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Here’s what you can do with UnionBank Online

A good-looking and functional online banking portal

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Gone are the days when you have to go to the bank to do a transaction. If you want to check your balance, transfer money, or even pay bills, all you need now is a smartphone.

If you have a UnionBank account, you must check out the new UnionBank Online — an online banking facility that allows clients to make transactions on the go.

Mind you, this ain’t just another banking app with a tedious interface. To know more about the app, here are six things you can easily do for better mobile banking.

View all your accounts in one place

You can view real-time balances of Current or Savings accounts, Credit Cards, Loans, and Time Deposits all in one dashboard. Basically, it’s a one-stop app for everything UnionBank.

You can download the app for free. Plus, it’s available 24/7 which means you can do your bank transactions anytime, anywhere!

Log in with your fingerprint or Face ID

UnionBank Online supports quick access via your phone’s fingerprint reader or Face ID. This is the easiest way to log in to your UnionBank Online account without typing long passwords.

Also, you can activate the Quick Balance feature to instantly check your account balance without logging into the app. This saves you time if you wish to double check how your account is doing.

Personalize and make it yours

Online banking is more personal if you add your own selfie! You can also manage the notifications sent to you according to your preferences.

Additionally, UnionBank Online allows you to take full control of your account by selecting which transactions must have one-time passwords for added security. The choice is yours!

Enjoy exclusive features with other users

UnionBank Online is ahead of the pack with exclusive features for UnionBank clients. Anyone can use the Split Bill feature to make it easier for friends to pitch in for meals or any group purchases, and also use QR codes to request direct payments from other users.

This is available for free and crediting is done in real-time — no more waiting! All you need is the other user’s mobile number.

Send money to any major local bank

With UnionBank Online, you can send money to any major local bank in just a few taps. The best part is that you don’t need to enroll them. Just indicate the account details, the amount to transfer, and hit send!

If you’re not in a rush, you may avail of the free intrabank money transfer via PesoNet which credits the amount by the end of the day. There’s also a real-time option via InstaPay with a minimal fee of PhP 10 for instant money transfer.

Pay over 150 billers instantly

Don’t spend precious time falling in line just to pay your bills. With over 150 billers listed, you can virtually pay any bill through UnionBank Online. Again, no enrollment needed!

You can even save the biller’s details to instantly pay them the next time. Not only that, you may also pay someone else’s bill using your own account.

Buy prepaid load from all local carriers

Did you run out of prepaid load? No worries! You can buy load from Globe, TM, Smart, TNT, and Sun Cellular directly from UnionBank Online.

All you need is the prepaid mobile number. Save it as one of your favorites for even faster reloading. You can also buy load for your friends and family!

How do you start enjoying UnionBank Online? Simply sign up using any of your UnionBank Savings, Checking, ATM Card, Debit Card, Credit Card, Time Deposit, or Loan accounts.

You may visit www.unionbankph.com/online to sign up today and download the app through the Apple App Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and UnionBank

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Google asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store

In response to EU’s ruling

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Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.

Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.

Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.

As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.

Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.

Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.

Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon

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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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