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Inside the Industry: Tech and live streaming with Kumu

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Migrating from Silicon Valley to "social media capital of the world," Kumu CEO Roland Ros champions Philippine tech as the next big thing

Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

May 29, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Volkswagen will take a 50% stake in JAG – the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors – and a 26% share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

What's happened so far in the world of tech during the coronavirus crisis

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:09 PM

From Zoom’s big missed opportunity to internet networks being put to its limits, we’re listing down the top tech trends we’ve observed during the novel coronavirus crisis


How an 18-year-old STEM activist is helping close the gender and tech gap in PH

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Starting out as a blog, Audrey Pe's Women in Tech has evolved to become an organization putting up workshops, conferences and talks promoting STEM, and gender equality to young women all over the country

AUDREY PE. Photo from WiTech


Business pitches wanted: Dennis Uy in search of Philippine unicorn

Mar 04, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In business jargon, a unicorn is a startup with a valuation of $1 billion or more

Americans wary of Facebook 'power,' survey shows

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Nearly half of the 1,123 respondents expressed concerns over how Facebook handles private user data, a December survey by The Verge shows

FACEBOOK. A large majority of Americans believe Facebook has 'too much power' but many would be disappointed if the social networking giant disappeared, a The Verge survey showed on March 2, 2020. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP


What makes tech 'evil?'

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:57 PM

There are now more avenues for technology to be used justifiably in 'evil' ways because technological innovation appears to have charged forward towards the growth of social injustice

'Sex tech' aims to rise above negative image

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Entrepreneurs in this industry, many of whom started out in conventional consumer electronics, medicine or cosmetics, say pleasure and health go hand-in-hand

SEX TOYS. For the first time sex tech is making an appearance at CES in the health and wellness section of the giant electronics and gadget fair. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


7 Filipino-made tech and products hoping to hit the market in 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says DOST has started to promote their technologies in specific forums catering to different sectors, technologies, and products

Google agrees to 945M-euro tax settlement with France

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The company will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion, as well as a further 465 million euros to settle claims with French tax authorities.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


Big Tech backlash kicks into gear with antitrust moves

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The antitrust actions come against a backdrop of declining public trust in big online firms, and fines levied against Facebook and Google over privacy violations

BIG TECH. The presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


Antitrust probe of Facebook may be first step against Big Tech

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:58 PM

New York state attorney general says the probe is to see 'whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk'

U.S. states announce antitrust probe of Facebook

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The move marks the first official US antitrust action against one of the so-called Big Tech companies – although a landmark case had targeted Microsoft back in the 1990s


Tech making 'our brains explode' says star Penelope Cruz

Sep 02, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The actress says tech is coming to utterly dominate children's lives, hogging their time and imaginations

CRUZ. Spanish actress Penelope Cruz arrives for the screening of the film "Wasp Network" on September 1, 2019 presented in competition during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP


U.S. tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

France's levy has been criticized in Washington for departing from precedent on taxing revenue instead of profits and for targeting a narrow group of companies

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


China tech firm eyes IPO for gay dating app Grindr

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The move comes as China and the US restarted talks to resolve a bruising war which includes a side skirmish in technology.

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

Americans' views on tech firms turn sharply negative – poll

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:45 PM

A Pew Research Center study shows the percentage of people seeing tech firms as having 'a positive impact' tumbled to 50% in a recent survey, down from 71% in 2015.

BIG TECH. This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflexion of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'There is no option other than to put in place the right regulatory and legislative regime to protect the public's privacy,' Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says

FRYDENBERG. Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia, in April 2019 at a candidates' forum prior to the 2019 federal election. Wikipedia photo


The struggle to regulate online giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Governments are having trouble regulating the giants as they often have to work with rules that haven't adapted quickly enough to the rise of these digital companies


Is a $5 billion fine the least painful part of Facebook's settlement?

Jul 24, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The deal, which follows a lengthy investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, allows Facebook to avoid prosecution for its data protection lapses

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook app is seen in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP


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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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