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  1. Boeing´s new long-haul 777X airliner took off from a rain-slicked runway a few minutes after 10:00 am local time (1800 GMT), at Paine Field in Everett, Washington
  2. Gaming as an industry is one of the fastest growing markets and it seems like big tech giants like Apple are also part of the phenomenon. Gaming companies like Sony and Microsoft have generally been known as the two giants in gaming, thanks to their consoles and exclusive games. However, Apple is also now amongst the top five publicly traded gaming entities. © Epic Games According to a report by Newzoo, Apple is amongst the top five companies that contribute to the gaming industry. Apple may not cater to hardcore gamers like Sony and Microsoft, however, the company has amassed a firm position thanks to casual gamers on iPhones. Apple is just behind Tencent, Sony, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The report adds that the top 35 public gaming companies have generated almost $114 billion in 2018 as the top five have generated 43% of the collective revenue. © YouTube Apple has managed to rake in $2.09 billion just from gaming in the first quarter of 2018 and the number is expected to rise this year thanks to its upcoming Apple Arcade service. Newzoo estimates Apple earned $9.453 billion from games during 2018. Previously, Apple has relied on microtransactions from games to generate a high income; however the company is now moving forward with a subscription service that will offer exclusive games in order to depend less on the microtransactions business model. © Pexels The report also said that mobile gaming is the largest segment in the mobile industry and expects more PC gamers to switch in 2019. Source: Newzoo
  3. It's a dream for all gamers to own as many games as possible, so that you'd never run out of games to play. But there's a fine line between collecting and hoarding, and apparently, a Texas man named Antonio Monteiro is lost in between. Last week, Antonio earned the Guinness World Record for having the largest video game collection in the world. How many does he own? 20,139 to be precise as of March 28. Yes, that's just insane. © Guinness World Records Monteiro has been collecting games since he was a child, and he apparently owns games for second to eighth generation consoles. Of course, he also owns 100-plus devices on which he plays all these games. Owning that many devices make sense considering the fact that he literally has huge walls stocked with games. You can check out the video here - The wall of games, as you can see, includes complete collections for consoles like Sony's PS2. the Nintendo Wii, Sega Dreamcast, and more. His first ever game was a copy of 'Golden Axe' for Sega Genesis, which his parents gave him as a gift. His favourite game, however, is 'Super Castlevania IV' for Nintendo SNES, and he calls it a masterpiece.
  4. For someone who moved from Pakistan to Down Under at a young age, Usman Khawaja has undeniably come a long way to become a vital cog in the Australian set-up. Ever since becoming the first Muslim to play for the Aussies in the Sydney Test during 2011 Ashes series, the left-hander has managed to cement his position in the Australian side on the back of consistent performances. When it comes to his batting, the Australian batsman thrives on the composure and patience he has developed over the years to build his innings. And, that is not derived from the countless hours spent in the nets. In fact, Khawaja mastered the art of discipline - something that's a must for any sportsperson - through his stint at the University of New South Wales - School of Aviation. Yep, you read that right. The Australian cricketer is also a qualified pilot after getting both his degree and licence to fly airplanes. And, he put his flying skills to test by taking control of Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger aircraft - recently. Watch as qualified pilot Usman Khawaja puts his flying skills to the test, taking control of the largest passenger aircraft in the world!@Uz_Khawaja | @Qantas pic.twitter.com/gg8MerqebM — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 20, 2019 In a video shared on Twitter, the 32-year-old was seen handling himself quite expertly in the cockpit, his only blemish being a slightly rough landing. Confessing his love for flying, Khawaja said: "I travelled a lot as a kid. My dad worked in Saudi Arabia for about 5-6 years, so I use to travel back and forth to see them and then come back here to play cricket". guess this means they cant drop him for ashes because hes the one flying them over? — Blake Robinson (@Robbo_1990) February 20, 2019 "I just grew a fascination with planes. As I was coming towards the end, year 11-12, I thought 'what about flying'. I found UNSW (University of New South Wales - School of Aviation), which offered both a degree to make my mother happy and get my licence to get my wings," Khawaja said. Talking about how flying helped him in his cricketing endeavours, Khawaja revealed: "I think flying helped me a lot in terms of cricket. Probably the biggest way was discipline and keeping up with the learning, making sure you are on top of any changes that has happened. There are a lot of things that go hand in hand between flying and especially playing Test cricket. The discipline part of flying and discipline of being a sportsman, especially being a cricketer and being a batsman, I think there are a lot of similarities". Till flying simulator is fine but please don't give him real aircraft with passenger else be ready for Australian version of 9/11. — Abhishek Tripathi (@abhishekt2009) February 20, 2019 While many sportspersons are clueless about their choices post retirement, the Australian batsman seems to have that area covered pretty well. After acing the flying test, Khawaja will now have to back it up on the cricket field when Australia lock horns with India in two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), slated to begin from 24th February.
  5. Paul Wight, more commonly known as Big Show, has been in the business of bursting his opponents' chests with open-arm slaps and knocking them out with a direct punch to the face with a fist as big as a freaking frying pan for a little over 24 years. Making his not-so-impressive debut with the World Wrestling Association on 24th December 1994 - a match he lost by countout - Big Show made it to the big stage a year later with the World Championship Wrestling. Getting into some of the greatest duels with the biggest names of the wrestling world like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, Big Show soon became one of the top in-ring performers in the world. According to his fellow wrestlers, an extremely 'safe' wrestler to perform against, the 7-feet-tall Show had constant health issues because of his massive size and heavy weight resulting in major medical problems such as having an irregular heartbeat, chewed out joints and constant agony for years. Shifting between 'fat' and 'less-fat' body types, over the years, Big Show often asked the typically jacked colleagues like Triple H and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson about their diet plans but could never get a definite response out of them. “When you take the time and do the research (about nutrition) it's more about what suits you, not what suits everybody,” Show spoke out on Conan O'Brien's chat show. One fine day, in what was a comparatively short conversation between Big Show and John Cena, Show talked about how weird it would be for the giant to have abs and Cena said: “Yeah. A giant with abs. That wouldn't be marketable at all,” as he walked away. Cena's words brought a reality check for the wrestler. He realised that coming up with a complete transformation would not only bring him better health, it could also bring along a new in-ring life for the athlete who was desperately searching for his lost mojo. “You don't make the transformation I've made without a serious commitment to changing 40 years of improper diet and improper training,” he told WWE.com. “I wanted to make a change, and I was given the time and opportunity to make a change, so I took advantage of it.” While in the initial days of Show's new determination to transform himself, his body didn't respond to his efforts uniformly, but as the kilos dropped, his muscular physique soon began to come out, which further motivated the big man to do better. The result? Hey @Shaq...glad your training!! Because so am I! #GiantAbs #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/1WepdkHqWj — “The Big Show” Paul Wight (@WWETheBigShow) January 15, 2017 Show's heaviest was 244 kg. He brought it down to 210 kg and finally Show's current weight is a phenomenal 170 kg! What's really worth marvelling at is the fact that Show not only lost so much weight but also kept his muscles. And guess what, a giant with the giant abs and giant biceps looks a lot more terrifying (a lot more sellable) as compared to a blob moving around the ring with a broken hip in his black tiny spandex! We hope to see Paul 'Big Show' Wight back on the WWE roster soon. Until then, let's leave the big guy to himself with a small 'Happy birthday' note.
  6. Paul Wight, more commonly known as Big Show, has been in the business of bursting his opponents' chests with open-arm slaps and knocking them out with a direct punch to the face with a fist as big as a freaking frying pan for a little over 24 years. Making his not-so-impressive debut with the World Wrestling Association on 24th December 1994 - a match he lost by countout - Big Show made it to the big stage a year later with the World Championship Wrestling. Getting into some of the greatest duels with the biggest names of the wrestling world like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, Big Show soon became one of the top in-ring performers in the world. According to his fellow wrestlers, an extremely 'safe' wrestler to perform against, the 7-feet-tall Show had constant health issues because of his massive size and heavy weight resulting in major medical problems such as having an irregular heartbeat, chewed out joints and constant agony for years. Shifting between 'fat' and 'less-fat' body types, over the years, Big Show often asked the typically jacked colleagues like Triple H and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson about their diet plans but could never get a definite response out of them. “When you take the time and do the research (about nutrition) it's more about what suits you, not what suits everybody,” Show spoke out on Conan O'Brien's chat show. One fine day, in what was a comparatively short conversation between Big Show and John Cena, Show talked about how weird it would be for the giant to have abs and Cena said: “Yeah. A giant with abs. That wouldn't be marketable at all,” as he walked away. Cena's words brought a reality check for the wrestler. He realised that coming up with a complete transformation would not only bring him better health, it could also bring along a new in-ring life for the athlete who was desperately searching for his lost mojo. “You don't make the transformation I've made without a serious commitment to changing 40 years of improper diet and improper training,” he told WWE.com. “I wanted to make a change, and I was given the time and opportunity to make a change, so I took advantage of it.” While in the initial days of Show's new determination to transform himself, his body didn't respond to his efforts uniformly, but as the kilos dropped, his muscular physique soon began to come out, which further motivated the big man to do better. The result? Hey @Shaq...glad your training!! Because so am I! #GiantAbs #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/1WepdkHqWj — “The Big Show” Paul Wight (@WWETheBigShow) January 15, 2017 Show's heaviest was 244 kg. He brought it down to 210 kg and finally Show's current weight is a phenomenal 170 kg! What's really worth marvelling at is the fact that Show not only lost so much weight but also kept his muscles. And guess what, a giant with the giant abs and giant biceps looks a lot more terrifying (a lot more sellable) as compared to a blob moving around the ring with a broken hip in his black tiny spandex! We hope to see Paul 'Big Show' Wight back on the WWE roster soon. Until then, let's leave the big guy to himself with a small 'Happy birthday' note.
  7. Just in case you thought our government was pulling a fast one on us about the 'world's largest stadium in India', it's really not doing so and it's certainly not a myth! Yes, there wasn't much news from the site but we've just managed to get hold of some pictures from the stadium construction site and we're literally awe-struck! © Twitter The 700 crore ($100 million) stadium was given a green signal at the beginning of 2017, when a few prominent officials were called upon in Motera Ahmedabad, on January 16, 2017, to take part in the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of the new stadium. Now, two years later, we're getting a glimpse into some solid construction work that's gone into the stadium. © Twitter The Gujarat Cricket Association Vice-President, Parimal Nathwani tweeted out pictures of the construction in which he clearly stated that this is the dream project of the state cricket board and after it's completion, it will become a symbol of pride for India. Take a look: World's Largest Cricket Stadium, larger than #Melbourne, is under construction at #Motera in #Ahmedabad,#Gujarat. Once completed the dream project of #GujaratCricketAssociation will become pride of entire India. Sharing glimpses of construction work under way. @BCCI @ICC #cricket pic.twitter.com/WbeoCXNqRJ — Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) 6 January 2019 The stadium will be built across 63 acres of land, with a final budget cost of INR 700 crores, with the help of L&T and Populous, who have been given the construction tender and the opportunity to design it, respectively. The infrastructure, so far, includes three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy, inside the stadium. As further told to a popular publication, the parking area will accommodate about 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers! The stadium also boasts of having 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a club-house and an Olympic -size swimming pool! Talk about having it all, eh? © Twitter The stadium vouches to take over from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Eden Gardens in Kolkata, in every sphere. Especially in terms of capacity, seating (it can seat over 1 lakh people) and other spatial parameters, once it's fully constructed. Well, here's hoping the stadium is absolutely up and ready and in full swing by 2023, while India hosts both the Cricket World Cup and the largest cricket ground in the world!
  8. Like the famous Wallace Stevens' poem Disillusionment of Ten o' Clock, the tiny state of Goa tenders myriad different hues. So, what did I choose for my latest trip down the west coast? Biker. This choice offered me an insight into India's eccentric riding community, via Rider Mania, the world's largest gathering of Royal Enfield owners. The three-day festival rode the wave of the RE's brand new 650cc twins – Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental INT 650 – that were presented to India hours before the motorcycling extravaganza kicked off. I even hit tarmac astride both the bikes and they seemed nothing like any RE you would've ever ridden before. But more on that later. Royal Enfield/Alshaar I landed in Goa to dirt tracks and racing competitions on Day 1 of the festival to all sorts of Royal Enfields – from the custom vintage models to the more recent over-chromed 350s. There were vibrant custom helmet stalls, a testosterone-heavy beer drinking competition and a Maut ka Kuan that invoked a very familiar mela nostalgia from my childhood days growing up in small towns. Standing on one leg, a biker called Vinod Rawat stood out amidst this colourful bedlam. He lost the other limb when a truck ran him over at the tender age of six. Despite the efforts of doctors for the next six months, one of his legs had to be amputated owing to financial struggles. But a Mumbai hospital designed a special prosthetic leg for him when he was 27, and he has not looked back ever since. Royal Enfield/Alshaar He started the Convoy Control Club in 2010 for differently-abled riders, after facing rejection from other clubs due to his disability. Starting with three motorcyclists, the club now boasts of 120+ members. The youngest is 21 while the oldest are in their mid-50s. He took the stage to share his story at Rider Mania to an inquisitive audience. “In 2010, I was a part of Rider Mania and from then on I have always been a part of it,” he says. He has always ridden alone but receives whole-hearted backing from his family. “I have preferred Rider Mania to the other biking events because here you have everybody riding the Bullet. There is uniformity and everybody is on the same platform whereas other biker's music festivals have mixed bikes and hence there is a great disparity.” Royal Enfield/Alshaar His spirit reverberated in the beats of one of India's most promising young rappers Vivian Fernandes alias Divine, and his Gully Gang, on the main stage, later that night. “Sikander Vo Jo Jeeta Hain/Dilo Ko Beta Andar Se/Chhutkara Paoge Jhanjat Se/Mehnat Aur Thodi Mannat Se/Thakaan Aur Thodi Kismat Se/Par Moti Bante Kankad Se/Aarami Hogi Jannat Mein/Hum Pale Jaha Tu Matti Le/Iss Jungle Ki Kahani Mein,” he rapped the evening to a close. And after dark, what happens in Goa, stays in Goa. Royal Enfield/Alshaar More biker events awaited at the main arena on Day 2. But a quick meal at Sarah Todd's Antares later, I rode my Himalayan (borrowed from RE only for a day) to the RE Garage Café, in Baga. A friend had described the café's vibe to me as unruffled and laid-back. A mammoth industrial fan whirring overhead in the restaurant area was the epitome of this aura. Apart from an eatery, the café also has a merchandise and gear shop and more remarkably, a tiny motorcycle museum that houses prized machines, from the 1939 Flying Flea to the 1965 750cc Interceptor and more. The chief food curator Jamshed Madon is the face of this property that some Goans still refer to as the erstwhile J&A's Little Italy. And although I couldn't meet him on the day, his words from the launch, earlier this year, stayed with me. “It's a country- style kitchen for bikers and non-bikers alike. There's a lot of goodwill that has gone into the place. The goal is to reflect the local food and the food available on the road.” Royal Enfield/Alshaar The evening drew to a close with gigs from the likes of Su Real as I decided to spend it quietly by the Anjuna beach. But Is there ever a quiet evening when you're vacationing in Goa, I wonder. In the unexpected company of some old friends and a few new ones, the only colour I remember from the evening is black. How. Ever. I still woke up just in time for the big day. It was now time to ride the new motorcycles, in Goa's south-central village of Dona Paula. With the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) taking place in the background, it was me who felt like the real action hero as I first leaned into the corners first on the new Continental and then on the Interceptor. Having ridden the Himalayan over the weekend, these felt like massive upgrades. In fact, I'd even dare call them very very world-class. It wasn't very long ago that I was speeding on the latest Ducati Scrambler in Italy. Royal Enfield/Alshaar For starters, the Interceptor 650 features the styling ethos of a roadster in the classic mould, while the Continental GT is a cafe racer. Both the motorcycles use Royal Enfield's brand-new 648cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, which is surprisingly smooth and well-balanced (check out Kartik Singhee's Chaai ka cup test ICYMI ). Though unlike your usual REs, it also sounds brilliant thanks to the 270-degree firing order, even on the stock exhaust pipes. The new tubular double cradle frame, basic but competent suspension, excellent brakes and standard dual-channel ABS completes a rather thorough if basic package. And the big news is the incredible starting price of Rs 2.50 lakh for the Interceptor and Rs 2.65 lakh (both ex-showroom) for the Continental. There is no upside fork on the front nor is the engine liquid cooled. There aren't fancy electronics as well. But this duo will sell because it's RE and India loves it, just like Goa. It was my fifth trip to the Konkan state this year, and it remains to be a gift that keeps on giving. Still enough time for a sixth maybe? Royal Enfield/Alshaar
  9. China is facing similar pollution problems as in India but that's not stopping them from experimenting with Air Purifiers. The country installed the world's biggest air purifier early this year and is already bringing a noticeable change in air quality. It's 328 feet high and is improving the air quality in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province. According to the operators, the air quality has seen improvement in an area of 10 square kilometres over the past few months and the tower has produced more than 10 million cubic metres of clean air. The large air purifier is able to reduce the smog to moderate level on severely polluted days. The Smog tower in Xian was launched in 2015 and completed construction last year. It was developed to find an effective and cost-effective method to artificially remove pollutants from the atmosphere. © YouTube Delhi, the capital of India also faces similar pollution problems where air pollution levels have reached their worst and an India-based startup has suggested to the government to install a similar Air Purifier in the city. Kurin Systems wants to install an air purifier which is 40 feet high and has the capacity to clean 32 million cubic meters of air every day. We would love to see something of this effect present in Delhi to tackle the similar issue. Delhi's toxic air was termed as a “crisis” by the UN Environment chief and said that it requires “government, policy-makers, scientists and civil society to come together to mitigate”
  10. One of the best things about being a celebrated sportsman and international celebrity is perhaps the loyal fan following you garner. Sure, there are equal number of pros and cons attached to it, but we can't negate the fact that the pros weigh heavier. Fans going to insane lengths to please their 'idols' and grab their attention is not unheard of. Numerous starstruck fans have literally done some supremely strange things for their celeb crush, but this Mumbai-based artist's way of going about paying tribute to his favourite cricket star is essentially what we're talking about. Virat Kohli has been giving smashing record hit performances, and artist Abaasaheb Shewale found a very interesting way of paying his tributes to Kohli. Shewale has created a huge mosaic art of team India's captain using 4482 colourfully hand-painted earthen lamps. The 9.5 by 14 ft artwork has been put on public display at Seawoods Grand Central Mall in Navi Mumbai, and visitors have real good stuff to say about the detailing that has gone into its creation. Shewale considers it a very opportune moment to have gone public with this idea since 5th November is Kohli's birthday. Speaking to indianexpress.com he said, “Virat [Kohli] is shining like a bright light at the moment and with the Diwali approaching, I thought this would be an apt way to pay tribute”. The artist claimed that this artwork also happens to be his second world record, the first being a mosaic art with maximum push-pins. This passion project took shewale eight hours to put together with the help of five other co-artists. A self-funded personal project, he spent Rs. 10,000 out of his own pocket, and hand-painted all the diyas for this artwork. © BCCL The amount of hard work and dedication that Abaasaheb and co. has put into this wonderful artwork, is highly appreciable. We hope Virat Kohli gets to behold this wonder while it's still on display.
  11. Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has surpassed American giant Apple to become the world's second-largest smartphone seller behind the Korean behemoth Samsung in the second quarter. According to figures released by International Data Corporation, Samsung retained the top spot after shipping 71.5 million devices, Huawei took the second position by shipping 54.2 million devices, followed by Apple shipping 41.3 million iPhones. © IDC Huawei is the largest smartphone maker in China and has been rapidly expanding to other markets. In India, the company has been selling devices via Huawei branding as well as a new sub-brand, Honor. In 2018 itself, the company has launched a new device every couple of months and has been giving tough competition to Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo. Honor's share of overall Huawei smartphone shipments increased to 36 percent this quarter. Over 4 million Honor-branded smartphones were shipped outside China. © Bhallanator / Twitter In the last few years, Huawei has been slowly launching its flagship products in Europe as well. In terms of sales, the phones have been doing much better than expected and the company's refreshed focus on innovative phones like the P20 Pro has paid off to establish a trustable brand image. “The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” said Ryan Reith, programme vice president of IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker. © BCCL While Apple will be able to bounce back a little in the coming quarter thanks to the launch of new iPhones, Huawei has managed to establish itself as a premium player with a long-term outlook. Many reviewers have rated the P20 Pro higher than Samsung's S9, and the tri-camera setup on the rear is one of its kind. Apple, Huawei, and Samsung are the main contenders when it comes to competition for high-end smartphones priced at US$ 700 or more. © Nikkei Asian Review Huawei has been barred from selling devices in the U.S.A after concerns over Chinese government extracting user data via the smartphone maker. While Huawei has strongly denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain that no user data is fetched back to China, the company has been forcefully dragged into the ongoing American - Chinese trade war. Source: IDC
  12. 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
  13. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in take a tour inside the Samsung Electronics smartphone manufacturing facility after it's inauguration in Noida, India, July 9, 2018. Photo: Indian government MUMBAI:...
  14. India is currently the world's fastest-growing smartphone market and it only made sense that companies started manufacturing in India in order to compete. Samsung is opening the world's largest mobile phone factory in Noida, which is a 35-acre plot in Sector 81, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The factory will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae. © Reuters Samsung aims to increase its production capacity in India by 50% in the next three years. Samsung currently manufactures 67 million smartphones in India and aims to increase that figure to nearly 120 million mobile phones. The factory will also result in cheaper smartphones from the company and reduce the lead time to marker for the South Korean giant. "This will help Samsung bring some local features to the devices powered by R&D here. Apart from this, the company can also bring in export opportunity for Samsung to SAARC and other regions," Pathak told IANS. PM Narendra Modi has been encouraging and pushing companies to manufacture products in India in order to boost domestic manufacturing. This results in cheaper products and employment opportunities for the local workforce. India's smartphone market grew 14 percent which only made sense for the South-Korean company to set up a factory in India. The new factory will enable the company to cater to a massive market which currently has over 500 million mobile phone users. The Chinese smartphone company, Xiaomi is also following suit and is looking to set up more factories in India. © Reuters Samsung is currently amongst the top mobile phone brands in India and the company has been able to grow by 27 percent in India. The factory will also be used to manufacture other products such as refrigerators and television panels. "For Samsung, India is among the top five smartphone markets globally. The US is saturated and Korea and Brazil are not growing significantly. India is a big opportunity across price segments, including 2G feature phones. It makes sense for Samsung to build a bigger manufacturing base here," Jaipal Singh, Senior Market Analyst, IDC, told IANS. "They are now looking at building a complete ecosystem. After smartphones, they can go into building top-of-the-line products in other categories like TVs, refrigerators as advanced manufacturing in India still lags behind. With the new facility, Samsung is going to have an edge over its rivals," Singh added. In the past year, India overtook the U.S. to become the world's second-largest smartphone market. India is expected to have 780 million smartphones by the end of 2021 and there is no doubt Samsung plans to be part of this connected future with its new factory. Source: IANS
  15. Emirates Airbus A380. Photo: AFPISLAMABAD: In a first for Pakistan, world?s biggest passenger airplane ? Airbus A380 ? landed at the New Islamabad International Airport on Sunday.The Emirates? special one-off A380 flight to Islamabad took...
  16. Emirates Airbus A380. Photo: AFPISLAMABAD: In a first for Pakistan, world?s biggest passenger airplane ? Airbus A380 ? will land at the New Islamabad International Airport today (Sunday).The Emirates? special one-off A380 flight to...
  17. China's movie market made more than 20 billion yuan between January and March, according to Chinese box office figures. Photo: AFP SHANGHAI: China surpassed North America to become the world's largest movie market during the first quarter of...
  18. Photo: FileISLAMABAD: Pakistan currently has the largest population of young people ever recorded in its history, according to the National Human Development Report released by the UNDP on Wednesday.According to the report, Pakistan is currently...
  19. GAZA: Doctors are on a particularly tight schedule at Gaza?s largest hospital when it comes to treating Palestinians wounded by Israeli army bullets at Friday protests along the border.Many of the injured rushed to Shifa hospital have to be...
  20. Recently, India surpassed France to become the sixth largest economy in the world clocking $2.6 trillion in 2017. That news, however, drowned amidst all the calls for better laws and more protection for the women in India after the horrific rape and murder in Kathua. Christine Lagarde, the IMF Managing Director, joined thousands of women from around the world and communicated what she felt regarding the brutal crime, directly to Indian PM Narendra Modi. © Twitter “What has happened (in India) is just revolting. I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi, pay more attention because it is needed for the women of India... When I was last in Davos after Prime Minister Modi's speech, I did tell him that he had not mentioned the women of India enough. And it's not just a question of talking about them”, said Lagarde. Lagarde, though, was quick to clarify that it was not the official IMF position, instead 'it is my position'. This has been a particularly tough week for Indian PM Narendra Modi in the light of multiple crimes against women in India making headlines all over the world. This comes at a time when Modi is trying to ramp up the image of India as an investment friendly destination for multinationals all over the world. Earlier, large mobile hoardings were seen all around the British parliament in protest of the Indian PM. Modi is not welcome. India will never be welcomed to any international forum, until it provide right of self determination to Kashmiris#ModiNotWelcome pic.twitter.com/hEjXtyyRZJ — Anjli Gupta (@ianjligupta) April 18, 2018 'BJP rapist party! Narendra Modi - blood on your hands!' - protests now in London #ModiNotWelcome #JusticeForAsifa pic.twitter.com/7U8WSnzR8T — SouthAsia Solidarity (@SAsiaSolidarity) April 18, 2018 Even though Modi addressed the horrific crimes against women in India (in hindsight he should have spoken a bit earlier) specifically saying that the rape of a child is a matter of national shame, more concrete steps need to be taken in order to help stop this rot in the Indian society. Because while macro factors like GDP reflect the health of the Indian economy, it's actually embarrassing that leaders from all over the world are concerned about the women of our country when it's our job to cultivate an environment where women feel safe.
  21. An Afghan refugee family wave from a truck before their departure to return to their home country at the repatriation centre of UNHCR on the outskirts of Peshawar on March 1, 2018. Photo: AFP1ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been declared the largest...
  22. India is now ranked at the second spot for being the largest mobile phone producer in the world, second only to China. The information was shared by Indian Cellular Association with Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. "We are happy to inform you that with the strenuous and calibrated efforts of government of India, ICA and FTTF, India has now emerged as the second largest producer of mobile handset by volume," ICA National President Pankaj Mohindroo said in a letter to both the union ministers on March 28. As the production of smartphones has increased in India, companies now rely more on local manufacturing than importing smartphones. Imports of smartphones have reduced to less than half in 2017-2018 which resulted in cheaper smartphones and more accessibility. ICA referred to data available from market research firm IHS, China's National Bureau of Statistics and Vietnam General Statistics Office. The data revealed annual production of smartphones in India has increased from 3 million units in 2014 to 11 million units in 2017. "We are also happy to inform you that our completely build units as percentage of domestic market has now come down from 78 percent (2014-15) to 18 percent (2017-18)," Mohindroo said. The Fast Track Task Force (FTTF), has now set a target of 500 million mobile phones produced locally by 2019 estimated to be valued around $46 billion. The FTTF also plans to export at least 120 million units and create 1.5 million direct and indirect jobs by 2019. "As long as we bring the right focus on exports, we will be able to achieve these numbers," Mohindroo said.
  23. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida -- where 17 people were shot dead on February 14 by a 19-year-old former classmate -- have been the driving force behind the march WASHINGTON: Galvanised by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to take to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. The student-organised "March For Our Lives" is to feature rallies from coast to coast, with the main event scheduled to take place in Washington within sight of the US Capitol. "The kids are leading the movement," said Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, where 20 children aged six and seven years old were killed in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida -- where 17 people were shot dead on February 14 by a 19-year-old former classmate -- have been the driving force behind the march. With a mixture of outrage and passion, they have been relentlessly badgering US lawmakers to enact a ban on assault rifles and to expand background checks to cover all gun purchases, even private sales. "The march is just the start," said Aalayah Eastmond, a 17-year-old junior who took shelter beneath the body of a classmate during the Stoneman Douglas shooting. "Columbine happened -- nothing´s changed. Sandy Hook happened -- nothing´s changed. Parkland happened -- nothing´s changed," Eastmond said. "We will fight for this until change happens," she said at an event with members of US Congress. Since the Parkland shooting, the state of Florida and the US Congress have made only modest tweaks to gun laws and President Donald Trump´s proposal to arm teachers has been met with widespread resistance. Organizers say more than 800 marches are being held across the country and around the world under the slogan #NeverAgain, with the Washington event alone anticipated to attract at least 500,000 people. The protests are expected to be the largest for gun control in the United States -- which has more than 30,000 gun-related deaths a year -- since the Million Mom March in May 2000. ´Electoral force´ The appeals for stricter gun regulations have drawn the backing of Democratic lawmakers, and a slew of American celebrities have pledged $500,000 donations to support the protests. They include actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal, a human rights lawyer; actress and media mogul Oprah Winfrey and director Steven Spielberg and his actress wife, Kate Capshaw. Performing at the rally in Washington are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Common, Andra Day and Vic Mensa. The marchers have also attracted the support of former president Barack Obama, who tried but failed to reform gun laws following the Sandy Hook slaughter. Obama and his wife, Michelle, released a letter to the "Students of Parkland" praising their "resilience, resolve and solidarity" and saying they have helped "awaken the conscience of the nation." Former president Billl Clinton said America "owes its gratitude to the students of Stoneman Douglas and their peers across the country who have joined their cause." Murphy, the Connecticut senator, told AFP the student-led movement needs to become an "electoral force, and this march may be the beginning of that." Conscious of their growing political power, March For Our Lives organizers provided a link on their website for supporters to register to vote. They have also called on supporters to vote against lawmakers who receive money from the National Rifle Association, the powerful US gun lobby that fiercely defends the Second Amendment´s "right to bear arms." "Either you stand with the kids or you stand with the NRA," said David Hogg, a Stoneman Douglas student. Meanwhile, Lyft, the ride-hailing service, said it would offer free rides to 50 marches around the United States. Several restaurants in Washington said they would hand out free lunches to high school students. Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, sent the American football team´s plane to Parkland to fly the families of the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas to Washington along with injured students. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 63 percent of American voters approve of the march in support of tougher gun laws but are not optimistic it will lead to new legislation.
  24. Indian Army tanks take part in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters Weapons imports to the Middle East and Asia have boomed over the past five years, fueled by war and tensions in those regions, a new study showed on Monday. In the period between 2013 and 2017, arms imports to the conflict-ridden Middle East more than doubled, jumping by 103 per cent compared with the previous five-year period, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) calculated. And the Middle East accounted for 32 percent of all arms imports worldwide. SIPRI, an independent institute, monitors arms deliveries by volume over periods of five years in order to iron out short-term fluctuations. Saudi Arabia - which is waging a war against Shia Houthi rebels backed by its regional rival Iran - is the world's second largest importer of arms after India, SIPRI said. The United States accounts for 61 percent of arms imports to Saudi Arabia and Britain for 23 per cent. On Friday, Britain signed a preliminary multi-billion-pound order from Saudi Arabia for 48 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, military equipment maker BAE Systems announced. The deal sparked heated debate and protests in the UK where the NGO, Save the Children, placed a life-size statue of a child near parliament "to draw attention to the violence that is being fuelled, in part, by British-made bombs." "Widespread violent conflict in the Middle East and concerns about human rights have led to political debate in Western Europe and North America about restricting arms sales," said senior SIPRI researcher Pieter Wezeman. "Yet the US and European states remain the main arms exporters to the region and supplied over 98 percent of weapons imported by Saudi Arabia." Growing demand in India Nevertheless, Asia and Oceania was the biggest region for arms imports, accounting for 42 percent of the global total between 2013 and 2017, the institute calculated. And India was the world's largest weapons importer, with Russia its main supplier accounting for 62 per cent of its imports. At the same time, arms deliveries to India from the US, the world's top weapons exporter, increased more than six-fold in the five-year period, SIPRI calculated. "The tensions between India, on the one side, and Pakistan and China, on the other, are fuelling India's growing demand for major weapons, which it remains unable to produce itself," another SIPRI researcher Siemon Wezeman said. "China, by contrast, is becoming increasingly capable of producing its own weapons and continues to strengthen its relations with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar through arms supplies," he added. Beijing, whose weapons exports rose by 38 per cent in the five-year period, is the main arms supplier for Myanmar, accounting for 68 per cent of imports. It also accounted for 71 per cent of weapons imports to Bangladesh and for 70 per cent of imports to India's nuclear-armed rival, Pakistan. Myanmar's violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority has caused some 700,000 of the people to flee over the border to Bangladesh since August, taking with them horrifying testimony of murder, rape and arson by soldiers and vigilante mobs. The atrocities have triggered international condemnations, including EU and US sanctions, against Myanmar.
  25. It's not an old trend where smartphones got bigger in size with every subsequent release and it seems like Apple will be embracing that very trend as well. A new report by Bloomberg claims that the Cupertino giant is planning to launch an iPhone that will be massive in size compared to the two other models. Apple is planning to add this massive phone to their lineup by this fall and may go on sale before the end of the year. © Reuters The iPhone X currently has a 5.8-inch screen and it seems like Apple is planning on manufacturing a bigger phone. The unnamed smartphone (code name “D33”) is rumoured to have a screen that is larger than any iPhone released till date. Rumours suggest the bigger iPhone is expected to have a 6.5-inch screen and can be classified as a phablet. The Samsung S9+ has a 6.2-inch screen and for comparison purposes, you can already guess how big it's going to be. © MensXP However, taking a cue from the iPhone X, the form factor of the smartphone won't be any bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus. This means that the smartphone is going to be using the same all-screen display like the iPhone X and have a smaller body. Apple is reportedly working on two other models that will be smaller in size and have the same form factor as the iPhone X. It can also be assumed that the three smartphones will incorporate Face ID and an edge-to-edge display as well. One of the three devices is expected to be an upgrade to the iPhone X whereas the less expensive one is expected to have an LCD display. © MensXP Of course, all of the information mentioned above is based on rumours and reports and can only be confirmed when Apple unveils their new smartphones later this year. Until then, we will keep you informed on additional leaks and rumours we find on the grapevine. Source: Bloomberg
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