• Game Review: 'The Order: 1886' is a steampunk adventure that's stunning behold but a chore …

    GMA News Online - 10 hours ago

    Ever since it was unveiled at E3 in 2013, The Order: 1886 has been watched with great interest. While many developers use pre-rendered cinematics to establish tone and intent for upcoming games, developer Ready at Dawn made the bold claim that everything we saw from them was in-engine: 'The Order: 1886' would be a cinema quality experience throughout. More »Game Review: 'The Order: 1886' is a steampunk adventure that's stunning behold but a chore to play

  • Giant catfish caught in Italy

    GMA News Online - 13 hours ago

    According to Davide Valla, who is with Ferrari’s sponsor company, Sportex, this is a record-breaking catfish caught with a spinning reel. Ferrari’s twin brother, Dario Ferrari, also helped. “It’s a Silurus glanis,” said Dino Ferrari. “The American catfish doesn’t grow to such large dimensions—at most it can weigh 50 kg.” Silurus glanis is the scientific name of the wels catfish. Another wels catfish weighing 298 lbs was previously caught, also from the Po River. More »Giant catfish caught in Italy

  • Microsoft adds OCR support for OneNote for Mac

    GMA News Online - 16 hours ago

    Users of Microsoft's OneNote on Apple Macintosh computers may just scan images with text and make them editable, thanks to a new feature on OneNote for Mac. The feature supports optical character recognition (OCR) and is rolling out via OneNote version 15.7.1, 9to5mac.com said. "Once OneNote’s OCR system has ran, you can actually copy the text and save it to your notes just like if it were a editable text file from the start," it said. Microsoft OneNote for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. More »Microsoft adds OCR support for OneNote for Mac

  • Android Wear update fixes Google Fit bugs

    GMA News Online - 17 hours ago

    Good news for users of smartwatches running Google's Android Wear, especially those with problems with Google Fit: a patch has started rolling out to the devices. Enthusiast site Android Police said the update - Android 5.0.2 - has been reported by owners of watches such as the Sony Smartwatch 3, LG G Watch, and Moto 360. It also cited a post by Google employee Soji Ojugbele that the new Play Services 6.7 and this Wear build are to fix Fit's syncing problems. More »Android Wear update fixes Google Fit bugs

  • All-new emojis bundled with OS X update

    GMA News Online - 19 hours ago

    Expect Apple's OS X operating system for Mac to appeal to more users of different ethnic backgrounds with its expanded emoji character set. A report on enthusiast site 9to5mac.com said OS X 10.10.3 (14D87h) also said the emoji technology category will include "updated iOS devices" and a new Apple Watch. "While we saw a preview of the changes coming to the Emoji character set in the last build, the current build includes the racially diverse character set which allows users to pick from various skin tones on several different characters," it said. Earlier, Apple released the first OS X 10.10.3 pre-release update to testers, with the Photos app that seeks to replace iPhoto. More »All-new emojis bundled with OS X update

  • New DOST project aims to streamline gov't workflows

    GMA News Online - 20 hours ago

    The Philippine government will be launching a project to facilitate interoperability within various offices and to streamline data management. This was announced on February 26 by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Government IT experts and officials are meeting on February 26 to finalize a policy document regarding the undertaking. A framework on technical interoperability was completed last year and another policy document—which will deal with business process interoperability—is expected to be finished this year. More »New DOST project aims to streamline gov't workflows

  • Firefox now supports HTTP/2 standard

    GMA News Online - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Mozilla's open-source Firefox browser appears to be among the early adopters of the new HTTP/2 standard. In a change log for Firefox version 36, Mozilla also said its browser has several new features such as syncing for pinned tiles on new tab pages. More »Firefox now supports HTTP/2 standard

  • Google Chrome beefs up security vs. sneaky downloads

    GMA News Online - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Google this week added another layer of security to its Chrome browser, warning users if a site may contain potentially harmful software. Software engineer Lucas Ballard said in a blog post this is part of its "SafeBrowsing" efforts for Chrome, Search, and ads. "Now, in addition to showing warnings before you download unwanted software, Chrome will show you a new warning... before you visit a site that encourages downloads of unwanted software," Ballard said. Ballard also said Google Search now has signals that identify deceptive sites, to lessen the chances of a user visiting these sites via Google's search results. More »Google Chrome beefs up security vs. sneaky downloads

  • Steve Jobs remembered on 60th birthday

    GMA News Online - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    More than three years after his death, Apple founder Steve Jobs is still remembered on what would have been his 60th birthday. Jobs' successor Tim Cook on Tuesday evening (PHL time) posted a tweet with an image of Jobs and what many consider one of his most powerful quotes. Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today. The quote about loving one's work came from Jobs' commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, according to MacRumors.com. More »Steve Jobs remembered on 60th birthday

  • Upcoming HTC flagship smartphone specs leaked online

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    One week before its official debut, specifications of HTC's next Android-powered flagship phone have been leaked online. The upcoming phone—reportedly to be dubbed the HTC One M9—does not show much change from its predecessor at least on the outside, tech site The Verge reported. One M9 is to launch on March 1 during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it noted. Citing data from German-language Mobile Geeks, The Verge said the phone may be sold for 749 euros in Germany, or about PhP 38,000. More »Upcoming HTC flagship smartphone specs leaked online

  • Can hackers track you using your phone battery?

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Can your smartphone betray your location to potential spies with just its - surprise! - power consumption? A technique developed by researchers at Stanford University and Israel’s defense research group Rafael suggests this could be the case, Wired.com reported. More »Can hackers track you using your phone battery?

  • YouScoop Assignment: #MyEDSA

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    To many people, the People Power Revolution became a symbol of hope and new beginnings. To others, it was a symbol of unity and camaraderie. To some, it was the end of a dictator's hunger for power. Every person has a personal take on the People Power Revolution. What is yours? More »YouScoop Assignment: #MyEDSA

  • VIDEO: Engineer builds robot violinist

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Meet "RO-BOW," a creation of Seth Goldstein, a Massachussetts Institute of Technology-trained mechanical engineer who has built instruments for 50 years. "RO-BOW" is a machine with four mechanical fingers powered by old-school rotors, pulleys and actuators - and controlled by computer. The file guides the motors that allow "RO-BOW" to reproduce the music. "RO-BOW" is just one of the contraptions Goldstein has whipped up. More »VIDEO: Engineer builds robot violinist

  • #MNL50ShadesOfGrey pokes fun at almost everything

    GMA News Online - Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” premiered in Philippine theaters on February 11, raking in a global total of $240 million on its opening weekend. More »#MNL50ShadesOfGrey pokes fun at almost everything

  • Tweetdeck gets friendlier with shared accounts, ‘teams’ feature

    GMA News Online - Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Good news for Twitter users who run the TweetDeck dashboard for work and need to access their accounts - but have concerns about having to share their passwords. Product manager Amy Zima said the new feature dubbed "TweetDeck Teams" allows shared access to Twitter accounts without sharing passwords. But to use the new feature, a user must log in to TweetDeck with his or her Twitter account. Zima said people who manage and share a Twitter account can select Accounts, then type the name(s) of the account(s) he or she wants to have access to the team account. More »Tweetdeck gets friendlier with shared accounts, ‘teams’ feature

  • Samsung teases #TheNextGalaxy smartphones

    GMA News Online - Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Samsung may be upping the ante in its mobile device war with Apple by teasing support for wireless charging in its upcoming devices—including possibly the upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone. The Korean giant said it is working to come up with a standard for wireless charging, and make charger cables—like oh, say, Apple's Lightning—obsolete. "It is expected that 2015 will be a landmark year for the growth of wireless charging deployment, as wireless charging stations will begin to appear in more and more public places. Samsung will accelerate to democratize this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones. More »Samsung teases #TheNextGalaxy smartphones

  • VLC 3.0 media player to support Chromecast

    GMA News Online - Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    VLC, already regarded as the Swiss knife of media players is about to get another tool: support for Google's popular Chromecast. This Chromecast support for multiple devices was hinted in a change log by VideoLAN, the developer of the popular VLC media player software. Also, it said VLC earlier disclosed that it was looking to add support for its entire suite of apps. More »VLC 3.0 media player to support Chromecast

  • Google goes #Steampunk for Alessandro Volta's birthday

    GMA News Online - Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Google on Wednesday, February 18 (PHL time), feted physicist Alessandro Volta with an awesome steampunk-ish animated doodle depicting his electrifying invention. Visitors to Google's homepage will see an animation of Volta's "electric column"—the forerunner of today's batteries—to light up the "Google" logo. As with past doodles, clicking on it will send the visitor to a Google Search Results page for Alessandro Volta. More »Google goes #Steampunk for Alessandro Volta's birthday

  • WATCH: Smooth dancing security guard video goes viral

    GMA News Online - Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A parking lot security guard at a Quezon City mall became a hit when a video of him dancing was posted online. More »WATCH: Smooth dancing security guard video goes viral

  • Free Microsoft OneNote now bundled with premium features

    GMA News Online - Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Good news for users of OneNote, Microsoft's note-taking app: its free version has gained the features previously available only in the paid premium version. Microsoft OneNote team program manager Brad Corob said this was a follow-up to making the full-featured OneNote 2013 Windows desktop software free for personal use. "Today we’re happy to share that we’re adding even more to the free edition. Many users also want more from the OneNote 2013 free edition, he added. More »Free Microsoft OneNote now bundled with premium features

  • This Doom #selfie mod lets you take Instagram-like photos in-game

    GMA News Online - Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    But InstaDoom's biggest upgrade to Doomguy's tools appears to be - what else? Linguica posted screenshots of Doomguy's selfies—including those with demons in the background. Doom is the 1993 classic first-person shooter video game where a space marine players informally refer to as Doomguy fights demons. More »This Doom #selfie mod lets you take Instagram-like photos in-game

  • Mystery of dead fish in Manila Bay, subject to BFAR probe

    GMA News Online - Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Dead "banak" fish floated to the water surface in parts of Manila Bay Monday morning. More »Mystery of dead fish in Manila Bay, subject to BFAR probe

  • Apple's upcoming iOS 9 to focus on stability, optimization

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Unlike the more recent iOS updates, Apple will be focusing on stability and optimization in the next major update to its mobile operating system iOS. Apple's iOS 9 will focus more on stability and optimization than new features, enthusiast site 9to5mac.com reported. "While stability is normally an expected component in Apple software rather than a marquee feature, the rapid pace of iOS releases and feature introductions has taken a toll on the operating system’s overall performance, recently leading to numerous complaints from long-time Apple users and regular customers alike," it said. More »Apple's upcoming iOS 9 to focus on stability, optimization

  • Apple to debut Beats-based music service in iOS 8.4?

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    First, the good news: music-loving iPhone and iPad users can look forward to a music streaming service from Apple, integrated into their devices. The Beats-based streaming music service is to debut in iOS 8.4, codenamed Copper, enthusiast site 9to5mac.com reported. Now, the bad news: iOS 8.4 is quite some time away, and its release is reportedly due after the Apple Watch is made available. "Sources say that the iOS 8.4 update will be released after the Apple Watch becomes available, so users should not expect this update in the immediate future. More »Apple to debut Beats-based music service in iOS 8.4?

  • Custom Linux malware used in brute-force attacks

    GMA News Online - Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A new malware specifically targeting Linux users is being used to target servers and network devices to steal data, a security vendor warned this week. FireEye said the Linux rootkit malware dubbed “XOR.DDoS” uses "multiple persistence mechanisms" including a rare Linux rootkit to attack victims. "The campaign also utilizes complex attack scripts to serve the malware through a sophisticated distribution scheme that allows the attackers to compile and deliver tailored rootkits on-demand to infect x86 and ARM systems alike," researchers said. "The Hee Thai SSH brute force campaign always attempts to gain access to the root account," FireEye said. More »Custom Linux malware used in brute-force attacks

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