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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

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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

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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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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'

How to set up a Facebook Dating profile

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

Adulting 101: 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