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KCB launches contactless card payment in Kenya

KCB launches contactless card payment in Kenya

With the global outbreak of Covid-19 and the necessary containment measures, use of digital payments has accelerated. In a drive to push for contactless systems, KCB Bank has officially launched a cashless payment service in partnership with Visa. The contactless-tap service, dubbed “Tap Hapo Sawa” , enables customers to enjoy a fast, easy and secure way to pay for goods and services.

All a customer needs to do is tap their Visa card on a KCB point of sale (POS) machine after which the transaction will be approved. Other than speed and convenience, contactless cards are safe because they use protocols similar to encoding, replacing sensitive and private information such as the 16-digit account numbers with a unique digital identifier. The EMV chip generates a one-time encryption code, and thus prevents fraud and counterfeiting attempts.

The feature is powered by Visa, which has put in place several resources to familiarize consumers with the security features provided by contactless payment technologies and e-commerce to keep them safe while paying with their cards.

Corine Mbiaketcha, Vice President and General Manager for Visa in Kenya, says that, “Across the globe we’re settling into a new normal, an immediate acceleration of digital shopping, which has dramatically changed the way we live, work and buy. It has impacted how we spend, send and use money, with a tsunami-like ripple effect on many parts of the global economy.”

Visa launched a consumer education campaign in Uganda, dubbed Sasuza Visa, that aims to eliminate the practice of surcharging, where merchants levy extra charges on payments made using debit or credit cards at a Point of Sale (POS).

In Uganda, Absa Bank Uganda recently unveiled the contactless tap functionality on its vertical Visa debit cards and POS machines. The institution stated that it had recorded a 40% increase in digital transactions between the start of the year to June 2020.

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Featured Startups

AS Roma, Chipper Cash partner to drive impact in Africa

AS Roma, Chipper Cash partner to drive impact in Africa

AS Roma has announced that Chipper will be the club’s official Money Transfer Platform for Africa. The announcement signals the start of the club’s first commercial partnership in Africa and is grounded in both parties’ commitment to advancing football on the continent.

The partnership kicks off with a powerful community impact project between Chipper and AS Roma, who are making special edition AS Roma x Chipper footballs. The balls are handmade in Nairobi, Kenya and designed specifically for the type of pitches football is played on in the region, lasting 8x longer than standard synthetic balls. The balls will be distributed to grassroots programs in communities facing disadvantage in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as through AS Roma’s youth partners in Nigeria.

We are delighted to welcome Chipper into the AS Roma family,” said Giorgio Brambilla, Commercial Director at AS Roma. “We have been greatly impressed by what Chipper has already achieved with 3 million users on their app in such a short space of time. With their technology and financial solutions and their ambitious plans for the future, we are excited to be a part of their journey.

Chipper was founded by two African entrepreneurs – Ham Serunjogi and Maijid Moujaled – and currently operates with a global workforce, in seven countries on the continent. Chipper provides financial services that allow its users to move their money freely at home, across the continent and around the world.

Inspired by the Chipper’s mission to “chip away” at the financial challenges facing the region, AS Roma and Chipper have utilized their respective expertise to design a set of drills which incorporates financial education with football training. This fun, educational, and creative set of drills will not only be given out with each football but it will be made available for free to everyone.

Read About: 5 ways to earn and save money with the Chipper Cash app

Data Recovery

Free Ways to Recover Deleted Photos/Videos/Files from Laptop/PC

Free Ways to Recover Deleted Photos/Videos/Files from Laptop/PC

Did you ever get in trouble after deleting or losing valuable files/images/videos from laptop? You can easily restore them if they are in recycle bin, but what if not? It would be a hit when someone’s expectation failed. If that’s your trouble, then you’re landing at the right page where there are solutions to recover deleted photos, videos and other files from laptop, probably free of cost.

Why You Can’t Restore Files from Laptop Recycle Bin/Trash?

In general, your precious files/photos/videos may be permanently deleted or lost instead of going to the Recycle Bin/Trash for these reasons:

  1. Click “Shift+Delete” to permanently erase files from laptop bypassing recycle bin;
  2. Delete files in recycle bin when it is full;
  3. Empty recycle bin unintentionally;
  4. Laptop infected via virus;
  5. Format laptop to restore factory settings;
  6. Set not to move deleted files to recycle bin or deleted from portable hard disks.

Keep calm if you encounter those situations. And you’d better not write new files to where the data gets deleted from your laptop before taking measures of recovery. Just try those two methods to recover deleted files/photos/videos from laptop.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Photos from Laptop (Windows/Mac) with Free Software

If you have no backup of your files, you can try RePicvid Data Recovery to recover deleted files/photos/videos from laptop like Asus, Toshiba, HP, Samsung, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft’s Surface, etc. It also supports various storage devices, such as hard drive, memory card, SD card, etc.

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Why Choose RePicvid Laptop Data Recovery Software?

  • Recover deleted photos 100% free, and also support the recovery of other 150 types of files, including videos, music, Office, compressed files, etc.
  • Recover deleted files from laptop as well as SD card, external hard drive, and pen drive.
  • Full preview for all files before recovery.
  • Advanced Scanning to specify the data type you need to restore.
  • High recovery rate with original quality.

Warning: You can free download RePicvid Data Recovery to your Windows or Mac computer, but don’t install it on the original disk drive where you want to recover data to avoid data overwriting. For example, if the lost files were deleted from Drive C, then you’re suggested to install this program on Drive D.

After that, follow the instruction below to recover deleted files from laptop.

Step 1: Choose Photo/Multimedia/Office Recovery

Run RePicvid, and then you shall see 4 options: Photo, Multimedia, Office, and All. Click on one of the options according to your need.

Choose Photo/Multimedia/Office Recovery

Step 2: Scan the Laptop Disk for Deleted Files

Now you need to select a storage media to scan for lost files, including internal disk partitions and removable disks. You can also check file format in “Advanced Settings”, and then scan all files/pictures on laptop.

Scan the Laptop Disk for Deleted Files

Step 3: Preview & Recover Deleted Files/Photos from Laptop

After scanning is over, you could preview the “deleted” items and select those you want to recover. Finally, save them onto another folder of laptop disk.

Preview & Recover Deleted Files/Photos from Laptop

Method 2. Restore Deleted Files on Laptop from Backup

Windows has built-in “Backup and Restore” tools, while Mac OS has Time Machine. If you’ve recently created a backup, it would be much easier to restore deleted files from laptop. Now, it’s the time to check for a copy of the file you deleted (Windows for example).

  1. Click “Start” menu and open Control Panel.
  2. Select System and Security > Backup and Restore > Restore my files.
  3. After that, you could save the files to its original location or a new folder.
    Restore Deleted Files on Laptop from Backup

You can also check previous versions. Just navigate to the folder that contained your files, right-click it, and select “Restore” previous versions. Or view backups that have been created and click the “Open” button to browse them. Thus, you may find a backup copy of your important file.

Restore Deleted Files on Laptop from Backup

How to Backup Files on Laptop

When your deleted files/photos are recovered, bear in mind to back them up. There are several ways to back up your laptop. Click Start menu and open Control Panel. Select System and security, then do one of the following:

  1. Backup and Restore > Set up backup.
  2. Select Backup and Restore. In the left panel, click Create a system image.
  3. System > System Protection > Create.

Note: It is recommended to save the backup to an internal hard drive on laptop. Moreover, you can simply make a copy of your important file onto an external disk or a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, etc.

Bottom Line

Don’t hesitate to share your experience with us in the comment whether you managed to undelete lost files from laptop/PC or not, so that more people would help or be benefited. If the methods above did help you restore deleted laptop files, don’t forget to share this tutorial to your friends.

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Featured Tech

Sasuza Visa: All you need to know about the Visa campaign

Sasuza Visa: All you need to know about the Visa campaign

Visa recently launched a consumer education campaign, dubbed Sasuza Visa, that aims to eliminate the practice of surcharging, where merchants levy extra charges on payments made using debit or credit cards at a Point of Sale (POS). Consumers are  often discouraged from transacting directly using their Visa card because they are charged extra amounts when they do. With this campaign, Visa aims to inform the public that they can pay using their Visa card at no cost.

There has been an increasing demand among consumers and merchants to take advantage of the benefits of cashless payments in light of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visa wants to ensure that capabilities are made widely available and updated specifically to help meet any challenges involved. This includes ensuring that merchants do not surcharge consumers who are using their Visa card to pay for goods and services.

The Sasuza Visa campaign is also very timely because Uganda, like the rest of the world, is battling with the novel Coronavirus pandemic and the company is joining the Government of Uganda to encourage Ugandans to protect themselves by practicing cashless payments along with physical distancing and good hygiene practices.

Currently, Visa enjoys unique partnerships with many banking institutions in Uganda and many Ugandans possess debit and credit cards from these institutions. With the disruption caused by the pandemic, Visa card holders ought to feel safe when transacting.

As part of the campaign, Visa is also partnering with various merchants such as supermarkets and fuel stations to ensure consumers enjoy convenient and safe transactions when using their Visa card to pay for their purchases.

Supporting businesses disrupted by Covid-19

Globally, Visa and its partners connect more than 61 million merchant locations. This puts the company in a unique position to help businesses drive sales in this critical moment. Leveraging its network, partners and products they are helping sellers get online easily to reach more consumers; by sharing data and insights to help businesses build their brands; and helping buyers and sellers work together through uncertainty.

Some truths recognized in this new normal that Visa is using to guide product priorities to support sellers include:

    • Consumers are shifting to digital-first commerce – no matter what they are buying.
    • Small businesses around the globe are seeking quick and immediate paths to recovery as many navigate the overnight move to digital commerce.
    • Sellers, partners, employees and customers need and expect secure, immediate access to funds digitally and as one of the most trusted payments network in the world, Visa delivers fast and secure money movement options that address pain points today.
    • Cashless payment experiences are a necessity – avoiding contact while buying is better for health and safety.

How Visa fights fraud

Fraudsters are building up a wealth of personal information on people’s day-to-day lifestyle, such as the stores they frequent, the bank or credit union they belong to, or the subscription services they have signed up for.

The single most important advice to remember is: don’t reveal personal information in unsolicited communication. If you get a call, SMS or e-mail asking for personal or financial information, just ignore and hang up. If you think it was really your bank, your payment card issuer, or someone from the government trying to contact you, you can always call them back by dialing the relevant organization’s official number. This is what is constantly stressed to consumers, helping them to understand that they are the first line of defense.

Visa works tirelessly to meet consumers’ payment needs around security, reliability, convenience, and trust. Their success is attributed to intelligent technology deployed and educational tools and communication platforms created to educate consumers.

Visa’s Risk team operates with 24x7x365 vigilance to detect, prevent, and respond to threats in real-time. They have kept global fraud rates at historic lows—less than 0.1 percent —through a multi-layered approach of investing in human capital and technology like Artificial Intelligence.

What does the future hold for Visa users?

Visa is keen on being part of the everyday life of consumers. With the ever-changing face of monetary transactions, consumers have become more techno savvy, decisive and particular about their overall experience while transacting. To this end, Visa’s operations in Uganda are firmly based on bringing about innovative products that promote safe and convenient transactions.

As a leading global payments technology company, Visa understands that the most important contribution they can make to the society is to bring more people into the formal financial system. They do so by creating pathways to financial inclusion for the financially under served through their products, services, technology, and payments expertise as well as strategic partnerships.

Visa believes that its strategy is aligned to that of Uganda’s five-year National Financial Inclusion Strategy that was launched in October 2017, which seeks to reduce financial exclusion from 15% to 5% by 2022 by ensuring that all Ugandans have access to and use a broad range of quality and affordable financial services.

Visa is committed to leading the industry toward a more secure, trusted payment system and they continue to share their global experience of driving the growth of electronic payments in over 200 countries and territories around the world, with the regulator and other industry stakeholders in the country.

Read About: Visa is investing $200 million for 20% stake in Interswitch

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A country is paying those that exercise with their Apple Watch

A country is paying those that exercise with their Apple Watch

Apple is partnering with the government of Singapore to launch an Apple Watch health initiative that offers cash rewards to users who take part in the program. It is Apple’s first partnership with a country.

Starting in late October, Singapore citizens with an Apple Watch can download an app called LumiHealth. For participating in activities like swimming and yoga and completing health screenings and immunizations, users can earn a maximum of around $280 over the program’s two-year run. Users will need to purchase or already own an Apple Watch to participate in the scheme.

The app assigns users tasks based on personal information like age, gender, and weight. It was designed “with user privacy and security at its core,” according to Apple’s press release on the partnership.

Singapore’s government launched a similar initiative in 2019 when it partnered with Fitbit to provide Singapore residents with free Fitbit fitness trackers if they bought a premium subscription to the company’s coaching program. That program is still ongoing.

Singapore has a universal health care system often held up as a public health model for other countries; it also has one of the most rapidly aging populations in the world. The Apple and Fitbit collaborations are two of many programs designed by Singapore’s ministry of health to promote public health.

The government is also using technology for its management of the coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, Singapore began to distribute small “tokens,” which can be worn around the neck with a lanyard, that feature a QR code and a Bluetooth connection so that residents who don’t have smartphones—about 5% of the population—can participate in TraceTogether, the government’s Bluetooth tracking smartphone app for coronavirus cases that launched in March.

Currently, around 40% of Singapore’s population has downloaded the contact tracing app; the government is targeting a 70% participation rate.

In January, Apple reported that revenue from ‘wearables’ like the Apple Watch surpassed Mac revenue for the first time. Wearables revenue was up 23% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, while iPhone revenue dropped 7% for the same period. Apple has just announced the new Apple Watch Series 6, which can monitor blood oxygen levels from the user’s wrist, and the Watch SE, a cheaper version of the gadget.


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Autochek acquires Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana

Autochek acquires Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana

Autochek, the automotive technology company recently founded by former Cars45 CEO Etop Ikpe, has announced the acquisition of automotive marketplaces Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana, previously part of ROAM Africa’s portfolio of leading online marketplaces. The new platform will relaunch by the end of 2020.

Autochek is an automotive technology company that aims to build digital solutions that will enhance and enable a seamless and safe automotive commerce experience across Africa, starting with Nigeria and Ghana. Having identified a number of challenges in the car purchase market on the continent, the new company plans to use technology to transform the automotive buying and selling experience for African consumers, by creating a single marketplace for consumers’ automotive needs, from sourcing and financing to after sales support and warranties.

Despite the average price of used cars in Africa standing at $5,000 (almost three times the current GDP per capita – $1,720), with credit penetration in the auto market at less than one percent, almost every used car is bought without any institutional finance. Autochek aims to address this issue by making auto financing more accessible to consumers across Africa. Autochek is also now working to standardise solutions around warranties and maintenance, to enable dealers to offer these services more readily to consumers.

ROAM Africa (Ringier One Africa Media), Cheki’s parent company, has transferred ownership and operational control to Autochek, and all Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana outlets will now be rebranded as Autochek. The leading cars marketplace Cheki Kenya remains fully owned and operated by ROAM Africa. Building on Cheki’s 10 years of progress with a network of more than 500 paying dealers, Autochek is set to introduce additional technology solutions that will make it easier for dealerships to service their customers better.

Speaking on the acquisition,  Etop Ikpe, CEO of Autochek says, “We are really excited by this new opportunity to drive the African automotive space forward. Our aim is to create a one-stop shop for consumers’ automotive needs, embedding technology at every stage of the process, thereby making the journey of car ownership easier for everyone. The Cheki brand is well established in Nigeria and Ghana, and we look forward to building on the solid work that the Cheki team has done over the last ten years in reinventing how car purchases are made. Our goal is to continue the great work, as well as expand operations into other African territories from 2021 onwards.

Clemens Weitz, CEO of ROAM Africa, said, “With Autochek, we have found a company and founding team that will carry on the incredible results Cheki has achieved in Nigeria and Ghana over the last decade in developing a specialist car marketplace, loved and trusted by both car buyers and sellers. Etop and his team have an outstanding record of success in the African automotive market and we are excited to be handing over these assets to them, ensuring continuity of service as we migrate the platforms over. We are also pleased that the Autochek team is committed to working collaboratively with the existing Cheki team and long-term partners. We look forward to seeing all the success they will achieve together

The current Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana team remains intact with Cheki Nigeria’s current CEO, Chimezie Okonkwo, staying on with the new company.

Cheki Kenya will remain a part of the ROAM Africa portfolio and the sale of Cheki Nigeria and Ghana does not impact Cheki Kenya. Cheki Kenya will continue to focus on establishing solutions for the Kenyan automotive industry and accelerate its investment in tailoring solutions for the Kenyan market specifically.

Read About: Hilda Kabushenga appointed new ROAM Africa Jobs MD

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Damali Ssali: Financial Management is as important as Product Development

Damali Ssali: Financial Management is as important as Product Development

Damali Ssali; a Ugandan Chartered Accountant, Financial Inclusion Advocate, Business and Trade Development Expert has today urged start-ups to prioritize both proper financial management and quality products development because both are critical to the success of any business.

Damali Ssali made these remarks while delivering a mentorship session themed Business Financing and Financial Management at the third day of the Women in Fintech hackathon that is currently underway in Kampala, Uganda.

Financial Management is as important as Product Development. I know you are developers and very competent in that field. It is not surprising that almost none of the 14 teams here are working with a financial expert. While this is fine right now, it cannot continue like this,” Damali Ssali noted, adding:

You need to understand your business figures. The value of your product, the time you have spent on it and everything you have injected in. Even if you have a good product, if you don’t manage your finances properly, then you will face breakeven challenges.

According to different studies, over 82 per cent of small businesses fail due to cash flow problems, a fact that makes prudent financial management a must if a business is to succeed.

Organized by HiPipo under its Include EveryOne program in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox, Mojaloop Foundation and Level One Project, this women focused hackathon has participants conceptualizing and developing different financial inclusion products with special focus on women in areas such as payments, lending, saving, e-commerce, e-education and e-agriculture among others.

The third day of the Women in FinTech Hackathon saw teams work on APPs integrations with APIs, discussed the Level One Principle of System Design and went through the Digital Financial Service Provider (DFSP) Boarding Journey.

The hackathon will culminate in to the Women in FinTech summit on Friday 18th September.

Important Dates.

    1. 12 September: Women in FinTech hackathon kicks off.
    2. 14th to 17th September: Women in FinTech hackathon underway.
    3. 18th September: Women in Fintech summit.

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Maggie Kigozi mentors Women in FinTech Hackathon teams

Maggie Kigozi mentors Women in FinTech Hackathon teams

Prof. Maggie Kigozi; a Ugandan Business Champion, Investment Promotion Expert, Entrepreneur, Farmer, Feminist, Chairperson of the Africa Scout Foundation and Senior Consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has today asked young developers to work on their confidence and also respect humble beginnings.

Confidence is key for business success and for us women, it is sometimes lacking. I urge you to do your best to work on your confidence. Talk to each other, and challenge yourselves to get better,” Prof. Kigozi, the chief mentor at the on-going Women in FinTech Hackathon said while addressing the over 50 participants today.

She added: “It is okay to start small and grow gradually. Look for capital from right sources such as family, friends’ groups, Saccos and banks. Please don’t go to the money lenders who simply ask for Car Cards or Land Titles in exchange for short term loans. That is not a good way of sourcing for business capital. I encourage you to have some patience, be able to save and use formal financial institutions such as banks. Business takes sometime unless you are very lucky.”

On the second day of the hackathon, the 14 teams showcased their Solution Design and Prototypes. They were also introduced to latest tools to use (such as Mojaloop), different APIs and use cases.

Organized by HiPipo under its Include EveryOne program in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox, Mojaloop Foundation and Level One Project, this women focused hackathon has participants conceptualizing and developing different financial inclusion products with special focus on women in areas such as payments, lending, saving, e-commerce, e-education and e-agriculture among others. It will culminate in to the Women in FinTech summit on Friday 18th September.

Innocent Kawooya, the CEO of HiPipo thanked Prof. Maggie Kigozi for always finding time to help young and small organisations. He noted that HiPipo is one of the beneficiaries of Prof. Maggie Kigozi’s mentorship and business coaching. He presented a Special Fibre Mosaic Art Piece to her in appreciation of her contribution to developing Uganda.

The Women in FinTech Hackathon and Summit come at the back of the great success of the recently concluded 40 Days 40 Fintechs initiative and the FinTech Landscape Exhibition that attracted over 100 financial sector organisations from all over the world, between May 13 and July 30th 2020.

Important Dates.

    1. 12 September: Women in FinTech hackathon kicks off.
    2. 14th to 17th September: Women in FinTech hackathon underway.
    3. 18th September: Women in Fintech summit.

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Digital Featured

How I lost €4k in a Facebook scam after clicking an ad

How I lost €4k in a Facebook scam after clicking an ad

This is a story of someone that was scammed after clicking a Facebook ad. The moral of the story is: Don’t click ads if you don’t trust them 100%.

This is a cautionary tale of how I lost close to €4,000 in a sophisticated Facebook scam. I still find it hard to believe I fell for a scam like this. I have 2FA on all my accounts, use a password manager, and I’m generally very cautious with account security.


Two days ago, I spotted an ad while browsing Facebook promoted by Tiktok Ads Business. Unfortunately I don’t have a screenshot of the ad in question, but it promised a $3000 credit for new businesses that signed up for the TikTok Ads program. As someone being 15+ years in ad tech, I am used to the idea of businesses giving away ad credits to new advertisers. $3000 is a very high amount, but it didn’t raise any red flags since I’ve heard of the generous TikTok Back to Business Program before.

The ad click took me to the TikTok Ads Business Android app on the Google Play Store. 10k+ downloads, 1000+ reviews and a 4.6 rating on average – again, this didn’t raise any immediate red flags. Sure, the developer name “Develop App” sounds strange and should I have looked better, the developer email and com.acazira.tforbusiness package name would have definitely raised some concerns.

After installing the app, it opened a clone of the TikTok Back to Business Program page. After entering my phone number and email, the app asked me to log in with Facebook to get the credits.

App screen 2

After logging in with my Facebook, a voucher code was displayed under the balance with the explanation that it would take up to 48 hours before TikTok would contact me:

App screen 3

Two days went by and I was getting curious when I would get that promised email. Then, a transaction email from PayPal arrived:

PayPal email

Facebook charged €3,990.17 from my linked business PayPal account. I was surprised – I didn’t recognize the ad spend so I tried to log in to my Facebook Ad account. Unfortunately it was nowhere to be found – the scammer used my Facebook auth token to remove me from the Facebook Business entity. Strangely enough this is possible without getting any emails from Facebook. I had no way to check my Business entity or Ad account on Facebook to see what’s going on.

Contacting Facebook about such scams/hacks is a challenge on its own: there is a support page but in all my attempts I was unable to click the “email” icon. The “chat” icon always says “chat unavailable”:

Facebook support

Fortunately I found the Facebook Business Support messenger account, and they replied quickly by confirming the issue:

Facebook chat

A day later I contacted Facebook for an update, and they confirmed the issue again. Another 24 hours later an I got full access back to my ad account. This is the damage that was done before Facebook disabled the account:

Ad spent

All this money was spent on this one Vietnamese ad, promoting some kind of aluminium thinking product:

Ad spent

To recap:

  • Total spent: €8,235.82 (of which I was charged €3,990.17)
  • Total impressions: 3,184,933
  • Total reach: 2,674,194
  • Total conversions: 2,126 “send message” clicks flushed

I am still waiting on a decision from Facebook if they are going to refund the charge. In the meantime, I have done the following:

  • Changed my Facebook and PayPal passwords
  • Invalidated all signed in devices/tokens
  • Reported the fake TikTok Ads Business page to Facebook – no reponse yet
  • Reported the fake TikTok Ads Business app to Google – the app was taken down 2 days later
  • Initiated a PayPal chargeback process – PayPal responded: “we’ve determined there was no unauthorized use”

Beware of such scams.

Source: How I lost €4k in a Facebook scam

Read About: What is Facebook Watch Together and how does it work?

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YouTube is rolling out ‘YouTube Shorts’ to take on TikTok

YouTube is rolling out ‘YouTube Shorts’ to take on TikTok

YouTube is rolling out YouTube Shorts, a short-form video feature called to compete with the popular social media platform TikTok. The feature, which is set to launch in the next few weeks, will allow creators and artists to shoot short, catchy videos up to 15 seconds long using their mobile phones. This is much less than the 60 seconds for TikTok, but a lot familiar. 

Shorts will feature a multi-segment camera to edit multiple video clips together, and will feature a library of songs to include with the videos. Like TikTok, Shorts will also have speed controls as well as a timer and countdown to easily record content.

The new product will first be released over the next few days in India where it will be tested.

Over the next few days in India, we’re launching an early beta of Shorts with a handful of new creation tools to test this out. This is an early version of the product, but we’re releasing it now to bring you — our global community of users, creators and artists — on our journey with us as we build and improve Shorts. We’ll continue to add more features and expand to more countries in the coming months as we learn from you and listen to your feedback. Here are more details on what to expect.

The move by Youtube comes as TikTok, the short-form social media app, is under watch to be taken over in the US and facing a ban in India. It also comes as Facebook’s Instagram launched Reels, similar TikTok-style videos. 

TikTok recently revealed that it has about 50 million daily active users in the US alone, and 100 million who use it at least once a month. There were nearly 700 million active users per month worldwide as of July. Shorts could help YouTube fend off TikTok and keep you glued to its apps.

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