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Select Manitoba Credit Unions Deploy Samsung Pay

Select Manitoba Credit Unions Deploy Samsung Pay

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A Manitoba credit union is the first in Canada to launch Samsung Pay for completing retail Interac transactions within its industry.

Steinbach Credit Union now offers customers the ability to use their Samsung smartphones to withdrawal from their chequing and savings accounts at retailers displaying the Interac Flash logo.

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Shopping for Rural Opportunities Online: Jackman-Atkinson

Shopping for Rural Opportunities Online: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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NEEPAWA, Man. — After dramatically transforming one industry after another, the online revolution has come for the retail sector. The number of Canadians shopping online has been rising, which has led to great handwringing about what this means for the retail sector. You can’t blame them, we’ve all seen the impact the internet had on buying things like air travel and movie rentals.

Retail e-commerce has been rising and in 2018, it accounted for $18 billion of sales, or 2.9 percent of total retail sales in Canada. Interestingly, about one-quarter of those sales took place in the holiday shopping season. Less than 10 years ago, in 2010, Statistics Canada figures showed that Canadians placed about 114 million online orders, totalling $15.3 billion. These trends aren’t expected to turn around; by 2021, Canadian retail e-commerce is expected to rise to $29 billion. In the U.S., online shopping accounts for almost 10 percent of all retail sales and is forecast to reach 20 percent by 2025.

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‘Speed Camera Ahead:’ Google Maps Add Photo Radar Warnings for Drivers

‘Speed Camera Ahead:’ Google Maps Add Photo Radar Warnings for Drivers

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

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In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. Drivers using Google Maps are now getting a last-minute warning as they approach some photo radar camera locations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Seth Wenig)

EDMONTON — Drivers using Google Maps are getting a last-minute warning as they approach some photo radar camera locations.

The feature, which is currently being rolled out by Google, allows users to see speed limits, speed cameras and mobile speed cameras on the map before they leave.

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Meng Wanzhou Alleges Her Constitutional Rights Were Breached by RCMP, CBSA

Meng Wanzhou Alleges Her Constitutional Rights Were Breached by RCMP, CBSA

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is out on bail and remains under partial house arrest after she was detained Dec. 1 at the behest of American authorities, leaves her home to attend a court appearance regarding her bail conditions, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER — The defence team for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has filed a notice of civil claim alleging “serious violations” of her constitutional rights, accusing officers of detaining and questioning her for three hours before notifying her of her arrest.

The suit filed with the B.C. Supreme Court on Friday is against members of the Canadian Border Services Agency, the RCMP and the federal government.

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Manitobans Warned of ‘Dubious’ Investment Website

Manitobans Warned of ‘Dubious’ Investment Website

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Canadian $100 bills are counted in Toronto, Feb. 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

The Manitoba Securities Commission is sounding the alarm over an investment website that isn’t registered to trade securities in Manitoba.

The MSC says Trader Platinum and traderplatinum.com is a company that claims to trade in stocks, commodities, financial derivatives, and contracts for difference (CFDs).

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‘Move Fast, Break Things’ Mentality a Danger for Big Tech: Jackman-Atkinson

‘Move Fast, Break Things’ Mentality a Danger for Big Tech: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Richard Drew)

In the dystopian stories of the last half-century, everyone assumed it would be the machines that rose up and destroyed life as we know it. I own a robotic vacuum, I know that the future is a long way off. But what if our downfall will come from tech companies, run by everyday humans? I’m no Luddite, but increasingly, I feel that we have been thinking of technology companies all wrong — they’re not like us.

The digital revolution was driven by the mantra, “move fast and break things.” It’s this thinking that revolutionized absolutely everything. The move fast and break things philosophy works really well when you’re a scrappy start-up; fighting tooth and nail for customers, funding and space in a rapidly changing environment. It works when you’re launching new ideas or radically different ways of doing things. The problem is that this isn’t the case anymore. According to Forbes, in 2018, America’s 25 largest companies by market valuation included Apple (1); Microsoft (9), Google’s parent company, Alphabet (11); Amazon (16) and Facebook (22).

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