• Microsoft reveals new-look Outlook
    Microsoft reveals new-look Outlook AFP Relax - 22 hours ago

    Microsoft Outlook is getting an image overhaul, in the form of a design revamp and a range of new features. The tech giant has tweaked its email service to offer a more refined inbox, featuring "Clutter", which can be trained to organize messages and place those most likely to be ignored in a separate folder. More »

  • Google wants to power the Internet of Things: report
    Google wants to power the Internet of Things: report AFP Relax - 23 hours ago

    Google has big plans to use its software to power all connected devices, according to reports. More »

  • Playboy puts clothes back on for new mobile app
    Playboy puts clothes back on for new mobile app AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Playboy on Thursday launched a new mobile app -- but don't look for nudity. The magazine's new Playboy NOW mobile app for Android and Apple devices is tailored to its updated "safe for work" strategy, which emphasizes lifestyle and culture over buttocks and breasts. "The strong acceptance of Playboy's brand position in digital, as exemplified by the high levels of engagement on Playboy.com, Playmates.com and all of our social media channels, is a clear indication that our digital strategy is working," said Scott Flanders, chief executive of Playboy Enterprises. More »

  • UK to host biggest ever Soviet space show outside Russia
    UK to host biggest ever Soviet space show outside Russia AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    A new exhibition on the Soviet Union's space programme opening in London this year will be the biggest of its kind ever held outside Russia, organisers said on Thursday. Among the artefacts on display will be the Vostok-6 capsule which carried Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, safely back to Earth in 1963. The Soviet Union followed the global success of Sputnik by launching the first animal, man and woman into orbit in just six years before being beaten to the Moon by US astronauts in 1969. More »

  • NSA planned hack of Google app store
    NSA planned hack of Google app store AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    The US National Security Agency developed plans to hack into data links to app stores operated by Google and Samsung to plant spyware on smartphones, a media report said Thursday. The online news site The Intercept said US intelligence developed the plan with allies in Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, a group known as the "Five Eyes" alliance. The report, based on a document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the plan aimed to step up surveillance efforts on smartphones. More »

  • ICANN chief stepping down in early 2016
    ICANN chief stepping down in early 2016 AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    The head of the group that oversees all Internet addresses will step down early next year, after a plan to end US oversight of the key nonprofit organization. Fadi Chehade sent notice to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Thursday announcing he would leave after an annual meeting to be held in Morocco in March. "I think this is the right time and the right thing to do," Chehade said in an exclusive interview with AFP. More »

  • YouTube adds support for 60fps livestreaming
    YouTube adds support for 60fps livestreaming AFP Relax - Thu, May 21, 2015

    On Thursday YouTube announced that it has added 60fps live streaming to allow users to broadcast in real time. More »

  • Skrillex designs intergalactic phone cases for Android
    Skrillex designs intergalactic phone cases for Android AFP Relax - Thu, May 21, 2015

    Skrillex has designed a series of limited-edition phone cases for Android. More »

  • Internet search pioneer Lycos selling patents
    Internet search pioneer Lycos selling patents AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    Internet search pioneer Lycos on Wednesday said it is selling some of its technology patents as the company prepares to lauch "a suite of hard good products." Patents being put on the block by the Internet enterprise spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 ranged from search engine technology to online advertising and gaming, according to Lycos. "For us, it is of strategic importance to utilize all assets of the company in a manner consistent with current market trends, as well as our collaborative corporate culture, " Lycos president Brad Cohen said in a release. Lycos retained intellectual property broker The Propeller(y) to handle selling or licensing some of the patented technology in its portfolio. More »

  • Streaming giant Spotify expands into video, original content
    Streaming giant Spotify expands into video, original content AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    Streaming leader Spotify on Wednesday announced an expansion into video and original content, reaching beyond music as the company faces challenges to its dominance and strives to turn a profit. Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the eight-year-old Swedish company, said that Spotify was recognizing the all-encompassing power of smartphones in modern life. Spotify's core mission remains music, but it wants to give users more incentives to turn to Spotify to read the news or watch videos, too, Ek said. More »

  • Americans tweet, text, surf ... while driving
    Americans tweet, text, surf ... while driving AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    The poll released by AT&T as part of a safety campaign found almost seven out of 10 US smartphone users acknowledged some kind of smartphone activity while driving. Among the other findings: 62 percent keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving, 30 percent of people who post to Twitter while driving do it "all the time" and 22 percent who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason. The survey released Tuesday by AT&T polled 2,067 adult smartphone users and was conducted by Braun Research. More »

  • In privacy, Americans lack trust in government: poll
    In privacy, Americans lack trust in government: poll AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    Americans are worried about the privacy of their online information, and have little confidence the government will keep that data secure, a poll showed Wednesday. The Pew Research Center survey highlighted ongoing fears about online privacy, with concerns about how data is safeguarded by the government, credit card companies, social networks, search engines and others. Just six percent of adults surveyed say they were "very confident" that government agencies can keep their records private and secure, with another 25 percent saying they were "somewhat confident." The confidence was at the same level for landline telephone companies, and marginally higher for credit card companies -- with nine percent "very confident" and 29 percent "somewhat confident" about the security of their data. More »

  • Yahoo's Alibaba spinoff to proceed despite tax review
    Yahoo's Alibaba spinoff to proceed despite tax review AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Yahoo acknowledged Wednesday that US authorities are reviewing the tax-free status of its planned spinoff of its stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba, but said the deal would proceed anyway. A statement from the California company said the Internal Revenue Service had indicated that the tax agency "plans to study its rules" on tax-free transactions such as the one planned for Alibaba. The IRS statement is "not specific to Yahoo's planned Q4 2015 spin-off" of its Alibaba stake, "reflects no change in applicable law and does not affect previously filed ruling requests." "Yahoo continues to work toward completing the planned spinoff in Q4 2015." Yahoo announced the plan in January to divest its Alibaba stake using a structure that avoids a potential tax bill of up to $16 billion. More »

  • AdBlock Plus launches mobile browser
    AdBlock Plus launches mobile browser AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    AdBlock Plus has launched its first browser, "AdBlock Browser for Android." More »

  • Android Wear picks up WiFi support, emoji drawing
    Android Wear picks up WiFi support, emoji drawing AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Google has introduced WiFi support and a host of other new features with the latest update to its Android Wear app, dedicated to smartwatches running the OS of the same name. Significantly, the update also adds WiFi support for a range of compatible devices, including the LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live. On a more anecdotal note, Google has also added the ability to draw emoji, a fun feature not yet available on the Apple Watch. More »

  • MixRadio expands amid streaming battle
    MixRadio expands amid streaming battle AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    MixRadio, the streaming service originally launched by Nokia, on Tuesday expanded availability to major smartphone platforms as the market for on-demand music keeps growing. MixRadio, which markets itself as a personalized streaming service with curated playlists, said it would be available on Androids and iPhones. MixRadio also announced a tie-up with Taiwanese telecom company HTC, which will bring the streaming service into its BlinkFeed feature that shows appointments, news and other items from across the device on the homescreen. More »

  • Snapchat launches music videos AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Snapchat is set to branch out into the music video business. More »

  • Twitter-Google deal puts tweets in search results
    Twitter-Google deal puts tweets in search results AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Google and Twitter announced a partnership Tuesday to display tweets in search results, renewing a tieup that ended in 2011. The move will allow Google to get more real-time results in its search queries, and help Twitter boost engagement after a period of sluggish user growth which has weighed on its stock price. "We're excited to team up with Google to bring Twitter's unique, real-time content to Google's search results," said Twitter vice president Jana Messerschmidt. More »

  • Cyber attacks a growing threat for US financial system
    Cyber attacks a growing threat for US financial system AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Online attacks by ever-skillful hackers are a growing threat to the stability of the US financial system, according to a report by a top-level government panel released Tuesday. The 2015 report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council said that although US banks and financial businesses have been leaders in erecting barriers to hackers, cyber attacks still present a potential systemic danger. "Over the past year, financial sector organizations and other US businesses experienced a host of notable cyber incidents, including large-scale data breaches that compromised financial information," the report said. More »

  • Apple Watch releases first OS update
    Apple Watch releases first OS update AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Less than a month after its release, the Apple Watch has gotten an OS update with performance improvements, bug fixes and new language support. More »

  • Instagram launches Layout and Structure tools for Android AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Instagram on Tuesday announced that its Layout tool is now available on Android, as is the just-announced Structure. More »

  • Tech firms, activists press US on encryption
    Tech firms, activists press US on encryption AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Some 140 tech companies, civil liberties and privacy activists urged the White House Tuesday to pull back efforts to weaken encryption or include law enforcement "backdoors" on technology products. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the signatories urged the administration "to reject any proposal that US companies deliberately weaken the security of their products." "Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy's security," the letter said. "Encryption protects billions of people every day against countless threats -- be they street criminals trying to steal our phones and laptops, computer criminals trying to defraud us, corporate spies trying to obtain our companies’ most valuable trade secrets, repressive governments trying to stifle dissent, or foreign intelligence agencies trying to compromise our and our allies' most sensitive national security secrets." The letter was a response to pleas from the FBI and National Security Agency to allow US law enforcement and intelligence services access to encrypted devices as part of lawful investigations. More »

  • Sweden seizes Pirate Bay web domains
    Sweden seizes Pirate Bay web domains AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Stockholm court on Tuesday seized the Swedish web domains of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay over repeated copyright violations in a bid to end the site's activities. Several hours after the ruling, users typing the addresses piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se were simply redirected to other Pirate Bay sites. Sweden has done what it can to show that it doesn't accept this type of activity," Sara Lindback, a lawyer at the anti-piracy Rights Alliance, told news agency TT. More »

  • US renews travel warning to Mindanao
    US renews travel warning to Mindanao

    The US State Department renewed its warning about the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu archipelago, certain regions and cities of Mindanao and the southern Sulu Sea area. In an update on Wednesday of a travel warning it issued Nov. 20, 2014, the State Department said US citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there. …

  • Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda
    Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda

    The Philippine initiative to put the interests of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) front and center in global and regional trade has made significant progress following the conclusion on Thursday of the 2nd APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and Related Meetings in Boracay, Aklan. Called “The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs,” the Philippine proposal calls for a host of specific, concrete and practical interventions that APEC economies can implement to provide MSMEs wider …

  • Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week
    Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week

    The Philippines will join a 15-nation meeting in Bangkok, Thailand next week to address the migration crisis involving thousands of Rohingyas who escaped persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima bared this yesterday after meeting with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to the Philippines Bernard Kerblat. In an interview, De Lima said the Philippine government has been invited to the meeting. …

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  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue The Inbox
    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. …

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