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The 91st Academy awards or the Oscars 2019 was held with much glam on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The ceremony had no host and it is the first since the last three decades in such a scenario. The awards were presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. It was televised in America by the American Broadcasting Company. It was produced by Dona Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss. The Oscars 2019 honoured the best films of 2018.

2019 saw all the films that were nominated for ‘best picture’ winning at least one award. There were a total of eight films which were nominated. ‘Green Book’ won three awards while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won four. ‘Roma’ and ‘Black Panther’ also won three awards.



Green Book bagged the award for the best picture.

Best Picture

The Nominees who battled for the best picture award are:

  1. Green Book
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody
  3. Roma
  4. Black Panther
  5. BlacKkKlansman
  6. The Favourite
  7. A Star is born
  8. Vice

Alfonso Cuaron was endowed with the best director award for ‘Roma’.

Best Director

The other nominees were:

  1. Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
  2. Paweł Pawlikowski for ‘Cold War’
  3. Yorgos Lanthimos for ‘The Favourite’
  4. Adam McKay for ‘Vice’



The best actor award was given to Rami Malik for his character Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

Best Actor

The nominees for the award were:

1. Christian Bale for ‘Vice’
2. Bradley Cooper for ‘A Star Is Born’
3. Willem Dafoe for ‘At Eternity’s Gate’
4. Rami Malik for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
5. Viggo Mortensen for ‘Green Book’.

Olivia Colman received the best actress award for her role in ‘The Favourite’ as Anne, Queen of Great Britain double-dagger.

Best Actress

The nominees were:

1. Yalitza Aparicio for ‘Roma’
2. Glenn Close for ‘The Wife’
3. Lady Gaga for ‘A Star Is Born’
4. Melissa McCarthy for ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
5. Olivia Colman for ‘The Favourite’



The best original screenplay was awarded to ‘Green Book’ written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly.

Best Original Screenplay

The other nominees for this award were:

1. ‘The Favourite’ written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
2. ‘First Reformed’ written by Paul Schrader
3. ‘Roma’ written by Alfonso Cuarón
4. ‘Vice’ written by Adam McKay

The best-adapted screenplay winner was ‘BlacKkKlansman’ written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee based on the book by Ron Stallworth.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The nominees for this award were:

1. ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’
2. ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
3. ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
4. ‘A Star Is Born’
5. ‘BlacKkKlansman’



The Best Animated Feature film award is now owned by ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Best Animated Feature Film

The other nominees for this coveted position were:

1. Incredibles 2 by Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
2. Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
3. Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda and Yūichirō Saitō
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet by Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer

‘Roma’ (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec was awarded the best foreign language film.

best foreign language film.

Take a look at the nominees:

1. Capernaum (Lebanon) in Arabic — Directed by Nadine Labaki
2. Cold War (Poland) in Polish and French – Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
3. Never Look Away (Germany) in German – Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
4. Shoplifters (Japan) in Japanese – Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
5. ‘Roma’ (Mexico) in Spanish and Mixtec – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón



The best documentary award was endowed to ‘Free Solo’.

best documentary award

The nominees for this award were:

1. Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dilldouble-dagger
2. Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
3. Minding the Gap – Bing Liu and Diane Quon
4. Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
5. RBG – Betsy West and Julie Cohen

The best documentary on the short subject award was given to ‘Period. End of Sentence’.

est documentary on the short subject

The nominees for this position were:

1. Period. End of Sentence. – Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
2. Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
3. End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
4. Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
5. A Night at the Garden – Marshall Curry



Mahershala Ali won the award for the best supporting actor for his role, Don Shirley in ‘Green Book’.

best supporting actor

The actors who were nominated for this award are:

1. Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley
2. Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Philip “Flip” Zimmerman
3. Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born as Bobby Maine
4. Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock
5. Sam Rockwell – Vice as George W. Bush

The Best Supporting Actress award went to Regina King for her role, Sharon Rivers in ‘If Beatle Street could talk’.

Best Supporting Actress

The talented nominees for this award were:

1. Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers
2. Amy Adams – Vice as Lynne Cheney
3. Marina de Tavira – Roma as Sofía
4. Emma Stone – The Favourite as Abigail Masham
5. Rachel Weisz – The Favourite as Sarah Churchi



The sound and music awards also saw a lot of cheers and happy tears. The best original score award was won by Ludwig Göransson for ‘Black Panther’.

best original score

The much-appreciated nominees for this award were:

1. Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson
2. BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
3. If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
4. Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
5. Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star is born’, a creation of Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andre Wyatt won the best original song award. Equally appreciated by the public.

best original song

The other nominees are:

1. “All the Stars” from Black Panther – Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solána Rowe
2. “I’ll Fight” from RBG – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
3. “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns – Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
4. “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Music and Lyrics by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch



Best sound editing and best sound mixing awards were bagged by the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ crew.

best sound mixing awards

The nominees for this award included for sound editing:

1. Black Panther – Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
2. First Man – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
3. A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
4. Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay
5. Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone

For sound mixing,

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
2. Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter J. Devlin
3. First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
4. Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio Garcia
5. A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean A. Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve A. Morrow

Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart won the best production design award for production design and set decoration (respectively) of ‘Black Panther’.

best production design

Here is the list of nominees for this award:

1. Black Panther – Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
2. The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
3. First Man – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
4. Mary Poppins Returns – Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
5. Roma – Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez



‘Roma’ bagged the best cinematography award.

best cinematography award.

The list of nominees is as follows:

1. Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
2. Cold War – Łukasz Żal
3. The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
4. Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
5. A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney won the best makeup and hairstyling award for ‘Vice’.

best makeup and hairstyling award

Take a look at the shortest list of nominees:

1. Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
2. Border – Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
3. Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks



Ruth E.Carter won the best costume design award for ‘Black Panther’.

best costume design

The nominees are:

1. Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
2. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
3. The Favourite – Sandy Powell
4. Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
5. Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

The best film editing award went to John Ottoman for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

best film editing award

The list of nominees is as follows:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
2. BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
3. The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
4. Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito
5. Vice – Hank Corwin



Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J. D. Schwalm were endowed with best visual effects award for ‘First Man’.

best visual effects award

The nominees for this award were:

1. First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J. D. Schwalm
2. Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
3. Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
4. Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Apart from these, the Academy had held its 10th annual Governors awards on November 18, 2018 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center. The Academy Scientific and Technical Awards were presented by host actor David Oyelowo on February 9, 2019, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Super Bowl saw the release of a teaser trailer for Avengers: End game. This is actually a repetition of history in terms of marketing strategy. Even before the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the second look of the movie was released during the Super Bowl. Avengers: End game is a direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and is probably the biggest Marvel film ever till date.

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The teaser trailer which is of thirty seconds has managed to generate quite a few conspiracy theories. The Marvel universe has millions of fans worldwide and nothing escapes their keen eyes. The fans have noticed that some shots into the video have been edited to remove characters out of the scene.

At the same time, there are also fans who believe that there has been no such editing. They claim to believe that the scenes are as it is gonna be in the movie. But, this opinion is in contrast with the usual practice of Marvel Studios. They are known to have edited key characters shots out of their trailers before.

Examples of this are all over the Internet as fans have actually started digging up evidence to prove their point. One example can be seen in Thor: Ragnarok. In the movie trailer, Thor can be seen unleashing his full powers on the forces of Hela. In this scene, both his eyes are ablaze.

But, later in the film, we get to know that Hela cuts out one of Thor’s eyes. This proves that the trailer hid one of the important details. In addition to that, it is an aspect which aligned Thor with his father, Odin.

Thor Ragnarok (Trailer Vs Movie)



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Similarly, in Captain America: Civil war, the earlier teasers showed battles between Captain America’s faction and Iron man ‘s faction. All of these were specially crafted in a way that it hid the major surprise of the film.

Spider-Man debuted in the Marvel Universe through Captain America: Civil war and not even a glimpse of him was shown in the teasers. They also edited the scenes in such a way that the war machine was closer to Black widow so that spiderman remains concealed.

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Another movie infamous for the same reason is none other than Avengers: Infinity War. The main edit the teaser trailers were known for was the scenes were the Thanos’s collection of infinity stones were concealed. There was also this one scene where an entire army was shown in the trailer fighting for Wakanda. But that shot didn’t even exist in the movie.

Infinity war in movie vs trailer
Avengers: Infinity War (Trailer Vs Movie)



I, therefore, think that it is safe to say that we might be very surprised when we actually get to watch Avengers: End game.

The film is all set to release on April 26, 2019.

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Marvel is one of the major brands when it comes to comics, let alone the movies. With millions of fans around the world, Marvel has become a significant phenomenon in the past few years. We all have seen MCU movies with great joy, but not all fans have read the comics. Though the movies cannot be called an exact copy of the comics, it is an undeniable fact that the comics are the base for the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In this article, we are going to talk about some of the Marvel’s most powerful families in the comics:

The Hulks

the hulks

They are known as Marvel’s powerful family. Though the movie fanatics have only seen Bruce Banner as the Hulk, he originally transferred his powers to his cousin, Jennifer Walters. She became the she-hulk. Betty Ross, his ex-wife, and her father, General Thunderbolt Ross is the Red Hulk and Red She-Hulk. Hulk has two children with an alien Caeira. They are Hiro-Kala and Skaar. He also has a genetically engineered daughter, Lyra.

Thanos’s Incredible Family

 

The Black Order
The Black Order
Gamora and Nebula
Gamora and Nebula

While the Hulks are the strongest, Thanos’s family can be called cosmically powerful. With his Nebula and Gamora being two of the most feared warriors in the Marvel Universe, that alone is enough to boost the whole family’s power. Thanos’s son, Thane hosted the Phoenix Force. He has also fought his father, who we know is too powerful for all of the Avengers combined. Thanos has a brother Starfox and a cousin, Sersi. They usually try to do good in the Universe. Thanos is also related to the Eternals.



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The Xaviers

The Xaviers
The Xaviers Family Tree

They are mutants and very powerful. They are known to be the ones who should not be messed with. Charles Xavier, the founder of X-men is called as one of the Marvel’s most powerful telepaths. Charles has a half-brother, Cain Marko, better known as the Juggernaut. He also has a psychic twin, Cassandra who is very powerful but evil. David Haller or Legion is Charles’s son. He is mighty and has unlimited powers which he can access one at a time using his alternating personas.

Cyclops and Jean Grey

Cyclops

Scott Summers and Jean Grey can be seen as one of the most powerful couples in the Marvel Universe. Scott and a clone of Jean has a time-traveling son, Cable. They were also blessed with a daughter, Rachel Summers and a genetically engineered son, Nate Grey. Other than their nuclear family, Scott has two siblings, Havoc and Vulcan, both of them possessing high degree powers. The family’s psionic powers raise them to the level of one of the most powerful families existing in the Marvel universe.



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The Fantastic Four

Reed Richards

Reed Richards, the guy who can alter his physicality, married Sue Storm, the girl who has the power of invisibility. Their children are unmistakably super powerful. Valeria, their daughter, has an intellect that surpasses even Reed’s. Their son, Franklin possesses powers which are limited only to his imagination. Apart from this, Sue’s brother is Johnny Storm who is the Human Torch.

 

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The latest buzz in the tech world is that the Google I/O Developers’ Conference dates are out. Google revealed that they will be hosting the event from May 7 to 9 this year. For those who are not aware why there is major hype on this event, the I/O showcases technical in-depth sessions that basically analyse web, mobile and enterprise applications. The best part is it is not just about google but it includes open sources like Android, Chrome, and Appstore etc. The last I/O was held on 8 May 2018 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Till 2015, the venue was the much popular Moscone Centre. Google hosted a total of 7 I/Os at the Moscone Centre. This year’s I/O will again be conducted in Shoreline Amphitheatre.

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Sundar Pichai
Last year, we saw Sundar Pichai delivering a much-appreciated keynote and hence has the tech enthusiasts hoping for the same this year. The keynote is usually followed by announcements involving various products and services provided by Google. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are topics that are expected to be announced. The predictions are that the Google Assistant, Google Lens and other major Google products might be all set with new and better features.



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But what really has the fans in frenzy is the fact that Android is expected to reveal more about its latest version, Android Q. While we already saw glimpses of certain new features in a video that went viral on the Internet, we will be able to understand and analyze the features that are going to be introduced in a better way.
Some of the features that were noted after the video was that the icons on the always-on display are moved and notification can only be cleared with a right swipe.

I/O 2018

In addition to this, the settings icons have also been slightly changed. The permission settings have been revamped as well. A notable characteristic of this feature is that it has the ability to limit an app’s access to a specific setting while the app is still in use. We also saw an updated dark mode. There is talk that Google will bring system-wide dark mode for Android.
For more details on Android Q, check out this link;

Mathematics is not just based on the swirls of numbers and variables that are operated upon. It also consists of a lot of theories and axioms through which various formulas are developed. There existed a lot of mathematicians and scientists involved in developing what we are studying at present.

George Cantor, a German mathematician who founded the set theory, demonstrated that infinite sets need not be created equal. He also states that the set of integer numbers are smaller than the set of real numbers. It is also known as a continuum. So the continuum hypothesis avows that “no set of distinct objects has a size larger than that of integers but smaller than that of real numbers.” But this cannot be proved or refuted using the basics of mathematics.



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Paul Cohen, another mathematician, showed that the continuum hypothesis could not be proved right or wrong. Even the standard axioms of mathematics and of the set theory proved to be of no help regarding this matter.

A lot of favourite papers by mathematicians and professors discuss the matter in depth. Most of them are trying to analyse why it is so. One particular paper by Ben David and his colleagues demonstrate how machine learning shares the same fate. Here the matter that cannot be proved or refuted. This is because the proof itself is based on Continuum theory.

An ideal machine learning model makes predictions from a database of random examples. So basically what it is implied to work upon is the best possible prediction in a family of functions, let’s say neural networks. The work of a machine-learning theorist is to “transform questions about the learnability of a particular function family into problems that involve analysing various notions of dimension that measure some aspect of the family’s complexity.”



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In simpler words, a machine learning model creates predictions and the theorist uses them to form problems regarding the structure of the family. These problems are based on some questions about the family.

Some researchers developed a learning model call EMX or ‘estimating the maximum’. They also discovered a family of functions whose learn-ability can’t be proved using EMX. The paper Ben David and his colleagues published discusses this matter in detail as well. A typical example of an EMX problem is targeting advertisements at the most frequent visitors to a website even though it is not known in advance which consumers will visit the site.

estimating values
Estimating Values

It can be concluded based on the paper by Ben-David and his colleagues that “the ability to carry out a weak form of monotone compression is related to the size of certain infinite sets”. The most common or the set in demand is the unit interval. It consists of the set of real numbers between 0 and 1. The EMX model is still in a neonatal stage, so it’s implications are yet to be discovered.

But what we know is that machine learning is a massive part of mathematics. Therefore it is imperious to tell if the problems concerning mathematics are a part of the world of machine learning as well.

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Google has come under scrutiny of the public after an Alphabet shareholder filed a lawsuit against the Google board. They were accused of protecting Andy Rubin, the father of Android and other executives by hushing up sexual allegations that were held against them. Google had also paid a $90 million exit package to Rubin.

Andy Rubin
Andy Rubin, Father of Android

Andy Rubin was part of Google till 2014 when he resigned and went on to travel along his new venture. Though Google claimed that they had asked Rubin to resign as a result of the allegations, Google ‘s relations with him and his company has made the public hold a dislike against Google’ s actions.



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The lawsuit which was filed in a California state Court brought attention to the whole situation which happened way back. It stated that Rubin was allowed to quietly resign even after the internal investigation proved that the allegations made against Rubin was credible enough.

California state court

 

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and CEO Sundar Pichai along with twelve former directors of Alphabet are named in the lawsuit. Another allegation against Rubin was for human sex trafficking and sources claim that he had spent a huge expanse of his money to in his own words ‘own’ women.

larry, sergey and sundar

 

Rubin himself reacted to the lawsuit and said they were part of a smear campaign which was designed to damage his identity. He also claimed that it had something to do with his divorce battle against his ex-wife Rie Rubin.



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While Google did not react directly to the allegations, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote memos to various newspaper agencies stating that Google had fired several employees due to various allegations against them and never did they give them an exit fee. He also said the policies and regulations of Google will be revised as such a giant company needs to have an improvement during it’s growth.

You can read the full memo given below:-

the memo

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The lawsuit also stated that this action by Google was disgusting, illegal and degrading to women. This in fact is opposite of what Google swore to be. But the fact that this lawsuit has led to the revision of Google’s policies is a welcoming change. The complaint is basically a derivative case filed on behalf of the company against its board of directors, which means any damages recovered by the plaintiff would go back to Google.

The whole case raises questions regarding morals in a work environment. If a company as huge and popular as Google does not practice proper work ethics, one can only imagine the level of injustice and malpractices that occur in other smaller and local companies. More than the alarm which resounded in people’s mind after this incident, the government or the society needs to think about how to implement laws that help in avoiding such situations across the world.

What do you think about this?? Let us know in the comments section.

I recently watched You, an American thriller series available on Netflix. To sum it up in a word, it was eerily-awesome. I would also add that it has the potential to drive you crazy. Crazier, if you cannot binge-watch it.

you-cast



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Starring Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail and Shay Mitchell, the amazing acting showcased by the cast was alone a feast.

Penn Badgley
Penn Badgley

 

Elizabeth Lail
Elizabeth Lail

 

Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell

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But the icing on the cake was, of course, the storyline which was very intelligently crafted based on the book which goes by the same name written by Caroline Kepnes.

You Series

 

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Added to this, other people who deserves the praise for You are Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble who developed the series.

Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble
Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble

While the series was aired originally on Lifetime and the first episode was released on September 9, 2018, it recently rose to fame after Netflix internationally released it on December 26, 2018. Penn Badgley can be seen in the shoes of Joe Goldberg, a very charming book store manager who at a glance fits into the book of Nice Guys. After having Bad Boys as heroes of movies and series since ages, this first of all will seem like a refreshing change.

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As the series progresses from one episode to another, you will be able to discover Joe’s sinister stalking skills. Joe falls in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck (played by Elizabeth Lail) who is a ‘broke poet’ and a college student. This love turns into obsession and these emotions merge into one.

you joe

You explores the saying ‘love conquers all’ in a rather disturbing way. It also focuses on the social media terrors and how easy it is to invade into someone’s private space.

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While the first season is creating fans across the world, the second season is being cooked and is based on the book Hidden Bodies by Kepnes herself. Badgley has been recorded saying that he is trying to stop all this love Joe is getting because he hates the eerie character. He also said that he had trouble in the beginning, as being Joe is no easy task.

you hidden bodies

The series scored an 8/10 0n IMDb and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. According to the Google reviews, 94% liked the series. You also has Luca Padovan and Daniel Cosgrove as part of the cast. It has ten episodes and each one promises to make your spine shiver with an unnatural equity. I, for a fact, believe that season 2 of the series will be promising the same.

What do you think of the Netflix’s Series??

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As university students, all of us (or most of us) face a common problem; being broke. Our pocket money just magically vanishes in a duration of two weeks or even less, every month. Some of us resort to begging with our parents for more money while some of our tries to cut down all the expenses. Both of these ways might not go well and is not something we should be proud of. But there is an actual way to survive and this is by earning some extra money for those extra expenses. Most of us spend an immense amount of time on the internet, and for no particular reason. We scroll through all of our social media accounts looking at the same memes and same people trying to kill time. But the good news is there are ways to use that time and mobile data to earn something and be proud of yourself and that too kind of easily enough. This article focuses mainly on how easily computer science students can do this, but there are pointers for others as well.

One of the easiest ways to make some money without any effort is by doing surveys. There are numbers of sites and apps which pay you if you spend like twenty minutes daily doing surveys. Some of these are a scam but some of them can actually benefit your pocket. A few of the famous apps are Toluna, Rakuten and Panel place. Another method is to put a rate on your skills. If you are good at writing, join a content-oriented website as a freelancer. There are actually websites and apps which help you with this as well. For example, freelancer.com. You can also create a blog and try to earn that way. Tutoring children are another option which college students can try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Computer science students can find methods that can elevate his/her income easily since this is a technology-oriented world. One of the options you get to try is to make websites for others. The benefit of this is that apart from the income, you are building up your resume. You can try using WordPress or Joomla as they are very easy to set up. Another similar option is developing mobile apps. You can develop games or task apps and sell it on google play store. You can also become a freelance software developer though this requires a lot of effort.




An easier option to earn money is to try repairing computers. Start with your friends’ and family’s computers and then you can even try doing it as a part-time job. This will enhance your troubleshooting skills and you will gain a lot of reputation. Working part-time in call centers in a technical support role is also an easy option which actually pays pretty well. Another method that can also help you build your resume is to try interning in a software company. This will also give you a field view of things.


There are also websites available which pay you for answering questions. Set up an account in websites like ealp.com. Participating in programming contests also boosts your knowledge in the area apart from helping you with your income. You can also indulge in writing tech-related articles, again on websites like Freelancer. Yet another area you can try working is ethical hacking. This link will inform you more about ethical hacking and how to become one: http://nuttkracker.com/how-to-become-an-ethical-hacker/. The problem here is you should have the brains and ability to multi-task and manage your academic side along with whatever extra activity you are indulging in.

Life is not easy, and that’s a hard truth. It is also a fact that all of us have searched for hacks that might make it easier. But most of us focus on just the bigger picture when we do this. It is the most basic and simple things that provide us with happiness or makes our lives irksome. Therefore, if we concentrate on solving the tiny problems in our lives which irritate us the most, we will end up having a less troublesome life. So read on to find solutions to fifteen issues all of us face, and these hacks might put more smiles on your face eventually.

• Waterproof shoes:

Wet shoes are something that is universally hated. It can make you feel so irritated with yourselves. The key to making your boots waterproof is to coat it with beeswax and blow dry it till it fades away.

• Find small lost items:

This hack is especially handy if you are a clumsy person. Even if you are not, we all tend to lose little stuff like stoppers, earrings, needles etc. They can be easily retrieved using a vacuum cleaner. Just cover the end of the vacuum cleaner with a pantyhose or stockings.

• Fresh breath:

Having fresh breath is vital. It plays a crucial role in improving your day. And there is credible evidence that apples not only keep the doctors away but also gives you a refreshing breath.


• Open a tight lid:

Having a tight cap exactly when you want something can be very irritating. Opening lids with duct tapes is a suitable method but in situations where duct tape is not available, hot water can be your friend.


• Amplify your phone speakers:

Most of us love loud music, and in case you can’t hear your music over the work you’re doing, just put your phone into a tumbler or bowl.


• Open a sim card tray:

It is difficult to carry the ejector tool around, but you don’t need one if you have a paper clip with you. Just bend it and use it as an ejector tool.


• Prevent buttons from falling off:

Paint a bit of clear nail polish over the thread of the buttons.


• Body odour:

If you are a person who tends to get late and forget to put on deodorant, rub lemon on your skin.


• Stay hydrated:

All of us know the importance of staying hydrated but let’s admit that it is tough to do so. A great way to keep track of your daily water intake is to create a time – marked water bottle. It also serves as a reminder to drink water.

• Smelly shoes:

Another common problem all of us face which can easily solve with the help of some tea bags.


Dry your clothes faster:

This hack is useful for people living in hostels and those who don’t have dryers available. Just wring the cloth after putting it inside a dry towel.

• Grow roses:

If you are someone who loves flowers and wants to grow roses, there is a hack to build them from stem cuttings; push the bottom ends of the cuttings inside potatoes. They will absorb moisture and nutrients from vegetables and grow well.
• Start a fire: This is especially useful if you go out on camping trips often. Chips are a perfect fore starting material due to the oil content in them.


• Make ice last:

Handy for beach trips, this hack helps frost last for a further duration in your cooler. All you need to do is sprinkle some salt the ice.


Hope you found these hacks useful.

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The vast field of software development has some processes to create and maintain software. They include specifying, designing, programming, documenting, testing and bug fixing. When someone is at the threshold of this world of languages that look like hieroglyphics to ordinary people, naturally you can be confused. It is also difficult to choose which programming language to start. This article will help you glance through the top seven programming languages.

A programming language is defined as a formal language which comprises a set of instructions. It is known that these instructions are used to produce various kinds of output. Programs that implement specific algorithms are created using programming languages. These are high-level languages. This means that they are nearly human languages which are complex than machine language (understandable computer language). Between high-level language and machine language, exists assembly language. It is also known as symbolic language code, and it is computer architecture specific.

When you select a programming language to learn, you have to watch the tech trend. The best options to start with are detailed below:

1. JavaScript:

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This is one primary language all software developers should know. According to experienced people, software development cannot be imagined without JavaScript. It is the most popular language among developers successively for six years. JavaScript is known for being lightly weighted and interpreted. It plays a significant role in front-end development. It is also compatible with most of the browsers.

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2. Python:

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Python is known for being user-friendly. Python syntax is clear, intuitive and almost similar to the English language. It’s ‘object-based subset’ is also identical to JavaScript. It also has a variety of applications that make it both versatile and powerful.

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3. Java:

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This undoubtedly has been the ruling programming language for the last 20 years. It is 90% object-oriented. It is also simpler than C++ since it uses automatic memory allocation and garbage collection. In addition to this, it is highly cross-platform compatible or platform independent. Java forms the base for the Android operating system.

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4. C/CPP

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It was introduced in the 1970s and has made a strong influence in the world of programming. C has been the parent language of many others. Some of them are either derived from C or inspired by its syntax, constructs, and paradigms. This includes Java, Objective-C, and C#.

5. PHP

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It was created for just one purpose, and it was to maintain Personal Home Page for Rasmus. PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. It is a scripting language which runs on a server. PHP is used to create Web pages using HTML. Even though it downgrades the website performance and affects the loading time, it is pretty popular. This is because it is easy to set up, free and relatively more comfortable to use.

6. Swift

It is a general-purpose, open-source, compiled programming language developed by Apple Inc. Python has an excellent influence on Swift. It is user-friendly, faster and very secure. One con is it is not very stable.

7. C# (C-sharp):

Developed by Microsoft as a rival to Java, but a compelling and object-oriented programming language. Spotting errors in C# are relatively more comfortable. It is considered perfect to create Web applications and desktop applications. It is also kind enough to use VR, 2D,3D and gaming.

While these are the best options to be considered, it depends on how you want to grow as a software developer. You have to choose one of these depending on that factor. Until then have a good day!

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Android Q, version 10 is yet to be released, but a leaked video has already thrown some light to certain features that will be present on the upcoming version. Google had announced Android Pie to be released on August 6, but only a handful of devices has received the operating system. There are still devices waiting for an Oreo installation. Another point to note here is that last time Google announced an Android version before August 6 was way back in 2012 when it introduced jelly bean. Sources assume that we cannot expect this in the case of Android Q. Keeping this information in mind, we can accept Android Q developer preview 1 (Android Q DP1) to be released sometime Mid-March while the first public beta build is anticipated to be released in May 2019.

Dark Mode

The leaked video of the Android Q builds promises features like system-wide dark mode, more privacy controls especially when it comes to app permissions, a ton of new developer options and accessibility tools among others. A few screenshots that were reported earlier also flaunted these features, and now the video leak has done it in detail. The Android Q builds detailing is done by XDA developers.

Android Q
The newer things shown in the video include the feature where the users have to slide right to dismiss notifications while sliding them towards left would open icons for snooze and notifications buttons.

Notification

Another new feature is that apps are now changed in the permissions section. There used to be a checkmark toggle which depicts an app’s permission status, but it has been removed with a redesigned view for each app replacing it. This feature mentions why the particular app requires the permissions and will help the users to decide if the access should be granted or denied and also viewing the app permissions is so much easier this way.

Permissions

Another prominent feature portrayed in the build is the system-wide dark mode. It showcases the UI elements in a much more graceful window and also imparts the Dark-Mode to the launcher, settings and third party notifications as well. There is also a developer tool called ‘Override Force Dark,’ and this helps in applying a dark theme to apps which lack native dark mode support. An addition to the update in apps’ permission status, in Android Q, the users can identify when the app is using location status. A separate location icon can be spotted in the status bar while this happens.



There is also a mention of a tool called the ‘Force Desktop Mode.’ This tool is assumed to be similar to DeX by Samsung. Apart from this, some new developer tools such as a flag for enabling a native screen recorder and a feature for choosing graphics driver listed as ‘Game Update Package Preferences’ are present. In Android Q. The Wi-Fi symbol is now redesigned, and also another feature called ‘Role’ which opens up a list of controls for SMS, browser, and the gallery was shown in the video.

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There are also a lot of accessibility features like ‘Time to read’ and ‘Time to take action’ which decide the duration of message visibility and a redesigned appearance of app installation pop-up dialogues along with a new file sorting standard shown in the video. Although the point that should be noted here is we do not know how many of these changes will pass the experimental phase.

Sony pictures entertainment released the official teaser trailer of Spider-man: Far From Home on their YouTube channel on 15 January and it is an absolute beast. The Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Tom Holland in the role of Peter Parker, finally shows the friendly neighbourhood superhero swinging the way we missed in Homecoming.

While the teaser trailer is currently trending on YouTube and has garnered more than 26 million views and 996 k likes, it has also left the fans speculating about various scenes the trailer showed a glimpse of. There are over 97k comments on YouTube alone, all asking questions and wondering about various aspects of the movie. It has sparked many discussions on all social media platforms and even talks shows.

The Timeline

While we had watched Peter Parker turning into ashes in Avengers: Infinity War with moisture filling up our eyes, some fans believe that since Spider-man is back, all is well or at least it will be in the upcoming movie Avengers: End Game.

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But the question that prevails here is do we really know when this is happening. As told in some of the comments, this might be happening in the time period between Spider-man: Far From Home and Avengers: Infinity War. But retaliation has been seen against this statement with claims that Marvel themselves have said that this happens after Avengers: End Game.

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Years in the Passport! 

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Marvel has managed to remain silent on this one. This is clear by the fact that the passport shown in the trailer doesn’t give us any details of the year. Yes, the years are missing in the passport which means Marvel has again managed to walk away from spoilers.

Avengers tower!! 

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Another aspect the trailer showed was the Avengers tower being renovated. Tony Star had sold the tower in Spider-man: Homecoming. Though who it was sold to is a mystery, some theories state that the new owner is Norman Osborn who will redesign it as Oscorp while some have theories that it might become the Baxter building. Those who don’t know the Baxter building, it is the place where the Fantastic Four lives 🙂

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Uncle Ben reference 

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While there has been no mention of Uncle Ben in the first edition of the series, we get to see a suitcase engraved with the letters BFP which we can assume are Benjamin Parker’s initials as Benjamin Franklin Parker.

Nick Fury is back

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The trailer shows us that Peter was all set to leave his suit behind to join his friends Ned, MJ and the rest of his gang for a European vacation when Nick Fury ruins his plan with a mission for him to stop the elementals.



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The elementals or… 

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We can see him begrudgingly agreeing to help uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. So we can derive from this that the elementals will appear in this chapter. What we do not know is if they are just monstrous versions of Hydro-man, Sandman and Molten man or if they are MCU’s version of the elementals which include Hellfire, Hydron, Magnum and Zephyr. There is also a possibility that they could be a combination of both.

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Finally The Mysterio 😍

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One of the most important aspects we saw in the trailer is the appearance of Mysterio which is played by Jake Gyllanhal. The best thing is watching him in his classic fish bowl. While Mysterio, who has powers of illusion is actually one of the major adversaries of Spider-man in the comics. We can see him helping out Spider-man in the trailer. This could mean that Mysterio might have his own inner plan or maybe he will have a character change through some plot point.

 

The Romance… 

We also see Aunt May and Tony Stark’s right hand guy, Happy Hogan bonding with each other, and a probable romance between them.

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Peter and Michelle are also shown hanging with each other while Peter admitting to like her.

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Tony’s Future

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Hogan’s statement “you are all alone” has certainly caught the attention of the fans. Tony Stark has always been looking out for Spider-man, so the question does this mean something happened to Mr. stark continues to linger as a fear especially since we already saw him in not-a-good-condition in the trailer of Avengers: End Game.

 

The movie will be releasing on July 5, this year in 3D and IMAX.

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The Internet of Things or the IoT is a system of intelligently connected devices and systems. These are provided with unique identifiers (UUIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. In simpler words, it can be considered as the technology in which everyday physical objects are connected to the internet, and these materials can recognise other objects and interact with them for various requirements and tasks. So basically, there is no need for human interaction in this network. This is the significance of IoT. But apart from that, talking of an object which can represent itself in a digital environment, this whole sense of its own identity makes it something more significant than the object itself.


When we use the term ‘connected’, the mental image we get s that of smartphones and computers. But in the world of IoT, anything can be connected, and all of them communicate intelligently making life a cakewalk even if you are the laziest person out there. It depends on a whole host of technologies starting from APIs (application programming interface) to RFID (radio-frequency identification) for connecting the devices and for communication to happen between them.




The IoT has a quite impressive amount of benefits. It helps companies in creating new services based on real-time sensor data and information. It can be used to automate business and manufacturing processes as it can remotely monitor and control operations, optimise supply chains, and conserve resources, thus increasing the operational efficiency of organisations and companies. The workforce of various platforms can automate routine tasks. This might help in boosting workforce efficiency and productivity. The IoT can also enhance the customer experience by integrating customer care with actual product performance. It can also be used to create highly personalised products.


With some basic understanding of IoT all cities can become ‘smarter’ and ‘smart cities’ are supposedly the future of our world. A ‘smart city’ is defined as an urban area where the Internet of Things is used to collect and provide information and effectively manage the assets and resources all around the city. Though we are not much aware of the IoT, we are part of a generation which makes use of the IoT in their everyday life. From smart speakers, smart toys, smart TVs, wearables and commercial security systems, the IoT surrounds us and not so subtly, but its everyday use and easy accessibility have made us unaware of the whole system running around us and yes, even when we are using it. It is also used for tracking delivery vans, collecting flight data, waste management, claiming insurance, etc. Therefore, it can be concluded that the whole large system called the IoT has been working in accomplishing the everyday activities of our lives and we will be becoming much more dependent on the IoT than we already are.

Black Mirror  is a British anthology series which was recently released as a movie adaptation on Netflix, called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The movie received much hype for it’s intertwining chords of horror and science fiction and has been trending on the official site. 

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But the publishers of the book series Choose your own adventure publisher Bantam Books has sued Netflix citing the similarities between the movie and the series. They claimed that Netflix is using the association with the much popular book series to increase the viewership of the Black Mirror series.

Bantam Books
Bantam Books has sued Netflix

In Bandersnatch, viewers get to make various decisions which affect the story-line. This, in turn, affects the outcome of what they encounter. The Choose your own adventure book series which falls under the gamebook genre is published by Bantam books and has similar thread in them. Here, the story narrated from a second person point of view and has the reader as the protagonist who makes choices to determine the final outcome.

This has made Chooseco file a lawsuit against Netflix in a Vermont court. Moreover, Chooseco is upset by the fact that Bandersnatch is so dark that there is a possibility that it might tarnish the reputation Choose your own adventure series has.

It also has issues with the lead character of ‘Bandersnatch’ describing a fictitious novel as part of the Choose your own adventure series. This low-key implies that it is an official part of the series.

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Bandersnatch can be classified as a dark film with references to depictions of demonic presence, violent fighting, drug use, murder, decapitation, mutilation of corpses and other rather upsetting imagery. Chooseco believes any kind of association with such grim and depressing content can affect their trademark in an obvious negative manner.

The complaint has also claimed that Netflix had tried to license the Choose your own adventure brand back in 2016. According to various reports, both the companies had gone through extensive negotiations but Netflix failed to procure the license.


Chooseco also stated that it had issues with Netflix even before regarding some other show and had sent Netflix notices about it. Though Netflix has not yet made much of a comment regarding the allegations and the lawsuit, this has led to people questioning the originality of the content in a subtle manner.

Another Lawsuit!!

Moreover, in addition to the ‘Bandersnatch’ case, Netflix has just recently settled a rather similar lawsuit. The Satanic temple ( a non-theistic religious and political activist group based in Salem) had filed a lawsuit against Netflix. They accused them of copying various elements of its Baphomet design in the popular series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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Netflix is one of the most popular websites in the media and entertainment industry. Though this might not affect its viewership, it has created a black mark in the credibility of the website. It can be said that the PR team of the popular streaming service had to be on their toes recently with back-to-back lawsuits against the website.

A dictionary defines hacking as the gaining of unauthorized access to data in a system or computer. Hackers are of three times; black hat hacker, white hat hacker and grey hackers. Black hat hackers are those who use their hacking abilities for personal gain or other malicious reasons. Grey hat hackers fall in a category where they might violate laws or ethics but don’t have the malicious intent that a black hat hacker has: most local pirates and those who do freelance hacking fall under this category. White hat hackers are the heroes of this article. They are the ethical hackers who specialise in areas like penetration testing and in other testing methods to ensure the security of an organisation or entity. Though more terms like red hat hackers and green hat hackers are using now, these are the traditional main three categories.




Ethical hacking described as one of the god’s careers one can pursue if you are interested in problem-solving, communication and IT security. While this does not involve any of the underground hacking we usually watch in movies, ethical hacking is perfectly legal, and even the government has ethical hackers working under various institutions. The ultimate goal of ethical hackers is generally to prevent data theft and fraud. As a career choice, ethical hacking is something that has a lot of scope regarding growth and stability. The IT industry has grown more than 5.9 per cent since 2009, and it estimated that there would be an approximate of 40 per cent growth in using the IT services for security purposes.
The road to becoming an ethical hacker starts at the threshold of the IT field. Sharpening your IT skills and start working in the IT sector is extremely important before you become a hacker. Getting some additional security certification and experience is a big bonus. If you are working in the IT sector, try being in roles related to networks like a network engineer or an admin role. If you have all these qualifications, it is easy enough to find an information security position. Concentrating on penetration testing and experiencing the tools of the trade can be considered as an added advantage. Next step is attaining the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification offered by the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants. Other than knowing about networks in detail, learning about Linux commands and programming languages like C and JAVA goes a long way in becoming an ethical hacker.


While the qualification discussed in the above paragraph cover the essentials, ethical hackers also need some soft skills. Work ethics are essential in this field along with a talent for manipulation and lot of dedication.it should also be noted that engaging in illegal activities and involving in black hat hacking can kill your career in ethical hacking.

One cannot argue about the revolution e-commerce has had in India. The Indian population accepted the idea of e-commerce and e-shopping and adapted to it very quickly and progressively. This, as we know resulted in the development of shopping giants like Amazon and Flipkart. What attracted the Indian population was the comfort of home and variety available in a busy market which Indians love exploring. Realising the potential of the growth of e-commerce in India, multinational giants like Walmart placed bets worth millions. This would have been an excellent move, and the plan was working impressively. But, the recent announcement regarding changes in the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the e-commerce sector triggered a sense of panic in the offices of these big guns.

The new law has two clauses: First, no vendor can have equity participation by the marketplace or its group companies. Second, the inventory of a vendor will be deemed to be controlled by the market if more than 25% of the vendor’s purchases are from the marketplace entity, including its wholesale unit. In simpler words, a body working on the e-commerce platform has a limit on how much it can sell on a particular portal. The policy also prohibits e-commerce platforms from giving any preferential treatment to any supplier.

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While the new rule acts as a saviour to the smaller companies, the bigger rigs will be running on a rougher road once the law gets enforced.
This is a significant problem especially for Amazon and Flipkart as it directly hits their business model. A senior official said that it is a substantial drawback for both these companies and the Amazon entity, Cloudtail might not be available as an option anymore. And also, even though Walmart owns Flipkart, they might not be able to make a sale.


The new policies are supposed to come into effect on February 1st of this year, but the companies have approached the court for a further date as the new model needs to be studied and the websites planned accordingly. The government is also working on a separate e-commerce policy, and discussions are still being conducted as of now. This new framework will also help the traders who have always complained that the business is not happening on the level ground during recent times as the e-commerce shopping vendors are distorting the market.

They claim that they are hence violating the policy which disallows business to consumer foreign direct investment.
Both Amazon and Flipkart has said that they will abide by the laws. New strategies formulated and both wishes to present their case separately to the court. Small platforms like Snapdeal and Shopclues have welcomed the proposal as they believe this will provide equity and a level playing field. The US-India strategic partnership forum(USISPF) seems very disappointed with the new policies made and said that this would affect the growth of e-commerce in India and hence harm the consumers by creating unpredictability. It also feels the government is overly micromanaging the businesses and since the policies made without any consultation or suggestions from any e-commerce entity, they think that it is unfair. As of now, no amendments have been made to the new framework, but it’s yet to be seen how this will affect the state of e-commerce in India.

GOT is back for the final time!

‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 trailer release has shaken the Internet. The much-awaited trailer release has garnered a lot of response from its millions of fans. The trailer published on 13 January is currently trending on YouTube with more than 13 million views 388 k likes. It also grabbed the attention of all social media platforms conquering Twitter, Instagram and Facebook alike. Response videos to the trailer are also high on the number. The hit TV series has the ability to make everyone stop exciting about anything else but the new and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’.

Jon Snow
HBO apart from releasing the short trailer of season 8 also revealed the premiering date, which is the 14th of April. ‘Game of Thrones’ which is an adaptation of George R. R. Martins ‘A song of ice and fire’ premiered on HBO for the first time on April 17, 2011.

 


It quickly rose to fame and is one of the most popular TV series of the decade. It falls under the genre of fantasy drama and has been the favourite of adults and teenagers alike. While the season 8 trailer has made the fans even more excited about its premiere, many claims that nothing is evident from the trailer, as like the trailers of previous seasons, it can be very misleading.

Jon Snow
More insight into season 8 was provided by Entertainment Weekly, as they visited the set and gave details about the first footage. According to the comments and information obtained, the first episode opens up with a tense meeting Sansa Stark who is currently in-charge of Winterfell and Jon and Daenerys who are returning from their disastrous trip to the Wall. Sansa is asked to swear allegiance to Deny, and this has created the chills on everyone as the tension is very high. Nothing other than this known about the upcoming season. As already mentioned season 8 will be the final season of the whole series which has set the expectation level bar very high. Also, this is sad news for all the fans who religiously watched and re-watched and provided their views and comments regarding every single episode. As of now, all we can do is wait for April 14. It does seem like a pretty long wait if you are a true fan, but that is when the season will go air on HBO and

simultaneously on HBO GO and HBO NOW.

Watch the official trailer of Here.

Space X is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company. They are headquartered in Hawthorne, and Elon Musk is the CEO of the company. Recent developments in the industry suggest that Space X might be the biggest thing that is going to change the whole game in space. As we know Space X launched Falcon Heavy and it is apparently “the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two,” according to their website. With a cherry red Tesla Roadster tapped on top of it for the rocket’s final burn, the Falcon sensationalised its launch with all the attention is attained. Space X aced technical as well as a business field with a start. Since it has reduced the costs of launching rockets considerably, the company emerged as the most successful in both the areas as of present.

Space X Rocket
Space X’s next big project is ‘Starlink’ for which it has been raising $500 million according to the Wall Street Journal’s report on 18th December 2018. ‘Starlink’ is a massive satellite Internet project wherein the company plans to send 4425 broadband satellites into low-Earth orbit in the beginning and around 7518 satellites on a later date. This would be one of the greatest projects ever if it succeeded because then ‘Starlink’ will be able to offer broadband speeds as fast as fibre optic networks, for a fraction of cost.

Falcon
Space X has been making the world of space cheaper since long. Since it is a private company, the secret of its pricing isn’t divulged. Also, it has not filed patents. This might be an attempt to keep the aspects of its unique technology a secret. Though the secrets are still safe within the company, in a recent interview Musk said that Space X operated with a Silicon Valley operating system and DNA.



This implies that the company is vertically integrated. The entire supply chain of Space X was built uniquely and separately and this includes all of its components. The company’s recent innovations in its processes might have also helped it in its overall achievement and lowering the launching costs. An example of this is its infrastructure where they placed the production floor and engineering right next to each other. Also, it’s two-stage rockets carry just one set of fuel tanks with explosives as opposed to three in most other missiles.

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One of the most coveted feather in the company’s cap is its launch of a reusable rocket. This can help Space X in lowering their launch costs even more as the launching of reusable rockets cam be done on a much lower budget. Musk’s ultimate dream is to send humans to Mars. Though we cannot be sure of that dream coming true, one thing we can be sure of is that Space X will continue going up the ladder, like it has been in the recent past, awing every single person on the planet. A cherry red Tesla Roadster in space used to exist only in our wildest dreams, but this giant leap was taken by Space X with the launching of Falcon has promised us more magnificent treats shortly.

Propaganda, Reality, and aspects of a good movie.
‘The accidental prime minister,’ a movie based on the book which goes by the same name, written by Mr. Sanjaya Baru narrates a tale of party politics based on real-life incidents which happened in the Indian scenario. The book was quite controversial, and one could not but applaud the writer for the efforts he took to overcome the trouble and go ahead and publish his book. As the audience, we do not know what the naked truth is but what we do know is a very different perspective that unfolds in front of us. I think it’s safe to say that most people who lead a not so political life would never have thought of the power politics happening within the party itself.

Accidental Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh

The trailer of the movie had made it clear to us that the director, Vijay Gutte has recreated many scenes and it is much more evident in the movie. The film can be called a docudrama as it showcased the incidents mostly in its raw form and referring to the political parties as well as politicians by their real names. As we have noticed in the past, most movies try not to do the same to be safe from the conspiracies and controversies. Therefore, that alone needs to be given credit for. Another important point of the movie is the stellar acting showcased by the actors. Gutte claims that the most difficult position to be filled was that of Sanjaya Baru which was portrayed by Akshaye Khanna. Anupam Kher played the role of Dr. Manmohan Singh while Suzanne Bernert portrayed Sonia Gandhi and Arjun Mathur brought Rahul Gandhi to life. The producers of the movie are Sunil Bohra and Dhaval Gada.

Accidental PM
The film is narrated by the character Sanjaya Baru, the writer who is a political commentator and policy analyst who served as a Secretary – General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry until his resignation in April 2018. It discusses the propaganda that was played within the party during the time Dr. Manmohan Singh was the prime minister of the country. It also showcases major decisions that the country took or the prime minister had to make regarding the nuclear energy deal and the Kashmir issue. There have been both negative and positive responses to the movie. While some believe it is an actual representation of Indian politics in the recent past, there are comments that facts have been altered. The film has obtained fairly good ratings; the Times of India gave it a 3.5/5 while News18.com gave it a 2.5/5. 81% of the audience like the movie so far according to Google. The Google reviews are majorly good for the movie as most of them state that it is a must-watch. I think even if one is not interested in politics itself, the direction and acting which is awesome are worth the watch.

The desire to explore is common to all humans. India being a vast country offers diverse lands and cultures to experience and enjoy. But, all Indian cultures are similar to one another as most of them have a basic crux linked to the myths of the past. This is when the Indians’ wish to roam the foreign lands come to existence. Most Indians can afford the plane ticket, but the problem arises when matters regarding Visa appear. And this is exactly why Indians need to be informed about those countries that do not require a Visa before one’s arrival. Some countries need an Indian passport while some others provide Visa on arrival and a few other countries have the system of e – Visa.

Fiji
Bhutan, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Haiti,
Jamaica, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nepal, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Trinidad
and Tobago, Vanuatu, Svalbard, Montserrat are countries which do not require
A Visa at all. Most of these counties offer legendary beauty of nature and lavish
self-care options with spas and natural treatments. Even though Sri Lanka does
not require a Visa, a special permit is essential. Though some of these
countries are close to India, they vary significantly in the lifestyle and even terrain
from mainstream India. And hence are excellent options for a quick getaway
and a unique vacation.

Indonesia
Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia,
Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Madagascar, Maldives,
Mauritania, Palau, Saint Lucia, Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda,
Timor-Leste, Tuvalu are countries Indians can visit without a Visa, but they have
To acquire one on arrival. Samoa requires a permit on arrival. Most, if not all of
these countries will offer a different experience to one who grew up in
An Indian setup. These are also good destinations if one wants to write a
travelogue or create a travel blog as there will be experiences that are unusual
and undoubtedly exciting even to the readers, or the trip would be a great one to
share with friends and family for years to come.
Bahrain, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Georgia, Kenya, Rwanda, Myanmar,
Moldova, Zambia, Zimbabwe are countries which require one to have an e-
Visa. Not only is this easy to procure in this world of the Internet but much hassle
free. Bahrain is a country quite popular in the Indian household due to the NRI population over there. Also, many students have been settling in Georgia and the likes for practical education especially regarding medical background. There are different sites for each country to get the e-Visa and the cost is
minimal.