iBeacon Feels the Squeeze: Adapt (or Die?)

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iOS8 is a monumental move towards devices that are more connected, more aware, and increasingly powered by iBeacon and Bluetooth LE technology. And yet in spite Apple shifting the emphasis from the screen to the world around the screen, iBeacon device makers are about to feel the squeeze. Google is expected to follow suit with […]

iOS8 : Bigger Than iBeacon

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Apple gave us iBeacon with the launch of iOS7. It opened up a wave of innovation around proximity-based experiences that was showing no signs of slowing down. But iOS8 is orders of magnitude more significant. At its World Wide Developer Conference Apple didn’t just tweak a few iBeacon settings or add a few new classes […]

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 […]

iBeacon UX Design Approach: Visible or Invisible?

Proximity-based experiences challenge mobile designers to think of the user experience in new ways. iBeacon and Bluetooth LE powered beacons might be a simple technology – after all, the only thing they really do is broadcast a small radio signal. But that signal allows an app to, well, do stuff based not on a user’s location, […]

iBeacon Update: Success Factors and Myths

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Beacons will change the way our phones respond to proximity – a paradigm change from location-based interactions. It will move us from coupons being delivered in a store aisle to an understanding that everything can be a beacon – from a moving car to another person, from the front door of a store to the […]

Sonic Notify: Hoops Jones, Beacon Adventurer

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Sonic Notify has been rocking its beacon technology lately, helping drive an Indiana Jones adventure and seat upgrades for the Golden State Warriors. Its beacons can include both audio and Bluetooth LE signals (thus letting them communicate with a wider range of Android and other phones). Beacons And The Temple of Doom The New York-based […]

Samsung Puts a Watch on Bluetooth LE

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As expected, the new flagship Galaxy S5 supports Bluetooth LE connectivity thus putting the world on notice that iBeacon technology isn’t just for Apple. KitKat Drives Bluetooth LE The new device updates the operating system to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and thus unlocks access to the phone’s Bluetooth LE capabilities. The version of the operating system […]

Android and iBeacon: Will Samsung Introduce a Bluetooth LE Framework?

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Patently Apple reports that Samsung has filed a trademark for Flybell, which for all intents looks a lot like Apple’s iBeacon. They propose that the product may be launched this coming Monday along with the release of the Samsug Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Sure to be called an ‘iBeacon Competitor’ […]

iBeacon Auto: Your Car is a Beacon

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Automatic Link has added Bluetooth LE functionality in the latest update to its ‘smart driving assistant’ and while it might be mostly a novelty at first it hints at a future in which beacons aren’t just confined to the walls of your local mall. By embedding a Bluetooth LE beacon in the Automatic Link device, […]