wtf
This Football Fan Makes a Great Case For Not Getting a QR Code Tattoo

Someone who really, really loves his team found out the hard way that QR codes are daft and copyright infringement has no mercy. Read More >>

cybersecurity
A Bug in the iOS Camera App’s QR Code Reader Could Send iPhone Users to Malicious Websites

A vulnerability in the way iOS’ camera app handles QR codes could potentially result in users being unknowingly redirected to malicious destinations. Read More >>

security
Hacker Builds a QR Code Generator That Lets Him Into Fancy Airport Lounges

Nowhere is the distinction between the haves and have-nots more apparent than when waiting for a flight at the airport. But it turns out you might not need an actual first class ticket to get into a swanky airport lounge—just a custom Android app that spits out a boarding pass-spoofing QR code. Read More >>

windows
The New Windows Blue Screen of Death Has a QR Code

Welcome to the future. A future where the Windows Blue Screen of Death now features a QR code as well as a sad face. Read More >>

concepts
This Clever Design Could Replace Ugly QR Codes With Light

QR codes are certainly practical, but they instantly ruin the look of almost anything they're placed on. That's why this tech that uses simple light as a replacement for QR codes is so awesome. Read More >>

stunts
Watch This Haunted Poster Come to Life and Scare the Hell Out of People

Giant poster ads are bad enough. But they're even worse when they suddenly come to life and attack you. As far as terrifying pranks go, this one is pretty high up there. And it just keeps getting better. Read More >>

uncategorized
QR Codes Make Themselves Useful as Warship Construction Maps

BAE Systems staff working on the new series of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers have come up with a novel use for the poor old QR code system; sticking codes on walls of the skeletons of the ships to help engineers find their way around the massive 3D construction sites. Read More >>

energy
Government Sends Final Demand to Energy Companies for Compulsory QR Codes on Bills

Despite David Cameron's promise of a world in which the "Internet of Things" has our microwaves asking us what ready meal we'd like partially heated up for dinner tonight, the government's energy secretary Ed Davey foresees a tamer and more realistic tech future in which the old QR code is used to help customers save money on energy bills. Read More >>

giz explains
How QR Codes Work and Why They Suck So Hard

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You're looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it'll open a link to the mobile version...of this article. Very meta. Read More >>

robots
Definitive Proof That Robots and QR Codes Are Not the Future of Bartending

It's generally assumed that robots will eventually take over all jobs currently staffed by humans. But tending bar could be one of the hold outs, if this Social Drink Machine is any indication. It lets patrons place orders through a combination of social media, mobile apps, and QR codes, but in this case the whole is unfortunately not greater than the sum of its parts. Read More >>

watch this
At Least This QR Code Clock Appreciates How Useless It Is

For all intents and purposes, QR codes are a dead technology only being kept alive by marketing machine life support, and errr, Apple. For some reason advertising types think it's easier for consumers to snap a photo of a pixelated square than remember a URL, but as Michael Ciuffo points out with his obfuscated QR code clock, it's a "…technological convenience that really isn't convenient." Read More >>

gadgets
Acoustic Barcodes Are Probably Super Popular In Some Alternate Universe

With technology like NFC on the rise, you might think the humble barcode might not be long for this world. As it turns out, that old medium has at least one more trick up its sleeve. Going tactile and operating with sound just might be what it takes to make barcodes cool (again?). Read More >>

uncategorized
No Wonder Passbook Uses Crummy QR Codes, Apple Uses Them in Manufacturing too

Apple loves QR codes -- you've only got to look on the intimate parts of its products to know that. Thanks to a supposedly leaked test report image, left on a iPhone 5 shipped directly from China, this love for QR codes extends to manufacturing as well. That "Fail" message is a bit worrying -- not the kind of thing you'd want to see on your shiny new iPhone 5. Read More >>

apps
This Augmented Reality App Is the Final Nail in the QR Code’s Hideous Coffin

Just about everyone except for inept marketers can agree that QR codes are terrible and useless. That being said, there's not really a better alternative if you're looking to implement augmented-reality on the cheap. Until now, thanks to Layar's new page-scanning smartphone app. Read More >>

wikipedia
Monmouth Declares Itself “The First Wikipedia Town in the World”

The very detailed Monmouthpedia project that wants to chart the town in unprecedented depth is about to go live, with the blue plaques in place and some 500 Wikipedia entries created to tell us all about life in the quaint holiday spot. Read More >>