Keys to MBA Success

Keys to MBA Success

Respect the Challenge

Many people think that being in the MBA program is a break from work. However, the program is full of challenges. In pre-term, the first four weeks of your MBA career, classmates. are challenged with a heavy workload and team-intensive projects.

From this experience, I learned to be aware of potential challenges and take advantage of resources available. For instance, classmates from different cohorts form study groups to help each other prepare for finals and offer free tutoring sessions on-campus. Through this experience, I learned to effectively communicate with my study groups to achieve maximum productivity.

Build Your Personal Brand

You usually hear about building brands in marketing. In MBA program, this is very crucial. During daily engagement and teamwork, you are always evaluated by your classmates. How do you build a personal brand? An approach is to focus on these five keys: Competence, Connection, Courage, Character, and Credibility. Competence is your technical ability. Connection is how you actively build relationships and develop networks in the MBA program. Courage is an indicator of how you are able to communicate and provide an opinion with confidence, but not in an overly aggressive manner. Character is about being trustworthy, hardworking, and optimistic. Credibility is demonstrated in your willingness to take responsibility and lead a group.

Effectively Build and Track Relationships

Networking is one of the key reasons people choose an MBA program. During our orientation, I learned that building and maintaining relationship is essential to all career directions. To do so, I created a tracking system in Excel. On this sheet I recorded my old and new connections. Although you may not keep in touch regularly, send previous managers or colleagues an email just to keep in touch. When you make new contacts, add as many details as possible. As you follow up with them, you will be able to use this information to remind them about the conversations you had or connect on a personally level. I have many classmates who successfully secured offers from their dream companies because they did a great job building and tracking relationships.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 With Triple Rear Cameras

  Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) – the company’s first smartphone with triple rear cameras

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) – the company’s first smartphone with triple rear cameras ,will be launched in India at an event the company is hosting in New Delhi today.

The smartphone was unveiled globally last week and sports three camera sensors on the back – one depth of field lens, one wide-angle lens, and one autofocus lens. Other key features of the smartphone include AR Emojis, a full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Dolby Atmos audio technology, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

As a successor to the Galaxy A7 (2017) that arrived in the country in March last year, the new Galaxy A7 (2018) also features a 24-megapixel sensor in the front that also features Selfie Focus and Pro Lighting Mode.

  • Processor

                    Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) runs Android 8.0 Oreo along with Samsung Experience UX on top . It is                           powered by an octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, paired with 4GB and 6GB RAM options. The

  • Display

    The Super AMOLED Infinity Display delivers stunning colour reproduction & deep contrasts. Enjoy True FHD+ streaming experience on popular content platforms. (15.36cm (6.0”) FHD+)

  • Camera

    Rear

    The Triple Camera intelligently detects 19 different scenarios & optimises each shot to give perfect picture composition.The Galaxy A7 Super Pixel camera captures more light by combining 4 pixels into 1 to make your pictures vivid even in low light conditions.Capture brilliant selfies with a 24MP front camera, adjustable LED flash. Enhance each photo with pro lighting, just like a studio photoshoot.

    The triple rear camera setup of the Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 24-megapixel autofocus sensor with f/1.7 aperture. an 8-megapixel ultra wide sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture.

    Front

    For selfies, there is a single 24-megapixel fixed-focus camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash.

  • Memory

    the Galaxy A7 (2018) has 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).

  • Battery

    the smartphone packs a 3,300mAh battery and measures 159.8×76.8×7.5mm.

  • Operating System

    Android 8.0 Oreo

  • Others

    2 SIMs + Micro SD

    Connectivity

    Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, ANT+, NFC (subject to region) with Samsung Pay support, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    Side Finerprint

    Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

    Sound

    Dolby Atmos is engineered to create and play back multichannel soundtracks for a fully immersive and ultimate home cinema sound experience. Now, make your favourite music and movies come to life with a greater three-dimensional effect.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 6A Review

Xiaomi’s Redmi phones have pretty much established themselves as the de-facto choices at nearly every price point in the budget space.

The Chinese brand, once considered a tiny upstart, has consistently launched smartphones that deliver tremendous value for money and make their competitors look overpriced.

 

Price range

Starting at just Rs. 5,999 — though this is an “introductory price” — the Redmi 6A neatly replaces the Redmi 5A (Review) and brings just enough updates and new features to fend off newer competitors. Let’s see what’s new, and whether this phone is still the best choice for people on a shoe-string budget.

Features

Helio A22 Processor

Redmi 6A the predictable Qualcomm 400-series, Xiaomi has switched to MediaTek’s brand new Helio A22 (MT6762) processor. This marks the debut of a new Helio A-series branding scheme for MediaTek’s entry-level offerings. The Helio A22 has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2GHz and is manufactured using a power-efficient 12nm process. This could give battery life a significant boost.

The Redmi 6A is available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, and both variants have 2GB of RAM. Our review unit was the 16GB version, and we found that we had just under 10GB of usable space when setting it up. for more video’s and music you need a microSD card otherwise, with cards of up to 256GB capacity supported.

12nm architecture
Quad-core A53 structure
Clock speed as high as 2.0GHz
2GB + 16GB
Storage expandable up to 256GB with microSD

Display

18:9 Full Screen Display

The 18:9 screen measures 5.45 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 720×1440 pixels.The first thing you’ll notice about this phone is that Xiaomi has brought a fashionable 18:9 screen to the very bottom of its price ladder.

5.45″ (measured diagonally)
295 PPI, 1000:1 contrast(typ)
1440×720 resolution
Sunlight Display
Night Display
Reading mode
Automatic contrast
Increased contrast
Color temperature adjustment
Standard mode

Dimensions

Height:147.5mm
Width:71.5mm
Thickness:8.3mm
Weight:145g

Camera

The rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor, f/2.2 aperture, and PDAF, while the front one has a 5-megapixel sensor.

ƒ/2.2 aperture

PDAF
Standard HDR
Low light photo enhancement
Burst mode
Scene selection

Video

1080p video – 30 fps
720p video – 30 fps
480p video – 30 fps

Connectivity

Dual SIM 4G support

Supports dual nano-SIM cards and microSD expansion. Both SIM cards can use 4G data simultaneously.
When using both nano-SIM slots, either card can be set as the primary card. VoLTE HD calling is supported on the primary card.The Redmi 6A can use 4G data on either SIM. VoLTE HD is supported on only one SIM at a time, regardless of which slot it’s in. There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. Interestingly, you get the standard ambient light and proximity sensors as well as a digital compass.

Network bands

Supports the following frequency bands:

GSM (B2/3/5/8)
WCDMA (B1/2/5/8)
TDD-LTE (B38/40)
FDD-LTE (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20)

Note: For 4G network support and VoLTE HD calling, please contact the local service provider for more information.

Wireless network

Supports protocol 802.11b/g/nSupports 2.4G WiFi / WiFi Direct,Supports Bluetooth 4.2

GPS navigation and positioning

 

GPS

AGPS

GLONASS

BeiDou

Sensors

  • Vibration motor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Electronic compass
  • Accelerometer

Multimedia

Supported video fromats: H.263, H.264 AVC Baseline Profile(BP), H.264 AVC Main Profile (MP), MPEG-4 SP
Supported audio formats: PCM, AAC / AAC+, MP3, AMR–NB and WB, Opus, PCM/WAVE, Vorbis

Battery

Redmi 6A has packed in a 3000mAh battery. HD video loop battery life test. The Redmi 6A ran for 13 hours, 22 minutes, thanks to its 3000mAh battery.

Preloaded Apps

for example you have UC Browser, Chrome, and Xiaomi’s own default browser. Facebook, Amazon, PhonePe, Netflix, Opera, and a few other third-party apps are preloaded, and several more are “promoted” right within the MIUI interface. The default Facemoji keyboard has a lot going on with emojis, stickers, GIFs, themes, and more

New Natural Condom Is Helping Women’s Their Sexual Health

New Natural Condom Is Helping Women’s Their Sexual Health

“I actually spent my whole life dreaming of starting a condom company with my dad – very specific, I know,” Meika Hollender, founder of Sustain Natural, says in the video above. It might sound like a crude joke, but Hollender is serious. In 2014, she launched Sustain with her father, Jeffrey Hollender, the founder and former CEO of eco-friendly household products company Seventh Generation.

Together, the Hollenders have built an all-natural sexual wellness brand that’s grown from condoms to tampons, lube, and other sexual-health products. Meika, who authored the self-help book Get On Top: Of Your Pleasure, Sexuality & Wellness: A Vagina Revolution earlier this year, wants women to take control of their bodies and to eradicate the stigma around talking about sexual wellness.

“My belief is that by having open, honest conversations about sex and sexual health we will create a world in which women are taking control,” the badass woman says. “I hope that I leave this world in a place where our rights are not questioned.”

Check out the full video and the excerpts below for more info on why Hollender launched Sustain, the company’s work with Planned Parenthood, and her plans for the future.

Sex taboo: After launching Sustain with a signature line of all-natural condoms, Hollender got slut-shamed on the internet in the comments section of an article written about her fledgling company.

Viewers focused on a freckle on Hollender’s lip, insinuating she had an STD instead of focusing on the products and company she had built.

The moment actually encouraged Hollender to keep pushing to target the stigma around sexual health. “That was when I knew it was really my mission and my passion to fight every single day on behalf of women everywhere,” she says.

Sustain for Planned Parenthood: “We’re not selling lipstick,” Hollender says. “It’s not just building a business, it’s building a business in an extremely controversial space.” Which is why she chose to align her company with Planned Parenthood’s efforts from day one. “Sexual reproductive health is not a gender-specific, identity-specific, orientation-specific conversation. It is an everybody conversation,” Planned Parenthood President Laura McQuade, also featured in the video above, says.

Family support: Hollender says her parents have always been supportive and open about matters of sexual health. “When it came to talking about sex, it didn’t feel like we were scared what to tell them what was going on because we genuinely wanted their advice,” she says. That’s something she’s exceptionally grateful for and wants to encourage in the world today.

The health movement: About five years ago, Hollender says she noticed an increase in natural food, cleaning products, and skincare. “But when it came to the products going inside one of the most absorbent parts of our bodies, our vaginas, women in particular were not thinking about what’s going into these products,” she says.

Enter: Sustain Natural, Hollender’s chance to combine her passion for reducing the stigma around women’s sexual health with an all-natural products line catering to women’s needs in the bedroom and beyond.

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Paris Fashion Week Kicks Off With Dior and Gucci

Paris Fashion Week Kicks Off With Dior and Gucci

The Paris collections opened on Monday with a battle royale, as Dior and Gucci, two of fashion’s biggest luxury players, faced off in a surprising matchup that was, in the short term, a bid to capture more eyeballs, and, in the long term, part of a majorly knockout fight for market share.

Designers are notoriously competitive, as we all know, but the luxury conglomerates that own their houses are downright brutal in their efforts to grow bigger, faster, and stronger than anyone else, at any cost.

Case in point: Gucci, the explosively powerful prizefighter owned by Kering, which normally opens the Milan collections, moved its show this season to a prime position at the start of the Paris collections. Not to be scooped, Dior, owned by Kering’s rival LVMH, advanced its show by a day, so it would still be the first big event of Paris, preceding Gucci by six hours.

While this may seem like inside baseball to viewers watching at home, it does make a difference, and Dior — led by artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri — was more than up for the challenge by its Italian neighbor. Chiuri has slowly, methodically, and patiently built a case for her vision of a feminist, sensual, and unabashedly unpractical Dior, where sheer dresses and visible underwear are part and parcel to her aesthetic.

She has faced her doubters. But she has remained true in her convictions and she has ultimately persevered — her spring collection being her finest to date, energized by a mesmerizing dance performance in a stunning black space. Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal led a troupe, outfitted in leggings and tights embroidered in the Dior style, through a shower of rose petals, as each dancer slowly moved across a vast black tent, erected for the occasion somewhere in the Bois de Boulogne.

They joined into pairs, and then groups, creating hypnotic movements that both distracted and enhanced the clothes being simultaneously presented on Chiuri’s runway.

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Those designs were inspired by dance, though the reference was loose enough to allow for some fabulous daywear and dresses that really showed Chiuri’s strength of creating gowns that are simultaneously conservative in their full lengths and perverse in their transparency. A lengthy opening of neutral khaki and severely black dresses was interrupted by surprises of tie-die and denim, and textured skirts that looked incredibly intricate, even in the darkened room with so much going on. One favorite look was a sheer dress of black netting with a skirt of multi-colored tulle, worn like an X-ray over a black fishnet bodysuit.

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Gucci’s Paris debut, meanwhile, was a highly anticipated event, so much so that the entire block surrounding the historic Le Palace theater was mobbed with screaming fans. Gucci’s designer, Alessandro Michele, has so successfully rewritten the codes of luxury over the last five years that it seemed fairly reasonable for him to start a show with a shock film, with a floppy model meandering, or possibly overdosing, in a nice old house

(I worry she may need medical assistance), that might have been inspired by New Wave cinema, or might have had something to do with current horror movies — who knows? It was disruptive, anyway. Inside, the show was laid out around the rows of seats, with models entering from the back of the theater and walking down the aisles to the stage so that most guests got only a good look at their backsides.

While the event could have benefited from a better choreographer, it was still pretty fabulous when Jane Birkin — Jane Birkin, people!

— suddenly stood up from her seat and sang “Baby Alone in Babylone.” And the clothes, as deliriously outré as ever, had a lot going for them as well — particularly the dresses of flip-flapping fringe, and the guys who wore droopy Gucci underpants, and the handbags shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head, and the jacket and the top painted with the face of Dolly Parton, and the lady with the live cockatoo on her shoulder …

well, this is Michele’s personal trip, so don’t expect some sort of rational explanation for what happened here. At best, I noticed more of a hippie vibe in the tailoring of corduroy suits, with their flaring trousers, and disco tops, which I rather liked.

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It’s hard to say exactly who won the day, as the shows turned out to be so different, but I’m sure if you look on social media, you’ll get a better count.

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Jackie Kennedy’s Sister Lee Radziwill May Have Had an Affair with John F. Kennedy

Though tales of the glamorous Jackie O. as well as the tragic Kennedy curse stole the cultural spotlight long ago, the true ingenue of the multi-generational diaspora may not be a Kennedy at all.

Jackie’s little sister, Lee Radziwill, sought the spotlight from a young age. And though she did receive her share of fame, to this day she’s incensed by her lifelong qualification as Jackie Kennedy’s sister.

A new biography from Nancy Schoenberger and Vanity Fair’s Sam Kashner, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jack and Lee, focuses on the complex relationship between the late Jackie, who succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1994, and Lee, 85.

With every revelation in this taut and fascinating work, Jackie’s final will looms in one’s mind — her pointed exclusion of Radziwill from the 38-page document remains somewhat mysterious nearly a quarter of a century later, though The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters supplies a convincing argument as to why Radziwill may have been cut.

In the final pages of the book, what is perhaps the most shocking claim is laid bare: Lee may have had an affair with John F. Kennedy.

Writer Gore Vidal, who shared a stepfather with Lee and Jackie, once wrote that Lee’s first husband, Michael Canfield, confided in him that his then-wife had slept with her brother-in-law.

“There were times when … I think [Lee] went perhaps too far, you know?” Canfield allegedly told Vidal. “Like going to bed with Jack in the room next to mine in the south of France and then … boasting about it.”

RELATED: Why Jackie Kennedy Allegedly Disapproved of JFK Jr.’s Relationship with Madonna

As the biography notes, it’s unclear whether Vidal is telling the truth. He bore a complex relationship with both sisters through the years and was known for a proclivity to gossip. However, this would make any resentment Jackie would harbor toward Lee — even in her dying days — logical.

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Who Is Jack Brooksbank

While the world’s been quite familiar with Prince Harry and Prince William, there’s a royal groom that’s going to take the spotlight next month. Jack Brooksbank will be walking in footsteps of his soon-to-be cousins-in-law when he marries Princess Eugenie, but who is he, exactly? Royal watchers, especially ones that live on this side of the Atlantic, may not be familiar with him, but here’s everything to know about this soon-to-be royal.

Brooksbank was known as “Barman Jack” by his pals in Chelsea. Why? Unlike most of the people associated with royalty, he worked his way through the nightclub circuit, not social ranks. In fact, he wasn’t even that high up in the ranks at his job when he met Princess Eugenie. According to the Daily Mail, he was a “meet and greeter” at a bar and restaurant in Devonshire Terrace. He wasn’t always meant to be a hospitality guru, however. In fact, he was being bred for the upper crust.

RELATED: There’s Drama Over Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Date, and It Has to Do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Brooksbank attended the Stowe school, which counts Richard Branson as an alum and costs £10,000 per term. But instead of heading into finance like many of his peers, he went right to work. He had the blessing of his parents and worked his way through some of Chelsea’s hippest haunts. Admiral Codrington, The Markham Inn, and the Mahiki club are all present and accounted for on his résumé. But it was the Markham that got him into royal circles. He got to know Harry while he was working there and got folded into his group of friends. Thanks to that connection, he met Princess Eugenie.

Today, Brooksbank is a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila. After meeting Eugenie, Brooksbank wanted to polish his reputation and moved from managing bars and restaurants to become a wine and spirit merchant. That’s how he hooked up with Clooney and Co. and became one of the faces of Casamigos. It seems like the change in title worked, because the royals seem a-okay with Brooksbank walking down the aisle with Eugenie. But he’s not set on just being royal arm candy. He told the Daily Mail that he hopes to have an entire restaurant empire under his belt. 

RELATED: What Is Princess Eugenie’s Net Worth?

“I want to create a chain of pubs. It has been my dream since I was 18,” he said. “I have fond memories of Sunday roasts in pubs with log fires, and it’s something I want to recreate. I love pubs and often go to my local for a pint.”

Is a royal pub on the horizon? We’ll all have to wait and see what he’s got planned post-wedding. 

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Wore the 2018 Version of the Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake Denim Outfits

Let’s all get real for a second here and admit that there are some styles that are timeless (think: the LBD) and some that are, well, not (we’re looking at you, ’80s perms).

But denim? Denim is unquestionably the former, even when taken to the most extreme of extremes like the fashion situation that happened on the 2001 American Music Awards red carpet with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

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Isn’t walking down memory lane fun? 

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher might agree, since they are taking those casual jeans vibes from their predecessors (hat sadly not included) and putting their own 2018 spin on it.

RELATED: Mila Kunis’s Honeymoon Was Basically a Nightmare, and She “Almost Died”

Presenting, “How to Wear All Denim in 2018,” courtesy of Kunis and Kutcher. 

The star couple matched their fashion for date night at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert, and while they kept things characteristically casual, their looks still hit a nostalgic note. Kunis and Timerlake’s outfits aren’t actually that far off, so we’ve got to give her serious props for proving that the Britney/Justin moment is iconic for a reason.

Now if only we could resurrect the denim gown … 

So far our tradition is no presents for the kids. Really? Yes. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] we are instituting it this year. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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Princess Diana’s Niece Gives a Behind the Scenes Tour of Milan Fashion Week

Lady Kitty Spencer is Bulgari’s latest brand ambassador, as well as an aficionado of all things Italian, and so, for a fresh perspective on Milan Fashion Week, InStyle invited the modeling royal to weigh in on her experience during the recent collections. Here, a page from her diary (or rather, a transcript of her comments during a brief interview at Bulgari’s dinner party last Friday night):

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“I got here a couple of days ago, after a shoot for Bulgari in London the evening before. I had another shoot for Bulgari yesterday, and then today I got to see the new collection of accessories — all black and a little bit of pink, which is really cool. The black day bags are not necessarily for evening, although there were couture-inspired brooches that come from the archives of the heritage collection. And they’ve got a 24-karat gold bag here that is spectacular. Tomorrow, I have a shoot again, and then we go to the amfAR gala. It’s been lots of fun, lot’s of dress up.

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“I like to walk around in Milan. There’s a beautiful park in the Brera neighborhood where we walk around, but I really like to walk on my own and put my music in my ears, and you always somehow end up in the right place as long as you look on the map and see somewhere that has a green patch.

“I have a few friends here, so last night we went to Il Salumaio. It’s so lovely. I was thinking I was going to be good because it’s fashion week, but obviously there is burrata and truffle pasta, and, well, you know. The waiter said, ‘I really think you guys should share the burrata as a starter, but we said, no, no, no.’ Perhaps we should have listened to him, as I sit here in this corset, but it was such a beautiful restaurant. We got there at 10 p.m. and I had an early start this morning, but it was worth it. If the schedule gets full, you want to make sure you stay on top of things and rest, but it’s important, too, to get out and explore.

“We went to Grom for ice cream today. I always like nocciala, the hazelnut flavor. Tomorrow I’m going to Giacomo, which is amazing. It’s a nice time to catch up, because it’s all sort of people you meet up with. Milan is a happy place — it’s my favorite fashion week.

“I’ve been here quite a few times already, and I’m walking on Dolce & Gabbana again on Sunday. My fitting was this morning, so that’s coming up, and then Domenico’s 60th on Sunday night, and then I think I’m going to sleep all next week. I’m an owl at the moment, nocturnal. But I love it, both brands are so colorful and fun — so Italian. Bulgari parties are always the most fun for the dancing, and everyone stays. It’s rare to come to a work thing and have so much fun. You always think you have to behave, but here, I just make sure I can sleep in the next morning.”

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Meet the Dancing With the Stars Contestant Who Jumped Five Feet Into the Air andOver His Partner

He’s a 36-year-old former all-pro linebacker and Super Bowl champion. His height comes in at approximately one-and-a-half Mary Lou Rettons. His name is DeMarcus Ware, but after the season 27 premiere of Dancing With the Stars on Sept, 24, I’m calling him DeMarcus Ware-have-you-been-all-my-life.

If you fell asleep early, you may have missed him. DWTS  is notorious for trotting out a notable performer at end the season premiere episode, just to keep you hanging on until the last minute. After two hours celebrating several highs and lamenting one big embarrassing low (hang in there, Grocery Store Joe), DeMarcus Ware cha-cha-cha’d his way into the hearts of the judges, as well as the hyped up crowd.

Does this surprise anyone? The guy is an athletic beast. After playing college football at Troy, he was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys. He played with the team for eight years where he pretty much killed it. He was the all-time leader in quarterback sacks with the number one hundred and seventeen by his name. He also played three seasons for the Denver Broncos where he picked up a little bling in the form of a Super Bowl championship ring.

RELATED: One thing you need to know about every couple on Dancing With the Stars

DeMarcus is the latest in a long line of NFL players who traded their football jersey in for a bright purple blazer embellished with sequined piping down the sleeve. The technique and stamina these guys had on the football field transfers seamlessly to the ballroom. In fact, Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, and Rashad Jennings have all won their respective seasons of DWTS. Could DeMarcus be next? Based on his performance on the season 27 premiere, I’d say he definitely has a shot. And I’m not talking about his ability to literally leap over his partner’s contorted back bended body.

Here’s the deal: DeMarcus has rhythm. To quote judge Bruno Tonioli, he’s both “strong as titanium and light as a feather.”

I totally get it. DeMarcus doesn’t necessarily loom over his dance partner, but he is a big guy who moves around the ballroom like he’s lived there his entire life. He’s comfortable in the space and doesn’t appear to have any nerves. It’s another benefit of being a pro-athlete; He’s used to the electricity that accompanies live audiences.

On another note, DeMarcus has, in my humble opinion, one of the best pro choreographers as a partner. Lindsay Arnold knows how to enhance her partner’s talents, while pushing them beyond their comfort zone. Lindsay has what it takes to help showcase DeMarcus’ effervescent personality, megawatt smile, and his natural ability to shake what his mama gave him. She’s also pretty brilliant for putting him in a silver rhinestone jacket that looks a lot like a Mirror Ball Trophy when he busts out a few spins. Subliminal messaging at its finest. My guess is that DeMarcus will be bench pressing Lindsay above his head by week four. Bonus points if he’s shirtless while doing it.

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Here’s What Kelly Ripa Told a Troll That Thought She Was too Old for Her Husband

Students, take your seats, because Kelly Ripa just schooled the internet on how to clap back. The talk show host is no stranger to criticism, but according to AOL, she took to the comments section to let a troll know that they’ve got no business bringing up her age or her husband’s.

The commenter stated that Ripa was too old (specifically old-looking) for Marc Consuelos. But they tried to be polite about it, adding “sorry, but you do.” The comment came on one of Conseulos’ posts.

Ripa didn’t stand for it, getting elbows deep in the comments and adding her own. To add to the fire, it’s clear the Instagram user didn’t know that both Ripa and Conseulos are 47 years old.

“You need to learn how to spell the word too sweetie,” she wrote. “As in you’re too stupid to be with my young, handsome husband. Ps, he likes proper grammar as well you dope.”

RELATED: Kelly Ripa Loved Mark Consuelos Before She Even Met Him

In an interview with Us Weekly, Ripa said that Conseulos would rather she didn’t get involved with the drama, but she can’t resist.

“He hates it, but I love it,” she told the magazine. “I try not to even focus on that kind of stuff, but once in a while it’s fun because I’m from New Jersey, so I don’t take any of that too seriously. If someone gives me a hard time, I give them a hard time right back.”

Consuelos may not like Ripa’s responses, but sometimes, he gets in on the action, too. AOL adds that he jumped to his wife’s defense when commenters were body-shaming her for wearing a bikini. Though he’s not from New Jersey, he’s clearly learned from the best. Being married for 22 years will do that. 

RELATED: Kelly Ripa Credits This Unusual Diet for Her Bikini Body

“I posted this pic of the [woman] I most admire. As a playful tribute to my wife who I’m proud of in endless ways,” he wrote. “She works extremely hard in her professional life and her commitment to exercise, healthy diet is admirable and the benefits show. Yes she’s wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come. If that offends you in some way, if it triggers you, or some other psychosis you’re suffering from, I suggest you get over it and get used to it.”

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Something Navys New Clothing Line Will Probably Sell Out by Tonight

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I hope you already have your debit cards pulled out because Arielle Charnas of Something Navy’s latest clothing collection is out, and people are losing it. On September 24 at 9 a.m., the fashion blogger’s first stand-alone line finally dropped exclusively on Nordstrom’s website. Coincidentally, Nordstrom’s website also malfunctioned during the that time, leaving eager shoppers unable to checkout.

Nordstrom and Charnas didn’t waste any time assuring fans that the situation was being handled. “@nordstrom is quickly fixing the site,” Charnas shared in an Instagram post. And about an hour later, everything was back up and running. Unfortunately, some shoppers returned to the website only to see those two evil words next to the items they were hoping to purchase: sold out.

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It’s no surprise that merchandise from Something Navy’s new line is already flying off of the digital shelves. It’s rumored that she made at least $1 million in one day from her last launch. And it looks like her newest collection will be no different.

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So stop wasting time. There are a few stylish items left on the website. And we’ve gathered our favorites for you below.

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Queen Elizabeth Was Reportedly Really Upset by This One Scene inThe Crown

It’s widely known and accepted that the hit Netflix show The Crown is a historical adaptation, meaning there are occasional inaccuracies among the fact-based storylines. Some watchers, however, have found errors — including Queen Elizabeth herself.

While the monarch has yet to outright confirm she’s seen the show, there are plenty of reports that indicate she’s not only tuned it, but she’s actually enjoyed it. For the most part.

This week, a new report emerged that despite Queen E’s cheery feelings toward The Crown in general, she was left very upset and angry at one scene in particular.

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“The queen realizes that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the royal family and she cannot change that,” an insider told Express. “But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son’s wellbeing. She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland. That simply did not happen.”

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The scene in question features a young Prince Charles being bullied at his Scottish school, but Prince Philip is entirely unsympathetic to his son’s problems, insisting he attend the school and calling him “bloody weak” when Charles cries.

To call it unfortunate to watch is an understatement. Here’s to hoping it is inaccurate after all, for Prince Charles’s sake.

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Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo Switch Online

You Need to Know About Nintendo Switch

The brand new Nintendo Switch Online service is Nintendo’s answer to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold

Game Price
The Nintendo Switch’s Online service give access to multi player . The Nintendo Switch Online  free trail for 7 day after that subscription is $4 per 30 day (around 280), $8 for 90 day (close to 560) and $20 for an entire year (nearly 1,400). Nintendo has an official presence in like North America, Europe, and Japan.

how voice chat and friend invites work 
this game allowing access to the SplatNet 2 network.users check out their online play stats and info on upcoming game features. Nintendo Switch’s is launch so we can find out about product.but Nintendo Switch’s app is not luanch in india. so cant use 3rd party access mirror screen

Nintendo Switch Online NES games list

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros
  • .Balloon
  • FightIce
  • Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • 3Double
  • Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts’n Goblins
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excite
  • bike
  • YoshiIce
  • Hockey
  • Baseball

Nintendo has plan to add games like solomon’s key, NES, golf tournament, wario woods, ninja gaiden, mighty bomb jack. there are NES Controllers for the Switch available for pre-order exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

 cloud saves limitations

there was and 1049 out of 1096 games support cloud saves.A host of Nintendo Switch’s games such as Pokemon Let’s Go  and Fortnite, Eevee, Pikachu, FIFA 19 and Splatoon 2.Nintendo’s reasoning relies on ensuring fair play in multiplayer by preventing any method by which Nintendo Switch owners could manipulate their save files to grant them powerful items or higher rankings.

Free-to-play multiplayer games do not need 
Nintendo confirmed that all free-to-play games for the Nintendo Switch’s can be played without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. This follows Ten-cent’s announcement that its online free-to-play game Arena of Valor for the Nintendo Switch’s would be playable without one. What this means is, games like Pokemon Quest, Fortnight or the upcoming War-frame can be played online without additional cost.

 NES game weekly login
Much like Spotify and Netflix, you’ll have to go online ever so often to verify and continue accessing Nintendo Switch Online NES games. This was discovered in the Nintendo Switch Online’s FAQ stating that NES games “can be played offline for up to 7 days as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership”.

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Take Measure and Check Levels Using iOS 12’s

Hidden iOS 12 Features Everyone Should Use.

Follow these steps to measure something with iOS 12’s Measure app:

  • Open the Measure app on iOS 12.
  • Point the camera at the object you want to measure.
  • Whether it’s a small box or the entire room, the Measure app performs equally reliably.
  • Now a big Plus button will appear on the screen, along with a Circle that has a dot in the middle.
  • Point the dot at the starting point you want to measurement, then hit the Plus button .
  • Now point the dot at the end point and hit the Plus button.
  • This will show you the distance between those two points on screen.
  • Sometimes when you point the camera at rectangular objects, you will see an Add object button.
  • Tap that to see the length and breadth of the object.There are four buttons on the screen in the Measure app.
  • The top-left button allows you to undo a measurement, the top-right Clear button allows you to reset all measurements, the bottom-right Photo button allows you to take a picture of the measurement, and the big Plus button adds points of measurement.
  • We noticed that the distance measured by the Measurement app is off by a few centimeters at most. We measured a mattress whose length was 1.7 metres (the app said 1.72m), a box with a diameter of 14cm (the app said 14cm), a book that was 14cm long and 25 cm wide (the app got this right), and a table that was 60cm wide (the app said 61cm). On our iPhone 7, the results were fairly reliable overall, when compared against a physical measuring tape.

Manto Movie Review

Manto
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal
Director: Nandita Das


Manto died in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1955, seven years after the Indian independence. For 35 years, he lived in what he called the love of his life, Bambai (now Mumbai), and spent the rest of it wanting it. His was a life of admiration, stinging tongue, rejection and an indomitable desire to establish himself as the most realistic prose writer of his time. During the obscenity trial over his short story Thanda Gosht (Cold Meat), Manto (Nawazudin Siddiqui in his best ever performance) lost a friend in Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of the prominent voices of the progressive writers’ association. Though Faiz argued vehemently in Manto’s favour, he refused to believe that Thanda Gosht met literary parameters. This incident probably destroyed Manto’s faith in new India. Known for his razor sharp quotes, Manto thereafter mellowed down. At one point, he even tells his wife Safia (Rasika Dugal) that he was sorry for what he was doing to her. Despite this, he could never really change. Read: Manmarziyaan Movie Review
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In the film, director Nandita Das has tried to trace Manto’s inspirations in life — brothels, stories of sexual desires, melancholic set-ups. Manto wasn’t happy writing for films, but did so for money. Through his work, he constantly aimed to find flawed characters looking for salvation.

The India-Pakistan partition serves as the film’s backdrop. The then volatile society looking to ease out the anger found a face in Saadat Haasan Manto. He was like the cork of a soda bottle thrust shut after pouring some salt in it. During a scene in the film, the organiser of a literary event says with a deep sigh, “If only we could get these many people in every meeting.”

This is the source of Manto’s strength and also his arrogance or pride, whatever you may want to call it. In his head, he is holding a mirror to the society and people in power. In the film, it is so ironic that when he decides to fight his own case during the obscenity trial, the judge announces his verdict with a sarcastic remark, “I don’t know why they waited this long to pronounce a sentence. Your final argument was enough to get you jailed.”

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Any attempts at sugar coating reality drives Manto mad. His jokes are on us. Fuelling his raw take on his surroundings, Safia once asks him to write a story on a woman sitting near them in a park. He instead turns up with a story of a woman who shaves and whose boyfriend helps her in it. This may look like an absurd take but it is enough to get you invested in his unique imagery.

Adapting a similar tone, Nandita Das uses small sequences to acquaint us with society’s paradoxes. For instance, Manto is once out in a Lahore market when a youngster screams about Gandhi’s assassination. The vegetable seller asks the young boy — who seems oblivious to the idea of one Hindustan that existed before partition — about the culprit. The boy responds, “Some Hindu has killed him,” and runs away. The old man scolds him from behind and murmurs, “They don’t even have the decency to break a bad news.” There couldn’t be a better way to discuss generation gap and how values change in just a few months.

Such is the world that Manto represents, where nobody objects to what others are doing. Nandita Das gives her Manto enough reasons to believe that the world he had left behind was better than the one he was living in. He doesn’t need to put his ‘Hindu topi-Musalman topi’ to use. At least, this is what he thinks.

As Manto’s stories continue to live on, they also add to the artistic merit of this film, providing Nandita Das solid channels to go in and out of his life. There are two stories — one that Manto lives and the other that his readers live. He may be the hero of the first but is a mere guilt-ridden prose writer in the second. In fact, Safia says it out loud once, “Your writing will starve us to death.”

Despite his torment and ambition, Manto could never become the ideal writer for the family to look up to.

There is a scene in the film where he starts hallucinating in the middle of a police raid. He is hearing a song by his friend Shyam Chaddha (Tahir Raj Bhasin) in complete isolation from what is happening around him, and trying to understand the lyrics. The reality of life jolts him back, but he is under obligation to amplify this reality’s power in his writings. This is how he intends to live and die.

It’s a film that will make you think, hurt you and will bring you back to your ideals. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has stripped himself of all the apprehensions and has dived into Manto’s world with unmatched energy, wit and personality. Far from Wasseypur, he has transformed into a writer who has lost everything in the No Man’s Land between India and Pakistan.

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Rating: 4/5

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Movie Review

The House With A Clock In Its Walls
Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett
Director: Eli Roth


The House With a Clock in Its Walls is Eli Roth’s Halloween treat for the US audience. The film has just the right amount of spookiness and fun to grab the attention of the kids. However, how many young adult viewers will be impressed by it is seriously questionable. And, if you are a parent, who has no other option but to accompany the kid(s) to watch this film (you have my sincerest sympathies), be sure to take a blanket along and catch up on some sleep because this film is neither scary nor funny for adults. That doesn’t mean it is devoid of charm. But there are only a few good moments in this otherwise clunky fantasy-cum-horror film that heavily borrows creative tropes from other fantasy and horror movies. The House With a Clock in Its Walls — set in the 1950s — is the story of a young boy named Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle, Jonathan (Jack Black), after the death of his parents. With his aviator goggles and a perfectly tied bow-tie, he is clearly a misfit in his school and is desperate to hold on to the only friend he has made. He desperately misses his mother, and therefore, tries to bond with his uncle to dispel his loneliness.

As Lewis continues to live with his uncle Jonathan, he learns many new secrets about him. Jonathan, Lewis learns, is a ‘good’ warlock and their elegant next-door-neighbour — who insists on wearing purple — Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) is a benevolent witch. Lewis too begins to learn magic and dreams of becoming a warlock someday.

The spooky house they live in has its secrets too. To begin with, it has a will of its own. The furniture and artifacts in the house also have distinctive characteristics and persona. They can all move and communicate, albeit in strange ways. Now, if only Beauty And The Beast were never made, this would have been such a novel idea indeed. Anyhow, the moving, writing and future-predicting photos on the walls, a winged-lion topiary, weird house pets are some of the original additions of the filmmaker, Eli Roth.

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The biggest secret that the house harbours is a giant clock that has been hidden somewhere in it by its previous owner, Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan), a wicked warlock, who died doing a blood spell. Jonathan and Florence suspect that Isaac’s hidden clock can cause a great harm to the humankind, and therefore, they spend most of their days hunting for that clock in the eerie house. Lewis joins them too, graves crack open, there is a full-blown fight sequence with jack-o’-lanterns and army of dolls but in the end, good triumphs over evil as the wannabe boy warlock has the adventure of his life.

It is an unusual film for Eli Roth to direct, given his reputation for making R-rated, gory, sexually explicit films such as Cabin Fever and Hostel. But, he surprise us with sparks of ingenuity every now and then, although as a whole, the film is thoroughly predictable. He sanitizes The House With a Clock in Its Walls for a PG rating, with the sentimental uncle-nephew bonding of Lewis and Jonathan, and the loving-bickering relationship of Jonathan and Florence.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls has several funny bits too, which thanks to Jack Black (Jonathan) are easily engaging. However, the most appealing thing about this movie is that when compared to big budget, larger-than-life fantasies like the Harry Potter or The Lord of The Rings series, it feels cosy and intimate because it is much smaller in scope and design. The story, originally written for a YA audience by American novelist, John Bellairs, and adapted for screens by Eric Kripke, almost feels like the cutesy, spooky tale grandmothers tell their grandkids as opposed to the sprawling fantasies of Rowling or Tolkien. It’s a great film to watch at kids slumber parties, especially for Haloween but as a family entertainer, or for a YA audience too, it’s too childish.

While there is no harm in being a kids film, what makes The House With a Clock in Its Walls problematic is that it poses to be a children’s story with hidden philosophical messages that works for an older audience too — like Alice Through The Looking glass or Satyajit Ray’s Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen series. However, the film is neither smart enough nor has the heart to be one of those movies. The life lessons it doles out sounds great as t-shirt captions for a hipster dude — #stayweird, #blackswams — but, fails to touch hearts of the audience.

However, timed perfectly at one hour and forty-five minutes, thankfully the movie doesn’t drag on. Cate Blanchette is impeccable as the kind, sophisticated Zimmerman and Jack Black is an adorable goofball as Jonathan. Owen Vaccaro too matches up to Blanchette and Black’s energy. The VFX team has also done a great job in creating a beautiful, slightly spooky but mostly magical world within the gothic house.

However, The House With a Clock in Its Walls is no classic in the making and can be quite bland for adults. But, it has a potential of being a real crowd pleaser if the crowd is made up of toddlers and pre-teens.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Batti Gul Meter Chalu Movie Review

Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyenndu Sharma, Yami Gautam and Atul Srivastava
Director: Shree Narayan Singh


There are a few things that really stand out in Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu, and chief among them is its female protagonist Lalita Nautiyal (Shraddha Kapoor). This may get some riled-up responses, especially from those who would want to watch the film for Shahid Kapoor, but it’s her portrayal that speaks the most in the film. Lalita is someone who likes to live her life on her own terms. She is a hard-willed, energetic young woman who aspires to become a fashion designer. She thinks she is no less talented than Bollywood’s ace couturiers Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bal.

She finds happiness in small things. For instance, she prefers a cup of tea and home-made food over dining at a posh eatery. Lalita aka Nauti’s life revolves around her two friends Sundar Narayan Tripathi (Divyenndu Sharma) and Sushil Kumar Pant aka SK (Shahid Kapoor). Tripathi is a little introvert and is scared of taking risks in life because he doesn’t want to lose.

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Exact his opposite is Shahid’s SK, a lawyer, who has always believed that generosity won’t take you to places and earning money by using dirty tricks isn’t wrong. Little does he know that all this will come to bite him back one day when his friend Tripathi would commit suicide after being under-pressure to pay a hefty amount of Rs 54 lakh as his electricity bill.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu mirrors some harsh realities. Even after 70 years of Independence, power is not available or partially available. The idea of basing the film in Uttarakhand only adds to the authenticity of the issue.

Apart from a few sexist jibes, the film works quite well. Consider this: Advocate Gulnaar (Yami Gautam) wants to talk about facts and figures in the court and SK replies, “I have all the facts with me and when you are here how I can talk about figure?” You know what I mean!

The writers have focused well on the secondary characters. Atul Srivastava and Sudhir Pandey have been given good character arcs. Shahid brings just the right amount of flippancy to Batti Gul Meter Chaalu. Shraddha and Divyenndu shine as well. Wish we could see more of Farida Jalal and Supriya Pilgaonkar.

Halfway in the film, you may start mumbling ‘it’s an old wine in new bottle,’ but it has definitely got its own elements. Though you know how exactly it will end, there are enough good performances and entertainment to keep us hooked.

There is, however, a notable difference between how Kumaonis actually speak their dialect and the way the entire cast of Batti Gul Meter Chalu speak in the film. All Kumaoni that we could hear in the film is “Bal” and “Laata” (stupid). The only actor who gets the accent right is Brijendra Kala. But I’m ready to ignore this, thanks to the charming simplicity of the characters.

There are problems, of course. The film doesn’t shy away from getting over-dramatic, especially in the second half. However, it refrains from being preachy, a welcome move.

The court scenes, which were supposed to be the highlight of the film, take away the sheen of an otherwise watchable film.

Rating: 2.5/5

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The Predator Movie Review

The Predator
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes
Director: Shane Black


Unlike its predecessors, the 1987 release Predator which was a laser-focused, sci-fi action extravaganza or the 2010 released entertaining and underrated Predators not exactly a classic, this Director and Co-writer Shane Black’s film, The Predator is a mediocre, gory sci-fi film, which has its moments of good and bad, but overall comes across as a muddled video game. The narrative begins with an alien spaceship crash landing in the jungle, right in the middle of a narcotic bust, headed by US military sniper, McKenna (Holbrook). McKenna survives the alien attack and while the predator seems to have disappeared, the sniper manages to lay his hands on some state-of-the-art alien technology which he promptly mails to his P.O. Box back home, as evidence, in case he is silenced.

The Predator itself is captured and transported to a secret laboratory by Traeger (Sterling K. Brown), a dubious government agent who ropes in Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) a biologist to understand why the Predator landed on Earth.

Meanwhile, the dispatched consignment lands in the hands of McKenna’s son Rory (Jacob Tremblay), who unknowingly activates the device, which in turn, revives the captured Predator and attracts the attention of another super-sized alien who seems to be the Predator’s opponent.

On the other hand, after the military covers up the drug-bust operation and discredits McKenna, he is sent away to prison with other “loony” soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders.

En route to the jail, the group witness the Predator attack and soon realise that the Predator is going after McKenna’s son.

So how McKenna and his teammates including Brackett race to reach his son before either the Predators or Traeger can lay their hands on him, forms the crux of the tale.

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It is simply tough to get over the chaotic and gory nature of the film, especially when it extends to the action. There are scenes in the Predator that appear brilliant with gore, action beats, but those moments are juxtaposed with confusing, locales and turn-of events.

While the plot is exciting and challenging, the glaring plot holes along with the Predator’s vague and unclear motive are what probably leave the audience desirous of a meaningful fulfilment.

Overall, while the film is astutely mounted with right doses of brilliance from every department, the film fails to get you invested in its characters or its storyline.

Rating: 2/5

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Oppo F9 Pro Review

Oppo F9 Pro Review

The Oppo F9 Pro is a phone for those who want to be noticed.

In a world of increasingly generic-looking phones, and manufacturers all racing to copy the same design cues, Oppo has decided to be a little different. The F9 Pro is instantly noticeable and recognisable, no matter which of its three very different finishes you choose – and no, there is no sober,

low-key option. If you want something that will work unobtrusively in a corporate environment, or if you don’t like getting curious glances when you’re out in public, there are plenty of other smartphones that will suit you better.

While looks will be the primary consideration for buyers, Oppo is prioritising fashion as well as features. There’s a new, more subtle notch; the promise of excellent battery life plus quick charging; and of course Oppo’s usual emphasis on selfies. All these things combined might earn the F9 Pro a few fans – and it needs to play up every advantage it can draw on, now that the Poco F1 (Review) has completely rewritten the rules of the Rs. 20,000 – 30,000 price bracket.

Unlike most phones these days, the emphasis here is on the back. Oppo has come up with three extremely eye-catching finishes for the F9 Pro, all of which are multi-coloured, patterned, and shimmery. The Sunrise Red finish, which you can see on our review unit, has a gradient of rich, deep crimson and violet, with a swirly diamond pattern. The Twilight Blue option has a similar pattern but the colour runs from dark navy to light blue – it’s amusing to think that this is the most low-key. Finally, Starry Purple has a mangenta-indigo gradient with light speckles scattered randomly across it.

All three have an iridescent metallic finish, and at least on our Sunrise Red unit, the colours look different depending on the light and the angle you hold each phone at. The diamond pattern isn’t always visible, but as you turn this phone in your hand, or if light happens to hit it in just the right spot, it will suddenly pop out. Oppo includes a completely transparent rubber case in the retail box, so you can show your F9 Pro off even if you like having some extra protection.

That isn’t all though. Oppo has managed to tone down the notch that we’ve all now gotten used to, and so instead of a ‘tab’ shape with ‘ears’ to either side, there’s only a slight rounded dip in the centre of the top of the screen to accommodate the front camera. Oppo calls this a ‘waterdrop’ shape, and while it is definitely more organic (and, to many people, stylish) than what we’re used to, it’s no less distracting. Interestingly, while you can still force apps to block off the top of the screen in order to prevent content from being gouged out, there’s no way to camouflage the notch within a black bar on a system-wide level.

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One of the ways that Oppo managed to reduce the notch was with a clever bit of design. It might seem like the borders on the top and sides of the screen are extremely narrow, and in fact Oppo claims a 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. However, the frame of the phone bulges slightly outwards around the front panel, masking about 1mm of space on all sides. The earpiece is designed into this margin, right above the front camera. This also means that the multi-coloured body is visible all around the black front, even when looking at the phone head-on.

The frame of the Oppo F9 Pro isn’t metal, and the company hasn’t specified whether it has used reinforced glass for the front and rear, which is quite disappointing at this price level.

Oppo has stuck a scratch protector onto the front of the F9 Pro, and it says that third-party ones might interfere with the hidden ambient light sensor. The film doesn’t extend till the edges of the F9 Pro’s front face, creating a distracting border around the screen and diminishing the smooth curve of the waterdrop notch. Our review unit’s film got scuffed badly within just a few days of use, and the harshest conditions we exposed it to were the insides of our pockets.

The dual camera module on the rear sticks out a little and there’s a rough lip around the front face, but otherwise construction feels solid. This is a reasonably easy phone to hold and use, and at 169g, it isn’t too heavy. You’ll still have to stretch your thumbs to reach all corners of the screen though.

There’s no dust or splash resistance. The power button on the right and volume buttons on the left are within easy reach, as is the fingerprint sensor on the rear. We were surprised to see a Micro-USB port on the bottom rather than a more modern Type-C port, but this is required for Oppo’s VOOC rapid charging system. There’s also a 3.5mm headset jack and a single speaker on the bottom. The tray on the left has individual slots for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card, which is always nice to see.

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As we stated earlier, Xiaomi’s Poco F1 has upset the applecart in the price band that Oppo has targeted for the F9 Pro, and its hardware will not seem impressive now. There’s an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor (incidentally, the same one that Oppo used on its own disruptively priced model introduced under a new sub-brand, the Realme 1 (Review), not too long ago). This SoC has an integrated ARM Mali-G72 GPU and boasts of AI processing and power efficiency enhancements.

Oppo sells only one version of the F9 Pro, with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. However, the company has taken the unusual step of also announcing the Oppo F9, which is identical in every way other than having 4GB of RAM instead of 6GB. This model isn’t available in stores yet, and the company has not said when it will be. We’re quite surprised that there’s a Rs. 4,000 price difference between these two models.

One of the F9 Pro’s headlining features is its 3500mAh battery and support for Oppo’s VOOC rapid charging standard. All the required circuitry is built into the charger rather than the phone, which Oppo says prevents the phone from heating up too much. You’ll have to use the charger and modified USB cable that come with the phone, both of which are bulkier than usual. Oppo claims that being plugged in for five minutes will give you two hours’ worth of talk time.

Oppo has also used an LTPS (low-temperature polysilicon) LCD panel, which consumes less power but is expensive to manufacture. The panel measures 6.3 inches and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080×2340. The rest of the F9 Pro’s specifications are pretty standard: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and VoLTE.

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Oppo’s ColorOS skin is now at version 5.2, and is based on Android 8.1. Our review unit had the July 2018 security patch, and Oppo hasn’t committed to any schedule for future patches or Android updates. To say that ColorOS is heavily customised would be an understatement. There isn’t an app drawer, and the icons on the homescreen are all comically large. There’s a ‘Smart Assistant’ screen to the left of the first homescreen with widgets for app shortcuts, the weather, step tracking, events, etc. You can pull downwards to perform a systemwide search, just like on iOS. A floating panel gives you quick access to app shortcuts as well as screenshot tools. If you use it while watching a video in landscape, some apps can launch as floating windows.

The settings app has a number of options to discover. You can swap around the on-screen navigation buttons or disable them and use gestures instead. There are assorted gestures and shortcuts. A Smart Driving mode can block notifications and calls, but you have to either turn it on manually or set it to trigger when your phone is connected to your car using Bluetooth. An interesting privacy feature is that you can choose to spoof your call history, contacts, messages and events if apps try to access them. Face recognition is supported but you have to wake your phone and then swipe upwards to trigger the front camera, which is an annoying extra step.

There’s a fair bit of bloatware, including UC Browser and Amazon Shopping. We were prompted to install more during the initial setup process, through an Oppo AppStore, and also through a ‘Hot Apps’ panel on the home screen that looks deceptively like an ordinary system folder. Oroaming is an app that claims to let users buy cheap roaming plans in multiple countries without needing a local SIM, but how this works is never really explained. The Theme Store has quite a few free themes and wallpapers.

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The F9 Pro’s full-HD+ resolution is enough to keep everything on screen looking crisp even at 6.3 inches. Colours are bright and vibrant, and viewing angles are also very good. We were able to use this phone outdoors without any trouble. The notch and rounded corners do result in quite a bit of cropping when watching videos full-screen. Unfortunately the built-in speaker is quite awful. Everything is screechy and distorted, and most of the music we tried listening to was not enjoyable at all.

If you judge the Oppo F9 Pro only by its performance in benchmarks, it will come out looking quite weak. Setting aside the obviously more powerful Poco F1, this phone still doesn’t compare favourably against similarly priced models such as the Honor Play (Review) and Huawei Nova 3i (Review). It’s also outperformed by the lower priced Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) and is of course on par with the even more affordable Realme 1. We got a score of 137,739 in AnTuTu, and Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests managed 1,348 and 5,305 respectively. Graphics test scores were disappointingly weak, with this phone scoring only 1,078 in 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme scene, and pushing out only 34fps in the basic GFXBench T-Rex test.

Casual games seemed to run fine, but Asphalt 9:Legends struggled. Gameplay was a bit too choppy to be enjoyable, and even the UI and menus were sluggish. We tried PUBG and had a much better experience. It ran without any stutters using the Balanced preset. We also noticed that the upper rear of this phone got warm almost instantly when a heavy game loaded, and remained warm enough to be distracting throughout. It’s safe to say that this phone isn’t your best bet if you’re serious about current-gen games.

On the other hand, this phone’s battery life is quite remarkable. With just a 3500mAh battery, the Oppo F9 Pro managed to run for 13 hours, 12 minutes in our HD video loop test. That’s thanks to the low-power LTPS screen, the Helio P60 SoC’s efficiency, and optimisations built into ColorOS. With ordinary use including some gaming, video streaming and plenty of time spent online, we easily sailed through a full day and didn’t have to worry about the battery level till the next morning. The VOOC charger is enormous and will be a pain to carry around, but it works brilliantly. A 10-minute charge from zero took us up to 19 percent, and we were able to get to nearly 75 percent in just 40 minutes.

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Oppo’s camera app is somewhat like the iOS app, just with a lot more going on. The main mode ribbon at the bottom includes Timelapse, Slo-mo, Portrait, Sticker, Pano, and Expert modes along with the standard Photo and Video. Portrait mode was pretty fussy about prompting us to move closer to or farther away from our subjects. There are also “lighting effects” which are little more than mild filters. The Slow-mo and Timelapse video modes didn’t have any options at all for us to tweak – not even the resolution. You get Google Lens integration in the standard Photo mode, along with beautification, filters, and a choice of aspect ratios.

You can simulate a depth effect with the front camera, but it isn’t very natural. The beautification mode is set to ‘AI’ by default, and we found it to be way too aggressive, making us look almost like cartoon characters. Selfies taken indoors weren’t very impressive. In daylight, we found the app to be responsive, locking focus quickly. Our sample shots looked crisp, with good colours and adequate detail. In portrait mode, the app often took a few moments to settle the difference between foreground and background objects, but we were able to see the effect on screen and decide when to capture our shots.

Tap to see full-sized Oppo F9 Pro camera samples

At night, there was quite a bit of focus lag. Shots came out with murky details and a lot of blurring when dealing with even slightly moving objects. Most of our sample photos were very well lit, but strong post-processing appeared to have taken its toll on overall quality. These shots looked fine on the phone’s screen, but weren’t suitable for use at full size.

The front camera is usually one of Oppo’s biggest highlights, but in this case we weren’t terribly impressed. Faces looked sharp, but background details were completely lost. The depth effect made backgrounds look a little cartoony. which might not be a bad thing, and edge detection was fairly good. Selfies taken at night were grainy and we wouldn’t want to show them off on our social media.

You have a choice between 720p and 1080p for video recording with the rear cameras, and there are no settings to play with. We saw a lot of focus shifting, and the lack of stabilisation was evident throughout our sample clips. Overall, we’re somewhat disappointed with the Oppo F9 Pro’s camera capabilities.


Oppo F9 Pro in pictures

Verdict
The Oppo F9 Pro reminds us of the early 2000s when Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and others used to come up with wildly imaginative designs all the time. Very few phones these days take any risks with colours, patterns, shapes or materials. The ones that do are usually trying to be high-end and sophisticated, leaving no room for edgy or whimsical options. Oppo obviously knows that the F9 Pro’s aesthetic won’t be for everyone, but that’s okay. People who are most concerned with practicality have plenty of other choices anyway. If a bright red and purple phone makes you happy, then by all means, go for it.

Our biggest question is whether buyers will be willing to prioritise this design over performance. The Oppo F9 Pro does deliver great battery life and a reasonable overall usage experience, but it isn’t the best you can get for your money by a long shot. We would have at least liked a metal body, weatherproofing, and basic video stabilisation at this price. Better cameras would also have made us more forgiving.

The Oppo F9 priced at Rs. 4,000 less comes across as much better value for money. Most people can live quite happily with 4GB of RAM rather than 6GB, and if you’re most concerned about Fortnite gaming performance for example, you should be looking elsewhere anyway. Also, while the base variant of the Poco F1 is a clear outlier in this price band (and will be difficult to buy for the foreseeable future), we can’t ignore how much value it offers.

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