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How close are we to the end of the gaming console?

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:09 PM

With the technology to beam console-quality games to any device, consumers would not have to spend the money for a $600 or $800 box, one analyst observes

Q&A: Paydro Live's CEO on how to win more and who makes the questions

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:35 PM

'It’s nice seeing our Paydro users playing together during lunch time but if (you) don't know the answer, trust your gut. Sometimes it helps to not listen to the person next to you,' says Gian Javelona

TEAM EFFORT. Playing Paydro has become a social event for some, with friends helping one another to win the prize. Photo from Paydro Live


LOOK: Disney's humanoid acrobat in action

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The autonomous robot can correct itself in air to land tricks flawlessly. It is being designed for use in Disney theme parks, and potentially, Disney movies in the future

FLYBOT. Disney's humanoid acrobat from their Stuntworks project flies through the air, catapulted by a big swing. Screenshot from Disney


How Android Pie could change the way you use your phone

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The 3 on-screen navigation buttons have been replaced with just one button

ANDROID PIE. The new version of Android makes several steps towards becoming less intrusive to the user. Screenshot from Google


Samsung is making its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

One hundred sixty Samsung Galaxy Home speakers powered the audio of the Samsung Unpacked presentation, the company says

HOME INVASION. Samsung wants to be a bigger part of the home as it forays into the smart speaker market. Photo from Samsung


First impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The new Note tops out at a whopping P75,990 for the 512GB version

Taking photos with the reigning Dxomark champ, the Huawei P20 Pro

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Will it be toppled by upcoming flagships from Samsung, Apple and Google in the final stretch of 2018?

FLASHY. The P20 Pro features one of the most striking colors, 'twilight,' seen in 2018 smartphones. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Startup Packetworx fostering internet-of-things community in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Mainly an enterprise IoT solutions provider, the company is also partnering with local government units and schools nationwide to foster an IoT community in the country

Screenshot from Packetworx website


Optimizing the Philippines for 5G with fiber infrastructure

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:06 PM

More cell sites will be needed as 5G requires a denser network of towers to handle the traffic – a process called network densification

5G INCOMING. Mobile phones with 5G are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 22, 2016. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


What is a blockchain token?

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Tokens can either be a form of currency exclusively for use in a specific blockchain-based network or as a 'security' token denoting ownership of a real-life asset

TOKENS. One advantage of tokens is that they can be divided into smaller fragments than real-life currencies, and can support faster automatic transactions


These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion


Milestones: Apple's road to being a trillion-dollar enterprise

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Nearing bankruptcy in 1997, Microsoft lends Apple a helping hand in the form of a $150M cash injection. About 21 years later, Apple becomes the first trillion-dollar company, surpassing its benefactor

JOBS. This file photo taken on January 9, 2007 at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco, California shows the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone, then revolutionary for being just about half-an-inch (1.3 centimeters) thick, its touchscreen, and combining phone functionalities, internet capability an MP3 player, and a two megapixel digital camera. File photo by Tony Avelar/AFP


An amazing return: 'Marvel’s Spider-Man' is everything a fan could hope for

Aug 03, 2018 - 7:31 AM

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a solid Spider-Man game. In this preview, we’ll be swinging in to see if this PS4 exclusive can return our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to its former gaming glory.

Facebook doesn't listen and is blinding us all

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Now's the good time to take a look at Facebook. If you have to use it, then do so with purpose...or at least the realization that social media is using you as much as you are using it.

Data privacy 101: What businesses should know about systems registration

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Systems registrations requires companies to register their systems and processes that collect data from individuals


A hacker explains Russia's use of cyber warfare in 2016 U.S. election

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich,' says a former Russian troll


Into The Void: hyper-real 'Star Wars' VR makes you the hero

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The virtual reality simulation costs about $30 to $35 for 10 minutes, and lets players see, hear, smell, and feel the world of 'Star Wars'

VR JEDI. Clients of the VR attraction, The Void, put on their 3D head sets in Anaheim, California on July 19, 2018. Photo by Veronique Dupont/AFP


Why does my phone battery die so fast?

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This question has probably crossed the mind of every cellphone user trying to send one last text before the screen blinks off

Facebook's $100-B market loss: What's in it for you?

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:21 AM

It's the biggest wipeout in stock market history

PRESSURE COOKER. After government pressure and public outcries, Wall Street adds pressure to social media giant. The company is now looking ahead at a cloudier financial future that threatens to end its years-long breakneck growth pace. How will it respond? File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


U.S. health care companies begin exploring blockchain technologies

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Blockchain may be a key technology in modernizing the healthcare industry


Yellow robots deliver snacks to homes in China

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:04 AM

To get a delivery via the 'little yellow horse,' the customer selects the desired products, taps in the address and pays via their phone

ROBOT DELIVERY. A woman picks up groceries delivered by a Zhen Robotics delivery robot at a residential compound during a demonstration of the robot in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Microprocessor designers realize security must be a primary concern

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The chip industry faces a pivotal moment as hardware-side exploits cannot simply be fixed with software updates. Current chip engineering standards may need to be overhauled

TOP PRIORITY. Hardware-side security finds itself in the spotlight after chip vulnerabilities were discovered from the products of the world's biggest chip makers in 2018. Pictured is Intel CEO Brian Krzanich delivering a keynote address at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. File photo byEthan Miller/AFP


What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


IN PHOTOS: A peek inside Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Check out what we saw in our tour of Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, including a peek inside their campus, said to be over 140 hectares large

SHENZHEN TOUR. One of Huawei's buildings at its Ox Horn campus. Photos by Kyle Chua.

Fake news: the media industry strikes back

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:41 PM

'Journalism's role as the 'gatekeeper' of what is and isn't news has always been controversial, of course. But we're now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down,' says journalism professor John Huxford


To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


How a Macedonian town became a 'fake news' epicenter

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'

VELES, MACEDONIA. A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

[OPINION] Silicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Silicon Valley might become this generation's Detroit if it can't reverse its moral decline, writes a pair of US professors

APPLE PARK. Aerial view of Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California. The roof is covered in solar panels with an output of 17 Mega Watt peak, making it one of the biggest solar roofs in the world. Photo by Daniel L. Lu, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license


New telescope to scan skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

If potentially hazardous asteroids are found years or decades before a potential collision, then a spacecraft can be used to nudge the asteroid to change its path so that a collision can be avoided, says astronomer

ASTEROID DETECTOR. A photograph and a baseline design rendering mix showing a view of the completed exterior building from the road leading up to the site. Photo from LSST Project/NSF/AURA, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


To improve digital well-being, put your phone down and talk to people

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

People spend more time with gadgets than with friends and romantic partners nowadays. We need to reclaim the happiness lost to digital activity, says one psychological scientist


UK slaps Facebook with 1st fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM

While the $664,000 fine is small for a $584-billion company, ongoing probes by US bodies may lead to fines amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars

FACING FINES. The social network is facing its first fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that led to the grave misuse of its data. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


How governments are cracking down on encryption and anonymity

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression reports on how governments have cracked down on two key elements to expression in the digital age from 2015 to 2018

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. The report praises the end-to-end encryption of some messaging apps, encouraging all messaging app makers to implement the technology as a default and to keep improving them. Image from Open Whisper Systems.


Huawei P20 review: Holding its own with stellar cameras

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:45 AM

While the P20 doesn’t have the triple-camera setup of the P20 Pro, it’s still capable of shooting high-quality images packed with plenty of detail

Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Digital addiction: How technology keeps us hooked

Jul 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Technology is designed to utilize the basic human need to feel a sense of belonging and connection with others

DIGITAL ADDICTION. There are a number of reasons why you can't get away from your screen. Photo from shutterstock

The Google tech that may threaten call center jobs

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Google Duplex, the voice assistant that speaks like a human, is reportedly already in testing at a large, unnamed insurance company


Duterte Year 2: Is the Philippines secure online?

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Knowing threats exist is different from doing something about them. This leads to the major cybersecurity gap in the Philippines.

What you need to know: The people peeking into your Gmail

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Employees of 3rd-party app developers may have read your Gmail. Here's why you should care and what you can do.

Expect 5G smartphone prototype in early 2019 – Huawei executive

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:01 PM

One design challenge is to keep a 5G phone compact in spite of its 11 antennae compared to 4G phones' 7

NEXT GENERATION. Howy Shu, the senior director and head of 5G New Radio (NR) Wireless Connectivity at Huawei Device Company, shared some of his insights and forecasts of what the technology could bring in the coming years to the media at Shanghai, China last June 27. All photos by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Data privacy 101: What’s a data protection officer?

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Having a data protection officer is now a requirement for any company that handles user data. Here's what companies and prospective data officers should know about the position


Duterte Year 2: The broadband picture

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The search continues for the third telco while the PLDT-Globe duopoly tries to roll out more 4G cell sites and prepare for 5G

Duterte photo from Malacañang


The Exactis data leak and 4 more things in cybersecurity this week

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:21 AM

From a data leak that one security researcher said encompassed potentially nearly everyone in the US, to ways to further protect yourself against credit card fraud, it's our weekly roundup of cybersecurity stories!

Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here's why

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet

CHIPS. Chips with everything. www.shutterstock.com

Credit card fraud: what you need to know

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:21 PM

In 2020, losses from card fraud are expected to reach $31 billion worldwide – a sharp rise from 2010 figures of $8 billion

CREDIT CARDS. The growth of online shopping has put credit card users at risk. File photo


Scolded by parents for video gaming, ex-busser turns into NBA 2K League star

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Albano Thomallari transforms into an eSport athlete and finally gets his parents to embrace the sport

STAR. Since being drafted as the second overall pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League, Albano Thomallari has blossomed into one of the league's craftiest playmakers. Photo from NBA 2K League


WATCH: Sony chief on return of 'Resident Evil 2,' new 'Spider-Man' game

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Shuhei Yoshida discusses some of their big games for the coming year and their mobile game studios, ForwardWorks

SONY CHIEF. Shuhei Yoshida is the president of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Interactive Entertainment.Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Bitcoin 'whales' and market manipulation, plus 3 more things in cybersecurity this week

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:19 PM

From bitcoin's silently powerful minority directing the value of the cryptocurrency to cyberattacks against Singapore during the Trump-Kim summit, it's your weekly roundup of Cybersecurity news

'Ghost of Tsushima,' 'Cyberpunk 2077' may be most visually stunning of E3 2018

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:34 AM

See for yourself and watch their trailers here

TSUSHIMA. Tsushima is an island in Japan that the Mongols were trying to invade in the 1200s. Screenshot from Sony

That Disney charm remains strong in 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:18 AM

The mega-popular Square Enix-Disney mashup is still a charmer

TOY STORY. 'Kingdom Hearts 3'  is set to feature Pixar worlds. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


'iPal' robot companion for China's lonely children

Jun 14, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The 'iPal' is among a slew of new tech unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai this week, offering education and company for lonely children and peace of mind for adults

FOR KIDS. In this picture taken on June 13, 2018 iPal robots by Avatarmind are exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai on June 13, 2018. Photo by AFP

WATCH: E3 2018's West Hall featuring Sony, Sega, and Nintendo

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:47 PM

It's Spider-man versus Super Mario and the gang at E3 2018!

THE UNDYING. Zombie presence in games remain strong with a new 'Walking Dead' game and the remake of zombie survival horror classic 'Resident Evil 2.' Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler