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DJ Khaled is the Waze voice you didn't know you needed

May 23, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Because why not, right?

DJ KHALED. He's on Waze now too. Still from DJ Khaled's Instagram

Online lending apps accused of 'shaming' borrowers by texting contacts

May 23, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Mobile lenders are allegedly debt-shaming borrowers by texting their contacts about their outstanding debt


Stop it! Japan anti-groper app becomes smash hit

May 21, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The Digi Police app has been downloaded more than 237,000 times, an 'unusually high figure' for a public service app, says police official Keiko Toyamine

DIGI POLICE APP. In this picture taken on May 13, 2019, an official at a police department poses as she shows an application for scaring off molesters, in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

WhatsApp 'will never be secure' – Russian rival

May 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'WhatsApp has a consistent history – from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suitable for surveillance purposes,' Telegram founder Pavel Durov writes in a blog post

SLAMMING WHATSAPP. Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram speaks onstage during day one of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 on September 21, 2015 File photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Mobile app promises to detect child's ear infections without doctor visit

May 16, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Shyam Gollakota, head of the lab that developed the project, likens its utility to that of a thermometer, which helps people decide whether a visit to a doctor is appropriate

EAR INFECTIONS. University of Washington researchers have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and a smartphone's microphone and speaker. Photo from Dennis Wise/University of Washington School of Medicine/AFP


China tech firm to sell gay app Grindr after U.S. pressure

May 14, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Kunlun Tech Co Ltd says in a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in southern China that it would sell Grindr by June 2020

DepEd launches app to help teachers monitor 2019 elections

May 10, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The education department says that if data are collected properly through the Election Monitoring App, 'officials are able to easily get a picture of activities and reports within hours, not in weeks or months'

Facebook Dating arrives in the Philippines. Here's how to set it up

May 01, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The first step? You'll need to update your Facebook app.


6 photography apps to spruce up your travel photos this summer

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

These are some of the apps you might want to check out if you want to up your photography game

GoodWork app aims to make you the master of your own home

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:20 AM

This app lets you book home and wellness service providers whenever you need it

Researcher finds security flaw in French government's chat app

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:41 PM

A security researcher finds a way to bypass Tchap restrictions limiting access only to those with French government email addresses

TCHAP. A flaw that would have allowed non-goverment officials to access Tchap is fixed. Image from https://www.numerique.gouv.fr

Snapchat releases new, rebuilt app for Android

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:42 AM

The new app is expected to now be on par with the iOS version

SNAPCHAT. The Snapchat logo is displayed on a mobile phone, March 1, 2017 in Glendale, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


U.S. officials order Chinese company to sell Grindr – report

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:56 PM

US officials fear people with security clearances who use the app could be blackmailed by Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources

GRINDR. This picture taken on March 27, 2019 shows the Grindr app on a phone in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP

3 apps to help you prepare your taxes this coming tax month

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Cut the time it takes to prepare your tax returns this April with apps that automate the process

Illustration by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler


Facebook sues 2 app developers for data-stealing browser add-ons

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The lawsuit against Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov says they hatched a scheme affecting some 63,000 Facebook users' browsers

Lonely Hearts Club scam

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Online scammers will take your money and leave you broke and heartbroken

Airbnb buys HotelTonight app to broaden travel offerings

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The deal 'accelerates our work to build an end-to-end travel platform that serves everyone,' says a statement from Airbnb

AIRBNB. File photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP


Jojo 'pasabay delivery' app makes couriers out of commuters

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The crowdshipping app connects users to transporters who are already heading towards the drop-off location of their package.


'Xi cult' app is China's red hot hit

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The app's name – 'Xuexi Qiangguo' or 'Study to Make China strong' – is a pun as the Chinese word for studying, Xuexi, can also be read as 'Study Xi'

STUDYING CHINA. This photo illustratration taken on February 20, 2019 shows a phone app called 'Xuexi Qiangguo' or 'Study to make China strong' with an image of China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pinoy app global finalist at NASA Space Apps Challenge

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The ISDApp seeks to communicate useful information to fishermen even without internet connection. It will complete against 24 other finalists chosen by NASA scientists and experts from 2,729 teams in 200 locations all over the world.

GLOBAL FINALIST. Team iNON (It's Now or Never) is behind the ISDApp. Photo courtesy of Michael Lance Domagas

Samsung dating app connects people based on fridge contents

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Samsung, best known for its phones and TVs, launches a free dating app called Refrigerdating to promote its Family Hub fridges

Google Go joins Google’s roster of 'light' apps in the Philippines

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Google Go is designed to work smoothly even on phones with 1GB or less RAM

TOKUMINE. Simon Tokumine, the group product manager of Google Search, presents the benefits of Google Go. Screenshot from Google livestream


Some airline, hotel booking apps on iOS found recording user screens – report

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The apps do not ask for permission to make screen recordings, prompting quick action from Apple

Shutterstock photo


Workplace messaging startup Slack to go public

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Slack, which claims some 10 million users in 150 countries, has been valued at $7.1 billion, as reported in August 2018 after a round of funding


Grab launches 8 new app features

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Among the new features include saving places, rewards points for being canceled on by drivers, and many others

INTEGRATION. Grab Philippines President Brian Cu says their digital payment GrabPay will also be integrated in other services. Image from Shutterstock, Grab app screengrab

Facebook pays volunteers to install app that collects private data - report

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Apple revokes software certificates letting Facebook take part in its Enterprise Developer Program to work in-house on applications for the Cupertino-based company's devices

Facebook getting its messaging apps to be friends

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,' a Facebook spokeswoman says

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight 'fake news'

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:56 PM

WhatsApp says its latest move to extend the restrictions to all users came after a 6-month review of user feedback

Chinese app exposes people nearby with debt – report

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Names, national ID numbers, and the reason why they're on the map will be displayed on the app

App screenshot from China Daily


Snap loses 2 more key executives in seeming exodus

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Snap chief financial officer Tim Stone and vice president for investor relations Kristin Southey depart the company

This app helps you find toilets with bidets in the Philippines

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Not all heroes wear capes, you guys

THE APP YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED. Because you deserve to poop in peace. Image from Lawrence Velasco's Facebook page

Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Facebook is among the numerous app developers to have deals with phonemakers to put pre-installed placeholder app 'stubs' on users' phones

This #HackSociety idea could change the lives of kids with autism

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Henry Lachica, Nesty Tumbaga, and John Chua want to launch an app that connects parents of children with autism to health practitioners, tracks autistic children's progress, and provides them with their own learning tools

#HackSociety pitching on October 30, 2018.

Child porn thriving in WhatsApp due to insufficient moderation

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:21 PM

With 1.5 billion users and just 300 employees, WhatsApp has seen child porn slip through its content moderation systems

WHATSAPP. Photo from Shutterstock


Techie ways to save on your travels

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Here’s how tech and apps can help you keep your budget in check

At Jesus's birthplace, an app is born to ease crowds

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The app, which will be introduced early next year, is aimed at ensuring a regular flow of tourists at the Church of the Nativity

BETHLEHEM. A couple poses for a picture in front of the Grotto of the Nativity, the place where Jesus is said to have been born, inside the Church of the Nativity in the occupied biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP


Discord's game store to have 90/10 split in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Discord's revenue sharing agreement will be 90% in favor of the developer, with the remaining 10% covering 'operating costs, and we’ll explore lowering it by optimizing our tech and making things more efficient'

Android file management app now works with USB drives

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Users can now plug in USB flash drives and memory cards, or other USB devices onto their phone, and Files by Google will let them check the contents of those connected devices

YouTube mobile apps to get Autoplay on Home tab function

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:39 PM

YouTube videos will automatically play on the Home tab as users scroll past. The feature works on Android and iOS

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

Yes, GPS apps make you worse at navigating – but that’s OK

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:13 PM

While physical navigation and static maps require engagement with the physical environment, guided navigation enables disengagement

Over 560,000 Android users downloaded malware hidden in 'games'

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The 13 games are actually hidden malware that downloads and installs a payload onto the Android device and hides the app's icon

Tumblr removed from Apple's App Store due to child pornography

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Tumblr admits the application was taken down due to child pornography bypassing the filters set up to prevent it from showing on the service

Tinder 'Swipe Surge' notifies users when many users are active

Nov 17, 2018 - 4:58 PM

During a surge, the chances of matching with someone may go up 2.5 times higher than usual

Photo from Tinder


Facebook launches short form video app Lasso in bid to win teens over

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The app is Facebook's answer to Tik-Tok, the popular social media platform that lets users record and share short videos with licensed tracks

App assesses mental health based on how you use your phone

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The app monitors how you type, tap, and scroll in other apps to assess the state of your mental health

Photo from Mindstrong


Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The new version, currently being rolled out, has 3 tabs instead of 9

Image from Facebook


Malware found in Telegram 'alternative' – cybersecurity firm

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Once installed, the Octopus malware allows attackers to have remote access to a victim's device


How this Pinay entrepreneur grew a laundry service app for A-list Hollywood celebs

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:45 AM

What happens when you fail at your first try? You try again, as Rechelle Balanzat proves.

User data of Donald Daters app for Trump supporters leak out

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The names, photos, personal messages, and access tokens for accounts using Donald Daters are exposed