Gambling Watchdog Bans Use of Credit Cards to Fund Accounts

The UK's Gambling Commission is about to do something it would like us to consider good, as from April 14 gamblers will no longer be able to fund online accounts and place bets offline using credit cards. Read More >>

Travelex Kills Its Fee-Free Supercard

Travelex offered its fee-free Supercard to keen travellers as a way to avoid steep charges when paying for things abroad. If you've been away then you will be aware that you get charged a one-off fee by your card company, as well as an exchange rate conversion which usually doesn't work in your favour. Read More >>

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 >>

Argos Might Owe You Money

The owner of the Argos chain has set aside a whopping great £30m to use to compensate shoppers, after it admitted that thousands of users of its store card have been overcharged for foot pumps, shower curtains, Skylanders toys and whatever else people put on their eclectic trip-to-Argos shopping lists. Read More >>

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 >>

GAME Gift Cards Off the Present List as Branch Manager Accidentally Buys Them All

A shortage in physical gift cards in high street chain GAME led some to worry about its financial well being, before the glitch was explained as an internal error triggered by one man in one branch ordering the company's entire stock of pre-paid credit vouchers. Read More >>

Tech Startup Uses Social Media to Calculate Your Credit Worthiness

A company that's given itself the name FriendlyScore to fend off accusations before they arrive has come up with a new form of credit checking, one that claims to use social media posts and some 800 other internet data points to calculate how trustworthy you might be and if it's therefore OK for you to be allowed to have that new phone or not. Read More >>

Bitcoin Debit Card May Take Virtual Money to the High Street

Bitcoin wallet provider Xapo reckons it's about to make Bitcoin use substantially easier, by teaming up with your more established form of banks to create a Mastercard-branded credit card that'll let you blow your virtual money in actual shops. Read More >>

A Zero-Per-Cent Interest Credit Card Is Your “What Credit Crunch?” Deal of the Day

Remember the glory days before the economic meltdown, when we'd all be 'card tarting'? Namely jumping from one 0 per cent credit card deal to another in order to shave down our balances faster? Read More >>

Man Claims Orange Charged Him £6,875 to Download One TV Programme

Painter and decorator Chris Wilson got a bit of a shock when he came to pay his latest mobile bill, with the kind lady from Orange giving him advance warning something bad was about to happen -- then asking for £6,875 to settle his monthly bill. Read More >>

Sony and Panasonic Credit Ratings Cut to “Junk” Level

Credit agency Fitch has downgraded its views of both Sony and Panasonic, dropping the two tech giants to "junk" status. Which is business speak for "don't buy shares in these two as they could go broke." Read More >>

Why It Definitely Doesn’t Matter That You Thought of It First

Oh, man, the iPad? I totally thought of that back in 1998. And good for you! Here's a handy flow chart that explains exactly why no one cares. Which I totally thought of drawing up myself last autumn. [Doghouse Diaries] Read More >>

Paranoid Contactless Card Users Advised to Put Tin Foil in Their Wallets

The unbelievable Barclays Visa NFC bank card hack has been found to work on cards provided by other UK banks, which lets Barclays off the hook a little, but also now implicates Lloyds TSB and possibly other banks in the incredible contactless card security loophole. Read More >>

Barclays Debit Cards Details Can Be Nicked With an NFC Mobile Bump

Barclays may have to recall a staggering 13 million credit and debit cards, after vulnerabilities were found in its contactless payment system which allowed an NFC-enabled phone to steal card details with a simple bump. Read More >>

Vodafone UK’s Freebee Rewardz Launches Today

Vodafone has tweaked its "Freebee" PAYG loyalty system, introducing the "Rewardz" scheme where top-ups earn "Pointz". And points make free things, like discounts at Thorntons and Blockbuster, or MP3 downloads. They can be saved up for bigger items, too. [Vodafone] Read More >>