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Talabat UAE Intros Cashless Option for All Vendors

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talabat, the UAE’s leading food delivery, and q-commerce platform has announced today that it has introduced an option for its vendors to accept cashless-only payments, and aims at reaching 100% cashless payments in the coming years. The move supports the UAE’s vision of remaining one of the top 10 cashless payment economies in the world and is aimed to provide talabat customers with enhanced safety from exposure to COVID-19 and ease of payment, and vendors with faster reconciliation, and greater financial transparency.

Earlier this year, talabat UAE’s online orders grew by 90%, based on January 2020 vs January 2021, and app downloads doubled in comparison to the same period last year. This growth in orders has created an increased need for cash handling, and infrastructure upgrades resulting in the introduction of a small cash handling fee, similar to a bank’s fee for online payments.

Commenting on the talabat’s vision to fully shift to cashless transactions, Jérémy Doutté, Vice President UAE at talabat said, “Moving forward, we see cashless payments as the primary currency. As a matter of fact, cashless already stands for the lion’s share of our transactions. Therefore, we want to support partners who want to engage in that transition. We will continue to offer cash-on-demand as a service while encouraging the usage of cashless payment methods. The future in the UAE is digital.”

“Going cashless brings several advantages including convenience, financial transparency, traceability, and safety. It also reduces the risk of loss of physical money and the usage of paper, adding an environmental factor that is in line with talabat’s sustainability mission. A cashless economy is no longer an ambition, it is the reality of the times that we live in, which has been rapidly accelerated by COVID-19,” added Doutté.

As part of its ongoing efforts, talabat remains committed to supporting its ecosystem – from partner restaurants and customers to its riders and employees – and the UAE’s digital transformation vision through various partnerships with governmental and private entities.

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WhatsApp Now Transcribes Voice Messages on Android

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Calling all Android users who dread lengthy voice messages: rejoice! WhatsApp is rolling out voice message transcription to its beta app.

This feature, already available for iOS users since May 2024, is now part of the WhatsApp Beta version 2.24.15.5 for Android. It automatically converts voice messages into text, making it easier and faster to understand conversations.

Currently, transcriptions are supported in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Hindi, with more languages promised in the future. Users opting in will need to download an additional data package to ensure all transcripts are generated directly on their devices, maintaining message privacy.

This update brings Android users closer to iOS users in terms of features and highlights WhatsApp’s commitment to improving the overall user experience.

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WhatsApp Trials AI Image Generator

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Calling all creative minds! WhatsApp is testing a new feature that uses AI to generate personalized avatars. Imagine yourself as a superhero, chilling on a beach, or even exploring space – the possibilities are endless! WABetaInfo discovered this feature in the latest Android beta update.

Here’s the tech behind the magic: a combo of user images, text descriptions, and Meta’s powerful AI, Llama. “Take photos of yourself once, then imagine yourself in any setting from the forest to outer space,” reads the screenshot on WhatsApp. The way it works is in the Meta AI Chat: users can type “Imagine in…” or “@Meta AI imagine me…” as a text prompt. A user’s likeness will then be used to generate the personalized image.

While there’s no official release date yet, this exciting feature is entirely optional. It joins the recently launched in-app custom sticker maker, showcasing WhatsApp’s commitment to fostering creativity within the app. This, alongside their ongoing development of AI chat functionalities, highlights Meta’s focus on making WhatsApp a platform that embraces both technological innovation and user expression.

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YouTube’s New Eraser Tool Now Removes Songs Without Ruining Your Videos

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Good news for creators! YouTube has rolled out a major update to its eraser tool, allowing them to effortlessly remove copyrighted music from their videos without sacrificing other audio elements like dialogue or sound effects.

In a recent video, YouTube acknowledged that the previous version of the tool needed improvement in terms of accuracy. This new iteration addresses that concern by utilizing an AI-powered algorithm that precisely detects and removes unwanted songs while leaving the rest of the audio intact.

However, YouTube’s support page advises creators that the algorithm might not always achieve perfect separation. As an alternative, creators can opt to “Mute all sound in the claimed segments,” effectively silencing any portions potentially containing copyrighted material.

Once the edit is finalized, YouTube automatically removes the content ID claim, a system designed to identify the use of copyrighted material within videos on the platform. This allows creators to proceed with their uploads without copyright concerns.

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