Author: Sushmita Dahal

For the first time: Rekha ditches makeup, looks her age

Does Rekha still look as much of a diva when the makeup is wiped off, kanjivarams are exchanged for something less glitzy and the heavy jewellery is gone? That is a question most Indians have discussed over the years. Now, finally we can tell you the answer – it is yes and no. To begin with, Rekha – like all other humans – is not ageless. When she stepped out of home to watch the screening of Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda-starrer Highway on Monday in Mumbai, the makeup was minimal and the outfit was an off-white kurta-churidar. And she was looking her age. Even though Rekha looked graceful and beautiful in the simple avatar, the signs of ageing were there, normally hidden under carefully applied makeup. Looking a little tired as well, she studiously avoided the cameras. The shuttebugs, on the other hand, could not stop clicking...

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HTC M8 to Come in Gold?

In the latest image leak, HTC M8’s back has been revealed. Unlike other leaks, for the first time, the new leak hints at HTC One 2 or HTC M8 launching with a metallic back and perhaps in the Golden colour. Apple unleashed a gold frenzy with iPhone 5S and looks like other phone makers are all set to carry it forward. Even if not a gold finish, the metallic lustre in the photos makes us think that HTC M8 will debut in sharp, metallic colours, While Gold and Silver might be the preferred choices, we wonder if HTC will launch the phone in multiple colours with a metallic finish. The one thing that’s stayed constant across multiple leaks and rumours are the dual-rear end cameras. The picture confirms the same with the main rear end camera being positioned in the same place as the regular cam and the other being slightly at the top of the phone. However, while the placement made us wonder if HTC was planning on doing an Oppo N1 and giving us a Twister device. However, the front top is relatively different than the rear end top making the theory bite the dust. A similar image leaked recently by the Twitter handle @HTCFamily_ru showed the phone with dual-camera too but quickly declared the image to be a fake. While this set of images looks slightly...

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Why you can’t stop playing Flappy Bird

There’s a feeling that you get when your skills are perfectly matched against a difficult challenge. You become engrossed, even obsessed. Your entire world is focused on the task at hand. Your body responds to the perfect combination of frustration from the difficulty of the challenge and the sense of accomplishment from overcoming it. All great creative minds throughout history—artists, musicians, dancers, and inventors—have experienced this feeling while deep in the midst of their creative process. It is also a feeling that some people get when they play Flappy Bird, the deceptively complex and addictive Smartphone game by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen that’s raking in an astounding $50,000 in daily revenue. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls this feeling “flow.” It arises when there is a perfect balance between stress and reward. If the task that you’re engaged in is too hard and you don’t succeed, then your emotions swing in one direction: anxiety, anger, and frustration. If the task is too easy, you swing in the other: boredom and disinterest. When challenge and success are balanced, the result can be emotionally intoxicating. Csikszentmihalyi developed his theory of “flow” by studying artists, inventors, and creative geniuses. After conducting hundreds of interviews, he found that creative people experience very similar feelings when they are deeply engaged in their craft. Different people describe the feeling in different ways, ranging from euphoria to a sense...

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BAFTA 2014: list of winners

The harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave won the Best Film award at Britain’s top movie honours on Sunday, cementing its status as favourite for the Oscars next month, but it was the space thriller Gravity that claimed the biggest trophy haul. Here is a list of winners in the main categories at the 2014 BAFTAs, Britain’s top film honours: BEST FILM: 12 Years a Slave OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: Gravity BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity LEADING ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave LEADING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine SUPPORTING ACTOR: Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle DOCUMENTARY: The Act of Killing ANIMATED FILM: Frozen ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: The Great Beauty ORIGINAL MUSIC: Gravity CINEMATOGRAPHY:...

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Facebook’s black market problem revealed

“Advertising your page on Facebook is a waste of money.” By the time this flat statement arrives in the YouTube video “Facebook Fraud” — uploaded on Monday, and watched more than a million times by Thursday morning — viewers have been led through a fascinating tour of some troubling features of Facebook’s “Like”-based economy. The story behind the video goes like this: Its creator, who goes by the handle Veritasium on YouTube but is named Derek Muller in real life, had long been suspicious that thousands of “likes” on a page he had paid Facebook to promote two years ago were actually bogus. So he created another Facebook page designed to be so purposely awful that no sentient being would click on it, and then paid the social network to promote that one too. People did end up clicking on it almost immediately, but in Muller’s opinion, a close examination indicated that it was unlikely that they were genuine fans of his horrible page. Most of these people were wildly indiscriminate in their “liking” behavior, clicking the like button on hundreds and hundreds of random pages. To Muller, they appeared to be fakes generated by “click farms” — sweatshops full of low-paid drones who spend their days “liking” stuff on Facebook. In other words, they were useless. Fake likes don’t represent real “engagement” with your page. They don’t translate...

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