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Varun Dhawan: The actor who became a star first

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Varun Dhawan is still basking in the glory of his latest release October and for anyone who has seen and loved the film, they will know that with this film, an actor was born. Tapping into Dan’s psyche and making us see the world through his eyes was quite an achievement for Dhawan and I say that because never had I imagined that the man who has featured in films like Judwaa 2 and Main Tera Hero would successfully display this side of himself on the silver screen.

It isn’t just me who holds this opinion for Varun Dhawan, many would agree when I say that Varun Dhawan has always been the quintessential Bollywood star, but acting.. not so much. The superstar title does not necessarily require one to act but if they can, it’s like a cherry on top. Varun Dhawan, is now a part of that league, even though he only has a couple of films to back that claim.

Ever since he made his debut in 2013, Varun Dhawan has been a part of a lot of hits. By hits I mean the films that have done really well at the box office but haven’t necessarily been great performances. His chiseled abs and near-perfect dance moves have gathered him a large fan following. I even once saw a little girl going ga-ga when she saw a poster of Dhawan in a mall and insisted that her mother click her picture with the said poster. That is his charm. In impressing a younger audience, Varun Dhawan has managed to secure his longevity as a star. But cinegoers who come back disappointed from the theatres every week were still not a part of his fan base. With October, he has impressed them as well and that only adds credibility to his future work.

 

For many years, Dhawan stood tall for his performance in Badlapur and while that was quite commendable, it was no October.

With conversation about nepotism erupting every few weeks, Varun Dhawan has borne the brunt of being David Dhawan’s son as well. Even though he wasn’t launched by his father, one can suspect that having Dhawan as his surname must have played a role in the same. For having seen superstars like Govinda and Salman Khan casually hang out at his house, Varun has seen what makes a star and that too, really closely. And that probably played a role in his film choices as well.

Having starred in 10 films till date, Dhawan is just starting to build a filmography that will tell his tale one day. He became an entertainer with his dance moves and with some really mainstream film choices, he reached a large part of the audience who loves to watch the song and dance drama because after all, that is what we love about Bollywood. His upcoming films include Sui Dhaaga and the recently announced Kalank and if October is an example, we will probably see a hint of this nuanced performer in all his future films.

One would remember that it was soon after Highway that the audience acknowledged the acting chops of Alia Bhatt and since then, even her commercial mainstream performances like 2 States and Badrinath Ki Dulhania have always carried a hint of the actor that shone in the Imtiaz Ali film. We hope that October will act as the benchmark for Varun Dhawan as well.


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Vivo Y91 With Dual Rear Cameras, Dewdrop Notch Launched in India

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Vivo has launched a new smartphone in India called the Vivo Y91 which features a dual camera, a dewdrop notch, and an eye-catching gradient design on the rear panel.

The new smartphone from the Chinese company is priced at Rs. 10,990 and takes on similarly priced offerings from brands like Xiaomi and Realme. The Vivo Y91 is claimed to deliver a superior photography experience with its AI-backed dual-rear cameras at a budget price point.

Vivo Y91 price in India

 

The Vivo Y91 price in India has been set at Rs. 10,990 in India and is now available for sale from the official Vivo India e-shop, Amazon India, and Paytm Mall. It will also be made available via offline retail partners. On the Vivo India site, tt comes bundled with a free Bluetooth earphone. Vivo is also offering an exchange offer (only for old Vivo smartphones), no-cost EMI, and 15-day replacement with the purchase of the new smartphone. The company is also touting Vivo Y91 launch offers such as Jio benefits worth Rs. 4,000 along with 3TB data. Airtle subscribers on the other hand will get instant cashback of Rs. 2,000 and 240GB of data. An additional Rs. 500 off on exchange was also detailed.

Vivo Y91 specifications

The Vivo Y91 features a 6.22-inch Halo FullView display with an HD+ resolution (720×1520) and 88.6 percent screen-to-body ratio with a dewdrop notch on top and minimal side-bezels. The new Vivo smartphone is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the Vivo Y91 features a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture) primary sensor and 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary sensor for capturing depth information, while on the front, there is an 8-megapixel (f/1.8) camera to handle selfies.

The AI-backed cameras bring features such as smart beautification which detects attributes such as gender, skin tone, and external lighting to apply the requisite effects and deliver the best photos. Portrait mode, slow-motion capture and face unlock are also on the table, however, there is also fingerprint sensor on the back.

In the storage department, there is 32GB of inbuilt storage which can further be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB).

The dual-SIM Vivo Y91 (Nano+Nano) has support for 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GLONASS, GPS, and Wi-Fi 2.4G, while a USB 2.0 port is there for charging and file transfer. The Vivo Y91 comes equipped with a 4,030mAh battery that is supported by a native smart power management system to conserve battery juice. The new smartphone tips the scale at 163.5 grams and measures 75.09 x 8.28 x 155.11mm. As for the color options, the Vivo Y91 comes in Ocean Blue and Starry Black shades with a gradient texture.

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Lenovo’s Yoga A940’s desktop reminds of Microsoft’s Surface Studio

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Lenovo has showcased a new Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop at the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas, and it clearly appears to be inspired from Microsoft’ giant Surface Studio desktop. Like the Microsoft all-in-one desktop, which aimed at creators and artists, the Yoga A940 is also focused on the same aspects.

The 27-inch 4K or QHD resolution IPS touchscreen display has a rotating hinge, which allows the display to tilt to 25-degrees drafting mode, and provides what Lenovo calls enough”flexibility and stability” for artists when drawing or sketching on the screen.

There’s also a Lenovo Precision Dial, similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial. The controller can be used by creators for “more precise selections and adjustments,” and there’s support for a digital pen as well.

 

The all-in-one desktop also has Lenovo’s Smart Assist AI-enabled features, a Dolby Vision-enabled 4K wide angle display and there are Dolby Atmos Speakers.

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Coming to the dial, this can placed on either the left or right side of the Yoga A940, depending on user preference.

A user can scroll the dial to adjust features like brush stroke, tip size, opacity and flow rate on one hand. This Lenovo dial has been optimised for compatibility with popular applications like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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There’s also a Lenovo Precision Dial, similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial.

Lenovo’s new desktop will be powered with up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon RX 560 discrete graphics.

The company is offering options of up to 32GB DDR4 RAM memory and up to 512GB PCIe SSD storage or there’s the option of going for 2TB SATA HDD storage.

The new Lenovo desktop will cost $2,349.99 and will be sold via the Lenovo US website and Best Buy starting April 2019. In comparison, the Microsoft Surface Studio costs nearly $3,999.

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Jabra Evolve 65t Wireless Earbuds With Up to 15-Hour Battery Life Launched

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Jabra has expanded its portfolio and launched the Evolve 65t in India. The wireless earbuds are touted to be the world’s first Unified Communications (UC) certified wireless earbuds, and they come with 4-microphone professional sound support. It offers up to 15 hours of battery life, and claims to block out background noise as well. The company says that these wireless earbuds are also the first to attain Skype for Business certification as well. The Jabra Evolve 65T supports Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice assistance, depending upon the operating system of the paired device.

The Jabra Evolve 65t is said to be available in India sometime this month, and be priced at Rs. 39,440. The earbuds work with two simultaneous devices at once – the smartphone and the laptop (via a separate Bluetooth adapter). It offers 5 hours battery life in single charge, and up to 15 hours battery life with the charging case. The earbuds take up to 2 hours to fully charge, the company claims. While it blocks surrounding noise, there’s also an option called HearThrough that allows for filtered ambient noise to pass through. The four microphones on board allow for high call quality with the frequency range from 100Hz to 10kHz, and the call and music experience can be customised in the Jabra Sound+ app for smartphone and Jabra Direct app for PCs and Laptops.

The Jabra Evolve 65t is IP55 certified which means that it can withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction. The company notes that you can use the right earbud on its own, while leaving the left earbud in the charging case. However, the left earbud cannot be used on its own. The ear tips come in three sizes – small, medium, and large, and connectivity options include Bluetooth v5.0 and wireless range of up to 10 metres. The Jabra Evolve 65t’s dimensions measure in at 27x30x22.5mm.

 

“With the Evolve range we have focused on empowering users to be productive at work. Whether your main place of work is a crowded, open office or a flexible environment, it is crucial that you have seamless connectivity and optimal concentration. With Evolve 65t, we now add a true wireless headset to the professional experience,” said Holger Reisinger, SVP Business Solutions at Jabra.

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