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Taguig court orders arrest of Nicko Falcis

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Kris Aquino's former business manager has been charged with violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act

NICKO FALCIS. A warrant of arrest has been issued against Kris Aquino's former business manager. Screenshot from Nicko Falcis' Instagram account

Highlights: OPPO Innovation Event 2019

Feb 24, 2019 - 12:12 AM

Expect OPPO's first 5G phone in the second quarter of this year

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Virtual reality makes splash, but it's not ready for prime time

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Even with impressive visuals, virtual reality appears to be in the slow lane toward mass adoption, according to analysts and industry attendees at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show

VIRTUAL REALITY AT CES 2019. Attendees take a virtual reality tour at the Intel booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, January 10, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Ex-cop arrested in Northern Samar over possession of IED

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Authorities say retired Police Officer 2 Dario Bolandia Ayes owns the site where boxes containing improvised explosive devices have been found

Man wearing explosives and yellow vest surrenders in France

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The man surrenders at a shopping center after hours of negotiations with police

PROTEST. A man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Portal use may affect ads you get on Facebook-owned services

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Data gleaned from Portal use could, technically, be used in ads on Facebook-owned services, but it's unclear if the company will go ahead and do so

Man throws explosive device by U.S. embassy in Cairo

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:08 PM

No one was wounded in the explosion and no significant damage was caused, security and judicial sources say, without specifying the type of device involved

3 dead, 36 hurt in Sultan Kudarat blast

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:23 PM

(6th UPDATE) The improvised explosive device detonates at around 8:34 pm in Barangay Kalawag 3, Isulan town

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 on sale by May 15 for P11,990

May 11, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Xiaomi's new budget phone features the Snapdragon 636 chip such as the one found in the Asus Zenfone 5

OPPO F7 review: Among this year's great midrangers

May 01, 2018 - 11:53 AM

This year has seen no shortage of affordable midrangers. Allow the F7 to present its case.

OPPO F7. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Two explosions rock Koronadal City – reports

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) Reports say IEDs were planted in different public areas: one near Christ the King Cathedral along Rizal Street, another near a convenience store

Apple's iOS 11.3 update riddled with bugs, report users

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Both iPhone and iPad users are reportedly experiencing distortion, stuttering, and skipping during music playback, podcasts, phone, and FaceTime calls

IPHONE 7. A worker handles a newly arrived Apple iPhone 7 at an electronic store. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

New headset lets you interact with computers using your mind

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Electrodes on the device recognize neuromuscular signals in the face and jaw that are triggered by saying words in your head

ALTEREGO. A man wears AlterEgo, a wearable system, that 'allows a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements – thereby enabling the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed, and seamless manner.' Screenshot from YouTube/MIT Media Lab

Tech firms battle to resolve major security flaw

Jan 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Apple, for its part, advises only getting apps from its online App Store which vets programs for safety

Kids, parents learn how to recognize Marawi bombs that didn't explode

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM

As Marawi residents head back home, they are taught how to recognize improvised explosive devices that the armed conflict left behind

Photo by Ana Santos/Rappler

Sony's Aibo makes a comeback

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Pre-orders for the new Aibo robot are priced at 198,000 yen ($1,738)

SONY'S AIBO RETURNS. Sony's robotic pet is now being sold as an all-in one service with subscriptions. Photo from

Sony bringing back robot dogs as smart home devices – report

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The new robot dog from Sony will reportedly have internet connectivity, allowing it to control household appliances

A NEW AIBO? The toy robot dog Aibo in Dortmund's DASA - Arbeitswelt Ausstellung. Photo from Wikipedia by Sven Volkens

Coins, nails used as shrapnel for Maute bombs in Marawi

Sep 29, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Crisis spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong hits the Maute Group for using the Bato Mosque to manufacture IEDs

New vulnerabilities allow hackers into devices via Bluetooth

Sep 25, 2017 - 6:33 PM

‘BlueBorne’ is said to be capable of harming billions of Bluetooth-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops in use today

BLUEBORNE. The virus infects devices via Bluetooth, usually those with operating systems that are not updated. Image from Armis

Three reasons why pacemakers are vulnerable to hacking

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Embedded medical devices will continue to be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats

The final push: Inside the Marawi battle area

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Rappler Carmela Fonbuena joins the first group of journalists allowed to enter the heart of the battle area. Watch her report.

WAR ZONE. Clashes with local terror groups linked with Islamic State nears 4 months. Screenshot of military handout video

Snipers and IEDs: Deadly combination in Marawi war zone

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Mahirap na combination ang IED at sniping Kapag mabagal ka sniper ang dadale sa iyo Kapag mabilis IED says an officer on the ground

THE NEW CHALLENGE. An improvised explosive device hidden in one of the buildings abandoned by the local terrorist groups in Marawi. Screenshot from a military video

3 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming in Pampanga

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The suspects – identified as a Nicaraguan Italian and Romanian – allegedly stole P339 300 from various ATMs in the province

The 3 foreigners suspected to be conducting ATM skimming activities cover their faces with their shirts as they were escorted to the conference room in Camp Olivas. (Photo by Jun A. Malig)

House bill wants ATM skimmers jailed for life, fined up to P5 million

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The bill seeks to declare ATM skimming as a crime of economic sabotage

PENALIZING BANK FRAUD. One of the latest devices ATM skimmers are using to retrieve information from bank users. File photo by Rappler

How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of Lupang Hinirang as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols

RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac  RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac

BDO chief likens fight vs ATM skimming to running on treadmill

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:50 PM

In a demo of skimming devices at a House hearing BDO describes how banks react to evolving tools used by fraudsters

ATM THROAT. Skimming devices lie in wait inside an ATM's throat, looking to copy the data on an ATM card.

U.S. mulling extending carry-on computer ban to Europe

May 11, 2017 - 9:07 AM

The US Department of Homeland Security is close to making a decision on a wider ban as the busy summer transatlantic travel season looms

A Syrian passenger traveling to the United States through Amman types on his laptop before entering Beirut international airport's departure lounge on March 22,2017. Anar Amro/AFP

3 cops injured in Maguindanao blast

May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

An improvised explosive device attached to a police vehicle goes off in Mamasapano Maguindanao

IED BLAST. 3 cops are injured in Mamasapano, Mindanao as a result of an IED explosion. Photo courtesy of CSupt Reuben Theodore Sindac/PNP

After ban, Turkish Airlines to offer laptops to VIP travelers

May 06, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Passengers may now request for laptop from the cabin crew for in flight use

LAPTOP SERVICE. Turkish Airlines offers laptops to business-class travelers after the ban on large electronic devices from certain countries. Photo from Turkish Airlines

Wearable computing market grows as gadgets evolve – IDC

Mar 03, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The ability to connect to networks without the aid of a smartphone will help the segment grow says an International Data Corporation report

UP AND RUNNING. Casio's newest smartwatch for the outdoors, Pro-Trek WSD-F20, due for release in April this year, on display at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

2 children killed, 3 injured in Basilan explosion

Jan 29, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The military blames the Abu Sayyaf for the explosion saying the terror group meant to sow fear in the area

Mother injured, daughter dead in Lamitan blast

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Witnesses say the mother and her 11 year old daughter were gathering coconuts for dinner when an improvised explosive device went off

IED blast strikes Lamitan City hall

Dec 31, 2016 - 12:10 AM

No injuries or casualties are reported in the blast

5 reasons people can’t live without their devices

Dec 23, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Cold bricks of metal and plastic warming our hearts? It’s possible

Oplan Cyber Tokhang's 'hacking' device: Psychological warfare

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Duterte Cyber Warriors ride on the news of the recent Facebook lockouts to intrigue people and create more buzz

Dela Rosa: Heightened alert in malls

Nov 28, 2016 - 2:05 PM

After a bomb is discovered outside the US embassy in Manila Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says they may revive checkpoints

Improvised bomb found near US embassy in Manila

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:25 AM

UPDATED PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa declares it as an attempted act of terrorism meant to divert government attention from the Maute group in Mindanao

A member of the Manila Police District Bomb squad wears a bomb suit while neutralizing an improvised explosive device (IED) found near the US Embassy in Manila on November 28, 2016. Ben Nabong/Rappler

The Sony Xperia XZ's big proposal: it takes the best action shots

Oct 22, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Sony s new flagship phone boasts of a camera for action photography We test it on two teppanyaki chefs performing culinary acrobatics

WATCH: Man smashes phones, laptop at Apple store in France

Oct 01, 2016 - 4:56 PM

A video showing a man destroying a number of Apple devices with a heavy metal ball goes viral

ANGRY BRO. Total cost of damage dealt by the unsatisfied customer is said to be at around $56,000. Screengrab from YouTube/kekess

5 redeeming qualities of the Apple AirPods

Sep 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

These earrings are not so bad after all

NEW SPECIE. Up close, the AirPods look like a pair of alien heads scanning the surface. Screengrab from Apple AirPods site

Fitbit paces wearables market, Xiaomi second – survey

May 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Fitbit has a 24 5 market share while Xiaomi overtakes Apple as it expands its product line

epa04559297 A man presents the wireless activity tracker Zip by Fitbit Inc. during the Wearable Device Technology Expo in Tokyo, Japan, 14 January 2015. Some 100 companies are presenting their latest devices at the first edition of the Wearable Expo until 16 January. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Man with bomb nabbed at Davao checkpoint

Mar 26, 2016 - 2:28 PM

On March 25 2016 a suspect claims he carried the improvised explosive device in his backpack upon orders of the New People s Army

APPREHENDED. Roy "Steve" Bulat-Ag Moreno was arrested for illegal possession of explosives. Photo from Task Force Davao

Army foils bombing attempt in Sultan Kudarat town

Feb 20, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Authorities say no one was hurt in the incident considered the first of its kind in the town s recent history

Microsoft: 74 companies to pre-install its apps on Android

Feb 12, 2016 - 11:07 AM

This means that Microsoft’s apps – such as Office Skype and OneDrive – will be hitting a wider number of Android devices in the future

MORE MICROSOFT ON ANDROID. Microsoft pushes for inclusion into the daily activities of the average Android user. Image from Microsoft.

Explosion hits Tacurong after Robredo visit

Feb 02, 2016 - 5:41 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo condemns the bombing that left two people wounded

Reimagine your family’s weekend at home

Jan 16, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Fun and productivity doesn’t always mean leaving the house

PLDT, Microsoft team up for TVolution Stick

Dec 08, 2015 - 5:55 PM

PLDT shifts to delivering more entertainment options to Filipino households through the Southeast Asian debut of Microsoft manufactured TVolution Stick

FROM SECURITY TO ENTERTAINMENT. PLDT Home says it now focuses on delivering varying entertainment options for its consumers, after launching several products centered on home security. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Japan’s Citizen Finedevice to invest P1.73B in Batangas

Nov 22, 2015 - 10:00 PM

The investment is expected to create 530 jobs and produce 12 3 million P577 8 million worth of exports

New car hack targets vehicles via common gadget

Aug 12, 2015 - 3:06 PM

If a specially crafted SMS message is sent to the car dongles one can compromise the network within the car that handles physical driving components controlling it

CORVETTE HACK. Screen shot from YouTube shows a cellular phone sending a remote command to the Corvette, turning on its windshield wipers.

Google Nexus devices to get monthly security updates

Aug 06, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The monthly security updates are expected to patch up security issues as they are uncovered for Android devices