Connectivity, Internet, Philippines

Rates of Philippine Airlines in-flight WiFi service

OnAir Rates

Yes, that’s $40 for just 150 MB of data, I saw this while on board PAL’s Airbus A330-343 going to Riyadh. Read more…

Funding, Philippines, Startup

Edtech provider Ritmo raised second seed round led by Future Now Ventures

Tomas S. Noda III, writing for DealStreet Asia;

Ritmo Learning Lab, an edtech (education tech) startup in the Philippines, has closed a second seed funding round led by venture capital Future Now Ventures.

The size of the deal was not disclosed. Other participants in the round were individual and corporate angel investors.

Funding, Philippines, Startup

Xurpas raises Php1.17 in fresh capital;

Consumer tech firm Xurpas (PSE: X) raised P1.2 billion in fresh capital following an accelerated overnight share placement, said the company on Tuesday, April 26.

Xurpas’ founders and 3 largest shareholders each sold 51.8 million common shares representing a total of 9% of Xurpas’ outstanding and issued share capital with a value of around P2.5 billion to Philippine and international institutional investors.

That’s $25 million* and it looks like the company will be on another shopping spree.

* $1 = Php 46.87

App, Funding, Philippines

Freyo raises Php 10 million from Globaltronics, now valued at Php 55 million

freyo screenshot

Philippine-based digital newsstand Freyo, announced that is has received $213k or Php 10 million of funding from digital signage advertising firm Globaltronics Inc. Globaltronics Chairman William Guido said that this is just the start and more funds will be injected to Freyo as more business partners comes in. Read more…

Apple, Gadget, Philippines

Refreshed Macbook now available in the Philippines

Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;

The refreshed MacBook for 2016 is already being sold in the country and yes, it has the all-new rose gold color option.

That’s less than 10 days, since Apple first announced refreshed Macbook. You can order the new Macbook via the Apple Online Store.

Hacking, Internet, Philippines

Anonymous Philippines reports that Indonesian Hackers defaces Philippine websites

Posted by Anonymous Philippines on their FB Page;

Not really our job to fix government websites, so please stop messaging us regarding the defacements currently circulating online. And no, we will not attack Indonesian sites because of this.


To the admins, kindly fix your sites.!oad/!oad/

Eleven (11) of the defaced websites are government websites. I would have thought that the hacking of the COMELEC website would prompt the IT or Admins of Government websites have upgrade the security of the all Philippine Government sites.

Gaming, Nintendo

Nintendo to bring Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to mobile

More mobile games from Nintendo, but I’m still waiting for Mario and Zelda! :)

App, Government Tech, Philippines

Duterte’s Camp launches Android App in support of campaign

Edith Regalado, writing for;

The camp of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte launched a mobile application for Android users to help supporters in their low-budget campaign.

According to Peter Laviña, spokesman for the Duterte camp, the mobile app aims to allow supporters of Duterte to help counter his rivals who have the money for an expensive political campaign.

The Android app is a highly sophisticated, notification driven application designed to counter black propaganda of rivals.

After searching Google Play store, the only app that I found related to the article is the Official Duterte Campaign App, which I’m not entirely sure if this is the current app.

Blog Update, Personal

Catching up!

Catch up on the different tech and startup news. In case you did not notice, I’ve been offline for at least 5 days now. Hopefully, we’ll be back to our regular programming and more. :)

Government Tech, Philippines, Startup

NCC aims to speed up business registration to 3 days

Elyssa Christine Lopez, writing for;

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) aims to cut business registration process from six steps in eight days to three steps in three days with its aggressive efforts to digitize payments and registration processes.

Great news to anyone who plans to establish their startup in the Philippines. Hopefully NCC can still cut down the number of days to register and establish our own startup or business in just one day.

E-Commerce, Philippines

Tambunting launches Tambunting Online

Louie Diangson, writing for Yugatech;

Tambunting Pawnshop launches its new online division called Tambunting Online which lets customers pawn items from the comfort of their homes using the PC.

The service is a three-way partnership between Tambunting Pawnshop, MFT Group of Companies, and GrabExpress.

Tambunting launches their new online service in celebration of their 110 years in the Philippines.

Facebook, Philippines

Facebook announces Manila Office

Jing Garcia, writing for;

Tech giant Facebook announced today the official opening of its office in the Philippines, further strengthening the company’s investment in the country.

From Facebook’s career page, the Facebook Manila office will likely handle Sales, Marketing and may include some cutomer service.

Government Tech, Philippines

Malacañang’s Mail server is also “seeding” the leaked Comelec database

Jing Garcia, writing for

For the Comelec database, currently being downloaded by unknown clients, what is unusual right now is one of the “seeders” or distributor of the file points to a certain “” continuously sharing the said database via the file-sharing program.

Wait what?!

Philippines, Startup

La French Tech launches Startup Hub in the Philippines


La French Tech, a group of French entrepreneurs which aims to promote growth of information technology start-ups locally and internationally, is adding Manila as one of its hubs globally.

The group has developed startup hubs in San Francisco, Barcelona, London, New York, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Cape Town.

Since launching last month, La French Tech Philippines have 22 entrepreneurs joining the group.

La French Tech Philippines will also participate in the coming SlingshotPH 2016, a summit on startups and innovation organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Apple, Gadget

Apple refreshes Macbook with faster processor, longer battery life and now available in rose gold


The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, and faster 1866 MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files. And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes® movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

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