Telus starts taking pre-orders for the Essential Phone [Updated]

Update: As per the device’s listing on the carrier’s website, those pre-ordering will get their unit by September 1.

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In the US, Sprint is the only carrier that will sell the Essential Phone directly. In Canada, Telus is in the same position, as revealed back in June. The first handset created by Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s new company should receive an actual, firm release date within days.

As we wait for that to happen, perhaps you’re in Canada and want to be among the first people to purchase the handset from Telus? Good news, then – the carrier has started taking pre-orders today.

An Essential Phone will cost you a whopping CAD 1,050 outright. Alternatively, you can pay CAD 290 for it if you choose specific two-year contract plans starting at CAD 95 per month. If you want to pay lower per month (CAD 85 and up), then you need to shell out CAD 490 for the handset initially.

You can pick between the Black Moon and Pure White color versions for now, there’s no word about the grey iteration or the green/copper combination called Ocean Depths. The devices you buy from the Canadian carrier will not be network locked.

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YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

YouTube has started rolling out a “Breaking News” section in people’s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts, Android Police reports.

For most, YouTube is a place to hop from one video to the next and descend down rabbit holes, but browsing anything like a feed has become less straightforward than other platforms, which makes the breaking news section an interesting addition.

As the video sharing site has grown older, the content has grown more produced with YouTube personalities mounting “celebrity” careers, while commentary-heavy videos grow in popularity over the raw video that is more common on Facebook and Twitter.

For YouTube’s part this has grown to be a very valuable distinction. While Facebook’s has seen its video views increase heavily by way of quick-and-dirty videos, YouTube seems to be somewhere where people invest major time browsing, even if there seems to be just as much noise. In June, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the site had 1.5 billion watching an hour of video each on mobile alone.

Breaking news may initially seem to be a bit of an unusual direction for the site, but as Google works on courting publishers through special programs with AMP, it may be interesting to see how YouTube treats partnerships with 24-hour broadcast news publishers who already put a lot of content on the site.

Today, my “breaking news” tab had a lot of news on Bannon’s exit from the White House. Most of the stuff was an hour or two old, so it’s not BREAKING quite as much as other locations but it offers a chance to see stories evolve on YouTube in a much more packaged way. For now  it seems that YouTube is mostly turning to traditional networks as the sources. Going with established media might be a more straight-forward start but it will be interesting to see how much it adjusts to people’s viewing habits and whether more bombastic YouTube personalities find their way into the tab sharing their thoughts on the day’s latest news and begging you to like and subscribe for more.

Fitch Upgrades Greece's Credit Rating

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Greece’s credit rating from CCC to B-, a one-notch improvement that still leaves the bonds issued by the crisis-battered country well below investment grade.

The ratings agency said Friday that the outlook of the Greek economy was positive and that it expected talks with the country’s international creditors to be concluded “without creating instability.”

A Fitch statement added that other European countries using the euro currency were expected to grant Greece substantial debt relief next year. It said that would boost market confidence and help Greece finance itself directly by issuing bonds after its current bailout program ends in a year.

Fitch said Greece’s political situation had become more stable and that there was “limited” risk of a future government reversing bailout-linked austerity and reforms.

All You Need To Know About The Acting Debut Of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Cast

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All You Need To Know About The Acting Debut Of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Cast

SAB TV’s longest running show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is the most loved television comedy show. The light-hearted family show secured a special place in the hearts of the Indian TV audience of all age groups with its fun and family oriented plot.

Generally, the lead actors of the show are famous and are given credits for the show’s success. But Taarak Mehta is one show where the star cast has played a vital role in making this show successful.

Not many are aware that these stars did not make their acting debut with TMKOC. They have previously appeared in shows however, they went unnoticed.  Let’s take a look at how the show star cast made their acting debut.

1. Dilip Joshi

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Dilip who plays Jethalal in the show made his acting debut with Salman Khan starrer Maine Pyar Kiya where he played the role of servant Ramu.

2. Disha Vakani

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Before she shot to fame as Daya, Disha played small roles in movies like Devdas and Jodha Akbar.

3. Neha Mehta

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Neha who plays the role of Anjali, made her acting debut with Zee TV’s Dollar Bahu in  2001.

4. Amit Bhatt

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Amit who currently seen as Champaklal Gada in the show made his acting debut from television show Yes Boss and also appeared in shows like Khichdi, Chupke Chupke, Funny, Gupshup Coffee Shop, F.I.R.

5. Munmun Dutta

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Taarka Mehta’s hot and happening Babita made her acting debut in 2004 from the serial Hum Sab Baraati where Dilip Joshi played a lead role in this show.

6. Shyam Pathak

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The Patrakar Popatlal of the show appeared in Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family in which he played the role of Rajendra Jayantilaal Joshi.

Published by Harmisha Chauhan on 18 Aug 2017

LG Q6 is now available in the UK for £269.99

The upcoming LG V30 won’t actually be the second handset from the Korean manufacturer to sport its elongated, nearly bezel-free display it calls Full Vision. That honor goes to the LG Q6, announced last month as a slightly smaller, lower-end version of the flagship G6.

The Q6 is now available to buy in the UK. If you’re after a SIM-free unit, you’ll need to pay £269.99. At the moment only Clove and Carphone Warehouse seem to have it in stock, with the latter boasting an exclusive on the Platinum color version in the UK. There’s also a black option, which can be picked up from either of the retailers.

If contracts are your thing, Carphone Warehouse will happily oblige on that front too. In order to nab the phone for nothing upfront, you’ll need to pick a plan that costs at least £17.99 per month. That cheapest option includes 600 minutes, 5,000 texts, and 500MB of 4G data from iD, the retailer’s own MVNO. There are a lot of other contracts to choose from, with EE, Vodafone, and O2 as well, so make sure you check all of them before you decide.

According to past rumors, the Q6 should land in continental Europe on August 21, which is next Monday. In the Eurozone it will allegedly be priced at €349 unlocked. The device has a 5.5-inch 18:9 touchscreen, the Snapdragon 435 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 13 MP main camera, a 5 MP selfie snapper, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet.

Other solar glass options generally harvest in the infrared range, since if you captured the full spectrum — well, that wouldn’t be a window, it’d be a wall. But the energy you can capture is limited.

Researchers at the University of Exeter thought up an interesting alternative that may be the best of both worlds (until the next breakthrough, anyway). They created these thick blocks of glass with optical features — not quite lenses or tunnels, but sort of light guides — that funnel light from a large area on the sunny side of the window onto a much smaller cell on the inside.

By concentrating the light onto a smaller point, you get considerably more energy out of the cell’s tiny surface area than if it were ordinarily illuminated. It won’t be as much as a full-on cell covering that amount of space, but at least it’s transparent! Apart from the little cells and the wires connecting them, of course, which actually make a rather cool-looking pattern.

And because of their thickness, these Solar Squared units, as they’re called, even provide decent insulation.

Free light, free power, and free thermal insulation — or free after it pays for itself, anyway. That could make it attractive to larger building designers, who are always looking to integrate energy-saving, green features like this into their work.

Solar Squared is being spun off from the University as an independent business endeavor — a company called Build Solar.

Of course you can’t order these things right now — it’s still a prototype and they’re waiting on the patent to go through. But it’s a smart idea and one that seems likely to find its footing in the commercial world. If it sounds like a good match for something you’re building — and you’re in the UK somewhere convenient to Exeter — contact the team and maybe you can work together to put together a demo roof.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon starrer ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ movie review is here!

Complete review of ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’

Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Seema Pahwa

Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Producer: Nitesh Tiwari, Shreya Jain, Rajat Nonia

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Music Director: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk Bagchi, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin, Vayu

Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon starrer ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ has been released in cinemas. The film is basically based on Ingredients of Love, which is a French book.

Story of the movie: The story of Bareilly Ki Barfi is about Bitti Mishra aka Kriti Sanon. The Bareilly girl loves break-dance, smokes cigarettes, likes to watch English movies and is a free bird. Even though Bitti Mishra meets many suitors for her marriage, she lands up getting rejected by everyone. That’s why her marriage becomes the prime concern of her parents (Seema Pahwa and Pankaj Tripathi). Sad Bitti wants to run away from her house so that her parents don’t have to suffer for her. While sitting at the railway station, she buys this book, titled Bareilly Ki barfi. It describes a character who is exactly like Bitti.

The girl desires to meet the author (Rajkumar Rao) as she thinks he knows her well and he is her Raj from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. When the book’s printer Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana) gets to know about Bitti Mishra’s love for the book’s author. He fabricates a story involving Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao), whose name and photograph features as the book’s author. How Chirag (Ayushmann) deals with the situation by forcing the innocent Pritam to help him is the crux of the story.

Star Performance: Ayushmann Khurrana has delivered a brilliant performance, his comic timing is impeccable. While, Kriti Sanon has done justice to her role. Bitti’s parents, played by Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pahwa, are the highlights of the movie. Rajkummar Rao have also done justice to his role.

Music Direction: There are a couple of songs which makes for good listening. These songs include ‘Sweety Tera Drama’, and the soothing ‘Nazm Nazm’. The other songs are just about average and do no good to either the film or its narrative.

Direction: The film’s direction is good. Ashwiny has shown the story of the small town in the best possible way. The dialogues are catchy. The movie has good production values and background and picturisation are the attractions on the technical front. The film’s weak point is that, the story of the film is predictable. The viewer can easily understand what is going to happen in the next scene. It could be written even more better.

Watch Or Not: If you like a  light-hearted comedy movies, than you can watch it once.

Check out the public review of ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ here:

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