Technology

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

transmission tower

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) must assure tower companies to build common towers in rural areas, according to an Internet rights advocacy group. Democracy.Net.PH co-founder Pierre Tito Galla said the rollout of the cell towers and supporting infrastructure will help improve the delivery of Internet and mobile services in the provinces. Galla said in an interview on Wednesday, “They should add more towers. Common towers will have

Globe Telecom

Ushering in a new age of telecommunications in the home of the world’s heaviest internet users, Globe Telecom on Thursday launched Southeast Asia’s first commercial 5G network. The company rolled out the next-generation mobile standard in parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces for the home wireless internet segment, an early application for a technology whose full capabilities are still emerging. Globe CEO Ernest Cu said on the sidelines of

PLDT

PLDT CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan stated that their industry giant, PLDT Inc. is targeting to launch 5G services for select home broadband and corporate customers by the fourth quarter of 2019. PLDT’s rollout comes after rival Globe Telecom’s own commercial pilot launch in the approaching days, given Globe’s target to offer 5G to households within this month. 5G or the Fifth-generation of the new mobile standard that will offer much

telecommunication

Telco giant and Digital services provider PLDT Inc. is “on track” to meet its P26-billion telco core income guidance for the year, as its wireless business remains to recover from years of decline coupled with the constant increases in revenues from its enterprise and home verticals. Manuel V. Pangilinan, the PLDT’s chairman, stated his group is expectant for the rest of 2019, as preliminary earnings from the first half “are