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  1. Apple has been known for adding tools that benefit a user's health ever since the company launched the Health App with iOS 8. The company has doubled down on the same ethos with the introduction of the Apple Watch. The smartwatch has some nifty features that have been responsible for saving countless lives in the past. Now with iOS 13, Apple is introducing a new feature in the health app that lets users track the headphone volume. It works with Bluetooth headsets (MFi) and the health app will let users know if the volume of the music is too high. © Pexels This feature was not showcased at WWDC 2019 however we got a small preview of the upcoming feature. The health app on iOS devices will now be able to track volume levels and suggest users if the volume is too high and might damage their ears. Apple will use the prescribed WHO levels to determine if the volume levels are loud or not. According to WHO, sounds above the level of 85db is harmful to the ear which is also the same parameter set by Apple in the 'Health' app. Any volume levels lower than 85db is usually ok however previous research has suggested that prolonged exposure to sound levels below 85db can also be harmful to the human ear. What Can Be Improved? © MensXP From what we saw from the demo, the new feature doesn't entirely work as expected. Even though you can track your volume levels from a previous listening session in the Health app, there is no provision for listeners when they are actually listening to audio at high volume levels. The 'Health' app as of now does not notify users about potential ear damage when they are listening to loud music. You will have to manually check levels each time by going into the 'Health' app which can be a bit tedious if you really care about protecting your ears. © Apple It would have been useful if the 'Health' app would notify you if you are listening to music louder than the recommenced volume level when you're actually doing it rather than later. For example, if a user is listening to music louder than 85db for more than 30 minutes, the Health app could simply notify users with a warning. Of course, many audiophiles would find this notification annoying if it keeps coming up every 15 or 30 minutes, which is why Apple should also provide the option of turning this specific notification off or give the ability to mute it for an hour. Personally, I would like to get a warning while I'm listening to loud music, not after the damage is already done.
  2. Avengers... assemble, once again? Even though Anthony Russo said that he isn't focussing on beating 'Avatar' to become the highest grossing movie ever just yesterday, looks like he didn't get his story with Kevin Feige straight. The Marvel boss made a pretty big announcement about 'Avengers: Endgame'. The much-anticipated movie came out on April 26th and earned over $2.4 billion but that's not enough. The movie is getting re-released next week with a post-credit scene and some deleted scenes, according to Kevin Feige. Talking to Screen Rant, he said, “Not an extended cut, but there will be a version going into theatres with a bit of a marketing push with a few new things at the end of the movie. If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there'll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises. Which will be next weekend.” Is the tribute for Tony Stark? Could be. Probably. While it's still not clear if it's getting released in India again, but it will be great if it does. We can watch it again just before the release of 'Spiderman: Far From Home' and then mourn Tony along with Peter Parker all over again. Also, James Cameron should start working on his post when 'Endgame' finally beats 'Avatar' since this re-release will probably give the Marvel movie the push it needs to race to the finish line.
  3. We're still a few months away from the launch of this year's iPhone lineup to see what Apple has in store for us. But while we wait for this year's iPhones, reports have already started popping up. According to a trusted source of Apple rumours, Apple will launch three iPhones next year too, and two of them will be 5G enabled. Yes, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple is well on track with the 5G iPhones, despite the fact that they're not working with their original 5G modem supplier anymore. © MensXP In case you missed out on all the banter, Apple was originally slated to launch 5G enabled iPhones in 2020 with Intel's radio chip. But since Apple decided to cut all ties with Intel in favour of Qualcomm chips, we were wondering if it would affect the company's roadmap for 5G enabled phones. Well, if Kuo's report is something to go by, then it looks like Apple is “right on schedule”. Kuo also noted that Apple will launch three new iPhones next year, all with OLED screens. According to Kuo's prediction, Apple will launch a 5.4-inch smaller iPhone and a larger 6.7-inch large iPhone model. The current iPhone XS and the XS Max variants have a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays respectively. Yes, it means we will be getting both an even smaller and a larger iPhone in 2020. Both of these iPhones will have 5G support. © Apple As for the third iPhone model, it looks like it won't have 5G support until 2021. However, it'll have an OLED panel just like the other two iPhones, which means all 2020 iPhones will have OLED screens, including the iPhone XR successor too. With that all being said, it's too early start placing our bets on the 2020 iPhones. But if these rumours are something to go by, then it looks like Apple won't be all that late to the party.
  4. E3 gaming expo got over this week and many new upcoming games were announced for consoles and PC. Some of the biggest conferences included games that piqued everyone's interest and we got to see some gameplay or teaser from publishers and studios. Some of these games won't be out until next year while some are about to launch in a few months. We are not going to include annual titles like FIFA and Madden because these games tend to remain the same with minor updates. Here are the best coolest games that were announced or showed off at E3 this year: 1. Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4,Xbox One, PC) - April 2020 Last year, we got to check out some exclusive gameplay behind closed doors and this year, we got to see some more footage of the upcoming gaming by CD Project Red. What was cool about this revelation was that we got to see a character being played by Keanu Reeves. The game is set in a dystopian future where humans can upgrade their bodies with augmentations. Being a CD Projekt Red game, we can expect some killer plots and RPG mechanics that we've been familiar with from the Witcher series. The expectation for this game is very high and we hope the developers can deliver. 2. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order' (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - November 2019 EA has not come out with a single-player story-driven game every since the company switched its strategy to live service titles. However, this we got to see Respawn Entertainment's “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order” gameplay that blew us away from the start. You will play as one of the last remaining Jedis after the Empire has taken over the galaxy. The gameplay footage showed us what we can do in the game i.e. weird lightsabers, use force powers to defeat enemies and interact with the environment, and go on an adventure with your own cute little droid. 3. 'Watch Dogs: Legion' (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia) - March 2020 Watch Dogs is coming back in the form of 'Watch Dogs: Legion' that will be set in post-Brexit London. The city is under a paramilitary organisation called 'Albion' after the fall of the Government and it is up to you to take on the authority. As a part of a rebellious group called DedSec, you will be playing as multiple characters to take on Albion with gadgets, hacking and good old shooting. The coolest part about this game is that you can play as any character you want in the city. You can play as a master assassin, a gifted hacker or even as an old lady. Ubisoft says that you will be able to recruit anyone and the cutscenes in the game will adjust according to who you are playing as. We highly recommend you check out the gameplay footage above to know more about this game. 4. 'Ghostwire: Tokyo' The game was showcased at Bethesda's E3 conference and was met with good reception at the expo and on Twitter. The game is basically a scary, action-adventure game where citizens of Tokyo are disappearing for some odd reason. Your job is to find out why and that's all we got to see from this teaser trailer. From the makers of “The Evil Within,” you really should check out what they have in store for us. 5. Doom Eternal (PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia - November 2020 A brand new Doom game is coming for fans next year where the forces of Hell have begun to invade Earth, and the Doom Slayer arrives to repel the demons. It is the fifth main title in the Doom series and put heavy emphasis on "push-forward" combat. Creative director Hugo Martin has stated there will be twice as many demon types in this game and we can't wait to get our hands on it. Check out the gameplay footage above if you can handle it.
  5. Yes, tonight will be the best night of the year to take a good look at the world's largest planet. Jupiter, the Earth and the Sun all line up in a row tonight, making up for prime viewing opportunities. Not just that, Jupiter is also said to be at its closest to us tonight, which means, you can even see four of its moons i.e. Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede if you have the right gear.Photo: © YouTube (Main Image) © NASA The cosmic event, dubbed 'Opposition' will occur at 6 PM EST, which is around 3.30AM according to the Indian Standard Time. You can expect to see the planet shinning bright like a jewel around the same time. According to the stargazers at NASA, this event only happens once every 13 months. So, if you miss out on taking a look at the Jupiter tonight, then you'll have to wait 13 months again to get a chance to see it up close. Of course, you can always check out the planet with the help of the images captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the massive planet, but there's nothing like taking a good look at the thing with your naked eyes. © Reuters Also, if you happen to have a good telescope, then you can also nerd out by spotting things like Jupiter's individual cloud bands and its characteristic Great Red Spot. But that's just optional. You'll still get a good view without any special equipment whatsoever. Enjoy!
  6. There's this inexplicable universal thing, that even if you are a complete coward like me, you would still want to experience the thrill of watching a horror movie, and that too in a pitch dark room (in my case, I can't do this alone). For those with hearts of steel, I am sure watching a horror film is child's play. But, what about spending a Sunday night curled up on the couch and watching a horror film? Isn't that a perfect date? Well, if you have a girlfriend, the trick of watching a horror film always works. This Sunday, get ready for some spooky time with your popcorn ready and yes, a blanket too. I am sure that you wouldn't like to be lost in the streaming jungle, so we have kind of sorted that issue for you. We have picked up 5 horror films on Amazon Prime, which according to us, will surely send chills down your spine: 1. A Quiet Place Ssshhhh...! Yes, that's how you will survive. Director John Krasinski has done a brilliant job in creating a world that will surely give you the chills. 'A Quiet Place' follows the story of a family that's stuck in a place full of aliens, who are ready to kill if there's any sound. It's a very different sort of a horror movie and well, I am sure that you would be SILENT while watching this film. The repercussions will be there post watching the film too. 2. Hereditary Directed by Ari Aster, this movie is yet again a very different attempt in the genre and well, all horror films are not just about jump scares and gore. For those who love the classics, this is something that you would surely like to invest your time in. This falls into the category of psychological thriller infused with horror elements. It will creep you out in a very psychological way instead of being a visual terror. It follows the Graham family as they deal with the death of their grandmother. I am not giving out any spoilers, so this Sunday, watch this one for sure. 3. House On Haunted Hill Some classic horror movies can never die and we can bet you would surely like this one. How about being given $10,000 and asked to stay in a mansion full of murder victims? Would you dare to do it? Nevertheless, you can add this one to your watch list for your lonely Sunday night. 4. Jacob's Ladder Next up is another psychological horror movie, 'Jacob's Ladder'. The movie will take you back to the time of the Vietnam War. It's somewhere an adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's famous short story 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'. It follows the story of a Vietnam veteran who continues to experience horrific visions after his return from the war. For sure, it will give you spooky vibes for the day. 5. Night Of The Living Dead Let us take you to Zombie Land! George A Romero's 1968 classic 'The Night of the Living Dead' can give you nightmares and you would actually feel those zombies would be looking for you in real life. So, plan set for Sunday night!
  7. The Bengalis are boisterous people. We love to talk, and we love to eat. Along with applying copious amounts of “Boroline” and eating tons of fish, we are raised on a steady diet of loving our heritage, our culture; a great part of which is composed of literature and films. © Pinterest So, when we are not busy having our daily quota of “Bhaat Ghum” or debating about politics, we are busy with our cup of “cha” and “Shinghara/Telebhaja” in an “Adda” about movies: past, present, and the future. Or in the contemporary sense, with our trusty bottle of “Old Monk” and delicious Fish Fry. (Enough with the stereotypes! :P ) And it can become a bloodbath if you try to compare recent Hindi mainstream movies with the ones we grew up on. Not only do we have great directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, and Ritwik Ghatak among others, whose brilliance the directors of today cannot even begin to grasp, we have compelling stories which make you think and initiate a stimulating discussion. What Makes Bengali Movies Different? Bengali movies show the human side of people, the real face of humanity, the fate of society. It is about those small moments which change a person. Gone is the hullabaloo of the city, the glitz and glamour. Yet, it encompasses parts of the charm. Importance is given to the apparent monotony of life, the day-to-day conversations which seem trivial but constitute our society. The movies are beautifully directed, have superb cinematography and powerful portrayals. Contrary to popular perception, the Indian Film Industry is made of more than just Hindi commercial/mainstream movies; there is Arthouse cinema, Parallel cinema, regional language films which include exceptional Bangla, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese movies, et al. And all of these can give mainstream movies a good run for their money. The thing is, people don't watch these movies because the movies do not have the budget for promotion, or the audience is just unaware of them. So, if you, like me, have been crying with rage over the fate of Indian cinema, courtesy of the mediocre and utterly bland movies in the mainstream (Yes, looking at you SOTY 2!), here are 13 Bengali movies that will change your perception of Indian cinema: (Note: There are numerous Bengali movies which are absolutely brilliant, but all cannot feature in a single list.) 1. Mahanagar (The Big City / 1963): © R.D. Bansal & Company Set in the financially strapped Calcutta of the 1950s, one of Satyajit Ray's first women-centric movies, Mahanagar, tells the story of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), a middle-class woman who has to step into the corporate world to support her economically crunched family. Though initially supportive of his wife's job, her husband Subrata starts resenting her new-found success and independence, after he loses his job. Subrata is left struggling with his masculinity, guided by societal pressures warning him of the “perils of a working woman”. Arati, now, turns into the sole breadwinner of the family; a feat for which she both begrudged and loved. Arati starts loving her freedom, the liberation the job gives and befriends her modern colleagues which doesn't go down well with her orthodox family. As the story moves forward, Arati realizes her role in society is more than what society teaches her, and she finds a version of herself which had been hidden behind layers of tradition and customs. 2. Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star / 1960): © Chitrakalpa Ritwik Ghatak's masterpiece is a dialogue on society and human nature; the way we take others for granted and leave them the moment tragedy strikes. Neeta (Supriya Chowdhury), Ghatak's heroine, is a beautiful, sweet-natured girl from the suburbs of Calcutta. After the recent upheaval of the Partition, as Neeta and her family, refugees from East Pakistan (Bangladesh), try to make a living in the city, tragedy after tragedy befalls them. In the midst is young Neeta, whose altruistic disposition is exploited to no end by everyone she knows, ultimately putting her on a path of devastation, decorated by problems along the way. Neeta's sacrifices make her a strong woman, but they are also a cause for her despair. Mr Ghatak uses music to elevate the trials and tribulations of Neeta in the viewer's mind. 3. Bhooter Bhabhishyat (2012): © Mojo Productions When ad-director Ayan (Parambrata Chatterjee) visits apparently haunted Chowdhury House to shoot for an advertisement, he gets stranded for the night. A while later, while exploring the manor, he runs into Biplab (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty), a local man who offers to tell him a story to provide him with some perspective upon learning Ayan's desire to become a filmmaker. A funny story about the quirky inhabitants of Chowdhury Baadi who just happen to be ghosts! As the movie unfolds, each character which their unique idiosyncrasies, try to subvert a terrible calamity which befalls them. Being a ghost be damned! No peace even after death! 4. Jatugriha (1964): © Uttam Kumar Films Private Ltd. Directed by the talented Tapan Sinha, this social drama concerning two people who are as alike as they are dissimilar, locked in marital discord, is based on Subodh Ghosh's novel “Jatugriha”. Shatadal (Uttam Kumar) and Madhuri (Arundhati Debi) are on the brink of divorce; a happy marriage that has unwittingly turned into a loveless façade. Ironically, their marriage starts crumbling as the construction of their dream home begins. In the heart of it all, unfulfilled desires and misunderstandings mar the couple's time together, as they slowly drift apart. In the backdrop is their completed home, now standing as an empty house, as Madhuri finally leaves him one day without much ado. Years later, they meet at a railway station, reminiscing about their married life and ruminating over what went wrong. 5. The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959): © Government of West Bengal Satyajit Ray's magnum opus, which cemented his name as one of the greats of cinema universally, is an adaptation of the novels “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito” by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, monumental in earning him the much-deserved honorary Oscar. A movie that lies bare the pathos of human life. It follows Apurba Roy (thespian Soumitra Chatterjee's debut as the adult Apu), lovingly called Apu, through three phases of his life: a tragic childhood where he experiences the worst of circumstances but overcomes them (Pather Panchali, Song of the Road, 1955), begins his adolescence (Smaran Ghoshal) with nothing and seems to achieve success (Aparajito, The Unvanquished, 1956), falls in love but then life happens (Apur Sansar, The World of Apu, 1959). © Government of West Bengal Touted as one of the greatest films of all-time, it is an eloquent human story which touches you at the most visceral level. A first of many Soumitra-Satyajit collaborations. © Government of West Bengal 6. Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (A Grain of Sand / 2003): © Shree Venkatesh Films Based on Rabindranath Tagore's eponymous novel, 'Chokher Bali', directed by Rituparno Ghosh, is a story of love, lust, and longing. With themes of adultery, friendship and, societal pressure, focusing on the intertwined lives of Binodini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Ashalata (Raima Sen), Mahendra (Prosenjit Chatterjee), and Bihari (Tota Roy Chowdhury), the film delves into the dynamics of a complicated friendship between two diametrically different women: the intelligent and shrewd Bindoni and naïve Ashalata, connected by their love for one man, the callous Mahendra (Ashalata's husband). Matters further complicate when Bihari gets entangled in the passion play. When recently-widowed Bindodini arrives as a guest into the Mukherjee house, the newly-wed Asha finds solace in the company of this wise, new-found friend, and strikes up a friendship, unwittingly naming it: Chokher Bali, a constant irritant in the eye. But Binodini has other plans; she aspires to exact revenge from the two suitors who had previously deemed her unworthy of marriage. Will she succeed in her quest of vengeance? Or will it lead to self-destruction? 7. Antarmahal: Views of the Inner Chamber (2005): © Twitter Set in 19th century Bengal, the movie, directed by Rituparno Ghosh and based on the short story “Pratima” by author Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, tells the story of human desires and ambitions which when left unchecked bring utter ruination. Zamindar Bhubaneswar Chowdhury (Jackie Shroff) has two ambitions in life: sire a male heir and be feted with the honour of “Raibahadur”. The only problem is that he is unable to do both. Tyrannical yet incompetent, horny, and perennially grumpy, he has been married twice; very recently to young, fresh-faced Jashomati (Soha Ali Khan) whom he ravages every night. His first wife, Mahamaya (Roopa Ganguly), whom he has dismissed as barren, has given up on him and takes pleasure in terrorizing her new adversary. To finally win the coveted title and demean the neighbouring village's zamindar, Bhubaneswar along with his estate manager concocts a plan; make a colossal change to the Durga idol for Durga Puja. Enter handsome Brijbhushan, the sculptor who has to complete the task. But the comely youth seems to attract the attention of the ladies, especially one of his wives. On the home front, Bhubaneshwar's desperate desire to have a son makes him take horrendous decisions entangling his wives, which eventually lead to the unravelling of his life in a traumatic way he never envisioned. 8. Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder): © Balaka Movies Satyajit Ray's Asani Sanket is an adaptation of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's novel of the same name. It explores the aftermath of the 1943 Bengal Famine, which was solely responsible for the deaths of more than 3 million people. Set in provincial Bengal, Mr Ray uses Gangacharan (Soumitra Chatterjee), a Brahmin doctor/teacher and his wife, Anaga (Bobita), as the chroniclers of the story as their calm, leisurely village life gets upended by starvation and hunger. Not only do the lives of the people change for the worse, ironically, but it also starts the collapse of the rudimentary customs and traditions which were strictly followed in better times of the village. 9. Saptapadi (Seven Steps / 1961): © Alochhaya Productions Pvt. Ltd. The iconic duo of Bengali cinema “Uttam-Suchitra” star as star-crossed lovers who meet under unsavoury circumstances. We are taken back via flashback to the 1940s, pre-independent India where Indian students compete with Anglo-Indians with abandon. That is where young, intelligent Krishnendu from a staunch Hindu family, meets beautiful Rina Brown, a talented Anglo-Indian Christian. Love isn't far away, and with the legendary scene of the lovers seated on a motorcycle singing out to each “Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoye”, it seems that everything will finally fall in place. That is when tragedy strikes, secrets are revealed which spell doom for the bubbling romance. The question is now, after years, will they still be able to have the happiness that has forever eluded them? (Directed by Ajoy Kar, based on Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay's “Saptapadi”.) 10. Deep Jweley Jai (To Light A Lamp / 1959): © Badal Pictures Suchitra Sen stars as “Nurse Mitra”, in one of the most ingenious roles of her career, a nurse in a psychiatric facility where the doctors are trying to experiment with a new type of therapy for the patients: emotional support for their trauma. The nurses are to remain available to the patient as a friend/lover, help them but not get emotionally attached to them. Radha Mitra starts her journey of caring for a particular patient, Tapash (Basanta Choudhury), and seems successful. But what lies ahead for her as she struggles to keep her feelings at bay: a gruesome reality or love forever? A movie questioning the depth of human emotions and lays bare the fact that love is an emotion not be counterfeited. (Ashutosh Mukherjee's short story adapted to screen by Asit Sen) 11. Devi (The Goddess / 1960): © Pinterest Set in rural 19th century Bengal, Kalinkar Choudhuri (Chabbi Biswas), an ardent devotee of goddess Kali, has a vision that his younger daughter-in-law, Dayamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) is an incarnation of the goddess herself. Dayamoyee, always the docile daughter-in-law, dutifully agrees to humour her father-in-law and begins to “bless people”, until it starts wreaking havoc on her mental state. When her husband Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee), away at Kolkata, learns of the turn of events at home, he rushes to save his wife from her fate but tragedy strikes. Another great movie directed by Satyajit Ray, based on a short story by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay shows how extreme beliefs can turn into a ghastly reality. 12. Goynar Baksho (2013): © Shree Venkatesh Films A comedy surrounding a jewellery box full of secrets! Directed by Aparna Sen, starring Konkona Sensharma and Moushumi Chatterjee, the story focuses on three generations of a Bengali family, with their connecting factor to be a coveted jewellery box. Widowed matriarch Rashmoni (Moushumi Chatterjee) is as cantankerous as they get; quick to anger and extremely fond of her beloved wedding jewels which she keeps hidden in a box, away from the prying eyes of her greedy, materialistic family. When her nephew marries Somlata (Konkona Sensharma), a naïve young girl who is extremely scared of her new in-laws, Rashmoni strikes up a grudging friendship with her, eventually bequeathing her with the “goynar baksho” to save it from getting pawned off by her family. Somlata, now the secret keeper of the box, endeavours to change the luck of her family with her new acquisition. But to make things difficult and keep her niece-in-law in check, Rashmoni returns to haunt Somlata as a spirit. What follows is a laugh riot where the vulture-like family tries to pry away the box from its rightful owner. 13. Charulata (The Lonely Wife / 1964): © R.D. Bansal & Company Based on Rabindranath Tagore's Nashtanirh (The Broken Nest), Satyajit Ray's Charulata explores the psyche of the human mind through the protagonist Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). With themes of forbidden love, alienation and loneliness, Charulata focuses on the namesake heroine, a lonely wife who whiles away her time around the house with nothing specific to engage her. Excitement comes in the form of her worldly brother-in-law, Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), whose company she starts enjoying until it all starts to unravel as desire comes into play. Critically acclaimed and internationally admired, this is one of Satyajit Ray's finest films. Go, give these a try!
  8. E3 kicks off today with EA Play but the company has already made the release date of FIFA 20 official. The game is all set to launch on September 27 but the publisher did not divulge any other more information about the upcoming game. Tonight's EA Play will be the platform where the company will reveal more details about the game; however, we do know some details that will make the game a bit better. 8.6.19 https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFA20?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFA20 https://twitter.com/hashtag/EAPLAY?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EAPLAY https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6">https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6 https://t.co/TEKuEU7ACW">pic.twitter.com/TEKuEU7ACW — EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) https://twitter.com/EASPORTSFIFA/status/1136648999073529856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2019 EA did, however, confirm some gameplay changes that will make the game better than FIFA 19 this year. The most crucial change comes is in the AI defending mechanics as the company wants to put more emphasis on manual defending rather than letting the computer do it for you. EA plans to increase the likelihood of the ball going to your teammate after a manual tackle on your opponent. Automatic defending will also be affected as the efficient and reaction time will be reduced. This will let players hone their defending skills and depend less on the computer for defending. (c) Electronic Arts In terms of shooting, EA wants to improve accuracy during one on one or easy attacking scenarios. Goalkeeper's reaction times will also be reduced in these type of situations in order to give it a more realistic approach to defending and attacking. FIFA 19 players have complained in the past about keepers having “Superhuman" reaction times. Even when shooting, the green timed shots are also being reduced to two frames for all shots. The green timed shots are also becoming less accurate to increase the challenge of scoring a goal. EA did, however, reassure players that green timed shots will "still be more accurate than non-timed shots.” (c) Electronic Arts EA is also working hard on making the shooting and passing more realistic were volleys will be more variable, and less accurate. In terms of passing, if you pass a ball while doing a 180° turn, it will be a weaker pass than normal and also be less accurate. New passing options are also being introduced i.e. a new dinked pass where it won't be automatic anymore. It will be more contextual rather than be user-controlled. The other new passing option will be a driven pass-and-go feature which will replace the manual pass button combo.
  9. Apple just announced iOS 13 for the iPhone and has started to roll out as a Beta for current devices. It comes with many new performance improvements and software tweaks to make the iPhone experience even better. One such feature is called "Optimized Battery Charging” and is designed to improve your battery's total life and health. © Macrumors The new mode can be found in the battery section of settings and you need to head to “Battery Health”. You can switch it if you want to extend your iPhone's battery life. When switched on, this mode basically learns from your usage and habits and then waits to finish charging to 100% until you need your device. © Pexels For a simpler explanation, if you charge your smartphone at night while sleeping, Apple will charge it to 80% and then wait an hour or so before you wake up to charge it up to 100%. This basically keeps your iPhone charged at optimum capacity and then charge the remaining capacity when you actually need it, instead of keeping the iPhone charged at 100%. © Reuters When any device with a battery is continually charging after it reaches maximum capacity, this, in turn, does affect the battery health. This new feature is essentially a life safer who want to keep using their iPhone without having the need of replacing the battery sooner than expected. This feature will eventually prolong the life of the device as long as possible. If you would like to check out iOS 13, you can follow our guide on how to install it on your device right now. According to Apple, these are devices that can take part in the iOS 13 beta - iPhone XS, XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8, 8 Plus iPhone 7, 7 Plus iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhone SE iPod Touch 7th Generation Source: Macrumors
  10. 'Brahmastra' is one of the most-anticipated films of 2020 for ample of reasons. Firstly, the movie will see Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt pairing up together for the first time on-screen. They have been in the headlines for their budding relationship and now, fans can't wait to see them on the silver screen. Second is that fact that the movie is a supernatural drama by Ayan Mukerji. The team is currently shooting for the movie in Varanasi and the BTS pictures from the sets are doing the rounds on social media. In the photos, you can see Ranbir and Alia holding their hands and standing on a boat looking pensive, while they were shooting for a song sequence on Chet Singh Ghat in Varanasi. The major portion of the shoot will happen at the Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi. In the photos, you can see Alia wearing a red shrug with a white top and denim and Ranbir is dressed in an olive green shirt and denim. The pictures of the two have been curated by many of their fan clubs and the movie is beginning to look really promising. Check out the photos: [More Pictures] Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt on sets of #BrahmÄstra. pic.twitter.com/50O4cRxwqi — RanbirKapoorUniverse (@RanbirKUniverse) June 4, 2019 [LQ Pictures] Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt clicked on sets of #BrahmÄstra. pic.twitter.com/2iXo3t9J2g — RanbirKapoorUniverse (@RanbirKUniverse) June 4, 2019 Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at the set of #BrahmÄstra in Varanasi ð⤠pic.twitter.com/lwQcPhN9vS — RANBIR KAPOOR KINGDOM (@Ranbir_Kingdom) June 3, 2019 Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at a Varanasi Boat Ride a few days ago ð pic.twitter.com/Q3QaeDfneH — RANBIR KAPOOR KINGDOM (@Ranbir_Kingdom) June 3, 2019 The previous schedules for 'Brahmastra' have been shot in Bulgaria and Mumbai. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Dimple Kapadia and Akkineni Nagarjuna in key roles. Talking about the film, Alia had earlier told PTI, "We are very excited about the film. It is a step ahead. This will take cinema to another level." The film is all set to hit the screen in Summer 2020. Are you excited? Let us know in the comments below.
  11. Last night, Apple announced a bunch of new features for the upcoming iOS 13 update and it will be available for users by this fall. Some features bring stability and performance improvements. While there are general improvements, Apple has also added new features and a brand new dark mode. If you've been wondering what all Apple announced last night, here's our comprehensive list for the smartphone. A Faster FaceID Apple announced that the facial recognition process from the TrueDepth camera will be 30% faster than what we are used to right now. The faster unlocking will help users get into their smartphones without having to wait for FaceID to recognise your face. The process is already fast enough but with the 30% improvement, it could really change the way we would unlock iPhones. Dark Mode © Apple A dark mode for iPhone is one the most sought after features and Apple finally made it a reality last night. The iPhone's interface will change into darker tones and will also translate to system-wide apps and third-party apps who enable the feature. The new dark mode comes with added benefits such as better battery life and the fact that it would put less strain on your eyes. Sign In With Apple © Apple Apple has made it easier for customers to now protect themselves with a new “Sign in with Apple” feature. You will no longer have to use Facebook or Google sign in which can be later used to track your activity. Apple wants to protect users by providing a developer with a random unique ID. Users will also have the option to keep their identities a secret and share relevant information with the application. Apple has also integrated FaceID and Touch ID for this feature as an additional layer of security. More Photo Editing Tools © Apple Apple is now going to make it easier to manage and edit images on iOS 13 thanks to machine learning. The Photos app will be able to highlight the best images, automatically remove duplicate images or screenshots and will intelligently organise your library. It will be even easier to discover and browse your images. Photo editing tools have now been expanded with more Portrait Lighting adjustments, more editing tools, new effects and a better interface. Apple has also introduced a new High-Key Mono effect that creates a monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos. Additional Features - Messages can automatically share a user's name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji -With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit™-enabled messaging app - Two AirPods can listen to content from a single iPhone as Apple introduced a new audio sharing feature. - Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. - Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives. - Reminders app has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders.
  12. Apple has finally turned to the dark side as the Cupertino giant made the new feature official for iOS 13. The announcement came at Apple's annual WWDC event and the company showed off some applications running in dark mode. Some of these apps include Music, Calendar, Notes, Maps and Messages. (c) Apple The new dark mode will finally be available for iOS devices later this year when iOS 13 rolls out. Google announced its own dark mode feature at I/O last month and is already available to use in the beta version of Android Q. Dark Mode takes inspiration from macOS's Mojave operating system where there isn't a huge difference on the Home screen. Things, however, change after unlocking the iPhone where apps like Music, Maps and other applications that have a darker interface. There are also differences in the interface in other Apple applications like messages, emojis, keyboard and photos. (c) Apple The dark mode is not only easy on your eyes, but it can also help in saving battery life by a margin. If you own an iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, there will be less power consumption, thanks to the OLED display. Dark Mode has been a very popular requested feature as it not only conserves battery life and puts less strain on your eyes, but also looks better to look at. The new dark mode feature also extends to widgets and notifications. The dark mode is not exclusive to system-wide apps as third-party applications will also be to take advantage of this feature, apps like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Medium, Reddit, Wikipedia, Instapaper, IMDb and many more.
  13. While the Civil Services are the most honorary posts to hold in the country, a lot of people miss their chance to be a part of the services because the examinations held by the UPSC aren't easy at all. And even though we have 4 attempts to pass these exams, sometimes, making it through those 4 times is improbable. Lakhs of people apply every year for the civil service examination and only about 1% of them get through. But for some people, cracking these exams and becoming an IPS officer at the age of 20 was a piece of cake. How, you ask? One would imagine he's a child prodigy to sit for the exam once and come out with flying colours and become an officer of the law, but little do we know, it was all a big farce and he actually wasn't a qualified IPS officer. © Facebook Meet the 20-year-old Abhay Meena, who posed as a high ranking IPS officer with a fake ID and credentials, a social media personality and a motivational speaker, all rolled in to one. He was recently arrested by Special Operations Group, Delhi and we're sad he misused a prestigious position to actually con the nation. Meena, who has indeed failed class 12th, claimed to have cracked the IIT and the UPSC examination in the first try itself, becoming an PS officer at a really young age. Because of this, he was often invited to institutions, fashion shows and parties to give motivational speeches as a chief guest, where he would wine and dine and con people in to believing in his hard work. So much so, he would meet police officers at these events and laud them for their great work, ironically. I mean you really have to have some cheek to pull off such an intrinsic lie, and fool people. © Facebook He was finally caught when someone noticed his police card, in which the word branch was spelled as 'branche' and capital as 'capitol'. After investigating his records further, he was finally arrested by the SOG from his apartment in Jagatpura. Meena tried intimidating the officers by boasting about his influences but clearly, that didn't work as he's under arrest currently. Apparently, Meena used to drive around in a car which has a 3-star police plate affixed on the bumper and a 3-star credential is only reserved for a DG or an Additional DG (ADG) rank. So, clearly he was misusing that too. © Times of India After wining and dining at expensive hotels, without paying the bills and showing off his ID wherever he would go, Meena is currently at the Pratap Nagar Police Station eating only 'jail ka khaana'. We feel this is grave disrespect for officers who've actually worked hard to crack civil service exams and have come all the way, with their hard work to stand where they do. It's also grave disrespect towards all the people who spend days, weeks and months preparing for these examinations and burning the midnight oil to serve the country. And here we have a man, who'd been conning his way through, making people believe he did what he did through his hard work. Up until recently, I thought these things could only happen in movies like 'Catch Me If You Can' or 'Bunty Aur Bubli', but people actually grow up in reality to become con artists and we hope he's the only one, who has pulled off such a stunt.
  14. A Salman Khan movie on Eid is what we call 'sone pe suhaga'. Salman has always managed to block the occasion of Eid for his big releases and this time is no different either. We have 'Bharat' releasing on June 5. Fans are eagerly waiting as Salman is coming back with Ali Abbas Zafar. Considering 'Sultan' and 'Tiger Zinda Ha' were hits, there are a lot of expectations from this film too. For the uninitiated, the film is an official remake of the Korean drama, 'An Ode To My Father' and will see Salman sporting 5 different looks over the span of 70 years. View this post on Instagram When Bharat & crew went aboard on an actual ship! #BharatInMalta (Link in bio) @bharat_thefilm @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife #BhushanKumar @katrinakaif @tabutiful @apnabhidu @sonalikul @dishapatani @whosunilgrover @norafatehi @iaasifsheikhofficial @nikhilnamit @reellifeproduction @skfilmsofficial @tseries.official A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on May 29, 2019 at 10:30pm PDT Well, a Salman movie does come loaded with star power but last two Eid releases, 'Tubelight' and 'Race 3', didn't work well. Clearly, the wave of cinema is changing and content is the only winner. Yes, Salman has that star power but can he help the cause of a movie if the content is not what the audience appreciates? You know the answer. View this post on Instagram âª#Bharat #Eid2019 ⬠A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on May 21, 2019 at 6:16am PDT But you can't ignore the fact Ali is the captain of the ship and you can trust that 'Bharat' would do well. Before the big release, MensXP got in touch with the Trade Experts to know if Salman Khan's 'Bharat' would be a blockbuster or if it would be a dud like that of 'Tubelight' and 'Race 3'. Here's what they have to say: Atul Mohan Let's not ignore the fact the highest grossing Eid release was 'Sultan' with Ali Abbas Zafar in 2016. 'Tubelight' (2017) and 'Race 3' (2018) were not really great films. Salman coming back with Ali is surely one of the highlights and this would be their third collaboration after 'Sultan' and 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. Both films have been blockbusters. This Eid, you have a successful actor-director Jodi. I think this time I feel you have the factor of Ali Abbas that will come into play. I feel the buzz is in general low because of the two back-to-back failed Eid releases. The excitement level is not high, but at the end of the day, it all depends on the content. Ali has always represented Salman very differently and it would surely help to get the viewers to come to the theatres. This time, we will get to see Salman in different avatars. It's an official adaptation of 'An Ode To My Father' which is also considered as landmark cinema. Talking about box office numbers, I am sure they are very confident about their content and that's why they are releasing on June 5. According to me, the movie will mint around Rs 25 crores on Day 1. Salman has an altogether different aura. At the end of the day, the content should be good and nothing can stop it from being a hit. View this post on Instagram Come witness an extraordinary Journey of an ordinary Man #ZindaSong (Full Song Link in bio) @bharat_thefilm @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife #BhushanKumar @katrinakaif @tabutiful @apnabhidu @sonalikul @dishapatani @whosunilgrover @norafatehi @iaasifsheikhofficial #JuliusPackiam @vishaldadlani @nikhilnamit @reellifeproduction @skfilmsofficial @tseries.official A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on May 17, 2019 at 1:58am PDT Girish Johar See, expectations from the film are quite high because of the two factors. First, because it's Salman's Eid release and the second is that he is coming back with Ali Abbas Zafar. Ali has been a winner at the box office. The trailer and the songs have been doing pretty well. But, at the end of the day, it's based on the content that the audience would decide if it matches their expectations or not. On the face of it, it is not going to take a huge start. Salman Khan fans would be thronging the theatres as it's Eid release. I am sure people would at least watch it once. It's positioned itself well but if the content is not as great as that of 'Kalank', nothing really can be done. I, somehow, feel the movie might earn around Rs 35 crores on its first day. View this post on Instagram 'Journey of a man and a nation together' #BharatTrailer Trailer link in the Bio! @bharat_thefilm @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife #BhushanKumar @katrinakaif @tabutiful @apnabhidu @sonalikul @dishapatani @whosunilgrover @norafatehi @iaasifsheikhofficial @nikhilnamit @reellifeproduction @skfilmsofficial @tseries.official A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Apr 22, 2019 at 1:30am PDT Akshaye Rathi Traditionally, we believe that movies don't work on Ramzan but then you had 'Baahubali' that's one of the biggest hits that released during Ramzan. Nothing matters if the content has its own merit and Ali has already proved it through his movies. He has instilled that faith in us. To me, Ali is the strongest link despite Salman being the terrific actor that he is. If the script is weak like that of 'Tubelight' or 'Race 3', even a Salman Khan beyond a point can't do much to save the film. It's more about content and classic example is of Vicky Kaushal's 'URI'. The star only adds to the opening figures because of the stardom. The producers of the film are lucky to have Ali Abbas on board as a director. Seeing his track record and not just with Salman, we can say that the magic would work. Considering all the factors in mind, I feel the movie should earn nothing less than Rs 35 crores on Day 1. What's your bet? Are you planning to watch 'Bharat' on June 5? Let us know in the comments section below.
  15. The much-anticipated event of the month, which will also mark the end of the two months-long General Elections in India, Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony is all set to take place a few hours from now. It's a big day not only for the ruling government, but also the country at large as it gets ready to welcome Modi ji as the country's prime minister for yet another term. © Twitter The swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Modi and other Union Ministers will be officiated by President Ram Nath Kovind within the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7 pm this evening, in the presence of some of the world's most important and famous individuals. While it was said that PM Modi had sent out invitations to numerous international dignitaries from around the world, it has also been reported that there are 8,000 confirmed guests who are all set to attend PM Modi's oath taking ceremony, making it a historical event to be hosted at the venue. © Twitter That said, let's take a look at all the famous people from India and around the world who will be attending the ceremony hours from now. International Dignitaries © Twitter 1. BIMSTEC leaders from countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be attending the ceremony. As per reports, Pakistan was not sent an invitation. 2. Presidents of neighbouring countries, that is, Nepal, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will also attend the ceremony. 3. Prime Ministers of Bhutan and Mauritius will also be present at the ceremony. 4. Thailand's Special Envoy Grisada Boonrach will represent the country at the ceremony. Indian Dignitaries © Twitter 1. All the Chief Ministers in the country have been invited and are expected to attend the ceremony. However, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik and Bhupesh Singh Bhaghel have stated that they would not be able to attend the ceremony. 2. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have also confirmed their presence. 3. It is customary for all the former presidents, prime ministers and veteran politicians to attend PM's oath-taking ceremony. Celebrities © Twitter 1. Indian business moguls Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani and Ratan Tata have been invited for the ceremony, along with international bigwigs like Bill Gates. 2. Sports stars such as Rahul Dravid, PT Usha, Saina Nehwal, Anil Kumble, Dipa Karmakar and many others have been invited to the ceremony. 3. Big names from the film industry such as Shah Rukh Khan, Rajnikanth, Kangana Ranaut and others are expected to attend the ceremony this evening. Other Dignitaries 1. Families of deceased BJP workers from political violence-hit West Bengal have also been invited for the ceremony. 2. Reportedly, families of Pulwama attack martyrs have also been invited for the ceremony but there is no confirmation on the news.
  16. Pankaj Tripathi needs no introduction today. This man's talent sells tickets and has found a gazillion buyers, with filmmakers queuing up to rope in the actor in their projects. After years of struggle, now due to a happy turn of events, and with the wheel of fortune getting a move on, the 'Mirzapur' star has his hands full with great projects in the works. Lately, we have seen Pankaj Tripathi spell his magic on-screen and entertain us with great content, which only deepened our faith in him and his art. From 'Stree' to 'Luka Chhupi' we have loved every minute of his presence on-screen, because he delivers so much more than acting his part. © Twitter Pankaj adds layers of personality to the characters he plays and gives them a human touch which almost makes the viewers feel they have met the character or someone like him in real life. Apart from all that, there is something to be said about Pankaj and the kind of roles he plays. To call them mainstream or insignificant would be a mistake that can only arise from naivety. If there is one thing that must be kept in mind, it is that more screen-time does not equal to good roles when it comes to someone like Pankaj Tripathi. © Twitter Without taking up a lot of space, Pankaj has delivered some very fine performances which have a lot of substance in them. While we can appreciate and admire his past works, here are 5 'hatke' roles that Pankaj Tripathi is set to play in upcoming Bollywood films, that will only increase his fandom manifold: 1. Super 30 Hrithik Roshan's much-anticipated movie based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar, also stars Pankaj in a significant role. Pankaj Tripathi will be seen essaying the role of Anand Kumar's arch-rival Devraj Jagan Safdarjung. © Twitter 2. Drive We saw Pankaj Tripathi pull off the portrayal of a cynical CRPF officer in 'Newton' which also earned him a lot of critical acclaim. Now, in this Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer thriller 'Drive', Pankaj Tripathi will be seen playing a uniform-clad cop. 3. '83 Based on the life of legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev and his claim to fame with 1983 World Cup win, the film will see Pankaj Tripathi essaying the role of the former manager of Indian cricket team PR Man Singh in the film and honestly, we can't wait to see Ranveer Singh and Pankaj Tripathi together on-screen! © Twitter 4. Kargil Girl Based on 'Kargil Girl' and Shaurya Chakra winning ace IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena and her adventures during the Kargil War, and starring Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role, Pankaj Tripathi will be seen essaying the role of Gunjan's father, an Army officer, in the film. 5. Angrezi Medium One of the most-awaited collaborations in the industry, Pankaj will be teaming up with Irrfan Khan for this one, and as per reports, he will apparently be playing a wheeler-dealer named Tony, who owns a travel agency and helps Irrfan and Radhika's on-screen characters to reach the UK.
  17. The Indian cricket team is surely one of the leading contenders for the ICC World Cup 2019 with a great roster, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a tough time limiting to a 15-man squad just because of the kind of talent that was available at their disposal. While the selectors had to drop great players like Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, who, any other team would give anything to have, here's a list of five key players who would lead to the success of the Men in Blue this World Cup: 1. Virat Kohli © Reuters Even if Virat Kohli was not the leader of the squad, he would have been India's most valuable asset. After having the greatest year cricket in 2018, the batsman in Kohli continues to stay atop ICC World rankings in Test and ODI formats of the game. Having featured in 227 ODIs in the Indian kit, the skipper has already scored 10,843 runs and has a batting average of 54 in England, where the World Cup will take place. 2019 has been kind to the cricketer who notched 3 centuries in 11 matches this year. 2. MS Dhoni © Reuters Considered as the incognito captain of the team, Dhoni's skills as a middle-order batsman and still, a top-notch wicket-keeper give Team India the edge they need to become the world champs. Having played under pressure in and World Cup final and winning the trophy with a bang only adds to his already impressive resume. In 341 ODI matches throughout his career, Dhoni has scored 10,500 runs till date. Despite a nagging back injury, Dhoni took his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to the final while scoring 314 runs in 10 matches. In 2019, Dhoni has played 8 innings in which he has put up a total of 327 runs. 3. Jasprit Bumrah © Reuters The bowling attack of Team India will be spearheaded by 25-year-old Jasprit Bumrah who has been in tremendous form for the whole of 2018 and 2019 which not only helped his side restrict their opponents to small totals but also provided the pacer with the top rank in ICC World rankings in ODIs. Bumrah has played in 49 ODI games in his professional cricketing career and collated 85 wickets, 28 of which came in 2018 alone, with an impressive economy rate of 4.51. 4. Hardik Pandya © Reuters Hardik Pandya is a classic example of hard work paying off. Ever since making his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2016, he has quickly become an integral part of the national cricket squad as a talented all-rounder and is extremely useful as a death over bowler and a middle order batsman. In 45 one-dayers played by the all-rounder in the Bleed Blue jersey, Pandya has scored 731 runs with a scary strike rate of 116.59 while also scalping 44 wickets at a 5.54 rate of economy. 5. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters Kuldeep Yadav just had an abysmal season of the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders and was benched midway through the month and a half long event for the same. Nonetheless, the Chinaman has enough tricks up his sleeves to stun opponents with the ball and might as well be that x-factor of the team. In 44 ODIs, Yadav has already dismissed 87 batsmen off the crease at the economy rate of 4.94, which is extraordinary for a spinner. In 2019, while the lefty has been a little more expensive than his career average, he has taken 20 wickets ahead of the World Cup.
  18. AMD announced a new chipset at Computex in Taipei today which is said to challenge Intel's top of the line Core i9 9920X chipset. It's called the Ryzen 9 3900x chip that has 24 threads and 12 cores making it one of the top gaming processors today. Another impressive feat about the new processor is its price, AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900x chipset will sell for $499, which is half the price of Intel's offering. © YouTube Currently, Intel's Core i9 9920X chipset costs t $1,189 and upwards. Even when adding import duties for Indian customers, AMD's offering is very much more affordable and may just become the preferred choice amongst gamers. Here's an exclusive #COMPUTEX2019 look at the newest edition to the Ryzen family, the 12 core/24 thread 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. https://t.co/OgLHoqWv9T pic.twitter.com/75FzfpdiKx — AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) May 27, 2019 The 3900x is clocked at 4.6 GHz boost speed and has a total cache of 70 MB. In fact, it even uses less power than Intel's i9 9920 x as it has a 105 watts of thermal design power whereas the i9 uses 165 watts. AMD claims that in a Blender demo the 3900x is 18 per cent faster than Intel's offering. To say the least, AMD has also launched more affordable chips from the same family i.e. a 6-core, 12-thread 3600 for $329 and an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3700x (with 4.4 GHz boost, 36 MB of total cache and a 65-watt TDP); for $329 and an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3800X (4.5 GHz, 32MB cache, 105w) for $399. The pricing on the new AMD processors are not only aggressive but makes it more affordable for PC gaming markets such as India. © AMD AMD also announced the next foundational gaming architecture i.e. RDNA. RDNA will power the upcoming 7nm Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards, which feature high-speed GDDR6 memory and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface. Currently, the pricing has not been revealed yet but we expect it to be cheaper than Nvidia's offering.
  19. The most commonly requested feature by Apple users, is the ability to share music with their friends. In fact, since Apple removed the headphone jack, it has become harder to listen to music along with your friends. Wired earphones let users share music with each other by sharing each earbud. However, sharing AirPods or any wireless Bluetooth device is a big pain but it seems like Apple has already found a fix. © Apple Currently, iPhone and iPad support multiform audio via AirPlay 2 and it works on speakers that support the feature. I use the multi-room system on my Sonos setup using Apple's AirPlay feature. However, a new report by Macotakara spotted by 9to5Mac says that Apple will be adding dual Bluetooth audio support for the iPhone 11 or whatever it will be called. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Dual Bluetooth output has been a long requested feature which essentially means that two people can listen to the same audio content from one iPhone. For example, if you and your friend both have AirPods, you will be able to listen to the same music simultaneously from an iPhone on your own set of AirPods. Currently, the iPhone only supports connecting one audio device at a time which makes it harder to share Bluetooth devices to listen to music at the same time. © Apple The iPhone, however, does support multiple Bluetooth connections already as the iPhone can communicate with the Apple Watch and transmit music to the AirPods simultaneously. Dual Bluetooth audio output is not a new concept as some Android devices already support this feature and it would be great to see this on the iPhone as well. Having said that, using dual Bluetooth audio output has its own drawbacks as it often leads to unstable connections and synchronisation. It would be interesting to see how Apple would tackle this issue. There's a good chance that Apple may refresh its W1 chip for this feature to work. Of course, this is a rumoured feature that we may or may not see on the next iPhone and needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Having said that, the AirPods are one of Apple's most successful products since the iPhone and are more of a social phenomenon today. It would be logical for the Cupertino giant to make this feature available on the iPhone for AirPods users to enjoy music together. Source: Macotakara
  20. "He may have aged, but he's still a lion uncaged!" We are not saying this, the makers and scriptwriters of 'Bharat' are, in this latest dialogue promo that was released today. Well, we don't know when Salman Khan's transition from being a 'Tiger' to a lion happened, but he's fierce regardless. And this promo is just a glimpse of how 'Bharat' is going to be much more than Salman romancing and dancing with Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. T-Series In case you didn't know this already, the movie is a remake of the South Korean hit film 'An Ode To My Father' and will see Salman Khan in different characters ranging from an 18-year-old to a 72-year-old. T-Series We have already seen in trailers and teasers how Salman will look like as a circus artist or as a Navy officer, now it's time for us to see how an old Salman (probably in his 70s) will look like, while fighting with goons. T-Series The 20-second video shows a grandpa Salman being bullied by some goons. As expected Salman's 'andar ka boodha sher' awakens and he thrashes all of them with his bare hands (something only he can do). Is it just me or the action scenes and Salman looked strikingly similar to how he was in 'Kick' (only some years older)? Maybe, if 'Kick' makers ever plan to make a series, here's how Salman will look like in 'Kick 20'. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, 'Bharat' is releasing on June 5 and also stars Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff and Nora Fatehi.
  21. Sony's upcoming next-generation console is not launching anytime soon. However, we already know a lot about it already, with more information pouring in every day. On the same lines, Sony's Vice President John Kodera has now confirmed that the new PlayStation 5, when it launches, will support backwards compatibility allowing you to play with PS4 players. According to Kodera, cross-generational play is very important to the company. He also noted that it's extremely important to keep the PlayStation community happy as it starts to migrate from PS4 to PS5. He didn't share a lot of details, but we're just happy to hear about the backwards compatibility support. It's great news for those who just bought a PS4 and were worried if Sony would just pull the plug. © Pexels Speaking of pulling the plug, it's also worth mentioning that Sony is also committed to supporting the PS4 for at least the next three years. Well, that makes a lot of sense considering the fact that there are millions of PS4 users in the world, and not all of them will be upgrading to the new console. It also goes to show how Sony isn't expecting a huge player to migrate to the new console in the first place. That being said, we already know enough about the upcoming console to tell you that it would be worth the upgrade. The next-generation PlayStation console is said to bring new things like a faster SSD, Ray-tracing support and more. The faster SSD, in particular, is what's said to make the most difference in terms of loading times, render times, etc. Obviously, there's still a lot that we don't necessarily know about Sony's next-generation console, but we do know that we have exciting times ahead. The new PlayStation 5 will definitely be worth the wait.
  22. Some characters become so iconic, especially because of the actor portraying the role, that it becomes next to impossible for someone else to replace them. Once such character is Indiana Jones, and Harrison Ford himself knows that no one can live up to his legendary portrayal of the adventure-seeking archaeologist. Ford never wants to be replaced by anyone else as Indiana Jones, because he is Indiana Jones, no one else. He first gave life to the character nearly four decades ago with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' in 1981. I don't even have to tell anyone that this movie, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, based on a story by George Lucas, and penned by 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back's Lawrence Kasdan, was just the beginning of an epic franchise. Since then, Harrison Ford has reprised his role three times and another instalment is in the works and will be out in a couple of years. Even though there has been a spinoff and other voice actors have lent their voices to the character, Harrison Ford himself is not ready to part with Indian Jones yet, or ever. Recently, he was asked who he would like to see as Indiana Jones when he's eventually “done with that role”. Well, he has a simple answer, “Nobody is gonna be Indiana Jones. Don't you get it? I'm Indiana Jones. When I'm gone, he's gone.” He even jokingly apologized to the actors who were hoping to take on the role in the future saying, “This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine... I'm sorry, man.” But, there's some issue though, since it seems like Steven Spielberg has some other ideas with the franchise. He once said, “This will be Harrison Ford's last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.” Well, I don't know what the future of this franchise is and we'll just have to wait and see if or when someone actually dares to take on Harrison Ford's role forward.
  23. Activision released the first Modern Warfare title in 2007 titled 'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare' and it's one of the best COD titles of all time. Well, it was remastered with better graphics and was released as 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. In the meantime, we also got 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' and 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3'. Now, the fourth instalment in the Modern Warfare series is going to be out this year, and it looks like it'll be called, wait for it, 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'. Yes, we will never understand video games and their weird naming schemes. The news about this year's new 'Call of Duty' title was leaked by a YouTube creator named “LongSensation”. Activision has apparently been showing the game to the press and a select few 'influencers', so we don't see why this couldn't be true. If it wasn't obvious enough, the new 'Call of Duty' will be a 'soft reboot' of the first one. It'll most likely have a gripping single-player campaign with 'realistic emotional moments' inspired by the controversial 'No Russian' campaign from Modern Warfare 2. More than the game's arrival or its story, hard-core 'Call of Duty' fans are not particularly happy with the name. It's not what they expected and they're taking it all out on social media: “It's absurd” I can confirm this is true, and that it's hilarious. The first one was "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" so obviously the fourth one is "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare." Video games are absurd https://t.co/Ghb1m2srC4 — Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 24, 2019 Buying the wrong game is certainly not an option. It's funny. Not so many options tho. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. But then they already have a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remaster. So will the next one be older? ð¤ Some people will get buy the wrong game... — Matt Wagner ð¦ (@Kenturrac) May 24, 2019 Oops! Sorry, grandma. Grandma is gonna be so confused at Christmas getting the game for Timmy now. — Young Pepsi (@IsaacP_03) May 24, 2019 It's not just COD. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Modern Warfare 2 CALL OF DUTY: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (cod4 remake) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Reboot) Why do so many movie and video game franchises have such inconsistent naming conventions???𤢠— Jamie Faith (@JamieF4178) May 24, 2019 LOL. New Call of Duty: I'll call myself Modern Warfare!! Call of Duty 4: pic.twitter.com/SBMLB4mU2P — John F. Kennedy (@The35thPres) May 24, 2019 Cancel COD? Can the COD franchise just be cancelled already https://t.co/iIr0xfr5Ac — Corey (@c_winez) May 24, 2019 These aren't the only ones. Twitter is flooded with a ton of angry comments on the game's name and Activision's decision to reboot the series. You know what? Maybe let's just stick to 'Call of Duty Mobile' for now.
  24. It has been long rumoured that Apple will be bringing one of its most beloved features on iPhones, but it will be different from what we are used to. There have been previous rumours suggesting that Apple will include an on-screen fingerprint scanner on the next iPhone and the company's latest patent confirms the plans. It may not come as soon as this year's iPhone, however, it is expected to come sooner or later. (c) Pexels According to the latest patent spotted by Patently Apple, the company wants to embed a pinhole camera being the display of the smartphone. This camera will be able to create a 3D map of your fingerprint regardless of where you place your finger. The new feature will be an additional form of biometric unlocking and the company will not be replacing FaceID anytime soon. The two methods will make the iPhone even more secure as current iPhones only supports FaceID. (c) Pexels The more exciting bit about this patent is that Apple has shown pictures of a prototype, which means that the company is already done with the development process. The new unlocking method is expected to go into mass production by 2020 and will be a feature on 2020 iPhones. The new unlocking method is not the first time we're something like this as Xiaomi has also developed a version which works similar to Apple's patent. Source: Patently Apple
  25. The world's largest exercise in democracy, the Indian Lok Sabha election is also, in a lot of ways, the desi 'Game of Thrones' (minus the dragons and the white walkers, of course). There's violence, there's dirty politics, there's triumph, and then there's the inevitable heartbreak of defeat. One particular independent candidate, from Punjab, became the national face of such misfortune this year, when he broke down in tears in front of cameras during vote counting on Thursday. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chacha Chatra™ (@chachachatra) on May 22, 2019 at 11:20pm PDT A video of Neetu Shutteran Wala, an independent candidate from the Jalandhar constituency, drew the internet's sympathy as his emotional breakdown went viral. A sobbing Neetu told local television channels that he had received only five votes, which was especially painful, when nine people from his own family had also voted. © Google Election Analysis Turns out, that wrong information was supplied to him in the heat of the moment, and he eventually ended up with many more than nine – precisely 856, votes. His elder brother Vimal Kumar told MensXP that Neetu was repeatedly trying to access the polling booth on Thursday, but was shooed away by the security personnel, saying that he had received just five votes. This led to him having a meltdown. “He has complete support from the family,” Kumar tells us, “and everyone, including our uncles and the extended family, has voted for him.” Neetu, as suggested by his titular suffix, owns a workshop that manufactures shutters and grills for shops. His election affidavit states that he is illiterate and hasn't had the privilege to an education According to his brother, Neetu has been a godfather to many poor and helpless people of Jalandhar, who have found themselves treated unfairly by the authorities. “Everyone in the city knows my brother very well. His agenda in the election was to fight against corruption, if elected, and to continue helping the poor. He also wanted to champion the cause of generating more employment along with developing Jalandhar and working for the common man,” said Kumar. On Friday, the morning after the final results were announced, Neetu failed to show up at his shop. He's obviously been low since last evening, and has not been able to accept the turn of events from the previous day, says Kumar. “I tried to console him but he'll take his own time. It's all a part and parcel of the game”. When asked about Neetu's political aspirations, Kumar told us that his brother will contest in the next Vidhan Sabha polls. And why not; he definitely has more support than he did 24 hours back. You go Neetu!
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