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Ramadan 2019 to start May 6

May 05, 2019 - 8:47 AM

This comes after Muslim moon-sighting committees fail to sight the new moon

RAMADAN 2019. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is set to start on May 6, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Artificial meteor garden streaking over Hiroshima soon

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tokyo start-up is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower

REAL METEOR GARDEN. File photo shows the milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower are seen in the night sky over Burg auf Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, on April 20, 2018. Photo by  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/AFP   Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower Japan | science | astronomy | entertainment | offbeat associated with x Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Thursday 7/19/2018 - 16:50 UTC+8 | 480 words  A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.  ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower.  The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by Japan's space agency by March 2019.  The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket.  "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.  Each satellite will be able to carry 400 tiny balls whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret.  Ejected from the satellite, the balls will glow as they plunge through the atmosphere.  The 400 balls will be enough for 20-30 events, according to the company, and the satellites will be able to stay in space for around two years.  The company is also exploring the possibility of using satellites already in space that are no longer operational to create "giant" shooting stars, officials said.  "We are planning to push a used satellite into the atmosphere on a targeted orbit to create a giant artificial shooting star," ALE chief engineer Ko Kamachi, adding that the idea was still in the basic research phase.  ALE's two satellites will start orbiting the Earth by February 2020, preparing for the world's first delivery of artificial shooting stars in spring 2020, over the western Japan city of Hiroshima.  The satellites can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.  Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars.  Each star is expected to shine for several seconds before being completely burned up -- well before they fall low enough to pose any danger to anything on Earth.  They would glow brightly enough to be seen even over the light-polluted metropolis of Tokyo.  If all goes well, and the skies are clear, the 2020 event could be visible to millions of people, ALE said.  Okajima said the company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets.  ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.  It has not disclosed the price for an artificial meteor but it may not come so cheap, with the company spending about $20 million for the development, production, launch and operation of the two satellites.  mis/sah/jta  © Agence France-Presse

Senate approves bill granting gov't support for 'innovative' startups

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

If Senate Bill 1532 is passed into law, startups would enjoy research grants, exemption from fees and charges, and free use of government equipment and facilities, among other incentives

STARTUPS IN THE PHILIPPINES. Thinking of building a startup or investing in one? Read this first.

Roads of tech hub Bangalore among India's deadliest

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

After 500 people have died so far this year navigating its pockmarked streets, tech hub Bangalore, is now the fourth-deadliest city in India for motorists

DEADLY ROADS. This photograph taken on November 1, 2017 shows auto-rickshaws negotiating their way along a bumpy, unasphalted stretch of road in Bangalore. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

How to make a social enterprise idea stand out

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Entrepreneurs and innovators share tips and insights to millennials on how to effectively implement their inventions

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

[E3 2017] LIVE: Ubisoft's E3 2017 presentation

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:40 AM

Ubisoft s E3 livestream begins at 4 am Tuesday Philippine time

ORIGINS. The next Assassin's game is set in Egypt and will tackle the formation of the Brotherhood and how the first assassins came to be.

The Spark Project to offer new crowdfunding methods in March 2017

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:38 PM

Starting March the Spark Project is set to offer donations based and investment type crowdfunding methods

CROWDFUNDING. The Spark Project Team, headed by CEO and Founder Patch Dulay (leftmost), is ready for its ‘best year yet’, 2017. Photo by Angela Casco/ Rappler

This Cebuano start-up founder learned design working in a net cafe

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:58 PM

From sleeping in the streets the designer worked his way to crafting an app that allows users to earn rewards from selfies

What's the issue with Marcos' World War II 'medals' again?

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

3 US medals that Marcos was said to have received are fake, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Former president Ferdinand Marcos wearing 3 medals said to be awarded by the United States in 1946. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library PH Flickr page

4 things successful people do in the morning

Jun 03, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Be inspired by the morning habits of Barack Obama Jack Dorsey Tim Cook and more

Want a YouTube career? 5 lessons from Tyler Ward, Gab Valenciano, Tanner Patrick

May 28, 2016 - 4:51 PM

These social media stars give their advice on starting a YouTube channel in a world teeming with content creators trying to make it big

GAB VALENCIANO. Gab recreates one of his 'Super Selfies' on the YouTube FanFest 2016 Manila stage. Gab, Tyler Ward, and Tanner Patrick give their advice about how to start a career on YouTube. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Meralco prevails as Star melts down to start PBA Comms Cup

Feb 10, 2016 - 9:33 PM

The Bolts overcome the same team that served as their lone win in the previous Philippine Cup where they missed the playoffs with a 1 10 record

GOOD START. The Meralco Bolts are off to a good start in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup after defeating the Star Hotshots. Chris Newsome plays a huge part in the victory. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Here's how to make your New Year’s resolutions work

Jan 14, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Here are some ways science and research say can help you stick with your New Year s resolutions

Here’s how 10 of Indonesia’s richest families invest in tech startups

Nov 29, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The transition has already begun Indonesia’s big families recognise they must be a part of the tech boom or face certain redundancy in 10 years of time

BELANJA LEWAT INTERNET. Seorang pembelanja online menggunakan tabletnya untuk berbelanja melalui internet. Foto oleh Matt Inman/AFP

Because entrepreneurs need access to capital

Nov 12, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We can hope that more Filipino entrepreneurs will get the financing they need to grow successful businesses generate more jobs and spread wealth and opportunities throughout the Philippines

Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015

Nov 05, 2015 - 8:20 AM

The expo for entrepreneurs and start ups will take place on November 25 2015

Free films, concerts, exhibits at French Climate Week in Manila

Sep 24, 2015 - 5:08 PM

Get ready for an open mic French poetry reading bike ride and more during Climate Week from October 5 to 11 in Manila

Poster image courtesy of French Embassy to the Philippines

How 'mindfulness' helps us deal with high-stress jobs

Sep 18, 2015 - 1:03 PM

Humanitarian work is not easy so how do the people who help survivors survive their own jobs?

#PugadBaboy: Nerdy references

Sep 16, 2015 - 5:00 AM

5 alasan kenapa startup kamu perlu mempunyai blog

Aug 18, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Startup ternyata berhasil menarik minat ratusan hingga ribuan pengguna baru melalui blog mereka

Seorang pembelanja online menggunakan iPad-nya untuk berbelanja. Foto oleh Matt Inman/AFP

Founder stories Asmaraku: 'Saya adalah wanita workaholic, tapi…'

Jul 27, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Inilah perjalanan Grace Natalia menaklukkan berbagai tantangan termasuk dari lingkungan terdekat untuk mewujudkan impiannya sejak belia

Foto oleh: Tech in Asia

Start a business in 8 days and 6 steps, gov’t promises

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:55 AM

The reforms are designed to push the country into the top 3 of globally competitive economies

New reforms cut the time it takes to register a new business by more than 4 times

#ProjectInspire calls on social innovators empowering women

Apr 11, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Pitch your social enterprise model in a 5 minute video to empower Filipinas and win 25 000 to fund your start up

15 best and worst PH TV and movie boyfriends

Feb 14, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Mahal kita pero slight lang Cringe

TAKE YOUR PICK. Who's your favorite leading man? Screengrabs from YouTube

Feeling at home at work: A SPACE Manila

Feb 12, 2015 - 4:55 PM

It’s not just about co working but also creating an innovation community

Letting it all go to travel: 6 things to remember

Feb 08, 2015 - 5:54 PM

What if you don’t want to wait until you reach old age to see the world? Before you let it all go and fly off on your great adventure consider these

Terkejut? Jakarta merajai kota macet dunia 2014

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:41 AM

Jakarta tidak hanya kota termacet di Indonesia Menurut data Indeks Stop Start Castrol Magnatec kota ini menempati posisi teratas dalam 10 kota termacet di dunia

Foto oleh EPA.

Duracinth wins EFI's Fueling the Dream

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:10 AM

College groups from around the metro competed in Esquire Financing Inc s first business model competition Fueling the Dream

[Executive Edge] Quotes on business failure that will inspire you

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Here are quotes that tell us that even business failures are worth celebrating

[Executive Edge] The CEO of not one, but two, tech companies

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:23 PM

See how serial entrepreneur Sean Si creates a business out of frustration and ensures it thrives

Build your own starter kit

Nov 09, 2014 - 9:00 AM

StartMoNa with these essentials

INFOGRAPHIC: On the road towards a #BetterWorld

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Find out how the current and developing infrastructures of our cities will benefit us in the future

Push! 5 tips to finally get you started

Oct 03, 2014 - 12:08 PM

A new destination? A new career? A small business? Stop wishing and start something

#StartMoNa: Seizing new possibilities

Sep 18, 2014 - 3:19 PM

Join our conversation on Sunday September 21 at 4pm and tell us what you want to start and why

Then and now: Remember when you first started something new?

Sep 14, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Have you ever taken a chance to start something new? What s your story?

Russia could halt foreign arms check

Mar 08, 2014 - 8:26 PM

Russia is considering ending foreign arms check including its nuclear capable missiles in response to threats from the West over the Ukraine crisis

Cherry Mobile phones get the ‘Start’ treatment

Feb 24, 2014 - 3:27 PM

Cherry Mobile smartphones to come with a new smart home screen that is automatically customized based on a user s needs

START. Celltick's Start technology will be a part of 20 Cherry Mobile smartphone models moving forward. Screen shot from Start website

‘Starting Over Again’ Review: A different kind of Valentine’s

Feb 14, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Valentine’s Day is when we rethink how we love and why we love For those who manage to make a connection with Ginny and Marco Starting Over Again does exactly that

STARTING OVER AGAIN. The film has moments of comedy rooted in raw emotion. Screengrab from YouTube

Playing this week: Funny, reckless, scary Valentine

Feb 12, 2014 - 11:50 AM

Valentine s movie date? Try Endless Love Starting Over Again Vampire Academy Monuments Men Basement Winter s Tale

Graphic by Mara Mercado

Toni's new movie with Piolo is 'most important movie of her life'

Feb 10, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Toni started out as a fan of Piolo who admitted to once courting the actress But why didn t they end up together?

'STARTING OVER AGAIN'. Toni Gonzaga says the film has changed her view on love. Screengrab from the film's trailer

Rappler Newscast | February 6, 2014

Feb 06, 2014 - 8:26 PM

Malacañang defends Aquino’s Hitler comment Gov t to use Malaya plant for continuous power supply UP Ateneo will move start of classes to August

Call for entries: IdeaSpace 2014

Dec 20, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Submission of entries is until January 15 2014 midnight

Microsoft releases Windows 8.1, in restart

Oct 17, 2013 - 10:20 PM

The revamped version brings back the start button which disappeared last year

RESTART THE START BUTTON. A new ad for Windows 8.1 features the return of the Start button. Screen shot from YouTube

[Executive Edge] Building your social media presence

Oct 13, 2013 - 9:30 PM

Social media is a long term investment that pays off in the long run

Ezra Ferraz

Windows 8.1 ad brings Start back

Oct 01, 2013 - 5:14 PM

Microsoft s latest ad for Windows 8 1 reintroduces the Start button

RESTART THE START BUTTON. A new ad for Windows 8.1 features the return of the Start button. Screen shot from YouTube

[Executive Edge] Revolutionizing the BPO Industry

Sep 28, 2013 - 10:43 AM

As an entrepreneur you have to be like a cockroach

Ezra Ferraz

7 ways to start the school year right

Jun 01, 2013 - 4:45 PM

Sleeping right and devising the perfect system for taking notes are some ways to jumpstart the school year

RIGHT ATTITUDE. Face the first day of school with a smile and a positive attitude