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'Plants vs. Zombies 3' soft launches in Philippines, Ireland, and Romania

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:33 PM

Seven years after 'Plants vs. Zombies 2' and several spinoffs later, the series makes a return to classic PvZ gameplay

PVZ 3. Image from EA


U.S. Transportation Security Administration bans TikTok use among employees

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The agency follows bans by the Department of Homeland Security and the US military

This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Will Facebook Dating swipe online lovebirds out of digital nest?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As online dating becomes the virtual norm, Facebook's gradual arrival on the dating scene may shake up the market

A school communication app gamifies the classroom

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Parents says the popular app ClassDojo raises fears about teacher bias

CLASSDOJO. Image adapted from graphic by Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story.

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: True love in dating apps?

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Finding love sa Tinder, Bumble, atbp para sa Valentine’s Day and beyond

Get big discounts through the new McDonald's app

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The new McDonald’s App gives customers exclusive and exciting deals that can be redeemed at the Front Counter, Take-Out Counter, or Drive-Thru in all McDonald’s stores nationwide

Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

[OPINION] #NoFilter: Editing our national identity with photo apps

Dec 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

'When we Filipinos mask our skin with filters, it is our national identity that we abandon'

Popular Mideast app ToTok pulled after report it was spying tool

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:28 AM

Apple and Google remove the app from their online marketplaces following a report about how the app allowed the United Arab Emirates government to track the conversations, movements, and other details of users

TOTOK. Photo from Totok official website


‘Nakiki-angkas lang’: Imee Marcos’ presence at Angkas rally infuriates netizens

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The daughter of dictator Ferdinand Marcos joins Angkas bikers, commuters, and transport advocates, and addresses the crowd at the EDSA Kalayaan Shrine

Dating app Tinder to move out of parent's home

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:19 PM

'We've long said IAC is the 'anti-conglomerate' – we're not empire builders,' says Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive of the holding company IAC

TINDER. This file illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US social networking application Tinder on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP


Mimiyuuuh is now a Waze voice option

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'Yuor LOcq4l j3j3 gHuÖrl Mimiyuuuh' is just what we need for those holiday traffic jams

IT'S YA GIRL. Mimiyuuuh is now a voice option on Waze. Screenshot from Twitter.com/mimiyuuuh

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Under the existing EU rules that date back to 2002, strict privacy protection is only applied to text messages and voice calls provided by traditional telecoms, sparing tech giants Facebook, Google and Skype from the same oversight


LRT1 now comes with a mobile app called 'ikotMNL'

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The app displays train schedules and crowd sizes per LRT1 station

IKOTMNL. The new mobile app provides real-time information on each LRT1 station.

Apple bans vaping apps from App Store

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Apple says it agrees with the assessment of US health experts who called the spread of e-cigarette and vaping products 'a public health crisis and a youth epidemic'

HEALTH HAZARD. In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018, a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP

San Juan to launch city app, e-kiosks for government transactions

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The move is in line with new mayor Francis Zamora's promise to make San Juan a smart city

SMART CITY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora signs a memorandum of agreement for the San Juan city application and electronic kiosks on November 14, 2019. Photo from San Juan Public Information Department

Quibi: the new mobile-centric short-form streaming service

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The Hollywood-backed streaming service offers short-form content that can be viewed in 10-minute increments only on mobile phones

QUIBI. Photo from Quibi Facebook page


U.S. senators call for security probe of TikTok

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:01 AM

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton asks the US Directorate of National Intelligence to 'conduct an assessment of the national security risks' posed by Chinese-owned video app TikTok

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 14, 2018 a photo taken in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. Two senior US senators called for the government to study national security risks possibly posed by Chinese-owned video app TikTok, saying it could leave American users vulnerable to Beijing's spying, reported October 24, 2019. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked the Directorate of National Intelligence to "conduct an assessment of the national security risks" posed by TikTok.  JOEL SAGET / AFP

Study recommends PH regulatory changes for better access to mobile health apps

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Mobile health technologies may help make healthcare more accessible and affordable, according to new study 'Mobile Digital Health in the Philippines'

Image from PruLife


Google launches 'Digital Wellbeing' apps to help manage life with technology

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Google shares a set of new apps that are meant to help users find balance and order in using mobile phones and technologies in their lives

Image from Google


California unveils early warning earthquake app

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The app uses ground motion sensors located across California to detect the start of earthquakes before humans can feel them

MYSHAKE. A person checks the "MyShake" app on their smartphone, which hopes to alert residents within seconds of a possible impending earthquake. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP


Online reactions: Angkas gets Twitter praise for free rides

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

On Twitter, people express their appreciation for the app-enabled transportation service

MTRCB wants streaming platforms to adopt their rating system

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The board currently doesn't have jurisdiction over content broadcast over the internet


New Threads app expands Instagram’s ‘Close Friends’ feature

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Available now, the Threads messaging app lets users interact more conveniently with the people on their Instagram 'Close Friends' list

THREADS. Photo from Facebook


‘Mario Kart Tour’ quick review: Potentially addictive but beware the microtransactions

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:15 AM

It has the kind of fun you'd expect from a Mario game but those who pay for characters and items may get some advantages

Photo from Twitter/Mario Kart Tour


'Mario Kart Tour' out now on iOS, Android

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

You can now play Mario Kart on your mobile

Photo from Nintendo/official Mario Kart Tour website


Messaging app Kik to shut down as company focuses on Kin cryptocurrency

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Kik Interactive CEO Ted Livingston says it wants to increase Kin blockchain's ability 'to support a billion consumers making a dozen transactions a day with sub 1 second confirmation times'

2019 SEA Games to go cashless with mobile app

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The 2019 SEA Games mobile app will be a one-stop source of information for athletes, coaches, and spectators

MOBILE-FRIENDLY. The 2019 SEA Games information can be accessed via the mobile application. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Huawei Mate 30 series: Impressive new tricks, no Google apps

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The new Huawei flagships have great new hardware and features, but the event officially confirms that they won't come with Google apps

MATE 30 PRO. Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube


Catriona Gray’s voice can now guide you on Waze

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Time to park the car and do the lava walk,' the reigning Miss Universe will sometimes quip

Photo from Waze


Apple TV+ debuts in the Philippines on November 1

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:07 AM

Apple enters the online streaming market

APPLE TV+. Screenshot from Apple


What’s Apple announcing aside from new iPhones at their September 2019 event?

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:39 PM

A new Apple Watch, and specific details on Apple TV+ and Arcade are some of the things we're hoping to hear about at Apple's iPhone event

ARCADE. Ann Thai, senior product marketing manager of the App Store at Apple Inc., speaks during a company product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019 in Cupertino, California. Photo by Michael Short/Getty Images/AFP

Online lending execs face charges for shaming users, data privacy violations

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The National Privacy Commission says these lending firms targeted 'the privacy of persons, practically making a profit out of people's fear of losing face and dignity'


Telegram secretly plans 'Gram' cryptocurrency

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Reports say Russian-founded Telegram aims to create an accessible service that is easier to use than various cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

Chinese 'deepfake' app goes viral, puts user faces on actors

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Released on Friday, the Zao app goes viral as Chinese users pounce on the chance to see themselves act out scenes from well-known movies using 'deepfake' technology

Shutterstock photo


Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

How to use Smart carrier billing on the App Store, Apple Music, and iTunes

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Subscribers can now use their Smart postpaid or prepaid lines to make App Store purchases

Shutterstock photo


Mapping seagrass in the Philippines

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The status of seagrass in the Philippines remains widely unknown, although their importance both for food security and mitigating the impacts of climate change have been acknowledged

MANGINGILAW. A local looks for seafood at night in Puraran Beach, which is a famous surfing site. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar

Looking for sustainable hotels and restaurants? Find them through this app

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Trakaro is an online sustainability rating platform that aims to promote sustainable tourism in the Philippines

NASA International Space Apps Challenge now open for registration

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The worldwide hackathon is now on its 8th year, with last year’s version boasting 18,000 participants across 75 countries

Screenshot from International Space Apps Challenge website


Makati promises quick service, response via Makatizen app

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Both residents and visitors of Makati can report emergencies and read news about the city through the app

MAKATIZEN APP. Makati City develops an app for its residents and visitors. Background image of Makati skyline from Shutterstock

Love, lust, and digital dating: Men on the Bumble dating app aren't ready for the Queen bee

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Using a feminist dating app in a patriarchal world is messy, but also fascinating for what it reveals about sexuality, gender, and power in the digital dating universe

Can’t focus? Addicted to your online world? There’s an app for that

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:43 PM

One app lets you plant trees that grow during a 'work period' which lasts, say, 30 minutes, before you are given a 5-minute break. Touch your phone during the 'work period' and the tree dies

FOREST APP. Screenshot from Forest website


Crabifier app hopes to help crab farmers identify fast-growing species

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:18 PM

A team from the De La Salle University wants to make it easier for farmers to buy the right crab

CRABIFIER. Photo from DLSU


A brief history (and a look into the future) of fitness technology

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The health and fitness technologies of the future may become even more personalized in assessing our bodies and daily habits

HBO to launch Netflix rival HBO Max in early 2020

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:42 PM

'Friends' will be transferring from Netflix to the new HBO streaming service

HBO MAX. Logo from Warner Media


Spotify launches Spotify Lite

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The app is about a third of the size of the original version

Image from Spotify


Waze says Makati is most accident-prone city in Philippines

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Manila, meanwhile, is the most flood-prone city

Apps, social media fuel 'booming' online prostitution – study

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The organization calls on authorities to 'mobilize social networks' and hold accountable websites which profit from online prostitution


Developers sue Apple over app store fees

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California, claims Apple cornered the market with its iOS App Store, collecting a 30% commission on all app sales and in-app purchases

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