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  1. HP has been making some of the most incredible laptops lately and their new Spectre x360 is one of those notebooks that was designed to impress. The Spectre line up, for those of you who don't know, has a lot of premium notebooks and they're known for their performance and sleek design. HP recently updated its Spectre x360 for 2019 and it's arguably one of the best two-in-one notebooks we've used so far. Well, I've been using the new 2019 HP Spectre x360 for quite some time now, and here's my full review. 1. Design and Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design of the Spectre x360, there's hardly anything to complain about. It's by far the most beautiful laptop I've ever used and I am coming from the Alienware m15 R2, which I touted to be amongst the most beautiful gaming laptops. It has a top-notch build quality and it screams premium from any and all angles you look at it from. I specifically like how the top left and right corners of the notebook are diagonal. There's a power button on the side whereas there's an additional USB Type-C port on the other, which I mostly use for charging. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Since this is a two-in-one notebook, it's furnished with a 360-degree hinge. You can rotate the screen and transform it into a tablet-like device or set it up in tent mode, which is great for watching media. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting to use the X360 in the tablet mode, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't. In fact, using the x360 in the tablet mode is what I found myself doing the most. The touchscreen experience was great, at least better than forcing myself to touch the screen while using it in the normal mode. And since it's so lightweight (under 1.5Kg), it was super easy for me to carry it around. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If you are looking for a premium laptop with the exceptional build quality, then I'd say look no further. The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops out there and the fact that it's so portable, makes it an easy sell. It simply looks astounding. 2. Display The variant which I got to review came with a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED panel. All the HP Spectre x360 panels measure 13.3-inch and they all support multi-touch in order to be used in the tablet mode. Though the touch screen works without any issues with fingers, HP is giving a stylus at no extra cost with every purchase of the Spectre x360. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP That's great because it comes in handy at times and buying one can usually be quite expensive. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla glass, so you don't have to worry about any scratches or damages even while using it in the tablet mode. Regardless of the mode that I was using it in, the display was fantastic. And it's an AMOLED panel, it had deep blacks and punchy colours, which is how I like the displays. Watching Netflix, or simply browsing through different web pages looked great on this notebook. And it's a 4k panel, so everything was nice and crispy too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also on-point when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy. The 4k model isn't available in all the market, but if it's available where you live and if your budget allows for it, then I'd say just go for this one. It's so worth the extra money. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The HP Spectre has a chiclet-style keyboard with well-spaced keys and decent travel. As a writer, I completely enjoyed using the keyboard to churn out articles. I can always appreciate hefty clicks and satisfying responses, and that's exactly what I got from the Spectre. It's an attractive keyboard with a large and easy-to-read font. The keys also have two levels of backlighting, so you won't have any issues using it at night. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, well, I'd say it's pretty decent. I would've preferred a slightly larger trackpad, but given the fact that the Spectre x360 itself has a pretty small form factor, there's not much room to complain. But other than that, I think the trackpad is pretty solid. It has Windows Precision Drivers and it had absolutely no trouble keeping up with my rapid movements. Also, since the Spectre x360 has a touch panel, I found myself using it more often than using the trackpad itself for things like selecting an item, copy and paste, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck to let you get in using Windows Hello. 4. Ports © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The HP Spectre x360 won't satisfy your hunger for ports, but I promise that it won't leave you hanging in search of a dongle. On the left side, you get a drop-down USB A port along with a headphone jack. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card slot and a switch to kill the webcam. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yeah, it doesn't have too many ports, but I think it's just enough to keep you going. I just wish one of the thunderbolt 3 ports was on the other side of the laptop, so I could charge it from either side. But that's just me and it's nothing to worry about. 5. Audio © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Spectre x360's speakers are below the chassis, which is probably the worst place to put a speaker. There are no two ways about it. I mean, they're still good enough to fill a medium-sized room but imagine but there's still something missing. The speakers are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, but that doesn't really make up for the poor placement. It sounds nice and crispy, but don't expect anything that would make you want to get and dance. 6. Performance The variant which I reviewed was equipped with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. During my usage, I'd say the laptop managed to hold up pretty well for my everyday use. I didn't encounter any snags while using it, which is always a good sign. This isn't a gaming laptop, so I obviously didn't use it to check off a couple of Fortnite matches. But it managed to handle a stress test by loading about 15 odd Google Chrome tabs, out of which many of them were playing videos. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The new 10nm chipset gives the Spectre x360 upgraded Iris Plus graphics. It managed to score well over 18,000 on Geekbench test surpassing some other competing laptops in this space. Honestly, I won't be surprised if you managed to load Fortnite and get a couple of "Victory Royale" as long as you're not cranking up the graphics. Overall, I'd say the HP Spectre x360 is a powerful machine that can take care of all your day-to-day tasks without any issues. The added versatility of having a touch panel and stylus makes it very useful in many scenarios. This is the kind of laptop that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a portable and powerful notebook for college or work. 7. Battery Life I am usually very sceptical about the battery life when it comes to super portable machines like this, but the HP Spectre x360 was beyond surprising. I was constantly getting around 10 to 11 hours of battery life with my workload on a daily basis and that's quite impressive. In fact, I never bothered carrying the charger to work with me knowing that I have enough juice to push through a regular day. It's that good. Obviously, it'll depend on the kind of work you're doing too, but I'd say it'll still give impressive battery performance. 8. The Final Say © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, the HP Spectre x360 starts at Rs. 1,24,990 in India. The variant which I got to review will cost you Rs. 1,74,990, which is a lot of money. However, I think the HP Spectre x360 is definitely worth it. Yes, there are a lot of other 2-in-1's in the market, but I doubt if any of them are nearly as premium as the Spectre x360. And the fact that it's fitted with the latest and the greatest hardware, makes it a really compelling option. A beautiful design, compact form factor, slim bezels around the display, and stellar battery life. Honestly, if it wasn't for the poorly placed speakers on this laptop, I would've given it a perfect score. If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop for your day-to-day work with great build quality and impressive performance, then I'd say just get the HP Spectre x360. You won't be disappointed with your purchase. View the full article
  2. Razer is known for bringing some of the best products at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) every year. Some of their prototype devices like crazy triple-screen laptops have stolen the show previously. So, we were super excited to see what the company brings to the table this year. Since mobile gaming has become so popular in 2019 and it's only expected to grow even more in 2020, it looks like Razer decided to do something for the mobile gaming community. They showcased something called the Razer Kishi gamepad, which is one of the best gamepad we've ever seen for mobile phones. Here, check it out - One of the best things about the controller is that it connects to the phone directly via the charging ports instead of a Bluetooth connection. It's perfect for low-latency gaming, something which is very crucial for competitive gaming. And since the gamepad uses the port, Razer has included a passthrough charging at the bottom right side. That way, you won't have to worry about running out of battery while hitting your targets. This is unique to this gamepad and not a lot of controllers offer that. © Razer Kishi also comes with a "universal fit", thanks to its gamevice belt on the back. With the help of that, it can fit in both small and XL-sized phones very easily. So, let's just say that any new phone with a USB-Type C or a lightning port will work with the Kishi controller. As for the buttons, the controller has the standard shoulder buttons, one D-Pad and four regular buttons basic controls. It's perfect for both current mobile games as well as cloud gaming. Cloud gaming, for those of you who don't know, is said to be on the rise and it looks like we'll soon be able to play our standard console games on our mobile phones. © YouTube/ Engadget So, imagine racing in Forza Horizon 4 or taking down enemies in Gears 5. Yes, it's going to be awesome. We didn't get a chance to play with the controller just yet, but we just can't wait to get our hands on it and play the games. Unlike Razer's laptops and phones, most peripherals make their way to India, so we think the new Kishi controller will also be available soon in the country. We're not sure about the pricing yet, but it should be priced at around $100, which is roughly around Rs. 7,000. View the full article
  3. Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday.Photo: AFPSYDNEY: A lethargic world number one Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday, crashing in two tough sets to Belgium´s David Goffin. The Spaniard was heavily favoured to win the match and secure Spain a berth in the semi-finals after Roberto Bautista Agut eased past Kimmer Coppejans 6-1, 6-4 in the first singles match. But the 19-time Grand Slam winner slumped 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to the 11th-ranked Belgium -- a rare defeat for Nadal while playing for his country. It sent the tie into a decisive doubles match to determine who meets Australia in the last four. "I had to hold my nerve for a long time, which wasn´t easy," Goffin said. "I knew against Rafa I had to take the ball early and take more risk. I was in the court trying to dictate and he had to find a solution." Spain´s group games during the round-robin phase of the inaugural team event were played in Perth, where the air was much drier. Nadal, who had not dropped a set this year before meeting Goffin, faced not only heat but energy-sapping humidity in Sydney and struggled to deal with it, dripping in sweat for much of the match. He was not on song and struggled to find his rhythm, giving away nine break points in the first set. Goffin had two more break points to go 5-3 up in the second, but Nadal clung on and became more offensive to take the match to a tiebreak before the Belgian closed out the match for one of the biggest wins in his career.
  4. Tuxedos are expensive - not just in terms of money, but also towards the environment, considering how often, they require a lot of effort and exquisite materials to be made. With the award season just beginning to heat up, we can easily expect celebrities to walk down the red carpet in a number of exquisite and spectacular tuxedos and suits. © Reuters Well, it turns out, a lot of celebrities, barring Joaquin Phoenix. The actor who perhaps gave us the most nuanced and menacing portrayal of Batman's archnemesis, in Todd Phillip's Joker, whose endearing portrayal of Arther Fleck, in a way, redefined how we see antiheroes in films, has decided to stick to just one set of tuxedo. © Reuters This actually is a major break away from the tradition that celebrities have religiously followed of wearing something new and noteworthy for each award ceremony they attend. Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer who has designed and made the suit that Joaquin has chosen for this award season, put out a statement, which reveals why Joaquin has decided to take this route. © Reuters View this post on Instagram This man is a winner… wearing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet and all of its creatures. He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud and honoured to join forces with you Joaquin, keep inspiring and keep shining your light x Stella⣠Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor at the 77th Golden Globe awards, wearing a custom #StellaMenswear Tuxedo.⣠. #JoaquinPhoenix⣠#StellaMcCartney⣠#GoldenGlobes #InStella A post shared by Stella McCartney (@stellamccartney) on Jan 6, 2020 at 3:09am PST “Joaquin chooses to make choices for the future of the planet and all of its creatures. Therefore, he has chosen to wear the same tux for the entire award season to reduce waste,” reads her Instagram post. Considering how most fashion houses are moving towards sustainability in a major way, this is actually a rather welcome step that honestly more celebrities should seriously consider. © Reuters Who would've thought that the planet would find a friend in the terminally unhinged Joker? © Warner Bros. Pictures As for the tuxedo itself, it is a rather classic affair. The silhouette is simplistic and yet, has a magnificent appeal. The shawled collar, with the single-breasted, single-button design, gives it a very contemporary appeal. © Instagram/goldenglobes With many critics having called Joaquin's portrayal of Arthur & the Joker, the best portrayal of DC's supervillain, ever, and considering the box office success that the film witnessed, it should be rather interesting to see how it fares during this awards season. View the full article
  5. OnePlus decided to show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year and showcase a new phone. It's a concept phone so don't expect it to be made available for purchase. Called the OnePlus Concept One Phone, the new phone has a lot of interesting things to talk about. It's no secret that the OnePlus Concept One has a camera that magically disappears. Yeah, the marquee feature of the phone is that it uses a new kind of "electrochromic glass" that makes it look as if there's no camera at the back. What it does, is it essentially tints the lenses to make them blend into the body. Here, take a look at this image - © Twitter/ Austin Evans See how it works? It looks a little gimmicky, but that's what we have. It's also worth pointing out that the camera is not entirely invisible. You can still see it from certain angles, but it does a fantastic job of hiding it. But would someone want a disappearing camera, to begin with? Well, the only logical explanation to that is it'll look very slick on a phone that's completely black. The idea behind the concept is to hide and keep the camera discreet. It's purely aesthetics. The OnePlus Concept One is a big bright phone with O range leather. But imagine a phone with a slick glass body. Using this glass will keep the camera discreet, giving it a neat and clean look. So let's just say that the future OnePlus phones will be a treat to look at. With its industry-first disappearing rear camera, the #OnePlusConceptOne is a testament to our untiring passion for challenging convention. Witness the beauty of the unseen at #CES2020, January 7-10. pic.twitter.com/b5I4ma25pE â OnePlus (@oneplus) January 7, 2020 Also, it only takes 0.7 seconds for the electrochromic glass to turn on and off. According to OnePlus, it's the same time it takes to open the camera, so it'll be ready to go as soon as you launch the camera. The way it works is, the camera remains hidden when it's not in use, and it automatically shows up when you fire it up. What's interesting is that OnePlus says the glass can also be used as an ND filter, which is an absolute treat for photographers. So that's the only thing which makes the electrochromic glass useful beyond just aesthetics. There's an option in the camera software to enable it, which is very neat. © Twitter/ David Immel The OnePlus Concept One, as you can see, has leather. It's the Papaya Orange color, the same one which we're used to seeing from the McLaren edition OnePlus phones. OnePlus says it's the same leather that's being used in McLaren cars for the seat covers. Internally, the OnePlus Concept One has the same internals as the OnePlus 7T Pro. It sports a 6.7-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, is powered by Snapdragon 855+ processor with 12GB of RAM and 4,085 mAh battery. It has the same curved glass and metal sides. It looks pretty slick but it's sad that we won't be able to buy it, at least not anytime soon. We don't know if OnePlus is planning on implementing this tech in its next phone, but we're super excited to see what the brand comes up with. View the full article
  6. The Golden Globes 2020 red carpet in a way followed 2018's all-black dress code (which was in solidarity with the Me Too movement) in terms of serving us with looks that were all (mostly) black. Even though there was no planned dress code this year, it looked like coincidentally people had worn similar-looking outfits. Most men were seen in Tuxedos. But obviously, all these tuxedos were styled in different ways, so it did not look like they were wearing a uniform. But these tuxedo-looks do present themselves to us as a guide on styling this formal silhouette. So here goes, different ways in which you could style your tuxedo, so it doesn't look like you're repeating outfits courtesy the Golden Globes. 1. Jason Momoa © Getty Images Jason Momoa has always kept it casual. He's someone who can even make the tuxedo look chilled out, as he does in this look wherein he completes the look with chunky jewellery, a brooch and loose hair. 2. Adam Driver © Getty Images Adam Driver, post the Marriage Story success, has kept it classic by going old school in the way of styling his tux with a simple black bow-tie. In the midst of trying out new combinations when styling your clothes, sometimes going back to the basics can really work out well. 3. Kieran Culkin © Getty Images Another interesting way to style the tuxedo is to just add a white bow tie instead of a conventional black one and et voila! This not only breaks the monotony of the outfit but also adds a unique twist to the regular tux. 4. Billy Porter © Getty Images Now, save this one for a bachelor's party or a party whose theme suggests that you can afford to go all out with your outfit. Billy Porter here has added a removable angle wing to his tux to stand out. Think of all the possibilities that you could work with when styling your tux for a theme like this. 5. Nick Jonas © Getty Images Nick Jonas, here, has chosen a rather unconventional tie to go with his tux. He chose the Prada Bolo Tie that is literally just strings and locket with Prada insignia. There are plenty of unconventional options out there of bizarre ties and animated cuff links that can instantly quirk up your tuxedo. View the full article
  7. You know a movie is good when only one trailer gets everyone so excited about it. That's what's happening with A Quiet Place Part II right now. The first trailer for the sequel of the much-loved movie is finally out and it's, honestly, the perfect start to the year. The movie will have Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe reprising their roles from the first movie, with Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou joining the cast for this one. What a great cast, the movie just cannot disappoint with such great actors. While not much is known about the movie as of now, here's what Paramount Pictures have released about the storyline - "Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path." Basically, in the first one, the family was being haunted by those weird creatures who responded to sound, but the stakes are getting higher with this one; the creatures are not the only threat now, and we can't wait to see how they'll survive all the horrors that are waiting for them now. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEMwSdne6UE As I mentioned before, people have gone crazy because of how exciting the trailer is. Yep. the power of emily blunt in the a quiet place cinematic universe pic.twitter.com/uXWZYmvhvO — mary (@bIuntinski) January 1, 2020 That last picture, tho. Cillian Murphy in A Quiet Place: Part II is coming to save us all in 2020 pic.twitter.com/HtYLWcpY54 — ð ð ð ð ð ð âï¸ ð ð ð ð ð ð (@dracarysdemon) January 1, 2020 It's going to be great. bearded, tattooed, rugged cillian murphy in a quiet place part 2 is everything i never knew i needed. pic.twitter.com/8pe5fTPJxQ — kayleigh (@benscallum) January 1, 2020 For sure. A QUIET PLACE PART II IS ALREADY THE BEST MOVIE OF 2020 https://t.co/5C9XCLPVKA — keeley joâï¸ (@vampirekeeley) January 1, 2020 Everyone right about now. Me: A Quiet Place doesn't need a sequel. I refuse to watch it. Releases trailer showing Cillain Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. Me: https://t.co/9RO4b5Eh7Q pic.twitter.com/An6HgqDB1Z — Filmically Speaking (@Adam63754514) January 1, 2020 Same. Cillian Murphy in A Quiet Place 2 kinda makes me wanna join film Twitter cuz this is all I'm gonna be talking about for months!! pic.twitter.com/onFwL3WYfv — jas âï¸ (@xsunnyfx) January 1, 2020 Brilliant. I'll say this as loudly as I can on here...ð£ CILLIAN MURPHY IN A QUIET PLACE PART 2 HAS ME HYPED! Genius actor and CHILLING trailer pic.twitter.com/tyaZxian4I — Angel Amaral (@BluRayAngel) January 1, 2020 Always. Cillian looks so fine, can't wait to watch the movie and be amazed (again) by his talent A Quiet Place – Part II official trailer: pic.twitter.com/3Du1jDKr3l — best of cillian murphy (@bestcillian) January 1, 2020 View the full article
  8. Why can't star kids just admit their privilege? It's, honestly, a genuine question. It's not that hard to admit that you had an advantage while trying to make it in Bollywood. That way, at least they will just be privileged and not entitled. But nope, even now, almost all of them try to justify nepotism by talking about how much they have to struggle as well. This entire thing was perfectly summed by Ananya Pandey recently, while she appeared on the Newcomers Roundtable with Rajeev Masand. In a short snippet that's going viral just because of how absurd she sounds while explaining her struggles in the industry, Siddhant Chaturvedi shut her down in the most incredible way. She said, "I have always wanted to be an actor. Just because my dad has been an actor, I will never say no to an opportunity to act. My dad has never been in a Dharma film, he never went on Koffee With Karan. So, it's not as easy as people say. Everyone has their own journey and their own struggle." Ananya Pandey complaining about nepotism and Sidhant Chaturvedi ending her existence with one line look at her reaction lol pic.twitter.com/hX2R7Jc1F7 — Devdas (@shahrukhdevdas) January 1, 2020 First of all, when did Koffee with Karan or a Dharma movie become the benchmark of success? These people really do live in their own bubble, don't they? They really won't know what struggling actually is even if it punched them in the face. Making it even worse, she further rambled on, "When SOTY 2 got delayed by a year, my dad actually didn't even congratulate me till the film released because that's how fickle the industry is. That's how dispensable people are. Anything can happen, it can get shelved, it can release after years and he knows that. Mine has been a lot of personal experience, I have seen my dad go through so many things that I don't take anything too seriously. I overcompensate sometimes. I am so scared that people may say that oh you are taking things too lightly' so I will come extra early to places. I am so happy that I have this chance." While everyone else seemed to agree with her, Siddhant Chaturvedi, a proper self-made actor, gave it back to her without even being rude. In one sentence, he explained nepotism better than she could after talking for a minute and a half. He said, "The difference is jahaan humare sapne poore hote hain, wahi inka struggle shuru hota hai." What an answer man, he's not even being mean or anything, he's just stating facts. Someone, please edit the video so Sher Aaya, Sher starts playing right after he says this. That's the point, no one is saying star kids don't struggle. I can imagine they're probably under a lot of pressure to live up to their parents' work, but the opportunities they get just because of their name or their family, is something a struggling actor can never get. Here's the full video: Ananya is getting trolled, of course, since her justification was almost as lame and nonsensical as her Instagram captions. She struggled so much. If You Need Some Motivation For New Year Please Listen To This Inspiring Words By Ananya Pandey Ji I Almost Cried For Her When She Said My Dad Has Never Been On Koffee With Karan Bhagwan Itni Mushkil Life Mujhe Na Dena Pls pic.twitter.com/lMx6eFlatj — Dr Khushboo Kadri (@khushikadri) January 1, 2020 Boht hard, bro. Hahahah MC Sher at the end nailed it there. Bohot hard https://t.co/ZR68sbTaO2 — Ñoniyá (@sonii_4sure) January 1, 2020 Yep. watching her talk nonsense for a whole minute was worth it because of how he ended her https://t.co/S4Rf0dWDeq — x (@krownnist) January 1, 2020 Press F to pay respect. "My dad has never been on Koffee with Karan... I have seen him go through so much." ~ Ananya Pandey. That must have been hard to cope with, to not watch him sign a coffee mug and not be able to compete for the hamper. Sad. https://t.co/3ATgA9e1m0 — Tanzila Anis ‏تÙÙزÙÛÙÙÛ Ø§ÙÙÙÛس (@aaliznat) January 1, 2020 Bollywood is weird. Since when is being on Koffee with Karan viewed as a barometer for success https://t.co/YsAVlgnsws — Pranav  (@woodinhyo) January 1, 2020 Everyone should stan him. 1. Going on Koffee with Karan is not an accomplishment. 2. Ananya Panday doesn't know what"indispensable" means. 3. No one gives a shit about a star kid's "struggle." Seriously, all star kids, stfu. 4. I stan Siddhant Chaturvedi. https://t.co/fzcJhuWGcg — Shahana Yasmin (@shahana_y) January 1, 2020 Thoughts and prayers. Sending prayers and condolences to Chunkey Pandey for not being on Koffee with Karan show. Almost started crying looking at HOW MUCH ananya pandey struggled to get into the industry. pic.twitter.com/SqidkyqJzX — S (@ShreeShetty8) January 1, 2020 Same. Ananya Pandey is the most humble & relatable actress in Bollywood right now. Even my dad hasn't been on Koffee with Karan. I understand the struggle. You'd know the pain too if your father hasn't been on Koffee with karan. — Shridhar V (@iimcomic) January 1, 2020 No one is blaming them. the worst part about the video isn't even Ananya Pandey saying my dad hasn't been on Koffee With Karan, it's the woman before Siddhant Chaturvedi saying “it's like we're almost blaming them for being born in a family which is not right” with pity, that's clownery luv — x (@krownnist) January 1, 2020 I know, right? I genuinely never thought I'd ever be able to relate to a celebrity. Even my dad never went on koffee with karan and I feel so much better knowing Ananya Pandey's life is just like mine. — Arya (@thecuriouself) January 2, 2020 View the full article
  9. Ishaan Khatter proved his mettle in Bollywood with his first movie Dhadak and just like his elder brother Shahid Kapoor's on-point fashion game, even Ishaan's choices are impeccable. Recently, he wrapped his schedule for Khaali Peeli starring Ananya Pandey, which is set to release on 12th June 2020. As excited as we are for this one, we also couldn't stop digging Ishaan's pornstache moustache that he will be seen sporting in his upcoming movie. © Viral Bhayani Apart from his moustache, Ishaan has time and again pushed the envelope with his sartorial choices. Khatter proved just that yet again as he was spotted outside his gym wearing a pair of distorted shorts that successfully balanced out his workout look. Even though his outfit was super relaxed, the shorts with its striking hue made a head-turning statement. © Viral Bhayani © Nike Ishaan was spotted wearing Nike's DNA Distorted shorts. The brand has added a new spin to a pair of shorts and this combination is, far, the best workout combination. Furthermore, these shorts have a Dri-FIT technology that helps one stay comfortable while working out. There's an elastic drawcord that lets you have a personalised fit. The side pockets make this one quite roomy. © Nike You can always bank on a pair of black shorts for the gym but this particular one instantly catches the eye and is definitely a quirky option. Speaking of its price, these shorts are available for Rs 4,500 approximately which makes it affordable as well. Truly, it packs the style quotient in such a way that you won't have to buy more than one pair of shorts. © Viral Bhayani Coming to Ishaan's workout garb, it has an athleisure vibe to it. A black T-shirt coupled with dual-toned shorts and black sneakers makes it look edgy. You can instantly take inspiration and emulate this vibe in your gym looks as well. If you love to be stylish at all hours, add these shorts to your wardrobe and up your game, stat. Well done, Ishaan. View the full article
  10. When it comes to convenience banking, BankIslami has always been at the forefront of innovation. It was the first bank in Pakistan to introduce cardless ATMs, and has been the pioneer of technologically advanced banking solutions ever since its establishment. In 2014, they established themselves as the pioneer of biometric banking and the epitome of innovation by introducing their One Touch Banking services. Since then, the service has provided scope and promises to provide BankIslami a competitive edge within the banking industry. This increases the expectations of customers by offering convenient banking. This breakthrough innovation has laid the foundation for other banks to follow suit. The service aims to provide premium biometric banking services to its customers. Its user-friendly design and convenience of use makes it a service to keep an eye out for. One Touch enables you to utilize the banking services such as cash withdrawal, funds transfer, pay order bill payments, card activation without an ATM card or even a cheque book. This technological convenience makes it as easy as using your thumb to access your accounts. BankIslami promoted their breakthrough One Touch technology in a campaign One Touch was rolled out in the first quarter of this year. They introduced One Touch in a ceremony where the bank's CEO and President, Syed Amir Ali, along with the management and the brand ambassador, Moin Khan were present. BankIslami has shown in their existing initiatives that they are focused on creating strides through technological advancements in the Pakistani banking industry. BankIslami believes that continuous innovation is the key to success in this era.
  11. For those of you who haven't been following Ayushmann Khurrana up close, you should know that he' been hinting (for a while now) towards taking a much-deserved break. After delivering stellar performances in films like Bala, Dream Girl, AndhaDhun, Article 15 and also having recently wrapped up the shoot for Gulabo Sitabo (his upcoming film), Ayushmann finally took off for his vacation. For his three-month-long sabbatical, he first started with a family vacation at the Bahamas where he also spent Christmas this year. But what intrigued us was his vibrant outfit that blended perfectly well with the Bahaman beaches. Take a look: © Instagram/ Ayushmann Khurrana © Instagram/ Ayushmann Khurrana But what interested us, even more, was how his red bandana with space-aged shades worked so well with his skull-themed green boxers. The boxers are so quirky and vibrant despite the skull insignia. They're the perfect pair if you're someone who likes to step out in the night for a little snack. You could, however, wear a hoodie on top of a pair of boxers like these if you're not at the beach. Ayushmann Khurrana is clearly going for a chilled out vibe here. And yet, while keeping it 'cazh', his effortless style is clearly winning it. View the full article
  12. LAHORE: One person died and two others were injured on Friday after a fire erupted in a plaza at the city's famous Urdu Bazar. According to rescue officials, a cylinder inside a tea hotel at the plaza exploded, causing a fire that injured three persons. Rescue officials arrived at the plaza to take the injured to the hospital. Firefighters doused the flames in one hour. One of the injured persons, Zohaib, succumbed to his wounds and died at the hospital. Yaqoob and Zaman, the other two who were injured as a result of the fire, were discharged from the hospital after being treated.
  13. While terms such as “inclusivity” and “equality” continue to be the raging keywords in India right now, a happy news has reached us that is leaving a fuzzy feeling in people's hearts and shedding a completely different light on these terms. India is all set to get its first university for transgenders and we couldn't be happier to share this news with you guys. The university for the transgender community will be opened in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district. View this post on Instagram #delhiqueerpride #prideparade #queer #pride2017 #lgbtrights #lgbtqia #rainbow #nogenderbias #delhipride #section377 A post shared by Sidharth Shankar (@ind.sidharth) on Nov 12, 2017 at 11:12am PST The best part is that the university will offer classes from standard one till Post Graduation and even research and PhD degree. Being built by the Akhil Bhartiya Kinnar Siksha Seva Trust (All-India transgender education service trust), the aim is to facilitate the education of transgenders from all over the country. © Reuters Talking to the media, President of the trust Dr Krishna Mohan Mishra said, “It is the first of its kind in the country where members of transgender community will be able to get education and the process of has already been initiated. From January 15 next year, two children who are brought up by the community members will get admission and from February and March other classes will start.” Great news for sure and we're happy for our trans brethren! View the full article
  14. If owning up your grey strands is not something you're up for just yet, it's okay (Just like it's totally cool to embrace a salt and pepper look). If you aren't ready yet to embrace the grey, you're going to have to do more than just dyeing your hair. Restoring your hair back to black is a whole process, and here's what you need to do to achieve that. © Getty Images 1. When Should You See A Professional Colourist? It's important to realise that a good professional colourist will give much better coverage than an at-home dye kit. Okay so, if you have a few strands here and there, then you could consider colouring your hair at home. There's no going wrong in that situation. However, if you have big patches of concentrated grey strands, then seeing a colourist becomes important. You don't want to colour-block yourself in an odd tone that looks completely off in comparison to your complexion. A colourist is going to balance the hair tone well in relation to your complexion. 2. If You're Dyeing Your Hair At Home You must remember that you've to keep it subtle and make sure that the dye is not something that'll look off on your face. In fact, investing in grey-hair targetting products is a much better option than other dyes as the grey strands are not porous and lack oil-levels, which means targetted products will exponentially work better. © Getty Images 3. Try A Colour Developer A colour developer is going to moisturise your hair strands root-deep and make them more receptive to the hair dyes. However, at the same time, it can compromise the quality of your hair strands. So, invest in a good developer that can protect your hair. 4. How Often Should You Touch Up? This really depends on how fast your roots start to show or whether or not the previous hair dye is fading. This isn't as expensive a process as when you're doing it at home, but it is more of a gamble. It might be best just to dye the roots and avoid recolouring the strands unless they're visibly dulling, in which case, you've to colour the entirety of your hair. View the full article
  15. Realme has been on a roll in 2019 and the Chinese company is going to close the year with yet another smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000. Even though there are other alternatives that cost less than Rs 20,000, few can be classified as a good choice as many compromise on features or specifications. The Realme X2 is not one of those phones and comes packed with features which will soon become the norm in the price segment. We've been using the smartphone for a while as a daily driver and here's our full review of the smartphone and the features we feel are great for an everyday user: Design and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It is quite apparent that the Realme X2 draws inspiration from the Realme XT and X2 Pro in terms of design. The back of the smartphone is probably the first thing you will notice when looking at the phone. The smartphone comes in three colours i.e. Pearl Green, Pearl Blue, and Pearl White. The Pearl Green variant is probably our favourite out of the three colour variants. Much like other smartphones from 2019, the back of the phone has a gradient pattern that refracts light at different angles. The back of the smartphone has a glossy finish which also comes with its own caveat of being a fingerprint magnet. At the back, you will also notice the quad-camera system and the logo branding at the bottom left corner. The camera module protrudes from the body which means it would be better to use the in-box case to offset the camera protrusion. At the front, a 6.4-inch notched display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and slightly thin bezels. It looks like any other smartphone that launched in 2018/2019 from the front and doesn't really have any significant identifying features. Overall, the smartphone looks great from the back, being the marquee feature of the smartphone in the design category. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display quality of the smartphone, you will not be disappointed by using it to watch videos on OTT platforms and YouTube. The water-drop notch can be a bit of a hindrance in the viewing experience, but overall, it was fun to watch content on this phone. Having said that, the colours on the display are not entirely accurate and this is expected from a smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000. The brightness levels peak at 417 nits which is good enough for indoor use. The display itself in a Super AMOLED panel and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. Performance The Realme X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G, a chipset targeted for mid-range smartphones that can also handle a bit of gaming. The performance of the smartphone during the course of our review was good enough for an everyday user. The chipset performs as expected and we did not see the smartphone falter in any situation. In terms of gaming, the Realme X2 managed to run popular battle Royale games at 60 FPS at high graphics which is more than what an average user needs. The software itself is also stable enough and there wasn't any lag, forced app crashes and general bugs. The smartphone does heat up a bit while gaming but that is normal for any smartphone today. There is no throttling present or faster battery drain due to heavy usage. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of benchmark results, the Realme X2 scored a single-core score of 546 and a multi-core score of 1737 during our tests. To put things into perspective, the Realme X2 scores were a bit better than Redmi Note 8 Pro's 495 and 1533 Geekbench 5 scores. For gaming purposes, we ran a simple 3D mark test and the phone scored a respectable 2405 points. Battery and Charging The Realme X2 comes with a 4,000mAh battery that can last easily a day with heavy usage with uses like navigation, web browsing, gaming and content viewing. If you are a moderate user, expect the smartphone to easily last 1.5 days. Realme smartphones also boast quick charging speed than any other smartphone as it uses OPPO's VOOC 4.0 protocol. The Realme X2 supports 30W fast charging and operates at 5 V/5 A. It is capable of charging the Realme X2 to 100% in a little over 70 minutes. Having a fast charger that can fully charge the smartphone in a little over an hour that costs less than Rs 20,000 is always going to be an advantage. Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Realme has been including multiple camera sensors for their smartphones and the X2 is no exception. It comes with a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64MP primary f/1.8, 8MP ultrawide f/2.2, 2MP macro f/2.4 and, 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4. We used the smartphone's camera in numerous settings for our camera test. From the primary sensor, we were able to capture some good shots with accurate colours that were later sharpened by the software for a cleaner look. Details were captured well and in comparison, did a better job than the OnePlus 7T Pro. Using the night mode was a delight when we used it to capture some images at a local bar in the after hours. The ultra-wide sensor has a field of view of 119-degrees, however the quality of the image falls when using the mode. The dynamic range falls considerably and in low-light, you will notice a lot of noise that interferes with the details of the image captured. The macro lens is also good enough to capture details when close to the subject. It isn't the best, but does a fairly good job for a smartphone in this segment. Similarly, we were quite happy to use the portrait mode that uses the main sensor in tandem with the depth sensor. The Realme X2 generally can take great images apart from some obvious issues in the ultra-wide mode. The camera app is easy to use with all the different modes can be accessed easily. The highlight of the Realme X2's camera is the night mode and the 64MP primary camera that will handle all your photography needs easily. Have a look at some of the images we shot with the smartphone below: The Final Say When considering everything about the Realme X2 and in comparison to even some budget flagship smartphones, it is hard not to recommend this phone. It does a great job at delivering good gaming performance, amazing battery life and can be fast charged to full capacity in a little over an hour. For photography enthusiasts, the Realme X2 has everything you need to take quality images, thanks to the different modes available. Shooting in low-light has always been a struggle with smartphones but the Realme X2 tackles that problem well with the dedicated Night Mode. The Realme X2, in our opinion, is an all-rounder device that does not break your bank. View the full article
  16. It's Christmas eve today and if you are looking to surprise the gadget lover in your life or simply shopping for some last moment gifts, tech gadgets are the easiest way to go. So, here are some really good tech gift items that are worth checking out - Ultimate Ears Wonderboom © YouTube/ Adam Savage's Tested Any celebration is incomplete without music. And if you think that's the right gift to give someone then the UE Wonderboom 2 is the one to check out. It's one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers around and it's just perfect for every occasion. It's got astonishingly good sound and it's waterproof too, so that's awesome. iPad Pro © YouTube/ Jonathan Morrison iPad is like the go-to option when it comes to tech gadget gifts. You just can't go wrong with the iPad, regardless of who you're buying it for. It's one of the most versatile pieces of tech we've used, be it for media consumption like watching movies and TV Shows, or playing video games. And with Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ available now, you just can't go wrong with this one. Couple this with a yearly subscription of a streaming service and you're sorted. Nintendo Switch © YouTube/ Apple Explained We've included Nintendo Switch in almost all of our gifting guides and rightfully so. Nintendo really nailed the handheld form factor with this one and how. Start playing at home on a big screen and simply pick up when you're on the go. Also, the games library for Switch has seen some really impressive games over the years. From Zelda to even newer titles like Wolfenstein, there's anything and everything you can ask for. You can also choose to go with the Nintendo Switch Lite option, but you'll miss the fun of having joy-cons and being able to play on a big screen, so keep that in mind. AirPods Pro © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Apple's update to the highly popular pair of earbuds arrived a couple of months back, and they're just awesome. It's like Apple took something that was already very popular and made it even better. The new AirPods Pro has everything that the regular AirPods have and then some. You get new fancy features like noise-cancelation, which works flawlessly. AirPods Pro also comes with ear tips, which means they're less likely to fall out of your ears. OnePlus 7T © OnePlus If you're looking to buy a new smartphone for someone, then just go with the OnePlus 7T. It's OnePlus' latest smartphone and has almost everything that you can ask for from a good phone. Things like fast-charging, a superfluid 90Hz display, latest and greatest internals, etc., the OnePlus 7T is packed with the good stuff. You'll also find some good deals around this time of the year, so be sure to check it out. Echo Dot and Google Home © YouTube/ All things tech Lastly, if you know someone who's been wanting to buy a smart speaker, then you have just two obvious options. The Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini. Both of them are quite affordable and a good place to start building your smart home. Both of them also have a good audio output, so you don't have to worry about getting separate speakers too. View the full article
  17. In our country of a billion people, passion runs high whenever the topic of cricket is discussed. Cricket is not just a game here, it's a religion that brings people together. And when one gets presented with a chance to meet one of the best cricketers in the world, who can keep calm, right? This dream came true for some top Fantasy Players on the MPL app when they got a chance to meet Indian Cricket Captain and MPL's Brand Ambassador Virat Kohli. How? Well, they played Fantasy extensively on MPL and won big, of course MPL or Mobile Premier League is an online gaming platform that offers a plethora of games, fantasy sports, quiz and more. One can play 30+ games & multiple fantasy sports on their mobile to win real cash prizes. The app has games ranging from Ludo to Kabbadi to Carrom but the one that takes the cake is cricket. MPL recently organised a meet & greet for itâs biggest winners from all over the country with Virat Kohli. The selected 10 winners got to meet and talk to the captain of our Indian cricket team. The video shows how MPL flew in people from Jamshedpur, Surat and more to Mumbai and had all of them meet Kohli and recorded their experience. Virat Kohli is one of the worldâs top cricketers and is an idol to anyone who watches or plays the sport, so meeting him was a dream come true for all of them. So, what are you waiting for? Download the app and start playing, you never know, you might just be the next in line to meet Kohli. If not, you will still win big cash prizes, so get started! View the full article
  18. Deepika Padukone on why she thought Ranveer Singh was the oneDeepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are one of the most sought-after Bollywood couples who never fail to leave fans in awe with endearing romance and loved-up exchanges. Fans were once again left swooning over the love birds, when the Padmaavat actor recently opened up about her relationship with hubby. The 33-year-old star praised her beloved husband for always supporting her career and also revealing the reason why she decided to marry him. The Bajirao Mastani diva expressed: "Ranveer is equally supportive, that’s why I married him because he respects my success, he respects the money I make." "If I come to think of it, the money he earns, his success now is totally different, and seven years ago, when we were dating, things were different, and I was working more, and yet, to be genuinely okay with the fact that I was working more, I was busier, and there were days when I did not even used to come home, and not once has it come in the way of our relationship, that is unique, and I want to see more of that," quoted Pinkvilla. Meanwhile on the work front, Deepika is busy with the promotions of her upcoming project, Chhapaak. The film, directed by Meghna Gulzar, also features Vikrant Massey in the lead roles and is all set to release on January 10, 2020.
  19. A soldier stands guard along the border fence at a post on the border with Afghanistan in Pakistan, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/FilesRAWALPINDI: One soldier was martyred and four others wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the Army's media wing said in a statement Thursday. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), there was an "IED attack on troops busy in Fencing along Pak-Afghan Border near Kandao Sar Post in Landikotal". The martyred soldier was identified as Lance Naik Taqdeer Ali Orakzai, the ISPR added.
  20. Just like every year, The Game Awards for 2019 took place earlier this week in Los Angeles, where the year's biggest games were celebrated. A ton of great video games across all platforms were nominated this year, which also included some of our favourite titles. This year's nominees included Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Control, Death Stranding, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Resident Evil 2, and The Outer Worlds. Here's a list of all winners at this year's Game Awards. 1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Award: Game Of The Year This one from the developer of Bloodborne is one of the most difficult video games we've played last year. It's truly an effort to progress through the game, right from the start. This game came out in the month of March and it quickly became one of the most popular titles of the year. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. 2. Death Stranding Awards: Best Game Direction, Best Music/ Score Kojima Production's Death Stranding came out only recently and it took the spotlight for being one of the most sophisticated games of the year. Death Stranding was celebrated with rave reviews, and it's said to be one of the best games ever made by Hideo Kojima. The game also won an award for Best Music. Death Stranding is now available on the PS4 and it's coming to PC next year. 3. Disco Elysium Awards: Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, Best RPG, and Fresh Indie Game Disco Elysium is an acclaimed PC RGB title, and it emerged as one of the biggest winners of The Game Awards 2019. It was nominated for four awards and it won all four of them, which is simply amazing. We think this is one of those games which must be in your library. Disco Elysium is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 4. Control Awards: Best Art Direction Control is one of the best-looking video games we played this year, so we're not really surprised that it won an award for best art direction. You must check out our full review of the game to see how beautiful this game looks when played on a PC at max settings. Control is now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, so be sure to play it. 5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Award: Best Audio Design Call of Duty is back in a big way this year and it has won an award for the best audio design. Do make a note that this isn't for the music or the score, but it's for the in-game audio and FX. If you've played the game, then you'd know that they have truly nailed it. It's a must-play title this year, so don't miss this one. There are a ton of other categories to cover, here's a quick list of video games that made it big this year at The Game Awards 2019. Best Performance: Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding Games for Impact: Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver) Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite (Epic Games) Best Mobile Game: Call of Duty: Mobile Best Community Support: Destiny 2 (Bungie) Best VR/AR Game: Beat Saber (Beat Games) Best Action Game: Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom) Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo) Best Family Game: Luigi's Mansion 3 Best Strategy Game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Best Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Best Multiplayer Game: Apex Legends Fresh Indie Game: ZA/UM for Disco Elysium Content Creator of the Year: Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek Best Esports Game: League of Legends Best Esports Player: Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf Best Esports Team: G2 Esports Best Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019 Best Esports Coach: Danny 'Zonic' Sørensen Best Esports Host: Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere View the full article
  21. A common norm that most people notice with the onset of the winter is flaky, dry and irritated skin. Inevitably, even if you think you're moisturising your skin well, that seems to be never enough to brighten up the face for a Monday morning work meeting especially during this season. Luckily, there is a tried and tested regime out there to get that perfect winter-glow that most people crave for. 1. Never Skip Moisturising Make sure to spend extra time massaging a moisturiser to boost skin's natural glow. Be generous with the moisturiser on your skin, and don't forget your neck too. Also, keep a separate moisturser for your face and the body. Try Pond's Men Daily Defence SPF 30 Face Crème. © Ponds 2. Know When To Moisturise Hydration is key but always ensure to moisturise in the morning. Applying moisturiser with dirty hands can lead to breakouts the next day. An ideal time to moisturise is right after taking a shower. This should be a step that should become a part of your routine, that you commit to unconsciously, just like brushing. 3. Stay Away From Talcum Powder Talcum can make fair skin look duller and flaky within seconds of application. Instead, post moisturising, use a BB cream that's one shade warmer than your skin tone. This will also have SPF that you need to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Try MensXP Mud Natural BB Cream For Men for even skin tone. © MensXP View the full article
  22. The nuclear submarine wargame kicked off back in the 1950s, when the Americans commissioned the USS Nautilus - a $55 million project that sparked off yet another arms race with the Soviet Union. Ever since then, submarines have evolved out of their cheap, noisy and inefficient diesel forms into naval feats of engineering - some of which rival even NASA's greatest efforts. While India spent most of its naval years retrofitting German, French and Russian/Soviet subs, in recent years the armed forces have taken a special interest in creating its own nuclear submarine platforms (such as 2016-commissioned INS Arihant), and beefing up its defence capabilities with the biggest, baddest submarine of them all - the Akula. With one of the Cold War crafts already in India's arsenal, a second on the way and a third in the works, the submarine represents some of the most deadly features of any marine defense system to ever chart the Earth's waters. Here's why it's so special. Tactical Superiority © Reuters Submarine tactics rely heavily on sensor and radar proficiency - a feat that the US has traditionally proved superior when the Soviets ran their fast, yet noisy Papa-class subs back in the 70s. The Akula, however, is far more stealthy than its predecessors - forcing competitors to rethink their upgrade strategies in the who-shoots-first environment of underwater warfare. The Russians achieved this by relying on Russian designs for noise-dampening tiles and chambers within the power plant, Japanese machining equipment and Swedish computer systems - making the Akula a truly international engineering effort. High Maneuverability © Reuters Aside from being stealthy, the Akula-class is considerably fast - outspeeding the comparable Los Angeles-class and nearly matching the doubly expensive Seawolf-class subs at 33 knots or 61kmph. It has top-class diving capabilities as well, being able to reach a test depth of nearly half a kilometre under sea level. Extreme Resilience © Reuters There's no two ways about it - the Akula is pretty damn big. It displaces nearly thirteen thousand tons of water when submerged, with all that space capable of housing a crew of 160. Due to the efficiency of its 190-megawatt nuclear reactor, the sub can take a crew of 70 underwater for a staggering 100 days, when in low-power mode. Aside from these features, the Akula provides a signature Russian double-hull design. Made out of steel, this allows the craft to survive otherwise-lethal attacks and take on higher levels of ballast water. Insane Firepower © Reuters While this varies depending on the level of warhead equipped to the submarine's missiles, nuclear warfare isn't known for being a subtle pastime. The Akula comes with a missle bay capable of housing 28 nuclear missiles. While the Indian export versions carry Russian Kalibr missiles with a range of 300km, India itself is capable of creating missiles with 6,000km range - and a warhead blast yield of up to 400kilotons. That means that a single Akula-class can hold upto 11200kilotons of blast yield - that's roughly equivalent to eight hundred and sixteen Hiroshimas. Apparently the Russian-spec comes with its own swimming pool too - after you're done working a sweat in the sauna. Hopefully, the jawans get one too - we'll see once Putin and Modi put ink to paper. View the full article
  23. Football, as a sport, has no dearth of exciting talents and iconic superstars who've managed to carve their own niche in the beautiful game over the years. While some win coveted trophies and awards, others elate fans with their impeccable football skills. But, then there are those who serve as great characters in the sport for being true to their own, uncanny nature. And, without a doubt, Zlatan Ibrahimovic belongs to the latter category. From a rare breed of footballers, Ibrahimovic is one of the most entertaining characters to have graced the beautiful game. He is a prolific striker who has a knack for scoring impossible goals. From the overhead bicycle kick to long-range screamers, Ibrahimovic has scored it all to become an absolute fan-favourite. Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example, he's mostly considered to be funny because he is so arrogant. I've never been called out for retweeting a video of his. pic.twitter.com/q79ADgoNYi — ineshelene (@inihelene) July 14, 2019 But, as much as his crazy goals, Ibrahimovic is also famous for his uncanny behaviour and quirky responses off the field. Whether he is plying his trade on the field or giving an interview off it, the moment you see Ibrahimovic in the spotlight, you know something's going to happen (generally entertaining). He may no longer be in his prime, but there seems to be slowing down for Zlatan, neither in terms of skills nor in quirky remarks. In the latest incident of Zlatan being Zlatan, the Swedish footballer didn't just take a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo, but absolutely roasted him with a savage comment. MLZ @LAGalaxypic.twitter.com/X8YvMO8cRW — Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ (@Ibra_official) April 1, 2018 Following a sensational run in the Major League Soccer (MLS), Zlatan has been linked with AC Milan with a possible move to join the Serie A football club. Owing to the speculations, the 38-year-old was recently asked whether he will find competition from Ronaldo who recently picked the Best Player award in the Italian league. © Reuters Responding to the burning question in the most Zlatan manner, the former LA Galaxy star claimed that the Portuguese is not even the real Ronaldo. “I will find the real Ronaldo in Italy? None of it. There is only one Ronaldo, the Brazilian!,” he said in a recent interview with GQ. Zlatan has always looked up to Brazilian legend (Ronaldo), who played for teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan. “When he played, everyone wanted to copy it, the movement, that little bag, bam-bam. He had too elegant a style. He was the one who made me stand in front of the television watching the game,” he added. View the full article
  24. When Jaguar announced that they would be launching the XE back in February of 2016, the car had a lukewarm reception at best. People did buy the car and Indian petrolheads did come to fall in love with the car, but it was a painfully slow process. Nevertheless, what started out as something slow, soon evolved into something much more enflamed and impassioned. © Jaguar India Therefore, earlier this year, when Jaguar finally confirmed the insurmountable speculations and rumours that the XE would be getting a facelift this year, saying that we were glad, would be an understatement. Mind you though, it was not because we, or for that anyone else felt that the design and the aesthetic of the older cars were waning - ask anyone who adds salt to his food, and he will agree that the Jaguars of yesteryears, were a thing to behold. © Jaguar India Heck, the impact that Jaguars have had in Indian pop culture and our automotive zeitgeist, revolves on the sedan. Remember the kid who drowned his brand new BMW because that was not the car he wanted? Well, take a guess which car was he actually pinning for. © Jaguar India All this being said, we just had to get our hands on the new Jaguar XE. And having driven it (the XE-SE, to be precise) in Mumbai, we have to say, that if a car can stand out in a city with as terrible roads and traffic as Mumbai, it can ride exceptionally well in pretty much any city in India © Jaguar India Here's what happens when a sports car, comes disguises as a saloon: 1. The Ride Quality © Jaguar India The word 'sublime' does not even begin to describe the ride quality that the new Jag offers. Thanks to its light aluminium chassis, double-wishbone front suspensions and integral linked rear suspensions, its almost as if you are floating down a cloud. We will go as far as to say you don't even feel any of the smaller potholes shattering your spine and skull. That being said, the steering wheel, in spite of being an Electronic Power Assisted Steering, lets you feel more or less everything that the tyres are going through at any given moment. Truly, the best of both worlds. 2. The Acceleration © Jaguar India The acceleration figures don't seem that impressive on paper. After all, what can you expect from a 4 cylinder, 2.0-litre engine? Turns out, a lot, actually. The boffins at Jaguar, have managed to crank out 247 BHP, and 365 Nm of torque from their top of the line petrol engine. That's a performance that you can easily access and actually enjoy on Indian roads. And might we add, that the 8-speed automatic transmission and the throttle are very, very responsive. And in spite of being a turbocharged engine, we, in our testing, couldn't detect a whiff of turbo lag. 3. Segment Defining Luxury © Jaguar India There's simply no mincing words with this one, with the Jaguar XE, you get one of the best interiors to sit in and drive from at this price point. Even though the XE will seat 5 people including the driver, the true joy that this car can offer comes only to the person who is sitting at the wheel. The interiors are designed specifically focusing on him. From the wrap-around dash to extended leather trimmings, the car oozes luxury and finesse. Furthermore, the car is loaded with tech to the brim. You get a highly customisable, driver's display, both Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and Panoramic sunroof as standard. Other things that come as standard are the Lane Keep Assist & the Driver's Condition Monitor. 4. Handling © Jaguar India In spite of its authoritative stance, the Jaguar XE handles like a dream. We did a slalom test in a reserved area and were thoroughly impressed at the manner in which it handles itself. This is where the aluminium chassis shines through and through. The brakes, the buffed up steering - everything exudes confidence. The car has been set up in such a way that no matter which one of the four driving modes you are in, you always have the confidence to throw the car into a corner, and come out of it, still grinning like a baby. 5. The Exciting New Design © Jaguar India Even at a glance, the new XE-SE manages to stand out when you compare it with its predecessor. It is far more aggressively designed, and has a longer and wider grill, has sleeker headlamps as well as taillamps, and is generously peppered with angled creases and lines. All of this results in a car that has a very commanding presence on the street. That's the mark of a classic Jaguar if you ask us. All things said and done, there are a few issues with the car. For example, the rear seating will, realistically speaking, be only able to accommodate 2 people. You wouldn't want to hire a chauffeur for this car. Also, the car, even at its highest specification, does not offer a V6 option. And finally, Jaguar's electronics aren't exactly famed to be reliable. How will the ones in the new Jaguar XE hold up over time, is a question that we are not in a position to answer. © Jaguar India © Jaguar India Having said that, we have to factor in the fact, that at a starting price of Rs 44.98 Lacs, this Jag has a lot to offer than most of its rivals at the price point. There are a number of first-in-the-segment features that you get with the new XE, but most importantly, what you get, is Jaguar's legacy. What you get, is the hardtop F-Pace, tailor-made for the Indian roads. View the full article
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