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  1. The Madras High Court today lifted the ban on TikTok, a video-streaming app which was blocked by Google and Apple on their app stores more than a week ago. Yes, it means the app will now soon be available for download again in the country. Following yesterday's Supreme Court order directing the High Court to decide on the question of the interim relief of the app, the matter was taken up today and the Bench of justice N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar lifted the ban after hearing TikTok's submissions. © Tik Tok Senior Advocate Isaac Mohanlal appeared in court for TikTok and noted that there is a technology in place to ensure that no nude/ obscene content is uploaded through the app. Additionally, TikTok also made submissions on the steps taken to counter the issues raised by the court following the ban. It is, however, worth pointing out that the app is not yet available for download. But it's only a matter of time until we start seeing the app on both the Google Play Store and App Store. So, brace yourself, the crying TikTok boys are going to be back again.
  2. It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that. It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action. Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat. It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel. The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital. It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't. In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery. Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019 This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact. Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media: Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? 𤠗 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019 Nice one from Gabbar 𤣠trolling Ashwin — DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019 Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25 — Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019 .@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019 That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined 𤣠#DCvKXIP — na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019 It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019
  3. As smartphones and mobile data have become both cheaper and faster, Indians have started chugging data like never before. From watching Netflix in public to churning out TikTok videos, there's an influx in internet usage in the past few years. Now according to McKinsey's latest report on Indian online trends, Indians are spending the highest amount of time on social media in the world. Yes, in the WORLD! © McKinsey The report noted that Indians spend more time on social media than online users in China or the US. Apparently, Indians are spending about 17 hours per week on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. It's a world record, which we think, has been set due to access to affordable smartphones and cheap cellular data (read: Jio) . India is also just behind China when it comes to app downloads. As you can see in the report, over 12.3 billion smartphone apps have been downloaded by Indians in 2018. © Pexels After Indonesia, India is said to be digitizing faster than every other mature and emerging economy across 30 dimensions of digital adoption since 2014. McKinsey's report is extremely detailed, and it talks about a lot of other accomplishments of India in the digital space. Check out McKinsey's report right here.
  4. 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.
  5. If this is your first time growing a beard and you don't know how to proceed from here, or you've had a couple of failed attempts in terms of growing a beard, you need to read below. Growing a beard is not tough if you do it the right way, and if you do it right, you can get a healthier, wholesome, softer and fuller beard. 1. Here's The Plan Do your research and figure out which beard styles flatter your face shape. If you have a long rectangular face structure, a narrow beard is not going to do you any good. While growing, make sure that extreme sides are soft so that you can mould it any which way that you want. You should always keep the crop flexible so that you can shape it whenever you want. 2. But You've Got To Be Patient © Getty Images Time is key. You can't be impatient if you're growing a beard, okay? The beard that you can possibly grow could be mighter than the one you can fathom. So, it's important to be patient and grow through the process. So the patches that you're worried about after a stubble will take a while to grow. So, you stay at it, you'll reap the benefits. We promise. 3. Shave The Sides Well You could either let the scruff grow or if you want to actually grow it out the way you want to you should take charge of the neck and cheek lines. Maintain them well by shaving them in a shape that you like. Rely on your intuition or take help of a professional in shaping them. 4 Take Supplements For The Beard © Getty Images Supplements can help grow your beard faster. Take hair supplements and dietary supplements that help in hair growth for a new crop that's softer and fuller. 5 Keep Trimming It's less about layering and more about shaping the beard. An awkward growth doesn't look good on the face. Think of it this way: you can't grow everything to equal length at the same time which where trimming comes into the picture. 6. Use A Conditioning Product © Getty Images A product like a beard conditioner and a hair oil help create growth that is soft and itch-free( for you and your partner). Massage any of them into your whiskers daily for maximum effect.
  6. World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest annual show of 2019, WrestleMania 35, saw some of the best matches being booked by the decision-makers. Becky Lynch won both the Women's titles, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and Triple H got to rip out Batista's hideous nose pin with a pair of pliers. However, the one match that caught a lot of attention from devoted wrestling fans from all over the world was that between Danial Bryan and Kofi Kingston for the former's WWE Championship. Not only the fight itself was booked in a good manner but the storyline that led up to the final face-off was brilliantly scripted. A veteran star of the show, not getting the kind of recognition that he deserves for his hard work and dedication to the company through the years, finally stepping up to the heartless authorities of the show and seizing the opportunity thereby proving his true worth against all odds. Classic underdog story. And Kofi's story was elaborate too, and involved his team 'The New Day' to visit India to promote the company here while auditioning the top crop of the country to help them become WWE superstars in the coming years. Take a look at our exclusive interview with the extremely energetic trio, here. Having said that, nobody would have expected the Ghanaian-American athlete to say “apna time aayega” after he won the WWE title on WrestleMania 35 last Sunday. Unable to believe their eyes and ears, Kofi and The New Day's Indian fans took to Twitter to express their limitless happiness: #WrestleMania apna time ayga and @TrueKofi proves it. Congratulations. #WWEChampionship — Shrey Mahendra (@shrey_mahendra) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi Congratulations new WWE champion apna time aayega — MONU PRAJAPATI (@imonutweets) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi : Apna Time Ageya!! New Day Rocks — T Λ R Λ N J Ξ Ξ T (@2kingzW) April 8, 2019
  7. Pankaj Tripathi is the man of the hour, and it wouldn't be wrong to say that his time has finally come after a long overdue. From being a hit as Sultan Qureshi in 'Gangs of Wasseypur' and catching everyone's attention, to making Kaleen Bhaiya such an iconic character, the audience just needs to see the man in action once to keep coming back to him over and over again. (c) Instagram Last seen in 'Luka Chuppi' as the goofball Babulal, his charms have now made hundreds of wishes come true as the makers of Irrfan Khan starrer 'Angrezi Medium' roped in Tripathi for a cameo in the film. 'Angrezi Medium' also marks Irrfan's comeback after beating cancer. However, it is Tripathi who is beyond happy to be working with Irrfan in the film. This will be Irrfan Khan and Pankaj Tripathi's first collaboration together, and in a recent interview the letter admitted that he had always wanted to work with Irrfan. (c) Maddock Films Pankaj told the media that, "It is my love and respect for Irrfan and my friendship with Dinoo [Dinesh Vijan] that made me say yes.” Reportedly, Pankaj will be seen in a cameo in the movie, where he will essay the role of a travel agency dealer, who helps Irrfan and his daughter reach UK. It is indeed a terrific news for all Irrfan Khan and Pankaj Tripathi fans, and we are pretty sure that just like us, even they can't wait to watch two of Bollywood's biggest dark horses come together on the big screen.
  8. We are less than two weeks away from experiencing the end of an era when the final piece of the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Avengers: Endgame' drops in theatres worldwide on 26th April 2019 and nerdy people like us from all around the world have dedicated their lives to predict what the three-hour long movie has in store for us. Such a responsibility, therefore, leads to the formation of numerous theories and speculations ranging from “meh” to absolutely bizarre reactions from the audience and a seemingly endless flow of discussion. One such theory talks about the final outcome of 'Endgame' and the role of Doctor Stephen Strange, who's currently in the 'dust' form on Thanos' home planet of Titan. Before Peter Quill a.k.a. the main reason behind the destruction of half the universe, decided to ruin the ad hoc Avengers' plan to get the Infinity gauntlet out of Thanos' hand, Strange spoke of about 1,40,00,605 scenarios in the future and that there was only one favourable possibility for all of humanity. And during the events of 'Infinity War', Doctor Strange was forced to choose between the life of Tony Stark and his beloved Time Stone and he decided to keep Iron Man alive while giving the Infinity stone to the 'Mad Titan'. Strange later told Stark that it was important for him to stay alive if that one possibility were to come true. via GIPHY Now, if you rewatch the scene from the movie when Strange gives the Time Stone to Thanos, you'd notice that it is glowing and that too not a dull, smouldering glow but the kind each of the stones glow when they are being actively used. via GIPHY This suggests that Stephen Strange might be using the Time stone while surrendering it, maybe even to create a time loop as he did to trap Dormammu and protect the rest of the planet from danger in “real-time”. A couple of months ago, a Redditor by the name of RahulVijh had forward a theory according to which Strange had trapped the Avengers and Thanos in a similar time loop at this point to ensure that they finally reach that one outcome, regardless of how many retakes goes into getting there. The glowing of the stone, therefore, might signal the starting point of the loop. What also gives this argument further weightage is how the trailers for 'Endgame' have been including a lot of footage from the previous movies in the timeline. Also, directors, Anthony and Joseph Russo have admitted to tweaking some clips from older movies to make them look a little different than each other, suggesting all the minor differences that may have occurred in the various times that particular event took place. via GIPHY The more you pay attention to the theory, the more sense it makes and with Dr Strange probably being the only person on the good guys' side, who has the ability to see the future outcomes, the conjecture might be worth putting some thought into.
  9. Even though we've studied about black holes and scientists know quite a bit about the phenomenon, mankind has never really seen one. We've never witnessed one and everything we know about the phenomenon is based on inference. However, this is all about to change today. © YouTube For the first time in mankind's history, we will be able to see a proper black hole thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope project. We will be able to see it for ourselves today at 6:30 PM IST and we suggest you don't miss this monumental event. It will be our generation's “Moon Landing” moment and we may finally learn more about the mysterious phenomenon. © Paramount Pictures_Interstellar The Event Horizon Telescope will be using a network of eight radio observatories and all of them have pointed at two black holes, i.e. Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, and an even bigger black hole 53.5 million light-years away in Galaxy M87. Black holes are the most extreme environments for gravitational activity and are the best environment to test modern theories of gravity. It can be used to test general relativity and scientists expect the black hole to have a shadow in the form of a ring. This is based on Einstein's theory of relativity and if his theory does not hold, we can expect a different kind of shadow. How Can We Watch It? The live-stream of the event and the press conference is going to start at 6:30 PM IST and will be hosted on the National Science Foundation's official YouTube Channel. You can watch the live-stream below when it goes live. *Images for representational purposes only.
  10. Let's just get one question out of the way before we dive deep into the discussion, we are, in no way, doubting the immense talent and limitless potential of the current leader of the Indian cricket team as a scorer and a batsman. If we look down the past, the only athlete that comes even closer to being mentioned in the same sentence as the all-time great Sachin Tendulkar has to be Virat Kohli, currently ranked number one on International Cricket Council's list of batsmen in both ODI and Test formats of the game. Chasing the legacy of someone who is considered to be the finest product of the game since the 'master blaster', Kohli has literally been on top of the game for ages. Fans and players from all over the world, yes, even the ruthless Aussies, believe that Kohli's got what it takes to challenge every single record created by notable batsmen in the history of international cricket. “I love watching Virat Kohli bat. I love his aggression And serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself”, Sir Vivian Richards had once said about the Indian prodigy and he was bang on point. The man, who's known to have a hot head on his shoulders, has found a way to channelise all that rage through his bat. When the Delhi-born decided to spill water all over Sri Lanka's joy in a 2012 matchup in Hobart, Australia, cricketing world first took notice of the beast in the making. Scoring an unbeaten 133 off just 86 deliveries to successfully chase a mammoth total of 321 in as few as 40 overs, Kohli made a name for himself. “The king of run-chase”, they called him. King Kohli was born. Jump seven years ahead, Virat Kohli, the batter has only risen in ranks and become one of the most successful hitters of modern day cricket. 2018 was specifically his year as ICC just happened to decorate his trophy room with all of the most prestigious recognitions they could. In a single year, Kohli, the batsman became ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men's Test, Cricketer of the Year and ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year. Not to take away any credit from Virat Kohli the skipper as he was honoured as the Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year and Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year also. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 However, there always has been that one stain on the captain of the Men in Blue that Kohli's captaincy has been successful only because of the presence of a certain former-skipper of the squad who is considered to be the greatest leader of Team India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “I think the best thing for Virat Kohli is that he has got MS Dhoni as keeper. You can see whenever he is in the deep, MS Dhoni helps him with the field, talks to the bowlers in crucial situations,” Indian Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar had said in March. Surely, there were numerous Kohli supporters who shut his claims down way back then. “He is a great captain on his own”, they'd said. And then, the twelfth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) happened and all those supporters began to believe in their own words lesser and lesser. With no Dhoni to back him up in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kohli's reign crumpled a little with every match that he lost. Currently sitting at the bottom of the points table of the league, it might be too late for RCB to make a miracle return as well. It is evident that the horrible losing streak is having an adverse impact on Kohli's performance as a batsman. In the six matches, the Bangalore captain has amassed just 203 runs with only one half-century in a deflating loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Andre Russell's bat. "We just weren't good on the given day. That's the whole story of RCB this season," Kohli said in disappointment after losing the match against Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals on Sunday. A player must never be judged on the basis of a month-long tournament, certainly, but if you have the remotest idea about the mentality of an athlete, especially as competitive as Kohli, such stents have a devastating effect on your form and psyche. With the 2019 ICC World Cup less than two months away, a man so humbled must not lead the Indian roster, if we want to win it all, that is. This is not a half-cooked notion either. People from all over the country believe that Kohli should step down from the throne and let somebody like Rohit Sharma spearhead the team. Virat the batsman ð¤ But Virat the captain is hampering his batting at the moment. should step down and concentrate on his batting. — happy mohanty (@HappyDebabrata) April 7, 2019 Virat Kohli plss..,plsss, you retire from captain of rcb then rcb will win plss, don't disappoint us ,pls — Ek Villain (@EkVillain9091) April 7, 2019 Let the truth be told: Virat is not captain material. Time to change the captain! — Vishwanath Narayan (@Vishwanath0305) April 7, 2019 Virat Kohli should Retire With Immediate Effect from Indian Team's Captaincy. Atleast we can have hope for World Cup. Rohit Sharma should lead Team India in World Cup Atleast Virat Kohli will be able to focus on his Batting. ð — Alokk Verma (@AlokkVerma75) April 7, 2019 Anyday better captain then virat No doubt about that — Sachin Raj (@rajsachin767) April 7, 2019 Is it just me that thinks @ImRo45 should captain team India too !!! #MumbaiIndians #TeamIndia — Glorious Girl (@GloriousGirl_97) April 7, 2019 Dear @BCCI make @ImRo45 captain of India for ODI & T20 and if possible then for world cupâ¤ï¸ no doubt Virat is better batsman but Rohit is better captain than him #Rohitsharma — Shraddha_SW (@Shraddha_wagh09) April 6, 2019 Dear @BCCI make @ImRo45 captain of India for ODI & T20 and if possible then for world cupâ¤ï¸ no doubt Virat is better batsman but Rohit is better captain than him #Rohitsharma — Shraddha_SW (@Shraddha_wagh09) April 6, 2019 Make no mistake, none of these people are criticising Kohli as a cricketer. All they ask of him is to take some time away from captaincy and focus of bringing back the beast of a batsman he once used to be and has the potential to do so.
  11. He is the jack of all trades when it comes to acting! Jake Gyllenhaal exudes a superior form of acting talent. His performances ooze idealism and his heavy dramatic stints can easily move one to the core. Time and again, Gyllenhaal has proved that he can effortlessly slip into a role and come out of it without giving a hint of it. From his Oscar-nominated performance in 'Brokeback Mountain' to a darkly infatuating role in 'Nocturnal Animals', Gyllenhaal's career trajectory has only seen a rise. If we breakdown some of his most remarkable performances, we could easily spot that he has completely immersed himself while playing a part. In Hollywood, if there are only a couple of actors whose expressions say a lot, Gyllenhaal has to be one of them. We recently analyzed some of his best performances and found that Gyllenhaal has done much as an actor and one can expect a lot coming from him in the coming years. Take a look at some of the most enthralling performances by Jake Gyllenhaal: 1. Nightcrawler (2014) Dan Gilroy's feature directorial debut 'Nightcrawler' turned out to be a dark tale of crime and thrill that had all praises for Jake Gyllenhall. Gyllenhaal's career-best performances have been debated over the years. And out of the many incredible roles he has done, this one stands out from every aspect. Louis "Lou" Bloom, a thief establishes himself as a freelance photojournalist, after witnessing a crime scene. In the film, Gyllenhaal can be seen playing a very dynamic character, much different from what Gyllenhaal could ever be. One can experience the life of a journalist covering crime scenes through Jake's acting prowess. The film is full of action and portrays Gyllenhall in his best form as a charismatic sociopath. The film earned many prestigious award nominations including the one for the Best Original Screenplay for the 87th Academy Awards. 2. Zodiac (2007) David Fincher's 'Zodiac' established Gyllenhaal's image as the actor who was not taken over by Robert Downey's flamboyance. Gyllenhaal turned out to be more of a chameleon! As a newspaper-cartoonist and investigator, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) showed us that he was evidently everything more than 'an extra' (as Fincher described him). Gyllenhaal's character is constantly chasing the Zodiac killer as he discovers more of himself in the whole process. 'Zodiac', a collaborative effort by Downey and Gyllenhaal, turned out to be a memorable one for Gyllenhaal's fans. 3. Donnie Darko (2001) The world got to know about Jake Gyllenhaal's acting talent when they witnessed him in and as Donnie Darko, a teenage boy receiving future signals from his nocturnal demonic rabbit. Gyllenhaal's performance in this film established him as a new age method actor in Hollywood. Donnie dripped a different kind of confidence, throughout the whole film which created a paranoia. Jake's performance was well received by critics; while Empire magazine included 'Donnie Darko' in the '50 Greatest Independent Films of All Time' list. 4. Nocturnal Animals (2016) 'Nocturnal Animals' is one of the best Jake Gyllenhaal films. Tom Ford's directorial endeavours made sure to put Jake Gyllenhaal at the centre of his film-making. In the film, Tony's (Jake Gyllenhaal) quest to find the murderer of his wife and daughter (as depicted in his novel) takes over his ex-girlfriend Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) only to leave her consumed by the dark nature of the novel. Gyllenhaal's performance received a BAFTA nomination for playing the lead actor. Not only has his stint received mostly positive reviews, but the film has also been claimed as a masterpiece. 5. Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain' is not just a film that gathered multiple Academy nominations, the film has been deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant due to its theme. 'Brokeback Mountain' remained both a critical and commercial success. The film is centred around the story of two shepherds played by Jake Gyllenhaal and late Heath Ledger, who get romantically involved with each other. Gyllenhaal gave a moving rather mesmerizing performance. He brought his emotional side up and the softness in his character was well received by the audiences. The film, however, lost the Best Picture Oscar to 'Crash' in a contentious Oscars upset. 6. Enemy (2013) Denis Villeneuve's psychological thriller shaped Jake Gyllenhaal's career in many major ways. He played two different personalities in the film, both intense in their own ways. Playing a doppelganger is always believed to be a tough task, however, Gyllenhaal did it with utmost perfection. At times he is subtle and mostly full of pep. He understood that the film has to be a thought-provoking analysis of the subconscious and that his characters demanded absolute attention to detail. The film has been compared to Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' and offers a complete package of adventure and thrill. 7. Stronger (2017) Playing Jeff Bauman in 'Stronger' could have been one of the most challenging roles in Gyllenhaal's entire career. The film explores Gyllenhaal's potential to its highest levels. Jeff Bauman loses his legs in a bomb explosion only to embark upon his life's biggest challenge. The extent to which the actor has pushed himself to play the role is remarkable. Gyllenhaal is fearless in the film. He went on to win the Hollywood Actor Award for his role. 'Stronger' risen in the critics' eyes solely on the basis of Gyllenhaal's poignant act. 8. Prisoners (2013) Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal gave a tough competition to each other in Denis Villeneuve's 'Prisoners'. On one hand, where Jackman's character was brilliant in his most persuasive self, no one could have played Detective Loki better than Gyllenhaal. He perfectly captured the very complexity of his character which was too convincing. There wasn't a moment in the film when Gyllenhaal was out of form. Neither had he let his co-actor take too much credit for his leadership. The film looked more like an ideal collaborative effort. 'Prisoners' is a highly recommended film especially if you are a Jake Gyllenhaal fan. 9. Jarhead (2005) Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a trained US sniper who narrates his experience of the war-waged Kuwait and Iraq. About Gyllenhaal's performance, the Washington Post wrote that he just refused to show off in the film and didn't mind when the attention of the camera shifted towards the other actors, especially in their long scenes. Gyllenhaal's act simply made the film a visually polished work of art. He consummately highlighted the perplexity of being a modern soldier. Gyllenhaal was nominated in the Best Actor category for the 10th Satellite Awards. Sam Mendes received praise for his compelling direction of the film. 10. October Sky (1999) Jake Gyllenhaal was merely 17 years old when he became quite a heartthrob through his stellar achievement in Joe Johnston's 'October Sky'. In his pursuit to launch a rocket in the sky, Homer Hickman (Jake Gyllenhaal) goes as far as possible while he is just a school student. The film gave Gyllenhaal a major break in Hollywood and since then he has acted in many notable films. 'October Sky' clearly showed us what Gyllenhaal could make possible in the coming years as a Hollywood actor. As a young actor, he put his heart in the film and managed to give a classic execution to his work. The film's impact was substantial, so much, that it inspired Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) to start his private aerospace manufacturing company.
  12. You don't necessarily need to have deep pockets to buy a good flagship phone in 2019. There are some amazing options out there from the likes of OnePlus, Honor, etc. Heck, even Apple proved that with the iPhone XR last year, that offered almost all flagship features at a reasonable price. Now this year, it's Samsung who's trying to do the same with its Galaxy S10e. Yes, it's a phone for those who envy all the flagship features of the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus but aren't willing to shell out big bucks. Well, if you are that person, then I am here to tell you that it's a great idea. I say that because I've spent the better part of the last few weeks using the Galaxy S10e as my daily driver, and I absolutely love it. In fact, I think this is the best Galaxy model for most people who're looking to buy one of the newer Galaxy S10 phones. Let me tell you why: Design & Display Of course, the first thing that I am going to talk about is the size of this phone. The Galaxy S10e is a small and compact phone. It's very much a one-handed device, and my palm completely wraps around it. It's one of those cute little phones that are really hard to find these days. Everyone who I handed over this phone to, was surprised by how tiny and compact it is. Just perfect! © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla From the power button/ fingerprint scanner on the right-hand side of the phone to the volume rockers and the Bixby button on the left, I was easily able to reach all of them without any issues. Trust me, that's not something I can say for all the phones in 2019. And before I proceed, let me acknowledge the fact that this phone has a great fingerprint scanner. Easy to reach and amazingly fast. I'd also like to point out that the Galaxy S10e, because of the smaller form factor, makes it look and feel different from the bunch. That, however, isn't necessarily a bad thing. I still love the Galaxy S10e. It's a premium looking device with glass on both front and back with an aluminium frame. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla On to the front, the Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. It doesn't have WQHD+ screen resolution unlike the other two variants, but you won't really notice it. The screen looks sharp, plus it's HDR10+ certified, so it has great colour accuracy which makes it great for content consumption. And thanks to its bezel-less design, the Galaxy S10e is even smaller than the Pixel 3, which has a 5.5-inch display in comparison. Samsung managed to pull off the bezel-less design by punching a hole in the display for the front-facing camera. I honestly still find it a little distracting, but there's not a lot that you can do to avoid it besides using some clever wallpapers to hide from the home screen as I did. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The hole-punch display or the Infinity-O display, as Samsung likes to call it, didn't really bother me that much. It's still an awesome display to consume content, be it gaming or watching Netflix, etc. If you hate it though, then sadly you'll either have to stick to a phone with a display notch or a pop-up camera module like the Vivo V15 Pro. Overall, I'd say the Galaxy S10e scores full marks in the design and display department. It looks and feels like a premium Galaxy flagship in every way, only smaller. Its pocketable size in an era of phones with massive footprints is a breath of fresh air, and I am sure you'll love it. Performance The Samsung Galaxy S10e is armed with Samsung's new Exynos 9820 along with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which you can expand via a microSD card upto 512GB. Now, in case you're a fan of benchmarks, then let me get that out of the way before I talk about my day-to-day experience with the phone. I ran the Galaxy S10e through Geekbench 4, AnTuTu, and 3DMark, and here's how it performed - © MensXP In Geekbench, the Galaxy S10e scored a single-core score of 4,496 and a multi-core score of 10,129. It scored 322,973 in Antutu, finally scored 4,309 in 3DMark's Sling Shot Extreme test. These results, I'd say are on par with other flagship phones on the market. And that also translates to great real-world performance as well. But that's not really a surprise, is it? I am yet to have noticed a single stutter or a hint of lag. I like to give credits where it's due, so I'd like to point out that the Samsung's new OneUI is in-part responsible for that. The UI is nice and clean, and I am really happy with how far Samsung has managed to come from the old Touchwiz interface. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Even with 6GB of RAM, you'll be getting the full flagship power. I also played games like PUBG and Asphat 9, and the phone was able to run even the most demanding titles without breaking a sweat. So overall, it is safe to say that the Galaxy S10e doesn't stray far from the regular S10 or the S10 Plus's performance benchmark. You'll essentially get the same performance in, you know, a smaller package. Since we're talking about the hardware, I think it's a good time to point out the Galaxy S10e has a 3.5mm headphone and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Oh, and the speakers? Well, they're just as good as the ones you'll find on the standard Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus. Biometrics As I mentioned previously in this review, the Galaxy S10e has a traditional scanner on the side, instead of an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Am I complaining about it? Absolutely not. In fact, I am glad that I didn't have to put up with a slower and a comparatively less accurate scanner. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Also, the side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10e is located in a perfect spot, in my opinion. It's the spot where my thumb naturally rests on the phone, making it very quick and easy to scan or even pull down my notification shade. And did I tell you that it's really fast? In case you're not a fan of a physical fingerprint scanner for some reason, then you can choose to use Samsung's face unlock to get into the phone. It's obviously not as reliable or secure, but it gets the job done too. Camera Oh yes, the cameras! Unlike the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus, the S10e only has two rear-facing cameras. There's a 12-megapixel wide angle camera and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera for times when you want to fit more of everything into an image. It lacks the telephoto camera, but frankly, it's not something you should worry about too much. Simply put, the cameras on the S10e are fantastic. If I am being completely honest, I kinda missed shooting pictures with a Samsung phone, and it was great having it around during my testing period. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla As you can see, all the images shot from the Galaxy S10e have plenty of detail. The photos, as usual, look nice and vivid. Samsung's image processing is also playing a huge role here to make the flowers and monuments looks a tad bit better on screen. I couldn't compare the S10e's cameras with that of the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, but I am sure there's not a big difference in terms of the quality. I also had a great time testing the phone's ultra-wide camera too. This ultra-wide camera, in case you're wondering, captures a 123-degree field of view, with which you can fit in more people or literally mimic what you see in front of you in the real world. The ultra-wide shots are taken with the 16-megapixel sensor, so you'll have a lot of details to play around. The front-facing camera takes great selfies too. It only has a single 10-megapixel sensor on the front, but you can use the software to fit in a few more people in the shot. The shooting modes are more less similar to what you get with the standard Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus. There's a 'Live Focus' mode which works really well. Then there are some other interesting modes like Instagram, with which you can post the image straight to Instagram as a post or a story. Battery Life Now that I've talked about everything that's good with the phone, let me address my only real concern here: the battery life. Samsung has tucked in a 3,100 mAh battery, and all things considered, it's a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong, you'll still be able to get through a full day with moderate usage, but it's not a heavy hitter. © MensXP I'll admit, I tend to push my phones pretty hard, so I wasn't really surprised with the battery life here. During my testing, I used the phone to do all my basic tasks like playing games, using 4G LTE to do some web-browsing, mindless Instagram scrolling, watching movies, shows on Netflix, among other things. I was able to get around 4 to 4 and a half hours of screen on time, and I found myself reaching for the charger every single night. In addition to the fast wireless charging support, the Galaxy S10e also supports Samsung's new Wireless PowerShare feature, with which you can charge other wireless charging-compatible devices by placing them on the back of the device. I feel like it's a cool party trick that can come handy at times when you need to charge smaller devices like your earbuds, etc. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla So, should you drop your money on the Galaxy S10e to make it your next phone? Well, if you are looking for a small and compact phone that performs well and has great cameras, then go for it. Yes, it falls well short of perfection in the battery life department, but given the fact that you're getting so much for as little as Rs. 55,990, I am willing to make that detrimental sacrifice here and recommend it. Seriously, the Galaxy S10e is only the best 'compact' phone I've tested in a long time, but it's also the best value Galaxy S model this year. And like I said, it's the Galaxy phone that most people should buy this year without the fear of missing out flagship features found on other phones.
  13. If you've been wanting to buy an iPhone and were waiting for a discount, now is the time to get one. Apple has slashed prices as a part of a promotional offer and will be available only for a limited time. The offer is in association with HDFC and basically cuts the price down by a considerable margin with other offers such as cash back. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla For non-HDFC customers, the iPhone XR will be available for Rs 59,900 (64 GB) and for HDFC Bank customers at Rs 53,900 with a special cash back. The offer will be available from April 5th and will be on for a limited period. Do note that the MRP will not be changed on Apple's official website but the offer will still be valid. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone XR is one of our favourite smartphones from Apple's current portfolio that comes with the same processor as the iPhone XS/XS Max. The A12 Bionic is Apple's latest processor that delivers one of the most stable, fast and reliable experience. The iPhone XR does come with a single camera however it is still capable of taking portrait images and have some lighting effects as well. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen making it slightly smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus and larger than the iPhone 8. If you are currently looking to upgrade from an iPhone 6/7/8, then the XR would be a perfect fit. The limited time offer has discounts on every iPhone XR model and here are the different pricing details: Promotional Pricing details â The 10% cashback on iPhone XR is available only on HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards â Customers can also avail a No Cost EMI loans from Bajaj Finance Ltd. and HDFC Bank Consumer Loans â The cashback offer has no downpayment since it is available only on credit or debit cards â Start date is Friday 5-April-2019 -for a limited time till stocks last â 10% cashback only for HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards â The 10% cashback is available for customers making: â Credit Card full swipe/EM1 â Debit card full swipe /EMI
  14. There is something to be said about the charms that are so quintessentially 'Will Smith'. The man is capable of putting you at ease and getting the party started all at once. Will Smith has this upbeatness about him that makes you want to tag along and just enjoy the company. Bollywood had the chance of revelling in Smith's awesome company last year, while the 'Pursuit Of Happyness' star was in India to shoot a dance sequence for Karan Johar's upcoming production 'Student Of The Year 2'. © Facebook While the internet was abuzz with Will Smith's last visit to India, he is yet again trending with the teaser of his upcoming episode on 'Will Smith's Bucket List'. The teaser shows Will Smith arriving for the rehearsal of his dance performance on 'Radha Teri Chunari' to be featured on SOTY 2. We can see Will really struggling with the desi moves the choreographer suggests, and what's more, at one point he even confesses to having elbowed another dancer accidently while practising, “I don't know who it was, but I elbowed someone very hard while getting the flute up.” © Twitter The practise sesh looks funny when you consider Smith's struggles trying to get the bansuri step right, but he eventually gets it. And honestly, we can't wait to take a look at the final music video, which also stars Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Pandey, for no other reason than to watch Will Smith shaking a leg to full-on desi Bollywood song. Watch the entire episode of 'Bollywood Dancing' from 'Will Smith's Buck List' here:
  15. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been in hot waters for a while now in India. From being banned to people getting arrested for playing it while the ban was in force, there has been a lot of chit-chat about the game. But now after a lot of criticism on social media, the ban imposed by the state of Gujarat on PUBG Mobile has finally been lifted. The decision came straight from the police commissioner A K Singh, after taking feedback from the public. © PUBG Corp. “Today is the last day of the proclamation we had issued. Yesterday, this matter came up for review and we decided that as the exam session is over and the direct trigger to initiating the action is not valid any more, we will not renew the proclamation. We have also taken public reaction into account, said the commissioner.' The game, in case you don't know, was banned for being violent and for inciting violence. It was also leading to accidental deaths, kids stealing money to buy in-game items, and more. Of course, banning the game wasn't an ideal solution, but that's apparently what the majority of people wanted. © PUBG Corp. Well, now that the ban has been lifted, let's not get carried away and spend all of our time playing it. It's high time that we, the players of the game, give it some thought and take some responsibility of our actions. Unless you are looking to dive in professionally, gaming is just a form of entertainment. Too much of it is not good for both your physical as well as mental health. As it turns out, you may even end up getting a game banned or end up in a jail for playing too much. So, let's focus on creating a healthy gaming environment, and enjoy ourselves while we are at it.
  16. Ranveer Singh's unbeatable energy and penchant for breaking into an impromptu dance is known across the globe. The amazing actor is known for snorting crazy in the form of his garish clothes and his 'bindaas' attitude towards all his fans. View this post on Instagram Launch day got me like A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Mar 28, 2019 at 4:04pm PDT Recently, the crazy in him met the energy power house called Lilly Singh at an awards night, and what followed was a night of madness and dancing. The two Singhs got together to give everyone a show of their crazy dance moves on Bruno Mars' songs. View this post on Instagram Hate this #brunomars track as have heard a zillion times. Pakao ð¥. Meanwhile here is #ranveersingh dancing with #lillysingh on this track ð A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Mar 31, 2019 at 2:28am PDT Their dancing and rapping skills were put on display when Ranveer and Lilly stood up on tables to groove and croon 'Apna Time Aayega' from his last movie 'Gully Boy'. View this post on Instagram RANVEER SINGH AND LILLY SINGH TOGETHER I NEED A COLLAB TO LIVE ðð» #superwoman #ranveersingh #lillysingh A post shared by taejin's child (@taejintheship) on Mar 31, 2019 at 12:06am PDT Well, we know that 'Singh is King' after all but looks like 'inka time aagaya' to star in a music video together!
  17. When it comes to watching a film based on a religious cult theme, there is a natural tendency in most of us to at least try and get a taste of this genre of cinema. The pull towards such films is natural! Call it the excitement and thrill that comes with this genre or the inquisitiveness to get a bit psyched, only to recover stronger later. As one's heart is often in his mouth while watching a religious cult film, simultaneously his mind begins to question the very existence of occult practices, the talks surrounding the paraphernalia and its relevance. For a brief period of time, the dark elements that are often represented in such films connect us to the theme, so much, that we keep coming back to it, every time another version of the film is released. That's what a religious cult can do! In this post, we have deeply researched some of the best religious cult films that have succeeded in capturing our attention over the years and made us talk about them. Here are the top 10 highly recommended films in the religious cult genre. 1. Wicker Man (1973) Robin Hardy's 'The Wicker Man' is unquestionably the mother of religious-cult movies. The British film is an ultimate representation of folk horror and offers a terrifying experience. The film deals with the subject of Paganism and throws light on its multiple consequences. One cannot ignore the uniqueness of the film and the artistic touch it offers. The film stars Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and Christopher Lee in lead roles. 'The Wicker Man' is inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel 'Ritual' and depicts how Police Sergeant Neil Howie leads to his own death while investigating the case of a missing girl. The film is believed to be the 'Citizen Kane' of cult movies! 2. Rosemary's Baby (1968) Over the years, film-makers have debated the relevance of Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film 'Rosemary's Baby'. However, the film has remained a phenomenon and a popular choice under the horror and religious-cult genres. As one tries to delve deep into the hysterical world of Polanski's creation, it only gets more complicated. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) ultimately loses her baby to Satan as her husband (John Cassavetes) and neighbours plan terrible things for the mother. The film offers sinister twists and keeps one glued to the couch. Polanski's masterpiece is largely entertaining and succeeds in creating sheer psychological terror. 3. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006) Stanley Nelson's widely acclaimed documentary 'Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple' is a detailed analysis of the mass murder (led by Jim Jones) that happened on the 18th of November 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana. The documentary film is a collection of archived reports and real accounts of the survivors and previous members of the Jim Jones' Peoples Temple. Jim Jones, an American religious cult leader created an organization for the social good and persuaded many to be a part of it. With more power, he became addicted to drugs and even abused many of his followers. He ultimately persuaded them, a group of one thousand people to move to the remote jungle of Guyana in South America, and promised them a utopian life. Jones was obsessed with the idea of revolutionary suicide and in a final ceremony; he served his people with a fruit punch spiked with cyanide which eventually killed most of them. He later shot himself. 4. Hereditary (2018) Hereditary can be termed as the scariest movie of this decade, but not to be forgotten that the film is inspired by demonology at large. Toni Collette gives a tour-de-force performance in Ari Aster's directorial debut which has already become a horror phenomenon. The film revolves around the lives of the members of the Graham family and narrates how a cult leads to their sinister fate. There are scenes in the film which display the highest form of cult practices including the one when Annie (Toni Collette) performs séance and another one when Joan's occult paraphernalia comes to light. The film is physically exhausting to watch and is deeply terrifying, it is one of the best religious cult films that have ever existed. 5. Children of the Corn (1984) Nothing could be more terrifying than kids killing an entire adult population of a town, as a result of a ritual. 'Children of the Corn' is one religious cult film that has inspired film-makers to keep coming up with more refined horrific versions of it, however, the original has established a huge following over the years. Based on Stephen King's 1977 short story, the film has scared the audience and made them understand the fact that a religious cult practice can eradicate not just families but a whole town! 6. The Master (2012) Joaquin Phoenix delivers the performance of a lifetime in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master', a film that combined Scientology with philosophy. Unlike others, this film is free of supernatural, horror, mystery elements and throws light on much deeper subjects. Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), a World War II veteran finds himself incapable of dealing with the post-war conditions and seeks help from 'The Cause', a religious movement. The film had performances from heavy-weight actors including Amy Adams, Laura Dern, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Even after much criticism from various Scientology groups, the film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards. 7. Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971) Directed by Joël Séria, 'Don't Deliver Us from Evil' is a French film loosely based on the Parker–Hulme murder case of 1954. Anne (Jeanne Goupil ) and Lore (Catherine Wagener) friends at a boarding school dedicate themselves to evil and seduction, ultimately leading to self-destruction. The film was banned in France due to its disturbing nature, however, it was later screened at Cannes Film Festival. The film's controversial theme gave it much highlight, the unsettling ending can't be ignored! 8. Suspiria (2018) Suspiria (2018) is inspired by the 1977 film of the same name. The film stars Dakota Johnson (Susanna "Susie" Bannion) and Tilda Swinton (Madame Blanc / Mother Helena) in lead roles and is directed by Luca Guadagnino. The screenplay of the film weaves motherhood with the cult and gives it a display of psychological horror. The film takes the audience back to the cold war affected Berlin, and appears more like a stage play. Susie enrols herself in Tanz Dance Academy run secretively by witches, only to find out that she is Mater Suspiriorum, one of the three witches. The highlight of the film is witches performing 'Volk' followed by the Sabbath. The film is powerful enough to leave one disturbed! It is nauseating. Let us tell you that Dakota Johnson had to go through therapy after filming 'Suspiria'. 9. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is a grim expression of the fact that a cult may haunt you forever, even if you want to get rid of it! Martha (also Marcy May/Marlene Lewis) finds herself delusional and paranoid after she makes her way back to her family. After spending some time under a cult, she tries to make her way out, however, fails to do so. The film outlines the ruinous effects of a coordinated cult hovering over the central character. The movie is highly engaging and was named the best film of the year by Associated Press in 2011. 10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Steven Spielberg became more experimental with his themes surrounding the Indiana Jones franchise. 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' remains one of his most discussed and controversial films ever. Set in colonial India, the film features Amrish Puri (Mola Ram), a savage priest who worships Kali in a cult practice and performs various harrowing cult rituals. The film was banned in India as it majorly clichéd people of brown skin. Heavily criticized for its child unfriendly graphics, the film still remains one of the most watchable cult films on the planet.
  18. From artsy nooks and streets, renaissance architecture, beautiful museums, picturesque landscapes to the breathtaking alps and lakes, Switzerland is hands down the most beautiful country in the world. As for those with calculators in their hands and the perennial question on their minds, yes it is one of the most expensive countries, but trust me it's totally worth it. You get what you pay for. After all, it ain't called 'Heaven on Earth' for no reason. And I am not talking to those who click selfies in traffic while coming to Gurgaon and post it with '#wanderlust'. I am talking to those who actually love to travel and are willing to go to any place to experience new things. Just like most of you people, my dream of travelling to Switzerland finally came true two weeks ago. Thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their fine hospitality, I got to experience how beautiful Luzern, Engelberg and Mount Titlis are and how there's so much more left to see than what meets the eye. MensXP You can find innumerable pictures of Switzerland on the internet, but what I captured on my phone is something you get only when you experience it all on your own. Switzerland is so beautiful that even these pictures I clicked on a phone look like the works of a professional photographer. MensXP If you ask me, I will say March is the best time to go. You get to experience surreal things and lots of winter sports activities. MensXP You can watch the sudden rain showers turn into a sunny day, while sipping hot chocolate in a boat cruise in Luzern (aka Lucerne). MensXP MensXP MensXP You can just stand in the snow and the backdrop will make you feel like you've entered Narnia. MensXP MensXP And, you can travel to Mount Titlis in minus 20 degrees and come back alive to talk about it. MensXP You can walk through the Glacier cave and manage to capture its beauty, despite your phone covered with frost. MensXP MensXP Switzerland is one place where you cannot crib about bad pictures, and if these pictures did not convince you, then here are some more that will make you fall in love with the place all over again. MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP MensXP
  19. Let's begin with two things: 1. As we all know, fake news is one of the best ways to grab people's attention. 2. Also, Conor McGregor just announced his retirement for a second time, hours after talking of his next fight in July. Now, how are these two sentences related, you ask? Rumour has it that this announcement is another publicity stunt from the extravagant UFC fighter, who is notorious for his outside-of-the-ring statements. Hey guys quick announcement, I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas! — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019 The Irishman announced, on social media, about his retirement from mixed martial arts. He called this news a 'quick announcement'. But this news does not seem that easy to digest as the 30-year-old, hours before this announcement, discussed on “The Tonight's Show with Jimmy Fallon” details about his future bouts. “We're in talks for July. There's a lot of politics going on, it's a mad game, the fight game,” he said. “To my fans, I am in shape and I am ready. There are many opponents, in reality I can pick who I please.” © AP Adding to which he said, “I don't necessarily need to fight. I am set for life, my family is set for life. We are good, but I am eager to fight. We will see what happens, but I am just staying ready.” Having been away from the octagon since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomdeov, the UFC lightweight champion, Mcgregor was serving a six-month ban for the post-match brawl that ensued with the Russian and his contingent. Soon after his tweet, sports enthusiasts around the world sarcastically reacted to his announcement calling it fake and a bait to grab attention. We haven't yet forgotten when, in April 2016, Mcgregor had pulled off a similar stunt after not being awarded a rematch with Nate Diaz. And now, quitting at a time when he is perfectly in shape, seems a bit off to all UFC fans around the world. See you at 'mania brother — Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) March 26, 2019 We dont pic.twitter.com/0WBFLarR1M — Bishop MMA (@BishopSportsNet) March 26, 2019 He'll fight twice this year #callingit pic.twitter.com/Iwx1W1kwze — Bishop MMA (@BishopSportsNet) March 26, 2019 Yep, he's using it as promotion and then soon he'll announce a fight and everyone will make a big deal and say he's coming out of retirement — aidan mason (@aidan48549271) March 26, 2019 pic.twitter.com/UkGsaT3Zrs — ð¤ð¤ (@perleyfry) March 26, 2019 Grapevine also has it that McGregor might soon make a debut on Vince McMahon's WWE, following the likes of Brock Lesnar into the wrestling entertainment industry. Only time will reveal the truth behind this new McGregor saga. In the meantime, let us know how much honesty you find in his recent 'retirement.'
  20. 'PUBG Mobile', as we all know, is currently dealing with a lot of backlash from the authorities in the country for being “addictive”. The situation was escalated to a point where people started getting arrested for playing the game. Amidst all these controversies, it's been reported that Tencent has now decided to restrict the game to only 6 hours of play time a day. As soon as you hit the time limit, you'll be shown a message saying, “You've played the game for 6h today. Please come back later”. Here, take a look - © Indian Noob The game will reportedly show you a warning message after 2 and 4 hours play time before reaching the 6-hour limit. There's no official word from Tencent as of now, but looking at the screenshot, it looks like you won't be able to get into a game for the next 24 hours once you reach the 6-hour limit. The play time restriction isn't showing up for all the players just yet. We couldn't spot this “Health Reminder” option in our phones, so there's no way to confirm this. Though the screenshot looks legit, we'd still suggest you take this with a grain of salt. We'll hold on to our thoughts until we get an official statement from Tencent.
  21. Respawn's 'Apex Legends' has been hitting some impressive gaming milestone since it's launch. The game recently hit 50 million players worldwide, and now it's been brought to light that the title has become the biggest free-to-play launch of all time. © Respawn According to a report by market research firm Superdata, 'Apex Legends' is not just a big hit for EA, it's also the became biggest free-to-play title launch of all time by pulling in a whopping $92 million in revenue in its launch month i.e. February across all platforms. Not just that, 'Apex Legends' also became one of the top ten grossing games in February. Reportedly, most of the money which 'Apex Legends' made was on consoles, not PC. The game ranked fourth in console revenue and sixth in PC among all titles. Here, take a look: © Superdata 'Fortnite', as you can see, still topped 'Apex Legends' on both the platforms by generating more than $300 million in a single month. Yes, 'Apex Legends' may not have killed 'Fortnite' in terms of the revenue, but there's no denying that 'Apex Legends' is just as popular as 'Fortnite', if not more. I mean, I personally play 'Apex Legends' a lot more than 'Fortnite' nowadays, and I know I am not alone. 'Apex Legends', in case you don't know, is a free-to-play title that's available on EA's Origin. The game has revenue streams via its virtual coin currency, which allows players to purchase Apex Packs and splurge on cosmetic upgrades. In fact, even some legends like Mirage, Caustic and the new Octane are behind a paywall for those who want to add them quickly instead of earning points to acquire them.
  22. Apple announced the second generation of the very popular AirPods that was first launched in 2016. The new AirPods has a new H1 chip that has been developed exclusively for earphones and promises faster connect time, longer talk time and can now also launch Siri with a simple “Hey Siri” prompt. The new AirPods also comes with a Wireless Charging Case that will be available to order through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring. It can also be bought separately for older AirPods. (c) Apple “AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we've ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world's best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free 'Hey Siri' and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.” The new H1 chip is the star of the new AirPods that can basically let the AirPods switch between an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch seamlessly and twice as fast. It can also deliver 50 per cent more talk time compared to the previous generation. (c) Apple The charging case can hold an additional 24 hours of charge and the wireless charging case is compatible with any Qi-wireless charger. It has an LED light at the front of the case that basically shows the status of the battery charge. Pricing & Availability: AirPods with standard charging case will be available for INR 14,900 and will be available to order through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for INR 18,900 and will be available to order through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring. Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for INR 7,500 through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring.
  23. Guess who's back, back again? Nah, it's not Slim Shady but one of Hollywood's most reputed, infamous directors- Quentin Tarantino and this time, he's bringing to us his 9th film titled 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'. © Pinterest The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the lead roles already has its first poster out and according to popular notion, it looks like it has been photoshopped and has already received a fair share of flak and absolutely hilarious memes, for existing in the first place. Even so, people are still looking forward to Tarantino's work and according to the writer and director the film, it “is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood." The poster does initiate a similar vibe but it looks rather bland, like someone's deliberately asked Pitt and DiCaprio to pose, whilst holding a gun to their heads! Take a look: © Twitter The film is basically based on the Manson family murders in 1969, in Los Angeles. DiCaprio will play Rick Dalton, a former star of western TV series and Brad Pitt will play his stunt double, Cliff Booth. “I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old. I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff,” said Tarantino in an interview © Twitter The poster has two of them leaning on either side, supporting a very nonchalant 60s look, and they will both play fictional characters in the film, while the rest of the cast is based on real-time characters. The film has a huge star-cast which primarily includes- Margot Robbie who plays Sharon Tate, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen, Al Pacino as Dalton's agent Marvin Shwarz, Dakota Fanning as Carles Manson's follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell, among the rest. Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on Mar 18, 2019 at 5:44am PDT Twitter, however, smells a Photoshop rat and claims Bratt Pitt has been made to look digitally younger than his OG age of 55 years, probably in an intent to make him look the same age as Leo, who is 44. When photoshop makes #bradpitt and #leonardodicaprio look the same age. #onceuponatimeinhollywood pic.twitter.com/6EJKDbn2No — Susan Alexander (@susankalexander) 18 March 2019 good lord, did they have to make brad pitt in cgi or is this just some terrible, terrible photoshop ð¤#OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/zglSb1dc8Q — ð·ð¼ð¿ð±ð®ð». ð (@jordanjabroni) 18 March 2019 What is going on with the photoshop work on Brad Pitt in this #OnceUponATimeinhollywood poster? — Steven Agnew (@agnew1979) 18 March 2019 Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/1CRSiiQ643 — Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) 18 March 2019 Then there are some Jim Carrey's 'Ace Ventura' comparisons: #Tarantino #OnceUponATimeInHollywood #aceventura pic.twitter.com/GPDvUstXx6 — Funky Cold Mendoza (@RicardoHippie) 19 March 2019 And then there were some pertinent questions... What the heck are they leaning on??#OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/6ri7I6Suoy — Ahmed Ali (@MrAhmednurAli) 19 March 2019 ...and guess what? They were answered! The expanded poster for #OnceUponATimeinHollywood is wild pic.twitter.com/0uSknsB0pW — Tom Butler (@TomButler) 18 March 2019 There was also some rough scepticism Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/1CRSiiQ643 — Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) 18 March 2019 And then there were memes! thanks, QT, but we're going to take this in a different direction pic.twitter.com/cCkdv2Nk3T — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) 18 March 2019 pic.twitter.com/WuIKM8x8VX — Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) 18 March 2019 I'll see you that crime of a #OnceUponATimeinhollywood poster and raise you a pic.twitter.com/Y0XhpnuP2S — Katherine Brannon (@katherinbrannon) 18 March 2019 Hollywood. 1968. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/2wDh03NCPZ — Mad Men (@madmenpics) 18 March 2019 This is the extended male cast poster! #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/bvJQ71jDQF — Ricardo Chucky (@ricardochucky) 19 March 2019 But Tarantino, DiCaprio and Pitt fans still can't wait to watch the film. can't wait to lose a week's worth of productivity when the ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD trailer drops. — lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) 18 March 2019 This is gonna be so so darnnnn special. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood https://t.co/aZ9hQZSMUW — Lala Rukh (@Lala02rLala) 18 March 2019 I'm gonna go on the opposite side and say the crappy poster for #OnceUponATimeInHollywood is intentional because the film takes place in the 60s/70s. That, or the graphic designer really is trash LOL. — dracarys. (@DavikaStaar) 19 March 2019 once upon a time in hollywood (2019) coming for every single award pic.twitter.com/06dNyh7x2G — bauti (@loganmarshaII) 18 March 2019 THE RELEASE DATE FOR ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD CHANGED FROM AUGUST TO JULY pic.twitter.com/vHvpT90sYU — nika (@MVDICNE) 18 March 2019 Inglorious Basterds poster: - Minimal - Visceral - Provocative - Enticing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood poster: - Minimal pic.twitter.com/Ho4UQKqKKi — Cameron Frew (@FrewFilm) 18 March 2019 I feel like I'm the only one who in the world who doesn't care about The Avengers. Give me the Once Upon A Time in Hollywood trailer already! pic.twitter.com/z3e1KBFJp1 — Joel (@_supjoel) 14 March 2019 Well, some say the poster is tweaked in a certain way to make it look like it belongs to the 60s. While minimalism and blandish designs are not what Tarantino's about, we're sure there will be an explanation for the posters soon. We also reckon the trailer will throw some light on what to expect from the movie. For now, let's wait for the final release, which is on the 26th of July, 2019 to see what's in store.
  24. Tom Hanks is unquestionably a gem in Hollywood. If it comes to picking out the most talented and versatile actors in the world, his name is a must in the list, even if we keep Meryl Streep at the top. In a career spanning over 40 years now, Hanks has worked in multi-genre films. He is not only director Steven Spielberg showman; in-fact is the audience's favourite too. Till date, Hanks has worked in a plethora of films that have grossed billions of dollars at the box office and his performances have inspired both his co-stars and young actors. In this post, you will get to know about his best performances. Here is a list of the 10 best Tom Hanks films that shifted the narrative around performance-oriented films: 1. Forrest Gump (1994) Tom Hanks became a household name for his career-defining role in 'Forrest Gump'. The film helped in establishing him as a perfect mainstream star eligible for the toughest of roles which were on his way. Not only did Hanks earn an Academy Award for playing the lead in the film (he got his first Oscar for 'Philadelphia'), this was one role that no one else could have done better than Hanks. 'Forrest Gump' also won five other Academy Awards in major categories including the one for Best Picture, just when it was competing against heavyweight films like 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Pulp Fiction'. The year 1995 thus became a glorious year for Tom Hanks, director Robert Zemeckis and 'Forrest Gump' and an unforgettable one for movie buffs. 2. Philadelphia (1993) The 1993 film 'Philadelphia' showed us how versatile Tom Hanks could be. Whether it was Andrew (Hanks) losing himself to the tunes of Maria Callas' powerful opera or giving the members in the court a glimpse of his lesions, he dedicated himself to every scene in the film. Directed by Jonathan Demme, 'Philadelphia' happened to be the first mainstream film that acknowledged the theme of HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. Hanks received his first ever Oscar for the film and gathered appraise for his moving performance from critics and fans all over the world. The film was pronounced to be a definite AIDS movie by Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 3. Big (1989) The list is incomplete without us giving a mention about 'Big'. Josh Baskin's (Hanks) wish of growing into an adult comes true overnight. Hanks succeeded in capturing the very essence of his character and thus gave one of his most iconic performances ever. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film has been termed as 'undeniably funny' and 'refreshing' by the critics. It also earned Hanks his first ever Academy nomination in the year 1990. 'Big' became a trendsetter in the league of age-changing comedies including 'Like Father Like Son' (1987) and '18 Again!' (1988). 4. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Playing the United States Army Ranger Captain John H. Miller could have been one of the most challenging roles in Tom Hanks's career. 'Saving Private Ryan' has remained one of the most talked about films coming from the actor. Hanks shone the brilliance of a heavy-weight performance and the film went on to be regarded as one of the most watched World War II movies of all time. Hanks has always remained a favourable choice of director Steven Spielberg who further cast him in several films thereafter including his 2017 film 'The Post'. For the 71st Academy Awards, Hanks received a nomination in the Best Actor category for this film. 'Saving Private Ryan' was nominated in a total of 11 categories. Hanks captured the very essence of his part and made the audience see both the heroic and civilian side of it. 5. Cast Away (2000) It was the fifth time in 2001 that Hanks was nominated for an Oscar for playing a lead actor (though he didn't win this one). Directed and co-produced by Robert Zemeckis, 'Cast Away' re-established Hanks's image as an 'everyman' in Hollywood due to the variation in the roles played by him. 'Cast Away' chronicles Chuck Noland's journey who fights for his survival on an inhabited island after his aeroplane crashes in the South Pacific. The film turned out to be a commercial and critical success and brought Hanks to limelight again. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks stated that he wanted to examine the very idea of four years of hopelessness especially in the absence of food, water, shelter, and company! 'Cast Away' is a must watch Tom Hanks film. 6. The Terminal (2004) Another path-breaking film happened when Hanks decided to work again with Steven Spielberg in the 2004 comedy-drama 'The Terminal'. As Hanks played Viktor Navorski (a man with an Eastern European-Russian mix nationality), it actually made people believe about the existence of the otherwise fictional country Krakozhia. Thanks to his deep understanding of accents and dialects! The film follows the story of Navorski who is denied entry into the United States and therefore goes on to live at the John F. Kennedy Airport terminal for nine long months. Inspired by real-life events, Spielberg's film got huge attention and mostly positive reviews; Hanks' performance was the soul of the film. The movie comes with a feel-good message and Hanks was able to deliver it without a scintilla of doubt. 7. Captain Phillips (2013) Hanks's stint as a merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips in 'Captain Phillips' has remained one of his most serious roles of all time. A smart-powerful performance by Hanks made this film a Hollywood biopic done right. Paul Greengrass's direction also received acclaim from the critics. In the film, Phillips is taken hostage by pirates in the Guardafui Channel (based on a real incident). The flick was nominated for six Academy Awards, while Hanks received a Golden Globe nomination for his compelling act. 8. Bridge of Spies (2015) Historic-drama 'Bridge of Spies' directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg turned out to be another film, Tom Hanks received praise for. With his compelling performance, Hanks made this story, set during the cold war, an intensely gripping tale. Hanks played James B. Donovan, a lawyer who defends a spy of the Soviet Union (played by Mark Rylance). One can clearly see Hanks weaving a rather interesting character as he goes on to give Rylance an equal opportunity to perform, thus not ending up overpowering his aura. Their lawyer-spy companionship got the film the best picture nomination during the 2016 Academy Awards. 9. Apollo 13 (1995) Ron Howard's 'Apollo13' happened to be an adventure-filled tale especially for Tom Hanks, who gave a memorable and moving performance for his fans as the Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell. Hanks worked together with Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton in a larger part of the film and established an exact image the audience was expecting from this role. There was much clarity to Hanks's character in the film. He once mentioned to AMC, “From Apollo 7 on up, I lived this stuff.” The movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards and grossed over $355 million worldwide. 10. Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016) 'Sully' is the first ever actor-director collaboration between Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood. The film is inspired by the real incident of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (played by Hanks) landing an aeroplane on the Hudson River, thus saving all passengers on the flight. Though the film received average reviews from the critics, its commercial success was undoubtedly on Hanks's shoulders. Hanks was also given the Hollywood Actor Award for this role.
  25. Since 2000, German films have won more Oscars in the foreign language film category than any other. This clearly indicates that German cinema has always given value to creating films that leave a lasting impact and have captivated the attention of the audience globally. From the '30s to the modern times, there have been a good number of German films that set benchmarks. A few like 'Downfall' have become a matter of discussion for critics and cinema lovers. In this post, we will walk you through those German films that won both awards and accolades from the critics. Read below to know more of which films made it to our list of the best German films of all time. 1. The Lives of Others (2006) The winner of 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 'The Lives of Others' is a finely crafted, gripping tale set at the backdrop of 1983 East Berlin. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's debut is an 'art' film created against a political setting. The film has got an intimate hue to it added by Ulrich Mühe (who plays a Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler). Gerd spying the lives of Sebastian Koch (a popular playwright performed by Georg Dreyman) and his lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck) faces extreme personal and professional conflict. Released 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the viewers and critics were stunned by the accurate atmosphere created in the film and the depiction of East Berlin. The film gives a taste of the German culture at large. 'The Lives of Others' remains at the top of our list and a must watch for world cinema lovers. 2. Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) Directed by Wolfgang Becker, this German tragicomedy narrates the story of a family and their struggles at the time of the 1989 revolution. Christiane (Katrin Sass) wakes up months after being in a coma. His son Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl) tries to protect her from the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Set in East Berlin, 'Good Bye, Lenin!' received strong positive reviews and numerous award nominations including BAFTA and European Film Awards. It went on to win German Film Award for Best Feature Film. The movie resonated with a larger audience in Germany at the time of its release. 3. Downfall (2004) 'Downfall' is a historical war drama directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel set in the backdrop of World War II during the Battle of Berlin. Starring Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich, and Thomas Kretschmann, the film outlines the final days of Adolf Hitler (played by Bruno Ganz). The film's director used eyewitness accounts and survivors' memoirs in addition to many important historical sources to add accuracy to the film. 'Downfall' sparked controversy and remained a matter of debates due to its portrayal of the human side of Hitler, however, went on to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Academy Awards. 4. Das Boot (1981) 'Das Boot' is one German movie that has always found its place amongst the best foreign language films of all time. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann, the film portrays how German U-boat U-96 and its crew, set out on a dangerous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. The film inspired many film-makers to come up with their own versions of films and TV series based on the same theme. With highly positive reviews and six Academy Awards nominations, the film is now seen as a pioneer in the category of war films. The film also holds a record for the maximum number of Academy nominations ever received by a German film. 5. The Counterfeiters (2007) Written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the Austrian-German drama is a product of high-end research and fine scripting. 'The Counterfeiters' is a story based on Operation Bernhard during World War II (the largest counterfeiting operation in history). It brilliantly narrates the horrors of the concentration camps in Nazi Germany and chronicles the life of Solly (the counterfeiter). 'The Counterfeiters' received outstanding reviews from the critics. Some even put the film amongst the best films of 2007. The film went on to bag the Best Foreign Language film at the 80th Academy Awards. 6. Nowhere in Africa (2001) Written and directed by Caroline Link, 'Nowhere in Africa' depicts the story of a German-Jewish family that moves to (Kenya) Africa in order to escape the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during World War II. The screenplay of the film is based on the 1995 novel of the same name written by Stefanie Zweig. The international critics hailed the film's visual appeal and termed it an exceptional story. The film has got the power to captivate the audience and leave them with an experience of a lifetime. Apart from five German Film Awards that it won, 'Nowhere in Africa' also won an Oscar in the foreign language film category. 7. Run Lola Run (1998) Starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni, 'Run Lola Run' follows the story of a woman who finds herself in a race against time to save the life of her boyfriend. Though it was made decades later, it depicted various allusions to Alfred Hitchcock's film 'Vertigo'. The film touched on philosophical themes including the butterfly effect and determinism. Directed by Tom Tykwer, the German thriller has got many accolades to its name including seven German Film Awards. The film was also Germany's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category. 8. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards, 'The Baader Meinhof Complex', depicts the story of the Red Army Fraction, or Red Army Faction, a.k.a. RAF from 1967 to 1977. Directed by Uli Edel, and written by Bernd Eichinger (who also produced 'Downfall'), much has been taken in the film from a book by investigative reporter Stefan Aust who always had connections to those inside the RAF. The film portrays the events that took place in a decade with precision and objectiveness and thus stands out when compared to other films in a similar niche. 9. M (1931) Master storyteller Fritz Lang's German thriller-drama 'M' is one film that established itself as a classic over a period of time. Starring Peter Lorre, the magnum opus is based on the story of a serial killer and how both the police and the underworld try to get a hold of him. The film holds highly positive reviews by the critics and is considered a must watch in the psychological thriller category. Many instances from the film have been used in various other films including the 1940 Nazi propaganda movie 'The Eternal Jew'. In 2010, the film was ranked at number 33 in Empire magazine's list of 100 Best Films of World Cinema. Not only this, but the film has also been adapted into a radio show and comic book series. 10. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Out of the many cult films Germany has given to the world cinema, 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' stands in its own glory. Written and directed by Werner Herzog, the epic historical drama follows the journey of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), who takes his group of conquerors down the Amazon River on a quest to El Dorado. The film uses a minimalist approach to dialogue and storyline, at the same time succeeds in leaving a lasting impression at the audience. Rolling Stone put the film on its '100 Maverick Movies of the Last 100 Years' list. 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' went on to inspire films like 'Apocalypse Now', 'The New World' and a few others. It also won a few accolades including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography.
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