Google Loves Apple (In a World of Beacons)

  The launch of Eddystone by Google has, at long last, addressed a challenge in creating proximity experiences with beacons. Namely, that the software tools for beacon detection and interaction were less robust for Android development than for Apple devices. The media narrative, as always, paints the move by Google as a showdown between Eddystone […]

iBeacon and Why Apple Streaming Music Might Be Free

Apple can make its streaming music service free. And it’s because of iBeacon. The New York Times reports that industry analysts are predicting a tough climb for the company’s new streaming music service. Apple will need to shift from the pay-to-download model of iTunes toward the all-you-can-eat-buffet of streaming music. And in doing so, it will need to […]

Beacons Meet WiFi: Cisco Meraki Has Its Eye on Connected Spaces

WiFi iBeacon and Meraki

Bluetooth LE beacons have shifted beyond prototypes and pilots into large-scale distribution. But this shift has brought us bumping up against the downside to a beacon’s elegance and simplicity. Because if a beacon is a relatively simple (and dumb) device, how do you intelligently manage them at scale? One company thinks it has a solution. […]

Apple Watch: Tracking Customers with Digital Ads | Guest Post

Apple Watch as iBeacon

The much-anticipated Apple Watch is set for an early 2015 (sometime in March) release date. Now, we are all aware of its health-monitoring features but many mobile marketers believe that its real potentials lie elsewhere. The smart watch from Apple is actually good at putting digital ads on your potential customers’ wrists, helping you to […]

Kontakt Cloud Beacon: Shipping Goodness

Kontakt.io is finally shipping its Cloud Beacon developer kits – and the little units pack a powerful punch. Their Cloud Beacon is one of a suite of emerging technologies that support large-scale beacon deployments. They help overcome issues with security, monitoring, management and quality assurance and bring proximity technology to an industrial-scale/enterprise-grade level which may […]

Samsung Makes Its Move: Beacons for Android, No App Required

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Samsung will launch the Samsung Placedge Platform at their developer’s conference tomorrow, and with it will cut out the need for a brand to have its own app to detect beacons. Instead, Samsung will provide a sort of uber-application that sits at the device layer, detecting a shared registry of beacons and pushing messages via a […]

A Sad Day for Beacons: MacBeacon and Yosemite

MacBeacon

Maybe we were the only ones. But in the early days after Apple announced iBeacon and support for BLE we did a lot of running around. Did anyone else find themselves developing apps with Esimote, say, and then running around the office to test whether an app and its response to beacons? We had all […]

Beacons Make Brands Smarter (And Consumers Win)

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Beacons make brands powerful. But the power comes at a price: because unlike passive detection technologies, beacons emit a signal. And that signal is both a godsend for brands and the source of their greatest terror: that a consumer will delete their app, that they’ll cross the line from contextual to creepy. Beacons can make […]