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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 883

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BlackBerry: the rise and fall of a tech giant

The announcement by BlackBerry about the looming loss of 40% of its workforce in the coming months, has flustered the entire industry to its core for one simple reason: how the arrival of a single game changer can push a giant unceremoniously down from the crest to trough in a relatively short time, regardless of how impressive it has been in its sphere of dominance in the past.

BlackBerry: the rise and fall of a tech giant
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Apple’s Role in the Progress of Smartphones

With the introduction of two iPhones simultaneously with an approximate price gap of $100 on Tuesday, Apple has made the tech enthusiasts talking about two major developments in the world of gadgetry.

Apple’s Role in the Progress of Smartphones
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Mission LADEE: NASA’S unmanned Probe to the Moon

NASA, the US space agency, has launched $280milliion mission to the Moon in order to study the ‘atmosphere’ around the only satellite of the Earth.

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Prolonged Heat Wave Shows its Tail-end In Britain

At last, the long dry spell, under which we have been suffering for more than two weeks in Britain, seems to be coming to an end – with a familiar bang, though. Violent thunderstorms and heavy rains have collectively replaced the hot weather, while bringing about a welcome respite to a majority of Britons, who have been resorting to many desperate methods to keep themselves cool.

Prolonged Heat Wave Shows its Tail-end In Britain
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Dynamo: a major British Export in the making

The ability of Dynamo, 30, whose real name is Stephen Frayne, to spellbind television audiences, shows no sign of abating around the world with his magic tricks. On the contrary, with his latest series on television, Dynamo proves he is simply the best magic performer in the world at present. Some of the things that Dynamo has been doings are thoroughly mind-boggling and defying logic and reason.

Dynamo: a major British Export in the making
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Microsoft’s Future: Steve Ballmer’s Vision of Leaner and Flatter Organization

In order to ensure the survival as the head of any big organization, a CEO often needs some scapegoats for sacrifice, when the performance takes a turn for the worse. In this context, Steve Ballmer, the beleaguered boss of Microsoft, is no exception. Judging by the way he wields his authority, Mr Ballmer seems to have got, not just a few of them, but a full herd of them for the cull.

Microsoft’s Future: Steve Ballmer’s Vision of Leaner and Flatter Organization
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Emergence of iWatch: Patent battle looms over pronoun, i

Exactly as we discussed in the Asian Tribune a month ago, there are clear signs that Apple is going to introduce what Tim Cook, the CEO of the company, recently mentioned as a wearable device.

Emergence of iWatch: Patent battle looms over pronoun, i
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Extinction of a Pollinator: evolution defying transition of humble bee into crumble bee

The Royal Horticultural Society – RHS – confirmed recently something that has been in the domain of gardeners and bee keepers as an open secret for well over a three years: the bee population in Britain – and in Europe America too – are in serious decline and therefore, long-term ramifications do not need a PR boost, as they are blatantly obvious to anyone with an iota of common sense.

Extinction of a Pollinator: evolution defying transition of humble bee into crumble bee
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Travails of a Digital Giant: Google’s Growing Woes

Trouble, indeed, comes in threes and the cliche is indisputable: the hurdles faced by Google, the search giant, in maintaining its supreme position in the digital battle field show no sign of abating, while it is doing its best – its worst, as some cynics see things - in order to achieve the rapidly-evolving goal.

Travails of a Digital Giant: Google’s Growing Woes
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Arming Syrian Rebels: Another Afghanistan in the making!

After months of vacillation, the US appears to have made a decision to arm the Syrian rebels, citing what Obama administration called, ‘crossing the red line’ – a partially transparent reference to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities against the rebels. Unlike previous interventions, however, the US seems to be very reluctant make the move, as the risks of intervention are as grave as those of turning a blind eye on the daily macabre display on moral grounds.

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