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Newsbreak Chats: Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, June 25, the Newsbreak team will assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic

Newsbreak Chats: Doing journalism under lockdown

May 27, 2020 - 8:15 PM

On Thursday, May 28, the team discusses how journalists navigate a restrictive quarantine and deal with the challenges it poses

Newsbreak Chats: Is the Duterte gov't doing enough to fight COVID-19?

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:14 PM

On Thursday, April 30, the Newsbreak team assesses the Duterte administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Singapore teachers drop Zoom after online class gatecrashed

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:15 PM

During a geography lesson involving teenage girls conducted on Zoom, two men intrude into the livestream, showing obscene images and making lewd remarks

ZOOM. In this photo illustration a Zoom App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Taiwanese gov't bans Zoom use for official business

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Taiwan says the services and apps of Google and Microsoft, meanwhile, are acceptable for government use

U.P. Resilience Institute sets up coronavirus information chat bot

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:59 PM

The chat bot, called Yani, lets users find information on hospitals near them, as well as information on the Philippine government's policies regarding the coronavirus, and psychosocial support

YANI. Yani the Endcovbot is here to help. Screenshot from UP announcement.

Zoom patches vulnerabilities in macOS version, freezes feature development

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Two flaws in Zoom's macOS client can give local attackers root privileges or allow the attacker to access a user's camera and microphone

ZOOM FLAWS. In this photo illustration a Zoom App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Zooming out: Video chat apps aren’t perfect, but we need them anyway

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:12 PM

While video chat apps are likely more needed now for both personal and business uses, it becomes more important that we also take stock of what we’re giving up to supposedly free services

Boom in video chat apps brings out cybercriminals with fake sites, malware

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Phishing websites are targeting unsuspecting consumers who want to use a video chat app to connect for work, or to talk to friends and family

Newsbreak Chats: The Philippines in the time of coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:35 PM

On Thursday afternoon, March 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss (virtually) where we are now in terms of the pandemic, the reality on the ground, and the government's various measures to solve the problem

LIST: Video conferencing apps to use for work meetings and online hangouts

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:52 AM

From more formal meetings to online meet-ups with friends, here are 6 apps you can use

Newsbreak Chats: Will ABS-CBN survive Duterte?

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, February 27, the Newsbreak team will sit down to discuss the quo warranto petition against the network giant, the role of Congress in the controversy, and its implications on the fight for press freedom

Newsbreak Chats: Growing role of women in jihad

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:34 PM

On Thursday, January 30, the Newsbreak team will sit down to discuss how women were able to navigate the system, how influential are they in war and violent extremism, and how they came to join the network in the first place

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Newsbreak Chats 2019: The year in stupidity

Dec 18, 2019 - 5:47 PM

On Wednesday, December 18, Rappler senior editors discuss the events that shaped the Philippines in 2019, what issues hounded Duterte, and what 2020 will bring

Newsbreak Chats: What went wrong in SEA Games 2019 preparations?

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:31 PM

On Thursday, November 28, the Newsbreak team will sit down to discuss preparations for the SEA Games 2019, what went wrong along the way, and other questions related to the Philippine hosting of the regional event

Newsbreak Chats: Where the Marcos vs Robredo electoral protest is headed

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Thursday, October 24, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the latest development in the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law

Telegram secretly plans 'Gram' cryptocurrency

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Reports say Russian-founded Telegram aims to create an accessible service that is easier to use than various cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

Newsbreak Chats: The GCTA law, Cardema, Bikoy, and how laws can be twisted

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:16 PM

On Thursday, August 29, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss and analyze how some political personalities have tried to trifle with the law

Newsbreak Chats: After Duterte's SONA and Gem-Ver, what now?

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

On Thursday, July 25, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the issues surrounding the lives of the Gem-Ver fishermen and what's ahead after the 2019 SONA

Newsbreak Chats: Does the opposition slate stand a chance?

May 09, 2019 - 4:14 PM

On Thursday, May 9, Rappler reporters Lian Buan and Mara Cepeda join Newsbreak Chats to analyze the Otso Diretso campaign and the possibility of them winning on May 13

Newsbreak Chats: Keeping an eye on crucial local elections

May 02, 2019 - 4:31 PM

On Thursday, May 2, the team sits down to discuss why it is important to keep an eye on local races in the 2019 polls and what are the things voters should keep in mind when dealing with local candidates

Newsbreak Chats: Vote-buying beyond just giving cash

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:09 PM

On Tuesday, April 9, the team sits down with election lawyer and Rappler columnist Emil Marañon III to discuss what counts as vote-buying and how do the anti-vote buying laws fare in implementation

Newsbreak Chats: Should Philippine elections be this expensive?

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A special edition of Newsbreak Chats features election lawyer and Rappler columnist Emil Marañon III who tackles issues surrounding campaign finance laws

Newsbreak Chats: The May 2019 elections and social media

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:08 PM

On Thursday, April 4, the team sits down for a special edition of Newsbreak Chats where they will discuss the social media rules set by the Commission on Elections for the 2019 campaign period

Newsbreak Chats: Michael Yang, local elections, and Manila Bay rehab

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The team sits down on Thursday, March 28, to discuss the local elections, Manila Bay rehabilitation, and presidential economic adviser Michael Yang's alleged links to the illegal drug trade

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Rappler Talk: Julio Teehankee on what to watch out for in 2019 elections

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Political analyst Julio Teehankee sits down with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug on Wednesday, January 30 to discuss what issues will matter in the months leading to the elections

Discord's game store to have 90/10 split in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Discord's revenue sharing agreement will be 90% in favor of the developer, with the remaining 10% covering 'operating costs, and we’ll explore lowering it by optimizing our tech and making things more efficient'

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories in 2018, what to expect in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Join us as Rappler senior editors sit down to discuss how key events in 2018 shaped the nation and what to expect in 2019 – an election year

Newsbreak Chats: Xi Jinping's state visit, Rappler's Fact Check Project

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The team discusses on Thursday, November 29, Xi Jinping's state visit and Rappler's efforts to combat disinformation

Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The new version, currently being rolled out, has 3 tabs instead of 9

Image from Facebook


Newsbreak Chats: Trillanes' amnesty revocation and arrest

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, September 27, the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and its effect on the military, rule of law, and the opposition

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

Workplace software startup Slack valued at $7.1 billion in new funding

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:44 PM

'The way people work is changing, and we are committed to delivering the best product and experience for our customers in this new era,' a Slack statement says

Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:09 PM

The vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility of intercepting and manipulating messages sent in a group or private conversation as well as a chance to 'create and spread misinformation'

Newsbreak Chats: Marites Vitug on significance of 'Rock Solid'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Listen to discussions with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug about her new book 'Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China', the first of its kind on Manila's legal victory against Beijing

Skype updates desktop app design, to add call recording

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The long-awaited call recording feature is coming later this month

A NEW SKYPE. Skype releases new update for its desktop application. Image from Skype blog.

Newsbreak Chats: Anti-tambay campaign, Duterte vs the Church, and other top stories in June 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: The rising number of homicide cases under Duterte, the new crackdown on 'tambays,' Duterte's threats vs the Catholic Church, stories of survivors of sexual violence against children, and the President's second year in office

Yahoo Messenger shutting down July 17

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Users of the messaging app can download their chat history before its shutdown

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

Google to push for new tech to replace SMS standard, pauses Allo

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The new technology aims to improve Android Messages by including read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, as well as group texting functions much like chat apps

Google's Slack competitor, Hangouts Chat, rolling out over the week

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:33 AM

Google is touting Hangouts Chat as a prime Slack competitor by virtue of artificial intelligence, including the use of bots for scheduling meetings, and creating advanced search queries simply

HANGOUTS CHAT. Will Google's new communications platform for businesses take flight? Screen shot from Google.

Iran removes block on Telegram

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Iranian officials confirm the app can now be used again after the lifting of restrictions imposed during recent protests

WhatsApp ending BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone support

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:51 AM

While users of BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 can still use WhatsApp, some features may stop working, and users will be unable to make new accounts or reverify their accounts on the operating systems mentioned

PH to charge widow of slain militant for recruiting fighters to join Marawi siege

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Prosecutors say Karen Hamidon, widow of the late founder of Ansarul Khilafa Philippines, used messaging apps Telegram and WhatsApp to promote IS activities

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LOOK: Meet Vic Sotto, Pauleen Luna's daughter Tali

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Pauleen and her mom Chat post the first public photos of baby Tali

What's inside the Aegis Juris alumni chat box when Atio was killed

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:46 AM

At the Senate hearing, the Manila Police release screenshots of Facebook Messenger exchanges between fraternity members planning a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

COVER-UP? Recently publicized chat box exchanges may point to a concealment that goes beyond the contemporaries of Horacio Castillo III

'Secret Chats' now live on Viber

Mar 16, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The Philippines second most popular messaging app incorporates a feature pioneered by Snapchat

SECRET CHAT. Viber rolls out vanishing messages on its platform.

Rappler articles available on Facebook Messenger for free

Feb 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Just on Free Facebook? No problem Rappler s top stories can now be read in full on your mobile device