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  1. Over the last few years, Creatine has gained a lot of popularity amongst athletes and fitness enthusiast. With this surge in popularity, supplement manufacturers have also started offering various forms of Creatine. They claim that these other forms have different usage and some even claim that they are even more effective than the regular Creatine Monohydrate. © Getty Images In this article, I will tell you why the traditional Creatine Monohydrate still remains the best choice as compared to other options available in the market. The other options in which creatine is available these days are the following:- Creatine Ethyl Ester Liquid Creatine Creatine Hydrochloride Creatine Magnesium Chelate Now, let's see why Creatine Monohydrate still beats the other contenders? 1. Better Research Data Available Than Others – At least hundreds of studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of Creatine till date. It is interesting to know that around 90 per cent of them were conducted on Monohydrate only. Only a handful of studies have been conducted on other forms of Creatine out of which only a few of them were conducted on humans. Thus, it won't be wrong to say that conclusive evidence for the effectiveness of creatine is not available for any other form except for Monohydrate. 2. Monohydrate Form Is More Effective Than Others – Creatine Monohydrate has proven to be effective in increasing the strength, power, muscle mass and overall exercise performance in athletes and trained individuals. © Getty Images When Creatine Monohydrate in powdered form was compared to liquid and other forms, the results were not similar. In a study conducted by the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation USA it was established that Creatine Monohydrate is better absorbed and effective than ethyl ester and other liquid forms of creatine. In another study conducted by The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, New Zealand, a group of cyclists who consumed Creatine Monohydrate in powdered form was able to increase their performance by ten per cent and the group that consume liquid creatine had no changes in their performance levels. 3. Better Availability – Creatine Monohydrate is easily available as compared to other forms of creatine in the market. Almost every supplement company manufactures it and you can easily find it in any random supplement store and online stores as well. On the other hand, there are only a few manufacturers who manufacture creatine hydrochloride or liquid creatine. Due to limited demand, manufacturers and distributors have limited supply with them. In fact, this is one of the reasons that you find hydrochloride and other forms of creatine as a blend with various pre-workout brands. They are added to the ingredient profile to make the product sound better than others. © Getty Images 4. Cost-Effective – Creatine Monohydrate is one of the cheapest supplement available in the market. It's per serving cost is the lowest as compared to any other supplement as well as any other form of creatine. Since other forms of Creatine have less demand, their supply is less and hence come at a higher price than monohydrate. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  2. You must have heard so many times from gym trainers and fitness enthusiasts that you need to ignore all your favourite foods, especially carbs if you want to put on muscle. Unfortunately, this is nothing but proof of the growing misinformation in the industry. All the macronutrients, i.e. protein, fats, and carbs are important for you. Here's the role of every macronutrient and why you should consume them in order to build muscle: 1. Eat Your Protein To Build Muscle & Lose Fat © Getty Images Protein is your best friend when it comes to building muscle. Protein is so important during a cutting phase, that its consumption actually needs to go up as calories go down. So, as you decrease your intake of carbs and fat in an attempt to lose body fat, protein intake becomes more important because it'll help you to prevent muscle loss when dieting. Not only does dietary protein helps preserve lean muscle when your calorie deficit is high, but it also helps you feel more satiated, which helps you stick to your diet. Additionally, because of the thermic effect of food (TEF), protein consumption also speeds up your metabolism by about 25%. Remember, the thermic effect of food is the energy you expend digesting and absorbing what you eat. What To Eat: Lean meats like chicken breast, turkey breast, and lean fish certainly fit the bill. There are also some types and cuts of red meat that are 90% lean or more. Egg whites, greek yoghurt, and whey protein. For vegetarians- whey protein, greek yoghurt, etc. When To Consume: The two most important times to have protein are before and after resistance training workouts. This is especially important when your goal is to keep all your muscle. Then just disburse your protein fairly evenly throughout the day. How Much Should You Have? If your goal is to build muscle then 1.6-2.0g/kg/day If your goal is to lose fat then 2.0-2.5/kg/day 2. Eat Your Veggies © Getty Images The vast majority of vegetables have very few calories, yet contain an order of micronutrients that enable your body to perform optimally. Veggies are usually fibrous carbs. This means it's a vegetable that's high in fibre (and water) yet low in calorie. So they'll help fill you up and keep you full longer, improve your health and performance while having negligible calories. Not prioritizing vegetable intake is probably the main defect I see among athletes and lifters. It's a mistake I've made too. I've since realized micronutrient intake from a variety of vegetables is a critical component of any good diet. What, When, And How Much: Most vegetables qualify as fibrous carbs, but not all. Like- spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, fenugreek, cauliflower, etc. Now, when should you eat veggies? Every meal, except pre and post meal to digest protein and carbs as soon as possible How Much: 2-4 servings per day. An added advantage is that proper fibre intake can help you to look hard and shredded, as fibre decreases bloating effect. 3. Eat Your Fats For Your Hormones © Getty Images Some of you must have heard that dietary fat doesn't automatically turn into body fat, and some of you must have heard that it does. Dietary fat is a great source of steady energy, partly because it doesn't lead to blood sugar spikes and the highs and lows in energy that comes with that. Dietary fat also has positive effects on your brain and the rest of your nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and more. For example, maximizing testosterone levels and insulin sensitivity are just two ways of eating the right types of fat can help you. What To Eat: Think avocados, olives, fatty fish, oils, butter, fatty meats, etc. When To Eat: With the possible exception of pre and/or post-workout, which are your carb-heavy meals, you should have a plentiful dose of healthy fat with every meal. How Much: A good range of intake is around 20-35% of your total calories per day. 4. Eat Your Carbs To Aid Performance © Getty Images Carbs provide energy. More correctly, carbs provide a faster-burning source of energy. This makes carbs the optimal source of fuel for high-intensity exercise, like weight training. You really don't need carbs to fuel low-intensity activities, which is almost everything most of us do on a daily basis. Dietary fat (and your own body fat) serve as perfect roots of energy for these low-intensity activities including walking. What To Eat: Any carb source which you like can be counted in your carb intake. Like rice, pasta, fruits, veggies, bread, ice cream, etc. Yes, you can eat ice cream and lose fat. Because it's all about net energy balance in the end. When To Eat: When you're trying to lose fat quickly, the only reason to have a decent-sized portion of carbs is to fuel and refuel from a high-intensity activity in which you need to perform well. For the vast majority, eat your carbs before and after a workout. Don't eat carbs just to eat carbs; work for them! If you like more carbs than fats then make sure you utilize them during your training and activities outside the gym. How Much To Eat: An ideal intake is to consume 3-5g/kg/day. Minimum 1g/kg/day. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  3. He has an image of being the 'Unsuitable Boy' and he is proud to carry this tag. There are no brownie points in guessing who we talking about. It's none other than Karan Johar, and the man is celebrating his 47th birthday today in a rather intimate style in New York. He is undoubtedly one of the leading producers and filmmakers in Bollywood and we can't deny it. After all, he is the man who changed the idea of seeing romance on the screen. Karan carries this boss-like attitude with him at all times and never let the negativity seep in and drag him down. “It's okay to be imperfect, it's okay to not resonate with the perceived reality. Life is not a Hallmark card" - that's what Karan feels and sticks to in his life. It's never been easy for him as he has always had to struggle to earn love and respect from the masses. From being just a filmmaker to hosting a show to being an anchor to now becoming a dad to twins Roohi and Yash, Karan has taken the lead in his life despite the many hurdles. He has been targeted for being the 'movie mafia' or the 'flag bearer of Nepotism' but he has never let it get in his way. His recent ventures 'Kalank' and 'Student of the Year 2' took a backseat but Karan is all set to move on and pick up other projects. On his birthday, we decided to delve further into what sets this man apart from the rest: Had No Qualms In Accepting His Sexuality View this post on Instagram I have voted!! #voteindia have you?? A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:34am PDT Everyone knows that coming out of the closet can be a life-altering experience for a person, but Karan took it in his stride and how. He spoke without hesitations in his autobiography. “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don't need to scream it out. I won't only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this,” wrote Karan. It takes guts to break out of your shell when you know you are in a position where you can be judged for literally everything you do, both personally and professionally. Opening Up About His Virginity Once again, he took social media by storm when he opened up on how he lost his virginity. In his book, he mentioned that he paid for the first time he had ***. "It just seemed a bit stupid; it seemed fake because, obviously, the person assigned to please you is going to please you artificially." Godfather Of Nepotism View this post on Instagram #Kalank!!!!! Tomorrow!!!!!!â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Apr 16, 2019 at 10:37am PDT Call him a 'movie mafia' or a 'flag bearer of nepotism', Karan takes it all in and is completely unapologetic. He doesn't mind being called 'nepotism ka Baap' as he believes that he will do everything that will benefit him. “We're not NGOs! We are businesses with bottom lines and budgets. And tomorrow if I want to launch Shah Rukh Khan's son because he's Shah Rukh Khan's son and I believe I can gain from it, why won't I? I run a company, it's a balance of commerce and art, and both matter. I have also launched Sidharth Malhotra who has nothing to do with anyone, but why bother mentioning that,” Karan says as a solid response on being tagged as 'flag bearer of Nepotism'. Being A Mother To His Twins View this post on Instagram When you smile and your son pouts! It's really a feeling of fatherhood! ð· @thehouseofpixels A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Feb 9, 2019 at 3:48am PST Karan became a father to twins, Roohi and Yash, via surrogacy. Again, people had several theories but we applaud him for being to a mother to his kids and it's not an easy job to handle his production ventures and still being able to be the nurturer. “Being a single parent is really very scary and daunting…because post my mother- and that thought scares me every single day I just hope that I have all the love in my heart to give them and to not make them feel incomplete in any other way and not make them feel like they are missing out on a certain part of the parental process,” Karan said. King Of Romance KJo has stuck to the romance genre religiously and has changed the concept of how we see love on the big screen. For example, 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' - is not an ever after love story. The idea of moving on is what Karan taught us through the film and also the bitter fact that love does not always bring happiness. In 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna', he made the protagonists leave their spouses and give love a second chance. He is all about showing love in an unconventional manner, which undeniably makes him the king of romance. On this note, we wish him a very happy birthday.
  4. You probably know by now, from the nonstop conversations around you, that you're supposed to prep your skin before going out in the sun. UV rays can be really tough on our skin, but you probably didn't know that your skin needs protection indoors as well. Evolving research finds that the new keyword for the grooming regime is blue light, which is the harmful radiation emitted from all of our digital screens like phones, cameras, tablets, computers, and more. There are negative effects of the blue light on our sleep and skin too. We check our phones on an average of 150 times a day and clock up more than 10 hours of screen time daily. This means we are getting significantly more blue light exposure than we get from the sun alone. © Getty Images Skin damage caused by HEV light may be as harmful as the damage caused by UVA and UVB light combined. It does not generate the redness and inflammation triggered by UVB and UVA, but like UVA, blue light may be another silent, long-term ageing wavelength. Blue light has the highest energy wavelength, which can penetrate deep into the skin and damage even the innermost skin layer. © Getty Images How Does Blue Light (HEV) Damage The Skin? The Blue HEV light has exposed the harsh reality that we are all exposed to some form of HEV light every day and our skin is under attack, even when we are indoors. Computer monitors, flat screen televisions, mobile phones with flat screens, energy efficient cool white daylight or full spectrum lights, reflective surfaces like snow, concrete, sand, water, and glass or even sitting near car windows, provide constant exposure to the damaging effects of HEV light. Research indicates that the blue light triggers cell oxidation and damages proteins in the human skin. What's worse is that long-term exposure to concentrated blue light energy can cause skin damage, including colour changes (think; dark spots and hyperpigmentation), inflammation (redness), developing fine lines and wrinkles. Considering the humongous amount of time, your skin is exposed to the screen, you can imagine how fast your skin is ageing. © Getty Images How To Punch Back The Blue Light (HEV) Damage? The good news is that there are measures you can take to protect your skin and lessen the damage that HEV- blue light can inflict. © Getty Images · Use a full tablespoon of organic sunscreen with protection from UVA and UVB rays on your face and reapply at least every two to three hours even when you are indoors. · Load up on antioxidants; whether in your skin care routine or diet. They help fight free radical damage to your body cells. · Dim the light on your phone and computer screen to lessen the impact of the blue light, or apply a blue light filter, but this is not guaranteed to prevent damage. So, pack your sunscreen into your work bag! The new rules of sunscreen will guard your skin against the blue light. Remember to protect your skin every day- yes, it's the new swag, to use sunscreen indoors. Author Bio: The author of this article, Mr Rahul Aggarwal is the CEO of Organic Harvest.
  5. When it comes to dating, there are certain must-have qualities that women look out for. Now, of course, these include being chivalrous, good-natured, humorous and respectful. But over and above this, there are just a few extreme measures (all in good humour) that men need to master to truly be the perfect Instagram boyfriend for their date. And to help you do so we've partnered with just the right wingman – the new OPPO Reno 10x Zoom. The soon to be launched flagship is ready to steer OPPO to new horizons in India. With OPPO Reno 10x Zoom, it's just the beginning! Powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has a top-level hardware configuration that ensures a smooth experience. Now for those of you still wondering how Reno's configurations make it the perfect wingman, we've listed down the ultimate ways you can impress your lady love and score brownie points using the smartphone. You Don't Need To Play Photographer When Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Can Do It For You Dating also comes with additional responsibilities of clicking Instagram pictures for your date against colourful backdrops. And getting the right picture is never easy. What can I say, women want the best! And that's where OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes in the picture, literally! The smartphone is powered by a rear tri-lens full-length focal camera that ensures creativity. The 48MP main camera ensures clarity in both daytime and night mode. The 4-in-1 resolution focus technology delivers stronger low-light performance for higher resolution, sharper pictures. The 8MP camera has a 120° wide angle lens that broadens your picture perspective and delivers shots against scenic landscapes. The 13MP telephoto lens along with the 8MP and 48 MP camera helps achieve the 10x Hybrid zoom. View this post on Instagram Swipe left to get '10x closer' to architectural masterpiece with #OPPOReno and its powerful 10x Hybrid Zoom. Soon in India, 28th May. Know more: https://bit.ly/2WA7fAR #Reno10x A post shared by OPPO India (@oppomobileindia) on May 22, 2019 at 5:26am PDT You Can Impress Her With Reno 10x Zoom's Paparazzi Skills The 13MP telephoto lens camera is powered by a 10x Hybrid Zoom and that along with the ultra-wide-angle camera and the ultra clear main camera, helps you capture far-off objects with clarity. That means you can play the paparazzi for your date and capture her red-carpet like entry without her realizing. It's The Perfect Thirdwheel To Your Netflix And Chill Nights The smartphone features unique shark fin rising camera that ensures an extremely thin bezel on the display. This gives the users an uninterrupted screen-to-body ratio. With a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels, the smartphone has a 6.6-inch AMOLED screen that is rich in colours and has a feature that helps reduce the harmful blue light from the screen. OPPO It's A Conversation Starter The impressive and sleek unified body of the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is definitely a conversation starter. Available in 3D gradient colours, it makes the perfect style statement irrespective of the setting. So are you ready to give this wingman a go?
  6. Driving in India is a tedious and nerve-wracking task. From shouting at pedestrians for jaywalking to being the only one who follows the traffic lights, it is stressful. And don't even get us started about the Indian roads. But, in spite of all the fuss about it, we Indians simply love the luxury of driving around and owning the best of the cars. And that gets us back to the big news – the entry of the Korean automobile brand Kia Motors in the Indian market. Anyone who is obsessed with cars would know what that means. Kia has announced their entry in India and is all set to roll out cars at the dealerships from August 2019. But here's our point – this should have happened way sooner, as Kia Motors makes the best of the cars and we've been missing out on them all. Here are 6 reasons why this brand should have come to India sooner: 1. We Need More Of Quirky And Compact We are a country of middle-class people who buy things that are paisa vasool – that means a car that looks great, is tech-savvy, practical and fuel-efficient, all at the same time. Keeping the demanding nature of this middle-class Gen Z in mind, Kia Motors offers a range of compact economy cars that are also performance-driven. 2. They Have Green Options Too Electric cars might have a niche market in India but thankfully, it is seeing a surge in popularity with more and more people looking for Green options. Kia Motors has the highly efficient Kia Soul & Niro Electric Vehicle. If introduced in India, this efficient and economic model is surely going to be a customer favourite. Kia 3. They Stand Out In A Crowd With Their Trippy Hues There is no dearth of options in India and that's why we need something that stands out from the rest – here's where Kia comes into the picture. With their sleek designs and trippy hues and unique shapes, they are everything that we've always wanted. Each of the Kia models has a different look completed with their signature Tiger grille. Their trippy colour palette includes hues like Mysterious Blue, Alien 2 Green, Caffeine Brown and Wild Orange. 4. It's Luxury With Quality Those of you who think that Asian cars are inferior in quality need to think again. Kia Motors has won multiple global quality awards like IQS for their fine quality, safety and designs that are an absolute value for money. Their interiors are just as polished and sleek as the exterior design of the car. With comfort the number one priority, the interiors give a more spacious and luxurious vibe to the car. 5. They Offer More For Less - The Power To Surprise Compared to other high-end brands, Kia Motors strive to offer the best and most up-to-date features in economy cars. In fact, Kia has been ranked in the list of Top 10 Best Midsize Cars for the Money. Kia 6. We've Been Settling With Our Safety Options While most of the cars rely heavily on airbags and camera-sensor rearview mirrors, the Kia Motors line up offers smart and advanced safety features that include Blind-Spot Detection, Lane-Change Assist, surround-view camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Now that's what our accident-prone Indian roads need. Well, in spite of all that we've missed, let's just give a warm welcome to Kia Motors and say it's better late than never!
  7. It has been a harrowing week for Chinese company Huawei since it was included in the entity list by the US Government. This basically means that American companies cannot do business with the Chinese tech giant without prior approval from the Government. In the wake of this decision, companies like Qualcomm, Intel, ARM, Google have all revoked access for licenses and acquiring of components. Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone company in the world and with losing access from American companies for key components and licenses, it is essentially a death sentence for the company. Here's a list of companies that won't be doing any business with Huawei at least until things are resolved: ARM © ARM ARM is by far the biggest blow to the Chinese company as the company severed ties as of yesterday. Huawei can build its own operating system and acquire other components from non-American companies; however, without a license from ARM, Huawei cannot manufacture their own chipsets. ARM basically design the chips and then license them out to companies for manufacturing. Their designs are used on Laptops, Smartphones, IoT products and wearables. These designs are used by companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and previously Huawei. HiSilicon, Huawei's SoC subsidiary has been using ARM-based chipsets for a while and losing access to the license essentially means that Huawei cannot make processors. Since the company has also lost access to Qualcomm, Huawei will not be able to deliver a smartphone. Having said that, there are other alternatives such as sourcing chipsets from non-American companies such as MediaTek and Samsung. Qualcomm and Intel © BCCL Qualcomm and Intel both provide components to Huawei that essentially powered various products such as laptops and mobile phones. Intel provides server chips and processor for Huawei's laptop line which essentially renders future Huawei laptops useless. Qualcomm, on the other hand, provides modems and other processors that power other products. Since Huawei makes its own chipsets, Qualcomm's impact was less prominent yet still crucial. Even though Huawei has been stockpiling chipsets for future use, sooner or later the company will run out unless the conflict is resolved by then. Broadcom and Xilinx have also announced they are suspending sales of products to Huawei as well. Western Digital and Micron Technology Like any other smartphone, it needs memory to store data and Huawei smartphones used Western Digital and Micron Technology as their suppliers. Micron Technology makes memory chips that are used in smartphones. As of now, the company has also revoked access to the Chinese company. Huawei will not be able to source storage chips from American companies as of now; however, it can source similar components from Samsung. Android © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Google has also revoked Huawei's Android license as a move to be compliant with the US Government's ban. The company will be able to provide updates for current Huawei smartphones for the next three months but it doesn't help the situation. Huawei is already working on its own operating system based on Google's AOSP (Android Open Source Project), platform. How it will work depends on the final build and whether it will be rolled out globally. Huawei has said that the new operating system will be compatible with Android apps and is scheduled for release later this fall. SD Association © SD Association The latest organisation to boot Huawei is the SD association which means Huawei is no longer allowed to make any products with SD or microSD slots. This will affect Huawei's smartphone and laptop lines as the SD Association develops and authorises the use of standards for SD storage. The list on the organisation's website silently removed Huawei's name from the list. Suspensions of Orders Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator has suspended the sale of Huawei's Mate 20X (5G) on its website for the time. The smartphone was listed on Vodafone's UK website and the suspension could possibly extend to other regions as well. Even the Microsoft store pulled Huawei's MateBook X Pro's listing from its website. In fact, a basic search for any Huawei product on Microsoft's digital store comes up with no results.
  8. There was a time (not so long ago) when men could only choose between boxers or briefs while shopping for underwear. This decision is not as straightforward as it first appears, as each style comes with its own distinct set of pros and cons. However, times have changed, and the stylish gentleman can now enjoy the best features of both boxers and briefs in one style - the boxer brief! As such, if you're still set in your ways when it comes to the contents of your underwear drawer, here are five reasons why you should be making the switch to boxer briefs ASAP! Reason 1: To Get That Much-Needed Support © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment The best briefs for men are popular for being supremely supportive, keeping everything in place without the hassle of excess fabric bunching up underneath your trousers. Boxer briefs match their snug fit, providing ample support and ensuring total comfort for your manhood even if you're on the move all day long. Additionally, they offer greater coverage, which makes them all the more suitable for the more modest gentleman. Reason 2: To Get Just The Right Amount Of Coverage © Shutterstock If you're someone who doesn't usually wear formal trousers of slim-fit jeans, boxers are probably your preferred choice. Not only do they offer breathability, they're also far less revealing than any other style. However, all that extra room comes at a price, because even the best boxers for men have a tendency to bunch up or ride up annoyingly. Boxer briefs, on the other hand, preserve your modesty in a more close-fitting manner, so there's no need to constantly adjust and align them! Reason 3: To Enjoy Unmatched Functionality © Pexels What do you look for when you are underwear shopping? Some tend to go for support, while others prioritise comfort and breathability. The best underwear for men offers all that and much more, shielding your privates from public view while keeping them comfortable all day long. As an added bonus, the extra fabric between your thighs also plays an important role in avoiding any unpleasant rubbing or chafing! Reason 4: To Appreciate Unparalleled Versatility © Pixabay You have different outfits that you wear for different occasions, which would look incredibly out of place if you mixed them up. For example, you wouldn't wear your finest sherwani to work, or wear a suit to the gym, right? However, their multiple virtues make boxer briefs the go-to underwear style for a variety of situations. From gym gear to formal clothes (and everything in between), you can't go wrong with boxer briefs! Reason 5: To Enhance Your Own Appeal © Wikimedia Commons Your body type plays a crucial role in deciding the best underwear style for you, which is why boxers briefs are such a smart fashion choice. The best boxer briefs for men are universally flattering, lending your appearance the modesty of boxers, and the snug fit of the briefs. They're a great choice for men who want to flaunt their well-toned legs, while those who want to hide their extra weight can also take advantage of the slimming effect provided by dark-hued boxer briefs.
  9. If you haven't seen the series finale of 'Game of Thrones', you probably shouldn't read ahead. If GOT has been consistent with one thing even if that's a tautological roundup is the fact that Jon Snow belongs in the North. He began his journey by taking the oath and by the end of the eighth season, heis sent back to it. And that's because he's the Queenslayer now, and people want him executed (mostly the Unsullied, because the Dothraki seem to be chilling at this point.) This seems like a good compromise. But, anyway, that's what we're made to believe that there's no way out for Jon besides taking up the Watch again. However, with the Night King gone, is there a purpose to the Watch at all? Thankfully, Jon gets that too. The last shot of 'Game Of Thrones' follows Jon and the Wildlings beyond the wall as they set out on an adventure to discover what's the great perhaps, or if there is one, to begin with? Again with no White Walkers, you also see fresh growth of plants and blooming trees. This is a good sign. But wait? He's not staying at the wall like he's supposed to. Earlier in a conversation with Ygritte, he once expressed his desire to roam around freely with no responsibilities and I think that's what he's after this time. There's no one to stop or question im beyond the wall and that works for him. He can freely discover new lands now. So, just like Arya is off to discover what's West of Westeros, Jon here is going to thoroughly (this time around) discover what lies beyond the Wall and he seems happy. And here's the thing, these are two storylines we would love to watch.
  10. When Activision announced the Call of Duty Mobile, I was kind of sceptical. As excited as I was, it mostly sounded as if Activision was trying to jump the bandwagon of PUBG Mobile. The last thing I wanted was Activision and Tencent fleshing out a half-baked title. Well, the battle royale mode of Call of Duty Mobile went live yesterday for beta users on Android, so I decided to check it out. Honestly, it only took me just a few rounds of the game to realise that it's very different from PUBG Mobile. In a good way. In fact, I'd say it's exceptional. Here's why I think so: © Call of Duty Mobile A 'Scout' Or A 'Clown'? Pick Your Poison! As soon as you start the battle royale mode, you won't be dropped in a server for matchmaking. Instead, you'll get an option to select and customise your loadout, which I found to be very similar to the Team Deathmatch mode of the game. Within the loadout screen, you can also choose to select your 'Class'. © Call of Duty Mobile Yes, there are a total of six classes to choose from. You can either play as a Scout, Clown, Medic, Ninja, Defender or Mechanic. Depending on the class you choose, you'll get special perks. Playing as a 'Scout', for instance, you'll get a 'Sensor Dart', with which you can see the hostile position in the radar map. As a 'Medic' you'll be able to set up a medical station that heals you and allies continuously. Yes, it's very similar to the 'Lifeline' Legend in Respawn's 'Apex Legends'. I am not going to get into details and spoil the fun, so I suggest you check out other classes and their perks once you get your hands on the title when it arrives. It's awesome! © Call of Duty Mobile The ability to select the class of your player by itself is a huge differentiator which makes this game very different, and in fact, much better than PUBG. Don't get me wrong, PUBG's simple BR approach isn't bad. But I was kind of getting bored with it. If you're too, then you'll love the Call of Duty Mobile's Battle Royale mode. Where We Droppin' Once you select your loadout and you're good to go, you'll find yourself in the lobby waiting for other players to join in. You'll then be joining 100 other players before getting dropped into the map. If you're playing in a squad or duos, one of the players will be a designated 'Jump Leader', who'll get the players to a select spot in the map. Again, very similar to Apex Legends' 'Jump Master' feature. © Call of Duty Mobile Instead of taking a parachute, as you would in PUBG Mobile, here you'll be gliding down with the help of a wingsuit. Is it better? Hell yes! I was able to fly across the map and land exactly where I wanted to every single time. It's quick and incredibly smooth. From there on, it's pretty much the same gameplay experience. You'll have to collect weapons and other loot and jump right into the action. Your character will automatically pick up all the necessary items from the ground, so you don't really have to worry about it. Just make sure you improvise and look for better loot as you progress through the game. I want to say the experience is very similar to PUBG, but that's not really the case. A Tactical Shootout Call of Duty Mobile offers a military-style tactical experience. Unlike PUBG Mobile's fancy skins, all players are well-camouflaged from the start, so it's incredibly hard to find out where they are. You really have to rely on the sound of the footsteps or their weapons. © Call of Duty Mobile Depending on the 'Class' you chose earlier in the game, you'll be able to use the perks and get some tactical advantage too. I spent most of the time playing as a 'Scout' player, so I was constantly using it to scan the area and find enemies. It was a lot of fun. The game also has vehicles, and trust me, there are a lot of them. From a two-person ATV to a squad Helicopter, there's literally a lot to choose from. Just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. © Call of Duty Mobile Before wrapping it up, I'd also like to point out that you can revive your teammates even once they've died. Yes, this isn't something you can do in PUBG Mobile. In Call of Duty Mobile, you can pick up your dead teammate's 'Dogtag' and revive them to bring them back into the action. It's very similar to how you can revive your teammates in some modern battle royale titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite, etc. The Final Say Call of Duty Mobile is a kickass battle royale title that lets you explore to your fullest abilities. It's unlike any other tactical game I've played on mobile, so I'll give full marks for that. If you've played Call Of Duty 4's 'Blackout' mode on PC, Xbox One or PS4, then you'll find yourself right at home. It's very similar to that, which is just awesome. As I mentioned earlier, I was getting bored with PUBG Mobile, to be honest, so I had an amazing time with all the new features like the ability to select classes, customise loadout, etc. If you're bored of PUBG Mobile or Fortnite too, then you'll have a great time slaying enemies in Call of Duty Mobile. Well, at least until there's a new battle royale game in town.
  11. 'Game of Thrones' is finally over, and no one is happy with Season 8 (what else is new?). However, now that it's over, we thought that it's finally time to hand out a very important award - the award for 'The Goodest Boi Of Westeros'. There were many contenders in Season one, but by the end of Season eight, we saw a lot of eliminations. After a lot of deliberation, we have decided that it should go to our top two finalists - Drogon and Ghost. Even though Ghost was leading with major sympathy votes post Jon's unceremonious 'petless' goodbye to him, Drogon caught up in the final episode, and how. Here are 4 reasons why Drogon and Ghost both deserve the coveted award: 1. They are the only two animals to have fought multiple battles valiantly and survived. Ghost fought in the battle of Castle Black, and then against the Night King's army. He lost an ear, but that did not defeat his spirit. Drogon fought the Lannister army during the loot, the White Walker army beyond the wall, as well as the final battle against the Night King's army. He also was injured multiple times, but did not give up. (c) HBO (c) HBO 2. They always had their parents' back. Ghost always came to Jon's rescue whenever he needed him, and continued doing it till the end. Drogon did the same for Dany. Even though he deserted her to go away for a short adventure for some time, he was right there when his mother needed help inside the fighting pit. Both of them always shadowed their mom and dad, and never gave up, even in the face of grave danger. (c) HBO (c) HBO 3. Both are just very intelligent bois who did their best and refused to let go of their parents, even after their death. Ghost refused to leave Jon's corpse post his death and made sure he sat right next to him till he was revived by Melisandre. Drogon tried reviving his dead mother with his snout, before taking her with him as he flew away from King's Landing. When Jon abandoned Ghost without petting him, one could see the sadness in his blood-red eyes, as he stood far away with his head drooping. Drogon, on the other hand, clearly was a perceptive creature who did not harm Jon, despite knowing he killed his mother. Instead, he burned down the Iron Throne as a final goodbye to his dead mother. (c) HBO (c) HBO All we can say is, both of them deserve this, and so much more. You boys are the best, and we shall always love you.
  12. This article contains heavy spoilers. Proceed with caution Even though a lot of us felt the 'Game of Thrones' finale didn't deliver apt justice to what we actually expected, it was definitely more closely-knit than most episodes in the final season. Mostly because it was the last episode and the writers tried their best to tie up as many loose ends as possible! Daenerys' death at the hands of her lover-cum-nephew Jon Snow, although tragic, was already set in motion since the entire Azhor Ahai prophecy was talked about by the Red Woman aka Melissandre, earlier in the show. 'The Prince That Was Promised' did show up in the end and kill the love of his life, but more about that later. © HBO For now, let's focus on the Mother of Dragons' only surviving son Drogon, who saw his dead mother and made it visibly obvious that he was mighty upset. After a conversation with Tyrion, who spoke against Dany being a fit queen, Jon went to find her. While entering the castle, Drogon stood in front of him, making sure no one else goes inside, being protective about his mother. When Jon got to Dany, she was standing near the throne, and we all knew what was going to happen. The only time Jon would kiss his aunt was when he'd wish her a final goodbye. And he did. He kissed her and plunged a knife into her heart. Surely enough, Drogon got a sense of what was going on and saw his mother's lifeless body lying on the floor. © HBO Interestingly enough, when he (Drogon) found out his mother was dead, he didn't turn towards Jon and roast him on the spot. Instead, he turned towards the Iron Throne, the cause of everything, and melted it down with his fiery wrath. Drogon did that because he always knew of Dany's obsession for acquiring the throne. And he also knew that her obsession got the better of her, when she burnt down thousands of men, women and children in order to sit on it. So, for Drogon, Jon was never her murderer but the Throne, which is why he let Jon live. Having said that, Jon also happens to be a Targaryen and Drogon definitely recognised that, especially in Season 7, when he let Jon touch him and season 8, when Rhaegal let Jon ride him. Only a true Targaryen can probably tame a dragon and hence, a dragon would never burn down a Targaryen, with the simple rule of blood and fire. © HBO Now, coming to the matter of where Drogon took Dany's body and flew away. Remember in the later part of the episode, when the first of its kind Small Council Meeting takes place? Bran asks about the whereabouts of Drogon and it's revealed that he was last seen flying East from King's Landing. Well, the only probable place East of King's Landing is Valyria and that's probably where he's taken Dany too. Valyria is an old Targaryen dynasty, which was home to all the Targaryens and their dragons. Also, when Drogon went missing in Season 5, he was spotted by Tyrion and Jorah, when they were passing through Valyria. Of course, Drogon knew where home was and he took Dany there in all probability to lay her body. © HBO Also, in the Season one finale, before Dany acquires her many titles, she originally referred to herself as "Daenerys Stormborn, of the House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyria." She specifically names Old Valyria knowing that's where her family and her ancestors are from and that's her real home, which gave her end, when Drogon flies her away, probably back to Valyria, an absolute poetic justice!
  13. It has been over a decade since Kapil Sharma first set foot in our living rooms with the 'Great Indian Laughter Challenge'. All of a sudden, Kapil began changing how we viewed entertainment, one set at a time. The show might have given India its comedy king, but it was what Kapil did with his talent and popularity that deserves appreciation. After participating and winning multiple comedy shows, Kapil brought 'The Kapil Sharma Show' into existence in 2013. © Twitter People lapped up the content Kapil had to offer and kept coming back for more. The comedy star never failed to strike a chord with his audience and tickle their funny bones, and that earned him an insane fan following throughout the country. Recently, Sony channel took to their Twitter account to announce that Kapil Sharma has been named as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India, by World Book of Records London. He was also given this recognition for actively promoting animal rights in India, and fans cannot stop congratulating the man for it. It's a proud moment for all of us. We congratulate the King Of Comedy @kapilsharma for being recognised as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India and abroad and promoting animal rights by World Book Of Records. #TheKapilSharmaShow @001danishkhan @KapilSharmaK9 pic.twitter.com/shElmVvqih — Sony TV (@SonyTV) May 17, 2019 After a rough patch in his personal and professional life, that lasted over two years, Kapil Sharma finally made a comeback at the end of 2018 with 'The Kapil Sharma Show' on Sony. The show has been topping all the TRP charts on the channel and the reasons are pretty obvious: 1. India Loves Its Celebs & Masala Celebrity Insights © Twitter Apart from the kind of humour Kapil adds to the show, what makes this show all the more popular and interesting week after week, is the influx of big names from the entertainment industry. We Indians take our celebs very seriously and love anything and everything to do with them. And the good news is, Kapil brings out the best and worst scoop on celebs on his show, and people love that! 2. Senseless Humour © Twitter We say 'senseless' because that is what it is. No one is required to pick their brain cells to laugh at Kapil's jokes. Though it's true that most of the jokes ride on stereotypes and sexism has been a running trope on the show, guess what? When it comes to entertainment, people don't really give a shit. 3. The Concept Remains Golden © Twitter What caught people's attention and love in the very first go was the show's fresh mix of sketch comedy and celebrity talk show format, which then became India's own take on American late-night shows. To this day, it remains Kapil's biggest USP that he manages to pull it all off so well. 4. People Get (Un)Really-Real © Twitter However, the best reason why people have come to love the show and, in turn, Kapil, is because how (un)really-real people get on the show and yet, amidst all the fun and laughter, we end up enjoying that hour of entertainment at the end of a busy day.
  14. Having won two successive World Cups in 1975 and 1979, West Indies almost came close to securing their third, only to lose the final to India in 1983. Since that fateful day, the Windies have managed to enter the playoff stage only on three occasions - a semifinal entry in 1996 and a last-eight place in 2011 and 2015. Needless to mention, their ODI record, over the last five years, has been abysmal by any standards. Placed at a lowly eighth spot in the ICC ODI Rankings, the Windies might have struggled to match the heroics of their predecessors in the past, but, going into the World Cup, they are as a big a threat as there can be for their rivals, following the script of Kapil Dev-led India's triumph in 1983. Back in the 1983 World Cup, Kapil's Devils were ranked as outsiders who weren't expected to stand a chance against the proven opponents in the tournament, let alone run away with the title. They were consistently underestimated by stronger opponents like England, Australia and West Indies throughout the event - a mistake that eventually cost them all a shot at the World title. © Reuters In 2019, the Windies find themselves in a similar situation. Owing to their dismal form in recent years, no one is expecting them to go the distance. And, quite expectedly, top contenders like India, England and Australia are likely to underrate the Caribbean giants in the upcoming event. But, can the Windies be underestimated? Not a good idea, to say the least. The 15-member squad announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) for the World Cup is not the one we can underestimate. The power-packed entertainers like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are more than capable of winning the matches for their side single-handedly. The two superstars will also have adequate backing from swashbuckling Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo. © Reuters The Windies also have the luxurious services of Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite at their disposal. These men will not only provide depth to their batting but are more than capable of giving the ball a fair tonk. The pace attack, that has been their weapon of mass destruction in the early years, looks intimidating and dangerous with the availability of Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell. On paper at least, the Windies do look like a side that can not only cause problems to the tournament favourites, but can also potentially reach the final. But, for that to happen, the men from the Caribbean need to perform in their respective roles, and, more importantly, click as a unit. So, can West Indies finally claim their place back at the top of the heap? We'll find out when they begin their campaign on 31st May against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Squad: Jason Holder(c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse.
  15. The last and final battle in 'Game of Thrones' just got over and we wouldn't call it epic really. It was just chaos and fire, and loss of a lot of civilian life in King's Landing. All Dany needed, to get her throne, was Drogon and his lifetime supply of fire. Seriously though, can dragons really emit fire continuously and uncondtionally for like hours? Maybe Drogon is an evolved dragon species. Yes, there were flaws, like Jaime getting his right hand back, in the scene where he finally finds Cersei, or Snow getting a million dollars per episode to stand there and hold his sword and do nothing else. But in the larger scheme of things it was always decided that the eventual war will be at King's Landing, fighting the eventual enemy, who stood at the Red Keep window throughout sipping her wine, watching the city burn, till she decided to move away and die when the structure collapsed on her and Jaime. (c)HBO As you can see, I am fairly disappointed by how the entire story was patched together towards the end. None of the theories actually materialised and instead Dany's sudden transition to becoming the mad queen was so abrupt from her folk hero image, it actually put a rather bad taste in my mouth. But I still have some dreary hope left, I suppose. How and why? Well, there's one probable theory doing the rounds that can change things around for a little bit and give us the ending WE deserve. (c)HBO So, if you remember, Arya met the Red Woman aka Melisandre in season 3, where she predicted Arya will shut many eyes, mostly brown eyes, blue eyes and green eyes. At the time Arya wasn't sure what the woman meant but as the story progressed, Melisandre's prophecy started coming to light, as Arya became one of the best killers in Westeros, who was avenging the deaths in her family. Melisandre met Arya again at Winterfell, in episode 3 of season 8, and repeated the prophecy to her about shutting brown, green and blue eyes. And Arya killed the Night King who had blue eyes. Which means she's killed a number of people with brown eyes, the Night King with those glassy blue eyes and she's yet to kill someone with green eyes. (c)HBO Theory stated earlier that Arya would kill Cersei since she has green eyes and that's mentioned in the book too but unfortuantely Cersei died a lame death, while in the arms of her lover/brother, beneath the Red Keep. So, who else has green eyes that Arya needs to shut? (c)HBO In George RR Martin's 'A Song Of Ice & Fire', it's mentioned that Daenerys has purple eyes. A fact that didn't make it in to the television series, much like other important things. Off late, at least for the last two seasons, Dany's eye colour has definitely evolved. From a lighter shade of grey, it's going to green. Emilia Clarke has green eyes and she's not been wearing any lenses for the show, proving she could actually be the green eyed queen Arya eventually kills? both cersei and daenerys has green eyes by the way... hmmmmmmmmmmmm ð¤ pic.twitter.com/RcumP2wCbF — ð (@zuvarirsyad) 29 April 2019 Does anyone else feel like the close ups of Daenerys in this episode were designed to remind us that Dany has Green eyes? 'Brown eyes, Green eyes, Blue eyes.' Arya will stop the Kings Landing massacre, but which green eyed queen will she kill? #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/BuSNfgc6D4 — Kerri (@Kerri_may) 6 May 2019 Well, Arya does have her reasons for attacking the queen. Let's see, first there's Dany's claim to the throne, which rightfully belongs to Jon. But because Arya's sworn to secrecy by Jon, she can't really tell people who he really is. But she can definitely help Sansa in making sure Jon is the rightful person for the throne. Secondly, did you even see what Dany did to King's Landing? She wreaked havoc by slaying every civilian and even her own army. Of course this has angered many people including Jon and Arya and we won't be surprised if either one of them, mostly Arya, kills Dany in the last episode, making the prophecy come true, finally.
  16. Please don't read further if you haven't yet watched season 8 episode 5 of 'Game Of Thrones', for we shall discuss it in detail here, which means spoilers. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let's look at what made this episode the most underwhelming episode 'Game of Thrones' has given us this far. 1. Frustrating Predictability © HBO The one thing that made 'Game of Thrones' one of the best things ever on television was its sheer unpredictability. 'No one saw it coming!' used to be the regular sentiment after every episode, especially the penultimate episode of every season. Right from Ned Stark's death to the Red Wedding to Battle of the Bastards, every single episode shook us up to the core, and naturally, one expected the same, if not more, from the final season. Instead, what we got was a mess. The entire storyline seems to be plummeting to an unfortunate, unplanned death. Where is the raw charm of GOT we love? Where are the plot twists? Where are the gut-wrenching emotions? 'The Bells' was so flat in terms of its storytelling, we couldn't empathise with any character whatsoever. Everything seemed to be disjointed, mechanical. 2. Things That Didn't Make Any Sense © HBO There are gaping plot holes. How come Drogon and Dany all of a sudden became such fierce aerial warriors, that not a single scorpion arrow could touch them, especially after the maddeningly clumsy death of Rhaegal in the last episode? After we were made to believe that one dragon doesn't stand a chance against Cersei's army, this episode made Drogon look like the ultimate avatar of destruction. But in that case, why wait till now? Dany could have just done it earlier without breaking a sweat. The iron fleet was mere ships that might as well be logs of wood waiting to be burnt, and the castle defence of King's Landing just vanished. Also, how exactly did Dany differentiate between her own people and her enemies while raining fire from the sky? What were the sudden bursts of green fire that looked like wildfire in isolation? Most importantly, overall, how did the power dynamic change so drastically overnight? 3. The Characters Did Not Get To Complete The Arc They Deserved © HBO Imagine Cersei Lannister dying in Jaime's arms, by a ceiling collapsing on her. Well you don't need to, because this is what has actually happened. What is the justification of this? After such a strong character build-up that is 7 seasons long, this is how she goes? Euron mortally injures Jaime, but he still goes all the way to Cersei, full-on Bollywood-style. Cleganebowl finally takes place, and they both perish by falling into the fire - wait, is this still 'Game of Thrones'? Varys dies because he betrays Dany, and his death was as plain as the storyline this season. Melissandre's prediction came true, but such an uneventful death for the Master of Whisperers? What was the point of the narrative of the Golden Company? How did they make any difference at all? We're just blank at this point. 4. The Inconsistencies When It Comes To Keeping The Most Important Events For The End © HBO The writers are making 'the final battle' look like a cakewalk. Hell, it was barely a battle. After the whole white walker episode that threatened every single mortal in existence, this is how the season ends? How is this episode the penultimate episode at all, again? After the northern threat, this storyline looks like a neighbourhood dispute gone wrong. A one line summary of the episode: Daenerys attacks King's Landing and burns everything down. A GOT episode cannot be summed up this easily, and if it can be, something is seriously wrong. © HBO All we can say is that we're disappointed, and we have no idea how on earth it can be salvaged with only one episode left. Fingers crossed!
  17. Yes, you read it right. Before you start speculating or wondering if I have a very narrow approach towards making a tall claim with this self-proclaimed yet logical thought, allow me to explain the aesthetics of this Bran Stark kind of vision my mind is having (including a few other people on the internet who seem to agree). Here's how one can draw the conclusion on the basis of what pivotal roles these main character might play in the remaining two episodes: 1. Arya Stark As per Melissandre's prediction, a pair of green eyes awaits death at the hand of Arya Stark. Now everyone's obviously considering Cersei Lannister for this position, however, if you see, the mighty Khaleesi ALSO has green eyes. What if she indeed becomes the mad queen and is killed by Arya? Also Arya could secretly be working with Sansa and this could be their plan. 2. Jon Snow Okay, the man has cheated death way too many times and he needs to die. He could possibly die while saving Dany from sister Arya and get killed as collateral damage and that will not only be a great twist to the story but serve the role of catharsis in the content cycle. 3. Tyrion He will stay alive to carry on the Lannister legacy as the last remaining heir, maybe? Also if Sansa does get the throne, he could serve as her hand. Also there is an unsaid bond between the two anyway. HBO 4. Jamie and Cersei The guy left the one woman who loved him at Winterfell and is back to save his true love. The poetic justice for his 'karma' would be dying at the hands of Cersei itself, I guess? HBO 5. Yara Greyjoy Now she has to avenge the death of her brother and also take care of Euron. 6. Hound A Cleganebowl is pending, so I guess he gets killed in there. 7. Varys He already wants to dethrone Dany dearest and could secretly be plotting against her with Sansa. Okay, coming to how Sansa fits the bill and where she comes in the puzzle. Now she is a major character in the show and if the story line has not allowed her to kill any major person yet, that means she might hold to a crazy plot twist, right? What if she warned Cersei of Dany's arrival, is in tow with Varys and Arya (who is also not trusting the dragon queen at all) and wanted the dragon and the army to be caught off guard? This doesn't sound garish at all, right? What if when the war is over, she ultimately kills Cersei and in doing so, brings the story full circle with the fact that Ned Stark's daughter kills the evil woman. Now Cersei vs Dany on the throne is an obvious choice, Jon Snow on the throne will be very predictable and boring Arya doesn't want the throne. It leaves me believing the clever and the much respected Sansa Stark rules the throne with Arya serving as her chief of military and Tyrion as the hand.
  18. Google announced the Pixel 3a and 3a XL this week and if you are looking for an Android smartphone that delivers good performance, a phenomenal camera and not super expensive, it really ticks all the boxes right now. We've been using the phone for a while and simply fallen in love with the smartphone. Pixel smartphones tend to have exclusive features that give it a few advantages over its counterparts. The Pixel 3a delivers computational photography at an unmatched level and offers a pure Android experience just like the Pixel 3. Here are some of the reasons why we love the Pixel 3a: Great Cameras © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The Pixel 3a, in our opinion, takes some of the most incredible shots with its single camera sensor. It still takes pictures today that can outmatch almost every smartphone available today, even flagship level smartphones. For the first time, Google has proved that great cameras are not exclusive to flagship smartphones. It comes with all the exclusive features you get on the Pixel 3 i.e. Night Sight, Super-Res Zoom, Top Shot, Photobooth, Playground and Google Lens built right into the camera app. Google also intruded a new time-lapse mode where you can set your frames to record at various intervals. This essentially will let you record a 20-minute video and condense the final video into 10 seconds. Here are a few camera samples from the Pixel 3a: The Best Android Experience © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Pixel devices have the cleanest stock experience you can find on an Android smartphone and also gets more regular updates. It comes with exclusive features that are not available on other devices such as computational photography, unlimited picture storage and overall smoother experience. The operating system has been fine-tuned according to its specifications and delivers an experience that not many phones can match. Other useful features such as Digital Wellbeing, Night Light and constant updates make this the best Android experience you can have on an affordable smartphone. It Has A 3.55mm Headphone Jack © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Flagship smartphones are now removing the headphone jack in favour of better water resistance however it does render your wired headphones useless. Many people; especially audiophiles still prefer to use wired headphones due to better audio quality. Pixel 3a comes with a headphone jack which makes me want to use my 1MORE Quad driver earphones even more. Overall, its a better experience when it comes to audio quality and Pixel 3a does a phenomenal job. Night Sight © Google Night Sight was one of our favourite features on the Pixel 3 and the same feature comes to Pixel 3a as well. If you love to go out at night like me, this will be the most important feature you want to be looking at. Basically, Google uses “computational photography” to enhance images taken in low-light environments. This will basically eliminate the need to use flash, as Google's algorithms spruce up the brightness, contrast and colour automatically. It takes multiple images and combines them together to give the best final picture that is social media ready.
  19. 'Game Of Thrones' is ending in two weeks, and this means we are so close to finding out who will finally sit on the Iron Throne. According to a tidal wave of theories about who will sit on the throne, the popular choices are Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow or them together or possibly their kid, if Dany gets pregnant. But turns out, they're not the only ones who could end up ruling the Seven Kingdoms. © HBO There is another unlikely pair that the show writers have been subtly building up: Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. This season has clearly established one thing: they would've been together had it not been for their diverging loyalties. And clearly, they've both come a long way. From being married together by force- © HBO to here, where they both have strong independent ideologies, they have evolved throughout the series. © HBO Sansa supports an independent North that won't bend the knee and Tyrion is the hand of Daenerys Targaryen, which is a huge problem between them. However, after Sansa told Tyrion about Jon's true heritage, their alliance seems to have been established again. This arc logically makes sense if Daenerys becomes the Mad Queen in the end and has to be killed, and Jon ends up dying too. But one can't help but think that they would make good leaders together. Think about it, the two of the sharpest minds ruling Westerosi together, and would balance out each other's flaws, but this does seem rather unlikely.
  20. Ahead of its highly-anticipated finale, popular TV show 'Game of Thrones' had fans at the edge of their seats, clearing their schedule to catch the pilot episode. However, amid all the excitement and, contrary to popular perception, Season 8 has undeniably failed to live up to what its past instalments had managed to accomplish. The unpredictability of the show, that had once captured the imagination of the viewers is long gone, making way for predictable and obvious content. But, that's not all. There have been editing errors and the script writing has proved to be so poor, that it makes us wonder what 'GoT' would've been like if it wasn't for George RR Martin's books. Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame have both been on our screens in the last month. They still have nothing on the Champions League. ð pic.twitter.com/IBvNFZnDHF — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) May 8, 2019 While one of the biggest TV shows continues to fall short on the expectations of fans, a spectacular show by the football clubs in the UEFA Champions League has proved to be a much-needed saviour. The Champions League season gave us the spirited Ajax side that gunned down European heavyweights including the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus. Then, we saw Tottenham Hotspur eliminating Premier League champions Manchester City in the quarterfinals. But, just when we thought we'd seen it all. The Champions League football surprised us again with memorable semifinal ties. How's champions league got more plot twists than Game of Thrones and Endgame combined. — MUUSE (@MuuseAbas) May 8, 2019 The first leg of the semifinals restored some sanity with Barcelona securing a 3-0 win over Liverpool and Ajax coming out on top again to register a 1-0 triumph over Spurs. But, if you didn't see the second-leg ties, we reckon you should pick up a chair and hit yourself in the face with it (pun intended). ððð Inside the dressing room at full-time with our Reds... pic.twitter.com/n8BePcDHfY — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019 ð @Alissonbecker ð pic.twitter.com/vRogUSl13r — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 8, 2019 In a series of epic comebacks and crazy emotional goals, Liverpool stunned Lionel Messi-led Barcelona after thumping four goals at home (without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at their disposal). A day later, Spurs emulated Liverpool's effort as Lucas Moura's sensational hat-trick washed away young Ajax's hopes of reaching the Champions League final. ABSOLUTE SCENES after the final whistle. The emotion from Mauricio Pochettino–a manager who hasn't had the luxury of any player transfers in two windows–says it all (via @btsportfootball) pic.twitter.com/EzldZHhjar — Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) May 8, 2019 For some, it might seem ordinary to watch a football team winning on the back of a good performance, but for the crazy football enthusiasts like us, this was bigger, better and more entertaining than the abrupt the demise of the 'Night King'. The sheer emotions of the footballers and managers from both the winning and losing sides highlighted what football means to us. It's interesting that Champions League is turning out to be more interesting than Game of Thrones. That shit took 2 years to write. — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankquitenow) May 9, 2019 To put things in perspective, for the first time since 2013, the Champions League final will be without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Also, this season's final will be played between two teams who haven't won the title for over 29 years. So, thank you Champions League for the unbelievable season and mind-numbing semifinals, for what it's worth, our life wouldn't have been the same without it.
  21. It's 2019, a ballpark year where millennials are taking over new ways to think and act freely and as a rejoinder to that, a recently conducted survey on Tinder suggests that most millennials prefer being single than in relationships. It's apparently cooler flying solo than choosing a partner to spend time with and most young people agree. © Pinterest Back in the day, being single was looked down or lamented upon and everyone was trying to find the 'right partner' or get back in the game till they hit jackpot but now, it's out of choice, men especially, like to remain single and dabble in either light dating or just hooking up once in a while. The fair assumption of ending up with 15 cats or as a loner ceases to exist as people embrace singlehood more willingly. © Excel Entertainment Being single does have its perks though. You can roam about freely without having to check with your significant other if you can! You don't have to share your dessert and you don't have to try hard to look good for someone else. Maybe just do that for yourself instead. Men and women between the ages of 18-25 are selectively choosing to remain single and live life on their terms and it's certainly a good evolutionary curve and a step away from getting married at a particular age. The results from the survey are quite fascinating, to be honest. So much so, they inspired Tinder's new 'single is a terrible thing to waste' campaign, promoting the single life to be fun, fascinating and aspirational. © Eros International The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Morar HPI and over 1000 young people from the age groups of 18-25 were asked about their attitude and ideas of singlehood and dating. About 72% of men and women claimed they had made a conscious decision to be single and not because they didn't have a choice and that's quite a high percentage for a survey like this! About 81% of them agreed to the fact that being single benefited them as they had more room for personal growth, platonic friendships, scope to find new people all the time and time and space to work on themselves. More than 17% of men felt the need to stay single and not give relationships a thought, in general. Most of them were a little apprehensive on commitment and getting hurt in the longer run of the relationship. © Eros International The fear of becoming 'boring' in a relationship made at least 39% of the population a little wary to get into one in the first place and about 55% thought being single opens up new and fresher experiences than being in a relationship! Apart from these reason, 66% didn't want to get into a relationship because of a cultivated fear of being with the wrong person. Of course, single friends have friends in relationships that could have gone absolutely south, making them believe it's better to be single than to end up with the wrong person. A lot of men believe that they don't want to compromise on their independence so they choose to be single instead of tied down to another person. © UTV Motion Pictures So, mostly the reasons the millennial generation prefer staying single in this day and age is to be more independent, make selective life choices without anyone else's intervention, the fear of heartbreaks and ending up with the wrong person and establishing an identity that's synonymous with being fun and exciting rather than boring. Well, in my opinion this is a progressive standpoint taken over by the younger generation today and unlike before, this view will help the generation understand how to make relationships work a lot better, whenever they do decide to get into them.
  22. Today's episode of 'Game Of Thrones' was a mental preparation for fans to be ready for the major 'Dracarys' heatwave that is going to come in the next two episodes. Queen Khaleesi is mad for the Iron Throne right now, but giving her tough competition is the self-proclaimed heir, Cersei Lannister. Everyone knows the evil queen is a master of manipulation and has a lot of tricks up her sleeve. © HBO Now, there's a new theory that has emerged after today's episode, about Sansa having an epic face-off with Cersei. She is the unofficial queen of Winterfell and people believe that the 'queen' being talked about in Cersei's prophecy is Sansa and not the Dragon Queen. According to the prophecy, Cersei will lose her children and will rule until “another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” Also, Sansa has not killed anyone, yet, so there is a chance that she will get a strong storyline and maybe, the throne as well. If you think about it, she has learnt her art of manipulation and diplomacy from the cruellest minds around her, including Cersei herself. © HBO Jon has cheated death way too many times to remain lucky until the end, Dany is going crazy and will be a very predictable heir and Arya, well, she has no interest in getting the throne. While all these major characters have been sharpening their physical and fighting skills all this while, Sansa, on the other hand, has been acing a mental war and gaining popularity for her way of handling situations. Now, it will be very interesting to see if goes head to head with Cersei.
  23. Start reading this article only and only if you have watched 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 4, for there are major spoilers ahead. Now, with that out of the way, let's get to the point. Episode 4 was all about the build-up to the final war against Cersei Lannister, and it ended on a note that left the audience hanging and hungry for answers, not to mention distressed. Daenerys Targaryen lost another dragon, but that perhaps is not the death that will haunt everyone. We lost Missandei of Naath, Dany's advisor, best friend, and confidante that she trusted more than anyone else. She was undoubtedly one of the most liked characters in the show, who was intelligent as well as loyal beyond measure to her queen. Just as her love story with Grey Worm started blooming, she met with a gruesome death. © Hotstar One question that everyone is asking, however, is what her final words meant. Cersei asked her to say her last words before ordering The Mountain to execute her, and Missandei uttered a single word, one all too familiar to us: 'Dracarys'. As we geared up for Drogon to rise up behind Cersei and rain fire from the sky in a possibly badass twist like Arya's attack on the Night King from the previous episode, we were disappointed because nothing happened, and The Mountain sliced off her head leading to a miserable, anti-climactic end to the episode. © Hotstar We, however, think that her uttering that word can have far-reaching implications, that are enough to turn around the fate of the Seven Kingdoms. The word 'Dracarys' means 'Dragonfire', and it also is the same word Daenerys utters every time she wants her dragons to attack with fire. Before we get into how and why it will possibly change everything for Westeros, let us revisit a scene from season 3 episode 4, where Daenerys frees the slaves in Astapor, and kills the master. Missandei was the translator, and that was the first time she saw the rage in Daenerys - something so ruthless and destructive, that even the most formidable leaders sometimes lack. She wanted to remind her of her own power at a time during which she was at her most vulnerable, having lost two of her dragons, the entire Dothraki army, as well as Ser Jorah Mormont. © Hotstar She knew that Daenerys has it in her to burn everything down to the ground and raze anything that comes in her way, and that is what she keyed in, as a final goodbye to the realm. She could have said goodbye to Grey Worm, the love of her life, but instead, she chose to give one final piece of advice to her queen and her best friend, which is to burn everything. © Hotstar She wanted Daenerys to get rid of all the diplomacy and all the hesitation that prevents her from raining fire down on King's Landing, and she made sure that now the barrier is broken. Daenerys, as well as Grey Worm, will now spiral down a path of vengeance, and that might just lead to Daenerys ignoring all the advice from Tyrion and Varys and she will perhaps turn into something everyone always warned her against transforming into - a mad queen. She is now anyway susceptible to her rage, something that runs in her family and ended up consuming her father Aerys II Targaryen, famously known as 'The Mad King', who had shouted "burn them all!" during his final moments. © Hotstar Missandei, by uttering 'Dracarys' just before her death, essentially told Daenerys to ignore everything else and burn Cersei down to the ground, just like she obtained all her major wins along with the Dothraki and her dragons by her side. It was a reminder, as well as a solid piece of advice.
  24. This article contains major spoilers, proceed with caution! 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, episode 4 just aired and we're slightly disappointed with how the events unfolded. Primarily, because after burning the men and women from the last episode, who'd died in the Battle of Winterfell, there was still no clarity and focus on how everything unravelled. There were celebrations and people trying to figure out if Dany would make a befitting queen. © HBO Yes, that was another daunting and disappointing aspect of the show. Daenerys is obviously relentlessly pissed off at the fact that Jon Snow can take over the Iron Throne after the war is won and of course, that's not settling well with her. That's why she asks him not to disclose who he really is and that's the first trait of madness we witness in her. Sure, she may love him, but a woman known for burning her enemies, clearly consumed by rage and passion, isn't likely to make the wisest or most compassionate of judgments and is not really a queen fit enough for the throne and this episode is the first testimony to that statement. © HBO Here are 3 prominent reasons why Daenerys Targaryen is not a suitable queen for the Seven Kingdoms: (1) Her Interpretation Of Her Rule Is Not Through Kindness Yes, Dany can be kind and unruly but most times, she's been rather blunt with her choice of execution. Burning them to the ground is the only way Dany sees fair judgement and we've seen that in the past episodes. But the bad part is that her advisors and council act on those very instincts as well. For instance, when Missandei used the word 'Dracarys' towards the end, it's way too problematic. © HBO If you remember how Missandei was freed from slavery, you'll know why. Dracarys means dragon fire and it's a command Dany's dragons follow to burn cities or people. When she ordered the dragon to slay with fire, it's definitely a symbol of freedom but synonymous with death and destruction. When Missandei repeated it, it felt like the queen's mad intent to use her dragons to burn everything down was what Missandei picked up on and said fiercely on her death bed as well, as a watchword. Making it seem like neither the queen or her followers really cared for the people of the Seven Kingdoms. (2) She Never Listen To Her Advisors A good leadership skill to have is listening to the advice your advisors bestow upon you, because some may be more experienced in terms of knowledge to give adequate advice. Dany, if you notice, has stopped paying any heed to her hand or to her other advisors. Case in point, when Sansa advices her to give the army time to recuperate from the war, Dany puts her foot down claiming Cersei is waiting for her and her army grows while she waits. Again, when Varys suggests she acts a little more tactical, she practically shuts him down. Her want for the throne is greater than anyone's life and she's far from understanding that, especially through other people. © HBO (3) She's Impulsive As the seasons carry forth and Dany comes closer to the throne, her ways of dealing with things have become more impulsive. Right after Jon told her who he really was, she's been in a hurry to get to the throne somehow. She made no effort to think about what dangers may lie en route King's Landing and made a journey without a strategy or an alliance even and (assumably) lost her dragon in the bargain. During the end, when Missandei was beheaded, Dany didn't show resilience like any good ruler. She showed immense anger and what may seem like her heading towards Drogon, whom she may lose too. If she let's go of her recently acquired impulsive nature, maybe she can think with a bit of tact and apply strategy where it's required. © HBO We're not sure if she will turn out to be like her father after all and lose her life in the battle. The signs seem a little more clear when she unreasonably asks Jon to not reveal his true identity because then they can't be together. Well, maybe the real reason is that she seeks the throne and Jon is a threat, even though he doesn't wish it. What happens next is unforeseeable but let's hope it ends well for Dany. But for now, she's not fit to be the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
  25. In just a week after becoming the fastest film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' is well on its way to beat James Cameron's 'Avatar' and become the highest grossing film ever. That's right, 'Avengers: Endgame' has crossed the $2 billion mark in record time and has already beaten 'Titanic' to become the second highest-grossing film ever worldwide. We reckon 'Endgame' is likely to beat 'Avatar' because it's been adding millions of dollars every day. The blockbuster is racking up numbers at an unbelievable rate, really. 'Avatar' reached $2 billion in 47 days of release, whereas 'Avengers: Endgame' managed to pull it off in just 11 days. 'Endgame' has already beaten the likes of 'Titanic' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', both of which have been holding their spots for quite some time now. We think it's only a start of what should be an unprecedented box office run. © Marvel Even, say, if there's a considerable drop-off in the coming weeks due to the arrival of 'Detective Pikachu' and 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters', we're pretty optimistic that it'll hit the numbers over a period of time. Unlike 'Avatar', which was a one-of-a-kind 3D sci-fi epic known for it's CGI interacts. 'Avengers: Endgame' marks the end of a saga. It ends phase 3 of MCU, so the film will continue to be a massive draw for a number of weeks to come. Not to mention, the die-hard MCU fans will want to experience the three-hour long movie again, leading to repeat viewings. © Marvel And as the crowd continues to watch it, more casual audiences may check it out to see what the buzz is all about. Who'd want to miss a blockbuster after all? According to the recent numbers reflected on Wikipedia, 'Avengers: Endgame' has currently grossed $2,188,698,638 worldwide. It's shy of roughly $500 million to top 'Avatar'. Considering the fact that the movie managed to do so much in just 11 days, we're pretty excited to see how the movie does in the next few weeks.
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