OnePlus 5 Is the ‘Fastest Selling’ OnePlus Device Ever, Says Carl Pei

OnePlus 5, the Chinese company’s new flagship smartphone, was launched on Tuesday, and it has hit a milestone within a day of launch.

Carl Pei, OnePlus Co-Founder, has revealed that the new OnePlus 5 smartphone has become the fastest selling OnePlus device ever. Unfortunately, Pei hasn’t shared any numbers to support his claim but is likely that it’s based on the response OnePlus 5 has received in pre-orders. Soon after the launch, OnePlus 5 was up for pre-orders in select regions with an Early Drop system which will see shipments begin on Wednesday itself. “The first numbers are in, the OnePlus 5 is our fastest selling device ever,” Pei wrote in a tweet.

OnePlus 5 Is the 'Fastest Selling' OnePlus Device Ever, Says Carl Pei

The OnePlus 5 smartphone will be available for wider sales on June 27. The Chinese company will be launching the new OnePlus 5 in India on Thursday, and the smartphone is set to go on sale soon after the unveiling.

OnePlus 5 price in the US and select European regions starts at $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900) respectively for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant comes at $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively.

To refresh on the specifications, the OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 and runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It supports dual-SIM with dual-standby and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. It will be available in 6GB with 64GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage options.

One of the biggest marketed features of the OnePlus 5 is its dual rear cameras. The OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX398 sensor, 1.12-micron pixels) with an f/1.7 aperture coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera (Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels) with an f/2.6 aperture. It also sports a 16-megapixel front camera.


Marvel’s Kevin Feige is the internet’s latest sad boy thanks to Spider-Man

The joke started when Yahoo! Movies asked Affleck and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star, Henry Cavill, about the negative response the film received from critics. While Cavill began to answer, Affleck looked down and spaced-out, a look that many took to assume the actor was saddened by the question. It became a joke, with remixes of the video featuring Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” in the background. Affleck finally responded to the meme, telling the BBC it was a good lesson in not talking during interviews alongside Cavill.

“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon and Garfunkel tracks over it,” Affleck said. “That’s one thing I learned.”

Affleck’s sad boy phase slowly lost the internet’s interest — but was never truly forgotten. Now, however, the Batman v Superman actor has been replaced with another, superhero-adjacent figure: Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios.

Like Affleck, Feige received the Simon and Garfunkel treatment following an interview with FilmStarts. In the interview, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal spoke about how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker could appear in Venom and other stand-alone Spider-Man movies, essentially making those characters part of the MCU. Feige, who had just last week given a completely different answer, looked on with a blank expression on his face.

It didn’t take long for people to point out just how sad Feige looks in the interview — not unlike Affleck’s face in his own interview — and the various remixes and GIFs to start springing up.

Whether or not Feige was actually sad during that specific moment in the interview is, of course, unknown, but he does look confused at the very least. Again, that makes sense considering that Feige recently confirmed characters like Venom would have nothing to do with the MCU, despite Pascal’s confirmation that they would all exist in a similar world.

As of right now, the only character being shared by the two studios — according to their arrangement — is Spider-Man. Homecoming is a Sony movie that Marvel has complete creative control over. Future installments of Marvel films, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, will star Spider-Man, but Sony won’t have any say in what the character does. There’s still no confirmation on if Holland’s Peter Parker will appear in future stand-alone movies, like Venom and Silver & Black, for Sony.


Nothing can stop her: Model Melanie Gaydos is breaking all fashion stereotypes

Very few have the courage to challenge societal norms and model Melanie Gaydos is one of them. Born with ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that makes her teeth, nails, pores and bones grow abnormally, Gaydon also has alopecia, and is partially blind too. But all of that did not stop the model from foraying into the world of fashion and making it on her own.

Gaydos, an art graduate based in New York City, has worked with several photographers, including Spanish photog Eugenio Recuenco, and counts singer Miley Cyrus as one of her fans. She has also appeared in a video by Recuenco for metal band Rammstein.

Gaydos’s first tryst with modelling happened during her college days, when she responded to an online advert looking for ‘unique people’ for fashion photographers to shoot. And even though she does get a little hate, she never lets trollers pull her down.


Selena Gomez Is An Accessories Queen for Her First Coach Campaign

Selena Gomez signed a deal with the famous luxury label Coach back in December, and she’s been making good on it ever since. First up was her delicate starry look at this year’s Met Gala, and now she’s serving up face (and gorgeous handbags) in her first-ever ad campaign for the brand.

The photos, from iconic fashion photog Steven Meisel, are warm and inviting but also sharply chic. The shots also invoke the same ’70s style that Selena’s clearly fond of; after all, she just personally released a line of throwback “Bad Liar” merch.

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Coach’s bread and butter will always be those forever iconic handbags, but leave it to Selena to be the perfect model of the line’s clothes as well. It may be high summer right now, but these shots have got us coveting autumn and winter wares. (Maybe these can be laid away a season? Asking for a friend.)

Coach, of course, shared some behind the scenes of their new spokeswoman, and gave some lyrical shoutouts to “Bad Liar” too:

Based on the smiles all around (and of course, the end results), it seems like this fashion campaign was a perfect match.

Sleeping beauty syndrome is for real

Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle may have been fictional characters but Beth Goodier, Shannon Magee, Connor Prince, Heather and John Flowe are not. These are patients suffering from the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. Yes, you read that right — this is actually a rare and complex neurological disorder also called the Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS).

Experts say that this disorder usually strikes when one is around 16 — and lasts for around 13 years. The disease is rare but we do have patients suffering from it in India, says Dr Preeti Devnani, neurologist and sleep disorder specialist. She adds, “KLS is a rare disease with a prevalence of one to two cases per million inhabitants.”

KLS is a rare disease with a prevalence of one to two cases per million inhabitants (Thinkstock)

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Dr Preeti explains, “A KLS patient may sleep anywhere between two to 31 days, and suffer from one of these cognitive abnormalities such as feelings of unreality, confusion, hallucinations, abnormal behaviour, irritability, aggression, binge eating and hyper-sexuality. These symptoms can be interspersed with long periods of normal sleep, cognition, behaviour and mood.”
Kailash Mantry, mental health and wellness professional says, “Episodes of KLS are cyclical. When present, the symptoms can persist even for months — during which, all usual daily activities of the patient stop. Most people with this syndrome are bedridden, tired, as well as uncommunicative, even when they are awake. Not everyone affected by KLS experiences all of the symptoms associated with the syndrome.”

What causes this?
What causes KLS is not really known, say doctors. Dr Preeti elaborates, “The pathology of the disease suggests a malfunction in the hypothalamus and thalamus — regions of the brains, which help regulate sleep patterns, appetite and sex drive.”
Viral and autoimmune causative factors have been suggested due to the fact that many KLS patients also suffer flu-like symptoms at the onset of the disease. She adds, “It has also been suggested that an infection may act as a trigger for people who have a genetic disposition towards KLS.”
Dr Amrapali Patil, wellness professional says, “This disorder is characterised by neurochemical imbalance hypoperfusion of certain areas of brain and known to have a genetic background.” In the beginning of a KLS episode, the patient becomes progressively drowsy. Then they fall asleep for long hours — hypersomnolence — sometimes waking only to eat or go to the bathroom. Such episodes continue for days, weeks and sometimes months. In between two such episodes, the patient appears to be in perfect health with no evidence of any kind of behavioural or any other type of physical dysfunction.
Dr Patil says, “This condition is so rare that enough subjects are not available to conduct clinical trials and research to generate data. KLS is said to affect one in millions and it is difficult to track it’s incidence in Mumbai.”

Is there a way to prevent it?
There is no definitive treatment for KLS, however, doctors may prescribe certain medications to alleviate the symptoms. Dr Preeti says, “Stimulants can counter the effects of hypersomnia but they do not alleviate the associated cognitive disturbances. Mood altering drugs have also proved beneficial in some cases of KLS.” Dr Patil adds, “Lithium is said to provide some prevention against these episodes.”

How does it affect one?
Along with excessive sleep, the whole demeanour of a person suffering from KLS changes. They appear to be spaced-out or childlike. When awake, they experience disorientation, confusion, a complete lack of energy, as well as lack of emotions. A majority of people with KLS report that everything seems to be out of focus and that they are hypersensitive to light and noise. In some instances, food cravings are a part of the symptoms they experience. Instances of uninhibited hyper-sexuality during an episode have been reported by people with KLS.

The psychology behind it
Mantry says, “We have found that KLS patients have psychological issues like attention-seeking strategies, absence of love, doubts on near and dear ones, general weakness in health, irresponsible behaviour and a disturbed social life. Such patients also have no aims or goals, feel resigned, skeptical, hypocritical, have poor communication skills, see no reason to wake up, are afraid, lazy, whimsical, egoistic and hurtful. Other issues include victimisation, absence of family bonding, no courage to accept challenges and low self-esteem.”

Instances of excessive daytime sleepiness in Mumbai

Dr Ramanthan Iyer, sleep specialist says, “KLS is extremely rare but excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is common in Mumbai. It is characterised by persistent sleepiness and often a general lack of energy, even during the day, after apparently adequate or even prolonged night-time sleep.”

Why lying is a sign of a powerful mind

Everybody lies. That’s a settled point and anyone who claims they don’t can be sent up the stage as `Exhibit A’. The question is, why do we lie? Donald Trump claiming his inauguration crowd was bigger than Barack Obama’s may be a case of inflating one’s image; Bill Clinton denying an affair with Monica Lewinsky was clearly a cover-up; but we lieeven when nothing as big as the presidency is at stake. Experiments by University of California social psychologist Bella DePaulo in the 1990s showed people lied, on average, one or two times a day. Are human beings compulsive liars? Are we programmed to lie?
It appears that our ancestors learnt to lie as soon as they mastered complex communication through language. It was a wonderful accomplishment because it allowed liars to acquire resources and mates without resorting to physical violence. “Lying is so easy compared to other ways of gaining power,” Harvard Universityethicist Sissela Bok says in an article in National Geographic.

In fact, lying is an indicator of smartness. Instead of greeting their children’s first lies with alarm, parents should heave sighs of relief at this sure sign of mental development, psychologists say.Babies don’t lie, but 30% of two-year-olds do, and they are ahead of their peers on the intelligence curve. By the time they turn three, 50% of children are expert liars, and by eight, the number rises to 80%. “On the other hand, kids on the autism spectrum–known to be delayed in developing a robust theory of mind–are not very good at lying.”

Lying might seem like a base thing but it involves some high-level mental processing. You can’t lie successfully without being able to read your victim’s mind.”Known as theory of mind, this is the facility we acquire for understanding the beliefs, intentions, and knowledge of others.Also fundamental to lying is the brain’s executive function: the abilities required for planning, attention, and self-control.”

So, why don’t we lie limitlessly? Dan Ariely , a psychologist and one of the top experts on the subject, found that when people were given a chance to self-report their test results, they usually inflated their scores by only 50% regardless of the reward. Someone who had answered four questions claimed to have answered six.”The reason, according to him, is that we want to see ourselves as honest, because we have, to some degree, internalised honesty as a value taught to us by society .”

While lying gives us an edge in dealings, truth is the basis of coexistence.”Much of the knowledge we use to navigate the world comes from what others have told us. Without the implicit trust that we place in human communication, we would be paralysed as individuals and cease to have social relationships.”

That’s how lies and scams succeed.Although we are born liars, we don’t always regard ourselves and others so.Thus, when an email claims a millionaire somewhere in Africa has left us all their wealth, and it is ours to take after paying a processing fee of $1,000, we rush to wire the money.

Why resistance to antibiotics is fast becoming a big killer

Is antibiotic resistance a threat to surgical outcome? A retrospective study by AIIMSon 100 infants who underwent heart surgeries at the institute from June 2015 to June 2016 suggests so. Cardiac surgeons have found that 16 children developed hospital-acquired infection, which led to longer hospital stay and need for ICU support than those who didn’t. Also, of those who acquired infection, three died due to sepsis.

Dr Shiv Kumar Choudhary, additional professor of cardiac surgery at AIIMS, said Klebsiella was the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection. It is a ‘superbug’ that causes a range of diseases, depending on which part of the body it infects. “In the past decade, surgical outcomes have improved with expertise and improved infrastructure. But our study shows all this could remain useless if infections become untreatable,” he added.

Of the three infants who died due to infection at AIIMS, the first was a month-old child who had undergone arterial switch operation and ventricular septal defect closure. According to the study report published in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, the infant had grown Klebsiella in endotracheal secretions and blood.The infection was resistant to commonly used antibiotics except colistin, and the baby succumbed on day 38 to sepsis with multi-organ failure.

The second child was 15 days old and his blood culture was positive for Klebsiella, again sensitive to colistin only . Despite starting colistin, the child succumbed on day 18 to septic shock. The third child was of 11 months old and he, too, developed a Klebsiella-positive blood stream infection and died on day 15 to sepsis.

Colistin is a fourth-generation antibiotic developed in the 1960s. Its use was forbidden in hospital-acquired infections as it damaged the kidneys, but doctors are using it routinely these days to save lives, say experts.

TOI had earlier reported the case of an elderly American woman who died in the US recently after having cont racted an infection while being treated for a thigh bone fracture in India two years ago. Tests showed no drug or combination of drugs available in the US would have cured the infection.

AIIMS trauma centre doctors said at least eight patients were identified with colistin resistant Klebsiella pneumonia at their hospital recently .

“The incidence of hospital-acquired infection has reduced significantly across big hospitals, in India and abroad. However, we are seeing that those who get it are difficult to treat because the organisms causing infections are resistant. We may lose many patients if this trend grows,” Dr Sumit Ray , vice chairperson, critical care at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, said.

Dr Vipul Gupta, director of neuro-intervention at Artemis Hospital, said those with lower immunity , for example infants or immunecompromised patients, are at the highest risk for increased mortality due to infections.

Resistance to antibiotics is making it difficult to treat even milder illnesses, such as typhoid, Dr Rommel Tickoo, senior consultant, internal medicine, at Max Hospital Saket, said. He added that while earlier oral drugs could cure most patients, they now needed to give injectable antibiotics to 20-30% of them to treat the disease.

Top cop Jatin Narwal is the custodian of law and order of Delhi University he once topped

Delhi University (DU) boasts a number of Bollywood celebs, such as actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, as its alumni. However, the list of notable alumni of DU is not restricted to actors only, it also includes top cops. Jatin Narwal, IPS officer and DCP (North), who is often referred to as modest, humble and approachable by his subordinates and public alike, is one such IPS officer who is doing his university proud.

Jatin Narwal

As DCP (North), the Delhi Police top cop also takes care of the law and order of the North Campus of the University of Delhi, which falls in his administrative area. He shares some of his college memories with us. Excerpts:

  • College: Hans Raj
  • Course: BA, History Honours
  • Year of enrolment: 2001

“Those were the days… I am from Haryana and getting into DU was itself an achievement for me. I remember the day I got admission in Hans Raj College, my mother stopped the car near Bahadurgarh border and bought sweets. Ladke ka DU mein admission ho gya tha, mithai toh banti thi (This boy got through DU, the occasion demanded sweets),” says the fit cop.

The hype and craze of Delhi University was much more during his college days, he says. “That time, neither the culture of going abroad was popular nor were there any private universities worth vying for. So, DU used to be the ‘it’ dream,” says Narwal.

And it was here that this Hans Raj College graduate nurtured a dream to excel at the prestigious administrative services. “The day I entered DU, I decided to go for USPC. When other students would hang out, I preferred to sit in the library and study,” says Narwal, who not only topped the college but was also among the University toppers.

However, he wasn’t the no-fun-only-books guy; he was up-to-date with the latest flicks, too. “Amba and Liberty theatres were my go-to places. I used to watch films on weekends with my friends, aur third year main Satyam khul gaya tha, to bas bike pe vahan chale jaatey the (and by the time I was in third year, we had Satyam. We would pick up our bikes and vroom there),” he says.

He is now married to Anamika, a civil servant posted as Divisional Forest Officer. And the two have recently become parents to an adorable daughter. “It is a great feeling and responsibility to safeguard your city. And I must say that my wife has been a great support… it’s not easy to be a cop’s wife,” he smiles.


Today is World Sauntering Day

So much has been said about walking and its health benefits and if you haven’t got enough of that activity into your schedule, here’s another reason to do so. World Sauntering Day is celebrated on June 19every year to remind people about the importance of putting the brakes on our high-speed life and purposefully slowing down.

World Sauntering Day is celebrated to remind people to purposefully slow down (Thinkstock)

It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day. To celebrate it, leave the phone and other distractions at home and just walk out into the park or around your block in a slow, relaxed manner, minus any effort. As you take in the sights and sounds around you, you will soon feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. Now this is a habit, one can get used to for sure!

Soon, tech to detect heart attacks when one is at wheel

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Scientists are developing a new system that can predict if a car driver is about to have a heart attack, a feature that would help avoid road accidents due to an unexpected cardiac event.

“A large number of traffic incidents are caused by (drivers suffering) medical conditions while driving, specifically cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction and myocardial ischemia,” said Kayvan Najarian, from University of Michigan in the US.

To avoid such accidents, the researchers have teamed up with Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota to develop technology that can monitor and analyse the physiology of the driver and predict if they are going to suffer adverse cardiac events. To this end, they are creating a system that can be placed in the vehicle.

“We would like to test hardware we had previously identified, and improve and validate our algorithmic solutions to see what it will take to generate a system that could look at the physiology of a person, provided by high density electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements, as well as other medical measurements,” Najarian said.

Researchers are using machine-learning models to analyse data collected from in-hospital and in-vehicle subjects. The team plans to use heart monitors, which are patches placed on a driver’s chest, to analyse physiological data in real time, and hopes to report results in 2020.