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Waze and Spotify’s duet means musical commuting

In this March 15, 2012, file photo, Ben Gleitzman waves his hand over a traffic and navigation app called Waze on his Apple iPhone in a Menlo Park, Calif., parking lot during a demonstration showing traffic conditions on the display. AP

A new joint feature allows users to get turn-by-turn navigation within their Spotify app or, if they prefer access to their Spotify playlists while using Waze. It means that voice instructions or alerts will temporarily mute out the playlist rather than the music and the navigation system both competing for the driver’s aural spectrum at […]

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Inquirer launches 5-platform redesign

THE MEDIA QUINTET. The INQUIRER across the platforms.

“How do we bring the Inquirer to the next stage? How do we take it to the world standard of integrated experience?” Thus asked Inquirer Group of Companies chair Marixi Rufino-Prieto amid the challenges being faced by traditional news media in the digital world where the public’s habits of consuming information have evolved dramatically. The […]

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WATCH: Rare Pokémon causes near stampede on Taiwan intersection


A shocking sight reminiscent of a scene from a disaster film happened in a busy Taiwanese intersection on Sunday, as thousands of people swarmed the streets to capture a rare creature from the famed augmented-reality game Pokémon Go. Reports from Taiwanese media confirmed that a stampede nearly occurred when a Snorlax—the cuddly, sleep-enthusiast who’s a […]

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Bill banning ‘distracted driving’ approved on final reading

In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, a driver uses an iPhone while driving Wednesday, in Los Angeles. The country’s four biggest cell-phone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T’s “It Can Wait” slogan to blanket TV and radio during the summer of 2013. AP photo

A bill that would prohibit and penalize “distracted driving,” or the practice of using phones and engaging in other activities while driving a motor vehicle, was approved by the Senate on third and final reading on Monday. Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III, acting chairman of the Senate committee on public services, said Senate Bill No. (SBN) […]

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Toyota to invest in ride-hailing app Uber


NEW YORK— Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. The Japanese company did not say how much the investment is worth. As part of the deal, Uber drivers can lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving. Investing in ride-hailing […]

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Uber, Grab fares up for LTFRB review


AFTER the taxi fare cuts that took effect last week, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has initiated a review of the fare rates for app-based vehicle services like Uber and Grab. The LTFRB has set a hearing for April 6 regarding “proposed fare adjustments” for these fast-growing players in the transport sector, […]

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U-Hop is 3rd app-based transport service to get LTFRB nod


A homegrown brand has joined what remains a short list of government-approved app-based transport services. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday granted accreditation to U-Hop Transportation Network Vehicle System Inc., making it the third transportation networking company (TNC) to be allowed to operate in the country, after Uber and Grab. Last […]

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MOA allows Grab to operate at Naia

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GRAB, a regional ridesharing platform, will start serving passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) next week. David de Castro, a spokesperson for the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), said that airport officials and Grab would sign a memorandum of agreement on Mar. 10 with operations targeted to begin on Mar. 14. The development […]

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Grab, Uber may soon be at NAIA


THE LONGTIME ban on online ridesharing platforms at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport is soon ending. Apparently, Singapore’s Grab has come to an agreement with airport authorities that will allow people to book a driver from Naia. A final schedule is still being worked out for the actual event to launch Grab’s terminals. We’ve heard […]

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Controversies linked to driving app Waze


Waze, the Israeli-developed driving app now owned by Google, found itself linked to controversy Tuesday after two Israeli soldiers who were using the app mistakenly entered a Palestinian refugee camp, sparking bloody clashes. READ: Traffic app Waze says not at fault for Israel troops losing way The company said the soldiers were at fault, with […]

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Apr 26, 2017

Here are some easy and practical tips to keep motoring free and easy as the summer heat continues to