Aakash, touted as world's most inexpensive tablet, has a new competitor. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management has launched Classpad, an tablet running on Google's Android 2.2 operating system.
QR Codes on postage stamps are not new (cf. QR Code Valentine’s Day postage stamps from Taiwan and a QR Code postage stamp from Spain) but these (image below) from Hrvatske pošte, the national postal service of Croatia, incorporate a novel functionality.
Each of the 3.10 Kuna (0.56 U.S. dollars) stamps has a unique code printed below the QR Code. Scanning the QR Code takes the user to a mobile site where the unique code can be entered and view confirmation on the receipt of your mail as well as additional data about its route.
Users can find out when the mail was sent, how many kilometers it had travelled, when it reached its destination and more. The QR Code stamp was produced to mark the 20th anniversary of the issuance of postal stamps by Croatian Post.
FX may be the first cable network to make tcommerce the focus of a companion app for a TV series, building an app for Apple's iPad that allows fans of hit program Sons of Anarchy to buy jewelry, clothing worn by cast members and other merchandise.
Brands are trading their privacy and valuable consumer data for convenience because of an over-reliance on Facebook
- Wang, who was speaking at the Neolane Evo-lution Conference in Paris last week, said Facebook may turn out to be the ‘AOL of our generation’.
He was referring to the manner in which marketers previously relied on AOL keywords to drive traffic to their sites.
‘Brands should be using Facebook as a lead-generation tool,’ he said. ‘If you have Facebook doing commerce and being the intersection of all your communications with consumers, you have to ask where that data is going.’
Wang is an advocate for open-sourced models for social engagement and advises brands to develop their own platforms. His comments echo those of Laurent Vernhes, chief executive and founder of Tablet Hotels, who, at the Walpole eBusiness Forum last week, compared Facebook to a ‘giant nightclub where you go and do a bit of flirting’.