2017 YEARENDER

Gadget lust, artificial intelligence, free WiFi

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2017 07:25 AM | Updated as of Dec 23 2017 12:30 PM

MANILA - Weary commuters got free WiFi on the capital's main highway, as they lusted over the latest from Apple, and reminisced about their Nokia phones from more than a decade ago.

These are the biggest technology stories on ABS-CBN News in 2017.

X marks the future of Apple

Apple played catch-up with Android rivals with the 10th anniversary edition of its most important product, offering a near bezel-less screen, wireless charging and face recognition.

Still, early adopters were willing to shell out as much as P90,000 to be among the first in the Philippines to own the iPhone X.

Anthony Wallace, AFP

Nokia rides nostalgia wave

Nokia scored a hit with the "new" 3310, as GenXers who had the original version of the feature phone in their pockets refused to pass up on the chance of owning one again.

Devoid of social media apps, the 3310 also offers digital natives the chance to disconnect, according to Finnish company HMD Global, which owns the license to make Nokia phones.

Joseph Lago, AFP

Chinese invasion

Chinese giant Huawei overtook Apple this year to become the world's second biggest-selling smartphone brand, next to Samsung. The Shenzen-based company is betting on artificial intelligence and Leica co-engineered cameras to challenge Apple and Samsung in the premium space.

Lluis Gene, AFP

Robots head to call centers

Automation may displace 40,000 workers in the business process outsourcing industry, while creating 700,000 new opportunities, according to industry estimates. This highlights the need for BPO workers to improve their skills.

Filipino BPO workers are banking on their "heart" for customer service to compliment clerical tasks that will be delegated to bots.

Jay Directo, AFP

Internet improvements

Tens of thousands of commuters now have free WiFi in MRT stations along EDSA to make their daily trips more bearable.

The government also partnered with Facebook, the world's largest social media network, to build a high-speed internet infrastructure.

Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Cryptocurrencies rise

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas this year released guidelines on companies that use digital currencies, as Bitcoin surged in value to $11,000, raising fears of a bubble.

Bitcoin's blistering rally: What you need to know

Karen Bleier, AFP

Regulators set sights on sharing economy

Uber paid the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board a P489-million fine in August to lift its suspension, highlighting the ride-sharing service's global struggle with regulators.

Uber rues 'old ways' regulation as it seeks talks with govt

Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Homegrown ride-sharing company "Angkas" was forced to suspend operations after regulators deemed ride-sharing services that use motorcycles as unsafe.

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

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