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Microfinance loans could spell disaster in the time of coronavirus

Jul 22, 2020 12:26 pm UTC| Fintech Economy

When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus in 2006 for his concept of microfinance, it brought what began as a local policy experiment in the 1970s to global attention. Microfinance...

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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Economy

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

South Korea and Germany vowed via a virtual meeting to bolster cooperation in the energy sector towards the recovery of their virus-hit economies and helping each other achieve their climate goals. According to the...

Politics

Melania Trump: FLOTUS reportedly snubs stepdaughter Ivanka Trump's aspirations to become next president

First lady Melania Trumps former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff claimed that there was already some tension between Melania and her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump. Her new book also revealed that the first lady...

Donald Trump: POTUS wants U.N. to hold China accountable for COVID-19 spread

Donald Trump was among the world leaders making an address in this years United Nations General Assembly. Tensions between the US and China in many aspects, especially COVID-19, have been placed center stage, with Trump...

Donald Trump: Robert Mueller's top deputy Andrew Weissman revealed POTUS did obstruct justice

Aside from the revelations offered by journalist Bob Woodward also come big reveals from special counsel Robert Muellers deputy Andrew Weissman in his upcoming book. The book, offering a peek into the Mueller...

Joe Biden: Campaign and Democrat committees gain financial lead

Former vice president Joe Biden and his campaign initially started off trailing Donald Trump in terms of cash reserves. But over the recent months and especially following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the...

Science

Mars mission: Scientists find "worms" inside Martian meteor

NASA is gearing up for the future Mars mission that will take place over the coming years, with the Perseverance Rover already making a headstart after launching into space many weeks ago. With the search for signs of life...

NASA: Scientist says possible discovery of life on Venus needs further study

Venus is known for having an environment that is anything but hospitable, with extreme temperatures making the planet impossible to inhabit. But with the recent discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere, scientists have...

NASA detects Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a star 80 light-years away

NASA has spotted many exoplanets over time, but its recent finding was a first. For the first time, the agency has detected a giant planet orbiting a much smaller corpse of a star. The data from NASAs Spitzer Space...

Climate change: NASA study warns sea level rise by 15 inches if rate of carbon emissions continue

Climate change continues to become a concern as animals in the polar regions are slowly losing their homes, with carbon emissions playing a part in the warming temperatures. A NASA study has revealed the dire result of the...

Technology

Can ‘Rainbow Six Quarantine’ be released in 2020?

The launch of Rainbow Six Quarantine was delayed even before the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the delay of its release. However, a recent supposed leak seemingly suggested that the game would be released sooner than most...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ beta tests kick off in October

The full release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is just around the corner. This also means that the annual beta tests before the games launch are also set. However, video game players should note that only those with...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ may not be an Xbox-exclusive despite Microsoft’s ZeniMax Media acquisition

Microsoft kind of broke the internet on Monday after its plans to acquire ZeniMax Media -- Bethesda Softworks parent company -- was made public. There are plenty of popular IPs under the banners of ZeniMax and Bethesda,...

How Apple Watch SE compares to the flagship Apple Watch Series 6

The main star of Apples September event this year is not the new iPhone, but the latest lineup of Apple Watch. The biggest surprise, however, was that the Apple Watch Series 6 was not the only presented at the recent...

GoPro HERO9 Black: Everything to know about the new action camera

Joining the busy fall season for the consumer tech industry is the GoPro HERO9 Black. The new action camera has been announced and the improvements in its design, specs, and features would give fans to think about whether...
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