2020 ends with 3.4 million loans in delinquency

The final delinquency tally for December is in, with data revealing that by year’s end, 1.54 million more delinquent and 1.7 million more seriously delinquent mortgages were reported than at the start of 2020, according to a report from Black Knight. With nearly 2 million extra overdue loans in the pipe, that’s approximately 3.4 million…Continue Reading

143 million Nigerians now have their NIN

Source: Getty Images Following the order from the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to suspend mobile numbers of people without a National Identity Number (NIN), there has been a rapid increase in the number of people obtaining their NINs.  Between December 15th, 2020 when the order was given and the second deadline date, January 19th, 2021,…Continue Reading

1 million people bought this $60 forehead thermometer in 2020 – now it’s $25 at Amazon

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. BGR Deals readers have called the iHealth PT3 No-Touch Forehead Thermometer the “iPhone of forehead thermometers” because it’s so sleek and minimalistic. It’s also quite expensive at $60, unfortunately. Today, you can save a…Continue Reading

Germany hits 2 million infections as WHO tackles new strains

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Germany on Friday passed two million coronavirus cases as a World Health Organization emergency committee readied to issue advice on stemming the spread of new, more contagious strains of the disease. The surge in Europe’s biggest economy comes as the global death toll from the pandemic approaches two million and many…Continue Reading

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Adds $3 Million as Weekend Box Office Sinks Back Below $10 Million

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc. With the pandemic dragging on and vaccine efforts falling behind schedule, the total domestic weekend box office once again fell below $10 million. “Wonder Woman 1984” leads the charts with $3 million to reach $32.6 million in domestic grosses after its third weekend. Between widespread closures in Europe and lower-than-expected…Continue Reading

Austria to roll out 5 million coronavirus tests for school pupils

ZURICH (Reuters) – Austrian schools will receive 5 million coronavirus testing kits from Jan. 18, the government said on Saturday, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus when pupils eventually return to the classroom.FILE PHOTO: Austria’s Education Minister Werner Fassmann attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard…Continue Reading

268 million people had their internet shut off by government-imposed blackouts in 2020, up 49% from 2019

The duration of government-imposed internet shutdowns around the world shot up by 49% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a report from Top10VPN. While the economic impact of these shutdowns was much less than in 2019, the human rights cost appears to be growing. This is because internet blackouts disproportionately affected people…Continue Reading

U.S. screened 500 million fewer airport passengers in 2020

No results matched your search Stock Markets13 hours ago (Jan 04, 2021 11:15AM ET) © Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. agency screened 500 million fewer people at U.S. airport checkpoints in 2020, down 61% over 2019, amid a sharp slowdown in air traffic demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)…Continue Reading

Ticketmaster will pay $10 million for hacking rival ticket seller

Ticketmaster has agreed to pay $10 million for breaking into a competitors’ network. The company and its parent Live Nation admitted to hiring a former employee from rival ticket seller CrowdSurge, then using his knowledge — including old usernames and passwords — to learn CrowdSurge’s inner workings and “cut [the company] off at the knees.”…Continue Reading

EU to buy extra 100 million doses of Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will buy an extra 100 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total from the two firms to 300 million doses, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.Medical worker prepres Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as Latvia begins vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at…Continue Reading