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Zoom patches vulnerabilities in macOS version, freezes feature development

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Two flaws in Zoom's macOS client can give local attackers root privileges or allow the attacker to access a user's camera and microphone

ZOOM FLAWS. In this photo illustration a Zoom App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Zooming out: Video chat apps aren’t perfect, but we need them anyway

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:12 PM

While video chat apps are likely more needed now for both personal and business uses, it becomes more important that we also take stock of what we’re giving up to supposedly free services

Privacy-mad Germany turns to app to track virus spread

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Germany manages to limit the number of deaths from COVID-19 to under 1,000, partly thanks to aggressive testing modeled on the South Korean approach

YouTube working on TikTok rival called Shorts – report

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Shorts will reportedly be a feature inside the main YouTube app, and will let people use licensed music on YouTube as soundtracks

YOUTUBE. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Youtube logo application on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP


Boom in video chat apps brings out cybercriminals with fake sites, malware

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Phishing websites are targeting unsuspecting consumers who want to use a video chat app to connect for work, or to talk to friends and family

ENDCoV app tells you if you need testing, features crowdsourced contact tracing

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The app asks you to take a survey to assess your risk and exposure to the virus, and aims to build a big enough user base for effective crowdsourced contact tracing

ENDCOV. Image from AIM


Zoom under scrutiny in U.S. over privacy, porn hacks

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Some sessions are being 'Zoom-bombed' by porn, hate images, and threatening language

ZOOM. The Zoom video meeting and chat app has become the wildly popular host to millions of people working and studying from home during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Airbnb to pay hosts $250M for coronavirus cancellations

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:36 AM

Airbnb will pay hosts 25% of what they would typically be due if someone who booked between March 14 and May 31 cancels the stay due to COVID-19

AIRBNB. Airbnb on March 30, 2020 said it is devoting $250 million to help would-be hosts survive financial losses from refunds given to guests who cancelled travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


3 Filipino-made medical apps to help combat coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Local developers are stepping up to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus with innovative tech solutions


Players may experience 'somewhat slower' game downloads – Sony

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:13 PM

With more users having to rely on online game stores, download traffic may have to be managed by gaming platforms

PLAYSTATION. The Sony PlayStation buttons appear on screen at a presentation. Screenshot from livestream


LIST: Video conferencing apps to use for work meetings and online hangouts

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:52 AM

From more formal meetings to online meet-ups with friends, here are 6 apps you can use

YouTube to default to standard definition worldwide – report

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Users will still be able to choose to use high definition if they want to

YOUTUBE. This photo illustration taken on March 23, 2018 shows YouTube logos on a computer screen in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP


Instagram unveils new 'co-watching' feature to ease isolation

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The new feature lets people look at posts together during video chat

CO-WATCHING. Photo from Instagram


LIST: 4 programs that let you watch online videos remotely with your friends

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:13 PM

We’re rounding up a list of programs that allow you to host watch parties with your friends even though you’re all apart

How to get online consultations with telemedicine service KonsultaMD

Mar 19, 2020 - 3:11 PM

A KonsultaMD doctor can help assess and provide information on a number of issues, including the coronavirus and COVID-19

KONSULTAMD. Photo from Globe


LIST: Websites and apps that offer medicine delivery, online ordering

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Here are some online options for getting your medicine


Yes you can! Work out at home with these YouTube channels and apps

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Can't head to the gym? We got you, fam

Screenshots from YouTube.com/blogilates, and YouTube.com/ OfficialBarStarzz, and YouTube.com/yogawithadriene

#HustleEveryday: What apps do offices need for an efficient work-from-home system?

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Starting a work-from-home system for your own organization might be a bit difficult if you’ve never tried it, so here are some tools and apps that may be of use if you want to set up your own system

Tech lifestyles enable 'safe escape' from coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 2:46 PM

'Social distancing' in the time of COVID-19


WhatsApp debuts dark mode on Android, iOS with new video

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:28 PM

In a promotional video, WhatsApp shows off just how jarring a lack of dark mode can be

DARK MODE. WhatsApp showcases Dark Mode. Image from WhatsApp.

'Plants vs. Zombies 3' soft launches in Philippines, Ireland, and Romania

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:33 PM

Seven years after 'Plants vs. Zombies 2' and several spinoffs later, the series makes a return to classic PvZ gameplay

PVZ 3. Image from EA


U.S. Transportation Security Administration bans TikTok use among employees

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The agency follows bans by the Department of Homeland Security and the US military

This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Will Facebook Dating swipe online lovebirds out of digital nest?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As online dating becomes the virtual norm, Facebook's gradual arrival on the dating scene may shake up the market

A school communication app gamifies the classroom

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Parents says the popular app ClassDojo raises fears about teacher bias

CLASSDOJO. Image adapted from graphic by Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story.

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: True love in dating apps?

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Finding love sa Tinder, Bumble, atbp para sa Valentine’s Day and beyond

Get big discounts through the new McDonald's app

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The new McDonald’s App gives customers exclusive and exciting deals that can be redeemed at the Front Counter, Take-Out Counter, or Drive-Thru in all McDonald’s stores nationwide

Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

[OPINION] #NoFilter: Editing our national identity with photo apps

Dec 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

'When we Filipinos mask our skin with filters, it is our national identity that we abandon'

Popular Mideast app ToTok pulled after report it was spying tool

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:28 AM

Apple and Google remove the app from their online marketplaces following a report about how the app allowed the United Arab Emirates government to track the conversations, movements, and other details of users

TOTOK. Photo from Totok official website


‘Nakiki-angkas lang’: Imee Marcos’ presence at Angkas rally infuriates netizens

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The daughter of dictator Ferdinand Marcos joins Angkas bikers, commuters, and transport advocates, and addresses the crowd at the EDSA Kalayaan Shrine

Dating app Tinder to move out of parent's home

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:19 PM

'We've long said IAC is the 'anti-conglomerate' – we're not empire builders,' says Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive of the holding company IAC

TINDER. This file illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US social networking application Tinder on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP


Mimiyuuuh is now a Waze voice option

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'Yuor LOcq4l j3j3 gHuÖrl Mimiyuuuh' is just what we need for those holiday traffic jams

IT'S YA GIRL. Mimiyuuuh is now a voice option on Waze. Screenshot from Twitter.com/mimiyuuuh

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Under the existing EU rules that date back to 2002, strict privacy protection is only applied to text messages and voice calls provided by traditional telecoms, sparing tech giants Facebook, Google and Skype from the same oversight


LRT1 now comes with a mobile app called 'ikotMNL'

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The app displays train schedules and crowd sizes per LRT1 station

IKOTMNL. The new mobile app provides real-time information on each LRT1 station.

Apple bans vaping apps from App Store

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Apple says it agrees with the assessment of US health experts who called the spread of e-cigarette and vaping products 'a public health crisis and a youth epidemic'

HEALTH HAZARD. In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018, a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP

San Juan to launch city app, e-kiosks for government transactions

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The move is in line with new mayor Francis Zamora's promise to make San Juan a smart city

SMART CITY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora signs a memorandum of agreement for the San Juan city application and electronic kiosks on November 14, 2019. Photo from San Juan Public Information Department

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