Chinese QR codes remain head and shoulders above NFC technology

Chinese QR Codes - Mobile Shopping and Mobile Payments

When it comes to m-commerce and mobile payments, consumers in China prefer quick response codes. Despite the fact that mobile payments based on NFC technology are present, Chinese QR codes remain most popular. Apple Pay, for example, didn’t make it into the country until 2016. This gave quick response codes lots of extra time to make it into mainstream use. Mobile payments are commonly used in China, but NFC isn’t the top tech. Two mobile payments services had been available for quite some time and used QR codes. Tencent launched…

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QR code scammers captured by police, ending retail fraud scheme

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Law enforcement was finally able to catch up with two men who were conning a number of retailers with quick response codes. Police finally managed to capture two sneaky QR code scammers who had managed to con a number of retailers using fake quick response codes. The two men were able to scam over 20 different retail stores before being tracked down by law enforcement. The QR code scammers took their fake quick response codes to the series of different retailers and managed to scam them out of hundreds of…

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Will QR code use become commonplace for wedding gift giving?

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The usage and application of quick response codes in China is continuing to explode. In China, the tradition of giving cash to newlyweds is a long one and QR code use is now bringing the practice into this century. For hundreds of years, cash was given in red envelopes, but that paper is being increasingly conserved through the use of black and white barcodes. QR codes are being used for a rapidly rising number of activities in China, and are now being invited to weddings. This QR code use is…

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Fraudulent QR code plays central role in $13 million scam

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As commonplace as quick response code scanning may be in China, scams are becoming a problem. Many residents of the Chinese city of Guangzhou fell victim to a fraudulent QR code that scammed them out of millions of dollars. The scam stole an estimated RMB90 million (about US$13.03 million) from unsuspecting smartphone users. The use of quick response codes has become exceptionally commonplace in China. They are used as a part of mobile payments to let people complete transactions at the local convenience store. They are found on product packaging…

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QR codes assist lost Chinese seniors in finding their way home

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Quick response codes printed on badges are assisting the elderly to be able to stay safe. It is no secret that aging comes with a number of struggles that weren’t experienced throughout the earlier phases of adulthood, but a program in China is now working to use QR codes to help seniors to be able to avoid one of the scarier situations of which the elderly are at risk. Challenges with mobility, false teeth, and bladder issues are only the start of what seniors often face. Among the largest struggles…

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QR codes are finding their way into criminal scams

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Authorities have cautioned the public to watch out for a new form of mobile security fraud using quick response codes. Authorities from countries around the world are cautioning the public to pay attention to the QR codes that they are scanning and downloading when they are in public places, as certain versions can present a mobile security threat. It has been found that criminal gangs in China have been using a bogus quick response codes for devious purposes. A Chinese language newspaper, the United Daily News, has reported that the…

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QR codes are getting personal in China

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VisuaLead has just generated its own startup in the country to be able to provide customized barcodes. If there is anything that can be said for certain about QR codes, it’s that they are spreading like wildfire, and companies that generate them are working hard to make sure that they are at the head of the market when it comes to being the choice of businesses for creating their barcodes. These quick response codes are typically black and white squares, but VisuaLead has managed to make them stand out. Now,…

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QR codes stamped onto paper money leaps the Chinese firewall

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Residents of China have found a surprising way to sidestep censorship through bank notes. It has recently been reported that a series of one yuan bills have been stamped with QR codes with writing underneath that translates to “Scan and download software to break the Internet firewall.” These quick response codes are being found on paper money already in circulation. The QR codes were first spotted on money on January 12 when a Mrs. Wu from Wuhan received a one yuan note with a quick response code in its corner…

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QR codes help with Chinese garbage disposal

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A community in Hangzhou has started using quick response codes to help with proper trash disposal. In the ancient city in China called Hangzhou, a community along Shiba Street has come together to take part in a trial program that uses QR codes to help to guide people through the proper use of its “Intelligent Garbage Disposal” system. All of the households in the area are provided with bags that have quick response codes to indicate their purpose. The households receive bags with QR codes that are designated for “food…

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QR codes are getting their revenge by performing well

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Despite the huge success the barcodes are achieving in China, there are still those who cling to doubt. Over the last few years, as mobile marketers have been learning the ropes for the proper use of QR codes, some of the epic failures have overshadowed the many massive successes that their campaigns have achieved. This has caused a general level of controversy to build over the value of using the barcodes. Strangely, even though QR codes seem to be coming into their own, doubters have become quite rigid in their…

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QR codes used in Xiamen Airport for check-in service

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This new barcode scan program has just been launched within the international airport . QR codes have taken another boost, now, as Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport has just launched a new mobile online check-in service that uses the two dimensional barcodes as a central element. Passengers who won’t be checking their baggage can use the barcodes to obtain their boarding passes. Air travelers who don’t have any baggage to check can use an online service to check in and select their seats so that they can board the plane. The…

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