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Huawei’s AppGallery offers various rewards this January

App rewards for the new year

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Got the latest Huawei smartphone? You might be bummed to find out that it lacks Google Play Store. Due to the ongoing ban, some of their smartphones come with their versions of popular Google apps and services instead.

In place of Google Play Store is the Huawei AppGallery. It features numerous apps divided into several categories. To entice you to look at the selection of apps from AppGallery, Huawei is offering various rewards through the app from January 1 to 31.

You can receive a wide range of perks such as vouchers from selected app partners, Huawei Points and Huawei smartphones by simply installing select apps and joining events inside the app. The promo has three divisions:

Download apps and get Huawei points

You can win up to 800 points by installing select apps from the AppGallery. Each one of the 16 participating apps come with 50 points equivalent to PhP 50. These points can then be used for in-app purchases in Huawei’s AppGallery, Themes, Mobile Cloud, and more.

New Year gifts on the AppGallery’s Gift Center

Huawei is treating its users with freebies for the new year. You can claim these freebies by going to AppGallery’s Gift Center. Freebies include VIU subscriptions, iFlix VIP subscriptions, and many more.

Play Games and Win Huawei Smartphones

Do you play Guns of Glory, Jellipop Match, Mobile Royale, Rise of Kingdoms and Saint Seiya? You have a chance to win HUAWEI smartphones by buying in-game items and paying through Huawei’s in-app purchases (IAP).

To participate, you must download the participating game(s) from AppGallery. Then, purchase in-game items via Huawei’s IAP with a card payment method. Participants can spend on more than one game to accumulate the spending amount.

The top 30 in-game spenders across Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will win a Huawei smartphone.

The promo has three phases. The first phase will run from January 1 to 7 with Nova 5T as the prize. The smartphone prizes for Phase 2 (January 8 to 14) and Phase 3 (January 15 to 31) will be revealed on the starting date of each phase.

You can visit Huawei’s promo website for more information.

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Instagram possibly letting users pay for a blue badge

Copied from Twitter’s playbook

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Twitter got the internet into an uproar after implementing a way to pay for a coveted blue checkmark. Despite the controversy, other social media platforms are potentially introducing similar systems soon. As spotted in new code, Instagram has started referencing paid badges, hinting at a similar feature in the future.

First noticed by developer Alessandro Paluzzi (who spotted other unannounced developments in the past), Instagram’s coding includes mentions of an “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV,” via TechCrunch. Additionally, Paluzzi found references to a Facebook version of the same code. To cap things off, he also discovered a few references to an upcoming subscription product from the current code.

A word of caution, though: Small references inside code might not mean much for the platform’s future plans. Paluzzi himself says that the feature is essentially unconfirmed for now, especially without a prototype.

Given the controversy surrounding the paid blue checkmark, it’s likely that Facebook and Instagram are waiting if Twitter’s experiment translates to better revenue in the long run. Though the initial Twitter Blue brouhaha simmered down for now, the new feature — along with Musk’s other changes to Twitter — are still experiments to test the new ownership’s vision for the platform.

For their part, both Facebook and Instagram have experimented with additional features to expand their offerings to their users. It’s not unheard of for either platform to draw inspiration from the winning features of other social media platforms.

SEE ALSO: Twitter reverses Facebook, Instagram ban

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Apple Music launches ‘Rihanna’s Road to Halftime’

In anticipation of Super Bowl 2023

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After succeeding Pepsi as NFL’s official Super Bowl Halftime Show partner, Apple Music is pulling all the stops as it braces for its first ever show in the sports event, which features music icon Rihanna.

In anticipation of her upcoming Super Bowl LVII halftime performance in Glendale, Arizona on February 13, Apple Music has launched Rihanna’s Road to Halftime”, letting streamers experience the superstar’s music catalogue in deeply-enriched multidimensional sound.

Apple Music Radio will also be holding a Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show press conference on February 10, with Nadeska Alexis interviewing Rihanna herself ahead of her highly-awaited performance in United States’ annual sports spectacle.

An 8-episode “Rihanna Revisited Radio” will also keep fans engaged as the countdown to Super Bowl LVII continues ticking.

Even after the performance itself, Apple Music will have people covered with its Halftime Recap Radio” to wrap everything up.

Meanwhile, the new Apple Music Sing feature will also allow subscribers to take the mic and reenact Rhianna’s hits on compatible iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K models.

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Controversial Netflix policy might ban users for sharing passwords

Company says plans are still unconfirmed

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Likely eclipsed only by Twitter, Netflix has gone through a ton of changes since last year. Underlying most of the new changes is a desire to curb password sharing. Now that 2023 is alive and kicking, the platform is readying its grand strategy to eliminate the phenomenon once and for all. Before the company can reveal their plans, a new report has leaked what’s coming for subscribers.

According to The Streamable, Netflix has changed its Netflix Help Center to reflect the new strategy. Based on the changes, the platform will require all profiles using a single account to be from the same primary location. If the platform detects that someone is using the account in another location, Netflix can reportedly block that user automatically.

To remain in the fold of an account, devices must sign into their home Wi-Fi every 31 days to check in. Any device who can’t do so might get blocked. Incorrect blockings can only be resolved with a call to Netflix’s support.

Now, the biggest controversy revolves around those who travel regularly. Users can reportedly request for a temporary code from Netflix to use the service in another location for seven consecutive days.

Though the changes were spotted on Netflix’s official pages, none of them have been officially announced yet. The page has been reverted to a vaguer version which only asks users in other households to have their own account. In a separate statement issued to The Verge, the company has stated that plans for subscribers (in the United States, at least) are still unconfirmed.

Still, the changed website is viewable via archiving sites like Way Back Machine. A change in the official support page might have come from a premature announcement, rejected plans, or an error.

SEE ALSO: Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

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