Oh hey, you know that new whiz-bang app Starbucks has for paying with your iPhone? Well, apparently the barcode it produces stays the same every time, meaning that a sneakily procured screenshot from somebody else's phone can net you infinite coffee (approx. a Trenta's worth) on their tab. [The Register]
Someday I hope to come up with a pun so good it gets immortalized on a t-shirt. Like a drawing of a FireWire cord that's actually ON FIRE!!!??? No? Anyway, here's how this one looks on a person:
This is a tricky one. What's the QR Code on that flag our little Android friend is waving?
It seemed like magic back when barcodes could simply identify a grocery store item. And when QR codes hit the scene, pictures pointed us to URLs. Now "barcodes" have reached the next level of complexity.
While one Apple zealot was video taping their iPhone 3G under Paris Hiltonesque NightShot (innocently we're sure), they spotted a matrix code on the left side of the phone. We assume it's just serial/IMEI data that's often shoved in a phone's battery compartment (which isn't exactly an option for the iPhone 3G), but…
You know those QR codes that Japan has? The ones that look like fancy bar codes that you take a picture of with your cellphone that brings up some bit of info or trivia on the display. Those are being tested in SF right now on 500+ restaurants/shops/businesses reviewed by Citysearch.