Tech News

Apple ties with Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor

January 29, 2015 | 5:04 pm | Agence France-Presse

Apple caught up with Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said Thursday.

Smart ties up with Walt Disney for digital content

January 29, 2015 | 4:46 pm |

Smart Communications, Inc. has partnered with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, through its interactive entertainment arm Disney Interactive, to bring digital content offerings across its platforms.

Toshiba to exit North America TV market, eyes global overhaul

January 29, 2015 | 4:12 pm | Ritsuko Ando, Reuters

Toshiba Corp said it will stop making and selling TVs in North America and is considering similar exits from other countries, the latest Japanese electronics maker to give up competing in the global TV market amid a fierce price war.

Thai junta chief defends controversial cyber law plans

January 29, 2015 | 7:56 am | Agence France-Presse

Thailand’s junta chief Tuesday defended proposals for a cyber law that critics say will grant the government unprecedented surveillance powers with little judicial oversight.

Singapore forms Cyber Security Agency after world hack attacks

January 29, 2015 | 7:35 am | Agence France-Presse

Singapore’s government will set up a new agency to strengthen cyber security, the prime minister’s office said Tuesday, amid more reports of high-profile hacking incidents worldwide.

Yahoo’s new path murky after Alibaba split

January 29, 2015 | 7:22 am | Rob Lever, Sophie Estienne, Agence France-Presse

After cutting the cord with China’s Alibaba, the high-profile Yahoo chief executive, Marissa Mayer, faces more pressure than ever to reinvent the fading Internet star.

Snowden files show Canada spy agency runs global Internet watch — CBC News

January 29, 2015 | 6:56 am | David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday.

P350-M DOST lab seen to boost semicon industry

January 28, 2015 | 3:41 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

A P350 million laboratory under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was put up to encourage semiconductor companies to have their product testing and design locally.

Google’s Waze app endangers police: LAPD chief

January 28, 2015 | 2:56 pm | Agence France-Presse

Google’s newly acquired Waze application poses a danger to police because of its ability to track their locations, the Los Angeles police chief said in a letter to the tech company’s CEO.

Sony to cut 1,000 jobs in smartphone business — sources

January 28, 2015 | 2:32 pm | Reiji Murai, Ritsuko Ando, Reuters

Sony Corp plans to cut around 1,000 additional jobs in its struggling smartphone division as it tries to bring its electronics business back into the black, sources said on Wednesday.

VIDEO | Robot mimics a giant stick insect

January 28, 2015 | 11:35 am | Reuters video, InterAksyon,com

A robot based on a stick insect can navigate difficult terrain autonomously and adapt to its surroundings.

Govt set to provide provinces with free Wi-Fi this year

January 28, 2015 | 10:44 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Various municipalities in the country are set to be provided this year with free Wi-Fi connectivity through a P1.4 billion project of the DOST-ICT Office.

Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

January 28, 2015 | 9:49 am | Christina Farr, Reuters

Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

Google super-fast US Internet service spreads

January 28, 2015 | 9:19 am | Agence France-Presse

Google’s super-fast Internet service — up to 100 times quicker than basic broadband — is heading for four more US metropolitan areas as the technology titan ramps up pressure on cable service giants.

Facebook, Instagram access restored after disruption: company

January 27, 2015 | 5:45 pm | Agence France-Presse, Reuters

Full access to Facebook and Instagram have been fully restored after users suffered disruptions on Tuesday, Facebook said in a statement.