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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 Musical.ly for $1 billion

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Musical.ly, 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

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