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Netflix gets its game on at E3 2019 with 'Stranger Things'

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The streaming television powerhouse is looking to expand its original shows into other media, and the idea for a 'Stranger Things' video game occurs after its successful first season, according to Netflix's Chris Lee

NETFLIX AND GAMES. Netflix on June 12 makes its first formal appearance at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Lone gamers a dying breed as community play thrives

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

E3 opens its doors to fans, reflecting trends toward cooperative online play and broadcasting action as a spectator sport

GAMERS. Gaming fans play "Fortnite" at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los Angeles on June 11, 2019. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

The top announcements from Nintendo’s Direct E3 2019 conference

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Among its many announcements, Nintendo says two new 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' fighters are in the roster and confirms a sequel to 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' is in the works

'Dragon Quest’s' Hero and Banjo-Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:33 AM

The Hero is coming to the 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' sometime in summer while Banjo-Kazooie is expected for fall.

BANJO KAZOOIE. Nintendo brings bear and bird to the big battles of 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.' Screenshot from livestream

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' sequel now in development

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:59 AM

Nintendo teases a potential new enemy for Link to face as development is confirmed on a sequel to the hit game

BEYOND BREATH OF THE WILD. Is this the new big bad of the Legend of Zelda series? Screenshot from Nintendo Direct livestream

The big announcements from Ubisoft's E3 2019 press conference

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:44 AM

Check out Ubisoft's latest announcements for its stable of games at E3!

UBISOFT AT E3. Check out what's in store for Ubisoft's games. Screen shot from livestream

Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) Xbox head Phil Spencer puls back the curtain on 'Project Scarlett,' the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers 'the power they need to bring their creative visions to life'

PROJECT SCARLETT. Microsoft Xbox head and executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer announces the new Xbox Project Scarlett console at their press event ahead of the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles on June 9, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

What Microsoft announced at its Xbox E3 2019 briefing

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:24 AM

Here's a quick list of the announcements and some of the trailers from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 briefing

XBOX E3 2019 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream

The announcements and trailers at EA Play ahead of E3 2019

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:18 AM

(UPDATED) We get our first glimpse of 'Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order' gameplay, a new 'Apex Legends' season, new 'Battlefield V' details, and a lot more

EA PLAY 2019. Electronic Arts comes out swinging ahead of E3. Screenshot from livestream

PSE rolls out IPO subscription platform

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:20 PM

PSE EASy enables local small investors to subscribe to shares online whenever there is an initial public offering

EA wants to bring 'Apex Legends' to mobile devices and China

May 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Electronic Arts says 'Apex Legends' is 'easily the fastest-growing franchise we’ve ever had, and we hope to build a live service that entertains players for years to come'

APEX LEGENDS. The Battle Royale title may head to China and to phones! Image from Apex Legends website

Huawei planning to launch 5G 8K TV – report

May 02, 2019 - 1:00 PM

As early as this year, the tech giant may be releasing what may well be the world's first 5G TV

Samsung Electronics hit with quarterly profit slump

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Net profits for Samsung Electronics in the January-March period were 5.04 trillion won ($4.3 billion) – the lowest since the third quarter of 2016 and down 56.9% year-on-year

SAMSUNG SLUMP. The Samsung Electronics flag (L) and South Korean flags (C) flutter outside their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

RESULTS: April 2019 Electronics Engineer and Electronics Technician licensure exams

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Congratulations to all the passers!

Cell phone 'Tower of Babel' highlights China e-waste problem

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The phones are rigged to a metal frame and synchronized so their screens will flash in various colors

E-WASTE. Tons of discarded computer parts, old cellphones and other electronic devices fill up landfills.

Samsung Electronics flags 60% fall in Q1 operating profit

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:35 AM

Operating profits drop year-over-year in the face of a weakening chip market and tough competition from Chinese rivals like Huawei

SAMSUNG. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Sony says former CEO Kazuo Hirai to leave firm

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The company says that Hirai would retire as chairman but would continue to provide 'counsel as requested by Sony's management team'

Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai speaks during a press briefing at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on February 2, 2018. Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai, who led a major and successful overhaul at the Japanese electronics giant, will step down at the end of March, the firm said on February 2 and will become Sony chairman, filling a post that has been empty since June 2012. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

OPPO F11 Pro mid-range phone priced at P18,990

Mar 28, 2019 - 1:07 PM

It goes against the P17,990 Samsung A50 and its BBK Electronics stablemate, the P17,999 Vivo V15

Realme 3 budget phone priced at P6,990

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Solid specs at a low price plus a very good-looking design

Image from Realme


Philippines' TNC bags $500,000 as it reclaims World Electronic Sports Games crown

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM

TNC is now a 2-time WESG champ having won the inaugural tournament as well in 2016

TNC. Photo from World Electronic Sports Games 2018


E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble – study

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

This kind of study is a preliminary one that does not go so far as to say vaping causes heart trouble, or suggest a biological mechanism as to how this might happen

E-CIGARETTES. A man smokes an e-cigarette in Bordeaux, western France, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

Turning garbage into gold: Tokyo to award e-waste Olympic medals

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee has stockpiled electronic waste from smartphones and laptops to collect metal for the medals

ECO-FRIENDLY. In the 2012 Rio Olympics, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals also came from recycled materials. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Samsung Electronics Q4 profits slump along with global demand

Jan 31, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Like Apple, Samsung is hit by weak sales in China as domestic brands such as Huawei, Xiaomi and other Chinese rivals rise

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

Pakistan bans 'bed scenes' and 'intimate moments' from TV

Jan 10, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The conservative country's media regulator complains that 'bold themes' are being glamorized on TV, in 'utter disregard' to Pakistani culture and values

Star Trek style translators step closer to reality at CES 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

An array of companies at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show are promoting increasingly sophisticated devices that allow people speaking different languages to converse with the help of handheld devices or wireless earpieces

TRANSLATORS AT CES 2019. The Travis Touch pocket translator is displayed at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, on January 9, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

For auto tech at CES, 'user experience' becomes the key

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:38 PM

With full autonomous driving still likely years away, there is a growing interest in making cars a place to live, work, communicate and enjoy the ride

MAKING CARS BETTER. Visteon's exhibit at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show included a prototype cockpit for cars which can be adapted for autonomous driving on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas. Photo by Robert Lever/AFP

Intel's latest chips compete with Project Athena in CES 2019 showcase

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Intel announces their next-generation 10nm Ice Lake chip is shipping this year.

INTEL INSIDE. Gregory Bryant, Intel senior vice president in the Client Computing Group, motions to a new laptop held by Sam Burd, president of the client solution group at Dell, during Intel's news event at CES 2019 on Jan. 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. Photo by Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation

Samsung Electronics flags near-30% slump in Q4 operating profit

Jan 08, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Operating profit during the October to December period is expected to be around 10.8 trillion won ($9.8 billion), down 28.7% from a year earlier, Samsung says in an earnings estimate

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS. The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed outside a company's building in Seoul on March 24, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Hyundai shows off walking car project at CES 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Hyundai's Elevate project is billed as an unprecedented 'Ultimate Mobility Vehicle' that combines technology from electric cars with robotics

ELEVATE. David Byron, industrial design manager for Sundberg-Ferar, speaks about the Hyundai Elevate during the Hyundai press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 7, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Sony's key announcements at CES 2019 include new TVs, strong PS4 sales

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:42 PM

We highlight some of the biggest announcements from Sony – from giant TVs to the ultimate party speaker

SONY'S KENICHIRO YOSHIDA. Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida walks on stage to speak at the Sony Electronics Inc. press conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas on January 7, 2019. Photo by David McNew/AFP

At CES 2019, U.S. gadget love forecast to grow despite trust issues

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Trends gaining momentum – and expected to be on display on the CES show – include super high resolution 8K televisions, blazingly-fast 5G wireless internet, and virtual aides like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant

CES 2019. Set up is underway at the Google pavilion at the Las Vegas Convention Center for CES 2019 technology show January 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Global tech show to celebrate innovation amid mounting concerns

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'I think 2019 will be a year of trust-related challenges for the tech industry,' says an analyst

CES. File photo of the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 11, 2018 showing a Panasonic Thermal Imager displaying both a thermal image and a camera image. Photo by David McNew / AFP

Japan electronics company Pioneer bought by Hong-Kong fund

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Pioneer, known for its audio equipment as well as car electronics systems, says Baring Private Equity Asia agreed on a 102-billion-yen ($904 million) plan to revive the struggling Tokyo-based company

Philippines joins Electronica, looks beyond manufacturing

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The country showcases its electronics industry to potential investors and buyers, and eyes going beyond semiconductor manufacturing

The Philippine Pavilion at the 2018 Edition of Electronica. This is the first time the country is joining the fair after 20 years. Photo by Carol Ramoran.

ASEAN trade leaders sign pact to grow e-commerce

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:04 AM

The 10 Southeast Asian nations agree to work together to make online shopping and other electronic transactions safer and more efficient

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez provides updates following his meeting with his counterparts from other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

With mobile app, pharmacy logbooks to go digital by 2020

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Information from the electronic Drug Safety System developed by startup mClinica may help authorities fight outbreaks and understand the underlying causes of diseases

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the electronic Drug Safety System. Screenshot from mClinica

Samsung Electronics posts record in Q3 despite smartphone struggles

Oct 31, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Samsung recovers from a series of setbacks, including a humiliating recall and the jailing of its de facto chief, to post a series of record-breaking numbers

Epson released software to keep people from using third-party ink – report

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Updates presented as improving the security of the printer were actually meant to disable the use of third-party ink cartridges

Samsung Electronics flags record Q3 operating profit

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

The South Korean firm reports an operating profit of $15.4 billion for the 3rd quarter of 2018

SAMSUNG. The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed outside a company's building in Seoul on March 24, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP


Paper-based electronics could fold, biodegrade and be basis for next-gen devices

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Papertronics can be particularly useful in remote areas with limited resources because they’re powered by bacteria that can inhabit even the most extreme of conditions and break down nearly any material to produce electrons

1 dead, 2 injured in gas leak at Samsung chip plant

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 3 victims were employees of one of Samsung's suppliers and were inspecting the factory's gas-related facilities, Samsung says

CLEANROOM. Samsung semiconductors being worked on in a cleanroom. Image from https://news.samsung.com

Samsung to invest billions in new tech to drive fresh growth

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The initial $22 billion investment is part of a total of $161 billion the group plans to invest over the next 3 years across its businesses.

SAMSUNG's GROWTH. A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Upcoming iPhones might not come with headphone dongle – report

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:11 PM

If you're considering using your wired headphones with this year's iPhones, you may need to purchase the dongle separately

IPHONE 7. This file photo taken on September 7, 2016 shows the iPhone 7 is seen on display during an Apple media event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Samsung Electronics posts $9.9-B Q2 net profit, down 0.1%

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Slower global sales of premium smartphones this year are partly to blame for dip

GALAXY S9. The physical design of the S9 didn't change much from the S8. Screenshot from Rappler video


Huawei launches quad-camera Nova 3, Nova 3i

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Nova 3i is now available for P15,990 while the Nova 3 will hit stores soon at the starting price of P25,990

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


How China's e-vehicle demand boosts Philippines' nickel industry

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines, currently the world's 2nd top exporter of nickel, sees the shift toward electronic vehicles as an opportunity to grow

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Asus budget phone with 5,000 mAh battery arrives at P9,995

Jun 25, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Asus wants to target mobile gamers with the phone's high battery capacity and midrange Snapdragon 636 chip

MAX PRO. Photo from Asus