Coffee Briefing, November 30, 2021 – Square Photo Studio app arrives in Canada; Mastercard will launch open bakery solutions in Canada next year; and more


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What’s new this week

Interac to use Microsoft Azure cloud to accelerate digital transactions

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Interac has announcement he selected the cloud capabilities of Microsoft Azure to handle the continued growth of digital transactions with the goal of enabling innovation and faster payments. Azure provides Interac with a hybrid public and on-premises private cloud model that will allow the company to go faster and maintain high levels of reliability, Interac said.

“An important part of our digital transformation strategy is to integrate a secure and compliant cloud platform that positions us for future growth and meets the demands of the rapidly evolving digital payments landscape,” said Peter Sweers, Director of technology and operations at Interac. “We chose Microsoft Azure for its increased scalability, security and ongoing resiliency. “

Mastercard to bring its open banking solutions to Canada

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In early 2022, Mastercard will bring its open banking solutions to Canada, the company said TI World Canada November 25.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new technologies and created new data-driven digital experiences, he said. With the emergence of open banking, the way consumers and businesses connect and control their data is increasinglyg redefined. Open banking is a banking practice that allows third-party financial service providers to access banking, transaction, and other consumer financial data of banks and non-bank financial institutions through the use of programming interfaces. applications (API). Mastercard said it is making significant investments in open banking and that these solutions will bring additional security to the financial data experience in Canada, through differentiated technology, simplicity and efficiency.

Square launches Square Photo Studio application in Canada

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Square announced the Square Photo Studio application in Canada with the goal of making it easy for businesses to take high-quality photos of their products from a phone and sync them directly to a Square item catalog or online store. According to data from Square, retail merchants found that 94% of their first item orders were those that included product images, and only 11% were first sold without an image.

With the help of the Square Photo Studio app, sellers can add images to their product pages right from their phone, without the need and cost of a professional photo studio. The app provides prompts to help users take the best photos and isolates the product from the background, allowing users to choose stylish scenes that include the background, shadows, and colors. It’s not limited to Square sellers; it can be used by anyone with a product to sell to take a photo and sell it through a Square online payment connect.

The Square Photo Studio app is now available in the Apple App Store, wherever Square Online is available.

Ontario Estate Planning Firm to Offer Online Will Solution to British Columbians

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Based in Ottawa Legal has partnered with Canadian technology provider Syngrafii to bring a comprehensive online wills solution to British Columbia, which will include electronic wills, electronic signatures and secure storage. This will allow British Columbians to manage their estate planning fully online starting December 1, 2021, when the province’s Bill 21 will allow remote witnessing, electronic signing and the storage of wills in the province.

Syngrafii provides patented technology that allows residents of British Columbia to set up a video signature room where signers and their witnesses can virtually sign the document. A session activity log is then generated and stored with the will in their vault, allowing users to store their electronic estate planning documents so that they can be easily retrieved by their designated key holders only after they have signed up. death.

Two Toronto teens honored for creating innovative apps to monitor health and wellness

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) last week hosted its first goIT Monthly Challenge Majors, a competition showcasing the best student innovations from the United States and Canada that had been submitted throughout the year during their TCS goIT monthly challenge.

The goIT Monthly Challenge is a competition for high school students to design technological solutions to some of the world’s pressing problems, as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The top six student-led teams from TCS goIT Monthly Challenges competed for mentorship and resources to bring their innovative ideas to market. These teams were responsible for creating and presenting their solution and were judged on concept, prototype, market research, scalability, etc.

Two finalists were selected from Toronto, ON. Joshua Han, who won the People’s Choice Award, created Heartly, a mobile app that educates users about healthy food choices and how to stay heart healthy. Felice Hu’s solution, called HeartPlan, helps people recover from a heart attack and prevent future heart disease.

More to explore

VMware and Mitacs collaborate on the sustainable development of 6G

Cloud solution provider VMware announced a partnership with Mitacs, a non-profit organization that connects industries with Canadian universities, to chart the course towards sustainable 6G in Canada.

Cisco Canada and STEM scholarship launch cybersecurity training for 40,000 Canadian students

Cisco Canada Together with STEM Fellowship, a nonprofit that works for diversity in STEM, this week announced the launch of the Cyber ​​Security Training Program (CCTP) for high school students, in an effort to meet the growing need cybersecurity awareness and education. .

58% of shoppers stick to online shopping this holiday season: Google trends

As the holiday shopping season kicks off this week with Black Friday, Google Canada reveals the best Canadian search for Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday tendencies.

Enter Optiv MXDR. Keep calm. We have this

Optiv’s Managed Extended Detection and Response (MXDR) is a technology agnostic offering that enables customers to bring their own technology while delivering rapid, decisive action against today’s most critical cyber attacks and to strengthen their security posture

When good enough is no longer good enough

Before the pandemic, people used to go to the office. They may have complained about the commute and they may have wished they had more discretionary time, but that was how it was in a pre-COVID world. Things are done differently now, and there is no turning back for businesses that want to keep their people, secure their systems, and thrive.

Secure your transition to the cloud

The move to the cloud has forced companies to rethink the way they implement and manage security. We know that securing data in the cloud is not the same as doing it on-premises. As the network perimeter disappears and cloud providers take responsibility for more security controls, traditional skills, tools and budget allocation must change. Whether cloud usage is primarily SaaS-based or migrating workloads to cloud-native applications, the security requirements are different.

The bar has been raised in videoconferencing

ITWC Podcasts

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