Department of Transportation (DOTr) launches the new website of LTFRB

The new website looks cleaner than the old one.

It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).

Tumblr founder leaving Yahoo-owned blogging platform

Agence France-Presse via Manila Bulletin;

Tumblr founder and chief David Karp on Monday announced he is leaving the nearly 11-year-old blogging platform — with his departure coming in the wake of Verizon buying parent-company Yahoo.

Karp said that he will leave by the end of this year and chief operating officer Jeff D’Onofrio will take his place at the helm of Tumblr.

Not a good sign.. for a platform known for hosting tons of porn GIF!

KFC launches Internet Escape Pod, a tent with magic force field designed to disrupt the internet

KFC;

Cyber Monday is fast approaching, which means you are about to be bombarded with a hailstorm of coupons, BOGOs, hot dealz, and brand advertising. Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices. We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it’s up to you), let Colonel Sanders’ protective embrace take you back to a simpler time.

In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability. Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word.

  • Steel and stainless steel mesh cage
  • Colonel made from 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint
  • Made in USA
  • Dimensions: 7′ x 7′ x 6′ 6″

I guess, it’s either KFC’s Internet Escape Pod or just turn off your wifi router, device and put it a box and walk away.

Firefox version 57 Quantum and WordPress 4.9 now available

A couple of updates on the tools that I’m using online. First the browser, Mozilla just release Firefox 57 Quantum. If you are using Firefox, you will probably get a notification to restart the browser to apply the new update, if not then you can download the latest version of Firefox at mozilla.org.

Here’s what’s new, from the release notes;

  • A completely new browsing engine, designed to take full advantage of the processing power in modern devices
  • A redesigned interface with a clean, modern appearance, consistent visual elements, and optimizations for touch screens
  • A unified address and search bar. New installs will see this unified bar. Learn how to add the stand-alone search bar to the toolbar
  • A revamped new tab page that includes top visited sites, recently visited pages, and recommendations from Pocket (in the US, Canada, and Germany)
  • An updated product tour to orient new and returning Firefox users
  • AMD VP9 hardware video decoder support for improved video playback with lower power consumption
  • An expanded section in preferences to manage all website permissions

I’m one of the few who still prefers Firefox over Google Chrome, I cannot exactly put my fingers into it but even though it’s buggy at times there just something in Firefox that’s better than using Chrome. You can read the full release notes of Firefox Quantum here.

Next is WordPress 4.9, just got an update and it looks like its more on the performance side than anything else. If you’re using WordPress as your CMS for your blog or website, you can automatically update to the latest version by going to ADMIN > DASHBOARD > UPDATE, just make sure you back up your database incase something went wrong.

To know more about WordPress 4.9, you can go here.

PH internet ‘no good’? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Jack Ma touched a very sensitive nerve and now both PLDT/Smart and Globe are on damage control.

Chrisee Dela Paz, reporting for Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s telecommunications giants and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) vowed to do the best they can to improve the state of Philippine internet, after Jack Ma, the Chinese tycoon behind global tech giant Alibaba Group, shared what he thought about it.

What Jack Ma said is what consumer have been saying about the internet service for a long time now.

And this is where Globe and PLDT is passing the blame to the government;

Spokespersons of PLDT and Globe acknowledged that there’s still much to be done to improve internet services in the Philippines. But they also emphasized the need for the government’s involvement to turn slow, costly internet around.

At the end of the day, if telcos really want to provide fast internet, they WILL provide fast and reliable internet, with or without the government’s assistance.

PLDT to spend P11 billion in two years to improve internet speed

Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, writing for GMA News;

Pangilinan-led PLDT Inc. is spending P11 billion in the next two years to finance a modernization plan which includes the shift to fiber internet.

The budget will allotted to rollout a million Fibr ports across the country and upgrade over 1.3 million subscribers to fiber optics cable from Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).

Hopefully, when another tech luminary visits the Philippines, we won’t hear any more complain.

SE Asia undersea cables got cut; slower internet ensues

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Reports from several SouthEast Asian news sources have mentioned that the region’s Asia-American Gateway (AAG), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3) cables all have suffered damages during the past weeks. AAG had been damaged as it was ruptured in two locations: 66 kilometers (41 miles) and 85 kilometers from its Hong Kong station. Meanwhile, TGA-IA cable’s damage was seen by experts at around 54 kilometers from the same island.

This is bad!

Kickstarter will launch in Japan on September 13th

Ashley Carman, writing for The Verge;

Kickstarter is coming to Japan on September 13th. The company confirmed the date in an emailed announcement today and said interested creators should email japan@kickstarter.com. Although people from Japan could always back a project, or launch their own through a partnership with a US-based partner, they can now launch their own using a local Japanese bank account and a local form of identification. Kickstarter will be in Japanese, too.

Kickstarter first announced the launching of the service in Japan last May.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gets collaborative features

Google;

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.

Today, we’re introducing new updates to better help with “version control,” to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.

We use Google docs and sheets at work, these collaborative feature will be a big help in speeding up our projects.

Mozilla Firefox 55 now supports WebVR

Mozilla;

Today’s release brings innovative functionality, improvements to core browser performance, and more proof that we’re committed to making Firefox better than ever. New features include support for WebVR, making Firefox the first Windows desktop browser to support VR experiences. Performance changes include significantly faster startup times when restoring lots of tabs and settings that let users take greater control of our new multi-process architecture. We’ve also upgraded the address bar to make finding what you want easier, with search suggestions and the integration of our one-click search feature, and safer, by prioritizing the secure – https – version of sites when possible. Read what Nick Nguyen (VP, Firefox Product) has to say about Firefox 55, get historical perspective on the development of WebVR from Sean White (SVP, Emerging Technologies) in this Medium post, and read about all the new features for developers in Firefox 55 on Mozilla Hacks.

If you are already using Firefox, you can update by going to HELP then ABOUT FIREFOX or just go to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.

Mozilla’s Send is basically the Snapchat of file sharing

Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge;

Mozilla has launched a new website that makes it really easy to send a file from one person to another. The site is called Send, and it’s basically the Snapchat of file sharing: after a file has been downloaded once, it disappears for good.

You can go to https://send.firefox.com/ to take the service for a spin. You do not need to create an account to use the service.

Here’s the promotional video of Send;

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.

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Google;

Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth—on the web and Android—two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.

I tried out the new Google Earth and it looks better than the old Google Earth. Plus the Voyager features is perfect for kids who wants learn more about our world and other place around the world.

YouTube Go beta launches in India

Chaim Gartenberg, reporting for The Verge;

Google announced today that a public YouTube Go beta is now available for users to try out in India. The new app is a redesigned version of the YouTube Go app announced last September, which is specifically focused on offering an improved experience in areas with poor connectivity.

Ayopop

Ayopop is a e-payment platform, where users can charge or load credits to their account via credit card, bank transfer, or thru other payment options.

Ayopop is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and c-founded early 2016 by Chiragh Kirpalani and Jakob Rost.

AOL and Yahoo plan to call themselves by a new name after the Verizon deal closes: Oath

Avery Hartmans and Julie Bort, reporting for Business Insider;

When Verizon merges Yahoo with AOL after its acquisition of Yahoo closes, the newly created division will get a new name. That new name is Oath, sources tell Business Insider.

That’s one weird name for the two of the most iconic internet company. Whoever owns oath.com or oath.net will one lucky SOB! 🙂

Here’s a tweet from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong about the new name of the combined internet companies.

Google shuts down its Map Maker service

Kevin Bruce Francisco, reporting for Yugatech;

Back in 2008, Google has launched its Map Maker service as a way to improve and update the existing Google Maps data for all users. Fast forward to 2017, the California-based company has pulled the plug but its essence is being transferred so that we may still use it.

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.

Youtube launches YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV service by Youtube, this is separate for Youtube Red service where you can subscribe for $9.99 a month for an advertising-free streaming of all videos hosted by YouTube, offline and background playback of videos on mobile devices, access to advertising-free music streaming through Google Play Music, and access to “YouTube Red Original” series and films.

Youtube TV;

Stream ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC & more.
Never run out of DVR storage space.
6 accounts, 1 price.
$35/month. Cancel anytime.

Internet-connected teddy bears leak over 2M voice messages

Victor Barreiro Jr., reporting for Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – Spiral Toys, the maker of an internet-connected line of stuffed animals called CloudPets, sprung a massive leak of customer data, including more than two million voice messages from kids and their parents.

Aside from the voice messages, the email addresses and password information of more than 800,000 users were also made available because of the leak.

Be careful on the connected (IoT) toys that you’re buying your children.