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The scandals bedevilling Facebook

May 23, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Here's a roundup of the scandals hounding the social media behemoth

CHARMING EUROPE. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP

How fast are LTE internet speeds in Batanes? Here are the readings we got

May 19, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Speed tests show a high of 41 Mbps and a low of 1.54 Mbps in terms of download speeds, and two spots that had no signal


Cybersecurity roundup: May 13 to 19, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's cybersecurity roundup features cellphone tracking hacks and bugs, as well as another Facebook data leak due to an entirely different quiz app

'Black Ops 4' is going where no 'Call of Duty' game has gone before

May 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' is shaping up to be one of the most talked about FPS games of the year

PLAYING BLACK OPS 4. Gamers get a taste of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' at an event in the US. Photo by Nadine Pacis

WATCH: 6 questions with the founder of new Grab competitor, Micab

May 17, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Eddie Ybañez speaks to Rappler on what MiCab brings to the ridesharing landscape

MIADS. Micab is able to eliminate booking fees and surge charging thanks to its ad business called MiAds, says Micab CEO Eddie Ybañez. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Explainer: 5 main rights that EU's new data privacy laws aim to uphold

May 14, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be regarded as a model for data privacy policies across the world

DATA PROTECTION. The EU implements its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in late May


Cybersecurity roundup: May 6 to 12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 1:41 PM

From Facebook-spread malware to Russia's attempts to divide US society, it's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

5 things we expect to hear about at Google I/O 2018

May 08, 2018 - 11:56 AM

We round out some of what we’re expecting to hear about at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O

GOOGLE I/O. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012. File photo by Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP

Cybersecurity roundup: April 29 to May 5, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

On this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, we've got Facebook stalkers, Cambridge Analytica news, and pacemaker security.

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

May 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Facebook could use its partnerships with news organizations and volunteers to train AI, continually tweaking the system to respond to propagandists’ changes in topics and tactics

QUESTIONS. Is that clickbait true? Crystal Eye Studio/Shutterstock.com

Tokyo digital art museum looks to 'expand the beautiful'

May 03, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The flower-filled waterfall is the work of Japanese collective teamLab, known internationally for their innovative "digital art" that combines projections, sound and carefully designed spaces to create otherworldly, immersive experiences

VIRTUAL ART. In this picture taken on May 1, 2018 a Japanese member of Teamlab collective walks and poses in a digital installation waterfall room, filled with flowers which appears to flow over a hill, at Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Tricks and techniques from Kevin Mitnick, the ‘world’s most famous hacker’

May 02, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Assume that users can be negligent and that social engineering techniques are 99% effective, says the hacker formerly among the FBI's most wanted

KEVIN MITNICK. The 'world's most famous hacker' speaks about social engineering at ePLDT's cybersecurity launch. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


OPPO F7 review: Among this year's great midrangers

May 01, 2018 - 11:53 AM

This year has seen no shortage of affordable midrangers. Allow the F7 to present its case.

OPPO F7. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


5 new features to try out in the revamped Gmail

Apr 30, 2018 - 4:46 PM

We round out some of the neat new features in the revamped Gmail for professionals

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

Cybersecurity roundup: April 22 to 28, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Check out this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, which features Amazon Alexa hacks and crackdowns against a major distributed denial of service provider.

'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' review roundup: Microtransactions mar the magic

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Early reviews position the game as an equivalent of a first-year Hogwarts student's first handmade potion: it's likely to have mixed results, and may even feel weird after your first sip

A HOGWARTS MYSTERY. Does the game live up to its hype? Check out our review roundup!

Overview: Controlling Facebook's Ad Preferences page

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:44 PM

While you may not stop Facebook from showing you ads, you can control whether or not Facebook uses your information to show you ads targeted specifically towards you. Here's a guide to your Facebook advertising preferences!

RISING TIDE: Servant androids awaken in futuristic 'Detroit: Become Human'

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Technological disruption, class discrimination, sociopolitical tensions – we explore the thematic pillars of Quantic Dream's upcoming sci-fi drama for the PS4

Surge in suspected Twitter bots sparks fear as polls in Southeast Asia loom

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Like the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines, some fear that the suspected bots may be deployed in upcoming polls in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia


Rappler Game Night: 'God of War'

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:02 PM

From new creatures and weapons to exchanging relentless bloodshed for more contemplatives treks along the woods, join us as we explore 'God of War'

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

Cybersecurity roundup: April 15 to 21, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

This week's roundup features more Facebook data privacy news, updates on Cambridge Analytica's actions, and a mystery hacker getting unmasked.

Cybersecurity roundup: April 8 to April 14, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Aside from Facebook's struggles, Russia is on its way to blocking messaging app Telegram, while hackers are masking their malware as fake updates for legitimate programs. It's this week's Cybersecurity Roundup!

'God of War' quick review: All things bright and brutal

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Santa Monica makes some big and bold changes, injecting it with a dose of maturity, but the bloody charm of the old God of War remains

ATREUS. Kratos' son lies at the core of the game's narrative, and is crucial to gameplay as well – a surprisingly nuanced addition to a game that previously only cared about bashing skulls in.


How you helped create the crisis in private data

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:19 PM

It’s worth pondering how we, the Facebook-using public, got here

THE BIG QUESTION. What role did you play? Composite of Christos Georghiou and sdecoret/Shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND

Facebook's hubris in the midst of victimhood

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:19 AM

There is no other company that does anything quite like Facebook, which means its platitudes of policing its platform and of taking responsibility for its missteps are filled with hubris

'My mistake': Key Zuckerberg quotes in Senate Facebook grilling

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Here are some top quotes from Zuckerberg, as well as from some of the dozens of senators who grilled him on Tuesday, April 10

ZUCKERBERG TESTIFIES. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

Rappler Game Night: 'Devil May Cry HD Collection'

Apr 07, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Join us as we revisit one of the first 3 games in the stylish Devil May Cry series in this HD collection for the PS4!


Cybersecurity roundup: April 1 to April 7, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Facebook takes on plenty of heat for its handling of a data scandal, while Delta Airlines and Sears suffer security breaches due to a malware attack on a third-party service both companies use. It's your cybersecurity roundup for the week!

Rappler Game Night: 'Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom'

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

A kingdom begs to be saved once again in this sequel to the 2013 JRPG classic


4 things to know about Telegram messenger

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Here are four things to know about the company, which says it has 200 million active users

ENCRYPTED. This illustration picture taken on April 6, 2018 in Moscow shows the Telegram messenger application displayed on the screen of a smartphone. Photo by Alexander Nemenov /AFP

What makes the Google Pixel 2 XL better than the Galaxy S9+

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Smarter software presents itself in every corner of the Pixel 2 experience, from its voice assistant to its camera to the way it identifies an incoming call from a number you’ve never seen before

5 video games to watch out for this summer

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Looking to beat the summer heat with some cool new games to play? Here's a quick list of our video gaming picks for the summer months!

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Knowing how the model is built helps explain Cambridge Analytica’s apparently contradictory statements about the role – or lack thereof – that personality profiling and psychographics played in its modeling

ONLINE PROFILING. How accurately can you be profiled online? Image from Andrew Krasovitckii/Shutterstock.com

Why it's so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here’s why it’s so hard, as a social network user, to pull the plug once and for all

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

Rappler Game Night: 'Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet'

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

We’re also giving away 2 PC Steam codes!

Here are the specs of Huawei's new flagships, the P20 and P20 Pro

Mar 28, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Huawei's new phones carry a 40MP RGB camera and a 20MP monochrome one

P20 PRO. The Pro, on the other hand, with its tri-camera setup, costs 899 euros. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


3 scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Governments should think about and resolve ethical questions in the design of smart cities

Cybersecurity roundup: March 18 to 24, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Facebook's in the middle of a scandal surrounding user data, while a slip-up by Democratic National Committee hacker Guccifer appears to show he's actually a Russian agent. Here's this week's Cybersecurity Roundup!

Passwords: Security, vulnerability, constraints

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Technological progress has made brute-force password-search tools, like 'John the Ripper' extremely effective. As a result, attackers can find passwords fairly easily by following their electronic fingerprints.

How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

Psychographics: The behavioral analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters' minds

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:54 AM

On the basis of 300 likes, Michal Kosinski’s model is able to predict someone’s personality profile with the same accuracy as a spouse

Making connections through tracking behavior. GarryKillian/Shutterstock

How to check your third-party app permissions on Facebook

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Facebook users can ensure companies and app makers don't continue to mine them for data. Here's a guide on how to do so.

Brutal grace: Kratos grows up in 'God of War' return

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:05 PM

In this preview of what may be this year's biggest PS4 game, we explore how Kratos has grown as he faces a challenge bigger than killing Zeus: fatherhood

The Huawei P20: Expected specs and features

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:36 PM

We round up the rumors and leaks surrounding Huawei’s upcoming flagship set to be unveiled on March 27

ALLEGED P20 PRO. This leak here by renowned leaker Evan Blass shows the pro variant of the Huawei P20. Photo from Evan Blass' Twitter page


You think your data, communication devices are safe? Think again

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines

ACCESS. Information and communications on a person's device can be accessed through the use of different types of equipment and software.

Cybersecurity roundup: March 11 to 17, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Cybercriminals are adapting their moneymaking practices to new technologies, and Intel is adding hardware protections to its processors to add walls against the Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

Twitter lights up as the world reacts to Stephen Hawking's death

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:29 PM

On the annual celebration of Pi Day and on Albert Einstein's birthday, Britain's renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies. Social media users on Twitter share words of praise in memory of Hawking.

The 'God of War' PS4 Pro and the meanings behind the markings

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The limited edition PS4 Pro made especially for 'God of War' carries strange markings that have in-game ties

GOD OF WAR PS4. Those aren't just random drawings. The patterns on this limited edition PS4 Pro mirror those on the game's Leviathan axe, signifying several things.All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: What's inside the 'God of War' Collector's Edition set

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Here's what you'll find inside this P7,699 special set

KRATOS. Gaming's most brutal hero returns in God Of War for the PS4, coming April 20. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Cybersecurity roundup: March 4 to 10, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

From massive DDoS attacks to daring heists, here's the cybersecurity news roundup for the week!