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  1. The recent Ethiopian Airlines crash has once again put the Boeing MAX 8 aircraft in the spotlight. Just five months ago, another MAX 8 being operated by Lion Air crashed, taking the total toll to 346. Aviation is statistically the safest mode of transport, and two crashes within such a short period are alarming. Following the crash, more than 40 countries have grounded the aircraft until further investigations are carried out and changes are made. India's DGCA has also grounded the aircraft and currently Spicejet and Jet Airways operate the plane. With more than 400 aircrafts on order from Indian carriers, the MAX 8 plays a pivotal role in boosting India's aviation market. © Utkarsh Thakkar / @vimanspotter Boeing's MAX series is the successor of 737 Next Generation family (737-700/800/900), and the company is relying on it to churn out profits. Even Boeing has been making aircraft for decades, and its expertise is often unmatched. So, the only question that arises is, how can a modern airliner be this unsafe? The MAX series was Boeing's response to Airbus's A320 NEO family. NEO stands for New Engine Option and while the fuselage remains unchanged, the engines are completely revamped to offer better-operating efficiency. Regional airlines worldwide require planes that are cheaper to operate, especially when aviation fuel is extremely dynamic globally. To compete with the NEO, Boeing started the MAX series and offered up to 14 percent more efficient engines along with increased cabin comfort. But, this came with a small challenge. © Boeing The Ethiopian crash investigation will take months to conclude, but initial data suggest striking similarity between the two crashes. The preliminary report on Lion Air crash is out, and we'll be relying on it to understand MAX 8's major flaw. The MAX 8 is powered by CFM's Leap 1B engines and they are significantly bigger than the previous CFM 56 engines (used in the 737 NG). Adding to this, the 737 was designed decades back and has an exceedingly low ground clearance when compared to the A320. To perfectly fit the new heavier and bigger engines, Boeing had to make minor changes in the design ranging from lengthening the landing gear to moving the engine slightly forward. © Aviation International News It was found that the bigger engine meant the plane handled certain situations differently and there was also a slight shift in the centre of gravity. The relocation and new engine design created an upward movement, nudging the plane's nose upwards. If the nose is lifted sharply, the plane will continue gaining altitude and could also stall mid-air. A stall is when an aeroplane cannot generate enough lift to continue flying. To compensate this upward movement, Boeing added a new system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) that prevented the plane from raising its noise to extreme levels. The system would automatically adjust the horizontal stabilizer and bring down the nose. To make these adjustments, MCAS relies on data from the Angle of Attack sensors. © Wikimedia (AoA sensor for reference) These sensors are located on the nose of the aircraft and calculate the angle at which the plane is climbing or descending in comparison to the oncoming air. In the case of Lion Air, faulty sensors triggered the MCAS and automatically the system tried to bring the nose down. According to the flight data recorder, automated MCAS repeatedly pushed the plane's nose down following take-off. The most surprising part of the MCAS though is Boeing hasn't mentioned the addition of this system during pilot training or manuals. This meant the pilot were unaware that a programmed system is trying to bring down the nose. Even if the pilots tried to takeover manual controls, MCAS cannot be simply stopped by moving the yoke. They need to manually trim the aircraft to gain control, but how will they know this procedure when the existence of MCAS is unknown to them? © Reuters The Lion Air pilot had more than 5,000 hours of experience and the Ethiopian pilot had more than 8,000 hours. Preliminary reports do not point towards any kind of crew error. Reports say pilots have in the past complained about a similar nose-down anomaly in FAA's database (US regulator) as well. Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing issued a bulletin to airlines operating the 737 MAX 8 advising pilots how to override the MCAS system. This week, the plane maker also announced it's working on a long-term plan to rejig the system and update shall be applied in the coming months. © Reuters We'll have to wait for the Ethiopian crash report to clear the air whether it was the same MCAS issue that caused the incident, or are there any other flaws in the airliner. Boeing has described the MAX series as its fastest-selling family of planes, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers. The last time an aircraft suffered successive fatal incidents was the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in the 70s. With inputs from preliminary report of Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee and FlightRadar24
  2. We find love in the strangest of places. All while a seemingly unthreatening person manages to disarm us with that one look or smile casually thrown our way, which leaves our heart craving for more, so much more! The arena of online dating happens to be one such space where most of us venture into without any set expectations of what might come our way. That is mostly because this entire scene of online dating bears an air of mystery and suspense around it - a sort of a thrill that has succeeded in luring even a few “hermits” around us. You never know who you will meet in this virtual world, and even if you think you like the person you behold on the screen going by their bio, likes-dislikes and hobbies et al., you cannot be too sure unless you meet them up close and see for yourself if the two of you are worth another shot. Souvik Thakur Sure, this might be true in 99% of the cases, though there still exist a few who get so lucky with their online dates, that they end up signing the deal of spending an entire lifetime with one another. Such is the story of Souvik and Upasana, who met each other on an online dating website, and so fiery was their chemistry from the very onset, that the couple ended up marrying each other within a year of their first official date! It all began in late 2017, or more specifically 22nd October 2017 as Upasana would point out when the two first found out about each other on an online dating platform. Souvik is quick to add that, “it was her smile that caught my attention,” and he didn't waste any time in getting in touch with Upasana after that. “It was love at first sight (for me), even though we were living in two different cities then. I was in Delhi, while she was in Kolkata,” adds Souvik. Remembering that fateful night, Upasana recalls, “I remember that Sunday. I had a night recess and after I woke up, I saw a notification of his request. After reading his message, I shared my phone number. Within a second he called me, and we started talking. He spoke for an hour and by the end of it, he proposed me for marriage.” Souvik Thakur We know, that almost sounds like a Japanese bullet train of dating on the move. But you know what, in the matters of the heart, when you know, you know. Whether it is a matter of knowing someone for an hour, a year or even ten years for that matter, you simply know it when you find 'the one'. However, we wonder, if their first virtual meeting was so zippy, imagine all the fire alarms that must have gone off when the two met each other for the first time, for real! You guessed it, for both Souvik and Upasana, their first date remains one of the greatest highlights of their relationship so far. It was 25th December 2017 when they finally met in person after constantly being in touch for a little over two months. While Souvik recalls the day for their exploration of the City of Joy, eating and shopping their hearts out and making memories together, it was much more special for Upasana. Souvik Thakur “It was 25th December and he had come down from Delhi to meet me. Naturally, it was special for me. We met at Esplanade, the heart of Kolkata. Then we went to Princep Ghat. After spending some quality time on the bank of river Ganges, we went to taste Biryani from Kolkata's famous Biryani shop. Then he surprised me by gifting me a yellow-green from a famous boutique,” shares Upasana. The saree, as Souvik tells us, was a gift to celebrate their first date. And they say men are not romantic and thoughtful enough. Anyhow, that's definitely one memorable first date the two had, won't you agree? However, from the numerous memories the two share between them, for Souvik one of the most unforgettable ones is when the two spent some quiet time alone in each other's company on the terrace at his place - “(the) terrace is a very special place for me. I love to read, write, sing on the terrace. Finally, I took her to my special place in the house,” recalls Souvik. Our man here had finally found the woman to share his special place with, and we all know that's a big commitment all by itself, even though many women don't know it at the moment. But since things were already moving in the fifth gear for the couple since the beginning, the real deal was never too far behind. Souvik Thakur Soon after their first meeting, Souvik couldn't wait to take the next big step. He had all the plans laid out. But like it is usually in the case of love, things don't come easy. Sure enough, Souvik had a hurdle to move past before he could claim his lady love, and make her his for the next 'seven lifetimes'. Since Souvik was living in Delhi for work, it meant that for Upasana getting married would be a lot more than just tying the knot. So when Souvik popped the question, Upasana couldn't accept the proposal instantly, even when she wanted to. “I would have said yes, but couldn't. Since he lived in Delhi for the sake of his job, and I didn't want to relocate from my hometown Kolkata, I clearly told him so. He was very disheartened, but tried to convince me to make the move. After 15 days, he succeeded. I agreed to move to Delhi.” Once this was taken care of, things picked up speed and their families got involved. The date for the wedding was set and finally, on 2nd December 2018, the couple got hitched. Even though most things happened in a blur in their relationship, married life has come with its own share of lessons and experiences for the couple. Souvik Thakur According to Upasana, their journey from bachelorhood to being married has changed their perspective about relationship and love. As a married couple, they are becoming more and more responsible with every passing day. Even Souvik agrees that the relationship has taught him to choose his battles wisely, adjust and compromise where necessary and take important decisions keeping each other in mind. However, with all things said and done, the newlyweds believe that their relationship has taught them to love selflessly and accept each other's quirks. “We are two very much different people. She is loud and expressive, whereas I am soft and calm. But we love to eat, travel & listen to music together. These are the binding factors of our relationship and our lives”, says Souvik. Souvik Thakur For Upasana, however, the most unique quality of her husband is that “he is a very good human being, funny and he is very passionate towards his work.” The couple may be completely opposite in nature and personality type, but these traits help to balance their relationship and add depth to it. Married for just two months today, the journey so far has been a revelation for the couple in a lot of ways. Not only are they getting to know each other more deeply, but they are also evolving as individuals as they take on this journey called life together.
  3. Yesterday, a FaceTime bug that would let users eavesdrop on call recipients went viral for all the wrong reasons and since then the company has disabled the feature for the time being. What people don't know is how the bug was discovered in the first place. Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don't answerð¤#Apple explain this.. pic.twitter.com/gr8llRKZxJ — Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) January 28, 2019 A teenager discovered the bug when he was trying to organise his friends to play the popular battle royale game 'Fortnite'. Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student managed to discover the bug accidentally and has now become the hot topic of discussion. After already being in a call with his friend, Thompson tried to add another friend to the same call and discovered that he could hear his friend even though the phone call was unanswered. © Apple “We were pretty shocked at first because it was still ringing on his phone,” he told NBC News on Tuesday. “After that, we tested it for about half an hour to see if it worked every time.” My teen found a major security flaw in Apple's new iOS. He can listen in to your iPhone/iPad without your approval. I have video. Submitted bug report to @AppleSupport...waiting to hear back to provide details. Scary stuff! #apple #bugreport @foxnews — MGT7 (@MGT7500) January 21, 2019 Since the discovery, the teenager and his mother tried to alert Apple of the problem but did not get noticed by the company. The mother even tried to use a law firm's letterhead in a letter to get Apple's attention. When those efforts were met with no response, they then turned to the Apple bounty program where users are paid to find bugs in iOS. However, that didn't work out either as it required them to be registered as a developer and have the technical knowledge to file the bug report. Finally, they made a YouTube video which was later picked up by media outlets and went viral. Source: NBC News
  4. Looking back in time, I had always wanted to become a cricketer and my entire childhood was spent on the pitch. Then came the shock for me, as just like many talented young players, I could not clear the national trials and sadly had to put the bat down. My parents and teachers asked me to focus on the dreaded board exams. Back then I was extremely skinny. So skinny that my ribs were visible to the naked eye! People assumed that just because I was skinny, I was weak, which resulted in me getting bullied. This got to my head at times and I wanted to hit back but since I was way too skinny, they would often overpower me. This constant body shaming was bringing down my morale and confidence. Then I thought that if I would gain some weight, people will stop picking on me and I could stand up for myself. I joined a gym solely for this purpose. When I went in, I couldn't even lift a 2.5 kg dumbbell and even bodyweight exercises would hurt me. I was yet again bullied at the gym. I got frustrated within a week with all the bullying at the gym and decided to quit. Later that night, I saw Yash Anand's body transformation on YouTube. He was skinny just like me. Actually, even skinnier! But with consistency and hard work he built a great physique. This motivated me to forget about my bullies and just focus on my goal. Since that day there has been no turning back. Week by week, I overcame my weaknesses and got stronger. I learned from different Indian YouTubers and made my diet that fitted my lifestyle and budget. Training I usually follow two muscle groups a day routine and split it up into push-pull. Compound movements still are the core of my training. Progressive overload plays another big factor in muscle growth that I have always kept in mind. Eating I counted the calories that I needed in order to put on muscle mass and that was about it. I cook all my meals and keep a check on how much I am consuming and what all I am eating throughout the day. My ultimate goal is to build a physique like Hrithik Roshan, and I believe that in the last 2 years I have made some progress towards my goal. And I will continue to better myself each day.
  5. Let's take a walk down the memory lane and remember those different types of charts we would go buy for school. They were usually something like 'types of fruits' or 'types of flowers' but there were some particular charts that had directions to become the ideal child. We all remember the 'adarsh balak' and now even Stephen Fry does. The English comedian, actor, and writer stumbled upon a framed 'adarsh balak' chart at his doctor's office and was so confused by it that he decided to share it with his 12.7 million followers. Decidedly odd of my doctor to hang this in his surgery. I've tried to live up to it though. Haven't managed to "Pray Almighty" or "Join NCC", otherwise I'm getting there. pic.twitter.com/Dl52jaqang — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 19, 2019 When a 61-year-old man is just about getting close to becoming the ideal child, then why was so much pressure put on us when we were kids? He was so fascinated by this chart, he went ahead and found more of them when someone asked. I'm afraid to say that the closest I could find was this ... make of it what you will pic.twitter.com/m5Yc6uvg1T — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 19, 2019 This obviously sparked the interest of desi Twitter and so many people shared a lot of other charts in the comments. Something that's related to India and desi Twitter isn't all over it? Impossible! Here's an updated version pic.twitter.com/Yhz3XFNldz — Himangshu Saikia (@milwac) January 20, 2019 God bless whoever made this version, it's hilarious. This is really great because there's a whole series of satire comics based on this supposed Adarsh Balak ie An Ideal Child. Here's a few I guess pic.twitter.com/SAyGurzT6B — Bot (@yass_yash) January 19, 2019 The best thing anyone will ever see. Here's another pic.twitter.com/uQP5WG8tNo — Bot (@yass_yash) January 19, 2019 No one expected this. And here's a cheeky meme follow up inspired by this ideal kid using the same artistic style (unlikely that you'll read this)ð¤ð½https://t.co/vKnHAt8jiY pic.twitter.com/T6BGBQXC2i — Nicole (@nicolexavier111) January 19, 2019 Definitely Indian. is your doctor Indian, by any chance? This what they put up in class when I was a school and we had to buy it at stationery shops to cut out and stick in scrap books for "moral science" — Alyssa G. Lobo (@filmibaby) January 19, 2019 Yep. Your doctor must be Indian .. ð — Ankit (@confusedankit) January 20, 2019 Oh good, here's the bad girl one. Check this out! pic.twitter.com/KAmxvAg5Tf — Burning Desireð (@mentabolism) January 21, 2019
  6. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have been trending in the last few quarters. Similarly, the hot word back in 2014-15 was "wearable". This included any gadget we could wear -- smartwatch, smart band, spectacles, ring, clothing, shoes, and more. For decades we've seen sci-fi movies featuring wearable technology, and so we expected the boom to be huge. But the segment has received a lukewarm response and is still counted as a niche category. Remember the time when tablets were a huge deal and expected to take over the world? Sure, tablets too are selling in millions, but these sales are nothing when compared to smartphones. Phones have been leading the consumer market forever now, and there's no sign of stopping it. What is stopping wearables from gaining traction? When will this segment become mainstream? And, who are the current industry leaders? Here's everything you need to know! 1. Very Limited Practicality © Samsung Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S3 Frontier are among the most powerful smartwatches, but in day-to-day life, you barely find any use. Except for passive health tracking and HR, you get notifications delivered to your wrist. That's it. If you go for the Apple Watch LTE variant, independent calling is possible, but that's exactly why it's niche market. Nobody wants to spend so much on a "smartwatch" when they have an equivalent phone and can spend the same amount on a luxury watch, that commands more class. © Apple There is no doubt that they have made daily tracking very simple and it's extremely helpful for fitness freaks, but when the same functionality can be ported to a "band" as well, then what's the use of a smartwatch? Remember Google Glass? It was a smart spectacle that had a small HUD (Heads Up Display) along with a camera. It failed. While the failure was because of different reasons, consumers just couldn't understand the practical use of wearing a small display right in front of you. 2. They Are Too Expensive © BCCL The Apple Watch Series 4 will easily cost you an upward of Rs 40,000. For the same price, you can get a flagship OnePlus 6T, or some more and even an iPhone. Why would one want to spend so much on a timepiece that has limited functionality when a complete phone is available? Even if we consider other gadgets like the Samsung Galaxy S3 Frontier, it costs at least Rs 25,000. On the other hand, smart bands cost just a fraction of the amount and are capable of detecting HR. Companies like Fitbit are concentrating on health and fitness, while WearOS OEMs are very confused about what they want to do. This leaves behind an enormous vacuum in the pricing slabs, there are a lot of affordable smart bands, and ultra-expensive smartwatches, but no middle ground. 3. Stupidly Low Battery Life © iGeeksBlog Even after buying an Apple Watch, you'll have to charge it every day. Same applies to almost every other smartwatch out there, exceptions being the Amazfit Pace and Fitbit Versa. But, while the two offer battery life, they offer no feature except for notifications and passive health tracking. Even though the charging time is considerably less, the point is about having to remove the watch, plug it in and follow the routine every day. Also, you won't be able to go more than a day without the charger. 4. They Need To Stop Looking Nerdy © BCCL Apple Watch has a class-leading design, so does the Samsung Galaxy S3 Frontier and Gear Sport. Fitbits are built for intensive activities and are more on the ergonomic end. Fossil does a splendid job as well. But, pretty much all other WearOS devices suck in terms of design. If you want to make a segment mainstream, stop making it look like it's built for a niche crowd - "the nerds". The phase is gone, a normal consumer wants flaunting rights. And, rectangular plastic design's are not helping the cause. 5. Privacy Matters © Mashable There have been a lot of concerns regarding one's privacy around wearables. Like I said earlier, the Google Glass has been mired in controversy thanks to the little camera it had. Nobody wants a real-time camera watching or recording them without permission, especially when an individual is in control of it. Snapchat's Spectacles are built for exactly the same audience, record as much as you can, but it has an LED on the front to notify others. There have been multiple incidents when hackers got into wearable devices and collected GPS as well as health data of soldiers who resided in an army base. Germany has barred the sale of activity trackers to children and more concerns are always brewing.
  7. If I look back, it was during my boarding school days when fitness first happened to me. Thanks to the ethos of the school, we were equally pressed to be physically fit as we were to be good at academics. From doing push-ups, pull-ups, sprints to yoga, I almost started learning everything about fitness right from my boarding school days. Days Of Being Skinny Though I loved being an outdoorsman, I was still pretty skinny. The craze of building a good physique started when I was in 10th standard, as I used to do pull-ups every day on an old iron bar running across our dormitory. This was followed by 50-100 push-ups. After doing this for months on end, I noticed an impressive difference in my biceps, chest and the back. I was hooked! Since the food served at the hostel kitchen massively lacked protein, I was still skinny and stuck at 45 kilos. The Bullying Motivated Me! Since I was a skinny little fellow, my classmates made it sure to take my case. I was called names, picked up and thrown around and pushed around throughout the day. On the face of it, I acted cool. Deep inside, this bullying added the fuel to my fire to getting jacked. Hostel Food Growing up in a hostel, food was a major issue. I needed more food to put on weight but never actually got enough. Luckily though, by the time I entered 12th standard, I had managed to put on 5 kilos of weight and graduated proudly out of school. Stepping Into A Real Gym I got admission in Bangalore for my higher studies and it was there where I first saw a real gym. The bodybuilders there astonished me and I was hooked onto the dream. I immediately took the membership and started working out the very next day. The Nutrition Confusion So, now I had access to machines, but what I didn't have was the knowledge about the right nutrition. I kept eating whatever I got and performed exercises with poor form. Back in the day, there was no YouTube or Facebook to look at and learn things, so I did what I could pick up from the bigger guys in the gym. Despite going to the gym everyday, I saw no legitimate results. The bigger guys suggested me to get on steroids and tutored me to believe that only steroids can get me bigger. Luckily, I didn't go ahead as I was aware of the adverse effects of anabolics. Then I joined a group on FB that promoted the keto diet like a religion. I gave the diet a try and was left in a miserable condition. I lost fat and along with that whatever little lean muscle I had. Soon after, I stopped doing that and also stopped following the group. Reading The Right Things I then joined a really credible FB group and started reading nutrition research papers, instead of following 'bro-science' experts. Whatever good info I came about, I applied that in my training and nutrition. The rest is rock and roll history. Slowly and steadily, I got into fitness professionally. After realizing that natural bodybuilding is a joke because of untested competitions, my interest shifted towards Powerlifting, which was a turning point in my life. Since then, I have competed in 2 powerlifting meets. Presently, I am also doing a training course by GetSetGo Fitness to take my career further ahead in the fitness industry.
  8. Durga Singh's Karan and Arjun are back and showing the whole world how to spend a perfect Sunday - by watching their own movie 'Karan Arjun' together after 23 years. Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's Baadshah and Sultan, were chilling together and walking down the memory lane, when most of us were busy watching 'Sooryavansham' for the 1234567th time on TV. Honestly, I have seen Hira Thakur drink that damn poisoned 'kheer' so many times, it doesn't even bother me any more. Film Kraft Anyway, coming back to Bollywood's OG brothers, Salman posted this video on his social media today, where he is watching 'Karan Arjun' with SRK at a party. For all those who thought that things were not fine between SRK and Salman, watch this. They are not only working on movies together, they are even attending parties together. View this post on Instagram Karan + Arjun ... fond memories @iamsrk A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Dec 30, 2018 at 2:00am PST Salman even captioned the video, "Karan + Arjun...fond memories @iamsrk." Earlier, Shah Rukh visited the 'Bigg Boss' house to promote his movie 'Zero'. Unless you were living under a rock all this time, Salman has done a cameo in 'Zero' and even shared the video of the song on social media, "Dost ke naam, dosti ke naam, isqh karne waalon ke naam, isqhbaazi ke naam! #IssaqbaaziOutNow @iamsrk." Dost ke naam, dosti ke naam, isqh karne waalon ke naam, isqhbaazi ke naam! #IssaqbaaziOutNow @iamsrk https://t.co/KpL6IInVEN — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) December 4, 2018 Well like people say, "Yeh Bandhan To Pyaar Ka Bandhan Hai, Janmon Ka Sangam Hai." And we are sure even the fans are loving this bromance.
  9. 'No Shave November' just came to an end last Friday, and those of you who participated this year might now be looking like a totally different version of yourselves. The newly earned, full face of stubble, or wackily (over)grown beards, have been a matter of immense pride, but now with the curtains drawn on 'No Shave November', we can already guess about the inner struggle you might be going through. For the first-timers, it's all about the next step now, while for others, the plans have already been laid out. Whether you plan to keep that look on or ditch it for a cleaner look, grooming yourself is still key given that we've officially hit the month of December. © MensXP Now, some of you might be unaware of how to look after your mane and beard the right way, and that's understandable given that the very makers behind one of India's most popular men's grooming brand 'Ustraa', went through the same struggle as you, not so long ago! It was at the crucial age of 35 when the grit and resolve of friends Rajat Tuli and Rahul Anand were tested. Rahul and Rajat had been working with an IT firm in Hyderabad which was hitting major losses before finally tasting the dust. This entire process found the duo relocating first from Hyderabad to Mumbai and then finally to Delhi, before they suddenly found themselves altogether broke and unemployed. With no intention of going back to work for someone else and no savings to fund their personal business venture, Rajat and Rahul sold their office laptop to an ex's father for Rs. 50,000 and launched their first startup with it, which is today popularly known as 'Happily Unmarried'. © MensXP 'Happily Unmarried' was born out of the founders' personal experiences of struggles when trying to set up a house (and life) as single men. The brand went on to cater to the lifestyle-related needs of young, unmarried men. They did have their own share of challenges though, as from being newbies with no business background to drawing no salaries in the first year, were just a few struggles they faced. Yet, in the face of numerous setbacks, Rahul and Rajat stood tall against all odds. Their perseverance and faith in their products paid off, because today, as we all know, 'Happily Unmarried' has become a hugely popular brand. So obviously, when the time came to expand, the duo decided to give their luck another try and enter a totally new and (quite) unexplored area in the Indian market. Talking about this next big step, Rajat Tuli, in an exclusive interview to MensXP, said, “Till five years ago, what you were getting in terms of men's grooming, was what you were getting 25 years ago. So while the men had evolved, the products that were made for them hadn't.” © MensXP This became their threshold and after much deliberation, which was then followed by thorough market research, Rajat and Rahul decided to enter the men's grooming sector. And once they did, boy, did they turn up the heat or what! Their new men's grooming brand's name was called 'Ustraa', and as simple and on-point as the name is, so are their range of products! What started out as an employee's complaints regarding lack of good beard products in the market, took a whole new form in the many grooming products that Ustraa offers, right from beard oils, aftershave balms to shaving creams and body wash. Such was the popularity and reach of Ustraa, that within a year of their launch, they had touched over 1000 towns across the country! Catch Rajat Tuli spill the beans on Rahul and his personal journey to build their dreams into a reality. Learn why the M.I.C.A graduates were called stupid and how that 'stupidity' transformed their lives with Happily Unmarried and Ustraa's inception, besides a lot more!
  10. The opening ceremony of the Hockey World Cup was thrilling and ecstatic, thanks to King Khan. Shah Rukh Khan recreated his iconic '70 minute' speech from 'Chak De India' where he essayed the role of a hockey coach named Kabir Khan. Sattar Minute, Sattar Minute hai tumhare paas ð¥ Aag hi laga diya Jaan ne toh aaj, Hath mein Hockey Stick lekar uss mahol mein yeh Iconic lines bole, dialogue ke jaise nahi waise jaise apne Bacchon ko advice karte huye kehte, Dil se unhe motivate kiyeðð pic.twitter.com/xc33Op1g2H — â¿ Sнαн Kι Bιωι ⿠ᶻáµÊ³áµ (@JacyKhan) November 27, 2018 Now we know he is no real life coach, but that authoritative voice and the nostalgia that filled the air was enough for all SRK fans to go crazy. SRK holding that hockey stick and delivering the 'Sattar minute hai tumhare paas' brings back the memories of this fantastic movie ð­ð­ #OdishaHockeyWCInauguration pic.twitter.com/FEkwQR28KQ — à¤à¤¾à¤¶... IF (@KashifSRKian) November 27, 2018 " 70 minute hai tumhare paas " this one line by SRK shaked the entire stadium and made people shout their hearts out. What a stunning appearance. The most humble and loved superstar in India ♥ï¸ India's SRK & Hockey's Kabir Khan.#OdishaHockeyWCInauguration pic.twitter.com/sBHHyPEXeS — Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) November 27, 2018 The first thought was obviously when would he play a role similar to that again. #HockeyWorldCup2018 ð@iamsrk hockey coach ⤠Chak de India ð pic.twitter.com/tOJQRCTFs8 — SRK's Namra ð (@SRKsNamra) November 27, 2018 He also spoke about the importance of hockey for our nation and how we all need to be proud of it. “This is the most important tournament of the world. Because it is our sport, it is our hockey and there is no more special game than field hockey. And what sets it apart is that it is an amalgamation of a lot of emotions, thoughts and lots and lots of action. It involves guile, strength and stamina. It is a sport that involves artistry. Players are not mere players, they are artists”, he said. Besides SRK, Madhuri Dixit and music legend AR Rahman also performed at the ceremony.
  11. Sometimes, some people are just at the right spot and end up capturing a moment of a lifetime. This is exactly what happened when a photographer happened to be at the Yosemite National Park in New York and managed to capture the exact moment when a guy proposed to someone. Who wouldn't want to have that moment with them forever? That's the reason Matthew Dippel, the man behind the photograph, took to Twitter to find the couple and give them this special gift. Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Rdzy0QqFbY — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 17, 2018 As we all know, sometimes the internet can be a great place with people helping each other and that's why the picture soon went viral, with everyone trying their best to help find the couple. But, even with so many retweets and everyone sharing the picture, there was still no luck. Update #2: Still no luck. A lot of people saying they found them but doesn't turn out to be the right couple. If you honestly think you found them message me please! I can't keep scrolling through the comments to look. Thanks everyone! — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 19, 2018 Honestly, that's not them, you can easily tell. I'm not sure if that's them unfortunately, it appears the dude in my photo is more casual and has a hat on, and she doesn't have on as flowy of a dress on. I could be completely wrong but look pic.twitter.com/6iiXaUrXDo — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 18, 2018 Then comes the sad news of a couple falling to their deaths at the exact same spot. I really hope this isn't them. That would be horrible. https://t.co/DgVtmhIYG2 — Rando Mall (@randofrommall) October 25, 2018 No, it wasn't the same couple as the viral picture couple, but it's tragic nonetheless. I don't believe it was but I pray that it was not the same couple as in my photo. My couple was from 3 weeks ago and this was from this week, all my love to anyone who might have known that couple. — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 25, 2018 Coming back to the photograph, at one point Matthew seemed to have believed that the couple wished to not be found but he was still on his quest. Tunnel Vision. Update: At this point I'm beginning to believe they have seen it and choose to remain unnamed. I will continue searching for a while, so don't worry I'm not giving up, just not making it priority #1 anymore. pic.twitter.com/Ar1n3nchhz — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 25, 2018 And, then came the good news! UPDATE: I FOUND THEM. Check out my latest tweet to all the details. — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 27, 2018 He posted the update everyone was waiting for. pic.twitter.com/ay9NZMF8wD — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 27, 2018 While this couple got a happy ending, another couple's visit to the same spot turned out to be the last place they ever visited. Turns out, the two people who passed away at the same spot, as mentioned above, were Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy, a Malayali couple behind the travel account Holidays and HappilyEverAfters on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Heylooow incredible people of the Instagram world! ð¤Just wanted to let you all know that this account "minaxivishnu" is renamed to “HolidaysandHappilyEverAfters” , in sync with our brand new blog ⨠... Most of you already know this mermaid-haired wanderess Minaxi and her captain Vishnu, but in case some of you missed, we are an NYC based gypsy couple ð«“Consumed by Wanderlust ð, Compelled by Adventures ðand Conviction in HappilyEverAfters” ð I, Minaxi looove to waltz with words ð¶ð and will remain the high-spirited story-teller at our blog and all social media, while Vishnu is the go-to “techie-in-residence” ð»ï¸. He is also the head photographer ð¸of most our pretty pics! (aided and abetted by his mermaid of course ð) ... Diagnosed with the curious case of interminable travel bugðº, as we wander around the world we absolutely love sharing our adventures with this community ð¤, and each and every single comment and conversation we share with all of you undeniably makes us a helluva happy bunny ðð° ... As much as all social media uses the word followers/subscribers, we hate it ðand would rather use the word friends or even family, as some of you have quite made a habit of warming the cockles of our heart ðð Sooo, welcome aboard all you dear fabulous friends ð¤and wander ðwith us in our happy place of HolidaysAndHappilyEverAfters ð • • • #travelblog #travelblogger #traveldiaries #newblog #travelogue #expatblogger #blogging #femaletravelbloggers #darlingescapes #sheexplores #welivetoexplore #maketimetoseetheworld #lifewelltravelled #exploringglobe #letsgoeverywhere #instatravel #mytravelaffairs #travelcouple #newyorkcity #nyc_instagram #newyorklike #ig_nycity #igersofnyc #newyork_ig #nyc_highlights #nyc_explorers #timessquare #streetsofnewyork #timeoutnewyork #timeoutsociety A post shared by TravelCreativesâ¤ï¸Minaxi+Vishnu (@holidaysandhappilyeverafters) on Apr 30, 2017 at 2:14pm PDT Their bodies were discovered about 800 feet below the Taft Point. Park spokesman Jamie Richards was quoted as saying in the report that “We still do not know what caused them to fall. We're trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall.” It really could've just been a tragic accident as the couple was known to post daring cliffside pictures, and have mentioned it in their captions several times. View this post on Instagram CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? ð ... Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.ð¶Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that laterð) A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapersð, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? ï¸ Is our life just worth one photo? ... When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south ð± from a skyscraper, let's remember to save that in our core memory and not the memory dump ð¢(I am still on the Inside Out ð¬ train y'all ð¬) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shotð I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this ð¤¦‍âï¸ and if I didn't have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu 𤭠with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. ... Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?ð¤ None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.ð⨠... Still there?ð Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? ð What about a unicorn ice-cream ð¦ ð¦ with some Disney-approved cotton candy ð­ð¬ and pixie dust infused sprinkles ð§‍âï¸ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin' proud of being candid and real AF in social media? ð ... PS - Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight A post shared by TravelCreativesâ¤ï¸Minaxi+Vishnu (@holidaysandhappilyeverafters) on Mar 28, 2018 at 8:45am PDT Rest in Peace.
  12. The megastar aka the living legend of Bollywood turned 76 today, and if you couldn't manage to queue up in front of Jalsa to wish him on his birthday, I am guessing most of you would have wished him on social media already. Amitabh Bachchan is the undisputed and unconquered king of Bollywood, but what makes him special are his unique fans, who go to extreme lengths to prove their love for him. Big B has a crazy fanbase both numerically and literally and even if you don't trust my words, these instances will make you believe that it's true: 1. A Truck Full Of Samosas © Instagram In 1982, when Amitabh Bachchan got fatally injured on the sets of 'Coolie', a samosa vendor prayed for his speedy recovery. After he was discharged from the hospital and was doing fine, the vendor sent a truck full of samosas to the actor's residence. He asked him to touch the truck once, so that he could distribute the samosas as prasad to his fans. 2. A Temple In Kolkata © Instagram Amitabh Bachchan is undoubtedly a living legend in Bollywood, a megastar who is not only loved but worshipped by his fans. But, in Kolkata, he has an actual temple built in his name. It is also said that the fans managed to get their hands on the same shoes he wore in 'Agneepath' and placed them on the very chair he sat on in 'Aks'. The temple walls have 'Jai Shri Amitabh' written on it and people sing a customised aarti for him. 3. Stalked Jalsa & Threatened To Commit Suicide © Instagram A female fan once threatened to commit suicide outside Bachchan's house, when the guards and the police didn't let her meet him. She also wanted to be employed in Jalsa, so that she could stay under the same roof as him. 4. A 100 Year-Old-Fan © Twitter There was a time when Big B's 100-year-old fan forgot everyone, even her family members and wouldn't even eat. However, she was motivated to eat when she was told that Bachchan will meet her. T 1126 -Bernadine D'Souza a fan who turns 100 years on 18th !!!! Wished her on video .. suffers Alzheimers .. only name she remembers .. AB — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 17, 2013 She even appeared on 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' and screamed his name out loud when she saw him. T 1126 -So touched and moved by that request from her family. She does not eat her food unless they tell her that AB is coming .. !! — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 17, 2013 5. From A Fan To A Drug Dealer © Instagram Big B tweeted about this himself in 2012 that a Russian female fan turned into a drug dealer to earn money, so that she can travel to India to meet him. T 912 - Another Russian girl became a drug dealer to earn money to travel to see me in India .. got caught and is in jail .. aahh ! painfull — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 25, 2012
  13. Craig Monson, also known as the gangster bodybuilder, is a relatively unknown name in the bodybuilding community and most reading this article may not have even heard his name. Even though relatively less popular, he was one of the guys who were an integral part of the golden era of bodybuilding, that is, the 70s and the 80s. So Who Was This Bodybuilder? © Twitter You may have heard his name from CT Fletcher in his very first YouTube video and CT claimed that Craig was one of his early inspirations and motivators that got him into the gym. Why Was He Called The Gangster Bodybuilder? Craig was a member of a gang called The Avenue in the 1960s and one of the early members of the well-known street gang called The Cribs. He was known for being in and out of the prison a lot during the 60s and the 70s. A Few Facts About Craig Monson That Made Him Make A Huge Name During The Golden Era Of Bodybuilding He was crazy strong. He used to frequent the Venice Beach Gold's gym and rub shoulders with the famous bodybuilders of the time like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He would draw large crowds to the beach whenever he lifted there due to the crazy amount of weights he could lift. Some examples of this would be doing 500 pounds for 10 reps for bench press and 585 pounds for 5 reps. He would lift 225 pounds behind the neck tricep extensions. © Twitter He was the biggest bodybuilder of the 70s and the 80s. In his offseason, he would weigh around 310 pounds and on stage, the highest he had been was 274 pounds. That crazy amount of mass was not even something one would imagine getting on stage those days. He also had 23 and 1/4 inch arms. He used to compete in amateur shows during his gangster years and during those years, he used to compete naturally without taking any anabolic steroids. Even when competing naturally, he got up to 240 lbs in his offseason. © Twitter His inspiration to compete in pro shows came from Arnold after seeing Arnold doing a guest posing routine as Conan the Barbarian. The Barbarian character sort of spoke to his personality and drove him so much that he decided to get back to competing. © Twitter In the early 80s, someone at his gym was giving him steroids in the guise of vitamins and he did not realize it at the time. Once he did, he instead went to a doctor to get the actual prescription and went on from around 240-250 to over 300 lbs. © Twitter The show that got into pro-level bodybuilding was the Mr. World show which was held in Switzerland in the early 80s. He went to that show weighing 270+ lbs and there were no bodybuilders that had even reached 260 on stage during the time. The show placed him 5th but the crowd was so unhappy that they got vocal about their angst. This made the judges reconsider the placing and took an audience opinion instead. In doing so, Monson was crowned as the World champ in that show. © Twitter He is relatively unpopular mainly due to his dark past and his gangster days but Monson was really one of the big names that popularized the sport during the golden era of bodybuilding. © Twitter Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and join his FREE Facebook Fitness group.
  14. Bodybuilding as a sport became an altogether different monster in the 90s. The 70s and the 80s were dominated by smaller waists and aesthetic physiques whereas the 90s indicated the dawn of the mass era. The 90s began the era of being as big as possible along with being shredded. It was dominated by famous personalities like Dorian Yates, Shawn Ray, Flex Wheeler, Kevin Levrone, Ronnie Coleman, and the likes. Nasser El Sonbaty AKA 'The Professor' © Bodybuilding.pic.archives He was an IFBB pro who participated in 53 pro competitions always being placed very high in the rankings. His most notable wins would be the Night of the Champions and the Arnold Classic in 1999 where he beat a bunch of spectacular athletes to the throne. Here are a few interesting facts about 'the professor': 1. He Was A Real Smart Fellow Nasser El Sonbaty was half Serbian, half Egyptian and hailed from Germany. He was a highly learned man and graduated college with a handful of degrees in history, political science, and sociology. He even spoke 7 languages fluently. 2. His Guest Posing Earned Him The Nickname The professor was a name not just given to him for the sheer amount of intelligence he had but also due to one typical aspect of his guest posing. He would wear round glasses during his guest posing shows. The round glasses and the intelligence put together earned him the nickname of 'the professor'. © Youtube 3. He Was Very Open About His Drug Usage A lot of pro bodybuilders even today fool their fans into believing that the sheer size and leanness they carry can be achieved naturally to sell a bunch of shit supplements to their followers. Kinda slitting their throats and laughing their way to the banks. Not 'the professor' though. He was very open about his usage of anabolic steroids for bodybuilding along with substances like human growth hormone and diuretics. 4. He Was Called The 'Uncrowned' Mr. O Nasser El Sonbaty used to almost always place in the top 5, the 1997 Olympia was his best performance and almost everyone who has seen clippings of that show believes that he was the more deserving athlete to win the coveted Sandow. The professor really brought it to the stage that day and hands down beat the existing champ and the winner of that show, Dorian Yates. Dorian Yates had suffered a tricep injury just 3 weeks before the show and due to that, his arms and overall conditioning were not on point. The professor beat him in all the poses but still did not win the title. He came second in that show but was the champion for people who watched that show. © Bodybuilding-pics 5. He Died Due To Suspected Steroid Abuse The professor lost his life in the March of 2013 due to kidney failure and heart complications at the young age of 47. He needed a heart transplant and could not get the same on time and died due to multiple complications. His autopsy showed that his heart weighed two times the weight of a normal adult male heart. Note- All this can be linked back to steroid usage and you cannot deny the fact that the anabolic steroid built muscle comes with a hefty price to pay. This is not to take anything from his complications and I am pretty sure he would have had a significant impact in shaping the future sport had he been alive today. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and join his FREE Facebook Fitness group.
  15. Imagine you are scrolling through your Facebook feed, the autoplay is turned on and you are greeted by a wild cacophony of sounds that instantly make you cringe and you wish you could get a detox done, right then and there. But alas, that is not to be. There is no coming back from the trauma of living through Tahir Shah's 'Eye To Eye' even if it was merely for a few seconds. While most decent human beings would try to recuperate from the shock and let it go, I decided to turn my pain into a means of mass torture to put things in sync with the 'Morose Monday' #feels. In the last few years, numerous 'viral' songs hit our screens and made us pull at our hair in the sheer hope that anything besides this, would be a better source of agony. So I decided to pick the 7 most terrible (read dardnaak) viral songs in the recent years that made our ears bleed. 1. Dhinchak Pooja 'Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj' & 'Dilon Ka Shooter Hai Mera Scooter' With 36,118,838 and 12,160,485 views respectively, who would guess these are a sham in the name of songs? When Dhinchak Pooja's 'Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj' came out, it was so widely circulated across social media platforms that you couldn't have escaped it even if you tried. The pain was for real and lasted for weeks to come even after you went ahead on a social media detox. 2. Pikotaro - 'PPAP' (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen) While the obscure lyrics of this one apparently made the song “catchy” for some and even evoked laughter at first, I wouldn't say I could tolerate it for a second time, even as it was picking up the pace in India. My Instagram and Facebook feed was literally blowing up with this guy's face and his strange song talking about a non-existent fruity pen that nobody really gave a shit about. Also, what was with that outfit?! 3. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan - 'Love Charger' God must have his ways of bringing people to justice because after putting people through this torture, it is only a miracle the victims have survived to tell their stories. I wonder who wrote such horrid lyrics and then added such ear-puncturing music to produce such a ghastly composition that will trouble generations to come, who have access to this god-awful piece. 4. Om Prakash - 'Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya' It is with a heavy heart that I am including this song to the story, because neither the song nor the lyrics possess anything of value to go viral. The lyrics are sexist, demeaning and introduce rape as the normal outcome of wearing short clothes or hanging out with friends. The very fact that people found such a derogatory song entertaining and funny is appalling, to say the least. 5. Vennu Mallesh - 'It's My Life Whatever I Wanna Do' Another masterpiece that shattered the little semblance of tolerance we had for upcoming talents. Who decides to fund such songs and even rent out an entire studio for such a joke of a music video? And to top it all, this went viral because, of course, we had never heard anything of the sort before. 6. Rinku Bhabhi - 'Mere Husband Mujhe Pyaar Nahi Karte' I wouldn't lie but I had a fit of laughter the first time I heard this song. I know I said the first time because I am guilty of having heard it two more times when my sister and best friend decided to make me relive the moments of “ecstasy” during two different occasions. I really cannot say I can make much sense out of this. 7. Taher Shah - 'Eye To Eye' & 'Angel' I really have no words for these two jewels right here, but if you have heard these songs, know that your life wasn't the same after. Also, you gotta watch both the videos to share my pain. Please. Tell us, which of these make it to your most painful viral videos list?
  16. It's a sad day for gamers. In fact, a sad day for young gaming professionals who would compete with each other to test their skills. Two gamers and perhaps multiple others were killed and injured at a mass shooting in Florida, United States. The tournament was for a Madden 19 tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. © Twitch Madden is a popular game developed by Electronic Arts, the same company that makes the extremely popular Fifa series. Like the Fifa games, Madden also garners a highly competitive community that likes to test their skill against other players. The incident took place in the middle of the qualifying round and reportedly has left at least four dead, one of which was the shooter who appears to have shot himself. Witnesses claim there were at least two shooters. The motive for the shooting has not been confirmed yet; however, a fellow competitor claimed that the shooter was a fellow player who had been knocked out of the tournament and sought revenge. © Twitch The entire gaming community such as developers, companies and fellow gamers in general have expressed their solidarity for the victims of this incident: OFFICIAL NFL STATEMENT: We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to all those affected. (1/2) — NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2018 We're shocked and saddened by the senseless violence in Jacksonville, FL. Our deepest sympathies are with those affected. — DICE (@EA_DICE) August 26, 2018 We share our deepest sympathies to the victims and the Jacksonville community. Gaming brings us all together & we will support efforts from the @EA family however we can. — Bethesda (@bethesda) August 26, 2018 We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Jacksonville today. Twitch and all its staff send our deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones, and everyone in our community who's grieving today. — Twitch (@Twitch) August 26, 2018 The Jacksonville shooting hits extremely close to home. Our condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. Our hearts are with you. — HyperX (@HyperX) August 26, 2018 Electronic Arts tweeted a short statement in two parts: “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.” © YouTube It's great to see the gaming community coming together to express their condolences for the victims. The incident is undoubtedly a sad day for the gaming community and we will know more about the incident and exactly what happened soon. Disclaimer: Main Image for representation purposes only.
  17. Just because they weren't the number 1 pick that year doesn't mean they aren't excellent basketball players.
  18. Last week, Apple crossed the US$ 1 trillion mark in terms of market capitalization, becoming the first publicly traded American company to reach this milestone. While oil and natural minerals have always been the most-sought commodity since mankind's inception, none of these industries have ever recorded a trade this huge. Apple is immensely popular today, its mobile operating system, iOS, has a market share of almost 19 per cent worldwide. Unlike Google's Android, iOS only runs on iPhones, and Apple releases just a couple of them every year. While it may not be dominating the personal computer and laptop segment in terms of market share, it sure has a majority chunk of the premium sales. MacBooks have been the go-to choice for users around the globe, and just like iOS, officially, only MacBooks runs on MacOS. © Apple Post Apple recently has also taken over the smartwatch market by storm, making a huge dent in the sales of well-established brands like Fitbit and Jawbone. This company has a history of releasing very few products but selling an unimaginable quantity of it. But, did you know Apple was near bankruptcy in 1997? Its computers just weren't selling and had to take an investment from Microsoft to survive. © Reuters In 1997, Steve Jobs was brought back to Apple after the acquisition of Next Computers. Back then, the company had just 90 days of operational funds left and had cut a third of its workforce. Jobs immediately secured a US$ 150 million investment from Microsoft and got an assurance from Bill Gates that Microsoft would support its Office products for the Mac for five years. © Apple / Wikipedia In return, Apple dropped a major lawsuit against Microsoft alleging copy of user interface and experience of the MacOS for Windows. A year later in 1998, Apple launched the iMac G3, which was an all-in-one desktop computer that was designed for domestic consumption. It was a staggering hit, and Apple was back in business. The iMac was a hit because competing products from IBM, HP and others were too bulky and complicated to use. The iMac was just a single unit product, looked well designed and had a first of its kind OS. In the coming few years, Apple invested heavily in the mobile audio industry. The iPod was released in 2001, back then mobile audio players were very bulky, required a cassette or CD and the Walkman was still trending. Apple completely digitized the record industry by launching iTunes in 2003. Since the first generation iPod, the company continued releasing newer and improved variants like the Mini, Nano, Shuffle, and Touch. In 2007, Apple announced it had sold its one-hundred millionth iPod. In the same year, Apple announced the iPhone. Just like the iPod, the iPhone was revolutionary and made for the young audience. While competitors were making the chunky BlackBerry and Nokia, Apple was selling a sleek touch-enabled phone. © Apple Since 2007, iPhone sales have steadily increased worldwide and while competitors like BlackBerry, Nokia, and Motorola are nowhere to be seen today, Apple rules the premium smartphone industry. One thing that has always remained constant in all Apple products is compatibility. User experience and the ease of sync between every product line, has been the core reason why people have bought more and more Apple products. While many consider this to be a drawback, Apple's bubble ultimately provides more value to the user in the longer run. © Apple While Apple has majorly built its empire on B2C (business to consumer) selling, it has made sure that its offering is unmatchable by competition in terms of end value, quality, and experience.
  19. The artificial intelligence bot that had previously beaten human in DOTA 2 had received an update which could enable it to compete with semi-professional DOTA 2 players. The good news is that Human players did a better job this time around but still lost to the AI bot. © Twitch Dubbed as the 'OpenAI Five', the bot was able to destroy players during the warm-up sessions before it took on a team of humans that included former DOTA 2 professionals along with Twitch streamers Fogged, Cap, Merlini and Blitz. The game was a best of three series and OpenAI Five started strongly against the human players. The bot managed to win the first two games with ease. To keep things interesting, OpenAI Five let the audience select the team of five heroes which basically helped the human players by a large margin. The third game was won by the human players due to the weak team that was chosen by the audience members for the AI bot. The OpenAI team made small tweaks to the neural network last month which increased the bots' reaction time and also enabled to come up with new strategies. OpenAI is a non-profit organisation that was founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman. The bot uses machine learning and a neural network to teach itself to play DOTA 2. The previous version of the AI bot has beaten the top-ranked professionals in the 1v1 version of the game last year. © OpenAI OpenAI wants to now beat a team of DOTA 2 professionals at this year's "The International”, a major annual tournament and one of the biggest e-sports tournaments in the world.
  20. 'Christian Bale has done it again!' – a line I read and write every few months. Yep, another Christian Bale transformation is upon us since he's wrapped up his latest movie and is probably planning his next movie, oh wait, actually the next shape he needs to transform into. The most extra method actor in history had packed on the pounds to play the role of Dick Cheney in the upcoming biopic 'Backseat'. He looked so unrecognizable after going from 'Batman' to 'Fatman', he even inspired a bunch of hilarious memes and further cemented my personal conspiracy theory, that he's not human but a very talented shapeshifter. Here's the happiest Christian Bale has ever looked, even though he looks like an egg. christian bale looks like a chef in a food magazine talking abt how his love of cooking helped him kick his drug addiction pic.twitter.com/mkJwwRCfJO — KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) November 15, 2017 One more meme to see the full extent of his method acting. Christian Bale is that bloke in the pub that clears the empty glasses even tho he doesn't work there. pic.twitter.com/JzQf7hhgMV — Paddy (@padleyr80) November 15, 2017 But, nothing lasts forever. Christian is not Batman anymore and he's not even Fatman now. He's lost all the weight he put on and people are saying he looks like his normal self again, but I don't think this guy even has a normal self anymore. He's not average, he'll never be an average weight or build, and he fully embraces it. After all, he's the only non-human superstar in Hollywood. © Backgrid © Mega His ('American) Hustle' to be the best in any movie he signs and get into the skin of his character is commendable and I'm also a little conflicted. We all want him to deliver many more incredible movies, but his ever-fluctuating weight is so stressful, as he never wants to play average sized humans.
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