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British Council launches artist grants

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Applicants may apply to British Council's Connections Through Culture mobility grant to promote arts and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia until September 26

UK shares list in China, a first for foreign firms

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The launch of the London-Shanghai Stock Connect marks 'the first time that any foreign company will be able to list in mainland China'

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (C) and Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua (C-R) applaud after the opening of the markets at the London Stock Exchange in London on June 17, 2019. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PLDT joins the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:20 PM

PLDT will offer global Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services powered by NGENA to its customers in the Philippines

Cross-cutting topics for holiday conversations

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are 5 conversational themes that could mend or fill in some gaps in your family and friend connections

LTE faster than WiFi-enabled fixed connections for PH smartphone users

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:31 PM

From August to November 2018, the Philiippines' download speeds average 9.6 Mbps for LTE, 7.6Mbps for WiFi-enabled fixed connections, and 6.3 Mbps connections for overall mobile connections including 2G and 3G

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Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

A report by Strategy Analytics shows that for the second quarter of 2018 the smallest device from Google captured 20 percent of the market with sales of 2.3 million

MINI. File photo shows Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introducing the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

PH startup Connected Women among 12 finalists at MIT innovation challenge

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Connected Women Jobs website allows Filipinas to search for online jobs in customer service, marketing, editorial services, and administrative work

FINALISTS. From left to right, the members of Connected Women: chief technology officer Bobby Jimenez, CEO Gina Romero, business development head Ria San Gabriel, and senior developer JC Soriano. Photo from Connected Women


Interconnection rates will be lowered to welcome third telco – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:48 PM

President Duterte says that by lowering interconnection rates, incoming players can have access to existing networks at a much lower cost

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Linking up the two systems – and modernizing the North's aging rail infrastructure – would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia, and on to Europe

INTER-KOREAN RAILWAY. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers walk by the inter-Korean railway under construction with a newly-built tunnel near the border with North Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, September 13, 2001. File photo by Kim Jae-hwan/AFP

‘So Connected’ review: Social media love

May 25, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz weighs in on what sets Jason Paul Laxamana's movie apart

Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu also says Globe has allotted $850 million this year 'to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming'

Batanes now LTE-connected

May 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Batanes hasn't had a reliable internet connection since Typhoon Ferdie hit the province in 2016. Smart's completion of its LTE network provides users a viable option to connect to the Internet.

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Jameson Blake appeals to ElNella fans: Give 'So Connected' tandem a chance

May 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Janella Salvador, Jameson's partner in the movie 'So Connected,' says that onscreen partner Elmo Magalona has no issues that she's paired with another leading man

Jameson Blake. Photos by Precious del Valle/Rappler

PLDT formally gives Cure's 3G frequency for free

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the surrendered 3G frequency is now available for a new major telecommunications player

PLDT to give up Cure frequencies 'at no cost'

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to send tax auditors to telecommunications companies demanding payment for returning radio frequencies to the government

AT NO COST. PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan agrees not to be compensated for the surrendered Cure frequencies, DICT acting chief Eliseo Rio Jr says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte order on Cure frequencies for 3rd telco contradicts PLDT-NTC deal

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:45 PM

A 2011 agreement states that the National Telecommunications Commission would bid out the surrendered Cure frequencies, with PLDT being given monetary compensation. President Rodrigo Duterte now refuses to give that compensation.

3RD TELCO ISSUE RAISED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Malacañang photo

Havana protests U.S. move to boost internet access in Cuba

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The communist-ruled island is one of the least connected countries in the world

INTERNET IN CUBA. A woman uses public WiFi to connect her phone in a street of Havana, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 2, 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of the news you need to know this Thursday.

ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sorry muna, Jack Ma, internet nami'y makupad pa!

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kung susuriin ang kontribusyon at impact ng internet sa pag-unlad ng mga ekonomiya at pagbuti ng kabuhayan, dapat seryosohin ng pamahalaan ang pagpapabuti nito

The people you meet at food parks

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:20 AM

See if you’re a Lone Wolf an In The Moment person part of the Brady Bunch a Weekend Warrior and so on

Inflight internet ready to take off

Jun 22, 2017 - 12:21 PM

By 2021 more than 17 000 airliners – or nearly half the global fleet of commercial aircraft – will be equipped for inflight internet according to a recent study by the Euroconsult firm That is close to triple the 6 500 planes equipped in 2016

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Jun 02, 2017 - 3:24 PM

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PH has slowest average internet speed in Asia Pacific – report

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:41 PM

The global average internet connection speed is 7 2 Mbps but the Philippines falls short with an average of 5 5 Mbps

Converge ICT launches 25Mbps monthly broadband plan at P1500

May 17, 2017 - 7:21 PM

The fiber only internet service provider also introduces FiberXtreme 300Mbps P4500 and 500Mbps P7000 a month plans

Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too

May 10, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The latest Echo device features a 7 inch touch display

Amazon leads surging connected speakers market in US – survey

May 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Amazon s Echo speakers hold 70 6 of the market followed by Google Home at 23 8

ECHO. The smart speaker from Amazon is leading the pack right now. Photo from Amazon

Internet blackout strangles Cameroon start-ups

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:37 PM

Cameroon s 4 internet providers which include France s Orange and South African owned MTN tell clients internet services were no longer available due to reasons outside of our control

Here's how much your broadband rates have dropped

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

While the past years have seen sharp declines in the price per Mbps rates of broadband packages they remain costly compared to other countries

'Likely hacker attack' hits almost 1 million German homes

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Around 900 000 customers using specific models of router are affected Deutsche Telekom says with some unable to connect at all while others suffer intermittent problems

INTERNET DOWN. This file photo taken on March 10, 2014 shows a Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile logo hanging under pink umbrellas at the stand of the German telecommunications giant during the 2014 CeBIT computer technology trade fair in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

BPO workers answer call to mentor adult learners

Nov 27, 2016 - 7:00 AM

For these business process outsourcing BPO employees giving a few hours of their weekend to teach adult learners under the Alternative Learning System ALS is worth it

MENTORING. Frizza Dogomio is mentored by a Convergys employee under the Department of Education's Alternative Learning System (ALS). Photo credit: Convergys

Over half of world's population does not use Internet – UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:07 AM

One problem is the cost of fixed broadband access which has fallen globally over the last decade but remained clearly unaffordable in many of the world s poorest countries

INTERNET. More than half the world's population does not use the Internet according to a United Nations report. Image from Shutterstock

Avocado, 4 new players enter PH telco industry

Nov 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM

An ICT group insists there s no sufficient spectrum for more competitors

NEW PLAYERS. These new telco players are Avocado Broadband Telecoms, Ama Telecommunications, Infinivan, Metro Connections and Telecom, as well as Megamanila Telecom. Photo by Rappler

No to FOMO: How limited data can hold you back

Sep 09, 2016 - 2:17 PM

Here are some things you’re missing out on because of limited data

P1.76B earmarked for free Wi-Fi in proposed 2017 budget

Sep 04, 2016 - 6:45 PM

With the proposed funding the project which aims to provide free broadband internet access to 1 462 towns and 44 key cities nationwide is sustained says Senator Ralph Recto

Former DOJ official denies Bilibid drug links

Aug 24, 2016 - 3:26 PM

I respect our President but I am powerless before him All I ask is fairness and due process a chance to vindicate myself in a formal proceeding says former justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III

PLEA FOR FAIRNESS. Former justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan says he was not in charge of the New Bilibid Prisons when he served the justice department. File photo by EPA

Duterte matrix to reveal De Lima's role in Muntinlupa drug trade

Aug 23, 2016 - 5:57 PM

President Duterte says he will reveal this week a matrix showing the illegal drug operations inside the New Bilibid Prison a matrix which involves De Lima a governor and a justice undersecretary

DUTERTE'S DRUG MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte during a post-Cabinet meeting in Malacañang State Dining Room on August 22. TOTO LOZANO/PPD

Small steps that lead to a ‘bigger,’ better you

Jul 17, 2016 - 2:29 PM

Want to level up in life? Simple tweaks in your routine and lifestyle can lead to bigger things

#PugadBaboy: Need for internet speed

May 28, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Connecting the candidates: What links presidential, VP bets?

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The roster of presidential and vice presidential bets for the 2016 elections shows how intertwined the lives of these candidates have been

#PugadBaboy: WIFI

Mar 04, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Global Internet population grows to 3.2 billion – study

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:56 AM

Facebook s second annual State of Connectivity report released late Sunday February 21 shows 200 million people gained Internet access in 2015 due to more affordable data and rising global incomes

State of Connectivity Report. Facebook's yearly assessment of Global Internet Access is released. Screen shot from Facebook newsroom.

A better way to share stories, moments, and connections

Jan 18, 2016 - 10:28 PM

PLDT HOME and Smart introduce their first broadband and mobile data sharing plan

Cavite pioneers province-wide free WiFi

Dec 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

In its initial stage registered users can tap the service for an hour daily Priority is given to students teachers and civil servants involved in public safety and disaster management

APEC 2015: Robust Internet needed to link MSMEs to global supply chain

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:26 PM

The Philippines slow Internet bandwidth could be putting the brakes on its own attempts to push its micro small and medium enterprises MSMEs to the forefront of the Asia Pacific region

PUTTING BRAKES. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says 'Internet connection is the bedrock of entrepreneurs.' In the photo are GoNegosyo's Joey Concepcion, Magsaysay Shipping's Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Aquino. Photos from Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

DevCon is back for its 5th year

Oct 26, 2015 - 4:05 PM

The Philippines biggest developer conference is back with GoOpenSourcePH

Globe to upgrade bandwidth on broadband plans by October 24 - report

Oct 21, 2015 - 8:02 PM

The leaked document shows Globe lowering the price of 50Mbps and 100Mbps connections significantly for Platinum Home Broadband plans in select high end subdivisions and condominiums

Filipina succeeds in studies with help from Internet.org

Oct 13, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Riza Mae Tachado and her groupmates take advantage of Internet org to communicate using Facebook through Internet org just to collaborate on their thesis

THE TRIUMPH OF RIZA. Screen shot from Facebook video.

#AnimatED: Don't take Internet for granted

Sep 28, 2015 - 9:00 AM

There are a number of different ways in which we can potentially solve the issue of slow costly Internet and very little of it has to do with engaging social media managers on brand websites

Empowered netizens can create social change – Ressa

Sep 26, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Rappler s CEO says each person has the potential to reduce poverty improve healthcare and solve other complex problems with the help of the Internet and social media

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa talks about technology and development during the 2015 Social Good Summit. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler