QR codes are getting into politics by engaging voters

QR codes ballot papers

These quick response codes will now be added to the ballot paper in the European Elections this year. It is far from rare, nowadays, to see QR codes here and there, including on poster and billboard ads, as well as on bus stops and on food packaging, but now they are being used in an entirely new way for the European Elections this year. A South East standing party in the 2014 elections will have the barcodes added to the ballot paper. This is the first time that QR codes…

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QR codes likely to be found on UK energy bills very soon

QR codes mobile billing

Ed Davey is placing the pressure on suppliers to add these quick response codes to invoices. The U.K. secretary of energy, Ed Davey, has been placing pressure on energy companies to add QR codes to the bills that they send out to their customers, to provide them with quick and easy access to their usage information as well as other helpful data. A simple quick response code scan could show a customer how much gas and electricity they have used. Scanning the QR codes can also help consumers to be…

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Next generation of QR codes may be coming

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Visually appealing QR codes may be on their way A new generation of QR codes may be dawning thanks to researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Nottingham. The researchers have developed what they call “Aestheticodes,” which are QR codes that are designed to be more visually appealing. QR codes have become a staple of marketing and many companies use the codes to interact with mobile consumers. The black and white blocky patterns of the codes have been criticized by consumers in the past, however, with many people claiming that…

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QR codes can be used to call a U.K. cab

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A new service has now been launched in Kent to allow consumers to hail a cab with their smartphones. The oldest and largest taxi company in Kent, England, Streamline LTD, has just launched a new service called Scan, Click & Go, which allows consumers to use QR codes and their smartphones to be able to call a cab when they need one. This service using mobile barcodes is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. It is designed to allow an easy scan of QR codes to book…

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Barclays launches new services for Pingit app that include QR codes

QR codes in mobile commerce

Pingit app updated with new service and support for QR codes and charities Barclays, one of the largest financial institutions in the United Kingdom, has announced that its mobile payments application, Pingit, can now be used to support charities. The application has been updated with a new “donate with Gift Aid” feature that will allow consumers to contribute money through Gift Aid in a convenient fashion. Gift Aid is a tax incentive from the United Kingdom government that allows charities to receive additional financial aid for every donation they receive…

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