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Canadian Startup Wants To Replace Passwords With Your Heartbeat

Passwords are almost undisputedly broke: seemingly every month, a different major online service gets hacked, along with all your credit card details (and a few celeb’s personal photos). A Canadian startup thinks it has the solution: using your heartbeat as the authentication method.


Snapchat's Thinking About Getting Into The Mobile Payment Business

It looks like Snapchat, everybody’s favourite disappearing message app, is getting ready to handle mobile payments. This week, the company filed two payments-related trademarks that seem to signal a shift in its business. But don’t get any bright ideas about Snapchat the disappearing money app. There’s probably a simpler explanation.


Samsung's Galaxy S5 Will Let You Tap 'N Pay With Westpac, Commbank

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is being launched in Australia tonight, and there’s one nifty thing we didn’t know about before. If you have a bank account with Westpac, or Commonwealth Bank, you’ve got a brand new reason to upgrade. The Galaxy S5 is the first handset in Australia that lets you shop without having your credit card handy from these two banks.


Stop Carrying Credit Cards With This Fob That Can Fake Them

George Costanza would love the Loop: it’s a tiny device that stores all of your credit card information, lets you pay at any terminal, and guarantees you’ll never live with the threat of your wallet exploding again. And you can buy it right now.


Coin Is Beefing Up Its Card Security

It’s not even out on the market for people to use yet and already the credit card of the future, Coin, is beefing up its security to make you feel better about handing over all your payment, membership and other swipe-card data.


Amazon's New Login Service Saves You From Signing Up For Accounts

Today, Amazon launched a new feature called “Login and Pay With Amazon” that allows you to use your Amazon account as both a payment method and login credentials for third-party retailers. It’s the Amazon Payments feature that’s already available combined with the third-party login service that’s already available from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.


Commonwealth Bank Working On NFC Payments For iPhone 5

The Commonwealth Bank outed its Kaching near-field communications product for payments way back in 2011, and since then all seems to have gone quiet around the whole idea of paying for stuff with your phone, until now.


Amazon Just Made Its Own Currency, Amazon Coins

Amazon has announced a new way for Kindle Fire users to buy stuff: Amazon Coins are a virtual currency that will come out in May and work for all app and in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire.


Will Wireless Payments Make Disney World More Magical?

Sometime soon, you’ll be able to go to Disney theme parks and pay for stuff using nothing but wireless bracelets. It’s magic! Or, uh, is it laid-bare commercialism desensitising visiting families from the wads of cash they’re spending?


Microsoft Is Finally Fixing The Dumbest Thing About Microsoft

Microsoft Points are the worst. You’re already trying to spend money — why do you need to send your cash to a halfway house of misleading round numbers and uneven transactions? You shouldn’t. And, thankfully, it seems that Microsoft finally agrees and is doing away with Microsoft Points.


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