iOS8: The iBeacon Revolution | Guest Post

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Indoor maps, increased privacy and instant discoverability: Why iOS 8 Will Again Revolutionise Retail Apps by Ildiko Hudson, Beacondo As the iBeacon ecosystem flourishes and the technology gathers momentum beyond early adopters, its limitations have become clearer: accuracy is sometimes poor, users have concerns that stores are spying on them, and even with the smartest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]