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Rappler Game Night: 'Detroit: Become Human'

May 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM

We play through the first hour of this android-populated interactive drama from the prime purveyor of the form, Quantic Dream


Egypt court orders one-month YouTube block over Islam film

May 26, 2018 - 11:35 PM

A lower court's 2013 order – blocking YouTube after it carried the controversial film 'Innocence of Muslims' – is upheld

Cybersecurity roundup: May 20 to 26, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

In this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, it's a two-for-one Amazon special coupled with General Data Protection Regulation complaints in the European Union!

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

May 26, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Max Schrems files 4 complaints with regulators under the General Data Protection Regulation laws against some of the tech world's biggest names

MAX SCHREMS. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Disney launches own streaming app in PH, costs P149 monthly on Globe

May 25, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Non-Globe subscribers will pay a higher subscription rate of P399 monthly

DISNEYLIFE. DisneyLife will host more than  350 Disney movies, 5000 episodes, and over 6,000 music tracks at launch. Screenshot from DisneyLife website


Pornhub launches VPNhub, its own virtual private network service

May 25, 2018 - 3:42 PM

A VPN encrypts the data sent and received by those connecting to it, allowing users to surf with further anonymity online

VPNHUB. Pornhub gets its own virtual private network service. Image from https://www.vpnhub.com/

Apple's internal documents show iPhone 6 models more likely to bend

May 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Apple's tests find the iPhone 6 is 3.3 times more likely to bend when compared to the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile is 7.2 times more likely to bend compared to the iPhone 5S.

IPHONES 6 AND 6 PLUS. Image from Apple PR.

Jury tells Samsung to pay big for copying iPhone design

May 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The award appears to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

WATCH: The Power of Journalism 2018

May 24, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Watch the journalism conference from Oslo, Norway on Rappler

Facebook suspends account of Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The blogger believes trolls triggered the suspension by mass reporting her account

SUSPENDED. 'Pinoy Ako' blogger Jover Laurio's Facebook page has been suspended. Photo from PinoyAkoBlog/Twitter

Lenovo posts $189 million full-year loss on one-time write-off

May 24, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The Beijing-based company also reports a 69% decline in profit in its fourth quarter ending March 31

LENOVO. A general view of atmosphere during the Lenovo ThinkPad P Series launch party on August 12, 2015 in California. File photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Lenovo/AFP

Xiaomi Redmi S2 arriving on June 4 for P7,990

May 24, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Xiaomi makes its official announcement regarding the Redmi S2 for the Philippine market just a little over a week after its unveiling in China

REDMI S2. Xiaomi releases its second-cheapest phone next to the Redmi 5A. All photos from Xiaomi


Sony's next PlayStation may be at least 3 years away

May 24, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'We want to use the next 3 years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,' says PlayStation CEO John Kodera

PSX. Gamers wait outside the main show hall of PlayStation Experience 2017 held in Malaysia. Photo by Nadine Pacis


5 things we expect to be unveiled at Apple's WWDC 2018

May 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

We round out some of what we’re expecting to be unveiled at this year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

APPLE. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016.  File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Free 6 months of 100 Mbps internet to be raffled off at streaming event

May 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Second prize is 6 months of 50 Mbps internet

SPIRIT BOMB. The gaming event's title is inspired by anime Dragon Ball Z's 'Spirit Bomb' special technique. All photos from Facebook/Rumble Royale


The scandals bedevilling Facebook

May 23, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Here's a roundup of the scandals hounding the social media behemoth

CHARMING EUROPE. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP

Next-generation chips for upcoming iPhones now in production – report

May 23, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The new chip could be the first to use a 7-nanometer design, smaller than the 10-nanometer chips in today's flagships

APPLE. A customer touches the screen of the last year's iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in California, USA. The next Apple flagship may be using a 7-nanometer chip, which would make it the first commercial device to sport one. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


NPC to launch campaign against 'careless use of online services'

May 23, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The yearlong campaign is called 'PSST!' or 'Privacy, Safety, Security, and Trust online'


Instagram rolls out 'mute' option

May 23, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Users now have the option to stop seeing posts from an account without unfollowing them


Midrange Samsung Galaxy A6 priced at P16,490

May 23, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The larger A6+ will retail for P22,990. Both models arrive in stores on June 18

A6. Samsung's "Infinity Display" comes to its cheaper phones with the release of the A6 and A6+. All photos from Samsung.


Foxconn unit to raise $4.2 billion in China IPO

May 23, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Foxconn Industrial Internet, which makes electronic devices, cloud service equipment and industrial robots, will float 10% of its total shares, according to a prospectus filed late Tuesday, May 22, with the Shanghai stock exchange.

FOXCONN. This picture taken on February 22, 2013 shows a young man walking past a Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. Photo by AFP

'I'm sorry,' Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

May 23, 2018 - 1:58 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives 'haven't done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm'

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the European Parliament on May 22, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Blockchain Association of the Philippines established

May 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The association seeks to spread understanding and adoption of blockchain technology among Filipino entrepreneurs and fintech professionals

BITCOIN. Blockchain's poster boy, Bitcoin, has often been seen as a way to get rich quick. The Blockchain Association of the Philippines is seeking to spread a better understanding of the technology behind it, Blockchain. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP


Record-breaking $100 million in store for 'Fortnite' players

May 22, 2018 - 3:29 PM

'Fortnite' breaks the record of 'Dota 2,' which awarded a total of $38 million in 2017

FORTNITE. The game hosts an average of 46 million players per month, leading to huge revenues for its makers. Photo from Epic Games


Zuckerberg testimony to EU Parliament to be livestreamed

May 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Following criticism on closed-door meetings, the Facebook CEO and the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani switch gears

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Jury still out in 7-year-old Apple-Samsung iPhone patent trial

May 22, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Apple wants $1 billion in damages while Samsung wants to lower the figure to around $28 million

CLASSIC BOUT. Older Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones are embroiled in the legal battle. iPhone and Galaxy photos from Apple and Samsung


UK pledges millions to fund development of cancer-detecting AI

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In the UK, AI-powered early detection technology could help 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034


New Nokia X6 adopts the notch like many Android phones this year

May 21, 2018 - 4:04 PM

It’s Nokia's first phone to sport the display cutout popularized by the iPhone X

X6. Currently a China-exclusive, rumors abound of its eventual international release. Photo from HMD Global/Nokia


Leaked hands-on clip of Mi 8 shows off its in-display fingerprint sensor

May 21, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Xiaomi's follow-up to their flagship Mi 6 is also expected to debut 3D facial recognition feature first seen in the iPhone X.

XIAOMI'S MI 8? A leaked 3-second clip shows a smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Image from YouTube via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2W9rghBfTM

Red's Hydrogen One smartphone has a holographic display

May 21, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The smartphone incorporates what the company calls '4-view' screen technology that reportedly shifts between 2D, 3D, and holographic displays

Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app

May 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

While the app will enable users to get 'personalized' news, it will also include top stories for all readers, aiming to break the so-called filter bubble of information designed to reinforce people's biases

GOOGLE NEWS. Google launches the new Google News at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

How fast are LTE internet speeds in Batanes? Here are the readings we got

May 19, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Speed tests show a high of 41 Mbps and a low of 1.54 Mbps in terms of download speeds, and two spots that had no signal


Cybersecurity roundup: May 13 to 19, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's cybersecurity roundup features cellphone tracking hacks and bugs, as well as another Facebook data leak due to an entirely different quiz app

'Black Ops 4' is going where no 'Call of Duty' game has gone before

May 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' is shaping up to be one of the most talked about FPS games of the year

PLAYING BLACK OPS 4. Gamers get a taste of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' at an event in the US. Photo by Nadine Pacis

Valve's game streaming service Steam Link beta launches on Android

May 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

To stream, a Steam Link controller or another bluetooth-enabled controller, and a WiFi connection on the 5GHz band are required

STEAM LINK. You can now test your setup to see if you can play Steam games on your Android smartphone using Steam Link. Screenshot from Steam Link page on Google Play.

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium launched

May 18, 2018 - 12:12 PM

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are set to compete against Spotify and Netflix. It's currently available in select regions, but a wider rollout is expected

YOUTUBE MUSIC. Google's bringing out its Spotify competitor. Image from Google.

Microsoft announces new Xbox controller for people with disabilities

May 17, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed to accommodate people with a wide range of physical disabilities

Power Rangers game gets 'Street Fighter' crossover, but not in Asia

May 17, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile, Cammy, Akuma, and M. Bison to take on Power Rangers in mobile game crossover

POWER RANGERS AND STREET FIGHTERS. It's a crossover event for the 90's kids. Image from https://twitter.com/PRLegacyWars

Hackers breach US company tracking phones for authorities

May 17, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The data breach points to lax security standards at Securus, a company with the power to allow law enforcement to track people's phones and undertake surveillance operations

Will Apple bundle fast USB-C chargers with 2018's iPhones?

May 17, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Apple rumor mill claims this year's iPhones will have USB-C fast chargers included instead of the traditional 5-watt units

A DIFFERENT CHARGER? This file photo taken on September 12, 2017 shows an iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Do you hear 'yanny' or 'laurel?' Soundbite sparks internet din

May 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'It's Yanny,' tweets horror writer Stephen King. 'It's so clearly laurel,' quips supermodel Chrissy Teigen

US SEC launches fake cryptocurrency 'sale' to educate about scams

May 17, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'Fraudsters can quickly build an attractive website and load it up with convoluted jargon to lure investors into phony deals,' says Owen Donley, US SEC Chief Counsel

PHONY. The US SEC has set up a fake website mimicking scam websites preying on individuals looking to make a quick buck from cryptocurrencies. Screenshot from Howeycoins.com


Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with European lawmakers

May 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Closed-door talks are confirmed but other members of European Parliament demand a public hearing

QUESTIONING. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. The CEO has now agreed to talks with European authorities. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


WATCH: 6 questions with the founder of new Grab competitor, Micab

May 17, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Eddie Ybañez speaks to Rappler on what MiCab brings to the ridesharing landscape

MIADS. Micab is able to eliminate booking fees and surge charging thanks to its ad business called MiAds, says Micab CEO Eddie Ybañez. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Toys 'R' Us to sell iconic mascot, adult website domain names

May 16, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Some of the domain names include sex-toys-r-us.com, kinkytoysrus.com and adult-toys-r-us.com.

SELLING OFF ASSETS. Shoppers buy gifts at the Toys"R"Us store during early Black Friday events on November 24, 2016 in Paramus, New Jersey. File photo by Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

'League of Legends,' 'Starcraft II' to debut at 2018 Asian Games

May 16, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Also debuting are 'Hearthstone,' 'Pro Evolution Soccer 2018,' 'Clash Royale' and 'Arena of Valor.' The Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.


Samsung Galaxy S9 has faster download speeds than the iPhone X – report

May 16, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Samsung is now calling its current flagships the 'fastest phones ever'

SPEED TESTING. A Samsung Galaxy S9 performing an Ookla speed test. Image from Samsung.

NGO-led crowdfunding app seeks to aid in disaster response

May 16, 2018 - 1:42 PM

SAFER, the country's first locally-led crowdfunding app, provides quick relief and response to disasters and emergencies

Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts in first 3 months of 2018

May 16, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Fake profiles make up 3% to 4% of all active accounts, reports the social network

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP