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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 921

United Kingdom

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.

Neil Armstrong: Sad Departure of Lunar King

The earthlings, temporarily abandoning latitude-longitude-based political bickering, paid last respects to Neil Armstrong – both in thought and if lucky enough, in person - the humble American hero, who was laid to rest on Friday at a private funeral in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Apple vs. Samsung Infringement Trial: Dangerous Sparks from Litigation Minefield

There is no doubt that the intensity of patent wars among the smartphone manufacturers, is, now, in ascending order of ugliness. It hit a crucial peak - one in many - on Friday when a court in California awarded Apple a hefty sum of $1.05billion in damages from Samsung, the Korean electronics giant, for infringing on the patents of the former.

Keeping Gates Open to a New Flushed Toilet

The interest shown by Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and the world’s most famous philanthropist, in a revolutionized flushed toilet - a fairly reliable indicator of the relative global prosperity - and the overwhelmingly- positive response that it generated from the scientific community, clearly show that the humble device is not just for getting rid of what is not digested; on the contrary, it can also be a place to digest the acceptable, the unacceptable or even mentally harmonize the two in notoriously-complex, culturally-polarized human defecation process, in order to come up with something ingenious.

London 2012 Olympics: Gold rush continues into the final hours

It is no exaggeration; by hosting the most successful Olympics games ever, the organizers, sportsmen/women and consistently-jubilant supporters have collectively put ‘Great’ back in Britain without any shadow of doubt. The organizers are especially praised for managing to keep the game-related controversies to a bare minimum, defying the critics both here and abroad.

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