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Grab to offer ride services at NAIA terminals

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Pretty soon, travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport won’t have to brave the crowds and the summer heat to call a cab or car service, if Grab has its way.

A spokesperson for the local airport authority said that airport officials and the app-based, ride-dispatch company are expected to reach an agreement that would allow Grab to operate at the country’s four airports starting March 14, effectively lifting the regulation that bars ride-hailing services from picking up and dropping off passengers at NAIA terminals.

Obviously, the agreement only applies to Grab, but it nonetheless sets a precedence for Uber to operate to and from local airports. Not to mention, it might result in more competitive fares between airport taxis and shuttles down the road. I probably don’t need to tell you how exorbitant transport fees can get.

A post from Top Gear Philippines’ Facebook page claimed that airport shuttle companies charged between P1,800 and P3,200 (roughly $39 and $69) for transportation from NAIA Terminal 2, which is ten times what you would expect to pay for a similar trip in a metered cab.

The development is another feather in Grab’s cap. Earlier this week, the company announced it has expanded its GrabTaxi service to Cagayan de Oro, allowing Kagay-anon commuters to book a cab using the Grab app. Cagayan de Oro is the seventh city in the Philippines to open the (passenger) doors to Grab, and joins Metro Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo on its expansion list.

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How to hide from Instragram’s new Activity Status feature

It’s on by default!

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Instagram silently rolled out a new feature of its app. If you don’t like your friends to know that you’re online (and also protect your privacy), you might want to take action. Why? Because it’s automatically turned on.

If you have the latest app, you probably noticed something new inside the Direct Messages section. This new feature dubbed “Activity Status” lets your Instagram buddies know if you’re online. If you happen to be scrolling through your timeline moments ago, the status will show that you’ve been available earlier.

This is switched on by default but the data is only shared with users that you follow and those you message privately. There’s no need to panic if you think a stalker will know that you’re online — unless you follow them, too.

How to turn it off?

You can easily switch it off inside the app. Just go to your profile page and tap the top-right icon for Options.

Next, scroll down until you see “Show Activity Status” and switch the toggle button beside.

That’s it! Now that it’s off on your end, your status will not show up to your buddies. Although, you won’t be able to see the status of other accounts as well.

Since the new feature was smoothly included in the recent updates from the Play Store or App Store, it’s not clear when Instagram introduced the function. Some might not have it yet, which could mean it’s still an experimental approach with a limited number of users.

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Pokémon Go will drop old iPhones that don’t support iOS 11

You must upgrade to play!

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Bad news for Pokémon Go trainers out there with an old iPhone. If the “battery-gate” fiasco is not enough to make you upgrade, this announcement might force you if you want to keep on playing.

Niantic announced its plans to drop support for iOS devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11. Primarily, these are iPhones and even iPads released in or before 2013. They are the following:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad 2

The anticipated update will take effect starting February 28, 2018. After that date, Trainers using Apple devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11 will no longer be able to log in, catch Pokémon, and use their PokéCoins or other items. They must switch to a supported device to continue playing.

Niantic stated that the change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go which push the game ahead of the capabilities of old iPhones and iPads.

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6 free VPN apps for Android and iOS

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If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it’s best to use a virtual private network or VPN to mask your IP address and avoid security risks. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” over the internet between your device and any website or app you are trying to access.

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