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Google takes on Apple Arcade with mobile game service

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google Play Pass promises access to hundreds of games free of ads or hawked virtual wares at the same $4.99 monthly subscription price as that of Apple Arcade

GOOGLE PLAY PASS. The new gaming subscription service from Google costs $4.99. Screenshot from

Google's Play Store updates policies to prevent call, SMS abuse

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The policy update will take effect 90 days from now, or on January 6

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.

Be wary of fake Whatsapp apps on the Google Play Store

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Fake WhatsApp messenger apps are popping up, and users should be careful which version they're picking up

Google's new bug bounty program targets popular third-party apps

Oct 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Researchers can submit eligible vulnerabilities to Alibaba, Dropbox, Duolingo, Headspace, Line,, Snapchat, and Tinder for a potential $1,000 payoff after their vulnerability is addressed

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Bertualang menjadi sopir Go-Jek dengan GoJack

Nov 17, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Aplikasi permainan GoJack dapat diunduh di Google Play Store dan App Store

Foto dari screenshot

Run Run Super V launches globally on Google Play

Oct 02, 2015 - 3:31 PM

Run Run Super V is going to be available for Android users around the world Friday October 2

RUN RUN SUPER V. Images from Altitude Games.

Anne Curtis shareholder in new mobile games firm

Jul 15, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Listed tech firm Xurpas holds 67 of the company with the remaining 33 split among Curtis and fellow celebrities Isabelle Daza Kim Atienza and Erwan Heussaff

Doughnuts at your fingertips

Apr 06, 2015 - 6:36 PM

Krispy Kreme Philippines launches a mobile app as part of its digital investment to please more smartphone savvy customers – a first from a doughnut chain

[Executive Edge] Pioneering the PH video game industry

Dec 28, 2014 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED This team of Filipino smartphone game developers wants to see a household name emerge out of the Philippines

Rappler's Android app updated with new features, redesign

Nov 27, 2014 - 5:27 PM

UPDATED Rappler for Android has some new behind the scenes improvements to make stories easier to read in addition to loading faster

Google made failed bid for Spotify – report

Jul 23, 2014 - 8:08 AM

The Wall Street Journal cites an unnamed source as saying that Sweden based Spotify was asking for more than 10 billion despite being valued about 4 billion in its latest round of equity funding

Screengrab from Spotify

Google unveils Android TV set-top box

Jun 26, 2014 - 2:52 AM

Android TV promises to augment your viewing experience as well as bring you great content from a variety of partners

ANDROID TV. Google shows off Android TV and the Google Play Store. Screen shot from keynote.

Meet a game developer: Bari Silvestre, Keybol Games

Apr 21, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Bari has achieved indie fame due to the success of his game called Pretentious Game

Bari Silvestre, CEO of Keybol Games

Nokia X PH launch slated for March 11

Mar 06, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Nokia is preparing to launch the Nokia X in the Philippines on March 11

LAUNCHING SOMETHING NEW. Nokia says it will launch a new device next week, and it looks like the Nokia X is the deal.

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

Portrait of a Pretentious Game

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Bari Silvestre s Pretentious Game is a puzzling platformer that tells a tale of love across multiple chapters

IS IT PRETENTIOUS? With simple graphics, and haunting music, Bari Silvestre tells a short story like no other.

The taipan of virtual street food

Feb 09, 2014 - 11:15 AM

The recipe for success of Streetfood Tycoon the popular all Filipino mobile game

TechRap: Best smartphones of 2013

Dec 18, 2013 - 8:03 AM

Instagram launches private photo and video sharing feature Instagram Direct; Nexus 5 and Playstation 4 officially go on sale in the Philippines and our Top 10 smartphones of 2013

TechRap: Twitter IPO, Photo location data

Nov 10, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Twitter hits WallStreet with a bang Google cleans up YouTube comments Location data on your photos

TechRap: Microsoft Surface 2, Samsung curved smartphone

Sep 30, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Twitter to push critical crisis info to mobile with alerts Microsoft releas tablets Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 And Samsung to introduce a curved smartphone

Google Play book store heads to PH, 8 more countries

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Google expands the Google Play store allowing 9 Asian countries including the Philippines to buy books via Google

GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS. Google is now selling books to 9 Asian countries, including the Philippines. Screen shot from Google Play store

Blackberry Messenger rollout stalled due to leak

Sep 23, 2013 - 12:29 PM

BlackBerry Messenger has stopped its rollout on iOS and Android due to a leak of an unreleased Android version of BBM

LEAKED. When an unreleased version of BlackBerry Messenger for Android went online, BlackBerry stalled its rollout to address the issue. Screen shot from BlackBerry

Launch date for Android, iOS BBM revealed

Sep 19, 2013 - 1:05 PM

BlackBerry Messenger gets a release date on iOS and Android devices

A FEW MORE DAYS. BlackBerry Messenger is slated to hit Android on September 21 and iOS a day later. Screen shot from BlackBerry

Google Maps gets new features

Jul 11, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Google Maps gets revamped with new features included and other features tweaked

NEW FEATURES. Along with a native tablet display, Google Maps is redesigned and improved with new features. Screen shot from Google

BadNews malware seen in Google Play apps

Apr 22, 2013 - 11:22 AM

A security firm has found malware that has been downloaded up to 9 million times through the Google Play store

BADNEWS. Icons of apps with the BadNews malware on Google Play. Screen shot from Lookout

TechRap: Facebook Home, LG Optimus G Pro

Apr 15, 2013 - 4:42 AM

We go hands on with Facebook Home and find out if provides a better way to experience Android show you how to get Chat Heads on your Android phone and dual shot on your iPhone And we take a first look at the yet to be released LG Optimus G Pro

Adobe outs Photoshop Touch for phones

Feb 27, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Adobe comes out with a smartphone specific version of Photoshop Touch

PHOTOSHOP TOUCH. Adobe releases Photoshop Touch for smartphones. Screen shots from Adobe.

Falcon Pro fights Twitter on token limit

Feb 27, 2013 - 3:00 PM

A third party Twitter app is fighting for its right to grow

FALCON PRO WOES. Falcon Pro is trying to increase its user token limit to allow more users on its client. Screenshot from Falcon Pro website.

Android malware on Google Play installs trojans on PCs

Feb 04, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Kaspersky asks Android users to be careful with apps that clean up background processes on their devices as it may be malware in disguise

MALWARE ALERT. Beware of apps that say they'll clean up your device and make it faster.

Google removes 'Make Me Asian' app due to public outcry

Jan 18, 2013 - 9:48 AM

Public outcry brings down the Make Me Asian app

ASIAN STYLED? The Make Me Asian app gathers public outcry and is taken down. Screen Shot from

Google pushing Google+ through service integration

Jan 03, 2013 - 6:51 PM

Google is pushing Google by making it a required part of the company s ecosystem

MANDATORY PLUS. Google's strategy to integrate Google+ into its services can go either way. Logo from Google website.

Google Play integrates Google+ for app reviews

Nov 28, 2012 - 1:48 PM

Google has integrated its account system to allow for more transparency in the app review process on Google Play

GOOGLE ACCOUNTABILITY. Google+ and Google Play integrate for accountability in app reviews. Screenshot from Google Play page.