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Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors Saturday, August 27, 2016 11:36 am | Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters

Facebook Inc changed its popular “Trending” feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias.

WATCH | Sting's musical mind revealed by brain scan Thursday, August 25, 2016 7:06 pm | Reuters video, InterAksyon.com

A cognitive psychologist in Montreal wanted to see how the musical mind responds to different compositions, so he looked inside Sting’s brain.

WATCH | Hundreds of Pokémon Go fans hit the streets of Taipei Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:11 am | Reuters

Pokemon Go enthusiasts in Taiwan march through the capital city in a rush to ‘catch’ rare Pokemons.

GADGETS | Quickie review: ASUS VivoMini UN65H Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:05 pm | Jing Garcia, InterAksyon.com

The Asus VivoMini UN65H is a light, small and compact mini computer.

Lamudi to leverage more on VR, bats for 50% traffic growth this year Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:16 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com

Online real estate portal Lamudi aims to leverage virtual reality (VR) more for its listings to help provide homebuyers better visualization of listed properties.

Iran rounds up 450 social network users Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:12 pm | Agence France-Presse

Iran has “arrested or summoned” around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards.

CYBER ART EXHIBIT | Monsters, machines, Steampunk...and Hiphop?

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 6:21 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

These days I’m much more inclined to think that Manila needs to become more international, especially where the arts are concerned.

Jingle Chordbook Magazine : the Internet of our time

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

An hour-long documentary of the publishing juggernaut of Jingle, the conduit, in pre-Internet Philippines, for all information about popular music, foreign, and popular, and the nexus for popular music culture.

Works in Confluence: Notes on the Confluence section of 'Listen to My Music'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 5:44 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

The exhibition celebrating composer and ethnomusicologist Dr. Jose Maceda is up and running with projects featuring contemporary musicians and sound artists who were given access to the Maceda collection.

Bytes and bamboo: Jose Maceda meets Manila’s musical underground

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 5:17 pm | Cuture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

This coming June, the UP College of Music will again be commemorating the death anniversary of Dr. Jose Maceda, the legendary Filipino ethnomusicologist and avante-garde composer.

Rails, Ruins, and Re-use: New York’s High Line Greenway

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 2:26 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

The first time I’d heard of the High Line was when my wife Chako’s old college buddy Gabby offered to tour us around it during the second week of last October. We were in New York, visiting friends living in …

September 15 is Software Freedom Day

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 5:53 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

September 15 is Software Freedom Day, SFD for short. It’s an annual, international celebration observed on the third Saturday of September (i.e. this coming Saturday) to promote the use of FOSS, or Free Open-Source Software. This September 15, parallel celebrations …

Land of the Cyborgs: Thoughts on MIDI Controllers

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 6:03 pm | Cuture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

I spend most of last week playing with this controller I have: the Novation Launchpad. Essentially, it’s an 8 x 9 grid of lighted buttons that plug into your computer . You can see it in action here. The video …

Laboratorium Zero: Art and coding in the Age of Facebook

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 2:58 pm | Cuture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Last August 1, Tengal (the festival director of the media arts showcase Fete dela WSK) called for people to come to Terminal Garden, (the name he calls his house when it’s functioning as a social center/headquarters for his various projects) …

The hardest button to button. Thoughts on interface design

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:37 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

How do you know what is what? Whatever else design is supposed to do, clarifying this question is, to me, one of its most interesting tasks. In fact, you could probably say that its answers to this question are the …

On misspelled words, writing in Tagalog, and Dinuguan

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:16 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

I recently discovered this writer on the Internet: one Lynda Barry, a pale, freckled, red-haired, 55 year old American cartoonist who is one quarter Pinay. She’s relatively unknown in the present, but in the eighties, she was famed as the …

Swimming in the Swarm: Big Brother in the 21st Century

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 12:23 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Last Sunday my wife Chako and I were at the birthday party of Mel Dominguez, the partner of InterAksyon’s Infotek editor Jing Garcia. We were seated at the journalists’ table with Jing; Chako and I were talking to Lifestyle editor …

Kung Fu Lizards versus the Monks of the Boneyard: A Meditation on Science and its Presentation

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 9:41 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been laying down the soundtrack for Butch Perez’ Birthplace, a film that compresses 4 and a half billion years of terrestrial history into 12 minutes of stereoscopic 3D animation (ie 3D, the kind …

Steel, fire and magic: Thoughts on a filmmaker’s love letter to indigenous Filipino culture

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 3:12 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Saw Sakay Sa Hangin, (Wind-Blown) Regiben Romana’s latest film last Wednesday. Regi is an old friend. I recently figured out that Regi and I each witnessed the other’s first meeting with the woman he married, a relationship that seems like …

Subflex: Manila’s best kept musical secret

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 2:31 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Wednesday is the week’s dead night in the world of bars and clubs. Music joints and drinking holes: the favored haunts of Lautrec and Hokusai. What they called the ukiyo, the floating world, in old Tokyo. Ukiyo the raucous party …

Wo®ds Incorporated

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 9:09 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

On my Facebook status, I recently wondered out loud on the fate of the word “kodakan” (a noun and verb-stem in street Filipino meaning “the act of taking photographs”) now that Eastman Kodak has filed for bankruptcy. While it’s true …

The cyborg in the river: A meditation on the art of Lirio Salvador

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 6:00 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Slowly, the news is hitting the mainstream press: Lirio Salvador, the sound artist, was a tragic victim of a hit and run by a motorcycle outside his gallery, the Espasyo Siningdikato, in Dasmarinas Cavite, two days short of the new …