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Google updates Maps with COVID-19 travel alerts

Tells you which country to go to

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Because of the tapering coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry is now forced to rethink its entire future. How will airplanes look like with social distancing? Will traveling be more expensive going forward? More importantly, how will travelers know which countries are safe to travel to?

Notably, Google is helping out with that particular predicament. As cities are starting to reopen all over the world, the company will roll out updates for Google Maps.

Most importantly for international travelers, the app will notify users about COVID-19 restrictions and checkpoints when traveling to stricter countries. The traveling notification will roll out to North American countries first.

Additionally, the app will also tell when public transportation is likely crowded or if they are running on altered schedules and routes. The upcoming tool is useful for commuters traveling within a city. As cities reopen, commuters might not know about new public transportation schedules yet. Naturally, this update will roll out to reopening countries first, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, France, India, and Netherlands.

Finally, the app will notify users which medical facilities will likely accommodate new patients who are not suffering from COVID-19. For still infected countries, this update will ensure the best healthcare possible for any type of predicament. This one will roll out to Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the United States.

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Microsoft Edge really doesn’t want you to install Chrome

Warns users with a pop-up

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It’s a meme by now. Users all over the world use Microsoft Edge only to download Google Chrome. It’s been a trend that started since the Internet Explorer days. Of course, Microsoft desperately wants everyone to use Edge properly, rather than just as a conduit for another Browser. To do so, the company has implemented another measure to discourage users from downloading Chrome.

Now, when you try to download Chrome from Edge, the browser launches a pop-up stating, “Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft,” as spotted by Windows Latest. It’s certainly a true claim. Edge does run on Chromium, making it a lightweight Chrome clone. However, since the browser’s name is already tainted with its shared history with Internet Explorer, people still prefer Chrome. Microsoft’s latest pop-up tries to assure users that Edge is still as safe, secure, and fast as Chrome.

Further, searching for Chrome on Edge usually shows the browser’s webpage as one of the top results from a search. The system also makes it harder to set Chrome as your device’s default browser. Microsoft is trying its best to dissuade users from switching.

Over the past few years, Microsoft has started a massive revamp for Edge to further delineate itself from Internet Explorer’s history. In fact, the company even shut the old browser down to spread Edge’s reach throughout Windows users.

SEE ALSO: Windows 11 is finally here

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PayMaya lists superior features that make it #TooGoodToBeNo.2

Cashback, free stuff everywhere

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PayMaya, one of the leading digital financial services platforms in the Philippines, launches a campaign called #TooGoodToBeNo.2 highlighting the company’s superior features.

For instance, it’s the only FinTech in the country running a consumer e-wallet app, enterprise payment processing business, and a remittance agent network with Smart Padala.

Free cash-in, free transfers

PayMaya currently offers FREE cash-in at 90,000 out of its over 110,000 touchpoints nationwide. Compared to other e-wallet apps, you don’t need to pay up to PhP 200 in cash-in fees just to put funds in your e-wallet account.

It’s easy to cash in for free, too. You can do it easily at a sari-sari store with Smart Padala, or via go-to convenience stores like MiniStop or at a supermarket like Robinson’s. Online transfers work seamlessly too, especially via InstaPay or via linked accounts from BPI, RCBC, or UnionBank.

Sending money to other PayMaya users is also free. Moreover, you earn a cashback of PhP 15 when you transfer funds from PayMaya to a bank account via InstaPay.

Wide selection of billers and digital goods

With a wide selection of over 1,500 billers and load items, it’s easy to pay for everything you need using PayMaya. Whether it’s utility bills, condo association dues, credit card payments, government dues, and even your everyday needs from online and favorite stores.

There are also digital goods such as prepaid loads, gaming pins, digital subscription packages, and even digital vouches for yourself or as gifts to your loved ones.

Safe and secure purchases

Online shopping through PayMaya is safe and secure. The app ensures you only purchase from legitimate sellers — whether it’s via Maya Mall or with a casual seller.

With Maya Mall, you can access over 360 of your favorite brands — fast-food chains, grocery sites, and even your go-to retail stores.

You can also have a safe transaction from casual sellers that are PayMaya-verified. You can check if the seller you’re paying is legitimate by looking for the Verified Seller badge on the app’s confirmation screen right before you pay.

An app that won’t let you down

Compared to other e-wallet apps, PayMaya lets you keep track of your transactions in real-time, giving you peace of mind when your payments push through.

Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about an app going downtime, because PayMaya doesn’t let you down — 99.9% of the time. The app’s uptime rate ensures your transactions will go through whenever you need them.

Register to PayMaya

Registering a PayMaya account is easy: You just need your phone and mobile number to sign up. To unlock more features and upgrade your account, you just need a primary ID such as your license, passport, or other official government cards, and a quick video selfie.

Sign up today and get 100% cashback on your load or gaming pin purchase when you cash in a minimum of PhP 100. You can even get up to PhP 200 if you upgrade your account.

For more details, visit paymaya.com.

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Shopee’s 11.11 Big Christmas Sale comes with fabulous deals

PhP 1 Deals, free shipping with no minimum spend, and 10% off daily!

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Shopee kicks off its annual 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, presenting an unbeatable selection of deals, fun, and entertainment to shoppers.

Accelerating growth for businesses

This year, more than 8 million new local shops opened on Shopee. The 11.11 sale aims to give greater visibility for brands and MSMEs to maximize demand.

Exclusive deals await on Shopee Mall, especially from top brands such as Xiaomi, POCO, realme, Samsung, Nokia, Vivo, DJI, Deerma, Coocaa Home, and Bata Philippines.

Additionally, offline businesses can still participate through ShopeePay and other digital products feature. Shoppers can check “Deals Near Me” to discover special in-store deals from brands such as Puregold, National Bookstore, Fully Booked, Power Mac Center, Family Mart, Olympic Village, Mary Grace, and more.

Fun deals for everyone

First-time shoppers can look forward to a free welcome package, bills cashback, free shipping, 100 percent off vouchers, and PhP 1 deals with their first purchase.

For those buying gifts for the holidays, Shopee has a list of gift guides called Christmas in our Carts loaded with discounts up to 90 percent off on a wide range of branded gifts and bundles. Shopee Mall also offers 10 percent off Mall vouchers, special deals on holiday gifts, and vouchers from their favorite brands.

Moreover, Shopee will be hosting an 11.11 Midnight Mall Exclusive Sale from 12 midnight to 2 AM. Huge price drops and exclusive bundle deals await, allowing shoppers to enjoy discounts up to 90 percent off on leading brands in the country.

The big finale

Shopee aims to spark joy with a big finale on November 11, bringing NCT 127 — one of the hottest K-Pop boy bands today. The band will be performing chart-topping hits at the 11.11 TV show on November 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the evening on GMA 7 and Shopee Live.

Visit this link for more information about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.

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