iPhone app adds barcode scanning

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iPhone app adds barcode scanning

Retail giant Tesco has added barcode scanning to its free iPhone app, allowing consumers to add items to their online shopping basket by using their handset as a barcode scanner, reports Silicon.

The update to the original Tesco Groceries app - which debuted two months ago - is designed to make online shopping on a mobile easier. Tesco Groceries app users had frequently requested adding in a barcode scanner, according to the supermarket giant.

Users of the app can now scan items' barcodes on the fly - when they use up the last tin of tomatoes while making dinner, say, or when out and about drinking a good bottle of wine at a friend's house. The scanned item will then automatically be placed in their online shopping basket ready for their next online shop.

Celerant delivers m-commerce tech

Celerant Technology, a player in the retail software industry, recently released its m-commerce offering, providing all Celerant e-commerce sites with the option to be reformatted for smaller screens, further extending the reach of their Web presence, says PR Urgent

Celerant m-commerce was developed as a way to create a mobile version of a Web site, allowing it to be more easily viewed and accessed on a mobile device.

“Celerant M-Commerce is an expansion of our multi-channel offering, demonstrating our drive to stay ahead of retail technology trends,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant Technology president and CEO.

PayPal, Verizon partner for POS

PayPal took another step toward the physical point-of-sale with the revelation that it will work with VeriFone Systems to let merchants accept PayPal payments on VeriFone's Payware Mobile application, states Digital Transactions.

Starting early next year, merchants will be able take PayPal from customers on the application, which VeriFone introduced early this year to allow mobile merchants to accept major card brands on Apple's iPhone.

The release was one of a number of mobile-payments developments that emerged from PayPal's Innovate conference for developers, which the eBay unit is holding in San Francisco starting Tuesday.

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