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Hate Making Phone Calls? The Google Assistant Can Do It
PC Magazine - 2018-05-08
Do you dread making phone calls? Perhaps they make you anxious, or you'd just like to avoid a chatty person. Well, if you have a phone equipped with the Google Assistant, placing calls might soon be a thing of the past. At Google I/O today, the company ...

Embraer just debuted its Uber Elevate flying taxi concept
Fast Company - 2018-05-08
Flying cars are coming, so says Uber. The troubled ride-hailing giant has been pushing the wild goal of testing an electric air-taxi program in at least two American cities in 2020, with regular service starting in 2023. Yet only now are we getting our ...

Google Assistant Is Getting 6 New Voices--and John Legend's
Fortune - 2018-05-08
The Google Assistant is getting more voices thanks to artificial intelligence. Pichai said that the company worked with its AI subsidiary DeepMind to create a technology called WaveNet. This technology, Pichai said, helped Google create new computerized ...

Trump to deliver speech on drug prices on Friday: White House
Reuters - 2018-05-08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday will deliver a speech about lowering prescription drug prices, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. Trump, who has said that pharmaceutical companies are "getting away with murder" when ...

Dish Network quarterly revenue misses estimates on pay-TV losses
Reuters - 2018-05-08
(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) reported first-quarter revenue that fell short of Wall Street estimates on Tuesday as more satellite TV subscribers canceled their packages and revenue per customer declined as viewers chose cheaper online options.

Google Maps unveils its first-ever augmented reality interface
Ars Technica - 2018-05-08
Google used its Tuesday I/O keynote to unveil a pretty killer new feature that may one day come to Google Maps: camera-assisted walking navigation. "Here's how it could--will look like," Google VP Aparna Chennapragada told the I/O crowd when unveiling ...

Google unveiled a new 'experiment' that will impersonate a human to make restaurant reservations for you over the phone
Business Insider - 2018-05-08
Google revealed a new service called Google Duplex, which can make calls and schedule things on your behalf. The feature uses Google Assistant to schedule appointments or make reservations with a live person on the other side of a phone conversation.

Google Lens gets its own camera app
CNET - 2018-05-08
Google is integrating its Google Lens augmented reality helper into a camera app, which will unlock features like letting you grab text that you can copy and paste and find other objects and clothing that match a style in front of you. Google I/O, the ...

Your Favorite Websites Are Rallying in a Last-Ditch Effort to Save Net Neutrality
Wired - 2018-05-08
You might be seeing a lot of red on the internet Wednesday. Many sites, including Etsy and Reddit, will adorn their pages with "red alerts" asking readers to tell their representatives to save net neutrality. Last December, the Federal Communications ...

Study: Drinking more water doesn't slow kidney disease
Upi.com - 2018-05-08
May 8 (UPI) --Drinking an extra four to six extra glasses of water per day won't slow the decline of kidney functions for chronic kidney disease patients, according to a study in Britain and Canada. Researchers with the Lawson Health Research Institute in ...

Frontier Airlines adds 2 new cities, 9 routes
Upi.com - 2018-05-08
May 8 (UPI) --Frontier Airlines announced nine new routes Tuesday and expansion into two new cities, the carrier said. Frontier said it will double its number of destinations with six new flights from Jacksonville, Fla., in August. The Denver-based airline ...

US panel leaves prostate screening up to men, their doctors
YAHOO! - 2018-05-08
CHICAGO (AP) -- Whether to get screened for prostate cancer is a question that men aged 55 to 69 should decide themselves in consultation with their doctors, according to finalized guidance issued Tuesday by an influential panel of health care experts.

Non-opioid painkillers underused following back surgery
Upi.com - 2018-05-08
TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 -- Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Mother dog nurses abandoned kittens in Philippines
Upi.com - 2018-05-08
May 8 (UPI) --A pair of orphaned kittens in the Philippines have a new shot at life thanks to ... as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance ...

Genes linked with sunburn, skin cancer risk
YAHOO! - 2018-05-08
Paris (AFP) - Certain genes can determine which people are more at risk of getting sunburnt, and possibly develop skin cancer as a result, scientists said Tuesday. In a trawl of the genetics of nearly 180,000 people of European ancestry in Britain ...

Hospital chaplains provide comfort, support | Martin Health for You
Treasure Coast Newspapers - 2018-05-08
(Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY MARTIN HEALTH SYSTEM) Chaplain Dave Reeves joined Martin Medical Center as senior hospital chaplain in 2013. Prior to that, he had pastored three churches, and served as a missionary in the Philippines, a college adjunct professor ...

Wendy's PH website hack exposes thousands of personal data
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Meanwhile, the NPC also ordered fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corporation on May 4 to shut down its delivery website as a preventive measure to address vulnerabities that surfaced during a testing by a marketing firm. NPC said the website will remain ...

PhilHealth president: Nothing irregular in allowances, travel expenses
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Interim President Celestina De la Serna confirms the spending called out by state auditors, but said these were above-board. She said there was nothing irregular ...

Be Conservative With Thyroid Nodules in Over 70s, Avoid Surgery
Medscape - 2018-05-08
Findings of the first large-scale study offering guidance on thyroid nodule evaluation in patients over age 70 support conservative management, showing most thyroid nodules 1 cm or larger in older patients confirmed with ultrasound or fine needle ...

Duterte wants experts panel to probe Dengvaxia mess
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
The resulting panic prompted the Health Department to suspend its program and the Senate to investigate the ?3.5 billion spent on it.

How Can We Stop New Mothers From Dying?
Medscape - 2018-05-08
The CDC calculates maternal mortality in two ways. Its National Center for Health Statistics uses death certificate information to assign ICD-10 codes that are used to identify maternal deaths and produce a maternal mortality rate (MMR) according to the ...

IMF expects elevated inflation until 2019
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
By next year, price increases are expected to clock in at 3%. During its annual health check on the economy in 2017, the IMF said inflation could go as high as 3.8% this 2018 and 3.6% next year based on 2006 prices if the Philippines is able to carry out ...

YCH Group Singapore clarifies news report
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
Lopez also signed an LOI with Asean Business Advisory Council Chairman Robert Yap, which involves a feasibility study on a suitable site for the implementation of a free online marketplace, SGConnect legacy project." In an e-mail to the BusinessMirror ...

LTG to spend P11B in capex this year
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
Tan said P3 billion will be earmarked for Eton Properties Philippines Inc., P2.5 billion for Philippine National Bank, P2 billion for Asia Brewery Inc., P500 million for Tanduay Distillers Inc. and the rest will be for its property-joint ventures ...

Con-com wants to set up independent antitrust body
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
to establish "equal" legal conditions under which all business entities and enterprises shall operate, to prohibit anticompetition agreements (including anticompetitive mergers and acquisitions, rent-seeking behavior) and abuse of dominant position ...

LT Group sets aside up to P11B for capex this year
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
LT GROUP, Inc. (LTG) plans to spend P10-11 billion for capital expenditures in 2018, the bulk of which will be allocated for its property unit in a bid to expand its recurring income. The holding company of tycoon Lucio C. Tan, Sr. has allocated P3 billion ...

Ayala Land net income rises 17% in 1 st quarter
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
Forty-one percent of the capex was allocated for residential developments, 23% for equity investments including MCT Bhd and Prime Orion Philippines, Inc., 22% for commercial leasing projects, 9% for land acquisition, and 5% for estate development.

EDC Q1 earnings dropped 54% to P1.5B
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
"Our results for the first quarter was dominated by the impact of Typhoon Urduja that hit Leyte island, site of our biggest business unit, last December," EDC CFO Nestor Vasay said. "Generation volume was lower by about 40 percent in Leyte compared ...

EDC sees flat earnings this year
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
Avante, EDC vice-president and head for corporate finance. "Last year, we were struck with the earthquake, starting July. So this year, depending on the progress in terms of putting the units back online we may end up with about the same level as last ...

RLC teams up with Hongkong Land for projects
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
ROBINSONS Land Corp. (RLC) has partnered with Hongkong Land Group (HKLG) for the development of real estate projects in the country ... RLC said it has already received clearance from the Philippine Competition Commission for the project last May 4.

MiCab partners with Japanese advertising company
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
TAXI-HAILING application MiCab on Tuesday said it is partnering with Japanese advertising firm Hallohallo Business, Inc. to launch MiAds or mobile internet advertising. While assuring customers it will not implement surge pricing and booking charges ...

Philippines, Russia follow through on JCTEC initiatives
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
Updates on established business arrangements related to import and export of products, supply of engineering and design for steel structure, supply of automobile and trucks, and pipeline transport and construction that were initiated during the official ...

Exporters asked to tap market opportunities in Vietnam
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
Other speakers in the info session were Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vu Viet Nga and DTI-EMB Assistant Director Agnes Perpetua Legaspi, who provided information about the market trends and business opportunities ...

Duterte: I fired another official over corruption
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said he just fired another government official because of corruption. News of this recent action came on the heels of Wanda Tulfo-Teo's resignation as Secretary of Tourism. It's unclear ...

P17-million milkfish destroyed in Bulacan fish kill
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
As of 7 p.m. on Monday, the fish health inspection team reported that the fish kill has affected fishponds in seven of the 11 barangays in Obando--Pag-asa, Paliwas, Hulo, Lawa, Paco, Tawiran and Salambao, affecting at least 40 fishpond operators ...

Our Capital Market Development Plan
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
The Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) proposes to assist in this effort as part of its capital market advocacy. Finex Research and Development Foundation, the Finex affiliate, has in fact provided a modest funding contribution to ...

Providing the digital tools for small and medium biz
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-08
In Photo: Jeff Ortega, La Union Surf School managing director (from left); Kris Seville, HP Inc. Philippines PC business unit manager; Shaina Tantuico, JeepNeed cofounder and executive director; Michael McCullough, KMC Savills managing directo and RJ ...

Tigresses Jessey De Leon, Rica Rivera can stun both on, and off the court
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2018-05-08
And there's more. She has a growing business, an online store for fans of star collegiate athletes in the Philippines that specialize in bags and other accessories. Clearly, Jessey sets herself apart from other successful student-athletes, though ...

QC barangay, SK bets heed PNP call for drug testing
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- Challenge accepted. Hundreds of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) candidates in Quezon City trooped to the Cubao Police Station on Tuesday to heed the call of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar ...

Draft bill raises tax cut of LGUs where plants are located
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
A DRAFT bill from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), prepared with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), hopes to raise the share of tax revenue for local government units (LGUs) hosting facilities of businesses ...

Abdullah Mama-o new special envoy to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affairs Abdullah Mama-o as a special envoy to Kuwait. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Mama-o, who just arrived from ...

Chamber sees growing Korean interest in PHL English programs, jobs
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
SOUTH Korean students are expected to try their hand at landing jobs in the Philippines, starting with visits to improve their command of the English language, the Korean business chamber said. The Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (KCCI ...

Duterte won't take sides in China-U.S. spat over Chinese missiles
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will not take sides in the brewing feud between China and the United States in relation to Chinese missiles installed in disputed areas in the South China Sea. Malacañang admitted an ...

Alleged Maute sniper who escaped Marawi nabbed in Quezon City
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- Authorities arrested an alleged sniper of ISIS-linked Maute group in Cubao, Quezon City Monday. Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday said reports from concerned citizens led to the arrest of ...

Foreign tech start-ups considering PHL -- DTI
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
"Many of them [are] VCs in the start-up community and technology business investors," Mr. Lopez said in a mobile message on Tuesday. The forum was attended by investors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the US and Europe. "Many approached me after ...

Electricity competition, EPIRA, and WESM
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
Last Monday, I discussed business competition in general and the role of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). The theme will be continued in this piece and it will discuss electricity competition in particular, especially after I was able to ...

NPC orders Jollibee to suspend online delivery system over data vulnerabilities
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Privacy Commission has ordered fastfood giant Jollibee to suspend its online ordering and delivery system over vulnerabilities on its website. Jollibee said on its website that is "currently improving our delivery ...

Suspects in beheading of farmers in Maguindanao nabbed
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- Three suspects in the beheading of two farm workers in Parang town last month surrendered to authorities Monday. Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares of the Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said ...

More gun ban violators in Calabarzon held
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 150 persons were arrested in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) from April 14 to May 6 for violating the gun ban for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar ...

Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo resigns 'out of delicadeza'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo on Tuesday. Teo handed in her resignation letter to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea Monday in the wake of the ?60 ...

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