ANZ's almost 1.6 million customers will be the first in Australia to use Apple Pay to make in-store mobile purchases using their cheque or savings accounts.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The Square Reader is a tiny chip card reader that plugs into the headphone jack of any smartphone or tablet, allowing users to take credit card payments right from their own devices. It's been on the Australian market for 12 months now -- but in this time has built up a strong customer base of over 60,000 small businesses across the country, despite tough competition from CommBank's own Albert POS device.
Do you use your credit card or your phone to pay for your morning coffee, or are you still holding on to that pocketful of coins? Sydney-based coffee roastery and cafe chain Pablo & Rusty's is opening Australia's first cashless cafe in Brisbane, ditching the notes and coins in favour of credit cards, phone-based payments and even smart coffee cups.
Dear Lifehacker, I recently made a payment for goods of $8000 on my credit card. I asked the merchant if it was okay to pay by CC and the answer was yes -- but there was no mention of a surcharge. Six months later, they sent me another invoice for $200 (2.5% processing fee.) Am I legally required to pay this fee?
I don't know which is worse: a shop that doesn’t take card payments or a shop that has a minimum spend limit for card payments. All I know is, most people hate these two things. While we know stores aren't obliged to support card payments, is it legal for them to enforce a minimum spend when you pay by debit or credit card?