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Tech today: Globe esports team, new Gmail right-click options, Russia going offline

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Globe's new team is called Liyab with squads for 'League of Legends,' 'Hearthstone,' and 'Arena of Valor'

LIYAB TEAM. Photo from Globe

Startup uses math puzzles to trap malicious bots in infinite loop

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Kasada's goal is to exhaust the resources of bot operators and reduce the viability of malicious bot operations

European telecoms' dilemma: Huawei or the highway?

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Experts say Huawei is ahead in terms of the quality of its 5G equipment, but there are fears it could be used for espionage

People walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on December 10, 2018. - China on December 10 protested Canada's "inhumane" treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a US extradition bid, following reports she was not getting sufficient medical care. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Filipinos spend most time online, on social media worldwide – report

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:32 PM

For the 4th straight year, the Philippines is tops in worldwide social media use. The Philippines also beats Thailand this year for most time spent online.

EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The EU wants trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia

A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


Pope Francis warns against internet 'disinformation'

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:24 PM

'We need to recognize how social networks, on the one hand, help us to better connect, rediscover, and assist one another, but on the other, lend themselves to the manipulation of personal data,' says Pope Francis

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EXCLUSIVE: Russian disinformation system influences PH social media

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook takes down pages linked to the disinformation network

Google, Smart Wifi jointly pledge to power the nation with free, fast, and reliable internet

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:17 PM

More Filipinos will be given access to connectivity

Western powers urge DR Congo to restore Internet

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Internet access is cut on Monday afternoon for an indefinite period on the orders of the government, says internet operator Global

POLL. A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Russian trolls aimed to deter black U.S. voters – study

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The primary goal of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is to deepen divisions in US society and convince Democrat-favoring liberals – including Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community – not to vote, a report says

Cuba finally rolls out mobile 3G, though too costly for most

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The communist-run island is one of the last countries in the world to get 3G mobile internet


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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[OPINYON] Ang maging manunulat sa panahon ng smarter-than-user smartphone

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Wala na yatang nakaaalala na ang buwan ng Nobyembre ay Reading Month – kung paanong wala na ring nakakaalala kung paano magbasa nang marubdob, lalo na sa kagubatan ng social media

'Ralph Breaks the Internet,' and nearly a box-office record

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:53 AM

'Creed II,' starring Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren, and Sylvester Stallone enters the second spot

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' review: A cartoon that clicks

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'It is refreshingly current in both form and heart'

WORLD-BUILDING WIN. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' sends nearly all the right signals. Still courtesy of Disney

Josie Trinidad talks 'Ralph Breaks The Internet,' landing her dream job at Disney

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

As Head of Story for Disney Animation, Fil-Am Josie Trinidad lets us in on her creative process, the secret of Disney films, and the unavoidable writer's block

PH internet economy to grow from $5B to $21B by 2025 – Google

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Collectively, Southeast Asia's internet economy will grow from $72B to $240B by 2025, according to Google's report


Nigerian ISP admits error which caused misrouting of Google traffic through China

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Nigerian internet provider MainOne says a misconfiguration in its Border Gateway Protocol filters caused traffic to Google to be misrouted through China and Russia

Mozilla chief regrets internet's addictive quality

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'It's disappointing, the practice of 'Come to my site, keep you there, keep clicking, keep spreading this information as fast as possible,' she says

BAKER. Mozilla's executive chairperson Mitchell Baker speaks on the center stage of the 2018 edition of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on November 6, 2018. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP


Blockchains won't fix internet voting security – and could make it worse

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:12 PM

As scholars who have studied traditional and blockchain-based voting, we believe that while blockchains may help with some specific issues, they can’t fix the basic problems with internet voting. In fact, they could make things worse.

U.S. sues California over 'net neutrality'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The law also marks the latest challenge between California Governor Jerry Brown's administration and President Donald Trump's Republicans, who have already clashed over environmental and immigration regulations

Inventor of World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee developing decentralized internet

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'The project aims to create an internet that does not ask users to give out their personal data to 'powerful forces who use it for their own agenda,'' says Berners-Lee

BERNERS-LEE. British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, gives a speech on April 18, 2012 in Lyon, central France, during the World Wide Web 2012 international conference on April 18, 2012 in Lyon. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP


[OPINYON] Ang social media bilang assault weapon

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Madaling ireklamo ang account mo dahil sa isang trumped-up community standards violation. Sa dami ng magrereklamo, masususpinde ang account o tuluyang ipasasara.

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Current internet cable systems may have less than a decade to adapt to the changing global climate

RISING WATERS. An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ander Gillenea/AFP


Overall mobile data speeds in PH have notably improved – report

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:51 AM

OpenSignal reports that in the last 6 months, Globe’s average overall download speed increased 14% to 5 Mbps while Smart grew 29% to 7.5 Mbps

What to look forward to in DigiCon 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Experience is set to take center stage in one of the industry’s biggest events

Anger as Zambia announces tax on internet calls

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Internet has become important for civil society in Zambia, and activists worry the tax will curtail freedom of expression

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

Startup Packetworx fostering internet-of-things community in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Mainly an enterprise IoT solutions provider, the company is also partnering with local government units and schools nationwide to foster an IoT community in the country

Screenshot from Packetworx website


Converge eyes nationwide fiber network within 5 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Offering fiber-enabled broadband services in Luzon, Converge announces a 5-year, multi-billion dollar backbone deployment project


China ahead of U.S. in 5G race – report

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:13 PM

China reportedly has ten times more sites supporting 5G communications than the US

5G PARK. Huawei is busy developing 5G technologies and products at their headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Italy to probe creation of anti-Mattarella Twitter accounts

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where did these nearly 400 Twitter accounts come from?

ITALIAN LEADER. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) attends a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Italian Republic (Republic Day) on June 2, 2018, in Piazza Venezia in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bringing Disney magic to life: Animator Mark Henn

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The animator talks about what it's like to work on 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'

"Big Hero 6" (Pictured) Mark Henn. Photo by Patrick Wymore. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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

Facebook building experimental internet satellite – report

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The social media giant has confirmed rumors that it's working on a satellite that can beam internet down to earth

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Loon is Alphabet's radical project for global internet connectivity with balloons while Wing focuses on auto drone delivery technology to reduce fossil fuel use and urban congestion

LOON. The radical project from Google involves the use of balloons to deliver connectivity. Screenshot from Google.


Duterte Year 2: The broadband picture

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The search continues for the third telco while the PLDT-Globe duopoly tries to roll out more 4G cell sites and prepare for 5G

Duterte photo from Malacañang


Rice shortage, fake news, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Majority of PH internet users see 'fake news' as serious issue – SWS

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The numbers from the Social Weather Stations surveys in March 2018 and December 2017 indicate that respondents' perceived seriousness of the fake news issue is directly related to the frequency of their use of the internet

What you can do with fiber-powered broadband

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Sick of slow internet speeds? It’s time to upgrade!

Globe's first 5G-enabled services available by Q2 2019

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Globe is deploying 5G technologies to Globe At Home fixed broadband products next year

5G IN 2019. Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu officially announces their first 5G-enabled offering at an event held on Wednesday, June 6. Photo from Globe


WATCH: Vanellope meets Disney's sassy princesses in 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Ralph and Vanellope meet the princesses during their travel across the internet

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Jun 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

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PH declines in Ookla Speedtest Global Index for April 2018

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The country goes down from the 95th spot to the 96th in the mobile speed rankings, and from the 82nd to 83rd place in fixed broadband rankings

Free 6 months of 100 Mbps internet to be raffled off at streaming event

May 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Second prize is 6 months of 50 Mbps internet

SPIRIT BOMB. The gaming event's title is inspired by anime Dragon Ball Z's 'Spirit Bomb' special technique. All photos from Facebook/Rumble Royale


Foxconn unit to raise $4.2 billion in China IPO

May 23, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Foxconn Industrial Internet, which makes electronic devices, cloud service equipment and industrial robots, will float 10% of its total shares, according to a prospectus filed late Tuesday, May 22, with the Shanghai stock exchange.

FOXCONN. This picture taken on February 22, 2013 shows a young man walking past a Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. Photo by AFP

How fast are LTE internet speeds in Batanes? Here are the readings we got

May 19, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Speed tests show a high of 41 Mbps and a low of 1.54 Mbps in terms of download speeds, and two spots that had no signal


Do you hear 'yanny' or 'laurel?' Soundbite sparks internet din

May 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'It's Yanny,' tweets horror writer Stephen King. 'It's so clearly laurel,' quips supermodel Chrissy Teigen

Russian Facebook 'ads' show strong effort to divide US society

May 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The ads and postings show a pattern of stirring up anger among different groups, encouraging support for then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and discouraging support for his rival Hillary Clinton

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP