07/25/2013, China might be known as the world’s supermarket to some, and while their quality control has improved by leaps and bounds over the years, there are still kinks in their manufacturing process that pushes them to the forefront with undesirable news – such as poisonous ingredients used in baby formula and the like. For a fair number of years, if you have always wanted to get bootleg products, China is […]
04/05/2013, Sometimes getting away from work to go to the bank to handle some important transactions can be quite challenging for some people, making the weekends the only other time you can conduct your business with your bank. Seeing how everyone seems to go to the bank on the weekends, this could mean you may be waiting at your bank for much longer than you originally anticipated. But Bank of America […]
02/26/2013, Ah, the almighty ATM machine is a firm favorite of mine, as it will hold your surplus of cash, and can be “summoned”, as it were, as and when required. It used to be an ATM card with a magnetic stripe at the back that held your personal information, but technology has since seen the ATM machine and mode of withdrawal seen several positive steps made in the name of […]
07/24/2012, The police force in an unidentified European nation have successfully discovered and retrieved extremely thin ATM skimmers. Just how thin? We are talking about wafer-thin here, being so small that they are more than capable of fitting right into the credit card insertion slot without the user noticing anything out of the ordinary. According to Brian Krebs, “That’s according to two recent reports from the European ATM Security Team (EAST), […]
04/12/2012, Before we became so dependent on technology, remembering a password was easy, especially when it is just a 6-digit PIN code. However, times have changed, and with so many passwords and PIN numbers to memorize these days, things can get a wee bit challenging, especially when we are told not to use the same PIN number or password across different accounts and services. Japan has decided to rely on biometric […]
03/01/2012, We are more or less conditioned that ATMs should dispense money, but considering how the world now has vending machines that offer fresh fish as well as eggs, it is not too far fetched to think that an ATM can dispense cupcakes, too. Yes, you heard me right – a bakery known as Sprinkles in Los Angeles decided that deploying cupcakes via an ATM is going to be the next […]
12/13/2011, One of the drawbacks of using the ATM to withdraw money is the lack of security – people can easily watch you enter your PIN code if they stand next to you or to your side. Well, some folks over at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon have come up with a solution to the problem – with the aid of mobile devices. Instead of making […]
12/09/2011, While 3D printers can be used to create all sorts of objects, it would only be a matter of time before criminals started using it for malicious intent. And well, it looks like it has already begun. A sophisticated card skimmer that was believed to be created with a 3D printer was recently discovered and removed from a Chase Bank ATM in West Hills, California. The card skimmer fit perfectly […]
08/18/2011, According to a team of researchers from the University of California at San Diego, they realized that there is one rather interesting – and unorthodox manner of finding out the PIN number at the ATM, thanks to the use of thermal imaging cameras. Yes sir, these cameras can be used to steal PIN numbers whenever one makes a cash withdrawal from an ATM. How does that happen? Simple – residual […]
07/01/2011, If you read the title and you thought that it’s an ATM made out of gold, you would be wrong. It’s actually an ATM that dispenses gold! The ATM was recently installed at Westfield shopping centre in London and it will be the first gold-dispensing ATM in UK, although we’re not sure how often people actually need to make gold withdrawals.
06/10/2011, The standard ATM machine isn’t exactly smart – after all, it requires you to input the relevant PIN number and is more of a passive player than an active element. Nice to know that us humans are never happy or satisfied with where we are, hence Sberbank of Russian have come up with a new ATM design that will do away with the need for customers to talk to humans, […]
04/19/2010, There’s something special about Lego that makes us all love it, and the creation of the Lego NXT Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) hasn’t changed our love for Lego one bit. It’s always amazing to see what kind of things folks can come up with Lego bricks, especially stuff like the giant Lego Yoshi. Check out a video of this Lego ATM in action after the break.
07/27/2009, It is time to hit back – at least that’s what banks in South Africa are doing, having recorded over 500 instances of bombing at ATMs last year, prompting them to come up with ATMs that are able to dispense with pepper sprays whenever they’re tampered with. Absa Bank is the first to do so, fitting pepper spray to 11 ATMs located around Western Cape. Just how effective this method […]