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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,

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,

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.

The Olympus PENs: small DSLRs or just P&S cameras on steroids?

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:16 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

I must clarify that this is not a review. I have yet to handle an Olympus PEN camera at length aside from one instance when I was able to briefly play around with a working display unit in one camera …

Shooting from the hip: rediscovering film through lomography

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:28 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Back in the day, I did quite a bit of lomography in between my stints as a hobbyist and semi-pro digital photographer (and everything else I used to do). I considered lomography as my playful break from the stifling seriousness …

Fete dela WSK!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:21 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Fete dela WSK (pronounced fet dela wasak) strikes again! Now on its third year, the only Philippine festival focusing on sound art and digital culture continues to grow in scope and respectability, holding events in the Ayala Museum, Ronac Art …

Notes from the Robot Exhibit

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:02 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

My wife’s Japanese, and we generally visit her family at least once a year. This year, our arrival just managed to coincide with the last day of the 2011 International Robot Exhibition, held at Big Sight, the humongous, straight-out-of-Blade Runner …

All I want for Christmas

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 8:23 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Since Christmas is just a few weeks away, I think I should already publish my Christmas wish list, in the hope of coercing the universe to make these items magically show up under my tree on Christmas day (or be …

Of digital photography, ph-photo, and arrows

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 12:05 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

“Owning a digital SLR camera does not automatically make you a photographer.” This quote, and several versions of it, once made the rounds of the social networks and at one time became a very popular status update. This statement is …

Atoms of the word

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 9:00 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

In 1982, Omni magazine published William Gibson’s Burning Chrome — the science fiction short story where the word “cyberspace” first appeared — a story that the writer composed on a manual typewriter. In it, Gibson summed up technology’s emergent nature …

A gift of polyester

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:50 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

It’s November 1, All Saints Day. As I write this column, I am also conducting a personal vigil for my dear departed mother. In the spirit of this particular holiday, I would like to set aside all infotech concerns for …

Dennis Ritchie’s legacy (part 2)

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 8:54 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

So why are UNIX and C important? Well, the big picture is that the two languages are the reason that we can buy new computers and jack them into the role that our old one played in our lives. They …

Confessions of a closet gadget freak

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:09 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Everyday we are bombarded with marketing materials that tell us how much we need certain gadgets in our lives. The lure of such electronic contrivances is so strong that people find themselves scrounging money just to get the latest products …

Dennis Ritchie’s legacy (part 1)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:38 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

I admit it: the first time I heard of Dennis Ritchie was when I saw the notice of his death. I had no idea who he was or why C and/or UNIX are crucial to the age we live in. …

Moving on and starting up

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 9:09 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

The past week has seen a general overload of anything and everything Apple. Or, more appropriately, everything Steve Jobs. But now that the hype surrounding the announcement of the iPhone 4S and the general outpouring of emotion, sincere or otherwise, …


Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:36 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Potters need clay, shoemakers need leather, machinists need metal. Anyone who makes things becomes a citizen of a kind of underground railroad — a net of destinations woven by the needs of his projects. Among the most important of these …

Reverb: Sound Art in the Lopez Museum

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:58 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

The Lopez Museum is hosting Reverb, an exhibit focusing on sound art, and, you should go see it and hear it. I know: what is sound art, right? Obviously, it’s art that uses sound, but is it like, music? Well, …

Digital audio workstations in the time of need

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:41 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

As personal computing became even more personal over the years, we saw complex tasks becoming simpler and easier as big, clunky equipment got smaller, faster, lighter and considerably less expensive. Take the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), for instance. DAWs are …

The problem with credulity

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 1:03 pm | Quills by PJ Punla

The Internet is the infinite playlist. It might quite possibly be the labyrinthine library that people like Jose Luis Borges and Neil Gaiman were dreaming about. And there is no denying the fact that every day, people log on to …