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Softcard: contactless-payment bust — Three strikes, Softcard, and you're out. I have recently written about " contactless " payments that involve tapping a smartphone against a wireless terminal in a store instead of pulling out a credit card. Apple Pay is the newest and the best known of these payment systems, but a number of others are in operation - Google Wallet, LoopPay and Softcard among them.
Oct 24, 2014

Google Wallet is the best contactless-payment system. Softcard is arguably the worst.


Swiss firm suffers blowback over Hitler, Mussolini creamer tops — By Matthew SchofieldMcClatchy Newspapers Posted: 10/23/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated: 10/23/2014 09:45:14 PM CDT BERLIN -- The question of the day in Switzerland is: "Would you like your coffee with Hitler or without?" A Swiss company, trying to feed the apparently voracious world of collectors of small foil-topped cups of coffee creamer, has during the past two years reprinted a series of historical cigar bands.

Minnesota firm using 3-D printing to customize cremation urns — Posted: 10/23/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated: 10/23/2014 07:28:28 PM CDT Urns for storing ashes of the deceased, intended to lookclassy, sometimes can be tacky -- even creepy. One company hawks 3D-printed busts of the dearly departed, or famous people like Barack Obama. Then there is Foreverence, an Eden Prairie startup that is attempting to aim a bit higher.