Kontakt to its Customers: You’re All Doomed

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Kontakt, one of the largest manufacturers of beacons, has a message for its customers: you’re all doomed. In what might rank as one of the more bizarre examples of corporate messaging, the company’s founder has taken to LinkedIn to pronounce that with the arrival of the Eddystone beacon protocol (and related services) by Google, proximity […]

Google Loves Apple (In a World of Beacons)

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  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

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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 […]

Facebook: A New Game for Beacons? | Guest Post

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The adoption of iBeacon may have just been significantly changed by Facebook for their 745 million active mobile users, as reported on their January 28th SEC report. As regular readers of this blog know, applications are required for iBeacon support within iOS devices and their hugely adopted app now supports GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth beacons […]

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 […]

Adding iBeacon to Your Mobile Strategy | Guest Post

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Ever since Apple deployed Beacons across 254 of its stores in the US, there has been a substantial buzz around these tiny devices, that businesses believe will act as the magical bridge between the offline and online worlds. According to a recent study by eDigitalResearch, 78% of consumers agreed that they would be happy to […]

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 […]

Coke Is It – And Gets iBeacon

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Speaking at the Cannes Lions festival, the Coke VP of Global Connections had this to say about iBeacon technology: “The aim is by the end of 2020 for there to be 20 million pieces of equipment around the world that have an electric socket in them, and imagine what would happen if iBeacon technology would […]