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Internet in Brazil: banking transactions on smartphones grow more than four times in 2012

Banking transactions via smartphone grew 333% in 2012, according to the 2013 edition of Banking Technology Research, released recently by the Brazilian Federation of Banks Febraban. Mobile banking is the fastest growing channel in the year […]

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Consumer Behavior in Brazil: 65% of Brazilians prefer to pay cash

65% of consumers in Brazil prefer to pay cash for their purchases, according to research points of Boa Vista Services. Credit cards ranked second (21%) and debit cards came third (10%). Only 1% of Brazilians use checks as payment […]

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Design in China: DreamWorks Plans Studio in Shanghai

DreamWorks Animation, the US film company, has announced plans to build a $3.14 billion theme park in Shanghai, to bolster its presence in the booming local entertainment market […]

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Internet in China: Rural Internet usage reaches 18.5%

Although there are over 700 million Chinese people classified as living in rural areas, only about 125 million of them use the Internet. That’s a penetration rate of 18.5%*, far below the urban Chinese rate of 50% […]

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Consumer Behavior in Brazil: 50,000 millionaires, with nearly 240 billion US dollars invested

Brazilians with high income – those with at least $ 1 million in applications and specifically served by private banking channel – added 50,602 customers in 2011 and closed last year with $ 434.4 billion (nearly 240 billion US dollars) invested in banks, according to a survey of the Association Brazil Entities of the Financial and Capital Markets (Anbima), released on recently […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Asia’s rich to splurge more on art as investments

Despite giddy Chinese art prices showing some strain from global economic uncertainty, art collectors think values will continue to rise due to limited supply and continued strong demand as Asian collectors become more affluent […]

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Information Technology in Brazil: IT services push GDP numbers up

Segment was the fastest growing in 2011, according to GDP data. market jumped from U.S. $ 59 billion in 2008 to US$ 95 billion in 2011 […]

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Internet in Brazil: Internet surpasses ATMs in banking transactions

The Internet has become the channel most used banking services in the country, reveals the Diagnosis of Retail Payment System of Brazil report by the Brazilian Central Bank for the year past. The network already accounts for nearly 31% of bank transactions, exceeding the self-service terminals (ATM) […]

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Information Technology in Brazil: two factories of screens for tablets to be built

The Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, Aloízio Mercadante said recently that Brazil will have two factories touch screens for tablets. He met at the Presidential Palace with President Rousseff and executive Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that produces the iPhone and iPad from Apple and will be responsible for making the screens […]

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Information Technology in Brazil: New Plan to Boost Innovation

Technological innovation is the foundation of a new industrial policy that the Brazilian government will deploy to improve the country’s competitiveness in domestic and foreign markets. The program will provide a variety of financial incentives for Brazilian innovators in IT as well as other industry sectors between now and 2014 […]