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January 11, 2019 10:20 AM FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte A post that has been shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook contains photos claiming to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city of Davao as “clean.” A reverse search and a check of Google maps reveals that the photos, however, show another city. The two images 151

December 17, 2018 6:00 AM Top Google searches in PH for 2018: Lotto results, Ex Battalion, Meteor Garden

The top 2 terms overall are 'MemoryHackers' and 'Hot Shot Gamers,' which are a cheating or an in-game hacking mechanism for the battle royale videogame 'Rules of Survival' MANILA, Philippines – Google released its list of top searched keywords for the Philippines in 2018 across various categories, including news, movies, tv shows, and games. The list is based 162

December 11, 2018 6:42 AM CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday, December 10, that the internet giant steers clear of "political bias," arguing that this is a core principle of its business to maintain trust of users. Pichai also said privacy and security are essential parts of Google's mission, and that the company is committed to working 131

December 7, 2018 6:02 AM Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

In certain languages, the translate program provided only one translation for a query, often choosing the masculine word for terms like "doctor," and the feminine word for 'nurse,' for example WASHINGTON, USA – Google said Thursday it was tweaking its translation application with the goal of reducing gender bias. The move comes amid criticism that Google 120

December 4, 2018 10:18 AM YouTube mobile apps to get Autoplay on Home tab function

MANILA, Philippines – YouTube is bringing one of its premium features to its standard mobile app. The company announced on Tuesday, December 4, it was bringing the autoplay function to the Home tab on its Android and iOS apps. YouTube videos will automatically play on the Home tab as users scroll past. The feature works on Android and iOS. Autoplay on Home, YouTube 122

November 29, 2018 4:09 AM Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

The freshly renamed 'Google Fi' service aims to take on traditional carriers by letting people pay based on how much data they use and roam internationally SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Google said Wednesday, November 28, it was expanding its "virtual" telecommunication service that was limited to select Android-powered smartphones to a wider range of devices 115

November 13, 2018 5:01 AM Facebook is least trusted tech company by Americans when it comes to data – study

Other companies included in the survey are Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple Facebook took the lowest spot of the survey as only 22% of Americans said they trust the social media giant with their personal information. Amazon, meanwhile, was the most trusted with 49%. It’s followed by Google with 41%, Microsoft with 40%, and Apple with 39%. “Facebook’s 121

November 2, 2018 3:09 AM Spotify earnings hit sour note on Wall Street

Spotify is in fierce competition with its rivals offering both subscription-based and ad-supported music services like Apple, and Google-owned YouTube and Pandora NEW YORK, USA – Spotify shares took a hit Thursday after a disappointing growth outlook offset the first-ever quarterly profit posted by the streaming music sector leader. Shares in the Swedish-based 131

November 1, 2018 9:39 AM HOAX: Trump ‘supports’ Sara Duterte for ‘2022 presidential run’

The picture of US President Donald Trump ‘supporting’ Sara Duterte is a manipulated 2015 photo taken in New York City A photo posted on the Facebook group “SARAH DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT MOVEMENT” shows US President Donald Trump holding a sign that supports Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. The photo was posted on the Facebook group on Sunday, October 28, by user Zumyang 118

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 128