Browsing Google Chrome and the Physical Web

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Chrome 57 has launched, and with it in-browser support for the Physical Web. Now, when a user goes to conduct a search or enter a web URL, any nearby Physical Web addresses will appear just below the address bar as seen in the above graphic. It adds another piece to the proximity puzzle – allowing your […]

Samsung and the Physical Web Get CloseBy

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Samsung has announced support for Physical Web URL detection in its Samsung Internet browser – the default for Samsung devices. Called CloseBy, the support allows users to activate an extension to their browser which will then deliver a notification when they’re “close by” to a Physical Web beacon. Tapping on the notice, the user is taken to […]

Google, Beacons and the Black Box

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When Google launched its response to the Apple iBeacon standard, it established itself as best-in-class for the field. But as it worked to integrate different initiatives within the company, it has left some notable gaps that hinder the development of effective user experiences. It can be hard enough to understand all of the competing terms and […]

WWDC 2016: iBeacon and Apple’s Last Chance

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Google is cleaning Apple’s clock in proximity. Their suite of software development tools leaves Apple in the dust – from tight integration of their Nearby API and their Eddystone beacon protocols, to the monumentally important physical web, Google is making sense of proximity. It didn’t need to be that way. Apple was first out of the gate […]

BeaconControl: Open Source Beacon Management

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Launching this week, BeaconControl is an open source platform for managing proximity experiences using Bluetooth LE beacons. It promises to help extend the stack of tools available to developers, organizations and brands and allow for more seamless integration with existing systems. “The platform eliminates the need to focus on low level issues such as hardware […]

Kontakt to its Customers: You’re All Doomed

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Kontakt, one of the largest manufacturers of beacons, has a message for its customers: you’re all doomed. In what might rank as one of the more bizarre examples of corporate messaging, the company’s founder has taken to LinkedIn to pronounce that with the arrival of the Eddystone beacon protocol (and related services) by Google, proximity […]

Google Updates Terms of Service for the Physical Web

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Google has updated its Terms of Service for Chrome to clarify the use of the browser as part of the “Physical Web“. The update, which coincides with the release of beacon detection in Chrome browsers for iOS (with Android support expected in the coming days), clarifies that users won’t be sharing personally identifiable data from […]

Google Eddystone Jumps into the Browser on iOS

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Your browser will now connect to ‘cookies’ in the physical world – beacons, which can now broadcast a Web URL as part of Google’s new Eddystone protocol. And Google is planting its flag on iOS devices first. By launching beacon support within Chrome, Google is effectively bypassing the gatekeepers at Apple and providing support for […]

Google Loves Apple (In a World of Beacons)

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  The launch of Eddystone by Google has, at long last, addressed a challenge in creating proximity experiences with beacons. Namely, that the software tools for beacon detection and interaction were less robust for Android development than for Apple devices. The media narrative, as always, paints the move by Google as a showdown between Eddystone […]

iBeacon and Why Apple Streaming Music Might Be Free

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Apple can make its streaming music service free. And it’s because of iBeacon. The New York Times reports that industry analysts are predicting a tough climb for the company’s new streaming music service. Apple will need to shift from the pay-to-download model of iTunes toward the all-you-can-eat-buffet of streaming music. And in doing so, it will need to […]