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  1. Boardrooms are battlegrounds in disguise, and anyone who has ever attended a meeting in one will agree. Talking about non-verbal elements in a boardroom that can make one appear more powerful, how one dresses definitely plays a huge role. Since the ruthless Indian Summers often don't let one wear formal suits replete with ties that can make one look sharp, seemingly trivial factors like the colour of your shirt or the fit of your pants can be crucial to your demeanour. Keeping that in mind, we have curated 5 boardroom looks for you that will definitely make you look more powerful in a Summer meeting, effortlessly so. 1. Sophisticated patterns © MensXP Unique but sophisticated patterned shirts in muted shades of blue will make you look superbly confident, while not making you compromise on the 'professional dressing' factor. Pair them with trousers that fit you well, and slip into a pair of tan leather Oxfords/Brogues. __ECOMPRODUCT__1__ __ECOMPRODUCT__2__ 2. Fitted Shirts © MensXP A blue-hued grey shirt that fits you like a glove when paired with well-fitted (but not tight) navy trousers will make you look ultra sleek, which translates to fluidity, essentially making you look like you're someone who can get things done. You can experiment with your shoes, as long as they are not from a loud colour palette. __ECOMPRODUCT__3__ 3. Half-sleeved Shirts © MensXP A more playful variation of the previous aesthetic with a half-sleeved powder blue shirt will fetch you equally impressive results. Plus, it's perfect for Summer. __ECOMPRODUCT__4__ 4. Kurta Shirt © MensXP For peak summers, when the setting is a bit informal, wearing a white cotton kurta shirt with a Mandarin collar will give you an artistic edge over everyone else in the room, making you look like someone with vision. You can pair it with formal trousers or linen pants. __ECOMPRODUCT__5__ 5. Polo shirts © MensXP Polo shirts when paired with sharp trousers along with a brown belt and matching Oxfords/Brogues, will make you look like someone who not only is absolutely self-assured, but also likes to be on their toes. Also, what can possibly be a more comfortable outfit for a professional setting? __ECOMPRODUCT__6__ __ECOMPRODUCT__7__ Try these hacks, and thank us later. All the best!
  2. A good part of our life was spent sitting through hours upon hours of lectures and senseless scribbles covering the endless pages of our notebooks. As we sat through six long hours of cramming our brains with “quality education”, for twenty-two days a month, we often wished our classes came equipped with something “more”, something that would make our days a little more bearable at the end of the fourth hour. © Getty Images After years of passing through the same gates, year after year and loitering in the same corridor, we secretly begin to crave for a change around the place we called school. But what this school in Madurai has done for its pupils, is surely one of the best ways of ensuring children look forward to spending their time at the “temple of learning”. © Twitter-ANI Named the Madura College Higher Secondary School, it looks like a train stationed at a railway platform with tiny tots moving in and out of the coaches-cum-classrooms. The entire primary school has been designed like a train that plies between Madurai and Chennai and looks every bit like an IRCTC train. © Twitter-ANI From the markings of the train, to the details painted on the walls of the school, this school-cum-train is giving us all the feels of a passenger waiting on the platform to jump aboard the train for a ride of their lives. The smiling faces of the young students roaming about the premises in their uniforms and wide grins only prove how happy and excited they are to be there. People have also lauded this move and praised the initiative taken by the school management to make the space more interesting for young kids. A wonderful theme, imagining school as vehicle to accept intake of uneducated raw state of Mind and transport them to a state of educated one. — S Samanta (@suksa) June 12, 2019 Nice Creativity...Creative Minds At Work — Bhoot Purv Sainik (@bhootpurvsainik) June 12, 2019 @PiyushGoyal this is interesting sir. — Subbaiah Naidu (@NaiduSubbaiah) June 12, 2019
  3. In an effort "to make aviation more sustainable", KLM Airlines has revealed a new design for an aerodynamic 'Flying-V' plane. It's a radical new aeroplane design that puts passenger seats inside the plane's wings, and it could decrease the amount of fuel needed for flights by a substantial 20 percent. Electric planes too have been in the works with multiple prototypes making round-the-globe trips. But, the technology hasn't been very promising for aeroplanes because of multiple challenges. © KLM The V-Shaped design, on the other hand, was conceived by designer Justus Benad and is being further realised by a team of researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology. It's claimed the plane will use 20 percent less fuel than the Airbus A350-900 while carrying a similar number of passengers -- the Flying-V will seat 314, while the Airbus A350 seats between 300 and 350 depending on the configuration. One of the features the Flying-V will share with the A350 is an identical wingspan of 65 meters. © Reuters / Airbus A350 "Aviation is contributing about 2.5 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the industry is still growing, so we really need to look at more sustainable aeroplanes," Pieter Elbers, CEO and president of KLM, said in a statement to CNN. The plane's increased fuel efficiency is largely a result of its aerodynamic design, Vos explained, although its reduced weight also contributes. He also further added electric planes are too heavy and can't fly with hundreds of passengers over the Atlantic. The design and technology to operate an electric plane is rather inferior at the moment, and decades away. © KLM The plane also uses the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that exist, according to KLM. While the current model still uses kerosene, it can be adapted to use electric turbofans in the future. Although we'll have to wait a while to see the Flying-V in its full glory, KLM announced that a "flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October.
  4. This week, Monday came bearing its own set of saddening news for all the cricket fans in India. As an emotional Yuvraj Singh sat there informing the media about retiring from all forms of international cricket, all of us were forced to go back down the memory lane reminiscing all the magic tricks Yuvi pulled off throughout his colourful cricket career. © Reuters From being a 17-year-old making his international debut in 2000, to being a prominent stalwart in Dhoni's top squad for a long time, Yuvraj will remain one of the most prolific batting all-rounders that the cricketing world has witnessed. Nothing could hold back this champion who wielded his willow as thunderously, as he demolished the cancer in his lung that threatened to take over. © Reuters Yuvraj will always remain the unrivaled “sher” Indians have had the luck to witness. That's the reason why industry bigwigs and fans have been showering the man with well-deserved praises. All that said, the latest celebrity to join the bandwagon is Bollywood rapper Badshah who penned an emotional and elaborate message for Yuvraj Singh, giving him credit for instilling hope in the hearts of thousands of youngsters like himself to dream big and turn it into a reality. © Instagram Badshah praised Yuvraj not only for his superb skills on the field, but also for being a genuine sportsman who has always been devoted to the game, and risen above every challenge that came his way. Read Badshah's heartfelt message here: View this post on Instagram This man in the picture will always be a legend to me. Yuvi paaji is probably one of the reasons for where i am in life right now. The young kid from chandigarh who excelled in his profession and became world class. He gave hope to a lot of kids from chandigarh. One of them was me. Through his game, he made a statement that it does not matter which city youre from, what matters is where you want to go, where you want to reach and what you want to be. A typical chandigarh guy who loves his cars and his food became an inspiration for millions of kids. He taught me not to give a **** about people who put you down and how you should let your work do the talking. And his work screamed. His work roared, straight into the face of the opponents. Not a flinch. Sweeping and pulling 360 degrees. Sher khan on the field and bagheera off the field. He taught me how to bounce back. He taught everyone how to bounce back. And that too with swag. Took cancer by its horns and defeated it without a frown. Crushed whatever doubts anyone had about him or his form and fitness post cancer. Again, no words, just some magnificent batting on field. Let his bat do the talking. And once the destruction was done, he'd go back to normal life of a typical chandigarh guy - food, friends and family. No media gungho, no glorifying PR stories. Just a simple guy who loved to play for his country. I feel blessed and lucky to be able to see you play live paaji. Im a little emotional as i write this. I will miss you. India will miss you. There would never be anyone else worthy of jersey no. 12. A post shared by BADSHAH (@badboyshah) on Jun 10, 2019 at 12:15pm PDT
  5. Microsoft finally announced more details about the new Xbox currently codenamed as "Project Scarlett" at its E3 briefing last night. The new console has quite a few tricks up its sleeve; however, we were told more about is technical specifications. © Microsoft The new console is expected to be 4 times more powerful than the Xbox One X and is powered by an AMD chipset. Microsoft claims that the new console will be able to push up to 120 frames per second and will also come with an SSD to reduce load times in games. Current consoles run mechanical drives that are significantly slower than SSDs. The solid state drive will also function as virtual memory to improve load times. "A console should be built and optimised for one thing and one thing only: Gaming," Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the briefing. © Microsoft The company also revealed that the next instalment in the Halo franchise i.e. Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the upcoming console. Microsoft did not reveal the official launch date of the console but did detail that it will be coming to stores in Holiday 2020. Xbox Scarlett will have a custom Zen 2 processor from AMD, GDDR6 RAM, and capable of 8K visuals. The new console is expected to support accessories such as the Xbox One controller and games in the next generation of consoles. © Microsoft During the pre-show of the briefing, the company did hint about the new console with coded messages. One of the videos showed the code R255 while the other video showed “G 36” and “ B O.” When the codes are put together it basically reads RGB (255, 36, 0) which also happens to be the colour code for Scarlett. Are you excited about the new console by Microsoft? What features would you like to see in the upcoming console? Let us know in the comments.
  6. You have to admit that at times, festivals do seem like an exaggerated excuse to bring our entire clan together under a single roof. Amidst loud conversations, elaborate feasts and unending rounds of fun and frolic, festivals turn into a celebration of togetherness in many ways. Yet, if there's one thing that we can't overlook about every festival we celebrate in India, it's that all of them hold meaning and a reason behind them. Think of any festival, and you will find that there is actually a reason why we celebrate it. (c) Twitter Just the same way, the holy month of Ramzan has culminated into this day-long celebration, as the Muslim community gets together to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today. Eid-ul-Fitr, which means the "Festival of the Breaking of the Fast", marks the end of Ramzan, and is celebrated all over the world by the followers of Islam. (c) Twitter Many might not know this, but Eid-ul-Fitr is actually a festival that is celebrated over a period of three days. On the morning of Eid, the entire family gets together over breakfast, which also serves as their first day-time meal after a month! Then, after visiting the mosque, a great feast is laid out for everybody to enjoy together amidst greetings of Eid Mubarak floating around, and demands of Eidee interrupting every other conversation. (c) Twitter However, there is more to this sweet festival, which is robust and community-centred in a lot of ways. While most of us look forward to all the good food and feasting that is synonymous to Eid, we often miss out on this underlying goodness to the festival. More than anything else, Ramzan, followed by Eid-ul-Fitr, is also about giving to others and sharing with others. Therefore, charity becomes an important part of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. (c) Getty Images Many Muslims happily choose to donate different kinds of food and material goods to the poor. This form of charity is called sadagah al-fitr, and is often undertaken in the hopes to ensure that everyone who is observing the month of Ramadan fasting can enjoy a special meal on the occasion of Eid. (c) Twitter From new clothes to heartfelt good wishes and blessings from elders, as well as all the food, feastings and frolic that accompany this festival, Eid-ul-Fitr is indeed a happy occasion meant for one and all who wish to join the celebrations. Here's wishing everyone Eid Mubarak on this happy occasion.
  7. When your character has always been the good guy no matter what (even when you have to execute people who literally murdered you), finding out that you have to kill that one person you love has to be a hard and emotional thing. Poor Kit Harington was so distraught, so much in disbelief when he learned that Jon Snow is the one who'll have to stop the 'mad queen' who is also his aunt and the person he loves. (He's also a Targaryen - not that it mattered - so incest is okay I guess) A new documentary called 'The Last Watch' which basically shows what was happening behind-the-scenes while the filming and production of Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' was taking place is out. It shows all the actors preparing and shooting for the final season, and learning the ending and their character's fate. The documentary also shows the table read for the final episode and well, Kit's real reaction to finding out Jon kills Dany and well, as expected, it's the same as our reaction to that scene. He's so emotional, almost crying, that people are calling it better than the actual final scene. Look at it yourself. Poor Kit is having a proper existential crisis. And, compare to the episode. The best part is Emilia Clarke's reaction. How are her eyebrows like that? I mean, people aren't exaggerating that much. Kit looks like he went through so many emotions in just a few seconds. Obviously Sophie knew. The stages of Jon finding out he was the one to kill Dany. Note: Kit Harington did not read his script ahead of time, so this is him finding out for real. Sophie Turner obviously did, because LOOK AT THAT KNOWING SMIRK. Sansa knows what's up. pic.twitter.com/sVjKUi9Ye6 — Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) May 27, 2019 I know, right? Watching Kit Harrington learn that Jon Snow is going to kill Dany is actually more emotional than watching Jon kill Dany pic.twitter.com/eWGoFDljP8 — Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) May 27, 2019 The best series of images to ever exist. Kit Harrington's reaction to finding out that Jon kills Daenerys is everything #TheLastWatch pic.twitter.com/LuAEBaWj4t — Shar (@99thprecincts) May 27, 2019 This was us watching season 8 as well. game of thrones season 8 moodboard pic.twitter.com/5vTpg0lxCt — patricia (@heartfiIiaz) May 27, 2019 People are getting emotional. kit's reaction to finding out that jon kills daenerys literally has me in tears stop this immediately #thelastwatch pic.twitter.com/Yk82CNn9eG — Ù (@emiliacIarked) May 27, 2019 Very emotional. Seeing Kit Harrington's reaction to his final scene was heartbreaking #GameofThrones — Nerd Soup Aaron (@nerdsoupmonkey) May 27, 2019 Just look at him! First and last table read. Goes to show how the series went downhill. #EmiliaClarke #KitHarington pic.twitter.com/PDjy2A3hai — Irina Meller (@IrinaRatcu) May 27, 2019
  8. If you're a gym bunny, you'll definitely agree with the statement that good shirtless selfies can act as an extremely potent motivator, when it comes to fitness. We should all be fit, because of a million reasons that we read about every single day, and the vanity bit associated with shirtless selfies are just a bi-product of that. However, if that pushes us to the gym and Yoga studios, what's wrong with that? We all like validation for our hard work, and that perhaps is the most harmless of them all. (c) Instagram/mrkhanna So homies, keep on clicking those gym selfies, if they make you happy. Haters will hate, no matter what. To help you out, here are 3 clever, tried and tested hacks to help you look more muscular and shredded in shirtless selfies. 1. Check the lighting. By that, we don't essentially mean that there should be plenty of light in your frame. Sometimes, you can do with little light as well. What you need to take care of is the angle. For indoor shots, like locker room shots or bathroom shots, top lighting works the best. If a light on the ceiling is the only source of light, stand underneath that and take 2 steps back. This arrangement will make your abs pop, and give extra definition to all your muscles. (c) Instagram/ranveersingh If it's daytime and you're standing next to a window, or any place with daylight, avoid letting the light hit you straight, flat on your body. Let it come from the side. Diagonal with a steep angle works the best because it makes your muscles look extra defined. (c) Instagram/soorajpancholi 2. When are you clicking it. Timing is important. If you want to look shredded, it's important to make sure you avoid clicking selfies when your body is retaining a lot of water. Immediately after a workout is a great time to ensure that does not happen. Early in the morning, before ingesting anything works out as well. Keep your core tight, suck your gut in, stretch your abdomen a bit, and you're sorted! (c) Instagram/varundvn 3. Your skin plays a big role in deciding how the selfie will come out. Your skin needs to be moisturised to be able to look more defined, because glossy surfaces look well-defined - it's common sense, really. So make sure you apply some moisturiser all over just before clicking it. However, you don't need that if you have just completed your workout and you're all sweaty from it anyway. Also, our skin looks the best right after a shower, so that may just be the best time to click a shirtless selfie. (c) Instagram/ranveersingh Keep them in mind and get ready for all the DMs.
  9. The election results are out and the Modi wave is taking the nation and the world by storm. Narendra Modi has come back as India's PM yet again. Before the elections, Modi Ji's biopic which stars Vivek Anand Oberoi in the titular role was swimming in controversy and was banned for a brief period of time. The movie finally saw the light of the day and was released today amidst the celebration of Modi Ji's win. The film is getting a good response mostly as many feel the storyline is inspiring. Strong. Simple. Unapologetic. #PMNarendraModi by @vivekoberoi is robust, undeterred yet restrainedðªð»ð¥ @OmungKumar excels in bringing out a story of common man who is loved by all across the nationðð»ð @narendramodi ji fans ðwill swell with pride & 56inch ka seena ! #ModiAaGaya — Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 24, 2019 If u r a traditional modi hater, go n watch movie #PMNarendraModi ... It's almost sure ur perception ll change... Give it a try.... Great work by @vivekoberoi ... Congrats team ðððð — Prateek (@Prateek28971684) May 24, 2019 Delhi ki audience ka verdict: A motivational movie! Get your tickets in advance and watch #PMNarendraModi in cinemas from tomorrow: https://t.co/Nqry1zx58B#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay #DekhengeModiBiopic pic.twitter.com/uUPnZNyeaH — PM Narendra Modi (@ModiTheFilm2019) May 23, 2019 While a lot of people are still not convinced to see Vivek as Modi Ji, others feel he has done a great job in the film. #VivekOberoi you done great job in movie #PMnarendramodi you justified the charecter — Priyank Pandya (@PriyankPandya10) May 24, 2019 Watched Pm narendra modi movie first day first show. Was waiting for it for long. Beautifully picturized journey of our most loved PM . Fantabulous job by Vivek Oberoi. Guys go and watch movie it's worth watching.#VivekOberoi #NarendraModi — Nishtha Saraswat (@nishtha80) May 24, 2019 Vivek Oberoi should retire. Nobody wants to see this overconfident loudmouth talentless 'press conference' boy on screen#PMNarendraModi #ModiBiopic https://t.co/EsNVJGY2vw — K.....! (@Being_Khaled) May 24, 2019 However, some people were not convinced which is obvious since one story cannot inspire literally everyone out there. PM Narendra Modi movie is a 135 minutes long WhatsApp forward #PMNarendraModi — Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) May 24, 2019 REVIEW SARKAR'S REVIEW#PMNarendraModi One word review: adjustable Rating:â­â­ð Outstanding act by lead, not so bad direction by omung Kumar, back ground music sticks to the film, songs are well, seems some how fake.#VivekOberoi Box office prediction: 7-10cr @vivekoberoi — Bollywood Review sarkar (@reviewsarkar) May 24, 2019 The movie looks like a decent watch, so you may as well book your tickets if you want to.
  10. What started out as a small YouTube channel meant to talk about social and political issues of the country, All India Bakchod quickly went on to become the giants of the entertainment industry on the internet. However, with the #MeToo movement that stormed various professional industries both in and out of the entertainment sector in 2018, did not even spare AIB and the names of two out of four members of the top tier talent came forward back then. Tanmay Bhat, the former CEO of AIB, was called out for knowing of allegations of sexual harassment made by an employee Utsav Chakraborty, but not actively making a stand on it. Bhat later confessed that he was aware of the case but decided to turn a blind eye towards it: “I should've ended ties then, and I didn't, and it is my fault. I'm truly sorry. I should've acted stronger,” he had said. On the other hand, Gursimran Khamba was accused of sexual harassment by a former partner. Now, according to the update shared by the Twitter handle of the organisation, AIB had to make some unfortunate and permanent changes within the company. An update pic.twitter.com/Jtq3nSGnwi — All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) May 22, 2019 After having all their sponsors cut off ties with them under the allegations of sexual harassment, they struggled to bring an inflow of money, thereby failing to provide salaries to their employees. The lack of money led to them letting go of their Mumbai office and everyone working for them. Their YouTube channel with 3.5 million subscribers is “dead for the foreseeable future” with no new sketches coming out anytime soon. As far as the situation of the four top members of the organisation is concerned, Khamba has been sacked from the company for not cooperating with the on-going investigation against him, Bhat has been removed from the position of CEO (but will continue to work with AIB) and Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya will continue to hold their roles in the company while seeking independent work as well. As soon as AIB put out the news, there were mixed reactions from all over the country: They had a quick rise and even quicker fall — Komorebi ð¿ð (@TweetOfKomorebi) May 22, 2019 pic.twitter.com/v0yr7S0Vn8 — Prashant Pahare (@pAHAREZ) May 22, 2019 First Avengers, then Game of Thrones and Now AIB. All of them have have ended.ð — Vedant Vashist (@thatlawgicalguy) May 22, 2019 pic.twitter.com/l0rcdHzTDM — Ducks (@Ducks_02) May 22, 2019 Pehle ye sab ki roast karte the, ab inki sab karenge...too much fun.. — Vishnu Sunar (@vish_soni) May 22, 2019 Good riddance — Aanchal ð®ð³ (@followaanchal) May 22, 2019 Here's the complete text: It's been a long several months for us at AIB. But before we get to the updates, we'd just like to say thank you to everyone who reached out to us. While we may have not been able to reply to everyone, please know that we are immensely grateful. After the events of early October, things moved fast. Almost all of our partners hit freeze on future associations, while others pulled out of active projects effective immediately. All of this hit revenue hard. We've always prided ourselves on being a hundred percent independent, creator-owned company. We've been free to choose our own destiny and set our own content standards as a result of this independence. However, the flip-side to this is that with business going to zero, the lack of revenue inflow made it impossible for us, as owners. to sustain outgoing costs. To be clear, we weren't randomly reckless or fast and loose with our money. We had invested a lot of our profits over the last few years - including those from our personal individual projects - into building the content house of our dreams. But with no incoming revenue and operational costs piling up, we had to make some hard, and unfortunately permanent, decisions. We had to let our office space and entire team go overnight. Production, creative, admin, all of it. This was particularly hard not just because making people laugh with us is a ton of fun, but because we had to say goodbye to some of the finest minds in the field, people we'd built dreams with for many years. One small point of pride in all this for us is that with the work they'd done at AIB, not one of them struggled to find another job. However, to that end, the AIB YouTube channel is for all intents and purposes, dead for the foreseeable future - there will be no new sketches anytime soon. It sucks, but it is what it is. If and when we decide to release other content on the channel (for e.g. stand-up clips). you will be the first to know. We'd also like to state that we at AIB have had an IC and anti-harassment system in place from the start. However, we recognise that the culture at work may not have been perfect and simply put, we need to be better. To that end, we maintain that Tanmay Bhat's lapse of judgement regarding Utsav Chakraborty was egregious. As a result, even though Tanmay Bhat's suspension has been lifted. he will no longer hold the position of CEO. With regards to Gursimran Khamba, an External Committee (EC) was appointed to look into the allegations made against him in October. The EC comprised of two experienced senior members -a senior partner at a law firm and a diversity consultant - and its mandate was to conduct a fair investigation into the matter. As required in such cases, the proceedings remain confidential. However, during the course of the investigation, we were informed that Gursimran Khamba had stepped away from the process, citing issues with the procedure. The EC was unable to conclude the investigation on account of his withdrawal. Given these circumstances, Gursimran Khamba will no longer be involved in operations at AIB. and will be working independent of us. Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya will continue to manage the remaining affairs at AIB, but will also be pursuing solo interests in the coming future. While we may not have a complete road map yet, we are sure of one thing going forward - we never want to stop entertaining. Making people laugh has been the great privilege of our lives and we hope to be able to keep doing that. In whatever new form the future holds for us. So once again, thank you for letting us into your world. It has been an honour.
  11. 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.”
  12. Samsung has been working hard at innovating smartphones and it seems like we may be seeing some new upgrades and a whole new mysterious smartphone. The world's leading Samsung insider has tipped that the South Korean company is working on a smartphone that is more “creative” than the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Note 10. The information comes from Ice Universe and it seems like the new smartphones are expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2019. “Believe me, the most creative Samsung smartphone in the second half of 2019 is not Fold or Note 10, you just have to wait, don't ask me more,” Ice Universe said on Twitter. Believe me, the most creative Samsung smartphone in the second half of 2019 is not Fold or Note10, you just have to wait, don't ask me more. — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 21, 2019 Samsung is expected to release smartphones with new designs that are expected to be radically different from what we are used to. The leaker has said previously that the Note 10 will probably have a “stable and mature” design whereas the A series smartphones are expected to have “radical innovation.” © Slashgear Samsung has already made a 5x optical zoom camera that is only 5mm thick and may be the rear camera for the Galaxy Note 10 or the mysterious new phone. Samsung is reportedly using a similar periscope method for its 5x zoom camera similar to Huawei's P30 Pro. © YouTube The Galaxy A series has been known to bring some innovation to its series as the latest Galaxy A80 has a pop-up rotating camera. It's a first for any Samsung smartphone to have a pop-up rotating camera and there's a good chance we may see something similar on a different smartphone later this year. The Galaxy A series was also the first Samsung smartphone to feature an Infinity-O display which was later seen on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. Another report suggests that Samsung may be making a button-less smartphone, however, we can't be entirely sure as of now. There's no clue as to what this secret Samsung phone will look like, however, if we do take Ice Universe's word, then it will definitely not be a part of the Galaxy Note 10. Source: Slashgear, BGR
  13. 1More is one of the pioneers when it comes to audio equipment, and they've made some stunning pairs of headphones and earphones over the years. Now, the company has launched its first pair of truly wireless earbuds called 1More 'Stylish True Wireless Earbuds'. These new pair of earbuds have a sleek water-drop design, and they come in four different colours. Much like their other headphones, even the Stylish True Wireless Earbuds are tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi. So, you can expect the audio quality to be on par with other 1More earphones, if not better. © 1More The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds comes with a charging case, just like every other truly wireless earbuds on the market. This particular charging case can also keep your earbuds charged, thanks to the built-in 410 mAh battery. According to 1More, the earbuds can last for up to 6 hours on a single charge, which is not bad at all. As for the earbuds themselves, they're packed with a 7mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm that balances powerful bass with exquisite detail. The result is crisp audio in an ultra-compact form factor. Additionally, the earbuds also cancel out environmental noise, which is always a good thing. The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds supports Bluetooth v 5.0 technology featuring aptX and AAC transmission compatible with Android and iOS. © 1More The new 1More True Wireless Earbuds are priced at Rs. 5,499 in India and you can pre-order them from 1More's official website or from a bunch of other online stores starting next month. On the other hand, if you're not particularly looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds, then be sure to check out 1More's other offerings such as the 1More Quad Driver Earphones or the 1More Stylish Dual Dynamic Driver BT.
  14. Well, we're pretty sure you're sick of all the unfortunate news surrounding PUBG Mobile during the course of the last few months. From people getting arrested to some of them even losing their lives, we've literally seen it all. As it turns out, even Tencent Games (developer of PUBG Mobile) is tired of all that bad press and has introduced a new feature to curb gaming addiction. Yes, the developers have introduced a new feature called 'Gameplay Management' that seeks to restrict how much young users are allowed to play the game. © PUBG With this new feature in place, the players who mark themselves as under 18 will receive an advisory when they start the game saying “those under 18 should avoid over-engaging”. In addition to that, the game will also send pop-up alerts at intervals telling them to put down their phones and take a break. Much needed, isn't it? In an official statement, Tencent Games manager Vincent Wang said, “Our team wants to ensure our community is equipped to make informed choices when it comes to 'PUBG Mobile. It's our proactive step in ensuring that hundreds of millions of players worldwide can continue to enjoy 'PUBG Mobile' in a sustainable manner." This new 'Gameplay Management' feature has already been deployed in countries like Indonesia, India, Nepal, the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. We hope it arrives in other countries soon too. © PUBG We aren't seeing this feature for the first time, BTW. The Chinese version of PUBG Mobile already had a similar feature that restricted young players to spend too much time in the game. In fact, it's said that the Chinese government had even provided Tencent with limited access to the national citizen database so they can verify a particular person's age. Anyway, we really hope this new feature proves to be useful and the young players manage to take some time off the game.
  15. Apple's iPhones, as we all know, are some of the most expensive smartphones you can buy. Even the 'affordable' iPhone i.e. the iPhone XR costs over Rs. 60,000 in India after all the discounts. Do you think that's expensive? Well, think again, because the new iPhones that are launching later this year are going to be even more expensive. That's right! If you're waiting to buy the new iPhones, presumably the iPhone XI, then you might want to start saving some money because they're about to get a little pricier, and you can thank the ongoing trade war between the US and China for that. More like thank Trump for that. US President Donald Trump decided to piss off China by hiking tariffs on products manufactured there. Well, we don't blame him because his idea was to force US companies to relocate manufacturing back home to enforce employment, among other benefits. While that didn't happen as per the plan, it has caused Apple's iPhone production costs to rise. And obviously, to recoup profits, Apple would need to increase the iPhone price by a similar amount. And since there are no direct supply chain units from Apple's manufacturing plants in China to India, they have to go through the US for processing, which means Apple will have to pay the tariffs. © YouTube It's expected that Apple will choose to absorb the costs, at least for the time being, but we doubt if they'll do it for long. Apple will eventually have to slap a higher price tag on their already expensive iPhones. This, however, can be avoided if Apple starts manufacturing its flagship iPhones, in addition to the cheaper models, in India too. Well, let's just hope for the best. Source: Business Standard
  16. Karenjit Kaur Vohra better known as Sunny Leone, stood on the brink of bidding adieu to her teenage years as an 18-year-old when she made a decision that would change the course of her life. Then a trainee-nurse belonging to an astute Sikh family who had migrated to Canada, the glitzy world of softcore adult films had Karenjit hooked. © Instagram It didn't take long for Karenjit to turn into Sunny Leone, and by the age of 25 not only had she made a name for herself in hardcore adult films, but she was also disowned by legions of her extended family. India being one of the top consumers (at World #3) of adult films, took the nation by storm when Sunny made her television debut in her homeland back in 2011 with 'Bigg Boss' season 5. © Instagram The show's TRP went through the roof and marked the arrival of a new star people couldn't get enough of. Soon, Bollywood films followed and Sunny went on to make her film debut with 'Jism 2' in 2012. Though her films enjoyed mediocre success at the box office, Sunny Leone gave a number of superhit item songs that were nothing less than chartbusters (think 'Baby Doll'). However, even that went against her. Coupled with her past as an adult film star, she was turned into Bollywood's go-to Baby Doll i.e. item girl. © Instagram That's the overarching image Sunny has been forced to carry, which even her fans have very conveniently accepted. However, while there are 100 other aspects to the woman who is an actor, businesswoman, fighter, survivor, and mother besides many other roles that she plays in her life, these 5 things prove that Karenjit Kaur Weber is much more than 'Sunny Leone' and her Baby Doll identity: 1. Adopted A Girl Child © Instagram Very few celebrities in the country have set strong examples for others to follow, especially when it comes to adoption. Sunny did that by adopting her daughter Nisha when she was just 21-months-old. 2. Promoted Surrogacy © Instagram Next, she went a step further ahead and removed taboos related to surrogacy, and welcomed home her twin boys Asher and Noah, who were born via surrogacy in 2018. 3. She's An Entrepreneur © Instagram Last year, Sunny launched her first pop-store for her make-up brand called Star Struck By SL which enjoyed a great reception. Earlier, she had also launched her own perfume brand called Lust, which was such a hit it would constantly be sold out. 4. She's A Published Author © Instagram Two years ago in 2016, Sunny Leone brought out an e-book of erotic stories titled 'Sweet Dreams'. Published by Juggernaut, it's an assortment of stories that deal with love, romance and sexual desires. 5. She Supports Multiple Causes & Is A PETA Activist © Instagram Sunny Leone has often spoken about cancer and raised awareness about cruelty against animals, and not only that but she recently also came forward to support and create awareness on aquatic therapy for people with special needs.
  17. Following a record 100-point title-winning season, Manchester City chased an elusive dream of becoming the first team to successfully retain the Premier League title in the last decade. The 2018/19 season began with promise and City did what they do best - crush one opponent after another as they launched their title defence. But, as the Premier League progressed further, the Cityzens found a threat to their title defence in rampaging Liverpool. The Jurgen Klopp brigade upped the ante, matching City's every single move in the tournament. The closely-fought battle was expected to bring out the best in the two teams, but the amounting pressure also meant that someone was going to slip up. And, that's exactly what happened to City. First, a goalless draw to Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez's missing the penalty, and then, a 2-1 loss to Leicester City had Guardiola's men feeling the heat at the end of 2018. A 2-1 win over the Reds in January saw City ending Liverpool's 20-game unbeaten run, but the same month saw their eight-match winning run (in all competition) coming to an unexpected end after they go 1-2 down to Newcastle United. © Reuters City's loss to Newcastle saw Liverpool going four points clear at the top with a game in hand. And, the Anfield loyalists believed that their wait for a Premier League title for 29 years was finally going to come to an end this season. But, while the Liverpool fans were hopeful, Klopp and his men knew that it wasn't going to be easy to upstage a team of City calibre. With their back against the wall, City, staying true to its character and skillset, brought their 'A Game' to the fore. The Guardiola brigade bounced back with a 3-1 win over Arsenal and then thumped six goals past Chelsea to make their intentions clear. But, as they continued to cut down the deficit at the top in Premier League, City were humbled by a spirited Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League. A 4-4 (on aggregate) result saw Spurs marching ahead in the European competition on the basis of the away-goal rule. Crashing out of a competition that has eluded them over the years, City and their fans were undoubtedly distraught as yet another Champions League campaign came to a sad end. And, the fact that they were eliminated and Liverpool were still alive and kicking in the event, further dampened the mood at the Etihad. © Reuters Beginning the season with the promise of a potential quadruple, City's elimination from the Champions League was yet another blow to Guardiola's, otherwise, rich legacy. With the dreams of conquering Europe vanquished, City, now, had Premier League to salvage some silverware and nurse their ego. And, after Liverpool's sensational comeback against Barcelona to secure a berth in this season's Champions League final, many believed that the momentum was, in fact, with the Reds to, not only win the European competition, but, maybe, pip City to the Premier League title. But, if you've followed the Cityzens this season, you'd know that this team, with Guardiola at the helm of affairs, mastered the art of delivering under pressure and surely not the one to bottle their chances. With three games to go in the season, City faced their first test against cross-town neighbours Manchester United who were forced to endure a 2-0 defeat. Then, came Leicester who almost pulled off the job, but a long-range screamer from club legend Vincent Kompany saved City the blushes in a narrow 1-0 win. © Reuters After a game of cat and mouse, it all boiled down to the Super Sunday - the day of judgement for both City and Liverpool. While City were just a win away from retaining the title, the Reds needed to win their encounter against the Wolves and wanted their rivals, at the top, to lose theirs. As the two teams began their clashes simultaneously, a 17th-minute goal from Sadio Mane put Liverpool in front, but it was Glenn Murray's header in the 27th minute for Brighton against City that had the Reds jumping out of their seats. It seemed that the pressure was going to get to City and the defending champions might throw it away. But then, a side that amassed a record 100 points last season has got to be better than that. Bouncing back like true champions, City equalised in the very next minute through Sergio Aguero's brilliant finish. Then, a 38th minute header from Aymeric Laporte put City in front, minimising the title hopes of Liverpool. Despite leading 2-1, City and their fans knew it wasn't the kind of lead they'll be comfortable taking into the last minutes of the game. And, an exquisite strike from Riyad Mahrez in the 63rd minute finally gave City some cushion to feel more comfortable. What a decision from Pep to start Mahrez today! BEAUTIFUL GOAL â½ï¸ #MCFC pic.twitter.com/8t5gZ36dlx — ManCityzens.com (@ManCityzenscom) May 12, 2019 Now, flowing freely through the midfield, City found their fourth goal as Ilkay Gundogan stamped his authority with a precise free-kick, beating Brighton shot-stopper Mat Ryan in the 72nd minute. As the final whistle blew away, the Amex stadium was overwhelmed with City's title-winning celebrations. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWinners! 14 wins in a row to wrap up and incredible season! ðµ #mancity pic.twitter.com/ONrqLSGrOe — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Guardiola and his men did it. Against all odds and great competition from Liverpool, City became the first team to retain the Premier League title in the last decade. Guardiola joined the likes of Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho to become the third manager in history to win the Premier League title in back-to-back seasons. He also became the first manager to retain the league title in Spain, Germany and England. Bumps for the boss! ð ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/dVEQyujDtJ — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 The fact that City has amassed 198 points across two seasons surely highlights their might, but the form mustered in the run-in - 18 wins in 19 games in the second-half of the season - represents a blistering response to the challenge on their authority being mustered from Anfield. The Reds finished the season with a 2-0 win over Wolves, but their tally of 97 points - which would've been enough to win the Premier League in all but one of the previous 26 seasons - just wasn't enough to pip City to the title this season. Flying-high on the plane back to Manchester last night! ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/2hTowfIUqd — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2019 But, despite all that, are we giving enough respect to Man City? It might seem like a ridiculous question to ask given they are one of the richest clubs in the world, with a world-class squad at their disposal and possibly the best manager at the helm, but yet it is a question that begs asking. This is a side that bulldozed its way to the Premier League title last year with a swagger not seen for some time. But, it was their triumph - derived under immense pressure from relentless Liverpool - this season that showed their true character and grit - qualities of a champion side. They might still have a long way to go to win Champions League, but it shouldn't overshadow what they've achieved this season. Celebrations befitting the Champions ð« ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/gEt1xvI3HG — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Now, as Liverpool gear up for the Champions League final against Hotspur in Madrid to salvage some silverware this season, Guardiola's miracle workers and their fans deserve every ounce of respect for their brilliant showing. And, as their city neighbours slump to new lows, the 'Blue Moon' continues to shine bright in Manchester.
  18. When you are looking to buy a new smartphone, the first thing people ask me is, “How's the camera?” That's a question I have to answer for budget and flagship smartphones. With mobile photography becoming more popular thanks to social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat, users need smartphones that can take great pictures, last long and deliver a smooth experience. Google answered that question with the Pixel 3, however, it really isn't affordable for everyone. Google announced the much more affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL that delivers the same computational photography advantage as its flagship counterpart. It's got some key differences but overall offers a great value for money. Here's what we think about the new Pixel 3a XL and how our experience has been with the smartphone: Design & Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the design, the Pixel 3a Xl is very similar to the Pixel 3 in terms of looks but has some key differences. The body is now made of polycarbonate that feels very premium even though it isn't supposed to. The back has the same design as the Pixel 3 with single camera setup, a fingerprint sensor and a small Google logo at the bottom centre. It has the same minimalistic ethos as the Pixel 3 and overall has a very alluring vibe. Since the Pixel 3a is made out of polycarbonate, the device does not support wireless charging. It isn't necessary for the device however we do miss the convenience of charging it wirelessly on our bedside. The phone also has stereo speakers and the bottom audio speaker has now been moved from the chin to the bottom of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the front, the display is where the differences come to light as it does not have a notch design as the Pixel 3 XL. There are thick bezels at both top and bottom which gives it the classic Pixel look we've seen earlier on the smaller Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 devices. The display itself is a fullHD+ gOLED panel that is 6” in size. It has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Overall, the experience on the display was extremely satisfying especially when we would watch videos on Youtube and Netflix. In fact, the colours very vivid and the blacker shades were represented well. The viewing angles were also on point, however, were a bit disappointed with the brightness levels. The brightness level is just over 400nits which isn't enough for outdoor settings with bright sunlight. Apart from the brightness level, the display was sharp and overall a great OLED panel. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of other design aspects, the Pixel 3a also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack for people who still like the option of using their own wired headphones. This also means that the Pixel 3a is not water resistant which is not a big deal if you ask me. Our senses are now naturally trained to keep our smartphones away from water and we can live without any water resistance unless you want to pay a premium for it. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Pixel smartphones are known to offer computational photography that visibly blows the competition out of the water. It uses AI and algorithms to make it easy for the average user to take some phenomenal shots. The camera on the Pixel 3a XL works the same way it does on the Pixel 3. However, it does take a bit longer to process images due to the underpowered chipset when compared to the Pixel 3. The Pixel 3a XL can take some spectacular Portrait shots that were even better than our DSLR in many instances. Pixel 3a XL also comes with Google's Night Sight feature where it takes multiple images with different exposures and contrast levels. Google's algorithm then gives the best shot with unbelievable results. Other camera features such as Top Shot, Photobooth, Playground, Super Res Zoom, Google Lens and more are built right into the app. The Pixel 3a XL has a single 12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 primary camera with an aperture of ƒ/1.8. The camera sensor has a field of view of 76° and 1/2.55" Sensor Size. The primary sensor has autofocus with dual pixel phase detection and optical + electronic image stabilisation. As for the selfie camera, the devices have an 8MP with an aperture of f/2.0. It has a field of view of 84° for wider selfie shots. Google also intruded a new time-lapse mode where you can set your frames to record at various intervals. This essentially will let you record a 20-minute video and condense the final video into 10 seconds. This is a handy feature for people who like to tell visual stories via video. It can be used to show more information or video content for users who love to use Instagram's story feature. We've seen this feature on other smartphones before but it's a first for Pixel devices. Camera samples from Pixel 3a XL: Software © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 3a runs Android Pie out of the box and will receive an Android Q update later this year. In terms of software, Google is running the same build as Pixel 3 and offers a similar experience. However, the only caveat is that it is slower than the Pixel 3 due to the processor. Having said that, the Pixel 3a XL can handle every feature such as AR navigation, reliable Google Assistant performance and overall offers a smooth pure Android experience. It even comes with Active Edge that basically lets users squeeze the side of the phone to access Google Assistant. Pixel 3a and 3a XL also come with unlimited storage for images at high quality, however, it does not store images of the original quality unless you are subscribed to additional storage on Google Drive. Other useful features such as Digital Wellbeing, Night Light and constant updates make this the best Android experience you can have on an affordable smartphone. Performance The Pixel 3a and 3a XL both come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 670 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and 1.7GHz and has been paired with 4GB of RAM. It's an underpowered chipset when compared to the Pixel 3's Snapdragon 855 processor but in order to offset this difference, Google has optimised the software for Pixel 3a. To be honest, when it came to performing basic tasks such as communication, navigation, internet browsing and emails, the phone did not falter once. In fact, we did not notice any slowdown during our testing period. Having said that, we did notice some underperformance while playing games like PUBG and when it came to processing images. The benchmark tests show the Pixel 3a has a good performance score considering the processor it's being powered by. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There is some improvement when it comes to battery life as the Pixel 3a XL comes with a 3,700 mAh battery. The device lasted us for approximately 14 hours on a single charge and can be fast charged thanks to the supplied Power Delivery or PD charger. In just 15 minutes our review unit would go from 5% to 45% and add an additional 6 hours of battery backup. Having said that, we expect the battery life to improve over time with future updates and remains our only concern in the performance department. The Final Say We live in a country where it gets harder to recommend smartphones because of what it has on offer. The Pixel 3a XL offers the best photography you can find on a smartphone for its price. The Pixel 3A XL is priced in India for Rs 44,999 which is a bit hard to recommend when considering other options in the same price bracket. Having said that, if you look beyond the price you get a great smartphone that delivers amazing photography at a reduced cost. In fact, with the Pixel 3a, Google just proved that great imaging on smartphones is not reserved only for flagship smartphones.
  19. 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.
  20. This is Megan Fox. © Twitter This is also Megan Fox. © Twitter But, what if I told you this woman is not actually Megan Fox? © Instagram/@Irigas Meet 21-year-old Irina, who I honestly think looks more like Megan Fox than the actress herself. I mean, there's not a single difference that I can notice. View this post on Instagram omg queen of bad photoshop ððð liquid lipstick in clay by @lemonade.road â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Apr 13, 2019 at 5:04pm PDT Once upon a time, Megan Fox was literally every single person's crush and even though she hasn't been in the media for some time, finding her doppelganger was a good way to basically remember her again. She was and always will be one of the hottest, most beautiful women ever and well, now there's two of them. View this post on Instagram incase y'all forgot what a clown looks like :) A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Apr 21, 2019 at 11:53am PDT I totally feel the comment on this picture that I just saw - 'Omg, Megan Fox is that you?' View this post on Instagram the right side of my face???! don't know her // btw not to promote myself again but if you haven't watched my video yet the link is in my bio ily <5 A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Mar 7, 2019 at 11:16am PST From what I can gather from her profile, Irina is from Germany and has over 200k followers, so yes, I can call her an Instagram 'Influenza'. View this post on Instagram due to personal reasons I need to get punched in the face A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Feb 22, 2019 at 12:25pm PST Is her looking like Megan Fox the reason for the huge following? Could be, but she's still a beautiful girl, so who knows? View this post on Instagram hey ladies this winks for u (also I thought this pic was cute but I stared at it for too long now it just looks like somethings wrong with my eyeð) A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:04pm PST Last picture, okay thanks. View this post on Instagram all the girls want her, all the boys want to be like her (edit: for all the idiots who don't get it: the caption is reversed on purpose good bye) A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Feb 13, 2017 at 10:11am PST
  21. Does your natural body odour attract potential partners? Maybe. As ridiculous as this sounds, sometimes people are attracted to other people's distinctive odours. We know this probably sounds gross and inexplicable but here's the thing: there is a mysterious phenomenon that can sometimes attract you to your future mate by the way of their odour, and this has been a proven theory known as the body-odour attraction. Before you brush it off as rubbish and think that only people with funny armpit fetishes do this, then you are wrong. Like they show in the movie 'Friends With Benefits' when Justin Timberlake is making out with this girl and she tries to sniff out his armpit hair and the scene, in particular, is absolutely abhorrent. © Getty Images But that's not how it works. Clock back to the last time you were physically attracted to someone. Did you not exactly mind the way they smelt? And I don't mean the scent cover-up, their natural musk and even if it smelled like nothing at all or something so distinctive that you couldn't compare it to anything else and it's so intoxicating that you can't compare it to anything else. Animals secrete pheromones to attract their mates. This is a big part of their mating process. Humans, on the other hand, secrete pheromones, but it isn't clear how they exactly work. Lindsey Bordone, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center. (Dermos are also well versed in hormones and endocrinology.) said that: “Humans don't have a functioning 'vomeronasal organ',” she further added, “which is what other animals use to detect pheromones secreted by another animal of the same species. Instead, we sense smells via the olfactory system. Perceivable smells likely do play a role in attraction, or lack of attraction, in people.” Bordone further clarifies which honestly makes sense, It's not the odor you're actually attracted to. You just don't mind it at all because you're attracted to the other person and the underlying scent. However, there's also a catch here. While you may be attracted to a person's underlying scent, that scent is not always their natural musk. It is an intricate combination of their body wash, shampoo, deodorant, fragrance, hair product, fabric-softener sheets, and other scented products used throughout everyday life. Which makes literally every scent out there super unique. In a study*, the female body odour was collected from different bodily fluids, at various times throughout their menstrual cycles. These odours were then ranked by the subjects' male partners. Body odours were found to be perceived as most pleasant smelling, and as longer-lasting, during their ovulatory phase which suggests that pheromones do have a major role to play in catalysing sexual attraction. © Getty Images But there are also other things that can heavily influence your SO's scent. Instant associations with the smell of their moisturizer or a particular flower like say lavender or jasmine that lingers when you kiss or an ingredient like cinnamon is likely. But it should help to know that products you use can majorly influence your BO. There are ways you can use your BO to your advantage. 1. Start With Basic Grooming © Getty Images Body odour could also smell rotten if you don't follow your basic grooming regime. Basically, taking a shower everyday, using an anti-antiperspirant on humid days, and grooming pubic hair. A basic routine can make a huge difference. This helps shape 80% of your BO. 2. Choose Products In Line With The Scent You Like © Getty Images For your scrub, body wash and cleansers, among other products, choose products with a scent that you wouldn't mind wearing yourself. For example, keeping an overarching common scent helps. You could choose from lavender, rose, jasmine or woody musks like redwood. 3. Keep Your Fabrics In Check In humid weather, stay away from synthetic fabrics like polyester. They will make you sweat faster and subsequently ruin your body odour. In some situations, no amount of cover-up perfume or deo helps after. * Kuukasjärvi S, Eriksson CJ, Koskela E, Mappes T, Nissinen K, Rantala MJ. Attractiveness of women's body odors over the menstrual cycle: the role of oral contraceptives and receiver ***. Behavioral Ecology. 2004 Jul 1;15(4):579–84.
  22. The next launch of a brand new iPhone is a few months away but a new patent has popped up that may give us a hint about a new feature. Ever since iPhone X was announced, Apple phased out the Touch ID biometric system in favour for an edge-to-edge design. We still got to see the feature on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. However, it was later replaced by FaceID on the iPhone XR. © Apple The iPhone XS and XS Max uses the same FaceID unlock system as its predecessor but a notable feature was missing. It seems like Apple is now looking to bring back TouchID according to the patent. The Cupertino giant is developing a fingerprint sensor that lets users unlock the smartphone by touching anywhere on the screen. The patent was granted to Apple earlier this week and was spotted by Patently Apple. © Patently Apple It would be a cool new feature if seen on the upcoming iPhone 11 and we have something similar to Apple's version developed by Vivo for a concept phone. The patent calls Apple's version as an "acoustic imaging system”. Another weird feature spotted in the same patent was the new sensor's ability to map a user's ear. The system would simply map your ear and unlock the smartphone for seamless call answering and other features. As usual, patents don't really translate to a final product every time and we would not keep our hopes high until its fully revealed or made official by Apple. We sincerely hope this feature does come to the iPhone 11 as many users still prefer to unlock smartphones with a fingerprint or at least want the option. Source: Patently Apple
  23. No one knows what will happen to Facebook in the next fifty years. But what we do know is that if Facebook manages to stay in business till 2069, then it'll have profiles of more dead people than that of living. According to academics from the University of Oxford, the number of dead people on Facebook could outnumber the living on the social network. It looks like the number of dead users on Facebook is growing at an unstoppable rate. © Reuters Back in 2012, Facebook had 30 million accounts of dead people. But now, the platform has over two billion users and an estimated 8,000 users die every single day. Based on that, it's predicted that the number of dead users could reach at least 1.4 billion or potentially as high as 4.9 billion by the end of the century. And if Facebook's growth rate keeps going down at the current rate, then it'll literally become a digital graveyard at one point with just the 'memorial' profiles of dead people. Seriously, it's damn scary. And yes, in case you didn't know, the platform will keep your account alive in a digital form once you die. It'll preserve your online thoughts, memories, relationships, and more. The company recently added a bunch of features to manage the accounts of dead people too.
  24. A couple of weeks back, I attended one of India's biggest eSports event called ESL One. It was an amazing experience and I wrote all about it here. The ESL One event was backed by Intel, and I got to chat with a few Intel executives who were present at the event. At the event, I met Frank Soqui, VP & GM of Intel gaming, Lee Machen, GM of gaming sales at Intel, and Prakash Mallya, VP & MD, sales and marketing group Intel India. We had a great time discussing gaming, hardware, OEMs and more. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer One of the questions that popped up during our conversation was about the rise of cloud gaming services like Google Stadia in the market. Well, for those of you who don't know, cloud gaming services are just like your streaming services, but for games. These cloud game streaming services will essentially let you play any game on any compatible device, as long as you have a strong internet connection. Yes, it's a phenomenal idea, but the rise of these cloud game streaming services will only lead to the downfall of hardware makers like Intel. I mean, think about it. Who'd be interested in buying expensive chipsets and build a gaming rig, when one can simply stream the games over the internet without worrying about system requirements? © Reuters Well, to my surprise, Frank Soqui seemed pretty optimistic about the arrival of cloud gaming. According to him, cloud gaming is going to introduce a lot of people to gaming, which means more potential customers for Intel. “After getting a taste of cloud gaming, more people are going to want to upgrade their rig and step up their gaming experience at some point in the future”, said Frank. Further adding to this topic, Frank also noted that computers are not meant for just gaming, and there are a ton of other things you could on a PC like content creation, for instance. “It's still a multiple purpose device. It doesn't just play games. It's just that it can also play games really well among other things”, said Frank. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer And then, there's the whole argument about enthusiast gamers not wanting to compromise on the gaming experience. I am pretty sure there are a lot of gamers who would be interested in getting the best experience, and they might not compromise by relying on cloud gaming solutions. So, is cloud gaming going to affect hardware makers like Intel or is it going to be a smooth sail like Frank says it will be? Well, I think it's too early gauge the success and adoption of cloud gaming. I am sure we'll have a lot more to discuss once these services reach at least the major markets.
  25. In an unexpected news last week, Sony's lead architect Mark Cerny dropped a bunch of new details about Sony's upcoming console, the PlayStation 5. From the looks for it, it appears as though the PS5 will be the most powerful gaming console ever built. But that's only until you hear what Microsoft is said to be cooking for us. If the rumours are to be believed, it looks like Microsoft is readying a beast of a console dubbed 'Xbox Anaconda'. We're not entirely sure about the innards of this next-gen Xbox console, but it certainly looks like it'll dwarf PS5's AMD Ryzen CPU, RAM, and SSD. © Unsplash Ainsley Bowden, founder and head editor of Seasoned Gaming, tweeted out saying that Microsoft's Anaconda will be more advanced than its rival. It was apparently confirmed by 'multiple insiders'. Exactly how Anaconda will outperform PS5 is still something that remains to be seen, but we're very excited to how it's all going to go down. If we're to guess though, we think the next-gen Xbox console would have a faster CPU, a more powerful GPU, extra RAM, and more. There are a lot of unanswered Yes, very exciting indeed. We just hope they'll avoid some of the mistakes they made with the last console. © Microsoft Will it manage to outperform PS5 and become more successful? Honestly, there's no guarantee of success. Think about it, the Xbox One is currently the most powerful console on the market, yet the PS4 has outsold it by a significant margin. Nonetheless, it's an exciting time for all the console gamers, and we just can't to wait to see what's in store for us.
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