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10 cool gadgets at CES 2020: Robot companions, beauty wands

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:52 PM

Here are some of the coolest gadgets spotted at CES 2020

Screenshot from Lovot YouTube video


Chinese firms push ahead at CES 2020 despite trade war

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:52 PM

Titans such as Huawei, TCL, Skyworth, Hisense and Lenovo once again have eye-catching booths on the show floor

HUAWEI. Attendees walk by the Huawei booth during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP


Twitter tests feature that lets you control who can reply to your tweets

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Currently in test phase, the feature lets you choose whether you want everybody to be able to reply, just your followers, or no one at all

TWITTER. Twitter branding is displayed ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5, 2020. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


As the tech industry faces an identity crisis, CES needs to evolve

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Technology is meant to showcase how scientific advancements can make a positive impact. It needs to help solve bigger problems than the question of how to fit more pixels on a screen.

CES 2020. The CES logo is displayed during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Ryzen 4000, DG1 GPU: Chip rivals AMD and Intel’s CES 2020 announcements

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:32 PM

AMD is releasing a new graphics card to challenge Nvidia's GTX 1660 Ti while Intel is looking to improve graphics in ultra-thin notebooks

AMD. Screenshot from AMD CES 2020 livestream


Western Digital shows off prototype 8TB external SSD at CES 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Also announced at CES 2020 are the Ultra Dual Drive Luxe, a flash drive with a dual connector drive setup, a gaming-friendly solid state drive, and some Xbox One-specific gaming hard drives

PROTOTYPE. Sandisk's new prototype is an 8 terabyte external solid state drive that fits in your pocket. Image adapted from SanDisk's Twitter.

Hyundai to make flying cars for Uber air taxis

Jan 07, 2020 - 12:01 PM

Hyundai says it will produce the four-passenger electric 'vertical take-off and landing vehicles' at 'automotive scale,' without offering details

FLYING TAXIS. Eric Allison (L), Head of Uber Elevate, and Jaiwon Shin, Head of Urban Air Mobility at Hyundai, talk about the S-A1 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at the Hyundai news event, during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 6, 2020. Photo by David McNew/AFP

5G laptops, 8K TVs, the return of Apple: What to expect at CES 2020

Jan 02, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The world's biggest consumer tech conference is just around the corner. Here's a preview.

Amazon workforce surges for holiday spree

Dec 26, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Amazon says its workplace is now at 750,000, but it did not indicate how many of the seasonal workers would remain after the holiday season

AMAZON AT WORK. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

New York sues e-cigarette firm Juul for targeting youngsters

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:04 AM

California also files a similar lawsuit, accusing Juul of misleading consumers by misrepresenting its products as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and of illegally selling to minors

RISKS. Juul faces mounting public backlash over the risks of vaping. Photo from Shutterstock

Subscribing to IPOs can now be done via smartphones

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

After registration on the PSE EASy website, local small investors can use the app to subscribe to shares whenever there is a maiden offering

PRC results: October 2019 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Congratulations to the latest batch of licensed electronics engineers and technicians!

Samsung Electronics flags 56% fall in Q3 operating profit

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:05 PM

This marks the 4th consecutive quarter in which the company has recorded a profit drop in the face of falling semiconductor prices and weakened demand for its mobile devices

SAMSUNG. This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows the Samsung store in Paris. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


U.S. study shows chemical burns associated with e-cigarette use

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 AM

But it may take more years of research to determine what exactly makes e-cigarettes dangerous

E-cigarettes: 5 things to know

Oct 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

E-cigarettes were initially touted as less damaging than tobacco, which causes around 8 million deaths a year

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

Walmart ending sales of e-cigarettes

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:49 PM

This comes less than a week after the states of New York and Michigan announced a ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes

E-CIGARETTES. Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes once its current stocks end. File photo

Geopolitics sinks Ayala's Integrated Micro-Electronics by 82% in H1 2019

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Integrated Micro-Electronics earns just $5.8 million in the 1st half of 2019 versus $31.6 million recorded a year ago

Samsung Electronics flags 56% fall in Q2 operating profit

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Samsung is facing some challenges, with chip prices falling as global supply increases while demand weakens.

SAMSUNG. This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows the Samsung store in Paris. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


San Francisco first major U.S. city to ban e-cigarette sales

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:47 AM

The city's legislature unanimously approves an ordinance which backers say is necessary due to the 'significant public health consequences' of a 'dramatic surge' in vaping among youths

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