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  1. ICC World Cup 2019 started out on a great note, with fans from all corners of the cricketing world tuning in to witness some of the best teams take each other head-on at the greatest platform there is in the sport. Sadly, the infamous English weather took over and literally washed out all the excitement and entertainment right out of the quadrennial tournament. Exactly how bad are the weather conditions in England? Well, in the last four days, we have only seen one match and less than eight overs of another match in total with eight teams getting one point each without putting in zero to negligible effort all due to the rains disrupting some of the greatest matches of the Cricket World Cup, one of which included the clash between the two teams that remain undefeated during the ongoing contest ie, India and Pakistan. Things have become so frustrating that it is almost comical now. Indian bowling all-rounder Kedar Jadhav even pushed out a video on the internet requesting the heavy, non-stop rains to move to Maharashtra and let them play cricket. Haha Kedar Jadhav asking rains from England to shift to Maharashtra ðâ¤ï¸ #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZcdoKcypkT — Saurabh (@Boomrah_) June 13, 2019 In the same comical tone, the fans of the Men in Blue have begun a fun banter with the supporters of Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan cricket team, letting them know that their chances of winning against Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are extremely slim. They went on to say that the only way for Team Pakistan to save themselves from a horrible and humiliating loss at the hands of the Bleed Blue army, is to pray that the downpour happens once again at Old Trafford, Manchester on Father's Day, this Sunday. This Sunday, the best way for Pakistan to avoid defeat in the match against India is to pray for rain, which is likely to spoil the game. Otherwise, Pakistan's defeat is sure. — Dr. Ashok Dhamija (@ashokdhamija) June 14, 2019 There is possibility that Pakistan will have a happy memory in this world cup. And may gain points against India There is plenty of chance for rain and match being washed out. — Chowkidar Vikram Joshi (@vikyjoshi3) June 14, 2019 Pakistan praying for rain and India showing them way to a na pakistan Train — MUKESH SURANA (@mukeshsurana) June 14, 2019 Pakistan team praying for Rain on Sunday against India because Baap rocks on Father's Day #ShameOnICC #ShameOnICC pic.twitter.com/B6Dkg62RJD — manish Agrawal (@MkAgrawal003) June 14, 2019 Only rain can save pakistan team from team india..#CWC — Puneet Suri (@Puneetsuri1) June 13, 2019 All jokes aside, India versus Pakistan is arguably the biggest match of World Cup 2019, maybe even bigger than the tournament final and if unfortunately, the rain does washout the Father's Day main event, the World Cup might lose out on whatever viewership it is enjoying right now.
  2. Microsoft finally showed us some more detailed about the upcoming Halo game last night at E3 and its back in action with Master Chief. Halo Infinite is apparently an open-world game and we also got to see Cortana back in his helmet after a very long time. The game is set to launch next year on Holiday 2020 alongside Xbox Scarlett as a launch title. © Microsoft The sixth instalment in the franchise was teased last year at E3 and the new trailer gives us a closer look at Master Chief. The trailer showed a UNSC soldier being stranded in space and gets contacted by a ship nearby. In the process of locating the ship, the soldier discovers Master Chief floating in space in survival mode. Master Chief is brought back to life from Survival Mode and the ship is soon attacked by enemies. Master Chief then gets ready to face the enemies that later transitions into the title screen. Master Chief is then seen slotting Cortana into his helmet while her voice can be heard saying, "I chose you because you were special. I knew we would be perfect together. And I was right.” © Microsoft Microsoft shared a vague description of the game that says it finds "Master Chief on an all-new adventure as he uncovers the mysteries surrounding the appearance of The Pilot and the desolate remains of a Halo ring.” Halo Infinite will be also coming to Xbox One and PC, and will also be included in Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pass subscription service. This will be the first time a Halo Game will be coming to PC at the same time as its console launch. Are you excited for Halo Infinite? Have you seen the trailer yet? If not, you can watch it below to know more details about the upcoming game.
  3. Ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 matchup between West Indies and Pakistan, we called both the teams two of the most unpredictable sides of the tournament who could either do exceedingly well and look like world champions or crash and burn like test dummies. Now, after experiencing the way things went down during the game, it would be an educated guess to say which side played like the kings and the other, their squires. Sarfaraz Ahmed's squad began their 2019 World Cup journey with one of the worst performances in cricketing history for the country. Scoring a total of 105 runs before getting all out in the 22nd over of their innings and thanks to Chirs 'Universe Boss' Gayle's crackling start to the Windies innings, the Carrabean stars were able to wrap up the game quickly and enjoy their evening celebrating the easy win. Credit: Reuters With some of their top batsmen like Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail and the skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, himself returning back to the pavilion with their score in single digits, it seems as if, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, is their only hope. The 21-year-old seems to be ahead of the Pakistani cricket team in both, batting skills and the confidence to banter against a team like India. She displayed her prowess in both departments during the opening event of the Cricket World Cup 2019 during the '60-Second Challenge' in which two representatives from every participating nation were to score the maximum number of runs in a minute. Representing Pakistan were Malala and cricketer Azhar Ali and finished second from the bottom. The Indian duo of Bollywood fame Farhan Akhtar and former Indian head coach Anil Kumble were not in their top form and finished rock bottom at the event. Credit: Twitter “I really enjoyed playing here today. We were okay, not too bad… but India came last,” the Nobel Prize winner had said after the challenge got over. Now, the way the national team of Pakistan played against Jason Holder's boys, it might not be a bad idea to give Malala and her batting skills a shot in the next game and it is something the people of the Twitter world agree on, as well: Cant believe Malala Scored better than Farhan Azimi in Street Cricket Contest. #PakvWI — John Wick (@malikasimriaz) May 30, 2019 #PAKvWI @windiescricket will win definitely in style..â @TheRealPCB Need batting performance of @Malala to winðð — bhavesh kumar shakey (@Shakeybhavesh) May 31, 2019 Dont blame us for this batting performance. I already asked to include Malala to open with fakhar. but i was forced to have mr parchi... #PakvsWI #CWC19 — Sarfraz Dhokebaaz (@iFaraaz) May 31, 2019 Wish malala @Malala was also playing in this match. She was quite cheezy a couple days back, today her team was buttery.. ðððð#ICCWorldCup2019#PAKvWI#WIvsPAK#Windies pic.twitter.com/YmXHZdNHNJ — à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤° ð®ð³à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤°à¤¾ बà¤à¥à¤¶à¥ð© (@netra2weets) May 31, 2019 Malala had played in the opening Ceremony , better than Pakistan's Bestman ð¤ #PAKvWI — Amar pithava (@amar_pithava) May 31, 2019
  4. Apple I was the first computer hand-built by Steve Wozniak way back in 1976 originally for $666 (Rs 47,000) where it came with a board that could be hooked to a TV and keyboard. The original computer never came with a casing which is why this particular version was sold in a briefcase. © Wikipedia Commons Today, the same computer was sold at an auction for $471,000 (Rs 3.3 Crore) and came with a built-in keyboard, original manuals, a handful of magazines with articles about the Apple I. The auctioned piece also came with compatible hardware such as an SWTPC PR-40 dot matrix printer, extremely rare photocopies of the original Apple founding paperwork and other items. © YouTube Nobody knows the exact number of Apple I computers that were made; however, some estimate only a total of around 200 devices were made. As of today, only 68 such computers exist in the world according to the Apple-I Registry run by enthusiasts. This particular Apple I computer that was auctioned off has been listed as number 10. The Apple I plays a significant role in Apple's history as it was the first product that helped in financing the creation of the company. Production of the Apple I was discontinued on September 30th, 1977 and was felled by its successor in the same year. © Wikipedia Commons According to the Apple I Registry “Both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have stated that Apple did not assign serial numbers to the Apple l. Several boards have been found with numbered stickers affixed to them, which appear to be inspection stickers from the PCB manufacturer/assembler. “ Source: TechCrunch, Christies
  5. The thing that sets Kartik Aaryan's style game apart from everyone else, is the sheer relatability and cool quotient. He has been proving it time and time again with his woke sartorial choices, and he reminds us of it, every now and then. The latest instance was when he wore a pair of white trainers - a pair we think is one of the most playful pairs we have seen this year. Take a look. © Viral Bhayani © Hummel Kartik is wearing the Hummel Edmonton OG, a '90s inspired full-grain leather trainer that is a super-solid performance trainer. Featuring a moulded EVA midsole and a rubber outsole. It includes performance features, such as an internal stability shank and a shock-point EVA in the heel zone absorbing shocks to give you softer landings. © Hummel © Hummel The white and black Lycra details and red top aylets providing extra stability and a snug fit makes it a pair that is fashionable, as well as super functional. When it comes to how much it costs, it's surprisingly affordable considering its features. It costs 109 Euros, which when converted to Indian currency, comes close to around Rs 8400. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Coming to the rest of his outfit, we like the relaxed vibe that the versatile black and white aesthetic extends. When it comes to a sporty summer outfit, this one works like a charm. To more such woke fashion choices, Kartik!
  6. Black Shark 2, the gaming phone that we've been waiting to get our hands on for a long time, is finally here in India. It packs pretty much everything that you'd expect from a gaming phone in 2019 like a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and more. Let's check it out. To start with, the Black Shark 2 packs a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340×1080 pixels resolution. It's doesn't have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the display takes advantage of features like “Fast Finger” and “Magic Touchh”, and has a 43.5ms response time. The “Magic Press” tech, in case you're wondering, works like Apple's 3D display, meaning you'll be able to press down harder on the display to actuate different functions. © Black Shark Internally, the Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also features Liquid Cooling 3.0 for even improved heat dissipation. There are 2 vapour chambers and a copper plate inside the phone to keep things cool while gaming. As for the optics, the Black Shark 2 sports dual rear cameras with a 48MP (f/1.75) primary sensor and 12MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor. On the front, there's a 20MP (f/2.0) selfie shooter. The phone also comes equipped with a huge 4,000 mAh battery for which Black Shark is also including a USB Type-C 27W fast-charger. © YouTube All these beefy internals are packed inside a body that looks kickass from the outside. The company says the phone's ergonomic design resembles that of a sports car. Seriously, the Black Shark 2 looks like a true gaming phone with its curvaceous build and metal+glass design. Oh BTW, the phone also comes with LED strips on the edges and a glowing Black Shark logo at the back. Black Shark 2 Accessories In addition to the phone itself, the company also showcased a bunch of accessories to go along with it. There's a fancy cooling fan attachment and switch-style dual controllers. Lastly, you can also get an HDMI to USB Type-C cable and use the “console mode” to hook it up to, say, a TV. Pricing and Availability The Black Shark 2 gaming phone has been launched at Rs. 39,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM & 128GB storage. You can also get your hands on the 8GB+128GB variant for Rs. 49,999. The phone will exclusively be available for sale on Flipkart from 4th June.
  7. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are probably celebrating their victory and the chance of running the country for another 5 years, there's one guy who is crying his heart out for losing in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. YouTube Neetu Shuttern Wala, who hails from Jalandhar, stood independently in the recently held polls and claims to have gotten only 5 votes. When he was being interviewed, he broke down before the camera and started crying. Well, he is crying not because of the alleged 5 votes. He is crying because he got 5 votes despite having 9 people in his own family. Yes, his own family members betrayed him and didn't vote for him. The man, while wiping his tears, blamed his family and accused the EVM machines of tampering in the voting process, which resulted in his loss. The reporter then proceeded to leave no stone unturned to rub salt on the poor guy's wounds and asked him, "When your own family doesn't support you, how can you expect outsiders to help you?" Well, the man is so disheartened with the results that he has decided to not run for the elections ever again. We feel you man, we really do! But, people on Twitter are having a field day laughing at his misery. Iss independent candidate ko total 5 votes padi hain aur iske ghar mein 9 log hainððððððððð­ð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/E6f9HJXCYA — Rishav Sharma (@rishav_sharma1) May 23, 2019 Pata karo kon h vibhishan ððð — Robinhood (@Ragy_95) May 23, 2019 Bhot badi be-imaani hui hai iske sathð­ð­ð­ð­ð­ — ‏ÙÛرÛ٠خا٠(@Mehreen778) May 23, 2019 I can't stop laughing ðð𤣠— à¨à©à¨¤ à¨à©à¨° Ú¯ÙÛت Ú©Ùر (@kashmiri_kurii) May 23, 2019 à¤à¤¸ दà¥à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ सॠविशà¥à¤µà¤¾à¤¸ हॠà¤à¤ à¤à¤¯à¤¾ हॠमà¥à¤°à¤¾;) — Mohinder Pal Setia (@mohindersetia) May 23, 2019 ðððð¤£ð¤£ pic.twitter.com/aSVlQ6ZW8Z — @nv! :) (@Anvi008) May 23, 2019 This made my dayðð Can't stop laughing ð — naveen soni (@naveensoni484) May 23, 2019 Ye dekho @India8Heart ....Iske saath dhoka ho gaya.... — Chowkidar Kim Jong Un (@ChowkidarKim) May 23, 2019 While his emotional meltdown has now gone viral, looks like he got more than just 5 votes. Apparently, his voting tally currently stands at 856.
  8. After dreading the last two episodes of 'Game of Thrones', we're certainly banking on this particular fan theory which is currently giving us some serious dragon fever! Why you ask? Well, according to this theory, we will see more dragons in the next two episodes and there's a trace of hope, in the episode 5 promo for that to happen. © HBO Even though the last episode seemed rather terrible, one takeaway was that Daenerys Targaryen has only Drogon left by her side. Well, it's quite sad TBH because we're not over Rheagal's death yet and we wish the writers had enough bandwidth to acknowledge these silly flaws! Like, how in God's name can't you see a fleet down below if you're riding yea high, over the sea? Well, anyway, yes we lost yet another dragon and now the MoD (mother of dragons), has only one left for her epic face-off with Cersei Lannister. Even though the odds aren't too great for Dany, with Cersei's Golden Company and those giant scorpion crossbows, she is ready for Drogon. Besides that, Dany's advisors like Tyrion and Varys are losing trust in their queen and she's lost her most important ally, Sansa Stark. © HBO But hang on! Daenerys might have a reclamation point somewhere along the remaining storyline and we happen to believe that because a fan theory states there might be more dragons! Yes! you read that right. Now, let's focus on the how! So, these other dragons that we're talking about are apparently Drogon's offsprings who will come back to save the day for their dear grandma, which also means Drogon is a female dragon. DUH! Now, let's look at how. Well, if you've seen the promo for episode 5, you'll see Euron looking at something coming toward him like he's miscalculated its presence. Well, if it's not Jon Snow coming down in a parachute, it's definitely something Euron wasn't expecting, since Drogon was already there and Euron was aware of her (the dragon's) presence. So what could it be? Now let's backtrack to Season 4 and 5 where Drogon is missing the entire time. While Rhaegal and Viserion are tied down with chains in a cave, so they don't cause any more destruction, Drogon is roaming about in Old Valyria, the old dragon city, where she may have laid eggs? Remember when Jorah and Tyrion pass by Old Valyria and they see a dragon fly by there? Yup, that's Drogon for sure. So, anyway, there's also a scene, where Drogon emerges from a cliff and burns a field where the cattle are grazing and she takes the sheep to probably feed her baby dragons. The same farmer approached Dany in Mereen, in a later scene and complained about her dragon ruining crops and cattle. Drogon was just a pregnant dragon feeding her babies and herself is all! So if Drogon was wreaking havoc on local shepherds and eating up a ton of livestock then, her dragons would be full grown by now we're assuming. Which means there could be a possibility they've followed mama into war and are ready to fight for her and their grandma Dany, to burn King's Landing to ashes. And this could also be why Euron is looking towards the sky in the teaser, like this: © HBO Maybe we could be absolutely wrong since we're terribly missing the two dead dragons but there isn't any other way Dany can kill Cersei and her army unless of course, she has something bigger and probable in hand. And we don't mean Jon. Let's see what happens this Monday anyway. Watch the teaser for episode 5, Season 8 here
  9. Samsung has flooded the market with some great mid-range and budget smartphones that give everything you could ask for in each segment. The Galaxy A70 is one of those smartphones that does everything you want from a smartphone. It has a bright screen, good cameras, respectable performance and a massive battery. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We've been using the smartphone for a while to test out all the bells and whistles and it's got some unique features. It's got a beautiful tall screen for people who love to watch videos, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a good camera system for Rs 28,990. Sure, the competition is hard in this price segment but the Galaxy A70 stands out for some reasons. Here are our findings of Samsung's new smartphone: Design & Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The first obvious thing you notice about the Galaxy A70 is its tall 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display. It's got Samsung's Infinity-U display i.e. it has a tiny water-drop notch design. The aspect ratio of the smartphone is also unique i.e. 21:9 and almost bezel-less. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with 331ppi density and is one of the most beautiful displays we've seen on a smartphone that costs less than Rs 30,000. You can tweak the contrast levels and the colour accuracy according to your own liking. We switched the settings especially when we were watching something on Netflix or when gaming. The sheer size of the display is the real winner here. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The larger screen also means that the smartphone is considerably larger and even though it took us a while to get used to the phone, we never found it to be overwhelming. If you have small hands, you may face a slight issue but overall the ergonomics are on point. The design of the phone ensures that it fits perfectly in your palm. The back of the smartphone also has a prism-like effect when it catches light from different angles. It adds that unique bit to the design but still isn't as eye-catching as some Honor phones in the same price range. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy A70 is outfitted with a triple camera setup where the primary setup is a 32-mp sensor and has an aperture of f/1.7. The secondary camera is a wide-angle 8MP sensor whereas the third sensor is the 5MP depth sensor. At the front, it comes with a 32-MP selfie shooter which would appeal to people who love to take selfies on a daily basis. The camera UI is quite similar to what we've seen on other One UI Samsung smartphones. You can switch between the wide-angle and the normal sensor with a single tap. It also comes with a portrait mode where you can adjust the level of blur before and after taking a picture. We found the portrait mode to be a bit of hit and miss feature as the blur effect was not quite accurate to other smartphones. The wide-angle lens works as advertised and takes in more information thanks to a field of view of 123-degree. Macro shots are also good in good light conditions but don't manage to do a good job in low-lit environments. In terms of videos, the unique feature here is the phone's capability of taking super slow motion video at 1080p@30/240fps. It can also take 4K videos at 30 frames per second but it does not have support for OIS. This could be disadvantageous for people who like to capture videos on the move as your hands need to be very stable. Here are our camera samples for your reference: Performance In order to be one of the top mid-range smartphones, it needs to perform like one as well. It comes with Qualcomm's 675 octa-core chipset running at 2GHz (two Kyro 460 cores) whereas the other cores are clocked at 1.7 GHz. It comes with an Adreno 612 GPU which is perfect for smartphone gamers. In fact, during our testing, we did not notice any frame drops while playing PUBG and could even run it smoothly on high settings. The smartphone also didn't overheat as much we expected to keep it nice and cool for extended gaming sessions. The chipset has been coupled with 6GB of RAM and which is more than enough for daily tasks and usage. Having said that, the smartphone would glitch out on us each time we would reboot the smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of benchmark scores, the Galaxy A70 scored a respectable 2374 in the single-core test and a 6573 in the multi-core test. The smartphone in general performed as expected apart from a few hangups here and there. Overall, the performance was up to the mark and didn't cause major app crashes. Battery Life The 4,500 mAh battery is another marquee feature on the Galaxy A70 that makes it one the longest last smartphones of 2019. We used the device for watching shows on our private Plex server and even on Netflix. We gamed and used it for daily navigation on Google Maps. We got an average of 6 hours screen on time and overall the smartphone lasted 13.5 hours on a single charge. When you do drain your battery, the A70 comes with a 25W fast charger which can charge the smartphone from 7 to 100 per cent in a little over 2 hours. The Final Say The Galaxy A70 is an all-rounder smartphone that delivers almost everything you expect from a mid-range smartphone. It performs well and takes good pictures which are the primary reason for buying a smartphone. Having said that, the known issues can be ironed out with a future update such as better portrait mode and the unexpected lagging. The battery life and display quality is a perfect combination for people who love to watch videos on their smartphones. If you are looking to spend less than Rs 30,000; the Galaxy A70 is a strong contender.
  10. Celebrities and Instagram fitness influencers are guilty of selling a lot of shit to you that you do not really need. Every other day, you will find them endorsing a new product or a supplement that promises to magically build muscle, make you lose fat or enhance your performance. One such product that has gained wide popularity is the 'high-altitude' training mask. It's a questionable-looking mask that you may have seen on hipsters in your gym, mostly while running like bunnies on the treadmill, or worse during lifting weights. These masks claim to improve your aerobic capacity by increasing Vo2 max output during exercise. How does it do that? By making lesser oxygen available forcing your body to give greater output. © Getty Images A study was done and published in the International Journal of Sports Sciences where they took two test groups and made them perform HIIT workout. One of the groups wore the mask and another did not wear the mask. At the end of the study, all the subjects had an improved Vo2 max but the improvements between the two groups were not that different. The study concluded that HIIT as a training pattern is efficient in increasing Vo2 max, the mask is simply useless. The notion of lesser oxygen available making your body give greater output is similar to saying that the lesser fuel you put in the tank of your car, the higher the mileage would be. And the argument that it gives your body a low-oxygen performance capability, the fundamentals behind the thought in itself is misled. This is because at higher altitudes the oxygen in the air itself is lesser. This by default makes your body adapt to the specific demands. When you wear an altitude mask, the oxygen in the air does not change. It just reduces the amount of oxygen that you can take it by putting a blocker between the air and your respiratory system. © Training Mask While doing low-intensity work, you can still easily get away with it but doing HIIT or hardcore training or lifting in the gym, this can have fatal consequences as well. A person can become unconscious due to lesser air being received during exercise and can injure himself. The training mask could even make you perform in a poor way due to interference with your breathing. Add heavy lifting to this insanity, which some people surprisingly do, you are cooking a recipe for disaster. If you really want to build higher endurance or say get better at utilizing oxygen, do two things: 1. Train for aerobic performance and adaptations. 2. Practice more breathing techniques that help you hold more air in your system when exercising. Want to get high altitude training adaptations? Go train at higher altitudes aka in the mountains. These high-altitude masks do nothing and may potentially harm you if you use it in the gym. Oh, the one advantage it has is that it will make a cool Instagram picture and make you look like Bane or Darth Vader inside the gym. Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28479953 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.
  11. The wait is finally over, the movie is out, and yes it was incredible, better than anyone and everyone's expectations as well. I'm guessing only a few people have watched it till now and we're still avoiding giving out spoilers for a few hours because, as the Russo Brothers said, Thanos still demands our silence. But, for people who have watched it, they obviously can't stop themselves from talking about it. So, here's a loophole - spoilers without context, so nothing is actually getting spoiled. There's a bonus as well - they're all truly hilarious. Spoilers without context are perfectly balanced, as all things should be, since people who haven't watched won't have the movie spoiled for real, and everyone who's watched it can have a laugh. So, here's my pick of a few spoilers without context because it's the best way to talk about the movie without actually talking about the movie. 1. Remy's Ratatouille would be a hit with the Avengers. © Pixar 2. Taco Tuesday came on a Friday. © Unsplash 3. Salman Khan kills Thanos. © Twitter 4. No, wait, Taylor Swift does. © Taylor Swift Vevo 5. Avengers love IPL as well. © Twitter 6. Who even makes a baby-sized spacesuit? © Twitter 7. Who knew Spongebob was thicc? © Nickelodeon 8. Stairs are the worst, tho © Twitter 9. “Who are you?” “I'm you, but stronger.” © Twitter 10. A bigger crossover than 'Infinity War' © DC 11. Being a viral really takes you places © Twitter 12. Bottom's up, everyone © Fox
  12. It's only been a few weeks since Nvidia launched its GTX 1660 GPU based on the Turing architecture. And now, the company has just launched a new GPU called the GTX 1650, which carries a price tag of Rs 12,999 in India. The new GTX 1650, in case you don't know, is the third 16-series desktop GPU from the company. With a Rs 12,999 price tag, the GTX 1650 is a perfect entry-level GPU for casual or gamers on a budget. © Nvidia As for the specs, the GeForce GTX 1650 comes with 4GB DDR5 VRAM. It features 896 CUDA cores, a boost clock of 1665MHz, and a total memory bandwidth of 128Gbps. The TDP rating on this particular card is just 75Watts, and it won't need a connector from the PSU as it draws the requisite power straight from the PCI slot. Now, let's talk performance. According to Nvidia, the GTX 1650 will offer twice as much performance compared to something like, say, the GTX 950. So, if you are someone who's using an older GPU from two or three years ago, then this would be a good GPU to look into. Apparently, you can also switch from a GTX 1050 and expect a performance boost. © EVGA As mentioned earlier, the GTX 1650 GPU will go on sale immediately from a bunch of online and offline retailers for Rs. 12,999. However, you may have to shell out a bit more cash depending on what OEMs decide to make. In addition to the GTX 1650 desktop GPU, Nvidia also announced the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 for laptops. You can expect to start seeing the laptops powered by these GPUs in the coming months with a starting price of $800. © Nvidia As for the performance of the 1060 Ti powered laptops, Nvidia says you'll be able to play all modern titles like 'Overwatch', 'PUBG', 'Apex Legends' and 'Fortnite' with frames upwards of 100fps. If you don't mind playing the aforementioned titles at 60fps, then you can also pick up the laptops powered by the GTX 1650. OEMs including Dell, Acer, ASUS Alienware, HP, MSI, etc. will start putting out laptops powered by these GPUs soon. Acer Nitro 5, ASUS ROG Zephyrus G, Dell G5, Gigabyte AERO 15, Lenovo Legion Y7000, etc. are a few of the laptops which you can start seeing in the coming months, according to Nvidia.
  13. 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.
  14. Vivek Agnihotri's political drama 'Tashkent Files' starring Pallavi Joshi and Mithun Chakraborty released today. The movie tries to find the answer to the reason behind the mysterious death of PM Lal Bahadur Shastri. The movie is not a commercial pot boiler but has garnered a lot of praise in the country and is also turning out to be a hit with the overseas audience. The public feels that besides being a greatly researched movie, it is also a good history lesson for all of us. #TashkentFiles is not just a film; it is lesson of history & it will teach us about our past. So it must be watched & if you have children who are studying then it must be watched as a chapter from history which we weren't taught. Kudos @vivekagnihotri — Chowkidar Avinash Choubey (@avinashchoubey) April 12, 2019 Just loved it!@vivekagnihotri You are nailing an entire section of people in politics and civil soceity. More strength to you. ððððð #tashkentfiles — Rajesh A. Singh (@PerlOPython) April 12, 2019 Got the opportunity to watch 'The Tashkent Files' last evening and I was mind blown! Hats off to @vivekagnihotri for bringing out facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri's murder that were deeply buried. The matrix he explained is an absolute eye opener. Must watch film for all! pic.twitter.com/bYNAOu83fq — Chowkidar Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) April 12, 2019 We often forget the heroes who were not glorified for their contribution to the nation and this movie asks all the right questions. #TashkentFiles brilliant work done by the director and actors. With the Tashkent files director @vivekagnihotri have asked some serious questions. @shweta_official stands out in this well crafted movie. — Rajat singh (@rajat_since97) April 12, 2019 I had the privilege to watch #Tashkentfiles at the special screening here in Mumbai. It is a brave movie that strikes the right cords. It gives into the history that has been shot down by the "the family" and their Romilaisque cronies. Must Watch. Bravo @vivekagnihotri Sir ðð pic.twitter.com/SN7pr7FxzP — Chowkidar Dhaval Patel (@dhaval241086) April 12, 2019 Truth always has tentacles which never bow down Truth is like pure water which always finds its way out This weekend explore the truth which was hidden for decades The mystery behind the death of one of the Greatest PM's Shastriji Thanks you @vivekagnihotri #TashkentFiles — Vikas Raina #Chowkidar #KP4Modi (@rainavikas) April 12, 2019 While the movie was in murky waters with a lot of people blaming it for stirring unwanted political agendas, the 'aam admi' is hailing the work of the director and the actors for fighting through all of it and opening the minds of Indians. The #TashkentFiles releases 2day. It's an important film. If we even call it 1 of the most important films in our history, then too it won't be an exaggeration. It takes lot of courage 2 make a film like this & credit must go to Vivek Agnihotri. Please go & watch it. — Chowkidar hity (@hitykumar) April 12, 2019 In case this piques your interest as well, then you should do your homework, watch 'Tashkent Files' and form your opinion about the whether it is the only political drama that matters for now or not.
  15. 'Kalank' promotions are in full swing, and every time the star cast steps out, they bowl us over with their style game. Given the grandeur of the movie, the outfits are also grand, but Aditya Roy Kapoor just flouted this pattern by wearing a pair of Air Jordans which are super funky, and surprisingly affordable as well. Take a look. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Aditya is wearing the Nike Don C Jordan Legacy, a hybrid sneaker inspired by 3 basketball shoes - the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 3, and Nike Alpha Force Low. © Sneaker News © Sneaker News A homage to the 1980s, the best thing about these sneakers is the fact that they come in 3 exciting colourways (Aditya is wearing perhaps the funkiest of them all, the one with the pink), and are extremely affordable at the same time, with the price of around Rs 11,000/-. © Sneaker News © Sneaker News We are in love with the pair because of its versatility and conspicuousness at the same time. Let's just say it's a definite collectable!
  16. While India is on a roll from one scientific invention to the other, we have some kids from IIT Madras stealing the show! Elon Musk's Hyperloop Technology concept took an amazing spin when a team from IIT Madras competed in the Hyperloop Pod competition held every year and reached the finals, making them the only Asian team to do so! © YourStory If you're wondering what Hyperloop Technology actually is, it's an advanced technique that could revolutionise travel in the future. The concept was developed by Elon Musk back in 2013 through his space exploration firm called 'SpaceX' and since then, many companies and firms have been working on strengthening this technology. When the competition was held this year, a student team from IIT Madras made it to the finals after they developed a prototype Hyperloop pod called 'Avishkar Hyperloop' that would take 25 minutes to travel from Chennai to Bengaluru. © YouTube The competition had 1500 teams from all over the world who were trying to create the fastest 'pod' or a travelling vessel for the entire concept. Their aim was quite specific to build the pod though. All they had to keep in mind was that their pod attained the maximum speed and correspondingly it had comparative deceleration. Other than that, the participants were allowed to go as crazy creatively as they pleased. As 'Avishakar Hyperloop' are amongst the top 21 finalists, they'd be visiting the 'SpaceX' facility in California in July 2019 to test their prototype in a more relatable environment aka the hyperloop tunnel. © YourStory The IIT team from Madras has managed to develop an achievable prototype that will in all probability be a success as well. Suyash Singh, the founder and the head of the project claims that the pod will be able to achieve 400 to 450 KMPH during the finals and we're super ecstatic about it. The team consisting of graduates and PhD scholars has decided to use a linear induction motor, while the system will be backed by a high-power battery pack. As for the deceleration part, the team is planning on using pneumatic brakes. The pod also runs on four wheels in a single race track and at the final demonstration, the team will have to make the pod run within a one-mile-long vacuumed Hyperloop tunnel. But before the finals, the team will be allowed to test run it to make any final refinements a week prior to the actual event. "Laying the foundation for an indigenously developed hyperloop system for India will take a few years; only after that, will it be tested on the tracks. We believe the team has a long way to go and we expect the student team to be involved till the hyperloop competition is held." Ankit, the co-head of the project told a popular publication. © Facebook Team Avishkar Hyperloop Interestingly enough, all the other teams shortlisted for the finals are returning finalists, while India has made it in for the first time, without any other Asian country to compete with. The total budget for the Avishkar Hyperloop was Rs. 1 crore, which was mostly raised through crowdfunding, in-house funding and via tech companies. © Twitter Well, while we wonder if the world is really shrinking, we're really proud of team 'Avishkar Hyperloop' and we hope they do an astounding job in sunny California in July 2019.
  17. When Forbes released this year's '30 under 30' list, there was only one actor in it, and no, he wasn't from Bollywood. Vijay Deverakonda, the latest heartthrob of Telugu cinema, won the prestigious accolade, and it definitely is a reminder of the fact that regional cinema is as impactful as Bollywood (if not more), and it's time we start bringing them to the forefront. The handsome actor, best known for his breakthrough movie 'Arjun Reddy', is as brilliant in terms of his style game, as he is when it comes to acting. Here are 10 images that establish our claim. 1. The moustache is bringing oodles of that glamorous old world charm, and so much more. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Feb 4, 2019 at 6:17am PST 2. If this right here is not layering goals, we don't know what is. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Nov 11, 2018 at 9:05pm PST 3. Who'd have thought of pairing a headband with a semi-formal jacket, unapologetically so? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:38am PDT 4. Bold patterns on a pink shirt? Yes, please! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on May 25, 2018 at 7:56am PDT 5. A double breasted suit will always remain 'the boss outfit'. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on May 1, 2018 at 11:14pm PDT 6. Summer is here and all shades of pink are welcome. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Mar 7, 2018 at 4:57am PST 7. A textured jacket along with woolen scarves will always have you back for winter meetings. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Mar 13, 2018 at 8:40am PDT 8. White is always appropriate. View this post on Instagram The art of living. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Sep 24, 2018 at 9:09am PDT 9. Patterned co-ord suits FTW! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jul 3, 2018 at 7:32am PDT 10. Those glasses though. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Nov 23, 2018 at 9:23pm PST
  18. There is a first time for everything and this time, Delhi Capitals (DC), surprised everyone by being the first team to post a 200+ total in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. Posting a mammoth total of 213 in their share of 20 overs, Delhi comfortably defeated the Mumbai Indians (MI) by 37 runs in their debut match of the season. But under the stardom of Delhi, a star performer for Mumbai got lost somewhere. Yes, we are talking of none other than Mitchell McClenaghan, who produced a brilliant bowling performance last night, to build the game for his team, but as we know that cricket is a team game, he couldn't do much on his own. © Twitter/IPL Taking out both, Prithvi Shaw (opener) and Shreyas Iyer (captain) by the fifth over, he did set a solid base for his team to make good on. Unfortunately, the middle-over bowlers, the Pandya brothers (Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya, Rasikh Salam and Ben Cutting couldn't hold on to the flying start provided by the Kiwi and gave away runs at a staggering rate, which led Delhi to this humongous total. And before he could make a comeback, Rishabh Pant had already settled in well and stole the show from the MI Paltan. Taking three wickets at the cost of 40 runs in his quota of four overs, the New Zealand pacer was the ace bowler for MI. It won't be wrong to say that he was quite relieved from the pressure as Jasprit Bumrah was in his corner. © Twitter/IPL But now, as we await the final update on Bumrah's injury which he sustained while diving to his left to collect the ball on the last delivery of the innings, McClenaghan would most probably have to carry the baton ahead as the season progresses.
  19. When it comes to Bollywood, we guess we all can agree that our filmmakers have come a long way from where they began, and have given us some truly amazing movies in recent time. BUT, then there are some movies that are so senseless that their very existence makes us question our faith in Bollywood. However, not all of them are bad when you are high on 'bhaang' and want to waste your time doing nothing but watch a movie where you don't need logic. Since it's Holi today, we decided to share a list of movies that only make sense or you can sit through, after having a nice dose of good old 'bhaang'. 1. Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahaani Everything the writers thought was right was exactly what was wrong with the film - right from the CGI, costumes, storyline, huge list of actors, a ghost bride to the main lead turning into a snake, car, bike...truck, bus, ship, a walking flamethrower and every possible thing imaginable. Shankar Movies Manisha Koirala singing 'Aaja' was probably us asking our brains to come back. 2. Love Story 2050 Hrithik Roshan's doppelganger falls in love with Priyanka Chopra's character, who dies in an accident. To bring her back he decides to go back in time but instead, gets transported to 2050. If only he could have brought back some logic in that same time machine, things would have been easier for the ones watching it. Baweja Movies 3. Aap Kaa Surroor: The Moviee - The Real Luv Story Don't ask about logic here because it's as pointless as the number of ee's and aa's in the movie name. All we know is that the movie was shot in Germany and the writer made sure that everyone remembers this by the end of the movie. Also, since when did Germany have Indian auto rickshaws and why were we not told about this? Mehboob Studio 4. What's Your Raashee? After watching this I am sure a lot of us asked ourselves, "What's my IQ?" Again, the movie stars Hrithik's doppelganger Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra in the lead. The movie is basically about Harman meeting one woman from every zodiac sign so that he can decide whom to marry. Wow! If weddings were this twisted, half the people would have gone bald scratching their heads. UTV Motion Pictures 5. Action Replayy The film is based on 'Back To The Future' and features Aditya Roy Kapur as a son who travels back in time to make his parents fall in love with each other. Another time-travel movie where the script only led us to the time machine and nothing else. Blockbuster Movie Entertainers 6. Cash What started off as a diamond heist soon turns into a vicious battle where everyone was fighting everyone. The characters were fighting for their lives, the audience was fighting to get their money back and our brain was fighting for sitting through that. Seven Entertainment Ltd. 7. Fool N Final The only thing this movie gave us is the fact that gangsters' names can be weirder than a Bengali child's 'daak naam'. Moscow Chikna, Gunmaster G9...seriously? We won't blame you if you forgot about this movie's existence. Shemaroo Entertainment 8. Himmatwala All we have to say about this one is that if you manage to sit through the whole movie you're the real himmatwala. Also, it's not your bro, but a tiger who's the best wingman in the whole world. UTV Motion Pictures 9. Rudraksh Bipasha Basu plays a paranormal researcher, who's trying to gain "knowledge that cannot be explained by science or logic", which pretty much explains the whole movie. Off all the characters in the movie, it was the laser-shooting eyed CGI rat we felt really bad for. Karma Entertainment 10. Race 3 'Race 3' does not only make your brain leave your body, but it also makes sure that your brain hates you so much that it never comes back to you. And if you saw it in 3D, you deserve our respect. The exact moment when we saw our brain and logic leaving our body was when this happened - "Our business is our business, none of your business." Salman Khan Films In case, you feel that you still have time to watch more such interesting stuff, you can watch 'Sasural Simar Ka' and 'Naagin' too.
  20. Ever since the teaser of 'Kalank' was dropped, Varun Dhawan has been in the news for his super intense role as 'Zafar The Bullfighter'. With never-before-seen intensity, Varun's appearance in the trailer gave viewers all the 'Bahubali' feels during the bull-fight sequence, however, there is one more reason why fans have been super curious about Varun since the past few days. When he stepped out in a super classy ivory Manish Malhotra sherwani, all eyes went behind his left ear, because there was a brand new tattoo there. Take a look. © Instagram/Varundvn He got a number tattooed - '24'. Now, we too were perplexed to begin with, about what it means, just like you probably are right now. © Viral Bhayani We eavesdropped on the gossip mills, but to no avail. While some claimed that this is the date on which he'll get married, others quipped that a major movie is about to release on this date. But we know that 'Kalank' is releasing on April 19th, and it just didn't make sense. Plus, there has been no announcement about a wedding, yet. Right, Ms Dalal? © Instagram/Varundvn 24 is not his age as well (he's 31 already). After a lot of thinking, the only conclusion we could draw was that it's his birthday. Varun's birthday is on 24th April. But, isn't is a little, err, random? Well, we tried to find an answer and this is the best we could come up with. © Viral Bhayani` We're not giving up yet and are soon going to solve the mystery. Unless Varun reads this and decides to tell us himself. Are you reading, Varun?
  21. If you happen to have even an iota of interest in Bollywood and the hefty number of slightly maddening, but mostly entertaining and fulfilling movies it churns out year after year, and of course unless you have been living under a rock, chances are that you know about the Khans of Bollywood. Yet, for those of you who wish to pretend you are clueless about what I am saying, there are three dominant Khans in the Hindi film industry - Badshah Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan, Bhai Khan aka Salman Khan, and then there is Mr. Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan. View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday Shah! Health and happiness always! Love. a. @iamsrk A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:54pm PDT And since you are still here and eager to lend me your attention (I wanted to say eyes, since ears clearly don't agree with this medium, but that wasn't quite fitting in), I will also tell you a little bit about myself. I am pretty much like any other 26-year-old millennial with an opinion (about everything or nothing) you may have encountered in your life. The only difference is, I have a platform to voice that opinion and share it with all you valuable readers who spare the time and stop by to give a fu*k about what the likes of us have to say. All that said and done, let us move on to the very thing you have come here to discover. However, before you read ahead, let me put out a disclaimer and state that you may or may not agree with what I have to say, and also that by no means do I hope to suggest that this isn't something you may have already read/known before. But I want to put it out there, and so I will. Imli and me pic.twitter.com/1mMYsDKW5A — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) March 5, 2019 Now, many of you reading this may be SRK and Sallu Bhai fans, and sure both these actors have a lot going for them in terms of their personal histories in Bollywood and their professional careers, but this isn't about them. It is true that all three of them are actors of great calibre, but Aamir Khan is more than just his acting skills in front of the camera. Aamir Khan is a man of principles, “I am a very idealistic man. I believe that even people who are part of the problem can become part of the solution.” View this post on Instagram Always bringing joy and laughter into our lives, thank you Guruji for your love, warmth and wisdom. What a pleasure it was to spend time with you. ð Love. a. A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Jan 23, 2019 at 2:25am PST He walks the talk and ensures that you pay heed to it. The first thing that comes to mind his 'Satyamev Jayate' and the kind of revolution in initiated on the small screen and amongst the masses. Aamir redefined the kind of content that we were consuming on TV, and opened up avenues and channels for action and discourses around burning issues. Aamir Khan epitomises change and evolution, “I do what I feel is right. I am not scared to walk on the new path and take risk.” Our third poster. Love. a. PS: Our second song comes out today at 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/rOQQEjmD7q — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) September 8, 2017 Aamir changed the face of modern Hindi cinema with the kind of films he created and became a part of. From 'Lagaan', 'Mangal Pandey', 'Rang De Basanti', 'Fanaa' to 'Taare Zameen Par', '3 Idiots', 'PK', and 'Dangal', he also presented the different sides of a narrative with films like 'Peepli Live', 'Dhobi Ghat' and 'Delhi Belly'. Aamir associates himself with films that are more than mere stories. His films are live representations of our immediate realities, which we may be too arrogant (or ignorant) to admit. Aamir will take that risk, and give us a new reality to explore and experience. View this post on Instagram Diwali pe milenge. Love, a #ThugsOfHindostan | @yrf | @tohthefilm | @amitabhbachchan | @katrinakaif | @fatimasanashaikh A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:08am PDT Aamir Khan does not let failures bring him down, “I have had unsuccessful films, but I learned a lot from those films. I give my failures as much importance as my success.” Sure, since I am talking about his greatest contributions to films, how can I miss the absolute debacle that was his last box office release, called 'Thugs of Hindostan'. The multi-starrer, big-budget film bombed at the box office and how. Now while there are quite a few reasons to that, the most obvious ones are poor script, unfamiliar genre and definitely below average direction. Yet, Aamir took it all in his stride, and was vocal about the film's shortcoming. He shouldered the film's failure along with the director, and stood with the TOH team through it all and took the hit. That makes him a winner for me! Maddy, my dearest Farhan, many happy returns of the day! Love. Rancho! pic.twitter.com/JxvWR2z5eG — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) June 1, 2016 There are a lot more reasons why I would always prefer him to the other Khans, but the ruling reason continues to be that he has his heart in the right place. He is fearless and unapologetic about what he does and how he does it. Aamir gets real, important shit done away from the camera and not just in front of it, and most importantly, because he gives a shit about things and walks the talk.
  22. Majority of Indians residing within the geographic coordinates that map out the boundary of the subcontinent, fall under the category of medium to dark wheatish or “olive” skin tone. By most “English” or Western standards, we are the perfect specimen of “brown people”. While such demographic segregation and racism prevalent in the West aren't new to Indians, there is a painful truth to be experienced in the kind of off-handed racism that is practised within India, by Indians and for Indians. © Instagram The Indian subcontinent's collective blind love for the “fairer ones” is something all of us are aware of. For ages now, Indians have drooled over and craved for the lighter shades of skin tone one might find on those shade scales they proudly show off in TV commercials. However, while Indian women have had to suffer from and live under the constant scrutiny of old hags nagging them and lamenting over their “dark skin” colour for ages, they found solace in their grandmother's home remedies, that promised to lighten their skin and make them “look more desirable” as per the requirements of the Indian marriage market. © Instagram Enter commercialisation, and the home remedies were quickly replaced by magical tubes of modernised (albeit chemically formulated) “ubtan” recipes that had made their way to fancy fairness creams and lotions that thrived on women's insecurities and constant pressure to match up to the (unrealistic and cruel) social standards of beauty. The “fairness” furthering business opened a gold mine of money making opportunity that these fairness cream companies exploited for years. But things took a new turn when they made a discovery that would forever change how we saw the fairness cream industry. © Instagram Until the mid-2000s shaving creams and deodorants were the primary grooming products that were sold to men through commercial ads. However, the market study showed there was a solid opportunity of expanding men's grooming range, and soon, fairness products for men were launched. Dheeraj Sinha, chief strategy officer at Leo Burnett told QZ India that, “The men's fairness segment came about because almost one-third of users of women's fairness creams were men.” Even a Vice News report aired on HBO stated that around 60% of women and 10% of men say they use fairness products. © Instagram This led to a boom in the men's skin-care industry and as of 2017 the market grew by 40% and the industry was said to be worth around rupees 5,000 crores. That's not all, a 2015 research study by Nielsen showed that men got into the bandwagon because they believed that a fair complexion could improve their professional prospects. This only confirms that the “idea” of fair as handsome is both personal and is slowly making its way into people's reflection of themselves professionally. Yet, there also exist a lot of aware men who realise that companies are feeding on people's insecurities to cash in on more money and jump the success ladder. Bollywood actors such as Nandita Das, Kangana Ranaut and more recently Abhay Deol, have joined in to call out such companies and their products, and even fellow actors who endorse such brands and their skin whitening products. © Instagram However, since awareness is growing by the day, and more men (and women) continue to realise that they are being fooled by these companies and their products, brands are coming up with more cunning ways of selling their products to consumers. According to Sinha, “My sense is that brands will wake up to the new reality, and you will see propositions reworked around clearer skin (and) glow, rather than pure fairness,” and honestly we have already seen that happening lately. © Instagram It's disheartening to see how society's idea of “normal” and “beautiful” can disrupt people's perception of themselves, wherein they come to think of themselves as inferior to someone, merely because their skin is a shade or two darker than that of others around them. We often hear women say “love and accept yourself for who and how you are” and we hope men also follow this thumb rule and come to take pride in what has been given to them at birth. Trust us, women love that in a man, the ability to be comfortable and confident in their own skin.
  23. This season of 'Koffee With Karan' came with its own set of controversies, fodder for gossip and some fresh scoop on some of our favourite stars who made it to the couch and spilt some beans during the rapid-fire rounds of the show. However, the season is now all set to draw the curtains with a grand finale, which will have Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra brewing some insanely hot coffee for us. The star power next week will go off the charts with Begum of Bollywood #KareenaKapoorKhan and Global Sensation @PriyankaChopra on the Koffee couch. #KoffeeWithKaran #KoffeeFinale pic.twitter.com/pSagOiIcVX — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) February 17, 2019 One of the teasers show us the chemistry between the two hotties, where they speak about how both of them were proposed in Greece by their respective partners and another one shows a sassy PC talking about how she can beat any millennial in the art of how fast can she 'move on' in life. #KareenaKapoorKhan and @PriyankaChopra connect, reminisce and compete on the Koffee couch. #KoffeeWithKaran. #KoffeeFinale pic.twitter.com/T1gPfFczEv — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) February 17, 2019 This is going to be a great finale with some major scoop awaiting us in this episode. The two actresses haven't always been so pally in the past when Bebo commented on PC's accent and PC answered back in her unique style when she graced the couch in one of the previous seasons. The two have worked together in 'Aitraaz' in 2004 and have never really shared the screen after that. View this post on Instagram Girls just wanna have fun!!!! #seasonfinale #koffeewithkaran @priyankachopra #kareenakapoorkhan A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 12, 2018 at 11:13am PST Will someone sign them up together for a movie after this episode airs? We sure hope so!
  24. At the beginning of this month, Apex Legends was announced, a Battle Royale game that is free-to-play just like PUBG and Fortnite. The game is developed by Respawn and Electronic Arts and is available for download on PS4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC. © KnowTechie Last week, Respawn revealed that the game has hit 25 million total players and had "well over" 2 million concurrent players during the weekend. If we compare, Fortnite took four months to achieve the same numbers and the game currently has 200 million players. Today, the developer has revealed that it has already banned more than 16,000 accounts for cheating. The company also asked users to capture proof of cheaters, such as a screenshot or video clip and send it to them. Even if the proof isn't available, they are urging players to report the cheaters' ID and it shall be taken up for investigation. © Respawn The game currently lacks an in-game reporting tool and the developer has acknowledged that it's a "good idea". Though, there isn't a timeline on when the feature will be rolled out. Given the massive popularity of the game, we expect the reporting system to drop soon since a manual complain filing is bothersome for players as well as the company. A cheater who goes by the name of Mengiez on Twitch was caught cheating in his own broadcast. Viewers noticed that he's asking a wall hack to keep an eye on his opponent's location. Another Twitch streamer going by the name Dharyxd was caught using an aimbot. The videos have since been deleted, but the cheating cost them their accounts. © Respawn The game will have a second patch this week, but we don't know what to expect with the upcoming Apex Legends patch. So far, Respawn has been doing pretty well with their response to player concerns. Many players have been complaining that PUBG has a huge issue with hackers and the developers aren't doing enough to curb it. Using hacks to score points ruins the fun of the game because no player should have an undue advantage. In December, PUBG received a new anti-cheating tool called BattlEye, and it helped in 30,000 cheating accounts.
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