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WhatsApp now allows users to talk to themselves

Can migrate through all devices

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An unread notification triggers our inner FOMO. Once you see that red ping or that card, it’s almost impossible to ignore. Some users, to replace a traditional notepad, even message themselves on messaging apps to act as an impromptu bulletin board. Now, joining in the list of apps that allow users to do that, WhatsApp is letting users talk to themselves on the app.

Available today, WhatsApp has introduced a feature allowing users to message themselves from the list of contacts on the app. As with any other message, users can mark their conversation as unread and pin it on top of every other thread.

Compared to other developments from WhatsApp as of late, a conversation with yourself isn’t as groundbreaking, especially since other apps already offer the same function. However, the new feature does open a lot of possibilities for users.

Besides the aforementioned self-pinging system, users can also have a notepad that essentially migrates from device to device. As long as you have a WhatsApp account logged on in every device you can take with you, you can read your notes everywhere and on any device.

WhatsApp isn’t the only app to offer such a feature. Users can also do the same on Meta’s other apps including Messenger and Instagram’s private messaging feature.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp has launched Communities

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

Will cost more than Twitter Blue

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The days of a completely free Twitter are over. Back in 2021, the platform introduced Twitter Blue, a premium subscription service to introduce more features for paying users. Last year, new owner Elon Musk revamped the subscription and made the paid features more exclusive. Musk is not done. A future update will likely add a tier to eliminate all ads on the platform.

Ads and sponsored posts are persistent problems for all social media platforms as of late. Though already asking users to pay, Twitter Blue only cuts down ads for paying users by only half. As the company tries to get sponsors back on the platform, wading through a sea of ads will likely continue.

Musk, however, realizes the problem and is now dangling a carrot at those who want to get rid of ads for good. As a way to curb them, the platform’s owner teased an upcoming higher-priced subscription tier which will allegedly block out all ads.

The billionaire has not announced how much a tier might cost. Currently, the regular Twitter Blue subscription already costs US$ 8 per month. Additionally, he has not revealed if there are more plans on the docket for curbing ads.

Since acquiring the company late last year, Musk has introduced a lot of changes to the platform, often to controversial appeal. Cutting down on ads is certainly a welcome change but only depending on how much it will ask from users.

SEE ALSO: Twitter might sell usernames in online auctions

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Apple Store: Apps to use, free sessions to avail this Lunar New Year

Have an ‘Appy New Year

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Whether you’re looking for ways to bond or apps to create memories, the Apple App Store’s got you covered.

As Lunar New Year approaches fast, here are some of the best apps to use throughout the occasion and make the most out of it with friends and family.

For creating memories

For quick photo editing or collage-making, there’s the ever-reliable Canva app. For preset templates, you can’t go wrong with Picsart, which also has a Replay feature that allows users to recreate their custom shots with ease.

For multiplayer fun

For bonding with family, especially youngsters, there’s the ever-popular teamwork and strategy game Among Us, as well as Exploding Kittens.

For those who want a challenge, charade game Heads Up! Will definitely test your knowledge and how quick you respond.

For little ones

It can be difficult sometimes for those who will bring kiddos to their celebrations.

But with Sago Mini World: Kids Games, Toca Life World: Build a Story, and PAW Patrol Rescue World will keep them both preoccupied and behave.

For wellness

Of course, after all the fun, don’t forget to take care of yourselves.

Headspace and Calm will help you with meditation naps, while Yoga | Down Dog and 30 Day Fitness will keep you active throughout with a great range of workouts.

Free Apple Store sessions

Also announced at Today at Apple are free sessions to help users explore their creativity with iPhone and iPad.

They may sign up here to learn more about creating portraits fit for the New Year using the latest iPhone, or here to create 3D characters with good luck symbols via Design Lab.

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