Google Pixel XL review:The iPhone 7 killer made by Google

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OUR VERDICT

The Pixel XL features top-of-the-line specs to introduce Android 7.1 Nougat to the world. This VR-capable phone has a fast processor, smart AI software and a superb camera, all sandwiched into a funky design.

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FOR

  • One of the best phone cameras around
  • Streamlined Android software
  • Google Assistant is promising

AGAINST

  • More expensive than a Nexus phone
  • Peculiar design and no always-on screen
  • No stereo speakers or waterproofing

Update: Google Pixel availability remains scarce. We’ll tell you how to get one, judge its Daydream VR features and talk Android 7.1.2 and Android O in our updated review.

The Google Pixel XL, along with the Google Pixel, is the first phone ‘made [almost entirely] by Google’, and it’s the best way to experience the latest and greatest that Android software has to offer.

The Google Pixel XL is sized and priced to compete with the elegantly designed Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (that’s the one that doesn’t explode) and iPhone 7 Plus– and Google has picked the perfect time to launch a brand new entry on our best phones list.

Right now, with Apple’s headphone jack-less iPhone 7 irritating longtime fans and Galaxy Note 7 cancellation disappointing users, and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus costing more than ever, Apple and Samsung’s customers may be looking elsewhere for the first time in years. So let’s zoom into this Pixel XL, to see if it’s as good as all of the hype claims.

You’ll notice that these are the exact same prices as for the iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and LG V20 launch prices in the US, so Google is simply following an unfortunate trend.

There’s also no 64GB in-between internal storage size, and no microSD slot for expandable storage to make 32GB more tolerable. You have to go big if you’re recording a lot of high-resolution video.

Design

  • Premium – but peculiar glass-and-metal – design
  • No camera bump on the back whatsoever
  • Not waterproof, and no stereo speakers

Google called the Pixel XL design ‘bold’ during its initial announcement, noting that the back of the phone’s glass-and-metal makeup gives it “personality and character.”

Display

  • Bright and colorful 5.5-inch AMOLED display
  • Better for VR than the 5-inch Google Pixel
  • No rise-to-wake or always-on screen

The Google Pixel XL further proves why AMOLED displays look the best for smartphones, thanks to its colorful and bright screen that outclasses LCD panels every time.

It’s vivid and ready for virtual reality on a budget,  the latter being one key reason we’d suggest you upgrade from the normal-sized, 1080p Google Pixel. If you’re into VR, big phones and more battery life, this one’s for you. If not, save your money.

Battery life

  • Pixel XL lasts a day and a quarter
  • Longer battery life than the Pixel
  • Charging with USB-C adapter can be a pain

Google has packed a big 3,450mAh  battery into the Pixel XL – and that was a good decision, because the bright and pixel-dense 2K resolution can really drain the phone if you’re not careful.

Interface and apps

  • Unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos
  • Ready for Google Daydream View with Android 7.1
  • Battery life information and Google Allo are too hidden

The Google Pixel XL shows that it’s ready for the future with Android 7.1 Nougat, along with the promise of operating system updates for the next two years and security updates for three years. Case in point, it already has Android 7.1.2, which is mostly comprised of bug fixes.

source: techradar.com

Reliance Jio 4G feature phone: All you want to know about it

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Reliance Jio today announced the launch of its much rumoured 4G feature phone, which is named as JioPhone. Along with that the telco has announced its cable TV device.
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The JioPhone will be available for free but buyers will have to deposit a fee of Rs 1500 which will be refundable after three years on returning the phone. This means the phone will be available at an effective price of zero.

The phone was launched at the 40th AGM meet of RIL. JioPhone will be avail ..

 

The phone comes with:

  • Alpha numeric keypad
  • 2.4 inch QVGA display
  • FM radio
  • Torch light
  • Headphone jack
  • SD card slot
  • Four way navigation system
  • Phone Contact
  • Call History
  • Jio Apps

At the AGM meet, Mukesh Ambani said that voice calling will always be free for Jio customers. He said that Jio services will be integrated with all e-commerce players.

He said that the phone will be made in India from the last quarter of this year.

The Jio feature phone users can avail the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer at just Rs 153 per month. Under this they will get free voice and SMS as well as unlimited data.

Two sachets packs have also been announced.

Source: ET

Dunkirk: Movie Review

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Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.

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MOVIE INFO

Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star, with longtime Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing the score.

Fidaa Movie Review – Varun Tej & Sai Pallavi’s Love-Hate-Love story

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Fidaa Movie Review: Director Sekhar Kammula, who is known for sensible movies like ‘Anand,’ ‘Godavari’ and ‘Happy Days,’ is back with a love story ‘Fidaa,’ which is about the love-hate-love relationship between an NRI guy Varun Tej and a Telangana girl Sai Pallavi. It is all set for July 21st Release. With a good response to the trailer and the teaser, the movie makers are expecting a good amount of audience to the movie theatres. Here is our Honest review of Fidaa Movie.

Main Roles: Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi
Director: Shekar Kammula
Producer: Dil Raju
Music: Shakti Kanth
Genre: Romance Drama Comedy
Censor: ‘U’
Runtime: 2 hours 14 minutes

Fidaa Review & Story Plot:

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Fidaa Movie Story:

Varun (Varun Tej) is a medical practitioner, who lived in US along with his brother (Raja). He comes to India to arrange his older brother’s marriage. Where he meets a the sister of the bride Bhanumathi (played by Sai Pallavi), and falls in love with her. Varun gets impressed to Bhanumathi big time however he has dreams of making it big in USA. Bhanumathi always loves to stay in the village along with her father (Sai Chand).  The cute love-hate-love story of a US based guy and a village girl, who fall in love by chance and then get separated. the story is how the pair takes their relationship to the next level.

Fidaa Movie Review:

The emotions involved in the love story is well established. The film’s theatrical trailer was launched recently. The trailer has caught the attention of many instantly. the film has garnered a good buzz and the film unit is very much happy with the way the things are progressing at the box office regarding the film. Sai Pallavi makes her Tollywood debut with this film. Most of the shooting for the film took place in the US and the remaining scenes were shot in Telangana.

The film story is simple & interesting. Sai Pallavi steals the show with her performance as Telangana girl, while Varun looks cool & given his best performance. The first half of Fidaa movie extremely impressive right from the beginning of the film. It is loaded with fresh & loads of entertainment. The film has been shot across beautiful locales in Telangana. The second half of the film fails to reach the expectations of the audience.

Highlights of Fidaa:

  • Intertsing First half
  • Sai Pallavi performcace and telnagana Slang
  • Varun Tej acting
  • Good screenplay and awesome dialogues
  • beautiful locales
  • music

Drawbacks:

  • bit lag in 2nd half
  • climax are pretty much predictable

Verdict: Overall, Fidaa is feel good entertainer with a refreshing Love Story. Director  Sekhar Kammula is back with the Good screenplay and awesome dialogues. Sai Pallavi & Mega Hero Varun Tej are impressive with their performance.

Fidaa Movie Rating: 3/5

 

Source:   celebscinema.com

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – Narendra Modi

 

The campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself cleaned the road. Modi said that the best memorial to Mahatma Gandhi would be to achieve a “Clean India” by 2019, his 150th birth anniversary. It is India’s biggest ever cleanliness drive and 3 million government employees and school and college students of India participated in this event.The mission was started by Prime Minister Modi, who nominated nine famous personalities for the campaign, and they took up the challenge and nominated nine more people and so on. It has been carried forward since then with people from all walks of life joining it.

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Lionel Messi’s latest Ballon d’Or win comes with the player at his peak

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ZURICH: The only surprise was over what Lionel Messi was wearing as he picked up his record fifth Ballon D’Or.

 

This time, there was no notorious loud jacket, just a traditional black dinner suit to go with another piece of history from the Argentine.

In the hours before the ceremony, which took placed in a gold-draped room in Zurich’s Kongreshaus, even Cristiano Ronaldo was admitting that Messi was the likely and deserving winner. There was no bitterness as the Portuguese spoke with humour and admiration about the quality of the Barcelona playmaker’s left foot.

 

Later, when he took the podium, Messi was his usual reserved self but also admitted to a hint of envy over how he had to watch Ronaldo pick up the award for the last two years.

 

“It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win,” Messi said.

 

No more. Messi has back in his hands an award he has made his own after a year in which he ascended to arguably greater levels than we have ever before seen from him.

 

2015 might well have been his peak, and it certainly wouldn’t have taken the 300-plus voters much thought to select the 28-year-old as winner ahead of second-placed Ronaldo and third-placed Neymar.

 

While Messi’s highlight reel sometimes feels endless, you can pinpoint one moment of magic — one in which he demonstrated preternatural thought and physical skill — to perfectly sum up his year.

 

Rewind to May 6 at the Camp Nou. With 10 minutes remaining of Barcelona’s Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern Munich, Messi collected the ball on the edge of the Bayern penalty area.

 

He took four touches to set himself up, one more to sit down Jerome Boateng, leaving the defender clumsily stumbling onto the ground, and then another to do the same to Manuel Neuer by gloriously chipping the goalkeeper.

 

The instant-classic sequence was gloriously immortalized almost immediately on the internet, with GIFs and vines doing the rounds. Corkscrewing Boateng into the turf provided the laugh track, but the way Messi chipped Neuer was truly something special.

 

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It wasn’t just the ease with which Messi executed such a difficult finish. There was also the split-second calculation he had made, as he revealed afterwards in the Camp Nou mixed zone.

 

“I thought [Neuer] would cover my [left] foot,” Messi said with a smile. “So, I went the other way.”

 

In doing so, Messi also ensured events went another way to a fateful moment against the same goalkeeper the previous year. With the score at 0-0 in the 2014 World Cup final, the Argentina captain had been presented with a similar chance, only to end that face-off with Neuer by shooting the ball wide.

 

Ten months later, he instantly recalled how the German moved that day in Rio, and that memory brought a very different outcome.

 

The image of a forlorn Messi looking at Germany’s World Cup captured perhaps the lowest moment of his career, but he responded with what might just have been his best-ever season. Given his prior achievements, which included seven league titles and three Champions Leagues, not to mention four Ballon d’Or trophies, that is really saying something.

 

While Messi capped 2015 with the sport’s highest honour, the year did not start well. In January, he seemed at odds with Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and generally fed up with his lot; a 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad, in which he started on the bench, was seen as a potential tipping point for the club.

 

Luis Enrique kept his job, though, and from that point Messi focused in the most positive way possible, hiding any discontent he may have been feeling. He saw a specialist about his fitness and lost over six kilograms before leading Barcelona to a Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.

 

Messi has long been a single-minded goal machine but, in 2015, he became the complete player. Some of his dribbles and assists were as glorious as many of his goals, and there is now a strong argument that he is the best passer in the world, as well as the best player.

 

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That match against Bayern is again the perfect reference point. Messi followed those two goals with the flourish of a fine through ball from which Neymar effectively sealed the entire tie

 

In the Champions League final against Juventus, with the score 1-1, Messi again displayed one of the qualities that defined him as a youth by embarking on a blistering run that broke open the game and set up the match-winner for Luis Suarez.

 

Messi didn’t score in that Berlin showpiece, but he did get the goal that won La Liga for Barcelona and also netted twice in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. His first, a mazy run that began on the right touchline and saw him dribble past four defenders, earned him a nomination for the Puskas Award.

 

It was yet another illustration of football perfection and 2015 could have been the perfect year, had Ezequiel Lavezzi scored the 90th-minute chance in the Copa America final against Chile that Messi — of course — set up.

 

Argentina’s eventual defeat on penalties was a negative, but it still says much that Messi came so close to what would have been an unprecedented clean sweep of trophies for club and country.

 

Even so, Messi still showed he is so clearly ahead of everyone else in the world — once again.

 

BARCELONA 12/13 MALAGA 12/13 COPA DEL REY

 

 

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