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  1. Stay at the swankiest of hotels, step out to visit just the strip clubs, have risqué wild nights and gamble through the night - if that is your idea of having a special getaway to Vegas, then it's as passé as Chow and his Wolfpack from 'The Hangover'. Travelling to Vegas is definitely any man's ultimate travel destination, but there is so much more to the city than what's portrayed by Hollywood. There is an array of exciting new activities that you and your buddies can enjoy at this little paradise. © Wiki Indulge in speed car racing, fitness hikes across the luxury resorts, zip line through the old streets, fly over the Grand Canyon and shop endlessly at the premium outlet malls; the city has so much more to offer, that it makes for an ideal getaway for a group of adventurous men. If you still think that what's a Vegas trip without a hand of Blackjack and a show of a pole dance, then fret not, as that needs no planning as almost every hotel has casinos, bars and nightclubs inside and gentlemen's clubs nearby. Just book yourself into one of the staggeringly huge resorts on the Vegas Strip and enjoy all the action. Nevertheless, here we have for you a complete 4-day boys trip to Las Vegas, minus the cliche, that you will never forget: © Caesers Entertainment Day 1: Kickstart with an (Indoor) hike, pose at tourist spots, hop from club to club This is the most unusual fitness activity one would ever attend, that too in Vegas: a hike at Aria Las Vegas Resort. Right about when you are wondering if it is like any other hike on a trail, you need to actually do this to figure out what makes it such a fun activity. The 60-minute hike takes you across the huge resort and the 'city centre'. Meet your guide at the Aria Spa, start with stretching exercises, admire the lovely artworks that greet you on the way, browse through shops, pace up and down the stairs, mix it with push-ups, sit-ups and step-ups to get a first-hand feel of the vibrant art and shopping scene – all this while being indoors. It is a great idea during the summer months, as Vegas can get rather hot. This will surely work up an appetite for you to explore one of the many amazing restaurants located inside Aria. © Seven Magic Mountains - Las Vegas After lunch, head out to enjoy the two outdoor wonders – the seven magic mountains and the iconic Las Vegas signage. The seven magic mountains are about a half hour drive from the strip located in the desert along the Interstate 15, and sure is a mesmerising work of art. There are seven stacks of brightly coloured boulders in different shades that light up the desert surroundings and makes for a perfect background for a group photograph. Follow this up with a visit to the popular Las Vegas signage, which is extremely popular with couples for their post-Vegas wedding photoshoots. After all, what's a visit without a typical touristy click, right? © Wiki Use the remaining of the day to stretch your legs at hotel bars and then pick a fancy restaurant or two for drinks and dinner. Just remember, Vegas has a brilliant food scene and the line-up of acclaimed restaurants in a short stretch of the Strip is any gourmand's dream. But one just cannot eat at all the best restaurants on one trip, obviously. So choose and book in advance, as most of the restaurants do not have last-minute availability, even on weekdays. For a magical night on the rocks, visit Omnia at Caesar's Palace. The interiors in Vegas are larger than life and Omnia is no different. The jaw-dropping spaceship shaped LED chandelier, performances by top DJs and a patio area offering amazing Vegas views will have you hooked. © Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Picnic Breakfast - Las Vegas Day 2: Fly over the Grand Canyon in the day and party in the skies at night Rise early, beat the hangover and stand outside the hotel to be picked up for the Grand Canyon tour. There are multiple options but Papillon is one of the best, as you can see from their amazing reviews online. The airport is a half hour drive away in Boulder City. The helicopter ride itself takes you over some stunning natural wonders providing amazing aerial views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon. The icing on the cake is the landing at the bottom of the canyon in their private plateau along with refreshments. Exactly the kind of action boys love to boast and post! This is one heck of a popular activity and people book it months in advance. Once back in Vegas post this early morning activity, look for brunch options and enjoy the sights and sound of Vegas. Brunch is a supremely popular meal in Vegas, much more than breakfast. We're guessing people wake up late with a hangover and then get back to drunching (drinks + lunch) with endless bloody marys and mimosas. Follow it with a visit to premium outlet malls. These malls are what make the US a shopping heaven. Top brands at amazing discounts will urge and compel you to shop. It is an amazing space to stock up on your year's supply of sneakers, shirts, sweaters, bags, belts, denims and anything else you can think of. From high street to designer brands, there is something for everyone. You can spend an entire day here and yet feel you could have shopped more. © Caesers Entertainment Dump your shopping bags at your hotel, rest and rejuvenate as what awaits is the party in the sky. The High Roller Observation Wheel is your binge drinking session up there. Choose one of the 28 cabins that soar 550 feet above the ground and offer unmatched 360 degrees views of Vegas. Opt for the 'Open Bar in the Sky' option that gets you a cabin with a bar and bartender. Enjoy the party of a lifetime as the observation wheel lets you soak in Vegas. After such a high, you can call it a day. If you still feel night's young, then casinos and clubs are open 24x7. Walk down the strip to the stunning Bellagio Hotel to see the iconic musical fountains that have starred in almost every show or movie set in Vegas. The fountains start every 15 minutes till midnight and are quite stunning. Drop into Tao at The Venetian or Hyde at The Bellagio for an eclectic mix of music and partying. © Top Golf at MGM Grand Day 3: Start with a swing, head downtown, end on a high at Hell's Kitchen Start your day with Topgolf at MGM Grand. Even if you do not know a thing about the game, you would still love your time spent here. Book yourself a pool-side cabana and carry your swimsuit. Order your meal and drinks, swim and practice your swings. It is such a fun place to spend the day with your group of friends. But it's best to move on and explore the 'original' Vegas. The Vegas of today with glitzy bright signs, dazzling casinos and never-ending parties didn't start around the Strip area. The casinos were started by the mob in the 1940s and soon, they became the lifeline of the city. To best understand the history, head downtown and visit the Mob Museum. It is one of the most fun and interactive museums you would visit, as you literally walk down (from the third floor to the basement) the history of how organised crime came into existence, shaped the US and the city, and how it became the menace we know it is and lastly, how the city curbed it. Some fascinating gangster stories to be heard and videos to be seen here. © Freemont Street Experience After the museum, walk down to the nearby Fremont Street Experience. This was the original Vegas 'Strip' where it all started. While the action and tourist activity have shifted to the outskirt strip, the street still retains its buzz. Hop from bar to bar, grab a drink one place and a bite from some other, and just enjoy the charm of the place where the action started. There are numerous music consoles blaring out loud music and it feels like one big party. One of the fascinating new ways of exploring the area is the SlotZilla zipline action, where you get to breeze above the Fremont street seeing all the things on display from the top. Rather than the normal sitting position called the zipline, opt for the more popular zoomline where you get to fly across like a superhero. © Hell's Kitchen - Las Vegas After enjoying the gangster history of the city, the perfect place to head for dinner is at bad boy Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen. If you are lucky, you might bump into the man himself but otherwise do meet the current season's winner who heads the kitchen, Michelle Tribble. The restaurant is made just like the sets of Hell's Kitchen and you even get a drink with 'lovely' notes from Gordon. Then, of course, you can head out clubbing to XS at Wynn Encore which has crazy DJ lineups, incredible VIP area and Sunday night pool parties. © Dream Racing Day 4: Press the accelerator and live in the moment This is the last day of your trip and you better make it large. Start by heading to Dream Racing at the Las Vegas motor speedway. Choose from one of the largest selection of supercars such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, etc and take it out on a spin on the racetrack, like an actual race car driver. It is a thrilling ride as the trainer accompanying you, eggs you on to speed up sending the odometer crazy, brake suddenly, turn sharply or drift. This is not a commonplace joyride as you get to take some of the best beauties out for a drive. © The Spa at Encore - Las Vegas After this adrenaline rush, use the remainder of the day to walk down the strip exploring the various stunning properties, their bars and casinos. Your visit to Vegas will be incomplete without enjoying the larger-than-life properties, that are cities in themselves with over 4000 rooms, restaurants, bars, casinos, fitness centres, spas, shopping malls, pools and convention centres. Some of the most stunning ones include Caesar's Palace, Mandalay Bay, The Linq, Planet Hollywood, Aria, The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The Cosmopolitan and, of course, the Bellagio. While in Vegas, opt for a relaxing massage at one of the swanky spas such as the Spa at Encore, which is stunning and has a whole list of services specially designed for men. © La Reve - The Dream performance at The Wynn - Las Vegas Post the massage, get ready to head to one of the musical shows by La Reve (at Wynn) or a Cirque Du Soleil. These shows define Las Vegas. A perfect mixture of music, light and sound, acrobatics, aerial and water choreography and costumes. A complete entertainment package and a must-attend. Post the musical, opt for Hakkasan at MGM Grand for the DJs and for multiple levels offering different experiences and Marquee at The Cosmopolitan for its wild party atmosphere for your last night out. © Reuters Definitely, the city is most famous for its casinos and staggeringly blinding lights. But it has evolved and today it is much more than just gambling. Don't join the 'regulars' and plan a cliched Vegas trip, instead, have a trip with your gang that you will remember for the rest of your life.
  2. The might of an actor lies in their ability to act, yes, but it is equally about creating an impact capable of leaving the audience intrigued and hooked on for more. An actor does not just portray a character and performs on stage or the screen, but also works on the delivery that does justice to the demands of the character and renders it memorable to every theatre or movie-goer. While we talk about such fine actors, there's got to be a mention of the man of the moment, who has every cinema enthusiast going gaga about the endless possibilities over a particular '007' development. © Reuters News has surfaced that we might be looking at Idris Elba as the next “double-o-seven” in the making and we couldn't be more satisfied with the choice. Known best for his dynamic acting skills and a voice that has played a pivotal role to making many roles highly memorable (think Shere Khan in the 'Jungle Book'), we bear no doubts that Idris makes for a great fit as “Bond, James Bond” in the upcoming movies after Daniel Craig's departure from the franchise next year. More On The Man Himself © Reuters For those who might not be well aware of the man in question, Idris Elba is a 45-year-old British actor, who has made a name and carved a niche for himself in Hollywood. Fondly remembered for his stellar performance as Stringer in 'The Wire' and BBC's home production drama 'Luther', Idris has time and again showed the world that he holds immense potential to go from suave to ruthless and from sinister to disarming in a matter of few characters (or even frames for that matter). The news of him having potentially bagged the role of 007 started doing the rounds when he posted this intriguing tweet - my name's Elba, Idris Elba. pic.twitter.com/kEyyaVg8JX — Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018 This got the tabloids into a frenzy and the news soon hit the screens across the world. However, within a little while, after the 'hype' began to gain momentum, Elba posted a new tweet that acted as sort of a killjoy to all the premature celebrations. This is what he had to say - Don't believe the HYPE... — Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018 While we agree that we'd love to have a confirmation, this tweet has, however, left all of us hanging and we simply can't wait for a confirmation (or sadly even a denial) on the rumours! Now, while we have been voicing our support for this choice, you surely didn't expect us to leave you hanging without giving you valid reasons for it. Here are Elba's performances in 5 major productions that will re-affirm that he is indeed the best choice for the iconic role. 1. Stringer Bell From 'The Wire' © YouTube We had to kick off our argument with this one. The character of Stringer Bell portrayed by Elba in 'The Wire' is perhaps how the world went gaga over the man. His captivating and charismatic take on the aide de camp to a drug lord Barksdale, goes well with the cool and panache exhibited by Bond in difficult situations. Stringer Bell is calm and calculative with a display of intelligence we identify with 007. Convincingly cutthroat and well assessed in his means to achieve his targets, Bell reminds us of Bond's obsession of completing his missions to the T. 2. John Luther From 'Luther' © YouTube The titular role that put Elba on the map was that of detective John Luther who exhibited more than a few similarities to Bond's ways in this show. The otherwise calm Luther's demeanour stood out in greater contrast when he lost his cool, again reminding us of Bond, who is known to play to cool and sharp at all times. The show's violent edge also comes in handy when we're trying to pitch the two characters' combating skills against each. Severe and exuding vibes that scream danger, Luther chooses to stay aloof and within a shell, with not many friendships to count on, much like Bond. 3. Commandant From 'Beasts Of No Nation' © YouTube Another one of Elba's memorable portrayals, he does justice to the characters that are complex and flawed with defunct morals. His portrayal of a brutal and nuanced commandant or leader of a militia sets him as the predator who fights for the cause. The Commandant stands as an example of how situations can turn any man into a beast. The character and its struggles are relatable and on the other hand, remind us of Bond and his skilled antics and methods to achieve his goal without caring about the means. Charisma, strategy and resources all pulled into one - like Commandant, like Bond! 4. Nelson Mandela From 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' © YouTube When most actors shuddered at the idea, Elba came through as the perfect fit to play one of the world's most loved political leaders of all times. The stellar performance he renders in the movie befits Mandela's amazing life story. Elba effortlessly presented the leader's struggles and strengths, thereby giving the world a closer look at the man's life. From the myriad shades of Mandela that he showcases on the screen, it can be said that he possesses the capability to portray the multi-hued and demanding character of James Bond. 5. Stacker Pentecost From 'Pacific Rim' © YouTube The leader of the pack and the one who sounded the cry of war and claimed his right to might, Marshal Stacker Pentecost came through as the ideal person to look up to. The depth of character and gravity that he showcases sets him in line to take up Bond's role in the truest sense. Pentecost is stern but can be kind too, just like Bond is to M, and knows just the right way to make people follow his commands. © Reuters Based on the many skills and acting calibre exhibited by Elba over the years and across various genres of film and drama, we bear no doubt in our minds that he is indeed a great choice for Bond and is more than capable of doing justice to the iconic character.
  3. The cryptocurrency craze was at its all-time high last year, as people were highly optimistic and the sudden demand made currencies like Bitcoin soar higher than ever. The timing was everything. In November 2016, India implemented demonetisation of the Rupee and the following months were harrowing for those with a huge pile of black money. Money laundering is a very old concept, every time any authority brings in a new law to curb it, the process changes. While many were fine with giving away a huge chunk in 'commission' for converting the black money to white, a new scheme was in town that promised to take your black money, pay you interest on that sum and ultimately improve your returns exponentially, thanks to the cryptocurrency boom. © Reuters One such scheme was run by BitConnect, a cryptocurrency firm that was being promoted in Gujarat by a man called Satish Kumbhani. The company promised to offer 1 per cent interest daily on Bitcoins and double its valuation within 100 days. Trading in cryptocurrency was still legally a grey area, there were no definite laws to regulate it. BitConnect lured many rich investors from all parts of India and carried out the transactions without any proper documentation. These transactions remained anonymous and were a perfect safe haven for laundering as well as earning out of your untaxed money. © Pexels The process was simple. You deposit your bitcoin with BitConnect and receive BitConnect (BCC) coins in return. Then you earn interest rates on their funds, which could sometimes be more than 40 per cent per month. BitConnect's plan was to slowly increase the demand for its BCC currency, this way its value would also increase. And to lure in more people, the interest scheme was set up. This setup ensured that BCC's value kept on increasing and coins bought at US$ 50-100, became worth US$ 362 in a year. © Google Trends on Black Money Searches in India All the uptrend came to a screeching halt when the company's operation was kept on hold by the securities boards of Texas and North Carolina, USA. BCC crashed to a meagre US$ 2 overnight and it currently trades for just US$ 0.5. A perfect Ponzi scheme, BitConnect collected Bitcoins that were globally valued, and in return gave their own so-called currency, that has no backing. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has practically banned all virtual crypto-based transactions in the country. Google searches about black money, laundering, and tax evasion spiked massively after November 2016 and in a bid to find a safe route for their possessions, investors blindly fell into such traps. Source: Bloomberg
  4. Keeping 'Sanju' out of this discussion, if there are two movies that have done extraordinarily well at the box-office and broken most records in recent years, it's Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' and S.S. Rajamouli's 'Baahubali: The Beginning' and 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion'. While the former opened floodgates of controversy ever since the reports of its release started doing the rounds and gave us a magnanimity of Alauddin Khilji in Ranveer Singh, the latter gave us Prabhas who is probably now known as Baahubali and not by his real name. © arka media works However, had things worked the way Bhansali wanted, then people would have addressed Prabhas as both Baahubali and Maharawal Ratan Singh, the character that Shahid Kapoor played in 'Padmaavat'. Reportedly, after the insane success of 'Baahubali: The Beginning', Bhansali offered the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh to Prabhas in the movie that was then titled 'Padmavati'. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were signed for the role of the goddess queen Rani Padmavati and the cruel king Alauddin Khilji. Bhansali was so impressed with Prabhas' performance as Baahubali that he decided to cast his at the courageous Maharawal Ratan Singh. © viacom 18 motion pictures According to a report in Quint, Prabhas who was then working on 'Baahubali 2' was also open to work with Bhansali but once he heard the narration and the his role, he declined from being a past of Bhansali's ambitious project. Since Maharawal Ratan Singh did not have a 'meaty role', Prabhas felt that his 5 years long hard work and the image he built will lose its impact. In fact, he was looking for a character that was as strong as that of Deepika Padukone. Honestly, has Prabhas taken up the role, he could have fulfilled his dream of becoming a king. But, he declined the offer and the role went to Shahid Kapoor who did a brilliant job as the brave, fearless and courageous Rajput king. Source: The Quint
  5. The stray dogs of any city live a life of grave difficulties. Pushed around, starving, looking for food and shelter is their daily routine and while many volunteers do everything that they can for the furry babies, it is never enough. representational image The iconic Tata 'Bombay House' opened after a restoration period of nine months to mark the occasion of 144th birth anniversary of JRD Tata and along with it's re-opening, it is also now the new residence for the street dogs on Mumbai city. The heritage building has a dedicated kennel area for the younglings to sleep and eat. © BCCL The building was inaugurated by none other that Ratan Tata himself. The pictures of the canines having a good time together at their new home was shared by a Mumbai NGO. Mr. Tata is not only one of the richest men in the world in terms of wealth, but he is super rich in his heart as well!
  6. Basketball has always been in favour of those with good height and reach and the NBA is no exception to that rule. It's no wonder that we have seen some really tall guys play. You have to literally look up to them because they can make you feel pretty small, like in the true sense of the term. In the last seven decades or so we have seen some really tall guys on the court. At five feet eleven and a half inches, I used to think I had decent height. However, when I watch an NBA game now, I just wonder, how did I even dare to think that? So in this land of giants, let's look at the ones who lead the pack with the highest of heights: 1. Gheorghe Muresan - 7 feet 7 inches © Getty Images His longest stint was with Washington Bullets (now the Washington Wizards) between 1993-95 and 1995-97. He was named the NBA Most Improved Player in 1996. With over 3000 points to his name, this Romanian towered over his opponents and always had the height advantage. 2. Manute Bol - 7 feet 7 inches © Getty Images Born in Sudan, Manute shares the tallest height with Gheorghe and spent his best years with Washington Bullets (1985-88), Golden State Warriors (1988-90) and Philadelphia 76ers (1990-1993). He migrated to the US after a civil war broke out in his native land. The man's arm span was 8 feet 6 inches which is the most in NBA history and his reach was 10 feet 5 inches. 3. Shawn Bradley - 7 feet 6 inches © Getty Images He played for the Dallas Mavericks for 8 years (1997-2005). Born in West Germany as his family was stationed there, he holds dual citizenship in Germany and USA. In the 2000-01 season, he blocked 228 shots for Dallas. In his first game for Philadelphia 76ers (1993-94), he blocked 8 shots in 25 minutes. 4. Yao Ming - 7 feet 6 inches © Getty Images Pretty much the guy who put Asia on the NBA map. This Chinese player could jump above most of those facing off on court, of course his height was an extra bonus. From 2002 to 2011 he played for the Houston Rockets. He reached the NBA Playoffs four times, and the Rockets won the first-round series in the 2009 postseason, their first playoff series victory since 1997. He retired in 2011 because of a series of foot and ankle injuries which made him miss many games in his last six seasons. 5. Chuck Nevitt - 7 feel 5 inches © Getty Images The highlight of his career was winning the 1985 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the tallest player ever to have been part of a title winning team. 6. Pavel Podkolzin - 7 feet 5 inches © Getty Images Pavel played for Dallas Mavericks from 2004 to 2006. He was a member of the junior Russian national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2000 European Cadets Championship. Utah Jazz picked him in the 2004 NBA Draft. He was promptly traded to the Dallas Mavericks for a future first-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
  7. If you've ever felt that you are too old to pursue a passion that you once cherished, or are too old to chase a dream which you buried alive, then this beautiful story is a life lesson for all of you. 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Kerala went back to school and enrolled in 4th standard in order to complete her education and wants to finish 10th grade as well. © The Week It all began in January 2018, when the literacy crew of the 'Cheppad Gram Panchayat' was on a literacy drive for the elderly, and while most people didn't show any interest, Karthyayani came forward happily to participate. She spends time learning tables in Mathematics and also took her first exam recently, which she cleared with good marks. She draws inspiration from her 60-year-old daughter Ammini Amma, who passed the literacy mission's course. Karthyayani now wants to learn English and follow the footsteps of her daughter. © entertales The elderly woman's will and passion have inspired 30 senior citizens to take up the same course and pursue education. Ironically, her father was a tutor but she and her sister gave up their education at the age of 12 owing to their circumstances. This piece of news is not only heartwarming but makes you believe that there still is hope for our nation to grow as a whole, where our elderly are not cruelly left to their fate, but embraced and cherished right until their last days.
  8. It's that time of the year, when Android fans wait for the next hardware offering by Google and it seems like the launch date of the Pixel 3 may have been leaked — by Google. According to This Is Tech Today and h/t Android Police, a leak was spotted on the content marketing platform called Famebit. The leak suggests that the Pixel 3 will launch on October 4, 2018. In case you didn't know, Famebit is owned by Google and is designed to connect companies with content creators. So, it is a platform for brands to work with YouTube channels and other content creators. The Famebit listing that mentions the Pixel 3 was probably written by Google or its ad agency. The posting was looking for Canadian content creators for the Pixel 3 launch on October 4. There is no confirmation whether this post was by Google or not, so take it with a grain of salt. Here is the screenshot for reference: © Android Police The date is pretty much at the same time as the previous Pixel launches that have taken place on October 4th. So, it's not a surprise that the launch date has not changed, but this is the first time we've seen something with substantial value. © Slash Leaks The Pixel 3 is touted to have a Snapdragon 845 processor and will launch in two variants. One of the two handsets will have a notch, more likely the larger XL variant. The Pixel 3 will also have a single-camera setup on the back with two selfie cameras at the front. The Pixel 2 was one of our favourite flagship devices from last year and is still considered to have one of the best cameras on a smartphone. We are super excited to see how the Pixel 3 will perform in comparison to its predecessor. Are you excited about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL? Let us know in the comments.
  9. When we think of basketball and the NBA, tall lanky giants come to mind. The likes of Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the names which pop into our head. But contrary to belief, there have also been relatively short players who have made a mark. None more so, than the shortest ever - at five feet three inches, the incomparable Muggsy Bogues. © Getty Images Tyrone Curtis 'Muggsy' Bogues remains till date, the shortest ever player to take part in the NBA. But hang on, don't for one second think that he could be taken lightly at any point of time. Despite his height, this point guard was a thorn in the opposition's behind at all times. In a sport of giants, this man of small height stood tall and held his ground with the best of the best. Remember we saw him in Space Jam? Later he also came to India to conduct a coaching clinic in 2011. But all that is just a part of who he is. There is much more to NBA's shortest player than just his height, or a cameo in a movie which we all loved as kids. © Getty Images Born on January 9, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, Muggsy was raised by his mother after his father went to prison. The basketball bug bit him at an early age and he played both at school and college level. After all, catch them while they are young right? If you are going to make a mark in a sport, it's always best to start early and Muggsy was no exception. © Getty Images Blessed with speed, precision and also an undying spirit of commitment, Muggsy represented four teams during his 14-year stint in the NBA from 1987 to 2001 - Washington Bullets (1987-88), Charlotte Hornets (1988-97), Golden State Warriors (1997-99) and Toronto Raptors (1999-2001). He scored 6858 points, created 6726 assists and managed 1369 steals. Now, these are not bad numbers at all and when one considers that he always had a height disadvantage, they further show that he was a potent threat on the court at all times. Basically, the moral of the story is, do not make the mistake of letting your guard down when Muggsy is around. © Getty Images It is truly unfortunate that a player of his stature never got to be part of a team winning the NBA Championship. But that in no way diminishes his greatness. The man blocked 39 shots of players who were much taller in comparison. His highlight for USA came when he helped them win the gold at the 1986 World Championship, possibly his greatest moment on court, even before he had made an entry into the NBA. Muggsy was a star in a land of superstars, and he could shine just as brightly on his day. © Getty Images Muggsy is proof that size does not always matter. It's the heart that makes up for the lack of any other area and he proved it time and again. Perhaps his lack of height only increases his greatness, as he will be remembered as one of NBA legends by the future generations. He may have been in the shadow of the big names, but even in that shadow, he left his own legacy for others to follow. Now that's something, is it not? The little guy who gave it his all and came out on time. That, everyone, is Muggsy Bogues. He may have been the shortest to play the game, but he also had one of the largest hearts to go the distance.
  10. Compelling evidence has emerged suggesting that a huge reservoir of liquid water has been found under the ice, near the South Pole on Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter captured radar measurements and spotted a 20 kilometer-wide stretch of water in the region, known as Planum Australe. © Nasa It's the first time in history, that scientists have identified a stable body of water on Mars and they suggest that there's a good chance microbial life may have existed thanks to this lake. The planet's climate has been called inhabitable due to its thin atmosphere, which resulted in leaving most of the water locked up in ice. Scientists have been searching for signs of present-day water on Mars, but their search has often resulted in empty or ambiguous findings. This latest discovery was possible, because researchers in Italy analysed three years of data by something called the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (Marsis). "It's probably not a very large lake," said Prof Roberto Orosei from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, who led the study. Marsis was not able to identify the thickness of the layer of water, but research suggests that it is a minimum of one meter. © Wikipedia Commons "This really qualifies this as a body of water. A lake, not some kind of meltwater filling some space between rock and ice, as happens in certain glaciers on Earth," Prof Orosei added. Marsis is a form of a radar instrument, that examines the surface and subsurface of a planet by sending out signals. The instrument then examines what is bounced back and in this case, a white line at the top of the radar suggested the beginning of the South Polar Layered Deposit. © Nasa As of now, there is no certainty whether the discovered lake is ideal for life, however, the liquid could potentially support microbes that have adapted salt water. The water is also far under the surface of Mars which presents a problem for life as of today. The surface is also exposed to intense radiation which basically is inhabitable for life. Having said that, experts have said that as long as there is an energy source or a source of nutrients or raw materials, life is possible on the red planet.
  11. Jurgen Klopp has reinvigorated the Liverpool squad since taking over the reins from Brendon Rodgers in 2015. He not only has the support of his players but also the fans because finally they have someone at the helm who knows how to maintain a balance between performance and growth. As soon as he took up the mantle at Anfield, Klopp has slowly and steadily build a team which is in no ways perfect but does the job efficiently and therefore he has earned the respect of the old guard at Liverpool. Take for example the shock defeat which was dished out to the men in red after leading 3-1 at halftime. © Reuters When asked about the amateur mistake made by Loris Karius in defending the post to concede the fourth goal against Bournemouth, this is what Klopp had to say: "If you make mistakes, you get criticised. That's life, absolutely no problem. If you have the quality you get stronger from it. I'm pretty sure Jamie Carragher was criticised during his career at some point. I respect and accept everything you say about us today. If you want to say we are blind, silly, not good enough, then do it. It doesn't influence what I think about my team. That's all,” Klopp said. He further implied that mistakes were the pathway to success and elaborated, "Of course we made mistakes today, what else should I say? We missed chances... so we don't have good strikers? We have good strikers. The last goal wasn't the luckiest situation for a keeper. Loris will wish he had made a decent save, I'd have wished for a decent save. But this says nothing about him as a goalkeeper. It has happened and we go on." © Reuters These comments by Klopp show what kind of a manager he actually is. He is hard on his players during training and he rides them to perform and give their best on the field but once the game is done, he goes back to the drawing board because no matter how much he would love to change the result of the game, the only thing under his control is the preparation for the next one. This is one of the reasons why Liverpool has looked so strong this season. They are always looking to improve are taking the season game by game. There won’t be too many surprises if they do go on to clinch the title because this is one team which has figured out how to move forward without being anchored to the results of the past.
  12. The Android vs iOS battle has been raging on for almost a decade now, and it's surely not going to end anytime soon. Every year, fans and users face a common dilemma, either get the latest iPhone running iOS or the latest Android from an OEM like Google and Samsung. While camera, design, processor, display, and unique features are the primary way of comparing these devices, one aspect that is hardly compared is the phone's modem speed. According to a new report from Ookla, the company behind the widely used SpeedTest.net service, you'd be surprised to know that integrated modems in phones also make a lot of difference. Who doesn't want a faster internet connection? Mobile phones have now become the number one tool to access the internet, everything is on the go. © Pexels Ookla has compiled data based on hundreds of thousands of user tests run on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X along with the S9 and Pixel 2. Th data shows that the S9 has an average download speed of 38.9 Mbps, Google Pixel 2 has an average speed of 34.4 Mbps while the iPhone X has an average of 29.7 Mbps. Even the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus fare lower than their Android counterparts at 29.4 Mbps and 28.6 Mbps, respectively. © Qualcomm The data further indicated that the iPhone X operated fastest on Verizon's network (USA) with an average of 31.5 Mbps while Sprint (USA) was the slowest at 25.1 Mbps. On the other hand, though, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro recorded the slowest speed with an average of 22 Mbps. The iPhone X sports an Intel XMM 7480 modem while its Android counterparts running on Snapdragon 845 SoC have Qualcomm's X20 modem. Ookla also found that Qualcomm's chipset had 53 percent faster download speeds than the phones running Intel's XMM 7480. © Tom's Hardware Apple uses a mix of components manufactured by both Qualcomm and Intel. The iPhone X sold via Verizon, Sprint and contract-free have Qualcomm's chipset, while the ones sold via AT&T and T-Mobile have Intel chipsets. While the two have differing performances, Apple's uses software to throttle the Qualcomm ones, so that both the variants perform uniformly. Recently, Samsung started rolling out Ads that take a hit on Apple and data speeds are one of the points being raised in the S9 vs iPhone X comparison. Source: Ookla / Bloomberg
  13. The iPhone X was touted to be the most expensive smartphone ever made by Apple and by no means, you can find it for cheaper even today — unless you buy a second-hand device. According to a report, the iPhone X holds great resale value even as a second-hand smartphone when compared to previous iPhone models. © MensXP/Naasir Jamaal Liquidation specialist B-Stock reports that due to the high demand for a used iPhone X, the device sells for an average of 85% of the original price. B-Stock adds that this is a “substantially higher percentage than previous iPhone models sold at the same time in the product life-cycle.” © Youtube It has been found due to the aspirational value that is associated with the smartphone and taking high demand into consideration, the high resale price for the phone exists. It was also reported that the majority of the iPhone X sales come from the United States while only 2% are being sold abroad. The popularity of the iPhone is also due to the new form factor which appeals to users who want a smaller premium phone. People tend to look for a cheaper iPhone X in order to save money by buying a used one. © MensXP/Naasir Jamaal Apple products tend to have a higher resale value in general as compared to other competing devices and models. Having said that, it is quite impressive to see that the iPhone X holds a higher value than previous iPhone models. Are you looking for an used iPhone X? We suggest you don't hold your breath as it would still cost you a lot of money. Source: 9to5Mac
  14. As soon as we get a job and are 'settled in life' according to our parents, the next logical step for them is to get us married, right? That's the ideology most of our parents grew up with, get married and have kids 'on time'. Your 20s are the perfect time to get married, right? Parents' reason being 'jab hum tumhari age ke the humare do-do bache the'. So yeah, desi parents are very invested in getting their kids married when they're young and it's kind of nice to see that even Bollywood celebrities can't escape this. If Rishi Kapoor has his way, we just might have another celebrity wedding in the next year or so. Twitter 35-year-old Ranbir Kapoor is not that young compared to Indian parents' marriageable age, so probably he gets more pressurized by his parents to finally tie the knot. Rishi Kapoor recently talked about how much he wants his son to settle down and TBH I'm so down for the next big fat Punjabi wedding. He said, “It is high time he got married. I settled down when I was 27, Ranbir is 35. So, he should think about marriage. He can marry anyone of his choice; we don't have any objection to it. I want to spend time with my grandchildren before I am gone.” Yes, grandchildren, a classic reason to make your kids get married. Well, the Kapoor khandaan may be a family of Bollywood superstars but at the end of the day, they're also like any other desi family where the parents just can't wait for their kids' wedding, so their main job is done when their kids are 'happily settled down'. Twitter I'm guessing that if we start hearing rumours about Ranbir and Alia's engagement, it's safe to assume that Rishi Kapoor might have played some role in it.
  15. The PML-N president was addressing a rally in Sargodha/ Geo News screen grabSARGODHA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday that all the u-turn sign boards in Pakistan should carry the picture of Pakistan...
  16. Secretary ECP Babar Yaqoob briefs newsmen in Islamabad. ? Geo News screengrab ISLAMABAD: The secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on Saturday that there was no pressure on the electoral body and they had complete...
  17. After a dry spell in 2017, Bollywood has bounced back in 2018. Beginning with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus 'Padmaavat', 2018 has been good so far for all major films, except a few. Return on Investment (ROI) is a true indicator of the success or failure of a film since all films are not made on the same budget and scale. In case ROI is positive, the film makes profits and if ROI is negative, it makes losses at the box-office. © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures To find out the ROI, box office collections of the film is measured against the investments made in the film. Investment is basically the cost of production of the film, which is the sum of production, promotion and advertisement costs. This ROI will determine the share of all involved – producers, distributors, exhibitors and actors (where it is on a profit-sharing basis). Kindly note that the ROI does not include income from satellite, music and digital rights. Ratio Of Success – Super-Hit = 150%+ ROI Hit-100 = 150% ROI Semi-Hit = 50-100% ROI Average = 0-50% ROI Flop = Negative ROI Now, here is the box office report for the first half of 2018. Super-Hits © AA Films What is interesting to note, is that all the super-hit films have been the highest grossing films for each of the actors involved – Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Alia Bhatt, Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh. For some of them, it is even their first INR 100, INR 200 or even INR 300 crore film. The box office numbers of these films are as follows - 'Padmaavat' – INR 302.15 crores 'Sanju' - INR 319.64 crores and still counting as of 16th July 2018 'Baaghi 2' - INR 165 crores 'Raazi' - INR 123.17 crores 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' - INR 108.46 crores Note that the budget of 'Padmaavat' was INR 210 crores, which is the most expensive Bollywood film to date. Despite controversies over the film's release, court proceedings and not seeing a release in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, the film collected INR 585 crores worldwide. It is currently the 9th highest grossing Indian film of all time. For the same reason, it has found its place in this list. Hits © Pooja Entertainment 'Pad Man', 'Raid', 'Hichki', '102 Not Out', 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' and 'Veere Di Wedding' were all hits at the box office and brought in a large enough audience to keep the cash registers ringing. Each of these films covered different genres and also brought two leading ladies back to the silver screen – Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor Khan. While both content and star-power worked in favor of the first 5 films, 'Veere Di Wedding' worked on the basis of marketing, star-power of its leading ladies and the controversial adult content in the film. The collection of these films are – 'Raid' – INR 101.54 crores 'Veere Di Wedding' – INR 80.23 crores 'Pad Man' – INR 78.95 crores 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' – INR 65.36 crores '102 Not Out' - INR 51.79 crores 'Hichki' – INR 46.17 crores Average © NH Studioz Though Shoojit Sircar's 'October' was more of an off-beat film and received rave reviews from critics, it just managed to sustain itself in theatres. With an earning of INR 45.36 crores, it was an average affair at the box office, which was primarily due to the presence of Varun Dhawan. Further on, two horrible films also find mention in this list, solely due to their star-power - Salman Khan's 'Race 3' and Anushka Sharma's 'Pari' bringing in INR 169 crores and INR 24.65 crores respectively. Flops © Reliance Entertainment It is not that 2018 has been a flop-proof year so far at the box office. Neeraj Pandey-directed 'Aiyaary' starring Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee tanked big time at the box-office with only INR 17 crores coming in at the box-office. To add to the list, the other big-time flops films are – 'Mukkabaaz', 'Kaalakaandi', 'Welcome To New York', '3 Storeys', 'Dil Juunglee', 'Blackmail', 'Omerta' and 'Bhavesh Joshi Superhero'. All of these films hardly brought in INR 50 crores in total. Neither the star-power nor the content worked in favor of these films and as a result, they turned out to be huge disappointments for all involved.
  18. The PTI chairman was addressing a rally in Nathia Gali/ file photoNATHIA GALI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif will have to go to Adiala Jail as well ?...
  19. Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 ? a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UN?s HIV/AIDS agency said Wednesday. Photo: Online PARIS: Almost three in five people...
  20. When was the last time you came out of a movie hall appreciating an actor who didn't play the lead role? We have all heard people say that so and so is a Salman Khan or a Shah Rukh Khan movie. In fact, every time a new movie is released or a director announces a new project, the first thing that comes to our mind is to look at the cast. Is Ranveer Singh or Hrithik Roshan a part of it? VB Pictures But, have you ever heard anyway ask whether actors like Vijay Raaz or Deepak Dobriyal are a part of the movie or not? In fact, chances are, you might not even know these names, despite the fact that we grew up watching them and loving their performances. So let me take this opportunity to introduce some names that you might have never heard of before, but have always been a part of our favourite movies. 1. Pankaj Tripathi Twitter Pankaj Tripathi, one of the most versatile actors, has been a part of a lot of big ticket movies but not many people know about him. Be it 'Newton', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' or 'Gangs Of Wasseypur', Tripathi with his phenomenal acting did justice to each character he took on. 2. Deepak Dobriyal Maddock Films 'Omkara' actor Deepak Dobriyal is one of the finest and the most underrated actors in Bollywood. Honestly, had the goofy Pappi Ji not helped his friend R. Madhavan in his love story with Kangana Ranaut, we would have never got 'Tanu Weds Manu'. In 'Hindi Medium' while we all loved Irrfan Khan, the fact that Deepak gave a powerful performance and made his presence felt throughout the movie cannot be ignored. 3. Vijay Raaz Sridevi Productions Abhishek Bachchan's 'Run' wasn't really a commercial success at the box office and most of us might not even remember a movie of this name being made. But those who remember the movie, I am sure they only know it for Vijay Raaz and his renowned 'kauwa biryani'. It also goes without saying that he was one of the best things about 'Delhi Belly', 'Dedh Ishqiya' and 'Welcome', although he was a supporting actor. 4. Manav Kaul T-Series All those who have seen Vidya Balan's latest movie 'Tumhari Sulu', the name Manav Kaul might still be fresh in your memories. Actor and Director Manav Kaul even won the Best Supporting Actor Award for the same. He is now gearing up for another big ticket release 'Ghoul', Netflix's first Indian supernatural series. 5. Anand Tiwari Yash Raj Films Anand Tiwari, who has movies like 'Go Goa Gone', 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!', 'Udaan', 'Aisha' and 'Kites' in his kitty, might sound like a new name in the industry, but he's actually one of the most talented actors. He also directed Vicky Kaushal's popular movie on Netflix, 'Love Per Square Foot'. 6. Pavan Malhotra Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Out of all these names, Pavan Malhotra is probably the most popular one in this list. In fact, we've seen him in movies like 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', 'Jab We Met', 'Wazir', 'Rustom' and 'Children of War'; but how many of us remember this brilliant actor by his name? 7. Brijendra Kala Brijendra Kala is another talent who deserves more recognition that what he's getting now. While most of us, including me, remember him through his performances in 'Jab We Met', 'PK' and 'Paan Singh Tomar'; it's shocking that barely anyone knows his name. 8. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Red Chillies Entertainment He was Shah Rukh Khan's partner-in-crime in 'Raees', Dhanush's best friend in 'Raanjhanaa', gave a bike ride to Kangana and got acquainted with her in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'. He even played the antagonist Manu Sharma in 'No One Killed Jessica'. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is a face we've seen in a lot of movies, but sadly not many people know him by name. 9. Meher Vij Aamir Khan Productions With some notable performances in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' and 'Secret Superstar', television actress Meher Vij has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood. Time and again she has surprised us with her choice of movies and the characters she portrays on-screen. At 31, playing a mother to a teenager is not easy, yet she did a fantastic job with her persuasive performance. 10. Tillotoma Shome MacGuffin Pictures We've all seen the latest Tata Namak ad starring Konkana Sen Sharma. We even laugh at the concept and feel bad for the woman who either gets shot up in the sky or gets brutally dropped underground. That woman is Tillotoma Shome, who has been a part of movies like 'Children of War', 'A Death In The Gunj', 'Qissa', 'Hindi Medium' and 'Tasher Desh' to name a few. It's needless to say that she deserves more recognition that what she's getting now.
  21. “Experience monsoon in Mumbai, and you'll never feel like going to any other place in the world”, someone famously said this and there is no better way to describe this amazing city. This city offers a million options and exciting choices to its patrons and never disappoints you. While I write this article, it's raining heavily outside and the view is simply to die for. This city's affair with monsoon has its own ups and downs. It's also one of those times when you can't say no to your sinful urge to hog on some crispy pakoras and enjoy a hot cup of ginger tea, or when you just desperately want to grab your gang and spend an evening at some amazing eatery with delicious food. So, keeping your culinary needs in mind we have some great restaurant suggestions for you, to ensure you have a blast with your favourite gang. 1. Boston Butt (c) Boston Butt In a city where you have tons of dining options, The Boston Butt comes as a breath of fresh air. Inspired by the pre-Prohibition era in the US, this place has everything that gives you a Boston feel. From music, food, to the decor, the place immediately transports you to another state altogether. For those who wonder what the name is all about, let us give you an insight. The Boston Butt is the American name for the flesh of the pork cut from the upper part of the shoulder and is usually used for pulled pork (considered to be the tastiest part). Needless to say, the place indeed has a magnificent menu. The meat dishes are to die for and there's smoked food in almost every course. What makes it unique is the part how essentials like soda, bread, and ice-creams are made in-house. And boy, if you are tired of gimmicky cocktails that are served at every possible bar in Mumbai, their bar menu is all smiles. Believe us, this place will bring your love for food alive. Where: 1st Floor, Rampart Row, Near Rhythm House, Kalaghoda, Fort, Mumbai Cost for 2: Rs. 1,700 approximately. What to eat and drink: Glitter beer, War & Peach, Mugwort, Sunset Boulevard, Nachos mezze, Smoke pulled bread, Burgers, Seafood Gumbo and Tenderloin Steak 2. Amanzi Sky Deck And Bar (c) Amanzi Break away from your uber-busy life and laze around the poolside as you relish some amazing in-house cocktails. Situated at Hill Road, Bandra, Amanzi will amaze you with its ambiance, delectable food, presentation and great sheesha. Yes, it serves one of the best sheeshas in the town. But the selling point of this place is its palatable food, tiki drinks with great molecular mixology and great staff. Bringing in the concept of combing best of two worlds, this place serves desi dishes in videshi style and it's worth every penny. If you are someone who likes customizing, chef Akshay Kale is at your service. Want special attention? Just call for the Dominic Gomes, the Manager, and you are sorted. This is indeed one of the best places that lets you enjoy your night and relax at the same time. Where: 164, 3rd Floor, Cest La Vie, Hill Road, Bandra West Cost for 2: 2000 approximately. What to eat and drink: Pirate Bay, Diablo, GLT, Galangal Sour, Pav Bhaji fondue, Paneer bhurji quesadilla, Malvani chicken ghee roast, Goan Prawns curry with steamed rice, Chocolate indulgence, Death by chocolate 3. Lord Of the Drinks (c) LOTD The popular Delhi pub has finally made its way to Mumbai's bay. Lord of the Drinks, is an amazing place divided into two storeys. And as the name goes, this Lord definitely stands out from its contemporaries. Following a beautiful theme, the decor is earthy, brightening the place with its retro and yellow lighting. The menu offers a contemporary mix of Indian fusion dishes, paired along with some tropical drinks. Lord Of the Drinks is one the best places for a large gang which guarantees the best night with great DJ, food, drinks and dance floor. One of the best places in the suburbs for sure. Where: Ground Floor, Aver House, New Link Road, Veera Desai Area, Mumbai Veera Desai Area Cost for 2: 1400 approximately. What to eat and drink: Butter Beer, LOTD LIIT, Paan Ice Cream Martini, Crispy Chilli Lamb, Tender Coconut galangal soup, Wild mushroom galouti on toast, Charred lemongrass, and Chilly skewers chicken 4. JLWA (c) JLWA This weekend, do yourself a favour and head to JLWA with your gang and you won't be disappointed. This Bandra resto-bar promises gastronomical experience, new cocktail infusions, and items that you might not have tried before. JLWA roots for everything that defines modern and progressive. This fine-dining place is a must-visit. What makes it different is how it gives a modern twist to traditional dishes. The bar and the food menu are unconventional and you can't help but order multiple items from it. Spread over a 4,500 sq-ft space, the place surprises you with its ambiance and music. And if Bollywood defines you, then don't even think twice before heading here. The vibe that the whole place gives is posh and inviting, making it also a perfect destination for a cozy date night with your love. Where: 3rd Floor, VN Sphere Turner, Linking Road, Bandra West Cost for 2: 1600 approximately. What to eat and drink: Dahi Kebab, Soya Chaap, Maple Whiskey, Kala Kawa, Element, Cheesy Cheese MMT, JD Prawns 5. Snob (c) Snob This newly opened lounge in Mumbai is Bandra's need of the hour. While Bandra has many lounges, this place stands out from the crowd. It has everything you need to ensure your millennial gang has a LIT time. Sheesha + Cocktails + Food + EDM Music + Fancy dance floor + huge LED screen = EPIC Time. While most lounges serve excellent cocktails, this one has the amazing chef Hisham Patel, who makes sure your taste goblets are having a blast too. Pick anything from their menu and you will not be disappointed. If you are a meat person, you will be surprised to see how they are cooked to perfection and you can relish the juiciness and the tenderness of it. The bartender has his own charm and can whip up cocktails according to your preference. And the plus points are the talented artists from EVC performing there and also the salsa nights. Now, how cool is that? Where: Plot 3, 85, 4th Floor, Gitaneel Arcade, Next to Elco Market, Hill Road, Bandra West Cost for 2: 2100 approximately. What to eat and drink: For she had eyes, Take me home, Snob temptation, Crispy chicken snobster in charcoal slider, Orange soy lamb, Falafel in pita pocket, Sheekh kebab, pasta, Dynamite fires, 6. Above & Beyond (c) Above and Beyond Already a popular eatery, this vegetarian place has now started serving non-vegetarian cuisine as well. This little place is perfect for friends who are trying to catch up on good times in a cozy decor. The colourful ambiance makes you smile while the wooden blinds balance the texture. The place is all about conversations over board games. The coolest thing is the open kitchen that instantly catches your mind and the fragrance of the fresh herbs plays with your nostrils, making you tempted for food instantly. And yes it is sasta, sunista, and tikaoo, making sure your pocket is happy too! Where: Ramanna Compound, Opposite Apollo Clinic, Mahakali Caves Road, Mahakali, Mumbai Cost for 2: 800 approximately. What to eat and drink: Pasta, waffles, Potato wedges, Caramelised mushroom sandwich, hot chocolate, smoothies So, gather your lazy gang and get going, because everyone loves good food & booze...and don't let the rains stop you from having some well-deserved fun!
  22. Smartphone companies have always been battling amongst each other to innovate or create a product that may sway customers towards them. Some companies rely on offering competitive prices while others try to innovate. Innovation as a word is thrown around by presenters and company representatives, however, only a few are able to achieve that. Apple innovated with the introduction of Face ID while other companies simply copied the concept. © BCCL Having said that, there's a new player in town that is making waves more than any other smartphone company in the world. It could be argued whether this company is innovative or not, however, there is one thing for certain — creative. BBK electronics, the holding company behind companies like Oppo, VIVO, and OnePlus have been selling smartphones like hot cakes in India and China. The company shipped 39 million devices in 2016 alone, and is now looking to disrupt the smartphone market with clever features and creativity. How the in-display sensor works on the #vivox21. Been playing with the phone for a week and I'm surprised to see this new technology already in mass production. The phone is the first of its kind and will be available to buy from 29th May #vivox21 #smartphones #gadgets A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 29, 2018 at 1:39am PDT BBK electronics has managed to launch an under the display fingerprint sensor on its VIVO branded smartphones while being creative to solve common smartphone problems. In the age of full view displays, smartphones companies have found it very difficult to launch a product that is truly bezel-less. Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch while others simply copied the concept. © BCCL Oppo and Vivo managed to creatively tackle this issue with a creative idea. Smartphones were unable to achieve a truly bezel-less display, simply because companies could not figure out where to stick the selfie camera. Some tried to place it at the bottom while others just adopted the notch. Both Oppo and Vivo managed to hide the selfie camera in a very creative manner. The concept isn't new, but BBK electronics managed to hide the selfie camera by using mechanical moving parts. © YouTube Both companies i.e. VIVO and OPPO have showcased the 'NEX' and 'Find X' where both smartphones were able to achieve a full view display without any bezels. This was possible because of the selfie camera that would pop-out whenever needed. The Vivo NEX and Oppo 'Find X' both have Full View displays, no visible selfie camera, no notch and a near-non-existent top bezel. That's more than what Samsung and Apple can say about their products. What's impressive is that BBK electronics has managed to mass produce these concepts in no time and is already making its way to the Indian smartphone market. Sure it can be argued that Apple's Face ID is nearly perfect and doesn't require a feature like this on iPhones, however, we can confidently say that the competition is being damn creative.
  23. Samsung announced its upcoming Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 9 and teased a gold S Pen in a gold colourway. It may have looked like a promotional poster back then, however, a new leaked picture shows that it may have been the truth. © Samsung The poster was leaked by a Twitter user called Ice universe and even though it does not include many details about the Note 9, it does reaffirm the previous poster that was shown off by Samsung. From the poster, we can conclude that Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor to a better location, i.e. below the dual camera setup. The poster also confirms that the Galaxy Note 9 has retained the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a plus for audio fanatics. Galaxy Note9/S Pen pic.twitter.com/uAqOpZY2VC — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 12, 2018 However, the poster reveals other details such as the beautiful purple colour for the Galaxy Note 9. The colour has already been on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, however, what's interesting is the contrasting gold S pen that comes along with it. Previous rumours have suggested the Note 9 will have a separate battery and Bluetooth connectivity for additional functionality and features. © Twitter Samsung is all set to announce the phone on August 9th and we're expecting something big from the South Korean company. What do you think about the Galaxy Note 9 and the new S Pen? Let us know in the comment section if you are interested to buy Samsung's latest offering.
  24. Geo.tv/FilesLAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arranged two helicopters for the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam, upon their arrival tomorrow (July 13) from London, Geo...
  25. File photo of Burj Al Arab in Dubai.ISLAMABAD: Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Memon informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that 4,221 Pakistanis have foreign bank accounts and assets in the United Arab Emirates...