Visa Is Experimenting With Biometric Payment Systems

Apple's iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner, and now Samsung's revealed a print-reading Galaxy S5. Each allows for payments to be verified using a swipe of your digits. Is this the possible future of all transactions? Perhaps, and Visa is now exploring the area too to ensure it will be ready for the possible… » 2/25/14 6:30am 2/25/14 6:30am

Mega Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Because Of Course It Is

Kim Dotcom's Mega has been marching on into the future, so far without any sort of considerable pestering from one pesky United States government. In the meantime, Dotcom's been doing his best to beef the service up, offering cash money to anyone who can strengthen its encryption. And now Mega is taking Bitcoin.… » 2/17/13 9:15am 2/17/13 9:15am

Apple and Nokia Shake Hands On Patent License Agreement

Nokia and Apple are no longer suing each other over multiple cases of patent infringement. The two have entered an agreement and Apple will be paying Nokia both a lump sum amount and on-going royalties. Needless to say Nokia is happy with this arrangement. [Nokia] » 6/14/11 1:15am 6/14/11 1:15am

Your Smartphone Might Replace Your Wallet Soon

AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are going to war with the plastic in your wallet. According to Bloomberg, the three companies are pushing to make mobile payments—where a wave of your phone replaces a credit car swipe—the new standard. » 8/02/10 8:27am 8/02/10 8:27am

Apple Patent Shows Ordering, Paying by iPhone (And Queue Skipping)

Nothing except a 2nd-gen iPhone with GPS and 3G would make us happier than if Steve pulled out this invention at MacWorld 2008 next month. This patent, which details a cashless payment system via the iPhone, will allow people to order stuff on their phones via Wi-Fi, pay for it, and skip everyone in line that doesn't » 12/28/07 12:11pm 12/28/07 12:11pm

Microsoft Was/Still Planning On Rewarding Zune Sharing?

Remember the rumor that the Zune will pay you for sharing a song that someone ends up buying? Well, that rumor was squashed by Cesar, the pants wearing blogger last week. Not so fast, says a reader who uncovered a whitepaper from Microsoft detailing their possible foray into "off-line economies for digital media." » 10/30/06 7:00pm 10/30/06 7:00pm