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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.

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


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


HTC to make blockchain-powered phone called the Exodus

May 16, 2018 - 11:41 AM

The phone will have a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications

EXODUS. A sketch of HTC's upcoming blockchain phone appears on its official site. Screenshot from Htcexodus.com


YouTube may be getting incognito mode

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Like Google Chrome's, the feature will allow users to view videos without leaving a trail


U.S. Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica – report

May 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

The probe appears to focus on Cambridge Analytica's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

3 million users exposed in new Facebook data leak

May 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Data acquired by a quiz app called 'myPersonality' became accessible to mostly anyone due to insufficient security provisions, reports technology magazine New Scientist

CCTV captures alleged iPhone 6S explosion in Las Vegas repair shop

May 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The incident shows that any device with a lithium-ion battery can potentially explode if damaged, mishandled or defective


Lenovo Z5 teaser images show notch-free all-screen phone

May 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Unlike many other Android phone makers this year, Lenovo appears to have found an all-screen design that won't require a notch

Z5 TEASER. A portion of the new Z5 has been teased by Lenovo vice president Chang Cheng on his Weibo page. All photos by Chang Cheng/Weibo


PLDT not keen on joining Globe for independent cell tower firm

May 15, 2018 - 12:40 PM

PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says his firm does not see the need to share any of its existing network elements, including cellular towers

NOT KEEN. ‘At this time, we don't see any benefit or need to share any of our existing network elements, including our towers,’ PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EU data protection may trigger global ripple effect

May 15, 2018 - 12:33 PM

While all firms globally are required to comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes to the data of Europeans, the rules may have a wider impact if firms decide to extend protections to all users

LOOK: Nintendo's new special edition gold Family Computer

May 15, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The special edition Famicom Mini is a collaboration with Japanese manga magazine 'Weekly Shonen Jump,' which is celebrating its 50th anniversary

Photo from Nintendo


OnePlus 6 details leak ahead of announcement

May 15, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The OnePlus 6 will reportedly have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128 GB of storage, dual cameras, water resistance, and will hover between $620 to $680

ONEPLUS 6. Images and details regarding the OnePlus 6 smartphone have been leaked. Screenshot from Winfuture.de

New Tinder feature to match people based on locations visited

May 15, 2018 - 10:27 AM

If a user visits a certain cafe, for example, Tinder will find potential matches who have visited the same cafe


Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

'Dota 2' gets 'battle royale' game mode

May 14, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The popular game takes notice of the phenomenal rise of 'battle royale' games such as 'PUBG' and 'Fortnite'

UNDERHOLLOW. The new game mode comes with this year's battle pass. Photo from Valve


Apple sued for selling Macbooks with defective keyboards

May 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The lawsuit says that Apple knew of the problem before launch. Those no longer covered by warranties have reported paying $400 to $700 for repairs


In the UK, 'porn passes' will be required to view adult websites

May 14, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The 'porn pass' serves as proof-of-age, and will be be sold at newsstands in the UK


Xerox ends merger with Fujifilm in victory for shareholders

May 14, 2018 - 7:48 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement on its website, Xerox cites 'material deviations' in the audited financials of an existing joint venture known as Fuji Xerox that is controlled by Fujifilm

MERGER TERMINATION. Xerox terminates merger with Fujifilm. Background image from Wikipedia by Solomon203

Snapchat dials back redesign that riled users

May 12, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Snapchat rolls back its redesign after many complaints about their previous overhaul

SNAPCHAT. The social media app rolls back a previous massive overhaul after complaints from users. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 on sale by May 15 for P11,990

May 11, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Xiaomi's new budget phone features the Snapdragon 636 chip such as the one found in the Asus Zenfone 5

Social influence platform Klout shutting down May 25

May 11, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Lithium Technologies, which acquired the startup in 2014, announces the closure in a blog post on Thursday, May 10. Klout also confirms the closure on Twitter.

Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2S, the cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone in PH, costs P27,990

May 11, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The Mi Mix 2S will arrive in stores in June with price points set at P27,990 and P29,990 for 64 and 128 GB models

MIX 2S PRICE. The price makes the Mi Mix 2S currently the cheapest phone with a Snapdragon 845 chip in the Philippines. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Does the iPhone SE 2 have a notch? A case vendor mockup points to 'Yes'

May 11, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Distributed by retailer Mobile Fun, the Olixar render features an iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen, an iPhone 5-styled chassis, and a notch on top of the screen

A NOTCH? A reported render of the iPhone SE 2 points to the phone having a notch. Screenshot from Mobile Fun product webpage.

Spotify to stop promoting R. Kelly songs over sex abuse claims

May 11, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Users of both the free and subscription-based versions of Spotify will still be able to find R. Kelly's music on the service. However, he will no longer appear in playlists curated by the platform or algorithm-generated recommendations.

R. KELLY. In this file photo taken on November 24, 2013 singer R. Kelly arrives for the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Russian Facebook 'ads' show strong effort to divide US society

May 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The ads and postings show a pattern of stirring up anger among different groups, encouraging support for then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and discouraging support for his rival Hillary Clinton

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Apple shelves plans for Ireland data center over trees

May 10, 2018 - 6:33 PM

The project, first announced 3 years ago, would have been the biggest private investment in western Ireland

Jay Z's music platform accused of inflating stats for Beyonce and Kanye

May 10, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Norwegian newspaper reports that Tidal's alleged manipulation allowed 320 million false plays, leading to excessive royalty payouts


Starmobile revives the flip-phone with UNO F301

May 10, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The clamshell design returns in the form of the Starmobile UNO F301, priced at P899

THE FLIP-PHONE RETURNS. Starmobile's UNO F301 brings back the clamshell design of an earlier time.

Playing Steam games on your phone? It's coming soon!

May 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Valve will let gamers play Steam games on Android and iOS in the future

STEAM LINK. Steam is building a way for PC gamers to enjoy their games on mobile devices. Screenshot from Steam Facebook page.

Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu also says Globe has allotted $850 million this year 'to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming'

'Black dot' emoji locking up iPhone, iPad and Mac messaging app – reports

May 10, 2018 - 1:29 PM

The dot contains hidden code that overloads a device's CPU


Equifax breach exposed data of millions

May 09, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The consumer credit reporting agency breaks down just how much data and what types of data were stolen

Jollibee suspends Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon delivery websites

May 09, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Another Jollibee-owned chain, Burger King Philippines, will continue to operate as it's 'on a different platform.' Mang Inasal, on the other hand, doesn't have its own delivery website

Uber's 'flying taxi' prototypes shown off at Uber Elevate

May 09, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Commercialization of the flying taxis may begin around 2023, and can be summoned on-demand just like a ridesharing car

ECRM-003. Attendees view a subscale sized model of the Uber flying taxi concept eCRM-003 during the second annual Uber Elevate Summit on May 8, 2018 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Uber won't build the flying taxi itself but aviation company partners will use the eCRM-003 (common reference model) as a framework around which they can build aircraft for the Uber Air aerial ride-hailing service. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


Google AI tools to help people disconnect from smartphone screens

May 09, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'We want to help people find the right balance and gain a sense of digital wellbeing,' Google CEO Sundar Pichai says at its annual developers conference

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


Facebook makes major management shakeup, establishes blockchain team

May 09, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Facebook is setting up a team that will explore how best to leverage blockchain technology on the platform