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Why The COVID-19 Crisis Could Give The MENA’s Female Entrepreneurs An Edge

Around the globe, economies are beginning to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The world is surveying the rubble left behind by the pandemic, and is turning its attention towards how to rebuild. Some industries have been hit harder than others– the road to recovery for global tourism, for example, will be a long one. Others have, perhaps against expectations, thrived. Just look to the largely cash-dependent MENA region, which has seen a near unprecedented surge in the uptake of e-commerce, digital banking, and fintech more broadly as consumers adapted fast to life in lockdown and quarantine.





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Now increasingly, this world of social distancing, remote working, and even digital socializing has come to be referred to as “the new normal.” In other words, even if the pandemic really is beginning to fade, life will never return exactly to how it was. Even when the shopping malls

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Google to Increase Push for Apps to Give Cut of In-App Purchases

(Bloomberg) — Google plans to push harder for developers to give the company a cut of in-app purchases through its Play app store, according to people with knowledge of the move.



a close up of a cell phone: The icon for Google LLC's Play Store application, center, is displayed on a Huawei Technologies Co. P20 Pro smartphone in an arranged photograph taken in Hong Kong, China.


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The icon for Google LLC’s Play Store application, center, is displayed on a Huawei Technologies Co. P20 Pro smartphone in an arranged photograph taken in Hong Kong, China.

The Alphabet Inc. unit plans to issue updated guidelines as early as next week that clarify a requirement for most apps to use Google’s billing service for in-app content downloads, game upgrades and subscriptions. This system gives the company a 30% cut of purchases inside of apps on Android.

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While this requirement has existed for years, some major developers including Netflix Inc., Spotify Technology SA, Match Group Inc. and Epic Games Inc., have circumvented the rule. Netflix and Spotify apps prompt consumers to pay using a credit

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How to change the text-to-speech voice on your Mac computer, or give it a new language



It only takes a few clicks to give your Mac a new voice. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider


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It only takes a few clicks to give your Mac a new voice. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • You can change the voice that your Mac uses to read text and notifications by going to the System Preferences menu.
  • There are about a half-dozen voices available on your Mac by default, but you can download more.
  • When you change the text-to-speech voice on a Mac, you can also set how fast it reads or change its language.
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One of your Mac’s various accessibility features is its ability to read out text that’s on the screen. This is great for users who can’t see the screen very well.

But if you use this feature, you might not be satisfied with the default voice, which can sound very robotic.

Luckily, you can change the voice at any time. There are over

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Sony Will Give Some Youtubers Hands-On Time With The PS5

Sure, you might already have purchased a PS5, but it never hurts to know a little more about the thing that you’ve spent $499 on (maybe $399, but lord knows those digital editions were hard to find). Hands-on time is the sort of thing we usually would have gotten at events like E3 and Tokyo Game Show but, well, things have gone a little bit wrong here in 2020. Now, however, it does look like some Japanese Youtubers will actually get to play this thing before launch.

A post on the PlayStation Blog, translated by Gematsu, says that Sony will be participating in Youtube gaming week Japan, and that several Youtubers will get some hands-on time with the machine itself. That means we’ll likely get a look at the user interface, something that seems like a big deal but winds up being a hugely important

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China ETFs Give Retail Investors Access to Soaring Tech, Ant

(Bloomberg) — Some of China’s biggest fund houses are launching products that will give millions of mom-and-pop investors exposure to the nation’s soaring tech firms.

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Four exchange-traded funds tracking the Star 50 Index open for subscription on Tuesday and are expected to attract as much as 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) between them. The ETFs are the first to directly replicate the index, which is derived from the nation’s newest stock venue aimed at fostering technology startups.

The launch comes just days after the Shanghai stock exchange approved Ant Group’s listing on its Star Board, setting the stage for a trading debut as soon as late October. Ant’s dual stock sale in Shanghai and Hong Kong may raise a combined $35 billion, which would make it the world’s biggest initial public offering ever. The firm, owned by billionaire Jack Ma, would be a candidate for index inclusion after

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New China ETFs Give Retail Investors Access to Soaring Tech, Ant

(Bloomberg) — Some of China’s biggest fund houses are launching products that will give millions of mom-and-pop investors exposure to the nation’s soaring tech firms.

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Four exchange-traded funds tracking the Star 50 Index open for subscription on Tuesday and are expected to attract as much as 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) between them. The ETFs are the first to directly replicate the index, which is derived from the nation’s newest stock venue aimed at fostering technology startups.

The launch comes just days after the Shanghai stock exchange approved Ant Group’s listing on its Star Board, setting the stage for a trading debut as soon as late October. Ant’s dual stock sale in Shanghai and Hong Kong may raise a combined $35 billion, which would make it the world’s biggest initial public offering ever. The firm, owned by billionaire Jack Ma, would be a candidate for index inclusion after

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Proposal would give EU power to boot tech giants out of European market

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The EU wants to arm itself with new powers to take on big technology companies, including the ability to force them to break up or sell some of their European operations if their market dominance is deemed to threaten the interests of customers and smaller rivals.

EU Commissioner Thierry Breton told the Financial Times that the proposed remedies, which he said would only be used in extreme circumstances, also include the ability to exclude large tech groups from the single market altogether.

In addition, Brussels is considering a rating system that would allow the public and stakeholders to assess companies’ behavior in areas such as tax compliance and the speed with which they take down illegal content.

“There is a feeling from end users of these platforms that they are too big to care,” said Mr. Breton, who

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EU may require Apple to give competitors access to Apple Pay tech

Apple may have to open up its contactless payment technology at the core of Apple Pay to competitors if the European Union rules that Apple’s restrictions unfairly hurt competitors.

The new laws would prevent mobile device manufacturers from barring access to a device’s near-field communications (NFC) chip. These chips are commonly embedded in smartphones, like the iPhone, but also both the iPad and Apple Watch.

In October, the EU began asking payment companies for feedback on Apple Pay as part of an antitrust investigation. Competitors, such as banks and alternative payment methods, have argued that Apple Pay makes alternative payment services less attractive.

“In parallel with its ongoing and future competition enforcement, the Commission will examine whether it is appropriate to propose legislation aimed at securing a right of access under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory conditions, to technical infrastructures considered necessary to support the provision of payment services,” the EU

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Synthetic biologists have created a slow-growing version of the coronavirus to give as a vaccine

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In the 1950s, Albert Sabin was searching for an improved polio vaccine. To that end, his lab infected the brains of mice, chimpanzees, and monkeys with the virus that causes the disease. They wanted to see if the pathogen would change and if weakened forms might arise.

They eventually isolated versions of the polio virus that could still infect people but didn’t cause paralysis. Sabin’s so-called attenuated strains became the famous oral polio vaccine given on a sugar cube to billions of children.

Now, researchers say, synthetic biology has led to a way to create a weakened form of the pandemic coronavirus that causes covid-19. Although the idea remains a long-shot in the vaccine race, an attenuated coronavirus could be formulated into inexpensive nose drops for use around the world.

The startup company behind the new version of SARS-CoV-2, called Codagenix, is working with Serum Institute of India,

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Students at Shakopee school fix computers and give them to classmates

A middle school IT club has found a way to use their skills to revamp old computers at a time when distance learning has made such technology indispensable.

Penguin Corps is a Linux club at the charter school Aspen Academy in Savage. Linux clubs provide a space for students to learn how to install and use open-source software. The students are using that knowledge to refurbish old computers for their classmates.

With the school opting for hybrid learning, the need for computers skyrocketed. 

“These kids very enthusiastically caught the open-source bug and took on the challenge of wanting to help their fellow students,” said Stu Keroff, a social studies teacher who directs the club.

Four hands work on two laptops.

Two Aspen Academy students and members of the Penguin Corps computer club work on donated laptops in Savage, Minn., on Wednesday. The club repairs donated computers for families that need computers for distance learning.

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