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GCash and PayMaya launch payment services on Facebook Messenger

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If you’ve been taking advantage of modern ways of handling finances, you’re already familiar with a number of digital payment services.

In the Philippines, the companies offering such services are GCash and PayMaya. Both have just formally launched a new service that aims to reach out to more Filipinos, especially those who are fond of using Facebook Messenger.

Aside from letting people connect with friends using quirky stickers and filters, Messenger also grew to be a platform for business. You can now access your GCash and PayMaya wallets through the app and send money to friends, pay bills, and more.

According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 86 percent of Filipino households don’t have deposit accounts, so these digital payment services hope to address this using the popular messaging platform.

How?

Using an Android device, just search for the GCashOfficial or PayMayaOfficial account on Messenger and a chatbot will guide you on the available menu options. From there, you can inquire about your balance, pay bills, or buy prepaid load with discounts.

For PayMaya (will soon be available to GCash), you can send money to other Messenger users, even if they don’t have a PayMaya account.

It’s that easy! Keep in mind that usual transaction fees of respective providers may apply.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Pay is hitting Singapore first in Southeast Asia rollout

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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