WWDC: Bringing Home the iBeacon

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It’s hard to resist the parlor game of guessing what Apple will launch at its World Wide Developers Conference – but with the Wall Street Journal reporting that iBeacon will get time on stage during the keynote, I’ll add a few more last minute predictions to the list I posted this weekend. With Apple expected […]

iBeacon the Kinvey Way: Enterprise Grade Insights

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Kinvey, a powerful backend as service provider for mobile developers, agencies and enterprise, recently launched iBeacon and BLE support. As a companion to its launch (and demo at the Gluecon conference), Kinvey developer Mike Katz has written an exceptional overview of their experiences developing a beacon-enabled app. Kinvey: Enterprise-Grade The launch of iBeacon/BLE support by […]

iBeacon and WWDC: The Secret Star and 3 Things to Watch

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Bluetooth LE and iBeacon may be the secret star of the annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), with BLE powering features that include a new Healthbook suite of applications and software development tools and protocols for a connected home. The headlines are promising: your iPhone and iPad are about to get a lot more connected. […]

BlueGiga Gets Big: Beacon Range 250m

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Bluegiga this week announced a Bluetooth Smart Module with an astonishing 250 to 450 meter range – while promising to maintain the low energy consumption for which Bluetooth LE is known. Bluegiga is the power under the hood of a wide range of beacons and other devices. They’re one of the “go to” companies if […]

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 […]