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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. '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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.”
  14. Keeping up with the latest accessory trends can be quite a task, and we're with you. Luckily, this season, the fashion trends have changed for the better and paying attention to details can now prove incredibly rewarding. Get ready to ditch your beaded wristbands and woven belts for these accessories that are all set to maximise your style. 1. Silver Cufflinks © Pexels Dear men, stop bringing out your age-old pocket squares to go with your suits. It's time to take a detour from 'boring' by adding a pair of silver cufflinks to crank up your attire. Understated, and thus subtly charming, these cufflinks will go with almost all colours of your shirts. To show you how confident I am about this tip, feel free to put the blame on me if it doesn't work. 2. Baseball Cap © Twitter Considering how quickly sporty styles have invaded most wardrobes, why not give baseball caps a chance to preen your look? These round brimmed version in muted tones with subtle branding might be just the push you need to go from 'meh' to 'dayum'. The trick here is to dovetail the trend with all your off-duty ensembles and fully commit to it. 3. Waist Bag © Trademe.co.nz You may not think much of your girlfriend's precious little sling bag, but it might just turn out to be a vital part of your vacay. An option that's inexpensive, a waist bag (not a fanny pack) is a good enough approach for you to set a new high. Also, the fact that it easily stocks your stuff as you head out doesn't hurt. The best part? It's not too beyond your comfort zone, and you no longer need your GF for it. 4. A Reversible Belt © Esquire A sartorial deviation from everyday wear belts to an option that doesn't wear down your budget, reversible belts have come a long way. It stands by virtue of its nature to suit any outfit. No more fretting about the shirts or tees you have in your wardrobe. Be it teal, burgundy or salmon pink, this belt type does a good deed for all. 5. Vintage Eyeglasses © Haircutinspiration Splurging on eyeglasses is not a decision made lightly, especially when, thanks to the digital world, there's a style or two for every face type. We've had our eye on vintage eyeglasses that are, besides being unapologetically fashionable, a fail-proof way to enhance your routine attire.
  15. There is a new trend that Instagram fitness gurus seem to be really embracing right now: Outrightly bashing cardio. Now it's because either they have little to no knowledge of training or they want to speak against the norm for the sake of grabbing attention. If your goal is to look aesthetically pleasing, you want to have muscle and lose fat as well. When both these things are nailed down, you get that physique you have always wanted. There was this study in 2012 that studied exactly the same. They took some men who wanted to lose fat and split them into three groups: 1. Group A did only cardio 2. Group B did only weight training 3. Group C did weight training and some cardio The study was done over the course of 8 months and this is what the research found: 1. The cardio group lost the most amount of weight. Along with this group, the weight training and cardio group also lost a similar amount of weight. © Getty Images With this, we can say that doing just cardio or doing a combination of weight training and cardio is good to lose weight. Cardio is the common factor here in training styles. 2. The weight training group did not lose as much weight but they built some lean muscle mass over the course of the study. The group that did weight training and cardio also gained some lean muscle mass over the course of the study. With this, we can say that doing weight training or doing a combination of weight training and cardio is good for gaining muscle. Weight training is the common factor in this case. Looking at this, you probably may think that if you want to gain muscle, you just need to do weight training and if you want to lose fat, you just need to do tonnes of cardio. Sadly, this is the reality in most gyms. Uneducated trainers who think binary and in a single-dimension approach training this way. Let's look at the benefits of weight training along with muscle building: 1. It improves bone density 2. It reduces sarcopenia or even reverses it 3. It protects your bones and joints 4. It makes you more functional Similarly, the benefits of doing cardio: 1. It improves heart health 2. It improves your endurance 3. It makes you more functional Though there are downsides of doing too much cardio, neglecting it altogether is plain stupid. The key point most people miss out here is 'too much' cardio. © Getty Images Sure, you can get jacked without doing any cardio but how good is that when you climb two floors of stairs and are panting? Oh, and the improved endurance would have a carryover effect to your lifting too. So how much cardio should you do and when should you do it? Typically, these are my recommendations as a coach: When To Do It? Post-workout or outside the gym and away from your weight lifting. This is to ensure you do not deplete your glycogen doing cardio and are fresh enough to do your best when lifting weights. How Much To Do? Depends on the style of cardio you are doing. You can do low-intensity cardio for more time or high-intensity cardio for a shorter time. If you are a beginner or weigh a lot, do low-intensity cardio as that will minimize the risk of injury. Low-intensity cardio - 3 to 4 sessions per week of around 30 minutes. High-intensity cardio - 2 to 3 sessions of 15 to 20 minutes each. So, stop following the cardio-bashers and do some cardio if you want to look aesthetically pleasing. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  16. If you're a talk show fan or a lover of intense yet enlightening celebrity chats, then 'The Late Show With David Letterman' is probably already on your favourite list. For the uninitiated, David Letterman is one of the most famous TV host, producer and writer in America and his show is one of the most successful running conversational shows in TV history. He's interviewed many famed personalities from Barack Obama to George Clooney, and the latest celebrity who is going to spill some beans on his life and career is none other than the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan. View this post on Instagram This Friday, April 6, Dave sits down with JAY-Z. Only on @Netflix. A post shared by David Letterman (@letterman) on Apr 3, 2018 at 6:33am PDT SRK is a self-proclaimed fan of David Letterman and recently flew down to the US to shoot for a special episode with the host. “I've watched David Letterman's late-night talk show for years and I'm a huge fan of his style of interviewing. I'm thrilled and honoured to share my story with him. That this is on Netflix is even more special – I'm working with the team on various projects and it's always been exciting partnering with them”, he said. No more footprints...this is The Abominable Snowman!! Before BatMan & SpiderMan, there is Mr. LetterMan @Letterman Thx for ur generosity. Had 2 much fun being interviewed.Not becos it was about me but becos u were kind enough to make me feel I can be me. U r an inspiration sir. pic.twitter.com/8MkFpWJ0WK — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 17, 2019 This is a wonderful time for Indian cinema stars to put the country on the global map and SRK appearing on this special episode has left his fans feeling way too excited. So so so proud feeling for out baadshah khan. He is pride of our country, keep shining king khan #SRKonLettermanShow pic.twitter.com/CC5cw9ed3O — FATIMA (@SRK_ANU_) May 17, 2019 Presenting our country globally ð SRK we are proud of you #SRKonLettermanShow pic.twitter.com/WzRDv5Zt34 — What's Next ? (@SRK_actor) May 17, 2019 @iamsrk Is a Bollywood Icon- one Of D Most Famous People In D World Nd Also One Richest Actors In D World...ð My LOVEEE @iamsrk â¤#SRKonLettermanShow pic.twitter.com/bruMIb5mdK — Lizaa khan Srk (@Mastani4423509) May 17, 2019 David himself is elated to interview the 'Badshah' and had some warm words to describe the interview, “the best part of this job that Netflix has been happy to provide for me is to meet people. And after each one of these sessions I think to myself, it is a very smart, very lovely person from whom I have learned things. You would maybe be at the top of that list.” View this post on Instagram Even more great conversation is on its way. @iamsrk will sit down with Dave in a new special for @netflix, coming soon. A post shared by David Letterman (@letterman) on May 16, 2019 at 9:30pm PDT This is a new benchmark for Indian celebrities to be on a coveted show like this and Shah Rukh justifies the choice. With over 80 movies in his kitty, he enjoys an enviable amount of global fan following and is probably the most famous Bollywood actor in the world. The special episode will air on Netflix soon.
  17. This article contains heavy spoilers. Proceed with caution! The 5th episode of the World's greatest show aired early morning today and most of us, who need to deduce fair points at the end of the day from it, have already seen it. Well, to be fair it wasn't as bad as the last two episodes, as this one seemed more real and impactful. There were loose ends, of course, but because it was rounding up towards the finale, there were some closure points as well. But alternatively so, the episode lacked a lot of insightful tools we usually look forward to while watching an episode of 'Game of Thrones' and because of that, there were some things that didn't make sense. © HBO Apart from the much-awaited 'Cleganebowl' and the death and destruction in and of King's Landing, everything that was shown was packed in a hurry, like most of this season has been. That's been our only takeaway from most of the episodes in Season 8, which also make us question some major plot-lines and small little logical nuances, missing from the show. For instance, a beautifully narrated story, comes to a drastic end, with little or no effort made towards it. Dany taking over the throne literally fell flat in making a singular impression upon the fans, and that's quite sad. Here are 5 things that didn't make sense in episode 5, season 8 of 'Game of Thrones': (1) Fairly Poor Character Arcs Towards The End The character arcs for certain characters have drastically fallen. What was built on a proper premise with a beautiful storyline, ended with little or no closure whatsoever. For example, Jon's character throughout 'GoT' has been on a rise and he was always shown as someone who will eventually save the day. Right after he was brought back from the dead, till he fought the White Walkers far beyond the wall, his character kept up with pace and adequacy, till it eventually fell flat in season 7. He was practically doing nothing in the last two wars, except sharing some screen-time running about and using his sword sparingly. It was as good as him not being there, which in the books, he really wasn't. He dies in the books, so I am assuming the writers couldn't figure in two years what to actually do with his character, which is partially shameless and mostly callous! © HBO Similarly, Arya's purpose to kill the queen, or Jaime's to fight or save Cersei, was all washed out in vain when the Mad Queen decided to destroy the city, making that the only focus of the entire show, giving their characters little or no purpose towards the end of the most iconic show ever. (2) How Does The Most Important Villain Die Under Dust And Rubble? For almost 7 seasons, we assumed the most important villain was the Night King, up until episode 3 where was he was destroyed, making Cersei the ultimate villain the North would have to face. But no! Cersei barely put up a fight before she died with her lover when the structure crumbled and killed both her and Jaime! I feel it was the most useless death for one of the most important villains in history. Not like we were expecting a grandiose execution or another walk of atonement, but a proper face-off between her and Dany was something that should have naturally happened. Instead, the writers decided to finish off her character crying in the arms of her lover and eventually dying with him. Just didn't go down too well for some of us! © HBO (3) Arya's Entire Build-Up With No Purpose Since season 6, we've been hearing Arya's wish to kill the queen, aka Cersei. She's headed towards King's Landing in season 7, when Hot Pie tells her that the Starks have won back Winterfell from the Boltons. But even so, her eventual goal is to kill the queen. The Red Woman had also predicted she'll shut 'green eyes' and up until now, we thought she'd be killing Cersei. She left Winterfell, with The Hound, for the same purpose, didn't she? So, what happens when she reaches KL? The entire build-up is in vain because Arya's just picking herself up for the next one hour, while Dany is creating havoc in KL. Yes, Arya killed the Night King, so maybe her greater purpose was over and done with, but to keep her alive, not knowing what to do with her character next is quite pointless. If she hasn't exited the show yet, maybe the queen she'd eventually kill is Dany, as Dany has green eyes too and is a threat to the Seven Kingdoms. But the sudden downfall of Arya's character arc was quite disappointing TBH. © HBO (4) The Bigger Purpose For The Battle Was Lost The entire reason Dany was going to fight for the throne was because she was passionate about it, not because she was angry at people in King's Landing, but towards the end, it just seemed like Dany was only causing so much havoc and destruction because she was avenging Missandei's death. The entire plot didn't bank on the build-up over so many years, but was an abrupt decision taken by the Mother of Dragons, and she acted on rage rather than patience and kindness. The same goes for Greyworm, who attacked the Lannister army after the bells were rung, in an absolute rage to avenge his lover's death. Seems like the battle was only this chaotic and destructive because both of them were pissed off about losing Missandei, which defeated the actual, bigger purpose- winning over the civilians of King's Landing with kindness and nothing more, while taking over the throne, simultaneously. © HBO (5) The Dany-Goes-Mad-Arc Was Poorly Handled It seems it was a long-term plan to have Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragon's lose her sh*t in the end. It was always foreshadowed in the show when references were made to her 'Mad' father and somewhere the writers tried to tell us she may meet the same fate. But even so, her character arc was beautifully built. She was constantly portrayed as a folk hero, the 'breaker of chains', the ender of slavery, the kindest ruler to exist, throughout the earlier seasons and it was a slow build up for sure. We only get to see Dany change characters towards the end of season 7. Nay, beginning of season 8 rather, when she finds out Jon is the true heir to the throne. © HBO The character transition was a little too abrupt and poorly handled and didn't give the audience enough time to digest the madness she was turning into. Yes, agreed that her want for the throne made her go absolutely bonkers, but she'd been wanting the throne for far too long. Why was she suddenly shown as absolutely crazy for it, towards the end? The progression could be handled a bit more tastefully. © HBO While I am pretty sure what happens next, because let's face it, the writers have made the plot fairly predictable with their lazy writing, I don't think there's enough time left for complete and absolute closure we've been waiting for since episode 1 of this season! Unless of course, if they surprise us with an episode 7! Well, I am sure that's not happening, so let's just digest this mighty episode and wait for the next one, next week.
  18. Fitness is a growing scene in India and many people have even started taking it seriously as a career choice. There are many good trainers and coaches globally who put evidence-based fitness practices to use and help their audiences. Like everything else, this good comes with a bad side as well. There are trainers who make claims that are more absurd than the Flat Earth theory and make evidence-based practitioners like me want to cry tears of blood. © Getty Images Here are five foolish claims made by gym trainers and gurujis: 1. High Repetitions For Fat Loss & Low Repetitions For Muscle Gain: This is absolutely stupid. Your goal, at any time, should be to gain or maintain strength. Doing high reps with low weights could actually make you lose your gains. Truth – Fat Loss / Cutting is achieved by following a calorie deficit nutrition plan, combined with adequate protein (1.6 g.kg – 2.2 g/kg) and progressive resistance training. 2. Consume Protein Shake Within 30 Minutes Post Workout: This is based on the belief that there is a magical window of opportunity and if you do not drink a protein shake in that, you will lose muscle. Truth – The anabolic window is not so short that one will lose their gains if they postpone their meal after the workout for some time. Especially, when the Pre-Workout meal (rich in protein) was consumed close to the workout. 3. Changing Hormones For Fat Loss: You need to diet in a certain way to control your hormones like insulin, testosterone, and growth hormone to lose fat or build muscle. Truth – It's true that hormones play a role in Fat Loss/ Muscle Gain. But the problem is, we can't do much about it. Changing hormones is complex and can only be done by Doctors who have studied this field for endless years. Instead, fixing our nutrition and lifestyle would be our best bet. 4. Restricting Salt & Condiments For Fat Loss: I cannot tell you how stupid it is that they say this. Stop salt for fat loss or to reduce salt intake. Truth – It's true that sodium contained in Salt causes us to hold water. However, this is purely normal and required by our body to sustain its normal functions. Instead, add them to your diet and make your meals tasty. 5. Shock And Confuse Your Muscles In Every Workout: It is said that your muscles get used to certain exercises and that you need to keep changing exercises to shock your muscle. © Getty Images Truth – Changing training program frequently would not do any good as muscles don't grow in the initial period of starting any new exercise. The real gains come after you start progressing on these exercises after 2-3 weeks. It's this time when your muscles start to grow. Summary – With zero filtration rate in the fitness industry, frauds will prevail in every field. It's the duty of the audience to research about a particular belief multiple times and then follow that advice. Author Bio: A strong believer of the no-nonsense approach when it comes to fitness, Rachit Bir has been fortunate enough to learn from the brightest minds in the industry. A supporter of KAIZEN - Continuous Improvement, he's on a mission to bust and improve the scammed Indian Fitness Industry. For any fitness queries, contact – www.instagram.com/birafit
  19. It wouldn't be wrong to say that every job done well deserves its share of recognition and appreciation. After all, what else would make all that slogging worthwhile. However, talking about rewards that hard work can bring our way, one might find a hundred examples to quote. From monetary to material and appreciative rewards and what not, people have enjoys the fruits of their labour in myriad ways. © Getty Images Yet, never would have the ISC topper from Kolkata, Richa Singh, imagined the reward that awaited her. While most students would be most happy with an award or certificate for their outstanding academic performance, Richa got the best reward by far for standing fourth in the ISC Board exams this year. Richa, the all India fourth position holder, was made the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Kolkata Police for an entire work day yesterday. That was the district's way of showing appreciation for Richa's commendable academic achievements. Congratulations Richa!! Richa Singh, daughter of Insp. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Addl. OC, Gariahat PS, secured the fourth position across India at the ISC Examinations this year. She was felicitated this afternoon by @CPKolkata , Dr. @RajeshKumarIPS for her academic excellence. pic.twitter.com/KIJ8BtCH0S — Kolkata Police (@KolkataPolice) May 8, 2019 A student of G.D. Birla Centre for Education in Kolkata, Richa scored 99.25 per cent in her class 12th board examinations. According to a Times Now report, Richa "occupied" the chair of the Deputy Commissioner (South Eastern Division) of city police from 6 am to 12 noon during the day. © Twitter Daughter of officer-in-charge at Gariahat police station Rajesh Singh, she asked her father to return home early, when she was asked if she had any orders for her father, as she was his “boss” for the day. As for her father, he plans to obey his daughter's order to the T. © Twitter Kudos to Kolkata Police department for coming up with such a thoughtful, fun and unusual way of encouraging and rewarding young minds for their achievements.
  20. It's Mother's Day tomorrow and if you're planning to skip the flowers and box of chocolates this year, then we've got you covered. We've put together a list of some of the coolest tech gift items that you can give your mother this year and make her feel special. Let's take a look: 1. Fitness Trackers © Mi If your mother is planning to step up her fitness game, then you can help her out a bit by gifting her a fitness band. Picking up a fitness tracker is pretty easy these days, as there are a ton of options to choose from. You can get a really good fitness tracker for as little as Rs 1,999. Xiaomi's Mi Band 3, Honor Band 4, Fitbit range fitness bands are some of your options. 2. Smart Speakers © Youtube A mother usually has a lot on her plate. She's mostly the one taking care of chores to keep the house running. Then why not make her life easier by buying her a smart speaker? The Google Home Mini and the Amazon Echo Dot are your best options right now. They're just as good as any other smart speaker and they won't break your bank. Your mom can use it to get step-by-step instructions for a new recipe, organize events, calendar, and more. 3. A Budget Smartphone © MensXP If your mom is due for a smartphone upgrade, then get her a new smartphone. There are a ton of budget phones to pick from and we're sure you'll find a great option for her. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro, for instance, is a great option. It's got a great display, amazing cameras, and it can make it through her day-to-day tasks. Another great alternative is the Realme 3 Pro. It's just as good, if not better. It performs a tad bit better and has a great camera for taking selfies and pictures. 4. Apple iPad Mini (2019 © Youtube Apple's new iPad Mini is undoubtedly one of the best tablets you can buy right now. The refreshed iPad Mini has a lot going for it. It's comfortable to use, it comes with a powerful chipset, supports Apple Pencil, and more. It's a great tablet for viewing content on platforms like Netflix/Youtube/Amazon Prime. It's a really good media device. Not really a gadget, but still a wonderful choice nonetheless: A Netflix Subscription © Pexels If you're planning on gifting her an iPad, then be sure to gift a Netflix subscription too. Like, c' mon, it'll be an awesome gift and it'll keep her entertained.
  21. Google announced a bunch of new hardware and new software updates for products last night at its annual I/OI event in San Francisco. The search engine giant announced the Pixel 3a, The Nest Hub and upcoming Android Q features. Having said that, hardware products are refreshed each year and Google announced something more important than any average person would expect. Google researched are working to train its already competent speech recognition system to understand people with speech impairments. It's a very basic thing nobody would have thought to explore via technology but Google is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve this feat. It's called Project Euphoria and we got to see a preview of what it can possibly do to help people with speech impairments. © Google Having a family member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, Project Euphoria evoked an emotion that not many people can comprehend. Google is currently working with people who have neurological conditions including ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis so that AI can better understand speech patterns. Even though it's in very early stages, we got to see how Project Euphoria can transcribe speech better to help people with speak impairment communicate. © Google There are various ways for people to communicate, for example, transcribing is just one of the ways for someone to communicate. People can even use a keyboard to type out a response or even send commands via Google Assistant without ever speaking. This can be fired up with just a button that connects to Google Assistant. © Google In order to improve speech recognition and prediction, Google is asking everyone from around the world to submit voice samples. This data will be used to improve algorithms that are used by the speech recognition software. “Fundamental AI research which enables new products for people with disabilities is an important way we drive our mission forward,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai onstage. “This will ultimately result in products that work better for all of us. It's the perfect example of what we mean by building a more helpful Google for everyone.” Why Is Project Euphoria Important? © Google Well for the simple reason that it will make the world a more inclusive place. The ability for people suffering from speech impairment to communicate with family members, friends and other people with similar diseases has far more social implications than you can imagine. Disabled people will be able to communicate emotions like laughter, despair, happiness, and even anger that was not possible earlier. It will also benefit people with hearing impairments as they can simply read the transcribed text for communication. This in turn not only makes the lives of disabled people easier, making it more inclusive. It makes people with speech and hearing impairments get more familiar with emotions, feel less conscious about communicating in public and above all else, express feelings that disabled people couldn't do effectively before. To know more about Google's efforts and Project Euphoria, you can watch a short video below that will give you a better idea.
  22. Netflix has been at the forefront of streaming video content for consumers and is actively looking to make the experience even better. At first, the company rolled out 4K and HDR support for many of their originals and now, the company is investing in another experiential feature. © Unsplash Netflix has announced that the company is bringing "studio quality” sound for content on its platform that will enhance the overall experience of a viewer. The company is increasing the audio bitrate up to 640 kbps on devices that support 5.1 surround sound and up to 768 kbps for Dolby Atmos. The audio quality will be adaptive similar to how video quality adjusts according to your internet speed. There is a catch though, the high-quality audio will only be available for Premium Subscribers. © Unsplash According to Netflix, “Our high-quality sound feature is not lossless, but it is perceptually transparent. That means that while the audio is compressed, it is indistinguishable from the original source. Based on internal listening tests, listening test results provided by Dolby, and scientific studies, we determined that for Dolby Digital Plus at and above 640 kbps, the audio coding quality is perceptually transparent. Beyond that, we would be sending you files that have a higher bitrate (and take up more bandwidth) without bringing any additional value to the listening experience.” These changes were inspired by a viewing session with the Duffer Brothers, where they were left unimpressed during a screening of 'Stranger Things' Season 2. Since then, Netflix has improved the bitrate for the show to meet expectations of audiences and the Duffer Brothers.
  23. As the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League moves to the latter half of the tournament, with Kings XI Punjab at the second to last spot in the league's points table, their captain Ravichandran Ashwin continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Comically enough though, everything that the former Indian all-rounder has done in the 2019 season fits perfectly for him, if Ashwin wants to become a part of the pro-wrestling world, whilst becoming a successful in-ring performer. Created A Big Controversy Around Him 25th March 2019 was supposed to be a casual day for the IPL fans who were less than excited for a match between KXIP and Rajasthan Royals when Ashwin did the unthinkable and 'mankaded' Royals' batsman Jos Buttler after being unable to dismiss him by usual means. What made it worse was the fact that Ashwin publicly announced that he was unapologetic about the deed and that he did nothing wrong. Ravi Ashwin's Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But there's another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 Became The Perfect 'Heel' (Made The Audience Hate Him) In the pro-wrestling world, a 'heel' is a character that makes the audience hate himself just to get a negative reaction out of them. Ashwin's attitude and actions during the 12th season have not been too likable. Disrespecting the honour with which the gentleman's game is commonly played got him a lot of flak from the cricket-crazy fans, fellow cricketers and even commentators. While Harsha Bhogle and Shane Warne had a social media spat about his 'mankading', Buttler's teammate, James Anderson showed his protest by shredding Ashwin's picture online. EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttler's controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this week's #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm — Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 Called Himself 'The Best' In The Business Much like some of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE such as Chris Jericho, CM Punk and now even Shane McMahon, Ashwin called himself the best at what he does. “I would like to think that I am right up there and I have been for a long time now. It's my 11th season of the IPL, so I would like to think I have done a fairly good job. I have never shied away from competing with anyone. I am right on top of the pile,” Ashwin said as reported by the Times of India. Got Himself Trolled To Entertain The Fans Finally, the biggest goal of a pro-wrestler is to make the audience have the time of their lives, even if it comes at the cost of making yourself look like a fool. In a match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals, Ashwin tried to 'mankad' Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan but 'Gabbar' was too smart for the Chennai-born and stayed inside the crease when Ashwin tried to dismiss. Later, to the delight of the audience, Dhawan even mocked him the next time he came for a run-up. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019
  24. Despite what the internet might have you believe, being stylish doesn't require you to stay abreast of all the latest fashion trends, or break the bank to keep up with them. The simple truth is that if you're looking to up your style quotient, there are several quicker, easier, and more affordable ways to go about it. Rather than hopping from one trend to another, upgrading what's already in your wardrobe can make quite the difference. Often overlooked in favour of some of the more recognised staples of the male wardrobe, we've put together a list of some underrated fashion upgrades you can make to instantly look more stylish. Whether it's the best underwear for men , the finest men's socks, or other fashionable accessories to embellish your overall appearance, here's what you need to invest in. Upgrade 1: Pull Up Your Socks © Pexels Although this article is all about pulling up your metaphorical socks in terms of your style quotient, we're going to start off by encouraging you to do so quite literally as well! While putting together a stylish outfit, a lot of men commit the fashion faux pas of not paying enough attention to their socks. You can pick out the perfect clothes and the finest shoes, but you'll never feel completely at ease if your socks are too itchy, too loose, or simply too garish (which often ends up being the case). Save yourself the trouble by building up a collection of the best socks for men , allowing you to finish off any ensemble with a final flourish of footwear. The wide range of colours, patterns, and prints out there even affords you the opportunity to move away from your plain old black or white cotton variants, and put your best foot forward! Upgrade 2: Indulge In Some 'Waist' Management © Pexels Even though most men wear one quite often, a belt also happens to be one of the most criminally underused fashion accessories in any man's wardrobe. In fact, most men tend to have just one in their wardrobe at any given time, wearing it everywhere and only bothering to replace it when it's almost falling apart. In reality, a well-chosen belt can even be the literal centerpiece of your outfit. And while owning black and brown leather variants is just the bare minimum, an additional colourful option (preferably in a woven fabric) will offer a more laid-back option, especially if you're going for a relaxed summer vibe. Upgrade 3: Take A 'Brief' Pause To Up Your Innerwear Game © Wikimedia Commons Even though they're meant to be hidden from public viewing, that doesn't give you a free pass to persist with the same old underwear style that you've owned for years. There will always be a more snug fit, a more flattering cut, or a more comfortable fabric that you're missing out on if you don't overhaul your underwear drawer from time to time. That's why investing in some of the newer styles, such as the best boxer briefs for men is a smart fashion upgrade. Even if you want to stay true to the classics, the best briefs for men have moved on from what you're used to, and the newer variants can undoubtedly help up your innerwear game. Upgrade 4: Jazz Up Your Suits © Pixabay Whether you wear it to an important meeting or a wedding (or the same one to both), almost every man's wardrobe includes a smart suit. With every other man wearing the same thing, how can you stand out from the rest? As it happens, it's the small details that make all the difference. Investing in quality accessories like cufflinks, pocket squares, lapel pins, and tie bars can set you apart from the Barney Stinsons of the world. Not only do they speak volumes about your superior sense of style, they even allow you the opportunity to give your suit a personal touch and make it unique.
  25. Vicky Kaushal needs no introduction. His brilliant performance and choice of films work as his business card for him. After proving his mettle to the world, the actor is now all set to take up another challenging role. Kaushal will play legendary freedom fighter and martyr, Sardar Udham Singh in his upcoming biopic. The movie will narrate the story of the revolutionary who assassinated Michael O'Dwyer, who was the Lt. Governor of Punjab when the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place. Instagram Today, the actor shared his first look from the movie where he is seen standing on the streets of St. Petersburg, with a fierce gaze (that can scare the wits out of you) and a scar on his face. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the biopic is expected to release in 2020. As Vicky Kaushal gears up to stun his fans with another stellar performance, here's a look at some of his best movies so far that made us shout 'How's the Josh?' each time we watched him on screen: 1. Uri: The Surgical Strikes The amount of love this movie has received speaks volumes about the brilliant acting of Vicky Kaushal and that of every other actor who was a part of it. After all, there is a reason why 'How's The Josh?' became such a huge thing and almost everyone was using the dialogue. Directed by Aditya Dhar, the film was based on the Indian Army's surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC), as a retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack. RSVP Movies 2. Manmarziyaan Kaushal played the role of a guy named Vicky, a handsome part-time DJ who loses his girlfriend to another guy because of his commitment issues. This movie explained the dynamics of a relationship and love like nothing else. Phantom Films 3. Sanju Vicky Kaushal's character Kamlesh, aka Kamli, wasn't just a supporting character. He was one of the strongest characters in the film and in Sanjay Dutt's life. He stayed with Sanjay Dutt through thick and thin and continued to support him even when the world turned against him. Vicky's flawless performance made all of us feel that both Kamli and Vicky are the kind of friends that every person deserves in their lives. Fox Star Studios 4. Raazi 'Raazi' was owned by Alia Bhatt, but Vicky Kaushal too caught our attention with his portrayal of Iqbal Syed, a commander in the Pakistan army. His struggle of choosing between his feelings for his wife (who was an Indian spy) and his duties towards his country touched all our hearts. Dharma Productions 5. Masaan Vicky made his Bollywood debut with 'Masaan' in 2015 and his performance left even the stalwarts awestruck. Vicky played a boy from the Dom community, whose family works at the cremation ghats. His transition from a young passionate guy in love to someone in immense grief over losing someone was flawless. Phantom Films
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