Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of attack on Donetsk airport shortly after agreeing to new truce, Estonia the first country to offer e-citizenship, Kosovo authorities destroy thousands of illegal weapons, and officials in northeast China suspect Siberian tiger freed by Russian president Putin to blame for the deaths of more than a dozen goats. UKRAINE Signs of Another Shaky Ceasefire A Ukrainian military statement posted online accuses pro-Russia separatists of attacking its forces at Donetsk airport shortly after agreeing to another truce. ESTONIA Pioneer E-Citizenship Program Looks to Attract Foreign Investment Under the scheme, anyone is free to open a bank account or a business in the eastern European country without actually being there. KOSOVO Thousands of Seized Weapons Destroyed The country is awash with guns, sniper rifles and AK-47s left over from its 1998-99 war with Serbia. CHINA Siberian Tiger Freed by Putin Suspected in Goat Deaths Officials in the northeast are warning residents not to throw food at the animal, named Ustin, if he’s spotted. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews
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A Coin could replace all your credit cards — or nearly. That’s the universal Coin card, of course.
Coin is the exact same size as a traditional credit card. It’s got a plastic skin so it’s got the look and feel of a credit card, too. Inside however, is an electronic device that stores information you load onto it from a card scanner.
Coin sends all its users a device to swipe their credit and debit cards — basically any card with a magnetic strip — using a smartphone. Those cards are then loaded onto Coin. Users must also take a smartphone photo of the cards they load onto Coin. This information is stored on a user’s Coin card account.
Coin can store an unlimited number of cards but only eight can be active on the actual device at once. Choosing which cards are active on Coin can be done from a browser or mobile app.
A small readout on the Coin device can display brief details about any card that a user chooses for a payment. So, if you’re using an American Express card, the display will show AMEX. The display can also show the last four numbers of a card and its expiration date.
Coin can be used at any checkout or ATM that accepts a magnetic stripe card. It features a signature strip on the reverse to alleviate any worries a suspicious clerk may have seeing it. In addition to the signature area, a user’s name is also imprinted onto Coin.
For a small business owner who’s always swapping between using a personal card and a business card — sometimes both at the same checkout — the ease of using one card could be a benefit. There would be concerns however, on just how durable Coin is.
The company’s site says the card can bend a little but being an electronic device, excessive bending could damage it. There are only limited warranties available on Coin. And any damage inflicted by the owner is not covered by that warranty.
There is also an obvious concern about security. If your Coin card were to get lost, could a would-be thief get away with up to eight cards at once?
No, the company claims. If lost the card can simply be “locked down” and another person would have no way of accessing any of your payment data, Coin CEO and co-founder Kanishk Parasha tells TechCrunch.
In the video below, he gives an overview of how the technology works:
Coin initially surpassed a pre-order goal of $50,000 on its website in just 40 minutes last year. The startup has now raised more than $15 million.
After waiting more than a year, it looks like early adopters who pre-ordered the device back in November 2013 are finally beginning to receive their cards, according to a TechCrunch report.
You can still pre-ordering Coin on the company’s website. But the cost will be greater and the wait, presumably longer.
While early pre-orders of the device cost only $55, pre-order of the card today will cost you $100.
Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News A recent UN report revealed that one in eight men in rural Bangladesh admit to having committed rape. Although it is a crime punishable by death, there are no accurate government figures for rape in Bangladesh, largely due to social stigma and a failure by local authorities to investigate alleged crimes. VICE News correspondent Tania Rashid traveled to Sylhet and met with both perpetrators and victims of rape as well as local police to find out what is driving Bangladeshi men to rape and abuse women, and what steps the authorities are taking to put an end to it. Watch the full length “A Crime Unpunished: Bangladeshi Gang Rape” – http://bit.ly/11t9zfz Watch “A Crime Unpunished: Bangladeshi Gang Rape (Extra Scene)” – http://bit.ly/1ylZLjb Check out “An Epidemic of Brutal Sexual Assaults Is Terrorizing Women in Bangladesh” – http://bit.ly/1vxf8Y9 Check out “Five New Orleans Detectives Ignored Hundreds of Reported Sex Crimes” – http://bit.ly/1taEW5O Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews
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Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News On September 26, students from the Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Mexico en route to a protest in Iguala were intercepted by police forces. In the ensuing clash, six students were fatally shot and 43 were abducted. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead. The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire. VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students. We meet with survivors of the Iguala police attack and parents of the missing students, accompany volunteer search parties, and watch as protests against the government and president reach boiling point. Check out “In Photos: Demonstrations for Missing Students Swell in Mexico and Across the World” – http://bit.ly/1uK1HgF Check out “Officials Say the 43 Students Missing In Mexico Were Incinerated” – http://bit.ly/15I1shA Check out “Ayotzinapa: A Timeline of the Mass Disappearance That Has Shaken Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1sJtnS4 Watch “Cocaine & Crude (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1FCJ8Dh Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews
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