Scary story time: You give someone a thoughtful gift certificate, maybe for a massage at the spa they have been eyeing, or for the drawing class they have been talking about wanting to take. You lay out the cash, give them the card. They are thrilled! They thank you. And then, they don't use it.
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Apple's system for reading codes from their gift cards looks simple but, behind it, there's quite a bit of complexity. The simple process of holding a card up to a camera for the code to be read involves lots of validation and other steps to make the process as seamless as possible. Equinux wanted to create their own promo cards, using the same system, and went on a deep dive to reverse engineer Apple's system in making their own cards.
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.
Australians spend a whopping $2.5 billion on gift cards annually. These items are essentially store credit that can be used at participating stores in the same way as cash. However, unlike money, they usually have a strict expiration date. Is this legal? Let's find out...
Apple's Renew program pays you in Apple gift cards and good Earth vibes to recycle old iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices. Here's what you can expect to get back if you send in your used stuff.
Gift cards get a bad rap because they're not really a gift, but rather a placeholder for one. When you give a gift card you come across as lazy and unthoughtful even when you have good cause. Fortunately, all it takes is a little message that explains your reasoning to turn a gift card into something really exciting. Dr Susan Newman, writing for Psychology Today, explains why.
Until next Wednesday, Big W is selling $50 gift cards from Hoyts, Best Restaurants and Adrenalin for $40 each. As we noted earlier in the week, gift cards can be handy but you shouldn't let them hang around too long -- if the provider goes broke, they become essentially worthless.
Another gift card discount: from today until May 8, Woolworths has 20 per cent off gift cards for cinema chain Hoyts, magazine seller iSubscribe, and retailers Dusk and Andrenalin.