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Brand South Africa partners with the 14th Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Engagement

first_imgby Phindi MadunaOn 14 June 2018, Brand South Africa partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next and HDI Youth Marketers to host the 14th Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, Interactive Showcase and Awards. The collaboration with Generation Next is a way to ensure that relationships  with key stakeholders are maintained to create an inspiring narrative for the Nation Brand.The Generation Next survey is  the leading barometer of youth opinion towards brands in South Africa.  Brand South Africa is honoured  to partner with this initiative that promotes how young people see and and experience brands this opens up  opportunities on what the  country has to offer.The three part engagement began with a Youth Marketing Conference where a variety of industry experts shared their research findings, experiences, trends and insights. The discussion focused on various aspects of youth marketing such as the ethical aspects of youth marketing, youth entrepreneurship, digital marketing, youth media consumption and technology trends.Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, Leigh-Gail Peterson was part of a panel that discussed youth trends and insights that help brands build sustainable relationships. “Research methods must evolve with the dynamic audiences. Data collection methods for example must adapt and be flexible. This includes the mediums that we utilize when we collect data. Social media is one such tool that we cannot over look when collecting data in today’s research environment” said Peterson.Source: Brand South AfricaThe panel discussion was followed by an Interactive Showcase where youngsters had an opportunity to experience several brands including Brand South Africa at the Play Your Part exhibition. They shared their acts of active citizenship  and pledged to  play their part in their respective communities.Source: Brand South AfricaThe day ended on a high note with an energy charged Awards Ceremony. Some of the winners included South African brands like Metro FM,  First National Bank, DSTV, Mr Price, Mall of Africa, Dischem, Engen, Spur Restaurants and Pick ‘N Pay; with Nike winning the overall coolest brand for 2018. Local personalities who  also walked away with awards were rapper Nasty C, DJ Black Coffee and Gqom Star Babes Wodumo.Source: @ST_GenNext Twitter PageBrand South Africa extends a big congratulations to all the brands and personalities who continue to put South Africa on the global stage  and take charge in contributing towards building a positive nation image. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we celebrate brands that contribute positively towards the country’s reputation.last_img read more

Housing Inefficiency’s Tenacious Companion: Climate Change

first_imgAt least three stories published this week home in on problems associated with climate change, with one story focused on the politics of climate change legislation, another aimed at challenges to limiting greenhouse gas emissions caused by home energy use, and the third on what the science community says will happen should we fail to significantly reduce emissions sooner rather than later.An article in Wednesday’s New York Times offered a sober assessment of the prospects for U.S. Senate adoption of a bill to combat global warming – a bill that almost certainly would be weaker than the American Clean Energy and Security Act, more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454, passed by the House of Representatives in June.The House bill has a provision that would require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and an 83% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system. The House bill also calls for the establishment and nationwide implementation of improved building energy code, a provision opposed by many industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders. The national code would mandate a 30% increase in efficiency over 2006 IECC requirements upon enactment, a 50% increase by 2014, and a 75% increase by 2029.A Capitol Hill WorkaroundAs the Times story explains, Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, have teamed up to try to create consensus on climate change legislation. But they are focusing more on a bill that, as Graham put it, would create jobs, whether by drilling for offshore oil or building wind turbines. The cap-and-trade option has, for this year at least, been nudged off the table and into the dumper.The two other stories, meanwhile, suggest that the more prudent long-term course of action for our Senate lawmakers would in fact be to hew very closely to H.R. 2454 rather than retreat from key measures such as cap-and-trade and national code.Dailyclimate.org, a division of nonprofit Environmental Health Services that provides overviews of news coverage related to climate change, on Monday posted a story highlighting challenges to improving the energy efficiency of housing in the U.S. The article cited an almost 5% increase since 2007 in the number of homes built to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard, but also noted that those homes accounted for only about 17% of the new inventory.Selling efficiency to homebuyersThe story cites comments by Sam Rashkin, the national director of the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program, that illuminate housing’s role in emissions. Home energy use, he says, accounts for 16% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. But he adds that even though 99% of its homes are poorly insulated and sealed, most could be made at least 30% more energy efficient with cost-effective improvements.Among the principal challenges are finding ways to help prospective homebuyers and current homeowners manage the costs and understand the benefits of energy efficiency. One priority: urge the mortgage industry to more prominently market “energy efficient” mortgages, which roll the cost of energy efficiency improvements into the mortgage. Marketing the benefits of energy efficiency in a convincing way may be the tougher challenge, but also the most expedient one, the story points out.“Consumers really, really need more information about efficient homes,” Aleisha Khan, executive director of the Building Codes Assistance Project, told Dailyclimate. “They just aren’t getting it.”Scientists reemphasize a pointAs if to remind everyone of the urgency of the situation, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 1969 by MIT faculty and students, posted a news release on Tuesday that reiterates climate scientists’ imperatives regarding greenhouse gas emissions.The UCS points out that a failure by the U.S. to pass a comprehensive climate bill in the coming months – including a provision that would require emissions cuts at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050 – would lock in the worst consequences of climate change, most especially the trapping of heat by the earth’s atmosphere. The quickest and by far least expensive way to deal with the problem, the scientists say, is to act this year.Intended to fire up interest in the subject before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday, the group targets as in adequate the compromise proposal being floated in the Senate, and says it includes loopholes and exemptions that “would do less to promote renewable energy sources than state policies already in place.”H.R. 2454, on the other hand, would put a price on carbon emissions and offer a mix of market incentives compelling enough to make its carbon cap goals realistic, UCS says.“Economists agree that a carbon price is a critical, cost-effective way for the United States to reduce its emissions and transition to a clean energy economy,” UCS economist Rachel Cleetus says in the memo. “A strong cap would encourage investments in clean energy sources and energy efficiency and help ensure that U.S. companies capture a share of the growing global market in clean technologies. Green is the new red, white and blue.”last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Profile Write startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.ProfileWrite startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut novel How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company. Alma Mater is an online store that sells T-shirts and accessories of various premier schools and colleges in India.Commencing his online venture in 2009, what had started as an idea, with a trial run in his former school in Bangalore has since expanded to over 500 schools and colleges not only in India but across the world. The book is the young entrepreneur’s story in which the reluctant engineering graduate chronicles his journey to success. Varun says he finished the manuscript in eight days while recovering from a brief illness which kept him at home, and gave him the time to fast track the writing process.The book is a breezy work of nonfiction meant to inspire young people to follow their hearts rather than succumb to familial and societal expectations. Released recently by Rupa Publications, the book which was launched with a modest number of printed copies has already gone into reprint.(Varun Agarwal is an engineering graduate. He didn’t want to get a conventional corporate job and had to fight several odds before setting up his own company. His personal experiences inspire his debut book).-Ayesha AleemRestaurantadvertisementTake it easyLe Cristaal is the new hip joint in town for great continental cuisine. This chic new restaurant that has just opened its doors on Vittal Mallya road brings forth the idea of ‘casual fine dining’ and the menu is a mix of French, Italian and Greek cuisines, with the dishes being reasonably priced as well as delicious.The all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. On a pleasant day you can also sit at one of the tables outside to enjoy some sun and fresh air. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast of sunny side up eggs or an omelette with asparagus and goat’s cheese. There’s also the more familiar mushroom and cheese omelette as well as pancakes and waffles with either maple syrup, honey, nutella and seasonal fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, try the penne arrabbiata with spinach ricotta ravioli and black olive tapenade or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Get your caffeine fix with an espresso, cappuccino or cafe latte and choose from exotic teas like cranberry raspberry and elderflower or Earl Grey. Also, the mixologist here makes a mean line of foam-based cocktails.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes (without alcohol).At: 36, Vittal Mallya.Tel: 41462747.-Ayesha AleemWhat’s upAugust 10-19: Collective art showThe third edition of the premier art and culture festival, ‘Art Bengaluru’ will be on at The Collection at UB city this month. All works on display will also be for sale. An annual forum which brings together various stakeholders in Indian art, this year’s show will feature artworks from 15 art galleries across India.At: The Collection, UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.Tel: 25001169.All through this month: Italian indulgenceGet out this weekend for an Italian style Sunday brunch at Bene. On offer are dishes like risotto with sun dried tomatoes and shaved parmesan, molten provolone cheese with marinated capsicum and grilled polenta cake with rosemary and balsamic vinegar.Price: Rs 1,295 plus taxes per person.At: Sheraton Bangalore Hotel, Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road.Tel: 42521000.Ongoing till August 31: All that glittersAmrapali has now opened a new silver jewellery store in the city, where the Treta Yuga collection is on display. The collection features eight unique pieces that include ethnic, tribal, contemporary and antique pieces.Price: Rs 500 to Rs 2 00,000.At: Horizon Building, Wood Street, Richmond Road.Tel: 25361130.GadgetsNokia Lumia 610Nokia has launched the Lumia 610 to take on the onslaught from affordable Android smartphones. Featuring a 3.7 inch capacitive touch display, it runs the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. It has a 256MB RAM and 8 GB storage onboard, with no expandable memory card slots. Unlike other Windows phones, the 610 is powered by an 800 Mhz processor and has a 5 MP ca era.Price: Rs 1,299.Karbonn Smart Tab 1It is Karbonn’s turn to launch an affordable tablet. Its Smart Tab 1 is a 7 inch tablet with five capacitive touch points. Running the Android Ice-Cream Sandwich OS, this tablet has a 1.2Ghz single core X-Burst processor, 2 MP camera, 3700 mAh battery and Full HD video playback. It has Wi-Fi compatibility and will support 3G connectivity using a USB dongle. Karbonn is giving a Reliance NetConnect free with the tablet.Price: Rs 6,990.Canon Cinemaeos C300 and 650DCanon India has entered the cinematography imaging domain in India with the launch of its Cinema EOS range consisting EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS 1D-C. The EOS C300, featuring cinematic 2K video recording with 50Mbps 4:2:2 XF codec, a compact body and a 35mm equivalent CMOS sensor, will be the first to be available in India. Canon has also announced the launch of its new flagship entry-level DSLR, the EOS 650D. The 18 megapixel camera stands out for its high-speed sensor-based hybrid AF system and 3 inch touchscreen viewfinder which can be used to focus as well as shoot. The speed needed for the camera comes from the DIGIC 5 processor, which is six times faster than its predecessor.Price: Rs 13,90,000 and Rs 55,995 (body only).Sandisk SuiteThe new SanDisk Extreme Pro micro SDHC UHS-I card is the world’s fastest memory card, ideal for smartphone and tablet users. The SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive is USB 3.0 enabled and can store and share large files up to 10 times faster with speeds of up to 190MB. It is available in 16GB to 64GB capacities. The 128GB Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive is SanDisk’s highest-capacity USB drive ever, while the Cruzer Facet is a durable drive with stainless-steel casing designed with a variety of rich vibrant colors and a faceted texture. The Cruzer Pop, meanwhile, has a unique design that opens with a “pop” and conceals and protects the connector when not in use.Price: Rs 283 onwards.Mitashi Full HD TVsMitashi Edutainment Pvt. Ltd has launched Full HD LCD and LED TVs in 42 and 32 inch screen sizes. The new range of televisions offer dynamic contrast ratio of up to 500,000:1 and a viewing angle of 178/178 and can play multimedia files directly from USB storage devices. The televisions feature 2 USB ports and 3 HDMI ports for you to enjoy multiple connectivity options.Price: Rs 23,990.Toshiba Satellite SeriesToshiba India has introduced a new stylish range of laptops under its C, L, M and U series. Powered by Intel’s 3rd generation Core processors, the highlight features of the Satellite Series laptops are a high speed start up (30 per cent faster than normal boot time), USB 3.0 for 10X faster data transfers, Bluetooth 4.0, high-definition Webcam and HDMI connectivity ports, SRS premium sound HD and Toshiba Audio enhancement. The ‘sleep and charge’ USB option is also available in the L series laptops.Price: Rs 23,000 onwards.Sennheiser IE 80 and IE 60Sennheiser’s IE 80 and IE 60 ear-canal phones are ideal for those who want to hear music with as much fine detail as possible. They use dynamic transducers that cover the entire frequency range, keeping distortion at a minimum even at high sound pressure levels. The IE 80’s dynamic transducer is capable of reproducing the most subtle nuances in complex musical passages.Price: Rs 24,990.Sony Smart WatchDesigned for consumers who want to do more with their smartphones, the SmartWatch launched by Sony Mobile syncs with Android phones over Bluetooth. Available in different colours, this good looking watch has an OLED display that can be used for reading SMSes and email, calendar, Twitter and Facebook updates. The watch can also answer, reject or mute calls as well as act as a remote snap button for your Android phone.Price: Rs 6,299.Samsung DishwasherSamsung Electronics has for announced its foray into the dishwasher segment in India with the launch of the smart and powerful DW-FN320T. Packed with features like intensive wash programme, Power 3 Nozzle spray, Delay Start, Half Load, Flexible Racks, Samsung claims it is perfect for Indian cooking styles and utensils. The appliance boasts 50 per cent reduction in noise, 30 percent reduced water consumption and 20 per cent less electricity than the most energy-efficient dishwashers available in the market. The Samsung DW-FN320T has quick and easy out-of-the box installation and carries a oneyear warranty.Price: Rs 31,990.Available at: 2nd Floor, Forum Mall, Koramangala Tel 64518820; GK Vale, MG Road Tel 41232098; Computer Warehouse, Barton Centre, MG Road Tel 41713972; Sennheiser Electronics India, Cunningham Road Tel 49037800; Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar Tel 42116677.Gadget Reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Auntie Fannie Book signing in Grand Turk

first_img Historic gathering as Assemblies of God conference begins in Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Jun 2015 – By popular demand, Bradley Handfield and his Auntie Fannie Adventure will find themselves in the capital Grand Turk tomorrow where there will be a book signing ceremony there. Along with sponsors and four schools in the Capital, the event will be held at the Victoria Public Library, which has already received donated copy, and where sponsors will have the chance to present more copies of the children’s book to the schools namely: Ona Glinton Primary, Eliza Simons Primary, Susanna Wesley Christian Academy and the Newman’s Preparatory school… a representative from the Mary Robinson Primary of Salt Cay may also be in attendance. The Premier, Hon Rufus Ewing has confirmed to be a part of the event where Handfield will also read an excerpt of the story which is set in Belmont, North Caicos to the students attending. The book signing is set for 11am. Related Items:auntie fannie adventure, bradley handfield, Eliza Simons Primary, Ona Glinton Primary, Susanna Wesley Christian Academy and the Newman’s Preparatory school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Four year old gunshot victim takes rest in the Bight Recommended for you Resorts & Bookstore also carrying Auntie Fannie adventure book by Handfieldlast_img read more

Eddie Vedders Curated Ohana Fest Announces Lineup With Red Hot Chili Peppers

first_img Twitter Email News https://twitter.com/TheOhanaFest/status/1102584565548244994 Eddie Vedder’s Curated Ohana Fest Announces Lineup With Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tash Sultana & More Other headliners include Incubus, Jenny Lewis, LP, the Strokes, and morePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 4, 2019 – 2:55 pm The fourth annual Ohana Festival is set for Sept. 27–29 at Doheny State Beach at Calif.’s Dana Point. The ocean-side celebration is curated by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who co-founded the fest and will be headlining. Additional headliners include Glen Hansard, Incubus, Jenny Lewis, LP, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Strokes, and Tash Sultana.Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons is also on the bill, along with Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers,  Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real and White Reaper.   Eddie Vedder’s Curated Ohana Fest Announces Lineup eddie-vedders-curated-ohana-fest-announces-lineup-red-hot-chili-peppers-tash-sultana Facebook “It’s been a true honor,” said Vedder last year, “to work with the community and organizers to create a stimulating vibe and uplifting atmosphere for the great crowds and incredible musicians who come out to play in the park.”Tickets go on sale on March 8 at the festival’s website. A portion of Ohana Fest’s proceeds will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, the San Onofre Parks Foundation and other charities.Students Meet Their Hawaiian Ohana At The GRAMMY MuseumRead morelast_img read more

At CES 2019 I found a suitcase with ears that wiggle when

first_img 0 CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:32 I came across a suitcase with ears that wiggle when petted #ces2019 pic.twitter.com/ZJJWQfmoON— Patrick Holland (@trickholland) January 10, 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Fravel is a suitcase with ears that move and a heart that beats. Fravel Last night, outside the exhibition hall at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, I had what can only be classified as a “CES moment.” Sprawled across the lobby were five candy-colored suitcases with ears. As I got closer, I noticed that ears wiggled back-and-forth whenever someone petted the suitcase. It turns out this was a Fravel suitcase designed to be a pet you travel with. Fravel’s website describes the case as “everything you like about your pet without the messy part.” Fravel The ears are squishy and move whenever you pet or walk with the case. The ears even do a dance when Fravel is super-happy. If that’s not adorable enough, there is a light-up heart that beats to show off how excited Fravel is to be going on an adventure. Oh, and I have to mention that there are cat paw feet to house the wheels. The ears detach to fit Fravel into an airplane’s overhead storage. The suitcase has a battery that powers the ears and the light-up heart. The Fravel suitcase starts at $299, which converts roughly to £235, AU$415, and can be ordered on Fravel’s website. CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep… Post a comment 85 Photos Gadgetslast_img read more

Best phone for gaming in 2019 Razer 2 vs Asus ROG Xiaomi

first_img 64GB Black Shark: Having the joystick on the Gamepad accessory and actual buttons changed PUBG for me. It was so easy to run and move. With my fingers off the screen I could see the game better, too. Note that the Gamepad kind of bends and feels like it’s a sneeze away from breaking. It makes the Nintendo Switch feel like a robust piece of German engineering.Razer: After 12 minutes the phone was very warm. Game control was OK, but when I played with the optional $150 Razer Raiju Mobile game controller it was a far more enjoyable experience — especially since I didn’t have to hold onto a warm phone with my bare hands.Red Magic Mars: The phone got warm after 20 minutes. The capacitive shoulder buttons are great to have, especially for gunfire and kneeling.ROG: The fan popped on right away at a low speed, but the phone never got hot. Mapping onscreen controls to the pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons (AirTriggers) was easy and made playing PUBG much easier.Sdorica Sunset Best value gaming phone Xiaomi Black Shark Best overall gaming phone $399 Black Shark 8,371 Black Shark: After 7 minutes, the phone got warm. The physical buttons on the Gamepad were nice, but I didn’t find much of an advantage over screen taps.Razer: After 8 minutes, the phone warmed up on the sides and corners. The screen made the constantly shifting graphics look amazing.Red Magic Mars: In darker scenes, it was difficult to see details on the display. Like the ROG, the touch shoulder buttons were OK, but I preferred the onscreen controls for this game.ROG: After 4 minutes the fan accessory kicked in. The phone remained lukewarm throughout gameplay though. The main game controls are tapping and tapping-and-holding on the screen. I tried using the pressure-sensitive AirTriggers instead, but for fast jumps and holding flips I found more nuance from the onscreen controls.PUBG Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags Geekbench v.4.0 multicore Black Shark 62,751 Solid battery life even when gamingThe Razer Phone 2 and Black Shark both have a 4,000mAh battery and during our test for continuous video playback on airplane mode, the phones lasted nearly the same amount of time. The Black Shark stayed on for 10 hours and 25 minutes and Razer Phone 2 lasted 10 hours and 31 minutes. It’s worth noting that when I first reviewed the Razer last fall, it only lasted 9 hours and 11 minutes. That impressive extra hour or so is thanks to the Android 9 Pie update.The ROG also has a 4,000mAh battery but lasted even longer in our tests at 13 hours and 40 minutes. I think a lot of that has to do with the phone’s OLED screen, instead of an LCD one like the other three phones.The Red Magic Mars has the smallest battery of the four at 3,800mAh, but managed a time of 14 hours and 7 minutes in our tests.In everyday use, all four phones got through a day on a single charge just fine.Quick Charge supportBlack Shark: Quick Charge 3.0Razer: Quick Charge 4.0+Red Magic Mars: Quick Charge 3.0ROG: Quick Charge 4.0Big speakers equal big soundThe built-in speakers on the Razer and ROG are loud and offer a rich audio experience whether playing a game or watching videos. The Razer also has 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) via a USB-C dongle. With a good pair of headphones, audio sounded warmer and fuller.Why we didn’t consider the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XRMy priority was comparing phones designed around the gaming experience first and foremost. Would the Samsung Galaxy S10E   or the iPhone XR be an excellent phone for gaming? Absolutely. They both have powerful processors and lots of RAM and are a tad more affordable than their flagship siblings, the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10.But neither is focused solely on the gaming experience and culture. The iPhone offers an interesting predicament because iOS tends to get new games first, and many games remain iOS exclusives. To that end, Apple announced it would offer a gaming subscription service filled with exclusives called Arcade. The platform offers some amazing gaming experiences that were built exclusively for the iPhone. At this point, the service is expected to launch this fall but there’s no word yet on how much the subscription will be. 6GB Same processor but one is fasterAll of these phones use a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is pushed beyond normal speeds for gameplay. For example, the ROG can get a sustained 2.96GHz out of the processor while all the other phones max out at 2.8GHz. For perspective, the Pixel 3 tops out at 2.5GHz.Cooling systems are tkey to a gaming phoneAll of these phones have an internal cooling system to keep things from getting too hot. This is probably the most important aspect of a gaming phone.The Razer Phone 2 and ROG use a vapor chamber cooling system to maximize the area to dissipate heat. The result is that there’s not a specific part of the phone that feels hot to the touch. The ROG also uses a built-in cooling pad and copper heat sink to combat heat. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a tiny fan that attaches to the back of the ROG that Asus calls the AeroActive Cooler.The Black Shark uses a liquid cooling system. As it gets hotter, special liquid evaporates into gas and collects into cooler areas of the chamber, eventually becoming liquid again. The Red Magic Mars uses a vapor heat sink too, along with four air intakes to keep things cool.As expected, all four phones got warm when I played games, but these cooling systems are all about longevity. I found the ROG with its fan accessory and the Red Magic Mars were the most comfortable to hold for long periods of gameplay.Which gaming phone is the fastest?Each phone has performance enhancement tweaks that keep the phone fast and sustain that speed during extended gameplay. All four phones perform pretty close to each other and all four were plenty fast. But on paper, the Razer ultimately has the edge over the other phones. Best gaming phone & accessory combo 3 Review • Razer Phone 2 review: A powerful gaming phone with a dash of flagship panache In 2019 mobile gamers have access to a wide array of phones to choose from like the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Nubia Red Magic Mars and Xiaomi Black Shark, and it takes a bit of diligence and legwork to find the best gaming phones in the market. The specs on these phones match higher-priced flagships like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, just not the price. Gaming phones are designed especially for gaming with features like superfast processor speeds, advanced cooling systems, gaming-specific controls and displays with a high refresh rate. Interestingly enough, all of these phones run on Android.The iPhone XS and XR gaming phones have a more powerful processor and access to newer and exclusive game titles. But Apple’s phones lack gaming features to make the phones more compelling to play on. And like Android flagships, iPhones are expensive — a baseline iPhone XS starts out at $999.Fortunately for consumers, the four gaming phones reviewed here have prices ranging from $385 to $900: the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic Mars. 8,905 See at Nubia Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 128GB Now playing: Watch this: Best gaming phone for the everyday Preview • Razer Phone 2 attempts to fix the first phone’s mistakes, will cost $800 $385 $900 Geekbench v.4.0 single-core See at Amazon But first, some notes on priceAt this time, three of the phones cost under $500. The Razer Phone 2 is a steal right now, especially since its originally retailed for $800. Compared with the other phones, the ROG is the most expensive. For the price of one ROG, you could buy the Red Magic Mars and Black Shark and still have a few bucks left in your pocket.Even if you got an upgraded Black Shark with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it is still just $425. Also, as of the writing of this review, there are discounts on the Black Shark and Red Magic Mars as new models are expected to be released in the US at the end of May or June.I’m not saying don’t buy the ROG at all (as you will read soon, I highly recommend it). But the phone you’ll buy will most likely depend on your budget.Best overall gaming phone: Asus ROGThe Asus ROG sporting its detachable fan on the back. Josh Miller/CNET The Asus ROG phone (which stands for Republic of Gamers) offers the most power, the best ergonomics and the most thoughtful design. Its 6-inch AMOLED display refreshes 90 times a second — a first for any OLED phone. The higher refresh rate means less motion blur and faster response times. It’s not as high a rate as the Razer Phone 2’s 120Hz LCD screen has, but I still saw a noticeable improvement over other phones when playing games.The phone’s innovative AirTriggers which are pressure-sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games, expanding game control beyond the screen. Its dedicated X mode gives you an optimized gaming experience that can be made even more comfortable when using the phone’s detachable fan accessory, which is included in the box. The ROG also has the longest battery life in the group, and has the most gaming accessories that you can buy — though the detachable fan comes included with the phone.The downside is that, at $900, you’re going to pay a lot for these refinements and innovations.Read: CNET’s Asus ROG phone review Razer Phone 2 64GB Black Shark: Sometimes the joystick on the Gamepad 2.0 accessory would send me in the wrong direction. Recalibrating didn’t help.Razer: The phone was warm bordering on hot. I used the included USC-B DAC headphone dongle and a pair of Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones and was amazed by the quality of the sound.Red Magic Mars: It was surprisingly comfortable to hold without getting hot. I didn’t feel any real advantage using the capacitive shoulder buttons over onscreen controls.ROG: Shadow Legends got the ROG cooking pretty hot and the fan turned on high immediately. Shoulder buttons weren’t needed for this game.Nimian Legends BrightRidge Check out the Razer Phone 2 and its chic boxy frame RAM News • The Razer Phone 2 hits an all-time low: $498 Price 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited 62,751 6,499 61,252 6,438 Black Shark 2,556 Razer Phone 2 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Comments Nubia Red Magic Mars reading • Best phone for gaming in 2019: Razer 2 vs. Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic Mars 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited Black Shark: This was another game where the joystick accessory hugely improved gameplay.Razer: I topped out the quality of the graphics, effects and frame rates with this game. The Razer got hot instantly. At least the game looked gorgeous on the display.Red Magic Mars: The capacitive shoulder buttons helped in certain aspects of the game.ROG: The AirTriggers were nice for gameplay.That ‘gamer look’If you want a gaming phone, it needs to look the part. Angular lines, exposed copper heat sinks, a touch of neon or bright colors are all hallmarks of a gaming phone. The metallic red color of the Red Magic Mars screams for you to pick it up and play.  The ROG phone looks like something Frank Gehry would have designed if he were a gamer. Somewhere underneath all the exposed copper heat sinks, carbon fiber and angular cutouts lies a smartphone. Its different textures and asymmetrical grooves don’t feel like any phone I’ve ever used. An informal poll of friends and coworkers found that people were divided on the look: Half loved it, but half hated it. The Black Shark looks the most like a normal phone. The smooth angled back has a raised area like contour lines on a topographic map — that’s where its lights are hidden.Out of the four, the Razer Phone 2 has the most minimalist design. It has a rectangular shape with right-angled corners and edges. I realize this approach isn’t for everyone, but out of the bunch, I find it the most appealing.The optional Razer Phone 2 wireless charging dock lights up as you charge. Patrick Holland/CNET Does the phone unnecessarily light up?Black Shark: Yes, the logo and four bowtie-looking corners on the back.Razer: Yep, the back Razer logo glows the color of your choosing.Red Magic Mars: Yes, there is a long LED strip on the back.ROG: Yes, the Asus logo on the phone and the detachable fan light up any color you choose.Built-in physical game controlsThree of the phones use buttons and/or capacitive or pressure-sensitive touch to help improve gameplay. The Red Magic Mars and Black Shark phones each have a physical switch that triggers a game mode to organize your games, optimize settings and protect your gaming sessions from interruptions. The Black Shark calls its gaming mode “Shark Space.” Every time I played on the Black Shark I felt inclined to whisper to myself, “Going into Shark Space.”The ROG and Red Magic Mars have faux shoulder buttons that can be mapped to different actions for games like triggering a gun. The ROG also has a second USB-C port on the side, so you keep the phone plugged in while playing it in landscape, though the cable does fall between your hands. The other three phones only charge at the bottom, which made them awkward to hold while gaming and charging at the same time.The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone of the group that doesn’t have a physical feature to improve game controls or ergonomics.After playing games for hours on each phone most of these additions were nice, but didn’t yield enormous improvement when it came to controls. I found that good mobile games should be played with onscreen controls. However, having capacitive touch buttons for playing games originally designed for a console was useful.There is one feature I’d add if I were to design a gaming phone: a joystick. I’d want a thumbstick that could lie flat when not in use and telescope up for gameplay. Imagine something like an iPhone 8, where the home button popped up to be used as a mini joystick.As phones move away from having bezels, foreheads and chins around the screen, my joystick dream doesn’t seem like it could become a reality. But since gaming phones tend to eschew mainstream trends, perhaps it could happen one day. See at Amazon Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Best Buy Asus ROG $534 Best gaming phones Asus ROG Asus ROG $399 Asus ROG Razer Phone 2 2,385 63,253 See All 61,252 Storage Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Black Shark $500 Red Magic Mars 8GB Red Magic Mars 2,417 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Red Magic Mars 128GB Asus ROG Phone is the best phone for playing PUBG Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Phones Gaming 2,393 Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 2:56 63,253 Asus ROG See it 6,616 High refresh rate displayPretty much all phones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second (fps). The Razer Phone 2 has a refresh rate of 120 fps, which leads to sharper images and text as well as smoother animations. There aren’t a ton of mobile games designed for 120 fps, but the ones that were looked wonderful. And even games designed for lower refresh rates looked good.The only other phone with a high refresh rate is the ROG, which has a 90Hz screen. Like on the Razer, things are sharper and animations are smoother. The Razer Phone 2 has a much brighter screen while the ROG’s OLED display had better colors that were more vibrant.The Red Magic Mars’ screen is the weakest part of the phone. It’s dim and feels lower quality when viewed next to the other phones.OS: Android 9 Pie and Android 8.1 OreoBlack Shark: Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s not known exactly when Android 9 Pie will be available.Razer: Android 9 Pie.Red Magic Mars: Android 9 Pie.ROG: Android 8.1 Oreo: Asus announced it will upgrade to Android 9 Pie sometime this year. Walmart 19 Photos Black Shark Best gaming phone for everyday use: Razer Phone 2razer-phone-2-8090The Razer Phone 2 sports a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Josh Miller/CNET If you’re looking for a gaming phone that can double as a daily driver, I recommend the Razer Phone 2. It looks the part of a gaming phone, but doubles as a terrific phone to use every day, when you’re not gaming. The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone in the group with IP67 water resistance and wireless charging.Out of the four, I like the Razer Phone 2’s design the most. There are many people who will be turned off by the “monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey” looks. But the marquee feature on the Razer Phone 2 is its bright 120Hz screen. Whether you’re gaming or not, animations like scrolling pages look supersmooth and graphics are crisp. It has amazingly loud built-in speakers and seems as designed for gamers as it is for anyone who lives on a diet of movies and music.In my initial review the battery wasn’t great, but with the update to Android 9 Pie, the battery life has improved quite a bit. Best of all, this phone is only $499 right now.Read: CNET Razer Phone 2 reviewSee at AmazonBest value gaming phone: Nubia Red Magic Marsnobia-red-mars-1The back of the Nubia Red Magic Mars phone. Angela Lang/CNET The Nubia Red Magic Mars is the follow-up to 2018’s Red Magic phone. A Red Magic Mars with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM originally cost $399. Now that gets you a model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.The Red Magic Mars crams in a lot of features like capacitive shoulder buttons, an innovative cooling system and a terrific game mode at a wallet-friendly price. Aside from its custom gaming mode, the phone runs stock Android 9 Pie. Its biggest downside is the screen: It’s just OK, and in that area the Red Magic Mars can’t compete with the Razer and ROG phones. Other than that, the phone is solid. But if you’re interested in grabbing a Red Magic Mars, I’d wait, or at least shop around. First, the Black Shark is often discounted and recently its price has been hovering between $380 and $400.Second, Nubia announced the Red Magic Mars 3 last week. It packs an upgraded Snapdragon 855 processor, a 90Hz OLED screen and an internal fan. These are enormous upgrades. It just launched in China and is expected to hit the US at the end of May. Best of all is the price; a model with 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM will be 2,899 yuan or roughly $430.Read: CNET en Español Nubia Red Magic Mars phone reviewSee at NubiaBest gaming phone with the best accessory: Xiaomi Black Sharkxiaomi-black-shark-gaming-1029The Black Shark with the Gamepad on the left and the Gamepad 2.0 on the right. James Martin/CNET Xiaomi’s Black Shark comes with a Gamepad that slides onto the end of the phone. Having a physical joystick made a huge difference in gaming for me. Unfortunately, it felt lopsided when I used it, so there is a Gamepad 2.0 for $89 that has a more symmetrical design. Similar to the Nintendo Switch, it has a left and right controller that slide and lock onto either end of the phone.Like the Red Magic Mars, the Black Shark runs close to a stock version of Android. It’s Android 8.1 Oreo and not Android 9 Pie, but using the phone’s UI for nongaming stuff felt like using a Pixel 3 when it first came out.There are some downsides though, like the lack of a headphone jack and the very “cheap” plastic feel to the gamepad accessory. At launch the Black Shark cost $499 but you can find it for around $380 these days. In March, Xiaomi announced the Black Shark 2. It includes an updated Snapdragon 855 processor, a touch-sensitive screen similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, an in-display fingerprint reader and mappable onscreen left and right controls. Currently it’s on sale in China for 3,200 yuan, which converts roughly to $475. No word yet on US availability.Read: CNET en Español review of Black Shark phoneSee at AmazonShall we play a game?I played a variety of games on all of these phones from RPGs and side scrollers to puzzles. Below are five games I played on each phone and my notes on the experience.Alto’s Odyssey Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 6,526 8,132 Mentioned Above Razer Phone 2 See It $399 Razer Phone 2 Red Magic Mars CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Asus ROG Red Magic Mars Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Black Shark: Within minutes the phone got really hot.Razer: The music and effects sounded full over the built-in speakers. But man oh man did the phone get hot.Red Magic Mars: The audio was thin and when the volume grew louder it also sounded muddy. Without a case, this is my favorite phone to hold for playing Sdorica.ROG: The phone remained warm but never got hot.Shadowgun Legends 61,010 Apple 4:12 61,010 I evaluated each gaming phone in terms of design, specs, performance and, most importantly, gameplay. (P.S.: All of them have the Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s found in the Note 9, OnePlus 6T and Pixel 3.) Below are my recommendations and an in-depth breakdown of gameplay, design, battery life and cooling systems on each phone. Read on to see which of these gaming phones is the best buy.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 8GB • 8GB Share your voice See at Amazon Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 gets unboxed 8,445 Xiaomi ZTE Amazon Asus Google Razer Samsung Applelast_img read more

Did Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora ignore each other at Zee Cine

first_imgMalaika Arora, Arbaaz Khan, Giorgia AndrianiVarinder ChawlaEx-couple Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora have been in the news ever since the two announced their separation in 2016. They were granted divorce in May 2017. The two have now moved on in their respectives lives and found solace in their new partners’ arms. While Arbaaz is dating Italian model Giorgia Andriani, Malaika is seeing Arjun Kapoor. Both Arbaaz and Malaika have spoken about their bitter separation and how they couldn’t bare with each other anymore. But are they still cordial with each other?A lot of things happen when a slew of Bollywood stars come under the same roof. And the same happened when Arbaaz and Malaika were seen walking the Zee Cine Awards 2019 red carpet in Mumbai, on Tuesday (March 19). All eyes were on Arbaaz and Malaika as soon as they entered into the open air auditorium.Malaika was the first one to arrive at the venue and was seen posing on the red carpet and interacting with the media. She was wearing a dramatic red thigh-high slit silk gown and needless to say that the Bollywood diva was looking turned many heads with her mesmerising look. Arbaaz and Giorgia, on the other hand, arrived on the red carpet after Malaika left the spot. The two walked hand-in-hand and posed for some photographs on the red carpet.However, conflicting reports have been making the rounds about Arbaaz and Malaika’s chemistry at the award function. A report in Dainik Jagran says that Arbaaz and Malaika both had come face-to-face with each other and even had an eye contact but paid no heed to each other.Meanwhile, a report in Spotboye says that though Arbaaz and Malaika arrived one after another, Malaika greeted Arbaaz with a hug when the latter walked in with his girlfriend Giorgia at the event coordinating in black and white.International Business Times India couldn’t independently verify these reports.A few days ago, Malaika had opened up about her divorce with Arbaaz Khan and said that she was glad that she took the decision on her own. Arbaaz too made it clear that his relationship with his 16-year-old son Arhaan is beautiful, it looks like his equation with Malaika has gone sour. And the reason could be none other than her relationship with Arjun Kapoor.last_img read more

Body of headless woman found inside box near Delhi metro station probe

first_imgGetty ImagesIn a spine-chilling incident, a headless body of a woman was found in a box on a bicycle near the national capital’s Jahangirpuri metro station on Saturday, June 8.The body was discovered at around 5 pm in the evening by the Delhi Police when a local shop owner noticed water dripping from the box and an odour emanating from it and informed the police. They soon arrived at the scene, opened the box and found the decomposed body.”Inside, a woman’s headless body was found wrapped in a blanket,” Bhisham Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police (North West) told Hindustan Times. He added, “There were no identification proofs in the box.””Prima facie it appears that the woman had been killed two-three days ago and was dumped here. The body had started to decompose and the skin had turned black,” an officer was quoted as saying by PTI.Investigators revealed that the box was white in colour and that it was taped in many places so that it wouldn’t come apart when the body was stuffed in it.A probe is underway and the footages from a CCTV camera in the vicinity are being scrutinised to check who brought the bicycle. The body has also been sent for an autopsy to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital.last_img read more

Austria to expel imams shut mosques

first_imgAustrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz File Photo: Reuters.Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, triggering fury in Ankara.”The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – comprises around 60 imams,” said Herbert Kickl of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), the junior partner in Austria’s coalition government.In total 150 people risked losing their right to residence, he said at a press conference in Vienna.Ankara quickly denounced the move.”Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country”, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.Seven mosques will also be shut after an investigation by the religious affairs authority into images which emerged in April of children in a Turkish-backed mosque playing dead and reenacting the World War I battle of Gallipoli.”Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the ruling centre-right People’s Party said.In several cases the process of expelling imams connected to the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB) organisation was underway, Kickl said.The interior minister added that the government suspects them of contravening a ban on foreign funding of religious office holders. ATIB is a branch of Turkey’s religious affairs agency Diyanet.The photos of children, published by the Falter weekly, showed the young boys in camouflage uniforms marching, saluting, waving Turkish flags and then playing dead.Their “corpses” were then lined up and draped in the flags.The mosque in question was run by ATIB.ATIB itself condemned the photos at the time, calling the “highly regrettable” event and said that “called off before it had even ended”.Turkey’s relations with Austria have long been strained, with Kurz calling on the European Union to break off negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc.Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Kurz, saying: “This immoral chancellor has a problem with us”.”He’s throwing his weight around and making a scene,” Erdogan went on.Both Kurz, of the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) and the FPOe made immigration and integration major themes in their election campaigns last year.In Friday’s press conference Kurz was keen to emphasise that the action was being taken under legislation to regulate Islamic associations that he himself brought in as a minister in the previous government.last_img read more