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Briefly: Microsoft closing QR code alternative, Google outage costs

08/19, 7:27am

Microsoft Tag going dark in August 2015, Scanbuy providing support

Microsoft will be shuttering its QR code competitor in the next few years, according to e-mails sent to customers. The Microsoft Tag service, which allows companies to embed data into an image for scanning by a smartphone application, will end on August 19th, 2015, reports Engadget. Despite its impending demise, the format will still operate via QR code service Scanbuy, which will start to support aspects of Microsoft Tag from September this year.

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ScanLife adds 2D barcode scan to iPhone

08/14, 12:50am

ScanLife for iPhone

Scanbuy on Wednesday unveiled ScanLife, a new iPhone application that allows users to create and scan 2D barcodes that link users to websites, products, and services. ScanLife can automatically launch any URL, as well as any iTunes page or YouTube video when connected to WiFi. Barcodes can be embedded on advertisements, TV shows, and other media. The software itself requires an account with Scanbuy, but carries no cost for either ScanLife or the subscription.

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QR code-reading phones coming to US

03/28, 11:05am

ScanLife QR code software

Technology that allows users to get information on products and businesses on their mobile by simply taking a photo is being tested in San Francisco, CA, starting on Friday. Developed by Scanbuy, the free ScanLife software deciphers captured Quick Response (QR) bar codes. It then instructs the cell phone to perform a related function such as sending users to a specific web page or even download music or videos as well as place calls or send text messages. The San Francisco pilot isn't that advanced, as it links to online restaurant reviews and audio links for the city's attractions meant for tourists.

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