Philippine government partners with PayMaya for cashless transactions

Get cashback when you pay your government dues and fees



More than ever, cashless transactions are now essential to our daily lives. It’s safe, contactless, and convenient; paying anything with just a single tap on your smartphone.

This is why the Philippine government partnered with PayMaya, one of the leading digital financial services in the country, to enable cashless payments — via cards and e-wallet payments — to government transactions.

Recently, PayMaya has just added more government agencies to its growing roster:

  • Land Transportation Office (LTO)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SC)
  • Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL)
  • Optical Media Board (OMB)
  • City of Taguig

The aforementioned is an addition to more than 50 government agencies and local government units, such as the following:

  • Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
  • Social Security System (SSS)
  • PAG-IBIG Fund
  • Bureau of Customs (BOC)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC)
  • City of Valenzuela, Ormoc City, Parañaque City, and more

Safe and transparent transactions

Through PayMaya, Filipinos can continue their lives and handle government transactions safely. With reduced cash handling and interaction with other people in physical locations, Filipinos can lessen the chance of contracting COVID-19 and in essence, help curb the COVID-19 cases.

These digital payment methods also help the government. Through their online and physical touchpoints offering cashless payments, government agencies and units can have more efficient operations and better transparency in transactions, while also reaching more constituents in and outside the country.

Get cashback when you use PayMaya

PayMaya offers cashback on transaction fees when you use your PayMaya-registered mobile number to pay your government fees and dues until September 30, 2020.

You can enjoy a cashback voucher through select online and mobile government channels such as the websites of DFA, PRC, NHMFC, JUANTAX, Taxumo, the Construction Industry Association of the Philippines, and the mobile app of SSS.

The cashback voucher will be sent to you via PayMaya’s app and amounts equal to the transaction fee collected by the agency.

PayMaya can be downloaded via Google’s Play Store, Huawei’s AppGallery, and Apple’s App Store.


TikTok officially launches a dislike button



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.

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Instagram can soon detect nude photos in your DMs

Currently testing



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



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.

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