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  1. HOW TO REMOVE THE COPYRIGHT OF ANYTHEME Step one(1): Go to ACP > Customization > Theme Download theme that have Copyright Step two(2):Download sublimetext Step Three(3): Open Sublimetest > Click on Open file > Choose XML FILE Step four(4): Press on [ CTRL + F ] Step five(5): Copy (Copyright) Like ( Powered by Invision Community) and you will find code See Demo \/\/\/ Step six(6): Remove The Copyright Code and Click Save = (Ctrl + S) or Click on File > Save Step Seven(7): Upload Your theme without Copyright Has got removed copyright from your theme
  2. In the 50th over of England's run chase in the 2019 World Cup final, England were chasing 15. Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid were at the wicket. Trent Boult was the bowler. Boult conceded nothing from the first two balls. Stokes hit the third for Six. The fourth was hit towards deep mid-wicket and Stokes raced back for the 2nd runs to keep strike. Martin Guptill's throw hit Stokes' bat as he made a dive into his crease for the 2nd run and rolled away to the boundary. The umpire awarded six runs - they ran 2 and the four overthrows. Under the laws of cricket, this is incorrect. It's worth reflecting on a couple of basic points about the laws. Boundaries and runs are different categories in the game. They are governed by different laws. Law 18 governs runs, Law 19 governs boundaries. In the case of the run which is completed by the batsmen and the non-striker crossing over to the other end, the key moment is when the batsmen cross each other. As specified under Law 18.1.1, A run is scored "so often as the batsmen, at any time while the ball is in play, have crossed and made good their ground from end to end." There are two significant elements in a run. First, the batsmen must cross, and second, each must make ground from end to end. The crossing is significant because it determines which batsman is run out at which end if they fail to make their ground. Further, if the batsmen cross and then return to their original ends, then, if the umpire determines that they did this deliberately, they get no runs (under Law 18.5). If the umpire determines that the batsman has failed to complete the run inadvertently, they signal one short. Boundaries are 'declared' runs. If the batsman hits the ball and the ball crosses the boundary, then whether the batsmen run 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 before the ball crosses the boundary, it counts as 4 declared. 'Declared' runs are a fundamentally different category from runs which have been 'run'. However, if the batsmen complete 5 runs before the ball is grounded beyond the boundary line, then it is counted as 5 runs (as per 19.7.3). One important consequence of 'declared' runs is that the ball is no longer considered to be in play (i.e., the ball is "dead") once the ball is grounded beyond the boundary line. For example, suppose there's a very long boundary to mid-wicket, and the only fielders posted on the leg-side are a short-leg under the helmet and a long leg on the boundary. Suppose the batsman hits an on-drive, and by the time the helmeted fielder reaches the ball and is about the haul it in, the batsmen have crossed five times (i.e. they've run four and have already crossed each other for the fifth). If the fielder misses the ball completely, this counts as 5 runs. If the fielder misfields in some way - let's say that in diving to haul the ball in, the ball hits the fielder and crosses the boundary line - its still 5 runs. However, if the fielder hauls it in and tries to make a fancy relay throw and this throw goes wrong, then it is, technically, not a misfield, but a "willful act". This was a doubt I had back in 2009 when Suresh Raina made a diving stop on the long-off boundary and flicked the ball to Gautam Gambhir in one beautiful fluid motion, except, the ball missed Gambhir completed and went over the boundary. This should not have counted as a misfield. It should have counted as overthrows. Overthrow runs are counted in the same way as normal runs. They accrue to the batsman, and the total number of runs completed before the ball becomes 'dead' are counted. However, if throw reached the boundary, then under Law 19.8, the total runs to be counted are the allowance for the boundary plus the number of runs completed by the batsman plus the run in progress if the batsmen have crossed by the time the throw is made. The point about the "willful" act distinguishes the misfield from the overthrow. 19.8 also refers to 18.12.2 which determines which batsman should end up at which end. 18.12.2 says the following: 18.11.2.1 accounts for a boundary being scored. This governs to common fact that when a batsman hits a boundary, that batsman faces the next ball unless the boundary is scored from the last ball of the over. In this case, when Martin Guptill made the throw, the batsmen (Stokes and Rashid) had not yet crossed in the course of their attempted 2nd run (see 2:20 in the video below). As a result, under the laws, the correct conclusion is that they scored 1 run and they got the boundary from the overthrows. A total of five. Furthermore, Stokes was to return to the non-striker's end. So, Adil Rashid was to be on strike on the next ball. As it happened, the umpire wrongly awarded six runs to England and Stokes ended up at the striker's end. New Zealand should have been defending 4 from the final 2 balls with Adil Rashid on strike. Instead, they defended 3 from the final 2 balls with Ben Stokes on strike. It's nearly impossible for the umpires on the field to monitor exactly when the throw is made because they have to check for short runs at each end while the batsmen are running. It would help them if the TV Umpire could intervene in these circumstances, but it's not clear that the third umpire would be allowed to initiate an intervention. Under the laws, the only situation in which the third umpire is explicitly permitted to initiate an intervention is in a situation where the on-field umpire miscounts the number of deliveries in the over. Apart from this, the TV Umpire is only involved when consulted from the field of play. It will be tempting to condemn the umpires for this mistake. It did put New Zealand at a significant disadvantage in that final over, but it did not cause the Tie. The umpires have had an outstanding World Cup in general and Dharmasena, Erasmus and Dar are the three best umpires in the world. It cannot be denied that, as the former Test umpire Simon Taufel put it, they made "a clear mistake". The Laws of Cricket are beautifully intricate and precise. They have an internal logic which rests on a handful of basic concepts (such as the concept of a run, declared runs, the ball being "in play", the ball being "dead", the concept of an appeal). They constitute a great game. In much the same way that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has made laws like handball and off-side more precise. The margin of doubt has been shrunk. Video evidence is doing something similar in Cricket. It is the precision with which the conditions are applied to events on the field which has changed as much as the accuracy. About 30 years ago, there probably wouldn't have been a drone camera which captured exactly when the throw was made and where the batsmen were when it was made in the same frame. Now that there is, the law has to be applied as precisely as the available evidence makes possible. Anything less will be considered an umpiring mistake. It is an unforgiving time for international umpires who are, regardless of what people say, experts who are outstanding at their job.
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    The Main Trends of Web Design & Development

    When developing websites, global global trends in web design, which modernity imposes, cannot be ignored. Somewhere it may be fleeting bursts in the design of fonts or icons, and somewhere the development of technologies in the form of various sizes of devices leads developers to adapt to the changes taking place in order to remain in demand in the market of services. Most trends are dictated by events and the direction of the industry development in the previous period. After analyzing them, we have compiled a list of 10 major trends that will be relevant in the coming 2015. 1. Responsive design This moment has already become the standard of web development, as this trend is repeated from year to year and we are seeing more and more websites adapted for various screen extensions. Funds for adaptive design are also being improved. If at first it was just a rubber layout, now it is a responsive web design leadconcept(.)com/custom-website-development-services.html, a separate mobile version of the site , and an adaptation for retina display. Simplified and technical aspects in the implementation of adaptability: for example, the global platform for wordpress sites allows you to connect just one plug-in to get the finished version for mobile devices. 2. Flat design or mosaic of rectangles Flat design has firmly entered the web thanks to such global giants Microsoft, Google and Apple. But this is not just a tribute to the leaders of the industry: many had time to appreciate its lightness, simplicity, brevity and speed. Although opponents of this design also have something to say in defense of their point of view. 3. Scrolling and scrolling animation With the emergence and popularization of such types of sites as landings and longreads, pages with a long vertical scroll began to develop and means for their convenient viewing. Users are becoming more and more accustomed to scrolling down sites, rather than concentrating on the first screen. In order to make long pages as light and readable as possible, information is conveniently structured, visual accents are made on important content, smooth loading of site blocks is carried out - scrolling animation. Increasingly, on such sites scrolling is used instead of clicks as a site navigation, and the menu turns into a barely noticeable small icon. 4. Distribute web graphics It has long been proven that graphical images are perceived faster and easier by network users, which is why this type of information presentation, like infographics, has received tremendous distribution. To create it, it is not necessary to mess around in Photoshop for a long time - there are many online services that allow you to create it based on templates using simplified schemes. The second trend is web graphics - it is also aimed at a graphical presentation of information, but it also uses interactivity, which allows the user to practically interact with information. Its spread and development is what can be expected in the long term. 5. Automation layout More and more funds are emerging to make the layout process less routine and allow web designers to expand their boundaries professionally. For example, most recently the Americans announced the development of a new language - Ur / Web , which combined the capabilities of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. All web developers know such a tool for website development as Bootstrap , which allows you to use flexible settings for marking sites and simplifies working with styles. Drawn on the grid in Photoshop layouts can be turned into code without even owning it. As you can see, the tools for developing the site are increasingly automated, but this does not take away the work of programmers, but only allows you to delve into the work of the back end. 6. Graphics: subtlety, transparency, centering Now let's go directly to the elements of websites: fonts, text, links, buttons and icons. Here the trends are as follows: Thin fonts Outline Icons and Buttons Circles Big leading Text centering Non-underlined links Graphics Trends 2015 7. Large images It seems that quite recently images tried to be lighter in weight and to limit their size. But with the development of the Internet, the need for this has disappeared. Now you can find sites with a large image in the header more often. Against the background of this image, as a rule, the same centered text, transparent buttons and calls to action. As for the images themselves, the trend here is the use of professional photos to which filters are applied. For example, blur, the famous Instagram filter and toning of images. 8. Menu: hidden, as in applications and sticky Talk about trends in layout and menu image. Here in 2015, several trends are planned: Adaptation of sites to mobile devices led to the unification of menu icons, which left an imprint when designing sites for standard screen resolutions. With the development of minimalism in web design leadconcept(.)com/custom-ecommerce-website-development.html, we increasingly find the menu hidden behind certain icons. The sticky hat is another trend of 2015. When scrolling side menu disappears and for easy navigation remains sticky up. 9. Video on background Instead of large images in the header, you can increasingly see video. It is important that this video be high-quality, bright and fit to the site. It is not always appropriate to play it immediately after the page loads, it is better that the user can control this process. 10. Micro-interactions This item stems from the need to increase the conversion of sites. When the number of users in the network grows at a lower rate, and the quality standards and requirements of search engines become more and more rigid, the focus is not just to bring visitors to the site, but also to retain them and encourage them to perform a targeted action. It is here that micro-interactions appear - dialog boxes for talking with the user. However, it is also important to keep balance in mind. This is perhaps all that I would like to single out structurally, but not everything that I would like to talk about. The trends of 2015 in web design can also include parallax effect, timeline , lively blue, notification, discharge, long shadow , polygonal art , diagrams, personalization of the interface, download speed , etc.
  4. The unfortunate news of Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2019 due to a fractured left thumb has left a huge hole at the top of the Indian batting lineup. Although, in the match against Pakistan, we did see KL Rahul step up to the occasion and form a great 100-run plus opening partnership, the void of the veteran lefty batsman is definitely going to be the most difficult to fill. Dhawan went down with the injury like a warrior. Having the base of his left thumb cracked, thanks to a deadly bouncer by Pat Cummins early on in the match between India and Australia at The Oval in London, the left-handed batsman went on to play a massive innings worth 117 runs, that not only made him the 'Man of the Match' but also led Team India to win one of the more challenging games of the ongoing tournament. View this post on Instagram ð¸ð¸ð®ð³ #TeamIndia A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Jun 9, 2019 at 5:04am PDT The exit of the southpaw from the world championship got the team selectors in a bit of a fix, as they had to choose between an experienced and sturdy batsman in Ambati Rayudu and zealous and explosive Rishabh Pant. The management decided to go with the latter with the hopes of providing a fresh boost to the middle order. It is well documented that the only problem with Team India, is the weak and struggling middle order. Before the World Cup began, it was still being managed by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but even the Ranchi-born seems to have lost his form off-late. Whenever India have tasted success while batting in either of the innings, it only comes if the batting partnership in the initial stages of the match is formed. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan have been doing it for years and on Sunday, Sharma and Rahul did it as well. View this post on Instagram HITMAN ðð #TeamIndia A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Jun 16, 2019 at 4:40am PDT However with some good games against teams with brilliant bowlers like England and West Indies still ahead of them, we can't be certain of a solid opening partnership, especially due to the lack of experience of Sharma and Rahul playing together at number one and two spots, which, by the way, was also evident during their previous fleet against Sarfaraz Ahmed's men. Under such conditions, Rishabh Pant, who would most probably take the crease as the fourth batsman after Virat Kohli, will be expected to take the lead and put up big numbers on the scoreboard for his side. An extremely skilled and talented batsman who is a natural hitter, Pant played his last ODI match against Australia on 13th March during which he found himself to be cheaply dismissed (16 runs) at the hands of Nathan Lyon in a losing effort. The 21-year-old has been put under the microscope and criticised for his inability to stick to the crease for long and play a 50-over innings. So, when Pant is being brought in to play on the biggest platform there is in international cricket with such little experience, the amount of pressure on his young shoulders has to be immense. View this post on Instagram Donning the blue for the nation is a feeling nothing else can even come close to ðð» Wishing Team India a killer run to the ð Bring it home boys !! Good luck ðªð» ð®ð³ @indiancricketteam #jaihind A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) on May 28, 2019 at 4:50am PDT But this is the situation that makes or breaks a player and whenever it is that the Roorkee-born will play for India, be it against Afghanistan on 22nd June or the Windies on 27th June, it will only be his determination and the sheer will to be great, that will guide his performance on the ground. Here's hoping all the success that Pant deserves and should get this World Cup.
  5. It's summer and Peter Parker has decided to go on vacation, telling us that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is definitely far from being over. The social media embargo on reviews of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' has been lifted and the feedback is as bright as a positive ray of light. Disney is definitely confident about what about the film director, Jon Watts has made and the reactions talk about its humour, action and a few major twists. Although the movie is set to release on July 5, the press screenings have started and we can't wait to catch the new Spidey flick. © Sony Pictures Releasing Marvel and Disney have always made it a point to lift embargos on movies way before their release to get a positive word of mouth in advance and this time was no different. According to the trailer, this one has Peter Parker aka Spider-Man taking a vacation in Europe with his classmates. However, he runs into Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) or rather he's hunted down by Fury and the mysterious Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) aka Quentin Beck to help defeat some apolyptic 'Elemental' monster! © Sony Pictures Releasing Some are calling the film a perfect 'Avengers: Endgame' epilogue where the MCU goes on an emotionally fulfilling ride, while some say it's the best Spidey movie yet. Let's see what the critics have to say about 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' FAR FROM HOME has dethroned Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 & is now favorite Spider-Man film. What's insane is that I can't even tell u why I'm so in love with this film because it would be a spoiler. Gyllenhaal is incredible. Holland re-confirms as the best Spidey to date. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/pbynxYIEyQ — Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) 19 June 2019 I didn't expect to laugh so hard at a movie that deals with the emotional and global fallout of Avengers: Endgame. I really, really enjoyed #SpiderManFarFromeHome (liked it a smidge more than Homecoming), and thought it absolutely succeeded when it dealt with human-scale stories. pic.twitter.com/Cy985w2NeV — Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) 19 June 2019 I had a big dumb smile on my face through all of #SpiderManFarFromHome. It makes for a lovely companion piece to Endgame, but it's also a top-notch Peter story. Oh, and Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly having the time of his LIFE. — Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) 19 June 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome isn't quite as wonderful as Homecoming, but it's a really strong, endearing sequel that delivers some excellent moments in its second half in particular. It commendably furthers Peter's story while laying groundwork for what's next in a notably deft way. — Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) 19 June 2019 I saw Spider-Man: Far From Home last night - it's pretty much the perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue - reminding us that the MCU goes on in a joyous, emotionally fulfilling ride. #SpiderManFarFromHome — Sean Keane (@SpectacularSean) 19 June 2019 #SpiderMan #FarFromHome is an absolute home run. It's SO much fun. It's huge in itself and for the future of the MCU in the most surprising ways. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, just a lethal, awesome combo!! I cannot wait to see this movie again. And again. pic.twitter.com/0hYJvKkdjN — Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) 19 June 2019 I can't stress this enough: stay all the way through the credits for #FarFromHome!!! There's a couple of brilliant sequences waiting for you! Dodge #SpiderMan spoilers as best you can!! pic.twitter.com/vhiJcMwzF1 — Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) 19 June 2019 Absolutely loved SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. I'm a huge Mysterio fan and Gyllenhaal nails him. Also the movie is very clever (and funny) how it handles the fallout post ENDGAME in explaining how this world works now. — Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) 19 June 2019 Didn't LOVE #SpiderManFarFromHome as much as Homecoming but it's still a rad take on bearing the weight of great expectations and a fun ode to teen romance. Tom Holland continues to be amazing, Zendaya's MJ is just as cool as Shuri and Jake G's an inspired choice for Mysterio. pic.twitter.com/nnu7BPjcFO — Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) 19 June 2019 #FarFromHome non spoiler thoughts: most comic booky movie marvel has put out. Second and third acts are outstanding. The two post credit sequences are going to stick in my brain for a L O N G time. I cannot wait to see this movie at least three more times. — Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) 19 June 2019 #Spiderman #FarFromHome is SUCH a good movie! Jake Gyllenhaal suits up & completely embraces his role in its entirety & he's clearly having a blast. This is such a refreshing film after the heaviness of #EndGame. The post-credit scenes are a MUST WATCH & will blow your dang mind! pic.twitter.com/wcTh9iHaYq — Maude Garrett (@maudegarrett) 19 June 2019 Spider-Man: Far from Home is an extremely fun, cleverly executed, and frequently hilarious culmination of the MCU's wall-crawler's journey so far. Some very sweet moments, sly commentary and deft action set-pieces throughout #SpiderManFarFromHome pic.twitter.com/5sAmxh4E3p — Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) 19 June 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome had the difficult task of following two epic Avengers movies AND Spider-Verse and succeeds by telling a smaller, classical story about Peter Parker caught between what he wants and what responsibility demands. Pure cat(spider)nip for Spidey fans like me. pic.twitter.com/G2a4p6YhAr — Matt Singer (@mattsinger) 19 June 2019 I love that #SpiderManFarFromHome is all sleight-of-hand. It begs to be seen multiple times. pic.twitter.com/nwIX24L8WH — Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) 19 June 2019 absolutely loved #SpiderManFarFromHome. Captures the spirit of the comics and mixes in some amazing movie magic. The second the film ended I wanted to watch it again. #JakeGyllenhaal is fantastic as Mysterio. pic.twitter.com/4ZYaS0L8mf — Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) 19 June 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome is the coda we needed after Endgame, a glimpse of how the world looks now that the dust has settled. Could maybe have gone a bit harder on P's emotional arc, but bursting with warmth and humor and awkward teen romance. ð Also: Jake G = perfect casting. — Angie J. Han (@ajhan) 19 June 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome: B-/C+. If you loved the teen-centric stuff in Homecoming, there's more where that came from. Some of the comedy falls flat, but this film has A LOT going on – ultimately beneficial because it mostly distracts from stuff that doesn't land quite as well. pic.twitter.com/1wVMyT5bv9 — Ben Pearson (@benpears) 19 June 2019 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' is a refreshingly light-hearted adventure after the somber intensity of Avengers: Endgame, delivering exactly the kind of wise-cracking antics we've come to expect from Tom Holland's Peter Parker. - @jacobkleinman pic.twitter.com/EWik8F9VUr — Inverse (@inversedotcom) 19 June 2019 A lot of critics praised the film, saying it didn't disappoint them at all, as you can see above from the reactions. They all concurred that MCU has the most amazing ways to surprise their fans. There were also praises for how the film carved it's story post 'Avengers: Endgame' ending, and how the characters react to Iron Man aka Tony Starks death. There's a lot of mention of that towards the film's climactic action scene and several critics have mentioned that one may want to watch it over and over, just for that remarkable twist, towards the end. The film will conclude the third phase of the MCU, post which new characters will be introduced into the series, in all probability. So, get your Spidey game on and get ready to witness an excellent movie (as told by the critics) on July 5.
  6. Gaming as an industry is one of the fastest growing markets and it seems like big tech giants like Apple are also part of the phenomenon. Gaming companies like Sony and Microsoft have generally been known as the two giants in gaming, thanks to their consoles and exclusive games. However, Apple is also now amongst the top five publicly traded gaming entities. © Epic Games According to a report by Newzoo, Apple is amongst the top five companies that contribute to the gaming industry. Apple may not cater to hardcore gamers like Sony and Microsoft, however, the company has amassed a firm position thanks to casual gamers on iPhones. Apple is just behind Tencent, Sony, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The report adds that the top 35 public gaming companies have generated almost $114 billion in 2018 as the top five have generated 43% of the collective revenue. © YouTube Apple has managed to rake in $2.09 billion just from gaming in the first quarter of 2018 and the number is expected to rise this year thanks to its upcoming Apple Arcade service. Newzoo estimates Apple earned $9.453 billion from games during 2018. Previously, Apple has relied on microtransactions from games to generate a high income; however the company is now moving forward with a subscription service that will offer exclusive games in order to depend less on the microtransactions business model. © Pexels The report also said that mobile gaming is the largest segment in the mobile industry and expects more PC gamers to switch in 2019. Source: Newzoo
  7. Mary Meeker delivered a rapid-fire review at the 2019 Code Conference of her latest Internet Trends Report, widely considered to be one of the most influential and comprehensive reports on Internet trends. The report covers 11 broad areas from ecommerce to education, data growth to usage, work to immigration, and China. The report's foreword includes the following statement: This is an especially appropriate message for Invision Community admins and managers, who must not only ingest the data firehose but turn it into actionable feedback. This report is presented to Invision Community clients as a way of understanding the broader trends that shape and influence the digital world around us, and to hopefully spur thoughtful conversation on how to thrive as an online community through 2019 and beyond. Here are highlights from the report, especially selected for clients of Invision Community. More International - Global internet penetration surpassed 51% in 2018, which means more than half of the world's population are Internet users. Certain regions have very different growth patterns. Asia Pacific already contains more Internet users than the rest of the world combined, yet less than half of its users are on the Internet. In contrast, North America is virtually saturated. Growth of new users is getting harder, except for China, India, and Indonesia which show the most promise of new users. More Ecommerce - Ecommerce is a rapidly rising a major portion of retail sales. Ecommerce growth is a strong 12% year over year. Physical retail growth is 2% year over year. More Online Advertising on Mobile - Internet advertising is continuing to increase overall at 22% year over year, with all of the new growth dedicated to mobile advertising spending. Spending on desktop advertising is flatlining. More Hours Online - Online media usage increased by 7% year over year in the USA, with all of the growth on mobile. Desktop usage flatlined in 2013 and even decreased in the past three years. Out of online time, Facebook, Youtube, WhatsApp, and WeChat dominate the global time spent online. Mobile use also surpassed time spent on TV for the first time in 2018. More Short-form Video - Short videos like Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, and WhatsApp Status are one of the newest trends to explosively grow in the past 3 years. More Opportunity for the Underserved - Square is a popular credit card processor and merchant services provider. The fastest area of growth comes from new users in the lowest-income metropolitans in the USA versus the highest-income metropolitan areas in the USA, with 58% of its businesses from females and 35% from minority-owned businesses. More Images - For two decades, users on the Internet have been dramatically ramping up image creation and image sharing. Image sharing has also evolved, with leading platforms like Instagram adding new features like video stories and collaborative story-telling. More Interactive Gaming - Interactive gaming continues to be a dominant Internet trend with 2.4 Billion users, an increase of 6% year over year. Interactive gaming is social in nearly all ways, with real-time play + talk, shared environments, collective goals, and in-game social networks. One of the leading gaming-related platforms is Discord. More Digital Payments - Digital payments continue to be more efficient, now driving 59% of all global payments. More Data Personalization - The amount of data being collected has exploded in the past decade. Successful companies now deploy data as a core part of their workflow to improve customer satisfaction. Retail customers like sharing data if it gives them a better experience. More Negativity and Polarization - With more people than ever coming online, there continues to be usage concern over problematic content and activity. We will continue to see a world that gets more polarized and divisive due to less filtering, more amplification of extreme content, more vivid live images and videos. More Internet Censorship - The early days of a free Internet are over. We are living in a 'splinternet,' where your online experiences are increasingly determined by local regulation. Truly free Internet decreased with governments increasing surveillance and censorship. More Trust in an Open Internet - On the other hand, an open Internet and online consumer reviews boost multi-sided accountability that ensure safety of products and services, make companies accountable to consumers, and make consumers feel confident on their purchases. On AirBNB, a popular online booking platform for short-term rentals, 70% of guests leave a review. The reviews are fundamental to building trust on AirBNB. More China Internet - China continues to be the world's success story, with global growth that underscore its superpower status. It is a rapidly rising country with room to grow for most macroeconomic and technical trends including urbanization, disposable income per capita, share of world exports, mobile internet users, and cellular internet growth. Some of the notable Chinese apps include WeChat, Meituan, and Alipay. CONCLUSION Online communities have been a part of the online experience from the beginning through email listservs, chat rooms, bulletin boards, Usenet groups, multiplayer dungeons, and more. We will always be a part of humanity's need to connect, to share, and to relate with similar people but our methods and technology will evolve. The world is more mobile, more pictures and videos, more international, more polarized and open to abuse, and also more connected than ever before. As more people come online, as more methods to communicate flourish, as the technology and infrastructure around the Internet continue to mature, I hope you find inspiration in the 2019 Internet Trends Report to grasp upon these macro trends and find new opportunities to connect and serve your communities better. Download the full deck here: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/6/11/18651010/mary-meeker-internet-trends-report-slides-2019
  8. Blue is a colour we love. Calming, serene, profound, and masculine, the shades of blue can transform your wardrobe into a domain that is superbly fashionable, as well as supremely soulful. Right from the workwear you don every day to the occasional fancy fare, blue suits every mood. If you love blue as much as we do, these super fashionable pieces are perfect for you: 1. This Blue/White Hand-Blocked Printed Beauty There is something about intricate hand-blocked patterns that effortlessly spell 'high-fashion'. __ECOMPRODUCT__29__ 2. Relaxed Ajrak Printed Khadi Shirts Khadi is appealing not only because of the 'organic' factor, but it is hands down one of the most comfortable fabrics around. __ECOMPRODUCT__28__ __ECOMPRODUCT__16__ 3. An Indo-Japanese Styled Hand-Woven Cotton Kurta If you want to steal the limelight without having to work for it, this is what you wear. __ECOMPRODUCT__30__ 4. A Supima Cotton Polo T-Shirt This has to be, hands down, one of the most comfortable T-Shirts you'd have ever laid your hands on, thanks to the Supima cotton. __ECOMPRODUCT__31__ 5. Formal Shirts With Minimalistic Patterns Want something sophisticated and elegant for your next boardroom meeting? Look no further. __ECOMPRODUCT__1__ __ECOMPRODUCT__2__ 6. Super Edgy Jodhpuri Joggers Want to add an inimitable edge to your street style? This should help. __ECOMPRODUCT__14__ 7. A Comfortable 'Desk To Dinner' Shirt Half-sleeved shirts are perfect for attending parties post work without having to change. __ECOMPRODUCT__4__ With these must-haves in your arsenal, 'beating the sartorial blues' will be a cakewalk.
  9. Since Sunday, there are primarily two things that Indians are talking about - first, how India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, and second, Ranveer Singh. From giving major fashion goals, trying his hands at commentary to clicking pictures with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Ranveer made sure that he makes the most out of his England trip. View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT But, apart from encouraging and cheering for the team, Ranveer also displayed great sportsmanship when he consoled an upset Pakistani fan. While both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans were busy trolling the Pakistan Cricket team for their disappointing performance in England, there was one fan who was left disheartened by this loss. Ranveer consoled him and that video is now going viral on social media. Ranveer, in the video, hugs the fan and tells him, "There is always a next time. Don't be disheartened, they played well, they are committed, dedicated professionals and they will be back." View this post on Instagram #ranveersingh with a Pakistani fan. He is so sweet ð⤠A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT On the work front, Ranveer is currently busy with '83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev and Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi in the film. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie is expected to release in 2020.
  10. The Indian cricket team might have lost the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final, but their record against Pakistan at the World Cup remains formidable. In a bid to change their fortunes, the Pakistani cricket team took the field against Team India at the ongoing ICC World Cup. But, what eventually unfolded at a packed Old Trafford stadium is bound to haunt Sarfaraz Ahmed's men for a while. In what turned out to be a one-sided contest, Virat Kohli-led India overshadowed Pakistan in almost all facets of the game to record an emphatic 89-run triumph (D/L) in Manchester. Thanks to their latest triumph, India have now extended their unbeaten run against Pakistan to seven games at the World Cup. Given their clinical performance, the Indian cricket fans were on cloud nine as memes, videos and celebratory messages thronged social media. While a Pakistani fan's rant questioning the fitness of Sarfaraz & Co went viral, Harbhajan Singh revelled in a spoof video that showed the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma dancing after beating Pakistan. Hahaha this is amazing.. super funny ðð have a look @imVkohli @ImRo45 @msdhoni @imjadeja team india https://t.co/9NcNEwqtcz — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 17, 2019 Retweeting the spoof video, Bhajji wrote: Hahaha this is amazing.. super funny ðð have a look @imVkohli @ImRo45 @msdhoni @imjadeja team india". As soon as Harbhajan recommended the video to Indian cricketers and fans, everyone on Twitter expressed their views on the hilarious spoof. Awesome absolutely awesome pic.twitter.com/RLCjf4M5JQ — Taya Amritsaria (@TayaAmritsaria3) June 17, 2019 pic.twitter.com/SfzwvgUgaU — Aalokð (@Alok_HINDUstani) June 17, 2019 #Breaking Ab pata chala ...#ViratKohli ne Wicket kyu Di A true Dad ~Son thing But @imVkohli bhai #PKMKB @desimojito pic.twitter.com/VTkF9tchoI — MEGHDOOT âð®ð³ 2.0 (@meslight) June 18, 2019 Dhoni Amazing look — RÌ´aÌ´hÌ´uÌ´lÌ´ AÌ´rÌ´yÌ´aÌ´ (@ImRahul_arya7) June 18, 2019 While walking wid smiling face @imVkohli luks amazing nd rahul bro reaction also matched well. ððð — Sathish (@sathish0909) June 17, 2019 Expressions damn apt ð — Power â (@amnaresh_ht) June 18, 2019
  11. Anything and everything that can be said about 'Game of Thrones' Season eight has been said. Yes, it sucked but everyone has to agree that the scene with Arya Stark killing the Night King was so badass and iconic. It was one of the best scenes of the show, actually even the entire season. Now, we know that great things always act as a source of inspiration but this time, it may have gone too far. Turns out that an Indian show - 'Aladdin - Naam Toh Suna Hoga' - has the same exact scene, literally down to every single detail. This scene looks familiar doesn't it? But the scene from the Indian series Aladdin was aired last year. https://t.co/NgsVEwjRde#GameOfThrones copied this. That's how lazy it was pic.twitter.com/wtvdaumOwH — Radhakrishna Sharma (@MatKarma) June 15, 2019 Imitation may not be the best form of flattery after all. While this narrative - Indian show blatantly copying the biggest show in the entire world - might be expected, turns out that there's a possibility of the exact opposite thing being true. Basically, there's a chance that 'GoT' copied 'Aladdin'. Yep, these are some strange times. Some people are saying the episode aired last year, and some are saying that it aired after the GoT episode, the rest are just laughing at the hilariously weird - and low quality - recreation of the 'GoT' scene. India did it before it was cool. from r/india The Reddit user that brought the scene to light captioned it saying, 'India did it before it was cool', but did India do it first? And even if it did, I'm pretty sure the makers of 'GoT' are not looking for inspiration from an Indian TV show that even we didn't know about until now. Oh, we're also not done with the whole copycat game. Here's a scene from the movie 'Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter'. The movie came out in 2012, just btw. The title tho. Gareebo ka Arya Stark, Copied Scene from Game of Thrones... https://t.co/xtjnSefY4g — Gaurav Mukherjee (@garvsays) June 17, 2019 The best part is instead of arguing about who copied whom, people on Reddit have just come together to find the logic behind how someone can kill a skeleton by stabbing it. What overthinking looks like.
  12. Ayushmann Khurrana, the finest new-age actor in the industry, has got an eye for fashion like none other. His choices are splendid and his OTT outfits are always on point. You must have noticed how pastels raided the runways for Spring/Summer 2019. The subtle, light hues are a safe bet to add to your wardrobe and Ayushmann, with his fashion-forward looks, makes even the wackiest piece a clothing item that will work for you as well. If you don't believe us, let his sartorial style speak for itself. Ayushmann recently stepped out wearing a snakeskin printed biker jacket with powder pink, relaxed pants, and Fila white sneakers. This recent number donned by Ayushmann is from the homegrown label, Sahil Aneja. As for accessories, he chose to up his debonair with a black watch. His head-to-toe look in pastel hues makes a dramatic statement for summers. © Instagram/Isha Bhansali © Instagram/Isha Bhansali Ayushmann chose to pair a super quirky tee underneath the exuberant jacket. His eclectic preference is damn easy to cop and don for a desk-to-dinner date. In case, you don't wish to appear too flamboyant, you can tame down the look by rocking a basic white tee with a printed bomber jacket and baggy pants. Bonus: If this mix and match idea seems too much, add a spin with either pastels or a printed number. © Instagram/Isha Bhansali All we have to say is that his fashion sense holds an energetic vibe and we can't stop ourselves from taking notes to elevate our own style statement. Kudos to Isha Bhansali, Ayushmann's stylist for that!
  13. I know the first thing that pops into your head is “I can make a decent gaming PC build for cheaper, why would I buy this?" Well, to be honest, that is a very valid and warranted question considering you can build your own PC for cheaper. Having said that, the Aurora R8 is not only a powerhouse but also comes with benefits that you may not get while building your own PC. The version we tested comes with an RTX 2080, 32GB RAM, NVMe SK Hynix 256 GB SSD and an Intel Core i9-9900K processor. However, the Aurora R8 also comes for a cheaper configuration that comes with Intel Core i5 9600K processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 (6GB graphics), 8GB RAM and a 2TB hard drive which costs Rs 1,40,880 in India. Our review units cost Rs Rs 2,80,120 which is not far from what we managed to build last year. The only difference being here is that we built it from scratch with a different processor and an RTX 2080 ti. Design The new Aurora R8 doesn't look any different from its previous models as it has the same UFO-inspired chassis. It has the same aggressive angles and minimal RGB lighting. The Alienware logo on the front lights up and can be in sync with the other RGB lighting on the cabinet. These lighting colours can be controlled from the Alienware Command Center application. In terms of ventilation, both the front and left side of the cabinet has holes. The cabinet also has ventilation holes at the top, which is quite a staple in any PC cabinet today. Having said that, for something that costs almost Rs 3 Lakhs, we would have preferred to see a premium finish on the cabinet. It feels very plasticky, which is never a good feeling, even though it has been reinforced with metal. It would have been awesome to see a more premium finish rather than having it mostly made out of plastic. © BCCL The case remains the same with the supplied keyboard and mouse that comes with the Aurora R8. We would recommend you use your own keyboard and mouse, as neither were fit for long periods of gaming. The mouse was not ergonomic enough for a firm grip while the keyboard felt very flimsy. © Dell When it comes to ports and connectivity options, the Aurora R8 has three USB ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port just at the front of the cabinet. At the back, there are 8 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an Ethernet port, an SPIDF port if you want to connect a home theatre, and a display port. The number of ports available on the Aurora R8 is enough for any PC gamer but is also handy if you want to stream or become a content creator. With so many additional ports, you can plug-in many types of accessories such as a USB Microphone, a Webcam and other peripherals such as an Elgato Stream Deck. © Dell One of the most essential features of a desktop gaming PC is to have the ability to upgrade your components. The Aurora R8 is fairly easy to get into, however, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to get going. Cable management looks neat and in order to get access to the rest of your components, you need to unlock two additional switches. You can then access your GPU, PSU, RAM, CPU and cooling components. What's cool is that you can upgrade any of the components without having a fear of voiding the warranty. Performance Our review unit came with an RTX 2080 which we reviewed last year when it launched in India. It is a powerful GPU that can deliver impressive FPS at 1080p and 2K resolution. We tested the Aurora R8 with Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus. With ray tracing on the game ran between 45 - 50 FPS at 4K with ultra settings, however, the FPS would average about 112 - 125 FPS on 1080p (FHD) resolution with the same settings. On Metro Exodus, the Aurora R8 was able to achieve 87 FPS in FHD and around 53 FPS in 4K resolution. Please note both games were running with high ray tracing settings and on the latest Nvidia drivers. © MensXP According to our Afterburner data, the CPU reached an average clock speed of 4.2 GHz and had an average temperature of 52 degree Celsius. The RTX 2080 would hit around 75 degree Celsius which is similar to what we experience with the FE RTX 2080 earlier in the year. If you are looking to use the Aurora R8 as a content creator, you will be happy to hear that this machine can render videos with impressive performance. In our handbrake tests, we could transcode a 4K video to 1080p in less than 8 minutes. The read and write speeds are also one of the fastest we've experienced as the machine was capable of copying 5GB of data in precisely 7.8 seconds. The Final Say While it is cheaper to build your own desktop with similar specifications, you do, however, lose out on Dell's customer service and guaranteed warranty. The Aurora R8 may cost a bomb for most users, this gaming desktop PC is for people who do not want to build their own PC and want added benefits such as good customer service. Personally, the fun lies in building your own PC, but the Aurora R8 is for someone who does not want to take the extra headache and want something personalised out of the box.
  14. Before you remind me, I know that we are already halfway through 2019. But that doesn't mean you can't give your wardrobe a little upgrade mid-year to make an impression. The dreadful summer doesn't seem to end and now, more than ever, is the perfect time to bring out to the smart casuals and formals to put together the power look for the year. Meetings, romantic rendezvous, weddings or a party, every event needs a power look that'll get all the eyes on you. And lucky for you, we've got the ultimate power dressing guide – Raymond's 'A Gentleman's Rendezvous' – that's not just easy to put together but also smooth to pull off. To sail through the rest of 2019 without any hiccups, these terrific looks by Raymond need to make it to your wardrobe. Dress For The Journey Raymond Everyone wants to dress down for a holiday, but who said that dressing down has to mean shabby? You can look dapper even while sipping a beer at the beach. All you need to know are the essentials of pulling off a power look on a holiday. The keywords that'll guide your dressing style on a trip are – casual jackets, shorts and casual shirts. Sounds simple enough doesn't it? You can go for a simple tee with shorts and team it up with a bright casual jacket to complete the look. Try and add in some funky prints too. There's nothing like a holiday to experiment with bright summer colours. Conversations & More At Tea Raymond One thing that most Indians have in common is our love for a good cup of tea. Whether we are pitching a business idea, unwinding with friends or spending a romantic evening with a loved one, it all happens over tea. And to dress for the setting, you need to embrace more of pastel shades and go subtle with your style. Pair your crisp white shirts with light-weight casual pastel jackets and you are ready to go. Single Origin Evenings Raymond Power dressing is all about making the right statement and a boardroom setting is just the place where you want to do it. You need that edge over others and it's easy to achieve with Raymond's collection of checkered and printed three-piece suits complete with pocket squares. These formal looks are also apt for an evening at a gentleman's club or a weddings reception that you might have to attend. For a more evening wedding look, you can try their floral printed Nehru jackets. Raymond Ready to revamp your wardrobe? [sc:shop id=29|block_name=Raymond Power Dressing Guide]
  15. When it comes to Bollywood's 'Sultan' Salman Khan, everything needs to be larger than life, and away from the mainstream. But when you begin to wonder how that can be incorporated in every aspect of his life, Sallu Bhai will show you just how that can be done. Let's take for instance that one constant that has been a part of Salman's life throughout these years. That has to be his love for fitness and bodybuilding, right? And as if that's not all, every now and then Salman keeps giving us a glimpse of his fitness regimen which is nothing less than motivating. © Twitter Hours ago, Salman shared another such video which is motivating us to get onto the path of fitness. Donning his fitness gear and recorded in his gym, the video takes “leg day” to new heights. Check out this super cool video that Salman shared on his official Instagram feed and you will know what we mean. View this post on Instagram After experiencing the highs and lows my security has finally realised how secure they are wid me .. ha ha A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:33am PDT As you can see, for his leg workout, Salman can be seen lifting two of his heavyweight bodyguards instead of regular weights. If that isn't turning the beast mode on, we wonder what is! Salman captioned the video saying, “After experiencing the highs and lows my security has finally realised how secure they are wid me .. ha ha” © Facebook Not sure about his security personnel, but we are sure as hell impressed with Salman's strength. Let's take this video as all the inspiration we need to get on with our new year's resolution and get fit and ripped at the gym.
  16. As the ICC World Cup 2019 continues to progress despite the ruthless rains of England taking away half the fun from the quadrennial tournament this year, the Australian cricket team must find solace in the fact that they are currently atop the points table of the Cricket World Cup. The reigning world champions have won all but one of the five matches that they have played during the ongoing round-robin contest and surprisingly be lucky when it comes to no downpours during their time on the field. Their one loss in the initial five games came at the hands of the World Cup favourites, the Indian cricket team, which thanks to a brilliant ton by Shikhar Dhawan, were off to a great start and ended up tallying a massive 352, a total that turned out to be too much for the cricketers from Down Under to keep up with. ð¯ for Shikhar Dhawan! ð What a knock this has been for India! #INDvAUS LIVE ð https://t.co/tdWyb7lIw6 pic.twitter.com/BBVFxYcKH5 — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 The match however was not talked about because of Gabbar's masterful 117-run innings. It rather became the talk of the town because of the audience calling out the former Australian skipper, Steve Smith for what he did one year ago. That's right, the crowd which was extremely hostile towards Team India's southernmost rivals, tried to rile up Smith with the chants of “cheater, cheater”, referring to the infamous sandpaper-gate during a Test series against South Africa in March 2018. Smith, who was captaining the Australian side back then alongside David Warner as his vice-captain, was suspended from international cricket for one whole year as punishment. I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won't be challenging the sanctions. They've been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them. — Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 4, 2018 Caring for his opponent, Kohli, who was on strike when the chants began, decided to reach out to the crowd, stopped them from defaming the talented Australian cricketer and instead asked them to cheer for him. With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead. Absolute class ð #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjr — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 “If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I'd apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it either,” the Indian skipper said in the post-match press conference. Steve Smith's comments about Virat Kohli's wonderful gesture towards him recently came to the fore when his side defeated Dimuth Karunaratne's Sri Lankan team by a huge 87-run margin on Saturday. During the post-match conference Smith said: “It was a lovely gesture by Virat." "It doesn't really bother me what the crowds do to be perfectly honest. I am just blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from him," he added. © Twitter Stepping into the field with one of the most competitive minds in all of sports, Virat Kohli understands where Smith was coming from. What he had done one year ago, he regrets truly. His deeds had brought his country shame and he realises that. Even though the 30-year-old claims that he shuts his mind off to the crowds, not getting bothered by something toxic feels highly unlikely. What is great to see is that Smith seems to be finding his form back. The Oval saw the cricketer score big (73 off 59 balls) alongside skipper Aaron Finch's game-winning 153-run stint on the pitch. It is always great to see a brilliant player make a comeback, especially when he has paid for his sins in full and has an entire nation and a couple of friends backing him up.
  17. It's a known fact that stress rules our lives. We're always stressed because of work, family issues, relationships not working out or anything else minor or major under the sun. It's like stress has become an inherent part of our lifestyle and there is no way to do away with it, unless, of course, there is a proper outlet to release it. © Pintrest More often than not, physical exercise is the best way to release any latent stress that's inbuilt. It's a tried and tested way to take out one's aggression, sadness or even anxiety and most youth, on a daily basis, are more oriented towards a healthy lifestyle with adequate physical work. Sometimes though, our work hours don't permit us to engage in physical exercises, by heading to the gym or joining any other activity and we learn to cut our losses and figure out another way to release stress. © BoxFit But New York City believes that you don't really need to join a gym or a boxing class to release your stress and they've got you covered to release every ounce of aggression you may have garnered through the day. How, you ask? Well, Manhattan district of New York have installed punching bags on the road for frustrated, stressed out commuters and it's certainly doing them a world of good. dtttww public punching bag at NYCxDESIGN from designboom on Vimeo. Many times, the city noises, pollution, traffic and crowd add to our stress and make us frustrated with the slow progression of city life. If you don't have an outlet to release it, New York has given you a fair chance to do so, without feeling guilty for anything! It's a perfect venting space, and you can punch that yellow bag, without being judged, as many times as you wish! This quirky initiative was launched by the Savannah, Georgia based studio called 'donttakethisthewrongway', and it was a part of the NYCxDESIGN or the New York Design Week 2019 and it was launched as a public initiative as catharsis, to release any pent up frustration and stress. © Pintrest View this post on Instagram A design concept for the public that explores designing common spaces for the frustrations we all face. Frustrations that go beyond designed systems and happen, well, because we are human. The public punching bag offers an outlet for these emotions as a means to maybe develop a healthier way to address personal and collective issues in a public setting. (may 15 -21, 2019) #nycdesignweek A post shared by donttakethisthewrongway (@studio_dtttww) on May 16, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT Now, you may wonder why am I talking about something that's happening halfway across the world. Well, maybe because we can, through this article, ask some likeminded people to initiate this form of catharsis for us, here! With the terrible pollution and the crowd, work stress and, of course, traffic, all over our cities, we need these punching bags to make our lives and lifestyles a bit more bearable. Of course, they should be installed in places where they can't be tampered with, like near office buildings. Since not everyone can afford a gym membership or boxing classes, these yellow boxing boards can come in handy quite majorly in the metropolitan cities of India and become a haven for a healthy outlet! Worth a thought, don't you think? © Pintrest For now, I am sure most New Yorkers are practising safe stress-release, by boxing their frustrations away!
  18. Yesterday's India versus Pakistan World Cup match at Old Trafford in Manchester came with its own shades of hope, expectations, disappointments and cheers. Fans thronged the stadium in huge numbers, and the stands came alive in shades of blue and green. Chants for India and Pakistan erupted sporadically every now and then, and the buzz was almost palpable on our side of the screen. © Twitter But amidst the height of all that craziness and raging levels of adrenaline owning to the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, a couple's thoughtful yet meaningful jersey is going viral on Twitter for the heartwarming social message it delivers. © Twitter The couple in question wore a customised jersey that has been put together by combining half of the Indian jersey along with half of the Pakistani jersey. The end result is quite eye-catching, honestly. Spotted this couple at the #IndiaVsPakistan @cricketworldcup game and was intrigued by their jerseys! Husband is from Pakistan, wife from India so both stitched up India-Pak jerseys & wore them! Both are Canadians, watching the game in England, rooting for peace #SpiritofCricket pic.twitter.com/KrUjtkjFMn — Lakshmi Kaul (@KaulLakshmi) June 16, 2019 Posted by another cricket fan named Lakshmi Kaul, she tweeted this along with the picture, “Husband is from Pakistan, wife from India so both stitched up India-Pak jerseys & wore them! Both are Canadians, watching the game in England, rooting for peace #SpiritofCricket.” The tweet has since caused a buzz online with as many as 18K+ likes! Cricket fans from both the nations came together to praise this thoughtful move. That's exemplary stuff — Nida Khan Yousufzai (@NidaYousufzai) June 16, 2019 Awwwww... ð®ð³ððµð°... in the end, Love wins..#SpiritOfCricket — Tomy Pereira (@tomygilbert2000) June 16, 2019 Very kind gesture, We must never allow politics in the sport of cricket — Mustafa Mahmood (@MeMustefa) June 17, 2019 Just brilliant to see. I want peace too. ð®ð³â¤ï¸ðµð° — Jay Deshpande (@JayDeshpande8) June 17, 2019 At the end of the day, it is just a game and must not come in the way of the peace that both nations are striving to achieve.
  19. Ayushmann Khurrana has sure come a long way and has made a name for himself in the industry. Being an outsider, it's not easy to make a mark, but with his versatile choices and acting skills, Ayushmann has managed to attract a massive following of movie buffs, who just wait to see him in all his glory on the big screen. Now, he is all set to show his acting prowess in his upcoming film, 'Article 15'. The trailer has already piqued the interest of the viewers and they are waiting with bated breath to see Ayushmann nail his character, like all his other roles. The plot of 'Article 15' bears a resemblance to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and murder case, and it will surely be a mirror to the society and its brutal practices. While a majority of people were all praises for the trailer, some users on social media found it a bit 'offensive' and Ayushmann somewhere knows that it has affected a certain section of the society. Well, according to Ayushmann, there is nothing 'offensive' as such when you will see the film. At an event, when he was asked about the criticism, he said, “But after they watch the film, (they'll realize) there's nothing offensive or maybe we have offended everyone because we haven't targeted any community.” The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat, and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Talking about the idea behind the movie, the actor said, “Our country is a unique one because we have all kinds of people and we are very sensitive towards ourselves. We are proud of ourselves, of our communities. We are so depressed in our real lives that we need something to feel proud about. The appeal of this film is we should be proud of our country, but we can't be blindly proud of it. We need to better our nation.” We do agree with his thoughts. What about you?
  20. Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest men to have ever kicked a football. With 5 Champions League trophies and 5 Ballon D'Or wins, he has established himself as one of the most decorated and successful players of his generation. However, an aspect of his journey that people tend to take for granted, is the incredible amount of work he puts in to keep himself fit and at the top of his game. This was highlighted particularly when Ronaldo, who has time-off in between his triumph with Portugal in the UEFA Nations League 2019 and the 2019-20 campaign with Juventus where they seek to win their 9th league title in a row, shared images of himself sweating it out in the gym. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:58am PDT While other players are photographed on holiday and taking genuine time off from the game, Ronaldo continues his quest for greatness and puts the work in to constantly improve himself. Even at 34 years of age, Ronaldo's work ethic continues to be inspirational for young footballers all over the world as he is essaying the drive and hunger that is required from a champion athlete, to achieve even half of what he has achieved in the game. After Euro 2016 triumph and the recent Nations League win with Portugal, three back-to-back champions league titles with Real Madrid and a league title with Juventus in his first season, Ronaldo continues to maintain an elite level and continues to be one of the best (if not the best) players in the world. After all that he has achieved in the game, to continue to have the hunger to achieve more, win more and improve as a footballer shows the winning mentality of Ronaldo that is often on display even on the biggest stage. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest footballers of all time and he continues to show why.
  21. After a fortnight of conjecture, Chelsea Football Club announced the exit of Maurizio Sarri as their manager through their website. The Italian will now join Serie A giants Juventus, penning a three-year long contract with the Bioncaneri. Unlike predecessors Jose Mourinho and Anotnio Conte, Sarri was never a popular figure at Chelsea. Despite a winning start and going unbeaten for the first 12 league games of the campaign, becoming the first manager in the history of the Premier League to do so, and a home win against champions Manchester City in December; a poor run of form and dip in results in the beginning of 2019 led to discontent among fans and higher level management alike. © Reuters In a club that is used to watching adaptive and reactive football, Sarri's stubborn and tactical approach did not sit well with fans. The Jorginho-Kante situation is a perfect example of this. The brilliant Frenchman was made to play away from his usual defensive midfield position to accommodate Sarri's system that needed Jorginho in the center of midfield to bridge the gap between defense and attack. This did not go down well with the fans. Even after securing Champions League football with a third place finish in the Premier League and the Europa League title, Sarri will not be the manager of Chelsea next year. It has since been debated whether the Italian was forced out of the club or he opted to seek greener pastures at Juventus. But it highlights a major problem for the West London club- the owner and board of the club never bought into Maurizio's philosophy and hiring a manger like him without believing in him is a poor decision, given Chelsea's previous track record with managers. Sarri joins Juventus as part of a clear project, to win the coveted UEFA Champions League trophy and to implement an attacking and possession based style of football while doing so. For Chelsea, however, uncertainty rings throughout Stamford Bridge regarding who will take up the role. Thank you and good luck for the future, Maurizio. ð pic.twitter.com/dGHzekBNPT — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 16, 2019 Former Stamford Bridge hero Frank Lampard is the bookmaker's favourite with former players Jody Morris and Petr Cech set to take up roles as Assistant Manager and Technical Director respectively. It seems likely that Chelsea will be bringing the old guard back but they will be in charge of the backroom operations rather than taking the field. The appointments might excite fans of the club but it also highlights two major concerns, a major change of approach from owner Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board; and the lack of options at Chelsea's disposal to replace Sarri. Only one year into his management career with tier-two side Derby County, Frank Lampard may be a Chelsea hero, but he's a very inexperienced appointment which is uncharacteristic of Abramovich and Chelsea. Petr Cech, having just retired from football, filling the role of Technical Director is another massive risk. © Reuters With a particularly hard dressing room to manage that has gone through 4 managers in 6 seasons, the transfer of star talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and a potential two-window transfer ban from FIFA due to the breaches concerning the transfer of players who are under 18, the problems are piling up for the Blues. Other managerial options such as former blues boss Jose Mourinho and ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri are unlikely to take charge of such a problematic dressing room. Lampard and the old guard look like Chelsea's best option. After a successful campaign with Derby County, very nearly clinching promotion to the Premier League, Lampard has shown a Mourinho-esque swagger in his time at Derby and his promotion of youth and positive tactics are big reasons why Chelsea would consider the Englishman for the job. However, overwhelming questions still remain unanswered for Chelsea. Can Lampard do the job for them? If not him, then whom? How will they cope with the potential transfer ban? How will they balance a problematic dressing room with an up-and-coming academy? All things said and done, however, the appointment comes at a time when a legend like Lampard's appointment could be the bounce that Chelsea fans need to reignite their passion for the club as they will kick-off their Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on 11th August.
  22. While Delhi is slowly descending into becoming the city without a heart, there are increasing incidents around the city, to put that very fact into motion, even more fiercely. There are watchdogs who do watch over the city's law and order, but sometimes, they fall short of judgment too and that's when you know the cog-wheel has stopped working and it's time for some serious systematic change. © Twitter Why am I getting so philosophical? Well, a highly alarming and disturbing incident just took place in the capital and we're not sure how else to react to it. Although the consequence of it was justified aptly, the actual incident was just another reason to imagine the city as unsafe, from our so-called 'watchdogs' as well. © Twitter Three policemen were suspended for beating up two men because of a faulty accident that took place in Mukherjee Nagar, New Delhi. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest Delhi) Vijayanta Arya, suspended assistant Sub-inspector Sanjay Malik and Devendra and constable Pushpendra for acting unlawfully. The three officers dragged a Sikh man and his son out of their vehicle and thrashed them brutally, for no apparent reason. We have got three police officials suspended for their inhumane behaviour. Rest of them will also meet the same fate. Thanking all who came to protest with us. I have been told @AmitShah Ji has himself ensured action in this regard. ðð» pic.twitter.com/1VIgxPWVW4 — Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) 16 June 2019 However, the police have blamed the tempo driver for the incident and have claimed that he tried to attack them with a 'Kirpan' (his sword) and tried to injure another officer with his vehicle. According to the police, the driver was driving his vehicle recklessly when it bumped into a police vehicle. The tempo also allegedly injured a policeman's leg. The police obviously didn't take this too well and beat up the Sikh driver and his son. © Twitter “The alleged incident was followed by an accident caused by a Gramin Sewa tempo to a police vehicle. Thereafter, a police officer was also assaulted on the head by the tempo driver with a sword,", a police note stated. "Further, the tempo was driven dangerously and caused injuries to a policeman in the leg," it further added. A #Sikh auto driver and his son brutally beaten up by Delhi Police. Suspending these policemen is not enough. We demand a strong action against them. @DelhiPolice @CPDelhi @AmitShah @narendramodipic.twitter.com/S3kDNuIokg — Navdeep Singh (@Navdeep_UK) 17 June 2019 After the alarming and confusing incident, a protest broke out GT Ring Road, Mukherjee Nagar, in support of the driver. So much so, the former Delhi Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee president Manjit Singh compared the entire incident to the 1984 Sikh riots and demanded action against the cops who beat the two people up. “Policemen stopped the auto driver and pointed a pistol at him. He was dragged out of the vehicle and brutally thrashed…the accused policemen should be dismissed and the case should be registered against them. We will continue our protest till our demands are not fulfilled.” said Manjit Singh Obviously, there are tweets all across Twitter condemning the incident and it started with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi Police brutality in Mukherjee Nagar is highly condemnanble and unjustified. I demand an impartial probe into the whole incident & strict action against the guilty. Protectors of citizens can't be allowed to turn into uncontrolled violent mobsters. — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 17 June 2019 Protests in Delhi after sikh man beaten up by police in Mukherji Nagar area. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/A15JidPyIT — Arshdeep (@arsh_kaur7) 16 June 2019 A brutal action done by delhi police where they do not have constitutional right to behave like this with anyone @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia i request to delhi government as well as another concerned authorities to take a very strict action against this case. pic.twitter.com/No1ZBvoyST — Jagdeep Singh (@MLAJagdeepSingh) 16 June 2019 à¤à¤¸à¤¾ भॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¤° दिया à¤à¤¨à¥à¤¹à¥à¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ बà¥à¤ सड़ठमà¥à¤ नà¤à¤à¥ पिसà¥à¤¤à¥à¤²à¥ लà¥à¤à¤° à¤à¤¨ पर पà¥à¤²à¤¿à¤¸à¤¦à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤°à¤¾ à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥ बरà¥à¤¬à¤°à¤¤à¤¾ पà¥à¤°à¥à¤µà¤ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¤° रहॠहà¥, à¤à¥ भॠहॠसब à¤à¥ मिलà¤à¤° à¤à¤¸ à¤à¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¥ à¤à¤à¤à¤¾à¤® दà¥à¤¨à¥ वालॠपà¥à¤²à¤¿à¤¸ वालà¥à¤ à¤à¥ ससà¥à¤ªà¥à¤à¤¡ à¤à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤¨à¤¾ à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¤¿à¤@ArvindKejriwal @SanjayAzadSln @msisodia @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/15QHNg1rr3 — Jarnail Singh (@JarnailSinghAAP) 16 June 2019 A Sikh auto driver is beaten up by half a dozen cops and guns drawn out in broad day light @AmitShahOffice @narendramodi what's happening ... are these ache din, sabka Vishwas — BALBIR SINGH (@balbir59) 16 June 2019 Attrocities of Delhi police , beating and dragging old sikh auto driver.shame on them , @narendramodi Please intervene , you are in power please save human values pic.twitter.com/cpLLKf6wqk — Gurvinder5542 (@gurvinder5542) 17 June 2019 What a govt is elected.Empowers lawlessness Sikh auto driver and son brutally beaten up by Delhi Police in Mukherji Nagar of Delhi. Mid night protests by sikh community demanding action against police officials. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/RebfQDLHD2 — Anthony Saldanha (@AnthonySald) 17 June 2019 https://t.co/ULbI7i7Bu1 Absolutely disturbing. Responsible government officials behaving like tyrants. The attitude of officers involved needs to change. The police force needs to cure this malice in itself. #Sikh #DelhiPolice — Gurjant Singh (@gurjanthans) 16 June 2019 Sikh Auto Driver Badly Beaten By Delhi Police in Public ! He's Seen Hit With a Stick and Police Can be Seen With Guns Drawn !!! What a Shame !https://t.co/SRlAfZ5neG — Ab Ki Baar Jamuna Paar (@ab_paar) 17 June 2019 Several Sikhs in massive numbers protested against the policemen's behaviour and many caught the incident on their phone cameras for it to go absolutely viral.
  23. While Delhi is slowly descending into becoming the city without a heart, there are increasing incidents around the city, to put that very fact into motion, even more fiercely. There are watchdogs who do watch over the city's law and order, but sometimes, they fall short of judgment too and that's when you know the cog-wheel has stopped working and it's time for some serious systematic change. © Twitter Why am I getting so philosophical? Well, a highly alarming and disturbing incident just took place in the capital and we're not sure how else to react to it. Although the consequence of it was justified aptly, the actual incident was just another reason to imagine the city as unsafe, from our so-called 'watchdogs' as well. © Twitter Three policemen were suspended for beating up two men because of a faulty accident that took place in Mukherjee Nagar, New Delhi. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest Delhi) Vijayanta Arya, suspended assistant Sub-inspector Sanjay Malik and Devendra and constable Pushpendra for acting unlawfully. The three officers dragged a Sikh man and his son out of their vehicle and thrashed them brutally, for no apparent reason. We have got three police officials suspended for their inhumane behaviour. Rest of them will also meet the same fate. Thanking all who came to protest with us. I have been told @AmitShah Ji has himself ensured action in this regard. ðð» pic.twitter.com/1VIgxPWVW4 — Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) 16 June 2019 However, the police have blamed the tempo driver for the incident and have claimed that he tried to attack them with a 'Kirpan' (his sword) and tried to injure another officer with his vehicle. According to the police, the driver was driving his vehicle recklessly when it bumped into a police vehicle. The tempo also allegedly injured a policeman's leg. The police obviously didn't take this too well and beat up the Sikh driver and his son. © Twitter “The alleged incident was followed by an accident caused by a Gramin Sewa tempo to a police vehicle. Thereafter, a police officer was also assaulted on the head by the tempo driver with a sword,", a police note stated. "Further, the tempo was driven dangerously and caused injuries to a policeman in the leg," it further added. A #Sikh auto driver and his son brutally beaten up by Delhi Police. Suspending these policemen is not enough. We demand a strong action against them. @DelhiPolice @CPDelhi @AmitShah @narendramodipic.twitter.com/S3kDNuIokg — Navdeep Singh (@Navdeep_UK) 17 June 2019 After the alarming and confusing incident, a protest broke out GT Ring Road, Mukherjee Nagar, in support of the driver. So much so, the former Delhi Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee president Manjit Singh compared the entire incident to the 1984 Sikh riots and demanded action against the cops who beat the two people up. “Policemen stopped the auto driver and pointed a pistol at him. He was dragged out of the vehicle and brutally thrashed…the accused policemen should be dismissed and the case should be registered against them. We will continue our protest till our demands are not fulfilled.” said Manjit Singh Obviously, there are tweets all across Twitter condemning the incident and it started with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi Police brutality in Mukherjee Nagar is highly condemnanble and unjustified. I demand an impartial probe into the whole incident & strict action against the guilty. Protectors of citizens can't be allowed to turn into uncontrolled violent mobsters. — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 17 June 2019 Protests in Delhi after sikh man beaten up by police in Mukherji Nagar area. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/A15JidPyIT — Arshdeep (@arsh_kaur7) 16 June 2019 A brutal action done by delhi police where they do not have constitutional right to behave like this with anyone @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia i request to delhi government as well as another concerned authorities to take a very strict action against this case. pic.twitter.com/No1ZBvoyST — Jagdeep Singh (@MLAJagdeepSingh) 16 June 2019 à¤à¤¸à¤¾ भॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¤° दिया à¤à¤¨à¥à¤¹à¥à¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ बà¥à¤ सड़ठमà¥à¤ नà¤à¤à¥ पिसà¥à¤¤à¥à¤²à¥ लà¥à¤à¤° à¤à¤¨ पर पà¥à¤²à¤¿à¤¸à¤¦à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤°à¤¾ à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥ बरà¥à¤¬à¤°à¤¤à¤¾ पà¥à¤°à¥à¤µà¤ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¤° रहॠहà¥, à¤à¥ भॠहॠसब à¤à¥ मिलà¤à¤° à¤à¤¸ à¤à¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¥ à¤à¤à¤à¤¾à¤® दà¥à¤¨à¥ वालॠपà¥à¤²à¤¿à¤¸ वालà¥à¤ à¤à¥ ससà¥à¤ªà¥à¤à¤¡ à¤à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤¨à¤¾ à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¤¿à¤@ArvindKejriwal @SanjayAzadSln @msisodia @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/15QHNg1rr3 — Jarnail Singh (@JarnailSinghAAP) 16 June 2019 A Sikh auto driver is beaten up by half a dozen cops and guns drawn out in broad day light @AmitShahOffice @narendramodi what's happening ... are these ache din, sabka Vishwas — BALBIR SINGH (@balbir59) 16 June 2019 Attrocities of Delhi police , beating and dragging old sikh auto driver.shame on them , @narendramodi Please intervene , you are in power please save human values pic.twitter.com/cpLLKf6wqk — Gurvinder5542 (@gurvinder5542) 17 June 2019 What a govt is elected.Empowers lawlessness Sikh auto driver and son brutally beaten up by Delhi Police in Mukherji Nagar of Delhi. Mid night protests by sikh community demanding action against police officials. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/RebfQDLHD2 — Anthony Saldanha (@AnthonySald) 17 June 2019 https://t.co/ULbI7i7Bu1 Absolutely disturbing. Responsible government officials behaving like tyrants. The attitude of officers involved needs to change. The police force needs to cure this malice in itself. #Sikh #DelhiPolice — Gurjant Singh (@gurjanthans) 16 June 2019 Sikh Auto Driver Badly Beaten By Delhi Police in Public ! He's Seen Hit With a Stick and Police Can be Seen With Guns Drawn !!! What a Shame !https://t.co/SRlAfZ5neG — Ab Ki Baar Jamuna Paar (@ab_paar) 17 June 2019 Several Sikhs in massive numbers protested against the policemen's behaviour and many caught the incident on their phone cameras for it to go absolutely viral.
  24. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  25. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
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