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NBA's Amir Johnson fined for checking phone during playoff game

NBA player Amir Johnson
The Philadephia 76ers' Amir Johnson. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

We've all been in a place where we aren't supposed to use our phone and just want to sneak a quick look, but if you're an NBA player on the bench during a playoff game, it might be better to resist the urge.

Driving the news: Amir Johnson found that out the hard way, as TV cameras captured him looking at his phone during the fourth quarter of Saturday's Sixers-Nets game. League rules prohibit use of cellphones during games and call for a suspension or fine, and Johnson got both a fine and a reprimand from his coach.

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Closing the gender phone gap is a $700 billion idea

Cell phones placed on a table, street trade in Talek on May 17, 2017 in Talek, Kenya.
Cell phones on a table in Kenya. Photo: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Cell phone ownership growth in recent years has been driven by emerging, or developing, countries, where companies have connected 700 million new subscribers since 2014.

The big picture: But cell phone operators could add an additional $140 billion in new revenue by closing the female phone ownership gap. Further, the countries could add $700 billion over the next 5 years to their collective GDP by getting women connected, the study finds.