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Pinoy-made ocean waste collector, dengue mapper to join NASA global hackathon

Nov 15, 2019 - 2:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The teams behind the projects will join others from around the world to be evaluated by NASA in early December for the selection of the 30 global finalists

Taiwan halts sales of 3 Huawei phones in wording row

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The Huawei P30, P30 pro, and Nova 5T models list 'Taiwan, China' under its timezones and contacts. How Taiwan is described is a hugely sensitive political issue.

HUAWEI P30. Three of Huawei's latest phones figure in a dispute. image from Huawei.

Chinese scientist pleads guilty to technology theft

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:18 PM

The market value of the next-generation battery technology the Chinese national was accused of stealing was more than $1 billion, the US Justice Department says

HONGJIN TAN. Photo from his LinkedIn page


Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

Beijing eyes facial recognition tech for metro security

Oct 30, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The city plans to install cameras which will scan passengers' faces as they enter a subway station and sort them into different security channels, says Zhan Minghui, director of the Beijing Rail Traffic Control Center

WATCH: #ThinkPH LIVE: From high tech to responsible tech

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:47 PM

We will kick off our very first season of #ThinkPH LIVE on Wednesday, October 23 at 5:30 pm. Join us at the Rappler HQ as we talk about using technology for good.

WATCH: Local, sustainable SMEs join #ThinkPH Live

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Join us on Wednesday, October 23, 2 pm as we open #ThinkPH Live’s sustainability fair

Smart screen from UP inventors soon to hit PH market

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Smart Surface Technology transforms any flat surface into a screen with tap-sensitive functions, which can be used in a variety of consumer applications and at exhibits and conferences

SMART SCREEN. A person demos the smart screen project which transforms most any flat surface into tap-sensitive ones. Photo from DOST website


Universal Studios park in China to have facial recognition tech

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The facial recognition technology is part of a host of services owned by Alibaba which will be integrated into Universal's theme park

NOW WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION. American and Chinese officials attend the gala opening of Universal Studios' new theme show in Beijing on September 16. Photo by Stephen Shaver/AFP

China propaganda app fraught with security concerns – report

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:38 PM

While the Communist Party advertises it as /a way for citizens to prove their loyalty and study their country, the app's maintainers are studying them right back,' The Open Technology Fund says

STUDY TO MAKE CHINA STRONG. This photo taken on February 20, 2019 shows a phone app called "Xuexi Qiangguo" or "Study to make China strong" with an image of China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

DOST honors 9 groups for PH victories in internat'l science, math competitions

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'The fact that we are excelling in these fields in the global stage says that we have the potential to make wonders in other disciplines as well,' says DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña

Go for Gold. DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño encourages national organizers to seek support from DOST and motivates Olympiad winners to go for gold in future competitions. Photo Courtesy of DOST

#2030Now: Offline ‘safe spaces’ seen as solution to SOGIE misconceptions

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:37 PM

The winning group of the 2019 Social Good Summit gender equality huddle highlights the need to set up intimate discussions on SOGIE since conversations on social media may be alienating to some

DISCUSSIONS. Bianca Lacaba and Aella Potestades, participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit gender equality huddle, represented the winning group and highlighted the need to set up intimate discussions to break down misconceptions about SOGIE on September 21. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries – researchers

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

A report by the Oxford Internet Institute finds manipulation efforts have doubled over the past two years and are being used by both democratic and authoritarian governments

#2030Now: Refilling stations emerge as best solution to plastic pollution

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The winning group proposes to turn sari-sari stores into refilling stations and exchange sachets for coins to address the country’s plastic waste at the 2019 Social Good Summit

Beyond tree planting: How companies can ignite change

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Companies usually plant trees or hold feeding programs as part of corporate social responsibility. But a one-day effort will not suffice.

Filipino payments platform PayMongo secures $2.7 million in seed funding

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:04 PM

PayMongo says the seed funding round is 'record-breaking in terms of the amount raised for any startup in the Philippines'

Finovation 2019: for stronger collaboration and greater credit access through upgraded fintech

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

With the theme "Real Problems, Real Solutions," the summit was held on September 25 at The Peninsula Manila

#ThinkPH Live: Putting the spotlight on responsible technology

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:53 PM

#ThinkPHLive’s first season will focus on what the role of tech should really be – and that's improving the lives not just of a few but of many

Guess who's on Viber?

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Because metro woes are overwhelming

METRO WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren, and QC Mayor Joy Belmonte join the panel discussion on making the metro more livable during the 2019 Social Good Summit at the Yuchengco Hall in DLSU on Sept 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#2030NOW: Disinformation interventions beyond literacy

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The problem of disinformation requires solutions that look at the root of what makes people susceptible to them in the first place

SGS 2019 Digital huddle. September 21, 2019.

#2030Now: How a group of friends started lobbying for law on dignified commuting

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Ira Cruz of AltMobility tells the story of how commuters decided to do something about the unpredictable public transport situation in the country

The LTFRB announced the one-peso jeepney minimum fare hike will be implemented on Friday (today), for National Capital Region (NCR), Regions III and IV. The agency added that jeepney drivers should post a notice of provisional fare increase in their vehicles before they can charge an additional fare of one peso from commuters. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

CEU stays alive, Marinerong Pilipino advances to PBA D-League finals

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Marinerong Pilipino sweeps TIP, while CEU drags BRT Sumisip Basilan-St Clare to a do-or-die semifinals match

STAT STUFFER. Malick Diouf does it all to help keep CEU alive in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

#2030Now: Only ‘Chernobyl’ can bring democracy back to digital spaces

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Keen, Google's Irene Jay Liu, and Democracy & Disinformation consortium convenor John Nery discuss solutions to the 'crisis of democracy'

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

#2030Now: Green initiatives go a long way for urban communities

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Organizations share how they work with communities to save a forest within a city, connect farmers to consumers, and turn plastic waste into furniture and other useful items

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#2030Now: We are entering a ‘new dark age’ because of internet – Andrew Keen

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:31 PM

But the 'How To Fix the Future' author says this democracy crisis can be fixed

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#2030Now, #InsightForImpact trend during 2019 Social Good Summit

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:11 PM

How can we cut through the social media noise and build communities of action that will help make the world a better place?

Mobile credit expands mass surveillance of ordinary Kenyans

Sep 21, 2019 - 4:52 PM

‘Fintech’ apps bring credit to poor Kenyans. Debt and invasions of privacy are part of the deal.

HIGHLIGHTS: Social Good Summit #2030Now: Insight for impact

Sep 21, 2019 - 12:52 PM

With the theme 'Insight for Impact,' the summit hopes to challenge Filipinos to cut through the social media noise to build communities of action that will help make the world a better place

HIGHLIGHTS: #InspireCourage stories at the Social Good Summit 2019

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

During the #InspireCourage session, speakers will answer basic questions: What do they do exactly? Why are they passionate about this initiative? How can other people help?

D-League: Marinero, St Clare take 1-0 semis lead

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Marinerong Pilipino and St Clare move within a win of a PBA D-League title duel

IN CONTROL. Eloy Poligrates (right) and Marinerong Pilipino hope to get Pape Ndiaye and TIP out of the way again in Game 2. Photo from PBA Images

Citizen wish list for Metro mayors: Fix traffic, lower cost of living

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

In the long list of Metro Manila problems, what should be prioritized and where should city mayors look first? We asked our readers.

How an online community encourages Filipinos to try ‘buhay zero-waste’

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Going zero-waste might seem intimidating. But a blossoming online community in the Philippines will tell you that your zero-waste journey can start with the little things and the mini wins.

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

NO WORRIES? Dito Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology say a deal to put up the telco's facilities in military camps is safe from Chinese spying. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal on Sept. 11, 2019, by Darren Langit/Rappler

A parent’s guide to how the internet can help your children excel in school

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Kids these days can gain a competitive edge with convenient access to online learning material

Meet the speakers of the 2019 Manila Social Good Summit

Sep 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The 2019 Manila Social Good Summit hopes to showcase how engaging communities and citizens can help them face challenges such as the environmental crisis and urban congestion

DOST Filipino scientists and engineers bag 2019 Presidential Lingkod Bayan award

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is given to outstanding civil servants for their exceptional contributions with nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony

TRAILBLAZERS. DOST's Advanced Space Technology Research and Services is awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award for placing the country in the space technology map through the development of DIWATA-1 and 2, the country’s first microsatellite, and the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center on September 10, 2019. Photo from DOST-ASTI

CA confirms Gringo Honasan as DICT chief

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II says he would prioritize providing better connectivity in the country

CONFIRMED. Longtime senator Gregorio Honasan II gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Andrew Keen returns to PH to talk about 'how to fix democracy'

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:52 PM

The world-renowned commentator on the digital revolution is the keynote speaker of the 2019 Social Good Summit

KEYNOTE. Andrew Keen returns to the Philippines to give a talk on how to fix democracy at the 2019 Social Good Summit.  Photo from the Twitter page of Andrew Keen

MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito resigns in the wake of Epstein coverup

Sep 08, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The university is set to hire a prominent law firm to conduct an 'immediate, thorough, and independent investigation' on the allegations against MIT Media Lab

RESIGNED. Joi Ito resigns from the MIT Media Lab on September 7, 2019. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Copy cat: Chinese firm Sinogene creates first cloned kitten

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Born on July 21 the new kitten, named Garlic, is created by Chinese firm Sinogene, becoming the Beijing-based company's first successfully copied cat

CLONED KITTEN. This photo taken on September 2, 2019 shows China's first cloned kitten called Garlic at the Chinese company Sinogene, a pet cloning outfit which has cloned more than 40 pet dogs since 2017, in Beijing. Photo by AFP

Innovation that aids locked-in syndrome patients nabs top prize in 30th BPI-DOST Science Awards

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Jay Patrick Nieles is also the recipient of the Best in Innovation Award for the same study

DOUBLE VICTORY. Jay Patrick Nieles of the University of Santo Tomas (3rd from left) bagged the Project of the Year award and one of two Best in Innovation awards in the 30th BPI-DoST Science Awards. (From left) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation Executive Director Maricris San Diego, Best in Innovation awardees Christian Badua of the University of the Philippines Manila and Jay Patrick Nieles, and DoST-Science Education Institute Deputy Director Albert Mariño. Photo from DOST

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


‘Let’s do actual things!’: Commuters huddle on solutions to address traffic

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:18 AM

Commuters pitch ideas to help solve issues anchored on awareness, behavior changes, government policy, and commuters participation

COMMUTERS. Around 15 participants who are also commuters join the Move Huddle, in partnership with Right Of Way and AltMobility to discuss commuters’ issues, brainstorm ideas to help solve transportation woes and pitch solutions to flesh out these ideas into actions on Saturday, August 31 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

U.P., DOST institute set up joint lab for space tech

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The new lab aims to develop a sustainable space program in the country and empower Filipino students to pursue careers in space technology

SPACE TECH. Visitors take pictures inside the full anechoic chamber of the newly opened ULyS3ES on August 31, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOST-ASTI

Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

Applications for DOST undergraduate S&T scholarships open until September 6

Aug 29, 2019 - 10:44 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The nationwide examination will be held on October 20, 2019