to sit for the exam once and come out with flying colours and become an officer of the law, but little do we know, it was all a big farce and he actually wasn't a qualified IPS officer. © Facebook Meet the 20-year-old Abhay Meena, who posed as a high ranking IPS officer with a fake ID and credentials, a social media personality and a motivational speaker, all rolled in to one. He was recently arrested by Special Operations Group, Delhi and we're sad he misused a prestigious position to actually con the nation. Meena, who has indeed failed class 12th, claimed to have cracked the IIT and the UPSC examination in the first try itself, becoming an PS officer at a really young age. Because of this, he was often invited to institutions, fashion shows and parties to give motivational speeches as a chief guest, where he would wine and dine and con people in to believing in his hard work. So much so, he would meet police officers at these events and laud them for their great work, ironically. I mean you really have to have some cheek to pull off such an intrinsic lie, and fool people. © Facebook He was finally caught when someone noticed his police card, in which the word branch was spelled as 'branche' and capital as 'capitol'. After investigating his records further, he was finally arrested by the SOG from his apartment in Jagatpura. Meena tried intimidating the officers by boasting about his influences but clearly, that didn't work as he's under arrest currently. Apparently, Meena used to drive around in a car which has a 3-star police plate affixed on the bumper and a 3-star credential is only reserved for a DG or an Additional DG (ADG) rank. So, clearly he was misusing that too. © Times of India After wining and dining at expensive hotels, without paying the bills and showing off his ID wherever he would go, Meena is currently at the Pratap Nagar Police Station eating only 'jail ka khaana'. We feel this is grave disrespect for officers who've actually worked hard to crack civil service exams and have come all the way, with their hard work to stand where they do. It's also grave disrespect towards all the people who spend days, weeks and months preparing for these examinations and burning the midnight oil to serve the country. And here we have a man, who'd been conning his way through, making people believe he did what he did through his hard work. Up until recently, I thought these things could only happen in movies like 'Catch Me If You Can' or 'Bunty Aur Bubli', but people actually grow up in reality to become con artists and we hope he's the only one, who has pulled off such a stunt.
  2. “Show us pictures or it didn't happen!” We're pretty sure this is something we all have said to our friends at some point or the other. Like, seriously. You went to Coachella and if you didn't upload at least 100 stories and pictures on your Instagram, then did you really even go? But hey, pictures can be deceiving sometimes, and influencers like Gabbie Hanna are here to prove it time and again. She decided to do a little experiment and faked a weekend at Coachella using, well, Photoshop. She also used footage from friends who actually did go to the festival. Better yet, she also made a YouTube video explaining why she pulled off this stunt. She was apparently inspired by other YouTubers who have faked their trips before. But one of the main reasons why she did this in the first place was to prove just how easy it is to lie on social media. As you can see in the video, she hired a photographer to click pretty pictures of her. Instead of spending time at Coachella, she booked an Airbnb and spent her weekend there taking pictures. You can check out all her pictures on her Instagram, the captions of which have now been changed to say, “Oops, I faked it!” View this post on Instagram A post shared by GABBIE HANNA (@gabbiehanna) on Apr 21, 2019 at 2:44pm PDT Hanna goes on to talk about how social media, for most people, has become a platform to post highly curated and manipulated pictures of them having fun. She warns her followers to be careful about what you see online and not get caught up in the hype.
  3. We are at a loss of words following the coordinated series of deadly terror attacks in Sri Lanka that ripped through some churches and hotels, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Well, you know what happens when a nation gets hit with terror attacks? Spread of misinformation, violence, and God knows what else. Well, it's not happening in this case, as the Sri Lankan officials blocked several social media networks, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, YouTube, and more. It was done over concerns that the attacks would trigger waves of misinformation, violence and hate speech. © Reuters Presidential advisor Harindra Dassanayake told The New York Times that the decision to block access to social media sites was a “unilateral decision”. As of now, it's not entirely clear as to when this ban will be lifted, but it does make a lot of sense since most of the panicking often happens on or after reading dozens of articles spreading fake news on social media platforms. The move to ban social media, however, isn't unprecedented. Sri Lanka itself issued a temporary ban on social media sites after the riots fueled by Facebook misinformation spread. In fact, we've seen something similar in India too, and networks like Facebook and WhatsApp were blocked in the wake of riots. © Reuters But is the ban really helping? Well, there's no way to tell, but resorting to such measures does make sense since a lot of countries do struggle with viral and violent misinformation spread on social media during such events.
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  5. The biggest movie of month/year/decade is just a few days away and all the fans are so excited and hyped up for it, and so are the actors who are a part of Avengers and MCU. Everyone's gearing up for the movie in different ways, from coming up with different theories for 'Avengers: Endgame' to basically having meltdowns about the possible deaths. And some, very important fans are making parodies and making everyone laugh, maybe because this movie will for sure kill us. Jaze Phua turned the second trailer, the one that showed Tony back on earth and joining all the surviving Avengers in that hideous new white suit. Turning it into a 'Client Expectation vs Client Budget' meme, the low-budget video is actually very hilarious. It also reminds me of a low budget version of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer from last year. There are so many great funny moments, I mean, look at the recreation of the plane! Literally everything going on in this gif. How they can - and should - rebuild Asgard. What is he even doing here? The chicken and obviously another creative moment. This is the moment that killed me, the fucking Nokia phone! They're doing Nebula dirty with that blue bag. This parody was so brilliant even Mark Ruffalo had to appreciate this, and yes, I agree, so much like the original, isn't it? Struggling to see the difference between these two #AvengersEndgame trailers ð¤ Brilliant work, @jazephua! pic.twitter.com/8d22vDdf4a — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 8, 2019 Wholesome. THANK YOU @MarkRuffalo !!! â¤ï¸ Looking forward to see Professor Hulk! I mean Hulk in #AvengersEndgame https://t.co/HgpOXZ25Zs — Jazephua (@jazephua) April 8, 2019 That gif tho. pic.twitter.com/PEfmTYP9Oi — Zulkifli Zaid (@ZulkifliZaid) April 8, 2019 Oh wow. I apologize for trolling, Mr. Ruffalo, but I couldn't resist... pic.twitter.com/7P06ojokkz — ð±ï¸eagle: ð + ð¦ = ð¶ (@FlyLikeAB_Eagle) April 8, 2019 For sure. Guarantee you that Nokia axe is stronger than Stormbreaker pic.twitter.com/ewNGmGxsH3 — kevðâï¸ðð­ (@trillkevooo) April 8, 2019 What a meme! pic.twitter.com/obgFLgz1ic — Adasiah Marie ð±ð± (@Curious_Cat97) April 8, 2019 My exact thought process. This should be the trailer before the movie. Because we need to laugh before crying... Perfectly balanced. — Maríaâ¡ (@Caryl_83) April 8, 2019
  6. Almost all the Apple Products come with one year warranty against manufacturing defects and hardware failures. If you send in your defected device that's under warranty, then Apple will repair it, or in same cases, even replace it with a new one. Yes, the company is known to be very generous at that. However, two Chinese students attending college in Oregon have scammed Apple by taking advantage of the company's repair policy. So, the con was very simple. Yangyang Zhou and Quan Jiang, two engineering students allegedly brought in thousand of fake iPhones, sent them to Apple filing warranty complaints and got band new 'genuine' iPhones in return. The new iPhones were then sent back to their friends and relatives in China to flip for profit. © Pexels Yup, Apple, out of all the companies, fell for this con. But hey, you can't blame the company for being nice with replacement phones, plus these counterfeit iPhones have come to closely resemble the real thing, right? According to the prosecutors, the duo submitted a total of 3,069 iPhones under warranty claims, and got back close to 1,500 new iPhones as replacement units. With a loss of $600 per iPhone, Apple calculates that it lost close to $900,000, which roughly translates to about Rs 6.25 crores. The rest of the iPhones, in case you're wondering, were rejected for tampering, and they were sent back with letters explaining why the warranty claims were declined. The federal prosecutors have charged Jiang with trafficking counterfeit goods and wire fraud. Zhou, on the other hand, was accused of submitting false information on export documentation. The agents got tipped of this fraud in April 2017 when they opened five suspicious packages enroute from Hong Kong containing phones with counterfeit marking. In their defense, both students have claimed that they didn't know the phones were counterfeits. But, c'mon, no one's going to buy that.
  7. WhatsApp, as we all know, has been fighting against misinformation on its platform in India. And now, the messaging service has launched a new tool with which the users can get a particular news verified. The feature is essentially a tipline, which is live as of today. Interested users can now send over messages to +919643000888, and get the rumors or a news verified. As soon as you send the message, you'll get a response asking if you want it to be verified. You can send '1' to get it verified, and you'll get a response (hopefully in sometime) informing you whether the information is true, false, misleading, disputed, or if it's presently unverifiable. © MensXP The tipline will accept text, pictures, links, and even videos in English and other regional languages like Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Malayalam. The tipline, in case you are wondering, is operated by a New Delhi, India-based startup called Proto, in collaboration with Dig Deeper Media, and Meedan. Proto will apparently setup a database of rumors to study the spread of misinformation on the platform, especially during elections. Obviously, there's no way to tell if/ how well this works. We tried sending a text message, but haven't heard from them yet. Let's hope it gets better over time, and they work on their speed. At the end of the day, the longer it will take to get things verified, the less inclined people might be to check their facts.
  8. President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook were all over the news last week when Trump mistakenly referred to Apple CEO as 'Tim Apple' instead of 'Tim Cook'. Heck, Tim Cook even changed his display name on Twitter following the flub as a response. But Trump, on the other hand, claims the media were spreading “fake news” when they said he called him 'Tim Apple'. © Reuters The Republican donors present at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, when Trump made the claim, called it's one of his weirdest lies ever. Apparently, Trump told the donors that he actually said “Tim Cook Apple” really fast, and the “Cook” part of the sentence was softly spoken. Wait, what? Yes, the GIF accurately represents how we feel after reading what Trump had to say. We couldn't understand why the president would make such a claim in the first place, especially when the whole thing was captured on video. Here's the clip in case you needed to hear it again: Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9 — Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019 Not just that, even Tim Cook himself doesn't seem to be bothered about the flub. He, in fact, took it in a good humor by changing his display name. The donors who were present at the scene told Axios they couldn't understand why the president would make such a claim. “I just thought, why would you lie about that. It doesn't even matter!”, said one of the donors. This, however, isn't the first time Trump has tried to persuade the people. He did something similar back in 2017, when he called a New York Times report fake as well. So, we aren't particularly surprised this time around.
  9. It's pretty fascinating to imagine what goes inside the mind of a person who can possibly think of killing off a person, for the sake of cheap fake news thrills. Under what circumstances does a man take the decision to declare someone deceased without any proof or evidence, no one knows. Is the materialistic desire of becoming 'internet-famous' so powerful that it triumphs the caring and loving nature of a human being? It seems as if the answer to that question is a very strong but sad 'yes'. In another classic occurrence of fake news creating social media buzz, Indian cricketer Suresh Raina mysteriously found himself surrounded by his fans mourning over his apparent death in a car crash last week. Numerous videos have surfaced on YouTube over the past couple of days claiming that the Chennai Super Kings batsman met with an unfortunate car accident and eventually succumbed to his injuries last week. One of these 'YouTubers' even narrated the entire story of how Suresh Raina was involved in a horrific accident while he was on his way back home after the New Zealand T20I match. The fact that this man didn't even take the pains to check if Raina was on the roster that played against the Kiwis (which he wasn't), makes this a lot more annoying. Unable to handle the situation under the radar, the cricketer had no option but to make an official statement on Twitter, assuring his good health to his fans and all those who were fretting over the false news. Past few days there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident.The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news; with god's grace I'm doing absolutely fine.Those @youtube channels have been reported & hope strict actions will be taken soon — Suresh Rainað®ð³ (@ImRaina) February 11, 2019 “Past few days there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident. The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news; with God's grace I'm doing absolutely fine,” tweeted the annoyed athlete. The trend of making sensitive and sensational news out of thin air has led to some of the biggest names of our country such as Paresh Rawal into believing absolutely bizarre conspiracies in the past, and now has engulfed Suresh Raina into its dark abyss as well. When will this end? We have absolutely no idea.
  10. Social media is a bizarre place. Here anything and anyone under the sun is just a click away from going viral. From dancing uncle, chai peelo aunty, dhinchak Pooja, wink queen Priya to an egg (yes even an egg) can break the internet and get the world to talk about them. Recently, a picture of a bunch of kids went viral that has left people emotional and teary-eyed. © Twitter "You're only as happy as you choose to be," said Boman Irani about this picture, which is now being termed as the 'Selfie of the Year'. Honestly, we couldn't agree any more. While most of us crib about things we don't have, these kids with their innocent smiles teach us how one can be truly happy and content with whatever they have. “You're only as happy as you choose to be”. A saying that holds true for one and all!! And I'm sure this selfie deserves more likes than most. pic.twitter.com/KafEzq3mg8 — Boman Irani (@bomanirani) February 3, 2019 This heartwarming picture has since then touched a million hearts as both commoners and Bollywood celebrities continue to share it on social media. I'm sharing this image that came in on text cause d unbridled innocence n joy of these lovely kids moved me n made me smile in equal measure Super image that asks questions If anyone can reliably locate these munchkins n d photog I'd love to personally send them something each pic.twitter.com/5JWBmixzSH — atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) February 3, 2019 From Boman Irani, Anupam Kher to Suniel Shetty, everyone posted about it. So did Bollywood's Shehenshah Amitabh Bachchan, but to point out something that most of us failed to notice. According to Big B, the picture is apparently photoshopped and he has his own reasons to think so. He wrote, ".. with due respect and apology .. i feel this is photoshopped .. notice that the hand that holds the chappal is different than the rest of his body in size .. to his other hand by his side !!" .. with due respect and apology .. i feel this is photoshopped .. notice that the hand that holds the chappal is different than the rest of his body in size .. to his other hand by his side !! — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 3, 2019 His post has left the internet divided. While some agree with him, there were some who corrected him and trolled him for calling it Photoshop. @ SrBachchan sir.. I think the slipper belongs to that another small boy.. See his one foot is on the ground with similar slipper and another one (since he has removed slipper) is hanging with the support.. I think this is genuine image with genuine innocence.. — Kinnari Bhatt (@KinnariBhatt) February 4, 2019 Is that all you noticed? Did you notice the abject poverty? Did you notice the abysmally raw deal they have been given by your generation? Did you notice their need to be like children in other countries not ruled by your friends and cronies? — RandomlyRandom (@RandomRoaming) February 4, 2019 @SrBachchan mr Bachchan you have time to debate about authenticity of a photo but when it comes to talking about Manikarnika aapko sanp soong gaya ð #WeLoveManikarnika — MANIKARNIKAðð»ð¹âï¸ (@LyshaRamesh24) February 4, 2019 Everything in India is not like Movies, Some things really exists @SrBachchan — Bhupinder SINGH (@d_Tranquilizer) February 4, 2019 With Due Respect, Could We Plz Call This Selfie Photoshopped Too? pic.twitter.com/rzivHXfvhs — Amandeep Gautamð®ð³ð®ð³ (@amndeep_gautam) February 5, 2019 Amitabh ji, i think u should go to shankar netralaya now... Aap ko original aur photoshop picture ka farak nahi samaz aaraha hai ð — yogi baba (@yogi_yogibaba) February 5, 2019 Amit ji ðð½ Nice to hear from u Checked wt 3 post prod experts independently - Doo Creative, Hyd - Khurshed Poonawala - @HappyFinishAsia All of them said it's NOT photoshopped The hand wt the chappal looking enlarged is a matter of perspective distortion standard on smartphones — atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) February 4, 2019 This is not Photoshop edit ... Very possible with close angle photo the hands looking bigger . The other chappal is there too — Bhupen Sinha (@bksCG) February 4, 2019 Ya..sir ..right hand thumb is missing — DR.MILIND ZADE (@DrMilindZade) February 3, 2019
  11. Mikhail "Mike" Varshavski, commonly known as Doctor Mike is a Russian-American celebrity doctor in Osteopathic medicine who works in New Jersey, just like any other regular doctor. Except he is not a regular doctor. His Instagram went viral in mid-2015 when a publication discovered him and praised him for his exceptionally good looks. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Dec 26, 2016 at 5:40pm PST Dr Mike reviews TV shows on medicine on his YouTube channel and busts all the bloopers and myths created by these shows. We're talking major shows like 'Grey's Anatomy', 'House', 'The Good Doctor' and 'Scrubs' to name a few. He's even been compared to the onscreen McDreamy and he broke that down in his video. Take a look. But apart from being great at his job, and making super informative videos, he also cleans up well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Oct 9, 2018 at 1:52pm PDT The tiny details matter. Look the tie is neatle pinned and how well the shoes go with the outfit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT He can also get casuals right. The brown jacket works really well with the jeans. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Apr 19, 2018 at 7:22am PDT Yet another picture of him carrying formals really well. Dr Mike sure knows how to experiment with versatile fabrics and tones. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Feb 12, 2018 at 2:52pm PST A turtle neck with a black long coat is the best pair to fight brutal Winters. Trust us. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Dec 3, 2018 at 6:47am PST He also takes a keen interest in fashion. Who knew? View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jul 2, 2017 at 8:08am PDT A man who knows how to accessorize is a man who wins in life. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jun 26, 2017 at 9:41am PDT At the end of the day, he looks incredible in his scrubs as much as outside of them in his snazzy outfits. No wonder the ladies are lining up with all sorts of illness and injuries just to fix an appointment with him.
  12. The world's most popular messaging platform is implementing an odd method of stopping the flow of misinformation and 'fake news'. WhatsApp will now start limiting users to forwarding a message only five times, in yet another attempt to curb down on the spread of misinformation. WhatsApp users on Android and iOS will no longer be able to forward messages to more than five individuals or groups. © Reuters The spread of misinformation has been a matter of concern for a couple of years, after multiple elections have been suspected to be swung using fake news. With the upcoming General Elections in India, WhatsApp has been under immense pressure to reduce the malicious spread. We've already witnessed multiple incidents of mob lynching based on fake news and in the end, there's hardly any accountability. © TIME WhatsApp says that the decision to limit forward messages to five chats has been taken globally after evaluating user feedback. WhatsApp released a plethora of ads to make users more aware and cautious towards the spread of fake news. The app previously allowed up to 20 forwards per message. Messages can still be forwarded to groups, with each group including up to 256 people. The company says the measures reduced forwarding by 25 per cent globally and more than that in India, which had one of the highest forwarding rates in the world. © BCCL In an update to its blog, WhatsApp said the move will help keep "WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts." A text message that has been forwarded to a new recipient is marked as forwarded in a light grey text but otherwise appears indistinguishable from an original message sent by a contact. The app's end-to-end encryption allows groups of hundreds of users to exchange texts, photos and video beyond the purview of independent fact checkers or even the platform itself. Last year, to combat the issue, the company also rolled out 'Suspicious Link Indicator' feature that locally detects suspicious links and notifies the recipient before they are opened. © Reuters With the new update, WhatsApp is bringing a few additions as well, including fingerprint unlock, third-party stickers integration, 3D Touch action for Status, and dark mode. WhatsApp's parent Facebook has been mired in controversy ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its list of problems is constantly increasing.
  13. Indian students, especially ones in college are familiar with the term 'ban'. From mobile ban to fun ban, the list goes on forever. PUBG or 'PlayerUnknown's Battleground' is a widely popular game that has changed the way we play games on our mobile phones. When you club these two trends, you get a PUBG Ban! An image of what seems to be a legal notice has been doing the rounds on Facebook stating that PUBG Mobile has been banned in India. It mentions that the game is "creating a lot of nuisance and irrespective activities and many students spoiling their own lives". © In wider circulation Even though the circumstances would make us believe the PUBG Mobile ban notice is for real, looking at the details makes us question the authenticity of the letter. While this may sound legitimate, it's completely fake. Firstly, there is no authority called "High Court of Maharashtra". Secondly, a judge named K. Srinivasulu doesn't exist according to Gadgets360. Incorporating ellipsis (three dots) is another instance of proving that it is not a professional document. © PUBG Corp From the first impression of the circular, it becomes pretty evident that the circular is not an official one. There are a lot of grammatical mistakes, and even the format does not match with the previous official circulars of the Indian judiciary system. For now, you have nothing to worry about. PUBG is running perfectly fine, available for download and nobody can enforce you to stop playing it right now. The Vikendi map is available as well, as it's always fun to play with snow, especially around the Christmas. © Reddit Though, other smaller organisations have taken a hard stance against playing PUBG. Students of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) aren't allowed to play the game on campus or in the hostel because the warden issued a particularly threatening circular. On the sidelines, PUBG Corp has shut down around 30,000 accounts accused of using Radar Hack cheat codes on their battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battleground or PUBG on Thursday. The Radar Hack is a cheat that allows players to see the positions of all other players on the map, giving them an instant advantage.
  14. Online shopping has now become an integral part of our life with Amazon leading the way. Whether it's a Rs 100 coffee pouch or Rs 1,00,000 smartphone, everything is available online. With urban life getting even more stressful due to a population boom and crumbling infrastructure, more and more people are opting to do their holiday shopping online instead of walking into a brick and mortar store. This explosion in online shopping has led to "porch pirates" and "stoop surfers" who swipe holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. In the USA, the courier delivery is often left on the porch or mailbox when someone isn't present to physically accept it. © Reuters To counter these thieves, Police in Jersey City have been placing fake Amazon packages outside people's homes to catch thieves. These Amazon packages are insight of cameras near the home and also equipped with GPS devices to track the robber's movements. Police and Amazon picked locations for the sting operation using Jersey City crime statistics and maps of theft locations provided by Amazon. Jersey City police captain James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission, told the AP it only took three minutes for one bait package to be stolen earlier this week. “We thought it was a mistake at first,” he said, adding that the suspect was caught. © AP News Exact figures on porch thefts are hard to come by though. Amazon uses its own logistics network as well as relies on UPS and FedEx for last-mile delivery. Unfortunately, all the concerned companies have declined to share figures. Amazon is offering the necessary equipment for free to the Jersey City program. “Most of the package thefts we've made arrests on revolving around (closed-circuit TV) or private surveillance cameras that give us a still image,” Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said. “With the bait packages, some will be under video surveillance, and some will have GPS.” © Reuters The Jersey City police hope to catch thieves before they snatch up someone's holiday gifts. The program has undergone legal review and was approved by the local prosecutor. To prevent theft, users also have the option of purchasing a parcel box that allows only the owner and delivery person access. Amazon Key Smart Lock is one such product and has proven to be useful on most occasions. Source: AP News
  15. Fitness has been a popular industry in 2018. It has become lucrative to be a part of it, as people are endlessly spending their money on fitness products and services like coaching, supplements, personal training, etc. At the same time, charlatans have made quick profit as well, as their sole purpose is to mislead people and take their money. They go to extremes like launching a Ketogenic Whey Protein to injecting steroids in young kids who want to build some muscle or lose some fat. Like every cloud has a silver lining, there are still sensible, helpful, and smart people in the industry who genuinely want to help people out giving the right information. If you do not want to go down the rabbit hole of misinformation and potentially hurt yourself in the name of fitness, you need to follow these accounts today (in no particular order). 1. Martin MacDonald (@martinnutrition) View this post on Instagram Post Day 1 of L2 Fitness Summit gym session culminated in this epic dream team photo. â â Roll on Day 2 with Sohee kicking things off and me closing out the show! â â Can't wait! â â A post shared by Martin MacDonald (@martinnutrition) on Sep 30, 2018 at 5:05am PDT Martin is the founder and CEO of Mac Nutrition Uni, a one-year evidence-based nutrition course which has been endorsed by doctors and industry experts equally. He has a good sense of humor and delivers information in an educative yet funny way. The biggest highlight of 2018 would be his debate with keto proponent Prof. Tim Noakes on Sigma Nutrition Radio. If you have not heard it yet, I would highly recommend you to do so. 2. James Smith (@jamessmithpt) View this post on Instagram Day 1 - White girl wasted at not one but two brunches. Fat lip and sore elbow from what I assume was play fighting on a giant inflatable flamingo at the first brunch. - Not even sure how but came home wearing the wrong flip flops, another day in fitness. - Today's agenda? Survive another brunch. TBC A post shared by James Smith (@jamessmithpt) on Nov 27, 2018 at 10:32pm PST A personal trainer from the UK, he has a unique no-bullshit style of delivering his information. Due to his upfront and honest personality, he has been the subject of a few lawsuits for calling out brands on their bullshit and celebrities selling useless products to people. He runs a subscription website where he aims to educate people and make them self-sufficient to stay fit. 3. Spencer Nadolsky (@drnadolsky) View this post on Instagram Want to have a doc who can help you with your blood sugars, cholesterol, and blood pressure through lifestyle changes? I'm right here. Not only that but I'll actually have time to spend with you since I got out of the regular inefficient medical system. - Right now you go to your doctor and you get about 10 minutes with them. They tell you what you already know. You already know you need to eat better. You know you need to do more physical activity and you understand that your weight may be causing some of your issues. Problem is, the doc probably doesn't know how to help you and if they do, they don't even have enough time. - So here's the deal, @steadymd asked me a couple years ago to start taking patients via online to help with this madness. I've capped myself around 220 patients for about a year now but I'm opening it up to more (about 30 more). - How does it work? You pay 99 bucks a month and you get an initial hour long video consult with me. I have my license in most states now. Sorry rest of the world I don't have power elsewhere. - After the initial hour long consult where I get to know you, I can order labs and even medicines if you need refills (no controlled meds through the internet like adderall or testosterone sorry). You then have access to me via your phone or computer similar to text messaging. - We do not take insurance. This allows us to spend time on you without the insurance hassles. - How can I do physical exams? Technically I don't. I can do most things I need through talking to you and looking at labs but there are new cool gadgets I can recommend that allow me to listen to your heart and lungs better than if I were in the office with you. - Who is this for? This is perfect for those who have blood sugar/pressure/cholesterol issues along with hypothyroidism. Those tend to be the patients that love it most. I have gotten many patients off their sugar and pressure meds using lifestyle. - You will also have the option of adding on my amazing nutrition coach for an extra fee once you sign up. - I wouldn't sign up if you're healthy and don't have an extra $99 a month. - Ready to start? click link in bio to sign up A post shared by Spencer Nadolsky (@drnadolsky) on Nov 23, 2018 at 7:28am PST An obesity medicine physician by profession, Dr. Nadolsky has the necessary education and the experience to deal with issues related to weight and obesity. He tries to simplify things for people struggling to lose weight and advocates the message of 'there is no one size that fits all'. 4. Jeff Nippard (@jeffnippard) View this post on Instagram When posing practice ends at 12:30 but you gotta rob a bank at 1 ð§ð­ð¦ð (comment other funny captions ðð»ðð¼) . Hope everyone has a great Halloween! ð¦ This was a thumbnail for the interview I did on @kofgym channel. Also don't miss my latest Hong Kong training video!! Link in bio A post shared by Jeff Nippard (@jeffnippard) on Oct 31, 2018 at 12:04pm PDT A natural bodybuilder and YouTuber, Jeff puts out the most engaging and informative content on his YouTube channel. He has series' like Myth Bust Monday, Science Explained, etc. which delve into the topics and look into scientific studies and the latest evidence. 5. Eric Helms (@helms3dmj) View this post on Instagram 7 year offseason + mini cut + second refeed day + post upper body pump + structure turned up to 100 = I almost look like I lift. Not but seriously, I'm 4 weeks into the final mini cut of my offseason before I return to the stage in 2019 for the first time since 2011. Two more weeks and I'll get convincingly below 200lbs so that when I get my food back up and gaintain until December when I start prep I won't be over 200lbs. Really looking forward to prepping and getting back on stage, which in my opinion is the only mindset you want going into the process. For the unedited picture to see how actually C+ my physique is just swipe ð A post shared by Eric Helms, PhD, R&D Officer: (@helms3dmj) on Sep 8, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT A Ph. D., researcher, bodybuilder, and a coach, Helms is one of the most respected and popular figures in the industry. His most notable work is the Muscle & Strength pyramids, which are books you should most definitely read if you want to strengthen your basics and focus on what's important. Go ahead and follow these personalities today than your desi gym trainers, who are doing more harm to your health than good in the name of fitness. 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 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.
  16. "Caught in a landslide...No escape from reality," if this line rings a bell for you, then you probably belong to that part of the world that appreciates good music and is a die-hard fan of 'Queen'. For those who had to google these lyrics or check what 'Queen' is, you have a lot to catch up on. © Instagram There's legit two things that are currently taking the world by storm - Rami Malek's performance in 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and fake news and Assam police integrated the two to create this brilliant PSA that is hitting people right in the feels. © 20th century fox Assam Police recently used a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' reference, where they used the movie's poster and tweaked the lyrics of the iconic Freddie Mercury song and turned it into a brilliant message to warn people against fake news. Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see, Real life is not a fantasy. Fact check before you forward, There's no escape from reality. Mama, I don't wanna lie. #DontFakeIt pic.twitter.com/nNxAQc9rDN — Assam Police (@assampolice) November 28, 2018 There couldn't have been a better surprise than this for all the 'Queen' fans and as expected, Twitter was flooded with praises for Assam Police for their epic wordplay and great taste in music. Because am easy come, easy go; little high, little low...anywhere the wind blows, nothing really matters to Assam Police — patricia mukhim (@meipat) November 29, 2018 Didn't knew until now that I and @assampolice have the same taste in music. QUEENS forever, #BohemianRaphsody — Angshuman Roy (@Mr_AngshumanRoy) November 28, 2018 Hahah!! You are the queen of my heart for the day, @assampolice ! #BohemianRaphsody https://t.co/nLtoskxwdi — Shristi Goswami (@GoswamiShristi) November 28, 2018 Fake news only adds to the ambiguity, Spare our lives from this monstrosity, Fake news & rumours - very very frightening me, Galileo Galileo, Galileo Galileo, Galileo figaro magnifico. ðð#notofakenews — Angira Bharadwaj (@BharadwajAngira) November 28, 2018 Wow ! So amazing to know that Assam Police is also fan of Queen ð. #FreddieMercury #BohemianRhapsody — Akshay Pandit (@akshaypandt) November 29, 2018
  17. You may have noticed the so-called influencers, celebrities, and maybe some of your friends get a dip in the number of followers they have. Well, that's because the company has announced that it will systematically eliminate fake followers, likes, and comments that users may have purchased through third-party apps and platforms. Instagram influence is worth big money these days, and many users have turned to third-party services to gain fake followers and likes. The crackdown comes as Instagram parent Facebook strives to assure people that the leading social network and its services can be trusted. © Reuters “Accounts we identify using these services will receive an in-app message alerting them that we have removed the inauthentic likes, follows and comments given by their account to others. We will also ask them to secure their account by changing their password,” Instagram said in an official statement. Third-party services that generate fake followers, likes, and comments violate both Community Guidelines and its Terms of Use. Instagram says it has “built machine learning tools” to help detect accounts growing artificially. The latest move is to reduce inauthentic or artificial activity on the platform on a much wider scale. © Instagram Instagram users who continue to use such third-party apps possibly seeing their "experience impacted", but the service did not specify in what ways. Engagement manipulation has long plagued platforms like YouTube and Twitter, and Instagram is no different. Wannabe "influencers" buy up these fake profiles to garner more engagement and in turn mislead clients. © Reuters Instagram's parent company Facebook has been battling against fake profiles as well and has removed 754 million fake accounts in the past quarter alone. Facebook has been proactive and concerned over the usage of fake profiles on its platform since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, wherein Ad campaigns were launched to influence the result of a Presidential Election. Fake profiles are also increasingly posting "fake news" and spreading false rumours. Though, coming back to Instagram, the presence of these fake profiles removes the authenticity of a post and misleads the users. These fake profiles also influence the algorithm based feed to push out targeted content, depriving genuine users.
  18. The fitness industry, and in particular, the supplement industry is growing rapidly. As per the statistics, the supplement industry was worth $32 billion in 2012 and is expected to become worth $60 billion by 2021. That is almost a 100% growth in less than 10 years time. Every time you visit a fitness expo, 10 new companies pop up selling protein supplements and claim to be better than the others. It's a melee of supplement companies out there. The Protein Spiking Scam Most consumers do not know that some companies run a little scam known as 'amino/protein spiking' where they dump cheap ingredients into their powders to pass tests and claim a higher protein content than they truly have. © Thinkstock Images In this piece, I shall give you information on how the companies do this and how you, as a consumer, can look out for it and not fall prey to these scams. With the growing education and information that whey protein is not just for bodybuilders, and that it can be used by anyone looking to get a convenient source of protein in their diets, the demand for the same has gone up. A lot of companies saw this opportunity and started to lure consumers with a fishnet called 'low price.' That's right, the companies fool you with what is in the supplement and on the promise of saving money, sell questionable stuff to you. This Scam Is Run By Spiking Protein. How Is It Done? © Thinkstock Images The 'amino/protein spiking' is done by adding cheap amino acids like glycine and taurine into the protein powders or non-proteinogenic (protein building) amino acids such as creatine and beta-alanine into the mix. They then get lab reports for nitrogen content of the protein powder and not that of the individual amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. By these results, every amino acid (protein building or not) gets counted as protein but not all amino acids help you build muscle protein. THAT IS THE SCAM! Let's take an example: you are shopping for protein powder and the label on the front of the package reads '25 grams protein per serving with 5 grams creatine and 5 grams beta-alanine' but the individual amino acid profile is not listed behind the package. What you read it as - This supplement has 25 grams protein per scoop. What it may mean - This supplement has 25 grams - 5 grams of beta-alanine - 5 grams of creatine - 15 grams protein per scoop. If the individual amino acids are not listed on the package, there is no sure way to know. Coming to the solution of the problem here, how do you make an educated guess about the quality of the supplement before giving away your money? This 3-Step Guide Will Help You: Step 1: Look At The Ingredient Label & For The Leucine Content If the ingredient label at the back of the package says 'proprietary blend' without giving a breakdown of what are the ingredients in that blend, chances are that the manufacturer is dumping some cheap amino acids into the mix and hiding it from you. Step 2: If There Is Leucine Listed There, How Much Is It? Leucine is an amino acid that kick-starts the muscle protein synthesis in your body. Approximately 10% of the protein serving should be leucine. If a whey protein has 25 grams of protein per serving, 2.5 grams or more should come from leucine. If it falls short at this, do not buy the product. Another step here is to check how much of the protein serving is taken up by the BCAA profile. BCAA's are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. We already know now that the product we are looking at should have all the individual amino acids listed in their individual quantities at the back of the label. The BCAA should account for 20 to 25% of the total protein per serving. So, in the same example of 25 grams protein per scoop, the BCAA profile should add up to 5 to 7.5 grams minimum. © Thinkstock Images Step 3: Compare It With The Average Per Serving Price Of The Products In The Market Whey is sold by hundreds of manufacturers online, which is the best place you can look it up. On an average, the cost per scoop of a supplement that has 25 grams protein per serving is anywhere between 60 to 80 rupees. One kilo of whey usually has 30 servings, thus putting the cost of one-kilo packaging between Rupees 1800 to 2400. If you see that the cost of the product you are purchasing is way off this territory and unless there is some offer or a sale going on, it may be a better choice to steer clear of that brand. I hope this article makes selecting a whey protein supplement an easier task for you and keeps you safe from the scams run by a few manufacturers. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  19. With the fitness and health industry being on an uptrend, everyone is jumping on the wagon of eating healthy or picking healthier options for meals. While the idea of eating healthy is a very good thing, there is something you should know about the companies or marketers selling the so-called healthy foods. They market the hell out of foods that may not even be slightly healthy, or conducive or helpful to your goal of getting in shape. I like to call them 'fake' health foods. Here are some of them that you may be guilty of adding into your shopping cart every time you're at the mall or grocery store: 1) Packaged Fruit Juices © Pixabay These are often marketed as the health food/drink you should be consuming first thing in the morning to start your day. Just NO! If you ever flip the label and see the nutrition content, these so-called health drinks are loaded with sugar making them no different from the regular sodas or colas you may be drinking. And juicing, in general, is not a great way to consume your fruits. It just destroys all the fibre from fruit, which promotes satiety in consuming them. The store-bought ones are anyway not healthy in any sense. 2) Cereal Bars Or Snack Bars © Pixabay This was a tough competitor for the no. 1 spot on this list. Yes, a lot of brands have started selling cereal bars or health bars. They are often even marketed as meal bars or the best breakfast you can get in a small packet. Absolutely not! If you look at the label of it and compare it to a normal chocolate bar, you will see that both are almost the same. These so-called snack bars are just another sugar-loaded food marketed differently to you. Instead, you would be better off eating a chocolate bar, as it will not taste half as bad as these fake health bars. 3) Sugarfree Or Diet Biscuits © Pixabay Another fake one on the radar! The story with these are the same, even though sugar may not be an ingredient on the list, the fat content of these biscuits are twice as those of regular biscuits or cookies. And in the regular biscuits as well, sugar is not present in that high quantities. A surprising (or not) reality is that, by adding this additional fat into them, they are often higher in calories than the regular cookies and they taste terrible and are priced twice the normal cookies. 4) Fruit Yoghurt © Pixabay Oh, how could I? Right? I have nothing against yoghurt. Go for the low-fat, normal fat, full-fat one. Up to you. Yoghurt is actually a very good food to consume and if you pick any plain variety of it, you are actually picking good food there. Then comes the added flavour or the fruit yoghurts. All of a sudden, the yoghurt has lesser protein, more carbs, fats, and added sugar. These macros of the tasty-yet-healthy flag bearing foods are no different than that of an ice-cream. Beware of these so-called healthy foods as they may ruin your diets and never let you get in shape. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  20. The fitness industry, as the name suggests, is an industry, after all. There are companies out there to sell you all the possible shit in the world to make money. One of the main things that they pry on is that bodybuilding lifestyle. Big chest, big arms, and flashing abs, this sells and the ones who run the industry know it well. Their cover models or faces often being those of bodybuilders who tell you that all you gotta do is dedicate yourself to that diet, that workout, that lifestyle and those drugs. Oh wait, the drugs part always gets missed out. Maybe they just keep forgetting it. PEDs or performance-enhancing drugs are a huge part of the bodybuilding industry. And these so-called role models always claim that they have never taken drugs in their life. © YouTube These are the kind of people that we call 'fake' natty. Fake natty is a bodybuilder or physique athlete who lies that he has never taken any drugs and sells this shit to the gullible ones out there. In this piece, I am going to tell you about a potential test that can tell if a person has taken drugs. It is the FFMI or the fat-free mass index. The fat-free mass index calculator is a calculator that takes into consideration a person's fat-free weight or lean body mass, their height, their weight and gives a number similar to the BMI number. This has primarily been derived from a study done by Kouri et. al. in 1995 titled 'Fat-free mass index in users and nonusers of anabolic-androgenic steroids.'In the findings, it has been shown is 19 is the average FFMI for most individuals with the upper limit of FFMI to be 25 for most natural guys. Rarely is someone over the FFMI of 25. But there were exceptions and there were a couple of non-steroid users over the FFMI number of 25. If you wish to check your or anyone else's FFMI, the thing is that you/they got to be lean to find out the FFMI. So do not bother to check unless you/they are around or below 12% body fat. Now, you will see a lot of fitness professionals overly obsess with the FFMI and use it as the GOLD STANDARD of natty status among fitness professionals. Even though the FFMI number was derived after a study comparing steroid vs. non-steroid users, it had certain limitations. Limitations like: 1. There was a huge variance in the training age of the individuals. 2. A small sample size considering the number of users even back then in the real world. 3. A huge variance in the biological age of the subjects. 4. The training history or training programming of the individuals was not considered during the study. 5. There were steroid users below the FFMI of 25 as well. So the FFMI though a good enough tool to spot the fake natties, it certainly has some limitations. © Pixabay But if a so-called 'fake' natty claims to always say that it is just the hard work and dedication while trying to shove 10s of useless supplements down your throat, and has an FFMI well over 25, it is good to be skeptical. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  21. The age of the internet can lead to a zillion debacles within seconds. It's become a place where rumours and fake updates travel like wildfire and threaten to destroy the peace and sanity we possess as a society, thanks to a handful of tech-savvy, active internet operatives, who never fail to cease the chance to have a few jesting moments. © pixabay-free to use What they don't realise, however, is that such misrepresentations and sarcastic pieces have the power to whip up abundant trouble online, while the repercussions dribble slowly onto the offline space. Since we got a taste of our share of having to deal with the fakes, here's giving you an update on the ones that you must steer clear of ASAP. To Give You A Better Idea © pixabay-free to use While you must have already figured it out for yourself, this story gives you a quick heads up on some of the fake news that is steadily surfacing on the internet and social media around the Kerala floods. All you need to do is identify them and nip in the bud before it turns into a pain in the arse for unassuming folks like many of us. Fake News Alert 1 The most recent piece of information, or rather misleading information, that's surfaced across a number of social media channels is this rant by someone who goes by the name of Suresh Kochattil, who has now also been identified as an aspiring politician. As can be seen from the post above, Kochattil is seen claiming that the elites of Kerala would not care for people's handouts and one must check with proper authorities before sending across materials, since as per his personal research, more than 200 truck-loads of material are waiting at Coimbatore and Mysore. Thus, what people need is manpower and skilled labourers, plumbers, electricians and the likes, instead of money and materials since most Malayalis are rich people with ample money. Naturally, he has been bashed for his statements by the public for his uninvited claims and statements. Fake News Alert 2 Imposter wearing Army combat uniform in video spreading disinformation about rescue & relief efforts. Every effort by all & #IndianArmy aimed to overcome this terrifying human tragedy.Forward disinformation about #IndianArmy on WhatsApp +917290028579. We are at it #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/ncUR7tCkZW — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 19, 2018 The Indian Army took to Twitter in a measure to prevent the fake news formulated by a man identified as Unni Nair, who is also an ex-serviceman, in the form of a video message spreading false information about the relief work being carried out by the paramilitary and the government in the flood-hit areas of Kerala. The Indian Army as well as Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan have condemned such acts and have warned that stringent action will be taken against the culprits. Which is why we say, cross-check before you send that forward. Fake News Alert 3 © Twitter Though this story might have been put together as a satirical piece, it has backfired big time! A “satirical news portal” published a fake story on the floods claiming that a man lost his life after he refused to wear a saffron coloured life jacket that was offered to him during rescue operations because the colour is affiliated with Hindutva. Perhaps this was meant to be a critique of what our nation has come to of late. But that aspect of our society could have been mirrored in a different manner and not by playing on people's sentiments in a time of crisis, and surely not by adding political colour to it in order to invigorate people's political differences. © pixabay-free to use There might just be more of such fake news lurking in the shadows to pounce upon unassuming people and we must be wary of them. This menace is only hurting those who are actually trying to do some good in the flood-ravaged state.
  22. With the election campaigning going on in full swing, posters of fake candidates have also emerged on the social media. Photo: fileWith the election campaigning going on in full swing, posters of fake candidates have also emerged on the social...
  23. If you're one of those serial WhatsApp message forwarders, we have some bad news for you. In a recent blog post by WhatsApp, the company said it will soon be limiting users from forwarding messages to only five people at a time. This decision was taken to curtail the rapidly spreading menace of fake news, especially in India, which has led to misunderstood mob lynching and deaths of several civilians. © Reuters WhatsApp said in the blog post, “Today, we're launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp. In India - where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world - we'll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages.” The Indian Government recently issued a notice to WhatsApp to bring more effective solutions to curb this problem. Recently, WhatsApp added a feature that would let users identify forwarded messages with a label. The company also took out full-page advertisements in Indian newspapers to highlight “easy tips” for spotting fake news. © WhatsApp The Centre said in a statement “When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability. If they remain, mute spectators, they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action. It has been conveyed to them in unmistakable terms that it is a very serious issue which deserves a more sensitive response,” © Reuters WhatsApp currently has over 200 million active users in India, where forwarding messages is a common practice. Forwarded messages include simple 'Good Morning' messages and sometimes even fake news, which has led to angry mobs targeting innocent people. Most of these forwarded messages include texts, photos, and videos. Fake messages about children kidnappers on WhatsApp has led to at least 12 people being harassed or physically assaulted. Source: WhatsApp Blog
  24. The Inter-Services Public Relations department on Thursday, July 19, 2018, denied issuing threat alerts for different cities across the country. RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations department on Thursday denied issuing threat alerts...
  25. Cheap handsets and data plans are bringing more Pakistanis online but many are first-time internet users unskilled in discerning fact from fiction. Photo: AFP file As cheap handsets and data plans bring more Pakistanis online, the impending risk...
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