Afterpay goes retro, Amazon stings on Visa, Microsoft surfaces new tablets

Is it worth using a pay-later scheme that takes your payments back in time? Why is Amazon charging customers more for using a specific credit card? What’s exciting (or not) in Microsoft’s refresh of its Surface devices? Special guest Finder’s Angus Kidman (@gusworldau)!



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This week we’re talking money, as Afterpay goes retro with its payments — but is it a good idea, and should it be regulated?

Meanwhile, Amazon, a company famous for making it frictionless for consumers to buy online is adding some friction by making Visa payments cost more… but will that cost Amazon?

Vertical Hold’s Alex Kidman also found out a surprising detail around Apple Pay this week, but he’s not sure if it’s super useful or super creepy. Maybe it’s both.

We’re also talking Microsoft, as the software giant goes in heavy on the hardware front with the Surface Pro 8, the Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro X Wi-Fi, Surface Go 3 and the surprising Surface Duo 2 phone!

Got any thoughts on Afterpay, Amazon, Microsoft or more? Let us know in the comments below!

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