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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

Huawei

Huawei may still face an uncertain future over its access to licensed variants of Android and Windows operating systems, but it has been busy preparing in-house substitutes in case the tide turns against its favor. Now, the world’s second largest phone maker has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, attempting to register the name “Harmony” for its mobile and operating systems. The request is dated

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

google

Clogged Google servers in the eastern United States triggered problems for users of Snapchat and YouTube on Sunday, with complaints on social media that the popular apps weren’t accessible. Google had recognized the issue, writing in a statement on its Cloud Platform status page that it was dealing with “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube.” “Users may

Samsung Galaxy s10

Photographer BJ Pascual and rising filmmaker Samantha Lee talked about taking mobile photography and videography to the next level on the second leg of Samsung’s PASS10N Lab series of workshops held this week. Pascual is among the Philippines’ coveted photographers, having shot many of the country’s most beautiful faces. Being a household name in the fashion industry, his photos have been embellished the covers of magazines in both country and

Xiaomi Mi 9

Much awaited XiaXiaomi omi Mi 9 SE becomes available in the Philippines on Saturday, May 18, via Lazada and a soon-to-open Mi Authorized Concept Store at Robinson’s Magnolia. Expect a wider rollout to other Mi stores soon after. Phone models will be priced at P15,990 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, putting it in competition with the likes of the OPPO F11, Vivo V15, Huawei P30 Lite, and