Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

Android Lollipop update headed to multiple devices


This afternoon several Android devices will see an update to the next-to-newest version of the software, Lollipop. While Android “M” will be the newest for those on the cuff, those working with Nexus devices that wish to see Google’s newest-in-new before-final-release software, today’s update brings several machines to the newest in market-ready action.

The first of these smartphones is the HTC Desire EYE for AT&T, one of the strangest phones on the market today, complete with massive cameras on both its front and its back.


The HTC Desire EYE for AT&T has a 13-megapixel camera up front and a 13-megapixel camera around the back, both of them essentially the same quality. They’re the same model, anyway. The device is known as a sort of “selfie phone” for its ability to take front-facing photos as well as it does back-facing photos.

The Verizon DROID Turbo will begin getting Android 5.1 Lollipop as of this afternoon. This is the newest in new – unless you count Android 5.1.1 that some other devices are getting – and it’s coming to DROID Turbo starting this afternoon for ALL users.


Rajapaksa Resolves to Contest Parliamentary Elections


COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday resolved to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections with a view to forming a new government to safeguard Sri Lanka’s national interests and sovereignty.

Speaking to a huge crowd of supporters at his native village of Medamulana in South Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa said that he could not disregard the feelings of his followers and opt out of the coming electoral contest.

Rajapaksa’s speech assumes significance in the light of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chairman Maithripala Sirisena’s statement on Tuesday, that the SLFP will not have a “Prime Ministerial candidate” in the run up to the elections. Sirisena’s statement had ruled out putting up Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate when there was a clamor for it from the Rajapaksa faction. Rajapaksa had himself been desperate to contest as the SLFP’s Prime Ministerial candidate because he could not contest as anything less, having been Lankan President for two terms.

However, interestingly, Rajapaksa made no mention of the Prime Ministerial post in his speech at Medamulana, though his followers shouted slogans hailing him as their Prime Minister.

Some commentators pointed out that Rajapaksa did not use the term “I” when he talked about contesting the elections, and used the term “we” instead. They said that the non-use of the term “I” meant that his group would contest and not he himself. But others said that in Sinhalese, “I” and “we” could be used interchangeably. There were others who said that by avoiding the term “I” Rajapaksa was keeping open the option of his not contesting.

Rajapaksa did not indicate which party he would contest from, whether it would be from his own SLFP; or the larger alliance, namely, the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA); or from one of the small registered parties.

The prospect of contesting from the SLFP seems remote now because its Chairman, Sirisena, had made it very clear that the SLFP will have no Prime Ministerial candidate as such. Contesting from the UPFA is also problematical because the UPFA is dominated by the SLFP. But Rajapaksa could contest from a small UPFA breakaway party and hope others will join him attracted by his mass popularity.

In what looked like the first campaign speech, Rajapaksa said that the government to be formed will “rectify errors committed in the past.”

In view of Lanka’s fractured polity, Rajapaksa said that he would invite all those who loved the country to join the government. He even sought the cooperation of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the United National Party (UNP), which is presently in power.

Meanwhile in Colombo, President Sirisena was closeted with his lieutenants to chalk out his group’s strategy in view of Rajapaksa’s latest move.

Photo credit Mahinda Rajapaksa media Unit


Rajapaksa Not SLFP’s PM Candidate: Sirisena


COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), on Tuesday categorically rejected former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s demand that he be made the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party in the run up to the August 17 parliamentary elections.

Sirisena said through a press release that he had not found any of the applicants for an SLFP ticket suitable to be declared the Prime Ministerial candidate. Specifically mentioning Rajapaksa, the SLFP chairman said that Rajapaksa has not been declared or accepted as the Prime Ministerial candidate. Explaining the mode of selection of the Prime Minister, Sirisena said that following the elections, the choice will be made after consulting the MPs elected on the SLFP ticket and the ticket of the larger alliance, the UPFA.

Sirisena’s statement, however, does not bar Rajapaksa from applying for a ticket to contest from the SLFP or from one of the parties of the UPFA. He could be considered for the Prime Ministership after the elections if he has the support of the SLFP/UPFA parliamentary party.

By not barring Rajapaksa from contesting, Sirisena has not divided the SLFP or the UPFA and this is hailed by the pro-Rajapaksa and pro-unity group, as former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said in Kandy on Tuesday.

It now remains to be seen as to what Rajapaksa will say in the press conference at Medamulana on Wednesday. If he opts out of the contest, there will be commotion in the SLFP and UPFA and the pro-Rajapaksa elements will quit and form a group to prop up Rajapaksa.


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