New Qriket Season Starts With the New Year

New Qriket Season Starts With the New Year

Dec 29, 2011

This may be the most excited I’ve been for the start of an event that sounds like “cricket.” I’m not talking about that strange sport that your local Indian restaurant always has muted on the wall, I am talking about Qriket, with a Qr, as in QR codes. If you’re thoroughly confused right now, I don’t blame you. Qriket is a very odd concept and kind of a hidden web gem. The main basis of Qriket is to assemble a team of smartphone toting friends who snap photos of QR codes whenever they arise in the wild. Every code you get adds a point to the overall team total, and every code also comes with a mini game where you get a shot at receiving bonus points or even cash for yourself. At a minimum, you could just sign up, not join a team and just use Qriket to give yourself a small chance at finding a few bucks every time a QR code appears. The cash prizes aren’t too spectacular; my lone prize yesterday was 5 bucks. But honestly, that’s 5 more dollars then I had and for a college student, thats a free meal.

Qriket works in monthly “seasons” and the registered teams all scan away for the three top spots which receive a quite substantial prize. The prize for this last month was $8,500 for the winning team. This is the team prize, and it is evenly distributed among the team members. So, for an 11 man team, that’s $772 a person. Not bad. Granted getting these top spots is a long shot, and you have to be dedicated, but for now Qriket is a small service, meaning your odds are probably greater than you think.

Codes scanned in one season can be rescanned for the next season, so stockpiling a pile of magazine ads containing QR codes is something that I recommend. So head to their website and login with your Facebook account. Even if you don’t compete it is exciting seeing if you can squeeze some cash out of a stone (you’ll see what I mean if you play). I realize that by writing this blog post I am just increasing my competition for this upcoming season, but I think I’m up to the challenge.

PasteQR Makes Mobile QR Code Creation Easy

PasteQR Makes Mobile QR Code Creation Easy

Dec 12, 2011

QR codes, those random bits of pixellated gibberish that are everywhere nowadays, are typically not used by end users for any purpose. However, one developer has figured out a unique way to use QR codes for end users. Users can use an app called PasteQR to generate QR codes of their preferred text from copied text, which can then be shared as an image through Android’s default sharing options. The app can also be used to scan QR codes from PasteQR or from other apps as well. The most useful feature is that text can be shared to the app using Android’s built-in sharing services, to easily generate QR codes from links and other texts in PasteQR. This can be used as a way to send text to other devices, and to easily generate QR codes on the go. However, there’s no way to easily save images to the Gallery, though saving to Dropbox through the Android sharing service is possible. PasteQR is a free download from the Android Market.