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  • Twitter shuts down accounts for attempting to evade Trump ban
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Twitter Inc suspended several accounts this week that were set up to share statements from a new part of former US President Donald Trump's website, saying they broke its rules against evading an account ban.  

  • Facebook fights influence-for-hire campaigns
    by kadraneda on May 6, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    San Francisco, United States — Facebook said Thursday that it had taken down nine deceptive online campaigns as marketing firms make a business of using fake accounts to sway opinions. The campaigns aimed posts or comments at people in Azerbaijan, Central African Republic, Mexico, Palestine, Peru, and Ukraine, according to the leading social network. “All The post Facebook fights influence-for-hire campaigns appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Pint-sized Mongolian menace shows dinosaurs loved the nightlife, too
    by kadraneda on May 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Under the cover of darkness in desert habitats about 70 million years ago, in what is today Mongolia and northern China, a gangly looking dinosaur employed excellent night vision and superb hearing to thrive as a menacing pint-sized nocturnal predator. Scientists said on Thursday an examination of a ring of bones surrounding the pupil and The post Pint-sized Mongolian menace shows dinosaurs loved the nightlife, too appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Students learn responsible use of social media in Infoteach webinar
    on May 6, 2021 at 10:40 am

    As digital connectivity becomes a key enabler of their continued learning in the new normal, PLDT and the University of the Philippines Open University team up to empower Filipino teens to be responsible users of social media.

  • HP brings next level gaming experience with OMEN 15
    on May 6, 2021 at 10:30 am

    HP shares every gamer’s love and passion for winning with the new OMEN 15, designed to be even more powerful and striking with a smaller footprint, taking the gaming experience to a whole new level.

  • Multi-awarded brand Devant continues to bring entertainment to Filipino households
    on May 6, 2021 at 10:20 am

    For three consecutive years, Devant has proven itself to be a favored brand among Filipino households by bagging the Top Seller Award in the Audio-Video Category of the MAC Parangal Awards. 

  • DICT wants to invest in common towers
    on May 6, 2021 at 10:10 am

    The Department of Information and Communications Technology plans to invest in common telecommunications towers to expand mobile services to underserved areas of the country.

  • Goldilocks loyalty card special treat
    on May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop, celebrates its 55th year this May with an exclusive treat for its loyalty card members. 

  • Twitter removes automatic image cropping on iOS, Android
    by ibiong on May 6, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Twitter has finally rolled out its latest update that removes automatic image cropping—and the internet is celebrating its newfound freedom. “[No] bird too tall, no crop too short,” Twitter announced earlier today, May 6. “[Introducing] bigger and better images on iOS and Android, now available to everyone.” no bird too tall, no crop too short The post Twitter removes automatic image cropping on iOS, Android appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Being around kids could make adults more compassionate, says study
    by jbalboa on May 6, 2021 at 7:56 am

    The presence of children could make adults show more compassion and generosity, according to a study from psychologists in the United Kingdom. The post Being around kids could make adults more compassionate, says study appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Smart, MPTC introduce PH’s first toll top-up via mobile load
    by vcatibog on May 6, 2021 at 7:37 am

    As tollways switch to a cashless system for faster, safer, and more convenient transactions on the road, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart)  has partnered with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the country’s largest toll road developer and operator, to introduce a much simpler and easier way of reloading the Easytrip RFID using The post Smart, MPTC introduce PH’s first toll top-up via mobile load appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Huge discounts for vivo smartphones, special offers up for grabs at the Shopee 5.5 Sale
    by bdiaz on May 6, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Early bird attendees at the Shopee 5.5 Sale will have the chance to win a special discounted price for the vivo Y1s of PHP4,999, down from its original price of PHP5,499.  Discounted vivo smartphones at the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival are the Y30, Y20i and S1 Pro.  Customers will also enjoy a PHP300 discount voucher The post Huge discounts for vivo smartphones, special offers up for grabs at the Shopee 5.5 Sale appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • India authorizes 5G trials without Huawei, ZTE
    by kadraneda on May 5, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    NEW DELHI — India has authorized trials of super-fast 5G wireless technology, giving access to international companies with the notable absence of Chinese equipment makers Huawei and ZTE amid lingering tensions between the Asian powerhouses. South Korean technology giant Samsung, Finland’s Nokia, and Ericsson of Sweden, and the Indian government’s own C-DOT research and development The post India authorizes 5G trials without Huawei, ZTE appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Huawei hosts Women Developers Summit 2021, lauds contribution to industry
    on May 5, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Guangzhou---HUAWEI Women Developers Summit • Guangzhou was successfully concluded as women from different fields and at different career development stages joined together and showed their empowerment. 

  • Get exciting rewards for your PayMaya Add Money transactions at Smart Padala
    on May 5, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Adding money to your PayMaya account at your trusted Smart Padala agent is not just convenient, it is now also more sulit and rewarding as you can enjoy more affordable rates and even earn 100% cashback on service fees. 

  • Huge discounts for vivo smartphones; vouchers, special prizes are up for grabs at Shopee 5.5 Sale
    on May 5, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Smartphone users can enjoy a huge upgrade with vivo in Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival. Huge discounts on latest handsets, vouchers, and awesome prizes at the exclusive vivo live show are up for grabs. 

  • Logitech H370: Clear calls, digital-quality sound, comfy to use
    on May 5, 2021 at 10:00 am

    If you are on the lookout for a USB stereo headset that is affordable, delivers crisp and clear voice calls for Skype and webinars, enhanced audio for your music and games, and comes from a trusted name in tech, then the Logitech H370 might be just the right gadget for you.

  • NTC thanks DPWH for allowing telcos to use government right of way for 3 years
    on May 5, 2021 at 8:35 am
  • Ancient Mesopotamian marshes threatened by Iraqi sewage, pollutants
    by kadraneda on May 5, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Chibayish, Iraq — In southern Iraq, putrid water gushes out of waste pipes into marshes reputed to be home to the biblical Garden of Eden, threatening an already fragile world heritage site. In a country where the state lacks the capacity to guarantee basic services, 70 percent of Iraq’s industrial waste is dumped directly into The post Ancient Mesopotamian marshes threatened by Iraqi sewage, pollutants appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • ACCESS: Pioneer in online MCLE
    by bdiaz on May 5, 2021 at 6:25 am

    To date, ACCESS is the ONLY provider that has a full 36-unit course bundle, ensuring that lawyers get to complete the 7th compliance period of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) with world-class education.  Now, in the midst of ongoing pandemic, ACCESS has ensured greater accessibility and convenience for all legal practitioners by introducing its ground-breaking The post ACCESS: Pioneer in online MCLE appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Ready, set, Go+ with Globe’s new prepaid promos
    by bdiaz on May 5, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Manila, Philippines; April 2021 –– These unusual times have definitely taken a toll on how we go about our daily routines. Not having a regular change of pace in one’s day or week can be demotivating, and sitting in constant monotony can get boring. Thankfully, technology lets us do what we need to do and The post Ready, set, Go+ with Globe’s new prepaid promos appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • OSG did not tell privacy watchdog about recent data breach
    by clopez on May 4, 2021 at 10:38 am

    MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) did not notify the country’s data privacy watchdog about the data breach that was flagged to it twice last March, a violation that is punishable with jail time and a hefty fine under the Data Privacy Act. TurgenSec, a London-based cybersecurity company, said in a statement that The post OSG did not tell privacy watchdog about recent data breach appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Sony to integrate Discord chat app into PlayStation
    on May 4, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Sony Group has said it has invested in popular chat app Discord and was looking to get it into the PlayStation next year.

  • You may soon be able to comment on an exact minute of a YouTube video
    by jbalboa on May 4, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Is YouTube taking a page from SoundCloud's playbook? The video platform has embarked on a new round of testing with time-stamped comments. The post You may soon be able to comment on an exact minute of a YouTube video appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Our coffee consumption could be influenced by our genes
    by jbalboa on May 4, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Black, no sugar, strong, with a splash of milk. When it comes to coffee, we all have our specific preferences. The post Our coffee consumption could be influenced by our genes appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • This app helps you find a community pantry near you
    on May 4, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Are you looking for a community pantry? There's an app for that.

  • Verizon to offload Yahoo, AOL for $5 billion
    by evalderrama on May 4, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Verizon Communications Inc is getting rid of its media businesses that include iconic brands Yahoo and AOL for $5 billion, ending an expensive and unsuccessful run in the media and advertising world. Despite spending more than a decade and billions of dollars acquiring a stable of internet brands, the New York-based telecom company has struggled The post Verizon to offload Yahoo, AOL for $5 billion appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Facebook oversight board to announce decision on Trump ban on May 5
    by kadraneda on May 3, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Facebook Inc’s independent oversight board tweeted on Monday it would announce a decision on May 5 whether to uphold former U.S. President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram. The post Facebook oversight board to announce decision on Trump ban on May 5 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Ookla says average internet speed in PH ‘improved’ in April
    by postie on May 3, 2021 at 7:19 am

    MANILA, Philippines — International internet speed monitoring firm Speedtest.net by Ookla reported an increase in the average internet speed in the Philippines during the month of April. According to Speedtest’s Global Index report, the Philippines’ average internet download speed for fixed broadband increased from 46.25 megabits per second (Mbps) last March to 49.31 Mbps in The post Ookla says average internet speed in PH ‘improved’ in April appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Data breach exposed 345,000 sensitive SolGen documents in April --British cybersecurity firm
    on May 3, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Hundreds of thousands of documents from the Office of the Solicitor General containing sensitive information were made accessible to the public in a data breach last month, a British cybersecurity firm said.

  • You won’t want to miss these unbeatable TECNO Mobile 5-5 deals
    by bdiaz on May 3, 2021 at 4:00 am

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES/ 1 MAY 2021 – Get your wish lists ready, and prepare to add to cart! Special deals and discounts are coming to the TECNO Mobile PH Official Store in Shopee Mall and the TECNO Mobile Flagship Store in Lazada. From May 1 to 5, 2021, buyers can enjoy unbeatable TECNO Mobile 5-5 deals The post You won’t want to miss these unbeatable TECNO Mobile 5-5 deals appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • International Finance Awards hails Globe as fastest growing 5G network, Ernest Cu as best CEO
    by bdiaz on May 3, 2021 at 2:28 am

    The 2021 International Finance Awards (IFA) recognized Globe Telecom as the “Fastest Growing 5G Network Service Provider” and hailed Globe President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest L. Cu as the “Best Telecommunications CEO.”  The IFA Awards for Telecom seeks to validate the efforts of every contender that is technologically advanced and provides cutting-edge connectivity to The post International Finance Awards hails Globe as fastest growing 5G network, Ernest Cu as best CEO […]

  • Egos clash in Bezos and Musk space race
    on May 2, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Even the Milky Way seems too small to keep the egos of tech billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk from colliding as they vie to conquer space.

  • Google Travel shows countries’ travel, health restrictions to users
    by jbalboa on May 2, 2021 at 6:31 am

    Google Travel now allows you to discover the health restrictions related to COVID-19 pandemic for any destination in the world in one click. The post Google Travel shows countries’ travel, health restrictions to users appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Users can now mute video and audio when live on Instagram
    by jbalboa on May 2, 2021 at 3:56 am

    Instagram has launched two new functions in its application, letting users take a breather right in the middle of a Live broadcast. The post Users can now mute video and audio when live on Instagram appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Microsoft to replace Calibri as default font, presents 5 new candidates
    by ibiong on May 1, 2021 at 7:16 am

    After 14 years, Microsoft will finally let go of Calibri as its default font across its platforms as it is now “time to evolve.” Microsoft announced the coming change last Wednesday, April 28, while also introducing the new custom fonts they are eyeing: Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena and Tenorite. “Dear Calibri, We’ve loved our time The post Microsoft to replace Calibri as default font, presents 5 new candidates appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Deep-sea mining tests resume after robot rescued from Pacific Ocean floor
    by evalderrama on April 30, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Belgium’s Global Sea Mineral Resources has resumed tests that could lead to the mining of battery minerals from the Pacific Ocean floor after it managed to recover a robot stranded at a depth of thousands of meters. Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR) has been testing Patania II, a 25-ton mining robot prototype, 4 km (13,000 The post Deep-sea mining tests resume after robot rescued from Pacific Ocean floor appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Microsoft to replace Calibri as default font
    on April 30, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Calibri is set to be replaced with a new default font.

  • Maximum entertainment in a small space with Devant 43” condo TV
    by vcatibog on April 30, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Living in a small space doesn’t mean having to sacrifice your home entertainment area. With a compact and space-saving TV that has everything you need for the perfect viewing experience, you can definitely make room for a home entertainment setup, even in a studio condo unit.  The 43” Smart Condo TV from Devant delivers more The post Maximum entertainment in a small space with Devant 43” condo TV appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Globe opens the country’s first 5G Hackathon
    by bdiaz on April 30, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Last April 27, Globe officially launched the country’s first-ever 5G Hackathon in a virtual event attended by media partners and guests. Partnering with De La Salle University’s Animo Labs, Globe is opening the competition to students, professionals, and startups hungry to dive into innovation and digital learning. The competition will focus on the use of The post Globe opens the country’s first 5G Hackathon appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • China launches key module of space station planned for 2022
    by evalderrama on April 29, 2021 at 9:39 am

    BEIJING — China launched an unmanned module on Thursday containing what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent space station that it plans to complete by the end of 2022, state media reported. The module, named “Tianhe,” or “Harmony of the Heavens,” was launched on the Long March 5B, China’s largest carrier The post China launches key module of space station planned for 2022 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Experience 3X the upgrade with the new vivo Y12s for only Php6499
    by bdiaz on April 29, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Leading global smartphone brand vivo has launched the new Y12s. The vivo Y12s comes with 3 huge upgrades: 5000mAh battery, an enhanced system with the Multi-Turbo 3.0 and FunTouch 11 iOs based on Android 10, and a stylish side-mounted finger unlock.  Customers can choose from two mobile phone colors: the Glacier Blue and Phantom Black. The post Experience 3X the upgrade with the new vivo Y12s for only Php6499 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • PlayStation 5 consoles reach 7.8 million shipments worldwide, says Sony
    by jbalboa on April 29, 2021 at 5:11 am

    The PlayStation 5 is a hit for Sony. The firm has sold 7.8 million of its PS5 games consoles worldwide, outpacing its predecessor, the PS4. The post PlayStation 5 consoles reach 7.8 million shipments worldwide, says Sony appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • World’s glaciers losing average of 267 gigatonnes of ice every year
    by jbalboa on April 29, 2021 at 4:32 am

    World's glaciers have lost an average of 267 billion metric tons of ice each year and the rate at which they're melting is accelerating. The post World’s glaciers losing average of 267 gigatonnes of ice every year appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Researchers pioneer a technique to filter water with corn leftovers
    by jbalboa on April 29, 2021 at 3:33 am

    A group of United States engineers has come up with an innovative plan to create activated carbon from corn waste. The post Researchers pioneer a technique to filter water with corn leftovers appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Super savings are coming your way at the TECNO Mobile Payday Sale
    by bdiaz on April 29, 2021 at 2:00 am

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES/ 29 APRIL 2021 – TECNO Mobile treated online viewers to consecutive weekends of fun and freebies with back-to-back events streamed live over the TECNO Mobile Facebook Page. The first livestream, Spark Up The Fun, took place on April 17, and was hosted by comedy duo, Donekla. Influencers, BEKS Battalion, Baninay, and Mika Salamanca, The post Super savings are coming your way at the TECNO Mobile Payday Sale appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Apple soars past sales, profit targets with strong iPhone demand, warns of chip shortages
    by kadraneda on April 29, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Apple Inc on Wednesday posted sales and profits ahead of Wall Street expectations fueled by 5G iPhone upgrades but warned a global chip shortage could dent iPads and Mac sales by several billion dollars. Fiscal second-quarter sales to China nearly doubled and results topped analyst targets in every category, led by $6.5 billion more in The post Apple soars past sales, profit targets with strong iPhone demand, warns of chip shortages appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Cleft charity launches all-Filipino speech therapy app
    by postie on April 28, 2021 at 6:49 am

    MANILA, Philippines — With telehealth services becoming the pillar of general health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s biggest cleft charity announced on Wednesday the launch of its Filipino mobile speech application which aims to help children with cleft palate access speech therapy online. World’s leading cleft charity Smile Train said that the app The post Cleft charity launches all-Filipino speech therapy app appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • How Google Maps can help you be more eco-friendly
    by jbalboa on April 28, 2021 at 4:11 am

    You will soon be able to find out where to recycle or correctly dispose of waste from business profiles on Google Maps. The post How Google Maps can help you be more eco-friendly appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Globe is PH most consistent network: Ookla® 1Q 2021
    by vcatibog on April 28, 2021 at 2:57 am

    Globe remains the undisputed leader in mobile network consistency in the Philippines, according to Q1 2021 Speedtest® results from Ookla® data¹. Global analytics firm Ookla confirmed Globe as the Philippines’ most consistent network for Q1 2021, with a nationwide consistency score of 70.43, ahead of competition.  On a regional perspective, Ookla® data also showed highest The post Globe is PH most consistent network: Ookla® 1Q 2021 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • How the internet attracts populations to major cities
    by jbalboa on April 27, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Since the onset of the pandemic, the question of counter-urbanization has cropped up a lot in all kinds of conversations. The post How the internet attracts populations to major cities appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • You may soon be able to earn money from Twitter
    by jbalboa on April 27, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Twitter may soon allow its users to create a Tip Jar button feature to receive donations via their profile pages. The post You may soon be able to earn money from Twitter appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Facebook, Spotify team up to allow in-app music listening
    on April 26, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Facebook is expanding its partnership with Spotify to create a mechanism for listening to full songs within the social network, which recently has been turning its attention to audio offerings.

  • Waiting for wifi: Italy’s digital divide
    by dlejano on April 25, 2021 at 9:26 am

    COLLE DI TORA, Italy — The last time a customer tried to pay by card in Anna Rita Pani’s grocery store in Colle di Tora, a small town outside Rome, things got a bit awkward. “We had to wait 15 minutes for the card reader to work… Meanwhile, we were just standing there, staring at The post Waiting for wifi: Italy’s digital divide appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Apple moving forward on app privacy, despite pushback
    by dlejano on April 25, 2021 at 9:14 am

    SAN FRANCISCO — An update to the software powering some billion iPhones around the world kicks in Monday with an enhanced privacy feature critics fear will roil the internet advertising world. Apple will begin requiring app makers to tell users what tracking information they want to gather and get permission to do so, displaying what The post Apple moving forward on app privacy, despite pushback appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Warming seas could alter certain marine species’ perception of color
    by jbalboa on April 25, 2021 at 5:08 am

    Rising temperatures in the world's seas and oceans could have a major impact on the lives of certain marine species. The post Warming seas could alter certain marine species’ perception of color appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Astronauts arrive at space station aboard SpaceX Endeavour
    by evalderrama on April 24, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    A four-astronaut team arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour, NASA said, after becoming the first crew ever to be propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight. The Endeavour capsule, also making its second flight, was launched into space on Friday atop The post Astronauts arrive at space station aboard SpaceX Endeavour appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Facebook wants users' responses to improve feeds
    on April 22, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Facebook said Thursday it would emphasize user feedback when prioritizing posts on the leading social network, the latest move to quell concerns over its algorithms.

  • Facebook to bring changes in advertising, privacy following Apple's upcoming iOS update
    on April 21, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that following Apple Inc's release of iOS 14.5, it would implement new advertiser protocols where there will be changes to the way businesses and advertising tools appear on the social media platform.

  • Facebook issues statement on reports about users getting tagged in suspicious adult content posts
    on April 21, 2021 at 9:16 am

    In a statement sent to GMA News Online via text on Wednesday, a Facebook Company Spokesperson said they are "continuing to investigate the reports, however, have not found evidence that specific individuals are being targeted."  

  • Instagram launches feature to tackle hate speech, abuse
    on April 21, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Facebook Inc's Instagram is rolling out a feature to prevent users from viewing possibly abusive messages by filtering offensive words, phrases and emojis on the photo-sharing app.

  • Apple s iMac will come in 6 new cute colors!
    on April 21, 2021 at 6:53 am

    The new iMac will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, orange, and purple.  

  • DOJ warns public vs. malicious video link on Facebook
    on April 21, 2021 at 6:12 am

    The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) on Wednesday warned Facebook users tagged in a post containing a link to an “adult video” not to click it as this could activate malware.

  • Tagged in adult content posts on FB? Privacy exec says mechanisms in place to report it
    on April 21, 2021 at 5:31 am

    The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Wednesday assured social media users that mechanisms are in place to report inappropriate and uncalled-for content on social media.

  • Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will come in purple!
    on April 21, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Apple users have a fresh new design to look forward to in the upcoming iPhone drop!