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Encrypted messaging app Signal releases face-blurring tool

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:06 PM

The tool is meant to 'help protect the privacy of the people in the photos you share,' says Signal

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Messaging app Signal using PINs to move data across devices

May 21, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Signal's new PIN system will allow it 'to support future functionality while still protecting user privacy'

Why is it now called tropical cyclone 'wind' – and not 'warning' – signals?

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Do you know what Signal Nos. 1 to 5 are based on? Here's a quick explainer.

This handout image taken and received on December 2, 2019 courtesy of Gladys Vidal shows heavy rains and moderate wind from Typhoon Kammuri battering houses in Gamay town, Northern Samar province. - The Philippines was braced for powerful Typhoon Kammuri as the storm churned closer, forcing evacuations and threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila. (Photo by Handout / Courtesy of Gladys Vidal / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Gladys Vidal" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by GLADYS VIDAL has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [adding restrictions and source]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

[Right of Way] Why your red light is the longest

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Why are red traffic lights on for so long, and green lights so short?

Behold, an emotional meter based on the air we breathe

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Scientists have been sniffing the trail of the science behind the smell of human emotions

'Signal Rock' is official PH entry to Oscars

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:39 PM

The film will be considered for a nomination along with entries from all over the world

OSCARS-BOUND. 'Signal Rock,' the country's official entry to the 91st Academy Awards, stars award-winning actor Christian Bables. File photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

'Signal Rock' talks about family members left behind for a better life

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Actor Christian Bables makes his debut as a lead actor in Chito Roño's film

Photo by Precious del Valle

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

The best explanation is that the signals are transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites says the director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory

SOLVED. A 'Weird!' signal reportedly detected from dwarf star Ross 128 may most likely be interference from one or more geostationary satellites, says astronomers. Photo from

Globe files P5-million civil suit vs Dasmariñas Village resident

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The telco accuses the resident of spreading false and malicious rumors about Globe s cell site system within the posh village

No cellphone signals in parts of Iloilo City during Dinagyang Festival

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Organizers of the festival have earlier requested the shutdown of cellular signals for a peaceful and orderly celebration of the Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang file photo from Wikipedia

Cebu to shut down cellular signals during Sinulog

Jan 13, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says the network shutdown is necessary for security and gives assurances that police and medical personnel will remain easily reachable

SAFETY MEASURES. The Cebu City government is undertaking security measures in preparation for this year's celebration of the Sinulog Festival. Rappler file photo

No cellphone signals in Manila during Nazarene feast

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:26 AM

UPDATED Security purposes is cited as the reason for the planned signal jamming

YEARLY TRADITION. Devotees parade a replica of the Black Nazarene replica in Quiapo, Manila days ahead of the Translacion. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Typhoon Lawin: Telco services down in parts of Northern Luzon

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:55 AM

UPDATED Globe Telecom and PLDT report voice call and data service disruptions in selected areas in Abra Cagayan Kalinga as well as parts of Ilocos Norte and Apayao


DepEd reiterates guidelines for class suspensions during typhoons

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:24 PM

In the absence of storm signals local government units have discretionary powers

Globe, PLDT: No signal loss due to APEC 2015 unless...

Nov 16, 2015 - 1:35 PM

The 2 telcos react to posts circulating on social media

NTC DIRECTIVE. Globe says only the regulator National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) makes the official announcement on telco service disruptions

Signal No. 4: Expect 'very heavy damage' to property, crops

Oct 17, 2015 - 10:49 PM

The last time PAGASA hoisted Signal No 4 was when Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan ravaged the Visayas in November 2013

'SIGNAL NO. 4.' Typhoon Lando (Koppu) prompts the Philippines' state weather bureau to raise Signal No. 4 in Aurora. A handout photo made available on the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 17, 2015, shows a satellite image of the water vapor floater of Lando as it advances the coastline (L) of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of NOAA/EPA

GMA: ABS-CBN TVPlus complaints not related to Eat Bulaga signal loss

Oct 02, 2015 - 1:03 PM

GMA Network is hopeful that public attention is not diverted from the alleged signal disruptions on SkyCable during the airing of Eat Bulaga which carries the popular AlDub segment

THIRD COMPLAINT. Meanwhile, GMA files with the NTC its third batch of complaints regarding alleged signal loss during or before the airing of noontime show Eat Bulaga, which carries the popular #AlDub segment.

DOTC begins MRT3 signaling system upgrade

Oct 01, 2015 - 3:40 PM

DOTC says the upgrade will also ensure the availability of spare parts needed for the uninterrupted operations of the Metro Manila s busiest rail line

MRT3 UPGRADE. Under the contract, Bombardier will replace the existing local control system with a more contemporary software over the next 7 months, while the Philippine government earlier gave Dalian Locomotive the go signal to ship a new MRT3 prototype train car. File photo

ABS-CBN to NTC: Require GMA to explain own digital TV signal loss

Sep 29, 2015 - 5:12 PM

This is in response to 5 complaints filed against ABS CBN for allegedly disrupting the reception of GMA’s highly rated noontime show Eat Bulaga

FIRES BACK. ABS-CBN says Eat Bulaga signal disruption complaints of GMA "has nothing to do with the signal loss"

GMA files 2nd complaint vs SkyCable on Eat Bulaga signal loss

Sep 22, 2015 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The ABS CBN pay TV subsidiary meanwhile takes strong exception to GMA s claim that signal interruption is confined only to the network

2ND COMPLAINT. GMA Network says the seeming similarity in the reports indicate that they are not isolated cases

GMA to SkyCable: Refute Eat Bulaga signal loss complaint

Aug 29, 2015 - 12:36 PM

GMA Network says its complaint is based on numerous feedback from viewers of noontime show Eat Bulaga which runs the popular AlDub segment

'PROVE US WRONG'. Instead of calling the complaint baseless, GMA Network wants SkyCable to prove that it has not shortchanged its subscribers

GMA complaint on Eat Bulaga signal loss 'malicious, baseless' – SkyCable

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:44 AM

ABS CBN’s SkyCable says it is willing to cooperate with NTC over GMA Network s complaint regarding Eat Bulaga which runs the popular AlDub segment

"MALICIOUS". SkyCable says complaint of GMA Network with the NTC regarding shortchanging subscribers "is a malicious accusation and is without basis"

Ineng weakens, Batanes islands still under Signal No. 3

Aug 22, 2015 - 5:39 PM

4th UPDATE Typhoon Ineng international codename Goni now has maximum sustained winds of 150 km h near the center with gustiness of up to 185 km h

Typhoon Ineng slows down further as it maintains strength

Aug 21, 2015 - 8:21 AM

Typhoon Ineng is currently forecast to move west northwest at a rate of 7 km h and is expected to be around 60 km east northeast of Basco Batanes within 24 hours

Typhoon Ineng slows down; Batanes and northern Cagayan under Signal No. 3

Aug 21, 2015 - 1:24 AM

The enhanced “Habagat” will bring monsoon rains over Central Luzon and occasional rains over Metro Manila CALABARZON MIMAROPA and the Western Visayas

Tropical Storm Egay: 2 areas under Signal No. 2

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:48 AM

Eleven provinces in northern Philippines are under Storm Signal No 1 as of 10 pm Friday July 3

PAGASA adds Storm Signal No. 5 to storm warning system

May 21, 2015 - 3:12 PM

The state weather bureau says the increase in extremely damaging tropical cyclones in the country makes the previous storm warning systems inadequate

Sorsogon towns evacuate residents ahead of multi-hazards

May 07, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Sorsogon province evacuates more than 1 000 people amid the twin threats of a pending volcanic eruption and an approaching typhoon

OFF LIMITS. Volcanologists have warned local officials and residents of Irosin town in Sorsogon province not to enter the 4-kilometer permanent danger zone around Bulusan volcano. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cellphone signals down in several Ruby-hit areas

Dec 07, 2014 - 3:05 AM

Typhoon Ruby Hagupit disrupts cellphone signals in areas such as Borongan Eastern Samar and Pambujan Northern Samar

TYPHOON'S THREAT. A Filipino watches strong waves at a coastal village in Borongan, Eastern Samar, on December 6, 2014, as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) threatened the Philippines. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

#MarioPH: Rainfall alerts in parts of Central Luzon

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Rainfall alert in at least 3 provinces in Central Luzon is raised despite the storm s slight weakening Warning alerts in other areas on the other hand have been lowered

#PugadBaboy: Mixed Signals

Aug 19, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Science of brain signals opens new era for advertising

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial

HUMAN BRAIN. An actual human brain displayed inside a glass box, as part of an interactive exhibition

#GlendaPH out of PAR by Thursday afternoon

Jul 16, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Metro Manila and 12 other areas are still under Public Storm Warning Signal No 1

Signal no 1 in Catanduanes as Glenda nears PH

Jul 14, 2014 - 12:21 AM

Catanduanes may experience winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour in the next 36 hours as a new tropical storm nears the country

TROPICAL STORM. This satellite image from PAGASA shows Tropical Storm Glenda's location at 11 pm on July 13, 2014. Image from PAGASA

Globe finds 19 illegal repeaters in Baclaran

Jul 09, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The interference from illegal signal repeaters results in dropped calls garbled lines and weak signals for mobile phone users

Heavy rains expected, as 'Ester' moves out

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:36 AM

Ester is expected to be outside the PAR by Thursday morning June 12

Ester maintains strength on way out

Jun 11, 2014 - 12:29 PM

Tropical Depression Ester is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning June 12

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 11:32 am, June 11. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Ester maintains strength, expected out of PAR by Wednesday

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:34 PM

Only the Batanes Group of Islands remain under public storm signal no 1

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 6 pm, June 10. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Chinese ship finds 'pulse signal', but no confirmation if linked to MH370

Apr 05, 2014 - 8:59 PM

A Chinese ship searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 detected a pulse signal in the southern Indian Ocean but it was not yet clear whether it was linked to MH370

STILL SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on April 1, 2014 by Australian Defence shows HMAS Toowoomba (bottom) conducting a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success (top) during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. Photo from AFP/ Australian Defence/ Abis Chris Beerens

Painstaking underwater search for MH370 black box

Apr 05, 2014 - 12:53 PM

A black box detector deployed by a Chinese patrol ship searching for the missing MH370 picked up a pulse signal in the southern Indian Ocean

STILL SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on April 1, 2014 by Australian Defence shows HMAS Toowoomba (bottom) conducting a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success (top) during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. Photo from AFP/ Australian Defence/ Abis Chris Beerens

Indonesia: Reported Australian spying 'mind-boggling'

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:48 PM

As Kerry visited Jakarta on Monday as part of an Asian tour tensions flared over new espionage allegations in a weekend New York Times report

In this file photo, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa speaks during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 04 October 2013. EPA/Made Nagi

Australia says spying 'for the benefit of our friends'

Feb 17, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Abbott observes that Australia does not use anything that we gather as part of our ordinary security and intelligence operations to the detriment of other countries

HELPING NEIGHBORS. In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a panel session at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 23 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

MMDA launches high-tech system to reduce Metro traffic

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:27 PM

The state of the art Traffic Signalization System is housed in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority s new Command and Control Center in Makati

HIGH TECH. President Benigno Aquino III watches the Video Launching of the New MMDA Traffic Signalization System. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Australia spy agency offered to share data on citizens – report

Dec 02, 2013 - 11:28 AM

UPDATED The Australian Defence Signals Directorate DSD discussed the option of sharing medical legal or religious information to partner governments

Globe: Services OK in 11 more Visayas towns

Nov 22, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The telecommunication firm says it will restore more services over the weekend

Help map cell signals in areas affected by Yolanda

Nov 22, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Rappler is crowdsourcing the status of cell signals in areas affected by Yolanda

#PugadBaboy: Storm ratings punchline 2

Nov 15, 2013 - 5:00 AM

What is the equivalent strength of each storm signal