Google’s cyberpeace campaign aims to educate the youth on cyber safety

Teaching the youth on digital responsibility



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The Internet has touched many aspects of society in the modern era. More so, it has revolutionized the way people interact with each other. With the Internet becoming more accessible than before, more people are depending on it to make their lives easier.

However, easier Internet access also introduces some challenges to society. For the youth, one of the challenges to Internet access is ensuring safety from malicious sites. It facilitates instant communication — a key avenue for cyberbullying and harassment.

Google and the Teach Peace, Build Peace movement are aware of the rising cases in cyberbullying and harassment. That is why they partnered together to launch the “Cyberpeace: Creating a peaceful internet together” campaign. The campaign aims to educate safety etiquette and responsibility on cyberspace to the youth.

Teaching peace together

With the campaign, Google will mobilize YouTube vloggers, teachers, employees, and volunteers to various public and private high schools across the Philippines. They will teach high school students on using the Internet in a more responsible and safer way. Google’s Be Internet Awesome will serve as the curriculum for these educational teach-ins.

Google’s curriculum will tackle key issues in cyber safety. It will focus on online reputation, critical thinking to fight scams and misinformation, privacy and security, cyberbullying, and reporting inappropriate online behaviors. Plus, it will also tackle catfishing and cancel culture — specific issues arising from social media.

It launched on February 11 with San Francisco High School in Quezon City as the pilot school. The campaign will proceed to other high schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Janine Vela teaching kids at San Francisco High School in Quezon City.

“Through the Cyberpeace campaign, we hope not to only help Filipino families stay safer online but provide a springboard for a shared, nationwide commitment to a more peaceful internet, at the heart of a vibrant digital economy for all Filipinos,” said Bernadette Nacario, country director of Google Philippines.

Cultivating a peaceful cyberspace

The need to educate the youth on digital citizenship is important as the Philippines has the highest number of households using digital technologies. The total figure tallies at 71 percent. Meanwhile, 85 percent of the family surveyed in the Philippines worry about their child being exposed to inappropriate content online.

Google’s campaign answers the need for educating youth about cyber safety and digital responsibility. It goes along with other tools from the company such as 2-step verification, Family Link, SafeSearch, and YouTube Kids.

At the end of day, however, it is best for families to teach their child about proper and safe browsing. Proper education goes a long way in ensuring responsible and informed digital citizens. After all, the Internet is a powerful resource that entails great responsibility to those who use it.


New leak reveals a much, much more expensive AirPods Pro

Costs as much as a midrange phone



Recently, the rumor mill reignited discussions over an upcoming AirPods launch in the midrange segment. Supposedly, the mid-2020 device will sell for more than a pair of regular AirPods but less than a premium pair of AirPods Pro.

Surprisingly, the rumors are still going. This time, Target, the American superstore chain, has apparently readied its inventory system for an unannounced AirPods product, according to a leak from tech YouTuber Jon Prosser.

The product — named the Apple AirPods (X Generation) — will retail for a staggering US$ 399.99. For reference, the AirPods Pro sells for only $249.99. Given the heightened price, the AirPods (X Generation) is likely a pair of headphones worthy of the price, especially since the AirPods Pro is already the top-of-the-line product for earbuds.

According to a follow-up from Apple Insider, Target employees explained that reserving inventory slots for upcoming products, especially regarding pricing information. However, the official name will likely change on launch.

Additionally, Presser has also asked Apple for a potential launch date. According to another tweet, Apple is still undecided whether to hold an event in March.

Still, with a pair of wireless over-ear headphones, Apple will be ready to take on a market populated by its subsidiary brand Beats and competing brands like Bose, Sony, and JBL. We’re dreading the potential charging case, though.

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Samsung temporarily shuts down infected Galaxy Z Flip factory

Coronavirus strikes again



The coronavirus epidemic is burning through the technology industry, leaving a trail of delays and shortages in its wake. So far, the virus has already torched Apple’s China-based manufacturers and the entire MWC 2020 event.

For the immediate future, the global epidemic can add Samsung to its list of victims. Previously, the South Korean company saved itself from the crisis, owing to its geographical roots. Unfortunately, if you turn into world news today, the virus has already made its way to South Korea.

In the city of Gumi, one of Samsung’s factory workers has contracted the disease, forcing the company to shut down the entire plant, according to a South Korean news outlet. The entire factory will open again on February 24. Additionally, the infected employee’s floor will remain shut down until February 25.

As for the workers themselves, Samsung has urged those who worked with the employee to put themselves in quarantine and undergo tests for potential infection. The company has also asked all employees to limit travel when possible, conducting business only through video calls.

Of course, Samsung has a tight hold on the South Korea business sector. The closure of just one factory probably won’t affect the company’s supply too much.

The affected Gumi factory specializes in Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip production. If anything, the temporary closure will only slow the foldable phone down partially. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Samsung, especially if the virus continues to spread across the country.


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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020



Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

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