Michael Ficzner

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How VinTank is Building a Geo-Fence Around Wine Country

[NOTE: I am writing a book with Robert Scoble called the Age of Context. It examines the convergence of five technologies: mobile, social media, data, sensors and location into a new era, in which our relationships with our devices will become far more personal and they will often be able to …

You're Likely Using QR Codes Wrong, And Here's Why

It seems that every print and outdoor ad these days has some form of a QR code slapped onto it.<p>It has gotten to the point that giant billboards feature QR codes, which are well out of reach of someone speeding by in a car. Considering that people are meant to interact with QR codes via a mobile …

'Smart Diaper' with QR code may track tots' health

New disposable diapers making a run on Indiegogo test a baby's pee to track urinary tract infections, dehydration, or kidney woes.<p>Next up for the square-shaped bar codes called QR codes: your baby's diapers?<p>Pixie Scientific has created a "Smart Diaper" that tests a baby's urine. Parents can then …

Mercedes Benz to put QR code stickers on vehicles for first responders

QR code stickers normally let you redeem a coupon or get some information, but Mercedes Benz has a new use for them. They plan to start putting the …

Mercedes-Benz

Sushi Chef Creates Edible QR Codes To End 'Fish Fraud' In California Restaurants

Fish gassed with carbon monoxide to keep it pulsing bright red long after expiration. A dysentery-causing mackerel species—long banned in Japan—criminally plated as "white tuna." Cauldrons of fish scraps plucked off processing plant floors, boiled into unholy stews of aquatic sinew, and served as …

Sustainability

QR Codes Can be Used to Hack Google Glass

Researchers from a security firm called Lookout Mobile claim that they have developed an attack that targets the Google Glass wearable computing …

Google Glass

Google Glass QR Code Hack - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

Seems like anything that is web connectable is hackable. Google Glass now gets added to the list. Many functions on glass are activated by reading in …

Banana QR codes encourage tourism in Ecuador

The Ecuador Ministry of Tourism is attaching QR code stickers to one of its largest exports, with the hope of boosting visits to the country.<p>22 Jul …

Products-as-Platforms Is Not a Marketing Gimmick

My favorite mobile device isn’t my phone, my iPad, or my car. It’s my Canon digital SLR camera. What makes that camera different from all the others Canon makes is not its serial number, but a QR code like the one on the left, called a TalkTag. Canon didn’t put the code there. I did. For both of us.<p>…

Mobile App Postagram Now Lets You Send Photo Postcards For Free, Sponsored By Brands

Postagram, the mobile app from Sincerely that turns your photos into postcards you can mail from your phone, just received its first big update in over a year, with the most notable change being the addition of free postcards. Previously, users would pay 99 cents to mail these personalized cards in …

What’s all the hype about QR codes?

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Small Business Should Visualize the Use of QR Codes

<b>ADOTAS —</b> Once upon a time, and not so long ago, if you owned a small business, it was open to debate whether or not you should have a website. It …

QR codes

Gregory Lee becomes President of Samsung's US mobile division, Dale Sohn to advise JK Shin

Samsung is shaking up its US mobile efforts: it just appointed Global Marketing Operations head Gregory Lee as the President of Samsung Telecommunications America, effective immediately. The company hasn't explained why it's making such an abrupt swap, but it's bringing outgoing President Dale Sohn …

Anywhere, anytime on–demand: A vision of the mobile future

<i>Charles Armstrong is founder and CEO of TourWrist, “the YouTube of panoramas.”</i><p>Running a mobile-centric platform, I’m completely inspired by technology’s present metamorphosis. More than ever, our devices are becoming human, tailored to our lives and empowering us with new opportunities to connect …

Google loans out Street View Trekker for global exploration

In an effort to map parts of the planet where cars can't go, the tech giant is working with third-party organizations to gather imagery from hiking trails, beaches, canyons, and mountaintops.<p>Google is petitioning explorers to help it take Google Maps to where no roads go -- through South American …

Apple Maintains Lead Over Samsung As Top U.S. Smartphone OEM

Apple is stil the top smartphone maker in the U.S. according to the latest quarterly report from comScore. While HTC, Motorola, and LTG continued to lose marketshare in the U.S. over the last three months, Apple and Samsung have continued to outpace the competition.<p>As of May 2013, comScore found …

Mobile

Why Independent Inventors Matter For Innovation

Walk into Best Buy, and you’ll find shelves stacked with easy-to-categorize products: TVs are bundled on one side, computers in another, game systems somewhere else. The unshakable conclusion: The hardware world has become dangerously predictable.<p>Call it an addiction to “bucketed”—or easily …

Why Local-Mobile Marketing Is Exploding

But does it deliver? According to many accounts, it does.<p>Not surprisingly, retailers, brands, and agencies are scrambling to hone their location-based approaches. These encompass everything from "geo-aware" and "geo-fenced" ad campaigns, to hyper-local efforts keyed to Wi-Fi hotspots, and …

Mobile

Tourwrist

Tourwrist is a virtual travel app that lets you visit places all over the world through 360 degree high quality photographs. Using the iPad’s …

WeHostels Brings Its Mobile App For Booking Hostels To Android

WeHostels launched its first mobile app last September, allowing users to find low-cost accommodations nearly anywhere in the world from their iPhones. Now the company is expanding its portfolio of mobile apps to make its service available on Android devices, as well.<p>Since we last covered WeHostels …

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QR Codes Make Passwords Obsolete – 2d-code

Rublon, the cryptographic login system that eliminates passwords has published an API for their secure QR Code enabled login. Rublon’s system uses …

Information Systems

People Actually Use QR Codes (In China)

Mock the lowly QR code as you may.<p>But people actually use it. In China.<p>We already knew that QR codes were popular in Japan, but they never quite took off in Western markets. However, they are finding new life in the world’s biggest market as consumers scan codes to find friends on Tencent’s WeChat …

New Samsung Hybrid All-in-One Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2

Samsung is set to introduce some new tablets and laptops, including one that works on both a Windows 8 and Android operating system …

Samsung Galaxy Zoom S4: A Smartphone With a Zoom Lens Attached

Camera phones can be an important tool for small business owners. But have you ever wished your camera phone could work just a little better, …

4 Affordable Ways to Keep Your Marketing Materials Current

If you hand out marketing materials at trade shows, networking events or conferences, you know what a pain it is when they’re outdated. And with …

Consumers Love Shopping in Stores - It’s Checkout They Hate

If you own a brick-and-mortar retail store and are worried about eCommerce sites or “showrooming” eating into your business, a recent study from …