Riza Manuel

20 Flips | 2 Magazines | 29 Likes | @rizriznicole | I find solace in traveling. Wanting to live like Jay Moriarity. Sees the bright side of things. Passionate about kids. Lover of outdoor life.

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Philippines

Widespread damage and at least 20 fatalities in central Philippines as major earthquake strikes early on Tuesday morning<p>At least 20 people were killed on Tuesday when a major 7.1 magnitude earthquake tore down buildings across three islands that are among the Philippines’ most popular tourist …

Surfing on Easter Island

Riding the waves on Rapa Nui is as ancient and revered as the island’s renowned stone heads, and can be traced back to the early settlers who sailed here from Polynesia.<p>Known worldwide for the curious stone heads (<i>moai</i>) that sprout up from the earth as if they were craggy hedges, Easter Island – or …

South America

Flipboard Adds Support for Instagram Videos

Flipboard has confirmed that it now supports Instagram videos in its apps.<p>Though not specifically mentioned in either changelog, Flipboard’s iOS and Android apps both got updates this week. After updating to the latest version of the Flipboard app, Instagram videos began appearing in my …

Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 to feature 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display

A South Korean report says that the next-gen Galaxy Note handset would pack a 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display, contradicting various existing rumors regarding the upcoming Galaxy Note 3.<p>Just recently, we heard that the handset may feature a 5.7-inch display instead of the 5.99-inch panel …

Galaxy Note

Hidden iOS 7 feature puts panoramas in lock screen

An otherwise undocumented iOS 7 feature has been discovered that lets users view the entirety of large, panoramic photos on their iPhone's lock screen.<p>The feature uses the device's built-in gyroscope to track movement, and pans across the photo. In its demos of the software at the Worldwide …

Thank You, Google Overlords

Running a website not optimized for smartphones? Guess what, you’ve been put on notice. Google is using its influence and the power of its algorithm to finally force web publishers to fix their mobile website configuration issues, or risk getting downranked in Google Search. Directing smartphone …

Apple, Tim Cook and Others Sued Over Alleged NSA/PRISM Privacy Violations

Apple, and Tim Cook personally, have been sued by a conservative activist and three others as part of a class action lawsuit [PDF] over alleged privacy violations resulting from the company's supposed participation in the NSA's PRISM intelligence program.<p>The plaintiffs have also sued President …

Why Apple ditched its skeuomorphic design for iOS7

Are you ready to join the future? That seems to be the subtext of every tech presentation of the 21st century, but for Apple, acknowledged leaders in …

Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

Among his last advice he had for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. “Just do what’s right.”<p>That’s what Tim Cook told the audience of Apple employees at the memorial for Steve Jobs, following his passing in 2011. Now, nearly two years later, we’re starting to see that plan …

Orbeus Launches Visual Recognition (But Not Creepy Facial Recognition) APIs For Google Glass

Google took swift action to ban Google Glass applications with facial recognition capabilities recently, following the launch of an API which would have allowed developers to build apps that could identify the faces of people who a Glass wearer encountered. Today, however, another company called …

Gmail’s People Widget Now Lets Brands Highlight Their Google+ Profiles And Posts

Google today launched a small but nifty new feature for its Gmail people widget that allows brands and businesses to highlight their Google+ profiles and recent Google+ posts right in their customers’ inboxes.<p>Once they have connected their Google+ accounts and email addresses, Gmail users will be …

BitTorrent goes legit with new ‘gated’ file format

Users forced to pay or register before downloading<p>DJ Kaskade.<p>Kazaa. LimeWire. Napster. There are hardly any widely used filesharing sites that didn't try to "go legit" at some point after being dinged for facilitating piracy. It doesn’t usually work. Napster, for example, no longer exists; it was …

New Google Play Store shipping options available: Ground and Saver

Two new shipping options are now officially available to Play Store users interested in buying Google hardware, just as previously rumored.<p>Ground and Saver shipping options have been quitely added to the Google Play Store checkout shipping options, allowing you to save cash on your orders. The …

iOS 7 borrows heavily from its competition, but should we care?

If you were online at all yesterday, you probably heard at least a little bit about Apple’s latest iOS 7. The new UI is completely redesigned and transforms the aging platform into something modern and fresh. At the same time, it also looks very familiar.<p>Some of this is because at it’s heart it is …

Apps

Apple’s Declaration of Values: Simplify, Perfect, Delight

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred …

Apple

NSA scandal: Microsoft and Twitter join calls to disclose data requests

Microsoft and Twitter have joined calls by Google and Facebook to be able to publish more detail about how many secret requests they receive to hand …

Facebook’s New Colocation And Image Recognition Patents Tease The Future Of Sharing

Facebook’s empire was built on photo tags and sharing, but it’s a grueling process many neglect. Luckily, new Facebook patents give it tech to continuously capture video whenever your camera is open, rank and surface the best images, and auto-tag them with people, places, and businesses. They tease …

The one thing that makes a company last forever

All companies hit rough patches from time to time. But only a few manage to survive decade after decade—some of them in a form that bears no resemblance to the original organization. Nokia began in 1865 as a riverside paper mill along the Tammerkoski Rapids in southwestern Finland. In the late …

Innovation

What's Facebook's Big Mysterious Phone?

Next week, Facebook is going to show us its "new home on Android." What does that mean? We're not sure—we could be days away from The Facebook Phone, …