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WORLD'S LARGEST | China's online population reaches 648 million Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:56 pm | Xinhua

China’s netizen population, the world’s largest, reached 648 million at the end of 2014, 16 million more than in June, according to an industry expert.

PH net speed unchanged, still regional laggard, not ultra-HD ready -- Akamai Friday, January 23, 2015 5:54 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com

As of the third quarter of 2014, the Philippines’ average connection speed stood at a modest 2.5 Mbps, same as the previous quarter but up 39 percent year-on-year.

Email scam nets $214-M in 14 months: FBI Friday, January 23, 2015 5:17 pm | Agence France-Presse

An email scam which targets businesses with bogus invoices has netted more than $214 million from victims in 45 countries in just over one year, an FBI task force said Thursday.

Ford goes Silicon Valley with new research center Friday, January 23, 2015 5:12 pm | Agence France-Presse

Ford opened a new research center in Silicon Valley on Thursday, stepping up the company’s efforts on connected vehicles, autonomous driving and ways to use big data.

Internet will 'disappear', Google boss tells Davos Friday, January 23, 2015 10:06 am | Richard Carter, Agence France-Presse

Google boss Eric Schmidt predicted on Thursday that the Internet will soon be so pervasive in every facet of our lives that it will effectively “disappear” into the background.

Social networks must help stamp out promotion of violence -- France Friday, January 23, 2015 9:47 am | Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

France appealed on Thursday for U.N. member states to work together on an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

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 …