ScanBuy Lets Any Cameraphone Access Barcode Content
ScanBuy has announced a new service that allows any cell phone equipped with a camera to access the content stored in barcodes without the need for a dedicated scanning application. Instead, users take a picture of the barcode and then send it to ScanBuy via MMS or email. ScanBuy will then scan the barcode and send the content back to the handset in the form of links. The service supports QR, Datamatrix, EZcode, and UPC codes. The service is launching on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
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.
Android Instant Apps Let Apps Run Even When Not Installed
Google today showed off what it calls Android Instant Apps. The idea here is to allow people to access content that's buried within apps that are not installed on their phone.
Facebook Aims to Simplify Connecting with Others Via Messenger
Facebook is adding several tools to its Messenger service with the the goal of making it easier to begin conversations with others. To start, the company is rolling out Messenger Codes, which allows people to scan one another's code and begin chatting.
Verizon Announces FreeBee Sponsored Data Program
Verizon Wireless today revealed FreeBee Data, a program that will allow consumers to access select data without it counting against their monthly data bucket. The program has two business models, according to Verizon, and both target content providers more so than end users.
I wonder why T-Mobile was left off the list?