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  • Branson’s Virgin Orbit tries to reach space with mid-air rocket launch
    by Alexander Magno on January 17, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    WASHINGTON — Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit aims to reach space for the first time on Sunday by launching a rocket from mid-air, a key attempt after aborting the rocket’s first test launch last year. If conditions on Sunday hold, the Long Beach, California-based company’s 70-foot LauncherOne rocket will be dropped from the wing of The post Branson’s Virgin Orbit tries to reach space with mid-air rocket launch appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Swiss text sleuths unpick mystery of QAnon origins
    on January 17, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    The mysterious "Q" behind the QAnon conspiracy movement, which was instrumental in the storming of the US Capitol, is in fact two people, according to Swiss experts.

  • CES 2021: Bosch puts its faith in AI, connectivity
    on January 17, 2021 at 10:10 am

    To improve people’s health and to protect our planet, Bosch is counting on AIoT, taking advantage of the possibilities offered by data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things to benefit people and the environment with technical solutions. “We combine AI and connectivity to form the AIoT, which helps us improve energy efficiency and fight the coronavirus,” says Michael Bolle, Bosch board of management member. 

  • Acer Philippines opens 1st flagship store
    on January 17, 2021 at 10:00 am

    The first Acer flagship store in the Philippines has finally opened its doors to consumers on January 15. It is the largest in the country to date and is located at the SM Megamall Cyberzone.

  • S. Korea to end 2G network services by June
    by ryanl on January 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

    SEOUL — LG U+ said Sunday that the company would terminate its 2G network services by the end of June this year, which would mark the end of the aging network in the country. LG U+, currently the only company that operates 2G services, has reported its plan to the Ministry of Science and ICT, The post S. Korea to end 2G network services by June appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • After dizzying gyrations, what's bitcoin really worth?
    on January 17, 2021 at 5:30 am

    After the latest wild ride took the poster child of cryptocurrencies above $40,000 before a stomach-churning plunge, the million-dollar question won't go away: how much is bitcoin actually worth?

  • Super fast 5G in the US still a work in progress
    on January 17, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Marketing pitches in the US are bullish on superfast 5G telecom networks, but they remain more of a promise than reality.

  • Black Mirror? Microsoft eyes bringing dead people back as chat bots
    by ibiong on January 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

    American tech giant Microsoft is planning to “resurrect” our dead loved ones – in a sense – as chat bots, akin to that of a concept from the British science fiction anthology “Black Mirror.” The patent for “creating a conversational chat bot of a specific person” was filed by Microsoft only last December 2020, as The post Black Mirror? Microsoft eyes bringing dead people back as chat bots appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash
    by ggaviola on January 15, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States  – WhatsApp on Friday postponed a data-sharing change as users concerned about privacy fled the Facebook-owned messaging service and flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal. The smartphone app, a huge hit across the world, canceled its February 8 deadline for accepting an update to its terms concerning sharing data with Facebook, The post WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Globe, Microsoft Office 365 fuse to power virtual education
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Globe expands its initiatives to maximize digital education through Microsoft Office 365 solutions. Due to COVID-19, digital learning emerged as a means to continue communication and collaboration between students and teachers while at home. However, because of insufficient digital infrastructure and tools not all educational institutions are equipped to manage remote learning.

  • LG launches webOS 6.0 Smart TV platform
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:20 am

    LG Electronics recently announced the introduction of webOS 6.0 for its 2021 OLED, NanoCell and UHD smart TVs. Paired with the new Magic Remote, the latest version of the company’s acclaimed smart TV platform offers viewers a more enjoyable and intuitive content discovery experience.

  • Google, CANVAS bring #YOUTHink to help fight misinformation
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Google and the Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) partnered to launch #YOUTHink, a local magazine that aims to help in the quest of ending misinformation through media literacy education. 

  • Experts connect SolarWinds attack with Kazuar backdoor
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:10 am

    On December 13, 2020, FireEye, Microsoft, and SolarWinds announced the discovery of a large, sophisticated supply chain attack that deployed a new, previously unknown malware “Sunburst” used against SolarWinds’ Orion IT customers. 

  • Infinix unveils sleek, fast, long-lasting Note 8 in PH
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Infinix, the premium online-driven smartphone brand, recently launched Note 8 in the Philippines.  

  • Smart cities, e-governance help urban resilience
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Smart Cities are fast becoming one of the world’s most critical industries as more countries invest in technologies to improve the delivery of government service. 

  • Swedish court dismisses Huawei appeal over 5G network exclusion
    by kadraneda on January 15, 2021 at 9:34 am

    STOCKHOLM — A Swedish court on Friday dismissed an appeal by Huawei against its exclusion from the country’s 5G network rollout, paving the way for the 5G spectrum auction slated for next week to proceed as planned. The Chinese telecom giant had earlier this month appealed against a court decision that allowed Swedish telecoms regulator The post Swedish court dismisses Huawei appeal over 5G network exclusion appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • What makes Tiktok Hashtags so powerful?
    by vcatibog on January 15, 2021 at 3:30 am

    As the app continues to expand and grow, TikTok becomes event more relevant. It has grown into more than just a platform for trending challenges and dance videos, and has transformed into a thriving online community where everyone is welcomed with open arms.  Hashtags have played a huge role in TikTok’s evolution, helping curate the The post What makes Tiktok Hashtags so powerful? appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Samsung unveils S21 smartphone lineup, cuts price from last year
    on January 14, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Samsung on Thursday unveiled a new Galaxy S21 smartphone lineup, with prices lowered by some $200 from the prior generation of the South Korean giant's flagship handsets.

  • PH’s $53.71 cost of broadband per month in 2020 lower than global average – study
    by postie on January 14, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The average cost of broadband in the Philippines per month was at $53.71, lower than the global average cost of $78.14 in 211 countries, a survey by consumer comparison website Cable.co.uk has shown. With a $0.75 average cost of broadband per megabit per month, the Philippines ranked 119 out of 211 countries in The post PH’s $53.71 cost of broadband per month in 2020 lower than global average – study appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Social media giants mishandled Trump, who clearly spread disinformation --Wikipedia founder
    on January 14, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Twitter and Facebook repeatedly mishandled Donald Trump as he pushed baseless claims, including his assertion that the US presidential election he lost was rigged, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told AFP.

  • Legalizing marijuana linked to increase in junk food sales—study
    by nguno on January 14, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Research on U.S. states found that junk food sales increased after laws for recreational marijuana were passed. The post Legalizing marijuana linked to increase in junk food sales—study appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.

  • Man found with fungi growing in his blood after injecting himself with ‘magic’ mushrooms
    by nguno on January 14, 2021 at 8:57 am

    A man who injected psychedelic mushrooms in the form of tea into his veins suffered from organ failure after fungi grew in his bloodstream. The post Man found with fungi growing in his blood after injecting himself with ‘magic’ mushrooms appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • YouTube resists pressure to ban Trump channel, sticks with three strikes rule, Pichai says
    by Dennis Maliwanag on January 13, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    OAKLAND, California — YouTube is reviewing U.S. President Donald Trump’s account the same as any other, meaning he will not be banned unless he violates the service’s policies three times in 90 days, said Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet Inc, on Wednesday. Trump violated YouTube’s rules with an upload on Tuesday, generating The post YouTube resists pressure to ban Trump channel, sticks with three strikes rule, Pichai says appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Look, up in the sky – a flying Cadillac!
    by clopez on January 13, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    DETROIT — General Motors Co. (GM) on Tuesday presented a futuristic flying Cadillac—a self-driving vehicle that takes off and lands vertically and carries the passenger above the streets and through the air. A senior GM executive described the concept as “reimagining the future of personal transportation.” The single-passenger Cadillac—technically, a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) The post Look, up in the sky – a flying Cadillac! appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • PLDT group blocks 3,011 child porn sites
    by clopez on January 13, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    PLDT Inc. and subsidiary Smart Communications have blocked some 3,011 sites featuring the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in compliance with the orders of the National Telecommunications Commission, a statement on Wednesday showed. “When users try to open these malicious materials that are on our network blacklist, our child protection platform will automatically redirect The post PLDT group blocks 3,011 child porn sites appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Twitch sets new records as the pandemic continues
    by jbalboa on January 13, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    While Twitch has seen a significant increase in viewer numbers over the last 12 months, this trend appears to be digging in for 2021. The post Twitch sets new records as the pandemic continues appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • What we’re betting on in tech for 2021
    by jbalboa on January 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    5G going truly mainstream, ecological awareness, the conquest of space and the breakthrough of cryptomoney are some of the main trends. The post What we’re betting on in tech for 2021 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • When AI meets the TV set
    by jbalboa on January 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    TVs are the stars of this 2021 edition of CES, an exceptionally 100%-virtual edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The post When AI meets the TV set appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Initially severe COVID-19 may not be associated with ongoing symptoms — study
    by jbalboa on January 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    It can still be hard to predict which patients will go on to develop lasting symptoms based on the degree of severity of their infection. The post Initially severe COVID-19 may not be associated with ongoing symptoms — study appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • E-cigarettes could lead young users to daily cigarette use, research suggests
    by jbalboa on January 13, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Youngsters who experiment with vaping before the age of 18 could be three times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers in the future, The post E-cigarettes could lead young users to daily cigarette use, research suggests appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • World’s oldest orangutan, Inji, dies at 61
    by rrcadio on January 13, 2021 at 10:21 am

    The world’s oldest known orangutan, Inji, was euthanized in Oregon Zoo in the United States at the age of 61. The post World’s oldest orangutan, Inji, dies at 61 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Go outdoors to help beat lockdown blues, says study
    by jbalboa on January 13, 2021 at 8:40 am

    A study suggests that spending time outdoors could be important for our happiness during periods of COVID-19 restrictions. The post Go outdoors to help beat lockdown blues, says study appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • YouTube suspends Trump channel for week over violence fears
    by dlejano on January 13, 2021 at 6:37 am

    WASHINGTON — Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday temporarily suspended President Donald Trump’s channel and removed a video for violating its policy against inciting violence, joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts after last week’s Capitol riot. Trump’s access to the social media platforms he has used as a megaphone during his presidency has been The post YouTube suspends Trump channel for week over violence fears appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • More than just a telco
    by ilucas on January 13, 2021 at 5:08 am

    A FILIPINO brand is not merely being about indigenous crafts, products, tourism, or a beautiful country, according to Ernest Cu, Globe Telecom president, and chief executive officer (CEO), as it also comes in a newfound “strength of digital transformation” in the Philippines. At the first-ever online World Fintech Festival, Cu said that investing in digital The post More than just a telco appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence
    on January 13, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended Donald Trump's channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week's assault on the US Capitol by the president's supporters.

  • 8-year-old boy unknowingly spends over P100K on mobile games using parents’ debit card
    by vgarcia on January 13, 2021 at 3:41 am

    An 8-year-old boy from Davao City surprised his parents with bank account charges that racked up to over P100,000 in just two days after buying mobile games using their debit card. Julmar Grace Locsin, a 39-year-old chief executive officer and owner of FVA Business Consultancy and Surge Digital Agency, was shocked when she tracked the The post 8-year-old boy unknowingly spends over P100K on mobile games using parents’ debit card appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Chinese YouTuber’s kimchi-making video sparks controversy
    by dmorcoso on January 13, 2021 at 3:17 am

    SEOUL — Popular Chinese Youtuber Li Ziqi, who has over 14 million subscribers, drew controversy in Korea after she uploaded a video of herself making what appears to be kimchi with the hashtag #ChineseCuisine and #ChineseFood. The 19-minute video “The last episode of the ‘Life Series’: The life of white radish!” shows Li going through The post Chinese YouTuber’s kimchi-making video sparks controversy appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • WhatsApp stresses privacy as users flock to rivals
    by dmorcoso on January 13, 2021 at 2:56 am

    SAN FRANCISCO — WhatsApp on Tuesday reassured users about privacy at the Facebook-owned messaging service as people flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal following a tweak to its terms. There was “a lot of misinformation” about an update to terms of service regarding an option to use WhatsApp to message businesses, Facebook executive Adam Mosseri, The post WhatsApp stresses privacy as users flock to rivals appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • The ex-cop behind China’s largest gay dating app
    by dmorcoso on January 13, 2021 at 2:45 am

    BEIJING — Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment — simply because he was gay. “I felt extremely lonely after I became aware of my sexual orientation,” says Ma, at the time The post The ex-cop behind China’s largest gay dating app appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • South Korean firm's smart dog collar tells owners what's in a bark
    on January 12, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    A South Korean startup has developed an AI-powered dog collar that can detect five emotions in canines by monitoring their barks using voice recognition technology.

  • LOOK: Man sees late dad outside home through Google Earth
    by nguno on January 12, 2021 at 10:09 am

    A Japanese man looking for his home on Google Earth made an unexpected find: his late father awaiting his mother’s return. The post LOOK: Man sees late dad outside home through Google Earth appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Pandemic’s robot ‘heroes’ highlight their value at tech show
    by dlejano on January 12, 2021 at 4:45 am

    WASHINGTON — Robots that helped people survive and stay safe over the past year are touting their value at the tech industry’s annual extravaganza amid a pandemic which has given fresh momentum to the robotics sector. The Consumer Electronics Show, which is being held online this year due to the global crisis, includes robots that The post Pandemic’s robot ‘heroes’ highlight their value at tech show appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Twitter’s ‘problematic’ Trump ban troubles Europe
    by dlejano on January 12, 2021 at 2:46 am

    PARIS — Twitter’s decision to impose a permanent ban on US President Donald Trump’s account has sparked some consternation in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it “problematic”. The move, prompted by fears of “further incitement of violence” after last week’s attack on the US Capitol building that was partly blamed on the US The post Twitter’s ‘problematic’ Trump ban troubles Europe appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Facebook exec says ‘no plans’ to end Trump ban
    by dlejano on January 12, 2021 at 2:38 am

    NEW YORK — Facebook does not intend to lift the suspension on outgoing President Donald Trump, the platform’s second in command Sheryl Sandberg said Monday. “Our ban is indefinite. We have said at least through the transition. But we have no plans to lift it,” Facebook’s chief operating officer said at an online forum organized The post Facebook exec says ‘no plans’ to end Trump ban appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Facebook to remove content with ‘stop the steal’ phrase
    by Dennis Maliwanag on January 12, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Facebook said on Monday it was treating the next two weeks as a “major civic event” and would remove certain content containing the phrase “stop the steal” from its social media platforms. “With continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the The post Facebook to remove content with ‘stop the steal’ phrase appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • US State Dept prematurely announces Trump departure
    on January 11, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    The US State Department's website prematurely announced that President Donald Trump had left office Monday, sending social media into a tailspin on what happened.

  • WATCH: NASA shares top images of Earth from 2020
    by nguno on January 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

    From outer space, Earth looked majestic as ever amid the life-changing and unprecedented events that took place in 2020. The post WATCH: NASA shares top images of Earth from 2020 appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Short on alternatives, fans trash Twitter s Trump ban...on Twitter
    on January 10, 2021 at 9:58 am

    On Friday, amid widespread fury after Trump encouraged supporters who forced their way into the US Capitol in a bloody and chaotic melee, Twitter banned him permanently. Friends, family and advisors have since been bitterly and wrongly complaining that this amounts to an assault on free speech by radical leftists.

  • Tail-end of frontal system, Amihan to bring cloudy skies, rains over Philippines
    on January 10, 2021 at 8:50 am

    The tail-end of a frontal system and the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan will cast cloudy skies with light rains over the Philippines within the next 24 hours, PAGASA said late Sunday afternoon.

  • Porn a leading source of information about sex for young people in US — study
    by rrcadio on January 9, 2021 at 10:41 am

    A quarter of 18-to-24-year-olds in the United States said that pornography is their most helpful source of information about sex. The post Porn a leading source of information about sex for young people in US — study appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • The app that could help crack down on the trafficking of cultural artifacts
    by rrcadio on January 9, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Researchers from Germany have developed the KIKU application to help authorities identify stolen cultural property more easily. The post The app that could help crack down on the trafficking of cultural artifacts appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Can adding a slice of humor to news help it reach a wider audience?
    by rrcadio on January 9, 2021 at 10:03 am

    A study found that people are more likely to retain news when it's presented with humor than when it's delivered in a more neutral manner. The post Can adding a slice of humor to news help it reach a wider audience? appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • What if our smartphone screens could produce solar energy?
    by rrcadio on January 9, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Scientists are trying to create transparent solar panels that could be deployed on a large scale and integrated into everyday items. The post What if our smartphone screens could produce solar energy? appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Why vaping may not cut the risk of cardiovascular disease
    by rrcadio on January 9, 2021 at 8:49 am

    A new study suggests that using e-cigarettes in combination with regular cigarettes may not cut the risk of cardiovascular disease. The post Why vaping may not cut the risk of cardiovascular disease appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Online English teaching platform 51Talk caps 2020 with campaigns that empowered the Filipino...
    by ilucas on January 8, 2021 at 6:27 am

    From natural calamities to a global pandemic, 2020 will be remembered in history as both unprecedented and unexpected. Beijing-based online English teaching platform 51Talk continued with its 5-year journey towards growing its home-based online English teacher population to 100,000. Since 2020 had heightened awareness and demand for online education, 51Talk will be marked with focused The post Online English teaching platform 51Talk caps 2020 with campaigns that empowered the Filipino teaching […]

  • Tech platforms block Trump, with Facebook’s Zuckerberg saying risk ‘too great’
    by Dennis Maliwanag on January 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Facebook said it would block U.S. President Donald Trump’s accounts for at least the next two weeks and perhaps indefinitely with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying the risks of allowing him to use the platform were “simply too great.” The block by Facebook, which was joined by live-streaming platform Twitch and photo-sharing service Snap Inc, is The post Tech platforms block Trump, with Facebook’s Zuckerberg saying risk ‘too great’ appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Indonesian baby sea turtles make a break for freedom
    by ccepeda on January 7, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Newly hatched baby turtles flipped and flopped their way down a beach towards the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. The post Indonesian baby sea turtles make a break for freedom appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Should parents be worried about the new variant of COVID-19?
    by ccepeda on January 7, 2021 at 10:13 am

    British researchers found a small but statistically significant shift towards under 20s being more affected by the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 The post Should parents be worried about the new variant of COVID-19? appeared first on Inquirer Technology.

  • Facebook drops likes button from public pages
    on January 6, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Facebook has dropped the "likes" button from its redesigned public pages used by artists, public figures and brands, the social media company said on Wednesday.

  • Trump signs order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps including Alipay
    on January 5, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group's Alipay, a senior administration official said, escalating tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office this month.

  • Microsoft says 'SolarWinds' hackers viewed internal code
    on December 31, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Microsoft acknowledged Thursday that attackers who spearheaded a massive hack of government and private computer networks gained access to its internal "source code," a key building block for its software.

  • Laptops, desktop sales see global renaissance ; shortages won t ease until 2022
    on December 24, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Remote learning and working has upturned the computer market during the coronavirus pandemic, zapping sales of smartphones while boosting interest in bigger devices.

  • Telegram messaging app to launch pay-for services in 2021
    on December 23, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Encrypted messaging app Telegram will launch pay-for services in 2021, its Russian-born founder Pavel Durov said Wednesday, as the growing company needed "at least a few hundred million dollars per year."

  • Facebook to add more account security features next year
    on December 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would start allowing users to set up physical security keys as a way to verify their identity before logging into the social network's mobile app, beginning next year.

  • Globe gives an exciting sneak peek on the future of gaming with 5G
    on December 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Globe’s Holi-Games Showcase Gives an Exciting Sneak Peek on the Future of Gaming with 5G

  • In this digital shift, a collaboration tool is elevating remote work, online learning
    by Gerald Dizon on October 30, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Find out how lark is revolutionizing remote collaboration today.

  • No more swabbing? Saliva specimen for COVID-19 testing eyed
    on October 21, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Recent scientific developments may allow a non-invasive but equally reliable method to test for the 2019 coronavirus.