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European stocks dip, bitcoin crashes below $10,000

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Virtual currency bitcoin meanwhile dives, falling below $10,000 for the first time in 6 weeks in what one analyst calls a 'cryptocalypse' that saw several digital units take a hammering

BITCOIN DIVES. This file picture taken on February 28, 2014 shows a man talking on a mobile phone in a shop displaying a Bitcoin sign during the opening ceremony of the first bitcoin retail shop in Hong Kong. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

As tech ascends, has CES made Detroit Auto Show an afterthought?

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:39 PM

'At Detroit, you see the cars of yesterday. At Las Vegas, you get a glimpse of the cars of tomorrow,' says one industry expert

CORVETTE. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is pictured during the press preview at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, on January 16, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP


Nintendo Switch emulator, Yuzu, in development for PC

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

While the playing of copyrighted material on emulation software has legal implications, those looking for a way to play Switch games they own, on a PC, may want to keep a close eye on this

Uber caps driver hours to 10 in Britain

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:13 PM

After 10 hours of driving, drivers will not be able to log on to the app. They are required to take an uninterrupted 6-hour break to be able to log in again

LONDON UBER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows a man holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London. Photo by Ben Fathers/AFP


Making money gets harder for video makers as YouTube toughens rules

Jan 17, 2018 - 12:56 PM

At least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within past year now required to be eligible for ad program. Previously, getting at least 10,000 views was the only requirement


Nearly 2 million lose mobile access in war-torn east Ukraine

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Vodafone says it appealed to the warring sides and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to get its repair crews safe access to the damaged line. 'It has been futile so far,' spokeswoman Viktoria Ruban writes.

Bitcoin bombs, cryptocoins crash on regulation fears

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The final weeks of last year were marked by bitcoin mania as the unit topped $20,000, but bitcoin loses some 20% in Tuesday trading. It also sees most of its fellow cryptocurrencies similarly wilt.

Canadian hacker charged over leak of 3 billion hacked accounts

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The leaks involve accounts from LinkedIn and the Ashley Madison online dating service, among other hacked sites


Japan's SoftBank Group soars on listing reports

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:09 PM

The Nikkei economic daily, which first reported the plan, says the listing could bring in two trillion yen ($18 billion), one of the largest initial public offerings ever for a Japanese company

SOFTBANK OFFERING? The logo of Softbank Corp. is displayed at a press briefing on Softbank's new service in Tokyo on January 15, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

'Rappler now, who's next?' – netizens

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:17 PM

For many netizens, the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke Rappler's registration is a blatant attack against press freedom and freedom of speech

Iran removes block on Telegram

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Iranian officials confirm the app can now be used again after the lifting of restrictions imposed during recent protests

SciTech wRap for January 13, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Here's a roundup of our favorite science and technology stories for this week!

10 predictions for smartphones this 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM

What innovations and features should we expect from the smartphone industry this coming year? We take a look into our crystal ball


China's Tencent draws $41 billion orders for $5 billion bond sale

Jan 12, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Tencent offers 4 tranches with maturities ranging from 5 to 20 years, according to Bloomberg

BOND SALE. Tencent chairman and CEO Pony Ma speaks during a philanthropy forum in Hong Kong on September 23, 2016. /File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Beyond the car: how tech firms are exploring the future of transport

Jan 12, 2018 - 6:44 PM

A predicted shift away from owning and relying on cars will change the way urban planners design cities, say experts

Finnish firm detects new Intel security flaw

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Cybersecurity firm F-Secure says an issue within Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), 'which is commonly found in most corporate laptops, allows an attacker to take complete control over a user's device in a matter of seconds'

AMT SECURITY FLAW. The Active Management Technology (AMT) issue allows an attacker to 'take complete control over a user's device' if the attacker has physical access to the device to reconfigure AMT. Screen shot from F-Secure video on YouTube.

Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Several innovations at CES 2018 are geared towards helping travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage.

HIGH-TECH TROLLEY. The Travelmate suitcase can automatically follow its user around. Photo from Travelmate Robotics


New 'emotional' robots at CES 2018 aim to read human feelings

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:27 AM

At CES 2018, several robots are being developed to become more humanlike by acquiring 'emotional intelligence' and empathy. Check out some of them here

EMOTION MACHINE. A Honda 3-C18 concept robot is shown at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2018. Photo by David Mcnew/AFP


EU unveils supercomputer plan to rival China

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:25 AM

In the absence of supercomputers, European scientists and industries risk yielding secrets or sensitive information as they increasingly process data outside the EU


New Yamaha motorcycle can be summoned with a wave

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Yamaha's concept bike showcased at CES, the Motoroid, boasts autonomous features such as self-balancing, rider recognition, and running without a rider

DRIVERLESS BIKE. The Yamaha Motoroid, an autonomous concept motorcycle is displayed at the Yamaha booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David BeckerAFP


Facebook overhaul favors friends over news, adverts

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook shares fall 5.4% at the opening of trade on Friday, January 12, after the changes were announced on Thursday

FEED TWEAK. Facebook's News Feed will now give higher scores to posts from friends, and decrease rankings of businesses and publishers. Screenshot from Facebook


Google patches for Meltdown, Spectre not slowing down systems

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The search giant says that the security patches it has issued do not slow down its cloud services

SAFE ZONE. Google says their new security patches for the processor vulnerabilities have no negative effects to performance. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira


'Beggars can't be choosers': Netizens assess P200 monthly grant to poor families

Jan 11, 2018 - 5:41 PM

While some netizens find P200 too meager, others say the poor have no right to complain

Maria Ozawa, Kim Domingo top PH Pornhub searches in 2017

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Some of the other top search terms are 'hentai,' 'japanese,' and 'korean'


Filipinos top Pornhub's 'most time spent' list again

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:16 PM

For the 4th straight year, Pornhub stats show that Filipinos spend the most time on the world's biggest porn site

Islamic State retreats online to 'virtual caliphate'

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:46 AM

On the brink of defeat in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) group has been taking refuge in its 'virtual caliphate' – but even online, experts say it is in decline

24 of the coolest new gadgets showcased at CES 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:30 PM

A phone case that's also a drone, a Nokia 'smart mattress,' and Razer's phone-powered laptop – these are just some of the awesome new gadgets shown at CES 2018


Huawei deal to sell phones through AT&T in US falls through – reports

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:51 AM

Huawei still plans to sell a version of its Mate 10 not tied to a specific carrier. However, the failure to secure a contract with AT&T or fellow US giant Verizon drastically limits the Chinese company's growth in the American market.

Smoking iPhone battery forces evacuation at Zurich store

Jan 10, 2018 - 12:23 AM

'A shop assistant sustained minor burns while removing the battery that overheated,' a police statement says, adding that 7 others received medical attention but did not need to be taken to hospital for treatment

OVERHEATING IPHONE. The Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Traffic solutions, health tech, smart cities star at CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Get a glimpse of new technological solutions to age-old problems being envisioned at one of the world's biggest trade shows

SHOWTIME. Data dancer Sophie Santella performs before a keynote address by Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich at CES 2018 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP


Pole-dancing robots aim to spice up CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The robo-strippers are the creation of British artist Giles Walker, who says he designed the vaguely humanoid machines as an expression about surveillance, power, and voyeurism

MECH GYRATIONS. A human dancer performs next to a stripper robot at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club on the sidelines of CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


Digital assistants duel for dominance at CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Google, Amazon, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple – all these brands are pushing virtual assistant technologies, potentially the new way people will be interacting with computers and appliances

GOOGLE HOME. Pictured is Google's stylish smart speaker, the Home. Screenshot from Google/YouTube


Thailand says drone users must register or face jail, fines

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Anyone using an unregistered drone after Tuesday risks a 100,000 baht ($3,100) fine or a maximum of 5 years' imprisonment, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Office

DRONE REGISTRATION. A new GoPro Karma foldable drone is seen flying during a press event in Olympic Valley, California on September 19, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Intel chief says chip flaw damage contained by industry

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The negative effects of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have been limited thanks to 'remarkable' collaboration by tech industry, Intel CEO says

INTEL CEO. Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich delivers a keynote address at CES 2018 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP


Bucking trend, Hyundai bets on hydrogen fuel cell for new car

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:50 AM

While most of its rivals turn to all-electric power, Hyundai debuts the Nexo, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle that uses voice commands, and artificial intelligence

NEXO. Hyundai's hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle, is presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. It bucks the all-electric trend of most rival automakers, and uses voice commands, artificial intelligence and can be transformed into an autonomous car. Photo by Rob Lever/AFP


LG adds Google AI in 'smart home' push

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:41 AM

'2018 will be the tipping point for the smart home and, more important, for the smart connected lifestyle,' says LG US marketing vice president David Vanderwaal

CLOI. LG Electronics's CLoi robot, a smart device with virtual assistant functions, is displayed during a LG press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/AFP


Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Two Apple shareholders warn the company of the growing body of evidence that there may be negative consequences on young iPhone users

IPHONE OBSESSION. The iPhone 7 smartphone on display on the day of its release at Covent Garden in London on September 16, 2016. File photo by Jack Taylor/AFP


Law firms circle Intel as CEO stock sales draw scrutiny

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Law firms probe 'allegations that Intel may have issued materially misleading business information to the investing public'

INTEL.This file photo taken on January 16, 2014 shows the Intel logo displayed outside of the Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


GoPro considers selling company after weak holiday sales

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The action camera manufacturer also cuts staff and announces plans to exit the drone business

HOLDING ON. GoPro, makers of the eponymous action cameras seen here, goes through tough times after holiday sales disappoint. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Toyota's new self-driving concept vehicle aims for customizability

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Toyota says it's designing not just a vehicle but a mobile platform for use in e-commerce, ridesharing and medical services, among others

E-PALETTE. President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda, seen in the background on screen, introduces the e-Palette Concept Vehicle, a fully autonomous, battery-electric vehicle with open control interface to allow partner companies to install their own automated driving system, during a press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


WATCH: Why the Huawei Mate 10 was among 2017's best flagships

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In a nutshell: great specs at a very competitive price


Virtual aide market a 'wildfire' at CES gadget show

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Researchers expect sales of smart speakers to double to $3.8 billion in 2018 compared to last year

GOOGLE ASSISTANT. A woman sits in a Las Vegas Monorail car with a Google ad prior to the CES 2018 on January 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9 to 12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. Photo by Alex Wong/AFP


Tech faithful gather to worship at mecca of innovation

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is expected to draw 170,000 people and 40,000 exhibitors from dozens of countries showing wares in robotics, digital health, artificial intelligence, sports and more

ROBOTS. UBTECH robots including the First Order "Stormtrooper" (left) and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant enabled "lynx" (center) are seen during the CES Unveiled preview event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

The 4 top tech trends expected at CES 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:02 PM

From smart, driverless vehicles to a more forceful push for 5G, these are the top trends at the year's biggest electronics show

LOOXIDVR. Shown is the first mobile VR headset to provide an interface for the eyes and the brain with two eye tracking cameras and six brain-wave sensors, on display at a press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Alex Wong/AFP


Different approaches to bitcoin in Asia

Jan 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Here's how some Asian regulators are handling the bitcoin phenomenon

Tech firms battle to resolve major security flaw

Jan 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Apple, for its part, advises only getting apps from its online App Store which vets programs for safety

WHO: Addictive gaming to be recognized as a disease

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the condition disproportionately affects younger people more connected to the ever-expanding online gaming world

What is a VPN and how can it keep me secure online?

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:18 PM

A virtual private network or a VPN adds an extra layer of protection against malicious parties online


Spotify boasts 70 million subscribers amid stock listing reports

Jan 05, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Announcing its new subscriber base online, Spotify did not change its number for total users. It said in June that it had 140 million active users when including listeners who access Spotify's free, advertising-backed tier

SPOTIFY. People gather in Spotify offices following a press conference on June 27, 2013 in New York City. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP