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Rural residents hang up on mobile banking, regulator finds

BBC News - 20 June 2018 - 12:02am
Less than a quarter of those living in rural areas use a smartphone for banking, regulator finds.

Yemen conflict: What you need to know

BBC News - 20 June 2018 - 12:01am
The conflict in Yemen has been raging for years - but what is it all about?

NHS at 70: How Moorfields Eye Hospital changed the world

BBC News - 20 June 2018 - 12:01am
The London hospital has transformed eye care and saved the sight of millions since the start of the NHS.

Empowering black women to embrace their natural hair

BBC News - 20 June 2018 - 12:01am
Black women are being empowered to embrace the natural hair movement.

Newspaper headlines: GCHQ Brexit fears and fizzy drink 'shortage'

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 11:55pm
A plea for a UK-EU security deal and claims a CO2 shortage could leave drinkers thirsty this summer.

World Cup 2018: Russia win first two games, but are they good or lucky?

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 11:32pm
Russia "were the butt of jokes" coming into the World Cup - but have they been good or lucky so far?

US quits 'biased' UN human rights council

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 11:28pm
The US envoy to the UN called the 47-member council "hypocritical and self-serving".

England 481-6: Are ODIs too batsman-friendly?

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 11:05pm
England have once again broken the record for the highest total in ODI cricket, but are all the runs good for the game?

World Cup 2018: England's Harry Kane wants to be 'best in the world'

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 11:00pm
England captain Harry Kane wants to challenge Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi and become "the best in the world".

Southgate Tube explosion: Five injured, two in hospital

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 10:57pm
Police are called to reports of an explosion and people running at a Tube station in north London.

The nurses tackling mental illness in police custody

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 10:45pm
About third of those arrested in England have mental health issues. The BBC met the nurses who help them.

Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon to help recovery from injury

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 10:40pm
Andy Murray says he could play Eastbourne but miss Wimbledon as he assesses the best way to continue his comeback from injury.

World Cup 2018: Russia beat Egypt 3-1 to close in on last-16 spot

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 9:43pm
Russia move to the brink of qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg.

Jack Wilshere: Arsenal midfielder confirms departure

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 9:37pm
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.

Upskirting ban 'also protects men in kilts'

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 9:34pm
The government confirms "kilt upskirting" will be covered as it prepares to introduce a ban.

England v Australia: Watch all 21 sixes as England break ODI record

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 8:50pm
Watch all 21 sixes as England set a new record total of 481 in their one-day international victory over Australia at Trent Bridge that ensures a series win.

Globally, internet, smartphone, and social media use is ↑, but there are big age, education, wealth, and gender gaps

Nieman Journalism Lab - 19 June 2018 - 8:48pm

Here are just a few of the global disparities surfaced in a new Pew Research Center report published on Tuesday and covering 39 countries around the world.

In South Korea, nearly all of its population — 96 percent — access the internet at least “occasionally,” or own a smartphone. In the sub-Saharan African region, median internet use is below half the population — 41 percent — across six countries.

In India and Japan, men were much more likely than women to access the internet. The gap also persisted in Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Senegal.

The rise of internet access (and smartphone ownership), however, has been rapid in the past couple of years, specifically in countries with developing economies surveyed by Pew.


Graphic by Marlee Baldridge, footage by Google Earth.

Individuals with higher incomes were more likely to own a smartphone. In Peru, for instance, about 60 percent of those reporting higher incomes said they owned a smartphone, while 24 percent of those with lower incomes said they owned a smartphone. But, the report points out, “significant, double-digit divides by income on smartphone ownership exist in all the other countries surveyed, with the exception of Lebanon.”

A median of 75 percent of people in the countries Pew surveyed either used the internet “occasionally” or owned a smartphone (which according to Pew, reasonably, means they use the internet). At least 75 percent of adults in the countries Pew surveyed said they owned some sort of mobile phone, but globally, fewer owned smartphones. The differences in smartphone ownership between countries with developing economies and countries with developed economies are significant:

In 12 of the 22 emerging and developing nations surveyed, fewer than 50 percent report owning a smartphone. And in India and Tanzania, fewer than one-quarter report owning smartphones, the lowest among the countries surveyed.

Among emerging and developing nations, Middle Eastern countries in particular have high rates of smartphone ownership, including 80 percent in Lebanon and 76 percent in Jordan.

Similar to internet use, smartphone ownership is lowest in sub-Saharan Africa, where a median of 33 percent report owning a smartphone.

Asia-Pacific (53 percent) and Latin America (54 percent) are closer to Europe (70 percent) in median smartphone ownership than they are to sub-Saharan Africa.

Age and education are also distinguishing factors. In Greece, for instance, 93 percent of adults surveyed between 18 and 36 said they owned a smartphone, but only 38 percent of those 37 or older said they did. (Greece also has a 40-percent gap in smartphone ownership between those who’ve received less education and those with more.)

Like many Arab countries, Lebanon and Jordan are experiencing a “youth bulge”: The median age is 31 in Lebanon and 23 in Jordan. The age differences in these countries aren’t as drastic as in Germany and Japan – a 34-point gap in Lebanon and 8 points in Jordan – but the large youth population contributes to high social media use.

The report highlights unevenness in social media use — and growth of social media use — around the world. Some larger, developed economies had notably low levels of social media use: In Germany, only 46 percent of the population use social media, though far more people in those countries own smartphones. Meanwhile, social media use has risen rapidly in other countries from 2015 through last year:

In the Philippines, for example, while overall levels of social media use stand at about half of the population, among internet users, that figure is closer to nine-in-ten (88 percent).

And in Jordan, an astounding 94 percent of internet users are also on social networking sites.

Only 49 percent of Lebanese adults used social media in 2015; in 2017 that number is 72 percent.

Similarly, just two years ago only 51 percent of South Korean adults were on social media, compared with almost 69 percent in 2017.

These findings were based on a survey conducted in 37 countries in early 2017, with 40,448 respondents, and surveys conducted in the U.S. in 2018 with 2,002 people and in China in 2016 with 3,154 people. The full report with findings and analyses is available here.

Can Ronaldo do it again? Lawro's predictions

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 8:17pm
BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson gives his predictions for the second round of group games at the World Cup.

World Cup 2018: England's Marcus Rashford says VAR must improve

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 7:48pm
Striker Marcus Rashford says VAR must improve after England had two penalty appeals turned down in the World Cup win over Tunisia.

Andy Murray loses to Nick Kyrgios on return to action at Queen's Club

BBC News - 19 June 2018 - 7:44pm
Andy Murray's comeback after almost a year out with a hip injury ends in a narrow defeat by Nick Kyrgios at Queen's.

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