Magically Share Videos, Music, Photos, Contact Information, Calendar Events, And… Money Via New Israeli iPhone App

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We’ve all seen them. The black and white squares at the corner of an advertisement, encouraging us to scan them with our smartphone to reach an app or website. For Israeli company Xsync, QR codes have untapped potential.

Through a simple scan, these small barcodes have the power to store and transfer files as large as songs, videos and PDFs, the company says. In fact, QR codes could one day become the next system for sharing files between Smartphone users, according to the development team of Xsync’s latest application.

Xsync is a free application that allows users to share videos, music, photos, contacts, calendar events, and PayPal money through scanning unique QR codes.

The people behind the application, Israeli Daniel Shimshoni and American Bryan Leeds, launched the application in the Apple App Store two months ago through Shimshoni’s development company, iDar LLC (which was incorporated in September 2011.)  Leeds tells NoCamels:  “The solution of Xsync [is that] it connects two phones sitting next to each other in a simple and easy-to-use way. We found that QR codes are a new and innovative way to do this.

Utilizing cloud technology to share files 

Once the Xsync application is downloaded, it turns multimedia files into ready-to-scan QR codes that any code reader can scan and instantly receive. “When a user selects a file to share, our program generates a QR code which acts as a key in order to access the Xsync information cloud. Our cloud receives that information, and the file the user wants to send goes through our cloud and then to the user who scans the code, and then receives the file,”  Leeds explains.  A unique QR code is generated for every file that is transferred using Xsync.  Leeds refers to this type of transfer as “peer to peer proximity sharing.”

The QR code is a key to access the Xsync cloud, which is where all of our users’ actual files sit.”  Once users have downloaded the application, files on their personal cloud storage and phone are uploaded to the Xsync cloud one by one. Users can share as many pictures, videos, and music files as they want, using a single QR code generated for the transaction. Every QR code generated on someone’s phone for a transfer is shared once, and then it’s done. “There is a great advantage in QR codes,” says Leeds. “They are a free, safe and open source to use.

Xsync can be used by anyone with the application, regardless if they are a contact or not. “It works great with people who aren’t in your contact list,” says Leeds. “If you want to share something with someone around you, this is much faster than having to first type in an email or phone number.

The application is currently integrated with two cloud services, Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud.  “We are soon going to integrate other cloud services like Box,  SkyDrive, and Google Drive,” says Leeds.

The vision of Xsync is that it is someone’s personal cloud hub. Your mobile phone is your key to access your personal cloud or others’ personal clouds.

“A virtual handshake”

In many ways, QR codes are safer than sending files over email or SMS, since each QR code generated is disposed of after the transfer.  QR codes are optical codes that must be scanned; there is no hardware, no signal being broadcasted, and therefore no possibility for third party interception. Leeds refers to the QR code transfer as a “secure way to create a virtual handshake,” and believes there is a real advantage in QR codes for the enterprise sector.

Our business model is going to be using this technology to go into the enterprise space,” says Leeds. The application will soon debut a new feature that will allow the transfer of documents and PDFs through QR codes. “Through our technology, businesses could share information with each other through private networks. Our technology allows people to get access into those networks to receive a single file or something specific” says Leeds.  (read full article – here)

Description (AppStore)

Use Xsync to share files on your phone or in your cloud with anybody around you with a simple scan.

Simply select something to share and then Xsync creates a scannable tag on your phone. Anybody with *any* mobile phone using *any* QR code reader can scan this code and instantly receive your stuff.

– Share photos:  Share photos with friends, family, and neighbors
– Share music: Share your latest music
– Share videos: Share your favorite videos
– Share contacts: Share your contact info and share address book contacts
– Share events: Share events in your calendar and share new calendar events
– Share payments: PayPal integrated to pay someone back
Sync devices: Move files between devices

Additional features

– Xsync is a QR code and barcode scanner for scanning anything
– Xsync is integrated with Dropbox and iCloud so you can share from your private cloud
– Xsync transfers are anonymous and completely secure
– Sign into Facebook in-app for easy contact info sharing

Xsync works cross-platform on iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Only users sending something need Xsync. Users receiving something can use any mobile device with any QR  code reader.

App:  Xsync Transfer and Share Files by iDar LLC

Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category:   Utilities
Updated:  November 05, 2012
Publisher:  iDar LLC
Price: Free (get app)


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