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  1. A death certificate for the basketball legend Kobe Byrant states that he was buried last Friday at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar
  2. It is a well-acknowledged fact that Brad Pitt is the frontrunner this award season, courtesy his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Timeâ¦in Hollywood. This marks Brad's seventh Oscar nomination. And while recently he won the Best Picture for 12 Years Of Slave, he's never actually won an individual acting Oscar. It's strange he wasn't even nominated for iconic roles in films like Fight Club or Se7en! One can draw parallels to Leonardo DiCaprioâs Oscarless-phase which was filled with memes on the internet before his triumphant win for The Revenant in 2016. It is funny how films like The Curious Case Of The Benjamin Button too weren't enough to get him an Academy nod. So here's a list of Pitt's nominations over the years that could've won him an Oscar but didn't and also the only time he won an Oscar for the team effort. Nomination 1: Best Supporting Actor (1996), 12 MonkeysBrad Pitt scored his very first nomination for 12 Monkeys for playing Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliamâs sci-fi thriller. At the time he was already popular and a household name, courtesy iconic films like Se7en, Legends of the Fall and lastly Thelma and Louise. He lost the award to Kevin Spacey, who worked on The Usual Suspects that year. © Getty Images Nomination 2: Best Actor (2009), The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe second nomination for Pitt came after a considerable time gap. Benjamin Button (an Oscar nomination after a 13-year gap for Pitt), his character ages in reverse, from a shrivelled, seemingly aged baby to an adorable infant by the end of the film as he ages in reverse. He lost to Sean Penn, who starred in Milk that year. © Getty Images Nominations 3 and 4: Best Actor and Best Picture (2012), MoneyballBrad Pitt's next nomination at the Oscars was in the film, Moneyball (as Oakland Aâs manager Billy Beane) based on the book by Michael Lewis. Unfortunately, he lost to Jean Dujardin for The Artist and the same film took Best Picture as well. © Getty Images Nomination 5: Best Picture (2014), 12 Years a SlaveFinally, 2014 was a lucky year for Brad. He was able to hold his very own (yet shared) gold statuette for 12 Years a Slave (a period drama in which he has only a small part as a Canadian laborer who is anti-slavery), a film he also produced, had won Best Picture that year. © Getty Images Nomination 6: Best Picture (2016), The Big ShortIn The Big Short, Brad Pitt plays the character of Ben Rickert, a retired securities trader, and a sage crash predictor. The film is a deep dive into the 2008 housing bubble that led to the terrible global recession the same year. Unfortunately, he couldn't win the Acadamy Award a 6th time in a row despite his brilliant performance in the film. The film lost to Spotlight that year. © Getty Images Nomination 7: Best Supporting Actor (2020), Once Upon a Time...in HollywoodAt 56, Brad Pitt may have given his best performance yet in the film, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. This role deserves an Oscar, but he's also up against a list of talented and deserving actors likeâTom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. While we're rooting for Pitt and hope he finally makes it to the other side and he probably will, at the end of the day it's great to see how the statuette acknowledgment has never deterred his impeccable performances over the years. View the full article
  3. Have you ever noticed how your perfumes never seem to last for more two-three hours and then it fades away quickly? While sometimes, it might be a soft scent, most of the time, it's how and where we apply the perfume. So, here's a guide to help you understand where you should be applying the perfume and make it last for hours so you smell really, really good 24/7. 1. Spray It On Your ClothesDonât just stick to spritzing scent over your body, instead spritz it all over the clothes too. Clothing fibres are able to hold in scents for a very long time, sometimes it sticks even after washing the fabric. 2. Don't Walk Into The ScentSome people spray perfume into the air and then walk through it because it is believed that this way the scent lasts longer. That's a myth. Youâll be wasting the product and the scent will evaporate quickly. A direct spritz on to the bare skin is enough for it to last. 3. Don't Forget The Ears © Getty Images While this might sound funny, the truth is that it actually works. Oilier skin holds the scent better, and the top of your ears is a good place to place the scent as they tend to stay a little oilier than your earlobes. 4. Donât Store Your Fragrances In Your BathroomWhile instinctively the bathroom is a good place to store the scent, unfortunately, heat, light, and humidity break down the perfume and lessen the quality and intensity of the fragrance. Instead, store your perfume bottles in a cool, dry place, like in your closet and away from windows. 5. Target Pulse Points When Spraying Perfume © Getty Images To make the fragrance last longer, you need to spritz on your pulse points. Pulse points are warm areas that help diffuse the fragrance across. Your pulse points on your body include: Your wristsInside your elbowsOn your neckBelow your midriffBehind your knees6. Rub Vaseline Or Unscented Lotion On FirstRub Vaseline or an unscented lotion on your pulse points before spraying your perfume to make the scent last longer. The formula in these will hold the fragrance to your skin longer than if you were to spray it onto dry skin. 7. Familiarise Yourself With Common Fragrance Terms © Getty Images Hereâs a breakdown of fragrance terms, so you know what youâre buying and what scent it'll give you over a period of time: Top Notes: The first scent you smell right after spraying the perfume, which fades quickly.Middle/Heart Notes: The scent that develops a while after the top note fades.Base Note: This is the heaviest scent that lingers the longest of the lot. View the full article
  4. Have you ever noticed that during winter a perfume is less noticeable? It's an unknown fact that perfumes don't linger on for long in winter and that's due to the drop in temperatures. Your body's natural moisture level causes the skin to get drier. When it's dry, it is merely impossible for your perfume to last which is why people with oily skin are benefitted here. But, even then, there are ways to combat this issue and not let anyone go 'nose blind', irrespective of the season. Here are four best ways to ensure that your fragrance lasts longer than ever, especially in winter: 1. Pick Heavy Fragrances Summer is for light ephemeral fragrances but for winter, they are an absolute no-no. You need to opt for heavier scents since your skin will be comparatively dry. Picking a scent that is heavier is one of the best ways to smell good all day long. © iStock 2. Pay Attention To Notes The base notes of perfumes are very important in winter. Being the heaviest part as compared to middle and top notes, having a good base note is necessary. Choose perfumes like sandalwood, patchouli or vanilla as they are common for winter. If you like some other heavy fragrance, you can lay your hands on that as well. © iStock 3. Picking A Category Think about spicy winter perfumes that have a strong fragrance of cinnamon, cardamon etc. They mainly fall in the oriental perfume category. The fragrance is rich and quite exotic that will definitely last all day long. Need more? Try woody or earthy fragrances. They are a good choice and will let you reminisce of beautiful winter days. Try labdanum or oakmoss as they hydrate the skin with their gentle texture. © iStock 4. Shopping For A Fragrance Scents work differently on every skin. A perfume that smells good on your friend may not necessarily react the same way on your skin. To properly shop for it, you need to try it out. The simplest way to begin is to leave your house without any sort of scent. © iStock Next, you can check the fragrance on four different places, left wrist, right wrist, and both elbows. Take notes on how the fragrance develops with time. If the fragrance fades then the fragrance is not for you. But if it's still active even after a couple of hours, you know you have found a winner. View the full article
  5. It's easy to get caught with the growing list of gadgets that are making their way into the world. Quite honestly, not all of them are worth your time or hard-earned money. In most cases, what may work others may not do the trick for you, which is why it's important to give a little bit of thought before buying anything. But today, I am going to be listing some of the top tech items to kick off 2020 with. All the items on this list are very reliable will make your life easier, allowing you to get more done, and feel less stressed. So let's get started with this list - Baseus Mini Magnetic USB-C Angled Fast Charging Adapter I don't have to tell you about Apple's MacBook MagSafe connectors, right? I am very clumsy when it comes to wires, and I can't begin to tell you how many times I've tripped over a power cord that's charging either a phone or my laptop. And the next thing you know is gadget is sent flying off the table or desk. © Amazon This is where MagSafe connectors enter. Apple has stopped making these, but luckily a ton of other third-party vendors have started selling them, that too for different connectors. Today, on Amazon, you can get a MagSafe USB Type C connector, a MagSafe Lightning connector, and a whole more. The one from Baseus is what I use personally, but you can do a little research and pick anything that suits you. But just do yourself a favor and buy a MagSafe connector for as many gadgets as you can. A Wireless Charger As someone who carries more than a dozen gadgets at a time, I often find myself carrying a ton of chargers with me all the time. I am glad that most of the gadgets which I use these days including my iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods support wireless charging. I can just throw them on the wireless mat whenever I am not using them instead of keeping it on my bag and they'll get charged and be ready to go when I am. © Amazon Even if you don't carry too many gadgets, a wireless charger is something you might want to invest in 2020 because it'll definitely make your life that much easier. Once you go wireless, you won't feel like fiddling with charging cables anymore. Tile Mate © Amazon Bluetooth locators have gone mainstream now and one of the best ones on the market is the new Tile Mate tracker. You can use this with anything like your wallet, backpack, or your suitcase, and track it in case you happen to misplace them. It's one of those things that you'll forget about until you need it. A Pair Of Truly Wireless Earbuds © Apple There are a ton of truly wireless earbuds out there on the market, and I think it's time we switch to wireless media instead of fiddling with cords for our day-to-day use. Yes, a good pair of wired earphones or headphones are still irreplaceable because of the sheer quality that it offers, but the convenience offered by a pair of truly wireless earbuds is unmatchable. You can gon with AirPods Pro if you're an Apple user, so buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds or Realme Buds if you're an Android phone user. A Smart Speaker © Amazon Smart speakers with digital assistants are just as popular as Bluetooth speakers once were. There's something satisfying about talking to your digital assistant and getting things done like setting an alarm, turning on lights and other appliances, etc. Options like the Amazon's Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are so good in terms of both audio quality and functionality that you simply can't ignore them. Be sure to check it out. View the full article
  6. Ravichandran Ashwin was considered to be one of the most notorious cricketers of 2019. The primary reason behind this was his actions during an Indian Premier League match between his Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, earlier this year. Recently, the cricketer took to Twitter to share some time with his fans and interact with them a little. “Who are the potential batsmen you can Mankad this IPL? #askash,” asked a fan to which the all-rounder replied: “Anyone that goes out of the crease.” Ashwin made headlines when he 'mankaded' Royals batsman Jos Buttler during a crucial moment of the match which turned out to be the moment which swung the game in favour of Preity Zinta's side. Ravi Ashwin's Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But there's another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 Even though Ashwin and Co. emerged victorious, he was thrashed by people all over the internet. People called him frustrated for not being able to make a comeback to the national team and considered him to be a man who would depend on cheap tricks to get the win. Buttler's national teammate James Anderson also decided to show dissent towards what Ashwin did by shredding his image on camera. EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttler's controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this week's #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm — Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 But, Ashwin did not hold back in replying either. “Today Jimmy Anderson might feel that whatever I did was wrong. Maybe, tomorrow he might end up doing it [a 'Mankad']. Who knows? It is a question of perception of right and wrong. I don't think in this case it is necessary because it is in the law and I did,” he said. “Everybody who knows me, it is very clear (to them) that I don't do anything that is illegal.” Ahead of the 2020 IPL Auction, Ashwin was traded to a Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals. View the full article
  7. More than 100,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured over the past decade, the United Nations reported. Photo: AFPMore than 100,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured over the past decade, the United Nations (UN) reported Thursday, as it renewed calls to end the bloody 18-year conflict. The announcement comes as the Taliban and US continue to hold talks aimed at drawing a close to America's longest war, after the negotiations were called off in September by President Donald Trump due to insurgent attacks. However fighting continues to rage across the country, with ordinary Afghans frequently bearing the brunt of the violence. "I recognise with extreme sadness that civilian casualties recently surpassed 100,000 in the past 10 years alone, from the time the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began systematic documentation of civilian casualties," Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN special representative in Afghanistan, said in a statement. "The United Nations urges those participating in all peace efforts to consider the millions of ordinary Afghans, especially the victims of the conflict, who want a chance to live in peace so they can rebuild their lives." The grim milestone also comes days after officials announced preliminary results in Afghanistan's latest presidential elections that put President Ashraf Ghani on track to secure a second term. The Taliban have long viewed Ghani as an American stooge and have refused to negotiate with him, leading many to fear that fighting will continue even if the US secures an eventual deal with the militants. Earlier this year, the UN reported that an "unprecedented" number of civilians had been killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July 1 to September 30 this year, saying there had been 1,174 deaths and 3,139 injuries in that period. A UN tally found that last year was the deadliest on record, with at least 3,804 civilian deaths caused by the war — including 927 children.
  8. 'Friends' theme songwriter Allee Willis breathes her last at 72. // Photo: The New York TimesAllee Willis, who wrote the theme song for the hit television show Friends, has died at age 72, her partner Prudence Fenton announced Wednesday. "Rest In Boogie Wonderland November 10, 1947-December 24, 2019," Fenton wrote on her Instagram account in a post with a photo of Willis, referring to the 1979 hit she co-wrote for Earth, Wind and Fire. Willis' Instagram account also included a screenshot of an article about her death along with the caption: "We are extremely shocked and devastated to share this news." She died Tuesday of a "cardiac event," The New York Times reported, citing her publicist. Willis, who penned I'll Be There For You — the theme for the long-running show Friends — as well as several hits by Earth, Wind and Fire, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. She won a Grammy in 1985 for her work on the soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop, and was nominated for another two decades later for The Color Purple, according to the Recording Academy's website. Willis did not know how to play music, but learned to become a songwriter by listening to rhythms coming through the walls of Motown studios in Detroit, the city in which she grew up, according to the Times. "I, very thankfully, have a few songs that will not go away," Willis told the newspaper.
  9. Wireless earphones have suddenly become one of the fastest-growing segments in gadgets and it seems like serious audiophile brand HiFiMAN doesn't want to be left behind. The company is known for making high-grade wired audio products that are good for various purposes such as studio monitoring, DJing and casual listening. HiFiMAN recently launched the TWS 600 in India and we've been using it for a few weeks to find out if it is actually any good. Sure, it's no AirPods killer but it can be a good option for people looking for an alternative. Design and Comfort © HiFiMan TWS 600 When it comes to truly wireless earphones, there are three factors that matter the most - design, comfort and sound quality. The HiFiMAN TWS 600 does not have a conventional earbud design that you may have seen before. It is unusual, bulky and a little weird looking. Both earbuds have a physical button that also houses LED lights that work as status indicators. It has a very uneven surface full of cracks and dips that may not be everyone's cup of tea. The design choice is certainly bold, but it is not for everyone. © MensXP The one thing we absolutely did not like was the charging case of the wireless earbuds. It is jarring and quite ugly to look at due to the colour scheme being used. The logo placement also feels very gaudy and has not been placed symmetrically. Every time we looked at the charging case, we felt like moving the asymmetrical logo to the left and shrink it in size. The charging case has a USB-C, while the closing mechanism has two magnetic flaps. These flaps make it extremely hard to open the case and cannot be opened using just one hand. In terms of comfort, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 comes with numerous ear tips of different sizes and designs. You will need to pick out the best fit according to your ear canal. We usually use the biggest tip there is as it helps in isolating ambient sound. The HiFiMAN TWS 600 is also IPX4 certified which means you can use them at the gym or when out for a run. They are water and sweat resistant and will not falter with minor water damage. The weird design choice on the HiFiMAN TWS 600 also works in its favour as it has no sharp edges to cause discomfort. You can wear these for hours without feeling any fatigue. Having said that, they are quite bulky when compared to the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless earbuds. Sound Quality Before we get into the sound quality of the HiFiMAN TWS 600, it is worth mentioning that these earbuds do not offer support for aptX or LDC codecs. It is only limited to SBC which can be a turn off for some users. © MensXP Having said that, the sound quality is still not as bad as we expected it to be on paper. The Soundstage makes you feel closer to the music and you can clearly hear the instruments as if you were next to them. Having said that, we did feel that the HiFiMAN TWS 600 tuning was a bit off as the highs and mids were all over the place. Sometimes it would sound great with vocal tracks as there is more emphasis on the higher mid-range frequency. However, if you prefer to listen to electronica or instrumental music, the experience can be inconsistent. The lower frequencies are better to listen to if you know what you are doing. We suggest using a custom music player on your device that lets you adjust the frequencies. You will need to equalise the upper midrange and highs to get the ideal bass performance. Don't expect the lower frequencies to hit the lowest notes as the signal is not coming from a wire. For a Bluetooth earbud, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 does more than fair in the lower frequencies. The highs or treble in layman terms is not as sharp as it can get on Bluetooth earphones. However, you will still need to adjust it according to your own liking, depending on the genre you like listening to. The highs do have good detail and are good enough for a Bluetooth earphone. We did not expect to hear every single detail in a song, however it suffices the need of a casual listener. Battery Life On a single charge, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 can last up to 5.5 hours. However, at higher volumes, you can expect it to dip down to 4.5 hours. That's quite impressive, considering how other TWS earphones perform in this category. The charging case, on the other hand, can bring up the total battery life up to 38.5 hours with a total charge cycle of seven times. The Final Say For Rs 12,999 the HiFiMAN TWS 600 becomes an extremely recommendable pair of wireless earbuds, thanks to its competition. If you are looking for Bluetooth earphones that can last up to 30+ hours, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 makes sense for you. However, if you are looking for something that offers better sound; you can also consider the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless earbuds. View the full article
  10. The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov was real. Not like one of those made-up gimmicks that “wrestling entertainers” build up over scripted dialogues and props. The events that led up to the outpouring of hatred and utter disgust inside the octagon between the two UFC fighters in October 2018, were full of bullying, mental and physical assault, religious discrimination and all of it came from McGregor's arsenal of being 'notorious'. Conor McGregor going all in on Ali Abdelaziz: "You should never take information from an informant. Khabib's manager is a f---ing snitch, terrorist rat." — Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 4, 2018 What did Khabib bring to the floor? Sheer determination and focus to absolutely demolish his opponent inside the ring, and take revenge for all the suffering his family, supporting staff and he had to go through because of the Irishman, in one go. The result? Khabib made McGregor tap out in the fourth round of the bout with a neck crank to maintain his undefeated record of 27-0, which he eventually bettered after winning an ideal fight against Dustin Poirier to make it 28-0, earlier this year. Recently, in a press conference in Russia, Khabib announced that he will be making his return to the ring on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas. This date is important because that's exactly the same day Conor McGregor has announced to come out of his short-lived retirement. In fact, McGregor wishes to make a return to the ring in a rematch against the man he lost his previous UFC fight with, Khabib Nurmagomedov. © Reuters However, Khabib is certain that the former doesn't want to go one on one against him, especially after he “beat him up for four rounds”. "I beat him and choked him and he tapped. It was a sign he didn't want to be there, 'let me go please' and all that. And now he wants the rematch,” Khabib said at the press conference. McGregor would b absolutely nuts to fight Khabib again after he insulted his family. Khabib I'm sure plans to hand McGregor his own head. Conor McGregor screamed 'let me go please' as Khabib Nurmagomedov choked him out at UFC 299 and 'does no... #Topbuzz https://t.co/iA68yttFWs — billy jack (@billyjack2016) November 23, 2019 Despite the obvious hatred towards his former rival, Khabib didn't say no to the battle but believes that it is McGregor's time to earn his right to challenge the champion for a fight. "First of all, he has to earn it. We're in the fourth year since his last victory. "It's been three years and now we're in the fourth. In order to fight for the title I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC. "That's not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC. In every fight I earned it not with my mouth, but with my actions. "That's where we're different. He talks about it, I just do it. And the best one “he talks all this shit then says 'it's just business'” next sentence about a rematch “it's business, I do whatever makes Khabib money” pic.twitter.com/V5l84sJQsd — Brad (@BraaaaadB) October 16, 2018 "It's nice for me, because even when I keep quiet and even when I don't say anything, people can weigh it up for themselves. 'Hang on, this guy talks and this guy just acts'. "Just talking is one thing, but when it comes to doing it, he's completely different. “So for me there are no kind of announcements or insults. He's an idiot. We don't pay attention to idiots,” Khabib said. View the full article
  11. Humans have wiped out more than 50 percent of earth's wildlife for their selfish needs and the ripple effect of that still carries on. After the last male White Rhino died last year in March, it's now the last Sumatran Rhino in Malaysia. The Sumatran Rhino has become extinct in Malaysia after the last one of the species died of cancer. Now, let's first focus on what the word 'extinction' really means, since we haven't experienced it yet, within our species. 'Extinction' is complete and absolute termination of an organism or a group of organisms or a species, from the face of this earth. This literally means there is no way to evoke a complete species unless of course there is a rare phenomenon such as the 'Lazarus Taxa', where a species presumed extinct, suddenly 'reappears', after a period of long absence. But unfortunately, that's not going to be the case for the Northern White Rhino, unless of course nature performs an absolute miracle! (c)ABC The wildlife department in Eastern Sabah state on Borneo island said the Rhino, named Iman, died of natural causes due to shock in her system. She had uterine tumours since her capture in March 2014. Iman was 25-years old and was suffering from pain due to the growing pressures from the uterine tumour on her bladder, dying sooner than she was expected to, according to department director Augustine Tuuga. Iman's death was announced six months after the death of the country's only male Rhino in Sabah. Efforts to breed the Rhino have been a little futile, but the authorities in Sabah have harvested their cells for possible reproduction. “Despite us knowing that this would happen sooner rather than later, we are so very saddened by this news,” said Sabah Environment Minister Christina Liew. (c)Emma Napper He also added that Iman had escaped death a few times over the last couple of years, due to massive blood loss, but each time the facility managed to nurse her back to health, also obtaining her egg cells for a possible collaboration with Indonesia, to produce the endangered animal species though artificial insemination. (c)USA Today The Sumatran rhino is the only rhino with two horns and the smallest of the rhinoceros species. The species was also fund in India but sadly, its numbers shrunk due to deforestation and poaching. A WWF report states that only 80 are left in the world, mostly concentrated towards Borneo and Sumatra and at the rate at which we're abusing our environment, it wouldn't be long enough till these 80 get extinct too someday! View the full article
  12. KARACHI: The dengue virus has reared its ugly head in Sindh once again as 178 people contracted the virus over the last 24 hours, on Wednesday. As many as 13800 people have contracted dengue virus this year. Throughout Sindh, 35 people have died...
  13. While Bangladesh and India are currently in the middle of a two-match Test series, we are here to talk about bowler Jasprit Bumrah who has made headlines yet again but this time without even delivering a single ball. The 25-year-old pacer is currently out of action and on his way to recovery after suffering a stress fracture and played his last 50-over match all the way back in July 2019, when India fell to Kane Williamson's New Zealand side in the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final. While the Men in Blue failed to make it to the final and compete for their third title, Bumrah's consistency to keep delivering one deadly ball after another, and with the kind of precision only a handful of athletes can, made him an international success. The Ahmedabad-born is still atop the ICC Men's ODI Bowlers Rankings, five months since he made his last white-ball delivery. Congratulations to Indian Captain Virat Kohli & Jasprit Bumrah for maintaining their respective top spots in the latest ICC Rankings. ðð®ð³#KreedOn #ViratKohli #Jaspritbumrah #ICC #ICCRankings #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ZJITOLMjnZ — KreedOn (@kreedonworld) November 12, 2019 During the World Cup tournament in England and Wales, Bumrah played in nine matches and averaged wickets per game with an economy rate of 4.33 runs. With 797 points, Bumrah continues to lead the bowlers from all around the world in the 50-over format of the game with New Zealand's Trent Boult and Afghanistan's Mujeeb Ur Rahman in second and third spots with 740 and 707 points respectively. [RANKING UPDATE] @imVkohli maintains pole position in the latest @ICC ODI Player Rankings for batsman & sitting pretty at the top with 895 rating points. ð (Pic Credits: @PTI_News) @BCCI #KingKohli #TeamIndia #ViratGang pic.twitter.com/o88nx8duSy — ViratGang® (@ViratGang) November 13, 2019 The Men in Blue continue to dominate in the batting department as well, thanks to the brilliant form Indian skipper Virat Kohli is in currently. Kohli remains on top in the ICC Men's ODI Batsmen Rankings with 895 points followed by Indian opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma just 32 points behind Kohli for the second spot. Overall, India are ranked second in the world and trail the World Champions England with team ratings of 122 and 125 respectively. View the full article
  14. Knowing how to apply a perfume might appear to be a no brainer for you but perfume is an integral part of your personal style and people tend to remember you by your fragrance. There are so many different ways of applying it and the risk is you will either end up smelling worse or give an overwhelming whiff to every person. But, you can quickly master the art of applying it. Thankfully, this guide will come handy and let the fragrance last the whole day. 1. Buying The Right Cologne © Istock The first thing you need to know here is to not look for a cheap scent that will wear off straight after a minute of its application. We recommend you try out fresher summery fragrances like woody or spicy colognes. They work well for winters too! Use the samples between your wrists and wait for a minute. This will help you understand how the perfume matures over time. 2. Applying It The Right Way © Istock The better you are at applying it, the chances of it lasting longer are higher and you will also get the most out of every bottle. Ensure your skin is dry when you are done with your shower as this will allow your fragrance to get trapped. Next, you need to identify your heat spots and those could be your neck, inner elbows, wrists and armpits. Spray only onto these areas but from a distance. Apply it lightly on your heat points. Bonus tip: Don't rub your wrists. 3. The Lasting Effect Of Your Cologne © Istock Your perfume's ability to last longer totally depends on the way you keep it. Many people tend to get sloppy when it comes to storing the fragrance. Never keep it near the bedside table as it will be exposed to different temperatures that will turn down the fragrance level. Keep it in a dark, cool place. This quick tip will let you smell great all day long! 4. Wear It At An Appropriate Time © Istock Applying cologne is your best bet to be confident, no matter where you are. But you need to be aware of how it blends with your natural oils. For example, if you are going to a party, apply only a few sprays. Your body odour can get mixed with the cologne that will only make you stink and not smell fresh. 5. Dab It Well © Istock If your cologne doesn't include a nozzle, use the dabbing process to apply it the right way. Once you have opened it, cover it with your fingertip. Take the liquid on your finger and dab it on your pulse points. One dab of it is enough and once you are done, wash your hands thoroughly. 6. Don't Apply It Too Often © Istock Once you start using a particular cologne, you will get used to the fragrance and you might think it has worn off. But, that doesn't mean you reapply it more than twice a day. Apply it before you head out and use it later when you actually feel there's a need, spray it and make sure to keep it light. View the full article
  15. The first three months of any relationship usually revolves around love-dovey feelings and the excitement to spend a lot of time with your significant other. It is often said that the first three months of your relationship defines whether or not your relationship is the real deal. However, every relationship is different but couples usually make the transition from casual dating to becoming exclusive in the first couple of months only. So if you're about to lose interest in your partner you'll know by the end of the first three months. Here are a few signs that your relationship won't last after the first three months of dating: 1. Flaky Communication © Unsplash If your partner used to initially talk for hours and suddenly you are clueless where he or she is, it's a hint that this isn't going to turn into anything concrete. Inconsistency is the first step towards things becoming casual. So, if you're not going to hold it there, you won't be able to control it at all. 2. Your Partner Isn't His Or Her Genuine Self Around You © Unsplash If your partner isn't real around you and you can feel that she is something else when at her workplace or when with her friends, it's a red flag. But when she is with you, you just don't feel the connection, and that is cause for worry. As soon as you complete the three month mark, you're supposed to feel comfortable around each other and if you still don't, then there is a chance that your relationship is going to hit the expiration date very soon. 3. They Don't Invite You To Hang Out With Their Friends © Unsplash She is least bothered to take you along with her friends and she is often chilling with them alone. You always include her in your plans but she wouldn't ever take you along. If this isn't something that you like, probably your relationship is hanging in the causal zone of relationships and you're most likely not going to make to the next level of it. 4. Your Partner Is Never Emotionally Available © Unsplash You keep on doing what you want to do in your life and your partner doesn't care or doesn't understand when you're feeling low. She is never around to support you and leaves you alone when you're feeling confused or have any sort of emotional breakdown. Your partner ought to listen to you and be the shoulder you need to lean on in those first three months. 5. Your Relationship Isn't A Priority For Them © Unsplash There is much more that goes into maintaining a relationship and you have to keep your relationship a priority in your life. You cannot always be unavailable for your partner or if your partner has the tendency of always being busy, this relationship won't last long. Also, you cannot keep someone interested if they are not. It is all about the right amount of communication and adjustments that'll lead to a healthy and loving relationship.
  16. It seems like Sony spoke too soon about The Last of Us Part 2 launch date as it was officially announced last month. The game was scheduled to launch on February 21, 2020, but it seems like Naughty Dog, the developer of the game will not be able to deliver the game on that date. The Last of Us game director Neil Druckmann says, “We simply didn't have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” © Naughty Dog The game has been in development for quite some time now and this deal is nothing short of a surprise. Naughty Dog as a developer has a good track record and the delay was expected especially since Sony and Naughty Dog announced the launch date of the game just last month. The game has now been delayed to May 29, 2020. In a post on Sony's official PlayStation blog, Druckmann said: “[It] was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn't have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point, we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team. While we're relieved that we won't have to compromise our vision, we're disappointed that we weren't able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could've foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we're sorry. © Naughty Dog We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality.” The Last of Us Part 2 is going to be a PlayStation exclusive set in a post-apocalyptic America with Ellie as the main character. She will be embarking on a journey to seek revenge five years after the events of the first game and her partner Joel will also make a return.
  17. PUBG Mobile hype is causing some serious trouble in countries like India where a lot of people are currently dealing with gaming addiction. While some people have been arrested, others have even lost their lives or ended up with broken marriages. But PUBG Mobile developer Tencent Games, on the other hand, is enjoying by cashing in on all the hype. According to a new report from intelligence firm, Sensor Tower, Tencent has crossed $4.8 million a day in May. Yes, the company literally made $4.8 million a day i.e. over Rs. 33 Crores a day from PUBG Mobile and it's clone called Game For Peace that it launched in China. © PUBG Mobile With that, Tencent is now said to own the world's highest grossing mobile app and the highest grossing mobile game, which is just insane. Do make a note that these are just estimates, but even the exact value is expected to be somewhere in the same ballpark. The total amount is said to be 126-percent higher quarter on quarter in comparison to the $65 million that PUBG Mobile grossed in April 2019. It's also worth pointing out that the estimate excludes Android revenue from China. Of the total revenue earned by Tencent from PUBG Mobile and the new Game for Peace, over $101 million came from Apple's App Store and $45.3 million from Google's Play Store. The revenue from both games, when put together, is about 17-percent more than $125 million made by Honor of Kings, which is yet another smash hit title published by Tencent. © PUBG Mobile Sensor Tower's Head of Mobile Insights, Randy Nelson, who shared all this information, said, “App Store and Google Play users worldwide spent an average of $4.8 million per day last month between both PUBG Mobile versions. The chief rival to both of Tencent's titles, Fortnite from Epic Games, had its best month so far in 2019 on iOS, but its total player spending of $43.3 million was only about 43 percent of Game for Peace and PUBG Mobile's combined take for May.”
  18. Arguably one of the biggest sporting events, the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup is set to enthral cricket fans and set their hearts racing when it kickstarts on 30th May, pitting hosts England against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. The 50-over ICC spectacle presents an opportunity to cricketing giants to prove their mettle at the biggest stage and assert their domination in the sport. Unlike the 2015 tournament where 14 teams were seen participating via two groups, this year will witness only 10 teams who'll compete in a single group. © Reuters As per this year's format, each team will be seen playing with the other nine sides once, and the top four at the end of the group stage will progress to the semifinals. But, as the participating nations gear up to launch their respective campaigns this year, the mega event, sadly, will also witness some of the biggest cricket icons fade into darkness. While the fans remain excited about the thrilling duels and scintillating performances that the World Cup has to offer, the fact that it will also bring down the curtains on the ODI careers of some decorated names in the business is just too hard to fathom. Though its going to be quite emotional for such stars in their ODI swansong, it can also act as a source of extra motivation to do good in the tournament. As we count down the days to the World Cup, here's a look at five cricket icons who, in their last ODI stint, should be on your radar in England & Wales: Chris Gayle © Reuters One of the most feared and a destructive opening batsman, Chris Gayle has undoubtedly lived up to his reputation as the 'Universe Boss'. The Jamaican marauder has been a force to reckon with in the limited-overs format, clearing the fence and tormenting the opposition bowlers at will. He might have struggled with his running between the wickets, but who cares about taking singles when you can send almost every ball in the stratosphere. The 39-year-old powerhouse has been a vital cog for West Indies and the numerous teams he plays for in the T20 format. And, it was too much T20 cricket that probably instigated him to announce his retirement from ODIs in February this year. While his announcement over retiring after the World Cup broke many hearts, it could very well prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Windies. Returning to the ODI set-up after seven months in February this year, Gayle has looked more destructive than ever in his career. In his last five ODI innings, the left-handed batsman has scored 424 runs including two centuries and as many fifties. Taking his ominous form into the World Cup, Gayle, on his way out, could very well the catalyst that ends up handing West Indies the coveted trophy for the first time since 1979. Shoaib Malik © Reuters Most notably a batting all-rounder, Shoaib Malik has almost tried to fit in every role possible for Pakistan over the last 10 years. Starting his career as an off-break bowler, Malik has proved to be a capable and adept batsman who can bat at the top, make the No 3 slot his own and be at his devastating best lower down the order. However, as all good things must come to an end, Malik is no different. One of Pakistan cricket's tireless servant is set to walk into the shadows after this year's World Cup. Already retired from Tests, the 37-year-old, in 2018, had announced that he will retire from ODIs after the ICC spectacle in England and Wales. Though Pakistan might have favoured young blood going into the mega event, but everyone knows how important Malik is going to be for their campaign. His experience will come in handy to guide the youngsters, while his know-how of the game will surely benefit his side in crunch situations. Eager to make a mark in his ODI swansong, we won't be surprised to see Malik flourish in the World Cup, bolstering Pakistan's chances to conquer the world. Imran Tahir © Reuters Aged 40, Pakistan-born South African spinner Imran Tahir might seem old, but the age-factor takes a backseat every time you throw a ball at him. Known for his biggest weapon - the googly, Tahir has earned a reputation for being able to dictate the middle-periods of games while providing vital breakthroughs to his side. And, over the years, Tahir has proved to be a valuable weapon for the Proteas. A spinner whose celebratory run lasts longer than most fast-bowler's run-ups, Tahir has undeniably established himself as one of the best limited-overs leg-spinners of his time. But, owing to a lot of T20 cricket, Tahir was understandably forced to announce his retirement from ODI cricket after the ICC World Cup. Playing his last ODI tournament, the right-arm spinner carries his brilliant form from the IPL to the World Cup. A vital cog in Chennai Super Kings set-up, Tahir took 26 wickets to emerge as the leading wicket-taker, almost propelling his side to the 2019 IPL title. Given his form, Tahir could very well be the deciding factor for South Africa in the World Cup. Dale Steyn © Reuters Dale Steyn's scary eyes, throbbing veins and a chainsaw celebration have all culminated to brand him as one of the feared pacemen in modern-day cricket. Thanks to his extreme pace, ability to swing the ball both ways and commendable accuracy; Steyn is not only considered one of the best in the business, but probably South Africa's best ever. However, over the years, his obsession of sprinting in and delivering that ripper of an outswinger seems to have taken a tolls over his ageing body. And, after a careful deliberation, the 35-year-old, last year, announced that will retire from limited-overs cricket after the ICC World Cup. While the Proteas seem to have found his long-term replacement in Kagiso Rabada, Steyn's absence will surely be a major blow for his side. Nonetheless, going into the World Cup, Steyn has rediscovered his rhythm and looks in good shape for one last hurrah. He might have been away from cricket for quite a while in his career, but Steyn is a proven match-winner who, on his day, is capable of running away with the game. South Africa will hope that his ODI swansong brings out the best in Steyn as they aim to get rid of the 'chokers' tag. JP Duminy © Reuters Another South African who will no longer be seen in ODI cricket after this year's World Cup is JP Duminy. The South African veteran has been around the circuit for almost 15 years now and thrived in his role as a batting all-rounder. With over 5000 runs and 68 wickets to his name, Duminy goes into the World Cup as one of the few experienced campaigners in the South African side. But, his injury concerns seem to have instigated his decision to announce his retirement from ODIs after the conclusion of the World Cup. Last month, the Cape Town-born cricketer had announced that he will call time on his ODI career after the ICC event. Though he will continue to be a part of the South African T20 side, Duminy will surely be hoping to make an impression in his final ODI tournament.
  19. Our beloved 'Game of Thrones' is about to come to an end. As we gear up for the finale, braving a disappointing plot and lacklustre storyline, a bittersweet ending awaits us. Irrespective of our disdain for the final season, we still are just as interested in finding out what is going to happen in the finale, thanks to the emotional attachment we have developed over the years. We might just have a clue of what's going to happen, because of a clip we chanced upon. © HBO The clip we are referring to is a part of the trailer of 'Game of Thrones: The Last Watch', the official documentary on the show by Director Jeanie Finlay, described as 'a farewell to Westeros with the people who built the realm'. It's two hours long and will premiere on HBO, on May 26th. The trailer features an emotional cast and crew. Kit Harrington is captured in a tearful moment, as the directors address everyone. © HBO However, what caught our attention is Emilia Clarke's final shot. She is walking on snow, and there is also a bit of green screen behind (probably Drogon). Even though according to the story, she should be in King's Landing (where there is no snow), she seems to be somewhere in Winterfell. After it gets over, someone yells, "This was Emilia's last shot on Game of Thrones", post which she embraces the director and someone is shown drying their eyes. © HBO We don't know whether she shot the Winterfell scenes last, but we surely are hoping for a solid ending. You can see the trailer for the documentary here.
  20. After watching 'The Last Of The Starks', most people were left with mixed feelings of disappointment and shock of an unsatiated progression. The time crunch that the series faces with only less than three hours to tie all the loose ends and troubling questions that fans have is worrisome. © HBO On top of that, Missandei's death has direct implications for Daenerys' actions going forward. The last episode saw the loss of the two of Daenerys' trusted long-standing advisors: Jorah Mormont, who dies protecting Dany © HBO And Missandei, who was executed in a scene that strikingly resembled Ned Stark's death back in season 1. © HBO Now here's the thing, Daenerys is rapidly growing restless in her quest to sit on the Iron Throne. Instead of letting her army rest and recuperate, she couldn't wait to attack head-on which clearly did not work in her favour at all, considering only one her babies is alive now and ships have been drowned which is a considerably huge loss. Now, Cersei's proved that she's a monster for executing Missandei despite Tyrion's compelling and moving proposal. However, it's her last words that are majorly impactful: "dracarys," the High Valyrian command Daenerys otherwise uses to order dragonfire. This is the provocation that will drive Dany to drown King's Landing in a lake of fire next episode. Clearly, Daenerys is very, very mad and won't think straight in whatever she plans for Westerosi next. While the last episode was the first time Dany pronounced out loud how she's destined to sit on the Iron Throne and that she wouldn't let anyone come in the way, one needs to keep in mind, that destiny can be a tricky thing. Given the clear lack of moral conscience she has been showing lately, including trampling over her advisors, Dany seems to be fated to follow her father's footsteps and become the Mad Queen, the very thing she swore to never become. So what side does she fall on? Is this her end? What do you guys think?
  21. Last week, Game Of Thrones' 'The Long Night' episode had abysmal ratings all over the internet and we pointed out some key issues that were obviously very evident. Just to make it clear, I love the “Song of Ice and Fire" series; however, the last season has been disappointing for various reasons. I mean I don't want to be known as the “GOT Hater” but it is getting hard to defend the latest season. In fact, 'The Last Of The Starks' episode had its own share of issues that basically points to one thing: the showrunners are rushing the plot and have no clue what they are doing. © Rotten Tomatoes Just to give you a perspective, the first Season GOT has a 100% rating on every episode while the latest season is getting worse with every episode. “The Long Night” was second lowest episode on GOT's history as it had a rating of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. 'The Last Of The Starks' has now dethroned the previous episode to become the second lowest rated episode with a rating of 61% at the time of writing this. The lowest rated episode in GOT's history is Season 5 Episode 6 with a rating of 54%. Many scenes and plot lines defy logic and storytelling that is the primary cause for low ratings even on Metacritic. The episode is plagued with lapses in logic that were too irritating to ignore. It seems like many decisions are made to serve as it conveniently fits the plot but isn't really demanded by it. Needless to say that if you haven't seen the episode yet, we recommend you skip this story right now; because you have been warned. Jon's True Heritage © HBO We finally got to the point where Jon shared the secret of his true ancestral heritage with Arya and Sansa. It was a key moment we've all been waiting for to see how his family would react to the news. Just before Bran tells Arya and Sansa Jon's secret, the scene is set up with Arya telling Jon that she doesn't consider him as a half-brother but in fact her real brother. They set up a scene full of emotion but it all got screwed up as we didn't get to see any reactions from the two sisters as Bran told them Jon's secret. It was probably the most important scene of this season that would set up the entire season's plot, but instead we got to see nothing. Arya simply left Winterfell and we see Sansa crying while staring at Daenerys' dragons. Where is the conflict we were supposed to see? Where are all the emotions the scene built up right before? Why would they leave such a huge moment off camera? It's not that Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner are bad actors, we've seen them give outstanding performances in previous seasons so why turn away now? The Weapon That Killed Rhaegal © HBO One of the shocking deaths was of Rhaegal as he was shot down by Scorpions used by Euron Greyjoy's fleet. Sure, that was a cool way to kill one of the dragons. However, my issue is with how he was killed. Rhaegal dies with three very precise shots that pierces through his body and ends up killing him. We've seen this weapon before as the Scorpion's bolt was first used to attack Drogon by Bronn in season 7. Here's my issue with this scene: all the three bolts right on target with utmost accuracy; however, when the same weapon is used against Drogon and Daenerys, each one of them misses. Just moments ago Euron's fleet hit every shot on Rhaegal but missed when Danny was charging them in a straight line of fire? © Hotstar Drogon is a much larger target and they still missed? Like the entire fleet targetted Drogon and not a single one hit. Sure, you could say that Rhaegal's injuries made him slower and weaker but it still doesn't justify that the entire fleet missed a larger target that was flying in a straight line towards them. This a classic case where decisions are taken for the convenience of the plot without putting any real effort or thought to them. The logic is missing because it seems like the show-runners have run out of ideas and are now just taking rushed decisions without taking logic into consideration. © HBO My other issue is with the bolt itself. Just last season we saw Drogon get injured by Bronn when he used the Scorpion to deter the attack. Drogon was visibly injured but was forced to land and Dany easily took it out. Now all of a sudden the bolt is powerful enough to destroy ships and pierce a dragon's skin. Have the bolts suddenly gotten stronger? Who will tell us that? Do the showrunners just expect us to assume that certain advances were made off-screen? C'mon guys, you can do better than that. Why Didn't Daenerys See The Fleet? © HBO Dany and her two dragons were literally 200 feet above sea level and neither of them spotted a massive fleet? I mean they could see them very clearly but both the dragons and Daenerys were flying around without having any sense of awareness? It's not like some lone-wolf was attacking them from behind a bush or something, it was an entire fleet! Given her vantage point up in the sky, Daenerys should have seen the Greyjoy fleet approaching. Ghost's Departure © HBO As a pet owner, I can't wait to get home from work and play with my dogs every day. I feel sad leaving them behind every day when coming to my workplace in the morning. It's sort of hard to believe that Ghost's departure was handled in the most unrealistic manner. Ghost has been with Jon ever since he was a pup and has saved his life many times. Ghost also battled the White Walkers and lost his ear in the 'Battle For Winterfell'. The least Jon could do was hug his direwolf before he sends him off with the free-folk. I mean, it was the saddest moment in the entire episode and we don't even see Jon interact with his pet wolf? I'm not the only one who felt this way, in fact, there were many Twitter reactions to this scene and you can read more about it here.
  22. We've all been wondering when the next instalment of 'The Last Of Us' will launch ever since it was announced at E3 last year. According to a leak by a European retailer ProGamingShop, it looks like the game is set to launch later this year. The game will be an exclusive game to the PlayStation 4 and possible PlayStation 5, similar to the original game when it was first launched on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. © Sony The release date for the “The Last Of Us Part II” is rumoured to be September 27th, 2019 if this leak is to be believed. It's a Friday and is one the most common days for big AAA titles to release. As of now, Sony does not have any big blockbuster games scheduled for fall 2019 and this leak would make complete sense. However, a recent report suggested that developer Naughty Dog, had recently wrapped up motion capture work on the game and launch in September seems unlikely. The general assumption is that The Last of Us Part II will launch in 2020. Having said that, the motion capture work could be re-shots or the final phase of production as the game has been in development for a while. When The Last Of Us was released in June 2013, it came out closer to the launch date go the PS4 which resulted in good sale numbers on both platforms. It is possible that Sony will replicate the same formula as the new console is about to launch very soon We've already confirmed a few specifications of the new PlayStation 5 and it seems the launch of the console is very close. It would be possible that Sony would want to replicate the same success for this and next-gen consoles as well. Source: ProGamingShop
  23. Apple has updated its line of smart battery cases for the current generation on iPhones and the Cupertino giant has not only refined them but made them work in the favour of iPhones. The iPhone XR already has an impressive battery life and with the addition of the new Smart Battery Case, we were astonished as to how many hours our iPhones lasted. We got the smart battery case for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR and couldn't be happier with its performance. The new iPhone Smart Battery Case costs Rs 11,900 in India and here's our detailed analysis to let you know why it's worth it. How Does It Look? © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apple follows a similar design ethos as the original Smart Battery Case. However, there are a few design features that have changed from before. It has the same soft silicone material as the normal covers but has changed ergonomically. It has micro-fibre in the inside so that it keeps your iPhone clean and now has a light that lights up when you charge the case separately. The hump at the back is now evenly distributed and extends to the bottom of the case. At the front, Apple has also removed the chin so that you can now use gestures easily to navigate on your iPhone. The top end of the Smart Battery Case is bendable which you use to slip in your iPhone. Do make sure that you slide in the phone rather than popping it in as you can damage the lightning port inside the cover. Having said that the Smart Battery Case is refined ergonomically, the case does make your phone heavier. It's also quite thick which can be an issue for people who like to wear tight fitted jeans/bottoms. How Does It Work © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Smart Battery Case is integrated with iOS and you can see the status of your battery on the lock screen or on the battery widget. The Smart Battery Case has a dedicated Lightning port which means you can charge the case and iPhone at the same time. The case offers Lightning Passthrough which makes it easier to charge both devices at the same time. You should note that it will charge the iPhone first and then the Smart Battery Case. You can even fast charge both devices as the Smart Battery Case also supports USB-PD (power delivery). You will need Apple's fast charger and USB-C to lightning cable in order for this to work. © Apple You can even charge both the case and the iPhone wirelessly as it works almost the same as it does via the wall charger. The iPhone will get the priority and then it will charge the Smart Battery Case. How's The Battery Life? When it comes to battery discharge, the Smart Battery Case keeps the iPhone charged to 100% for almost an entire day. The iPhone first consumes juice from the smart case and then starts to use its own battery when the juice on the case is depleted. This effectively made the iPhone XR last up to almost two full days (42 hours) on a single charge and the iPhone XS Max for around 38 hours. Do note that we used both the smartphones as our daily drivers that included hours of browsing, GPS navigation, a little bit of gaming and a lot of emails. If you are the kind of iPhone user who spends most of the day on your phone and your life depends on it, this accessory is a no brainer. Sure, it's expensive but it is probably the most comprehensive and reliable battery case you can get. It's integrated with iOS and has smart charging features that you won't find in any third party smart battery cases. It works wirelessly and can also be charged rapidly with Apple's fast charger. iPhone cases are our favourite accessories for the phones, and if you are planning to buy one soon; why not extend your battery life while you're at it?
  24. People have been having some mixed reactions about the infamous 'mankading' incident that took place between the Indian Premier League and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur last week. Ravi Ashwin's Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But there's another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 When KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin went in to bowl in the 14th over of the game, he turned around half way through his routine, walked up to the wicket of the non-striker's' end and knocked the bails right followed by a cold appeal to dismiss in-form English batsman, Jos Buttler. After taking some time to realise what had happened, the umpire asked for the appeal to go upstairs where after reviewing the footage, the third umpire found out that Buttler was indeed out of crease and Ashwin's appeal was justified. Not taking long thereafter, the big screen displayed a decision in favour of the Indian allrounder and asked an agitated Buttler to leave the field. The incident caused a major riot on social media with people abusing and praising the Indian cricketer for his decision to 'mankad' the Englishman. The situation got a lot more heat especially when two of the more renowned names of the game, Shane Warne and Harsha Bhogle got into a fierce Twitter feud. “No real argument on that and it was pretty instinctive. I didn't even load and he just left the crease. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments and batsmen need to be wary of it,” Ashwin had told Harsha Bhogle after the game. Reacting on the incident that took him out of the game in a rather unique fashion, Buttler said: "At the time, I was really disappointed with it. I didn't like the style of it," as reported by Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "What was more disappointing is that suddenly over the next two games I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting." The 28-year-old has also appealed to the officials to put up a proper structure of the concept of 'mankading' and put it in the rule books of the game. Buttler told ESPNcricinfo: "Of course, a 'Mankading' has to be in the laws of the game, because a batsman can't just run halfway down the pitch trying to get a head start." "But I do think, the way the law is written, there is a bit of a grey area in that saying 'when a bowler is expected to release the ball'. That is a bit of a wishy-washy statement." Following Buttler's relieve of frustration, his English teammate James Anderson was seen sharing his thoughts about Ashwin and his 'mankading' in a video: EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttler's controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this week's #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm — Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 In the video uploaded by the English Radio DJ, and television presenter, Greg James, Anderson can be seen shredding a picture of the player in his Indian kit as a response to Ashwin's move. After watching the video, the Indian cricketer did not hesitate in responding. He said: “Today Jimmy Anderson might feel that whatever I did was wrong. Maybe, tomorrow he might end up doing it [a 'Mankad']. Who knows? It is a question of perception of right and wrong. I don't think in this case it is necessary because it is in the law and I did.” “Everybody who knows me, it is very clear (to them) that I don't do anything that is illegal.”
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