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Former Tokyo-based engineer emerges as big winner from China’s love affair with the QR code

Beijing Inspiry Technology Co is among companies cashing in on the shift to smartphone-based mobile payments in China.

When a text can trigger a lynching: WhatsApp struggles with incendiary messages in India

A WhatsApp text circulating in some districts of Madhya Pradesh state helped to inflame a mob of 50-60 villagers into savagely beating up two innocent men last week on suspicion that they were going to murder people and sell their body parts.

Mobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in South-East Asia

Bui Mai Phuong is an avid online shopper, ordering anything from clothing to personal-care products from her smartphone. But she prefers to pay with cash.

Spotify ensures independent artistes are on board with fresh deal

Music streaming service Spotify said it has renewed a nine-year-old licensing deal with independent digital agency Merlin that has proven essential to its enduring appeal to dedicated music fans even as it has become more mainstream.

Senegal’s child beggars show limits of ‘apptivism’

Mamadou is a child beggar wandering the streets of Dakar, perilously darting in and out of traffic as he tries to gather enough money for his Islamic teacher to feed him.

Photo Kit: When smartphone cameras are better than DSLRs

In this second part of Tan Kit Hoong's trip to Nepal, he looks at the other side of the coin and ponders on how a smartphone camera is sometimes better than a DSLR.