QR code payments slowly gain ground in Japan

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The pace payment growth through quick response codes has been slow in Japan. QR code payments are steadily on the rise in the country, with the number of convenience stores, restaurants and other shops slowly adopting this convenient form of payment. Still, the pace of growth has certainly been slow, and part of this reason is due to commission fees. Stores who offer the payment method typically have to cover a 3% commission fee. Cash still remains the primary payment option in Japan, but major information technology firms are working…

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QR codes may be the next alarm clocks

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A new app is meant to force people to get up by making them scan quick response codes located outside the bedroom. The “I’m UP Alarm” is a new app that has been designed specifically to cater to people who have a rough time getting out of bed in the morning, as it will continue to ring until the users scans QR codes located in other rooms. The alarm sounds normally at a preset time and will not shut off until the quick response code has been read. The mobile…

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QR codes added to nautical charts from UK Hydrographic Office

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The UKHO has included quick response codes on their standard paper charts. The UK Hydrographic Office has now added smartphone friendly QR codes to the standard features of its standard nautical charts, making it possible for the users of their paper versions to be able to use their tablets or smartphones to be able to access additional status information. Through the use of the quick response codes, the user will gain access to more up to date data. Scanning the QR codes redirects the users to the page that is…

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QR codes may alter the face of home sales

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Real estate could considerably change through the use of these easy to scan barcodes. The smartphone friendly two dimensional barcodes known as QR codes are making their way into a rapidly growing number of spaces, and they have been establishing quite a presence for themselves in the area of real estate. These barcodes are providing home sellers an easy way to provide buyers with more information. Though the amount of information that can be posted on a “for sale” sign is very limited, real estate agents have been doing their…

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QR codes assigned to hundreds of digital encyclopedia artist entries

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The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has added these smartphone friendly barcodes. The Louisiana Endowment for Humanities (LEH)has announced that it is now including QR codes as a new and smartphone friendly feature to its ever growing digital encyclopedia of the history and culture of the state, KnowLA. The LEH is not issuing these barcodes to museums across the state to be downloaded and displayed next to artwork. The museums can post the QR codes next to the artwork so that visitors can use their smartphones to scan them. By…

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QR codes scanned daily by 2.75 million Americans

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A recent survey of U.S. smartphone users has revealed that a large number use the barcodes regularly. Arbitron and Edison Research have just released the results of their most recent mobile use study, which was conducted throughout January and February, and which revealed that QR codes are being regularly used by a large number of smartphone owning Americans. The research revealed that there are a large number of people who scan the barcodes daily. The study included the participation of 2,021 people in the United States, above the age of…

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QR codes scanning apps present on 32 percent of German smartphones

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Forrester research has found that while the capability is there, it’s not always being used. The result of a new Forrester Research study have just been revealed and have indicated that among Germans with smartphones, 32 percent have apps for scanning QR codes installed on their devices. However, it also determined that among them, very few scan on a monthly basis. Among smartphone owners, only 8 percent in total – regardless of whether or not they have an app on their devices at the moment – scan QR codes on…

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QR codes used by mobile communication app for digital user identities

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WeChat has released a new application to allow users to share with their friends. One of the top mobile communication apps in India, WeChat, has announced that it is now giving its users the ability to use QR codes to share their digital identities through that program, as well as through email and Facebook. This works as a kind of calling or business card that will let users share their data with others. For example, by scanning the unique QR codes, the user’s entire identity – as created by them…

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QR codes taking important place in social media marketing

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A wave of new mobile apps are starting to integrate Facebook, Twitter, and barcodes Smartphone marketers are rapidly discovering the power of QR marketing are coming up with innovative new ways to integrate their use with the already recognized strength of the social networks. For example, the Denso Wave Company based in Japan has just selected the QR Blaster app in order to generate the barcodes for Facebook. That application is already being used by many companies and individuals through its web based format, with 45 different options available which…

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Number of adult American QR code users increases by 1 percent since 2010

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A new Forrester Research study’s findings have been released, and they show that among American adults, 5 percent are using QR codes with their smartphone devices. This is an increase of 1 percent over last year’s figures. When compared to the adoption by consumers, QR code reading software has grown significantly more quickly, while at the same time the adoption of the codes by companies using the 2 dimensional barcodes as a part of their marketing strategy has grown at a notably slower rate. According to Julie Ask, the author…

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Radisson launches new social media marketing campaign driven by QR codes

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  Social media is universally recognizable. More people are connected to some form of social network than ever before, partly due to the expansion of mobile technology. The extreme popularity of social media sites has never been more apparent to businesses that are beginning to adapt to a changing world, both socially and technologically. Now social networks have become a popular venue for marketing campaigns, particularly those looking to capitalize on interactivity through the use of QR codes. Radisson Edwardian, a prominent hotel chain in the UK, is one such…

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