Alipay, the country’s top mobile payment platform, announced on Tuesday a major anti-fraud u pgrade on its application by teaming up with 26 public security departments nationwide. The new function, dubbed “Security Guard”, allows users to set up related accounts among f amily members or close friends. Should any abnormalities on transactions occur, the system would send out alerts to all related accounts in order to prevent the fraud from materializing and minimize loss of funds. “Security is the lifeline of Alipay, and we hope to fight fraud in a manner as harsh as dru nk driving,” said Rui Xiongwen, vice-president of Ant Financial, Alipay’sRead More →

Mate X is more practical than Galaxy Fold because the latter is folded inward to lower the risk of br eaking apart while falling down, which is not so useful when breaking-glass insurance is popular. More importantly, the “new” foldable smartphones are hardly of any pr actical use. Of course, one can easily double the display of the foldable smartphone by un folding it so it has the size of an iPad, but that’s all. In plain words, the foldable display enables users to combine a tablet an d a smartphone into one. There might be more uses in the future, but at least notRead More →

The night before his historic summit with US President Donald Trump last June, North Kore an leader Kim Jong Un took a surprise stroll in downtown Singapore to see the sights of the wealthy capitalist city. The inference seemed clear. If cash-strapped Pyongyang chooses to engage the world — and ditch its nuclear weapons — this could be its future. Trump and Kim will this month have an even more symbolic backdrop for their next mee ting: Vietnam, a country which transformed itself from bitter US enemy to peaceful partner in less than 50 years. Experts believe the Trump administration plans to sell North KoreaRead More →

  said Van Jackson, a former Defense Department official in the Obama administration.   ”Historically, there have been many — I know of half a dozen instances myself personally — where senior North Korean officials were brought around and shown what capi talist industrialism looks like. They were shown what the stock market floor looks like on the New York Stock Exchange, or they were brought out to so me tech lab in Silicon Valley,” said Jackson, author of “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War.”   ”We’ve shown them what capitalism looks like … the idea that they will see something in VietnRead More →

  Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.   ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker hasRead More →

  WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.   The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.   The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.   It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”   ”SoRead More →

  ”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”   ”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.   The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.   Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.   The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive inRead More →

  Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.   She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.   ”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ ary of abuse cases she has heardRead More →

  national security, and peace in Northern Ireland would be compromised in the case of a no-d eal Brexit, and added the scenario would risk inflaming the nationalist sentiment in Scotland.   ”Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom, stepping boldly into t he wider world, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up,” they write.   Rudd, Clark and Gauke also cautioned members of the European Research Gro up (ERG), a Parliamentary alliance whose members advocate for a no-deal Brexit and have previously voted do wn May’s deal, that their lack of cooperation would be responsible forRead More →

  But dreams of a new reality for Iran screeched to a halt in May 2018 when President Donald Tr ump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal. Despite repeated certifications that Iran was sticking to its end of the bargain, Trump unleashed several rounds of stinging sanctions on the country.   The US president said the penalties aimed to force Iran to end its military adventurism in the region, a demand that Iranian officials have repeatedly brushed off.   Officially, the sanctions exempt humanitarian goods, such as food, medicine and medicin al instruments. But in reality, shortages in essential goods have affected households across theRead More →