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Opposition candidate wins Maldives’ presidential election, incumbent concedes defeat

Male, Sep 24: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate, was on Monday declared the winner of the country’s presidential election held on Sunday amid political turmoil in the island nation, with incumbent President Abdulla Yameen conceding defeat.

The Election Commission earlier in the day declared Solih the winner with 134,616 or 58.3 per cent of the votes, compared to 96,132 votes or 41.5 per cent secured by Yameen, backed by the Progressive Party of Maldives, reports Efe news.

Solih will be sworn in on November 17 and his term is expected to continue until 2023.

I know that I have to step down now, Yameen, who has been accused of crushing dissent in the archipelago, said in a short speech from the presidential office.

Yameen, whose rule was marred by accusations of despotism, said he accepted the decision made by the people, and urged them to remain calm and ensure the smooth transition of power.

In his victory speech, Solih said: The message is loud and clear. The people of Maldives want change, peace and justice.

India, which is concerned with the political instability in the Maldives, also welcomed the result.

We welcome the successful completion of the third presidential election process in the Maldives which, according to preliminary information, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The island country, home to around 22,000 Indians, is of strategic importance to New Delhi also due to its growing proximity with China.

Exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed said on Twitter that Solih had done an extremely good service to the people of Maldives.

These were the third democratic elections in the country, after the adoption of the Constitution in 2008, which paved the road for the establishment of a multi-party democracy in the archipelago.

Sunday’s elections saw a high turnout of 89.22 per cent of the 263,000 eligible voters, the Commission said.

The European Union and US had earlier voiced concerns about the election, with both threatening to impose targeted sanctions if the democratic situation did not improve.

The upheaval in the archipelago worsened after the Supreme Court in February quashed the convictions of nine opposition figures, among them Nasheed, who was ousted from office in 2012.

But after Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of two judges, the court reversed its decision.

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Tesla confirms it is under probe by US Justice Department

San Francisco, Sep 19: Electric car maker Tesla has confirmed that it is under probe by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over its Chairman and CEO Elon Musk’s announcement of talking the company private.

According to a report in NPR late on Tuesday, Tesla said it was complying with a Justice Department request for documents.

Last month, following Elon’s announcement that he was considering taking the company private, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ and has been cooperative in responding to it, a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received, the spokesperson added.

It’s not clear what the Justice Department is investigating, said the report. Tesla is also under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

On August 7, Musk surprised the investment world with a Twitter announcement that he was considering taking Tesla private and that the funds needed to do so were secured.

Musk’s tweet caused a financial firestorm with Tesla shares soaring like never before and Nasdaq had to intervene to halt trading.

Later, Musk took a U-turn, saying his investors were extremely important to him.

Given the feedback I’ve received, it’s apparent that most of Tesla’s existing shareholders believe we are better off as a public company, Musk wrote in a blog post.

Although the majority of shareholders I spoke to said they would remain with Tesla if we went private, the sentiment, in a nutshell, was ‘please don’t do this’, he added.

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Tesla confirms it is under probe by US Justice Department

San Francisco, Sep 19: Electric car maker Tesla has confirmed that it is under probe by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over its Chairman and CEO Elon Musk’s announcement of talking the company private.

According to a report in NPR late on Tuesday, Tesla said it was complying with a Justice Department request for documents.

Last month, following Elon’s announcement that he was considering taking the company private, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ and has been cooperative in responding to it, a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received, the spokesperson added.

It’s not clear what the Justice Department is investigating, said the report. Tesla is also under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

On August 7, Musk surprised the investment world with a Twitter announcement that he was considering taking Tesla private and that the funds needed to do so were secured.

Musk’s tweet caused a financial firestorm with Tesla shares soaring like never before and Nasdaq had to intervene to halt trading.

Later, Musk took a U-turn, saying his investors were extremely important to him.

Given the feedback I’ve received, it’s apparent that most of Tesla’s existing shareholders believe we are better off as a public company, Musk wrote in a blog post.

Although the majority of shareholders I spoke to said they would remain with Tesla if we went private, the sentiment, in a nutshell, was ‘please don’t do this’, he added.

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iVOOMI-backed Innelo launches budget smartphone in India

New Delhi, Sep 18: Chinese electronics company iVOOMi’s sub-brand Innelo on Tuesday launched Innelo 1 in India for Rs 7,499.

The smartphone with a notched display and 5.86-inch HD+ 19:9 screen, is available on Amazon India in Persian Red, Pacific Blue, Platinum Gold and Midnight Black colours.

Innelo 1 has been designed exquisitely with leading edge technology that fits the expectations of the urban and young consumers, Ashwin Bhandari, CEO, Innelo India, said in a statement.

The smartphone features facial recognition and is backed by a 3000mAh battery.

The device runs SmartMe OS 3.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and is powered by a 1.3GHz MTK processor.

The phone comes in 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB.

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iVOOMI-backed Innelo launches budget smartphone in India

New Delhi, Sep 18: Chinese electronics company iVOOMi’s sub-brand Innelo on Tuesday launched Innelo 1 in India for Rs 7,499.

The smartphone with a notched display and 5.86-inch HD+ 19:9 screen, is available on Amazon India in Persian Red, Pacific Blue, Platinum Gold and Midnight Black colours.

Innelo 1 has been designed exquisitely with leading edge technology that fits the expectations of the urban and young consumers, Ashwin Bhandari, CEO, Innelo India, said in a statement.

The smartphone features facial recognition and is backed by a 3000mAh battery.

The device runs SmartMe OS 3.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and is powered by a 1.3GHz MTK processor.

The phone comes in 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB.

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Apple responds to movies disappearing from iTunes library

San Francisco, Sep 17: Apple has responded to a tweet by a user who complained about the disappearance of purchased movies from the iTunes library.

The tweet by Anders G da Silva — who recently relocated from Australia to Canada — said three movies he had purchased from iTunes had been removed from his account and he was unable to play or re-download them, Apple Insider reported on Sunday.

After reviewing the case I have noticed that the content provider has removed these movies from the Canadian Store. Hence these movies are not available in the Canada iTunes Store at this time, a Senior Advisor from Customer Care Support at iTunes Store tweeted in reply to da Silva.

Apple Support acknowledged that the movies were gone and attempted to rectify the issue by providing rental credits to rent a movie priced up to $5.99, far off the value of the missing films, the report added.

If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies, a CNET report quoted an Apple spokesperson as saying.

Apple is constantly working with content providers to expand the iTunes Store catalogue and to make more items available in more countries, said Apple Support.

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Apple responds to movies disappearing from iTunes library

San Francisco, Sep 17: Apple has responded to a tweet by a user who complained about the disappearance of purchased movies from the iTunes library.

The tweet by Anders G da Silva — who recently relocated from Australia to Canada — said three movies he had purchased from iTunes had been removed from his account and he was unable to play or re-download them, Apple Insider reported on Sunday.

After reviewing the case I have noticed that the content provider has removed these movies from the Canadian Store. Hence these movies are not available in the Canada iTunes Store at this time, a Senior Advisor from Customer Care Support at iTunes Store tweeted in reply to da Silva.

Apple Support acknowledged that the movies were gone and attempted to rectify the issue by providing rental credits to rent a movie priced up to $5.99, far off the value of the missing films, the report added.

If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies, a CNET report quoted an Apple spokesperson as saying.

Apple is constantly working with content providers to expand the iTunes Store catalogue and to make more items available in more countries, said Apple Support.

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Sony India brings BRAVIA ‘Master Series’ to India

New Delhi, Sep 17: Taking its popular BRAVIA OLED TV line-up to a new level, Sony India on Monday launched A9F under its Master Series with features like Netflix calibrated mode, hands-free voice search and TV centre speaker mode to work with home theatre systems.

Running Android TV 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS), the new television series — KD-55A9F (55-inch) that costs Rs 3,99,990 while KD-65A9F (65-inch) is priced at Rs 5,59.990 — will be available in India from September 20.

Equipped with X1 Ultimate picture processor and pixel contrast booster — which is Sony’s original panel controller for OLED — the TVs would deliver 4K HDR picture quality and better contrast, the company said in a statement.

Sony has incorporated single slate design in its new TV offering with only one stand in the back to hold it up.

The TVs also come with Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology to facilitate multi-dimensional sounds.

The TVs would provide a faster, easier and more intuitive interface for the consumers to use, the company claimed.

Additionally, the TVs also come with multi-lingual support, accommodating 11 Indian languages and over 14 international dialects.

The X1 Ultimate Picture Processor can intelligently detect and analyse each object in the picture through Sony’s new object-based super resolution mechanism for exceptional accuracy and detail.

The object-based HDR remaster has been updated and allows each object to be remastered individually for better depth and accurate texture.

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Sony India brings BRAVIA ‘Master Series’ to India

New Delhi, Sep 17: Taking its popular BRAVIA OLED TV line-up to a new level, Sony India on Monday launched A9F under its Master Series with features like Netflix calibrated mode, hands-free voice search and TV centre speaker mode to work with home theatre systems.

Running Android TV 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS), the new television series — KD-55A9F (55-inch) that costs Rs 3,99,990 while KD-65A9F (65-inch) is priced at Rs 5,59.990 — will be available in India from September 20.

Equipped with X1 Ultimate picture processor and pixel contrast booster — which is Sony’s original panel controller for OLED — the TVs would deliver 4K HDR picture quality and better contrast, the company said in a statement.

Sony has incorporated single slate design in its new TV offering with only one stand in the back to hold it up.

The TVs also come with Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology to facilitate multi-dimensional sounds.

The TVs would provide a faster, easier and more intuitive interface for the consumers to use, the company claimed.

Additionally, the TVs also come with multi-lingual support, accommodating 11 Indian languages and over 14 international dialects.

The X1 Ultimate Picture Processor can intelligently detect and analyse each object in the picture through Sony’s new object-based super resolution mechanism for exceptional accuracy and detail.

The object-based HDR remaster has been updated and allows each object to be remastered individually for better depth and accurate texture.

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