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Hacker Builds A QR Code Generator That Lets Him Into Fancy Airport Lounges

Nowhere is the distinction between the haves and have-nots more apparent than when waiting for a flight at the airport. But it turns out you might not need an actual first class ticket to get into a swanky airport lounge — just a custom Android app that spits out a boarding pass-spoofing QR code.

The New Windows Blue Screen Of Death Has... A QR Code?

Welcome to the future. A future where the Windows Blue Screen of Death now features a QR code as well as a sad face.

A QR Code On Heinz Tomato Sauce Linked Straight To German Porn

When Daniel Korell scanned a QR code on a bottle of Heinz Ketchup, he got more than he bargained for. Rather than bring up the competition page he was expecting to see, it instead linked to a German porn site called Fundorado. Oops.

This Clever Design Could Replace Ugly QR Codes With Light

QR codes are certainly practical, but they’re also dumb, stupid and ugly, and they instantly ruin almost anything they’re placed on. That’s why this tech that uses simple light as a replacement for QR codes is so awesome.

Watch This Haunted Poster Come To Life And Scare The Hell Out Of People

Giant poster ads are bad enough. But they’re even worse when they suddenly come to life and attack you. As far as terrifying pranks go, this one is pretty high up there. And it just keeps getting better.

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using An NFC Tag Or QR Code

Get your best buddies around for a movie marathon and before you can hit “play” they’re all going to want access to your Wi-Fi. This is the age of the second screen experience after all. You could simply tell them your network’s name and password, but here are a couple of alternatives that might be more convenient and add to your geek credentials at the same time.

Giz Explains: How QR Codes Work, And Why They Suck

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You’re looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it will open a link to the mobile version… of this article. Very meta.

Definitive Proof That Robots And QR Codes Are Not The Future Of Bartending

It’s generally assumed that robots will eventually take over all jobs currently staffed by humans. But tending bar could be one of the hold outs, if this Social Drink Machine is any indication. It lets patrons place orders through a combination of social media, mobile apps and QR codes, but in this case the whole is unfortunately not greater than the sum of its parts.

At Least This QR Code Clock Appreciates How Useless It Is

For all intents and purposes QR codes are a dead technology only being kept alive by marketing machine life support. For some reason advertising types think it’s easier for consumers to snap a photo of a pixelated square than remember a URL, but as Michael Ciuffo points out with his obfuscated QR code clock, it’s a “…technological convenience that really isn’t convenient.”

Acoustic Barcodes Are Probably Super Popular In Some Alternate Universe

With technology like NFC on the rise, you might think the humble barcode might not be long for this world. As it turns out, that old medium has at least one more trick up its sleeve. Going tactile and operating with sound just might be what it takes to make barcodes cool (again?).

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