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GrabPay now has BDO, BPI, Unionbank, SM, and 7-Eleven as cash-in partners

Topping up GrabPay wallets is now more convenient

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Grab continues to expand its online transaction and payment service — GrabPay — by adding more cash-in partners for the service. Users can now cash in with their Banco de Oro (BDO), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and Unionbank bank accounts, or pay through SM’s payment centers and 7-Eleven stores.

GrabPay users can link their BDO, BPI, and UnionBank accounts in seconds through the Grab app. To link their accounts, they must do the following:

  1. Tap on the “Payment” tab located at the bottom of the Grab app.
  2. Select “Cash In” on the payment screen.
  3. Select “Linked Bank Account” among the cash-in options
  4. Users can now choose whether to link their BDO, BPI, or UnionBank account and input their account details.

Once this is done, their bank accounts will be linked to their GrabPay account. Users don’t have to enter their banking details every time they cash in. For added security though, Grab is requiring users to enter a one-time password sent to their mobile numbers every time they do a transaction.

Cash in at SM and 7-Eleven

Users can also cash in through any of SM’s business centers and 7-Eleven branches nationwide. This option is convenient for those who don’t want to link their bank accounts or those who want to pay over the counter. To cash in at any 7-Eleven branch, GrabPay users simply have to do the following:

  1. Navigate to the “Payment” tab.
  2. Select “Cash In” when the payment screen appears.
  3. Tap the “In-Store” cash-in method.
  4. Choose “7-Eleven”.
  5. Enter the desired cash-in amount and tap “Submit”.

Users will have to show the generated barcode to the cashier to complete their payment. For those transacting at any of SM’s business centers, they have to show their payment reference code to the respective business center agents and pay the amount they chose.

The payment service for every need

GrabPay has expanded over the years, and users can take advantage of the service to pay both online and offline. GrabPay integrates with GrabFood and GrabMart for food and grocery deliveries. It also integrates with GrabExpress for sending deliveries to any person, be it a friend or a family member.

Those who love to shop online can even use GrabPay for secure and seamless cashless transactions with retailers including Zalora, BeautyMNL, Shein, Shop SM, Power Mac Center, Kumu, GoodWork.ph, and Taxumo. GrabPay is also available for offline transactions across malls, beauty and wellness retailers, restaurants, and more.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Users can also use GrabPay to buy prepaid loads and pay bills. Most transactions also award users with points that they can earn and redeem for various discounts, products, or services. As Grab continues to expand its payment service further, users can expect more functionality to come in the future too.

SEE ALSO: Going Cashless: Make payments, transfer funds all on your phone

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TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform

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Facebook has an ad problem. After spending years on the platform, you might have noticed a plethora of misplaced ads occasionally peppered on your feed. Though most users cringe at how the algorithm can uncannily show appropriate ads right after talking about a certain topic, a series of more off-putting, offensive, and disturbing ads is making the rounds on the social media platform. Now, following a deep dive, a report has found that ByteDance and Tencent are affiliated with the phenomenon.

What are these Facebook ads? In a report from Forbes’s Emily Baker-White, several web novel companies are advertising erotic content on the platform. However, more than just erotica, these ads promote sexual, violence, rape, and self-harm. Some are even using images of popular personalities without their permission.

A particularly egregious example involves a photo of a crying woman in the shower with the caption: “his personal cum bucket.” A few others are more up front about harming women to get sex.

Others depict scenes from Twilight and Star Wars, despite not being affiliated at all with the titles. Several companies and personalities contacted by Forbes confirmed that they did not give these novel apps any permission to use their likeness.

As for the deep dive, a good number of these companies were previously backed by either ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, or Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese companies in the world. While ByteDance has claimed that the apps don’t reflect their values, these ads continue to proliferate around the platform. Tencent has likewise denied any involvement with the campaigns.

It’s also worth nothing that the apps aren’t limited to just China. One app, called Pinky Novel, operates from the Philippines and is spreading similarly troubling ads everywhere, including one that says, “Raped by Mr. CEO.”

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Apple has been raided in South Korea

For alleged anti-market practices

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The troubles for Apple will continue. After spending a length of time fighting investigations all over the world for alleged anti-competition practices, the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by authorities to further the investigation in the country.

Covered by Foss Patents (via MacRumors), the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a raid on the offices at the break of dawn. Authorities reportedly staged the raid after a developer complained of an unfair commission rate. According to the complaint, developers are paying more than 30 percent commission for having their apps on the App Store.

For a rougher breakdown, Apple still charges 30 percent. However, the commission includes VAT, which spikes the total fees paid above 30 percent. In contrast, Google’s 30 percent commission policy does not include VAT, which makes for a lower fee for developers.

With the number of apps on the App Store, Apple is making significant bank by skimming a bit more on commissions. That is, if the allegations prove true, of course. Right now, the company is still under investigation. But, if anything, a dawn raid isn’t a good sign for the iPhone maker.

Apple isn’t the only one in hot water, though. Google is also facing a similar controversy in South Korea. However, instead of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Kora Communications Commission is pushing for more parity between Google and Apple.

SEE ALSO: South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

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Android users can react to SMS messages from iPhones soon

While simultaneously annoying iPhone users

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One of the most unexpected small developments this year is the war of the green bubble. For a while now, Apple has kept Android users inside a green text bubble. If an Android user texts an iOS user, an iPhone conveniently lets its user know that someone is texting them from — gasp — an Android phone. Now, Google, in the next step of its crusade against the green bubble, is running a similar experiment of its own.

Recently, as spotted by Reddit user u/Jabjab345 (via GSMArena), Google is testing a new feature for Android users. In a beta version, users can start reacting to SMS messages from an iPhone. Of course, much like how it is from the other way around, there is a little hiccup.

In most web-based messaging services, reactions are often tiny bubbles attached to one corner of the message. However, since iOS and Android use different systems, it doesn’t work that way between the two platforms. Instead, if an iOS user reacts to an Android user’s message, users get a separate message with the emoji reaction. Now (or after the beta, at least), Android will treat iOS in the same way, sending iOS users a separate message for reactions.

Right now, the feature is still in beta. However, an implementation is par for the course. Previously, Google threw some shade at Apple for not adopting the system that the former uses. In retaliation, Tim Cook recently told a user to just buy their mom an iPhone if texting was such an issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple on adopting Android’s features: Just ‘buy your mom an iPhone’

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