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Attacks on Big Tech likely at White House social media 'summit'

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:43 AM

President Donald Trump has invited conservative critics of Big Tech but excluded the platforms themselves

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


Tech giants vow to double number of women managers by 2022

May 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Alibaba, BNP Paribas, Booking.com, IBM, L'Oreal and Uber were some of the high-profile companies to sign a pledge at the second 'Tech For Good' summit taking place in Paris

Maurice Levy (L), chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, IBM TECH FOR GOOD. President and CEO Virginia Rometty (C) and Jean-Paul Agon CEO of L'Oreal arrive ahead of a "Tech For Good" meetup at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


China tech firm to sell gay app Grindr after U.S. pressure

May 14, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Kunlun Tech Co Ltd says in a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in southern China that it would sell Grindr by June 2020

Fil-Am Clark, Virginia topple Texas Tech to claim US-NCAA title

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Virginia claims the NCAA crown one year after becoming the first No. 1 seeded team to be knocked out of the competition

CHAMPION. Filipino-American Kihei Clark plays point guard in the University of Virginia's NCAA champion squad. Photo from Kihei Clark's Instagram

U.S. officials order Chinese company to sell Grindr – report

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:56 PM

US officials fear people with security clearances who use the app could be blackmailed by Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources

GRINDR. This picture taken on March 27, 2019 shows the Grindr app on a phone in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP

European Parliament adopts copyright reform in blow to big tech

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Under the reform, European law for the first time holds platforms legally responsible for enforcing copyright, requiring them to check everything that their users post to prevent infringement

COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE. People take part in a demonstration in favor of the new copyright directive ahead of the vote on copyright in the Digital Single Market at the European Parliament on March 26, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP


Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Here's what to expect at the 2019 Mobile World Congress

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:37 PM

5G and foldable devices will take center stage at the show

Tech today: A new PH esport league, Tesla 'dog mode,' Theranos documentary

Feb 11, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Nationals featuring 'Tekken 7,' 'Dota 2' and 'Mobile Legends' start on March 17


Who wants a Razr revival?

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The new Razr may come as early as February

Razr V3 photo from Motorola/Amazon, Motorola patent from World Intellectual Property Organization


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

Apple warning pummels markets worried about growth outlook

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Apple cites steeper-than-expected 'economic deceleration' in China and emerging markets for cutting its revenue outlook for the latest quarter

TIM COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 4, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.


Greet the new year with new gear through these tech deals

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Start 2019 with a bang...for your buck

Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'Let's not allow 'bots' and 'troll farms' to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact,' AFP Middle East correspondent Sammy Ketz says in an open letter to the EU supported by leading reporters worldwide

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Singapore deploys 'robocop' for ASEAN summit 2018

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about 5-feet high, patrolled around the perimeter of a convention center, providing additional security

ROBOCOP. A 'police robot' patrols at the Suntec City convention and exhibition center during the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Efficient data management needed as digital universe nears 20 trillion GB

Nov 12, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Tech leaders present potential business solutions at MSI's CXO Innovation Summit as the information age's data explosion continues

A COMPLICATED MATTER. Tarun Gupta, regional solutions architect at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, illustrates with a picture  how tough managing cybersecurity can be for companies today: you're trying to fix the wheel while the car keeps running, even on just 2 wheels. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Grab to train drivers as emergency first responders

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Grab drivers will no longer just get you to your destination. The company's plan is for them to become emergency first responders and aid in busting crime, too.

Will EU copyright overhaul 'break' the internet?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The most contested aspect of the bill, Article 13, will require content sharing sites to deploy tools that harshly filter out copyrighted material from user posts

EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP


Many conservatives fret over Trump's war on tech giants

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Some view the looming anti-trust investigations on the big tech companies as punishment based on political reasons

TECH TITANS. Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


International alliace asks backdoor access to encrypted communications – report

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The Five Eyes group of nations collects and shares intelligence among the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, using each one’s strategic locations to monitor the rest of the world’s communication

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. WhatsApp now features end-to-end encryption for your needs. Image from Open Whisper Systems.


Tech shares fall after congress grilling

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'When major companies testify in front of the Congress it's never a good thing' for their stock price, says a financial analyst

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


U.S. to probe tech firms on competition, 'stifling' free speech

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'Social media platforms have the right to determine what types of legal speech they will permit on their platforms,' says IT expert Daniel Castro

SHOULDER TAP. Google, along with other tech giants, gets a tap on the shoulder from the US government about current practices on content moderation. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


Top U.S. regulator calls for 'transparency' from tech giants

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,' says US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai

AJIT PAI. In this file photo, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook chief says internet firms in 'arms race' for democracy

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

A day before the tech hearings, Mark Zuckerberg chimes in

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to U.S. Congress next week

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing will focus on 'social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations'


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Aug 03, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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Apple shines in history-making style, despite some bruises

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Apple's strict stance on protecting user privacy solidifies their reputation – especially during in an era when data privacy issues have become humongous concerns

TIM COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on during a visit of the shopfitting company Dula that delivers tables for Apple stores worldwide in Vreden, western Germany, on February 7, 2017. File photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP


These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion


Apple is world's first trillion-dollar company

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:29 AM

US tech companies make up the top 5 most valuable enterprises based on share prices. Behind Apple are Amazon, Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook.

NEW HEIGHTS. On Thursday, August 2, US time, the technology company and iPhone maker became the first American public company to cross $1 trillion in value. Apple stock is up more than 20% this year. Pictured is the Apple Store Liberty, the first Italian flagship store of Apple in Milan. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP


U.S in talks with Facebook and Google about online privacy rules

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:30 AM

In a post-GDPR, post-Cambridge Analytica world, the US may finally have a chance at regulating data use by tech giants – a scenario long forestalled by well-funded lobbying efforts by Silicon Valley

TECH REFOCUS. The White House is said to be turning its attention on tech titans again as it attempts to follow the data regulatory framework laid out by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. In this file photo, appearing from left to right are Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and then President-elect Donald Trump speaking during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. It was the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


[OPINION] Silicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Silicon Valley might become this generation's Detroit if it can't reverse its moral decline, writes a pair of US professors

APPLE PARK. Aerial view of Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California. The roof is covered in solar panels with an output of 17 Mega Watt peak, making it one of the biggest solar roofs in the world. Photo by Daniel L. Lu, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license


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.


EU Parliament rejects copyright law in win for US tech giants

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The draft law is resisted by major US tech giants as well as advocates of internet freedom, with some campaigners warning it could even spell the end of viral 'memes' or jokes.

Tech didn't spot Russian interference during the last election. Now it's asking law enforcement for help.

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Tech companies say they need help from law enforcement because the private sector is not always aware of threats picked up on by intelligence agencies

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON

Intel CEO Krzanich resigns after revelation of relationship with employee

Jun 22, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Intel's policy on non-fraternization bars managers from having romantic relationships with direct or indirect subordinates, says one source

RESIGNATION. Reports say Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was forced out after he violated the company's non-fraternization policy when it was revealed he had a consensual relationship with an employee. File photo by David Becker/AFP


Top 4 announcements at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Apple shows off iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and new features for watchOS

TIM COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 4, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

DICT introduces PH delegation for ConnecTechAsia 2018

May 31, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The delegation is comprised of 10 local companies, 7 of which are startups

DELEGATES. DICT undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, 3rd from left, takes a group photo with members of the Philippine delegation to ConnecTechAsia 2018. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


This is the E3 2018 press conference schedule

May 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Here's a full schedule of press conference times for this year's E3 at Los Angeles, along with a shareable Manila timezone graphic

E3. E3 2018 promises its own brand of surprises. File photo of E3 2017 by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Inside Facebook Philippines' office

May 28, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Rooms called 'Petmalu' and 'May Forever,' a secret videoke room, and a real-life Facebook wall – check out the things we saw at Facebook Philippines' new work playground


Apple turns green, claiming '100% clean energy'

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:29 AM

Its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries operate now with renewable energy, says the tech giant

TIM COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on during a visit of the shopfitting company Dula that delivers tables for Apple stores worldwide in Vreden, western Germany, on February 7, 2017. File photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP


Samsung Electronics flags record $14.7-B Q1 operating profit

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:51 PM

This marks the fourth straight quarter in which the South Korean tech firm has beaten its record operating profit

NOTE 8. Samsung keeps the momentum with great flagship devices such as this one, complemented by an entire range of entry-level to midrange units. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler


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


Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

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


Leaders of Microsoft, Tinder, and ZhenFund announced as speakers of RISE conference

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:23 PM

RISE, Asia’s largest technology conference, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention Centre on July 9-12.

France's Macron vows cyber hate crackdown

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Germany's anti-hate speech legislation inspires French leader to legislate own laws forcing online platforms to act on hate speech rapidly

5 cool gadgets at Mobile World Congress that aren't phones

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Phones are the star of the show but there is no lack of interesting devices found at MWC 2018

BISECU. A host holds a mobile phone used to lock a Bisecu Smart Bike Lock on a bycicle at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP