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What Are QR Codes?

August 16th, 2011
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QR codes are those square geeky looking bar codes you’re seeing everywhere now.  QR stands for Quick Reference and that’s the idea – quick.

Using your smartphone you can take a picture of these codes to instantly load the link.  Simple!  You need an app for that:

  1. iPhone:  Bakodo – free in the App Store (what I use)
  2. Android: Barcode Scanner – free in the Android Market

Why QR Codes

  1. MUCH Easier – Long URLs (like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code) are hard to type – especially on your phone!  Scan a QR code in 2 clicks and results in 2 seconds.
  2. History – Some scanners save the history of everything scanned.  Nice reference.
  3. Price Check – Some scanners search Amazon, Google, or others for a quick reference of price or reviews

Why QR Codes – For Business

  1. Track – Count who takes action on your ads, and when
  2. Easier – Makes it easier for your users
  3. Increase Response – Easier means users may be more inclined to “learn more”

How to Create QR Codes (free)

  1. Visit createqrcode.appspot.com
  2. Type in the URL, generate, and save the image

Did you know?

  1. Typical use is web links (URLs), but QR codes can store any kind of data – like a phone number, text message, etc.
  2. QR codes can be re-sized and still work!
  3. You can scan them right off a screen!  Download an app and try the sample above.
  4. Nothing new – well, to us, but not around the world.  They were invited in 1994 by a subsidiary of Toyota!

Contact us if you need assistance tracking ad results through QR codes in your business.

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Overheating is a common problem with laptops. All electronics run better (and faster) at cooler temperatures.

Head over to HowToGeek to learn how to diagnose and fix common overheating problems.

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Google lets you make free phone calls anywhere in the US or Canada for the rest of 2011. Works great!  All you need is a free Gmail account.

From Your Computer
Browse to Gmail and click, Call a Phone on the left side.  Obviously you need a mic and speakers but most laptops in the last few years have these built right in.

 

From Your iPod/iPhone
Of course you need an Internet connection and a compatible headset.  Then download free app Talkatone and signin to your Gmail account.

More details here.

 

 

 

Great service for…

  • Traveling
  • An extra line
  • No cell coverage
  • Anonymous calling (random caller id if you haven’t setup Google Voice)

Calls to other countries and after 2011 will be at discounted rates.

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Buy a $20 Amazon.com gift card for just $10:  LivingSocial.com
(choose “I’m already a subscriber” to skip right to the deal and buy)

Amazon.com is a favorite online site for shopping.  I couldn’t miss sharing this good deal with everyone.  Enjoy!

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Best Tips of 2010

January 3rd, 2011
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LifeHacker compiled a great list of tips, videos, and how-tos from 2010:  Best of 2010

A few examples…


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Did you know Wikipedia celebrates 10 years on Jan 15th!? Also, they just raised $16 million in donations to remain ad free.  Continue reading…


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Best Tech Gifts For 2010

December 15th, 2010
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What’s the best tech gift this holiday season?  PCMag has put together a great list for 2010 after much testing and compiled reviews.  Click the next button to page through … there are 81 slides ranging from, cameras, HDTVs, ebook readers and more:

Start the Slide Show

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Makeuseof.com points out what to AVOID when buying a laptop:

  • Just Say No To Single Core Processors
  • Watch Out For Big Terrible Displays
  • Don’t Believe Manufacturer Battery Life Claims
  • Leave Extended Warranties On The Sales Floor
  • No, You Don’t Need That Accessory

A good read if you’re in the market for a laptop.  Read the full report here.

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Google’s Latitude is finally available in the AppStore for iPhones. Latitude is a free tool for your Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Windows to pinpoint your friends on Google Maps.  Watch the video, or see our previously mentioned article.

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Google Voice lets you customize and send a free personal phone call from Santa.  A treat for your younger one, or some laughs for an unsuspecting friend.  Enjoy! =)

Send a Call From Santa
(no signup or account required)

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