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Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:24 PM

'I told you so! The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google,' Trump tweets in reaction to the 4.34 billion euro penalty imposed on Google for abusing dominance of the Android operating system

TRUMP ON GOOGLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Zuckerberg at center of Holocaust denial controversy

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Zuckerberg says during a podcast interview that while Facebook was dedicated to stopping the spread of fake news, certain beliefs that were sincerely held would not be taken down. He eventually backtracks on the remarks.

ZUCKERBERG'S NEW TROUBLES. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

France closes in on phone ban in schools from September

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:17 PM

French Senators and National Assembly deputies reach an agreement late on Wednesday, July 18, on the ban for all 3 tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for educational purposes

Twice-as-strong Gorilla Glass 6 announced

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:07 PM

The new glass technology will protect mobile devices better from drops and other forms of impact

GORILLA GLASS 6 IS HERE! Corning reveals its latest iteration to Gorilla Glass. Image from Corning.

WhatsApp running anti-fake news ads in Pakistan ahead of elections

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Fake news propagators know that strong emotions lead to virality. Knowing this, WhatsApp advises, in an ad, that if you 'read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way'

INFO DRIVE. WhatsApp is using offline means to combat real-world violence being triggered by the spread of false information online. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The social network is targeting bogus posts that may spark violence with a policy change that they're implementing 'during the coming months'

Xiaomi Mi 8 now in the PH for P25,990

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:30 PM

New budget phones, the 6 and 6A, are also announced

Huawei Nova 3i quick review: Its P20-like design is a winner

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The quad-camera-sporting Huawei Nova 3i launches on July 28 at the starting price of P15,990

CURVATURE. The design language of the premium P20 phones trickle to Huawei's new midrange offering, the Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Google hit with record 4.3-billion euro fine in EU over Android

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The new sanction nearly doubles the previous record EU anti-trust fine of 2.4 billion euros, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017. Google says it will appeal the fine

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Rising microchip-maker demand boosts ASML profits

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM

'Our second quarter sales were above expectations including higher than forecasted EUV sales,' says chief executive Peter Wennink, referring to the company's cutting-edge extreme ultraviolet light lithography machines

An employee walks past an ASML logo, a Dutch company which is currently the largest supplier in the world of semiconductor manufacturing machines via photolithography systems in Veldhoven on April 17, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Twitter continues aggressive suspension of unwanted accounts

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

New report surfaces, saying Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in the 4th quarter of 2017


Skype updates desktop app design, to add call recording

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The long-awaited call recording feature is coming later this month

A NEW SKYPE. Skype releases new update for its desktop application. Image from Skype blog.

Facebook disputes claims they retain extreme content for money

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In a new documentary by Channel 4 in the UK, former Facebook investor Roger McNamee says it's the extreme, dangerous content that's the most engaging – something he says Facebook stands to profit from

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Apple celebrates 'World Emoji Day' with 70 new emojis

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Jeremy Burge, the creator of this annual celebration and founder of emojipedia.org, has said in the past that he chose July 17 because the Apple calendar emoji shows the said date


Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Egypt, which ranks in the bottom tier of the World Press Freedom Index, is set to ratify a bill that will place social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers under a government committee

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFO


Ultra-luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce announces plan to develop flying taxis

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The British company joins Uber, the Google-backed Kitty Hawk project, Lilium Aviation in Germany, Safran in France, and Honeywell in the United States in this fast-emerging space

HIGH-END FLIGHTS. A man poses alongside screens presenting the Rolls-Royce EVTOL air taxi concept during the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP


Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack rattles Tesla investors: ‘This thing is unraveling’

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Musk's Tesla has never earned an annual profit. His tweets, the latest of which involves pedophile accusations against a key figure in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave, are proving to be a big distraction

TWEET TROUBLES. The rescue saga involving young Thai footballers trapped in a cave may be over, but a controversial 'pedo' tweet by Elon Musk, in reference to one of the rescuers, has caused some trouble for him and his company. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:17 AM

Membership in the quarter grows 5.2 million to a total of 130 million, matching the same period last year but a million shy of what Netflix forecast, according to a letter that came with the earnings figures

Regulator unveils plan to monitor cryptocurrency threat

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:17 PM

While the Financial Stability Board believes crypto-assets do not yet pose a material risk to global financial stability, it urges major economies to scrutinize cryptocurrencies due to a lack of solid data on their use

IN PHOTOS: A peek inside Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Check out what we saw in our tour of Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, including a peek inside their campus, said to be over 140 hectares large

SHENZHEN TOUR. One of Huawei's buildings at its Ox Horn campus. Photos by Kyle Chua.

British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk launches a tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slams his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a 'PR stunt'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

Russian intelligence agents allegedly used Bitcoin in U.S. election hack

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'The use of bitcoin allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds,' the indictment reads


Samsung heats up 5G race with reveal of 3.5-gigahertz technologies

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The South Korean tech giant claims their equipment is better and safer than that of their rival, China's Huawei Technologies

5G. Network technologies are about to make a big leap as the successor to LTE or 4G networks looms over the horizon. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Instagram users in some countries can now apply for verification

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Instagram wants to put a stop to the Instagram account verification black market where the blue checkmark could reportedly fetch prices of up to $15,000


First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Got $250,000? Virgin Atlantic, one of the companies paving the way for space tourism, can take you to space for that price

SPACE JET. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity.  The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests – with both companies using radically different technology. AFP Photo/Virgin Galactic


Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 PM

With a population of 1.2 billion, 60% of which are under 24 years old, Africa represents huge growth opportunities for tech companies like Facebook and Google. The majority welcomes them but some also warn of cyber-colonialism

Illustration by Janina Malinis/Rappler


Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognizing tech

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Rapid improvements in face recognition technology prompt Microsoft to call for government regulation to protect people from potential abuse

Arrests after India mob lynches man over WhatsApp child abduction rumor

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The men are arrested over the murder of 27-year-old Mohammad Azam, who was attacked along with two friends by a 2,000-strong mob in southern Karnataka state's Bidar district late Friday

U.S. indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The 29-page indictment accuses members of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU of carrying out 'large-scale cyber operations' to steal Clinton campaign and Democratic Party documents and emails

INDICTMENT. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Fake news: the media industry strikes back

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:41 PM

'Journalism's role as the 'gatekeeper' of what is and isn't news has always been controversial, of course. But we're now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down,' says journalism professor John Huxford


Bicycle riders join delivery app Foodpanda's fleet

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The on-demand food delivery app says it has introduced over 100 bike riders to its fleet, which also currently employs about 1,000 motorcycle riders

Apple launches $300M 'green' fund for China suppliers

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Apple is pushing for greener processes in China where most of their products are assembled

APPLE. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Apple’s new MacBook Pros get a much-needed performance boost

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The company says that the 15-inch model is up to 70% faster, while the 13-inch model is twice as fast.

PRO UPGRADES. Apple says the new Pros will deliver faster performance for complex simulations and data manipulation. Photo from Apple


Global PC market grows for 1st time in 6 years – survey

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:09 AM

China's Lenovo and US-based HP are in the top spot, each with a 21.9% share, followed by Dell with 16.8% and Apple with 7.1%

GROWTH TRAJECTORY. PC sales rise by 2.7% year-on-year, beating the industry expectation of 0.3%. File photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


How a Macedonian town became a 'fake news' epicenter

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'

VELES, MACEDONIA. A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Parents can inherit dead daughter's Facebook account – German court

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The contract covering a user account with a social network is transferred to the heirs of the original owner of the account,' judges at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany say

Oppo Find X priced at P49,990

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:50 PM

It's a bold step from Oppo, jumping from the budget league to premium territory

FIND X. The cameras pop up from the top portion of the phone, which allowed Oppo to remove the 'notch' as seen on the iPhone X and lots of other Android phones thereafter. It achieved a 93.8% screen-to-body ratio because of this, among the highest today, if not the highest. Photo from Oppo

[OPINION] Silicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Silicon Valley might become this generation's Detroit if it can't reverse its moral decline, writes a pair of US professors

APPLE PARK. Aerial view of Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California. The roof is covered in solar panels with an output of 17 Mega Watt peak, making it one of the biggest solar roofs in the world. Photo by Daniel L. Lu, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license


Uber’s head of HR resigns reportedly after discrimination probe

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Internal investigations reportedly find that Liane Hornsey, the company's head of human resources, dismissed allegations of racial discrimination

UBER. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Loon is Alphabet's radical project for global internet connectivity with balloons while Wing focuses on auto drone delivery technology to reduce fossil fuel use and urban congestion

LOON. The radical project from Google involves the use of balloons to deliver connectivity. Screenshot from Google.


Twitter to remove locked accounts from users' follower count

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:45 AM

Twitter hopes this change will let users have confidence in the accuracy of legitimate accounts following them

TWITTER ACCOUNTS. A photo taken in the western French city of Rennes on November 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone. File photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'Now that the foundational technology for these projects is built, Loon and Wing are ready to take their products into the world,' Astro Teller says in a blog post

PROJECT LOON. The Loon team chase a very early prototype across California’s Central Valley. Image from blog.x.company

Uganda police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Yoweri Museveni justifies the tax move saying many citizens do not pay their taxes as they were meant to, and should not 'donate money to foreign companies through chatting or even lying' on social media

SOCIAL MEDIA TAX. A woman reads a message on social media tax as she scrolls through her Facebook account on her phone in Kampala on July 5, 2018. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

WhatsApp labeling forwarded messages in effort to fight falsehood

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The feature aims to help users determine if their friends or relatives sent them a message they crafted themselves or if they got it from elsewhere, with the hope of fostering habits about thinking before sharing forwarded messages

WHATSAPP'S NEW LABEL. A mockup from WhatsApp of the new label indicating forwarded content on the messaging service. Image from WhatsApp.

Grab ‘superapp’ update rolling out by Q3 this year

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Grab users will no longer be greeted by the booking screen map with an update that completely overhauls the app’s home screen

NEW LOOK. Ride-hailing will be just one component of the new app with the major user interface update that will be rolled out.


YouTube to offer $25M funding to boost 'trusted' news sources

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The first partners in the program will be US-based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today

MEDIA FUNDING. The grants "will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video," YouTube said. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


New telescope to scan skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

If potentially hazardous asteroids are found years or decades before a potential collision, then a spacecraft can be used to nudge the asteroid to change its path so that a collision can be avoided, says astronomer

ASTEROID DETECTOR. A photograph and a baseline design rendering mix showing a view of the completed exterior building from the road leading up to the site. Photo from LSST Project/NSF/AURA, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


To improve digital well-being, put your phone down and talk to people

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

People spend more time with gadgets than with friends and romantic partners nowadays. We need to reclaim the happiness lost to digital activity, says one psychological scientist


Following data scandal fine in UK, Facebook may face penalty in Australia

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:04 AM

In Australia, the social network may face fines of up to US $2.2 billion for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

SCANDAL FALLOUT, The fines are starting to come for Facebook in several countries. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP