Who’s Winning the War for Beacons? Bluetooth LE Statistics

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EarthPing is  a Research Project Setting Out to Collect Bluetooth LE Data How many iBeacon devices are there in your local mall? How many connected products use Bluetooth LE? One developer wants us to all help find out and to contribute to a global effort to gather stats. BlueScan is an Android app that lets you […]

Can Your Estimote Be Hacked? Yes It Can (For Now)

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Your Beacons Can Be Hijacked (If You Don’t Do It Right) Estimote beacons can be ‘hacked’ and coders with malicious intent could change the advertising packet data in the devices. If the devices were being deployed on a large scale the exploit would mean that the beacon you put up in your store could, in […]

iBeacon Hits The Mall (And Why Shoppers Won’t Worry About Being Tracked)

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Bluetooth LE: Retail is the Top Story Retail was the top story for Bluetooth LE beacons in 2013. Which frankly isn’t saying very much: it’s hard to remember that iBeacon technology is only a few months old. When Apple unlocked Bluetooth LE capabilities in its phones and devices with the launch of iOS7 you’d expect […]

Estimote’s Explosive Growth: 10,000 iBeacon Developers

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Global Success Points to a Year of Bluetooth LE Estimote has over 10,000 developers worldwide working with its Bluetooth LE-capable beacons. For a technology that’s barely a few months old, the number represents a stunning level of traction. The news comes by way of Steve Cheney who recently joined Estimote as head of business operations […]

iBeacon: My Love is Like Chocolate for the Internet of Things

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Bluetooth LE is just the start of a new world in which our devices can finally “see”. While companies like Estimote are already hybrid devices – combining an accelerometer and temperature detector to enable some fascinating uses (your shop door opens and it triggers a welcome message on a device, say), a whole range of […]

What Is an iBeacon? First We Rule the Word, and Then We Rule the World

Apple iBeacon technology seems to be powering a battle for proximity-based experiences. But in many cases, the battle isn’t where the media thinks. Instead, the way that Apple has managed to stake a claim to the term ‘iBeacon’ is sowing some perhaps intentional confusion which has it ‘owning’ a bigger part of the market than […]

Inside Gimbal: Qualcomm Beacons Tackle Bluetooth LE Challenges

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Qualcomm has done a lot right with its new Bluetooth LE beacons. Its devices are low-cost and it offers a full SDK for iOS proximity services, and geofencing support for Android devices. Gimbal Pricing Qualcomm is taking a low-cost strategy for the beacons themselves – pricing them as low as $5 for their Series 10 […]

Bluetooth LE: Android v Apple – The Startling Difference

A startling difference between Apple and Android devices is highlighted in an analysis by Cambridge Consultants. While the report examines previous generations of devices and operating systems, it highlights the importance of accounting for a wide spread in designing Bluetooth LE experiences. Updated: With feedback from the whitepaper author, we’ve corrected this post to reflect that […]

Nike to Android: Get Running with Bluetooth LE

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In a swipe at Android device makers, Nike claims that a lack of consistent Bluetooth LE support is holding back app support for its FuelBand line of products. Pocket-lint reports: “In a candid chat with the VP… he expressed the usual frustrations many developer claim to have; that there are too many variations of Android […]