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Toyota to hike prices of some models from April

Toyota to hike prices of some models from April

Finance
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Friday said it will increase prices of some of its products from next month in order to offset rise in input costs. "We have been absorbing additional costs through a bouquet of cost reduction measures including refinement in production process. However, considering the trend of continuous increase, we are constrained to pass on a small portion to the customers," TKM Deputy Managing Director N Raja said in a statement. The company will continue its efforts to contain costs and offer the best value to its loyal customers, he added. TKM, however, did not disclose the models that would become costlier. The company sells a range of products including popular multi-purpose vehicle Innova and premium sports utility vehicle Fortuner. Let's block ads! (Why?) Personal ...
Apple pulls older iPhone models from stores in Germany

Apple pulls older iPhone models from stores in Germany

Technology
Apple is to stop selling older iPhone models at its stores in Germany after losing two patent cases brought by a chip manufacturer, the company has announced. A Munich court ruled that the smartphone maker and its subsidiaries breached a European patent held by Qualcomm.In a statement, Apple said: "Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies."Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers."Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behaviour." The San Diego-based chipmaker has pursued similar cases in other jurisdictions in the past.Pending an appeal, ...
Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Science
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Mathematicians in Spain have developed a new model they think more accurately predicts burglary patterns in urban environs. Previous models, mostly focused on burglaries in suburban environs, have emphasized location and spatial patterns. The linear model developed by researchers Joan Saldaña, Maria Aguareles, Albert Avinyó, Marta Pellicer and Jordi Ripoll places a greater emphasis on timing. The group of mathematicians and their new model was inspired by age-dependent population models. "Our model puts the emphasis on when -- rather than where -- the burglaries will take place and on the type of victimized houses, represented by their age," Avinyó said in a news release. The researchers defined age -- of both burglar and home -- as the amount of time...
Poppy Delevingne: Models face 'stigma' with acting

Poppy Delevingne: Models face 'stigma' with acting

Entertainment
A new TV series based on Picasso's life begins on Monday, starring Antonio Banderas as the artist and Poppy Delevingne as Marie-Therese Walter. But, the actress says, the woman she plays was more than just a muse."There's no-one in the world that doesn't know that name, Picasso," Delevingne tells BBC News."He is, without a doubt, one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. There's something about him, something electric, he was passionate, relentless... he's just such a universal figure."Audience appetite for all things Picasso seems to know no bounds - with a recent exhibition of his work opening at the Tate Modern and now this new TV adaptation of the artist's life.Delevingne's role in the National Geographic series sees her playing perhaps Picasso's most famous muse - Marie...