As the ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ market continues to grow to $1.5 trillion worldwide, Spotii has selected Mastercard as its exclusive payments BNPL partner in the region. The partnership will offer millions of consumers across the region flexible installment payment options with zero additional cost or hidden fees through the web, in-store or the Spotii app.
Spotii provides shoppers with the ability to Shop Now Pay Later with absolutely no cost or hidden fees. The goal is to support the regions ecommerce ecosystem and provide an extremely consumer friendly product that would support customers while helping merchants grow a loyal consumer base. Consumers get a budgeting tool that allows them to manage expenses over a period of time while merchants enjoy accelerated sales. Spotii merchants have reported that Spotii has driven an average order value increase of 50% and a conversion uplift of 40%.
Through the partnership, Spotii’s services will extend to Mastercard’s extensive merchant network. Additionally, Spotii and Mastercard will collaborate to introduce several new and technologically innovative digital payment products for shoppers in the region. With an intuitive and easy-to-use platform, consumers can easily sign up to become part of Spotii’s platform and have the option of shopping in installment payment options at over 600 stores within the beauty and fashion sectors.
“Flexibility is a gamechanger in the world of e-commerce today. As a growing breed of sophisticated shoppers increasingly demand diversity in their payment options, Mastercard is committed to answering those needs. Our partnership with Spotii will propel the Buy Now Pay Later market in the region, enabling businesses to increase customer transactions and advance digitization, while giving consumers greater payment flexibility. At Mastercard, we want to connect consumers to their passions through many different convenient possibilities,” said Girish Nanda, Country Manager, UAE & Oman, Mastercard.
“Spotii’s mission is to empower customers and enable them to enjoy their shopping experience without worrying about excessive costs and hidden fees. At the same time, our platform supports customer acquisition and revenue growth for business owners – it’s a win-win. As today’s youth continues to demand more flexibility and convenience with payments, we are excited to work with a partner that shares our values. With our first to market solutions in the UAE and KSA, we are rapidly expanding to all other GCC markets. Mastercard’s footprint and payments expertise will allow us to grow our community centered on people and trust,” said Ziyaad Ahmed, Co-founder and COO Spotii.
Samsung Internet is Now Available for Download on Windows PCs
Samsung’s default browser, Samsung Internet, has expanded its reach to desktop computers and laptops, now available for download on the Microsoft Store. One notable feature is the ability for users to sync their browsing data between their Galaxy devices and computers.
Upon launching the browser, users can import their browsing history, bookmarks, and search engines from other applications like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge by signing into their Samsung Cloud account. The browser also supports add-ons and extensions from Chrome and Edge, accessible through the Chrome Web Store.
Samsung Internet for Windows offers familiar features such as incognito mode, light and dark modes, and ad-blocker support. The design elements show similarities to both Chrome and Edge, providing a sense of familiarity for users of those browsers. A useful security feature allows users to delete bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other data upon signing out, catering to those who share computers.
Despite its promising features, the browser’s PC debut is marred by a lack of complete sync support. Currently, only browsing history, bookmarks, and search engines can be imported, with no support for transferring saved passwords from Galaxy devices to computers. This omission may be addressed in future updates.
In May, Samsung Internet received an optimisation update for Galaxy tablet users. Toggleable features were introduced, allowing users to control the placement of the browser’s address, bookmark, and tab bars. The update also included a warning for users with a high number of open tabs, informing them that opening another tab would result in the deletion of the oldest tab.
Google Clarifies the Cause of Missing Google Drive Files
Many Google Drive users recently experienced the unsettling disappearance of their files, prompting concerns. Google has now identified the root cause, attributing the issue specifically to the Google Drive for Desktop app. While assuring that only a limited subset of users is affected, the tech giant is actively investigating the matter and promises timely updates.
To prevent inadvertent file deletion, Google provides the following recommendations:
- Avoid clicking “Disconnect account” within Drive for desktop.
- Refrain from deleting or moving the app data folder, located at:
- Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS
- macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS
- Optionally, create a copy of the app data folder if there is sufficient space on your hard drive.
Before Google officially addressed the issue, distressed users took to the company’s support forum to report deleted files. One user from South Korea highlighted a particularly severe case where their account reverted to May 2023, resulting in the loss of anything uploaded or created after that date. Additionally, the user emphasised that they had not synced or shared their files or drive with anyone else.
As Google delves deeper into resolving this matter, affected users are advised to heed the provided precautions. The company’s commitment to ongoing updates reflects its dedication to swiftly addressing and rectifying the situation. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive measures to safeguard digital data, especially as users navigate cloud-based platforms such as Google Drive.
OnePlus 12 to Get Wireless Charging Again
The imminent launch of the OnePlus 12 is generating anticipation, with OnePlus adhering to its customary practice of revealing specifications and details prior to the official unveiling. Li JieLouis from OnePlus confirmed on Weibo that the OnePlus 12 is scheduled for release in China on December 5, shedding light on several key features of the upcoming flagship.
A predictable yet noteworthy inclusion in the specs is the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. This powerful processor aligns with the high-performance standards associated with OnePlus devices. Another intriguing detail mentioned is the introduction of a “2K Oriental Screen,” likely referring to the display showcased by OnePlus in October. During this preview, an IR blaster was highlighted, a feature reiterated by JieLouis. Additionally, a brief reference to “rain touch” suggests the incorporation of technology showcased by OnePlus that enhances touchscreen functionality when wet.
The camera setup on the OnePlus 12 is anticipated to feature a Sony Lytia LYT-808 sensor. Earlier teasers provided insights into the camera’s capabilities, showcasing the periscope zoom lens. Drawing parallels with the OnePlus Open, which also utilizes a Sony Lytia sensor, raises expectations for impressive camera performance.
However, the standout revelation is the return of wireless charging on the OnePlus 12. While OnePlus had previously offered wireless charging, it was notably absent in the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus Open without clear justification. The absence left enthusiasts speculating on the feature’s future in OnePlus devices. The specifics of the wireless charging capabilities, such as potential improvements or adherence to previous 50W charging standards, remain undisclosed. Nevertheless, the mere confirmation of its reintroduction has been met with enthusiasm.
Notably, the OnePlus 12’s debut is set for December 5 in China, with global markets expected to receive the device in January, as per reports. The return of wireless charging adds an extra layer of anticipation for OnePlus enthusiasts, and the device’s overall features indicate a promising addition to the OnePlus flagship lineup. With certification underway, there’s speculation that OnePlus might embrace Qi2, potentially making it among the pioneers in adopting this wireless charging standard. As the launch date approaches, the OnePlus 12 holds the promise of delivering an enhanced user experience with its powerful internals and innovative features.
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