Smart speakers are great for answering basic questions, like “what’s the weather tomorrow” or “what’s the population of Brazil” (it’s 209.3 million, in case you were wondering).
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If you’re under 18 in China and want to play one of the most popular mobile games in the world, Honor of Kings (aka Arena of Valor), you will need to pass an AI facial recognition test. Soon, even tuning into live streamed videos might require the same.
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China has led the world in adoption of smartphone-based mobile payments, reaching the point where its central bank had to remind merchants not to discriminate against cash. And the next phase of development may be to pay with your face.
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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has approved fintech startup Xfers’ application to become a widely accepted stored value facility (SVF). It is the first startup to get this approval. It joins the ranks of four other SVFs: EZ-Link Card, Nets CashCard, Nets FlashPay, and CapitaVoucher.
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Singapore’s Redmart is set to be fully integrated into Lazada, which acquired the online grocer in 2016. From March 15, users will be able to shop for groceries within the Lazada ecommerce platform. The separate Redmart app and site will no longer operate from that date.
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Chinese outbound tourists heading to Singapore will soon be able to buy goods at Changi Airport with a wave of their WeChat Pay app.
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