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October 31, 2018 2:51 AM Typical tweet shorter since character length doubled

Twitter says the typical length of a tweet in English actually dropped by a character to 33 SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Twitter on Tuesday, October 30, confirmed that a year after doubling the character limit for tweets, the average length of messages fired off in English actually got a smidge shorter. The news promised to allay concerns that raising the character 86

October 29, 2018 6:15 AM HOAX: Photo of Marawi housing projects

It's a stock photo used by a number of American companies The Facebook page “General Bato for Senator Movement” posted the claim on October 25. The caption also says to be “patient” since President Rodrigo Duterte was “doing everything” for the once-besieged Mindanao city. The post garnered 280 reactions, 180, comments, and 140 shares as of October 29. The claim 95

October 26, 2018 1:16 AM FALSE: PH news sites may be ‘victims of fake news from Facebook’

While TechSabado admits in an update that Facebook confirmed the authenticity of reports about its takedown of spammy pages, it did not correct its headline which bears the false title Tech Sabado also used the newsroom.fb.com in their news report about the "purge" of spammy Facebook pages and accounts on October 24. Claim: Philippine news groups may have used “fake news” content 86

October 23, 2018 8:09 AM LeBron James in talks to produce 'Friday the 13th' reboot

Basketball star, actor, and now possible producer to an iconic slasher film reboot, King James is doing it all MANILA, Philippines – Horror fanatics and scaredy cats, are you ready? The famously feared mask-wearing slasher may be making his bone-chilling return to the silver screen, and we might have King James to thank for it. LeBron James has been tapped 73

October 23, 2018 6:48 AM Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe leaves Facebook

MANILA, Philippines - Brendan Iribe, CEO and co-founder of virtual reality (VR) company Oculus, announced his departure with Facebook today. “So much has happened since the day we founded Oculus in July 2012. I never could have imagined how much we would accomplish and how far we would come. And now, after six incredible years, I am moving on,” Iribe 83

October 22, 2018 1:53 PM Grab to train drivers as emergency first responders

Grab drivers will no longer just get you to your destination. The company's plan is for them to become emergency first responders and aid in busting crime, too. MANILA, Philippines – Grab drivers are going the extra mile and may soon save lives in road accidents and help bust crime. The ride-hailing company launched its Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap on Monday 94

October 19, 2018 10:36 PM Lottery fever grips US as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

Lotto fever was running high on Friday as the US Mega Millions lottery jackpot soared to a record $1 billion, hours before the drawing for what is also the second-largest lottery prize in US history. The winner can opt for an immediate cash payment of $565.6 million or receive the $1 billion prize over 29 years. If the $565.6 million were paid in cash, the stack 58

October 18, 2018 10:00 AM Chickenjoy power: Jollibee opens first store in the UK

The homegrown fast food giant plans on opening over 25 – yes, 25 – branches in the United Kingdom by 2023 LONDON, United Kingdom – “How long do you think we will have to queue for?” was the question Ellen, a Filipina who has been living in London for eight years now, asked me as we stood outside the Jollibee store on Earl’s Court Road on a wet, cold morning 103

October 18, 2018 5:10 AM Horse blinder for human use comes with noise-canceling tech

A Japanese tech company thought about the many distractions found in working remotely or in an open office environment, and developed high-tech horse blinders for humans to help with concentration. Dubbed Wear Space, the gadget is fairly self-explanatory since it wraps around a user’s head and narrows the field of vision, just like how horse blinders 113

October 17, 2018 12:36 PM Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia

Barcelona’s Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal (L) greets Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi as he leaves the pitch during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP) Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season 88