Think mobile

In announcing his company’s purchase of Oculus VR, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social networking giant now has more than a billion active mobile users a month. “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” Zuckerberg said to explain the purchase of the […]

Mobile now

MOBILE isn’t the future; it’s the present. That’s the gist of recently released Internet usage reports. Last month, more Americans used smartphones and tablets than desktops or laptops to access the Internet, according to a study by analytics company comScore. Also last month, Nielsen released its Digital Consumer Report that found, among many other things, […]

Looking ahead: 2014 in tech, startups

Over the holidays, I’d often find our youngest kid, 10-year-old Lennon, hunched on the sofa watching YouTube episodes of a cartoon series on the phone. Once in a while I’d offer to download the episodes for him so he could watch it on TV. “Naah,” he’d say. Watching on the phone was enough for him. […]

Mobile shift

There is a big chance you’re reading this on your phone. A bigger chance this year than in 2012, anyway. A common pathway to this article would be from social networks like Facebook and Twitter, services that people are increasingly logging into through apps on their phones. This year, an article in the BBC announced, […]

Cebu developers harness tech to help in Yolanda rescue, relief efforts

THE day after super typhoon Yolanda battered Cebu, developer Albert Padin of Sym.ph went to their office on Escario St. to play games and work on some personal projects. Saturdays, Padin said, are days when their team does hackathons on projects that do not involve their day-to-day jobs. While combing through news and social network […]

The LG G2 is a great high-end Android phone

THE first thing that strikes you when you turn on the LG G2 is how beautiful the display is. It is sharp and vibrant and comes on such a big screen. It’s almost realistic you’d find yourself gingerly pressing the glass. And as you start using what is currently LG’s flagship device, the next thing […]

New #30DayChallenge: Write in Markdown

I’ve always wanted to learn and start using Markdown in writing. For some time, it hovered near the top of my to-do list but I never got around to actually starting to use it. I use a Markdown-capable online writing tool – Editorially – but I never used it for that. I used it purely […]

Elementary OS, my dear PC

IT used to be that you’d never find the words “Linux” and “easy to use” in the same sentence. Linux, to the unfamiliar, is an operating system – the basic software that allows you to use your computer. It’s like Windows (although that comparison probably made a lot of its developers and users cringe). The […]

Waze app: how to use your phone to outsmart Cebu traffic

“IN 200 meters,” the Waze app on the phone said, “turn right.” We were headed to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu and were near the Banilad flyover on our way to the IT Park when Waze, the driving application I was running on my phone, gave the direction to turn right. Waze had determined, by going […]