Apple and the Closed System: Is Apple Slowly Locking Down iBeacon?

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Apple will no longer allow users to manually input iBeacon UUID numbers into an app, thus further locking off the ability for apps to scan for beacons that aren’t their own. Which leads to a larger question – which is better, a large open system or a closed and controlled one? These moves by Apple […]

Beacons Hits The Beach – And a Magazine Near You

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In a sign of how ubiquitous beacons will become, a campaign by Nivea shows that beacons definitely aren’t just for the shopping aisle – they’re for your kids, your dog or your refrigerator case full of caviar. The following campaign highlights an amazing concept: that beacons can be distributed directly in a magazine. With waterproof […]

iBeacon UX and Design: 3 Ways Beacons Will Reconstruct Reality

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Reality is messy. That’s the secret challenge of iBeacon and Bluetooth LE proximity devices. Think about it: we live in an online world where design has gone “flat”, where iOS7 took away all the felt and leather and extrusions so that the interface gave “deference” to content and where Google marches on with an improved […]

The Future of iBeacon: Trends for the Year Ahead | Guest Post

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Where will iBeacon go next? What’s the future of proximity technology? We’ve moved far more rapidly than I think even Apple could have expected – shifting from pilots to large scale deployments across multiple industries in a compressed time period. Stefan Wolpers, who’s a stand-out thinker on the technology (and published a compelling overview of […]

Beacon Bug: Apple Loses iBeacon Ranging….And Drives Developers Mad

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A new bug in the Apple iBeacon stack is driving developers a bit, well, buggy – and leaving them wondering if it’s their code, the beacon or something else that’s causing problems in discovering beacons. The bug causes iPhones to suddenly stop ranging for beacons. Our team in the UK found a similar result this […]

iBeacon Wearables (And Outdoor Beacons Too!)

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Bluetooth LE beacons built into sunglasses are getting a lot of press this week. At 9to5Mac they report on an upcoming crowd funding campaign being planned by Tzukuri who have designed a beautiful set of frames with a built in beacon – misplace your sunglasses and an app on your phone will notify you that you’re […]

Radius Networks Collects iBeacon Technology

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Radius Networks is collecting the locations of beacons. They’re also collecting companies, announcing the purchase this week of 4DK, a provider of mobile messaging services. On the acquisition front, the purchase is intended to expand the toolkit of services that Radius provides developers, retailers and others on the hunt for proximity services. The 4DK analytics […]

iBeacon Sees the Light: Powering a New Generation of Bluetooth LE

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Next Generation of Devices Use Energy Harvesting Balancing the user experience with maintaining battery power on an iBeacon or Bluetooth LE device is a key development challenge. Set your advertising or signal power too high and your battery will run out in weeks. Set it too low and your battery could last years – but […]

iBeacon Tutorial from the King of Tutorials

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  An in-depth iBeacon tutorial has been posted at the textbook site for XCode and iOS development: Ray Wenderlich. Other tutorials may be, shall we say, more modern looking. Appcoda amd DevFright both provide neat, clean overviews of how to code an app to work with the Apple iBeacon framework. But there’s something about tutorials […]

Beacon Hackathon: UK Edition

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A Hackathon will be held this weekend (April 25-27th) in the UK with presentations by beacon providers on Friday evening, and two days of coding and judging on Saturday and Sunday. The event, being hosted by BeMyApp, follows on the success of the company’s San Francisco edition. You don’t need to be a coder to […]