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Quantum physics may power card security

Jay MacDonald

Let’s leap to the Netherlands, where scientists at the University of Twente have published a paper that shows the way to fraud-free, unclonable credit and debit cards of the future that would make Zaphod Beeblebrox of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” twerk. The breakthrough relies on the
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Do-it-yourself credit card slips past Russian bank

Jay MacDonald

If you’ve ever been hoodwinked by a seductive credit card offer or unwittingly triggered fines or fees that were buried deep in the fine print of your card agreement, you’ll enjoy the saga of this creative native of Voronezh, Russia, who figured the issuing bank deserved a counteroffer.

Call it Dmitry’s Gall Card.

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Steel yourself: the new Starbucks metal card is going for serious coin

Jay MacDonald

In the mood for some heavy metal this holiday season? Forget the new Starbucks Metal Card. The latest must-have gift card for the over-caffeinated became a has-been before it been-was, selling out its entire 5,000-card limited edition run in less time than it takes a crack barista to pull a caramel macchiato.

If you simply must have one of the $400 cards, your best bet now is eBay, where the price runs in the four digits.

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Putting our cards to the test while traveling

Cynthia Drake

It used to be a standard piece of credit card management advice was to notify your card issuer if you’re traveling, so that your purchase of a bike pump in Poughkeepsie wouldn’t trigger a sudden shutdown of your credit card.

the midst of a three-week vacation to Texas and Florida, I decided to engage in a little subversive credit card test on that old saw. We didn’t notify our credit card issuer that we were on the road. Here’s how it went.
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Confessions of a first-time credit card rewards redeemer

Julie Sherrier

Due to the nature of my job as editor of hundreds of articles on how to maximize credit card rewards programs, you’d think I’d become adept at playing the frequent flier miles/points credit card game. Not.
In fact, after almost a decade of accumulating miles/points here and there on one frequent flier program (American Airlines AAdvantage) and on a newly acquired Capital One Venture card, I have never redeemed them for a “free” flight. I always saved them, thinking that someday I would really, really need to use them for emergency airfare.
That emergency happened last week.
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