Digital Life

  • Indonesians prefer comedy ads on YouTube

    Comical video-streaming advertisements have become more popular among Indonesian audiences, dominating YouTube’s most popular ads in the second half of 2015.

  • Facebook working on long-sought 'dislike' button

    Facebook, pressed for years by users to add a "dislike" button, says it is working on the feature and will be testing it soon.

  • Facebook leads social pack in US, Twitter sputters: Study

    Facebook remains the dominant social network for US Internet users, while Twitter has failed to keep apace with rivals like Instagram and Pinterest, a study showed Wednesday.

  • Google's Android update: code name Marshmallow

    Google gave a name Monday to its soon-to-be released operating system for its Android mobile devices: Marshmallow.

  • Google can tell you if solar roof panels will pay off

    Google has got a good look at your roof, and can tell you if it is worth the investment to install solar energy panels.

  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.

  • For dating apps in Asia, love by numbers or chaperone

    Move over Tinder -- a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance.

  • Google apologizes photo app tagged black couple 'gorillas'

    Google apologized after an identification program in its new photo app put a "gorillas" label on a picture of a black couple.

  • 23 more Indonesian cities available on Google Maps during holidays

    Google Indonesia announced on Wednesday that it had added 23 cities to the number of locations available across the country on its Google Maps application, to help travelers during the Muslim holiday of Idul Fitri.

  • Facebook Lite released in Indonesia

    Facebook, the largest online social networking platform, comes in a smaller size as a solution for users concerned with limited bandwidth who want to avoid data and battery guzzling mobile applications.

  • Twitter moves to put 'products and places' in feeds

    Twitter said Friday it was testing a new way to use the messaging platform for shopping by promoting "products and places" in its feeds, as it looks to boost revenues.

  • Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks

    Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable.

  • After security scandal, a tech firm says it's changing focus

    A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads — and hackers.

  • When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes

    Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it.

  • Software glitch can cause iPhones to crash

    A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.

  • Smartphones a lifeline for many Americans: Study

    Americans love their smartphones and rely on them as a key way to go online, but many find the cost too steep, a survey showed Wednesday.

  • Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank

    Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

  • Vandalism in US state shows the Internet's vulnerability

    Computers and phones in Arizona were knocked out of service, cash machines stopped working and emergency call systems were disrupted — all because a vandal apparently sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried under the rocky desert.

  • US announces reward for accused prolific cyber hacker

    The U.S. government has announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world's most prolific cyber hackers.

  • Samsung buying mobile-pay co. in bid to challenge Apple Pay

    Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.