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  1. As India gears up for Republic Day tomorrow, anticipations run high for what promises to be an important and momentous parade ceremony - although with over 10,000 security personnel assigned to cover the event, itâs also one of the countryâs most extensive displays of armed and even digitized security forces throughout its history. Controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro happens to be this yearâs chief guest, and according to DCP (New Delhi Zone) Eish Singhal, special security arrangements have been made to accommodate him and his entourage. © Reuters âWe have a four-layer security arrangement. Inner, middle, outer and one along the border areas across the national capital,â Singhal said, adding that drones will also be deployed. âAround 5,000 to 6,000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in New Delhi district along with 50 companies of paramilitary forces.â No traffic will be allowed on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to India Gate from 6 pm on Saturday till the parade gets over on Sunday. Access to Rajpathâs main zone will continue to be cut off till 12 PM on Sunday with several facial recognition cameras deployed around the area to help identify and apprehend potential suspects during the event. âWe have intensified patrolling in public places. Group patrolling, night patrolling and vehicle checking is being carried out with the help of Central Armed Police Forces. Frisking at metro stations, railway stations, airports and bus terminals has also been tightened,â a senior police official said. Along with the heightened patrols, the police have also instructed hotel staff, taxi and autorickshaw drivers to stay alert. âTenant and servant verification, border checking, security of vital installations, malls and markets, patrolling in heavy footfall areasâ were among the anti-terror measures listed by police officials. View the full article
  2. Let's imagine two scenarios: one where you are being a beast in the gym, sweating it out in all your glory, and second where you are running outdoors with the wind blowing in your hair. The scenarios are so different but yet, 60% of Indians wear the same shoes to the gym. Are you one of them? If you're nodding in unison, we have news for you. You need different shoes for running and the gym. We often forget the importance of the right fitness gear while working out, which more often than always, results in acute athletic injuries that are hard to fix. While many people mainly focus on cardio or running which requires the same type of shoes, there are more and more people who are taking up high-intensity workouts which is why Reebok took-up the challenge of creating the perfect shoes for HIIT training. HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training is a combination of brief, very-high intensity bursts of cardio exercise followed by equal or longer periods of rest. Think 30 seconds to a minute of sprinting, followed by a minute or two of walking or slow jogging. Repeat this cycle for just 10 minutes, and you'll complete a HIIT workout. These workouts require shoes that fulfil specific needs. Here's what the experts have to say about this. "The last thing I want to worry about during a workout are my shoes! I want them to be comfortable and fit right and almost want to forget about them.” - Namrita Purohit, Celebrity trainer "Wearing the wrong shoes for your workout not just means a less effective workout, it can also lead to a bad injury. The Reebok HIIT TR is built with grip, stability, and durability to handle anything that you throw it's way, whether squatting, jumping, sprinting or lifting, you don't need to hold anything back. The Reebok HIIT TR has evolved beyond the standard running or training shoe using technology designed specifically for all types of workouts."- Shivoham, celebrity trainer The Reebok HIIT shoes have rubber on the outsole to maintain the grip athletes need, along with wrapping the rubber outsole up over the toe to protect against burpees and planks, providing durability and also maintain stability using the built-in a midfoot support cage to lock in the foot. We wanted to ask you, the readers what your take is on different shoes for running and gym. If you too use one pair of running shoes for the gym, you need to head to Reebok to buy your pair of HIIT shoes today. View the full article
  3. HP has been making some of the most incredible laptops lately and their new Spectre x360 is one of those notebooks that was designed to impress. The Spectre line up, for those of you who don't know, has a lot of premium notebooks and they're known for their performance and sleek design. HP recently updated its Spectre x360 for 2019 and it's arguably one of the best two-in-one notebooks we've used so far. Well, I've been using the new 2019 HP Spectre x360 for quite some time now, and here's my full review. 1. Design and Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design of the Spectre x360, there's hardly anything to complain about. It's by far the most beautiful laptop I've ever used and I am coming from the Alienware m15 R2, which I touted to be amongst the most beautiful gaming laptops. It has a top-notch build quality and it screams premium from any and all angles you look at it from. I specifically like how the top left and right corners of the notebook are diagonal. There's a power button on the side whereas there's an additional USB Type-C port on the other, which I mostly use for charging. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Since this is a two-in-one notebook, it's furnished with a 360-degree hinge. You can rotate the screen and transform it into a tablet-like device or set it up in tent mode, which is great for watching media. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting to use the X360 in the tablet mode, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't. In fact, using the x360 in the tablet mode is what I found myself doing the most. The touchscreen experience was great, at least better than forcing myself to touch the screen while using it in the normal mode. And since it's so lightweight (under 1.5Kg), it was super easy for me to carry it around. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If you are looking for a premium laptop with the exceptional build quality, then I'd say look no further. The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops out there and the fact that it's so portable, makes it an easy sell. It simply looks astounding. 2. Display The variant which I got to review came with a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED panel. All the HP Spectre x360 panels measure 13.3-inch and they all support multi-touch in order to be used in the tablet mode. Though the touch screen works without any issues with fingers, HP is giving a stylus at no extra cost with every purchase of the Spectre x360. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP That's great because it comes in handy at times and buying one can usually be quite expensive. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla glass, so you don't have to worry about any scratches or damages even while using it in the tablet mode. Regardless of the mode that I was using it in, the display was fantastic. And it's an AMOLED panel, it had deep blacks and punchy colours, which is how I like the displays. Watching Netflix, or simply browsing through different web pages looked great on this notebook. And it's a 4k panel, so everything was nice and crispy too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also on-point when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy. The 4k model isn't available in all the market, but if it's available where you live and if your budget allows for it, then I'd say just go for this one. It's so worth the extra money. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The HP Spectre has a chiclet-style keyboard with well-spaced keys and decent travel. As a writer, I completely enjoyed using the keyboard to churn out articles. I can always appreciate hefty clicks and satisfying responses, and that's exactly what I got from the Spectre. It's an attractive keyboard with a large and easy-to-read font. The keys also have two levels of backlighting, so you won't have any issues using it at night. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, well, I'd say it's pretty decent. I would've preferred a slightly larger trackpad, but given the fact that the Spectre x360 itself has a pretty small form factor, there's not much room to complain. But other than that, I think the trackpad is pretty solid. It has Windows Precision Drivers and it had absolutely no trouble keeping up with my rapid movements. Also, since the Spectre x360 has a touch panel, I found myself using it more often than using the trackpad itself for things like selecting an item, copy and paste, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck to let you get in using Windows Hello. 4. Ports © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The HP Spectre x360 won't satisfy your hunger for ports, but I promise that it won't leave you hanging in search of a dongle. On the left side, you get a drop-down USB A port along with a headphone jack. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card slot and a switch to kill the webcam. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yeah, it doesn't have too many ports, but I think it's just enough to keep you going. I just wish one of the thunderbolt 3 ports was on the other side of the laptop, so I could charge it from either side. But that's just me and it's nothing to worry about. 5. Audio © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Spectre x360's speakers are below the chassis, which is probably the worst place to put a speaker. There are no two ways about it. I mean, they're still good enough to fill a medium-sized room but imagine but there's still something missing. The speakers are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, but that doesn't really make up for the poor placement. It sounds nice and crispy, but don't expect anything that would make you want to get and dance. 6. Performance The variant which I reviewed was equipped with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. During my usage, I'd say the laptop managed to hold up pretty well for my everyday use. I didn't encounter any snags while using it, which is always a good sign. This isn't a gaming laptop, so I obviously didn't use it to check off a couple of Fortnite matches. But it managed to handle a stress test by loading about 15 odd Google Chrome tabs, out of which many of them were playing videos. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The new 10nm chipset gives the Spectre x360 upgraded Iris Plus graphics. It managed to score well over 18,000 on Geekbench test surpassing some other competing laptops in this space. Honestly, I won't be surprised if you managed to load Fortnite and get a couple of "Victory Royale" as long as you're not cranking up the graphics. Overall, I'd say the HP Spectre x360 is a powerful machine that can take care of all your day-to-day tasks without any issues. The added versatility of having a touch panel and stylus makes it very useful in many scenarios. This is the kind of laptop that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a portable and powerful notebook for college or work. 7. Battery Life I am usually very sceptical about the battery life when it comes to super portable machines like this, but the HP Spectre x360 was beyond surprising. I was constantly getting around 10 to 11 hours of battery life with my workload on a daily basis and that's quite impressive. In fact, I never bothered carrying the charger to work with me knowing that I have enough juice to push through a regular day. It's that good. Obviously, it'll depend on the kind of work you're doing too, but I'd say it'll still give impressive battery performance. 8. The Final Say © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, the HP Spectre x360 starts at Rs. 1,24,990 in India. The variant which I got to review will cost you Rs. 1,74,990, which is a lot of money. However, I think the HP Spectre x360 is definitely worth it. Yes, there are a lot of other 2-in-1's in the market, but I doubt if any of them are nearly as premium as the Spectre x360. And the fact that it's fitted with the latest and the greatest hardware, makes it a really compelling option. A beautiful design, compact form factor, slim bezels around the display, and stellar battery life. Honestly, if it wasn't for the poorly placed speakers on this laptop, I would've given it a perfect score. If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop for your day-to-day work with great build quality and impressive performance, then I'd say just get the HP Spectre x360. You won't be disappointed with your purchase. View the full article
  4. The three-match ODI series between India and the visiting Australian team came to an end in favour of the hosts on Sunday after the experienced Indian batsmen paved way for the younger, more energetic players to chase down the total in style. Two of the best batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played their natural games - Sharma with his fireworks, capitalising on every opportunity to hit boundaries, and Kohli keeping in pace with the required run rate with quick singles in the early and mid phases of the Indian innings. INDIA WIN A clinical performance by #TeamIndia as they win by 7 wickets and clinch the series 2-1.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/LnhgbjdDI8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 Having said that, there was one man who had the potential to become the bane of success for the Men in Blue during the three 50-over matches between Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru - Adam Zampa. As a 27-year-old, Zampa has already made a name for himself as one of the more successful leg spinners and his reputation preceeded him ahead of the series. Before the first match at Wankhede, the Australian had dismissed Kohli three times in the given format of the game. The Indian batting lineup was taken by surprise with the level bowling produced by the men from Down Under and history repeated itself when Zampa picked the skipper's wicket for the fourth time on January 14. Kohli falls to Zampa once again...for the 4th time in the ODIs. No spinner has dismissed Kohli more than 4 times in the ODIs. The best ball ever bowled to Kohli in the ODIs is also from a leggie. When Adil Rashid cleaned up Kohli. #INDvAUS — slowyorker (@slowyorker1) January 14, 2020 “I just don't think he [Virat Kohli] is showing Zampa enough respect and he paid the price,” former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh had commented after the match. Zampa got the best of the Indian Captain yet again during the Rajkot match. Regardless of the fact that Kohli went on to strike a heroic 78 off 76, the leggie dismissed him for a record fifth time in ODIs eight innings. He also trapped Sharma with an LBW eight runs ahead of his half-century. Virat Kohli dismissed off the bowling of Adam Zampa for the 5th time in his ODI career. Among the bowlers who have played ODIs against Kohli, only Ravi Rampaul has dismissed Virat Kohli more often (6 times). #INDvAUS — Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) January 17, 2020 Finally, Zampa picked the most important wicket of the day during the Bengaluru match when he forced Sharma to go for a big shot which led to him getting caught at the boundary by Mitchell Starc. Rohit Sharma skies one off Adam Zampa, falls for 119 India still need 80 off 78https://t.co/ECkYWX3Mmh | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/rDJnNZH0Nq — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 19, 2020 While Zampa was responsible for removing the biggest names of the game from the crease in three consecutive matches, it was also evident that they were afraid to take risks against the bowler. Both Sharma and Kohli tried to live through his spell and waited for his six deliveries to get over before they could slam other bowlers for boundaries. But how is it that the spinner was able to create such terror in the hearts of two of the most fierce hitters of the sport? In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Zampa explained: “I keep saying India is one of the toughest places to tour. I think keep it simple, don't be too hard on yourself. Preparation against these guys is really important. Virat [Kohli] is a really intense player, so body language is really important,” he said. “The conditions here, you see a lot of dew at night time so a couple of preparations with the wet ball is really important. And obviously you prepare differently for different guys,” he continued. “So, someone like Virat, you know he's sweating on bad bowling, he's got his strengths. And then you have guys like Rohit [Sharma], who obviously is a six-hitter, he loves hitting boundaries. You might bowl some good balls to him and he might defend them but you know that he's going to come hard at you, early or at the back-end of your over. So it's definitely individualised preparation. “I think very minor variations; good defensive bowling is important here. I don't think over-attacking as a leg spinner is really beneficial sometimes particularly on smaller grounds. I think your best ball and your best defense as a bowler is really important,” he added. View the full article
  5. If you're troubled with a balding patch or receding hairline or even hair thinning for that matter, you should know that besides wigs, hair transplants and even shaving it all off, there are other alternatives out there that could prove to be the right fit for you. One such alternative is a hairline tattoo that has gained ground in recent years. What is a hair tattoo? Hair tattoo, otherwise known as scalp micro-pigmentation, is a method of cosmetic pigmentation. It is a medical, non-surgical cosmetic tattoo. Similar to traditional tattooing, it works by injecting pigment into the scalp to give the illusion of full growth. However, hairline tattooing is not at all like traditional tattooing. The contrast lies in the type of needle and kind of ink used. Traditional tattoo needles are large, deeming them unfit for hairline tattooing as they could be potentially too imprecise in replicating the look and texture of tiny hair follicles. This is, perhaps, why for hairline tattoos, microneedle is used that looks precisely like hair. However, it's assured that the final result will not look like a painted-on dot, so you don't have to worry about that. Besides this, tattoos go five layers into the skin, while micro-pigmentation only goes two layers deep. The reason behind this is because the deeper pigment is placed inside the skin, the more likely it is to lose its round shape and spread out, resulting in an unnatural look. But a good-rated professional ideally keeps this in mind while working your scalp. How do they trump wigs and hair transplant you ask? Scalp pigmentation can provide you with a result that is unique and specially tailored to your skin tone and hair colour which the professionals assess beforehand to get an authentic-looking hair growth that looks natural. Besides, the micro-pigmentation isn't only an available procedure for those who are bald. You can also get tweaks like a soft hairline and widowed peak tattooing, the “Edge Up” (also known as the “Jamie Foxx”), or adding density to thinning hair. © Getty images This treatment ideally takes about three sessions to complete, with an initial consultation to decide the style, the colour of hair in relation to your complexion etc. The first treatment session lays the foundation for the new look. The second round allows to fill in more details and go a shade darker than the initial session. It's during this treatment that your new look really comes to life and is perfected. You don't have to worry about your hair looking offputting in comparison to your natural hair when the ink is implanted into the affected area. It's matched carefully to your natural hair colour. Additionally, practitioners tend to go a shade darker than your natural colour as it gives the illusion of a shadow and the appearance of three-dimensional, natural hair. © Viral Bhayani Ranbir Kapoor is rumoured to have got his hairline fixed cosmetically. It's important to carefully select your practitioner on the basis of reviews online and a face-to-face consultation to get the desired result that you want. View the full article
  6. Up until a few days ago, we were hearing a lot of rumors about Apple's iPhone SE 2. But the last couple of rumors have suggested that the iPhone SE 2 that we were hearing about would actually be called iPhone 9. Either way, it's a new iPhone, so it's definitely something to get excited about. The new iPhone 9 is said to be an iPhone 8 successor, which is why it'll apparently look similar to that. According to a new report by a Japanese publication, the iPhone 9's design will closely resemble the iPhone 8, which means it'll use the same chassis. © YouTube/ MKBHD However, the new iPhone 9 is said to feature a bigger display, so let's just say that we're essentially looking at a phone that looks like the iPhone 8, but with a bigger display. While the iPhone 8 featured a 4.7-inch LCD panel, the new one is said to come with a 5.4-inch display. A bigger display in the same body of the iPhone 8 also means that there won't be any room for TouchID or the button at the bottom. So, the iPhone 9 will have a TrueDepth camera for FaceID tech. As for the internals, it looks like the iPhone 9 will be powered by the new A13 Bionic chip, which is the same one that's powering the current-gen iPhones. That's great because it's one of the most powerful chips in the market right now. © YouTube/ MKBHD We don't know much about the optics, but if the rumors are something to go by, then we can expect to see an improved camera over the one found on the iPhone 8. Let's just wait for more info to roll out on that. But overall, the iPhone 9 is shaping up to be a really good device. The fact that it'll be smaller like the iPhone 8 and will pack all the latest and the greatest internals and features like FaceID will probably make it a lucrative option for people looking to upgrade from an older iPhone. And since we're not looking at an OLED panel with a notch or anything, it could also be priced relatively low, making it an absolute no-brainer. We're really excited to check out this new phone, so stay tuned for more info on the same. Source: Macotakara View the full article
  7. Ever since Xiaomi's POCO F1 became a huge hit, people have been flooding Xiaomi with questions about the next POCO phone. Unfortunately, there was a lot of evidence suggesting that Xiaomi has ditched the brand and we won't be seeing any new phone from POCO. In fact, people had lost all their hopes when Xiaomi launched the Redmi K20 and the K20 Pro in India. There was no way Xiaomi was going to compete with their own device. But now, it's a new year, so we're pretty positive about the POCO F2. And thankfully, we have some evidence suggesting that the POCO F2 is happening after all. Yes, we now have some solid evidence that there could be a POCO F2 in 2020. As spotted by a Twitter user who goes by the handle @_the_tech_guy, Xiaomi has filed a trademark application for a device named POCO F2. Yes, check it out - #Xiaomi files trademark application for POCO F2 So the POCO series exists and POCO F2 is coming soon .....#xiaomi #pocoPhone #POCOF2 pic.twitter.com/3JDwplv9IJ — _the_tech_guy (@_the_tech_guy) January 11, 2020 The document is a clear indication that the successor is coming. And a similar trademark for "POCO" showed up right before the launch of POCO F1 as well, so we think we're very close to the launch. If it's really happening, then we think the phone will come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC. However, it's worth making a note that the Snapdragon 865 is 5G chipset, which means the POCO F2 could be significantly expensive. But we're not sure about that just yet. The brand could very well launch the phone with a different chipset. © Akshay Bhalla/ MensXP Sadly, that's all we know about this phone currently. We hope to learn more about it very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more details. View the full article
  8. All the Samsung fanboys out there are probably waiting for the big announcement to see the next phone in the highly anticipated Galaxy S series. The company has been updating this line up for 10 years now, so let's just say it's something that we all are looking forward to. But it looks like Samsung has some different plans this year. The company appears to be re-branding the series and the new name is said to be Galaxy S20. The same has been confirmed through a series of leaked images showing the phone. The images were obtained by the folks over at XDA Developers. Here, take a look at it yourself - S20+ 5G looks absolutely insane pic.twitter.com/0vppZ65wys — Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020 As you can see, the phone's startup screen confirms the name. Why did they change the name? Well, nobody knows that for now. Perhaps they are naming by year now? Anyway, we can also see a punch hole on the front for the selfie camera, which is similar to the Galaxy Note 10. The phone seen in the image is a Galaxy S20+ 5G, so it's the larger variant. If XDA's source is something to go by, then it looks like we'll be getting more than a few variants this year. Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G — Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020 On the back, we can see the large camera array that's rumored to include a regular wide angle lens, an ultra-wide angle lens, portrait, and even a macro lens. It's funny how the sticker at the back specifically says "Do Not Leak Info". For those of you who are interested, Samsung will be unveiling all the phone at its Unpacked event on February 11. We'll definitely be bringing you all the updates from the event, so stay tuned. Source: XDA Developers View the full article
  9. Samsung has already confirmed that the company will be hosting its “Unpacked” launch event on February 11, 2020. It is usually the time when Samsung announces new Galaxy S phones and this year the Galaxy S20 is expected to launch. A previous leak suggested that the Galaxy S11 will probably be called Galaxy S20 and we can expect three models this year from the South Korean giant. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We kind of have an idea that the Galaxy S20 will feature some of the latest specifications thanks to a recent leak put together by Phone Arena which details every single piece of information about the three upcoming smartphones. In the below image, the three phones that will be launching are the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. © Phone Arena The Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the first Samsung phone to sport a periscope zoom camera which will be an exclusive feature for the handset. The Galaxy S20 is also expected to launch on March 6, if this leak by Phone Arena is to be believed. At the moment, Phone Arena's information cannot be verified, which is why we advise you to take this leak with a pinch of salt. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Pricing for the three smartphones also leaked, revealing a $799 price tag for the S20, $999 for S20+ and $1,099 for the S20 Ultra. The Indian prices for the smartphones are expected to be different as Samsung tends to price it a bit lower in India, thanks to the presence of their manufacturing units in the country. We will learn more about the three units closer to the reveal event where the prices and the launch date will be officially announced. Source: Phone Arena View the full article
  10. Tuxedos are expensive - not just in terms of money, but also towards the environment, considering how often, they require a lot of effort and exquisite materials to be made. With the award season just beginning to heat up, we can easily expect celebrities to walk down the red carpet in a number of exquisite and spectacular tuxedos and suits. © Reuters Well, it turns out, a lot of celebrities, barring Joaquin Phoenix. The actor who perhaps gave us the most nuanced and menacing portrayal of Batman's archnemesis, in Todd Phillip's Joker, whose endearing portrayal of Arther Fleck, in a way, redefined how we see antiheroes in films, has decided to stick to just one set of tuxedo. © Reuters This actually is a major break away from the tradition that celebrities have religiously followed of wearing something new and noteworthy for each award ceremony they attend. Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer who has designed and made the suit that Joaquin has chosen for this award season, put out a statement, which reveals why Joaquin has decided to take this route. © Reuters View this post on Instagram This man is a winner… wearing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet and all of its creatures. He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud and honoured to join forces with you Joaquin, keep inspiring and keep shining your light x Stella⣠Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor at the 77th Golden Globe awards, wearing a custom #StellaMenswear Tuxedo.⣠. #JoaquinPhoenix⣠#StellaMcCartney⣠#GoldenGlobes #InStella A post shared by Stella McCartney (@stellamccartney) on Jan 6, 2020 at 3:09am PST “Joaquin chooses to make choices for the future of the planet and all of its creatures. Therefore, he has chosen to wear the same tux for the entire award season to reduce waste,” reads her Instagram post. Considering how most fashion houses are moving towards sustainability in a major way, this is actually a rather welcome step that honestly more celebrities should seriously consider. © Reuters Who would've thought that the planet would find a friend in the terminally unhinged Joker? © Warner Bros. Pictures As for the tuxedo itself, it is a rather classic affair. The silhouette is simplistic and yet, has a magnificent appeal. The shawled collar, with the single-breasted, single-button design, gives it a very contemporary appeal. © Instagram/goldenglobes With many critics having called Joaquin's portrayal of Arthur & the Joker, the best portrayal of DC's supervillain, ever, and considering the box office success that the film witnessed, it should be rather interesting to see how it fares during this awards season. View the full article
  11. Foldable gadgets made their debut last year when Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold. Since then, we have seen various new folding devices such as the new Motorola Razr. However, it is CES (Consumer Electronics Show) time and new products are being announced with new innovations. Folding devices are big at CES this year, as a number of devices were announced that includes phones and laptops. This means that folding screens is just not a concept anymore as we are seeing multiple companies flirting with this new technology. We've compiled a list of every foldable device that was showcased at CES this year and when you might be able to get your hands on it: 1. Dell Ori © BCCL While we may have been distracted by Dell's new Alienware UFO portable gaming PC that resembles a Nintendo Switch; the company also announced a foldable device. It is a big screen that folds at the centre and can be used in various ways. When using it as a laptop, the bottom screen transforms into a touch-screen keyboard. It looks very similar to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and works like a stylus-enabled tablet PC. The Dell Ori is still a concept at the moment and the company has not made it clear when it will be available for purchase. 2. TCL Folding Phone © TCL Samsung, Huawei and Motorola may have already shown off their folding smartphones but TCL has also shown off its foldable phone concept. This year, the Chinese company showcased a clamshell folding phone that has four back cameras and one large 7.1-inch display. From the picture, we can notice a crease that is a prevalent problem with folding screens at the moment. However, it is exciting to see a company apart from the usual big tech organisations innovating with their products. 3. Intel Horshoe Bend © Intel We aren't entirely too sure you know the name, however, the Intel Horshoe Bend could be another product you might be interested in. It has a 17.3-inch display when folded and is powered by Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake processors. You can check out the full video by Intel to know more about the Horshoe Bend. 4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold © Intel Most of the foldable devices mentioned above are still in the concept stage, however, Lenovo announced a foldable device that will be available to buy later this year. The folding display has no noticeable crease, comes with a 13.3-inch 2K pOLED display, touch-screen keyboard, physical keyboard, 11-hour battery life and a price tag of $2,500. If you want to know more about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, you can read about it here. View the full article
  12. After defeating Lasith Malinga's Sri Lankan side in a clinical performance in Indore, Indian Captain Virat Kohli spoke about one of the hidden gems from the array of bowling talent available at the BCCI's disposal that sent the entire cricketing fraternity into a state of puzzlement. Calling the 23-year-old Prasidh Krishna a “surprise package,” Kohli spoke highly of the pacer just moments after going 1-0 against the Lankan Lions at Holkar. #Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna set to be India's T20 WC surprise package!! ð “I think one guy will be surprise package going to Australia. Prasidh is someone who has bowled really well in @RanjiKarnataka domestic cricket” _ Virat Kohli.#ViratKohli #INDvSL #RanjiTrophy pic.twitter.com/wCWZGDpcvs — Bharathi M Kumar (@BharathiKumar4) January 9, 2020 “I think one guy will be a surprise package going to Australia. Someone who can bowl with pace and has bounce,” Kohli said at the post-match ceremony. “Prasidh Krishna has done well in the domestic arena. It is a great luxury to have this group of bowlers in all formats. Looking at the World Cup, we have enough options,” he added. Tasting success five years ago, Krishna's first impression was quite impactful when he played against the Bangladesh 'A' side as a member of Team Karnataka and picked five wickets in a game in 2015. Prasidh Krishna bags a fifer (5/45) as Karnataka skittle out Bangladesh 'A' for 158 in three-day game in Mysore: http://t.co/opLBT4fTKV — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 22, 2015 Ever since, the young cricketer has participated in two Vijay Hazare Trophy tournaments and even emerged as the second highest wicket-taker during the 2018 edition and turned out to be a key contributor to his team which went on to win the trophy that year. His Vijay Hazare stint caught the attention of Kolkata Knight Riders think tank who got him onboard as the replacement for their young star Kamlesh Nagarkoti. View this post on Instagram In a country like India, where cricket is more than just a sport, it takes careful preparation and the right guidance to keep you in the game. With crores of players dreaming of playing for India or their dream IPL teams, one needs to get a right partner early in their career to support them towards their ambitions. The necessity of a good companion comes in all fronts of life be it cricket or your life goals. Lifelong insurance plans from ICICI Prudential Life enables you and helps prepare for the game called life so that your ambitions stay not out. To know more, visit www.iciciprulife.com A post shared by Prasidh Krishna (@skiddyy) on Jun 19, 2019 at 5:56am PDT Recovering from back to back injuries ever since October last year, to hear the biggest player in the country talk good about him on international television must have felt great. Finding faith in Krishna's ability to deliver breathtaking swingers at a decent pace, both Kohli and the national selectors have kept an eye on him. “Prasidh is one of the identified pacers in the pool. His progress has been closely monitored. Following his Vijay Hazare performance, he would have been in the India 'A' team which is leaving for New Zealand on Friday. But he needs to play a few matches to prove his fitness again," sources close to the selectors were quoted by the Times of India. View this post on Instagram Undoubtedly the best team I have been a part of ! Champions for a reason ð #vijayhazaretrophy2019 A post shared by Prasidh Krishna (@skiddyy) on Oct 26, 2019 at 2:43am PDT While Kohli mentioning Krishna's name enabled the Bengaluru-born to regain lost face due to the side strain followed by the stress fracture above his left ankle, it also highlights how in-tune the Indian skipper is with the development of young talents at the first class and List A levels. View the full article
  13. Have you ever noticed the "Games" button inside some applications like your mobile web browser or, say, a wallet app? Weird, right? Like why would there be an option to play games on a casual app that has nothing to do with gaming? Turns out, it's a strategy used by app makers to boost user engagement. In simple terms, it makes users spend more time within their app and even makes one come back for more. It's called gamification, and a lot of apps that you use on a day-to-day basis use it. Just go back to your phone right now and see how many of the apps you use on a daily basis have games inside them. You'll be surprised. © Gamezop An Indian company called "Gamezop" is one of the major players in this industry. It's essentially a gaming platform that powers gaming experience in thousands of app in India. We're talking about HTML5 games here, so they're nothing intense. But they can be super addictive at times, making you come back for more. And that addiction is what these platforms like Gamezop are banking on. To get a better understanding of how these games work and how platforms like Gamezop are thriving on them, I spoke to Yashash Agrawal, one of the founding members of Gamezop. © YouTube "At Gamezop, our goal is to acquire more users and cater to them rather than pushing app installs. It has allowed us to reach millions of users without any marketing spend whatsoever," said Yash when I asked him about his company. In case you're still scratching your head, let me tell you that Gamezop is merely acting as a distribution network for these games. No, they're not making games of their own. Instead, they license these games from over 250 partners and put them in the right place. And when I say right place, I really mean it. These games are positioned in a way to grab maximum attention. They even show up as pop-ups on certain apps, so the chances of you missing it are quite less. But How Are They Making Money Out Of This? Ads! As an aggregator, Gamezop has managed to place its games on some of the most popular apps like Mozilla Firefox, Ixigo, NewsPoint, among others. So whenever a user decides to play a game, he/ she will have to sit through an ad. It's similar to how you watch videos on YouTube. Obviously, I wasn't given an accurate number when it comes to the revenue, but given the number of monthly active users, I am inclined to believe that I'd be aplenty. And it must've gotten only better with the introduction of real-money gaming format. When it comes to such games, users will be asked to pay money to enter a game that promises real-money prizes. That's directly going to the aggregator, which in this case is Gamezop, without having to rely on an ad impression. The Way Forward According to Yash, there's a huge scope to expand their operations. I've been told that Gamezop has 800 partners in India. But considering the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of apps from Indian developers alone, with millions more worldwide, I can only imagine the growth opportunity here. Yash and the team seem to be quite optimistic about their business model and they think the affordable mobile data and the need for entertainment on-the-go are going to make things better. These games are obviously not for everyone. Some of you may even hate these, but it's worth making a note that millions of users still enjoy playing them over other mainstream titles. They're easy to access and free-to-play. What else do you need? View the full article
  14. Foldable phones became a thing of last year and it was natural to see the foldable screen technology trickle down to laptops sometime soon. That day has finally come when Lenovo showed off its first foldable laptop that uses a prototype OLED display. It folds up like a folder and the company is looking to sell this as a commercial product sometime soon. The laptop is called the ThinkPad X1 Fold and will be available sometime this year. © BCCL/PCMag The display on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold uses a 13.3-inch 4:3 OLED panel and has a resolution of 2048 x 1536. That's roughly the same size as a 9.7-inch iPad and looks quite portable too. The device currently runs on Windows 10 Pro and not the Windows 10x; a specific operating system for folding devices that is scheduled to release later this year. It would be interesting to see if this foldable device by laptop would adopt that operating system. At the moment, the laptop uses a customised pop-up menu which can switch between a single full-screen mode to a dual-screen mode. While using the X1 Fold as a tablet in portrait mode, users can use the touch screen display for keyboard input. It also comes with a Bluetooth keyboard that can be attached to the foldable device via magnets. There is an inbuilt kickstand to keep the foldable laptop upright while typing on the keyboard accessory. © BCCL/PCMag The obvious advantage of using a foldable laptop is convenience and the fact that it has a smaller footprint due to its folding capabilities. It weighs less than 1KG and can transform into a PC whenever required thanks to the different screen modes it supports. Currently, not much is known about the performance as Lenovo has not detailed the specific CPU it will be using. However, Lenovo claims it can last up to 11 hours on a single charge. © YouTube/Cnet Lenovo says that the X1 Fold will ship sometime in mid-2020 and will retail for $2,499 (Rs 1,79,397.50). The X1 Fold definitely comes with a hefty price tag especially considering it is still a prototype at this stage. However, since it is the world's first folding laptop, the price may not be a factor for tech enthusiasts who simply want to own something experimental, exclusive and innovative as the Lenovo X1 Fold. View the full article
  15. Samsung has been working on a new project called 'Neon' and the company been teasing it left, right and center on social media. From what it looks like, Neon appears to be some kind of a mysterious 'artificial human' project wherein we'll see digital humans. Obviously it's hard to tell what Samsung has been cooking for us behind the scene, but some of the latest teasers and leaked videos have made it easier for us to understand what's going on. A few hours back, the lead of Neon, computer-human interaction researcher Pranav Mistry, sent out a tweet saying that he's flying to CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The tweet was accompanied by an image showing one of the project's avatars. Mistry noted that their “Core R3” tech can now “autonomously create new expressions, new movements, new dialog (even in Hindi), completely different from the original captured data.” Flying to CES tomorrow, and the code is finally working :) Ready to demo CORE R3. It can now autonomously create new expressions, new movements, new dialog (even in Hindi), completely different from the original captured data. pic.twitter.com/EPAJJrLyjd — Pranav Mistry (@pranavmistry) January 5, 2020 Looking at Mistry's tweet, it certainly looks like they've built some kind of a digital avatar that can act as, say, your digital assistant or even beyond that. Not just his, but an unlisted video taken out from Neon's website also revealed even more similar human figures. You can watch the video below and see how real these digital humans look. They certainly don't look like computer-generated graphics. The video has left us with more questions than before. Are these computer-generated humans or are these real humans? Can they be programmed to do anything? Will we be able to talk to them? Will they stay on your computer and phones or will they be out in the real world in the form of a robot? Quite honestly, nobody has answers to those questions except Samsung. But thankfully, we won't have to wait too long since Samsung will be showcasing Neon at CES in less than 48 hours. So keep your eyes peeled. You might want to stay tuned for this one. View the full article
  16. 2019's been a year of truly stellar performances, both homegrown and international for Indian stages across the subcontinent. World-class venues and massive-scale festivals have worked across the last decade or so to make India a serious pitstop for music enthusiasts - and there's nothing quite like the end-of-year (and this time, decade) spectacle of the Magnetic Fields festival. Held in mid-December, Fields is perhaps the closest thing to a 'Burning Man' that India has - infused with heady doses of Rajasthani culture and the most eclectic lineup of artists you can expect to find in one place. We caught up with three of them during this fateful weekend at Budweiser's BudX Stage, each with their own unique stories to tell. Ross From Friends/Felix Weatherall - Colchester, United Kingdom © Abhishek Shukla; The 25 year old has a fistful of releases under his belt, the distillation of myriad influences from hip-hop cut 'n' paste culture, 80s Eurobeat, Hi-NRG and Italo into lithe, irresistible, raw dance floor trax. It's been around a year-and-half since Brainfeeder got you on-board and Family Portrait came out. What's different for you, comparing then and now? How have you changed? I feel like now I'm probably more willing and able to try new things with my music. I think there's a tendency for artists that once they get known for one type of sound, they stick to it because they know it works and it's comfortable. Since releasing on Brainfeeder, I'm not saying I've started making mad left-field jungle stuff, but I've got the confidence now to know that if I ever do want to go in that sort of direction, and I do it with integrity, that it'll work. Magnetic Fields is a pretty unique festival in a wildly different venue for most Indian artists - let alone European acts. What's going through your mind as the festival draws near? What are you looking forward to the most? It's really exciting to have been invited to play here. It's such a unique festival. I'm really looking forward to catching some of the other acts, especially some of the Indian artists that I'm not so familiar with. As for what's going through my mind, I'm just prepping for this gig as I do for any gig, hoping we can rise to the occasion! © Avirat Sundra One of my favourite parts of your music are your awesome choices when it comes to sampling. How does the process go, and where do you think your taste comes from? The sampling is a really important part of it for me, actually. It's not something I can rush. I try to build up a really bulky sample library before I even think about making proper music with it, so in that sense I don't go looking for samples to fit a beat I've made or anything like that. I spend hours trawling through the dark corners of YouTube trying to find a good little snippet of dialogue, or a cool instrumental. For that, my taste is really wide-ranging, it can come from anywhere, to be honest. I'll then build a track around what I've managed to find. There are multiple stories I've heard behind your stage name. Do you think 'Ross From Friends' would be friends with Ross Geller himself? No probably not. Everyone knows Ross is the worst. Of anyone, I'd probably be more mates with Chandler. We share more of the same humour I think. Ross is too straight-laced for me! Fieldlines/Andi Teichmann - Regensburg, Germany © RC Photography; Bridging the gap between eastern and western, this week-long project brought together Berlin's and Rajasthan's musical talents - a unique fusion of old and new, analogue and digital. Naturally, the Fieldlines project is, in many ways, representative of MagFields as a whole. What's been the biggest challenge in combining traditional folk music through modern production techniques? We see ourselves more as electronic musicians than as producers, in the sense that we want to perform music together in real time. We've been working on various interdisciplinary projects, from contemporary music to traditional music from Nigeria or central Asia. The task is to open and create common grounds and spaces to interact in a musical way. The local folk music is rooted in a traditional context with complex rules and social meanings. The challenge is to include both traditions, from the electronic contemporary music and the local folk music, on an equal level in that musical space. The aim is to create a musical language that goes beyond companying or illustrating each other's music. I'm sure that the entire process has been a cultural education of sorts for both sides. What's something that you've imbibed from the experience? For us it is fascinating to see how music works as a communication tool. For a verbal dialogue we need two translators: from the local dialect to Hindi, from Hindi to English and the other way round. The musical dialogue works directly in real time. Once we reached a point where we understood each other's expressions and techniques better, we could just go together on a musical journey and explore unknown territories. It's also amazing to see how music and musicians play an important and respected role in society and how knowledge has been transferred through generations. Ustad Hakim Khan - the kamaicha player, plays an instrument that has been handed from father to son for over 300 years. © Avirat Sundra As the festival takes place, I'm excited to take a look at the interactive sessions planned ahead. Could you shed some light as to what the experience promises? The first few days were spent trying to find common grounds, it was a lot about rhythms and techniques, the various types of Indian folk and classical music, the context of the ragas. On the third day we had an intimate performance, in front of a small audience at our studio. At that point a 'switch' turned on, everyone left the songs and ideas, we've been practicing, behind and entered a total free and improvised space. After we finished, there was a big smile on everyone's face. That is the journey we want to present and share with the audience. It's not just a fusion of styles, but a fusion of ages as well - with legendary artists such as septuagenarian Ustad Hakeem Khan playing alongside musicians in their teens. Could you share some thoughts on this? To play together with diverse generations and without gender boundaries is a very normal and important approach in our collaborative practice. Nevertheless, we've been told that in the local context, it is a quite revolutionary breaking with traditions to have this mixed group: Having Sumitra Devi a female singer and harmonium player, Firoz Khan, who is 16-years-old and Ustad Hakim Khan, who is almost 80 years. Three Oscillators/Brij Dalvi - Mumbai, India © Ayush Jajoria; Formed in 2015, Three Oscillators is a project consisting of Brij Dalvi and Avit Rane. Their sound falls under the realm of glitch, sci-fi influences and futurism - all while seamlessly blending various shades of emotion and electronica. It's your first time performing at a festival of this scale - what do you feel about the audience at Magnetic Fields? The crowd here is intense, man. I've only ever heard stories - for three years, MagFields was just an enigma for me. I never thought I'd come here and check all of this out. Everyone here is very receptive and just really into it. This sort of intimacy hasn't happened yet - in Bombay, most people just stand by the bar, it's really different here. It's been a transformative journey over the last few years - do you think often about the old days, before you decided to go serious with producing music? Yeah, I mean… honestly, there was no specific point from where I wanted to commit to making music. It was a gradual process. Things just kept happening, and I kept listening to more music. I don't look back, honestly - things happened, and now I'm here. *laughs* What are you looking to catch while at MagFields? Ross From Friends. That's the only act I'm familiar with *laughs*, but honestly, this festival is all about discovery. There's a lot of stuff out here to see and hear - a lot of DJ sets, a lot of selectors… it's crazy. Now I know why people rave about this festival so much, it really is that good. View the full article
  17. A natural progression of time in our lives translates into the way our bodies change over the years. This also means spotting whites in your hair before the expected age. You might start to spot the white strands in your teens or even your thirties for that matter. The question although, is what do you choose to do about them? If they're just a few strands interspersed here and there, then you can choose to ignore them (they're not perpetually visible anyway), however, if they are more than a few strands that can be seen by anyone who looks at your face and not just on your head but also in your beard (that is if you keep one), then you'll have two options. Either you can dye them on a monthly basis or you can let them stay as is. Now, you can either choose to dye both your beard and your hair or only dye your hair and let the beard be. One thing that you should know, is the fact that many celebrities have embraced the salt and pepper look in recent times. These include people like Virat Kohli, Jim Sarbh and Idris Elba. These men aren't afraid of letting the maturity of their age reflect on their faces, in fact, they wear it like a badge of experience (in a way that says that "I have seen and done things in my time and I know better") which makes it even more attractive. So, How Can You Embrace The Salt And Pepper Beard Look? 1. Let The Greys Be If you're starting to see more of the grey strands now in a cluster, chances are that you've been seeing them for a while now. Nix the habit of weeding out the whites in the attempts of a fuller, black flawless beard. Let them grow out. Now, that you've decided to let them be, it'll take a while for the greys to balance out across the beard to get the desired look. © Getty Images 2. You Also Need Professional Help A beard stylist is going to make sure that the grey strands are not growing out in an odd manner but blend out with the rest of the beard seamlessly. This can't be done at home with the precision a professional would have. © Instagram/Manav Manglani 3. You'll Require Significantly Less Maintenance Now that you have a salt and pepper beard, you could reap the benefits of not having to maintain your beard as often as you would have to when you were dyeing it regularly. The beard requires a trim once in a while, but that's about it. © Getty Images View the full article
  18. Music festivals are a dime a dozen these days, but often times it's very hard for the organisers to get things right. It takes a lot to blend the world of fantasy with powerful dance music, all while hosting a diverse crowd and world renowned artists. Sunburn's homecoming this year in Goa after many years promised all of that and then some. If you've attended any of the Sunburn events before then you already know that it's all about the music, the ambiance, the production, the vibe, and the overwhelming energy of the artists performing live. You can expect an incredible turnout bustling with energy. And that's exactly what this year's Sunburn was all about! © The Moneta Line Up That'll Leave You Spoilt For Choice This year's main stage saw some of the biggest artists in the world perform and turn it into the biggest party of the year. From Lost Frequencies, Jonas Blue and DJ Snake on Day 1 to Flume, The Chainsmokers, and Martin Garrix performing over the next two days, I think it's safe to say that the festival lineup left the audience spoilt for choice. It was truly incredible to see all the artists perform live. I think the old-school carnival theme was just perfect for this year. We'll get to the production part a bit later, but let's just say that it was fantastic. © Rudgr I am a huge fan of the young Belgian prodigy, Felix aka Lost Frequencies, and his set was among the best. As expected, he dished out thumping deep house with Like I Love You and Are You With Me. I also found myself spending a lot of time at the Psychedelic Circus Stage to jive to the sets by gems like Progressive Brothers, Shiva Manvi and more. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lost Frequencies (@lostfrequencies) on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:01pm PST Dj Snake was at his best too. His ultimate anthems and classics amidst a barrage of LED panels, strobes, pyrotechnics, fireworks, CO2 cannons, and lasers sure worked its charm on the crowd. Greeting fans with "Namaste" and closing his set with a positive message was what I'd say, the highlights of the festival. © RUDGR I couldn't get a chance to interact with DJ Snake since he was on a tight schedule, but I did sit down with the Australian Grammy Award winning producer Flume the next day before his maiden performance in India. "This is my time first performing in India, so I don't know what to expect from the crowd. But I've been told that the energy is really high, so I can't wait to go out there," he said just minutes before his performance. Flume, by the way, is really excited for his new album which he plans on releasing in 2020. He's also looking forward to some interesting collaborations next year, but we'll have to wait a bit to learn more about it. © MensXP While Flume didn't reveal much about this project, Ritviz, was super excited for his Sunburn set and revealed some of the things that he's working on. Before he pumped up the audience with his signature sound, he said that he's releasing a full album this year and he's super excited. "I am also working on music for a movie, but I can't talk about it yet," he said. The main stage also hosted some big names like Fedde Le Grand, The Chainsmokers, and more. The “Closer” and “Paris” hitmakers seemingly brought everything they had to the performance and the duo took us through the highlights of their discography. The third day of the festival was also buzzing with energy as everybody was waiting for the final performance of Martin Garrix to end the show on a high note. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Martin Garrix (@martingarrix) on Dec 29, 2019 at 10:10am PST The Sunburn performance was Martin's last show this year as he's taking a break for New Years. This is the first time he'll not be playing anywhere during the New Year's as he intends to spend some time with his family and friends. Garrix is a man who knows how to get the crowd moving and that's exactly what his performance was all about. A Circus Theme For The Ultimate Homecoming As I mentioned earlier, this year's Sunburn festival was based on a circus theme, and the entire arena was dolled up for the big celebration. With stellar production, six massive stages, assorted adventure zones, a lively flea market, a lip-smacking food zone and a dynamic camping site; the festival was truly lit AF. © RUDGR Karan Singh, the COO, Percept Live says, "We wanted to do something that's bigger and better than anything has never been done before, so that's what we came up with." This year, we also saw a brand-new underground music venture , the Solaris Stage host label showcases by Sin City and Vivrant with acts like Hosh, Jeremy Olander, Khen, Anish Sood, Ana Lilia, Marino Canal, Pierre Ravan and Greenage. The main stage had a completely different vibe on the last day when Maceo Plex, DJ Luciano took over people with their psychedelic sets. © RUDGR Overall, I think the Sunburn 2019 was quite an event. It definitely wasn't looking like a normal show where they'd put up a couple of stages with few random artists. "It has evolved into a cultural phenomenon, it's almost like a piece of art. Sunburn is really a next level festival," said Karan while talking about the three-day extravaganza. For me, personally, Sunburn was a magical mix of breathtaking production, brilliantly choreographed acts and a phenomenal lineup of artists. Obviously, nobody knows what to expect from the event next year, but in the meantime, you can check out other Sunburn gigs like Sunburn Arena, Sunburn Campus and more that keeps happening throughout the year. Sunburn is also getting into the live music space like Rap, Hip-hop, Pop. etc., so I've been told that we should expect more of that in 2020. View the full article
  19. Oh yes, waking up wrapped around in your cozy blanket, three hours later than your normal wake-up time, staying in bed to finish your favourite web-series instead of doing laundry and deal with the dirty dishes, skipping showers on weekends, wait what? Just me then… hmm. Do you feel that your productivity during the winters goes way down as compared to warmer days? Well, you are not the only one. In fact, research shows that January is the least productive month of the year. But why is it that we feel exhausted or out of energy during the winters? Is it all in our head or do physical factors actually affect us in ways that make us in this season? via GIPHY Turns out there is one thing and one thing alone (outside of our psyche) that is to be blamed for not letting us go to the gym like we used to in summers and that is: the sun. According to physician Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the smaller days and lack of sunlight that the winters bring along with them have a direct impact on a person's mood and the ability to make things happen. Dr. Ashton says that sunlight affects your circadian rhythm or your internal clock. This changes the serotonin levels in your brain. via GIPHY The National Institute of Mental Health (USA) states that the changes in the serotonin levels in your brain leads to various symptoms such as lethargy, losing interest in activities you normally loved to do and yes, the temptation to crawl under a bulky blanket. While productivity goes down for everyone, it is found that people working from 9-5 get affected the most. When they leave for work in the morning, the sun isn't out yet and on their way back, it has already set. So they are missing out on all the goodness of serotonin that the sun has to offer. via GIPHY And hence as the time passes, and your serotonin levels continue to go down and your become less and less productive. This seasonal lapse in productivity is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). “We have a tendency to want to blame everything on psychological causes,” Dr. Norman Rosenthal, one of the experts who named the condition, told The New York Times. “We overlook the obvious, which is that it's dark as pea soup outside. That's why I think [SAD] goes unrecognized — it's right in front of our noses.” Thankfully, there are some simple yet effective ways to overcome SAD. All you need to do consciously take care of yourself. The reason behind such laziness simply comes from not getting enough sunlight. Head out for a brief walk after lunch or stand next to the window for five minutes. via GIPHY The Independent also suggests maintaining a good sleep cycle and trying to stick to the one that you have during summers. This helps maintain that internal clock we were talking about before. It is normal to feel a bit more lazy during the winters as compared to the months of May, June and July. All you need to do is keep reminding yourself of why it is that you started doing something. Self-realisation is the biggest motivation factor that you need to skyrocket your productivity right up. View the full article
  20. Saif Ali Khan has been in the Hindi film industry for close to three decades now, and this long journey is marked with some of his great and not-so-great performances. The young Nawab, in his early twenties, essaying roles that were flamboyant and capricious, quickly became a youth icon who was a mix of the boy next door and a casanova. © Yash Raj Films Cut to 2019, and with the teaser for his upcoming film Jawaani Jaanemann hitting the screens, we can once again catch a glimpse of the 'fuckboi' Saif, the makers thought his audience was missing. The Jawaani Jaanemann teaser isn't disappointing. Because right after the first 10 seconds it enters a familiar territory which is easily identifiable for anyone who has watched some of Saif's box office hits. He is the same flirtatious vagabond Vicky from Yeh Dillagi, the hilarious wannabe boyfriend Sameer from Dil Chahta Hai before he meets Pooja, the unapologetic womanizer from Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste and the obnoxiously pathetic playboy Gautam from Cocktail. © Illuminati Films Only, this time he is no 'boy' next door but instead will be seen playing the role of a 40-year-old father who, going by the teaser, still hasn't quite figured out how to keep his pants on when his daughter is not looking. © Pooja Entertainment While not much has been revealed about the film's plot, reportedly the film will trace the relation between Saif's character and his on-screen daughter set to be played by debutante Alaia Furniturewala. If you haven't seen the teaser yet, check it out here: Are you looking forward to the movie as much as we are? Let us know in the comments below View the full article
  21. Saying that Yuvraj Singh has had a massive impact on Indian cricket would be grossly understating the fact. His exuberant performance in the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the hallowed manner in which he carried the Indian team to the ultimate cricketing glory in the World Cup in 2011 will forever be etched in our sporting ethos. © Instagram/yuvisofficial Yuvraj has always been a role model for innumerable Indians, both on and off the field. For those of us, who weren't that invested in the sport (yes, such people do exist) it was his dandy-esque and refined style, that caught our attention. © Instagram/yuvisofficial That the Indian cricketing pantheon has been a major source of inspiration for style and suaveness is nothing new. However, when we speak of that one man who has been the most closely followed, it has to be Yuvraj Singh. © Instagram/yuvisofficial And if his recent, 'gruffly groomed' look is anything to go by, we are pretty certain that Yuvraj has no intention to stop now. In fact, we'll go as far as to say that his salt and pepper should be the beard style goal that we all aspire for. © Viral Bhayani The heavyset goatee, coupled with the shortly trimmed sides does look great on Yuvraj, and will be perfect for all kinds of face shapes and men of all kinds of builds, irrespective of whether they are lean, or a little on the heavier side. © Viral Bhayani The beard style, which is actually a hybrid between an unkempt bandholz and short beard is particularly well suited for men with thinning hair. That being said, as with Yuvraj, men with a good head of hair should look incredibly well too. © Viral Bhayani The best thing about this beard style is that it does not need much maintenance, and even men staunchly against expensive and extensive grooming routines can pull this off without much effort. © Viral Bhayani All you'll need for this particular style, is a decent trimmer and some oil. Because it has a scruffy and unkempt aesthetic, it does not need much time, neither does it need anything to be done on a day to day basis. © Viral Bhayani Just trim the beard on your cheeks every 3-5 days, and apply some sort of oil. We recommend something very basic, like coconut oil, but hey, if you're feeling a little fancy, go for a beard oil or olive oil, whatever floats your boat. And don't forget to brush it now and then. That's it. © Viral Bhayani If you have scraggly and uneven, patchy growth, that's even better, as it would add a bit of charm to it. Honestly, this is one style that just about anyone can get done, all by themselves, provided they have the patience. © Viral Bhayani As for Yuvraj Singh, well, he does look swell, doesn't he? View the full article
  22. If you are a hacker who knows his way around Apple devices and are planning to mess with Apple, then it's probably not a good idea. In fact, you shouldn't be doing it with any firm in the first place because it's not ethical. But in Apple's case, we have proof that it doesn't really end well and they'll definitely put you down. Case in point, a 22-year old guy from London named Kerem Albayrak, tried blackmailing Apple for $75,000 in cryptocurrency or thousand $100 iTunes gift cards. He claimed that he had access to over 300 million iCloud accounts and said he'd wipe millions of iPhones and iPads if his demands were not met. © Reuters All this happened back in 2017, by a group named "Turkish Crime Family". According to the UK National Crime Agency, that investigated the crime in collaboration with authorities in the US, Albayrak was apparently the spokesperson from the group doing the negotiation. He also created a YouTube video proving he indeed had access and sent a bunch of other proofs to Apple's security team as well as media outlets. But at the time of the investigation, Apple confirmed that their systems were not compromised and there were no signs of a breach. So essentially, the group was making a false claim, trying to extort money out of the trillion-dollar company. Albayrak was convicted of the attempt to blackmail Apple and was sentenced to two years in prison. However, this was suspended, subject to carrying out 300 hours of unpaid work and complying with a six-month electronic curfew. © Reuters So the bottom line is, you don't mess with a big name company and try to extort money. It doesn't matter if you have access to valuable data or not, you should reconsider the choice. In fact, if you come across a vulnerability that you can exploit, it's a good idea to approach Apple and let them know about it and walk away with big bounty. That way, you'll avoid the hassle and earn some money and fame in the process. Source: Business Insider View the full article
  23. Alright, folks! It's that time of the year. Yeah, 2019 is coming to an end and so is this decade. But we're talking about the Sunburn Music Festival, which is returning to its home in Goa for this year's annual bash. Sunburn, for those of you who don't know, is India's biggest electronic music festival. It's a place where some of the biggest names in the EDM world come together to bang out some of the finest tunes for you to enjoy. Sunburn is going big this year and there are a ton of things to look forward to. From some of the biggest artists in the industry to one of Asia's biggest production setup, the festival is truly shaping up to be an experience that'll keep you in the loop for quite some time. With that said, here are 4 things to look forward to at the Sunburn Music Festival 2019 in Goa. Goa!!! View this post on Instagram A post shared by SunburnFestival (@sunburnfestival) on Dec 19, 2019 at 9:49pm PST Having some great artists banging out tunes for you is one thing, but the venue makes a world of a difference. This year's 3-day bash is happening in Goa, which is simply awesome. With the abundance of sun and sea with brilliant electronic music, it's bound to be an enjoyable experience, right? Biggest Artists In The World View this post on Instagram A post shared by SunburnFestival (@sunburnfestival) on Dec 19, 2019 at 3:39am PST Sunburn Goa will have four different stages this year for over 100 DJs performing throughout the length of the duration. The main stage will see performances from the likes of Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, DJ FLUME, DJ Snake, and more. You'll also be able to experience live performances from other artists like Ritviz, Lost Frequencies, Laughing Buddha, Progressive Brothers, and more. It's going to be epic! Asia's Biggest Production Just imagine this - the sun setting across the horizon, as you're blitzed by lasers in every direction, a booming state-of-the-art sound system, mesmerizing visuals, and a massive stage featuring the world's finest artistes banging out some of your favorite tunes. Just book your tickets, already! © Sunburn After Parties With thousands of people attending over 3 days, you can be assured that the place will be packed with energy. And that's exactly why the experience is not limited to just the performances, but they also go beyond them. There'll be a slew of after-parties at 10 PM at 9 venues around the festival site. Sunburn is all about having a great time enjoying the music and the atmosphere. The experiences go beyond just the ones we've mentioned and there'll be a lot of things to look forward to like Festival Attractions, Campout Adventures, and more. This music festival keeps getting better every year, so we can't for December 26th. See you there! View the full article
  24. A common norm that most people notice with the onset of the winter is flaky, dry and irritated skin. Inevitably, even if you think you're moisturising your skin well, that seems to be never enough to brighten up the face for a Monday morning work meeting especially during this season. Luckily, there is a tried and tested regime out there to get that perfect winter-glow that most people crave for. 1. Never Skip Moisturising Make sure to spend extra time massaging a moisturiser to boost skin's natural glow. Be generous with the moisturiser on your skin, and don't forget your neck too. Also, keep a separate moisturser for your face and the body. Try Pond's Men Daily Defence SPF 30 Face Crème. © Ponds 2. Know When To Moisturise Hydration is key but always ensure to moisturise in the morning. Applying moisturiser with dirty hands can lead to breakouts the next day. An ideal time to moisturise is right after taking a shower. This should be a step that should become a part of your routine, that you commit to unconsciously, just like brushing. 3. Stay Away From Talcum Powder Talcum can make fair skin look duller and flaky within seconds of application. Instead, post moisturising, use a BB cream that's one shade warmer than your skin tone. This will also have SPF that you need to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Try MensXP Mud Natural BB Cream For Men for even skin tone. © MensXP View the full article
  25. With the Winter season finally setting in and the clear lack of moisture in the air, our lips and skin tend to get rather dry and flaky easily. While you can easily use a moisturizer for your skin, chapped lips, however, can be tricky to deal with. Chapped lips are otherwise known as cheilitis. The lip area is one of the most sensitive areas on your body, and does not have the same oil concentration of oil glands that act as a barrier to dryness. On top of that, lips are exposed to factors like licking throughout the day (we're all guilty of it), and cold weather. © Getty Images So, with the drop in the temperature, the lips too start to become cracked and flaky. Another reason why you may have chapped lips could be if you have extremely sensitive skin prone to sun damage. And, while a lip emollient once in a while might help soothe your lips temporarily, it's tough to find a permanent solution for this. There are however triggers for chapped lips that you can fix: 1. Regularly wearing a lip balm that has ingredients like occlusive agents, such as lanolin in Aquaphor, white petrolatum in Vaseline, or beeswax, will help protect your lips. © Getty Images 2. But using a good emollient better suited for your skin isn't enough. You also need to be consistent with the product, so apply it twice a day, at least, every day for a month. This way the product will be more effective on the lips. © Getty Images 3. Thirdly, for flaky skin that you can't get rid of post consistent hydration, use a gentle scrub. A scrub is going to rid you of all the dry flakes. However, it's important to moisturize your skin right after that to protect the skin underneath. View the full article
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