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Spyware by Israel's NSO used against journalist – Amnesty International

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Amnesty International says the Moroccan authorities used NSO's Pegasus software to insert spyware onto the cellphone of Omar Radi, a journalist convicted in March over a social media post

NSO GROUP. An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

E3 video game conference canceled due to coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:54 AM

The Entertainment Software Association says the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo would not take place, becoming the latest in a growing list of canceled conferences

E3 CANCELED. In this file photo a gaming fan plays during E3 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by David McNew/Getty Images North America/AFP

China creates app to recognize Pandas

May 17, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Researchers also build a database with over 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of giant pandas that would allow them to correctly identify individual animals

AN APP FOR PANDAS. This file photo taken on September 9, 2016 shows a group of pandas eating bamboo at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China's Sichuan province. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Japan makes console modding, save editing software illegal

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Japan's amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act also bars the reselling of game serial codes or other software product keys


EU puts up bug bounties to find flaws in open source software

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:15 PM

This will cover 14 free and open source software starting January 2019. A 15th piece of software will be opened for the bounty in March.

China uses 'gait recognition' technology to identify people

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The software can identify people by how they walk, even if they are not facing the camera

IBM buys software company Red Hat for $34 billion in bid for cloud dominance

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:24 AM

The deal will see IBM acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, more than $70 above the $116.68 at which Red Hat was trading on close of business Friday

IBM AND RED HAT. In this file photo taken on February 26, 2018 the logo of Red Hat Software is pictured at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.  Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer, video games

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Wolfenstein series of games is deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called 'anti-constitutional' symbols, including Nazi swastikas

HITLER REPRESENTATIONS. The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag. Screen shots taken from Censored Gaming YouTube video.

Kaspersky moves core processes from Russia to Switzerland to regain trust

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The company is working toward regaining trust on the global stage after the US government banned the purchase of Kaspersky software due to reported ties with Russian intelligence firms

ANTON SHINGAREV. Anton Shingarev, Vice President for Public Affairs and Head of the CEO Office at Kaspersky Lab, speaks at an event in Manila. Photo from press release.

Facebook studying AI that opens closed eyes in photos

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The AI uses photos of a person found in Facebook as reference to replace closed eyes with open ones

SAMPLES. Facebook's research paper shows a few examples of photos with closed eyes being opened up by AI-assisted technology. Photo from Facebook

4 more fun game trailers from Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Here's a roundup of 4 more trailers from the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing for your viewing pleasure

XBOX E3 2018 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream.

Valve patches 10-year-old exploitable bug in Steam

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The bug reportedly makes Steam users’ computers vulnerable to being remotely taken control of by hackers

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/

You think your data, communication devices are safe? Think again

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines

ACCESS. Information and communications on a person's device can be accessed through the use of different types of equipment and software.

Benchmarks show that iOS updates don't slow down old iPhones

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:10 PM

New 3DMark test results show a minimal performance decrease among older iPhones after upgrading to iOS 11

U.S. bans Kaspersky software amid concerns over Russia ties

Jul 12, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The General Services Administration which handles US federal government purchasing contracts removes Kaspersky Labs from its list of approved vendors making it more difficult to obtain Kaspersky products

What we've learned from the WannaCry ransomware attacks

May 16, 2017 - 12:30 AM

An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen says Microsoft s Brad Smith

BOUND. The WannaCry ransomware attack locked out 200,000 computers, with perpetrators asking for US$300 as a ransom fee. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

Duterte impeachment case, Leila de Lima, Whatsapp & Telegram | Midday wRap

Mar 16, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Watch Rappler s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Researchers find security flaw in WhatsApp, Telegram

Mar 15, 2017 - 9:37 PM

Check Point Software Technologies says it alerted Telegram and Facebook owned WhatsApp last week waiting until the vulnerability was patched before making it public

Secret Uber software steers drivers from stings

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:22 AM

This program denies ride requests to fraudulent users who are violating our terms of service an Uber spokesperson says in an email reply to an Agence France Presse inquiry

'Racist' robot rejects Asian-face passport photo

Dec 08, 2016 - 9:24 AM

A computer generated response said the photo of a New Zealander of Asian descent did not meet New Zealand s criteria because the eyes are closed

Resident Evil 7’s plot, combat details revealed by ESRB

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:39 PM

The listing says players will be taking on the role of Ethan a man in search of his wife in a derelict mansion

BLOOD AND GORE. The ESRB’s detailed description of Resident Evil 7 paints a gruesome picture. Image from Capcom

Chinese consortium buys Opera browser for $600M

Jul 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The consortium will purchase the mobile and desktop versions of the Opera browser plus performance and privacy apps and a stake in a Chinese joint venture but not the television media and games units

Czech anti-virus firm Avast buys Dutch rival AVG for $1.3B

Jul 07, 2016 - 6:32 PM

Approved by both companies boards the transaction is due to close in September or October

PH team TNC heading to DOTA 2's The International

Jun 27, 2016 - 12:25 PM

TNC joins invited teams OG Team Liquid MVP Phoenix Newbee LGD Gaming and Natus Vincere as well as qualifying teams Evil Geniuses and Team Secret in the tournament

Russian hi-tech spy devices under attack over privacy fears

Jun 05, 2016 - 8:30 PM

An app that matches a stranger s photo to his or her social media account plus a system that intercepts mobile phone calls come under fire

A woman takes pictures by her smartphone at the Red Square in Moscow on June 1, 2016. A phone call interception system and a controversial face recognition app are just two of the new Russian technologies that are rattling the tech industry by pushing the limits of privacy.    / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV

Asia hotbed of IT piracy despite economic growth – report

May 25, 2016 - 9:17 PM

The report results from a survey of 22 000 computer users and 2 000 information technology decision makers and includes business operating system gaming and security software

SOFTWARE PIRACY. Pirated software CDs are seen on sale at a shop near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan, on April 23, 2010. File photo by Matiullah Achakzai/EPA

Opera Software shareholders accept Chinese bid

May 25, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The Chinese consortium still needs the go signal from US and Chinese regulatory authorities before it can complete the acquisition

PLDT pours $5M into California-based Matrixx Software

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:35 PM

PLDT Capital says it partnered with Matrix to have a real time customer centric platform that could jumpstart its entry into the digital market without a lengthy IT project

NEW INVESTMENT. Matrixx provides a real-time digital commerce platform for creating and monetizing content and services. Photo from Matrixx website

Amazon: Older Kindles need software update to keep connectivity

Mar 21, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Users who are unable to update their Kindles by March 22 will need to manually install the latest software update to regain Internet connectivity on their devices

Opera Software welcomes Chinese consortium's $1.2B bid

Feb 10, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The Opera Software board unanimously recommends the consortium s offer to shareholders

Tech trends that can make waves in 2016

Jan 09, 2016 - 2:30 PM

A look at where technology is going in the Philippines and how it will affect both businesses and consumers

FIFA used special software to catch Blatter-Platini payment

Dec 22, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The Swiss developed program can analyze thousands of accounts in double quick time and is now being used to track doubtful money transfers in world football

SPECIAL SOFTWARE. FIFA tracked the money transfer between Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini through a special Swiss-developed software. Photo by WALTER BIERI/EPA

Opera Max update adds Youtube, Netflix video compression

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Opera Software s data compression application now allows YouTube video compression saving users data while retaining quality streaming

OPERA MAX. Screen shot from YouTube.

Helping sari-sari store owners through technology

Aug 17, 2015 - 5:14 PM

A Filipino start up shines at the 2015 Global Entrepreneur Summit

GLOBAL FILIPINO. Sari Software CEO Ibrahim Bernardo pitches his start-up's latest innovation - SariScan.  Ibrahim Bernardo

Bloodborne: A bloody good adrenaline rush

Aug 09, 2015 - 3:05 PM

From your waking moments till the moment you conquer your prey Bloodborne’s elements will always build you up to a sweet satisfying and triumphant victory

Opera Software: PH most 'social nation' in the world

Jul 31, 2015 - 4:22 PM

The report which is based on aggregated information from Opera Mini servers says 86 of page views from Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Philippines were social networking sites


Sachet effect and the digital economy

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

3 prominent technopreneurs in the Philippines discuss the ins and outs of the local digital economy

First impressions: The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne

Feb 07, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history London while Bloodborne takes you the city of Yharnam whose citizens turn into beasts

5 student tech startups win PH startup challenge finals

Dec 20, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Press release: Out of the 20 finalists of the Philippine Startup Challenge five tech startups consisting of students are declared as winners and granted with mentorship

[Executive Edge] The CEO of not one, but two, tech companies

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:23 PM

See how serial entrepreneur Sean Si creates a business out of frustration and ensures it thrives

5 prospective bidders so far for election tech

Nov 04, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Among those who have bought bidding documents is Smartmatic whose participation is criticized due to unresolved and persistent issues with its PCOS machines

PRE-BID CONFERENCE. The Comelec holds a pre-bid conference for the lease of two automated election systems for the 2016 elections on Tuesday, November 4. Michael Bueza/Rappler

New Apple mobile software arrives Sept 17

Sep 17, 2014 - 11:52 AM

The iOS 8 mobile operating system will be available free for download to many iPhone and iPad models and will be pre installed on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi (L) and Apple CEO Tim Cook speak during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014, in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

8 tech ideas worth watching from Elevation Pitch

Aug 21, 2014 - 7:09 PM

Whether it s games energy saving technology or social media tracking these 8 tech ideas are worth looking at in the future to see how they develop

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

May 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform

Apple releases iOS 7.1 featuring CarPlay

Mar 11, 2014 - 6:21 AM

Ease of use while driving with CarPlay a slightly smarter Siri and a few user interface tweaks now available for iPhone users on the iOS 7 1 update

5 things that would make the Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘The One’

Feb 23, 2014 - 1:01 AM

Samsung shipped a record number of smartphones in 2013 but despite market dominance could be in for trouble if its upcoming flagship the Galaxy S5 falls short of expectations

Esri makes geographical horror map

Oct 31, 2013 - 5:30 PM

Learn more about where some of the best horror movies took place

MAPPING HORROR FILMS. Software maker Esri plots out horror movie locales for users. Map background from

Apple iOS 7.0.2 update fixes lock screen bug

Sep 30, 2013 - 4:44 PM

Apple s latest software update fixes a security bug and brings back an old feature for Greek keyboard users

FIXING BUGS. Apple's iOS 7.0.2 update remedies a passcode screen bypass bug.

Google+ gets photo editing via SnapSeed

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Google gains the ability to edit photos on the Chrome browser

PHOTO EDITING. Google+ gains the ability to edit photos thanks to SnapSeed. Screen shot from YouTube