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  1. There's a lot of things you can compare roads with, but honestly, I never thought 'cheeks' would be one of them. But, Madhya Pradesh minister PC Sharma is getting a little creative - and a lot creepy - while talking about the road repairs in the state. Basically, he said the roads in Bhopal would soon be 'chakachak, just like Hema Malini's cheeks'. Yep, this is real. You know what he thinks the roads look like right now? Apparently, the roads have spots similar to small-pox, like "(BJP general secretary) Kailash Vijayvargiya's cheeks". © Twitter What is his obsession with 'cheeks'? And, I wouldn't want to be Kailash Vijayvargiya right now, tbh. While talking to reporters yesterday, he said, "Under the leadership of Public Works minister Sajjan Vermaji and directives of chief minister Kamal Nathji, the roads would be repaired in 15 days. They will be made 'Chakachak', like Hema Malini's cheeks in 15 to 20 days." Obviously, the 'cheeky' comment is a little unsettling and it would've been weird if it wasn't called out. But, people didn't disappoint, of course. Yep, for sure. As Hema Malini turns 71 today, her cheeks are still figuring in day's headline with politicians considering them as standard parameter for good roads Dream Girl, who has done over 150 movies and is now an MP seems to hv strange fan base among lawmakers.https://t.co/Y6DjVTaTBn — Ashish Kedia (@kediashish) October 16, 2019 That person needs to be fired. "Expressing concern over bad condition of roads, the state law minister said the roads have spots similar to smallpox, like "(BJP gen sec) Kailash Vijayvargiya's cheeks." Who is this Minister's speechwriter? Also, #HappyBirthdayHemaMalini. We're sorry.https://t.co/FFrmrMGS50 — Maanvi (@Maanvi2501) October 16, 2019 Umm. Looks like Hema Malini's cheeks so smooth ð — marcopolo ð®ð³ (@shahtalai) October 11, 2019 Not in good taste. Irrespective of the party he represents such remarks are deplorable Roads in MP are like Vijayvargiya cheeks, will make them like Hema Malini's cheeks: State Min https://t.co/gYgthf4I6x pic.twitter.com/rG3pvVDLWk — Diganta Guha (@diganta_guha) October 15, 2019
  2. Cricketers marrying actors and cricketers turning into actors are two developments which keep making headlines every year in this country. However, it is not every year we read about big names from the Indian Cricket team leaving the ball and bat to face the camera and put on the actor's hat themselves. The latest cricketers, well, veteran players, who were bitten by the acting bug are Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh who will soon be making their debut in Tamil cinema. © Instagram In a surprising turn of events, the two announcements came back to back and surprised and shocked fans in equal measure. Irfan Pathan will be joining the cast of Chiyaan Vikram 58 and Harbhajan Singh will be seen in Dikkiloona . @harbhajan_singh joins @iamsanthanam 's #Dikkiloona All the best team!#HarbhajanJoinsDikkiloona @karthikyogitw @sinish_s @SoldiersFactory @EzhumalaiyanT @proyuvraaj @gobeatroute pic.twitter.com/Vr2XsQami6 — Tamilcinemaupdates (@Tamilcinemaupd5) October 14, 2019 New venture,new challenge looking forward to it @AjayGnanamuthu @iamarunviswa @7screenstudio @arrahman @Lalit_SevenScr #ChiyaanVikram58 @sooriaruna @proyuvraaj @LokeshJey@VishalSaroee pic.twitter.com/yZ99OZyJrl — Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 14, 2019 Chiyaan Vikram 58 will be directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu who has previously also directed critically-acclaimed crime thrillers Demonte Colony and Imaikka Nodigal . Along with Irfan, Kannada actress Srinidhi Shetty of KGF fame will also probably be seen in the movie. Not much is known about the story line yet but Irfan will most probably be seen playing the antagonist. View this post on Instagram Ye hawa humesha saath rahi hay, jab khelte the tab gend ko kat to thi or ab;) pic : @alokutsav Outfit : @tubazafir #shoot #work #commentry A post shared by Irfan Pathan (@irfanpathan_official) on Oct 16, 2019 at 4:36am PDT Dikkiloona is reportedly going to be a sci-fi movie. The term 'Dikkiloona' traces back its origin to the movie Gentleman, where it was coined by the hit duo of Goundamani and Senthil. Actor Santhanam will be playing a triple action role in this film and Harbhajan's role is yet to be revealed. The fans of the cricketers are surprised and excited to see what's in store for them. We are very excited about this collaboration with @harbhajan_singh Welcome aboard𤩠ðpodra vediyeaaað ðAdra sixreaaaaaað#Dikkiloona #HarbhajanJoinsDikkiloona @iamsanthanam @karthikyogitw @sinish_s @SoldiersFactory @santhanam24_7 @SanthanamTrends @sathishmsk pic.twitter.com/cPFp13lDbr — KSSFC (@KaranatkaC) October 14, 2019 The man #IrfanPathan who performed with bat and ballð is all set to perform in front of camera.... "Irfan Pathan" has been roped in for #ChiyaanVikram58.... Irfy fans super excitedð¥......CVF fans ????@IrfanPathan pic.twitter.com/d27uVSTkOQ — IRFAN PATHAN FAN CLUB (@IrfanPathan_786) October 14, 2019 Cricketer #IrfanPathan in #ChiyaanVikram58....CVF fans Excited?? Retweet if u are Excitedð¥....@IrfanPathan pic.twitter.com/6hyCz4ZKNu — IRFAN PATHAN FAN CLUB (@IrfanPathan_786) October 14, 2019 While it is probably a conscious decision they have taken for their second innings, it is still going to be quite a surprise to see them act in Tamil movies. Are you excited to see them leave people clean-bowled with their acting talent?
  3. Mercedes has an extensive portfolio in India, with something or the other for people across all ages, across budgets, and across segments. Ideally, this should allow them to offer something or the other to car enthusiasts who are looking to make their first Mercedes purchase or their loyal customers who are looking for something a bit different. © Daimler Keeping both of these groups in mind, Mercedes just launched a toned-down version of their iconic G Wagon, called the G 350d, and it seems that this is going to be one cracker of an SUV from the German automaker, at least as far as India is concerned. © Daimler Here are 5 reasons that make the new G 350d a very cleverly packaged SUV for the Indian market: 1. The New Engine © Daimler The G 350d comes equipped with the all-new Euro 6d TEMP engine, which with its straight-six configuration, is capable of producing 286 horsepower and a maximum torque of 600 Nm. Now, this may not seem that impressive considering that its a G- Wagon and some may even say that the SUV is underpowered, but the upshot is, that for the first time, we are getting a G-Wagon that is capable of averaging an impressive 10+ kilometres to the litre. 2. The Torque © Daimler The straight-six engine may not be that impressive when it comes to downright power, but it surely is one of the torque-iest ones on the Indian market. What that means is that, you can actually take this car off road, and by off road, we mean well off the road. Mercedes claims that the high-torquing engine, along with G-Wagon's 4Matic All-Wheel Drive system, and the differential locks for the front and rear axle along with central differential, allows the G 350d to easily climb up a 45-degree incline, without breaking a sweat. Try doing that with anyone of the other SUVs on the market today, and you'll get a sense why that's actually an impressive feat. 3. The Interiors © Daimler The interiors of the G 350d are quintessential Mercedes, with the MBUX infotainment system taking the centre stage. Other than the plethora of premium materials that the G 350d will be bequeathed with as standard, potential customers will also be able to get their cars customised to their heart's extent. If you've ever been in the G63 AMG, you will note that the interiors aren't all that different. You're still getting a spacious cabin, that will allow you to be cocooned in luxury and comfort, even if you decide to drive this behemoth through a swamp. Of course, you don't get as much carbon fibre as you would have liked, but you do get other premium materials such as brushed aluminium, and wood trimmings, along with Nappa leather. 4. The Transmission © Daimler The G 350d gets Mercedes' 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission, which is managed by software that is specific to this car. This, combined with Mercedes' patent transfer box ensure that no matter what the surface or driving conditions, gear changes will be immediate. That allows the G 350d to hit 100 kmph from a standstill in just 8 secs. That's impressive, for an SUV that weighs over 2.5 tons. 5. The Price © Daimler Now, this is where things get a little wonky for the G 350d. At Rs 1.5 crores ex-showroom, a diesel car like this is expensive. You also have to consider that this is a non-AMG model, which, again is a fist for India. And at this price point, it is way more expensive than its competitors, like the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Land Cruiser LC or even the Range Rover Sport. At the same time though, the Wrangler and the Toyota don't hold a candle to the G-Wagon, and the Range Rover has been due for an update since ages, so we don't exactly know what it will be priced at when it finally gets one. © Daimler This makes the Mercedes G 350d take a rather unique position in the Indian luxury SUV market. Does this play well into Mercedes' long-time strategy for the Indian market where it has had a stronghold for over 5 years running now? Only time will tell.
  4. We were probably in third or fourth grade when Archie comics got its Indian avatar in the form of KJO drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Anjali and Rahul instantly became friendship goals for us and Tina became everyone's crush. Also, wearing that 'cool' around our neck was a 'thing' . Believe it or not, it's been 21 years since it happened to us and naturally everyone has been talking about KKHH today on social media. View this post on Instagram Firsts are always special! The cast, crew, music & the heart & soul of this film was all in the right placeâ¤ï¸ Thank you for making this journey a timeless one even after 21yrs! #21YearsOfClassicKKHH @iamsrk @kajol #RaniMukerji @beingsalmankhan @apoorva1972 @DharmaMovies A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 15, 2019 at 8:45pm PDT So, while I was casually listening to KKHH album in the morning ever since I spotted the trend online, I also stumbled across a few BTS videos from the time it was shot and boy, it is pure gold to watch them now! Also, last year KJO threw light on how certain scenes were shot and where were they shot. Besides, there were a few deleted scenes as well that was like a child finding a hidden toy. Pure joy watching the parts which didn't make it to the final cut. Not many people know but Salman's role was in fact first offered to Saif Ali Khan and Rani's role was rejected by many actresses including Raveena Tandon and Twinkle Khanna. We're glad the movie turned out the way it did because it wouldn't have been the iconic movie of love and friendship without any of these ingredients.
  5. Xiaomi's annual update to the Redmi Note series is here, and this time it's the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. These phones were launched in China last month and they've now arrived in India at incredibly affordable prices. Here's everything that you need to know about them - Redmi Note 8 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla First off, we have the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the successor to the Redmi Note 7 Pro with a lot of meaningful upgrades. It sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ panel with a waterdrop-style notch. Internally, it's powered by the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor, making it the first phone to be powered by this particular processor in India. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also has a 4,500mAh battery with support for 18W charging. And yes, it still has the 3.5mm headphone jack and has a USB Type-C port. © Twitter/ Manu Kumar Jain The Redmi Note 8 Pro is also touted to have really good cameras and Xiaomi has been raving about it on social media too. It sports a quad-camera setup which includes a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, which is the same one that's found on the Realme XT as well. Other sensors include an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and another 2MP depth sensor. The phone comes with a bunch of camera features, making it a very versatile shooter. On the front, it packs a 20MP sefie shooter. Redmi Note 8 Next up, we have the Redmi Note 8, the successor to last year's Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 8 may not sound as exciting as the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but it's also looking like an incredibly good phone for the price. It sports a 6.3-inch display with Corning's Gorilla Glass protection and a waterdrop-style notch. © Xiaomi It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This one also packs a generous 4,000mAh battery, which means battery life shouldn't be an issue whatsoever. In terms of the optics, the Redmi Note 8 also sports a quad-camera setup, but it lacks the Samsung GW1 64MP sensor. Instead, it has a 48MP primary sensor. The rest of the sensors are the same as the ones on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. On the front, the Redmi Note 8 sports a 13MP selfie shooter. Pricing And Availability Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India at a starting price of Rs 14,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 15,999. There's also a 8GB + 128GB variant that's priced at Rs 17,999. It'll be available in three beautiful colors i.e Halo White, Shadow Black and Gamma Green starting October 21 exclusively throughout Amazon and mi.com. The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 9,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 12,999. This phone will also be available exclusively via Amazon and mi.com starting October 21.
  6. People adore Vijay Deverakonda, the OG Arjun Reddy. Not just for his acting but also for his stellar sense of dressing. In fact, his airport looks have been a point of major inspiration for men. Recently, for an airport look, Vijay decided to wear an intriguing outfit. He wore a plain white t-shirt with a long grey shrug and paired it with loose joggers. Rounding off his look was a hat. While Vijay Deverakonda is better known for his beard, he was seen in a clean-shaven look this time. And even this interesting combination was surprisingly working in his favour. Take a look: © Instagram/Viral Bhayani The thing about Vijay is that his versatile style keeps evolving. Earlier this year, he was spotted wearing a pair of Gucci sliders worth 45k that people couldn't stop talking about. Another time, he wore tie-up pants that looked like modern lungis. In fact, Vijay's joggers also remind us of the loose pants Ranveer Singh wore recently. When it comes to his films, Vijay Deverakonda is set for the release of his film, Meeku Maatrama Chepta this week on October 18, 2019 which is probably why we're seeing a couple of on-point outfits by him. Considering how experimental Vijay Deverakonda is, we can't wait to see his next airport look.
  7. Grooming below the belt has always been a grey area for most men, no matter how much we tell them that they should. And when they finally decide that they too should try manscaping, they're often dissuaded by the rumoured messiness or how complex the process is. © iStock It's not actually. Here are a few easy ways to make your, and the entire process of trimming or shaving your pubes a breeze: 1. First Things First © iStock A proper manscaping routine is time-consuming, and you won't be going it every day, or every week, even. So, whenever you do go for it, make sure you have enough time and are comfortable. Put on some music if you feel like, it's perfectly okay. But most importantly, sit down. 2. Trim, Don't Shave © iStock Going bare is something that you should avoid. Not only does it look super unnatural, it feels very weird as well. Also, because your groin is one of the sweatiest parts of your body, a cut or a knick can cause some really nasty issues. Also, shaving down there causes irritation no matter what you do. Imagine you're sitting at a meeting, and you suddenly get this inhumanely-insane itch down there. Good luck dealing with it. It's better if you just trim, instead of going bare. 3. Use A Different Trimmer © iStock Use separate trimmers (or razors) for your pubes. Do we really need to explain why you shouldn't use the trimmer or razors that you use for your face, on your groin? We will just give you the pointers here - bacteria, gross, and finally, a big ewww…get the hint yet? 4. Moisturise © iStock Moisturising is always good for the skin. That's just a fact. Even when you trim down there, chances are, your skin gets a little dry. If for some reason you do shave down there, imagine how dry the skin gets there, once you shave. Take care of moisturising, after you are done taking care of business down there. Use a healthy dose of body moisturiser after you take a bath. Use a generic body lotion, some moisturising cream or even coconut oil. It may feel weird at first, but trust us, you are doing yourself a big favour. 5. Take A Bath Before & After © iStock You should always start with a bath, and finish off the process with a bath. The initial bath softens everything up and makes your life and your trimmer's work much easier. Do remember to wipe yourself dry with a towel, first. The second shower is just to wash away all the stray hairs from your legs, and those odd places. The second shower also lets you know if you've cut yourself somewhere, or have caused a burn or something like that. 6. Keep Some Aftershave Handy © iStock Whether you shave or trim, keep some aftershave handy. In fact, we suggest that you use it, no matter what. The aftershave not only adds a good fragrance into the mix, but it also takes care of knicks and trimmer burns. The aftershave also acts as a good disinfectant. And also, the tingly feeling that you get down there? That's magic you haven't witnessed yet. 7. Take Care Of The Neighbourhood © iStock While you are at it, take the trimmer over to your inner thighs, your butt, and the perineum. And because some of these places are a little harder to reach, take your time when you're dealing with them, and make yourself comfortable. Also, don't hesitate to tug or pull stuff up, to make the skin taut and smooth. Proper manscaping may be a time-consuming process, but trust us, it's worth it.
  8. Sometimes, being nice is mistaken for being weak and that one can only be assertive if they're arrogant or obnoxious. That's why, when hierarchies are created in work structures, it's an autopilot belief that you have to be a certain way to display that order of hierarchy. Most people, though, choose to show their superiority through being a little unkind and maybe get a reputation for that. Now, one may do that to assert a position of power or because he or she believes that's the only way to function in an official space but according to research, that doesn't get us too far in life. © Star India While there are disagreements everywhere, a popular research says that showing kindness can make you a better leader in any sphere. So, we suppose it's time to bring in kindness into our workspaces and ditch the age-old arrogance. Researchers at the University of Oxford recently analysed hundreds of published papers, that studied the coexisting relationship between kindness and happiness. They found 21 studies that proved that being kind to others makes people happier. And another study conducted at Warwick Parallel, proved that the work done by happy people is 12 per cent more productive than those done by unhappy people. Well, who knew finding happiness, even remotely so, was that simple? But in a lot of ways, being kind in workplaces also improves leadership skills and makes you a respectful leader. Here are 3 ways of how being kind can help you enhance your leadership skills: (1) Appreciating Others Is A Big Factor Being kind means you appreciate others success at work and appreciate the effort they put into it. Appreciation goes a long way for a hard-working colleague. If you feel someone's done the job well, go out of your way to show kindness and appreciation, so that the encouragement makes them do even better. Everyone needs that little push and if can appreciate someone's well-put effort, you're already on the path of becoming a good leader. © Gettyimages (2) You Connect With Others Easily People usually remember those who go that extra mile and show kindness. Making connections for finding newer projects or representations is important and if you do it through amiability and kindness, people definitely remember you for that. Sometimes, when there's heavy disagreement during networking or a connect, it can definitely find a middle ground if kindness is directly impactful towards that certain connection. Kindness is basically gaining the perception of someone else and agreeing with it, whether they're in agreement with your point or not. This definitely bestows the mark of a leader in the making. © Shutterstock (3) Create A Trusting Relationships A true leader should know how to correct the mistakes of others through kindness and by not being harsh. If an employee is not meeting his or her expectations, a corrective conversation should be in order. But in most cases, a corrective conversation is barely in the realms of kindness. It's more authoritative with a tinge of disappointment. But a true leader is one who expresses kindness and a sincere desire to help his or her employee out, to build a stronger relationship based on trust, with the people they work with. © Yash raj Films There is a lot of information out there on how to become better leaders and on basic leadership skills. You can mug up the textbook information available on the internet but if you fail to represent the first responsibility as a leader, which is to care about the success of others and build better relationships, through kindness, then there is no scope for you in any form of leadership at all, whether at work, or in life.
  9. Apple's iMessage service, as we all know, is what has been keeping iOS users glued together and making them stick to the Apple ecosystem. Like, seriously. It's insane to think how a messaging service is making people remain loyal to an OS. Well, it looks like Google is finally ready to lock horns with Apple. Yes, Google is bringing its version of iMessage to Android. Users in the UK and France with Android phones will be able to opt into the new texting service called 'Chat'. © Reuters The concept of 'Chat' and 'RCS' protocol on which Chat itself is based on, is more complex than you can imagine. But in simple terms, Android Chat can be seen as an easier way to text. Much like iMessage, users will be able to see read receipts and ellipsis symbols when people type, and more. You'll also be able to send and receive high-resolution images and videos, and it all happens through either cellular data or Wi-Fi. It's going to be great, and we really can't wait for the service to expand to more countries and eventually make its way to India too. © Reuters We're not entirely sure how messaging platforms like WhatsApp and others will react to the arrival of Chat on Android. After all, this new texting service has the potential to steal the show from WhatsApp and others. But we think it's still too early to tell how it'll be received across different parts of the world. Google, in case you didn't know, has been working on an Android version of iMessage for a long time now. In fact, RCS was created all the way back in 2007 to replace SMS, but sadly the carriers didn't really show a lot of interest at that time. Now let's hope things work out in favour of Google and we finally have an iMessage equivalent on Android.
  10. Apple's iMessage service, as we all know, is what has been keeping iOS users glued together and making them stick to the Apple ecosystem. Like, seriously. It's insane to think how a messaging service is making people remain loyal to an OS. Well, it looks like Google is finally ready to lock horns with Apple. Yes, Google is bringing its version of iMessage to Android. Users in the UK and France with Android phones will be able to opt into the new texting service called 'Chat'. © Reuters The concept of 'Chat' and 'RCS' protocol on which Chat itself is based on, is more complex than you can imagine. But in simple terms, Android Chat can be seen as an easier way to text. Much like iMessage, users will be able to see read receipts and ellipsis symbols when people type, and more. You'll also be able to send and receive high-resolution images and videos, and it all happens through either cellular data or Wi-Fi. It's going to be great, and we really can't wait for the service to expand to more countries and eventually make its way to India too. © Reuters We're not entirely sure how messaging platforms like WhatsApp and others will react to the arrival of Chat on Android. After all, this new texting service has the potential to steal the show from WhatsApp and others. But we think it's still too early to tell how it'll be received across different parts of the world. Google, in case you didn't know, has been working on an Android version of iMessage for a long time now. In fact, RCS was created all the way back in 2007 to replace SMS, but sadly the carriers didn't really show a lot of interest at that time. Now let's hope things work out in favour of Google and we finally have an iMessage equivalent on Android.
  11. As a child, I've always dreamt of appliances that I could control with a remote; simply because I am lazy and don't want to get up to switch off my lights or fans. Now that IoT devices are becoming more affordable, we now have smart bulbs that don't cost a bomb. Xiaomi is one of those companies that makes a smart bulb that costs a fraction of whatever else is available to buy. Xiaomi already makes Air Purifiers, LED strips and now has brought the 'Mi Smart Bulb' to India via crowdfunding. It costs Rs 999 for people who choose to back the product while the retail price could be anywhere between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500. Other companies such as Philips and Wipro do make similar products but are not as aggressively priced as Xiaomi's offering. © Xiaomi Unlike Phillips Hue smart lights, the Mi Smart Bulb does not require a bridge to operate. It connects directly to your Wifi and can be controlled from either the Mi Home app or the Yeelight app. You can use the app to customise the different moods for your room straight from your smartphone, as long as there is an internet connection. Setting it up is quite rudimentary and easy as you will have to first switch on and off the bulb five times. The bulb will then light up with rainbow colours signifying that is ready to pair with your smartphone. You then need to open the Mi Home app, find the bulb and pair the two devices. © Xiaomi Please note, the Mi Smart Bulb uses an E27 base which means you need to screw in the bulb into your lamp. If you own an older lamp with a B22 base, you can buy the converter from any local electrical shop. I hooked up the Mi Smart Bulb with one of my floor lamps and my bedside lamp with automated schedule and custom scenes. While watching a movie, I could simply change the mood to a preset from the app that is apt for movie viewing. Similarly, the Mi Smart Bulb can produce up to 16 million colours. You can set any colour you want as it uses 4 Red, 4 Green, 2 Blue and 12 White LEDs and adjust the intensity of the light according to your preference from the Mi Home app. © MensXP Now, about that childhood dream of mine of not wanting to get up to switch on or off my lamp; the Mi Home app gives you the option to schedule the on or off timings. You can even turn it off manually from your phone but it's just easier to have a schedule in place. For example, both my floor lamp and the bedside lamp are scheduled to switch on at 6:30 PM every day. You can also assign a specific colour or scene in the same schedule. There are 9 preset scenes you can choose from but my go-to scene is the “Warm Home” scene. It gives a bright yellow hue that almost matched with other bulbs in the house. The intensity is slightly brighter by default which can be adjusted from the Mi Home app. Similarly, both smart bulbs are also scheduled to go off at midnight, the time everyone in the house is either in bed or is already asleep. If you want to be even lazier, you can even hook the smart bulbs with Google Assistant or Alexa and control it by using the virtual assistants. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Bulb is probably the most affordable and easiest way to make your room smart. Currently, it is the cheapest option to buy and works flawlessly with Xiaomi's Mi Home ecosystem. For Rs 999, it is by far the best option in the market right now and you can keep expanding your setup to make your entire home smart. The only drawback is the E27 base, however, you can always buy the converter to make it work with all your older lamp bases.
  12. As a child, I've always dreamt of appliances that I could control with a remote; simply because I am lazy and don't want to get up to switch off my lights or fans. Now that IoT devices are becoming more affordable, we now have smart bulbs that don't cost a bomb. Xiaomi is one of those companies that makes a smart bulb that costs a fraction of whatever else is available to buy. Xiaomi already makes Air Purifiers, LED strips and now has brought the 'Mi Smart Bulb' to India via crowdfunding. It costs Rs 999 for people who choose to back the product while the retail price could be anywhere between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500. Other companies such as Philips and Wipro do make similar products but are not as aggressively priced as Xiaomi's offering. © Xiaomi Unlike Phillips Hue smart lights, the Mi Smart Bulb does not require a bridge to operate. It connects directly to your Wifi and can be controlled from either the Mi Home app or the Yeelight app. You can use the app to customise the different moods for your room straight from your smartphone, as long as there is an internet connection. Setting it up is quite rudimentary and easy as you will have to first switch on and off the bulb five times. The bulb will then light up with rainbow colours signifying that is ready to pair with your smartphone. You then need to open the Mi Home app, find the bulb and pair the two devices. © Xiaomi Please note, the Mi Smart Bulb uses an E27 base which means you need to screw in the bulb into your lamp. If you own an older lamp with a B22 base, you can buy the converter from any local electrical shop. I hooked up the Mi Smart Bulb with one of my floor lamps and my bedside lamp with automated schedule and custom scenes. While watching a movie, I could simply change the mood to a preset from the app that is apt for movie viewing. Similarly, the Mi Smart Bulb can produce up to 16 million colours. You can set any colour you want as it uses 4 Red, 4 Green, 2 Blue and 12 White LEDs and adjust the intensity of the light according to your preference from the Mi Home app. © MensXP Now, about that childhood dream of mine of not wanting to get up to switch on or off my lamp; the Mi Home app gives you the option to schedule the on or off timings. You can even turn it off manually from your phone but it's just easier to have a schedule in place. For example, both my floor lamp and the bedside lamp are scheduled to switch on at 6:30 PM every day. You can also assign a specific colour or scene in the same schedule. There are 9 preset scenes you can choose from but my go-to scene is the “Warm Home” scene. It gives a bright yellow hue that almost matched with other bulbs in the house. The intensity is slightly brighter by default which can be adjusted from the Mi Home app. Similarly, both smart bulbs are also scheduled to go off at midnight, the time everyone in the house is either in bed or is already asleep. If you want to be even lazier, you can even hook the smart bulbs with Google Assistant or Alexa and control it by using the virtual assistants. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Bulb is probably the most affordable and easiest way to make your room smart. Currently, it is the cheapest option to buy and works flawlessly with Xiaomi's Mi Home ecosystem. For Rs 999, it is by far the best option in the market right now and you can keep expanding your setup to make your entire home smart. The only drawback is the E27 base, however, you can always buy the converter to make it work with all your older lamp bases.
  13. What do you wear to office? ANSWER: Wear what you want, but don't make it boring. If your corporate guidelines are relaxed, here's how you can make your workwear fun.
  14. Parenting ain't no easy job, especially when you have to raise an extremely demanding tech-savvy generation like today. Father's Day is tomorrow and a pat on the back or a phone call can go a long way. Meaning, if you haven't already thought of a few gifts for your dad, it's probably about time. Luckily, we're here to help you out. There are a ton of things you could get your tech-savvy dad, and we've compiled a list of latest options for you. These gadgets are among our favourites and very utilitarian: 1. Google Home Mini: © Google The Google Home Mini has a lot of uses, but it's also one of our favourite white noise machines. Just have him say "Hey Google, play rain sounds" or "white noise" or "fan sounds." There's a whole list of relaxing sounds any Google Assistant speaker can make. Digital assistants have gotten extremely smart and with a habit, you can tune them exactly as you want. In the long run, they indeed help you organise daily tasks and voice commands eliminate quite a few manual interactions. Lastly, the Mini is a classic speaker. Feeling even more generous? Bundle along a yearly YouTube Music subscription for him! From Flipkart 2. Fitbit Versa Lite: © YouTube If you thought a weighing machine was a good idea for your dad, then perhaps a fitness tracker makes even more sense. Don't just taunt him about gaining weight, help him burn the extra fat! The Fitbit Versa Lite is a perfect combination of a tracker and smartwatch. It has up to five days of battery life, elegant design, punchy display, and an accurate Fitbit OS tracking system. With the heart rate scanner, ensure you stay healthy every step of the day. Lastly, it can run some nifty apps that are helpful on the go and it doesn't cost as much as an Apple Watch. From Amazon.in 3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: © YouTube The design has remained unchanged for years and that's because it's perfect as it is. Rather than a trendy glass built delicate gadget, the Kindle is an evergreen option for those who love to read. With month-long battery life, there's no stopping. The new Kindle Paperwhite offers something crucial in this day and age: a break from our smartphones, laptops, and TVs. After a hectic day of work, you want to be away from a screen. And, thanks to the e-ink technology, the Kindle never strains your eyes. What's more? Bundle along a Kindle Unlimited membership! From Amazon.in 4. Sony WH-1000XM3: © Sony The Sony WH1000XM3 headphones have been hailed over the past few months as having the best noise-cancellation out there. But the headphones don't stop at offering great noise cancellation -- they also sound absolutely awesome, offering great low-end, well-tuned mids, and a ton of detail in the high-end. The Bluetooth enabled earphones supports LDAC that allows one to enjoy high-resolution audio than conventional earphones. If you're in the middle of an intense music session when you suddenly you need to talk to someone around you, placing your hand on the housing will turn down the volume automatically! Oh, and it has 30 hours of battery life. From Amazon.in 5. Mi Air Purifier 2S: © Xiaomi The Air Purifier 2S packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. The addition of a small OLED display makes operations very convenient. Air pollution in India is here to stay for a long time, about time we start considering its long term effects and prepare accordingly. From Amazon.in 6. Fossil Sport Smartwatch: © YouTube The Fitbit is built with health and fitness as its primary selling point, the Fossil, on the other hand, is a fashion accessory. Sure, it has all the required health features like heart rate scanning, Google Fit, and even untethered GPS. But, it goes a step forward with its design and customizability options. It's compatible with Android and iOS as well as fit all 22mm straps. You can also customize the dial to match your mood or personalize select watch faces with your favourite Facebook or Instagram photos. From Amazon.in
  15. You know what's more important than the way you dress, how you speak, the confidence you exude and the personality you carry? It's how you make a first impression on someone and that overtakes anything and everything you're trying to be or are. Making a first impression on an autopilot has to be good, duh, but that's not entirely your thing to decide. What I mean is, first impression is usually decided by a crowd around you or the person you're meeting for the first time and once that impression is made, you can't really change it, because no one really believes in second chances when it comes to first impressions. In fact, you might have heard the saying 'first impressions are last impression' and there is a lot of truth in that. © Eros International Making a first impression on a girl you're meeting for the first time is equally important. That's because if you're really in to her or meeting her for the first time, you really want to crank it up a bit and be the best version of yourself but you don't want to over-do it. You want to remain calm and subtle, ambitious and confident and someone she'll gel with easily. Here are 3 important things to keep a check on if you wish to make a good first impression in front of a woman you really like. (1) Stand Tall Well, literally and figuratively. By this I mean, don't stand in front of her with a hunched back because that denotes lack of confidence and dullness and you certainly don't want to give out those vibes. Correct your posture, stand tall and talk with extreme confidence when you do talk to her. Don't be over-confident. That's a really big turn off. Just be yourself and don't look down and talk to her. Look in to her eyes and make conversation, talk loud enough for her to hear you clearly and don't act cocky, boast or show off. She's on a lookout to spot these things in you and if she does, you're out bro. Just stand tall! © Pinterest (2) Don't Focus On Yourself Too Much I know it's a tough situation at times, especially when you're an introvert and you have to deal with anxiety every time you meet someone new. But the key is to not focus on making yourself comfortable as much as making the other person comfortable because when you make the other person feel comfortable, you automatically calm down because you both are calm and are within good energy together. The energy YOU HAVE created! By shifting your concern on someone else you shift focus on the knee deep anxiety that was making a home in you, while you were trying to make a good first impression. © Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd (3) Be Good At Small Talk Of course if you meet her for the first time, you wouldn't divulge personal information, neither would you ask her to do the same. This is where small talk really comes in handy. If you start making small talk, you might catch her interest over something and then maybe you can start talking about that very topic. Small talk plays a crucial role in connecting with other people. Just keep the conversation flowing and unless you've stalked her before hand, ask her questions every now and then, through the small talk to get to know her better, before eventually making the conversation a bit more personal. © Eros Entertainment There are obviously other things you need to keep in mind to make a good first impression. For instance, always keep smiling, be on time and don't make the other person wait, be comfortable in your clothing, have an introduction prepared, don't ask too many personal questions in one go or talk shop all the time and most importantly, breath! If you follow through with these plus the important ones mentioned above, there is no way you can make a bad impression on her, or anyone else ever.
  16. If there was an award for someone who, even at the age of 62, can nail any silhouette, trend or prints right, it has to be the ageless actor Anil Kapoor. This actor defies age with his suave style and gives us enough reasons to look 'Jhakaas'. He recently caught our attention and we couldn't help but notice the way he layers his outfit each time. Get set to embrace the season with an assortment of outerwear styles that are sure to look great in your summer wardrobe. Let these pictures do the talking! 1. Who would have thought that donning a navy blue blazer with breeches could look so damn good? Thanks to Anil Kapoor for making a good case so we revive the way we wear our kurtas. © Instagram, Anil Kapoor 2. Whether you wish to round off a street style look or crack the casual code, a shacket layered over a basic white tee and black pants will serve you best, courtesy Anil Kapoor. © Instagram, Abhilasha Devnani 3. Lately, waist coats are having a moment and we are absolutely stunned by the way Anil Kapoor has injected a perfect dose of monochrome to his debonair. It's nothing less than a dream, tbh. © Instagram, Abhilasha Devnani 4. Elevate the way you wear your bomber jackets. Check how Anil Kapoor wears the street style essential with a polo t-shirt, faded jeans and black trainers. © Instagram, Abhilasha Devnani 5. An oversized hoodie is your safe bet to wear in summers and Anil Kapoor has literally earned his style creds, layering this checkered version over a black blazer. So droolin'. © Instagram, Anil Kapoor 6. When your formal shoes become a tad bit boring to pair with your double-breasted blazer, get inspired by Anil Kapoor's statement-making Chelsea boots to head straight from boardroom to bar. © Instagram, Abhilasha Devnani
  17. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again secured the nation's throne with a thumping victory, as BJP single-handedly won more than 300 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. World leaders like US President Donald Trump conveyed his wishes over the phone and tweeted, “India is lucky to have him”. While some people are ecstatic about Modi's victory and are celebrating it the right way, some of his supporters are demanding that tech companies to immediately make the 'Lotus' emoji. Wow! © Reuters Yes, BJP supporters have decided to raise their voice on social media and are asking big names like Google, Apple, WhatsApp, and even Twitter to release a 'Lotus' emoji, which they can use to celebrate the party's historic victory and show their support. Dear @Apple & @WhatsApp We Indians want to see “lotus” symbol in emojis please - as soon as possible - its symbol of purity and today @BJP4India with its lotus symbol has purified #India from dynastic rule of @INCIndia (Like & RT to support please ðð») #ModiPhirSe — The Ordinary Indian (@i_m_tomorrow) May 23, 2019 This isn't the only tweet asking for a Lotus emoji, There are a ton of other users who are going crazy across different platforms demanding a 'Lotus' emoji. While we agree that there's no 'Lotus' emoji on Android or iOS at the moment, and we understand the enthusiasm, it's worth pointing out that it's not that easy to make and release an emoji. There's a huge procedure that needs to be followed for getting an emoji released for public use. It has to go through the Unicode Consortium, which approves reviews and approves only about 50-100 new emojis every year. Well, let's just wait and see if these companies can make it happen and how.
  18. 'Game of Thrones' is finally over and has left us with disappointing plotlines and character arcs from Season 8. I believe that's more disappointing than the entire show wrapping up, and that really says something about how the show completely tanked towards the end. While most people do believe it did crash and burn, a lot of fans have salvaged some good parts of the show to reminisce over in a future without 'GoT'. But the point is that there is a way to get absolute closure from the show, the kinda closure you couldn't get but always wanted and that can only happen if you keep the good parts with you, always and forever. It's like therapy, really. © HBO So, in order to forget things like how the hell did Arya randomly attack the Night King or where the f**k did Drogon take Dany's body, we have a compilation of some iconic moments from 'GoT' Season 8 instead. Have a look at these, and let the torment of ambiguity go. It's about time, man. Here are 28 most memorable moments from 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, which make up for the drastic downfall of the show towards the end: (1) When Jon and Daenerys walk into Winterfell, looking all important and knowing, just like how Robert Baratheon walked into Winterfell when he came there 8 seasons ago! © HBO (2) When Jon and Bran meet each other after umm... 8 years and Jon is super excited to see him and Bran is...well Bran. © HBO (3)When Arya sneaks up behind Jon at Godswood, telling us she's good at doing that and may do it again in episode 3 with the Night King. And Jon hugs her believing she's still an innocent little kid. © HBO (4) When Jon rode the dragon named after his actual father! (5) When Jon finally learned the truth about his lineage, which was a pretty useless piece of information in hindsight, because nothing really came of it in the end. © HBO (6) When Jaime and Bran locked eyes when they first saw each other and Jaime was like 'oh no'. (7) When Theon and Sansa became best friends and would have probably become lovers if Theon didn't act so stupidly towards the end. (8) When Ary and Gendry decided to get... ahem, up-close & personal because they thought they were gonna die soon enough. © HBO (9) When Lyanna and Jorah shared a cousin moment together, wishing each other goodwill with pride. © HBO (10) When Podrik surprised us all and sang a beautiful song called 'Jenny Of Oldstones' and we wonder if that's what he did at the brothel too, when the brothel workers refused to take money from him. (11) When Jaime knighted Brienne and we were all like 'awwww'. (12) When Melisandre literally lit the fire, for the big war. Especially for the Dothraki. © HBO (13) When the Dothraki disappeared in precisely 30 seconds after the fire was lit for them. © HBO (14) When Lyanna Mormont plucked the giant zombie's eyeball out before she went down. (15) When Sansa and Tyrion shared a moment with each other while everyone else was trying to save their lives. The season is otherwise rushed, but here they are talking, taking their sweet time rekindling crap from the past. © HBO (16) When Melisandre comes back and reminds Arya what she's going to do. But Arya just does half of what Melisandre predicts, really. Whose green eyes was she supposed to shut? © HBO (17) Also, when Arya defeats the Night King. Yeah, well, for some people this moment was quite awesome. (18) When Jaime and Brienne finally hook up, post-war. (19) When Tyrion and Jaime have that extremely emo talk and Tyrion tells Jaime the escape plan for him and Cersei. © HBO (20) When Dany actually looked like a dragon. Woah. (21) When The Hound and Arya have that brief moment before he leaves to fight The Mountain, and Arya thanks him and calls him by his first name for the first time ever. © HBO (22) When the Cleganebowl finally takes place. © HBO (23)When we actually heard a dragon cry for the first time after losing his mother. Okay, this was the saddest scene ever actually. (24) When Jon bids his family goodbye, even though he can stay at King's Landing, now that the unsullied have left. You really know nothing, Snow. © HBO (26) When Brienne pens down Jaime's good deeds. The memes on this scene have actually killed how awesome it actually is! © HBO (27) When Jon finally meets good boi Ghost and all is fine with the world again. (28) When Jon disappears with the wildlings, deep into the forest, way beyond The Wall, knowing he's absolutely war-free. You now do nothing, Jon Snow. © HBO
  19. Despite participating in the tournament since its advent in 1975, New Zealand are yet to lift the coveted trophy. But, under the leadership of Brendon McCullum, the Kiwis came mighty close to clinching the World Cup title in 2015, but a seven-wicket loss at the hands of Australia left them heartbroken. Irrespective of their previous failings, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand has been in good form and are still one of the top contenders for the World Cup title this year. Their 15-man squad is comprised of proven match-winners who are more than capable of powering them to the all-important final of the ICC spectacle. In Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the Kiwis have a deadly seam-bowling combination that is potent enough to trouble opposition batsmen on the seaming surfaces of England & Wales. The spin-bowling department is bolstered with the presence of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi - a duo that has proved its mettle in the past. © Reuters When it comes to the batting line-up, Martin Guptill is an obvious choice for the opening slot, while the likes of Colin Munro and Tom Latham could be seen fighting for the other spot at the top. Captain Williamson is a preferred option at No. 3 and the availability of experienced Ross Taylor is likely to bring stability to their middle-order. The Kiwis have also included three all-rounders - Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham and Munro - whose presence doesn't just bolster their batting, but also add teeth to the bowling department. In the last edition, Guptill was the leading run-getter for the Kiwis with 547 runs, including two hundreds and a fifty, in nine matches. On the other hand, Boult was their leading wicket-taker with 22 scalps and an impressive economy of under 5 in nine matches. Going into the mega event, Williamson will need to rally his troops and ensure they click as a unit when they begin their campaign against Sri Lanka on 1st June at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.
  20. You probably know by now, from the nonstop conversations around you, that you're supposed to prep your skin before going out in the sun. UV rays can be really tough on our skin, but you probably didn't know that your skin needs protection indoors as well. Evolving research finds that the new keyword for the grooming regime is blue light, which is the harmful radiation emitted from all of our digital screens like phones, cameras, tablets, computers, and more. There are negative effects of the blue light on our sleep and skin too. We check our phones on an average of 150 times a day and clock up more than 10 hours of screen time daily. This means we are getting significantly more blue light exposure than we get from the sun alone. © Getty Images Skin damage caused by HEV light may be as harmful as the damage caused by UVA and UVB light combined. It does not generate the redness and inflammation triggered by UVB and UVA, but like UVA, blue light may be another silent, long-term ageing wavelength. Blue light has the highest energy wavelength, which can penetrate deep into the skin and damage even the innermost skin layer. © Getty Images How Does Blue Light (HEV) Damage The Skin? The Blue HEV light has exposed the harsh reality that we are all exposed to some form of HEV light every day and our skin is under attack, even when we are indoors. Computer monitors, flat screen televisions, mobile phones with flat screens, energy efficient cool white daylight or full spectrum lights, reflective surfaces like snow, concrete, sand, water, and glass or even sitting near car windows, provide constant exposure to the damaging effects of HEV light. Research indicates that the blue light triggers cell oxidation and damages proteins in the human skin. What's worse is that long-term exposure to concentrated blue light energy can cause skin damage, including colour changes (think; dark spots and hyperpigmentation), inflammation (redness), developing fine lines and wrinkles. Considering the humongous amount of time, your skin is exposed to the screen, you can imagine how fast your skin is ageing. © Getty Images How To Punch Back The Blue Light (HEV) Damage? The good news is that there are measures you can take to protect your skin and lessen the damage that HEV- blue light can inflict. © Getty Images · Use a full tablespoon of organic sunscreen with protection from UVA and UVB rays on your face and reapply at least every two to three hours even when you are indoors. · Load up on antioxidants; whether in your skin care routine or diet. They help fight free radical damage to your body cells. · Dim the light on your phone and computer screen to lessen the impact of the blue light, or apply a blue light filter, but this is not guaranteed to prevent damage. So, pack your sunscreen into your work bag! The new rules of sunscreen will guard your skin against the blue light. Remember to protect your skin every day- yes, it's the new swag, to use sunscreen indoors. Author Bio: The author of this article, Mr Rahul Aggarwal is the CEO of Organic Harvest.
  21. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has time and again proved that he is a stellar actor. This time, his brother Shamas, who is also his manager, is trying his hand at direction and Nawaz is playing the lead role in his directorial debut, 'Bole Chudiyan'. Mouni Roy has been paired opposite Nawaz in the film. The makers have now released the first looks of the characters. Nawaz will be seen playing the role of Mouni's passionate lover. It's an unusual pairing indeed and it will be interesting to see how they create a spark on the big screen. In one of the posters, Nawaz can be seen standing against the wall and it seems like he is in deep thought, pondering over something, and Mouni is seen peeping from behind a door and has an intense expression on her face. Mouni, in a short span of time, has conquered Bollywood. Nawaz had earlier tweeted that he would be sharing the screen space with her. “I am really excited to work with the very beautiful and talented @roymouni Hope to spread some fragrance of romance on screen #BoleChudiyan@woodpeckermovi1 @ShamasSiddiqui @zaverikiran9 #RajeshBhatia.” The film goes on floors in June. Check out the look posters here: © Woodpecker Movies © Woodpecker Movies In an interview with Bombay Times, Mouni said that she is excited to work with Nawazuddin, adding that he is immensely talented and she feels that doing a film with him would be a great learning process for her. On the other hand, Nawaz had said that Mouni has untapped potential and that she is open to experimenting with her roles, which is why she is a perfect fit for the character. Nawaz will be also seen in 'Sacred Games 2' while Mouni has 'Brahmastra' in her kitty. Are you excited to see the two of them together on the big screen?
  22. It seems like Huawei is losing access to almost everything that makes a smartphone tick, including losing access to ARM-licensed chip designs, Intel Chipsets for laptops, Google's Android License and now SD associations' license to use SD Card slots. The list on the organisation's website silently removed Huawei's name and this development will impact the Chinese company's future use of the license. The Chinese company has been under pressure as companies in the US are cutting ties with Huawei. The latest addition to the list is SD Association, which basically licenses out standards for using SD card slots in devices. Huawei will not be able to make products that use SD Card slots any longer which include products like Smartphones and laptops. SD Card slots are still a popular way to expand the storage on smartphones and use it as a flash storage option on laptops. This new development essentially cripples future Huawei smartphones and even Honor devices that are launched with lower internal storage in order to keep pricing low. © YouTube Having said that, Huawei has been prepared as the company already developed its own nanoSD or NM card technology. Huawei made this move when ZTE faced a similar debacle, however, it will still have a huge impact on Huawei. In order to overcome this problem, Huawei will have to increase the production of nanoSD cards and drop the price to make it more affordable for customers. © BCCL Huawei may be able to counter this issue for now, however, the company has much bigger problems in its hands. Huawei has also lost ARM support which means the company cannot make its own processors as it does not have access to the license. Huawei can find itself out of the smartphone business if these tensions are not resolved sooner. Source: Slashgear
  23. It has been a harrowing week for Chinese company Huawei since it was included in the entity list by the US Government. This basically means that American companies cannot do business with the Chinese tech giant without prior approval from the Government. In the wake of this decision, companies like Qualcomm, Intel, ARM, Google have all revoked access for licenses and acquiring of components. Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone company in the world and with losing access from American companies for key components and licenses, it is essentially a death sentence for the company. Here's a list of companies that won't be doing any business with Huawei at least until things are resolved: ARM © ARM ARM is by far the biggest blow to the Chinese company as the company severed ties as of yesterday. Huawei can build its own operating system and acquire other components from non-American companies; however, without a license from ARM, Huawei cannot manufacture their own chipsets. ARM basically design the chips and then license them out to companies for manufacturing. Their designs are used on Laptops, Smartphones, IoT products and wearables. These designs are used by companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and previously Huawei. HiSilicon, Huawei's SoC subsidiary has been using ARM-based chipsets for a while and losing access to the license essentially means that Huawei cannot make processors. Since the company has also lost access to Qualcomm, Huawei will not be able to deliver a smartphone. Having said that, there are other alternatives such as sourcing chipsets from non-American companies such as MediaTek and Samsung. Qualcomm and Intel © BCCL Qualcomm and Intel both provide components to Huawei that essentially powered various products such as laptops and mobile phones. Intel provides server chips and processor for Huawei's laptop line which essentially renders future Huawei laptops useless. Qualcomm, on the other hand, provides modems and other processors that power other products. Since Huawei makes its own chipsets, Qualcomm's impact was less prominent yet still crucial. Even though Huawei has been stockpiling chipsets for future use, sooner or later the company will run out unless the conflict is resolved by then. Broadcom and Xilinx have also announced they are suspending sales of products to Huawei as well. Western Digital and Micron Technology Like any other smartphone, it needs memory to store data and Huawei smartphones used Western Digital and Micron Technology as their suppliers. Micron Technology makes memory chips that are used in smartphones. As of now, the company has also revoked access to the Chinese company. Huawei will not be able to source storage chips from American companies as of now; however, it can source similar components from Samsung. Android © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Google has also revoked Huawei's Android license as a move to be compliant with the US Government's ban. The company will be able to provide updates for current Huawei smartphones for the next three months but it doesn't help the situation. Huawei is already working on its own operating system based on Google's AOSP (Android Open Source Project), platform. How it will work depends on the final build and whether it will be rolled out globally. Huawei has said that the new operating system will be compatible with Android apps and is scheduled for release later this fall. SD Association © SD Association The latest organisation to boot Huawei is the SD association which means Huawei is no longer allowed to make any products with SD or microSD slots. This will affect Huawei's smartphone and laptop lines as the SD Association develops and authorises the use of standards for SD storage. The list on the organisation's website silently removed Huawei's name from the list. Suspensions of Orders Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator has suspended the sale of Huawei's Mate 20X (5G) on its website for the time. The smartphone was listed on Vodafone's UK website and the suspension could possibly extend to other regions as well. Even the Microsoft store pulled Huawei's MateBook X Pro's listing from its website. In fact, a basic search for any Huawei product on Microsoft's digital store comes up with no results.
  24. There was a time (not so long ago) when men could only choose between boxers or briefs while shopping for underwear. This decision is not as straightforward as it first appears, as each style comes with its own distinct set of pros and cons. However, times have changed, and the stylish gentleman can now enjoy the best features of both boxers and briefs in one style - the boxer brief! As such, if you're still set in your ways when it comes to the contents of your underwear drawer, here are five reasons why you should be making the switch to boxer briefs ASAP! Reason 1: To Get That Much-Needed Support © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment The best briefs for men are popular for being supremely supportive, keeping everything in place without the hassle of excess fabric bunching up underneath your trousers. Boxer briefs match their snug fit, providing ample support and ensuring total comfort for your manhood even if you're on the move all day long. Additionally, they offer greater coverage, which makes them all the more suitable for the more modest gentleman. Reason 2: To Get Just The Right Amount Of Coverage © Shutterstock If you're someone who doesn't usually wear formal trousers of slim-fit jeans, boxers are probably your preferred choice. Not only do they offer breathability, they're also far less revealing than any other style. However, all that extra room comes at a price, because even the best boxers for men have a tendency to bunch up or ride up annoyingly. Boxer briefs, on the other hand, preserve your modesty in a more close-fitting manner, so there's no need to constantly adjust and align them! Reason 3: To Enjoy Unmatched Functionality © Pexels What do you look for when you are underwear shopping? Some tend to go for support, while others prioritise comfort and breathability. The best underwear for men offers all that and much more, shielding your privates from public view while keeping them comfortable all day long. As an added bonus, the extra fabric between your thighs also plays an important role in avoiding any unpleasant rubbing or chafing! Reason 4: To Appreciate Unparalleled Versatility © Pixabay You have different outfits that you wear for different occasions, which would look incredibly out of place if you mixed them up. For example, you wouldn't wear your finest sherwani to work, or wear a suit to the gym, right? However, their multiple virtues make boxer briefs the go-to underwear style for a variety of situations. From gym gear to formal clothes (and everything in between), you can't go wrong with boxer briefs! Reason 5: To Enhance Your Own Appeal © Wikimedia Commons Your body type plays a crucial role in deciding the best underwear style for you, which is why boxers briefs are such a smart fashion choice. The best boxer briefs for men are universally flattering, lending your appearance the modesty of boxers, and the snug fit of the briefs. They're a great choice for men who want to flaunt their well-toned legs, while those who want to hide their extra weight can also take advantage of the slimming effect provided by dark-hued boxer briefs.
  25. Once considered to be just a temporary fix unless one got a 'real job', bartending has evolved into a full-blown profession in India, so much so, that skilled barmen from all over the country are competing among themselves to see who the best in the business it. Scotch brand Monkey Shoulder decided to bring together some of the most talented and skilled bartenders to lock horns in a multi-level 'Ultimate Bartender Championship' for their fourth straight season in the country with the second leg of the contest taking place at AMPM, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon on Tuesday. The idea behind the competition is to help these professionals get better at what they can do and also have a little bit of exposure beyond the bar counter as well. After gruelling levels of testing the various aspects that make a great barman, 20 finalists will be selected from the major metropolitan cities with the ultimate winner getting the chance to perform at the London Cocktail Week in October. The highest-scorer from North region, Akhilesh Sheoran working with Together At 12th – Le Meridien, Gurgaon commented saying, “Bartending is a passion for me, and I am very excited to be competing at the globally recognized event.” © Top Scorer from Gurgaon - Akhilesh Sheoran with Pankaj Balachandran Brand Ambassador for Monkey Shoulder We caught up with one of the leading bartenders of the country and the Indian brand ambassador of Monkey Shoulder, Pankaj Balachandran on the contest and what it takes to be successful in this highly creative, innovative and competitive industry: “The culture of bartending in India is growing at a very fast rate. In the last 10 years of my professional career as a bartender, I have travelled a lot of European and South Asian countries and I can confidently say that in the next five to ten years, India will be the leading destination for the cocktail industry and every brand in the world has their eyes on India. It is a good time to be in the bar industry in India.” “I think bartending is the best job if you have the passion for it. While a lot of people think that it is an easy job, I am here to tell you that it isn't. You have to work for a minimum of 10-12 hours, and you have so much prep work to do.” “You are working on the ingredients, you are serving the customers, you are regularly cleaning up your space and then, of course, you are preparing the drinks as well. So, basically, while making delicious cocktails, a bartender also works as a chef, a server and also the housekeeping.” “If you have the passion for it, the sky 's the limit for you. I have this personal hashtag, #SqueezeLimeAndTravelTheWorld, and that is essentially what bartending is to me.” View this post on Instagram The bottle is not big .. we just shrunk after that epic guest shift ! What an absolute pleasure sharing the stage with @karthikbarlife ! To more such evenings and more such cocktails ! Bengaluru you were amazing as always ! . . #cocktails #guestshifts #cocktailprogram #bartakeover #bartender #bar #drinks #cocktailsforyou #cocktails #monkey #monkeyshouldercocktail #monkeyshoulderambassador #ambadassador #badass #shift #crazy #bestbar #ambassadorlife #travellingjob #squeezelimeandtraveltheworld A post shared by Pankaj Balachandran (@isaynegroni) on Apr 12, 2019 at 11:54pm PDT “When I joined this industry, my whole family was against this decision of mine. My parents said things like 'Oh! You are going to become a cleaner or a cook' because the profession was new and people did not respect the waiters or bartenders back then but the situation has changed drastically in the last 10 years. I have seen people who went to good colleges, who used to earn good money and had 'real jobs' leave everything and join bartending.” “When I started off as a Management Trainee at the Taj, I began with a pay slip worth 15 grand but that has changed. Good bartenders are now pulling massive salaries like 1.5 - 2 lakh per month, which is amazing! It almost feels as if they were hired by Google or NASA.” “The biggest lesson that I can give to aspiring bartenders out there is to stay humble and be open to learning throughout your life. A lot of barmen, if they do well in such competitions, feel like they deserve a salary double of what they used to earn and feel like they know everything and this is where they get stagnant in their career.” “Money will come but the limes still need to be squeezed.”
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