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Japan launches hi-tech global rainfall satellite

In this image released by NASA, a Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard takes off from launch pad 1 of the Tanegashima Space Center, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan. The satellite will collect data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.  AP PHOTO/NASA, BILL INGALLS

Japan successfully launched its latest rocket on Friday, carrying a hi-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

UN tasks imaging satellites for ‘Yolanda’ relief

A young girl walks her brother to the Tacloban City Convention Center known as the Astrodome Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, where hundreds of displaced typhoon survivors have set up makeshift shelters throughout the complex's once bustling shops and popular basketball court. The United Nations has activated a constellation of satellites to help relief operations in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, an official said on Thursday. Data gathered can identify roads, bridges or railway lines and buildings that are passable or structures that are damaged or intact.  AP PHOTO/VINCENT YU

The United Nations has activated a constellation of satellites to help relief operations in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, an official said on Thursday.

Posted: November 15th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Balangiga folk in Metro Manila ride bus home with relief

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It started out as an online appeal on Facebook on Wednesday night for passengers wanting to go home to their families in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, which was ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” last week.

Posted: November 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Smart cell site restored at Tacloban airport

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Smart Communications fired up its cell site at the Tacloban airport Tuesday noon in a bid to support various emergency relief operations for residents affected by monster typhoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Reporter’s tweets showed first glimpse of Yolanda’s fury in Tacloban City

This image provided by NASA shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by the Aqua satellite Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 12:15 a.m. EST as it passed over the Philippines. A preview of "supertyphoon" Yolanda’s fury was the subject of the tweet sent from Tacloban City by Inquirer reporter DJ Yap at 7:24 a.m. on Nov. 8.  AP

A preview of “supertyphoon” Yolanda’s fury was the subject of the tweet sent from Tacloban City by Inquirer reporter DJ Yap at 7:24 a.m. on Nov. 8.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Social Media | Read More »

Smart, Sun networks ‘adversely affected’ in Eastern Samar

This photo from the Facebook group Leyte Community Page shows the extent of destruction wrought by Typhoon Yolanda in Ormoc City.

Mobile phone services of Smart and Sun networks “have been adversely affected” in Eastern Samar and parts of Leyte, Smart Communications said Saturday.

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Gadgets,Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Netizens capture #YolandaPH as it hits land

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MANILA, Philippines – INQUIRER.net gathered photos and videos of supertyphoon “Yolanda” from netizens. Weather experts are expecting “catastrophic damage” in areas along the path of the tropical cyclone, now being considered as the strongest ever recorded on landfall. View the story “Netizens capture #YolandaPH as it hits land” on Storify

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Gov’t, private groups turn to Internet for aid to ‘Maring’ victims

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Organizations throughout the country are taking to the Internet to call for food, water, blankets, and clothes in relief operations for those affected by the floods and rains from the enhanced southwest monsoon brought by tropical storm “Maring”.

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Netizens blame Napoles, gov’t corruption for flood problems

Netizens tweet flood photos (with images, tweets) · inquirerdotnet · Storify

As Metro Manila and nearby provinces suffer heavy rainfall, netizens continue to rant against Janet Lim-Napoles, prompting some to comment that stolen government funds could have been used to ease flood problems.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

DSWD opens new Twitter account to coordinate disaster relief after hacking attack

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Don’t be the Grinch who stole Christmas. Thus said the Department of Social Welfare and Development as it appealed to Internet hackers to spare its Twitter account from malicious mischief as it opened a new one to coordinate relief efforts for victims of typhoon Pablo following the hacking of its old account.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Solar farms built to outlast any storm

As a tropical country, the Philippines experiences an average of 20-25 storms every year, causing considerable loss of lives and properties.

Posted: December 18th, 2012 in Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Americans take to social media to help post-Sandy

People run through a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

As the US East Coast slowly cleaned up from superstorm Sandy, those hoping to help the millions without power or food took to tweeting, posting and crowdsourcing Wednesday to mobilize much-needed aid.

Posted: November 1st, 2012 in Latest Technology Stories,Social Media | Read More »

Online ‘troll’ apologizes for false `Sandy’ tweets

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The Twitter “troll” who became an online villain after several false tweets about the destruction of Hurricane Sandy has apologized and resigned from a Republican congressional campaign.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Headlines,Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

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