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LG wants robots to take over, but it needs them to work first
Mashable - 2018-01-08
If LG has its way, the company's robots will soon be serving you breakfast, carrying your luggage, and cleaning your floors. Well, assuming they can overcome some pretty basic problems like not working, that is. The promise of a connected-robot future ...

New vehicle technology will be on display at CES 2018 this week
United Press International - 2018-01-08
Jan. 8 (UPI) --The biggest electronics show in the world will include some really large products this year -- cars. CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, begins Tuesday and lasts through Friday in Las Vegas. Last year's show drew about ...

Google Pay combines Android Pay, Google Wallet into single service
ZDNet - 2018-01-08
Managing an Android Pay and Google Wallet account wasn't a lot of work, but it sure could get confusing at times. In a move to streamline its payment platform across the web, mobile, and retail locations, Google is combining its two payment platforms into ...

Thunderstorms expected in Rizal, Cavite, Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-08
Thunderstorms are expected in Rizal and Cavite in the next two hours, the state weather bureau said Monday afternoon. In a thunderstorm advisory issued at 3:50 p.m., heavy rains with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms are expected over ...

Ethereum hits record high, Bitcoin trades below $17,000
Inquirer - 2018-01-08
Cryptocurrency ethereum is at an all-time high and might hit the $1,200 mark, according to cryptocurrency tracker CoinMarketCap. As of writing, ethereum is valued at $1,163.14. Its recent high was on Jan. 5, when it hit past $1,000 for the first time.

Duterte against 'no elections' - Malacañang
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- President Rodrigo Duterte wants next year's election to proceed as scheduled even as some lawmakers are for deferring it in the wake of the proposed shift to federalism. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on ...

Cleanup starts at Quirino Grandstand as Black Nazarene heads to Quiapo
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Traslacion organizers started the clean up at the Quirino Grandstand as the crowd started to disperse after the procession of the Black Nazarene began. They encouraged people to pick up their trash as they ...

Black Nazarene reflects 'Filipino resiliency' - theologian
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- The iconic Black Nazarene embodies resiliency, which is why Filipinos relate to the image, a theologian explained Tuesday. Loyola School of Theology lecturer Msgr. Sabino Vengco said Filipinos are used to ...

SWS: More Filipinos say their lives improved in 2017, expect better 2018
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- More Filipinos consider their lives to have improved in the past year and look forward to a better 2018, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said. Forty-one percent of respondents in a non-commissioned nationwide ...

Some lawmakers support no election for 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Some lawmakers expressed their support for House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's proposal not to hold an election in 2019 as the government transitions to federalism. [Translation: The House Speaker has a point, if ...

AFP aims to reduce number of communist rebels by half in 2018
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- With martial law in Mindanao extended until the end of the year, the military is intensifying its campaign against the communist rebels. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lt. Gen. Rey Guerrero estimates ...

Proposed charter for federal PH weakens Senate, eyes prime minister
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Senate is retained but stripped of certain legislative powers in the proposed draft constitution for a federal form of government. CNN Philippines obtained a copy of ruling party PDP-Laban's proposed ...

Defense chief: Military to build facilities on Pag-asa Island in 2018
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- The military will pursue the rehabilitation of facilities on Pag-asa Island by the first quarter of 2018, according to the Defense chief. "First in Pag-asa, we are going to improve the runway, plus the beaching ...

Duterte approves pay hike for soldiers, policemen
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Members of the military, police, and other uniformed personnel in government can expect an increase in their paychecks this year. President Rodrigo Duterte on January 1 signed Joint Resolution No. 1 ...

Policeman tagged in Jee Ick-joo slay turns state witness
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- A policeman named in the killing of a South Korean businessman is now a state witness in the case. According to a Pampanga court, SPO4 Roy Villegas has the capacity to testify on facts for the conviction of the ...

PhilHealth raises monthly contribution rates
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Starting this month, PhilHealth will charge more for premium contributions. Officials said this is needed to ensure stability of PhilHealth funds, especially with the increase in the number of members and services.

As Vets Demand Cannabis for PTSD, Science Races to Unlock Its Secrets
Scientific American - 2018-01-08
A 2009 clinical trial in Canada showed that the nighttime administration of THC reduced the frequency and intensity of nightmares in 72 percent of the 47 patients ... resistant military veterans: a high-THC batch, a high-CBD batch, a blend with equal ...

Chaos at JFK airport with flood, storm backlog
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-08
The cause of the break appeared to be "weather-related" but would be investigated, as would why the pipe had not been weather protected and whether other failures contributed to the disruption, officials said. After the pipe broke and water began ...

Make that shift to digital
Inquirer - 2018-01-08
The 3rd DIGITAL MARKETING 101 Seminar for Beginners, a two-day seminar designed to make beginners learn and get ahead with Digital Marketing is set for February 21 & 22, 2018 at the SMX AURA Taguig City. The event aims to address the growing present need ...

Cancer Deaths Continue a Steep Decline
New York Times - 2018-01-08
From 1991 to 2015, the cancer death rate dropped about 1.5 percent a year, resulting in a total decrease of 26 percent -- 2,378,600 fewer deaths than would have occurred had the rate remained at its peak. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2018 ...

New tax regime for the new year
Inquirer - 2018-01-08
In this regard, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay issued RMC 105-2017, providing a revised Withholding Tax Table pursuant to RA 10963 to be used by every employer making compensation payments beginning Jan. 1, 2018: For businesses with annual ...

H&M apologizes for using black child to sell 'coolest monkey' top
CNN Money - 2018-01-08
H&M was forced to apologize Monday for using a black child to model a sweatshirt with a "coolest monkey in the jungle" slogan. The company removed the offending ad from its website after hundreds of social media users accused it of being racist. It ...

Ayala, Yuchengco to merge education businesses
Inquirer - 2018-01-08
area and Malayan Colleges Mindanao. For its part, Ayala brings to the table AC Education Inc. (AEI) and its subsidiaries University of Nueva Caceres, one of the oldest and largest universities in Bicol, and APEC Schools, the largest stand-alone chain of ...

Capital restructuring eyed to address PT&T debt woes
Inquirer - 2018-01-07
Listed Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T) is poised to implement a capital restructuring plan that would settle long-running obligations ahead of the entry of a foreign strategic partner. A key feature of the plan, according to PT&T chief ...

Are our business leaders ready for a complex and constantly changing world?
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-01-07
Being a business leader in the 21st century is tough. This is because businesses now operate in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. For business executives and managers, this situation increases the risks involved in making both strategic and ...

Never mind the gadgets, here's what to look for at CES
Business Insider - 2018-01-07
CES is usually full of boring announcements about products that fail to catch on with the public after the show ends. But the giant tech industry confab will highlight several key trends, including ones involving connected cars and voice-controlled devices ...

Cybersecurity startups raked in $7.6 billion in VC money in 2017 -- twice as much as the year before
Business Insider - 2018-01-07
Venture capitalist firms invested twice as much money in cybersecurity startups in 2017 as they did in 2016. Venture firms invested $7.6 billion into such companies last year via 548 deals. Investors are following the money; corporations and governments ...

The solo parent
Business Mirror - 2018-01-07
The Department of Health (DOH) is, likewise, mandated to develop a comprehensive health-care/medical-services program for solo parents and their children through DOH retained hospitals and health units of LGUs (Section 25). To avail yourself of all the ...

Malacañang: Duterte investigating three top officials
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8 ... Amaro maintained his trips abroad were for official business, and a certain business group was behind the move to replace him. Duterte also let go of former Dangerous Drugs Board Chief Diniosio Santiago ...

SolGen asks SC to junk petition vs. martial law extension
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The government's top lawyer called on the Supreme Court (SC) to junk the December 27 petition filed against the extension of martial law in Mindanao. On Monday, Solicitor General Jose C. Calida submitted his ...

Authorities flag down PUVs no longer deemed roadworthy
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- Transport Undersecretary Tim Orbos said he was surprised to see many public utility vehicles (PUVs) that are no longer roadworthy, as he led a team of officials in road inspections Monday. "Marami pala talaga ...

Pulse Asia: Filipinos approve of, trust Duterte most among top officials
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The President leads the list of top government officials who Filipinos approve of and trust. This is according to Pulse Asia Survey's December 2017 Ulat ng Bayan survey. The survey polled adults for their ...

Duterte appoints new Coast Guard Commandant
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appointed Commodore Elson Hermogino as new head of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). Hermogino will take over as PCG Commandant from officer-in-charge Joel Garcia. His ...

How this Chinese family of 4 completely transformed themselves in 6 months
Yahoo News - 2018-01-07
Jesse Ding is a 32-year-old photographer who lives with his family in Xiamen, in the southeast of China. Until a few days ago, one might have believed he was a typical 30-something in China, learning to live with his parents once again after they moved in ...

Spend tax windfall well, IMF says
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
THE IMPLEMENTATION of the tax reform law bodes well for boosting investor confidence in the Philippines, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, noting the need for "well-targeted" spending of fresh revenues generated from higher excise taxes.

SEC warns public vs investing in Alifelong
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
After this, the member is guaranteed a return of up to P2,500 should they reach the quota of 5,000 clicks per day for a total of five business days. If a member maxes out the 5,000 clicks, they can avail of another activation code worth the same amount.

Business looks southward even as reality hits home
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
Amid the standoff between the army and militants in Marawi, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) pushed through last June with its acquisition of a 50% stake in Alcantara-led Alsons Thermal Energy Corp., which owns base load coal-fired power plant assets ...

To sleep, perchance to dream during office hours
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
The owners plan to open branches in other business districts, the university belt in Manila, and bus terminals. Hibernap is located at 134 Legaspi Parkview Condominium, Legazpi St., cor. Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. It is open Monday ...

The Internet even slower down South
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
The Constitution limits foreign ownership in certain industries, including telecommunications, to only 40%. For information technology -- business process outsourcing (IT-BPO), Davao City has emerged as the primary outsourcing destination in Mindanao.

DoE to seek SC guidance on retail competition
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
The new circular will also allow the ERC to continue issuing licenses to retail electricity suppliers, which was among the provisions placed on TRO as sought by a number of educational institutions and a business group. The TRO was issued by the high court ...

Public warned against mall smoke
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
Yesterday morning, the area of the Ayala Business Park where the Metro Gaisano wing is located was engulfed in haze. People working or living at the Cebu Business Park and in nearby areas were advised to wear protective masks to avoid inhaling the harmful ...

Tax reform veto creates uncertainty over PEZA perks
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-07
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said there is uncertainty over whether firms registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) will keep their value-added tax (VAT) exemptions after Malacañang vetoed provisions of the first package ...

2018 needs to be the year of private spaceflight companies fulfilling their past promises
Mashable - 2018-01-07
It's time for private spaceflight to start making good on its promises. And in 2018, hopefully it will do just that. From SpaceX's long-promised first flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket to NASA's plan to contract private companies to deliver astronauts to ...

Authorities expect to put out Cebu dept. store fire today
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) -- Authorities expect the fire at the Metro Department Store in Ayala Center Cebu to be over by Sunday evening. "Focus of fire operations is now on the bodega (warehouse) at the 5th or 6th floor. The rest of the ...

Over 153,000 devotees take part in 'Pahalik' before Traslacion
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Globe Telecom will temporarily cut mobile service in Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Makati, and other neighboring areas starting 5 a.m. tomorrow. Smart Communications will do the same but only along the Traslacion route where officials earlier said ...

67 police officers may be dismissed this month
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) - Dozens of rogue policemen are in danger of being sacked as part of Philippine National Police's intensified war against police scalawags. Director General Ronald dela Rosa said 67 police officers may be dismissed ...

Malacañang: Gov't to 'avail all remedies' in justice for slain journo Gerry Ortega
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The release of a former Palawan governor tagged in the murder of journalist-activist Gerry Ortega is unacceptable, Malacañang Palace said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque slammed the Court of ...

More senators up in arms over House Speaker's criticism of Upper House
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- More senators are defending their chamber from attacks and criticisms. This comes after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tagged the Senate "mabagal na kapulungan" (the slow chamber) for allegedly acting slow on ...

Human rights groups, solons question martial law extension before SC
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- Human rights groups and lawmakers are questioning the legal basis for extending martial law in Mindanao up to December 2018. Representatives of the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) and Bagong Alyansang ...

Fewer firecracker injuries recorded over holiday season - DOH
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it has recorded fewer firecracker injuries, compared to last year's holiday season. The DOH reported there was a 27-percent decrease in fireworks injuries from ...

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