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What he did for love? Japanese man 'marries' a hologram

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Gatebox, the company that produces the hologram devices, issues a 'marriage certificate,' which certifies that a human and a virtual character have wed 'beyond dimensions'

In this photograph taken on November 10, 2018 Japanese Akihiko Kondo poses next to a hologram of Japanese virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku as he holds the doll version of her at his apartment in Tokyo, a week after marrying her. - Akihiko Kondo, who is an administrator at a school, married to a Japanese virtual reality singer called Hatsune Miku in early November 2018. The bride is a computer animation with saucer eyes and lengthy aquamarine pigtails who performs to adoring fans as virtual reality character . (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Japan-culture-entertainment-computers-music-social, FOCUS by Miwa SUZUKI

Cathay Pacific says 'most intense' period of data breach lasted months

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Cathay Pacific says it was subjected to continuous breaches that were at their "most intense" from March to May but continued after

Smartphones raising a mentally fragile generation

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:26 PM

San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge sees smartphones and social media as raising an unhappy, compliant generation of teens and adults

JEAN TWENGE. San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge poses in San Diego, California, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Julie Charpentrat/AFP

Samsung's foldable phone to cost $1,770, slated for March 2019 – report

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The device will be called the Galaxy F, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency

Facebook is least trusted tech company by Americans when it comes to data – study

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Other companies included in the survey are Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018, 100 cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, put up by protesters. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Sony patent teases Playstation controller with a touchscreen

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The patent describes a controller with a similar design to the DualShock 4 for the Playstation 4 but replaces the existing touchpad with a touchscreen.

A DIFFERENT PS4 CONTROLLER? Will Sony come out with a touchscreen-enabled controller? Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Surge in electricity needs to require flexible power systems – IEA

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'The electricity sector is experiencing its most dramatic transformation since its creation more than a century ago,' says the International Energy Agency

Efficient data management needed as digital universe nears 20 trillion GB

Nov 12, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Tech leaders present potential business solutions at MSI's CXO Innovation Summit as the information age's data explosion continues

A COMPLICATED MATTER. Tarun Gupta, regional solutions architect at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, illustrates with a picture  how tough managing cybersecurity can be for companies today: you're trying to fix the wheel while the car keeps running, even on just 2 wheels. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Alibaba hits another 'Singles Day' record but growth slows

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Although retail sales in China have been steady, the outlook is uncertain as the economy slows and concerns rise over the impact of the trade war with the United States

The biggest announcements of Microsoft’s XO18 event

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Microsoft shares details about upcoming Xbox One games, services, and new acquisitions.

X018. Microsoft's latest fan celebration is in Mexico City. Screen shot from livestream.

Facebook launches short form video app Lasso in bid to win teens over

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The app is Facebook's answer to Tik-Tok, the popular social media platform that lets users record and share short videos with licensed tracks

Facebook refuses to delete post critical of Singapore gov't

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Singapore's government agencies slam the posted Facebook article as 'clearly false, defamatory, and attacks Singapore'

FACEBOOK. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Over 100,000 Filipinos affected by Cathay Pacific data breach

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The National Privacy Commission orders Cathay Pacific to explain why it only reported the data breach several months after it happened

PRIVACY ISSUE. The National Privacy Commission has ordered Cathay Pacific to explain the months-long delay in reporting a data breach that affected its system in March 2018.

Facebook stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Facebook, like Google, allows complaints of sexual harassment to be aired openly in court

Xiaomi bringing Mi 8 Lite, Mi 8 Pro to PH

Nov 09, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Both Xiaomi's Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro will go on sale on Lazada and Shopee on November 11, with Mi Authorized Stores to have them soon after

Google outlines steps to tackle workplace harassment

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai promises Google will be more transparent with how concerns are handled, and provide better support and care to those who raise such issues with the company

SUNDAR PICHAI. Screen shot from YouTube.

Mozilla chief regrets internet's addictive quality

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'It's disappointing, the practice of 'Come to my site, keep you there, keep clicking, keep spreading this information as fast as possible,' she says

BAKER. Mozilla's executive chairperson Mitchell Baker speaks on the center stage of the 2018 edition of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on November 6, 2018. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP


Xiaomi debuts in London with Mi 8 Pro

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:37 AM

Xiaomi also announces that it will open an official Mi Store in London on November 18

Photo from Xiaomi


Tesla names board director to replace Elon Musk

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The appointment of Denholm, who is Telstra's chief financial officer, is effective immediately but she will serve out her six-month notice period with her current employer, Tesla says late Wednesday.

ROBYN DENHOLM. Robyn Denholm is Tesla's new board director. Image from Tesla.com.

Toshiba slashes 7,000 jobs, downgrades profit outlook

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'Over the next 5 years, we expect a reduction of 7,000 jobs,' many coming from early retirement, CEO Nobuaki Kurumatani says

TOSHIBA. This file photo taken on February 16, 2017 shows the Toshiba Corporation logo at the company's headquarters in Tokyo. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

OPPO R17 Pro priced at P38,990

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The phone is expected to land in PH stores on November 24

OPPO R17. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Young Pinoy innovators want to make affordable biotech lab kits

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Only 3 out of 10 high schools in the Philippines have a science laboratory. #HackSociety winner, team BTBox, is looking to address the problem by making portable, affordable lab kits that high school students can use

BTBOX. Kenneth Kim says their kits are 90% cheaper than competing lab kits at the #HackSociety pitching on October 30, 2018


More video platforms beyond YouTube now covered by Smart data packages

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

In addition to YouTube and iFlix, Smart data subscribers will get video allocation for Cignal Play and NBA League Pass

3 'Final Fantasy XV' DLC cancelled as director leaves company

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Game director Hajime Tabata leaves following a statement from Square Enix reporting a loss of 3.73 billion yen

UNHAPPY ENDING. Final Fantasy XV's DLC production ends. Screen shot from livestream.

Huawei tops Apple for 2 consecutive quarters in phone market

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:18 PM

It's the longest that Huawei has been on the second spot

Samsung folding phone with 'Infinity Flex Display' unveiled

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:08 AM

'The display is the foundation for the smartphone of tomorrow,' says senior vice president of mobile product marketing Justin Denison

All screenshots from Samsung



Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium provisionally named 3rd telco

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Their group, called Mislatel Consortium, garners a total of 456.8 points out of 500 under the criteria

League of Legends introduces virtual K-pop girl group K/DA

Nov 07, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The virtual quartet’s music video for the single Pop/Stars amasses over 5 million YouTube views in a day

VIRTUAL POP. This pop group wants to sell you League of Legends skins. Screen shot from YouTube

Google touts progress in fight against piracy

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Google claims progress in the war on piracy, but notes a new battlefront in the form of installable add-ons on legitimate open-source media players such as the Kodi box to illicitly stream copyrighted content

Globe eSIM coming 'before the year ends'

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Soon, you may no longer need that tiny card you put inside your phone

Illustration by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler


Little-known company unveils own foldable phone days before Samsung

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Royole shows a device with a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen that folds 180 degrees

iPhone XR arrives November 16 in PH via Globe

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Pre-orders will begin on November 9

Promotional material from Globe


Only Dennis Uy-China Telecom bid qualified, 2 others incomplete

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The bid documents of the Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium are deemed qualified, while Sear Telecom and PT&T are both disqualified, which the two can still appeal

Facebook must act to stop incitement ahead of 2020 Myanmar poll – report

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Facebook says it is working on rooting out abuse ahead of the Myanmar elections – but admits it had failed to do enough to prevent the incitement of violence

MYANMAR AND FACEBOOK. A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

China uses 'gait recognition' technology to identify people

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The software can identify people by how they walk, even if they are not facing the camera

Bill Gates brings jar of poop at China's toilet expo

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:43 AM

According to UNICEF, 892 million people worldwide have no choice but to defecate in the open

GATES. Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks next to a container with human feces during the "reinvented toilet expo" in Beijing on November 6, 2018. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP


Cambridge Analytica whistleblower calls for online regulation

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:11 AM

'Why is it we can regulate nuclear power, but we can't regulate code?' says Christopher Wylie, a former director of research at the now-defunct data consultancy

WHISTLEBLOWER. In this file photo, Cambridge Analytica former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Cambridge Analytica and data privacy in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 16, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


LOOK: Leaked Asus phone moves notch to the right

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:57 AM

The device, said to be the ZenFone 6, is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress this February

Screenshot from HDBlog International/YouTube

Samsung hints at foldable phones with folded logo

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The profile pictures of Samsung’s official social pages temporarily change to a folded version of the company logo

Screenshot from Samsung Facebook page


Q&A: Xiaomi's Southeast Asia director on how 5G will change phones

Nov 06, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The speed that 5G promises may unlock a new role for the smartphone as we know it

CHEN. Xiaomi director for Southeast Asia, John Chen at an acclimatization event for their new flagship, the Mi Mix 3. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,' Facebook says

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock


Q&A: How 5G is shaping up in PH, according to PLDT's Joachim Horn

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:57 AM

5G adoption will be driven first by the enterprise as 5G phones are expected to be too expensive in the early stages

PATH TO 5G. PLDT chief technology advisor Joachim Horn. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Apple cancels iPhone XR production boost due to low demand – report

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Budget-conscious buyers are going for last year's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus instead


Apple's 5G iPhone expected in 2020 - report

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Apple wants to use an Intel 8161 5G modem chip for the 2020 devices

A FUTURE 5G IPHONE? A customer touches the screen of the new iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square on November 3, 2017, in San Francisco, California. File photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

LOOK: Smart 5G banners, 5G-branded vehicles in Clark

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The said promotional materials were put up in conjunction with a Smart event announcing the telco’s plans to deploy their first 5G cell site in the city

5G CITY. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Facebook allows ads to target 'white genocide' conspiracy theorists

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Facebook has since deleted the category, apologized, and said it shouldn't have existed in the first place

PLDT, Smart launch first 5G city in Clark, Pampanga

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

5G is over 20 times faster than the current 4G connectivity and opens up possibilities for solving metropolitan problems

SMART 5G IN CLARK. Smart touts Clark as its first 5G City. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Video game action heads for the cloud

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Computing power in data centers and devices from televisions to smartphones surges and streaming technology advances, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or personal computers

With mobile app, pharmacy logbooks to go digital by 2020

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Information from the electronic Drug Safety System developed by startup mClinica may help authorities fight outbreaks and understand the underlying causes of diseases

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the electronic Drug Safety System. Screenshot from mClinica

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia