Introducing Live Location in Messenger

Facebook;

Today we’re excited to announce a new way to share your location in Messenger. Our new Live Location feature makes it simple and seamless for you to choose to share where you are with your friends and family. This is rolling out globally and is available on both iOS and Android.

Report: PH is global leader in botnets, banking Trojan malware

NewsByte Ph;

A recently released report by an Internet security firm has revealed that the Philippines is the top country globally for botnets and banking Trojan malware.

In the inaugural “Asia Pacific State of Malware Report 2017” conducted by Silicon Valley-based Malwarebytes, the study noted that the Philippines is a haven for botnets with detection for the malware nearly four times as many as the second ranked country, Indonesia.

You can read MalwareBytes’ full report here.

Samsung to Set the Principles to Recycle of Returned Galaxy Note7 Devices in an Environmentally Friendly Way

Samsung;

Samsung Electronics has established three principles to ensure that Galaxy Note 7 devices are recycled and processed in an environmentally-friendly manner.

First, devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable.

Second, salvageable components shall be detached for reuse.

Third, processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using environmentally friendly methods.

Those 2 million+ recalled Note 7 units has to go somewhere and since the only exploding part of the Note 7 is the battery, it makes sense for Samsung to recycle components of the phones and extract precious metals that can be use again.

Apple releases iOS 10.3

Most of the features that Apple introduced in the iOS 10.3 will not be useful to me except for the new Apple File System, which focuses on encryption. To get the update, you can go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPATE, to get the update.

Here’s the complete release note of iOS 10.3;

iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.

Find My iPhone

  • View the current or last known location of your AirPods
  • Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them

Siri

  • Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
  • Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
  • Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with automaker apps
  • Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

CarPlay

  • Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
  • Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
  • Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music

Other improvements and fixes

  • Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
  • New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
  • Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
  • Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
  • Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
  • Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
  • Home app support for accessory battery level status
  • Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
  • Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
  • VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/HT201222

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition

Apple;

Apple® today announced iPhone® 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

Here are other RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus photos that Apple released.

Calling these RED iPhone an eye candy will be the most appropriate description.

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 (US) from Apple.com and Apple Stores, and from Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone joins iPhone 7 finishes in jet black, black, silver, gold and rose gold.
  • Both special edition models are available worldwide beginning Friday, March 24, and start shipping to customers by the end of March in the US and more than 40 countries and regions, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and United Arab Emirates. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Turkey and other countries will follow in April.

New 9.7-inch iPad Features Stunning Retina Display & Incredible Performance

Apple;

Apple® today updated its most popular-sized iPad®, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina® display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever, starting at $329 (US). Designed for unmatched portability and ease of use, along with incredible performance and all-day battery life, iPad is the world’s most popular tablet and the primary computing device for millions of customers around the world. Through the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad, customers can do even more, from learning to code with Swift Playgrounds™ and reading books on the large screen to boosting productivity through Microsoft Office and using multitasking features like Split Screen.

We will soon see or hear rumors of a different type of iPad specially before this year’s WWDC.

Apple Introduces Clips: The Fun, New Way to Create Expressive Videos on iOS

Apple;

Apple® today introduced Clips, a new app that makes it quick and fun for anyone to create expressive videos on iPhone® and iPad®. The app features a unique design for combining video clips, photos and music into great-looking videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other popular social networks.

Clips also introduces Live Titles™, a breakthrough feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice. Fun effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters help bring out the personality in videos made with Clips.

New: Save Your Live Video to Your Phone

Instagram;

Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share.

After your live broadcast ends, tap Save in the upper right corner. You’ll only be able to save your video — not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions. After saving, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app.

In order to save Instagram Live Video, you should be using Instagram 10.12 for both iOS and Android.

Alibaba invests in WayRay, a maker of augmented-reality dashboards for smart cars

Catherine Shu, reporting for TechCrunch;

After launching its first car last year, Alibaba is digging deeper into the automobile industry. The Chinese Internet and e-commerce behemoth is the lead investor in smart car tech developer WayRay’s $18 million Series B round, the startup announced.

Founded in 2012, WayRay makes holographic navigation systems. According to its funding announcement, WayRay has already spent $10 million of its own capital, as well as previous venture funding, on the technology that underpins Navion, an augmented-reality dashboard that overlays directions and other information onto a driver’s view of the road. The company plans to launch a consumer version of Navion in 2017.

IFC injects $2m in SeedPlus to fund early stage startups in Asia

Nadine Freischlad, reporting for Tech in Asia;

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a US$2 million equity investment in SeedPlus, a seed stage venture fund based in Singapore, to support early stage technology entrepreneurship in Asia.

SeedPlus is a collaboration between four investment firms – Jungle Ventures, Infocomm Investments, Accel Partners, and RNT Associates.

SeedPlus

SeedPlus, a seed stage venture fund based in Singapore. The firm invests S$500k to 1M in early stage companies on market terms. Once the investment is in place, they’ll help you to grow to profit or the next round of funding through our network and our full­-time operating partners.

SeedPlus is a network of networks. Between Jungle Ventures, PwC, Google, Accel Partners and Infocomm Investments,

MMDA: How about an Edsa fee?

Jovic Yee, reporting for Philippine Daily Inquirer;

Days after announcing that it would no longer implement the modified odd-even scheme, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it was studying the possibility of charging a fee for every private vehicle that will use Edsa.

The agency’s chief said the study was being conducted with the help of the government of Singapore, where “congestion pricing” has been in effect since the 1970s.

If implemented, this will technically turn EDSA into a tollway. I suspect people/car owners will still be paying to pass through EDSA, which will make little to no difference in the traffic condition of EDSA.

Intel buys autonomous vehicle technology firm MobilEye

Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;

For $15.3B, Intel agreed to but Israeli autonomous vehicle technology firm MobilEye on Monday to develop driverless systems for automakers. MobilEye is one of the largest players in autonomous vehicle tech and it recently teamed with Intel on BMW’s iNext self-driving platform.

Another major technology company pouring tons of money in autonomous vehicle technology.

So.cl is saying farewell as of March 15, 2017

So.cl Team on Microsoft’s Fuselabs;

Socl has been a wonderful outlet for creative expression, as well as a place to enjoy a supportive community of like-minded people, sharing and learning together. In supporting you, Socl’s unique community of creators, we have learned invaluable lessons in what it takes to establish and maintain community as well as introduce novel new ways to make, share and collect digital stuff we love. Through you we’ve been able to introduce many interesting ideas such as:

  • Collages; beautiful posts of content discovered through search and auto-assembled
  • Riffs; themed conversations based on community inspiration
  • Automatic Translation; seamlessly spanning languages and culture
  • Collections; telling your story through collections of posts
  • Picotales, Video Parties, Blinks, Kodu – new ways to create and share

From the very beginning, we’ve been amazed by your creativity, openness, and positivity. Thank you so very much for sharing your inspirations with us.

The So.cl Team

So.cl (pronounced “social”) is an experimental social media network by Microsoft’s Fuselabs.

I Run A Business, Here’s Why I Will Never Hire Anyone Religious

Guest Post at the Vulcan Post;

When I hire, my priorities are simple—work efficiency and the right fit for our company culture.

My company is constantly on the lookout for talent, so I review up to 20 applications a week. Out of these, perhaps about a third look suitable on paper.

So how do I filter them down, aside from the obvious basic qualifications and skills?

I look at religion, or to be clearer, religiousness. I’ll admit, if there is a person in a tudung, that’s a minus for me. It makes me think twice.

Tudung is the Malaysian equivalent of hijab.

The fact that the author did not include his name says a lot about the article and Vulcan Post, the website that published the article. It feels more of a click bait than anything else.

I understand where the author is going and coming from because at the end of the day, its his business and company, but the fact remain is that the author is scared of accountability, if he’s really firm in his belief he should have used his name and not hide in the shadows.

Vulcan Post’s response to the flak that they receive is not helping as well.

It’s also worth noting that Vulcan Post uses Facebook for your their commenting system that shows the full name of the person commenting.

iflix raises over US$90M to be the Netflix of Asia, Middle East and Africa

Yon Heong Tung, reporting for E27;

Kuala Lumpur-based Internet TV service iflix has raised over US$90 million from Liberty Global, an international TV and broadband company; Zain, a Middle Eastern and Africa telco; and a private consumer business investment management firm in Africa.

iflix had partnered with Zain last month to launch ‘iflix Arabia’ in the MENA region.

iflix appears to be expanding to market where Netflix has little or no presence at all.

Fave Group

Fave is a marketplace for discounted offers on things to eat, do, see and experience in your city. Users can get up to 70% discount from restaurants, cafes, spas, salons, gyms, etc. There are currently more than hundreds of deals in listed in the service.

Fave is also available to all iOS and Android users. The Fave group was spun off from Malaysian fitness subscription service KFit.

KFIT

KFit app helps you to discover, plan and book fitness, beauty and wellness activities near you, today and for the whole week. Download our mobile app to access a huge variety of activities, whether you want to relax at a spa, pamper yourself with a new haircut or go for a workout at a studio or gym near you.

The KFIT app is available to both iOS and Android users.

The group formerly known as KFit has bought Groupon Singapore

Michael Tegos, reporting for Tech in Asia;

After nabbing Groupon Indonesia and Groupon Malaysia, the Fave group has come for the Singapore version of the daily deals site. Fave, which has a similar mandate, announced today it has acquired Groupon Singapore.

Details about the deal have not been disclosed.

The Fave group evolved out of Malaysian fitness subscription service KFit. While KFit is still available as a separate service and app, it’s now part of Fave along with Groupon Indonesia. Groupon Malaysia has been completely integrated into Fave, and Groupon Indonesia and Singapore will follow in 2017.

NASA released a ton of software for free and here’s some you should try

Devin Coldewey, reporting for TechCrunch;

NASA has just published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Of course, most of it is pretty closely tied to… you know, launching spacecraft and stuff, which most people don’t do. But here are a few items that might prove useful to tinkers and curious lay people alike.

NASA;

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.

Available in both hard copy and online, this third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency’s centers on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe. A number of software packages are being presented for release for the first time. Each catalog entry is accompanied with a plain language description of what it does.

A quick browse of NASA’s software library, here are some of the noteworthy software and apps that can be use in the Philippines, most notably for the recently created Space Tech Program and with Project NOAH.

Earth-GRAM 2016;
Earth-GRAM 2016 is now available as an open-source C++ computer code that can run on a variety of platforms including PCs and UNIX stations. The software provides a model that offers values for atmospheric parameters such as density, temperature, winds, and constituents for any month and at any altitude and location within the Earth’s atmosphere.

Engineering DOUG Graphics for Exploration (EDGE)
EDGE is a real-time 3d graphics rendering package based on the Dynamic On-board Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) graphics engine. It combines key elements from graphics software tools developed for Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) programs and adapts them for integration with other engineering simulations and facilities. The tool allows drop-in integration with the NASA Trick Simulation Environment and provides a fusion of 3D graphics and simulation outputs.

Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program (GFSSP), Version 6.0
The Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program (GFSSP) is a general software tool that can perform complex fluid flow analysis in a wide variety of applications, including those related to chemical processing, gas processing, power plants, hydraulic control circuits, and various kinds of fluid distribution systems. The tool models liquid fuel phase changes that include compressibility and mixture thermodynamics and allows the user to apply and vary “what-if” effects of external influences.

CEOS Data Cube Platform version 2 (CEOS2)
The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) has long recognized a need for data processing infrastructure to support Earth science objectives in developing countries. Forest preservation initiatives, carbon measurement initiatives, water management and agricultural monitoring are just few examples of causes that can benefit greatly from remote sensing data. Currently, however, many developing nations lack the in-country expertise and computational infrastructure to utilize remote sensing data.

The CEOS Data Cube Platform version 2 (CEOS2) provides a flexible model to address these needs. The CEOS Data Cube Platform is a data processing platform for Earth science data, with a focus on remote-sensing data. The platform provides a data ingestion framework that includes support for automated ingestion of a wide variety of remote sensing data products. The data products are ingested into an N-dimensional data array that abstracts away management of distinct acquisitions. The platform has a tiered API for data processing and a data/application platform layer for higher-level access.

You can find more at http://software.nasa.gov and NASA’s Technology Transfer program, http://technology.nasa.gov

Ateneo student’s life-saving health app earns global recognition

Enrico Belga Jr., writing for Rappler;

For many Filipino families, access to basic healthcare services remains to be a major burden. Public awareness of first aid techniques, for example, has not been given enough attention.

This gap inspired a 2nd year student of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) to design a life-saving mobile application to guide the public in administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Joel Alejandro created “Sali” save-a-life app, which aims to universalize CPR education and training. Alejandro aims to create a population capable of administering, and motivated to do CPR anywhere and anytime. The app also connects the user to a network of fellow life-savers who can provide auxiliary support.

You can go here to know more about the app and how you can support it.