• Snapchat gets $537 million in fresh funding
    Snapchat gets $537 million in fresh funding AFP News - 19 hours ago

    Snapchat on Friday informed US regulators that it has raised $537 million in a new round of equity funding that could climb as high as $650 million. The vanishing-message service did not disclose who bought stakes in the Los Angeles-based company, which came at a price estimated to give Snapchat a value of more than $15 billion, according to media reports. US media reports indicated that Snapchat investors in this latest round of fund raising included Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba. More »

  • Would you ‘trust' Google to do away with passwords?
    Would you ‘trust' Google to do away with passwords? AFP Relax - 20 hours ago

    A new project at Google's advanced research unit aims to authenticate a user not via a PIN or a password but via a trust score, based on how that person has been using the device. Google's idea is to monitor this type of behaviour so that when a user attempts to access a password protected site or app, the device can vouch for that user's identity based on this behaviour. Google is committed to eradicating the password and replaceing it with something more secure and for its latest attempt it has partnered with 16 leading institutions to make the necessary breakthroughs as quickly as possible. More »

  • Apple comes top for PC tech support
    Apple comes top for PC tech support AFP Relax - 23 hours ago

    A new Consumer Reports survey names Apple the best computer maker for providing after-sales support for the ninth year running. More »

  • Facebook finally supports GIFs
    Facebook finally supports GIFs AFP Relax - 23 hours ago

    A link to a GIF from any supporting website will now play perfectly when pasted into your status bar or in a comments or reply section. More »

  • Is Apple about to take a step into a big, new virtual world?
    Is Apple about to take a step into a big, new virtual world? AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    The world's most valuable technology company has just acquired Metaio, a leading augmented and virtual reality firm. More »

  • New Android, unlimited photo storage and the Internet of Things among Google …
    New Android, unlimited photo storage and the Internet of Things among Google … AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Google I/O conference for developers, which kicked off May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, is the perfect time for the company to present a preview of its latest projects: a new version of Android (M), a project for a platform for the Internet of Things, and a new version of its Photos app that offers unlimited photo and video storage for free. The latest version of Android integrates several hundred updates for better stability and easier use. This version will also feature the new Android Pay, a payment system that requires uploading credit card information to the smartphone, as with Apple Pay. More »

  • Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi opens up sales to US, Europe
    Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi opens up sales to US, Europe AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    It was expected and is now official, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi's online store will open up to the United States and Europe (Germany, France and the United Kingdom) as of June 1 and 2, 2015. Xiaomi, the biggest seller of smartphones in China in 2014, will first sell its accessories through the site before adding its famous smartphones. The Mi Store will be open to the United States as of 7pm PST on June 1, and then to Europe the next day at 1pm. More »

  • Google's new Android seeks to make smartphone smarter
    Google's new Android seeks to make smartphone smarter AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Google's updated Android mobile software seeks to make the smartphone smarter, while keeping the search titan relevant in a world where people rely on apps on the go. At its annual Google developers conference Thursday, Google offered a preview of Android M, due for release later this year, with an upgraded version of "Google Now," the voice-activated assistant which competes with rivals like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. Google will take the software a step further by allowing users to activate the assistant software, even if they are using another application, to find relevant information on their phones. More »

  • Google unveils Android Pay in fresh challenge to Apple
    Google unveils Android Pay in fresh challenge to Apple AFP News - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Google unveiled its pay-with-a-phone system for Android devices, ramping up its challenge to Apple in mobile payments. Android Pay, unveiled at the Google developers conference in San Francisco, brings together mobile carriers, payment networks, banks and retailers to allow smartphone users to use their handsets instead of payment cards. Google engineering vice president Dave Burke said Android Pay would work in more than 700,000 US retail outlets that accept contactless payments. More »

  • US unveils plan to subsidize broadband for poor
    US unveils plan to subsidize broadband for poor AFP News - Fri, May 29, 2015

    The top US telecom regulator on Thursday unveiled plans to subsidize high-speed Internet for low-income households, saying the service was essential for people trying to better themselves. Federal Communications chairman Tom Wheeler proposed the plan to overhaul the "Lifeline" program which provides low-cost telephone service to include online access as well. "Broadband access is essential to find a job -- more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 job openings are online," Wheeler said in a blog post. More »

  • Google launches Photos app with unlimited storage
    Google launches Photos app with unlimited storage AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    As widely predicted, the company has separated image hosting and sharing from its floundering Google+ social network. More »

  • Google announces Internet of Things platform
    Google announces Internet of Things platform AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Project Brillo will be the name of Google's second attempt to create an operating system that links objects from thermostats to washing machines to each other and to the web. Revealed on Thursday at the company's annual developer conference, Google confirmed that Project Brillo will be based on its existing Android operating system but is significantly streamlined for use in objects other than smartphones and tablets. Back in 2011 Google announced something called Android@Home, the company's initial attempt to build an Internet of Things platform. More »

  • Gmail now boasts 900 million users
    Gmail now boasts 900 million users AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Google's free webmail application is getting close to the 1 billion-user mark, making it the world's most popular email service More »

  • A fix is on the way for the iPhone messaging bug
    A fix is on the way for the iPhone messaging bug AFP Relax - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Apple is working on a solution to the curious problem of text messages that can make its smartphones crash. The bug, first noticed by a Reddit user, allows someone to repeatedly crash an iPhone simply by sending it an iMessage composed of certain symbols and Arabic characters. Receiving such an iMessage crashes and instantly reboots certain iPhones and if the messages app is in list view when the handset reboots, attempting to access the app again causes the phone to crash and restart. More »

  • Moto Maker makes its way to China
    Moto Maker makes its way to China AFP Relax - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Motorola's online smartphone customization platform will allow consumers in the world's biggest smartphone market to make their devices stand out. More »

  • A new smartphone, watch and shoes presented at Lenovo Tech World
    A new smartphone, watch and shoes presented at Lenovo Tech World AFP Relax - Thu, May 28, 2015

    At Lenovo Tech World, Chinese manufacturer Lenovo demonstrated its vision of computing and emerging technology and presented a plethora of new devices and concepts, including a smartphone with an integrated focus-free laser projector, a watch with two screens and a pair of connected shoes. Among other novelties, Lenovo unveiled some new laptop computers (Lenovo Z41, Z51 and the Ideapad 100), as well as Cast, a flash drive used to watch content from a mobile device on a big screen, similar to Google's Chromecast. In partnership with Microsoft, Lenovo has also announced a new service that allows the company to extend digital assistant Cortana to non-Microsoft services. More »

  • Now anyone can tango with one of Google's 3D scanning tablets
    Now anyone can tango with one of Google's 3D scanning tablets AFP Relax - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Gogle's Project Tango tablets are now on sale to the public for $512, via the Google Store. Like a standard Android tablet, a Tango tablet can run apps downloaded from the Google Play store, but unlike other such devices, it has an integrated set of scanners and sensors in its rear that can recreate a three-dimensional model of something put in front of them -- be it a toy, a piece of furniture or even the room in which the objects are sitting. More »

  • Shazam app launches visual scanning feature AFP Relax - Thu, May 28, 2015

    The popular app identifies songs and even TV shows using audio recognition technology, and has recently launched a feature to identify images upon scanning a screen grab, a movie poster, print media or packaged good that have a special Shazam camera icon or QR code. More »

  • An Oculus Rift headset would set you back $1,500 AFP Relax - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Oculus Rift has remained mum on the specs of their virtual reality headsets, yet CEO Brendan Iribe announced a price of $1,500 per unit at the Code Conference in California in the US on Wednesday. Higher than previously estimated, the price would include the PC that's necessary to operate the headset, according to the Verge. At the Code Conference, Iribe hinted that an even more expensive version of the headset would become available for a richer experience. More »

  • GoPro founder unveils new product, talks about the future at Code Conf …
    GoPro founder unveils new product, talks about the future at Code Conf … AFP Relax - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Nick Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, unveiled the Six-Camera Spherical Array -- a round mount that holds six Hero4 cameras in the name of creating virtual reality at the media and technology Code Conference on Wednesday. Expected to go on sale later this year, the new mount would leverage your stitching technology for photos and videos from Kolor, the virtual reality company that GoPro bought in April. It's incredible to see our world from new perspectives," says Woodman. More »

  • GM installs Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in more cars
    GM installs Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in more cars AFP News - Thu, May 28, 2015

    General Motors said Wednesday it will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in more of its Chevrolet models next year, as tech firms seek to expand their reach in the auto world. The smartphone-compatible systems will be offered in 14 models, including the soon-to-be-released Cruze compact car, GM said in a statement. The technology allows drivers to connect to their smartphones in their cars from an installed touch screen. More »

  • Cartier boss snubs 'useful' smartwatches for classic chic
    Cartier boss snubs 'useful' smartwatches for classic chic AFP News - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Luxury jeweller Cartier said Wednesday it doesn't intend to climb on the smartwatch bandwagon, viewing none of the hi-tech gadgets equal to the traditional timepieces the 168 year-old company makes. "There's usefulness, but no emotion," Cartier chief Stanislas de Quercize told AFP, referring to the Internet-connected smartwatches Apple, Sony, LG and Samsung have been churning out for excited users. Speaking at the re-opening of Cartier's swank Champs Elysees boutique after eight months of renovation, Quercize said there was obviously both space and demand for smartwatches in the tech-happy world, calling them "entirely complementary" to classic watches. More »

  • Top iPad apps: 'Roland-Garros,' 'Runtastic Six Pack,'  … AFP Relax - Wed, May 27, 2015

    France follows the Roland-Garros tennis tournament, Germany crunches abs and South Korea is attracted by a magnetism-powered maze game. More »

  • 15 wounded in 2 explosions in restive southern Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 15 people have been wounded in two separate blasts that hit a police camp in a restive southern Philippine province where Muslim militants operate, police said Saturday. …

  • 15 wounded in mosque attack at Philippine police camp
    15 wounded in mosque attack at Philippine police camp

    Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said on Saturday. Successive blasts targeted the mosque inside Camp Kasim on the island of Jolo early evening Friday -- an initial grenade attack followed by a bomb explosion less than 10 minutes later that was intended to target police who rushed to the scene, local authorities said. "It seems the (first) explosion was set …

  • US missile cruiser docks at Subic
    US missile cruiser docks at Subic

    A US Navy missile cruiser has dropped anchor in Subic Bay as part of “routine port call,” amid rising tension in the West Philippine Sea stirred by China’s island building activities and other threatening moves by its forces. The arrival of the Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) at the Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo City yesterday was “just a routine port visit for ship replenishment and routine maintenance of shipboard system,” said Philippine Navy Public Affairs Office …

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    Cruising in Bohol

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    Pilgrimage in Batan Island

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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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