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Those Ridiculous Credit Card Surcharges Are Now Illegal In Australia

If you’ve been stung by a gross payment method surcharge on concert tickets or flights, today brings good news. A new ban on large businesses charging consumers excessive payment surcharges for using EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards issued by Australian banks is now in place.

But you can still get stung for those ridiculous “service” and “booking” fees.


Why You Should Care If Apple Pay Comes To Websites

A report in Recode today suggests that Apple is planning to bring Apple Pay to websites later this year, which will let you buy stuff online with your iPhone. An incremental change to a marginally popular payment service doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s arguably the biggest payment move Apple has ever made.


LG's Rumoured 'White Card' Looks Like Another Smart Card Disappointment

In case you weren’t already inundated with payment options, LG apparently thinks you could use one more. A new leak suggests that LG is ready to enter the payments world, but unlike its biggest competitors Apple, Google and Samsung, LG will not be using smartphone technology to power your payments. Instead, the company is making a smart card — much like the big busts released by Coin, Plastc and Stratos.


Google's New Hands-Free Feature Will Let You Pay With These Magic Words

“I’d like to pay with Google.” Say that phrase at a shop’s register, and you could soon check out without even touching your wallet — or phone. It’s called Hands Free, and it comes on the heels of Google announcing its upcoming payments app, Android Pay, at I/O.


Android Pay Is Google's Plan For The Mobile Payments Future

We suspected that Google would announce a new payments system at I/O, and we were right. Enter Android Pay.


Stratos Card Review: This Smart Credit Card Is Still Too Dumb

Technology is a conquerer. The evidence can be seen in mounds of dead pagers, flip phones, and CDs. When companies and startups agree to kill something off, it’s usually not long for this world. But one piece of tech has become an unkillable cockroach — the credit card.


Samsung Wants To Replace Your Credit Cards With These Clever Magnets

Your next Samsung Galaxy smartphone could have a neat trick up its sleeves. Just place your phone next to any ol’ credit card reader, and press a button to pay. That’s because Samsung just announced that it’s buying LoopPay — a company that figured out how to trick magnetic stripe readers to accept your money wirelessly.


You Can Now Send Cash To Friends Via Snapchat

You can now send more than just nudes selfies on your favourite ephemeral messaging platform. Snapchat teamed up with the mobile payments company Square to launch “Snapcash”, which lets debit card holders 18 and older send money within the private messaging service.


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.


Now Etsy Has A Card Reader Too

Etsy just released a card reader. It works just like all of the other card readers out there, except it’s orange and only works with Etsy purchases. It is also sort of a brilliant thing for Etsy to do.


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