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  1. Parenting ain't no easy job, especially when you have to raise an extremely demanding tech-savvy generation like today. Father's Day is tomorrow and a pat on the back or a phone call can go a long way. Meaning, if you haven't already thought of a few gifts for your dad, it's probably about time. Luckily, we're here to help you out. There are a ton of things you could get your tech-savvy dad, and we've compiled a list of latest options for you. These gadgets are among our favourites and very utilitarian: 1. Google Home Mini: © Google The Google Home Mini has a lot of uses, but it's also one of our favourite white noise machines. Just have him say "Hey Google, play rain sounds" or "white noise" or "fan sounds." There's a whole list of relaxing sounds any Google Assistant speaker can make. Digital assistants have gotten extremely smart and with a habit, you can tune them exactly as you want. In the long run, they indeed help you organise daily tasks and voice commands eliminate quite a few manual interactions. Lastly, the Mini is a classic speaker. Feeling even more generous? Bundle along a yearly YouTube Music subscription for him! From Flipkart 2. Fitbit Versa Lite: © YouTube If you thought a weighing machine was a good idea for your dad, then perhaps a fitness tracker makes even more sense. Don't just taunt him about gaining weight, help him burn the extra fat! The Fitbit Versa Lite is a perfect combination of a tracker and smartwatch. It has up to five days of battery life, elegant design, punchy display, and an accurate Fitbit OS tracking system. With the heart rate scanner, ensure you stay healthy every step of the day. Lastly, it can run some nifty apps that are helpful on the go and it doesn't cost as much as an Apple Watch. From Amazon.in 3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: © YouTube The design has remained unchanged for years and that's because it's perfect as it is. Rather than a trendy glass built delicate gadget, the Kindle is an evergreen option for those who love to read. With month-long battery life, there's no stopping. The new Kindle Paperwhite offers something crucial in this day and age: a break from our smartphones, laptops, and TVs. After a hectic day of work, you want to be away from a screen. And, thanks to the e-ink technology, the Kindle never strains your eyes. What's more? Bundle along a Kindle Unlimited membership! From Amazon.in 4. Sony WH-1000XM3: © Sony The Sony WH1000XM3 headphones have been hailed over the past few months as having the best noise-cancellation out there. But the headphones don't stop at offering great noise cancellation -- they also sound absolutely awesome, offering great low-end, well-tuned mids, and a ton of detail in the high-end. The Bluetooth enabled earphones supports LDAC that allows one to enjoy high-resolution audio than conventional earphones. If you're in the middle of an intense music session when you suddenly you need to talk to someone around you, placing your hand on the housing will turn down the volume automatically! Oh, and it has 30 hours of battery life. From Amazon.in 5. Mi Air Purifier 2S: © Xiaomi The Air Purifier 2S packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. The addition of a small OLED display makes operations very convenient. Air pollution in India is here to stay for a long time, about time we start considering its long term effects and prepare accordingly. From Amazon.in 6. Fossil Sport Smartwatch: © YouTube The Fitbit is built with health and fitness as its primary selling point, the Fossil, on the other hand, is a fashion accessory. Sure, it has all the required health features like heart rate scanning, Google Fit, and even untethered GPS. But, it goes a step forward with its design and customizability options. It's compatible with Android and iOS as well as fit all 22mm straps. You can also customize the dial to match your mood or personalize select watch faces with your favourite Facebook or Instagram photos. From Amazon.in
  2. Apple decided to knock it out of the park with the new Mac Pro. It's one of the best and the most powerful pieces of hardware that Apple has ever put out. But with a starting price of $6,000, the Mac Pro, needless to say, is a pricey affair. That $6,000 price tag (roughly Rs 4.15 lakhs), by the way, is for the base variant of the Mac Pro. Apple decided to remain tight-lipped when it comes to the price of a maxed-out Mac Pro, which sort of makes it pretty obvious that it's not going to be cheap. Nope, not happening. In fact, the folks over at TheVerge decided to play around the number a bit and came up with an estimated figure. They shopped around for equivalent part that Apple announced during the keynote, and turns out, it's going to cost you a lot of money. Like, a lot. Well, before we tell you how much it'll most likely cost, let's check out how powerful a fully maxed-out Mac Pro really is. Once Apple puts it out on the market for purchase, you can configure a Mac Pro with a 28-core Intel Xeon W processor, to begin with. That's significantly more powerful than the 18-core iMac that they launched last year, which is already a beast of a machine. In addition to that processor, you can configure the Mac Pro with, wait for it, 1.5TB of RAM. No, that is not a typo. You can actually get a Mac Pro with 1.5 Terabytes of RAM. Also, you can get up to 4TB SSD and four AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs. That is, of course, if you can afford even one. © Apple As you can see, Apple's new Mac Pro is one of the most powerful computers out there on the market right now. The amount of performance you can get out of this machine is something that's almost impossible to comprehend. So, how much is it going to cost? According to TheVerge, a fully maxed out Mac Pro i.e. the top-of-the-line Mac Pro complete with a 28-Core Xeon processor, 1.5TB RAM, and all that good stuff will cost you at least $33,000, which roughly translates to about Rs. 22 lakhs. But wait, we haven't even added GPUs yet, which could easily bump the price up to around an eye-watering $45,000 i.e. roughly around Rs. 32 lakhs. Now, this isn't an iMac Pro we're talking about here, so you have to buy a monitor separately. Lucky for you, Apple also introduced a new 6K display called Pro Display XDR monitor. As the name suggests, it's basically the best monitor has ever created and it's apparently comparable to reference monitors out there that cost upwards of $40,000. © YouTube So, if you add that to the price to make it a fully maxed-out Mac Pro setup with Apple's best display, then you're looking at at least $50,000 which is roughly Rs 35 lakhs. Oh, you know what? Apple is not including the stand for the display inside the box, so please add that as well. That'll cost you an additional $1,000. Go figure! Do make a note that these are just estimates based on the prices of the components that are already out there on the market. We still don't know how much Apple is going to charge you for a fully maxed-out Mac Pro. But looking at Apple's history of pricing, you can expect it to be more than the market standard. And if you're planning to buy one in India, then you'll also have to factor the import duties, which is only going to make it more expensive. That being said, the new Mac Pro's, at least a fully a maxed-out Mac Pro, isn't meant for average everyday users anyway. By the word 'Pro', Apple is targetting the 'true' professionals like cinematographers and filmmakers. We can totally imagine the folks over at some film studio using a fully maxed-out Mac Pro to edit huge chunks of files.
  3. While PUBG Mobile has been on the center of all the spotlight, there's new battle royale title in town. That's right. Activision's 'Call of Duty: Mobile' title is now going live for some Android users in beta before the final release. We already spent some time with the game and we think it's better than 'PUBG Mobile'. You can read all about it here. That said, it's worth pointing out that the Call of Duty: Mobile's battle royale mode is a little different. It's more of a tactical shootout, which might take some time getting used to. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you get started and win your first game: 1) Choose The Right Class If you know anything about Call of Duty Mobile, then you're probably already aware of the fact that the game different classes to choose from. Depending on the one you choose, you'll get different abilities and Class skill during the game. It's a crucial part of the game and it's important that you pick the right one that suits your play style. Here's a quick look at each class and the perks that they offer - © Call Of Duty Mobile • Scout As a Scout player, you'll get to utilize 'Sensor Darts' that can view hostile positions in the immediate area of the radar map. Additionally, you also get tracker ability that allows you to see fresh footprints of hostiles. • Clown Clown players can distract with a toy bomb that detonates and summons zombies that only attack hostiles near you. You also get the anti-zombie ability, which reduces the aggression distance of opponents' zombies. • Mechanic You can call an EMP Drone to create electromagnetic interference on hostile forces. You also get the Engineer ability that grants augmented sight to vehicles, hostile traps, and other equipment. • Medic Just like the Apex Legends' 'Llifeline' Legend, you'll be able to setup medic stations to continuously heal your allies in the immediate vicinity. You also get the Master Medic ability that'll help you heal more quickly and reduce the time it usually takes to revive teammates. • Ninja Lastly, there are the Ninja class players who will get a Grapple Gun that fires a hook, allowing them to propel up and onto buildings across the landscape. You also get the Dead Silence ability, that'll allow you to move quietly. 2) Use Vehicles To Get Around © Call of Duty Mobile As is the case with any other battle royale game, Call of Duty also puts you in a huge map. So, obviously, traversing through the map on foot will take a lot of times and there are a ton of vehicles that are worth checking out. Our recommendation would be to man a helicopter with your squad and just rain down fire from above. It's one of the best ways to spot enemies and kill them from above without getting into close combat. You can also rafts to get through the water bodies, but just stay clear of the snipers. They can take you off with just one shot! 3) Keep An Eye On The Supply Drops & Beacons © Call of Duty Mobile If you've played PUBG, then you already know how important Supply Drops are. They can valuable upgrade items that'll help you get an advantage in the game. Call of Duty Mobile also has beacons that mark the location of Class Upgrade items. These items will augment your particular set of skills that exclusive to each class. You might want to be a little cautious while approaching the supply drops because your enemies will also be swarming in to grab the goods. 4) Best Loot Location In The Map © Call Of Duty Mobile You know what's better than waiting for a supply drop for better gears? Drop in an area of the map which has the best loot in the game to get an edge over your enemies. Not all the areas in the map are good looting spots. Some places have enough to get you through the game, whereas some will leave empty-handed. Here are some of the best locations in Call of Duty Mobile where you can get some really good loot - • Sakura • Killhouse • Launch • Nuclear Plant • Shipment • Nuketown
  4. Arguably one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup is set to enthrall cricket enthusiasts when it kickstarts from 30th May, pitting the likes of hosts England and exciting South Africa against each other. Over a span of 45 days and across 48 scintillating contests, the ICC mega event is expected to bring the best of the participating nations in what promises to be an exciting affair. But, the World Cup isn't just about winning the coveted trophy. In fact, cricket's biggest tournament has a history of bringing exciting contests, fiery duels and individual brilliances to the fore. And, this year promises to be no different. From the top wicket-takers to leading run-scorers, the upcoming ICC tournament has had the cricket fans wondering who'd claim the top honours in individual performances. While we will discuss the wicket-taking heroes in another article, let's discuss the probables for the batting honours this year. © Reuters When it comes to scoring most runs in the World Cups, no one comes close to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who scored 2,278 runs across six tournaments he played. Though Tendulkar's record will take some doing, but the current batting geniuses of the game will surely be eager to make a mark at the biggest stage. Going purely by numbers, here's a look at five batsmen who might be seen ruling the charts in the list of leading run-getters at the World Cup this year. Virat Kohli © Reuters Undeniably one of best batsmen in the world right now, Virat Kohli will be the key to India's charge at this year's World Cup. The Indian captain needs no introduction to batting and the fact that, at the age of 30, he has already slammed 41 ODI hundreds - only behind Tendulkar's tally of 49 tons, shows how special and consistent this lad is. But, that's not all. Kohli is going into the World Cup with a formidable form and, for someone who takes a special liking to big events, he is surely expected to reign supreme in England and Wales. To back that claim with numbers, Kohli has scored 4,306 runs at an average of 78.29 - most by any batsmen in ODIs since the World Cup in 2015. While it's really hard to predict whether he'll actually emerge as the leading run-scorer at the upcoming event, the numbers surely tip him as one of the favourites. And, given his artistry with the willow, we might end up seeing a Kohli special this year. Rohit Sharma © Reuters One of the most devastating openers in limited-overs cricket, Rohit Sharma, having begun his career as a middle-order batsman, found his true calling at the top of the order. A preferred opener by the Indian team management, Rohit has made the opening spot his own on the back of spectacular performances in white-ball cricket. His malleable wrists and knack to find the gaps have all added to his batting masterclass which continues to evolve over the years. Just like his skipper Kohli, Rohit will also be one of the vital cogs in India's dreams of lifting their third World Cup trophy this year. Since the 2015 edition of the World Cup, Rohit has amassed 3,790 ODI runs at an average of 61.12 - only behind Kohli in the elite list. His last stint in England saw him smashing an unbeaten 137 in the first ODI in Nottingham - something that should bolster his confidence going into the World Cup. The right-handed batsman is coming off a title-winning season with Mumbai Indians who lifted a record fourth IPL trophy this season. While there is no doubt over Rohit's abilities, the Indian opener will need convert his starts into big figures if he intends to challenge other batsmen for the top batting honours at the World Cup. Joe Root © Reuters For someone who was tipped as a future England captain at the age of 23, Joe Root has not only lived up to the billing, but has also successfully managed to rally his troops in the build-up to the World Cup at home. Rated amongst the top batsmen in the world, Root, on his day, is more than capable of running away with the game. At this year's World Cup, Root will surely be a key player, providing the much-needed stability to their batting line-up. If playing at home doesn't strengthen his case, the fact that Root has slammed 3,498 runs at an average of 58.30 in ODIs (since the 2015 World Cup) further makes a probable candidate for the top batting honours in the upcoming event. The right-handed batsman will be seen leading England's charge at the ICC spectacle, but while his leadership skills will be put to test, Root's batting might cannot be questioned. Eoin Morgan © Reuters One of the batting mainstays for England over the years, Eoin Morgan will once again be seen stabilising the innings for his side while plying his trade in the middle-order. The left-handed batsman has all the experience he needs to make this event his own and playing in familiar conditions further helps his cause. Predictions apart, according to the numbers, believe it or not, Morgan is placed fourth in the list of leading run-scorers in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. The left-hander has scored 3,039 runs at an average of 46.75 - something that surely makes him one of the probables for the top batting honours at the World Cup this year. For those who need more than just numbers to believe his batting might, Morgan, recently, broke a roof tile with a huge six during the fifth ODI between England against Pakistan at Headingley. How's that for intent? Quinton de Kock © Reuters A sweet timer of the ball who thrives on his fearless striking abilities, Quinton de Kock has established himself as South Africa's preferred opening batsman over the years. The left-handed batsman, who grew up as a baseball player, can take on any opposition bowling attack and give them a run for their money with his brutal hitting. De Kock goes into this year's World Cup with 2,971 runs at an average of 50.33 in ODIs. There's no surprise to see him at the fifth spot in the list of top run-getters in the 50-over format since the 2015 edition of the World Cup. To put things in perspective, De Kock has amassed 353 runs, including three fifties and a hundred, in his last five ODI innings. Given the conditions, De Kock is likely to cherish the challenge and tear into the opposition bowling attack. His success with the willow will be key to South Africa's hopes of getting rid of the 'chokers' tag and clinch their maiden World Cup title this year.
  5. India celebrates the most desirable men, every year, through a generic public poll and each year the results are fantastic and very well deserving. While we do need desirable men to become an icon for the youth and inspiration for everyone else, there are only a few who can make it to the top 50. These men work hard on themselves, are humble beyond doubt and always do inspirational things to mould the generation's basic ideology. Be it a cricketer, an actor, a singer or a model, Indian men who've had self-made careers and believe in basic humility, while never forgetting who they truly are, deserve this rank, rightfully. © Instagram So, when The Times decided to hold a poll so that the top 50 desirable men could stand out, we were more than happy with the results. The results were unveiled today, and Vicky Kaushal grabs the top spot this year. Yes, he's certainly the king of desirability and the most favoured male celebrity in the country right now to take the numero-uno spot. While we all know he's an ace actor, people also acknowledge his versatility to play varied roles. Whether he's in a supporting role in films like 'Raazi' or 'Sanju' or he's experimenting with over-the-top content with web series like 'Love Per Square Foot' and 'Lust Stories', he's played every character with ease and reasonability and made a suitable place for himself. © Instagram "I was shocked to know that I was on the list, and then, to be at the top… that was a huge surprise. I am still coming to terms with it. I can't figure out what people saw in me and why they chose me for the top spot. But I thank everyone who voted for me and the internal jury, with all my heart. " - Vicky Kaushal told Bombay Times. View this post on Instagram Okay then!!!... @mensxpofficial #FebCover ð A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Feb 7, 2019 at 1:23am PST Here are the remaining top 4 dishy dudes, full of *** appeal, charm and talent. that have made it to India's list of most desirable men, after Vicky Kaushal: 2. Prathamesh Maulingkar © Instagram A footballer and a pageant title holder, he bags the second place for being desirable. He is the first Indian/Asian man to win the title of Mister Supranational 2018 at the age of 27. The lad also won the 'best body award' at the competition. The model has a ripped body, that surely makes him a desirable quotient for all the girls to drool all over him! View this post on Instagram You have to be odd to be number one. ð¯ A post shared by Prathamesh Maulingkar (@prathamesh_maulingkar) on May 3, 2019 at 12:21am PDT 3. Ranveer Singh © Instagram On number three we have Ranveer Singh, who has been a perennial favourite on this list. And why shouldn't he be? He has class, an unusual closet, loads and loads of energy and stellar performances in films like 'Simmba' and 'Padmaavat'. His desirability quotient definitely stems from his quirky dressing sense that hits a nerve with most people along with his overpowering and full of life on-screen presence. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 7, 2019 at 1:31pm PDT 4. Vijay Deverakonda © Instagram Vijay has outshone himself in a span of eight years, especially in South Indian films. His chiselled body and his rugged looks definitely make the ladies want him even more! View this post on Instagram Stare. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:38am PDT 5. Virat Kohli © Instagram The Indian skipper has dominated the game of cricket across all formats in 2018, and everyone loves watching him play. His on-field aggression, makes him rather desirable off-field as well. View this post on Instagram Great to be back at the Chinnaswamy for another season with @royalchallengersbangalore. ð Can't wait to be on the field! ðªð½ #PlayBold #IPL2019 A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 18, 2019 at 1:48am PDT So, there you have it. The top 5 most desirable men in India in 2018. These are men who strive to work hard and make it big, everyday and they're certainly the best inspiration around!
  6. The wearables space is populated with a ton of fitness bands. Obviously, the best fitness trackers from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin, etc. is going to cost you a lot, but you know what? You don't necessarily have to spend that much to get in shape. We've handpicked a few affordable options from around the internet, and these are the ones which we think are worth checking out: 1. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 © YouTube If you are in the market to buy a fitness band and if you're on a budget, then Xiaomi's Mi Band 3 is your best option. Carrying a price tag of Rs. 1,999, the Mi Band 3 is probably the best one you can get your hands on. For starters, it comes with a battery life that should last you around an entire month if you're going easy on it. It doesn't have GPS, but it comes with a bunch of other useful features like a heart rate monitor, tracking tech to count the steps you've taken, and more. It'll also show the incoming calls and message notifications, which a lot of other fitness bands don't offer. Seriously, there's a lot to like about the Mi Band 3, and the price tag only makes it better. 2. Honor Band 4 © YouTube Honor's range of fitness bands have gotten a lot better now and the new Honor Band 4 is a really good option. From a large 0.95 AMOLED Touch screen to features like Scientific Sleep Monitoring and Heart Rate Monitoring, the Honor Band 4 has everything. The Honor Band 4 is also water resistant for up to 50 meters, and it comes with a battery that can last for over 2 weeks. Just like the Mi Band 3, the Honor Band 4 can also show you notifications, so it's always a good thing. 3. Huawei Band 3 Pro © YouTube If you're looking for something a bit more sophisticated than the Honor Band 4, then you can check out the Huawei Band 3 Pro. Just like the Honor Band 4, the Huawei Band 3 Pro has a 0.95-inch AMOLED display with which you can interact with the band. The Huawei Band 3 Pro is also the only band in the list which has a built-in GPS along with a heart-rate tracker. The 24-hour real-time heart rate monitoring will take a toll on battery life, though. With Huawei Band 3 Pro, one can also get personalized exercise tracking, in addition to features like Trusleep scientific sleep tracking, and more. 4. Amazfit Bip © YouTube Amazfit Bip is the only tracker in the list which has a large screen that makes it look like a smartwatch. Some may even call it an Apple Watch clone because it looks very similar. However, it's not just the display that you should be attracted to. It features a battery that can last you for over 40 days on a single charge. It's simply amazing considering the fact that it has a lot of other features like GPS, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, ppg heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer for activity, sports and sleep tracking, and more. It can also show you notifications, so you won't find yourself reaching out for your phone.
  7. May is going to be an exciting month for smartphone launches. Seriously, this month is going to be packed with launches from the likes of OnePlus, Nokia, and more. While all eyes are set to see what OnePlus is planning to debut, we've compiled a quick list of devices to show you what else to look forward to: 1. OnePlus 7 & OnePlus 7 Pro Get ready for the OnePlus 7 Series Get notified here - https://t.co/CMhGizTidZ pic.twitter.com/KQXRxfH4jd — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) April 23, 2019 Alright, we pretty much know what to expect from OnePlus on the 14th of this month. We'll be seeing the new OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. That's, of course, unless the company has some surprise for us. The OnePlus 7 Series, in case you haven't heard, will have two phones - The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. While the regular OnePlus 7 is expected to look more or less similar to the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7 Pro is said to bring some major changes, at least in terms of the design. No doubt the phones will offer great value for the money, but we hope the cameras are improved. We're really hoping the cameras, at least on the OnePlus 7 Pro, will bring something new to the table. 2. Nokia 9 Pureview © YouTube HMD Global is going to debut the Nokia 9 with Penta-camera setup in India this month. This is one phone, which we're very excited mainly because of its cameras. It's an exciting time for smartphone camera enthusiasts, and we're hoping Nokia 9 to pull some major strings with its optics. Even if you ignore the Penta-camera setup, the Nokia 9 still looks like a great phone overall. It's powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor, sports a 5.99-inch P-OLED panel with support for HDR, and it looks beautiful with an all-glass design. Well, let's hope Nokia will get the pricing right in India. 3. Realme Phone (Unknown) © TENAA Realme just launched the new Realme 3 Pro in India, and it looks like it's already gearing to launch another device. This time, however, it looks like we'll be seeing a flagship phone. That's right, an unknown Realme phone running on Snapdragon 855 chipset has been leaked online. We still don't know much about this phone, but it appears as though the phone will also debut in China, as the company has just announced its expansion in the country. Of course, there's no way to tell if the phone will debut in India, but we really hope it does as it'll be interesting to see how it does against the likes of the upcoming Poco F2 and more. 4. Nubia Red Magic 3 © Nubia Yes, Nubia's insane gaming phone with an in-built cooling fan is coming to India this month. We don't know about the pricing, but the Nubia Red Magic 3 is expected to make waves in the market since it'll be one of the fastest phones at launch right alongside the OnePlus 7 series. In case you're wondering, the Nubia Red Magic 3 is powered by Snapdragon 855 processor, packs up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also has a 48MP camera at the back and there are shoulder buttons for an immersive gaming experience. If Nubia manages to get the pricing right, it has a real shot of tapping into the gaming phone market in India.
  8. The world's biggest boy band, BTS scripted history at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 last night, by becoming the first ever K-Pop group to win the Top Group award. 190502 ð BTS just wins Top Duo/Group at 2019 Billboard Music Awards!! ð­ð­ GUUUUUYYS @BTS_twt BIG CONGRATULATIONS!! #TopSocialArtistBTS #BTSistheTopGrouppic.twitter.com/NnUPW1oAj5 — BTS National (@BTS_National) May 2, 2019 They also won the Top Social Artist award for the third year in a row, thanks to their unbelievably powerful and devoted fan base called the ARMY. It goes without saying that the fans completely lost it, not only in South Korea but all over the world, as this was a very important moment for them. A Korean group, making Korean music, competing and winning against noted international artists, is nothing short of incredible, and BTS' fans are on cloud nine and beaming with pride. “I'd say after today's BBMAs win 'Team work makes the Dream work', is the right phrase suitable for BTS because they have come a long way by their sheer hard work and talent,” said Twinkle Choudhary, one of the administrators of BTSindiaofficial. BTS, who were nominated for the first time ever in this category, won the Top Group award by beating out Dan + Shay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Panic! At The Disco. © Getty Images The 7 members consisting of RM (leader), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook walked up to the stage to collect the award amid the deafening cheers from their fans present there. “Thank you, ARMY. Still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists, oh my God. ARMY, this is only possible because of the little things we shared together. The BTS and ARMY power, right? And we're still the same boys from six years ago. We still have the same dreams. We still have the same feelings; we still have the same thoughts. So let's keep dreaming the best dreams together. Thank you. I love you all," RM said in his acceptance speech. BTS also performed their latest single 'Boy With Luv' featuring Halsey at the BBMAs and it was incredible to see the sight of an American pop singer singing and dancing along with a K-Pop band on the prestigious stage. BTS & Halsey took the #BBMAs stage for a performance of "Boy With Luv" #BillboardNews pic.twitter.com/zvPpvvWCyv — billboard (@billboard) May 2, 2019 “I think a lot of people are really curious about the collaboration because obviously, the boys are from Korea and I'm from the States, but I think that we really show that despite what seems like a language barrier at first is really just kind of like unimportant when it comes down to a bunch of young people who really love music and who just love hanging out, and it really shows through," Halsey said at before the awards on the red carpet. © Getty Images BTS, looking dapper in Alexander McQueen, created a stir the second they landed at the awards and walked the red carpet, as besides fans, many celebrities began clamouring to take a selfie or just catch a glimpse of the boys. © Getty Images Now THAT's a photo.#UmusicBBMAs #Drake #BTS pic.twitter.com/KKaX7FEl7g — Universal Music CA (@umusic) May 2, 2019 Can they like... Collab????? @iamcardib @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/b7eQsdG7KB — D â (@epiphanyxstyles) May 2, 2019 Me, @BTS_twt, and someone's hand. ð I tried. ð#BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMay28 pic.twitter.com/wj7f3lZPiE — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 OMG!!! First person I see on the red carpet is @BTS_twt!! #BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 pic.twitter.com/7bDccaGHxD — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 TERRY LOVES BTS! TERRY LOVES AWARD SHOWS!#BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 #BTSArmy #AmericasGotTerry pic.twitter.com/tEOgIy9NOm — terry crews (@terrycrews) May 2, 2019 TERRY CREWS SAYING BEING BEHIND BTS FEELS LIKE BEING BEHIND THE BEATLES... THE OTHER GIRLS CAN'T EEM SPELL GLOBAL IMPACT pic.twitter.com/UkSugkhKx3 — anna with luv (@TRlVlAMONOS) May 1, 2019 The Jonas Brothers, who were making their first red carpet appearance as a band in 10 years, could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of meeting BTS and said their “main goal was to meet BTS.” ð¹ Jonas Brothers live stream on instagram moments ago! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/KbWtdWHX0y — Jonas Brothers News (@jbrosnews) May 1, 2019 Joe Jonas actually managed a fist bump with V during a performance, to which a very disappointed Nick Jonas responded by posting a clip of the moment to Instagram story saying, “When your brother gets a fist bump during your performance from BTS but you don't.” joe jonas interacted with bts and got married,,, maybe today's joe jonas is living his best life pic.twitter.com/tuCG5wNu15 — jo (@kookooT__T) May 2, 2019
  9. The Huawei P30 Pro is probably one of the only smartphones out there that actually does everything it advertises. It's got a great camera system and performs like a beast when it comes to daily usage. The smartphone boasts a unique design and some features that are simply unheard of on smartphone ever before. Smartphones can either innovate or improve upon features that are already present on most devices. We reviewed the Huawei P30 Pro and rated it as one of the best smartphones for photography. However, there are a few features that we would like to highlight that stand out from everything else we've used this year. Here are our favourite features on the P30 Pro that makes it one of the greatest devices of this year: SuperZoom Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Huawei P30 Pro is able to capture details even when you are far away from your subject. The smartphone supports 5x optical zoom and a massive 10x hybrid zoom (OIS +EIS). However, the smartphone can also zoom up to 50x and can take images of the moon easily. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Our sample image is proof enough that this smartphone can do much more than any other smartphone right now. Imagine being at a cricket game and being able to capture the image of a player from the stands with impressive clarity, the P30 Pro can do that. It Has Awesome Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro comes with a 4,200 mAh battery that can be fast charged with Huawei's 40W charger. It even supports 15W wireless charging if you want to go cord-free. In our review, the smartphone easily gave us 9-10 hours on screen-on time which is quite impressive for any smartphone in 2019. Huawei was the first company to introduce reverse-wireless charging and the same tech is also available on the P30 Pro. You can reverse charge accessories like the AirPods or even a toothbrush if you will. An Immersive Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Huawei P30 Pro comes with a 6.47-inch FHD+ OLED panel that is perfect for watching movies and playing games. This time around, Huawei is using a smaller notch design instead of what we see on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Sure, the display may not be as good as a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus' display but it comes quite close. Dual-View Videos © YouTube Still photography is great on the P30 Pro but it can also shoot two videos at the same time. The Huawei P30 Pro basically uses the main telephoto lens and the wide-angle lens to get a clear view of your subject. The phone will display both videos on the screen where you get to see a wider view and a zoomed in version as well. If you attend many concerts, this feature is a life-saver for capturing those moments and reactions. The One Feature That Was Missing © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla To be honest, the only disappointing feature on the Huawei P30 Pro is the absence of the headphone jack. Some would say that EMUI is probably one of the biggest turnoffs, however, we can always adjust that with custom launchers and icons. As an audiophile, I dearly miss headphone jacks on smartphones simply because of the raw warm sound from analogue headphones and speakers. Bluetooth earphones are great for convenience but often lack proper sound quality.
  10. Salman Khan is known for his mega-blockbuster films that vary across the board when it comes to storylines or character sketches. However, there are a few striking elements in every 'Bhai' movie that are recurrent and feature in almost all of his films. (c) T-Series The trailer for Salman's upcoming film 'Bharat' was released yesterday and amidst all the speculation about the plot and rising action of the film, we noticed that it basically seemed like a mix of Salman Khan's top 5 movies in recent times, and et voila, you have 'Bharat' served with a garnishing of patriotism to cash-in on the dominant sentiment of the audience at this point of time. Listed below are a few tropes that we can expect to see in 'Bharat' which are just like 5 of Salman's top movies: 1. A Series Of Action-Packed Sequences (c) T-Series Take any of his top films in recent years, lots of senseless action that often forgoes all understanding of science and physics, is vital to every Bhai movie. Be it all the action-packed sequences in 'Tiger Zinda Hai' or 'Kick' there's no denying that action sells it big for Salman movies. We saw similar glimpses in the trailer of 'Bharat' when Salman is seen ploughing the 'bad boys'. 2. Glitzy Item Song (c) T-Series Think of Fevicol Se in 'Dabangg 2' or Swag Se Swagat in 'Tiger Zinda Hai', 99 per cent of Bhai movies will feature an item number one way or another. Somehow, people have come to associate them to every Salman Khan movie and 'Bharat' seems to promise something along the same lines with the passing glimpse of Disha Patani and Nora Fatehi's moves in the trailer. 3. Hero Who Saves The Day (c) T-Series It's exactly how every Bhai movie unravels. Regardless of all the struggles and setbacks along the way, Salman's character always manages to save the day and comes out a hero. The very beginning of the 'Bharat' trailer hints at this very possibility. Bharat will save the day and uphold the meaning of his name. 4. Larger Than Life Portrayals (c) T-Series We don't think anyone can cross-question us on this one. Be it 'Race 3' or 'Kick' or 'Dabangg', every character Salman portrays bears an air of being larger than life. A sort of grandeur comes with Bhai's characters and they make him seem almost aspirational, and Bharat seems no different. 5. The Love-Hate Relationships (c) T-Series Another recurring trope in Bhai movies is love-hate relationships that add the right amount of spice required to lure the audience. The hits and misses with the love interest, the wooing and anguish, Bhai's films have got it all. Salman and Katrina's journey in 'Bharat' seems to have the same elements in all probability. 6. The Emotional Baggage (c) T-Series Be it in 'Dabangg' or 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', most of Salman's characters have a tragic backstory and their emotional baggage helps to add fuel to the fire that burns in their hearts. 'Bharat' which is set against the backdrop of partition is giving us a similar feeling. 7. The Underdog's Uprising (c) T-Series But of course, with all that emotional baggage, you might expect someone to buckle and give up. But not Bhai. He (or rather his characters) are simply not wired that way. They will always rise from the ashes, just like Bharat does and come to fulfil every dream they hold in their hearts. 8. The Hook Step (c) T-Series Fans still haven't gotten over Salman's towel hook step in the song Jawani Phir Na Aaye from 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi', while Hud Hud Dabangg and Swag Se Swagat are the more recent ones to stick. We are sure fans can expect to have one such hook step from 'Bharat' took. 9. A Hero-Worthy Dialogue (c) T-Series Remember “Mujhpe ek ehsaan karna ke mujhse koi ehsaan matt karna” from 'Bodyguard', or “Ek baar jo maine commitment ka di, uske baad tho main khud ki bhi nahin sunta” from 'Wanted'? These dialogues became almost as famous as these films themselves! Even the trailer for 'Bharat' opens with such dialogues - “Jitne safed baal mere sir or daadi mein hain, usse kayi zyada rangeen meri zindagi rahi hai” or “Jawani humari ekdum jaaneman thi”.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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”
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Since 2000, German films have won more Oscars in the foreign language film category than any other. This clearly indicates that German cinema has always given value to creating films that leave a lasting impact and have captivated the attention of the audience globally. From the '30s to the modern times, there have been a good number of German films that set benchmarks. A few like 'Downfall' have become a matter of discussion for critics and cinema lovers. In this post, we will walk you through those German films that won both awards and accolades from the critics. Read below to know more of which films made it to our list of the best German films of all time. 1. The Lives of Others (2006) The winner of 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 'The Lives of Others' is a finely crafted, gripping tale set at the backdrop of 1983 East Berlin. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's debut is an 'art' film created against a political setting. The film has got an intimate hue to it added by Ulrich Mühe (who plays a Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler). Gerd spying the lives of Sebastian Koch (a popular playwright performed by Georg Dreyman) and his lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck) faces extreme personal and professional conflict. Released 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the viewers and critics were stunned by the accurate atmosphere created in the film and the depiction of East Berlin. The film gives a taste of the German culture at large. 'The Lives of Others' remains at the top of our list and a must watch for world cinema lovers. 2. Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) Directed by Wolfgang Becker, this German tragicomedy narrates the story of a family and their struggles at the time of the 1989 revolution. Christiane (Katrin Sass) wakes up months after being in a coma. His son Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl) tries to protect her from the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Set in East Berlin, 'Good Bye, Lenin!' received strong positive reviews and numerous award nominations including BAFTA and European Film Awards. It went on to win German Film Award for Best Feature Film. The movie resonated with a larger audience in Germany at the time of its release. 3. Downfall (2004) 'Downfall' is a historical war drama directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel set in the backdrop of World War II during the Battle of Berlin. Starring Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich, and Thomas Kretschmann, the film outlines the final days of Adolf Hitler (played by Bruno Ganz). The film's director used eyewitness accounts and survivors' memoirs in addition to many important historical sources to add accuracy to the film. 'Downfall' sparked controversy and remained a matter of debates due to its portrayal of the human side of Hitler, however, went on to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Academy Awards. 4. Das Boot (1981) 'Das Boot' is one German movie that has always found its place amongst the best foreign language films of all time. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann, the film portrays how German U-boat U-96 and its crew, set out on a dangerous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. The film inspired many film-makers to come up with their own versions of films and TV series based on the same theme. With highly positive reviews and six Academy Awards nominations, the film is now seen as a pioneer in the category of war films. The film also holds a record for the maximum number of Academy nominations ever received by a German film. 5. The Counterfeiters (2007) Written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the Austrian-German drama is a product of high-end research and fine scripting. 'The Counterfeiters' is a story based on Operation Bernhard during World War II (the largest counterfeiting operation in history). It brilliantly narrates the horrors of the concentration camps in Nazi Germany and chronicles the life of Solly (the counterfeiter). 'The Counterfeiters' received outstanding reviews from the critics. Some even put the film amongst the best films of 2007. The film went on to bag the Best Foreign Language film at the 80th Academy Awards. 6. Nowhere in Africa (2001) Written and directed by Caroline Link, 'Nowhere in Africa' depicts the story of a German-Jewish family that moves to (Kenya) Africa in order to escape the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during World War II. The screenplay of the film is based on the 1995 novel of the same name written by Stefanie Zweig. The international critics hailed the film's visual appeal and termed it an exceptional story. The film has got the power to captivate the audience and leave them with an experience of a lifetime. Apart from five German Film Awards that it won, 'Nowhere in Africa' also won an Oscar in the foreign language film category. 7. Run Lola Run (1998) Starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni, 'Run Lola Run' follows the story of a woman who finds herself in a race against time to save the life of her boyfriend. Though it was made decades later, it depicted various allusions to Alfred Hitchcock's film 'Vertigo'. The film touched on philosophical themes including the butterfly effect and determinism. Directed by Tom Tykwer, the German thriller has got many accolades to its name including seven German Film Awards. The film was also Germany's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category. 8. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards, 'The Baader Meinhof Complex', depicts the story of the Red Army Fraction, or Red Army Faction, a.k.a. RAF from 1967 to 1977. Directed by Uli Edel, and written by Bernd Eichinger (who also produced 'Downfall'), much has been taken in the film from a book by investigative reporter Stefan Aust who always had connections to those inside the RAF. The film portrays the events that took place in a decade with precision and objectiveness and thus stands out when compared to other films in a similar niche. 9. M (1931) Master storyteller Fritz Lang's German thriller-drama 'M' is one film that established itself as a classic over a period of time. Starring Peter Lorre, the magnum opus is based on the story of a serial killer and how both the police and the underworld try to get a hold of him. The film holds highly positive reviews by the critics and is considered a must watch in the psychological thriller category. Many instances from the film have been used in various other films including the 1940 Nazi propaganda movie 'The Eternal Jew'. In 2010, the film was ranked at number 33 in Empire magazine's list of 100 Best Films of World Cinema. Not only this, but the film has also been adapted into a radio show and comic book series. 10. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Out of the many cult films Germany has given to the world cinema, 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' stands in its own glory. Written and directed by Werner Herzog, the epic historical drama follows the journey of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), who takes his group of conquerors down the Amazon River on a quest to El Dorado. The film uses a minimalist approach to dialogue and storyline, at the same time succeeds in leaving a lasting impression at the audience. Rolling Stone put the film on its '100 Maverick Movies of the Last 100 Years' list. 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' went on to inspire films like 'Apocalypse Now', 'The New World' and a few others. It also won a few accolades including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography.
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