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Tag for micro Bitcoin donations rewards online content creators
The hype around new cryptocurrencies — particularly Bitcoin — has died down somewhat in recent months. However, rather than being the result of a falling out of fashion, it may be because Bitcoin has kept its market price fairly steady since the beginning of the year. It’s also gaining traction as a digital tipping option, with platforms such as Cheers enabling buskers to accept the virtual currency. Now ChangeTip wants to encourage web users to show their appreciation for online content by sending a small Bitcoin donation with a comment tag. READ MORE…
Debit card holds both cash and virtual currencies
The traditional wallet is under threat. Last year, we wrote about Coin, the credit card-sized device that stores up to 8 cards at once and can be used in their place. Now Shift has introduced a card that lets users pay with both traditional bank accounts, loyalty points and virtual currencies. READ MORE…
Platform helps separated couples plan and manage child support without arguing
Divorces and separations are emotionally fraught enough without having to get both parties together to arrange and maintain child support plans. However, the reality is that parents need to work as a team even more so after a split. We’ve already seen services such as Wevorce aim to make them more amicable by replacing the two-lawyer system with a single common representative who works with both parties. Now SupportPay is an organization tool that can make the process of managing child support payments and post-break up communication less stressful. READ MORE…
This social network pays its users for their status updates
It’s widely considered that there’s an unwritten contract between tech companies and their userbase — you get to use our service for free, but we own the content you post and can sell it to third parties or use it to target advertising. However, the backlash over Instagram’s privacy policy changes in 2012 showed that consumers aren’t totally happy to give social networks free rein with their data. We’ve even seen services such as Datacoup enable web users to take control of their online information by choosing what to share and selling it to businesses. Now Bubblews is enabling its users to make money for sharing their thoughts online. READ MORE…
Smartphone-connected debit card teaches kids how to take care of their finances
Money management isn’t something that’s officially taught in schools, which means many people reach adulthood without really knowing what’s best for their finances. The KidZania Mumbai theme park has previously enabled children to roleplay as bank customers in order to teach them about the real world, and now UK-based Osper is a prepaid debit card for pocket money that gives 8-18 year olds independence while providing parents with tools to track their spending. READ MORE…
Staffless coffee shop relies on customers to pay honestly
A cup of coffee can fluctuate in price, but customers can always expect to pay within the ball park of a few dollars. The low price means that cafés are ripe for experimentation with payment systems, and in the past we’ve seen La Petite Syrah Café in France charge customers more if they’re rude. Now The Vault in North Dakota is a staffless venue that gets customers to make their own coffee and show some honesty when paying. READ MORE…
From Germany, legal ID verifications through the web
Confirming the status of legal documentation is typically done through physical checks in person to ensure security. However, we have already seen companies like NetVerify tackle online verifications, and now Germany’s IDnow is able to perform all the necessary tests to legally identify online customers. READ MORE…
Suit features integrated wearable payment
Cards offering contactless payments have arguably made retail transactions easier, but haven’t got rid of the wallet altogether. However, there are companies working hard on smarter ways to buy goods and services, such as Finland’s Uniqul, which is developing facial recognition-powered payments. The latest is the Power Suit, a piece of wearable tech that enables owners to pay with a swipe of their sleeve. READ MORE…
Site uses algorithms to tell collectors when to buy and sell emerging art
The art market is a notoriously messy and unpredictable one, but nevertheless a cash cow for gallery owners and dealers. In the past we have seen platforms such as Artsy make the discovery and purchase of famous and lesser-known works a little bit easier, and now a new service called ArtRank aims to quantify the value of artists in the emerging fields of net.art and street art. READ MORE…
App turns small change into an investment portfolio
nvesting money in the right places isn’t easy if you don’t have the know-how, and especially if you don’t have the money in the first place. However, even a small amount of cash can be placed into shares, and Acorns is a new app that rounds up users’ purchases to the nearest dollar and automatically invests the difference in a stock of their choice. READ MORE…
Service charges users when they don’t do their study, pays them when they do
One way to motivate humans to do anything is to provide rewards when they achieve and punishment when they fail, which has been the basis of apps such as GymPact, the platform that uses money as a tool for stimulus for keeping fit. Reworking the model for students, StudyPact gives students financial prizes for completing a set amount of work each week, with penalties for missed deadlines. READ MORE…
‘Business cards’ for homeless people let anyone donate with their phone
When it comes to giving money to members of a city’s homeless community, many people worry that their change isn’t going to fund essentials such as food or shelter. While startups such as TaskTurtle have already attempted to tackle the problem by offering sustenance in exchange for work, San Francisco’s HandUp is now using business cards to let citizens donate food credits to people in need through their mobiles. READ MORE…
Dutch airline passengers can now buy a flight through Facebook and Twitter
In the recent past, we’ve seen Soldsie leverage social conversations as a payment platform — enabling users to buy fashion products by simply leaving a comment on the relevant Facebook photos. While a flight is typically a much larger purchase, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also now enabling its customers to confirm and pay for a seat on one of their flights through social media platforms. READ MORE…
Service lets web users earn money from selling their data
Most people are uneasy about companies making money from the personal data they make available online, but are happy to turn a blind eye if it means they can continue using services such as Facebook for free. Aiming to give web users more control over what they share, Datacoup is a marketplace that lets anyone sell their personal information direct to advertisers. READ MORE…
Supermarket for poor families offers surplus branded goods at cut prices
There are many items that are produced, but don’t make it onto the shelves of supermarkets due to superficial damage, not meeting aesthetic standards or falling past their sell by dates. We’ve already seenThe Daily Table restaurant create cheap meals from expired, but still edible food, and now the UK has introduced its first Community Shop, a supermarket that sells discounted branded products that don’t meet high street chain standards to families receiving government welfare. READ MORE…