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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

What We’re Tracking Today on 6 February 2018

Here at home: The central bank is hosting the fintech and digital economy conference “Seamless North Africa” (pdf) today. The two-day conference will allow local and global fintech companies to showcase their offerings in the region’s largest potential market.

One question on our minds this morning: What, exactly, is going on with Mona Zobaa and GAFI? General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Managing Director Mona Zobaa appears to be fully immersed in her duties, despite announcing her resignation last month. Most recently, she met with Mongolia’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Davaasuren Damdinsuren yesterday. The resignation came less than a year after her appointment.

A glitch in the iPhone X is preventing some users from taking calls: Hundreds of iPhone X users are complaining of an alleged system bug that’s preventing them from taking calls, according to the Financial Times (paywall). “When it rings, the iPhone’s touch screen appears to be delayed from turning on for up to 10 seconds, preventing the user from tapping the virtual button required to answer a call.” Apple said its investigating reports that, as the FT puts it, its “pocket supercomputer cannot accomplish the most basic task that even a USD 10 phone can manage.”

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