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Microsoft retreats in smartphone battle, 1,850 jobs to go Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:52 am | Jussi Rosendahl, Thomas Forsell, Reuters

Microsoft Corp announced more big cuts to its smartphone business on Wednesday, just two years after it bought handset maker Nokia in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple and Samsung.

Netflix, Amazon face quotas for European movies Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:02 am | Lachlan Carmichael, Agence France-Presse

US firms like Netflix, Amazon and Apple face quotas for European movies and television shows under EU proposals unveiled Wednesday that also aim to lift cross-border barriers for Internet shoppers.

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:01 am | Narottam Medhora, Anya George Tharakan, Amy Tennery, Reuters

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count towards the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain. Twitter said the change, part of its efforts …

Google ex-boss Schmidt reveals he has an iPhone Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:53 am | Sophie Mignon, Agence France-Presse

Tech industry titans Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt took their battle for corporate domination to the heart of Europe on Tuesday seeking to win over new startups and IT enthusiasts.

China's Huawei sues Samsung Electronics claiming mobile patent infringement Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:42 am | Yimou Lee, Anne Marie Roantree, ReutersI

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has filed lawsuits against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, in the first such case by the Chinese firm against the world’s biggest mobile maker.

Industry lauds signing of DICT law Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:01 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com

Industry experts were upbeat that the Department of ICT is now set to become a reality after a decade of lobbying.

A day in the life of a Pinoy Internet junkie (or what 20 years of Internet has done to our youth)

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 7:14 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is check your Twitter feed and your Facebook notifications for interesting developments while you were asleep.

From the mouth of babes: How teeners view the pork barrel scam

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 12:53 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

It’s about time we disprove the notion that youth is wasted on the young.

E-BOOK REVIEW | Dan Brown’s Inferno: not too hot

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:43 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Aside from the usual buzz that every Dan Brown book gets upon its release, this particular book shot to immediate fame here in the Philippines because of the author’s controversial representation of Manila.

SLIDESHOW | MacWorld / iWorld 2013, San Francisco

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 2:15 am | Photos by Al Dimalanta

Our resident tech columnist Al Dimanlanta share’s the photos he took inside the Muscone Center West where all the four-day iActivities happened.

REVIEW | Forget the apples, here's a Star

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 1:18 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

The Starmobile Astra: for P6,990, I got for myself a full-featured Android smartphone that not only was gentle on my wallet, it exceeded all my expectations of what a relatively “cheap” Android phone should be.

Of plagiarism, libel, and the end of freedom of expression as we know it

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:23 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

And so it has come to pass. The erstwhile Cybercrime Bill is now signed into law and our online lives will never be the same again. But first, a bit of perspective. In the past few weeks, cyberspace was abuzz …

On the Net, Google is god; but is SEO really dying?

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 4:34 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

I woke up to the sound of rain pouring heavily outside my window. It was a wet Sunday afternoon and I was feeling slightly disoriented. I should’ve been somewhere else that day but my head decided to be an ass …

Racism, lookism and all that shizz in cyberspace

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 10:29 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Race has always been a touchy subject. It’s a topic that’s best left alone unless one is prepared to invite differing, oftentimes scathing, opinions. Recently, cyberspace has come alive again with controversial issues that have moved the opinionated among us …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …