Shell’s big QR code experiment

When I called in to a Shell station in Reading on Saturday to fill up my car with fuel, I noticed this banner attached to the side of the pump I was using. “Fill up and go here with our speedy payment service,” it says. “Powered by PayPal.” And there’s a big QR code in the middle of the sign. It’s called Fill Up And Go and the usage idea is simple: You’ll be able to use it through the…

PayPal and SMS: a reassuring combination

I bought my early-bird ticket for Reading Twestival this morning,  paying for it via PayPal. The simple purchase transaction I completed in a couple of minutes reminded me how much I place trust in PayPal, partly because of its neat one-time code by SMS message security procedure – what it calls its SMS Security Key – that I find reassuring. I’ve been using this system for most of this year. I find it convenient and easy: what gadget are you…

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