Binance and Mastercard launch prepaid card in Argentina to bridge cryptocurrencies and everyday purchases

The country is the first in Latin America to have the product, the card is in beta phase and will be widely available in the coming weeks

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Binance, the world’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider, and Mastercard announce the launch of Binance Card in Argentina to bridge the gap between cryptocurrencies and everyday purchases. Argentina is the first country in Latin America to have the product. The Binance Card is part of the company’s ongoing efforts towards furthering global cryptocurrency adoption in a tangible manner. The product is in beta phase and will be widely available in the coming weeks.

The Binance Card issued by Credencial Payments will allow all new and existing Binance users in Argentina with a valid national ID to make purchases and pay bills with cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and BNB, at over 90 million Mastercard merchants worldwide, both in-store and online. Users can enjoy a seamless transaction in which their cryptocurrencies are converted to fiat currency in real-time at the point of purchase, as well as earn up to 8% in crypto cashback on eligible purchases and enjoy zero fees* on ATM withdrawals.

Binance cardholders will be able to manage their cards through the card dashboard on the Binance App and website. Users will also be able to view their transaction history and access customer support via the card dashboard.

“Our work with digital currencies builds on our strong foundation to enable choice and peace of mind when people shop and pay. Together with our partners, Mastercard has been leading the payments industry in enabling entry to this exciting new world, helping bring millions of additional users into crypto and other digital assets in a safe and trusted manner”, said Walter Pimenta, Executive Vice President, Products and Innovation, Mastercard Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Payments is one of the first and most obvious use cases for crypto, yet adoption has a lot of room to grow. By using the Binance Card, merchants continue to receive fiat and the users pay in cryptocurrency they choose. We believe the Binance Card is a significant step in encouraging wider crypto use and global adoption and now it is available for users from Argentina”, said Maximiliano Hinz, general director of Binance in Latin America.

Binance plans to continue expanding in new markets as well as providing support for additional cryptocurrencies. All interested users can now register for the card via https://www.binance.com/es-AR/cards or the Binance App.

*Please note that third-party services and network fees may apply.

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Synchronoss to Power Telkomsigma’s Launch of Two New Premium Personal Cloud Solutions in Indonesia

Incoming University Students Throughout Indonesia Will Receive a Free Floudrive Personal Cloud Account; A Premium Floudrive Account Will Also Be Available to 170 Million Telkomsel Mobile Customers

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced the official rollout of two new premium personal cloud solutions offered by Telkomsigma, a subsidiary of Telkom Indonesia, the country’s largest telecom operator. Following the agreement in November, Telkomsigma is now making its Floudrive service, powered by Synchronoss Personal Cloud, available to university students and Telkomsel mobile customers.

As the IT Services and Data Center arm of Telkomsel, Telkomsigma is utilizing the Synchronoss Personal Cloud platform for its Floudrive service, offering a reliable and intuitive cloud storage experience with the ability to backup and restore digital content, including photos, video, texts, and other files. To ensure compliance with Indonesia’s data storage laws, Synchronoss has partnered with Alibaba, leveraging their in-country IT infrastructure.

Beginning in September, Telkomsigma will offer incoming university students a free Floudrive account that includes 50 gigabytes of cloud storage, which can be used to backup all digital content as well as share files and photos. The free bundle is the first of its kind and offered through select universities in Indonesia. Additionally, Telkomsigma will offer a premium version of Floudrive to 170 million Telkomsel mobile customers. The premium service will include 100 gigabytes of storage.

“We are excited to rollout these two new premium personal cloud solutions that leverage the Synchronoss Personal Cloud platform, especially within the universities, which is an industry-first,” said Tanto Suratno, Director of Business and Sales, Telkomsigma. “The combination of Synchronoss and Alibaba will enable us to keep pace with the millions of subscribers that will take advantage of our free and premium Floudrive services.”

“Telkomsigma, Telkomsel, and Telkom Indonesia understand the unique market opportunity to deliver personal cloud solutions that will enable a broad range of digital services to subscribers throughout Indonesia,” said Patrick Doran, Chief Technology Officer at Synchronoss. “Knowing that local data sovereignty is a critical customer requirement, we certified our technology platform on the Alibaba Cloud platform, delivering a white-label personal cloud solution that is secure, reliable, scalable, and in-country.”

Leading Tier One service providers utilize Synchronoss Personal Cloud, Synchronoss Email Suite, or both to manage more than 250 million subscribers worldwide, storing and managing more than 142 petabytes of data.

About Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Hundreds of millions of subscribers trust Synchronoss products to stay in sync with the people, services, and content they love. Learn more at www.synchronoss.com.

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Syinix World First Swallow Maker won the 2022 “Red Dot Award” and 16 technology patents

ACCRA, Ghana, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As a highly innovative and fully automatic swallow food (such as Africa staple food: Banku, fufu etc.) cooking machine, Syinix Swallow Maker has won the 2022 German Red Dot Award and a number of design patents with its advanced technology and unique innovative product concepts.

As the world’s first fully automatic, all-purpose swallow food manufacturing machine, Syinix Swallow Maker not only innovates the swallow food production process, but also evolves from the traditional manual continuous beating / stirring  of swallow food to the machine completely replacing the manual machine. The whole food production process is completed by the machine with automatic heating and stirring, helping users save time and energy. Syinix Swallow Maker makes the food production process more hygienic and safe, thanks to its full sealed product structure. What is more, the appearance of Swallow Maker is delicate and full of practicality, as the patterns on both sides that are inspired by traditional African handicrafts, can make the product not easy to fall off from hands.

Syinix Swallow Maker-Reddot Winner 2022

Germany “Red Dot Award” is internationally recognized as the top global design award, and the selection criteria are extremely strict. It is founded in 1955 and is one of the world’s top design awards hosted by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Westphalia, Germany. The awards are divided into three categories: product design, communication design and concept design. This year, the Red Dot Design Award, a jury of 50 manufacturers and designers from different industrial product fields, selected the final winners from nine aspects: aesthetics, functionality, quality, ergonomic engineering, durability and innovation. In the “Product Design” category, Syinix Swallow Maker stood out from nearly 7,900 works from about 60 countries and regions, and won the German Red Dot Design Award Product Design category.In addition, this machine has also been granted a Chinese design patent and a Chinese utility model patent by the State Intellectual Property Office.

Syinix Swallow Maker marks the arrival of a new era for fully automated cooking for a variety of swallow foods. Its timing technology and a stable automatic operating system bring users a hand-free, fast and simple swallow food production experience. Inspired by Syinix’s brand concept of “quality” and “innovation”, the world’s first fully automatic, all-purpose, serving up to 4-5 people swallow maker, can create a time-saving and energy-saving cooking experience for all users.

About Syinix
Syinix is a mid to high-end home appliance brand under Transsion Holdings, which also holds other well-known African brands including Tecno, Infinix and Itel. Syinix has been deeply engaged in the African market for years, and is committed to creating products that meet the  African local needs and high-quality products to better serve African users. In the future, it will launch more innovative products like Swallow Maker, so stay tuned with them.

More information on Syinix Swallow Maker can be found on: https://gh.syinix.com/products/syinix-swallow-maker-worlds-first-one.

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MTN MoMo month bounces back after two years COVID-19 pandemic interruption

Mankessim (C/R) Aug. 04, GNA -The Mobile Telecommunication Network, (MTN) has re-launched its Mobile Money awareness month after two years of break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Though the pandemic restricted public gatherings and movement, it also accelerated the drive for financial inclusion through electronic transactions and offered the opportunity to undertake trade activities beyond the boundaries of its traditional commercial space.

Mr. Prince Owusu Nyarkoh, the Regional Senior Manager for Western and Central, during the launch of the MoMo month, at Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region, said MTN “ MoMo” had established itself as a critical element in facilitating trade and other forms of financial transactions adding that “the pandemic even made MoMo more relevant.”

The theme for this year’s MoMo Month is: “Accelerating Growth in Digital Payments, the Role of Partnership.”

Mr Nyarkoh said digitization and innovation in the technology space had already gained roots, and digital payments was no exception and have come to stay.

According to the Senior Manager, MTN MoMo was fostering and accelerating growth in digital payments regime that required the shared responsibility of all stakeholders subscribers, regulators, financial partners, and the media.

The Company, needed to leverage the power of collaboration to foster gains, build economies of scale in the sector and promote sustainable economic growth, he indicated.

Mr Nyarkoh said, the MTN “MoMo” had impacted the lives of millions of Ghanaians both home and abroad aside creating jobs, describing the feat as ‘humbling’ in the sector.

He further observed that, “the impact and success stories are immeasurable such as offering mobile financial services to the banked and unbanked, and creating job opportunities for millions of Ghanaians.”

He in this regard, appreciated various players in the industry who facilitated the launch of ‘one of the most revolutionary financial product’ to the Ghanaian financial market. 

“We say Ayekoo to our Regulators, Partner Banks, Agents, and Merchants dotted across the length and breadth of Ghana” he added.

Mr Nyarkoh underscored the successes chalked by “MoMo”, saying it could partly be attributed to the mass awareness campaigns undertaken through the

month-long campaigns dubbed “MoMo Month” celebration.

He pledged MTN’s continuous commitment to strengthening partnership with the Banks, Insurance companies and other Financial Institutions to deepen digital payments. 

Again, the Regional Manager lauded the Company’s promotion of MoMo Business Platform, the MoMo open API, the Merchant App and Consumer Apps which ensured sustainable partnerships to spur growth.

“The MTN as a mother company would drive the agenda to create opportunities for others to leverage MoMo usage through its platforms.

“We want customers to become aware that with MoMo they can make multiple payments to institutions at their convenience”.

The company according to Mr Nyarkoh, MTN had beefed up security against fraudulent activities and encouraged users to avoid sharing passwords.

Since 2012, MoMo Month had been held annually to create awareness about the digital payment platform, drive financial inclusion and rewarded customers, Agents, and Merchants.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

Beyoncé has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own.

In history, the renaissance era (from the 1400s) was characterised by the rebirth and renewal of culture and scholarship in Europe following a period of stagnation. Today, still, art – paintings, music, fashion – contributes to how people dress and behave, what they choose to post and talk about, and how they perceive themselves and society.

For the last three decades, Beyoncé has played a major role in shaping global popular culture. She has continuously empowered listeners and sparked debate, and her lyrics have often been quoted in discussions on societal issues. Her views on monogamy on the album Dangerously in Love (2003), for example, offer a counter narrative to the patriarchal depiction of hypersexuality in black women.

On Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé uses music genres beyond those expected of a black female artist. In the process she challenges the discrimination she faces. On Black is King she reflects a renaissance of African art forms in a time when cultural norms dominated by western thinking are on the decline and Africa’s star is rising in popular culture.

In this article, I argue that throughout her career, Beyoncé has contributed to a renewal of various narratives in popular music and has in so doing engaged meaningfully with African culture and music.

African collaborations

Beyoncé has involved various African artists in her projects and many a time introduced them to international audiences. Before Black is King, these include poetry by Kenyan-born Warsan Shire on Lemonade, a quote by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Flawless (2013) and choreography by Tofo Tofo – the Mozambique-based dance group – in the Run the World (Girls) video.

Though not as prominently as on Black is King, Beyoncé has included African artists on Renaissance too, particularly on the song Move, which has an Afrobeats-inspired style and features P2J (Nigeria) and GuiltyBeatz (Ghana) as producers, as well as Tems as a writer and performer.

Tems (Temilade Openiyi), a versatile vocalist who also writes songs, rose to fame after being featured on Essence (2020) by Nigerian star vocalist WizKid. Her discography consists of music across different genres, including alternative R&B, neo-soul and Afropop. Her debut single Mr Rebel (2018) displays her R&B talents (as both a producer and vocalist), while her 2021 feature on Canadian rapper Drake’s Fountains shows her ability to convey emotions through her voice.

Tems’ name is on everyone’s lips following the release of the trailer for the Black Panther movie sequel set to her cover of Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry. She has contributed to the renewal of perceptions towards Afropop and commercial African music, and its popularisation across the globe through her unique style of music.

Black is King

I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. – Beyoncé

Black is King, Beyoncé’s previous album, is a celebration of African traditions with a “modern twist”. In the visual album, she incorporates a Pan-African-inspired lens and integrates elements from several African countries. She partners with various African actors, directors, designers, choreographers and musicians, highlighting the continent’s diversity.

Viewers are exposed to African elements ranging from music genres like Afrobeats (Nigeria) and gqom (South Africa) to popular dance styles like the Network (Ghana) and Kpakujemu (Nigeria). There are also visuals of landscapes across the continent.

Beyoncé must not mistakenly be credited with originating these elements, nor even popularising them. They existed and were appreciated by people long before she started filming. However, one cannot deny the instrumental role Beyoncé has played in bringing these elements to the forefront of global popular culture as a result of her platform as an international star.

Moreover, the visual album portrays a more accurate representation of the African continent and its diversity than other works that adopt an African label in global popular culture. Black is King has introduced a renaissance of Africa’s image in popular media and empowered many African and black people as they finally feel more represented in mainstream popular culture.

Renaissance

Beyoncé has once again incorporated an element of renewal on Renaissance. Through the 16 tracks on the album, she takes listeners on a journey with the stated intention of creating a safe space, free from judgement, perfectionism and overthinking. Listeners are exposed to music that channels the Studio 54 disco era of the 1970s with effortless transitions to more contemporary pop, R&B and house genres.

Early disco music was influenced by the funk, soul and jazz of the late 1960s, and combined these styles with technology such as synthesisers, multitrack recordings and drum machines. This created a lavish and decadent form of dance-orientated pop music characterised by a steady beat and vocals that are prominent, high and reverberated. The genre was at its peak between 1975 to early 1979, with artists such as Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor dominating the charts.

On the appropriately titled Renaissance, Beyoncé has brought this style back to the forefront of pop culture, introducing many young listeners to it. From the outset of the lead single Break My Soul, listeners are exposed to the album’s pervasive dance-pop and house-inspired style. Beyoncé successfully integrates music genres including pop, electronic house, Afrobeats, trap and soul, to name a few, in combination with various disco influences. Through the lyrics on the album, an overarching sense of self-love and pride is portrayed. This resembles the music by one of South Africa’s and the continent’s most prominent pop artists, Brenda Fassie (1964-2004).

Throughout her career, Fassie, one of the queens of African pop, made disco and pop music that was influenced by her township roots. Her iconic music narrated the stories of black South Africans during the country’s apartheid era.

Global stage

When considering how popular music acts as a locus for social change within popular culture, it is evident that Beyoncé plays a key role in shaping parts of popular societal thought.

Throughout her career, her music has challenged and renewed various narratives within the popular music industry.

Her work serves as a platform for African artists on a global stage, using various music genres as a method to counter people’s perceptions of black female musicians. Her latest album continues to do this by introducing new listeners to a revival of disco with a contemporary flair.

Source: The Conversation

Asante Kotoko finally remove Otumfuo’s image on new jersey after backlash

Asante Kotoko have unveiled new home and away kits for the upcoming 2022/2023 season following the backlash.

The club outdoored new kits with the image of the life patron of the club with attracted several backlash.

However, the new jersey shared by Asante Kotoko on Thursday is without the image of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu.

The home jersey which is dominated by the traditional red colors of the club has white stripes on the sleeves with images of the porcupine dotted on it.

The away kit has a black touch on the edge of the sleeve with some flat designs.

“We have amended our 2022/23 Kits after further considerations in collaboration with Errea,” Kotoko announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Asante Kotoko’s jersey was shrouded in controversy after the life patron of the club had his image embossed on it.

Multiple reports indicate the Manhyia Palace were furious without the decision by the club’s management as it was done without their consent.

Kessben FM reported earlier in the week that Manhyia directed the removal of Asantehene’s image from the kit.

The new development vindicates the position of people like Alhaji Gruzah who criticized the embossment of Otumfuo’s image on the jersey.

Alhaji Gruzah fumed over what he viewed to be crass and uncivilized action by the management of Asante Kotoko.

“It’s uncivilized to put Otumfuo on the Kotoko Jersey. In fact, it’s a village thing. Otumfuo is more than that. Otumfuo does not go to war and lose. Maybe these Ashantis don’t know how Otumfuo is valued.”

Kotoko are set to head to Turkey for pre-season. The new season will commence on the second weekend of September.

Source: Modern Ghana

GFA announces betPawa as new Ghana Premier League headline sponsor

The Ghana Football Association on Wednesday 3rd August 2022 announced betPawa, one of Ghana’s leading online sports betting companies, as the official headline sponsor of the Ghana Premier League.

The announcement was made at a special signing ceremony held at the Headquarters of the Ghana Football Association in Accra.

The partnership between betPawa and the Ghana Football Association is aimed at properly marketing and positioning the elite league to become an African phenomenon as one of the most successful and attractive leagues on the continent.

Signing on behalf of betPawa, international superstar and betPawa stakeholder Mr. Eazi highlighted that “the company’s high appetite for growing and harnessing talents, creating opportunities, and rewarding fans across its markets are a few of the many reasons for partnering with the GFA”.

The GFA President Mr. Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku on his part commended betPawa for the partnership. “On behalf of the Executive Council and the football fraternity in Ghana I wish to thank you for your support”.

Mr. Okraku further pointed out that Ghana is blessed with a lot of football talents and evidence is seen through the display of soccer artistry across the various leagues. He further stated that “for the country to be able to compete fiercely and on equal footing with other talents across the globe, there is the need for companies like betPawa and corporate Ghana to contribute to complement the effort of the Government.

betPawa have over the years been activating a lot of Corporate Socially Responsible activities aimed at championing responsible gaming, an action which is high on the corporate agenda of the company, empowering customers to be economically independent and helping to imbibe the spirit of philanthropism in customers across its markets. These CSR activities include the Dream Maker and WIN BIG, Give Back campaigns among many others.

The brand is poised to activate a lot of attractive and interactive activities to engage and reward football fans across the country in the course of the partnership.

The 2022/23 betPawa Premier League is scheduled to be launched on 2nd September 2022 with the league kicking off on the weekend of 9th to the 12th September 2022.

Source: Modern Ghana

‘It’s important to make thorough land search before making advanced payments’

Accra, Aug.4, GNA – The Lands Commission has advised individuals and corporate entities ready to purchase land from real estate companies to conduct a search to validate the interest in the land before advancing payment.

Mr Timothy Anyidoho, the Greater Accra Regional Lands Officer, gave the advice during an Editors’ Forum in Accra on Wednesday, on the new Land Act, 2020 ( Act 1036).

“No matter what you think about the company’s credibility you must first obtain a site plan from it and conduct a search at the Lands Commission to validate the interest in the land you intend to purchase before making any payment,” he said.

“You shouldn’t be carried away by the fact that it’s a real estate company advertising on radio or television and so you believe it has the right documentation to the land.”

Mr Anyidoho said there had been instances where people had encountered difficulty in registering title to land they purchased from real estate companies, therefore conducting a search was important to avoid losing huge sums of money over wrongful land transactions.

He took the editors and senior reporters through some relevant Sections of the Act and encouraged them to use their media platforms to educate the public in order to bring sanity to Ghana’s land administration system.

The Act, for instance, in Section 9(2) states that “A person shall not create an interest in or right over any stool, skin, clan or family land that vest in that person, another person or body of persons a freehold interest in that land, howsoever described”.

Section 98(1) states that “An action concerning any land or interest in land in registration district shall not be commenced in any court unless the procedure for resolution under Alternative Dispute Resolution Act, 2010 Act 798 have been exhausted”.

Mr Alex Quaynor, the Chairman of the Lands Commission, said greed and indiscipline of some stools, clans and families who owned lands had resulted in multiple land sales and the consequential protracted litigations, which retarded development.

He called for collective efforts by all to restore sanity in the country’s land management system.

Mr James E. Dadson, the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, in his welcome address, commended the editors for availing themselves to the forum and gave them an insight into the structure and mandate of the Commission.

The Commission, he said, comprised four divisions; Survey and Mapping, Public and Vested Land Management, Land Valuation, and Land Registration.

He expressed the Commission’s commitment to effectively carry out its mandate to complement the Government’s transformation agenda as a catalyst for growth and development.

That, Mr Dadson said, would help streamline the land administration system and promote accountability and transparency.

The objective of the new Land Act, assented into law by President Akufo-Addo on 23rd December, 2020, is to harmonise and consolidate all laws on land to improve administration and ensure sustainable management.

Source: Ghana News Agency