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Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app

May 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

While the app will enable users to get 'personalized' news, it will also include top stories for all readers, aiming to break the so-called filter bubble of information designed to reinforce people's biases

GOOGLE NEWS. Google launches the new Google News at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Valve's game streaming service Steam Link beta launches on Android

May 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

To stream, a Steam Link controller or another bluetooth-enabled controller, and a WiFi connection on the 5GHz band are required

STEAM LINK. You can now test your setup to see if you can play Steam games on your Android smartphone using Steam Link. Screenshot from Steam Link page on Google Play.

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium launched

May 18, 2018 - 12:12 PM

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are set to compete against Spotify and Netflix. It's currently available in select regions, but a wider rollout is expected

YOUTUBE MUSIC. Google's bringing out its Spotify competitor. Image from Google.

Google AI tools to help people disconnect from smartphone screens

May 09, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'We want to help people find the right balance and gain a sense of digital wellbeing,' Google CEO Sundar Pichai says at its annual developers conference

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


The top announcements that kicked off the Google I/O 2018 conference

May 09, 2018 - 6:49 AM

Google unveils Android P, improvements for Assistant, and new AI capabilities at its annual conference

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.

Google launching overhauled Google News

May 09, 2018 - 3:06 AM

The new Google News, launching today, aims to add artificial intelligence to improve your newsreading experience

GOOGLE NEWS. Google launches the new Google News at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

The Android P developer preview launches today

May 09, 2018 - 2:45 AM

This year's beta for Android P will be open to more than just Google-made phones this year

ANDROID P. Android P's developer preview is available now for a number of different phones. Screenshot from livestream.

Google's Android P is using AI to tweak your phone's battery life

May 09, 2018 - 2:28 AM

Adaptive Battery adjusts the battery usage dependent on how a smartphone owner uses his device and accesses apps at differing times

ANDROID P. Dave Burke, VP of Engineering on the Android team, walks us through Android P.

Google's AI improving Photos, Gboard, and Gmail

May 09, 2018 - 1:52 AM

Google is taking its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities into improving the lives of people by taking AI into new and varied use cases

GOOGLE I/O. Google's artificial intelligence systems are helping to improve its apps and assistants. Screenshots from YouTube livestream.

5 things we expect to hear about at Google I/O 2018

May 08, 2018 - 11:56 AM

We round out some of what we’re expecting to hear about at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O

GOOGLE I/O. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012. File photo by Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP

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May 04, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Google building social gaming startup Arcade

May 04, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Arcade's first application will reportedly have elements of trivia gaming and is set to launch later this year

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

5 new features to try out in the revamped Gmail

Apr 30, 2018 - 4:46 PM

We round out some of the neat new features in the revamped Gmail for professionals

NEW GMAIL ABILITIES. Test out these new features on G Suite. Images from Google.

National Artist Levi Celerio honored through Google Doodle

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Most people might remember Celerio for his ability to make music using only a leaf – a feat that landed him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records

NATIONAL ARTIST. Levi Celerio is remembered through a Google Doodle on his 108th birthday. Screenshot from Google

Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Profit in the first 3 months of 2018 soar more than 70% from a year to $9.4 billion, Alphabet says in an earnings report that is well above forecasts

Google developing AI microscope that detects cancer cells in real-time

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The device is essentially an ordinary light microscope, commonly used by pathologists, tweaked with artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technology

VISUALIZED DETECTION. A screenshot from a Google video demonstrates the AI- and AR-assisted microscope being developed by the search giant. Screenshot from YouTube/Google


Microsoft launches Chrome extension warning users of shady websites

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The Chrome extension tells you if you're about to enter a malicious site, based off a constantly updated list of potentially harmful websites

Google to push for new tech to replace SMS standard, pauses Allo

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The new technology aims to improve Android Messages by including read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, as well as group texting functions much like chat apps

Lying eyes: Google engineer developing tool to spot fake video

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Aside from developing a tool to make realistic fake videos, Supasorn Suwajanakorn is also working with the AI Foundation on a Reality Defender app that aims to spot and flag fake pictures and video

What makes the Google Pixel 2 XL better than the Galaxy S9+

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Smarter software presents itself in every corner of the Pixel 2 experience, from its voice assistant to its camera to the way it identifies an incoming call from a number you’ve never seen before

Apple snags Google's top AI executive - report

Apr 04, 2018 - 4:02 PM

John Giannandrea, Google's former head of AI and search, represents Apple's bid to keep up with the competition when it comes to its AI technology

GIANNANDREA. Google's former senior VP of engineering John Giannandrea speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Steve Jennings/AFP


Female suspect dead, several hurt in YouTube shooting

Apr 04, 2018 - 7:28 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Four people, 3 suffering from gunshot wounds, are taken to local hospitals, police say. The fourth person hurt suffers a sprained or broken ankle.

OUTSIDE YOUTUBE. Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Google bans cryptomining extensions on Chrome browser

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store,' says Google

Google marks Francisco Balagtas' 230th birthday with special doodle

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:07 AM

Francisco Balagtas, born on April 2, 1788, is best known for the epic poem 'Florante at Laura', which symbolizes his own life journey

BALAGTAS' BIRTHDAY. Today is the 230th birthday of renowned Philippine writer and poet, Francisco Balagtas. Front image from Google.

Twitter bans crytocurrency ads on fraud fears

Mar 27, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The one-to-many messaging platform follows similar moves made by Google and Facebook earlier this year


Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' law

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared before the committee Thursday, and are among scores of experts, academics and activists called to testify over 8 days

EU unveils digital tax targeting Facebook, Google

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The special tax is the latest measure by the 28-nation European Union to rein in Silicon Valley giants and could further embitter the bad-tempered trade row pitting the EU against US President Donald Trump

Google News Initiative aims to combat disinformation, fake news

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The tech company is pledging $300 million in the next 3 years to highlight accurate and quality news content on its platform.

Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'In fact, one of the purposes of dealing with deliberate online falsehoods is to protect free speech and enhance free speech,' says Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam


Canada considering tax on internet giants

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

'The government of Canada recognizes that large internet companies are acting outside regulatory frameworks and may be a threat to our culture,' says a spokesman for Canada's Heritage Minister Melanie Joly


France to take legal action against Google, Apple for 'abusive' practices

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:58 PM

The action against Google and Apple comes as US President Donald Trump moves towards imposing a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% tariff on imports of aluminium

LEGAL ACTION. France will take legal action against Google and Apple for 'abusive business practices. Background from Shutterstock.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

RED MONDAY. SC Justices present during the flag-raising are Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco, Teresita de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, and Noel Tijam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler  Photo by Lian Buan

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 5, 2018

Mar 05, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER. Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show in Hollywood, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/ AFP PHOTO

EU aims to tax internet giants at '2-6%' – France

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Critics say the tax-avoidance strategies used by the tech titans like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – deprive EU governments of billions of euros while giving them an unfair advantage over smaller rivals

TAXED. The European plans to tax giant technology companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.

Google's Slack competitor, Hangouts Chat, rolling out over the week

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:33 AM

Google is touting Hangouts Chat as a prime Slack competitor by virtue of artificial intelligence, including the use of bots for scheduling meetings, and creating advanced search queries simply

HANGOUTS CHAT. Will Google's new communications platform for businesses take flight? Screen shot from Google.

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!

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. Internet.org by Facebook/Facebook

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


Google launches its own Snapchat-like 'stories'

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The newly launched format called AMP Stories is Google's answer to delivering easy-to-read interactive stories

AMP. A video shows off the visuals of Google's new content delivery app. Screenshot from Google/YouTube


Unilever threatens to pull ads from 'divisive platforms'

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Denouncing what it calls 'toxic online content,' Unilever weighs in on growing concerns about fake news and extremist posts on such networks as Facebook and Google

UNILEVER HQ. A picture taken on June 5, 2015 shows employees walking pass the logo of Unilever at the headquarters in Rotterdam. John Thys/AFP/File

Google fined $21M in India for abusing dominant position

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Google has been found to have favored its own services when customers ran searches according to the Competition Commission of India

GOOGLE. The search giant faces fines in India. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Google working on 'Yeti,' a streaming game platform – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Sources familiar with the matter say the project, codenamed "Yeti," will allow users to play games as they're being streamed, as opposed to requiring a download or physical disk

GOOGLE BUILDING A YETI? People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Google parent hit by higher costs, names new chairman

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Alphabet reports a loss of $3 billion for the fourth quarter as it set aside $11 billion for taxes

GOOGLE. A woman sits in a Las Vegas Monorail car with a Google ad prior to the CES 2018 on January 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Alex Wong/AFP


What's it like using smart speakers in the PH?

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

'When our service provider had connection problems in our area, Google Assistant would repeat to me every 30 minutes that it 'couldn’t find the internet''

GOOGLE HOME. The search giant steps into the smart speaker arena with the 2016 release of this device. Screenshot from Google.


Latest Alphabet 'moonshot' aims to thwart cyber attacks

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Google parent company Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a new unit dedicated to 'helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm'


Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:22 AM

'Social media companies continue to get beat in part because they rely too heavily on technologists and technical detection to catch bad actors,' says an expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the use of the internet by terror groups.

TERROR HEARING. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management, Juniper Downs, YouTube's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, and Carlos Monje, Director of Twitter's North America Public Policy and Philanthropy, listen during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Google patches for Meltdown, Spectre not slowing down systems

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The search giant says that the security patches it has issued do not slow down its cloud services

SAFE ZONE. Google says their new security patches for the processor vulnerabilities have no negative effects to performance. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira


Digital assistants duel for dominance at CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Google, Amazon, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple – all these brands are pushing virtual assistant technologies, potentially the new way people will be interacting with computers and appliances

GOOGLE HOME. Pictured is Google's stylish smart speaker, the Home. Screenshot from Google/YouTube


Fakta di balik bunga Rafflesia Arnoldii

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Hari ini tepat 25 tahun sejak Rafflesia Arnoldii ditetapkan sebagai Bunga Nasional Indonesia

BUNGA NASIONAL. Hari ini tepat 25 tahun Rafflesia Arnoldii ditetapkan sebagai Bunga Nasional Indonesia. Foto oleh Diva Marha/AFP