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.

Apple

Apple: How to shoot on iPhone 7

A great site to visit, if your using iPhone 7 as your primary camera.

Steps are straight forward and in video format. 🙂

The videos are also available on Apple’s Youtube channel.

Yugatech

It’s now possible to upload photos on Instagram’s mobile site

Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;

You no longer need the Instagram app to upload photos as the company is now rolling out the ability to upload photos through its mobile website.

Looking forward to this feature on IG’s (web) desktop version.

Entrepreneur Ph

Google Offers All-Expenses Paid Mentorship Program in Silicon Valley for PH Startups

Nicai de Guzman, writing for Entrepreneur Ph;

Google also has several initiatives to help Filipino developers reach and surpass their potential and inspire a new generation of coders, including a mentorship trip to Silicon Valley.

I recommend that you read the whole article.

Cheers!

Business Wire

New Toshiba Ultra-Portable Now Available

Business Wire;

Toshiba’s Client Solutions Division (CSD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Portégé X30. This modern ultra-portable is available at the company’s Web site, CDW and through the organization’s resellers with a starting price point of $1,449 (MSRP). In addition to standard configurations, Toshiba will offer the Portégé X30 with a wide variety of Build-to-Order (BTO) options to enable organizations to select the right CPU, memory, storage, display and security capabilities.

Extra

Google warns users about phishing attacks using Google Docs

Extra.ph;

If you receive an email from your contacts inviting you edit a Google Docs, chances are its the new Google Docs phishing scam that will give the attacker access to your Google account and use it to send more spam mail.

Google already released a statement regarding the scam and appears to have fixed the issue.

CNBC

What it’s like working for Warren Buffett: ‘It’s literally just reading about 12 hours a day’

Tae Kim, reporting for CNBC;

Combs also revealed what a typical day was like as a Buffett manager:

“I get in around 7 or 8 and I read until about 7 or 8 at night. And I go home and see my family and then I’ll read for another hour or two in bed at night. And you know, there might only be three to four phone calls the entire week. So there are very, very few interruptions … But it’s literally just reading about 12 hours a day.”

Newsbytes

Senate passes Philippine Innovation Act on final reading

Newsbytes Ph;

The Senate passed on Tuesday, May 2, a bill which seeks to adopt innovation as a vital component of the country’s development and use it to promote the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, through programs and initiatives which include the creation of a new interagency national innovation council.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, principal author of Senate Bill No. 1355, otherwise known as the Philippine Innovation Act, said the measure seeks to make innovation a major driver of economic growth in accordance with the Ambisyon Natin 2040 long-term plan laid out by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

Facebook

Game On: Games on Messenger Go Global with New Features and Games

Facebook;

Today we’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. In addition, we’re also launching the new features that we exclusively previewed to developers at our annual F8 conference. These include rich gameplay features, which allow developers to create unique and sophisticated experiences and Game bots to help game makers surface exciting features like new levels and rewards. When developers start to take advantage of these new capabilities everyone wins with more dynamic and engaging gaming experiences.

MailChimp

Announcing Free Marketing Automation for Everyone

MailChimp;

We’re excited to announce that our powerful marketing automation features are now free for all MailChimp users! No matter what type of plan you’re on—Forever Free, Monthly, Pro, or Pay As You Go—you can now send personalized automations at no extra cost.

We use MailChimp (free edition) at work and it’s a great marketing tool specially if you’re a new business building users or audience for your product.

TechCrunch

Nutonomy teams up with Peugeot-maker Groupe PSA for self-driving car tests in Singapore

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Nutonomy, the self-driving car startup that span out of MIT in 2013, has inked a deal that will see it work with Peugeot-maker Groupe PSA to test autonomous vehicles in Singapore.

Apple

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple;

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Expecting a lot of “Apple is doomed!” articles.

Extra

Windows 10 S-powered Surface Laptop now official

Extra.Ph;

Here’s the specs of the Surface Laptop;

  • 13.5 in PixelSense Display, (2256 x 1504) @201 ppi, 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.4 million pixels
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro for free until Dec 31, 2017
  • Support for Surface Pen and Surface Dial
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB4 (SSD)
  • GPU: Intel HD 620 (i5), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7)
  • Front Camera: 720p HD camera
  • Stereo microphones, Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Ports: USB 3.0, Headset jack, mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm AV
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac ,Wi-Fi wireless networking, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor
  • Battery: Up to 14.5 hours video playback
  • Dimensions: 308.02 mm x 223.20 mm x 14.47 mm
  • Weight: 1.25 kg
  • Colors: Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold

The Surface Laptop is now available for preorder and price will start at $999 for the 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 128 GB, 4GB RAM configuration. It will start shipping this June 5, 2017.

Microsoft

Microsoft helps to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow; unveils new education offerings

A lot of new product from Microsoft aimed at Students and Education in general. Just in time for the coming academic year.

It’s interesting that during the event Microsoft keeps on comparing the Surface Laptop to Apple products but in reality they’ll be competing with Google Chromebook and other Google cloud products in the education space.

Microsoft;

Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S is a new Windows experience streamlined for security and superior performance. With Windows 10 S, applications that teachers and students download come from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally they each run in a safe “container” to ensure that Windows 10 S offers the power of full-featured applications, with experiences like the full version of Office 365, including all of the capabilities of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, among others. With Windows 10 S, educators and students will have access to their favorite and most-used applications across STEM, learning tools, secure assessment tools, content publishers, interactive whiteboards and more.

Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 S also makes it easier than ever for students to organize research and manage school projects with the new Tab Preview Bar. With the support for Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can make notes directly on a web page and share them with a classmate. Microsoft Edge is compatible with the sites educators and students frequently use.

Microsoft’s goal with Windows 10 S is to develop its open, vibrant partner-centric ecosystem. Device partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba offer a range of new Windows 10 PCs for education today, starting at $189 USD. In the coming months, these partners will also offer a range of Windows 10 S devices, from powerful and affordable Windows Ink and touch PCs to beautiful premium devices.

Bringing Microsoft Teams to the classroom

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Online already allow students to co-author documents in real time. Coming to the Microsoft Store for Education later this year, new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level, and make Teams the digital hub for the classroom where teachers and students come to collaborate and learn. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work and personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents and staff.

Teams also enables teachers to bring in rich and engaging content from the web, guest speakers and solutions from education partners like busuu, Canvas, Flipgrid and Kahoot!. Most importantly, Teams helps students develop the communication and collaboration skills they’ll need to be successful in the future.

Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition teaches coding in the classroom

Teachers in more than 100 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition to promote creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Minecraft has become a favorite resource with students and with educators who are using it to teach digital citizenship, inspire creative problem-solving and enable student-centered explorations across the curriculum.

Microsoft is broadening the game’s appeal further with Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition. This new feature is designed to inspire students to learn the basics and the power of coding by combining the open worlds of Minecraft with popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. Players can move around, build and create in Minecraft by writing code. A free trial of Minecraft: Education Edition is available today for schools around the world in the Microsoft Store for Education. Code Builder Beta is available at education.minecraft.net.

Free offers for Teachers and Students

To make it easy and affordable to bring Windows 10, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams and Minecraft to the classroom, Microsoft is offering teachers and students the following:

New Windows 10 education PCs starting at $189 USD
Free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition for new Windows 10 education PCs
Free Windows 10 S for all schools on any current Windows Pro PC
Free Microsoft Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams
Free trial of Microsoft Intune for Education

Windows 10 S, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Intune for Education offer a complete solution for teachers and students.

Microsoft introduces new Surface Laptop, powered by Windows 10 S

To bring the streamlined performance, simplicity and security of Windows 10 S to university students, Microsoft is expanding the Surface family of devices with Surface Laptop. Available for preorder today in 20 countries, Surface Laptop is the perfect balance of portability, performance and elegance. Powered by Windows 10 S, Surface Laptop is engineered to start fast and stay fast with a 7th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 14.5 hours of battery life.1

Every detail is crafted to bring new form and function to the classic laptop design, drawing the user in. The vibrant 13.5-inch PixelSense Display is optimized for touch and inking for an immersive experience, and the optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 makes it as durable as it is beautiful. The signature keyboard is covered in luxurious Alcantara® material and features a quiet and responsive keyset, large precision trackpad, and soft palm rest for a new level of typing comfort. Surface Laptop is available in four rich tone-on-tone colors2: Platinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.

Surface Laptop starts at $999 USD and will be available starting June 15. Customers can preorder Surface Laptop starting today in the U.S. and Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where available at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and BestBuy.com. Surface Laptop will also be available in Canada and China later this year, and availability in other markets will be announced in the coming months.

Bringing 3-D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

With 3-D and Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft is helping empower educators with a whole new set of tools to create curriculums for their students and peers. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3-D content through your screen into the real world as Mixed Reality, using a simple RGB camera.

Microsoft also announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, which is working to integrate 3-D and mixed reality into its secondary and university level curriculum. By the 2018 school year, Pearson will offer curriculum in health, commerce, history and STEM on Windows Mixed Reality devices.

Twitter

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Leaked

Microsoft is expected to official announce the said Surface Laptop at their Surface Event later in New York.

Wall Street Journal

Apple’s Cash Hoard Set to Top $250 Billion

Tripp Mickle, reporting for Wall Street Journal;

Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled hoard that is greater than the market value of either Wal-Mart Stores Inc. or Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined.

This is just ridiculous.

To think that this is all because of the success of iPhone!

Instagram

Instagram now have more than 700 million users

Instagram;

We’re thrilled to announce that our community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers. And the last 100 million of you joined faster than ever.

We’ve made it even easier for people across the globe to join the Instagram community, share their experiences and strengthen connections to their friends and passions. With new features like stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, people now have more ways than ever to express themselves and feel closer to what matters to them.

From all of us at Instagram, thank you!

Startups

Wikitribune

Wikitribune;

Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together.

We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved.

In short, Wikitribune is the Wikipedia equivalent of news or journalism.

Apple

“Today at Apple” bringing new experiences to every Apple Store

Apple;

Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

Great way to learn and immerse yourself with everything-Apple!

“Today at Apple” will launch worldwide in May, with sessions in every store.