CES 2020: MSI announces latest Creator 17 laptop will be world’s first with mini-LED display

MSI Creator 17 laptop

While not as radical an improvement as MicroLED technology, mini-LED is a definite step up from the current LED implementation, as tinier LEDs can be crammed into the display backlighting to improve viewing brightness and contrast. As you might guess, mini-LEDs are making their first mark into the HDTV world, with TCL recently releasing the first sets using the technology. But the mobile computing market isn’t far behind, based on the latest announcement from manufacturer MSI.

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In advance of CES 2020, the company is introducing a new version of its Creator 17 laptop that will be the first to use mini-LED technology for its screen. MSI claims that the display will feature a brightness of 1,000 nits, far superior to even the brightest consumer laptops if its claims come to fruition. It will also provide 240 zones of local

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Dutch landscape attracts fintech exploration

The Dutch have a natural preference for cooperation and sharing risks and profits. They also value fair trade, trust and liquidity, so it is no surprise that the Netherlands offers a good environment for financial technology (fintech) companies, which has attracted interest since the UK began the process of leaving the European Union (EU).

The Netherlands government takes proactive steps to ensure that fintech entrepreneurs, startups and the rest of the financial sector have access to all available knowledge in order to be successful and compliant. To this end, the Dutch Central Bank and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Market set up then InnovationHub, where companies can ask the organisations questions in an informal setting.

Stephan Punt, head of risk and compliance at Dutch fintech Floryn, said the Netherlands is an attractive country for fintech companies. “We have a central location in Europe and a lot of talent,

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Coronavirus threatens growth of Brazilian mobile devices market

Mobile phone sales increased by 3.3% in Brazil in 2019 but developments such as the spread of coronavirus could threaten the growth trajectory the segment has enjoyed so far, according to analyst firm IDC.

Some 48.6 million mobile devices were sold in the country last year, of which 45.5 million were smartphones and 3.1 million feature phones.

Revenue also grew 5.6% compared to 2018 at 56.7 billion reais, of which 56.3 billion reais relates to the sale of smartphones and 376.8 million from feature phones.

The forecast for 2020 so far is that the smartphone market will see growth of 2%. According to IDC, the criteria for the positive outlook includes consumer and investor confidence, as well as upcoming administrative and tax reforms.

However, the dollar hike against the real and the evolution of the spread of Covid-19 could turn that positive outlook around quite quickly.

According to Reinaldo Sakis,

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Ofcom reveals UK 5G mobile airwaves auction rules

Ofcom has revealed the auction process for how it will release 5G spectrum – but the plans have already been criticised by the operator community as potentially derailing the government’s 5G ambitions.

The new rules arrived just as the UK government confirmed its £1bn Shared Rural Network (SRN) scheme to end poor mobile coverage in the country’s rural and non-metropolitan areas. This was set up in agreement with the country’s four mobile network operators – BT/EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – to create a shared rural network to improve coverage across the UK, in particular to deliver a minimum of 4G coverage to at least 90% of the UK over six years.

The government had previously considered an Ofcom spectrum auction as the best way to improve mobile coverage and, historically, Ofcom has used coverage obligations attached to the operators’ licences to improve mobile coverage. It had already proposed to

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