World’s first cyber-plants fuse electronics with roses

For the first time, scientists have created analogue and digital electronic circuits inside living plants, using the vascular system of living roses to build – or rather ‘grow’ – the central components of electronic circuits. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden merged numerous electrical components inside the roses, including wires, digital logic, and even display-based elements, thanks to a special …

Thai e-commerce trailblazer iTrueMart opens shop in PH

Ascend Group Co. Ltd.’s iTrueMart, one of Thailand’s leading online retailers, has entered the local e-commerce industry to mark the start of its $150-million expansion across Southeast Asia. Ascend Group chief operating officer of e-commerce Dean Krstevski said they chose Philippines as the company’s first stop in their massive launch in the Asean Economic Community (AEC), citing big opportunities for …

Huawei’s new lithium-ion battery charges to 50% in just five minutes

Huawei recently showed off its new batteries which charge up to 50% within a few minutes. The next-gen quick charging technology is claimed to have 10 times faster charging speed than normal batteries. “Huawei is confident that this breakthrough in quick charging batteries will lead to a new revolution in electronic devices, especially with regard to mobile phones, electric vehicles, …

900th whale shark found in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A team of researchers from the Large Marines Vertebrate (LAMAVE) Project found the 900th whale shark recorded in the world on November 15, 2015 in waters off Southern Leyte. Reaching the 900th whale shark is a milestone for a species that many had thought had dwindled in 1998. The team verified the find by taking a photo …

They Decided to Plant 800-Year-Old Seeds. What Grew Is Absolutely Incredible

Most foods, with the exception of honey and Twinkies, have expiration dates. Natural foods, like fruits and vegetables, slowly rot away over time, but what about their seeds? Surely those have an expiration date, right? Students from Winnipeg, Canada recently discovered a stash of 800-year-old seeds while on an archaeological dig. The mysterious seeds, once planted, grew into a rare …

Facebook now introduces new tools to help you get over your ex!

We all love to post selfies when we’re in a relationship. But what happens when things turn sour and one can no longer stand the posts or comments emanating from their partner’s account? Well Facebook has come to the rescue of those who have been through a break up, by enabling tools that will let you avoid your partner entirely …

PLDT completes network migration, goes full throttle on digital services

MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunications and digital services provider PLDT has completed the multi-year transformation of its landline network into a purely Internet Protocol (IP)-based Next Generation Network (NGN) system. The P6-billion network migration will  further enhance the delivery of its various services to its customers, according to a press statement. Covering the PLDT Group’s 271 offices in 48 provinces nationwide, the …

Fitch downplays Telstra entry’s impact on telecommunications

MANILA, Philippines – Fitch Ratings expects the potential entry of a new player in the Philippine telecommunications market through the joint venture of Australia’s Telstra and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to have limited impact on incumbent service providers for the next two years. Despite the limited impact, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Globe Telecom Inc. are expected to …

Canadian students have invented a fridge that runs without electricity

It’s easy to take that hulking great white beast of a machine in our kitchens for granted, but for the 1.3 billion people in the world who are living without electricity, a working refrigerator is not an option. So a team of students in Canada has invented a cooling device that not only works without any electricity whatsoever, it’s also …