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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez hug, kiss each other in public

Singer Justin Bieber and actress-crooner Selena Gomez were reportedly seen together having breakfast and they even hugged and kissed each other during their outing in McAllen, Texas. 

"Gomez-Bieber came in with their bodyguards for breakfast and were here for an hour and a half," said Lori Johnson, manager of Don Pepe's McAllen Mexican restaurant. 

Bieber ate huevos rancheros, while Gomez had pork chops with grilled onions, tomatoes and jalapenos. Along with their meal, the singers enjoyed public display of affection (PDA) Friday, reports people.com 
"They were sitting next to each other hugging and kissing in front of the staff. They weren't hiding it and seemed to be boyfriend and girlfriend," said Johnson. 

After breakfast they visited the Royal Perfumeria shop. 

"They came in together for about five minutes and he wanted to smell the Givenchy cologne and he wanted Obsession, and Selena was just browsing and looking at the fragrances for women. They were both polite and nice," said shop owner Lydia Gonzalez.

Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone: Review

I typically have headphones on when I'm home in New York, whether it's during a jog or a commute. I often crank the volume up, at the risk of hearing loss, so that I could hear my favorite podcasts over loud subways and honking cars. 
I was excited to see noise-cancelling technology in Sony's new Xperia Z2 smartphone. I've resisted investing in pricey noise-cancelling sets because I'm prone to lose or break them. If it's going to be built into a phone, perhaps I can use that instead of my iPod. 

Alas, I find the new feature to be more promise than practical, based on the brief time I had with the phone at this week's Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain. 

But first, I'll go through other features that may appeal to some people. The phone is due to come out in March. Sony hasn't announced a price, though its phones typically sell for $500 to $600 in the U.S. without subsidies or a contract. 

WATERPROOF: Sony's smartphones are distinctive in being waterproof. It's not something I've felt that I've needed, but you might find it useful if you work as a lifeguard or live near a beach. 

20.7 MEGAPIXEL CAMERA: That's even better than the 16 megapixels in Samsung's new Galaxy S5. But lens quality and the focus mechanism are also important. I didn't get to try out the Z2's camera, but it's the same one in the Xperia Z1s, which I've had mixed results with. 

4K VIDEO RECORDING: It's impressive that the phone can capture video with four times the details as full high-definition video. But 4K displays are still expensive, so you won't appreciate the extra sharpness for a while. It's more for people who want to take quality video now for the day 4K becomes more common. 

Now, back to the noise. The phone analyzes ambient noise and produces a countering signal. In simple terms, if the noise is a 7, the phone subtracts 7 to bring it to zero. If the noise is a 5, the phone subtracts 5. 

Unfortunately, it requires special in-ear headphones, which Sony is selling for 60 euros ($82). A sensor in the earpiece detects the noise, so the phone knows what countering signal to send. This approach keeps the headphones smaller and cheaper than typical noise-cancelling headphones. 

Noise cancellation is optimized for the office, for planes and for buses or trains. You choose one in the settings. 

I tried the headphones surrounded by simulated train and plane noise. The technology works, but it doesn't filter out the external noise completely. It also requires me to press the earpiece deep into my ears to notice a difference. 

Sony tells me the earpiece covers come in three sizes, so a larger one might have helped. I look forward to testing the feature more thoroughly. 

For now, I'll keep my iPod.

Comedy shows slip in ratings as they fail to keep audience hooked

The results of the comedy war between Chutki and Kapil Sharma are out. The latest ratings have revealed that the newly launched show Mad In India failed to outshine the popularity of laugh riot Comedy Nights With Kapil on Colors. 
It seems like the sudden spate of comedy shows on various entertainment channels have led to an overkill of the genre. 

According to TVT data sourced from TAM subscribers last week, the latest ratings of Comedy Nights featuring Kirron Kher and Malaika Arora received 8.5 millions viewership while Star Plus' latest offering to the comedy genre Mad In India, featuring Govinda and Karishma Kapoor received net viewership of 3.2 million. 

Followers of comedy shows have been inquisitive about Sunil Grover's new drag avatar Chutki in his talk show Mad In India ever since he made an exit from Comedy Nights With Kapil, where he played the character Gutthi. Despite the hype and publicity, the show anchored by Manish Paul opened to a dismal response. The opening episode of featuring Baba Ramdev, received 5.7 TVM (Total Viewership in Millions) while Kapil's show's average rating got hiked to 9.6 TVM the same week.opened to a dismal response. The opening episode of featuring Baba Ramdev, received 5.7 TVM (Total Viewership in Millions) while Kapil's show's average rating got hiked to 9.6 TVM the same week. 

"Comedy needs regular innovation, and the makers need to constantly come up with innovative ideas to retain the interest of the audience. Popularity of the shows are specific to each stand-up comedian's fan following," said Krishna Abhishek, who has been part of Sony's show Comedy Circus, the top ranked comedy show for the last seven years. With the onset of several comedy shows, Sony's Comedy Circus has seen a steep downfall in the ratings. The show which features artists such as Krishna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Rajeev Thakur, among others, receives an average viewership of 1.5-1.8 million. 

SAB's long running popular daily soap Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma has also witnessed a slight drop in viewership, lately. Positioned among the top ten shows on TV, Taarak received average viewership of 7.3 TVM in the last few weeks, as opposed it's once average viewership of 7.7 - 7.9 million.