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Facebook announces ‘I’m a voter’ button ahead of 2016 Philippine elections

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The Philippines is just a day removed from holding its national elections, which will probably go down as one of the closest and most riveting races on record. On Monday, May 9, some 55 million Filipino voters will march to the polls and cast a ballot to fill key positions — the president and vice president included — in public office.

And, unsurprisingly, Facebook wants in on the 2016 Philippine elections — if only to serve as the digital equivalent of indelible ink on one’s forefinger, unreliable as it may be.

Come Monday, Filipino Facebook users who are eligible to vote will see an “I’m a Voter” megaphone button on their Facebook News Feed. Clicking it will allow the user to “highlight their status as a voter to their Facebook friends, without specifying who they voted for.”

I’m assuming this will be determined more by age and geography and less by a special algorithm that determines if one is indeed in a position to choose the next leaders of the Philippines.

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Nevertheless, kudos to Facebook, as well as the Commission on Elections (Comelec), for coming up with a millennial-friendly campaign to improve voter turnout. In case you’re wondering, the average voter turnout for national elections in the country hovers around the 75-percent mark.

In a press statement, Facebook said it has seen “over 190 million Facebook interactions on the Philippine elections by more than 17 million Filipinos” and that this polling season “has been one of the most engaged elections globally on Facebook.”

The election-day button has been used in the UK, Taiwan, Spain, and Singapore during their respective elections.

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Barack and Michelle Obama join forces with Netflix

Are you ready to watch with the Obamas?

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Netflix announced that former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama signed a partnership with the streaming service under an entity named Higher Ground Productions over a press release and a twitter post.

In case you’re wondering why the former White House residents are teaming up with Netflix, the Obamas stated they want to share the experiences of the fascinating people they meet.

The two always believed in the power of storytelling. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” said President Barack Obama.

Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who’s proud to have the Obamas on board.

SEE ALSO: Netflix adds HDR support for new Sony and Huawei phones

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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Instagram will tell you how much time you spend on the app soon

Good thing or bad thing?

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Just how much time do you spend stalking on Instagram? You may not know the answer now, but Instagram knows. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to check.

According to TechCrunch, code hidden on the Instagram app showed a “time spent” feature under “Usage Insights.”

It’s still unclear how the function would work. When it was discovered, it was also unclear whether Instagram was testing out the option for eventual rollout, until Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say:

As of now, there’s still no news on when “time spent” would roll out, but the move is unsurprising. Tech companies are now moving towards features that allow users to monitor usage time and statistics. Earlier this month, Google announced similar functions on digital well-being for Android P that includes a dashboard that will give you information on your phone usage.

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