A lap around Telstra’s Sydney Discovery Store

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Back in October 2014, Telstra opened their $112mil refurbished store in George Street –  becoming their ‘new’ flagship store and was dubbed the ‘Discovery’ store. Not just called ‘Discovery’ because it was something brand new for customers to explore and discover, but also a testing bed for Telstra to work out what works well, what could be improved, and what can be transferred into new stores as they become refurbished and get a refresh.

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Commonwealth Bank brings ‘Tap and Pay’ to the masses

CommBank Tap and PayCommonwealth Bank has finally embraced ‘Host Card Emulation‘ (or HCE), a new API that was introduced with Android 4.4, KitKat – allowing anybody with a device running Android 4.4 or later (and has NFC) to use ‘Tap and Pay’, or PayPass at any terminal that supports it.  [Read more…]

HP Envy X2: Why settle for Windows RT?

Ever since (and even before) the launch of Windows 8 late last year, Microsoft has been aggressively pushing their own ‘tablet’ computer, the Microsoft Surface, with the usual advantages of long battery life, a lightweight removable keyboard ‘for real work’, and it runs ‘Windows’. Heck, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Microsoft isn’t the only one making tablet hardware with Windows on it.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been using HP’s Envy X2; a ‘real’ Windows computer, powered by an Intel Atom Processor instead of the less powerful and completely different ARM processors.

 

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Kaching: iCarte brings NFC to the iPhone

Possibly the most touted feature of NFC has been mobile payments. The idea of only having to carry one device – when you go shopping, you only have to pull out your phone, tap it to the terminal, and you’ve just paid for your groceries. Unfortunately the above scenario is only true today for a select few – in the US, Google is making their best efforts to push Google Wallet.

Here in Australia, Commonwealth Bank have made the first move, selling an NFC enabled case, called an iCarte, that allows you to use your iPhone as your ‘wallet’. Or, at least make PayPass payments after you open the Kaching app. So how does it work?

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