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Google Committed to Online Education in Mexico

By MBN Staff | Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:16

It has been almost a year since public and private schools in Mexico sent all their students home to take online classes. This is a scenario that, according to Google, is here to stay. The tech company said this week that it will give 20 million accounts of its education suite to the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) so students and teachers in elementary education can stay connected. 

“Through technology, schools and institutions are more prepared for these challenges. They have been working a lot on how to provide more technology to their students and how to bring devices closer to them. The issue of connectivity in countries like Mexico has increased by 20 percent. This trend will continue and will stay after the pandemic,” said Fernanda Montes de Oca, Manager of Educational Ecosystems for Latin America at Google, during a press conference this week. Google said it will add more than 50 new features to its Meet and Classroom tools, including the ability to review assignments and open files without an internet connection.

In the country, more than 6 million students are at risk of dropping out of school as a result of the pandemic, according to the organization Mexicanos Primero. To date, SEP has not published statistics on students enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year, figures that could be used to calculate school dropout rates as a result of the pandemic.

More news below:

  • Despite attempts and programs that have been put in place to bank the population, Mexico still lags behind. Conekta’s Founder and CEO Héctor Cárdenas suggests a way forward. “The lack of adoption of a certain product or service can mean that people have no access to it. But it can also mean that the product or service has not become relevant enough for the public,” he wrote for MBN this week. Read the full article here.

  • The internet is becoming a hotspot for crime, an emerging drug marketplace and a suicide detonator with young people as the main target. Cyberbullying, grooming, sexting and information theft are among the risks young people face at an ever-increasing rate. What measures are tech companies taking to curb this trend? Read the full article here.

  • Since Tuesday, iPhone users and businesses in Mexico can use Apple Pay to make and receive contactless payments. At the moment, Citibanamex, Banorte and American Express are the only banks compatible with the service. Currently, Apple Pay's biggest competitor is PayPal, with a 54.5 percent worldwide market share.

  • For the first time since 2016, Apple sold more phones than Samsung. In 4Q20, the company led by Tim Cook sold 79.9 million of its smartphones, leaving behind the South Korean company with 62.1 million and Xiaomi with 43.43 million, revealed a study by the research and advisory firm Gartner. The launch of the iPhone 12 with 5G technology was one of the reasons for this sales growth, the firm noted. However, for the whole of 2020, Samsung remains the winner with 253 million phones sold. 

  • Has investor appetite for startups changed due to the pandemic? Yannick Del Ponte, CEO of ID Finance Mexico, addresses this issue and how the company he leads, which has payroll loans as its core product, dealt with the pandemic. Click here to read the full interview.

  • The expansion of e-commerce and retail giant Amazon in Mexico continues with a new logistics center in Tepotzotlan, State of Mexico, which it hopes will create new job opportunities and shorten delivery times in the country’s central region, reported the company in a statement. The new distribution center was developed by Parks in a building donated by Fibra Uno (FUNO).

  • Rappi Pay has teamed up with PayPal to give its card users access to interest-free payments, encouraging businesses to promote this type of payment, the Colombian company said in a statement. “There are many people who value interest-free payments more than cashback, which is why we are joining forces with PayPal so users can shop at almost any business,” Juan Miguel Guerra, CEO of Rappi Card, told Expansión.

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