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Love in lockdown: Dating for the single and quarantined

May 24, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Is this truly the worst time to be single?

Former Disney exec named TikTok boss

May 19, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Kevin Mayer, who formerly managed Disney properties Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar, is now the head of TikTok, and the chief operating officer of TikTok parent company, ByteDance

MAYER. Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer will become the head of TikTok and chief operating officer of the popular video app's parent company, the group announced on May 18, 2020. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP now has GPS tracking for some public transport in Pasig

May 18, 2020 - 11:40 PM is working with the Pasig City government to allow users to track buses and shuttles plying specific routes as they make their way through the city

TikTok and Innity further extend partnership to 22 new countries

May 18, 2020 - 5:59 PM

The partnership aims to allow more brands to use TikTok to reach a younger audience

Slack experiences outage

May 13, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Users are unable to send messages or connect entirely to the work messaging platform

SLACK. A view of the Slack headquarters on April 02, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

How to share your books on Google Play Books

May 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

You can create a network of up to 6 total members that can read purchased books

Image from Google/YouTube

Nearly 2 million Australians download coronavirus tracker app

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Experts herald the COVIDSafe app as a way of improving authorities' ability to track new outbreaks of the disease

Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

First launched in the US in December 2017, the kid-friendly version of Messenger expands to 70 countries

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook

Facebook launches app for livestream gaming

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:51 AM

The app lets users watch streamers, play instant games, and take part in gaming groups

FACEBOOK GAMING. Facebook on April 20, 2020 launched a standalone gaming app, allowing users to create and watch livestreams of games in a challenge to the Amazon-owned Twitch platform. Ina Fassbender/AFP

Quick reviews: 4 Zoom alternatives for work meetings

Apr 17, 2020 - 3:32 PM

If Zoom’s shortcomings in security and privacy concern you, here are other video conferencing services you can try

Contact tracing technology and the worries it holds

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Let’s discuss contact tracing apps and how using technology to track a pandemic's spread virtually can cause people to worry if the tech is being used properly

Globe, ABS-CBN, Summit Media join $5M funding round for livestreaming app Kumu

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Kumu intends to scale up operations and introduce new features with the Series A funding

KUMU. Photo from Kumu website

Singapore teachers drop Zoom after online class gatecrashed

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:15 PM

During a geography lesson involving teenage girls conducted on Zoom, two men intrude into the livestream, showing obscene images and making lewd remarks

ZOOM. 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

TikTok pledges $250 million for coronavirus relief

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:21 PM

TikTok says the funds would be for 'front line medical workers, educators, and local communities deeply affected by the global crisis'

TIKTOK. 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

Taiwanese gov't bans Zoom use for official business

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Taiwan says the services and apps of Google and Microsoft, meanwhile, are acceptable for government use

LIST: 10 group games you can play remotely

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Here are some remote game night ideas for the lockdown

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

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#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

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.