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Smart, TNT unveil Free Instagram and Facebook for All with prepaid promos

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:00 AM

Free IG + FB for All is available for all Smart Prepaid and TNT subscribers

NBA fines Celtics' Smart $15K for criticizing refs

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:13 AM

'It just seems like whenever I get the ball and I'm on offense, I can't get a call,' says Marcus Smart on the officiating

HITTING BACK. Marcus Smart expresses his displeasure on the game's officiating knowing that he'll be fined. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Makati lone Philippine finalist in World Smart Cities Awards

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay's push to use technology to improve city disaster preparedness and communication is shortlisted in the Innovative Idea category

FINALIST FOR INNOVATIVE IDEA. Mayor Abby Binay is set to share Makati's best practices on disaster risk reduction and management in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Spain. File photo from the Makati City government

Smart to roll out Google Station, interactive tourism markers in Intramuros, Rizal Park

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Free Wi-Fi seen to boost tourism in Manila's historical sites

Smart screen from UP inventors soon to hit PH market

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Smart Surface Technology transforms any flat surface into a screen with tap-sensitive functions, which can be used in a variety of consumer applications and at exhibits and conferences

SMART SCREEN. A person demos the smart screen project which transforms most any flat surface into tap-sensitive ones. Photo from DOST website


iPhone 11 plans are out for Globe, Smart

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pre-orders run until October 24

IPHONE 11. Screenshot from Apple live stream


Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets into your head

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Amazon brings smart assistant Alexa to glasses, earbuds, and a ring in new hardware announcements

SMART GLASSES. Echo Frames eyeglass frames infused with voice-commanded digital assistant Alexa are pictured at at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle on September 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP


Gabay Guro celebrates 12 years of nation-building

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Gabay Guro is also set to launch an app this month to further its seventh core pillar – Innovation

John Henri C. Yanez, Head of Tribute Pillar of Gabay Guro during the Press Conference of Gabay Guro Grand Gathering 2019 at the Cities Event Place in Quezon City on Tuesday. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Facebook down for some users in Philippines, U.S., Europe

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Smart says a routing issue is causing Facebook and Facebook Messenger to not work properly for some Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers

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

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Injured Lowry, Smart to miss Team USA scrimmage

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:41 AM

After several NBA superstars begged off, the US squad also needs to do without Kyle Lowry and Marcus Smart in the team buildup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

SIDELINED. Kyle Lowry is nursing a thumb injury. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Google Station public WiFi now available in more than 400 locations nationwide

Jul 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The service, previously only available in 50 locations during its February launch, expands

GOOGLE STATION. Mahesh Bhalerao discusses their public WiFi service at Google For Philippines 2019. Screenshot from Google livestream

PLDT, Globe say Huawei will keep its devices updated despite trade ban

May 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) PLDT says current products 'will continue to function normally' on the PLDT-Smart network, while Globe says the current situation 'will not impact its network services'

HUAWEI IN THE PHILIPPINE SCENE. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

New Smart postpaid plans offer 'prioritized network experience'

May 16, 2019 - 11:44 PM

(UPDATED) What happens to other subscribers though that don't subscribe to the new plans?

The Nationals Dota 2 finals set April 14

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Three teams fight for the title in the first Dota 2 conference of the 2019 The Nationals

GRAND PRIZE. After a grueling group stage, 3 teams battle for the crown and the P400,000 prize in the The Nationals Dota 2 finals. Photo release

Daimler and Geely to develop next generation Smart car

Mar 28, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Under the agreement, expected to be finalized by the end of 2019, the new vehicle will go on global sale in 2022, Daimler and Geely say in a joint statement

DAIMLER AND GEELY TEAM-UP. An Conghui (Geely Holding President), Liu Jinliang (President of Geely Group Company), Jörg Lamparter (Head of Mobility Services at Daimler Financial Services AG) and Klaus Entenmann (CEO Daimler Financial Services AG). File photo from Daimler.com

NBA fines Boston's Smart $50,000 for shoving Embiid

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Celtics guard Marcus Smart gets slapped with a hefty fine for the third time this season

REPEAT OFFENDER. Marcus Smart figures in another altercation, this time with Sixers star Joel Embiid. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Smart Infinity celebrates crystal year anniversary with Solaire

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Check out some of the past year's highlights for the premium postpaid provider

Globe argues service is defined by overall quality, not just speed

Mar 07, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Globe says it 'continues to improve customers’ overall quality of experience and not just speed'


PLDT, Smart have fastest fixed and mobile internet in Q3, Q4 2018 – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PLDT and Smart retain the Speed Test crown in Ookla's latest report


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G arrives in May 2019

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Along with the 5G version of the Mi Mix 3, we have news on Xiaomi's Mi 9 and one of its 'internet of things' offerings, an LED smart bulb

Dating today is easier, but is it ‘better’?

Feb 14, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Find yourself saying “so many fish in the sea, but none for me”?

NBA fines Marcus Smart after Bembry altercation

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Boston's Marcus Smart aggressively pursues Atlanta's DeAndre Bembry to escalate physical altercation after his ejection

BAD TEMPER. Marcus Smart fuels another potential melee this time with Atlanta's DeAndre Bembry. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Google, Smart Wifi jointly pledge to power the nation with free, fast, and reliable internet

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:17 PM

More Filipinos will be given access to connectivity

Smart and Netflix launch partnership in time for the holiday season

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:56 PM

The companies announced their partnership via a Christmas hunt challenge inspired by Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles”

Xiaomi partners with IKEA for smart home lighting products

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The deal brings IKEA's full range of smart lighting products to the Xiaomi ecosystem


PLDT reports 700 Mbps speed in 5G tests, claims 1st 5G video call in PH

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:06 PM

The video call was made between 'Smart 5G cities' Clark and Makati, says the company

Indonesia's new 'heresy app' draws fire

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Users of the Smart Pakem app can report groups practicing unrecognized faiths or unorthodox interpretations of Indonesia's 6 officially recognised religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism

SMART PAKEM APP. An Indonesian woman shows a newly launched smartphone application called "Smart Pakem" of Jakarta's prosecutor office in Jakarta on November 27, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Smart launches iPhone Xs series with an epic surprise for loyal subscribers

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

15 lucky subscribers each received a surprise upgrade to a 512 GB iPhone Xs Max — the latest and top-of-the-line iPhone variant currently available

Petron, Generika-Ayala sustain hot streaks

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The Blaze Spikers and the Lifesavers clobber separate opponents in straight sets in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference

ATTACK. Generika-Ayala star Patty Orendain gets one to sail past the defensive wall of Smart’s Joyce Sta. Rita and Jasmine Nabor. Photo from PSL

PSL: Smart, Generika-Ayala pull off contrasting wins

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Smart outlasts Cocolife in a five-set thriller as Generika-Ayala whips Sta. Lucia in straight sets

THRILLER. Cocolife’s Shang Berte goes for a kill over Smart’s Joyce Sta. Rita and Jasmine Nabor in the five-set thriller won by the Giga Hitters. Photo from PSL

Generika-Ayala stuns powerhouse F2 Logistics

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Patty Orendain stars as the Lifesavers notch their first victory in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference

ATTACK. F2 Logistics' Aby Maraño fires one past Generika's Fiola Ceballos. Photo from PSL

More video platforms beyond YouTube now covered by Smart data packages

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

In addition to YouTube and iFlix, Smart data subscribers will get video allocation for Cignal Play and NBA League Pass

LOOK: Smart 5G banners, 5G-branded vehicles in Clark

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The said promotional materials were put up in conjunction with a Smart event announcing the telco’s plans to deploy their first 5G cell site in the city

5G CITY. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PLDT, Smart launch first 5G city in Clark, Pampanga

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

5G is over 20 times faster than the current 4G connectivity and opens up possibilities for solving metropolitan problems

SMART 5G IN CLARK. Smart touts Clark as its first 5G City. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Grethcel Soltones returns to lift Smart in PSL opener

Oct 30, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Grethcel Soltones announces her arrival in style as she leads Smart to victory over the Sta Lucia Realtors

RETURN. After a one-year suspension, Grethcel Soltones fires the kill that sealed the win for the Smart Giga Hitters. Photo from PSL release

WATCH: Smart launches the iPhone Xs, Xs Max with Kris Aquino

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The new iPhones officially become available at retail, with Smart being one of the outlets to hold a launch

IPHONE LAUNCH. Sam YG and Kris Aquino host the launch of the new iPhones. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to make the frequency available for other telecommunications companies

INTERVENTION ASKED. The Supreme Court is asked to free up broadcast and telecommunications frequencies through a mandamus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

iPhone Xs and Xs Max: Smart postpaid rates

Oct 20, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Smart releases its iPhone Xs and Xs Max packages shortly after Globe releases theirs

Screenshot from Apple livestream.


NBA fines Marcus Smart, JR Smith for preseason scuffle

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Both players are slapped with fines for an ugly scuffle during the 1st quarter of Cleveland's home victory over Boston

UGLY. Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers get into an altercation again in the NBA preseason. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP.

Smart Wifi increases deployment in over 100 school areas nationwide

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:47 PM

UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and PLM are among universities with access to super speed internet connection

Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'Amazon launched today what I believe is the industry's largest assortment of home automation products,' says analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy

ALEXA-POWERED. An assortment of newly launched devices, including, an "Echo Input," "Echo Show, "Echo Plus," "Echo Sub," "Echo Auto" and "Firetv Recast" are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP


Vivo launches X21 in PH, partners with Smart as exclusive distributor

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Smart will be offering the X21 exclusively to Enterprise clients

Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas

IN PHOTOS: Some areas in Baguio City were flooded part of City Camp Lagoon caused lStrong winds and heavy downpour are being experienced in Baguio City due to #OmpongPH. Photo by Cedrick Victa Macadangdang

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Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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Overall mobile data speeds in PH have notably improved – report

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:51 AM

OpenSignal reports that in the last 6 months, Globe’s average overall download speed increased 14% to 5 Mbps while Smart grew 29% to 7.5 Mbps

Smart up by 1,300 LTE sites over Globe, according to latest figures

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Smart, as of the end of June 2018, has 12,600 LTE base stations while Globe, as of May 2018, has 11,300


Samsung is making its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

One hundred sixty Samsung Galaxy Home speakers powered the audio of the Samsung Unpacked presentation, the company says

HOME INVASION. Samsung wants to be a bigger part of the home as it forays into the smart speaker market. Photo from Samsung


PH team dominates Smart for 3rd PSL win

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Despite the Nationals' victory, coach Shaq Delos Santos says there's still a need to get the team in sync

UNITED. The Philippine women's volleyball team manages to pull through despite a depleted roster. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

Pasig’s public safety project named one of Asia’s 'most outstanding'

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Out of 148 outstanding smart city projects, Pasig City is among the 19 winners in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), alongside China, Singapore, and Taiwan, among other winners.