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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Generating almost $40 billion in annual revenue in 19 years since it was founded in former CEO Jack Ma's apartment, Alibaba now boasts strong penetration in the Chinese market, with just over 600 million consumers on its online Tmall store alone.The ecommerce giant, however, has its eyes on global domination, with Australia touted by the company as a country full of intrigue.To support its growth in Australia and New Zealand, Alibaba Group in February 2017 opened an ANZ headquarters in Melbourne, overseen by Australia and New Zealand managing director Maggie Zhou, who has been with the company since 2000. Speaking with ZDNet while at Alibaba's 11.11 Global Shopping Festival in Shanghai on Saturday, Zhou said the company's goal is to connect eager buyers in China with the products available around the world, and similarly have a platform for tens of millions of merchants to serve the two billion consumers around the world.See also: Everything you need to know about Alibaba's 11.11 … [Read more...] about Why Alibaba wants to conquer the Australian market
Customers of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) can now ditch their plastic bank cards, with a few thousand of ANZ ATMs now accepting cash withdrawal via smartphones and smartwatches.The cash withdrawal function can be accessed at 2,4000 of the bank's ATMs through Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Gamin Pay, and Fitbit Pay."We are determined to bring our customers new banking experiences so they can access their money the way they want to," ANZ Customer Engagement Lead Kath Bray said.Research published this week by YouGov Galaxy, commissioned by payments provider Square, revealed that one-in-three Australians are card-only shoppers and almost all prefer card to cash when given the option."With the high adoption rates of contactless payments in Australia, our customers will be some of the first in the world to use their mobile devices to withdraw cash in addition to making payments. We know this is something our customers will appreciate," Bray continued. … [Read more...] about ANZ kicks off smartphone and wearable-based cash withdrawals at ATMs
One-in-three Australians are card-only shoppers and almost all prefer card to cash when given the option, a YouGov Galaxy poll released on Monday said.The poll, commissioned by payments provider Square, surveyed 1,000 Australians and suggests that many have ditched cash or carry it only as a last resort.According to the poll, four-in-five Australians said paying by card is much faster and more convenient than paying with cash. Around one-in-five respondents had not been near a bank or ATM in the past four weeks, or can't remember the last time they withdrew physical cash.With the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in July publishing research that shows consumers are more likely to trust a business if they accept electronic payment methods, rather than those requesting payment in cash-only, the YouGov survey also reported consumer behaviour affecting organisations.Monday's report said more than half of small and medium-sized businesses believe their firm will become cashless in the … [Read more...] about New poll confirms Australians prefer card to cash
Six days after sharing Microsoft's blowout earnings with Wall Street in July, Satya Nadella stops to listen to a few of the more than 23,500 employees taking part in a three-day hackathon the company is hosting at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. One team shows him digital tattoos made of gold leaf that's embedded with sensors. Apply these wearables to your skin and, with a tap, you one day might be able to turn on the house lights or play a tune on your digital piano. Another team tells him about a feature for the company's Seeing AI app that uses your phones' camera as an optical character recognition device, speaking menus and other text so the visually impaired can play video games. As he walks among tables littered with laptops, soldering irons, empty cans of Talking Rain sparkling water (a Microsoft customer) and 3-inch-high silver toy robots that read "Hackathon 2018," a crowd of employees follows him like groupies at a music festival. "He's taller than I … [Read more...] about This is not your father’s Microsoft