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  1. I know the first thing that pops into your head is “I can make a decent gaming PC build for cheaper, why would I buy this?" Well, to be honest, that is a very valid and warranted question considering you can build your own PC for cheaper. Having said that, the Aurora R8 is not only a powerhouse but also comes with benefits that you may not get while building your own PC. The version we tested comes with an RTX 2080, 32GB RAM, NVMe SK Hynix 256 GB SSD and an Intel Core i9-9900K processor. However, the Aurora R8 also comes for a cheaper configuration that comes with Intel Core i5 9600K processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 (6GB graphics), 8GB RAM and a 2TB hard drive which costs Rs 1,40,880 in India. Our review units cost Rs Rs 2,80,120 which is not far from what we managed to build last year. The only difference being here is that we built it from scratch with a different processor and an RTX 2080 ti. Design The new Aurora R8 doesn't look any different from its previous models as it has the same UFO-inspired chassis. It has the same aggressive angles and minimal RGB lighting. The Alienware logo on the front lights up and can be in sync with the other RGB lighting on the cabinet. These lighting colours can be controlled from the Alienware Command Center application. In terms of ventilation, both the front and left side of the cabinet has holes. The cabinet also has ventilation holes at the top, which is quite a staple in any PC cabinet today. Having said that, for something that costs almost Rs 3 Lakhs, we would have preferred to see a premium finish on the cabinet. It feels very plasticky, which is never a good feeling, even though it has been reinforced with metal. It would have been awesome to see a more premium finish rather than having it mostly made out of plastic. © BCCL The case remains the same with the supplied keyboard and mouse that comes with the Aurora R8. We would recommend you use your own keyboard and mouse, as neither were fit for long periods of gaming. The mouse was not ergonomic enough for a firm grip while the keyboard felt very flimsy. © Dell When it comes to ports and connectivity options, the Aurora R8 has three USB ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port just at the front of the cabinet. At the back, there are 8 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an Ethernet port, an SPIDF port if you want to connect a home theatre, and a display port. The number of ports available on the Aurora R8 is enough for any PC gamer but is also handy if you want to stream or become a content creator. With so many additional ports, you can plug-in many types of accessories such as a USB Microphone, a Webcam and other peripherals such as an Elgato Stream Deck. © Dell One of the most essential features of a desktop gaming PC is to have the ability to upgrade your components. The Aurora R8 is fairly easy to get into, however, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to get going. Cable management looks neat and in order to get access to the rest of your components, you need to unlock two additional switches. You can then access your GPU, PSU, RAM, CPU and cooling components. What's cool is that you can upgrade any of the components without having a fear of voiding the warranty. Performance Our review unit came with an RTX 2080 which we reviewed last year when it launched in India. It is a powerful GPU that can deliver impressive FPS at 1080p and 2K resolution. We tested the Aurora R8 with Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus. With ray tracing on the game ran between 45 - 50 FPS at 4K with ultra settings, however, the FPS would average about 112 - 125 FPS on 1080p (FHD) resolution with the same settings. On Metro Exodus, the Aurora R8 was able to achieve 87 FPS in FHD and around 53 FPS in 4K resolution. Please note both games were running with high ray tracing settings and on the latest Nvidia drivers. © MensXP According to our Afterburner data, the CPU reached an average clock speed of 4.2 GHz and had an average temperature of 52 degree Celsius. The RTX 2080 would hit around 75 degree Celsius which is similar to what we experience with the FE RTX 2080 earlier in the year. If you are looking to use the Aurora R8 as a content creator, you will be happy to hear that this machine can render videos with impressive performance. In our handbrake tests, we could transcode a 4K video to 1080p in less than 8 minutes. The read and write speeds are also one of the fastest we've experienced as the machine was capable of copying 5GB of data in precisely 7.8 seconds. The Final Say While it is cheaper to build your own desktop with similar specifications, you do, however, lose out on Dell's customer service and guaranteed warranty. The Aurora R8 may cost a bomb for most users, this gaming desktop PC is for people who do not want to build their own PC and want added benefits such as good customer service. Personally, the fun lies in building your own PC, but the Aurora R8 is for someone who does not want to take the extra headache and want something personalised out of the box.
  2. It was an important day yesterday. Well, to be precise, the best Chris in Hollywood's birthday. Captain America is an integral part of Avengers and Chris Evans is an integral part of his MCU costars' life. Birthday wishes were pouring in from everywhere - even from us - and it was great to see everyone come together to celebrate this human golden retriever. Mark Ruffalo being cute like always. Happiest of birthdays to the fantastic @ChrisEvans ð¥³ð Love you, Bro. Always there when you need him. Wishing you all the best today! pic.twitter.com/WJT2kbudN5 — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 13, 2019 Even Chris is happy and cute while replying. Awwww, buddy. You're a gem ð — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 13, 2019 And, Mark wasn't done. Glad you are here, man. — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 13, 2019 Okay, that sounds a little serious, I hope everything's fine. Then comes another Chris wishing him, actually singing 'happy birthday' for him on air with Tessa Thompson. Since both Evans and Hemsworth are like BFFs, the school kids who had to be separated during interviews, I'm disappointed Hemsworth didn't post a goofy BTS picture for him. But now let's look at the birthday wish we were waiting for. Yes, Robert Downey Jr HAD to top every birthday wish Chris got yesterday. One of the best parts of 'Avengers: Endgame' was the whole Cap vs Cap scene, but do you remember how it ended? Yes, with Cap admiring his own ass. Well, even RDJ remembers and wished 'America's ass' a happy birthday. Happy birthday to America's ass. The world's a better place, and I owe you a kiss on the cheek! @ChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/iCFRSu0DIH — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 13, 2019 Take the kiss, Chris! ðð — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 13, 2019 Like that. AHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/mKAhKUTrbm — rebekah (@stevetonyx) June 13, 2019 Same. Rdj is me looking at this post pic.twitter.com/A2U5eYLdn9 — Our Love: Robert Downey Jr (@our_rdj) June 13, 2019 That gif tho. Some things really should be celebrated! ð¨ #HappyBirthdayChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/Gpsl1HBWrS — Chris Evans USA FanSource (@ChrisEvans_USA) June 13, 2019 That emoji is reserved for Chris Evans and Chris Evans only. ð pic.twitter.com/Jf7pQiS6Qg — Christopher (@stevngrntrogers) June 13, 2019 We won't get to see this again. They are so cute together I'm really gonna miss them so muchð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/2yQMNH2QIb — Team Downey (@TeamDowney1965) June 13, 2019
  3. A good part of our life was spent sitting through hours upon hours of lectures and senseless scribbles covering the endless pages of our notebooks. As we sat through six long hours of cramming our brains with “quality education”, for twenty-two days a month, we often wished our classes came equipped with something “more”, something that would make our days a little more bearable at the end of the fourth hour. © Getty Images After years of passing through the same gates, year after year and loitering in the same corridor, we secretly begin to crave for a change around the place we called school. But what this school in Madurai has done for its pupils, is surely one of the best ways of ensuring children look forward to spending their time at the “temple of learning”. © Twitter-ANI Named the Madura College Higher Secondary School, it looks like a train stationed at a railway platform with tiny tots moving in and out of the coaches-cum-classrooms. The entire primary school has been designed like a train that plies between Madurai and Chennai and looks every bit like an IRCTC train. © Twitter-ANI From the markings of the train, to the details painted on the walls of the school, this school-cum-train is giving us all the feels of a passenger waiting on the platform to jump aboard the train for a ride of their lives. The smiling faces of the young students roaming about the premises in their uniforms and wide grins only prove how happy and excited they are to be there. People have also lauded this move and praised the initiative taken by the school management to make the space more interesting for young kids. A wonderful theme, imagining school as vehicle to accept intake of uneducated raw state of Mind and transport them to a state of educated one. — S Samanta (@suksa) June 12, 2019 Nice Creativity...Creative Minds At Work — Bhoot Purv Sainik (@bhootpurvsainik) June 12, 2019 @PiyushGoyal this is interesting sir. — Subbaiah Naidu (@NaiduSubbaiah) June 12, 2019
  4. Fans finally got to see the video game adaptation of 'Avengers' when Square Enix revealed the trailer of the upcoming game. While the majority of fans were excited, we got to see a trailer with characters that did not resemble any of the stars from the movies. The game was revealed at E3 this week and the game is set to release on May 15th 2020. © Square Enix While we are quite excited about the game, fans of the franchise weren't too pleased to see their characters having a very generic look. Fans on Twitter reacted with a very disappointed tone and noted that the characters neither sounded or looked like some of their favourite characters. None of the characters in the game share a likeness or even a similar voice to the superheroes we are used to in the big screen. The trailer was met with instant mockery and here are some of the memes that got us cracking up: live look at me watching Square Enix's AVENGERS game trailer at the precise moment where I realized they didn't get likeness rights for any of the actors pic.twitter.com/FMAGpV7c9p — Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) June 11, 2019 MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game. AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48 MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019 Well, they finally announced the avengers games, oh boy, that announcement was something else, haha#SquareEnixE3 #Avengers pic.twitter.com/JdCw44Bidw — Eriksson (@MedinaEriksson) June 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/2GS6kW5gxr — Brian (@Protodude) June 11, 2019 the Avengers i ordered vs. the Avengers i got at #e3 pic.twitter.com/V9eY4XRM21 — cait petrakovitz ð (@misscp) June 11, 2019 Marvel's Avengers (Dev. Crystal Dynamics.) pic.twitter.com/VrbnlM4zE1 — Matt Kim (@LawofTD) June 11, 2019 MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game. AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48 MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019 Fixed the new Avengers game #SquareEnixE3 pic.twitter.com/xvmMQbJ7A2 — Superfight (@superfight10) June 11, 2019 The good news is that the game is a live service game that is expected to receive content for years. The other good news is that the game will not have any loot boxes and most of the new characters will be free. New locations to play the game will also come as a part of a free update. Sure, the game does not have the actors we love, however, the game does have voice actors such as Nolan North, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker. The game is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC.
  5. Off late, HBO has been churning out some great content for its viewers. After the mighty success of 'Game of Thrones', 'Chernobyl' is the new show taking disaster dramatics by storm, breaking records in every way possible. If you know about 'Chernobyl', you'll know it's a story that revolves around the true events that occurred in 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the lives of those who faced the consequences, post it. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was situated North of Ukraine SSR, near a city called Pripyat and it surely was one of the most gruesome disasters to have occurred in the history of mankind, results of which are still quite prominent and visible. © HBO Right now, the show is on its way to becoming the highest-ranking television series, ever and IMBD ratings prove its way ahead of the highest-ranked fantasy drama's namely 'Game of Thrones'! Yes, something has finally beaten 'Game of Thrones' records and that's a first, for sure. The average rating for the show on IMDB is 9.6/10, which way ahead of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Game of Thrones', which have a rating of 9.4/10. But unfortunately, Russia doesn't agree about its popularity and clearly doesn't like how HBO has projected the happenings in the show and is going ahead with its own version of the show on Chernobyl. A Russian network is making a fictional story on Chernobyl, based on a conspiracy theory, that claims that a CIA agent was sent to the nuclear power plant to carry out the acts of damage. This is because the Russian media does not agree to the plotline and the character arcs that are prevalent in the show and they find it strange that an American TV channel (HBO) has told stories about the Russian heroes in their own way. Several other Russian media houses have criticised the show for showing instances based on America's own understanding and perspectives when the disaster occurred far away from them. © HBO The Russians also believe that the American channel is using the show to tarnish Russia's reputation as a nuclear power, through demonstrating facts that aren't true from the show. One of the local papers also said 'the show is a caricature and not the truth'. "One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy's intelligence services was present at the station." states film director Alexei Muradov, to an international publication. © HBO With all these conspiracy theories flying about, the show is definitely going to be a lot more interesting and if you haven't watched it yet, its time you catch it, just to understand a bit of history. After all, weren't we all looking for something to replace 'Game of Thrones'? Even if this is a bit extreme as an alternative, it's definitely a must-watch!
  6. HMD Global has been launching a lot of new Nokia phones in India lately. Recently we saw the new Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 making their way into the Indian market, and now, we have the new Nokia 2.2 as well. The new Nokia 2.2 is an entry-level budget phone which comes with a trendy waterdrop notch display on the front and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the right. Let's check it out. © Nokia Nokia 2.2 sports a 5.71” 19:9 HD+ display on the front with a waterdrop notch. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 processor and is coupled with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage with support for up to 400GB storage via a microSD card. As for the optics, the Nokia 2.2 has a 13MP f/2.2 rear-facing camera with a single LED flash. On the front, there's a 5MP selfie shooter. Camera features include HDR, panorama, low light enhancement, timelapse, Beautify, Google Lens, etc. Nokia 2.2 sports a 3,000 mAh battery inside which should keep the running for at least a full day on a single charge with moderate usage. And just like the other Nokia phones, this one is also a part of Google Android One program and it's running on Android 9 Pie out of the box. HMD Global also says that it'll get Android Q update in the future, which is a good thing. © YouTube Other noteworthy features of the phone include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Face Unlock and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side. Pricing & Availability The new Nokia 2.2 will be available in Tungsten Black and Steel color variants at an introductory starting price of Rs. 6,999. You'll also be able to pick up the 3GB + 32GB variant for Rs. 7,999 till June 30th. After that, both variants will be retailing for Rs. 1,000 higher i.e Rs. 7,999 for the base variant and Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant. The smartphone will be available pan-India across top mobile retail outlets and online on Flipkart and Nokia.com/phones starting 11th June 2019.
  7. Pulling off the colour, white may seem a little tricky. However, if you really want to position yourself as a true fashion icon, it is also a colour that you must have in your closet. If you think you have been wearing white the right way, think again. Here are a few tips you should keep when you go shopping: 1. The Classic © Getty Images Nothing works as great as the classic, white shirt with blue jeans. No, seriously, you CANNOT go wrong with this. It does not matter what your body type is, or what the occasion, this combo is simple, sweet and epic. Also, not to mention, really easy to assemble. Just take care of your footwear and check if it compliments your belt, and you are good to go. 2. Plain And Simple © Instagram A plain white tee is something that every guy has to have in his closet. Extremely versatile, and really easy to carry, just ensuring that you have the right size is more than enough. Pair it with a pair of jeans, or a slim fitting pair of chinos and voila! You are good to go. Alternatively, shirts with minimal printed designs work well too. 3. Playing With Forms and Styles © Instagram The thing with white is that you can actually play around with materials, cuts, designs and whatnot, without going horribly wrong. Sure, there may be moments when your choices may seem a little out of place, but as long as you are not wearing white on white without the physique to pull it off, you will be just fine. 4. White Denims © Getty Images Although this may seem a little weird for some guys, going for a white pair of denims, or a white denim jacket can work wonders for your closet and personal style statement. You can pair light coloured shirts such as cream or off white, with a pair of jeans. If you have a white denim jacket, try pairing it with a darker shade, as that is a better look. Again, no matter what, do not go for a complete, white-on-white outfit. 5. Contrast © Instagram In case you have not been able to spot a trend here, contrasting your outfit is always a good idea. Actually, that is a rule of thumb for any situation when you are confused as to what should you wear. Plus, it also allows for your individual pieces to stand out, no matter how simple and plain they may seem.
  8. After swimming in a pool of controversies, Hrithik Roshan's 'Super 30' is finally going to hit the theatres soon and the trailer that just dropped proves that it's going to be one of the most promising films of 2019. Phantom Films Ever since it was announced that a biopic is being made on Anand Kumar, founder of Super 30, starring Hrithik Roshan, the film has made more news than most of our mathematics scores combined. For those who didn't know, Super 30 is an academy that trains meritorious students from underprivileged backgrounds for JEE exams 'for free'. Phantom Films The 2-minute 37 seconds trailer shows Hrithik Roshan as Anand Kumar, a genius mathematician who is a celebrity among students for his unbelievable success rate when it comes to coaching. However, he gives up his lucrative job to help the underprivileged kids and ensure that every deserving kid gets a chance to make it big in the world. Phantom Films The dialogue, "Ab Raja ka beta raja nahi banega. Raja woh hi banega, jo haqdaar hoga", will go down in the history of Bollywood as one of the most impressive and hard-hitting dialogues ever. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the reverse-transformation that Hrithik went through for the character? He has not only nailed the look, but his accent is also worth an applaud. Recently the biopic found itself in trouble, when Anand Kumar's former students accused him of lying and hiding facts, and when director Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment. Despite surrounded by controversies, 'Super 30' is releasing on July 12.
  9. Besides all the kickass software, Apple wowed everyone by unveiling a glorious new Mac Pro at the WWDC 2019 keynote. We've been waiting for a new Mac Pro since 2013 and Apple has packed this piece of hardware with high-end specs like a 28-core Intel Xeon processor and an Afterburner movie-editing graphics card. As good as it is from the inside, well, we sadly can't say the same for its exterior design. It features a boxy silver case with matching feet and handles. Alright fine, let's just admit it, the new Mac Pro looks like a cheese grater! Seriously, just like the mesh panel on the front and back. You can't unsee it now. And as always, Twitter was quick enough to welcome Apple's shiny new design with some freshly made memes. Here are a few of them that'll make you hungry for more cheese grater memes: Oh yes! We can't wait for the videos. So who's the first YouTuber that's going to ACTUALLY grate cheese on their new @Apple Mac Pro just for the views? ð§ð§ð§ #MacNCheesePro #MacPro #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/hYz3t1O6AP — Brian Tong (@briantong) June 3, 2019 28 Chedderflops of memory? What? Here's my new iMac pro #WWDC #AppleEvent #MacPro pic.twitter.com/MZ5nQPdJT3 — Andrew Fagan (@thebluehalf) June 3, 2019 Can't wait for someone to legit do this on camera! Grate job! #MacPro #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/27Bc5tmdA8 — Noam (@noamliss) June 3, 2019 Mac n' Cheese Pro? I'm sorry, I had to do it. #MacPro #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/fMlRbASQwJ — Mario Gonzalez (@mario0357) June 3, 2019 Let's talk about that bank account tho! New Mac Pro looks like a cheese grater cuz is gonna shred all the funds in ur bank account (ð¥bu-dun-skið¥) ...yes I'll leave now... pic.twitter.com/Q4Pzv4Xfkl — Dillon Francis (@DillonFrancis) June 3, 2019 BRB! We're setting up our new desk! I'm really feeling the new Mac Pro design.#MacPro #MacPro2019 #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/Pc40rOqsl9 — Mikko (@pikkmikk) June 3, 2019 Trash can or Cheese grater? Who did it better? Trash Can or Cheese Grater? ð #WWD2019 #MacPro pic.twitter.com/mOGMPl7BYy — Safwan AhmedMia (@SuperSaf) June 3, 2019 Apple always has a purpose - The revolutionary new Mac Pro looks like a cheese grater because it's going to cost you a ton of cheddar to buy it. ð pic.twitter.com/dskB23rBbV — ᴺᴼᵠJony Ive (@JonyIveParody) June 3, 2019 We've been testing our Mac Pro too. Works great! Testing out the new Mac Pro. #WWDC2019 pic.twitter.com/P7rTNuqZnM — Ade Thompson (@apt) June 3, 2019 Release the Mac Pro Air already, Apple! In 2030...Introducing the new Mac Pro Air...#WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/K32UYkZAIA — Brian Tong (@briantong) June 4, 2019
  10. We have often heard people say that World War III will be fought over access to drinking water, and as the days go by, it seems more and more likely that this prediction will come true. Sooner or later, people across the world will be fighting over every glass of drinking water if the situation is not brought under control at the earliest. However, it seems a Rajasthan village is already facing the wrath of nature wherein owing to extreme weather conditions, the residents of Parasampura village have started keeping their limited supply of drinking water under lock and key. © ANI The news came to light after an ANI report shared how the villagers have come up with a bizarre solution of keeping their water containers locked to prevent theft of drinking water. At a place where even water tankers visit only once in ten days, the villagers have no option but to ration their drinking water and guard it with their lives. A resident even compared the blessing of having clean drinking water to be as valuable as gold and silver. Bhilwara: Residents of Parasrampura village in Hurda collect water in a drum & keep it locked to prevent stealing of water; say, "water tankers comes on a gap of 10 days. Water has become more precious to us than gold & silver, so we keep it locked." #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/H2ZuckZib8 — ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2019 Yesterday, Rajasthan recorded astonishingly high temperatures with the mercury touching 50-degrees-Celsius in certain areas. We suppose it's high time we acknowledge our privileges, do our bit to save water and stay clear of exploiting natural resources before it's too late.
  11. Apple has finally turned to the dark side as the Cupertino giant made the new feature official for iOS 13. The announcement came at Apple's annual WWDC event and the company showed off some applications running in dark mode. Some of these apps include Music, Calendar, Notes, Maps and Messages. (c) Apple The new dark mode will finally be available for iOS devices later this year when iOS 13 rolls out. Google announced its own dark mode feature at I/O last month and is already available to use in the beta version of Android Q. Dark Mode takes inspiration from macOS's Mojave operating system where there isn't a huge difference on the Home screen. Things, however, change after unlocking the iPhone where apps like Music, Maps and other applications that have a darker interface. There are also differences in the interface in other Apple applications like messages, emojis, keyboard and photos. (c) Apple The dark mode is not only easy on your eyes, but it can also help in saving battery life by a margin. If you own an iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, there will be less power consumption, thanks to the OLED display. Dark Mode has been a very popular requested feature as it not only conserves battery life and puts less strain on your eyes, but also looks better to look at. The new dark mode feature also extends to widgets and notifications. The dark mode is not exclusive to system-wide apps as third-party applications will also be to take advantage of this feature, apps like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Medium, Reddit, Wikipedia, Instapaper, IMDb and many more.
  12. We have all been there - we go to the outlet of our favourite clothing brand, or the one that has some awesome deals on denims, browse through their offerings, try a fit or two, pick them up and call it a day. Rarely do we even think of customising them, apart from the slight alterations here and there. As a result, the world now seems lost in a sea of common and quite frankly, boring denims - be it a shirt, jacket or jeans. However, it does not have to be that way. A few brave souls have shown the world that adding bling to your regular old denims is a guaranteed way to turn heads. Do it right, and you may even be crowned as the fashion guru in your college or office. The key here is to balance things out. Go overboard, and you may end up looking like a 7-year-old girl's Ken Doll. However, if like us, going subtle as well as over the top is your thing, then read on. 1. Whacky Prints © Instagram Fans of prints, make some noise! Prints are, by far, the easiest way to get your favourite denim customised. There are plenty of service providers in most tier I and tier II cities, who can print out your favourite movie poster, or graphics on your jacket, or shirt. Alternatively, there are several denim makers who will do that for you. Just ensure that you don't go for an actual photograph, and certainly not one of yours. That just looks tacky. 2. Embroider Your Heart Out © Pinterest Embroidering stuff onto your denim shirt or denim jacket can totally change the look of your outfit and elevate it to a whole new level. Plus, because it is often done by hand, embroidery adds a distinct legacy to the piece. Similar to prints, there are tons of designs that you can go for. And, if you want to take the personalisation to a whole new level, you can always take it upon yourself to create your own masterpiece. 3. Catchy Patchy © Etsy Are you a fan of the EPL and want to shout it out to the rest of the world? Or, like any other woke millennial, do you support causes that leave your parents confused and dazed? Try adding a few patches to your denim. Now, there are two ways to go about it. You can either pick ones that need to be stitched on to your piece, which is super easy to do if you know your way around a needle and some thread. Or, you can go for an even easier route and pick up a few options that can be ironed on. The best thing about patches is that they can be added and removed as one wishes to. In effect, one can actually play to one's heart's content with patches. 4. Custom Leather Patches © Etsy Of all the things that we have listed here, nothing is as subtle as a personalised leather patch. One would ask why would one to customise something like a leather patch, a thing that is no one even looks at? Well, leather patches are one of the very few pieces that can actually bear your name, without seeming to be too full of yourself. Plus, there are tons of other designs, most of which are very classy and distinct. 5. Colour & Dye © Pinterest When it comes to coloured denims, most of us believe that singular shades are the way to go. However, if you have ever seen a reputable fashion house's summer or spring launch, you will realise that it is not necessarily true. Dyed denims, especially jeans, can be mesmerising to look at and a really fun way to make, if you choose to dye your denims, yourself. Because there are tons of options in terms of colours and oxidation processes, you don't really know what you may end up with. That's actually the fun part. Just to play it safe, we suggest that you first do a trial run, perhaps on your younger sibling's jeans before you commit to your own piece.
  13. "He may have aged, but he's still a lion uncaged!" We are not saying this, the makers and scriptwriters of 'Bharat' are, in this latest dialogue promo that was released today. Well, we don't know when Salman Khan's transition from being a 'Tiger' to a lion happened, but he's fierce regardless. And this promo is just a glimpse of how 'Bharat' is going to be much more than Salman romancing and dancing with Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. T-Series In case you didn't know this already, the movie is a remake of the South Korean hit film 'An Ode To My Father' and will see Salman Khan in different characters ranging from an 18-year-old to a 72-year-old. T-Series We have already seen in trailers and teasers how Salman will look like as a circus artist or as a Navy officer, now it's time for us to see how an old Salman (probably in his 70s) will look like, while fighting with goons. T-Series The 20-second video shows a grandpa Salman being bullied by some goons. As expected Salman's 'andar ka boodha sher' awakens and he thrashes all of them with his bare hands (something only he can do). Is it just me or the action scenes and Salman looked strikingly similar to how he was in 'Kick' (only some years older)? Maybe, if 'Kick' makers ever plan to make a series, here's how Salman will look like in 'Kick 20'. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, 'Bharat' is releasing on June 5 and also stars Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff and Nora Fatehi.
  14. One of the world's most popular superhero franchises that's known for its more-than-awesome bunch of heroes, Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers' will continue to hold its top spot in the heart of every ardent MCU fan out there, for years to come. Now, though the current series may have come to an end, that does not mean our allegiances would shift any time soon. We have had our hearts, as well as our eyes set on our favourite Avenger for the longest time, so it seems only natural that today we have set out to find which one do we most accurately resemble, spiritually. Let's check it out: 1. Iron Man © MCU Are you a haughty know-it-all, who loves to brag and show-off? Do you always smooth over these character flaws with your charming ways and enjoy having an upper hand in most scenarios? And though you often tend to be annoying, do you always remember your roots, while trying to evolve and improve yourself as the situation demands? You are hard-working, laidback and don't like owning up to the mess you may have created. 2. Black Widow © MCU Ice-cold, strong, and well-trained, she is crafty unlike most of her teammates. She is intelligent and willful to pursue her targets at all times. If you are like her, you usually invest yourself completely to every task you take up, without considering the consequences. Also, you easily get irritated by people's stupidity and lack of smartness and skills. 3. Captain America © MCU Steve Rogers is fearless and selfless to a fault. He taught us to live and fight for the welfare of others, become worthy of following our judgement. He also taught us that being a sceptic isn't as bad as it seems and that we must choose good over evil at all times. If you think you are like him, then perhaps you lack the art of being diplomatic, though your courage, and selflessness completely make up for it. 4. Hulk © MCU A heated brain with some solid bubbling ideas, Bruce showed us how to best rein our temper. Bruce used his anger to achieve bigger and better goals in life. If you're like him, you must be quick to give in to temper but perhaps like him, you too should seek out help and control it. Because of your volatile nature, you like to stay away from those you love from the fear of hurting them. 5. Hawkeye © MCU With nothing but his determination and training to aid him, he became a prominent part of the group. If you're like him, you must be loyal and care a lot about other's well-being. You often also act as a peace-bearer between two parties and come around as everybody's friend. 6. Thor © MCU Tough and good-natured, he is too sure of his strength to be bothered about anything else. He turns out to be this individual who leaves behind his pride for others. If you're like him, you might possess a wild nature and a proud heart, which is filled with lots of goodness. So, who do you resemble the most?
  15. It's true, hard workouts equal hard results and it takes lots of effort to get a great body. Your entire hard work means nothing if you can't recover from your killer sessions. © Getty Images The faster you can recover, the more intensity you can keep up in your sessions. If you are looking to speed up your recovery so you can get bigger and stronger, then follow these 5 guidelines: 1) Embrace Your Post Workout Meal: You need food to be energized. Many of you are hungry and are low in energy after a workout. You get energy from food and beverages. Ergo, you need to eat some carbs and protein post-exercise. How much? That's subjective. A good range would be 40-80g of carbs and 30-40g of protein. 2) Short Naps: In addition to a good night's sleep (if your schedule will allow it) get in at least one 15 to 20-minute nap during the day. These little short naps help to aid in recovery. Small naps are good for your heart, blood pressure, stress levels and even weight management. When you sleep your body recovers. 3) Hydration And Caffeine: Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you to flush out toxins from your muscles. your body needs water to function; a small two per cent dehydration will result in a 10 per cent reduction in strength. © Getty Images Proper hydration also helps to keep our joints lubricated. Drinking water will lead to improved gym performance and fuller muscles. Caffeine has shown to suppress fatigue and might help you to boost you after your workout. Have a cup of coffee pre-workout if you like it. 4) Active Rest Recovery Is Your Friend: Rest days give your muscles a hard-earned break from yourself beating at the gym. If you feel up to it, some light movement like grocery or clothes shopping, an easy bike ride, watching a movie, or even doing mobility drills could help in recovery-promoting effects as well. These strategies come under active recovery. Light cardio after a heavy strength training session will help relieve soreness by stimulating blood flow and improving circulation to the muscles. If you experience muscular tightness, then foam rolling can be an excellent way to fight this for flexibility but don't expect any wonder to happen via foam rolling, a new meta-analysis on foam rolling says its a complete waste of time just helps in some flexibility. 5) Reduce Overall Stress: Acute stress-which comes from training is a good thing. Chronic stress from other sources like work, relationship, inadequate sleep, etc can significantly affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis as well as how quickly you recover. Too much stress can drastically delay your recovery time between workouts. When hard workouts are tossed into the volatile combination of high chronic stress and an already tired body, you are asking your body to finally break down in the form of dull results or, worse. © Getty Images Any form of stress in your life is going to take a toll on your overall well-being and your body's capacity to take on anything further. Take steps to reduce your stress level to ensure you can jump back faster. Do something you really enjoy, make yourself happy, and surround yourself with people who love you and support you. Recovery is a crucial part of any fitness-related goal. No recovery = no results! Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  16. The verdict is finally here, and the Indian citizens have finally declared their leader of choice for the next five years. Late last evening, as the nation broke into a collective celebration, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party's right-wing supporters who expressed their joy by distributing sweets and breaking into a dance on the streets, losing parties wondered how to soothe the pain that bothered them so. © Twitter And when we talk about losing parties, who stands as a better example than BJP's arch rivals and opposition, Congress. With less than 100 seats to itself, the Indian National Congress has found itself at a loss even this time, much like in 2014. However, amongst the winners from the party is one name who has been an active face of the Congress over the years. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who was contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. Final results show that he has won from his constituency with over 40 per cent votes ahead of BJP's Kummanam Rajasekharan who bagged just over 30 per cent votes for himself. © Twitter However, this win hasn't pleased the wordsmith politician, who admitted that he feels like a batsman who has scored a century while his team has lost. He made this comment late last afternoon when it was gradually becoming more and more obvious that PM Modi-led BJP would come back to power with majority. As my lead nears 50,000 with 72% counted, i feel like a batsman who has scored a century while his team has lost! It's a bittersweet emotion I will take some time to reflect on. #TharoorForTvm — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 23, 2019 We can totally understand that bittersweet feeling Mr. Tharoor but regardless of the bigger verdict, congratulations on the hatrick win you have scored!
  17. The 'Game of Thrones' final episode, and the entire eighth season for that matter, was a huge letdown. Everyone knows and everyone agrees. While the cast is now saying they don't appreciate all the criticism, since they know how much work was actually put into it, we've seen that they basically admitted that even they were disappointed with it. I mean, the old videos of them talking about the final season last year, looked like they were being held hostage and were being forced to say nice things. Now, it looks like Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen (not that him being a Targaryen even mattered) actually gave up on the Season halfway through the shooting. There's concrete proof that he decided to do something useful with his time on the sets, since his character was already basically ruined. Any guesses on what other work he found? He apparently became a freaking makeup artist. Look at him, being so professional. When's the makeup kit dropping, Kit? What will it be called? Makeup Kit Harrington? Makeup Kit by Kit? Yes, I know it's not him but even I'm having doubts since it looks almost exactly like Kit, it's uncanny. There's no actual explanation for Kit actually doing this so I'm assuming it's not, just because of that. Behind-the-sets pictures are honestly a blessing, especially this one. Oh, and the one posted by Sophie Turner as well. It's not relevant, but everyone should see this. View this post on Instagram The pack survived A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on May 21, 2019 at 1:34am PDT Coming back to Makeup Kit Harrington, this Twitter user sums up my feelings about it. i have so many questions pic.twitter.com/yM1f3SdWaX — ððð (@TARGYARYEN) May 21, 2019 I was so worried about Dany and her hair, I'm so glad Jon came to his queen's rescue. I mean who do you think made dany's hair after missandei was gone ð¤·ð¾âï¸ — PuLLa T (@Tofsakodu) May 22, 2019 Great names. Makeup kit kit — Carniv0re (@carni_v0re) May 22, 2019 It's like Cinderella. They really treat him like the step brother — Derek Foreal (@Paging_DR_Smith) May 22, 2019 More BTS content. I love this one too from entertainment weekly pic.twitter.com/SkTchPzdSm — Tamika Scott (@queenakimat) May 23, 2019 Now that James Charles is cancelled. Youtube beauty gurus making waves. — TeeJay (@Tijjani_ahmad) May 22, 2019 Only valid explanation. They had to fire the make up artist to pay for ghost's cgi in ep 6 — boo boo the fool (@milipozzebon) May 22, 2019 Exactly. Why not ? How long do you think it takes to memorise “she's my queen” and “I don't want it” — The Notorious One (@aiduoze) May 21, 2019 Oh sorry. You mean “shees ma Kwinn” — Mr. B (@Mar_v3l) May 22, 2019 Seems like it. Jon too busy pursuing his Professional Makeup Artist career so they only gave him two lines during the entire season — Misfit. (@_nikkiie_) May 22, 2019 I really think this is how it went down. "i need to get a touch up" "i'm kit harington" "okay kit i need to get a touch up" — the man without fear / semi ia (@spearbbh) May 22, 2019 Yep. Aegon Targaryan Second of his name Applier of make up Avoider of the throne — TAX_EVADER (@KiraguEdwin1) May 22, 2019 So that's what he's doing at the wall now. Well he has to find a new hobby since there isn't really a night watch anymore lol — ðððððð ðð ððððððððð (@helloitscorrie) May 22, 2019 The first of his name. It's Avon. Avon Targaryen — Hakase-Senpaiâ (@WorthyBGB) May 22, 2019 Sounds perfect. Gotta make millions somehow, and the let's be honest Ayra looked fabulous — Chris (@weareallcw) May 22, 2019 “I don wan it.” Avoiding the Iron throne by all means necessary. — Folarera ROY (@FolareraROY) May 22, 2019
  18. The verdict is finally here. Well, almost. The day of the final judgement, if you will, has declared the fate of our beloved country for the next five years. Most national news channels have been up and running since 6 AM this morning, throwing out data and figures our way, from the recently concluded rounds of polling, and by 12 noon today the Indian subcontinent knew all too well what's in store. © Getty Images We have chosen our leader for the next five years, and that too by a whopping majority. With over 300 seats to itself in the Lok Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is basically enjoying a clean sweep (yet again) win across the country. While the country has stepped out to celebrate the big win along with the winning party, how could our neighbouring nation stay behind? Sure enough, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, took to Twitter to congratulate PM Narendra Modi and NDA on their big win. I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 23, 2019 However, what caught people's attention was the fact that Imran Khan, once again, expressed his desire to take up peace talks with India, and work towards a progressive and prosperous future. © Twitter This is coming just over a month after the Pakistan PM said during a press conference that he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win the elections. © Twitter We are all for sharing amicable and friendly ties with Pakistan, who only seem like an extension of India in a lot of ways, given our shared history together. On multiple occasions, we have heard about how the common people on both sides of the LOC share their desire to live on friendly terms with each other, and for once, we dearly hope Pakistan will walk the talk and help establish strong, peaceful ties between the two countries.
  19. Diljit Dosanjh is the golden boy right now enjoying the love and fame for literally everything he does. From songs to movies to world tours, he's acing it all and giving us more reasons to love him. The self-proclaimed Kylie Jenner fanboy is coming back with a Punjabi movie titled 'Shadaa' which is a laugh riot. The trailer gives you some vibes of 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' but nevertheless, it's completely entertaining. The story follows an eternal bachelor which translates to 'Shadaa' in Punjabi played by Diljit, who dreams of getting married but later realises that bachelorhood is better. For a brief moment, he falls in love with Neeru Bajwa but later realises that his happiness lies in staying single. © brat films Eventually, after succumbing to the pressure of getting married, this 'Shadaa' decides to get married to a doll named Kylie and asks his parents to give their blessings. © brat films In case you are not well versed with the Punjabi language, the subtitles should help, but this movie surely proves that this dude here can sing, dress sharp, act in movies with a star cast like 'Udta Punjab' and then also blow us away with his great comic timing, all in one go!
  20. Huawei's budget sub-brand Honor has been launching some amazing phones lately. Honor's phones usually go easy on your pockets, but offer great value for money. On the same lines, the company has now launched three new phones under the new 'Honor 20 Series'. Let's check them out: Honor 20 & Honor 20 Pro Both the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are more or less the same phones. They both look stunning and offer some really powerful internal specs. You're looking at a 6.26-inch IPS hole-punch display just like the Honor View 20. It comes with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 on both devices. They both have the same screen-to-body ratio i.e. about 91.6 per cent, and they simply look stunning from the front. © Twitter In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are powered by Huawei's flagship Kirin 980 chipset with oodles of RAM and storage to go along with it. While the Honor 20 tops out at 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, the Pro variant has 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Besides the RAM and storage, both the devices also have a slightly different camera setup. Both devices have a 48MP f/1.4 main camera, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera, a 2MP f/2.4 macro and a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera with a punch hole on the front. The only difference is that the Honor 20 Pro comes with an additional 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera, whereas the Honor 20 comes with a 2MP depth sensor. With 30x digital zoom and a large 1/2-inch Sony sensor, the telephoto camera's Handheld Moon Shot allows you to capture the moon's beauty with no extra equipment. #HONOR20Series #CaptureWonder pic.twitter.com/Dd60ZWnRgO — HONOR (@Honorglobal) May 21, 2019 The Pro variant of the phone also has a slightly bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, while the regular variant has a 3,750 mAh battery. Rest of the stuff is the same. You get a side mounted fingerprint scanner, fast-charging support, etc. The Honor 20 Pro will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colour variants, whereas the regular variant comes in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue shades. Honor 20 Lite © Twitter Next up, we have the Honor 20 Lite, which is more of a budget option for people who are not looking to splurge a lot of cash. The first and the most obvious difference here is the waterdrop notch on the front, instead of a punch hole display. It's a 6.21-inch FHD+ screen with a 32MP selfie shooter tucked inside. The Honor 20 Lite also packs a triple camera setup on the back, which includes a 24MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree FOV, and a third depth sensor. In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710 chipset, coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It's got a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and the phone will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, and the classic Midnight Black shades. Pricing & Availability The Honor 20 has been priced at 499 Euros for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, whereas the Honor 20 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage will cost you 599 Euros. The Honor 20 Lite, which is a budget option, will set you back 299 euros.
  21. If Hollywood has Marvel Cinematic Universe, then here in Bollywood we have Rohit Shetty and his 'Singham Cinematic Universe', where cops are greater and powerful than any superhero out there. Honestly, cop movies in Bollywood weren't as big a thing until the release of 'Singham'. Post the 100-crore (each) success of 'Singham', 'Singham Returns' and 'Simmba', Rohit Shetty is now coming up with another cop movie 'Sooryavanshi' starring Akshay Kumar. And Ajay Devgn feels that the 'Singham' franchise can be Bollywood's 'Avengers'. In a recent interview to PTI, Ajay said "Universes have a massive scope in Bollywood. 'Singham' is a strong franchise and then 'Simmba' has become another important series, and now if 'Sooryavanshi' goes on to become something like that, which I'm sure it will, it's the same thing as 'Avengers'." He further said that while MCU picked up superheroes, in India cops like "Singham and Simmba" are the superheroes, "So we're trying to make our world. We are taking it into a more realistic zone." © Instagram In fact, Ajay believes that all those people who like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will lap up Rohit Shetty's cop universe in no time. "Either you are an Iron Man fan or any other Avengers', now that all of them came together for a film, one will definitely go. Every superhero's fan would go, it's as simple as that. If these characters also go on to become that strong, then people would wait for something like this." © Instagram Praising 'Avengers: Endgame', Ajay said Bollywood should learn a lesson from the box office performance of the film and also spoke about how competing with Hollywood is not possible due to financial constraints. (Folks, let's not count the number of cars blown up in the entire franchise.) Apart from 'Sooryavanshi', Rohit Shetty is also planning to make a movie on female cops to complete his cop-universe. Can I say Russo Brothers have got nothing on Rohit Shetty and Singham? Of course, I can.
  22. 1More is one of the pioneers when it comes to audio equipment, and they've made some stunning pairs of headphones and earphones over the years. Now, the company has launched its first pair of truly wireless earbuds called 1More 'Stylish True Wireless Earbuds'. These new pair of earbuds have a sleek water-drop design, and they come in four different colours. Much like their other headphones, even the Stylish True Wireless Earbuds are tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi. So, you can expect the audio quality to be on par with other 1More earphones, if not better. © 1More The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds comes with a charging case, just like every other truly wireless earbuds on the market. This particular charging case can also keep your earbuds charged, thanks to the built-in 410 mAh battery. According to 1More, the earbuds can last for up to 6 hours on a single charge, which is not bad at all. As for the earbuds themselves, they're packed with a 7mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm that balances powerful bass with exquisite detail. The result is crisp audio in an ultra-compact form factor. Additionally, the earbuds also cancel out environmental noise, which is always a good thing. The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds supports Bluetooth v 5.0 technology featuring aptX and AAC transmission compatible with Android and iOS. © 1More The new 1More True Wireless Earbuds are priced at Rs. 5,499 in India and you can pre-order them from 1More's official website or from a bunch of other online stores starting next month. On the other hand, if you're not particularly looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds, then be sure to check out 1More's other offerings such as the 1More Quad Driver Earphones or the 1More Stylish Dual Dynamic Driver BT.
  23. The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched in India today and we've been using the smartphone for a while to let you know how the smartphone fares in 2019. OnePlus is one of those unique brands that have been able to dethrone giants like Apple and Samsung in India by offering flagship-level smartphones for a considerably less price. OnePlus makes smartphones using top of the line components and offer a seamless OS experience that can only be matched by Google's Pixel smartphones. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a complete design overhaul when compared to the OnePlus 6/6T with some new features, a brand new display and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor. Here's what we think about the OnePlus 7 Pro and everything it has to offer: Design And Display © MensXP The OnePlus 7 Pro is beautifully designed and comes with no notches, almost zero bezels and a very vivid screen. At the back, there's a slight curve for better ergonomics and has a reflective glass that catches light from different angles. The colours are not over the top as other smartphones keeping it interesting and alluring at the same time. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple camera setup and has the same branding placement as the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes in three colours: Nebula Blue, Almond and Mirror Gray. At the bottom, the smartphone has the USB-C port, a speaker grille and a SIM card slot. OnePlus has removed the headphone jack as well in favour for better water resistance as it was quite expected since it was removed from the OnePlus 6T as well. At the front, the notch has been completely removed and now has QHD+6.67-inch AMOLED display. The display itself is one of the most beautiful panels we've ever seen on a smartphone. This is also the first time OnePlus has included a 90Hz refresh rate panel which results in a smoother experience and better performance on games. Having said that, the battery life of the smartphone does drop considerably when used in the 90Hz mode. Thankfully, OnePlus has given you the option to switch to 60Hz refresh rate in the display settings. © MensXP The display itself is very bright and has a pixel density of 556 ppi. The colour reproduction on the display has been outstanding and gave the Samsung Galaxy S10+ a run for its money. It was a delight to watch TV shows on Netflix that has HDR support as the OnePlus 7 Pro's display is also HDR10+ certified. The blacks look deep and dark, the contrast ratio is on point and has high saturation levels. In order to complement your viewing experience, the OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with dual stereo speakers that were previously missing in the OnePlus 6T. Since there is no fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 7 Pro also has an in-display fingerprint sensor just like the OnePlus 6T, albeit it works far faster and smoother than before. Since the notch has also been removed, OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with a pop-up selfie camera just like some VIVO and OPPO smartphones. Having said that, it is worthy to point out that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a very heavy phone and cause fatigue if you are used to the company's previous lighter smartphones. There were times when our fingers and palm would simply tire out when using the smartphone due to its weight. If you plan on using a cover, then it is even heavier. However, once you start using the smartphone, your palm and fingers will get used to it over time. Performance OnePlus smartphones are known to have great components under the hood and the OnePlus 7 Pro is no exception. The OnePlus 7 Pro is blazingly fast and it's all thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor. The flagship level processor is coupled with 6/8 or 12 GB of RAM and comes with different storage options. We tested the 12GB RAM variant and it exceeded our expectations way too much. We ran a simple Geekbench 4 test and our review unit scored 3509 in the single-core test while it scored a very impressive 11130 score in the multi-core test. That's the fastest Android smartphone we've tested this year and is probably the only device that comes close to the iPhone XS Max's performance. © MensXP While gaming, you can run games like PUBG Mobile on the highest settings and there is no frame rate drop according to our Gamebench test. The smartphone also comes with new Haptic Vibration that amplifies your experience while playing games. The heat management is also up to the mark as the OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with a 10-layer Liquid Cooling system. The OnePlus 7 Pro also has a RAM boost mode which basically means that it will allocate remaining RAM to memory intensive applications such as First Person Shooter games. This means you will be able to load games faster thanks to the new mode in combination with the new UFS 3.0 type of storage. UFS 3.0 is probably the fastest form of storage that basically means it can read and write files at a much faster pace than any other smartphone out there. Overall, the performance of the smartphone was outstanding and it is by far the smoothest Android smartphone we've used till date. This is also partly because of OnePlus' Oxygen OS skin that is bloat-free and comes with new features. Cameras © MensXP In terms of photography, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple camera setup at the back where the primary sensor is a Sony IMX586 48-MP sensor that has an aperture of f/1.6 and pixel size of up to 1.6 μm. The sensor has both OIS and EIS. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16 MP, f/2.2, with a 117° field of view. The third is an 8 MP, f/2.4, a telephoto sensor with 3x zoom. Now that you know the camera specifications, we were left quite disappointed with the camera performance on the OnePlus 7 Pro. Don't get us wrong, it can do a fair job of taking pictures but overall the quality of images felt underwhelming. The portrait images were not accurate at blurring the edges of our subject while there was no noticeable difference taking images with NightScape. The smartphone does a decent job of taking good images in good lighting conditions but did not perform as expected in the darker environments. Images would turn out to be very warm and sometimes lack the detail that one looks for in pictures. Some images were also overly saturated even when we tried our best to turn the levels down. Overall, the imaging on the OnePlus 7 Pro needs a lot of work and tweaking at the moment as most images simply look too soft. We hope a future update could fix these issues in the near future. © MensXP The biggest change on the OnePlus 7 Pro is the placement of the selfie camera. Since it is a pop-up selfie camera, it comes out from the top of the smartphone each time you switch modes or when you need to unlock using facial recognition. While testing, the pop-up selfie camera would take less than a second to arise and around the same time to go back down. The selfie camera has a 16 MP, f/2.0 sensor that is more than enough for taking simple selfies. The pop-up camera works just like it does on the Vivo V15 Pro and other smartphones that have a similar feature. Here are some camera samples for your reference: Battery Life The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh battery that performs well if you know what you are doing. For example, if you are using your display with 90Hz refresh rate and at QHD+ resolution, your battery life will fall considerably. You can turn down the refresh rate or the resolution in order to conserve battery life. Having said that, when you have turned down either one of the options, you can expect an average of 5 hours and 30 minutes of screen-on-time with around 20 percent left. If you tweak either the refresh rate or the resolution, expect the screen on time to fall considerably faster. Having said that, we used the OnePlus 7 Pro extensively for navigation, playing memory and GPU intensive games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt and a lot of internet browsing. The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with the company's new Warp Charge 30 adapter with basically is the same charger that came with the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T. It increases your charging speed by 38% and we saw our smartphone go from 10% to 69% in less than 20 minutes. Software © MensXP When it comes to the software, I would buy a OnePlus smartphone just for Oxygen OS. It is by far the cleanest and most stable skin you find on a smartphone apart from Pixel smartphones. It offers almost a pure Android experience without any bloat or add-ons. This time around OnePlus has added new features such as Zen Mode. It basically lets users turn off almost all features of the smartphone apart from receiving phone calls. It is the company's effort for better smartphone management and digital wellbeing. The feature cuts access to the smartphone for a period of 20 minutes so that you can tackle smartphone addiction in a better manner. It cannot be cancelled once you start Zen Mode and lock all the apps until 20 minutes elapses. You can also use Google's native Digital Wellbeing feature to track your habits and the amount of time you spend on certain applications. The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with a gaming mode where it mutes notifications and let you toggle custom settings such as disabling automatic brightness. Within the gaming mode, you also get a new Fnatic mode which basically takes these settings to the next level. It basically blocks all notifications apart from low battery notification, alarm and timer. It also fine tunes the processor to give gaming priority and disable the secondary SIM to give priority to the Primary SIM card for better signal strength. You will need to enable the gaming mode first in order to switch on the Fnatic mode. The Final Say There's no other smartphone that can perform as well as this beast, has a crisp display that offers vivid colours and gives great battery performance if you know what you are doing. Having said that, if you love to take pictures, the OnePlus 7 Pro still needs to improve a lot, especially because of the price tag. When you charge almost flagship level prices, the camera performance has to be up there as well in order to justify a recommendation. Having said that, the performance outweighs the camera performance for us as there's no other Android smartphone that can match up to the OnePlus 7 Pro at the moment. If you want a premium smartphone that can last long, perform well while gaming and take decent pictures, the OnePlus 7 pro is for you.
  24. University level athlete Infinite Tucker not only has the most heroic name in the global sports fraternity, but also has the superpowers to back it up. Participating in the 400m hurdles final at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Track and Field Championships in the United States of America, Tucker instantly became a social media hit when he channelled his inner Superman just inches away from the finish line. Finding himself to be neck to neck with a fellow athlete while the finish line approached, dedicated to win the race, Tucker launched himself into the air, clearing the line in the most uncanny yet badass manner. When Miller-Uibo “dove” (fell) to beat Felix a couple years back, I was on the radio for an hour or so explaining to people why diving is likely not a good finishing tactic. Thankfully Infinite Tucker wasn't listening. #bestnameever pic.twitter.com/JR0VhZyBq3 — Jason Kerr (@kerrjason) May 12, 2019 Once the race was over and people lauded Tucker's dramatic finish, the athlete let out the secret as to why he decided to jump over the finish line this way: Comments from Infinite Tucker on his diving victory in the SEC 400m hurdles. pic.twitter.com/PhCOb2ozzO — Texas A&M Track and Field (@aggietrk) May 12, 2019 The athlete who saw Tucker take the leap while running besides him, Robert Grant, on the contrary, was not at all pleased with the way the race came to an end, yet managed to show his displeasure while not gathering too much attention: "If I say what I thought on this camera, microphone right now, Coach (Pat) Henry would kick me off the team." he said after the race. The jumping clip quickly became a social media meme source and Twitter of course had things to say: He went full Superman! @aggietrk's Infinite Tucker goes ALL OUT for the gold. #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/gEr05kdPd9 — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 12, 2019 I wish I was as dedicated to anything as Infinite Tucker is to crossing the finish line first. pic.twitter.com/DgEoPvJwHZ — Clara Goodwin (@5NEWSClara) May 12, 2019 This is how you finish a race! Check out Infinite Tucker from Texas A&M winning the 400 hurdles at the 2019 SEC Championship this weekend. The video is pretty impressive if you look it up. Never give up or jog across the finish line in a race. ð pic.twitter.com/KzAEdq9o2M — C-C Cross Country (@CCCSDxc) May 12, 2019
  25. Have you ever wondered how sparkling wine is brewed? Or how Rosé could be different from Red Wine? Ever thought about what it's like to go to wine tastings and experience different wines, fresh from the barrels? How long do you reckon would it take to get drunk on these little sips of wine that you keep taking every 5 minutes? I got to experience exactly that last week. © MensXP/Simran Arora Grover Zampa Vineyards unveiled a new centre for wine tastings and sales at their winery in Bangalore last week, and I got to visit them and experience wine tasting for the first time. © MensXP/Simran Arora From my experience, the tour was very different from how I had imagined it. I mean, I had pictured the tasting bit right, but not the endless but breathtaking vineyards or the ginormous stainless steel barrels that take up most of the space, of what would normally be an average seating hall with the height of two floors. © MensXP/Simran Arora And barrels that give the aesthetics of vintage films I'd seen growing up. © MensXP/Simran Arora There were also enormous sorting machines and crushing machines imported from countries like Germany, promising maximum efficiency in the initial stages of berry sorting and crushing, all the factors that are necessary for the production of good wine. © MensXP/Simran Arora The tour guide informed us that the harvesting time is crucial in determining the kind of wine it'll produce. For example, berries picked from old vines that aren't ripe yet, make for the most premium of vines if aged properly, while the ripest of berries make for a good dessert wine batch. © MensXP/Simran Arora A dessert wine is a kind of sweet wine usually paired with desserts, but a good sommelier ( a wine waiter/steward) will tell you that the high sugar content in a dessert wine comes from the ripe berries and can sometimes go up to 133 grams per litre, which as a number can be intimidating and I agree. However, at the right temperature in Summer evenings, it could be a refreshing sip and also a wonderful choice to get initiated with, if you want to start exploring wines because it's easy to get adjusted to it and even enjoy the drink. © MensXP/Simran Arora In a masterclass with Sonal Holland, she pressed on the importance of pairing dessert wines with anything and everything that isn't sweet because the dessert wine, in all its glory, has been quite underestimated. The Vendanges Tardives (my favourite amongst the lot) a new launch of Grover Zampa Vineyards, is a sweet wine. There is a long-standing analogy of the similar taste notes of dessert wines and gulab jamun, but unlike gulab jamun, the Vendanges Tardives doesn't stay put on the palate and it clears itself, as Sonal Holland notably pointed out. The dry wines take an experienced palate to appreciate, and while you may brush this off quickly, because I too consume wine occasionally and feel I know it all, a brand of wine like La Reserve Royale Brut, which is fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months at a go and has intricate notes of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche, can only be dissected to the T by an experienced connoisseur. On the palate, the wine is elegant and you can see tiny persistent bubbles when you swirl it in your glass, something that Sonal Holland made us notice. In all honesty, after learning the minute details, I started to put more emphasis on my sips. But here's how I learned to sniff wine: you near the cup to your nose and sniff with the utmost concentration and then finally take a tiny sip that has to be gargled and taken in. The interesting part is that you can even sniff wine through its cork. Checking things like acidity also has a similar process of swirling it around the glass and gargling but also has the addition of leaning forward and checking for a tingling sensation at the back of your throat which signifies acidity. And here's an interesting thing I learnt from Sonal Holland's masterclass: acidity to white wine is like cheese to pizza. A fellow Sommelier, Kriti Malhotra talked about how in the workshops that she conducts, she likes to take her attendees to a world of familiarity to explore the unfamiliar notes of the wine. For example, she said, "a wine high on MLF, also known as a malolactic conversion, would have an aroma akin to your mother boiling milk in the kitchen". It would also have a "buttery taste" which on careful observation of more than three sips, I could sense and very excitedly confirmed that it did, in fact, have a milky tinge to it. Similarly, notes of citrus are sometimes mingled with vanilla and the barrel of wine it is aged in, in this wine's case, it was Oakwood. Finally, we were made to taste the Grover Zampa's most premium label 'Insignia', which is fermented in French oak barrels for 24 months which is equivalent to the ageing of average champagne production, this intensifies the richness of Shiraz grapes from a single vineyard. Insignia is a dry wine that leaves a trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper that blends into a smooth finish. A wine like that is made to be aged even after being bought and needs someone well-initiated to appreciate its nuances, which is probably why I think if I would've had a developed palate like the connoisseurs around me, I would've learned to appreciate it better. And that's the thing about wine in general, while it's not everyone's cup of tea, I've learned that in order to enjoy a good glass of wine, you need it to be at the right temperature, you need an experienced palate and a couple of swirls before taking a sip. And those are exactly all the things I'm beginning to enjoy after this illuminating experience.
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