Lenovo Z5s Teasers Tip 10GB of RAM, Camera Samples Released

Lenovo Z5s Teasers Tip 10GB of RAM, Camera Samples Released

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Lenovo Z5s is set to launch on December 18

Lenovo is scheduled to launch the Lenovo Z5s on December 18, and the company has been rolling out teasers after teasers running up to the launch. It has now released as many as four teaser posters on Weibo, revealing the smartphone’s spec details. Lenovo VP Chang Cheng has also shared sample shots of the Lenovo Z5s camera, and the watermark on these photos suggest that the smartphone will come with AI mode. Past teasers suggest that the Lenovo Z5s will be powered by the Snapdragon 678 processor and run on Android Pie.

Lenovo Z5s teaser posters have been shared on Weibo by Cheng and by the company’s official handle as well. The teaser posters suggest that the Lenovo Z5s will pack more than 8GB of RAM, which indicates that the smartphone may pack 10GB of RAM. The other teaser posters indicate that the smartphone may come with powerful innards to withstand intense gaming sessions.

Cheng has also shared camera sample photos showing off the triple camera setup capabilities. Two of the three photos have been taken in portrait mode, and going by the watermark on all the photos, the camera is backed by AI intelligence as well.

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Photo Credit: Weibo/Chang Cheng

He also shared another poster claiming that the triple camera setup of the Lenovo Z5s can take better pictures than the Xiaomi Mi 8 flagship. To recall, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is equipped with dual camera setup at the back – with one 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto lens. There is a 20-megapixel selfie sensor up front. While the specifications on the triple camera setup are not known, the Lenovo Z5s’ arrangement appears to be similar to the Huawei P20 Pro smartphone.

In any case, we recommend you take all the details with a pinch of salt, as Lenovo is known to make tall claims and fall short when it comes to delivering promises. As per a TENAA listing, the Lenovo Z5s is expected to sport a 6.3-inch waterdrop-shaped notch display, and 156.7×74.5×7.8mm dimensions. As mentioned, the smartphone is teased to be powered by the as-yet-unannounced Snapdragon 678 SoC, and run on Android Pie out-of-the-box. So far, this is all we know of the Lenovo Z5 and all details will become official next week.

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Koogeek Smart Light Bulb and Smart Light Strip Review

China’s Koogeek is one of the lesser known names when it comes to IoT-based smart home gadgets. Alphanzo Inc, a New Delhi-based national distributor, has been appointed to sell Koogeek’s products in the Indian market. Its catalogue for India includes a wide range of smart home gadgets including an LED bulb, an RGB light switch, a padlock, a door sensor, an E27 bulb socket adapter, and some IoT-enabled switches.

Most of Koogeek’s range of products is certified by Apple and compatible with the HomeKit SDK, including the two products we are testing today. The Koogeek Wi-Fi-enabled LB1 smart bulb is priced at Rs. 2,950 and the Wi-Fi-enabled LS1 smart light strip has a tag of Rs. 3,363 in India. One of the highlights of Koogeek’s range is that it does not require a central hub to be operated, for an additional level of convenience.

The Koogeek LB1 is an 8 Watt LED light bulb that works like any other but offers smart control features. To get it running, you just need to plug it into an EU-standard 200-230V screw-type E27 bulb socket (the kind where you have to twist the bulb a few times to get it into its place) which the majority of households may not have. If you have a ‘regular’ socket, you can buy a converter online or offline for a small amount. Once the bulb has been switched on, open the Koogeek Home app on your iOS device and scan the code on the pamphlet in the box or on the device itself.

The LB1 comes with support for Siri and Apple’s HomeKit, but according to Koogeek, it will support Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa assistant in the future. The company also says the bulb isn’t suitable for use outdoors, and certain enclosures or shades might obstruct its Wi-Fi reception.

The Koogeek LB1’s build quality is impressive, and is comparable to that of the Philips Hue E27 smart bulb. It fits into suitable sockets quite easily and can be removed with equal ease. It is designed to not heat up much, but we found that the LB1’s exterior got considerably warm after about 20-30 minutes of continuous use.

The bulb has a rated lifetime of 25,000 hours, which means that if it is used for about 8 hours a day, it should be able to last for more than 8 years – well that’s what the claim is and we obviously haven’t verified that.

Koogeek says this 8W LED bulb is equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb. Disappointingly, though, the LB1 has a rated luminous flux of only 500 lumens. For comparison, the Philips Hue is rated at 800 lumens. The colour temperature ranges from 2,700K to 6,000K, which is fine.

The 2m long LS1 light strip has a total of 60 LEDs, placed equidistant to each other. It complements the LB1 LED bulb with a similar maximum luminous flux rating of 500 lumens. In addition to being controlled through the Koogeek iOS app and Apple’s Home app/ Siri, the light strip does support Google Home and Alexa, according to Koogeek’s website.

On one end, it has a controller with a USB plug for power and a button that you can use to turn it on or off. It will work with any USB power adapter capable of delivering at least 5V/2A. The back of the strip is adhesive, so you can stick it to your furniture or any surface after peeling off the protective paper.

There are markings where you can safely cut it with a pair of scissors, but you can’t daisy-chain multiple strips. The LS1 light strip has an IP65 rating for water resistance but Koogeek says it isn’t advisable to use it in a bathroom. We also found that it heated up slightly after more than an hour of continuous usage.

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The Koogeek devices use Wi-Fi b/g/n but work only on the 2.4GHz band, and you will need to disconnect your phone from a 5GHz network before attempting pairing. This turned out to be a bit of a hassle during setup, and we had to reset the bulb a couple of times before it finally worked. Bluetooth must also remain on during the setup process, but it isn’t required when using either of these gadgets. You can use the Koogeek Home iOS app or the native Home app on your iOS device to control the LB1 bulb and LS1 light strip.

The main screen of the Koogeek Home app shows a list of all your paired smart devices with on/ off toggle shortcuts right on their respective icons. There’s a small Settings button on the top left of each icon, but we found it to be too small. As a result, when attempting to adjust the colour of the smart bulb or light strip, we ended up accidentally switching them off one too many times.

Using the app, you can choose from 16 million colours — either through the shortcuts given or using a colour wheel to get the most accurate result. A bar for brightness comes up when you long-press a device’s icon. You can even adjust the temperature of the colour being used — making it warm for a cosy environment or bright for a party-like atmosphere.

Another great addition is the ability to choose a photo from your gallery and have the bulb light up with prominent colours from it. For instance, we uploaded a photo of a sunset, which made the bulb and light strip create a sunset effect in our room.

Both the LB1 bulb and the LS1 light strip are supposed to remember the last colour you selected when you switch them off from the mains. However, they did reset the colour back to the previous one a couple of times, usually when we switched colours just a few seconds before turning them off. This isn’t generally a problem. We also didn’t have any trouble with Wi-Fi range or disconnections.

The second tab in the app lets you create scenes for automatic lighting control. Four scenes are available by default — Good Night, Arrive Home, Leave Home, and Good Morning. You can customise these by adjusting the colour, temperature, and brightness.

You can also create new scenes by specifying these settings or choosing a photo. From the Scenes tab, users can group two or more Koogeek smart home gadgets to work simultaneously. While these scenes are useful, they are definitely not on par with the kind of customisations that Philips offers. The Philips Hue system allows you to customise lighting effects based on the weather, time, songs, videos, and more.

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One limitation of Koogeek’s app is that you cannot sync two or more smart devices unless they are part of the same scene. This can be done easily by merging them in Apple’s Home app, but in that case, you only get a limited number of colour settings.

The third tab of the Koogeek Home app lets you set up timers for scenes. One of the presets offered is “I am home”. Using this, we set a timer for around the time we usually get home from work, and found both the LB1 and the LS1 lighting up to the exact scene we wanted. You can create your own automation settings, the possibilities for which are endless. Swiping left on any of the automations reveals “Enable” and “Delete” shortcuts.

The last tab is for your user profile and other miscellaneous things such as the company’s About section, a Koogeek Store, tutorials for Alexa and Google Assistant, and a Units toggle for Celsius/ Fahrenheit. A Koogeek account is not mandatory to use the app and gadgets, but logging in does let you sync your scenes and automations across devices.

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Apple and HomeKit compatibility means that Koogeek’s range of devices can also be controlled by voice commands using Siri. Both can respond to basic instructions, such as changing their brightness, colours, and temperature. You can also use Siri to change scenes in the app.

Both the LB1 bulb and LS1 light strip are great value propositions. They’re built well and are easy to set up and use. They can be considered over more expensive options from Philips, if you are deep into the Apple ecosystem and all you want is a simple solution on a budget. The lack of Google Assitant/ Alexa support on the bulb will be disappointing for most users in India.

The Koogeek LB1 smart light bulb, LS1 smart light strip, and several other smart home gadgets are available via the India distributor’s official website.

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Metro Exodus Release Date Announced

Post-apocalyptic shooter Metro Exodus for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC has a new release date of February 15. This comes after developer 4A confirmed that the game has gone gold which is industry parlance for being ready for release. The previous release date for Metro Exodus was February 22. Showing up a week earlier is an interesting move. This is because February 15 is when Crackdown 3, Far Cry New Dawn, and Anthem (for EA Access and Origin Access members) are out too.

“Fans will also be pleased to hear that Metro Exodus has gone gold, and the game will officially launch one week earlier than previously communicated,” a post on the official Metro website reads. “Play the game on February 15th 2019.”

Metro Exodus release date and editions

Metro Exodus price is $60 (around Rs. 4,200) on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. This is for the standard edition of the game. In terms of pre-order bonuses, Xbox One owners get a code for Metro 2033 Redux, PS4 owners get a dynamic theme, while PC owners get a digital art book and OST. There’s a Metro Exodus Gold Edition and and an Aurora Limited Edition. These are what they come with.

Metro Exodus Gold Edition

  • Metro Exodus game
  • Metro Exodus expansion pass

Metro Exodus Gold Edition Digital pre-order bonuses

  • Xbox One – Digital Code for Metro 2033 Redux on Xbox One
  • PS4 – Two dynamic PS4 dashboard themes and Metro Exodus OST
  • PC – Digital artbook and Metro Exodus OST

Metro Exodus Aurora Limited Edition

  • Metro Exodus game disc
  • Metro Exodus expansion pass
  • Exclusive steelbook
  • The World of Metro art book
  • Bespoke metal case

Metro Exodus Aurora Limited Edition pre-order bonuses

  • Xbox One – Digital Code for Metro 2033 Redux on Xbox One
  • PS4 – Two dynamic PS4 dashboard themes and Metro Exodus OST
  • PC – Digital artbook and Metro Exodus OST

Metro Exodus India price and editions

Metro Exodus does not have an official India release date, price or editions outside of the Microsoft Store, PS Store, and Steam right now. Though that should change closer to its arrival sources at retail tell Gadgets 360. Metro 2033 for the Xbox 360 and PC was published by THQ and distributed by Mumbai-based E-xpress in India back in 2010. Its price was Rs. 2,499 on Xbox 360 and Rs. 699 on PC at the time. Metro: Last Light released two years later for Rs. 999 on PC and Rs. 2,799 on PS3 and Xbox 360. It was published by Deep Silver (following THQ’s bankruptcy) while distribution duties were managed by the now defunct Milestone Interactive.

For a brief period after this, games from Deep Silver were distributed by Sunder Electronics which brought in the critically-panned Homefront: The Revolution. Gadgets 360 has been given to understand that Deep Silver does not have an Indian distributor for its games at the moment. However, given the fan following that the Metro games have in India, we won’t be surprised to see an announcement regarding an official Indian release at retail soon enough.

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Facebook Says Bug May Have Exposed Photos on Nearly 7 Million Users

Facebook said Friday that a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what those users intended.

Although this doesn’t mean the photos were actually seen by anyone, the revelation of the bug offers another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users and how often these sorts of slipups happen.

In a blog post, the company said the bug affected 6.8 million people who granted permission for third-party apps to access the photos. Facebook said the users’ photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September and that the bug was fixed.

Generally when people give apps access to their photos, it means only photos posted on their Facebook page. Facebook says the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The bug also affected photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post or could not post for technical reasons.

The problem comes in a year fraught with privacy scandals and other problems for the world’s biggest social network.

Revelations that the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million users led to congressional hearings and changes in what sorts of data Facebook lets outside developers access. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. This bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May.

On Thursday, to counter the bad rap it’s gotten around privacy as of late, Facebook hosted a one-day “pop-up” to talk to users about their settings and whatever else may be on their mind. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan was on hand to answer questions. Asked by a reporter what grade she’d give Facebook for its privacy work in the past year, she said “B.” By 2019, she said she hopes the improvements will result in an “A.”

Privacy experts might call it grade inflation. In any case, the company has its work cut out before it makes the top grade.

With two more weeks left of the year, it’s possible there’s still time for another privacy kerfuffle at Facebook. While the scandals don’t seem to have affected the company’s massive user base, growth has slowed. And the company has had to increase how much it spends on privacy and security, which put a dent in its bottom line and in August contributed to a stock price plunge .

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Best TV Shows of 2018: Gadgets 360 Staff Pick Their Favourite TV Shows of the Year

We love binge-watching TV shows just as much as we love watching movies. It takes a lot more time to watch a TV show than a movie (obviously), but we still managed to binge quite a few of these through 2018. When we began compiling our favourite TV shows of 2018, we asked our colleagues to limit it to shows that aired new episodes this year.

However, some of us are always catching up with last year’s shows so this piece doesn’t always follow the criteria we set. You will find some who watched five great TV shows in 2018 and others who picked a 2017 TV show that they watched this year. From Japanese anime to Indian sitcoms, our colleagues have as wide a taste in TV shows as you can expect.

Here are our favourite TV shows of 2018.

Abhinav Lal: Megalo Box, Adam Sandler 100% Fresh, Castlevania, The Final Table, and Devilman Crybaby
For this list, I went through my Netflix viewing activity – rather exhaustively (I gave up when I reached as far back as April). I’ve watched several shows this year, and many to their completion (whether of the season or the show), and of course, a significant proportion of those weren’t made in 2018.

By nature, I dislike arranging the entertainment I view into ‘Best of’ ranked lists, and for that reason, let me just name a few titles I really enjoyed this year. Megalo Box, an anime that featured better action than I expected from a boxing show, and had a classic underdog storyline. Adam Sandler 100% Fresh, the Netflix comedy special, because I’ve always been a fan of Adam Sandler. I was rather ‘meh’ about his musical comedy, but this one changed my mind.


Castlevania Season 2, an anime show with amazing artwork, kickass action, and a tragic storyline. The Final Table — a culinary show — while I am still on the fence about the show’s judging system, and I disagreed with the verdict, the creativity of the chefs was interesting.

Finally, Devilman Crybaby (yes, I like anime). While I have mixed feelings about the show, its great artwork and action certainly made it stand out for me in 2018. But caution: it’s extremely NSFW.

Watch Megalo Box, Adam Sandler 100% Fresh, Castlevania, The Final Table, and Devilman Crybaby, all on Netflix


Aditya Shenoy: Grand Tour and Sacred Games
Thanks to streaming services, the amount of quality content I watch in the comfort of my home has gone up. One of my favorite TV shows is Grand Tour which is on Amazon Prime Video.

Grand Tour, of course, is a British motoring television series hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. These three hosted BBC’s Top Gear for years and have reviewed countless number of cars. The show is part of pre-recorded sections and in-studio audience segments which makes it interesting.

Watch Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video


The second season released in 2018 and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and, James May doing what they do best.

Sacred Games was another series I enjoyed thanks to the story line and the direction. The characters really came alive on the screen. I’m looking forward to the next season.

Watch Sacred Games on Netflix


Akhil Arora: The Americans
2018 was filled with great TV and it’s good to see my fellow colleagues recognise some of those below in Killing Eve, Sharp Objects, Barry, and Better Call Saul. All four of those would be in my top 10 but since I have to name one, I’m going to go with something that’s been largely ignored from start to finish, despite delivering some of the best writing, acting, direction, and character growth since Breaking Bad. And with the show ending this year, I can’t allow it to be forgotten.

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I’m talking about The Americans. I can see why it doesn’t show up on the radar for most people, since it’s as understated as they come. But that’s one of the several reasons why I loved it so much. Better yet, The Americans closed things out with one of the best series finales of all-time — this is not an exaggeration — one that was heartbreaking, surprising, and thoughtful. It tied together its core themes in a characteristic fashion, and went out not in a typical bang, but by doubling down on what made it so special. Dasvidaniya.

Watch The Americans on Hotstar


Akshay Jadhav: Better Call Saul
Having barely watched any new TV series this year, I managed to catch up with the latest season of Better Call Saul. It’s the prequel to Breaking Bad, one of my favorite series of all time, it showcases the storyline of ex-con artist Jimmy McGill turning into a small-time attorney, Saul Goodman — his series of trials and tragedies. He is one of the best characters ever on the small screen.


Along with this, Better Call Saul retains the same intriguing storyline, masterful writing and direction of Vince Gilligan and breathtaking cinematography, which make it irresistible for binge-watching.

Watch Better Call Saul on Netflix


Aman Rashid: Sacred Games
There were a lot of interesting TV shows that I got to watch this year thanks to Prime Video and Netflix, but still if I must choose one then it will be the Netflix Original Sacred Games. Why? Well, I really liked the screenplay and the direction.

The crew did a commendable job and the dialogues were intense. Not to forget Saif Ali Khan who did justice to the character of Sartaj Singh. And finally, Nawaz and Radhika being the icing on the cake.

Watch Sacred Games on Netflix


Gagan Gupta: Barry
With so many great shows out this year, if I had to pick the one that I found the most impressive and refreshing, it has to be Barry. Starring one of the most underrated deadpan comedians, Bill Hader, the show revolves around Barry the hitman who has suddenly developed an interest in an acting career.

The first season had a great range of intense and shocking moments, all tied together with some great dark comedy.


Besides Barry, I’d also like to give an honourable mention to Better Call Saul, which is getting better with each season.

Watch Barry on Hotstar


Harpreet Singh: Killing Eve
My favorite TV show this year was Killing Eve. It’s an insanely addictive show if you’re into thrillers. It feels like a British version of Fargo, but on steroids. If you could watch just one TV show before this year ends, Killing Eve has to be the one. It’s dark, unpredictable, and doesn’t let you turn off your TV unless you finish up all the episodes in one go.

Check out Killing Eve


Jagmeet Singh: Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon is the American comedy series that I consider as my favourite TV show of 2018. The series, which is a prequel of sorts to The Big Bang Theory, is set in East Texas.

As the name suggests, the show features a young Sheldon Cooper as the main character who, among other things, impresses everyone around him with his great IQ. How little Sheldon helps and troubles his family makes the storyline fairly interesting for a person like me who’s otherwise not fond of watching TV shows.

Watch Young Sheldon on Amazon Prime Video


Jamshed Avari: Star Trek: Discovery
With minor reservations, I’m picking Star Trek: Discovery. The second half of the first season aired early this year and seemed to have pretty good momentum overall, with strong plot and character development. Production value on this show has been spectacular, and the teasers for Season 2 are looking good right now.

I do think it was a mistake to complicate things with the Mirror Universe this early in the series, and the split-season structure forced stories into arcs that didn’t necessarily work.

I just think this would have been a better standalone show, rather than trying to force itself into the pre-TOS Star Trek canon where it completely breaks continuity and the spirit of the franchise. Unfortunately, in the age of on-demand services and instant gratification, I don’t think shows are allowed to have slow-burning first seasons anymore.

Watch Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix


Kunal Dua: Atlanta
Atlanta was my favourite show of 2016 — I catch myself humming ‘Paper Boi’ even today — and somehow the second season of the show managed to hit even greater heights. Though nearly every episode is great, S02E06 Teddy Perkins is a masterpiece that’s up there with the best TV episodes of all times.

Between Atlanta and This Is America, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino also has my vote for artist of the year. What do you mean we are not doing a story around that? Who decides these things around here?!



Prabhakar Thakur: House of Cards
I don’t watch many TV shows but the one that really caught my attention was House of Cards. Being a politics buff, I loved the way how they showed dirty tricks being played in the corridors of power.

I loved the storytelling in the first 2 seasons but after that it became slow and boring. At some point in the future, I hope to watch a show along these lines on Indian politics.

Watch House of Cards on Netflix


Pranay Parab: Rick and Morty
I did watch quite a few TV shows that aired in 2018 but I didn’t like any of those enough to mention them here. This is why I’m going to cheat a bit and pick a show that I watched in 2018, but one that aired earlier.

Rick and Morty has become my favourite science fiction TV show now, thanks to extremely creative storytelling and great use of animation to depict various alien races, worlds, and creatures. It’s a dark and twisted show, but I just love how it bends and breaks all rules to tell a good story.


For instance, Rick and Morty can die but in the show there are infinite parallel universes so the same two characters from another timeline can easily replace the protagonists.Pickle Rick (Season 3, episode 3) is my favourite episode so far because it highlights Rick’s ingenuity and just how broken the Smith household is at the same time. The characters are great and I love the art style.

It’s a disturbing TV show and starts off a little slow in season 1, but I love it.

Watch: Rick and Morty on Netflix


Rishi Alwani: KickScammers
KickScammers on YouTube channel DJ Slope’s Game Room isn’t exactly a TV series by the traditional definition of the term, but with regular episodes, most of which rarely go past the half an hour mark, it works just like one.

As the name suggests, the series delves into what goes wrong with crowdfunded projects such as the Vega+ retro console scandal and the oft-forgotten Bob’s Game. Each episode sheds light on the seedy underbelly of crowdfunding and where it tends to go awry. Thanks to slick editing and a great narrator, it’s one series that never gets boring.

Watch KickScammers on YouTube


Roydon Cerejo: Sharp Objects
It’s tough picking a single show as we’ve had so many good ones. Still, the one that I’d pick is HBO’s Sharp Objects. Starring Amy Adams, it’s a mini-series that’s based on a book by Gillian Flynn.

It’s a phycological thriller that follows the main protagonist, a reporter, who travels back to her small hometown in Wind Gap Missouri to write about a murder that’s taken place. However, it soon becomes clear that something’s not right with the town and we get to learn more about her past and her dysfunctional family.


It’s well paced and keeps you on your toes at all times. The other thing that drew me to this show was the direction, which is simply amazing. It’s directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who also directed Big Little Lies, another fantastic show.

The cinematography, choice of music tracks and editing is so well done, I would say it’s easily fifty percent of why the show is so good.

Watch Sharp Objects on Hotstar Premium


Sandeep Sinha: Barry
Ever since Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix arrived on the scene, we’re definitely not short of shows to watch. This year I’ve watched several old and new TV series, of which Barry (available on Hotstar) is my favourite.

I love its plot — an American Marine becomes a hitman and for an assignment he joins an acting class, leading to all kinds of hilarious and weird circumstances in Barry.

Bill Hader has done justice to the lead character. The show is a shining example of the dark comedy genre and it has a knack for surprising twists that make it even more enjoyable.

Watch Barry on Hotstar Premium

Shobhit Varma: The Tick
While I make it a point to catch every good movie in the theater, I am not really a fan of TV shows in general. The whole concept of a story stretched over multiple episodes does not really appeal to me.

That said, one TV show called The Tick (Review) did take my fancy this year. It is based on the comic book character of the same name and can be found on Amazon Prime Video.


The Tick is a witty, satirical take on the superhero genre almost bordering on parody. The way it embraces superhero clichés head on and then twists them in the most bizarre way possible makes it a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

Watch The Tick on Amazon Prime Video


Sumit Garg: Flames
My favourite TV series of 2018 is TVF’s Flames. It’s a short four-episode love story based on the life of school students. Talking about characters, well I really loved Gaurav Pandey the most. I like his way of speaking and his regular doses of humour in Flames.

Watch Flames on TVF Play


Tarun Chadha: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma
I’ve been watching SAB TV’s popular show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasma for a few years now. Even today I enjoy older episodes of this show just as much as I did when I first watched them. Sometimes I feel that instead of 30 minutes, this show should switch to hour-long episodes. I really enjoy the performances of all the actors in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasma.

Watch Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma on YouTube


Tasneem Akolawala: Sacred Games
I watched Sacred Games starring Radhika Apte, Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddique this year on NetFlix. The representation of the underworld culture, the raw and exceptional acting skills of all the actors including Kubra Sait, and the gripping plot kept me hooked. Cannot wait for the next season.

Watch Sacred Games on Netflix


Yousuf Jawed: Bodyguard
Bodyguard on Netflix was my favourite show of 2018. Starring Richard Madden, the show starts with an attempted suicide bombing on train. Then it revolves around David Budd (Richard Madden), who is a veteran suffering from PTSD.

The show portrays terrorism and internal politics of different security agencies as well as internal corruption. Above all it shows the limitations of the human mind to identify problems due to emotion and biases.


The best part about the show is that it keeps you hooked from the first episode to the last. From the train incident to David Budd trapped in bomb vest, everything about this show is epic.

Watch Bodyguard on Netflix

Which is your favourite TV show of 2018? Let us know via the comments.

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Final Fantasy XV PC Now Supports Nvidia DLSS Tech

Final Fantasy XV PC finally gets support for Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling or DLSS as it’s known. An update for the game on Steam saw the addition of DLSS according to patch notes released by Final Fantasy XV publisher Square Enix. In addition to this, Nvidia has stated that the feature has also been implemented in its latest GeForce Game Ready driver allowing 60 frames per second at 4K with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti at maximum settings. While DLSS is capable of being twice as efficient compared to other anti-aliasing methods, allowing for sharper image quality without a massive drop in performance, you’ll be shelling out a pretty penny to play Final Fantasy XV with this level of fidelity. More so when you consider that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti price is Rs. 105,000 in India ($1,200 in the US).

Also keep in mind that Final Fantasy XV PC DLSS is still in beta. Yes, one of the major promises of the RTX launch (aside from ray-tracing) isn’t complete just yet with the company requesting “feedback on the first DLSS beta so we can continue to train and refine the performance and image quality of the deep learning network via future Nvidia software updates.”

“To enable DLSS, download the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition update once available on Steam, open the in-game options menu, set your resolution to 3840×2160 (4K) and enable DLSS under Graphics -> Anti-aliasing setting,” a post from Nvidia reads.

It’s interesting to see DLSS added in. Previously it was revealed that DLSS and RTX planned for Final Fantasy XV PC would not see the light of day following the departure of Final Fantasy XV producer Hajime Tabata leaving the company.

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Fortnite Leaks Crackdown: Epic Games Forces Closure of FNBRLeaks

With Fortnite Season 7 in full swing, it isn’t just fans of Epic Games’ battle royale sensation Fortnite who have had their hands full. The company’s lawyers have been busy as well, sending out a legal notice to Fortnite leaker, FNBRLeaks. This comes after elements of Fortnite Season 7, such as its snow-themed map were datamined and made public. The FNBRLeaks Twitter account tweeted that Epic Games had threatened legal action if various FNBR social media profiles and GitHub Page weren’t deleted. What this means is, leaks of what to expect from Fortnite could come to a crawl. More importantly, it highlights how heavy-handed Epic Games can get with its own community and fans.

“I am not going to go into specifics with this,” the tweet reads. “Due to the request of an Epic Games Attorney who i’m not going to disclose, my Twitter, Discord, YouTube, Instagram, and GitHub must be deleted, or else they will take action. Thank you all for the support and followers over my 7 month span of the FNBRLeaks twitter. Sadly, everything comes to an end.”

In addition to this, the now deleted FNBRLeaks Discord had images of the legal notice that were posted by an FNBRLeaks staffer. It states that FNBRLeaks “spoiled the game for millions of of people who play and/or watch Fortnite, and negatively impact[ed] those who work hard to create and update Fortnite. The fact that he is a teenager makes this no less true”.

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Considering how the Fortnite community has reacted to previous leaks, it appears that little has been spoiled because Fortnite doesn’t have a deep story or narrative that plays out. Besides, it’s rare to see players feel angry over a leak of something as trivial as a new cosmetic item in a game.

Nonetheless, this Fortnite leaks crackdown could be just the beginning. For a company that champions open platforms, Epic is rather close-minded about how its fans should enjoy Fortnite.

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Honor 8A Reaches TENAA With 6.08-Inch HD+ Display, Android Pie

Honor 8A Reaches TENAA With 6.08-Inch HD+ Display, Android Pie

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Honor 8A appears to have a back panel similar to the Honor 8X

Huawei sub-brand Honor is apparently set to add a new model to its budget series. This new model is speculated to be the Honor 8A. While there isn’t any official confirmation around the ongoing development, the Honor 8A has reached China’s TENAA with model numbers JAT-AL00 and JAT-TL00. Separately, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has been spotted with model numbers JAT-L29 and JAT-LX1 that are likely to be the Honor 8A and Honor 8A Pro for the Russian and European markets. The TENAA listings of the new Honor model also feature images that suggest its design. The handset appears to be inspired by the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max that both sported a quarter of their rear panel in off-colour accent.

Among other developments, the listings on the official TENAA site for the Honor JAT-AL00 and JAT-TL00 suggest that the Android 9.0 Pie-based Honor 8A will feature a 6.08-inch HD+ (720×1560 pixels) LCD panel. The handset also listed with an octa-core 2.2GHz SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM. Further, there is a mentioning of a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor along with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

For storing content, the Honor 8A is likely to have 32GB and 64GB storage options that both support expansion via microSD card (up to 512GB). There isn’t any fingerprint sensor, however, it is safe to presume that the smartphone will come with a Face Unlock feature.

The TENAA listings also confirm that the Honor 8A will come with a 2,920mAh battery and have Black, Blue, Gold, and Red colour options. Besides, the handset will measure 156.28×73.5x8mm and weigh 150 grams.

Coming towards the design, the images available on the TENAA site suggest the Honor 8A will have a back panel similar to the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max. The smartphone also appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack on top, while a volume rocker and a power/ lock button are featured on the right side.

As spotted by folks at GizChina, Russia’s EEC has listed the Honor 8A and Honor 8A Pro with model numbers JAT-L29 and JAT-LX1. The EEC listing doesn’t reveal any specifications or images of the new Honor models.

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Virgin Galactic Reaches Space and Is One Step Closer to Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic launched a spacecraft more than 50 miles high Thursday, reaching the Federal Aviation Administration’s definition of space and capturing a long-elusive goal for the company founded by Richard Branson that one day wants to fly tourists through the atmosphere.

Though it did not reach orbit, the flight was the first launch of a spacecraft from United States soil with humans on board to reach the edge of space since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. And it effectively opens a new era in human spaceflight, one where companies are working to end governments’ long held monopoly on space, aiming to push farther faster.

Though it just scratched the lowest edge of where many believe space begins, the launch had huge implications for a growing industry aiming to fly civilians on a regular basis. The flight was bold and risky, and after a fatal crash four years ago, reminiscent in its daring of a bygone era of human spaceflight.

It comes at a time when NASA is still forced to rely on Russia to fly its astronauts to orbit and faces criticism that its aversion to risk has replaced the youthful audacity that helped it put men on the moon.

With the flight- taking place on a chilly morning shortly after sunrise -Virgin can claim an edge in the race for human spaceflight as a number of companies, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and Boeing, work to develop spacecraft capable of transporting people.

With two seasoned pilots in the cockpit – Mark “Forger” Stucky and C.J. Sturckow – the vehicle known as SpaceShipTwo was ferried to an altitude of about 43,000 feet by a mothership. Like a bomb, the spacecraft was released into a freefall before the pilot ignited the engine, propelling the spaceplane faster than the speed of sound.

Soon, the vehicle pointed almost straight up, as it streaked through the same skies over the California desert where Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947. The spacecraft reached a height of 51.4 miles, hitting a top speed of Mach 2.9, before descending and landing at the company’s space port in Mojave.

On the ground, a gaggle of press, space enthusiasts, including Branson and his guests watched the flight, tilting their heads skyward.

Branson, wearing a leather bomber jacket, hugged his son as the spacecraft raced upwards and a commentator called out the altitude.

“It’s been 14 years to get here. We’ve had tears, real tears, and moments of joy. So the tears today were tears of joy,” he told reporters afterward. “It was maybe tears of relief as well. When you are in the test flight program of a space company you can never be completely 100 percent sure.”

Stucky, the pilot in command for the mission, said it went as smoothly as it could have -and well enough for him to perform a victory barrell roll as the spacecraft returned to Earth.”That was rather incredible,” he said. Seeing “the dark sky was great. Everything just worked great. . . . We had tons of extra propellant. Had plenty of time to look around.”

Virgin Galactic has nearly 700 people who have paid as much as $250,000 for its suborbital joyrides – more than the 560 or so people who have ever been to space. Eventually, the company wants to fly six passengers at a time. The FAA plans to formally honour the pilots of Thursday’s flight by awarding them commercial astronaut wings at a ceremony in Washington next year.

For Branson, the launch was the culmination of years’ worth of lofty dreams and tragic setbacks as he sought to build what he calls “the world’s first commercial spaceline.” He founded Virgin Galactic after buying the rights in 2004 to the technology behind SpaceShipOne, the spacecraft funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen that made it to the edge of space three times that year, winning the $10 million Ansari X prize and becoming the first privately funded vehicle to fly humans to space.

Thursday’s launch was also a major milestone for a growing commercial space industry, which for all its triumphs has yet to show it can routinely fly humans into space. But that may soon change.

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Jeff Bezos, also plans to fly tourists, though to a higher altitude and with a rocket that launches vertically, not a spaceplane. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

Its first test flights with humans on board are scheduled for next year.

SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk, and Boeing are under contract with NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, the orbiting laboratory, by as early as next year.

As the plight of Virgin Galactic shows, ending government’s long-held monopoly on human spaceflight has been difficult. Despite the long odds, Branson started his quest to open space to the masses with his typical bravado, vowing the company would soon be taking tourists by the hundreds on awe-inspiring jaunts to the cosmos.

But years passed, the program suffered delay after delay and in 2014, a fatal setback: The spacecraft came apart mid-flight, killing Michael Alsbury, the pilot.

As federal investigators investigated the crash, Branson pondered whether to continue, ultimately vowing to press on.

In 2016, he unveiled a new spaceplane, dubbed Unity, and the company started its test program again, slowly pushing the envelope on test flight after test flight. Thursday’s flight was a key milestone that the company says will push it closer to flying tourists from Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic’s futuristic launch facility in New Mexico. So far, more than 600 people have signed up, paying as much as $250,000.

Branson said he has invested nearly $1 billion of his own money into the venture. “Space is not cheap,” he said.

Now Virgin is looking forward to selling more tickets and making the company commercially viable, he said. Once the test program is finished next year, he said, the operation will move to Spaceport America, the futuristic facility in New Mexico where it intends to fly its tourist flights. Branson has said he intends to be on the first commercial flight.

The company is now building two more spaceships in anticipation of the price coming down and more people signing up to fly.

Virgin’s ultimate goal is to build a series of spaceports around the globe, “and we’re operating multiple times a week at each one of those and enabling tens of thousands of people to experience space,” George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic’s chief executive, said in a recent interview.

Eventually, the company would like to turn those spaceports into “future hubs for a network of intercontinental transportation nodes” where the spaceships can transport people across the globe in a matter of hours.

In the long term, he said, the company wants to fly “into major airports because we have a winged vehicle that can integrate smoothly in traffic patterns,” Whitesides said.

That goal is still “many years out,” he said. “But that’s the evolution-so that at the end of it you’ve built up, step-by-step, a capability to go between continents in an hour or two.”

© The Washington Post 2018

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