Are you famous?

Sometimes it’s surprising to meet a person and be told by someone, “She is famous on Instagram.” Why is it surprising? Because back in...

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

MENLO PARK, California—Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that...

Are your gadgets making you sick?

“People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane, until we invented smartphones and social media.”—Mokokoma Mokhonoana AS I’m writing this piece,...

Smartphone battle royale gets fiercer with return of Moto and Nokia

“Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can drown out anything.”—Terrence Malick BEFORE the rise in popularity of Huawei, Samsung and the first iPhone, the two...

Fintech is more than just remittances

I FIRST encountered the term “fintech” while editing a copy for a company I do consultancy for. Apparently, fintech, short for financial technology, is...

Microsoft introduces mobile app Kaizala for secured communication needs

MICROSOFT Philippines on October 10 introduced its mobile app Kaizala to address the communication needs of the so-called frontline workers in the country working...

The dark days before Grab and Uber

JUST five years ago, it was a nightmare to take a cab out of Port Area, where I worked at that time. My friend...

Building a smart home? Then you need Wi-Fi windows!

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”—Carl Sagan THERE’S a famous...

Mobile technology to grow further in the Philippines

MOBILE is the way to go as far as business is concerned in the Philippines, according to an executive of a major technology company. “Mobile...

Q&A: How Apple’s Face ID facial recognition works

IN mid-September, Apple unveiled its new Face ID facial recognition system , which is due to debut with the iPhone X on November 3....

Paperless booking and traveling

FOR months, my friends had been asking me to use their Klook codes for buying tickets to travel attractions, like Hong Kong Disneyland and...

The influencer effect

“Social media is an amazing tool, but it’s really the face-to-face interaction that makes a long-term impact.”—Felicia Day SOCIAL media, as we know it today,...

NL-1331 Philippines: Asia’s first ever

THERE was a sense of pride as we saw it for the first time. The smooth black exterior, decorated with official signs and emblems,...

Apple Watch goes solo, but don’t dump your phone yet

SANTA CLARA, California—A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion...

Death at the hands of ‘brothers’

MY Twitter feed is full of anger and disgust at what happened to Horacio Castillo III, a law student who died from injuries allegedly...

My Yolo

WHEN people say Yolo, they mean “You Only Live Once”. To the common millennial, it would be understood as a license to do stupid...

The latest in Web design? Retro web sites inspired by the ’90s

TO navigate the web site for Arcade Fire’s album Everything Now, users need to click through a cluttered cascade of Windows 98-style pop-ups. Balenciaga’s new...

Ronnie’s selfie secrets

I RECENTLY did an e-mail interview with young actor/dancer Ronnie Alonte in relation to his being an Oppo influencer. As you know, the Oppo F3...

IBM offers solutions towards digitalization

IBM Philippines is pushing the digital agenda in the local corporate sector by presenting its leading-edge solutions  to the market. On September 8 IBM announced...

iPhone X’ed

“Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?”—Steve Jobs ON Tuesday, September 12, a...