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GEEKS ON A PLANE | Silicon Valley investors arrive in the PH to scout for opportunities

July 25, 2014 | 6:53 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

A group of Silicon Valley investors big enough to fill a classroom flew into the Philippines to scout for viable opportunities in the tech startup scene as part of a worldwide tour dubbed “Geeks on a Plane.”

VIDEO | Smartphone app helps non-Arabic speaking Muslims read the Qur’an

July 25, 2014 | 6:00 pm | Reuters' video, InterAksyon,com

A smartphone application translates the Qur’an (Koran) from Arabic to Bahasa Indonesia by scanning through codes at the bottom of each line, a technology that aims to encourage a younger generation of non-Arabic speakers to become more familiar with Islam’s holy book.

Amazon’s ‘Fire’ smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, NXP

July 25, 2014 | 5:24 pm | Noel Randewich, Reuters Inc’s new “Fire” smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday.

Be on social media now says digital marketing consultant to govt

July 25, 2014 | 2:27 pm | Tricia Aquino,

Government had many worthwhile projects, but unless it went on social media and used the avenue as a way to spread the word, no one would know about its efforts.

Facebook goes express to mega-cap status — now valued more than AT&T, Coke

July 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm | Chuck Mikolajczak, Reuters

In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers.

Amazon loss widens despite climbing sales

July 25, 2014 | 1:17 pm | Glenn Chapman, Agence France-Presse

Internet retail titan Amazon on Thursday reported a money-losing quarter despite impressive growth in sales, sending shares plummeting by more than 10 percent.

MMDA deploys Android app for INC Sentenaryo

July 25, 2014 | 4:30 am | Clara Masinag,

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched “INC Sentenaryo App”, a tablet/mobile application to provide motorists with up-to-date traffic reports on roads leading to and from the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) centennial celebration in Bocaue, Bulacan on Sunday, July 27.

VIDEO | Facebook earnings put smile on investors’ faces

July 25, 2014 | 1:32 am | Reuters' video, InterAksyon,com

Facebook earnings beat forecasts- with revenue climbing 61 percent.

In China, Apple’s focus pays off while Samsung feels squeeze

July 25, 2014 | 1:14 am | Agence France-Presse

The mobile industry has long held that Samsung’s broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets.

Swatch Group denies working with Apple on smartwatch

July 25, 2014 | 1:11 am | Agence France-Presse

Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch, a wearable device with interactive functions.

US app to help emergency responders communicate in crisis

July 25, 2014 | 12:28 am | Chris Francescani, Agence France-Presse

A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls.

Google under fire from regulators over response to EU privacy ruling

July 24, 2014 | 11:03 pm | Julia Fioretti, Reuters

Google’s handling of “right to be forgotten” requests from European citizens will come under fire from the continent’s privacy watchdogs on Thursday, after the search engine restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only.

Europe’s Central Bank says website hacked, no sensitive data affected

July 24, 2014 | 10:59 pm | Agence France-Presse

The European Central Bank said on Thursday its website had been hacked and some email addresses and other contact information stolen but insisted no market-sensitive data were affected.

Nokia’s fortunes brighten on heavy network spending

July 24, 2014 | 8:54 pm | Sakati Suoninen, Jussi Rosendal, Reuters

Nokia surprised investors with strong quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit margin forecast as network operators install more powerful systems to cope with surging mobile data traffic.

No evidence of health risks due to cellphone radiation exposure: NAST —

July 24, 2014 | 6:30 pm |,

There is no conclusive evidence at present indicating that exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cellular phones poses a definite risk to human health.