All posts by Abhishek Hoon

Smart Photos by Tinder

In its latest update, Tinder has introduced a new algorithmic feature called Smart Photos which registers how others respond to your opening profile picture, notes each response as others swipe on your profile and changes the order of your pictures accordingly,  to show the best ones first resulting in better match making.

According to the resident sociologist at Tinder, Dr. Jess Carbino,  people tend to swipe left more often if you are –

  • Not smiling
  • Covering your face, even a small portion
  • In a group of people
  • Wearing a hat
  • Wearing any kind of glasses

According to Tinder, Smart Photos has led to a 12% increase in matches based on its testing.

Smart Photos is another addition in a series of new features by Tinder. A couple of weeks back they introduced Tinder Boost, letting users pay to have their profiles promoted/boosted for a 30 minute period. There was also a partnership with Spotify that lets users find potential matches based on their shared taste in music.

PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony have launched an upgraded PS4, the PlayStation 4 Pro. PS4 Pro creator Mark Cerny says “It’s for the hardcore gamer, or the one who’s invested in a high – definition [display].” Cerny showed off a host of titles such as Spider-Man, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, talking about the console’s adeptness in terms of high resolution, compatibility and performance, adding “The difference is the high resolution the PS4 Pro can support, it is simply transformative.”

As an upgrade, the PS4 Pro will exceed the original console in terms of processing power.

These are the PS4 Pro specs –

  • Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
  • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
  • Memory: GDDR5 8GB
  • Storage size: 1TB
  • Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
  • Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
  • Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

Basically, in layman terms it has a faster processor, a larger hard drive storage and advanced graphics to play on an ultra-high resolution of 4K and HDR TV.

It will be available from November 10, 2016 internationally for $399 (around Rs. 26,650). No release date for the Indian market has been announced yet but you can expect it to cost around Rs. 40,000 – the price at which the original PS4 was sold when it was launched in the country.

Desi Beers

We Indians love our beer and lately, a couple of new Indian beer brands like Bira have only reinforced that love. So with that love in mind, here’s a list of some local Indian beers that y’all should try if you haven’t already ;p 

  1. Solan No. 1
  2. Gymkhana
  3. Lion
  4. Golden Eagle
  5. Kalyani Black Label
  6. Asia 72
  7. Taj Mahal
  8. Black Knight
  9. Godfather
  10. Sandpiper
  11. Cobra

Better hurry and tick them off of your list because we will be listing a few more soon!!!

Fun Facts About Munich’s Oktoberfest

What started as a grand town wedding, back in 1810, the first- ever fest was held to celebrate the 12th wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon princess – Hildburghausen Therese.

Here are some interesting facts that you probably did not know –

  1. Munich beer only – it is a celebration of Bavarian traditions, so the only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich.
  2. Locals call it “Wiesn”
  3. No one raises their mug until the Mayor says so.
  4. Visitors drank a record 7.5 million liters of beer in 2011.
  5. Strong beer is specially brewed for the fest having at least 6% alcohol.
  6. ‘Beer corpses’ or ‘Bierleichen’ is what they call people who’ve had too much and pass out.
  7. There is a Red Cross tent on-site.
  8. Losing your kids(temporarily) at the fest is quite normal.
  9. There are 14 beer hall tents – the most famous being Schottenhamel, it’s where the first keg is tapped and the biggest one is Hofbräu-Festhalle which seats almost 11,000 people.
  10. Over 140 food stands and restaurants serve dishes like Roast chicken (Hendl), Grilled ham hock (Schweinshaxe) to Sausages (Bratwürst) along with Brezen (Pretzel).
  11. Albert Einstein, once worked as an electrician and helped to set up one of the beer tents in 1896.
  12. The fest has its own Pop-Up Post Office.
  13. In 2010, 1,30,000 beer mugs were confiscated and taken back to their tent owners.
  14. Paris Hilton is permanently banned from Oktoberfest – She went to the event dressed in a golden and shiny Bavarian Drindl to promote a brand of canned wine. Locals got the organisers to ban her because they were offended by how she was dressed.

FIFA17 Demo

Launched on September 13, 2016 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC via Origin, the demo gives players the chance to sample the all-new “Journey” mode, playing as Alex Hunter of Manchester United. In the standard “Kickoff” mode, you can play with the following teams –

 

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Chelsea
  • Real Madrid
  • Juventus
  • Inter
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Olympique Lyonnais
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Bayern München
  • Tigres U.A.N.L. (MX)
  • Gamba Osaka

Some of the stadiums that you can select  are Stamford Bridge, CenturyLink and the Suita Football Stadium, home to Gamba Osaka.

The demo gives us a glimpse at the new gameplay engine, Frostbite. This is what makes  FIFA17 revolutionary with authentic and advanced graphics. However, you should know that some of its features are only available on new generation consoles and PC.

About the game itself…while tackling is largely the same, the dead ball system has been changed, now a little more complicated than before. In-depth information like shots taken and touches of key players will be displayed in each game.  Also, another feature included in this demo are commentary lines analyzing league table and cup standings, making the experience more realistic.

The game, as always, looks good and does not disappoint. The full version will be launched on September 27, 2016.

Gaming – Now and Then

Gaming has always been a common form of recreation and engagement. While the semblance and guise have changed drastically, the fabric still remains unchanged, the need to engage players in to a space that surpasses reality.

I remember the change where we went from playing board games like Snakes and Ladders to a “Little Master” video game where you’d plug-in a 64in1 cassette and play Contra, video game parlors buzzing with youngsters playing Street Fighter. Then came the PC which had people playing single player games like Pinball, Solitaire and to the little more advanced Cricket 97, Road Rash, etc. But today, gaming is something very different. With its advanced graphics and HD resolution, consoles and gaming PC’s have changed the face of gaming. Mobile phones are also a perfectly viable gaming platform now. We can practically carry the games we love thanks to our smartphones and laptops. With the easy availability of smartphones, with computing power in the hands of the people, the gaming industry is becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Furthermore, users do not mind paying for a game on the app stores for an uninterrupted experience. Courtesy of the internet, gaming is not geographically bound anymore. One can play with or against another person sitting at the other end of the world.

A recent KPMG-FICCI study forecasts the Indian gaming market to reach Rs 4200 crores by 2017. I believe that this number will only increase with time, as our lifestyle changes and technology advances. Now, as then, gamers are ever-present, just that the platforms have evolved.

source: techone3

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