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  1. Despite the changing landscape of torrents, it's not really all that difficult to access torrent websites. One can easily access any of these sites by following a couple of simple steps. However, it's worth pointing out that not all of your old favourite sites are still working. Don't worry, though. We scavenged the internet to find out the best torrent sites you can access today to download whatever it is that you want--be it movies, TV Shows, software, and more. So let's check them out. The Pirate Bay © MensXP “Once a classic, always a classic”. Yes, that's exactly what The Pirate Bay is all about. This particular website has been in existence for as long as torrents have existed, and it's still one of the most popular and reliable sites around. The Pirate Bay has a huge selection of torrents ranging from movies, tv shows, apps, and more. It also has a fairly simple user interface, which hasn't really changed in years. Notably, the Pirate Bay also has the most popular torrent tracker in the world, which by itself a huge reason behind the success of this site. Visit The Pirate Bay RARBG © MensXP This one's for movie enthusiasts out there who are on the lookout for all the latest movies. It also has other content like TV shows, but RARBG is one site which you can always rely on for movies. Much like the other torrent sites, RARBG comes with a simple and easy-to-use interface with relevant info on the main page. The download page for each file also comes with all the useful bit of information like the number of seeders, leechers, etc., making it easier to find the right info and do exactly what you need. RARBG is constantly updated with new additions, and is known to be quite a popular destination for people wanting to download the new episodes of Game of Thrones. Visit RARBG 1337X © MensXP 1377X is yet another torrent site that's been around for a long time. But it wasn't until the demise of KAT and ExtraTorrent that this website gained some spotlight. The content on 1337X gets updated frequently, and all the info is displayed on a clean-looking interface. That's part of the reason why 1337X gained a lot of traction over the years. It's also one of the very few sites with obscure torrents, so there are more chances of finding the torrents that you're after without the hassle of going through a lot of searching. 1337X is an excellent choice for downloading content like movies, TV shows, games, etc. Also, the additional helpful browsing features like Oscar nominations, new episodes, and more are just an added advantage. Visit 1337X. YTS © MensXP YTS is one site that focuses exclusively on movies. It's also one of the cleanest-looking torrent site that you'll find on the internet. Seriously, it's almost comparable to the streaming sites out there. It looks that good. Besides the advantage of its visual appearance, one of the biggest advantages of using YTS is that it goes easy on the bandwidth. The movies are offered in the smallest size possible, which means it's perfect for users in countries like, say, India, where bandwidth is often a pain point. Visit YTS NYAA © MensXP NYAA.si is your one-stop destination for anime. It's essentially a resurrection of the popular anime site NYSAA, and it has a very similar interface. The site lists out all the available anime episodes that are available to download right in the homepage, along with some other useful information like the number of seeders and leechers. Visit NYAA
  2. There are more than 8,000 sports in the world that keep people engaged while they are not sitting in a rather uncomfortable office chair, hurting their eyes in front of a screen full of pixels. To quote the robot from the second season of Love, Death + Robots, “bouncing things were close to maxing out their (humans) cognitive range”. While you would not be too familiar with sports like 360ball, Apo-Apo and Basketrun, there are some games that are holding the reign of being the most followed sports all around the world. Here's a list of top five such sports: 5. Volleyball - 900 Million Fans #FlashbackFriday to the 2018 #VNL, when Argentina's ð¦ð· Santiago Danani @santidanani said NO! to Poland's ðµð± Aleksander Sliwka! ð Keep up with the 2019 VNL here: https://t.co/4a7AQS4gWP #VNL #BePartofTheGame pic.twitter.com/Ok0KcOzrc6 — Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) April 5, 2019 Hailing from the lands of Western Europe and the United States, the game of volleyball has gathered massive fan following in the past couple of decades. With more than 900 million fans, the game involves characteristics of sports like basketball and tennis. With the growing popularity of the game in India, new leagues such as 'Pro Volleyball League' are making their way into the Indian market with hopes of massive viewership in the next few years. 4. Tennis - 1 Billion Fans Sad we couldn't face off in another epic matchup, but hopefully we have a few more to come. Get better soon Rafa. #Fedal pic.twitter.com/56wGwWjEGt — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 16, 2019 Lawn tennis or tennis is truly a global sport. With individual talents like Roger Federer, Novak Djokowic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, all coming from different countries and making it big on an international level, the game's popularity had to grow exponentially all over the globe. Thanks to athletes like Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza, the game was able to create a significant space for itself in the hearts of the sports enthusiasts of the nation. 3. Field Hockey - 2 Billion Fans UNBELIEVABLE! ð±ð± It's raining goals in Kuala Lumpur! Nikki joins the party with a fine flick in the 55th minute of the match! MAS 0-5 IND#IndiaKaGame #MASvIND pic.twitter.com/LeyTsfZqSG — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 6, 2019 Coming in at the third rank, field hockey enjoys popularity amongst two billion people of the world. With near about equal fans in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia, the game originated in England in the late 1800s and traits of football are clearly evident in the sport. Being the national sport of India, hockey obviously has a huge fan-following in the country. In the process of regaining the level of popularity it enjoyed during the days of fine athletes like Dhyan Chand, India has dominated hockey over eight Olympic gold medals. 2. Cricket - 2.5 Billion Fans #OnThisDay five years ago, @imvKohli played one of his great chasing T20 innings to defeat South Africa in the #T20WorldCup semi-finals! Click below to watch the full match highlights! ð — ICC T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) April 4, 2019 It does not get any more 'English' than this. With its origin traced back to the 16th century in the Queen's land, cricket was a sport of the people who belonged to the higher bracket of the society. With a following of 2.5 billion people, a majority of which comes from the UK and the Commonwealth countries, the “gentleman's game” is the second most popular game in the world. India does not consider cricket as a mere game. It is a religion here and probably one of the most lucrative businesses too. Pioneers like Lala Amarnath and Sachin Tendulkar were the reason for this game turning into a drug for Indians and modern day athletes like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni continue to carry on with their legacy. 1. Football (Soccer) - 4 Billion Fans Pensar em grande ðµð¹ð pic.twitter.com/08MMNZx3w7 — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 23, 2019 Like there was any doubt about which sport would lead the list. Football, which if called 'soccer' anywhere in the world other than the States could lead to a brutal case of homicide, is the most favoured sport for a population of 4 billion people across the planet. Literally more than half the earthlings follow football. With legends of different eras continuing to keep the fame attached with the sport at its pinnacle, athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the stars of the present. Only second to cricket, football boasts an enormous following in India. Having lost the momentum for quite the stint, football is regaining popularity in the country thanks to tournaments like Indian Super League and I-league. Having recently moving up to the 101st rank on FIFA's rankings, players like Sunil Chhetri and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu have become national favourites.
  3. In a cricket team, every player owns the ability to become a hero, and in an ace team like Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Deepak Chahar has taken up the responsibility of the same this season. Getting the permanent spot in the playing XI since the very beginning, Chahar has made sure that he owns up to the trust placed in him by his captain 'Not So Cool' MS Dhoni. If you would remember, in the match against Kings XI Punjab, Dhoni gave an earful to the young pacer for opening the 19th over with two consecutive no-balls. Though he went on to bag a wicket later in the over, he did accept that he lost focus for a while and the rebuke by Dhoni surely made him get back on track. View this post on Instagram A record to Cherry-ish and extend! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #RRvCSK ð¦ð A post shared by Chennai Super Kings (@chennaiipl) on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:34am PDT Thankfully, the lad from Agra learnt from his mistakes and made sure that he doesn't repeat them in the game against Rajasthan Royal on 11th April. Bowling with an accurate line and length, Chahar gave away just 25 runs in his spell of four overs along with two crucial wickets of Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane and the ever-dangerous, Ben Stokes. Going for just eight runs in the 19th over, the left-arm medium pacer managed to restrict the scoreboard until Shardul Thakur conceded 18 runs off the last six balls of the first innings. Though the match took a controversial turn at the end, CSK did manage to grab 2 points and maintain their top spot. With that, Chahar also earned the second spot in the race for the Purple Cap with 10 wickets in his kitty along with the best economy rate in the IPL till now. With Dwayne Bravo getting injured a couple of games ago, will Chahar be able to fill in the Windies' shoes by bowling with wisdom and brains in the final overs of CSK's bowling department?
  4. 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.
  5. This year, Samsung debuted a new device alongside the highly anticipated Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus called the Galaxy S10e. It's the cheapest phone of Samsung's flagship lineup this year, yet it doesn't skimp out on features. In fact, we think some Galaxy S10e features make it better than the other two flagship phones in the lineup, and here are 4 of those awesome features - 1. The Size © YouTube The Samsung Galaxy S10e is, without a doubt, one of the most compact phones to come out this year so far. Having used a lot of 'big' phones this year, we really had a great time using the Galaxy S10e. The overall footprint of the phone is so small that you can comfortably hold it in your hands. The Galaxy S10e measures just 69.9mm in height, making it short and handy phone. Also, the phone weighs just 150 grams, which makes it very light too. It's comparable to the likes of some other compact phone which we've seen in the past like the Pixel 2. 2. Infinity-O Display © YouTube The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch AMOLED display on the front with a punch-hole design that houses the front-facing camera. Despite being a small-sized phone, the display looks amazing. Of course, it's a Samsung panel, so it's simply great for content consumption, be it playing games, watching videos, etc. Also, the 5.8-inch feels like the perfect size for a phone. It's neither too small nor annoying big like some other phones that are out there in the market. 3. Dual-Cameras © YouTube Yes, the Galaxy S10e lacks the triple camera setup, which both the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus have, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the S10e cameras are bad. In fact, the 12MP standard lens and the 16MP ultrawide lens are really what you need for any given scenario. These are the same sensors that you'll find on the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus, and they work exceptionally well. Here's a sample image which we shot from the phone during our testing - 4. Wireless Charging With Powershare © YouTube Wireless charging isn't exactly a new or exciting feature nowadays, but we're glad that Samsung added that to the Galaxy S10e as well. Heck, the phone even has Samsung's new Reverse Wireless PowerShare feature, with which you can charge another phone or any other Qi-compatible accessory. How cool is that? Well, that wraps up this short and simple list of Galaxy S10e features that we love the most. These are some of the features which, according to us, makes the Galaxy S10e a stellar phone despite being the most affordable of the bunch.
  6. 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.
  7. There is an age-old saying in cricket: Catches win matches. As cliched as it sounds, it is surely the ultimate truth. A batsman can score a brilliant hundred, but it might be one crucial catch that could turn the game upside down. One crucial grab can strangle the opposition and let it stride towards a losing end. Over the years, we have seen some of the best fielders in the world in the likes of Mark Waugh, Jonty Rhodes, etc. But as the years passed by, these legends have left the game and now, it is being ruled by a new era of players who are equally good and capable of splitting a game wide open with their brilliant catches. The Indian Premier League has always acted as a pool of stunning catches and here we present you the top 5 catches in the IPL history: 1. Chris Lynn No matter how old it gets, the catch of Chris Lynn to dismiss Ab De Villiers will always be fresh in the minds of all IPL fans, and would surely go down as the perfect example for the saying 'catches win matches'. De Villiers was single-handedly taking the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a win against Kolkata Knight Riders when he skied a ball, in the final over, towards the path of Lynn standing near the boundary. Lynn slipped in the beginning but recovered well to set himself to take one of the most spectacular catches in IPL history. 2. Shane Watson & David Wiese Over the past few years, we have realised a fact that a partnership cannot only be seen between batsmen but also fielders. And just to back this statement, we have Shane Watson and David Wiese showing their outstanding awareness and prolific presence of mind during their match against Delhi Daredevils (DD). Shreyas Iyer of DD knocked the ball high but unfortunately couldn't manage the distance, just when Watson chased the ball over his head and managed to grab it, but as soon as he realised he's going to cross the boundary, he threw the ball in the air again, and this time, he put out an amazing dive to get hold of the ball right at the boundary line. These types of partnerships can be seen very often in modern day cricket but this was definitely one of the best you will see. 3. Ab De Villiers While Spiderman so far has been a fictional character, Ab De Villiers, on the other hand, has shown every sign of being one in real life. Renowned as a multi-tasker on the cricket field, De Villiers has been top class in his fielding abilities. Last year he took a stunning one-handed flying catch of Alex Hales who was batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A fantabulous jump on the right moment helped AB to grab the ball with one hand while making the crowd go insane. 4. Ricky Ponting Age is no bar for anything and Ricky Ponting proved the statement with his marvellous catch on the first ball of the Delhi Daredevils' innings. The Mumbai Indians skipper didn't even think twice before becoming a superman to take the catch of Unmukt Chand and showing him the way to the pavilion. The take by the former Australian captain became a major development right in the opening day of IPL season 6. 5. Trent Boult © Twitter One of the fastest bowler in the world, Trent Boult, clinched a breath-taking catch on the ropes of RCB skipper, Virat Kohli. The catch was a total unexpected beauty, as after grabbing the ball, Boult had to stop himself from falling over the ropes which was totally against the momentum of his body. But to our surprise, the New Zealand pacer didn't just keep the ball in his hands but also defied gravity to ensure he kept his body inside the ropes. Even Kohli was shocked by the stunner taken by Boult and kept his ground before realising that he had no choice other than returning to the pavilion.
  8. Cricket, with the arrival of white-ball cricket, has been more of a batsman's game than the bowler's. But many don't understand that bowling holds the same importance as batting. The Indian Premier League (IPL), over the years, has not only churned out brilliant batsman but some outstanding bowlers also. Jasprit Bumrah would be one such prodigy of the IPL. Keeping their importance in mind, let's have a look at the top five bowlers in the history of IPL on the basis of their wicket-taking ability: 5. Harbhajan Singh © CSK Harbhajan Singh being one of the most celebrated bowlers in the league's history has claimed134 wickets in almost 149 matches. Being with Mumbai Indians first and then moving toChennai Super Kings, the turbanator has had many ups and downs but has still been a part of the champions side for a mega four times. Currently with CSK, Bhajji will surely be looking forward to extending his supremacy. 4. Dwayne Bravo © AP The Carribean all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo has proven himself to be an asset with both the bat and the ball, ever since his arrival. Winning the title twice with MS Dhoni on his side, 2011 and 2018, DJ Bravo has been in sensational form for many seasons, earning 'the purple cap' twice (2013 and 2015), he has bagged 136 wickets in 122 matches played. Keeping his batting aside, the CSK megastar has a mind-boggling average of 23.06, the second after the rank one holder, Lasith Malinga. 3. Piyush Chawla © BCCI Another Indian in the lineup, Piyush Chawla has been an absolute blessing for any team he has been in, be it Kings XI Punjab or Kolkata Knight Riders. The right-arm leg spinner owns the spot of the third highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 140 wickets in 144 matches. Not just that, but the leggie also helped KKR get their hands on the title in 2014 by scoring the winning runs. 2. Amit Mishra © BCCI The veteran Indian leg-spinner, Amit Mishra, has given some outstanding performances with the bowl in his prime. Representing three times throughout his IPL career, the Haryana boy has picked up 146 wickets in a total of 136 games. Owning a record three hat-tricks in the tournament, Mishra has a chance to break Malinga's record of the highest wicket-taker in the upcoming season when he teams up with Delhi Capitals. 1. Lasith Malinga © BCCI Sitting on the peak, Lasith Malinga has bagged 154 wickets in mere 110 matches, with a staggering average of 19.01 and an excellent economy of 6.86. Always being the backbone of his team Mumbai Indians, the Sri Lankan pacer has helped them bag the title thrice, in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Making a comeback as a bowler in this year's IPL, let's see what other heights can Malinga attain.
  9. 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.
  10. Choosing the best camera smartphone can be a tiring task especially when there's an influx of devices. Camera technology has gotten a lot better over the years, and it is safe to say that it has come to a point where one can confidently carry a smartphone and not worry about missing a moment in search of professional cameras. Currently, there are a lot of smartphones out there with good cameras. In fact, some smartphones which we have on this list are best known for their camera prowess more than anything else. So if you're planning to buy a new smartphone with a promising camera, then here are some great options - 1. Google Pixel 3 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Google Pixel 3, much like its predecessor, only has one camera at the back. However, it's arguably one of the best camera smartphones out there on the market right now. Although the Pixel 3 is competing with phones that have 2 or more cameras, there's no denying that the pictures which come out of this phone are simply fantastic. The single 12.2-megapixel rear f/1.8 dual-pixel camera coupled with Google's software makes this one helluva camera smartphone. The Pixel 3's Night Sight mode is also something that's worth a mention as Google has revolutionized low-light photography with it. Night Sight is essentially a camera mode, and it can help you take some stunning pictures even in pitch-black conditions. Overall, the Pixel 3 is, without a doubt, one of the best camera smartphones that money can buy right now. You can learn more about the Pixel 3's cameras and the phone itself in our full review here. 2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with its unique camera array, has won our hearts when it comes to smartphone photography. Its triple camera setup includes a main 40 megapixels sensor, an ultra-wide 20-megapixels sensor and a third eight-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera support 0.6 to 5x optical zoom and you can go crazy with up to 10X digital zoom. One of the things which we really like about the images taken from the Mate 20 Pro is that they have a lot of details. The images also have great colour accuracy, which is always a good thing. The Mate 20 Pro also shines when it comes to low-light photography, especially when used with the dedicated night mode. We have a lot of camera samples in our full review of the phone, so be sure to check it out here. 3. iPhone XS © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla iPhones have always been promising when it comes to photography, and the new iPhone XS and the XS Max are no exception. The iPhone XS camera is a powerful dual 12-megapixel shooter with one being an f/1.8 sensor and other being an f/2.4 sensor. Both have OIS and they can produce some stunning shots. The photos captured from the iPhone have natural colours, and the telephoto lens helps shooting imaging with great details even from a distance. Other camera features like Smart HDR and Depth control are just icing on the cake. Again, we've discussed the cameras and the phone itself in our detailed review, so be sure to check it out here. 4. Samsung Galaxy S10 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Samsung's latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus, have amazing cameras. Unlike the last year's devices, the S10 and the S10 Plus have three cameras. The setup includes an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor, and the last sensor is a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto one. Be it landscape, portraits or low-light photos, the Galaxy S10 can do the trick for you. The “Live Focus” mode works like a charm as it accurately blurs the background. You can also capture some stunning HDR shots with this phone, like the ones which we've added in our full review of the phone here. 5. Nokia 9 PureView © YouTube HMD Global finally unveiled the Nokia 9 PureView at the MWC 2019 this year, and oh boy, were the leaks real. This smartphone has five 12 megapixel f/ 1.8 sensors at the back, which are clearly the main selling point here. Two of these sensors can take colour images, whereas the other three sensors can capture monochrome images for things like contrast, depth, and exposure data. With so many sensors at work, the Nokia 9 PureView is said to be capable of taking some stunning portrait shots. Nokia has also worked with Light, Qualcomm, and Carl Zeiss to make this penta-cam setup possible, so we're counting on it to be one of the best camera smartphones out there.
  11. One of the biggest roles for the officials who are responsible for maintaining security during a live match inside a stadium is to ensure the safety of the players playing in the field. The fear of someone invading the ground without proper documentation keeps all of them on their feet throughout the game, with eyes and ears on high alert, scouring the seats for the slightest hints of suspicious movement. Even then, there are some opportunistic 'fans' of the game who manage to dodge the security, get inside the field and do their best to interact with the athletes. 1. Fan Runs To Dhoni With The Indian Flag During the third and final T20I against New Zealand, one of Mahi's millions of fans was able to surpass the stadium security while darting for his idol's feet in love and respect whilst carrying the Indian national flag. You can buy fame, but not patriotism.#Dhoni flag#Dhoni #INDvsNZt20 pic.twitter.com/aRWD0CZHwU — always somewhere (@amitvikram108) February 11, 2019 As soon as the 'Thala' fan dove to his feet, he dropped the flag on the ground which Dhoni instantly picked up, preventing the disrespect it would have meant. Dhoni also got the fan up on his feet, greeted him nicely and before he ran away clearly overflowing with joy as the security guard followed him in pursuit. 2. Tendulkar's Disciple Touches His Feet The man used to get letters written in blood during his prime. However, in 2013, during the Ranji season, as Sachin Tendulkar scored a ton, a fan entered the field and fell at the master blaster's feet, calling the batsman his god. Fan takes blessing from his cricket God, touches Sachin Tendulkar's feet. Mumbai vs Baroda #Ranji game. #sachin (PIC) pic.twitter.com/leML0XB4 — CricIndian (@CricIndian) January 7, 2013 Tendulkar had expressed his discomfort with the whole incident as well. He said: “It feels strange when a fan comes and touches your feet and says you are God. I don't feel comfortable with it, but it is the way they feel about you…” 3. A Viratian Tries To Kiss King Kohli In October last year, during the second Test match between India and West Indies, an over-enthusiastic fan found the opportunity to race down the field and get his hands on the Indian captain, quite literally so. Fan tries to kiss Virat Kohli after invading field in 2nd test, day 1 ! ð®#viratkohli #fan #tried #kiss #invaded #india #westindies #testmatch #cricketuniverse #ipl2018 #ipl #cricketnews #ipl11 pic.twitter.com/UlEKsXQTNO — Cricket Universe (@CricUniverse) October 12, 2018 With a couple of moments away from planting a big one on the Indian skipper's face before Kohli caught him mid-way and security was able to overpower him and escorted him out of the stadium. Yikes. 4. Dhoni Plays 'Hide and Seek' With Fan We had to save the best for last. After India were done with their batting innings during the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur recently, one of the invaders managed to run past the security and straight towards the former Indian captain who decided play a little game of hide and seek with the fan. Absolutely Adorable moment! Mahi plays hide and seek with fan. That's y Mahi is Maahhiiii. Dhoni is Dhoniiii pic.twitter.com/NWJ9KTYeiZ — Priyadharshini (@PriyamozhiA) March 5, 2019 After going around the field for a couple of minutes, Dhoni finally hugged the surprised fan before asking him politely to leave the field as his team was getting ready to bowl against Aaron Finch's men.
  12. Indian Premier League(IPL), one of the most entertaining tournaments in the world, has been on a roll since its arrival in 2008. Not only has it improved the level of cricket but has also been instrumental in discovering new talent from around the world. Players such as Hardik Pandya, Sarfraz Khan and currently the no.1 ranked bowler in the world, Jasprit Bumrah, are few of the many stars who showcased their flair in IPL and later went on to become International heroes. The recent IPL promo follows the mantra of 'Name Chhod, Game Dikha,' meaning putting the game forward will ensure that the name would follow itself. Even this year, there are some immense talents who are just waiting for an opportunity to show the world their powers. Here are some of the new players who got their name on the IPL teams because of their prolific performances in the domestic season: 1. Prabhsimran Singh © Instagram Prabhsimran Singh, a wicket-keeper batsman from Punjab has turned out be a big talking point in this years IPL auction. Being bought for a hefty amount of Rs.4.8 crores by Kings XI Punjab, Prabhsimran is a lump of coal expected to turn into a shiny diamond as the season progresses. Talking of his achievements, the Patiala boy has given quite a performance in the Indian Under-19 because of which he has reached this stage. Inspired by his idol Adam Gilchrist, it would have been surreal for him to represent the same team that of the former Aussie skipper. 2. Prayas Ray Barman © RCB Website Royal Challenger Banglore has always had a knack of entrusting young guns, earlier it was Sarfraz Khan and now its the 16-year-old, Prayas Ray Barman, who they bought for Rs.1.8 crores. The Bengali leggie is all set to make a name for himself in this year's IPL. Making his debut for the senior side this year in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the teenager has already made a mark in the domestic circuit by picking 11 wickets in 9 games at an economy rate of 4.45. To beat that, another mind-boggling stat of his came on his debut game against Jammu and Kashmir, where he bagged 4 wickets for 20 runs to star in his team's convincing win. 3. Himmat Singh © BCCI Another Delhi boy, Himmat Singh, joins Virat Kohli in the RCB squad. The 22-year old right-handed batsman has been bought for Rs.65 Lakh by the Challengers. Singh is currently one of the most promising batting talents in the country. Coming through the ranks of Delhi's age-group cricket, he has been a leading star for Under-16 and Under-19 teams and is renowned for producing his best during the knockout stages. Currently a part of India's Under-23 side and a regular member of Delhi's senior team, the Delhi lad would be all geared up to take yet another challenge with the likes of Kohli and Ab de Villiers. 4. Shivam Dube © RCB Website Shivam Dube, a well-known name in the Mumbai circuit, is a medium pace all-rounder. Bought for Rs. 5 crores by RCB, Dube somehow seems to be a carbon copy of Sourav Ganguly in terms of style, turning out to be a right-arm bowler but a left-handed batsman. Gaining an edge over his fellow teammates, he gave his reputation a massive uplift in the last one year with some big hitting in the Mumbai T20 League. He has given some outstanding performances in the recent domestic season. One of them was when he hit Pravin Tambe for 5 sixes in an over in the Mumbai T20 league and soon after recreated the moment in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda's Swapnil Singh, just a day before the auction. 5. Varun Chakravarthy © Facebook Another mysterious spinner from Tamil Nadu, Varun Chakravarthy, has been bagged by Kings XI Punjab for a sum of Rs.8.4 crores. Being an architect-engineer by profession, Varun sets to be a perfect example of a person following his passion no matter at what age. He has almost fulfilled every role on a cricket field, starting off as a wicket-keeper batsman in school, to be a pacer after reconnecting to cricket post his job (which didn't go well as his play was halted by a knee injury), to being a mystery spinner who could bowl over 7 variations. Already being tested and proven at club level, Chakravarthy would surely be one of the top stars in the upcoming IPL season. With all these budding stars on a roll, let's see “Kaun apni game se apna name banata hai”
  13. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India and its first sale is scheduled for March 13. We've been using the phone for a few days now and it sure gives the competition a run for their money. The Note 7 Pro's starting price has been fixed at Rs 13,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs 16,999 for the 128GB variant. What's so special about this phone? We've made a list of things we love about the phone. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 1. Near Perfect Camera: Xiaomi has been teasing the 48MP camera for months and it is the main highlight of the phone. The rear has a Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Thanks to the high resolution, pictures have an incredible amount of detail. For low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one and a 12-megapixel picture is created that has lower more detail and sharpness. 2. Camera Software: Using AI, not only can the phone add a bokeh effect but also completely change the background into 6 presets. After a preset is applied, you can also further change the type of lighting overlay. This opens up the option of having much more customization and using the same depth sensor, newer edits can be applied. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 3. Stunning Design: The Redmi Note 7 Pro has an all-glass design with a gradient finish. The company says it has used a 6-layer process to add the gradient finish and it is available in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. Not only has Xiaomi built the phone like a beast from the inside, but also equally stunning from the outside. 4. MIUI 10: The phone ships out of the box with MIUI 10 (Android Pie) and brings in gesture support, picture-in-picture mode, new recent menu, and AI performance enhancements. Thanks to the faster processor, the experience is even more smooth and refreshing. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 5. Better Display: The phone has a 6.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and features a smaller notch on the top. Xiaomi has further cut down on bezels and it also gets a 2.5D curved glass. The screen-to-body ratio has been improved to 81.4 per cent. 6. Faster Processor: © Qualcomm It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor built on TSMC's 11nm manufacturing process. The device comes with an Adreno 612 GPU. The new SoC employs software “gaming enhancements” that promise up to 90 per cent fewer stutters. Qualcomm enables the hardware and software to support both bokeh (portrait modes) and HDR shots in a single shot. 7. Battery: It has a 4000mAh battery and the phone finally ships with USB-C. The phone supports Quick Charge 4 but it comes bundled with a 10W charger. The battery is sufficient to get you through a day's heavy usage.
  14. Since its inception in the year 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. Famous for its glamorous yet hugely entertaining nature, IPL has come a long way in establishing itself as one of the most viewed league in the world. The formula of blending a fiercely contested sport with an ever so vibrant Bollywood has proved to be a sure shot winner. Coming to the end of it and into the playoffs, THE top four teams, based on the points scored, qualify for playoffs. We are no strangers to the importance of finishing fourth in the English Premier League, as well. So, with IPL around the corner and the English Premier League nearing to a nail-biting end, we decided to take a look at top four most consistent IPL teams. Note: Teams with at least three seasons are taken into consideration. 4) Kolkata Knight Riders (50.63% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Probably the most glamorous IPL side, KKR got off to a rocky start in IPL. After a failure to finish in the top half of the table for first three years and deemed 'not good enough' by the experts, Shah Rukh Khan, with some careful yet clever management brought in players who were not only effective but highly ambitious. A change in captaincy along with the injection of some fresh names did the trick for KKR as they won their first championship in the year 2012 and repeated the feat in 2014. 3) Sunrisers Hyderabad (55.81% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Before you all commence the 'keyboard war' against us, we would like to point out the fact that Sunrisers Hyderabad have been a consistent performer, winning one IPL trophy, unlike the teams you support. Having begun their endeavour in the year 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad made it quite clear that they mean business. After some shaky initial years, SRH went on to win it's maiden IPL Championship in 2013 under the leadership of David Warner and will be looking to repeat the feat again this year. 2) Mumbai Indians (56.9% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda The only IPL team that has two proper nouns in its name, Mumbai Indians is owned by India's richest man Mr Mukesh Ambani. The team started under the leadership of God Of Cricket - Sachin Tendulkar. First few weeks of the inaugural season proved to be a headache for South-West based side as Tendulkar was suffering from an injury. But after his return and a 'dream crossover' opening partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya, saw Mumbai fire on all cylinders. What otherwise looked like a dismal season, proved to be the one to cheer for, after MI failed to qualify for semifinal by a single point. From that point on, the Mumbai paltan have never looked back and have Rohit Sharma's captaincy to thank for leading them to three IPL titles. 1. Chennai Super Kings (60% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Love them or hate them you cannot deny the fact that there has been no side as consistent as Chennai Super Kings. Their knack for qualifying for playoffs (semi-final earlier) made them look like Arsenal FC, who no matter how the season went, always crept into the top four at the end. We know they've been involved in a lot of controversies and even got suspended for two years from the tournament, but Dhoni's leadership and his vision to build a team with the perfect balance of youth and experience have reaped rewards, not only in IPL but in the Champions League T20 as well. Winning the former three and latter two times.
  15. 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.
  16. Over the years, the concept of women empowerment has been soaring in the sporting arena, making female athletes touch spheres of greatness in every aspect. While a lot of male athletes are earning in crores from their athletic careers, female stars like PV Sindhu have also matched up, for example bagging a Rs. 50 cr. deal with Li Ning is a massive accomplishment for an athlete so young. Talking of Women's Day, here are a few top female athletes of our country who have made our nation proud with their achievements: 1. Jhullan Goswami © Instagram/smriti mandana Jhullan Goswami, a world-class allrounder who has contributed to the Indian Women's cricket for more than a decade now and continues to be a valuable asset for her side. Her number one rank in the ODI format, that too at the age of 36, is itself a testimony to that. Starting off from the age of 15, Goswami has been an inspiration to many young talents around the globe. Earning laurels such as the ICC Women's Cricketer Of The Year, Fastest Bowler, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri, Jhullan stands out to be as one of the biggest stars in Indian Sports. 2. Mary Kom © Reuters “Do not say you're weak, because you are a woman,” a statement given by Mary Kom proves she's a force to be reckoned with. Being the only woman to win the World Amateur Boxing Champion for a record sixth time, she faced gender discrimination at some point of time, to which she handed a k.o and moved on. The fact that 'Magnificent Mary' gave birth to twins in 2007 and then to another son in 2013, and then went ahead to defy all naysayers by making a magnificent comeback to her winning ways, proves her mettle. The nation is proud to have such a fierce warrior. 3. Saina Nehwal © Reuters The former World no.1 in women's badminton is another star of our country who has constantly been a role model for many upcoming female athletes. Kicking off at the age of 16 as the U-19 National champion, Nehwal has never bothered to look back and has been strong in her journey till now. Winning over 24 world titles in her journey so far, the shuttler has inspired people at every step of her life. We hope she goes on to win many more laurels for herself and for the country too. 4. Smriti Mandana © Instagram/@Smriti Mandana Smriti Mandana is yet another Wonder Woman in the Indian Women's cricket team. Taking inspiration from her role-model Jhullan Goswami, Madana has out-performed everyone in recent times, bagging the ICC Women Cricketer of the year and ICC ODI Player of the year awards this year. The 22-year-old herself faced a lot of discrimination in her early days as she was not given admission in any coaching academy just because of her gender. But her parents were the ones who made a proper pitch just for her to practice, believed in her and helped her to reach where she is today. 5. PV Sindhu © Twitter/@pv sindhu PV Sindhu, another superstar in the International Badminton circuit, has worked her way to the top of the Indian sports industry. Being the true example of a star, she has not only excelled in her field but has also given tough competition to many male athletes. Soon after Indian skipper, Virat Kohli signed an eight-year endorsement contract with Puma for around 100 crores, Sindhu also raked in a massive 50 crore deal with Li-Ning for mere four years. Adding to her laurels, she became the first woman to co-pilot Tejas in a recently held Aero India Show.
  17. The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e are now finally available to buy in India and we had called it one of the best flagship smartphones in our review. The smartphone has an updated design, however, there are some nifty features that make the S10 one of the most dependable flagship smartphones in 2019. It has a phenomenal camera, supports reverse wireless charging and has one of the most beautiful screens on a smartphone ever. We've been using the smartphone for a few weeks and here are some of our favourite features on the Galaxy S10 that make it stand out from the crowd. The Dynamic Display Is Awesome © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We all know Samsung makes some of the best displays out there and even Apple uses their display tech on the flagship iPhones. The Galaxy S10 has a dynamic AMOLED display that has been voted as the best screen on a smartphone by DisplayMate. You can read all about Samsung's display here. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have 6.1 and 6.4-inch AMOLED screens respectively and support HDR10+ content for users who like to consume videos. The dynamic range of the screen is exceptional and makes viewing images/content an awesome experience. Massive Storage Options © Samsung No longer will you have to worry about deleting your favourite images, videos or applications. Samsung now offers the Galaxy S10 smartphones in various storage options, one of them having 1TB of internal storage. What's cool is that the Galaxy S10 also supports storage expansion of up to 512 GB as it has microSDXC support. If you want to know more about Samsung and how the company has managed to support high storage options, you can read all about it here. Awesome Primary Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a triple primary camera setup that consists of an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 for night shots and f/2.4 for the day. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor that lets you capture more field of view and lastly a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. It comes with awesome portrait effects such as colour spin, colour point and others in the 'Live Focus' mode. The wide-angle sensor is also a dream to work with as it has a field of view of 77Ë. When it comes to video, the Galaxy S10/S10 Plus can capture 4K UD videos with the selfie camera, a perfect feature for video bloggers. It also uses the Ultra Wide sensor and software to give your steady videos similar to action cameras like GoPro. The Galaxy S10 can also record videos with Dynamic Tone Mapping for accurate colours and also supports richer colour contrast of HDR10+ in recordings. PowerShare © Samsung The Galaxy S10/S10 Plus now supports reverse wireless charging similar to what we've already seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It can charge other smartphones and even the Galaxy Buds. One has to simply put any Qi-compatible device and the S10 will do the rest.
  18. Sit down, grab some tissues, and get ready to embrace nostalgia as we take a trip down the memory lane with the top 10 classic games every 90's kid grew up playing. 1. Road Rash (1995) Despite the fact that there were three more 'Road Rash' games before the 1995 version came out, this version of the game has taken over our generation. The ability to punch, kick and steal other racers' weapons while racing? Oh, come on now! 2. Super Mario Bros. In an attempt to save your princess as the Italian-American plumber Mario, you go through a series of complicated worlds and levels coming in contact with different kinds of enemies on the way. However, your role as Mario or Luigi was directly related to whether you are the older or the younger sibling. 3. Contra One of the first 'Gun and Run' games ever, Contra was a story about two soldiers going to war against the evil Red Falcon Organisation in the year 2633. The different variety of ammunition provided to us by the game put us in a tough spot but surely, every single Contra player had their favourite weaponry. 4. Dangerous Dave The makers of Dangerous Dave have admitted that the game was their attempt to mimic Mario and it is evident in their work as similarities in the levels, movement, enemies, etc would be observed. The idea was to help Dave get through 10 levels to battle his rival Clyde in his secret hideout. 5. Lion King We KNOW that you have seen 'Lion King' the movie and we KNOW that you loved it. So it is obvious that you played the game too. Based on the events from the movies, you play as Simba, going through the most difficult areas and puzzles of the jungle. 6. Wolfenstein ften called the “Grandfather of 3D shooters”, Wolfenstein introduced us to the genre of First Person Shooting (FPS). As an American spy of Polish descent, you are on a mission to bring down the rule of Nazi and the death of their leader Adolf Hitler. The retro gaming style with the overall aesthetics way ahead of its time, Wolfenstein was one of the most challenging games from our childhood. 7. Doom An offspring of Wolfenstein, Doom came out a year later in 1993. Taking FPS to the future, the plot of the story is based in the technologically advanced year of 2019 (yes, time flies). After an entire species of man-eating aliens gets in contact with the humans on Mars, you, a space marine, are the only thing keeping them from reaching earth. 8. Virtua Cop One of the most popular items at the gaming parlour, Virtua Cop was a really engaging 'Point & Click' game. As far as the story goes, your colleague from the police department gets murdered while trying to bring a large crime syndicate. Getting hold of the evidence, you detective Michael Hardy along with your partner James Cools must fight against this organisation called E.V.I.L. Inc. *sigh* 9. Prince Of Persia Playing as a “Brave Youth” you must get out of the dungeons you were imprisoned in by the Jaffar, an evil wizard who wishes to rule over ancient Persia and has kidnapped the Princess who is in love with you. You needed to save the princess within 60 minutes or else she dies and your love fails. 10. Duke Nukem Deranged by the lust of ruling over the world evil Dr. Proton and his army of Technots must be stopped in his track. When in the year 1997 all hope seemed to be lost, the world turns to you, Duke Nukem a fearless solo warrior who follows the evil doctor through space and time to prevent earth's end. Also, you had a weapon with unlimited ammo, so that was fun!
  19. Eggs are one of the cheapest protein sources in the market, and are also one of the highest quality ones. It's very common amongst bodybuilders, powerlifters and fitness enthusiasts as a staple edible. With this piece, there are some myths which I would like to debunk. 1) Eggs Give You Acne And Pimples Well, it's not true. You have to get it to check with your dermatologist and get a food allergy test done. There is no evidence yet, so you can't blame eggs here. 2) Too Many Egg Whites Harm Your Kidneys There is a study that claims that if you eat more protein over time, you will not face any kidney issues. © Thinkstock Images 3) Eggs Are Only For Fitness Enthusiasts And Bodybuilders An egg is a food which can be consumed by anyone. It has no relation with fitness enthusiast or an ordinary human being. 4) There Is A Certain Limit To Consuming Eggs Well, there is no limit when it comes down to consumption. It all depends on your protein and fat intake. Nutrition facts in an egg Protein- 6g Fats- 5g Carbs- 1g Calories- 73 Nutrition facts in an egg white Protein- 3.6g Fats- 0g Carbs- 0g Calories- 14.4 Here are some top reasons why you should eat eggs when dieting: 1) Eggs Are Low In Calories And High In Protein One large egg contains about 73 calories and has 6g of protein. A meal consisting of 4 boiled eggs and some vegetables contains only about 350 calories. 2) Eggs Are Very Filling Studies have repeatedly shown that egg meals increase fullness and reduce food intake during later meals, compared to other meals with the same calorie content. A high-protein diet has a higher thermogenic effect when compared with a low protein diet. © Thinkstock Images 3) Eggs Are One Of The Ideal Foods To Start Your Day A study from Nutrition Research in men showing that an egg breakfast significantly decreased calorie intake for the next 24 hours, compared to a bagel breakfast. The egg group eaters also felt more satiated. Furthermore, an egg breakfast caused more stable blood glucose and insulin response, while also crushing ghrelin (the hunger hormone). 4) Eggs Are Easy To Cook Incorporating eggs into your diet is very easy. They are cheap, widely accessible and can be made within minutes. Eggs are scrumptious and you can make them in any form, but fitness enthusiasts often prefer boiled, scrambled, made into an omelette or baked. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  20. On 14th February, when the world was busy celebrating love, India and its citizens were pushed into a state of mourning. A sinister plan by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) saw a 20-year-old suicide bomber ramming his explosive-laden SUV into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy that robbed India of more than 40 brave soldiers and injured others. Since then, the ghastly terror strike has become the topic of great discussion in the country that recently witnessed the tearful last rites of the Pulwama attack martyrs. While many have suggested adequate action and revenge from the Indian government, others have joined hands to aid the grieving families of the slained soldiers. © AP There is anger and a lot of frustration amongst the Indian citizens. And, the mindset of Indian boxers was no different when they travelled to Sofia in Bulgaria for the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament. Their nation was grieving and the boxers didn't know any other way to cheer the citizens, but make India proud through medal-winning performances. India finished the tournament with seven medals - three gold, a silver and three bronze medals - in Sofia. Amongst the medal winners, Nikhat Zareen, Meena Kumari Devi and Amit Pangal bagged top honours at one of Europe's oldest boxing tournaments. While Nikhat dedicated her gold medal (in women's 51kg category) to the CRPF martyrs, Amit got emotional as he honoured the Indian bravehearts with a spectacular performance. © Twitter Amit, a Naib Subedar in the Indian Army, said that the Pulwama attack was on his mind through the tournament. "It hurt a little bit more because I belong to the armed forces. I was desperate for a medal because I wanted to dedicate it to the heroes who lost their lives in Pulwama," Amit was quoted as saying by TOI. "This was my mindset the moment I got to know of the attack after landing here. I was in touch with my family members during the tournament and they also told me that I had to win a medal in honour of the Pulwama martyrs. I was doubly motivated by this thought," the Rohtak-born boxer added. I am very happy to win Goldð¥for India at the Strandja Cup. I dedicate this medal to the families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama attackð • •#proudindian #champion #hardworkalwayspaysoff #godisgreat #boxing #womenboxing pic.twitter.com/1L99ZWWuOp — Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) February 19, 2019 On the other hand, Nikhat, too, shared a heartfelt message on the social media following her gold-medal finish. "I am very happy to win Gold for India at the Strandja Cup. I dedicate this medal to the families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack," the former junior world champion tweeted.
  21. Often regarded as one of the most notorious stables of the wrestling world birthed during the famous Attitude Era, the pinnacle of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE/WWF), D-Generation X has given us some of the best memories of our childhood. With the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Chyna leading the team, DX gathered remained the leading stable in the ring for decades. For their innovative and extraordinary contributions to the WWE Universe, D-Generation X will be inducted into the 2019 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame, a day before the show's 35th Anniversary at Wrestlemania in April. Here are the top 5 moments of the coolest wrestling squad: 1. McMahon Family Mockery During the Attitude Era, the McMahon family was extensively involved in the storylines that went on through the years. The duo of Vince and Shane McMahon used to bring the best response out of the crowd. The extra-animated Vince McMahon walk followed by son, Shane McMahon's jumpy dance on an extremely catch song “Here Comes The Money” would make any ardant WWE fan's stomach turn. So when baby-faced DX made mockery of 'The Family' of the business, it made for an instant classic. 2. Goo Attack On The Spirit Squad Vince McMahon's personal gang of cheerleading bodyguards (don't ask us how they got their gimmicks), the Spirit Squad had a great rivalry going on with DX. The stable of five over-excited bodybuilders, all dressed in green and white cheerleading attire, which also consisted of the future WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler (Fun Fact?), was always considered to be the bad guys. On a RAW episode, the Spirit Squad called out Triple H and Shawn Michaels after the rumours of DX reuniting were in the air. Showing up on the jumbotron (the Big screen over the entrance ramp), the DX simply asked the cheerleading squad to “look up” and the rest is history! 3. “Not Controversial Enough” During a backstage segment, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were talking about picking up a target for their next prank when HHH mentioned Eric Bischoff, the WWE RAW General Manager. He said that Bischoff thought that DX, specifically Shawn Michaels was “not controversial enough”. Upset by this comment, the Heartbreak Kid reminded the world about the infamous Montreal Screwjob and then Sweet Chin Music-ed anyone who came his way. 4. SummerSlam 2009 Entrance 12 years in since their inception in 1997, D-Generation X was an entity of its own. A custom entrance music, merchandise, their own catchphrase and the whole military theme to the stable's appearance, DX had done it all. So during the 2009 pay-per-view at SummerSlam, they decided to go all-out on the budget. In a 10-minute-long entrance, with two military jeeps with US Army soldiers carrying kayfabe guns, followed an actual tank, atop which were Triple H and HBK. 5. “Suck It”, The Iconic DX Sign Remember getting called to the principal's office for making the DX sign in elementary school? Yes, that was probably the biggest (most controversial?) contribution made by the iconic stable. When Michaels and Triple H used to say “We got two words for ya…”, you knew what was coming. “Suck it,” you used to shout in front of your television, along with everybody present inside the stadium.
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  23. The iPhone XR is the new smartphone by Apple that costs relatively less than its flagship counterparts. Having said that, the iPhone XR can hold its own when it comes to performance and features without compromising the price. The XR is a hybrid between the iPhone 8 design and the iPhone X and has features that make it one of those smartphones that you just cannot ignore. Here are our favourite features on the iPhone XR that makes it one of our favourite smartphones launched by Apple last year. 1. The Most Powerful Processor © Apple What makes iPhones a beast in performance is its software that works in tandem with what's under the hood. The A12 Bionic chip is the same processor that powers the iPhone XS/XS Max. It's the first chip that uses the 7nm architecture and has three important components. It has the CPU, GPU and Apple's own Neural Engine. Apple uses all six cores (2 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency) at the same time and offers more power efficiency. The iPhone XR is also the 50% faster than the previous generation which means it can play games with less computing power and can launch apps faster. 2. It Can Take Awesome Pictures © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Even the iPhone XR has a single lens 12-MP camera and it can still take portrait image just like Google's Pixel smartphones. Thanks to the neural engine, the iPhone XR is capable of taking portrait shots via the software. It can detect a person's face and apply a bokeh effect. It can even take some awesome HDR images that we managed to click from our recent trip to the Maldives. Check out a few samples below: View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #iPhoneXR #shotoniphone #technology #smartphone #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 23, 2018 at 10:58am PDT 3. It Has Facial Recognition © Apple Earlier, FaceID and the true-depth camera system was exclusive to the iPhone X and were not available to iPhone 8/8Plus users. However, with the introduction of the iPhone XR, it has the same facial recognition features as its flagship counterparts and is faster than the iPhone X. You can even use the True Depth camera system to use Animoji and Memoji. The new True-Depth camera system also lets users take portrait selfies as well. 4. More Battery Life The iPhone XR has a bigger screen and is slightly larger in size than the iPhone XS. Due to the larger footprint, the iPhone XR also has a larger battery which results in longer battery life. The iPhone XR can last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 and can play videos for up to 15 hours. 5. It Comes In Different Colours © Apple If you loved the different colour options on the iPhone 5c, you will see a similar trend with the iPhone XR as it comes with various options. Even though it has a glass back and a metal frame, it comes white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (Product)Red.
  24. The average selling price of smartphones in India is Rs 12,000 according to IDC's Q4 2018 report. A majority of the smartphone sales are in this segment, and this is the core reason why companies have flooded this bracket with as many phones as possible. For the end user, more options are better since you can get exactly what you want. Xiaomi has multiple devices like the Mi A2 and Redmi Note 6 / 5 Pro, Realme has the U1 and 2 Pro, and Samsung's just getting started with the M-series. Here are our top picks for the best phone you can get in this price range: 1. Samsung Galaxy M20 (Rs 12,990): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Samsung is adopting a competitive stance against online sales to take on Xiaomi, and the M20 is supposed to be a forerunner for the M-series. The brand wants to bring a high-end experience to the budget segment via software, and it has been kind of successful in doing so. It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor. The top variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, with an option for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup (secondary being the wide angle), while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery. 2. Nokia 5.1 Plus (Rs 14,499): © TelecomTalk Nokia branded phones are known for their solid build quality, and this device feels extremely premium and sturdy for its price. It has a unique ergonomic feel in hand and thanks to Android One, you'll never have to worry about software updates as well. It has a 5.86-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P60 chipset. The top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a decent 3060mAh battery, that charges via USB-C. 3. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs 13,999): © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The Mi A2 was one of the most sought smartphones of 2018 thanks to the legacy of Mi A1. The phone is a part of Google's Android One initiative and comes with a Stock Android interface. It has a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 77 per cent. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. On the rear is a 12+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. The rear camera is capable of clicking amazing pictures in daylight and even the low-light output is decent. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery. On the flip side, it lacks a microSD card slot as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. 4. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Rs 14,999): © Android Authority This is another phone that ships with a near stock Android UI, but isn't a part of Android One. The design is shiny thanks to a glossy back panel and the front has a wide notch. ASUS has marketed the phone towards performance and it definitely scores well in this department. It has a 6.26-inch display and powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset. The top variant currently gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while a 6GB RAM variant is awaited. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. It is backed by a huge 5000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. 5. Realme U1 (Rs 12,999): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Realme has been consistently launching new phones, and this one is targeted towards performance. The U1 has a shiny back panel and a tiny water drop notch on the front. The back has a slight colour gradient, giving it some premium aesthetics. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P70 processor. You get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant, along with expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, and the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that charges via 10W.
  25. Unlike the earlier popular belief that eggs are meant to be consumed only by bodybuilders, people in India have slowly started including eggs as part of their daily breakfast option. The awareness about general health and fitness amongst people in India is rising and hence, they have started adopting various healthy foods in their lifestyle. However, the myths have also found their place along with the changes in diet, thanks to the social media sharing platforms. People like to share just about anything and everything at its face value without making an effort to do a little research of their own to know the truth. Here below are three popular myths that most Indians believe: 1. Eggs With Blood Spots Are Adulterated And Unsafe To Eat Sometimes, when you crack open an egg, you may find a tiny blood spot on the yolk. Though it's very uncommon, I am sure that you may have experienced this if you eat eggs regularly. Sometimes you may also see a blood stain on the outer shell of the egg. Some people think that it's because of adulteration and that the egg is unsafe to eat. Well, this isn't true at all. These blood spots are caused by the rupturing of tiny blood vessels in the hen's ovaries at the time of ovulation. This is not very common and may happen occasionally during the egg-laying process. The United States Regulatory agencies like USDA clearly states that eggs with blood spots on the surface or on the yolk are safe to consume. © Pixabay 2. Brown Egg Are More Nutritious Remember how our parents use to tell us that brown eggs are 'desi' eggs and are more nutritious than regular white eggs? Well, this is not even remotely true as the colour of the egg depends on the breed of the hen that has given it. In terms of nutrition, both the eggs remain at par with each other. © Pixabay 3. If Eggs Float In Water, It's Not Good For Consumption This is a post that is often seen on various social media platforms. It is suggested that if you dip an egg in water and it starts floating then it's not fit for human consumption. But if the egg settles down at the bottom, then it is safe. This is also not true. It is due to the simple concept of buoyancy that the egg floats. An egg will be able to float in water when its air cell has enlarged sufficiently to keep it buoyant. This just means that the egg is a little old. If you want to check whether the egg is fit for consumption or not, you will have to actually crack it open and check for any foul odour or abnormal colour in its yolk.
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