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  1. Akbar Khan was taking two cows to his village when a group of people severely thrashed him. Photo: Times of India ALWAR, RAJASTHAN: A man was beaten to death by a mob on Friday night after he was accused of cow smuggling in the Alwar district of...
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    India, lynchings and WhatsApp

    Crazed mobs in India have killed 21 people in the last two months over unfounded allegations forwarded on WhatsApp. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: WhatsApp said Friday that it is restricting the ability of users in India to forward content, the latest...
  3. While audiophiles prefer to go with wired headphones, we cannot ignore the fact that wireless ones offer an enormous amount of portability. The need for wireless headphones has further increased now, thanks to mobile companies omitting the 3.5mm jack. Most of them rely on Bluetooth and easily sync with any mobile or computer out there. Some even offer industry-leading active noise cancellation. Here, we've compiled a list of premium wireless headphones after considering every type of users' audio preference: 1. Sony WH1000XM2 © BCCL If you are looking for the best noise canceling headphones, this should be your choice. They are compatible with aptX HD, a higher quality Bluetooth format that can handle hi-res audio up to 24bit/48kHz. LDAC is also included, and it can handle 24bit/96kHz. It can last up to 30 hours when wireless, and 40 hours when wired on a single charge. It also automatically detects your activity, whether you're traveling in an airport, walking on a crowded street, or sitting in a quiet area and adjusts noise cancellation accordingly. It has a touch-based interface to operate the headphones, tapping on the side of the headphones will control the volume, calls and voice commands. Click here 2. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II © BCCL You get the class-leading noise cancellation that Bose is known for, good sound quality, and incredible comfort. The Sony WH-1000MX2 is slightly ahead on the sound quality front though. It has a very good midrange along with excellent treble while the bass is slightly flat and thumpy, which is good for EDM and Dubstep music. It can play music for 20 hours on a single charge and supports Google Assistant natively. Unlike the Sonyone though, it does not have a quick action button to mute music immediately. Bose has also chosen a 2.5mm jack instead of the standard 3.5mm one, but this isn't something major. If you travel often, these should be your pick as the fit is very comfortable and they are pretty light. Click here 3. Beats Solo3 © BCCL A subordinate of Apple— Beats by Dre – offers Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – the powerful wireless headphone that sounds amazing in both wired and wireless modes. It has an incredible battery life of 40 hours along with an integral remote control, situated at the right ear cup. As far as music is concerned, it has a good mid range that emphasizes more on instruments, preferable for Jazz lovers. Treble is excellent and has a good balance of details, while the bass is deep and punchy. Integrated on-ear controls, coupled with dual beam-forming mics, allow you to take calls, play music, adjust volume and even activate Siri while on the go. If you desire to experience the future of wireless earphones, then the Beats Solo 3 Wireless is a perfect solution for you. Click here 4. Sennheiser PXC550 © BCCL Offering amazing sound quality in conjunction with the adaptive noise canceling, the Sennheiser PXC550 Wireless Headphones propose exceptional performance. Being extremely lightweight, these comfy and feature packed earphones perform really well. Undeniably, the Sennheiser PXC550 Wireless Headphones outclass the rest when it's about Mids and trebles. Their low-frequency extension is at 26Hz, which is very good. However, it's not as low as some other over-ears' like the QuietComfort 35 II, and WH-1000XM2. You also have a choice of 'Club', 'Movie', 'Speech' or 'Off', which leaves the equalizer at its default settings. It does have trouble dealing with noise cancellation on metros and buses though. Click here 5. Jabra Elite Sport © BCCL Unlike the above listings, the Jabra Elite Sport are the best earbuds you can get. The buds are reasonably large but they don't stick out of your ears too much. While the above ones concentrated on comfort, these come with an array of silicone and foam tips and wingtips for a secure fit. Sound quality is perfectly balanced here while handsfree calling is exceptionally good. They can playback music for 4 hours on a single charge and also connect with Jabra's Fitness App. Meaning, these earbuds are not only good with music but also double up as a fitness partner. These can also double up as a very good AirPods alternative. Click here
  4. On a tour that began with questions over their ability to survive in the English conditions, the Indian cricket team has fared relatively well so far. The Men in Blue pushed the hosts on the backfoot early on following their 2-1 win in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series. Building on the momentum, the visitors replicated their T20 success in the first One-Day International (ODI) where they recorded an eight-wicket win only to slump later in the series. The second ODI saw a resurgent England side bouncing back with an 86-run victory, while the story of the series decider at Leeds - where India were comprehensively beaten in all facets of the game - is rather forgettable. For a team that was rapidly impressing the critics with their performance in England and were, thereon, tipped as favourites to clinch the ODI series, India undeniably failed to live up to the expectations. Reuters After their ODI debacle, the Indian fans clearly didn't have much to celebrate. Now left disappointed with their team's on-field performance, the Team India fans will probably have to settle for the exploits of their favourite cricketers away from the pitch. And, it appears they have a lot of moments to get over India's recent loss. With the much-anticipated Test series slated to begin from 1st August, the Indian cricketers will surely be eager to make the most of the down time. But, it's their better-halves who are winning over fans with their own exploits. From Anushka to Sakshi Dhoni, here's how the Indian WAGs are making the most of their time in England: Anushka Sharma Instagram The Indian captain, who had a horrid time in England back in 2014, has had a fairly decent run in the ongoing tour so far. He scored 110 runs in the three T20Is and emerged as the leading run-scorer for India in the ODI series with 191 runs including two fifties to his name. He was also the lone warrior with the bat for India in the final ODI where he scored 71 runs. But, while Kohli has been going about his business on the field, his better half, Anushka Sharma, has been diligently supporting her beau in England. She was seen accompanying Kohli on the Team India bus during the T20I series. From shopping at a supermarket to strolling in Leeds, the duo has been inseparable in England. More pics of @anushkasharma & @virat.kohli in Leeds yesterday ð #Virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma A post shared by Sara (@virushka_folyf) on Jul 16, 2018 at 11:05pm PDT @virat.kohli & @anushkasharma Spotted in Leeds today â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #Virushka Pc: @virushka.updates #viratkohli #anushkasharma A post shared by Sara (@virushka_folyf) on Jul 16, 2018 at 1:55pm PDT Repost By @anushkasharma: ð Them â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma #couplegoals #madeforeachother #virushkaforever A post shared by Sara (@virushka_folyf) on Jul 15, 2018 at 9:53am PDT ð« A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jul 19, 2018 at 9:20am PDT Day out with my beauty! ð¤©♥ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jul 10, 2018 at 9:04am PDT Ayesha Mukherjee Instagram From being in the wilderness to riding the crest of a massive wave, Shikhar Dhawan's life has changed quite a few times in his international career. While his ascension to the national team is undoubtedly credited to his hard work, Dhawan's engagement to Ayesha Mukherjee in 2009 and marriage in 2012 has often be deemed as one of the reasons behind his rise in cricket. The lady luck has clearly been shining bright on the left-hander who has now established himself as India's premier opening batsman. Since their marriage, Ayesha has often been seen in the stands rooting for her husband. She has also accompanied the Indian opener on his cricketing tours. Thus, it wasn't really surprising to see her with Shikhar during India's ongoing tour of England. While her husband might have endured a mediocre performance - 139 runs in 6 games - so far, Ayesha has been hitting it off with the fans with her pictures from England. Yeah.. we were there. #buckinghampalace â¤ï¸. #familygoals. A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jul 20, 2018 at 5:41am PDT Family time is happy times with smiles all around. ðð¤ #familygoals A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jul 16, 2018 at 3:00am PDT Nothing better than exploring as a family and taking a family selfie!!!! Creating memories..... #familyfirst #familygoals #familytravels #familyselfie #familyexplorers #uktraveldiariesð¬ð§ @aliyah_dhawan @shikhardofficial #rheadhawan #zoraverdhawan â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Jul 18, 2018 at 12:54pm PDT Our family day at LEGO Land..... lots of fun and laughter!! Grateful to have family times!! @shikhardofficial @aliyah_dhawan #rheadhawan #zoraverdhawan #familygoals #familyfun #familyfirst #rides #familyday #makingmemories ðð¼â¤ï¸ A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Jul 19, 2018 at 12:30pm PDT Just strolling around the street with these two strangers ð A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Jul 19, 2018 at 2:50am PDT Sakshi Dhoni Instagram When Team India travelled to England for their much-anticipated tour, it was quite expected to see Sakshi cheering for her beau MS Dhoni as he went about his business on the field. And, then, on 7th July, the social media was flooded with Sakshi's adorable post for Mahi that also carried a cute photograph of the couple. The 'Captain Cool' might have attracted some criticism lately for shooting blanks with the willow, but Sakshi, like in the past, continues to stand by her husband. After the limited-overs series, Sakshi has now returned to India with MSD (who has retired from Tests) but her social media updates from England continue to get shares and reposts even now. Happy Bday to you ! Even words wont do justice as to how you are as a human being ... 10 years i have learnt a lot from you ... and continue to .. thank u for making me see and deal with life in a straightforward practical way .. .. Lot's of love n also thank u for making my life so beautiful ! A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 6, 2018 at 4:11pm PDT A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 6, 2018 at 1:20pm PDT shades of blue ! A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 7, 2018 at 6:23pm PDT #bleedblue #goindia #happiness A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 12, 2018 at 3:04pm PDT missing u guys ... c u guys soon !! A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) on Jul 16, 2018 at 4:34am PDT Pankhuri Sharma Instagram Ahead of their England tour, Krunal Pandya would have surely been excited to get his maiden India call-up. He was named in India's squad for the T20I series, but the chances of his making the playing XI were always thin. And, as expected, while his younger brother Hardik was seen plying his trade in the series, Krunal was restricted to watch from the sidelines. Though Krunal would have been a bit disappointed after missing out on an opportunity to make his Team India debut, he must've been happy to witness Hardik and his teammates recording a brilliant T20I series win over the Englishmen. On the other hand, while Krunal will have to wait for another opportunity to realise his dream of playing for India, his wife Pankhuri Sharma is quickly establishing her reputation as fan-favourite with her photo posts on social media. âï¸âï¸ A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 13, 2018 at 10:12am PDT London summer with this hottieâ¤ï¸ A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 11, 2018 at 4:39pm PDT London! You were amazingâ£ï¸ Until next time ðð¼‍âï¸ ð¸ @krunalpandya_official #mandatorypicture #londondiaries A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 18, 2018 at 12:07am PDT Sunday vibes ð¤ #londondiariesð¬ð§ A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 15, 2018 at 11:04am PDT Baeð #londondiaries ⨠A post shared by Pankhuri Sharma Pandya (@pankhuriisharma) on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:08pm PDT With the spoils of the ongoing tour shared equally till now, the Indian cricket team will now be eager to get the better of the Englishmen in the upcoming Test series in a bid to bring a positive end to their stay in England.
  5. If you're one of those serial WhatsApp message forwarders, we have some bad news for you. In a recent blog post by WhatsApp, the company said it will soon be limiting users from forwarding messages to only five people at a time. This decision was taken to curtail the rapidly spreading menace of fake news, especially in India, which has led to misunderstood mob lynching and deaths of several civilians. © Reuters WhatsApp said in the blog post, “Today, we're launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp. In India - where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world - we'll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages.” The Indian Government recently issued a notice to WhatsApp to bring more effective solutions to curb this problem. Recently, WhatsApp added a feature that would let users identify forwarded messages with a label. The company also took out full-page advertisements in Indian newspapers to highlight “easy tips” for spotting fake news. © WhatsApp The Centre said in a statement “When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability. If they remain, mute spectators, they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action. It has been conveyed to them in unmistakable terms that it is a very serious issue which deserves a more sensitive response,” © Reuters WhatsApp currently has over 200 million active users in India, where forwarding messages is a common practice. Forwarded messages include simple 'Good Morning' messages and sometimes even fake news, which has led to angry mobs targeting innocent people. Most of these forwarded messages include texts, photos, and videos. Fake messages about children kidnappers on WhatsApp has led to at least 12 people being harassed or physically assaulted. Source: WhatsApp Blog
  6. Mob lynchings triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users, led to authorities calling for steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content. Photo:...
  7. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said India had failed to respond to the authenticity of Kulbhushan Jadhav's passport. Commander Jadhav ? an on-duty Indian navy officer...
  8. The importance of a skin brightening cream, especially ones that cater to the average Indian guy's skin, cannot be stressed enough. They are an essential element in any guy's grooming regimen, and go a long way in ensuring that his skin looks clearer. So to help you look for the best skin brightening creams in the market right now, we've compiled a list of the seven best ones (cutting across different brands) available out there, all of which will be a great addition to your grooming kit. Here are the 7 best skin brightening creams in India that every guy needs to add to his grooming arsenal ASAP! 1. Garnier Men Moisturiser SPF 15, 45gm © Amazon India Priced at just Rs 137, this moisturiser from Garnier is rich with lemon extracts that help reduce dark spots and enhance skin brightening. It's also rich in SPF 15 that helps combat harmful UV rays of the sun. MRP: Rs 137 Buy it here 2. Fair and Handsome Laser 12 Multi Benefit Cream, 60g © Amazon India Specially formulated for the average Indian guy's skin, this skin brightening cream from Fair and Handsome implements a unique 12 action formula that combats dark spots and provides sun protection. It also comes equipped with laser action technology that combines three powerful systems to deliver intense brightening of the face through targeted action. MRP: Rs 158 Buy it here 3. L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Moisturising Fluid, 50 ml © Amazon India As a brand dealing in grooming products, L'Oreal Paris needs no introduction. And so this moisturiser is no exception. Implementing an active defense system that helps reinforce your skin's natural resistance against daily aggressions, and a mixture of melanoblock and vitamin C that regulates the production of melanin, this L'Oreal Paris product is truly one of the best skin brightening creams for men out there. And the icing on the cake? It comes with a SPF 20 PA+++ rating that will protect you from harmful UV rays. MRP: Rs 750 Buy it here 4.Fair & Lovely Men Anti Marks Cream, 50g © Amazon India A quality product from Fair & Lovely's catalogue, this cream is perfect for those with acne-prone skin. Not only does it absorb excess oil from your skin, but also deeply nourishes and hydrates it, making it an absolute grooming all-rounder. MRP: Rs 125 Buy it here 5. Kama Ayurveda Skin Brightening Night Cream for Men, 50g © Amazon India Though a bit on the higher side, this incredible ayurvedic night cream is a special blend of rare ingredients (including saffron from Kashmir, vetiver and liquorice) to help reduce dark circles, fight bacterial and fungal infections and give you clearer skin. MRP: Rs 1,495 Buy it here 6. Oriflame North for Men Moisturising Skin Brightening Cream SPF 18, 50ml © Amazon India If you've been looking for a skin cream that will give you cleaner and clearer skin, then look no further than this product from Oriflame North. Equipped with SPF 18 that helps provide protection against harmful UV rays and mulberry extracts that fight dark spots, this skin brightening cream will make for an essential tool in your grooming kit. MRP: Rs 449 Buy it here 7. Vaseline Men Anti-spot Cream, 50g © Amazon India Last but certainly not least, this anti-spot cream from Vaseline Men is perfect for all those looking for a tool that'll help them combat dark spots, all the while protecting them from ultraviolet rays of the sun. Though a bit on the higher side, you can be rest assured about the quality of this product that makes it a premium addition to your bathroom shelf. MRP: Rs 3,072 Buy it here
  9. In February, Vivo unveiled its Apex concept phone that had the tiniest bezels we've ever seen, a motorised pop-up camera and in-display fingerprint scanner. Almost 30-35 percent of the display supported fingerprint scanning so you wouldn't even have to hunt for the right spot. Last month, Vivo globally announced the NEX, a very close sibling of the Apex concept. In fact, the company has managed to bring almost every aspect and feature of the Apex to life. The design is stunning, the front looks huge thanks to negligible bezels and chins and the motorised front camera. The phone skips out on the infamous notch and comes with Screen SoundCasting Technology that does away with the earpiece and uses the phone itself to transmit sound waves to the ear. © Vivo Vivo NEX is the first device to sport an all-screen truly bezel-less display with a screen to body ratio of 91.24 percent. Unlike the OPPO Find X, the motorised front camera is in a small tray that slides up, instead of moving the complete top region of the phone. Coming to the specifications, it features a 6.59-inch AMOLED Ultra FullView display with 1080 x 2316 Full HD+ resolution, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and 19.3:9 aspect ratio. Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.7 GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU. © Vivo The rear sports a dual camera setup of 12 + 5-megapixel lenses and comes with 4-axis optical image stabilization and 4K video recording. For selfies, the front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. Other features of the lens include Slow Motion, Backlight HDR, Live Photo, Portrait Bokeh, Panorama, Time Lapse, Face Beauty, AR Stickers, Filters. © BCCL While Vivo has globally launched two variants of the smartphone, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage, in India only the first variant has been launched. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that supports fast charging via USB Type-C. It runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 loaded on Android 8.1 Oreo and has an AI-based virtual assistant named Jovi along with a dedicated Jovi button. The 8GB+128GB phone is available for Rs 44,990 in India and starts shipping via online and offline channels from 21 July.
  10. A US service member passes in front of a MQ-9 Reaper drone, one of a squadron that has arrived to step up the fight against the Taliban, at the Kandahar air base, Afghanistan January 23, 2018. Photo: Reuters1FARNBOROUGH: The United States has...
  11. Kuldeep Yadav has been included in the 18-man India squad for the first three Tests in England after impressing in recent limited overs matches. Photo:AFPLEEDS: India left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been included in an 18-man squad...
  12. Police stand outside a home run by the Missionaries of Charity, in Ranchi, India. Photo: ReutersNEW DELHI: India has ordered an immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by a religious order founded by Mother Teresa after a nun was arrested...
  13. A farmer spreads fertilizer in his rice field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files NEW DELHI: India's rights watchdog has sounded the alarm over the suicide of hundreds of farmers in the western state of...
  14. England's Joe Root plays the last shot of the third One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and India, for four runs and reaching his century, at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, northern England on July 17, 2018. ? AFPLEEDS, United...
  15. No matter the profession, it's always hard for a kid to live up to the reputation and stardom of his famous father. Similarly in cricket, a precocious talent cannot bloom naturally like other kids without the burden of a famous surname. But, while the gentleman's game has seen quite a few sons falling quickly by the wayside amid pressure of expectations, young Arjun Tendulkar is quickly becoming a rare exception. Ever since proving his mettle in Mumbai's famed Inter-school Harris Shield tournament, Arjun has been the subject of immense criticism and scrutiny with the media keeping a close watch on the youngster. Whether he's on the field or off it, Arjun has already been the victim of high and unfair expectations. But, Arjun has not allowed those things affect him or his game - a trait he picked up from his father. Last month, when the news of Arjun making the India U-19 cut for the Sri Lanka tour came to the fore, it sparked a massive outrage on the social media where fans labelled his inclusion as a classic case of nepotism. But, it's nothing new for Arjun, and for all we know, he's probably use to hearing such things. So, he did what he does best: silence the naysayers with his performance. © BCCL Not the one to get bogged down by criticism, the 18-year-old successfully managed to channel all the pressure into a source of motivation to push himself to the limits on the cricket field - something that was thoroughly highlighted on 17th July during the first Youth Test between the Under-19 teams of India and Sri Lanka. After Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground in Colombo, Indian captain Anuj Rawat handed the new ball to Arjun who readied himself to bowl the first over for his side. And, the young Tendulkar didn't disappoint. On the last delivery of his second over, the left-arm seamer got Lankan opener Kamil Mishara LBW to give India an early breakthrough and bag his first international wicket. Arjun Tendulkar ( son of @sachin_rt) traps the batsman LBW to pick his maiden wicket in Youth Internationals Video courtesy- Srilanka cricket pic.twitter.com/DBcapjhovA — Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) July 17, 2018 Arjun had recorded figures of 1-18 in his spell of five overs till the lunch session on opening day's play. And, while he took just one wicket early on, his effort didn't just attract praise from Indian cricket fans, but also left his father's childhood friend Vinod Kambli in tears. Tears of joy rolled down when I saw this, have seen him grow up and put in the hard work in his game. Could not be more happy for you, Arjun. This is just the beginning, I wish you tons and ton of success in the days to come. Cherish your first wicket and enjoy the moment.ð pic.twitter.com/vB3OmbaTWM — VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) July 17, 2018 The former Indian cricketer took to Twitter and shared an emotional message after Arjun's maiden international wicket. "Tears of joy rolled down when I saw this, have seen him grow up and put in the hard work in his game. Could not be more happy for you, Arjun. This is just the beginning, I wish you tons and ton of success in the days to come. Cherish your first wicket and enjoy the moment," Kambli tweeted. Apart from Kambli, Indian cricket fans also praised Arjun and congratulated him on picking his maiden international wicket. Congrats #ArjunTendulkar ððð #ArjunU19Debut & #Arjun1stWicket ððð Very Happy For Youðð #AllTheBest @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/0pTdr7rV5G — PIYU (@PiyuTendulkar) July 17, 2018 That's a wonderful exhibition of swing bowling in an opening burst of 5-1-18-1 from Arjun Tendulkar. Just as his father @sachin_rt used to torment opposition bowlers by hitting them through covers on the up, Arjun seems to pitch the new ball up and swing it on a fuller length too — North Stand-Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) July 17, 2018 Arjun Tendulkar's run-up reminds me of Doug Bollinger — Amitesh (@_amiteshSingh_) July 17, 2018 Congratulations Arjun Tendulkar !! Tight slap to all the haters who questioned your selection in the team !!#ArjunU19Debut #Arjun1stWicket — Krish Sachinist (@Krish_Sachinist) July 17, 2018 Best of luck to Arjun Tendulkar. Hope he would take more wickets in his life.ð — Manish Prasad (@ManishP00840417) July 17, 2018 Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise. ð¤ Arjun Tendulkar is a perfect example right now. His First Ever Performance For Indian Under 19 Team ð¥ â11 Overs â2 Maiden â33 Runs â1 Wicket Congratulation @sachin_rt#SLvIND #INDvSL — ð (@yashisharmaa) July 17, 2018 Arjun Tendulkar bowling skills are interesting, can't wait to see him on senior team. — ð«ð· (@absolutemalyali) July 17, 2018 Another Maiden Over ðð !! Arjun Tendulkar : 10 over 2 maiden 29 run 1 wicket !!#ArjunU19Debut #Arjun1stWicket — Sachinist.com (@Sachinist) July 17, 2018 A good start to serious cricket #ArjunTendulkar Great things awaiting ahead ðð» — Venky (@Ramana217) July 17, 2018 While many crumble under the weight of expectations, only a handful allow pressure to define them. And, though it's too early to speculate on his future or whether he'll be able to emulate his father's success, Arjun's rise (in his own capacity) promises the return of Tendulkar - a name that continues to echo in international cricket.
  16. More than 20 people have been lynched in India after being accused of child abduction in the last two months. Photo: AFP NEW DELHI: Indian police said Sunday they have arrested 32 people after a man was killed by a mob in the country's latest...
  17. KARACHI: India's transgender community marked another milestone in its challenging path on Saturday when Swati Bidhan Baruah was appointed as the first transgender judge in the state of Assam, Geo News reported.After taking up their new role,...
  18. LONDON: Joe Root´s composed hundred laid the platform for England´s 86-run win over India in the second one-day international at Lord´s on Saturday.Victory saw 2019 World Cup hosts England, first in the ODI rankings to India´s second, level the...
  19. The lynchings have brought protesters out onto the streets but authorities have had limited success in deterring the spread of misinformation. Photo: AFP PANJURI KACHARI: The smartphone footage shows the two blood-soaked men pleading for their...
  20. When considering budget options, it is a lot easier to select a headphone because they all have pretty much the same specifications and output. When we move on the premium segment, the variations matter immensely. There are multiple factors that need to be considered before going for one, as your taste in music matters the most, followed by comfort and type of usage. We have specially made a list of wired headphones, only because there is still a vast difference in the output when compared to wireless Bluetooth ones. Here our Editors take on why wired ones are still more preferable. 1. Audio Technica ATH MSR7: © BCCL These are studio-grade headphones that contain 45 mm True Motion drivers for minimal sound distortion. The build is plastic but surrounded by aluminium to give a higher-end feel. The large ear pads and foam make sure that these are comfortable for use over a long duration. Keep in mind, these are bare minimum excellent sound producers and do not feature noise cancellation. However, they are really good at natural noise isolation thanks to the thick foam. As far as sound quality is concerned, these aren't made for high bass but have a well-balanced midrange and a high frequency. The clarity is top notch and the wire is a standard 3.5mm jack on both the ends. Even in noisy areas, music is flawlessly directed towards the user, preventing background noise from seeping in. Buy it here 2. Bose QuietComfort 25: © BCCL The best noise cancellation along with excellent music output is offered by these. These even work without batteries, all you need to do is connect your phone. If you need ANC, just pop-in a few AAA batteries. The sound quality and noise isolation on the QC25 are exceptional. Bose opted to use fabric instead of leather for this variant and it definitely has paid off well. The sound engineered in these is exemplary. The lows, mids, and highs come through clear as day while the bass is average. Read our full review here Buy it here 3. Sennheiser HD 429: © Sennheiser It has high-output neodymium magnets for stereo sound with a smooth bass response and comes with gold-plated 3.5mm and 1/4in adaptor jacks. These are huge in size yet comfortable to wear. These are recommended for those looking for excellent bass output. These do not distort the bass even at maximum volume and have ideally balanced midrange and treble. The closed-back design and soft ear pads block outside noise very well. Due to its large size, these are not recommended if you travel a lot. Buy it here 4. Philips Fidelio NC1: © Philips These are the best in class noise-canceling headphones, perfect for travelling. They fit in a smaller case easily and can be taken along anywhere you go. They are also fairly light and have a softer foam for a more comfortable fit. They also have a microphone on the back of each ear cup that monitors ambient noise. It has 30 hours of battery life for active noise cancellation and can be charged via the micro-USB port. Coming to the audio output, they lack high-frequency treble but the clarity is top notch. Music is balanced properly and the bass is average, not too harsh like Beats. For the best music experience, you should go with the MSR7, while this one pumps decent audio along with ANC. Buy it here 5. Philips Over-Ear FX5MBK: © Philips These have 40mm neodymium drivers for rich bass and powerful sound along with noise isolating around-ear cushions for extended comfort. These also support adjustable bass boost that lets you get the perfect level of bass for every song. They are also foldable and feature a built-in mic. The connector is gold plated and the audio output is crystal clear. These are highly recommended if you are looking for high bass. Buy it here 6. Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-C70: © Pioneer Pioneer has a huge professional fanbase and always has been the first choice for many artists. The HDJ-C70 offers a frequency range of 7 to 32,000 Hz via 40mm drivers. The ear pads can be rotated by 90 degrees in either direction making it possible to monitor with one ear while wearing the headphones. There is absolutely no distortion even at high volume, it lacks high frequency because these are specially made for DJing. Bass output is clear while the mid frequencies are strong. These can be worn for an extended duration very comfortably thanks to the soft earpads. Buy it here 7. Sennheiser HD 25: © Sennheiser The second choice for the best DJing headphones, these are pretty much on par with Pioneer's offering. The bass is tight and precise while the mids and highs are perfectly balanced. These come with vinyl pads which offer superb sound isolation. For all types of genres, these work perfectly. They sound incredibly well when an external DAC is connected as well as without one. They are rather comfortable and work well in any type of setup. Buy it here 8. Beyerdynamic T5P: © Beyerdynamic The T5ps reek of quality right out of the box. There's the high-grade, sturdy aluminium frame with sick details. The T5p is a luxurious full-size, high-quality headphone that can handle portable music from devices such as iPods and iPhones. It flawlessly distinguishes between genres and handles both, EDM as well as vocals very well. The midrange clarity is outstanding with well-optimised treble and high frequency. The bass is good or great, depending on the source. buy it here
  21. India is one of the few countries that completely skipped the computer age. In the developed markets, users slowly evolved; first they used the huge PCs, then laptops and then moved on to smartphones. On the other hand, only a tiny percentage of people have ever had exposure to computers or laptops in India. We joined the internet in a humungous number via the Smartphone. India has been a lucrative market for Smartphones in the last decade and there has been no sign of this trend going down, until now. The budget and midrange segment have the highest demand and occupy majority chunk of the market. This is also the reason why companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO, and Samsung have been filling up the market with as many products as possible. © Reuters While smartphones sales are booming, a silent trend has been picking up massively since last year. The Feature Phone segment, which everyone thought would die out, is making a comeback. Even the cheapest smartphone costs at least Rs 4,000 - 5,000. Jio announced the JioPhone which practically costs nothing when combined with the telecom operators data services. The end user is not only getting 4G coverage but also a supporting handset, bringing down the total cost of having an internet connected phone drastically. Jio has already announced the next iteration, JioPhone 2, which is expected to hit the market soon. © Reuters JioPhone runs on a fairly new OS called KaiOS. It is specially made for feature phones and has been running on many more devices made by TCL, HMD Global, and Micromax. Even though it is a "Feature Phone OS", it can run apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant and more integrated apps like WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook are in the pipeline. © DeviceAtlas According to data revealed by DeviceAtlas, KaiOS has gained 15 percent market share in India over the last one year. In comparison, Apple's iOS stands at 9.3 percent. Counterpoint Research says almost 23 million KaiOS devices have been shipped so far. © KaiOS Kai Technologies Inc, the developer of KaiOS has received an investment of US$ 22 million from Google and is a part of its "Next Billion" initiative. Currently, Kai has a tech facility in Bengaluru with a team of nearly 30 engineers who are working on servicing the JioPhone. “We want to ensure that Google apps and services are available to everyone, whether they are using desktops, smartphones, or feature phones.” Anjali Joshi, vice-president, product management, Next Billion Users, said in a statement. Source: DeviceAtlas
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  23. While America is still struggling to retain Net Neutrality, India has taken a step forward to ensure that the internet continues to remain discrimination-free. The new changes in the policy mean that telecom operators will not be able to block, throttle, or zero-rate internet data. The move comes after TRAI's (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) recommendation stating that internet service providers cannot engage in “any form of discrimination or interference” in data connections. The Department of Telecommunication has adopted the new policy and an amendment will be made to the licence agreement, that all ISPs are required to sign. © Reuters What is Net Neutrality? It is a basic principle that ensures the internet service providers treat all the data passing through its network, equally. Meaning, if you have "Plan A" and another user has "Plan B", the two can have a varying bandwidth and transfer speeds. The ISP cannot charge users of Plan A to access a certain website separately, while Plan B gets free access or even throttle data speeds accordingly. Net Neutrality ensures that websites, platforms or users are not discriminated. This way, everything on the internet gets equal priority and one entity cannot have any undue advantage. © Quartz Media A few years ago, Facebook had released its "Free Basics" platform which gave users free access to their partners. Here, one of the partners meant Facebook, hence, users were not liable to pay any data charges when accessing Facebook, but had to pay when using another non-partner website like Twitter. Experts have often stressed that if Net Neutrality is not enforced, bigger established companies can tie-up with telcos and create a vacuum. If you are able to stream Service A for free without any data charges, will you access Service B that does not have a partnership with the telco? Also, imagine having to buy packages to access WhatsApp, and then separately paying more for Viber or Telegram. © Reuters There are few exceptions though, services like autonomous driving, telemedicine or remote diagnostic services may get prioritised internet fast lanes, as they are categorised as "critical services". This is similar to Ambulances getting priority and a little free hand on the road during emergencies. Industry analysts say, that the new changes in the policy will help maintain a fair playing ground for startups. At the end of the day, this is a big win for everyone who uses the internet, right from companies to the end user.
  24. OPPO launched the Find X globally last month and the phone has already made its way to India. This is the first time OPPO is launching a premium smartphone in India. Actually, it's not just premium but also features one of the most innovative concepts we've seen in modern smartphones. Commenting on this launch, Charles Wong, OPPO Assistant Vice President & OPPO India President, said “As a brand, OPPO strives to offer products that can resonate with consumers combining superior aesthetics, technology and quality. The Find series represents OPPO's passionate and innovative spirit that believes that a smartphone isn't just a communication tool but also a piece of art. Hence the Find X, a result of careful deliberation, testing and refinement, aims to offer our Indian consumers a premium, innovative and technologically advanced offering for an advanced smartphone experience.” The Find X features a motorised camera slider mechanism that houses both the front and rear cameras. Whenever you open the camera or want to unlock the phone, the slider pops up in 0.5 seconds. In recent times we've seen companies adopting the notch to offer maximum screen-to-body ratio, as the notch can house the front camera, sensors, and earpiece. To remove the notch, OPPO added both, the rear as well as the front camera, along with sensors on the slider. Companies have often tried to avoid moving parts as they not only increase the fragility of the phone but also have higher chances of malfunctioning. OPPO has also added an infrared sensor on the top that 3D scans the users face for secure authentication. This system was the first seen on board the iPhone X and performs much better than camera-based Face Unlock. The Find X does not have a fingerprint scanner, hence the slide module will pop-up every time you need to unlock the phone. © BCCL Now coming to the exterior design, OPPO has simply done a marvelous job. The 6.5-inch AMOLED display has a 93.8 percent screen-to-body ratio and tiny bezels. The back is made of glass and the phone is available in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red colours. © BCCL The Find X sports a dual-camera setup at the rear of the slider with a 16 + 20-megapixel primary and secondary lens that supports AI Portraits and Scene Recognition. There is also a 25-megapixel selfie snapper at the front with a f/2.0 aperture. OPPO has also added Omoji' which are OPPO's version of Apple's Animoji. © BCCL The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset along with 8GB RAM and 256GB non-expandable storage. It runs on ColorOS 5.1 that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Backing these internals is a 3730mAh battery that supports VOOC fast charging via USB-C. In India, the phone is priced at Rs 59,990 and will be available for purchase starting August 3rd exclusively on Flipkart.
  25. Fake News - the term has been trending for the past few months and it will continue to do so, until strict measures aren't deployed. Basically, fake news consists of propaganda or spreading of false information to further one's agenda. The term has been used extensively by U.S. President Donald Trump on multiple occasions and the effects of this menace are being witnessed in India as well. © Reuters In India, fake news has already caused the deaths of innocent citizens and journalists. Inflamed by fake warnings of child-trafficking rings or organ harvesters sent via WhatsApp, people have resorted to vigilante justice. The government has been calling for “immediate action to end this menace" and is closely working with companies to prevent the spread of unverified information. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been at the center of the issue, because it is the most widely used Instant Messenger in India and hardly has any mechanism in place to prevent the spread of information. The messages sent across the app are encrypted as well, hence law enforcement authorities have negligible chances of tracking the source of these messages. © WhatsApp WhatsApp has now released an update that adds a "Forwarded" label to messages that are simply being sent over from other users. It may seem like a minor addition, but the company says it can help people categorize fake news and other types of misinformation. "It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent, or if it originally came from someone else," WhatsApp said in a statement. "Question information that upsets you", says WhatsApp's full-page advertisements. Clearly the solution to declining newspaper ad revenues in India will come from how we tackle our digital fake news crisis. pic.twitter.com/3h5XyJeMIr — Anuj Srivas (@AnujSrivas) July 10, 2018 The app has also put out full-page newspaper ads across the country, in an attempt to bring the attention of users to the issue. In a way, the company is trying to let the users know that not all information received is accurate and the forward label highlights that the information is simply being passed on and isn't verified. The company is also exploring the use of machine learning techniques to identify malicious content and said it was testing a method to identify forwards. Rumors on WhatsApp have led to the death of nearly 31 people in 10 states over the past one year. "As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help," the statement said.
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