QR Codes: Those funny little boxes you see popping up everywhere

Ever wonder what that weird looking box is? It’s called a QR code and it’s simply a two-dimensional bar code that can store information. For example, the above one contains the URL to this blog. I could have created a QR Code that contained information such as my phone number and e-mail address.
Generating a QR Code is super easy. There are several websites out there. Just search online for “QR Code generator.” I used this one.
Here’s how to use a QR code. First, in order to read a QR Code, you must download a Barcode Scanner on your smartphone. Just search for “Barcode Scanner” in the Marketplace and you’ll find it.
After the app is installed, launch it. You will see a red line across the screen. Zoom in on the QR Code. When the code is read, you’ll hear a beep and the information contained in the QR Code will appear on your screen. In this case, the URL for this blog popped on the screen. I touched the link and it took me to my blog. Super simple.
Here’s another QR Code I generated. I’m not going to tell what information it contains. You’ll have to read it to find out.

About Buffy Andrews

Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Also, Social Media Coordinator.
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