Technology

Indian IT company Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns

NEW DELHI — The CEO of India-based outsourcing and information technology company Infosys, Vishal Sikka, has resigned following differences with some founders of the company, including N.R. Narayana Murthy. The Infosys board of directors accepted Sikka’s resignation and appointed U.B. Pravin Rao as interim CEO and managing director, a company statement said Friday. In his …

Comelec urged to study options on use of VCMs

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is urged to thoroughly study its options on what they intend to do with the more than 90,000 vote counting machines (VCMs) that were utilized in the May 2016 polls. In Resolution No. ‪2017-002 issued by Comelec Advisory Council (CAC), it suggested that the poll body should carefully scrutinize all the …

House panel OKs P6.58B Mindanao Railway budget

MANILA — The construction of the Mindanao Railway project is finally taking off after a House panel approved a PHP6.58 billion budget to fund its initial phase, the Department of Transportation said. DOTr Assistant Secretary Timothy John Batan said the railway project will spur growth and development in Mindanao. “The DOTr sincerely appreciates Congress’s strong support …

Labour short Japan more at home with automation than US

MORIYA, Japan — The debate over machines snatching jobs from people is muted in Japan, where birth rates have been sinking for decades, raising fears of a labour shortage. It would be hard to find a culture that celebrates robots more. Japanese consumers have even flocked to buy companion robots from the internet company SoftBank …

500 e-jeepneys to ply CDO streets

CAGAYAN DE ORO, August 14 — At least 500 electric jeepneys are expected to ply this city’s roads next year, in a move seen to prepare the city’s transport sector for the eventual phase out of dilapidated public utility vehicles (PUVs). Bernardo Jamaca, president of Cagayan de Oro First Taxi Drivers Alliance (Cafitada), said the 500 …

Ford Philippines hopes to bring road safety program to Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, Aug 10 — Ford Philippines is looking forward to roll out its road safety program in Iloilo, which is eyed to be launched in Cebu and in Davao this year. Dubbed as driving skills for life (DSFL) is a global program of Ford Motor Company that educates drivers about safety driving, fuel-efficient driving …

Free computer training benefits close to 10,000 from W. Visayas

ILOILO CITY, Aug 10 — Close to 10,000 Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents have availed of the free computer training by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here. In data gathered from OWWA, a total of 9,809 individuals have availed of the Tulay (Bridge) Project since it was launched in this city in April …

PH auto sales grow 23% y-o-y in July 2017

MANILA, Aug. 10 –Sales of automotive vehicles in July 2017 reached 37,951 units, up 23.3 percent from 29,967 units in July last year, data released by Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) showed Thursday. Sales of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles increased double-digit in July 2017. …

Uber expands food delivery services to South Korea

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Ride-hailing company Uber is expanding its food delivery service to South Korea. The San Francisco-based company’s Thursday launch of UberEats in Seoul comes as it continues its talks with local authorities to resume its flagship ride-hailing service. Before UberEats, Uber’s presence in South Korea was almost non-existence. It withdrew its …

Free speech debate swirls as officials block on social media

SALT LAKE CITY — An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people’s free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the U.S. as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice. The American Civil Liberties Union this week sued Maine Gov. Paul LePage and sent warning letters to Utah’s …

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