Redmi Note 7 Used as a Skate, Thrown Down the Stairs in Latest ‘Test Videos’


Redmi Note 7 was introduced earlier this month in China as the first smartphone for Xiaomi’s brand-new sub-brand Redmi. The phone was teased heavily before launch, and its durability was highlighted as one of its key features. Before launch, the company shared video footage of employees stomping on to the Redmi Note 7 multiple times, but the smartphone survived the horror apparently without any visible damage. Now, two weird durability tests have been performed on the Redmi Note 7 – one that involves it being thrown down the stairs, and another shows a man skating on top of the phone. In both cases, the Redmi Note 7 comes out unharmed, without any scratches, broken glass, or bends.  

Redmi Note 7 dropped from stairs

In the first video (reposted below from YouTube), Redmi CEO Lu Weibing throws the Redmi Note 7 down a staircase, inside a garbage can that has been sealed off with tape. During the descent, the Redmi Note 7 is seen thrashing and tossing in the bin, but it scrapes through the ordeal without any damage. This can be attributed to the Redmi Note’s phantom grade double-sided Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body. 

Redmi Note 7 used as a skate

In the second video (reposted below from YouTube), a user apparently decides to duct tape the Redmi Note 7 with wheels, and use it as skates. The blogger proceeds to put all of his weight on the phone and skate for a decent amount of time. The wheels lose its grip, which forces him to stop, but upon inspection at the end, the Redmi Note 7 is completely unmarked, without any scratches or broken glass. The phone is seen working perfectly fine after suffering the ordeal – a decent testimony to its tough exterior. Of course, we’d urge readers to take both videos by the official Redmi CEO and the blogger with a pinch of salt, and recommend not trying such tests on your own smartphones back home.

The smartphone’s major highlights include the 48-megapixel sensor present in its dual rear camera setup, a waterdrop-shaped notch, fingerprint sensor on the back panel, and a 4,000mAh battery.

Redmi Note 7 specifications

As for hardware, the dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) LTPS display, is powered by the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 512 graphics, and 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options. Internal storage is at 32GB and 64GB options with the option to expand further using

As for optics, the Redmi Note 7 sports dual camera setup with one 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and another 5-megpapixel sensor. The cameras at the back get monochrome dual-LED flash support, and PDAF. Up front, there is a 13-megapixel selfie sensor as well with features like AI face unlock, AI smart beauty, AI single shot blur, front HDR, background blur, and more.

The Redmi Note 7 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support. The company touts up to 251 hours of standby time, 23 hours of talk time, 13 hours of video playback, and 7 hours of gaming. Connectivity options on the Redmi Note 7 include USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, 4G VoLTE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth v5, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. It measures at 159.21×75.21×8.1mm, and weighs 186 grams.

The Redmi Note 7 price starts at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,300) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option, going up to CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,400) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option, and CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,500) for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage option.

Redmi by Xiaomi is already working on the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone, which is likely to be the international variant of the Note 7. The phone’s purported price-tag was leaked recently and it is quite possible that we will see a similar pricing in India. 



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Virat Kohli Creates History, Named Test, ODI And Cricketer Of The Year 2018


Virat Kohli Creates History, Named Test, ODI And Cricketer Of The Year 2018

Virat Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together. © AFP


Virat Kohli, on Tuesday, scripted history by becoming the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year. The 30-year-old has also been named captain of ICC’s Test and ODI teams of 2018 for a fabulous run in international cricket. Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.

“Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket,” the ICC said in a statement.

“It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game,” Kohli was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com.

“Obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances,” he added.






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Virat Kohli Named Captain Of ICC’s Test, ODI Teams Of The Year


Kohli’s 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in 13 Tests and 1,202 runs at an astounding average of 133.55 with six hundreds in 14 ODIs saw him selected to both sides by every voting member of the Academy with the majority of them also opting to name him at the helm of each. 

Kohli also ended 2018 as the top-ranked Test and ODI batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings while his side finished the year as the top-ranked side in Tests and number two behind England in ODIs.

India won six Tests and lost seven during the voting period that ran from 1 January to 31 December 2018 and included victories in South Africa, England and Australia, as also some other close matches in away series. In ODIs, Kohli led India to nine victories, with four losses and one tied match.

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year (in batting order): 

1. Tom Latham (New Zealand)

2. Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

4. Virat Kohli (India) (capt)

5. Henry Nicholls (New Zealand)

6. Rishabh Pant (India) (wk)

7. Jason Holder (Windies)

8. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

9. Nathan Lyon (Australia) 

10. Jasprit Bumrah (India)

11. Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s ODI team of the year (in batting order):

1. Rohit Sharma (India)

2. Jonny Bairstow (England)

3. Virat Kohli (India) (capt)

4. Joe Root (England)

5. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

6. Jos Buttler (England) (wk)

7. Ben Stokes (England)

8. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

9. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

10. Kuldeep Yadav (India)

11. Jasprit Bumrah (India)



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Redmi Note 7 Dropped From Stairs, Used as a Skate in Latest ‘Test Videos’


Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 earlier this month in China, its first smartphone after the Redmi sub-brand announcement. The phone was teased heavily before launch, and its durability was highlighted as one of its big key features. Before launch, the company rolled out video footage of employees stomping on to the Redmi Note 7 multiple times, but the smartphone survived the horror apparently without any visible damage. Now, two more tests have been performed on the Redmi Note 7 – one that involves it being thrown down the stairs, and another video shows a man skating on top of the phone. In both cases, the Redmi Note 7 comes out unharmed, without any scratches, broken glass, or bends.

In the first video (reposted below from YouTube), Redmi CEO Lu Weibing throws the Redmi Note 7 down a staircase, inside a garbage can that has been sealed off with tape. During the descent, the Redmi Note 7 is seen thrashing and tossing in the bin, but it scrapes through the ordeal without any damage. In the second video (reposted below from YouTube), a user apparently decides to duct tape the Redmi Note 7 with wheels, and use it as skates. The blogger proceeds to put all of his weight on the phone and skate for a decent amount of time. The wheels lose its grip, which forces him to stop, but upon inspection at the end, the Redmi Note 7 is completely unmarked, without any scratches or broken glass. The phone is seen working perfectly fine after suffering the ordeal – a decent testimony to its tough exterior. Of course, we’d urge readers to take both videos by the official Redmi CEO and the blogger with a pinch of salt, and recommend not trying such tests on your own smartphones back home.

The Redmi Note 7 sports a phantom grade double-sided Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body for durability. The smartphone’s other big highlights are the 48-megapixel camera in its dual rear camera setup, a waterdrop-shaped notch, fingerprint sensor on the back panel, and a 4,000mAh battery.

Redmi Note 7 specifications

As for hardware, the dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) LTPS display, is powered by the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 512 graphics, and 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options. Internal storage is at 32GB and 64GB options with the option to expand further using

As for optics, the Redmi Note 7 sports dual camera setup with one 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and another 5-megpapixel sensor. The cameras at the back get monochrome dual-LED flash support, and PDAF. Up front, there is a 13-megapixel selfie sensor as well with features like AI face unlock, AI smart beauty, AI single shot blur, front HDR, background blur, and more.

The Redmi Note 7 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support. The company touts up to 251 hours of standby time, 23 hours of talk time, 13 hours of video playback, and 7 hours of gaming. Connectivity options on the Redmi Note 7 include USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, 4G VoLTE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth v5, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. It measures at 159.21×75.21×8.1mm, and weighs 186 grams



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Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka Sets Up Elina Svitolina Last-Eight Test


The victory left the bubbly 21-year-old with a last-eight clash against ambitious Ukrainian Svitolina, who battled past American Madison Keys 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.

It will be a new experience for whoever wins that showdown, with neither of them going beyond the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park before.

This contrasts with the massively experienced Williams who has made the last eight or better 11 times on her way to seven Australian Open crowns.

The 37-year-old 23-time Grand Slam winner has a blockbuster last-16 evening clash against world number one Simona Halep on Rod Laver Arena, while Novak Djokovic meets fast-rising Daniil Medvedev.

Osaka beat Williams to clinch the title at Flushing Meadows last year. It propelled her to stardom, but she has been far from convincing at her first major since.

“I didn’t give up, she was playing really well and I wasn’t really sure what to do at a certain point, but I just tried to stick in there,” she said.

“I was watching all these kids winning. Last night (Stefanos) Tsitsipas beat (Roger) Federer and I was like whoa, and I decided I wanted to do well too.”

Svitolina needed to dig deep to overcome 17th seeded Keys, a US Open finalist in 2017.

The turning point was a marathon 16-minute game early in the deciding set that went to deuce 11 times as Keys chased a decisive break. 

But the American’s resolve crumbled when Svitolina held off five break points then gained an advantage in the next game.

“I had to put my level up, I’m glad I handled the pressure,” said Svitolina, who scored her biggest career win at the WTA Finals in Singapore last October.

“It was very hard because the sun was burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball, so I was very happy to win.”

Svitolina was a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year and has set her sights high after her breakthrough in Singapore, targeting a Grand Slam win and world number one.



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Tencent Releases Test Version of Game of Thrones Smartphone Game, ‘Winter is Coming’


Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has released a test version of a smartphone game based on US hit television show Games of Thrones, in a move likely to spice up a pipeline hit by heightened government scrutiny of online gaming.

The game, titled Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming, was developed by Chinese games maker Yoozoo, Tencent Games said in a statement on its official WeChat account late on Wednesday.

Tencent signed a deal in 2014 to obtain the exclusive rights to stream Game of Thrones online in China. The Emmy-winning medieval fantasy series is HBO’s biggest-ever hit with some 30 million viewers in the United States and has been played 960 million times so far on Tencent’s video platform.

The new game is a simulation that will let players take on identities such as the character Tyrion Lannister, visit spots like Castle Black, and experience some of the show’s most memorable events like the Red Wedding, Tencent said.

Users who have obtained invite codes could start playing the game on Thursday, it said.

The release comes as industry leader Tencent is reeling from increased scrutiny of online gaming that has limited the number of new online game releases. The firm has lost over 20 percent of its market value since March.

While Chinese authorities have started to greenlight games this month, there has so far been no mention of Tencent’s games on lists of approved titles.

“The game will inherit the realist style of the HBO show, and players will be able to control various classic characters from the original novel to battle in Westeros,” Tencent Games said in the statement.

Players need to “conquer King’s Landing, capture the Iron Throne, and be the biggest winner in the Game of Thrones.”

© Thomson Reuters 2019


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YouTube Spotted Testing New Video, Download Recommendations; Stories Expansion Test Also Seen


YouTube is testing a new video recommendation format that displays blue bubbles on the screen with relevant keywords and related topic suggestions, facilitating easier browsing, a report claimed.

“The screenshots obtained show these blue bubbles just underneath the video player showing more specific video recommendations,” The Verge reported on Tuesday.

The video-sharing platform is currently testing the feature with some users on its main desktop page as well as on the mobile app, the report added.

For sometime now users have been complaining that the videos recommended on the side on YouTube’s interface often have little to do with the current video, making recommendations a point of contention for the platform.

“It’s unclear if the videos that populate from the new recommendation bubbles will face similar algorithmic issues that YouTube’s recommendation feed currently suffers,” the report added.

There has not been any word from YouTube as of now on the working of these blue bubbles and whether or not they will roll out the test feature to a bigger group in the coming months.

Separately, the company has been spotted testing video download recommendations to some users. Another report claimed that YouTube was seen testing an expansion of its Stories feature, where some users are seeing YouTube Stories in their Home feed that they don’t subscribe to.

Written with inputs from IANS



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ICC Nails The ’10 Year Challenge’ By Comparing Test Rankings In 2009 To 2019


If you use social media, you must have noticed a number of people posting then-and-now profile pictures. The craze involves people comparing pictures of themselves in 2009 to the ones taken in 2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s a trend that’s best known as the ‘#10YearChallenge’ or ‘#2009vs2019’ and just like everyone else, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also decided to participate in the latest fad. The ICC, on their official Twitter handle, shared pictures comparing Test rankings of 2009 to 2019. Interestingly, none of the players who featured in top 10 in 2009 are a part of the 2019 list. The 2009 batting list, which is headed by Windies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul features Mohammad Yousuf, Kumar Sangakkara, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Clarke in the top 5.

Mahela Jayawardene, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Younus Khan and Gautam Gambhir complete the top 10.

Virat Kohli, the number one Test batsman in the world right now, leads the 2019 list with 937 rating points. The 30-year-old is followed by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara with 915 and 888 points respectively. The banned Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner still feature on the list with 947 and 880 rating points respectively.

Aiden Markram (759), Dimuth Karunaratne (754) and Hashim Amla (907) also make up the top 10 in 2019.

As far as the bowlers are concerned, Muttiah Muralitharan ruled the 2009 list which also features the likes of Dale Steyn, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Chaminda Vaas and Daniel Vettori among others.

In 2019, South Africa’s pace sensation Kagiso Rabada sits atop the list which also features the likes of James Anderson, Pat Cummins, Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin.





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Darren Bravo, Alzarri Joseph Recalled By Windies For Test Series vs England


John Campbell, a 26-year-old left-handed opener from Jamaica, received his first call-up along with the 30-year-old Shamarh Brooks, who captained the West Indies at the Under-19 World Cup in 2008.

“After a difficult Test Series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up,” chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said.

“Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides.”

England have won just one Test series in the Caribbean in the past 50 years, in 2004, although the Windies were beaten 0-2 in Bangladesh at the end of last year.

“With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement,” Browne added.

“Young, exciting, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was sidelined by injury, returns to the squad and Shamarh Brooks has been elevated for his solid first-class performances over the last three years.

“John Campbell the incumbent ‘A’ team opener, who has played first class cricket for a number of years will open the batting after a good first-class season in 2018.”

Windies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Oshane Thomas (cover for Joseph)



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Today in History: Team India had historic Test win, in which Narandra Hirwani took 16 Wicket


नई दिल्ली: क्रिकेट इतिहास में बहुत कम मैच ऐसे हैं जो किसी एक खिलाड़ी की अनोखे प्रदर्शन से यादगार बन गए. इस श्रेणी में एक मैच आज ही के दिन, यानि 15 जनवरी को ठीक तीस साल पहले खत्म हुआ था जो टीम इंडिया के टेस्ट इतिहास में खास अध्याय बन गया. इस दिन भारत और वेस्टइंडीज के बीच हुए मैच में अपना पहला टेस्ट खेल रहे नरेंद्र हिरवानी ने 16 विकेट लेकर टीम इंडिया को ऐतिहासिक जीत दिलाई थी. 

1987-88 में वेस्ट इंडीज की टीम भारत दौरे पर आई थी. इस दौरे पर दोनों टीमों के बीच टेस्ट सीरीज का चौथा टेस्ट मैच 11 जनवरी से 15 जनवरी तक चेन्नई (तब मद्रास) में खेला गया था, यह एक 19 लेग स्पिनर नरेंद्र हिरवानी का पहला टेस्ट था. स्पिनर के तौर पर आगाज करने वाले हिरवानी ने इस मैच में सनसनीखेज प्रदर्शन किया था. सीरीज के तीन मैच हो चुके थे. पहला टेस्ट जीतकर वेस्टइंडीज ने सीरीज में 1-0 की बढ़त बना ली थी और दूसरा और तीसरा टेस्ट ड्रॉ हो चुका था.

हिरवानी के नाम से जाना जाता है यह मैच
जब मैच शुरू हुआ तब ये कोई नहीं जानता था कि ये मैच हिरवानी के कारण हमेशा के लिए इतिहास में दर्ज हो जाएगा. हिरवानी ने इस मैच में ऐसा कारनामा किया, जो न तो उस मैच से पहले किसी ने किया था और न उसके बाद. इस टेस्ट मैच में हिरवानी ने कुल 16 विकेट लेकर वेस्ट इंडीज के बल्लेबाजी को तहस नहस कर दिया. दूसरी पारी में जो उन्होंने 8 विकेट लिए उसमें पांच बल्लेबाजों को किरण मोरे ने स्टंप आउट किया. अपने पहले ही मैच में अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट में भारत का कोई भी गेंदबाज ऐसा कारनामा नहीं कर पाया.

पहली पारी में हिरवानी के आगे हुए वेस्टइंडियन्स ढेर
इस मैच में भारत के कप्तान रवि शास्त्री  ने टॉस जीतकर पहले बल्लेबाजी करने का फैसला किया था. टीम इंडिया ने कपिलदेव के शानदार शतक के दम पर  पहली पारी में 382 रन बनाए थे. इसके जवाब में वेस्टइंडीज की टीम हिरवानी की फिरकी में ऐसी उलझी की रिचि रिचर्डसन, विवियन रिचर्ड्स, लोगी, हूपर, डूजॉन, बट्सट डेविस और वाल्श सभी एक एक करके पवेलियन लौट गए और मेहमान टीम 184 रनों पर सिमट गई.

दूसरी पारी में भी हिरवानी छाए दिला दी टीम इंडिया को जीत
टीम इंडिया ने दूसरी पारी 8 विकेट पर 217 रन बनाकर घोषित कर दी जिससे वेस्टइंडीज को जीत के लिए 416 रनों का लक्ष्य मिला. इस बार भी वेस्टइंडीज की टीम हिरवानी की स्पिन को समझने में नाकाम रही और केवल 41.2 ओवरों में ही 160 के मामूली स्कोर पर ढेर हो गई. एक बार फिर हिरवानी ने एक पारी में 8 विकेट लिए और अपने पहले ही टेस्ट में वे 16 विकेट लेने वाले पहले भारतीय और दुनिया के दूसरे गेंदबाज बने. हिरवानी से पहले ऑस्ट्रेलिया के बॉब मैसी ने 1972 में लॉर्ड्स में इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ 16 विकेट लिए थे मजेदार बात यह है कि हिरवानी ने भी मैसी की तरह दोनों पारियों में 8-8 विकेट लिए थे. 

इस मैच को टीम इंडिया ने 255 रनों से जीता था. टीम ने ऐसे समय मैच जीता था जब वेस्टइंडीज टीम ऐसे दिग्गजों से सजी थी जो स्पिनर्स को धोने के लिए खास मशहूर थी. लेकिन यह टीम यहां तक कि कप्तान विवियन रिचर्ड्स भी हिरवानी को समझने में पूरी तरह नाकाम रहे. टीम इंडिया को 9 साल बाद 11 टेस्ट मैच के बाद अपने ही घर में वेस्टइंडीज टीम के खिलाफ जीत मिली थी. 





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