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!
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*or on a regular basis.
GCash eyes 365,000 trees planted in 365 days with the help of its users
Through a new ‘green’ feature
GCash has introduced a new “green” feature on their app called GCash Forest. The new feature inside GCash’s app aims to contribute to environmental preservation with the help of its users. As the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, GCash eyes to plant 365,000 trees in 365 days.
The goal of GCash Forest is to help Filipinos contribute to tree planting activities by simply using the GCash app. Basically, GCash subscribers will have the ability to plant virtual trees that’ll have real-life counterparts. GCash is not alone in this; they have partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).
The DENR will provide the land resources in Ipo Watershed, while WWF will be providing trees and manpower. BIOFIN will then monitor the progress of the efforts. The Ipo Watershed is an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system which supplies 98 percent of Metro Manila’s water.
GCash Forest will live inside the GCash app. You’ll be growing a virtual tree by doing low carbon actions. That tree, when you have enough “green energy,” will be a real tree at Ipo Watershed. @gcashofficial @gadgetmatch #GadgetMatchLIVE pic.twitter.com/3r7n434Uk9
— Dan Morial (@danielmorial) June 25, 2019
For users to be able to contribute to the tree planting efforts of GCash Forest, they need to collect “green energy” by simply (and frequently) using the GCash app. Once users get enough green energy, they’ll now choose which species of trees they wish to plant in a selected area at the Ipo Watershed.
GCash users will receive a certificate of ownership with a serial number once their trees are planted. Of course, they’ll also get updates on the growth of their trees and fun facts through the GCash app.
Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks
A classic coming back to life!
After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.
A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.
Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.
The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.
New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box
Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal
Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.
The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.
If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.
While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.
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