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NZ McDonald's Have Unsecured NFC Tags Taped Under Their Tables

Off to Macca’s? Be sure to bring your tinfoil hat and Faraday cage, lest your phone be hijacked by an unsecured NFC tag! Grand conspiracy or something significantly less sinister? It’s the latter. It’s always the latter.

Swatch's New Analogue Watch Will Let You Make Contactless Payments

You’re looking at Swatch’s new Bellamy watch. It’s a simple-looking analogue timepiece, without an LED screen, mobile OS or computational brain — but it does contain an NFC chip that will allow you to make contactless payments using the otherwise dumb device.

Aussie Banks In Billion Dollar Fight Over Apple Pay

Wondering why you can’t use Apple Pay in Australia? According to a new report, it’s because Cupertino is fighting with our nation’s biggest banks over how much the gadget giant will earn from it.

Paying For Stuff With Your Heartbeat Is Now A Thing

Paying for stuff with your wrist in Australia is damn-near impossible. Nobody wants to bring their payment product out here! That’s why this heartbeat payment tech raised our eyebrows. Meet the Nymi Band.

Your Phone's NFC Chip Isn't Secretly Tracking You

Inside your smartphone, hidden underneath the sticky plastic wrapping of the battery, or glued to the removable rear cover, there’s a secret, ominous-looking wireless chip. It’s not controlled by the FBI or the government or the Illuminati, though, and it’s not tracking every search you make online — it’s just NFC.

This Guy Implanted A Cattle Tracker In His Hand To Hack A Phone

A security expert had a computer chip for tracking cows implanted in his hand by an “unlicensed amateur” so he could show how hackers could use tools hidden underneath their skin to hijack devices.

Apple Pay Is Coming To Thousands Of Vending Machine And Parking Meters In The US

Apple Pay, and other mobile payment services like it, all share a similar vision of the future, one where people can leave their home with nothing but a smartphone and an ID, and still buy absolutely whatever they want. That dream is a little closer to reality now that USA Technologies brings NFC payments to some 200,000 vending machines, parking meters and laundry equipment, some of the last bastions of cash.

After Three Weeks, Apple Pay Is Already Transforming How The US Buys Stuff

For years, tech companies like Google and Softcard (formerly known as ISIS) begged with consumers to adopt its NFC-powered payment platform, and for the most part, their pleas went largely unheard. Now that Apple Pay has graced millions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users with NFC purchasing powers (across the US, at least), things are beginning to change. And really, everyone is a winner.

The Poynt Smart Terminal Is Like A Swiss Army Knife For Payments

The Poynt Smart Terminal is like a one-size-fits-all payments system. It has an NFC antenna, a magnetic swipe reader, a Bluetooth antenna, a QR code reader, a printer for receipts, and even an Android tablet to boot. So not matter how the future of payments pans out, you’ll be able to get your dang cup of coffee.

The Horrible, No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by some US retailers. It is dumb and bad, but as a recent New York Times report indicates, it’s also not going anywhere any time soon. But not because anyone necessarily wants it.

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