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  • Xiaomi Mi 3 to Go on Sale Again on Republic Day

    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi announced on Saturday that its popular Mi 3 flagship will go on sale in India on on Monday, or Republic Day. The company notes that limited units are available, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    Part of the firm's Republic Day offers (which includes the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G being made available without registration this long holiday weekend - from January 24 to January 26), the Xiaomi Mi 3 will be available to customers who register their interest before 2pm IST on Monday.

    To purchase the Mi 3, customers are asked to like the Mi India Facebook announcement post and share it with at least 3 friends, and then visit the dedicated promotion page on the company's India site at 12pm IST on Monday, and then enter the email address associated with their Flipkart account to register.

    Users will have until 2pm IST on Monday to register with their Flipkart account's email address, and if they were fast enough (with only a limited number of Mi 3 smartphone units available), they will find the Mi 3 smartphone in their Flipkart cart at 5pm IST. Users can then proceed to check out the smartphone to complete the purchase.
    The company is calling the sale the last chance customers will have to purchase the Mi 3 in India. The last time Xiaomi made the Mi 3 available for purchase in India was back in October, with 25,000 units made available to those users who had registered for at least five of the six Mi 3 flash sales held by the firm in India, but were unable to purchase the handset.

    To be noted is that Xiaomi's 2014 flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, is scheduled to finally launch in India on Wednesday. For now, pricing and availability details of the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone in India are not known, however, following previous launches by the company, it is expected to be made available the following week on Tuesday - or February 3.

    To refresh your memory, the Xiaomi Mi 3 is priced at Rs. 13,999 and runs a highly tweaked version of Android 4.4 KitKat, with the company's MIUI 5 skin on top. It features a 5-inch full-HD LCD display (1080x1920 pixels) offering a pixel density of 441ppi; a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8274AB) processor; 2GB of RAM; Adreno 330 GPU; 16GB of inbuilt storage; a 13-megapixel rear camera; a 2-megapixel camera, and a 3050mAh battery.

    Eugenie Bouchard looking to finally get one up on childhood idol Maria Sharapova at Australian Open

    She was Eugenie Bouchard's childhood hero, but the Canadian will be out to ensure Maria Sharapova doesn't become her grand slam villain when the pair meet in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

    Bouchard, who progressed with a three-set victory over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday afternoon, has never beaten Sharapova. In what is being dubbed the battle of the glamour girls of women's tennis, Bouchard will have to overcome a 0-3 record against the Russian, which includes the semi-final heartache at last year's French Open.

    "I kind of just remember a grind," Bouchard said of the 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss to Sharapova at Roland Garros in 2014. "I didn't feel like I was playing great tennis the whole time. Sometimes here and there. But that's what it's about: trying to win and trying to always play better, get through it, even if you're not playing your best. I felt like I was close with her. She probably wasn't - we were both maybe a bit off. You're never really playing amazing. Maybe 10 per cent of the year. So I remember that, and I remember I had chances and stuff. I just remember a tough match. I was pretty disappointed after, so that's motivating."
    Bouchard has often been compared to Sharapova since her breakout performance at last year's Australian Open. Sharapova is one of the most marketable sportswomen in the world, and while Bouchard still has a long way to go before reaching such heights, it's believed she is on a similar path.

    However Sharapova, who was often compared to Anna Kournikova at the start of her career, said it was important to create your own identity. "I think we all want to go through our own paths ... when I was coming up, I was compared to Kournikova for many years in my career and still occasionally name always comes up in interviews and articles," Sharapova said. "That's just part of it, part of the game, part of the business. It's understandable. It is what it is. As I have said, I believe I was still a teenager, I don't want to be the next anyone. I want to be the first Maria Sharapova. And that's how I've been throughout my whole career. And we all want to create our own path and go through our own career. And we're all destined for some sort of thing. We work extremely hard at a sport, and that's what we want to be known for."

    In three meetings, Bouchard has only managed to take one set off Sharapova. The 20-year-old won just two games in their first encounter in Miami in 2013, and failed to take a set at the French Open later that year. She did manage to win the first set in the semi-final at Roland Garros last year, but the experienced Sharapova finished strong to topple Bouchard, going on to win the tournament with a victory over Simona Halep in the final. But Bouchard has welcomed the clash with the world No.2, admitting she was going to be aggressive in her approach to the quarter-final.

    Xiaomi vows to fight High Court order to resume India sales

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi says it will fully comply with the Delhi high Court order asking it to stop sales of its smatphones in the country, Manu Jain, head of the company's India operations, told ET. Xiaomi, the third largest smartphone maker in the world, had earlier suspended the upcoming flash sale of its Red Mi 1S and Red Mi Note smartphones.

    "We have not been served the notice till now, but we know about the issue. If the court has asked us not to do it, we won't do it," Jain said referring to the high court order barring Xiaomi from selling, importing or advertising mobile phones in India until February 5, the next date of hearing. "We would want to be 100% compliant with Indian rules and regulations."

    The order, which followed telecom equipment maker Ericsson's plea that Xiaomi was infringing on its patents, leaves its future flash sales and business prospects in ambiguity even as the fast growing smartphone maker is trying to work out legally to resolve this issue in a critical market for the company. "We will explore all options including legal options on what can be done. Our lawyers and legal teams are working on it but we don't know how this will proceed.
    We will communicate and explain very openly to our users about what the order says, once we get it," Jain added. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had asked Xiaomi and its exclusive partner Flipkart to stop selling and importing phones in India until February 5 on Ericsson's allegations that Xiaomi infringed eight of its registered standard essential patents.

    Hugo Barra, head of international operations at Xiaomi, apologised to enthusiasts on Facebook on Thursday night while informing them about the company's decision to suspend sales. He added however, that the company 'firmly' intends to continue operations in India.

    India vs Australia, 1st Test: Fifties from Kohli, Vijay prop India

    India are battling hard on the fifth and final day of the opening Test in Adelaide on Saturday against a Nathan Lyon-led Australian bowling attack.

    Half-centuries from Murali Vijay and captain Virat Kohli have given India hope after opener Shikhar Dhawan was out for 9 and Cheteshwar Pujara for 21.

    Earlier, the hosts declared their second innings at 290/5, setting India a target of 364.

    India lost two wickets but were resisting Australia's bowlers well on the final day of the opening Adelaide Test on Saturday.

    Faced with an improbable 364 winning target off a minimum 98 overs after Australia declared on their overnight score of 290 for five, the tourists were 105 for two at lunch.

    Opener Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 47 with skipper Virat Kohli not out 25.

    In hot sunny conditions, the Indians lost the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara in the extended morning session, but Vijay and Kohli safely got their team through to lunch.
    India face an against-the-odds target with no team scoring more than 315 to win a Test match at the Adelaide Oval since Australia overhauled England at the ground in 1902.

    Dhawan appeared to get a bad call by umpire Ian Gould when he was given out caught behind off a Mitchell Johnson bouncer for nine in the day's fifth over.

    Replays indicated that the ball came off Dhawan's shoulder and not glove as wicketkeeper Brad Haddin took an athletic catch down the leg-side.

    Vijay survived a big shout on 24 for leg before wicket going back on his stumps off Lyon.

    Umpire Marais Erasmus turned down Lyon's vociferous appeal and replays showed the ball would have hit the stumps.

    Pujara was done by one that Lyon straightened and he edged to Haddin for 21 in the 20th over leaving the tourists at 57 for two.

    Katy Perry Rocks A Matching Crop Top And Skirt On The Red Carpet

    Katy Perry took the crop top trend to the red carpet when she stepped out Tuesday night for the 2014 Australian Record Industry Association Awards in Sydney.

    Perry's two-piece ensemble, created by Australian designer Jaime Lee, featured a belly-baring halter top and a long, see-through pencil skirt adorned with sequined flowers. She paired the outfit with purple pumps and a head wrap.
    While presenting the award for Best Female Artist, Perry gave a speech about her love for all things Australia; her Prismatic World Tour kicked off Down Under Nov. 7.

    “No longer will I use straws in my chocolate milk. I’ll use Tim Tams!" she said, per the Guardian. "No longer will I put butter on bread, I’ll use Vegemite. No longer will I eat chicken, I’ll eat kangaroo. Actually that’s disgusting. Why do guys you eat something that’s on your national emblem?”

    11 Realizations That Will Change The Way You Think About Your Favorite Movies

    How did we all miss these things the first time? There are certain gaping plot holes in movies that make you question larger aspects of the premise. Couldn't Rose have fit Jack onto that floating door? How did the Karate Kid win with a kick to the face when that was strictly forbidden?

    These are not those plot holes. Instead, we give you some peculiar realizations about certain blockbuster movies that probably won't ruin them for you forever, but might make you think twice the next time you watch:


    1. The promoter in "School of Rock," who convinced all those adults to show up to a local Battle of the Bands on a weekday morning, deserves a raise.

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    The climactic scene would have been way less fun to watch if the band of kids had been playing to a more realistic crowd of their parents, miscellaneous event staff and maybe a handful of others. Instead they played to thousands of people who not only showed up, but didn't just wait outside for their friend's band to play. Those kids will probably never see such a big crowd again.

    2. The supercouple name for Katniss and Peeta from "The Hunger Games" would either be Katpee or Peeniss.

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    "KATPEE: READY TO SPLIT?"
    "PEENISS: FROM TEARS TO TRIUMPH!!"
    Both would be hilarious on the cover of tabloids.

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    3. Willy Wonka got really lucky that all those Golden Ticket winners spoke English.

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    Although the Wonka chocolate bars were sold all over the world, the winners were German, English and American -- not including the Paraguayan millionaire who tried to forge his way to victory. Since Willy Wonka is attempting to give the company over to the winner, this lack of language barrier worked out very conveniently.  read more

    Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are now available on pre-order on e-commerce portals in India

    The technology giant, Apple, has launched two latest gadgets – the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Both the devices are now available for pre-order on e-commerce portals in India.
    Both devices are available in two variants – iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi and Cellular, and iPad Mini 3 Wi-Fi and Cellular. Though iPad Air 2 has got thinner display, it is better. It creates astonishingly thin silhouette of this product. For iPad Air 2, Apple has designed a new chip A8X, that provides better CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor. The devices comes with a breakthrough technology of Touch ID, which gives extraordinary security because it recognizes your fingerprint. One of the exciting things to do with iPad Air 2 is to click photos with its iSight camera, which is geared with advanced optics, an improved sensor and a powerful image signal processor. One more glaring feature is Wi-Fi on iPad Air 2, which is faster than previous generation; this makes downloading and streaming visual content faster than ever. It is loaded with cool Apps, which enable you to do your every tasks like surfing web, checking emails, editing movies and photos, writing reports and reading books easy. Its powerful iOS 8 is much more advanced and is designed to work seamlessly with iPad Air 2.

    Another device iPad Mini 3 is packed with many innovations. The iPad Mini 3 also boasts Touch ID technology, which provides better security of the device. At the same time, a single touch allows you to access your iPad Mini 3.

    Now you can perform all your desk top tasks on iPad Mini 3, which is powered by A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture. Kick start your clicking-spree with FaceTime HD and iSight camera of iPad Mini 3, with which you can capture crisp, clear and vibrant videos and photos. Its advanced wireless allows you to do more in more places. iPad Mini 3 keeps you connected in all locations. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model supports fast mobile networks everywhere on the globe. The App Store has some of the excellent applications with which you can manage everything – from photography to gaming, from travelling to your finances.

    Transgender Supermodel Lea T. Opens Up About Life After Having Gender Confirmation Surgery

    In 2011, Lea T. was one of the most in-demand supermodels in the world. She had it all -- beauty, fame and a big paycheck. But, as she revealed that year on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," she had spent much of her life tormented by a painful secret.

    Lea T. was assigned male at birth and grew up the son of a world-famous Brazilian soccer star and a very religious Catholic mother. As a child growing up in Italy, T. always felt different and questioned her sexuality at a young age.

    "Realizing young [that] I like the same sex, for me was a taboo," Lea T. said on "The Oprah Show" three years ago. "I was feeling really uncomfortable."

    When T. began presenting as a woman, she felt more like her true self, but still struggled with this new life. "It's really difficult because you fight with all the world," she explained at the time. "You fight with your family, you fight with yourself, too, because you have to change everything in yourself."
    In 2008, Lea T. began hormone replacement therapy and was awaiting gender confirmation surgery, a difficulty in and of itself. "When you start your process, your heart becomes really sick. I was really disappointed with life because you walking in the street and the people laughing about you," she said tearfully. "When you start the hormones, it's really, really hard. I think it's weird seeing my breasts and the penis."

    When she spoke with Oprah back then, Lea T. was still awaiting her surgery and admitted that she was scared of both the physical and emotional pain of the procedure. A year after the interview, in 2012, Lea T. had the surgery and recently opened up to "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" about what her life has been like since her medical transition.

    "It was a really intense period," she admits. "I had a lot of pressure on me and on my life."

    At the same time, she says, she understood that the surgery wasn't going to alter anything about her fundamental personality or character.

    Hilary Swank Rocks A Polka Dot Bikini In Malibu

    Hilary Swank looked incredible as she hit the beach in Malibu, California, with her beau, Laurent Fleury, on Sunday.

    The Academy Award-winning actress was all smiles in a black polka dot bikini top, pink shorts and a hat while tossing a ball around with Fleury's two children. Swank and Fleury, a French real estate broker, have been dating for nearly two years.

    Swank, 40, has kept a low profile in recent years, despite starring in two new movies, "You're Not You," in theaters now, and "The Homesman," which co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer.

    Mama June Could Lose Custody Of Her Children Amid Allegations She's Dating A Child Molester

    Last week TLC canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" amid allegations that June "Mama June" Shannon is dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, but the 35-year-old mother of four stands to lose much more than just her show.

    On Friday, June's eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, who is now 20 and married with a 2-year-old daughter of her own, confirmed that she was the 8-year-old whom McDaniel molested.

    While her mother has repeatedly denied that she's dating McDaniel, more evidence to the contrary continues to emerge. Sources told TMZ that Shannon's recent split with Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, was actually due to her own infidelity rather than his.

    On Sunday, TMZ published photos of Shannon sitting in a stairwell with her 9-year-old daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and McDaniel, who was convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2003. He was released from Dodge State Prison on March 1, 2014, after serving 10 years behind bars.
    The scandal has already lost the family their show, but June could stand to lose custody of her three daughters, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, 14, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, 17, and Alana, according to a spokesperson for child services.

    "Generally speaking, when we receive a report that children are living around a sex offender ... it would certainly rise to the level of concern of us looking into it," Susan Boatwright, a representative of Georgia's Division of Family and Child Services, told People magazine.

    Due to privacy laws, Boatwright was unable to say if there are any ongoing investigations into the allegations against June Shannon, but did say, "If we thought a child was in harm's way in any way, shape or form, we would develop a safety plan and make sure the children are not around an offender."

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