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Credit card checks for online porn? Been there

Jay MacDonald

Could lack of a credit card prevent children from accessing Internet pornography? Puzzled parents in Great Britain are about to find out, but brace yourself, Bambi, we already tried that in the U.S. Been there, done that, and it didn’t…
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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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Cash transactions in U.K. on the rise

Emily Crone

While America is on course to be a land of plastic-only transactions, Great Britain is seeing an increase in cash use. This is likely due to fraud outbreaks, climbing credit card debt and a housing crisis not much different from our own.
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