• Microsoft Gives Up On Its Tag Barcode Service, Schedules It For Shutdown In 2015

    Microsoft Gives Up On Its Tag Barcode Service, Schedules It For Shutdown In 2015

    In 2009, Microsoft launched its own version of QR codes called Microsoft Tag. Back then, QR codes were the hot new thing, but the reality, of course, is that they never caught on with consumers. Today, Microsoft announced that, in accordance with Tag’s terms of use, it will shut down the service on August 19, 2015. Read More

  • Mobeam Adds $1.5M To Series A Following Partnership With P&G

    Mobeam Adds $1.5M To Series A Following Partnership With P&G

    Mobeam, the San Francisco-based startup whose technology enables mobile phones to interact with laser scanners at the point of sale, has added another $1.5 million to its Series A round. The company had previously raised $4.9 million in October 2011. The round includes new investor DFJ Athena, a Korea-focused venture fund affiliated with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and brings in new funds… Read More

  • South Koreans Save on Paper with their Cell Phones

    With all the talk of going green this year, South Koreans are using their cell phones to save on the use of small slips of paper that can mount up. Retailers are sending coupons, gift certificates, movie tickets and other such things to a customer’s mobile phone. The message sent to a customer has a picture of a barcode that can be scanned by the retailer.

    “People can actually… Read More

  • Realeyes3D Announces New Bar Code Scanning Technology

    Realeyes3D announced today that it is releasing a new technology that allows mobile phone cameras to read 1D barcodes. The 1D barcode is that mysterious strip of lines and numbers that appears on everything from a bag of potato chips to your cell phone battery. Standard 1D barcodes are everywhere, printed on billions of products worldwide and already linked to a vast number of both free… Read More

  • Pilot Program Launched for French Transit System

    Global wireless commerce solutions provider Scanbuy, Inc. and consulting firm faberNovel have created a pilot program with Regie Autonome Transports Parisiens (RATP), the major transit operator in Paris and its environs, to offer commuters and travelers easy access to information using their mobile phones and other handheld devices. The first program of its kind to be launched outside of Japan… Read More

  • Colored Barcodes Hitting DVDs And Video Games

    Don’t worry, your precious UPC code isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to clip out coupons from the Sunday circular. This new color-based barcoding system developed by Microsoft is designed for user interaction, such as taking a picture with an XBL webcam and having it register as a prize or reward inside a video game. Very cool idea for once, Microsoft! These new… Read More

  • Mobeam: Barcode Scanning With the Backlight?

    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Consolidate Your Barcodes

    User tracydanger on Instructables has thrown up a neat guide to consolidating all those bonus/membership cards in your wallet. In a nutshell, Tracy took all her bonus cards in her wallet (like CVS, Shop Rite, etc.), scanned in all the barcodes, labeled each one, and printed them out into a nice, convenient sheet that is easily accessible. Don’t have a scanner or you’re just… Read More