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Buy from the App Store without a credit card with Smart

iTunes, Apple Music, App Store purchases simplified

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For the longest time, if you want to purchase an app in the App Store, you have to use your credit or debit card to complete the payment process. The same story goes when you want to subscribe to Apple Music. Smart Philippines would like to change that by introducing a new form of payment for Apple services: your mobile number.

Starting August 15, Smart is extending its carrier billing for purchases made in the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iCloud. This means you can now use your Smart mobile number as an option to pay for all Apple services. The purchase will be directly deducted from your prepaid load or automatically charged from your monthly postpaid bill.


To enable this option, you simply need to do the following:

  1. Sign-in to your Apple device using your Apple ID. If you don’t have one yet, create an Apple ID first.
  2. Select “Mobile Phone” as your payment method from your account settings in App Store, Apple Music, or iTunes.

Once you’ve done all the steps, you’re good to go. Your payment will be automatically processed and configured. With this payment option, you can pay for your favorite apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, along with Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage plans.

Apple services include the popular iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud and the App Store. This year, Apple is doubling down on its services in light of declining iPhone sales. Last March, the company introduced Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, as well as the Apple Card.

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Marvel’s Avengers is coming out soon!

Live out their superhero dreams

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Marvel’s Avengers is an epic action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal, Crystal Northwest, and Nixxes Software. The game prides itself in stunning cinematic storytelling for both single-player and cooperative players.

It’s immersive and visually stunning which the developers hope would encourage players to live out their superhero dreams through the game.


The game starts when Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor unveil their headquarters decked out with new equipment and tech. A catastrophic accident hits the planet and the Avengers disband after being blamed for the incident.

Five years later, the Avengers reassemble despite being outlawed. This is where you come in. Marvel’s Avengers lets you encounter your favorite heroes as the plot ultimately progresses. None of the characters are blocked from your reach as DLC. The developers really wanted players to immerse in the plot and enjoy playing as their favored superhero.

If you’ve got a soft spot for games like these, you’re in luck. The game is coming out soon. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia recently announced Marvel’s Avengers release date: May 15, 2020. It will be simultaneously released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Google Maps incognito mode coming soon

It’s in testing phase now

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During Google I/O 2019, the company announced that it is bringing its incognito mode to its Youtube, Google Search and Google Maps apps. Youtube already got its incognito mode, leaving the two without it. However, that would soon change as Google is reportedly the feature on Maps, as spotted by XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman.

Incognito mode in Google Maps will be a boon for users who don’t want their location to appear on their timeline. It can also hide searches for places and locations where users can have their “private” time.


Baking it directly into the app is useful. It’s so much easier than having to access it via the Chrome browser’s incognito mode and search for the mobile version of Google Map’s website.

Google putting incognito mode into its native apps is in line with its mission to put more privacy controls in the hands of its users. As more and more tech companies are being scrutinized for supposedly interfering with their users’ private lives, Google’s move is surely a step in the right direction.

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Huawei Watch GT 2 with two week battery life launches

It runs on LiteOS

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Huawei Watch GT was launched a year back and was a lifestyle-focused watch with impressive two-week battery life. Now, Huawei announced a follow up dubbed Watch GT 2, alongside the new Mate 30 series, once again using its proprietary Lite OS.

With two distinct designs, the Watch GT 2 had leaked often ahead of the official launch. However, little was known about the experience that these smartwatches would offer.


There’s the Huawei Watch GT 2 42mm series that “can operate continuously for up to one week,” then there’s the Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm that can operate “continuously for up to two weeks.” Courtesy of Huawei’s latest Kirin A1 chipset, the company says this brings double the power efficiency and double the Bluetooth range of the original Watch GT.

Thye have a curved 3D AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 and 454 x 454 respectively. Both also come with Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and an optical heart rate sensor.

The watch also includes features like compass, torch, workout records, and barometer. Apart from that, Huawei has also included a heart rate sensor which scans for heart failure and bradycardia.

You can track up to 15 sports including eight outdoor sports, with running, walking, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming is included for the outdoor sports enthusiast. For indoor usage, you can choose between treadmill runs, walks, cycling, swimming, elliptical training, and rowing machine.

Huawei says you can fit 500 songs on the watch’s 2GB of storage, and thanks to the microphone and speaker you can make and take calls from your wrist when your phone is connected.

The Watch GT 2 will cost €249 (US$ 275) for the 46mm model and €229 (US$ 250) for 42mm variant and will be available from October. Huawei hasn’t disclosed the countries which will be getting the new Watch GT 2.

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