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Facebook repairs bug that prompted brief app outages

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'Earlier today, a code change triggered crashes for some iOS apps using the Facebook SDK,' or software development kit, a Facebook spokesperson says. 'We identified the issue quickly and resolved it.;

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Facebook is among the numerous app developers to have deals with phonemakers to put pre-installed placeholder app 'stubs' on users' phones

France to launch smartphone 'terror alert' app

Jun 08, 2016 - 7:02 PM

The application which will be free to download in both French and English will send users a warning in case of a suspected attack

SAIP. This photo taken on June 8, 2016 shows a smartphone with the logo of the SAIP (Systeme d'Alerte et d'Information aux populations, or Population Alert and Information System), a new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks, launched today by the French government. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Google removes Afghan Taliban smartphone app

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:24 AM

The Taliban launches their foray into smartphone apps with a Pashto language app called Alemarah giving access to propaganda statements and videos The app is shuttered less than a day after launching on the Google Play Store

GOOGLE. Google's updated logo on their campus in Mountain View, California, USA, October 30, 2015. File photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Nintendo releases first smartphone game to take on rivals

Mar 17, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Free to play Miitomo allows players to create their own Mii avatars customize their outfit through in app purchases and interact with characters created by other people or friends

MIITOMO. Miitomo will launch in 15 other countries aside from Japan, including the US and France. Screen shot from

S. Korea develops smartphone app to curb student suicide

Mar 13, 2015 - 3:52 PM

The apps trigger an alert that is sent to parents smartphones when suicide related words are used by children on social networks in messages or on Internet searches by phone

A woman passes an advertisement at the Samsung Electronics headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, 08 January 2013. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

Uber offers PH gov’t information access to drivers

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Uber’s proposed information sharing scheme would include the disclosure of their drivers’ personal data to government regulators

DRIVER DETAILS. Uber is offering the Philippine government an access to its drivers' information to address concerns over the smartphone-based chauffeur service's safety. Photo by Uber

[Executive Edge] Pioneering the PH video game industry

Dec 28, 2014 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED This team of Filipino smartphone game developers wants to see a household name emerge out of the Philippines

Want to practice trading stocks? There’s an app for that

Dec 27, 2014 - 4:29 PM

If trading stocks is part of your New Year s resolutions for 2015 here s an app for you to get oriented with capital markets – minus the risks

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Instagram update adds photo editing tools

Jun 06, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Developed with the more serious photographer in mind the update allows users to decide how much of a filter is applied make photo adjustments using 10 new creative tools

Twitter buys Android lock-screen startup Cover

Apr 08, 2014 - 11:31 AM

The acquisition comes a year after the launch of the startup

TWITTER + COVER. Twitter acquires Cover, which makes smartphone lock screens

What's a trip like on Uber's pay-per-ride chauffeur service?

Feb 20, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Rappler s Michael Josh Villanueva and Chay Lazaro try out Uber Metro Manila s new app based pay per ride chauffeur service

Whip to-dos in shape with Taasky

Jan 20, 2014 - 7:06 PM

Whip your to do list into shape with Taasky for iOS

Box gives away 50GB of free cloud storage

Jan 16, 2014 - 8:47 AM

Cloud storage service Box is giving away 50GB of free space to users who download their new iOS app

Rappler launches Android app

May 20, 2013 - 8:15 PM

Get the Rappler experience on your Android smartphone

Taiwan temple to launch 'divine advice' app

Oct 20, 2012 - 5:14 PM

A temple in southern Taiwan is to launch a smartphone app that allows the faithful to seek advice from the heavens while on the move

Google buys smartphone photo app maker Nik

Sep 18, 2012 - 7:38 AM

Google on Monday is buying the company behind photo sharing application Snapseed to counter Facebook s acquisition of Instagram

PHOTO EDITING APP FOR SMARTPHONES. Sample of Snapseed editing from official website

Facebook shakes up engineering teams in mobile move

Sep 14, 2012 - 10:42 AM

Facebook on Thursday has shaken up its engineering teams to make targeting smartphones a top priority at the world s leading social network

Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. File photo by AFP