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And the Golden Tweet of 2016 goes to…

December 8, 2016 | 5:15 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Here are the Top biggest moments, hashtags and most followed on Twitter for the year.

JetPack Aviation shows off its portable, turbine-powered backpack

December 8, 2016 | 3:55 pm | Reuters video,

Billed as “the world’s first true jetpack,” JetPack Aviation shows off its JB-10 jet turbine-powered backpack, capable of vertical takeoff and landing.

Always on the go? Download those movies from Netflix

December 8, 2016 | 11:04 am |

Netflix members worldwide can now download in addition to stream great series and films at no extra cost.

Need to confess sins? New app finds nearest priest

December 8, 2016 | 10:18 am | Agence France-Presse

Catholics seeking to confess their sins to a priest in Spain can now turn to a new app to find the nearest available cleric.

Time runs out for smartwatch pioneer Pebble

December 8, 2016 | 9:06 am | Agence France-Presse

Smartwatch pioneer Pebble announced Wednesday it was shutting down, with tech wearables giant Fitbit acquiring some of its assets including key personnel.

Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers

December 8, 2016 | 7:44 am | Agence France-Presse

Apple’s streaming service says it has reached 20 million subscribers, showing quick growth as the tech titan tries to close in on sector leader Spotify.

Alcatel launches three new smartphones

December 6, 2016 | 6:45 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Alcatel has launched three mid-range smartphones to the local market that the company hopes to market to working teenagers.

Pizzeria attack underscores fake news dangers

December 6, 2016 | 10:05 am | Paul Handley, Agence France-Presse

n assault rifle-wielding gunman’s appearance at a Washington pizzeria that was falsely reported to house a pedophile ring has elevated worries over the unrelenting rise of fake news and malicious gossip on the internet.

Uber steps up efforts on artificial intelligence

December 6, 2016 | 9:58 am | Agence France-Presse

Uber announced it was buying the artificial intelligence group Geometric Intelligence, to form the core of the ride-sharing giant’s own research center.

EU urges US tech giants to act faster against hate speech

December 5, 2016 | 9:57 am | Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said.

Social media ads to hit $50 billion by 2019 — Zenith

December 5, 2016 | 8:52 am | Adela Suliman, Reuters

The amount of money spent on advertising on social media is set to catch up with newspaper ad revenues by 2020, a leading forecaster said.

Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race

December 4, 2016 | 11:58 pm | David Shepardson, Reuters

Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles.

DOST making case for govt to put up a space agency

December 3, 2016 | 2:44 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Though space exploration has long been seen as the province of wealthy countries, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is making the case that space is now an economic and development imperative.

Nokia ready for smartphone comeback in 2017

December 2, 2016 | 9:12 am | Agence France-Presse

Nokia, once the world’s top mobile phone maker, will make a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017, the company and its licensee said.

Smart’s fastest hot spot is now in Davao

December 1, 2016 | 4:26 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Smart Communications has now logged its fastest mobile Internet in the country in Davao, after reporting a manifold increase in LTE service following network upgrades.