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Evil Redbox Tricksters In Chicago Make Game Renters Sad

We’ve shared with you before first-hand accounts of what happens when you’re the victim of a Redbox scammer. These are people who copy a barcode and illicitly return a game or movie’s case without the disc inside, leaving the next person to check it out sad and disappointed, holding only a piece of paper. [More]

Study: College Students Have No Idea What To Do With QR Codes

Study: College Students Have No Idea What To Do With QR Codes

In spite of the fact that every bit of marketing targeted at teens and college students seems to come with some sort of QR code for this smartphone-happy demographic to scan, a new study says that most college students don’t know what to do with the codes and have no interest in ever scanning them. [More]

Clever Manufacturers Turn Barcodes Into Art

Clever Manufacturers Turn Barcodes Into Art

The humble barcode needn’t be so. As long as it follows certain basic rules that allow it to be scannable, like being at least half an inch high, having blank space on either side, and not using a few colors, there’s actually a lot you can do with a barcode. [More]

NYC May Add Bar Codes To Restaurant Inspection Grades

NYC May Add Bar Codes To Restaurant Inspection Grades

It’s been about a year since New York City eateries began posting huge letter grades to reflect their latest health inspection results, but now the city’s Health Department is thinking about adding bar codes that people could scan to get more in-depth info on that restaurant’s specific results. [More]

United Airlines Begins Offering Digital Boarding Passes

United Airlines Begins Offering Digital Boarding Passes

In a move to cut down on paper and ID fraud, United Airlines has announced passengers can now opt out of paper boarding passes and have digital boarding passes sent to their Internet-ready phones. [More]

JCPenney Tries Out Mobile Coupons In Houston Stores

JCPenney Tries Out Mobile Coupons In Houston Stores

If you live in the Houston area, you can now use your mobile phone to redeem coupons for JCPenney through a trial-partnership with Cellfire. You have to register with Cellfire in order to receive the promos via SMS or email, and if you register today you’ll receive a mysterious “$10 in$tant gift” [sic].

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/18/if-you-own-a-g1/

If you own a G1 phone from T-Mobile, Google has added a special barcode scanning feature to its Product Search page just for you. Yeah, you’ve already got other barcode scanning apps, but this one integrates with Google’s search functionality so you can scan and see product search results in Google immediately. [Phandroid]