The Verge

Mark Zuckerberg just unveiled Facebook’s new mission statement

Nick Statt, writing for The Verge:

When asked about his life’s work, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has traditionally fallen back on a somewhat nebulous answer: making “the world more open and connected.” It was an almost quaint euphemism for the company’s more capitalistic goals of vacuuming up the attention of billions of humans and selling boatloads of advertising. Yet even for Zuckerberg, who does earnestly believe in Facebook’s power to continue transforming the world and improving our lives, that mission statement no longer cuts it.

On my newsfeeds, all I get are news links (mostly fake news) and not updates from my friends. Facebook needs to rethink how they will serve the almost 2 billion users on the service. I mostly used the service for Messenger and to in managing Facebook pages.

Here’s a screenshot of Facebook’s About Page;

Instagram

You can now replay of your Live video to Instagram Stories

Starting today, we’re introducing the option to share a replay of your live video to Instagram Stories. Now, more of your friends and followers can catch up on what they missed. When your broadcast has ended, you’ll be able to tap “Share” at the bottom of the screen to add your replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. You can also tap the toggle and choose “Discard,” and your live video will disappear from the app as usual. When someone you follow shares a replay, you’ll see a play button under their profile photo in the stories bar. Tap it to watch the video and see comments and likes from the original broadcast. Since introducing live video in November, millions of people have used it to connect with friends and followers in an authentic way. Now, you can share these experiences with even more people. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.26 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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Bloomberg

Bloomberg Presents The Players Technology Summit hosted by Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry

Bloomberg;

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry announced today the launch of the inaugural The Players Technology Summit, presented by Bloomberg. The Players Technology Summit will bring together top leaders in the technology, venture capital and sports communities to exchange ideas and share expertise in an educational and empowering forum. It will be held August 14-16, 2017, in San Francisco, CA.

Interesting concept, a step further than what LaVar Ball is doing for his son.

BPI

BPI’s official statement regarding the double-posted transaction from April 27 and May 2

BPI ADVISORY (updated):

Further to our announcement this morning, we have identified an internal system error that caused some transactions occurring between April 27 and May 2 to be double-posted as of June 6.

We have identified the root cause of this error, and are temporarily suspending access to electronic channels to speed up rectification. All BPI branches will open on time this morning, and will continue to service your needs.

We anticipate full resolution of this error within today. We wish to reassure our clients that this matter will be resolved expediently, and that none of them will lose money from this incident.

April 27 and May 2 is a long time for a system error to go unnoticed.

The announcement was posted on BPI’s official Facebook page.

Apple

iOS 11 brings powerful new features to iPhone and iPad this fall

Apple;

Apple today previewed iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall. iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Augmented reality is coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent. Additional features include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving to help users stay more focused on the road, even more intelligence and a new voice for Siri and new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera. iOS 11 is available as a developer preview today and will be a free software update for iPhone and iPad this fall.

James Deakin

You Can Now Book an Uber Once You Land in Cebu

James Deakin;

Uber extends its reach as it recently partnered with GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation in a bid to provide safe and reliable transportation for visitors of the Queen City of the South.

Apple

iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, arrives this December

Apple;

Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made. Featuring a stunning new space gray enclosure, iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).

These are drool worthy specs and cringe inducing price!

Also, this is not the Mac Pro that Apple is developing.

Blog post

Far Cry 5 Official Trailer

Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana. When your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community.

Freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game. You are the hero of the story in a thrilling world that hits back with every punch, and where the places you discover and the locals you ally with will shape your story in ways you’ll never see coming.

Learn more at farcry.com . Available February 27, 2018.

Expect Ubisoft to provide more information about the game at E3 in Los Angeles next month — Ubisoft’s annual keynote takes place on June 12th.

Unbox

The Kodak Ektra Goes On Sale

Jamie Inocian, writing for Unbox Ph;

Late last year, we reported that the famous film company, Kodak, had been working on a smartphone with a primary focus on photography. The phone was called the Kodak Ektra and it boasts of a 21-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, equipped with phase detection autofocus, 6-axis optical image stabilization, and is capable of shooting videos in 4K. While the specs for its main shooter are impressive on paper, the camera samples that the company shared were equally amazing as well.

I didn’t know what Kodak is still in business.

Yugatech

Huawei outs selfie-centric nova 2 and nova 2 Plus

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Huawei Nova 2 specs:
5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS display @ 1920 x 1080
2.36GHz Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 659
Mali-T830 MP2
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
Dual 12 + 8 MP f/1.8 rear cameras with LED Flash
20MP front camera
4G LTE
Dual SIM (hybrid), Dual Standby
24-bit audio
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS
USB Type-C
Fingerprint Scanner
Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Android 7 Nougat)
Li-Po 2950 mAh battery (non-removable)
142.2 x 68.9 x 6.9 mm
143g

Huawei Nova 2 Plus specs:
5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS display @ 1920 x 1080
2.36GHz Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 659
Mali-T830 MP2
4GB RAM
128GB internal storage
expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
Dual 12 + 8 MP f/1.8 rear cameras with LED Flash
20MP front camera
4G LTE
Dual SIM (hybrid), Dual Standby
24-bit audio
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS
USB Type-C
Fingerprint Scanner
Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Android 7 Nougat)
Li-Po 3340 mAh battery (nova 2 Plus)
153.9 x 74.9 x 6.9 mm
169g

Both the Huawei nova 2 and nova 2 Plus will be available in China starting June 16th in five different colors — Aurora Blue, Grass Green, Streamer Gold, Obsidian Black, and Rose Gold — sporting CNY2,500 (roughly Php18,200 before taxes) and CNY2,900 (around Php21,100 before other fees) price tags, respectively.

Apple

Apple launches app development curriculum for high school and community college students Apple;

Apple;

Apple today launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download today from Apple’s iBooks Store.

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

Manila Bulletin

Downloading malicious subtitles can give hackers access to your devices

Manila Bulletin;

There is a high-risk of getting hacked by downloading malicious subtitles, according to the research team of Check Point, an IT security company, posted on their blog. These malicious subtitle files can get access to your computers via popular media players such as Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time, Stream.io, and VLC.

Interaksyon

McDo, Krispy Kreme PH Android apps embedded with ‘spying tools’ – researchers

Jing Garcia, reporting for News5 | InterAksyon;

A research team in Germany discovered technology that can be used as a spying tool using apps emitting ultrasonic tones on mobile devices without the knowledge of the user.

In a paper titled “Privacy Threats through Ultrasonic Side Channels on Mobile Devices”, which was sponsored by the German government, researchers from the Technische Universitat Braunschweig have found 234 Android apps, including app versions distributed by McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme in the Philippines, were embedded with ‘spying tools’ that could violate an individual’s privacy.

The whole article explained how the spying is done. The study did not mention if iOS Apps are affected as well.

Blog post

Here’s the new Microsoft Surface Pro 5

Here’s the specs of the new Surface Pro 5;

  • 12.3” PixelSense™ Display, 2736 x 1824 resolution, @267 PPI with 10 point multi-touch
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB or 16GB
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core m3/i5/i7
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615/620/Iris Plus Graphics 640
  • Storage (SSD): 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB
  • 8 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p Full HD video
  • 5 MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • Dual microphones
  • 1.6W Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • TPM chip for enterprise security, Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Sensors: Ambient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, Surface Connect, 3.5mm Headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port
  • Dimension: 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 768 g (m3), 770 g (i5) and 784 g (i7)
  • Battery life: Up to 13.5 hours of video playback

Available in 6 configuration, which is available for pre-order, with a starting price of $800 for the Intel m3 variants and will available globally on June 15, 2017.

Source: Extra.ph

Extra

Huawei announces 13-inch ultraportable Matebook X


Extra.ph;

  • 13 inch IPS (2160 x 1440 resolution) @350 nits, sRGB 100% colour gamut
  • Corning® Gorilla® glass
  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5/i7
  • GPU: Intel® HD Graphics 620
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home
  • Storage: 256 GB/ 512 GB SSD
  • RAM: 4 GB/ 8 GB
  • Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHz 2×2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Sensor: Ambient light, fingerprint, accelerometer, Hall sensor
  • Battery: 5449 mAh@7.6 V Li-Ion
  • Dimension: 286mm x 12.5mm x 211mm
  • Weight: 1.05 kg
  • Color: Prestige Gold/Rose Gold/Space grey

Here’s the complete pricelist for each configuration;

  • Intel Core i5/ 8GB RAM/256GB SSD for Php78,500
  • Intel Core i5/ 8GB RAM/ 512GB SSD for Php89,500
  • Intel Core i7/ 8GB RAM/ 512GB SSD for Php95,000

“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!”

e27

Blockchain-enabled mobile payments startup Coins.ph raises US$5M led by Naspers; claims 1M customers

Sainul Abudheen K, writing for e27;

Coins, a blockchain-enabled mobile payments platform with services in Thailand and the Philippines, today closed a US$5 million funding round led by global internet and entertainment conglomerate Naspers Group, through its VC investments arm Naspers Ventures.

Startups

Honesty Apps

Honesty Apps, a Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.

Startups

Bloom

Bloom modernizes remittance businesses by combining cutting-edge technology like the blockchain, instant payments, and messenger bots with traditional tools like SWIFT and SMS.

Google

Announcing the fourth class of Launchpad Accelerator featuring new countries!

Two startup from the Philippines have been accepted into the program;

  • BLOOM: Transforming remittance businesses with blockchain technology
  • Honesty Apps: A Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.

Google Developers Blog;

Launchpad Accelerator includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.

Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.

Nike

New Nike Sport Bands Go From Day to Night

Nike;

In April of this year, Apple and NikeLab launched the limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab. Today, Apple and Nike take their partnership a stride further, with four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection.

Because your Apple Watch needs to match your Nike shoes!!!

HardwareZone Sg

Apple lifts the covers on its Orchard Road store

James Lu, eriting for HardwareZone Sg;

After months of anticipation, Apple’s first ever official retail store in South East Asia, Apple Orchard Road, has finally been unveiled. For the past two weeks, the store has been wrapped up with white wallpaper with “Apple loves the little red dot” icons on it, but late last night, they were taken down to reveal the store’s interior.

Another beautiful product from Apple.

Kotlin

Kotlin on Android. Now official

Kotlin;

Today, at the Google I/O keynote, the Android team announced first-class support for Kotlin. We believe this is a great step for Kotlin, and fantastic news for Android developers as well as the rest of our community. We’re thrilled with the opportunities this opens up.

Twitter

Kickstarter is coming to Japan

Apple

“Designed for” ad from Apple shows real-world accessibility

There’s a total 7 videos from Apple, showing how people are using their Apple device despite their disabilities and how these Apple devices help them in their everyday lives.

Instagram

Introducing Face Filters and More on Instagram

Instagram;

Today, we’re introducing face filters in the camera, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends.

Twitter

Bill Gates’ words of wisdom for new college graduates

Nuggets of gold from Bill Gates!

Five or ten years ago, it would be next to impossible for new graduates get advice like this from people like Bill gates. Today, they’re (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, etc.) just a “FOLLOW” away.

Newsbytes

House lines up bills on SIM card registration, telecom security

Newsbytes Ph;

The ICT committee of the House of Representatives held a hearing on Wednesday, May 10, to tackle measures that prohibit the use of telecommunications devices for illicit and nefarious activities.

Among the bills tackled was HB No. 929, which provides for a “No Calls and No Text Registration System.” As its name implies, the bill provides remedies on dealing with unwanted telephone and mobile communications.

Yugatech

LTFRB labels UberMOTO and UberXL as “colorum”

Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;

The LTFRB warns the public about the upcoming UberMOTO in Cebu and the new UberXL in Manila. The new services from Uber Philippines are not recognized by the regulating agency. UberMOTO is an online booking service for habal-habal while UberXL is a more spacious option of the existing UberX service that seats up to 6 people.
Read more at http://www.yugatech.com/news/ltfrb-labels-ubermoto-and-uberxl-as-colorum/#8kXqQSlPkHSvutqs.99

Here’s LTFRB’s official statement.

Google

Google outs Project Treble for easier Android version updates

Louie Diangson, writing for Yugatech;

One of the problems with Android updates is that not all devices will receive it whenever a new dessert comes out. Google wants to solve it with Project Treble on Android O.

Apple

Apple awards Corning first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment

Apple;

Apple today announced Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from Apple’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the company’s commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will support Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning’s 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple’s investment.

It makes sense for Apple to invest and their supply chain, specially if they’re supplying the components to their most important product. Looks like these investment will be for US-based companies only.

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