When VnExpress asked her for an interview, Ola Nguyen said she would speak in her mother tongue. Her family had left Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam to settle in Poland when she was seven years old. Her claim to fame was winning the seventh season of Masterchef Poland. The 21-year-old Ola, real name Nguyen Hoang Minh Tam, had competed in the event during the summer break because she felt she could not find "anything appealing enough to do" unlike other years when she did part-time jobs or charity. But as a long-time fan of the reality show, she had always wanted to try. First she had had to ask SGH Warsaw School of Economics to permit her to take time off in mid-July to compete. Luckily, the school was not too strict. Ola and her parents. Photo courtesy of Ola Nguyen Acquainted with cooking since the age of 10, Tam says she felt quite "pressured" when her mother would say Asians believe girls must learn domestic skills to be able to marry. Her mother would also give her clear … [Read more...] about From bored student to Poland’s Masterchef: How a 21-year-old Vietnamese did it
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Viet Nam News By Hoàng Hồ After an incredible fight, actress Mai Phương, who has been receiving special treatment for aggressive lung cancer, has been discharged from Military Hospital 175 into the loving arms of friends, family, fans and colleagues. Although the battle against cancer is not over, with Phương facing many more hospital visits and follow-up appointments, her journey has been remarkable and inspirational. Since the first days of her treatment, the hospital has welcomed visits from many celebrities to help and encourage Phương. With continuous updates on the media and thousands of messages from fans on Facebook around Việt Nam, everything seemed to be going well, until actor Gia Bảo – a close friend of Phương’s, spoke up and caused some ripples. “If you don’t have a close relationship with the patient, you can just help by offering messages of … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?
Apple, Samsung settle U.S. patent disputeThe Saigon Times Daily The Apple Inc. logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., June 13, 2016 – PHOTO: REUTERS NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday settled a seven-year patent dispute over Apple’s allegations that Samsung violated its patents by “slavishly” copying the design of the iPhone. Terms of the settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available. In May, a U.S. jury awarded Apple US$539 million, after Samsung had previously paid Apple US$399 million to compensate for patent infringement. Samsung would need to make an additional payment to Apple of nearly US$140 million if the verdict was upheld. How much, if anything, Samsung must now pay Apple under Wednesday’s settlement could not immediately be learned. An Apple spokesman declined to comment … [Read more...] about Apple, Samsung settle U.S. patent dispute
Apple on Monday (Jun 4) unveiled new operating systems for its iPhones and computers with features designed to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people's online activities. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). (AFP/Josh Edelson) The announcement by Apple comes amid a growing focus on protecting privacy following a Facebook data scandal and new rules being enforced by the European Union for online services. Apple, kicking off its annual developers conference, appeared to be setting itself apart from Facebook, which has drawn the ire of privacy activists, and even showed how its software could prevent the social network from tracking users on Apple devices. The upcoming versions of software powering iPhone and Mac computers will block the use of so-called "cookies" from Facebook "like" buttons that can follow people from one website to another, Apple said. "Turns out 'like' buttons and 'comment' fields can be used to track you, … [Read more...] about Apple touts privacy features of new operating systems
Jurors are set to return to a Silicon Valley courtroom on Monday (May 21) to put a price on patented iPhone design features copied by Samsung in a legal case dating back seven years. Apple-Samsung iPhone design copying case goes to jury, photo AFP Apple is seeking slightly more than a billion dollars in damages, while Samsung wants a figure closer to US$28 million. The jury has been asked to determine whether design features at issue in the case are worth all profit made from Samsung smartphones that copied them or whether those features are worth just a fraction because they are components. "Samsung isn't saying it isn't required to pay profits," Samsung attorney John Quinn said during closing arguments on Friday. "It is just saying it isn't required to pay profits on the whole phone." The three design patents in the case apply to the shape of the iPhone's black screen with rounded edges and a bezel, and the rows of colorful icons displayed. Samsung no longer sells the … [Read more...] about Apple Samsung iPhone design copying case goes to jury