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Putin signs laws against 'disrespecting' authorities, fake news

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs off on the legislation against the advice of human rights activists, who warned the laws amounted to censorship and would be abused to crack down on freedom of speech

PUTIN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Lyft revs up for an IPO seeking to raise $2.4 billion

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Lyft's launch is the first of what is expected to be a wave of IPOs from venture-backed startups worth more than $1 billion, known in Silicon Valley as 'unicorns'

LYFT. The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

'Far Cry New Dawn' review: Not a whole lot is new

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:49 PM

'Far Cry New Dawn' feels familiar in both good and bad ways

CAPTAIN APOCALYPSE. The wildlife remains as big of a threat to you as the game's new baddies

Why the Philippines has been slow to adopt e-wallets

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:42 PM

And why that may be about to change

What to expect at the 2019 Game Developers Conference

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

With rumors of announcements for new consoles and services, gamers may want to tune into the conference this year

GDC. A general view of the Game Developers Conference is seen in San Francisco, California on March 03, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Why isn't Converge in Ookla's speed test report? Ookla explains

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Converge has 400,000 tests, Ookla says, but that isn't enough for them to qualify in the company's Speedtest Awards

Facebook scrubs 1.5 million Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand says the firm is 'working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people'

VIGIL. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

3 apps to help you prepare your taxes this coming tax month

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Cut the time it takes to prepare your tax returns this April with apps that automate the process

Illustration from Taxumo


Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Can you life-hack your way to love?

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A new approach to dating takes advantage of the power of data

CONCEALED? True love could be hiding inside mounds of data. xtock/Shutterstock.com

Tesla introduces new 'Model Y' SUV, priced at $39,000

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Musk says, it has 'the functionality of an SUV but it will ride like a sports car' accelerating from stand-still to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Elon Musk, Tesla, Model Y


Huawei pleads not guilty to Iran sanctions violations – report

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The company also pleads not guilty to other charges including bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the US


Huawei prepared own OS in case of Android, Windows ban

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:18 AM

'We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared,' says Huawei executive Richard Yu

YU. Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei consumer business group, attends a press conference and launch of new 5G Huawei products at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on January 24, 2019. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP


Facebook chief product officer quits

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 AM

Cox makes his announcement in on his Facebook page, saying he was leaving 'with great sadness' after 13 years.

FB EXECS. Former product head Chris Cox and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a photo posted by Cox on his Facebook page where he announced his resignation. Photo from Chris Cox's Facebook page


Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:37 AM

The outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant that reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications



10 arrested in India for playing 'PUBG' mobile game

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game – which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world

Samsung A30 priced at P13,990, arrives March 30

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The slightly pricier A50 variant comes in at P17,990

GALAXY A30. Photo from Samsung


New Google Chrome extension lets users filter out toxic comments

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Tune users can lower the number of toxic comments seen on some 'popular platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus'

U.S. ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from Huawei

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:56 AM

US General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, says that they're not going to communicate with Berlin if Huawei is inside their defense communications

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Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Google teases alleged game-streaming service as dev conference looms

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A recent patent for a game controller hints that Google is also expected to unveil a device to go with the service

Screenshot from Google


Philippine Airlines offering 30MB of complimentary inflight WiFi

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The current 30 MB data allocation doubles the 15MB limit which began in 2017

Photo from Philippine Airlines


Volkswagen to cut up to 7,000 jobs at VW brand

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:03 PM

The job cuts announced Wednesday, March 13, come on top of an existing restructuring program slashing 21,000 positions worldwide

JOB CUTS. The company logo of German car maker Volkswagen (VW) is pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany on March 12, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

PLDT on the Huawei question

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Take a glimpse at how PLDT and its heads are approaching the US-Huawei situation


Mark Karpeles: Bitcoin baron brought down with a bump

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:42 PM

In many ways, the trajectory of Mark Karpeles mirrors the volatile rise and fall of the bitcoin currency itself

KARPELES. French national Mark Karpeles, former CEO of collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox, attends a press conference after his first hearing in Tokyo on July 11, 2017. Photo by Quentin Tybeghien/AFP

Google resolves Gmail, Drive service outages

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) Google says the issues with attaching or accessing Gmail attachments and sending emails and uploading and downloading files on Drive have been resolved

GMAIL ISSUES. Test out these new features on G Suite. Images from Google.

Messaging app dope-dealing ring busted in Israel

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:57 PM

The suspects trade drugs through the encrypted messaging app Telegram

eSports hits big time, with or without Olympics

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:45 PM

eSports may not need the Olympics as several big brands across the globe are jumping on to the hype

RISING SPORT. McDonald's pulls out of German football to focus on eSports. Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

Filipino women search for Japanese, romantic porn on Pornhub – study

Mar 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The study, released last Friday, March 8, seeks to determine what female viewers were looking for aside from lesbian porn

Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Senator Elizabeth Warren takes tech giant Facebook to task for its 'ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power'

15 minutes with Huawei’s Mate X foldable: what’s hot, what’s not

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Our thoughts on Huawei's transforming device after our brief time with it

Facebook sues 2 app developers for data-stealing browser add-ons

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The lawsuit against Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov says they hatched a scheme affecting some 63,000 Facebook users' browsers

After protests, Kremlin insists it's not moving to restrict internet

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'No one is suggesting cutting the internet or limiting the opportunity to work on the World Wide Web,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

INTERNET FREEDOM. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Philippines' TNC bags $500,000 as it reclaims World Electronic Sports Games crown

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM

TNC is now a 2-time WESG champ having won the inaugural tournament as well in 2016

TNC. Photo from World Electronic Sports Games 2018


Thousands protest Russia's 'internet isolation'

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The mass protest in Moscow comes after the Russian lower house of parliament backed a bill preventing Russian internet traffic from being routed on foreign servers

Google marks Francisca Reyes-Aquino's 120th birth anniversary with doodle

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Francisca Reyes-Aquino is widely considered as the mother of Philippine folk dance

Airbnb buys HotelTonight app to broaden travel offerings

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The deal 'accelerates our work to build an end-to-end travel platform that serves everyone,' says a statement from Airbnb

AIRBNB. File photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP


Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles

China to fight 'for legitimate rights' of Huawei and others

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Wang Yi's remarks come as the US presses charges against Huawei and a top executive over violations of Iran sanctions

'Tim Apple' goes viral on social media after Trump gaffe

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:35 AM

US President Donald Trump thanks 'Tim Apple' for the tech giant's investments and job creations

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China chat log leak shows scope of surveillance

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The files show a wealth of information linked to online accounts, including GPS locations, file transfers, and chat logs

CHINA AND SURVEILLANCE. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

30 out of 44 PH politicians' websites insecure – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Comparitech checks the personal websites of over 7,500 politicians in 37 countries to see if they were using HTTPS to secure their sites

Globe argues service is defined by overall quality, not just speed

Mar 07, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Globe says it 'continues to improve customers’ overall quality of experience and not just speed'


The mind distracted: technology's battle for our attention

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:13 PM

There is a growing demand for socially responsible approaches to digital design and user experience

Iranian hackers caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Microsoft researchers say the attackers stole secrets and wiped data from networks after targeting thousands of people at some 200 companies over the past two years


Zuckerberg sees Facebook future in private, small-scale messaging

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Zuckerberg's announcement is a strategic shift for Facebook as it seeks to navigate a drawn-out crisis over privacy and data protection

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows the CEO and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a press conference in Barcelona. AFP file photo   Facebook was confronted on September 9, 2016 with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE


China's Huawei sues U.S. over federal ban on using its products

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products, says Huawei's rotating chairman Guo Ping

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Jojo 'pasabay delivery' app makes couriers out of commuters

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The crowdshipping app connects users to transporters who are already heading towards the drop-off location of their package.