Amazon Prime Video expands content for Philippine viewers

Including a new Amazon Original



Amazon Prime Video

Starting August 2022, Amazon Prime Video will expand its content for Philippine viewers. It will add more local titles featuring the country’s top celebrities as well as exclusive Asian shows.

The move will be highlighted by the release of a new Amazon Original, Comedy Island: Philippines (Base Entertainment) which is a comedy challenge show featuring comedians and other celebrities.

Local Originals will include Big Night starring Christian Bables, How To Love Mr. Heartless with Sue Ramirez, and Whether The Weather Is Fine featuring Daniel Padilla.

Thanks to local licensing deals, Filipino streamers will also be able to watch exclusive Korean titles and anime hits, such as:

  • Nothing Serious (Son Seok-gu/Gong Min-jung)
  • Toy Soldiers: Fake Men 2 The Complete (Julien Kang)
  • Demon Slayer
  • Jujutsu Kaisen O

Other Hollywood blockbuster films and series subscribers may enjoy include The Good Doctor, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Thirteen Lives.

To cap it off, a local campaign featuring Anne Curtis has also been launched to encourage more viewers to subscribe.

Prime Video will be available in the Philippines for an introductory offer of PhP 149 a month until December 31, 2023.


Transfer for free: Tonik now has InstaPay services

No added fees for transfers



Tonik InstaPay

Tonik, the Philippines’ first neobank, now supports InstaPay services to make it even easier and more convenient for in-app transactions.

This means customers can now send and receive real-time transactions up to PhP 50,000 to and from participating banks and e-wallets with no added transfer fees using the digital bank.

To top-up another Tonik account, simply go to the “Top up” option on the dashboard, choose InstaPay, and copy the 14-digit Tonik account number.

For transfers to another bank, tap “Send Money Options” and select “To another bank”. Then, change the channel to InstaPay and fill out the necessary information.

What’s great about Tonik transfers is that they are free of charge although do note that other banks may have varied transaction fees for InstaPay top-ups.

This should matter a lot specially for workers as interbank transactions or transfers from e-wallets like GCash, Maya, and ShopeePay to banks and vice-versa usually cost anywhere between PhP 10 to PhP 25.

Tonik is available both via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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Android 13 might launch earlier than usual

Can come as early as September



Google usually takes a while to launch the next version of Android. Last year, Android 12 started rolling out in October. However, based on the timing of its beta releases, Android 13 might come out earlier than usual this year. Now, there is another indication hinting that the next update is launching in September.

To mark the start of the month, Google released security release notes to update developers and testers on what’s coming to the current batch of beta tests. Though the notes are mostly filled with technical changes, one sentence speaks volumes. “Android 13, as released on AOSP, will have a default security patch level of 2022-09-01,” it reads.

The addition hints that the final release version of Android 13 will come with the September security patch installed. Of course, that isn’t concrete confirmation of an early release date. The likeliness is increasing with each early security update.

It’s going to be an interesting launch, though. Besides the still-developing Android 13 update, Google is also working on the unreleased Pixel 7 series. Since the success of the Pixel 6 series and Android 12, the company is facing some pressure to release worthy sequels to both releases. With September (or October) coming up, we’ll soon know if Google found a new groove.

SEE ALSO: Android is thinking of adding ads in its lock screen

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You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

If you don’t like recommended posts



Yesterday, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri announced that the platform is rolling back key changes it made recently because of user outrage. Since yesterday, the platform stopped offering its new full-screen layout and reduced the percentage of recommended posts on everyone’s feed. However, if a simple reduction of recommendations won’t do it for you, Mosseri has you covered. Instagram has ways to mute them completely.

Now, these aren’t completely new features. Naturally, they aren’t well-advertised either. Instagram still wants you to engage with as much content as possible. However, because of the recent backlash, Mosseri himself advertised the two methods in his recent Stories.

The first method is simple. From Instagram’s home page, click on the logo on the top-left corner. When the pop-up menu opens, select “Following.” It will take users to a secondary feed filled only with posts from those you follow. Recently, Facebook also introduced a secondary feed to contain only content from contacts.

The second method is a bit more hidden. When you come across a recommended post on your main feed, you can click on the X to hide it. Once hidden, Instagram offers you several options. One of those options reads “Snooze all suggested posts in feed for 30 days.” Clicking on this does as it says. For a month, you won’t get any recommended posts. (Sponsored ones should still pop up, though.)

Though Mosseri offered the options himself, Instagram still believes in the future of video and of algorithmic recommendations. According to the platform’s boss, most users now interact with others through Stories and DMs, rather than through posts on the feed. While Instagram offers a way against recommendations now, it looks like they’re still here to stay.

SEE ALSO: Instagram forced to roll back updates

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