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Microsoft introduces new Surface products ahead of Windows 11 launch

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On the threshold of Windows 11, Microsoft has revealed the largest update to the Surface products by the company. With improved and advanced PixelSense displays, pen technology, mics and cameras, powerful silicon and versatile form factors, the new Surface devices are designed to help the new Windows operating system Windows 11’s innovation to the next level.

The brand affords Microsoft an opportunity to push the edge of what can be done with consumer hardware, generally with a focus on blurring the line between categories like a laptop, tablet and, more recently, phone. The Surface track record has been a solid one, overall, though messing around with form factors means no one gets it 100% right 100% of the time.

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The newest product launched in tonight’s event was Surface Laptop Studio, a clever take on the two-in-one category that Microsoft has been bullish about forever, and the name fittingly pays homage to both the Surface Studio and Laptop, perhaps splitting the difference between the pair. Designed as an ideal product for developers, creative pros, designers and gamers, bringing users the power of a desktop, the portability of a laptop and a creative studio all in one.

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Microsoft also introduce upgraded new Surface Go, Pro and Pro X. The Go 3 gets a new Intel Core i3, which the company promises will offer up to 60% faster performance. The 10.5-inch system starts at $400 and will also add an LTE option, which is set to arrive at some point in the coming months. The Pro 8 two-in-one sports a 13-inch screen, 11th-gen Intel Core processors and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. The thin and light Surface Pro X, meanwhile, runs on a Microsoft SQ2 ARM chip.

The new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard provides storage and charging capability for the new Surface Slim Pen 2, keeping it nearby and ready whenever inspiration strikes.

Providing a simple and delightful Pen experience is one way Microsoft enable the technology to fade into the background. The intuitive ability to put Pen to screen immerses users in their productive and creative endeavors, boosts retention and offers new levels of versatility.

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Microsoft has established a long-term commitment to sustainability and adaptability and has a commitment to becoming carbon negative, zero waste and water positive by 2030. To reach this goal Microsoft regularly evaluate every piece of the product and manufacturing processes through the lens of sustainability.

Every step matter on the journey toward greater sustainability. Microsoft in collaboration with SABIC has created a high-quality resin made of 20% recycled ocean plastic recovered or washed ashore from oceans and waterways. The Ocean Plastic Mouse, made from this resin, is an eco-friendly, comfortable accessory that takes small steps to reduce waste while putting a powerful accessory at users fingertips.

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Microsoft clearly wants you to upgrade your hardware to match if the convoluted system requirements are any indication. Surface products present a further sense of refinement to the line, in anticipation of Windows 11.

The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is, admittedly, a bit gimmicky as the company is pushing hardware upgrades. In a more ideal world, all the company’s devices would be made of similar components. But hey, if it rescues plastics from the ocean, it’s a start. The Surface Adaptive Kit is a consumer-facing piece of what has been among the industry’s leading accessibility efforts.

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Maldivian Airways have discussed the opportunity for a joint venture with both Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.

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UAE Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have both shown interest in investing in Maldives National Airlines, Maldivian.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih publicized within last August that discussions have been proceeded to find an investor for Maldivian Airways from the Middle East area. Ethical and Qatar Airways have currently shown interest in being investors. However, apart from having shown interest in being an investor, no further discussions have been made towards any investment plans.

The resorts publicized by finance show that Island Aviation run by Maldivian Airways has faced a loss of 25.3 million Maldivian Rufiyaa in the first quarter of this year. As businesses have recovered and workload has been increased following the covid lockdowns, Maldivian pilots have expressed discontent with declining salaries. In regards to this, it has been decided to increase the pilots’ salaries to 80% for the rest of the year.

Economic Minister Fayaaz Ismail and Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer have met with businessmen and government officials in Qatar. Some media have reported that the Ministers have had meetings with Qatar Airways Officials as well regarding investing in Maldivian Airways.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) have advised the government to stop printing more money and decrease the debt.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Maldives to stop taking more money from the central bank of Maldives, and lower the debt that the country has.

During the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic drop, the government had suspended some of the laws regarding printing more money and printed new money by sending a bill to the parliament and getting it approved. IMF informed that to maintain the USD rate in the Maldives at 15.42, Maldives must stop printing more money. IMF further informed that if the Maldives continues to print money, we may face an economic crisis like so in Sri Lanka.

IMF has called the Maldives to think for the big picture and plan in a 360 view of how things can be, and make strategic decisions.

IMF has estimated that while working on the economic state of the country, the inflation rate may increase by 1.4% in the Maldives. And foods and beverages price may have an increased inflation rate of 2.3% in 2022. World Bank, MMA, and Finance ministry of Maldives have estimated that the country will go back to the normal economical state by 2023.

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STELCO is planning to manufacture electric vehicles.

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STELCO has decided to build electric vehicles which are going to be a first in the Maldives.

In the opening ceremony for the STELCO ‘Stevo’ workshop, the company Managing Director Hassan Mugunee has stated that the engineers working at the company are among the most established and experienced engineers in the Maldives. On this note, Hassan Mugunee has said the company will build electric cars as a Maldivian production.

Mugunee has said that the highest number of chemicals and gases which harm the environment are released by vehicles, and as such he wants to build environmentally friendly alternatives and market them in the Maldives.

The project to build electric cars was started considering the fact that the Maldives is a country that runs multiple environment-friendly projects and to introduce environmentally friendly vehicles which are safe for the roads in the Maldives.

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