Guess what? It's that time again! No, not for your coffee refill (though that's probably overdue), but for your weekly dose of "What on Earth happened THIS week?" 🌍✨. From tech twists to political pirouettes, we've got the scoop that'll make your latte taste that much better. Buckle up, because this week's edition is hotter than the summer's top playlist! 🎶🔥 Ready to dive in? Let's spill the beans... and not the coffee kind! ☕🚫
Forehead Frenzy: When Dashain Tika Lines Turned Political
Dashain's done, and I hope your stash of Blessings, Jamara and Dakshina rivals the indigestion from all that feasting. While most of us queued for the traditional tika from elders, a different queue was shaping up in the political realm. Our ex-monarch Gyanendra dusted off his crown (metaphorically) to offer tika at his home. Not to be outdone, our President pitched his tent in the tika game too. The result? A forehead frenzy that gave everyone, from Twitterati to politicians, a throbbing headache.
Now, between kings and presidents, I've had the pleasure of meeting...well, none. But for those in the limelight, it became a tika-tug-of-war, with none other than Rabindra Mishra officiating. If you've been living under a proverbial stone, here's the 411: Mishra, the journo turned political activist, ditched 'Bibek-sheel' for a shot at reviving the monarchy. According to him, nation > notion. Got it? Good.
Then, our beloved Twitter, or should I say X, went wild comparing crowd sizes. Unsurprisingly, nostalgia won the day, with throngs at the ex-king's abode, and just a smattering at the President's. A few brave souls still ventured to the presidential palace. Given the recent pardoning saga and his, let's say, "reserved" approach, that's commitment. But as they say, nothing's ever a sure thing. Especially when it comes to tika lines.
Guterres' Global Hopscotch: From Middle East Mix-Ups to Nepal's Nooks
Hold onto your diplomatic hats, folks! UN's top dog, Antonio Guterres, didn't just throw shade at Hamas for their October 7 attack in Israel; he went full historian on us, tracing back to a 50-year-old saga, “it did not happen in vacuum”. Israel, in true drama series fashion, went from "We're hurt" to "You're not coming over anymore!" by stonewalling UN's visa applications.
Meanwhile, Nepal, sipping its Himalayan tea, sided with its South Asian buddies in the UNGA's peace pow-wow, earning a raised eyebrow from Israel. "Thought we were pals, Nepal?" they seemed to say.
But plot thickens! Guterres is now taking a breather in Nepal. Maybe the crisp mountain air will clear the Middle East fog? Here's a tip, Mr. G: Nepal isn't just about postcard views. Dive deep into its tales of past tiffs and looming climate woes. As you zigzag through its terrains, remember: Nepal needs more than a high-five. It's craving real backup. And hey, about those resignation whispers from Israel? Let's hope they're as fleeting as a Himalayan mist. We're rooting for you, G-Man, especially when Nepal's in the scene!
Remembering Matthew Perry: Could He BE Any More Missed?
The world mourns the loss of Matthew Perry, our beloved Chandler Bing from 'Friends', who has left us at 54. His home in Los Angeles became the poignant setting for this heart-wrenching goodbye. 'Friends' wasn't just a show; it was a cultural phenomenon, with Perry at its comedic heart. The series finale, drawing over 52 million viewers, speaks volumes of its impact and Perry's unforgettable role.
Warner Bros TV, the force behind 'Friends', shared their heartache, stating, "We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. His comedic genius resonated globally."
As we recall his iconic sarcastic quips and hilarious Chandler dance, it's evident that while he may have left our screens, he'll never leave our hearts. To the guy who made sarcasm an art and always asked, "Could I BE wearing any more clothes?" — you will be deeply missed. Rest in laughter, Matthew. 🕊️❤️
Google's Bard-y Party: When Your Assistant Gets an AI Upgrade!
Imagine having a personal assistant who can scan your chaotic email inbox, summarize the juicy bits, and even map out your cafe-hopping for the day. Sounds dreamy, right? Enter Google's latest showstopper: Assistant with Bard. This isn't your regular "Hey, Google" assistant—it's juiced up with Bard, Google's AI chatbot rival to ChatGPT.
Stuck at a trail fork with your tiny-legged pooch? Snap a pic, ask your Assistant with Bard, and voilà! It'll tell you which route won't tire out your fur buddy. And guess what? This tech marvel is soon rolling onto your iOS and Android devices (sorry, smart speakers, you're on the waiting list). If you're thinking, "Is Google eavesdropping more?", breathe easy. Bard's a full-on opt-in feature.
But, plot twist! Big Tech's AI race isn't just a Google saga. Microsoft's flexing with Bing AI, Amazon's Alexa went full chatty mode, and who can forget Meta's celeb-imitating chatbots (Chat with Snoop, anyone?). Even Apple, typically low-key on AI, is giving Siri some serious AI schooling.
So, will Google's Assistant with Bard truly rewrite our tech experience, or will it remain a shiny stage demo? Only time will tell. But if this is a glimpse into a future where app juggling is history, count us in for the ride! 🚀📱
Apple's Spooky Surprise: No Tricks, Just Mac Treats! 🎃
Forget bobbing for apples—Apple's brewing up some tech witchcraft this Halloween season! Their online event on Oct. 30 is promising some enchanting reveals. With an Apple logo masquerading as a jack-o-lantern (or is it a Mac Finder icon?), it's hinting at some Mac magic. New iPhones? Just had 'em. iPads? Maybe next broom ride. So, ready your cauldrons and tech spells, because it seems Mac's the bewitching star of this spectral show! 🍎🔮
Okta's Undetected Blunder: A Detective Story in the Digital Age
In the vast realm of cyberspace, where giants like Okta stand tall and unyielding, it was a series of hushed nudges that stirred the waters. Cloudflare and 1Password, two tech titans in their own right, felt these nudges, translating them into signs of a covert breach within Okta's fortress.
The twist in our digital narrative? Okta was wandering in the dark, oblivious to the intruders in their midst. The breach alarms, ironically, didn't ring within Okta's chambers but echoed loud and clear in the halls of Cloudflare and 1Password, prompting them to shine a light on the situation. A touch of detective flair from these companies unveiled Okta's vulnerability, turning them into the unsung heroes of this saga.
But the story doesn't end there. While our detectives emerged with not a scratch, Okta wasn't so fortunate. Their archives, a treasure trove of sensitive files, were plundered, leaving about 1% of their vast clientele in the aftermath of this digital heist. BeyondTrust, another player in our tale, although rebounded from the breach, couldn't help but cast a wary glance at Okta's leisurely pace in addressing the intrusion.
This might not be Okta's maiden dance with security blunders, but the tremors of this particular breach were felt far and wide. The stock market, ever so reactive, responded with a downturn for Okta, painting a clear picture: In the grand tapestry of tech, even giants have blind spots. The real story here is the agility and acumen of the digital detectives who, despite not wearing the conventional capes, managed to spot the splashes before anyone else. 🌊🔍🔓