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Card Paying Overtakes Cash for the First Time

The number of payments made via debit card have overtaken cash transactions in the UK at last, with the new wave of just-working contactless debit card systems helping to make paying for stuff without using money more commonplace than ever. Read More >>

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Virtual Bank Offers Disposable Debit Cards to Beat Fraud Anxiety

A modern digital bank that has no branches to close thinks it's on to an innovative winner that'll appeal to the fraud conscious, with financial startup Revolut about to launch a "disposable" single-use virtual debit card. Read More >>

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Barclaycard Trials Bill-Free Amazon Go-Style Restaurant

Barclaycard is having a go at making spending money seem like the right thing to do again, with a trial seeing it test out a bill-free payment option for a restaurant where you just... walk out. No bill, no awkwardness, no social contact, no joking about doing the washing up. Read More >>

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Women Charged an Extra 50p Romance Tax to Celebrate Compulsory Love Day

That miserable day in February when you have to pretend you're doing more than barely tolerating your partner for living cost reasons is more of a rip off for women than men, with shoppers horrified to find Valentine cards aimed at women being sold at a higher price than those that men are societally obliged to buy. Read More >>

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Watch a Master Magician Slice an Olive by Throwing a Playing Card

Ninjas are stereotypically known for their expertise with shuriken, also known as throwing stars. But while Rick Smith Jr. spends his days as a professional magician, we’re going to assume his nights are spent as a crime-fighting ninja who uses throwing cards instead of pointy stars. Read More >>

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Payments Processor Square is now Live in the UK

People with small businesses in the UK now have another way to process credit card payments alongside options from Paypal and iZettle, with celebrity Tweeter Jack Dorsey's Square now out of beta testing and live for UK purchase and use. Read More >>

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Guitar Hero Is Now a Yu-Gi-Oh-Style Card Game For Aspiring DJs

Harmonix is best known for video games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and cluttering up your living room with fake plastic instruments. Its next music game, however, trades guitars and drum sets for collectible cards that has aspiring DJs competing to remix songs — like playing Yu-Gi-Oh in the club. Read More >>

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Build This Lego Assistant to Take Care of All Your Christmas Cards

From shopping, to decorating a Christmas tree, you’ve got enough to deal with this time of year without having to send friends and family a card reminding them of all their holiday responsibilities. So why not dig out your Lego bin and build this Mindstorms assistant that can churn out all your Christmas cards for you? Read More >>

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Sneaky Trick Uses Math Magic to Guess Your Cards

Maths is basically magic. So it’s no surprise that a clever use of the Fibonacci numbers — a series of numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.) where each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers — and a super-slick shuffling method can combine for a card trick that makes it impossibly easy to guess the number and suit of the two cards you’re holding. Read More >>

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This Website Can Teach You to Count Cards Like an MIT Maths Genius

It turns out you don’t need to be an idiot savant like Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man, or an MIT mathematics prodigy in order to count cards. There’s a relatively simple approach that can give you a slight advantage over the dealer when playing Blackjack, and this site can help you master it. Read More >>

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The Most Satisfying Site on the Internet Lets You Win Solitaire Without Ever Playing

Besides killing a few hours at work, what keeps most people playing Windows Solitaire is the incredibly satisfying finale where all the cards fall and bounce across the bottom of the window when you win. But thanks to developer Ricardo Cabello, you no longer have to win — or even play — to enjoy it. Read More >>

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Wrangle Loose Decks of Cards With This Regal Silicone Strap

Massive accelerators like the one at CERN create particles that can exist for as little as billionths of a second. But you know what lasts even shorter? The cardboard box a deck of cards comes in, leaving you with a loose deck and missing cards, unless you grab this clever alternative. Read More >>

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Contactless Shopping Payments Triple in 12 Months

After numerous false starts involving unfriendly digital wallets it would appear the UK is finally embracing the world of the contactless payment, with those in charge of monitoring its adoption saying use of the tap-to-pay concept has tripled in the space of a year. Read More >>

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Physics Defying Card Trickster Deals Out More Mind-Benders

Card trickster Zach Mueller is back at it, defying physics with his card tricks. It's a joy to witness: we are all familiar with cards, but seeing them float through the air as part of his huge stable of tricks is a real mind-bender. Think your little bridge shuffle is impressive? Ha! Read More >>