• GoDaddy races higher in Wall Street debut
    GoDaddy races higher in Wall Street debut AFP News - 5 hours ago

    GoDaddy shares surged in their Wall Street debut Wednesday, as the market welcomed the company that tries to make Internet domain management and website hosting sexy. The stock trading under the symbol GDDY jumped 31 percent to $26.19 at 1520 GMT, following the initial public offering at $20 a share raising some $460 million. At the current price, GoDaddy's market value is roughly $4 billion, joining a host of emerging technology firms which have been looking mainly to private equity instead of Wall Street. GoDaddy, known for its provocative television ads with scantily clad women and its sponsorship of race car driver Danica Patrick, was only the fourth IPO for the tech sector so far this year, according to Renaissance Capital. More »

  • Smartphones a lifeline for many Americans: study
    Smartphones a lifeline for many Americans: study AFP Relax - 6 hours ago

    Americans love their smartphones and rely on them as a key way to go online, but many find the cost too steep, a survey showed Wednesday. The Pew Research Center found some 64 percent of American adults owned a smartphone as of the survey last year, almost double the percentage of 2011. More »

  • World's largest particle collider ready to restart in 'days …
    World's largest particle collider ready to restart in 'days … AFP Relax - 6 hours ago

    A fragment of metal in one of the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) magnet circuits that had delayed putting the machine back into service was removed on Monday, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said. More »

  • Mandela phone app for tourists in S.Africa
    Mandela phone app for tourists in S.Africa AFP News - 7 hours ago

    A phone app tracing the footsteps of Nelson Mandela was launched Wednesday in South Africa to encourage tourists to explore his life story, 25 years after his release from prison. Users can use the tool to plan their travels around major sites associated with the liberation icon, including Robben Island, the prison off Cape Town where he spent 18 years of his 27-year jail term, and Qunu, his childhood home and burial place. The GPS-enabled app, which is named 'Madiba's Journey' after Madela's clan name, was designed by South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The revered anti-apartheid leader became South Africa's first black president after the end of whites-only rule in 1994. More »

  • Dailymotion should stay in European hands, France says
    Dailymotion should stay in European hands, France says AFP News - 8 hours ago

    France opposes exclusive talks between Orange and Hong Kong's PCCW group for a 49 percent stake in Dailymotion, the finance ministry said Wednesday, indicating a preference for a European partner for the French video-sharing platform. "There cannot be exclusive negotiations," a finance ministry source told AFP, confirming a report in the daily Le Monde. PCCW, which is owned by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's son Richard, had no comment when contacted by AFP. More »

  • Chrome OS comes to the TV with Chromebit
    Chrome OS comes to the TV with Chromebit AFP Relax - 10 hours ago

    Asus has developed the Chromebit, an affordable and ultra-mobile solution that brings the power of a PC with the Chrome OS to any screen with an HDMI port. WiFi and Bluetooth compatible, Chromebit is equipped with a processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and even its own USB port. The device echoes the concept of the Intel Compute Stick, which also acts as a mini computer (with Windows 8.1 or Linux) to be plugged into an HDMI port on any monitor or TV. In development at Google since 2009, the Chrome OS is a fairly bare-bones operating system based exclusively on Google's web apps including Gmail, Drive, YouTube and of course Chrome.  Since 2011, the software has been delivered with a range of dedicated devices (Chromebooks) developed by Google and its manufacturing partners. More »

  • Google flips out for April Fool's Day
    Google flips out for April Fool's Day AFP Relax - 10 hours ago

    The net firm played an April 1 prank with a TLD trick ending in .google. More »

  • Amazon Japan starts selling electric cars
    Amazon Japan starts selling electric cars AFP News - 15 hours ago

    The Japanese unit of German auto giant BMW on Wednesday started selling its i3 electric models on Amazon.co.jp The high-end automaker's small electric vehicle has been popular in European and North American markets, but BMW Japan wants to find more customers through the online retailer, a spokesman said in Tokyo. "We have 46 dealers (which sell the electric model) in Japan, but we hope this e-selling will cover the entire market more thoroughly," the spokesman said. More »

  • Google unveils 'stick' computer with Asus
    Google unveils 'stick' computer with Asus AFP News - 23 hours ago

    Google and Taiwan's Asus are launching a "computer on a stick" which can plug into a display to turn it into a PC. Google said in a blog post that the Asus Chromebit would be arriving mid-year with a low price tag. "Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100," Google said. "By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer. More »

  • Amazon puts home staples on refill button
    Amazon puts home staples on refill button AFP News - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Amazon moved Tuesday to become an errand service for home staples, introducing a "dash button" to allow consumers to instantly order popular products for home and kitchen. The move boosts Amazon's presence for everyday services and goods and comes a day after the online retail giant launched a wide-ranging services marketplace. "When you're running low, simply press Dash Button, and Amazon quickly delivers household favorites so you can skip the last-minute trip to the store," says the online retailer's website promoting the service for its Amazon Prime members. "Use the Amazon app on your smartphone to easily connect to your home Wi-Fi network and select the product you want to reorder with Dash Button," the Web page says. More »

  • BlackBerry gets its second wind
    BlackBerry gets its second wind AFP Relax - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    After almost disappearing in 2013, BlackBerry is back on track this year, thanks in large part to its enterprise software services. Once the leading name in mobile devices for business, BlackBerry took a nosedive as its signature keyboard smartphones were outpaced by Android and iOS touchscreen devices, with their abundant apps offerings. Between December and February, BlackBerry sold a mere 1.6 million smartphones at an average price of $211. In what is perhaps a sign of the times, BlackBerry, forced to diversify, has found its highest returns in the software segment, and specifically in the market for enterprise security solutions. More »

  • IBM to invest $3 bn in 'Internet of Things'
    IBM to invest $3 bn in 'Internet of Things' AFP News - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    IBM announced Tuesday it was pumping $3 billion into a new division focusing on the growing market for connected devices, or the "Internet of Things." The move adds IBM's resources to the fast-growing market for smart devices such as refrigerators, cars, clothing and other objects which can connect to the Internet or be linked to smartphones. IBM will make its real-time analytics available to makers of these devices to help improve their functionality. "Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano, senior vice president at IBM Analytics. IBM estimates that 90 percent of all data generated by devices such as smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances is never analyzed or acted on and that much of the data begins to lose value if not quickly analyzed. More »

  • First eBay-Sotheby's sale to be held Wednesday
    First eBay-Sotheby's sale to be held Wednesday AFP News - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The first live auction from a collaboration between Sotheby's and online giant eBay was set for Wednesday, bringing together both in-person and virtual bidders. "The experience enables art aficionados and casual collectors alike to participate in Sotheby's live auctions anytime, anywhere with the same confidence and access of those bidding in person in the New York salesroom," the companies said in a statement. The first auction will feature photographs from the 19th century to the modern era including from Paul Strand, Lee Friedlander, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz. One of the items is a Statue of Liberty bronze model that is nearly three meters (10 feet) tall and was molded in 2010 from a cast created by the monument's creator Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, estimated to be worth between $800,000 and $1.2 million. More »

  • Microsoft unveils low-cost Surface 3 tablet
    Microsoft unveils low-cost Surface 3 tablet AFP News - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a low-cost version of its Surface tablet computer, cutting the screen size of the device which starts at $499. The new device comes with a screen of 10.8 inches, making it smaller than the earlier 12-inch screen versions of Surface, and gives Microsoft a new tablet that aims to compete with Apple's iPad Air. "Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device," said Panos Panay, who heads the Surface division for Microsoft. Microsoft touts the Surface as a tablet that can replace a laptop. More »

  • IBM to invest $3 b in 'Internet of Things'
    IBM to invest $3 b in 'Internet of Things' AFP Relax - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The move adds IBM's resources to the fast-growing market for smart devices such as refrigerators, cars, clothing and other objects which can connect to the Internet or be linked to smartphones. IBM will make its real-time analytics available to makers of these devices to help improve their functionality. "Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano, senior vice president at IBM Analytics. IBM estimates that 90 percent of all data generated by devices such as smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances is never analyzed or acted on and that much of the data begins to lose value if not quickly analyzed. More »

  • WhatsApp adds free voice calling
    WhatsApp adds free voice calling AFP Relax - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The messaging app has officially added voice calling, a long-teased feature that was previously available only by invitation. WhatsApp users can now call their contacts worldwide for free over a WiFi or 3G/4G connection. After making a name for itself with free text messaging, WhatsApp is breaking into the VoIP market with its latest feature, introduced in the latest update for Android (2.12.19) and soon to come to iOS. The move places WhatsApp in direct competition with Microsoft's Skype and Rakuten's Viber, both of which allow users to make voice calls between online contacts and -- for a fee -- to any number, landline or mobile. More »

  • Japan company makes tear-free onions
    Japan company makes tear-free onions AFP Relax - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable. House Foods Group said in a press release that they bombarded the brown bulb with irradiating ions in a process that drastically reduces the level of a certain enzyme that is key to this process. A spokesman said no decision had yet been made on whether they would commercialise their tear-free onions. More »

  • Spartan: Internet Explorer's successor revealed
    Spartan: Internet Explorer's successor revealed AFP Relax - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Microsoft's new web browser has made its debut in the latest Windows 10 preview (Build 10049), available to participants in the Windows Insider program. Unveiled in a presentation on January 21, Project Spartan is an alternative to Internet Explorer designed to compete with innovative tools like Chrome and Firefox, in part through features that reinvent the very notion of what a web browser can do. Still in the experimental stage, Spartan represents a complete overhaul of IE, with a new HTML rendering engine, support for the smart voice assistant Cortana, and innovative features such as the ability to save and share annotations on web pages. More »

  • Jay Z leads stars in rebranded Tidal streaming service
    Jay Z leads stars in rebranded Tidal streaming service AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Rap mogul Jay Z has launched the rebranded Tidal music streaming service with major star backing, hoping to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control. With veiled swipes at streaming leader Spotify, Jay Z brought out musicians including Madonna, Kanye West and the masked electronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be equity partners in the new Tidal. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro. At the announcement in New York, singer Alicia Keys hinted that some musicians could choose to release material exclusively or early on the artist-owned service. More »

  • Google unveils unified email for Android users AFP Relax - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Google said Monday it was updating its mobile Gmail app for Android device users to allow them to manage multiple email accounts from a single program. More »

  • Facebook moves into 'not fancy' new headquarters
    Facebook moves into 'not fancy' new headquarters AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Facebook moved into its new Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Silicon Valley, with a rooftop park and "the largest open floor plan in the world." Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg insisted, however, that the building is "pretty simple and isn't fancy." "That's on purpose," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook timeline. When you enter our buildings, we want you to feel how much left there is to be done in our mission to connect the world." Facebook's new Menlo Park headquarters is one of several major projects by tech companies in the region. Apple is building a new spaceship-like headquarters and Google has unveiled plans for a futuristic campus with wildlife and waterways. More »

  • Cuba wants more Internet access while keeping state control
    Cuba wants more Internet access while keeping state control AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Cuba wants to boost public Internet access while keeping the Communist government's control over it, a senior US official close to talks with Havana on technology said Monday. "They are looking for mechanisms by which, in the first instance, they can expand connectivity while at the same time retaining their mechanism for market management, which is obviously vastly different than ours," said the State Department source. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned whether Cuba can meet United Nations goals of having 60 percent of the population of 11 million online, and having Internet service in 50 percent of homes by 2020 -- without allowing rival providers to enter the small market. Private Internet connections in Cuba are strictly regulated by the Americas' lone one-party, Communist-ruled state. More »

  • China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack
    China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The software collaboration website GitHub said Monday it was fighting off a cyber attack since late last week, and security analysts said the effort appeared to originate in China. A US website described as "the world's largest code host," GitHub said it first noticed the so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Thursday, with intermittent disruptions over the past few days. GitHub said it believes "the intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of content." Some security specialists went further, saying it appears to be an attempt to block the use of anti-censorship tools in China. "Even people outside China are being weaponized to target things the Chinese government does not like, for example, freedom of speech," the security firm said. More »

  • Sandiganbayan allows Sen. Jinggoy to have his aching shoulder checked

    The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has given permission to Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada to leave detention and have his aching shoulder checked at a private hospital yesterday. "After taking into account the arguments of both parties and for humanitarian considerations, the Court resolves to grant accused-movant's prayer over the objection of the prosecution," read the Fifth Division's resolution that was issued yesterday and signed by its Chairman Roland Jurado and Associate Justices Efren …

  • Financing lack cause of slow e-vehicle program implementation

    The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has blamed the lack of financing for the slow implementation of the environment friendly e-vehicle program in the country. EVAP President Rommel Juan said that EVs are now available all over the Philippines because of the various  private and some local government units programs on the use of e-vehicles. We need funders, financing people or angel investors to come in and tie up with credible and reliable EV players to finally catapult …

  • Exhibit recalls Christ’s passion and death

    Now ongoing at the Palo Municipal Hall grounds is an exhibit of photographs on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The exhibit which will run until April 6, is dubbed “Pamalandong Photo Exhibit 2015.”  It features old pictures taken during the traditional yearly re-enactment of Christ’s passion and death in the Archdiocese of Palo,  which is the center of Catholic hierarchy in Leyte and Samar. Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla opened the photo exhibit with Philippine Councilor League Leyte …

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    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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    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    At the helm is the patriarch, Henry Chusuey. His wife Ana, twelve years his junior, is the company treasurer. Helping Henry and Ana (“Henann”) expand their empire are their two sons, Alfonso and Hendrick.   Alfonso, 29, is neither an architect nor engineer, but takes charge of construction in all properties while  Hendrick , 25, takes care of sales, marketing, advertising and PR. Henann own the imposing 1400- room Boracay Regency Hotel in the world-famous island. …

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    PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The …

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