Internet service providers may have blocked porn sites, but social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter haven’t. It’s just a matter of searching the right keywords. Unlike porn sites, they don’t involve the words “sex” and specific genitals. That’s probably why these videos aren’t flagged as porn.
Starbucks Philippines is going all-in with digital experiences, launching new services that enhance customer experience. The coffeehouse partnered with an e-wallet platform and extended its Starbucks Rewards program beyond its mobile app.
Sending a Starbucks eGift is now just a tap away. Starbucks Philippines has teamed up with GCash to allow customers to order and send eGifts starting at PhP 300 through GLife.
Share eGifts through messaging apps and redeem them by showing the QR code to pay for drinks, food, or any merchandise in any Starbucks store in the Philippines. For more information, visit the pages on mobile apps from Starbucks or through GCash.
Starbucks Rewards members, rejoice! Collecting Stars is not limited to the app and physical store purchases anymore. Members can link their accounts to Lazada and start earning 1 Star for every PhP 25 spent on purchases from the Starbucks LazMall Flagship Store.
To link a Starbucks Rewards account, members can click the ‘Member’ tab found in the Starbucks LazMall Flagship Store. Sign-in using a registered Starbucks Rewards email and password, and voila! For more information, visit this FAQ page.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the Mobile Order & Pay feature on the Starbucks app, it’s best to read up on our experience. The feature lets you cut through the queue when you place your orders ahead of your visit. The app provides an estimated time before you pick it up. When your order is ready, you just need to get your order from your desired pick-up point. You can choose between four options depending on your Starbucks branch: In-store Pickup, Outdoor Pickup, Curbside Pickup, Drive-thru Pickup. For more information, visit this link.
Last year, Android 12 had a secret weapon. Amid all the performance and quality-of-life improvements, the new operating system has a present for more casual users: Material You. Initially launched for the Pixel series, the new customization feature is now coming to other Android phones.
When the Pixel 6 series launched, Google’s biggest ads focused on how the flagship series will let users express their individuality through customization. Material You will change how the interface looks based on colors that users pick. Though Pixel 6 users already enjoy the new feature, other Android users have yet to customize their own phones.
Well, that’s finally changing soon. Google is scheduling Material You’s rollout to more smartphone brands in the coming months. While an exact date is still missing, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, and vivo are already set for updates in Android 12 models. Samsung, on the other hand, has confirmed the feature for the recently announced Galaxy S22 series.
Android 12 came with a lot of promise for the Android world. Besides the major customization feature, the operating system came with several improvements that made the experience more heavenly for users. The update is slowly rolling out to more smartphones now. And it doesn’t stop there. Google is also working on a more comprehensive ecosystem for tablets, too.
Can flat design get any flatter? Apparently, it can. For the first time in eight years, Google is updating the Chrome logo. This time, the new logo, though subtle in its changes, will reflect Google’s more modern design philosophies.
If you check your Chrome now, the refreshed logo isn’t live yet. Instead, Chrome designer Elvin Hu shared the logo’s evolution and why the team chose subtle changes.
Firstly, what changed? The new logo doesn’t have the subdued shadows bordering each color anymore. The red, yellow, and green sections now touch each other without the darkening of shadows. The central blue circle and its white border are now larger and thicker, respectively.
Without the shadows, you might think that the logo is now completely flat in terms of color. It’s not flat, though. As Hu explains in the Twitter thread, the green and red sections are actually gradients. The team found that placing certain green and red shades against each other make for a more pleasant and less clashing experience. As a result, both sections do flow more seamlessly into the other, rather than a stark contrast.
Further, Chrome is going a little extra in how it wants to look. The design team created different versions according to operating system. For example, while Windows will rock the gradated look, ChromeOS will use brighter and flatter colors to match the system’s looks. Meanwhile, macOS will have a 3D design, similar to how Apple’s icons look.
Though the design looks finalized, it will take a while before the new logos make it to devices. They are still expected to launch in the next few months.