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Google unveils tools to prevent ads alongside undesirable content Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:12 pm | Agence France-Presse

Google, which has seen a slew of companies withdraw ads after they appeared alongside extremist content, said Tuesday it was introducing new tools to give firms greater control.

FOCUS | Secrets from smart devices find path to legal system Monday, March 20, 2017 6:51 pm | Agence France-Presse

Vast amounts of data collected from our connected devices are increasingly being used in US legal proceedings to prove or disprove claims by people involved.

GADGETS | Quickie review: Focal Listen Monday, March 20, 2017 5:16 pm | Jing Garcia, InterAksyon.com

Focal’s is bringing their extremely good sound quality to a wider range of consumers who are willing to pay the price.

IBM launches enterprise-ready blockchain service Monday, March 20, 2017 4:11 pm | Anna Irrera, Reuters

International Business Machines Corp has launched a service that will allow businesses to build applications on its cloud using blockchain code from the Hyperledger Project, the cross-industry group led by the Linux Foundation.

Malaysia’s MYEG partners with Philippine I-Pay to bring e-services to PH govt Monday, March 20, 2017 11:45 am | Tony Maghirang, InterAksyon.com

I-Pay Ventures Commerce Ventures, Inc. (I-Pay) recently signed a joint-venture agreement with MY E.G. Services Bhd (MYEG) to enable government and large enterprises in the Philippines to offer a Payment Gateway and related value-added online services.

Video games linked to sexism in teenagers: study Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:42 pm | Agence France-Presse

The more time a teenage spends on video gaming, the likelier he or she is to display sexist attitudes and gender stereotypes, a study of thousands of French gaming aficionados has found.

Limits of copyright protection for computer program tested

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:25 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

A recent ruling from the highest court in the European Union (EU) on a case involving a software giant has upheld the limitation of copyright protection for computer programs. If it were decided differently, the decision could have paved 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 …

Are Filipino online consumers protected?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 12:52 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

With the Internet becoming the modern marketplace for an increasing number of Filipinos, do our existing laws provide enough protection for the growing online consumers? This crossed my mind after sifting through the latest European Union (EU) directive for one …

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 …

The anatomy of a punk album

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 9:00 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Or should I say the anatomy of a low-budget, independently produced, do-it-yourself, Pinoy punk album? Anyway, it’s that time again when my band Throw has to set everything aside and focus on coming up with a new album. It’s been …

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 …

The call of digitization, regulating the Internet and human rights online in Geneva

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:14 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

I wrote this column with my recently-concluded internship in Geneva still fresh in my mind. The title of this piece was inspired by Joëlle Kuntz’ book Geneva and the Call of Internationalism, a short but informative work on the small …

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 …

E-cigarettes: boon or bane?

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 7:32 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Electronic cigarettes, sometimes called e-cigarettes or e-cigs for short, have risen in popularity in recent times. Many smokers have taken to using e-cigs to help them curb the smoking habit. And because e-cigs produce vapor that looks and feels very …

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 …

When is imitation acceptable?

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 9:06 am | Euro Connection by

Mention imitation and most likely there is a technology example, either a copy of a certain technology or a technology-facilitated copying. At the 13th European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) Congress, which I attended over the weekend, technology examples peppered …

Revisiting an escapist’s reality

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 4:37 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

The past two weeks have been really hectic for me, with the demands of a new job description, a new team of writers to manage, and new responsibilities. The events of the past fortnight have been so stress-inducing that I …

Internet, news and data protection

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 1:31 pm | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

Philippines, in more ways than one, is an interesting case. Take the paradoxical area of intellectual property protection for news as a case in point. News in the Philippines is copyright protected, an intellectual property right that is unheard of …

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 …

Lens.ph: An online image gallery for Pinoys

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 8:28 am |

What do you do when you have hundreds of digital photos stored in your hard drive and you have nothing better to do with them? Okay, I know your first, and most obvious, option would be to post some of …

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 …