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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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Intel launches 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-H chips, can beat Ryzen 5000

Promises up to 25 percent performance improvement

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Intel released its 11th-Gen Core H-series processors for laptops. Codenamed Tiger Lake-H, it’s an essential launch for the American chipmaker because it can take on AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

The company’s portfolio is divided across two segments — 10th-Gen Core H-series (Comet Lake-H) chips for hardcore performance and 11th-Gen Core Tiger Lake chips for on-the-go computing. The new Tiger Lake-H sits in the middle, capturing a wider chunk of the market by creating a balance.

Tiger Lake-H processors leverage Intel’s Willow Cove Core microarchitecture that’s based on a 10nm SuperFin production process. Its unique selling point is a turbo boost up to 5.0Ghz, and a few iterations support manual overclocking controls.

Intel says that the Core i9-11980HK beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX by anywhere from 11 to 26 percent. It has eight cores (16 threads) and runs at a 2.6 GHz base clock speed at 45W. It can go up to 3.3 GHz at 65W. Across all other processors, Tiger Lake-H promises a 19 percent higher performance per clock than the previous Comet Lake-H.

The company also claimed improved performance across apps, such as 18 percent better “video creation workflow” in Adobe After Effects. Five chips were announced — three 8-core, 16-thread chips, and a pair of 6-core, 12-thread Core i5s. All these chips use Intel’s UHD graphics.

Intel is also claiming it has the world’s fastest single-threaded mobile processor. However, these are just claims at the moment, and real-life performance will be reviewable only after laptop availability.

Following the usual trend, all major OEMs like Lenovo, ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, MSI, and more shall soon refresh their product lineup to incorporate the new-gen chips.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

realme 8 pro

The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

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Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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Dozens of attorney generals ask Facebook to ditch Instagram Kids

But Facebook has other plans, obviously

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Facebook confirmed a few weeks ago that it’s working on a new project — Instagram Kids. Experts have warned that it could be a terrible idea, but Facebook has shown no interest in turning back.

Now, attorneys general from 44 states and territories of the US urged Facebook to abandon its plans to create an Instagram service for kids under 13. Citing detrimental health effects of social media on kids and Facebook’s murky past of protecting children on its platform.

The letter also noted that social media sites exploit users’ fear of missing out (FOMO) and can lead to body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem.

“Further, Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its platforms. The attorneys general have an interest in protecting our youngest citizens, and Facebook’s plans to create a platform where kids under the age of 13 are encouraged to share content online is contrary to that interest,” the letter said.

The AGs also cited a UK study that found more cases of “sexual grooming on Instagram than any other platform” and noted that in 2020 Facebook and Instagram reported 20 million child sexual abuse images.

Facebook response

A Facebook spokesperson in response to the letter said, “We agree that any experience we develop must prioritize their safety and privacy, and we will consult with experts in child development, child safety, and mental health, and privacy advocates to inform it.”

In a nutshell, Facebook doesn’t get the fundamental fact that kids under the age of 13 don’t need to be on social media. The company defends its move by saying children often lie about their age and make an account on Instagram, where child-friendly features have limited reach. To prevent this, it’s creating Instagram kids to offer a safe and controlled environment exclusive for kids.

The spokesperson also noted that Facebook is a founding sponsor of a new Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital better to understand the effect of digital technology on kids.

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