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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.

YouTube may be getting incognito mode

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Like Google Chrome's, the feature will allow users to view videos without leaving a trail


New Tinder feature to match people based on locations visited

May 15, 2018 - 10:27 AM

If a user visits a certain cafe, for example, Tinder will find potential matches who have visited the same cafe


Snapchat dials back redesign that riled users

May 12, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Snapchat rolls back its redesign after many complaints about their previous overhaul

SNAPCHAT. The social media app rolls back a previous massive overhaul after complaints from users. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/

Human Rights Watch slams Iran's Telegram ban as 'unjustifiable'

May 02, 2018 - 7:32 PM

HRW says the court's decision is 'just another stain on Iranian authorities' already dismal record on freedom of expression'

Grab: Only 35,000 drivers serve 600,000 bookings per day

May 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu also says 'driver numbers continue to drop' after the suspension of the P2-per-minute travel charge

NOT ENOUGH. Brian Cu, Grab Philippines head, says number of drivers not enough to serve the total bookings made on their app. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Google launching .app top-level domains

May 02, 2018 - 4:08 PM

A difference between the .app top-level domain and other domain types is that HTTPS is required to connect to all .app websites, better protecting against malware and tracking

LTFRB accredits ride-hailing company Micab

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Micab, an app for booking taxis, is the 5th ride-hailing company approved this year, joining Hype, Hirna, Go Lag, and Owto

5TH ACCREDITED. Micab is a taxi ride-hailing company accredited by the LTFRB. Photo from Micab's Facebook page

'We need better options': Grab PH users dissatisfied with driver cancellations

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The current dissatisfaction has metamorphosed into an actual Facebook group called 'GrabPH Complaints,' where users are sharing their sentiments and stories

Grab sanctions nearly 500 drivers for excessive ride cancellation

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:15 PM

But Grab says the government's suspension of its P2-per-minute travel charge is also to blame for the mounting cancellations

EXCESSIVE CANCELLATION. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says drivers with 10% and above cancellation rate per week will face sanctions like suspension and complete banning from the platform. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB restores Grab's 2x price surge cap

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board restores Grab Philippines' surge pricing cap to 2 times the normal fare after it accredits new ride-hailing companies

HEARING. LTFRB restores Grab Philippines surge pricing cap at 2.0 times the fare.

Grab appeals suspension of P2-per-minute charge

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Grab Philippines says the suspension order is 'contrary to the law' and would 'cause irreparable damage' to riders and drivers

RECONSIDER. Grab Philippines' lawyer John Paul Nabua submits to the LTFRB a motion for reconsideration against the suspension of the P2-per-minute charges. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

Fitbit launches Versa in the Philippines for P13,890

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Fitbit's stylish fitness tracker is finally released worldwide following its release in the US back in March

FITBITS. The Fitbit Versa comes in a multitude of band designs and materials. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


'Mag-taxi ka na lang': Netizens tell riders complaining of higher fares

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:24 AM

'Kung di mo afford, mag-taxi ka na lang, or tricycle, jeep. Marami naman diyan alternative na masasakyan,' a netizen says

TRANSPORT. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Apple planning a subscription-based news service – report

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Apple is integrating Texture's technology into the premium service, which will likely be an upgrade of the Apple News application

LTFRB to Grab: Why change fares on your own?

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

During the first hearing on the alleged illegal fares charged by Grab, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board points out that changes in fares must follow a process

ILLEGAL FARES? Grab Philippines head Brian Cu explains to the LTFRB how they set the time duration charges they added mid-2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Starbucks Philippines? There's an app for that

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Starbucks Philippines finally launches an app for its users to track payments and redeem rewards and benefits for their personal Starbucks accounts

Spotify soars in $26 billion stock debut

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:25 AM

In one of the largest public offerings ever in the tech sector, Spotify on its first day topped the market capitalization of other high-profile recent market entrants, including Twitter, Snapchat parent Snap and Dropbox

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