Sri Satya Sai Baba

Because Nature is a reflection of the Divine, its laws cannot be transgressed by anyone. Human beings are gifted this birth to realise their own true nature. Instead of seeking to understand the truth about the cosmos, people lose it in the pursuit of material possessions. They do not realise that the human body made up of five basic elements, is bound to perish. This temporary and perishable body should be regarded only as a means for realising the eternal Reality. The body should be considered as an iron safe, in which the precious jewels of good qualities and good actions are kept. It is these qualities that should be cherished. If today, the state of the world appears deplorable, it is because people's actions and conduct are not good. People should return to the ways of righteousness and lead a good and godly life.

Lunar Eclipse on the 4th April 2015

Relief floods through our spiritual bodies as the acute emotional processing of the past two weeks finally finds ground, as the Earth comes between the Sun and Moon today just after 1pm (13:05:31 BST in Ireland).



If this was a normal Libran Full Moon, it would merely reflect a portal of awareness concerning how confidently you have been able to speak your truth, even when fear shakes your voice, which you were challenged to embrace raised back on the 24th September 2014.



However, the 4th April 2015 Libran Full Moon is a lunar eclipse, one that will briefly see the Moon turn a reddish hue (see image for who can see it) for about five minutes (this is the shortest lunar eclipse this century). Moreover, this lunar eclipse is one of 8 groupings of four total eclipses in a row that will take place this century, but has been given special significance because it falls on two sacred events in the Judaic calendar – Passover and Tabernacle (this last took place between 1967 and 1968 and has only happened 8 times in 21 centuries (first being on 162-163 AD).



Since it is an eclipse, it means that, energetically speaking, there is deeper dimension to what is being brought into your awareness at this time. This full moon is also the first opportunity of insight to see how deeply the new structures in your life have been rooted within your emotional body, a process that has been acutely taking place during your spiritual awakening over the past three years.



For numerous reasons, partially due to living between two eclipses, the past two weeks have been replete with heightened emotions. For me, one of the themes that this Libran lunar eclipse concerns is to reclaim your sense of identity from those to which you have an emotional connection. I have been privileged to witness some insights emerge in the lives of those I have worked with since the solar eclipse of the 20th March, some of which you may also resonate with:



• What other’s think about you, how you think, how you live your life and what you belief, is really none of your business. It puts you in a place of self judgement and subsequent anxiety and ultimately a fruitless exercise, since it results in emotional exhaustion.

• There is no point in comparing your life to anyone else. Everyone has a unique journey. No-one shares the same energetic conditions imbued within the fabric of their being, since no-one is ever born at exactly the same place and time. Therefore you have no idea what their journey is all about, what they ultimately need to learn and experience and at what level their consciousness is operating.

• Take a break from over analysis; be in the moment and stop trying to control everything around you. It is alright not to know the answers. Moreover answers tend to come when you least expect them!



Finally, this eclipse will also focus your awareness on your processing of 19 years ago on the 4th April 1996, when there was a lunar eclipse on the same day at the same zodiacal degree, so if you have a memory for emotional insights, it would be useful to reflect on what moved and shifted for you back during a time when your consciousness was not as developed as it is today. What did you learn and integrate and what is mirroring and paralleling those events in your life now?



Regardless of whether you get to physically see the Moon turn red or not, you will feel the rawness of the emotion so be kind to yourself and to those you love and connect with. Thanks for reading.

14 Great Reasons To Get Motivated And Stay Motivated


Why should you bother to spend your valuable time to learn how to get motivated and stay motivated?



Here´s why.

Your quality of life will change dramatically when you take charge of how motivated you feel in any given moment.

Family and friends will respect you more and see you in a whole new light. And deadline frenzy will be a thing of the past.



There are several good reasons to learn the secrets to getting motivated and staying motivated.



What Learning How To Get Motivated And Stay Motivated Can Do For You



1. Earn the respect of your boss and colleagues. As a dependable and productive member of the team people will appreciate you and seek your valuable advice on important matters.

2. Understand what motivates you and enjoy greater success. When you discover your unique motivation blueprint getting ahead will never be a mystery again. You can fire up your motivation engine whenever you choose to.

3. Save money by getting things done on time. You will eliminate those late fees, fines and charges that procrastinators waste their hard earned money on.

4. Enjoy a more harmonious home life. Imagine hearing praise and gratitude for all the little things you get done around the house. You will enjoy a satisfying feeling of accomplishment at the end of each evening.

5. Feel in charge of you life. As you get more done with ease you will have order where you used to have chaos. You will know what you want and feel compelled to move ahead and get it.

6. Start new projects with enthusiasm and stay motivated over time. When you can see things through to completion you will have renewed confidence in your ability to succeed.

7. Stay motivated in the face of challenges and negative people. Setbacks and unsupportive colleagues or friends will make you even more determined when you know how to stay motivated.

8. Avoid the criticism, endless nagging and moaning of those around you. When you easily and effortlessly get things done you give people little reason to criticize you. In fact they are likely to give you more freedom to do things your way.

9. Stop things getting any worse. When you know how to be highly motivated in a matter of seconds, you can turn around situations you have neglected in the past.

10. Develop leadership skills and positively affect those around you. Your drive and enthusiasm will touch everyone you deal with. People will turn to you for leadership and guidance.

11. Eliminate problems while they are small. You will deal with potential problems and concerns sooner rather than later. This habit alone will put you back in control.

12. Put an end to regrets. Become the kind of person who jumps on opportunities. And enjoy the excitement and passion you feel when you are giving 100%.

13. Move ahead quickly in your career. When you can calmly and efficiently get your work done, you position yourself for more responsibility and a higher salary.

14. Feel fantastic about yourself. As a motivated self-starter your self-esteem will soar. You will accomplish much more, have greater success and live a full life.

Let God fight your battles for you....

Worth Reading...

Once Krishna and Arjuna were walking towards a village. Arjuna was pestering Krishna, asking him why Karna should be considered an unparallelled Donor & not him ?

Krishna, turned two mountains into gold.

Then said, "Arjuna, distribute these two gold mountains among villagers, but you must donate every bit of it ".

Arjuna went into the village, and proclaimed he was going to donate gold to every villager, and asked them to gather near the mountain. The villagers sang his praises and Arjuna walked towards the mountains with a huffed up chest.

For two days and two nights Arjuna shovelled gold from the mountain and donated to each villager. The mountains did not diminish in the slightest.

Most villagers came back and stood in queue within minutes. Now Arjuna was exhausted, but not ready to let go of his Ego, told Krishna he couldn't go on any longer without rest.

Then Krishna called Karna and told him to donate every bit of the two gold mountains.

Karna called the villagers, and said "Those two Gold mountains are yours. " and walked away.

Arjuna sat dumbfounded. Why hadn't this thought occurred to him?

Krishna smiled mischievously and told him "Arjuna, subconsciously, you were attracted to the gold, you regretfully gave it away to each villager, giving them what you thought was a generous amount. Thus the size of your donation to each villager depended only on your imagination.

Karna holds no such reservations. Look at him walking away after giving away a fortune, he doesn't expect people to sing his praises, he doesn't even care if people talk good or bad about him behind his back. That is the sign of a man already on the path of enlightenment".

Giving with an Expectation of a Return in the form of a Compliment or Thanks is not a Gift, then it becomes a Trade.

" Give without expecting anything in Return."

Givers Gain 👍




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 Let God fight your battles  for you....

OM  GURU  NATHA
SAI  GURU  NATHA

Changing bodies....

Shri Shri Gaura Nitai, Shri Shri Krishna Balarama, Shri Shri Radha Shyamasundara & Shri Shri Lalitha Vishakha..

nunam hy adrishta-nishtho 'yam
adrishta-paramo janah
adrishtam atmanas tattvam
yo veda na sa muhyati


nunam -- certainly; hi -- indeed; adrishta -- unseen; nishthah ayam -- something ends there; adrishta -- the unseen destiny; paramah -- ultimate; janah -- every living entity within this material world; adrishtam -- that destiny; atmanah -- of oneself; tattvam -- ultimate truth; yah -- anyone who; veda -- knows; na -- not; sah -- he;muhyati -- becomes bewildered.


[ Nanda Maharaja said to his dear brother Vasudeva : ] Every man is certainly controlled by destiny, which determines the results of one's fruitive activities. In other words, one has a son or daughter because of unseen destiny, and when the son or daughter is no longer present, this also is due to unseen destiny. Destiny is the ultimate controller of everyone. One who knows this is never bewildered. 

Shri Potana Maha Bhagavatam - 3.197 - one nice padyam (

Sivananda's Thought for the Day



DIVINE NECTAR

The Divine Name can bring you face to face with God. It is the way, it
is the goal. It is a safe boat that can take you to the other shore of
fearlessness, freedom and everlasting bliss. It is the most precious
wealth. It is filled with countless powers and potencies. It is an
elixir, ambrosia and divine nectar.

—Sri Swami Sivananda

Relationships Stand Above Material Things

A cruise ship met with an incident at sea, on the ship was a pair of couple, after having made their way to the lifeboat, they realized that there was only space for one person left.
At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself.
The lady stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.
The teacher stopped and asked, "What do you think she shouted?"
Most of the students excitedly answered, "I hate you! I was blind!"
Now, the teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, she got him to answer and he replied, "Teacher, I believe she would have shouted - Take care of our child!"
The teacher was surprised, asking "Have you heard this story before?"
The boy shook his head, "Nope, but that was what my mum told my dad before she died to disease".
The teacher lamented, "The answer is right".
The cruise sunk, the man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly.
Many years later after the death of the man, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings.
It turns out that when parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was already diagnosed with a terminal illness.
At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of survival.
He wrote in his diary, "How I wished to sink to the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I can only let you lie forever below the sea alone".
The story is finished, the class was silent.
The teacher knows that the student has understood the moral of the story, that of the good and the evil in the world, there are many complications behind them which are hard to understand.
Which is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first.
Those who like to pay the bill, does so not because they are loaded but because they value friendship above money.
Those who take the initiative at work, does so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility.
Those who apologizes first after a fight, does so not because they are wrong but because they value the people around them.
Those who are willing to help you, does so not because they owe you any thing but because they see you as a true friend.....

FURIOUS 7 WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON DOES MONSTER BOX OFFICE NUMBER


- Furious 7, the movie starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson and others including a small part with Ronda Rousey, opened with a
massive $143.6 million debut, the ninth biggest opening of all-time. In
it’s opening weekend the movie also did a whopping $240,400,000 in foreign
box office receipts, sending it’s total for the first few days to
$384,023,000, well in line to break the $1 billion by the end of it’s
theatrical run. The Rock plays DS agent Luke Hobbs in the Fast & Furious
franchise, a character which was introduced in Fast Five. His one liners
and the way he’s portrayed in this movie screams more The Rock from WWE
rather than Dwayne Johnson the actor and he even Rock Bottoms Jason
Statham through a glass table.

WHY DID THE nWo TRY TO HELP STING AT WRESTLEMANIA?


- It seems that not even Scott Hall knew the logic behind the nWo trying
to save Sting from DX at the WrestleMania 31 pay-per-view last Sunday.
When asked on Twitter why the nWo would save Sting considering all the
times that he beat the group with a baseball bat, Hall replied, “No
comment….$$$$$!” Sting and the nWo had a long history together so it was
only natural that a few fans scratched their heads when the group - Hall,
Hogan, and Nash - came out to Sting’s rescue in his match against Triple

H. The moment, a “WrestleMania Moment” for sure, saw DX and nWo battle for
the first time against each other…some 15 years late.

WWE ISSUES STATEMENT ON CONNOR AND WARRIOR AWARD


- In a statement issued a day after Justin Roberts accused his former
employer that the company skewed the Warrior Award and inducted Connor
Michalek in the Hall of Fame for their benefit, WWE said that they find it
offensive to suggest that they had different intentions in honoring
Michalek. Discussing the original intentions of Warrior’s idea of honoring
those behind the scenes for their efforts, WWE said that moving forward
the award will be given annually to acknowledge other unsung heroes among
WWE's employees and fans. The full statement reads: “It is offensive to
suggest that WWE and its executives had anything but altruistic intentions
in honoring Connor and his legacy with The Warrior Award. In conjunction
with Connor's father, Connor's Cure was established by Stephanie McMahon
and Paul Levesque to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer, and
to honor a boy that so many people within the WWE family came to love. The
fund is managed by the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and
has already raised more than $200,000 for pediatric cancer research. In
addition, following the Ultimate Warrior's impassioned Hall of Fame speech
last year encouraging WWE to recognize its unsung heroes, the Warrior
Award was established in his memory to honor those who exhibit unwavering
strength and perseverance, and who live life with the courage and
compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior.
With the full support and input of Ultimate Warrior's widow, Dana Warrior,
Connor Michalek was the first recipient of the Warrior Award, and moving
forward the award will be given annually to acknowledge other unsung
heroes among WWE's employees and fans. WWE is proud to use our global
platforms to raise awareness for important social causes, including
Connor's Cure as well as our longstanding partnership with Make A Wish,
our on-going partnership with Susan G. Komen, which has resulted in more
than $1.5 million in funds raised, and our international partnership with
Special Olympics.”

ROUSEY ANSWERS WM-RELATED QUESTIONS ON TWITTER Q&A


- UFC Bantamweight women’s champion Ronda Rousey did a Twitter Q&A with
her fans to promote the Fast & Furious 7 movie and answered a couple of
WrestleMania-related questions. When asked how awesome it was to be in the
ring with The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon, Rousey said it was
like being asked to pinch hit in the World Series and hitting a home run
in the process. Rousey said it was “by far” more exciting for her to be at
WrestleMania than to be at the premiere of Fast & Furious 7. “The squared
circle fits me much better than red carpets,” Rousey honestly replied. And
who would win a real fight between herself and The Rock? “I would
definitely win and @TheRock knows it too. ;)”

ALEX RILEY TAKES A DIG AT AJ LEE


- Back in mid 2013, the now former WWE Diva AJ Lee got a tattoo on the
back of her neck to commemorate the date she won the Divas title. She
tattooed 6, 16 and 13 in tally marks, for June 16, 2013, the day she won
the strap from Kaitlyn at the Payback per-view, and then uploaded a photo
on her Twitter with the words “This is love.” Now, Alex Riley in an
apparent dig at AJ, wrote on his Twitter, “I just got 4-3-15 tattooed on
my neck.” That is the day AJ was gone from WWE. The dig might also be
something towards CM Punk more than AJ as years ago when Punk was on Raw
commentary, he brought up Riley’s DUI arrest when asking if Riley was
under the influence since he was trying to wrestle another former WWE
Superstar, Ezekiel Jackson. Regardless of who it was intended for, Riley
got some serious heat by fans who responded to his Twitter comment and
tore him a new one.

AJ LEE GONE FROM WWE

Former WWE Divas champion AJ Lee decided to hang up her boots and is
gone from WWE. “AJ Lee (April Mendez) has decided to retire from in-ring
competition with WWE. We wish AJ the very best,” said a statement on
WWE.COM. AJ’s relationship with WWE became complicated after her husband,
CM Punk, left the company and blasted them over several issues. While AJ
was never “punished” for her association with Punk, the relationship
between the two parties was obviously a little bit awkward. AJ
participated at WrestleMania and the next night on Monday Night Raw, which
is now her last WWE appearance ever. The 28 year old started with the WWE
in 2009 and was assigned to FCW. She made her television debut on the
third season of NXT in 2010 with Primo as her WWE Pro and then moved to
the main roster on Smackdown in May 2011. AJ won the Divas title three
times during her tenure with the WWE. In February, she raised some
eyebrows after she criticized Stephanie McMahon on Twitter after McMahon
praised Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette for fighting for equal
wages. AJ called out McMahon on Twitter and said that WWE Divas receive
just a fraction of the wages that their male counterparts do and share
little screen time compared to the males.

Shri Shri Gaura Nitai, Shri Shri Krishna Balarama, Shri Shri Radha Shyamasundara & Shri Shri Lalitha Vishakha..




bhratar mama sutah kaccin
matra saha bhavad-vraje
tatam bhavantam manvano 
bhavadbhyam upalalitah


bhratah -- my dear brother; mama -- my; sutah -- son (Baladeva, born of Rohini); kaccit -- whether; matra saha -- with His mother, Rohini; bhavat-vraje -- in yourhouse; tatam -- as father; bhavantam -- unto you; manvanah -- thinking; bhavadbhyam -- by you and your wife, Yasoda; upalalitah -- properly being raised. 


[ Vasudeva said to his dear brother Nanda Maharaja : ] 
My son Baladeva, being raised by you and your wife, Yasodadevi, considers you His father and mother. Is he
 living very peacefully in your home with His real mother, Rohini ? 

Shri Potana Maha Bhagavatam - 3.196 - one nice padyam

Getting prosperity by the demigods....

Quote for April 8

What Easter teaches is this:
Even in the midst of the kingdom you’re living in,
it’s possible to actually pledge loyalty
to a different one.
By feeding the hungry, forgiving your enemies,
and providing shelter for the homeless,
you can actually choose to live in
the kingdom Jesus established.
~ Brandon Ambrosino ("Jesus’ Radical Politics")

Facebook starts testing WhatsApp integration for it Android app


Facebook announced the WhatsApp acquisition in February last year that finally completed in October for $22 billion. Now the social network its testing WhatsApp integration for its Android app, as per a latest report from Geektime. Facebook is rolling out a new update that bumps the Android app to version 31.0.0.7.13. Under this update, some users are seeing a WhatsApp send button that has the WhatsApp icon above it. This button is present next to the "Like", "Comment" and "Share" button under each status update on Facebook.  The integration will allow users to send photos,videos and other content from Facebook to WhatsApp with the use of this "Send" button. It must be noted that this feature has not rolled out to all users and is in the process of testing period.  This marks as the first initiative from Facebook to integrate WhatsApp which are more than 700 million active mobile users. According to reports, teams are already working on a deeper integration that will include the ability to send messages between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Facebook is the biggest social network in the world with over 1.35 billion users and WhatsApp is the largest mobile messaging platform that has more than 700 million monthly ...

Asus Zenfone 2 – ZenUI with Android Lollipop and GamePlay

 


 We recently brought you the unboxing of the Zenfone 2 ZE500CL, the budget variant in the Zenfone 2 lineup. Here we have a video demo of new Zen UI that is based on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and another video to show the gaming performance. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUBhg0NFDnU Even though the look of the Zen UI is similar in the Zenfone 2, Android 5.0 adds several new features including Multi user support that lets you create separate users/profiles. This keeps the UI and apps separately for each users, but the app updates are common. The Zenfone 2 also has built-in call recording feature that lets you records your calls without rooting your phone or installing any external apps. The quality of the audio recorded is pretty good. Another interesting feature in Zenfone 2 is screen pinning. This can be accessed from the multitasking screen. There is a pin icon which you can click to lock the display in a single view. This is more useful when you don't want to get to the homescreen accidentally when you are playing a game. To unlock you can press and hold the back and menu / overview buttons at the same time. Kids mode lets you restrict the apps that you want ...

Sharp looking forward to spin off its smartphone LCD panel division



 Sharp is planning to spin off its smartphone LCD panel unit owing to financial downslide. The Tokyo based company is seeking help from government-supported Innovation Network Corp. of Japan to invest in its small and medium LCD unit, sources told The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. As per the report, the move will reportedly happen during the company's current fiscal year i.e. by next March. Government backed Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) could fund the new corporation with 100 billion yen ($840 million). Sharp's display unit provides about one-third of the company's sales and Sharp has denied plans to sell the unit. The report further stated that Sharp still wants to retain a majority ownership of the LCD unit. A company spokesperson said that while it is looking at various options for its LCD panel business, a final decision has not been made. Sharp is expected to report third annual net loss in four years and has been trying to negotiate its second major bailout since 2012, said Reuters. The company developed ultra sharp 4.1 inch LCD display with 736ppi in November last year.

Myntra to shut down website from May 1st, only app purchase available



 Customers will not be able to shop from Myntra's website as the fashion portal is shutting down its website on May 1st, as per a report from The Economic Times. Myntra will now be a mobile app retailer and allow purchase only from its dedicated mobile app. The move comes from Myntra as it draws 80% of its traffic and 70% of sale from mobile app. This marks the first time an e-commerce platform is heavily betting on its mobile only presence owing to increasing usage of mobile shopping. Myntra had said in February that it may shut down its website once its mobile traffic reaches 90% of the total sales. As per the report, there is a 360-degree advertising and marketing campaign being planned by Myntra for announcing its app-only presence, which is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Flipkart, which acquired Myntra in May last year may also follow suit if the experiment goes down well with the fashion e-tailer. Both Flipkart and Myntra have already stopped their mobile websites from directing visitors to their respective apps.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 launched in Germany, starts at 299 Euros

 

 Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab A series in Russia last month, last week it launched the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 tablet in Germany. It has a 9.7-inch (1024×768 pixels) display, is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It also comes in LTE variant with voice calling and 2GB of RAM. The WiFi variant has 1.5GB RAM. Other specifications are similar in both, including a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD expansion slot and a 6000mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 specifications 9.7-inch (1024×768 pixels) 4:3 display 1.2 GHz quad-core processor 1.5GB  (Wi-Fi)  / 2GB (LTE) RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory (up to 128GB) with microSD Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 5MP rear camera 2MP front-facing camera Dual speakers Dimensions: 166.8 x 242.5 x 7.5 mm; Weight: 450 grams (Wi-Fi), 453 grams (LTE) 4G LTE Cat.4 / 3G HSPA+ (Optional),WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS + GLONASS 6000mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 WiFi is priced at 299 Euros (US$328 / Rs. 20,408 approx) and the LTE variant costs 349 Euros (US$383 / Rs. 23,814 approx). It comes in Black and White and will go on sale in Germany later this month. Via

Google in talks with Three mobile operator for cheap international calls



Google is said to be in talks with Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the mobile operator Three to make overseas calling cheap, as per a report from The Telegraph. The main aim for the talks is to allow US users to access their phones internationally at no extra costs. Google is reportedly planning to create a global network that will charge the same cost for calls, text message and data irrespective of the customer location. If the collaboration with the Hutchison takes place, Google could gain wholesale access to mobile service in the UK, Ireland, Italy and several more countries where the Hong Kong conglomerate owns mobile networks. Moving on, the report states that Google is also seeking to eliminate roaming charges for Three customers. Google announced its plans to launch a mobile network last month. The tech giant will not build mobile masts but rely on wholesale deals to use existing infrastructure both at home and abroad. This move will put pressure on the pricing of America’s biggest mobile operators, AT&T and Verizon, who enjoy higher profit margins than their European counterparts. In addition, the "small scale project", as Google calls it, could encourage operators to invest in new technology to improve mobile coverage via ... 

Asus Zenfone 2 USB OTG and Miracast Demo


 
 We unboxed the Zenfone 2 ZE500C, showed off the Zen UI based on Android Lollipop and gameplay demo recently. The Zenfone 2 ZE500CL has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor.  The smartphone has Miracast screen mirroring support and also supports USB OTG. Here is a demo video that shows both these features. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJXjgVbr4dE Miracast screen mirroring feature was already present in the first generation Zenfone series, but in the new Zen UI, Miracast function is replaced by PlayTo, which is the new name for this feature. Once you have a Miracast dongle or device connected to a monitor, you can mirror the phone's screen to the monitor. It doesn't show any lags, as you can see from the video. The phone also has USB on-the-go (OTG) support that lets you connect a pen drive to it. You can even use a USB hub to connect a keyboard and a mouse to the phone. Even though Asus says that the phone supports microSD cards only up to 64GB, we tried out 128GB microSD card, and it worked perfectly fine.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active receives Bluetooth certification


Samsung is working on a another Galaxy S6 model that is the Galaxy S6 Active. The phone which is listed under the model number (SM-G890A) was just spotted in the Bluetooth SIG database. Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is expected to arrive with a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED+ display, Exynos 7420 SoC coupled with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, and all of that will be powered by a 3,500 mAh battery. It will have a 16MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary shooter.  The S6 Active is expected to be a bit thicker and larger than the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. The S6 Active will measure 73.6 x 146.9 x 8.8 mm as compared to 70.5 x 143.4 x 6.8 mm of the Galaxy S6. There is a possibility that Samsung might announce the phone soon.

Airtel launches ‘Airtel Zero’ to offer free access to mobile applications

 

Airtel has launched Airtel Zero, a new platform that will offer users access to selected applications and services such as chat apps, e-commerce apps, gaming portals and other Internet-based services without any data charges for Airtel customers. Airtel will be partnering with several e-commerce companies and start-ups to offer free access to their apps. It will launch first on Android and iOS platforms. Commenting on the new platform, Srini Gopalan, Director, Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel, said: We are excited to launch 'Airtel Zero', which is an open and non-discriminatory marketing platform for all developers in India - irrespective of the size of their business. We believe that this platform is consistent with India's Digital Inclusion agenda and also contributes to the government's 'Make in India' vision by providing a platform to millions of small businesses to reach out to the end consumer.  Following an extremely successful pilot phase, we are seeing a lot of interest from businesses across the board, including several small startup firms, and expect a large number of applications to sign on. Talking to The Hindu Business Line if this platform goes against net neutrality, Srini Gopalan said "This is an open platform with non-discriminatory pricing, and we believe it will be a win-win for customers and e-commerce players". Reliance Communications ...

How good is the Micromax Canvas Selfie’s front camera?

 

The Micromax Canvas Selfie is one of the first mid range phones to completely embrace the selfie revolution, with the same 13 MP camera on both sides. But as we have seen earlier, megapixels do not always mean better images. So, to find out if the Canvas Selfie is good enough, we pitted it against the HTC Desire 820, a higher-priced mid-range smartphone. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK04C-k4ZqA The Desire 820 comes with an 8 megapixel front facing camera and a BSI sensor, while the Micromax Canvas Selfie comes with a 13 megapixel camera that sports a f2.0 autofocus lens along with a Sony BSI sensor. Let's take a look at some samples now. [gallery columns="2" ids="135986,135987,135988,135989"] In this first photo which was taken up close, the Canvas Selfie manages to use auto focus to its advantage, while the Desire 820 just produces a flat image. In another example, when we examine the detail, the Canvas Selfie is sharper and more detailed, naturally due to the higher resolution. Not only that, the Canvas Selfie's camera app comes with various tools in-built, to make faces in selfies better. You can check out all the details of these features here. The Desire 820 on the other hand comes only with ...

Evernote 7 now available for Android tablets



Evernote updated its Android app in February to version 7.0 with Material Design features and now the popular note taking app is bringing the updated version to Android tablets. Evernote has created a new split toolbar that allows users to take key actions and manage more content simultaneously. The primary navigation still expands and collapses for quick access to all your content while keeping you oriented on the larger screen size. As expected the app gets Material Design features like " flatter look, bolder colors, and improved typography". There is an additional improvement to typography and alignment that results into a cleaner interface. The app also offers more functionality, including an updated new note button, an enhanced note editor and note view with a cleaner layout and controls. Finally, there are the usual bug fixes and performance improvements for the Evernote tablet app. Play Link - Evernote for Android

HTC working on Android Auto competitor “HTC Cello”?



HTC is said to be working on Android Auto in car system, as per a latest post from Reddit. The post says that the company is naming the in-car system as 'HTC Cello". Similar to Android Auto, the HTC Cello will integrate into your car's dashboard. As per the most, the HTC Cello will include features like Night Vision, Sonar, Mini HMI (Human Machine Interface), DVD, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Lane Departure Warning System, Navigation and GPS. Some of these are not available through Android Auto at this time. It also seems like HTC could be developing a special version of their Sense UI which could be integrated into its system. Also, HTC Cello has been in testing since the fourth quarter of 2014 and is currently powered by Android 4.4 KitKat. At present Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, are already available in the market. No details about the official launch of the HTC Cello are known as of yet. via

ZTE Blade S6 Plus launched worldwide via eBay

 

ZTE has launched its Blade S6 Plus smartphone globally via eBay soon after it was launched on UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. It was announced earlier this year and packs a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, is powered by a Octa-Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It features a 13-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. We went hands-on with the ZTE Blade S6, a smaller variant of the Blade S6 Plus. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1xg8GzD-rw ZTE Blade S6 Plus specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display based on in-cell technology Octa-Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (ARM Cortex A53 – 4×1.5GHz + 4×1.0GHz) processor with Adreno 405 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with MiFavor 3.0 UI Dual Nano SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX214 sensor 5MP front-facing camera, wide-angle lens Dimensions: 156.6×77×7.7mm 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 3000mAh battery The ZTE Blade S6 Plus is available via eBay in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, France, Spain and Italy. It is priced at $299.99 (£199.99 and €276.99 in the UK and Europe). No details about ...

Motorola Moto Turbo Benchmarks

 
Motorola launched the Moto Turbo smartphone in India last month. We already brought you the unboxing of the smartphone, here we have the benchmarks. It is powered by an Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) 28nm HPm Krait 450 CPU clocked at 2.65 GHz with Adreno 450 GPU and has 3GB RAM. It has a 5.2 (1440×2560 pixels) Quad HD AMOLED display and runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Check out the benchmark charts. AnTuTu Benchmark 5 It tops the AnTuTu Benchmark 5 by scoring 50714 points, slightly better than the iPhone 6 Plus smartphone. Vellamo 2.0 HTML5 It scored 2734 points and grabs the third spot in the Vellamo 2 HTML5 browser benchmark. Vellamo 2.0 Metal It managed to score 1392 points in the Vellamo 2 Metal CPU subsystem benchmark. Geekbench 3 Single Core It managed to score 1056 points in the Geekbench 3 Single-Core benchmark and lies behind the Galaxy Note 4 with the same processor. Geekbench 3 Multi-Core It lies behind the Galaxy Note Edge by scoring 3173 points in the Geekbench 3 Multi-Core benchmark. NenaMark 2 It clocked 59.6fps in the NenaMark 2 GPU benchmark. GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex (On screen) It clocked 20.7 fps in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex OnScreen benchmark, slightly better than the LG G3. GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (On screen) It managed to clock around 10.2 fps in the GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan ...

LG G4 Spigen cases revealed


We have already seen a bunch of leaks related to the LG G4 that will be announced on April 28. Now, Spigen has revealed lineup of cases for the upcoming flagship phone from LG. The cases show the alleged LG G4, which looks like the LG G3 in terms of design with the volume and power rocker buttons at the back, with a large camera sensor on the back of the device. Also, the chassis of the device looks like it sports a similar brushed aluminum texture to what we saw on the LG G3. Earlier today, LG introduced LG UX 4.0 that will have easy-to-use interface and offer high level of functionality through user settings, According to GFX Bench listing the LG G4 is rumored to come with a 5.5-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD display, Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with new UX, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core SoC  (4 x ARM Cortex-A53 and 2 x ARM Cortex-A57) with Adreno 418 GPU, 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB of internal memory and 4G LTE.

Asus Zenfone 2 launching in India in three variants this April

 
Asus already announced that it will be launching the Zenfone 2 smartphone in India in the last week of April. There was a confusion which variant would launch in India. Today the company has announced that it will be launching all the three variant of the smartphone in India. This includes ZE500CL, ZE550ML and high-end ZE551ML. We unboxed the Zenfone 2 ZE500CL, the entry-level model recently. Check out the unboxing video below. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g_GEUiTa7c We went hands-on with the high-end Zenfone 2 ZE551ML at the MWC last month. Check out the hands-on below. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMIG-cTMcmA Asus Zenfone 2 ZE500CL specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB via micro SD Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 8MP rear camera with LED flash 2MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 148.1 x 71.5 x 10.9mm; weight 155g 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 2500 mAh battery Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 with PowerVR G6430 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB via micro SD Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Real Tone flash 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture Dimensions: 152.5 ...

Mitt Romney's NCAA Bracket Is Ridiculously Good

Known for his success in many facets of life, no one has ever accused Mitt Romney of being a college basketball expert.

But humbling as it may be, Romney’s NCAA tournament bracket this year is almost certainly better than yours. A Romney source passed along the former Massachusetts governor’s 2015 bracket, and it is in astoundingly strong shape.

How strong?

Out of 11.57 million brackets filled out in ESPN.com’s Tournament Challenge, Romney is in 25,485th place -- good enough for the 99.98th percentile. By contrast, the famously basketball-savvy President Barack Obama sits all the way back in 6,918,578th place (the 40th percentile).

Romney’s 2015 March triumph comes three years after he declined to fill out a bracket in the midst of the 2012 campaign. "I'm not plugged in well enough this year to do that," a deferential Romney said at the time.

This year, apparently, he was plugged in well enough.

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Romney picked six of the Elite Eight teams correctly, as well as the Final Four and the final game between Duke and the University of Wisconsin, which Romney plans to attend on Monday night (he was also on hand at the Final Four games on Saturday night).

And in a dramatic show of confidence, he filled out just one bracket and did not even pick a final score for the title game -- a metric that is used to settle tiebreakers. Romney was just that confident about this year’s picks.

And sorry, Badgers fans. Romney picked Duke to win it all.

CORRECTION: Romney picked six of the Elite Eight teams correctly, not all eight as originally stated.

TDP not pursuing AP’s spl status issue with Centre

YSR Congress today said the ruling TDP is not taking the Opposition into confidence and is reluctant to press the Centre for special category status to Andhra Pradesh.  “The state government has never taken Opposition parties into confidence on the issue of special status and has never raised the subject on leading a delegation to Delhi on the issue.

There are conflicting and confusing reports from the Centre on the special status (issue),” party MLA B Rajendranath Reddy said here.  Stating that special status would benefit Andhra Pradesh in getting more Central grants and funds besides rapid industrialisation, Reddy said, “The TDP government is not pressing for it though it was clearly mentioned in the AP Reorganisation Bill.”

The assurance of special status was given by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha, where senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh and others were also present, he said in a release.  “The issue also had the Cabinet nod and was sent to Finance Commission,” he claimed.

“Now Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely is telling that we have to look into it if Andhra Pradesh can be covered under the provisions of special category or not. This is not in good taste. The BJP and its ally TDP trumpeted during electioneering that BJP will grant special status which will propel the state towards development,” the release quoted him as saying.

“But, now they have changed the tune and TDP is totally silent and does not discuss the issue any more, which gives rise to doubts that it is not talking on the issue as it has to cover up its own fallacies which include the irregularities in the capital formation and the Pattiseema projects,” he alleged.

“The state government has its own priorities and has been pursuing with its hidden agenda of benefiting its favoured few in the capital formation and Pattiseema project. It has involved some private players from Singapore, for obvious reasons,” the YSR leader further alleged.

Edward Snowden Explains How The Government Can Get Your 'Dick Pic' During Interview With John Oliver

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with comedian John Oliver nearly two years after he leaked classified documents about U.S. government surveillance programs and fled to Russia to escape prosecution.

"I do miss my country. I do miss my home. I do miss my family," Snowden said.

Oliver, the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," encouraged Snowden to explain bulk surveillance in colloquial terms so the general public could better understand it. He showed Snowden a video of Americans who were concerned that the government improperly intercepted nude photos, or "dick pics," as part of its mass surveillance programs.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Bends Under The Same Pressure As The iPhone 6 Plus

Remember "Bendgate"? As our smartphones get bigger, they get more fragile -- and Apple's not the only company whose phones break under pressure.

SquareTrade, an electronics insurance company, used its own "bend bot" to put the new Samsung S6 Edge, the new HTC One M9 and the iPhone 6 Plus to the same pressure test. Watch the video here:



The robot works by putting pressure in the center of the smartphone until it bends or breaks. Even though Apple had to deal with a huge controversy about the iPhone 6 Plus bending under pressure, Samsung's new smartphone bent at the same point.

The iPhone 6 Plus bent at 110 lbs. of pressure, and it completely broke at 179 lbs.



The Galaxy S6 Edge also bent at 110 lbs., and its screen cracked at that point.



The smartphone was still functional with a broken screen, though, and the Galaxy didn't completely break until it was under 149 lbs. of pressure.

The HTC One M9 bent and broke at 120 lbs of pressure, since the phone's power button is on its side, right where the smartphone bent. You can't use a phone without a power button.



"Is this 'Bendgate 2'?" SquareTrade asks in the video. "No, but for Samsung fans it may be worse. Instead of a bent phone, they may have a pocket full of glass."

Here are the three phones after they've reached their breaking points, with the HTC on the left, Samsung in the middle and Apple on the right:

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Apple received harsh criticism last September when some users discovered that the iPhone 6 Plus, the tech giant's largest smartphone to date, could be bent under a seemingly small amount of pressure. Even though the controversy didn't stop people from buying the 6 Plus, "Bendgate," combined with operating system glitches, did damage Apple's stock in the midst of the drama.

Heroine turns averse to Bikini

Nayantara mesmerized her fans and common audience with her super sleek figure in bikini some years ago in Prabhas’ Billa. However the actress is now staying completely away from the sexy costume saying that she is no longer convenient with it. It is said that the actress is imposing a condition to her makers that she will not be donning that costume at any cost in their future projects.

She is also not agreeing to act in too much of erotic and romantic scenes. She is insisting on keeping this conditions in the agreement itself. However this conditions are also proving to be counter productive for her career. Producers of Mass films are shying away from her due to these conditions.

Post her fall out with Prabhudeva, Nayantara is also being very selective in her films. She is mostly confined to Tamil cinema where she is still the most in-demand heroine. She only acted in Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum and Anamika in Telugu after that.

Woman Can Serve Divorce Papers Via Facebook, Judge Rules

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via a Facebook message.

The woman's lawyer says the ruling was made by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper.

The Daily News (http://nydn.us/1NNmPgs ) says Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message. It will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks or until "acknowledged" by Ellanora Baidoo's hard-to-find husband.

Attorney Andrew Spinnell says the couple married in 2009 in a civil ceremony. He says the relationship began to unravel when the defendant reneged on his promise to a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony as well.

The ruling says Blood-Dzraku has only been in touch with his wife via phone and Facebook.

SVSC finally releasing in Tamil

2013 Sankranthi Blockbuster, Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu starring Victory Venkatesh and Superstar Mahesh Babu is finally releasing in Tamil with a delay of two years. The makers of the Tamil version, Aanandham Aanandham have announced that they are planning to release the film this Summer.

The release of the dubbed version is delayed till now as the makers are unable to find a right slot for the release. Even though the dubbing works are completed long ago, the makers have been holding the movie release.

Directed by Sreekanth Addala, the film had Samantha opposite Mahesh Babu and Anjali with Venkatesh. Jayasudha and Prakash Raj played crucial roles. ‘Dil’ Raju produced this high budget family entertainer. The film ended up as one of the biggest grossers in 2013. Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu as restarted the trend of Multistarers in Telugu film industry.

Rolling Stone's UVA Rape Story Was A 'Journalistic Failure' That Could've Been Avoided, Columbia Finds

NEW YORK -- Rolling Stone’s discredited story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia amounts to a “journalistic failure that was avoidable,” Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism concluded in an exhaustive report published Sunday night.

“The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking,” the authors wrote. “The magazine set aside as unnecessary essential practices of reporting that, if pursued, would likely have led the magazine’s editors to reconsider publishing Jackie’s narrative so prominently, if at all. The published story glossed over the gaps in the magazine’s reporting by using pseudonyms and by failing to state where important information had come from.”

In a Nov. 19 story, Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely described in horrific detail how a UVA student given the pseudonym Jackie was lured two years earlier by her date into a dark room at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house and brutally raped by seven men. But the Washington Post, and other news outlets, soon discovered inconsistencies in the riveting account that served as the crux of Erdely’s 9,000-word bombshell, “A Rape on Campus.”

Tamannah picks Prabhas from all Telugu heroes!

Recently Milky Beauty Tamannah had forayed in to Jewelry Business ‘Wite and Gold. It is quite common that she should have some brand ambassadors for promoting the business. So in one of her recent interviews, the slender beauty was quizzed about the male co-star she would choose for any of her ads, Tamannah instantly replied “Prabhas”.

“Prabhas should be the obvious choice. He is a good friend. On the top of it, a handsome hunk like him always bring instant attention to any business so he is my choice”, Tamannah intelligently replied.

Tamannah is playing an important role in Prabhas’ magnum opus film, Baahubali and this friendship between them blossomed during that movie shoot. On the other side, the young rebel star is yet to appear in any ad film so far in his career and fans will be delighted if the first association is for Tamannah’s business. Tamannah;s business is totally an online venture- ‘www.witengold.com’ and the website is set to officially go live on April 14th, 2015.

Roku Finally Gets Voice Control

Roku has finally done something about the slow and tedious process of using a remote control to steer a cursor, one character at a time, through a grid of letters and numbers to search for TV shows and movies.

The company on Monday announced new versions of two of its streaming devices, which connect to your TV and to the Internet to let you stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and more than 2,000 other sources, which the company refers to as “channels.”

The most useful new feature is the ability to use your voice to search for a TV show, movie, actor or director. This is similar to the feature that Amazon debuted on its own streaming box, the Fire TV, a year ago -- simply press the microphone button on the remote, speak a name or the title of a movie or TV show into the remote, and it will appear on the screen.

Roku’s search feature works across multiple apps, meaning that if you search for a movie or a TV show, Roku will show you different apps it’s available on, and how much it costs to view it. For example, "The Lego Movie" is currently available for free to people who have HBO Go, or can be purchased from Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, M-Go or CinemaNow.

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The new voice search function only comes on the latest version of the Roku 3, the company’s top-of-the-line product, which costs $99.99. As with the older version of the Roku 3, customers can also use the remote as a game controller, and plug headphones into the headphone jack so they can watch a movie or TV show without interrupting others. (It’s a great feature!)

Speaking of the headphone jack: One big change to the lineup is that Roku has pulled the headphone jack from the Roku 2 remote. The new Roku 3 and Roku 2 are actually the same devices on the inside -- it’s just the remote controls that are different.

The Roku 2 costs $69.99.

Roku is also adding a new feature to its menu that lets people “follow” movies. Customers can add titles to the “Roku Feed,” as it’s called, so they can stay up-to-date about when a movie becomes available for rental.

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The Roku Streaming Stick, a portable and less-powerful version of the player, and the Roku 1, which is designed for older TVs, remain unchanged, though the Streaming Stick will get a firmware update that the company promises will make it faster.

Roku’s refreshed products come as the company faces increased competition from the biggest tech companies. Roku was an early leader in making devices that stream video, but Google and Amazon have in the past two years released their own devices.

Apple also recently cut the price of Apple TV, its own streaming box, from $99 to $69.

In another blow to Roku, Apple for three months will be the exclusive non-pay TV provider of HBO Now, the network’s standalone streaming service, when it launches next month.

5 Stories You've Never Heard Before About Heath Ledger As The Joker

Legendary makeup artist John Caglione Jr. worked closely with Heath Ledger over the course of shooting "The Dark Knight," helping the actor transform into the role that would posthumously win him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Caglione had his work cut out for him: Tasked with creating a terrifying Joker that would be distinct from all previous iterations, Caglione had to maintain Christopher Nolan's wishes for the character to be "dirty" and "realistic." The result, we all know by now, is both haunting and iconic.

Saturday, April 4, would have been Ledger's birthday. In his honor, we give you behind-the-scenes stories about his memorable onscreen transformation.

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1. Multiple "cleaner" versions of The Joker makeup existed before the rougher look was found.

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Caglione initially started out trying to make The Joker "very clean" and did some sketches and makeup tests with Ledger, crafting a look that ended up much different than the final face. Increasingly, Ledger and Caglione attempted to degrade the face, but in multiple iterations "it still looked very much like a makeup guy did it." Caglione explained to HuffPost what was going through his head:

As a makeup artist you want it to be perfect, but it had to be imperfect for the character ... And to me it looked like, you know, I would never work again. It was like the worst makeup ever. It was really messed up looking and I just thought, "Oh my god, this could be really terrible for me."
Continuing on, Caglione talked about the early days of when they settled on the rougher look and joked, "There were days when I would look at it and I'd be like, 'Oh, my career is over.'" Of course, the look, which became based around a character who would maybe "sleep in his makeup for a week," ended up working out and Caglione was nominated for an Academy Award.

It should also be noted that the story of Ledger designing the face with department store cosmetics may just be a legend. Caglione said that he "wasn't aware of that" and that Ledger never showed him designs or pictures.


2. The breakthrough for designing the face was when Nolan shared Francis Bacon paintings.

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Nolan has expressed a deep interest with Francis Bacon's paintings in the past and in 2013 during a video made by the Tate Museum, Nolan talked in length about how the paintings inspired The Joker's look.

Specifically, one of Bacon's triptychs (seen above) influenced Nolan's vision for The Joker as he was particularly struck by the contrast of the deformed face against the black background.

In the conversation with HuffPost, Caglione also talked about how Nolan used the Bacon paintings to finalize The Joker face. "I remember Chris bringing in a book on Francis Bacon paintings and it was some really great images, really distorted images and that was kind of our bible and we would go off that. That was an inspiration."

Image: Francis Bacon.


3. Ledger would consistently skateboard around set wearing the full costume and makeup.

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While shooting was taking place in Chicago, the makeup trailer ended up being at the top of a hill relative to where "The Dark Knight" was filming at Lower Wacker Drive. Because of the hill, Heath Ledger was able to quickly hop on a skateboard and roll down to set. Caglione said "he'd have his costume and makeup on" and "just fool around" with his skateboard.

Caglione explained that when Ledger wasn't filming a scene, "he was just himself" and "even in the makeup he'd ride his skateboard to set and goof around and smoke cigarettes. It would not be in character." Calgione continued, "You could come up to him and hang out with him with the makeup on and the costume and he was Heath."

The skateboarding might have been part of Ledger's relaxed vibe on set as Caglione said, "he was just so cool and not freaked out by the scope of the film." Caglione -- who has worked with many award-winning actors such as Al Pacino and Johnny Depp -- counted Ledger as one of the greats partly for his ability to relax and not let the intense nature of roles overwhelm him.

"Not only was he relaxed or trying to relax. But he was making other people around him relax. That's really true with these great actors. You relax and you're doing your best," said Caglione.


4. At the beginning and end of essentially every workday, Ledger would give a round of bear hugs. He'd still goof around and be congenial while dressed as The Joker.

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In a previous interview with Movie Geeks United!, Caglione revealed that Ledger would almost always give big bear hugs to all the makeup artists, actors and other miscellaneous crew members who were there at the beginning and end of his days on set.

"He'd come in and give us big hugs in the morning, that's one thing that always happened," Caglione further told HuffPost. People in the crew could interact with Ledger dressed as The Joker, and they wouldn't get anything remotely close to resembling the villain. "He always was in good humor," said Caglione. "Never lost it or anything like that. Never was mean to anyone. [As] The Joker, being in character."


5. Ledger would carry around The Joker diary so that he could switch into the character once on film.

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Much curiosity surrounds what was in Ledger's "Joker Diary," the sort of scrapbook in which Ledger would compile horrific news stories, drawings and other creepy triggers.

Caglione talked how Ledger would use the diary on set, saying that the actor carried it with him "a lot" and it "just helped him put him in a certain place in his head."

Apparently at the end of shooting, Ledger wrote the words, "BYE BYE," over the last page of the diary.


"I'm glad I had a chance to know him."

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"He made it look easy," said Caglione, who only had great things to say about his interactions with the late actor.

Near the end of the interview, Caglione talked about his admiration of Ledger's ability to stay so cool and calm and friendly throughout filming despite playing the memorably villainous role. Caglione admitted that he was "more of a nervous wreck" than Ledger ever was. "He always was in good humor."

9-yr-old Girl’s Surprising Letter to President

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9-yr-old little girl Sofia is young news-maker as her surprising letter to US President Barack Obama became talking point. In her letter to Mr Obama, Sofia questioned why US currency didn’t feature women at all.

School going Sofia read about Ann Hutchinson and returned home wondering why prominent women are missed and only popular men have place on US currency. Sofia pointed out at the absence of women like Ann Hutchinson, Rosa Parks and etc on US currency who made difference to US and world.

Sofia’s letter written last year did not receive any response for a long time from the White House. However, she received a surprise when a reply to her mail arrived. That too from President Barack Obama no less! Mr Obama appreciated Sofia for her letter and her thoughts. He encouraged her to study further and make a difference to the lives of people through her work and actions.

Sofia’s letter has already gone viral. Obama promised her that he would take notice of the issue pointed by her and try and bring in a change that will provide the opportunity to have faces of prominent women on US currency. What’s interesting is that Obama has invited Sofia to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Giuliana Rancic Says Jerry O'Connell Cheated On Her With Ginger Spice

In her new book "Going Off Script," E! News anchor and "Fashion Police" co-host Giuliana Rancic is spilling secrets some of her exes might have thought were ancient history.

The 40-year-old, who dated Jerry O'Connell from 2003 to 2004, claims the actor cheated on her with Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice, and the woman who would go to be his future wife, Rebecca Romijn.

"I was being two-timed for one of the lesser Spices?" Rancic writes in her book (via Page Six), claiming that when she confronted the "Stand by Me" actor, he admitted the indiscretion with as "much emotion as the customer-service representative who tells you your bags missed the flight.”

The pair got back together in 2004 and apparently even discussed marriage, until Rancic (who was still going by her maiden name of Giuliana DePandi at the time) says O'Connell's wandering eye flared up again at the Maxim’s 100 Hottest Women party.

“Little did I know he was in the VIP area, talking up Rebecca [Romijn]. As a prelude to feeling up Rebecca," Rancic writes, adding that a week later the actor left for Las Vegas and stopped returning her calls.

Rancic says that when she tried to confront the actor at his home, he wouldn't let her in. "Nope. Sorry, homegirl. Things change, but you take care, OK?” he said, ending their relationship. O'Connell would go on to marry Romijn in July 2007 and they welcomed twin daughters in December 2008, while Giuliana married Bill Rancic in September 2007. They have a 2-year-old son, Duke.

Request for comment made by HuffPost Entertainment to O'Connell's reps was not immediately returned.

For more secrets revealed by Rancic, you can pick up her book, "Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections," which hits stores on April 7.

Reddit Hopes Ending Salary Negotiations Will Help Women

Just weeks after losing a courtroom battle that highlighted tech's glaring gender problems, Pao is trying to solve some of them closer to home: at Reddit, where she is interim CEO.

In an effort to promote gender diversity, Reddit is no longer negotiating salaries with potential hires, Pao told The Wall Street Journal. It was her first interview since losing a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers last month.

Domino's CEO: 'We've Gotta Pay More' To Hire Good Workers

Add Domino's to the list of companies coming under pressure to raise pay.

"We've gotta pay more to get people right now," Domino's CEO Patrick Doyle said in an appearance on CNBC on Monday morning. "The great news is the economy is moving, it is getting better, it's getting harder to hire people."

Doyle did not announce a broad raise for his company's lowest-paid workers, but other big employers have recently, including McDonald's and Walmart.

A Brother And Sister Relationship?


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Asin and Abhishek Bachchan have acted together in two films. In one they played as brother and sister to each other whereas they were paired with other actors in the other film.

Nevertheless, Abhishek seems to have taken his role of brother to Asin on screen, literally and is virtually behaving like one. He is said to be helping out Asin with anything and everything that she needs in terms of her career as well as personal life.

Recently, a website was created badmouthing Asin and it was Abhishek who first noticed this and informed Asin.

She promptly approached the cops and filed a complaint against the site. The incident shows the extent to which Abhishek is concerned about Asin.

Surely, it has to be a brother-sister relationship! Married to the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai, why would one want to even look at another woman?

15 Highest-Paying Companies In America

The median income for all Americans was $35,540 in 2013, up slightly from the year before. At a number of U.S. companies, salaries are considerably higher. Based on figures provided by Glassdoor, 24/7 Wall St. examined the 15 highest paying companies in America. At these companies, the median annual compensation is at least four times the nationwide median income.

The companies that pay their employees the most fall primarily into two industries: consulting firms and tech companies. These companies attract some of the nation’s most highly-skilled workers, who demand high salaries to match their expected

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Review North Carolina Voting Law

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the legality of new Republican-backed voting restrictions in North Carolina that were part of a law opponents argued was aimed at making it harder for voters who tend to favor Democrats to cast ballots.

The court rejected the state's appeal of an October decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found that parts of the 2013 law should be provisionally blocked while litigation continues.

The law put in place a requirement that voters show certain forms of photo identification in order to cast a ballot as well as other provisions. At issue in the current case are the sections of the law that barred same-day voter registration and provisional voting for voters casting ballots outside their normal precincts.

The Supreme Court's action has little immediate impact as a full trial on the legality of the law is scheduled for this summer, with a final ruling likely ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The appeals court had said same-day registration and provisional voting for those casting ballots outside their normal precincts, both barred by the law, should be allowed.

In October, the Supreme Court allowed the restrictions to go into effect until the justices had time to consider the state's appeal in full, with two of the nine justices dissenting.

The law was passed by the state's Republican-led legislature in 2013.

Republicans argue that voter ID and other requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud. Democrats say the law and similar measures passed by other Republican-governed states are intended to make it harder for minorities, young people and other groups that tend to vote for Democrats to vote.

Politician made Shruti Hassan cry!


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Universal Hero Kamal Hassan is known to be a very tough man. However his daughter, Shruti Hassan seems to be not so tough and is very sensitive. She recently revealed an incident which happened in a flight journey which left her crying.

She was on the flight from Hyderabad to Tirupati when this incident happened. One of the copassengers was talking aloud on his phone. Despite repeated requests, the same repeated and the co-passenger continued to talk aloud.

Finally an irritated Shruti Hassan broke out into tears and had to be consoled by the air hostess and her fellow passengers had to calm her down.Interestingly the passenger is said to a politician from Andhra Pradesh. The passenger who intentionally or unintentionally troubled was uncomfortable when he saw her, he gave her an explanation and also an apology.

Chris Christie To Embark On First Major 2016 Tour In New Hampshire

Though the focus of the Republican presidential race has shifted to other contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) sees a path that could lead him back to the forefront of the 2016 discussion -- one that ambles through the quaint and storied old towns of New Hampshire.

Christie is set to begin his longest campaign-style sojourn this year when he sets out April 14 on a four-day swing through the first primary state in the nation, The Huffington Post has learned.

The extended New Hampshire visit will feature private gatherings and public retail stops around the state, punctuated by a pair of town hall meetings that the New Jersey governor’s political action committee is billing as the kickoff to a “Tell it like it is” town hall tour.

Christie’s schedule is still to be finalized, but the first town hall meeting will be held at the Lions Club in Londonderry on Wednesday, April 15.

Additional events will take place in Manchester, the Seacoast Region town of Newmarket and elsewhere. Christie will hold a second town hall meeting on April 17.

Christie’s brain trust views his rare ability to connect with voters viscerally in face-to-face settings as his trump card for regaining the momentum he has lost on the national stage over the last year amid continued fallout from the "Bridgegate" scandal and New Jersey’s muddled state of affairs.

Though he is no longer spoken of as a top-tier candidate in most circles, Christie has by all accounts not been dissuaded from a trajectory that would have him officially jump into the race later this spring.

And despite the challenges in front of him, no early-voting state offers Christie a better opportunity to begin turning his political fortunes around than New Hampshire does.

With its independent-minded GOP primary electorate, affinity for bluntness in its politicians and history of rewarding candidates who had been written off for dead by the national media, New Hampshire is -- in theory, at least -- tailor-made for providing someone like Christie a shot at success.

And with a full 42 percent of Republicans nationally saying they would not even consider voting for Christie, according to a recent CBS News poll, New Hampshire may offer his last best chance of turning his fortunes around.

Christie’s four-day trip will culminate with his appearance in Nashua on Friday, April 17, at a summit sponsored by the New Hampshire GOP that is slated to feature no fewer than 18 prospective Republican White House hopefuls.

Centre’s Bumper Gift to TS & AP!


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The Central Government that has been ignorant to the problems of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state issues, finally bows to the pleas of the state governments. On Sunday, the Centre released Rs 37, 420 crores for all the state governments.

Many speculated that there will be much more release of funds very soon. With this release, the Telangana State has been granted Rs 915 crores and the Andhra Pradesh state has been granted Rs 1616 crores.

The Central Ministers also intimated about this release of funds to all the state governments. So, this means its another bumper news to the AP & TS governments!

18 People Who Ran Into Their Doppelgangers In Real Life

Maybe we're not quite as unique as we thought.

Listen, we're all individuals and each one of us is special in some way, blah, blah, blah, etcetera, etcetera. But the way we look isn't really as distinct as we think. Somewhere out there is someone who looks strikingly similar to you. It's just a matter of whether or not you'll ever cross paths with that person in your life.

These 18 Redditors were lucky enough to run into their doppelgangers out in the world and document it for the Internet's amusement.

Nalgonda Shootout: A Tragic Tale Of Coincidences

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On the morning of 2nd April, a young SI named Siddaiah was all excited about taking few days leave to be with his pregnant wife who was due to deliver their first child on 5th May. Little did he know that his happiness will be cut short by a team of dreaded terrorists who brutally attacked him and his team, leaving him and a CI severely wounded and a constable killed.

Soon after the news broke out, Siddaiah’s wife Dharanisha collapsed on the spot and she was rushed to the LB Nagar Kamineni Hospitals, where Siddaiah is undergoing multiple surgeries. In a tragic coincidence, Dharanisha delivered a baby boy today in the same hospital, while her husband still lies battling for his life with a bullet still stuck in his brain. Three other bullets from Siddaiah’s stomach, chest and head have been removed.

In retaliation, the Telangana Police conducted a huge manhunt and nakabandi and finally got the terrorists killed in an encounter. The Telangana Home Ministry has announced 40 lakh exgratia to the relatives of Constable Nagaraju and a government job to one of his relatives. CI Bala Gangi Reddy’s condition too is said to be critical.

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Indeed, some foods may help stabilize blood sugar or, better yet, your emotional response. Here, 12 foods to reach for when you've just about had enough.
Green leafy vegetables.
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It's tempting to reach for a cheeseburger when stressed, but go green at lunch instead. "Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain folate, which produces dopamine, a pleasure-inducing brain chemical, helping you keep calm," says Heather Mangieri, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A 2012 study in the Journal of Affective Disorders of 2,800 middle-aged and elderly people and found those who consumed the most folate had a lower risk of depression symptoms than those who took in the least. And, a 2013 study from the University of Otago found that college students tended to feel calmer, happier and more energetic on days they ate more fruits and veggies. It can be hard to tell which came first -- upbeat thoughts or healthy eating -- but the researchers found that healthy eating seemed to predict a positive mood the next day.
Turkey breast.
You've probably heard that the tryptophan in turkey is to blame for that food coma on Thanksgiving. The amino acid, found in protein-containing foods, helps produce serotonin, "the chemical that regulates hunger and feelings of happiness and well-being," Mangieri says. On its own, tryptophan may have a calming effect. In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Psychiatry Neuroscience, men and women who were argumentative (based on personality tests) took either tryptophan supplements or a placebo for 15 days. Those who took tryptophan were perceived as more agreeable by their study partners at the end of the two weeks compared with when they didn't take it. (The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.) Other foods high in tryptophan include nuts, seeds, tofu, fish, lentils, oats, beans and eggs.
Oatmeal.
If you're already a carb lover, it's likely that nothing can come between you and a doughnut when stress hits. First rule of thumb: Don't completely deny the craving. According to MIT research, carbohydrates can help the brain make serotonin, the same substance regulated by antidepressants. But instead of reaching for that sugary bear claw, go for complex carbs. "Stress can cause your blood sugar to rise, Mangieri says, "so a complex carb like oatmeal won't contribute to your already potential spike in blood glucose."
Yogurt.
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As bizarre as it may sound, the bacteria in your gut might be contributing to stress. Research has shown that the brain signals to the gut, which is why stress can inflame gastrointestinal symptoms; communication may flow the other way too, from gut to brain. A 2013 UCLA study among 36 healthy women revealed that consuming probiotics in yogurt reduced brain activity in areas that handle emotion, including stress compared to people who consumed yogurt without probiotics or no yogurt at all. This study was small so more research is needed to confirm the results—but considering yogurt is full of calcium and protein in addition to probiotics, you really can't go wrong by adding more of it to your diet.
Salmon.
When you're stressed, it can ratchet up anxiety hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. "The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon have anti-inflammatory properties that may help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones," says Lisa Cimperman, RD, of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Oregon State University medical students who took omega-3 supplements had a 20% reduction in anxiety compared to the group given placebo pills. One 3-ounce serving of cooked wild salmon can have more than 2,000 milligrams of omega-3s, double the daily intake recommended by the American Heart Association for people with heart disease.
Blueberries.
"When you're stressed, there's a battle being fought inside you," Mangieri says. "The antioxidants and phytonutrients found in berries fight in your defense, helping improve your body's response to stress and fight stress-related free radicals." Research has also shown that blueberry eaters experience a boost in natural killer cells, "a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in immunity, critical for countering stress," says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor.
Pistachios.
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When you have an ongoing loop of negative thoughts playing in your mind, doing something repetitive with your hands may help silence your inner monologue. Think knitting or kneading bread—or even shelling nuts like pistachios or peanuts. The rhythmic moves will help you relax. Plus, the added step of cracking open a shell slows down your eating, making pistachios a diet-friendly snack. What's more, pistachios have heart-health benefits. "Eating pistachios may reduce acute stress by lowering blood pressure and heart rate," Mangieri says. "The nuts contain key phytonutrients that may provide antioxidant support for cardiovascular health."
Dark chocolate.
Calling all chocoholics: a regular healthy indulgence (just a bite, not a whole bar!) of dark chocolate might have the power to regulate your stress levels. "Research has shown that it can reduce your stress hormones, including cortisol," Sass says. "Also, the antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. And finally, dark chocolate contains unique natural substances that create a sense of euphoria similar to the feeling of being in love!" Go for varieties that contain at least 70% cocoa.
Milk.
Fortified milk is an excellent source of vitamin D, a nutrient that might boost happiness. A 50-year-long study by London's UCL Institute of Child Health found an association between reduced levels of vitamin D and an increased risk of panic and depression among 5,966 men and women. People who had sufficient vitamin D levels had a reduced risk of panic disorders compared to subjects with the lowest levels of vitamin D. Other foods high in vitamin D include salmon, egg yolks and fortified cereal.
Seeds.
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Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are all great sources of magnesium (as are leafy greens, yogurt, nuts and fish). Loading up on the mineral may help regulate emotions. "Magnesium has been shown to help alleviate depression, fatigue and irritability," Sass says. "Bonus: When you're feeling especially irritable during that time of the month, the mineral also helps to fight PMS symptoms, including cramps and water retention."
Avocado.
You can't just reach for slice after slice of avocado toast during crunch time if you don't want to gain weight, but this superfruit might help shut down stress-eating by filling your belly and making you feel more satisfied. In a 2014 study by Loma Linda University (which, full disclosure, was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board), researchers had participants add half an avocado to their lunches, which reduced their desire to eat more by 40% for the three hours following the midday meal. That full feeling will make you less inclined to reach for unhealthy snacks when stress kicks in.
Cashews.
One ounce of the buttery nut packs 11% of the daily recommended value of zinc, an essential mineral that may help reduce anxiety. When researchers gave zinc supplements to people who were diagnosed with both anxiety symptoms (irritability, lack of ability to concentrate) and deficient zinc levels over a course of eight weeks, the patients saw a 31% decrease in anxiety, according to Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. This is likely because zinc affects the levels of a nerve chemical that influences mood. If you're already getting enough zinc, then it may not help your mood to chow down on cashews (or other zinc-rich foods like oysters, beef, chicken and yogurt). But, cashews are also rich in omega-3s and protein, so they're a smart snack no matter what.
12 Superfoods For Stress Relief originally appeared on Health.com.