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Qualcomm rejects $121 billion hostile Broadcom bid, again

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:04 PM

Two days after a meeting of top executives of the two computer chipmakers, Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs says the recently revised bid remained unacceptable.

Google launches lightweight Gmail Go for Android

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Go version of Gmail is half the filesize of the original mobile version. Unfortunately, it is only available to Android O Go users

'Black Mirror' dating app shows you how long your relationship will last

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The popular sci-fi show on Netflix makes a real-life version of an app featured in one of its season 4 episodes

Russian hackers who stole 160 million credit card numbers sentenced

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Vladimir Drinkman, 37, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Dmitriy Smilianets will be imprisoned for 4 years in the US

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission says social media companies in general need to do more to comply with EU consumer rules

U.S., Britain blame Russia for 'NotPetya' ransomware attack

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Statements from Washington and London say Russia would face ramifications for the attacks that crippled computer networks in the United States and Europe, including those of some big corporations

NOTPETYA. Petya ransom note. Photo sourced from Wikipedia and posted by user Jbuket.

Google likely ‘borrowing’ iPhone X notch with upcoming Android update

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Insiders have spoken about Google’s upcoming software update that readies new Android smartphones rumored to be mimicking the iPhone X’s cutout design

PH top in social media usage for 3 straight years – report

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippines has 67 million social media users, with 62 million using social media on their mobile devices, says WeAreSocial's report

Pornhub shows what users search for upon getting premium access

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Every Valentine's Day, the porn site gives free subscriptions to users. The site then collects data on what these new premium users immediately searched for

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro officially unveiled in India

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:59 PM

These are the follow-ups to the Redmi Note 4, the phone which propelled Chinese brand Xiaomi to the top of the smartphone market in India

REDMI NOTE 5. Xiaomi follows up the Redmi Note 4, known as India's best-selling phone in 2017. Photo from Xiaomi

HTC's smartphone president, Chialin Chang, resigns

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The resignation announcement says the reason for his resignation was due to a 'personal career plan'

CHIALIN CHANG. HTC's Chialin Chang speaks as he displays a newly launched HTC mobile phone at a function in New Delhi on April 21, 2014. File photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Uber loss leapt to $4.5B in 2017 as final quarter showed hope

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The losses grow from the $2.8 billion it lost in 2016

UBER. The ride-sharing leader reports losses for the final 3 months of 2017. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Google launches its own Snapchat-like 'stories'

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The newly launched format called AMP Stories is Google's answer to delivering easy-to-read interactive stories

AMP. A video shows off the visuals of Google's new content delivery app. Screenshot from Google/YouTube

Apple signs NBA star Durant to produce new TV series

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Apple has been reaching deep into its cash holdings to ramp up its original television offerings in a bid to grow its market share in the streaming business

SHOWRUNNER. Apple signs NBA star Kevin Durant to produce a show for their online streaming service. File photo by Ezra Shaw/AFP

Cryptocurrency miner targets Android users

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Android devices are at risk as a campaign now exists to exploit the devices' processing power to mine Monero cryptocurrency

CRYPTOMINING. Some people are taking advantage of other people's phones to mine cryptocurrency. Screenshot in phone from Malwarebytes

Singles less pressured to celebrate Valentine’s Day more than ever – dating app

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Responses to a survey by dating app Coffee Meets Bagel point to signs of a changing cultural norm

Facebook to test Instant Articles paywall on iOS devices

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Originally tested on Android devices, Facebook moves forward with testing for the subscription-based product for the iOS, beginning March 1

PAYWALL. First tested on Android phones, Instant Article paywalls will soon be tested on iOS devices. Photo from Facebook

Facebook to have news section on Facebook Watch

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Currently only available in the US, Facebook Watch's news section will feature breaking news stories and is said to be the next big step for the social media giant’s news strategy

FACEBOOK WATCH. The service is only currently available in the US. Photo from Facebook

Unilever threatens to pull ads from 'divisive platforms'

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Denouncing what it calls 'toxic online content,' Unilever weighs in on growing concerns about fake news and extremist posts on such networks as Facebook and Google

UNILEVER HQ. A picture taken on June 5, 2015 shows employees walking pass the logo of Unilever at the headquarters in Rotterdam. John Thys/AFP/File

German court finds Facebook oversharing user data

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about this when users register,' Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) legal expert Heiko Duenkel says

FACEBOOK'S GERMANY LOSS. 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

Bangkok-based firm plans initial coin offering in the Philippines

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Global Crypto Hub seeks to secure the necessary licenses to launch an initial coin offering for its digital currency Usereum

Facebook patent determines users' social class based on gadgets, homes owned

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Should Facebook incorporate the pattern into its algorithm, 3rd party entities will be able to target which social class they want their posts to reach

FACEBOOK. Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone, and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

At least 4,200 websites had cryptominer active through hacked plugin

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Affected websites include US and UK government websites, along with some university websites such as that of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Tear-jerking iPhone X short film goes viral in time for Chinese New Year

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:11 PM

'If your family reunion only lasts three minutes, what will you do?' asks this 7-minute feature, shot entirely on an iPhone X

WAITING GAME. A boy waits for his mother in this screenshot from '3 Minutes,' a short film shot on an iPhone X. Screenshot from Apple/YouTube

Judge was 'misled' to get warrant for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom – lawyer

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:41 PM

More than six years after his arrest, the German national continues to fight extradition to the United States

DOTCOM. This file photo taken on August 29, 2016 shows internet mogul Kim Dotcom attending his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland.  File photo by Dave Rowland/AFP

Cloudfone Thrill Boost 3 offers 18:9 screen for P2,999

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The new device from local brand, Cloudfone, is currently the cheapest 18:9 phone in the market

THRILL BOOST 3. The budget device brings a flagship feature closer to the masses. Photo from Cloudfone

Olympics hit by cyberattack, source not revealed

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:01 PM

North Korea and Russia deny launching any attacks on the Pyeongchang Olympics

OLYMPIC GAMES. The Unified Korea delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.  Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Leaked images of DeX Pad confirms headphone jack for S9

Feb 10, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Images of the dock accessory that turns the phone to a touchpad shows the Samsung’s soon-to-be released flagship retaining the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack

AUDIO JACK. Leaker Evan Blass' image shows the S9's audio jack. Screenshot from @evleaks/Twitter

Possible trend between national happiness and net freedom, internet speed – report

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Comparing data from different studies, a blog post by a VPN provider sees that countries with high internet speeds and net freedom are also countries with high levels of happiness

Global cyberfraud gang's 'co-founder' arrested in Thailand

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Sergey Medvedev is accused of co-founding the 'Infraud Organization,' an online network that stole and sold credit card and other personal identity data, causing $530 million in losses, according to US authorities

SERGEY MEDVEDEV. This handout taken by the Royal Thai Police on February 2, 2018 and received on February 9, 2018 shows Russian national Sergey Medvedev (C), 31, being arrested by Thai police in Bangkok for involvement in a transnational cyber crime gang. Photo by Royal Thai Police/AFP

Apple downplays iBoot source code leak

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Apple says the source code leaked is 3 years old, and 'by design, the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code'

APPLE'S IBOOT LEAK. This file photo taken on January 30, 2015 shows an iphone next to the Apple logo in Lille. File photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Facebook testing 'downvote' button to mark offensive, misleading comments

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:24 PM

The closest thing that Facebook has come to a 'dislike' button so far

Stock image from Shutterstock

Google fined $21M in India for abusing dominant position

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Google has been found to have favored its own services when customers ran searches according to the Competition Commission of India

GOOGLE. The search giant faces fines in India. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Virtual reality may reduce paranoia in psychotics – study

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Scientists report that in clinical trials involving 116 patients in the Netherlands, virtual reality exercises led to less fraught social interactions

Part of source code for iPhone's operating system posted online

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:03 PM

The iBoot code is said to be part of the iPhone operating system that ensures the proper startup of iOS when you turn on the iPhone

German jailed for running neo-Nazi website

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'Altermedia Deutschland' had been one of Germany's most popular online platforms for the far-right, attracting some 5 million visitors

Twitter reports first-ever profit, boosting shares

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) Twitter says it earned $91 million in the fourth quarter, the first positive net income since going public in 2013

PROFIT. The Twitter logo is seen on a sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Globe in talks for independent cell tower firm

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Globe president Ernest Cu also says the firm is looking at divesting all or part of its tower assets to independent tower companies

All-time high levels of fraud and cyber issues plague industries today – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The 10th annual Kroll Global Fraud Risk Report outlines the risks industries and organizations now have to face

Google working on 'Yeti,' a streaming game platform – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Sources familiar with the matter say the project, codenamed "Yeti," will allow users to play games as they're being streamed, as opposed to requiring a download or physical disk

GOOGLE BUILDING A YETI? People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

U.S. announces takedown of global cyber theft ring

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The US Justice Department announces that 13 members of the Infraud Organization, responsible for $530 million in losses among victims, have been arrested

Japan’s elderly will soon be cared for by robots

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:54 PM

With its 5-year 'New Robot Strategy,' the Japanese government will soon be relying on robots to care for its large elderly population

ROBEAR. Japanese company Riken has developed a robot that can carry patients and assist them in other physical ways. Photo from Riken

Snapchat earnings for Q4 2017 stronger than expected

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Snap shares lifts 18% in after-hours trade following their fourth quarter earnings update

iPhone X bug prevents users from answering calls

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:19 PM

According to one user, it takes 6 to 8 seconds after the call ringtone is first heard for the display to activate

Photo from Apple

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Screams and cheers erupted as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago

TAKE OFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago.Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Nokia 2 lands in PH for P5,290

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Housing a 4100 mAh battery, the Nokia 2 targets budget-conscious consumers with a need for high endurance

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasts off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars

LIFTOFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. Jim Watson/AFP

Duterte order on Cure frequencies for 3rd telco contradicts PLDT-NTC deal

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:45 PM

A 2011 agreement states that the National Telecommunications Commission would bid out the surrendered Cure frequencies, with PLDT being given monetary compensation. President Rodrigo Duterte now refuses to give that compensation.

3RD TELCO ISSUE RAISED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Malacañang photo

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – UNICEF

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Children are exposed to a wealth of benefits but also to harm such as sexual exploitation, abuse, and cyberbullying

NET CAFÉ. Boys of different ages play online video games inside a darkened back room of an Internet café on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. Photo by Joshua Estey/UNICEF

Bitcoin drops below $6,000 for first time in 3 months

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) The virtual currency falls to $5,992 for the first time since mid-November, according to Bloomberg News, and represents the latest hammering for a unit that saw a stratospheric 26-fold rise last year

BTC ACCEPTED HERE. 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. Philippe Lopez/AFP