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Walkie, no talkie: Japan city launches pedestrian smartphone ban

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Using smartphones while walking is banned. Please operate your smartphones after you stop walking,' a recorded female voice cautions travelers to Yamato City

MOBILE PHONE BAN. People walk past banners installed by the city hall to inform pedestrians about the ban on using a mobile phone while walking, at a train station in Yamato, Kanagawa prefecture on July 1, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/ AFP

The vivo V19 Neo is now available in stores, Lazada, and Shopee

Jun 20, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The stylish smartphone can be purchased for only P17,999

Buyer’s guide: January 2020 phones

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

If a new premium flagship is what you’re after, you might have to wait a little longer

Samsung building a new foldable phone

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Samsung's developing a folding phone using a clamshell-type fold, making it reminiscent of flip phones

SAMSUNG'S CLAMSHELL FOLDABLE. In a teaser video, Samsung shows the possibilities for a foldable clamshell-type smartphone. Screenshot from YouTube video

A digital echo of the Khmer Rouge haunts phones in Cambodia

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A pattern of phone taps, leaks and arrests is reminding some Cambodians of Pol Pot’s tactics

Image for Coda Story by Nika Kobaidze

Huawei tops Apple for 2 consecutive quarters in phone market

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:18 PM

It's the longest that Huawei has been on the second spot

France closes in on phone ban in schools from September

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:17 PM

French Senators and National Assembly deputies reach an agreement late on Wednesday, July 18, on the ban for all 3 tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for educational purposes

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Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'It is for sure not the death of the smartphone; it is the death of the growth of the smartphone market,' says an analyst

Telecom equipment company Huawei CEO Richard Yu presents the new P20 smartphone in Paris on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT

5G smartphones to heat up global phone market next year – IDC

May 31, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The arrival of 5G phones next year and low-cost units from China may start the upturn for the market after 2 straight down years

IPHONE X. The Apple flagship is among the highest sellers in 2018 so far. Shutterstock photo

Apple developing curved screens, touchless controls for future iPhones - report

Apr 05, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The company is reportedly exploring new technology to help its top-selling product stand out from a market becoming more crowded with competition

FUTURE IPHONE TECH? This file photo taken on September 07, 2016 shows  the Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi returns to Philippines

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

With Xiaomi already dominating the Indian market, it makes a comeback to the Philippines

COMEBACK. Xiaomi Southeast Asia director John Chen officially announces return of the phone maker in the Philippines with new offerings and market expansion plan. Photo from Virtusio PR International

Leaker Evan Blass shows off Huawei P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The prominent leaker also shows some of the other colors that Huawei's new flagships will come in

ALLEGED P20 PRO. The leak by renowned leaker Evan Blass shows the 3 different variants of the Huawei P20. Photo from Evan Blass/Twitter

Bangladesh Islamic school burns students' mobile phones

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:48 PM

'The students use internet (on their phones) throughout the night and then doze during classes the next morning. Their parents are concerned,' says a spokesman from the seminary

Malaysia probes leak of 46 million phone users' data

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The breach is originally reported by local technology website after unidentified individuals offered the phone data, from several telecoms companies, and other personal information for sale on a public forum on the site

News Briefs: March 6, 2017

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday March 6

The cost of smartphones: a shrunken brain

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] With the kind of mobile phone dependence that many humans have grown what effects does it have on the structure of our brains?

Samsung flags big jump in profit on strong S7 sales

Jul 07, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The South Korean electronics giant predicts an operating profit of 8 1 trillion won 7 billion in April June

epa05174908 A member of the security staff next to a poster of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on 22 February 2016. The Mobile World Congress will run from 22 to 25 February 2016. EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ

BlackBerry kills off its Classic smartphone

Jul 06, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The hardest part in letting go is accepting that change makes way for new and better experiences says BlackBerry COO Ralph Pini

epa04533133 The Blackberry Classic on display after a launch press event for the launch in New York, New York, USA, 17 December 2014. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

India makes panic key a must for all mobiles from next year

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:58 PM

The button would allow users to call emergency services by pressing a single key on their phone

Google opens US access to mobile phone service Project Fi

Mar 08, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Nexus smartphone users across the US can now sign up for Project Fi without waiting for an invite

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: The new Nexus 5X phone is displayed during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Smartphones to replace cards at bank machines in US

Feb 21, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The smartphone based system aims to cut transaction time and prevent skimming

epa05111083 (FILE) A file photo dated 28 September n2012 showing a building reflected in the window of a Bank of America branch in New York City, New York, USA. Bank of America released their 4th quarter results on 19 January 2016, saying their 2015 net income was up 9 per cent to 3.3 billion USD, while earnings per diluted share were at 0.28 USD, compared to 0.25 USD. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

'World's cheapest smartphone' to be launched in India

Feb 17, 2016 - 5:29 PM

The Freedom 251 smartphone from handset maker Ringing Bells costs just 7 30

Gaze at each other today

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] What do we lose when we gain a life run by social apps on our phones?

Huawei wants to be world leader in smartphones in '3 or 4 years'

Jan 06, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Huawei s consumer devices chief says Samsung is their biggest rival in the immediate term followed by Apple

HUAWEI AS WORLD LEADER. Outside view of a new distribution center of the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei, in Colon, Panama, October 1, 2015. File Photo by Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

Telcos: Farmers, fishermen, entrepreneurs should not be left out

Sep 26, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Smart and Globe say that giving all sectors telecommunications access empower them economically and politically

DISCOURSE. According to Darwin Flores, access to technology allows people to participate in relevant social discussions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Xiaomi's Mi 4i available in Philippines for P9,799

Jul 20, 2015 - 11:07 PM

Xiaomi also announces that the Mi 4i will have an exclusive carrier partnership with Smart Communications with pre registrations starting July 24

HANDS ON. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

'Many PH firms not ready for ASEAN integration'

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:50 AM

As regional economic integration nears Philippine businesses need to go digital and interactively engage with their market says ABS CBN s chief digital officer Donald Lim

COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM. With all the foreign brands coming in like Google and Facebook, local media and telecom companies have to work together, ABS-CBN's Donald Lim (extreme left) told his colleagues from the Philippine Marketing Association. All photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Evolving on its own: The Japanese 'garakei' phone

Jun 08, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Like flora and fauna in the Galapagos Islands Japanese phone technology evolves distinctly from the rest of the world

Photo by Matt Ang

If SIM cards could talk

Apr 26, 2015 - 5:03 PM

I am what my user chooses to make of me and that begins when you start to share your life to create my own

Telco wars: Who's really number 1?

Apr 07, 2015 - 7:21 PM

The telco war heats up again as both Globe and PLDT say they hold the top spot in the country’s mobile industry

Telcos say phone kill switches need more study, maker support

Feb 23, 2015 - 7:58 PM

PLDT spokesperson Ramon Isberto says the proposal needs study to fit the Philippine context while Globe s Yoly Crisanto adds that device makers should also enable a kill switch in their phones

Photo by Leanne Jazul/

Can the bedroom be a no-phone zone?

Feb 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Without your gadgets within arm s reach but your partner right beside you you might realize that what s more important is the living and breathing person next to you

Illustration by Kanako Shimura

Sony announces new Xperia Z3 smartphones

Sep 04, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Sporting nearly identical features the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact aim to provide a quality Android experience for different needs

FROM SONY. Sony unveils its newest flagship phones. Image from Sony.

French study raises questions on mobile phone safety

May 13, 2014 - 8:38 PM

People who use mobile phones intensively seem to have a higher risk of developing types of brain cancer according to a new study

HEALTH ISSUES. Can our mobile phones give us brain cancer? Photo by Agence France-Presse

'Flood fighter' game teaches Asian kids survival tips

May 13, 2014 - 12:39 PM

After its success in Thailand a recently launched English language version of the game aims to spread the message in other Asian countries affected by floods such as the Philippines

FLOOD FIGHTER. Image of Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter from Google Play

NTC to telcos: Cut SMS rates, refund customers

May 07, 2014 - 7:33 PM

The regulator denied the motions for reconsideration filed by mobile phone companies

TechRap: Most memorable Nokia phones of all time

Apr 27, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Goodbye Nokia Microsoft changes phone giant name to Microsoft Mobile WhatsApp still no 1 and the most notable Nokia phones of all time

INFOGRAPHIC: A look back at 16 unforgettable Nokia phones

Apr 25, 2014 - 8:41 PM

Can you name any of these Nokia phones? Hover over the question marks to reveal the answers

Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile by April 25?

Apr 22, 2014 - 5:39 PM

When the acquisition is final Microsoft’s first order of business might be to kill off the Nokia brand name altogether

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Apr 19, 2014 - 9:16 PM

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped smartphone market

Nokia X PH launch slated for March 11

Mar 06, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Nokia is preparing to launch the Nokia X in the Philippines on March 11

LAUNCHING SOMETHING NEW. Nokia says it will launch a new device next week, and it looks like the Nokia X is the deal.

Apple sells record number of iPhones, iPads

Jan 28, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Apple s record sales in 1Q 2014 belie shrinking profit margins

Phones on planes: New guidelines

Jan 04, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Here s an infographic of new CAAP regulations allowing the use of mobile phones laptops and other electronic devices on flights but on certain conditions

Rappler Newscast | December 5, 2013

Dec 05, 2013 - 9:31 PM

A report says the NSA is tracking phones worldwide The Philippines wants equal access to US facilities At least 17 hostages still held by Abu Sayyaf

PH 4th top market for smartphones in region – report

Dec 02, 2013 - 2:40 PM

91 of smartphones sold in the country in the first 9 months of 2013 were Android phones

WIDENING LEAD. A survey shows Samsung widens its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market for the 3rd quarter of 2013. File image from Samsung Tomorrow website

Nokia shareholders approve mobile phone sale to Microsoft

Nov 19, 2013 - 10:29 PM

UPDATED The transfer of the handset business should take place in early 2014

Technology helps Nigeria's fight against polio

Nov 18, 2013 - 2:47 PM

Vaccinations are monitored in real time thanks to state of the art technology helping save more lives in Nigeria

FIGHT VS POLIO. A polio vaccinator administers oral drops to a child in the Dawanau district of Kano, northern Nigera, on October 28, 2013 during a polio immunization campaign in six local government areas found to harbor polio virus. AFP/Aminu Abubakar

Food aid, development and text messsaging

Oct 31, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Online stories show how mobile phones are playing an important role in addressing hunger and food security around the world

TEXT FOR FOOD. Mobile phones are helping the hungry gain access to food.

PLDT, Globe oppose SIM registration

Oct 22, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Top phone service providers stress the administrative nightmare involved in requiring SIM registration among 90 of the 100 million mobile phone subscribers

SIM REGISTRATION. About 90% of the estimated 100 million mobile phone users in the Philippines are prepaid, or unregistered, subscribers. File photo by AFP