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September 01, 2015, Tuesday
  • CBCP calls on Catholics not to support same-sex marriage. 15 hours ago |
  • 5 mountaineers drown in Nagsasa Creek in San Jose, Tarlac on Monday afternoon. 15 hours ago |
  • Phivolcs records 5 tremors in areas in Southern Mindanao. 15 hours ago |
  • Petron to implement a P 2.25/kilo rollback on the price of LPG on Tuesday. 15 hours ago |
  • Sandiganbayan issues hold departure orders vs. Fmr. Agusan Del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza & 7 others linked to pork barrel scam. 15 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp claims De Lima is prioritizing political ambition over the resolution of PDAF and SAF 44 cases. 15 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp calls on Justice Sec. Leila de Lima to resign. 16 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas says gov’t & INC leaders have been in contact with one another since the beginning of the rally at DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says INC’s protest peacefully ended through goodwill and convergence of efforts. 16 hours ago |
  • Deputy Pres’l Spokesperson Abigail Valte says talks between gov’t & INC centered on clarification of issues & concerns. 16 hours ago |
  • Palace says there has been no deal made between gov’t and Iglesia ni Cristo. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino led the National Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. 20 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda thanks the INC for ending its 5-day protest rally. 20 hours ago |
  • 9 killed in a collision between a multicab & a truck before dawn Monday in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino calls on people to unite & set aside personal interests during his message on National Heroes’ Day. 20 hours ago |
  • Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares says the right of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. to file a complaint must be respected. 20 hours ago |
  • CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna says DOJ must continue hearing the complaint of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. 21 hours ago |
  • Fire kills 6 stay-in workers in a bakery in Taal, Batangas. 21 hours ago |
  • Clean-up of area around EDSA-Shaw Boulevard ongoing following 5 days of INC’s protest. 21 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow now moving along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 21 hours ago |
  • Some INC members still trooped to DOJ early Monday morning & left only after INC’s announcement that the protest was over. 21 hours ago |
  • Commuters who were at EDSA-Mandaluyong area about 6 am Monday experienced monstrous traffic jam due to INC rally. 21 hours ago |
  • INC members rejoiced upon hearing their leaders’ announcement at about 8 am Monday that they are ending the protest. 21 hours ago |
  • LRTA says the remaining value stored in the magnetic cards can be transferred to beep cards. 21 hours ago |
  • LRT-2 removes from all its stations the gates for magnetic cards as it paves the way for beep cards. 21 hours ago |
  • Registration for 2016 polls continues in selected malls in the provinces. 21 hours ago |
  • Comelec reminds public to register for 2016 elections before deadline comes on October 31. 21 hours ago |
  • Rains forecast over Central Luzon, Bicol, Isabela, Quirino, Rizal and Quezon. 21 hours ago |
  • Possibility of the LPA near Baler, Aurora developing into a storm remote. 21 hours ago |
  • LPA located at sea 390 kms. east southeast of Baler, Aurora. 22 hours ago |
  • INC evangelist Bienvenido Santiago says INC is concluding its protest as it has reached an understanding with gov’t. 22 hours ago |
  • Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) ends its protest at EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 22 hours ago |
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Tech trends set stage for mobile, playful 2014

By AFP | Dec. 14, 2013 at 09:03pm

Twitter’s triumphant market debut, the rise of smart fashion and a new generation of game consoles highlighted the tech world this year, portending more mobile and social trends in 2014.

 Meanwhile Apple regained some lost momentum and Microsoft sought to reboot by announcing it was seeking a new chief executive.

Twitter – The one-to-many messaging service made the most hotly-anticipated stock market debut of the year in early November. Twitter, which has yet to make a profit, saw its shares leap out of the gate and is credited with helping to fuel a stock market rally along with fears of a new Internet bubble.

Netflix – Faith that the online streaming television and film service showed in digital content is paying off. Netflix competes with HBO and its share price more than tripled in 2013, but growing competition includes a streaming video service by Amazon.com.

Video Games – “Grand Theft Auto V” set new records in production cost as well as speedy sales. The game cost as much to make as a Hollywood blockbuster, but racked up more than $1 billion in sales in the three days after its release. In November, Microsoft and Sony released new-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 video game consoles, respectively, each selling more than a million units in the first 24 hours on the market.

Bitcoin – This digital currency weathered a mini-crash and rebounded by year’s end. Popular with geek treasure hunters who “mine” bitcoins online, the Internet version of cash is also tempting to criminals. It was used for payments at online drug black market Silk Road, which was shut down by US police in October.

Google – Google’s Android software has come to dominate a smartphone and tablet market once ruled by Apple gadgets. But spins put on Android devices by device makers frustrate “app” developers, and Samsung has started to pull away from Google by emphasizing its own platform. Google is also getting attention for innovations such as Internet-linked eye wear, robotics, and high-speed cable lines.

Phablets – Big screens on smartphones have become big hits with users, with handsets growing nearly as large as tablets.

Personal Computers – Global PC sales continued to slump as smartphones and tablets became more central to accessing the Internet. Microsoft, which built its technology empire on packaged software for PCs, is under pressure and its Windows 8 operating system received a mixed reception.

Apple – The culture-changing California company rolled out slick new iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers while an arguably spoiled marketplace watched in vain for “the next big thing,” such as an iWatch or revolutionary iTV box. If Apple sticks to its pattern, the time to wow the world will be in 2014. iPhone remains a bestseller and appeared poised to debut on the colossal China Mobile network.

BlackBerry – The smartphone that pioneered the market, and once ruled workplaces, missed with a new BB10 platform seen as crucial to its revival, if not its survival. Between job losses, an aborted sale of the company and departure of the boss and other leaders, the group is at the brink.

Wearable computing – Bracelets, pendants, eyeglass frames and other accessories infused with sensors, computing power, and connections to the Internet through smartphones or other means kicked off a “quantified self” movement. The merging of fashion, wardrobe and computing is likely to accelerate in 2014, with devices promising to help people stay fit, informed, comfortable, and more.

Startups – Tumblr was bought for more than $1 billion by aging Internet pioneer Yahoo and Snapchat reportedly turned down a multi-billion-dollar offer from Facebook as established Internet giants seek to stay young and hip by snapping up promising new technology enterprises. Glenn Chapman

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