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1961 AT&T Film Shows Just How Awkward Videophone Shopping Could've Been

The ARPANET didn’t make its first host-to-host connection until 1969. But long before anyone was online, communications companies were trying to figure out how to make interactive home shopping a reality. This short 1961 film from Bell Systems (now AT&T) showcases the futuristic tech that they were imagining—including… » 6/03/15 4:47pm 6/03/15 4:47pm

This Supercard Wants to Replace All of Your Credit Cards and Then Some

Remember Coin, the card that promised to put all your credit cards on one handy chunk of plastic, and then suffered from substantial setbacks that may make it useless by the time it comes out? Well now it has a competitor. This is Plastc, another upcoming supercard with some seriously big promises that will be even… » 10/07/14 9:31am 10/07/14 9:31am

Nigeria's Using a Biometric ID Card That Doubles As a Debit Card

Make all the "Dear Friend" email scam jokes that you want—Nigeria now has one of the most sophisticated government-issued ID systems in the world. A new nationwide card that rolls out this week collects biometric information to prevent fraud and includes a debit card feature backed by MasterCard. » 9/02/14 7:50pm 9/02/14 7:50pm

Square's New Reader Works With the Smart Credit Cards of the Future

Magnetic strips are an outdated credit card tech. In the future, we'll hopefully all be on chip-based smart credit cards that help prevent fraud. To that end, Square's got plans to push out a new version of its mobile credit card reader that can read the EMV smart cards that will be adopted by banks like Chase and… » 7/30/14 9:24am 7/30/14 9:24am

Report: Target's Big Credit Card Hack Might Involve Even More Retailers

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon Communications is investigating similar security breaches at two more as-yet-unnamed retailers that occurred around the same time as the massive Target credit card hack late last year. The two retailers affected by the newly-discovered attack have not yet announced the… » 2/26/14 3:51pm 2/26/14 3:51pm

Neiman Marcus Missed 60,000 Alerts As Hackers Stole Credit Card Info

Remember how Neiman Marcus revealed that hackers accessed credit card info for brick-and-mortar store customers? Turns out, during the eight-month period when hackers were snooping around the company's system, they set off nearly 60,000 security alerts. That seems like a lot of pop-ups to casually dismiss. » 2/22/14 6:00pm 2/22/14 6:00pm