Verizon Wireless Offers Barcode Scanner App to Customers
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has made a free barcode scanner application available to over 30 of its handsets. ScanLife for Verizon phones performs similar to other barcode apps in that it allows users to take a picture of a 1D or 2D barcode on a product, which is then processed by the software to deliver information about that product. According to Verizon, ScanLife lets users look up info about the product; request coupon offers; launch audio tours; and connect business cards to contact information or social networking profiles. The software itself is a free download, though data charges may apply depending on each users' account.
Chrome for iOS Gains QR Scanning Tool
Google today updated its Chrome browser for iOS devices and added a novel tool: a QR and barcode scanner. iPhone owners can scan a QR code or barcode by using 3D Touch on the app logo or by searching for "QR" in iOS's Spotlight search bar.
Google's Now On Tap Adds QR Scanning to Camera, Instant Translations
Google today announced an update to its Now On Tap search tool that adds several compelling new functions. First, a long press of the home button will allow people to scan any QR code or barcode when using the camera.
Google Wallet Now Stores Gift Cards
Google this week released a new version of Google Wallet that can capture, store, and manage gift card info. Users can add gift cards via the camera or keyboard, then show a barcode on the screen to redeem the card.
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text
Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message.
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