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Hundreds of Instagram users locked out of accounts in hack

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Victims report that their login credentials were changed and their avatars were replaced with a film still

INSTAGRAM. Photo by Nopparat Khokthong/Shutterstock.com


'Monster Hunter' on hold as China hits pause on new video games

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Access to the world's biggest gaming market tightens as China enforces stricter regulation

BEAST SLAYERS. Screenshot from Monster Hunter World/Capcom


Lenovo posts 1st quarter profit as recovery continues

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'The Group remains confident in its core PC business, and aims to grow...without compromising on profitability,' Lenovo chairman Yang Yuanqing says

LENOVO. The PC maker reverses its fortunes, reporting good margins in latest earnings report. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product. Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do – and I don't think they are correct anymore,' Dorsey says

DORSEY. CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Facebook turns to AI to fight hate and misinformation in Myanmar

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Artificial intelligence flags about 52% of all the content Facebook removes in Myanmar before it is reported by users, the company reports

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Twitter puts curbs on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) According to Twitter, Jones' account is not suspended but 'has limited functionality,' as part of an enforcement effort that requires tweets violating Twitter rules to be deleted

ALEX JONES. Photo from Alex Jones' Twitter.

Google collects location data even if you turn off location setting

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Location data may still be collected via Google Maps and search even if a user has turned off a setting labeled 'Location History'

LOCATION HISTORY. With location history on, users can see a map of where they have been. Screenshot from Google timeline page


Erdogan says Turkey to boycott U.S. electronic goods

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The dispute between the US and Turkey raises questions over the future of their partnership and fans fears of a looming economic crisis in Turkey

BOYCOTT US TECH. President of Turkey and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on January 30, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Tesla board forms committee to consider going private

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:46 PM

By going private, Tesla could operate without requirements for financial reports and other pressures of a publicly traded firm. But it could also lose visibility and limit its ability to raise capital.

TESLA'S FUTURE. Elon Musk hopes the Model 3 will propel the California manufacturer into the mass market. Photos from Elon Musk and Tesla Motor's Twitter profiles.

$100,000 at stake for winner of Globe 'League of Legends' tourney

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Two Philippine teams, Mineski and ArkAngel, are currently in the running

Screenshot from Globe


Sony reaches 500M PlayStations sold milestone

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A cultural force, Sony has now sold over 525 million PlayStation consoles since the debut of the original in 1994

ORIGINAL PS. The first PlayStation boasts a run of 104 million units sold. Screenshot from Sony


Saudis in talks to take Tesla private – Elon Musk

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:12 PM

(UPDATED) The revelation comes days after Musk's claim in an August 7 Twitter post that financing for a deal to take Tesla private had been 'secured'

ELON MUSK. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Millions of Android devices have preloaded vulnerabilities – report

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The vulnerabilities are a byproduct of Android’s open operating system that allows third-party companies such as device manufacturers and carriers to tweak code, says the report by cybersecurity firm, Kryptowire


Blue light from phone screens may gradually cause blindness – study

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Those who want to protect their eyes are advised to avoid staring at their mobile phones or tablets in the dark

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

Facebook moves to stop sharing of 3D gun blueprints

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The social network adds it is working out the range of website links or gun-printing content that will be removed

3D PRINTED GUNS. A Liberator pistol appears on July 11, 2013 next to the 3D printer on which its components were made. File photo by Robert MacPherson/AFP

'Fortnite' beta now available on Samsung Galaxy S, Note phones

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The much-awaited battle royale title finally steps foot on Android

FORTNITE ANDROID. The hit battle royale game comes to Android. Screenshot from Epic Games


Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note 9

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Its S-Pen now has remote control functions

Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer, video games

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Wolfenstein series of games is deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called 'anti-constitutional' symbols, including Nazi swastikas

HITLER REPRESENTATIONS. The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag. Screen shots taken from Censored Gaming YouTube video.

Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:09 PM

The vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility of intercepting and manipulating messages sent in a group or private conversation as well as a chance to 'create and spread misinformation'

Samsung to invest billions in new tech to drive fresh growth

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The initial $22 billion investment is part of a total of $161 billion the group plans to invest over the next 3 years across its businesses.

SAMSUNG's GROWTH. A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Converge eyes nationwide fiber network within 5 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Offering fiber-enabled broadband services in Luzon, Converge announces a 5-year, multi-billion dollar backbone deployment project


China ahead of U.S. in 5G race – report

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:13 PM

China reportedly has ten times more sites supporting 5G communications than the US

5G PARK. Huawei is busy developing 5G technologies and products at their headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Twitter chief defends not booting Infowars

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Jack Dorsey explains that it is journalists' job to shine the light of truth on unsubstantiated rumors or sensationalized issues

24 newsrooms in Brazil to fact-check WhatsApp ahead of elections

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers

Facebook asks big banks to share customer details

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The company asked US banks to share information about customers such as account balances and where purchases were made in order to develop new features on Messenger, the Wall Street Journal reports

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2018 a woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018.  File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Apple and Facebook delete content of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Alex Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being 'actors' in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network says

PLDT workers lose regularization case at Court of Appeals

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals remands to DOLE the case of installation, repair and maintenance workers, and voids the regularization of janitors, I.T, back office support, sales, and others

REGULARIZATION. PLDT workers' group Power holds a picket in front of the Court of Appeals to protest a recent decision voiding an earlier regularization order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 promotional video leaks ahead of launch

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Its storage will be expandable up to 1 terabyte, according to the video

NOTE 9. Days before the reveal, the new Samsung flagship leaks in what appears to be a promotional video. Screenshot from Ben Schoon/Twitter


Chip giant TSMC says WannaCry behind production halt

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

TSMC says some of its computer systems and equipment in its Taiwan plants were infected on August 3 during software installation. The incident is expected to cause shipment delays and cut third-quarter revenue by 2%.

Facebook testing dating feature, 'Create' button

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Facebook has begun internally testing their dating service with employees. A new 'Create' button, on the other hand, will make it easier to create new events, groups and other pages

FB DATING. In their 2018 developers' conference, the company announced its plans to venture into online dating services. Screenshot from Facebook F8 2018 livestream


Upcoming iPhones might not come with headphone dongle – report

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:11 PM

If you're considering using your wired headphones with this year's iPhones, you may need to purchase the dongle separately

IPHONE 7. This file photo taken on September 7, 2016 shows the iPhone 7 is seen on display during an Apple media event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Googlers bristle at censoring search for China – report

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Google withdrew its search engine from China 8 years ago due to censorship and hacking but it is now working on a project for the country codenamed 'Dragonfly,' according to Google employees

Apple shines in history-making style, despite some bruises

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Apple's strict stance on protecting user privacy solidifies their reputation – especially during in an era when data privacy issues have become humongous concerns

TIM COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on during a visit of the shopfitting company Dula that delivers tables for Apple stores worldwide in Vreden, western Germany, on February 7, 2017. File photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP


Music streaming giant Deezer raises 160M euros

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The French company is the third-biggest streaming service after Sweden's Spotify and Apple Music

DEEZER. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2015, a lounge is pictured at the French music-streaming services Deezer's headquarters in Paris.  Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Grab raises $2B to fight ride-hailing competition

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Around $1 billion is coming from Japanese car giant, Toyota

Image from Grab


Chinese-American engineer charged with stealing GE technology

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The FBI allegedly found a handbook detailing 'resources' Beijing would grant to individuals providing certain technologies, court documents say

GE. A General Electric Co. logo is displayed on the door of one of the company's microwave ovens being offered for sale at a Sears store January 22, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. File photo by Scott Olson/AFP


Apple is world's first trillion-dollar company

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:29 AM

US tech companies make up the top 5 most valuable enterprises based on share prices. Behind Apple are Amazon, Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook.

NEW HEIGHTS. On Thursday, August 2, US time, the technology company and iPhone maker became the first American public company to cross $1 trillion in value. Apple stock is up more than 20% this year. Pictured is the Apple Store Liberty, the first Italian flagship store of Apple in Milan. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP


Starbucks and Alibaba join forces as China coffee war brews

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Starbucks products ordered by mobile apps will be brought to customers by Ele.me, Alibaba's food-delivery unit

THE STARBUCKS-ALIBABA TEAM-UP. A customer walks out of a Starbucks coffee shop in Beijing on August 2, 2018.   Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

U.S. 'crypto-anarchist' sees 3D-printed guns as fundamental right

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, says 3D gun printing defends the U.S. Constitution's first and second amendments – the rights to free speech and to bear arms

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 11, 2013, software engineer Travis Lerol takes aim with an unloaded Liberator handgun in the backyard of his home in Hanover, Maryland. The Liberator is the first gun that can be made entirely with parts from a 3D printer and computer-aided design (CAD) files downloaded from the Internet.  A US gun rights activist and entrepreneur vowed on July 31, 2018, to fight attempts to block his free publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, as US President Donald Trump signaled he was skeptical about whether the plans should be readily available. / AFP PHOTO / Robert MACPHERSON

How to know if your Reddit account was hacked

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Those affected may want to think about whether there is other sensitive information associated with the compromised account, Reddit advises

REDDIT. Co-founder and executive chairman of Reddit, and partner at Y Combinator, Alexis Ohanian (L) and co-editor at TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis appear onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt. File photo by Noam Galai/AFP


DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Google developing censor-friendly search engine for China – source

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:38 PM

'It will be a dark day for internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China's extreme censorship rules to gain market access,' says an Amnesty International researcher

GOOGLE CHINA. This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province. AFP Photo/STR


Google sets limit to number of notches on Android P devices

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Notch cutouts can only be placed on the top or bottom side

NOTCH RULES. Google, anticipating possible notch design variations, places stricter rules. Pictured is a Huawei Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Facebook cuts API access for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of inactive apps

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:07 PM

These apps were not able to submit themselves to Facebook's new review process in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company says


Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Among the tools are a way to limit notifications, and a dashboard that allows users to keep track of how much time they have spent on the platforms

Amnesty International alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The group says one of its staff received a suspicious WhatsApp message by smartphone, containing a link that – if downloaded – would have installed Pegasus, a sophisticated surveillance tool developed by Israel-based NSO Group

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. File photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

WATCH: Ubisoft opens new PH studio

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The facility currently houses over a hundred Filipino game developers, and are looking to hire 200 more in the coming years

UBISOFT. Ubisoft is among the biggest game companies in the world, and the first of its size to set up shop in the Philippines. Photo from Ubisoft


Huawei tops Apple in tightening smartphone market – IDC

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:48 AM

In the second quarter of 2018, Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones worldwide, second only to Samsung's 71.5 million, and ahead of Apple's 41.3 million, IDC reports

NOVA 3. Huawei's flagship devices launched earlier in the year have seen some excellent reviews, owing to their distinctive design, and industry-leading cameras. The recently launched Nova 3 approximates the flagship P20 series, making high-end technologies more accessible in an increasingly competitive market. Photo from Huawei

Apple quarterly profit leaps in 'best June quarter ever'

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:52 AM

Apple reports that it sold 41.3 million iPhones in the recently ended quarter, just shy of the 42 million figure anticipated by analysts

HISTORICAL MONEY. Apple flirts with a history-making, trillion-dollar market value based on its share price. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP