Apple has a credit card now. The new Apple Card, expected to be available this summer, is designed to live inside the Apple Wallet app and be used in places that accept Apple Pay via iPhones. But there's also a physical card you can swipe anywhere, just like a normal credit card.Meanwhile, one popular card for tech-savvy shoppers is the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card, a partnership with Chase bank.Apple and Amazon are two of the biggest names in tech, and now each has its name on a credit card. So which one is the best? Let's take a look. Related stories Apple Card: After mocking credit cards, Apple creates one Apple Card won't drive Google, Samsung to offer their own credit cards If you get Apple Card, you may never be able to leave your iPhone Want an Apple Card? Better read the fine print Apple CardCash-back rewards: The Apple Card offers cash back that can be used anywhere, at any time. Use the cash back towards paying for groceries, paying a friend or paying down your … [Read more...] about Apple Card vs. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa: Which credit card is best for tech lovers?
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The Victorian government has announced that Android users will be able to use their smartphones to pay for travel on the state's public transport network before the end of this week.From Thursday morning, passengers will be able to pay for transport tickets on their Android smartphones via the myki mobile app. According to the Victorian government, mobile myki will be able to be used on existing myki gates and readers at the state's train stations, myki-enabled buses, as well as on Melbourne's trams.The system was developed in partnership with Victorian ticketing provider NTT Data and Google, and uses Google Pay."Mobile myki will make topping up and touching on quicker, and travelling easier," Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne said.Using the app negates the need to carry a physical card. Top-ups and recent travel history are also available within the app. Physical myki cards, which are used in around 700 million transactions each year, will continue to be available, with … [Read more...] about Victoria’s transport system to accept ticketing payments from Android devices
The New South Wales government has extended the payment options available to commuters using public transport, announcing the acceptance of debit and credit cards, in lieu of using an Opal card, across the Sydney Trains network and on any NSW Train Link Opal service.Commuters can now "tap on-and-off" using their PayPass or PayWave-enabled Visa, Mastercard, and American Express debit or credit cards, with the feature extended to mobile wallets on smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices linked to those cards.The Opal card requires commuters to "tap on" when beginning a trip via bus, train, light rail, and ferry, and "tap off" when they reach their final destination on services operating in Sydney and many of its suburbs.Opal, which NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said is used to complete almost 14 million trips per week, will still be available, with the travel discount, concessions, and transfer discounts being available only through Opal use.Monday's … [Read more...] about Sydney credit and debit card contactless payment trial extended to trains
Visa has announced an investment in Brazilian digital payments processing technology platform Conductor as part of a strategy to get closer to the fintech community in Latin America and the Caribbean.The minority investment is the company's first fintech deal in Brazil and builds on the existing relationship between the companies.Backed by Riverwood Capital since 2014, Conductor serves retailers, banks and other companies and has a portfolio of about 100 clients and 69 million end customer payment accounts. The firm is connected to more than 135,000 merchant point of sales throughout the country.The partnership with Visa will see the development of issuer-focused solutions for tokenizing payments via mobile wallets and improving access to Visa APIs.The companies will also seek to expand the usage of push payments with Visa Direct, and increase acceptance of digital payments among small and medium businesses, among other initiatives. "Conductor's extensive experience as a technology … [Read more...] about Visa announces first fintech investment in Brazil
A company which manages online payments for US government agencies and states has become central to a security incident leading to the potential exposure of 14 million records. More security news Ransomware attack blacks out screens at Bristol Airport Critical infrastructure will have to operate if there's malware on it or not Nasty piece of CSS code crashes and restarts iPhones FragmentSmack vulnerability also affects Windows, but Microsoft patched it According to security expert Brian Krebs, Government Payment Service Inc., which operates as GovPayNet and runs the domain GovPayNow.com, has leaked at least six years' worth of customer data. Krebs said in a blog post on Monday that the exposed information includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit cards submitted through online payment systems. In total, over 14 million customer records are believed to have been compromised. The company, based in Indianapolis, is used to process payments on … [Read more...] about GovPayNow payment portal may have exposed over 14 million customer records