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Android file management app now works with USB drives

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Users can now plug in USB flash drives and memory cards, or other USB devices onto their phone, and Files by Google will let them check the contents of those connected devices

YouTube mobile apps to get Autoplay on Home tab function

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:39 PM

YouTube videos will automatically play on the Home tab as users scroll past. The feature works on Android and iOS

Indonesia's new 'heresy app' draws fire

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Users of the Smart Pakem app can report groups practicing unrecognized faiths or unorthodox interpretations of Indonesia's 6 officially recognised religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism

SMART PAKEM APP. An Indonesian woman shows a newly launched smartphone application called "Smart Pakem" of Jakarta's prosecutor office in Jakarta on November 27, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Yes, GPS apps make you worse at navigating – but that’s OK

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:13 PM

While physical navigation and static maps require engagement with the physical environment, guided navigation enables disengagement

Over 560,000 Android users downloaded malware hidden in 'games'

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The 13 games are actually hidden malware that downloads and installs a payload onto the Android device and hides the app's icon

Tumblr removed from Apple's App Store due to child pornography

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Tumblr admits the application was taken down due to child pornography bypassing the filters set up to prevent it from showing on the service

Tinder 'Swipe Surge' notifies users when many users are active

Nov 17, 2018 - 4:58 PM

During a surge, the chances of matching with someone may go up 2.5 times higher than usual

Photo from Tinder


Facebook launches short form video app Lasso in bid to win teens over

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The app is Facebook's answer to Tik-Tok, the popular social media platform that lets users record and share short videos with licensed tracks

App assesses mental health based on how you use your phone

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The app monitors how you type, tap, and scroll in other apps to assess the state of your mental health

Photo from Mindstrong


Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The new version, currently being rolled out, has 3 tabs instead of 9

Image from Facebook


Malware found in Telegram 'alternative' – cybersecurity firm

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Once installed, the Octopus malware allows attackers to have remote access to a victim's device


How this Pinay entrepreneur grew a laundry service app for A-list Hollywood celebs

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:45 AM

What happens when you fail at your first try? You try again, as Rechelle Balanzat proves.

User data of Donald Daters app for Trump supporters leak out

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The names, photos, personal messages, and access tokens for accounts using Donald Daters are exposed

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 update is out now

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The update adds new features for Windows 10, while also introducing features Android devices and iPhones can take advantage of

WINDOWS 10's OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE. Windows 10 gets new features, and your phone gets new apps to connect them. Image from Microsoft.

Workplace messaging startup Slack eyes 2019 IPO – report

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:30 AM

Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal says Slack is aiming for an initial public offering (IPO) in the first half of 2019 that would value the California startup at well above the $7.1 billion it reached in its most recent funding round

SLACK IPO? Social Network applications including Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Snapchat, Twitter, Skype, Viber , Teamsnap and Messenger, are on display on a smartphone on March 21, 2018 in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Parents will be able to impose time limits on apps from games and news to social media and messaging that children use, and will able to designate "down time" for themselves too

APP LIMITS. Apple's app limitation system combines with its parental controls to provide everyone with a means of controlling their usage, or that of a loved one's obsession with technoloy. Screen shot from WWDC 2018 livestream


This app lets you buy and sell home-cooked meals in the BGC area

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:23 PM

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Apple takes down popular Mac utility app that stole users’ browser data

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Adware Doctor secretly records users’ app data and browser history and sends it to a server in China

Facebook suspends hundreds of apps over data concerns

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Concerns about the developers who built the apps or how the information people shared were used trigger the suspensions


Under-fire Apple removes 25,000 apps in China

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Apple removed 25,000 apps suspected of facilitating gambling and illegal lotteries, state broadcaster CCTV reports, emphasizing there was still work to be done.

APPLE'S CHINA WOES. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

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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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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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.