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  1. BJP West Bengal chapter president Dilip Ghosh. Photo courtesy Orissa PostA senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) on Sunday said that the government is committed to implementing the proposed nationwide National Register of India and announced that the government will send back 10 million Bangladeshi Muslims living in the West Bengal state illegally, Indian media reported. BJP's West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh passed the remarks while addressing a rally in the Indian city of Barasat. Ghosh said that those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are “anti-Bengali and against the idea of India”. He alleged that 10 million illegal Muslims have been "thriving" in West Bengal and taking advantage of the government's Rs2 per kg subsidy on rice. "We will send them back," he announced. "These illegal Bangladeshi Muslims are involved in arsons across the state," Ghosh alleged. The BJP leader said that he did not fear being labelled a communal for supporting the cause of Hindu refugees, who had to run for their life after due to religious persecution. "Those who are opposing the CAA are either anti-India or anti-Bengali. They are against the idea of India that is why they are opposing Hindu refugees getting citizenship," claimed Ghosh. Also read: 2,838 Pakistanis given citizenships by Modi govt in last 6 years, claims Indian minister The BJP leader said his "heart bleed for infiltrators" while taking a jibe at prominent personalities, for opposing the CAA and the proposed nationwide NRC. "What about Hindu refugees? They don't have any answers. This is a double standard," Ghosh asked. India has been rocked by protests against the controversial citizenship law introduced by the Modi-led government at the backend of 2019. For many analysts, the protests have become a major challenge for the Indian government. The law, which offers fast-track citizenship to non-Muslim nationals from three neighbouring countries, is the latest policy instituted by Modi's government that critics accuse of marginalising Muslims in the Hindu-majority nation. Also read: Indian teacher suspended for telling schoolgirls opposing CAA to 'go to Pakistan' During his nearly six years in power, BJP has renamed places with Islamic-origin names, rewritten history textbooks to diminish or discredit the role of Muslim leaders, and stripped the Muslim-dominated region of Kashmir of its special autonomy. Modi has insisted the legislation will have no impact on Muslims, however his party's 2019 election pledge to conduct a nationwide survey to identify illegal immigrants has raised fears among Muslims of becoming stateless, with no fast-track naturalisation option available to them.
  2. The Australian bushfires have been devastating for the animals and humans alike and many lives have been lost in the worst fires that have occurred in the continent, so far. Efforts are being made to restore and conserve whatever is possible right now, but even while activities to restore wildlife are happening, a lot of animals have lost their lives. In order to help conserve the continent, a lot of people are making donations and one of them happens to be Chris Hemsworth. © Instagram The Hollywood actor, recently announced that he's donating $1million towards the damage and devastation the bushfires have caused all over the continent. The actor who plays 'Thor', shared a heartfelt video on Instagram urging people to donate and help in whatever they can, to help the country heal. The actor lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales, himself. He wrote: "Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. In my bio I've added links to support the firefighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya." View this post on Instagram Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. In my bio I've added links to support the fire fighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya. A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Jan 6, 2020 at 6:34pm PST Hemsworth made the announcement a day after the 77th Golden Globe Award ceremony took place in Los Angeles, where many award winners, including Russel Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, used the platform to draw everyone's attention towards the tragedy. © Twitter Almost six million hectares have burned in Australia in the ongoing bushfire crisis, with over 20 deaths reported so far. Well, we're grateful that a lot of people who are recognising the devastating effects of the fire are coming forward and making donations that can help restore some parts of the continent and give medical aid to its animals who're suffering in large numbers. View the full article
  3. The tuna was caught off northern Aomori Prefecture and weighed 276 kilograms (608 lbs)TOKYO: A bluefin tuna sold for 193.2 million yen ($1.8 million) in the first auction of the new year at Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market, the second highest price on record, NHK broadcaster reported. The tuna was caught off northern Aomori Prefecture and weighed 276 kilograms (608 lbs), according to NHK, which translates into a price of about 700,000 yen per kilogram. The successful bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, the head of the company that runs sushi restaurant chain “Sushizanmai,” NHK said. Last year Kimura paid a record 333.6 million yen for a tuna at the auction, exceeding his previous record price in 2013.
  4. India offers some of the lowest tariff plans for data in the world and there's no doubt that mobile internet has taken off, thanks to these low prices. In fact, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also said that the consumption of data has increased in the country since 2018. © Reuters To put things into perspective, according to TRAI, Indian mobile users consumed around 46,404 million GB data last year. Data consumption by Indian mobile internet users was expected to increase in 2019 and as of September; the total data consumption stood at 54,917 million gigabytes - a growth rate of 36.36 percent since last year. "The volume of total wireless data usage increased from 828 million GB during the year 2014 to 46,404 million GB during the year 2018-19. The wireless data usage in the year 2019 is expected to surpass the previous year's usage by a significant margin as reflected by usage of 54,917 million GB till September 2019," TRAI said in a press release. © Reuters TRAI said that the increase in data consumption was possible because of a new TSP using Long Term Evolution (LTE)/4G technology and is expected to grow even more next year. The growth was also possible because of upgrading mobile networks from 2G to 4G in many parts of the country and access to affordable smartphones for consumers. TRAI also disclosed that the total number of mobile internet users which stands at 664.80 million as of the end of September 2019. View the full article
  5. PUBG Mobile has been a phenomenon ever since it launched for free for smartphones. In a rather major development, PUBG Corp. revealed today that the game has now hit 600 million downloads across the globe, making it one of biggest mobile games on the planet. 600 million players from all over the world have downloaded PUBG MOBILR! A special thank you to all our players for your ongoing love & support â¤ï¸we could not have done it without you! pic.twitter.com/uILCHekBN1 — PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 2, 2019 The game gained major popularity in India and other Asian countries due to the free-to-play model. As of last July 2018, the game had 400 million downloads and grown by 200 million downloads since then. PUBG mobile may not be the top downloaded game right now as that title is still being held by Pokemon Go with over 1 billion downloads. To put things into perspective, the PC version of the popular Battle Royale game had around 50 million players as of July 2018. © MensXP The game is likely to grow in download counts and player base as the game expands to more regions in the coming year. As of now, it is the third most downloaded smartphone game and it looks like it won't be slowing down anytime soon. PUBG Mobile has also announced its plans for 2020 by announcing an esports tournament that will have a total prize pool of $5 million. View the full article
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  8. Elon Musk raises eyebrows after million dollar donation. Photo: Yahoo News Elon Musk, tech investor and entrepreneur, gave rise to a number of speculations after a whopping donation of a million dollar to a tree plantation campaign. The campaign...
  9. Jimmy Donaldson or 'Mr. Beast' who is known for his charitable work and is a popular YouTuber, has launched the #TeamTrees project which aims to plant 20 million trees across the globe by the year 2022. We know that climate change is real and while some of us are only ranting about it, Jimmy is trying to combat it by planting 20 million trees. Famous for his philanthropic videos on YouTube, this all started when his fans started spamming Jimmy with posts and comments urging him to plant 20 million trees when his channel reached the 20 million subscribers on YouTube. Reddit really wants me to plant 20 million trees. pic.twitter.com/peGsq3eBjO — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) May 23, 2019 Just to be clear we all realize 20million trees won't fix climate change. But at the end of the day 20 millionmore trees is better then 0! We want to take action because doing nothing ishow we got here! — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October27, 2019 Several months and 5 million more subscribers later, Mr. Beast has now taken it up as his "biggest project ever", to plant 20 million trees with #TeamTree fundraiser now underway. With every dollar donated, a tree will be planted, assures Mr. Beast in the video. Watch the video here- Mark has been planting trees by using drones too. He said in his project kickoff video, “Unfortunately, despite having a large number of people, we came nowhere near to planting 20 million trees but I don't wanna let you guys down so I devised a plan where we can plant 20 million trees. But I need your help.” To achieve his goal of planting 20 million trees, Mr Beast has joined hands with the Arbor Day Foundation, which is one of the largest non-profit conservation organizations in the world that helps in planting and nurturing trees. And the fundraiser is already on track to become a huge success- If you haven't heard about #TeamTrees please check it out. a YouTuber lead initiative to plant 20M trees, started by YouTube genius @MrBeastYT - it's about action not talk. 3M raised in its first day. $1 = 1 tree planted. https://t.co/hp2ofFEOTa — Casey Neistat (@Casey) October 26, 2019 have you guys checked out #teamtrees yet?? youtubers are banding together to plant 20M trees by 1/1/2020! every $1 donated plants a tree at https://t.co/MN9BXtEpZn ð²ð³ð´ thanks to @MrBeastYT, @MarkRober and more for leading this thang!! lets do it!! — Safiya Nygaard (@safiyajn) October 26, 2019 The trees are being planted on every continent except Antarctica and the kind of trees planted depends where they are planted. Arbor Day plants trees that are native to their surroundings :) https://t.co/W2ItuwU418 — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October 28, 2019 The trees planting activity will start from January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2022. View the full article
  10. We all agree that higher education is a tough ordeal. While you are pursuing an idealistic life and learning as you grow, it really takes a toll on you to spend a lot of time under the pressure of books, examinations, dissertations or daily assignments. That's why it's always healthy to balance student life out, with adequate amount of activity and of course fun. But unfortunately for Kuldeep Mann, it was a different story altogether. An Indian student at the James Cook University in Queesnland, Australia has launched a 3-million dollar lawsuit against the university for rejecting his application for a PhD on the grounds of plagiarism. That's not all. The real reason for him to go ahead with this lawsuit is because he claims the University gave him enough stress for him to loose everything, including his *** drive. © James Cook University Mann, a 52-year-old student working at 7/11, claimed that he had paid $20,000 in 2015, to apply for the social sciences PhD course at the Townville campus. But when he started the course with two subjects, the university rejected his admission on the grounds of plagiarism and told him he wasn't 'up to the mark'. "If the university didn't have this kind of trick on me, had they not destroyed my... ruined my career I should have by now completed my PhD" Mann told an International news publication. His biggest regret though was losing interest in ***, due to the extreme pressure the university put him through. A former PhD student is suing Queensland's James Cook University for $3.125 million, over his 'loss of *** drive', after failing two subjects. #9News pic.twitter.com/uYE9uao2GS — Nine News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) 28 May 2019 © Twitter "Everything was affected including my *** life, "I... I'm no longer... wanting to be on the bed... to share bed with my partner. There is no such desire... no desire for anything. It has stopped my *** life. I have no *** drive. There is no stimulation in my organs. I have never had this problem before. I don't feel any blood down there," he added. He's now taking his fight to the Queensland Supreme Court and the man has actually submitted a 20-page document , which claim damages for his potential lost income "mental torture" along with "prolonged harassment at the JCU that hovered over (his) mind day and night had also adversely affected (his) *** drive and that as a result (his) relationship with (his) partner is on the verge of collapsing.". He is now asking for 3.125 million dollars, after suing the university. The university obviously gave him 'Grade Fail' for his poor performance and that upset Kuldeep Mann to such an extent that he sued the university for its lack of judgement on his performance, in his PhD and of course in bed. "I hope that the honourable Supreme Court will do full justice with me by awarding me the aforementioned full amount of compensation as remedy for all my losses and sufferings," Mann stated. © Pinterest Well, we don't really know the entire truth but if he's really serious about suing the university for losing his *** drive then I am guessing the university didn't recognise his full potential. If Kuldeep Mann ever decides to study again, we really hope he's in a better place to complete his studies and gain his *** drive back.
  11. 'Game of Thrones' series finale aired yesterday, and well, it got a lot of mixed reactions from viewers across the globe. But despite the backlash, the final episode of the series titled, “The Iron Throne,” melted its previous viewership record. The final episode broke all the viewership records by drawing 19.3 million viewers across HBO's platforms, overtaking the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set by the previous episode. © HBO The final episode of the series has been receiving a lot of flak on the internet. Fans across the globe think that the showrunners 'rushed' to finish the series. Heck, people have been signed a petition asking the producers to remake the final season with better writers. Despite all the backlash, almost all episodes of the final series had record-breaking numbers when it comes to the viewership. The first episode drew over 17 million viewers. The number dipped a little for the second episode as it drew 15.9 million viewers. Since then, all the episodes have had over 17 million people watching the show across all HBO's platforms. © HBO Here's a quick look at the viewership numbers for the season 8- Episode 1/ Season premiere: 17.4 million Episode 2: 15.9 million Episode 3: 17.8 million Episode 4: 17.2 million Episode 5: 18.4 million Episode 6/ Series finale: 19.3 million
  12. Back in that one scene in 'Avengers: Infinity War', Doctor Strange gave up the time stone to save Tony Stark's life because 'it was the only way'. Now, after watching 'Avengers: Endgame', we know that Tony couldn't die in 'Infinity War' since he had to die in 'Endgame'. This was because of the 14,000,605 alternate endings that Doctor Strange saw, while acting quite strange, and knew exactly how everything will go about. There was only one time out of over 14 million that the Avengers actually came out victorious. But, now that we know about the winning ending, a lot of people wondered what actually happened in the other alternate endings, and well, people are way too creative and hilarious and have come up with a lot of predictions. Also, a shoutout to Reddit for never disappointing us. Here's a kinda one. © Reddit And, a 'nice' one. © Reddit No salt bae, but weed bae? © Reddit Wow, now that's evil. © Reddit Seems appropriate. © Reddit Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. © Reddit Noobmaster69 is everywhere. © Reddit Jam-mora, tho. © Reddit The James Charles shade tho. © Reddit They only got half the required signatures. © Reddit People won't mind the snap then. © Reddit Does this prove that Thanos is real?
  13. 'Avengers: Endgame' has now sold 2.5 million advance tickets before the final chapter in the Marvel Studios' Super Hero franchise Avengers hits the theatres tomorrow. According to BookMyShow: “This marks the highest ever advance ticket sale for a Hollywood film on the platform. 'Avengers: Endgame' is also the fastest film to have surpassed the 2 million advance ticket sales mark on BookMyShow.” Seems like nothing is going to slow down the ticket sales of the highest anticipated movies of this year. Even though the movie was leaked in full yesterday, it is not deterring fans from watching the movie in a proper theatre. Indians already broke the record earlier this week by pre-booking tickets for 'Avengers: Endgame'. In fact, over 1 million tickets were sold in 24 hours. © Marvel Studios Speaking about the audience reception, Ashish Saksena, COO - Cinemas, BookMyShow, said, “With just a few hours left for 'Avengers: Endgame' to hit the screens, the frenzy around the film is unprecedented. The cinemas are doing everything possible to match fans' demand for the film, including round-the-clock screenings as also opening up advance bookings for the entire week ahead. This has enabled BookMyShow to offer several more options to Marvel-lovers and cater to their excitement. As the craze around the film continues to intensify, we expect a mighty opening on Friday and a record-breaking first week.” © Marvel Studios It would be interesting to see how many more tickets will be booked once the movie has been released and more shows get added. It seems like ticket sales for Endgame won't slow down anytime soon. In fact, you're one of the people who doesn't have a ticket and want to avoid spoilers, you can follow our how-to guide here. For the first time ever in India, 'Avengers: Endgame' will be screened 24X7 in select theatres across India.
  14. 'Avengers: Endgame' is all set to release this week and over 1 million tickets have already been sold in India in just over a day. The number of bookings is already smashing records, according to BookMyShow. The ticketing company saw a peak of 18 tickets being sold every second; which is a big deal for any movie that was released in India. © Marvel Studios Speaking about the audience reception, Ashish Saksena, COO - Cinemas, BookMyShow, said, “With just a few days left for 'Avengers: Endgame' to hit the screens – the excitement around it is palpable. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a massive fan following across the world and over the years, has emerged as one of the most followed movie franchises in India as well. The prequel - 'Avengers: Infinity War' broke all records and saw the biggest worldwide opening of all times. The concluding part in the franchise - 'Avengers: Endgame' - is creating waves on BookMyShow before its release, with over a million tickets already sold, and we expect the film to break more records as cinemas continue to open the advance bookings.” "Avengers: Endgame' is not just a movie, it's an epic culmination of a decade-long journey which the fans have taken with us across 22 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The phenomenal interest shown by audiences across the country is a testament of how this is one of the most anticipated movie for the fans and we can't wait for them to watch it. Partnering with BookMyShow has enabled us to reach out to cinema-lovers across the country with their incisive data and analytics gathered from millions of its users,” said Bikram Duggal, Head - Studio Entertainment, Disney India. Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' is the most anticipated instalment in the MCU universe and will be released in India for various audiences. The movies will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu for the Indian audiences. The movie is set to release on 26th April starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson.
  15. Every morning with the rising sun, households come to life all across the world. There is an unsaid routine we all follow during those early hours of the day, and somewhere hidden amongst the folds of those auto-pilot motions of the morning lies a quick, often unacknowledged and seemingly insignificant interaction with the kudawalla. © Reuters Kudawallas are prime examples of people who toil hard every day, mind their own business and yet live humbly without ever seeking the recognition for the great work they do on a daily basis. They are almost guilty of leading a dual life. Much like undercover agents who get real shit done, yet never claim their dues. But let us ask you. Even if they did claim their dues, what are the chances that we would give them their due credit, or hail them as the messiah(s) of change and clean environment that they are? © Reuters Yes, all that pondering and the silence that follows it, speaks for itself. How long has your kudawalla been working for you? And in that period of time how many times have you acknowledged the world of difference that their (hand-y)work makes to our lives day after day? Well, you might not be aware that close to 4 million kudawallas or waste-pickers are engaged in this line of work in India. These waste-pickers dispose around 80 per cent of the 750,000 tons waste Indians generate every single week! © Reuters Not only do these rag-pickers collect garbage from people's houses, but additionally they also pick up waste, clean, sort and segregate it. The process ends with them separating recyclable waste from the rest, which they sell to scrap dealers to earn a regular living. They continue to do their job regardless of the apathy they are met with. With close to 62 million tonnes of annual waste to manage, and given the failing state of the municipality in most parts of the country, it is due to these 'anonymous environmentalists' that India enjoys the highest recycling rates. © Reuters India is ahead of even the USA in this matter, we recycle only 31 per cent of PET bottles as opposed to India's 70 per cent. This is made possible only by the informal recycling chain that operates in the country. Starting with the rag-pickers, who sell the waste to scrap dealers, the chain helps this waste to reach the aggregators, from where the waste eventually goes to recyclers. This informal recycling sector contributes to 100 per cent of all recycling in our country. Now, can you imagine the impact each of these 4 million rag-pickers are making to our environment year-on-year? © Reuters We agree that they are doing this for the money, but tell us, would you consider doing this “dirty work” for a living if someone paid you truck-loads of money for it every month? Then let's take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge the utmost importance of their work for our society and the environment at large. Even with their significant contribution to society, these unsung heroes remain unrecognised and undervalued. What's worse, they also face harassment from Savarna society for what they do. From physical abuse to threats and being called thieves, they have seen it all. Even official documents do not recognise their work towards solid waste management © Reuters With serious health hazards in this occupation, such as contact with hazardous medical waste, soiled sanitary pad and the lines, there is still no stopping these warriors of change, who continue to put their personal health in the line. They deserve so much more than just a passing glance from us every morning, when they stop by, almost religiously, every single day to collect our waste and make our lives cleaner and our environment more livable.
  16. Game of Thrones season 8 premiere was the show's most-watched episode ever. That's right, it was watched by a record 17.4 million viewers when it aired. But you know what? That number could have been much higher if more people would have watched it, you know, legally. According to a digital-piracy analytics company Muso, the “Winterfell” episode was pirated 54 million times globally in just 24 hours. The pirated views easily dwarfs the legal views that came on the day it was aired. Of course, the number will likely go up in the coming days as more people start watching it, but so will the pirated views. © HBO MUSO's data also shows that the most pirated views came from India. Roughly 10 million views out of the estimated 54 million came from India. MUSO speculates that the piracy in India was higher due to the difficulty of accessing the show there. China, on the other hand, airs a censored version of the show, so 5 million pirated views came from there too. United States, despite having the easiest access to the show via HBO, came third in charts with close to 4 million illegal views. So yes, it looks like people are not ready to pay to watch 'Game of Thrones' after all. Anyway, the next episode of 'Game of Thrones' season 8 airs Monday, April 22 at 6.30 AM on Hotstar in India. So, you still have some time to catch up if you haven't already.
  17. There are so many people, way too many people in this world actually, who have more money than they can spend in like five lifetimes and this is something a lot of people are constantly talking about. People are critical of the fact that one single person shouldn't hoard so much wealth when there are people just struggling to survive. But, sometimes rich people can also surprise us. Everyone knows about the tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the catastrophe happening at such a huge historical site. Just a few hours after tragedy struck, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault made an announcement pledging 100 million euros towards rebuilding the Notre Dame Cathedral. He is the chairman of international luxury group Kering, which owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent and president of the French holding company Groupe Artémis, which owns the fine arts auction house Christie's. He wrote in a statement, “My father [François Pinault] and I have decided to release as of now from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.” This is a huge and very generous contribution that will help in the restoration of the centuries old Cathedral, but that's not it. On top of this, French President Emmanuel Macron has also announced that they plan to launch a nationwide fundraising campaign. He said, “We will rebuild. We will rebuild Notre Dame because this is what the French expect, because this is what our history deserves, because it is our destiny.” God bless. French Billionaire family pledges over $100m to rebuild #NotreDame. God bless this family and Priez pour Paris. ðºð¸ ð«ð· https://t.co/kxyfhBTej0 — Alexander Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) April 16, 2019
  18. A lot of you may have forgotten 'Pokemon Go'. Yes, the AR game that took the entire world by storm in 2016 when it launched. We're sure a lot of you would have played the game very seriously at some point or the other. But do you know what's real dedication? It's this grandpa - © Twitter That's right. He's using all those phones to play 'Pokemon Go', that too in 2019. Not that people don't play the game anymore, but playing with so much dedication? Seriously, we've never seen someone taking the game so seriously. He's a 70-year-old Taiwanese grandpa named Chen San-yuan, and he's currently spending all his waking hours carrying all these phones to catch Pokemon. You'd find him in the streets of Taiwan either on a bicycle or by himself carrying the huge rig. © YouTube Chen indulges in fortune telling during the day and in the evening, you'll find him going to parks and other places in the city hunting for Pokemon. Apparently, he took it up as a hobby, and he's been hooked since then. He is said to have captured 45 million Pokemon! Ash Ketchum, who? He apparently spends thousands of dollars per month on the game to master it. The expenses include buying new phones, in-app purchases, and more. Chen also keeps external batteries and charging cables on him to enjoy the game when he's out. Recently, Chen was also named as the ambassador of Taiwanese brand ASUS as he is said to use 20 Zenfone Max Pro M2 phones among others for his Pokemon adventures. He also revealed that his favourite Pokemon is the big, cuddly giant Snorlax.
  19. 'Apex Legends' has been on the news ever since its surprise launch in February. Thanks to its explosive launch, it took 'Apex Legends' just eight hours to attract 1 million unique players, and just 24 hours to reach 2.5 million players. And now, in just a week, that number hit 25 million, and now the game's developer Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends' player count total has crossed 50 million players. © Apex Legends - Electronic Arts A 50 million player count is just insane, considering the fact that the game was launched not too long ago. In fact, 'Apex Legends' was launched just four weeks ago, and it's growing at a much quicker pace than, say, 'Fortnite Battle Royale'. To put things into perspective, it took 'Fortnite Battle Royale' several months to hit the 45 million mark. Of course, 'Fortnite Battle Royale' was one of the pioneers of the Battle Royale genre, so it's not fair to compare something like Apex Legends, which in comparison, had enough time to polish the game and get almost everything right. However, there's no denying that 'Apex Legends' is onto something here, and the numbers are only going to grow from here. © Apex Legends-Respawn Entertainment That being said, let's not forget that 'Fortnite' is still one of the most successful Battle Royale titles of all time. Epic games just launched the 8th season, complete with new maps locations, skins and more. It's hard not to acknowledge the fact that millions of players are still enjoying 'Fortnite', and it remains to be seen if 'Apex Legends' will manage to amass the same level of popularity.
  20. Spotify was launched in India barely six days ago and the music streaming app has already managed to make a small dent in the Indian music streaming space. Even though Spotify is in the middle of a legal battle with Warner Music, the company still managed to get a million users in less than a week. A representative from Spotify confirmed with The Verge about the streaming service's rapid success. © Spotify Spotify offers free music stream with ads and also offers a premium membership which is priced at Rs 129, its Rs 389 for 3 months, Rs 719 for 6 months and Rs 1189 for a year. The premium membership removes advertisements and enables users to skip songs without any limits. Even though Spotify has some missing content due to a legal battle, the streaming company is focusing on adding regional content which includes music from Bollywood. Other regional music includes content in languages such as Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. © Reuters According to research firms Deloitte and IMI, India has about 150 million subscribers for music streaming services and is only set to grow in the near future. Many streaming services are bundled with mobile plans such as Airtel's Wink, Free Amazon Prime memberships and others. Spotify's entry into India has been late and will face tough competition from other services such as Apple Music, Google Pay, Gaana, JioSaavn and Amazon Prime. In order to undercut the competition, Spotify offers a free plan which lets everyone stream for free. However, the free plan limits carry advertisements just like how you would find it on YouTube. © Reuters Spotify is currently available on iOS and Android platforms, Windows 10 PCs, Android TV, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and macOS. Spotify also works with Google Home and Sonos natively, which is an added bonus for smart speaker owners. If you have Android Car or Apple CarPlay installed in your automobiles, Spotify also works natively on both auto platforms. At this time, Spotify will be available as apps for your smartphone and tablet (free download for Android and iOS), Windows 10 PCs, macOS computing devices, Android TV, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and also available via the web browser. Spotify is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in-car infotainment platforms. Source: The Verge
  21. In 2017, a Porsche sold for, hang on to your hats, $2.08 million. Eye-watering by even today's stratospheric supercar prices. But you know why this was such a big deal? The car in question, a Porsche 959 Sport, was 30 years old, and when new, cost in the region of $200,000! © Porsche Probably The First Supercar There's a thin line between supercars and sports cars, but the Porsche 959 stepped over that rather firmly. Production started in 1987, ending a year later, and just 292 of these were built (including just 29 Sport versions). 450hp, a top speed of 200mph, a 0-60mph time of under 4 seconds (3.6s for the Sport), the 959 was perhaps the first real supercar (as opposed to 'sports cars' and 'GT cars'). Consider this: One of today's most desirable cars - the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 - does the 0-60mph sprint in 3.5 seconds, which doesn't seem like a vast improvement over a car built when computers had less power than the smartwatch you got on your birthday. In fact, the two other legendary cars from the 1980s - the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lamborghini Countach, were nowhere near the 959 (both doing 0-60 in around 5 seconds). The 959 was in a league of its own - and it was gorgeous, the wide fenders, the racing-inspired bodywork, the rear wing, everything about it screamed 'speed'. Porsche Might Have Lost Money On It Porsche never intended the 959 to be a mainstream car - not like the legendary 911. In fact, some people say Porsche might have made a loss on every single 959 sold - one estimate says Porsche was selling it for less than half of what it cost to make! What Porsche was going for, then, was to show the very bleeding edge of tech - just what was possible if you threw out all the stops and said 'to hell with the costs'. © Zoom So the 959 came with four-wheel-drive, an adjustable suspension. Speed was so important that Porsche fitted its diva with hollow-spoke alloy wheels (to keep the weight down). Attention to detail like only the Germans can! Even Crashed 959s Sell For Half A Million Dollars “Okay”, you'd think, “if I had a few million lying around, I'd pay $2 million for a legendary Porsche supercar” - one that changed the car industry forever with its tech-heavy nature. But what about the chap who paid $467,500 for a 959 that had been in an accident? Yup, the car still ran, and we assume he got it repaired, but that's still a lot for a car that's been smashed up! The Dakar Edition Is Worth Even More The 959 Sport might be rare, but there's another 959 that's as rare as rain in the Sahara Desert - that would be the racing 959 that was built in 1985 - even before full-time production started - for the Paris-Dakar Rally. It didn't manage to complete the rally, but it had loads more going for it - this 959 was driven by three-time Dakar rally winner Rene Metge, and one of its later owners included Belgian racing legend Jacky Ickx © Zoom But It's Still Nowhere Near The World Record Price For A Car Sorry, Porsche, your 959 might be desirable but your arch-rivals have gone one better - In 2018, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million. The same weekend, another car, 1935 Duesenberg set the record for the most expensive American car sold at an auction - $22 million. But there's a difference - the 959 is remarkably modern (It even came with a tyre pressure monitoring system) and can still be driven around every day. So does that mean your rickety hatchback will be worth that much someday? Well, we'd doubt it but you can always dream!
  22. It's just been a week since Respawn Entertainment launched 'Apex Legends' and the game has found success in just a matter of days. It's a free-to-play Battle Royale game that is giving games like PUBG and Fortnite a run for its money. Respawn has now revealed that the game has hit 25 million total players and had "well over" 2 million concurrent players during the weekend. © YouTube To put things into perspective, 'Fortnite' took four months to achieve these numbers after its launch. At the moment, 'Fortnite' has over 200 million players and 8.3 million concurrent players which is a huge number for any game. This is partly because of the game can also be played on iOS and Android devices. © YouTube The studio is now using this achievement as an opportunity to promote the game's roadmap including new goodies for players for Valentine's Day. The company is also going to launch a paid Battle Pass next month that will work similarly to Fortnite's subscription programme. © Respawn Entertainment 'Apex Legends' builds on the Titanfall series and lore; which has been generally well-received amongst players. It uses the same combat mechanics with Battle Royale essentials such as looting gear, weapons and ammo. However, the game sets itself apart from other games, thanks to different characters that have different abilities. The game's marketing has also helped the game gain success due to its surprise launch and support from streamers like Shroud and Dr DisRespect. The game also does not implement any play-to-win micro transactions which make the game accessible to everyone for free. Have you been playing 'Apex Legends'? Follow our tips and tricks for getting your first win in the game.
  23. 'Apex Legends' is the latest and hottest Battle Royale game that is available to play for free on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was quite an unexpected release by Electronic Arts, however, the game has found success in a matter of days. Just three days after its launch, the game has managed to rake in 10 million players. The biggest game in the Battle Royale genre Fortnite was able to achieve the same milestone in two weeks. © Electronic Arts “We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch,” Respawn CEO Vince Zampella wrote in a blog post. “But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it, too.” In addition to the overall player count, the developer also says that Apex has already reached 1 million concurrent players. © Electronic Arts The game is set in the Titanfall universe that has fluid and snappy controls and features some of the most popular features from different genres. It essentially has gunplay like 'Call of Duty' and has characters with special powers that you may be familiar with from Overwatch. It's this unique approach to the Battle Royale genre that made the game successful. © Electronic Arts Currently, you can download Apex Legends via EA Origins on PC and via respective online stores on consoles. Apex Legends is a completely free-to-play game with microtransactions that are only applicable to cosmetics. The microtransactions in 'Apex Legend' does not affect the in-game footage and work exactly as it does on 'Fortnite'.
  24. Imagine losing all your squirrelled-away savings because the bank loses the password to its computer systems! That's (or rather, the cryptocurrency equivalent) exactly what happened recently with the Canadian Bitcoin exchange QuadrigaCX. Yup, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies) really haven't turned out the way we all hoped we would. They're too volatile, making them pointless for safekeeping your money away from the government's eyes, scams abound, exchanges have been hacked, the legality in many countries is still uncertain. The list goes on, and now you can add this doozy of a reason to the list of why you should be wary of trusting your money to people you don't really know. The Founder Died & Nobody Else Knows The Wallet Password This happened at Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX - as it turns out, their founder, who was on a trip to India, died of complications from a chronic disease. Normally, we wouldn't expect that to shutter a business, but in the wacky world of Bitcoin, QuadrigaCX boss Gerald Cotten was also the only person who had access to the cryptocurrency exchange's wallet!!! This came out when QuadrigaCX filed for bankruptcy protection - their filing revealed they had no way of accessing the funds stored in their 'cold storage' wallet. According to a report on CoinDesk, the wallet, including all other transaction information is locked up in Cotten's laptop - and nobody has the password. Conspiracy Theories Abound While it would seem like a mix of incompetence, poor planning, and sheer bad luck, not everyone on the Internet agrees - rumours and allegations of a scam (we should mention, completely unproven) are rife: Many folks, understandably angry about the loss of their Bitcoin, are claiming the founder might have faked his death. Other people have alleged that QuadrigaCX's co-founder is a convicted identity thief who might have changed his identity (again, completely unproven and just allegations, though many of the affected are calling for a proper investigation). Not The First Cryptocurrency Disaster This isn't the first time cryptocurrency investors have lost their money: There was the case of Japanese exchange Mt Gox, which 'lost' almost $450 million worth (at that time) of cryptocurrency in a hack. Last year, two South Korea exchanges - Coinrail and Bithumb lost around $70 million in another hack. Another Japanese exchange - Coincheck - also revealed last year that it had lost nearly half a billion dollars worth of cryptocurrency in yet another hack! Even Bitcoin mining firms have been in the news - for allegedly lying to investors. Even Twitter was forced to take action after many scammers started using Elon Musk's likeness for advertising their cryptocurrency schemes (or rather, scams)! Cryptocurrency ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are yet another minefield - many, many ICOs have turned out to be scams and Ponzi schemes! Keeping Your Bitcoin Safe Here are a few simple steps to keep your hoard of cryptocurrency safe: Use a reputable exchange: Yes, we know - considering some of the biggest names have been hacked, how can anyone tell what's reputable and what's not? It's always a risk to trust someone else with your Bitcoin, but if you still want to do so, tread carefully - read up on what other cryptocurrency enthusiasts think of them! Also, don't forget to use a strong password and two-factor authentication. Don't use an Indian exchange: Bitcoin-Rupee transactions are now banned in India, but if you still have any cryptocurrency in a wallet on an India-based exchange, we suggest you transfer the funds elsewhere - given how abruptly policies can change, your cryptocurrency will be safer elsewhere! Use your own wallet: Many companies offer software wallets you can store on your hard disk. Try one of these out, and don't forget to use a strong password. And it might make sense to keep a few backups in separate locations - don't be like the chap who threw out a hard disk containing a fortune in Bitcoin! Also, make sure any hard drive you store your wallet on is not plugged into a computer with access to the Internet. Use an offline wallet: Go completely non-electronic with a paper wallet. But for God's sake, don't leave it lying around - keep it in a bank safe deposit box!
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