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Clik2Play announces new plugin
Clik2pay has announced a new plugin for WooCommerce which enables any business on WooCommerce to enable Clik2pay on their online store.
Instead of using a credit card, this plugin now gives WooCommerce users a direct-from-account payment option, allowing for secure debit payments. This new method of online payment reduces processing fees by up to 50 per cent.
“Customers and businesses alike benefit from Clik2pay,” said Mike Bradley, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Clik2pay. “Customers love to pay by debit card in-store, and Clik2pay gives them that same experience online. Businesses benefit because it allows them to reach more customers, and save on processing fees. It’s a win-win.”
Google Canada opens applications for its Startups Accelerator
Google Canada has announced it is opening applications for the fourth annual Google for Startups Accelerator Black Founders and Women Founders programs. Each program selects 12 startups in the U.S. and Canada to participate in an equity-free, three-month bootcamp-esque accelerator program to support founders in growing their companies.
A Pitchbook study showed that only 2.1 per cent of venture-backed startups in the U.S. were founded solely by women in 2022. Across North America, only two per cent of startups were led by Black founders.
Applications for the Google for Startups Accelerator Black Founders and Women Founders programs are now open to startups across all sectors until July 25 and August 2, respectively.
Yardi creates a filter on Point2Homes to help Nova Scotian wildfire evacuees
Real estate software company Yardi has added a shelter feature to its Point2 portal to assist Nova Scotians displaced by the Canadian wildfires.
The ‘NS Wildfire Relief Rentals’ filter shows any and all homes made available as temporary shelters. Those with space available can post their property for free under this category.
“As a company that is committed to using technology to positively impact our communities, Yardi is proud to collaborate with the Province of Nova Scotia to aid those affected by the wildfires,” said Peter Altobelli, vice president and general manager of Yardi Canada Ltd.
The wildfires have devastated over 3.3 million hectares of land and displaced over 120 thousand people.
Humi announces Benefits Plus
Canadian HR, payroll and benefits platform Humi has announced its new Benefits Plus service, which combines Humi’s HR and benefits software into a centralized administration system that it says will save organizations time and money, reduce user error, and relieve administrative stress.
For HR teams, Humi’s Benefits service will connect teams to advisors to help them provide the best benefits plan for organizations, and will act as an onboarding hub for administrators and employees.
“When building software, we’re always thinking of how we can give employers back time to focus on taking care of their people,” says Kevin Kliman, CEO of Humi. “With Benefits Plus, you only have to update information in one place. If you make a change in the Humi platform by 3 PM ET, it’ll be processed in your carrier portal that very same day – this is a benefits administration service that isn’t offered anywhere else in Canada.”
Chatbot global retail spend approaches $12 billion mark
Source: Juniper Research
A Juniper Research study found that the global retail spend over chatbots is forecast to reach $12 billion in 2023 and $72 billion by 2028. This retail spend is a 470 per cent increase in North America and Europe over a five-year period.
As open language models become more cost-effective, they become more accessible to small and medium retailers that previously couldn’t invest in chatbots. ChatGPT has changed how and when retailers implement chatbots into their business model.
The report also predicts that Asia Pacific will account for 85 per cent of retail spending over chatbots. By 2028, 66 per cent of chatbot spending will come from Asia Pacific, as North America and Europe further implement them into retail activities.
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CGI to lead the development of a cloud-based flight data recorder
CGI has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the development of a cloud-based Universal Virtual Flight Data Recorder (UVFDR).
Bill C-18 edges closer to becoming law after Senate approval
Bill C-18 could become law in just a few days, after it passed the Senate third reading, yesterday, with 51 votes in favour, 23 against and 0 abstentions.
Another vulnerability in MOVEit Transfer found, admins urged to disable web access
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OWASP releases list of Top 10 API security risks
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Governments of Canada and Ontario invest $71 million to bring high-speed internet to rural Eastern Ontario
The governments of Canada and Ontario announced a combined investment of more than C$71 million to bring high-speed internet access to more than 22,000 homes in 74 rural communities across eastern Ontario.
Accenture commits US$3 billion to AI and doubles AI workforce after mass layoffs
Accenture announced yesterday that it will invest a walloping US$3 billion in artificial intelligence (AI) over the next three years and double its AI workforce to 80,000, three months after it slashed 19,000 jobs.
CEO Giancarlo pumps up need for flash storage at Pure//Accelerate
Pure Storage chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Charles Giancarlo focused in on several key themes in a keynote speech Wednesday at the company’s user conference – Pure//Accelerate 2023 – held in Las Vegas. Sustainability was among them, but the key one revolved around what differentiates his company from many other past or current storage vendors.
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