How to wake up to your own soundtrack

For all your good morning vibes



Are mornings tough for you?

Girl, you are not alone.

Friends and family members can attest to the fact that I am a big grump in the morning. Without my initial cup of coffee, I’m a literal walking zombie with no desire to get up, do things, or even interact with the world. Mornings, for me, hold a very delicate temperamental balance, and one wrong move can affect my whole day. Bottom line: It’s very important to set the mood when you wake up. It dictates how the rest of your day will go and it’ll allow you to psych yourself up for whatever you’re about to face in the next 12 hours or so.

Great music in the morning is a way to get you going. If you’re the type girl who works on an Android phone, I have great news for you: It’s very easy to set your phone up so that you wake up to the soundtrack of your life.

Open your Google clock app

For most Android users, this is pre-installed. However, if you can’t find it on your phone, you can easily install it.

Navigate to the Alarm tab

You’ll first need to connect your Spotify account. Once this is done, tap the Alarm tab and set your desired time. (And yes, that’s an actual screenshot of my daily alarms. 😅)

Pick your sounds!

It’s as easy as that! You can search via song, artist, album, or even playlist. This function isn’t only available to Spotify Premium users; free Spotify users can make use of it on shuffle mode.

A little add-on

Spotify will also give out morning tune recommendations based on your preferences and listening history. They even have curated morning playlists ready for your listening pleasure! When you wake up to your music first thing and get your mood going, you can just tap “Continue Playing” to keep the good vibes coming.

Yas girl, good morning to you!

This new Spotify feature is rolling out to users in the coming days in all markets where the app is available. You’re welcome.


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.

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.

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!



Image credit: Nintendo

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.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.

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.

Source: Nintendo

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal



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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 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.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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