Twitter launches fast, data-friendly Twitter Lite

Twitter Lite is finally here in the Philippines! Now, you can enjoy Twitter in English and Tagalog setting, any time. A new mobile web experience with Twitter’s key features that loads up to 30% faster, uses up to 70% less data, and takes up less than 1MB on mobile device.

Twitter today launched Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience accessible to anyone with a smartphone or tablet with a browser, optimized for speed with up to 30% faster launch times, reduces data usage up to 70% with data saver mode turned on, and takes up less than 1MB on mobile devices. Of course, Twitter Lite still provides the key features of Twitter as well as app-like performance such as a wide range of push notifications and offline support.

Twitter Lite is now globally available via mobile.twitter.com and makes Twitter more accessible to millions of people – all one needs is a smartphone or tablet with a browser, no App Store or Google Play account required. It supports 42 languages including Tagalog. For more info about Twitter Lite, you can visit lite.twitter.com.

Patrick Traughber, Product Manager, Twitter said, “Every day, millions of people in the Philippines use Twitter to see what’s happening right now. However, there are several barriers to using Twitter, including slow mobile networks, expensive data plans, and lack of storage on mobile devices. So we built Twitter Lite to minimize data usage, load quickly on slower connections, be resilient on unreliable mobile networks, while still providing the key features of Twitter—your timeline, Tweets, Direct Messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications, and more. With Twitter Lite, we’re making Twitter more accessible to millions of Filipinos—all you need is a smartphone or tablet with a browser.”

In particular, Twitter Lite has a data saver mode, which further reduces the amount of mobile data used. In this mode, users will see a preview of images and videos before choosing which ones to fully load. This can reduce data usage by up to 70%, making it more affordable for people to use Twitter in areas where mobile data is expensive.

 

Twitter Lite has additional features on Google Chrome and other modern browsers on Android devices. Users can now receive a wide range of push notifications, so they will be alerted to what’s happening on Twitter throughout the day. Twitter Lite also offers offline support, so they will not be interrupted while using Twitter if they temporarily lose their connection. Users can also add Twitter Lite to their device’s home screen, so they can launch Twitter quickly with just one tap.

 

Patrick added, “Twitter Lite is a great way for many people in emerging markets across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa to experience Twitter for the first time on their mobile devices. No matter where you are in the world, we want to make Twitter the best way for you to get real-time updates on news, sports, entertainment, politics and other topics that matter most to you.”

#MissUniverse coronation gets over 34.6 million tweets

The excitement of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurztbach) victory at the 2015 Miss Universe was once again felt when the Miss Universe got hosted in the Philippines. Hosted by none other than Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey), the 2016 Miss Universe coronation event was held at the SM Mall of Asia in the Philippines. Everyone was tuned in to Twitter to see what happened with #6thMissUniverse including myself. I don’t normally watch Miss Universe but I could not ignore the tweets.

From the contestants’ beautiful gowns to the unique national costumes; fans all over the world turned to Twitter to spark up the conversation. There were more than 34.6 million-related Tweets exchanged during the coronation event – the highest Tweet volume for an entertainment event during the live show.

But more than anything, it was Iris Mittenaere (@IrisMittenaereO) who was ultimately crowned as the#65thMissUniverse. This young beauty from France has been pursuing dentistry and loves to cook.

Here are the most Tweeted about contestants during the coronation event:

Below are the top 5 moments during the live coronation event:

The event also marked the final walk of @PiaWurztbach on stage as the crown holder of Miss Universe. Filipinos shared their thoughtful messages on Twitter, thanking Pia for bringing honor and pride to the Philippines.

Filipinos also Tweeted out their big support to Maxine Medina (@maxinemedina) even though her journey ended in the Top 6 round of the pageant.

 

 

Many local and international personalities also shared their thoughts and opinions about the result of the Miss Universe pageant. More Tweets can also be seen in this Twitter Moments.

Enjoy 80% off PayPal’s withdrawal fee using PayMaya

Freelancers and online businesses in the Philippines can now withdraw PayPal funds more conveniently with PayMaya

Good news for freelancers.

Using PayMaya to exit for PayPal funds is more efficient. With PayMaya, there is no need to travel to financial institutions, fall in long lines, answer forms, and secure a minimum initial deposit. All you need to do is download the PayMaya app from the Google Play or the App Store to have an instant virtual Visa card which they can immediately use for transactions including PayPal transfers.

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As part of the announcement, from September 22 to December 21, 2016, users will enjoy 80 percent off PayPal’s withdrawal fee when you transfer available PayPal balance to your PayMaya account[1]. When the transfer is complete, you can withdraw your fund at any Bancnet ATM through your PayMaya card. You can also use the PayMaya app or card to shop at any stores that accept Visa.

To be a part of this promo, follow these easy steps:

  1. Get PayMaya

Creating PayMaya accounts is easy. To create a PayMaya account, download PayMaya from the Google Play or App Store and register with any Philippine mobile number.

Next, get the physical PayMaya card available at the official PayMaya Store and link it to your PayMaya app. To be able to withdraw money from any Bancnet ATMs, be sure to upgrade your PayMaya account via the app or simply send a request to @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook. The next step is to link your PayMaya account to your PayPal account.  If you do not have a PayPal account, go to www.paypal.com/ph and click on “Sign up now.”

  1. Link ‘em up.

To link your PayMaya account to PayPal, go to ‘Banks and Cards’ on the PayPal website and choose ‘Link a Card’. Next, enter your PayMaya virtual or physical card information and ensure that the PayPal address matches that of your PayMaya account.  You will need to load at least P100 into your PayMaya account to link to PayPal to facilitate an authorization request.

  1. Transfer your funds

Click on ‘Withdraw Funds’ on the summary page of your PayPal account and key in your PayMaya details. The minimum withdrawal from a PayPal account is P500.[2]  New PayPal customers may experience a temporary hold on funds. For more information, visit https://www.paypal.com/ph/webapps/mpp/funds-availability.

“Freelancers and online entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the digital global economy. By making fund transfers more affordable and convenient, we are making it easier for more Filipinos to capitalize on the opportunities presented by digital. We are happy to collaborate with PayPal as this initiative solves a major pain point experienced by our digital workforce,” said Orlando Vea, President and CEO at PayMaya Philippines and Voyager Innovations.

Enjoy! The PayMaya Experience

Aside from being able to withdraw PayPal funds from any Bancnet ATM, users can also use their PayMaya to: shop at any physical or online store here and abroad that accepts Visa, send money to any PayMaya user, pay for Uber rides, buy airtime load, and pay bills.

For users who want to withdraw their money using their PayMaya card, Landbank ATMs only charge P5 for every withdrawal while other bank ATMs charge the standard P15 fee.

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As a security feature, PayMaya users receive real-time text notifications on every transaction. Transaction history can also be viewed on the PayMaya app.

Loading up a PayMaya account is convenient as it can be topped up at any of the over 15,000 reloading stations nationwide that include 7-Eleven stores with CLiQQ Kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks

Union Bank ATMs, Robinsons Department Stores, SM Malls Business Centers, and Smart Padala partner outlets, on top of online banking via BDO.

The Freedom of Freelancers by PayPal

One of the biggest challenges faced by freelancers is receiving and making payments, especially as their work typically transcends borders. This is where PayPal comes in – by delivering peace of mind to freelancers with a payment platform that makes transacting faster, safer and easier so that they can focus on their craft.

PayPal:

  • Enables the freelancer life

PayPal offers a hassle-free, agnostic platform not tied to any device so that they can connect and receive payments from clients all around the world. Freelancers also enjoy the ease of withdrawals without the need of credit card verification. On the backend, PayPal helps safeguard revenues with one of the most sophisticated fraud prevention engines in the world.

  • Helps freelancers embrace a future that is mobile
    • PayPal Mobile Checkout allows customers to maximize their sales opportunities through its mobile-optimized solution, bringing their business everywhere.
  • Makes it easier for freelancers to share their invoices
    • PayPal’s Invoicing tool allows freelancers and micro businesses to create and email professional invoices easily.
  • Provides freelancers with a customized payment link
    • With Me for Business, freelancers can create a customized payment link for receiving international commercial payments with their existing PayPal account. Payees can access the link to complete the payment, and the funds will be transferred to the receiver’s account usually within seconds.

For more details about the promo and for the step-by-step guide on how to make PayPal-to-PayMaya fund transfers, visit: paymaya.com/paypal-for-freelancers

For more information about PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com. Talk to us on social media: facebook.com/PayMayaOfficial, twitter.com/paymayaofficial, and instagram.com/paymaya_official.

 

 

UnoTelly, an online TV service that bypass geographic limitations

Have you ever tried to stream a video online only to see the message “This content is not available in your country”?  Sites like ABC where I want to watch “Grey Anatomy” or “Scandal” is blocked here in the Philippines.  I found a solution and I am sure you are eager to know how to bypass this geo-restriction. I got introduced to  UnoTelly a few months ago but  I was intimidated with the settings, that my mind just blanked out. Fortunately, UnoTelly gave me awesome support. Trust me, it is easy to set up. There is a step by step tutorial using their set-up wizard.

devices setup for unotelly

UnoTelly offers both a Domain Name Server (DNS) service called UnoDNS, and a Virtual Private Network (VPN) called UnoVPN.  UnoTelly  unlocks those “geo-blocks” so that you can view all those previously unavailable videos! Heaven-sent solution.

unotelly quick start

UnoTelly  is a DNS service that lets you access Online Streaming TV channels. It’s an Online TV Service that bypasses Geographic Limitation. Check out the  channels’ listing here . Their service allows users to access services that are already free or paid but barred only due to nationality. On accessing paid content like Netflix, users will still have to subscribe to Netflix’s paid plan. I subscribed for a free month but wait, I am getting ahead. Setup is pretty easy. You just need to select your operating system and add the DNS servers.

UnoDNS

UnoDNS is a DNS based service, not a VPN. It allows me to access blocked channels like Netflix, Hulu,  BBC iPlayer and more, from anywhere I am with the press of a button. Here are the supported channels list.

The basic difference between UnoDNS and traditional VPN services is that by using their service, you will have a much faster connection for streaming video compared to VPN services. That’s because unlike VPNs and other solutions, there is no “middle-man” and as a result, I can stream directly from the streaming media station (ie. Netflix, BBC iPlayer) with full internet speed. With their service, users can stream content on almost any internet connected device (tablets, Video Game consoles, Smart TV’s and many more), compared to   VPNs where majority of them can be used only on PC and Mac.

unotelly dynano

UnoTelly also developed a unique feature called UnoDNS Dynamo that lets users switch between channels regions. For example, with a US Netflix account, I will be able to stream from any of the10 regions of Netflix available (with the same account) . Here is how to use dynamo DNS .  I checked Netflix and subscribed for a one month free trial. I got so excited I can finally see my favorite movies and TV shows.

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UnoTelly supports over 300 unlocked channels

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I clicked ABC Go and got to view my favorite shows like Scandal

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and even Grey’s Anatomy.

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I borrowed the login of my sister’s account at Amazon Prime Video to check the videos .

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I am happy to see Orphan Black, another favorite TV series.

Orphan Black

 

How to subscribe

Any user can try UnoDNS Gold for free for 8 Days. There is an  eight Day free trial .  After the free trial is over, you can subscribe to either their Premium or Gold package to continue using their service. Both Premium and Gold DNS package has access to all the DNS supported channels .

unotelly plans

The Premium plan (UnoDNS)  is $3.94 a month (regular is $4.95 a month) and the Gold (UnoDNS + UnoVPN)  is $4.93 a month (regular is $7.95 a month)

The Gold package includes a bonus UnoVPN service. The VPN  service is useful when you need to access any US / UK websites that is not supported by the DNS service yet. The bonus VPN will also let users download Android apps from the UK and US Google Play store.

Using UnoDNS  has no bandwidth limit and  streaming speed stays the same as the speed you have even without using our service.

Here are the channels that was recommended to me by UnoTelly:

Netflix (all regions via Dynamo)
Hulu Plus
BBC iPlayer
HBO Nordic
Spotify
Amazon Instant
en.beinsports.net
nowtv.com
and many more channels .

Some of the channels mentioned above require a monthly subscription like Netflix but I got a free trial account before I decide to continue the service. Here are the instructions on how to subscribe to various channels.

Try the UnoTelly Service. I regret not setting up the UnoDNS earlier. It was easy after all.

Digital5 rolls out 3 new original online programming: Kwentong Barbero, Tanods, Kontrabando

President and CEO Noel Lorenzana with Mediaquest Executives

Who watches TV these days? I don’t watch TV anymore. Viewers today watch more and more content online. There is so much content out there. DIGITAL5 (TV5’s digital business unit) is being innovative by launching their own unique digital portfolio of original online content with three new shows.

I am pretty excited with the production and release of DIGITAL5 Original shows and those in the pipeline. I asked if there will be multi-channels for moms , fashion, cooking and more. As media consumption habits shift to digital and mobile, TV5 is adjusting its approach to content creation and delivery to bring the right material and put it on the right platforms for the best viewing experience possible.

DIGITAL5 Originals feature the all new comedy online series TANODS and KWENTONG BARBERO combined with NEWS5’s online original newscast KONTRABANDO. These original programs were created to delight the content- discerning digital-savvy audience.

KWENTONG BARBERO. A series of comedy clips featuring a local barber who’d rather chat his heart out than cut hair.

JC Intal and Ponso
JC Intal and Ponso

Mang Ponso is an ultimate story teller whose versions range from hilarious to the incredible thus the title of the series. Every week a fresh new episode is uploaded online.

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Ponso

I got to talk to Ponso and he told me he received hateful comments on their Facebook page when he talked about certain people who keep posting on social media. There will be an episode just on these “hateful comments” which are bound to be so funny.

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TANODS. Another online sitcom that follows the lives of a fictional motley crew of community watchmen.
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Jun Sabayton stars as Captain Roger Grace, the leader of a ragtag group of rascals.

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TANODS also stars Martin Escudero as Nestor the rookie, Brian Wilson as the expat, Jinri Park as the Korean secretary, Gerry Acao as the bumbling big guy, and Bea Benedicto as the token crush ng bayan.

Bogart-and-Ramon

 

KONTRABANDO. NEWS5 has ushered in an alternative news program that aims to deliver news in a language that today’s youth will understand.

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For the people who don’t have the time or interest to read the newspaper or watch the evening news, Kontrabando brings their news through social media in a style that its target audience can relate to. Ramon Bautista, Lourd de Veyra, Jun Sabayton, and RA Rivera team up to deliver the news in a funny and entertaining way.

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Digital5 is working with safezone so that you won’t pay for data charges.

As advertisers embrace digital placements as the fastest way to reach their market, they’ve also become more particular with their needs. With this, DIGITAL5 is committed in finding creative advertising executions for its partners. Through the power of digital, they are able to work with partner brands to create content that will encourage strong engagement with the public ultimately developing the equity of the brand in a way that typical 30 seconder traditional ads never can.

DIGITAL5 Originals exclusive content is available for free through internet or data connected devices such as computers, tablets, smart phones or smart TV. For more information, go to http://tv5.com.ph/originals
?TV5 Network Inc. www.tv5.com.ph/originals