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In the European Union, Android phone and tablet consumers will have the opportunity to install one of Google’s competitors as the default search supplier. But search companies will have to compete over what to pay for Google if customers pick them to be offered as an alternative.   The decision to choose when setting up phones arises after Google has been severely fined for abussing its position by the European

Samsung

Samsung Electronics said it will release its first foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone in September, three months after the launch was postponed owing to defects in the screen. Samsung said the top protective layer of the foldable display was extended beyond the bezel to fix the problems, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and is not intended to be removed The Galaxy Fold also

AMRO

The Asean+3 Macroeconomic and Research Office (Amro) has reduced its growth predictions for the Philippines in 2019 and 2020 to 6.3% and 6.5% respectively. This was included in the update published in Amro’s Asean+3 Regional Economic Outlook July. Amro expected a 6.4% development for the Philippines for 2019 and 6.6% for 2020 in its prior study. Amro ascribed the slower growth forecasts to the unanticipated slowdown in development in the

Microsoft

Microsoft announced an investment of $1 billion in an artificial intelligence ethical OpenAI project supported by Elon Musk and Amazon from Tesla. The partnership will focus on creating advanced AI models on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform while adhering to shared morality and trust values, the firms said in a joint release. OpenAI and Microsoft have demonstrated a vision of working with individuals on artificial general intelligence (AGI) to assist

Astronauts

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first moon landing, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins met. They gathered with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, who got a rundown of his administration’s plans to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and then to Mars in the 2030s. Also attending were both late Neil Armstrong’s sons, the first man to step on the

Instagram

Photo-sharing app Instagram announced that they are conducting a significant experiment that will conceal the amount of likes and video opinions from its users. The Facebook-owned social media app posted that they are running the experiment on their customers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. The Philippines are not included in the exam. Instagram said that they want the poeple to focus on the photos and

Desktop app

It can’t predict an earthquake, but by using it, real estate investors can prevent purchasing property that sits atop a fault. Others can avoid using it in locations that are subjected to risks, including volcanic eruptions, floods and landslides. According to Renato Solidum Jr., Under-Secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change at the DOST and Phivolcs officer, the app, which has real-life apps, enables individuals wired to search for

digital financial services

Adoption of digital financial services is increasing rapidly as mobile and internet penetrate all corners of the nation. For most unbanked and underserved, the transition to digital is gaining a boost from the traditional and most fundamental retail presence on the ground–through sari-sari shops driven by PayMaya’s Smart Padala. Kenneth Palacios, Director and Head of Wallets Business at PayMaya, For financial inclusion attempts to bear fruit, they should be able

smartphone

As Nintendo announces a “lite” version of their famous Switch console, in youth, gray and turquoise, the Switch experience is brighter and cheaper. Unlike the initial switch linked to a TV, the switch is portable only. Also, the Joy-Con controllers are not removable and no HD Rumble function and the IR move sensors are provided. Players, however, will be able to connect separately bought Joy-Con controllers to the Switch Lite

Apps

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology will soon launch four desktop and mobilevapplications (apps) in relation to disaster risk reduction and mitigation. Phivolcs director Renato Solidum noted these apps are the GeoMapper-Exposure Data Mapper, GeoMapper-Situation Data Mapper, Geo Analytics, and HazardHunter PH. These were developed under the GeoRiskPhilippines Initiative project of DOST. Solidum stated that basically, this project, which runs from 2018-2020, is a geographic information system (GIS) that