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Q&A: Paydro Live's CEO on how to win more and who makes the questions

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:35 PM

'It’s nice seeing our Paydro users playing together during lunch time but if (you) don't know the answer, trust your gut. Sometimes it helps to not listen to the person next to you,' says Gian Javelona

TEAM EFFORT. Playing Paydro has become a social event for some, with friends helping one another to win the prize. Photo from Paydro Live


Facebook testing dating feature, 'Create' button

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Facebook has begun internally testing their dating service with employees. A new 'Create' button, on the other hand, will make it easier to create new events, groups and other pages

FB DATING. In their 2018 developers' conference, the company announced its plans to venture into online dating services. Screenshot from Facebook F8 2018 livestream


Facebook cuts API access for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of inactive apps

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:07 PM

These apps were not able to submit themselves to Facebook's new review process in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company says


Vatican launches live translation app for papal events

Jul 28, 2018 - 2:10 AM

The app translates Italian, the language the Pope usually uses when addressing the faithful, into Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese

MASS TRANSLATION. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. A new app will level a few language barriers as it translates the Pope in real-time. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP


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Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Spotify reaches 83 million paying subscribers

Jul 26, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Spotify attributes the growth to inroads into emerging markets, particularly Latin America and Southeast Asia, and the popularity of its family packages, which nonetheless earn less revenue than individual plans

SPOTIFY. People gather in Spotify offices following a press conference on June 27, 2013 in New York City. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter curbs access for 143,000 apps in new crackdown

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

They're also implementing a more thorough application process for third-party app developers


Micab CEO claims Grab PH behind 'phantom bookings' on its platform

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Eddie Ybañez, Micab CEO, says the number of 'phantom bookings' has already reached 29,000 since June

Photo of Eddie Ybañez by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

WhatsApp limits forwarding in India after lynchings

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

WhatsApp says it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at 5 the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to.

WHATSAPP. This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Parents of students given Dengvaxia can get info via mobile apps

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua says parents can download the Abizo Dengue Vaccine Monitoring System application or the RSVP Kaizala application by end-August to receive alerts from DepEd and DOH, and get information on how to respond to symptoms

MONITOR. Deped and DOH launch Dengvaxia monitoring mobile applications to keep track on health status of students who got the Dengue vaccine. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Grab ‘superapp’ update rolling out by Q3 this year

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Grab users will no longer be greeted by the booking screen map with an update that completely overhauls the app’s home screen

NEW LOOK. Ride-hailing will be just one component of the new app with the major user interface update that will be rolled out.


GrabPlatform opens Grab to third-party app developers

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The suite of APIs known as GrabPlatform gives Grab’s partners access to the platform’s user base and services

MOVING FORWARD. Guillem Segarra, CEO of HappyFresh, Anthony Tan, Group CEO and Co-Founder of Grab, and Jerald Singh, Head of Product at Grab at a press event in Singapore on July 10. Photo by Kyle Chua

Tinder rolls out profile GIFs

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Users will be able to use looping GIFs on their profile with the update

LOOPS. Tinder profiles will have a little more motion with the update. Illustration from Tinder


What you need to know: The people peeking into your Gmail

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Employees of 3rd-party app developers may have read your Gmail. Here's why you should care and what you can do.

Facebook to shut down 3 underused apps

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

In a post on Facebook's newsroom, the company says aside from taking apps Hello, Moves, and tbh down, the data from the apps would be deleted within 90 days

Filipino-owned food delivery app, Delivery Guy, launched

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The new service will take on Singapore's Honestbee and GrabFood, and Germany-based Foodpanda

DELIVERY GUY. The service has a sleek, world-class presentation – a must if it's to compete with global brands. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


PRESS RELEASE: MMDA to develop mobile app for traffic, flood updates

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:52 PM

MMDA and MediaQuest Holdings will develop a mobile application that will give users access to traffic situations across major thoroughfares

'Because I can:' ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women drivers

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Dubai-based ride-hailing app Careem, along with global behemoth Uber, reacts to Saudi King Salman's September announcement of an end to the kingdom's ban on female motorists by saying it would hire women

DRIVING FORCE. Saudi national and newly licensed Reem Farahat, an employee of Careem, a chauffeur car booking service, prepares for a customer shuttle using her car in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, on June 24, 2018. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Swipe right for equality: Is Bumble really empowering women?

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:15 AM

On the dating app, women are required to message matches first. But is it as 'feminist' as it claims?

Google's augmented reality-based Measure app comes to Android phones

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Measure allows users of compatible phones to take measurements of surfaces and other objects by walking around them

MEASURE. The Measure app at work. Screenshot from Google Play.

How possible is it to find love online?

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Trying to find The One – or just someone, really – online? Here’s what you need to know about the local digital dating scene.

Sakay.ph launches redesigned app with updated route data

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The latest version of Sakay.ph comes with updates to its route information for jeepneys, buses and point-to-point buses, trains, UV Express vehicles, and ferries

Yahoo Messenger shutting down July 17

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Users of the messaging app can download their chat history before its shutdown

DOTr gives LTFRB full authority over ride-hailing companies' regulation

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This means ride-hailing companies can no longer set or change fare schemes on their own

App diverts leftovers from U.S. restaurants to needy

May 31, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Atlanta-based Goodr is treating the food problem in cities as a logistics issue and not one of simple scarcity

GOODR. The Atlanta-based company believes that hunger is more a logistics issues than a scarcity issue. Image from Goodr Co Facebook page


Disney launches own streaming app in PH, costs P149 monthly on Globe

May 25, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Non-Globe subscribers will pay a higher subscription rate of P399 monthly

DISNEYLIFE. DisneyLife will host more than  350 Disney movies, 5000 episodes, and over 6,000 music tracks at launch. Screenshot from DisneyLife website


6 things grown-ups will enjoy on the DisneyLife app

May 25, 2018 - 7:02 PM

On the fence about getting DisneyLife for the kids in your life? Here's what you'll get out of the app too!

DISNEYLIFE. Disney's new digital content app includes TV shows, music, behind-the-scenes content, and movies like Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron.' From left to right: Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

Grab asks LTFRB: Reimpose P2-per-minute charge

May 25, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Grab Philippines argues that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's suspension of the charges is an 'infringement' of the equal protection clause guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution

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May 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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How much are the fares of new ride-hailing apps?

May 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Aside from Grab and U-Hop, Filipino commuters can now choose from MiCab, HirNa, Owto, Hype, and Go Lag

RIDE-HAILING. Currently, there are 7 ride-hailing companies with accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

YouTube may be getting incognito mode

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Like Google Chrome's, the feature will allow users to view videos without leaving a trail


New Tinder feature to match people based on locations visited

May 15, 2018 - 10:27 AM

If a user visits a certain cafe, for example, Tinder will find potential matches who have visited the same cafe


Snapchat dials back redesign that riled users

May 12, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Snapchat rolls back its redesign after many complaints about their previous overhaul

SNAPCHAT. The social media app rolls back a previous massive overhaul after complaints from users. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/

Human Rights Watch slams Iran's Telegram ban as 'unjustifiable'

May 02, 2018 - 7:32 PM

HRW says the court's decision is 'just another stain on Iranian authorities' already dismal record on freedom of expression'

Grab: Only 35,000 drivers serve 600,000 bookings per day

May 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu also says 'driver numbers continue to drop' after the suspension of the P2-per-minute travel charge

NOT ENOUGH. Brian Cu, Grab Philippines head, says number of drivers not enough to serve the total bookings made on their app. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Google launching .app top-level domains

May 02, 2018 - 4:08 PM

A difference between the .app top-level domain and other domain types is that HTTPS is required to connect to all .app websites, better protecting against malware and tracking

LTFRB accredits ride-hailing company Micab

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Micab, an app for booking taxis, is the 5th ride-hailing company approved this year, joining Hype, Hirna, Go Lag, and Owto

5TH ACCREDITED. Micab is a taxi ride-hailing company accredited by the LTFRB. Photo from Micab's Facebook page

'We need better options': Grab PH users dissatisfied with driver cancellations

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The current dissatisfaction has metamorphosed into an actual Facebook group called 'GrabPH Complaints,' where users are sharing their sentiments and stories

Grab sanctions nearly 500 drivers for excessive ride cancellation

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:15 PM

But Grab says the government's suspension of its P2-per-minute travel charge is also to blame for the mounting cancellations

EXCESSIVE CANCELLATION. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says drivers with 10% and above cancellation rate per week will face sanctions like suspension and complete banning from the platform. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB restores Grab's 2x price surge cap

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board restores Grab Philippines' surge pricing cap to 2 times the normal fare after it accredits new ride-hailing companies

HEARING. LTFRB restores Grab Philippines surge pricing cap at 2.0 times the fare.

Grab appeals suspension of P2-per-minute charge

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Grab Philippines says the suspension order is 'contrary to the law' and would 'cause irreparable damage' to riders and drivers

RECONSIDER. Grab Philippines' lawyer John Paul Nabua submits to the LTFRB a motion for reconsideration against the suspension of the P2-per-minute charges. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

Fitbit launches Versa in the Philippines for P13,890

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Fitbit's stylish fitness tracker is finally released worldwide following its release in the US back in March

FITBITS. The Fitbit Versa comes in a multitude of band designs and materials. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


'Mag-taxi ka na lang': Netizens tell riders complaining of higher fares

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:24 AM

'Kung di mo afford, mag-taxi ka na lang, or tricycle, jeep. Marami naman diyan alternative na masasakyan,' a netizen says

TRANSPORT. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Apple planning a subscription-based news service – report

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Apple is integrating Texture's technology into the premium service, which will likely be an upgrade of the Apple News application

LTFRB to Grab: Why change fares on your own?

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

During the first hearing on the alleged illegal fares charged by Grab, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board points out that changes in fares must follow a process

ILLEGAL FARES? Grab Philippines head Brian Cu explains to the LTFRB how they set the time duration charges they added mid-2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Starbucks Philippines? There's an app for that

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Starbucks Philippines finally launches an app for its users to track payments and redeem rewards and benefits for their personal Starbucks accounts

Spotify soars in $26 billion stock debut

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:25 AM

In one of the largest public offerings ever in the tech sector, Spotify on its first day topped the market capitalization of other high-profile recent market entrants, including Twitter, Snapchat parent Snap and Dropbox

How to check your third-party app permissions on Facebook

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Facebook users can ensure companies and app makers don't continue to mine them for data. Here's a guide on how to do so.

Rihanna hits Snapchat over beating ad, sending shares tumbling

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The commercial shows Rihanna and fellow pop star Chris Brown, and asks Snapchat users whether they would rather 'slap Rihanna' or 'punch Chris Brown'

SNAPCHAT. In this file photo taken on February 2, 2018, Rihanna attends the conference 'GPE Financing Conference, an Investment in the Future' organized by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar, as part of Macron's visit to Senegal. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

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Mar 08, 2018 - 9:53 PM

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