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  1. General Elections in India can be very entertaining, if you happen to chance upon the right people saying the most absurd things that are nothing short of blasphemous. No matter what our politicians might be good at (such as shirking responsibilities), there are a few things nobody can challenge them on. © Twitter Some of our politicians have such a way with words, that most often their brains simply cannot keep up with all the jackshit spewing out of their mouths like diarrhoea. The end result is a bucketful of gunk and brain droppings that deserve no better place than in the back alley gutters. © Pinterest While some leading politicos have already been banned from campaigning for a limited time period by the Election Commission of India, due to their remarks, others have also drawn heavy flak from the public as well as rival parties. Check out these profane statements made by 10 politicians since the 2019 General Elections began. 1. Maneka Gandhi (BJP) © Twitter 2. Azam Khan (SP) © Twitter 3. Yogi Adityanath (BJP) © Twitter 4. Mayawati (BSP) © Twitter 5. Sakshi Maharaj (BJP) © Twitter 6. Ashwini Kumar Choubey (BJP) © Twitter 7. Guddu Pandit (BSP) © Twitter 8. K Chandrasekhar Rao (TRS) © Twitter 9. Mehbooba Mufti (PDP) © Twitter 10. Gajendra Shekhawat (BJP) © Twitter
  2. The Time's list of Most Influential People)is out and obviously, there are a few Indians who're making the country proud by being among so many incredible people from all over the world. Last year, Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal, and Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella were named in the list and it was great to see so. This year, Mukesh Ambani and lawyers Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who quashed Section 377, have made it to the list. Along with them, Indian-American comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj is also part of the 100 Most Influential People. Anand Mahindra took charge of writing about Mukesh Ambani) and had nothing but praises for the business tycoon. He talked about Dhirubhai Ambani, Jio, and how Mukesh Ambani did keep all the promises he made. He said, “Mukesh Ambani's father Dhirubhai was a visionary in Indian business, whose Reliance Industries conglomerate pioneered ways of targeting global scale. But Ambani's vision is now even more ambitious than that of the father whose blessings he unfailingly invokes at the launch of each initiative. The scale of his Reliance Jio mobile-data network, which has already connected over 280 million people in India with low-cost 4G, is impressive by any standard. But what is truly jaw-dropping is the way it will allow Reliance to potentially dominate a staggering array of new businesses. When its enormous retail division is married to the Jio network for e-commerce, it will give Amazon a run for its money. When the media entities Ambani owns begin leveraging Jio, he could create India's default entertainment destination. The mind boggles at the possibilities.” Lastly, he said, “Back in 2003, Ambani promised Indians in a well-known advertising tagline that his company would “put the world in the palm of your hand.” It won't be long before he delivers on that promise.” Coming to Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, the badass lawyers responsible for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and quashing 157-year-old Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Writing about them and praising them was none other than Priyanka Chopra. She said, “'I am what I am so take me as I am,' said the Chief Justice of India as the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in a unanimous vote. An outdated legacy of the British colonization of India, Section 377 rendered all sexual activities “against the order of nature” punishable by law. This landmark judgment, overturning a 157-year-old law, was the outcome of a long-term campaign orchestrated by two amazing public-interest litigators, Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy. The fight has been hard. The LGBTQ+ community has battled on both legal and social fronts for decades-—for their fundamental rights, for privacy, for dignity, for safety and for love.” She went on, “Armed with a well-planned strategy that went beyond their well-researched legal arguments, Arundhati and Menaka became beacons of hope for the Indian LGBTQ+ community. Their perseverance and commitment led an entire community to a historic win by humanizing their struggles and giving them the freedom to love. As the Chief Justice said, “Constitutional morality cannot be martyred at the altar of social morality.” Arundhati and Menaka have helped take a giant step for LGBTQ rights in the world's largest democracy. In their committed fight for justice, they have shown us that we as a society must continue to make progress, even after laws are changed, and that we must make an effort to understand, accept and love. It is who we are as people.
  3. 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.
  4. After teasing his fans for months, the official teaser of Arjun Kapoor's 'India's Most Wanted' is finally out and looks like we'll see Arjun in a never-seen-before avatar. The teaser begins with a voice-over and partial glimpses of a man who is nameless and faceless. He is the mastermind behind 52 bomb blasts, which killed as many as 433 people and left 810 injured and shook the nation from its core. Fox Star Studios In a bone-chilling voice, the man says "A soul never dies, only the body dies. I am not killing people, just sending them into another body. I am not saying this, this was said by Shri Krishna in the sacred Gita." The nameless man is then referred to as India's Osama, the most dreaded terrorist. Fox Star Studios Arjun Kapoor appears in the later part of the video as Prabhaat, an intelligence officer who is willing to catch the nameless and faceless terrorist, but without any guns or support. Jut like the description of the video says, "A manhunt with no guns, no glory, only guts." Since, Arjun Kapoor and his team of unsung heroes are not going to use any guns, we wonder if they will catch him by shouting 'Thain Thain'. While Arjun Kapoor appeared in the second half of the teaser, we are more intrigued to know more about the guy playing the antagonist. We'll get to know it once the movie releases on 24th May. Inspired by true events, 'India's Most Wanted' is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta.
  5. Marvel has given us a lot of friendship goals, and not just on-screen. The entire cast, especially the OG Avengers, love each other and are always very wholesome and pure on social media. They never shy away from showing how close they are to each other. While most of the time, we're focussed on Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr and their Twitter bromance, there's someone else out there taking over RDJ's spot as the best BFF for Chris. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans have always had such a cute friendship and it's so underrated, to be honest. But, we have to thank Mark Ruffalo for bringing it up again and getting this friendship the recognition it deserves. Recently, Mark shared this behind the scenes picture from the sets of 'Avengers: Endgame'. #FBF to our long days on the #AvengersEndgame set ð¾ @ChrisEvans Only 2ï¸â£ more weeks to go! pic.twitter.com/yNYSUhHi6v — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 12, 2019 It obviously got a lot of people excited in the replies but the best reply came from Chris himself. As it should be, Chris. This is my new favorite picture. https://t.co/ZUUueSDG6b — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 13, 2019 But, he didn't stop there. They have been friends for years, even before the MCU even existed. In the spirit of my last tweet, here's an oldie. We've been playing games on set since 2002! pic.twitter.com/kWBpTlPZTf — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 13, 2019 Chris probably just wanted to make all his fans scream at once. And , it worked. LETS NOT FORGET 2014 pic.twitter.com/N1wGANequA — Ally ︽âµï¸½ (@marvelxtina) April 13, 2019 Everyone's just reminiscing now. OR 2015 pic.twitter.com/3tLSP5Zysb — Ally ︽âµï¸½ (@marvelxtina) April 13, 2019 So cute! OR WHEN YOU PLAYED TIC TAC TOE DURING PRESS pic.twitter.com/hRKV6Y4rC7 — Ally ︽âµï¸½ (@marvelxtina) April 13, 2019 It's like they've grown up together. scarlett johansson and chris evans strong friendship through the years pic.twitter.com/CjpBZtxQtd — ana (@itscapwidow) April 13, 2019 One more. scarlett and chris playing together like kids through the years. that's it. that's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/F67868fKnb — fa̤⼠(@bingthisway) April 12, 2019 Everyone prefers him with a beard. scarlett: admits to preferring chris with a beard me: pretends to be shocked pic.twitter.com/Q2XstVzWDG — zoe (@BLACKWlDCWS) April 7, 2019 That's a long time. here's a short compilation of the wonderful friendship between scarlett johansson and chris evans through almost 17 years. no words. ð pic.twitter.com/eMcorN4Bv0 — fa̤⼠(@bingthisway) April 13, 2019 Yes, let him. chris is trying so hard to be a part of scarlett's conversation, just let him sit next to his best friend already pic.twitter.com/Izj9KUNOnv — zoe (@BLACKWlDCWS) April 8, 2019 What a picture! the last time chris was sitting behind scarlett we were blessed with this beautiful moment... now i'm patiently waiting for the 2019 version of it 𥺠pic.twitter.com/OFETBi2osg — Ally ︽âµï¸½ (@marvelxtina) April 7, 2019 Best friends forever. no one: not even a single soul: chris evans & scarlett johansson: pic.twitter.com/ASZyMgYWjp — this is my new favorite picture. (@sackuprogers) April 13, 2019
  6. Game Of Throne's final season is just around the corner and I bet every 'GoT' fan is sitting at the edge of their seats, wondering what to expect for the next one month. In India alone, people are throwing 'Game of Thrones' theme parties, doing season re-runs and taking one quiz after the other to catch up with whatever they've missed out on, so they're in tune with the latest episodes. It's phenomenal really, how the most watched show on earth has put people together in such an awesome way. HBO Just recently, Instagram came up with some interesting data concerning Indian 'Game Of Thrones' fans and we believe it to be absolutely true and alarming at the same time. The data was gathered by Instagram depending on the relevant GoT conversations happening on the platform since the last 30 days and a lot of information regarding fan theories and watching habits were revealed. HBO In the data summation, it was gathered that India ranks fourth when it comes to discussing 'Game Of Thrones' on Intagram, and of course it was the fourth country across the globe which is most excited for the final season! The number one to be most excited about GoT is USA, then Brazil, Great Britain, India and then Germany. Which means, Indians on Instagram do interact about what they're looking forward to the most or about probable theories that could come to light in the final season. The level of attraction where GoT is concerned is a lot higher than any other topic on Instagram, according to the data. HBO The influence of GoT across all channels is so prominent that even dating apps like OkCupid have a relevant GoT feature on their app. They have made it possible for daters to date each other according to their favourite TV show and since GoT ranks the charts, users have been allotted GoT badges to help them find their perfect match based on the favourite GoT character or kingdom. I think that's fairly innovative and a great conversation starter to say the least! HBO Another fascinating data search found that many Indians also have favourite characters and are looking forward to their screen time in season eight. The most talked about GoT characters on Indian Instagram are Jon Snow, ranking number 1, followed by Daenerys Targaryen, Aarya Stark, Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. So three Straks, two Targaryen's and one Lannister, who probably is a Targaryen according a popular fan theory, is who people want to watch in season 8! Not bad if I must say so myself. The nominated characters on Instagram actually all have a wise fan theory behind them, that's why their demand to see them again is most talked about. Well, most people just want to see what happens between Dany and Jon next TBH! HBO So, in case you're a GoT fan and you have participated on Instagram discussing the show, you're responsible for this apt and accurate data accumulation a day before the final season is out and we're happy we're progressing towards pop-culture in a slow yet steady manner. Here's to hoping all your theories and wishes regarding the series see the light of day!
  7. Zodiac signs play an important role. From birth to death, they have an unfelt presence in your life. It doesn't hurt to look in the science called astrology when it comes to certain crucial things in life like love. Check out your traits and the signs you're compatible with: 1. Aries Positives: · Curious, energetic, upbeat and enthusiastic · Doer rather than an observer · Wants excitement, thrill and adventure Negatives: · Too impulsive, stubborn and arrogant · Known to leave things mid-way Accordingly, most compatible signs: Sagittarius, Gemini, Leo. 2. Taurus Positives: · Reliable, practical, sensitive and kind · Great with finances · Generous, patient and independent Negatives: · Possessive, materialistic and lazy · Stubborn and a bit too much into themselves Accordingly, most compatible signs: Pisces, Capricorn, Cancer 3. Gemini Positives: · Intellectual, expressive and quick-witted · Versatile, enthusiastic and humorous · Soft spoken with great communication skills Negatives: · Inconsistent, superficial and anxious · Incapable of making decisions Accordingly, most compatible signs: Libra, Aquarius, Aries 4. Cancer Positives · Intuitive, sentimental and kind · Quite creative · Emotional, loving and faithful Negatives · Moody, pessimistic and clingy · One of the worst naggers Accordingly, most compatible signs: Taurus, Scorpio, Virgo 5. Leo Positives · Caring, optimistic and kind · Loyal and honest · Heart as big as the sky Negatives · Dominating, egoistic and possessive · As arrogant as one can be Accordingly, most compatible signs: Sagittarius, Aries, Gemini 6. Virgo Positives · Intelligent, practical and analytical · Quite meticulous and yet never show off · One of the most reliable signs Negatives · Too particular and harsh · Extremely conservative and judgemental Accordingly, most compatible signs: Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn 7. Libra Positives · Kind, gentle and peaceful · Tactful, balanced and diplomatic · Romantic at heart Negatives · Detached, superficial and unreliable · Indecisive and self-indulgent Accordingly, most compatible signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius 8. Scorpio Positives · Passionate, intelligent and strong willed · Focused and brave · Ambitious and intuitive Negatives · Jealous and resentful · Secretive and manipulative Accordingly, most compatible signs: Cancer, Capricorn, Pisces 9. Sagittarius Positives · Confident, brave and amazingly positive · Explorers and adventurous · Straightforward and don't believe in sugar-coating · Intellectual, philosophical, and large-hearted Negatives · Careless, impatient and inconsistent · Usually brutally honest, more than required Accordingly, compatible signs: Aries, Aquarius, Leo 10. Capricorn Positives · Stable, balanced and wise · Practical, ambitious and disciplined · Cautious, for their own good Negatives · Stubborn and self-centred · Pessimistic and detached Accordingly, compatible signs: Taurus, Pisces, Virgo 11. Aquarius Positives · Independent, strong and mysterious · Friendly and loyal · Eccentric and have an attractive personality Negatives · Unpredictable, extremist and stubborn · Aloof most of the time Accordingly, compatible signs: Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini 12. Pisces Positives · Empathetic, compassionate and selfless · Intuitive and imaginative · A sensitive soul Negatives · Too idealistic and yet weak-willed · Pessimistic and lazy Accordingly, compatible signs: Scorpio, Cancer, Capricorn
  8. There are more than 8,000 sports in the world that keep people engaged while they are not sitting in a rather uncomfortable office chair, hurting their eyes in front of a screen full of pixels. To quote the robot from the second season of Love, Death + Robots, “bouncing things were close to maxing out their (humans) cognitive range”. While you would not be too familiar with sports like 360ball, Apo-Apo and Basketrun, there are some games that are holding the reign of being the most followed sports all around the world. Here's a list of top five such sports: 5. Volleyball - 900 Million Fans #FlashbackFriday to the 2018 #VNL, when Argentina's ð¦ð· Santiago Danani @santidanani said NO! to Poland's ðµð± Aleksander Sliwka! ð Keep up with the 2019 VNL here: https://t.co/4a7AQS4gWP #VNL #BePartofTheGame pic.twitter.com/Ok0KcOzrc6 — Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) April 5, 2019 Hailing from the lands of Western Europe and the United States, the game of volleyball has gathered massive fan following in the past couple of decades. With more than 900 million fans, the game involves characteristics of sports like basketball and tennis. With the growing popularity of the game in India, new leagues such as 'Pro Volleyball League' are making their way into the Indian market with hopes of massive viewership in the next few years. 4. Tennis - 1 Billion Fans Sad we couldn't face off in another epic matchup, but hopefully we have a few more to come. Get better soon Rafa. #Fedal pic.twitter.com/56wGwWjEGt — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 16, 2019 Lawn tennis or tennis is truly a global sport. With individual talents like Roger Federer, Novak Djokowic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, all coming from different countries and making it big on an international level, the game's popularity had to grow exponentially all over the globe. Thanks to athletes like Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza, the game was able to create a significant space for itself in the hearts of the sports enthusiasts of the nation. 3. Field Hockey - 2 Billion Fans UNBELIEVABLE! ð±ð± It's raining goals in Kuala Lumpur! Nikki joins the party with a fine flick in the 55th minute of the match! MAS 0-5 IND#IndiaKaGame #MASvIND pic.twitter.com/LeyTsfZqSG — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 6, 2019 Coming in at the third rank, field hockey enjoys popularity amongst two billion people of the world. With near about equal fans in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia, the game originated in England in the late 1800s and traits of football are clearly evident in the sport. Being the national sport of India, hockey obviously has a huge fan-following in the country. In the process of regaining the level of popularity it enjoyed during the days of fine athletes like Dhyan Chand, India has dominated hockey over eight Olympic gold medals. 2. Cricket - 2.5 Billion Fans #OnThisDay five years ago, @imvKohli played one of his great chasing T20 innings to defeat South Africa in the #T20WorldCup semi-finals! Click below to watch the full match highlights! ð — ICC T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) April 4, 2019 It does not get any more 'English' than this. With its origin traced back to the 16th century in the Queen's land, cricket was a sport of the people who belonged to the higher bracket of the society. With a following of 2.5 billion people, a majority of which comes from the UK and the Commonwealth countries, the “gentleman's game” is the second most popular game in the world. India does not consider cricket as a mere game. It is a religion here and probably one of the most lucrative businesses too. Pioneers like Lala Amarnath and Sachin Tendulkar were the reason for this game turning into a drug for Indians and modern day athletes like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni continue to carry on with their legacy. 1. Football (Soccer) - 4 Billion Fans Pensar em grande ðµð¹ð pic.twitter.com/08MMNZx3w7 — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 23, 2019 Like there was any doubt about which sport would lead the list. Football, which if called 'soccer' anywhere in the world other than the States could lead to a brutal case of homicide, is the most favoured sport for a population of 4 billion people across the planet. Literally more than half the earthlings follow football. With legends of different eras continuing to keep the fame attached with the sport at its pinnacle, athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the stars of the present. Only second to cricket, football boasts an enormous following in India. Having lost the momentum for quite the stint, football is regaining popularity in the country thanks to tournaments like Indian Super League and I-league. Having recently moving up to the 101st rank on FIFA's rankings, players like Sunil Chhetri and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu have become national favourites.
  9. Jammu voted yesterday, in its first phase of the Lok Sabha elections and while it all went smoothly, there was more to casting votes in that space. There was unity and love amidst people while the elections were on and we know this because an 83-year-old woman by the name of Satya Devi came to cast her vote and the CRPF soldiers walked quietly with her, holding her hand while she was on her way to the ballots. As the elderly woman was preparing to step on the ramp, the CRPF jawan told her 'dheere dheere aaiye', making it a remarkably endearing moment in the history of Jammy casting votes. Watch the video here: CRPF women personnel help an elderly lady to enter the polling booth. Gandhinagar, Jammu. "Dheer Dheere aaiye," the soldier adds. @crpfindia pic.twitter.com/zn9rgn7Q9z — Pooja Shali (@PoojaShali) 11 April 2019 Satya Devi also held up an inked finger post voting. © Indiatimes Soon after this video made its way through Twitter, people sent their love and reactions, while praising CRPF. ð@crpfindia ð — ARUN (@ManhasArun) 11 April 2019 Salute — NikhilSharma Ranyal (@NikhilS43216872) 11 April 2019 माता à¤à¥ à¤à¤¼à¤à¥à¤¬à¥ à¤à¥ सलाम। ð®ð³ð — INDIAN ð®ð³ Vikrant Singh (@_VikrantSingh) 11 April 2019 This should inspire everyone to vote! — Mr Certitude (@Swapzz) 11 April 2019 This is the true spirit of India !!! Youngsters watch this and make it a huge turnout all over India !!! Jai Hind !! Also salute to our forces @crpfindia . — Kalpana Prasad (@KalpanaPrasad03) 11 April 2019 Wah... à¤à¤¯ हिनà¥à¤¦ — à¤à¤°à¥à¤£ 400+ (.पà¥à¤°à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤à¤à¤² à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¿à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ )..New India (@b41eeb16ad18476) 11 April 2019 We hope many such instances around the country make it to social media to encourage more people, old and young to vote sensibly. J&K has 6 Lok Sabha seats but only Jammu and Baramulla elected members to the lower house of parliament yesterday.
  10. When you think of an 'Alienware' gaming laptop, your brain starts showing you pictures of thick, beefy, loud and colourful machines with sharp corners and glowing alien cranium. Oh god, the mere thought of lugging that thing around makes your back hurt, doesn't it? Well, what if I told you that the company tried making an entirely new breed of gaming laptop, and the m15 is what they came up with. The m15 is Alienware's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop ever, and as someone who has used their laptops in the past, I can confirm that it stands out from the rest of their chunkier machines. It's also the cheapest Alienware gaming laptop on sale on Dell's website in India starting at Rs 1,51,190. But is it just as good as the other Alienware machines or did joining the thin-and-light league come with lots of compromises? Well, I've been using the Alienware m15's top of the line variant for the past few weeks now, and I think Alienware has successfully managed to cram a beast into a svelte body. Anyway, here's my full review of the Alienware m15 RTX gaming laptop. Design & Build Quality An extraterrestrial chic! Yes, as cliché as it sounds, those are the words that come to my mind when I look at this laptop. Yes, technically it's still too big to qualify as a true 'thin-and-light' gaming laptop, but I must say that it's surprisingly portable. It's just 0.83-inch thick and weighs just 2.16 kgs, so I can safely say that it's the thinnest and the lightest Alienware laptop. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla That being said, the m15 will still look familiar to anyone who has seen an Alienware machine before, especially this 'Nebula Red' variant which we have for review. It's just that Alienware got rid of all the extra chunk and retained just enough to house the cooling elements to keep the guts from overheating. BTW, it's still built like a tank. The lid is made from anodized aluminum, and our red variant here has soft-touch paint, which feels incredibly soft to touch. The lid can be opened with one hand and opening it will reveal a keyboard deck that's coated with a lush, black soft-touch finish. The top of the deck, however, is made up glossy plastic with an alien head right in the middle. You can also see some vents directly below the power button, and it has this funky honeycomb pattern. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Honestly, the Alienware m15's design has grown on me during the course of my testing. Of course, it's still very much an 'Alienware' design, but I am glad that the m15 doesn't belong to that obnoxious-looking pack with flashy RGB lighting all over it's body. The m15 is still something that I'd be very confident walking into a corporate meeting room with. Display It's not 4k, but boy is the Alienware m15's 15.6-inch 144-Hz display good! It's an awesome display for content consumption, be it watching movies, TV Shows or playing video games, which I happen to play a lot. While watching videos, the colours just seem to pop with excellent viewing angles, and the 144-Hz refresh rate kept the gaming action particularly smooth. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla One of the games which I really enjoyed playing on this laptop is 'Far Cry: New Dawn'. Seriously, that game has a lot of colourful and vivid visuals, and it was such an awesome experience. In fact, the game looked so good on this display, that I kept exploring different parts of the map instead of playing through the main missions. Look, the point that I am trying to make here is that Alienware has some of the best displays in the business, and the m15 is no exception. From brightness to smooth frame rates, everything was on point. Yes the laptop has huge bezels, which I found annoying at first, but it didn't really bother me that much mainly due to the fact that the display itself is enjoyable. Keyboard & Touchpad I really enjoyed the Alienware m15's keyboard and trackpad. Typing on this keyboard felt absolutely great, thanks to a solid amount of key travel and good response from the keys. I effortlessly hit my 70 words-per-minute average on the 10fastfingers typing test, so it's all good. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla As you can see, it's a full size keyboard with numpad and 4 macro keys at the top. The keyboard, of course, lights up in pretty colors, and the backlighting is nice and bright. Also, the backlight is powered by AlienFX, which means you can play around with four different zones of lighting and sync with other Alienware peripherals or even games. It's a lot of fun tinkering with these lights. As for the trackpad, I was kinda surprised to see that Alienware had ditched the discrete buttons in favor of a unified pad. Not a deal beaker at all, but still something to point out. The trackpad is excellent. The Windows 10 gestures were fast and accurate, and even the buttons are nice and clicky. Ports Though the m15 has a slimmer profile, Alienware hasn't made any compromises when it comes to ports. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The laptop has a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the right with another pair on the left, which is accompanied by a Gigabyte Ethernet jack, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a noble lock slot. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla But that's not all. There are more ports at the back side. There's an HDMI port, a mini Display port, a Thunderbolt 3, a power jack and a proprietary port if you happen to have deep pockets to afford an Alienware Graphics Amplifier. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Audio Before I discuss the performance, let me talk about something which I feel took a hit in this laptop: The speakers. Like I said, I've used quite a few Alienware laptops in the past, but I was a little surprised by how low the speakers on this laptop sound. Don't get me wrong; it's not a bad speaker by any means. In fact, whatever I am able to hear is very crisp and clear. It's just that it's not the kind of Alienware speakers that I am used to. I also hate the fact that the speakers are bottom firing, which means they're not going to sound exceptional even if they did their best. From listening to music to watching movies, I'd say everything was a little underwhelming. Again, the speakers aren't bad, but they're just a little too small for my liking. I like laptop speakers that can fill my entire room at least at max volume, and the m15 speakers are clearly not the kind that I like. I did try playing some games with just the laptop's speakers as my audio output, and it was fine. I mean, I could hear the noise of crumbling leaves and whipping winds, but I still recommend you put on your headphones while playing games because there are lot of other things like fan noise, etc. Performance The Alienware m15 is available in several configurations in India. Every single one of them, however, have the same Intel Core i7-8750H processor with speeds up to 4.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost. The amount of RAM and storage between models. The variant which I tested had 16GB RAM and 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD, which is just absolutely insane. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla As for the GPU, I had the privilege of testing the m15's top-of-the-line variant with RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 GPU with Max-Q Design. If you are tight on budget, then you can also choose to go for the base variant that offers RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 GPU. The base variant of the laptop starts at Rs. 1,51,190. Now let's talk performance. As soon as I got my hands on the laptop, I started installing all the games that I had in my library. From popular online multiplayer titles like Apex Legends to some of the most demanding titles like Metro: Exodus, I gave the m15 a tough time. But I must say that I was very impressed by the performance. With an 8th-gen Intel Core processor and 16GB RAM, I already knew what to expect from this laptop when it comes to benchmarks. In m15 recorded a single-core score of 4,851 on Geekbench 4, whereas the multi-core score came in at a huge 19,713. It's among the highest that I've seen for a gaming laptop. While playing some CPU-intensive titles like Monster Hunter: World, I got frame rates over 80 FPS with significantly slashed loading times. Just like CPU, the GPU benchmark results were impressive, too. The 3DMark: Time Spy benchmark test gave out a result of 6,171. You can check out the benchmark results below for more info. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Moving on to gaming, the Alienware achieved an average frame rate of over 55FPS when playing Metro: Exodus in Full HD at its highest graphics setting including Ray tracing. I also tried using custom graphics settings just to see how smooth the game can run Not just Metro, I pushed this machine to play other ray-tracing enabled games like Far Cry New Dawn at highest settings, and got some impressive results. Check out the benchmark scores below to get a better understanding. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Thermals The Alienware m15 has a bunch of fans that kick in quite often if used in “balanced” mode. You can change the fan speed, etc. from the Alienware Command Center, and I always found myself sticking to the balanced mode, as it does a great job of keeping things cool for me whenever it's needed. Do make a note that the fans are noisy. Like, seriously. That's part of the reason why I said you should be using headphones while playing games. As for the thermal performance, I'd say the Alienware m15 does a decent job of keeping things cool even when it faces a lot of load. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Not going to lie, the laptop gets a little toasty at times, but that's given considering the fact that the processors and the RTX GPU runs hot inside the small chassis. That being said, at no point did I face thermal throttling. I even tried playing Metro: Exodus for over 5 hours straight with graphics settings set to extreme, and the m15 managed to maintain stable frames throughout the gameplay, which is very commendable. Worst comes to worst, you can always get yourself a cooling pad and rest the laptop on it while gaming. Battery Life The Alienware m15 comes with 60WHr battery, which is just so-so when it comes to performance. With moderate usage like web browsing, drafting a couple of articles, etc. I was able to push the m15 for about 4-4.5 hours on a single charge, before reaching out for my charger. That's not really a surprise since this is a gaming laptop, and there's a lot going on both, inside as well as the outside. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The laptop has to push powerful internals, and then there's fancy keyboard lighting with rainbow effects and what not. Don't worry though, you won't find yourself hugging a socket all the time, but you'll really be away from it only for a few hours, sadly. The Final Say Alienware took its time to come up with a 'thin and light' gaming laptop, but I'd say that it has hit the sweet spot. The m15 is equal parts flashy and powerful. Despite being different from the other Alienware laptops, the m15 has managed to retain it's attention-grabbing factor that makes it so desirable. It's also the first Alienware laptop which I could realistically use as a work laptop and then turn to it for some intense gaming session when I am back home. Seriously, that's what most laptops with a Max-Q design are supposed to do, and the m15 takes good care of that. The only downsides, in my opinion, are the battery life and the somewhat limiting thermals. But if you don't mind spending some time near a socket and use it on a desk with, say, a cooling pad while gaming, then the m15 is a supremely powerful and a surprisingly portable gaming laptop. The Alienware m15 starts at Rs. 1,51,190, and at that price, I think it's a great choice.
  11. April 10 will probably go down in history as a huge day for science and for the entire humankind. Discussions on black holes have been going on for ages, but no one ever knew what it looked like. Until yesterday, when astronomers gave the world its first ever image of a black hole found in Galaxy M87 and let's just say we're shook. © Twitter Currently, everyone across the world is talking about the black hole and so is businessman Anand Mahindra, but in his own desi style. When the National Science Foundation shared the image of the black hole on Twitter, Anand Mahindra's 'sweet tooth' wrote, "One of the theories of the origin of our Universe is that it was born out of a black hole... So in the end, we are all inheritors of an intergalactic dunkin donuts franchise." One of the theories of the origin of our Universe is that it was born out of a black hole... So in the end, we are all inheritors of an intergalactic dunkin donuts franchise....ð https://t.co/cpohkKPyJd — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 10, 2019 Well, Mahindra is not alone in thinking so. The Internet is flooded with hilarious memes and jokes comparing the black hole to literally anything in the world. However, filmmaker Ram Subramanian wasn't too happy with his interpretation and wrote, "The South Indian in me is upset that you did not consider using Giant Wada to be the genesis of our universe." The South Indian in me is upset that you did not consider using Giant Wada to be the genesis of our universe. — Ram Subramanian (@VORdotcom) April 10, 2019 To which Mahindra then hilariously replied, "A thousand apologies. Wada it is. And the cosmic soup is a giant Sambar bowl." Well, now that the black hole is being called 'Wada in Sambar' can we officially change 'The Milky Way' into 'The Sambar Way'? ðð½ðð½ðð½ A thousand apologies. Wada it is. And the cosmic soup is a giant Sambar bowl. https://t.co/AHZB52IYvZ — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 10, 2019 According to some reports, the black hole (which appears to be like a tiny doughnut) actually measures three million times the size of the Earth and is in a Galaxy that is 53 million light-years from the Earth. It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), using a network of eight radio telescopes located across the world.
  12. What's the most comfortable pair of underwear you own? Is it cotton or some other fibre? Or are you in search for the perfect underwear? Because let's face it, comfy underwear can change your life completely. It can help say a sweet goodbye to the jock itch as well. But if it were up to you to design your perfect underwear, how would you design it? What material would you use? The brand Nice Laundry has come up with innovative material for briefs. Think luxurious fibres like cashmere. However, cashmere is not a fabric that comes cheap. The better the quality of the cashmere, the higher the price bracket. Nice Laundry's briefs are made of 100 per cent cashmere and also feature 24-karat gold thread embroidered flying pig and a horn button closure. It's the kind of luxury that you get to pamper your junk with. © Nice Laundry This brand's briefs in questions are priced at $1,000 USD which roughly translate to 69,000 Rupees. That is roughly the same amount you would spend on an iPhone. With a heavy price tag like that, the laundry instructions too come with a 'dry clean only' tag because clearly, this pair of briefs does require a lot of care. © Nice Laundry While some may call it a frivolous purchase, if you think that it's been a while that you've pampered yourself, this is one of the many options.
  13. Rich Piana, the famous bodybuilding figure, who admittedly took a lot of steroids during and after his career was one of the most influential figures in modern-day bodybuilding. via GIPHY His quote and the tagline of his nutritional supplement company 5% Nutrition, 'Whatever it takes' still has a massive following and is still worn as a badge by many aspirational young bodybuilders today. Rich Piana was very open about his drug usage and even used to openly speak about his steroid cycles and astronomical dosages on his YouTube videos. He passed away on August 2017 due to an alleged overdose of steroids and other drugs and his autopsy reports also indicated some severe health markers like enlarged heart, oedema in the brain, etc. The cause of death was undetermined and even though it may not be steroids directly, injecting those in high doses do come with side-effects which may play a role as compounding factors in other health risks for sure. The one thing for which I respected Rich Piana was his open admission of drugs and he did not pretend to be one of those fake natties who would lie and try to sell you their shit by claiming you can become like them without steroid usage. Rich also made very open and valid pointers about steroid usage which everyone considering going the dark way: 1. He Was Not For Or Against Steroids One noteworthy thing about Rich was that he was very open about his usage and he was a very famous guy. He knew his stance would be taken seriously and even followed by aspiring bodybuilders who looked up to him. He still never promoted or told people that they should use steroids. If they wanted to take them and compete in shows that did not discourage steroid usage, then it was up to the person to make that decision. It was at the end a person's own responsibility if they decided to take them. 2. He Hated The Way Bodybuilding Was Evolving Rich told in an interview that one thing that did not go down well with him was the rampant usage of steroids and the slow death of the spirit of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding was a sport or a lifestyle that was more about pumping iron and lifting weights. But he did not like the way how it was turning out to be more about injecting steroids over pumping iron. 3. He Was Against Teens & Young Guys Taking Steroids via GIPHY Rich used to openly highlight the ugly side of taking steroids as well and used to educate as to how taking testosterone led to crash in the normal hormone production or atrophy of testes. Or how taking growth hormone led to the growth of your internal organs. He went on to even say that how GH as a peptide leads to a bodybuilders gut as the intestines push out to unnatural levels and push your abs inches apart. 4. Rich Warned The Side-Effects Will Come Back To Bite You Another major claim or opinion that Rich held was how even though in the short term it may mean more test levels, more strength, more muscle building and the other benefits that come with it, it is never that pleasant in the long-term and how do the side effects of steroid use always come to bite you back later on. 5. He Admitted To The Sides-Effects He Faced Rich also opened up about his problem with steroids and how he faced certain side effects like roid rage and how it used to affect his relationship with his girlfriend back in the day. Overall, if you critically assess it, Rich never was a flag-bearer for usage or discouraged usage. He always showed the true picture and admitted that there are both pros and cons of taking steroids. At the end of the day, it is for you to weigh both the sides and see which side seems more lucrative to you before you make the leap. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  14. Advertised as the biggest Air Max unit ever used on a sneaker, Nike's Air Max 720 is an attention seeker in a good way! This sneaker comes is fun playful colours and a large and bouncy bubble unit and the latest pint-sized pair to appear is this compelling combination of black and laser pink among other combinations. © Nike © Nike The shoe's puffer sole is a statement in itself. The airbag hangs over the sides. The Nike's money-minting swoosh logo is surprisingly missing from the side surface, in its place is a boomerang-shaped signia that looks just like a Nike logo, except it is flipped upside down. © Nike © Nike © Nike The feeling might be familiar to anyone who loved or played in bouncy jungle gyms as a kid. Just like the squishy walls of the gym, the gushy sole looks so much fun to hang around in. In this case, of course, wearing the 720 won't look like you're an adult trying to be a kid but the whole springy vibe has its special appeal that you don't want to miss out on. The Nike Air Max 720 is available on Nike's official website starting Rupees 15,995.
  15. The game of basketball can be considered a machine that runs on adrenaline, inspiration and emotion as fuel. To lift the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in front of their city and add a championship ring to their jewelry collection might be the ultimate desire for any and every National Basketball Association (NBA) star, however, their journey to limitless success does include some special moments of pure outpour of sentiments that makes the expedition even more memorable. Here are four of the most emotional moments in the history of the NBA: 1. Lebron James Fulfills His Promise To His City To see a 6'8'' tall man dive to the ground, weeping all by himself in his opponent's court, surrounded by his brothers and teammates, is just heartbreaking. A man, who grew up in the small streets of Akron, Ohio had returned home to the city of Cleveland after winning two championships with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, during the 2014-15 with a single promise and desire in his heart, to win a championship for the city that had given him all that he had. One year later, James' Cleveland Cavaliers made a heroic comeback from a 1-3 deficit in the NBA Finals against a supreme Golden State Warriors to win the 2015-16 season and also the chip for his city. “Cleveland! This is for you,” yelled the King after winning his third title while ending his city's 50+ year championship drought. 2.Kobe Bryant Scores 60 In His Retirement Game If there is one thing you need to know about Kobe Bryant, it has to be his relentless love and passion for the game of basketball. Known for his grueling training schedule and endless number of shots he used to take before, during and after his practice sessions had to pay off during the final game of his well decorated career. In a matchup against Gordon Hayward's Utah Jazz, Kobe started out in a decent fashion, allowing his young teammates to shoot more frequently, while passing the ball almost every time he touched it. The second half however, was a different ball game altogether. Heading into the third quarter, his Los Angeles Lakers were trailing by double digits and Kobe decided that he did not want his career to end with a loss. Thus entered the 'Black Mamba' his LA fans were used to. Not giving a damn about his shooting efficiency or accuracy anymore, Kobe shot the ball without thinking twice and made most of them. At 37 years of age, the five-time champion looked exhausted and completely spent, but there was no stopping Kobe. Making a comeback from a double-digit deficit, the man led his team to victory one last time. “I challenged him to get 50 and the mother****er got 60,” said Kobe's former teammate and all-time great, Shaquille O'Neal. With the injuries Bryant had suffered in the past couple of years, the pain was visible on his face. Limping and gasping for air, Bryant hugged his crew one last time like they were his family before bidding adieu. 3.Kevin Durant's MVP Speech Say what you may about Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors, his MVP performance during the 2013-14 season was proof of how good he is even without a supporting cast. After having the best run with the Oklahoma City Thunder and his career in terms of scoring, Durant took to the podium after receiving the MVP award and what followed, moved every single person present in the hall to tears. Here's an excerpt from his emotional speech: “When something good happens to you, I don't know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. You wake me up in the middle of the night in the summer times, making me run up a hill, making me do pushups, screaming at me from the sidelines of my games at 8 or 9 years old. We wasn't supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn't eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You the real MVP.” 4.Isaiah Thomas Plays A Day After His Sister's Death Losing a family member, especially your sibling in an untimely accident, has to hurt like hell. Nobody should go through a loss so grave but life isn't fair and that's how it was for the former Boston Celtics Point Guard Isaiah Thomas who was having one of those seasons that propelled him from being “average” to becoming an NBA All-star. After winning the first round of the 2017 playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, Thomas had to take a leave of absence as he had to read the eulogy at his younger sister, Chyna Thomas' funeral. “When I found out the news, I wanted to give up and quit. Never in my life have I thought about quitting," Thomas addressed the family and friends. "I realized quitting isn't an option," added an emotional Thomas. "That's the easy way out. I will keep going for my sister because I know she wouldn't want me to stop. I love you, Chyna, and I miss you so much, and everything I do for the rest of my life will be for you." And Thomas kept his word. Returning to his team with less than 6 hours before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against John Wall's Washington Wizard, Thomas went on to score a game-high 33 points while dropping nine dimes in 38 minutes as the Celtics won 123-111. "Basketball, when I'm on the court, it just keeps me going," Thomas said in a post match interview. "I do everything for my sister now. That's all I can do.”
  16. It takes more than mere skills to face the camera and enact a scene based on a narration and some lines peeking at you from between the white sheets of paper dabbed in black ink. It takes more than a few years of training at a film school, or the sweat and tears you expend backstage for every play that's presented in the theatres. There is a lot more that goes into the making of an actor. The talent and skills are but mere prerequisites in this line of work. So even before the cameras start rolling and the call to action is barked, it is an actor's struggles, continuous reinvention and unceasing passion for the craft that makes an actor, one who is worthy of spending our precious three hours over. © Instagram Irrfan Khan undoubtedly tops the list when it comes to actors who are worth every single 'paisa' of our money, and every minute of our time that we spend watching him spill his magic on-screen. Irrfan's journey in the Hindi film industry is a psychedelic, riveting montage of the many characters he portrayed to perfection throughout an acting career spans over 30 long years! From a meager role of a letter writer in Mira Nair's 'Salaam Bombay!' in 1988, to playing a jilted husband with a streak of wickedness about him Abhinay Deo's 'Blackmail' (2018), Irrfan's journey in Bollywood has almost all the shades of the colour (read acting) palette to his credit. © Instagram The big guns of the industry lost a bit of their sheen against the glory of this actor who persistently worked his way up the ladder. From often being a comic relief or kept at the sidelines as a prop to the larger storyline, he made his own path with titles such as 'Haasil', 'Maqbool', 'Life In A Metro' and 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' under his belt. However, it would be the 2012 release 'Paan Singh Tomar' that would finally bring Irrfan Khan his due in the Bollywood industry. Every actor and directed stopped and took notice of the actor who brought soldier-turned-bandit Paan Singh Tomar to life on the silver screen. © Instagram Soon enough people fell in love with this ruggedly handsome man, raw around the edges and bearing a sheepish smile, who was running his own race. The dark horse was finally here, and people simply couldn't get enough of the underdog making it to the “elite” category. 'The Lunchbox' was another massive win for the terrific actor, followed by marvels such as 'Qissa', 'Piku' 'Talvar', 'Madaari', 'Hindi Medium', and 'Qarib Qarib Singlle' that allowed us to witness and appreciate the actor who was changing the face of Hindi cinema one film at a time. © Instagram The wheels of fortune turned for Irrfan and this time it was not just Bollywood, but Hollywood too that wanted more of him on-screen. Hollywood had found the modern day actor for all things Indian. However, the roles Irrfan was being offered were not average, with limited screen presence like his predecessors. Irrfan bagged diverse, meaty roles in big Hollywood films such as 'The Warrior', 'Namesake', 'Jurassic World' 'Life of Pi' and 'The Inferno'. Now they say, with all the good comes a little of the bad, and the same came true for Irrfan. Last year in March, Irrfan announced that he had been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour and left for London soon after to undergo treatment for his condition. © Instagram All through his treatment the actor kept his fans and well-wishers updated about his condition and the progress he had made with the treatment. The past year was also the time when Irrfan had the time to introspect and come to terms with the bigger truth of life. Irrfan not only accepted the vulnerability of human life, but he was also vocal about the fact that at the end of the day we are nothing but human beings on this journey called life. © Instagram After a length of a long, arduous year, the 'Karwaan' actor officially announced that he is back in the game after kicking cancer to the curb - stronger than ever, and grateful for a second chance at life. He took to Twitter and shared that, “Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning, we forget how much it means to be loved. In our vulnerability, we are reminded. As I leave my footprints onto these steps of my life, I want to pause to be grateful for receiving your immense love and support, it soothed me in my process of healing. So I travel back to you, thanking you from the bottom of my heart.” © Instagram The picture that accompanied this post warmed our hearts, and we are equally thankful to get one of our best back. All of us are looking for his next film to hit the screens ASAP, and for now it seems there won't be a long wait. Irrfan's journey is proof that once a winner, always a winner.
  17. For the most part, Ranbir Kapoor seems like quite a private person since he's not really on social media and isn't always directly interacting with his fans. Well, that's probably what he prefers, but it's a shame since we don't ever get to see his personal side more often and couldn't even tell how relatable he actually is. Until now. Today, when he arrived at the Mumbai Airport, he was obviously surrounded by paparazzi and seemed like he was in a fun mood since he basically started making small talk with the photographers present there. While walking outside, he asked one of them, “Yeh chappal kahaan se li?” to which, the photographer replied, “Andheri Station.” View this post on Instagram #ranbirkapoor says where did you buy these chappals? Our man says from Andheri station.ððð A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Apr 1, 2019 at 12:42pm PDT Wow, how many times have we asked the same question to our friends, and sometimes even random people? Next, I really, really want to see pictures of Ranbir going to the Andheri Station and finding the chappals, that would be hilarious. This is the type of quality content we deserve and even Anand Ahuja is enjoying it. The chappal is having a viral moment now. Probably the real reason.
  18. 1st April a.k.a April Fool's Day has always been the day on which all brands try to put their best foot forward and lie to us for the sake of, well, comedy. You definitely shouldn't be believing what you see or hear on April Fool's day, but it's also the day that brings out the best in the tech space. Well, 2019 was no exception, and we got to see a lot of interesting stuff from big name companies. But here are the best April Fool's Day pranks, which we wish actually real: 1. Notifications That Literally Follow! Duolingo's pesky notifications bugging you every day to take your language test can get super annoying, which is why we're sure you end up ignoring them. But this April fool's day, the company took a step further by introducing the idea of having a large green owl appear in real life and follow you around to remind you to practice your language lessons. Heck, they even come in three modes - encouraging, disappointed, or passive aggressive - and it's downright hilarious. Check it out - 2. A Smart Assistant For Gaming? Sure. Nvidia also took it a step further by announcing a GeForce RTX smart assistant called R.O.N. The company claims it can give you cool tips when you play games like Apex Legends, telling you to hide, etc. R.O.N. can also use its brains to leave comments on sites like Reddit and Twitch for you. But be careful, R.O.N. can become a serious troll. The best part, however, has got to be the device itself, which throws a really cool holograph. Check it out - 3. RGB CPU, Anyone? Newegg's new CPU for April Fool's day makes us wonder - “How much RGB is too much RGB?” Seriously, the company showcased an RGB CPU for people who just can't have enough RGB in their life. It costs a hefty $4,999.99, and it comes with a whopping 100 cores and 200 threads. Its base clock is a supposed 1.4 Petahertz and overclock, well, if you overclock it, Newegg says you “might create a small black hole inside your CPU.” It's not something that we want, because the CPU will anyway be tucked inside a cooler, but it's a hilarious idea. Check it out here - 4. Do You Like Cup Noodles? Yes, that's what HyperX and Nissin came up with. Needs no explanation we suppose? They even claim that you can detach the fork and slurp some noodles while gaming. Sounds just about right. © HyperX - Noodles 5. Like Sharing Your Music? If you don't like HyperX's idea, then how about something more practical? Like this Jabra Earbud(dy) headphones, with which you can share the music that you're listening to. It apparently comes with an ultra-light headband that can be extended “seamlessly to accommodate the perfect fit for every pair of buddies.” © Jabra 6. An App Find Your Lost LEGO Bricks? LEGO's “Find My Brick”, as the name suggests, is a parody of Apple's Find My iPhone app. It will help you find your bricks for you in a pile of miscellaneous blocks. Image how simple your life would be with such an app, and that's exactly why we think this should actually be real. The long search is finally over... ð± #FindMyBrick pic.twitter.com/3yBIPJ2OPk — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) April 1, 2019 Well, that wraps our list of April Fool's pranks. Of course, there were countless other pranks by the likes of OnePlus, Razer, Tinder, etc., but these are the ones which we truly wished existed in real life, especially the Nvidia R.O.N. and LEGO app.
  19. Huawei, as we all know, has focused on delivering some of the most powerful cameras on its flagship, especially the P series phones. Well, the newly launched P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones are no exception. If anything, the company has taken them to a whole new level. As always, both new phones announced today are 2019 updates to the series. It means they have better internal specs, cool new features, and incredible cameras to slay the competition. The highlight of the phones, however, has got to be the new SuperSpectrum camera sensor, which can readjust how it records the light coming into it. © Huawei Specs Under The Hood The P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones have beautiful 6.1-inch and 6.47-inch OLED displays with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Huawei has decided to stick to the teardrop notch design for the display instead of opting for a hole-punch design. Both of them also feature glass back with colorful gradients, so you can expect them to be just as premium as the previous flagships. Before I talk about the cameras, let's take a quick look at the specs powering these devices. Both the P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones are powered by the company's Kirin 980 SoC, and runs Android Pie 9.1 with Huawei's EMUI custom Android user interface. While the P30 has a smaller 3,650 mAh battery, the P30 Pro sports a 4,200 mAh battery. In addition to the 40W USB-C charging, Huawei is integrating wireless charging for the first time in the P series. The P30 Pro is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, whereas the P30 is rated IP53 resistant. Also, both phones don't have speakers in place because Huawei has decided to vibrate the screens and turn it into a speaker for you. Cool, isn't it? Other noteworthy features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, reverse wireless charging, dual-SIM capability, etc. © Huawei The Cameras Both the P30 and the P30 Pro, as I said, seem to have incredible cameras. They look extremely promising on paper. The P30 Pro now features not one, not two, not three, but four sensors at the back. Here's what each of them can do - First off, the main camera is a 40 MP 27mm sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. There's also a 20MP ultra-wide angle lens (16mm) with an f/2.2 aperture. Next up, there's an 8 MP telephoto lens, which provides nearly 5x optical zoom compared to the main lens (125mm) with an f/3.4 aperture and optical image stabilization. Lastly, there's a new time-of-flight sensor below the flash, which projects infrared light and captures the reflection. Since the launch of #HUAWEIP20, we've had the highest industry rating from @DxOMark. With the #HUAWEIP30Pro, we've been awarded a record-breaking overall score of 112. #RewriteTheRules pic.twitter.com/xskqGf3Avi — Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) March 26, 2019 The P30, in case you're wondering, has three sensors. Yes, it's falling short one sensor, but it still sounds better than most other smartphones out there. Check it out - First up, there's a 40 MP main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second one is a 16 MP ultra-wide angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. And lastly, there's an 8 MP telephoto lens that should provide 3x optical zoom. As for the front cameras, both phones have a 32MP sensor. Without getting into too much technical details, I'll simply say that these new phones have amazing cameras with features like an enhanced Night Shot mode, Super HDR Shot and Super Low Light Shot, and more. Huawei also noted that these new phones support high ISO levels of up to 409600 (P30 Pro), which should help you get some great shots in low light. © Huawei Pricing & Availability The Huawei P30 with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is priced at €799. The P30 Pro, on the other hand, starts at €999 for the base variant i.e. 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. Well, if you want more storage, then you can choose to splurge upto €1249 on the P30 Pro and get the variant with up to 512GB storage. Both phones are already available on sale in Europe, and they're expected to launch in India very soon.
  20. “Kuch bhi karne ka, lekin Jaikant Shikre ki ego ko hurt nahi karne ka.” For those of us who have sat through a viewing of 'Singham' at any point in time, can easily recall how efficiently Jaikant Shikhre aka Prakash Raj delivered this dialogue and packed it with enough spite and hatred to make the audience take him for the notorious gangster he was portraying on-screen. © Reliance Entertainment Prakash Raj seems to have taken it upon himself to redefine what it means to be a “villain” or “antagonist” in movies given the present scenario in Bollywood, where we have seen Hindi cinema grow leaps and bounds in recent times with films such as 'Badhai Ho', 'Andhadhun', 'Pad Man', 'Hitchki', 'October' and the likes making it big at the box office. The changing times have not only seen an evolved audience, but also a more well-rounded development of the modern day “villain” or grey character in filmmaking. Gone are the days of cult villains like Mogambo, Crime Master Gogo and Bad Man, who became popular in their time for the over the top notorious antics they pulled off, which was in keeping with the demands of the audience requirements. © Instagram The fool proof style-sheet of the time required screenwriters and filmmakers to present a villain who could evoke emotions of terror, fear and loathing from the audience. However, with the coming of “villains” such as the ones Prakash Raj has brought to life on-screen, the Bollywood villain has undergone a quick makeover. The neo-Bollywood villain is quite similar to the old-school Shakaal(s), but they come with a touch of realness that is precious to the audience who is trying to relate to the grey characters as much as the hero/heroine in the movie. And Prakash Raj wonderfully manages to balance that black and white in the characters he portrays. © Eros International Raj's depiction of these “villains” and grey characters come out as most human and realistic ones in cinema right now. He happens to be one of those artists who can best bring out the many shades of an antagonist within a narrative, and do justice to all the darkness that is hidden within its folds, without making it seem over-the-top or fictional. Prakash Raj is a celebrated actor down South, and both the Tamil and Telugu film industry hails him as a fine actor, who is a master of his craft. It was back in 1994 when Prakash made his Tamil film debut, but it was 'Naagmandala' in 1997 that finally put him under the spotlight. There was no looking back for Prakash Raj after that. © Instagram However, it was in 2009 that Prakash Raj ventured into Bollywood as Gani Bhai in Salman Khan starrer 'Wanted', and Bollywood found its newest villain it could trust with their lives (read films). That was followed by one of his most memorable negative roles in 'Singham', and Bachcha Singh in 'Dabangg 2'. We also saw him do his thing as Shetty in 'Mumbai Mirror' and later on 'Policegiri' as Nagori. © Facebook Regardless of the films he is a part of, Prakash Raj manages to carve his own niche within the film, and a dedicated fan following with his strong and convincing performances. He is the modern day, sophisticated villain who can easily transform into a suave yet lethal tormentor. Yet, his portrayal of a nemesis evoke more than just anger and terror within our hearts. Prakash Raj has quickly become Bollywood's trusted and most likeable villain, because he does justice to every grey character he dons, and brings much more to the silver screen than a character which is here to ruin everything that is good in the leading actor and actress' life.
  21. There are three types of 'gym bros': 1. Who never work on their legs 2. Who workout their legs but have questionable form. 3. Who just squat and call those who use the smith machine 'idiots'. First things first, the legs are very important if your goal is strength and looking good. Legs essentially carry your body weight and are very functional. It is as important to work on them as your biceps. Now, many bros think the smith machine is a waste of time because it removes the need for muscles that stabilize the body. Well, that's not true. The Smith machine can easily cover your entire lower body i.e. quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves. If you do not work on your legs and do not enjoy free weight exercises, do this workout pattern for a minimum of 12 weeks. It will increase your lower body strength if you be consistent. 1) Smith Machine Close Stance Squats You often don't perform a full range of motion when doing the traditional back squats, so this a great tool for you to do deep squats with proper complete reps. Set your feet inwards to your shoulder level and squat. 2) Smith Machine Romanian Deadlift Simply do this exercise, hip hinge and stretch your hamstrings. One of the ideal movements to grow your hamstring strength. Start with a light to moderate weight. 3) Smith Machine Hip Thrusts A strong butt can help you to squat more weights and can you give you an aesthetic look if your goal is to improve your body composition. In scientific studies, the hip thrusts have been shown the ideal exercise to grow your glute strength and force, when compared squats. Here is a tip: Don't arch your back when thrusting, keep your back neutral and don't hyperextend. 4) Smith Machine Standing Calf Raise The smith machine can be a helpful tool for your calves as it is easy to apply progressive overload here which over time can grow your calves. Here is a sample workout plan: Smith Machine Squats - 3 sets of 6-8 reps Smith Machine Romanian Deadlifts - 3 sets of 8-12 reps Smith Machine Hip Thrusts- 3 sets of 8-12 reps Smith Machine Calf Raises- 3 sets of 12-15+ reps I am pretty sure you will enjoy this workout and do it every time you have a lower body session. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness
  22. Have you ever witnessed a fashion show IRL or on TV/social media and wondered who these elaborate designs were meant to target, or why these shows are all filled with seemingly unwearable clothes which would not work in real life at all? © Studio picsing But here's the thing, everyday fast fashion brands like H&M, Zara, Nike or any other mass-market brands will never showcase something like that in their stores or campaign about it. We are talking about high, creative fashion labels here, created by designers and marketed off as luxury goods and de rigueur fashion. But realistically speaking, obviously, every label and every designer intends to sell what they're making. No fashion house can survive if it were only manufacturing unwearable clothes, considering the kind of budget and effort it takes to organise a show. So, you should calculate by now that these ridiculous pieces seen on the runway will never end up in boutiques or department stores of the label. So, how does the production of bizarre clothes add up? Firstly, not every label plays the game of exhibiting dramatic theatrics. Most labels don't even throw individual shows. A singular example of a show being thrown individually by a label is Shantanu & Nikhil. Most fashion houses can't even afford a runway and are limited to a showroom they open during the Fashion Week. © Studio picsing But for the labels who do have a runway, a lot of them organise to the mark Prêt-à-Porter collection, (i.e ready-to-wear, clothes that can be bought right off the rack). For example, for LMIFW, there was a separate exhibition area for buyers to access and cherrypick the clothes that they like. But coming to clothes that are designed in a fashion incomprehensible by many, we're talking huge sleeves or alternatively narrow skirts that cinch the knees that would restrict function, or ginormous hats etcetera. Fashion is not only about looking pretty and staying up to date with trends, but it is also art, just like any other major streams like literature. Think of it this way, your go-to work wear or a plain white tee are not fleshed out enough to be turned into powerful artistic exhibits. A great analogy would be the kind of things you see in the museum of modern art. Aside from the paintings, most structures and moulds are not intended to be bought and displayed in homes because that's not practical or long-lasting to that effect, considering how fragile some of these pieces might be. Secondly, runway shows have to have elements and themes that send across the message that label wants its audience to know, to that effect, they introduce props, background music, graphics and sometimes even fantastical elements to put the theme across. Think of a runway sans these elements, people who go to the fashion week sometimes have to sit through six to eight or more a day, and if there is no unique individuality to each label, these shows might be bland for the spectators. Labels for that reason also, curate a theme that sets the tone and creates a vibe for shows in order for them to stand out. For example, LMIFW saw Prashant Verma's musical runway in which he too participated in the way of singing Harold Arlen's classic 'Over the Rainbow' while women of all ages received an 'Oscar' in their Victorian-esque grand tulle and satin gowns. © fdci Which brings me to my third point, taking Prashant Verma's A/W19 runway into consideration, sometimes through their clothes and the runway, designers sometimes set out to make a statement. Prashant Verma's show, called the 'Miracle Show' could be interpreted in many ways of which one could projecting the walk of life in five minutes on a runway or the struggles that people face in life and that each struggle deserves an award for it. Sometimes, shows shouldn't be taken at face value and should be considered "l'art pour l'art", a French slogan which translates to 'art for art's sake'. Realistically speaking, these shows do, however, render the label with publicity and media coverage on a level that otherwise improves the visibility of a label and works well for the designer profitably that way too. © fdci Lastly, a lot of times the overly dramatic runway pieces are made subtle and more realistic for the racks. The runway piece is an exaggeration of a trend that the label might want to incorporate in their own collection. By making the motives clear far and wide, the simmered down versions of the collection are obviously made wearable for the buyers. So, to answer your question, you will probably not spot runway pieces on the street, especially ones that restrict any kind of movement unless it's an exhibit, in which case, so is the runway in more ways than one.
  23. The biggest charitable initiative just took place in the country and we couldn't be more pleased with the mighty philanthropist. India's second richest man, Azim Premji, has given away 34 percent of his shares in a philanthropic commitment, which is Rs 52,750 crore ($7.5 billion), to support charitable causes across India, making this the most generous donation in Indian history. This definitely takes Premji's overall commitment towards his funding to a phenomenal Rs 145,000 crore ($21 billion), which includes 67% of economic ownership of Wipro Ltd. The Wipro chairman just made his foundation one of the biggest in the world with this generous initiative . © Twitter "He has done this (contribution) by additionally earmarking all economic benefits for philanthropic purposes, in approximately 34 per cent of the shares in Wipro Limited (current market value Rs 52,750 crore), held by certain entities controlled by him," - a statement made by the Azim Premji foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation have investment assets for charities and development in India for about $40 billion and & 12 billion, respectively. Premji's generosity comes at a time when the 'super-rich' folks in India are giving less for charitable causes than they did five years ago, according to a recent philanthropy report conducted by Bain & Co. in 2019. Seeing the philanthropic activities of Bill Gates, Azim Premji... they are like Corporate Robin Hoods — George Philip (@sacredjobshr) 14 March 2019 Hats off to Mr Azim Premji for his unprecedented philanthropic activities & charitable contribution to the Society; his latest contribution of 7.5 billion US $ brings total to 21 billion US $; he still flies economy class, avoids costly cars & ostentatious displays of wealth.. — Vikas Pahwa Sr Adv (@vikaspahwasradv) 14 March 2019 The Azim Premji Foundation works to strengthen the education system in the country and also helps other not-for-profit organisations, working in the same sector through multi-year financial grants. The foundation works closely with a lot of state governments to improve the quality of education at a grassroots level. They are currently prevalent in Karnataka, Telengana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh and the North-East. © Twitter The foundation helps building and scaling a network of institutions at district and state levels to help improve the overall condition of education in rural areas and small towns in a sustained manner. The next few years are scheduled and are going to be busy for the foundation, as they will focus on increasing the level of activity and work centred around education and they also may set up a foundation in the northern part of India, soon.
  24. The ongoing battle between PewDiePie and T-Series to become the most subscribed YouTube channel intensified yesterday for a brief period of time, as the Indian music channel gained an upper hand once again, only to lose it once again shortly after that. © YouTube The race between the two, as we all know, has been too close to call for quite some time now. However, things started looking great for T-Series yesterday, as their YouTube channel had gained the lead with a not-so-significant 6,000 subscribers gap. Unfortunately for T-Series, the victory didn't last long, as PewDiePie has once again regained his top spot as the most subscribed channel on the platform. This, of course, wasn't the first time that T-Series had gained the lead. We saw something similar last month too when YouTube purged several accounts, sending PewDiePie's subscriber count below T-Series. At the time of writing, the two channels are currently about 30,000 subscribers apart, with the former in the lead. PewDiePie's channel has about 88,976,000 subscribers, whereas T-Series is sitting close with 88,946,000 subs. This is certainly not the end of the race and we're sure the channels will continue to trade the top spot regularly. Perhaps an episode or two of Elon Musk hosting the 'meme review' would help? Only time will tell.
  25. Ever since Delhi boy Virat Kohli became the captain of the Indian cricket team, subtlety has been knocked out of the park. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's era as the skipper was full of awards and achievements but the man had a cool and calm attitude which reflected in his celebrations. While Kholi's reign has not lacked in bringing laurels for the country, the intensity of commemorating them has definitely gone up dramatically. Make no mistake, these are great ways of expressing your achievements and hey, when you are the best cricketer in the world, who are we to criticise? Therefore, joining the bandwagon of crazy fans of the sport, we list out the four times Virat Kohli celebrated his achievement in the most epic ways: 1. 'My Bat Does The Talking' Cricket has always been a gentleman's game but that does not stop the players from mouthing off hurtful things to their opponents every once in a while. Something similar happened during India's latest visit Down Under when bowler Pat Cummins assured the whole world that Kohli will not be scoring a century during this tour. If you know anything about Kohli, you know that he is never one to shy away from challenges. During the second Test match that took place in Perth King Kohli sent the ball for the boundary on the third day to record his 5th Test century of 2018 and then did this: An incredible innings from a remarkable player. What a celebration from Virat Kohli! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kTHMmycfFb — Cricket Network (@CricketNetwork) December 16, 2018 2. Mic Drop During the final ODI match between England and India in 2018, English skipper Joe Root celebrated his brilliant knock with a move he derived from musicians and rockstars and maybe even the former US President, Barack Obama when he dropped his bat on the floor while Kohli looked on. During the first Test match up the next month, however, it was Virat's turn to give Root a taste of his own medicine. A brilliant direct-throw to the wickets on Root's side led him back to the dressing room. On his way back, from the corner of his eye, Root could see Kohli drop the imaginary mic to celebrate the farewell. 3. The Pujara Dance This one comes after the historic Test-series victory against Tim Paine's team on Australian soil. Following a masterclass of a batting performance by India's second Wall, Cheteshwar Pujara (193), India went on to win the four-match Test series 2-1 after the third Test was cancelled due to rain and bad light. Kohli brought in Pujara and the rest of the team in a hurdle to celebrate the feat. in the funniest way possible, by doing the 'Pujara Dance'. Albeit, Rishabh Pant was the one who came up with the 'moves', it was Kohli who did the impossible when he made Pujara dance as well. Cheteshwar Pujara: can bat, can't dance? ð¤£ð¤£ Celebrations have well and truly begun for Team India! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XUWwWPSNun — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019 4. Kiss For The Belle During the third Test match against England at Trent Bridge all the way back in August of 2018, Virat Kohli notched a heroic 149-run innings to bring the Men in Blue back into the game. His wife Anushka Sharma was present at the venue as well and saw him take the English bowlers to task. As the batsman secured his 23rd ton in Test cricket, he took his helmet off and began to blow flying kisses to his wife, who stood tall in the stands, proud of Kohli's achievements. View this post on Instagram Here comes the special century from the RUN MACHINE #Virushka⤠Cr: Manav Manglani A post shared by VirUshka : Nushkie&Bubs♥ (@virushkaforeva) on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:28am PDT
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