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  1. We've all been wondering when the next instalment of 'The Last Of Us' will launch ever since it was announced at E3 last year. According to a leak by a European retailer ProGamingShop, it looks like the game is set to launch later this year. The game will be an exclusive game to the PlayStation 4 and possible PlayStation 5, similar to the original game when it was first launched on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. © Sony The release date for the “The Last Of Us Part II” is rumoured to be September 27th, 2019 if this leak is to be believed. It's a Friday and is one the most common days for big AAA titles to release. As of now, Sony does not have any big blockbuster games scheduled for fall 2019 and this leak would make complete sense. However, a recent report suggested that developer Naughty Dog, had recently wrapped up motion capture work on the game and launch in September seems unlikely. The general assumption is that The Last of Us Part II will launch in 2020. Having said that, the motion capture work could be re-shots or the final phase of production as the game has been in development for a while. When The Last Of Us was released in June 2013, it came out closer to the launch date go the PS4 which resulted in good sale numbers on both platforms. It is possible that Sony will replicate the same formula as the new console is about to launch very soon We've already confirmed a few specifications of the new PlayStation 5 and it seems the launch of the console is very close. It would be possible that Sony would want to replicate the same success for this and next-gen consoles as well. Source: ProGamingShop
  2. It's been fours years since Rockstar Games confirmed that Grand Theft Auto 6 is coming. There's been a ton of rumours since the studio confirmed that 'it's got some ideas for GTA VI'. So when is this releasing exactly? Well, if an anonymous European developer is to be believed, then the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series is coming next year during the holiday season. © Rockstar Games That being said, it looks like the next generation PS5 players will be first ones to get their hands on the game when it arrives next year. Yes, Sony is apparently handing out a mountain of cash to GTA VI producer Take-Two Interactive to secure a one month exclusive period for the game on PS5. This means, the next-generation Xbox players won't be able to play it until a month later. There's no word on the PC version of the game, but we don't expect the game to arrive on PC at launch anyway. This, by the way, isn't the first time we're hearing about GTA VI being exclusive to the next generation PlayStation console. But the real question is whether Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive would be willing to risk the backlash from Xbox gamers just for some extra cash. It's a Grand Theft Auto title we're talking about here after all. GTA V made more money than any other movie, book or game in the history. © Rockstar Games The developer also noted that this next installment of the game will take place in Miami and New York City. Anyway, there's no concrete way to confirm this report, so we suggest you take all this info with a grain of salt. We'll hopefully hear more about the game soon from Rockstar Games.
  3. Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' premiered today and boy, oh boy, has it given new light to a particular theory that we've been speculating for so long. Cersei Lannister was introduced to us as a cruel, conniving Queen who was willing to cross any lines when it came to protecting her kids and lover/ twin brother Jaime. We've hated her initially and then we grew to admire her for her unpredictable moves that would challenge the whole sequence of events (remember the burning of the Sept?) all orchestrated seamlessly. A major motivation and central to her arc is the Prophecy that Cersei was made acquainted to as a little girl. © HBO While going deep into the woods around Casterly Rock, Cersei stumbled upon an old woman called Maggy the Frog, who turned out to be a powerful fortune teller. Cersei asked Maggy three questions about her future, however, the answers weren't hopeful. The first said that she wouldn't marry a Prince, but a King. The second said that she would be cast down by a younger and a more beautiful queen who would take all that she held dear. Further, Maggy told Cersei that the king would have 20 children, but that Cersei would only have three, and “gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds.” Now, of all the three predictions, Margaery Tyrell did manage to take away most of what Cersei held dear to her including her son, Tommen but besides these three predictions, in 'A Feast for Crows', the fourth book in the series, Maggy reveals to Cersei one final part of the prophecy: “The valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale throat and choke the life from you.” Now, here the valonqar translates to a younger brother. For Cersei, this has always been Tyrion as someone who could possibly try to kill her. © HBO However, if you notice, there is this other 'younger brother' in Cersei's life. Yes, we're talking about Jaime Lannister. © HBO After watching the first episode, this prediction could come to life, because Cersei has commissioned Bron to assassin Jamie. If this fails, Jamie could possibly come after Cersei because he's clearly repulsed by Cersei's rule, which is like the Mad King in more ways than one. To begin with, Cersei made Tyrion believe at the end of the seventh season that she would send the Iron Fleet to help fight The Army Of the Undead. This obviously, was a lie which Tyrion failed to see through for a change. She couldn't care less about the White Walkers or the impending doom as long as she could save herself from it. In the fifth episode of season 7, Cersei told Jaime that she was pregnant. Now, in the premiere of season 8, she consummated her alliance with Euron Greyjoy because the only way she could keep the Iron Fleet and have her way around with it was if she would sleep with Euron which, to her seemed a small price to pay. © HBO Now, Euron telling Cersei “I'm going to put a prince into your belly” is practically impossible — if, indeed, Cersei is still pregnant. It's unclear, however, if that's the case. If you recall, Cersei nixed drinking last season when she realized that she was pregnant. But in today's episode, she was seen sipping a glass of wine after sleeping with Euron. While the Westerosi doctors probably aren't warning Cersei against fetal alcohol syndrome, the change could signal a change in Cersei's status. Regardless of whether Cersei is pregnant or not, she's likely to lose her baby at some point to that effect taking into account how things are moving. But the question is if a majority of the theory has come to pass, as we are still waiting to see who will be the vanquisher of Cersei. It could still be Tyrion, if Jaime ends up getting executed or killed before or during the battle of Winterfell. It could also be Euron Greyjoy. Technically he is the younger brother of Balon Greyjoy and passes the criterion of a valonqar if he realizes that his relationship with Cersei is not based on trust and she could betray him any time.
  4. In 2018, a depleted Indian cricket team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka. The thrilling victory against Bangladesh will be remembered for two things: Dinesh Karthik's match-winning knock and Vijay Shankar's struggles. While the former turned the tide in India's favour with a stunning batting display, the latter's sluggish innings almost cost his side the game and trophy. Following India's emphatic triumph, while Karthik was being hailed for his batting prowess, Shankar became the subject of immense criticism on the social media. Since that match, a lot has changed. © Twitter The 28-year-old might have not have had very good memories from that final, but he hasn't allowed his forgettable international debut to affect his performances on the field. Making most of the limited opportunities he has got so far, Shankar has, time and again, proved his worth with both bat and ball. And, that's exactly why he has been included in Team India's 15-man squad for the all-important ICC World Cup 2019. A versatile batsman who is more than capable of batting at any position in the middle-order, Shankar's ability to mould his innings according to the situation is what makes him a valuable addition to the Indian line-up. In case of a collapse, the Tamil Nadu cricketer can hold the fort at one end in pressure situations, and, if need be, he can accelerate the innings in the later stages of the game with plenty of big strokes in his armoury. © Twitter If his artistry with the willow adds value to the Indian middle-order, Shankar's medium-paced deliveries further bolster his side with an extra bowling option. Though he might still be fairly inexperienced and doesn't have much runs or wickets under his belly, Shankar is still a vital cog that provides the much-needed balance to the Indian team as they chase glory in England & Wales. Many did argue his selection ahead of Ambati Rayudu, who has performed more often than not, but it is Shankar's ability to contribute in all the three facets of the game that makes him a safer and a better bet than the specialist batsman. While we can't really predict if Shankar would occupy the hotly-debated No. 4 slot or not, his addition to the Indian squad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) surely got the cricket fans excited on social media. This means the #No4 debate is still open. Options now are Vijay Shankar or Virat Kohli with Rahul at no. 3. People who watch a lot of domestic cricket really rate Vijay Shankar. Happy for him but his temperament will be tested. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2019 Jadeja and Vijay Shankar both make the cut as I thought. Overall, very balanced side. Must feel for Pant though. Lost out marginally. But also lesson for him to improve his wk skills https://t.co/7Hqz0XSMLe — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 15, 2019 What vijay shankar offers is 3 dimensional...batting, bowling and can field. Picked as batsman — neeru bhatia (@neerubhatia3) April 15, 2019 Vijay Shankar to BCCI after getting selected in the World Cup squad. pic.twitter.com/BPy6quQVvh — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 15, 2019 Vijay shankar takes Rayudu's place ð India WC XI pic.twitter.com/IzW9bSMDTM — ððð§ð£ð¢ð­ ððð²ðð¤ð¨ðð¢ (@jeranjit) April 15, 2019 Backup for almost every position. Rahul can open if Rohit/Dhawan have a lean patch or injury. Vijay Shankar's bowling isn't threatening but he offers a seam bowling all rounder option if Pandya isn't playing. Jadeja is the joker in the pack to perform the team balancing act. — cricBC (@cricBC) April 15, 2019 Congratulations to Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik who have been named in #TeamIndia's ICC #CWC19 squad. Send in your wishes for the duo! ð¸-BCCI pic.twitter.com/Iolf7Pc4gm — TNCA (@TNCACricket) April 15, 2019 Vijay Shankar batted beautifully in whatever chances he got. I believe Virat Kohli at 4 is the most viable option we have. Team should be in a position to not get shattered by the loss of early wickets. CT 2017 Final should be the first and only mistake — Ravi Maestri (@ravimaestri) April 15, 2019 Rishabh Pant could have replaced DK not Vijay Shankar. Vijay Shankar is better than Pant in rotating the strike — DS Raajjð®ð³ (@draju_tarun) April 15, 2019
  5. With a brand new season of 'Game Of Thrones', comes a brand new opening sequence that holds a few clues about forthcoming events. The new season comes after almost two years and this time around, the opening sequence has been overhauled completely. The opening sequence does focus on key locations like previous sequences, but there were plenty of additions to the opening sequence in the premiere episode of the final season. If you haven't seen the first episode of the final season, this is your only warning about spoilers that we will talk about below. © HBO It's probably the most detailed opening sequence we've ever seen and the creators may have embedded a few clues that might unfold in future episodes. Here are some of the new spots we noticed and what they might mean: The Wall Is Broken © HBO We all know that Viserion broke The Wall last season under the Night King's control and the broken wall comes right in the beginning of the opening sequence. However, we all knew that moment from the previous season and the clue seems to be somewhere else. © HBO As soon as the animation of the wall falling is completed, we see the Last Hearth overtaken by ice extremely quickly. This may just be a clue to show how swiftly the Last Hearth will fall to the Night King in the next episode. The Winterfell Crypts © HBO This is the first time an opening sequence of GOT shows the interiors of Winterfell. In fact, it's also the first time we get to see the crypts below Winterfell for the first time. There have been leaks in the past two years that suggest the crypts have a major role to play during the Long Night. In the season premiere of the final season, the crypts are also the location where Samwell Tarly tells Jon about his true identity. The crypts are also where the Starks keep their dead and it may play a larger role when the Night King finally arrives at Winterfell. It is quite possible that the Night King may resurrect the dead Starks if things aren't going his way. It's just a theory but it is a very plausible one. These tunnels are going to be important this season and we can't wait to find out why. The Weirwood Tree © HBO The opening sequence then moves to the Weirwood Tree once it is done showing Winterfell in all its glory. The signature tree with red leaves is where many major moments of GOT took place. Jon reunited with Sansa and Bran spends most of his time there to have visions. The tree is also said to have the power to destroy wights which may be the reason for its importance in the opening sequence. We don't know yet how the magic of the Weirwood Tree works but it may just come handy in the upcoming battle. King's Landing © HBO When the opening sequence pans to an animated version of King's Landing, there are three dragon heads shown right before we get a glimpse of the Iron Throne. This may be a hint towards one of the two Targaryens possibly ruling over the capital of Westeros. The baffling bit is that the intro shows three dragons, and we already know that Viserion is under Night King's control. Is the third dragon's head just symbolic or has it been added purposely for a reason? © HBO We also get to see inside King's Landing in the opening sequence with a special focus on the Iron Throne. There is a sigil of a lion right above the throne denoting the current house Lannister's rule. This sigil may change in future episodes once Cersei loses power and is overthrown by one of her enemies. We can only know for sure when the final seasons ends in five weeks.
  6. It's absolutely true dogs adapt to mannerisms and temperaments of people around them, especially of their owners and we have one dog in Pune doing that exact same thing. A stray dog in Pune goes to a temple and joins the devotees in singing bhajans and this has been the most happening and adorable piece of news we've written today TBH! Twitter The video was shared by someone on Twitter and as soon as it was shared, it went viral! This devout little dog belongs to my friend's factory. Every Thursday evening, without fail, he walks over to the temple next door and joins the keertan. Then he has his share of prasad and trots back home. Every single Thursday! :) pic.twitter.com/HiuluOJdiy — sushma date (@sushmadate) 11 April 2019 Now tell me, isn't this the most astounding thing you've seen? Even though i don't believe in temple's, I'd go just to hear this dog sing bhajans and maybe get myself a therapeutic fix in the bargain. Obviously, after the video went viral on Twitter, people had to react to this absolute cuteness. Please share a video of him having prasad too. It's amazing, unlike anything i have ever seen. — Le Samouraï (@Sheshnath13) 12 April 2019 Ya, I would love to watch him eating his reward ðððð — Chowkidar Sushma Shaw (@SushmaShaw8) 14 April 2019 This totally made my day! — Flâneuse (@SharmiliChudail) 12 April 2019 Lovely doggo. Very moving to see his dedication to sing and to know he 'attends' every Thursday. Must be an old soul. — Hiten Vaya (@HitenVaya) 12 April 2019 They are very well attuned to our emotions... Way more emotionally intelligent than so many humans..Watching this video made me so happy ððð¶âï¸âï¸ — Dr Aditi ð®ð³ Chowkidar âï¸ð¤ (@aditi3012) 12 April 2019 Dog.. is just God..! ð Spelt in Reverse.. — Rajan Palta (@PaltaRajan) 12 April 2019 The only kirtan I would consider going to — kbin (@jingostaan) 12 April 2019 They are devotional my dog sits in every Pooja, makes sure that my mother applies tika on her forhead. — Naina (@NainaSalvatore) 13 April 2019 similar fact, a friend of mine has a dog who runs to the church every Sunday on the first ring of church's bell .. he will be there until morning service is over #Dog — #TT Dewi Darmawati (@dewi_darmawati) 13 April 2019 Well, whether or not the dog is devotional isn't what's really important! What's important is that he fills the space with such endearing and infectious energy that we feel good writing about such stories even though they're happening miles away from us.
  7. An Indian student named Sainath Manikandan in Abu Dhabi has developed robots to help protect marine life and minimise human labour on farms. That's so cool, right? Sainath is a student at GEMS United Indian School and he has built not one, but two robots, which is quite impressive. He hopes his innovation would be implemented on a bigger scale in the UAE. @DianaAward #DianasLegacy We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Goumbook's Drop It Youth Ambassador, Sainath Manikandan, has been awarded The @DianaAward for his work as an environmentalist and is driving change in his community by campaigning. Congratulations Sainath!!! pic.twitter.com/P6BPvfozP7 — lalitha manikandan (@lallimanikandan) July 3, 2018 His first robot is called MBot Cleaner. It's essentially a Marine Robot Cleaner that helps preserve the marine environment. The other robot called AgriBot, as the name suggests, is an agriculture robot that will help reduce the labour of farmers who work in countries with high temperatures, like the UAE. According to him, the MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating waste from surface water. “MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from surface water. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with two motors that help the boat move in the water," Manikandan said. © Twitter The robot's wheel and the third motor are fitted with popsicle sticks to help push waste from the water bodies into the storage basket. He also noted the robot can be powered by solar panels instead of batteries. The AgriBot, on the other hand, will help the farmers in hot countries like the UAE by performing elementary functions involved in farming, such as ploughing the field, sowing seeds, and covering the seeds with soil. “The robot is autonomous and provides the facility for the optional switching of the ploughing system when required,” he said. Manikandan said, “Recycling just one tonne of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy.” Last year alone, Manikandan collected nearly 2,500 kgs of paper and 250 kgs of plastic.
  8. So far in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), regardless of which team is leading the tournament according to the Points Table, we have to agree that the highlight of the entire league are the West Indies cricketers who have been playing the game of cricket on a level a lot higher than anyone else. Be it the ability to chase down huge totals or their performance with the ball, the Caribbeans look to be miles ahead that the rest of the players on the field in this month and a half long contest. For instance, Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell has been on a tear ever since the franchise's first game of the season against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing an above average total of 181 runs, Russell took to the crease on the fifth spot and led the team to victory playing a 49 off 19 balls innings. Playing with a scary strike rate of 212.39, the 'Baahubali' of IPL is a player to look out for in the biggest tournament in the game come May. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 If there is someone who's a bit scarier than Russell, it has to be the 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle who opens the batting order for Kings XI Punjab along with KL Rahul. At 39 years of age, Gayle, has opened up about his thoughts of retiring from the game after the World Cup. However, his beyond-amazing performance in the ODI series against England and recently found IPL mojo, Gayle is one of those batsmen who can change the game in his team's favour in the blink of an eye. Kieron Pollard is another veteran who seems to have found his game during the 2019 IPL. Having struggled for a couple of seasons in the past, Pollard has returned to his original destructive-self and how. While struggling to connect with the ball in the first few games, Pollard showed to the world and the selectors of the Windies side that he's still skilled enough to make it to the World Cup roster, keeping in mind that this could be his final chance to lift the trophy. Hardik: Kieron Pollard is a legend. Only one man could've done this.#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/YcUKauYTWv — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019 Although Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Bravo isn't having the best IPL season of his career, the fact that he continues to be a top-10 bowler of the league has to be appreciated. The one capable enough to catch fire with the bat quickly, Bravo's inclusion to the team could be crucial for the Windies' success. A blend of such veterans with young and raw talents like Alzarri Joseph can make for a scary West Indies squad, maybe even capable enough to bring back the glory days to the Caribbean. Alternatively, the Windies also have a tendency to fall apart when it comes to playing together as a team. Series like the one against England a couple of months ago is a perfect example of how individual talents like Gayle, Jason Holder and Darren Bravo fail to perform well as a team and the team ends up crashing and burning.
  9. Just days before the eighth and final season of 'Game of Thrones' premieres on HBO, a BTS video from the sets of the beloved fantasy epic has taken social media by storm. Titled 'The Cast Remembers', the 10-minute long video shows the cast talk about their journey over the years until the very end. The stars can be seen reminiscing about their most memorable moments on set, the actors they most admire and much more. © HBO The video comes at a time when every 'GOT' fan is waiting for the final season to hit the screens with bated breath. Anticipation is running high, excitement even higher. Yet, no one can ignore the nagging feeling of imminent sadness that the final episodes of the season are going to bring to us - each a reminder to the end. However, seeing some of the main actors from the show talk about the splendid experiences in the video, and their expectation v/s reality anecdotes come as a welcome distraction from the impending end. © HBO From Daenerys to Tyrion to Cersei, every character that we have come to love over the years share some of their best memories, and through it, all of us also get to relive the times of GOT from the very beginning. Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hampstead-Wright have literally grown up on the show and all the talking about it will surely leave you guys feeling terribly nostalgic, and appreciate the journey we have made with them all. © HBO From their most shocking scenes, to the most difficult and who gets to be their most favourite co-star, the 'The Cast Remembers' is the best(and worst) sort of goodbye video the makers of 'GOT' could have sent our way at this moment. Adios, amigos. But maybe, not yet.
  10. My colleague, on a dull and drab Monday afternoon, talked about a show that had just come out on Hotstar and how intrigued she was by it, after watching the first episode. And she was right. It, in fact, caught my attention within the first 5 minutes and I was hooked, mostly by the character build-up. 'Criminal Justice', is a crime thriller, court drama, jail debauchery and police procedures, all rolled into one show, with a stellar cast that really brings out their character in the most gripping way possible. It's an adaptation of a show which was aired on BBC back in 2008, with the same name, written by Peter Moffat. This one has been adapted by Sridhar Raghavan and directed by Tingmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia. © Hotstar The show unravels a narrative which has been played on many times in the past, but what's thrilling is the different nuances describing the functionality of a particular space or pattern. For instance, the series took a great interest in how Aditya, the protagonist's life churned out, while he was spending time in jail. The story is simple and earthy, yet leaves you feeling quite gutted by the end of it. I reckon it's the character building that impacts the audience, more than anything else. © Hotstar The show revolves around a young bloke who plays football for his college. Seems fairly real, by the low-middle class framework that comes into play, while describing Aditya's (Vikrant Masey's) life in the show. After winning a local football tournament, the team decides to throw a party, where Aditya's presence is most favourable as he scores the winning goal for his team. When he reaches home, he's coaxed by his sister (Rucha Inamdar) to help his father drive their cab at night, which is owned by his brother-in-law and registered with 'First Cabs'. Aditya's very encapsulating, naive and innocent portrayal of a young boy who can never say 'no' is quite interesting. That's what the basic fundamental structure of the entire narrative is based on. © Hotstar While driving his cab at night, he gets a passenger he really didn't want in the first place as he was getting late for his party. When she refuses to get off, he's nothing but obligated to drop her to her destination. After she gets off, he realises she left her phone in his car and when he goes to give it back to her, she asks him to come inside and party with her instead, since she made him miss his own party. The two drink, hold conversations, drink some more while she slips him a pill, and right after they have ***. This is when you think she's that warped twisted character who'd do something rather ghastly, you're actually shocked beyond belief. When Aditya wakes up to find her stabbed to death! © Hotstar While the initial bit is fairly interesting, I am not going to go deeper into the story-line because you need to do that yourself but when the actual thread begins, it seems like the story will catch on as it should, but there are parts and scenes that are stretched out of proportion and are unnecessary. By that I mean the storyline could have been made shorter and crisper and in a 45-minute episode, there are a lot of aspects that could have been done away with. Hence the episodes lack the severity of tightness and some parts became dreary due to that in the show. Even so, the series is well adapted and presented and the character sketches are next to flawless. Here are three main aspects that made 'Criminal Justice' rather interesting: (1) Powerful Character Sketches Each character has a unique sensibility in the film and they've very clearly differentiated. For instance, Pankaj Tripathi playing Madhav Mishra is a breath of fresh air and unlike any other character, he has donned. He plays a calculative, selfish and money-minded lawyer who sparingly proves his worth through his cases until he gets stuck fighting Aditya's case. While long-surpassing guilt is eating up his life while he battles with severe eczema, his character has that goofiness that makes the viewer's experience a bit more lighter and joyful. © Hotstar Jackie Shroff, on the other hand, has a more capturing presence and a robust takeover, through the series. Mustafa, as he's called in the series is a serious gang lord in jail who takes Aditya under his protection, when is trying to deal with murder and sexual assault from the other criminals. Jackie's character gives one the certainty of hope and dilemma all at once. Each character is flawlessly perceived in the series. While the series could have caricatured clichéd characters, the ones who usually befit a crime drama, this one was more careful of that. (2) Brimming Realities Since the inception of the series until the end, the show also focuses on what happens when you're convicted in a crime. It's not just a murder mystery but a 'what's next' for Aditya, while he's fighting his battle. There's courtroom proceedings, police proceedings, jail-time drama, the effect of the case on the family, the lawyer's struggle and how cases re-open for investigation. It's got everything that goes in to battling the perfect crime and coming out of it fast-tracked and alive! The directors have made sure to play every nuance, without overplaying it and connect each parallel situation to the other. © Hotstar (3) It's Not Too Ostentatious While criminal dramas tend to overstretch and go into flamboyancy of their own, 'Criminal Justice' is a simple take on a murder mystery. It's not too over-the-top like most murder mysteries are and the characters seem real, justified and in place. There is nothing 'extra' and everything is well thought out. So, for an adapted murder mystery, the series has fared pretty well. © Hotstar Even with the best things pointed out in the show, the series does lack a stronger impact and crispness in its execution. Like I mentioned before, some episodes stretch without reason and lose the impact then and there. If you're not too keen on waiting and seeing who the real murderer is, there is a chance you may get bored with the unnecessary stretches. But the courtroom drama and case-solving situations make up for it fairly. All in all, 'Criminal Justice' has worked well as a genre choice on a digital platform, with its gripping character building, it still lacks freshness in its treatment and storyline. It's a good watch for sure if you're a murder mystery fanatic, and have a weekend to yourself.
  11. The 2019 iPhone and rumours surrounding the device have now escalated, which has brought us new information about its features. Some may be true and some may not be a part of the final product. That's something we can never be sure of as rumours tend to be unreliable. Having said that, there are some rumours that keep popping up and eventually turn out to be true when the device eventually launches. Apple generally launches a new iPhone every year at its September hardware event and we decided to list down some of the features that may just come to the future iPhone: 1. Reverse Wireless Charging © Twitter Apple recently announced a new wireless charging case for AirPods and with the recent cancellation of the AirPower, we can expect the next iPhone to support some sort of bilateral wireless charging. Currently, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 offers this feature and can be used to charge other Qi-enabled devices. Samsung made the best use of this feature by letting the smartphone charge the new Galaxy Buds. 2. Triple Rear Camera© Twitter_Evenleaks We first saw a triple camera set up on the next iPhone in the form of a render way back in January and it seems like a recent schematic leak may have confirmed that claim. Schematics of the next shows the metal chassis of the phone which may be used for welding of the body. The rear cutout for the camera system is the most stand-out feature where there are three circular cut-outs for the camera lenses. If you want to know more, you can read all about it here. 3. A Smaller Notch © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Currently, iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and X use a notch on its display that hosts an array of sensors for FaceID. This allows the smartphone to map a user's face and unlock the smartphone based on the person's facial features. AMS, the Austrian company which provides Apple with optical sensors for the TrueDepth camera has developed a new sensor that can trace ambient light from behind an OLED screen. It also has a proximity sensor which is currently housed in the notch of the iPhone. There is a possibility than iPhones may now have a smaller notch as some of these sensors can now be embedded in the screen. Having said that, Apple still needs to put a selfie camera on the front which may be under a smaller notch. There's no certainty whether Apple will implement the new sensors in the 2019 iPhone however we are keeping our fingers crossed. 4. Bigger Battery © YouTube Currently, the iPhone XS features a 2,658mAh battery while the larger iPhone XS Max has a 3,175 mAh battery. The cheaper iPhone XR has a battery size of 2,942 mAh. That's not a lot if Apple is considering to utilise the reverse wireless charging feature. According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be increasing the size of its batteries on all models of iPhones this year. This, in turn, will enable the iPhone to have enough juice to charge other devices like the new AirPods.
  12. 'God of War' was one phenomenal game and it became one of our all-time favourites for various reasons. We reviewed the game when it released, and ever since then GoW has been winning major awards for 'Game of the Year'. Having said that, one of the most reputed academies, that is, 'The British Academy Games Awards' also awarded the game of the same time along with five other wins for the game. It managed to beat 'Red Dead Redemption II' which is not a small feat as Rockstar's game also got high acclaim. © Sony Santa Mocia The game won awards for the best Narrative, Audio Achievement, Performer (Jeremy Davies as The Strang) and Music. Other games like “Return Of The Obra Dinn” also won awards for Best Game Design and Artistic Achievement. Nintendo Labo won awards for best game innovations and Family game. Forza Horizon 4 won the award for best British Game, while flawed but interesting co-op game whereas A Way Out won the multiplayer award. © Sony Santa Mocia 'God of War' is a visual masterpiece paired with some awesome music score to give the player a complete cinematic experience. Visually, the game looks beautiful on PlayStation 4 Pro and is probably one of the best looking games we've played this generation. The narrative felt compelling and enjoyable for the majority of the time and has managed to incorporate an addictive and satisfying combat system. God of War is an excellent action-adventure game that incorporates a great cinematic experience every God of War fan should experience.
  13. Saif Ali Khan has been pulling off a rather suave formal style game since a couple of years now, and honestly, no one does it better in our opinion. The inherent 'Nawabi' swag is something that he clings to even while going out wearing shorts, so clearly, when he does go out in public all nice and proper, very few people can steal his thunder. However, that takes effort, and it shows in the way he sagaciously picks out every piece his outfits entail. He just stepped out wearing a smart semi-formal ensemble with a blue shirt and blue jeans, but the one piece that gave the outfit its inimitable edge is the belt he decided to wear with it. © Viral Bhayani From a distance, it looks like a regular brown leather belt with some embellishment and embroidery, but it's a lot more. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani The belt has a charming floral pattern with flowers of different sizes across the length, and some of them are studded with silver buttons. This one right here is an accessory that will instantly amp up any formal/semi-formal outfit. © Viral Bhayani We're digging how Saif chose to stick with a pair of classic bell-bottoms instead of skinny jeans, and his leather shoes go perfectly with the belt. © Viral Bhayani Also, brownie points for that cool man bun. Let's just say Taimur is learning from the best, when it comes to matters of style.
  14. WhatsApp, as we all know, has been fighting against misinformation on its platform in India. And now, the messaging service has launched a new tool with which the users can get a particular news verified. The feature is essentially a tipline, which is live as of today. Interested users can now send over messages to +919643000888, and get the rumors or a news verified. As soon as you send the message, you'll get a response asking if you want it to be verified. You can send '1' to get it verified, and you'll get a response (hopefully in sometime) informing you whether the information is true, false, misleading, disputed, or if it's presently unverifiable. © MensXP The tipline will accept text, pictures, links, and even videos in English and other regional languages like Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Malayalam. The tipline, in case you are wondering, is operated by a New Delhi, India-based startup called Proto, in collaboration with Dig Deeper Media, and Meedan. Proto will apparently setup a database of rumors to study the spread of misinformation on the platform, especially during elections. Obviously, there's no way to tell if/ how well this works. We tried sending a text message, but haven't heard from them yet. Let's hope it gets better over time, and they work on their speed. At the end of the day, the longer it will take to get things verified, the less inclined people might be to check their facts.
  15. It's a dream for all gamers to own as many games as possible, so that you'd never run out of games to play. But there's a fine line between collecting and hoarding, and apparently, a Texas man named Antonio Monteiro is lost in between. Last week, Antonio earned the Guinness World Record for having the largest video game collection in the world. How many does he own? 20,139 to be precise as of March 28. Yes, that's just insane. © Guinness World Records Monteiro has been collecting games since he was a child, and he apparently owns games for second to eighth generation consoles. Of course, he also owns 100-plus devices on which he plays all these games. Owning that many devices make sense considering the fact that he literally has huge walls stocked with games. You can check out the video here - The wall of games, as you can see, includes complete collections for consoles like Sony's PS2. the Nintendo Wii, Sega Dreamcast, and more. His first ever game was a copy of 'Golden Axe' for Sega Genesis, which his parents gave him as a gift. His favourite game, however, is 'Super Castlevania IV' for Nintendo SNES, and he calls it a masterpiece.
  16. Netflix is slowly becoming an indispensable platform for most of us, as it is transforming into our go-to hub for shows and movies. And Netflix is doing its bit by giving us a steady stream of fresh and new content. So, here is the list of new movies and shows that you can binge-watch on Netflix in April: 1. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga The Sonam Kapoor starrer has given Bollywood a new lease of fresh air by opening doors for same-*** romance. It was received with a lot of appreciation. So in case you still haven't watched it, stream it on Netflix starting April 2nd. 2. Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina (Season 2) Everyone's favourite teenage witch is coming back with more adventures, so if you were wondering what happens on the dark side, then the wait ends on 5th April. 3. Thackeray Nawazuddin blew everyone away with this biopic on Balasaheb Thackeray and if you missed this political drama on the big screen, you can stream it on 12th April. 4. Street Food No one needs a reason to experience some foodgasm while watching some deliciousness being cooked on TV, right? So catch this extravaganza on 26th April. 5. Mighty Little Bheem © pogo tv For the sake of our cute love for 'Chhota Bheem', relive the joy again when it streams on 12th April. 6. Michael Jackson This Is It If you're an MJ fan then you've already watched it. The intriguing film shows the behind-the-scenes action of the final tour that Michael was supposed to do. The documentary will be available on Netflix from 1st April onwards. 7. Selection Day Party 2 The wonderfully made sports series make a mark beautifully on everyone, when its simple yet powerful tale of chasing dreams and reality hit the audience. The series is returning on 22nd April.
  17. Ryan Belcher is a 29-year old Powerlifter who weighs 350 pounds from Michigan. He can squat an impressive 950 pounds and deadlift 800 pounds. View this post on Instagram Nothing impressive. Bent over rows with the Texas Sqaut bar!! Stiff af 415x8 Top set 435x8 A post shared by Ryan Belcher (@iam1him) on Mar 25, 2019 at 4:48pm PDT It was a normal day for Ryan at the gym when he heard a loud crash outside. He rushed out to see that a car had toppled and had pinned a man underneath, who was screaming for help. He saw that four other men were unsuccessfully attempting to move the vehicle and he thought to himself that there was never going to be a better time than that moment where he could use his strength to save a life. The Jeep vehicle weighed 2 tonnes and Ryan knew that he could move it enough to rescue the man. He jumped right in and moved the vehicle enough to remove the victim from underneath. The injured man was rushed to the hospital and was admitted with internal bleeding. The nurses said that had Ryan been not present there at that moment, the man would have not lived. Reacting to the whole scenario, Ryan gave a statement to the local news saying, "I knew if I could swing the vehicle in a certain direction I could free him from that pole. So I just stuck my arms in and I just, I don't know, I just grabbed it and lifted up and started pushing." View this post on Instagram 765, 865, fail at 900 @skinnyfattnstrong A post shared by Ryan Belcher (@iam1him) on Feb 13, 2019 at 2:27pm PST Ryan has been hailed as a superhero by the local news and community and rightly so. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  18. If you're traveling with company, your journey could swing either way. For instance, your new camera. You're obsessed with your brand new purchase, but the only way to put your camera to test is to take it out for a spin. Now some cameras might leave you smitten during you short-interactions, like during indoor parties, etc. But traveling is another ball-game altogether. With a little research, we found the best travel buddy for you. It is none other than *drumroll* the Canon EOS RP. Here is why it is the best travel buddy for you: 1. You Get To Travel Light Unsplash If you are a photgraphy enthusiast, you know how heavy the camera gear can get. Not with the Canon EOS RP. The new full-frame mirrorless camera inherits the high-performance in a compact and lighter body that weighs only 485 g! So, pack light and travel tight! 2. Use Your Existing Canon Lenses Unsplash The EOS RP can be coupled with RF mount adapter, allowing users full access to Canon's existing range of more than 70 EF and EF-S lenses. So, if you want to save money, to extend your trip by a few days, you can actually do that! New lenses or old, the EOS RP won't disappoint. 3. Shoot Your Videos In 4K Canon Together with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS RP shoots in 4K resolution at 24p/25p video footage allowing you to focus accurately and shoot smoothly. So whether you're making a video of a car on the highway or a Ferris wheel, it's all going to be an easy task! 4. Hassle-Free Sharing Canon You can share your memories with loves ones and family easily! The EOS RP is wifi-enabled, which means you can directly transfer images to your phone on the go with the Canon Connect Camera App! 5. No Need To Get Your Clothes Dirty Canon The vari-angle touchscreen of EOS RP can help you take shots from different angles where your eyes can't reach! This even helps if you want to take selfies with your mirrorless camera! 6. Easy To Capture In Low Light Canon Its native ISO range of 100-40,000, which can be expanded to ISO range of 50-102,400, produces low-noise images with rich details, even in low light conditions. So, no need to carry extra gear with you. Safe travels!
  19. Besides getting a driver's license and moving out of the house for further studies, shaving for the first time is a seminal moment in every man's life. We've all looked on with a tinge of envy and admiration as our fathers (or big brothers) lathered up and emerged with a clean shaven face with just a few measured strokes of a razor. That's why we can't help but feel a little excited when we're finally standing in front of the bathroom mirror, shaving cream and razor in hand, ready to get to work on that stubble for the first time. However, unlike most other rites of passage that signal a boy's transformation into a man, there's no set of rules or guidelines available to us when it comes to that first shave. All we have to go on is what we've seen on TV and the memory of our aforementioned family members in action. And since shaving comes with a real risk of nicks and cuts all over your face and neck (not to mention a whole host of other skin-related complaints,) wouldn't it be great if there was a guide that addressed all your shaving FAQs as you tackled them for the first time? Well, you're in luck - that's exactly what we've put together for you. Question 1: Which Products Do You Need For A Great Shave? © Shutterstock Enter the supermarket and you're confronted with aisles full of grooming products, all of which claim to be an indispensable part of your shaving routine. It can be a little bewildering for the first time shaver, but we're here to tell you that you shouldn't succumb to this pressure and fill your bathroom cabinets with all manner of shaving supplies. At the same time, there's more to shaving than just a shaving cream and a razor. The best shaving kit comprises just five essential elements - a pre-shave oil, lathering agent, brush, razor, and aftershave balm, which is all you need for a great shave. Question 2: How Should You Prepare Your Skin For Shaving? © Shutterstock One of the most common shaving mistakes that even the most experienced hands make is hacking away at your facial hair while it's still stiff and bristly. Even the best razor blade would struggle to deal with the resistance this creates, leaving you open to the risk of cuts and rashes. For most people, pre-shave preparation only comprises washing their face quickly, a grooming practice that leaves a lot to be desired. A splash of cold water doesn't relax your facial hair enough for you to start shaving, which is why washing your face with warm water is the way to go. The heat and moisture relaxes your hair follicles and softens your beard hair, making it much easier for the blade to slice through. Even a pre-shave face wash with a light exfoliator wouldn't go amiss, as it would get rid of dead skin and oil trapped in your pores. Question 3: How can you choose the right razor? © Wikimedia Commons Every specialised job requires the right tools, with shaving being no different. With a variety of options available in the market, it's important to zero in on the best razor to suit your needs in terms of grooming and budget. While disposable razors are the pocket-friendly option, they can't match up to their more technologically-advanced counterparts. Multi-blade cartridge razors bring speed and efficiency to the table, but having to buy replacement cartridges at regular intervals makes them pricier in the long run. Double edge safety razors offer the closest shave out of the bunch, and require minimal maintenance costs after a heavy initial investment. However, they also carry the highest risk of nicks and cuts, especially for the inexperienced user because of the extremely sharp blade. For those who don't feel ready to handle a sharp blade just yet, there's even the option of an electric razor that will do the job. Question 4: What is the right way to shave? © Shutterstock` Finally, the million dollar question - what is the ideal shaving technique? Following the direction of growth of your facial hair gets the best results, a technique which is commonly known as shaving with the grain. Just run your hands over your face - if it feels smooth, you're moving with the grain and that's the direction your blade needs to move in. If you shave against the grain, you're tugging the hair in an unnatural direction. Although this might even result in a closer shave, you're much more likely to harm your skin. You should only go down that route if you're not satisfied with the results of your first shave with the grain, but be extremely careful when you're doing so. Question 5: How often should you change blades? © Wikimedia Commons Another misconception when it comes to shaving is that you should change your razor blade every week. In fact, there's no set time period for you to change blades. The dullness of a razor blade depends on several factors, such as its quality, how often you shave, the products you're using, your pre-shave prep and your blade maintenance. For example, your blade will become dull much faster if you're not using the best shaving foam for the job, or if you don't clear out the hair that gets clogged up in the gaps between the blades. A usually reliable indicator that it's time to change blades is if you find yourself having to use extra effort to drag your razor through your hair, because a quality blade should be able to glide through smoothly. Question 6: How can you make sure your skin stays healthy? © Shutterstock Your shave isn't over as soon as you wash your face and towel off - you need to follow proper post-shave procedures. Even though the best shaving creams these days contain aloe vera and other soothing agents, your skin deserves more than that. Having rinsed off with warm water, a splash of cold water is needed to close your open pores and firm up your skin. After that, a quality post-shave balm is the final flourish that your shaving ritual needs to make sure that your skin remains healthy and hydrated.
  20. Big B might be 76, but that clearly doesn't stop him from constantly one-upping the younger crop of actor-fashionistas. His style game has always been young and vibrant, and even now, he sometimes steps out wearing pieces that are headline-worthy. The latest example? A pair of super fancy velvet moccasins he wore to witness daughter Shweta set fire to the ramp. Take a look. © Viral Bhayani Mr Bachchan wore a statement kurta with a relaxed white pyjama. However, as basic as the overall attire seems to be, he had planned the ultimate footwear game that would elevate the seemingly subtle ensemble. The royal amaranth-purple velvet moccasins are super fancy on their own, add to them the conspicuous AF golden tassels, and we get a pair that beats 'em all. © Viral Bhayani We love the ivory and blue kurta, mainly because of how unusual it is in terms of the print. Mr Bachchan made a well-calculated fashion move by keeping the trousers plain and relaxed, lest it gets OTT, which it totally did not. © Viral Bhayani While we love the look, along with the minimal accessory game (did you notice the elegant ring with the blue stone?), we still can't get over those badass royal shoes! © Viral Bhayani Kudos, Sir!
  21. 2019 has been particularly good for the gaming community, with new titles launching back and forth. The year started off strong with the survival-horror game 'Resident Evil 2' remake, following which we saw some other titles like 'Metro: Exodus', 'Kingdom Hearts III', and more. March, on the same lines, is also looking just as exciting. We don't have too many game launches lined up for this month, but I've managed to compile a list of games that you should be playing this month. Let's take a look - 1. Devil May Cry 5 © CAPCOM If you fancy flashy combos and some crazy, over-the-top Japanese action, then you've got to play 'Devil May Cry 5'. DMC 5 is the next title in the action combat series, in which you'll get to play as three characters - Dante, Nero and a newcomer named V. This new character can summon demons to assist you in combat. 'Devil May Cry 5' also has an online component dubbed Cameo system, which will allow you to fight with others during the different points in the campaign. Much like every other new DMC title, DMC 5 also introduces new weapons, enemies, and new abilities. So expect to find yourself in an action-packed title. You can read our review of the game here. 2. Dead or Alive 6 © Koei Tecmo 'Dead or Alive 6' is the latest entry into the long-running 'Dead or Alive' fighting game series. This entry, in particular, puts more emphasis on realism and graphic detail during combat. If you've played the previous title, then you'll also see some gameplay changes. 'Dead or Alive 6' also introduces a new auto-combo system, as well as new counter and rush attack movements. Currently, the game has over 26 characters, and it looks like a few more will be added with the DLCs. 'Dead or Alive 6' is available for PC, Xbox One and PS4. 3. Tom Clancy's The Division 2 © Ubisoft 'The Division 2' is probably one of the most anticipated titles to come out this year. The game will continue the story of the original, however, this title is taking place in Washington DC. Much like the original title, 'The Division 2' is also a third-person online shooter, in which you'll play along with other players taking on missions to save people. We're not going to give out much about the game itself, but you can wait for our full review of the game which is dropping very soon. The game is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. 4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice © Sekiro 'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice' is the new game from the director of Dark Souls series, Hidetaka Miyazaki. In this new title, you'll play as a one-armed shinobi put up in Japan. It's a third-person action game that'll require you to pay good attention and react to your enemy's attack patterns. Your objective in the game is to rescue your kidnapped lord and avenge the clan that's responsible for the events in the game. If you're into games like 'Bloodborne', then I am sure you'll have a great time playing this game. Sekiro is also available for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
  22. MSI is a brand that's been making gaming laptops for well, over a decade now. From thin-and-light notebooks to beefy workstations, MSI has an arsenal of machines under its belt, so I am sure they have something for anyone who wants to game, be it for an entry-level gamer or an aspiring Esport competitor. Recently, MSI debuted a bunch of gaming notebooks in India which follow the pleasant trend of gaming laptops becoming slimmer, yet powerful at the same time. The MSI GF75 Thin (8RC) is one of them that signifies the change better. It's thin-and-light from the outside but packs some powerful hardware. The MSI GF75 Thin is currently retailing for INR 93,990 in India, and at this price point, you're looking hardware specifications like 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050 GPU, and more. Plus, it sports a massive 17.3-inch FHD display too. Yes, the hardware specs and the thin-and-light architecture sounds like an impressive, but just how good is this laptop? Well, I've been using this machine for quite some time now, so let's jump into my review - Design The MSI GF75 Thin has an admirably simple and sharp design. The laptop is all black and has just a touch of red to give it that “gaming laptop” look. The top, for instance, has a red MSI logo along with the brushed aluminium aesthetics. I personally think the laptop looks great, and I find it better than those tacky and bulky gaming laptops which have glowing lights all over the body. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The GF75 weighs just 2.2kgs and is just 0.90 inches thick, which makes it both thinner and lighter than a lot of other gaming laptops in the market. Since it has a massive 17.3-inch display and a full-size keyboard, I won't exactly say it's got a small footprint. However, I am coming from using a big and bulky Predator Helios 300 as a daily driver, so I enjoyed carrying this around and using it. Also, MSI says this laptop is 8 per cent smaller, 15 per cent lighter and 16 per cent thinner other 17-inch gaming laptops on the market, so take it as you will. To the touch, the GF75 feels more like plastic than metallic, which MSI says the laptop's top and keyboard deck is made out of. So, I won't necessarily say that his laptop has exceptional build quality, but it's pretty darn good. Also, the keyboard and touchpad have noticeable flex even with moderate pressure. It's not annoyingly flimsy, but definitely, something to make a note of. As for the I/O ports, the GF75 has a three USB Type-A, a single USB Type-C port, an HDMI and an ethernet port. All these are evenly distributed on both sides of the laptop, so you won't have any issues using all of them at the same time. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the GF75 has a good. Yes, it's not as good as MSI's other premium laptops like, say, the MSI PS42, but it isn't exactly cheap either. The build quality didn't detract my experience, I could even use it for my work without attracting too much attention from my colleagues. Keyboard & Touchpad The GF75, as I mentioned earlier, has a full-size keyboard, which is always a good thing to have. It took me a little while getting used to it, but my overall experience has been fairly positive so far. It's been fantastic for typing. The switches, despite being a little shallow, provide good feedback and aren't noisy, unlike my work laptop. Also, the keyboard lighting is not obnoxiously flashy, which is something that I'll always appreciate. As you can see, it lights up in red, although I wish MSI had given an option to adjust its brightness. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The touchpad uses Windows Precision drivers, and it's pretty accurate and smooth. It is, however, a bit too small for my liking, so I had some trouble using Windows 10's multi-finger navigation gestures. Performance & Battery Life The GF75 variant which I've been using for the past couple of weeks is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor which is coupled with 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD. The graphics are handled by the Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. If you can stretch your budget, then you can also get your hands on the GF75 Thin 8RD variant of the laptop, which has the GTX 1050 Ti and 128GB SSD. It's available for INR 1,04,990 on Flipkart. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Now coming to the performance, I'll say the MSI managed to hold it's head high. That's not really a surprise when you consider the fact that this laptop is powered by a six-core processor. It powered through both benchmarks and games alike, with the temperatures remaining well under acceptable limits. I've been indulged in a lot of multiplayer games lately, so I was curious to see how GF75 handled some of the newer demanding titles like EA's Apex Legends among other games. Here's a quick look at a chart to give you an idea about the frames that I was able to push in different titles - © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla As you can see, I was comfortable playing some of the newer titles like the Apex Legends, Far Cry New Dawn, etc. at 60fps or above. Yes, you might have to go a little easy on the graphics settings, but that's given how demanding some of these titles are. During my testing, I played all these titles with graphics settings set to low-mid. It's all about tweaking the settings, so I highly recommend playing around with the graphics settings before playing any games. I also ran a couple of benchmarks after playing games as part of my customary testing to see how it performed. I ran 3DMark's Time Spy test and PCMark 10 benchmark. The GF75 managed to score a decent 5,341 & 3,592 in PCMark 10 and 3DMark Time Spy test respectively. Under a heavy load like, say gaming or while running benchmarks, you can hear the fans kick in and push hot air from the sides and the back. I noticed that the palm rest also gets a little warm to touch, but it's not uncomfortably hot. The top portion of the keyboard deck, however, gets pretty hot. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla One thing which I really like about this laptop is the fact that fans don't kick in at random, unlike many other laptops which I've used in the past. This is even when I've kept the fan speed at “Auto” inside MSI's Dragon Centre software, which is essentially a utility which allows you to customize the laptop's performance and keep a tab on the resource utilization in real time. Moving on to battery life, the GF75 lasted me about 4-5 hours while doing productivity tasks (read: not gaming). It's not even close to MSI's claims of 7-hour battery life, but I think it's acceptable for a gaming laptop pushing a six-core CPU and powering a massive 17.3-inch screen. Display & Speakers Speaking of displays, the GF75's 17.3-inch FHD panel is a joy to look at. It has thin bezels, vibrant colours, and excellent viewing angles. I played a lot of games and watched a ton of movies & TV shows while using this laptop, and I had no complaints whatsoever. The hinge is a little too stiff, but you can lift the lid comfortably with just one hand. Also, despite the tiny bezels, the webcam is in the right spot, and I hope other manufacturers take a note from MSI and stop shoving the camera sensor below the screen. There's no Windows Hello support though, so yeah, that's there. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The speakers, I have to say, aren't as impressive as the rest of the hardware. Even after cranking the volume all the way up and making necessary adjustments with the Nahimic 3 software, the audio output isn't as loud as I like it to be. Don't get me wrong, the GF75's speakers can easily fill a small-sized room, and produce a lot of details, but it lacks bass. So, I found myself reaching out for my headphones at all times while playing games or even while watching movies. The Final Say The MSI GF75 isn't the only gaming laptop that's powered by the 8th Gen Core Intel CPU, but it manages to differentiate itself with its thin-and-light form factor. Of course, it's not as powerful as some other laptops like the MSI GT75, but at this price point, the GF75 Thin is a solid performer. It strikes a perfect balance between your work and gaming life, so I am sure it'll please the casual and budget-conscious gamer in you.
  23. Just like planning out your Holi party is on the top of your list of priorities right now, taking care of your skin is equally important. Holi colours can leave a deep hue on your face for days post-Holi. They can even leave your hair brittle and dry and in the worst case scenario, an allergy that might need medical attention. So, here are some products that you shouldn't leave your house without applying before having fun with colours: 1. Prepping Your Skin With Sunscreen Start by taking some sunscreen and dabbing it gently all over your face. Holi parties mean long hours of exposure under the sun which means you need to prep your skin with sunscreen to save your face from the exposure of the harmful UV rays. © Getty images 2. Lots Of Oil For a festival like Holi, It's best to lather your entire body and hair with a thick layer of oil. We recommend sesame oil and coconut oil but you can also apply any other effective oil that you're comfortable with. This additional layer acts as a barrier against all the strong colours and prevents them from seeping into your skin by preventing direct contact. © Getty images 3. Heavy Duty Balms Heavy duty balms like Vaseline add an extra layer of protection for your lips and for your face. If you have sensitive skin, you should definitely not step out of your house without wearing a heavy duty lip balm. © Getty images 4. Face Moisturizer Face moisturizers may seem inconsequential for this, but it's not. Your face always needs a good moisturizer to guard you against pimples, blisters, and other scars. However, use the moisturizer ten minutes after sunscreen so that everything blends in seamlessly. © Getty images
  24. The nation lost over 40 bravehearts last month, when a JeM suicide bomber rammed explosives-laden car into a CRPF bus in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. People haven't forgotten that terrorist attack, nor will they ever. Post Pulwama, people from across the world are coming together to wipe tears of the family members of the martyred jawans. © Reuters The country was painted red last month with blood, and now when the festival of colours is here, the CRPF has decided that there will be no 'official celebrations' of Holi this year in the force, to pay respect to the jawans martyred in Pulwama. CRPF Director General (DG) RR Bhatnagar, said this during an event to mark the 80th raising day of the force in Gurgaon. © Reuters Reportedly, the DG also said that in order to better equip the troops during a combat, they are obtaining advanced weapons and gadgets that include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), light bullet proof jackets, rifles, ground penetrating radars and signal jammers gunshot locators. In fact, while paying tribute to the personnel who lost their lives, the CRPF chief also said that the force is creating a 'mobile app' to provide help to the families of martyred jawans.
  25. So, bird racing is a sport… right? And a really popular one at that, especially in China where the idea of birds competing in long-distance races makes people drop whatever they are doing and watch the Aves go head to head. That's alright, we aren't judging. It is a free world and people have the right to love and feel passionate about whatever it is that makes their blood rush. What we are concerned about is how far can that passion take a man. PIPA, an online portal that sells racing pigeons, hosted an auction that ran for two straight weeks, during which they put up Armando, the Belgian city dove, known for his accurate sense of direction and strong wings, on the auctioning booth and the world went mental. In the five years of his existence, Armando, under the care of his trainer Joël Verschoot, 63, has gotten a reputation of being called the 'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' and finds tricky weather conditions to be a “piece of cake” according to Verschoot's brochure. According to his former master, Armando has been ranked number 1 in bird races for two back to back years (2017 and 2018) and was the best pigeon to have travelled across Europe for competition in 2018. © PIPA His glory was surely known to the world, more specifically in China which saw nearly half a dozen enthusiasts bidding for the champion. With hourly bids rising by €100,000 the final bid worth €1,252,000 (Rs 10 Crores, approx.) came in a couple of minutes before the closing to the auction at midnight last Sunday, according to The Guardian. “The two Chinese had told me in advance that they absolutely wanted Armando,” Verschoot said after the auction. “But I didn't see this coming. This is a crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport. The icing on the cake.” As reported by the Press Association, Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, the founder and chief executive of Pipa, said: “This pigeon has a race record that has never been matched by any other pigeon… In football terms you have Messi and Ronaldo — it's that level.” Armando, who is nearing his retirement, will be made to breed with a “high quality hen” that is already waiting in China after being purchased for a huge amount of money. Twitter was unable to get its mind to accept the fortune of Joël Verschoot, the bird-keeper, who is literally a 'crorepati' now. The reason aliens haven't invaded yet #Armando#pigeon — Aaron Gonsalves (@AaronFIFA123) March 19, 2019 Lionel Messi of the pigeon world sells for £1,000,000 https://t.co/3MFdiA2yWX — E.Pagnotta (@OmniAlphaOmega) March 20, 2019 Armando, a racing pigeon in Belgium compared to Messi and Ronaldo, has sold for a world-record £1 million at auction. GOAT talk. pic.twitter.com/mRoLdpMsmr — B/R Football (@brfootball) March 19, 2019 Armando is a pigeon Armando is from Belgium Armando has been branded the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons Armando had been sold for £1,000,000 — Jonsta (@Jonsta1990) March 19, 2019 Someone bought a pigeon for $1.4 million. His name is Armando. The pigeon, not the buyer. Congrats Armando! https://t.co/nxnaaEbZWv pic.twitter.com/068eM05p4D — Kim Bhasin (@KimBhasin) March 19, 2019
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