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  • Layout by Instagram: Why do we even need a separate app just to create simple collages? Yesterday

    Instagram just rolled out its new app - Layout - to make it easier for you to create collages. While we were trying to understand what purpose could this separate app serve other than merely creating very basic collages, we played around with it for a while and here's what...
  • Quick review: Motorola Moto Turbo 2 days ago

    This month witnessed the launch of two Motorola phones in India - with one placed at the top end of the spectrum (Moto Turbo) and the other at the other end (new Moto E). While we have already got our hands on the new Moto E that is now the...
  • 'Yevade Subramanyam' review: The film is a journey of self discovery with earnest performance by Nani 2 days ago

    Film: Yevade Subramanyam Cast: Nani, Malavika Nair, Vijay Devarakonda, Ritu Varma, Sowcar Janaki, Krishnam Raju, Prathap Pothen. Director: Nag Ashwin Perhaps no possible answer can explain "Who you are". Nag Ashwin in his 'Yevade Subramanyam' tries to take us through the journey of self-discovery. In his own way, he sketches a...
  • IIT and IHM graduates join hands to give tea a new flavour at Chai Thela 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Catering to the need of every class, two young entrepreneurs have joined hands to give tea a new twist and flavour. Opening six outlets in a year in Noida near Delhi, 'Chai Thela' is gaining popularity with each passing day. Pankaj Judge, a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, and...
  • 'Cinderella' review: Kenneth Branagh delivers a full carnival-style orgy of colorful gowns, pirouetting princesses 6 days ago

    Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter Encouraged no doubt by the enormous success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and Maleficent, the revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that starred Angelina Jolie as the misunderstood witch, Disney gives another one...
  • 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' review: It packs in more than it can comfortably handle in its two-hour running time 6 days ago

    Director: John Madden Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Richard Gere You have to hand it to them; they didn't lie when they titled it 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. This sequel to 2012's surprise hit, about a group of...
  • 'Hunterrr' review: It's promising but ultimately disappointing 6 days ago

    Director: Hashvardhan Kulkarni Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte More than a few young men will likely recognize themselves in snatches from the growing up years of Mandar Ponkshe, the protagonist of 'Hunterrr'. Skipping class to sneak into an adult film, gathering with friends outside a girls' school during lunch break, brushing up...
  • IF by IFTTT review: If This Then That. Why would you need anything after that? 6 days ago

    IF, by IFTTT, is one app that makes the tedious task of handling multiple apps easy. From uploading the same picture across social media platforms to automating work anniversary wishes on LinkedIn, IF handles it all smoothly at the touch of a 'recipe.' This week making to our App Review series...
  • 'Hunterrr' tweet review: Script's flaws don't hamper the film's overall impact 6 days ago

    Gulshan Devaiah is back! And this time, he returns with an entirely different role. The actor not only steps into the zone of a protagonist in the film 'Hunterrr' for the first time, but also manages to shed his negative image highlighted in his past project. Filmmaker Harshwardhan Kulkarni's 'Hunterrr'...
  • Restaurant Review: The Ancient Barbeque 1 week ago

    After a hard day at work, not everybody is excited about the thought of spending time in the kitchen cooking a healthy dinner. And that's when you look for options to eat out. To unwind. To be in good company. To spend a quality evening with family. So when I...
  • Hyundai i20 Active review: It is one of the best 'cross' vehicles out there March 18, 2015

    Hyundai has jumped onto the 'cross style' of vehicles with the new i20 Active. The 'cross style' essentially are hatchbacks with beefed up bodywork and an elevated stance that makes them appear like SUVs while retaining their hatchback dimensions. The Hyundai i20 Active now joins the herd of the...
  • Restaurant review: Zingo Star? Go for it! March 16, 2015

    When Sohrab Sitaram, a popular name in the hospitality industry, and Raghav Kapoor, an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, decided to launch Zingo Star, they wanted to create a space which not only offered great food items, but also an ambience that makes it a great hangout for youngsters. Frankly,...
  • 'Chappie' review: It's derivative not fun March 13, 2015

    Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Watkin Tudor Jones, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman 'District 9' and 'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp's latest film 'Chappie' has a distinctly recycled feel to it. I spent most of the film's running time picking out all the references to other...
  • 'Focus' review: A large part of the film you have a good time March 13, 2015

    Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro Will Smith's greatest strength as a movie star has always been his consummate charm, even if it did fail him in his last starring role, in the deathly dull sci-fi stinker After Earth. Thankfully, Big Willie brings his A-game to...
  • 'NH10' review: It's often terrifying on this highway, but you'll be glad you were there for the ride March 13, 2015

    Director: Navdeep Singh Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam 'NH10', directed by Navdeep Singh, is about a road trip that goes horribly wrong when a young married couple crosses paths with a gang of ruthless killers on the national highway. It's a standard genre movie on the surface, and Singh does a...
  • With natural characters, 'The Forbidden One' by Zaarra Khader is good weekend read March 13, 2015

    In a perfect mix of emotions 'The Forbidden One' by Zaarra Khader brings out the feelings of those sections of society that have either been socially condoned or not at all addressed as a part of the society. The 10-story-long novel portrayed the society in most appropriate manner it could...
  • 'NH10' tweet review: Disturbing and realistic, the film scores because of its cast and brilliant camera work March 13, 2015

    Director Navdeep Singh's previous film 'Manorama Six Feet Under' was lauded for its poignant story and brilliant performances. The director this time teams up with Phantom Films for Anushka Sharma starrer 'NH10' which also has Neil Bhoopalam in the lead. The story is based on Gurgaon couple who go on a...
  • 'NH10' music review: Dark and gloomy, the soundtrack compliments the storyline March 13, 2015

    One of the major releases this year, Anushka Sharma-starrer 'NH10' has come up with some very different song tracks, much like the movie's storyline appears to be. The movie is a contemporary drama, starring Sharma and Neil Bhoopalam in the lead roles. The album opens with 'Chhil Gaye Naina', which...
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2: First impressions review March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: In what appears to be a strategic move, Xiaomi has introduced the (two-month-old) successor to the low-cost Redmi 1S two days after Motorola brought its new Moto E to India. Named the Redmi 2, the new phone looks more or less the same as its predecessor, but comes...
  • Fotor app for iOS review: Handy, simple to use photo-editor that gives you pro-like results March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Beginning this week is our regular 'App Review' series, in which we will try to bring you an in-depth analysis of popular and the not-so-popular smartphone apps to enable you to make an informed choice before buying or downloading them. This week it is a photo-editing app,...
  • Apple's new MacBook first impressions review: The 12-inch laptop isn't for everyone March 11, 2015

    San Francisco: The MacBook Air was revolutionary when Apple started selling it in 2008. Though still thin and light, the Air now feels like a cheap cousin next to more powerful MacBook Pro laptops and Windows laptops known as ultrabooks. So Apple returned to the drawing board and came up with...
  • Motorola's new Moto E (2nd gen): First impressions review March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: The improved specs and same price as the last year's model may make the new Moto E a desirable upgrade, but do these enhancements make it a worthy contender to offerings from rivals in the same price segment? We got to spend some time with the successor to...
  • Review: The Venus portable washing machine is a budget gadget that does its job well March 10, 2015

    A portable, bucket mounted washing machine that is available at a fraction of the cost of a traditional one. That was enough reason to doubt the performance of Venus, an innovative product offering by Vimbas Navrachana. Because if it's too good to be true, it's usually is. But seeing the...
  • Against The Sun' review: Little to admire in a film that is handsomely mounted but lazily scripted March 7, 2015

    Director: Brian Falk Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel 'Against the Sun' is the latest entry in the 'ocean survival movie' genre, which includes such superior films as 'Life of Pi', the Robert Redford starrer 'All is Lost', and even the recent Angelina Jolie-directed biopic 'Unbroken'. Based on a true-life...
  • 'Enakkul Oruvan' review: Confusing in parts, the film beautifully explores the dreams and desires of a celebrity March 7, 2015

    Cast: Siddharth, Deepa Sannidhi, Srushti Dange, Aadukalam Naren, John Vijay, Yog Japee. Director: Prasad Ramar First of all, 'Lucia', the Kannada film which 'Enakkul Oruvan' is based on is a terrific film. 'Enakkul Oruvan' is a sincere remake of the dreams of a common celebrity. Would we be able to recognize a hidden...
  • 'Coffee Bloom' review: A weak brew having ingredients of a good drama March 7, 2015

    Director: Manu Warrier Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sugandha Garg, Mohan Kapur It's not often that a man gets closure in his life and in relationships through coffee, but Dev Anand Cariappa, the tortured protagonist of 'Coffee Bloom' somehow manages this feat. Directed by debutante Manu Warrier, the film is set in the plantations...
  • 'Surya Vs Surya' review: Nikhil's performance makes the unconventional story enjoyable March 6, 2015

    Cast: Nikhil, Tridha Choudhury, Madhoo, Tanikella Bharani, Satya, Mast Ali, Thagubothu Ramesh, Praveen, Sayaji Shinde, Rao Ramesh Director: Karthik Gattamneni Nikhil has finally found a haven in unconventional scripts. 'Surya vs Surya' after 'Swamy Ra Ra' and 'Karthikeya' is a delight for the actor and the audience. Nikhil is named Surya...
  • Director Sharat Katariya: Maneesh Sharma was confident about 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' March 6, 2015

    Mumbai: Director Sharat Katariya, who is currently enjoying the success of his film 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' says his producer Maneesh Sharma was confident about the film. "When you make a film you do not think how the audience is going to react to your film. But the reactions we are...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge first impressions review: Design, picture quality the most noticeable improvements March 3, 2015

    New York: Samsung's new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall's Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge announced on Sunday. More importantly, the new phones have a more...
  • 'OK Kanmani' trailer review: Welcome back Mani Ratnam! March 2, 2015

    Where? Where? Where? Where were you Mani Ratnam all these years? This is what we, the audiences, want to watch more of. The trailer of 'OK Kanmani' is absolutely adorable. Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen have already showed us what they are capable of in Anwar Rasheed's 'Ustad Hotel'. Agreed, 'OK Kanmani'...