Apple Pay arrives in Australia

Over a year since Apple launched ‘Apple Pay’ in the United States, and after adding the United Kingdom and then Canada.. it’s finally Australia’s turn to join in on the fun.

But there’s a catch – it’s launching with American Express support only, and even then it’s limited to cards directly issued by American Express – so if you’ve got a card issued by CommBank or NAB, you’re out of luck for now.
(you’ll need your card issuer to sign on the dotted line with Apple…)

Of course, if you’re a visiting tourist with a card already in Apple Pay (a Visa card or MasterCard), it should work just fine at all the contactless terminals in Australia already.
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Hands on with Clipp: the bar tab phone app

Clipp IMG_0128 Clipp (iPhone/Android) is one of my favourite apps that I love to show off whenever someone asks me what they should try next.

Ever started a tab at a bar, and then left without your credit card? Did a bit of a beer tasting, and forgot the name of the one you really liked? Or just simply want to keep track of your spending on a night out?

Clipp is yet another one of those mobile payment apps, but tailored just for your local pub or hotel. Download the app, create an account, and add your credit card or PayPal account to get started. You’ll see a list of nearby venues, including those who have ‘hot offers’ if you’re in quick enough. [Read more…]

Review: Telstra TV

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The Telstra TV is Telstra’s attempt at taking up one of those precious HDMI ports at the back of your TV. While Telstra had previously offered the T-Box, the Telstra TV is simpler, and hence cheaper. Gone is the free-to-air tuner, the DVR functionality, and all the parts of Foxtel I loved – (cheap) access to live channels and some on demand/catchup options.

In return, you get a sleek little box that offers access to all the major streaming platforms in Australia, in a simple straightforward way.  [Read more…]