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PayMaya lets you travel contactless and cashless

There’s a new travel section on the app

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PayMaya is offering commuters, motorists, and travellers a safer and more convenient way to travel by letting you go cashless. They’ve added features that let you easily pay for your fares and tickets, such as beep QR, using only your mobile device.

With more public transportation options returning and the holidays coming up, working on new in-app features to make paying for transportation fares safer was a priority.

PayMaya just launched their new Travel section where commuters can easily purchase beep QR tickets for the BGC Bus which they can use at the Ayala or Market! Market! Stations in Metro Manila, as well as, at the Topline Express Ferry routes in Cebu. This means you can now easily pre-purchase tickets even before you arrive at the station and avoid long queues.

Just tap the “Travel” icon in the PayMaya app, choose the route, origin, and destination, pay the ticket amount, and instantly receive the beep QR ticket.

The ticket is valid for 24 hours giving you more leeway. When you’re ready for the day’s commute, just present your QR ticket for validation before boarding.

Other new features

You can top up your beep cards for use in other transportation lines through the PayMaya app. Just tap “Treats” on the PayMaya app homepage, select beep card load package, input your beep card number, wait for purchase confirmation, head over to a beep e-load station, and tap your card to receive the load package.

With mandated cashless payments for vehicles entering the North Luzon and South Luzon expressways, the app also lets you easily load EasyTrip or Autosweep RFID to ensure safe contactless and cashless transactions.

“We are committed to working with the government through the Department of Transportation, as well as the many transportation service providers all around the country, to enable the entire transport sector chain with seamless cashless payment technologies for the benefit of the riding public,” says Shailesh Baidwan, President of PayMaya .

For those who are looking to fly, you can now easily go to the Bills section of the PayMaya app to pay for the flight tickets booked with Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. These new payment options join thousands of other features that PayMaya makes available.

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TikTok officially launches a dislike button

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Months ago, TikTok started experimenting with a dislike button for the platform’s comments. Much like other platforms, the company is creating a way to promote healthier discourse. However, the experiment never had a launch date all those months ago. Finally, after months in development, TikTok is finally ready to launch the dislike button.

Through the platform’s official Twitter account, TikTok is releasing the dislike button. This time, the platform has explained how the feature will work.

As detailed before, users will not see how many dislikes a comment has. Users will only have access to the button itself to dislike and retract dislikes. Only TikTok itself can see the number of dislikes. The platform will then use the information to filer through potential hate speech and harassment that they might have missed the first go-around.

By hiding the number of dislikes, TikTok hopes that users will not be tempted to abuse the dislike button to brigade against just simply unpopular opinions.

While moderation will help the platform with a persistent problem in social media, the company does have other issues. One current problem — that has plagued the platform for years now — is the issue of China’s potential access to data from users in other countries.

SEE ALSO: TikTok is experimenting with a dislike button for comments

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Instagram can soon detect nude photos in your DMs

Currently testing

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One of the constant risks of online communication is the unexpected and unsolicited appearance of an unsightly growth emanating from a stranger’s pants. Unfortunately, not a lot of platforms offer anything preventative, outside of just blocking the offender. Testing a new tool, Instagram is finally implementing a way to automatically detect and block nudity from your DMs.

The upcoming feature was first spotted by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter. According to early screenshots, Instagram will hide any suspected nude photos behind a prompt. Users can then choose to access the photo despite the warning. Notably, users can turn this feature off entirely.

Shortly after the leak, Meta confirmed the feature’s development through a statement issued to The Verge. While the feature is still in development, Instagram is still working on ways to protect both the sender’s identity and the recipient’s privacy.

Though the screenshots look conclusive, the feature has yet to reveal how the app can detect genitalia. A portion of the warning says that “technology on your device” is responsible. If the feature is indeed using native technology, Instagram has some work to do to assure users that it can’t store or see anyone’s nude photos.

SEE ALSO: Instagram bans Pornhub

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Spotify adds over 300,000 audiobooks to library

Available for purchase and offline listening

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After a massive push into the world of podcasts, it’s only natural that Spotify would soon look at audiobooks with a hungry eye. In the United States, the streaming platform has added a huge helping of audiobooks available for purchase.

It’s been a long time coming, too. Last year, the platform added a variety of books from the public domain for free. Narrated by famous actors like Forest Whitaker and Hilary Swank, the content came to every user, free or paying.

Now, Spotify is adding over 300,000 titles to its library. Starting today, users in the United States will have access to a dedicated section for the format. Interested users will then be led to an external link where they can purchase the book for themselves.

For consumption, Spotify will enable users to save their audiobook for offline listening. It will also allow users to control the speed of the book’s playback.

Prior to the addition, Spotify already had a niche community for audiobook lovers. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find readings of popular titles outside of the platform’s public domain offerings. You might find them lurking as albums or as podcasts. Now, however, it’s official. If you want an actual audiobook to listen to, you can choose to skip over a subscription to other audiobook platforms like Audible.

Besides audiobooks, the platform has also expanded into other services related to audio entertainment. One recent example sees Spotify selling tickets to live events directly from the service.

SEE ALSO: Spotify is now adding free audiobooks

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