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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 948

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Pigeon Coding: a challenge for code-breakers

The findings of a dead member of the National Pigeon Service of the Royal Air Force - a unit of 250,000 trained pigeons during the Second World War as messengers – which was found stuck inside a chimney in a home in Surrey by the owner of the house while he was renovating the fireplace, is reviving the interest in the ingenious communication technique worldwide.

Escalating Patent Wars: Is truth still the first casualty?

Once again, the stage is set for Apple and Samsung to lock their horns in the patent arena, much to the befuddlement of respective fans - and haters - of the two companies alike.

The fall of a hero at Apple: Scott Forstall

Apple, the most valuable company in the world at present, proved beyond any doubt the rationality of the cliché that every dark cloud, indeed, has a silver lining, by announcing a very significant news item, when the storm clouds of Hurricane Sandy were menacingly hovering over the east coast of the motherland, the US, just before making landfall on Monday.

A Perfect Storm to Sweep Apple: Scott Forstall to leave the company

As the eastern seaboard of America braces for Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest storm to hit the country in recent times, by strange coincidence, its technological equivalent is churning in the collective soul at the most valuable company in the country – Apple.

Tech Giants in Trouble: Google Woes Continue Unabated

“All good things in nature are wild and free,” said Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century American philosopher and renowned writer, while shunning modest luxury in favor of living close to nature. The breathtakingly-beautiful sunshine in the morning, fresh air that we breathe in, dancing dew drops along glass blades and the inexplicable tickles induced by fragrant air currents were singled out to make his point by the hermetic poet, almost 200 years ago - when the very information could only be delivered either by word of mouth or through an expensive form of written material at that time.

Naked Rambler of Britain

Imagine a Royal Marine commando, a member of one of the most elite military units in the world, in full combat suit: muscular, 6-foot tall, cheerful individual on one single mission – to scare a potential adversary to death by sheer presence. Now, visualize the same individual without a stitch on him - the very spectacle, according to the law enforcement authorities in Scotland that should not be in the public domain in any part of Britain.

Remembering the Wizard of Apple: Steve Jobs

Almost one year has elapsed since Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, the world’s most valuable company, made the transition to the spirit realm while leaving a gaping hole in the world of technology.

Amazon: the undisputed champion of e-commerce

The American entrepreneurs, who made their names in the digital age, used to have an inexplicable spiritual connection to the most humble place in their respective households – the garage. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison, college-drop-outs turned three wise men, time and again, referred to the unassuming corner with glee that turned out to be a mystical sanctuary for them in their hour of respective need.

iPhone 5: Apple’s headaches show no sign of abating

As a thoroughly-disappointed Apple fan, I sensed the frustration of millions on the same wave length and vented the collective fury about the new iPhone in my last Sunday’s column while highlighting the absence of any significant revolutionary progress, after waiting almost for two years since I first bought my existing iPhone 4 – to hear some good news. I also exposed my serious anxiety over the new map application which came as a substitute for Google maps.

Mona Lisa: Italians want her back in Florence

The existence of an artefact in a country other than its origin, always leads to a bone of contention between the two nations in question, when it comes to its real ownership at some point in the passage of time; as a rule of thumb, the more famous the object, the greater the degree of conflict – and rhetoric - become. That’s what now happening between France and Italy, involving the most famous painting in the world – the Mona Lisa.

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