Technology

Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of 2014’s fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the …

Organizers launch mobile and tablet app for Pope Francis’ visit

MANILA — Organizers of Pope Francis’ visit to the country next month launched on Friday the Papal Visit 2015 mobile and tablet application (app) for the public to be informed of the pontiff’s activities during his state and apostolic journey to the Philippines next year. According to Bishop Mylo Vergara, chairman of the Committee on …

House panel okays bill requiring registration of pre-paid SIM cards

MANILA — The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology has approved for plenary debate a proposed measure that would require the registration of pre-paid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to help law enforcement agencies in their campaign against criminality. House Bill 5231, which substituted House Bills 525, 858, 1519, 2444, 2588, 2624, 3295, 3602 …

Party-list rep files bill pushing nationwide wi-fi connectivity

MANILA, Philippines – A party-list representative has filed a bill which seeks to create wireless Internet network connection or wi-fi throughout the Philippines. Delphine Gan Lee, representative of the AGRI part-list is pushing for all towns and their residents to be connected via the creation of a municipal wi-fi program, to be shouldered 50-50 by …

Solon seeks creation of Wi-Fi network nationwide

MANILA — A lawmaker has filed a bill creating Wi-Fi systems in the entire country to make Internet connection accessible to everyone and democratize information and education. Rep. Delphine Gan Lee (Party List, AGRI) filed House Bill No. 4741 to transform the entire country into a wireless access zone and make wireless access to the …

Apple says plaintiff’s iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO — For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy. Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is over Apple’s use of restrictive software that kept iPods from playing digital music sold by competitors to its iTunes store. The case went …

Experts see Korean parallels in Sony hack

SEOUL, South Korea — Some cybersecurity experts say they’ve found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year. Sony is working with the FBI and Silicon Valley security firm FireEye to investigate the attacks …

Some protest on streets, others on social media

WASHINGTON — While marchers took to the streets to protest the lack of charges against white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, many more turned to social media to voice their objections to the grand jury decisions from their computers and mobile devices. Two of the most-discussed social media conversations on …

Globe OK’s nationwide free wifi access

KALIBO, Aklan — Globe Telecom has expressed confidence on the government’s plan of a P3-billion budget for free public wifi access in 2015. In an interview, Yolanda Crisanto, Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications of Globe Telecom, said the plan would push for an increase of Internet connectivity appreciation in the country. The Philippine Senate has earlier …

Lab-coated muggles use ‘Harry Potter’ to study brain

WASHINGTON — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” activates some of the …

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