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  1. The Coronavirus outbreak has led to a complete lockdown and we are in quarantine, trying to start a new pattern as we get more used to this phase. This was made a mandate by PM Narendra Modi, and a nationwide lockdown is supposed to be on for 21 days. As we enter day 10 of the 21-day lockdown, Narendra Modi addressed a short message to the countrymen at 9 am on April 3. In the video message, he asked fellow citizens to take out time from their schedule at 9 pm on Sunday. To mark the fight against the contagious virus, all the Indians are requested to switch off all the lights in their houses and light candles, phones, or flashlight, whatever they can, amidst this lockdown. While we do this, he has asked the citizens to stay safe and follow this while being at home and not create gatherings on the roads "You don't have to go out on the streets and in the colonies, do it from your doorsteps and balconies," he added, and urged Indians to follow through. And since the people of Twitter are always super excited to voice how they feel about things via memes, we decided to add a few commentaries here. We hope this 'lights up' your day! Here's how they lit it up: Aise kaise jayega COVID-19? #ModiVideoMessage Modi asks for COVID awareness- Le Girls: Le Boys: pic.twitter.com/fxQqXMUa1u — Pulak (@PulakFCB) April 3, 2020 Modi Ji : 5 April at 9:00 pm and light a candle and fight the corona#ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/LKvqwkccrJ — Sharique Hasan (@sharqeye) April 3, 2020 Yes, please! Somebody please control her this Sunday. She might burn down half the city block #ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/yFMQbfwsE2 — Rajj (@rajsingh1112233) April 3, 2020 Modi requesting to light up diya ,flash light on 5 april at 9pm Indians be like :#ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/6C2XBfWQ2W — M E M E R • T I W A R I (@imtiwari7) April 3, 2020 Same here, bro! #ModiVideoMessage Me woh slept at 5 am watching modi ji speech at 9 am. pic.twitter.com/0xmJztkERP — Anubhav Gupta (@Anubhav42573600) April 3, 2020 Me buying Mombati / Candles / Diya / Torch #ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/7rAiPlOVTU — Prasar Barati (@prasarbarati) April 3, 2020 Let's get ready to recieve this picture on WhatsApp at 9:10 PM on Sunday! #ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/7w9PlwHSB0 — Venkatesh Jambagi (@jambagivenku) April 3, 2020 Me and family on 5 aprail at 9 pm on my neighbor who irritates us with playing loud music -#ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/l1od6GgfJJ — Maggi (@MeriMaggii) April 3, 2020 Can't stop. #ModiVideoMessage BHAKTS RIGHT NOW.... pic.twitter.com/FdXDFJlUEB — Irfan (@Irfanstifler) April 3, 2020 Shahrukh Khan on 5 april at 9 PM to show his patriotism #9PM9Minutes #ModiVideoMessage pic.twitter.com/j6Tt8m9NeX — Right Arm Over (@RightArmOver_) April 3, 2020 View the full article
  2. Every year, a ton of new games make it to the market and though not all of them are worth your time and money, it becomes very difficult to find out the ones that are worth picking up. Of course, we review a lot of them to tell you whether or not it's worth buying but we also come across a lot of disappointing titles almost every now and then. Well, I decided to list these games out because I seem to have too much time to think about these games during the lockdown. Before I begin, I'd like to point out that none of these games are bad by any means. I mean, it's a huge task to make a game and release it to the public, so if anything, we should appreciate their efforts. So I am simply pointing out the ones which I found to be very disappointing. Essentially, we're looking at an "overhyped and underdeliver" kind of situation here with these games. Let's check it out - Watch Dogs Watch Dogs is one of those games that literally made me go "Wowza" when I first saw it at an E3 keynote 6 years ago. Seriously, it was one of the best looking video game demos that I had ever seen. But the final retail version that shipped to the players? Well, it was nothing like what we were promised. Anyway, it's currently available for free from the Epic Games Store, so you can check it out if you want to. Fable 3 If you've played Fable 3, then you're probably wondering why is this game in the list of most disappointing games? Well, as I mentioned earlier, we're talking about the games that couldn't really deliver on the promises made before their release. Fable 3's designer Peter Molyneux is the one considered to be guilty of this. Game Of Thrones RPG The only good thing about the Game Of Thrones RPG was the story. I mean, you just can't go wrong with a GoT plot, right? Oh wait, I forgot about season 8. Anyway. The GoT RPG game was disappointing in almost every way. The game mechanics were bad and even the graphics were simply not that great. Simply put, it wasn't on par with the RPGs that were ruling at that time. Duke Nukem Forever This is a game that was sitting in development for 15 years. The devs started working on it back in 1997 and it came out 2011. The game legit feels veery old due to that. Everything from dialogue, gameplay mechanics and even graphics, feels like it was made for a 90s game. However, there was way too much hype surrounding this game, and it simply couldn't deliver it. View the full article
  3. Who would have imagined the lanky guy from Masaan would go on to become one of the most promising newcomers, slaying every role that he portrays on the big screens. When I saw him for the first time in Masaan, I knew âyeh ladka bada banega,â but I had no idea of this unprecedented success that would come his way. © RSVP Movies But, is he vying for the top spot? âNo, I am not here to become the next megastar. I am stressing on good scripts and looking forward to working with interesting directors. But I also understand that I have to entertain the audience on one hand and make money for the producers on the other,â the actor said in one of the interviews. Well, he is here to entertain and keep experimenting with his characters. And just yesterday, he shared one of the probable looks from his upcoming movie Sardar Udham Singh and also announced that the film will now be releasing on January 15, 2021, as this story deserves full justice. It was earlier said to be releasing on October 2 this year. Sharing the update on Instagram, Vicky wrote, âOn March 13th, 1940, #SardarUdham singlehandedly assassinated Michael Oâ Dwyer in London to honour the lives lost at the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. His story deserves justice onscreen. Keeping that in mind, we will now see you in cinemas on 15th January 2021!â View this post on InstagramâªOn March 13th 1940, #SardarUdham singlehandedly assassinated Michael O' Dwyer in London to honour the lives lost at the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. ⬠âªHis story deserves justice onscreen. Keeping that in mind, we will now see you in cinemas on 15th January 2021! @banitasandhu @shoojitsircar @ronnie.lahiri #SheelKumar @writish1 #ShubenduBhattacharya @filmsrisingsun @kinoworksllp @sardarudhamfilmA post shared by (@vickykaushal09) With this character, he is adding one more feather to his cap and once again proving how experimental he is. Letâs take a look at the roles that he is trying to experiment with and bring them alive on the big screen in the future. Sardar Udham Singh The is a biopic on Sardar Udham Singh, the revolutionary who assassinated Michael OâDwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India in 1940, to avenge the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Vicky is all set to take up this challenge and his first look has already done half the job - got people excited for the film. View this post on InstagramRunning my fingers through the bullet holes at Jallianwala Baug, little did I realise that I would one day get a chance to re-live and depict the anger and anguish of the lesser known martyr, revolutionary... SARDAR UDHAM SINGH. #SardarUdhamSingh @shoojitsircar @ronnie.lahiri #SheelKumar @writish1 #ShubenduBhattacharya #RisingSunFilms @sadarudhamfilmA post shared by (@vickykaushal09) In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Shoojit Sircar said about casting Vicky, âThere is a burning intensity and anger that I saw in his eyes during our first meeting itself, that convinced me he was the one right man to play Udham.â We canât agree more to this. General Sam Manekshaw Vicky is a man of many avatars. The actor has an amazing lineup of movies and he will soon be entertaining his audience by playing a war hero Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in an upcoming biographical film Sam which will be directed by Meghna Gulzar. And as soon as he shared the first look of the movie, Twitter users crowned him with the tag of being the most versatile actor in Bollywood and we cannot deny it. View this post on Instagram#Repost @rsvpmovies with @get_repost ã»ã»ã» @vickykaushal09, stepping into the shoes of the swashbuckling, fearless Field Marshal - Sam Manekshaw! @meghnagulzar #RonnieScrewvalaA post shared by (@vickykaushal09) Ashwatthama Vicky is, in fact, ready to push all boundaries with this historical and mythological character, Ashwatthama. He has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood as one of those few actors who keep challenging themselves to try something new every time with every script. The actor will train in mixed martial arts, Israeli martial art Krav Maga and Japanese martial art, Jujutsu for the same, and will also learn archery, sword fighting and spear fighting for his role in the film based on Ashwatthama. For the role of Ashwatthama, he is likely to weigh around 110 to 115kg. Talking to MensXP about Vicky, Aditya Dhar told us, âWith Vicky, it's next to impossible because he has this intense metabolism. I really envy him for that and every day, I see him hogging on food but nothing happens.â He went on to add, âHe has to weigh around 115kg. Vicky involves himself completely and it's required for him to be huge and ripped. As far as I know, Vicky never shies away in taking challenges. For him, it's an obsession.â Takht Another interesting role lined up for Vicky is the character of Aurangzeb in Takht. Well, he took to Instagram to share a mould of his character and fans are excited to see the actor on the big screens portraying this character to the T. "I've always wanted to be a part of historical drama. This one is as big as it gets, with a great ensemble cast and Karan helming it. They have their own pressure to make the narrative as true as what's written in history. For us as performers too, the pressure is the same," Vicky said in an interview. View this post on InstagramHeadâs Up!A post shared by (@vickykaushal09) These are the 4 upcoming Vicky Kaushal films we are really looking forward to. And if his debut movie Masaan and then, his role in Sanju to a complete transformation in Uri are anything to go by, we are in for a treat. View the full article
  4. Whether it is a pair of white sneakers or some laid back flip flops, shoes do speak louder than words.There is no arguing with the fact that they add just the right amount of charm to your look and complete your ensemble. From the laid back boys to the dapper gentlemen, we have something for each one of you. Keep up with the trends and invest in the right kind of footwear. Here are five trending shoes that must be on your wishlist this season. __ECOMLOOKS__227__ __ECOMLOOKS__228__ __ECOMLOOKS__229__ __ECOMLOOKS__230__ __ECOMLOOKS__231__ Explore More: View the full article
  5. Whatâs in a name? Not too much if youâre a person - but if you happen to be one of these fifteen megacompanies, a name invokes far more than just a brand label - some of these iconic names have stood for decades and will probably continue on for several more. Company founders usually find a name somewhere between clever hidden meanings, plain functionality and often, just dumb luck. Today, navigating through legal restrictions makes it a lot harder - so hereâs a list charting through some of the more unique, interesting names youâll find on stock markets today. Nike © Reuters The central idea is pretty straightforward - Nike refers to the Greek goddess of victory, usually depicted with outstretched wings and laurels as a sign of triumph - the ancient Greeks would be proud today. Lesser known in Nikeâs story however, is the brandâs original name - the much less catchy âBlue Ribbon Sportsâ. The catalyst for the name change was Blue Ribbonâs first full-time employee, Jeff Johnson, who convinced his team that successful brand names had two essential qualities. First, they were short. Second, they contained an âexoticâ letter, such as an X, K or Z. Soon, Nike took off the ground - and it all came from advice Johnson read in an airplane magazine. Google © Reuters Some meetings were just destined to happen - such as when Stanford university prospective Larry Page met Sergey Brin on the campus grounds in 1997. Soon, Google was officially registered as a domain in the same year - instead of hunting for an iconic or thoughtful word, the pair decided that one of the most obscure words in the English language would serve as their companyâs inspiration - googol, or the mathematical term for the value of 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Whatâs amusing is that before Google, the pair had initially settled on the much cosier sounding name of âBackrubâ. Imagine - an entire universe of awkward jokes and moments missed out on, where weâd spend countless hours âbackrubbingâ instead of googling stuff. Starbucks © Reuters While most of us are content with ordering a quick latte and rushing out the door, you might want to take a look at the Starbucks branding next time youâre looking for a caffeine fix. The coffee chain originated from Seattle - a city well-known for its prolific ports and history of rugged seafaring. Match that heritage to the mermaid character and her 19th-century woodcut design⦠but what about the name? For that, you need to look no further than the legendary novel Moby Dick - the whale-obsessed captain Ishmael happens to have a first mate named - you guessed it - Starbuck. Pizza Hut © Reuters Sometimes, naming a brand is less inspiration and more of working with the limitations youâve got. In the case of mega-pizza chain Pizza Hut, the story began way back in 1950 - long before the Italian favourite permeated every layer of American food culture. While attending the University of Kansas, brothers Frank and Dan Carney launched the first Pizza Hut with a $600 loan from their mother. The name was easy to remember and naturally became quite famous, but there were actually just two reasons as to why the name was chosen. First, the pizzas were made in a literal brick hut - even in 1950, not a lot you can get from $600. Second, the cramped sign only had enough space for nine letters - the rest is history. Apple © Reuters Itâs no surprise that when it came to finally naming Apple, absolutely no one would take on the duty other than marketing genius, eccentric CEO and perhaps one of the most famous late men of the 21st century, Steve Jobs. Thereâs a whole set of rumours about the name Apple - one says that Jobs took inspiration from the story of how Sir Issac Newton observed a falling apple before devising the laws of universal gravitation. The true answer is much simpler - during the time, Jobs happened to be living on an all-fruit diet. The name simply came to him while visiting an apple farm. Coca-Cola © Reuters Serving as one of the great faces of modern capitalism, right alongside McDonalds and more, Coca-Cola is a pretty ancient company - almost 130 years old. Back in the early days, the drink was promoted as a headache cure, and two of the most important additives were cocaine and caffeine - both obtained from the âcocaâ leaf and the âcolaâ nut. If youâre curious, each bottle contained some 9 milligrams of cocaine - a standard âlineâ of the substance contains 50-60 milligrams. Soon after in 1903, the dope was removed, and the world began to move on to everyoneâs favourite carbonated sugary drink, as we know it. Facebook © Reuters Ever seen Aaron Sorkinâs film, The Social Network? If you have, youâll know that before the tech giant had its name, it also had a common prefix as âThe Facebookâ. Originally, the website was a networking tool inspired by Harvardâs annual paper guide distributed to first-year students, which profiled staff and students. Launched in 2004, Mark Zuckerbergâs original site was intended solely for Harvard students but quickly spread to other U.S. universities. By 2005, Zuckerberg dropped the âtheâ and Facebook was born. Royal Enfield © Reuters An icon of both Indian riders and classic British motorcycling heritage, the Royal Enfield name has absolute cult status in the country - even though its origins were far more colonial. Whatâs interesting about the Enfield marquee is that the name has changed twice - back over into Royal Enfield once again. It began in 1890, when the British crown cleared licenses for the brand. Soon after, the motorcycles made a reputation for themselves, especially in World War II. By 1955, the brand had a decent following in India as well, where the government ordered a massive 800 units of the motorcycles for its police and army forces. Soon after, Madras Motors were looped into a deal and Enfield India was born. It wasnât until 1990 that Enfield India merged with the Eicher Group, forming the Royal Enfield we know and love today. Amazon © Reuters Before he created Amazon in 1996, founder Jeff Bezos christened his company Cadabra. That was short for Abracadabra, or the word he felt best conjured the idea that a book would magically appear âAbracadabra! â on a customerâs doorstep. After Bezosâ lawyer thought âcadabraâ sounded like âcadaver,â and Bezos reconsidered. His perfect name would begin with an A, thus appearing first in the alphabetical listing of a web search. As the largest river in the world â strong, swift and exotic â the Amazon proved to be his ultimate inspiration. View the full article
  6. 2019 was a pretty good year for smartphones. Particularly, the mid-range phones have got a lot better as they're getting buffed with features that are mostly found only in premium phones. Now, things are only getting better in 2020 and it's safe to say that if you're buying a phone for Rs. 25,000 today, you're not missing out on much. So, to help you buy the best phones out there, we've made a list mentioning all the phones you can buy if your budget is under Rs. 25,000. 1. Redmi K20 Pro © YouTube/ Mrwhosetheboss Xiaomi's Redmi K20 Pro has received a lot of price cuts over the months since its launch and therefore has now made it to our list of phones under Rs. 25,000. This one is a really good phone with a glass back, a FullHD+ AMOLED panel, a triple camera setup and more. It's also powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is a really good chipset for the price. You can also go with the non-pro version of the phone which is powered by Snapdragon 730G chipset. 2. Poco X2 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Poco is finally back after the hiatus but we didn't get the flagship we were waiting for. Instead, we got the Poco X2 which is powered by Snapdragon 730G chipset. For the price, it has some really good features like a 120Hz panel, a 64MP camera and a 4,500 mAh battery with fast charging. You can read our review of the phone right here. 3. Realme X2 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Realme has a ton of phones on sale right now but the Realme X2 is one that comes to our mind when you talk about the best phones under Rs. 25,000. It's powered by the Snapdragon 730G chipset and comes with things like a 64MP camera, great build quality, and amazing battery life. This phone is definitely worth considering and you can read our review of the Realme X2 here. Realme also has a lot of other phones, so be sure to check them out as well. 4. Samsung Galaxy M31 © YouTube/ Beebom Samsung's M Series of phones are really popular and the new in the series is the Galaxy M31. The Galaxy M31 is now the phone that's taking things forward for Samsung in this price segment and now it has an updated design and internals. The highlight of the phone is its 6,000 mAh battery with which you should be able to use the phone for 2 days straight, if you stretch. View the full article
  7. The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli is the highest earning cricketer in the world. According to Forbesâ âWorld's 100 most highly paid sportsmen in the year 2019â list, Kohli barely made the cut for at the 100th position with a net worth of $25 million (Rs. 180 crore, approximately). © Reuters According to the report, the Delhi-born made $4 million from his salary as a cricketer, while playing for the national senior team and the Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore but went on to make a whopping $21 million from endorsements and other businesses. Hereâs a look at the top five sources of income for Virat Kohli other than his cricketing salary: 1. Wrogn: Is there a right way to make ads? Probably the #WROGN way! @staywrogn with us on @hotstartweets and let us know what you're doing in your #WrognTimeout pic.twitter.com/5V619XvysN â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 14, 2019 Arguably the biggest brand that Virat Kohli owns the shares of, Wrogn is a company known to produce graphic T-shirts, shirts and denim jackets. It was founded by Anjana Reddy, Universal Sportsbiz Pvt Ltd. The youth fashion platform was founded by Anjana Reddy, Universal Sportsbiz Pvt Ltd and Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is a co-investor as well. From doing a business worth of just Rs 4.8 crore till 2014, the brand shot up to revenue generation worth Rs. 101 crore in 2017, with the ascension of Kohli. Ahead of the 2018 season of IPL, Wrogn also became the brand sponsor of Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team Kohli captains. 2. One8: 2020 loading #one8 pic.twitter.com/MtaaO0vDDt â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 27, 2019 In association with the sports brand Puma, Virat Kohli co-founded One8 which brought business worth Rs. 100 crore within a year of its inception from selling luxury footwear, athleisure and performance apparel online. 3. Goa FC: Goa FC turned out to be the first investment Virat Kohli made as a businessman when he was just 25-years-old. Led by his passion for football and the opportunity to step into the relatively unexplored field of football leagues back then. Kohli became a co-owner of Indian Super League franchise in a heartbeat. According to a GQ India article, the franchise made approximately Rs. 33 crore between 2018-19. 4. Sport Convo: Virat Kohli Sport Convo Party Enjoy This Time.. pic.twitter.com/TO3wn8rcvB â Mamun Al Muqtadir (@MamunMuqtader) September 5, 2016 A London-based tech start-up, Sport Convo was Kohliâs second business venture after Goa FC and it provides a platform for sports fans from a variety of sports to meet and talk about the games and players they adore. Kohli shares the ownership of the venture with Real Madrid Forward and Welshman Gareth Bale, who has said in the past that he is a fan of the cricketer that Virat Kohli has become. 5. Chisel Gym: Visited the new @chisel_india gym at Bangalore yesterday. Incredible to see the hard work put by the team. #NeverStop pic.twitter.com/RG0k2kssTv â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 26, 2015 Much like some of the other well-established athletes of the country like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli has also expanded his business horizon towards fitness and health. The 31-year-old has opened a fitness chain by the name of âChiselâ, which enables the working-class to stay in touch with their wellbeing with the help of state of the art technology. View the full article
  8. OnePlus has been away from the news for a while now as the spotlights have turned towards other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Realme, and IQOO. But it looks like OnePlus is ready with its next phone and it has already landed in the hands of some people in China. Earlier this morning, someone from China posted a couple of the OnePlus 8 Pro pictures on Instagram. The images confirm a couple of things. First, we can see the phone from the back and it has a new quad-camera setup instead of the triple camera setup we saw last year. We don't have details about all the sensors yet, but the new addition seems to be a ToF sensor. © Slashleaks It's a vertical camera setup with the three main cameras arranged one below the other. The ToF sensor is right next to the triple camera setup. There's no way to confirm if the images are legit, but the design matches the CAD renders that leaked earlier. Another set of images from the same leaker shows a screenshot of the settings page showing the phone's specs. Looking at the screenshot, it looks like the OnePlus 8 Pro will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and will have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also says that the phone will have a 6.65-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED panel. © Slashleaks Well, that's everything we know about the phone now. As mentioned earlier, there's no way to confirm the specifications just yet, so we suggest you take them with a pinch of salt. But now that the phone has leaked, we think the launch is imminent. OnePlus hasn't uttered a word about these new phones yet, but we think we'll be hearing from them very soon. Source: Slashleaks View the full article
  9. Amazon is going to be hosting a gaming themed sale until February 23rd and it will have some great deals for customers who are looking to build a gaming rig or want to purchase a console. Deals include accessories, GPUs, and other gaming-related products from companies like Logitech, Sony, Lenovo, ASUS, Microsoft and more. Some of the deals include accessories like monitors, gaming mouse, and discounts on both the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 consoles. If you are looking for a preview, here are some awesome deals you can avail during the âGrand Gaming Daysâ sale. Xbox One S 1TB © Microsoft The digital-only console will be available to buy during the sale for Rs 20,990 where you can play digital games, stream 4K content and also take advantage of HDR gaming. If you are looking to play games at an affordable price, you can also subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass on the console and get access to numerous games for Rs 400 a month. Sony PS4 1TB Slim © Sony The console will be available for Rs 27,490 and sports a slimmer design than the first generation of PS4 consoles. It also supports HDR gaming and comes with additional storage for digital games. ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Super AMP © Zotac The new, powerful GeForce RTX 2060 takes advantage of the cutting-edge NVIDIA Turing architecture to provide high performance in the latest games. It comes with â2176 CUDA coresâ and operates across a 256-bit wide bus interface at speeds of 14Gbps. Customers can buy this powerful graphics card at a price of Rs 38,095. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G © AMD With a clock speed of 3.7ghz on a quad-core processor with zen+ architecture, the AMD Ryzen makes a solid case for itself. The processor is compatible with AM4 socket and supports DDR 4 memory. Customers can buy the processor at a price of Rs 7,150. Acer Full HD Curved LED Gaming MonitorWith a 75Hz refresh rate, this monitor does offer a seamless gaming experience. With display tech like Acer Flickerless and Acer ComfyView, the monitor offers a crisp viewing experience. It is available at a price of Rs 9,999 Logitech G304 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: © Logitech G304 is a LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming mouse designed for serious performance with the latest technology, coupled with next-gen optical gaming sensor HERO from Logitech. HERO Sensor and LIGHTSPEED deliver extreme efficiency to let you enjoy your game for a straight 250 hours non-stop. The wireless gaming mouse is available at Rs 2,899. There are many other deals you can avail during the sale and get your gaming rig going. To check out more gaming deals, click here. View the full article
  10. There are a ton of truly wireless earbuds available out there in the market. We've reviewed a lot of them here at MensXP, including both the budget as well as expensive ones. But I recently stumbled upon something that caught my attention. I am talking about the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro wireless earbuds. Yes, it looks like any other pair of truly wireless earbuds, but this one has a nifty feature up its sleeves. The charging case which is used to charge the buds can be used as a power bank to charge your phone as well. Isn't that cool? While most truly wireless earbuds struggle to keep the buds charged at all times, these earbuds' charging case can charge other devices as well. Now that's very interesting so I decided to check it out and see if they're worth the price. Here's my full review of the HiFuture Tidybuds Pro - Design & Build Quality © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer In its flesh, the TidyBuds Pro looks just like any other pair of truly wireless earbuds in the market. The earbuds are fairly small and lightweight. They're not too heavy so I'd say they're very comfortable to wear as well. Both the buds have a touch surface with which you can interact with the buds and do things like play or pause music, skip track, and more. The earbuds are made out of plastic and honestly, they don't feel super-premium. But I like how they fit my ears well. They feel secure in place and won't budge even if I am, say, running or doing some sort of exercise. You get extra ear tips inside the box, so you can choose the one that fits your ear size. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As for the charging case, there's no denying that it's massive. That's probably my only complaint because you can't put it into your pockets. It has to go inside a bag. But I like how they've used a rubberized material for the construction. It gives it a good grip to hold and makes it look fairly premium too. The highlight feature of the charging case, however, is the fact that it comes with a 3,000 mAh battery inside. That's not normal for a pair of truly wireless earbuds. I also like the fact that the charging case uses a USB Type C port to charge. The same cable can be used to reverse charge other devices with a USB Type C port or you can always use other cables to charge them. This came in really handy to me while I was testing these out while reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Audio Quality © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Yes, the reverse charging feature is cool and all, but ultimately these are a pair of truly wireless earbuds. So how's the audio quality? Well, to my surprise, they're pretty good. The TidyBuds Pro comes with a dynamic 6mm graphene driver and it outputs decent bass and high-mids. The audio quality is also very clear with crisp details. I am happy to report that the vocals are crisp and continue to remain that way even at peak volumes. So regardless of what you like to listen to, be it RnB, pop music or hard rock, the TidyBuds Pro will deliver a very good experience. In comparison, I'd say the TidyBuds Pro sounds louder than my AirPods (1st gen), but the sound does leak out so you might want to keep the volume low if you don't want others hearing what you're listening to. Battery Life © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The battery life, as I mentioned, is one of the highlights of these earbuds. The buds themselves have a 75mAh battery inside with which they promise to deliver an 8-hour battery life. I'd say you'd get about 6 hours max on a single charge, which is still not that bad by any means. And you know what? That's nothing to worry about because you literally have a 3,000 mAh battery waiting to charge the buds. The charging case has two ports out of which one can be used to charge the case itself whereas the other can be used to charge other devices and take advantage of that reverse charging feature. The company claims that the charging case can give you up to 100 hours of listening time, which is absolutely insane. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Well, I'd be lying if I said I managed to kill the battery inside the charging case, like, ever. I only use earbuds to listen to music when I am commuting to work, and that's barely like an hour every day. So I'd say I was able to use the buds without charging the case for more than two weeks, which is just awesome! As I mentioned, you can also use it to charge other devices like smartphones and accessories. But I'd say it's best if you use it to charge some other device instead of a smartphone because the output is very low and it would take forever to charge it. But it's nice to have it as a backup in case you need it. The Final Say The HiFuture TidyBuds Pro is available to purchase for Rs. 4,499 on Amazon. For that price, you're getting a good sounding pair of earbuds with exceptional battery life. Honestly, those are the only two things to look for primarily when it comes to buying a good pair of truly wireless earbuds. Yes, there are some trade offs like the massive size of the charging case and okay-ish build quality. But those are not deal-breakers in my opinion and I really enjoyed using this product. In case you're looking for other options then we suggest you check out the 1More Stylish TWS or even the Realme Buds Air, which are both around the same price range as this one. However, none of them have an impressive 3,000 mAh, so take your pick. View the full article
  11. With the growing concern of coronavirus outbreak, it's important that we're doing everything we can to prevent the spread of virus. Wearing a good quality N95 respiratory mask is one of the first things that we need to do to keep the viral infections at bay. As weird as it may sound, one of the reasons why I hate wearing a mask is because it gets in the way of my day-to-day activities. For instance, wearing a mask means my iPhones' "FaceID" won't work. Don't get me wrong, I do wear a mask even if it forces me to enter a password every time instead of using FaceID everytime I want to use my phone. I mean, I'd rather be safe than crib about a piece of technology failing on me. However, I am always on the lookout for a workaround and I'd pay for it in a heartbeat. And that's where I stumbled upon "FaceID" compatible mask. Here, check it out Made this service that prints your face on an N95 mask, so you can protect people from viral epidemics while still being able to unlock your phone. +ð»ð½ð¿=https://t.co/SXslSjoiMz pic.twitter.com/rByMBwdPB8 â Danielle Baskin (@djbaskin) February 15, 2020As the name suggests, FaceID masks are compatible with Apple's FaceID and other facial recognition tech that you might be using on a daily basis. They're custom printed and are made to order with your face on them, so it looks just like a part of your face when you wear them. Honestly, it looks a little stupid, but it's truly an ingenious solution to an otherwise annoying problem. Getting easy access to my phone without having to remove the mask during a viral epidemic? I am in. So it's being made by a company called "Resting Risk Face", or at least that's what the website says. All you have to do is take a picture of your face in "daylight" and upload it using their web app. You can then make any necessary alignments before you hit upload and buy it. The company will then print your face on a mask. Heck, even the mask elastic will match your skin tone. © faceidmaks Okay, all this probably sounds like an elaborate joke, right? Well, it's not. Or maybe it is. The idea of wearing a mask that matches your face still sounds a little outrageous, but it works. And what if you want to use it for something that just facial recognition? Other uses for selfie masks that folks have mentioned, besides unlocking your phone. - Anti-surveillance tech (if using a different face) - Adds whimsy to the sterility of hospitals - If you're sick (or breathing smoke), you might be more likely to wear a mask if it looks "cool" â Danielle Baskin (@djbaskin) February 16, 2020Anyway, it's worth pointing out that this particular mask is still not available to purchase. But when it goes on sale, it looks like it'll be available for $40 which roughly translates to about Rs 2,800. And yes, Apple's FaceID tech won't work on masks, so it might not work in that case, but you might still be able to use it with other phones. If not for unlocking phones, why not just wear it to look happy when you're actually feeling super sick from the inside. Still works, I guess? Check it out here. View the full article
  12. âBaby, just one more photo naâ With every just one more, we must have faked smiling at least a million times for social media validation. Likes, shares and comments â this holy grail of validation is not an easy one to achieve. You have to look happy, your photos have to have a certain aesthetic and your quotes need to be on point. With the mounting pressure, anyone would crumble. And our relationships are no different. If your social updates are more active than your relationship, you definitely need to make some changes. One such couple caught in the web of likes and followers is Pawan Srivastav and Pooja Maheshwari from MX Players' upcoming relationship drama Pawan & Pooja. Digital prankster Pawan falls in love with online influencer Pooja, but when his pranks start costing Pooja her followers, they discover how complicated their offline relationship gets. Are a couple of hours away from the digital world, really that hard to achieve? Well, not really. Here are some annoying social media habits that can you start avoiding before they hamper your relationship. Posting Stories On Date Night Not everyone needs to know that you are out on a date. Some people are just happy scrolling through hours of cat videos. The need to capture every moment of your date results in superficial conversations with your partner and a sour time overall. Next time you are on a date, switch off your WiFi and have a real conversation. Declaring Your Love-Hate Relationship OnlineEvery couple fights. Itâs natural. But posting sad quotes after a petty fight with your partner wonât help resolve anything. Youâll just land up providing some interesting tidbits of gossip to everyone on your timeline. The next time you fight, squash the urge to post anything on social media and instead pick up the phone and talk to your partner. Spending Hours Every Night On Your PhoneIf your smartphone is the third person in your relationship, itâs time to make some changes. Nobody likes talking to someone whose face is glued to their phone screens. Hours before you sleep, take a social media detox and spend time with your loved one. Worrying More About Your FollowersSocial popularity doesnât always translate to real-life popularity, and itâs time we start valuing the âreal followersâ in our life - the ones who, without fail, like your every post just to encourage your social media ambitions. This Valentineâs Day, Pawan and Pooja give us the perfect insight into how social media can build cracks in a relationship. They navigate through the ups and downs of their social media fame and how it breaks their offline relationships. The show Pawan & Pooja also explores the lives of two other couples â also named Pawan & Pooja â who are at different stages of their relationships, discovering that love is indeed conditional, breakable and questionable. Interested to know more about Pawan and Pooja, you can start streaming the show for FREE on MX Players from 14th February. View the full article
  13. Auto Expo 2020 was in full swing this week with dozens of launches, concept car showcases and exciting new directions for the world of automotive engineering. While the lionâs share of podiums and presentations went to four-wheelers and exciting new concepts for Indian electric vehicles or EVs, the revolution has picked up immensely for two-wheelers as well. Dozens of scooters, motorcycles - even ATVs and trikes were displayed, all with zero emissions and the latest in electric motor technology. We met up with Hero Electric MD, Naveen Munjal, for a few insights into the horizons faced by electric vehicle manufacturers today. âWeâve introduced these new vehicles this time around to basically test the market - to see if there is a market for these kinds of products - how big the market is,â he explains. âSo far, the interest weâve been getting is amazing. We havenât quoted any kind of price right now, but people are coming out and telling us that the product is right for them.â © Sharan Sanil; The AE-47 Electric Sports Concept. Seems to take heavy design cues from Hondaâs CB300R. Hero decided to go all guns blazing for the concept vehicles they had on show - with the most powerful and interesting being the above-pictured AE-47. âThis motorcycle, for example, is taking on the premium segment as a high-performance vehicle capable of around 100-odd kmph and a range of around 80 to 120km, depending on usage,â continued Munjal. âThe model aims to target say, a customer who enters the EV market by buying a low-speed vehicle, and may want to graduate to a higher-speed motorcycle down the line. We donât want this customer to leave our ecosystem, unless they move on to an electric car which isnât our space as a company.â This is all indicative of long-term plans - both by manufacturers as well as buyers. With the recent shifts in government deadlines for vehicle makers, the pressure is on, to create not just an accessible and well-supported electric market - but to do so without intimidating customers. Several first-time potential buyers are faced with two kinds of teething issues with EVs today - charge time and what Munjal terms as ârange anxietyâ, referring to the worry that electric vehicles will run out of charge before reaching a destination. © Sharan Sanil; The AE-3 electric trike features a special gyroscopic sensor - it aims to help underconfident beginners and senior citizens feel planted, stable and confident on a traditional two-wheeler setup. âFor our current range of vehicles, we have all of them outfitted with portable batteries,â says Munjal, dismissing the former concern as unimportant. âEven if youâre living in an apartment block, you can take your battery home, charge it, plug it back in the next morning and go on for your commute. Anywhere, whether youâre going to your office or wherever - it fits into your lifestyle. You donât have to worry about having a charging station - that is immaterial.â âComing back to range anxiety, and people worrying about âwhat if [I run out of charge,]ââ explains Munjal, âweâve run experiments with our consumers where we provide (in some cities) 300 charging points in a 5km radius of their neighbourhoods. This helps them realise that if they do run out of charge, they can simply park and load their batteries. The sales in these areas have reflected an increase, showing that the initiative is working well for us - itâs about the comfort factor for our customers." If anything, the future for electric seems to be ever-morphing into the present. While most units on display were concepts, weâre assured that price and launch announcements will reach us sometime in 2020. In case you (like me) were interested in something a little more traditional and exciting, motorcyclists thronged around the Aprillia and Suzuki podiums, which featured some pretty incredible toys - although fan favourites such as KTM, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Triumph, Honda and more were decidedly absent. © Sharan Sanil; Aprilliaâs RSV4 Factory-Spec model is a V4 all-Italian stallion - many consider it to be the best-sounding motorcycle of todayâs modern superbike roster. © Sharan Sanil; Moto Guzziâs V85TT is another mid-size scrambler with exotic credentials and an unusual quirk unique to the company, with their trademark transverse V-twin powerplants. © Sharan Sanil; A cheeky view of the Suzuki Katana - an 80s-90s legacy model revived after over 20 years. This slick Japanese Sport Tourer turned heads and will hopefully make it onto Indian shores. © Sharan Sanil; Possibly the biggest draw for racing enthusiasts at the Expo, Suzuki surprised us by bringing their MotoGP machine as a guest of honour at their podium. However, despite the petrol and internal combustion charms of these awesome bikes, Munjal reflects on how a lithium-ion powered future is anything but boring. âElectric is exciting,â exclaims Munjal. âRight now, in a lot of cases weâre making an effort to just get butts on the seats. Once you ride it, youâll understand just how exciting a product it is - a lot of people otherwise form their own opinions - itâs about just trying it once, and then youâll get sold on it.â View the full article
  14. It's that time of the year! The Super Bowl LIV is right around the corner and it's going to be a huge event tomorrow. The Super Bowl is special for various reasons, and each Super Bowl game is remarkable and memorable. If you want to be a part of the Super Bowl XLVI history though, then you now have an option for that by spending over Rs 5 crore on a pair of headphones. It's not an ordinary headphones we're talking about here. It's one-of-a-kind Diamond & Ruby Beats Pro headphones. Just look at it - © 1stdibs It was created in collaboration with London-based jeweler, Graff, to mark the Halftime Show of the game that saw the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots. Alright, even if you're not into Super Bowl, you simply can't ignore this piece of tech. Beats Pro By DrDre is a really popular pair of headphones money can buy. But when you top it off with some crazy diamonds and ruby stones, you're talking about a pair of headphones that's close to a million dollars. The headphones, as you can see, feature 126.76 carats of Graff diamonds and rubies set in pure platinum. © Pinterest It comes signed by both Graff and Dre, of course, and also comes complete with a certificate noting the use of genuine Graff stones. The headphones were worn by some of the iconic people in the industry like Madonna, Lil Wayne and the group LMFAO. So not only you're buying something that's part of the history of a game, but you're also taking over something that really not that easy to come by. But how much does it cost exactly? Well, you're looking at a price tag of $750,000 which roughly translates to about Rs 5 crore. That's obviously a lot of money, so it's not for an average man. But it's not always about money or owning something, right? Sometimes you just gotta check out something for what it's worth. Check out the headphones right here. View the full article
  15. WhatsApp is about to end support for smartphones running on older operating systems from today which turns out to be millions of phones. The communication application will run on both older Android and iOS devices as the company will end support from February 2 2020. © Unsplash/Kon Karampelas The older operating systems that will be not be supported are the legacy operating systems that no longer receive any updates or come installed on smartphones anymore. Most of the users who will get affected by this can simply update the operating system to have WhatsApp run-in on their smartphones. However, a massive number of users will not be able to upgrade as OEMs have not rolled out updates for older smartphones. To make things simpler, smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older will not be able to use WhatsApp on the smartphones from today. Users can check their software version from the settings and tap on about phone or software version option. © Reuters WhatsApp has also said that older Android and iOS operating systems "can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts after February 1, 2020.â WhatsApp will work on some older operating systems such as KaiOS 2.5.1+ OS, that is being used by JioPhone and JioPhone 2. "This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp," said a spokesperson for the company. If you are upgrading your operating system today to make WhatsApp work on your smartphone, we advise you to take a back up of your chats before going through with the update. Users can take a backup of their WhatsApp conversation by tapping on Settings> Chats> Chat Backup in both Android and iOS versions of the application. View the full article
  16. People across the globe are shaken by the sad news of the demise of the NBA legend Kobe Bryant in an extremely tragic helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles on Sunday. Kobe had an extraordinary career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and also became one of the most popular faces. He revitalised the NBA over 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and two Olympic gold medals before he died in the tragic accident. View this post on InstagramMy GigiA post shared by (@kobebryant) The 41-year-old NBA legend along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant died in the horrible helicopter crash along with seven others, including the pilot. Fondly called âBlack Mambaâ, he retired from the game in the year 2016 and Gianna was supposed to take his legacy forward. According to the New York Times, the authorities said, âIt could take several days to recover bodies from the crash site, as the helicopter crashed in rough terrain.â Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County fire Chief said, âThe crash site was difficult to access and that firefighters had to hike to the area. It was also initially unclear how many passengers were there on the helicopter or if the helicopter was overloaded.â View this post on InstagramLA is the land of opportunity. Itâs as big or small as you want it be. What you get out of LA reflects what you put in. Itâs the place where you can learn from the greats who came before you. And where you can continue their journey farther. Itâs where you leave a legacy for the next generation of LA greats to carry on after you. #sportchangeseverythingA post shared by (@kobebryant) Besides, as per news reports, John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, also died in the crash with his wife, Keri and daughter Alyssa Altobelli. Alyssa was Giannaâs teammate. The Sikorsky S-76 aircraft was going from Orange County to Thousand Oaks, California when it unfortunately crashed on Sunday morning. View this post on InstagramI hate seeing my #teammamba girls play against each other. This is GREAT defense by our mamba pg Alyssa Altobelli and a familiar looking fade by our 2gd the #MambacitaA post shared by (@kobebryant) There were nine people in the helicopter and none of them survived the horrific crash. Christina Mauser, 38, Kobe's girls' basketball coach was also one of the nine victims aboard the helicopter as they were reportedly travelling to a basketball game. She was a mother of three who appallingly lost her life. Her husband, Matt Mauser, posted an emotional message on Facebook upon learning of his wifeâs passing and wrote, âMy kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.â Kobe founded Mamba Sports Academy in the year 2018 and Christina coached Gianna and Alyssa at the academy, and the girls were in the Los Angeles Lady Mamba Team. As soon as the news of his demise broke out, hundreds of his fans gathered at Staples Center to pay tribute to the late basketball legend despite police warnings against visiting the stadium. View the full article
  17. Itâs in the Encino neighbourhood of Los Angeles, itâs got Nick & Priyankaâs name on it, and itâs really, really f**king huge. After the couple's big wedding in late 2018, they've since settled down a bit in Nick Jonas' bachelor pad. However, the pair recently announced that they've got some new #couplegoals, ranging from having a baby to doing some house-shopping. After selling Nick's previous home to tennis pro Naomi Oska for a whopping $6.9 million, the pair have now discovered a new home - and it's definitely something to look at. Welcome to the star coupleâs latest residence. © The Agency The property is one of the most expensive sales to be cracked in an already pretty star-studded area. "For me, home is wherever Iâm happy, as long as I have the people I love around me" Priyanka said. Both Chopra and Jonas, who are known to share very close bonds with their family members, will continue to be near their favourite people - Joe Jonas and his wife Sophie Turner have also purchased a 15,000 sq. ft. mansion just under 5 kilometres away. © The Agency The house comes with seven bedrooms and eleven bathrooms. Just in case you were planning a couple more weddings. © The Agency © The Agency The house comes with a wide variety of amenities, ranging from movie theatre, a gymnasium with mirror walls, a wet bar, an indoor basketball court⦠© The Agency ...and a pretty sick swimming pool. © The Agency All we are asking for is the servants' quarter guys. Please? View the full article
  18. There's always room for true love. It doesn't matter where it's from, who brings it to you or how many times your heart's been broken. When love comes knocking, you've ought to open the door and welcome it with nothing but warmth. And while you do that for yourself, make room for happiness for others around you too by acknowledging their preferences and choices that they've made. © Instagram When Colin met the love of his life on a dating app, he had no idea what lay before him. When he came across Andrew, while swiping, he could barely make him out from his pictures. It's the conversations he had when they matched that led him to believe Andrew was someone he could look forward to meeting. Andrew's added interest in Indian culture was something that highly impressed Colin. They both live in Chicago and the freedom to express one's sexual preferences or/and sexuality is immense. Even though Colin is Indian, he understood the prejudices and the not-so-alarming discontent that stems from intense conditioning, towards homosexuals men, from where he is. But he knew, if his family accepted him and his partner, he wouldn't have to worry about anyone else. © Instagram Andrew's openness in admitting he really loved the Indian culture and his want to express the fact that he deeply cared for his partner, by making him adrak -wali- chai, made Colin fall more in love with him. They decided to tie the knot, in July last year, at Colin's family home in South India. © Instagram The celebrations were huge and of course very welcoming for Andrew and his family. They had a temple wedding and a church wedding, and Andrew dressed in traditional south Indian wedding attire. Love knows no bounds and has no boundaries, religion, or even sexual preferences. Love is freedom. It's an entity so free, that if it's ever bound, it'll cease to exist. And Andrew and Colin's love is the truest testimony to that! © Instagram They both don't know what the future holds but they know for a fact that love like theirs is unreal, rare and possibly ever-lasting. Here's their story (narrated by Colin) on the Officials Humans Of Bombay's Instagram page: “I was swiping away on a dating app when I came across Andrew. I couldn't figure out anything from his photo. But when we matched, conversation came easily–he loved Indian culture. I was living in Chicago & I missed home, so I could share my excitement for spicy food. But he sounded too good to be true! © Instagram 2 months of texting later, our first date was over a bowl of Ramen! When he invited me over for tea, I was expecting American 'tea', but when I walked into his home, I was hit with the smell of ginger-garlic! He had a steel spice box & when he made me tea, it was adrak chai! I felt comfortable with him–we were so similar in our beliefs. In 9 months, the universe played its role–our rents were coming to an end so we moved in together! I'd even make us dabbas with dal & chawal for lunch! © Instagram The decision to get married was simple–we'd found our soulmates in each other! We flew out to India to tell my parents & they organized a south Indian banana leaf meal to celebrate us. We got married in June 2019 & had a huge celebration–we had a Haldi, Sangeet & a black tie party! After all, you only get married to the love of your life once! Our family & friends helped us organize it all–we were surrounded by so much love. One of the best moments was when my dad raised a toast & said, 'If you have a child love & understand them, if you don't understand them, then love them more.' Our wedding was perfect! But getting to where we are today wasn't easy–I've been sent to therapy to 'get better' & I've had priests pray for my soul. But all of it has led me to him, so it was worth it. © Instagram The first time we went to India after our marriage was so lovely. There was an Indian swagat & we were showered with so much love. Our families accepted us beautifully–my mom always asks about him when I talk to her & the same goes for his family. © Instagram I don't know what the future holds, but that doesn't frighten me–because a love like ours was meant to be. We're going to continue making Bollywood playlists, we'll always come home to adrak-wali-chai… & we'll always fall asleep knowing that when we wake up, 'we' will still be there tomorrow & every single day for the rest of our lives.” © Instagram If I had a penny for negating the fact that true love exists, I'd fill an entire jar, but every time I am cynical about the fact that love indeed does exist, I go back to what Andrew and Colin share and reaffirm my faith in love, and more! View the full article
  19. It was nothing short of a fairytale coming true when Meghan Markle got married to Prince Harry. Almost everyone across the globe seemed to be talking only about them. Fast forward to the present time and people are still talking about them. The world went into a mini shock when the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle announced that they are stepping down from their roles as "senior royals". Their long note on social media, Prince Harry's friends sharing "anecdotes" about what could have possibly led to the exit and Madame Tussauds London moving their wax figures away from the royal family further fuelled the fire around what people are calling "Megxit". View this post on Instagram “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST How often do you see a man going against his family and leaving them behind to be with and protect his true love? The last time we saw it was in 2001 when Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was released starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. And that's exactly what people on social media were reminded of. Same energy: guy leaves his wealthy family and his inheritance cuz of love #Megxit #K3G pic.twitter.com/3rQxKSiPsD — Salokya Sarira (@SalazarSalokya) January 9, 2020 While the royal family is busy figuring out how to bring this crisis situation under control, desi people on social media can't help but think of Prince Harry and Meghan as the royal Rahul and Anjali. Now that we think about it, the energy is same though. People comparing Meghan-Harry to Rahul-Anjali's plot in K3G. Yup, can totally imagining Will going to Canada to get back his brother, dancing with Kate to You are my Soniya. Charles and Camilla joining in for Bole Chudiyaan and oh, and the Queen dies. Plausible — FiFi ð (@Alfifius) January 10, 2020 The queen must be singing Aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaa Kabhi khushi kabhi gham..... https://t.co/MxygaLbrDp — Dr. Bewda Rick (@SavageRaptor7) January 9, 2020 This is full blown kabhi khushi kabhi gham. 10 years later, William's going to be flying to America saying 'chandu ki chachi' to Meghan https://t.co/q4p7a7ylEP — Raz (@raztweets) January 9, 2020 This family needs to watch Bollywood movie #K3G. This is a desi drama where the son and his wife wants to move out and the buddhi old lady is adament on parampara, onushrrashtan and other old nonsense. #Megxit #MeghanAndHarry #meganandharry #queen pic.twitter.com/8exClBavme — A Bengali In Toronto (@a_bong) January 10, 2020 So True I think everyone need to watch Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham #K3G best & my favourite Bollywood film. LOOOL so true tho super rich Indian son marries poor girl get cut off from money and moves from Delhi to London and then becomes rich in London ððð. #megexit #HarryandMeghan https://t.co/KCPoO9uMS8 — Suraj Dey (@SurajDe37951816) January 10, 2020 We can already imagine Queen Elizabeth as Yashvardhan Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) saying "Keh Diya Na...Bas Keh Diya". View the full article
  20. If you're looking to buy a pair of Bluetooth earphones today, then there's nothing to worry about, really. The options are aplenty and I am sure you'll find something that fits your budget. And because there are so many options out there, we sadly don't get to see something that is very unique. However I recently came across this pair of earphones called the Sound One DC-111, which is essentially detachable. Yeah, it's one of the more unique pieces of earphones I've used to date, and here's a quick review to give you an idea of the product. 1. Design And Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The marquee feature of these earphones is that it can either be used as a pair of Bluetooth earphones or wired earphones. All you have to do is just detach the earbuds from the cable that it's connected to and use the one that you feel like using. The earbuds, as you can see, are connected to the cable via a proprietary port, and are easily detachable. You can't use the buds as a pair of truly wireless earbuds, which means, it always has to be connected to a cable. That's because there's no battery in the buds themselves. I must point out that the cable looks quite flimsy and it appears as though the connecting pins will break very easily. But I guess that's just a risk that you'll have to take. Inside the box, you'll get a carrying case, a MicroUSB cable for charging the batteries, extra ear tips and the necessary cable for using it in both the modes. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also worth pointing out that the earbuds are very small, so it's very easy to lose them when they're not connected to a particular cable of choice. So, just make sure they're always connected to some cable or be sure to throw them in the carrying case. I really like the idea of having both modes at hand since I always find myself left with discharged earphones. It's just hard to charge all the devices and I happen to carry a lot of them at any given time. So I thoroughly enjoyed using the Sound One DC-111. There's just something very satisfying about switching modes on-the-go and not have to worry about battery life. 2. Sound Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP There's no point about design and functionality if it doesn't sound good, right? Well, I was quite surprised by the audio quality of the Sound One DC-111. Sound One, for those of you who don't know, is a Hong-Kong based audio solutions company. So, let's just say that they know their products. If you're someone who cares the most about the bass, which is most people, you'd absolutely love these. It's more obvious when you're listening to, say, electronic music or pop music. The 10 mm drivers really give out deep bass with good sound output. Obviously, it's not as good as something like the Skullcandy Crusher or 1MORE Quad-driver earphones. Those are premium products, but Sound One does a really good job for the price. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP I just got back Sunburn music festival, so I am still pretty hooked to EDM and dance music. So let's just say that I spent most of my time listening to popular tracks by DJ Snake, Flume among others while testing these out and it was really good. Set the volume to 75% and you'll be good to go. 3. Battery Life The Sound One DC-111 is one of those Bluetooth earphones with which you don't really have to worry about the battery life because you can simply swap the cables and use it in the wired mode. But even in Bluetooth, I was able to listen to music for about 4-5 hours on a single charge, which is not too bad. It packs a 90mAh battery inside, which is more or less similar to most other Bluetooth earphones on the market. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP I only found myself using it in the Bluetooth mode when I am out for a quick run in the morning. The earphones also come with an IPX5 rating, which means it's waterproof and perfect for workouts. Overall, good battery life when you're using the earphones in Bluetooth mode. But like I said, you really won't have to worry about the battery life all the time because of the wired mode. 4. The Final Say So, should you buy the Sound One DC-111? Well, for Rs. 1,600 I'd say these are really good. At that price, you're getting a pair of earbuds that sound good, fits well in your ears, and have no connectivity issues as well. These are also good for workouts, so you can just use them as your second pair of earphones for working out if you want. And the fact that you're getting an option to switch to wired or Bluetooth mode whenever you want, is also a really good reason to buy these. If you're looking to buy a pair of earphones under Rs. 2,000, then I'd say these are definitely worth considering. View the full article
  21. In yet another case of animal brutality in the capital, a street dog was tied up and beaten to death by some people from a popular locality. This isn't an isolated incident of street dog torture and murder and while we condemn any form of brutality, why do we fall short of doing the same for an animal? Especially for street dogs in India. © Instagram While Australia is battling with saving their own animal species in wildfires, India is a notch ahead, killing animals without much remorse. A street dog (female), whose legs were tied together, was found badly injured, with a cracked skull, after she was beaten up by the locals of Masigarh, Sukhdev Vihar - a posh locality in South Delhi. Although no one has been identified behind the crime committed, it is believed a group of people were behind this and the only reason they beat her to death was because she was biting a few residents there. The dog, left to die, was then spotted by an animal lover, who called others from the fraternity for help. While she was taken to Friendicoes, the capital's leading dog shelter, another volunteer stayed back to round up some formalities with the police. While at Friendicoes, the dog was diagnosed with a broken skull and multiple fractures on her snout. Unfortunately, she didn't survive and passed away a few days ago. This incident alone is very unfortunate and we definitely believe the perpetrators need to be punished. But what is the punishment for animal abuse, torture and murder? Because we don't have stricter laws for animal abuse, most of us are unaware of a fulfilling and rightful punishment for the accused. © Instagram Currently a complaint under Section 11(1) of the PCA and Sections 428 and 429 of IPC against unknown accused persons who beat the dog, has been filed. The section states that anyone who tortures an animal in any way or kills them shall be liable to imprisonment and fined as well. "We took the dog to tis hazari hospital where the doctor Rekha Kumari, informed us that she had no jurisdiction and was the duty doctor for that day. After speaking with several authorities and waiting for 3 hours with the body of the dog, the doctor informed the IO that there were no instruments to do the post mortem and it's the IOs responsibility to get the instruments to cut the dog's body" said Gauri Puri, a lawyer by profession and an animal rights activist, in an interview with MensXP As it is, Delhi Police has been facing a lot of wrath from the capital for their inactions towards particular incidents that occurred around the city, and in this case too, they failed to mitigate the dire situation. View this post on Instagram A dog was tied and beaten nearly to death in the morning at Masihgarh, Sukhdev Vihar. The dogs leg was tied and repeated beaten by an iron rod till her skull cracked. She was spotted by an animal lover who immediately called me and Gauri. I took her to Friendicoes whereas Gauri stayed back to do the necessary formalities with the cops. The poor dog has a broken skull, multiple fractures on her snout and her prognosis is poor. We have shifted her to Earthlings for personalized care. All the necessary steps for identifying the culprit and filing a FIR are being taken. In case you wish to sponsor this dog treatment please send your contributions to - Karan Puri Foundation account number 603820110000838 IFSC Code - BKID0006038 Bank of India New Friends Colony Branch Paytm/Gpay - +91-9810577560 A post shared by Karan Puri Foundation (@karan_puri_foundation) on Jan 3, 2020 at 9:21am PST "As a Lawyer, I have faced several procedural difficulties not only with the police, but the govt vetenary hospitals too. While there is hope with the FIR, in the absence of any efforts to investigate the culprits or inquire who the accused were, the police has been taking statements of people allegedly bitten by the dog. This cruel act was admittedly done by the local residents of Masigarh, all of whom are known to be goons. Each one claims to have knowledge of how the incident happened , but with the lack of action of police, no name has been forthcoming" - Gauri added. There are a lot of incidents pertaining to animal torture that go by without the perpetrators paying for their heinous crimes. Remember Lucky? the Worli based street dog, who was beaten to death when he came to a gated colony to take refuge from rain? He died, and with him died the struggle to nab the culprits and put them behind bars. #SaveLucky We spoke with #IramRizvi who along with her friends is trying to #SaveLucky the #WorliDog Let's pray to #SaveLucky Let's have your suggestions also. .@MumbaiDog .@MumbaiMirror .@MirrorNow .@DeShobhaa .@Sonam_Kapoor .@AnushkaSharma .@TheJohnAbraham @fayedsouza pic.twitter.com/WZXjDxJwQV — jeeturaaj rj (@MirchiJeeturaaj) July 30, 2019 So, at any given point in time, if you see animal torture in any form around you, this is what you can do! (1) If you see someone hurt/torture/abuse an animal, the first thing you should do is confront them an ask them to stop. If you think that's not a safe option, try and gather a crowd and humiliate them for doing what they are. (2) Write to an active animal welfare group on social media, with adequate evidence of the abuse in the form of pictures and videos. Do this to garner as much support as you can. (3) Call the police and make sure the complaint is under Section 11 of the Prevention to cruelty to animals and section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal code. Read up on these sections and do your research beforehand. Make sure your complaint is registered under all three sections. Many times complaint is only under Section 11 of the PCA, where the punishment is nothing. © Instagram (4) Legally file a complaint and take a DD No. Make sure to take a copy of it. It's the complainant's right (5) Follow up with the Investigating Officer. Give a letter for reservations of CCTVs, as that can at as a vital proof of the incident. (6) Give the animal first aid ASAP. MLC (medico legal complaint) of the dog can be done afterward also (7) If the animal dies, and there is a complaint, it's the IOs responsibility to preserve the body, get the PM and dispose the body. While you follow these legalities, make sure to reach out to prominent people who can help you with such cases, legally an otherwise. While the investigations are still ongoing for this dog who succumbed to her injuries, we only hope we can prevent animal torture of this degree in the future and make a safe haven for all living creatures, around us. With inputs from Gauri Puri, Advocate (Delhi High Court) & Animal Rights Activist. View the full article
  22. It's only been a few hours since the trailer of Malang was released, but it's become internet's favourite meme already. As if people were eagerly waiting for the trailer to drop only to make memes out of them. In case you haven't seen the trailer yet, it's a revenge drama that goes like this - Aditya Roy Kapur, guns, fighting, Disha Patani, dancing, dancing, romance, guns, fighting, Anil Kapoor, guns, guns, Aditya Roy Kapur, fighting, fighting, shirtless pictures, kunal kemmu, tattoos, fighting, fighting, guns. Like people say "Aap chronology samjhiye!" © T-Series The trailer is good, but super confusing. No one knows what's happening and why is it happening. But, at least people on social media were clear about one thing - Malang is going to give them sufficient fodder to churn out memes and that's exactly what happened. From mocking Tiger Shroff for Aditya and Disha's crackling chemistry to taking digs at their bosses for making them work till late, no one was spared by the meme makers on social media. When you are partying till 2 am and see twenty missed calls of your dad #MalangTrailer pic.twitter.com/7zPckGikeG — Sushil K Kashyap (@SushilKashyap01) January 6, 2020 #MalangTrailer Trump officials : Should we end the conflict with Iran now? Trump: pic.twitter.com/ucmBPFY2IP — Prince Pandeyðð¦ (@princepandey_) January 6, 2020 Bestfriend: Main Relationship mein aane ka soch raha hoon Me: #MalangTrailer pic.twitter.com/Gr8Ss9SAZt — Nasticissist (@nasticissist) January 6, 2020 Me trying to leave from office at 9 PM Boss:#MalangTrailer pic.twitter.com/XpUNOHYVcR — Nikhil ð (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 6, 2020 Disha Patani Kissed Aditya Roy Kapoor..ðð Tiger Shroff Be Like - ðð»ðð»ðð»#Malang #MalangTrailer #DishaPatani #AdityaRoyKapur #TigerShroff @djaywalebabu pic.twitter.com/lqxFLLllcv — Fun2shh_Manish (@DhengaleManish) January 6, 2020 When you go to a relative's place for dinner and they start discussing your future#Malangtrailer pic.twitter.com/KhG1wxtj6x — lovelyðð (@loveli143) January 6, 2020 " Ater passing 12th with good marks" Me : Ab life set hai Le lIfe :#Malang #MalangFirstLook pic.twitter.com/yEhYldbCaJ — Depressed Ladka (@Palpendikular) January 6, 2020 When your bestfriend eats the last slice of pizza#MalangTrailer #Malang pic.twitter.com/pnuB6Hl7Bl — The Humour Dead (@_Shakti_maan) January 6, 2020 Directed by Mohit Suri, Malang is releasing on February 7, 2020. View the full article
  23. 2019's been a year of truly stellar performances, both homegrown and international for Indian stages across the subcontinent. World-class venues and massive-scale festivals have worked across the last decade or so to make India a serious pitstop for music enthusiasts - and there's nothing quite like the end-of-year (and this time, decade) spectacle of the Magnetic Fields festival. Held in mid-December, Fields is perhaps the closest thing to a 'Burning Man' that India has - infused with heady doses of Rajasthani culture and the most eclectic lineup of artists you can expect to find in one place. We caught up with three of them during this fateful weekend at Budweiser's BudX Stage, each with their own unique stories to tell. Ross From Friends/Felix Weatherall - Colchester, United Kingdom © Abhishek Shukla; The 25 year old has a fistful of releases under his belt, the distillation of myriad influences from hip-hop cut 'n' paste culture, 80s Eurobeat, Hi-NRG and Italo into lithe, irresistible, raw dance floor trax. It's been around a year-and-half since Brainfeeder got you on-board and Family Portrait came out. What's different for you, comparing then and now? How have you changed? I feel like now I'm probably more willing and able to try new things with my music. I think there's a tendency for artists that once they get known for one type of sound, they stick to it because they know it works and it's comfortable. Since releasing on Brainfeeder, I'm not saying I've started making mad left-field jungle stuff, but I've got the confidence now to know that if I ever do want to go in that sort of direction, and I do it with integrity, that it'll work. Magnetic Fields is a pretty unique festival in a wildly different venue for most Indian artists - let alone European acts. What's going through your mind as the festival draws near? What are you looking forward to the most? It's really exciting to have been invited to play here. It's such a unique festival. I'm really looking forward to catching some of the other acts, especially some of the Indian artists that I'm not so familiar with. As for what's going through my mind, I'm just prepping for this gig as I do for any gig, hoping we can rise to the occasion! © Avirat Sundra One of my favourite parts of your music are your awesome choices when it comes to sampling. How does the process go, and where do you think your taste comes from? The sampling is a really important part of it for me, actually. It's not something I can rush. I try to build up a really bulky sample library before I even think about making proper music with it, so in that sense I don't go looking for samples to fit a beat I've made or anything like that. I spend hours trawling through the dark corners of YouTube trying to find a good little snippet of dialogue, or a cool instrumental. For that, my taste is really wide-ranging, it can come from anywhere, to be honest. I'll then build a track around what I've managed to find. There are multiple stories I've heard behind your stage name. Do you think 'Ross From Friends' would be friends with Ross Geller himself? No probably not. Everyone knows Ross is the worst. Of anyone, I'd probably be more mates with Chandler. We share more of the same humour I think. Ross is too straight-laced for me! Fieldlines/Andi Teichmann - Regensburg, Germany © RC Photography; Bridging the gap between eastern and western, this week-long project brought together Berlin's and Rajasthan's musical talents - a unique fusion of old and new, analogue and digital. Naturally, the Fieldlines project is, in many ways, representative of MagFields as a whole. What's been the biggest challenge in combining traditional folk music through modern production techniques? We see ourselves more as electronic musicians than as producers, in the sense that we want to perform music together in real time. We've been working on various interdisciplinary projects, from contemporary music to traditional music from Nigeria or central Asia. The task is to open and create common grounds and spaces to interact in a musical way. The local folk music is rooted in a traditional context with complex rules and social meanings. The challenge is to include both traditions, from the electronic contemporary music and the local folk music, on an equal level in that musical space. The aim is to create a musical language that goes beyond companying or illustrating each other's music. I'm sure that the entire process has been a cultural education of sorts for both sides. What's something that you've imbibed from the experience? For us it is fascinating to see how music works as a communication tool. For a verbal dialogue we need two translators: from the local dialect to Hindi, from Hindi to English and the other way round. The musical dialogue works directly in real time. Once we reached a point where we understood each other's expressions and techniques better, we could just go together on a musical journey and explore unknown territories. It's also amazing to see how music and musicians play an important and respected role in society and how knowledge has been transferred through generations. Ustad Hakim Khan - the kamaicha player, plays an instrument that has been handed from father to son for over 300 years. © Avirat Sundra As the festival takes place, I'm excited to take a look at the interactive sessions planned ahead. Could you shed some light as to what the experience promises? The first few days were spent trying to find common grounds, it was a lot about rhythms and techniques, the various types of Indian folk and classical music, the context of the ragas. On the third day we had an intimate performance, in front of a small audience at our studio. At that point a 'switch' turned on, everyone left the songs and ideas, we've been practicing, behind and entered a total free and improvised space. After we finished, there was a big smile on everyone's face. That is the journey we want to present and share with the audience. It's not just a fusion of styles, but a fusion of ages as well - with legendary artists such as septuagenarian Ustad Hakeem Khan playing alongside musicians in their teens. Could you share some thoughts on this? To play together with diverse generations and without gender boundaries is a very normal and important approach in our collaborative practice. Nevertheless, we've been told that in the local context, it is a quite revolutionary breaking with traditions to have this mixed group: Having Sumitra Devi a female singer and harmonium player, Firoz Khan, who is 16-years-old and Ustad Hakim Khan, who is almost 80 years. Three Oscillators/Brij Dalvi - Mumbai, India © Ayush Jajoria; Formed in 2015, Three Oscillators is a project consisting of Brij Dalvi and Avit Rane. Their sound falls under the realm of glitch, sci-fi influences and futurism - all while seamlessly blending various shades of emotion and electronica. It's your first time performing at a festival of this scale - what do you feel about the audience at Magnetic Fields? The crowd here is intense, man. I've only ever heard stories - for three years, MagFields was just an enigma for me. I never thought I'd come here and check all of this out. Everyone here is very receptive and just really into it. This sort of intimacy hasn't happened yet - in Bombay, most people just stand by the bar, it's really different here. It's been a transformative journey over the last few years - do you think often about the old days, before you decided to go serious with producing music? Yeah, I mean… honestly, there was no specific point from where I wanted to commit to making music. It was a gradual process. Things just kept happening, and I kept listening to more music. I don't look back, honestly - things happened, and now I'm here. *laughs* What are you looking to catch while at MagFields? Ross From Friends. That's the only act I'm familiar with *laughs*, but honestly, this festival is all about discovery. There's a lot of stuff out here to see and hear - a lot of DJ sets, a lot of selectors… it's crazy. Now I know why people rave about this festival so much, it really is that good. View the full article
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