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  1. Just when I thought Facebook was done screwing up its user's privacy, a new report just popped up saying that Facebook's employees had access to hundreds of millions of user passwords. Good job, Facebook! Yesterday, when an independent security journalist named Brian Krebs reported about this mistake, Facebook issued a press release to confirm the same and said it discovered the mishap during a “routine security review in January.” Here's the best part - The press release was titled “Keeping Passwords Secure”. LOL! © Reuters Krebs' report noted that anywhere between 200 to 600 million people are affected due to this mistake, which shouldn't have happened in the first place. In fact, it looks like some passwords were found in archives dating back to 2012. The social media site estimates that hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users. Looks like the issue has been fixed and it will notify everyone affected. © Pexels According to Facebook, there's no evidence that plain text passwords were exposed outside of the company, neither were they abused internally. So, it says even the affected users don't necessarily need to change their passwords, but I'd still change it if I were you. I am sure you know that this isn't the first security breach that Facebook and its users are dealing with. All we've been hearing about is Facebook and it's privacy issues. It all started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and it's just been a string of bad security issues. People even started dumping Facebook, which I once wondered was the right thing to do. But now, I have some serious trust issues and I wonder if it's time to dump the platform for real.
  2. Success is something everyone strives for. Something for which people pour in all their hard work. And when it comes to finding success in sports, it's on a different level altogether. Always finding ways to improve, players and teams tend to give their best at every stage. Off lately, this immense level of competition has surfaced in the tennis circuit. Every player in the ATP Tour circuit has struggled their way to the top in some or the other tournament. Be it newcomers like Alex De Minaur, Laslo Djere or well-established players such as Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, everyone has had their share in the record. It's probably for the first time that we are seeing 19 different champions in all the 19 tournaments held on the ATP circuit. It's really inspiring to see true competition and not just one player winning it all. 18 finals, 18 different champions on the #ATP Tour this season. Will Federer be the first to get to two titles or will Thiem be No.19? Via @ATPMediaInfo pic.twitter.com/4qtox7Mckd — TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) March 17, 2019 Last season, we witnessed a similar situation where every tournament on the tour was won by different players, but soon the streak came to an end when the 'GOAT', Roger Federer, won the Rotterdam Open right after grabbing his record 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Unlike the last season, it has been more ruthless for all the players this time around. Starting with Roberto Bautista Agut winning the Doha Open, today, it added Dominic Thiem, the 19th winner to the list, after his epic comeback win over Federer in the Indian Wells Final. Everyone thought this streak would be broken again by the Swiss Maestro but the breathtaking gameplay of the 'Dominator,' stole the show by 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win and registered his name in the history books. © AP Another great thing about this season is that the title holders include a whole lot of young guns who won their first title on the tour. Starting off with Minaur winning in Sydney and Tennys Sandgren bagging the Auckland Open title, the list is followed by Juan Ignacio Londero in Cordoba, Reilly Opelka in New York, Laslo Djere in Rio and lastly, Radu Abolt and Guido Pella in Delray Beach and Sao Paulo respectively. The domination of the young lads on the tour can be taken as a warning for the established ones to pull up their socks as the competition would just get more fierce from here. With the next tournament being the Miami Open, let's hope we get to witness the rise of a new champion.
  3. One of India's leading smartphone brands, Realme has created a Guinness World Record by creating the largest mobile phone sentence - "Proud To Be Young" - with 1024 Realme 3 devices. The event which was called the Realme Holi Party was organised on March 16 in New Delhi, and saw close to about 400 fans of the smartphone brand. Additionally, the smartphone maker also revealed their latest variant which is the dazzling Realme 3 Radiant Blue, powered by the AI master MediaTeK Helio P70 processor and a 4230 mAh battery that gives the longest battery life in the 10k-segment. Realme 3 comes with 3D Unibody Gradient Design in two variants: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. What's more? The brand is also the first in its segment to offer an f1.8 aperture and Nightscape Mode at the same time to get significantly better image quality. The #realme3 camera with Nightscape mode lets you capture more than you can see. #PowerYourStyle pic.twitter.com/WLbDi3UgQW — realme (@realmemobiles) March 4, 2019 But that's not all. It has also added the Chroma Boost mode, that uses AI technology to recognise the scenes in photos and optimize accordingly into a larger dynamic range, with more enriched details in highlighted parts and shadows, and more balanced exposure. Realme 3 has upgraded to 13MP front cameras in 5P lenses combination. In fact, The front camera is equipped with AI Beauty 2.0 mode which enables the users to adjust the extent of beautification as per their preferences with precisely restored details of skin quality, eye, and hair through 296 facial identification points. How cool does that sound? And here's the most amazing news for all Realme fans: To celebrate their five million sales milestone, Realme 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM will be priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively for the next one million users. Wait there's more to it. The Realme 3 Dynamic Black variant will be open for sale again on March 19, 12 noon onwards. The Radiant Blue variant of Realme 3 will be open for sale on March 26, 12 noon onwards. So, what are you waiting for? Get your very own Realme 3 and experience the smoothest and the best smartphone technology today.
  4. Just weeks after the launch of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, Nvidia has now introduced its smaller sibling, the GTX 1660. It's been made available in India for the price of Rs. 21,500 and it's the cheapest Turing-based Nvidia GPU that's out right now. © Nvidia Much like the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, the new GTX 1660 offers Turing performance, making it comparatively better than the GTX 1060. This new card is using the same TU116 Turing GPU as the 1660 Ti, however, you're looking at 6GB DDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 192GBps, instead of DDR6. The GTX 1660 comes with 1,408 CUDA cores and has a boost clock speed of 1.8GHz. Nvidia also noted that one can easily increase the clock speed with some overclocking. On average, it's 35% faster than the GTX 1060 3GB at 1080p, and compared to the Maxwell-architecture GTX 960, it's 130% faster. In layman terms, the GTX 1660 delivers enough power to play even the modern titles at 1080p with enjoyable frame rates. © Nvidia The Nvidia GTX 1660, just like the GTX 1660 Ti, belongs to the GTX family of GPUs. So you'll be loosing out on features like ray-tracing. But considering the fact that the adaptation of ray-tracing is still in its infancy, we think you can sit out on the higher-end RTX cards for a bit longer if you are strictly on a budget. Specifications aside, the GTX 1660 also brings support for Adaptive Shading technology, which further improves performance in supported titles. You also get some game enhancing techs like Ansel, Freestyle, GameStream, ShadowPlay, and more. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 is now available from a lot of OEMs like Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac. The pricing, as mentioned earlier, starts at Rs. 21,500, and it will vary based on partner designs and features. You can learn more about the GPU here.
  5. The World Wide Web is a fascinating place to step into. There are a gazillion “addresses” you can visit and explore, and yet it holds no physical dimensions around it to vouch for its existence outside the pixelated and LED lit screens of the myriad gizmos that allow access to it. WWW, as it is most popularly known, was brought into existence 30 years ago today, by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. Today there are close to 2 billion websites connected to the World Wide Web online, and life without the web seems almost impossible. (c) Thinkstock Given the raging wave of digitization that has engulfed our world far and wide, the web today has become almost as vital for our survival in the urbanscape that is constantly changing and evolving all the time, as is food or shelter. So, on the WWW's 30th anniversary we decided to go around asking young millennials what are they most grateful to the internet for, and how the web may have changed their life beyond repair. (c)Thinkstock The answers, as you shall be witnessing, range from poignant to funny depending on what these young men and women think is the biggest boon of the internet's existence in 2019. With a majority of the young (and old) around the world heavily depending on the web and its services to get sh** done on a day to day basis (basically exist), the 30th anniversary of the WWW sure holds a lot of importance for all those who make use of it, and rely on its magic as if lives depended on it. Here is what these 7 millennials have to say: (c) MensXP We have all been there and I suppose all of us are forever indebted to the web for the depth of information it has in store, and the umpteen times it has saved our a** when it comes to last minute “research” and assignment submission throughout school, college and even at work! (c) MensXP Online dating and socialisation have seen the biggest boom in the recent years, and with all the thrill that it brings into our life, there is no denying the dangers and misadventures one might come across in the virtual world. But the internet really does help us to get a heads up, and often saves us from nuisances and dangers. (c) MensXP How can we say anything else after this? This is so relevant to all regardless of whether we are millennials or not. The web has really changed our lives by exposing us to some of the greatest melodies and artists from around the world, which would have otherwise been lost to us. (c) MensXP Again, Facebook and Google have been complete game changers when it comes to the existence of the internet. What would we do without Google and all its “relevant” answers, and Facebook - that allows us to do a lot more than “stay connected”. (c) MensXP Touché. Not just Harshleen, but there must be a million other people whose lives changed forever thanks to the magic that is YouTube. So many of us have been able to get done so many things all because of this blessing. (c) MensXP Exchange of ideas and connecting with like-minded individuals from around the world, who share the same dreams, hopes and aspirations could only be made possible due to the existence of the web. The number of ideas, people and innovations that the internet furthers in beyond our imagination. (c) MensXP We have already been told about what a blessing Facebook is for millennials, but Netflix? We have no intention of adding anything to what Shwetabh has spoken of. Netflix is a true friend indeed.
  6. Chile is one country which has been constantly progressing when it comes to transgender laws. As recent as November of 2018, the Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, passed a law allowing people over the age of 14, to change their names and gender in official records. The move that was welcomed by the majority of the people, seemed like just another 'rubber stamp' considering Chile's traditionally conservative and predominantly Roman Catholic nature. © El Universal However, all these claims were put to rest after a prestigious women's school named Liceo Javiera Carrera gave admission to a transgender. Arlén Aliaga who was celebrating her 18th birthday on the historic day of her admission, used to study in an all-boys high school and revealed how she received support from her classmates but was constantly harassed by her teacher because of her preferences for clothes. Initially, the school rejected her admission at first, the reason being the lack of seats, but after a strong campaign from LGBT activists and supporters from the mayor of Santiago, Aliaga was admitted on March 6, which also marks her birthday. © Radio Universidad de Chile Talking to AFP, she said,”It's historic, maybe I'm the first. I know there are others who tried and didn't succeed, but clearly, it's possible.” Now that's one hell of a birthday present.
  7. A British man who was HIV-Positive has become the second adult in the world to be cleared of the AIDS virus. Christened as “the London patient”, he got a second chance at a healthy life after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor. If you are wondering how that might be possible, then listen up. The donor, who is not related to the patient has a genetic mutation that is known as “CCR5 delta 32” which grants resistance to HIV virus! Imagine the possibilities this mutation has given rise to. © Twitter The London patient contracted HIV in 2003 and it was because of Ravindra Gupta, a professor and an HIV biologist, who was then working at University College London, and was co-leading a team of doctors treating the man, that this discovery could be made. It has almost been three years since the London patient received the bone marrow transplant and over 18 months since he has come off antiretroviral drugs, and recent, highly sensitive tests have still not shown any trace of an HIV infection relapse. However, though Professor Gupta told the media that, "There is no virus there that we can measure. We can't detect anything", he also added that his patient was "functionally cured" and "in remission", but reminded everyone that "it's too early to say he's cured." © theconversation However, scientists are taking this case as proof that they will be able to end AIDS one day. The world met its first functionally cured HIV patient in 2007, named Timothy Brown. Brown had received a similar treatment in Germany and came to be known as the Berlin patient. Brown has since moved to the US and according to experts, is still HIV-free. These discoveries are making us more hopeful of a future where fatal diseases such as AIDS and cancer will finally get cured.
  8. Galaxy Unpacked and MWC were the choice of venue for Huawei and Samsung to unveil their iterations of a foldable smartphone. Both phones have managed to capture the imagination of smartphone users, however, there's an unlikely company using the same marketing style to promote their own product. It's even called the “LEGO Fold”. © Samsung Behold, we give you LEGO's own foldable toy that's actually a pop-up book set, that is being promoted in the same style as Samsung's Galaxy Fold. The device in question has a 5-inch cover display and an 11-inch pop 'screen'. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, is 4.6-inches when folded and 7.3-inched when unfolded. Of course, the LEGO Fold is not really a smartphone however we can appreciate LEGO's level of trolling. A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery. pic.twitter.com/yodboV2aEK — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) March 4, 2019 © Lego, Samsung LEGO's trolling efforts go further as the company released the artwork with the caption “creative play that never runs out of battery” comparing the storybook with a smartphone. LEGO has been a leading toy maker and it is quite refreshing to see the company take a dig on smartphones. We live in an age where smartphones/tablets are rapidly replacing toys as a source of entertainment for kids. What's great about the LEGO Fold is that it doesn't cost as much as Samsung or Huawei's offering. It will sell for $69.99 which is nothing when compared to Galaxy Fold's price tag of $2000.
  9. Robert Downey Jr gives the best speeches, no one can honestly disagree on that. He just has that charm about him. Remember that emotional speech from 'Avengers: Infinity War's' premiere last year? And, he is fiercely loyal and loves all his friends to bits. So, it wasn't surprising to see him act like a proud dad after Rami Malek's Oscar win for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Celebrating the win, RDJ posted a video on his Instagram praising Rami and his incredible achievement. Image1 In his speech, he said, “I say, unequivocally, Rami Malek is the front of the bloodline of his acting generation, I think he has witnessed it here tonight and from an endomorphic loner of 'Mr Robot' to the complete showman that he displayed here. I am just telling you dude and you already know it, you are good.” Oh, Mr Stark, I feel so good about this. View this post on Instagram @ramimalek Who loves you babe ? This guy right here ... #congratulations #freddiemercury #queen #oscars #2019 (ð¥ @jimmy_rich ) A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on Feb 25, 2019 at 12:10pm PST What can we say? RDJ loves his 'babe' as much as we love his babe. I feel like this is such a pure friendship, friends supporting friends and being so damn proud of all of their achievements. © Twitter It's so great and people are loving this supportive friendship. you know what's more iconic than robert downey jr. and rami malek together? the way robert downey jr. talks about rami malek. pic.twitter.com/yZ3KwTF05p — ðð¢ððð¢ðððâ¡ (@powerfullwitch) February 25, 2019 Exactly. robert downey jr and rami malek appreciating each other is all i asked for — galileo #feelsomething (@smokenrhapsody) February 25, 2019 Same. Robert Downey Jr loves Rami malek and I love both — mari black panther tem grammy (@dcumxrvel) February 25, 2019
  10. If the names Mufasa, Simba, or Timon, Pumba and Rafiki mean anything to you, or succeed in evoking a sense of deep-rooted belongingness and nostalgia, chances are that you were around during the golden era of kids entertainment that any millennial has had the luck of living through. 'The Lion King' happens to be one of the most incredible kids' movies ever and our childhood was made all the more memorable by Mufasa's kindness and playfulness, Rafiki's wisdom and great comic timing, as well as Timon and Pumba's crazy antics, besides a lot of other things! © Walt Disney Pictures Earlier, we had informed you that Disney is all set to release the remake of the 'The Lion King' on the silver screen, which is being produced by Walt Disney pictures and shall be helmed by 'Iron Man' and 'The Jungle Book' director, Jon Favreau. View this post on Instagram ð¦ð New poster for #TheLionKing A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Feb 24, 2019 at 6:36pm PST The latest trailer of the film came out just hours ago, along with its first poster. One look at them will hit you with nostalgia from all sides! Yet, it is baby Simba's sneeze that wins it for us in this latest 1-minute trailer. As the future king of the Pride Lands, it is Simba's innocence and bright-eyed wonder that keeps your eyes glued to the screen, and sends the little kid inside you into an excited frenzy. The Disney classic is set to grace our screens again after almost 25 years, in a live action format, where prominent Hollywood actors will be heard lending their voice to our favourite characters. The film shall have Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, and James Earl Jones reprising his role as the glorious Mufasa. As Rafiki hoists Simba up in the air in that classic shot over Pride Rock and presents the animals of the Pride Lands with their future king, we can almost hear baby Simba's adorable little “roar” when ganged up by Shenzi's company. It's going to be quite a ride, and we suggest keeping those tissues handy when you watch it in the halls. 'The Lion King' releases on 19th July 2019.
  11. Today Guneet Monga's 'Period. End of Sentence' created history by winning the Best Documentary Short Subject at the Oscars 2019 aka the 91st Academy Awards. The 26-minute documentary is set in Hapur, a village in Uttar Pradesh and deals with the taboo around menstruation and how the women come together to create sanitary pads of their own, when a machine is installed in the village. © sikhya entertainment The whole world is talking about this documentary and so is Mumbai Police, but for a totally different yet equally important cause. Mumbai Police's social media team is known and lauded for coming up with creative and witty messages, on things that are going viral on the internet. This time too they did not disappoint us at all. Mumbai Police referred to the Oscar-winning documentary and wrote, "If cities were given an Oscar, Mumbai would have bagged some of the trophies definitely!" If cities were given an Oscar, Mumbai would have bagged some of the trophies definitely ! #LoveTheCityWeServe #IfCitiesWonOscars pic.twitter.com/V9Zr5tDfTZ — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) February 25, 2019 As expected, people were once again left impressed with Mumbai Police's creativity and ingenuity. Both 'Whoever is managing this account' and Mumbai Police has great skills in making observations and connecting the dots. Great work ! ð — PickupDaddy (@pritalking) February 25, 2019 I agree. As a woman from Bombay and travelled across I believe mumbai police is prompt to help women and anyone in distress. Kudos to you champions — Shaheena Attarwala (@RuthlessUx) February 25, 2019 Fab @MumbaiPolice , we totally do https://t.co/BJg66qShmP — Rucha Bhalekar (@ruchaapte) February 25, 2019 Don't worry @MumbaiPolice People of Mumbai appreciate your service n feel safe in the city. Love n Respect from the people , biggest trophy you can have #Mumbai #MumbaiPolice #Respect https://t.co/x2yFrMVhCN — Alhad Apte (@Alhad009) February 25, 2019 Kudos to your social media team for coming out with cheeky, topical messages. https://t.co/HUphLaOAKu — Prasanna (@prasannapahade) February 25, 2019 Well, we don't know about Mumbai or other cities, but Mumbai Police surely deserves an Oscar for coming up with such an amazing message.
  12. MWC 2019 is in full swing and it's all about 5G and foldable phones. Even before the tradeshow started, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold alongside the S10 and grabbed everyone's attention. This was soon followed by Huawei's Mate X, however, the two folding phones have a different approach and are the hottest products in town. Now, OPPO has also joined the bandwagon and revealed the images of their "concept" folding phones. OPPO VP Brian Shen shared a few pictures of the concept phone on Weibo and said the company isn't planning on shipping the phone unless there is sufficient demand. The most interesting part of the phone is its design though. © Weibo The pictures reveal a phone that looks eerily similar to Huawei's Mate X. A single large OLED panel wraps around both the sides when folded, instead of folding towards the inside (like the Galaxy Fold). A bar on the outside houses a dual camera setup and offers grip in holding the tablet-cum phone. Shen said, that he doesn't think a foldable phone brings significant improvement in user experience and hence OPPO is refraining from mass producing the phone right now. Basically, OPPO intends to let Samsung and Huawei launch their offerings, analyse the market response, and then decide whether the product is viable in short-term. © Weibo Xiaomi has also confirmed that it is working on a foldable phone with dual-fold technology. We've previously seen them teasing a similar prototype, and expect the brand to join the trend in the coming future. OPPO hasn't named the concept yet and even the internal specifications remain unknown. With so many companies trying to make their mark, it's ultimately going to be good for the consumer. Samsung and Huawei are charging upwards of US$ 2,000 (Rs 1,42,000) for the foldable phones right now, and with more companies joining the trend and investing in development, the costs are bound to gradually come down. © Weibo So far, OPPO has announced it will launch a phone with 10x "lossless" zoom technology in the second quarter of this year. The phone will have a triple-lens camera structure including a 48-megapixel main camera, 120-degree ultra-wide lens and a telephoto lens. "Our 10x Lossless Zoom is mass-production-ready and will appear in a product soon," said Chuck Wang, Product Manager, OPPO.
  13. Remember all the talk of AI-created video 'deepfakes' that so terrified us all? Well, there's a new deepfake AI around, one that's so powerful its creators - who are committed to open source - aren't even releasing it. Video Deepfakes Are Scary A year or so ago, AI developers came up with what is now known as 'deepfakes' - AI programs that could take snippets of video to create new, artificial, footage of an individual. It wasn't just the thought of cybercriminals using this to create fake porn footage to harass and blackmail people that terrified us all, but also the possibility of someone making fake hate speeches of politicians, national leaders, and others. This was considered so serious that even Reddit took action, while Google and other platforms also made it clear they wouldn't tolerate deepfake footage. But as with any other piece of tech, once it's out in the wild, you really can't do much. Text Deepfakes May Worsen The Fake News Problem But there's another area where deepfakes can be scary - news articles. And with a new text-writing AI around, so much could go wrong - imagine someone setting up a fake news website that wouldn't even need humans to churn out misleading articles. Or imagine a flood of fake Tweets, WhatsApp forwards, and Facebook posts that lead to consequences like civic unrest, stock market fluctuations, and even international incidents. After all, if the harder it gets to tell it's not been written by a human, the more likely it is that people can be fooled. You Really Can't Tell It's Written By An AI So here's what the latest fuss is all about. Researchers from the OpenAI group (founded, amongst others, by Elon Musk - though he's no longer associated with them), which carries out research into 'safe' and useful AI tech that can be shared with the world, came up with a new text generator, that can take a few sentences as a writing prompt to come up with a proper, lengthy post or article. However, (and not too surprising, to be honest), the text generating AI was so good, it spooked the researchers, who have refused to release it to the world! Meet GPT-2, An AI-powered Natural Language Model This Natural Language AI was trained on 40GB of data from across the Internet - utilising 1.5 billion parameters to analyse 8 million web pages! The dataset included outbound links from Reddit, and in order to maintain the quality of language the AI was to learn from, the researchers used just links approved by human moderators. The result? It's scary. Here's an example of GPT-2 saying recycling is bad: “...Recycling is bad for our economy. It increases the cost of a product, and in turn, the price of everything that is made with that product. Recycling is not good for our nation. We pay a tremendous price for the privilege of having the world's most advanced and efficient recycling system. Recycling is a huge, colossal waste of time, energy, money, and resources…” Yes, we know it sounds like something Donald Trump would write, but you know there'd be thousands (if not millions), who would take this seriously. What makes GPT-2 more powerful is that it's unsupervised - feed it a sentence and without any more guidance, it'll come up with an article! In fact, it's so eerily good at its job, it can even make up quotes! Here's an example of a story this AI wrote, on the topic of a train carrying nuclear materials going missing: “...'The theft of this nuclear material will have significant negative consequences on public and environmental health, our workforce and the economy of our nation,' said Tom Hicks, the U.S. Energy Secretary, in a statement. 'Our top priority is to secure the theft and ensure it doesn't happen again.'...” © techspot The Researchers Are Worried About This Being Used For Fake News Yes, the AI's creators are so worried they've refused to release their original work to the world. Instead, in a blog post, they make it clear that they'll only release a smaller sample: “... Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, we are instead releasing a much smaller model for researchers to experiment with, as well as a technical paper….” They go on to mention misleading news items, impersonation, and the automation of abusive and spam/phishing content as the reasons why they feel the full version of GPT-2 shouldn't be publicly accessible © Hub.Packtpub One can't blame them for taking this step - imagine someone using this to influence elections, or to provoke a dispute between two heads of state! But while advocates of open source tech are upset that OpenAI is not allowing full access to their new AI, it's unlikely this will close off new deepfake tech. If the Internet has taught us anything, this tech will either get leaked, or someone will use the 'limited' (no training code, no weights the AI uses to devise text, and none of the dataset it learnt from) version of this new AI to write something just as powerful, and just as scary.
  14. Vivo has been one of the most innovative company in the past year and has been trying to achieve a full-screen experience with its pop-up camera mechanisms. It was first introduced with the Vivo Nex last year and it had features that were not seen in a smartphone before. It had an in-display fingerprint sensor and pop-up selfie camera. We've now seen that tech trickle down to a more affordable smartphone that makes innovation available to everyone. The Vivo 15 Pro packs a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 32-MP pop-up selfie camera. It's the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset which strikes a perfect balance between performance and battery conservation. We've been using the smartphone for a while and here's our review of the smartphone. Design And Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Vivo has managed to deliver a product that stands apart from anything else you've seen in the market. It has a near bezel-less screen and has a triple camera setup at the back. The camera module protrudes a bit as it houses both the camera sensors and the pop-up camera mechanism. The Vivo V15 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Topaz Blue and Ruby Red and has a plastic body at the back which may not be the best for people who want a premium finish. Vivo also supplies a case with the smartphone which protects the smartphone from scratches and drops and has a strategic cut-out to accommodate the pop-up camera. The smartphone also comes with a dedicated button on the left that can be used for launching Google Assistant. The Vivo V15 Pro also comes with an audio jack and has micro USB port for charging. In terms of display, the Vivo V15 Pro sports a 6.39-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Display and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The display itself is similar to what you've seen before however, it has the feature of an in-display fingerprint sensor. The screen itself is vivid with accurate colour representation. The deep blacks are a delight as it accentuates other colours when watching videos. The near bezel-less display is also a delight to use while gaming as we can see more information on the screen and have more real-estate as compared to a smartphone with a notch. The in-display fingerprint sensor has also been improved upon since we first saw it on the Vivo Nex. The sensor is more accurate and faster at unlocking the smartphone. You will need to place your thumb on a specific part of the smartphone that reads fingerprints. Camera The Vivo V15 Pro has a triple camera set up at the rear which consists of a 48MP primary sensor, 5MO depth of field sensor and an 8MP wide angle lens. Having said that, the Vivo V15 Pro basically combines four smaller 0.8μm pixels into one large 1.6μm pixel, effectively giving a final result of 12MP pictures. You can, however, shoot in 48MP by adjusting the resolution from the settings. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The triple camera setup on the Vivo 15 Pro can let the smartphone take portrait shots and even 120-degree wide angle shots to get a bigger perspective in images. The camera has different modes where you can adjust different portrait lighting like you can on iPhones. The rear camera was able to take some awesome shots especially when it came to portraits. It even performed well in night mode which was kind of unexpected. The camera captures the right details without overexposing the images or without any noise. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The selfie camera is also a delight to use even though it may sound like a gimmick at first. The 32-MP selfie camera uses the same method as the primary camera to capture images that are accurate. Selfies were extremely accurate and captured everything we expected. There are some interesting filters and effects you can use for selfies where our favourite was the rainbow effect. The pop-up mechanism works fast and it takes about 0.5 seconds to start. The selfie camera can also be used for the face unlock feature. View this post on Instagram Images shot using the #VivoV15Pro A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Feb 22, 2019 at 1:50am PST Performance When it came to performance, the smartphone exceeded our expectations as it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. It even comes with 128GB of internal storage which is more than enough to store media. The phone runs rather smoothly and we did not face any bugs or lag while trying to use multiple apps at the same time. Having said that, we aren't a big fan of FunTouch which may have caused a few app crashes and glitches. While gaming, we could run PUBG Mobile on the highest settings possible however there were a few noticeable drops in frame rates. In terms of benchmark scores, the Vivo V15 Pro scored 2394 in the single-core stress test whereas it scored 6502 on the multi-core test (Geekbench 4). The Vivo V15 Pro also has a 3,700 mAh battery that can easily last 1.5 days on moderate use. However, when combined with gaming and heavy navigation usage, you can see the battery life drop down to 17 hours. The Final Say The Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of for Rs 28,990 as it has innovative features and a good camera to back up the price tag. It performed well during the course of our review and offers awesome battery life for a power user. We particularly don't like FunTouch OS however that can be customised according to your liking with a compatible launcher. If you are looking for a smartphone that screams innovation and backs up its claims, the Vivo V15 Pro is a great mid-budget smartphone.
  15. It was a big day for the Indian Air Force at Aero India 2019, as India's very own self-made fighter jet whizzed through the sunny skies demonstrating India's military prowess and strength. Called the Light Combat Aircraft or LCA Tejas, the fighter jet is all set to join our forces guarding the skies as it was given the nod of operational clearance to be included in the Air Force. Unveiled for the public yesterday at the Aero India 2019 show, CEMILAC presented the weaponised jet's operational clearance certificate to Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff, at the ceremony. Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas MK I for Indian Air Force https://t.co/uvYB5u0IQW @DefenceMinIndia @AeroIndiashow @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/RbK0j7Nsjo — DRDO (@DRDO_India) February 20, 2019 Apart from carrying out attacks and aiding defences on the Indian side, Tejas can deliver weapons too with easy precision. Additionally, "LCA Tejas performed air-to-ground attacks and air-to-air refuelling at IAF's Vayu Shakti air display at Pokhran in Rajasthan on February 16," Marshal Dhanoa told the media. Flying of LCA Tejas by Chief of the Army Staff & Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI https://t.co/FrhWEGLZ6y pic.twitter.com/dfLGdPC1Zv — DRDO (@DRDO_India) February 21, 2019 The operational clearance also marks a great day for Indian aeronautical engineers, scientists and defense industry because not only does Tejas make our forces more powerful and therefore more confident, but it also proves that India continues to become more self-sufficient with every passing day. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat who took a sortie in Tejas, said thus sharing his experience on flying the jet, “flight in LCA Tejas was an experience of a lifetime. From what I could witness, avionics are very good, it's targeting is very good. It's a wonderful aircraft if it gets added to inventory it will increase our air power." Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat was flown in trainer version of DRDO's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to demonstrate operational capabilities of the aircraft during #AeroIndia2019 at Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/sdP0fwv3iE — All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) February 21, 2019 The event also touched a few cords when the Indian Air Force's aerobatic team came together in the 'Missing Man' formation to pay homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who christened the LCA “Tejas”. The formation also honoured Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who lost his life after a mid-air collision during the rehearsals for Aero India air show just a day before the ceremony. They did pay a fitting tribute. The missing man formation at #Aeroindia2019. pic.twitter.com/teBST43gg9 — Meghna Girish (@megirish2001) February 20, 2019
  16. Video games may change as we know it, thanks to a new space that is going to be occupied by Google and even Apple. Companies like Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony need to be on the fence, as Google is about to enter the highly profitable video game business with Project Stream. Game Developer's Conference is about to take place next month and Google is said to unveil its gaming streaming service. The invitations were sent out for the March 19 keynote, however, did not mention the topic of discussion. © Gooogle The gaming unit is going to be building on the success of Project Stream where games will be running on the cloud and streamed directly to a PC, Tablet, TV or anything that has a display. The experience, however, still remains to be seen as the games will be streamed, and different types of internet connections may affect the overall experience. Laggy connections are a major concern when streaming games which could be a huge factor when considering a streaming service. The new streaming service is said to compete directly with Steam, the Epic Games Store and even consoles. Google is not the only tech giant that is looking into the video games industry, rumours suggest that even Apple is also looking at announcing its own version of a gaming console or a subscription service. © Gooogle Currently, Sony's streaming service called PlayStation Now offers 650 games on the PlayStation 4 which includes classic and catalogue titles. Microsoft is also looking into the game streaming, as the company has started public trials for Project xCloud which will let gamers stream Xbox One games to computer, phones and tablets. Would you stream games on your Tablet, PC or Smartphone? Let us know in the comments if Google's new project excites you. Source: Fortune
  17. The Galaxy S10 can't seem to remain a secret anymore as leaks have been raining from every corner of the globe. Yesterday, a detailed hands-on video of the Galaxy S10 was leaked online which has now been removed. We virtually know everything about the Galaxy S10/S10+ except for the price — or is it? © YouTube The Galaxy S10 will launch in three variants i.e. Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, and the Galaxy S10+ and new leaks have now given us a hint towards the pricing of the upcoming smartphone. The ceramic version of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ is rumoured to come with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. Being the most expensive version of the lineup, the smartphone is bound to break the bank. Having said that, the base model of the Galaxy S10e is expected to cost Rs 60,500 (based on leaked Chinese prices). The smaller Galaxy S10 is expected to start at Rs 72,700 whereas the top model can cost up to Yuan 9000 (Rs 95,000 approx). That's about $1,500. pic.twitter.com/5BIDyeegAf — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 17, 2019 The price was leaked via reliable tipster Evan Blass and the prices shared looks like a screenshot from an e-commerce website in China. What's worthy to know is that the ceramic version with 12GB RAM and 1TB of internal storage is expected to cost Yuan 10,000 i.e. Rs. 1,05,000. This version of the smartphone is also expected to have 5G support which may be a contributing factor to its high pricing. © Youtube/MKBHD The pricing of these smartphones is expected to be higher in other countries, especially in India, as the prices are a bit lower in China when compared to other markets. Needless to say that these prices are based on a leak and should be taken with a pinch of salt until the smartphone is unveiled officially tomorrow. Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event is scheduled for February 20th where the South-Korean giant is expected to announce new flagship smartphones and possibly a foldable phone.
  18. The Indian Army deserves all the respect in the world. Here we have Vicky Kaushal offering a heartfelt tribute to them on behalf of the entire country.
  19. Apple is gearing up to launch its rumoured streaming service as soon as early April or May and is one of the many subscription services Tim Cook has already confirmed. The streaming service will feature shows Fromm HBO and other channels, however, will not feature existing services like Netflix. © YouTube The streaming service will essentially bundle different streaming platforms into one subscription that Apple customers can buy. Apple device owners will be able to buy and watch in a dedicated TV app on iOS. Apple already boasts more than 50 million subscribers for its music service and it is possible that we could see a similar number for the video service thanks to the sheer number of Apple devices out there. Apple is believed to be investing at least US$1 billion in content and has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. © Apple Having said that, Apple's new video service will compete directly with Netflix for streaming eyeballs. When Netflix first started streaming its content, it already has a plethora of content lined up to keep everyone busy. Apple may struggle to achieve the same in the beginning as it would pack only a handful of shows at first. It would be interesting to see how Apple will populate its streaming service for users. Apple's new subscriptions service will be somewhat similar to Amazon Prime. The Cupertino giant is expected to offer a subscription plan that will include music, video and news. Whether it would be enough to sway customers towards the service; only time will tell.
  20. Ranveer Singh is, well, 'not regular', when it comes to his fashion choices. This bit everyone knows and he has done everything he possibly could, to reiterate this point over and over again. However, his 'Gully Boy' promotions have been on a whole new level altogether, where he has outdone himself. Right from wearing a unicorn jacket to wearing the most bizarrely unusual outfits ever, Baba has been on a roll. © Instagram © Instagram/Ranveersingh However, just when all eyes were on Ranveer, his 'Padmaavat' nemesis Shahid Kapoor just stepped out wearing something that looks like he's finally caught the 'Ranveer Singh Fashion Virus'. In a fashion move that is distinctly unlike his own, Shahid wore a jacket that looks like it legit belongs to Ranveer Singh's wardrobe. Take a look. © Instagram © Instagram/_trill_india Designed by Trill, Shahid's black jacket with red detailing is an exquisite piece that helped him turn heads at the Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards. The shimmery piece along with his choice of striped shades just unveiled a wild side of him that we were unaware of. © Viral Bhayani © Instagram/_trill_india Well, with Shahid joining the crazy fashion cult, things are about to get a whole lot spicier. We can't wait!
  21. Looks like almost everyone is in a mood for badla aka revenge, recently. While Rahul Gandhi's fans took badla from PM Narendra Modi by announcing a biopic on RaGa, and the CBI is still taking badla from the CBI itself, Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu are busy with their upcoming movie 'Badla' and our desi Twitter is taking revenge by making hilarious memes on the trailer. © Red Chillies Entertainment In case you missed it, you should know that Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu are coming together once again in an upcoming thriller, after winning their fans over with their brilliant performance in 'Pink'. Yesterday, the trailer of the movie was released and since then, people can't seem to keep calm and have flooded the internet with their hilarious take on the movie. The trailer gave us some really hard-hitting dialogues, but thanks to these funny memes we probably can't watch them in the same light again. When the person who suggested engineering to you appears for Bank PO exam. #BadlaTrailer pic.twitter.com/0H9Um1UQK9 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) February 12, 2019 #KesariTrailer21Feb #BadlaTrailer My parents to my final year marksheet pic.twitter.com/ZeCXFKLGkR — Rahul (@PoorOptimus) February 12, 2019 *Comb to curly girl's hair*#BadlaTrailer pic.twitter.com/CTzpGWBp8J — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) February 12, 2019 #BadlaTrailer *When you have a fight with your sister* Dad to her: pic.twitter.com/OpbOMy3dQa — Ashutosh Singh (@ashusarcastic) February 12, 2019 Me to my friend in exam hall÷#BadlaTrailer pic.twitter.com/lBqPC8UMI6 — Mr.Bauva (@BadmashBauva) February 12, 2019 *Indian audiences to Bollywood biopics*#BadlaTrailer pic.twitter.com/gEyyJxq0ZA — Tweeterað¦(@DoctorrSays) February 12, 2019 Umpire to MS dhoni #BadlaTrailer pic.twitter.com/0BWzaAWQ4h — Pranjul Sharma ð(@Pranjultweet) February 12, 2019 Me when I think I should quit Social Networking ðª#BadlaTrailer pic.twitter.com/KteYqiXvrq — Bajrangi MunNaa ðï¸âï¸ (@Munnaa09) February 12, 2019 #BadlaTrailer CA students while studying: pic.twitter.com/lXu9CQvYZ7 — Sid (@SidKSchrute) February 12, 2019 Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, 'Badla' is said to be the remake of the 2016 Spanish thriller 'Contratiempo' also known as 'The Invisible Guest' and is expected to release on March 8.
  22. We've been talking about a foldable smartphone by Samsung for years and it seems like the company will finally reveal the smartphone. We will finally get a glimpse at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20 as the company teased the smartphone via a tweet. The South Korean company tweeted with the caption “The future of mobile will unfold,” which basically confirms that it would at least give consumers a glimpse into the foldable smartphone which is said to open and close like a book. The future of mobile will unfold on February 20, 2019. #SamsungEvent pic.twitter.com/MHvwrt7Rf4 — Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 11, 2019 We've already seen the prototype of the phone back in November when Samsung showed off the foldable phone encased in a bulky cover. Justin Denison, Samsung Electronics America SVP and GM, indicated that the phone was hidden in the case so that the true design could be revealed at its official launch which looks like it will be happening in eight days. © Twitter Denison also detailed that the smartphone could not only expand to seven inches but also run three apps at the same time. It is said to have a very sleek appearance with a screen that “had to be thinner than any other.” © Twitter/CNet Samsung Vietnam may have actually revealed the design of the phone earlier this month in a teaser video that is now deleted. Samsung is not the only phone maker that has been working on a foldable smartphone as Rouyu and LG both plan to launch their foldable device later this year.
  23. A teenager was able to discover an exploit that can basically reveal passwords on macOS; however, he does not plan on sharing any details with Apple. The reason why the researcher will not share how the bug was discovered is because it has to do with Apple's bug bounty policies. Currently, Apple only offers bounties for bugs found on iOS and not on macOS. Apple paid a bounty to the teenager who discovered the FaceTime bug that would let users listen when adding a new member on an ongoing FaceTime call. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla This bug on the macOS, however, grabs the password from login and system keychains without requiring any administrator privileges. Linus Henze posted a demo video for the KeySteal exploit that basically shows how it takes advantage of the bug. It's worthy to note that this bug only works on the latest version of macOS Mojave. However, it does not affect iCloud's keychain. Henze told Forbes about Apple's bug bounty policies that "It's like they don't really care about macOS," he told Forbes. "Finding vulnerabilities like this one takes time, and I just think that paying researchers is the right thing to do because we're helping Apple make their product more secure.” © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It isn't the first time a bug was discovered by a user as recently a FaceTime bug was causing people to panic. You can read about how the teenager discovered the FaceTime bug here Source: Forbes
  24. The Samsung Galaxy S10 launch is scheduled for February 20th 2019 and we pretty much know everything about the phone right now. There have been numerous CAD leaks, along with reports on the alleged specifications. But thanks to MKBHD, we're getting a first-hand look at a dummy S10 model that is used by the case or cover makers to closely work with. There are going to be three variants of the S10 this year, the flagship S10, the S10+, and a slightly cheaper S10e. Samsung has been launching two variants of the S-series flagship for quite some time, and now the company wants to lure buyers with a slightly cheaper option that carries flagship enough feature, at a lighter price. Considering the success of the iPhone XR, the S10e seems to be a safe bet right now. We hope it won't cannibalise sales of the elder sibling, just like the cheaper iPhone did. The S10 will have a 6.1-inch display with a 3500mAh battery, while the S10+ shall sport a 6.44-inch display with a 4000mAh battery. The S10e is reported to have a slightly smaller 5.8-inch screen, and maybe even a smaller battery. © YouTube/MKBHD The phone has a signature Samsung design, consisting of metal and glass. The glass back is obviously a fingerprint magnet, and the front is strikingly similar to the previous iterations. The bezels are ultra slim, and the chin has been slightly cut down as well. On the left is a secondary utility button, basically a dedicated button for Bixby smart assistant. The first thing you'll notice about the S10 and S10+ is its camera array. Both sport triple lens setup on the rear, while the S10 has a single front camera. The S10+ gets a dual camera setup on the front, and all the front sensors are housed in a punch-hole design. We've already seen this technology in action with the A8s, and Samsung likes to call it the Infinity-O display. © YouTube/MKBHD The physical fingerprint sensor is no-where to be seen and we're assuming it'll be now located under the display. We've already seen this technology in action with the multiple phones like the Vivo NEX and OnePlus 6T. Lastly, the headphone jack is located on the bottom, and Samsung isn't yet forcing us to move on. This shall be the 10th anniversary of the S-series smartphones, and to make things even more interesting, Samsung could launch an S10+ variant with 1TB of internal storage. However, these are just pre-launch rumours and reports, and we'd ask you to take 'em with a pinch of salt since the final product could definitely vary.
  25. April seems like a far cry for any Marvel fan awaiting the release of the 'Avengers: Endgame' movie and rightly so. A few hours ago, during the Super Bowl, Marvel casually dropped an exciting bomb for fans when the latest teaser for the movie was released. The teaser obviously gives us a glimpse of the post Thanos-stricken world which almost looks like a post-apocalyptic universe--silent and dark. The Russo brothers know how to ace their direction in order to ensure that your adrenaline continues to pump harder. The heroes must unite to fight for whatever is left and that is exactly what shall happen. The real #SuperBowl champions. #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/AQ9xBGUlpc — Jennifer Ann (@jnifferann) February 4, 2019 As expected, Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) make their appearances in the teaser. Oh and Tony Stark might have found a way to come back, or is that what we think? Fans are insanely excited about this one. I bet Tony sent that message to Pepper and 5 minutes later he decided that he ain't gonna die on that ship.#AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/PBfOM74pVE — bi-derman Kata ︽âµï¸½ (@IR0NSPIDEY) February 4, 2019 CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT #AvengersEndgame #superbowl #HalftimeHeat @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/ndQ9RdgirG — ! (@aaryangoel12) February 4, 2019 The movie hits the theatres in April, so please try to keep your calm if possible.
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