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Bunji Breaks His Silence as He Delivers New Creative Space with Wife, Fay Ann Lyons.

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In recent months efforts by Ebuzztt to get Bunji Garlin’s input on various matters proved futile because, as he told us then, he wished to remain off radar as he had been working on something major that would eventually be revealed.

In the aftermath of his father’s passing, Garlin used social media to express his appreciation for the words of strength offered by his wife, Fay Ann Lyons. Months later, the pair unveiled plans to effectively carry the creatives in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean, in a trendy, digitised fashion. Earlier today, they introduced something called ‘Chrending’, set to become a dot com… a play on the word Trending, and a word certainly fashioned in the broken English dialect often heard across the West Indies.

At a media launch to unveil their new digital platform, which is aimed at cushioning the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in such a way that would allow creatives to continue to earn, the Alvarez duo explained that the website, when up and running, would facilitate virtual concerts and other performances to the benefit of every stakeholder in the Caribbean’s entertainment industry. Specific details relative to copyright, according to Lyons-Alvarez, were still being ironed out amid talks with the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.

Explaining that often time, artistes who utilise their personal Instagram Live platforms to host virtual events are interrupted for one reason or another, FayAnn said Chrending would eliminate such interruptions. She further explained that the website would allow each individual creative to possibly reach larger audiences than what would normally be their personal platform reach. “The idea is to bring the Caribbean audience together so when one person uses the platform you reach a wider audience and you are not just limited to the followers you have on Instagram,” she said.

The idea comes even as Trinidad and Tobago remains under restriction with entertainment being legally halted by way of the Pubic Health Ordinance, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons in any one space. There will be no carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021.

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New Event Ticketing Company Launches in Trinidad and Tobago. Service is Free.

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Trinidad and Tobago became the latest destination of choice for digital event ticketing company, Frontline Ticketing, on Tuesday. The company officially announced its launch, adding itself to the list of self-service ticketing platforms in the region.

Public relations liaison, Avalon Gomez, explained that the company which was founded in 2019, and became fully automated last year, is the brainchild of Trinidadian, Sheldon Williams who currently resides in the United States. Sheldon, she said, was compelled to find a practical and reliable method to the ticketing woes experienced by both event promoters and atendees alike.

Since its start, Frontline Ticketing has hosted over 100 events and its website has generated over 75,000 views in the last three months. “We cater to Social, Sporting and Corporate Events in addition to in-person and online events,” explained Gomez, adding that At Frontline Ticketing, persons can create any type of event on the platform at no cost.


According to Williams, the company was created with the event organizer in mind. He says all transactions, such as selling tickets and promoting events can be done for free, from the comfort and convenience of a smart phone. “Getting paid is also easy as we are registered in Trinidad and United States and assure our clients receive their payments in a timely manner. We also provide a seamless door management service. Party-goers can enjoy a hassle free service where vou can purchase tickets to the hottest Caribbean events, with ease,” he said.

Digital ticketing has become a preferred method of event ticketing for many. It offers the convenience of paying via credit card, much like travel destination ticketing websites like Expedia. Fete promoters in Trinidad and Tobago now have the option of using Frontline Ticketing for what the company assures will be a free, simple and efficient service.

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iPhone to iPhone Payment Feature Announced by Apple. No Release Date Yet.

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Apple has  Tap to Pay, a new contactless payment feature that allows iPhone-to-iPhone purchases with no additional hardware required. The tech giant did not reveal a release date for the new feature but the framework for the new feature appears in the second iOS 15.4 beta.

Currently, when a user wants to use Apple Pay, you tap the iPhone to a payment terminal, which activates Apple Wallet, and then the user must confirm the purchase with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. Apple says Tap to Pay eliminates the need for extra hardware, allowing the user to hold an iPhone or Apple Watch to another iPhone to complete the payment using near field communication. Merchants will need to run an iOS app that supports Tap to Pay on an iPhone XS or later.

Apple says that Tap to Pay works with contactless credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, and other “leading payment networks.”

To protect users’ privacy, all transactions are encrypted by the Secure Element, a protected chip used in mobile devices for sensitive data and transactions. Apple also says it “doesn’t know what is being purchased or who is buying it.”
Tap to Pay transactions will likely use the same interface as Apple Pay, which allows confirmation via Touch ID, Face ID, or passcode.

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