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Sony: no PSN credit card info taken, change your passwords

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Regarding the hacked PSN network, Sony now says that there is “no evidence” that credit card information had been taken and that the data itself had been encrypted. They can’t rule it entirely, but the security code for credit cards wasn’t compromised since it wasn’t in the system.

However, a password change will now be mandatory for everyone as soon as PSN comes back online and that is just good sense. A firmware update will address the issue when they are ready. Sony promises more details to come soon.

Poco Pro digital camera is super slim

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

Cameras are pretty slim these days, but most are not the size of a credit card.The Poco Pro digital camera on the other hand is the size of a credit card. Just a bit thicker actually. It is capable of shooting 14-megapixel stills and can also record video in 1080p resolution onto a microSDHC memory card.

It also sports a 2.4-inch AMOLED display with touchscreen controls around the bezel. Other features include auto focus, super macro capabilities, image stabilization, face recognition and limited DSLR-like manual controls. It weighs just 65 grams.

Live Checking Cards

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2010

These live checking cards could change the way that people budget their money and make it easier to eliminate debt. It shows you very clearly what you’re spending and what you owe. The concept was created by several designers at Yanko Design.

In addition to being a credit card, it would also track bank transactions through RFID. Amounts would be displayed on the card every time it is swiped, allowing you to have your account balance at your fingertips. The card uses E-Ink technology combined with RFID technology.

Mophie iPhone credit card reader

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

iPhone accessory maker Mophie has something interesting up its sleeve. They will be offering a credit card reader for the smartphone along with a transaction app. The whole thing is integrated into an iPhone case, so you can keep the reader on permanently, as long as you don’t mind the added bulk.

As long as the app is good and the price of the service is affordable, this should do well. Assuming you use your credit card often anyway. We should get more info at CES 2010.

QwicKey USB Credit Card Swiper

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

QwicKey USB Credit Card SwiperQwicKey is a USB device that will scan your credit cards. It’s sort of like the Smartswipe that we featured awhile back. It’s designed for those who want to quickly enter their credit card details online. The included software lets you securely store all of your credit card data and PIN numbers as well as usernames and passwords.

The card reader will cost you $49.95 and includes a 1 year subscription to an online version of the software which allows you to securely access your card details from any computer. Just log in with a single username and password.

VISA testing instant transaction confirmation alerts

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2009

VISA testing instant transaction confirmation alertsIt’s good to know what’s going on in your credit card account. It’s even better to know what’s happening in real-time. That’s why Visa is testing a real-time notification system for mobile phones. Users are able to choose the alert level (whether for all or only the expensive items) and even choose if they prefer SMS or Email alerts.

Currently VISA employees are testing the system to work out all the kinks. things out. Since we are dealing with VISA, we are guessing that the service won’t be free once it goes public, but that remains to be seen.

Simvalley PICO RX-80: Credit card sized mobile phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

Simvalley PICO RX-80: Credit card sized mobile phonePhones keep getting smaller, but this is ridiculous. This is one of the smallest mobile phones we’ve seen. It’s dubbed the Simvalley PICO RX-80 and it’s just 1cm thick, making the Simvalley PICO RX-80 about the size of a credit card.

Due to the size it isn’t going to have many great features. It sports a 1.2 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 96 x 49 and the phone itself measures a tiny 50 x 800 x 10mm. Some other specs include: Dual-band for GSM 900/1800 networks, Backlit buttons and display Backlit screen and keys, reminder, hidden identity, speed dialing, keypad lock, and 32MB Internal Memory.


Survival credit card: Survival tool for tough economic times

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2009

Survival credit card: Survival tool for tough economic timesA standard credit card is no survival tool. It won’t even cut anyone really. There isn’t much that it can do for you in dire situations. But the Tool Logic Survival Card is actually useful.

It won’t help you shop, but it will offer you some handy tools for survival. It has a magnesium fire starter to start fires, a serrated knife to cut fish or cut an attacker, a signal whistle, tweezers, even a toothpick and an LED flashlight. This thing is awesome if you are stranded on Lost island or are just forced to quit playing WoW and face life.

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card reader

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card readerIf you’re paranoid about your credit card info while shopping online, (And who isn’t?) it just got a little safer thanks to the SmartSwipe credit card reader. You might think you’re safe online as long as that padlock icon is displayed in your browser. And you are pretty safe, but not completely, hackers can still access your personal information while it is being entered into your computer and while it is still in memory.

With this SmartSwipe card reader your info is safe becaue your card information is never stored on your computer. The device uses Dynamic SSL technology and the same level of encryption used in bank machines and ATMs.

Solar-powered credit card calculator

Posted in Calculators by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Solar-powered credit card calculatorNumbers are an enemy to all. They force us to do endless calculations throughout our daily lives, and miscalculations. Numbers are everywhere. You can’t avoid them. By the time you have begun counting, they have already won. Because there will always a higher number then you can count.

Calculators are our only hope of staying sane as we constantly wage war with math. This one is slim yet stylish and solar-powered. And Credit Card sized. Having one the size and shape of a standard credit card will go a long way in helping you sort out this mathematical universe. No more miscalculating! Only $6.

Ultra SpaceStation: 6 compact USB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

Ultra SpaceStation
If organization is your thing, you’ll love the SpaceStation from Ultra. Many of us have several various sized USB flash drives sitting around everywhere. Chances are, they aren’t labeled so it’s a mess. The SpaceStation will definitely solve this problem with 6 individual USB flash drives in a credit card sized package. It also includes a set of labels, thereby making your organization complete.

You can get the flash drives in either 1GB or 2GB capacities giving you a total of 6GB or 12GB. Some included labels are for music, videos, games and work. This will help you know where everything is at, which will save you time. Plus you get a pretty credit card sized picture of Earth. What more do you want?


Fingerprint recognition the future of credit?

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2008

Fingerprint recognition the future of credit?
The loss or misplacement of credit cards is a common worry. No one wants a thief to find it and go on a spending spree. You may not have to worry about it much longer, thanks to this new product in development. It’s a collaboration by Swiss company AXSionics and Siemens.

It’s in the shape and size of your average credit card, only a little thicker due to the fingerprint reader, an LCD display and a few optical sensors. It works just like a typical ATM or credit card but is far more secure. It will only work in the original card user’s hands. The company claims that the system can be put in place without any additional software on all commonly used PCs or laptops being needed. It’s in the process of being tested by several banks in Germany and Switzerland.