Technology

Facebook’s Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook’s Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next. In an effort to pull off the transformation, Facebook Inc. is opening Messenger so outside programmers can build features tailored …

Clash of Clans maker sees strong growth in profits, sales

HELSINKI — “Clash of Clans” maker Supercell says pre-tax profit last year more than doubled to 515 million euros ($564 million) as sales of its popular games surged three-fold to more than 1.54 billion euros. Last year, the Helsinki-based company, which is also known for its popular `Hay Day’ game, launched its third game `Boom …

Recto welcomes DOST’S plan to set up free Wi-Fi in airports, seaports

MANILA –Senator Ralph Recto on Saturday welcomed the plan of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to set up free Wi-Fi in airports and seaports, saying “these would be a big help to tourists and travelers.” “2015 is Visit Philippines Year. It is also the year we’ll be hosting 15,000 delegates to the APEC …

Insurance firm eyes OFWs as clients for its online app

DAVAO CITY — The first online insurance store is eyeing the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as market for its first online application to avail of products they can invest while abroad. The AXA ION or AXA Insurance Online is the first online life insurance store to offer services and products for overseas workers who can …

Yahoo closing last China operation in Beijing

BEIJING — Yahoo Inc. is closing its Beijing research and development center and leaving China in a new cost-cutting move. The company said Thursday the Beijing office’s functions would be consolidated in other locations. It gave no details of how many people would lose their jobs but said they would be “treated with respect and …

As Internet Explorer loses ground, Microsoft readies new web browser

SAN FRANCISCO — Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program. Microsoft has built a new web browser designed for the modern web and mobile devices to go with its new Windows 10 operating system …

Free mobile app will bring live KHL playoffs, archived games to Canadians

Canadian hockey fans curious to check out the Kontinental Hockey League will be able to watch live games for the first time. Television network One World Sports, which holds the American rights to the KHL, and developer Kiswe Mobile are joining forces to bring games from the largest professional league in Asia and Europe to …

Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar on 3rd leg of journey

YANGON, Myanmar — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the third leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy. Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2’s arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for its giant mobile hangar and exhibition tent, said Taik Aung, the …

Globe data customer growth generates 110% over Free Facebook campaigns

MANILA — Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) on Wednesday revealed that it has generated a data customer growth of 110 percent over its two consecutive Free Facebook campaigns. Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Group Daniel Horan said in a statement that this development shows that the campaign has been an effective tool in enhancing …

Science Matters: Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future

Many people think of Canada as a landscape of forests, mountains, water and ice, but the Canadian experience is fast becoming focused on glass and concrete. Our 2011 census revealed that 81 per cent of us now live in cities. And despite taking up less land space, our environmental impact continues to grow. As the …