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Posted at 5:51 PM ET, 11/19/2010

QR codes and The Washington Post

By Cory Haik

You may have noticed a funny-looking bar code popping up in conspicuous places: billboards, magazines, airport tickets, the printed edition of The Washington Post.

These are called QR codes, which stands for Quick Response code, and they are not exactly new -- just becoming more popular in America. It is a 2-D bar code encoded with information readable by QR scanners or smartphones with a QR application. Various pieces of information can be encoded in the image, from text to photos to any URL that opens your phone's mobile browser.

The Washington Post will be offering these "digital jumps" to its readers from time to time, helping you get from stories in the paper to interactive digital offerings on our site. To try it out, download a QR reader for your smartphone and scan any QR code that appears in our printed pages.

-- For iPhone, try QR Reader
-- For Andriod, try Bar code scanner
-- For Blackberry, try BeeTagg

By Cory Haik  | November 19, 2010; 5:51 PM ET
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