Coffee Briefing November 1, 2022 – App Store grossing $65 billion; Telus acquires WillowTree; PayPal launches Passkeys; and more

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2022 CS-Can/Info-Can Award Nominations

The 2022 CS-Can/Info-Can Award applications are open.

The awards will be presented next year in June in Montreal, recognizing leaders in the field of computing who have helped build the industry.

There are four rewards:
Computing Excellence Award –

These awards recognize faculty members of computer science departments/schools/faculties in Canada who have made outstanding contributions to the field of computer science during their careers. Applications close on December 1.

Best Early Career Computer Science Researcher Award –

These awards recognize excellence in research. Applications close February 1.

Canadian Distinguished Thesis Award in Computer Science –

These awards recognize excellence in research and writing a doctoral thesis. Applications close February 1.

Excellence in Teaching Award –

Two awards are given annually to faculty who have demonstrated exceptional teaching ability, at the undergraduate or graduate level, through lectures, laboratory teaching, thesis supervision, design and development courses and the use of innovative teaching methods. Applications close February 1.

App Store brought in $65 billion in nine months of 2022, more than double Google Play

Apple’s App Store brought in US$65 billion in the first nine months of this year, more than double Google Play, according to data presented by SportsLens.coma mobile application distribution channel,

Additionally, App Store revenue increased 3%, while Google Play saw an 11% drop in revenue.

The iPhone is more popular in high-income countries like the United States and Japan, where people spend more on mobile apps. Google Play’s largest markets are Southeast Asia, India, and South America, which typically see less app revenue per user.

iOS users spent $64.9 billion on in-app purchases, premium apps and subscriptions in the first nine months of this year, up 3% from $62.9 billion for the same period a year ago, the slowest growth in years.

Google Play drastically reduced the number of apps available in 2022, causing its revenue to drop 11% year-over-year. In the first half of the year alone, more than 1.1 million apps were removed from the Google Play Store, the second biggest drop since 2018.

PayPal launches Passkeys for more secure payments

PayPal is add security keys as an easy and secure login method for PayPal accounts. Security Keys are a new industry standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.

The feature replaces passwords with cryptographic key pairs, creating an easier and more secure way to log in to PayPal.

According to the company, the technology is phishing-resistant and designed so that there is no passkey data shared between platforms.

The new PayPal login option will first be available for iPhone, iPad or Mac users on PayPal.com and will expand to other platforms as those platforms add support. charging security keys.

Access keys will help address the weakness of password authentication. More than 2.6 billion records were hacked in 2017 and of those hacks, an estimated 81% were caused by password theft and guessing.

TELUS International announces agreement to acquire WillowTree

TELUS Corporation and TELUS announced an agreement to acquire WillowTree, a full-service digital product provider focused on end-user experiences.

TELUS International will acquire WillowTree for a total enterprise value of US$1.225 billion. The acquisition is expected to be completed in January 2023.

WillowTree is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and operates 13 global studios in countries including Canada, United States, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, and Spain. The company’s digital strategists, designers, engineers and project managers partner with brands on large-scale initiatives that improve customer experiences.

The acquisition will add significant scale to TELUS International’s digital portfolio and expand into new areas of growth and diversification such as core design and front-end development capabilities. It also expands TELUS International’s global presence with the addition of two new delivery countries: Brazil and Portugal.

“Today marks the next step in our company’s journey, and I look forward to working alongside the talented members of the WillowTree team to together raise the bar for ourselves to better imagine, create and implement. high-impact, technology-powered brand connections that fuel customer loyalty and establish and maintain industry leadership for our customers,” said Jeff Puritt, President and CEO of TELUS International.

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Ransomware is down and the ransom ghost has passed? This Week in Ransomware for the week of October 30, 2022

The SonicWall Cyber ​​Threat Report 2022 was released this week. He claims that ransomware attacks have decreased by 23% on a global basis since the start of the year in 2021. This may be good news, but to put things into perspective, there were still more 236 million attacks so far in 2022. Additionally, the reduced number from 2022 is still higher than the full year totals of 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Cisco Brings New Customer Experience Features to Contact Centers

Digital communications technology company Cisco has announced updates to the CX (customer experience) portfolio of its Webex web conferencing platform, aimed at helping businesses deliver a connected, personalized, and omnichannel customer experience.

Stacey’s Story: Moving from Oil & Gas to Tech

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Elon Musk officially makes a deal on Twitter

Elon Musk officially took ownership of Twitter, immediately firing Parag Agrawal, who had succeeded co-founder Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO.

Women in IT Awards: roundup of the winners

The Women in IT Summit and Awards wrapped up Tuesday night in Toronto with the awards recognizing and celebrating women, allies and businesses across the country, highlighting their contributions to the tech industry.

Cybercrime remains the number one cyberthreat to Canadians: federal report

Cybercrime remains the number one cyber threat to Canadians, according to the government’s latest National Cyber ​​Threat Report.

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TENT, CAMSC AND TD Bank Collaborate to Launch Certification Program for Refugee Entrepreneurs

The non-profit organizations Tent Partnership for Refugees (TENT) and the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), with sponsorship from TD Bank, announced the launch of a new certification program for businesses owned by entrepreneurs who recently arrived in Canada as refugees.

IBM Canada and MLSE Announce New Multi-Year Agreement

IBM Canada has announced a new multi-year agreement with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). This partnership makes IBM the official cybersecurity and technology consulting services sponsorship partner for the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs. It is an extension of a 20-year-old partnership that encompasses multiple activities.

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This episode reports hackers taking advantage of misconfigured Windows servers, IIS logs and VMware security update

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