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

Uber still banned while appeal is pending – LTFRB

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The suspension remains in effect while the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board prepares to tackle Uber s motion for reconsideration

ORDER STANDS. LTFRB says Uber remains suspended. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

TIMELINE: Why only Uber is suspended

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED Because Grab has so far complied with the LTFRB s orders to stop accepting and accrediting new drivers – the rule that Uber supposedly violated

REGULATED. The LTFRB suspends Uber operations for one month, while its competitor Grab remains operational. Rappler photo

Public to 'suffer' from 'cruel' suspension of Uber – senators

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:56 AM

UPDATED It does not solve the problem but further exacerbates the problem of having an utter lack of safe reliable and convenient transportation options for our people says Senator Grace Poe

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Aug 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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Uber survives LTFRB hearing, gets more time to defend accreditation

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Uber is off the hook for now

MORE TIME. The LTFRB gives Uber 5 more days to explain why their accreditation should not be cancelled. EPA photo.

120,000 signatures back Grab, Uber petition vs LTFRB

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The petition appeals to the LTFRB to lift its moratorium on processing temporary permits for new Grab and Uber drivers

APPEAL. Grab and Uber drivers unite to file their petition against the LTFRB's ban of accepting new driver applications. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Google app gets new newsfeed experience

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The new Google feed service uses machine learning algorithms to anticipate what information you d like to receive from news to videos as well as music and feature stories

Tinder gives 2 strangers free trip to Hawaii after hilarious 3-year convo

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:48 PM

A protracted Tinder exchange consisting of short greetings sent once every few months sends two strangers on a dream holiday – but on one condition

Facebook Messenger ads to expand worldwide

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Businesses around the world can now use Facebook targeting to extend their reach to people in Messenger

MESSENGER ADS. The advertisement beta program is expanding worldwide. Image from Facebook.

Batibot iOS app launched

Jul 05, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The free app continues the show’s tradition of teaching young Filipino children this time on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad following the successful launch of the Android version in 2015

MANANG BOLA. The famous Batibot character made an appearance at the app's launch. Photo courtesy of Smart

Facebook expands Find Wi-Fi feature globally

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:20 AM

The feature will help users find nearby Wi Fi hotspots which businesses have shared with Facebook from their page

FIND WIFI. Facebook launches the Find WiFi feature globally. Image from Facebook.

DOT, NCCA launch KulTOURa app for tourists

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The KulTOURa app contains information and details of selected places in the Philippines as guide for travelers

Android app Umbrella trains users in digital and physical security

Jun 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Umbrella is a risk encyclopedia that helps teach activists human rights defenders journalists and others how to stay safe online and offline

Not sure which streets are safe? This app will guide you

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Safetipin is a mobile application enabling users to rate and share their ‘safety perception’ of areas in their city

SAFETY THROUGH AWARENESS. The application champions safety by letting users know which areas seem safer to go to based on other users' ratings.

Destiny 2 for the PC: All we know so far

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here s what Rappler contributor Michaela Nadine Pacis knows about the PC version of Destiny 2 based on her time at the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal event

Apple says payouts from App Store total $70 billion

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Apple also says downloads have grown over 70 over the past 12 months fueled by hit games like Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run

A worker handles a newly arrived Apple iPhone 7 at an electronic store in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 07, 2017. File photo by Eitan Abramovich

Telcos turn to Makati to beta test all-in-one digital card, app

Jun 01, 2017 - 6:31 PM

PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan says the telco chose Makati as a test case because of its reach as a premier financial center

DEEP MARKET. Makati 'is the country's business and trade hub. The reason we tested it here because Makati has the deepest market from a commercial perspective,' PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Why what you wear matters

May 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here are 5 ways to upgrade your wardrobe

6 smartphone-aided devices for home-based medical testing

May 06, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Here are some ways that product developers are simplifying some medical tests with the help of a smartphone

ON CUE. An app called the Cue can monitor several biological parameters to weigh a person's well-being

'Hoax Analyzer' wins at Microsoft software development contest

May 03, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The entry from Indonesia s Team CIMOL places first in the regional finals of Microsoft s Imagine Cup 2017

ANTI-HOAX TOOL. Results are shown with a probable estimate if a piece of text or an image is "fact" or "hoax." Screenshot from

Anonymous app Yik Yak shuts down

May 01, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The statement offers no reason for the shutdown but its rapid rise and fall highlights the fast moving nature of social media applications

6 apps to keep you disaster-ready

May 01, 2017 - 9:38 AM

These apps can help people prepare for disasters and earthquakes and stay informed during one

Indian Kashmir blocks social media after clashes

Apr 26, 2017 - 10:43 PM

The local government says the services are being misused by anti national and anti social elements and should be blocked for one month or until further notice in the interest of maintenance of public order

PUP students developing an app that detects 'cocolisap' infestation

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:24 PM

The app called AgriCo is the winner at local programming contest Hackzilla in Manila 2 The team is currently looking to partner with coconut farmers in order to perform real world testing

MOCK UP. A sample screenshot of the app shows the kinds of data that will be collected. Screenshot from Team Kreate

WhatsApp suffers outage

Apr 19, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The messaging service has yet to advise on the downtime it is having

Twitter launches 'lite' version for data-conscious users

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Twitter says the new web based app can consume up to 70 less data with a data saver mode and launches 30 faster than the standard app

TWITTER LITE. The Lite version offers potential data savings for mobile users and access for users on slower mobile connections.

PH app FleetShare offers 'unlimited rides' for P3,999 a month

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:25 PM

But the app has a couple of restrictions – destinations must be within 15 kilometers from pickup locations and only a passenger s first 40 bookings are given priority

UNLI-RIDES. Fleetshare has an interesting ride-share concept but the asking price may scare off customers. Screenshot from Fleetshare website and app

An app called 'Fresent' wants to check attendance with a single photo

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Authored by Ateneo de Manila students the app places third in a local programming contest

SAY CHEESE. The app is being designed to get better at identification through artificial intelligence that actively learns. Screenshot from YouTube/Aemielvin Loremia

Coming soon to PH, select countries: Tinder on computers

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:24 AM

The dating app is testing a browser version in select countries including the Philippines

BACK TO DESKTOPS. The browser version of Tinder marks the unusual trajectory of a software going from mobile to a desktop. Screenshot from Tinder

Apple introduces 'easy-to-use' video editing app

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Apple s Clips wants to make it easier for people to edit videos on their mobile devices

FILTER FEVER. Apple joins the special effects and filters craze with its new app, 'Clips'. Photos from Apple

'Secret Chats' now live on Viber

Mar 16, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The Philippines second most popular messaging app incorporates a feature pioneered by Snapchat

SECRET CHAT. Viber rolls out vanishing messages on its platform.

In U.S., Uber skids have rival Lyft steering for passing lane

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:57 AM

A socially responsible and driver friendly reputation buoys Lyft as Uber faces questions about its culture

LYFT. An 'Amp' sits on the dashboard of a Lyft driver's car. The apparatus lights up in a color assigned specifically to one passenger for easier ride identification. Sullivan/Getty Images for Lyft/AFP

Mozilla acquires company behind Pocket reading app

Feb 28, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Mozilla acquires Read It Later Incorporated for an undisclosed amount While Pocket will continue independently its core team will also help with Mozilla s Context Graph initiative

POCKET AND MOZILLA. Mozilla acquires Read It Later and the Pocket app team. Image from Mozilla.

News Briefs: February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:46 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 17

Hater dating app connects users through shared dislike

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Hater wants to make serious online dating more approachable by replacing cumbersome surveys and bios with a fun alternative way to express your personality

HATER. Another new dating app enters the fray with its own spin on things. Image from Hater website.

Dating app Sapio aims to match you with 'someone as smart'

Feb 12, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Sapio aims to match users to others with similar intelligence and interests

This award-winning app from Indonesia is a must-download for kids

Feb 01, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Froggy and the Pesticide which received second place in the Global Mobile App Summit and Awards GMASA Indie Pitch Fest aims to educate children about the dangers – both environmental and personal – of using pesticides

EDUCATIONAL. A mobile app from Indonesia is gaining attention for its educational purpose. Sourced by Rappler

Monopoly suit against Apple's App Store gets new life

Jan 13, 2017 - 11:47 AM

The suit initially filed in late 2011 seeks hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on the reasoning that the lack of competition pushed app prices higher

Apple removes New York Times app from China store

Jan 05, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The latest development marks the latest move by Beijing to suppress the newspaper s publications in China

NOT IN CHINA. The New York Times App as shown on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Screen shot from The New York Times website.

Start 2017 right with these apps installed on your phones

Dec 31, 2016 - 2:26 PM

There are many worthy applications you can spend your time on but we ve narrowed our list of must keep apps for 2017