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Ride-sharing app uses Tinder to market its new promo

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Tinder has been a staple of dating in the time of social media. Like any self-respecting single millennial who grew up on Disney fairy tales and now on the lookout for a happily ever after, I swipe through the app every now and then.*

As I was merrily not swiping one evening, I was alerted by a friend to a weird Tinder experience he had.

So, I decided to investigate.

Now, imagine my surprise when, contrary to my Tinder preference set, a bunch of pretty girls popped up on the app as possible matches.

Because I was investigating, I swiped right. Lo and behold: a match!

This new Tinder match then sent me a message about possibly winning an outing with her through booking a ride with ride-sharing app Grab:

And it happened again:

There were, all in all, five pretty ladies I matched with who told me the exact same thing, despite my (clearly) hetero preference.

Since I was not one to give up, I swiped until I matched with a boy (like I said, I was investigating). At that point, my inbox was looking like this:

 

Grab’s Instagram page has since confirmed that this is, indeed, a marketing promo. Said app is not a stranger to “matchmaking” gimmicks. Last February, the brand delivered #GrabBaes to unsuspecting riders on Valentines day.

Last I checked, the Grab promo Tinder profiles have been properly labeled — and rightly so. Boys now mostly inhabit my roster of possible matches as per my personal settings, but then again, they’re not all real men — literally (but also figuratively).

Last 2015, Tinder announced the release of Tinder Plus, a paid version of the popular dating app. However, this is the first we’re hearing of an actual marketing campaign in Asia conducted on the app itself.

In this day and age, it seems that love isn’t the only thing cashing on on the swipes!

SEE ALSO: Tinder pro tips for men by women

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*or on a regular basis.

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6 iPhone apps for your well-being

Mental health is important!

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World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?

We’ve got apps for you!

Omvana 

Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.

Download here. 

Calm

With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.

Download here. 

Insight Timer

Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!

Download here. 

Headspace: Guided Meditation

Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.

Download here.

Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep

Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.

Download here. 

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.

Download here. 

What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!

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Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

It consumes less power, too!

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After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.

The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.

On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.

This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.

For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.

Via: Business Insider

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger redesign starts rolling out to select users

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Instagram launches Nametag feature

What it does and how to use it

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Unveiled today, Instagram’s Nametag feature allows you to easily find other people in the app by scanning a unique nametag generated just for you.

Just how does it work? First, you have to make your nametag. You can do this by tapping the button with three lines on the upper-right side of your profile, hit “Nametag,” and you’re all set to create your own. You can even personalize it by changing colors, design, adding emoji, stickers, or even your selfies.

To add someone via the nametag, just swipe to the IG camera, point at a nametag, and press and hold. Alternatively, you can also get to the camera by tapping “Scan a Nametag” when you’re on your Nametag page.

Once scanned, Instagram will give you the option to follow or view the user.

If you want something to practice on, try these on for size:

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If it sounds familiar, it’s because it’s nothing new. We’ve seen it before in other apps like Snapchat and WeChat. Of course, we’ve also seen IG take already-existing concepts *ehem*IG Stories*ehem* and do it (arguably) better.

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