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Globe urges users to report spam messages, scams to them

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Globe asks users to visit its Stop Spam webpage, which lets customers file reports against a suspected spammer or scammer

Encrypted messaging app Signal releases face-blurring tool

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:06 PM

The tool is meant to 'help protect the privacy of the people in the photos you share,' says Signal

Image from Signal


Messaging app Signal using PINs to move data across devices

May 21, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Signal's new PIN system will allow it 'to support future functionality while still protecting user privacy'

Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

First launched in the US in December 2017, the kid-friendly version of Messenger expands to 70 countries

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook


[FULL TEXT] Pope Francis' Easter message in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever!

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. ANDREAS SOLARO / POOL / AFP

WhatsApp debuts dark mode on Android, iOS with new video

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:28 PM

In a promotional video, WhatsApp shows off just how jarring a lack of dark mode can be

DARK MODE. WhatsApp showcases Dark Mode. Image from WhatsApp.

What the 'predictive text' feature in Gmail says about our brains

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Should we allow Gmail to finish our sentences?

Duterte's New Year message: Begin anew, help in nation-building

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says all development efforts should be made sustainable and inclusive

BEGINNING ANEW. For 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to begin anew with a stronger commitment to the task of nation-building. Photo from Malacañang

Robredo: Rizal showed reforms can happen without resorting to brutality

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hindi natin makakamit ang tunay na pag-unlad sa pamamagitan ng mga madalian at brutal na solusyon, lalo na iyong tahasang tumataliwas sa ating mga batas,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

RIZAL DAY MESSAGE. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes Filipinos today will follow the example set forth by national hero Dr Jose Rizal. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Duterte to Filipinos: Fight apathy and divisiveness like Rizal did

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte leads the Rizal Day rites in Davao City

'BE LIKE RIZAL.' President Rodrigo Duterte leads the Rizal Day rites in Davao City on December 30, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM's Facebook page

Pope Francis decries 'extremist' attacks in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis slams extremism on Christmas. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Queen admits 'bumpy' year in Christmas message

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The queen has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails

POPULAR QUEEN. Queen Elizabeth II has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails. Photo by Toby Melville / POOL / AFP

Popular Mideast app ToTok pulled after report it was spying tool

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:28 AM

Apple and Google remove the app from their online marketplaces following a report about how the app allowed the United Arab Emirates government to track the conversations, movements, and other details of users

TOTOK. Photo from Totok official website


Facebook firm on message encryption despite pressure

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The comments from Facebook come weeks after officials from the US, Britain and Australia called on Facebook to allow authorities to circumvent encryption to better fight extremism, child pornography and other crimes

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Under the existing EU rules that date back to 2002, strict privacy protection is only applied to text messages and voice calls provided by traditional telecoms, sparing tech giants Facebook, Google and Skype from the same oversight


WhatsApp becomes battleground in Mali's jihad conflict

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Sermons relayed through the app by jihadist leader Amadou Koufa are luring young men to join his ranks, says imam Hama Cisse

WHATSAPP. Photo by Stan Honda/AFP


Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy

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WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app

New Threads app expands Instagram’s ‘Close Friends’ feature

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Available now, the Threads messaging app lets users interact more conveniently with the people on their Instagram 'Close Friends' list

THREADS. Photo from Facebook


Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The direct message filter is rolling out to everyone on iOS, Android, and the Web

Russian sailor's message in bottle found 50 years later in Alaska

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Tyler Ivanoff, a teacher's aide in Shishmaref, Alaska, spots the bottle on the shore near his village, with a handwritten message inside from a Russian sailor in June 1969 wishing the finder 'happy sailing'

WhatsApp 'will never be secure' – Russian rival

May 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'WhatsApp has a consistent history – from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suitable for surveillance purposes,' Telegram founder Pavel Durov writes in a blog post

SLAMMING WHATSAPP. Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram speaks onstage during day one of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 on September 21, 2015 File photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

[OPINION] Don't leave God when you vote

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:56 AM

When we vote as if God did not exist, the nation suffers. Democracy is at risk.

BBM's consumer version to close on May 31

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Blackberry says the technology industry 'is very fluid, and, in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on'

BBM SAYS GOODBYE. The consumer service will close on May 31. Image from BBM.

Duterte on Holy Week: Serve needy, 'uphold what is good and just'

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:32 AM

'Our strong faith in God has contributed to our resiliency as a nation, especially during trying times,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his Holy Week message

HOLY WEEK MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to serve the needy and uphold the good in his message for Holy Week 2019. Photo from Malacañang

Zuckerberg sees Facebook future in private, small-scale messaging

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Zuckerberg's announcement is a strategic shift for Facebook as it seeks to navigate a drawn-out crisis over privacy and data protection

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows the CEO and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a press conference in Barcelona. AFP file photo   Facebook was confronted on September 9, 2016 with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE


Workplace messaging startup Slack to go public

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Slack, which claims some 10 million users in 150 countries, has been valued at $7.1 billion, as reported in August 2018 after a round of funding


WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight 'fake news'

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:56 PM

WhatsApp says its latest move to extend the restrictions to all users came after a 6-month review of user feedback

Catriona Gray on saying goodbye to 2018: My heart is full

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'I have so much to be grateful for and in bidding farewell to 2018, my heart is full,' says Catriona

Duterte’s New Year message: Reflect, learn from past lessons

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'Let us reflect on our storied past and learn from its lessons so that we can face the future with more confidence,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

SOLIDARITY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asks Filipinos to be in 'solidarity' with the government's efforts this new year. File photo from Malacañang

Robredo's wish for 2019: Join hands against poverty, injustice and violence

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Robredo urges Filipinos to unite against injustices in the country and to bring hope to communities this 2019

UNITY. In a New Year's message, Vice President Robredo urges Filipinos to join hands against injustice faced in the country. File photo from OVP

On Rizal Day, Palace tells youth: Be courageous, empathetic

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Jose Rizal’s martyrdom should propel us to rise to the challenge of the times and unchain ourselves from our stupor of indifference,' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says on the eve of Rizal Day 2018

RIZAL DAY. The country commemorates the 122nd death anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal. File Presidential Photo

Child porn thriving in WhatsApp due to insufficient moderation

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:21 PM

With 1.5 billion users and just 300 employees, WhatsApp has seen child porn slip through its content moderation systems

WHATSAPP. Photo from Shutterstock


Instagram adds voice feature to direct messages

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Users will be able to record messages up to a minute long, either to a chat partner or a chat group

Photo from Instagram's Twitter page


Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

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


Malware found in Telegram 'alternative' – cybersecurity firm

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Once installed, the Octopus malware allows attackers to have remote access to a victim's device


You may soon 'unsend’ messages on Facebook Messenger

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The feature, if it gets rolled out, allows you to remove a message within a set time window after it was sent

Shutterstock photo


International alliace asks backdoor access to encrypted communications – report

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The Five Eyes group of nations collects and shares intelligence among the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, using each one’s strategic locations to monitor the rest of the world’s communication

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. WhatsApp now features end-to-end encryption for your needs. Image from Open Whisper Systems.


McCain takes parting shot at Trump in final message

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:29 AM

'Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here,' John McCain says, adding that the country 'will get through these challenging times'

LAST MESSAGE. In this file photo, Senator John McCain attends a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee July 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

On Eid'l Adha, Duterte calls for peace among faiths

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Islam feast is also a reminder of the fulfillment found in sacrifice

FEAST OF SACRIFICE. President Rodrigo Duterte has declared August 21 as a holiday in honor of Eid'l Adha. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler  Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte calls on gov't officials, citizens to emulate Ninoy Aquino

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:40 AM

On Ninoy Aquino Day, President Rodrigo Duterte reminds the country of the late senator's courage and 'profound love of country'

PATRIOT, HERO. August 21 is a day when Filipinos are asked to remember the life and death of Ninoy Aquino. File photo from Wikipedia

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'

WhatsApp limits forwarding in India after lynchings

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

WhatsApp says it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at 5 the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to.

WHATSAPP. This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

WhatsApp labeling forwarded messages in effort to fight falsehood

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The feature aims to help users determine if their friends or relatives sent them a message they crafted themselves or if they got it from elsewhere, with the hope of fostering habits about thinking before sharing forwarded messages

WHATSAPP'S NEW LABEL. A mockup from WhatsApp of the new label indicating forwarded content on the messaging service. Image from WhatsApp.

Samsung Messages bug randomly sending photos to contacts – reports

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 users have reported that they have encountered the bug

MESSAGING MISHAP. Samsung Messages, the brand's own messaging app, is being affected by a bug that sends out photos from a user's gallery


Android Messages now lets you text on desktop

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:47 PM

With the update, desktop to mobile messaging is now a possibility on Android Messages

PC TO PHONE. With the update, mobiile and desktop users can now connect via Google Messages. Photo from Google


On Father's Day, Kris Aquino pays tribute to Cory, Ninoy

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:10 PM

She also reminds detractors, particularly those on social media, that the Aquinos 'are no cowards'

Duterte on Independence Day: Protect democracy, cherish PH sovereignty

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:50 PM

'May we also find the courage to defend our cherished democratic ideals now and in the years to come,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been criticized for weakening the country's democratic institutions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with sideboy honors upon boarding BRP Davao del Sur as they sail towards the Philippine Rise for its commemoration on May 15, 2018. During the program, the President also signed the Presidential Proclamation declaring portions of the Philippine Rise and Eastern Kalayaan as Marine Protected Area and led the ceremonial send-off of the selected representatives of the 71 All-Filipino Maritime Researchers. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Human Rights Watch slams Iran's Telegram ban as 'unjustifiable'

May 02, 2018 - 7:32 PM

HRW says the court's decision is 'just another stain on Iranian authorities' already dismal record on freedom of expression'