Facebook to Pay Up to $5 for Your Voice

Facebook will pay you for your voice, but don’t expect to get wealthy. The company is paying selected people to record phrases to improve its voice recognition tools. It’s asking them to record the phrase, “Hey Portal, call…” which is its camera-equipped home device, followed by saying the first name of a Facebook friend twice for 10 times.  But you …

P30-M Ransom for Release of Indonesian Fishermen

The Abu Sayyaf bandit group is demanding 30 million pesos for the release of five Indonesian fishermen. The bandits reportedly contacted the employer of the fishermen two weeks after the kidnapping, according to Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the Western Mindanao Command. Sobejana said the kidnappers wanted the ransom paid in Malaysian ringgit.  He said the Philippine government is …

Huawei Debuts Folding Phone

China’s Huawei unveiled its latest folding smartphone and its first such device to be available internationally, competing in a niche category with new models from Samsung and Motorola. The company revealed the new 2,700-dollar Mate Xs by video instead of a press launch, as the tech show in Spain where it had planned to hold the unveiling was cancelled due …

Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Operator for Deaths

Kobe Bryant’s widow sued the owner and operator of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter last month. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant in Los Angeles Superior Court said the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions and should have aborted the flight. …

Australia Reopens Door After Corona Virus Ban

The Australian government said it will allow the return of some Chinese high school students who were blocked from entering the country due to COVID-19. Thousands of Chinese students were prevented from heading to Australia after the summer break for the start of school when a travel ban was imposed for people travelling from China. Australian officials said the targeted …

Google Play Store Malware Subscribes User to Services Without Their Consent

A popular smartphone virus known as the Joker family or “Bread” that subscribes Android users to premium services without their consent keeps appearing in the Google Play app store. First, Joker identifies victims’ locations and phone numbers. Then, it identifies premium services available near the users’ locations. Next, the malware subscribes to a service using victims’ phone numbers. When the …

Amazon Threatens to Remove Sellers Claiming to Treat Corona Virus

Amazon is removing listings from its online marketplace that claim to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The company notified third-party merchants this week that it was taking down listings claiming to be a treatment, cure or remedy for COVID-19. It comes as the coronavirus outbreak has continued to worsen, spreading to more than two dozen countries, infecting more …

DFA: Delay Korea Trips

The Department of Foreign Affairs is discouraging “nonessential travel” to South Korea, which is battling an outbreak of the new coronavirus that is spreading from China. South Korea reported 161 new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 763 cases. It recorded two more deaths, raising the toll to seven. Assistant Health Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Inter-Agency Task …

Youtuber PewDiePie is Back After One-Month Break

YouTube star PewDiePie, whose channel has 103 million subscribers, is back after a one-month vacation, which broke his 10-year streak of uploading content daily on the video streaming platform. The Swedish personality’s latest video has taken the internet by storm, already gaining over 13 million views since its posting on February 21. It’s currently listed in YouTube’s trending content. In …