Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Broken Internationally


The Kingdom Hearts 3 release date is January 25 in Japan and January 29 internationally. However it seems that some enterprising retailers have been selling the game early. Over the weekend pictures of retail copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 were posted on the series’ subreddit. While this appeared to be of the US version of the game, but it seems that certain UK retailers have been selling the game early too what with users getting their Xbox One copies of the game ahead of the Kingdom Hearts 3 release date. It seems widespread enough for spoilers to surface on Twitter and YouTube as well.

This follows limited quantities of Kingdom Hearts 3 leaked six weeks prior to release via the Facebook Marketplace.

“We’re aware that a small portion of Kingdom Hearts 3 has been circulating online before its official release,” Kingdom Hearts 3 director Tetsuya Nomura said on Twitter at the time. “We are also aware as to how this has all happened. We’re sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release.”

He goes on to ask Kingdom Hearts fans not share any of the videos.

“The whole team has been working together since yesterday night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like to ask that you do not share these videos,” he said. “The game’s epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoilers in this game, are planned to be released at a later date just in case, so they will not be shown before the game’s release. We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.”

This time around however, it doesn’t seem like Nomura’s words mean much. Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel KH Central reports that spoilers are being shared at a steady clip and has requested fans to keep away from the likes of YouTube and Twitter.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 India release date

Don’t expect Indian retailers to break street date for Kingdom Hearts 3 for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the series has never been popular in India and with Resident Evil 2 out around the same time, the focus for most stores would be around fulfilling orders for that game rather than bother much with Kingdom Hearts 3.

So if you’re a fan of the series in the country, you’re better served pre-ordering the game. If it’s anything like past Square Enix releases such as the excellent Nier Automata, it will probably be available in limited quantities.


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Honda CB300R Launch Date Revealed


Honda Motorcycle And Scooter India has confirmed that it will launch the Honda CB300R on February 8, 2019 and will price it below Rs. 2.5 lakh.




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The new Honda CB300R is expected to be priced between Rs. 1.9 Lakh To Rs. 2.3 Lakh.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has confirmed that it will be launching the Honda CB300R on February 8, 2019. Earlier in the month, Honda had confirmed that it will be launching the CB300R and will be keeping the price below ₹ 2.5 lakh as well.  The 200 cc – 500 cc motorcycle segment is a fast growing one in India and the CB300R could prove to be a much needed shot in the arm for HMSI and if price right, can generate good volumes for the company as well. We expect the company to keep it between ₹ 1.9 lakh to ₹ 2.3 lakh. Select HMSI dealers across the country have already started accepting bookings for the bike at a token amount of ₹ 5,000. It will be assembled in India, hence the pricing strategy.

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It looks like a smaller version of the Honda CB1000R. It is a naked motorcycle and draws inspiration from the Neo Sports Café concept. The front end gets a retro-looking round headlamp with a brushed metal rim and 41 mm upside down forks and flat Aluminium handlebars which not only make it purpose built but also make it look really cool.

abtmh2b8Honda dealers across the country have already started accepting bookings for the bike at a token amount of ₹ 5,000.

The Honda CB300R is powered by a liquid-cooled, 286 cc, DOHC, single-cylinder engine which puts out 30.9 bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 27.5 Nm at 7,500 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox and the motorcycle tips the scales at 143 kg. The fuel tank capacity is 10 litres, and Honda claims the range of the CB300R will be over 300 km in a tankful of fuel.

The Honda CB300R gets all LED lighting along with two bars of LED lamps on the headlamp console. It also gets a fully digital TFT instrument console. In terms of cycle parts, the CB300R gets a 296 mm petal-type disc up front with 4-piston callipers and the rear wheel gets a 220 mm disc with 2-piston calliper. A dual-channel ABS will be offered as standard along with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) as well. The rear monoshock gets 7-step adjustability while the 41 mm USDs up front too have 5-step adjustability for preload.  So in terms of features, yes, it is loaded. Honda will offer the CB300R is two colours, which are Matt Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red. 

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The Honda CB300R will take on motorcycles such as the KTM 390 Duke along with the BMW G 310 R and the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Honda should be able to undercut the rivals of the CB300R with its intention of keeping the ex-showroom price less than ₹ 2.5 lakh

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Four More Shots Please! Cast, Release Date, Trailer, Story, Review, and More


Four More Shots Please!, Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming romantic comedy-drama, is set to be its first original comedy from India and its first new TV show of 2019. Produced by Pritish Nandy and created by his daughter Rangita Pritish Nandy (Pyaar Ke Side Effects), who also served as the showrunner, Four More Shots Please! follows the lives of four “urban, imperfect, modern Indian women and their perfect, life-affirming, friendship”. It’s been made by a largely female cast and crew, with Devika Bhagat (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) and Ishita Moitra (Half Girlfriend) as the writers, and Anu Menon (Waiting) as director. Here’s all you need to know about Four More Shots Please!, including the release date, cast, trailer, story, review, and more.

Four More Shots Please! release date

All 10 half-hour episodes of Four More Shots Please! will be out Friday, January 25, 2019 on Amazon Prime Video worldwide.

Four More Shots Please! cast

The new Amazon series has four women in the lead: Sayani Gupta (Inside Edge) plays Damini Rizvi Roy, Kirti Kulhari (Pink) plays Anjana Menon, Bani J (MTV Roadies) plays Umang Singh, and Maanvi Gagroo (Tripling) plays Siddhi Patel.

Damini (Gupta) is an independent journalist who prefers masturbation to sex because it’s efficient. Anjana (Kulhari) is a single mother who shares a roller-coaster relationship with her ex-husband, Varun Khanna (Neil Bhoopalam, from 24: India). Umang (Bani) is a bisexual fitness trainer, and Siddhi (Gagroo) is a virgin who hates her mother Sneha (Simone Singh, from Kal Ho Naa Ho) for how she treats her.

In addition to Bhoopalam and Singh, the supporting ensemble of Four More Shots Please! also includes Prateik Babbar (Dhobi Ghat) as Jeh Wadia, the owner of a bar that the leads frequent, Lisa Ray (Water) as Samara Kapoor, a fictional Bollywood star who’s a closeted lesbian, Milind Soman (Bajirao Mastani) as a gynecologist named Dr. Aamir Warsi, and Amrita Puri (Aisha) as Varun’s new girlfriend Kavya Arora.

Jiya Lakhiani, Ankur Rathee, Paras Tomar, Avantika Akerkar (Sense8), author Fahad Samar, Rajeev Siddhartha (Kaushiki), Ashta Arora, Madhu Anand Chandhock (Neerja), and Sapna Pabbi (24: India) have recurring roles. Nishit Broker (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania), Anuradha Chandan (Kapoor and Sons), Mohit Chauhan, Nimisha Mehta, and Saahil Sehgal (Basmati Blues) guest star on ‘Four More Shots Please!’.

Four More Shots Please! trailer

Amazon Prime Video released a 15-second teaser towards the start of January, giving us the first look at the faces of its four leads alongside split-second glimpses of their adventures. A proper trailer followed less than a week later, introducing the four protagonists and the people around them. Two versions of the trailer were released, one rated adults-only and the other for everyone. (The show is rated 18+, btw.) Following that, Amazon released two music videos for two original songs, one made up of footage from the show while the other was specially shot with playback artist Darshan Raval.

 

Four More Shots Please! story

There’s not much that’s public about the story, except what we know from the trailer above. Damini is supposedly battling a rival at work and has a complex relationship with her gynecologist and the bar owner, Anjana is having trouble with her vagina and moving on from her ex, who’s already found someone, Umang is still dealing with leaving behind someone she loved, and Siddhi is being forced to marry by her domineering mother. The four will also take a trip to Goa at some point in the first season.

Four More Shots Please! review

Amazon has set a release day embargo on reviews of Four More Shots Please!, which means you will have to wait till January 25 to read our — and everyone else’s — opinion of the show.

Four More Shots Please! watch online

As we said before, Four More Shots Please! will be available on Amazon Prime Video. You can download the Prime Video app on most platforms or visit primevideo.com to watch the show online. You will need a subscription to watch the show. In India, Prime Video costs Rs. 129 per month or Rs. 999 for the year.

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How to download ‘Four More Shots Please!’

Amazon Prime Video has a download option on both Android and iOS. Simply look up ‘Four More Shots Please!’ in the Prime Video app, open it and click on the download button. If you need detailed instructions, we have you covered.



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Lunar eclipse Chandra Grahan 2019 live Super Wolf Blood Moon Date time and place


चंद्र ग्रहण (Lunar Eclipse 2019)  आज (21 जनवरी) लगेगा. यह साल 2019 का पहला चंद्र ग्रहण होगा. इस दिन निकलने वाले चंद्रमा को सुपर वुल्फ ब्लड मून (Super Wolf Blood Moon) का नाम दिया जाता है. यह ग्रहण कुल 3 घंटे 30 मिनट का होगा.  यह चंद्र ग्रहण भारत में दिखाई नहीं देगा. भारतीय समयानुसार ये ग्रहण 21 जनवरी को सुबह 10:41 बजे शुरू होगा. यह साल का पहला व आखिरी पूर्ण चंद्र ग्रहण होगा. इसके बाद पूर्ण चंद्र ग्रहण 29 मई 2021 में लगेगा. इसलिए भी ग्रहण का महत्व बढ़ गया है. इससे पहले जनवरी के पहले हफ्ते में हुआ सोलर इक्लिप्स भी भारत में देखने को नहीं मिला था. 

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यहां नजर आएगा चंद्र ग्रहण

नेशनल ज्योग्राफिक की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, पूरे पश्चिमी गोलार्ध में लोग ग्रहण के सभी या कुछ भाग को देख सकेंगे. उत्तरी अमेरिका, सेंट्रल अमेरिका और दक्षिणी अमेरिका के लोग सुपर वुल्फ रेड मून के सभी चरणों को अच्छे से देख पाएंगे. ऑस्ट्रेलिया और एशिया में ये नजारा देखने को नहीं मिलेगा. 

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क्या है खास बात

पहले चरण में चांद में कोई खास अंतर दिखाई नहीं देगा. दूसरे चरण में आंशिक ग्रहण दिखाई देना शुरू होगा. इसके करीब 90 मिनट बाद चांद पूरी तरह से लाल हो जाएगा. मून रेडिश ग्लो दिखाई देगा. फिर प्रक्रिया ऐसे ही उल्टे क्रम में शुरू होगी. अगर मौसम साफ होगा तो इस बेहद अद्भुत नजारे देखें जाएंगे.

6 जनवरी को पड़ रहा है पहला सूर्य ग्रहण, 2019 में होंगे ये 5 सूर्य और चंद्र ग्रहण

क्या होता है चंद्रग्रहण?

जब सूर्य के चारों ओर परिक्रमा करती हुई पृथ्वी एक सीध में अपने उपग्रह चंद्रमा तथा सूर्य के बीच आ जाती है, तो चंद्रमा पर पड़ने वाली सूर्य की किरणें रुक जाती हैं, और पृथ्वी की प्रच्छाया उस पर पड़ने लगती है, जिससे उसका दिखना बंद हो जाता है. इसी खगोलीय घटना को चंद्रग्रहण कहा जाता है.

क्या कहती है पौराणिक कथा?

एक पौराणिक कथा के अनुसार समुद्र मंथन के दौरान देवताओं और दानवों के बीच अमृत के लिए घमासान चला. इस मंथन में अमृत देवताओं को मिला लेकिन असुरों ने उसे छीन लिया. अमृत को वापस लाने के लिए भगवान विष्णु ने मोहिनी नाम की सुंदर कन्या का रूप धारण किया और असुरों से अमृत ले लिया. जब वह उस अमृत को लेकर देवताओं के पास पहुंचे और उन्हें पिलाने लगे तो राहु नामक असुर भी देवताओं के बीच जाकर अमृत पीने बैठ गया. जैसे ही वो अमृत पीकर हटा, भगवान सूर्य और चंद्रमा को भनक हो गई कि वह असुर है. तुरंत उससे अमृत छीन लिया गया और विष्णु जी ने अपने सुदर्शन चक्र से उसकी गर्दन धड़ से अलग कर दी.  क्योंकि वो अमृत पी चुका था इसीलिए वह मरा नहीं. उसका सिर और धड़ राहु और केतु नाम के ग्रह पर गिरकर स्थापित हो गए. ऐसी मान्यता है कि इसी घटना के कारण सूर्य और चंद्रमा को ग्रहण लगता है, इसी वजह से उनकी चमक कुछ देर के लिए चली जाती है. 



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Redmi Note 7 Pro Price, Samsung Galaxy M-Series Launch Date, WhatsApp Android Update, and More News This Week


Redmi Note 7 Pro price leak, WhatsApp for Android update, and the reveal of Galaxy M-series India launch date were some of the biggest tech news items that dominated this week. Starting with Xiaomi and its sub-brand Redmi, the Chinese manufacturer is getting ready to introduce the international variant of its Redmi Note 7 smartphone in the form the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Although the company is yet to officially announce the same, the company’s Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 6 Pro are pretty good indicators of the fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro is coming to India and several other global markets where Xiaomi currently operates.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro was briefly mentioned at the Redmi Note 7 launch event last week, but the company failed to share many details apart from revealing that phone will come with Sony IMX586 primary sensor instead of Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor present in the Redmi Note 7.

Earlier this week, the alleged pricing of the Redmi Note 7 Pro phone made its way to Chinese social network Weibo. A Weibo tipster suggested that the smartphone will retail at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,800). It is unclear whether it is the starting price of the phone or of a specific storage variant. The tipster also noted that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC.

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Despite the slowing down smartphone market, Redmi by Xiaomi is quite bullish about the Redmi Note 7. A company executive on Tuesday stated that Redmi is hopeful of selling one million units of the Redmi Note 7 in January alone. Since the company’s first Redmi Note 7 flash sale lasted just over eight minutes, it looks very likely that the company will achieve the milestone.

In more Xiaomi/ Redmi news, the MIUI team recently shared that Android 9 Pie update for Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi S2 will go into internal testing in the first quarter of this year. The Mi 6X Android Pie update will also enter testing during the same time. However, it is unclear whether the team was just talking about the Chinese phones or their global variants as well.

On the India front, Xiaomi’s new Mi TV models – Mi TV 4X Pro 55 and Mi TV 4A Pro 43went on sale for the first time this week. These smart TVs are being offered via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country. While the Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch model price in India is Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch is retailing at Rs. 22,999. Additionally, the company also held the first sale for Mi Soundbar, the company’s first home audio product in the country. The Mi Soundbar carries a price-tag of Rs. 4,999.

Talking about sales, both Amazon and Flipkart have kicked off their first big sales of the year — check out the top deals on offer right now during the Amazon Great Indian sale and Flipkart Republic Day sale.

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung finally announced this week that it plans to unveil the new Galaxy M-series of phones on January 28 in the country. The phones will go on sale beginning February 5 via Samsung’s own online store and Amazon India. The South Korean company and its retail partner Amazon have been very aggressive with the marketing of these upcoming phones. The companies have been actively teasing the Galaxy M-series phones on Twitter and other social media platforms.

As per online reports, Samsung is planning to introduce three phones in the Galaxy M-series – Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30 – however, only the first two are likely to be released initially, with the Galaxy M30 following later. A recent report from IANS also claimed to divulge the prices of Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20. According to the news agency, Samsung will sell the Galaxy M10 starting Rs. 7,990, whereas the Galaxy M20 will be offered beginning Rs. 10,990. The company is yet to officially confirm these prices.

The massively popular messaging app WhatsApp earlier this week released an update for its Android version in the Google Play store. The update adds a group call shortcut to make it easier for the consumers to place a group video or voice call. The same shortcut is already available in the iPhone version of the app. Additionally, the company included a fix for GIF bug in the latest update for the Android app. The update carries the version number 2.19.2.

WhatsApp is also said to be working on integrating support for stickers offered by the keyboard apps like GBoard. The Google-owned keyboard is reportedly first in line to support direct sharing of stickers in WhatsApp, with other keyboard apps following later. At this point, it is believed that Google is testing the integration on its end, whereas WhatsApp has already included the integration. As soon a Google is done testing, the feature will be rolled out to the Android users. There is no word if the same will be released for the iPhone users.

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A report from App Annie revealed this week that WhatsApp crossed Facebook to become most popular Facebook-owned application. The WhatsApp Messenger surpassed Facebook in September and has maintained the lead since. App Annie’s The State of Mobile 2019 report also notes that WhatsApp was the most used social app in 2018 by average monthly sessions per user. The app claimed the top spot in markets like India, Canada, Germany, Brazil, and UK, whereas Snapchat dominated the US and France markets.

With the Mobile World Congress quickly approaching, the smartphone makers were largely silent this week. Although there were a few India-specific launches, Vivo was the only company to introduce a brand-new device – Vivo Z3i Standard Edition. It is a variant of the company’s previously launched Vivo Z3i. The phone is currently only available in China and carries a price-tag of CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 20,900).

The dual-SIM Vivo Z3i Standard Edition features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Among other specifications, Vivo has included a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Coming to India, Honor launched its Honor 10 Lite smartphone in the country this week. The phone is now available via Flipkart and HiHonor store starting Rs. 13,999. The Honor 10 Lite runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Honor 10 Lite comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. There is a 24-megapixel camera on the front as well. The phone is now on sale in India.

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Huawei, the parent company of Honor, was also hogging the headlines this week with the release of its Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone. The phone was launched last week but went on sale on in the country on December 17. It is a mid-range smartphone and has been priced at Rs. 15,990. The price-tag includes a bundled Boat ROCKERZ 255 SPORTS Bluetooth headset.

In terms of the specifications, the Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) FullView display. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can further be expanded using a microSD card (up to 256GB). For the imaging need, Huawei has packed a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Vivo’s new Z3i Standard Edition may not be gracing the Indian stores just yet, but the Chinese smartphone maker unveiled the Vivo Y91 phone in the country this week. The phone is already on sale via Vivo’s own e-store, Amazon India, and PayTM Mall. The company plans to release it via offline retail partners as well.

The Vivo Y91 features a 6.22-inch FullView display with HD+ resolution (720×1520) with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and include 2GB of RAM as well as 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is a microSD card slot as well in the phone for further storage expansion. For the photography enthusiast, the Vivo Y91 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Transsion Holdings’ mobile brand Itel too joined the launch action the past Monday with the introduction of its Itel A44 Air phone. It is based on Android Go platform and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Other features of the phone include a 5.45-inch FWVGA (480×960 pixels) display Unisoc (formerly Spreadtrum) SC9832E processor, and 1GB of RAM.

The phone also packs a dual rear camera set-up with a 5-megapixel primary sensor and a 0.08-megapixel secondary sensor. According to Itel, the A44 Air has been priced at Rs. 4,999 and can now be purchased from major retail stores across the country.

Among the non-smartphone launches, Amazon introduced its Echo Input device in the country with a price-tag of Rs. 2,999. The device essentially can bring Alexa support to any of existing speakers, either through an audio cable or via a Bluetooth connection. The device’s pricing hasn’t gotten much love from the netizens as it is almost double of what the company charges from US consumers.

To make the device more enticing to the Indian consumers, Amazon has partnered with speaker brand to bundle Echo Dot with their speakers at a discounted price. The JBL Go 2 speaker bundle gets you a flat Rs. 1,499 discount, whereas you can get the Echo Input for free if you buy the newly launched Ultimate Ears Boom 3 or the Bose SoundLink Revolve.

Xiaomi-Backed Huami also released its Amazfit Verge Smartwatch in the country. It carries a price-tag of Rs. 11,999 and is now on sale via Amazon.in. The smartwatch sports a 1.3-inch AMOLED display and packs a heart rate monitor and GPS. It is said to have a 5-day battery life. The Huawei Amazfit can show notifications for incoming calls, messages, and other applications. It is also comes with 11 sports modes and can track distance, time, pace, calories, speed, elevation and more.

While the likes of Vivo and Huawei introduced new phones this week in the country, HMD Global reduced the prices of two of the Nokia phones – Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 3.1 Plus, which used to earlier retail at Rs. 11,499, can now be purchased at just Rs. 9,999. The new pricing is already in effect on Flipkart and Amazon. On the other hand, Nokia 5 Plus has received a price-cut of just Rs. 400. The phone was launched at Rs. 10,999 but can now be bought at Rs. 10,599. It is also no longer online-exclusive and can be grabbed from brick-and-mortar retailers as well.

 

This week was also exciting for smartphone camera enthusiasts as Oppo teased its 10x hybrid optical zoom camera for smartphones. The new camera module expands on the company’s previously showcased 5x hybrid optical zoom technology and now packs a triple camera setup. The new setup includes an ultrawide-angle camera, a primary camera, and a third camera with periscope style setup for the telephoto action. The Chinese smartphone maker has promised to reveal more details at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

The company also talked about a new in-display fingerprint sensor that has a 15-times bigger active area than the competing sensor. Oppo wasn’t the only one talking about new in-display fingerprint sensor, Xiaomi also teased a new sensor, which has an expanded sensor active area. The company, however, didn’t reveal when we can actually see it in a smartphone.

Several important entertainment-related developments also made headlines this week, leading with the Game of Thrones season eight premier date. Late last-Sunday HBO released the first teaser for the final season of the Game of Thrones (GoT) and announced that the season will premiere on April 15. The Indian fans of the series will be able to watch it on Hotstar or Star World. There are only six episodes in the last season, but they are most likely going to be feature-length.

GoT has become a pop culture juggernaut over the last several years with audience size increasing with every passing season. HBO is already working on several spin-offs of the TV series, which is based on A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series by George R. R. Martin.

Spider-Man may have turned to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War but that didn’t stop the Web Slinger from appearing in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. This Sony-produced sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit the cinema halls on July 5, over a month after Avengers: Endgame graces the screen on April 26. The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer may have “spoiled” the fate of Spider-Man, but the same remains unclear for other Avengers, who were turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.

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In a surprise move, Netflix, Hotstar, Jio, and six other streaming services came together earlier this week to sign a voluntary self-regulation code. This code will define what kind of content is not allowed on these streaming platforms, including anything that disrespects the national flag or emblem, has children engaged in real or simulated sex, offends religious sentiments, and promotes or encourages terrorism. Amazon Prime Video as well as smaller players like Hungama and Viu were missing from the signatories of this code of conduct.

Moving to gaming, PUBG continued to make news, whether it was for an update to the mobile version of the game or a student body’s call to ban it or for the release of a clone from Xiaomi. First, the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update was released this week and brings the “classic” voice option, Royale Pass Season 5, and more. The Jammu & Kashmir Students Association on Thursday asked the state’s governor Satya Pal Naik to ban the game Immediately. The student body blamed the game for poor results and dubbed it as a “future spoiler.” Lastly, Xiaomi released its PUBG-like Survival Game in Mi Apps store on January 17.

 

Fortnite on Tuesday introduced a new update with version number 7.20, which is available on all platforms. The update adds a new One Shot Limited Time Mode, an arctic island to the game’s Creative Mode, as well as a new weapon in the scoped revolver. There are some platform-specific fixes on-board as well.

Among other key developments from the week, PayTM partnered with Zomato to offer online food ordering on its platform, taking on the likes of Swiggy and Foodpanda. Elsewhere, Myntra and Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan stepped down to pursue external opportunities.

Spotify seems to finally have an India launch date. It is still unofficial, but the company’s terms and conditions indicate that we could see Spotify in the country on January 31. The music streaming giant recently partnered with T-Series for its massive content library.

On a concerning note, a massive data breach was discovered this week. According to researcher Troy Hunt, the Collection #1 data dump includes 773 Million Email IDs and 21 Million Passwords.

Also, Google bought some tech from Fossil and Samsung’s upcoming 5G phone maybe called Samsung Galaxy S10 X. The Galaxy S10 X, along with Galaxy F, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10E, and Galaxy S10+, is expected to unveiled on February 20. 

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Redmi Note 7 Pro Price, Samsung Galaxy M-Series Launch Date, WhatsApp Android Update, and More News This Week


Redmi Note 7 Pro price leak, WhatsApp for Android update, and the reveal of Galaxy M-series India launch date were some of the biggest tech news items that dominated this week. Starting with Xiaomi and its sub-brand Redmi, the Chinese manufacturer is getting ready to introduce the international variant of its Redmi Note 7 smartphone in the form the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Although the company is yet to officially announce the same, the company’s Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 6 Pro are pretty good indicators of the fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro is coming to India and several other global markets where Xiaomi currently operates.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro was briefly mentioned at the Redmi Note 7 launch event last week, but the company failed to share many details apart from revealing that phone will come with Sony IMX586 primary sensor instead of Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor present in the Redmi Note 7.

Earlier this week, the alleged pricing of the Redmi Note 7 Pro phone made its way to Chinese social network Weibo. A Weibo tipster suggested that the smartphone will retail at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,800). It is unclear whether it is the starting price of the phone or of a specific storage variant. The tipster also noted that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC.

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Despite the slowing down smartphone market, Redmi by Xiaomi is quite bullish about the Redmi Note 7. A company executive on Tuesday stated that Redmi is hopeful of selling one million units of the Redmi Note 7 in January alone. Since the company’s first Redmi Note 7 flash sale lasted just over eight minutes, it looks very likely that the company will achieve the milestone.

In more Xiaomi/ Redmi news, the MIUI team recently shared that Android 9 Pie update for Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi S2 will go into internal testing in the first quarter of this year. The Mi 6X Android Pie update will also enter testing during the same time. However, it is unclear whether the team was just talking about the Chinese phones or their global variants as well.

On the India front, Xiaomi’s new Mi TV models – Mi TV 4X Pro 55 and Mi TV 4A Pro 43went on sale for the first time this week. These smart TVs are being offered via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country. While the Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch model price in India is Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch is retailing at Rs. 22,999. Additionally, the company also held the first sale for Mi Soundbar, the company’s first home audio product in the country. The Mi Soundbar carries a price-tag of Rs. 4,999.

Talking about sales, both Amazon and Flipkart have kicked off their first big sales of the year — check out the top deals on offer right now during the Amazon Great Indian sale and Flipkart Republic Day sale.

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung finally announced this week that it plans to unveil the new Galaxy M-series of phones on January 28 in the country. The phones will go on sale beginning February 5 via Samsung’s own online store and Amazon India. The South Korean company and its retail partner Amazon have been very aggressive with the marketing of these upcoming phones. The companies have been actively teasing the Galaxy M-series phones on Twitter and other social media platforms.

As per online reports, Samsung is planning to introduce three phones in the Galaxy M-series – Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30 – however, only the first two are likely to be released initially, with the Galaxy M30 following later. A recent report from IANS also claimed to divulge the prices of Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M10. According to the news agency, Samsung will sell the Galaxy M10 starting Rs. 7,990, whereas the Galaxy M20 will be offered beginning Rs. 10,990. The company is yet to officially confirm these prices.

The massively popular messaging app WhatsApp earlier this week released an update for its Android version in the Google Play store. The update adds a group call shortcut to make it easier for the consumers to place a group video or voice call. The same shortcut is already available in the iPhone version of the app. Additionally, the company included a fix for GIF bug in the latest update for the Android app. The update carries the version number 2.19.2.

WhatsApp is also said to be working on integrating support for stickers offered by the keyboard apps like GBoard. The Google-owned keyboard is reportedly first in line to support direct sharing of stickers in WhatsApp, with other keyboard apps following later. At this point, it is believed that Google is testing the integration on its end, whereas WhatsApp has already included the integration. As soon a Google is done testing, the feature will be rolled out to the Android users. There is no word if the same will be released for the iPhone users.

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A report from App Annie revealed this week that WhatsApp crossed Facebook to become most popular Facebook-owned application. The WhatsApp Messenger surpassed Facebook in September and has maintained the lead since. App Annie’s The State of Mobile 2019 report also notes that WhatsApp was the most used social app in 2018 by average monthly sessions per user. The app claimed the top spot in markets like India, Canada, Germany, Brazil, and UK, whereas Snapchat dominated the US and France markets.

With the Mobile World Congress quickly approaching, the smartphone makers were largely silent this week. Although there were a few India-specific launches, Vivo was the only company to introduce a brand-new device – Vivo Z3i Standard Edition. It is a variant of the company’s previously launched Vivo Z3i. The phone is currently only available in China and carries a price-tag of CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 20,900).

The dual-SIM Vivo Z3i Standard Edition features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Among other specifications, Vivo has included a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Coming to India, Honor launched its Honor 10 Lite smartphone in the country this week. The phone is now available via Flipkart and HiHonor store starting Rs. 13,999. The Honor 10 Lite runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Honor 10 Lite comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. There is a 24-megapixel camera on the front as well. The phone is now on sale in India.

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Huawei, the parent company of Honor, was also hogging the headlines this week with the release of its Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone. The phone was launched last week but went on sale on in the country on December 17. It is a mid-range smartphone and has been priced at Rs. 15,990. The price-tag includes a bundled Boat ROCKERZ 255 SPORTS Bluetooth headset.

In terms of the specifications, the Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) FullView display. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can further be expanded using a microSD card (up to 256GB). For the imaging need, Huawei has packed a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Vivo’s new Z3i Standard Edition may not be gracing the Indian stores just yet, but the Chinese smartphone maker unveiled the Vivo Y91 phone in the country this week. The phone is already on sale via Vivo’s own e-store, Amazon India, and PayTM Mall. The company plans to release it via offline retail partners as well.

The Vivo Y91 features a 6.22-inch FullView display with HD+ resolution (720×1520) with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and include 2GB of RAM as well as 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is a microSD card slot as well in the phone for further storage expansion. For the photography enthusiast, the Vivo Y91 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Transsion Holdings’ mobile brand Itel too joined the launch action the past Monday with the introduction of its Itel A44 Air phone. It is based on Android Go platform and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Other features of the phone include a 5.45-inch FWVGA (480×960 pixels) display Unisoc (formerly Spreadtrum) SC9832E processor, and 1GB of RAM.

The phone also packs a dual rear camera set-up with a 5-megapixel primary sensor and a 0.08-megapixel secondary sensor. According to Itel, the A44 Air has been priced at Rs. 4,999 and can now be purchased from major retail stores across the country.

Among the non-smartphone launches, Amazon introduced its Echo Input device in the country with a price-tag of Rs. 2,999. The device essentially can bring Alexa support to any of existing speakers, either through an audio cable or via a Bluetooth connection. The device’s pricing hasn’t gotten much love from the netizens as it is almost double of what the company charges from US consumers.

To make the device more enticing to the Indian consumers, Amazon has partnered with speaker brand to bundle Echo Dot with their speakers at a discounted price. The JBL Go 2 speaker bundle gets you a flat Rs. 1,499 discount, whereas you can get the Echo Input for free if you buy the newly launched Ultimate Ears Boom 3 or the Bose SoundLink Revolve.

Xiaomi-Backed Huami also released its Amazfit Verge Smartwatch in the country. It carries a price-tag of Rs. 11,999 and is now on sale via Amazon.in. The smartwatch sports a 1.3-inch AMOLED display and packs a heart rate monitor and GPS. It is said to have a 5-day battery life. The Huawei Amazfit can show notifications for incoming calls, messages, and other applications. It is also comes with 11 sports modes and can track distance, time, pace, calories, speed, elevation and more.

While the likes of Vivo and Huawei introduced new phones this week in the country, HMD Global reduced the prices of two of the Nokia phones – Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 3.1 Plus, which used to earlier retail at Rs. 11,499, can now be purchased at just Rs. 9,999. The new pricing is already in effect on Flipkart and Amazon. On the other hand, Nokia 5 Plus has received a price-cut of just Rs. 400. The phone was launched at Rs. 10,999 but can now be bought at Rs. 10,599. It is also no longer online-exclusive and can be grabbed from brick-and-mortar retailers as well.

 

This week was also exciting for smartphone camera enthusiasts as Oppo teased its 10x hybrid optical zoom camera for smartphones. The new camera module expands on the company’s previously showcased 5x hybrid optical zoom technology and now packs a triple camera setup. The new setup includes an ultrawide-angle camera, a primary camera, and a third camera with periscope style setup for the telephoto action. The Chinese smartphone maker has promised to reveal more details at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

The company also talked about a new in-display fingerprint sensor that has a 15-times bigger active area than the competing sensor. Oppo wasn’t the only one talking about new in-display fingerprint sensor, Xiaomi also teased a new sensor, which has an expanded sensor active area. The company, however, didn’t reveal when we can actually see it in a smartphone.

Several important entertainment-related developments also made headlines this week, leading with the Game of Thrones season eight premier date. Late last-Sunday HBO released the first teaser for the final season of the Game of Thrones (GoT) and announced that the season will premiere on April 15. The Indian fans of the series will be able to watch it on Hotstar or Star World. There are only six episodes in the last season, but they are most likely going to be feature-length.

GoT has become a pop culture juggernaut over the last several years with audience size increasing with every passing season. HBO is already working on several spin-offs of the TV series, which is based on A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series by George R. R. Martin.

Spider-Man may have turned to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War but that didn’t stop the Web Slinger from appearing in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. This Sony-produced sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit the cinema halls on July 5, over a month after Avengers: Endgame graces the screen on April 26. The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer may have “spoiled” the fate of Spider-Man, but the same remains unclear for other Avengers, who were turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.

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In a surprise move, Netflix, Hotstar, Jio, and six other streaming services came together earlier this week to sign a voluntary self-regulation code. This code will define what kind of content is not allowed on these streaming platforms, including anything that disrespects the national flag or emblem, has children engaged in real or simulated sex, offends religious sentiments, and promotes or encourages terrorism. Amazon Prime Video as well as smaller players like Hungama and Viu were missing from the signatories of this code of conduct.

Moving to gaming, PUBG continued to make news, whether it was for an update to the mobile version of the game or a student body’s call to ban it or for the release of a clone from Xiaomi. First, the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update was released this week and brings the “classic” voice option, Royale Pass Season 5, and more. The Jammu & Kashmir Students Association on Thursday asked the state’s governor Satya Pal Naik to ban the game Immediately. The student body blamed the game for poor results and dubbed it as a “future spoiler.” Lastly, Xiaomi released its PUBG-like Survival Game in Mi Apps store on January 17.

 

Fortnite on Tuesday introduced a new update with version number 7.20, which is available on all platforms. The update adds a new One Shot Limited Time Mode, an arctic island to the game’s Creative Mode, as well as a new weapon in the scoped revolver. There are some platform-specific fixes on-board as well.

Among other key developments from the week, PayTM partnered with Zomato to offer online food ordering on its platform, taking on the likes of Swiggy and Foodpanda. Elsewhere, Myntra and Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan stepped down to pursue external opportunities.

Spotify seems to finally have an India launch date. It is still unofficial, but the company’s terms and conditions indicate that we could see Spotify in the country on January 31. The music streaming giant recently partnered with T-Series for its massive content library.

On a concerning note, a massive data breach was discovered this week. According to researcher Troy Hunt, the Collection #1 data dump includes 773 Million Email IDs and 21 Million Passwords.

Also, Google bought some tech from Fossil and Samsung’s upcoming 5G phone maybe called Samsung Galaxy S10 X. The Galaxy S10 X, along with Galaxy F, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10E, and Galaxy S10+, is expected to unveiled on February 20. 

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Date, Time, All You Need To Know


Sky-watchers across the entire Western Hemisphere will be able to see all or part of the eclipse.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon will be seen on January 20 and 21. This includes a total lunar eclipse, super blood moon and a “Wolf Moon”. A “super moon” occurs when the moon is especially close to earth, while a “wolf moon” is the traditional name for the full moon of January, when the howling of wolves was a sound that helped define winter. In a total lunar eclipse, the moon never goes completely dark. Rather, it takes on a reddish glow from refracted light as the heavenly bodies move into position – hence the “blood moon” moniker. The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears.

Super Blood Wolf Moon: Where To See

According to National Geographic report, sky-watchers across the entire Western Hemisphere will be able to see all or part of the eclipse. North America, Central America, and South America will get to see all the phases of Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Australia and Asia, including India, will miss the eclipse.

Super Blood Wolf Moon: Timings

The total lunar eclipse will start at 11:41 pm ET on January 20, which is around 10:11 am on January 21 (Monday) in India. This phenomenon will last for 62 minutes.

The entire event, which includes total as well as partial lunar eclipse will reportedly last for three and a half hours.

Appearance of Super Blood Wolf Moon:

In the first phase, no real difference will appear in the moon.
In the second phase, a partial eclipse will appear.
About 90 minutes later, it will reach totality. The moon will give a reddish glow.
The process then goes in reverse.

How to see Super Blood Wolf Moon:

There’s no need of any special equipment to watch Super Blood Wolf Moon. If the weather is clear, stargazers will be able to enjoy this celestial show.





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Neetu Kapoor Shares What A Lunch Date With Rishi Kapoor Looks Like After 38 Years Of Marriage


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For those who need a reality check on the idea of a lunch date after being married for several years, Neetu Kapoor’s Instagram update is the right stop. The actress shared a picture of herself taking a selfie at a lunch table while her husband Rishi Kapoor was busy on the phone. “Lunch date. This is what happens after 38 years of marriage husband on the phone and I’m clicking selfies,” she captioned the picture. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor left for the US in September 2018 after the 102 Not Out actor announced he’s taking a short break for medical treatment. The nature of Mr Kapoor’s illness is unknown to his fans but Neetu Kapoor’s New Year’s post, in which she wrote ‘hope in future cancer is only a zodiac sign,’ caused unrest among the actor’s well-wishers.

Check out Neetu Kapoor’s latest Instagram post:

 

 

And here’s her aforementioned New Year’s post:

 

 

Rishi Kapoor’s children, Ranbir and Riddhima, stood by his side while he was in the US. They took turns to accompany their parents in the Big Apple and the entire family rang in the New Year’s together. Ranbir’s rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt also joined the Kapoors on several occasions including on the New Year’s. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor also missed the annual Kapoor Christmas brunch last year but his daughter Riddhima and sisters Reema Jain and Ritu Nanda kept him company in the US.

Here are some snippets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rishi Kapoor was last seen in Netflix film Rajma Chawal while his last theatrical release was Mulk.





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Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019: Date, Timings And Healthy Diet Practices To Follow During The Total Lunar Eclipse


Highlights

  • Total lunar eclipse will be seen on January 20th and January 21st, 2019
  • The lunar eclipse will be visible in parts of America, Europe and Africa
  • No need to exercise diet restrictions during eclipse, say experts

Sky-watchers and science buffs are getting ready to turn their gaze skywards, with the world ready to witness a rare heavenly phenomenon – a total lunar eclipse coinciding with a ‘Super Blood Moon.’ The event is noteworthy, according to the American space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as this will be the only complete lunar eclipse that will occur in 2019. The natural occurrence is increasingly being referred to as the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” and this name has generated a significant amount of interest around the event. The ‘Super’ in the name refers to the fact that the Moon will be closest to the Earth in its orbit, during the full moon. The ‘Blood’ in the name refers to the reddish-orange hue that Earth’s natural satellite will take on, thanks to the shadow of the Earth that will fall on the Moon.

Total Lunar Eclipse 2019: Date, Time, Places Of Visibility

The total lunar eclipse, or the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon,’ will take place late on the evening of Sunday, January 20th and will continue till the early hours of January 21st, Monday. The timings of the total lunar eclipse are as follows: the eclipse will begin on Sunday, January 20th at 8:41 pm PST (10:11 am IST on Monday, January 21st) and will end on Sunday, January 20th at 11:48 pm PST (1:18 pm IST on Monday, January 21st). Unfortunately though, the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ will not be visible to enthusiasts on this side of the globe. The incredible phenomenon will be visible in parts of the United States of America, Western Europe and Africa, as well as the United Kingdom. The lunar eclipse will not be visible in any part of Asia or India.

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Super Blood Wold Moon 2019: The total lunar eclipse will not be visible in India

Total Lunar Eclipse 2019: Healthy Diet Practices And Myths Related To Eclipse

Eclipses have been objects of fascination for human beings since our existence. Nature has displayed its wonders to us, with both wonderment and wariness. To ancient cultures and civilisations, eclipses were meant to portend significant changes in the human world, but modern science has created more awareness about eclipses, debunking all these beliefs. Health experts and doctors have stressed again and again that following a normal healthy diet is the only acceptable practice during an eclipse and that there is no need to make any changes to dietary patterns or cooking habits, during the time period of the eclipse.

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Total Lunar Eclipse 2019: Experts Bust Diet Myths

There are some beliefs related to eclipses that indicate that cooking food, cutting of vegetables and fruits or eating food prepared during the period of the eclipse may cause diseases and ill health. It is believed that some radiations emitted during the eclipse enter the food if it is kept uncovered or is cooked during the eclipse and that these radiations may cause food poisoning. However, there is no scientific basis or background of these beliefs and these have been debunked by all respectable scientific agencies and health practitioners.

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Dr. Nirav Pipalia, who is a Gastroentologist at Giriraj Hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat, believes that these diet myths related to lunar eclipse must be treated like mere mythological beliefs, with no scientific backing. “Even in our household, there was a practice of throwing out food prepared during the time period of the eclipse. But I don’t see any scientific basis behind this, because eclipse is just something going on in the Universe. It doesn’t affect our food on Earth,” says Dr. Pipalia, adding that the only cautionary measure one should take during the eclipse is to not watch it with bare eyes.

The same sentiments are also echoed by NASA that strongly contests such restrictive diet beliefs by saying, “Related to the false idea of harmful solar rays is that during a total solar eclipse, some kind of radiation is produced that will harm your food. If that were the case, the same radiations would harm the food in your pantry, or crops in the field.”

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Netflix Renews Selection Day for Season 2, Announces April Release Date


Netflix Renews Selection Day for Season 2, Announces April Release Date

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(L-R): Akshay Oberoi, Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Rajesh Tailang in Selection Day

In what surely comes as a surprise, Netflix has not only renewed its critically-panned cricket drama series Selection Day — based on Indo-Australian author Aravind Adiga’s book of the same name — for a second season, which will be called Selection Day: Part 2, but has also announced a release date: it’s out April 22, 2019. Given the short gap between the first season, which released three weeks ago on December 28, and the second, it would seem that both seasons had been filmed back-to-back but are being released a few months apart. Selection Day is the story of two brothers who are pushed by their domineering father to become the two best batsmen in the world.

The first season of Selection Day was received unfavourably by most critics, including us. There was no deft or depth to the various storylines, and it was “unable to build any momentum or craft a powerful narrative”. Those who were drawn to the show for the cricket would have also been disappointed, and the show even suffered from geographical and continuity errors. Lastly, it had “nothing to say about modern-day India beyond its checkbox recognitions of the maladies stemming from cricket turning into a new capitalist tool, and the problems of identity faced by a new generation that’s being pulled in different directions”, as we said in our review.

Created by British actor-turned-writer Marston Bloom (Harley Street), who also serves as the showrunner, Selection Day is a production of Anil Kapoor Film Company (AKFC) and London-based Seven Stories, co-founded by Anand Tucker (Girl with a Pearl Earring), who serves an executive producer alongside colleagues Colleen Woodcock and Jo McClellan, AKFC’s Udayan Bhat, and directors Udayan Prasad (The Yellow Handkerchief) and Karan Boolani (24: India), who’s also a creative producer on Selection Day.

The Selection Day cast includes newcomers Yash Dholye and Mohammad Samad, who play the two brothers Radha and Manju Kumar, and Karanvir Malhotra, who plays their rival classmate Javed Ansari. Rajesh Tailang (Mukkabaaz) played the father of the two boys Mohan Kumar, Mahesh Manjrekar (Kaante) starred as the cricketing coach Tommy Sir, Ranta Pathak Shah (Sarabhai vs Sarabhai) played the school principal Nellie, Akshay Oberoi (Gurgaon) played an investor named Anand Mehta, and Shiv Pandit (Shaitan, FIR) starred as Lord Subramanya.

Selection Day: Part 2 will release April 22, 2019 on Netflix.



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