QR codes can link smart phones to U-B videos

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With the Community March Against Hate crowd framing the ground with their shadows where a swastika was burned into the ground at Heritage Park on September 25 (sunlit area directly below podium), guest speaker Adam Kirtley of Whitman College illuminates with words to the approx. 200 participants of Saturday's march. The march was a response to the swastika and defacing of park panels a little over a week ago. October 2, 2010

If you have a smart phone, we have something new for you in today's Union-Bulletin.

To take advantage of the phone's abilities and give you an easier way to access our online features such as videos, we're adding QR codes,which are a small, square version of a bar code your phone can use to quickly and easily bring you a variety of content.

QR codes, which were released by a Japanese company in the mid-1990s, can encode significant amounts of information. When read by smart phones, the codes can send text messages, direct Web browsers to URLs, encode phone numbers or display text.

In our case, for the time being, the QR codes will give you an easy way to get to our videos.

How does it work?

First, you'll need to download a QR code reader. Where to find one depends on your phone. If you carry an iPhone, you can get one at the App Store. You can also download the software at ubne.ws/bt0Jpp. Several free versions have received positive reviews from users, but you could also spring for a paid app if you choose.

The app I picked for my self is free. It turns out to have poor ratings from users, but has worked 100 percent of the time for me.

Once you've got the app on your phone, launch the app and point your phone's camera at the QR code of your choosing. This tends to work best in decent light.

If the QR code is one of ours, when the code-reader has a successful capture, your phone should be automatically directed to the URL.

We won't charge you to use this feature, and if your phone's data plan includes Web access you won't see any difference between using QR codes and using your phone's Web browser the old-fashioned way.QR code test

Want to give this a shot now? Download a code reader, launch it and point it at the QR code right here to view video from Saturday'scommunity march against hate.

If you run into problems, e-mail me at the address below and I'll be happy to help out.

Alasdair Stewart can be reached at alasdairstewart@wwub.com or 526-8311.

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