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The news follows this message…

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Can you have a conversation with the news? Digital newspaper Quartz thinks so. Its app dispenses with the usual menus and lists. Instead, it lets readers browse the day’s headlines in a chat interface. Zach Seward, Quartz’s senior VP or product and executive editor, talked to MEF Minute features editor, Tim Green, about the thinking behind a left-field idea for MEF’s free Future of Messaging Guide.

It’s a truism in tech that when a medium embraces innovation, it takes a while for old norms to disappear. It’s why the first movies looked like filmed stage plays and mobile phones had qwerty keyboards.

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Companies, not consumers, should take the lead on data privacy

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Consumers have a confused attitude to digital privacy. But this just makes it more important for enterprises to take charge. That was the conclusion of an expert panel at MWC convened by MEF. Tim Green was listening…
“I literally couldn’t care less what consumer think about privacy. They have no idea what they are talking about.”
What a way to open a panel session about trust…

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Could the next version of Android be… not Android?

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When Google bought Android in 2005, there were no iPhones, tablets, smartwatches or voice assistants. So it kept tweaking the OS to keep up with the changing market. Now, the strain is showing. Tech insiders think something new is coming soon. Is Fuchsia it? Tim Green looked deeper.

Has Google just revealed the future of Android?

Tech circles were buzzing last week when a site called Hotfixit.net revealed some pics of a new UI, which Google calls Armadillo, for an entirely new Google OS – aka Fuchsia.

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Industry views – ransomware attacks and lessons to be learnt

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Last week’s ransomware attacks were aimed at vulnerabilities typical of big enterprises and government bodies, but the true impact was felt by consumers – cancelled trains in Germany, people forced to pay cash for petrol in China, missed hospital appointments in the UK, the list goes on, with poor user experience and damaging trust the result.

While the WannaCry attack was upon a very specific desktop vulnerability, the possibility of similar attacks on other operating systems, the media coverage and the effect on consumer’s perception of digital safety are lessons to be learnt. We asked what can mobile tech industries can do to better prepare for similar attacks and protect consumers…

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Mobile messaging in Africa: it’s for everyone

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Are Africa’s feature phone users locked out of rich media marketing? Not necessarily. Clever new messaging formats can reach everyone, says Waheed Adam, chairman of iTouch whom recently spoke to MEF Minute’s features editor, Tim Green, to explain how, for MEF’s free Future of Messaging Guide.

For all the hype around Africa’s smartphone revolution, the stats tell a more nuanced story. Yes, smartphones are on the up. But so are feature phones.

Indeed, according to IDC, they’re growing faster. It says 23.1 million smartphones were shipped in Africa during Q2 2016 (down 5.2 per cent year-on-year). But shipments of feature phones hit 29.8 million – up 31.9 per cent.

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Mobile money and interoperability in growth markets (part 2)

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In part one Srinivas Nidugondi, Senior Vice President & Head of Mobile Financial Solutions at Mahindra Comviva discussed the importance of interoperablity between mobile money services and explained some of the barriers that are holding the market back.

Here he discusses the benefits and drivers of the mobile money space in this second instalment of a two-part article which also appears in MEF’s most recent free Mobile Money eBulletin.

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Embracing consumer trust and GDPR

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Danny Preiskel, co-founder and Senior Partner at MEF Member Preiskel & Co discusses the importance of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and shares details of an exclusive event at which attendees can learn more about the opportunities the new regulation may present.

As MEF’s on-going initiatives in Consumer Trust demonstrate, it is an area that is becoming increasingly important and likely to become critical to our ecosystem.

GDPR will drastically change the ways you may process and must protect personal data in Europe impacting directly on anyone doing business in Europe, wherever on the planet you are located.

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The chat bots that say Ja, Si and Oui

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Every day Duolingo helps 150 million people learn languages for free. But until recently, says Duolingo’s Gina Gittholf, learners couldn’t practice conversation. Now, they can – thanks to message bots. Gittholf spoke to MEF Minute’s Tim Green about how Duolingo’s messaging bots are helping the students climb the learning curve for MEF’s free Future of Messaging Guide.

The mere idea of a chat bot is hard for many people to understand. But one that speaks in a foreign language? Surely that’s just a step too far.

Not for the makers of language-learning app Duolingo. For them, friendly bots like Chef Roberto (the pizza maker) and Renée the driver have solved a huge problem: how to get people talking in a new language without self-consciousness.

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Let’s make digital payments great again… with the browser

By | Featured Post, Mobile Money, Opinion | One Comment

Isn’t is delightful when your browser autofills a dauntingly long web form? Imagine if it could do that for payments. Well, it soon might. The W3C is working on what it calls a single ‘buy button for the web’. MEF Minute Features Editor Tim Green delved deeper…

Do you trust your browser? I’d wager you do. You probably store various passwords and log-ins inside it. You certainly fill it with bookmarks that reveal your most personal interests…

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Mobile money and interoperability in growth markets (part 1)

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Mobile money is a widespread business today available in two-thirds of low-and-middle-income countries. By the end of December 2016, 277 mobile money services were operating in 92 countries.

However, a majority of these mobile money operators provide closed loop services, which restricts the scope of digital transactions between users registered on diverse networks.

Srinivas Nidugondi, Senior Vice President & Head of Mobile Financial Solutions at Mahindra Comviva discusses the importance of interoperability between mobile money services in underpinning market growth in this first instalment of a two-part article which also appears in MEF’s most recent free Mobile Money eBulletin.

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