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Mexico pushes mobile payments to help unbanked consumers ditch cash

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexico’s new leftist government is betting on financial technology to help lift people out of poverty. FILE PHOTO: A worker moves boxes with green tomatoes through the corridors of the wholesale market “Central de Abastos” in Mexico City, Mexico January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo The administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recently announced measures aimed at making financial services more affordable in a nation where more than half the population is unbanked. It is planning a digital payments system run and built by…

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Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

Image copyright Getty Images The mobile network industry has called for a new European security testing scheme to check the safety of 5G equipment before it is deployed. Several countries have stopped individual companies supplying equipment for their next-generation networks, citing security concerns. Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE have both faced intense scrutiny. The GSMA, which represents 800 network operators, said a testing scheme would reduce the need to ban suppliers. Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have already barred Huawei from supplying equipment for their future 5G networks.…

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Science 

Earth’s earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own. Tubular structures found in black shale from a quarry in Gabon dating from 2.1 billion years ago – providing evidence of the earliest-known mobile organisms on Earth – are shown in Poitiers, France in this undated handout photo obtained February 11, 2019. Abderrazak Albani/IC2MP/CNRS/Universite de Poitiers/Handout via…

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Japan’s Nintendo, Line team up for new Mario mobile game

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd said on Friday it was developing a smartphone game with messaging app operator Line Corp, as it continues to branch out into mobile gaming and diversify its revenue streams. Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato “Dr. Mario World”, the latest mobile title featuring Nintendo’s multi-talented plumber, will be released in early summer, the Kyoto-based company said in a statement. Nintendo needs to find new sources of revenue to offset the decline of its…

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Exclusive: Mobile network operator’s body GSMA considers crisis meeting over Huawei

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Mobile communications industry body GSMA has proposed a crisis meeting to discuss a plan to ban Huawei 5G equipment in the European Union amid mounting industry concerns that such a move could set operators back by years. The European Commission is weighing a de-facto ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment for next-generation mobile networks due to security concerns, sources told Reuters. Some Western countries, including the United States and…

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Newspaper headlines: Screen limit for children and school mobile ban

Newspaper headlines: Screen limit for children and school mobile ban By BBC News Staff Image caption “Screen limit for children” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail. The paper reports that, “for the first time”, parents in the UK will be given government guidance on how much time their children should be allowed to spend using mobile phones, tablets, video games and TVs. The guidance, which comes from the chief medical officer for England, Prof Sally Davies, will say children should avoid social media before bedtime…

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Mario Kart mobile delayed until summer 2019

Image copyright Nintendo Fans of Nintendo’s Mario franchise could be forgiven for screaming, “Ohhh. Mamma Mia!” after learning the latest title won’t be released on time. The company says the Mario Kart Tour app will be delayed until summer 2019 but didn’t specify a month or date. A statement said it was “to improve the quality of the app and to expand the service content after delivery.” The game had been originally scheduled to be available on smartphones by the end of March 2019. Image copyright Twitter/Nintendo The upcoming title…

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Australia’s TPG Telecom cancels Huawei-supplied mobile network

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s TPG Telecom Ltd on Monday said it has halted construction of its mobile telephone network because it relied on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd equipment that has been banned by Australia’s government on security grounds. FILE PHOTO – People walk past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo The nascent network is the first commercial casualty in Australia of the ban announced in August and comes as Western powers restrict market access to Huawei over allegations – which it denies – that…

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China deletes ‘malicious’ mobile apps

(This January 24 story corrects throughout to say that the “Fruit Ninja” game deleted by the CAC was not developed by iDreamSky Technology Holdings Ltd, nor distributed by Tencent.) FILE PHOTO: A visitor plays a game on a smartphone at Tencent’s exhibition booth at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2015 in Beijing, China, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s cyber watchdog said on Thursday it has deleted close to 8,000 “malicious” mobile apps, as regulators step up efforts to tighten control over the country’s internet.…

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Dixons Carphone’s mobile sales continue to fall

Image copyright Getty Images Dixons Carphone has reported a fall in mobile phone sales over the Christmas trading period, as fewer people signed up to two-year contracts. The electrical goods retailer said sales of mobiles were down 7% in the 10 weeks to 5 January. The news reflects a growing trend in the phones market after Apple cut its sales forecast earlier this month. However, Dixons had better fortune in other areas, with strong sales of smart tech, supersize TVs and in gaming. Overall, its like-for-like revenues were up 1%.…

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