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South African banks need to do more to ensure financial inclusion

Jul 02, 2020 15:11 pm UTC| Economy Fintech

An analysis of financial inclusion in South Africa shows that affordability limits poor households access to formal financial services. In our study, which looked at peoples use of financial goods and services between 2008...

The price of AI art: Has the bubble burst?

Jan 07, 2020 15:33 pm UTC| Insights & Views Fintech

Last fall, an AI-generated portrait rocked the art world selling for a staggering US$432,500 at Christies auction house in New York. The portrait called Edmond de Belamy features a slightly out-of-focus man with no nose...

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Iran works on national blockchain platform and cryptocurrency

Aug 28, 2018 03:31 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

Iran is developing a national blockchain platform which will enable the country to build a money transfer network with its allies, an official at the Central Bank of Iran was recently quoted saying. Speaking during a...

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BankSign: Samsung SDS announces blockchain-based co-verification platform for banks

Aug 27, 2018 10:58 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

Samsung SDS, an IT subsidiary of South Korean tech giant Samsung Group, has developed a blockchain-based certification system, Yonhap News Agency reported. Dubbed BankSign, the platform has been set up in collaboration...

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Reserve Bank of India sets up new blockchain and AI-focused unit

Aug 27, 2018 05:37 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a new unit to ramp up its efforts in the area of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, according to The Economic Times. Sources familiar with the latest...

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World Bank raises A$110M via blockchain-based bond transaction

Aug 27, 2018 03:34 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

The Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has officially announced the details of the blockchain-based bond transaction last week. Earlier this month, the World Bank announced that it has mandated CBA as the sole arranger of the...

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Anquan, Deloitte and Nasdaq join MAS and SGX for blockchain-based settlement of tokenised assets

Aug 24, 2018 10:37 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) have announced that they are partnering with Anquan, Deloitte and Nasdaq for the settlement of tokenized assets using blockchain technology. The...

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Economy

OPEC insists it did not intend to drive US shale out of business

OPEC Secretary Mohammad Barkindo said the group did not intend to drive US shale oil producers out of business, in response to US barrels price briefly turning negative in April. In April, the group agreed on the single...

Korean shipbuilders suffer 67% dip in new orders

South Koreas shipbuilders posted 1.18 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) of new orders in the first half of 2020, 67 percent less from the 3.58 million CGTs last year. Globally, new shipbuilding orders plunged 57...

Shanghai shopping event induces consumption in city

Shanghai municipal governments May 5 Shopping Festival helped the citys total consumption over the past two months to return to the same level last year. The festival attracted over 520,000 online sellers and nearly...

Japan's May exports to S. Korea down to 11-year low of 3.66-T won

Japans exported 3.66 trillion won worth of goods to South Korea in May, down 18 percent from last year, which is lowest in 11 years due to the pandemic and trade dispute between the two countries. Japans shipments of...

US refrains from slapping antidumping duties on S. Korean cold-rolled steel

The US refrained from imposing antidumping duties on cold-rolled steel from Hyundai Steel Co. and POSCO, which would help boost trade between the two countries. The US Department of Commerce determined that cold-rolled...

Politics

Joe Biden says he will reverse Donald Trump's withdrawal of the US from WHO

President Donald Trump has taken the United States out of several global agreements as part of his America First agenda, which has received widespread criticism in turn. Recently, former vice president Joe Biden has said...

Michelle Obama partners with Meghan Markle in global conference for young women

A star-studded virtual conference is happening next week with Michelle Obama as one of the speakers at the event. She will also be joined by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Michelle Obama, Meghan Markle speaks at...

Why Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor is more plausible than fans think

It has been close to a year since fans and sports experts started speculating on who should be the next to challenge Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino champ has been paired with the biggest names in boxings welterweight...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS's statue in Slovenia set on fire

As Americans pushing to end racism in the country are also calling for the removal of names and statues of historical figures that are known to be racist, the Trump administration has called to retain these symbols. First...

Science

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...

Dilophosaurus shown in 'Jurassic Park' is more bird-like than lizard, says scientists

The Dilophosaurus was made famous through the Jurassic Park movie and is shown as having a similar appearance to a lizard. However, a new study finds that the actual Dilophosaurus did not resemble a lizard, but looked more...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope detects a galaxy moving away from Earth

When it comes to galaxies, many often hear about these celestial objects merging with one another. However, the opposite is not heard about as much. Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to witness just that, with...

New study suggests Cerne Abbas Giant actually dates back to the Medieval period

The Cerne Abbas Giant has been met with some debate regarding its history among archaeologists. Now, a new study suggests that the historic figure may not be as ancient as many may believe it to be. Researchers,...

Technology

‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’: Blizzard confirms release window in fall

Video game companies, for much of the first half of 2020, learned to adjust to new workplace setups due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even then, Blizzard Entertainment assures fans that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is...

Poco M2 Pro: $200 smartphone with a quad camera and 33W fast charger

After months of leaks and speculations, the Poco M2 Pro has finally been announced by Poco India. Most of the expected specs and features have now been confirmed for the device, and so is the one caveat that some tech fans...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: The role of Judy Alvarez and Evelyn Parker in V’s upcoming missions

Night City Wire has done its job of keeping the hype up for Cyberpunk 2077, but a welcome bonus was the unveiling of two non-playable characters named Evelyn Parker and Judy Alvarez. Online discussions prove their brief...

‘The Last of Us 2’: Naughty Dog condemns myriad of online death threats targeting cast and devs

The launch of The Last of Us 2 has been bittersweet for Naughty Dog in the few weeks that the game is out in the wild. Aside from high scores from critics, the developers and cast members have been receiving vile comments...
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