Technology

IM Ready portal enables one-stop traffic navigation and weather updates in PH

Gnarled traffic and devastating natural disasters are without a doubt two of the most pervasive problems dealt with by people in the Philippines. In this regard, the utilization of technology to help address these problems comes as a welcome development. Apps are being created by start-up companies to help alleviate the traffic or aid in …

BlackBerry announces new phones, services as part of comeback strategy

Photo: Facebook Page of Blackberry BARCELONA, Spain—BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) has unveiled a number of new products and services including a low-cost smartphone that will be released in April and an update to its flagship server software for organizations. The Z3 smartphone, to be introduced first in Indonesia and then to other Asian markets, will sell …

What to expect from this year’s premium smartphones: camera power closer to high end digital

SEOUL, South Korea—Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as Facebook and …

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal underscores CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s resolve to adapt to mobile upheaval

  SAN FRANCISCO – If Facebook hopes to remain the social networking leader, CEO Mark Zuckerberg knows the company must follow the people. That realization compelled Zuckerberg to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application that is redefining the concept of texting while its audience of 450 million users expands at an even …

DOST pushes eHealth technologies for smarter healthcare

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) trailblazing projects for the health sector  took the spotlight at the First Philippine eHealth Summit held last February 4 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City to pave the way for smarter healthcare by maximizing information and communications technology (ICT). Using ICT for health, also known as …

Facebook to buy mobile messaging company WhatsApp for up to $19B, its largest acquisition

  NEW YORK — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company’s largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. The world’s biggest social networking company said Wednesday that it is paying $12 billion in Facebook stock and $4 …

Las Vegas Sands websites restored 1 week after hacking

LAS VEGAS – Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked. The Las Vegas-based company pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran. Sands restored the websites Monday afternoon. The …

Google’s 4th quarter earnings, revenue rise 17 per cent to lift stock even as ad prices fall

SAN FRANCISCO—Google’s earnings are still rising at an impressive clip even as a long-running slump in its ad prices deepens and management gambles on risky ventures such as its unprofitable purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility. The latest evidence of the company’s moneymaking prowess emerged Thursday with the release of results covering the holiday shopping …

Yahoo says usernames and passwords stolen, information used to gather names, addresses

NEW YORK—Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo’s email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn’t say how many accounts have been affected. Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google’s Gmail, according to the …

Billionaire Icahn invests another $500 million in Apple, arguing the stock remains a bargain

SAN FRANCISCO—Outspoken billionaire Carl Icahn has tossed another bushel of Apple stock into his investment portfolio and suggested some new products as he tries to persuade the iPhone maker to do more to lift its market value. In an attempt to give his arguments more credence, Icahn disclosed that he invested another $500 million in …

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