With the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 a pandemic, medical workers around the world have been busy fighting the outbreak. One way to help them is to lend donations and financial assistance. Many organizations around the world have set up a donation drive to aid the efforts in combating the outbreak.
Here’s a few of them where you can also donate:
We will update this article for new donation sites. Hit refresh from time to time to see these updates.
The World Health Organization has its own donation drive that you can participate in by visiting their website. The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund facilitates easy donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. They can choose to donate from USD 25 up to USD 2,500. If they’re feeling generous, they can donate a custom amount of money that will go a long way in combating the pandemic.
GCash is also holding a voluntary cash donation within its app. All of the money raised from the app shall go to seven partner organizations that help medical workers in combating the outbreak. The company has already raised approximately PhP 2.2 million as of March 20. To donate, simply download the GCash app or go to this site.
People who use the alternative to GCash — Paymaya — can also donate to select partner organizations. The company has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross, UNICEF, Caritas Manila, Oxfam, and others for this donation drive. Anyone willing to donate must head over to this website, select their preferred organization, choose the type of donation, and pay online via card or mobile number linked to their account.
As part of their Lazada for Good campaign, the company has spearheaded a donation drive that can be accessed here. The donation drive is up and running for all the countries where Lazada operates — that includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, among others. Clicking over the link will take people to a country-specific Lazada site where they can donate to country-specific organizations.
This website provides a centralized hub for websites where you can donate to vulnerable people. The websites are arranged according to the group of people you wanted to help or give a donation to. Anyone can donate to medical workers or families affected by the ongoing lockdown on various parts of the Philippines by going over the site.
UNICEF — the UN-attached agency responsible for initiatives aimed towards children worldwide — also its own donation site where you can donate a certain amount of money. The donated money will go towards providing protective equipment to health workers in partner hospitals. Those donating can opt to pay with PayPal, GCash, or through their online banking providers.
As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home when sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Can survive 1m drops on concrete
Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.
If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”
Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.
Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.
Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.
Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, iQOO postpone December launches
Because of a political figure’s passing
Though almost all major smartphone launches have already happened this year, some brands reserve December to close the year with a bang. Unfortunately, if you were waiting for one of the final launches this year, you might be in for a longer wait. Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, and iQOO have all postponed their major launches in December.
It’s not a strange coincidence between four brands, of course. Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, recently passed away at 96 years old. Though the four announcement did not mention the death as a reason for the postponement, the coincidence of all four at the same time does heavily point to it.
Regardless of the reason, the four scheduled launches will now happen at a later time. None of the four brands have decided on new dates yet.
Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14. Huawei was scheduled to unveil smartwatches with housing for TWS earbuds. MediaTek — both through new smartphones and its own launch — was going to reveal the new Dimensity 8200. Finally, iQOO was scheduled for the launch of the iQOO 11 series and the iQOO Neo7 SE.
If you were on the lookout for any of these launches, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.
Replay! Apple Music launches new year-end experience
2022 Top Charts revealed
So, what have you been listening to an Apple Music in 2022? The redesigned Apple Music Replay experience will let you know what you’ve bopping to this year.
Apple Music Replay recaps what users listened to the past year. But new in 2022 is a year-end experience complete with expanded listening insights and new functionality. This includes a personalized highlight reel.
Users can discover their top songs, top albums, top artists, top genres, and more. Superfans can even discover whether they are in the top 100 listeners of their favourite artist or genre.
Apple Music listeners can continue checking Replay until December 31 and once the new year begins, keep listening on Apple Music to explore and share new 2023 insights each week.
All insights on Replay are optimized for sharing on socials or on any messaging platform.
How Apple Music Replay Works
Visit replay.music.apple.com and log in with the same Apple ID used for Apple Music. Play highlights or scroll through the page for more detailed insights. A truncated version of the site is available all year or as soon as a user is eligible.1
How to See Listening Stats
- Listen to enough music to qualify. Gauge qualification with a personalised progress bar on the Replay website. Both playlist and insights eligibility happens with the same listening threshold.
- Once a user is eligible for Replay, they can visit replay.music.apple.com.
- Explore listening stats, listen on the site, and share.
Replay is localised in 39 languages for all 169 countries and regions where Apple Music is available.
Top Charts 2022
Apple Music also revealed its year-end charts, spotlighting 2022’s top songs, top Shazams, top fitness songs, and most-read lyrics. Apple also shared a list of the most Shazamed K-Pop songs in 2022.
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