Australia uses five different tests to evaluate potential immigrants’ mastery of English, but only one of those tests uses computer-assisted voice recognition. Louise Kennedy, a native English speaker from Ireland, was unfortunate enough to receive the automated test when she was applying for residency in Australia.…
In the wake of President Trump’s travel ban earlier this year, tech companies scrambled to return their employees who were traveling to the United States. But most major tech firms have offices around the globe, which means their employees are going to keep getting caught up in the country’s ever-evolving travel…
Earlier today, a very dull press release from Visa announced an actually important thing: the world’s largest payment processing network is opening up to developers. Yawn all you like, but this is big news.
During the monthly mini build last week, Lego brand stores began to hand out this free new giveaway which should delight AFOL and child alike. This Lego store passport has a cover that mirrors an actual passport with gold embossed printing and a 2x4 brick on the front. Open the cover and it's all very official.
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…
The latest in a line of UnCarrier tactics, T-Mobile has just announced that it's launching a Mobile Money service—a personal finance system that uses a smartphone app and pre-paid Visa card to help people handle their cash.
It sounds boring, but one of the most important frontiers in technology right now is how mobile can make paying for stuff easier. And while this year's Mobile World Congress might have been a little lacking in four-star hardware, there were some serious steps taken towards replacing your wallet with your smartphone.
Samsung has just announced its new Wallet mobile payment app at the Mobile World Congress and... and it looks a hell of a lot like Apple's Passbook.
This credit card is made of gold and diamonds. Called Visa Infinite, you have to pay $100,000 to the Russian 'Sberbank in order to get it. You also need to be a complete imbecile. A very rich imbecile, but a complete imbecile nonetheless.
Almost a year ago, Google held a press conference to announce Google Wallet, an ambitious, multi-faceted plan for a cash-free future in which cell phones would replace hard currency.
Captcha systems, those psychedelic-font phrases designed to weed out bots from users, are a staple website security. And, thanks to Stanford Researchers, they may be quickly becoming completely useless.
You don't have a Nexus S 4G, or Sprint or the Citi Mastercard required for Google Wallet. But that doesn't you mean you don't wanna live in the future, using your phone to pay for stuff. Here's how to do that right now, no matter what phone you've got.
If purchasing (medical! honest!) marijuana legally is more your style than swapping bitcoins over the internet, you may need to change credit card companies: Credit.com discovered that despite it being legal in some states, lenders aren't so open-eyed, man.
We've been waiting forever and a half for NFC technology to take over our lives and rid ourselves of silly wallets and credit cards. Visa is creating a digital wallet service that'll make all that real this fall.
I don't think news that Square is releasing a safer card reader this summer should put off users of their existing reader, but it's worth keeping an eye out for if you want to ensure all your credit card data is encrypted. This comes after Visa invested in the start-up, so it makes sense also that Square's going to…
Children of the 1980s were presented with two possible futures for government in the book World of Tomorrow: School, Work and Play. The first scenario is a nightmarish dystopia where governments track their citizens' every move and computers are curtailing freedoms across the globe. The second possible future is a…
So hang on—not only do punters have to shell out hundreds (or even thousands) to get to London, plus however much a ringside ticket will cost, and now they're being guilt-tripped into buying a novelty handset with NFC? It's certainly a "souvenir," I suppose.