Ericsson wants to hold half of the mobile wallet market in Africa

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The company from Sweden considers the continent to be a massively important market moving forward. Ericsson’s mobile wallet software already powers over 400 accounts worldwide, and the head of the company’s mobile financial services unit, Michael Wallis-Brown, is now pointing to Africa as a vital market in broadening its reach. The company currently estimates that it has a hold of about 10 percent of the African market. “We’re touching 10% of the market in Africa today, and we can get to 50%,” said Wallis-Brown in a media interview. “That’s enormous…

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Will Apple allow sideloading from another App Store in Europe?

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Reports are indicating that the iPhone maker intends to open a separate application hub in the EU. According to widely publicized reports, Apple is getting ready to divide its App Store into two distinct marketplaces, though only in the European Union’s market. The move will reportedly be made in order to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA contains a requirement for Apple to allow alternative payment methods and app sideloading within the EU. This means that the company will need to launch another App Store in…

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QR code accidentally shared online leads to $60,000 restaurant bill

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A woman in China mistakenly posted the quick response barcode online, letting others place orders. A woman living in China was understandably shocked, when she received a bill for about US$60,300 (430,000 Chinese yuan), after having accidentally shared the ordering QR code online, giving others the ability to place food orders on her tab. The woman was posting pictures on WeChat and mistakenly included the table’s ordering barcode. Though the woman’s intention was only to share pictures of the food she had ordered at the hotspot restaurant when she and…

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Apple agrees to Batterygate iPhone settlement in Canada

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The British Columbia Supreme Court has received the settlement and is considering it for approval. iPhone owners in Canada who were victims of Batterygate could soon receive a payment from Apple, if the courts give the class action lawsuit settlement their approval. The issue has to do with the company’s widely publicized iPhone battery throttling activities. Apple has agreed to a settlement of between $11.1 million and $14.4 million in Canadian dollars to settle the class action lawsuit. The decision regarding the approval of the proposed settlement will be made…

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Osaka University unveils its third superconducting quantum computer

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The achievement was accomplished as a result of a groundbreaking collaboration in Japan. Osaka University’s Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology in Japan is leading a collaboration that has now unveiled the third successful superconducting quantum computer in the country. The university worked with a number of core institutions in order to arrive at the achievement. The collaboration included institutions such as Amazon Web Services, NTT Corporation, RIKEN, and a consortium that includes Fujitsu Limited, e-trees.Japan Inc., QunaSys Inc., QuEL Inc, and Systems Engineering Consultants Co. LTD. Together, they…

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