Author: Shivendra Singh

As Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns 45, doting husband Abhishek whisks her and Aaradhya off for an impromptu vacation in Goa

The Bachchans spotted at Mumbai airport

Birthday girl Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was prepared to celebrate a low-key birthday as Abhishek Bachchan was away in Hooghly shooting for Anurag Basu’s next. But, you can count on Abhishek to plan a surprise for wifey dearest. The doting husband took a break from his shoot to spend some quality time with his better half on her 45th birthday.

Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya were spotted at the airport today as he whishked them off to Goa for an impromptu vacation.

Check out their pictures, right here –

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“Abhishek wanted to be by Aishwarya’s side when she rang in her birthday. So, he flew down on Monday night from Anurag Basu’s shoot of the Life In A Metro sequel. Abhishek hosted a surprise party at the Bachchans’ Juhu address last night. It was a private do with only family and close friends in attendance. Aishwarya even visited the Siddhivinayak Temple last night, after which the trio headed out to Goa early this morning. It is essentially a quick family getaway before Abhishek dives headlong into the shoot of Anurag’s film again on November 4,” a source …read more

Jaybird’s new Tarah Pros promise 14 hours of battery life

Jaybird’s X series of headphones has been the company’s flagship for years, but today the fitness headphone company is introducing a new, premium model that takes the new top slot in the lineup.

The Tarah Pros are set to be the first in a new line of “Pro Series” products from Jaybird, designed with the more demanding needs of professional athletes in mind. To that end, the Tarah Pros look similar to the entry-level $99.99 Tarahs, with a similar barrel-shaped earbud. But there are plenty of differences, including the biggest new addition: a promised 14-hour battery life, far besting the six hours Jaybird promises with the Tarahs or the eight hours on the X4s.

I am distinctly not a professional runner, but I took the Tarah…

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Google employees worldwide are walking out today to protest handling of sexual misconduct

Employees are walking out of Google offices worldwide in protest today as a storm around the company’s handling of sexual harassment cases continues to gather strength. Organizers of the Google Walkout for Real Change tell The New York Times that more than 1,500 employees, mostly women, are planning to walk out from more than 60 percent of Google’s offices at 11:10AM as timezones roll around the world.

“We don’t want to feel that we’re unequal or we’re not respected anymore,” said Claire Stapleton, a YouTube product marketing manager, to the Times. “Google’s famous for its culture. But in reality we’re not even meeting the basics of respect, justice and fairness for every single person here.”

The walkout is already taking place in Asian…

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Aamir Khan gives a big thumbs up to ‘Zero’ trailer, says Shah Rukh Khan has outdone himself!

Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan

Shah Rukh Khan held an exclusive screening of his upcoming film, Zero‘s trailer for his industry friends on Wednesday night and Aamir Khan was one of the many lucky celebs who were invited. It was a private affair with just a select few in presence. SRK posted a happy picture with ‘Thug’ Aamir on Twitter after the screening. “Hug from the Thug….!! Beat that!,” he wrote.

On Thursday morning. Aamir took to Twitter to share his review of the much-waited film. Terming the trailer ‘outstanding’, the ‘Dangal’ actor stated that SRK has outdone himself and that he cannot wait to watch the film. He also heaped praises on Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.

Describing his ‘Dhoom 3’ co-star Katrina as ‘fantastic’ and his ‘P.K’ co-star Anushka Sharma ‘unbelievable’, the ‘Thugs of Hindostan‘ actor wrote, “Guys, I just saw the trailer of Zero. Just one word… OUTSTANDING!!! Congratulations @aanandlrai ! #Katrina is fantastic! @AnushkaSharma is unbelievable! @iamsrk, you have outdone yourself! Can’t wait to watch the film! Love. a.”

Here’s what Shah Rukh and Aamir tweeted –

Hug from the Thug….!! Beat that! pic.twitter.com/4h0LD0qq1g

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The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)

For people with a lively interest in cinema’s rapid technolgical and cultural evolution over the past few decades, few areas are as fascinating as the horror genre. Just a few decades ago, horror films were mostly considered disreputable and schlocky. The field was dominated by cookie-cutter sequels full of masked slashers and low-rent monsters, and while many actors of note started out in horror, few willingly stayed there if they could get more prestigious work. Directors were another thing entirely, with a handful of dedicated genre enthusiasts, from George Romero to David Cronenberg, reliably cranking out memorable work — but they were usually the exception to the rule.

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Internet freedom continues to decline around the world, a new report says

Digital authoritarianism is on the rise, according to a new report from a group that monitors internet freedoms. Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, said today that governments are seeking more control over users’ data while also using laws nominally intended to address “fake news” to suppress dissent. It marked the eighth consecutive year that Freedom House found a decline in online freedoms around the world.

“The clear emergent theme in this report is the growing recognition that the internet, once seen as a liberating technology, is increasingly being used to disrupt democracies as opposed to destabilizing dictatorships,” said Mike Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, in a call with reporters. “Propaganda and disinformation…

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On Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 45th Birthday, we answer 10 most Googled questions on the beauty queen

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who celebrates her birthday on November 1, is the brightest star in the Bollywood galaxy. The actress has won several accolades for her contribution to Indian cinema. A regular at Cannes Film Festival, Aish proved her detractors wrong by bagging important roles in popular Hollywood films. Today she is a wife and a mother of one. And, that aspect of her life has only added to her popularity.

While there’s hardly anything about the female superstar’s life that’s hidden from public knowledge, there are still several things that people have curiousity for.

On her 45th birthday, we answer 10 most Googled questions on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan –

1. Is Aishwarya Rai South Indian?

Thanks to her impeccable performances in films like ‘Iruvar‘ (1997), ‘Devdas‘ (2002), ‘Chokher Bali‘ (2003) and ‘Raincoat‘ (2004), many believe that Aishwarya is Bengali. But in reality she is a South Indian. Aishwarya Rai was born into a Tulu-speaking family in Mangalore, Karnataka on November 1, 1973. Her father, Krishnaraj, was an Army biologist, while her mother, Brinda, is a homemaker. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy.

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