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  1. The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a scintillating affair. The 39 games in the tournament so far, have been full of exciting duels that have managed to capture the imagination of cricket fans. But, apart from catching all the cricketing action through various mediums, the fans have also relished numerous fantasy sports platforms that continue to garner engagement. While a bit of cash and some bragging rights continue to entice the fans, the rise of fantasy sports platforms has also allowed individuals to test their knowledge of the game and players involved. But, picking the winning team is far more than difficult than it seems. Anyone can pick players on their star value, but those who've found themselves addicted to the fantasy leagues would agree that it requires a careful deliberation of facts, figures and performances of the cricketers before one drafts them in what can potentially become a winning team. With Match 40 of the season pitting Delhi Capitals (DC) against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur tonight, here's a look at the Dream XI you can pick that to trump your mates and earn some cash in the fantasy sports leagues: Captain & His Deputy © Twitter/@IPL Arguably one of the most difficult decisions to make in the fantasy sports league, picking the right captain and his deputy can undoubtedly make or break your chances. Going into tonight's clash, it will be a big mistake if you appoint anyone other than Kagiso Rabada as captain and Steve Smith as the vice-captain of the team. Undeniably one of the most effective bowlers across formats in international cricket, Rabada has been the bowling spearhead of Delhi this season. The South African has immense knowledge of the game which allows him to read the situations well and, thereon, act accordingly. His consistency will the ball can be ascertained from the fact that he currently leads the list of leading wicket-takers with 21 scalps in 10 games. While Rabada has been pivotal for Delhi, Smith, after a bit of hiccup, seems to have found his form to establish himself as a vital cog in Rajasthan's batting line-up. The Australian batting sensation has amassed 245 runs in eight games so far in the tournament. And, his unbeaten knock of 59 runs in the last game paved way for Rajasthan's five-wicket triumph over Mumbai Indians (MI). The Man Behind The Stumps © Twitter/@IPL When it comes to the wicket-keeping duties in India, none comes close to the stature of MS Dhoni. But, in today's game, the choice of selecting a wicket-keeper between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson is quite obvious. There is little doubt over the capabilities of Pant behind the stumps. Dhoni's pupil has been the first-choice keeper for Delhi and continues to prove his worth with the gloves. His lightning-quick glovework led to the end of dangerous KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh in the last game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). And, the fact that he is a prolific batsman, further makes him a great addition to your Dream XI. The World Cup snub might have dampened his mood, but make no mistake, Pant will leave no stone unturned to use the ongoing IPL season as a platform to question the Indian selectors over their surprise decision. Jack Of All Trades © Twitter/@IPL Deriving a right mix of all-rounders is another crucial task that can help you rake in the points, and in turn, the moolah. Their ability to make their presence felt in almost all facets of the game make the all-rounders a vital cog in any dream team. So, for tonight's game, a winning dream team must include the likes of Riyan Parag and Axar Patel. The belligerence of 17-year-old Parag turned out to be Rajasthan's mantra of success when he overshadowed Smith during the course of their match-winning partnership against Mumbai in the last match. When it comes to the bowling department, the U-19 World Cup winner's leg-break can also do the trick. While he might not have taken a single wicket in the two games he has played so far, the third youngest player to feature in the IPL should still be a valuable pick for any dream team. If Parag has come into his own for Rajasthan, Patel has been quietly doing the job for Delhi this season. The left-arm spinner has taken six wickets in eight games this season. And, his impressive figures of 2-22 in the last game also contributed in Delhi's five-wicket win over Punjab. Batting down the order, Patel hasn't had many opportunities, but the fact that his strike-rate is 135 and he has slammed six fours and three sixes, proves that he can come in handy with the willow. The Bat-Wielding Warriors © Twitter/@IPL The likes of Smith and Shikhar Dhawan forge a formidable opening pair for any dream team. While Smith looks to build on his form for Rajasthan, Dhawan's rediscovery with the willow has eased the burden on Delhi's middle-order. The Indian opener is currently the leading run-getter for Delhi with 347 runs in 10 games to his name. And, his 41-ball 56 against Punjab proved to be a key contribution for Delhi in the last match. In a bid to bolster the batting line-up, Shreyas Iyer can also prove to be a valuable addition to your dream team, surely boosting the chances of raking in key points. The Delhi skipper possesses all the shots in his armoury and has the capability of taking on any bowling attack. He has amassed 327 runs in 10 games and his unbeaten 58 in the last game against Punjab was pivotal in Delhi's five-wicket triumph. Last, but not the least, Sherfane Rutherford (a wild pick) is the final batsman in our dream team for tonight's game. Often labelled as Guyana's Andre Russell, the 20-year-old might be an unknown commodity in the IPL, but that shouldn't overshadow his ability to hit the ball far and long. The swashbuckling left-hander is an exciting young talent who is rapidly rising through the ranks. Apart from that, Rutherford's medium pace can also help you grab some points. The Bowling Demons © Twitter/@IPL Fire-breathing Rabada leads the bowling attack for our dream team. The South African has made the most of the new ball and has the ability to strike in the middle overs to give Delhi vital breakthroughs. He would be well assisted by Jofra Archer, another bowler who has managed to make the tournament his own with impressive performances. Archer was dealt with a heavy blow after he was snubbed by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the ICC World Cup. But, just like Pant, Archer would be eager to take in a positive stride and make the most of his time in the IPL this season. In the spin-bowling department, the likes of Sandeep Lamichhane and Shreyas Gopal should have you covered. Both the spinners have done well for their respective sides this season and could help you extract key points in tonight's game. Dream XI: Kagiso Rabada (c), Steve Smith (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Riyan Parag, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal.
  2. Every morning with the rising sun, households come to life all across the world. There is an unsaid routine we all follow during those early hours of the day, and somewhere hidden amongst the folds of those auto-pilot motions of the morning lies a quick, often unacknowledged and seemingly insignificant interaction with the kudawalla. © Reuters Kudawallas are prime examples of people who toil hard every day, mind their own business and yet live humbly without ever seeking the recognition for the great work they do on a daily basis. They are almost guilty of leading a dual life. Much like undercover agents who get real shit done, yet never claim their dues. But let us ask you. Even if they did claim their dues, what are the chances that we would give them their due credit, or hail them as the messiah(s) of change and clean environment that they are? © Reuters Yes, all that pondering and the silence that follows it, speaks for itself. How long has your kudawalla been working for you? And in that period of time how many times have you acknowledged the world of difference that their (hand-y)work makes to our lives day after day? Well, you might not be aware that close to 4 million kudawallas or waste-pickers are engaged in this line of work in India. These waste-pickers dispose around 80 per cent of the 750,000 tons waste Indians generate every single week! © Reuters Not only do these rag-pickers collect garbage from people's houses, but additionally they also pick up waste, clean, sort and segregate it. The process ends with them separating recyclable waste from the rest, which they sell to scrap dealers to earn a regular living. They continue to do their job regardless of the apathy they are met with. With close to 62 million tonnes of annual waste to manage, and given the failing state of the municipality in most parts of the country, it is due to these 'anonymous environmentalists' that India enjoys the highest recycling rates. © Reuters India is ahead of even the USA in this matter, we recycle only 31 per cent of PET bottles as opposed to India's 70 per cent. This is made possible only by the informal recycling chain that operates in the country. Starting with the rag-pickers, who sell the waste to scrap dealers, the chain helps this waste to reach the aggregators, from where the waste eventually goes to recyclers. This informal recycling sector contributes to 100 per cent of all recycling in our country. Now, can you imagine the impact each of these 4 million rag-pickers are making to our environment year-on-year? © Reuters We agree that they are doing this for the money, but tell us, would you consider doing this “dirty work” for a living if someone paid you truck-loads of money for it every month? Then let's take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge the utmost importance of their work for our society and the environment at large. Even with their significant contribution to society, these unsung heroes remain unrecognised and undervalued. What's worse, they also face harassment from Savarna society for what they do. From physical abuse to threats and being called thieves, they have seen it all. Even official documents do not recognise their work towards solid waste management © Reuters With serious health hazards in this occupation, such as contact with hazardous medical waste, soiled sanitary pad and the lines, there is still no stopping these warriors of change, who continue to put their personal health in the line. They deserve so much more than just a passing glance from us every morning, when they stop by, almost religiously, every single day to collect our waste and make our lives cleaner and our environment more livable.
  3. It is widely believed that art mirrors reality, but sometimes reality is fancier than fiction. Volodymyr Zelensky is a very famous businessman, producer and a stand-up comedian in Ukraine. In fact, he is known for playing the role of a president in a famous show there as well. It's called 'Servant Of The People'. © Twitter Now you'd wonder what is intriguing or interesting about playing a president on a show? Well, that's because Mr Volodymyr is now the President of Ukraine for real. He landed a straight landslide victory for himself after he ran for the post with, mind you, literally no prior political exposure. In March last year, he launched a party called 'Servant Of The People' and in December he filed and announced his candidacy for the 2019 elections. © Twitter His anti-corruption and anti-establishment philosophy resonates with the people of the country. Social media is abuzz with this bizarre yet wonderful coincidence. How appropriate that a comedian joins the world comedy show called POLITICS. A planet full of ill informed, self centred, egocentric leaders. We finally have someone that is an expert in their field that takes on the head job! #Ukraine #UkraineElections #politicsexplained https://t.co/geddnuDuiv — Ezel Hikmet (@EHikmet) April 22, 2019 What an interesting world we live in. Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy played the role on TV before taking the top job#geopolitics #UkraineElections https://t.co/pH2K4dYS3z via @abcnews — ð§ð²ð»ð°ðð´ no more Coalition ð¦ðº (@Absurd_Penguin) April 22, 2019 I have no problem with a comedian becoming a politician and world leader. Comedians on the whole are intelligent and are skilled at “thinking outside the box” #UkraineElections — Steve (@SteveSkipper) April 22, 2019 The world is sure evolving in terms of change in rational thinking, where traditional perceptions about electing leaders with a political history is being discarded to get new faces on board.
  4. Realme is still a fairly new brand in the market that's yet to make a significant dent in the industry with its smartphone lineup. Of course, we've seen some really promising devices from Realme in the past like the Realme U1, the recently launched Realme 3, and more. But they come with their fair share of annoyances, often steering the consumers away to other established alternatives. Now yet again, Realme is trying to take a slice of the pie with its latest smartphone, the Realme 3 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro goes all out as an affordable mid-range smartphone with an edge-to-edge dewdrop design, a powerful Snapdragon 710 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and a lot more, all at a price starting at just Rs. 13,999 The Realme 3 Pro has a lot going for it, but does it pack enough goods to beat the like of Xiaomi at its own game of making a phone that ticks all the right boxes? Let's take a look. Design & Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Honestly, I haven't been a huge fan of Realme phones' design. It might be an unpopular opinion, but they all looked kind of dull and subdued to me at first glance. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, looks really nice. If you look closely, you'll see a subtle pattern across the back, which reflects light in a unique way. Realme says the pattern is inspired by 'racecourse'. Their slogan for this phone is 'Speed Awakens', so it's the 'Pattern of Speed'. Geddit? I am not too sure about how the visual pattern would look on the other two colorways, but the Carbon Grey variant, which I've been using for the past few weeks, has a unique visual appeal to it. Other noteworthy design elements on the back of the Realme 3 Pro includes a vertical dual-camera setup with some yellow accents, and the 'Realme' branding which gives the phone a sporty look in my opinion. There's also a fingerprint scanner, but that's pretty much it for the back. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The front of the phone is mostly occupied by the 6.3-inch FHD+ display with minimal bezels on the sides. Also, thanks to the 'dewdrop' notch, the Realme 3 Pro boasts a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, and the display looks gorgeous. The display is certainly one of the biggest plus points of the phone. It's sharp, gets adequately bright even under direct sunlight and is just beautiful to watch videos on or play games. It's a great IPS panel and it's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making it quote durable too. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As an overall package, the Realme 3 Pro feels well built and snug in hand. All three buttons on the sides are well-placed and I personally had no issues reaching them. It still sports a micro USB port instead of USB Type C, but hey, that's not really a deal-breaker. Plus it makes up for it with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Performance & Software As for the performance, let me get it out of the by saying that performance on the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely a breeze. It's fast, snappy and very reliable when it comes opening and loading pretty much any app you throw at it. It's powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-cpre processor after all, so I wasn't expecting anything less of it in terms of the real-life usage. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The variant which I have for review packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, but you can also choose to go with 4GB + 64GB or 6GB + 64GB configurations. I am sure, the performance won't take a huge hit. Really, the Realme 3 Pro did well during my testing, and it was a delight to use. Running games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Asphalt 9 is smooth sailing, and you'll be able to play them without any noticeable stuttering. Yes, the phone gets a little warm to touch after extended hours of gaming, but it's nothing to worry about as it won't get uncomfortably hot. The Realme 3 Pro ships with Android 9 Pie with Oppo's ColorOS v6.0 on top. Again, I am not a huge fan of custom skins on Android, let alone Oppo's heavy ColorOS. However, I enjoy using some of the customization features like 'Swipe-Up Gestures', 'Smart Sidebar', 'Assistive Ball', etc. Although one of the things which I absolutely hate about ColorOS is that ships with a ton, and I mean a TON, of bloatware. Yes, you can get rid of most of them, but seriously, I hate looking at those many apps on a phone which I just pulled out of the box. I really hope Realme does something about it in the future. © MensXP Since we're talking performance, let me touch base on the phone's biometric features too. The fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone is at the right spot in my opinion, and it's super snappy and accurate. The Realme 3 Pro also offers Face Unlock, which is just as fast as the Fingerprint scanner, but I ended up using the physical scanner for, you know, some added security. The speakers, however, are something which I am not a huge fan of. Realme 3 Pro has a single bottom firing speaker, which is very easy to cover with your while using the phone in, say the landscape mode. The audio experience was decent with good audio output, but I found myself reaching out for a pair of headphones. I am glad that Realme didn't get rid of the phone 3.5mm headphone jack. Good job, Realme! © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Camera The Realme 3 Pro comes with two cameras at the back. One is a 16-megapixel IMX519 shooter whereas the one one is a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2,4 aperture. And on the front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Before we jump into the camera samples, I'd like to point out that I really enjoyed shooting pictures with this phone. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I was recently in Mumbai for a couple of days, and I carried the Realme 3 Pro along with some flagship phones like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e. Well, I must say that I ended up pulling out the Realme 3 Pro more often than I thought I would, which definitely says something about the camera quality. The camera app is also fairly straightforward and easy to use. There are a bunch of modes to shoot like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, etc. Realme has also introduced a new mode called 'Ultra HD', which essentially uses software to create a 64MP image with bigger size and, of course, more details. Overall, I'd say that Realme has a commendable job with both the camera hardware and the software. I did say that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras impressed me, but I think this one's equally good, if not significantly better. Yes, the Realme 3 Pro struggles to keep up in low-light, but I guess you can't have it all at this price, really. I'll let you take a look at the images and decide for yourself - Battery Life The Realme 3 Pro packs a beefy 4,05 mAh battery inside which in my opinion is a pretty decent size. It's slight smaller than the 4,230 mAh battery found inside the Realme 3, but I have no complaints with the battery life here. The Realme 3 Pro can easily last a day wit heavy usage, which includes the basic day-to-day tasks like web browsing, social media, usage, etc. and some intensive tasks like media streaming and gaming. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I've noticed good battery life on almost all the smartphones running on the Snapdragon 710 chip, and the Realme 3 Pro is no exception. If you're not a heavy-hitter like me, then you can push the phone and get through even two days without charging since the phone has really good standby time. The Realme 3 Pro also ships with VOOC 3.0 20V charger inside the box, which can charge the phone from 0% - 100% in about 80 minutes, which is not bad at all. So overall, I'd say the Realme 3 Pro scores good marks in the battery life department too. On an average, you can get about 5-6 hours of screen on time, and charge it fairly quickly thanks to VOOC 3.0. The Final Say © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It appears to me as though Realme is gaining more confidence with each product it's bringing to the market, and the brand's effort is clearly reflecting on the Realme 3 Pro. No wonder, the brand is leaving no stones unturned while going after Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro. After using it for an extended period of time, I can confidently say that it ticks all the boxes to make up for a worthy competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. Of course, the Realme 3 Pro is not the perfect mid-range phone, but it has a lot going for it for Rs. 13,999. You get a great FHD+ display, a powerful Snapdragon chipset, amazing battery life, and some capable cameras. The only area where I'd say it falls short is the software. And maybe some minor annoyances like the speaker position and a micro USB port. Well, if you are someone who can look past these qualms, then you'll be very happy with the Realme 3 Pro. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro, if you'll ask me, is a phone which I'll be happy to recommend to anyone who's looking for a phone under Rs. 15,000. It's a great Redmi Note 7 Pro alternative, and I think I'll start recommending the Realme 3 Pro more mainly because of how hard it is to get hands on a Xiaomi smartphone these days. So, if you are on a budget, and can't get your hands on a Redmi Note 7 Pro, go ahead and buy the Realme 3 Pro.
  5. The reactions to the first two episodes of the epic final season of 'Game Of Thrones' have been quite mixed in terms of some predictable moments and some 'OMG' moments. Now the preview of the next episode in line shows a glimpse of what will be a crazy 1 hour 22 minute ride. After Khaleesi finding out that Jon Snow is actually her nephew, what do you think will be the consequences of this new found information for her? © HBO Now it's that vs the dead queuing up to kill and take whatever is theirs (at least according to the Night King). The preview of the next episode shows a glimpse of the beginning of the war in the North. The battle took insane efforts to be shot in real life and the cast and crew have been very vocal about this emotionally drenching experience. That moment when you hear the fear in Jon Snow's voice when he exclaims that 'the Night King is coming', we wonder if he spots him flying the now-dead dragon and processing the sight. The insanity is driving us crazy, to be honest.
  6. It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that. It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action. Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat. It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel. The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital. It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't. In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery. Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019 This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact. Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media: Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? 𤠗 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019 Nice one from Gabbar 𤣠trolling Ashwin — DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019 Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25 — Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019 .@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019 That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined 𤣠#DCvKXIP — na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019 It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019
  7. Known as one of the dominating figures on the modern scientific world, Albert Einstein changed the course of science with his groundbreaking work in the field. To this day, he is considered as nothing less than a genius, in every sense of the world. However, there are a few curious facts about the towering genius of 20th century that not many people know of. Find out more about Einstein's incredible life here. © Twitter 1. Einstein gave away his Nobel Prize as divorce settlement. Einstein married Mileva Maricis early 1900s. However, after their marriage hit the rocks in 1910 the couple got divorced in 1919. During this time, Einstein promised to hand over whatever money he might receive from the Nobel Prize. After he won the prize in 1922 for his work of photoelectric effect, he offered the prize money to her. © Twitter 2. A solar eclipse made Einstein famous. When Einstein published his theory of general relativity in 1915, which talked about gravitational fields causing distortions in the fabric of space and time, it became a huge controversy. Finally in 1919, a total solar eclipse provided the proper conditions to test the theory and Einstein was proved right. Einstein became an overnight celebrity. © Twitter 3. Einstein was spied upon by the FBI for years. After Einstein moved to the US from Berlin after Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he came under the FBI's radar for his support for pacifist, civil rights and left-wing causes. FBI launched a 24-hour surveillance that stretched over 22 years. The FBI wished to prove that he was a Soveit spy. By the time Einstein dies, his FBI file comprised of 1800 pages of data. © Twitter 4. Einstein's brain was stolen upon his death. After Einstein died in 1955 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed his brain during regular autopsy and kept it with an aim to unlock the secrets of his genius. After getting necessary approvals, he cut Einstein's brain into pieces and sent them around the world for research. The most controversial research paper claimed that Einstein had unusual folds on his parietal lobe, a part of the brain associated with mathematical and spatial ability.
  8. Apple has updated its line of smart battery cases for the current generation on iPhones and the Cupertino giant has not only refined them but made them work in the favour of iPhones. The iPhone XR already has an impressive battery life and with the addition of the new Smart Battery Case, we were astonished as to how many hours our iPhones lasted. We got the smart battery case for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR and couldn't be happier with its performance. The new iPhone Smart Battery Case costs Rs 11,900 in India and here's our detailed analysis to let you know why it's worth it. How Does It Look? © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apple follows a similar design ethos as the original Smart Battery Case. However, there are a few design features that have changed from before. It has the same soft silicone material as the normal covers but has changed ergonomically. It has micro-fibre in the inside so that it keeps your iPhone clean and now has a light that lights up when you charge the case separately. The hump at the back is now evenly distributed and extends to the bottom of the case. At the front, Apple has also removed the chin so that you can now use gestures easily to navigate on your iPhone. The top end of the Smart Battery Case is bendable which you use to slip in your iPhone. Do make sure that you slide in the phone rather than popping it in as you can damage the lightning port inside the cover. Having said that the Smart Battery Case is refined ergonomically, the case does make your phone heavier. It's also quite thick which can be an issue for people who like to wear tight fitted jeans/bottoms. How Does It Work © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Smart Battery Case is integrated with iOS and you can see the status of your battery on the lock screen or on the battery widget. The Smart Battery Case has a dedicated Lightning port which means you can charge the case and iPhone at the same time. The case offers Lightning Passthrough which makes it easier to charge both devices at the same time. You should note that it will charge the iPhone first and then the Smart Battery Case. You can even fast charge both devices as the Smart Battery Case also supports USB-PD (power delivery). You will need Apple's fast charger and USB-C to lightning cable in order for this to work. © Apple You can even charge both the case and the iPhone wirelessly as it works almost the same as it does via the wall charger. The iPhone will get the priority and then it will charge the Smart Battery Case. How's The Battery Life? When it comes to battery discharge, the Smart Battery Case keeps the iPhone charged to 100% for almost an entire day. The iPhone first consumes juice from the smart case and then starts to use its own battery when the juice on the case is depleted. This effectively made the iPhone XR last up to almost two full days (42 hours) on a single charge and the iPhone XS Max for around 38 hours. Do note that we used both the smartphones as our daily drivers that included hours of browsing, GPS navigation, a little bit of gaming and a lot of emails. If you are the kind of iPhone user who spends most of the day on your phone and your life depends on it, this accessory is a no brainer. Sure, it's expensive but it is probably the most comprehensive and reliable battery case you can get. It's integrated with iOS and has smart charging features that you won't find in any third party smart battery cases. It works wirelessly and can also be charged rapidly with Apple's fast charger. iPhone cases are our favourite accessories for the phones, and if you are planning to buy one soon; why not extend your battery life while you're at it?
  9. On February 14, when most people were celebrating the day of love i.e. Valentine's Day with their respective partners, some families were weeping and mourning the death of their loved ones, who were in the Central Reserve Police Force. The nation has not forgotten their death and never will, and in order to salute their courage and bravery our Bollywood actors recently took out time to pay tribute to the martyrs. AP In memory of the bravehearts, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor recently paid a soulful tribute, called 'Tu Desh Mera'. The official Twitter account of CRPF posted their BTS pictures on social media and thanked them for their tribute. CRPF wrote, "Commendable work has been done by @SrBachchan, @aamir_khan and #RanbirKapoor for the tribute song #TuDeshMera dedicated to the Martyrs of Pulwama. We would like to thank you all for showing your support towards the Martyrs." Commendable work has been done by @SrBachchan, @aamir_khan and #RanbirKapoor for the tribute song #TuDeshMera dedicated to the Martyrs of Pulwama. We would like to thank you all for showing your support towards the Martyrs. pic.twitter.com/sw6MpDP05b — ð®ð³CRPFð®ð³ (@crpfindia) April 18, 2019 Almost two months ago, over 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in Pulwama, when an SUV laden with explosives rammed into the convoy carrying the jawans, in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Post that, things have worsened between India and Pakistan with reports of attacks coming almost every other day.
  10. It's that time of the year again when I go through my ritual of sending out PSAs to my non-Christian brethren to not go around wishing people a 'Happy Good Friday' and give high-fives saying “Yeah! Good Friday wala long weekend! Whooo!” The sad part is that despite my numerous attempts, through the years, there are always those select handful of morons who manage to fill my Whatsapp chats and social media feeds with a “Hey Marina, Happy Good Friday. Have a good one.” I can't even… via GIPHY Honestly, the mind just reels at the stupidity! What does it take for these people to get it? So, this year, I am taking my PSA responsibilities to the next level and am writing this article, to inform all you wonderful people, that walking around wishing Christians a 'Happy Good Friday' is probably the rudest and most disrespectful thing you could ever do. Now, I firmly believe that no one is doing this intentionally. Because if you ARE doing that, then my friend, the Lord save you. But I do believe that's it's clearly a simple matter of lack of information, which is making people say so. I mean, I get it. It has the word 'good' in it, so naturally, it's something to be celebrated, right? Sorry guys, but no. It, in fact, is one of the most solemn and sorrowful days for the Christian community across the globe. © Icon Productions Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified to death in the most brutal way imaginable. The Bible says that Jesus was mercilessly beaten up, tortured and then made to carry his own cross on which he was crucified. Watch 'The Passion of Christ' to get a better idea. Yes, what's so 'good' about this entire thing, right? Clearly 'Sad Friday' would have been more apt. But there is a reason for Christ's suffering being labelled as 'good'. Now, I don't want to go into the whole logistics where the Oxford English Dictionary states that 'good' in this particular context, refers to “a day or season observed as Holy by the Church.” Instead, I want to show you the bigger picture and the deeper meaning behind Good Friday. We Christians firmly believe that Christ sacrificed himself to show his love for mankind. On Good Friday, we remember, according to 1 John 1:10, the day Jesus willingly died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. His suffering and inhuman death, as extremely terrible as it was, was God's incredible plan to save all mankind, even though he had to sacrifice his one and only son. © Icon Productions I imagine if I was there that day Jesus died, I would have probably agreed with most of you lot and questioned what was so good about that day. All hope was lost, Satan was clearly having a party and evil had triumphed. But a few days later, something happened that turned the tables around. Good Friday is followed by Easter, the glorious day Jesus rose from the dead, marking his victory over sin and showing a future full of promise and forgiveness, for all those who believed in him. As terrible as the day was, Good Friday paved the way for mankind's salvation, which is marked as 'good' by us Christians. We humans are not capable of erasing all our sins and guilt, but Christ did the unimaginable and died for us. © Reuters Most Christians around the world spend the day in prayer and fasting and confessing their sins, as they prepare for the Easter celebrations. So there you go, I really, really, really hope I have successfully made you guys understand the meaning and the significance of this day. And here's hoping I don't see any 'Happy Good Friday' messages on my feed anymore!
  11. Due to the popularization of the fitness industry, thousands of fitness coaches are available right now and their demand is on the peak. Right from the 'not to be taken seriously' ones who teach you hacks to lose face fat and belly fat in 7 days to those who speak actual facts and back their practice with the latest evidence, you will find every type of trainer out there. © Unsplash The problem is that a lot of people fall easily for the quick hacks and sorcery-promising ones and do not really pay attention to the latter. That is unless they screw their happiness and waste their money on the quick fix ones and then go to the evidence-based practitioners. If you are looking to work with a professional for your fitness goals, here are a few qualities they should have: 1. Professionalism © Unsplash Like I mentioned, if you are looking to work with a professional, that is what they have to be. A professional. That means they should clearly communicate with the client what can be expected in the coaching, their timelines, what do they expect from the client, their coaching style, their communication channels and turnaround times. Along with that, what results the client can expect from the program and what are the things they would be required to do. 2. Ethical A coach who is trying to sell you a particular supplement or a fishy product under their sponsorship agenda or asks you to take certain drugs saying that you absolutely need it to get good results, are NOT the best lot to help you out. A coach should only 'suggest' supplements as it is not their role to make recommendations or ask you to buy things. They should suggest stating the benefits only and keep the decision-making power totally in your hands. Drugs, should not even come up in a conversation with your trainer. 3. Should Walk The Talk If your coach is obese, does not train regularly, does not eat well, seems like they themselves need a coach and are not the best person to be a coach to someone. By walk the talk, it does not mean they should be ripped and flash abs year round but should be what is considered fit and have a supporting lifestyle. If they don't, you will never be inspired to go an extra mile forward for them to get better or take them seriously in the first place. 4. Creates Plans Individualized For You © Unsplash If someone takes your money under the premise of coaching and ends up sending you some template files or cookie cutter programs, they are selling you templates and not coaching. Coaching, on the other hand, means that the coach in question takes information from you regarding your goals, your lifestyle, your current nutrition, training, sleep habits and then creates a plan suited for your lifestyle and goals. It is YOUR plan. Not the one that is a one-size-fits-all plan. 5. Transparency & Education A coach should not just tell you what to do and ask you to follow him blindly. A coach should be able to give you a satisfactory explanation as to 'why' a particular thing or a plan has been set for you and how it would benefit you. Along with that, the coach should equip you with the necessary information and education so that you can be independent after a few months to take charge of your own fitness. © Unsplash Yes, there still might be situations where you would still be with them. Be it a contest prep or a powerlifting meet or a sports event. But those are special instances or situations where someone keeping an eye on your progress and planning does help. But, if just staying in shape means you being with a coach and taking his coaching for a lifetime, that coach is making you a handicap and not helping you out in reality. 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.
  12. The richest man in Taiwan has recently thrown himself in the presidential race and has a terrific reason as to why he decided to do so in the first place. Terry Gou, whose company Foxconn is known for building iPhones in China, is now going to run for presidential elections in Taiwan because a sea goddess by the name of Mazu has told him "to step forward and do something for the people of Taiwan" and we're really confused with this piece of information at the moment. © CNN If Gou is selected for the opposition party Kuomintang, as a presidential candidate then he will withdraw from daily operations of his $8 billion net worth company Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision. Currently, Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturer majorly providing parts for Apple and Huawei. The company is widely involved in China where it employs a large amount of people to work for it. If selected as the president in 2020, Gou will works towards strengthening Taiwan's economy and straightening out the complicated relations Taiwan shares with China. © Unsplash That's all great for Taiwan we suppose but we're still confused about how he got in touch with the sea goddess who gave him this piece of wisdom in the first place. Apparently Gou announced his candidacy after visiting a temple in Taipei, which is dedicated to the Taoist goddess, Mazu, who is the guardian angel of seafarers. Gou openly declared proudly that MAzu had given him her blessings for candidacy and told him he must stand for the position. © Reuters "If Mazu says that you should step up, it is not in order to make money or for personal enjoyment, I tell you, I am like a godson to Mazu ... I will definitely respect and follow Mazu's will." Gou told an international publication in an interview. "I am not willing to accept being appointed (without being elected), I am definitely not willing to accept being appointed. If elected, I will represent the Kuomintang in the 2020 contest," he added. © CNN Well, we thought India was ridden by religious overbearing norms and rituals and 'obeying the God' you believe in to put forth ones political agenda's as mere whims but Taiwan isn't far behind either. Well, all we can say is we hope Gou follows through with the presidential elections and if he comes to power uses logic and rationale along with the sea goddess's Talisman's to bring changes in Taiwan as he deems fit.
  13. The tragic burning of the Notre-Dame Cathedral spire in Paris has now resulted in donations and help from unlikely sources for its restoration. In fact, 'Assassin's Creed Unity' may even be used as a reference for restoration work, as the game features a scaled replica of the historic site. The 3D model in the game is incredibly detailed and will probably be used as a reference to restore the cathedral to its formal glory. © Ubisoft The game also lets players traverse the monument and parkour over almost every inch of the structure. You can even go inside the cathedral in the game and explore the interiors. In lieu of the burning, you can now actually do that for free, thanks to an initiative by Ubisoft. Apart from donating €500,000 to restoration works, Ubisoft is now giving away 'Assassin's Creed Unity' for free on PC. © Ubisoft “Ubisoft wants to give all gamers the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of the cathedral”, the publisher's statement reads. “You can download Assassin's Creed Unity on PC for free here, and you'll own it forever in your Uplay games library.” © Ubisoft The Notre-Dame in the game was detailed and developed by level designer Caroline Miousse. It took 14 months of production and took three weeks to get the interior right. Due to Ubisoft's hard work, the cathedral is a fully explorable 90% scale model of the real monument.
  14. The Indian cricket team comprises of numerous players who share more than just a good rapport with each other. And then, there are Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul whose bromance probably overshadows the camaraderie shared between other players in the team. From hanging out together on tours to exchanging their jerseys on the field, it's needless to say that the young duo is inseparable. However, the year 2019 started on a disastrous note for the Indian stars. The two cricketers were reprimanded for their demeanour on the popular TV show 'Koffee With Karan'. There was a lot of backlash on social media that in turn led to their respective suspensions at the hands of the Indian cricket board. © Instagram/@hardikpandya93 It was arguably the lowest of lows in their respective careers. But, the two cricketers didn't let it affect their mindset as they won the fans back with spirited performances, upon their return, on the field. While Rahul looks determined in his batting approach for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Pandya, too, appears more focussed while carrying out his responsibilities for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. Their fall from grace seems to have brought the much-needed maturity into their approach towards the game. And, with the chat show controversy behind them, both Rahul and Pandya are looking to make the most of the opportunities with positive intent - something that was highlighted in the latter's latest Instagram post. View this post on Instagram Brothers for life !!!!! No matter what !!! Love u bro @rahulkl happy birthday. Let's make it our year A post shared by Hardik Pandya (@hardikpandya93) on Apr 17, 2019 at 11:34am PDT On 18th April, Rahul turned 27. From his fans to teammates, everyone poured in heartfelt wishes for the Karnataka batsman. But, the one from Pandya clearly stood out. Taking to Instagram to wish his best mate, Pandya wrote: "Brothers for life !!!!! No matter what !!! Love u bro @rahulkl happy birthday. Let's make it our year". Both Rahul and Pandya have been included in Team India's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). While Rahul will either provide a back-up option as an opener or might just get to play at the much-debated No. 4 slot, Pandya will add teeth to the Indian line-up with his all-around abilities.
  15. The very popular, albeit annoying to the level of self-destruction, Chinese video making application TikTok has been finally taken down from Google and Apple app stores in India. The (awesome) news comes after the Madras High Court prohibited its downloads on 3rd April. Now, following the direction of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the app has been temporarily banned in the country. © Twitter The popular app which was actively used by millions of Indians to create short videos was said to contain “inappropriate content”, in a petition filed by senior advocate S Muthukumar. He further stated that children using the app were vulnerable to potential paedophiles using the application, and sought an immediate ban on the use of TikTok. © Justdial While there is strong merit in those allegations, we must recall that Indonesia also temporarily blocked TikTok last year, saying that it contained pornography and blasphemous content. Perhaps it is really time for TikTok to take a step back and think about regulating its content and privacy/security details. View this post on Instagram Comments how that vedio you like or not ??? Follow us @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star #oscars #oscars2018 #academyawards #hollywood #movies #redcarpet #film #cinema #oscar #movie #losangeles #actress #actor #awards #sunday #films #oscarsunday #actors #oscar2018 #bestactress #theacademy #stars #oscarparty #theoscars #oscarnominee #bestfilm #oscarselfie A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:31am PDT India happens to be one of the app's biggest markets, with over 24.5 million daily active users in the country. So, true to that data, imagine the insane amount of video “content” that is being churned out on the platform on a daily basis. While some can be genuinely fun to look at (only once in a while), most other videos are pure torture to the beholder. While this news must be heart-breaking for Indian TikTok 'stars', the following cringey videos are all the proof we need that the ban is in all of our best interest. What did we just see?! Ravi Chopra must be tossing in his grave right now. Epic level.#Rrspect #SwagWalaArjuna pic.twitter.com/8mAPEUy6FT — A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 3, 2018 P.A.I.N Nahi kahan jayega? To all my Crushes out there. pic.twitter.com/ZjPDAolxAE — A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 1, 2018 The Exorcist IV Polygamy is trending? View this post on Instagram Follow us @tiktok.india.star #tisfam . . . .#musicallytoppers #tiktoktoppers #tiktokindia #indiatiktok #tiktokpakistan #pakistantiktok #tiktokindia #musicallyindia #musicallyindiaofficial #musicallyindiað¥ #aashikians #manjulization #aashikabhatia #aashikabhatiaclub #kuchkuchhotahai #tiktokindiaofficial #fambruharmy #fambruharmyðª #fambruh #tiktokpakistanofficial #tiktokpakistanfamous #pakistantiktok #mjcrew #india #pakistan #bestfriend #coolestbadboi" #instarepost #faisusquad #team07 #india #viral A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Apr 16, 2019 at 7:02am PDT She's that boy… WTF View this post on Instagram Follow @tiktok.india.star For More Videosð¤ . . . . . . #tisfam #veeduet #musicallyapp #BollywoodProject #Bollywood #awesome #tisfam #veenions #VitkeLits #IMKFam #aashikians #FizuKiSena #BeFizul #BeCreative #FizuKiSenaElite #Musical.ly #musically #musica #musical #musicallyindia #instavideo #musicallyapp #bbkivines" (via #InstaRepost @AppsKottage) A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:42am PDT Sorry, words fail us now. We cannot remember everything else that we had to say because our brain cells have been fried off after this TikTok session.
  16. As smartphones and mobile data have become both cheaper and faster, Indians have started chugging data like never before. From watching Netflix in public to churning out TikTok videos, there's an influx in internet usage in the past few years. Now according to McKinsey's latest report on Indian online trends, Indians are spending the highest amount of time on social media in the world. Yes, in the WORLD! © McKinsey The report noted that Indians spend more time on social media than online users in China or the US. Apparently, Indians are spending about 17 hours per week on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. It's a world record, which we think, has been set due to access to affordable smartphones and cheap cellular data (read: Jio) . India is also just behind China when it comes to app downloads. As you can see in the report, over 12.3 billion smartphone apps have been downloaded by Indians in 2018. © Pexels After Indonesia, India is said to be digitizing faster than every other mature and emerging economy across 30 dimensions of digital adoption since 2014. McKinsey's report is extremely detailed, and it talks about a lot of other accomplishments of India in the digital space. Check out McKinsey's report right here.
  17. We've seen so many pictures that were clicked right before catastrophe struck and half the time they're chilling and the rest of the time they're funny. Now, there's a picture that's going viral that was clicked just an hour before the Notre Dame Cathedral fire started and it's going viral for all the right reasons. Brooke Windsor managed to capture a beutiful moment right in front of Notre Dame and clicked a heartwarming picture of what seems like a father and daughter playing around and having fun. While it is already an adorable picture, what makes it special was that it was clicked about an hour before the terrible fire occured at the historical place. I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this ðð¼ pic.twitter.com/pEu33ubqCK — Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 16, 2019 I don't have to tell anyone about teh power of social media and that's why Brooke also asked everyone to help her find them so they can have this memorable picture. Ever since she shared this on Twitter, the picture and the tweet and have gone viral with everyone trying to help out in any way they can, even if it's just a retweet. The replies to the tweet also became a place where everyone shared their own last picture of Notre Dame and they're all so beautiful. Inside before the fires. Taken on 4/15/2019 pic.twitter.com/bXEECcD0Qt — Craig L (@Renewlifenow) April 16, 2019 My last photos of our beautiful Notre Dame 𤧠mon cœur est brisé pic.twitter.com/r0xAEDBRXg — X claire X (@ladybaguettee) April 16, 2019 Even Brooke shared the picture where they started seeing smoke coming out of the Cathedral. -We walked to the Louvre afterwards. My friends noticed the smoke, and we followed (2/?) pic.twitter.com/l76nF0jAIv — Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 16, 2019 This particular story is pretty similar to viral story from last year when someone clicked a picture of two strangers getting engaged and managed to capute that memorable moment at Yosemite National Park. Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Rdzy0QqFbY — Matthew Dippel (@TheCornChips) October 17, 2018 Good news though, he managed to finally find them so there's a lort of hope for the Notre Dame picture as well.
  18. There are strong guys, there are animals, and then you have the Russians. Well, everyone who follows strength sports like Powerlifting or Strongman competitions knows that when the Russians arrive, they mean business. Konstantin Konstantinovs was one such powerlifting legend and was one of the strongest men to have walked the face of the Earth. © Twitter His nickname was the 'Kalashnikov' which means a type of sub-machine gun made in Russia. He held the raw world deadlift record of 426 kilos and was a pure old-school guy. No fancy equipment, no fancy stuff, nothing. Only pure aggression and madness! He used to lift weights like they owed him money and were avoiding him and it looked like the weights were trembling in fear when he used to lift them. Here is another video of his record raw lift of 426 kilos. Whenever he used to lift, it used to be a show, and people used to come to just watch him lift. He was a pure legend in every sense. Along with being a competitive powerlifter, he worked as a personal bodyguard in Russia. There is a rumour floating around on the internet that his death was due to a street fight which led to him being stabbed and killed. © YouTube Though, as of now, it is just a rumour, there is a high chance is it true for two possible reasons; number one, being a bodyguard is a dangerous job and number two, it is Russia. In Konstantin, the world has lost a legend. He was a strong and intimidating man and someone people highly looked up to due to his personality. I would like to end my tribute with one of his quotes: "..if you feel that you can lift the record today, never postpone it for tomorrow. Tomorrow may just not come." RIP big man. 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.
  19. The final season of 'Game of Thrones' premiered yesterday amidst a lot of hullabaloos all over the globe. Known for its incredible cliff-hangers for the season finale(s), the first episode saw 'GoT' fans in the country waking up at 6:30 am to catch the episode before all the spoilers and theories clogged their social media feeds throughout the day. © HBO However, with the cast's worldwide popularity skyrocketing now more than ever, it got us wondering how much salary each of the leading actors is pocketing in the final season of the series. © HBO According to an Evening Standard report, lead actors Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), who were taking home 500,000 US dollars per episode before season 8, have now received a good hike for the final season with an additional boost of 210,000 US dollars. Here is how much the leading 'Game of Thrones' cast is earning per episode in season 8: 1. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) © HBO Salary - $ 710,000 or Rs. 49,131,867 ( Rs 5 crores approx.) 2. Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) © HBO Salary - $ 710,000 or Rs. 49,131,867 ( Rs 5 crores approx.) 3. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) © HBO Salary - $ 710,000 or Rs. 49,131,867 ( Rs 5 crores approx.) 4. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) © HBO Salary - $ 710,000 or Rs. 49,131,867 ( Rs 5 crores approx.) 5. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) © HBO Salary - $ 710,000 or Rs. 49,131,867 ( Rs 5 crores approx.) 6. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) © HBO Salary - $ 210,000 or Rs. 14, 528,853 ( Rs 1.5 crores approx.) 7. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) © HBO Salary - $ 210,000 or Rs. 14, 528,853 ( Rs 1.5 crores approx.) 8. Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) © HBO Salary - $ 210,000 or Rs. 14, 528,853 ( Rs 1.5 crores approx.)
  20. Four years after its original announcement, Aston Martin's first all-electric car is finally here. The company's Rapide sedan called the “Rapide E” made its debut at the Shangai Auto Show yesterday. Aston Martin didn't announce a price for the car, but it said only 155 Rapide E cars will ever be made. However, do you know what are we most excited about? To see Agent 007 drive the new all-electric car in the next Bond movie. For those of you who don't know, Aston Martin cars and James Bond movies have a huge history. Aston Martin's relationship with the 007 franchise began in 1964 when Sean Connery drove a DB5 sports car in Goldfinger. Well, if the reports are something to go by, the upcoming 25th James Bond (https://www.mensxp.com/special-features/james-bond-lifestyle/7551-10-best-james-bond-outfits.html) movie will see our 007 agent drive the new Rapide E. Of course, there's a lot of swift action sequences in the movie, and we think it's about time to put our agent in a zero-emission vehicle. © Aston Martin The new Rapide E is a powerful machine. It's powered by an 800-volt, 65kWh battery, which Aston Martin says will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge. The car has a twin motor fitted on the rear axle, which can generate 450kW and can get the car up to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Also, the new Aston Martin Rapide E can go from 0 to 60 miles in under four seconds. The car is packed with a lot of other gizmos like a 10-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, an 8-inch display mounted atop the centre of the dashboard, and more. The new Rapide E was said to hit the road in 2018, but there's no official word on its availability yet.
  21. An anonymous Marvel fanboy and clearly, a man with a knack for ruining all happiness in the world for his fellow MCU appreciators has once again returned to Reddit to spoil 'Avengers: Endgame' for us. Having successfully predicted the events of 'Avengers: Infinity War' last year, the Redditor's 'Endgame' theory not only seems legit but is also based on facts and evidence coming from sources like the official movie merchandise launched by Marvel Studios, statements given by the directors of the film, the Russo brothers and information given out by Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland, who are not too good at keeping secrets. Here it goes: The Avengers will go to fight Thanos near the beginning of the movie but will be easily defeated. Thanos uses the soul stone to drain Captain Marvel's powers but Thor saves her before Thanos kills her. Thor then uses Stormbreaker to transport everyone back to Earth where Banner is treating Tony Stark (who made it back to Earth with Nebula). © Marvel Studios When Banner and Stark are analyzing Captain Marvel and her weakened state they are stunned to know that she's powered by the Tesseract (Space Stone). They then realize that they can replicate the Infinity Stones. Thor and Captain Marvel go off to find the remaining Asgardians, while Banner and Rocket try to figure out a way to time travel with the help of Antman, who's now out of the Quantum Realm. They do. The Avengers re-assemble and use the Quantum Realm to go back in time to each place they remember seeing the Infinity Stones. Nebula tells them that the Soul Stone is on Vormir and that in order to get it, they need to sacrifice someone they love. Captain America rejects that idea, saying "we've lost too much already.'' Banner, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor make a plan to fight "past Thanos" on Vormir. Thor almost defeats Thanos "again" before he can use the Power Stone. Iron Man is able to stun Thanos with the new Mark 85 so Banner can copy the Power Stone and they retreat back to the present via the Quantum Realm. "Present Thanos" now knows their plan and is waiting for them at the Avengers Headquarters with the Outriders by the time Thor, Banner, Captain America and Iron Man exit the Quantum Realm. Thanos attacks at Avengers HQ and Hulk finally comes out for his rematch against Thanos. Thanos uses the mind stone on Hulk to turn him against the Avengers but ends up merging Banner and Hulk, enter...Professor Hulk! © Marvel Comics Armed with the knowledge that they can replicate the Infinity Stones, Iron Man has begun working on the "Stark Gauntlet". During the attack on Avengers HQ, Thor and Captain Marvel are tasked with defending the Stark Gauntlet. Thanos nearly defeats Hulk (Professor Hulk) again before Thor comes and saves him. The rest of the Avengers go on the attack before Thanos uses all six Infinity Stones to destroy Avengers HQ and stomps on their "A" logo. Thanos then begins to give an epic speech on why he did the finger snap, but is abruptly interrupted with a HUGE blast by War Machine wielding the Proton Cannon! A wounded Thanos is able to retreat using the Space Stone. With Avengers HQ and the Stark Gauntlet destroyed, Ronin tells Tony of another way they can forge a Gauntlet (this is the reason Hawkeye was in Japan, now known as Ronin). via GIPHY Iron Man is able to forge a new Gauntlet and Professor Hulk uses it (only Hulk and Thor are able to use the new Gauntlet) to bring back all the dusted, but in doing so, the Stark Gauntlet explodes and Professor Hulk loses his arm in the process. Now that all the dusted are back, Iron Man builds Professor Hulk a new arm and tells everyone that they must fight Thanos. Whatever the cost, "whatever it takes". Doctor Strange then teleports everyone to Thanos and everyone fights Thanos together at once. One of the most epic scenes in movies, EVERYONE (superheros) who got dusted are now all together fighting Thanos. Thanos is able to hold them off before Thor swoopes in with Stormbreaker and his able to cut off Thanos' left arm with the Infinity Gauntlet. Captain America then races over to the Gauntlet before Thanos can grab it and uses it to teleport Thanos away before he is killed due to wielding the Infinity Gauntlet. Only Thor and Hulk could use the Infinity Gauntlet without dying, though Hulk lost his arm. Captain America knew this but made the sacrifice and teleports Thanos away. Note: Thanos was not killed, similar to Red Skull in 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. Everyone is at Captain America's funeral. Iron Man gives Captain America's shield to Bucky Barnes, and now he takes over as the "New" Captain America. Ronin leaves with his family, leaving his bow and weapons behind. Banner takes off to learn more about "Professor Hulk". Natasha takes off saying she has "unfinished" business (leading into her solo movie). Thor leaves to be king of the "new Asgard" in Norway. Post Credit Scene: As the last people are leaving Captain America's funeral. The camera zooms "ground-level" to show someone coming in a wheelchair. As the camera pans up to waist-level the screen goes dark and you hear "good evening Mr. Stark, my name is Charles Xavier". via GIPHY Source: MiNDFuCKGoat
  22. If you've already been using a MacBook and have enabled the dark mode feature on macOS, then you already know what's in store. iOS 13 is expected to release later this year and will finally add dark mode to iOS devices, system-wide. This news comes via a report from 9to5Mac that details the future update from Apple. © Twitter The report suggests that users will be able to enable and control the dark mode feature from the main settings page. It is said to work similar to the dark mode feature in macOS and will enable a dark theme for the iPhone or iPad. Having said that, the dark mode may not be available on specific apps and individual app developers will have to enable support for dark mode. © YouTube Other updates may include new multitasking features for the iPad and an overhaul on the Mail app. The mail app is sed to get a new “undo” feature similar to what you may have seen on Gmail and other email services. The new multitasking features on the Ipad will enable users to use multiple apps at the same time. However, instead of implementing a split-screen window, the update would allow each app to run in multiple, smaller windows. 9to5Mac says in the report: "Each window will also be able to contain sheets that are initially attached to a portion of the screen, but can be detached with a drag gesture, becoming a card that can be moved around freely,” © Twitter Another small change may come to the volume adjusting window on iOS devices. As of now, when a user turns up or down the volume, an on-screen graphic takes over your screen obstructing your view of the content behind the graphic. In fact, the volume control animation has also been subjected to memes which basically occupies a major portion of the iPhone's screen when adjusting the volume. There's no way to confirm these rumours until Apple makes them official at WWDC later this year. Until then, we can only hope these rumours come to fruition as we've wanted a dark mode feature on iOS devices for years. Source: 9to5Mac
  23. Kunal Kamra, over the years, has gathered a good amount of fan following, with his edgy political stand-ups and his famous podcast 'Shut up ya Kunal'. The comedian has an authentic style that delivers content in the best satirical way possible, leaving the audience in splits of laughter. Recently, the comedian has gone on a spree of criticising PM Modi and how he shouldn't come back in to power and it's hilarious to say the least. We all eventually become who we hate the most... Art by @maseeh_ur_rahmaan A post shared by Kunal Kamra (@kuna_kamra) on Mar 26, 2019 at 1:05pm PDT Kunal has trolled the PM earlier too with various hilarious posts on his Twitter account. Main fakeer hoon Main chaiwala hoon Main Maa Ganga ka beta hoon Main majdoor hoon Main Swayam Sevak hoon Main chowkidar hoon... Haan par aap Pradhan Mantri bhi ho kabhi uska kaam bhi kar liya karo — Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) 18 March 2019 Yeh chowkidar wala idea dekh ke toh BJP ki marketing se bhi bharosa uth gaya hai... — Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) 19 March 2019 A month ago, Mumbai-based Kamra dropped a video suggesting that industrialists like Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata replace political figures like Narendra Modi. While the video got hysterical laughs, there was an important point he made- that people in UP still don't use toilets. The video did really well, getting about 7 million views. © Instagram Recently, a day before the first phase of polling Kamra posted a Tweet, holding a placard which said 'Don't vote for Modi'. He got hate-filled responses out of it, but surely enough the hilarity of it got enough attention, especially when he morphed an image of himself in one of the scenes in 'Game of Thrones', where Bran is supposedly staring at Kamra holding the placard which says 'don't vote for Modi'. Well, winter is certainly coming for the country too, or so Kamra believes and he took his opinion on Modi's campaign beyond the wall this time. Take a look! Don't vote for modi — Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) 11 April 2019 *Haters will say these are Photoshopped* pic.twitter.com/VtAg0i8hH1 — Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) 15 April 2019 Obviously, his Twitter handle was bombarded with both Modi lovers and haters alike. Well, we love you ð Kunal Kamra immensely & promise never to Cast our Vote for MODI! I have already made my choice & have one of my own personal favourite to share with you. Hope, you enjoy watching as much watching as we love ur pics. pic.twitter.com/38w1aT73EI — Chowkidar CHOR Hai - PARI (@paree7861) 15 April 2019 After seeing Kunal's post Sodumb Patra: mujhe kya main toh bhukha hoon. ð pic.twitter.com/dYaTOi4bGw — KARAN THAPAR DESI (@DesiStupides) 15 April 2019 No never it's real and rare.. pic.twitter.com/G5Q4iYyJQW — KARAN THAPAR DESI (@DesiStupides) 15 April 2019 Dekho ye chand pe pauh gya ðððð pic.twitter.com/HBgSCZ4hgQ — Shikho Ahmed. Ø´Ûک٠احÙد (@ShikhoAhmed1) 15 April 2019 already voted for him and also taken my 50 neighbours to vote for Modi ji.ð®ð³ð¸ — Chowkidar Manish Soni ð®ð³ (@mksoni281) 11 April 2019 Most people were seen cheering for his campaign, while some took serious offence to it but the lad doesn't seem to care one bit. "I thought why are we hiding behind words like inclusivity and secularism, why leave anything to people's imagination" he said in an interview with ToI. Well, whether or not people vote for Modi is besides the point. What's absolutely funny and on-point is that Kamra's 'Don't vote for Modi' has finally reached 'Game Of Thrones' as well.
  24. On Monday, a couple of hours before the final list of India's top 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the greatest contest of the cricketing world, was declared, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared his thoughts on the decision to select one of two players in particular. In an interview with India Today, Bhajji spoke about the lack of need of a secondary or backup wicket-keeper to the current man behind the stumps, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Showing his utmost faith in the former skipper, he believes that the Indian squad are more than good enough to be successful at the 2019 ICC World Cup with just a single wicket-keeping maestro, thereby also announced his apprehensions about both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant being selected. “It's not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that,” Singh told India Today. © Reuters Not to let his devotion toward Dhoni get the better of him, Harbhajan also spoke of how KL Rahul is well qualified and experienced to fill in Mahi's shoes if the 37-year-old suffered a serious injury. “I don't think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep.” Singh also showed some love for the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, Navdeep Saini, who's fresh bowling style and raw pace has not only impressed cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and himself during 2019 season of the Indian Premier League but also in the domestic circuit. “You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick. Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is credible in Bangalore's batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience,” he said.
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