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Train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station evacuated after passenger’s mobile phone started smoking, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station was evacuated on Tuesday (Feb 19), after smoke was spotted coming out of a passenger’s mobile phone. The cause of the smoke was probably accidental and electrical in origin, said the Singapore Civil Defence (SCDF), which was called in to help investigate the phone after the incident. No fire or injuries were reported in the incident, which happened on the North-East Line, said rail operator SBS Transit. Passengers were evacuated as a precaution, said Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate…

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Vietnam 

VNPT ready to launch mobile money service – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Việt Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group is ready to join the rising global e-payment trend. — Photo xahoithongtin.com.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) proposed launching mobile money services to allow customers to use their telecommunications accounts to pay for goods and services.  The proposal was made in the group’s meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ last week. Electronic payment via mobile phones (mobile money) is a rising global trend and an inevitable eventuality. In Việt Nam, the…

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Middle-aged Chinese tourists lead use of mobile payments abroad during Lunar New Year holiday

Middle-aged Chinese travellers were the country’s biggest spenders abroad during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, as these older tourists led the use of mobile payments to go shopping overseas, according to an Alipay study. That finding, drawn from the more than 40 markets where Alipay is accepted, covered two groups who used the popular mobile payments platform: those born in the period 1960 to 1969 and 1970 to 1979. They were “the main driving force in outbound tourism and overseas consumption”, according to the report from Alipay, a unit…

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Huawei faces increased US opposition at Mobile World Congress with officials out to dissuade from buying Chinese 5G gear

Huawei Technologies Co., facing a widening global crackdown on its telecom equipment, is bolstering its presence at the industry’s biggest conference in an attempt to land deals. Its plans risk being foiled by a powerful foe: the US government. US officials are also increasing the size of their delegation to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month, saying they want to help other nations focus on the security of next-generation mobile gear. They aren’t calling the meeting a showdown with Huawei, but that agenda – provided by three officials…

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Huawei to push AI, Schubert in upcoming Mobile World Congress publicity amid US indictments

In 1822, German composer Franz Schubert began his symphony No 8, but never completed it. Fast forward to 2019 and Huawei Technologies, the Chinese smartphone maker mired in a high-profile legal battle with the US government, says it has finished the Unfinished Symphony with the help of artificial intelligence. The company said it will release a complete version of the 200-year-old masterpiece at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. “Using the power of AI and the help of award-winning composers, Huawei taught its smartphone to finish it,” the…

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China rips into Tencent’s news service, killing 9,300 mobile apps

China is stepping up its efforts to rein in the country’s internet, singling out Tencent Holdings’ popular news app for spreading vulgar information while shutting down more than 700 websites and thousands of apps in the span of just three weeks. The Cyberspace Administration of China has scrubbed the web of more than 7 million items since January 3, deleting more than 9,300 smartphone apps to screen out information deemed inappropriate or harmful, the watchdog said in a notice distributed to media. Tencent’s Tian Tian Kuai Bao, which means “quick…

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Baidu seeks to play catch up in mobile app race with bet on world’s most-watched TV show

Baidu is looking to attract more users to its flagship mobile app by partnering with the world’s most-watched TV show through the coming Lunar New Year holiday, as the Chinese search engine operator seeks to catch up to its competitors Tencent and Alibaba Group. Baidu will be the exclusive “red packet” partner of state broadcaster China Central Television’s (CCTV) Spring Festival Gala, the Beijing-based company said on Thursday. Since 1983, viewing at least part of the Gala has been a national tradition. Last year’s show drew more than one billion…

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Vietnam 

Việt Nam to test 5G mobile network this year – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Việt Nam will enhance its telecommunications infrastructure, expand its broadband network and develop 5G mobile connectivity this year.— Photo vietnambiz.vn HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will enhance its telecommunications infrastructure, expand its broadband network and develop 5G mobile connectivity this year. The latter is a key component of the Government’s Resolution 01, in which the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) will grant test 5G frequencies to operators this year and expand them in 2020. Head…

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China moves ahead with 5G mobile development plans despite Huawei’s legal woes

China is moving rapidly to develop 5G services nationwide after allocating radio frequency spectrum for the next-generation mobile system to the country’s three telecommunications carriers, despite concerns over the legal battle being waged by network equipment giant Huawei Technologies in Canada. The central government awarded China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom with 5G spectrum licences on Friday, enabling them to conduct final trials for the new mobile system before its wide commercial roll-out from 2020. “This sends a clear signal to the industry that we aim to promote the…

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