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QR Code: 2011 Going Viral


WHAT is this image?  A QR code (= Quick Response code) is a two-dimensional matrix barcode that is designed to be read by smartphones.  The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, a URL, or other data.

Common in Japan, where it was created by a Toyota subsidiary in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. The QR code was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.  Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes now are used in a much broader context aimed at mobile phone users. QR codes may be used to display text to the user, to add a vCard contact to the user’s device, to open a Uniform Resource Indetifier (URI), or to compose an e-mail or text message.

QR codes storing addresses and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards, or almost any object about which users might need information. Users with a camera phone equipped with the a QR Code reader can scan the image of the QR code to display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the telephone’s browser.

QR codes can be used in Google’s mobile Android operating system via both their own Google Goggles application or 3rd party barcode scanners like BeeTagg, Zxing or Kaywa.  Nokia’s Symbian operating system is provided with a barcode scanner, which is able to read QR codes, while mbarcode is a QR code reader for the Maemo operating system. In the Apple iOS, a QR code reader is not natively included, but more than fifty paid and free apps are available with reader and metadata browser URI redirection ability. With BlackBerry devices, the App World application can natively scan QR codes and load any recognized Web URLs on the device’s Web browser.  Windows Phone 7 will be able to scan QR codes through the bing search app in the Mango update.

edited from Wikipedia

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WHY is this important?  Download any QR Code Reader from your smartphone, scan this image with your smartphone and as the season progresses, check back often, the secrets will be revealed to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD:  Information on how to download a FREE QR Code Reader for your smartphone:    BeeTagg     There are many readers out there and this is just one of them.  Any of them will work on this image.