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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BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they've placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry,' says BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney

Want to be a chef for a day? Translate!

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:23 PM

No recipe on the internet is going to stump you again!

Snapchat loses $1.3 billion in value after Kylie Jenner tweet

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:53 PM

The social network takes a huge hit as the American celebrity tweets that she no longer uses the service

BIG DRAW. Kylie Jenner's departure from Snapchat causes huge negative impact on social network's valuation. Screengrab from Instagram/kyliecosmetics

Google launches lightweight Gmail Go for Android

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Go version of Gmail is half the filesize of the original mobile version. Unfortunately, it is only available to Android O Go users

'Black Mirror' dating app shows you how long your relationship will last

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The popular sci-fi show on Netflix makes a real-life version of an app featured in one of its season 4 episodes

Singles less pressured to celebrate Valentine’s Day more than ever – dating app

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Responses to a survey by dating app Coffee Meets Bagel point to signs of a changing cultural norm

Snapchat earnings for Q4 2017 stronger than expected

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Snap shares lifts 18% in after-hours trade following their fourth quarter earnings update

Child pornography led Apple to pull Telegram apps from store last week

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Apple reinstates Telegram and Telegram X only after new safeguards were put in place and the offending content and users taken off the messaging service

Current Grab drivers seek to be prioritized in permit application

Jan 30, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says it will review the limit on the number of vehicles for ride-hailing apps

TNVS. Grab Philippines Head Brian Cu urged LTFRB to increase the common supply base for Transport Network Vehicle Services in a press conference on January 30, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Exercise tracking map highlights locations of deployed troops

Jan 29, 2018 - 8:58 AM

While some US bases are well known to groups that want to attack them, the map also shows what appear to be routes taken by forces moving outside of bases – information that could be used in planning bombings or ambushes

BASE ACTIVITY. A US soldier walks past a A-10 Thunderbolt II at Kandahar Air base in Afghanistan on January 23, 2018. Shah Marai/AFP

Tinder vulnerabilities let strangers see your swipes

Jan 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Tinder's lack of encryption opens up users to being spied on

'Hindi makatarungan': Grab, Uber drivers slam LTFRB for limiting cars

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Papatayin ninyo ang hanapbuhay ng mga Pilipino,' says TeamSpeed, a group of Grab and Uber drivers

AFFECTED UBER DRIVER. A group of Grab and Uber drivers wants the LTFRB to reconsider their order capping cars driving for ride-hailing applications. File photo by Raisa Serafica

Uber caps driver hours to 10 in Britain

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:13 PM

After 10 hours of driving, drivers will not be able to log on to the app. They are required to take an uninterrupted 6-hour break to be able to log in again

LONDON UBER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows a man holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London. Photo by Ben Fathers/AFP

Iran removes block on Telegram

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Iranian officials confirm the app can now be used again after the lifting of restrictions imposed during recent protests

Apple acquires Buddybuild, an app development service

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Buddybuild says it will be joining the Xcode engineering group of Apple, and will be ending Android app development on March 1

WhatsApp ending BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone support

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:51 AM

While users of BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 can still use WhatsApp, some features may stop working, and users will be unable to make new accounts or reverify their accounts on the operating systems mentioned

GrabTaxi to face new competitor in Davao City

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'This is long overdue. At least now the senior citizens don't have to get wet in the rain to hail a taxi cab,' says LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada

GRABTAXI COMPETITOR. The new taxi hailing app Hirna is set to fully operate in Davao City by early 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The app promises official news, videos, and photos from the office of the Tibetan spiritual leader

DALAI LAMA GETS AN APP. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gestures at a function in Dharamsala on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

Japan tests app for helping pregnant women find train seats

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Pregnant can send a message to the app when she wants a seat, which will then look for pre-registered users who have said they are willing to give up theirs

Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Apple and Shazam did not disclose financial terms. Technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million.

LTFRB slams TV host for spreading 'fake news'

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:07 AM

The LTFRB and TV host James Deakin lock horns over ride-hailing applications

TV HOST. James Deakin presents an automobile feature show. Photo from Deakin's Facebook page

Instagram launches standalone messaging app in select test markets

Dec 08, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The move may be similar to Facebook spinning off Messenger into its own app

DIRECT. The interface of the new messaging app is similar to that of Instagram Stories

PNP’s ‘Know Your Rights’ app updated to remove permissions

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The app, while littered with extraneous code, is safe to download and use in its current incarnation

Privacy concerns raised over PNP's human rights app

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:01 PM

When trying to install the app – which is purely informational and should need no special permissions – the app requests access to one's text messages, phone and phone call logs, and photos and other media files

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo, head of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office, talks about the Know Your Rights app during a press conference Sunday, December 4, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP launches app for cops who forget about human rights

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Called 'Know Your Rights', the application is already available for Android phone users

FOR THOSE WHO FORGET. The application is now available for Android users. Rappler screengrab

PH to charge widow of slain militant for recruiting fighters to join Marawi siege

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Prosecutors say Karen Hamidon, widow of the late founder of Ansarul Khilafa Philippines, used messaging apps Telegram and WhatsApp to promote IS activities

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Waze officially adds support for motorcycles

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The addition comes as Waze believes that drive times, routes and roads vary between full-sized automobiles and motorcycles

Image from Waze

Court blocks Uber ride-sharing in Israel

Nov 27, 2017 - 9:21 PM

The Tel Aviv district court judge's injunction ordering the services to stop from Wednesday comes after a court challenge from a taxi drivers' union and a separate ride-hailing app

Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:40 AM

The move is seen by some as proof that China's moving against apps with effective encryption

Facebook launches Creators app for video makers

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:14 AM

The app, an apparent rebranding of the Facebook Mentions app, gives creators exclusive video-making tools and the ability to personalize their videos and share it to other platforms easily

Chinese firm to acquire lip-synching app for $1 billion

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:04 PM, which says it has 60 million monthly active users, is being acquired by the company behind China's top news aggregation service, Toutiao

MUSICAL.LY ACQUISITION. The social media app is being purchased for up to $1 billion. Screen shot from website.

Uber loses employment rights case in Britain

Nov 10, 2017 - 7:39 PM

The London employment court rejects Uber's appeal against an October 2016 ruling in a case that is being closely watched for the wider implications for Britain's booming 'gig economy'

UBER LOSES. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows a man holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London. Photo by Ben Fathers/AFP

Angkas 'considered as closed' – LTFRB

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

The LTFRB says the popular motorcycle ride-hailing service has been operating without a mayor's permit

Snapchat parent company triples losses at $443M for Q3 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Shares plunge as user numbers for the app falls short of market expectations and wearable camera Spectacles fails to reach sales targets

SNAPCHAT. This file photo taken on shows a logo of Snapchat at the front entrance of headquarters of Snapchat in Venice, California. File photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Don't just rely on Facebook for news, says news app CEO

Oct 30, 2017 - 3:47 PM

Facebook is not a news network; it's a relationship platform where its makers' goal is to try to make people's bonds stronger, according to Inkl CEO Gautam Mishra

Rappler Talk: Gautam Mishra on the future of news

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:37 AM

In the age of post-truth and fake news, how can journalism stay afloat?

FEU Tech students to make learning app for youth in Mindanao conflict

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The app may be an alternative learning tool for children who currently don't have access to traditional schools in conflict-hit areas

DIGITAL EDUCATION. Multiple partners team up with university students to build an app for students in conflict areas in Mindanao. Photo from Smart.

Rappler joins Inkl and world's top news groups in 'Spotify of news'

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Inkl addresses a key problem for news publishers globally: declining advertising revenues with the lion’s share going to tech platforms like Google and Facebook. Inkl allows you to support journalism for a minimal fee.

Uber license renewal in London rejected

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Uber is not a 'fit and proper' private car hire operator, says London's transport authority

ROADBLOCKS. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber.  Since its debut in 2010, Uber has grown into a worldwide phenomenon despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from traditional taxi operators. Photo by AFP/Lionel Bonaventure

Tips to mastering the art of letting go

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Declutter your space declutter your mind

Google Drive desktop app to shut down, service to continue

Sep 08, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Only the app is being shut down and replaced and not the actual service

Tinder is now top-grossing app in Apple's app store

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

New premium service that allows users to see who liked them propels app to the top

EXTRA FEATURES. Tinder's 'Gold' service has helped the app attract more downloads since its introduction. Image from Tinder

Saudi Arabian app Sarahah takes internet by storm

Sep 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Sarahah finds its way into the smartphones of millennials worldwide even as critics raise alarm about trolling and privacy issues

A picture taken on August 17, 2017 shows Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq, developer of the "Sarahah" app, giving an interview with AFP at his office in the capital Riyadh. Initially conceived as a tool for soliciting bluntly frank workplace feedback, the app "Sarahah" (which means "Honesty" in Arabic) has found its way into the smart phones of millennials worldwide, even as critics have raised alarm about trolling and privacy issues. The app, whose mass appeal stems from the appetite in the Arab world -- notorious for online censorship, has a frugal design and a simple prompt that encourages users to leave anonymous messages that do not allow the recipient to reply but only share on social media or block the sender. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

'Micab' taxi-hailing app service not yet in Manila, clarifies CEO

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The service is currently available in Cebu where it was launched in 2015 and Iloilo

NEW CHALLENGER. As Uber and Grab face regulation issues, alternate apps come to the fore such as Micab, whose logo appears above. Image from Micab/Facebook

Uber is not perfect, and we should not be afraid to point that out

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

If we continue to push for solutions that only benefit a fraction of the public then we continue to be part of the problem

Leader of TNVS drivers' group: Uber at fault

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:35 PM

TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel hopes Uber will learn its lesson and fully comply with regulations

DEMAND. TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel says Uber must provide for their drivers now forbidden to ply the roads. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Malacañang stands by LTFRB decision to suspend Uber

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

While the Palace empathizes with commuters it stresses that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is just doing its job

UBER ISSUE. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says Malacañang recognizes the efficient services provided by transport network companies. Uber app photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler