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Huge Companies that have more money than entire countries

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Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon © Abhishek N. Chinnappa / Reuters

The annual revenues of some corporations are so colossal that they dwarf the economies of many countries across the globe. However, the world’s most profitable and successful businesses do not always have stellar reputations.

US retailer Walmart, with revenue of $486 billion in 2017, out-earned the sixth-largest economy in the euro zone – Belgium (with GDP of $468 billion). If it were a country, Walmart would be ranked 24th in the world by GDP.

Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium © Paola Cravino / Getty Images

Revenues of German automaker Volkswagen are greater than Chile’s GDP. The company, which has been hit by the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, earned $276 billion last year. Chile’s GDP in 2016 was $250 billion, and it is considered by many to be the most stable nation in South America, ahead of other nations such as Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Volkswagen would be number 43 in the world if its revenue represented its GDP.

Santiago, Chile © Jose Luis Stephens / Getty Images

US technology giant Apple would be 47th in the world by GDP if it were a country. The company, which has been accused of mistreating and underpaying their employees, hiding money offshore, and not paying taxes, earned $229 billion last year. In comparison, Portugal’s GDP in 2016 was $205 billion.

Lisbon bay, Portugal © Loic Lagarde / Getty Images

Online retailer Amazon, which is close to surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable company, earned almost $118 billion in 2017. Its revenue exceeded the GDP of Kuwait ($111 billion). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has recently become the richest man in modern history, with his wealth topping $150 billion this month.

Kuwait City skyline © Emad Aljumah / Getty Images

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, earned more last year than Puerto Rico, which has a GDP of $105 billion. Alphabet revenues in 2017 totaled $111 billion. Going off its revenues, the company would be 59th in the world by GDP if it were a country.

Experts say globalization is largely responsible for companies being able to grow to such sizes. However, bigger does not always mean better. Many multinational corporations, including those from the list above, have generated negative headlines and are among the most hated.

San Juan, Puerto Rico © John and Tina Reid / Getty Images

Statistics show that salaries of CEOs have ballooned over the past 50 years, extending the gaps between them and their employees. Today, these ‘fat cats’ can earn the annual salary of a typical worker by lunchtime. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s total compensation rose two percent in 2017 to $22.8 million. Meanwhile, the company’s average employee earned $19,177 in the same period.

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10 Handy Gadgets You’ll Need Everyday Indoors or Outdoors

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10 Handy Gadgets You'll Need Everyday Indoors or Outdoors

Science and technology, from the time of their discovery of new Gadgets till the time at present, have been helping us in doing our every day works, may be basic or harder ones, with ease. The invention of technology with the help of science will be the biggest invention humans have made till now. Can you imagine your life without the gadgets and techs you’re using? No. Our life has somewhat become a body which needs a spinal cord – the technical gadgets.

Well, these are not a bad thing of course. These prove really handy every day, like for brushing, we need toothpaste dispenser, for bathing geyser, breakfast needs toaster, car, phones, laptops and what not!

10 Handy Gadgets You’ll Need Everyday Indoors or Outdoors

There are various gadgets which coke in hand, doesn’t matter if you’re indoors or outdoors. Let’s get to some of them now –

1. Mobile Phones or Laptops

phones and laptops

phones and laptops

These are our life, especially the former one. These really matter for us. We use mobiles to connect to our friends or family or others we know anywhere and anytime wherever they are. Mobile is used to watch films and videos, play games and listen to music when we get bored. Even it can be a map guide by showing us our destinations when we are lost.

Laptops can be helpful to ask the above things. Calling others too? Yeah. You can do that too! So these two items prove to be the most needed and essential items in day-to-day uses. Right?

2. Phone And Laptop Chargers: Cords, power bricks or wireless chargers

Phone And Laptop Chargers: Cords, power bricks or wireless chargers

Phone And Laptop Chargers: Cords, power bricks or wireless chargers

Well, our beloved cell phones and laptops work with the help of batteries, we know that. When we’re using our mobile phones and laptops so long or let’s say continuously, the battery charge is sure to be finished up. What to do then? Of course, recharge them! For this, we need the chargers which are the next most essential item on the list. The basic charging system is the USB cord and the brick provided. But what to do when there’s no electricity or when we’re traveling? The power bricks or the power banks and the wireless chargers come to work. So having these is important too.

3. Geyser and water heaters

Geyser and water heaters

Geyser and water heaters

Oh, it’s so cold outside! But I have to take a bath. What should I do? At this moment, the geyser and water heaters come to our savings. We all know it’s really hard to use cold water during winters, and boiling a little water on a gas burner is easy, but what about a large amount? So we need geyser and water heaters.
Well, these are a part-time necessary thing used during winters but are needed and handy for sure.

4. Multi-Tool Kit

Multi-Tool Kit

Multi-Tool Kit

Yes, that’s a necessary one as well. In our daily life, we come across many such things which need a tool to be handled with. For example – A can can’t be opened by hands, it needs a can opener. There are many other such things. So, we need a multi-tool kit. This one’s a kit which has nearly twenty or more tools attached to a single joint. So, you can open anything anytime with it. It has a screwdriver, pocket knife, nail shaper, and many other things. Thus, it saves the problems caused due to carrying a big toolbox.

5. Television

television

television

Well, when you’ve laptops, why go for TVs? Think about those who either don’t have lappies or are acquainted with TVs. For those people, it is handy. By the way, no one would now feel ashamed of having a TV because they are now coming in various slim shapes and sizes. So, no worry about inviting friends home but feeling embarrassed to show them your TV. It helps in making up your bad mood, entertaining you and much more. If you don’t have a TV, go get one.

6. Washing Machine

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washing machines

Don’t laugh seeing this on the list. This is very important, mainly for those who are very busy and need their clothes cleaned in a sec. In earlier days, we used to wash and clean our clothes ourselves by hand. But with technology, everything has changed. Waging machines prove handy in saving time and cleaning our clothes well too. Just put water, detergent and then let the machine do everything!

7. Amazon Echo Stick

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amazon echo

Yeah, it has been proving itself for a long time now. Amazon has brought the Echo Stick as an option for the mobiles, to some extent. It has been doing jobs like booking film tickets, or Uber, or show you maps and navigation and much more things. Have an Echo Stick with you and you’ll not face any problem related to navigation, bookings or anything.

8. Tile Bluetooth tracking device

Tile Bluetooth tracking device

Tile Bluetooth tracking device

Do you lose your things easily anywhere? Do you have the habit of keeping your phone or wallet somewhere and forgetting it? Then there’s Tile Tracking Device. It connects to your phone with the Bluetooth and then the game begins. If you put the Tile in your wallet and keep it somewhere you don’t know, just press the button in the Tile app, and it will start beeping and shows you the destination. And in case of finding the phone, you’ll hear your phone ring.

9. Remote Control Mop & Vacuum Cleaners

Remote Control Mop & Vacuum Cleaners

Remote Control Mop & Vacuum Cleaners

If washing clothes can be made easy and simple with technology, why not cleaning the houses? That’s the simple idea behind vacuum cleaners. These can reach those areas where your hands can’t. You’ll need a vacuum cleaner wherever you live. Obviously, who wouldn’t want his house to be clean?
After dry cleaning, you need something to clean your floors with water. Now you’ll bring a bucket of water and a mop, and dip it and start cleaning yourselves. No! Technology comes back here as well. Use the remote control mop. Just sit at a place and use the remote to control your mop just as you drive a remote control car. Easy, huh!

10. Technical cooking items

technical cooking items

technical cooking items

You need food to survive right? Then you need to cook. Wait, are you tired of working the whole day and have zero energy to cook? Well, here technology helps you too! Microwave ovens, toasters, refrigerators etc. help you in preparing your food easily. Just let them cook and you enjoy your food.
Caught wash the dishes after eating? You’ve Automatic Dish cleaners! Technology everywhere!

We know that we need tech everywhere we go and in every aspect. This list doesn’t end here. We have unlimited technical gadgets which aid our lifestyle. Which ones your favorite?

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Captain Marvel now gets a new origin story in comics ahead of the big-screen debut!

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Captain Marvel now gets a new origin story in comics ahead of the big-screen debut!

The orthodox method of superhero movies adapting stories from their comics’ counterparts has now become a thing of the past. Because now, comics are adapting their stories-and even changing the existing ones-to cater to the storylines of films based on them. Another recent example of this is the Captain Marvel film under MCU, by Marvel Studios. Previously, Nick Fury’s look and story was also changed in the official comics after his big-screen appearances in MCU movies.

Marvel Comics has officially changed the origin story of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in the comics prior to the MCU flick’s theatrical debut next year.

If you don’t know anything about Captain Marvel’s origin, anyway, then you must make yourself a bit acquainted with original story.

Originally, going by the comics (since 40 years), Carol gains her powers from the Psyche-Magnitron device, that exploded and made Carol’s DNA fuse with that of Mar-Vell’s.

But in the latest fourth issue of the Life of Captain Marvel, it’s been totally altered by comic book writers Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, and Erica D’ Urso.

SPOILERS AHEAD: IT’S RELATED TO CAPTAIN MARVEL FILM

The Life of Captain Marvel’s fourth issue reveals that Carol’s mother, Marie Danvers, is a member of the alien race, Kree. Which means that Carol is a Kree-human hybrid. And when the psyche-magnitron went off, it activated her abilities. But here, her DNA didn’t fuse with Mar-Vell’s, implying that she did not receive her superhuman powers from a man. They were there inside her all this long, being received from her mother, which got triggered after the explosion.

Marie herself explains in the new comic, that Carol’s powers are “not borrowed. Not a gift. Not an accident”. Further, the comic also reveals that Marie’s name is actually Mari-Ell and Carol’s name is in fact, Car-Ell.

So, this new change will be seen in the movie for sure.

Must Read: Disney will bring MCU’s lesser-known characters to it’s streaming service!

Captain Marvel has been teased by Marvel Studios’s head Kevin Feige, as the most powerful superhero in the MCU history so far. And it’s okay, in a logical sense, if some changes are done for making the story slightly much better. Because what’s the relevance of adapting a comic book into a movie if the same plot is shown on the big-screen too?

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Captain Marvel-the 21st entry into the MCU-will be releasing on March 8th 2019.

If you haven’t watched the official first teaser trailer for the movie yet, you can watch it below.

 

Must Read: WATCH: Dark Phoenix Trailer officially arrives after big leaks!

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iPhone XS Max is a Disappointment Due to this Major Problem

MK Tomar

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iPhone XS Max is a Disappointment Due to this Major Problem

Apple was so confident in praising its new iPhone XS Max during last month’s Keynote event that it called it the best version on every aspect. Yes, it’s the best out there as far as the flagships are concerned in terms of performance, smoothness and amazing cameras. Yes, it’s the best but not finest. Because it has problems, not the usual ones, but a major one this time that has remained in the earlier iPhones too.

It’s the battery which makes the highest variant of new iPhone, the XS Max a disappointment when it comes to being worthy for its high cost.

Here, I will only be talking about the iPhone XS Max since it’s the highest flagship model from the company right now, which is in direct competition with the rival premium handsets.

The iPhone XS Max’s battery durability is a serious issue which a YouTube channel, PhoneBuff, recently exposed in a battery life test against Samsung’s latest flagship, Galaxy Note 9.

Though, there is a slight difference in the capacity of both these phones’ batteries (3,174mAh for iPhone XS Max against 4,000mAh for Galaxy Note 9), many other things came into play in this test by PhoneBuff which proved that the longevity of iPhone XS Max’s battery is so less that at the time it went off completely, the Note 9 still had a decent 37% of its battery left, at the end of the day! This result came out after conducting the test.

The test included gaming, camera use, and daily social media activities which are performed by a normal user.

PhoneBuff’s battery life test used a temperature controlled environment which calibrated the screen brightness and speaker volumes of both the flagship models to be identical. But most importantly and surprisingly, the whole test was conducted by a robotic arm, to ensure exact, similar pattern of taps, app usage, going through the various activities like messages, calls, multi-media, and browsing.

So this test was indeed a fair one and a realistic one also.

The disappointment regarding iPhone XS Max’s heavy battery drain was that, when compared to the Note 9, it has got a more efficient processor-Apple’s own A12 bionic chip-which is really powerful and faster than the Note 9’s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC (which is also great in terms of android flagships).

Also, the display resolution in Note 9 is more than iPhone XS Max, which means that technically the battery on Note 9 should have drained faster since it’s got more pixels to drive, which automatically uses more battery consumption. But that didn’t happen too.

Lastly, Apple’s claim that the iOS 12 in the new iPhone is the best and fastest software to date, seems to be weaker because in that case, it should have optimized the battery performance during the test against Samsung’s Note 9.

It’s a serious issue for those who are planning to upgrade from last year’s iPhone X or even just planning to buy a flagship which delivers for what it costs.

Must Read: When Apple meant ‘Steve Jobs’: Remembering the man who ‘thought different’

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