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Brother, can you spare a swipe? Contactless card reading guitar unveiled

Tyler Metzger

Have you ever had the strong urge to give your hard-earned money to someone strumming “Dust in the Wind” out of key at a vacant intersection? Well, neither have I. But London-based issuer Barclays hopes our apprehension will disappear with its new approach to street charity: a wireless, touchless, credit card accepting guitar.

The financial institution unveiled the instrument Thursday, Aug. 26, in London during a publicity stunt promoting its “contactless technology.” People passing by a street musician — known as a “busker” in the UK — were handed prepaid cards loaded with £5 and were instructed to wave it near the head of the guitar. The money was then taken off the card and donated to the Help a London Child charity.

Contactless cards aren’t exclusive to Barclays’s, but they all work the same: By using radio-frequency identification, or RFID. The card data is stored in a chip inside the plastic and is transmitted using short-range electromagnetic waves emitted by the contactless-card reader. Tollbooths, garage door openers and workplace ID fobs are a few devices that use RFID technology today.

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Citi allows text-happy Filipinos to charge by phone

Jeremy Simon

The Philippines loves its text messages, which is exactly why credit card issuer Citi decided the country was the idea place to introduce the bank’s new mobile phone banking. As of last Friday, Filipino cardholders can make credit card charges via text message or phone call.
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U.S. Bancorp tries contactless technology

Emily Crone

U.S. Bancorp is introducing contactless debit cards to customers in four states.
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American Express ditches contactless fob

Jeremy Simon

American Express plans to scrap its contactless “Express Pay” fob device following a lukewarm response by consumers.
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Hangups with paying via mobile

Emily Crone

Call me old-fashioned, but I want my cell phone to be a phone ONLY. Well, unless it’s an iPhone, but that is a whole different species. I’m talking about all these new phone/MP3 player combinations featured in commercials with Beyonce. Or paying extra for a phone with a built-in camera and video camera, with quality so terrible, it’s difficult to decipher what the fuzzy images are. I am perfectly content with having a sturdy iPod, a high-quality camera and a well-made cell phone rather than combine them and compromise quality and usability. Now that there is talk of mobile phones being used as credit cards, I am, as you can imagine, not thrilled with the idea.
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