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DepEd ramps up online education platform ahead of new school year

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24

Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:51 AM

'It was as if though we were sitting at the table where criminals were chatting among themselves,' says Jannine van den Berg

Dito Telecom to miss July 2020 target for cell sites amid lockdown

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano says securing permits to build towers would not be as difficult, had it not been for the pandemic

T.I.P. and Vents for Philippines secure DOST grant for ventilator project

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:20 PM

PRESS RELEASE: With this grant, the Technological Institute of the Philippines is set to produce five units of its prototype design that shall undergo further calibration and testing in government-recognized testing facilities

Huawei loses out in Singapore 5G bid

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Nokia and Ericsson are chosen as Singapore's main 5G network providers

China launches final satellite to complete rival to GPS

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The Beidou system works on a network of about 30 satellites and competes with the US's Global Positioning System, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo

BEIDOU. A Long March 3B rocket carrying the Beidou-3GEO3 satellite lifts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province on June 23, 2020. Photo by AFP

GCash transactions see 'unprecedented growth' in May

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:59 PM

Online payments to merchants via GCash surged by 700% in May compared to the same period last year

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Instead of repeating the mistakes of the past 12 years or so, communities have an opportunity to reject the expansion of big data policing. The dangers have only increased, the harms made plain by experience.

CAMERAS. Police forces have a wide range of options for monitoring individuals and crowds. Nicholas Kaeser/Flickr, CC BY-NC Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, American University

Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Privacy and rights groups worry about the implications of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement

Flying bubble makers could save world from starvation

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:21 AM

A Japanese scientist successfully demonstrates that soap bubbles can be used to pollinate fruit-bearing plants

U.S. wants undersea data cable to skip Hong Kong

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:50 AM

The Pacific Light Cable Network pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission should connect the US, Taiwan, and the Philippines but not go through Hong Kong as planned

An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana on June 13, 2017.  Facebook and Microsoft have paired up to run a giant underwater cable dubbed Marea (tide) that will stretch from Virginia in the US to Bilbao, Spain, crossing some 6,600 kilometers of ocean. / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA

Esperon denies he had Rio removed from DICT

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:47 AM

It was the President's prerogative to accept ICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr's dormant resignation, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO INTERVENTION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr during a Senate hearing in January 2020. Senate photo

NAST recognizes 12 outstanding young scientists for 2020

Jun 13, 2020 - 8:48 AM

This year's awardees are from UP Los Baños, Cebu Technological University, Cavite State University, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, UP-PGH, UP Diliman, and the Asian Institute of Management

TOP YOUNG PH SCIENTISTS. NAST 2020 awardees. Photos from NAST

Rio suspects Esperon behind his removal from DICT

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The removal of the former DICT official opens a Pandora's Box of issues in the department and in the government's coronavirus response

 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the meeting with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Malacañan Palace on April 15, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PGH using telepresence devices to connect patients and frontliners

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:07 AM

The telepresence devices are meant to allow for communication among patients, doctors, and a patient's family while limiting potential coronavirus exposure and conserving personal protective equipment

TELEPRESENCE. This telepresence device connects frontliners to patients, as well as patients to their loved ones. Photo from DOST-PCHRD.

PLDT Enterprise lays groundwork for business resilience under ‘new normal’

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The telecommunications and digital services provider recognizes the role of technology not only in personal lives but also in businesses

DOST delivers COVID-19 specimen collection booths to healthcare facilities

May 30, 2020 - 11:32 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Inspired by the telephone booth-style swab collection facilities in other Asian countries, the specimen collection booths are equipped with a transparent front window, ventilation, and caster wheels for easier mobility

Photo courtesy of Department of Science and Technology

RJ Jacinto replaces Rio in DICT

May 26, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The Duterte adviser is pushing for a common cell tower policy which Eliseo Rio Jr criticized as being 'anti-competitive' and in violation of telco franchises

DOST’s rewashable face masks ready for commercialization

May 25, 2020 - 1:01 PM

REwear face masks are designed to be washable for up to 50 times

Avatar robots at graduation? Japan pioneered them

May 24, 2020 - 9:01 AM

A public school in Taguig is the first in the Philippines to dress robots in toga to represent its graduates. The first in the world to do that was a university in Tokyo.

SUBSTITUTES. ‘newme’ avatar robots representing graduates of the Business BreakThrough University in Tokyo exit the stage after receiving diplomas from president Kenichi Ohmae on March 28, 2020. Photo from the BBT University website

IN PHOTOS: Robots represent graduating high school students in Taguig

May 22, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Senator Renato ‘Compañero’ Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School resorts to technology to comply with the prohibition on mass gatherings

After 4 months, Duterte accepts Rio resignation

May 22, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The DICT undersecretary offered to quit in January amid frustration with the department's confidential and intelligence funds

ELECTORAL TRANSPARENCY. DOTC Usec Eliseo Rio at the hearing on a proposal allowing other automated election systems (AES) service providers to participate in the next electoral exercise on March 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] Namimigay ng bigas, aso, smartphones, pera...

May 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Para-paraan ang mga gustong dumami ang followers, tapos ay ibebenta sa kung sinong herodes na malamang ay pulitikong mangangailangan ng titingin sa kaniyang recycled na plataporma at niretokeng pagmumukha

DOST-PCHRD scholar is PH's finalist to the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2020

May 20, 2020 - 2:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Maria Ruth Pineda-Cortel of the University of Santo Tomas is chosen as the finalist for the ASEAN-U.S Science Prize for Women 2020 for her project on gestational diabetes

[OPINION] The case for going cashless

May 19, 2020 - 3:06 PM

'India pressed a computer key to make the payments, while the Philippines walked a bag full of cash door to door'

[OPINION] Digital dating under lockdown: Can tech really fix dating?

May 16, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Is it possible to find love online? How are singles supposed to navigate through this new era of dating? Can social media fix dating?'

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

Roberto Verzola, ‘Father of Philippine email,’ dies

May 07, 2020 - 7:47 AM

Other than information technology, he was also in the forefront in various advocacies, such as intellectual property rights, genetic engineering, election automation, and renewable energy back when hardly anyone else were talking about them

Introducing Lighthouse: Rappler's new platform

May 02, 2020 - 2:30 PM

We reimagined Rappler from scratch, considering its pillars: data and technology, journalism, and community

Glimpse of the ‘new normal’ after the coronavirus according to industry experts

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:39 PM

To celebrate Labor Day, Tech Talk On-Air dives deep into the future of work to help Philippine industries cope with the changes brought by the pandemic

DOST starts mass producing telephone-booth style swabbing kiosk for coronavirus

Apr 27, 2020 - 2:53 PM

'This was designed to improve our testing capacity in our testing centers and hospitals without direct contact between the patient and the health worker,' the DOST says


Singapore disinfecting robot trialled in virus fight

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The 'XDBOT' is a box-shaped creation on wheels mounted with a dexterous robotic limb, which can reach awkward locations such as under tables and beds

DISINFECTION BOT. Singapore researchers have invented a disinfecting robot with an arm that mimics human movement, to help take the load off overworked cleaners during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from NTU Singapore/AFP

What's happened so far in the world of tech during the coronavirus crisis

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:09 PM

From Zoom’s big missed opportunity to internet networks being put to its limits, we’re listing down the top tech trends we’ve observed during the novel coronavirus crisis

PH tech initiatives in the fight against the coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:12 AM

From providing tangible assistance to frontliners to simple yet important actions like tech support for research initiatives, here’s a list of the things being done by the local tech scene in this crazy world we live in today

Big divide in internet use in Philippines by age, education level – report

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:46 PM

A new Pew Research Center survey reveals considerable internet usage gaps among older and younger Filipinos, and those with low and high educational attainment

Image from Shutterstock

[ANALYSIS] How everyday technology is saving us

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:15 PM

This also adds opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs, including in Southeast Asia and around the world

DOST to study use of virgin coconut oil as coronavirus treatment

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The Department of Science and Technology is working with UP-PGH and the Philippine Coconut Authority to conduct clinical studies

Photo from Shutterstock

PH kits for 120,000 coronavirus tests available by April 4

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The DOST and the UP National Institutes of Health Project will prioritize 1,300 kits – good for 26,000 tests – to be distributed to 6 hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

DOST-SEI announces 9,788 new science and technology scholarship qualifiers

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:03 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 5,917 passers qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, while 3,871 qualified for the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program

DOST opens applications for 2020 Junior Level Science Scholarship Program

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:46 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Junior Level Science Scholarship Program is intended for incoming third year college students who are enrolled in priority science and technology courses

PH science advisory body urges research-based approach to fight coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:14 PM

According to the National Academy of Science and Technology, mathematical modeling studies in epidemiology 'may help us better understand how the epidemic will evolve'

Who run the world? 4 women who slay in science and tech

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:52 PM

Rappler Hustle shares the stories of women who have made a name for themselves in finance, game development, physics, and tech

[OPINION] What will happen to poor students when schools go online?

Mar 16, 2020 - 1:56 PM

After this pandemic, the gap between the rich and the poor will still remain

Gunshot detection technology raises concerns of bias and inaccuracy

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:42 AM

A controversial gunshot detection system used by police departments in over 100 US cities raises questions about how technology is deployed by law enforcement

Artwork by Aigerim Ismagulova for Coda Story

Tech lifestyles enable 'safe escape' from coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 2:46 PM

'Social distancing' in the time of COVID-19

And now we focus on distractions

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Before we even know we are being distracted by something, another distraction comes along'

From canceled conferences to supply woes: The coronavirus’ impact on the tech sector

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

How has the coronavirus changed the technology sector in recent weeks? Here's a rundown of just what's happened.

KEEPING WATCH. A security guard keeps watch as an AI-powered system developed by Chinese tech firm Megvii screens commuters for fevers as they enter the Mudanyuan metro station in Beijing on February 6, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The US Justice Department says Anming Hu hid his ties to Beijing University of Technology while he taught and did research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

CHARGED. File photo of Anming Hu. Photo from University of Tennessee Knoxville

[OPINION] A few possible benefits of the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:10 PM

'I realized that online learning is not exactly a worst case scenario'

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The US Justice Department is taking aim at a number of Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing industrial and other secrets to boost China's economy and defense sectors

LOGO. The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP