Apple iBeacons: 5 Common Myths

Its been called an NFC killer. Or Apple’s secret retail weapon. But myths have been launched along with the Apple’s iBeacon API, with Apple not exactly pounding the pavements to explain itself. At its simplest level, Bluetooth LE is a wireless low-energy protocol for data transmission. It was designed to be simple and to be […]

Internet of Things: This Week’s Top Posts

There’s something new on the Internet of Things every week – from Bluetooth LE wrist bands for kids, to shareable bike locks that you run on your phone, to sprinklers that know the weather. But the news of the week was Android. And with Radius Networks seemingly leading the charge, we’re seeing strong evidence that […]

iBeacons: Can My iOS App Find Beacons That Aren’t Mine?

Update (October 22, 2013): Radius Networks has taken this question further, and answers with a resounding “NO”, iOS will NOT let you find beacons that aren’t your own. Their conclusion? There doesn’t seem to be any hack to look for an arbitrary iBeacon on iOS — you have to know at least the ProximityUUID to […]

iBeacons, Apple and Android: Is Google Hijacking Your Bluetooth LE?

Update (October 22, 2013): As noted in the comments below, Radius Networks has taken this question further, and answers with a, well, qualified “NO”, iOS will NOT let you find beacons that aren’t your own. Their conclusion? There doesn’t seem to be any hack to look for an arbitrary iBeacon on iOS — you have […]

Using iBeacons to Disable Apps and Phone Features

Sometimes it isn’t what an iBeacon will let your phone DO, it’s what it will PREVENT your phone from doing. In a use case I’d never frankly thought about, Endpoint Protector proposes a promising line of thinking: having iBeacons trigger phones to disable features or lock off usage of certain apps. For the corporate-minded security […]

iBeacon Tutorial for iOS 7 by DevFright

While developers have time to play with the code ahead of the public launch of new versions of Apple software, there’s usually still a delay before we have a good set of tutorials on new features of Apple iOS. When it comes to the iBeacon framework, the delay is exacerbated in part by it being […]