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Paymentology And Wio Bank Hope To Transform UAE Banking

Paymentology’s card issuing and analytics will support Wio Bank’s next-generation services.

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Paymentology, the world’s first truly global in-cloud card issuing platform, has joined forces with Wio Bank, the UAE’s first platform bank, in a bid to empower local businesses and consumers with modern digital banking solutions.

Wio Bank, launched in September 2022, is focused exclusively on digital and embedded banking services and applications and provides startups, freelancers, and small businesses with seamless access to banking solutions. The company’s Wio Business offering provides a simplified, fully digital business account service with supplementary tools that aid business management.

Wio Bank’s new partner, Paymentology, completes the digital banking puzzle by facilitating a wide range of card services, including Visa debit cards, plus Apple and Google Pay. The cloud-based card issuer also enables Wio developers to view a real-time data feed, providing detailed customer spending insights to help the bank tailor its solutions to the exact needs of local businesses.

UAE businesses have historically relied on brick-and-mortar branches to open accounts and make transactions. With their newly announced partnership, Wio and Paymentology are promising “fast, simplified and fully digital financial services” for small-to-medium businesses in the region.

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“The UAE is at the forefront of innovation in digital financial services, making huge strides toward becoming a cashless society in the not-too-distant future. We’re incredibly proud of the role we are playing in supporting fintechs achieve their ambitions in the region with increasingly localized, customer-centric, and data-driven propositions,” says Rowan Brewer, CEO at Paymentology.

The latest announcement from Paymentology and Wio Bank comes as the UAE’s financial services sector undergoes a rapid transformation. Consumer demand for digital products and services is on the rise, with research by Visa revealing that 52% of Emirates consumers plan to go cashless by 2024, compared to 41% globally.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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