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Amazon Mobile for iPhone Adds Barcode Scanning Search

Amazon has updated its mobile shopping app with a feature we're amazed took this long to implement. The latest version of 'Amazon Mobile' for the iPhone now supports barcode scanning for quickly finding prices. You can now easily order whatever you've scanned from Amazon without needing to wait till you get back to a PC. This is really handy for comparison shopping while you're out and about --...

eBay's Half.com App Scans Bar Codes for Best Textbook Deals

Share With the fall semester around the corner, eBay has launched a mobile app for its discount site Half.com, which scans barcodes to locate the best deals on textbooks and other back-to-school products. According to CNET News, users snap a picture of a barcode (say, that expensive Biology 101 textbook), and the free iPhone app scans it using RedLaser technology, then trolling Half.com's...

In a Nutshell: What Are QR Codes?

What is a QR Code? At its most basic, a QR Code is a barcode on steroids. They're used for encoding information in two-dimensional space -- like in the pages of magazines, in advertisements and even on TV and Web sites. They were originally used to track auto parts, but have become popular (especially in Japan) for much broader, often commercial purposes. How is it different than a...

Printed Plastic RFIDs Could Speed Up the Checkout Line

Share Tired of waiting in line at the grocery store? Thanks to a team of South Korean researchers, your wait at the checkout might soon get a little shorter. According to Popular Science, scientists from Sunchon National University have discovered a cheap way to print radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags onto plastic film, rather than the more commonly used and expensive silicon. Ideally,...

Fandango and MovieTickets.com Debut Mobile Tickets for Your Phone

Does anyone still buy paper movie tickets from a physical box office in person anymore? Maybe it's because we happen to run in tech-savvy circles, but we can't remember the last time we didn't purchase tickets online and print them out later at the theater's dedicated kiosks. Giving an unexpected present to the planet, both Fandango and MovieTickets.com have streamlined the process even further...